Superintendent Community Update

March 10, 2023

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,

Happy Friday!

Thanks to those of you who came out for our Equity Lens Tool Feedback Sessions this week. The weather kept our audiences small, but we made a recording of our presentation for you to watch at home.

As I shared last week, our DELT (District Executive Leadership Team) has created an Equity Lens Tool that will help us to dismantle inequitable practices in our schools and district so we can ensure that all of our students have what they need when they need it.

I ask that you take 15 minutes to watch our presentation. Once you have watched the presentation, please share your thoughts with us by filling out our Equity Lens Tool Survey

We will hold a drop in live virtual feedback session on Monday, March 13 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. We will not be presenting, but are making ourselves available to answer questions and hear directly from you. Please follow this Virtual Feedback Session link to join!

Finally, you can find all of this information on our district website.

Please stay safe and dry this weekend, and don't ever hesitate to reach out. My door is always open!


Toni Presta



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JUHSD Equity Lens Screencast
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Spring Forward!

It's time to move the clocks forward one hour and lose an hour of sleep on Sunday, March 12. Though we gain an hour of daylight, we lose an hour of sleep. Please have a restful weekend and remember to set your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday!

To learn more about the history Daylight Saving, visit The Old Farmer's Almanac website.

Women's History Month Continues

Throughout the month of March, we'll continue to honor women who have positively transformed and impacted the landscape of our society. Today, we share with you the groundbreaking discoveries made by women in the medical field of cardiovascular health. To read more about their profound research, including additional information on heart health for women, please visit the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women website.

Weekend Weather

As you're aware, the Bay Area is experiencing another wave of "Pineapple Express" storms into this weekend. Although not as intense as the storm we saw this January, the region could see possible flooding and mudslides, along with high winds and power outages. Learn how you can stay storm-ready by visiting the San Mateo County's Emergency Management website, which features a variety of links and contact numbers for services. You can also dial emergency number 211 for any community needs.

New CA Ed Code Statute

A new California Education Code statute, Section 39800.1, requires each school district to annually adopt a Transportation Services Plan. This year, JUHSD must adopt a plan for the current year and for 2023-24. These plans will be presented to the School Board for approval at their regular meeting on March 21, 2023. If you have questions or comments to share about these plans, please contact Deputy Superintendent of Business Services, Tina Van Raaphorst, at or (650) 550-7954.

Career Fair at TNHS

This past Wednesday, the Terra Nova High Counseling Department hosted their 8th annual Career Fair in the school's gym. During this event, students had the opportunity to visit with dozens of business represpresentatives from a variety of local companies and organizations.

TNHS students were able to discuss their future career plans, including their attending college, the military, or trade school programs, with these industry leaders. During the event, one industry representative had this to say about the students attending this event. "The students here are intelligent, engaged, polite, thoughtful, and inquisitive." Great job to all involved!

Concert in the Park

The Terra Nova High School Marching Band and Colorguard, under the direction of Oliver Bishop, ventured out into the community this past week and held a special performance for students from Ingrid B. Lacy and Ocean Shore School at Frontierland Park in Pacifica.

During this special engagement, TNHS had the opportunity to mix, mingle, and play music with future Tigers. Performing for TNHS's feeder schools has been a longtime goal of the band program with newly hired Director Bishop turning this a successful event. To see a video highlight of this day, click on the video below.

Way to go, Tiger Band and Color Guard!

Terra Nova Fight Song at the Park

WHS Drama Presents Legally Blonde

The Westmoor High School Drama Department will present Legally Blonde: The Musical on March 17-18 at 7:00 pm, and on March 19 at 2:00 pm.

Directed by senior Haley DeMello, this Broadway show, based on the 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon, tells the tale of sorority girl Elle Woods who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex boyfriend.

General admission tickets are $10 with a special price of only $5 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, please click here or on the show poster below.

Photo: CTE set design and construction teacher Mr. Pete McGurty holds a quick production meeting with student director Haley DeMello and members from the stage crew after school on March 9.

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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.

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