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Screen Shot of New District Office Site
If you have not already heard the news, the SMUHSD and all of its schools will be launching new websites Friday, December 1st!  

 

The district website address remains the same, but the school websites will have new web addresses...bookmark them now in preparation for December 1st!

 

The new school web addresses are:

  • Aragon High: www.smuhsd.org/aragonhigh
  • Burlingame High: www.smuhsd.org/burlingamehigh
  • Capuchino High: www.smuhsd.org/capuchinohigh
  • Hillsdale High: www.smuhsd.org/hillsdalehigh
  • Mills High: www.smuhsd.org/millshigh (www.millshigh.org will work too)
  • Peninsula High: www.smuhsd.org/peninsulahigh
  • San Mateo High: www.smuhsd.org/sanmateohigh (www.sanmateohigh.org will work too)
  • San Mateo Adult School: www.smuhsd.org/smas (www.smace.org will work too)

Remember...the links will not work until late Thursday night/early Friday morning.

 

When you visit the new sites, you’ll find:

  • A more visually appealing look (with more photos!)
  • A more intuitive reorganized website
  • More ways to highlight school and student accomplishments and events
  • A list of “quick links” and visual clickable “icons” that will take you to the pages most visited on our sites
  • “Portals” that will take you to all of the school tools you use in one place
  • Responsive design, meaning that you can easily view our website no matter using your home computer, phone or tablet

Looking forward to providing you new and improved websites!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis, District Admin, San Mateo Union High School District
Published: 11/28/17




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SMUHSD Staff Members Help Organize the FairThis past fall, the 4th annual Transition to Independence Fair was held at Sequoia High School. This annual event helps to promote the independence and full participation of people with disabilities in San Mateo County. This year's feedback on the Transition to Independence Fair was that it was the best fair to date! There were 30+ support agencies present to help guests with information on post-secondary education, training, employment, housing, benefits, transportation, and so much more. The highlight of this year's fair was a band from Stockton called The Advocates who are made up of 10 adults with developmental disabilities who sang motown, pop, and country songs to the crowd.  Guests had a variety of activities to choose from on the day of the fair including petting animals from Jasper Ridge Farms, painting art boxes provided by the Riekes Center from Menlo Park, a Zumba class put on by Community Gatepath, and more. In addition to the large presence of support agencies, fun activities, and entertainment there were six 50 minute workshops provided. The workshops covered benefits, healthcare, assistive technology, an agency support panel, and a youth panel sharing their experiences and challenges and successes in our community. SMUHSD staff members Eli Poblitz and Ofelia Angulo were on the Activities subcommittee and Judy Camarota also volunteered and represented Project Search. Learn more about the fair HERE.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis, District Admin, San Mateo Union High School District
Published: 11/20/17




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Seanna Fess Presents at Astrophysics ConferenceMs. Seanna Fess presented her work on exoplanets at the recent international conference “Know Thy Star, Know Thy Planet." Over 160 professional researchers from more than 10 countries gathered to discuss the star beyond the Sun that are known to have planets orbiting them. Ms. Fess, working with Dr. Steve B. Howell, the Head of Space Science and Astrobiology at NASA Ames Research Center, presented her findings related to NASA Kepler mission-discovered exoplanets. She studied a group of exoplanets known to orbit one star of a binary pair and performed calculations to determine which of the two stars the planet actually orbited. To date, her work suggests that the majority of exoplanets found in binary star systems orbit the brighter, more massive star, although she did find some evidence for a small portion that may orbit the smaller, fainter star. This work provides robust inputs to exoplanet formation models. Seanna is currently writing her results as a research paper to be submitted to a professional astrophysics journal in a few months.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis, District Admin, San Mateo Union High School District
Published: 11/20/17




