Homestead High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is proud to be an integral part of the success of Homestead High School. We invite all students, parents/guardians and teachers to become members. Together we will support our students' educational journey!
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Calling all seniors! The annual PTSA Senior Essay Contest is back. PTSA will award a total of $1500 to the winners of this essay contest, so start working on your submission. The deadline to submit your entry is Sunday, February 25, 2024.
Essay prompt: As technology continues to evolve, which human values do you believe remain timeless and relevant? What are you doing to live by those values?
Please use this form to submit your essay: http://bit.ly/3U8g4T2. You must be a senior to participate. Good luck!
about the hhs ptsa
The mission of the Homestead High School PTSA is to support the educational journey of HHS students. 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. Please CLICK HERE to see what we do.
The PTSA supports HHS with numerous grants for special equipment, student programs, parent education speakers, student enrichment and support for graduation party/events. The PTSA coordinates SAT Prep classes, provides the Reflections art competition, 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 (note that the Grad Night Party's fundraising is separate from the Direct Appeal, which funds the rest of what we do.) 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.
Please click the buttons at the top of the page to join and to donate.
Support our Students’ Educational Journey
Our school is always working on new ways to support students. Your donations help support the school where state funding is not adequate. These are some of the results of the PTSA Direct Appeal from the last year:
● Donated $10K towards the Mac Lab upgrade, with more to come
● Purchased equipment and lab supplies for AP classes
● Purchased textbooks and AP test prep books
● Hosted a staff appreciation day for our faculty and staff
● Co-sponsorship of the multicultural festival with ASB that raised over $3k to fund student clubs
● Co-sponsorship of “Beyond the Blue” disability awareness and fundraising week
● Collaboration with ASB on the food pantry and clothing store
● Awarded need based scholarships to facilitate student participation in extracurricular events and competitions and college application tests
● Approved the purchase of organizational planners for all students for the coming year
● Purchased a new color printer for the Journalism department to support the school’s color printing needs
● Presented speakers on topics including student safety, physical and mental health, and more
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. YOUR voice and donations matter, please consider getting involved and making a contribution.
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, if you prefer, you can 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.
● Donate through a charitable fund or online platform. Look for Tax ID 94-2893234. Check if your company offers corporate matching!
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.
PTSA BOARD POSITIONS
The President, Treasurer and Secretary are the three essential positions. Please CLICK HERE for a description of the PTSA Board positions.
• Executive VP
• VP Membership
• VP Communications
See the description of all the committee roles HERE
To join any of our committees or our board please, contact us.
PTSA committees for School year 2023/24 - looking for volunteers
- Grad Night Party (GNP)
- Job Shadow
- SAT/ACT Coordinator
- Graduation Events & Senior Celebration
See description of all the committee roles HERE
EXECUTIVE Board for School year 2023-24
Executive Vice President
VP Student Programs
VP of Membership
- Job Shadow Day
- Career Day
- Teacher Appreciation
- Substance abuse awareness
- Honorary Service Awards
- Senior Essay Contest
- Senior Awards Night
- Senior Celebration
- Grad Night Party
- Reflections Art Contest
Job Shadow Day 2023 was on Monday, October 9. This year, nearly 150 students had the opportunity to witness first hand what a day in the life of a professional in their career area of interest is like. We had students shadowing in many different fields, from education and childhood development, to engineering, computer science, veterinary sciences, graphic design, journalism, law and more. We also held a panel discussion with professionals for several fields in the medical sciences for those interested in healthcare.
HHS PTSA was thrilled to bring this program back after a 3-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Our hope for next year’s edition is that many more students will take advantage of this amazing opportunity! We greatly thank all the hosts –many of them HHS parents or alumni– who made this possible!
For questions please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff appreciation brunch is sponsored by the PTSA at the end of the first and second 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 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.
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 2024 (Date TBA)
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.
Each year PTSA awards scholarships to the winners of the Senior Essay Contest. The essay theme is announced around the start of the second semester and students have roughly a month to prepare their submissions. The prompt is selected by the PTSA Board, who also selects the winners of the contest. The winners are announced during the semester and recognized during the Senior Awards Night.
Senior Celebration is held a few days prior to graduation and is optional, but highly encouraged event for seniors and their parents/guardians!
