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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
- About HHS PTSA
- PTSA positions
- Grad Night Party (GNP) Class of 2021
- Programs & Events
- Speaker events
- HHS Alums sharing college advice
- Honorary Service Awards
- Learn about HHS PTSA 2020/21: Summer Mailer, PTSA POP (English), PTSA POP (Spanish)
- Join the HHS Parents Forum
- Donate to the Direct Appeal 2020/21 - our teachers already have needs this year; any amount you can give will help us support them
- Make your Amazon purchases count by choosing "Homestead High PTA" as your AmazonSmile charity
- Become a 2020/21 member of the HHS PTSA - yearly renewal required
- Check our WEBSITE for new events and updates
We need help from our awesome volunteers - YOU - to help with student pictures and distributing textbooks at the Mustang Round Up Aug 10-13. There are three shifts per day, and two volunteers needed per shift. We will email you detailed instructions closer to the event. Please contact Roopa Krishnan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
- Dates: Aug 10-Aug 13
- Time Shifts: 9-11am, 11am-1pm, and 1-3pm
- Sign-up for one or more slots
The class of 2021 Grad Night Party needs help coordinating elementary school pages for the yearbook. Every year we create elementary school pages for our seniors with then and now photos of alumni. To continue this special tradition, we need a representative for each elementary school to compile a list of alumni, communicate with students and families, collect elementary age pictures and order forms, and design a yearbook page for that school.
We have three open spots for the schools below. If you are willing to organize a page for one of those elementary schools or would like to coordinate an additional school, please contact Sejal Patel at email@example.com.
- Catholic Academy/St. Cyprian - Adrienne Larkin
- Cherry Chase - Antoinette Buggle & May Sui
- Cumberland - OPEN
- Montclaire - Phyllis Leung & Nanette Jackson
- Murdock-Portal - Steffie MacDonald
- Nimitz - OPEN
- Vargas - OPEN
- Stocklmeir - Mamatha Lucas
- West Valley - Sharlene Liu
Welcome, Freshman families to the HHS community! You probably have a lot of questions about athletics, music, clubs, and more. The PTSA and HHS staff created the new Mustang Family Mentors program to answer your questions and help you transition to HHS. We have a panel of experienced parents who can answer your questions, share their perspectives, and give advice. We also have experienced parents who are willing to mentor you. Ask the panel a question and/or connect with a mentor.
The HHS PTSA works in conjunction with several vendors to bring information and opportunities to our students and families. Below are the latest opportunities:
Fall PSAT Courses with Revolution Prep - Reserve your spot for online PSAT courses with Revolution Prep. Small group courses start Aug 20 and Aug 21. Use the discount code HOMESTEAD50 to get the special price reserved for HHS students.
ACT/SAT MOCK Events - Register now. These tests will be given live online through Zoom. (A PSAT mock event may be added in the future.)
- ACT Practice Test – Saturday, Aug 29, 9-12:30 pm
- SAT Practice Test – Saturday, Sep 12, 9-12:30 pm
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 Roopa Krishnan, If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any board member.
EXECUTIVE Board for School year 2020/21
- President: Maya Bronicki
- Executive Vice President: Vicki Nahrung
- VP Communications: Judy Cooks
- Treasurer: Cristina Milesi
- Financial secretary- Mike Ferris
- Membership - VP: Harita Menon
- Parliamentarian: Agnes Lang
- Secretary: Vinutha Shettigar
- Principal: Greg Giglio, 408-522-2501
- Auditor: Madhavi Vedula
- Historian & Volunteer Coordinator: Roopa Krishnan
PTSA committees for School year 2020/21 - looking for volunteers
- Grad night party
- Job Shadow
- SAT/ACT coordinator
- Graduation events - Baccalaureate, Leis, Water
See description of all the committee roles HERE
Support our students’ educational journey
Donate to the Direct Appeal & Join the Homestead HS PTSA
In this time of uncertainty and new challenges, our school is working on new ways to support students. Though we are unsure what the school year is going to be like, we do know that more resources and opportunities will be instrumental in balancing education and health concerns. We want to support the education and experiences of all students. Please join our Homestead HS community in providing additional resources to academic classes and other activities. All contributions directly support our HHS students and teachers. We aim to enrich programs and provide students with access to new opportunities and resources. Your donations will help support the school where state funding may not be adequate.
YOUR voice and donations matter, please consider getting involved and making a contribution.
