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Students in Action Leadership GroupThis past Spring, Capuchino High formed a new club -- Students in Action which is part of the Jefferson Awards progrma. This newly formed student group presented at the Regional Celebration earlier this year.  There were 31 high schools that presented. Capuchino won the "Fast Start Winner" award.  Please congratulate the leadership of this club:

  • Shylo Drenning - co President
  • Kathy Lin - co President
  • Emily Vasil - Vice President
  • Hannah Engel - Secretary
  • Alaina Keys - Treasurer
  • Josie McHale - Advisor
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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/22/17




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Maxum Yu with Award CertficateCongratulations to BHS sophomore Maxim Yu was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco’s Forty- Eighth annual high school design competition! Eighty eight students participated in the competition from both public and private high schools in the San Francisco Bay area. This is an exciting competition where high school students put their design skills, creativity, spatial and analytical thinking and craftsmanship to the test. Students design a building and communicate their design solutions through a narrative essay, CAD drawings and architectural models. Congratulations Maxim!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/22/17




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2016 SIA Food Drive
San Mateo’s Jefferson Awards, Students in Action (SIA) team earned first place for their commitment to the expansion of service not only in their school but also by their deep engagement with community partners and service agencies. The team exuded the spirit of SIA through their achievements towards the main goal they set for themselves: to support the 15 other service clubs (thanks to the 15 advisors and Club Leaders) on their campus. In doing so, they not only demonstrated growth and leadership, but they also inspired others to volunteer (driving 9,200 hours of service) and impacted an estimated 25,000 individuals. In addition to hosting two Volunteer Fairs, San Mateo implemented a more personalized approach by partnering with the college and career center to host “Meet and Greets” (with Advisor Nancy Kane) with local non-profits. This effectively allowed a broader cross section of students the opportunity to volunteer outside of school. As a result 50 percent of their school engaged in volunteerism – a 22 percent increase from last year. The team raised $50,000 (a 32 percent increase from last year) to benefit more than 15 organizations in the Bay Area. To deepen community involvement, San Mateo collaborated with the Adult School (thanks Adult School!), Menlo Atherton High School (thanks to Mr. Amoroso!), Berkeley High (thanks to John V.!)  and Hillsdale High (thanks to BOTH basketball schools teams, thanks Ms. Dinges and Coach Lui) on activities ranging from a food and fund drive to cancer awareness events Go4TheGoal (with Mr. Scheller) and the Pink Out (with the Athletic Boosters).  They also expanded the mission of The Jefferson Awards by bestowing 15 Jefferson Awards to exceptional students, parents and faculty.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/22/17




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Ms. Johnson with Daughter at Earth DayEvery day and especially on Earth Day, Environmental Science teachers, Ms. Johnson and Ms. Kirkpatrick help to make our community a better place. This year, Ms. Johnson and her daughter joined others at Coyote Point Park at the Earth Day Beach and Park Cleanup.  As Ms. Johnson shares, "Part of being a good citizen is teaching kids to do their part through being an environmental steward. It feels good to do my part in being a role model by cleaning up trash to better our shared resources."

 

Thank you Ms. Johnson!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/22/17




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SMUHSD's Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, June 22, 2017 regular meeting. At this meeting, staff will provide updates on the following topics of school and community interest:​​​​​​​

  • An update on the district's charter school, Design Tech (d.tech)
  • Approval of the 2017-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)
  • Adoption of the 2017-18 annual budget

The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo starting at 7:30pm (note that the usual start time is 7pm). More info at www.smuhsd.org

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/19/17




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Stanford University LogoAttention teens...join our community partner Stanford for an exciting event on teenage mental health. Details:

 

Stanford Mental Health Innovation Challenge
Empowering youth to shape the future of mental health
Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University
June 24-25, 2017

8am-6pm


This is an event for incoming San Mateo and Santa Clara County 10th-12th graders to better understand the mental health challenges that affect our communities and develop innovative ideas to tackle these issues. For more information, go to www.smhic.com.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/14/17




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Light Award LogoWe are extremely proud for the work of several of our SMUHSD teachers and colleagues from other districts for their work with the Spanish for Native Speakers Professional Learning Community. This team of teachers has won a Light Award. Comprised of six teachers at four different schools in San Bruno, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz, the team has made it their mission over the past two years to develop a way to share learnings, lend support, and develop materials together for this crucial but under-resourced field. Now in the final year of their LIGHT Awards project, they are presenting their pedagogical work at conferences. They are also planning to continue the personal and professional alliance that they now share. In the words of the participating teachers, their LIGHT Awards grant helped build a strong, sustainable community of like-minded teachers. Watch the video to learn more.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/14/17




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Youth Bridge LogoSan Mateo High's Adam Thomas and Michelle Rodriguez won first place for Top Newcomer Pair at the Bay Area High School Bridge Championship this past spring. Join us in congratulating Michelle and Adam on their strong performance, finishing in the top half of a field with some very experienced tournament players!
 