Seniors will begin by lining up in the back of the Field House. Generally the ceremony will start at 7:00 pm. This is a small, intimate and reflective event so parents/guardians are welcome to attend and celebrate with your senior as the graduation ceremony is an event for extended family!
What is a Senior Celebration? In addition to the traditional commencement graduation ceremony with its cap and gown and congratulatory handshakes, speech(s) and recognition of outstanding achievements, most high schools, colleges, and universities also have celebration ceremonies. Formally defined as a Baccalaureate ceremony to honor the graduating class, in many institutions of higher education the Senior Celebration has evolved into a quieter, more reflective event that focuses on students' personal growth and achievement.
Other special events during the celebration often include performances by student choirs, vocalists and musicians, which allows for more introspection for both the graduates and the attendees.
Dress attire: Students wear their gowns and not their caps for this event.
The GNP is an all-night celebration for seniors following the graduation ceremony.
The Grad Night Party is held at a secret off-campus location, where the students can participate in fun activities all night with their friends and not have to worry about driving or organizing their plans. The location is kept secret until right before the party to keep the party secure. The party is held in a different spot each year, but it's always a safe, secure, chaperoned environment for our seniors to enjoy one last big night with their graduating class. A great send-off for our wonderful students!
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.
New GNP Website: https://sites.google.com/view/hhsgnp2024/home
The entry submission window for the 2023 Reflections Art Contest is now closed. Winners will be announced in November and all submissions will be viewable after that. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Reflections Art Contest is a National PTA art program that encourages students to be creative in six art categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, and Music Composition. Winners at the school level can continue on to compete at district, council, state and national levels. Prizes are available to the winning students!
Join PTSA Today!
By joining the HHS PTSA you automatically become part of the national PTA organization. PTA has existed for 125 years and is one of the largest child advocacy groups in the country. In times of shrinking budgets and lack of educational equity, organizations such as PTA are more critical than ever.
There are also many perks to being a part of PTA, including special deals on everything from school supplies to car rentals. These are but a few of the companies that offer discounts for PTA members.
Don't delay! Visit https://hhs.fuhsd.org/parent-portal/ptsa and click the Become a PTSA Member button.
If you'd like to have an even greater impact on your student's education, consider joining the PTSA Board and volunteering your energy. We are recruiting for the 2023-24 Board and looking for passionate community members to help us advance the many projects and ideas we have for Homestead High. If you are interested, please reach out to email@example.com.
Print your PTSA Membership Card
Are you already on PTSA but have not printed your membership card? We highly encourage you to do so. Your membership gives you many special deals, from school supplies to car rentals! These are but a few of the companies that have special discounts for PTA members. Check the Member Offers page for more.
To print your card, visit https://hhs.fuhsd.org/parent-portal/ptsa and click the Become a PTSA Member button. You will be prompted to login with the credentials used to join PTSA.
Once logged in:
Click on the "dashboard" button on the top right
Click on the "Homestead High PTSA" box
Scroll down and click "Download Membership Card"
You will have the option to print your card or download a digital copy (including Apple Wallet). Keep this handy to enjoy discount opportunities!
"University of California Undergraduate Admissions process" with UC Davis admission - Recording of this event from Sep 2020 is available HERE
University of California PIQ Workshop with UC Davis admission - Recording of this event from July 2020 is available HERE
Many HHS 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.
Homestead HS graduates shared video with college transition advice. Thank you awesome alums and please stay connected with our community!
- Nadav Bronicki Class of 2019 - About my campus UC Berkeley
- Valerie Hu Class of 2019 - About my campus Cornell University, college transition and more
- Lauren Lowe Class of 2019 - About my campus Stanford University
- Anne He Class of 2018 - Transition to college (Washington University in St. Louis)
- Ryan Wu Class of 2018 - Transition to college (UCLA)
- Shauli Bar-On Class of 2017 - Transition to college (USC)
- Shauli Bar-On Class of 2017 - Class of Covid-19
- Yannik Omictin Class of 2017 - Choosing a major/college (George Washington University)
- Matei Predescu Class of 2017 - Transition to college (Oberlin)
- Liliana Adler Class of 2016 - About my campus SJSU and navigating college
- Emily Cai Class of 2016 - Transition to college (MIT)
- 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
- Julia Verbrugge Class of 2016 - About my campus Chico State and why did I choose it (+ surprise at the end)
- Ashley Nave Class of 2013 - About my campus Grand Canyon University
Guest speaker Jeannie Burlowski's talk on how to write compelling essays for scholarship and other opportunity applications is available HERE.
