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Published by the SMHS a letter From our PrinCiPal,Yvonne shiu
Parent Teacher Organization Dear Bearcat Parents,
for the SMHS Community With the holidays just around the corner, can you believe that another calendar year is
almost coming to an end? Time sure flies when you are having fun and are kept busy. Teachers and
Boosters / 9, 10 counselors are busy preparing letters of recommendations for our graduating seniors, seniors are
putting finishing touches on their applications, and fall sports are finishing up their season and winter
athletes are beginning theirs.
Calendar / 12 And with the holidays, San Mateo kicks off our annual Canned Food Drive. With the economic
downturn our nation is feeling at the moment, we urge you to support our students and community
in their efforts to ensure that San Mateo County families have food on their tables this holiday
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season. Thanks for sharing.
Our theater arts department wrapped up RENT and cast PETER PAN. Mark your calendars,
Counseling / 3 as you will surely not want to miss the show: January 30 & 31, February, 1, 6, 7 and 8. Matinees
are February 1 and 8, all others are evening shows. Other not to be missed events—our winter
concerts: Instrumental Music—Thursday, December 4 and Choral—December 5.
Foundation / 5, 9, 11
I invite you to do some holiday shopping at Barnes and Noble Bookstore at 11 West Hillsdale
Blvd. on Saturday, December 6 from 9am-11pm. A percent of your purchases will be donated back to
Pto / 4, 5 San Mateo High School. Please mention you are with San Mateo when making your purchases or go
to schoolloop.com to download a voucher. Thanks for your support!
Final exams begin the afternoon of Tuesday, December 16 with the 7th period final, followed by
seniors / 3, 4, 8
1st and 2nd period finals on Wednesday, December 17; 3rd and 4th period finals on Thursday, December
18; and, 5th and 6th period finals on Friday, December 19. December 17-19 are minimum days;
student govt. / 7 students are dismissed at 12:20pm. Please check our website for the full finals schedule. Students
return for the spring semester on Tuesday, January 6.
The 7th Annual Athletics Hall of Fame inducted the following people on Friday, November 14:
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Lou Bortolin, Class of 1952; Jeff & Lisa Diamond, 2000-2008; Dan Lacy, 1945-1960; Bob Murphy, Class
of 1949; Colleen Nishiiwa, Class of 1997; Arron Oberholser, Class of 1993; Tom Tuipulotu, Class of
testing / 2 1983; and the 1975 Football Team. Congratulations Bearcats!
Under summer-like skies, the Bearcats were defeated in the Little Big Game on Saturday,
November 15. It was one of the most exciting games of the season and I am truly proud of the way
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the team played.
Thank you for all your continuing support of San Mateo High School. I wish you all a safe and
Any comments, questions
or concerns regarding this
peaceful holiday season. See you in the new year!
newsletter may be addressed to —Yvonne Shiu, Principal
San Mateo High School, 506 North Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401 (650) 558-2399 www.sanmateohigh.org
testing Corner ContaCt Don SCatena
CAHSEE SMHS FALL 2008 FiNALS SCHEDULE
All sophomores will be taking the CAHSEE for the first
time in February 2009. Our staff is working diligently on Monday, December 15th A Day
preparing our students for this very important test. Tuesday, December 16th B Day
12/16 is a “modified “B” Block schedule day; each period
2008 10th grade CahSee reSultS: will be 86 minutes. Students will take their 7th period final after
# of students tested 305 6th period. Students who do not have a 7th period final are
Number passed 256 dismissed at 1:10pm. The bell schedule for 12/16 is as follows:
Percent passed 84% Period Time
Number not passed 49 2 8:00-9:26
Percent not passed 16% Brunch 9:26-9:36
Mean Scaled Score 392 4 9:42-11:08
For an overview about the California High School Exit Lunch 11:08-11:38
Exam, please go to: www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/overview.asp 6 11:44-1:10
For a free study guide to help your student prepare for the 7th period final 1:15-3:15
English portion of the CAHSEE, please go to: www.cde.ca.gov/
ta/tg/hs/documents/elastudypractice.pdf Wednesday, December 17th
For a free study guide to help your student prepare for the Period Final Time
Math portion of the CAHSEE, please go to: www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ 1 8:00-10:00
tg/hs/documents/mathpractest.pdf Brunch 10:00-10:14
Thursday, December 18th
Each 10th grade student will be given a practice CAHSEE
Period Final Time
test. This diagnostic test is similar to the exam students will take
on February 3 and 4, 2009. The results will be given to your
student prior to the holiday break. Copies of the results will be
given to each student’s math, English, and tutorial teachers. We
hope to have interventions and workshops throughout January Friday, December 19th
to help students prepare for this important test. Period Final Time
PSAT RESULTS Brunch 10:00-10:14
The PSAT was given to 325 11TH graders on October 6 10:20-12:20
15 . Some 9th and 10th graders took the exam on Saturday,
October 18th. Results for all students will be available prior December 22nd-January 2nd Winter Break-Happy Holidays!
to the holiday break. Students should pay close attention to Monday, January 5th Teacher Workday
the announcements for where and when these results will be
passed out. Tuesday, January 6th First Day of Spring Semester
2008-09 SAT TEST DATES www.collegeboard.com
Test Dates Test RegistrationDeadlines* *U.S. dates are postmark dates.
