Dear HMS Fox Families - what an unprecedented time we have all been through! I look forward to a safe and exciting return to school and our “new normal”. Despite many challenges over the past year, we have reaffirmed the support of our amazing teachers, staff, and students. It is their continued dedication and resilience that inspire the work of our PTA.
The PTA’s role is to enrich the world-class education at our National Blue Ribbon school. I am deeply grateful to our volunteers, which includes an amazing Executive Board:
EVP - Jaime Gertmenian
First VP of Programs & Calendar - Magnolia Ycasas
Second VP of Membership - Michiko Lee
Third VP of Ways & Means - Jennifer Park
Hauntington Breakfast Chairs - Stefanie Killackey and Nancy Ko
Parent Party Chairs - Anel Gorham and Andrea Yamamoto
Spring Fundraiser Chairs - Jennifer Kang and Cathy Newton
Recording Secretary - Danielle Spicer
Corresponding Secretary - Becki Watlington
Treasurer - Ada Wong
Financial Secretary - Mandy Chan
Auditor - Zeina Daoud
Historian - Lauren Shen
Parliamentarian - Mikah O’Mara
And I can’t begin to list the many committee chairs who help carry on beloved HMS traditions - School Dances, Noontime Fun, Career Day, Reflections, Chinese Liaisons, Red Ribbon Week, Staff Appreciation, etc. Their generosity of time and talent allows our students to explore and excel in VAPA, athletics, outdoor education, and so much more. Being part of the PTA, in any capacity, is an investment in your child’s education.
I look forward to working with our principal, Daryl Topalian, and our new assistant principal, Mary Hazlett, as we welcome back our HMS families at upcoming events: New Family Orientation (in person) on August 20th, Back to School Night on August 26th and our first PTA Association meeting (via Zoom) on August 31st. Also please mark your calendars as we invite the community to the in-person return of our beloved Hauntington Breakfast on Saturday, October 23rd!
There is so much activity as we start the school year and the PTA has a lot planned to bring our Fox Families back into the HMS fold. Please join the PTA in your First Day packets and support our school in any way that you are able. For updated information, please join our HMS PTA Community Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/
With three children in three San Marino schools, this is my sixth year at HMS. As middle school is a time of growth for our students, it is often a learning experience for our families as well. Over the years, I have come to appreciate the unique and unifying spirit of HMS. It brings vibrant and diverse parts of our community together.
During this past year, I hope we all have found some bright moments and connections that have bolstered us in unexpected and positive ways. Let’s channel that momentum as we navigate this exciting new year together!
Jacqueline Tran Chuang
HMS PTA President 2021-22