Volume 5 Issue 5 | November 2021
Minutes from past meetings and dates of upcoming meetings can be found here.
The next HSC meeting is Monday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Email us any time with questions or suggestions: president@leighhsc.org.
Highlights from Principal Kara Butler
  • The student National Arts Honors Society is working to promote Hepatitis Awareness. They will be painting a cherry blossom design on a utility box in the parking lot. They are also going to paint a mural near the front office entrance, with a 60th anniversary theme (Leigh was founded in 1962).

  • The Leigh administration is in mid-cycle for WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation. Mrs. Butler will be sending out some information soon about focus groups for the upcoming WASC visit, and letting parents know how they can be part of a focus group. Learn more about the WASC process at Leigh.

  • In 2019, the California State Assembly representatives passed S.B. 328 which requires high schools in the state to start no earlier than 8:30am. This bill will come into effect in the school year 2022-23. Leigh staff are preparing a survey to ask students and parents about their preferences related to this change.

  • Leigh has hired 3 additional Instructional Assistants. 

Highlights from Student Representative Isabela M. & Activities Director Erika Marcuccillo
Past events/activities in November
  • Anti-bullying week
  • Blood Drive
  • Mental Health Day
  • Leadership students participated in a bonding activity, Bigs and Littles Week.
  • Our student diversity group is recognizing Native American Heritage month throughout November.

Upcoming events/activities
  • Tickets to Winter Ball go on sale the week after Thanksgiving.
  • The week before finals is Anti-Stress Week.

Additional information:
Highlights from College & Career Specialist, Nathalie Goricanec

  • Currently, the primary focus is on helping seniors with their college applications. Three days a week, seniors can get support with their college applications in the library during tutorial.

  • During second semester, Ms. Goricanec will focus on meeting with freshmen, sophomores and juniors. 

  • Looking for information on Volunteer Opportunities, Jobs & Internships, Academics & Enrichment Programs? Or do you have opportunities you would like to share? Check out the Enrichment Opportunities page on our website.

District & CHSTA Update
For information on the District and teachers’ union negotiations, please refer to the following links:


The following staff grants were approved for funding at our November HSC Meeting:
  • $403 for a color printer for the the Leigh SAI-Autism Program

HSC’s annual Tax Return has been filed, for the fiscal year ending 6/30/21.

Grad Night at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on June 2nd promises to be an unforgettable night as our seniors spend one last time together as a class. Chartered luxury buses will collect students from Leigh at 9:00 pm and return by 3:00 am the next morning. See flyer below to learn about all the amazing activities students will experience on the night!

Purchase tickets 
Purchase tickets now and give as a holiday gift! Note: discounted prices only available until Dec 31st. Learn more about Grad Night and purchase ticket now!

Our goal is to raise additional funds and provide scholarships for students that need them. We have several fundraisers planned -- Stay tuned for more information soon.

Volunteers Needed
We would love your help! If you have signed up to volunteer already, thank you! If you haven’t signed up and are interested in helping with ticket sales, fundraisers, chaperoning on the night, etc, please email us at gradnight@leighhsc.org

Thank you for your support in providing a safe and sober event for our soon to be Graduates. Any questions, email the Grad Night Committee at gradnight@leighhsc.org.

The Leigh Stampede is on Saturday, May 21st, 2022. Join us for our 6th Annual Longhorn Stampede Run/Walk – a 5K event through our Cambrian neighborhood.

Volunteers Needed
Planning is already underway. If you would like to join our team, please contact the Stampede committee at stampedeinfo@leighhsc.org. We would love your support! Let us know what you like to do and we will find a place for you to help. We particularly need support with community outreach, sourcing sponsorship, and creating graphics.

Learn more
To learn more about the Stampede and view photos from past events, please go to our website: https://leighhsc.org/stampede/. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on Stampede news and announcements: https://www.facebook.com/LeighStampede.


Come see the fall production "Almost, Maine" by John Cariani. "Almost, Maine" is a touching set of vignettes about love and relationships happening over the course of one night in a distant northern area of Maine. Audience members will have the option to view this touching show from 2 different sides in "alleyway" style theater configuration. Tickets on sale now: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/58702

Show dates: 
  • Friday, Dec 3 @ 7PM
  • Saturday, Dec 4 @ 7PM
  • Thursday, Dec 9 @ 7PM
  • Friday, Dec 10 @ 7PM
  • Saturday, Dec 11 @ 1PM (matinee)
  • Saturday, Dec 11 @ 7PM

  • Booster fundraisers: Cheerleaders are selling See's Candies for the holidays as a fundraiser through Dec 3rd. Purchase on the Spirit Boosters website. Sports Boosters is planning several fundraisers over the next few weeks and these will be announced on the Sports Boosters website. The Marching Band performed their show "Synthesia" as a benefit fundraiser for an organization called Hungry for Music which helps provide musical education for kids who wouldn’t otherwise receive it. Donations can still be made to this organization on the PAPA website.

  • The student clubs website page includes information about all the clubs on campus. Check out the Club Directory to view information on each club.

  • If you missed the wonderful interview with, Kavita Mahtani, you can view the recording now. Ms. Mahtani was recently named one of the most powerful women to watch for 2021 by American Banker. She is the CFO of one of the largest international banks, HSBC. Find out how she became so successful and learn about the struggles she faced along the way. This event was hosted by the Women's Club as part of their EmpowHERment Webinar Series.

  • Leigh opened its doors to students in 1962. Next year is our 60th anniversary!

  • You can now add school calendars to your phone, tablet, and computer. Go to the calendar page on the school website, select the calendar you wish to add, then click on subscribe. The following calendars are available:
  • Events (all-school events, holidays etc)
  • Athletics (sports games)
  • ASB Activities (on campus student events and activities)
  • College & Career Center (CCC events & activities, College Rep Visits etc)
  • A/B and Collaboration/Minimum days (add to your calendar and always know which day is which!)
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Annual Giving Drive for the 2021-22 school year. We have reached our goal of $30,000! We truly appreciate your generosity. We have also received $8,455 in corporate matching. Thank you so much for your support!

Your donations are making an impact and ensure that we can support important programs for our students. It takes a Village… this is YOUR Village! Thank you for making a difference at Leigh!

If you would still like to donate, you can donate online or mail a check: make payable to Leigh Home & School Club; mail to: Leigh Home & School Club, 5210 Leigh Ave, San Jose, CA 95124. You can also donate stock to the HSC. If you have already donated to the Home & School Club, check out our Double the Donation online tool to quickly and easily see if your employer will match your donation.
Any questions, contact Amy Hogg, Leigh HSC Treasurer, at treasurer@leighhsc.org.

Thank you for making a difference!
Your support matters and is greatly appreciated!

Monday, December 13th @ 7pm via Zoom

We invite you to join us for our next Home & School Club meeting. Zoom link is below. Dates for all future HSC meetings are here - mark your calendar!


Meeting ID: 918 5093 0665
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Leigh High School Home and School Club is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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