Hilo High Parent Teacher Student Association
We're a non-profit all-volunteer group of parents, teachers, and
students dedicated to helping Hilo High. Our activities are
directed by our board in accordance
with our bylaws.
We're a local unit of the
Hawai'i State PTSA, which is in turn affiliated with the
September 23rd Board meeting
Hilo High has a great online calendar
where you can view up-to-the-minute info about sporting
events, meetings, classes, etc.
Our sophomore class counselor, Casey Carpenter, has a host of useful
information on his site
Here are some of the things we're doing:
Open House: we organize the annual Open House, providing food
Campus improvements: we installed a kiosk in 2012 for student groups
to post announcements.
Craft Fair: we run one or two Craft Fairs each year, as a
fundraiser for our other activities. The next Craft Fair will
be in the Cafeteria on December 7th, 2013.
To be a vendor at the next craft fair,
Reflections National Art Contest: we will participate in the
National PTA's Reflections
Art Contest. If you're interested in helping with
Reflections this year, contact Cathy Young.
for more details.
Teacher Appreciation Events: we sponsor a "welcome back"
breakfast for staff each fall, and a "thank you"
luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week in the spring.
Senior Scholarships: we fund a pair of $500 scholarships for
eligible college-bound seniors each spring. See
scholarships to apply.
Hilo High Cookbook: we print and sell the Official Viking
Cookbook. We're always looking for great recipes, please
email yours to us.
Classroom Supplies: we're starting a program to provide
grants to individual teachers to help them defray the
cost of classroom supplies, fieldtrips, etc.
Here's what you can do to help us help Hilo High:
eScrip: You can donate a portion of your Safeway bill to us at
no cost to you via eScrip. Click
here to register, and enter our Group ID: 7282438.
You don't have to be a PTSA member to join eScrip! We get a
substantial portion of our funding from eScrip, so please sign up.
Donate Time: We can use help running our larger events: Open House, Craft Fair, and Reflections.
Donate Money: As a non-profit organization, your contributions
are tax deductible. Mail a check for any amount payable to
Hilo High PTSA to us at our mailing address below, or just drop it
off at the school office.
Join: Become a member. The more
people we can get involved the more things we can accomplish.
Our Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 School Year is:
- Karen Tollestrup,
- Kathy Plack,
VP for Fundraising
- Ingrid Dockersmith,
VP for Membership
- Annie Sadamoto,
VP for Student Affairs
- Charlene Masuhara,
VP for Events and Programs
- Terry Ten Eyck,
- Joanne Potts,
- Karen Welsh,
- Cheryl Amelia Walker and Charlene Masuhara,
- Arlene Kimata, Craft Fair Chairperson
- Cathy Young and Ingrid Dockersmith, Reflections Co-Chairpersons
- Bob Dircks,
What's our mailing address?
Hilo High School PTSA
556 Waianuenue Avenue
Hilo HI 96720
What's the difference between the SCC and the PTSA?
Like your PTSA, the Hilo High School Community Council (SCC) is
an organization that works to strengthen community involvement
in the school. Act 51 requires every public school in
Hawai'i to have an SCC: they are an official part of the DOE,
and are responsible for reviewing the school's Academic and
Financial Plan. There is no requirement that a school have a
PTSA, PTA, or PTO: unlike an SCC, these organizations exist only
where there is sufficient parent interest to sustain them.
What's all this I hear about Act 167?
Act 167, signed into law on June 15th, 2010, mandates increased
instructional time in Hawai'i public schools (excepting charcter
schools.) Barring changes or challenges to the law, this would
have increased the amount of class time from about 4.5 hours per
day now to 5.5 hours per day in 2011-2012, and 6.0 hours per day
in 2013-2014. You can read the text of Act 167
With the passage of Bill 945,
implementation Act 167 has been delayed by a minimum of three
years, beginning no earlier than 2014. Your children will
continue to receive less instruction than you did.