PTSA

Homestead High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is proud to be an integral part of the success of Homestead High School. We invite you to become a member whether you are student, parent or teacher - together we can and do make a difference.

Weekly News

Judy Cooks

Please consider supporting our awesome teachers and staff by volunteering to bring food or help out at the Staff Appreciation Breakfast. The date of the breakfast is Friday, December 20th. 

There is a BUNCH of opportunities to help out! Hope we can count on you! Sign up now.

Judy Cooks

November 20, 6:45PM- 8:30PM   
Homestead High Cafeteria

Join us for an event on Traffic Safety, sponsored by Homestead PTSA and in conjunction with the West Valley Patrol Division Traffic Unit, Cupertino Safe Routes To School, and the Homestead HS Administration. Learn about:

  • Teen driving
  • Sharing the road
  • Updates from the Homestead Corridor Task Force
  • Safe access to campus and upcoming traffic improvement projects around school

Stop by the information tables to ask questions and learn more:

  • City Representatives
  • HHS Safe Routes to School
  • Homestead Corridor
  • Biking Club
Judy Cooks

We are just over halfway to our goal of $65,000. Your generous donations have already funded many teacher grant requests this year for ALL of the departments at HHS. We have requests for so much more and need your help to make it happen. Please donate to the HHS PTSA now.

Maya Bronicki

The PTSA in conjunction with Revolution Prep will be offering mock event on HHS campus:

SAT Practice Test on Saturday, January 11th 2020 at 8:00 am -12:30 pm

ACT Practice Test on Saturday, January 18th 2020 at 8:00 am -12:30 pm
Register HERE

Please Bring: pencils, a calculator, water, a snack and a cell phone/iPad to grade your exam. You will be able to stay and score the exam immediately, so please plan for that.

About HHS PTSA

About the HHS PTSA

It is very important for parents to continue to involve themselves in their children's education, especially when they are in high school. According to many studies, the number one factor in determining how well your child succeeds in high school is parental involvement and support.

The PTSA is one of the best ways to coordinate that involvement. The mission of the Homestead High School PTSA is to support and speak in the community on behalf of the youth at Homestead High School. Our HHS PTSA board is excited to help achieve this mission and to collaborate together to be a resource for our parents, teachers and students.

The PTSA supports HHS with an annual Direct Appeal, parent education speakers, student enrichment and support for graduation party/events. The PTSA coordinates SAT Prep Classes, provides the Reflections art program, awards student scholarships, and supports advocacy for continued school funding. Your PTSA membership dues and donations fund all these educational programs for our student and parent community. The HHS PTSA is part of the Cupertino Fremont Sunnyvale PTA Council and the California Sixth District PTA.

We can only be successful with your support and participation. We welcome and request your involvement. What's in it for you? Awareness of what's happening at the school and knowing that you can make a difference for the students at Homestead.

Parents, students and teachers are encouraged to become members.

Make the check payable to Homestead High School PTSA and drop it off at the PTSA box in the school office (or send with your student). You can also mail your check to PTSA Fundraising Chair, Homestead High School, 21370 Homestead Road, Cupertino, CA 95014.

Please print out the membership form and return to the school office with dues

You can also donate online. All donations are tax deductible and support Homestead HS. 

If you can volunteer for a HHS PTSA or school event, please contact PTSA Volunteer Coordinator Reid Meyers.If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any board member.

Board and Committees

Executive Board

Direct Appeal

Support your students’ educational journey
Donate to the Direct Appeal & Join the Homestead HS PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student Association)  

Join our Homestead HS community as we support our students by providing additional resources to academic classes and extracurricular activities. Your contributions stay on HHS campus, and directly supports our students and teachers by ensuring enrichment of programs and development of new opportunities at Homestead, to allow your students to experience, experiment, and thrive.  YOUR voice and YOUR donations matter, please consider getting involved and making a contribution.

Your donations help to provide support to the school where state funding may not be adequate.   

  • Programs that were funded by your generous donations to the PTSA Direct Appeal Campaign:
  • Chrome carts 

  • Educational speaker series 

  • Professional literature for classrooms and the College & Career Center

  • AP review books

  • Science lab equipment

  • Professional development for teachers

  • GRANTS to:

    • Students:  Clubs, Athletics, Music
    • Teacher and  Department grants
    • Arts:  Ceramics and Drama 
    • Annual grant to the library

  • Every 15 Minutes: program targeted at preventing drinking/texting while driving 

  • Student Scholarships and Awards

  • Honorary Service Awards

  • Reflections PTSA student art program

  • Student Challenge Day: influencing school connectedness, empathy & inclusivity 

  • HOP & POP (Freshman Students and Parents Orientation.

YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT REACHES EVERY STUDENT AT HHS!  

Please consider donating $250 to support our students in SY 2019/20 

Our goal is to raise $65,000 to grow our support for the students & increase our overall impact. All parents and students are encouraged to join the PTSA. 

Donate and become a PTSA member;

  • Donate online(tinyurl.com/HHSPTSA19-20) & join the PTSA (tinyurl.com/PTSAmember19-20) 

  • OR make a check payable to Homestead High School PTSA and drop it off at the PTSA box in the school office (or send with your student). You can also mail your check to HHS PTSA, Homestead High School, 21370 Homestead Road, Cupertino, CA 95014.

Please apply for matching employer donation if your workplace offers this option. Last year 20% of our income came from corporate matching! Additionally, contact your tax advisor to determine if your donation is tax deductible.  Questions? please contact Andrea Decasper, HHS PTSA Treasurer.

Become a PTSA Member!    Donate and support

Forms

PTSA positions

Click on any position below to see the job description. The President, Treasurer and Recording Secretary are the three essential positions.

•    President
•    Treasurer
•    Recording Secretary
•    Executive VP
•    VP Membership
•    VP Communications
•    Auditor
•    Parliamentarian
•    PTSA Webmaster

Committee looking for volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year:  Hospitality, Safe Rote To School if interested CONTACT

To join our board for next SY please check this page again in February 2020 for nomination committee contacts. 

Grad Night Party (GNP) Class of 2020

For questions and to volunteer please contact Melita Chow, Dawn Ying, or Kay Zeren.

What is the GNP?

The Homestead HS Class of 2020 Grad Night Party

When? Approximately 7:30 p.m. June 4, 2020 to 5 a.m. June 5, 2020

Homestead’s Grad Night Party is patterned after a nation-wide movement established by MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Driving). Known as “Project Graduation”, parents come together to host an all-night celebration free from alcohol/drugs. The elimination of separate graduation parties keeps our community safe at a time when our grads are most at risk of becoming drunk/impaired driving victims.

What does it include? Transportation to a fun-filled and memorable night with classmates including: activities, games, prizes, entertainment, dinner and treats — the perfect send-off after 13 years of hard work. Please note that ALL students must ride the bus to and from the party.  

For tickets

Register Online at Class of 2020 - Grad Night Party

OR

Download the 2020 waiver forms  - return completed forms and check (made out to HHS PTSA with GNP in the memo) to GNP box at the Homestead HS front desk.

New, Exciting Venue!

The class of 2020 will have the party at an exciting, new location. 

Where: It's a secret! We meet at the Homestead Cafeteria and go with buses from there.

At the end pf the event the students will return to HHS by buses and parents should come at 5 a.m. to pick them up.

Want to know who else is coming? CHECK HERE

Join the Grad Night Party Planning Committee!

Hello Senior, Junior, Sophomore and Freshman Parents,

The GNP 2020 Planning Committee invites you to join us! Run by parent volunteers, the Grad Night Party (GNP) is completely dependent on your participation. This is our graduating seniors’ party, funded by our money and we need your input and help to make this a success! Everyone is welcome. Even if your student is not a Senior, come to shadow us and see what the project is all about.

CLASS OF 2020 GRAD NIGHT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES (Contact Chairs)

Please take a look at the projects below and let us know which you’d like to help us with. Even if a project has a name next to it already, we welcome additional volunteers. If you know someone who’d be perfect for a job, forward their info to us.

  • Publicity
    • Blast/Daily Bulletin/Flyers –
  • Webmaster –
  • Tickets –
  • Volunteer Coordinator –
  • Fundraising Coordinator(s) –
    • E Waste Event(s) –
  • Memory Wall –
  • HHS Check In/Check Out – 
  • Transportation – 
  • Venue Check In/Check Out –
  • Decorations  – 
    • Signs –  
    • Map/Passports –
    • Balloons –   
  • Entertainment (activities etc.) –
  • Prizes/Goodie Bags –
  • Raffles –
  • HHS  Breakfast –
  • Memory DVD (optional) –
  • Venue Photographer – 
  • Elementary School Yearbook Page for Seniors coordinator –

                  Representative for:

                  Cherry Chase –

                  Cumberland –

                  Faria –

                  Garden Gate –

                  Montclaire –

                  Nimitz-

                  Stevens Creek –

                  Stocklmeir –

                  Vargas –

                  West Valley –

  • Graduation Ceremony Bottled Water Sales (money earned benefits the Class of 2020 GNP) –
  • Graduation Ceremony Flowers/Leis Sales (money earned benefits the Class of 2020 GNP) –

Grad Night Party Check-in Instructions

Please check again at Spring 2020! 

