Superintendent Community Update

September 2, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

Though we are expected to have a sunny and warm Bay Area weekend, a feeling of fall is definitely in the air as we move into the month of September!

This past week was an exciting one for JUHSD! Along with my getting to visit with the Terra Nova community during their September 1 Back to School Night, a few JUHSD staff members had the honor of proudly showing off 705 Serramonte, the home of our Educational Housing, during a very special news clip which aired yesterday, nationwide, during CBS's Nightly News with Norah O'Donnell's Eye on America segment.

Teachers Jonathan Krupp (TNHS), Erick Willemse (TNHS), and Michaela Ott (JHS), along with Terra Nova Principal Megan Carey, were given the chance to share the District's story of providing affordable staff housing during the midst of a nationwide teacher shortage. JUHSD thanks CBS for showcasing 705 Serramonte and the amazing things taking place within this district. To watch the full CBS segment, please click HERE.

In observance of this coming Monday's Labor Day holiday, all district sites will be closed for the day with school resuming on Tuesday, September 6. Please have a restful three-day weekend and I look forward to seeing you at upcoming Back to School Nights on the WHS, JHS, and OHS campuses!


Toni Presta



Terra Nova High's September 1 Back to School Night

Click HERE for Back to School Night Site Schedules

To see a full list of site schedules, please click on the yellow banner.

Labor Day Holiday

In observance of Labor Day, Monday, September 5, our district office and school sites will be closed for the day. Please take a moment to thank those hardworking individuals who make our lives that much better!

For a brief history of Labor Day, click here.


WHS Student Earns AP Honors

Congratulations to Westmoor High's Emmanuelle Hilario Lira-Franco for being selected as a College Board National Recognition Program awardee! As a student of the school's Advanced Placement (AP) program, she was recently awarded recognition for four different program keys.

Upon receiving word of her winning these honors, she stated that she "felt honored to have been chosen by the College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program and that the honor to represent the Latinx community, along with Westmoor High School, is deeply rewarding." After taking three AP courses this school year, Emmanuelle plans to purse a doctorate's degree in chemical engineering or applied mathematics and thanks her teachers for their continued support.

Emmanuelle had this advice to share with students interested in taking AP courses. "Go for it! Though challenging, it is worth it by the end of the year, along with not being penalized for taking the exams; it's a great learning opportunity!"

Way to go, Emmanuelle! #juhsdproud

Dual Enrollment With Skyline College

Earn College Credit while in High School - OPEN TO ALL JUHSD STUDENTS!

Gateway to Health Online Course:

Introduction of skills, attributes and basic knowledge required for entry into various health care professions. Includes basic assessment, CPR, and math calculations used in health care. Emphasis on providing a foundation for future health career classes. Transfer credit: CSU. Click here to learn more information and register.

Living Schoolyards at OHS & WHS

Through the San Mateo Office of Education, the 2022-2023 Living Schoolyard Grant Program supports school communities with up to a $5,000 grant to either start or maintain a living schoolyard effort. This program provides one-time funding that is only available in the 2022-2023 school year, with Oceana and Westmoor High Schools receiving this grant!

For this grant program, a “Living Schoolyard” is defined as a feature or element that supports student learning, diversifies play opportunities, and enhances the ecological benefits of a school grounds. This grant program recognizes that developing living schoolyards is an equitable way to provide regular access to high-quality green spaces for every child at that school.

Research has demonstrated that living schoolyards increase educational and health equity for all students. Additionally, living schoolyard elements can increase local biodiversity, benefit natural habitats, and integrate natural systems into the built environment.

To learn more about Westmoor High's Living Schoolyard plan, named after esteemed JUHSD retiree Mr. Don Delbon, please click here.

Oceana High Student Garden Club plans to use this grant to implement lessons for biology and environmental science programs to utilize the combination of both their current garden space, and the adjacent Milagra Ridge, as an outdoor classroom. This outdoor classroom design will also include the planting of additional trees as a wind break and space demarcation for this region. See a rendering of this expansion plan below.

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JUHSD's College & Career Monthly Newsletter

Lots of great things are happening within the District's College and Career Readiness Program! Take a moment to check out JUHSD's College and Career Readiness program's monthly newsletter by clicking here. For more information on this amazing program, please email Program Coordinator Denise Shreve.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Join the California Department of Education, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members as we unite to promote suicide prevention awareness all month. The National Suicide Prevention Line is now shortened to three digits: 9-8-8. Learn how Superintendent Thurmond secured $20,000 grants for 10,000 school counselors on the CDE News Release web page. Find other helpful resources on the CDE Mental Health Resources web page.

Source: CDE Today, September 2, 2022

Upcoming Presentation from SMCOE

The San Mateo County Office of Education will host a virtual presentation, Prevention Solutions, for parents/caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, and community members on September 6, 5:30-6:30 pm, (English with Spanish Interpretation). Join Eduardo Torres, Senior Prevention Specialist, Prevention Solutions, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, to understand the risks of intentional and unintentional fentanyl use among adolescents. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is an international leader in prevention science and education practices. Learn more. (Spanish)

Upcoming Community Events

*Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities (TK-12 Students, Families, Classrooms) September 8, 5:30-6:30 pm: Belonging brings out the best in everyone. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or community organizer, your group is unlikely to thrive if the individuals don’t feel welcomed, included, and valued for who they are. In her new book, Design for Belonging, Susie Wise, PhD, ­­­­Stanford, outlines how you can use design to create feelings of inclusion. Learn more.

*Coastal Cleanup Day 2022 (TK-12 Students, Families, Classrooms) September 17, 2022:

Looking to make an impact on the environment? San Mateo County Health is hosting neighborhood, classroom, and countywide cleanup days to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day 2022. Join your community and volunteer to keep our waterways clean! Learn more.

*MPX (Monkeypox) Vaccine Notification (Community): San Mateo County Health is offering residents who meet eligibility guidelines for highest risk for MPX the opportunity to sign up for notification of vaccination opportunities. Complete the Monkeypox Vaccination Interest Form, and if you meet the eligibility guidelines you will be notified when opportunities become available. Vaccine supply is limited and the risk criteria are being used to prioritize eligibility.

*Pacifica's Fog Fest (Community), September 24-25, 2022: After two long years, The City of Pacifica's Fog Fest returns to this costal community, home to Oceana and Terra Nova High Schools! This two-day event will reunite family and friends through tons of fun. Click HERE for event info and make sure to swing by the JUHSD booth!

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Local Graphic Artists, Click HERE!

Interested in having your digital art displayed on the upcoming National Fitness Court at Lincoln Park in Daly City? The selected local artist will also receive a $5,000 grant award. Email by September 16, 2022.

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Free Online Tutoring

Raise your hand if your students could use help after-hours! JUHSD teachers and students have free access to Paper’s professional tutors, 24/7! Log in by clicking HERE or check out for more information.

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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.