Welcome to Sequoia! We hope that you are just as excited about supporting Sequoia as we are. Many parents make the mistake of thinking that high schools don't need their help as much as their children's elementary and junior high schools did. This couldn't be further from the truth. We help sponsor school-wide events and activities and communicate information to the school community.
Some of the activities include publishing our weekly newsletter, hosting staff appreciation events, organizing Safe & Sober Grad Week events, assisting in proctoring IB/AP exams, and awarding Mini-Grants and Junior Scholarships. While you certainly don't need to become a member of the PTSA in order to be involved, we hope that you consider joining.
To learn more about our organization and our events, join the PTSA, volunteer to help, or browse useful information for parents about Sequoia, please visit our website.
The PTSA meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except January and June) in the Multi-purpose Room (MPR) at 7 PM. The agenda usually includes an update from the Principal, a presentation on a school-related topic, and information about PTSA events. The meeting schedule is posted on our website. You do not need to be a member of PTSA to attend, but you need to be a member to vote. The best place to park is the parking lot off of James Street. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Mini-Grant program is offered in the fall and spring by the Sequoia PTSA to serve as many Sequoia High School students as possible. Grants are available from $50 to $400 and are funded through support of the SHSEF. You are welcome to apply if you are a teacher, staff member, club leader, or student - information is available under the "Programs" tab of our Sequoia PTSA website.
The PTSA will be guided by the principle that a gift to the school should benefit the largest possible number of students. Decisions will be made to balance student age, subjects, and groups across the school community. With this in mind, mini-grants that are more likely to be funded are:
Requests that benefit more than just a few specific students, with the goal of benefiting the entire SHS community through the Mini-Grant program.
Requests that will also provide benefit for Sequoia in future years or future Sequoia students.
Requests that impact a wide variety of grade levels.
Examples of support could include supplies and equipment, publications, such as books, magazines, newspapers, instructional CDs, videos, and software, electrical or electronic equipment, construction materials for small projects, admission fees, or teacher stipends for new programs.
The PTSA offers multiple scholarships in three categories to Sequoia Juniors each year, funded by support of the SHSEF. Junior Scholarships enable winners to cite the award on college applications their senior year. We hope the prestige of winning this award will help them pursue their dreams, plus provide some extra money for continuing their education. Awards are granted for the following categories:
First Generation to College
Students may apply in up to two of the categories; applicants must be a junior at Sequoia and a member of the Sequoia PTSA. More information is available under the "Programs" tab of the Sequoia PTSA website.