Superintendent Community Update

November 19, 2021

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

This Thanksgiving recess, November 22nd-26th, we hope you and your families are able to take a true break to rest, restore, and safely connect with your loved ones. While schools are closed for the week, we encourage our students to reflect on their hard work and dedication given during the past four months of school. We are finally feeling a sense of normal on campus, and we are grateful for that.

After returning from the Thanksgiving recess, we ask that students continue to show dedication and determination as they finish their first half of the school year on December 18th. We're in the homestretch!

Please have a wonderful and safe holiday! We look forward to our return on Monday, November 29th


Toni Presta


Thanksgiving Break

In observance of our District's fall recess, all school sites will be closed Monday, November 22nd through Friday, November 26, 2021 and school will resume on Monday, November 29th. The District Office will be open during the following times for the week of November 22nd-26th:

*Monday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm

*Tuesday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm

*Wednesday: 8:00 am-12:00 pm

*Thursday & Friday: Closed

Recommendations for COVID-Safe Holiday Activities

As we may gather with friends and family next week for Thanksgiving, it is important to remember that events and gatherings can pose a risk of spreading COVID-19. By following a few basic safety steps, schools and families can ensure that holiday activities and events are not just fun but also safe for all members of the community, including young children who are not fully vaccinated.

Please review this flyer in English and Spanish.

Image credit: Mike Reddy,

Board Meeting Highlights, November 16th

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 Board Meeting, including a special shout-out to our District's November Student of the Month recipient, Milani Urbina, by clicking HERE.

CSU and UC Applications are Due Nov. 30th

California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) application are due November 30, 2021. Launch your CSU, or UC application from, and then track it in My Plan. Click the links below to learn how.

  • Cal State Apply - for all 23 CSU campuses.

    • Cal State Apply is the online application for all California State University (CSU) campuses. You only have to fill it out once. You can use it to apply to as many CSUs as you want. When you’re ready, you can launch Cal State Apply from That way, you can track your status in My Plan.

  • UC Application - for all 9 undergraduate UC campuses.

    • The UC Application is the online application for all University of California (UC) campuses. You only have to fill it out once. Then, you can send it to as many campuses as you want. When you’re ready, you can launch the UC Application from

      • Deadline: For fall admission, the UC Application opens on August 1. It closes on November 30.

      • Fee: $70 per campus, unless you get a fee waiver.

Free tool for college application essays! Story2 is an online tool that can help your students write powerful college essays and students can sign up for a free account. They will have access to online, interactive courses on personal statements, supplemental essays, and scholarship essays. They can also build their writing skills with daily storytelling practice. Students can visit College Admissions Essays to learn more and sign up.

Ethnic Studies Curriculum Makes the News

This past Wednesday, the Pacifica Tribune featured our newly formed District's Ethnic Studies curriculum committee in their November 17th edition. As quoted by District Director of Curriculum and Instruction Laurie Robinson, "The work is extremely important to expand spaces for our students to tell their stories and to acknowledge the cultural wealth of our community,” she wrote. “We are hoping to have a course in place to support the ethnic studies graduation requirement that was recently signed into law and will go into effect in 2030." To read the full article from the Tribune, please click here.

The Experiment: International Living

Current 10th, 11th, and12th Graders! Do you dream of living abroad and site-seeing in foreign countries? Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of the world around you through an unforgettable educational experiment? If so, The Experiment in International Living is for you!

Through their ABROAD and VIRTUAL programs, you’ll experience homestays with trusted families, immerse yourself in new cultures, and learn alongside diverse groups of people, all while fueling your purpose-driven passions along the way.

For more information on this exciting opportunity, including ways to earn scholarship support, please click on this electronic flyer or email WHS Foreign Language teacher Ms. Mullin,

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Tonight, November 19th, 5:00 pm, join the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission for a virtual gathering to honor and hold space for mourning, reflection, and healing for all the transgender lives lost in the United States. More more information on how to register for this powerful event by clicking HERE.

Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center Food Distribution

The Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center (PBRC), founded in 1989, is a non-profit, community-based organization serving the Filipino population in Daly City and San Mateo County by providing direct services and community education.

The center will be holding a Thanksgiving drive-through event on Sunday, November 21st at 1:00 pm. This event will welcome the first 300 families with a drive-through community food package and $30.00 gift card, taking place at the PBRC Center, 200 Northgate Avenue, Daly City. COVID-19 precautions will be required and families must stay in their vehicles and keep their mask on at all times.

Fireside Chat: A Voting Rights Conversation

As part of San Mateo County Reads, the San Mateo County Office of Education is hosting a community discussion on voting rights with champions of the Civil Rights on November 30th, 6:00-8:00 pm. The discussion builds upon the themes of Our Time is Now, written by Stacey Abrams, which documents how the right to vote and the principle of democracy have been under attack throughout the United States' history. Learn more.