Superintendent Community Update

April 1, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

These past couple of weeks have been filled with some awesome events and culminations. I'd like to give a big THANK YOU to the planning committee, and all at Jefferson High School, who came together to celebrate 100 Years of Jefferson High! Last Saturday exceeded my expectations. It was a fun and celebratory community event, and I'm just so grateful for US!

I'd also like to mention that I attended Senior Exhibition at Oceana last week and was so impressed by the thoughtful topics our students researched and presented. Thanks to the staff who support our students all year and well done, seniors!!

As we usher in April and look forward to Spring Break next week, I encourage you to rest, recharge, and have fun! I hope you take this time to relax your mind, decompress your body, and restore to higher levels of well-being. As we return from break, know we are in the homestretch to finishing this school year steady and strong!

I look forward to seeing you back on campus, Monday, April 11, 2022.


Toni Presta


Spring Break & District Office Hours

In observance of Spring Break, all school sites will be closed April 4 - 8, 2022, and will resume instruction on Monday, April 11.

Next week the District Office will be open during regular business hours:

*Monday-Wednesday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

*Thursday, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

*Friday, closed

To view our District calendar, please click here.

Home COVID Testing During Spring Break

This week, all District students and staff received two free take-home rapid antigen COVID tests. During next week's Spring Break, the District encourages everyone to take these tests on the Sunday, April 10 or Monday, April 11 prior to returning to campus, and again on Wednesday, April 13, during that first week back.

Positive test results should be shared with the local health department through this Primary Health link. Additional details and instructions on this process was distributed with the test kits sent this week. Please note that participants who already registered do not have to re-register and can locate their account by clicking on search tool.

For COVID-related questions, please contact JUHSD COVID Response Director Michele Jones.

Board Meeting Highlights, March 29

Important information is shared during Board of Education meetings, yet not everyone is able to attend or view the entire meeting.

Please view highlights from Tuesday’s Board Meeting, by clicking here.

TODAY - Last Call to Preorder

This year, the District celebrates its centennial jubilee! Honor 100 years of Jefferson Union High School District's educational excellence to the community by purchasing the commemorative tee shirt. In purchasing this shirt, you'll become a sponsor of the District's centennial jubilee event, in conjunction with the Educational Housing ribbon cutting ceremony, on Friday, May 13! Today, April 1, 9:00 pm, is the last day to preorder this district memento. Click here to purchase!

Student Advisory Council Wants You!

Hey, JUHSD Students! Are you wanting to make a positive difference within our District? If so, the Student Advisory Council is for you! Comprised of students from every site, this committee provides feedback to the District Board of Trustees on a variety of topics from school safety, green initiatives, facility updates, student mental health concerns, counseling, school culture, and more. By joining next year's team, you'll have the chance to bring change to your school and district. For additional information, and to apply for this council, please click here. The deadline to apply is April 10.

Photos from Jefferson High's Centennial Celebration, March 26, 2022

Week-long Interims at OHS

This past week, Oceana High School hosted their annual Interims, a deep-dive into fields of study found to be of interest by students. This year, student interim choices included: A Social History of Pokemon, Puzzlemanie: The Escape Room, Games of Strategy, Think Fast Theatre Improv Games, Hoops and Strength Training, Horror Films: A Psycho-Social Approach to the Genre, Jewelry and Crafts, Playing Guitar, Printmaking, and Soccer. Check out a few photos from these amazing interims below.

JHS Hoops Visits ATP

On Friday, March 25, members from the Jefferson High School basketball teams, alongside Coach John Falabella, surprised the District's Adult Transition Program (ATP) with a "Fun Friday" visit. Coach Falabella, along with senior players Ruben Camacho, Jaime Choa, Alisha Li, Glenn Ramos, and Jaewon Toilolo, held a friendly free-throw competition for ATP students ready to shoot. In reflecting on the visit, Coach Falabella said, "All of these students had an amazing time. We (JHS) would like to thank you for allowing us to visit and are already looking forward to next time." Would your campus program like to visit ATP during their "Fun Fridays?" Reach out to Adult Programs Principal Mark Beshirs for more info! See additional photos from this past Friday below!

Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31

Yesterday, March 31, was Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to recognize transgender and non-binary people around the globe, along with acknowledging the determination it takes to live openly and authentically. Students and staff at Westmoor High School honored this day with an encouraging opening message from a teacher during the morning announcements. Marta Fuentes, WHS science teacher, created and shared heat-press designs in which students and staff could place on their backpacks, hats, shirts, and more. For more information on the history of Transgender Day of Visibility, please click here.

Photo: WHS staff members join together in support of Transgender Day of Visibility.

Cesar Chavez Day, March 31

Cesar Chavez was honored on his birthday, March 31, for being a true hero and a leader of the civil rights movement. As a Latino farm labor leader, and a genuinely religious and spiritual figure, he was one of the greatest community organizers and social entrepreneurs of his time; a true champion of militant nonviolent social change and a crusader for the environment and consumer rights. To learn more about his legacy as a civil rights and labor movement activist, please click here to visit the Cesar Chavez Foundation's website.

Ramadan Begins April 1

Starting today, April 1, our Muslim community will begin Ramadan. This special time during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar year is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and connection. For additional information on the history of Ramadan, please click here.

Menus for the Month

April 2022 Brunch Menu

April 2022 Lunch Menu

For more notifications from our District's Food Services Department, please click here.

Virtual Presentations from SMCOE

Join San Mateo County Office of Education as they host the following free workshops to our parents and students:

*What Should Parents Know? Eating Disorders Rising in Children and Teens (TK-12 Families, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Community), April 5, 5:30-6:30pm:

This free online presentation will discuss current rates of eating disorders in children and teens have skyrocketed during the pandemic. What should parents, caregivers, and educators know? Click here to Learn more (Spanish flyer included).

*Raising Healthy Children and Adolescents (TK-12 Families), Beginning April 14, 2022:

The County Office of Education is co-sponsoring a series of parent workshops with Adolescent Counseling Services and the San Mateo County Human Services Agency to provide families with information on how to raise healthy children and adolescents. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to Learn more (Spanish flyer included).

*Vaping: What Does it Cost? PSA Contest (6-12th Grade Students), Entries due April 22, 2022:

All middle and high school students are invited to submit a video, poster, or audio about the costs of vaping for a chance to win up to a $100 gift card. Submissions should be aimed towards spreading awareness about the dangers of nicotine and vaping and how one can quit their addiction. Winners will be announced at a virtual hip-hop concert on May 19th, 5:30-6:30pm. Learn more (Spanish flyer included).

*Foster Youth Services Mini Series: Partial Credits/Graduation (Foster Youth Liaisons, TK-12 Administrators, Counselors), April 21, 10:00-10:30am:

The San Mateo County Office of Education is offering short, 30-minute trainings on topics relevant to educators and school staff supporting youth in foster care. This session will give an outline of how EC 51225.1 (AB 167/216) applies to foster youth and how you can support them in graduating on time. Learn more.

Suicide Prevention Training for Students and Staff

Suicide is the second largest cause of death for youth ages 10-24. Research shows that suicide is preventable and California is taking action. Learn the signs of suicidal ideation and knowing what to do by asking the Living Works Start Training. The 90-minute, interactive training is free to middle and high school students and staff in California and is funded by AP 1808. Click here for more information.

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