Superintendent Community Update

September 15, 2023

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

I am excited to share an update on our recent districtwide staff workday, where our dedicated employees participated in their first Equity Team (E-Team) meeting of the year, led by Courtney Caldwell from Courageous Conversation. This training day was a significant step in our ongoing commitment to promoting equity and inclusion throughout our school district.

During this intensive training session, members from our site E-Teams embarked on their journey of professional learning that will play a crucial role in transforming the culture of their respective campus communities. The overarching goal of these efforts is to embrace schoolwide transformation that prioritizes equity and inclusion for all students and staff.

Our E-Teams are dedicated to critically examining their individual site's policies, practices, programs, structures, climates, and culture. Through continuous collaboration and reflection, they will work tirelessly throughout the year to bring about systemic change within their schools and across the entire district. Our vision is to build upon our district of excellence through equity, where every student and staff member thrives and achieves their full potential.

If you would like to learn more about Courageous Conversation and their valuable work, we encourage you to visit their website for additional information. We are also pleased to share some photos from this Wednesday's E-Team training below, giving you a glimpse into the commitment and enthusiasm of our dedicated staff members.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to you, our community, for your unwavering support in JUHSD's ongoing mission to engage, educate, and empower all students, with a specific focus on those who have been historically underserved, inadequately served, or disenfranchised by educational institutions and systems. Together, we are committed to eliminating disparities in educational outcomes and ensuring that every student has the opportunity to succeed.

Thank you for being an essential part of our journey toward a more equitable and inclusive future. Have a great weekend!

Warm regards,

Toni Presta



Back to School Nights Wrap Up Next Week

On September 21, Oceana High School will wrap up our Back to School Night season. OHS Guardians - Don't miss this chance to meet your student's teachers and staff, along with collecting information on school programs, schedules, upcoming events, and more! To find your student's Back to School Night info, please visit the Oceana High School website.

Photo: Superintendent Toni Presta stands with Thornton High School Principal Dr. Dennie Marenco during their Family Community Celebration on September 14. Scroll below to see more photos from Thornton's Family Community Celebration.

STOPit Reporting System Coming to JUHSD

In collaboration with the San Mateo County Office of Education, JUHSD is excited to launch a new anonymous reporting system called STOPit the week of September 25. STOPit is a schoolwide reporting system designed to empower students to anonymously share safety concerns, misconduct, or other issues.

In the coming days, students will notice signage and banners displayed prominently at their school sites. These signs will feature two QR codes that will enable students to access the STOPit system conveniently:

  1. QR Code for App Download: By scanning this QR code, students can easily download the STOPit app onto their smartphones. This app will serve as a user-friendly platform for reporting concerns.

  2. QR Code for Real-Time Reporting: The second QR code will allow students to report concerns in real-time. This feature will ensure that feedback reaches us promptly, enabling a swift response to issues.

We believe that STOPit will provide an additional layer of safety and support within our district. Please take some time to explore this reporting system further by checking out this YouTube video. As always, all are encouraged to share student safety concerns with the school's site administration team.

High School Fair for Future Students

JUHSD will host its annual High School Fair for all future students and their families on Thursday, September 28, 2023 in the District Office Galleria, 699 Serramonte Boulevard, Daly City, 6:30-8:00 pm. At this event, school leaders and representatives from the district's high schools will be in attendance to chat about the amazing programs taking place at their sites. To learn more about this event, along with upcoming Open House dates and Shadowing information, please click here or email

TNHS Students Fundraise for Maui Relief

This past week, members from Terra Nova High's Asian Club, with 12th grader Eliana Rivera taking the lead, hosted an afterschool fundraising bake sale to support victims affected by the fires that recently destroyed parts of Lahaina in Maui, Hawaii.

From selling Spam musubi and guava cupcakes, to Lilikoi juice and Furikake chex mix, along with donations from staff and parents, students collected $297 that will be donated to directly to Maui victims. Asian Club Advisor Marlene Gutierrez gave a special shout-out to all who made this happen and is very proud of club students for taking the initiative to spearhead these efforts to support those in need.

Photo: Eliana Rivera (12), along with Haley Anderson (10) and Gabby Dyogi (10), place the finishing touches on their fundraising table in front of TNHS Office on Friday, September 8.

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Every year in the fall, Jews around the world celebrate the Jewish New Year called Rosh Hashanah, which translates to “Head of the Year” and celebrates the creation of the world which begins 163 days after Passover. This year, the two-day festival is a time of spiritual reflection and prayer honored on September 15-17. Click here to learn more about this celebration.

National Hispanic Heritage & Latino Heritage Month

Every year from September 15 to October 15, we recognize and celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America as part of Hispanic Heritage and Latino Heritage Month.

This is a time to honor the many Hispanic and Latino Americans who have been integral to the prosperity of the U.S. Their contributions are immeasurable and they have left an indelible mark on the U.S. culture and economy. Learn more about the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Latino Heritage Month Speaker Series

Join the Latino Leaders Coalition of the Bay Area (LLCBA), a new formed San Mateo County organization, as they host a series of speakers during four different evenings, September 22, along with October 6 and 13, celebrating and showcasing the rich diversity of the Latino community with the goal of helping students turn their dreams into a reality. For additional registration and event information, please click here. Flyer in Spanish.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Recognizing when people in our lives are struggling with emotional pain and helping them feel comfortable to talk about it, can help prevent mental health crises, including suicide. Learning the warning signs, knowing how to start a conversation, and knowing where to get professional help can make a powerful, life-changing difference.

Learn more about:

For crisis support:

  • Call the lifeline at 988 or text "HELP" to 741741 for free crisis counseling 24/7/365
  • Call 9-1-1 and request a crisis-trained responder
  • Go to your local emergency room
  • Care Solace

Therapy Sessions with DCYHC

The Daly City Youth Health Center (DCYHC) is offering therapy sessions for those ages 6-25, in person at the Center, 350 90th Street, Third Floor, Daly City. To schedule an appointment, please call the DCYHC at (650) 420-5780. Appointments fill up fast so don't wait and call today! To learn more about the programs and resources offered through the DCYHC, visit their website.

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month! Schools play an important role in planning and responding to emergencies. Key to readiness is understanding, promoting, and implementing The Big Five emergency preparedness protocols. Let’s raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for emergencies and disasters that could happen at any time. Learn more about The Big Five at

Free Online Tutoring for Students

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.

Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) - Parent Volunteers Needed!

The District's Special Education Department is looking for a group of parents/guardians with students in special educational classes, have an IEP, or receive other services, to serve on the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC). For guardians interested in serving on this committee, please contact JUHSD Director of Special Education Grace Ventura, (650) 550-7973.

JUHSD Adult School Partners With Skyline College

Save the Date for this Year's JUHSD College & Career Fair!

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Survey from San Mateo County Commission

The San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women are asking for your help in filling out a quick survey about the need for child care and how it has impacted their daily lives, currently or in the past. The information collected from this survey will inform the Commission's report to the Board of Supervisors on child care access, funding, and other aspects of caregiving that impact the economic security of women in San Mateo County. To complete this survey, please click on one of the three images below.

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Housing Support from HIP

HIP Housing is a non-profit organization that creates a place to call home for thousands of people in San Mateo County. Take a moment to check out upcoming programs and resources from HIP Housing below:

To learn more about HIP Housing in general, please visit their website by clicking here.

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.