SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL PTO
Published by the SMHS Bearcat
Parent Teacher Organization A Letter From Our Principal, Yvonne Shiu
(PTO) for the SMHS Community
Happy Autumn, SMHS families! September 21st was the end of the first six
Principal’s Letter 1 week grading period. You should receive
Welcome to the 2012-13 school year. We
your student’s progress report on
just had Back to School Night on Thursday,
PTO News 2 Saturday, September 29th. If you do not,
September 6th, and it was such a wonderful
please do not hesitate to contact your
Grad Night 3 sight to see. Classrooms filled with parents
student’s counselor for a copy or to make
and guardians and students in the hallways
Volunteer Forms 4 appointments with your student’s teachers.
helping direct lost family members. The
We have Homework Center in the library
rotunda (lobby) of the school was bustling
SAT Prep Courses 6 T u es da y s and Th ur s d a ys from
with our Booster groups, Parent
3:15-4:15pm. Tutors are available and
eScrip 7 Organizations, and students. Our mascot
students are supervised by Ms. Kalinski,
even visited for a while. Thanks to Kat
Mr. Pirie and Mr. Thrasher. Stop in if you
Join PTA! 8 Fadrilan and Marie Angle for their
have any homework questions!
organization and assistance for this event!
Counseling News 9 I need 4 parents to serve on the SMHS
As you probably noticed, the parking lot
Library Corner 10 Site Council. We meet the third Monday
behind the PAC (Performing Arts Center) is
of every month from 3:30-5:00pm in the
AVID 10 filled with rows of steel structures. That is
Biotech Conference Room. According to
our solar panel project, which has been
its guidelines, we are to have parity
ParenTeen Quest 10 stalled due to height issues. Estimated
between our student and parent members,
date of completion has been moved to
Biotech News 11 so please email me if you are interested in
November. As you can see the PAC is
serving on this group. Annually we review
Student Activities 12 moving right along. If you peek in from
SMHS’s goals and Single School Plan for
Delaware, you can see the balcony being
Testing Corner 13 Student Achievement, we administer and
built. The concrete wall is the back of the
award Diamond Grants, we review and
house. The atrium/lobby will extend out in
College & Career Center 14 approve our school’s categorical budgets
front of this concrete wall. Next summer in
and we hear news from each grade level
Athletic Boosters 16 the stadium, we are looking at a bleacher
replacement/refurbish project along with
PHS Relocation Update 16 ADA access, handicap seating and a Shadowing dates have been posted on our
press box. website. If you know of any prospective
Latino Parents 17
incoming families, please direct them to our
On Thursday, September 13th we started
ELAC 17 website. We will host our 8th Grade
up Family Literacy Night. Students are
Family Information Night on Thursday,
Music Boosters 18 welcome to come to the SMHS library to do
November 15th. We will begin our
homework, use the computers and receive
Drama Boosters 19
program in the Main Gym at 6:30pm.
help from tutors. We often have a number
of elementary school children here from I hope you will join us for the 8th annual
Yearbook News 20
Parkside, Highlands and College Park. We Bearcat Benefit on Saturday, October 6th
21 are trying to make sure our future baby at the South San Francisco Conference
Bearcats have a strong foundation of Center. You should have received your
Art Department News 23 literacy and doing homework. Tutors are invitation in the mail. Be sure you get your
available from 6:00 -7:30pm every RSVP in by September 28th. This event
Any comments, questions Thursday. No excuse not to do your is important to San Mateo High School
or concerns regarding this homework! because it raises money for academics.
newsletter may be addressed to
firstname.lastname@example.org (Continued on page 4)
San Mateo High School, 506 North Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401 (650) 558‐2399
SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL PTO PRESENTS
2 Choices to help you prepare for the SAT exam
SMHS PTO is sponsoring two
different companies with two different SAT test preparation styles!
Choose between Ames Seminars or Catalyst. Why two choices?? Because each of-
fers a unique approach to preparing for the SAT.
Catalyst is for those students who do best by immersing themselves in
studying right before exam
Ames is for students who like a traditional studying environment AND don’t forget,
Ames is also our PSAT Prep Seminar provider
CATALYST BOOTCAMP AMES
800 235-0056 925 937-2280
Cost: $165 Cost: $855
Classroom Hours: 8 hours, 4 hours Classroom Hours: 20, starts about
each Sat./Sun. weekend before 6 weeks prior to exam
Class Size: adjusted to attendance Class Size: small, 15 students
Individual Private Tutoring: 3
Online Studying Available: yes
Teaching Staff: Young and very Teaching Staff: established teach-
energetic ers – have been teaching SAT
prep for a while
Two excellent options; choose the one that’s right for you!
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 2
An Important Part of
eScrip is an important part of Bearcat fundraising. The eScrip program raises money through your everyday purchases
made at participating eScrip merchants both at brick and mortar stores and on line through their web portal. Parents,
teachers, friends and other family members are encouraged to register their credit, debit and grocery club cards with the
eScrip Members New to San Mateo High School:
Many parents have long been participants in the eScrip program helping to support our local schools. If you are new to
San Mateo High, don’t forget to update your eScrip account to include the San Mateo High School Bearcat PTO. Just
follow these simple steps.
Go to www.escrip.com
log-in to your account
go to Account Administration,
Click on Change my Group Selection
Click on Group ID and type in our Group ID - #139430620
OR Search by Group Name: San Mateo High School Bearcat PTO
Click on San Mateo High School Bearcat PTO and Click on UPDATE!
eScrip Members Returning to San Mateo High School IMPORTANT:
Returning parents to San Mateo High, need to renew their eScrip registration with Safeway before November 1st. every
Go to www.escrip.com
log-in to your account
Look for the Safeway logo and click on RENEW NOW
Enter either your phone number, email, or Safeway Club Card number
You have never joined eScrip? Here’s how to do it:
Go to www.escrip.com
Click on “sign-up”
Add San Mateo High School Bearcat PTO as a group, ID #139430620
Enter your Safeway Club Card, other grocery cards, and any credit/debit cards you use
for every day purchases. Your information is stored securely.
Shop at local merchants using your registered cards. A percentage of your purchases
will be automatically contributed to our school!
Once your registration is completed, a percentage of the purchases you make at eScrip merchants with your registered
card will be given back to San Mateo High School. Don’t forget that if you have relatives or friends who live out of town
(or even out of the state!), tell them to register for eScrip too! Every bit counts.
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 3
Letter From The Principal Bearcat Parents: We need YOU!
(Continued from page 1)
Lastly, my apologies for the phone dialer mix ups. We Community Service Commissioners: Eric Hu and Simon
Peter, are trying to organize either a motivational
are working on “tardy” calls going out around 6pm, school assembly before or during our Canned Food Drive or a
announcements during the 7 o’clock hour and absent celebratory assembly after the New Year.
phone calls during the 8 o’clock hour. I understand that
If any parents have any “connections” with any famous
the “tardy” phone call was going out during the 6 o’clock
people or groups that might come to speak or perform at
hour, with an absence message. We are working with the school, please phone us here at school 558-2333 (Sara
company to straighten it all out. Please send your Catalli, Advisor). We’re working on contacting local TV
student to the attendance window to pick up a correction and various talk show hosts but we could use some help.
form if you feel you are getting messages in error. Also,
please remember to call in your student’s absence within
48 hours. Thank you and hope to see you at around
A Message From The PTO President - Kerry Hyman, President
On behalf of the San Mateo High School Parent Teacher presentations by our Booster Group Presidents.
Organization (PTO), I would like to welcome our new and The day before the classes started was the traditional
returning Bearcat families to the SMHS community! Welcome Back Lunch for Faculty and Staff. This
Though school did not officially start for our students until wonderful event was organized by freshman parent
mid-August, SMHS PTO volunteers have been working Shikha Hamilton. She was assisted by a team of
diligently since June to support our teachers, parents who provided a delicious lunch for the SMHS
administration, parents and students: faculty and staff. It was a relaxing hour for the staff who
Soon after school let out last May, Karin Patterson then left with a “goodie bag” filled with snacks for those
began pulling together the PTO Directory, a valuable long afternoons ahead.
resource included in your Summer Packet and to which As you are reading this at the end of September, I hope
most parents refer throughout the school year. these first few weeks of school have gone well for you
In early July a group of twelve parents gathered to work and your student. I hope you were able to attend our first
with SMHS staff to assemble the Summer Packet. PTO meeting of the school year on August 29. We
Distribution of this important package of material is critical listened to a presentation from Liz McManus, Deputy
to a successful school year start. Superintendent of Business Services from the District
Office. She updated us on all of the District’s construction
PTO parents supported the “Incoming and Returning projects, budget planning and other District-wide issues.
