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HHS marching Band to perform at the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2018

Homestead High School’s Marching Band was just announced as 1 of 15 bands selected world-wide to perform for more than 700,000 spectators and a worldwide TV audience in excess of 60 million in the 129th Annual Rose Parade held in Pasadena on January 1, 2018. The Homestead High School marching band is the flagship for one of the most accomplished scholastic music programs in Northern California. The selection committee for the Rose Parade cited the band’s dedication to excellence as a key factor in its decision. Read the official press release here. Homestead High School marching band has previously performed in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Super Bowl 50 NFL Fan Zone.


HHS Senior Wins National STEM game design contest

Homestead High School senior Anthony Ma has been selected as a winner of the 2016 National STEM Video Game Challenge, one of only 24 winners from nearly 3,000 entries. The 24 middle school and high school winners will be recognized at an award ceremony at National Geographic in Washington, DC, with top original video games and game design concepts selected in 18 categories. The STEM Challenge aims to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math among youth by transforming their natural passions for playing video games into designing and creating their own video games. Read the official press release. 

Homestead among Top 100 High Schools in America!

Homestead High School is ranked #74 on Newsweek's list of the top 500 schools in America. The Newsweek High School Rankings assess schools based on a broad range of data to determine which institutions do the best job of preparing students for college.  


Homestead honors 2016 Poster Kids

Each year the administrative team at each of the five FUHSD high schools selects one boy and one girl from their senior class that personify that ‘best of the best’ of the senior class and who exemplify excellence, dedication, and  generosity.  This selection also extends to the Student Board Representative to the FUHSD Board of Trustees.  A poster is made of each of these eleven Poster Kids and these posters are displayed in the FUHSD District Office and at the high school sites and serve as an excellent reminder to our community of the students that FUHSD is blessed to educate. This year's HHS honorees are seniors Nathan Mijares, Erika Yasuda and Cyrus Miremadi. 


new time management app created by HHS students!

HHS students Anthony Tien and Bilal Qureshi have created PlanT Calendar. PlanT is a mobile app that allows students to manage their schedules effectively and utilize our links under references for quick and easy navigation through the HHS website. This app enables students to improve their academic performance at their fingertips. Click here to download it or find out more. 

student artist wins Asian Pacific Fund art contest

Homestead sophomore Sarah Kim's artwork was named one of the winners of the Growing Up Asian in America contest, sponsored by the Asian Pacific Fund. This contest provides a platform for young people to creatively explore and celebrate being both Asian or Pacific Islander and American. Every year, almost one thousand Bay Area students in grades kindergarten through 12 submit artwork, essays, poems and videos on a single theme, competing for over $20,000 in cash and prizes. Congratulations, Sarah!

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Student Artist creates public art for San Jose

Homestead senior Nick Ybarra is a 2016 Downtown Doors winner.  His work Personas me Reunire will become public art downtown in San Jose.  It will be enlarged onto a vinyl adhesive decal and placed on a utility door this June.

The Downtown Doors Commission had over 150 entries this year. Blank service and utility doors are used and selected artworks are enlarged onto vinyl adhesive decals and professionally installed. The work will also feature a doorbell which will play an audio file of the artist speaking about their work.  

A video created by Nick was also selected for the Los Gatos Museum High School Competition.  This work was selected out of 850 entries to be one of 53 exhibited in the recent museum show.

Congratulations Nick!

Congrats to Varsity Boys Tennis Student Athletes!

Homestead Boy's Tennis is once again one of the top five varsity 2016 spring scholastic championship teams with the highest collective grade-point average of all teams competing in that sport, and a recipient of the 2016 Spring Season Scholastic Championship Team Awards.  These student-athletes have achieved distinction in the classroom while committing themselves to participation in interscholastic sports. Go Mustangs!

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HHS goes to National Personal Finance Challenge!

Congratulations to the participants in the National Personal Finance Challenge, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Twenty-three states were in attendance to compete for the national championship. California, with its Homestead constituents supporting, took 5th place overall. Great work, Mustangs!

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HHS Jazz plays Reno festival

Congratulations to the Homestead Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo for their stellar performances at the Reno Jazz Festival recently. 
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The Jazz Ensemble got a rating of “Excellent,” and the Jazz Combo got a rating of “superior” and a trophy for 3rd place! 


