SMCJUHSD Monthly Newsletter
Message from Dr. Caroline Cota, Superintendent
November - December 2023
Dear SMCJUHSD families and community members,
There are just three weeks of school left before winter break! What an exciting fall semester this has been. Our fall sports had a great year, including the inaugural season for KCHS flag football and the GHS football team winning its first league championship. Winter sports have begun with boys and girls basketball, soccer, and wrestling participating in several athletic contests each week. Our art programs have also been busy preparing for performances. Be sure to check out your school's newsletter and website for dates and times of holiday concerts and plays.
Our alternative and adult school students have been working hard toward earning their high school diplomas. A large group is set to graduate December 14. We are so proud of these young people and adults for taking this important step toward their adult life! Several will begin taking classes at Hartnell College next semester.
As we wrap up the semester, I also want to encourage all families to continue checking on your child's grades and attendance in Aeries. Semester grades are final and any student who earns a D or F should meet with their counselor to identify ways to make up their courses or improve their grade to meet A-G requirements for college admission.
Please see below for more information on what is happening this month, including facility and LCAP updates, family wellness resources and open positions.
Schools will be closed from December 16 through January 7. We will reopen for the second semester on January 8, 2024. Our next community newsletter will go out on January 25.
Have a great holiday season!
Caroline Cota, Ed.D.
School Board Meeting Dates and Locations
Upcoming Regular Meeting:December 13, 6:30 PM, KCHS Library, 720 Broadway St, King City
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Update
Our LCAP Forums were a success and we gathered hundreds of feedback statements from students, parents, teachers and school site staff. Thank you to all of the community members who participated in giving us suggestions as to how we can make our schools betters for our students. Here's the link where you can read some of the statements that were submitted:
Now, we are ready to create our LCAP goals which will set the priorities for our schools. By establishing these goals, we will use our funds to support actions to ensure our students achieve academically and are ready for college and career when they graduate from high school. We are excited for this new direction based on our student and community needs.
Community forums were held to receive input for the facilities master plan in Greenfield and King City. We gathered valuable feedback. The students have identified outside eating areas and socializing spaces as top priorities.
The painting project is nearing completion with the contractors scheduled to work at Greenfield HS during the winter break. Work at King City HS is expected to be completed by mid-December. As promised, the dugouts at Greenfield HS will be ready for the upcoming season. Going to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) this month is the modernization of the King City HS science classrooms. Finally, the Greenfield HS lunch shade will be going to DSA around the first of the year. Once we have DSA-approved plans, we will move to the construction phase of the projects.
Additional classrooms for PBHS are in the planning phase. We ran into some challenges with existing rooms which delayed the project. We are hopeful to be ready for the start of school next year.
College applications are due NOVEMBER 30th for CSU & UC Campuses!
SMCJUHSD encourages all students who are eligible to apply!
Family Wellness Resources
South Monterey County Joint Union High School District partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of our community. If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of the circumstance. This is a complimentary and confidential care coordination service provided by South Monterey County Joint Union High School District. If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a mental health care provider:
- Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365.
- Visit www.caresolace.com/smcjuhsd and either search on your own or click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
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