U.S Regular U.S Late (a fee applies)
December 6, 2008 SAT & Subject Tests November 5, 2008 November 18, 2008
January 24, 2009 SAT & Subject Tests December 26, 2008 January 6, 2009
March 14, 2009 SAT only February 10, 2009 February 24, 2009
May 2, 2009 SAT & Subject Tests March 31, 2009 April 9, 2009
June 6, 2009 SAT & Subject Tests May 5, 2009 May 15, 2009
2008-09 ACT TEST DATES www.actstudent.org
The optional Writing Test is available for all test dates.
Test Date Registration Deadlines Late Registration (late fee required)
December 13, 2008 November 7, 2008 November 8 – 20, 2008
February 7, 2009 January 6, 2009 January 7 – 16, 2009
April 4, 2009 February 27, 2009 February 28 – March 13, 2009
June 13, 2009 May 8, 2009 May 9 – 22, 2009
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Counseling neWs ContaCt GeorGiana WatSon & april torreS
SUMMER SCHooL ACADEMiC HELP CALiFoRNiA SCHoLARSHiP
We hope to have summer school Here is what students should do: FEDERATioN (CSF)
applications available in February. Students • ask for help from the teacher CSF is a statewide academic honor
can pick them up in the Counseling Office, especially during advisory period; organization. Students qualify by their
room A108. Dates and location have not • utilize the Homework Center on grades. Signup meetings will take place
been set at this time. Summer school Mondays and Wednesdays from during the month of February.
usually starts one week after school ends 3:15pm – 4:15pm in the library; **THERE ARE NO RETRO ACTIVE SIGN-UPS**
and runs for six weeks. • ask a Counselor for names of
Students should make up failed SMHS California Scholarship Announcements will be made at
courses during the summer sessions. It is Federation (CSF) tutors for help. school, through Naviance, and on School
especially important for those students Loop. This will be the first semester
who need to make up graduation SENioRS APPLyiNg To FoUR that 9th graders will be able to become
requirements not passed during the yEAR AND iNDEPENDENT part of CSF. Remember, there is a $5.00
school year like math, English, history and CoLLEgES application fee each semester.
physical education. Ninth and tenth grade Make sure you have met with your More information can be found in
students should make up failed classes counselor regarding the following: the Counseling Information Handbook
right away. • letters of recommendation (please (sent home last summer) or on the SMHS
We will offer “first time” classes for check Naviance for deadlines) website. Ms. Torres is the advisor and will
students who would like to advance to • all necessary forms for non- answer any questions.
the next level when they return for the common application schools,
fall semester, for example, going from including secondary school reports
Geometry 1-2 to Algebra 3-4. The district and mid-year reports; SAN MATEo HigH SCHooL’S
will notify the schools as to which classes • envelopes for these schools; CANNED FooD
will be available. • paper work for ordering transcripts
SPRiNg SCHEDULE CHECk FRESHMAN ACADEMiC
Friday, Nov. 21 - Friday, Dec. 8
We will meet with students to PLANNiNg
make necessary schedule adjustments In late February and early March,
beginning the week of November 17th. the Counseling Department will host
The counselors will visit all students academic planning sessions. Individual SCHooL PiCTURES
during their English class and students will “Four-Year” plans will be created for each If you ordered school pictures from
be able to make appointments with them student. An important benefit will be that Lifetouch (not senior portraits) in August
to make any needed changes during their the student’s sophomore schedule will and have not received them, you are
advisory period. be discussed and determined. Invitations not alone. To check on your order and
In most cases, a student’s spring will be mailed in early February and more receive your picture packet, call Lifetouch
schedule will remain the same. The few information will follow. at 1-888-898-4723.
changes that are made could relate to the
following: playing a spring sport; needing
PE at the end of the day; or, a teacher
making a recommendation to change a
SAVE THE DATE!
course level. Saturday, February 7, 2009
No changes will be made for the
following: E-waste Electronics Recycling
• Request a different teacher
• Change an elective
9am-4pm, SMHS Parking Lot
Please save the following items to safely recycle and drop off for FREE!—
• Period change Monitors, Computers, Printers, Keyboards/Mice, Laptops, Televisions, DVD &
VCR players, Stereos, Telephones/Cell, Microwaves, Fax Machines, Shredders,
Power Supply Units, and Cords/Cables.
If your company has this kind of equipment, please have them save and
store it until we can arrange a pick up before February 7th or for other
arrangements, please email: email@example.com
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Career Center ContaCt terri FeneCh, 558-2318
• Beware of scams and websites like DATES To REMEMBER
THE CAREER CENTERS oF www.fafsa.com that charge a fee to
ARAgoN, BURLiNgAME, file this form. Filing this form is always CSU Application Filing Period
CAPUCHiNo, HiLLSDALE, MiLLS, FREE. You should never have to pay Oct . 1- Nov. 30
PENiNSULA & SAN MATEo a fee to apply for financial aid or UC Application Filing Period
HigH SCHooLS scholarships. Nov. 1 - 30
• Haven’t filed your 2007 taxes yet? FAFSA-Free Application for Federal
iNViTE SENioRS and PARENTS Don’t worry, just estimate your Student Aid
To A income on the FAFSA and then make Available online Jan. 1, 2009
FiNANCiAL AiD WoRkSHoP corrections on your Student Aid Financial Aid Night
Report (SAR) after you file. Jan. 14th 7-9pm (PAC)
HoW To CoMPLETE • Get a PIN number to sign Sophomore/Junior Student & Parent
THE FAFSA electronically. Dependent students Information Night
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) should get one PIN for themselves Feb. 5th, 6:00-8:00pm (PAC)
and one PIN for their parents. You can Deadline for Cal Grant Eligibility
guest Speaker: Norman Caito, register for a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. March 2, 2008
Assistant Financial Aid Director • Some independent colleges and
University of San Francisco universities have earlier financial aid
deadlines. Check with the schools you oUTSTANDiNg BEARCAT
are applying to for their financial aidAWARDS
you are encouraged
to apply for financial aid deadline. On November 3rd, this year’s first
(Federal and Cal grant Entitlements) Outstanding Bearcat Awards Lunch was
and attend this workshop. WHAT iS THE CSS/FiNANCiAL AiD hosted by the PTO in the Flex Theatre.