Student Registration” Sessions. Carrie Bockholt and a Principal Yvonne Shiu gave us an update on
team of well-trained, welcoming volunteers, guided happenings at San Mateo High.
freshman baby bearcats on Tuesday, August 7, and
returning students on Wednesday, August 8, through the Our next PTO event will be a presentation of the
various phases of registration. acclaimed documentary "in 500 Words or Less", a DVD
discussing the essay writing challenges our seniors face
New this year was our Freshman Parent Orientation/ Ice when preparing their college application essays. This is a
Cream Social where our Freshman Parents enjoyed very timely presentation as many of our seniors are now
some refreshing ice cream after listening to a series of (Continued on page 5)
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 4
PTO President’s Message
(Continued from page 4) As your PTO president, I welcome any suggestions you
may have as to how the PTO can better serve our
in the process of essay writing. The event will be held on Bearcat Community. Please send your suggestions
Thursday November 1 at 6:30pm in the PAW. We will to email@example.com or place them in the PTO box
be showing the DVD and having a discussion in the main office.
afterwards. Senior students are welcome to attend. We
expect this meeting to be very well attended and seating Last but certainly not least, this newsletter - In Contact - is
will be on a first-come, first-served basis. published by sophomore parent Rosie Issel. In Contact
would not exist without Rosie’s hard work, patience and
Most people are unaware of how busily PTO is there talent, nor would it would it be distributed without Sharon
helping, informing, assisting, and yes, feeding our Yeh and her team of volunteers.
I want to thank the aforementioned parents, and all PTO
Providing parent education via our general meetings, parents who have already graciously volunteered their
and parent communications via the emailed Daily time, talents and treasures to ensure the continuing
Bulletin, PTO Directory and the In Contact Newsletter; excellence and traditions of San Mateo High School.
Spearheading student services such as College If you have not yet joined the PTO, we need and would
Testing, A/P proctoring, Senior Grad Night and student greatly appreciate your support. Your membership pledge
college scholarships; to the PTO enables us to continue to provide valuable
Celebrating student achievements at the Bearcat services to our students, parents and staff. If you want to
Awards and Senior Awards Night, and acknowledging get involved and volunteer, there are plenty of
faculty, student and parent dedication at the annual opportunities. Forms are included in this newsletter if you
Jefferson Awards; wish to join the PTO and/or to volunteer. Additionally, all
Providing snacks, lunches and a week of meals and our PTO forms can be found on our website
treats at Back to School Night, Welcome Back Lunch www.sanmateohigh.org/pto
and Staff Appreciation Week, and volunteers to assist
in the textbook room, in the library and in the school
Grad Night! Grad Night! Grad Night! Grad Night!
Hello Senior Parents, Who Funds Grad Night? We do! That is why we get to
plan it! Students purchase a ticket that will defray some,
Would you like your graduating senior to have a safe and
but not all, of the cost. Parents need to raise the balance
fun-filled graduation party? Are you wondering how do I
of the funds needed. Please note that the school does
accomplish this? Well, Grad Night is here to help!
not subsidize the event. We choose the fundraising
What is Grad Night? It is a wonderful party for all the methods, from straight donations (easiest) to bake sales
graduating seniors held immediately after the graduation and everything in between.
ceremony that is organized by the senior parents. It is a
What do we Need to do Now? The first Grad Night
celebration for the students - a time to share memories
Planning meeting was held on Monday Sept. 17. If you
and to see all of their classmates one last time. For the
missed that one, the next meeting will be Monday,
parents - it is a fun, safe, alcohol and drug free party for
October 15 at 7pm in the library. We need your
ideas! The students need your help!
Who Plans Grad Night? The parents! We get to plan
See you there,
this party for our students. We choose the theme, site,
games, activities, food, goodie bags, entertainment, Kerry Hyman
whatever we think our students will enjoy. PTO President
When is Grad Night? Grad Night begins immediately
following graduation, the evening of May 30, 2013. As
soon as the graduation ceremony is over, the students
are loaded onto buses and transported to the Grad Night
venue. After the festivities conclude, they are returned,
via the buses, to school.
Where is Grad Night? IT IS A SURPRISE!!!!! (Why? It
is a security issue.)
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PTO VOLUNTEER FORM – 2012/2013 SCHOOL YEAR
The PTO is involved in a variety of events benefiting our school community of students, teachers, administrators and
parents. The success of these PTO events depends solely on volunteer support. This is a great way to stay involved in
your student's life! We appreciate any amount of time you can volunteer. Please check the boxes next to the activities
with which you can help. We will contact you and look forward to having you as a member of the Bearcat team!
***** SEE THE NEXT PAGE FOR A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EACH EVENT *****
BAKE or BRING GOODIES or FOOD HELP AT EVENT
I can provide food for the following events: I can help at the following events:
Staff Welcome Ba ck Lunch August 13, 2012 Freshman Registration August 7, 2012
Back-to-S chool Night, September 6, 2012 Sophomore, Junior, Senior Registration August 8, 2012
Hall of Fa me Reception, November 9, 2012 Staff Welcome Ba ck Lunch, August 13, 2012
8 Grade Family Infor mation Night, TBA Nov. 2012 Back-to-S chool Night, September 6, 2012
Open House, March 14, 2013 Hall of Fa me Reception, November 9, 2012
Staff Appreciation Week, April 15 – 19, 2013 Proctor at Practice SAT Test, February 2, 2013
Senior Activity Breakfast, May 17, 2013 Exit Exam - February 5 and 6, 2013
Parent Grade Level Info Nights: Fall, Winter & Spring 8 th Grade Family Info Night, TBA Nov. 2012
ACTIVITIES DURING THE SCHOOL DAY Open House, March 14, 2013
“ In Contact” Distribution 2 hrs 5-6 times per year Staff Appreciation Week, April 15-19, 2013
Assist librarian 1 hr per week during school day Proctor at AP exams, May 6 - 16, 2013
Assist in textbook room 1 two weeks of semester - time Jefferson Awards, May 6, 2013
flexible; last week of ea ch semester
Aca demic Awards Night, May 13, 2013
Assist administration filing registration paperwork, 1-2 hours
1st 2 weeks of school. Senior Activity Br ea kfast, May 17, 2013
SMHS FOUNDATION Bearcat Award Lunches, Fa ll & Spring
I have do nations for the Bearcat Benefit Auction. Grad Night (Senior Parents) Plan Senior party
SMHS Foundation Bearcat Benefit, October 6, 2012 MISCELLANEOUS
Get involved & help the Foundation *** GOLDEN H ELPER *** Whatever , whenever, ca ll me!
Provide written and/or oral translation from English to
NAME(S) _________________________________________________ HOME PHONE_____________________
AVAILABILITY (Circle): Morning/Afternoons/Evenings DAY PHONE_____________________
EMAIL ADDRESS (Please print clearly)
SMHS STUDENT’S NAME(S) ____________________________________ GRADE(S)____________________
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 6
DESCRIPTION OF PTO SPONSORED EVENTS
(you can sign up to chair or simply lend a hand)
• Staff Welcome Back Lunch – provide lunch (by PTO and volunteers) to SMHS staff on their 1 st day back (nice
way to meet your child’s teachers!)
