Volume 4 Issue 8 | February 2021
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FEBRUARY 2021 HSC MEETING
Minutes from past meetings and dates of upcoming meetings can be found here.
The next HSC meeting is Monday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Email us any time with questions or suggestions: president@leighhsc.org.
Highlights from Principal Kara Butler
  • BINGO WITH BUTLER: Wednesday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. Join us for an evening of fun as Mrs. Butler leads us in a game of Bingo via Zoom! Winners will receive Leigh swag, including blankets, sweatshirts, pajamas, and t-shirts. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP BY MARCH 2. We will email you the Zoom link and your bingo cards to print at home.

  • Preparing for the 2021/2022 School Year: Course Selection is in full swing! Students continue to meet one-on-one with their guidance counselors and are on schedule to finish up course selection in the first week of March. Once course selections are finalized, LHS administrators will build the master schedule for the next school year.

  • Campus Mural: Over the Presidents Week break, a group of students spent time on campus to work on our new wall mural. It's coming along nicely and we can't wait for you all to see it!

  • Interventions for Credit Recovery: Also over the Presidents Week break we were able to offer credit recovery opportunities to over 60 students who had struggled during the first semester. These included one-week intensive classes in English, Spanish, World History, and PE. Thank you to those teachers who forwent their break to make these classes possible. We hope to offer other courses during the April break to support our students getting back on track.

  • Adulting 101: On February 10th we offered online workshops in "Adulting" to our Seniors. Thank you to Nathalie Goricanec for her Job Skills session, to Seana Saul and Andrew Hogg for their Personal Finance session, and to Kristi Blumstein for her Recipe for Healthy Eating session. The materials used in these sessions and in other Adulting 101 courses are available on the Leigh Home and School Club website at https://leighhsc.org/adulting-101.

  • AP Testing: The College Board is providing 3 different windows for AP testing with options for in-person and virtual testing. Leigh is currently gathering feedback from students and will then determine which testing windows to use, and whether to offer in-person, virtual, or both.

  • National Merit Finalists: Leigh continues to be well represented in the National Merit Program. This year Leigh has nine students who have been awarded Finalist and will move on to the Scholarship level. 

  • Coffee with the Principal - Recordings available: Please continue to read Ms. Butler's weekly bulletins to be notified about dates and times for upcoming Coffee with the Principal sessions. Recordings of past sessions can be found under the Parents & Community section of the Leigh High School website.
Highlights from Teacher Representative Celeste Smiley

  • Tutorials: Please continue to encourage your students to attend tutorials (more details in Ms. Smiley's newsletter).

  • ArtNow 2021: Good Trouble: Nine LHS students have been selected to have their work exhibited in this years ArtNow exhibition at the New Museums Los Gatos. This year's theme is Good Trouble, influenced by the activism of John Lewis. Their work will be exhibited in the museum for 5 weeks starting March 20th. Click here to check out these amazing works of art.
Highlights from Student Representative Sydney Durand
  • Relay For Life will be held on April 23rd
  • Planning is underway for a Women's History Month.
  • Planning is underway for a St. Patrick's Day drive through rally.
  • A Minecraft event was held on Feb. 26th.
  • A group of students is creating a virtual leadership curriculum which they plan to put online so all students can access.
  • A group of Leadership students won the Leadership In Action Award for the work they did to raise funds for the Family Giving Tree.
  • Deadline to apply for Leadership for the next school year is March 3rd. Application form here.
Highlights from CUHSD Board President Kalen Gallagher
  • Distance Learning: We are currently in Phase 1 (distance learning with limited in-person support). The Board will consider Superintendent Bravo's recommendation to move into Phase 2 (expanded in-person supports) and Phase 3 (limited in-person classes for select students) at the March 4th meeting. The greatest limiting factor to reaching Phase 4 (in-person classes for all who chose it) is staffing.


  • Vaccinations for Teachers: Teachers who live in Santa Clara County are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting 2/28. Teachers who live in Santa Cruz County are eligible now.