Step-by-step instructions PRoFiLE? Three times a year students are nominated
Question and answer session The CSS Profile is used to help award by staff members to receive these awards
nonfederal student aid funds. Some for contributions they have made to the
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 private colleges and universities require SMHS Bearcat community. Congratulations
7:00 - 9:00Pm that you file a CSS/PROFILE. Check www. to these recent winners and many thanks
collegeboard.com and click on CSS/ to Lai Ching Wong and her committee for
San Mateo High School
(Performing Arts Center) PROFILE under “Pay for College” to view organizing this special event.
the list of schools and deadlines.
STAFF MEMBER STUDENT
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Terri Fenech Jordan Guinn
Student Aid) for the 2009-2010 year can be SCHoLARSHiP iNFoRMATioN
Susan Barba-Miller Deja Brown
submitted beginning in January. Don’t miss out! Check on Naviance,
Diane Termini Jonathan Sandoval
• For Cal Grant consideration: Both the SchoolLoop or stop by the Career Center
Alexandra Loera Duc Tran Mai
FAFSA and your GPA verification form for the latest scholarship opportunities to
Arienne Adamcikova Jesus Padilla
must be submitted by March 2, 2008. get free money to attend college.
Andrea Soroko Christina Nerio Osai
Visit www.calgrants.org for more Ana Maria Ramos Sailo Mounga
information about Cal Grants. SENioR iNFoRMATioN
Molly Rosenfeld D’armon Collins
• Fill out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov Financial Aid information
Martin Ortega Fernando Carrillo
for more accuracy and a quick turn Mrs. Fenech has visited the senior
Ashley Brainard Ruby Vasquez
around time. Certain types of financial classes to give a brief overview of financial
Gerald Mountain Carlos Morales
aid are first come, first serve; so aid and scholarships. Students were given
Heather Vasquez Juan Barajas
submit your FAFSA right away! a Cal Grant GPA Information Release
April Torres Mercedes Ballesteros
• Many parents think they will not be Form and information on how to get a
Ya-Hui Steinbrecher Jonathan Gonzalez
eligible for financial aid so they don’t PIN number and file a FAFSA. Be sure
Cindy Braganza Rillera Marsha Cardona
submit a FAFSA or Cal Grant GPA that your student returns the signed Cal
Elizabeth Cronin Francisco Arevalo
form. However, some schools use Grant GPA verification form so that we
Sara Catalli Megan Villanueva
the FAFSA to award other grants can electronically file it for your student.
Ann Pappas Edwin Velis
or scholarships. Also, some family Mrs. Fenech will give Student Financial
Marco Rainaldi Jonathan Shani
situations can change between now Aid Workshops during tutorial in January.
Sara Iraheta Esteban Rodriguez
and when a student attends school, Devra Foster Lavell Ferguson
so it is recommended to submit
the form and let the schools decide. SAT & ACT Test Dates Patsy Fergusson
Additionally, to be eligible for a Federal
Stafford Student Loan, you must submit See page 2. Elizabeth Yapp
Isaak Torres and
a FAFSA. Dante Salazar
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A LETTER FRoM oUR SMHS PTo PRESiDENT, Karen DyCKman
Dear Bearcat Parents and Teachers,
We have reached the halfway mark. Finals are just around the corner and then a much needed break for everyone.
Thanks go out to every teacher, administrator, parent and student who stepped up to be heard regarding the 7th period day. On
November 17th at a committee hearing, I spoke in favor of saving the 7th period day along with many other school representatives
from SMHS and the other district schools. I left copies of all the letters and opinions I collected over the past month with the
committee. After a lengthy meeting and many voices and opinions on the pros and cons of the 7th period day, we now wait to hear
their recommendations. I will keep you posted as information is released.
Congratulations go out to Mr. Friedman and the entire cast of RENT. The show was amazing and no other high school could
have handled the content of this play with as much style, grace and confidence as our SMHS students. Peter Pan is now in the works
and I am really looking forward to opening night.
The PTO is proud to be part of the Bearcat Awards. These are awards that honor students recognized by individual teachers.
Thanks to Lai Ching Wong and her committee for organizing an award-winning luncheon.
If you missed the Parent Information Night in October, you missed some very helpful insight regarding the pressures that our
teens face and how we can help. If you are worried about your student, feel free to call Diana de Guzman, SMHS School Safety
Advocate at 558-2376.
As teenagers prepare for their future independence, money management skills are needed. On January 27, 2009 at 7:15Pm in
the library, the next SMHS PTo Parent information Night will feature “Teenage Money Management” and is targeted to both
parents and students. Do you know how to talk to your kids about credit? Has your student opened a checking or savings account?
Do your students know how to get a work permit? These questions and many more will be the focus of our January meeting. Hope
to see you there!
