Superintendent Community Update

March 25, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

As Women's History Month draws to a close, I want to thank the women in our JUHSD community for contributing to the success of our students and for serving as role models. Representation matters!

Please take some time to check out The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology. Through this interactive website, you'll listen to women who have worked in the White House tell stories of their personal heroes across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Please enjoy the weekend and know that we are only a week away from Spring Break!


Toni Presta


JHS's 100th Celebration Tomorrow

Join the Jefferson High community as they celebrate the school's 100th birthday tomorrow, Saturday, March 26. An 11:00 am downtown parade, starting at Lucky's Market on 6843 Mission Street and ending at the high school, will kick off this festive event. Along with a 12:00 pm opening speech honoring the school's rich history, a gallery walk of historical items from the school's past will be on display, along with performances, presentations, food booths, and more! This an event you don't want to miss! For more information, please visit their event website page.

March Madness at Terra Nova

This past week, Terra Nova High School hosted the return of their annual March Madness with fun lunchtime activities taking place every day during lunch in their new quad. From playing musical chairs, bucket basketball, and "Ice Ice Baby," to attending a career fair and ending the week with a staff vs. student volleyball game in the gym, spring spirit was definitely in the air at TN! Go Tigers!

Photo courtesy of Courtney Fil, TNHS Leadership Advisor

Good News From School

Westmoor High School's Kaitlyn Reclusado has earned a spot on Team USA to represent the country at the 2022 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Goyang, South Korea this coming April 15-27.

Kaitlyn, who started taking up the sport at 4 years old, won her place on the team through a series of qualification team trials over the course of this past year, beginning with her competing at the 2021 USA Taekwondo National Championships in San Antonio, Texas. After clenching the USA seat after being a final contender in the Grand Slam qualification series this past January in Colorado.

Though nervous about competing, she is excited to be a part of the World Championships. After high school, she plans to continue competing in Taekwondo tournaments, along with teaching this sport at her family's Taekwondo school. Best of luck, Kaitlyn, and way to make WHS, along JUSHD, proud!

49ers Surprise Wing (Nicole) Tsang as the 2022 BAASST Recipient

The 49ers and Sourdough Sam honored Westmoor High School senior Nicole Tsang as the 2022 Bay Area All-Star Scholarship team recipient.

Nicole is an outstanding student who is part of the Manufacturing and Product Development Pathway. During the summer of 2021, Nicole secured a summer internship in animation with Raconteur, a Bay-area animation company that promotes new technologies. Nicole tapped into a free summer session of Sprint's Engineer for the Week, an immersive, week-long program that empowers students from all backgrounds to take on real-world engineering projects while developing computer science skills, she developed a chatbot that assists immigrants in emergency situations such as the language obstacles and lack of healthcare that her own family had faced. For Wing, engineering became meaningful when technological innovations could have a positive impact on her community.

Congratulations, Wing (Nicole) Tsang!

Paths to Success 2022 Event

Last Friday, JUHSD and Skyline Community College hosted a Paths to Success event for 150 8th grade students from the Jefferson Elementary School District at Skyline College. The event promoted an understanding and connection of high school pathways and postsecondary opportunities for students through hands-on workshops. The workshops (Digital Media, Culinary Arts, Engineering, Dance, Computer Science, Fashion Design, Automotive, and Manufacturing) were led by CTE teachers from Westmoor and Jefferson, Skyline professors, and high school students. 8th grade students were able to experience a snapshot of the high school CTE classroom.

The event welcomed Claudia Sandoval, Master Chef, as the keynote speaker. Claudia connected with the students through her Mexican heritage and inspired them with her journey to success. Students left the day inspired, prepared, and ready to follow a path to success. See photos from this event below.

Photo Credit: Carlos Miguel Virina (WHS Student)

Free Online Homework Help

Hey, JUHSD Students! Are you still using PAPER, the free 24/7 online tutoring platform provided by the District? This amazing tool provides academic support in:

*Homework help

*Writing feedback

*Student support and more!

To log into/create your account, click here!

Student TUPE Contest

SMCOE Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE), and the San Mateo County TEC Youth Advisory Group, are hosting the 2nd Annual anti-tobacco PSA contest and hip hop concert for middle school and high school students! There are three categories for entering the PSA contest: poster, audio, and video Each category will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. 1st place is a $100 Target gift card. The 2nd place winner will receive a $50 Target gift card and the 3rd place winner will receive a $25 Target gift card. The deadline for PSA submissions is April 22. For more information, please click here.

Staff Shout-Out!

A special shout-out to Oceana High School social worker Michelle Fortunado-Kewin for coauthoring School Social Work: Engaging Social Justice and Racial Equity from Practitioners Perspectives. In this helpful publication, experts address a range of topics from trauma-informed care, alternative disciplinary practices, group work, ethics, attendance, suicide and psychological crisis response, and family, teacher and community engagement. Furthermore, they address concerns to various vulnerable and underserved groups of children, including Native Americans, youth in need of Special Education, LGBTQ, Foster and unhoused youth, pre-school children, newcomers, and gang-affiliated youth. To learn more about this book, please click here. Way to go, Michelle!

Prom Dress Giveaway

The Prom Dress Project is excited to announce the return of their formal dress giveaway program with sign-ups now taking place! Giveaways will take place at 3 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, lobby level, March 26 through April 24. To sign up for an appointment, please click here. For additional information on this worthwhile program, email


JUHSD would would like to congratulate San Mateo County Office of Education Superintendent Nancy Magee for being named Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 5. As mentioned by many of her county colleagues, her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, before, and after, have been invaluable to the students and staff of San Mateo County. Click here to view the full article from SMCOE. Way to go, Superintendent Magee!

Virtual Presentations from SMCOE

Join San Mateo County Office of Education as they host the following free workshops to our parents and students:

*What Should Parents Know? Eating Disorders Rising in Children and Teens (TK-12 Families, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Community), April 5, 5:30-6:30pm:

This free online presentation will discuss current rates of eating disorders in children and teens have skyrocketed during the pandemic. What should parents, caregivers, and educators know? Click here to Learn more (Spanish flyer included).

*Raising Healthy Children and Adolescents (TK-12 Families), Beginning April 14, 2022:

The County Office of Education is co-sponsoring a series of parent workshops with Adolescent Counseling Services and the San Mateo County Human Services Agency to provide families with information on how to raise healthy children and adolescents. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to Learn more (Spanish flyer included).

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