Established in 1919, the South Pasadena High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association promotes communication and interaction within the school community and serves as a resource for parents, teachers, and students.
Parent involvement in a student’s education is extremely important to student success!
Objectives of the PTA
- To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community and place of worship.
- To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
- To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
- To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.
Parent Forums: PTSA provides a wide range of forums to help parents support their student’s success, learn more about services and activities at SPHS, learn about PTA advocacy, etc. . Topics have included: “Parent-to-Parent Panel: How to Get your Student into college: Lessons learned from Real Parent who Succeeded and Survived”, “Spotlight on the Drama Program at SPHS”, “Introduction to the Canine Substance Detection Program at SPHS”, “Naviance Career and College Software: Hands-on training for parents”, “How the California Budget Crisis effects SPUSD and SPHS”.
Volunteers: SPHS PTSA helps to coordinate many volunteer opportunities at SPHS including for registration, translation, paper drive, special events, school committees, career awareness, grad night, chaperones, awards committee, staff appreciation, Grad Night, Wish Night, etc.
Wish Night: The SPUSD budget cannot meet all the demands for classroom equipment and supplies to enrich students’ education. Helping faculty obtain materials necessary to keep classrooms well equipped is important, and a great way to directly support the classrooms is to donate to the Wish Night Mini-Grant Program. Faculty members apply for funds by submitting a mini-grant application to a committee consisting of the principal and PTSA officers.
E-Newsletter: SPHS PTSA publishes an E-newsletter which presents upcoming SPHS events, academic news, athletic and extra-curricular achievements and reports from department staff.
Parent Tiger Guide: SPHS PTSA publishes The Parent Tiger Guide each year and distributes it at registration time. This guidebook contains invaluable information and is a supplement to the Tiger Guide, a student handbook of pertinent SPHS information and a planner to help students organize assignments.
PTSA Distinguished Student Awards: SPHS PTSA offers several awards to graduating student SPHS PTSA members. Applications are judged on the basis of student support of the Objects of the PTA in their community service and extracurricular activities.
Reflections: PTSA solicits, coordinates and submits entries in visual arts, photography, literature, dance, music and film production from all SPHS students for this prestigious National PTA art competition. For more information please go to: http://www.pta.org/
Grad Night: PTSA coordinates this exciting evening for just-graduated seniors to help them safely celebrate their graduation.
Student Club Mini-Grant Program: Students at SPHS are share their non-classroom interests in over 50 active on-campus clubs. PTSA supports the “whole student” through mini-grants available for club activities. Student club officers learn about the grant application process, how to complete and submit a grant application and how to communicate with a grant committee.
Advocacy: The California State PTA joins with members from our local PTA units to advocate for the improved health and safety of all children and improved funding for public education. For more information please click here: http://www.capta.org/
Teacher Appreciation: PTSA periodically arranges events to show our appreciation for all our teachers do all year.