Board Meeting Highlights
Jefferson Union High School District
JUHSD Board of Trustees
Vice President Andrew Lie was grateful to all district employees for their hard work and resilience this past year. He gave an extra special thank you to the parents and guardians of the District students and encouraged everyone to have a relaxing Thanksgiving break.
Clerk Carla Ng-Garrett thanked everyone, in the spirit of this Thanksgiving season, for giving their best during this past semester, knowing how difficult this year has been. She wished everyone a restful vacation.
Trustee Nick Occhipinti shared his concerns about families having access to vaccination information. He also encouraged the District community speak at public meetings, especially when they feel their voices are not being heard.
Trustee Kalimah Salahuddin was unable to attend this evening's meeting.
Report from Superintendent Presta
Student of the Month, Milani Urbina
Milani is a senior at Oceana and currently the school’s Associated Student Body (ASB) Treasurer. In addition to her leadership role at OHS, and being an honor roll student, she is part of the school’s AP program and currently enrolled in AP Chemistry and AP Calculus. Taking these classes will greatly prepare her for a post high school career of attending a four-year university and eventually becoming a pediatrician or pediatric nurse; the school has no doubt she will successfully achieve these goals.
Milani’s principal, Mrs. April Holland, had this to say about Milani: “She is an all-around amazing representative of the Oceana High School community. She exemplifies an ‘enjoy yourself and work hard’ attitude and does her best to relish in every moment her brief high school experience has to offer. Active all four years in athletics, she participated in track and field her freshman year, cross country during her sophomore year, and soccer all four years. When she was told of receiving this award, she looked shocked and amazed; a testament to her always remaining humble.”
Milani’s teachers echo the same sentiments of Principal Holland. Milani’s ASB advisor, Mr. Chris Korp, was very forthcoming about her contributions to the school. “As the ASB Treasurer, Milani is the officer in charge of not only ASB Treasurers, but is also well acquainted with the school’s financial accounts. She often helps other ASB committees when she realizes their knowledge is lacking because of pandemic-related at-home learning. She is often one of the hardest working members on ASB committees. I often feel like Milani is the adult in the room, even with me standing near her.”
Ms. Leslie Bell, Milani’s Calculus teacher, shared, “Milani Urbina works very hard in Calculus class. She is very good and brave about asking questions when she doesn’t understand something. I think this benefits the class environment and her classmates because some students are shy and are afraid to ask questions, but not Milani. She’s always very polite when asking for help AND she helps other students, too!”
We thank Milani for being such a stellar student and important member of our District community. Way to go, Milani!
Honored by Board
Milani stands with members of the Board of Trustees and Cabinet after receiving her official certificate.
Milani is joined by her mother Antonia, father Anthony, and brother Orion, all of whom are proud of her!
Oceana High Principal April Holland thanked Milani for being a stellar student and standout person.
Honored by Board
Items to Note
The Board passed a resolution supporting Assembly Bill 75.
Educator Effectiveness Block Grant
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Student Advisory Council
Students Share Out
During the start of each board meeting, it's always a treat to hear our Student Trustees eloquently share site updates and concerns with the school Board of Trustees and Executive Cabinet.
Student Trustees Mustafa Abuzahriyeh (WHS) and Sharon Liang (OHS) attended the November 16th board meeting with news to share!
Trustee Abuzahriyeh noted Westmoor's Senior Sunrise was last Friday, November 12th, held on the school's football field. He added that this Thursday, November 18th,the school will hold tours for prospective future WHS Rams during periods 5-6.
Trustee Liang shared that Oceana High's food and nutrition class raised $1,500 from their annual holiday pie fundraiser. She shared about the school's Interim Fair where students attended three 10-minute information sessions to learn more about the schools unique program held in the spring. To conclude, she advised that the school's Associated Student Body (ASB) class was partnering with local thrift stores to raise money for the school's leadership program.
Board Meeting COVID Protocols
Our new Board Meeting COVID Protocol took effect at the Tuesday, November 16th meeting.
All in-person attendees were asked to show:
- proof of vaccination
- Negative COVID-19 test result (taken within 72 hours)
Rapid testing was provided for those who did not provide the above mentioned documentation.
Board meetings will continue to air live through our District's Youtube channel.
Stay up to date with the ways in which JUSHD is staying on top of curtailing the COVID curve by visiting our district's COVID Response page.