Finally, this is the time of giving and even though we are all feeling the pinch, be thankful for what you have. Give generously to
the Canned Food Drive. Happy Holidays to all and enjoy the winter break.
SUPPoRT SMHS ViA yoUR EVERyDAy PURCHASES! SMHS FoUNDATioN DEVELoPMENT DiRECToR
The San Mateo High School Foundation is pleased to
San Mateo High School Bearcats PTo welcome our new Director of Development, Karin Klarreich.
Karin has 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector
our SMHS eScrip account is and specializes in development, event planning and board
management. She is looking forward to getting to know the
#139430620 San Mateo High School community. Karin and her husband live
in Los Altos and their three children attended Los Altos public
schools. Please feel free to contact her if you would like to
learn more or get involved with the Foundation. She can be
Please support our PTO eScrip fundraising! This is “easy reached at 650.575.4432 or firstname.lastname@example.org
money,” donated to the PTO as a direct result of your shopping
and dining purchases. You can register your debit and credit
cards and the rewards return to SMHS! Just a few easy steps to The latest issue of the SMHS PTO’s
sign-up and support the PTO’s many programs: In Contact newsletter
1. Log on to www.escrip.com, enter San Mateo High School is always available online:
Bearcat PTO’s group I.D. #139430620, and follow the easy steps.
2. Don’t forget to register your Safeway Club card. If http://www.sanmateohigh.org
you don’t remember the number, call 1-800-723-3929.
3. Check out the many merchants supporting our PTO, local SMHS PTO prefers that parents receive the electronic version,
restaurants, Ducky’s Car Wash, Shutterfly, and many more. in order to save time, money, paper and postage. If you received
this by regular mail and want to request future electronic copies,
Contact me if you have any questions and thanks!
please send an email to: email@example.com
—Sandy Ghilarducci firstname.lastname@example.org
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SUBJECT AREA NEWS
$400 gRANT gETS MoDEL NEW MATHEMATiCS CoURSES iNTRoDUCED
RoCkETRy CLUB oFF THE
gRoUND There are two new math courses at San Mateo High School this year. Last
spring the Board of Trustees approved Integrated Math 1-2 and Integrated Math 3-4 as
part of the district’s revised course sequence in mathematics. Integrated Math 1-2 is
being used as a “bridge” course between Algebra 1-2 and Geometry for those students
who need additional algebra skills reinforcement. It also helps prepare students for
their next course by introducing geometry content. The Integrated Math 3-4 course is
a similar “bridge” between Geometry and Algebra 3-4. As the name implies, Integrated
Math intertwines strands of Algebra 1-2, Geometry, and Algebra 3-4 in each course.
SMHS has three sections of Integrated Math 1-2 and two sections of Integrated Mat 3-4
this year. Below is the revised math course sequence.
A newly formed club Model Rocketry
Club, sponsored by physics teacher Paul
Robinson, received a $400 grant from
the Jewish Community Center. Club
President, Tiffany Ho, is a 10th grader who
hopes to pursue a career in aeronautical
engineering. Club VP Arun Asundi would
also like someday to be an engineer and
is excited about the opportunity to apply
his math and science skills in a real-world
situation. The club now has the funds to
purchase dozens of model rockets. Since
SMHS is so close to the SFO airport, we
will launch them at NASA Ames Research DANCE PRogRAM
Center at Moffet Field in Mountain View.
Some members are studying plans on how Mrs. Tribuzi would like to give a Big
to build a model rocket that will break the Bearcat thanks the SMHS Advanced Dance
sound barrier—and create a mini-sonic class AND the SMHS Marching Band for
dancing such a “dead on” Thriller at the
Another goal of the club is to acquire
the skills to compete in the Team America Little Big Game Half Time. Bearcat spirit is
Challenge, where students must design, alive and well, and dancing at San Mateo!
build, and fly a one-stage model rocket Come see the SMHS Advanced Dance
carrying one raw egg to an altitude of class (aka: The Bearcat Dance Ensemble)
exactly 750 feet while staying airborne at the Redwood City Holiday Faire on
for exactly 45 seconds and returning
Saturday, December 6th from 12:30-1:00.
the egg uncracked. The process of
designing, building, and flying a moderately They will be performing in front of the
complex flight vehicle teaches many Court House in Redwood City.You’ll
concepts of teamwork as well as those of see a half hour of exciting dancing AND
physics, engineering, aerodynamics, flight singing from members of our SMHS Dance
mechanics, stability, and electrical circuitry. Department. Bring your friends!
After completing local qualification flights,
the top 100 U.S.-based teams are invited
to Virginia for a national final fly-off.
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student government ContaCt Sara Catalli, 558-2333
SMHS ACTiViTiES THREE CHEERS FoR... 2008 SPiRiT HALL SCENES
--Colin Schwartz and Taylor Mallory,
SAN MATEo HigH SCHooL’S the Health Awareness Commissioners,
CANNED FooD DRiVE who worked together on this years “Peace
Friday, Nov. 21 - Friday, Dec. 8 Week”. We promoted positive behavior
on campus all week. We all hope it will
Support our Annual Food Drive for continue throughout the rest of the school
the Samaritan House and Second Harvest year. Thanks to all the Mutual Respect
Food Bank. This year it will be organized by Assembly Speakers who presented to the
Kate Stern and Jon Ocon, our Community freshmen. Another thanks to the cast of
Service Commissioners. San Mateo High RENT who sang during lunch.