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LOgo  SMHS Strikes Back Against HungerSan Mateo High School (SMHS) students are conducting their annual holiday food drive through November 27, 2017. The students’ goal this year will be to collect more than 100,000 pounds and continue their tradition of being one of the largest food drives in the country.  All donations will benefit the Samaritan House in San Mateo and Second Harvest Food Bank. This year’s campaign theme is “Can Wars: San Mateo High School 2017 Food Drive.” Community members who wish to donate may bring their canned food or monetary donations directly to San Mateo High School, located at 506 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo, weekdays from 7:45am - 3:15pm. You can also donate HERE. Monetary donations are tax-deductible and checks should be made out to “Samaritan House.” (An online donation link will be available soon.) Also, during after-school hours and weekends, students will be collecting donations at local supermarkets throughout the Peninsula from Burlingame to Belmont! Please help San Mateo High continue their tradition of helping people in need this holiday season!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 11/15/17




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Empty Bowls LogoCapuchino High Ceramics Students and the Skyline College Ceramics Club Present:

Empty Bowls Fundraiser
Wednesday, November 15th
6-8pm
Skyline College Fireside Dining Room, Building 6

3300 College Drive, San Bruno

Join us for an evening of entertainment, fun and food! For a minimum donation of $15, buy a handmade ceramic bowl created by Capuchino High School and Skyline College Ceramics students and fill it with your choice of soup made by Pacific Dining. Keep your bowl as a reminder of your generous donation to help support those in need. Money raised will be donated to the Skyline College SparkPoint Center, which provides resources to our students and the local community. The event will include the opportunity to purchase tickets for prize drawings of artwork and other gift items. Hope to see you there!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 11/13/17




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Who Am I logo for Mills High
Mills High Presents...
"Who Am I?" -- A Drama Showcase 
November 16-18 at 7pm and November 19 at 2pm 
Mills High School Theater, 400 Murchison Dr, Millbrae

Something new is coming to Mills Drama! The Mills Drama Department is mixing things up with the fall production or "showcase" of a collection of pieces and one acts centered around the same theme -- the theme of identity. The scenes will all deal with relationships and how we connect as human beings. The pieces will all be [mostly] student directed. You'll view numerous pieces that are written/directed by one of Mills' very own students! Notably, Chacha Tahng is writing an original show focused on the harsh realities of teenage life; Joseph Bonavia is writing an original show satirizing the current political climate; and Rachel Galles is pulling scenes from The Princess Bride and making them her own. The showcase's visionary, Ms. Tannous-Weisgerber, will be directing a piece on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, something she personally deals with as a person of Palestinian and European descent. Those watching will surely remain entranced watching the characters' stories as they find out who they are and who they want to be. For tickets, call Mills High at 650-558-2299.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 11/13/17




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Poster for Cap s play, Miracle Worker
Capuchino Drama Brings You...

The Miracle Worker

Samuel Johnson Jr, Performing Arts
Capuchino High School
1501 Magnolia Ave, San Bruno (*entrance on Millwood Ave.)
November 17 & 18 at 7pm
November 19 at 1pm

The Miracle Worker is the true story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, a gripping battle to overcome impossible obstacles and the struggle to communicate. As a young girl, Helen Keller is stricken with scarlet fever, which leaves her blind, mute, and deaf. Separated from the world of those with hearing and sight, Helen
cannot communicate with anyone, nor anyone with her. Often frustrated and desperate, Helen flies into uncontrollable rages, outbursts, and tantrums that horrify her hopeless family. The gifted teacher Annie Sullivan is summoned by the family to help the girl understand the world from which she is isolated, freeing Helen Keller from her internal prison forever. 

