Volume 4 Issue 3 | September 2020
Highlights from Student Leadership
This month your Student Leadership Team focused on the following items:

  • During the week of Sept 21st, the Leadership class coordinated a Deaf & Hard of Hearing awareness week. During the week of Sept 28th, the Leadership class, in collaboration with several Leigh Clubs, is coordinating a Celebrate Wellness week that includes yoga, mental health, and mindfulness activities

  • We held the first “Student Voice” meeting of the year, our Freshman elections, and Senior Sunrise. We also organized a Rosh Hashana celebration.

Highlights from Principal Kara Butler
The district has set aside Thursday, October 1st, and Friday, October 2nd, for teachers to work on further improving their Canvas skills and to better support students in online learning. Please have your student refer to the Daily Announcements, Leigh Instagram and or Leigh Activities Google Classroom for activities happening these two daysHere is a link to the A/B calendar on our website for reference.

Mental Health during Distance Learning: Mental health is always critical but especially so during Distance Learning. Our community partner, Uplift, held both a student and parent workshop. The student workshop focused on how to cope during DL and the parent one focused on how to support your teen during DL.
Construction Update: 

  • Pool: The pool is almost completed! A few finishing touches are being completed now.

  • Main Office: Fencing is up and abatement is beginning. We’ll be bringing some color and design options to the community.

  • Student Service Center: The Student Service Center staff and admin are moving into the library the last week of September as construction begins on their building. They will be in the library for the rest of this school year.

  • Charging Stations: Construction is wrapping up on the electric car charging stations in the front office parking lit.

Highlights from Teacher Representative Celeste Smiley
Ms. Smiley has put together a wonderful teacher report that includes updates on...

  • Teacher Twitter Accounts to follow
  • Baby Ads for Yearbook
  • Physics
  • Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
  • Government
  • Psychology
  • National Art Honor Society 
  • Art Department (image on right created by Leigh student)

Read Ms. Smiley's teacher report here »

Thank you to everyone who has already donated to our Annual Giving Drive! We are just over 80% of the way towards our $30K goal! We need to raise an additional $5,257 in order to support the programs we have committed to funding this year.

Please go to our website to learn more and to donate online (or mail us 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 make a contribution through a stock donation.
Many employers match donations. Check out our Double the Donation Online Tool where you can quickly and easily see if your employer will match your donation. You will also be able to sign in to your companies online form and submit your request electronically, or you can directly access the paper form you need to complete and submit.

Questions, please contact our Treasurer, Amy Hogg, at treasurer@leighhsc.org
Thank you for making a difference!
Your support is important and is greatly appreciated!

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.

  • $7,900 to teachers for classroom resources. Each teacher received $100 to purchase needed materials for their on-campus or virtual classroom.

  • The following staff grants were approved at our September meeting...
  • $240 for Quizziz and Quizlet online subscriptions for two math classes
  • $100 for GoNoodle subscription for Leigh Autism Program
  • $500 for competition registration fees for Science Olympiad
  • $600 for robotics parts and materials for Robotics Club competition


Academic Tutoring
We are in need of parent volunteers to provide academic tutoring and support for students during class time. Rama Nemani is our Academic Tutoring Coordinator. We have an immediate need for someone willing to help in a physics class from 1-2:10pm on Mondays and Thursdays. There will also be needs in other classes. Please share with Rama your contact information and the subjects in which you are comfortable. Rama's email is academictutoring@leighhsc.org. Once Rama receives your information, she will work with you on next steps. Please also reach out to her with any questions you may have on this program.

Student Clubs Support
We are working with our Activities Director, Anthoney Roe, to set up parent support/mentoring for our clubs. Clubs will have varying needs and we are in the process of gathering feedback from them directly to better understand what kind of support would be most beneficial. Anne Haro is our Club Support Coordinator and will share details with you shortly. In the meantime, Mr. Roe has some immediate mentoring needs in the Robotics Club and LIDA (dance club). Please contact Mr. Roe directly at aroe@cuhsd.org if you can help with these clubs. More info on support needed for other clubs coming soon!


