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Mustang Achievements

Congrats to HHS Girls Softball!



Homestead's girls varsity softball team placed second in the CCS Division 1 softball finals, the furthest the team has ever made it. Go Mustangs!

Congratulations to the 2017 EL Speech Contest Participants!

The 10th Annual EL Speech Contest was held last week at Fremont High School. Congratulations to all the participants for their hard work and dedication, and especially to Orun Altintas, Ke (Jeffrey) Ou, Jonathan Wellingstein, Syeda (Iman) Ahmed and Yu Hsin (Lydia) Lin, who all placed in the top three in their final. To see the complete results please click here

Team Geekonomics reaches the Econ Challenge Nationals!

HHS Students earn 1st and 2nd place at Synopsys Science and Technology Championship

Homestead students Gokul Kalyanasundaram (Senior) and Anika Sanyal (Sophomore) won awards at the Synopsys Silicon Valley
Science and Technology Championship recently.

Gokul was awarded 2nd place in the Biological Science and Engineering Category for his project on Glucose Detection in E. coli. 
Anika was awarded 1st place in Physical Science and Engineering category for the One Week Paid Summer Academy at the University of Toronto, for her Sound Elimination Device for Autistics and others with Hearing Sensitivities. 

More info on these students can be found here.

Anika was also awarded the BioGENEius Regional Finalist Award at the BioGENEius Challenge held at South San Francisco Amgen offices. More info on BioGENEius can be found here.

Congratulations Lily & Alyssa!

Congratulations Lily & Alyssa!

Congratulations to the Homestead Econ Challenge Team!

Congratulations to the HHS Econ Challenge team for their success at the National Semi-Finals level of the National Economics Challenge! The Council for Economic Education is providing the team with an all-expense paid trip to New York to compete in the national competition. Go Mustangs!
 

HOMESTEAD FBLA EXCELS AT  2017 STATE CONFERENCE

Congratulations to Homestead High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), who continued its success in competitions at the 2017 State Leadership Conference. A total of 82 Homestead competitors placed within top 4, qualifying for the National Leadership Conference to take place at Anaheim from June 29 to July 2. Homestead FBLA received first place in 14 different events and placed in 48 of 67 events, and continued its 19th consecutive sweepstake championship by receiving more points than any other school.

In addition, the California Department of Education (CDE) awarded Mr. Graeme Logie, Homestead FBLA adviser and Director of Bay Section FBLA the CDE Leadership Award. This award is a special honor to recognize an individual who demonstrates outstanding commitment, integrity, and leadership. Congratulations to all!

HHS Senior receives BAAST recognition, scholarship

Congratulations to Senior Rachel Hildebrand, who was named part of the Bay Area All Star Scholarship Team by the San Jose Earthquakes during her fourth period AP Literature class on March 10th. The award is a coalition of the seven major Bay Area sports teams and includes a $5,000 scholarship. Hildebrand and six other recipients from across the Bay Area will be honored at home games of all seven teams before she attends UC Santa Barbara next fall. Check out this video to see Rachel’s big surprise! In the photo, Rachel and the other award recipients were honored on the court at the Warriors game on March 24th!

 

HHS team places 2nd in Mission College cooking competition

Homestead students Angel R., Sandy H., Ava H. and Teddy K. participated in the second annual Mission College, “What’s Cooking?” competition. HHS took home second place with their beautifully prepared pan-seared seabass with roasted cherry tomatoes and red wine reduction sauce. Chef Corey Kita, Chef de Cuisine at Bon Appetit/Google Café noted that the Homestead students definitely had the best knife skills of all the competitors.
 

HHS Orchestra Goes to So Cal!