 

 

Programs & Events

Programs

Grad Night Party

The Graduation Party, a Homestead tradition that is hosted by the parents of seniors, provides a safe celebration after the graduation ceremony. This all-night-party at a secret, off-site location followed by a campfire breakfast in the quad, gives our students a wonderful memory of their senior year at Homestead High School. 

See more information by going to the GNP tab at the upper navigation menu

Substance abuse awareness

The PTSA helps sponsor and provides volunteer support for this award winning program which shows students the very real and deadly consequences of driving while impaired.

The Alcohol Awareness Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks. This emotionally charged program is designed to dramatically show teenagers the dangers of drinking and driving. This powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking, personal safety and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.

Career Day

PTSA provides hospitality and support for the Career Day, held every other year at Homestead High School. At Career Day, parents and community members give presentations and demonstrations to Homestead students, offering them the opportunity to learn about various careers.

 

Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate, held a few days prior to graduation, is a time for Seniors to come together as a class and reflect on their four years at Homestead. Despite being held in a church, it is not a religious ceremony. The ceremony includes both instrumentals and vocals by Homestead students, and student and faculty speakers. PTSA sponsors this event, including a light reception following the ceremony.

Honorary Service Awards

The PTSA Honorary Service Award Program recognizes the service and dedication of volunteers who have gone above and beyond for our school. The HSA Program includes the Very Special Person, Honorary Service, Continuing Service, and the Golden Oak Service Awards. A donation to the HSA Program Funds is contributed on behalf of each winner. These funds support the California State PTA scholarship and grant programs. Since the program was founded in 1965, the California State PTA has awarded more than $4,000,000 in student loans, scholarships and grants.

Honorary Service Awards (HSA) are available to recognize the service and dedication of both individuals and organizations. Each year the Homestead High School PTSA recognizes outstanding service to our children and youth in our community.  
 
Please send in your nomination for any of the awards below with the following information:

Name of Nominee:
Nominee Contact:  (phone and email)
Award nominated for:
Please tell us why you are nominating this person:
Nominator (you): 
Contact:  (phone and email)
 
Deadline for Nominations:  March 8, 2019
Please send nominations to: Vinutha Shettigar 

We are currently taking nominations for the following awards:

  • Very Special Person Award (VSP) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for their service to PTSA. 
  • Honorary Service Award (HSA) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for outstanding service to children and youth in your community, going above and beyond what is asked of them. 
  • Continuing Service Award (CSA) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for ongoing or long-time service to children and youth, providing support year after year. 
  • Outstanding Teacher Award (OTA) – This award may be given to recognize a teacher for outstanding service to children and youth through PTA, school, or community. 
  • Outstanding Administrator Award (OAA) – This award may be given to recognize an administrator for outstanding service to children and youth through PTA, school, or the community. 
  • Golden Oak Service Award (GOSA) – This award is given to recognize, as the most prestigious of the Honorary Service Awards, an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in a school or community.

Reflections

The Reflections program is a National PTA arts recognition and achievement program. It recognizes students for their contributions in four categories: literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts. All Homestead students are eligible to participate.

Students are welcome to submit entries for the SY 2019/20 Refelections - SEE FLYER

Senior Scholarships

Each year PTSA awards several grants to students who submit the winning essays. The essay theme is typically announced at the end of March and essays are due by the beginning of May. Awards will be given at the Senior Awards Night.

Senior Awards Night

In addition to PTSA Scholarships, students compete for a host of other awards and honors. The PTSA is honored to sponsor a reception for the graduating seniors and their families.

Teacher Appreciation

Staff appreciation brunch is sponsored by the PTSA at the end of the first semester. This is a great way to say “Thank You” to the staff who work with and support our students. Volunteers are asked to donate entrees, sides, desserts and beverages or their time to help serve brunch to our dedicated and wonderful staff.

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College test prep - PSAT, SAT, ACT

The PTSA partners with outside vendors to bring courses, mock events, and discounts to Homestead HS students.

Sign up NOW for the January SAT class  - on HHS campus with The Princeton Review

Or sign up for SAT Mock or ACT Mock with Revolution Prep on HHS Campus

Questions? Please contact PTSA Coordinator.

Special Offers for HHS Students

Check back in late spring

Job Shadow Day

Job Shadow program for Oct. 14th 2019 is ready and we are looking forward to hear about your experiences. 

We are already searching for host for Oct. 12th, 2020 - let us know if you can host!