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/14/17




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BHS Robotics Team in HoustonThe BHS Robotics team had a lot of fun and gained a lot of competition experience in Houston, Texas at the FIRST Robotics Championships this past spring. The BHS team was selected for the 6th place alliance in the Roebling Division. They did not advance into the quarterfinals, but the teachers and students were so happy to be there, much less be selected for an alliance! Thanks to all the teachers and counselors for supporting our students through this hectic competition season!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/14/17




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Michele Leads a New Teacher OrientationOur very own Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), Michele Fichera, has been nominated for a teacher councilor service position for the American Historical Association (AHA). Her  experiences as a history-social science teacher, teacher leader at the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, and professional development and induction coordinator for the SMUHSD has provided her with extensive experience in helping a wide range of teachers strengthen their instructional practice. Her hope is to promote history social-science education in order to support our teachers, and thus our students, learning how history tells the story of who we are, how we arrived here and the variety of ways we can participate and engage in our communities. If selected as the new Council member, she will represent the interests of graduate students in Council, play a leadership role in organizing participation of graduate students in AHA activities, and disseminate information about AHA activities and initiatives to graduate students in history. Good luck Michele!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/8/17




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National Merit LogoFourteen outstanding San Mateo Union High School District seniors have been awarded National Merit Scholarships. The monetary prizes are regarded as being among the most prestigious available to U.S. secondary students. The 14 District National Merit honorees are:

  • Michael Chang, Mills
  • Ellen Chao, Aragon
  • Ryan Chapman, Capuchino
  • Joshua DeWitt, Aragon
  • Margaret Dong, San Mateo
  • Hannah Doyle, Hillsdale
  • Sagrika Jawadi, Aragon
  • Carolin Jia, Aragon
  • Juliet Lee, Hillsdale
  • Matthew Lee, Mills
  • Rebecca Pei, Burlingame
  • Justin Sell, Aragon
  • Kelvin Yang, Aragon
  • Cindy Zhang, San Mateo

Competition for National Merit Scholarships is nationwide and rigorous. More than 1.6 million juniors from 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in order to begin the process to vie for the 2017 awards. This year, officials of the National Merit Scholarship program have announced that about 7,500 high-achieving U.S. high school seniors have been named National Merit winners. The total value of those scholarships is estimated to be nearly $32 million, sponsored by and funded by colleges and universities, U.S. corporations and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation itself. The National Merit Scholarship program, based in Evanston, IL, was begun in the mid-1950s. It is now more than 60-years-old.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/8/17




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iStock Running Shoes on TrackFour outstanding student-athletes representing San Mateo Union High School District schools competed in the 2017 California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Meet held on the first weekend in June in Fresno County. Three of the District competitors were from Mills High School: Sarah Gayer (3,200 meters); Taina Livai (shot put); and Isi Mapa (shot put). Jimmy Escobar of Burlingame High School competed in the pole vault as well. The students did not finish high enough to qualify for points in the finals. However, their participation is noteworthy because of the size and scope of the California track and field meet. It is the largest such event in the U.S., embracing 10 separate geographic sections and more than 4,400 high schools located throughout the state. The District’s high-achieving foursome qualified for the state meet by producing strong marks and finishes in their individual events in the Central Coast Section Track and Field Meet held in late May. That section includes schools from San Francisco south to King City.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/8/17




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Aragon Chamber in IrelandTroy Davis, Director of Jazz and Bands at Aragon High, is one of a total of 197 music teachers from 187 cities across 45 states plus Washington, D.C., who has been identified as a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award™ presented by the Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Museum®. In total, more than 2,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. Congratulations Troy! (Troy photographed far right in the photo above.)

