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Jan. 2013        PTO newsletter - updating FHS parents
In This Issue - Click on title to go directly to article
Late Start on First Day Back
Principal's Message - New Website
PTO Presidents' Message
Teen Drug Warning
Grad Knight Tickets - Lower Price
Winter Formal Info
Volunteer Help and Donations Needed
B&N Bookfair in Feb
THANK YOU Volunteers!
FEF Dinner/Auction Date, plus Donations Needed
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January Event Highlights

Tentative - check website for updates and complete calendar

1/7    Late Start
1/9    PTO meeting & Principal's Roundtable - 10:30am
1/10  PSAT Review - 6:30pm
1/19  Winter Formal Dance
1/21  NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
1/22  Order of the Knight Lunch
1/29 to 1/31   Final Exams
1/31  End of 1st Semester
2/1    NO SCHOOL for Students  

Save Your Spare Change

Looking ahead...
The Pennies for Patients collection, which supports The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, is Feb. 4th - 20th. If interested in helping this cause, begin saving your change! 
First Day Back is Late Start

Foothill will be on a Late Start schedule on Monday, January 7.


0 period will begin at 9:00am and 1st period will begin at 9:44am. 6th period will end at the regular time of 2:48pm. 

Principal's Message
Foothill High has a new website, which is managed by Schoolwires. All TUSD schools have gone to the same format so our new look is different than our previous one. You can get to the new site a few ways:

We are working to upload information to this new website so your patience is appreciated.

Plan ahead!!  Work will begin on the new Tartan track sometime between March and April with an August completion date. The new track facility will also contain approximately 50 new parking spaces for community and school use.


Al Marzilli, Foothill High School Principal

PTO Presidents' Message

We hope you have enjoyed the Holidays with friends and family and we would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. We are happy to report that thanks to YOUR donations to Nena's Presence last month, over 45 needy Foothill families were also able to enjoy the Holidays a little more. Theresa Duran from the FHS Counseling Dept. coordinated the donations; she began the program a few years ago in memory of her sister, Nena. With the support of the PTO, Ed Fund, ASB, AVID and the Foothill Recycling Center, a total of $2400 in gift cards and holiday gifts, four Christmas trees, eight turkeys and other food items were distributed to Foothill families just before winter break.


Amongst the PTO events coming up this month is the Order of the Knight luncheon on January 22. This wonderful event is held twice a year and is organized and funded by the PTO. Teachers and staff are able to select one or two students that exemplify the Knight spirit. The students may or may not have the highest grades in their class, but they demonstrate outstanding citizenship or work ethic. Students attend the luncheon with the teacher who nominated them. After lunch, which is set up and served by PTO volunteers, Mr. Marzilli makes a brief speech and then all students' names are read. Since so few students are honored each year, this is a very significant achievement and the PTO is excited to be a part of what we affectionately refer to as "OOK"! (If you would like to donate drinks for and/or help at this event, please see the OOK article below.) 


Jo Hodgetts & Kerry Racanelli, Foothill PTO Co-Presidents
Message about Drugs in the Foothill area
drug awareness


Please be aware that we have seen a few instances of drug use on or around campus this semester, specifically the use of marijuana. As a proactive approach to keeping drugs off the Foothill campus, we would like to share some information with you.  


First of all, please take a few moments to speak with your children about drugs and their negative effects/consequences. If you notice that your child has unusually red eyes, a reduced ability to concentrate, an excessive amount of laughter, and an increased appetite, keep a look out for suspicious items. These items may include rolling papers, pipes, or clothes with a strong skunk like smell. This smell comes from burning marijuana plant material, is especially strongest on the user's hand or face, and is very difficult to cover up.  


Please also be on the lookout for small pills known as "Pure Gold". These pills have the appearance of a Vitamin E pill but contain an extracted form of THC (a toxin found in Marijuana plant material). A less pure form of this oil, and much more dangerous, is called Ear Wax Hash, or Honey Oil, and has the appearance of dirty wax that is gold in color (or if Nitrogen based will have a lime green tint).


