Superintendent Community Update

April 15, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

I hope you had a Spring Break full of rest and relaxation, along with well-spent time with family and friends.

April is National Public Schools Month! I want to take this moment to recognize our amazing teachers, staff, and administrators who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide academically safe and sound environments for our students. I would also like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the JUHSD community for your continued support of this amazing district, a district I am honored to serve.


Toni Presta


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Masks Strongly Encouraged

As shared during the week of March 14, JUHSD will follow the guidance of the State and the San Mateo County Department of Public Health, and will strongly recommend students and staff to continue the wearing of face masks in indoor settings. Please remember to respect everyone's mask choice!

OHS Teams With Pie Ranch

During Oceana's interim week, Daniel Hagen, Laurie Hughes, and twenty Oceana High School Seniors spent the week at Pie Ranch, just south of Pescadero. Pie Ranch is a sustainable educational farm dedicated to teaching youth about healthy food systems and food justice. The students camped at Pie Ranch, worked in the fields, and cooked all their meals in their outside kitchen. It was a delightful week where students gained new perspectives and created a caring community. Nicely done, OHS!

WHS FBLA State Leadership Conference

During last week's spring break, Westmoor High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) members, along with advisor Mr. Ben Pham, participated in the California State Leadership Conference with over 1,500 student members in attendance. During this event, 66 California FBLA school chapters competed in business and information technology events. Westmoor students performed exceptionally well with several students who qualified for the National Leadership Conference in Chicago this summer. To view a list of participating students, along with their competition results, please click here. Way to go, WHS FBLA!

National Librarian Day

April is National School Library Month with National Librarian Day being observed on April 16. The theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Please take a moment to thank our site librarians for their dedication to the students and staff of this district:

Karen Mackey, JHS

Adam Weiss, OHS

Annette Kesterson, TNHS

Jaymi Phillips, WHS

For ways to celebrate National Library Month, please click here.

JUHSD Summer School

Summer school is right around the corner for eligible 9th-12th grade students. Starting June 6 at Jefferson High School, students have the opportunity to enroll in a variety of courses including CTE enrichment opportunities, credit recovery options, and a math jumpstart program for incoming 9th graders. For a full list of courses being offered, along with application information, please click on this electronic flyer.

Stay Tuned!

This past Monday, Superintendent Toni Presta and District Director of Construction and Bond Projects Stefani Phillips, were interviewed by KPIX-5 reporter Sharon Chin during an special interview featuring our District's faculty and staff housing project. Stay tuned for this featured broadcast coming soon! For more information on the District's Educational Housing at 705 Serramonte, please click here. Check out a few exclusive photos from this interview below!

RSVP Today!

Don't miss the District's 100th Anniversary Celebration and Educational Staff Housing Ribbon Cutting on Friday, May 13th, 5:00-7:00 pm, at Serramonte del Rey! For more info, email District Director of Communication and Staff Housing Austin Worden.

Click HERE to RSVP.

Daly City Youth Poet Laureate Commencement Event

The Daly City Public Library Associated invite you to attend their commencement event for the 2022-2023 Daly City Youth Poet Laureate on Thursday, April 28. This annual event, featuring performances by this year's Daly City Youth Poet Laureate finalists, will take pace at City Hall of Daly City, 333 90th Street, beginning at 6:30 pm. If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch this program online through the Daly City Government's YouTube channel. For more information, please visit

Home Sharing Flyers - April

Needing to move? HIP Housing, a non-profit, affordable housing organization in San Mateo County, is here to help! If you have a spare room in your home that you're wanting to rent, or are looking for a room to rent, check out this month's Home Sharing Program flyers by clicking on these links:

Home Sharing Program Flyers in English and Spanish

For more information on this program, contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660.

San Mateo County Youth Commission Application

The San Mateo County Youth Commission (SMCYC) is now taking applications for the 2022-23 year through June 5, 2022. The SMCYC is a 26-member, youth-led, advisory board to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and is looking for passionate young people between the ages of 13 and 20 who reside or go to school in San Mateo County (SMC). As a Youth Commissioner, you can improve the lives of all young people throughout SMC, along with offering your perspective on important issues facing our community. To apply for this amazing opportunity, visit

Student Leader Summer Conference

The CASC (California Association of Student Councils) Summer Leadership Conference for high school and middle school students and advisors is scheduled at UC Santa Barbara July 25-28, 2022.

This inspirational program focuses on teamwork, conflict management, interactive meeting skills, presentation skills and project planning in its core curriculum. Students work in small groups led by peer trainers to develop their skills. The program is open to any student, regardless of whether they hold a leadership position on campus or not. Scholarships are also available and based on verification of family income. Find registration information by visiting

Student Advisory Application Deadline Extended

Hey, JUHSD Students! Are you wanting to make a positive difference within our District? If so, the Student Advisory Council is for you! Comprised of students from every site, this committee provides feedback to the District Board of Trustees on a variety of topics from school safety, green initiatives, facility updates, student mental health concerns, counseling, school culture, and more. By joining next year's team, you'll have the chance to bring change to your school and district. For additional information, and to apply for this council, please click here. The deadline to apply has been extended to Monday, April 18th.

Student Scholarship Opportunities

*Woodside Area Equestrian Merit Scholarship (High School Seniors), Applications due April 30, 3:00 pm: The Woodside-Area Horse Owners Association and the Mounted Patrol Foundation are offering a $10,000 scholarship to a highly qualified high school senior who is active in the horse community and plans to pursue additional education. Learn more on the Woodside-Area Horse Owners Association’s and the Mounted Patrol Foundation’s website.

*San Mateo County Immigrant Youth Scholarship (High School Seniors or Higher), Applications due May 1, 2022: Every year, the San Mateo County Youth Commission selects five outstanding youth to receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards achieving higher education. Immigrants must be an immigrant student or first generation American (child of an immigrant). The scholarship is open to all without regard to citizenship status, national origin, or any other identifier. Learn more (Spanish flyer included). Please note this scholarship is not from SMCOE.

Presentations and Events from SMCOE

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

*Art on the Walls Art Show (1-12 Grade Students), Submissions due April 22, 2022: Want your student's art featured at the San Mateo County Office of Education? Submit their photos or artwork on "Student Voice" for a chance to be displayed in a permanent collection at the County Office of Education! Art can be submitted directly by students or by their teachers. Learn more.

*Vaping: What Does it Cost? PSA Contest (6-12th Grade Students), Entries due April 22, 2022: All middle and high school students are invited to submit a video, poster, or audio about the costs of vaping for a chance to win up to a $100 gift card. Submissions should be aimed towards spreading awareness about the dangers of nicotine and vaping and how one can quit their addiction. Winners will be announced at a virtual hip-hop concert on May 19th, 5:30-6:30pm. Learn more (Spanish flyer included).

*Foster Youth Services Mini Series: Partial Credits/Graduation (Foster Youth Liaisons, TK-12 Administrators, Counselors), April 21, 10:00-10:30am: The San Mateo County Office of Education is offering short, 30-minute trainings on topics relevant to educators and school staff supporting youth in foster care. This session will give an outline of how EC 51225.1 (AB 167/216) applies to foster youth and how you can support them in graduating on time. Learn more.

*Sustainable and Climate Ready Schools Challenge (TK-12 Families), Applications due May 16, 2022: Applications are now open for the San Mateo County Sustainable and Climate Ready Schools Challenge. The challenge identifies students, staff, and community members who are leading efforts in their school communities to create a sustainable and climate resilient future. Learn more.

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