Tickets:      

  • Tickets Online: $10 Adults, $8 Students/Seniors 
  • Purchase tickets at capuchinodrama.weebly.com
     
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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 11/13/17




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Poster for Aragon s Production of 9 to 5
9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she? Performance dates:

  • Preview Night: Wednesday, Nov. 15th @ 7pm (door tickets only)
  • Opening Night: Thursday, Nov. 16th @ 7pm
  • Friday, Nov. 17th @ 7pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 18th @ 7pm
  • Sunday, Nov. 19th @ 2pm

Online ticket sales are open! https://aragondrama.com/tickets/

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 11/8/17




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Members of Aragon s GSA Club
Aragon's football games draw sizeable crowds, so the games become great opportunities to share education on a number of important and relevant teen related issues. At a recent home game, a group of Aragon students representing Aragon's GSA (Gender and Sexuality Awareness Club) educated sports fans on the importance of inclusivity of all students, including those teens who identify with the LGBTQ+ community. At the Aragon "Pride
Game," a number of students gave away Ally Stickers (rainbow emoji hearts), information and resource handouts, and wristbands with an inspiring message on the outside and the Trevor Project 24/7 hotline number on the inside. Thank you to all of the students who took the time to educate attendees on the important topic of gender identity. Photo: Front Row (L-R) Sara McNevin, Angela McNevin, Jayna Swami, Symonne Shih. Back Row: Granger Brenneman, Sean Parkis (Middle College), Eden Vasquez, Sofia Veizades.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 11/7/17




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iStock Image of Registration Key on Computer KeyboardSan Mateo Union High School District will begin accepting enrollments for the 2018-2019 school year on December 5th at the Office of Student Services located at 839 Hinckley Rd. in Burlingame. But you don't have to come into the office to make your appointment. Save yourself a trip and a phone call by going online to our new online enrollment booking system to secure your appointment. Click HERE starting November 6th -- the first day you can make an appointment. The last day for appointments is February 15, 2018.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 11/7/17




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Head shot of speaker Denise PopeThe SMUHSD and the Peninsula Parent Speakers Series Bring You...

Dr. Denise Pope: The Well-Balanced Student
Tuesday, November 14th, 7:00-8:30pm
Performing Arts Center
600 N Delaware St, San Mateo
 
Today’s high-pressure, fast-paced culture can interfere with healthy child development. When we are too focused on test scores, performance, and grades, we may deny our students the time and energy they need to effectively tackle the demanding work of growing up. This presentation will examine the tensions that can occur between students, parents, and educators over issues such as homework, grades, and the culture of competition. We’ll offer parents research-based strategies to create healthier home and school environments.
 
In this presentation, you will learn:

  • How students today are coping- or not- with the academic pressure they face
  • Ways you can reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement or engagement in school
  • Strategies to increase resilience, creativity, and well-being for your child

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 11/1/17




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iStock FootballIt’s Rivalry Week for the San Mateo Union High School District’s six comprehensive secondary schools. The week’s spirited activities center on three traditional football games scheduled on Friday and Saturday. The first two games are set for Friday, Nov. 3, when Hillsdale hosts Aragon and Mills travels to Capuchino; both games begin at 7:30 p.m. The following day, Nov. 4, Burlingame journeys to San Mateo; kickoff at the historic Little Big Game is set for 11 a.m.

  • The Aragon-Hillsdale contest was first played in 1962. Since both schools are located along Alameda de las Pulgas (literally “Avenue of the Fleas”), the game is called “The Battle of the Fleas.” Aragon leads in the series 34-18; there have been three ties.
  • The Mills-Capuchino game has been dubbed “The Battle of the Strip” because the two schools are located near one another off a section of El Camino Real in Millbrae/San Bruno. The rivalry began in 1959. Capuchino has the edge in the series, 37-21.
  • Saturday’s Little Big Game marks the 90th renewal of one of the oldest traditional contests between public schools in the Greater Bay Area. The two schools -- San Mateo High and Burlingame -- are located about a mile from one another. Burlingame leads in the series, which began in 1927, 53-32, with four ties. The two schools are the oldest in the San Mateo Union High School District.

