Superintendent Community Update

February 11, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

I hope that you have been able to get out and enjoy the sunshine this week! Students are at school and engaged, as the Omicron cases are going down and I am happy to share this update from County Superintendent Nancy Magee.

Next Thursday, February 17th, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. As we all work to create a kinder world, I share a reminder to be upstanders to our children, family, and friends.To learn more about National Random Acts of Kindness Day, and for suggestions on how you can give extra support to those around you, please click here.

Finally, I have come across a wonderful resouce for Black History Month. I encourage our District community to take a moment and watch Black History, Freedom, and Love: Lessons from Influential Black Voices. In this powerful documentary, seven preeminent Black thought leaders share their insight on the reckoning with race in American in three parts: past, present, and future. You may access the program if you subscribe to Masterclass, or you may watch the entire presentation for free during the month of February on Amazon Prime. Please click here for more information.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Toni Presta


Masks Will Continue to Be Worn in Schools

Though San Mateo County will lift mask requirements for most indoor settings on February 16th, please note this does not apply to schools. To read more about this, please click here.

Home COVID Testing During Breaks

Prior to students and staff starting their February Recess, each will receive two free take-home rapid antigen COVID tests. Before the start of Spring Break, the same will happen. The District encourages everyone to take these tests on the Sunday/Monday morning prior to returning to campus, and again on Wednesday during that first week back.

Also, you will be asked to share positive test results with the local health department through this Primary Health link. Additional details and instructions on this process will be shared when the test kits are distributed to District sites next week. For COVID-related questions, please contact JUHSD COVID Response Director Michele Jones.

Westmoor Wins at FBLA Competition

Westmoor High School's FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) campus organization competed at this past Saturday's Bay Section Conference held at Lynbrook High School in San Jose. Mr. Ben Pham, WHS teacher and program advisor, shared that students performed exceptionally well with several students qualifying for the California FBLA State Conference in Ontario.

FBLA is a national organization that helps high school students prepare for careers in business through academic competitions, leadership development, and educational programs. To learn more about FBLA, please click here.

Library Displays at OHS

Oceana High celebrates Valentine's Day with a Blind Date With a Book themed bookshelf now on display in the school's library, along with a Banned and Challenged book display. OHS Library Technician Nancy Murphy shared how exciting it has been to see students respond to these displays in such a positive way, especially after finding out Harry Potter was on the Banned and Challenged shelf!

During this school year, Ms. Murphy has noticed a spike in library check-outs and circulations, surpassing past years' totals after a steady decline since 2011; keep reading, Sharks! If you are at OHS this week, stop by their library to see these festive displays!

National CTE Awareness Month

Welcome to National CTE Awareness Month! ​​Explore the District's CTE programs offered at your school site to help with course selection for the 2022-2023 school year by visiting the CTE website.

Have you ever asked yourself, "What am I doing after high school? What job can I get? What jobs are paying the best?" If so, the CTE events below are for you!

From Bay Area Community College Consortium:

Please join the BACCC Regional Directors to learn more about job possibilities after high school! Webinars are offered all month so students can learn more about careers in: construction, biotechnology, health, transportation, manufacturing, teaching, public safety, and computer science/digital media. Click here for more info!

From San Mateo County Office of Education:

Virtual premiere of new CTE Pathway videos that share information about the many opportunities to explore careers at San Mateo County school districts. March 3, 2022, 4:30-5:30 pm. Learn more.

Financial Aid Support - Complete your FAFSA

uAspire hosts free virtual events to walk students and families through the financial aid process and applications, provides resources and guidance, and answer questions.

Need help completing your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or CADAA (California Dream Act Application)? If so, click on the below link to receive more information on how you can connect with the uAspire Help Center, 100% free and confidential.

Support Flyer (English)

Support Flyer (Spanish)

The deadline to complete these forms in March 2, 2022.

Jefferson Council PTA Scholarships

The Jefferson Council PTA offers two scholarships for all graduating seniors from the three Daly City PTSA high schools (Westmoor, Jefferson, and Thornton High Schools). For application requirements and instructions, please click on the scholarship description links below:

Nattie Fong Scholarship - Community work, volunteerism, and advocacy

Betty Schultz Scholarships - Student involvement and school leadership

The submission deadline for these scholarships is March 31, 2022.

LGBTQ Student Scholarships wants to help improve the college experience for LGBTQ students and make college education more accessible in all fields of study. To help serve this mission, they are excited to announce several new scholarships that LGBTQ students can apply for until May 1, 2022:

Please visit for additional scholarship opportunities found on their Scholarship Hub. Their team has also developed a comprehensive College Guide for LGBTQ Students that outlines more scholarship opportunities and helpful information.

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Additional Scholarship Opportunities

College Board Opportunity Scholarships (Incoming 12th Graders): Ends February 28, 2022

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program helps incoming high school seniors stay on track with the college planning process while offering them chances for $500 scholarships for each college planning action they complete. When students complete all six steps, they earn a chance at a $40,000 scholarship. Learn more.

NOBLE Scholarship (12th Graders):

Application due March 11, 2022:

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is offering $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing higher education in criminal justice-related fields. Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA to apply. Learn more.

Home Sharing Flyers - February

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 - Housing Offered

Home Sharing Program - Persons Seeking

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

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