Board Meeting Highlights

Jefferson Union High School District

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The JUHSD District Office at Serramonte del Rey

699 Serramonte Boulevard, Room 223

Daly City, CA 94015

View the JUHSD March 15 board agenda HERE.

Watch the recorded meeting HERE.

JUHSD Board of Trustees

Board Communications

President Tejada mentioned her attending Jefferson High School's Mission Fusion program and was impressed by the talents of all involved.

Vice President Lie thanked the Thornton High School staff for attending this meeting to support their student, Nathan Murillo, for being selected as the District's March Student of the Month.

Clerk Salahuddin felt uplifted by the Thornton Staff by their attending the meeting and she encouraged student of the month recipient, Nathan Murillo, to pursue his goals of working in the field of Kinesiology.

Trustee Ng-Garrett enjoyed the Thornton Staff attending this meeting in support of their student of the month and felt their excitement in the room.

Trustee Occhipinti mentioned his appreciating members of the community participating in public comment during monthly meetings.

Superintendent Report

Superintendent Toni Presta attended Jefferson High School's Mission Fusion program and praised JHS for producing such an amazing show!

She thanked Westmoor High School Art teacher Graciela Eulate and students for adorning the walls of the board room with their amazing crafted works of art.

She enjoyed attending Thornton High School's career fair this past week and praised the student engagement taking place.

A shout-out was given to the Student Advisory Board after her attending this past Monday's productive meeting and appreciated their taking time to address current school issues.

She looks forward to attending Oceana High School's Senior Exhibition next week.

Student of the Month, Nathan Murillo

ThorntonHigh is proud to honor 12th grader Nathan Murillo as the District’s Student of the Month for March!

As a standout soccer player, Nathan shows excellent sportsmanship both on and off of the field. His can-do attitude is appreciated by both peers and staff alike; he truly represents the stellar characteristics of a model student athlete.

Mrs. Morales, Nathan’s 11th and 12t grade English teacher, had this to say about Nathan. “Nathan is a great blessing to our Thornton community and to anyone who knows him. I appreciate his kindness and respectful attitude, as well as his teachable spirit and willingness to help others. I will always treasure his daily, ‘Good morning, Mrs. Morales. How are you doing today?’ and our conversations about life’s most important topics. Nathan carries special gifts and will no doubt continue to bring positive change wherever he goes. I will miss him when he graduates from THS.”

Ms. Gains, THS’s social worker, echoed the sentiments of Mrs. Morales and she shared that “he has been so kind, respectful, and thoughtful. Nathan has worked hard to get where he is today and I know he will be successful in whatever he chooses to do in life. He is an inspiration to those around him and exhibits great maturity, along with having empathy for the world around him.”

Mr. Nevo, Nathan’s math teacher, has this to say about him. “From the first time I met Nathan, I knew he would be successful. Nathan always has a positive attitude and excellent class attendance. In math class, I remember him first saying, ‘I will never be good at math.’ Yet as time went by, Nathan picked up the challenge and was always curious about topics covered in class. As a senior, he realized that math relates to the real world and can actually be fun. On a personal level, Nathan and I often spoke about our mutual love of soccer. Now that Nathan has graduated high school and is heading to college, I am sure he will be quite successful. I encourage him to study something he enjoys and to take full advantage of the opportunities made to him.”

Through perseverance, determination and a positive attitude, Nathan has captured the elusive “victory from within.” He is well positive for much success and it has been an honor to share in Nathan’s journey.

Congratulations to Nathan Murillo, the District’s Student of the Month for March.

Click here to read a speech given by Nathan at this March 15 board meeting.

Thornton High Staff attended the meeting to support Nathan. Way to go, THS!

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Student Advisory Presentation

The Student Advisory Council meets bi-weekly throughout the year and focuses on topics of student interest. Student Advisory Representatives and Student Trustees present to the Board of Trustees each year.

This year, Student Trustees Mustafa Abuzahriyeh (WHS) and Madeleine Hur (OHS) presented that the committee has focused on three student-led goals for this school year: communication, nutrition, and the environment. Please click here to view their 2022 Student Advisory Council Committee Update presentation.

At the next board meeting, our District Student Trustees will have the opportunity to present on events taking place at their school sites.

CTE Presentation

Denise Shreve, District Career Technical Education (CTE) Coordinator, gave a detailed presentation on the this worthwhile program that connects district students to academic and professional work opportunities made available to them during their high school career and beyond. To view the full presentation presented at this meeting, please click here.

A-G Completion Improvement Grant

Kareen Baca, Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services, presented on JUHSD's allocation a one-time A-G Completion Grant of $609,064. These funds are available for expenditure or encumbrance through the 2025-2026 fiscal year. The District must develop a plan on how the funds will increase or improve services for unduplicated students to improve A-G eligibility, including supplementing and not supplanting services identified in the LEA’s LCAP and learning recovery plan. The plan must be developed by April 1, 2022. To view this presentation, please click here.

Updates on Masking in Schools

As of March 11, 2022, the universal masking requirement for K-12 settings in California ended. At tonight’s Board of Trustees meeting, it was decided that, as a district, we will follow the guidance of the State and the San Mateo County Department of Public Health, and will strongly encourage students and staff to continue the wearing of face masks in indoor settings, beginning March 16.

Board Meeting COVID Procedure Updates

Updated Board Meeting COVID Procedures:

*Members of the public are allowed to attend without having to show proof of vaccination, or negative test results.

*If there is a spike in cases, JUHSD Student Trustees can remotely attend the meetings.

*The community can continue to make public comment by attending in-person.

Adjournment in Remembrance

The adjournment of tonight's meeting was in honor of Murray Schneider, who passed away on March 13, 2022.

Mr. Schneider served the JUHSD for 38 years, first as a teacher starting in 1968 at Serramonte High School (former longtime board member Tom Nuris was one of his students). He went on to teach at Westmoor High School and Adult School. In 1981 he started the AP US History program at Westmoor and later became a Vice Principal there in 1998 and at Jefferson in 2000. He served as Oceana's Principal in 2001, and Jefferson's Principal in 2002, until his retirement in 2006. He loved the district and the students, and was a dearly beloved member of the JUHSD community.

He is survived by his wife Marcia, his two daughters, and two grandchildren, with one on the way.

The Jefferson Union High School District Board of Trustees send their condolences to Mr. Schneider's family, friends, and host of loved ones.

Additional Information and Upcoming Board Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Public session begins at 7:00 pm (unless otherwise noted) on the JUHSD YouTube channel and in person at the District Office.