Superintendent Community Update

April 29, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

As this month quickly comes to a close, we begin to usher in the final month of this school year. From state testing and spring athletics, to performing arts presentations and proms, it's important for us to stay healthy as we give May the necessary steam it needs to finish the semester strong.

While I am thrilled that after a two year absence our students have the opportunity to take part in these extracurricular activities, it's important to note a rise in COVID-19 cases within our District community since returning from Spring Break.

As shared during the week of March 14, JUHSD will follow the guidance of the State and the San Mateo County Department of Public Health, and will strongly recommend students and staff to continue the wearing of face masks in indoor settings. If your student is not feeling well, please have them stay home and report this absence to their site's attendance office.

Lastly, I want to welcome the 18 staff families who will move into their NEW HOME at 705 Serramonte this weekend. As we know, this is a monumental first for our District as we are just one of a handful in the nation currently providing affordable workforce housing to staff! Way to go, JUHSD! #proudsuperintendent


Toni Presta


Staff Appreciation Week

May 2-6 is National Teacher Appreciation Week! Teachers are the backbone of our schools. They play a pivotal role in our student’s lives, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and success.

Thank you for your heroic efforts to educate our students throughout this pandemic.

District leadership will honor all district staff the week of May 9!

Spring Show at TNHS Tonight & This Weekend

Nova! Where Stars are Born. Terra Nova Arts is proud to present Nova, a Spring Arts Show of Monologues, Songs, Music and Dance, on April 29 & 30 at 7:00 pm, and May 1 at 2:00 pm in the Terra Nova Theater.

Tickets for this amazing event can be purchased by clicking HERE. Come see the best of the arts as we welcome in a season of renewal you don't want to miss!

Campus Clean Up Day at TNHS

Pacific Environment Alliance Club, TN's Environment Club, organized a campus clean up as part of Earth Day 2022 celebration last Saturday, April 23, in an effort to support the Street To Beach Clean Up program sponsored by the Pacific Beach Coalition.

In total, 15 TNHS students spent their Saturday morning collecting 15 pounds of trash and 5 pounds of recyclable materials. Advisor Marlene Gutierrez, and TNHS math teacher Sheila Manlangit, helped supervise the event and were quite proud of the Tiger Pride demonstrated by the students involved. Good job, TN!

Westmoor In Their Element

In December of 2021, students from four of Ms. Donna Nava's WHS chemistry classes came together to create and publish a book on the periodic table of elements. Each student chose an element to research and then created a tile that reflected the distinct characteristics of that individual element, an element that would be reflected by their own personal interpretation. Pictures of the tiles along with explanations are included in a now published book. To see this amazing project, please click HERE.

Spirit Week at Terra Nova

This past week was a busy one at Terra Nova High School! From a lunchtime dodge ball tournament with Team 9Bendo and The Boys taking the lead, to a campus-wide blood drive, track and field senior night, prom formal wear drive, and 80's attire dress-up day, Tiger spirit was in full swing at this Pacifica high school! See a few photos from this fun week below!

Thornton High at Camp Lead

This week, Thornton High students and staff headed to Camp Lead in Pescadero. Camp LEAD engages students over three days in a series of activities designed to improve understanding and respect between students and foster leadership development. It is often a transformative event for students as they engage in self reflection and focused discussions and build community with other students and adults at the camp. To learn more about this rewarding program, please watch this video clip from San Mateo Office of Education. See a few photos from this uplifting week below.

District Memorabilia Wanted

Do you own a piece of JUHSD memorabilia from one of our school sites, past and present? If so, the District's Centennial Committee would love to borrow your items to display during the May 13 celebration! Items may include:

*Pennants and flags

*Clothing and uniforms

*Graduation programs and tassels

*Bumper stickers, buttons, and more!

If you have a piece of District history in which you'd being willing to donate or loan, please reach out to Austin Worden, Director of Communication and Staff Housing, (650) 559-7943, to work out details!

Prom and COVID Take Home Tests

As proms have returned to our schools, we ask that you take an at-home rapid antigen test, provided to you by the District, prior to you attending the big dance. A two pack take home test will be given to you at time of ticket distribution and we encourage you to take the second test 3-5 days after the prom.

