Superintendent Community Update

February 3, 2023

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

I begin my message by acknowledging the tragic irony that we begin Black History Month on the heels of yet another black man, Tyre Nichols, being brutally beaten and murdered by the Memphis police. JUHSD condemns this murder and is committed to ensuring that our students learn about our country’s long and continuing struggle to live our ideals of liberty and justice for all. We must not allow ourselves to be desensitized to such deplorable acts of inhumanity. Rather, we are called to action to interrupt injustice and foster acceptance. Our role as protectors of our young people, including our Black, Indigenous, and students of color, is more important than ever.

We vow that those we serve in JUHSD are honored for who they are. Our school district is enhanced by our diversity and we must provide safety so that our students and staff can bring their whole selves to work and school. We will continue to teach our students acceptance, kindness, advocacy, and empowerment.

Many are struggling right now, especially those in your lives who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color. They likely aren’t OK and struggling to process this latest act of violence. Please reach out for support from our Wellness Department, should you need it, and continue to check in on each other. Below are some resources that might be helpful as we navigate difficult conversations.

Guide to talking to children after racial incidents

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Finally, we remain steadfast in our commitment to disrupt all societal legacies of racism and hate. Our students, staff, and community deserve to live and thrive without fear.

My door is always open.


Toni Presta



We Love Our School Counselors!

Next week, February 6-10, is National School Counseling Week. JUHSD thanks our school counselors for their unique contributions to our schools and their tireless efforts to support the students, staff, and families of this academic community. For more information on this week, and ways to express your gratitude to our school counselors, please click here.

Honoring Black History Month

In February, Black History Month is celebrated to honor the achievements of African Americans and to recognize their central role in U.S. history.

As a district, we stand by our commitment to confront and dismantle systemic inequities to bring about a more just society. We will continue our focus on teaching through a lens of equity and inclusion with the goal of engaging, educating, and empowering ALL students. To do just that, JUHSD has teamed up with Courageous Conversation to support us in our work to eliminate disparities in educational outcomes.

Each week during the month of February, we'll highlight lasting contributions of African Americans to the culture and history of the United States. Today, we encourage you to read about 25 Black Poets who immensely changed the world of poetry, the history of black poetry, black culture, and art in general.

Black History Month Community Events

During this month, we'll share with you Black History Month events happening within our local communities, including an event from the San Mateo County’s African American Community Initiative. (AACI) The AACI is a community based organization that provides resources and support for community members facing challenges with mental health, while addressing inequalities faced by African Americans in our country.

Join the AACI for their Black History Month celebration on Saturday, February 11 in East Palo Alto. During this special day, scheduled presentations and activities including live musical performances, poetry, and a raffle! Click here to learn more about this event.

February is CTE Awareness Month

Welcome to National CTE Awareness Month! ​​Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an important part of any student’s education. CTE pathways in the arts, construction, health, education, and other sectors help students find and develop their passions and explore potential careers. They also help students gain critical skills and become more prepared for college. Learn more about local events, opportunities, and school programs on the JUHSD College and Career Readiness website.

Photo: Students from Jefferson High's CTE Digital Media Course are filmed in front of a green screen.

Standout Student & Staff Moments From The Week

Mission Fusion At Jefferson High School

Dress rehearsal photos from this year's show!

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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.