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October 2013        PTO newsletter - updating FHS parents
In This Issue - Click on title to go directly to article
Principal's Message
Important Links
Senior Portraits
PTO Co-Presidents' Message
ASB Update
PSAT Ticket Sales
Flower Power
2013 TUSD College Night
Kudos Corner
News from FEF
Thanks from the Foothill Education Foundation
Quick Links
October Event Highlights
Tentative - check website for updates and complete calendar

10/7: Homecoming Court Nominations
10/8: Homecoming Court: Top 5 Voting
10/16: PSAT at Tustin High
10/19: PSAT at Foothill High
10/21-25: Red Ribbon Week
10/23: Honor Roll Social
10/25: Homecoming Assembly
10/28-31: Homecoming Spirit Week
10/30: Feast and Joust (Lunch--Quad)
10/31: Senior Munch (Costume Breakfast)


  • There are two scheduled Late Starts in October: October 7 and October 21 
  • No school for students on Friday, November 1 due to a Staff Development Day   
Principal's Message - Dr. Nick Stephany  

We begin the 2013-2014 school year with renewed anticipation and excitement.  We would like to welcome 13 new staff members to our Foothill family: Linda Parsons (Art/Yearbook), Cynthia Wong (Biology), Tim Gaylord (French), Steven Alejo (Spanish), Tom Giebe (Social Science), Jamie Gilbert and Ivan Ramirez (Special Education), Trevor Hershberger and Ashley Moore (English), Matt Goto, Katie Spangler, and Adam Wondra (Math), and Lori Fiduk (Library Media Tech I). In addition to our new hires, we have had some additional changes. Vince Brown has accepted the position as Head Baseball Coach, and Vince Namba and Melanie Hagstrom will assume the responsibilities of Co-Athletic Directors.


This year promises to be exciting with Tustin Unified unveiling the TUSD Connect technology program made possible by Measure S. TUSD Connect promises to take Foothill students and teachers into the 21st century, featuring classrooms upgraded with interactive projectors, wireless networks, document cameras, and the one-to-one laptop initiative coming in late January. This will take teaching and learning to a whole new level, creating possibilities in the classroom and connections beyond the classroom that we never thought possible.


I hope you were able to attend Back to School Night. Parent and family involvement, along with open and honest communication between home and school, are factors that contribute to student success. It takes a team approach to ensure our students get the best quality of education.


We are very fortunate to have so many highly qualified and energetic people working at Foothill, and we look forward to another great school year!


Go Knights!

Important Links   

View Dr. Stephany's recent interview with the Tustin News here

Access TUSD's Academic Bulletin by clicking here

Urgent Notice About Senior Portraits   

Has your senior taken his/her yearbook photo with South Coast Photographic?  If not, please contact South Coast Photographic,   714-630-8584 ext. 2, or go to www.southcoastphotographic.com  to schedule your appointment.  The deadline to have your senior take his or her picture is October 15, 2013.  

PTO Co-Presidents' Message - Christine Goldhammer & Kerry Racanelli

Hopefully you and your student(s) have settled into the new school year and are taking advantage of all the activities and events offered at Foothill. It was great to see so many parents at Back-to-School night and we hope you enjoyed the refreshments provided by the PTO.


If you've joined the PTO and/or signed up to volunteer - THANK YOU!  Foothill continues to provide excellent programslargely due to the collaborative effort and support of the parents who participate in the PTO. The PTO supports the Foothill Community through:

  • Information - We strive to keep parents up-to-date with school events through our PTO meetings, Roundtable newsletter (thanks for reading!), and PTO Directory.
  • Recognition and Appreciation - We recognize student achievement at Honor Roll Socials, Order of the Knight lunches, Academic Awards of Excellence, and Senior Awards. We show our appreciation for our wonderful Foothill teachers at the luncheons we organize for Back-to-School, the holidays, and Day of the Teacher.
  • Support - We provide the people power (unpaid labor!) wherever and whenever it is needed on campus. We also provide financial support for student events such as Battle of the Bands, Mock Trial teams, and math tutoring.

Your $30 membership fee not only helps pay for all of the programs mentioned above and more, but it also entitles you to an all-school directory - so please join the PTOClick here for membership form.   


Also, if you'd like to volunteer and haven't signed up, please click here for the Volunteer Opportunity Interest Form.    



SAT or ACT?  Find the Best Fit  

Foothill's PTO is sponsoring numerous events through Catalyst Prep this year in order to prepare students for the SAT and/or the ACT college exams.  All events will take place at Foothill High School.   Spaces will be limited, so mark your calendars and register early.