• Back-to-School Night – coordinate and host snack tables for all parents and staff as they meet each other
officially for the first time
• Hall of Fame Reception – host reception in honor of the Sports Hall of Fame recipients
• Proctor at Practice SAT Test – provide adult presence and monitoring during the SAT exam
• California Exit Exam – provide and distribute healthy snacks during this exam (which all students must pass in
order to graduate)
• 8th Grade Family Information Night – provide snacks to prospective incoming families as they attend an
evening where they will learn about the academic and extra-curricular offerings at San Mateo
• Open House – provide snacks as students and parents visit classrooms
• Staff Appreciation Week – assist during a week of celebrating the staff at San Mateo that includes breakfasts,
coffee and culminates in a lunch on Friday
• Proctor AP exams – provide adult presence and monitoring at each of the 10 exams (volunteers are not required
to proctor all 10 exams)
• Jefferson Awards – coordinate public service recognition event
• Academic Awards Night – host reception for the attendees
• Senior Activity Breakfast – provide breakfast and adult presence as the seniors celebrate their upcoming
graduation (Senior Parents highly encouraged to volunteer)
• Bearcat Award Lunches – assist with the preparation of certificates and provide lunch for student award
winners (event is held twice a year)
• Grad Night – organize festivities for the seniors the night they graduate (Senior Parents highly encouraged to
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San Mateo High School Bearcat PTO
PTO MEMBERSHIP & STUDENT DIRECTORY REMITTANCE FORM
CITY__________________________________________________________ ZIP CODE__________________
HOME PHONE_____________________________ ALTERNATE PHONE________________________
EMAIL ADDRESS _________________________________________________________________________
Please print clearly. Email addresses make communication easy!
SMHS STUDENT’S NAME ___________________________________________GRADE __________________
SMHS STUDENT’S NAME ___________________________________________GRADE __________________
SMHS STUDENT’S NAME ___________________________________________GRADE __________________
Includes SMHS Student Planner, Daily School Announcements, & “In Contact Newsletter”. In addition, PTO Membership
fees support: PTO College Scholarships, Parent Grade-Level Meetings, Student Recognition program, General PTO
Speaker Series, Staff Appreciation Week & Senior Activity Breakfast (partial list)
Please select a category:
___$20 individual ___$30 supporter ___$55 family ___$80 Bear Hugs ___$130+ Big Bear Hugs
As part of your PTO membership, you are eligible to receive the SMHS’ daily bulletin via email and the “In Contact”
Newsletter either by email or U.S. mail. Please indicate your preferences:
Would you like to receive the Daily Bulletin via email (circle): YES/NO
Would you prefer to receive the “In Contact” Newsletter (circle): YES/NO
If YES, by what means (circle): U.S. Mail (takes approx. 2 weeks longer) or Email
Student directory pre-order $5.00 per directory # _____ x $5 (Total) $______
Volunteer Please let us know how you would like to help this year by filling out the separate PTO Volunteer form,
with specific areas and dates.
Please make checks payable to SMHS PTO. Total enclosed = $________
Please return form to the school office or mail to:
San Mateo High School PTO
506 N. Delaware St. San Mateo, CA 94401
eScrip is an easy way to give to Schools. The money we earn goes toward the scholarships PTO offers. It only takes a minute and the benefits are
great! The SMHS Bearcat PTO’s eScrip account number is #139430620. (Give us your number and we will register it for you, or go on line at
www.escrip.com. and register your card yourself. Your Safeway number is your original card number, not your phone number)
eScrip. Register your Safeway Club Card #: _______________________________________________
Please register your Macy’s card, Visa, & MasterCard in the eScrip program at www.escrip.com.
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 8
Counseling News - Georgiana Watson
California Scholarship Federation (CSF) 2012. All marking periods and when to expect report
cards at home are listed below:
California Scholarship Federation signups began August
30. Closing date for signups was Friday, September 14th. Grading Period Ends: Received at Home:
All information is posted on Naviance and schoolloop. FALL SEMESTER
Please see Mrs. Torres if you have questions. This
organization is open to all 10th and 12th graders and September 21, 2012 September 28, 2012
eligibility is based on last spring’s high school grades. A November 2, 2012 November 9, 2012
student must bring his or her last semester’s report card
December 20, 2012 January 12, 2013
to Mrs. Torres at the time of sign-up. By rule, there are no
late sign-ups. If your student missed the sign-ups for the SPRING SEMESTER
fall, they will have an opportunity to sign-up for the spring. February 15, 2013 February 22, 2013
There will be a $5.00 application fee for each sign-up.
March 29, 2013 April 12, 2013
Community College Credit
May 24, 2013 June 1, 2013
Classes taken at the community college level (concurrent
enrollment) during the summer will ONLY be placed on Senior Student and Parent Information Night
the SMHS transcript if approved by the counselor and We held our senior parent and student informational
administration in advance. If approved to be used for session on Tuesday, September 11th. We covered
graduation, courses must meet the SMHS graduation
“The Application Process” to all universities and as
well as additional items such as “scholarship and
A “concurrent enrollment” form and “post secondary financial aid information”. If you missed the session
course pre-approval form” must be given to your or did not receive the handout, the entire power
counselor before enrollment. point is posted on the San Mateo High School
If your student completes a community college class and website.
it was accepted to be placed on the SMHS transcript, the
student must make arrangements with the Admissions
and Records Office at the college to have them send an
official transcript to San Mateo High School. This should
be addressed to Shelley Germen, Student Data Do you know any Alumni?
Analyst. If you have questions regarding this contact your
Do you know any Alumni? Be sure to invite them to this
counselor. This final step must be done in order for the
year’s Little Big Game! It will be November 10th at
course and grade to appear on the high school transcript.
10:30am at BHS. Please contact Sara Catalli 558-2333 if
Attention Seniors and Parents you have any questions (the Student Government direct
“District policy states that a student must complete the
following in order to receive a diploma in May and
participate in the graduation ceremony":
• Pass with a D or better all required course
• Successfully complete a minimum of 220 credits;
Pass the CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam)
for both Math and Language Arts.
If your student is a senior and is falling short of meeting
the above requirements, they are in danger of not
graduating in May of 2013. Counselors have met with
those students and are sending verification letters home
to address this. We urge parents to take a look at all
school mail and to keep a close eye on your student’s
progress. Monitoring student progress is best done by
reviewing your student’s report cards and communicating
with the counselor. Grades are issued every six weeks
with the first grading period ending on September 21st,
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 9
Library Corner - Nancy Jones
First and foremost, thank you to the dedicated team of The library is also used after school four days a week for
volunteers who distributed 10,000 textbooks during the Homework Centers. Regular Homework Center with
first two weeks of school to students and faculty. They tutoring by faculty members is Tuesdays and Thursdays
are: Tony Gschwend, Jeanne Hoffman, Karin from 3:15 – 4:15pm and Athletic Homework Center is
Patterson, Katherine Patterson, Danielle Picchi, Alan Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30 – 4:15 pm. The
Reynaud, Kimberly Savage, Helen Sellers, Sharon library is often used in the evenings for various programs
Yeh, and Jeremy Yeh. I would like to give a special and events, such as Family Literacy Night on Thursdays
thank you to Carolyn Leonard, PTO Vice President, for from 6 - 7:30 pm.
sounding the need for more people to help with the big For more information about the library visit the web page
and important job of getting textbooks into the hands of or contact teacher librarian, Nancy Jones at 558-2327.
students and teachers.
The SMHS library is a happening place! The purpose of
the library is to support students in their academic
pursuits and to foster reading as an intellectual activity
and personal pleasure. The library is staffed with a half-
time librarian and half-time assistant who provide service
to classes, teachers and individual students. The library is
open Monday through Friday for periods 1 to 7, plus
brunch and lunch. There are more than 15,000 fiction,
nonfiction, and reference books in the collection. Bearcats
have 33 computers available for working on class
assignments during the school day as well as 24/7 access
to a number of subscription databases from the library
web page for their academic needs.
AVID Program - Fabian Morales ParenTeen Quest Event!
