STOPS FAQs



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Question:

Who can I ask when I have a question?
Answer:
Please e-mail us at STOPS95123@yahoo.com. We are happy to help.

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Question:
I was wondering if the library is open for kids to go after school to do homework?
Answer:
ST Library is open from 2pm - 4pm Tuesday through Thursday

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Question:
Is there math tutoring offered after school?
Answer:
 Please check Schoolloop for the tutoring map.  This document identifies all of the teachers who are available for tutoring as well as where and when tutoring is offered.

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Question:
How can we stop the teenagers that park their cars in the shopping center across the street (Snell, Tony and Albas), from crossing the street illegally?
Answer:

Unfortunately there is nothing that the school can do regarding this issue. I understand that some years ago there were some officers issuing citations if they jaywalked but the police department is now so understaffed that they can not dedicate resources to this issue.

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Question:
How can we volunteer for the sports programs?  Is there a parent organization for athletics?
Answer:

Absolutely!  STABC (Santa Teresa Athletic Booster Club) meets monthly and is VERY involved in a variety of events and fundraisers.  Email them at board@stabc.org.

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Question:
Where can I find the different time schedules for STHS?  I sometimes get confused about the different bell schedules at S.T.
Answer:
The updated bell schedule can be found on schoolloop.  Check there for collaboration days, and the bell scheduled for S and T days as well.


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Question:
Are parents aware of the gray zone for drop off and pick up at school? It's getting dangerous out there!
Answer:
When dropping your student off on Santa Teresa Blvd, always be careful to pull into the marked Loading Zone (gray curb) that STOPS helped get expanded last year. The RED curb area in front of the bus stop is NOT a Loading Zone area. Parents who stop in that red zone are risking being ticketed by SJPD. We urge parents to pull ahead just a few car lengths and have your student walk back to the gate - you might save yourself an expensive ticket.

Also, please be careful to observe the 25mph School Zone speed limit around ST. Last year SJPD set up a speed trap at our school and ticketed dozens of drivers speeding by in the morning. You never know when they will come around again. A speeding ticket can cost you over $400. Keep the kids safe, and your wallet full, slow down in front of ST.


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Question:
 How do I get school supplies to a particular teacher or teachers if I don't know what they need?
Answer:
Great question.  Tools for Teachers (T4T) is a new program and helps all the teachers and staff at ST.  Contact STOPS95123@yahoo.com to get a suggested list of items to bring in.  If you do know what the teacher needs please bring them in to the school on the 3rd Wednesday of the month during the STOPS meeting (630 in the library).  You can also send an email to STOPS95123@yahoo.com to see if alternative drop off arrangements can be made.

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Question:
My son is a freshman and will be going to the homecoming dance with a girl.  What is the usual attire for this dance.  Is it formal or casual?
Do most boys get corsages for their dates?

Answer:
Homecoming is semi formal, therefore they wear a tie which will match their dates' dress. Also wear a button up shirt and slacks. A corsage is optional for Homecoming because it's semi- formal.  (But, most girls like it.)



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Question:

For some reason, I am not receiving STOPS meeting or any meeting reminders until after the fact. Does this mean that there is something wrong with my Yahoo groups set-up?
Answer:
It simply means that you have your account set up so that you receive a daily digest instead of all posts. If you go into your yahoo account you can change that setting to individual emails. That should fix it.

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Question:
How do I get my number changed on the tele-parent messages?
Answer:
The tele-parent messages that consist of telephone updates are routed to the primary phone number on the student information card. If you would like to change the number for connect-ed messages please come into the registrars office and change your primary phone number.



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Question:

Could you please let me know to who and where can I go talk to someone if my daughter is having trouble in some of her classes.
Answer:
There are a few important steps that will help solve most issues your student has with classes. At the high school level students are encouraged to seek help on their own first. At this point, if a student is having a tough time in class, they need to communicate and work with the teacher, attend additional tutoring, and possibly find a study buddy. The Counselors can not make a schedule change to a different teacher and can not drop the course. If that does not work you can contact the teacher on school loop or by email and communicate with them regarding your concerns. This can be done in addition to your student taking action. Your student should be able to get the help she needs by following this plan.



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Question:

Does Santa Teresa have a Safety Hot Line?
Answer:
Yes, if you see a student exhibiting a behavior that is harmful to themselves, their peers or the community please call the S.T. Hot Line at  347-6222.
You may leave an anonymous message.  Jesus Marron, our Associate Principal will then investigate and follow up on your concerns.  It's a good idea to share this number with your students so that they may look out for their peers. Please remind them that they do not need to provide their own name. Let's all look out for one another. .

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Question:
Where can I go to get more information about Santa Teresa High School?
Answer:
It's a very good idea to make yourself familiar with the following websites.