Hybrid SAT/ACT test.   Saturday, November 16, 2013   9 am - 1 pm.  $15. 
This test simulates questions found on both SAT and ACT exams.  It will help students discover if they test better on the SAT or the ACT.  Results will be sent electronically in 10 days. For additional information, click here 

Mock SAT and ACT tests.  Saturday, February 8, 2014. 9 am - 1 pm.  $20.  Students may elect to take either a mock SAT or a mock ACT test.  It will help students get the realistic experience of taking a SAT or an ACT exam (proctor and all), without the stress of the real thing (scores are not on your record). Results will be sent electronically in 10 days.

ACT Bootcamp.  Saturday, March 1, 2014 and Sunday, March 2, 2014. 9 am - 1 pm.  $165. 
This one-weekend, eight-hour seminar, is designed to give students the tools to succeed on the ACT college exam.   


SAT Bootcamp.  Saturday March 29, 2014 and Sunday March 30, 2014.  9 am - 1 pm.  $165.

This one-weekend, eight-hour seminar is designed to give students the tools to succeed on the SAT college exam.   


For additional information on Catalyst, visit www.CatalystPrep.com or contact your PTO representatives Lise Flannery (lflannery@aol.com) and Zeenat Gala (zeenatg@aol.com).  


ASB Update
After FHS students became infected with contagious spirit, the student body is ready for an exciting school year! 
  • Red Ribbon Week kicks off on Monday, October 21. Students will learn about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse from speakers and lunchtime activities throughout the week.
  • Feast and Joust will be on October 30th at lunch in the quad. Bring your money to support school clubs and organizations and buy some delicious lunchtime treats!
  • FHS' first Senior Munch will be on Thursday, October 31st. All senior students are invited to attend this costume breakfast munch! Tickets are on sale starting September 30th for $35 with ASB and $40 without.   
  • Homecoming Foothill's first dance of the school year, will be held at Foothill on Saturday, November 2. Come out for the Homecoming football game against Canyon the night before to support our Knights and find out who will be crowned Homecoming Queen.   

Reminder: PSAT Scheduled for Saturday, October 19 

If your student registered for the PSAT exam, it takes place on Saturday, October 19 at Foothill High School.  A few important reminders for exam day:


  • Arrive EARLY, no later than 7:30 am.
  • Bring Student ID and 3 No. 2 pencils
  • Registered students should have already received exam day instructions and a study guide from their English teacher.
An alternate exam will be given at Tustin High School on Wednesday, October 16.  Only previously approved students may sit for the alternate exam.  Please note that registrations for both dates closed in September.   


Questions?  Please contact the Foothill Counseling office.

Plant a Beautiful Garden and help a Senior afford Grad Knight


The Flower Power Fundraiser

Please support our 2014 Grad Knight sponsored by Foothill PTO!  Flower Power fundraising will help us be a blooming success!  We earn 50% of every purchase.  Flower bulbs will be shipped directly to your home--100% satisfaction guaranteed!  



Click here to place your order by the October 25 deadline.  


Any questions?  Call 1-888-833-1486  


What is Grad Knight?  It's a fun, safe and sober graduation party for Foothill's seniors.
Why fund raise? Grad Knight is completely self-funded, put on by Foothill's PTO. To provide affordable tickets, we must fund raise - so please support our students and beautify gardens everywhere!

TUSD College Night Set for Monday, November 4 at Foothill High School

Foothill High School will be hosting the TUSD College Night on Monday, November 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. Whether you are interested in the UCs, Cal States, community colleges and universities from across the US, you will want to attend!  Special breakouts will be available for information on SAT and ACT prep, NCAA and financial aid. Click here for a flyer with all the details.  

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Kudos Corner


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:


. . . Julie Dickson and Theresa Hallock for organizing the hospitality tables at Back to School Night and their HUGE group of volunteers who donated water, refreshments and supplies:Jeanne Arehart, Tania Batson, Peggy Bennett, Michele Biddle, Melissa Boland, Julie Borrelli, Miriam Boulger, Deb Boyajian, Karen Boyd-Burkhardt, Elaine Collin, Amy Craft, Terri Dainko, Lisa Deneen, Karen Dvorman, Pattie Figueroa, Megan Foss, Georgette Frierson, Zeenat Gala, Angie Garcia, Kathy Gaughran, De Ana Glaser, Trisha Greek, Claudia Guillen, Cathleen Harris, Jo Hodgetts, Elizabeth Hunsaker, Elizabeth Johnson, Katie Lehnertz,Anne McCormack, Kelly Medina, Debbie Nelson, Kathleen Nelson, Stephanie Ragone,Lorna Scherff, Andriana Sellers, Christy Sternlicht, Aric Toll, Charlotte Waggoner, Felicia Watkins and DeAnna Yost.

