Superintendent Community Update

October 15, 2021

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

Each October, National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play for our students, staff, and community.

The vision, hard work, and courageous leadership that principals provide are critical to the success of our schools. That said, being a principal can be both one of the most demanding and thankless jobs in education, even more so now, as they lead during this pandemic.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our principals for the role they play in our school communities, along with their efforts to create conditions in our schools where staff and students are safe, well, and can perform at their best.

Please join me in acknowledging our principals for their hard work and dedication!


Adult Programs, Mark Beshirs

Jefferson High School, Kesha Emmendorfer

Oceana High School, April Holland

Terra Nova High School, Megan Carey

Thornton High School, Dr. Dennie Marenco

Westmoor High School, Brock Ahrens

For creative ways to say thank you to your principal, please visit


Toni Presta


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Save Our Schools!

Let's invest in the future of this amazing school district and help keep our staff here! Lower staff turnover rates equal higher student success rate. By increasing our funding stream through the Serramonte del Rey project, we are able to support our students and staff, without having to seek additional local taxes.

Please take a moment to sign this online petition in support of the Serramonte del Rey project proposal and JUHSD by clicking HERE.

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

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Students from the Community Environmental Education Program stand with teacher, Mr. Ed Lopez, during their fall orientation trip through the Stanislaus National Forest, September 28th-October 7th.


The Community Environmental Education Program (CEEP) fosters life enhancing educational experiences by offering opportunities for learning, leadership, and personal development. At the same time, this programs provides a unique opportunity for students to give back to their community by planning and implementing service projects throughout the year.

For more information on this amazing district program, please visit their CEEP website or email program teacher Mr. Lopez,

Homecoming Week at JHS

Last Friday, dedicated and spirited Jefferson High student government senior class officers and commissioners placed the final touches on their homecoming hallway decorations. In 2022, Jefferson High, along with the Jefferson Union High School District, turns 100!

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,

Daly City's Youth Poet Laureate Contest

Daly City Public Library Associates (DCPLA) is proud to announce the launch of the 2022-2023 Day City Youth Poet Laureate program. In partnership with the National Youth Poet Laureate Program by Urban World and Daly City Public Library, the program celebrates teen poets who live or attend school in Daly City and exhibit a commitment artistic excellence, civic engagement, leadership, and social justice. For more information on this year's program, please click on the contest flyer.

Social-Emotional Learning Events

Join San Mateo County Office of Education for two virtual parent nights hosted by Sam Drazin, founder and CEO of Changing Perspectives. The parent nights will focus on what Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is and how to incorporate it at home. As an educator and someone with a disability, Sam Drazin is uniquely qualified to speak to the issues surrounding empathy, difference, inclusion, and kindness. For more information on these nights hosted on November 9th and 17th, please click on this electronic flyer (English), flyer (Spanish).

Community Resiliency Model Presentation

Are you needing assistance with the ability to cope when things go wrong? Is life stressful at the moment? Take a moment to watch this motivational presentation from Nicole Ramirez, Westlake Elementary School Counselor, and Melissa Ambrose, JUHSD Wellness Coordinator by clicking on this presentation link.

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Career Technical Education Summer 2021 Internship Winners

JUHSD in partnership with PIlot City, Inc. developed work-based learning and internship opportunities for Career Technical Education students. Curious to know who won the internships? Congratulations Karina Gonzales Vazquez, Rakel Gonzales Vazquez, Jeremiah Negos, Princess Johanna Eusantos, and Nicole Tsang.

Jefferson High School

*Karina Gonzales Vazquez

*Rakel Gonzales Vazquez

Company - Cognixion

Challenge: Assist Cognixion in their mission to bring updated, expanded vocabulary to those with speaking or cognitive impairments so that they can be more expressive and communicate the things that they want to say.

Solution: Offer a spreadsheet of text messages. Interest in building a smart device to allow for quick and convenient communication, or assist in compiling the data.

Click here to view the demo video.

*Jeremiah Negos

Company - Connetic

Challenge: A Lack of clothing that helps represent specific interests and beliefs of an individual.

Solution: To provide a product that could reach those audiences that has a specific taste.

Click here to view the demo video.

Westmoor High School

*Princess Johanna Eusantos

Company - Kaiser Permanente project

Challenge: Many individuals fear getting the vaccine because they think it is not effective. Some individuals do not know all of the information and therefore have not been vaccinated thus far. This vaccine is a fundamental step to slowly get back into our normal lifestyle.

Solution: The solution is to produce and distribute pandemic-themed viral videos, memes, or Instagram posts that are culturally relevant but educate people who are uncertain about getting the vaccine.

Click here to view the demo video.

*Nicole Tsang

Company - Raconteur Animation

Challenge: Many people have low confidence in humans landing on the moon due to their lack of understanding of space. We need a visual representation to clarify how powerful modern technologies and science are to help us discover the possibilities of moon landing more effectively.

Solution: A 3D animation allows people to believe in the possibilities of the moon landing by showing the moon lander's delivery and landing features, addressing many's concerns about the future technology. With a visual demonstration, professionals can work together in inventions and studies.

Click here to view the demo video.

Work for Us!

Teachers impact students lives in powerful and lasting ways. If you hold a Bachelor's degree, and are interested in becoming an educator, come join a Zoom informational session on October 20th at either 2:30pm or 4:00pm to learn more about an incredible program available through a partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education and Alder Graduate School of Education.

Participants in this program would earn a $17,000 stipend, a Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential and have the opportunity to work within our very own JUHSD schools. Additional information, including Zoom links for the information sessions, are available here. We look forward to seeing staff and members of the community in attendance!

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Movie Screening: River's End

On Friday, October 22nd, 6:30 pm, attend a free community screening of a new award-winning documentary about California's Water Wars at the Pedro Point Firehouse.

River's End reveals California’s complex struggle over who gets fresh water, and how moneyed interests game the system. Our environment is suffering from too much water being taken from our rivers and delta, resulting in species going extinct, whales starving from lack of food, and fishermen and small farmers losing their livelihoods. Who is responsible and what can we do to avoid this impending crisis?

Following the 81 minute film, a presentation by Adrianne Carr, the General Manager of our North Coast County Water District that supplies water to all of Pacifica's businesses and residents, will take place. She'll share where Pacifica's water comes from, how much is used, and how the continued drought might affect the community.

After the presentation, a Q&A discussion will be hosted by former Pacifica Planning Commissioner and Environmental/Land Use attorney Richard Campbell, and Gregg Dieguez , currently serving on the MidCoast Community Council, a fountain of information about the infrastructure of our local coastal towns.

To register for this limited seating engagement, please click on this Eventbrite link. For more information on this event, please email Nancy Tierney.

Recommended Read: How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers

Does your child spend too much time on their devices? Do you feel social media is affecting the ways in which they interact with others? Parents can help by setting a good example of how to use tech. From giving kids your full attention when you are with them, to limiting your own screen time, this article offers suggestions on how to establish tech-free zones and hours in the house. Read the full article here.

Source: Child Mind Institute