In past years your generous donations to the PTSA Direct Appeal Campaign funded programs like:
● Professional literature for classrooms and the College & Career Center
● GRANTS to Clubs, Athletics, Music, Arts, Drama, science, Teacher and Department grants
● Every 15 Minutes: program targeted at preventing drinking/texting while driving
● HOP & POP-Freshman Students & Parents Orientation
● Intramural sports program during lunch break
● Professional development for teachers
● Art classes supplies & equipment
● Reflections PTSA student art program
●Honorary Service Awards
● Student Scholarships & Awards
● Mental & emotional health support
● Educational speaker series
● Science labs equipment
● School’s library
Our goal is to raise $65,000 to support the students and community & increase our impact. All parents and students are encouraged to become a PTSA member and donate;
YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT REACHES EVERY STUDENT AT HHS!
Please consider donating $250 or any amount that you can to support our students
● OR make a check payable to Homestead High School PTSA and bring it to the school office or mail it to HHS PTSA, Homestead High School, 21370 Homestead Road, Cupertino, CA 95014.
If your workplace offers matching employer donations please apply for it. Last year 20% of our income came from corporate matching!
Additionally, contact your tax advisor to determine if your donation is tax deductible.
We are here for you and want to hear from you - the PTSA board for SY 2020/21
PTSA BOARD POSITIONS
Click on any position below to see the job description. The President, Treasurer and Secretary are the three essential positions.
PTSA committees for School year 2020/21 - looking for volunteers
- Grad night party
- Job Shadow
- SAT/ACT coordinator
- Graduation events - Baccalaureate, Leis, Water
See the description of all the committee roles HERE
To join any of our committees or our board please contact us.
For questions and to volunteer please contact us or email the chairpersons - Reid Meyers and Nicole Goodwin.
- What is the GNP?
- New, Exciting Venue!
- Join the Grad Night Party Planning Committee!
- Grad Night Party Check-in Instructions
The Homestead HS Class of 2021 Grad Night Party
When? Approximately 7:30 p.m. June 3, 2021 to 5 a.m. June 4, 2021
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 years of hard work.
Please note that ALL students must ride the bus to and from the party.
Tickets information will be shared in fall 2020
The class of 2021 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 of 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 back after ticket sales begin
Hello Senior, Junior, Sophomore and Freshman Parents,
The GNP 2021 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 2021 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.
- Tickets sales coordinator
- Fundraising Coordinator (E Waste Event(s) , dine outs, etc.)
- Memory Boards
- HHS Check In/Check Out
- Venue Check In/Check Out
- Goodie Bags
- Bingo coordinator
- Venue Photographer
- Elementary School Yearbook Page coordinator representatives for:
- Cherry Chase
- Murdock Portal
- West Valley
- Graduation Ceremony Bottled Water Sales (money earned benefits the Class of 2022 GNP)
- Graduation Ceremony Flowers/Leis Sales (money earned benefits the Class of 2022 GNP)
- Volunteers Coordinator
- College test prep - PSAT, SAT, ACT
- Special Offers for HHS Students
- Job Shadow Day
- Grad Night Party
- Substance abuse awareness
- Career Day
- Honorary Service Awards
- Senior Scholarships
- Senior Awards Night
- Teacher Appreciation
- Support HHS with you Amazon and OfficeMax purchases
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
The job shadow program is a career exploration opportunity. It helps students learn more about various career paths, workplace expectations and conduct, what a typical workday is like, and what skills one needs to develop in order to be successful. When possible, students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities or to actually contribute to the work.
The Homestead HS Job shadow, originally scheduled for Oct. 12, 2020, will be postponed to a later date in February 2021. If an in-person event is not possible at that time, a virtual alternative may be considered.
The team is working to recruit hosts. Homestead HS families who recruit a host will secure spots for their student(s) to participate in the event. Our team will provide hosts guidelines detailing what requirements, skills and messages we would like to highlight. To give students more individualized attention we would like to have more hosts and a greater variety of occupations.
If your business might be able to host students for 2-5 hours for job shadow please FILL OUT THE SURVEY
If you would like to help organize please Contact Us
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.
2019-2020 Theme: Look Within
Get involved in a National PTA Competition for the most creative and inspiring art! You are
encouraged to submit original works of art in one or more of the following categories:
• Dance Choreography • Film Production
• Literature • Musical Composition
• Photography • Visual 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 for 2020-21 School Year
EVENTS WILL BE EITHER IN PERSON OR REMOTELY DEPENDING ON HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES
The screening of this new and important movie is a collaborative effort between the PTSAs of HHS, MVHS, LHS and the FUHS Foundation - we are proud to work together to bring information and resources to our community.
This film examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and what we can do to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. Watch the movie trailer.