has the most successful school-organized --The 400 students who came
to “Grid” at the San Mateo Marriott. Senior Class Council in the Senior Spirit Hall
food drive in the nation! Last year we
did very well and collected 274,000 lbs. Special congratulations to our Dance
(money and cans combined). This year our Commissioner Jeni Styka and her
goal is 300,000 pounds! The drive will be committee for organizing such a wonderful
run through the tutorial classes. Students event.
are most creative in their approaches to --All the students, especially the class
gathering canned goods. Classes challenge officers, who organized the wonderful hall
each other, students collect cans outside decorations for Spirit Week. All four grades
of supermarkets, they deliver “Dear did a terrific job! Special thanks to all the
Neighbor” letters and they collect money parents that hosted Spirit Hall and helped
in class to donate directly to Samaritan with set up—especially Charlie Royce and
House. Parents are encouraged to write Lia Turk! The juniors and seniors tied for
tax-deductible checks made out to the first on Spirit Hall. The seniors won Spirit The Bearcat King Senior Spirit Hall
“Samaritan House” for their student to week by 200 points over the juniors.
take to his/her tutorial period. Each dollar --Zac Vaden and Neal Honda, our Spirit
translates into four pounds of credit for Commissioners, organized a fun-filled week
that class. Ask your student about the of lunch-time events with dress-up days
drive and support this major community and renditions of the Fight Song everyday
outreach project. This is a very moving and which ended in a very spirited way with
significant experience for our students a Little Big Game/Food Drive rally with
as they all learn that they can make an the theme “Yes We Can”. We would like
important contribution to their community. to thank our talented “Tech Team” for all
Please support their efforts. of their support and expertise working
You can also donate on-line.Virtual on the rally; Alyssa Royce, Jeffery Paul Lee,
Food Drive for Second Harvest. Select Vidhan Mittal and Madison Boggs. Another
Juniors in the Junior Spirit Hall
“school”, “SMHS” and your son or successful and amazing rally!
daughter’s tutorial teacher under “team
name”. https://fooddrive.shfoodbank.com/ RLT UPDATE
default.aspx Our third Renaissance Rally will be
hosted by the Renaissance Leadership
SUPPLiES NEEDED class on November 21 at lunch. All card
If possible we will need lots of members are honored with free treats,
cardboard boxes for the Food Drive. raffle prizes and a fun rally game! There
Please have your son or daughter drop were several articles about RLT in the
them off at school in Room A001. school newspaper. We would like to thank
all of the Magic of Mateo Gala donors that
upComiNg: late JaNuary 2009 supported this year’s “Fund-a-Need!” The
Winter Sports rally, honoring our students and staff love the new recognition Class of 2010 Spirit Hall
wrestling, basketball, and soccer teams, will program. We are all very excited about
be during a double fourth period. our progress so far.
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SENioRS & MoRE
SENioR yEARBook NEWS
Seniors and families! Do you know that you can have a gRAD NigHT 2009
special page, or part of a page in the 2009 yearbook? Families Support the Class of 2009’s Grad
purchase space and use them for “baby ads,” cute photos Night! Attend a fun fundraiser featuring
showing “then” and “now.” Some simply do a page featuring
their splendid young adult. Sometimes, families arrange to share
Barb Shenson is opening her home on Sunday,
pages. Senior students may also purchase pages on their own. If
you want to purchase space in the 2009 yearbook, here are the December 7th to host this fundraiser, featuring Silpada
steps: Jewelry. 50% of the designer’s earnings are being donated
1. Contact us to reserve the space--full page for $250, to Grad Night. There is something for everyone with over
half page for $150, or quarter page for $100. We are at 480 sterling silver creations. Check out the website at
email@example.com or at 558-2399, ext 3377 in the www.silpada.com. The jewelry is affordably priced from
mornings starting at 8 a.m. Or, visit us in the Media Lab, B102, $12-$100+ with the majority of items in the low to mid-
near the Library.
$30 range. The quality and style speaks for itself. There is
2. Send in photos for us to scan (labeled with your child’s
no formal presentation. Join the party and enjoy a glass of
name), or send in high-quality JPGs. (Sometimes people bring
in the photos and we scan them on the spot. We can do this hot cider or wine.
MWF before 8:45.) Write your message.Yearbook students will Sunday, December 7th 12noon-4pm
be glad to design a page for you. (If you want to do the graphic 707 Anacapa Lane, Foster City, (TEL: 345-6618)
design, we can also accept pages that you have designed. They Park on Sea Cloud Drive—look for the open gate and
should be Photoshop or InDesign documents, JPGs, or TIFFs. orange and black balloons. Everyone is welcome!
Include fonts and graphics if appropriate.) The Grad Night Party is the safe alternative for
3. Arrange for payment. It can be a month it’s a good time
our seniors. The event is SMHS parent-supported and
for you to pay. A check to SMHS Yearbook with the amount and
chaperoned. The senior class is bussed to a surprise
your child’s name is ideal.
As we finish the yearbook before Spring Break, we try to do destination for a safe, fun evening of celebrating with
as much as early as we can.You can help us meet our deadlines classmates. Our next meeting is 1/14, 7pm in the Library.
by being an “angel” or a “good sport.” An angel has all of the The innisbrook giftwrap Fundraiser is on-going
photos and message to us by the end of Thanksgiving vacation. now and will continue through the holidays—Just go to
A good sport has photos and message ready the first week of www.innisbrook.com, click on “shop” and use our
school in January. That way, families can work on these pages school code #112447 for your purchases. Your order
over the winter break. The final deadlines for reserving pages
will ship directly to your home.
is late February or when the pages are all sold, with all pictures
We are also grateful for your direct donations. If
and messages due shortly thereafter.
