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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)


ELAC Meeting

Date: April 11, 2017

Place: E9

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm 


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

Quote of the Month

"Every tear is answered by a blossom, / Every sigh with songs and laughter blent, / April-blooms upon the breezes toss them. / April knows her own, and is content." — Susan Coolidge



April Announcements


Hello Parents/ Guardian


Can you believe it is already April. The school year is flying by. This months Tip of the week is: Encourage Your Teen
To Begin Preparing For Year-End Exams.


Test time is coming up. While your teen must do the actual studying, there are some things you can do to help:

  • Encourage her to start early. Have your teen spend a few minutes each day getting organized. For example, they should pull together all there old tests. They’re great for review. If your teen has lost some of these exams, They can ask the teacher for copies.
  • Help her set specific study goals. Studying for 20 minutes each day for a week is better than studying for two hours on the night before the test.
  • Provide a quiet place for them to study. During study time, turn off the TV. If everyone is working or reading quietly, it will be easier for your teen to focus.
  • Make sure she gets a good night’s sleep the night before a big test. Don’t let them cram all night.




  • Apr 1      Saturday              April Fools Day 
  • Apr 6     Thursday              National Tartan Day
  • Apr 6     Thursday              Latino Academic Achievement Award Night ( Oak Grove High School) 6 pm
  • Apr 8     Saturday               Junior Prom
  • Apr 9     Sunday                 Palm Sunday
  • Apr 10-14                           SBAC Testing
  • Apr 11   Tuesday               Passover (first day)
  • Apr 11    Tuesday              Parent Basic Computer Training Class 6 pm 
  • Apr 11   Tuesday               National Library Workers' Day
  • Apr 13   Thursday             Maundy Thursday
  • Apr 13   Thursday             Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
  • Apr 14   Friday                   Good Friday
  • Apr 15   Saturday              Holy Saturday              
  • Apr 16   Sunday                 Easter Sunday                  
  • Apr 17   Monday                Spring Break Begins
  • Apr 17   Monday                Easter Monday                
  • Apr 18   Tuesday               Last Day of Passover
  • Apr 18   Tuesday               Tax Day 
  • Apr 21    Friday                  Spring Break Ends              
  • Apr 24   Monday               Yom HaShoah
  • Apr 24   Monday               Isra and Mi'raj                  
  • Apr 26   Wednesday        Administrative Professionals Day
  • Apr 27   Thursday            Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day


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

Free Computer Classes

Piedmont Hills

High School

Parent Engagement Brings to You

Free Computer Classes


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,






Hey all. Your friendly neighborhood School Loop Administrator here with some coupons for Tuxedo Wearhouse. It's $50 off for tuxedo rentals, and 15% dress alterations. 


Yes, this is the place by Starbucks in the Great Mall. They're nice folks and have always supported Piedmont Hills in the past, so go get your stuff there! 


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

April is National Distracted Driver Month

Before you drive

  •  Develop a habit of turning off your cell phone when you get in your vehicle, and turning it back on when you are done driving. If you can’t turn your phone off, put it on vibrate or silent mode.
  •  Put your cell phone in your trunk to avoid temptation.
  •  Record a voicemail greeting telling callers it is not safe to make calls while driving, and you will return their call as soon as you are able.
  •  If you spend a lot of time on the road, organize your route and schedule to allow time to make and return phone calls from the parking lot of one location before leaving to drive to the next one. This strategy has helped employees who drive frequently to maintain productivity and accessibility.


While you drive

  •  Do not make or answer cell phone calls, even with hands-free devices. If you must make an emergency call, leave the road and park in a safe area.
  •  Do not send or read text messages or email.
  •  If you are driving with a passenger, allow them to operate the phone.
  •  Let someone else drive so that you can freely make or receive calls.
  •  Enjoy cell-free driving; focus on the road. Protect your life and those around you.

8 Simple Suggestions for a Successful High School Experience

8 Simple Suggestions for a Successful High School Experience


1. Be involved in your child’s academic program of study. Make sure that your child is challenged and taking courses that will help meet future goals.


2. Get your child involved in a positive activity… but don’t overextend. Research says that students who are involved in an activity club, sport, music, etc., are much more likely to have a positive high school experience and get better grades than students who are not involved.


3. Know your child’s friends. Research says that when a teenager is faced with a critical decision, the influence of peers (positive and negative) and parents/families make the difference.


4. Register for School Loop.  This enables you to track your student’s attendance and grades right from your computer. 


5. Don’t allow your child to get lost in the shuffle. In a large school, a student can get lost or fall through the cracks. Research says that when a student makes positive connections with adults (teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, etc.), it stops this from happening.


6. Remember that all teenagers (including straight A students) need proper supervision. This supervision includes online supervision and supervision of technology. Remember, good kids make mistakes too. Your child should always know that you love him/her, but make sure he/she knows your expectations. Know where your child is and who they are with all the time.


7. Get to know your child’s teachers and success team members. Stay in positive contact with teachers and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember that email is a great tool for quick information, but it’s not such a great tool for dealing with more difficult issues. Don’t fight the small battles for your child… keep things in perspective.


8. Get involved in school yourself. The most successful students are the ones whose parents are involved in the school, attend functions, serve on advisory councils or some other group. In a sense, these parents are the ones who are in the know, and they use this information to support their children and the school!

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.