The Homestead High School Orchestra recently returned from a fun and educational orchestra exchange with Beckman High School in Southern California. The two schools performed for each other, combined to play an arrangement of Beauty and the Beast movie music together, and took a side trip to Downtown Disney for the new Beauty and the Beast movie in 3-D. They also had an exciting backstage sight reading session in Disneyland, where they sight read the actual music to film clips from Tangled, the Nightmare Before Christmas, Cars 2, and Up, and were able to hear how it sounds with the Homestead Orchestra as the soundtrack. The orchestra learned how to play with a click track, how professional musicians must get it exactly right with little to no rehearsal time, how music is so important to the emotions of movies, and what it would be like to be a professional studio musician.

HHS Percussion Earns 2nd Place in World Class at NCPA tournament

Homestead High School competed in the Northern California Percussion Alliance Winter Percussion tournament hosted by Dublin High School, this past Saturday, March 11. Homestead finished 2nd Place in World Class (behind James Logan) with a score of 79.90. Read more here


 

HHS Hosts Annual Board Meeting to Honor Staff and Students

Homestead High School hosted its yearly board meeting on our campus on March 7th.  The night featured recognitions for several of our outstanding students, staff members and student groups.  Shawnee Rivera and Eugenia San Cristobal were recognized for being named Teacher of the Year and Classified Staff of the Year respectively.  We also honored our three retirees: Stephanie Palomo, math; Julia Rogers, math; and Jenny Giatis, special education.  Student groups who were honored included the Latino Mentor Program and the Girls Water Polo team.  The Tournament of Roses president awarded the Mighty Mustang Marching Band with a TOR flag as part of their inclusion in the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade and awarded volunteer Carl Gutekunst for his dedication and commitment to the band.  Tej Gokhale and Elizabeth Cook were recognized as Outstanding Students for their contributions to Homestead and will have their posters hung in the district office and on site for the 2017-2018 school year.  Zachary Norton was named as the Fremont Union High School District Foundation winner for his service, dedication and positive attitude.  The night not only celebrated those named above but was an opportunity to celebrate all the great work and accomplishments of our students, staff and parents.

HHS Marching Band honored by Tournament of Roses president

The president of the Tournament of Roses Parade stopped by Homestead High School on March 7 to inspire the Mighty Mustang Marching Band ahead of its much-anticipated performance on New Year’s Day next year. Homestead’s marching band was selected as one of 22 bands to perform in the annual parade in Pasadena known for its elaborate flower-covered floats. Read all about it in the Mercury News article.


 

HHS Equestriettes at Nationals

The Equestriettes dance team has returned from Nationals with another win again this year! Their successful season and hard work led to their most recent achievement: 2nd place in the Dance/Pom division! Congratulations to the whole team!


 

Congrats HHS Quiz Bowl Team!

Congratulations Quiz Bowl! Homestead's A team of Alistair Gray, William Scott and Brandon Herren brought their "A game" to twelve rounds of competition on Saturday. After a day of lightning fast responses to challenging questions from art, history, literature, mathematics, science and other topics, Homestead A took home first place, beating rival Davis in the championship round by a score of 385 to 370. Well done!
 

Congratulations HHS FBLA!

Homestead FBLA was champion for the 20th consecutive year at the Bay Section Leadership Conference held at Homestead on Saturday, Feb. 4.   Over 1190 students from 31 school over the Bay Area competed in the annual event.  Homestead placed 1st in 14 events and a total of 74 Homestead competitors qualified for the State Leadership Conference, which will be held in Sacramento in April 6-9.  The top five schools:  Homestead earned 583 points, Monta Vista 224, Cupertino 213, Lynbrook 151 and Dougherty Valley 136. Read the official press release here. Great job, Mustangs!

 

HHS marching Band to perform at the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2018

Homestead High School’s Marching Band was just announced as 1 of 15 bands selected world-wide to perform for more than 700,000 spectators and a worldwide TV audience in excess of 60 million in the 129th Annual Rose Parade held in Pasadena on January 1, 2018. The Homestead High School marching band is the flagship for one of the most accomplished scholastic music programs in Northern California. The selection committee for the Rose Parade cited the band’s dedication to excellence as a key factor in its decision. Read the official press release here. Homestead High School marching band has previously performed in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Super Bowl 50 NFL Fan Zone.