We hope you are able to make it to these historical games!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/30/17




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HHS  Promo Poster Les MisHillsdale Drama is proud to announce our 2017 Fall Musical, Les Misérables. One of the greatest musicals of all time, Les Mis is based on Victor Hugo’s landmark novel about social change and political revolution in 19th century France, and Boublil and Schonber’s musical adaptation is a powerful examination of justice, change and redemption. Les Misérables has indisputably become the world's most popular musical, having been seen by over 50 million people worldwide, in 38 countries and translated into 21 languages. From its celebrated opening in London in October 1985, this adaptation immediately captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the theatre-going public. Les Misérables is directed by Allison Gamlen with musical direction by Matt Mattei, lighting and scenic design by Tom Stucke, and costume design by Audra Batter. Performances will be in Hillsdale’s Auditorium November 9-12. Length of show: approx. 2 hours.

Dates:

  • Thursday, Nov. 9th: 7:00 pm (Preview)
  • Friday, Nov. 10th: 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 11th: 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, Nov. 12th: 2:00 pm

Tickets:

  • Online: $17 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $10 Preview
  • At the Door: $20 Adults; $15 Students/Seniors; $10 Preview
  • Purchase tickets at www.hillsdaledrama.com

For more information, email hillsdaledramatix@gmail.com

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/30/17




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iStock Music PaperMills High School Music Presents the Fall Concert
October 27, 2017, 7pm

Mill High School Theater, 400 Murchinson Drive, Millbrae
Ticket Information:

  • Tickets on sale HERE.
  • $5 for High School/College Students and $10 for Adults.
  • Family Package (more than four people): $30
  • Middle School Students and Below: FREE
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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/25/17




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iStock Illustration of Student Being BulliedDid you know that more than 1 out of every 5 students report being bullied? It is statistics like these that make National Bullying Prevention Month, sponsored by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, so important. This nationwide campaign was founded in 2006. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. This campaign has grown from an initial week-long event to a worldwide effort with thousands of individuals participating in multiple activities throughout October. Hundreds of schools, major corporations, and many celebrities have joined the movement. Take action and show that you care about kids being safe at school, while online, and in the community. The SMUHSD has strict policies about any type of bullying. We ask that you join the SMUHSD in recognizing this national issue and help us prevent the devastating effects of bullying.

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Published: 10/24/17




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Poster for BHS  My Favorite YearBurlingame High School presents:
My Favorite Year
October 21, 27, 28 @ 7:30
October 22, 29 @ 2:00
Tickets available online
A classic musical comedy with a heart of gold, My Favorite Year features a tuneful score by the incomparable Tony-winning songwriters, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and is based on the hit Peter O'Toole film of the same name. The show opened on Broadway in 1993, and Andrea Martin won her first Tony Award for her hilarious turn in the original production. The story takes place in 1954 and Benjy Stone, writers' assistant on TV's "King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade," is assigned the daunting task of babysitting the veteran Hollywood swashbuckler, Alan Swann. The reckless Swann is in town to do a live guest appearance on the show and his antics and alcoholism nearly get Benjy fired. When Benjy is given an unexpected glimpse into Swann's broken heart, though, he begins to discover a thing or two about life and love. We hope you can join us!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/20/17




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iStock Sneakers with Arrows in Different DirectionsCollege Application Road Map
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
7-8:30pm
Performing Arts Center

600 N. Delaware, San Mateo
FREE!


The College application process can be overwhelming and intimidating both for parents and students. There are a myriad of decisions, conflicting information, and as a result, stress levels tend to be high. Come join us for this informative lecture on the "College Planning Road Map." Event participants will:

  • Gain insights on how to manage the stress of the process.
  • Understand roles and responsibilities of the students, parents, and support resources
  • Review a step-by-step "roadmap" including how to plan for academics, testing, extra-curricular activities, college selection, submission strategies, writing effective essays, financial planning and more.

