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

Maya Bronicki

Graduating Class of 2019 Parents and Guardians:

Congratulations on your student's upcoming graduation from Homestead High School.  As you look forward to the graduation ceremony, one way you can show your pride in their hard work is to present your student with a lei to wear after the ceremony.  You can order your lei through the Junior Class graduation committee and pick up your fresh lei at the HHS Stadium snack shack right after the ceremony as you walk out. ORDERS DUE BY May 15th!

PLEASE order here and make sure to include your mobile number so we can reach you in case you forget to pick it up! Congratulations and Thank You.  

Maya Bronicki

Junior Parents,

Planning and fundraising for the class of 2020  Grad Night Party (GNP) start at graduation for the class of 2019.  We will be selling Leis and Water at graduation, and all proceeds will go toward the GNP for the class of 2020.

Please consider a modest donation in any amount to offset the cost of the water we'll be selling. Donate HERE 

Maya Bronicki

The PTSA awards a scholarship every year to the winners of our essay contest.  This year's topic is

  • What was one thing you regret not doing in high school?

The essay should be 500 words or less and is due on Tuesday 4/23.

Please email us your essay with your contact information.  

The scholarship is no more than $750.

Participants MUST be graduating seniors at Homestead HS.

For more information see the FLYER

About Us

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

The Direct Appeal supports all students at Homestead. The amount of technology available in the classrooms has increased in large part from donations from the HHS PTSA. The PTSA has helped increase the technology offerings at HHS by over 300% since 2014, taking the total from 301 devices to 280 desktop computers and 884 Chromebooks at the start of the 2016-17 school year. We were at a ratio of about 1 device per 2 students, and this ratio just got better. The school has just ordered 2 more Chrome carts with the Direct Appeal money the PTSA has provided.

Other items that are funded by your generous donations to the PTSA Direct Appeal Campaign include:

  • Department grants
  • Educational speaker & documentary series
  • Reflections PTSA student art program
  • Student Challenge Day: Igniting a shift toward school connectedness, empathy & inclusivity
  • HOP & POP (Student & Freshman Parent Orientation Days)
  • Honorary Service Awards (Teacher/Student/Parent)
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Teacher grants (Math, Drama, Science, English and Art)
  • Student Club, Music and Athletic Team grants
  • Every 15 Minutes: Drinking/texting while driving experience without Real-life risks!
  • Annual grant to the library
  • Student Scholarships and Awards

The district has provided basic funding to support the school’s efforts, but with your help and support, we can enable the teachers, staff, and our children to accomplish so much more!

Our goal is $60,000 for the 2018-19 school year, and to do this we need your help!

A donation of $250 will help us to fund the above programs. Please print this form and make your check payable to HHS PTSA Direct Appeal. Checks may be left at the school office, or mailed to HHS PTSA, 21370 Homestead Ave., Cupertino CA 95014. Or donate online on the Homestead High School PTSA donation page.

Please contact PTSA Treasurer Andrea Decasper at andrea@decasper.net with any questions.

Become a PTSA Member!

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 of Membership
•    VP of Communications
•    Auditor
•    Parliamentarian
•    PTSA Webmaster

Committee Chairs needed for the 2018-2019 school year: Co-chair - Hospitality

To join our board for next SY please check this page again in February 2019 for nomination committee contacts. 

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. 

Buy tickets or volunteer to help at the Grad Night Party website.

Alcohol 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 funding for 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.

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. PTSA is happy to sponsor a reception to graduating seniors and their families.

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher appreciation brunches are sponsored by PTSA at the end of each semester. This is a great way to say “Thank You” to the teachers who shape the minds of our students. Volunteers are asked to donate entrees, sides, desserts and beverages or their time to help serve brunch to our dedicated and wonderful teachers.

SAT and ACT college test prep

SAT and ACT practice test events with Princeton Review

Full-length SAT or ACT (you can only do one test on this date!) with Princeton review is offered on HHS campus! Sign up for this practice test event to see how prepared your student is and what to work on when preparing for the real event. 

The event will take place on April 6, 8:30 AM- 1:00 PM. Please come to the cafeteria for registration and classroom assignment. 

SIGN UP HERE

Questions? Please contact PTSA Coordinator.

Special Offers for HHS Students

Job Shadow Day

Homestead High School PTSA is in the process of organizing Job Shadow Day on Oct. 14th, 2019.  We are looking for corporate and local businesses who are willing to host students for a few hours ( up to half a day ) and give them an opportunity to shadow professionals and employees in the workplace during a normal day on the job.  This experience will help students gain a better understanding of various occupations and , hopefully , make informed career choices.

Typically, companies will host three (or more) students for two to five hours. We encourage parents to participate by hosting students at their workplace. This is a great way to support our students. Moreover, if you are hosting, your student will get first priority when signing up to participate in the Job Shadow Day.

If you are interested in hosting students on Job Shadow Day, please take a moment to fill out a short HHS Job Shadow Host survey about your company: 

If you are not able to host this year, we would like to invite you to participate in the career fair day in January 2020. Moreover, if you can connect us with other businesses or workplaces that may be willing to host it would be greatly appreciated.

Last but not least, if you would like to help us organize this special day please fill the host survey or email us.

Looking forward to a meaningful experience for our students!

Maya Bronicki and Vinutha Shettigar

Homestead HS PTSA coordinators

      

Fall and Summer classes

Fall SAT and ACT courses will be offered on campus with Princeton Review starting immediately after Labor day. 

For the summer, Homestead students can take any Princeton Review course, in-person and online, and get a $250 discount using the code “HomesteadHS250”

Speaker events

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

Let's Talk Education is a speaker series catering to the needs of parents and students of our schools community. The series is brought to our school community by Cupertino Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Cupertino Library foundation, Fremont Union High School District Foundation, CEEF.

The first in this series in 2019 is on March 23 - 'Defining your Dream College' For more information see the EVENT FLYER