Homestead Senior Publishes Vegan Starter Cookbook

Freshly Vegan.JPGHomestead senior Whitney Lieberman recently published Freshly Vegan: Plant-Based Recipes for Beginners, available on Amazon and in the Homestead Library. Check out her delicious recipes and order your copy today, or talk to Whitney for a personalized copy. 


Congrats Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalist Hana M!

2000px-US-DeptOfEducation-Seal.svg.pngCongratulations to Homestead senior Hana Mizuta for advancing to the final round of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars program. Hana is one of 689 semi-finalists, out of 4,700 candidates selected from close to 3.3 million graduating seniors in the United States. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors, and is one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. Read more about the program and see the full list of semifinalists here



Homestead High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) won several impressive titles at the 2016 State Leadership Conference, held in Ontario, CA, April 14-17, 2016. This is an annual conference where FBLA members from across the state gather to compete, network, and attend business workshops. Homestead FBLA achieved first place in 21 different events and placed in a total of 51 out of 67 events. Out of the 132 Homestead students who attended the conference, 112 placed in the top ten, and 99 qualified to compete in the National Leadership Conference to be held in Atlanta, GA, this summer from June 29 – July 2. This is the most that Homestead has ever sent to the national level. Go Mustangs!



The Homestead Winter Percussion Ensemble traveled to Dayton, Ohio last week to compete against 125 other high schools from across the country at the WGI Percussion World Championships.  For the 4th consecutive year Homestead was a World Class Finalist, and finished in 12th place!
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HHS are Econ & Personal Finance Challenge Champs!

This week was a big week for Homestead's up-and-coming economists and financiers. In the Econ Challenge, Homestead teams defended their title with 1st, 2nd and 5th place finishes, with the first place team qualifying for National Semi-Finals and the chance at a trip to New York in May. In Homestead's first time competing in the Personal Finance Challenge, Homestead qualified for the California Championships, which took place this week in Los Angeles, and left with a first place win, qualifying them for Nationals in Kansas City in May! Congrats to both teams. 


Congratulations to Homestead High School's Varsity Winter Guard and Winter Percussion!

This past weekend the Homestead Varsity Winter Guard traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the WGI Western Color Guard Championships, and they took 2nd place in the Scholastic Open division! 

The Winter Percussion traveled down to San Bernardino to compete in the WGI Western Percussion Championships and they finished 4th in the highly competitive Scholastic World Division!  Congratulations Guard and Percussion!
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Congratulations Equestriettes!

The Equestriettes dance team has returned from Nationals with two trophies again this year! Congratulations to the girls on their success this past weekend: 7th place in the Dance/Pom division and 3rd place in the Prop division! It has been a hugely successful season for the team and all their hard work has paid off. Great job ladies!

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Ashley Hall is one of the ten best teen vocalists from the South Bay and will compete for the top prize of $2,500 for themselves and $500 for the winner’s school, in the 5th annual South Bay Teen Idol competition. The top ten contestants made it through open auditions in January and were winnowed down from 20 contestants at the semi-finals in February.

At the finals, each participant will perform in one group number and one solo. A panel of three judges will comment on each vocalist’s performance. After all 10 finalists have had a chance to perform, the judges will select the top three contestants, and the audience will vote for which of those three will be the South Bay Teen Idol winner for 2016. The finals take place Saturday, April 2nd at 7:00pm at the APJCC Auditorium in Los Gatos. Read more about the event here. Good luck Ashley!

Fremont Union HSD English Learner Program Honored

Recently, the FUHSD English Learner Program was selected as one of three winners of the 2016 Glenn Hoffmann Exemplary Program Award given by the Santa Clara County School Boards Association (SCCSBA). This award is a 32-year tradition that celebrates school programs that significantly affect student success in the region.

In particular, the annual EL Speech Contest was highlighted as a showcase of the kind of work that takes place everyday both inside and outside the classroom. Save the date: the 9th Annual EL Speech Contest takes place on May 12 at Fremont HS this year. Read more here about this award and the amazing work happening within the English Learner program on our campuses. 