If you suspect that your child is using or is in possession of drugs, alcohol, and/or narcotics, please feel free to contact the school and speak with an Assistant Principal or counselor. FHS Knights logo


Joshua Porter 

Assistant Principal, Foothill High School  


PSAT Results meeting, plus ticket purchase info for PLAN & AP Tests:
PSAT Results
PLAN Tickets
AP Test Tickets
PSAT Interpretation Night is January 10 at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria.


SCORE reports will be returned immediately before the meeting.  

DISCUSSION: Myths and facts related to preparing for the SAT Reasoning test


ATTN Sophomores:
PLAN is a practice exam for the ACT.

will be given Sat., February 23th at 7:30am.
TICKETS must be purchased ahead of time, from February 11th-19th at the Student Store for $30.
CONTACT the FHS Counseling Office if you have questions.
Advanced Placement Students

AP TESTS will be given from May 6th-16th.
TICKETS will be on sale at the Student Store from January 28 - February 8. Cost of each exam is $90.
Click here for more info.
CONTACT Mrs. Kaslow at sckaslow@gmail.com
if you have questions.  
SENIOR PARENTS: Grad Knight tickets are at LOWER price until Feb. 14.
Grad Knight ticket prices increase after Feb 14, so purchase your ticket NOW.    grad cap real
ASB Activities - Winter Formal is January 19th

amazon rainforest

Jan. 11th is the Winter Formal Assembly, leading into Winter Formal Spirit Week the 14th-18th. Then get ready to make it rain at "A Knight in the Amazon"! Winter Formal is January 19th in the Foothill Event Center, 8-11pm. Having the dance at school helps minimize the cost. For lower price, please buy your tickets early. Ticket sales are as follows:
Couples Ticket Prices
Single Ticket Prices
Jan. 7th-11th $75 w/ ASB; $80 w/out ASB
Jan. 14th-16th $85 w/ ASB; $90 w/out ASB

Jan. 7th-21st $50 w/ ASB; $55 w/out ASB

Jan. 14th-16th $60 w/ ASB; $65 w/out ASB
Parents/Guardians: You must sign a permission slip before your student can
purchase tickets.
For Winter Formal permission slip, click here
Your Help and Donations are Needed - Order of the Knights Luncheon honors students

The Order of the Knights Luncheon is a PTO-sponsored event honoring students nominated by teachers and staff in areas such as integrity and leadership. The luncheon will be held on January 22 in the Event Center. Donations and help are needed with:   water bottles

  • DRINK DONATIONS - Water bottles and soda cans (24), drop off at the office by 1:30pm on Friday, January 18  
  • LUNCH SERVERS needed - 11:45-1:30, Tuesday, January 22 
Thank you very much. If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact Neddie Bokosky Neddie.Bokosky@tfgroup.com or Elaine Collin ECollin@Canetics.com or 714-299-3665.
Barnes & Noble Book Fair is February 3rd - 17th
Looking ahead...
Our Barnes & Noble book fair is right around the corner, just in time for second semester reading and study materials. It is February 3rd-17th at The Marketplace. Mention FHS at check-out and a portion of the purchase price will be donated to our library. Thank you!

PTO Logo Idea

"A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens - citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization." Former President George Bush 
Foothill is so fortunate to have a supportive community of volunteers who donate thousands of hours to make our PTO student, staff and parent programs possible. Although we can't thank everyone by name (literally hundreds), we would like to send our heartfelt appreciation and special "kudos" to:
Merci Beaucoup
Holiday Spectacular
Joan McBride for organizing our first ACE program of the year, "What's Cooking". Jim Kamuran, Nutrition Manager for the TUSD, discussed how to prepare for a career in the culinary arts, sharing his own career path which began at the Ritz Carlton. He finished with a brief cooking demonstration. More than 40 students attended and some were lucky enough to sample the layered salad accompanied by a sauce/dressing made with crème fraiche and scallions!  Keep an eye out for our next program in February/March which will feature a presentation on careers in the financial industry or social work/psychology.  

