Superintendent Community Update

October 22, 2021

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

October was first declared as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month in 2011. Since then, October has been a time to promote substance abuse prevention efforts and the help that is available in our community. It is also a time to acknowledge the over 20 million Americans who struggle with addiction, those that have lost their battles with addiction and those in recovery, as well as the family and friends who support them.

Key to substance use prevention is talking openly with your kids and helping them understand the impact of substance use and this abuse on their health. Studies show that the earlier an individual starts smoking, drinking, or using other drugs, the greater the likelihood of this developing into an addiction. For every year that substance use is delayed during the period of adolescent brain development, the risk of addiction and substance abuse decreases.

Below are resources on how to help build awareness of substance use and where to get help in our community:

Jefferson Union High School District is committed to raising awareness about substance use and helping our community access the quality treatment for substance use or mental health. We have partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of students, staff, and their family members. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential care coordination service that can help you quickly find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs regardless of circumstance.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595 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.


Toni Presta



Save Our Schools!

Let's invest in the future of this amazing school district and help keep our staff here! Lower staff turnover rates equal higher student success rate. By increasing our funding stream through the Serramonte del Rey project, we are able to support our students and staff, without having to seek additional local taxes.

Please take a moment to sign this online petition in support of the Serramonte del Rey project proposal and JUHSD by clicking HERE.

For more information on the Serramonte del Rey project, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the SDR Project Website.

Board Meeting Highlights, October 19th

Important information is shared during Board of Education meetings, yet not everyone is able to attend or view the entire meeting.

Please view highlights from Tuesday’s Board Meeting, including a special shout-out to our District's October Student of the Month recipient, Julie Nash, by clicking HERE.

ServSafe Manager Exam Prep

Looking for a career in restaurant management? Our District's Adult School is hosting a ServeSafe Managerial Exam prep program online! Classes begin October 26th and run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm. For more information, please click HERE. To register for this amazing opportunity, email or call (650) 550-7890.

COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Clinics

San Mateo County Health is now holding mass vaccination clinics for COVID-19 booster vaccinations at the San Mateo County Event Center on Tuesdays from 12:00-7:00 pm and Wednesdays-Saturdays, 9:00 am-4:00 pm.

If you are eligible (click HERE for eligibility information) and interested in receiving a booster at the Event Center, you can come directly to the drive through clinic during operating hours. No appointments are needed! However, if you would like to make an appointment, please go to MyTurn and search for the Event Center address: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo (see directions below, or on the SMC Health Facebook page).

For more information, please visit the San Mateo County Health Department's website by clicking HERE.

Safe Schools and Vaccinations for Youth Discussion

Please join San Mateo County officials as they host a virtual discussion about public health strategies in schools, community COVID-19 transmission rates, and vaccinations for youth. For more information on this free October 27th, 6:30 pm event, please click HERE (English & Spanish).

Priorities for a Strong Recovery from the Pandemic

San Mateo County Office of Education wants to know your top needs and priorities for an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The San Mateo County Recovery Initiative started over a year ago and through input from community leaders, cities, and institutions, millions of dollars were allocated to support food access, housing, childcare, digital access, small businesses and more. A year and a half into the pandemic, we continue to experience more severe impacts on our communities of color and low-income communities. For more information on their outreach series starting Saturday, October 23rd, 9:00 am, please click on the below electronic flyers:

Flyer in English

Flyer in Spanish

Social-Emotional Learning Events

Join San Mateo County Office of Education for two virtual parent nights hosted by Sam Drazin, founder and CEO of Changing Perspectives. The parent nights will focus on what Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is and how to incorporate it at home. As an educator and someone with a disability, Sam Drazin is uniquely qualified to speak to the issues surrounding empathy, difference, inclusion, and kindness. For more information on these nights hosted on November 9th and 17th, please click on this electronic flyer (English), flyer (Spanish).

Recommendations for COVID-Safe Fall Activities

Fall activities, such as Halloween and Día de los Muertos can pose a risk of spreading COVID-19. Holiday events at school, in the community, and at home, should all be conducted with COVID-19 health precautions in place.

By following a few basic safety steps, schools and families can ensure that fall activities and events are fun and safe, especially for young children who are not vaccinated. For more suggestions on how you can safely celebrate fall holidays, please check out the below electronic flyers from San Mateo County Office of Education:

Flyer in English

Flyer in Spanish

Congressional App Challenge

Hey, JUHSD Students! It's not too late to sign up for the Congressional App Challenge. The Congressional App Challenge is the most prestigious prize in student computer science. Participation in the challenge has grown exponentially and has reached underserved, diverse, and rural student populations. Middle school and high school students are eligible to create and submit an original app of their own invention. Be more than a tech user, be a tech creator! Applications can be found here and are open until November 1st. Feel free to reach out to Congresswoman Speier's office for more information.

Make A Difference Day

The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October 23rd as Make A Difference Day! From volunteering with a community organization, to saying a kind word of support to someone who is struggling, this day has been celebrated on the fourth Saturday of October since 1992 with the purpose of helping others. For more on the history of this day, along with suggestions in which you can better serve your community, please visit this website.

Honoring Culture and Tradition: Asian Pacific American Cultures

Take a moment to explore the history, arts, and culture of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the United States by visiting this immersive website. From celebrating Filipino American History Month, to learning about the heart and hardship of Asian American immigrant struggles, this detailed site provides a rich collection of images, artifacts, anecdotes, and more!

Image credit: Tomokazu Matsuyama's Palimpsest

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? Fill out this FORM and we'll be in touch with you soon!

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