Homestead High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) began the year with an astonishing display of success at the Bay Section Leadership Conference. Held at Westmoor High School in Daly City on February 6, 2016, the Bay Section Leadership Conference is an annual competition where students from across the Bay Area demonstrate their knowledge in areas including business management, technology, and speaking performances. With 97 students placing and a total of 17 first places out of 35 competitions, 80 Homestead students qualified to compete at the State Leadership Conference to be held in Ontario, CA in April. Read more here

HHS student scientists receive high honors

Congratulations to Homestead freshman Anika Sanyal and senior Daniel Guo for recent honors in the field of science and research!

Anika was just awarded a national research grant from Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) to develop a new, more natural treatment for lowering “bad” cholesterol.  Anika is one of 10 individuals or teams from across the United States, who won this year’s CTY Cogito Research Awards for aspiring middle school and high school STEM researchers.

Daniel earned semifinalist honors at the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition.  More information on the STS and Daniel’s participation can be found here.

Congratulations Ugochi and Girls Varsity BBall!

HHS varsity basketball player Ugochi Anudokem was recently named San Jose Mercury News Player of the Week. The entire Homestead girls varsity team is currently rated 15th in CCS! Great job ladies!


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HHS Quiz Bowl Team Qualifies for Nationals!

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Homestead Quiz Bowl's A-team qualified for the NAQT High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) by placing 2nd out of 51 teams at the California Cup tournament, held at UC Berkeley on November 14, 2015. Nationals will be May 28-30 in Dallas, TX.

Quiz Bowl is an academic competition that tests teams of four on subjects ranging from science to mythology to pop culture. Homestead Quiz Bowl has placed first and second at several Northern California tournaments this year.


Homestead students let imagination fly

Congratulations to the Homestead students who participated in the PTA’s annual Art Reflections Program. This year’s theme was “Let Your Imagination Fly” and included 6 categories for entry: Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Photography, and Visual Arts. Homestead senior Azuki Umeda won 1st place in the first round for her dance entry. Six other Homestead artists who entered art in one of the other categories were also given honorable mention but will not move on to the next round.


HHS Senior teaches science to low-income students

Shriya.JPGHomestead High School senior Shirya G. applied to and was accepted for a prestigious and very expensive two week science summer program but due to the high cost she was unable to go.  However, rather than letting that defeat her, Shriya used the opportunity to reach out to younger low-income students in north Sunnyvale so that they could learn more about science and hopefully have the same opportunities as those with greater means.  Read more in the San Jose Mercury News about her endeavor to give back to the community.

HHS Teams are Econ & Finance Challenge Champs!

This week was a big week for Homestead's up-and-coming economists and financiers. In the Econ Challenge, Homestead teams defended their title with 1st, 2nd and 5th place finishes, with the first place team qualifying for National Semi-Finals and the chance at a trip to New York in May. In Homestead's first time competing in the Personal Finance Challenge, Homestead qualified for the California Championships, which took place this week in Los Angeles, and left with a first place win, qualifying them for Nationals in Kansas City in May! Congrats to both teams. 

Congrats Coach Lewis!

Congratulations to our Homestead High School Varsity Football Coach, Milo Lewis, for being selected as the recipient of the San Francisco 49ers Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week award! You can read more here about this exciting recognition here. Go Mustangs!

2016 Homestead Teacher & Staff of the Year

Congratulations to Paco Arevalo and Monica Knott, Homestead's Certificated and Classified Employee of the Year, respectively.  

Monica Knott has worked as a paraeducator at Homestead since 2006. She is an active member of the School Site Council, which provides leadership to the overall operations of the school. Her positive attitude, caring ways and calm manner are a real asset and she models for others the importance of commitment and dedication to a job well done. 

Paco Arevalo joined Homestead in 2001 and has taught every level of Spanish offered at HHS in his time since then, including Spanish 1,2,3,4,5, AP Spanish, and Spanish for native speakers. Paco especially appreciates the variety that being a teacher provides, including teaching students and developing dynamic and varied curriculum and activities, and seeing former students and learning more about their lives and passions. He views teaching as a symbiotic relationship with his students and their engagement propels and expands his own.

Read more about Paco in this San Jose Mercury News feature.