Superintendent Community Update
November 3, 2023
Today, I share with you an exciting and enriching experience that students and staff from Westmoor High School had during their recent field trip to San Francisco State University's College of Ethnic Studies this past Thursday.
During the trip, WHS students and staff had the opportunity to engage in various activities that broadened their understanding of ethnic studies and higher education. The day began with a comprehensive tour of the beautiful San Francisco State University (SFSU) campus, led by knowledgeable college students from the College of Ethnic Studies. This tour provided our students with valuable insights into the campus environment, fostering a sense of familiarity and belonging. Students and staff from Terra Nova and Jefferson will take the same field trip to SFSU on November 30.
The students participated in classroom lectures and panel discussions, which allowed them to delve deeper into the subject matter and gain a profound understanding of the significance of ethnic studies in today's society. The day concluded with a question and answer event, encouraging active participation and thoughtful dialogue among our high school students and students from SFSU's College of Ethnic Studies.
Ethnic Studies classes affirm the identities and contributions of marginalized groups in our society and help students to see themselves and each other as part of the narrative of the United States. I am thankful for the work of our Ethnic Studies team and proud that each of our comprehensive high schools now offers Ethnic Studies classes. Please follow the link to learn more about JUHSD's Ethnic Studies program.
Have a great weekend and don't forget to change your clocks on Sunday!
All my best,
WHS Visits SFSU College of Ethnic Studies on November 2
Native American Heritage Month
Honored in November, National Native American Heritage Month provides San Mateo County educators the opportunity to teach students about the Ramaytush Ohlone people, their role in history, and their efforts to keep their culture alive. Learn more and find other resources on the San Mateo County Office of Education’s website.
Daylight Saving Time Change
National School Psychologist Week
This coming week, schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychologist Week, November 6-10, 2023. School psychologists, counselors, and social workers are an integral part of our community. To learn more about this week from the National Association of School Psychologists, click here.
Please take a moment to thank our amazing JUHSD school and district psychologists for all they do to ensure that our students and staff thrive!
- Marina Murphy, District Office & Thornton High
- Fabiola Gutierrez, Jefferson High
- Sarah Almeida, Westmoor High
- Danielle Cravalho, MHE Program
- Tatum McLaughlin, Terra Nova High
- Bhawandeep Bains, Oceana High
- Yvette Zee, Program Specialist
- Olivia Parks, Intern
- Stephanie Sheridan, Intern
Veterans Day - No School on November 10
A Spirited Week for JUHSD!
Nothing But Gold
Let's Bug Out
OHS In The News
STOPit Anonymous Reporting
In collaboration with the San Mateo County Office of Education, JUHSD is excited to be the first high school district in the county to launch a new anonymous reporting system called STOPit! This schoolwide reporting system is designed to empower students to anonymously share safety concerns, misconduct, or other issues.
Students will notice signage and banners displayed prominently at their school sites. These signs will feature two QR codes that will enable students to access the STOPit system conveniently. To download the STOPit app to your device from here, click on this link. Students are encouraged to use this app/website to report any and all types of concerning incidents, including things that need fixing around campus, to their site administrative team.
To note: Reports made through the STOPit app/website between 4:00 pm and 7:00 am, along with on Saturdays and Sundays, will receive the following automated reply:
"Thank you for submitting your report to JUHSD. Reports received outside of school hours (4 pm-7 am, M-F) will not be reviewed until the next school day. If this is an emergency and you or someone needs immediate help, please call 9-1-1. If you need mental health support, please call or text the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 9-8-8 or call StarVista's Crisis Hotline at 650-579-0350. They are open 24/7."
Please reach out to your site administrative team with any questions you may have about this new reporting system.
Open Houses for Future Students Continue Next Week - See Info Below
Save the Date: December 6, Immigrant Resource Night
Scroll Below for Events, Opportunities & Resources from Local Organizations and Community Partners!
Free Presentation: What Happened to You?
On November 9, 5:30-6:30 pm, Join teacher, clinician, researcher, and author Bruce Perry as he shares about his groundbreaking book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey. The book shares scientific and emotional insights into how our earliest experiences can shape behavioral patterns throughout our lives. Learn more here.
Scholarship Application from the Daly City/Colma Chamber of Commerce
Photo: Members from the Daly City/Colma Chamber of Commerce host a table at the JUHSD College and Career Fair inside the Serramonte Mall on October 12.
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.
JUHSD's Equity Statement
Location: 699 Serramonte Boulevard, Daly City, CA, Suite 100
Phone: (650) 550-7900