More Information:

  • Due to limited seating, you must register by clicking HERE.
  • See the FLYER for the details. (Spanish and Chinese flyer coming soon!)
  • Event will have Spanish and Chinese interpretation.
  • Please come prepared to take notes. Photos and recordings of the workshop are prohibited and there will be no handouts.
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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/13/17




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iStock Image of Board MeetingSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, October 12, 2017 regular meeting. The meeting highlights include a celebration of teachers who gained permanent or partial permanent status the first day of the 17/18 school year, a visit from board members from the San Mateo County Board of Education who will be sharing information about their roles as county board members, a presentation to adopt an energy sustainability policy and budget, and a photo presentation of construction projects. The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo starting at 6:45pm with the teacher celebration. See the complete agenda by clicking HERE.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/11/17




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Hillsdale Knights Being Interviewed by Sky TV
The Hillsdale Knights won the first annual Sky Link Quiz Tournament which gave high school teams from all over the Bay Area an opportunity to showcase their knowledge of Asian culture, arts, language and history. The team consisted of Isaac Mao, Katia Pramono, Henry Gu, Spencer SihKatia, Katia Pramono, Hana Schwarz and Micah Dayag. The final competition on Saturday, October 7th also featured an additional "presentation round" during which our students spoke about what it means to be Asian American. Click HERE for a link of a 3 1/2 minute Chinese newscast of last week's regional championship. (Hillsdale is featured prominently from 0:30 -1:00.) The actual championship will be broadcast on Sky Link TV Channel 4.2/Comcast 193 this Saturday, October 14th from 7:30-8 pm. Please join the SMUHSD team in congratulating the Hillsdale Knight team that took home yet another honor for their school and the SMUHSD!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/11/17




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iStock  Teens in HallwayDon't miss the SMUHSD's 8th Grade Parent Information Nights held at each of our comprehensive high schools. This event is designed to help families of 8th grade students learn about the wonderful high schools of the SMUHSD. Highlights:

  • Learn about academic programs, and extracurricular clubs and activities.
  • Meet the staff who will help to guide your soon-to-be freshman.
  • Tour the school grounds.
  • Learn important pre-enrollment and registration dates.

Each school will have a unique and informative evening planned for you.

See the event flyer with the details:

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/10/17




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Stock Image of Marijuana PlantsJoin the SMUHSD for an important family education event:

Clearing the Smokescreen: A Frank Conversation about Marijuana
Tuesday, October 24th
7:00-8:30pm
Burlingame High School Theater
1 Mangini Way

FREE!

In January of 2018, the Marijuana laws in California are changing. What does that mean for our community? What do we know about how students are accessing marijuana now? What forms does it take? What should parents know about the effects of marijuana on adolescent brain development? What are the myths and what are the facts? No matter where you stand on the ideological spectrum of legalization, you won’t want to miss this panel conversation dedicated to giving you the latest information on this important health topic.

PANELISTS (subject to change)

  • Daniel Becker, M.D. Mills Peninsula Health Services
  • Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor
  • Al Serrato, Assistant District Attorney

MODERATOR: John Ryan (BHS Parent)

TO RSVP and submit questions, click HERE.

Special thanks to Burlingame High School Parent Education Team which opened this event up to the entire district! Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be available. See flyers in ENGLISH, SPANISH and CHINESE.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/9/17




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MItra at UC Davis
Mitra Pourmehraban, a senior at Mills High School, was among a select group of students who attended the UC Davis Young Scholars Program. The advanced science program, now over 50 years old and offered by the School of Education, introduces up to 40 high achieving high school sophomores and juniors to the world of original research in the biological and natural sciences. “Students work under the direction of real-world researchers,” said Rick Pomeroy, program director and teacher educator in the School of Education at UC Davis. “In fact, these high school students are engaged in research that most college undergraduates don’t have an opportunity to do.” Under the mentorship of Aldrin Gomes, Mitra conducted two research projects in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. To qualify for the program, students must have a strong academic record, have taken biology and two years of college preparatory mathematics, and have recommendations from teachers. In addition, applicants must write a personal essay. Congratulations Mitra!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/9/17




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Photo of Past College and Career FairThe annual San Mateo Union High School District's College & Career Fair is here again. More than 100 vendors will speak and offer guidance to more than 1,000 students and family members who will attend this popular and informative event.