School Loop:
http://sths.schoolloop.com/

STOPS Yahoo Site:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SantaTeresaSTOPS/

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Question:
Is there an app for that?
Answer:

YES THERE IS!  Please check out the Apple App Store or the Android Play Store and search Santa Teresa High School App.  Its easy to download and offers a wealth of information for both parents and staff.

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Question:

How do students and parents get a Naviance account?
Answer:
For a student to have a Naviance account, they need to have an academic email account (ie. greg.louie@gmail.com; not ilovetheniners@yahoo.com) When the student emails their Counselor (Lori Martinson (A-L) martinsonl@esuhsd.org; Linda Ramirez (M-Z) ramirezl@esuhsd.org) with this information, the Counselor will activate the account and send the username and password to the student.

For a parent to have a Naviance account, they need to complete a short application which can be picked up in the counseling office, pay $5 and follow the directions. The Counselors will make the account, send the parent the information, and off they go!

To learn more about Naviance please go to http://sths.ca.campusgrid.net/home/Naviance

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Question:

How can I find out what's happening in the music department?
Answer:
The Santa Teresa Music & Arts Association STMAA has their own home page.
You can find them by going to http://www.600building.com/



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Question:

What kinds of clubs are there at S.T.?
Answer:
Santa Teresa has many clubs available for student enrichment. Check out this link for a complete list.
http://sths.ca.campusgrid.net/home/Extra-Curricular/Clubs

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Question:

I want to volunteer at S.T. How can I do that?
Answer:
There are many opportunities to help at S.T. Our Holiday Boutique is coming up on November 5th & 6th. We sure could use your help. Send us your name and contact info. We will keep you informed on ways you can become involved. Thank you for your interest. We are so very grateful to have parents willing to give their valuable time to help S.T. bring the best opportunities possible to our students. You can email us at STOPS95123@yahoo.com.

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Question:

How do we access School Loop?
Answer:
You can log in to School Loop by clicking this link http://sths.schoolloop.com/ You can also access it from the S.T. Web page in the menu bar located on the left. If you have not registered you may do so by clicking the blue tab under the password field. You need your students ID number to create an account.

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Question:
Where can I get S.T. merchandise and spirit wear for my student?
Answer:
There are two great ways to purchase spirit wear. You may visit the school bank/student store where you can find T-shirts, sweat shirts, hats, blankets, etc. at very reasonable prices. Here is a helpful link to the student store- http://sths.ca.campusgrid.net/home/Student+Store
You can also check out this link through the Santa Teresa Athletic Booster Club (STABC) http://shoppingcart.olinesports.com/cart/index.php?school_url=stsaintsathletics.com

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Question:

How is a student's GPA (grade point average) calculated using AP (advanced placement) classes.
Answer:
According to our head counselor all A grades count the same regardless of AP or non-AP ... We do not weight grades for AP ... That is the business of the college and whether they choose to or not ... As far as GPA calculation, information may be posted on the District website to teach this ... We do not have anything in writing, and it is done electronically for the school ... Naviance posts the most current GPA on the students page.

For UC schools please visit this website for more info:
http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/counselors/q-and-a/calculating-gpa/index.html

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Question:

What exactly is the Holiday Boutique?
Answer:
The HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE is STOPS main fundraiser for the Grants Program - where we give money to teachers and staff for requested school items. 

It features over 50 local Artisans & Craftsmen, as well as a Silent Auction and Hourly Drawing. Once again, there will be a Special Guest appearance by
Steve Yvaska, The Seasoned Collector, from the San Jose Mercury News, who will be available to appraise those attic antiques you've been holding on to. So, make sure to mark your calendars and come on down, shop the local vendors, have lunch & enjoy the festive music -

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Question:
What kinds of items are sold at the Holiday Boutique?
Answer:
There are vendors selling jewelry, holiday decorations, purses, clothes, pampered chef, Tupperware, decorative soap, candles, home decor, sports memorabilia etc...Come get your holiday shopping done.

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Question:
When are the monthly Santa Teresa Organization of Parents & Staff (STOPS) meetings?
Answer:
STOPS meetings are held every 3rd Monday of the month at 630pm in the S.T. library. A reminder will go out a week prior to the meeting with an agenda.  We will enjoy hearing updates from all around our school community including the Principals report from Mr. Cruz. We will also form committees for topics such as Holiday Boutique, STOPS Grants and By Law review.  This is the best place to hear exactly what it happening at S.T. and how you can be involved.  Go ahead and put it on your calendar! :o)

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Question:

Do you know about the Santa Teresa group pages on Facebook?
Answer:
Great question? If you are a Facebook user please type Santa Teresa High School in the search field and check out the various groups and pages for S.T. Some groups such as the Santa Teresa Music and Arts will send out notifications when events and updates are added. Other groups on Facebook are the Visual Arts Department, Theater, Color Guard, Athletics, Broadcast and many more. What a great way to stay connected! You may also want to check out the STMAA site at http://www.600building.com

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