The AVID (Advancement Via Independent Determination) Miss Representation
program, is a nationally recognized pre-college program a Documentary Film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom
that was established on the SMHS campus in the fall of
1997. Currently 102 students are being served. Ms. Synopsis: The average teenager spends more than ten
Dinges our 12th grade teacher is working with 17 hours each day consuming media — more than sleeping
energetic seniors, Ms. McMullen our 11th grade teacher is or attending school. Media is the messenger and an
working with 27 juniors, Mr. Norman is working with 26 increasingly powerful one. Mainstream media bombards
sophomores, and Ms. Malone is with 32 freshmen. The children and adults alike with overwhelming messages
AVID elective class meets during 6th period and students that women should be beautiful and sexy, while men
learn about the college admissions process, financial aid, should be powerful and often violent. These messages
and organizational skills. Mr. Morales and Ms. Dinges limit children’s ideas of what is possible in the world and
coordinate the program. can have damaging effects on their self-esteem, health,
Back in June the AVID program held its Second Annual and the way they treat others. The Miss
Camping trip. Students visited the University of California, Representation curriculum equips K-12 and University
Santa Cruz campus and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. students with the critical thinking skills to question the
Unfortunately, due to weather, the camping location had to messages they see in mainstream media daily. It also
be relocated to SMHS’s Small Gym, but the fun never gives teachers and parents the tools to spark a
stopped. We would like to take the time to thank all of our conversation with children and young adults about their
chaperones; Mr. Rainaldi and Ms. Malone our wilderness media consumption. For a link to the movie trailer use
leaders, Ms. Kalinski who returned for second year of fun http://www.missrepresentation.org/the-film/
and shared her amazing scary stories around the campfire Please check the San Mateo High website at
and finally Ms. Hwang and Ms. Cintas who kept the http://www.sanmateohigh.org/pto for date, time and
energy and spirit levels up. Students and families who are location.
interested in learning more about the AVID program should
talk to Mr. Morales or Ms. Dinges.
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 10
Biotech Pathways – Summer 2012 Internship Program - Jimmy Ikeda
The San Mateo Biotechnology Career Pathway The majority of support comes from the San Mateo
program (SMBCP) partners with local universities and County Office of Education Regional Occupational
industry to provide students with experiences to explore Program who provides the funding and insurance for the
careers in biotechnology and learn about the academic student interns. If you work at biotechnology, biomedical,
paths toward those careers. Our program is funded or science research facility (private or public), we hope
through the enthusiastic support of our San Mateo County you will consider helping us make contacts at your place
Office of Education - ROP (Regional Occupational of business in the hope of setting up an internship
Program). This year, 29 students (listed below) from the program or expanding an existing one. More information
San Mateo Biotechnology Career Pathway completed a about the San Mateo Biotechnology Career Pathway and
180-200 hour summer laboratory internship at a our internship program can be found at
biotechnology facility or research facility. Industry www.SMBiotech.com. Please send any leads or pertinent
partners are excited to host our students because they information to Jimmy Ikeda, SMBCP Internship
are mature, skilled, and very productive. SMBCP’s Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
industry partners include:
We appreciate your efforts and support!
Pacific Fertility Center Best Biotech Wishes!
Genencor International Jimmy Ikeda
Stanford University - Sunwoo Lab and Endy Lab
Five Prime Therapeutics
San Francisco State University - Chen Lab and
Biotech Summer 2012 Internship Program - Students
Alena Cave - San Mateo Dulce Martinez- San Mateo
Vincci Chan - Mills Hannah Middlekauf - San Mateo
Melissa Chin -Mills Shaina Prasad - San Mateo
William Chow - Mills Michelle Ragsac - San Mateo
Eric Chuang - San Mateo Jonathan Slowey - San Mateo
Vanessa Demelo - San Mateo Catherine Su - Mills
Vineet Dodd - San Mateo Timothy Tam - San Mateo
Fumi Ebara - San Mateo Jeremy Tan - San Mateo
Taiki Fukada - San Mateo Rebecca Tien - San Mateo
John Halet - San Mateo Emily Wang - Mills
Jessica Huang - Carlmont Kiana Woodward - San Mateo
Kristy Ip - Notre Dame Josephine Xu - Mills
Andrew Lee - Burlingame Matthew Xu - Mills
Justin Li - Mills
Diane Liu - San Mateo
Angela Lu - San Mateo
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 11
Student Activities - Sara Catalli, Activities Director
Three Cheers for... Geni Duran who hosted the 80's themed “Welcome Back
Dance”. She did an amazing job, and with just a few
Kat Fadrilan and Marie Angle who organized the
school days, sold loads of tickets – everyone had a great
Freshman Orientation and Ambassador Training day. We
had over 80 Students attend the Ambassador Training
day who enjoyed Keith Hawkins, motivational speaker UPCOMING DATES
and trainer. The kids had an amazing time and it really
Fri. Sept 28 Renaissance Rally with Perks @ Lunch in
made Orientation great. We would like to thank
the QUAD (Recognizing all 10-12 Grade students with a
Leadership, Renaissance, AVID, and all of the Volunteers
GPA of 3.0 or higher)
who made the event a great success. Additionally, this
event would not have been possible without support from
Ms. Shiu, Dr. Rapaido, Ms. Woolfolk and Site Council.
Fabian Morales was with us all day of Freshman
Orientation to help manage the 35 groups and all of the
new students. Our star BBQ chef: Ms. Dinges and “Iron
Chef” Steven Pantuso hosted a tasty lunch! Thanks
Allie Jo Munier and Drew Carreon, who hosted this
year’s Decoration Days. They both did a fantastic job with
this year's decorating efforts. Thank you to all who
participated, especially Diane Liu! Also, a special thanks
to the Alegria family, who donated snacks and hosted
several “Banner Parties” over the summer.
Nancy Cordero and Kayla Rose, this year’s Club and
Class Coordinators, for hosting the Freshman Assembly.
Election Day for the Freshman was September 13th.
How Can My Student Get Involved? - Sara Catalli, Activities Director
We will be having our Council of Reps meeting in If you have not already done so, purchase a PAL sticker
September and October. Be sure your son or daughter ($15) in the Student Government room. Those with the
signs up in their tutorial to be a rep. It is an excellent way PAL get discounts on all football and basketball games
to get involved in school events and activities. They can and dances throughout the year. Be sure to come out and
also sign up for the “Students in Action”, which is a part of support the action packed Bearcat sporting events. All the
the Jefferson Awards Program. See Mrs. Catalli if you teams are gearing up for fabulous seasons. Hope to see
have questions. you all out there!
GRID is Student Government’s “Homecoming” formal We wish you and your family a healthy and happy year.
dance. It will be held before Spirit Week: November 3rd
Thanks for being an integral part of the San Mateo High
from 8-11 pm, all tickets must be purchased in advance.
Make sure your student listens to the bulletin. The daily
bulletin is also posted online on the school website.
Check it out if you need to see an announcement again or - Sara Catalli, Activities Director and Leadership Teacher
you didn’t hear the bulletin read in your tutorial class.
Also, the master activities list will be available in the
Leadership room (A001). Pick one up to plan your fall
social calendar. It's a great way to stay informed about
Encourage your son or daughter to sign up with a club
any time throughout the year. We have over 40 active
clubs on campus and they are great way to meet new
people and get involved with activities at school. Club
meetings are announced in the bulletin and occur through
out the week during lunch.
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 12
Testing Corner - Suzanne Woolfolk - Assistant Principal
Advanced Placement Tests
The 2012 AP results are in, and SMHS has increased both the number of students taking AP exams, as well as the
number earning passing scores. In fact, 45 more students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP exam in 2012 than in
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Total SMHS AP Students 306 273 259 357 416
Number of Exams 711 664 577 719 889
AP Students with Scores 3+ (out of 5) 237 231 222 284 329
% of Total AP Students with Scores 3+ 77.5 84.6 85.7 79.6 79.1
The AP Scholar Awards have been determined for 2012. The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to
recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.
Individual score reports were made available to students online this summer, and AP scholars will soon be contacted by
Total AP Scholars: 137; Average Score: 3.98 (out of 5)
AP AP Scholar AP Scholar with National AP
Scholar with Honor Distinction Scholar
Number of Scholars 59 26 52 14
Average Score 3.25 3.76 4.36 4.62
California Standards Test (STAR)
The individual student test results from April 2012 are being mailed home this fall. Please look at the individual results
and call your student’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns. The results are from tests in English,
Mathematics, Science and Social Studies based on the California Standards. To view San Mateo High School’s results,
please search using the following link: http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2012/
The CA English Language Development Test will be given on campus Sept. 27 through Oct. 9 to students who are
English learners (ELs). The CELDT is important because it helps SMUHSD to: identify English Learners at SMHS;
determine students’ levels of English language proficiency; and assess student progress listening, speaking, reading,
and writing in English.
