Superintendent Community Update

May 13, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

This afternoon the District will celebrate its golden Centennial Celebration and Educational Staff Housing Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in the courtyard of the the new workforce housing building at 705 Serramonte. I hope you are able to join us! Please take a moment to watch a feature on 705 that ran during last night's KPIX-5 CBS Bay Area 7:00 pm broadcast by clicking HERE!

It’s hard to believe 100 years have passed since our anchor school, Jefferson High, first opened its doors to students in 1922, with Westmoor to follow in 1956, Terra Nova in 1961, Oceana in 1962, Serramonte in 1970-1981 and 1993-1995, Thornton in 1975, and our Adult School also in 1975.

During the course of the last 100 years, our students have gone on to become leaders in their respective industries and many have become parents themselves, with their children joining the thousands upon thousands of students that make the Jefferson Union High School District the unique and special community is it today, a community that I am proud to represent. I am thrilled to celebrate this milestone with you!

Please have a wonderful weekend!


Toni Presta


Today's Event Featured in the News

Today's event was featured in this past Wednesday's Pacifica Tribune! In next Friday's Updates, we'll feature highlights, photos, and more from this Centennial Celebration and Educational Housing Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. A shout out to the Centennial Committee for their months of planning for this event!

*Bayan Alzghoul, WHS Student

*Safa Chaudhry, JHS Student

*Jeanne Enriquez, District Office Administrative Assistant

*Ty Hayes, JHS and Transportation

*Michele Jones, Director of COVID Response

*Sharon Murphy, JHS Parent and Jefferson Elementary PTA

*Michael Simon, WHS Activities Director

*Stephanie Tejada, District Office Administrative Assistant

*Austin Worden, Director of Communication & Staff Housing

Photo: Jeanne Enriquez and Stephanie Tejada unroll freshly printed banners in preparation for today's ceremony.

Transition Services Program

Last week, our District's Transition Services Program connected students with a new pre -apprenticeship program, Fortitude Careers in San Mateo. This non-profit organization offers free training for young adults seeking a career in the trades field. Their mission is to provide a life-changing opportunity as an alternative to college. Students spent the day touring a commercial construction site in small groups. For more information on the District's Transition Services Program, please contact coordinator Carolyn Sobel.

Free Gym Membership for Students

This Summer, May 16-August 31, Planet Fitness is offering free gym memberships for teens, ages 14-19! To sign up and learn more about this cool offer from PF Gyms, please click HERE.

*To note: Planet Fitness has a Daly City location at 2945 Junipero Serra Boulevard, (650) 994-9080.

District Advisory Committee Meeting

Your input is valuable! Please join us for the District Advisory Committee Meeting on Thursday, May 19, 2022 via Zoom from 6:15-7:30 pm. The DAC will be reviewing the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 22-23 school year. To RSVP, please click on this link.

JHS Senior Awarded State PTA Scholarship

Congratulations to Lila Magbilang, senior at Jefferson High School, was awarded the $1000 Volunteer Service Scholarship from the California State PTA (Parent-Teacher Association). She, along with a senior from a neighboring school district, were the two recipients from the 17th PTA District, which includes the California PTAs from Belmont-Redwood Shores, Burlingame, Jefferson Council, Millbrae, Redwood City, San Bruno Park, San Carlos, San Mateo-Foster City, Sequoia Union, South County, and South San Francisco.

To learn more about this scholarship made available to students of PTSA members, please click here.

Graduation Schedules Per Site

It's hard to believe graduation is almost here! As we prepare to honor our graduating students from our district sites and programs, please take a moment to view your student's graduation ceremony location and time by clicking here. Additional site specific graduation information will be sent to you from your student's school. Congratulations, JUHSD Class of 2022!

Prom and COVID Take Home Tests

As proms have returned to our schools, we ask that you take an at-home rapid antigen test, provided to you by the District, prior to you attending the big dance. A two pack take home test will be given to you at time of ticket distribution and we encourage you to take the second test 3-5 days after the prom.

Positive test results should be shared with the local health department through this Primary Health link and please stay home, isolate, and report this to the District. Please note that participants who have already registered do not have to re-register and can locate their account by clicking on the search tool.

For COVID-related questions, please reach out to Michele Jones, District Director of COVID Response.

JUHSD Prom Schedule:

*Westmoor, April 23, Hyatt Regency, Burlingame

*Terra Nova, May 6, Filoli Gardens, Woodside

*Jefferson and Thornton, May 14, Hotel Nikko, SF

*Oceana, May 14, Gallery 308 at Fort Mason, SF

Photo: Westmoor High students check in with Activities Director Michael Simon at their April 23 prom at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame.

Finish Strong! - A Message from SMCOE

San Mateo County Office of Education encourages us to finish this school year strong, especially during this month full of school dances, assemblies, graduation ceremonies, and other school-based crowded events. As we know, attending these large events has the protentional to cause substantial spread of COVID-19 within and beyond the school community. To help ensure events are COVID-safe as much as possible, please follow these simple steps.

Presentations and Events from SMCOE

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

*Sustainable and Climate Ready Schools Challenge (TK-12 Families), Applications due May 16, 2022: Applications are now open for the San Mateo County Sustainable and Climate Ready Schools Challenge. The challenge identifies students, staff, and community members who are leading efforts in their school communities to create a sustainable and climate resilient future. Learn more.

*"The Mask You Live In” Film Screening and Discussion (TK-12 Families), May 17, 5:30-7:30 pm: Join a livestream of "The Mask You Live In," a documentary film about how we raise boys in America. After the screening will be a 30-minute conversation with Ashanti Branch, founder of the Ever Forward Club, who will share compelling efforts to reframe masculinity led by young men and answer live questions. Learn more.

*Fentanyl Prevention Education: How to Help Teens Make Healthy Decisions (TK-12 Families) May 18, 5:30-6:30 pm: How can we prevent fentanyl (opioid) use in adolescents? Join Eduardo Torres, Senior Prevention Specialist, Prevention Solutions, Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation, to better understand the risks of intentional and unintentional fentanyl use among teens. Learn what each parent and caregiver can do to protect their students from these risks while promoting their health. Learn more.

*Understanding Severe Mental Health Conditions (TK-12 Families) May 24, 5:30-6:30pm: What should parents know about severe mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, and more? Join Steve Smith, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, to understand more about severe mental health conditions in children and youth. Simultaneous Spanish translation. Learn more (Spanish flyer included).

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