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Principal's Message

November/ December 2017 -- Principal's Message

Dear Homestead,

I am very thankful for the amazingly supportive Homestead parent community and am always on the lookout for how we can better include our parents in our school improvement plans. We are fortunate to have several groups of parents who contribute directly to our programs, both academic and extracurricular, at our school:  The Parent/Teacher/Student Association (PTSA); the HHS School Site Council (SSC); the various HHS Booster clubs such as Athletics, Football, Music, Equestriettes, and Cheer; and the Fremont Union High Schools Foundation.  An overwhelming amount of research points to a key component in successful schools is to have a highly involved parent community, but at the high school level finding the time and means for parents to be involved is much more complicated than at the elementary and middle school levels.

One factor that keeps parents off of the high school campus is that their own students often don’t want their parents on campus as well as some parents choose to stay off campus to help their students develop a better sense of independence.  I would also say that some schools don’t often find ways for parents to be involved.  Fortunately, Homestead has been looking for ways to increase parent participation and have made some small steps towards achieving this goal.

The easiest and most direct way that parents can participate is by joining one of the groups listed above to assist in the variety of ways that are needed, whether it is to generously give their time, money or expertise to help the cause.  Because of the number of groups and their specialized focus, we do find that some parents are confused about the purpose and goals.  Here is a quick chart to help answer some of those questions:




All of these clubs are looking for members who can help them continue the good work that they are already performing.  They have events and activities that require volunteers so if you have the gift of time, these groups would greatly appreciate your help (as would our students).  Sometimes, it is easier for a parent to give the gift of money to help these organizations replace, restore or augment equipment, materials and resources.  Our students have greatly benefited from the generosity of our parents and our parent groups to keep our academics and extra-curriculars in good shape.

For those parents who are looking to share their gift of expertise, we have a couple of places where that can happen.  Our biennial Career Fair is always looking for guest speakers to come talk to our students to share your stories and experience in your careers and fields.  The 2018 Homestead Career Fair is scheduled for January 18th and we need speakers who can commit to three 25 minute presentations between 9:00am and 10:35am.  We will even provide breakfast and coffee.  Recently, two social studies teachers (Mrs. Heaton and Mrs. Jacobs) also recruited some parent volunteers to help out in our Social Studies department as writing tutors for senior students who needed extra help on their research projects.  The students, teachers and tutors have all reported how much they have enjoyed working together so we will be looking to expand the number of parent tutors and opportunities in the coming year.  If you are interested, please feel free to email me.  

Hopefully, you found a few minutes to participate in parent survey that was administered by our District Office as we have found previous surveys extremely helpful in improving our services to your families as well as gathering important feedback for each site to consider.  The survey closes November 17th, and if you did not get the opportunity to participate, I hope that you will in the future as voicing your opinions and experiences directly helps our students and staff.

Finally, if you have an idea or suggestion that you would like to share please send it to me or attend one of the meetings for PTSA, SSC, Boosters or Foundation and let your voice be heard.  As the semester winds down and the holiday season arrives, I would like to wish all of you a happy, restful and wonderful season.

Greg Giglio, Principal