Superintendent Community Update

August 26, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

As we settle into the new school year, and quickly move into September, I would like to share that I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting our sites during these past three weeks of school. During these site visits, I have seen the amazing things happening in classrooms, I've seen fun activities happening on quads, and have been greeted by students in such a friendly and open manner. After the past few years of dealing with COVID, it finally feels like school is school again and there is a sense of normalcy.

This past Wednesday, Thornton High School kicked off our Back to School Night season with their well-attended campus presentation and dinner. After visiting Thornton High, I headed over to Jefferson High School's Parent Orientation and BBQ dinner, courtesy of the JHS Parent-Teacher-Student-Association. It was wonderful to see so many families in attendance. Thank you!

Being able to chat with our students and their families is one of the best parts of my job. I look forward to doing so with you during our upcoming Back to School Nights at TNHS, WHS, JHS, and OHS. The dates and times of these nights can be found in this week's update.

Have a wonderful weekend and know that my door is always open!


Toni Presta


Grizzlies Class of 2026 Welcomed During August 24 BBQ at JHS!

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Click HERE for Back to School Night Site Schedules

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

Thornton High School's August 24 Back to School Night

TODAY is Women's Equality Day

Women's Equality Day is celebrated in the United States on August 26 to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of gender. JUHSD takes great pride in honoring the accomplishments and contributions made by women during the course of our history. For more on this day, please click here.

No School For Students, August 31

This coming Wednesday, August 31, students will take the day off while all district staff will attend mandated training sessions on this day of professional development. School will resume on Thursday, September 1, at 8:30 am. During this day, we encourage our students to get caught up with classroom assignments and projects, along with helping out around their homes.

Students Eat Free This Year

The California Universal Meals Program has been established for the 2022-2023 school year. Through this program, the state is reimbursing JUHSD for meals. Each school day, ALL students quality to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch by providing their student ID number to the cafeteria's register.

The District Food Services Department encourages all families to fill out a new meal application online for this new school year; some of our school funding is based on qualifying free and reduced meal applications. Online applications can be found by clicking HERE (English) and AQUI (Spanish). For additional information on this this program, please visit the District's Food Services webpage.

Menus for the Month

See what's cooking in our school cafeterias by clicking on this month's menus from the JUHSD Food Services Department!

September Breakfast Menu

September Lunch Menu

Photos from Adult School's Ice Cream Social on August 25!

Spanish Conversation Class

JUHSD Adult School is offering an evening Spanish Class you don't want to miss! This class meets every Tuesday, September 6 to December 6, at Jefferson High School, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The style of this class is a conversational class with some writing involved. The cost for this 12 week program is $75.00 and all language levels are welcome. For additional information, please email the instructor, or sign up by clicking HERE.

State Superintendent Champions Budget

On June 30, Governor Newsom signed the 2022–2023 state budget package, marking another historic year of funding levels for education programs in California. This year’s budget directs key investments to areas specifically identified by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and the CDE: addressing declining enrollment and providing funding for mental health services, community schools, literacy programs, universal school meals, and programs focused on improving all student outcomes in the wake of the pandemic. Read more in the CDE news release.

Seeds Scholarship

Seeds of Fortune Inc. is the first scholar and Ed-Tech platform designed specifically for young women of color to help find affordable college options.

Seeds already support students in this area and they are looking for an opportunity to connect with even more young minds, in order to spread their mission of empowering young women of color in high school by helping them find affordable college options, build financial management, and career development skills.

For additional sign-up information, students are encouraged to visit their platform HERE and download our app for easy access HERE.

California Colleges - Planning for the Future

As you look to the future, register with to help you develop a well-informed college and career plan. Click here to view the JUHSD College and Career website and learn how can support YOU in planning for your future. is a free resource that lets you launch and track your California Community Colleges, California State University, University of California, FAFSA, and California Dream Act applications, all in one place. You can also monitor your CSU and UC eligibility, plan your high school coursework, and take advantage of a wide range of online college and career planning tools. Make an appointment with your school site counselor for additional guidance and support.

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.

Upcoming Community Events

*Fire Safety and Prevention: A Disaster Prep Town Hall (TK-12 Students, Families, Classrooms) September 1, 6:00-7:00 pm:

In this Town Hall meeting, ­­­­Fire Marshall Gareth Harris will address fire safety and prevention tips for your home and family. He will also discuss home hardening and defensible space, the buffer zone between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area. Learn more.

*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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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.