Superintendent Community Update

September 24, 2021

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

School spirit is back and students are sharing that school is starting to feel "normal" again! From rallies and after school athletic games, to club fairs and back to school nights, the excitement of high school is coming back to our JUHSD community.

When students feel connected to their school community, and participate in extracurricular activities, their attendance, academic achievement, and aspirations for continuing education beyond high school tend to rise. Extracurricular activities have a profound effect on students' overall school success, along with boosting their mental health and morale. As activities ramp up on our campuses, please encourage your student to visit their school's website to see if an activity sparks their interest!

For a list of activities being offered at your student's school, please click on the following links:

Jefferson High School's Student Activities Page

Oceana High School's Student Activities Page

Terra Nova High School's Student Activities Page

Thornton High School's Student Activities Page

Westmoor High School's Student Activities Page

Have a nice weekend!


Toni Presta


School Spirit in Action at Our JUHSD Schools!

Recommended Read: Extracurricular Activities and Life Outside the Classroom

Participating in high school extracurricular activities is a great way to widen your teen’s social circle, expand their interests, and build leadership skills. Studies show that involvement in high school extracurricular activities leads to positive long-term outcomes.

Regardless of a student's post-high school plan, participating in extracurricular activities in a win for your student. For suggestions on how your student gets more involved, read the full article HERE.

Source: ADVAB Career Exploration Program

Board Meeting Highlights, September 21st

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 here.

Student ID Cards and Wellness Support

Students! When life gets a little tough, flip over your student ID card. Did you know the back of that card holds contact information to support you when you're needing extra help? Also, reach out to your school's Wellness Team for additional guidance and assistance by visiting the District's Wellness Page.

International Dot Day at WHS

Westmoor High celebrated International Dot Day on September 15th. This recognized day honors creativity, courage, and collaboration amongst children and adults; a time to foster self-expression and energy to move the world to a better place. For more information, please visit

District Homework/Makeup Policy

Especially now, students who are not feeling well are encouraged to stay home. Teachers will reasonably provide students with the opportunity to learn missed content, complete assignments and make up test missed during their time of absence. As determined by the teacher, the assignments and tests shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the assignments and tests missed during the absence. Finally, students shall receive full credit for work satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time. Please encourage your student to reach out to their teachers when absent to make a plan for completion of their schoolwork.

Free Student Meals from Our Cafeterias

Due to the pandemic, the federal government is reimbursing schools for meals for all students this year. All students may get one free breakfast and one free lunch each day by providing their student ID number at the register inside their site cafeterias.

Particular School Funding Depends on guardians completing the FREE & REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION. Jefferson Union High School District receives funding based on students that qualify for free/reduced meal program applications; we need your support by filling out this form due September 25, 2021.

Family Support Night

Join wellness teams from the Jefferson Elementary School District, and the Jefferson Union High School District, as they present self-care strategies for the whole family using the Community resiliency Model (CRM). For more information on this September 30th virtual event, please click HERE (English, Español) .

Feedback Requested on COVID-19 Relief Funds

A third stimulus bill from the American Rescue Plan (ESSER III) was signed into law in March 2021 to help cover costs incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic . JUHSD was allocated approximately $3.1 million as part of the legislation. To receive these funds, the school district must provide an opportunity for public feedback on our spending plan. The proposed expenditures for ESSER III are generally extensions of the strategies and expenditures from the Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant Plan. When you have a moment, please review the proposed expenditures and provide feedback on the Padlet wall. Please feel free to reach out to me Kareen Baca at if you have further questions or would like to discuss the proposal further.


We strongly encourage all to GET VACCINATED! Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic People, including teens, who are fully vaccinated can return to activities that they did prior to the pandemic.

Safe, free, effective COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone age 12 and up—regardless of immigration or insurance status. Stay healthy, protect others and help us end the pandemic. Find a walk-in clinic or make an appointment today by visiting My Turn CA.

Get vaccinated at the Daly City Youth Center, 350 90th Street, Wednesdays, 12:00-6:00 pm.

Gold Star Mother's Day

The California Department of Education encourages us to recognize September 26th as Gold Star Mother's Day. This day is observed in the USA on the last Sunday of September each year. It is a day for people to honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. For those with children currently in the military, or have served, we thank you for your dedication to our community and country.

JUHSD Wellness Team

As the adage goes, "When life gives us lemons, make lemonade." When our students, guardians, and staff are feeling down and out, we encourage them to reach out to our district Wellness Team; they're here to support! Visit our JUHSD Wellness Page to get in touch with our team, along with many helpful resources.

Live Your Dream Awards Scholarship for Women

The San Mateo County Soroptimist International invites women in our community to apply for the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Award! To qualify, one must be:

  • A woman with primary financial responsibility for herself and her dependents
  • Attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program
  • Have financial needs
  • Residing in San Mateo County

To apply for this scholarship, please visit their online application.

For more information on this worthwhile program, please click on this electronic flyer.

Did you miss our virtual Town Hall?

If you were unable able to join our virtual Town Hall webinar on September 22nd, no worries!

Click HERE to see what you missed.

Work with us!

Interested in working for our dedicated district community?

Check out the Employment Opportunities page for current job postings and more!

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