Details:
Monday, October 16, 2017
Mills High School
College Fair: 6:30pm
Financial Aid Presentations in Auditorium: Session #1 starts at 5:45pm and Session #2 starts at 7:30pm

Click HERE for all of the details.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/4/17




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Stock Illustration  Cash for CollegeAttention High School Seniors and Families...

Don't miss "Cash for College!"
College of San Mateo
October 7, 2017
1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo

Financial Aid Information Workshops
Building 10, College Center
(Offered in English & Spanish)
10:30am–11:30am OR 12:00pm–1:00pm

See all of the details on the event flyer.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/3/17




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iStock Training Stock ImageThe Student Services team -- the team that handles topics such as enrollment, registration and requests for transfers to other schools -- will be at an all day training on Monday, October 9th. If you have any immediate questions, please call Student Services in advance. Thank you!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/3/17




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iStock Group Holding HandsThe recent act of violence in Las Vegas -- the largest mass shooting in US history -- can be unnerving for students, creating feelings of confusion, sadness and anxiety. As news reports of this frightening event unfold in the media, it is important that we all -- families, teachers and staff -- talk with students about their feelings and thoughts around this national tragedy and the many others in recent news. The SMUHSD team would like to share some links to tips from the National Education Association as originally offered by the National Association of School Psychologists and from the Orange County Department of Education. Both offer helpful information and guidance for families. If you have any concerns about your student, please contact your school's health and wellness coordinators.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 10/2/17




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iStock diversity illustrationOn September 5, 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over two and half years. The ILRC web page lays out what this means for DACA recipients, those with pending applications, those who need to renew their DACA, and more. Click HERE to access resources.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 9/28/17




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National Merit Scholarship Program LogoTwo dozen San Mateo Union High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the competition for 2018 National Merit Scholarships. The District seniors are among 16,000 National Merit semifinalists nationwide announced this week. Of those, about 7,500 are expected to be scholarship recipients next year.

In all, about $32 million worth of National Merit awards will be made. Those scholarships, considered among the most prestigious in the U.S. for secondary students, are funded by colleges, corporations and the National Merit Scholarship Program, now in its 63rd year. These are the District semifinalists:

 

  • Aragon:  Arthur Cai, Avichal Goel, Diana Gong, Frank Liu, Eric Shen, Meilling Thompson, Michael Wang, Chris Xiong, Lily Zhou.
  • Capuchino: Julia Cordero, Niven Jayanthi.
  • Hillsdale: Jamie Ip, Benjamin Liao.
  • Mills: Jasmine Carson, Kaitlyn Chan, Carson Eschen, Sarah Huang, Hongxiao Zhou, Eric Zhu.
  • San Mateo: Vidaat Dunna, Shannon Lu, Lily Sai, Emily Sun, Charles Xiao.
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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 9/27/17




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Hillsdale Effect Being Honored at San Mateo City Council
The Hillsdale Effect, Hillsdale High's unique Interact Club which focuses on addressing issues of poverty, was honored at a September San Mateo City Council meeting for its work in providing microloans to impoverished women in Guatemala. The Guatemalan Consul General was in attendance and hand-delivered certificates of recognition to more than 20 students and then met and talked with them after the ceremony. This was part of a celebration of the friendship between Guatemala, Mexico and the City of San Mateo. The Hillsdale Effect, entering it's 10th year, has raised over $60,000 for microloans to help women in Guatemala start or grow small businesses. Since 2009, the club -- a partnership between San Mateo Rotary Club, the non-profit organization Namaste-Direct, and students from Hillsdale and Middle College -- has sent over 80 students to learn about poverty, international development and Guatemalan culture as part of an annual Microfinance Study Tour held each summer. Teachers Sarah Press and Greg Lance advise the club, which is about to begin it's annual "Penny Wars" fundraising campaign for microloans. Those interested in learning more about the club and how you can help are encouraged to visit the Hillsdale Effect's student-designed website

