Superintendent Community Update
May 19, 2023
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Dear JUHSD Community,
As we move into our final week of school, I'd like to take this moment to congratulate the JUHSD Class of 2023! Through all of the obstacles and challenges that life presented to you during these past four years, you made it! I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and please know you always have a home within this JUHSD community!
To the administrators, teachers, staff, and families who have supported the students in our amazing district, I thank you for being true partners to our academic community. Because of you, we are a district of excellence.
This school year, employees from across the district continued to support JUHSD's mission of embracing inclusion, valuing diversity, and educating ourselves in order to confront and dismantle systemic inequities to bring about a more just society. From district leadership and staff attending Dare to Lead and Courageous Conversations trainings and workshops, to site teachers being part of Grading for Equity and Ethnic Studies committees, I am truly proud of the work that has taken place this year to move this mission forward. As a district, we continue to grow in best practice to empower ALL students, with an intentional focus on those under-served, inadequately served, or disenfranchised by educational institutions and systems, eliminating disparities in educational outcomes. I look forward to continuing this profound work into the coming school year.
This will be the last Superintendent Community Update of the school year. Throughout the summer, please check our District's www.juhsd.net website, along with our social media channels (@juhsd1), for District announcements, updates, and back to school info for the 2023-2024 school year.
Have a restful summer vacation and I look forward to seeing our returning students and families in August!
Thornton High School
District Office Gym
Westmoor High School
Terra Nova High School
TNHS Football Field
Oceana High School
Jefferson High School
JHS Football Field
Adult School Programs
ATP, May 26
District Office Galleria, 9:30 am
Adult Ed, May 31
District Office Theater, 3:00 pm
Student Advisory Council Honored
Congratulations, JUHSD Retirees!
Leontine (Lee) Fox, Adult Transition Program
Patricia Gammage, Oceana High
Carol Grey, Terra Nova
Janette Jimenez, District Office
John Lavine, Westmoor High
Yvonne Piccolotti, Terra Nova
Patricia Ramos, District Office
Tracy Thomas, Adult Transition Program
District Employees of the Year
At the May 16 Board Meeting, one classified and one certificated employee from each of our sites, as well as one outstanding administrator from our district, were recognized. To see a video slideshow honoring these standout employees, please click here.
Student Mural Project at SMCOE
Inside the San Mateo County Office of Education, a Student Mural Project is taking place. The mural in progress will depict the type of inclusive, welcoming community that San Mateo County students strive to create at every school in the county. This mural will honor recently retired Congresswoman Jackie Speier and San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, for their unwavering support of the youth of San Mateo County and their leadership on behalf of safe and supportive schools and communities.
Artwork that has been submitted by high school students will be transformed into a cohesive painting in collaboration with muralist Pedro Rivas Lopez and we are THRILLED that our Jefferson High School students have been significant contributers!
Thanks to Jefferson High's art teacher, Alexandra MacDonald and congratulations to the following JHS students participating in this project: Louis Ebora, Brian Delaplaza, Breena Bustos, Aurellia Noverdi-Badarudin, Lee Rafael Abordo, Grace Wang, Oscar Rodriguez, Kevin Zhou, Charlynne Tungol, Samia Hernandez, Marilin Lopez, Rachel Abrego Magana, Ahmed Nasher, Alayham Alghaithi, Hatim Massar, Viviana Picazo, and Lian Claire Turla.
Photo: Superintendent Toni Presta and art teacher, Alexandra MacDonald, stand in front of the mural with JHS students, along with South San Francisco High School Superintendent Shawntera Moore and San Mateo County Office of Education Superintendent Nancy Magee on May 16. See more photos below!
Senior Signing Day at JHS
Sophomore Ex at OHS
Presentation: Gang Violence in Haiti
Presentation: Lack of Education in Pakistan
Presentation: UK Deporting Asylum Seekers
JHS Student Blogs With KQED
South Korean Educators Visit Adult School
CTE Student Opportunities
Staff Spotlight - Ty Hayes, JHS
When an amazing opportunity is presented to Ty Hayes, she takes it! Ty, a JHS campus supervisor and district van driver, recently took part in the Marina Corps Educators Workshop program held at their Camp Pendleton Recruitment Depot in San Diego.
Through this program, Ty gained a firsthand glimpse of life as a Marine Corps solider. The Educators Workshop program provides selected educators, coaches, directors and influential community members with an experiential opportunity to see how the Marine Corps transforms young men and women into Marines. It also provides attendees with current information regarding Marine Corps training practices, military job skills, service opportunities, military lifestyle, and educational benefits available to Marines.
When asked about her taking part in this opportunity, Ty said, "This experience was over the top leaving a positive mental impact! I, along with 35 educators from Northern California, were given the chance to challenge ourselves, while learning what it means to have a stronger sense of focus. After going through this program, I understand my own father, who was a Marine, so much more. I conquered my personal fear of heights and repelled down a 60 foot rope. I now feel fearless to do it again."
Way to go, Ty! You make JHS and JUHSD proud. To learn more about the Marine Corps Educators Workshop program, click here.
Summer Resources from District Wellness
Summer vacation is a time to rest and recharge! Take advantage of emotional health resources and supports from the District's Wellness Team by visiting their webpage, including a flyer on Summer 2023 Wellness Resources.
Photo: The JUHSD Wellness Staff celebrate the end of a challenging, yet successful school year while on a supervision hike: Sunny Zhang (TN/OHS), Dr. Michelle Fortuado-Kewin (District Office - Supervisor), Harpreet Sangha (OHS), Tasha Kramer-Melenick (JHS), Michael Fung (WHS), Vincent Adraneda (JHS), Marisa Pearce (TNHS), and Noah Marsh (TNHS).
Let's Go Thornton!
Click on the below images for summer programs, events, and more!
JUHSD's Equity Statement
As a district, we embrace inclusion, value diversity, and educate ourselves in order to confront and dismantle systemic inequities to bring about a more just society. JUHSD commits to engaging, educating, and empowering ALL students, with an intentional focus on those under-served, inadequately served, or disenfranchised by educational institutions and systems, eliminating disparities in educational outcomes.