Mills High School PTO
A Message from our Outgoing PTO President
Dear Viking Family,
First things first— CONGRATULATIONS to the class of 2023! I wish you all the best as you begin this new and exciting chapter of your lives.
As my term as PTO President comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude and reflect on the incredible journey we have embarked on together in the last 3.5 years. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your President, and I am filled with a deep sense of pride for all that we have accomplished during this time.
Throughout my term, we have faced numerous challenges and overcome them with resilience and unity. We have pushed the boundaries of what we thought possible, embraced change, and worked tirelessly to drive our organization forward during the pandemic. It is because of your unwavering dedication and commitment to our students and community that we have been able to accomplish so much.
I have full confidence in the incoming leadership team, led by incoming President Joy Pasamonte Henry, and their ability to guide us towards new heights. I encourage you all to offer them your support as they take the reins and lead us forward on the Viking ship!
As I reflect on the past years, I am reminded of the incredible individuals I have had the pleasure of working alongside, including our PTO board, principal, Duszynski, amazing admin team, our wonderful faculty and staff, and our incredible students. Each of you brings a unique set of skills, perspectives, and experiences, which have undoubtedly enriched our collective work. I am grateful for the friendships forged, the collaborations undertaken, and the memories we have created together.
As I step down from my role as President, I am confident that our organization is in a strong position to continue thriving and making a positive impact. Remember, our shared vision and values will guide us as we navigate the future. Embrace new opportunities, champion innovation, and always prioritize the well-being and growth of our students and community.
It is with a mix of nostalgia and excitement that I end my term as President. Rest assured, I’m not going far and look forward to my role as Senior Class Liaison next school year. I have full faith that the future holds great things for all of us.
Thank you for your trust, your hard work, and your unwavering dedication. It has been an honor to serve as your President.
Have a wonderful summer everyone!
With deep appreciation,
Outgoing PTO President
Last PTO General Meeting of the School Year! Monday, May 15th, 7 pm
Please join us for our final PTO meeting of the 2022-2023 school year on May 15 at 7 pm.
At the meeting, we plan to celebrate our students! Bring pictures from sports, performances, clubs, events, and of projects that your students have produced. You can use them as your background or share videos and pictures in our chat. Let's celebrate our students and all that they have accomplished this year!
We will also hold our PTO Board Elections and provide PTO Updates and Updates from Ms. Duszynski.
Here is a list of open positions and current nominees:
President - Joy Pasamonte Henry
Vice President - OPEN
Secretary - Usha Ranji
Treasurer - Suzan Khorasani
Auditor - Catherine Dalmas
Annual Fund Chair- OPEN
Annual Fund Logistics - Nazneen Ashroff
Technical Administrator - Barry Tsai
Social Media and Newsletter Chair - Rachel Heck
Parliamentarian- Myla Adeva
8th-grade Liaison - OPEN
Freshman class Liaison - OPEN
Soph class Liaison - Karen Cheng
Junior class Liaison - OPEN
Senior class Liaison - Karen Bettucchi
Top 5 Reasons to join the PTO Board
5) They won't tell you, but kids are proud of their involved parents.
4) Socializing with other parents is fun!
3) PTO involvement improves classroom behavior and grades.
2) Hear updates from Principal Duszynski and the Associate Principals.
1) We need you!
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you would like to learn more about any of the positions.
Zoom Link & Info
Meeting ID: 878 2966 7195
The PTO asks families to pay both a PTO membership fee, and donate funds to the Annual Fund. People have asked - what's the difference between the two? This graphic shows the primary differences.
We know that some families are unable to help financially. But there are funding gaps that need to be filled, so we need all financially-able families to give what they can. Please visit our web page to pay your membership fee AND donate to the Annual Fund!
Please do not forget to submit your corporate match - every dollar counts!
If you have not made your Annual Fund Donation yet, please send it. EVERY dollar counts. To date, we have only reached 8% of our $140,000 goal.
If we do not come close to our goal, there are classroom programs and initiatives that may not get funded for this school year and next.
If you work for a large corporation, chances are they offer a corporate match – please submit your corporate match for your Annual Fund Donation for this year. Most companies match 1:1, which means if you donate $500, your company will match an additional $500!
Enjoy your holiday break and we all look forward to a peaceful, happy, and productive 2023!
On behalf of the Mills PTO Board,
~ Karen Bettucchi, President
Thank you to all of the generous families and sponsors who donated to the Mills Annual Fund last year. With your support we raised just $50,000.
We need everyone's help again this year!
The PTO raises money for the Annual Fund, which supports our Wellness counselors and programs, science programs, student clubs, technology, teacher education, and more.
Please DONATE NOW and help us reach our $140,000 goal by the end of the 2022-2023 school year!
If your place of work has a corporate match, please be sure to submit one for your donation! Additionally, if you, your employer, or your business can donate your time, presence, items, gift certificates, gift baskets or swag to the raffle, please sign up here!
We are asking that every financially-able family give a minimum of $500. However, every gift counts, regardless of size. Together we are Viking Strong!
Nazneen Ashroff, PTO Annual Fund Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joy Pasamonte Henry, PTO Vice President (email@example.com)
Karen Bettucchi, PTO President (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our mission is to communicate by keeping our Mills Community informed, connect parents with other parents, teachers, and administration, collect funds to support the Mills Annual Fund and PTO programs, and celebrate our students, teachers, staff, and administrators.
Who We Are
We are a dedicated group of parent volunteers, teachers, and staff who work directly with Principal Duszynski, the school administration, and other Mills parent organizations to support the needs of our school.
What We Do
Your $50 membership and generous donation of time allow our PTO to:
Provide parent volunteers & services to teachers, staff and students of Mills High School.
Curate & send parent e-news coverage of important dates, events, activities, and relevant news to Mills.
Educate & inform parents and the community on discussion topics, i.e. colleges, mental health, student activities/events, in order to better equip and assist the Mills community.
Spearhead the Annual Fund campaign to provide much needed supplemental funding which directly benefits our students. More information will be coming your way in September on how the Annual Fund helps to elevate the enriching high school experience of our students.
Senior Grad Night
Hello Viking Class of 2023 Families,
The Grad Night celebration is a long standing tradition of the graduating class. It is organized and facilitated by the graduating class families. Find out more!
Principal Duszynski was named Principal of the Year!
Please join the PTO Board in congratulating Principal Duszynski for being Principal of the Year.
The Association of California School Administrators @ACSA_info recently honored @MHSVikings Principal Pam Duszynski with its Region 5 (San Mateo and San Francisco Counties) High School Principal of the Year Award. The award, presented at ACSA’s Celebration of Leadership on April 5, recognizes outstanding performance and achievement.
Congrats Principal Duszynski!
This Week's Newsletters and Bulletins
PTO Newsletters and Bulletins have relevant news, info, and events related to Mills High School and the PTO: