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  • Staff Welcome Back Lunch – provide lunch (by PTO and volunteers) to SMHS staff on their 1st day back (nice way to meet your child’s teachers!)
  • Early Registration – during two half days prior to the first day of school, assist new and returning students in submitting the appropriate pre-first-day of school forms; guide new and returning students through the registration process.
  • Back-to-School Night – coordinate and host snack tables for all parents and staff as they meet each other officially for the first time
  • 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)
  • AP Exam snacks - provide and distribute healthy snacks during AP 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 Awards – assist teachers and staff at a twice yearly luncheon honoring nominated students.
  • Scholarships – review applications and select winners for 3 PTO sponsored scholarships.
  • Various Parent Communications – coordinate production and distribution of many parent updates including: the In Contact Newsletter, PTO Handbook, Student Directory, Daily Bulletin, Email Blasts. In addition, coordinate 5 parent information meetings per year where relevant topics are presented by knowledgeable speakers.


Textbook Room Susan Owen
Student Recognition Sandra Sun
AP Exam Proctor Christine Semenza
Senior Grad Night TBD  
Senior Activity Breakfast TBD  
Scholarships Amabel Goel
Christine Semenza


Email Communication Helen Sellers
In Contact Newsletter Sajitha Vinod
PTO Handbook Isabelle Bushman
Summer Mailing Isabelle Bushman
Escrip Helen Sellers



General PTO Meeting Mylene Mayrand
Back to School Night Kris Burke
8th Grade Info Night Staci Stoveland
Open House Jill Vath
CASHEE exams (10) Jodi Cruse
Senior Awards Night TBD  


Welcome Back Lunch Shikha Hamilton
Staff Appreciation Week Carol Rossi
Jefferson Awards VACANT  


ASB President Alyssa Collins  
School Site Council Julie Scanlon  
Olga Basman  
Black Parents Association Melissa McNair
Latino Parents Group Fabian Morales-Medina
Music Boosters Toni Saldou
Drama Boosters Shikha Hamilton
Athletic Boosters Andrew Wadhams
SMHS Bearcat Benefit Gala Isabelle Bushman
Chemi Lo
Foundation Harini Krishnan
Mark Chandler