The Home & School Club purchased car stickers to share with our families. Due to a shipping error, these unfortunately did not arrive on time to be distributed when students came to campus at the start of the school year. If you would like a car sticker (no cost), please share your contact information in this form and we will share with you a pick up location. #LeighProud!

Purchase a face mask with our Leigh logo. We are selling these masks at cost ($9). Our goal is to help create community spirit – we are #allinthistogether. Go Longhorns!

Deadline to order a face mask is end of October. Any questions, please contact Susan Smith at corresponding_sec@leighhsc.org

Our Leigh Home & School Club supports the campaign to Vote YES on Measure L which will be on the November 3rd, 2020 ballot.

Measure L is a parcel tax RENEWAL. It does not raise taxes - it simply renews existing local school funding to maintain high-quality education in our district schools: Leigh, Branham, Del Mar, Prospect, Boynton, and Westmont.

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on school district budgets.

Without Measure L, our district would have to ...

  • Cut funding for vocational and career technical education pathways for students
  • Cut funding for electives that help students find and develop their passions
  • Cut funding for advanced classes that prepare students for college and career
  • Cut funding for mental health supports to our high school youth
  • Cut funding for computer and technology skills training needed to prepare students for high-demand jobs in high-tech, health care, and engineering
  • Increase class sizes

We need Measure L to pass so that our district can also...

  • Navigate the short-term challenges of COVID-19
  • Provide safe and clean high schools
  • Attract and retain highly qualified teachers

To learn more, please visit the Measure L website

We Need Your Help -- Be an advocate!

Call, email and text your neighbors, friends and family
Encourage them to vote YES on Measure L

Share Measure L flyer with all of your contacts
Click here to download

Like/Follow Measure L updates on social media
Share posts with your friends and followers

This month we dropped off some chips for a "grab & go" snack station plus little containers of play dough for the teachers to use to sculpt their best LONGHORN! Check out two of our teacher's creations below. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who contributed to this teacher treat.

Weekly Bulletin
  • Principal Kara Butler sends an email update at the end of each week. If you do not receive this in your inbox and would like to, please reach out to Mrs. Butler directly. The archive is located here » If you can only read one thing each week, please read this email as it contains important information.

Daily Bulletin
  • Our Activities Director, Anthoney Roe, sends an email every morning focused on what's happening for students at school for that day and the upcoming week. This is a wealth of information on clubs, student activities, social events for students, homework center info etc. The archive is located here » To opt in to receive these emails in your inbox daily, sign up here » Students are also able to access an activities classroom on Canvas.

Social Media


Leigh Technology platforms
Information on the following tools, and links to access each, is available on the Leigh website:
  • CANVAS: Learning Management System where teachers post assignments and grades.
  • AERIES: Online student information system that allows families to view/request transcripts, view attendance records, and update emergency contact information.
  • NAVIANCE: a customizable planning portal for families that includes self-discovery assessments, goal-setting, college research tools, and career exploration resources.
  • REMIND: Communication platform for teachers, students and admin.

College & Career Center

Monday, October 19th, 7pm

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: 881 3315 8207
Passcode: 314956
Monday, October 26th, 10:30am

Join HSC Co-Presidents Aine O'Donovan and Tamara Strachman for an informal get-together and Q&A. We will answer any questions you might have about our boosters, school etc., or help figure out who can help you.

Meeting ID: 872 6379 7801
Passcode: 160743

Shopping on Amazon? 
Please use Amazon Smile and a % of your purchase comes back to Leigh. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/77-0199809 or with AmazonSmile ON in the app. Thank you for supporting Leigh Home and School Club and continuing to generate donations! 

Shopping at Office Depot?
When you check out, let the cashier know that you want to support Leigh High School. Leigh will receive 5% of your purchase amount.

Shopping at Sports Basement?
On your next visit to Sports Basement, register as a Basementeer and select Leigh High School as your beneficiary. Basementeer's receive 10% and give 10%:

  • 10% off every item every day
  • 10% of your purchase is donated back to Leigh
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.