Superintendent Community Update

September 17, 2021

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

I am so pleased to share a story that highlights the important work of our JUHSD Wellness team, led by our Wellness Coordinator, Melissa Ambrose. As we know, this past year has been difficult in many ways, and the mental health of our students has been greatly impacted.

The work that our wellness team is doing, the implementation of Project Wayfinder with our 9th and 10th grade students, the addition of mental health staff, and the ongoing focus of teachers and staff on connection and well being are some of the ways that we support our students.

I am so very proud of our JUHSD community. Please do take the time to read and/or listen to Learning From Lockdown: Supporting Teen Mental Health.


Toni Presta


Back to School Night at Oceana High School

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Superintendent Presta invites all community members to attend a Town Hall meeting on September 22nd, 7:00 pm. Topics discussed will include:

*District Budget Basics

*Serramonte del Rey

*Adult Education Campus and District Office

*COVID Updates

If you'd like to virtually attend this meeting on September 22nd, please click on this Zoom link.

Vaccination Information for Teens

Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge all teenagers to get vaccinated. People, including teens, who are fully vaccinated can return to activities that they did prior to the pandemic. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends everyone, 12 years and older, should get the COVID-19 vaccination. For more information on teen vaccinations, visit the parent's section of the CDC's website.

Get vaccinated at the Daly City Youth Center, 350 90th Street, Wednesdays, 12:00-6:00 pm.


Safe, free, effective COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone age 12 and up—regardless of immigration or insurance status. Stay healthy, protect others and help us end the pandemic. Find a walk-in clinic or make an appointment today by visiting My Turn CA.

Daly City Partnership at 350 90th Street will continue to host vaccine clinics on Wednesdays from 12:00-6:00 pm. Walk-ins are welcome. Vaccination appointments can also be made with the Daly City Youth Health Center's medical clinic by calling (650) 877-5700.

Board Meeting Highlights

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 HERE.

Student Advisory Council Trustee Spotlights!

We value the thoughts and opinions of our student community. Take a moment to see how trustees from our Student Advisory Council are making positive differences at their sites, and for the district by reading these student spotlight profiles found HERE.

Daly City Public Library Visits WHS

Daly City Public Library Youth Services Manager, Sarah Spence, visits Westmoor High School on Friday, September 10th, to distribute library card applications, along with free books to students. Ms. Spence will return to WHS at the end of the month to celebrate Banned Book Week.

A Free Program from Adult School

Would you like to learn more about accounting and strengthen your business skills? If so, attend the FREE QuickBooks® training sessions hosted through our Adult School Program.

For more information on this amazing opportunity, please click HERE.

Second Progress Report Online

Please note:

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

Something to Note: Inappropriate Challenge

This past Tuesday, an inappropriate Tiktok social media challenge was brought to the attention of school administrators. In this challenge, students purposefully steal items from their school, mainly from restrooms, and then post videos of this to their accounts with the hashtag #deviouslicks (or varied forms of).

Parents and guardians, please help us remind our students that this social media challenge is not only against school rules, but it also takes away the time and resources from our site maintenance staffs, staffs they are working their hardest to provide safe and clean spaces for our school communities.

Every Day Matters

When a student misses two days of school per month, they're missing over 10% of the school year. When it comes to taking on a job, it all starts with showing up.

A student's number one job is showing up to school. Check out this flyer for tips and suggestions on how to stay on track of your school attendance!

Every Day Matters

COVID Health and Safety Tips

Stay healthy and help fight COVID-19 by following these five tips by clicking here!

For more information on how the district is currently addressing COVID-19, along with ways in which positive cases are being reported, please visit the district's COVID Dashboard.

Please note the dashboard is updated after a case has been confirmed within the district.

Live Your Dream Awards Scholarship for Women

The San Mateo County Soroptimist International invites women in our community to apply for the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Award! To qualify, one must be:

  • A woman with primary financial responsibility for herself and her dependents
  • Attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program
  • Have financial needs
  • Residing in San Mateo County

To apply for this scholarship, please visit their online application.

For more information on this worthwhile program, please click on this electronic flyer.

Family Support Night

Join wellness teams from the Jefferson Elementary School District, and the Jefferson Union High School District, as they present self-care strategies for the whole family using the Community resiliency Model (CRM). For more information on this September 30th virtual event, please click HERE (English, Español) .

Recommended Read: How Anxiety Affects Teenagers

Teenage anxiety is often overlooked because of their ability to hide thoughts and feelings. In this article, you'll find a list of commons symptoms with teens combatting anxiety, along with outlining the ways in which teenage anxiety is different from those of children. Read the full article HERE.

Source: Child Mind Institute,

Residential Property Management Services Wanted

Services sought: Property management of our four-story educational staff housing complex under construction at our current district office space, owned by JUHSD and to be occupied by employees of the District. For those interested in applying, please see additional information posted in this Press Release: Residential Property Management Services EXTENDED Deadline.

Work with us!

Interested in working for our dedicated district community?

Check out the Employment Opportunities page for current job postings and more!

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