Following the movie, we will have a discussion with FUHSD Associate Superintendent Trudy Gross about the challenges our students experience and how can we better support them.
Wednesday, January 29, 6:45 pm @ the Homestead HS I-hub.
A career prosecutor serving as a Deputy District Attorney for Santa Clara County for the last 18 years. As a trial prosecutor, she has tried juvenile crimes, violent felonies, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, crimes against children and 3 Strikes life cases.
Angela is a regular lecturer, presenter and instructor in the areas of digital safety, sex crimes, technology, and juvenile law expert in Internet Safety, She will share with students and parents how to be safe on the internet and what you should NEVER post. Some of the topics covered will be:
- "Digital reputation".
- How can this information be used by colleges, coaches, and employers
- Social media activity, reality check, and dangers.
- Safeguarding yourself in group chats and social media groups
- Consequences & laws in legislation around sending, sharing, snapping, and receiving inappropriate texts/pictures as well as engaging in public forums and more
This event is open to all parents and students.
Safe Teen Driving Event
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
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
SY 2018/19 Events
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.
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
Homestead HS graduates shared video with college transition advice. Thank you awesome alums and please stay connected with our community!
Many more alums are happy to connect with current students and give advice about their campus and college experience. You can find more information HERE
We welcome more video so please EMAIL US video and help us connect with more alumni
As more alums sign up to connect with students and (hopefully) send videos please check back soon for updates.
- Valerie Hu Class of 2019 - About my campus Cornell University, college transition and more
- Ashley Nave Class of 2013 - About my campus Grand Canyon University
- Shauli Bar-On Class of 2017 - the class of Covid-19
- Julia Verbrugge Class of 2016 - About my campus Chico State and why did I choose it (+ surprise at the end)
- Lauren Lowe Class of 2019 - About my campus Stanford University
- Liliana Adler Class of 2016 - About my campus SJSU and navigating college.
- Rie Ohta Class of 2016 - About my campus Carnegie Mellon University
- Sofia Olsson Class of 2016 - About my campus University of Redlands and transition to college
- Nadav Bronicki Class of 2019 - About my campus UC Berkeley
- Anne He Class of 2018 - Transition to college (Washington University in St. Louis)
- Emily Cai Class of 2016 - Transition to college (MIT)
- Shauli Bar-On Class of 2017 - Transition to college (USC)
- Matei Predescu Class of 2017 - Transition to college (Oberlin)
- Ryan Wu Class of 2018 - Transition to college (UCLA)
- Yannik Omictin Class of 2017 - choosing a major/college (George Washington University)
Each year the Homestead High School PTSA recognizes outstanding service to children and youth in our community. We asked for nominations from our school community, and we are proud to announce the 2020 award recipients for their service to the Homestead Community. Due to the public health restrictions, the CFTCPTA is not able to host a celebratory ceremony to honor the recipients in person. Please join us in congratulating them.
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 our school or community.
Dawn Ying, Parent - For many years of endlessly working and advocating for the community, providing leadership, knowledge, and dedication in myriad roles on the PTSA and other school boards.
Kay Zeren, Parent - For key leadership, dedication, loyalty, strategic mindset, and community building. She built long-lasting partnerships with the administration and staff that will continue long after her departure.
Honorary Service Award (HSA) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for outstanding service to children and youth in our community, going above and beyond what is asked of them.
Samuel Fung, Teacher - For giving so much of his time to working with students in the classroom and clubs. Sam is always excited to help students in any way possible, and cares deeply to offer support even without being asked.
RI-Chee Chou, Parent - For being team manager for Homestead Cross Country and Track and Field for the past 5 years, organizing local and regional events, travel events around CA and OR, and supporting the coaches.
Lisa Fourkas, Parent - For leadership, knowledge, and dedication to Homestead PTSA and Athletic Boosters, her time helping others beyond her official roles, and her positive attitude.
Very Special Person Award (VSP) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for their service to to recognize an individual or organization for their service to PTSA.
Toby Mockler, Staff - For being attentive and supportive to all PTSA events and needs, improving the overall efficiency of the school's logistics and appearance, ensuring the campus is clean. well maintained, and organized. Toby is fun and easy to work with, and finding creative solutions for every issue.
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.
Marilyn Wright, Parent - For her dedication to Homestead Choir for the last 5 years, including organizing parent volunteers; arranging travel for field trips; chaperoning; organizing performance uniforms; and coordinating fundraisers, concerts, potlucks, day trips, and choir's 3-day trip to Disneyland. She was also the GNP chair for the class of 2019.