Is Highland Oaks Designing Dads (HODD) part of Highland Oaks PTSA?
Highland Oaks Designing Dads is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is not affiliated with PTSA.

How are HODD funds given to Highland Oaks Elementary?
Any and all funds donated to or raised by Highland Oaks Designing Dads are deposited to the FDIC Highland Oaks Designing Dads bank account. It is the responsibility of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to deposit any monies to the credit of HODD. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the CFO to disburse funds at the direction of the Board of directors and to provide an accurate accounting of any and all assets, liabilities, equities, gains, losses, receipts and disbursements as requested by any director. Historically, HODD has disbursed monies to Arcadia Unified School District on an annual basis. This disbursement has been a gift to AUSD which has been used to fund the Highland Oaks performing arts program teachers’ compensation and other activities for the benefit of all students at Highland Oaks Elementary School.

What is funded?
– Salary for 3 amazing and highly qualified Performing Arts teachers who gives instruction to all students in grades TK-5. Once a week during normal school hours throughout the school year, October – April.
– The Show Choir program for grades 4 and 5 (optional) before school two times a week. Currently they meet Wednesdays and Fridays 7 am – 8:10 am at Highland Oaks Elementary.
– Expenses needed for the Holiday and Spring performances.
– Supplies for classes, sets, props, and costumes for performances during the school year.
– Continue to improve stage lighting in the MPR.

How do the performing arts teachers get paid?
The Highland Oaks performing arts teachers are employees of the Arcadia Unified School District. The compensation paid to the teachers is made via AUSD payroll checks. HODD makes an annual donation to the Arcadia Unified School District. This donation has been mainly used for funding the salaries of the performing arts teachers and materials needed for classes and performances. Performing arts teachers are NOT directly paid compensation for teaching services from HODD.

Who are the performing arts teachers?
We are very excited to welcome Keely Milliken and her team to Highland Oaks. Keely is the founder of Centre Stage in Monrovia. She has over 20 years of professional experience in music and theatre. She is passionate in bringing performing arts to the community and to the young generation. She brings on 2 of her staff from Centre Stage to teach alongside her.

What is taught in the performing arts program?
Vocal technique, singing, and choreographed movements. Students will not only develop their skills on the stage, but also students learn the importance of always striving for excellence and dedication to a craft that teaches time management, discipline and expression of one’s self.

I would like to join the Highland Oaks Designing Dads Board. How do I join?
The HODD Board is currently accepting nominations for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Board Directors. Nominations will be accepted by email highlandoaksdd@gmail.com or our Nomination Form. The Nomination Form will be available sometime soon at school and online.

If you are interested in learning more about the duties of these positions, please inquire at designingdads.com or email highlandoaksdd@gmail.com. We hope you will consider serving the school in this way. We are excited to welcome new parents with new ideas.

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Highland Oaks Designing Dads is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization