Next PTSA Forum 4/27: “What Teens Wish Their Parents Knew About Them”

Mark your calendar for our next forum, April 27: 7:00-8:00 p.m: “What Teens Wish Their Parents Knew About Them” held in the high school library. Don’t miss this first-ever student-run forum that will focus on things our children wish they could share with us but feel they can’t. A cross-section of students from the high school will discuss trust, communication, and pressure to succeed as they clue parents in to their top concerns and issues in life. Prepared with the help of English/ELD teacher Jennifer Cutler, this evening will surprise you, inform you, and give you concrete tips on how to have a closer relationship with your children from the mouths of teens just like yours (or maybe they will even be yours!). Don’t miss this illuminating chance to hear from real-life teens!

Questions? Please contact Alison Bell Rainey at Hope to see you all there!

SPHS PTSA Honorary Service Awards

Do you know an individual or group who………

Has served as an example of dedication and service on behalf of our children?

Has made an outstanding contribution to our youth, school and/or community?

If so, please assist the SPHS PTSA by nominating them for a Service Award.

Click here to print the form, and turn it into the SPHS office or email the nomination form to Cindy Oda at


Train Your Brain


On February 23, Dr. Dennis LeFevre, SPUSD Director of Student Support Service shared information at PTSA Forum regarding “Social-Emotional and Behavioral Care for Adolescents: SPUSD Staff and Parents Working Together to Make Things Better.”  He also shared information about a new SPUSD program, “Train Your Brain” which will be rolled out next year.  “Train Your Brain,” partially funded by a grant from the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, provides for a counselor led curriculum that will train other counselors, teachers and parents to help our middle and high school students better understand how their brains are wired and assist them in developing healthy ways to respond to stress in an ever changing, challenging and technology driven world. Pictured are SPHS Principal Janet Anderson, SPUSD Director of Student Support Services, Dr. Dennis LeFevre and SPHS PTSA VP of Programs, Alison Rainey.

Download Adolescent Stressors – PTSA Presentation – 2.22.15 (Powerpoint File, 10mb)

2015-16 SPHS PTSA Executive Board Nominees

The SPHS PTSA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2015-16 SPHS PTSA Executive Board. We thank all our volunteers and will be holding the election at our March 23rd PTSA meeting. Everyone is invited to attend this meeting.

President – Deb McCurdy
1st VP Programs – Alison Rainey
2nd VP Membership – Cindy Okitsu
3rd VP Ways and Means – Karen Weinstock
Recording Secretary – Laurie Amaya
Auditor – Kate Gibson
Historian – Ruby Kalra
Treasurer – Teri Lee
Principal/Advisor – Janet Anderson

Celebrating SPHS’s 2014-15 Reflections Winners

The National PTA Reflections Program, established in 1969, is an arts recognition and achievement program for students in the areas of Visual arts, Dance Choreography, Music Composition, Photography, Literature and Film/Video Production. This year’s theme was “The World Would be a Better Place if . . .”

South Pasadena High School had 36 students make the world a better place with their creativity and participation. Moving on to the next level of judging at the First District PTA are senior Hanna Crowley’s essay, titled “Apples and Oranges;” a photograph by junior Matthew Shults titled “After the Storm;” and sophomore Tei Park’s drawing, titled “Capillaries”. The South Pasadena High School PTSA thanks all of the students who pARTicipated!

(Pictured: Hanna Crowley and Matthew Shults)

October Association Meeting Minutes

The PTSA  held its second Association meeting on October 27, 2014, which was  followed by the PTSA forum “Teen Stress” with Linda Esposito, LCSW. The meeting important PTSA business and motions.  Many reports were given including each of the school class secretaries, the PTSA Board and chairpersons, SPUSD Board member Michelle Kipke, and SPEF.  Principal Janet Anderson gave a review of events taking place on campus, including Homecoming, and asked parents to please not contact students via cellphone during emergency situations on campus but to instead allow school officials to instruct students during any emergency situations. Fundraisers continue and box tops are always welcome!  It was announced that over $25,000 was raised by wishnight and funds have begun to be distributed to teachers! Nominations are made for next year’s board nomination committee.   Next PTSA Association Meeting is 1/12/15 at 6:30p.m in the SPHS Library.