Leesa Carsten and Lisa Leandro for creating a memorable and mouthwatering holiday luncheon for our deserving teachers and staff. Special thanks to the enormous group of parents (it truly took a village) for setting up, serving, cleaning up and/or donating delicious desserts: Linda Barcelona, Tami Bengis, Peggy Bennett , Michele Bezich, Diana Brewer, Debbie Caillouette, Linda Carrillo, Stephanie Chiavatti, Elaine Collin, Andrea Dabrow, Megan Davis, Lise Flannery, Megan and Shannon Foss, Zeenat Gala, Robyn Geis, Kim Gilbert, Julie Hellmers, Christie Hicks, Jo Hodgetts, Susie Howe, Kristen Hudak, Jenny Hull, Raeleen Juliano, Jean Kwong, Elisa Letrondo, Tracie Metzner, Lisa Morgan, Kerry Racanelli, Shannon Reese, Gisella Rewers, Lorna Scherff, Missy Seeley, Andriana Sellers, Laura Simpson, Kathryn Thompson, Charlotte Wagner and Mariko Yamabe. 


FEF Dinner/Auction is March 23 - auction item donations are appreciated

The Foothill Education Foundation is currently planning "Light Up The Knight", our annual dinner/auction fundraising event, which will be held March 23 at the Bower's Museum. The funds raised will be used to maintain, enrich, and expand the educational programs at our school, benefiting all students.


In order to make this event a huge success, we need YOUR help! We are asking FHS families to donate an item/service for our silent or live auction. Donations are tax deductible and will enhance your student's educational experience at Foothill. Below are some donation ideas, but all items are greatly appreciated:  


*Tickets to a sporting event, concert, theater, movie, etc. donations needed sign

*Host a dinner party, boat cruise, or donate restaurant gift cards

*Special event, e.g., meet-and-greet with a sports personality

*Airline tickets, vacation home/timeshare

*Sports/celebrity memorabilia

*Jewelry or Art

*Haircuts, Spa services

*Architecture services, Design services

*Gift certificates of any kind


If you have an item to donate (or know someone who does), please contact Cindy McCarthy at 714-931-3142 or Ann Jensen at 714-614-4276.


Thank you for your generous support of the Foothill Ed Fund and our students' education!



2012-2013 Contributor Campaign Donors

as of  12/26/12 


Jim & Karen Baker
Steven & Suzanne Bernardy*

The Bianchetti Family

 The Brownstein Family

Maynard & Sherri Carkhuff

Chapman Medical Center Staff

Ed & Terri Dainko

Brenda & Lynn Davis

Ray & Jeanne Diradoorian*

Greg & Patty Ekstrom

Carl & Valerie Ferraro

Tony & Lori Fiduk  

Preston & Beth Flanigan

The Folick Family

Julie & Alan Friedman

Frost & Gorbit Family

Robert & Alison Green

Klane & Amber Hales

Bob & Sue Henke

Makenzie & Taylor Hirz

Andrew Holden

The Hudack Family*

The Juliano Family &

Disney VoluntEARS*  

Jeremy & Sandi Kaslow

Gary & Robin Kelley*

The Kodzis Family*

Chris & Anne McCormack*

Sarah & Tim Randall

Art & Alice Rose

The Daniel & Francine Scinto


Perry & Lois Secor

Michael & Sherrill Smith

Bob & Gitte Thacker

Kalovnna Virachith

Michael & Charlotte Waggoner* 

Jim & Barb Walery

Scot & Dana Woodward   

 *Special thanks to our Lifetime Donors for your 2012/2013 contribution. 


Howard & Karin Hall 
Jim & Susan Hughes
Jim & Elene Kiefus

John & Beth Moore
Jeff & Cheryl Osborn


John & Melissa Boland 
Jeff & Deborah Brannon 
Danny & Charlotte Chou 
Bill & Mary Lynn Coffee
David & Karen Dvorman  