Questions? Contact Us

Reflections

PTA Reflections Program "Look Within"

Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Look Within,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Get the submission guidelines and an entry form by contacting Dawn Ying and return by OCTOBER 15 . 

For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships atPTA.org/Reflections/Awards.

Speaker events

Speaker Events for 2019-20 School Year

Upcoming events:

SAFE TEEN DRIVING EVENT
November 20, 6:45PM- 8:30PM   

Homestead High Cafeteria
 
SPONSORED BY HOMESTEAD PTSA  In conjunction with the West Valley Patrol Division Traffic Unit , Cupertino Safe Routes To School, and Homestead HS Administration

Join us for an event on Traffic Safety, sponsored by Homestead PTSA and in conjunction with the West Valley Patrol Division Traffic Unit, Cupertino Safe Routes To School, and the Homestead HS Administration. Learn about:

  • Teen driving
  • Sharing the road
  • Updates from the Homestead Corridor Task Force
  • Safe access to campus and upcoming traffic improvement projects around school

Stop by the information tables to ask questions and learn more:

  • City Representatives
  • HHS Safe Routes to School
  • Homestead Corridor
  • Biking Club

Next Dates: 

Jan.  15

March 18

May 20

PAST EVENTS:

9/25 Author Harlan Cohen Join New York Times Bestselling Author and College Life Expert Harlan Cohen as he delivers 5 Simple Rules For Parents.  During this interactive, humorous, and engaging event, Harlan will help parents and students know what’s coming in college and how to prepare in high school.  Cohen shares the latest facts, stats, and strategies to reduce stress and prepare families for all the changes ahead.  All high school parents and students are welcome.   As sitting is restricted please Reserve your spot(s).

9/18 Roadmap to College - an event for seniors and their guardians

10/2 Roadmap to College - an event for 9-11th graders and their guardians

Roadmap to College  will help you understand the college application process can be overwhelming and intimidating for both parents and students. There are myriad decisions and conflicting information that can be extremely stressful. Join us for a workshop that will provide an understanding of the application process for the senior class, and help reduce the stress of getting through it all.

The session will focus on topics that are important to seniors:

  • Profiling/Selecting the right college
  • Submission strategies
  • Writing effective essays
  • Selecting a Major/Career
  • College interviews
  • Insights on how to manage the stress of the process
  • List of useful resources

8/29 College Students Panel - application advice from HHS alumni

 

More Past Events

College Transition Panel for seniors and their families

Sharing advice from the College Transition Panel 

Panelist Traci Oberman shared with us tips for dorm shopping, health and privacy forms, and other things we should all know! See her Transition Tips Doc

Seniors, Parents and Supporters - please join us for a College Transition Panel 

Moderated by: Principal Giglio 

When: April 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

Where: Homestead HS Cafeteria

A panel of HHS alumni parents with experience of navigating through UCs, CSUs, public and private Universities will help you plan and understand the transition into college life.  

This panel will respond to question submitted through the PANEL FORM, some of the topics are;

  • How to choose dorms and meal plans 
  • Getting along with a roommate - what is acceptable, what to do if it is uncomfortable. 
  • What to prepare - HIPPA, Power of Attorney forms, medical information authorization, credit card, and credit history.
  • What should I pack/not pack?
  • Academic supports, changing a major, tips for a successful transition
  • Concerns and advice for dealing with parties, alcohol, and drugs. 

Vapes & Teens - What Parents, Students & Supporters Need to Know!

Please join the HHS PTSA & Principal Giglio/Administration for the Speaker Series discussion on Vapes & Teens - What Parents & Supporters Need to Know!

Note: This is a repeat performance of the morning Speaker Session held in February. If you missed the presentation you can find the Slides HERE.

When: March 20, 2019, 6:45pm - HHS Cafeteria

Did you know - In Santa Clara County:

  • Over 20% of youth (8th grade and younger) have tried or currently vape, smoke marijuana and/or use e-cigs.
  • The number rises to 37% by the time students are seniors nationwide. 
  • Devices and products used are so discreet that many parents/supporters don’t know what to look for.  

During this presentation, we will review the following: 

  • New product trends, health effects, addiction risks, and more.
  • Why youth are using, and what parents/supporters can look for to know if their teen is using. 
  • Prevention resources and tactics to help parents, supporters, and students prevent or help stop any of these substance abuses. 

Parent/Supporter Q&A session 

Parents, Students, Supporters, Guardians, School Staff and the Community are encouraged to attend this free event.
Brought to you by the HHS PTSA

HHS Alumni Videos

Homestead HS graduates shared video with college transition advice. Thank you grads and please stay connected to our community!

We welcome more video so please EMAIL US