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 9/26/17




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BHS Robotics TrophyThe BHS Robotics team recently competed in its first competition this school year. It was a tough competition as many of the best robotics teams in the world were present. Before the "Alliance" selection, the BHS Panthers were 23 out of 40, but with very good individual stats. The BHS team was the second pick (better ranked than last year) on an Alliance of three other robots. The BHS Alliance won in the quarterfinals, won in the semifinals and made it to the finals. In the finals, the Panthers lost one, won one and had a tiebreaker, and ultimately did not win. This was the first time that BHS made it to the finals! They won their first trophy! What is most impressive about the BHS team is that it is a student-run team with adult mentors offering guidance but not actually doing the work (unlike other teams), meaning that this was really a major student accomplishment. We are proud of our "robo" Panthers. Congratulations!

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Published: 9/26/17




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iStock Board MeetingSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, September 28, 2017 regular meeting. The meeting highlights include a review of the past year’s summer school, a presentation on progress regarding academic goals and results from the 2016-17 pilot teacher evaluation system. The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo starting at 7:00pm. See the complete agenda by clicking HERE.

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Published: 9/26/17




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BHS Band Pet Parade photo courtesy of Lucas Avillez
Join the Burlingame High School Band and the City of Burlingame for the 14th Annual Burlingame Pet Parade. The BHS Band will join Pickles, a miniature pig who serves as a therapy pig for the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA and the parade's Grand Marshal, for this wonderful community event scheduled for this Saturday, September 23rd. The family-friendly parade will begin at 10am on Broadway in Burlingame. For more information, including a map of the parade route and photos of previous parades, see www.burlingamepetparade.com, or call (650) 342-2073. We hope you can join our BHS Band this Saturday!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 9/19/17




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SMUHSD Bridge ProgramWe are excited that the District’s newly established English Language Development (ELD) Bridge Program -- a much needed program that serves older newcomer students -- is under way and growing weekly! The ELD Bridge Program, an extension of Peninsula High School, is hosted by the Adult School and is designed to serve the district’s newcomer ELD students who are entering the SMUHSD as juniors or seniors with few to no credits and who would be better served in an alternative program. The goal is to accelerate students’ language acquisition, prepare them to successfully “bridge” to the Adult School and open up greater opportunities to fulfill students’ educational and career goals. In addition to a robust academic program consisting of double block (a two hour class) of ELD, Math and Spanish for Native Speakers, students work with bilingual mental health therapists and are exposed to a variety of guest speakers and field trips, with the goal of developing academic and social communication skills for school, work and life. We thank the Adult School administration and staff for their hospitality and we look forward to partnering with community organizations and accessing community resources that will support our students as they step into adulthood and integrate in this new society.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 9/15/17




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iStock Holding HandsThe San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) and Kara Invite You to...

Caring Presence - Supporting our Teens In Their Grief
Monday, September 25, 2017
Registration: 6pm-6:30pm
Presentation: 6:30pm-8pm
San Mateo High School Library
506 Delaware Street, San Mateo

This event is intended to provide SMUHSD families and our broader community with additional skills to address our teen's grief by developing a foundation of knowledge on grief, growing one's sense of compassion, and providing opportunities to reflect inward on one's own grief history. Through psycho-education, experiential exercises and group discussion, attendees will learn to: use tools that will allow them to recognize symptoms of grief, support those in grief, and gain skills to use a framework to process loss.

Interpretation will be available in Spanish and Chinese. Light refreshments will be served. For questions, please contact Sheri at 650.558.2202 or scosta@smuhsd.org.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 9/8/17