Finally, remember to purchase that precious book. The cost you could consider sponsoring one additional student,
will be $60 till the end of the semester; it is $65 in January-April, along with your own, we will be well on our way to our
and $75 on Senior Activity Day in May. $18,000 goal. All donations are tax deductible. However,
—Jane McCabe,Yearbook Advisor no donation is too small or too big. All donations can be
sent to SMHS gRAD NigHT, 506 N. Delaware,
San Mateo, Calif. 94401. Make sure to include your name,
student name, address, phone # and e-mail with your
check. Thank you in advance for your support.
Yearbooks will be available for $60 through December. If
you haven’t purchased one yet, send a check for $60 with your
child’s name on it to:
SMHS Yearbook, 506 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo CA 94401
Or, you can have your student drop it off to the Front
Office or the Media Lab, B102, near the library. The price will
go up to $65 in January and $75 in May when the books are
Josh Leung and Kevin Chew are thrilled by what they see in these yearbooks!
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Many thanks to all who attended our production of RENT. This challenging show
received a wonderful review (http://smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?type=l
news&id=100301), along with an article highlighting our related health outreach in
the program and lobby during the show (http://smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.
php?id=100273&eddate=10/30/2008). We also made a $1500 donation to Project
Open Hand from our opening night proceeds as a gesture of support.
Our appreciation to you, our audiences is heartfelt for many reasons; the large
enthusiastic houses are a great reward for the huge commitment of our students, and
the financial support helps us fund future shows. Glad you enjoyed RENT as much as
we enjoyed presenting it.
Next we want you to think lovely, wonderful thoughts, because we’re flying off
to Neverland, with the magical musical Peter Pan! January 30
– February 8 in the Performing Arts Center. The show features
fairy dust and the wonderful flying adventures of Peter, Wendy,
Michael, John, Tinkerbell, The Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, and, of course,
the delightfully villainous Captain Hook.
Our Winter musical is always the biggest stage event of the
year at SMHS, and this year, we intend to leave no doubt. Over
100 San Mateo High students will be involved in this oversized
production, with approximately 40 in the cast, and 60+ others
in the crew, orchestra and other support roles. Mark your calendars, and tell your
friends--it’s a great show for everyone from grandparents to toddlers! The cast list can
be viewed with this link: http://www.smhsdrama.org/peter_pan/.
Join the fun! There are many opportunities for behind the scenes participation—
from concessions to publicity, and a dozen other easy, fun jobs for students and adults.
We also welcome your financial support in the form of program advertisements,
sponsorships, donations, or booster membership. For more information, please
contact Bill Brissman (firstname.lastname@example.org, 650-533-2341) or Alan Venook
(email@example.com, 650-259-0260). For our meeting schedule, please consult www.
The Boosters wish all a happy and safe Holiday season. See you in the lobby!
Do yoUR PART! giVE To THE SAN MATEo HigH SCHooL FoUNDATioN
The many reasons you should donate to the Foundation…
“The Diamond Grants have been instrumental in allowing our art students to take their artwork to the next level.
Student displays and shows really encourage students to work to a higher level because they want to have a sense of pride.
Since we started the Spring Art Show in the library, we have seen growth in both the level and quality of artwork that our students are producing.
Thanks to the Foundation for supporting our art students.” —Elizabeth Yapp, Art Teacher
“The document camera I purchased with a Diamond Grant allows me to quickly project student-generated work for the whole class to see.
It allows me to respond much more quickly to student needs and really grab their attention.” —Nancy Dinges, Math Teacher
“MathType has allowed every teacher in the Math Department to create professional-appearing mathematical expressions for worksheets and assessments.
The students have no difficulty understanding them from class to class because they are a standard professional quality.” —Marco Rainaldi, Math Teacher
“Renaissance Leadership Team is a class I look forward to every day. Seeing our school strive as one is priceless and a reward in itself.
To be able to use my leadership skills and have fun at the same time is incredible.”—James Zongas, 9th Grade
“To me Renaissance is a program that helps students believe they can achieve anything and when they do, they will be rewarded.
This has impacted the school greatly because over 150 students improved .5 or more in their GPA because they wanted to be recognized.
I see this as a huge stride in a long journey to make achieving great things in academics the focus of the school.”—Eric Morin, 11th Grade
“It is meaningful to remind students, teachers, staff and administrators that the work they are doing is IMPORTANT! It is easy to get lost
in a passionless routine. Renaissance gives back the importance to our educational system.” —Claire Green, 12th Grade
Every dollar makes a difference. Any level is greatly appreciated. Pledges are accepted anytime.