The Nov 16 2022 Guidance Department presentation on Naviance is available HERE.
The recording of Dr Ram Rao's presentation, "Reclaiming your Health: The Mind-Body Nexus" is now available on the PTSA Youtube Channel HERE. Please note that a few seconds of the presentation are missing from the beginning of the recording.
A recording of the Jan 19 workshop by Impact Teen Drivers is available HERE.
A recording of our Nov 10 speaker (Let's Talk About Sex (Because Your Kids Are) is available now on HHS' YouTube channel.
The video of Dr. Ronesh Sinha's presentation "Science Based Lifestyle Strategies to Reduce Risk for Families During Covid-19" from the Sept 14 GA meeting is now available. Watch the presentation here.
Dr. Ronesh Sinha, author of The South Asian Health Solution, is an internal medicine physician for Palo Alto Medical Foundation who runs a lifestyle clinic focused on reversing insulin resistance. He is also an expert in corporate wellness and serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Silicon Valley Employer Forum where he is a global adviser to over 55 major Silicon Valley companies on health and wellness strategies. He blogs actively on health at culturalhealthsolutions.com and recently launched the Meta Health podcast where he uses creative storytelling to teach listeners about health and metabolism. His free Covid-19 survival guide has been used by families worldwide to guide lifestyle strategies to reduce the risks from COVID.
Watch the Marijuana & Vaping webinar recording - Expert Debbie Berndt explains marijuana and vaping use, current scientific understanding, and specific strategies for middle and high school parents, guardians, and adult family members. Recorded on 2/9/2021.
Watch the The How of Happiness webinar recording - We all want our kids to be happy. But can teenagers managing academic and social pressures, not to mention hormones, during a pandemic find happiness? And is it possible to build habits that will support long-term happiness? Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is an expert on happiness and the author of three books on the subject including, The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want. Recorded on 2/1/2021.
6:45-8 pm September 16, 2020
At this event, we will share with you what was already sponsored this year and ask you to approve further funds release (10 min) then we will introduce our guest speaker - Dr. Ron Sinha. (45 min. presentation & 15 min. Q&A).
The Topic is - Optimizing Family Emotional Health and Fitness During Covid-19
Dr. Sinha is bringing his popular Covid-19 health and fitness seminar to local schools, where he covers some of the following topics:
- Understanding Covid's basic operating system
- Exercise tailored to reduce Covid-19 risk
- How to improve posture and fitness while you study and work from home
- Techniques to help lower stress and improve resilience in a pandemic
- Specific eating strategies, nutrients, and resources to help combat Covid-19
Dr. Ronesh Sinha is a physician for Palo Alto Medical Foundation who leads corporate wellness for major Silicon Valley companies. He is author of The South Asian Health Solution and blogs actively on health and wellness at culturalhealthsolutions.com where he has created Covid-19 resources being used worldwide, such as his free Covid resource guide.
7-8:30 pm October 21, 2020 Registration information coming soon!
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 panel with FUHSD Associate Superintendent Trudy Gross, Homestead HS Principal Greg Giglio, Ms. Sarah Lloyd Homestead HS school based therapist, and Dr. Ronesh Sinha about the challenges our students experience and how can we better support them.
The Homestead HS PTSA invites you to join us for a virtual conversation with FUHSD Superintendent Polly Bove on September 23rd, 7-8 pm.
Superintendent Bove will provide general information about the parcel tax renewal that will be on the ballot in November and will be available to answer questions about our district and future plans.
To address the things that are most interesting to our community we invite you to submit questions in advance and we will try to get to as many questions as possible during the meeting.
4-5 pm September 2, 2020 Reserve your spot.
How do you fill out the UC application so it best reflects you and your accomplishments?
Learn about the University of California Undergraduate Admissions process, what the UC Application requires and tips how to best represent your true self. Hosted by Melanie David, Bay Area Regional Representative for UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions. Register HERE
Melanie David works for UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions for six and a half years. She has been the Bay Area Regional Representative for the last three years and looking forward to helping you.
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
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