Jeff & Pam Filley  

Jeff & Dana Fowler

The Gilchrist Family

The Healy Family

Jeanne & Jay Haththotuwegama

Craig & Jo Hodgetts

John & Kate Horwitz  

Kurt & Cathie James

Stephen & Teri Jensen

Troy & Roseann Linaker

Marco & Kerry Racanelli


Greg & Kathy Anhaltzer 
The Anton Family 
Jeff & Jeanne Arehart

 Lonny & Nancy Blank

Mike & Neddie Bokosky

Scott & Denise Bolt 

Kevin & Diana Brewer

Jorge & Julie Cisneros

David & Kathy Cobb

The Dickson Family

Mike & Lori Feeney  

The Fincher Family

Timothy & Lise Flannery

Jim & Alison Forkey 

Molly Frodyma  

Craig & Janice Furniss

Gary & Christine Goldhammer

Jim & Michelle Herkimer

Jon & Inmi Hornecker  

Tom & Shawna Howard

Dave & Elizabeth Hunsaker 

Tom & Julie Kenny

Stephen & Cassy Mattessich 

Yass & Mark McNeil

Mickey & Bridget Miller

Dan & Sue O'Bannon

The Oliver Family  

Jim & Annette Panting

Mike & Kim Paquette
Frank & Amy Paulson
Dan & Laurie Peterson  

Linda & Christian Pran

Ed & Jill Rendl
 Tom & Kathy Ricks 
Richard & Karen Robert

Babek & Saman Sotoodeh  

Matt & Shari Taylor 

Mark & Lisa Telles

The Upshaw Family

Elana & Kelly Vaughn 

The Watkins Family

Odell & Kathy Woodling


Todd & Shelly Anderson 
Mark & Bethny Avila 

Mark & Katrin Bandhauer

Mike & Monique Bush

Brian & Lisa Halle

Drew & Sarah Hilinski  

Honorable Lance & 
Ann Jensen
Mark & Elizabeth Johnson 
John & Amy Lee 
The McGaffigan Family

Darish & Stephanie Mombeini 

Hoang & Anne Nguyen

Melissa Milne Ogata 

Kristi & Steve Pihl

Martin & Jennifer Rigby 
Richard & Hang Tran
Lino & Janet Valdivia
James & Lori Warden 

John & Suzanne Wilcox

Jonathan & Paige Zak


 Tony & April Anderson

Charles & Lynn Baker 

Steve & Mary Blanchard 

Phil & Lynn Bradley

Paul & Margaret Cannon 

Daniel & Kathryn Castillo

Mark & Tonya Cheney

The Cron Family

Tami Crosby 

Greg & Honour  

Del Crognale 

The Do Family 

The Duffy Family 

Dave & Nancy Finley

Martin & Julie Florman

The Franke Family 

Spencer & Terese Garrett

Steve & Jennifer Gates

Jose & Mary Gonzalez  

Leonard Gumilia

Theresa Hallock &  

Chad Hallock

Scott & Cathleen Harris  

The Hidalgo Family

Kristi Houssiere

Rich Hunsaker 

Brett & Uli Howard

Keith & Nancy Jones

Matt & Tracy Jordan 

The Kanemaru Family 

Dave & Kristen Kaufman
Edmond & Jean Kwong

Cristina Lacoste

Ric & Pam Maxson

The McCarthy Family

The McNamara Family

Stuart & Kathryn Melheim   Shawn & Erin Miller 

The Mottram Family
Wendy Myers  
The Nailon Family 
Nick & Janis Nisson

Tim & Michelle O'Donoghue

Bob & Debra Peters
Rose Marie Pitt, M.D., Inc.
Beth & Doug Raff
Chris & Stephanie Ragone
Robert W. Rapp  

Deloney & Ruth Richardson

Julio & Yanina Rios

Luis & Nancy Rodriguez

The Romo Family 

The Scherff Family

David & Jennifer School

Jim & Melissa Seeley 

Patrick & Crista Smyth

The Spatacean Family 

Marilyn & Jack Stemper

Jim & Elizabeth Stevens 

The Stinson Family

Robert & Cynthia Van Praet

Alice & Peter West 

Paul & Patti Wilkins

Tim & Eileen Yount

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Excellence in Education

 We strive to correctly list all donors and apologize for any errors. 

Please contact FoothillEducationFoundation@gmail.com with any necessary corrections.

Foothill PTO - Our Purpose:

To educate the public and parents regarding the needs and goals of Foothill High School.
To promote understanding and cooperation among students, parents, faculty, Board of Trustees, Administration, and the community. To encourage a sound educational program.  

To promote the best interests of the school. 


This information is provided to you by Foothill PTO.

Roundtable Editor: Elise Boppell    Co-Contributors: Kerry Racanelli and Jo Hodgetts  

ASB Contributor: Allison Mann 

Thank you to the many PTO volunteers and FHS staff who contribute articles.