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HHS Senior Wins National STEM game design contest


Homestead High School senior Anthony Ma has been selected as a winner of the 2016 National STEM Video Game Challenge, one of only 24 winners from nearly 3,000 entries. The 24 middle school and high school winners will be recognized at an award ceremony at National Geographic in Washington, DC, with top original video games and game design concepts selected in 18 categories. The STEM Challenge aims to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math among youth by transforming their natural passions for playing video games into designing and creating their own video games. Read the official press release. 

Homestead among Top 100 High Schools in America!

Homestead High School is ranked #74 on Newsweek's list of the top 500 schools in America. The Newsweek High School Rankings assess schools based on a broad range of data to determine which institutions do the best job of preparing students for college.  

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Homestead honors 2016 Poster Kids

Each year the administrative team at each of the five FUHSD high schools selects one boy and one girl from their senior class that personify that ‘best of the best’ of the senior class and who exemplify excellence, dedication, and  generosity.  This selection also extends to the Student Board Representative to the FUHSD Board of Trustees.  A poster is made of each of these eleven Poster Kids and these posters are displayed in the FUHSD District Office and at the high school sites and serve as an excellent reminder to our community of the students that FUHSD is blessed to educate. This year's HHS honorees are seniors Nathan Mijares, Erika Yasuda and Cyrus Miremadi. 

    
 

new time management app created by HHS students!

HHS students Anthony Tien and Bilal Qureshi have created PlanT Calendar. PlanT is a mobile app that allows students to manage their schedules effectively and utilize our links under references for quick and easy navigation through the HHS website. This app enables students to improve their academic performance at their fingertips. Click here to download it or find out more. 

student artist wins Asian Pacific Fund art contest

Homestead sophomore Sarah Kim's artwork was named one of the winners of the Growing Up Asian in America contest, sponsored by the Asian Pacific Fund. This contest provides a platform for young people to creatively explore and celebrate being both Asian or Pacific Islander and American. Every year, almost one thousand Bay Area students in grades kindergarten through 12 submit artwork, essays, poems and videos on a single theme, competing for over $20,000 in cash and prizes. Congratulations, Sarah!

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Student Artist creates public art for San Jose

Homestead senior Nick Ybarra is a 2016 Downtown Doors winner.  His work Personas me Reunire will become public art downtown in San Jose.  It will be enlarged onto a vinyl adhesive decal and placed on a utility door this June.

The Downtown Doors Commission had over 150 entries this year. Blank service and utility doors are used and selected artworks are enlarged onto vinyl adhesive decals and professionally installed. The work will also feature a doorbell which will play an audio file of the artist speaking about their work.  

A video created by Nick was also selected for the Los Gatos Museum High School Competition.  This work was selected out of 850 entries to be one of 53 exhibited in the recent museum show.

Congratulations Nick!

Congrats to Varsity Boys Tennis Student Athletes!

Homestead Boy's Tennis is once again one of the top five varsity 2016 spring scholastic championship teams with the highest collective grade-point average of all teams competing in that sport, and a recipient of the 2016 Spring Season Scholastic Championship Team Awards.  These student-athletes have achieved distinction in the classroom while committing themselves to participation in interscholastic sports. Go Mustangs!

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HHS goes to National Personal Finance Challenge!

Congratulations to the participants in the National Personal Finance Challenge, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Twenty-three states were in attendance to compete for the national championship. California, with its Homestead constituents supporting, took 5th place overall. Great work, Mustangs!

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HHS Jazz plays Reno festival

Congratulations to the Homestead Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo for their stellar performances at the Reno Jazz Festival recently. 
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The Jazz Ensemble got a rating of “Excellent,” and the Jazz Combo got a rating of “superior” and a trophy for 3rd place! 


