Superintendent Community Update

September 16, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

This past week, I had the privilege of visiting with Jefferson and Oceana students, families, and staff at their Back to School Nights after having attended TN, Westmoor and Thornton over the past few weeks. I was thoroughly impressed! I thank you for showing up to support your child's education and I thank you for entrusting your children to us. We take this responsibility seriously and I am proud of the work that we are doing. I have an equity lens on when in our schools, and access, opportunity, inclusion, and belonging are evident in JUHSD!

Along with attending our final Back to School Nights of the season, I had the honor of standing behind the ceremonial ribbon for Jefferson High's Grizz Arts Club mural dedication this past Tuesday afternoon at Mitsubishi Motors, 6399 Mission Street, Daly City. Find more information, including photos from this event, in today's Update. The next time you are in Daly City, swing by and take a look at this gorgeous art created by our JHS students.

As our District's Educational Housing at 705 Serramonte continues to receive positive press from nationwide media outlets, I am excited to share that we were featured on Good Morning America this past Saturday, September 10. WHS math teacher Nicole Ann Polo, JHS math teacher Corazon Gatbonton and I were interviewed by ABC's lovely Morgan Norwood. It was a short-but-sweet segment, but it highlighted our amazing staff housing! Hearing "Jefferson Union High School District in Daly City, California" from a Good Morning America anchor live from New York City is pretty awesome. Woot!

Finally, did you know that our Educational Housing is just phase one of our District's plan to create the Serramonte Del Rey Neighborhood here at 699 Serramonte Boulevard? The creation of this neighborhood will raise funds for our district to boost student programs, generate money to attract and retain great teachers and staff, create an accessible community garden and public parks, AND provide housing for a community that desperately needs it! We are in the final approval phase and would greatly appreciate you filling out this online petition to show your support!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the fall weather that seems to be creeping into our Bay Area!


Toni Presta



Jefferson High School's September 14 Back to School Night

Oceana High School's September 15 Back to School Night

Attendance Awareness Month

Join us in recognizing September 2022 as Attendance Awareness Month and support activities to increase school attendance and learning time during the coming school year.

Addressing chronic absence is a key component of improving graduation rates, increasing academic achievement, and giving young people the best chance at success in their adult life.

Everybody plays a role in ensuring children attend school regularly. Communication, collaboration, and coordination among student, parents, and school teams are essential! Learn more on Attendance Works' website.

Hispanic & LatinX Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, 2022, we recognize and celebrate Hispanic Heritage and Latinx Heritage Month. We recognize the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

This month we honor the many Hispanic and Latinx Americans who have been integral to the prosperity of the U.S. Their contributions are immeasurable and they have left an indelible mark on the U.S. culture and economy.

Wonder why this Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is spread across September and October? It is based upon the history of the observation which began in 1968 and was expanded in 1988. It is started on September 15 because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, and Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Learn more about the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month:


Student Progress Reports Online

A message from the District's Educational Services Department:

Second quarter progress report grades will only be available to view through your ParentVUE and StudentVUE online accounts.

JHS Grizz Arts Club Mural Project Dedication in Downtown Daly City

Way to go, JHS Grizz Arts!

This past Tuesday, the Jefferson High School’s GrizzArt Club celebrated the completion of their first mural with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony this past Tuesday, September 13 at 6399 Mission Street, Daly City. Members from the City Council of Daly City, along with JUHSD leaders and staff, were present to celebrate with the students and the Daly City community.

Finished this summer, the "Greetings from Daly City" mural is the result of a collaboration between community member Victoria Magbilang, project funder Dragonfly Community Arts, and the Bay Area Mural Program (BAMP), who worked with the GrizzArt students and their advisor Suzanne Koehnlein.

The team is grateful to everyone who helped make this idea a reality, including Daly City Mitsubishi and building owners Donna Curusis and Patricia Herriott, and appreciates the enthusiastic support from Daly City Government. The next time you are in Daly City, drive by and look at this stunning art created by our JHS students!

Care Solace's Youth Advisory Council

Youth led, youth driven, youth designed. This is the mission of the Care Solace Youth Advisory Council and they are looking for teen leaders, ages 16 and up, to join their team! This council does their best to spark innovation in youth mental health, along with strengthening mental health systems and improving access to care. As a member of their youth advisory council, you'll become a leading voice for youth mental health and collaborate with peers nationwide on mental health initiatives. The deadline to apply is October 7 and more information can be found here.

Free Online Tutoring

Students! Raise your hand if you could use help with your homework. JUHSD teachers and students have free access to Paper’s professional tutors, 24/7! Take advantage of this amazing service by clicking HERE, or check out for more information.

Fair Housing Support

Do you feel like you're being treated unfairly by your landlord? Do you need help with any of the following?

*COVID-19 Issues

*Immigration Status Discrimination

*Warnings About Your Child's Behavior

*Section 8 Discrimination

*Sexual Harassment


*Religious Discrimination

*Disability Requests

If so, Fair Housing through Project Sentinel wants to help! For additional information, visit their website, email, or call (888) 324-7268.

Home Sharing Flyers - September

Needing to move? HIP Housing, a non-profit, affordable housing organization in San Mateo County, is here to help! If you have a spare room in your home that you're wanting to rent, or are looking for a room to rent, check out this month's Home Sharing Program flyers by clicking on this link: Home Sharing Program Flyers in English and Spanish. For more information on this program, contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660.

Upcoming Community Events

*How to Raise Awe-Filled Kids (Parents/Caregivers, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, and Community Members), September 14, 5:30–6:30 pm (in English with Spanish interpretation): Awe inspires curiosity and strengthens our internal motivation to learn and create. But wonder isn’t just good for brain development — it’s also emotionally protective. Join Deborah Farmer Kris, author, developmental expert, and founder of Parenthood365, as she shares how to infuse your children’s lives with a little more wonder. Learn more English | Spanish.

*The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It (Parents/Caregivers, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, And Community Members), September 22, 5:30–6:30 pm: While most of us do everything we can to reduce or avoid stress, Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, PhD, delivers a startling message: Stress isn’t all bad. New research shows that stress can make us stronger, smarter, and happier—if we learn how to embrace it. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available. Learn more English | Spanish.

*MPX (Monkeypox) Vaccine Notification (Community): San Mateo County Health is offering residents who meet eligibility guidelines for highest risk for MPX the opportunity to sign up for notification of vaccination opportunities. Complete the Monkeypox Vaccination Interest Form, and if you meet the eligibility guidelines you will be notified when opportunities become available. Vaccine supply is limited and the risk criteria are being used to prioritize eligibility.

*Pacifica's Fog Fest (Community), September 24-25, 2022: After two long years, The City of Pacifica's Fog Fest returns to this costal community, home to Oceana and Terra Nova High Schools! This two-day event will reunite family and friends through tons of fun. Click HERE for event info and make sure to swing by the JUHSD booth!

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JUHSD's Equity Statement

As a district, we embrace inclusion, value diversity, and educate ourselves in order to confront and dismantle systemic inequities to bring about a more just society. JUHSD commits to engaging, educating, and empowering ALL students, with an intentional focus on those under-served, inadequately served, or disenfranchised by educational institutions and systems, eliminating disparities in educational outcomes.