Category Archives: Helpful Information

Make a Donation to Support Student Meals

At San José Unified, we believe student nutrition is a key component of a well-rounded education. We constantly strive to meet the nutritional needs of our students while ensuring our schools promote a healthy and active learning environment.
All told, our Student Nutrition team prepares and serves more than 18,000 hot and cold meals every day across 40 school sites, from elementary to high school.
We encourage families to use the MySchoolBucks online system to pay for student meals. MySchoolBucks is a safe, simple, and secure way to make meal payments at no additional cost to families, and funds are available the same day they are deposited.
Recently, we’ve heard from members of the community who want to know how they can help to ensure that every student has access to healthy meals on campus. That’s why we’ve partnered with MySchoolBucks to provide an opportunity for you to make tax-deductible donations toward student meals.
Please visit this online portal to make a donation today. Every $2 you give covers the cost of a meal for one of our students, so every dollar truly does count!
If you have any questions or would like to arrange for an offline donation, please contact our Public Information Office at (408) 535-6444.

The Princess Project: Silicon Valley

The Princess Project provides free prom dresses and accessories to teens who could not otherwise afford them.
Dress giveaway days:
March 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, and 20.
Mountain View
All teens must have an appointment. No walk-ins.
Donate a dress 
Have a dress in your closet that you would like to donate, here are donation guidelines:
Current styles from 2008 to present
Dry-cleaned and on hangers
Prom dresses, formal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, or fancy party dresses
Short or long dresses accepted
Appropriate for teenagers
Sizes 0 – 30
New and like-new accessories
For information on dates and drop-off locations for donated dresses, or other questions, please email

The Smart Talk – Internet Safety – Discussion About Safer Internet, Tuesday February 6th

Cyber Safety Workshop

What you hope your kids (elementary, middle, and high) are doing online isn’t always what they’re actually doing.

Join us to learn how you can use The Smart Talk to get on the same page with your kids and establish an open conversation about digital safety. FREE EVENT.

  • DATE: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • PLACE: Gunderson High School, 622 Gaundabert Lane, San Jose 95136
  • TIME: 6:00 PM Refreshments – 6:30 PM Program

Come and meet: 

  • Director of Resource Development at National PTA –  Amy Sheldon
  • California State PTA President  – Diana McDonald 
  • SJUSD Student Services Director – Dane Caldwell-Holden 

To RSVP, contact:

SPONSORED BY National PTA, California State PTA, Sixth District PTA, San Jose Unified Council PTA, San Jose Unified School District


Apply Now for High School Student Scholarships – Due February 1st

Your child’s education doesn’t end once they walk across that high-school graduation stage. That’s why California State PTA has two scholarships to help your child achieve his or her college dreams and life goals.

  • $750 Volunteer Service Scholarship – This scholarship recognizes graduating seniors for their volunteer service in schools and communities, and allows them to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools
  • $500 Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship– Honoring the volunteer and public-service legacy of Dr. Ralph E. White and his wife, Eleanor, this scholarship provides $500 each to two successful applicants of the Volunteer Service Scholarship who intend to pursue a career in a medical field.

Applications are due February 1. All scholarship applications require current membership in a PTA in good standing, so if you know a student who is not yet a PTA member but is interested in applying, be sure to contact your local PTA to join today! Apply online at

For general questions about these important programs, please contact

Pioneer High School Mattress Fundraiser

Pioneer High School is holding it’s second annual mattress fundraiser in support of the Pioneer Performing Arts Boosters program.

The fundraiser will be held on November 18th from 10 AM to 5 PM in the Performing Arts Center at Pioneer High School. If you’re thinking of getting a new mattress, we will be offering a wide selection of name brand mattresses at 50% off retail.

Proceeds from the event go towards buying and servicing musical instruments for the music program, buying props and equipment for the drama program and providing scholarships to students who otherwise could not afford to participate in a performing arts program.

Pioneer HS

Questions to Ask During the Parent-Teacher Conference

  • What subject does my student like most? Least?
  • What can I do to help my student with subjects he finds difficult?
  • How can I help my student study? Prepare for class? Improve his work? A good time to ask these questions is when the teacher gives you samples of your son’s or daughter’s work.
  • Is my student trying as hard as he/she can?
  • Does my student participate in class discussions and activities?
  • Is my student in different classes or groups for different subjects? Which ones? How are the groups determined?
  • How well does my student get along with others?
  • Has my student missed classes?
  • Have you noticed changes in the way my student acts? For example, have you noticed squinting, tiredness, or moodiness that might be a sign of physical or other problems?
  • How are you measuring my student’s progress? Through tests? Portfolios? Class participation? Projects?
  • What kinds of tests do you give? What do the tests show about my student’s progress? How does my student handle taking tests?
          – Tip Sheet including questions above [PDF]
Ed100 – Parent-Teacher Conferences: Common Sense Standards and More                  [Ed100 Parent Leader Guide]