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Monterey Highlands Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

On behalf of the Monterey Highlands PTA 

Dear Monterey Highlands Parents and Teachers,

On behalf of the Monterey Highlands Parent Teacher Association (PTA), I would like to welcome new and returning families to the 2021-2022 school year.  My name is Maria Yu, and I am honored to be serving as the president of this year’s PTA at Monterey Highlands.

After more than a year of Distance Learning, Monterey Highlands is ready to transition our students back to a more traditional learning environment.  I know many of our students are eager to see their school, teachers, and friends again.  After all, being back in school is all about reacquainting with the old, meeting the new, and having lots of fun along the way.

We would like to thank our former Principal Dr. L. Wendy Molina-Solis and Assistant Principal Mrs. Cindy Gratzer for their dedication and leadership to Monterey Highlands for the last two years.  We wish them all the best in their new endeavors.       

Last year was a historic year as parents, teachers, and students had to quickly adjust to Distance Learning.  It was difficult, it was hard, but together we MADE IT WORK!  If there’s one thing I have learned throughout the years as a member of the Highlands community, it is this--we are resilient, and we are strong.  Please know that we at PTA are always working with the school, district, and community to help foster a safe and engaging environment for our children to learn and grow.  I am blessed to be working with some truly talented, dedicated, and wonderful parents on our PTA Executive Board this year.

At Highlands the educational, physical, and mental well-being of students, parents, and teachers are our top priorities.  As we continue to face another challenging school year, please know that PTA is ready to support the needs of everyone in our Highlands family.

This year’s PTA executive board welcomes our new Principal Dr. Rosa Soria and new Assistant Principal Mr. Abel Bourbois.  We have already been working together on this year’s PTA programs, and we look forward to a year of great collaboration.  Some of our programs are:

• Book Fairs
• Reflections Art Program
• Red Ribbon Week
• Halloween Candy Caravan
• Family Math Night
• Operation Gratitude Letters
• College and Career Week
• Academic Decathlon
• Earth Day

Please join our PTA so we can bring these wonderful enrichment programs to our students.  By joining the largest advocacy group for children in California, you are joining an organization whose mission is to improve the lives of all children and families and exemplify the PTA spirit “Every Child. One Voice.”

There has never been an easier way to join the Monterey Highlands PTA, just sign up on the Totem site:

To stay engaged on up-to-date information on PTA news and events, follow us on Facebook ( Instagram (  You can find school news and information there as well.

Mark your calendar!  The first PTA Association Meeting of the school year is Wednesday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom.  More information about our first PTA Association Meeting will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Our PTA is always open for new ideas that can better support the needs of our diverse community.  If you have ideas you want to share with us, please feel free to email me at [email protected].

Thank you for your support.  I look forward to meeting you over Zoom.

Maria Yu

President, Monterey Highlands PTA 2021-2022