Superintendent Community Update
November 10, 2023
I hope this message finds you well!
I am writing to share some exciting news about our recent participation in the 2023 National Summit for Courageous Conversation© in Austin, Texas. Along with dedicated members of our District's Equity Teams (E Teams) and other educators from across the nation, I had the privilege of attending this transformative event. Summit brought together leaders, policy makers, educators, students, and community members, all united in our commitment to racial equity and social justice in education.
For this event, our JUHSD team, consisting of John Harrigan, Michelle Silva, Maritza Torres, Lillian Bussell, Megan Carey, Mika Sasaki, Angela Dodson, Michelle Fortunado-Kewin, Kalimah Salahuddin, and myself joined forces with over 1,000 change agents from various sectors, including policy makers, business and government leaders, higher education faculty and administration, and families, to discuss, embrace, and celebrate the importance of racial equity in education. Together, we engaged in meaningful sessions and workshops aimed at transforming our school systems and organizations into inclusive environments that recognize and nurture the unlimited potential of every individual.
I am immensely proud of the commitment our district has shown in providing equitable access to learning for all our students. Summit reaffirmed our dedication to creating positive, inclusive learning environments that empower every student in our academic community. Our goal is to foster a supportive network where ideas thrive, knowledge is shared, and all students are valued.
I want to express my gratitude to our staff, students, parents, and community members for your continued support. Together, we are making significant strides toward building a brighter and more inclusive future for all our learners. As we continue this important work, I encourage you to engage with us, share your thoughts, and be a part of our ongoing efforts to enhance the educational experience for every child in our district.
Wishing you and your family a restful three-day weekend. Thank you for your partnership and commitment to our shared vision of equity and excellence in education.
All my best,
Veterans Day - No School Friday
Hollywood Star and Westmoor Alum Visits School
Alumni Spotlight: Vincent Rodriguez III
Vincent Rodriguez III is famously known for his role as Josh Chan on TV's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015-2019), along with an impressive resume of additional television and film credits. To learn more about this talented performer, visit his IMDB page here.
Westmoor thanks Vincent for taking time out of his busy schedule to share his craft with the students and staff of WHS! (Photo credit: Shirley Cruz and Alex Mullin)
Signing Day Recognized at TNHS
Photo: 12th grader Madison Donati sits takes a photo with her parents, Nick and Tessa Donati, before signing her official letter of acceptance to the University of New Hampshire in the TNHS gym on November 8.
TNHS Alumni In The News
During the start of the October 24, 2023 TNHS volleyball game, current volleyball coach Kawaan Summerville introduced then coach Tonia Moe, and players Kari Trainor, Mia Tomola, Yolanda (Quintanilla) Pranza, and Doreen (Lotti) Basuino.
When Coach Tonia Moe was asked about the team winning that year's championship game, she shared that key to their successful season was that the players had common goals of respect for each other, practiced hard, had fun playing together, and shared a dedication to winning. The team played together for all four years; that certainly helped.
Photo credit: Horace Hinshaw, Pacifica Tribune
WHS X-Co Runners Headed to Championships
Photo credit: Shirley Cruz
Fall Recess is November 20-24
*Monday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm
*Tuesday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm
*Wednesday: 8:00 am-12:00 pm
*Thursday & Friday: Closed
DCYHC's Muslim American Women's Group
Save the Date: December 6, Immigrant Resource Night
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Home Sharing Fliers from HIP
Al Teglia Scholarship Program
The Jobs for Youth Al Teglia Scholarship program provides 20 youth with $2,000 each. Scholars are selected for financial and personal need, and all Scholars demonstrate a clear desire to succeed. The program is open to Jobs for Youth Members ages 16-21 who reside in San Mateo County. Applicants must be at least a junior in high school and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
The Al Teglia Scholarship program can help you on your journey toward earning an Associate degree, Bachelor’s degree, or vocational training certificate, with the goal to help enroll students in their next semester of classes and to increase your likelihood of graduating. If you have any questions or concerns about your eligibility, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students, click here to apply.
Tri Counties Bank Scholarship Program
At Tri Counties Bank, their mission is to improve the financial success and well-being of the people living throughout Northern and Central California. One way they fulfill this mission is through our investment in community-minded and intellectually-gifted students.
In partnership with the Community Foundation of the North State, Tri Counties Bank awards scholarships totaling $110,000 to students attending community colleges, trade schools, and four year colleges/universities.
Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors — especially, though not exclusively, to those who are economically disadvantaged — who demonstrate interest in public service, community engagement and business entrepreneurship.
Learn more about their scholarship opportunities by clicking here.
JUHSD's Equity Statement
Location: 699 Serramonte Boulevard, Daly City, CA, Suite 100
Phone: (650) 550-7900