Superintendent Community Update

December 17, 2021

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

Season’s greetings! I hope that you are able to get some much-needed and well-deserved rest over Winter Break.

I am grateful for your partnership always, but especially this year, as we keep being thrown curveballs! Thanks to students, guardians, teachers and staff for your perseverance. You have given the first half of this school year your all and I know you'll continue to do the same for the coming spring semester of 2022.

May you enjoy your break and come back rested and reinvigorated for a fantastic new year.


Toni Presta


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Winter Break

Our winter break will take place December 18th-January 2nd and we'll see all of our students and staff back on campus, Monday, January 3, 2022. Happy New Year from Jefferson Union High School District!

COVID-Safe Holiday Travel

As we approach the end of the first semester, we encourage everyone to stay safe and healthy during the winter break. In order to do so, here are recommendations for COVID-safe holiday from the San Mateo County Office of Education:

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It is encouraged for those traveling during the break to take a COVID-19 test three to five days after returning from that trip as per California Department of Public Health guidelines.

Boosters for Youth Ages 16-17 Encouraged

The CDC has approved COVID-19 booster shots for youth ages 16-17, effective immediately. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walenshy said, "We know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and I strongly encourage adolescents ages 16 and 17 to get their booster" if it has been at least six months since their last dose of vaccine. For San Mateo County vaccination and booster information, please click here.

Site COVID Testing During Break

During the winter break, COVID-19 testing will be available for staff and students at the following sites:

Monday, December 20th:

Jefferson High School, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Little Theater

District Office, 1:00-2:30 pm, In front of Adult School Office

Tuesday, December 21st:

Westmoor High School, 9:00-11:30 am, Room 204

Terra Nova High School, 12:30-2:30pm, Room N209

Wednesday, December 22nd:

Oceana High School, 9:00-11:30 am, Room 303

Terra Nova High School, 12:30-2:30 pm, Room N209

Tuesday, December 28th:

Terra Nova High School, 9:00-11:30 am, Room N209

Westmoor High School, 12:30-2:30pm, Room 204

Wednesday, December 29th:

Oceana High School, 9:00-11:30am, Room 303

Jefferson High School, 12:30 -2:30 pm, Little Theater

It is recommended that all students, regardless of vaccination status, get tested for COVID-19 one to two days prior to returning to school after winter break, even if they are asymptomatic.

District Office Winter Break Hours

*December 20-21: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

*December 22: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

*December 23-31: Closed

Happy Holidays and we will see you in 2022!

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JHS 100th Birthday Logo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Jefferson High School 11th grade student, Belinda Jimenez, for winning the school's logo contest to commemorate JHS's 100th birthday celebration this March!

In late November, an open call went out to all current JHS students seeking submissions to create the official logo for the school's centennial jubilee. After six entries were submitted to the JHS Turns 100 Committee, Belinda Jimenez's design, a clean golden yellow and blue circle with the school's gym graphically placed in the background, was selected as the official logo.

From banners and signs, to shirts, mugs, school swag, publicity and more, her logo will represent this historic year for the high school. When asked winning the contest, Belinda said, "It feels great to have something I designed as the official image of JHS's 100th celebration."

For more information on the school's centennial event, JHS: 100 Years of Us, please email

Board Meeting Highlights, December 15th

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

Please view highlights from Tuesday’s special board meeting, including the swearing in ceremony of board officers and student trustees, by clicking HERE.

Congratulations to Victor Duarte-Garcia and Madeleine Hur!

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Congratulations to Jefferson High School 12th grader Victor Duarte-Garcia, and Oceana High School 12th grader Madeleine Hur, for being named the Daly City Mayor's Award for 2021 Youths of the Year!

Nominated by JHS Teacher Luis Magallanes, Victor's leadership as a student extended from the classroom to the soccer field and into the community. As captain of the JHS soccer team, Victor took the lead of supporting his teammates, especially when the team was without a coach. Along with excelling in school as a student athlete, he works part-time in the community.

Nominated by Victoria Magbilang, Executive Director of the Daly City Public Library Associates, Madeleine's goal to empower her fellow peers through feminism and teen leadership is nothing short of stellar. Along with receiving this honor, Madeleine serves as a Student Trustee on the JUHSD School Board and holds the title of Daly City's first Youth Poet Laureate.

JUHSD is proud of Victor and Madeleine for representing our District in such a positive light and making a powerful impact in their schools and community!

CTE Capstone Portfolio

On December 9th, Jefferson High School CTE pathway completers participated in the CTE Capstone Portfolio presentation that exemplifies their college and career readiness. The student's portfolios demonstrated the skills and knowledge they developed during their CTE pathway experience.

JUHSD CTE pathway capstone students will graduate with a personal and professional plan to capitalize on their strengths and address their areas of growth. Listed below are the domains that represent the expected outcomes of a CTE pathway completer.

CTE Capstone Domains

Global Citizens

They understand that their actions have a larger impact on the global community and environment. They are able to adapt effectively in cross-cultural contexts.


They work well with others and use multiple modes of communication to articulate and share ideas and vision.

Industry Ready

They demonstrate acquired knowledge of industry skills that prepare them for entry-level employment and or further study at the post-secondary level.

Problem Solvers and Critical Thinkers

They research, analyze, and plan creatively to implement their goals.


They recognize their resources, team strengths, and collaborate effectively to make responsible decisions.

Industry and community partners were amazed by the student work and presentations.

Congratulations to all Jefferson High School Fall 2021 CTE Completers!