Superintendent Community Update

November 18, 2022

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Superintendent's Message

Dear JUHSD Community,


As we enter this fall recess and first extended break of the school year, I hope that you are able to spend time enjoying your family, friends, and loved ones.


National Gratitude Month

During November, National Gratitude Month, I share the District's appreciation for all who support our students every day ... teachers, staff administrators and families! Thank you to our families for nurturing your children and entrusting them to our schools. We appreciate the support you show as sports boosters, PTA and Site Council members, arts supporters, and more! Thanks to our students who show up fully each day, working hard and bringing joy to our campuses. You are the only reason that we are here! Thanks to teachers and school staff who teach, counsel, support, and care for our students each day. And, thank you to the administrators who support each and every person on their sites and hold everything down! I'm so grateful that you are all part of our JUHSD family. I encourage you to spend time this month reflecting on what you are thankful for and sharing your gratitude with others.


Fall Recess, November 21-25, 2022

During this Thanksgiving vacation, I hope all are able to take a true break to celebrate this festive time of year with your loved ones.


We ask that all students and staff take the District-issued COVID take-home antigen tests (distributed to all sites this week) on Sunday, November 27 or Monday, November 28 prior to returning to campus, and again on Wednesday, November 30, during that first week back. If you are ill, please stay home and follow the COVID guidance.


Have a wonderful break and know that my door is always open.


Warmly,

Toni Presta

Superintendent

#juhsdproud

District Office Hours Next Week

In observance of our District's fall recess, all school sites will be closed Monday, November 21 through Friday, November 25 with school resuming on Monday, November 28. The District Office will be open during the following hours next week:


*Monday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm

*Tuesday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm

*Wednesday: 8:00 am-12:00 pm

*Thursday & Friday: Closed

Antigen Testing During Thanksgiving Break

This week, all District students and staff received two take-home rapid antigen COVID tests. As mentioned in this Update's opening message from Superintendent Presta, the District encourages everyone to take these tests on Sunday, November 27 or Monday, November 28 prior to returning to campus, and again on Wednesday, November 30, during that first week back.


If you test positive, you are asked to fill out this form and follow the current guidance found here. For additional COVID-related information, please visit the District’s COVID Response Page.


Something to note: Many have asked if they can use FDA-authorized at-home COVID diagnostic tests that have expired. Though the FDA does not recommend using these tests beyond their authorized expiration dates, diagnostic tests may be extended as additional stability data is collected. You can check the Expiration Date column of the List of Authorized At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests to see if your at-home OTC COVID-19 test has been extended and how to find any new expiration date.

Fall Break Resources & Tips from the JUHSD Wellness Team

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Our ATP students working in the community! #juhsdproud

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Transition Services Assistant Bernardina Arias joins ATP students Kayla, Kaelah, and Emily on their way to work at Serramonte Mall's Old Navy.

Board Meeting Highlights, November 15

Important information is shared during Board of Education meetings, yet not everyone is able to attend or view the entire meeting.


Please see highlights from Tuesday’s Board Meeting, including Jefferson High's Angelica Martinez being recognized as the District's November Student of the Month, by clicking here.

Oceana High School Hosts Arbor Day Festivities, November 12

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OHS Arbor Day photos courtesy of Paul Totah, Tree City Pacifica

Enrollment for the 2023-2024 School Year

Online enrollment for incoming 9th Graders opened this past Monday, November 14.


  • JUHSD will send a “JUHSD ParentVue Notification” email to the email address on file at your student’s current school (please make sure your email address is up to date)
  • If you do not receive the “JUHSD ParentVue Notification” email or letter by December 1, 2022, please contact registration@jeffersonunion.net
  • Through the JUHSD ParentVUE account, parents will:


  1. verify and update student demographic information
  2. upload three (3) Proofs of Residency
  3. Choose and rank schools. Review JUHSD Enrollment Policy at www.juhsd.net


Please visit our District's Enrollment Page for more information.

The Experiment: International Living

Since 1932, The Experiment has offered immersive summer abroad programs for high school students, including current grade 12 students. In 2023, this adventure will offer 11 programs in 9 countries, including homestays and the Woodlawn Scholarship opportunity with both partial and full scholarships. The Experiment will continue to offer our innovative program themes centered around critical global issues, as well as college credit and internships. Questions? Contact info@experiment.org. Watch more at The Experiment: What Will You Do This Summer? - YouTube. For additional information, please contact Alexandra Mullin, Westmoor High School Foreign Language Department Chair.


Image credit: experiment.org

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Sunday, November 20, is National Transgender Remembrance Day, a time for the LGBTQ+ community to honor, celebrate, and uplift the trans community. With anti-trans rhetoric and legislation at all-time highs, now more than ever, we need to listen to our trans community about our experiences. To learn more about ways in which you can honor and support this week, including resources and guides, please visit the Human Rights Campaign's website.

District Shirt For Sale

Many staff members, districtwide, have asked about the new black tee shirt being worn by District Office employees. As a fundraiser for their DO Sunshine Committee, these shirts were sold in early September. If you would like to purchase one, please click HERE.


Please contact Austin Worden, District Director of Communication and Staff Housing with any questions you may have.

Congratulations to Board President Rosie Tejada, Terra Nova's Alyssa Jenkins, & Educational Housing Corporation President Mike O'Neill!

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Click on the below electronic flyers to learn more about these events!

Click on the icons to follow us! #juhsdproud

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.