SMHS PTO & Foundation for Excellence

  • San Mateo High School has a long-standing tradition of providing outstanding academic programs as well as excellent co-curricular opportunities. It is important that these traditions continue and improve in order to prepare our students to participate fully in an increasingly competitive and complex global society. To accomplish our goals, it is essential that the parents of our students feel connected to San Mateo High School and a part of our school community. To help facilitate this, the San Mateo High School Parent-Teacher Organization provides a vital link between you and the school through:

    • Zoom meetings, Town Halls and Bearcat gatherings
    • Daily emails of the Daily Bulletin (school announcements)
    • Special email announcements of school events and activities
    • The Parent Teacher Organization Handbook for a quick reference to contact information for teachers, Parent-Teacher Organization, student leadership, and the school calendar
    • Informational meetings and volunteer opportunities
    • Parent Education
    • Recognition for students and staff with Bearcat Awards, Scholarships, Jefferson Awards, Welcome Back Lunch and Staff Appreciation
    • Refreshments and hospitality for numerous school events including Back to School Night, Open House, Freshman Orientation, 8th Grade Information Night, Senior Awards Night

    We encourage you to become actively involved in your child’s high school education; Donate to the Parent Teacher Organization and one of the associated San Mateo High School booster clubs. Come to meetings. Volunteer to help at one or more of the various parent-sponsored events during the year. Read the Daily Bulletin. Be involved, and experience the famous BEARCAT spirit first hand! Not only will your generous support help San Mateo High School build even stronger programs for your son or daughter, but you will also develop rewarding relationships with our teachers, staff and other San Mateo High School families.

    We invite you to donate to the San Mateo High School Parent Teacher Organization Donation Form   /  Online Payment

    For donations to the SMHS PTO and/or Class of 2024 Senior Grad Night:

Meetings & Speakers Series

  • Parent-Teacher Organization parents

    Our General Meeting Speaker Series for 2022-2024 recordings may be viewed on our SMHS PTO YouTube Channel

    Previously recorded meetings include for the 2021-2022 school year:

    • SMHS Cell phone free policy Town Hall
    • August PTO General Meeting - Town Hall Q&A with Superintendent Skelly
    • September PTO General Meeting - Wellness Counselors
    • October PTO General Meeting - Teen Drivers

    General Meetings (Speaker): All meetings start at 7pm in the Library or on Zoom

    Tuesday, August 29th, 2023
    Tuesday, September 19th, 2023
    Tuesday, October 17th, 2023
    Tuesday, January 16th, 2024
    Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

    The SMHS PTO will foster an environment of cooperation and solidarity by providing parents opportunities to connect with the SMHS community, to be informed on matters impacting SMHS and their students, and to become involved with SMHS activities.

  • SMHS PTO & Foundation for Excellence 2024-25 


    Flora Chen - Co-President
    Elsbeth Iannone - Co-President
    Deena Bertolina - Vice-President
    Rohini Jatkar - Treasurer
    Debbie Melamud - Secretary

    Board Members

    Nicole Blair
    Elaine Jun
    Wendie Leung
    Ann Lloyd
    Harpreet McDermott
    Mary Nagamine
    Nicole O’Connor
    Chrissa Qiu
    Leigh Roslansky
    Lisa Salles
    Kasey Schuh
    Vanessa Shew
    Christina Simmons
    Karen Toledo
    Tao Wang
    Li Zhang


    Yvonne Shiu - Principal

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