. . . Angela Moghadasnia for organizing the Barnes & Noble Book Fair to raise much needed funds for the FHS library. Thanks to all who participated to date! Remember, online purchases still count through this Friday, October 4. Click here to get the Bookfair ID # or for more information.  


 . . . Lise Flannery and Zeenat Gala for organizing the Catalyst SAT Boot Camp and running our grocery club cards program. More than 70 students attended and are now better prepared for the important SAT exam. See the article above for other classes offered this year.Lise and Zeenat are also helping to raise thou$ands in free money for FHS through grocery club card programs. Click here if you'd like them to register your Ralph's and/or Von's club cards.


. . . Charlotte Waggoner for running our PTO Membership drive; through her diligent work we've received more than $20,000 so far.  Haven't had a chance to join the PTO yet? We'd love all parents to support our student and teacher programs - you'll also receive a Foothill All School DirectoryClick here for PTO membership form.    

  Thank You  

News from the Foothill Ed Fund

Gold Ed Fund Shield Did you see all the gold shields in your child's classrooms at Back to School Night?   Every one of those items were made possible by your donations to the Foothill Ed Fund!  

As of Friday, September 27, donations to the Ed Fund totaled almost $70,000, all of which will go right back into your child's classroom.  This month alone, the Ed Fund allocated approximately $47,000 to the FHS campus and classrooms. Click HERE to see a list of all the ways your donations are adding to the quality of your child's education! 

Many thanks to the many Foothill families who have already donated this year! (listed below) Also, welcome and thanks to our new Lifetime Donors!  Your names will be proudly displayed on a bronze plaque this year outside the FHS Little Theater to acknowledge your commitment to excellence in education! 


Every donation, big and small, makes a huge impact!  
If you haven't had the opportunity to donate yet, please consider 

 making an online donation by clicking HERE today.  

If you prefer to mail in your donation (or drop it off) click HERE.  Thank you!

Thank You For Your Support of the Foothill Ed Fund! 
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2013-2014 Contributor Campaign Donors

Updated September 27, 2013


Steven & Suzanne Bernardy
      Maynard & Sherri Carkhuff*      
Bill & Mary Lynn Coffee*
Ed & Terri Dainko
Jim & Karen Baker
The Bianchetti Family

 The Brownstein Family

Chapman Medical Center Staff

Brenda & Lynn Davis

Greg & Patty Ekstrom

Carl & Valerie Ferraro

Tony & Lori Fiduk  

Preston & Beth Flanigan

The Folick Family


Ray & Jeanne Diradoorian

Warner & Natalie Griswold* 

 Brian & Lisa Halle*

The Hudack Family* 


Julie & Alan Friedman

Frost & Gorbit Family

Robert & Alison Green

Klane & Amber Hales

Bob & Sue Henke

Makenzie & Taylor Hirz

Andrew Holden

The Juliano Family &

The Disney VoluntEARS

Jeremy & Sandi Kaslow

Gary & Robin Kelley

Jim & Elene Kiefus*
Kevin & Lynne Kodzis

Chris & Anne McCormack*

The Waggoner Family*  


Sarah & Tim Randall

Art & Alice Rose

The Daniel & Francine 

Scinto Foundation

Perry & Lois Secor

Michael & Sherrill Smith

Bob & Gitte Thacker

Kalovnna Virachith

Jim & Barb Walery

Scot & Dana Woodward   

 *Special thanks to our Lifetime Donors for their 2013-2014 contribution* 


Ed & Laura Blatchford 
Mike & Neddie Bokosky
The Bunkers Family

Howard & Karin Hall

Michael & Julie Hellmers


Craig & Jo Hodgetts

James & Susan Hughes 


Kurt & Cathie James

Jeff & Cheryl Osborn

The Tagle Family


The Copeland Family





The Avila Family
Nancy & Lonny Blank
John & Melissa Boland
Jeff & Deborah Brannon
Jorge & Julie Cisneros
David & Kathy Cobb
Jack & Tammy Dean
David & Karen Dvorman
Jilali El Basri
Jeff & Pam Filley
 The Fincher Family

