Superintendent Community Update

October 29, 2021

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,


This past Monday, JUHSD staff joined community members in support of the District's Serramonte del Rey (SDR) Project before the Daly City Council's October 25th meeting. Though the District was allowed to present the project proposal during the meeting, the Council postponed a postponed vote on our Preliminary Plan to their January 10, 2022 meeting.


A heartfelt thank you goes out to our staff and community who are supporting JUHSD by writing letters, signing petitions, and speaking at meetings. Your continued efforts are crucial in the District moving forward with this project.


The overall goal of the SDR Project is to generate revenue for the district to support staff salaries and student programs, without having to seek additional local taxes. The revenue from this project will allow us to attract and retain great teachers, while providing affordable housing to the staff and community. Additional green space will be included in the plan, along with the creation of an accessible ADA compliant community garden, and much more.


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


Please take a moment to sign this online petition in favor of the Serramonte del Rey project proposal and JUHSD by clicking HERE. We thank you for your support!


Have a great weekend.


Warmly,

Toni Presta

Superintendent

Save Our Schools Rally at Daly City Hall, October 25th

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The Daily Journal: You can't stop the inevitable

"What is the Serramonte project? In a nutshell, it's the redevelopment of JUHSD's currently-owned property to create a much-needed in crease in revenue for the lowest funded high school district in the county. The proposed redevelopment would add 1,120 new homes, 120 of which would be subsidized, and the plan includes government-funded child care (Headstart), a community garden, trails for walking and biking - and open space - double what is has now. Sounds like a dream for an area starving for more housing, no?"


To read Rudy Espinoza Murray's full article from The Daily Journal, stating facts about the JUHSD Housing Project at Serramonte del Rey, please click HERE.

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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, aworden@jeffersonunion.net.

WHS Aviation Mechanics Program in the news!

This month, students in Mr. Dyssegard's Aviation Maintenance class at Westmoor High School in Daly City got a real-life taste of what it means to be involved in airline maintenance – both in commercial aviation and in the military. The school is part of the Choose Aerospace pilot program for high school students managed by ATEC (The Aviation Technician Education Council). To read the full article from Patch.com, please click HERE. Great job, WHS!

District's ATP Workability Program

'Now Hiring' signs have popped up across the bay area, along with the rest of the country, as it faces a national hiring crisis. However, students in our District's Adult Transition Program (ATP) are ready to lend a hand to local businesses needing additional assistance during this unprecedented time.


Now in it's sixteenth year, the ATP Workability Program pairs students with Daly City and Pacifica business providing them with customer service training necessary to be successful in a public employment setting. Emily Hanson, District Transition Specialist, shared that this program provides our ATP students will many important life skills such as how to take public transportation, navigate through a community, and manage finances. The program also teaches students to be more independent and self-reliant, while boosting their self-esteem and confidence.


Kim Schroeder, District Job Developer and Coach, stated from inception, this program is a win-win for the District and community. Along with providing daily living skills, this program allows students to work with local businesses, while having the opportunity to view school in a real world setting. She mentioned how happy students are when getting ready for their shift and that they truly value their time working alongside fellow company employees. Many businesses hire ATP students to stay on with their company long after District students have completed this program.


Participating local businesses include Sea Bowl, Walgreens, Sprouts Market, Costco, Daly City Youth Health Center, Sizzler, Old Navy, Dave & Busters, San Pedro Park, Ace Hardware, and volunteering at our JUHSD District Office. We thank these amazing businesses for their supporting and partnering with our Adult Transition Program!

Daly City's Trunk or Treat

Looking for a safe way to celebrate Halloween with your family? If so, visit Daly City Recreation Services Department's Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat parade on Friday, October 29th, 6:30 pm. To register for this $5.00 event, ending with candy and goodies being placed in the trunk of your car, please visit this LINK.

COVID Testing Begins for Students

The District is pleased to announce the launching of COVID-19 testing through the CA Department of Public Health and Color Health. Testing will be available for students starting Monday, November 1st before school, during brunch, and lunch; there is no cost to the students or their families and insurance information does not need to be provided. When asked, you may fill in your insurance information, or you may select that you choose not to provide this information.


Testing is strictly voluntary for all students, with the exception of those who participate in close contact sports ( indoors without masks). Those students are subject to mandatory testing and will be notified separately of their requirement to test.


All students whom wish to test will need to register, only once. Students under the age of 18 must have guardian consent to complete the registration form.


Links for registration are school site specific, so each student will need to register for testing at their specific school:


Adult Transition Program


Jefferson High School


Oceana High School


Terra Nova High School


Thornton High School


Westmoor High School


More more information, please contact Michele Jones, District COVID Response Director.

National Family Literacy Day

On November 1st, families across the country come together to celebrate National Family Literacy Day. Reading has many benefits and families have so much to gain from reading together. Along with helping your child develop good vocabulary skills, it provides valuable family bonding time. National Family Literacy Day also serves as a platform to appreciate the empowerment effort of literacy programs. For ways and suggestions to honor this day with your family, please HERE.

Parent Forum: Helping Your Child Build Good Habits

Join Dr. Eran Magen, parent-child communication expert, for a free online parent forum to discuss ways in which we can better support our children in fostering good habits. For more information on this November 12th, 12:00 pm event, please click HERE.

COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Clinics

San Mateo County Health is now holding mass vaccination clinics for ALL COVID-19 booster vaccinations at the San Mateo County Event Center - Moderna, Pfizer and J&J all available!


If possible, please bring an ID and your vaccination card. Same-day registration available.

Due to current demand, individuals are being asked to make an appointment if possible.


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, we will register you on site! 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).


Vaccine Used: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson


Location: San Mateo Event Center: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403 [Click HERE for map]


Dates and Time:

  • Tuesdays from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesdays/Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


For additional information, please visit the San Mateo County's Department of Health website.

November Cafeteria Menus

Monthly Breakfast Menu


Monthly Lunch Menu


For more information from our District's Food Services Department, please click HERE.

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