Welcome to the Los Altos High School PTSA!
The PTSA brings together Parents, Teachers and Students to support programs that enhance the educational experience for each LAHS student. In addition to monetary support, there are many PTSA volunteer opportunities to get involved on campus. PTSA meetings are a great way to stay informed; Principal Wynne Satterwhite and Superintendent Jeff Harding give reports and take questions. We invite you to become members and participate in Los Altos High School’s PTSA.
Scott Graeser, President
Wendy Allyn, Executive Vice President
Join the Schoolwide Announcements on the elist page found here http://lahs.elists.mvla.net/
Membership and Donations
The PTSA raises money for campus programs through membership and donations. To print out the PTSA Membership form to join the PTSA:
click here for the English version
click here for the Spanish version.
- Basic Membership is $20 (includes one student directory)
- Family Membership is $40 (includes two student directories)
- Donations - we rely on donations of $100 per student to cover PTSA expenses including STEAM week, Challenge Day, Writers Week, Teacher Training and other programs listed below.
- Corporate matching donations welcome
To join and donate to the PTSA online with a credit card, click here. Checks are accepted on campus by the school bookkeeper or can be mailed to: PTSA Treasurer, Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022.
Volunteering is the best way to learn about Los Altos High School and get to know the staff. There are a wide variety of opportunities, including cooking for staff appreciation events, working in the office, helping at STEAM or History or Writer’s Weeks. There are Music Booster and Athletic Booster organizations, which support our student musicians and athletes.
To view the various committees and to sign up as a vounteer, please view the Volunteer Sign Up form located under PTSA Meetings and Forms tabs. The PDF form sign up is here or go to this Google Spreadsheet to sign up
PTSA Meetings for 2018-2019 School Year
All begin at 7:00 pm in the LAHS College & Career Center (unless otherwise specified):
- September 5
- October 16
- November 6
- February 5
- March 12
- April 30
Programs funded by PTSA
- Student Daily Organizers/Planners
The PTSA provides daily planners to all Freshman students. We have received excellent feedback from previous Freshman students about how useful the planners are in keeping them on track with their many academic, athletic, and extracurricular commitments and in helping them adjust to high school.
Brought first to Los Altos High during the 2011-2012 academic year, TurnItIn.com is an internet-based plagiarism detection service. It gives students and teachers an opportunity to check their papers for unintended plagiarism. The PTSA has committed to financially support annual licensing fees as requested by the school English Department.
- Writers Week
For more than 25 years the PTSA has sponsored this program that brings novelists, short story writers, journalists, poets and technical writers into English classrooms. Students read samples of the writer's work and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss "the life of a writer." The Writers Week committee also selects a “community read” book and brings the author to Eagle Theater for an evening presentation for students, parents, staff and the community.
- STEAM Week (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)
STEAM Week brings some of Silicon Valley's leading researchers, artists, medical professionals, and technologists to Los Altos High to discuss their work and life stories with students. They inspire students to explore a variety of careers related to math, science, art, engineering and technology.
- History Week
Started in 2012, History Week is organized around an important theme and brings speakers to share their expertise with the students.
- Challenge Day - program for ALL Freshman!
Challenge Day is a unique experiential social & emotional learning program for freshman that is designed to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity. The program goes beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts, building empathy and inspiring a school-wide movement of compassion and positive change. The program addresses some common issues seen in most schools including cliques, gossip, rumors, negative judgments, teasing, harassment, isolation, stereotypes, intolerance, racism, sexism, bullying, violence, suicide, homophobia, hopelessness, apathy, and hidden pressures to create an image, achieve or live up to the expectations of others.
PTSA funds technology, books, magazine subscriptions, and online databases.
- Student Directory
Available with PTSA membership dues.
- Staff Appreciation
PTSA members provide a welcome back breakfast, and in the spring, a thank you lunch to LAHS teachers.
- Teacher Training
Provide financial support for teacher training events.
- Wholistic Teacher Award
Each spring LAHS students and parents are invited to nominate the teacher(s) that inspire students both inside and outside the classroom. These teachers not only challenge and motivate their students in the classroom environment but they show an interested in their students’ activities and lives outside of class. The Wholistic Teacher Award is announced and presented just before the end of the school year.
- Emergency Preparation
Supplies water bottles each year for emergency use.
- Go Green Committee
Supports the efforts to keep LAHS a Green Certified campus.
- Freshman Orientation
PTSA funds the lunch in August for freshman and new students.
- Graduation Reception
Seniors and their families enjoy refreshments after the graduation ceremony.
- The Talon Magazine
To expand the types of literary products available on campus and to expand the journalistic learning experience of students, the students newspaper, The Talon, publishes a magazine each spring. The PTSA helps underwrite the production cost to produce the magazine.