 

Homestead Senior Publishes Vegan Starter Cookbook

Freshly Vegan.JPGHomestead senior Whitney Lieberman recently published Freshly Vegan: Plant-Based Recipes for Beginners, available on Amazon and in the Homestead Library. Check out her delicious recipes and order your copy today, or talk to Whitney for a personalized copy. 


 

Congrats Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalist Hana M!

2000px-US-DeptOfEducation-Seal.svg.pngCongratulations to Homestead senior Hana Mizuta for advancing to the final round of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars program. Hana is one of 689 semi-finalists, out of 4,700 candidates selected from close to 3.3 million graduating seniors in the United States. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors, and is one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. Read more about the program and see the full list of semifinalists here


 

HOMESTEAD FBLA TRIUMPHS AT STATE CONFERENCE

Homestead High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) won several impressive titles at the 2016 State Leadership Conference, held in Ontario, CA, April 14-17, 2016. This is an annual conference where FBLA members from across the state gather to compete, network, and attend business workshops. Homestead FBLA achieved first place in 21 different events and placed in a total of 51 out of 67 events. Out of the 132 Homestead students who attended the conference, 112 placed in the top ten, and 99 qualified to compete in the National Leadership Conference to be held in Atlanta, GA, this summer from June 29 – July 2. This is the most that Homestead has ever sent to the national level. Go Mustangs!


 



 

The Homestead Winter Percussion Ensemble traveled to Dayton, Ohio last week to compete against 125 other high schools from across the country at the WGI Percussion World Championships.  For the 4th consecutive year Homestead was a World Class Finalist, and finished in 12th place!
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HHS are Econ & Personal Finance Challenge Champs!

This week was a big week for Homestead's up-and-coming economists and financiers. In the Econ Challenge, Homestead teams defended their title with 1st, 2nd and 5th place finishes, with the first place team qualifying for National Semi-Finals and the chance at a trip to New York in May. In Homestead's first time competing in the Personal Finance Challenge, Homestead qualified for the California Championships, which took place this week in Los Angeles, and left with a first place win, qualifying them for Nationals in Kansas City in May! Congrats to both teams. 


 

Congratulations to Homestead High School's Varsity Winter Guard and Winter Percussion!

This past weekend the Homestead Varsity Winter Guard traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the WGI Western Color Guard Championships, and they took 2nd place in the Scholastic Open division! 

The Winter Percussion traveled down to San Bernardino to compete in the WGI Western Percussion Championships and they finished 4th in the highly competitive Scholastic World Division!  Congratulations Guard and Percussion!
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Congratulations Equestriettes!

The Equestriettes dance team has returned from Nationals with two trophies again this year! Congratulations to the girls on their success this past weekend: 7th place in the Dance/Pom division and 3rd place in the Prop division! It has been a hugely successful season for the team and all their hard work has paid off. Great job ladies!

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Ashley Hall is one of the ten best teen vocalists from the South Bay and will compete for the top prize of $2,500 for themselves and $500 for the winner’s school, in the 5th annual South Bay Teen Idol competition. The top ten contestants made it through open auditions in January and were winnowed down from 20 contestants at the semi-finals in February.

At the finals, each participant will perform in one group number and one solo. A panel of three judges will comment on each vocalist’s performance. After all 10 finalists have had a chance to perform, the judges will select the top three contestants, and the audience will vote for which of those three will be the South Bay Teen Idol winner for 2016. The finals take place Saturday, April 2nd at 7:00pm at the APJCC Auditorium in Los Gatos. Read more about the event here. Good luck Ashley!

Fremont Union HSD English Learner Program Honored

Recently, the FUHSD English Learner Program was selected as one of three winners of the 2016 Glenn Hoffmann Exemplary Program Award given by the Santa Clara County School Boards Association (SCCSBA). This award is a 32-year tradition that celebrates school programs that significantly affect student success in the region.