During school on Wednesday, Oct. 17, juniors will participate in PSAT/NMSQT testing. All juniors must return the sign-up
form, either attached to a $22 payment or noting any request for financial scholarship. Sophomore PSAT sign-ups will be
allowed based on limited availability. Sign-ups begin the first week of October, and Mrs. Woolfolk will be visiting all junior
tutorials to explain the process.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures: critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills. Juniors at SMHS register for
the PSAT/NMSQT in order to become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the
SAT, and to receive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. By completing
the PSAT, juniors are also able to enter the competition for scholarships from National Merit Scholarship Corporation
(NMSC) (grade 11).
We are one of only a few public high schools in the state who give this test to all juniors during the school day. SMHS
has had multiple finalists in past years that only qualified because of our all-junior testing date!
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 13
Barbara Snider College and Career Center News - Terri Fenech
National Merit Students Honored What Happens after Seniors Submit their College
We are honored to have the following students for Applications
National Merit Semi Finalists: Seniors will receive emails verifying that their applications
have been received (some campuses will still send a
Shadi Barhoumi, Karen Chee, Diane Liu, Eric Liu,
Victoria Xiao. These students will be competing for letter) including application ID #. Save this email.
National Merit Finalist. We have three students who are If something is missing in the application. (test scores,
recognized for the National Hispanic Recognition etc.) Students will receive an email giving them a short
Program. They are Christina Dressel, Domenic Iniguez time to supply the missing data. Students must check
and Tarryn O’Mahoney. Congratulations to everyone. their email regularly to ensure that they don’t miss their
communications and deadlines. The California State
Junior PSAT Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct. 5th Universities firmly stated that they will send only one
During school on Wednesday, October 17th all SMHS reminder to students this year. Seniors be sure that you
juniors will participate in PSAT testing. The PSAT know the financial aid deadline of each campus that you
measures: critical reading, math, problem solving, and apply to.
All juniors at SMHS must register for the PSAT in College Interviews
order to: Some private universities invite students to personal
interviews (few require them). It is a good idea to
• Help prepare for the SAT. Students can become schedule one if it is suggested to you by the university,
familiar with the kinds of questions and the directions even if they say that it isn’t mandatory. An interview is an
they will see on the SAT. opportunity! How many times in your life are you invited to
talk about yourself to share the best of yourself with
• Receive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses others? A college or scholarship interview is not to be
of student skills necessary for college study. dreaded or feared but enjoyed. See Mrs. Fenech or Mrs.
Students can then focus on preparation of those Furgiuele for an appointment for a practice interview and
areas that could most benefit from additional study or you will be well prepared. This is also recommended if it
practice. is your 1st choice school.
• See how your student’s performance on an College/Financial Aid Check List for Seniors
admissions test might compare with that of other College entrance tests must be completed no later
students applying to college. than December for seniors applying to UC and CSU
campuses. You must complete your test pattern
• Enter the scholarship competition from the National before October for Cal poly SLO and Sonoma and
Merit Scholarship Corporation. early action or early decision.
SMHS has had many finalists due to the tradition of Find out which financial aid applications colleges
testing all juniors! require and when the forms are due. Many private
schools require the CSS Profile which is available
To register for the PSAT, please send a registration through www.collegeboard.com. Look for link under
form, along with a check for $22, made payable to “Pay for College.” Many merit-based scholarship
San Mateo High School. Student’s name should be applications are due as early as November.
printed in the comment line of the check. Students
Seniors should apply for a PIN now by visiting
may register in the Career Center during lunch,
brunch and after school from Oct. 1st to the deadline, www.pin.ed.gov. In order to apply for federal and
state financial aid, seniors need to file a Free
Friday, Oct. 5th. Fee Waivers are available.
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in
UC and CSU Applications should be filed no later January. This is best done online, see
than Nov. 20th. www.fafsa.ed.gov . The student and parent can
In the last three years, we have started a tradition at obtain a PIN code now in order to electronically sign
SMHS for seniors to file their public college applications the FAFSA and to be able to go online to make any
no later than Nov.20th. Students have become aware of necessary changes to their FAFSA data when they
the problems that they might face if they wait until apply in 2013 after January 1st.
Thanksgiving weekend. Let’s keep up the tradition of
having all Bearcats complete their public college Check with individual colleges and universities for on-
applications by Nov. 20th. GO - BEARCATS!!! site Preview Days and other local events. Most
campuses include this information on their website.
(Continued on page 15)
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 14
Barbara Snider College and Career Center News - Continued
(Continued from page 14) Deadline for Cal Grant Eligibility
March 2, 2013
The Career Center has a wealth of information and Students should turn in their Cal Grant form as soon as
listings. they receive them (the week of Oct.1st). They will be
handed out in senior English classes. They are also
Students should visit their top school choices. Be available in the Career Center.
sure to interview some students, faculty and staff from
those schools. Searching for a Career?
Continue to search for scholarship opportunities.
Here are some tips from Ms. Fenech on some great
Seniors check the listings both in Naviance and in the
things to do while looking for a career:
Career Center often.
Volunteer and internship opportunities are available
FREE Money for College
at the office of Jerry Hill, Chair of the Assembly:
Scholarship information is accessible in the Career
Anyone interested in participating with his campaign may
Center and updated on a weekly basis. Lists are also
email: Jerry Hill at wwwJerryHillforSenate.com
posted in senior English and Social Science classes and
questions call: 650.299-9717
Naviance for parents and students. Many local
scholarship opportunities become available now and in
Considering a Career in Medicine?
the spring semester, San Mateo students are encouraged
Minority Medical Students Awareness Workshop on
to apply. The scholarships are based on many different
Saturday, Nov. 3rd, at the Moscone Center in San
qualifications, such as financial need, merit, ethnicity,
Francisco. This is a FREE Event and attendees are
religion, career goals, community service, leadership,
required to register online beginning September 17th,
athletics, creativity and more. Students should check the
at www.aamc.org/medicalcareerfair. For more
Career Center and Naviance (Scholarships) regularly.
information, see Mrs. Fenech in the Career Center.
All Students and Parents: Beware of financial aid
San Mateo Elks Lodge is Sponsoring a Speakers
Series for Students 10-20 years old.
• Almost all scholarship information is available for free. The program is called, Do What You Love. Anthony
• Do your own research. Hardwick, award winning cinematographer, will speak
• Never give your credit card information to someone to about his path to Hollywood on Wednesday, October
hold a scholarship. 3rd, at 5:30, San Mateo Elks Club on 229 W. 20th Ave.
• Seniors: Do not pay for the Free Application for There is no charge to attend
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or pay someone to fill
it out for you. Volunteers are needed at St. Ambrose Sea Breeze
• Finally be skeptical of college financial planning School in Foster City
Call Mrs. Irizarry at 650-574-5437 or
mail email@example.com See Mrs. Fenech for a
• Feel free to contact Mrs. Fenech if you have any flyer.
questions about financial aid scams.
Tutoring Jobs Now Available at The Tutoring Center
DATES TO REMEMBER Starting pay $10. per hour, fill out an application
FAFSA -Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.tutoringcenter.com Foster City
Available online Jan. 1, 2013
Are you over 16 years old and looking for a job?
Sears, at the Hillsdale Mall is now hiring!! See Mrs.
Financial Aid Night in the SMHS Main Gym
Fenech for flyers
Jan. 16, 2013 7-9 p.m.
Come to this informative presentation given by the
Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Norm Caito, from
University of San Francisco. You will leave this
presentation well prepared to file the FAFSA for your
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 15
Athletic Boosters - Mark Erlick
Hello Bearcat Families and Friends!
The Athletic Boosters would like to welcome everyone to the start of another
school year. Hopefully you had a fun summer and were able to enjoy some
rest, relaxation and quality family time. We would like to thank everyone for
their generous support of Athletic Boosters during the 2011-2012 school year.