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/8/17




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Katie Toye of Design Tech High School, Rachael Stucke of Hillsdale High School and Elisa Eimon of San Mateo High School have been selected and invited to represent their schools at the California Girl State conference in Southern California later this month. California Girls State is a leadership program of the American Legion Auxiliary designed to increase awareness and knowledge of governmental processes while learning about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship. To learn more, click HERE. Congratulations to Katie, Rachael and Elisa!

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Published: 6/8/17




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iStock Image  Board MeetingSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, June 8, 2017 regular meeting. At this meeting, staff will provide updates on various topics of school and community interest:

  • A resolution honoring the retiring and long-time Adult School Director, Larry Teshara, for 50 years of service in education 
  • Presentation of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) 2017-2020
  • Presentation of the Tentative Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018
  • Public Hearing on Reserves in Excess of Minimum Reserve Requirements
  • Enrollment Update and Approval to Adjust School Capacity Numbers
  • Approval of Home-to-School Bus Fees for 2017-2018 School Year
  • Approval to Increase Facilities Use Fees

The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo starting at 7pm. Click HERE to see the entire agenda.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/6/17




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Larissa Qian Honored at Home Plate Ceremony
The Jefferson Awards Foundation and the San Francisco Giant's organization honored Larissa Qian for her volunteerism and service work at the Home Plate Ceremony on May 30th. Here are some photos from the evening. Larissa is shown here with Freda Statom, Regional Executive Director of the Jefferson Awards Foundation and Giant's pitcher, Cory Gearrin #62. Larissa's service work dedicated to the One Dollar for Life (ODFL) organization and the YMCA Youth & Government program were featured. Thank you Tammy Esrailian, ODFL advisor, for your wonderful guidance and support!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/2/17




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Students Wear Over the Limit Drinking Glasses

During Alcohol Awareness Month, BHS hosted its first ever Alcohol Awareness Fair. BHS students flocked to the fair to learn more about the effects and results of under age drinking. Held in the campus quad, many organizations, including the Burlingame Police Department, Hillsborough Fire Department, MADD, Health Right 360, and Planned Parenthood brought interactive and meaningful exhibits to teach students about the risks of alcohol use and harm reduction. Thank you to our community partners!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/26/17




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The Capuchino High School staff stepped up and took on the Wellness Program's challenge to have the most staff members in the district participate in the Bay Area Bike to Work Day. Nine faculty and staff, including Maria Matilla, Mauricio Rodriguez, Erik Olsen, Jewel Walli, Sara Devine, Mario Ellis, Kirk Sandivick, Kristen Tucker, and Vicki Mahoney, rode their bikes to work from all over the Bay Area. Participants earned prizes including bike accessories, along with healthy snacks and coffee provided by our on-site wellness facilitator. Thanks to our Bike to Work participants, we won the Wellness Program Challenge and enjoyed a Chipotle luncheon for the entire Capuchino staff thanks to the SMUHSD Wellness Program.

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Published: 5/26/17




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Daily Journal Photo  Tam Realizes She Beat Record

In May, the San Mateo High Bearcat Larisa Tam swam to a new PAL meet record in the girls’ 100 breaststroke. Read all about her accomplishment in the San Mateo Daily Journal's article, Athlete of the Week: San Mateo's Larisa Tam. Photo Credit: Terry Bernal of the Daily Journal.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/26/17




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iStock Board Meeting MicrophoneSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, May 25, 2017 regular meeting. At this meeting, staff will provide updates on three topics of school and community interest:

  • Staff will provide an update on the Student Wellness and Parent Engagement Goal (“Goal 3”) of this year's LCAP. In addition, the District will provide a brief overview of the California Dashboard, the State of California's new tool for evaluating district and school performance and progress.
  • At the March 23rd meeting, the Board of Trustees, by a majority, did not vote in favor of a later start, but instead voted to explore related recommendations that would give families options. Staff will provide an update on related recommendations at the meeting.
  • Staff will provide a summary of our housing exploration efforts to date. The project is currently “on hold” until the SMUHSD can find a more central home for Peninsula Alternative High which is a critical piece in providing needed affordable housing for our staff. 

The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo starting at 7pm. Click HERE to see the entire agenda.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/24/17




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iSTock Hand in Hand Showing SupportJoin the SMUHSD, experts in the field of teenage mental health, community partners and fellow families for an in-depth and personal discussion of the epidemic of teenage mental health challenges.

 

 

 

Monday, June 5th
6:30-8pm
Burlingame High School Alumni Room
1 Mangini Way, Burlingame
FREE
Light refreshments will be served.
Presented in English, Spanish and Chinese.