  • School Sports: The district received information about plans for school sports from the county on Monday, February 22, so details will be forthcoming soon.

  • Summer School: The district is planning to have summer school at all school sites this summer. The focus will be on credit recovery.
DISTANCE LEARNING & REOPENING PLANS

  • Over 300 parents/guardians attended last week’s information session hosted by the District Office regarding the Phased Return to In-Person High School Services. If you were unable to attend, the recordings of the sessions can be accessed on the CUHSD website by clicking here
 
  • In his most recent newsletter, CUHSD Superintendent Dr. Bravo shared his plans to recommend to the Board of Trustees at the March 4 Regular Board meeting that the District begin the process of moving to Level 2 "Distance Learning + Expanded In-Person Support and Activities" and Level 3 "In-Person Instruction for Prioritized Students" laid out in a Phased Return to In-Person High School Services Plan. Level 4 "In-Person Instruction by Family Preference" is not expected this academic year.

  • The CUHSD Board Meeting on March 4th at 6:00pm will be available to watch live here. Dr. Bravo's recommendation will be discussed at this meeting. Agenda available here. Instructions to make a public comment available here.

  • We need subs: The estimated need for substitutes is approximately 15-25 substitutes per school site. We also need to have enough substitutes to cover for any potential teachers who need to isolate or quarantine from potential COVID-19 exposures. As we continue to work to expand in-person support services for students this semester, we are hiring additional tutors, student aides and substitute teachers. For those interested in pursuing these positions, or for those interested in pursuing a teaching credential, the District Office will be hosting several virtual hiring information sessions on the following dates: 
  • March 2, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • March 9, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • Please click here to register.


  • Follow CUHSD on social media @mycuhsd on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS

College Application Workshop Series for Juniors
We are kicking off a series of Junior workshops that will be held every Wednesday at 1pm. Zoom links and information on workshop series will be located in the Counselors 11th grade Canvas courses. The following topics will be discussed on the scheduled dates:

  • Week 1 - February 24: College Application Workshop Series for Juniors Kick-Off presented by Mrs G and LHS counselors
  • Week 2 - March 3: The College Essay
  • Week 3 - March 10: Women's Colleges
  • Week 4 - March 17: TBA
  • Week 5 - March 24: TBA
  • Week 6 - March 31: TBA

Please contact Mrs G at ngoricanec@cuhsd.org if you or someone you know would like to participate or suggest another theme

Community College Application Workshops
Community College application workshops will take place on March 3, 2021 and March 10, 2021 for local Community Colleges.

Parent Open Office Hours
Our College and Career Center Specialist, Nathalie Goricanec, will continue to hold open office hours for parents via Zoom on Fridays from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Click here to join the Zoom meeting »
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED DONATIONS!
Thank you to everyone who continues to donate to our Annual Giving Drive for the 2020-21 school year. We have passed our goal of $30,000 and are now at $31,488! We truly appreciate your generosity. We have also received $12,333 in corporate matching. Thank you so much for your support!

If you would still like to donate to our Annual Giving Drive, please click here. To check if your employer will double your donation, click here. Questions, please contact our Treasurer, Amy Hogg, at treasurer@leighhsc.org
Thank you for making a difference!
Your support matters and is greatly appreciated!
HOME & SCHOOL CLUB FUNDING UPDATE

The following items were approved for funding at our February Home & School Club meeting:

  • $319 for AP Psychology supplies (hammers, stamps, stamping tools) for "My Intent" project in which students make bracelet/necklace/keychain with their "intent" word.
  • $55 for AP Psychology for video recording materials.
  • $120 for AP Economics for prizes for stock market challenge.
WHAT ELSE IS YOUR HOME & SCHOOL CLUB UP TO?

  • Our Campus Beautification Team is working with a sign company to have new metal medallions with the current Leigh logo made for the campus quad.