We were able to once again help the Athletic Department provide the
resources necessary for each of our sports teams to have the essential items
to field a strong and competitive team.
The fall season is always a great time for the Bearcat community to show their
school spirit by attending many of the sporting events. Football, Volleyball,
Water Polo, Cross Country, Girls Tennis and Girls Golf would all love to see
a large crowd of San Mateo Bearcat fans cheering them on.
As we continue throughout the school year, Athletic Boosters is always looking
for volunteers to help staff our concession stands and fundraising events. Also,
if there are any parents who are interested in helping Athletic Boosters enter
the age of Social Media, we would love to start a Facebook page, Pay Pal
option, etc. If you are interested, please contact us on the school website
under the Parents tab and then Athletic Boosters.
Enjoy the fall season and thanks again for all your support!
San Mateo Athletic Boosters
Peninsula High School Relocation Proposal Update
Wednesday August 29 was San Mateo High School's first at potential properties and performing the CEQA review of those
Parent meeting of the new school year. We had invited Scott properties will most likely take another 3 months or so. Liz was
Laurence to speak at our meeting but unfortunately he had to not specific as to when she thought the proposal would go
back out at the last minute. However Liz McManus, Deputy before the School Board.
Superintendent of Business Services was able to speak on his
behalf. Below is a recap of her update of the Peninsula High When it does go before the School Board, all 4 proposals will
School co-location proposal. be reviewed side-by-side, with the pros and cons of each one
thoroughly stated. To restate the four proposals are:
The District Office has prepared an RFP for a realtor who is
familiar with purchasing school properties. The RFP closed on 1. Keeping PHS at the Crestmoor site and rebuilding it there.
Aug. 31. Liz anticipates that it will take about 3 weeks for the 2. Purchasing a new, centrally located property and building a
interviewing and hiring process to be completed. At that point a new school there.
CEQA professional will be brought on board to work with the
District Office and the realtor as properties are reviewed for 3. Moving PHS to San Mateo High
potential PHS school sites. The CEQA professional has to be 4. Moving PHS to Hillsdale High
on board at the same time that properties are looked at so that
any environmental issues can be addressed prior to any When asked that the District Office update its website with PHS
purchase. Additionally, this CEQA professional will be relocation activities, Liz expressed a willingness to do that so as
reviewing any environmental issues that may be encountered to keep the process transparent. She also recommended that
should PHS be relocated to either San Mateo High School or the School Board Agendas be reviewed as they come online for
Hillsdale High School, or if PHS stays at the Crestmoor site but any School Board actions on the proposal.
is completely rebuilt. The CEQA review is a requirement.
Please direct any questions or comments about the Peninsula
The timetable for the School Board review and vote has now High School Relocation Proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org
slid. When SMHS first became aware of the proposal, Scott
Laurence had indicated that he thought the proposal would be
presented to the School Board sometime late September or
early October. However, the process of hiring a realtor, looking
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Lion’s International OPPORTUNITY Grupo de Padres Latinos
Are you looking for a Volunteer Opportunity that looks El grupo de Padres Latinos tuvo su primera reunión el
GOOD to ALL COLLEGES? Are you looking for an miércoles 5 de septiembre. Fue una buena reunión con
excellent career research and volunteer muchas familias y estudiantes. Andrea Booth, una de las
activity? Burlingame Lions, Leo Club is recruiting new consejeras habló acerca de su departamento y también
members. Leo Clubs are the teen version of the tuvimos dos maestros representantes del departamento de
International Lions Clubs. (Yes, this international inglés. Una de los estudiantes Melissa Alvarez, la
organization does look good on a college application.) delegada de los estudiantes de ELD, habló un poco sobre
Leos get the opportunity to develop positive character su trabajo en la escuela y otros eventos próximos.
traits and contribute to the community. A community El grupo de los Padres Latinos se reúne el primer
service club is a great way for teens to choose a career miércoles de cada mes en la biblioteca de SMHS de 6 -
path and earn community service credits for high school. 7:30 de la noche. Todos los padres están invitados a
Leos meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at nuestras reuniones mensuales donde pueden conocer a
the Lions Hall located at 990 Burlingame Avenue, otras familias. La próxima reunión será el miércoles el 3
promptly at 7:00pm. These are dinner meetings that last de octubre de 2012 a las 6 p.m.
less than an hour to leave time for homework. See Mrs.
Fenech The Latino Parents group had their first meeting on
Wednesday, september 5th. It was a good meeting with
many families and students. Andrea Booth, one of the
counselors spoke about her department and we also had
two teachers representing the English department. ELD
Student delegate Melissa Alvarez spoke about her job at
school and upcoming events.
The Latino Parents group meets monthly in the library from
6 - 7:30 p.m. All parents are invited to our monthly
meetings where they can meet other parents. Next
meeting will be on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6 p.m.
ELAC Representatives Wanted! Se Buscan Representates para ELAC
The English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) is El Comité Asesor para Estudiantes del Idioma Inglés
still looking for representatives! (ELAC por sus siglas en inglés) continúa buscando
What does a representative do? ELAC representatives:
• Attend the district ELAC meetings (10/23, 12/6, 2/13, ¿Qué hace un representante? Los representantes de
3/14, and 4/24 in the evenings in the SMHS library) ELAC:
and two more SMHS ELAC meetings (dates • Asisten a las juntas de ELAC del distrito (10/23, 12/6,
undecided) this year. 2/13, 3/14, y 4/24 por la noche en la biblioteca de
• Advise Suzanne Woolfolk, Assistant Principal, on SMHS) y dos juntas más de ELAC de SMHS (no se
goals for ELAC meetings and for English Learners. han decidido las fechas) este año.
Phone: 650-558-2303 • Aconsejar a la Subdirectora Suzanne Woolfok acerca
• Divide participation in school Site Council with our de los objetivos de las juntas de ELAC y las metas
other ELAC representatives. Fall Site Council para los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés.
meetings are at 3:30 pm in the Biotech Conference Teléfono 650-558-2303
Room on 10/15, and 11/19. • Dividir la participación en el Consejo Escolar (Site
Council) con nuestros otros representantes de ELAC.
If you are interested, please contact Assistant Principal Las juntas del Consejo Escolar (Site Council) son a
Woolfolk. las 3:30 p.m. en el Salón de Conferencias de
Biotecnología el 10/15 y 11/19.
Si usted está interesado, comuníquese con la
Subdirectora Suzanne Woolfolk.
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 17
Music Boosters - Confessions of a Past President - David Tesarowski
Sure, we say that we are volunteering to help our children
as they journey through elementary, middle and high
schools. Yes, these schools all need our help to make the
experience better for our children and to lessen the
burden on staff and faculty. BUT, gosh darnit, it is FUN
and we make lifelong friends when we are doing it!
Occasionally, we can pay tribute faculty members, and by
extension, the school itself. Such was the case when
nearly 200 people were in attendance at the Oracle
Corporation Conference Center to honor Attilio Tribuzi
and the San Mateo High School Music Department on
Friday, August 10, 2012. The benefit was a kickoff to
raise $50,000 for the music department to acquire new
instruments and uniforms for the San Mateo Marching
Band and Color Guard.
The afternoon was a celebration of Mr. Tribuzi’s 20 years
as Music Director at SMHS. The event was highlighted by
tributes and gifts presented to Mr. Tribuzi, which included
two original seats from the demolished Performing Arts
Center where Mr. Tribuzi and his students had performed
and a handmade quilt made of t-shirt fronts from SMHS
musicals and pep bands over the years. The program
included a surprise production of "Mr. T's" own symphonic
work, Finale 1999, by an orchestra comprised of current
and former students, and directed by Lester Chun, music Attilio Tribuzi accepts a handmade quilt during
director at Hillsborough schools and Mr. T. The benefit
was sponsored by Oracle Charitable Giving, and was held the celebration of his 20 years at SMHS.