This forum will give families the opportunity to receive education from teen mental health leaders like Stanford and Star Vista, connect with families who endure your struggles, and learn that help is there for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn information that will ultimately help your student through difficult times.

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Published: 5/24/17




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The 17th annual City Arts of San Mateo High School Arts Recognition Program recently took place. This program is open to all students attending Aragon, Hillsdale, and San Mateo High Schools. City Arts' mission is to inspire, encourage, and acknowledge the creativity and talent of our high school students. The following is a list of winners of the 2017 City Arts of San Mateo High School Arts Recognition Program.

  • Visual Grand Prize:  Xinyue Zhang - Hillsdale High School
  • Visual  2D First Place:  Laen Chan - San Mateo High School
  • Visual Photography First Prize: Kelsey Araghi - Aragon High School
  • Visual 3D First Place: Madeleine Seidman - San Mateo High School
  • Literary Grand Prize: Priscilla Yang - Aragon High School
  • Literary First Place Poetry: Grace Marshall - Aragon High School
  • Literary First Place Prose: Olivia DiNapoli - Aragon High School

Visual Honorable Mentions:
Aragon:

  • 2D - Nayan Saha and Angelique Gomez
  • Photography - Kyra Mingus, Pia Yoon and Casey Hull
  • 3D - Daniela Danelli and Jossie Tamsil
  • Hillsdale:
  • 2D - Madison Luzar and Marissa Wong
  • 3D - Elizabeth Donovan and Felix Allard

San Mateo:

  • 2D - Chandni Garg and Paulina Trujillo
  • Photography - Larissa Carvalho Ferreira and Kyra Cruse
  • 3D - Nayelli Ahtou and Lily Scorso

Literary Honorable Mentions:

  • Aragon Poetry: Kelsey Araghi and Juliet Bost
  • San Mateo Poetry: Chaya Chudasama, Zion Shih, Esther Snetov
  • Aragon Prose: Olivia Tobin and Lexa Wilkins
  • Hillsdale Prose: Mabel Gonzales and Julia Harvey
  • San Mateo Prose: Jasmine Chin, Shannon Lu, Christina Tran

Congratulations to all of our students and "thank you" to City Arts for encouraging and nurturing the arts in San Mateo.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/19/17




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iStock - Photo of a Pole Vault

Huge congratulations to senior Jimmy Escobar, the new BHS pole vault record-holder (15' 2"). He recently earned a San Mateo Daily Journal "Athlete of the Week" highlight. See the article by clicking HERE. Congratulations to Jimmy and "thank you" to his coach and fellow athletes who inspire him to keep challenging himself.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/19/17




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BHS Teachers Lau and Zozos at Friendship WalkRecently, Burlingame faculty members Sonny Lau and Michael Zozos volunteered at the Best Buddies Friendship Walk in Golden Gate Park. Starting before dawn, these teachers were part of the set-up crew assembling registration and hospitality tents, arranging signage, and facilitating the execution of day-of operations during the event. This year's walk drew close to 1,000 participants, including Lou Seal, the mascot of the San Francisco Giants. The Friendship Walk is a yearly fundraising event for Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by fostering one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development. As Mr. Zozos shares, "I volunteer with Best Buddies to advocate for, and encourage, inclusion for everyone!" That's the Panther spirit! More information on Best Buddies can be found at www.bestbuddies.org.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/19/17




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Image  San Mateo County Grand Opening of Pride Center

San Mateo County Pride Center
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Don't miss this historic moment as the County opens its doors of the first LGBTQ+ community center in San Mateo County! Come kick off Pride Month, tour the facilities, and learn about programs and services. The event will include an open house, ribbon cutting ceremony, speakers, musical performances, art and delicious refreshments. Details:

Thursday, June 1, 2017
4-7pm
1021 South El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402

RSVP today at sanmateopride.eventbrite.com.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/18/17




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Head shot of Superintendent Skelly"A few months ago, I attended the San Mateo City Council study session where the council discussed and heard comments on a proposed resolution to support residents who lack citizenship documentation. There were multiple speakers, including many nervous high school students who spoke in favor of the resolution and opponents who spoke against it. The young people shared their stories of coming to San Mateo County to escape crime, economic collapse in their homeland and to be with their parents and relatives. Despite being able to communicate effectively in English, the students chose to speak in Spanish. While their arguments resonated with me, I found myself wishing the students had shared their considerable English skills; it somehow felt like it took something away from their points..."