In particular, the annual EL Speech Contest was highlighted as a showcase of the kind of work that takes place everyday both inside and outside the classroom. Save the date: the 9th Annual EL Speech Contest takes place on May 12 at Fremont HS this year. Read more here about this award and the amazing work happening within the English Learner program on our campuses. 

HOMESTEAD FBLA EXCELS AT BAY SECTION CONFERENCE

Homestead High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) began the year with an astonishing display of success at the Bay Section Leadership Conference. Held at Westmoor High School in Daly City on February 6, 2016, the Bay Section Leadership Conference is an annual competition where students from across the Bay Area demonstrate their knowledge in areas including business management, technology, and speaking performances. With 97 students placing and a total of 17 first places out of 35 competitions, 80 Homestead students qualified to compete at the State Leadership Conference to be held in Ontario, CA in April. Read more here
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HHS student scientists receive high honors

Congratulations to Homestead freshman Anika Sanyal and senior Daniel Guo for recent honors in the field of science and research!

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Anika was just awarded a national research grant from Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) to develop a new, more natural treatment for lowering “bad” cholesterol.  Anika is one of 10 individuals or teams from across the United States, who won this year’s CTY Cogito Research Awards for aspiring middle school and high school STEM researchers.

 

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Daniel earned semifinalist honors at the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition.  More information on the STS and Daniel’s participation can be found here.

Congratulations Ugochi and Girls Varsity BBall!

HHS varsity basketball player Ugochi Anudokem was recently named San Jose Mercury News Player of the Week. The entire Homestead girls varsity team is currently rated 15th in CCS! Great job ladies!

 

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HHS Quiz Bowl Team Qualifies for Nationals!

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Homestead Quiz Bowl's A-team qualified for the NAQT High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) by placing 2nd out of 51 teams at the California Cup tournament, held at UC Berkeley on November 14, 2015. Nationals will be May 28-30 in Dallas, TX.

Quiz Bowl is an academic competition that tests teams of four on subjects ranging from science to mythology to pop culture. Homestead Quiz Bowl has placed first and second at several Northern California tournaments this year.


 

Homestead students let imagination fly

Congratulations to the Homestead students who participated in the PTA’s annual Art Reflections Program. This year’s theme was “Let Your Imagination Fly” and included 6 categories for entry: Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Photography, and Visual Arts. Homestead senior Azuki Umeda won 1st place in the first round for her dance entry. Six other Homestead artists who entered art in one of the other categories were also given honorable mention but will not move on to the next round.

 

HHS Senior teaches science to low-income students

Shriya.JPGHomestead High School senior Shirya G. applied to and was accepted for a prestigious and very expensive two week science summer program but due to the high cost she was unable to go.  However, rather than letting that defeat her, Shriya used the opportunity to reach out to younger low-income students in north Sunnyvale so that they could learn more about science and hopefully have the same opportunities as those with greater means.  Read more in the San Jose Mercury News about her endeavor to give back to the community.

HHS Teams are Econ & Finance Challenge Champs!

This week was a big week for Homestead's up-and-coming economists and financiers. In the Econ Challenge, Homestead teams defended their title with 1st, 2nd and 5th place finishes, with the first place team qualifying for National Semi-Finals and the chance at a trip to New York in May. In Homestead's first time competing in the Personal Finance Challenge, Homestead qualified for the California Championships, which took place this week in Los Angeles, and left with a first place win, qualifying them for Nationals in Kansas City in May! Congrats to both teams. 

Congrats Coach Lewis!

Congratulations to our Homestead High School Varsity Football Coach, Milo Lewis, for being selected as the recipient of the San Francisco 49ers Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week award! You ...more

2016 Homestead Teacher & Staff of the Year

Congratulations to Paco Arevalo and Monica Knott, Homestead's Certificated and Classified Employee of the Year, respectively.

Monica Knott has worked as a paraeducator at Homestead since 2006. She is ...more