The quilt was made by Donna Retherford. Photo courtesy of Mai Okasaki.
in Redwood Shores, as construction continues at the San
Mateo Performing Arts Center. For more information on
this critical fundraising drive and music booster activities
In addition to Oracle, a huge Bearcat thanks goes to our
sponsors including the SMHS Foundation, Signature
Realty and the Scheinman family as well as numerous
donations throughout the afternoon and to the families
contributing items to gift baskets in the silent auction.
Anyone interested in supporting the music program at
SMHS should visit www.bearcatmusic.org. Your support
will be greatly appreciated and will help to maintain the
school's award-winning program. We still have a long way
Cheer On Your Bearcat Musicians and Singers!
Oct 4 Fall Choral Concert, 7 pm BHS Oct 7 Italian Heritage Parade, SF
Oct 13 Cupertino Band Review Oct 20 Santa Cruz Band Review
Oct 27 Foothill Band Review Nov 10 Little Big Game – Go Bearcats!
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 18
SMHS Drama Boosters News - Gary Gerber
Discover hysterical hand puppets and magical music Be sure to bring a completed audition form and signed
as SMHS Performing Arts proudly presents AVENUE contract with you to auditions. For vocal auditions, bring
Q - SCHOOL EDITION the music in your key. An accompanist will be provided.
For dance auditions, come dressed to dance in clothes
Try Imagine a world where people and puppets live in that allow you to move freely and proper shoes (dance
harmony and learn from each other. Only their street is shoes or sneakers).
located in a dicey part of town, and the lessons these
puppets teach are more hard-hitting and hilarious than 2012-2013 Drama Boosters Board of Directors
learning your ABC's. You can journey there when the You are officially invited to all Drama Booster functions by
award-winning San Mateo High School Performing Arts our Board of Directors:
Company presents the hit musical AVENUE Q -
SCHOOL EDITION from October 26th to 28th, 2012. Brad Friedman (Artistic Director)
Russell Leonard (President)
AVENUE Q -School Edition features Joshua Glasson Joanne Zongus (Vice President)
as Princeton, a young puppet fresh out of college who is Barbara Rosenberg (Vice President Development)
looking for his life's purpose, McKenna Koledo as Kate, Melissa Kruse (Treasurer)
a monster looking for love, and Alex Rosenberg as Rod, Jon Wetherbee (Corresponding Secretary)
a Republican investment banker with a secret. Martha McKenna (Recording Secretary)
Performances will take place on Friday, Saturday and Katy Boggs (Historian)
Sunday, October 26th through 28th, at the Bayside Eve Duran (Parliamentarian)
Performing Arts Center, 2025 Kehoe Avenue in San
Mateo. Tickets are $15 (20% group discount for ten or San Jose Stage Honors:
more) and $10 students and seniors, and may be Last year, SMHS entered our winter musical, GUYS AND
purchased online at www.smhsdrama.org, or by calling DOLLS, in the San Jose Stage HONORS program, in
(650) 558-2375. which many of the top South Bay Performing Arts
programs compete. Evaluators from the theatre
Join the Drama Boosters profession attended multiple performances of our show
Many people know that SMHS Drama is one of the most and wrote detailed evaluations of the work done by
acclaimed high school theater programs in the Bay Area. actors, the directing and design staff, orchestra and crew.
But most do not realize that our program is almost These evaluations were used in determining nominations
completely self-funded. We hope you’ll join the San in seventeen categories.
Mateo High School Drama Boosters and help support our
wonderful drama program. GUYS AND DOLLS received FIFTEEN nominations, and
Join and your financial support will help us fund our our own Nicholas Wetherbee won Best Actor. As a
shows. You’ll receive benefits too: a discount on all of the result, he participated in a competition that resulted in
tickets you purchase to SMHS drama performances ($2 both a performance on Broadway AND the production of
off for students and seniors, $3 off for adults). a three part documentary called “Broadway or Bust“
As a Booster, you’ll receive advance notice of all of our appearing on PBS at 8:00pm on Sunday nights from
shows and social events. You can also hear about Sept. 9 to 23. Nick will be featured in a duet with a very
opportunities to lend your skills (carpentry, sewing, famous person. Congratulations to the entire GUYS AND
tickets, sales, etc.) to our productions. You don’t need to DOLLS cast and crew!
have a student in the cast or on the crew—all with an
interest in the drama program are welcome! You can find
the Booster Membership form here:
Auditions for the winter musical, LEGALLY BLONDE, will
be held on October 29 – 30 at 3:15 p.m. Elle Woods has
it all: a fabulous ensemble, a fabulous boyfriend, and all
the popularity a girl could want. But when her romance
hits a snag, Elle proves that anything is possible, even
entry into Harvard Law school, if it’s done in the name of
true love! Watch Elle surprise everyone, including herself,
in this funny, fast-paced musical, where blondes – and
everyone else – will definitely have loads of fun.
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 19
Yearbook Information - Patsy Fergusson - Yearbook Advisor
Reserve Your Yearbook Now it out, enclose your check, and drop it in the Yearbook
Reserve your child's yearbook before the end of the year box in the Main Office to reserve your space. Then,
for just $80. The price will rise to $90 after Winter Break, before the end of the year, either create your ad yourself
and to $100 on May 1. Based on prior year sales, we are and send us the digital file, or have the yearbook staff do
ordering 600 copies, yet our student population is 1400. it for you. Put together some pictures of your child as a
Make sure your child doesn't miss out! This year's student baby, add family shots, poses with friends, a graduation
Editor in Chief, Vi Bautista, went to a national convention pic you didn't choose for the official portrait, and a note of
in Seattle last spring and an intensive Design Camp over congratulations or good luck--whatever you like! Each
the summer, so she's ready to make our 2013 book the Baby Ad is unique to the individual. We can't wait to see
best ever! Our beautiful, hardbound, full-color book on your child's Baby Ad in this year's book!
thick, glossy, high-quality paper will be a long-lasting and
invaluable memento of the 2012-13 SMHS school year. We Want Your Pics in the Yearbook
You can find an order form under the "Students" drop If you have good pictures of your child relaxing over the
down menu on the SMHS Web Site. Just fill it out, summer break, working at a job, playing a sport,
enclose your check, and put it in the Yearbook Box in the performing in a band, or a play, or a club, or a dance, or
Main Office. You'll be glad you did! doing just about anything, we want your pics to include in
the 2013 yearbook. Please send any digital files you think
Baby Ads On Sale! might be suitable for our book to
Are you the parent of a senior? Then you've lucked out! email@example.com. Your file size should be 1MB
Prices for baby ads--sold only to seniors--have dropped or more, for maximum reproduction quality, and please
for the 2013 yearbook. Now it's just $50 for a quarter include some information for the caption about who, what,
page, $100 for a half page, and $200 for a full page ad. when, and where the photo was taken. With your help, we
We dropped the price because we want to see every can expand our coverage so that we don't feature the
senior honored publicly this way. Find the Baby Ad form same people over and over in the 2013 book. Help us
under the "Senior Parents Information" section of the make your child a star. Send us his or her pic! See you in
"Parents" drop down menu on the SMHS web site. Just fill the book!
Attention SMHS Community!
Attention Parents, Students and Alumni of San Mateo
High School: The San Mateo Union High School District
Board of trustees will be holding a study session to
discuss options for Peninsula High School/District Office/
Operations on Thursday October 18 at 5:30 pm in the
SMART Center located at 789 E. Poplar Ave.
This study session will examine alternative sites for
Peninsula High School and the School District's
headquarters. At this time, the Board members are to
consider potential options for moving Peninsula High
School, the San Mateo High School District's alternative
high school, from its current location on the former
Crestmoor High School campus in San Bruno. The Board
of Trustees will also look at possible places to house the
District offices currently located on the San Mateo High
School campus, and other district operations.
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 20
San Mateo High School Foundation - Harini Krishnan
INVEST IN OUR STUDENTS! • The Renaissance Leadership Class.
SEND YOUR • New technology such as smart boards and document
FAIR SHARE DONATION TODAY! HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Depending on whether you are a returning parent or a
new parent, chances are your children have either
already benefitted from one or more of the SMHSF
funded programs or will do so in the coming year,
enriching their academic experiences here at San Mateo.