SMHS FoUNDATioN, 204 E. 2nd Ave., Suite 617, San Mateo, CA 94401 • www.SMHSF.org. • 650-575-4432
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athletiC Boosters musiC Boosters
SMHS Athletic Boosters has just completed our FALL sports The music students at SMHS have been in high gear since
season and are looking forward to WINTER sports. Both Soccer the last update. The marching band participated in band reviews
and Basketball teams should do well and we hope everyone in Antioch, Santa Cruz and Pleasanton as well as performed
in the Italian Heritage Day parade in San Francisco to great
comes out to show the BEARCAT sprit.
applause. The band and color guard came in second place in
As we wind Pleasanton. They are looking good this year.
down 2008 and Our choir under the direction of Shawn Reifschneider has
look forward to performed to standing room only crowds during this very busy
Winter Break, fall season. The Choir Winter concert is set for December 5 at
the gift-giving Burlingame High School. Please check the Bearcat Music website
www.bearcatmusic.org for further information.
time is upon
Our jazz band performed at the jazz festival at College of
us. So, why not San Mateo on November 14th. They never sounded better! They
buy your SMHS also attended workshops to learn how to improve their already
student a hooded awesome sound.
sweatshirt? This The marching band and color guard took to the field and
black sweatshirt turned Michael Jackson’s Thriller into an awe-inspiring spectacle
during the half-time show at the Little Big Game at Burlingame
with an orange SM
High School on November 15th. They were awesome as usual.
on the front is just Our music boosters hosted the post-game BBQ for the Music
perfect to keep department. There was hardly a crumb left. Thanks to Dawn
him or her, or even Tesarowski and Kathy Kobara for organizing this most delicious
parents warm. And it’s only $40. Order forms are available in the and welcome food fest for the marching band and pep bands.
main office; samples of the sweatshirt are displayed in the glass Thanks also to all the parents who helped out, brought food and
are always there when needed. We couldn’t participate in these
cases just outside the main office. Hurry and place your order by
wonderful events without your help.
December 5 to receive your orders prior to Winter break. If you There is always room for more volunteers in the Music
want to order this as a surprise, contact me via e-mail for details. Boosters and we really do have too much fun when we get
The athletic boosters contributed to a “new” golf cart for together. Come and join us, get involved and you will see the
the sports program. Now our trainer can get to various games benefit of your involvement in your students and in the music
with supplies fast and easy. This cart is also used by the coaches. program.
Finally, our Winter Instrumental Concert will be held
Thanks to CO-AD Jeff Scheller for finding the perfect cart and
on December 4th at 7:00pm in the PAC. All the groups will be
having the SM colors painted. performing during this much anticipated event. We would love
Once again, SMHS athletic boosters are selling the Family to see all the friends and family of the San Mateo High School
Pass. The cost has not changed in years, and for only $40, a family community attend these performances and see all the talented
of two adults and 2 non-high school kids can enter ALL home kids that make up the Music department at San Mateo High!
basketball games and SMUHSD away games. A savings of over
$100! Contact me for details. If you have one already, then it will
allow you into the basketball games.
We are always looking for parents to get involved. Please
step forward and help us help the athletic program remain
For questions or comments, contact me –
Gary Pollard, President
firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-519-4279 cell
For BearCat SportS SCheduleS:
2008 Italian Heritage Day Parade
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SAN MATEo HigH SCHooL FoUNDATioN DoNoRS
JULY 1, 2008 TO PRESENT
Thank you for supporting the Foundation. Your generous donation makes a BIG difference to our school!
This list is a work in progress and we sincerely apologize in advance for any errors or omissions.
Please contact Karin Klarreich at 650.575.4432 or Karin@smhsf.org with any edits or for additional information on how to join our Foundation family.
THANKS AGAIN and we look forward to seeing this list continue to grow! Pledges are accepted anytime.
Please send to: SMHSF, 204 East Second Avenue Suite 617, San Mateo, CA 94401
Patricia Lim and Jonathan Abilay George M. Drysdale Wendi and John Labbie Michael P. Richards
Constanza Beltran and Jackie Dunn Geraldine Rufino and Rogelio Lagapa Shelley Rintala
Francisco Afanador Eve and Ed Duran Swee and Andy Lau Diane Rogers
Sally and Peter Anastassiou Karen and Dan Dyckman Cynthia Rapaido and Gary Lawrence Nancy and Gerald Rosenberg
Anonymous Rebecca and Leon Ecker Donna Retheford and Richard Leavitt Marie and John Sabol
Ria and Roland Apikelis Gloria and Mark Erlick Carolyn and Russell Leonard Pam and Jeff Sachs
Kiyoshi Asaoka Monica and Tomas Evensen Robert Leo Candace and Bob Savoie
Ana and Stephen Asp Zena and Leon Fish Joyce Therese Leyesa Shana and Don Scatena