The Forester Family

The Forkey Family 

Molly Frodyma

David & Holly Frost

John & Susie Gilchrist

Gary & Christine Goldhammer 

Jay & Jeanne


Jim & Michele Herkimer

Jon & Inmi Hornecker

John & Kate Horwitz

Chris & Aylene Jensen

Steve & Teri Jensen

Tom & Julie Kenny

The McGaffigan Family

Mark & Yass McNeil

Dan & Sue O'Bannon

The O'Hern Family

Kingsley & Sandra Okereke

Mike & Kim Paquette

The Parkhill Family  

 Frank & Amy Paulson 

Linda & Christian Pran   

Marco & Kerry Racanelli

Curtis & Connie Rach

Chris & Stephanie Ragone

Tom & Kathy Ricks

Babak & Saman Sotoodeh

Dan & Shirley Tafoya

Steven & Diana Tyson

The Watkins Family

The Wikle Family 


Todd & Shelly Anderson 
Daniel & Christina Argento
Mark & Katrin Bandhauer
William Calderon Plumbing
Paul & Margaret Cannon
Hector & Veronica Castellanos  
Carissa Chu & Family
The Dutrisac Family
Timothy & Lise Flannery
Spencer & Terese Garrett
Ray & Mary Jean Geagan
The Hankinson Family
Tom & Tammy Hunt 
Jon & Amy Lee

Bill & Jennifer Maniatis

 Leanne & Gregg Martin

John & Shari Matsuo

The Ratkevich Family
 Jennifer & Martin Rigby 

The Stinson Family

The Streichenberger Family


Charles & Christy Taylor
Mark & Lisa Telles 
Richard & Hang Tran
The Tweedt Family
The Upshaw Family
Lino & Janet Valdivia
The Yaghi Family
The Zak Family


The Algama Family

Abdul Aref & Nilab Abassi
 Mario & Marisol Arteaga

John & Peggy Bennett

Sherri Bird

Sharmain Bodini
 The Cardoza Family

Mark & Tonya Cheney

Sean & Kristi Colgan

Tami Crosby &

Doug Hatchimonji

Greg & Honour Del Crognale

The Duffy Family

Frank & Kim Eder

Hector Estrada & Ruby Fernandez 

 Dave & Nancy Finley

The James Foster Family

John & Irene Frazier

The Gala Family

Theresa Hallock

Tom & Jennifer Harpenau

The Hidalgo Family

The Houssiere Family

Brett & Uli Howard

Richard & Nola Jackson

Mark & Elizabeth Johnson 

Keith & Nancy Jones

Frank & Lisa Leandro

The Lee Family

Dave & Katie Lehnertz


The Marchese Family 

James & Joan McBride

The McCarthy Family

The McGrew Family

The McNamara Family

John & Elizabeth Morgan

Nick & Janis Nisson

Matthew & Suzanne Oberly

Ken & Kay Osborne

The Paddock Family

Kristi & Steve Pihl

The Raetz Family

Beth & Doug Raff

Shankar & Priya Rao

The Richardson Family 

Jose & Patty Romo

Jim & Missy Seeley

Molly Shelton
 Craig & Trisha Shipcott

Mathew & Joly Thomas
  Andy & Kathryn Thompson

Hai Tran & Thu Thao Le  
  The Tucker Family

The Turner Family

Roger & Nora Warren

Jon & Suzanne Wilcox

The Wilkins Family

Mary & Christopher Woolfolk

The Worden Family

Tim & Eileen Yount


Morrie Azim

Greg & Tania Batson

Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Campbell

Jerry & Linda Carillo

Jose & Ruth Castillo

Maria & Chris Conley 

Bill & Linda Foley

Ernesto & Cynthia Galang

Tom & Lisa Harrison

Ray & Jenny Hull

Greg & Morgan Jutila

Lan-Khanh La  

Paolo & Rachel Lim

Troy & Stephanie Lukkes

Kevin McGrath

Marty & Cristen Miller

Joe & Elisa Mora
 Truc Thanh & Hong Nguyen 

 Michael & Vasanthi Okuma

Dave & Lisa Pflueger

Complete Sports Performance

Crista Smyth

Andy & Pat Widin


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   Thank You For Your Support!

 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: Joan McBride     Co-Contributors: Christine Goldhammer and Kerry Racanelli    

ASB Contributor: Alex Creed  


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