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Parent & Community Involvement Specialist

 Parent & Community Involvement Specialist

Contact Information

Sharlisa Byrd

Parent & Community

Involvement Specialist


Phone: 408-347-3842



My office is located in D9a.




phone: (408) 347-3841


phone: (408) 347-3977


phone: (408) 347-3844


phone: (408) 347-3982


Social Worker

Yvonne Gunter


Is our wonderful social worker. If any of our students are in need of any support services. She is is located in E2, the Student Support Center. Drop in and say hello. 



Student Support Center

Parent Connection and Meetings


                Date:Tuesday May 16, 2017 

Place: Board Room

Time:  6 - 8:00 p.m. (light supper at 5:30)




Quick Links

Parent Involvement

The Pirate Parents News Page

Hello my name is Sharlisa Byrd. I am Piedmont Hills High School's new Parent and Community Involvement Specialist. I am here to serve you.  Please think of me as your personal concierge. This page will provide a helpful tool for parents and the community to learn about current events, hot topics,and parent involvement opportunities. Parents and community members will find this newsletter a great way to learn about our school and to stay connected.

Our goal is to build an investment of trust, communication and parent relations that will last generations. We want to create an environment of parent awareness that will cultivate and produce a cultural academic atmosphere that will flourish and honor the wonderful ethnic and linguistic diversity that reflects the students of Piedmont Hills.

I look forward to meeting each and everyone of you. If anyone has any questions I can be reached at 408-347-3842. My office is located in D9a


So on behave of Piedmont Hills High School, Please relax and enjoy  the 2016-2017 school year.

Our Services

We are here to serve you. 


  • Referrals/resources
  • Site/facilities tours
  • Pre-conferences
  • Information on community services in the area
  • Advocacy skills (Workshops)
  • Workshops 
  • Assistance in filling out forms
  • Parent advocacy
  • Family health & wellness seminars
  • Community partnerships
  • Drop-in availability

May Announcements

May 5                         Cinco de Mayo 

May 15 – 19               Senior Finals 

May 23-25                  Finals Week-GOOD LUCK!

May 16                       DELAC Meeting ( District Office)

May 20                       Senior Ball – The Glass House, Downtown San Jose     7pm – 11pm

May 22                       End of Year Rally

May 22                    Senior Picnic 

May 25                       Graduation, Last day of school




There will be no parent workshop or parent computer training this month. Classes and workshops will resume in August. 

Quote of the Month

"What potent blood hath modest May."
-  Ralph W. Emerson



Parent Resources


Parents. The Anti-Drug:  Parents needing information and reliable advice about teen drug and alcohol abuse can find assistance at:


Common Sense Media Use: Parents say their #1 health concern is overuse of media, even more than drinking or smoking. Are you struggling with this issue with your teen? Find information and answers at 


Monitor Cell Phone, Text Message and Computer Use: Consider using software to monitor your child's computer and cell phone use for their safety. A number of software companies offer these services; here is one: 


FBI Internet Safety Tips:


Cyber Bullying: Find out what it is, how it works, know the law, prevention and take actoin. Infrmation for both pareents and teens at:

          Consider committing to the Family Media Contract: Family Media Contract


Teen Self Injury--Cutting: Upwards of 1/3 of teen girls and some boys as well engage in this unhealthy behavior that has its roots in a number of emotional problems. This website can be very helpful in finding information, support and resources:


Teen Depression Information and Support: Understanding teen depression 


Stressed-Out Teens: Help your student deal with the pressure they feel they are under to get good grades and manage their busy activity schedule to get into a first rate college.


211: Resources for housing, healthcare, support groups, food and more throughout the Bay Area. Dial 211 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with multi-lingual assistance. It's a free call for non-emergencies.


511: Public transportation information for the Bay Area. Dial 511--FREE call--or go on the web at

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

So enjoy the festivities  and be safe! 

Free Computer Classes

Piedmont Hills

High School

Parent Engagement Brings to You

Free Computer Classes


Computer Classes Will Resume in August


Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, basic computer training

from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.



All classes and training will take place in the computer lab.( room E9) . For more information or to sign up contact:

Sharlisa Byrd at 408.347.3842,





No news posted

School Loop


Please join our private online learning community-School Loop. It is an easy and quick process that will allow us to all work together to help students succeed.

You will get a email every weekday with a list of all homework assigned. After your child has logged into school Loop, you can also login to your own custom homepage with easy access to the classrooms, Websites and teachers. Students can get homework help, check archived assignments,communicate with each other and their teachers. Please visit to register for a free School Loop email specifically relating to your child, their schedule, homework, and news.

If you have any questions or problems setting up your account, please give me a call. 

Volunteers Greatly Appreciated

Hello Parents,

Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community while showing their students the importance of participating in the larger community. Not only will the school reap the benefits of your involvement — you will, too. By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you'll gain a firsthand understanding of your child's daily activities. We have many areas where we are in need of volunteers. There are Parent Booster Club events, AVID parent meetings, the ELAC committee, our 50th Anniversary committee and workshops for other parents. We welcome English as a second language assistance. We invite and encourage our parents to become an active part of our community. Volunteers please Sign up here

Use a school-year review to help your teen set new goals

Consider reviewing this school year with your teen as this academic year draws to a close. This will give him a benchmark to use as he sets academic goals for next year. Schedule time to sit down with your teen to discuss how he views his progress this past year:


• Did he do as well as he had hoped he would?

• Does he feel that his report card reflects what he learned?

• What was his favorite class and why?

• What was his least favorite class and why?