Positive test results should be shared with the local health department through this Primary Health link and please stay home, isolate, and report this to the District. Please note that participants who have already registered do not have to re-register and can locate their account by clicking on the search tool.

For COVID-related questions, please reach out to Michele Jones, District Director of COVID Response.

JUHSD Prom Schedule:

*Westmoor, April 23, Hyatt Regency, Burlingame

*Terra Nova, May 6, Filoli Gardens, Woodside

*Jefferson and Thornton, May 14, Hotel Nikko, SF

*Oceana, May 14, Gallery 308 at Fort Mason, SF

Photo: Westmoor High students check in with Activities Director Michael Simon at their April 23 prom at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame.

Kick Off to Prom Event at OHS

In preparation for their May 14 prom, Oceana High student government hosted a "Kick-off to Prom" event this past Thursday. Gearing up for the big night, several students visited prom-themed booths in the school's quad. From the purchasing of tickets and nominating dance royalty, to requesting songs and purchasing treats, the excitement of prom season filled the ocean air. See a few photos from this festive event below!

Last Spirit Week of the Year at JHS

This past week, Jefferson High ASB Leadership hosted their final spirit week and rally of the school year. Monday, students felt cozy on campus with Blanket Day. Tuesday, students were head of the class as they dressed up like their teachers. Wednesday, students showed their creative side by dressing up as their favorite movie or storybook character. Thursday, their outfit was to match their favorite student animal. Friday had students rocking their class colors with Frosh in white, Sophomores in gray, Juniors in yellow, and Seniors in blue. Way to represent that school spirit, Grizzlies!

Photo: Two JHS Students dress as their favorite teacher, Ms. Lewis, during Tuesday's Teacher Swap-themed dress up day!

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Despite their contributions to our community, many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have experienced racism and injustice. This Asian American and Pacific Islanders Month, we celebrate the contributions of the AAPI community, condemn acts of hatred and violence towards them, and reaffirm our commitment to create inclusive classrooms where all feel welcome. For additional information and resources on honoring this month, please click HERE.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is essential to overall well-being, yet less than half of adults and youth diagnosed with mental illnesses receive treatment due to the stigma around mental health and substance abuse conditions.

As we enter Mental Health Awareness Month, we encourage all educators, students, and families to prioritize their mental health and expand their awareness of mental health illnesses to reduce the stigma around receiving support.

Please feel free to also visit our District's Wellness page for a list of local agencies and services that can help support a more stress-free lifestyle.

Cafeteria Menus for May

Breakfast Menu - May 2022

Lunch Menu - May 2022

For more notifications from our District's Food Services Department, please click here.

Presentations and Events from SMCOE

Join San Mateo County Office of Education as they host the following free workshops to our parents and students:

*Raising Healthy Children and Adolescents: Mindful Parenting Practices (TK-12 Families) April 28, 6:00-7:30pm: As caregivers of children and teens, we play a substantial role in teaching kids how to navigate difficult experiences. Join us for a workshop to explore mindful parenting and how it can support positive relationships with kids. Learn more (Spanish flyer included).

*Beyond Warriors and Worriers: Reducing Anxiety Around Test-Taking (TK-12 Families) May 5, 5:30pm-6:30pm: How does stress impact testing performance, whether your child is a "warrior" or a "worrier?" Join Ned Johnson, bestselling author of The Self-Driven Child, speaker, and test prep expert, to learn how to reduce student anxiety in test-taking situations. Simultaneous Spanish translation. Learn more.

*Sustainable and Climate Ready Schools Challenge (TK-12 Families), Applications due May 16, 2022: Applications are now open for the San Mateo County Sustainable and Climate Ready Schools Challenge. The challenge identifies students, staff, and community members who are leading efforts in their school communities to create a sustainable and climate resilient future. Learn more.

*Understanding Severe Mental Health Conditions (TK-12 Families) May 24, 5:30-6:30pm: What should parents know about severe mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, and more? Join Steve Smith, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, to understand more about severe mental health conditions in children and youth. Simultaneous Spanish translation. Learn more (Spanish flyer included).

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