On behalf of the San Mateo High School Foundation, Keeping this in mind, we urge you to do ANY or ALL of
we extend a warm welcome to the Spirited SMHS the following:
Community! It’s hard to believe that a month has passed
already since the first day of school. The month was jam- • Consider making a Fair Share Donation of $400 or a
packed with numerous first events and activities: first donation of any amount possible to the San Mateo
school dance, first home game, and first marching band High School Foundation this year. Send your
performance, to name a few! donation in the SMHSF envelope that came with your
summer packet to our address at 204 E. 2nd Avenue
We are sure that all of you had a chance to appreciate the #617, San Mateo, CA, 94402.
many incredible programs and opportunities that are
available to our children, as well as meet the truly
• Attend, Sponsor and/or Donate to the Bearcat
outstanding and diverse staff and teachers at San Mateo Benefit: 2012: VOTE FOR BEARCATS.
during Back to School Night. • Volunteer in any capacity.
• Become a board member or serve on any one of our
As you reflect on the many wonderful academic programs
and enrichment opportunities that you heard about during
Back to School Night, what you might not know is that
For more information about the San Mateo High School
many of these have been made possible because of
Foundation, visit our website at www.smhsf.org or email
funds from the San Mateo High School Foundation.
Jeff Cantor & Daniel Torbati, Co-Presidents, @
WHO ARE WE? firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Mateo High School Foundation (SMHSF)
comprises a group of parents of current as well as BY SUPPORTING THE SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL
recently graduated SMHS students, community members FOUNDATION, YOU ARE INVESTING IN OUR
and alumni of SMHS who are dedicated to raising funds STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC FUTURES HERE AT SAN
to support San Mateo High School academics and MATEO!
programs that help prepare students for the success they
deserve. In other words, SMHSF can be described as the
Academic Boosters of the San Mateo community.
WHAT DO WE FUND?
Since its inception in 2003, SMHSF has raised more than
$2 million for facility and program improvements at
Some of these outstanding programs include:
• The brand new, high-tech media lab equipped with
state of the art computers that is used 6 out of 7
periods during the day.
• The College Pathways Program, which includes a
full-time college counselor as well as the Naviance
Family Connection Online College Planning and
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 21
2012: VOTE FOR BEARCATS!
8th BEARCAT BENEFIT, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th
Wouldn’t it be great if you could help fund your child’s academic enrichment at SMHS and experience something truly
fun and memorable at the same time? Well, Here’s Your Chance!
Don’t miss the San Mateo High School Foundation’s 8th annual dinner and auction fundraising event,
2012: VOTE FOR BEARCATS! at the South San Francisco Convention Center, on Saturday, October 6th!
Deadline for ticket purchases is September 28th!
TOP TEN REASONS TO ATTEND THE BEARCAT BENEFIT THIS YEAR:
1. Delicious All-American Food & Drinks
2. Classic American Rock & Roll
3. Unforgettable Performances by SMHS Drama and Dance Students
4. Mellifluous Renditions by SMHS Musicians
4. Bearcat Golf Classic Pay to Play
5. Handcrafted Silver Bracelets Silent Auction
6. Unforgettable Indian Dance & Dinner Live Auction
7. Giants! Here We Come Package Live Auction
8. Grande Pupusa Party Silent Auction
9. Sustainable Dinner by SMHS Teachers
10. Luxurious Tahoe Vacation
SEND IN YOUR RSVP TODAY FOR THIS TRULY ONE OF A KIND EVENT!
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Purchase Bearcat Bravo tickets and attend the Pre-Party at 5:30 p.m.
Purchase General tickets and join us at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor a teacher to attend the benefit
Donate to our Silent or Live Auctions
Purchase a business card ad in our auction program
Donate any amount if you are unable to attend
Volunteer on the Bearcat Benefit committee
Email Benefit Co-Chairs
Laurie Daniels email@example.com & Momoe Sasaki firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the SMHSF website at www.smhsf.org.
SEPTEMBER 2012 SAN MATEO HIGH SCHOOL “IN CONTACT” PAGE 22
Art Department News - Julie Stock and Elizabeth Yapp
Exciting News: All four of our digital art classes (2 Digital
Photography and 2 Art & Multimedia) are enjoying the
beautifully updated Digital Mac Lab provided by our
City Arts of San Mateo Winners: San Mateo High had the
Visual Arts Grand Prize Winner this past year, Angie
Congratulations to Masa Kawakatsu and Vi Bautista for
their acceptance into the California State Summer School
for the Arts. They had a great experience working with
college art professors in an intensive summer
William Zhuk and Lucy Dai-He’s California Landscape Art Contests coming up: see our schoolloop websites
paintings were selected to be on the cover of the for more info.
published San Mateo County Directory of Schools. Their California Transplant Donor Network Holiday Card
original artworks hung at Filoli this summer! Contest: deadline October 15, 2012.
ACSA’s Every Student Counts Contest: deadline
December 14, 2012.
California Coastal Art and Poetry Contest: deadline
Jan 31, 2013.
City Arts of San Mateo: deadline March 2013
San Mateo County California Landscape Contest:
deadline April 2013
See Ms. Stock or Ms. Yapp
Art Careers: If you know of a professional working in a
Congratulations! Their work will be part of the California visual art-related career who may be interested in sharing
Landscape exhibit at SMCOE. his or her experience, please connect us. We are always
Art Certificate Program! The art certificate program looking for guest speakers and connecting to the current
offers a more enriched art experience in the visual arts art world.
and career pathway explorations opportunities, along with
portfolio development. If you have a student interested in
the Art Certificate program, please contact Ms. Stock at
email@example.com or Ms. Yapp at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 24th, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. the Visual Arts
Parent Meeting in C-107. Please come and help us with
the planning for our Spring Art Show. Thanks to last
year’s parents’ help, we had a terrific show!
March 14th, Look for the SMHS Annual Spring Art
Show! Do not miss this opportunity to see some terrific
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Published by the
SAN MATEO HIGH
SCHOOL Bearcat Parent
Teacher Organization PAID
(SMHS PTO) for the SMHS Permit No. 37
Community San Mateo
Editor and Publisher
Sept. 28 F/S Football vs. King’s Academy 4:00pm Oct. 12 Ritmo Latino Dance (FALL) SMALL GYM 7:00pm-10:00pm
Sept. 28 Varsity Football vs. King’s Academy 7:00pm Oct. 13 Football: SM @ Sequoia TBD
Sept. 30 Colorguard Rehearsal (Main Gym) 1:00pm Oct. 15 Grad Night Meeting in Library 7:00pm
Oct. 2 Ames SAT Prep Class 6:30pm
Oct. 16 Ames SAT Prep Class 6:30pm
Oct. 2 PTO Board Meeting in C-100 6:30pm
Oct. 16 Music Booster Meeting (Music Bldg.) 7:00pm
Oct. 3 Latino Parent Night in LIBRARY 6:00pm
Oct. 18 Football: SM vs Sacred Heart Prep 3:00pm
Oct. 5 Football: SM vs. Carlmont FS 4 p.m., Vars 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 Football: SM @ Mills FS 4 p.m., Varsity 7 p.m
Oct. 6 SMHS Foundation: Benefit 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Oct. 24 SMHS Foundation Board Meeting in Career Center 7:00pm
Oct. 8 PROF DEV - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Oct. 26 Avenue Q School Edition 7:30 p.m. Bayside Theater
Oct. 9-12 Leadership Peace Week
Oct. 27 Avenue Q School Ed. 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Bayside Theater
Oct. 9 Ames SAT Prep Class 6:30pm
Oct. 11 AVID PARENT MEETING in LIBRARY 6:00pm-7:00pm Oct. 28 Colorguard Rehearsal (Main Gym) 1:00pm
Oct. 11 Drama Booster Meeting in PAW 6:30pm Oct. 28 Avenue Q School Edition 2 p.m. Bayside Theater
Oct. 12 Football: SM @ Hillsdale Fresh 3 p.m., F/S 5 p.m., Var 8 p.m. Oct. 29-31 Legally Blonde Auditions Mon - Wed in PAW 3:30pm
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