Daphne and Ray Atkinson John Fisher Judi Littell Nathan Schmidt
Jodi and Isaac Babbs Ellen O’Leary and Ray Flatland Lisa Louie Wendy and Jonathan Segal
Honorata Bautista Jeannie Lew and Cary Fong Jennifer and Lenny Low Marna Skaar and Michael Shannon
Bay Meadows Land Company Nancy and Jeff Fong Julia and Larry MacNeil Li Yen Yan and Yang Shen
BC|A Architects Marjorie and Allyson Forrest Susie and Robert Mar Barb and Mike Shenson
Elizabeth and Glenn Belen Sophie Cole-Foster and Lionel Foster Manolo Martinez Tsui-Hua and Peter Shieh
Mary Ellen Benninger Franklin Templeton Investments Peggy McLaughlin Peggy Chen Shirreffs
Bohannon Foundation Nancy Scheinholtz and George Freeborn Keith McWilliams Yvonne Shiu
Lisa and Robert Bonahoom Barbara and Dan Freeman Elaine and David Meacham Kiron Skinner
Stewart Bonn Gerald Fullsack Taybeh Ghafari and Sima Memari Thomas C. Smith
Julie and Jim Borden Vera and Dave George Barbara and Douglas Merkel Anne and Scott Stein
Borel Private Bank and Trust Company Kerry Hyman and Gary Gerber Sarah and Dennis Millstein Patty Hsiu and Will Stein
Lina and Robert Borromeo Tabitha and Marvin Gin Tom Mohr Ruth Steiner
Suzanne Boutin Karen Glaser Hamid Moinpour Bev and Andy Stern
Mary and Ross Brewer Debra and Thomas Gruber Rosa Bucío and Pedro Molina The Storch Family
Randi and Bill Brissman Reem and Mike Habeeb Mollie Stone’s Markets Patti and David Styka
Marilyn and Clark Brown Lisa and Adam Halpern Jo and Bruce Mork Jocelyn Koo and Gilbert Sy
Phyllis and Jeff Brown Susan and Dean Harris Cynthia Easton and Albert Mughannam Thyra Tegner
Robert Buckingham Claudia and Mark Helenius Andy Mughannam Dawn and David Tesarowski
Norma and Peter Bufford Irene and Daniel C. Hernandez Naohito and Yasuko Nakamura Peter Thayer
Julie Burkert Christine and Allen Hom Vija Norkvesta Vicki and Dave Titus
Mauro Calvi Susi and Michael Housman Shirley Oiwa Amy Cheng and Paul Tong
Gordon L. Campbell Caryn Goldman and Richard Hull Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Barbara and Gary Toy
Suzy Parker Cantor and Jeff Cantor Jimmy Ikeda Mary Wang Oskamp Lilli Rey and Val Vaden
Beverly and Ben Cardenas Kathy Indicks Jeanette and Kerim Otus Ann and Tim van Oppen
Tamara Carlin Beth Izmirian Marcelo Palazzo Carrie Small and Alan Venook
South San Francisco Conference Center Elaine Jacobs Amy and Eugene Pallas Anette and Stephan Voges
Jammy Tsai and Yung Chang June and Anthony Jin Patty Kaitz and Chris Pascoe Gilbert Wai
Stephanie Peiyi and Donald Chen Guyton Jinkerson Joseph Pausner Ginny and George Wailes
Daphne and Pisin Chen Alicia and Steve Jones Ellen and Bill Peters Naomi and Leonard Weaverling
Yvonne Chen Deanne Joshua Lynn and Michael Pierce Beth and Alan Weiss
Jo Ellen Chew Julie Shiong-Juin and Terry Tan-Jui Christina and Matt Pietro Laurel and Jon Wetherbee
Marie and Mike Chuang Virginia and Dean Kacludis David Pine Mary Jane and Stanley Whitehead
Janet and Lester Chun Wen-Shen and Yue-Lie Kao Pinnacle Ventures Patrice and Walter Willig
Susie and Joel Cohen Hiroshi and Miki Kasagi Wendy and Keith Pituley Karin Klarreich and Walter Wilson
Cohn-Reid-O’Neill Insurance Tomoko Kashiwagi Chris and Gary Pollard Debra Precht and Scott Wirch
Deborah Marcus and Tom Cross Ruth Sim and Kee Meng Keith Prodesse Property Group Karen and Bill Wong
Carla and Bruce Dannels Lia Turk and Kamran Kheirolomoom Sharon Proft Sabrina Chen and Arthur Wu
Lisa and Jeff Diamond Diamond and James Khoe Delia Ragadio Ika Huang Wu
Lauren and Richard Domingo Kimiyoshi and Yuko Kikuchi Una and Perry Rango Yue-Lie Wu
Charles Douglas Kathy and Shiz Kobara Ann and Andrew Reid Sharon and Edward Yeh
Betty Drisko Flavia Borellini and Walter Koch Cathie and Richard Reisman Joanne and Mike Zongus
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Published by the US Postage
SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL Permit No. 606
Parent Teacher Organization San Mateo
(SMHS PTO) CA
for the SMHS Community
Editor and Publisher:
Lia Turk Kheirolomoom
smhs sChool Calendar
SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
E-waste Electronics Recycling
DECEMBER 2008 JANUARy 2009
2 Coral Rehearsal - PAC 6 FiRST DAy oF SPRiNg SEMESTER
3 Latino Parents Association 8 PSAT Ames Seminar
See also other specific calendar dates
4 Winter Concert- PAC 8 Drama Boosters
within the newsletter.
5 PTO Board Meeting 9 PTO Board Meeting - Library
5 Winter Choral Concert - PAC 14 Financial Aid Night Please verify dates and times on
6 SAT Testing - Check location 14 Senior Parents Grad Night Planning SMHS’s web calendar at
8 Site Council 19 NO SCHOOL
8 Dead Week begins 20 Music Booster Meeting - M-2
9 Music Booster Meeting - Off Site 24 SAT Testing - Check location
and/or the SMHS Daily Bulletin
10 Foundation Board Meeting 26 Alumni Assn
for the most up-to-date information
11 Drama Boosters 27 7:15Pm PTo Parent info Night on calendar items.
13 SAT & ACT Testing - check location 28 Foundation Board Meeting
16 Music Booster Meeting 30-31 Winter Musical - Peter Pan
16 7 period final 31 SAT Practice Ames
17-19 FINALS / MINIMUM DAYS (see page 2) 31 Crab Feed - Athletic Boosters SAN MATEo HigH SCHooL’S
20 NO SCHOOL Winter Break begins CANNED FooD DRiVE
DECEMBER 20 - JANUARy 5 FEBRUARy 2009 Friday, Nov. 21 – Friday, Dec. 8
WiNTER BREAk 7 E-waste Electronics Recycling Day