  • Our Staff Appreciation Team is working with Mrs. Butler to deliver lunch and a T-shirt to all of our teachers and staff.

  • Our Club Support Chair, Anne Haro, is working with Dr. Roe, Leigh Activities Director, to match parent volunteers with Clubs that are seeking support. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Anne Haro at clubsupport@leighhsc.org.

  • Our Mental Health Support Chair is supporting Mrs. Butler with mental wellness programs including Haert and the Wellness Center (a new initiative that we are very excited to support). We are also sourcing corporate grants to partially fund the cost of the Haert program. If you work at a company that offers grants to nonprofits, we’re asking for your support to secure corporate funding that will help cover the program cost. Please contact us at haertfundraising@leighhsc.org.

  • Our Community Building Team is hosting a Bingo Night with Mrs. Butler on March 3rd. Future events we are looking at include a Trivia Night and Scavenger Hunt.

  • The Home & School Club invites you to join our Board and Committees next year. We would love to chat with you and discuss options that might work for you. Please contact our co-presidents at president@leighhsc.org for more information.

Have questions, comment, suggestions on anything HSC related? Please contact us at president@leighhs.org.
JOIN THE 2021-2022 HSC BOARD & COMMITTEES

The Leigh Home & School Club invites you to join our Board and Committees next year. Given that many of our students and staff will be on campus for the first time in a long time, this will be a different year for all of us and we will need to provide more support than ever to our entire community.

Most Home & School Club tasks are done from home and do not require you to be at school. All skills and interests are needed, and you can put in as much or as little time as you have available. We have a variety of projects such as ... project planning, community building, financial management, communications, fundraising, gardening, writing, technology support, volunteer coordination, College & Career Center support etc. If you have a skill you'd like to share or you are someone who just likes to get stuff done, please get in touch!

We also need parents for once-off projects such as Student Registration Support in August, the Stampede 5K Run/Walk in May, and Senior Grad Night in June.

Many of our Board roles are shared by two people, and we have multiple people on each of our committees. The more people we have, the more fun it is and the easier it is for all as we can share the workload. This is a wonderful way to support our school and also get to know other parents in our community!

We would love to chat with you and discuss options that might work for you. Please contact our co-presidents at president@leighhsc.org for more information.


Join us and help make a difference at Leigh.
It takes a village - this is your village!
SOME HELPFUL WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED WITH LEIGH

The Stay Connected page on our website is a very useful resource for parents. It includes information on how to access the following:

  • Principal's Weekly Bulletin
  • Student Daily Bulletin
  • Social Media for Leigh, CUHSD and HSC
  • Websites for Leigh, CUHSD and HSC
  • Leigh Technology Platforms (Canvas, Aries, Naviance, Remind)
  • College & Career Center
CORPORATE DONORS NEEDED

Do you work at a company that offers grants to non-profits?

Mental wellness is the foundation of social emotional learning and is critical for our students to be able to thrive in today’s challenging environments. To give our Leigh students much-needed tools to learn about mental wellness, our Leigh Admin has partnered with the HAERT Program for the 2020-21 school year.

The HSC has partially funded this program and are in the process of raising additional funds through corporate donations to cover the remaining cost. If you work at a company that offers grants to nonprofits, we’re asking for your support to secure corporate funding that will help cover the program cost. 

Please check your company website, or reach out to your HR department or your Community Outreach department, to determine if your company offers grants to non-profits (Leigh Home & School Club is a 501(c)(3)). If they do, please connect with us at haertfundraising@leighhsc.org and we will provide the necessary information and help walk you through the process.
Are you shopping on Amazon? Yes? Great! Use Amazon Smile and a % of your purchase automatically comes back to Leigh HSC. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/77-0199809 or with AmazonSmile ON in the app. This is free money for Leigh HSC - to date we have received $429 through this program. Thank you for your support!
Leigh High School Home and School Club is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Tax ID # is 77-0199809. All donations are tax-deductible.