Superintendent Community Update

February 4, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

I hope this message finds you well! We celebrate National Black History Month during the month of Feburary. This is a good opportunity for us to learn more about Black history and culture, celebrate the African American excellence, and to be reminded of the ongoing call to address racial injustice. Please take some time to hear from some of our local San Mateo Education leaders through the San Mateo County Office of Education's Sharing Our Stories initiative, which celebrates the rich diversity within our education community.

February 7-11 is National School Counseling Week. I want to take this opportunity to thank our school counselors for their unique contributions to our students and school communities. For more information on this week, and ways to express your gratitude to our school counselors, please click here.

Again, I'd like to wish a Happy Lunar New Year to all who celebrate! This Year of the Tiger will be sure to bring about big changes. May it also bring good health, strength, success, and happiness to you and your loved ones.


Toni Presta


District Advisory Committee

Please join us for the District Advisory Committee Meeting on February 10, 2022 via Zoom from 6:30-7:45 pm. Agenda topics will include:

  • Local Control and Accountability Plan's annual update on goals, actions, and services,
  • Federal and state budget allocation
  • Review of Request to CDE for Waiver of Certain Education Code Provisions Related to Property Disposition

To RSVP, please click on this link.

Donation Drive for Tonga

Due to the recent natural disaster affecting The Island of Tonga, local organizations are asking for your help! If you would like to donate water, medical supplies, toiletries, flashlights, batteries, and more, you can drop off those items to 78 Hill Street, Daly City, next Saturday, February 12, 2022, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm. All donated items will be sent to the Tonga National Emergency Management Office. For more information, please email Reyna Meafua, or click HERE.

Good News From School!

Mock Trial - Advisor Alyssa Jenkins, TNHS, shared that students from Jefferson, Oceana, and Terra Nova High Schools competed in the first round of San Mateo County's mock trial competition, along with TNHS having competed in the first round of the junior varsity competition. Due to COVID, all competitions are being held on Zoom, but this is not keeping our students from performing and battling their way to the top of the courtroom! Way to go, JUHSD Mock Trial participants!

District's 100th Anniversary Logo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Jefferson High School 12th grader Lila Magbilang for winning the District's logo contest to commemorate JUHSD's 100th Anniversary celebration on Friday, May 13, 2022!

In January, an open call went out to all JUHSD alumni, students, and staff seeking submissions to create the official logo for the District's Centennial Jubilee. Seven entries were submitted to the JUHSD 100th Anniversary Committee. Lila's entry, a clean blue circular design showcasing the hills of Daly City and the ocean waves of Pacifica, with an image of the new Educational Housing Project nestled between the two, was selected as the official logo for this historic occasion.

From banners and signs, to shirts, mugs, district swag, publicity and more, this logo will represent this historic year for the high school district.

For more information on the District's centennial event, which is to be aligned with the ribbon cutting of the Educational Staff Housing Project, please email Austin Worden, Director of Communication and Staff Housing.

*We thank everyone who participated in this contest. Please see their amazing designs below!

Adult School Spanish Class

Jefferson Adult Education is offering a 12-week Spanish Language Course beginning Monday, February 7, 2022. The course is taught by Terra Nova High School's John "JR" Reafleng and meets at Jefferson High School in Room A201 from 6:00-8:00 pm. JR teaches a very lively class full of fun activities and conversation for only $65! To register for this worthwhile course, please click here.

Board Meeting Highlights, February 1, 2022

Important information is shared during JUHSD 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.

Jefferson High's 100 Years of Us Celebration

On March 26th, Jefferson High will celebrate the school's 100th birthday with an afternoon full of festivities, merriment, and more! This historic event includes a downtown parade, opening ceremony honoring the school's legacy, the retiring of John Madden's jersey, community booths, performances, and more! For additional information on their centennial jubilee, please click on this electronic flyer or email

Mikva Challenge at JHS

This past week in Mr. Adam Kubey's Jefferson High School Government CP course, students delivered Project Soapbox Issue speeches from the classroom's podium taking part in the Mikva Challenge. During a three minute speech, students in Mr. Kubey's class addressed societal issues pressing teens today, and ways in which to address them. Superintendent Presta shared that she was impressed and moved by the speeches she heard. She thanked Mr. Kubey and his students for inviting her, and she left with confidence that our students will make a positive impact in the world!

Founded in 1998, Mikva Challenge began as a small pilot program with an all-volunteer staff in four Chicago schools; now 23 years later, Mikva has grown to serve over 17 states, 3200 teachers, and more than 135k students annually. Over two decades, Mikva has developed an education model based on the principles that youth voice matters, youth are experts on the issues that affect them, and our communities and schools are stronger when youth leaders are involved in all aspects of civic life. To learn more about the Mikva Challenge, please click HERE.

Instructional Garden at 699 Serramonte

At this past Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting, Tina VanRaaphorst, Deputy Superintendent of Business Services, presented the JUHSD Facilities Subcommittee's plan to safely and securely monitor the instructional garden space located on the District Office's 699 Serramonte Boulevard property. The overall goal of this plan is to allow students, staff, and community members access to the space while ensuring security, safety, and transparency to all involved. The Board approved this plan with a 4-1 vote. To view the details of this plan, please click on this presentation link.

A Presentation from SMCOE

Raising Kids Who Are Kind and Brave (K-12 Parents/Caregivers, Educators, Mental Health Professionals), February 10, 5:30pm-6:30pm:

Wondering how to teach kids to be kind and brave? Character education and child development expert Deborah Farmer Kris will share practical strategies parents can use to help children of all ages strengthen these vital habits. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation available. Learn more.

Menus for the Month

February Breakfast Menu

February Lunch Menu

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

Presentation: Now More Than Ever

Join Dr. Karen L. Mapp as she presents on the importance of family engagement and how it is essential for student success in school. During this free one hour presentation, Thursday, February 17th, 5:30-6:30 pm, Dr. Mapp will discuss what we've learned through COVID and the national racial reckoning about the critical role of home-school partnerships that support student success and school improvement. To register for this free virtual event, please click here.