Superintendent Community Update

October 1, 2021

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

Since 1994, October 5th has been recognized as World Teachers’ Day to honor the services of teachers, their contributions to education, and their role and importance for the development of students.

This year’s theme is “Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Re-imagining the Future” in honor of teachers' determined and diligent efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please join us in thanking our teachers and staff for their commitment to our students and community, as well as their continued hard work, during what has been the most challenging period in education. We are grateful for their devotion to the well-being and learning of our students.

Please have a nice and restful weekend!


Toni Presta


JUHSD Community Notification Follow Up

We encourage our students to always do what is right. We tell them to say something when they see something. Early this morning, students from Oceana High School saw threatening and concerning text messages from another student and quickly reported this information to the school district. We are proud that the students felt comfortable enough to reach out to staff and applaud them for doing the right thing.

District officials contacted the Pacifica Police Department upon learning about the messages. The Police Department’s preliminary investigation determined that there was no credible threat to the school, and that at no point was a weapon present on campus. We are thankful for their partnership.

Safety is of the utmost importance to our District. We want to assure you that our systems worked and school remains safe. We will continue to remain alert to the emotional and physical needs of our District community.

Just Released: California Will Require COVID-19 Vaccine for Students

Governor Newsom announced today that California will require all public and private school students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 once the shot receives final approval for younger age groups. Currently, students ages 12 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. According to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle, "If regulators sign off on full approval for everyone 12 and older this fall, then middle and high school students in California would need to be vaccinated starting in January; otherwise, the mandate may not take effect until July." Click HERE to read the full article from the Chronicle.

World Teachers' Day, October 5th

As suggested in Superintendent Presta's opening message, please take a moment to thank JUHSD teachers and staff for providing our students with the guidance and supported needed to navigate through this challenging world. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to this District!

For a brief history of World Teachers' Day, along with how it's honored around the world, click HERE.

Student Vaccination Survey

As we know, higher vaccination rates keep communities safer and lessen the spread of COVID-19. Please fill out form below to provide the district with current student vaccination data. Be assured that all student data is kept confidential.

Student Vaccination Status Form (English)

Student Vaccination Status Form (Spanish)

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.

Recommended Read: Flavored tobacco use among youth and young adults

At an alarming rate, teens are getting hooked on flavored tobacco products. In 2019, an estimated 4.31 million United States middle and high school students tried or used a flavored tobacco product. In 2020, roughly 2.93 million U.S. middle and high school students used a flavored e-cigarette with fruit flavors being the most commonly inhaled. As we have known for decades, tobacco usage causes a variety of long-lasting health concerns including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Please take a moment to talk with your teen about the dangers of smoking tobacco; they need to hear it! For more facts and statistics on the dangers of flavored tobacco products, please visit the Truth Initiative website.

Bob Lotti Field Dedication at TNHS

This past Friday evening, Terra Nova High dedicated their football field to esteemed teacher and coach, Mr. Bob Lotti. During his tenure with the District, Coach Lotti spent countless hours serving the youth of this community. With his family in attendance, Coach Lotti graciously thanked the Terra Nova community for this wonderful honor. Read the full article of this dedication from the Pacifica Tribune.
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THS Makes Recycled Paper

Students in Sandra McGurty and Lecar Maghanoy's classes have made swift moves towards creating a more sustainable campus by making recycled paper. Through this course, students learn about the conservation of resources, along with fostering ways to be more innovative in helping save the environment. As the class finetunes the process of paper consistency, they plan recycle all of Thorton's paper waste into new sheets of paper that will be used campus-wide, including the creating of making special paper around the holidays!

Banned Book Week at WHS

Daly City Public Librarian Sarah Spence kicked off banned book week at Westmoor High by passing out buttons, free copies of the book "Speak," and coloring sheets with this year's theme: Censorship divides us, books unite us. Ms. Spence will return to WHS in October to attend the San Mateo County Reads/Teen-tober events. Click here to find out more information about Banned Book Week.

Career Technical Education (CTE)

Career Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare students to enter today's competitive workforce. CTE courses, offered at every site, provide life skills applicable to real world applications. For a list of CTE courses hosted at our schools, please visit JUHSD's CTE Website and look for the high school displayed at the top of the page.

PAPER Station

Is your student using PAPER, the free online 24/7 tutoring service? We encourage them to use this amazing tool, along with checking out the newly added feature: Paper Station, an interactive part of their site that has videos, activities, and games. For more information on how to use PAPER, click on this electronic flyer.

Free Safety Skills Workshops for Transgender Youth

Kidpower, Teenpower, Fullpower International invites you to attend free online workshops:

Teenpower Skills for Safety & Independence for Transgender Youth Ages 13-18
Saturday, October 16, 1:00-2:00pm Pacific Time
Register through the link below – FREE for trans youth

Workshop for Parents and Adult Allies in SPANISH: Protege y empodera a los jóvenes transgénero
Saturday, October 16, 1:00-2:00pm Pacific Time
Register through the link below – FREE of charge.

FamilyPower for transgender children ages 6-12 with their adults
Saturday, October 23, 12:00-1:00pm
Register through the link below – FREE for trans youth

For more information on this organization, please visit

COVID-19 Youth Health Information Act

As students continue in-person learning, it's important for us, and our state, to ensure a safe return to school. Assembly Bill (AB) 856, Pupil Health: COVID-19 Youth Health Information Act encourages schools and districts to provide information to our youth and their families on how to safely return to physical activity after showing sign or symptoms of COVID-19. For more information on this bill, please read this press release from the State Department of Education.

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