Superintendent Community Update

December 3, 2021

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

I hope you had a restful Thanksgiving break and found the time to enjoy the vacation with family and friends.

In the blink of an eye, it's now December! They say that December is the month of lights, snow, and feasts. A time to make amends and tie up loose ends. A moment to plan for the future while hoping your wishes come true. Though I know this year has not been the easiest, and we have faced challenges unlike none before, I encourage you to embrace this month with a renewed sense of hope for the coming semester and calendar year.

Give the next few weeks your all and know that winter vacation is just around the corner! Please have a restful weekend.


Toni Presta


College & Career Readiness Monthly Newsletter

Please take a moment to check out our District's College and Career Readiness Program's monthly newsletter by clicking here.

For more information on this District program, please contact Career and Technical Education Coordinator, Denise Shreve.

Youth Climate Ambassador Application

The Youth Climate Ambassador (YCA) is a knowledge to action leadership program focused around environmental justice and climate action. In this six-month program, students gain a diverse set of leadership and change-making skills, and are supported to develop and implement community impact projects that drive change within San Mateo County. District students are encouraged to apply before the extended December 5th deadline. Please click here to apply for this opportunity or email the County's Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative Team.

Holiday Traditions Return to ATP

Students from our District's Adult Transition Program are excited to be back on campus and taking part in the return of annual holiday traditions! Students in Ms. Tracy Thomas' class were thrilled to mix it up in the kitchen and take part in her "Santa's Workshop" activity where they made pumpkin bread with Paraprofessional Crystal Cabarle.

The District's Adult Transition Program (ATP) serves our special education students by supporting and facility their movement from high school to a role as a contributing adult in the community. Our ATP teachers and support staff closely work with local community resources, businesses, and agencies to help prepare are adult students' transition to life after the public education system.

National Special Education Day

Celebrated annually every December 2nd, National Special Education Day honors the federal special education law instituted on December 2, 1972, and the students, teachers, and administrators striving to make special education possible for students. JUHSD thanks the special education teachers and support staff for their dedication and service to our students.

Educational Housing Corporation Meeting

The Educational Housing Corporation (EHC) will host their annual board meeting this coming Thursday, December 9th, at 6:30 pm in the District's board room, 699 Serramonte Boulevard, Daly City, Room 223; this meeting is open to the public. If you would like a copy of the agenda emailed to you prior to the meeting, please fill out this form. For more information on this amazing project, please visit the EHC page of the District's website or email Austin Worden, District Director of Staff Housing.

ALSO, our Educational Staff Housing Project was just featured in the San Mateo County Office of Education's December SPOTLIGHT! Click here to see the mention of our District's project, along with other positive events taking place within neighboring San Mateo County school districts.

District Admin Circle Up

District administrators attended a November 29th Circle Up training in the Serramonte del Rey Galleria. Circle Up Education has partnered with the District to provide better support and training for promoting diversity, racial equity, restorative practices, conflict resolution, and communication skills. For more on Circle Up Education, please visit their website.

Care Solace is here to help!

Jefferson Union High School District partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of our staff. If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs regardless of the circumstance.

Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided by Jefferson Union High School District. If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595. Support is available 24/7/365 in any language.
  • Visit and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

For additional wellness resources, including meal, housing, clothing, and employment assistance, please visit our District's Wellness Department page.

In Time of Crisis

A crisis is any situation where you might feel overwhelmed and uncertain of what to do. When you're feeling this, don't hesitate to call a crisis hotline. Calling a hotline can help you calm down and figure out how you can handle a situation without causing harm to yourself or others. Crisis line operators are trained to support you with challenging moment in your life; sometimes we need support to figure out what our options are and what might help us stay safe in the moment.

For a list of crisis hotline phone numbers, along with resources to support relationship abuse, sexual assault, running way, or parenting, please click on this flyer.

Art Takes a Bus Ride Contest

San Mateo County Office of Education is partnering with SamTrans to give students a chance to have their artwork displayed on the side of a SamTrans bus for an entire year. Artwork must illustrate this year’s theme: "San Mateo County Reopens." For contest rules and regulations, please click here. Deadline for this contest is February 25, 2022.

JUHSD is Turning 100!

The District celebrates 100 years of excellence in 2022 and we plan to celebrate! Interested in being on the 100th Anniversary Committee? It's not too late to join! Fill out this FORM and we'll be in touch with you soon! We encourage all current and former staff, students, guardians, alumni, and future students to join!

For more information, please email District Director of Communication Austin Worden,

Recommended Read: How to Survive the Holidays With Teens

"The holiday season is a time that’s supposed to be fun and memorable, but when you have a moody teen in the family, you may find it more memorable than fun—and perhaps not in a good way. Even the best of teens can be less than enthusiastic about spending extended amounts of time with the family."

For tips and suggestions on how to better enjoy the holiday season with your teen children, click on this link to read the full article.

Source: The Clay Center for Young Health Minds

Cafeteria Menus for the Month

December 2021 Breakfast Menu

December 2021 Lunch Menu

Check out our District's Food Services page for additional info!