Then, ask your teen what he would like to improve. For example, would he like to earn a higher grade in English next year? Encourage your teen to come up with a list of goals he’d like to accomplish and have him write them down.

Next, work together to list steps your teen will have to take to reach each goal. Is there anything he can do now to work toward these goals? For example, he might take a writing class at a local community college over the summer to strengthen his writing skills.


Whatever plan he comes up with, be sure to support him along the way. Knowing that you have high expectations—and that you believe in him—is great motivation for your teen to work hard so he can reach his goals.

Stress Relieving Coping Skills During Finals

1. Manage Your Time Wisely

Get used to keeping track of your time in high school and it will pay off for you in college. You might take as few as three or four classes per semester in college, which is only about 15 hours per week actually spent in class. While you may not sit in class for as many hours as you did in high school, your reading assignments in college will be doubled. Managing your free time is as important as managing your “busy” time.

2. Combat Test Anxiety

Remaining aware of the importance of the test can be helpful — just the right amount of stress can be a good motivator and keeps things interesting. However, too much stress and anxiety can affect your concentration and performance in school! 


3. Organize!

Keep a weekly or monthly planner or use a journal. If planners aren’t your thing, try making “to do” lists, or using your phone calendar to keep track of assignments and important dates and events. Relying on “just remembering” can be difficult when your obligations and assignments start to pile on.


4. Identify How You Learn

Find out what works for you. Are you a flash card girl? Maybe you’re a guy who writes down vocabulary words 20 times each to learn them. Experiment with new things, but stick to the tried-and-true study skills that have worked for you in the past.


5. Is There a Better Way to Study?

A lot of people cram for tests by studying into the wee hours the night before. Take an honest look at your study habits. Repeated, short sessions of studying are much more effective than a six-hour cram session the night before a final.


6. Catch Some Zzz’s, Safe Guard your sleep

Don’t stay up until 4 a.m. studying for a test! It won’t work now and it won’t work in college.  Sleep has been scientifically documented to be a significant factor on your GPA as well as how well you perform on other tasks.


7. Attend Class

While high school attendance is a strict business, it’s good practice for college. Most college classes will only meet once or twice per week, so they will count that much more. Many professors only allow two to three absences for the entire semester. Miss more than that and you’re grade sinks – or worse.


8. Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers for help! They aren’t there to scare you; they’re a valuable resource. Students in your class are another great source of information and support. Be sure to exchange phone numbers and email addresses with them during your first few weeks of class. They will not only help with schoolwork, but some of them may even turn into long-time friends.


9. Make Study Groups

Studying with other students and working on assignments together can be helpful too. You can clarify points you may not understand, and help others by explaining the parts they find hard. Teaching others may even help you grasp a better understanding of the information as well.


10. Hone Those Writing Skills

Learn the fine art of the college essay and also be sure to take notes in class. Writing and note taking are important study skills for high school students transitioning into college. Don’t write everything your teacher says, but be sure to highlight the important points. You can also compare notes in with other students to review parts of the lecture you found difficult or may have missed.


11. Study Outside

Don’t just study in the library. Choosing multiple places to study will keep your boredom level low and may even help you perform better on tests.

Non-Discrimination Statement

East Side Union High School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. East Side Union High School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying or title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to the Office of the Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services at (408) 347- 5061 or 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, Ca 95133.

Declaración Contra la Discriminación

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side prohíbe la discriminación, el acoso, la intimidación y el abuso en los programas educativos, las actividades o el empleo por causas de ascendencia real o percibida, edad, color de la piel, discapacidad, género, identidad de género o expresión de género, nacionalidad, raza u origen étnico, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, estado de paternidad, embarazo o estado familiar o civil o asociación con una persona o grupo de personas con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side requiere que el personal escolar tome los pasos necesarios inmediatamente para intervenir cuando sea seguro hacerlo en caso de ser testigos de un acto de discriminación, acoso, intimidación o abuso.

Las preguntas o quejas de acusaciones de discriminación, acoso, intimidación y abuso o las preocupaciones sobre la igualdad y el cumplimiento de la ley con relación al artículo IX del Código de Educación deben ser dirigidas a la Oficina del Asistente del Superintendente para los Servicios de Enseñanza al (408) 347-5061 o a la siguiente dirección: 830 N. Capitol Ave, San José, Ca 95133.

Tuyên Bố Không Phân Biệt Đối Xử

(Non-Discrimination Statement)

Học Khu Trung Học East Side nghiêm cấm mọi hành vị kỳ thị, quấy nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt trong các chương trình giáo dục, các hoạt động hoặc trong công việc không được đặc trên cơ sở về tổ tiên, chủng tộc hoặc sắc tộc, tôn giáo, giới tính, khuynh hướng tình dục, cha mẹ, người mang thai, gia đình, hoặc tình trạng hôn nhân, hoặc liên hệ với một người hoặc một nhóm với nhiều điểm thực tế hoặc đặc điểm về nhận thức. Học Khu Trung Học East Side đòi hỏi nhân viên nhà trường phải tiến hành ngay các biện pháp can thiệp một cách an toàn khi họ chứng kiến các hành vi kỳ thị, quấu rối, hăm dọa hoặc bắt nạt.

Nếu có các câu hỏi hoặc khiếu nạo về sự phân biệt đối xử, sách nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt hoặc liên quan đến Title IX sự công bằng và tuân thủ các điều này xin qúy vị liên lạc với Văn phòng Phó Tổng Giám Đốc Đặc Trách Giáo Dục tại số điện thoại (408) 347-5061 hoặc địa chỉ 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95133.