Read Superintendent Skelly's Op Ed in the San Mateo Daily Journal by clicking HERE.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/12/17




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LCAP ImagePlease help the SMUHSD update our LCAP – a document and key “roadmap” to guide our mission of providing an excellent education for a better future. You can help the District team to ensure that every student – no matter where they are from, what language they speak, their level of abilities, and that each student receives access to a rigorous and high quality education, and the opportunity to live a bright future. We will complete the final 2017-2020 LCAP plan on Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Avenue, San Mateo. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to sgill@smuhsd.org. Your participation will help the SMUHSD close achievement gaps! Hope to see you there!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/12/17




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Logo for Washington Post s Most Challenging School RankingsAll six comprehensive high schools in the San Mateo Union High School District have been included in a 2017 list pointing out and ranking America’s Most Challenging High Schools. The list of the nation’s top secondary schools is the product of the Washington Post’s Jay Mathews, a graduate of Hillsdale High School. He has been producing his findings since 1998. Here are the District’s schools and their rankings: Aragon, No. 581; Burlingame, No. 595; San Mateo, No. 759; Capuchino, No. 1,477; Hillsdale, No. 1,503; Mills, 1,711. Click HERE to see the complete press release.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/12/17




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Logo Stride for Awareness 5K Walk Run with PALOn Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 9am, the San Mateo Police Activities League and Stride for Awareness (an initiative developed by one of our very own students) are hosting a 5K Run/Walk for Student Wellness. The goal of this run is to bring our community together to raise awareness about the importance of Student Health & Mental Wellness. Our event will take place at Seal Point Park (1901 J. Hart Clinton Dr., San Mateo). To register for the race, click HERE. Early bird registration discount until May 15th!
 

A speaker series is scheduled for the day before the run, Saturday, May 20th from 10-12pm at the Martin Luther King Center, 725 Monte Diablo Ave., San Mateo. From a student’s perspective, our speakers will discuss how we can change feeling insecure, overwhelmed and confused to feeling confident, in control and triumphant. To register for this speaker series, click HERE.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/12/17




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istock hands of supportThe end of the semester and individual life challenges combined with the emotional ups and downs of these important teenage years can really have an impact on a student’s well-being. The SMUHSD team wants to remind you that we have a team of counselors and therapists at all of our schools to help your student through difficult times. If you are concerned about the emotional well-being of your student for any reason, please do not hesitate to call your counselor. They are there to assist you.

 

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/10/17




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Aragon High LogoFor the fourth year in a row, Aragon was selected as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” in the country and awarded the Support Music Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation. Aragon is only one of 92 schools in the nation to receive this honor. To learn more about this award, visit NAMM online. Thank you to the wonderful community that supports our music prorgram; this honor would not have been possible without you.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/8/17




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SMHS Spring Concert PosterThe San Mateo High School (SMHS) Music Department presents...
Spring Concert
Wednesday, May 10th
7pm
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 N Delaware St, San Mateo

This concert will feature Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Bella Sinfonia.

Tickets: $10 Adults/$5 Students

Don't miss it!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/8/17




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BHS Panther Music LogoEnd your school year on a high note!  You don't want to miss the final music concerts of the year:

 

  • BHS/SMHS Spring Choir Concert, Thursday, May 11, 7pm, SMPAC. Includes performances by Chorus, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers from both schools, Tickets are $10 at the door.
  • BHS Spring Band Concert, Friday, May 12, 7pm, BHS Theater. Includes performances by Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. Tickets are $10 at the door, $5 for students, and middle school students or younger are free.

Hope to see you at one or both of these shows!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/8/17




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iStock board meeting microphoneSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to two board meetings the week of May 8th. On Monday, May 8th starting at 5:30pm, the Board of Trustees will have a special meeting and study session to discuss the 17/18 budget only.

On Thursday, May 11th starting at 7pm at a regularly scheduled Board meeting, staff will present an overview of our District's AVID program and the ways in which it has been successful in building a college-going culture among first-generation, low-income students, will provide a summary of the work the District English Learner Advisory Committee  (DELAC) did this year to understand the current state of the District’s English Learner programs and policies, and will ask the Board to approve a set of common minimum expectations for all English courses across the District.

Click HERE for the May 8th agenda and HERE for the May 11th agenda. Both meetings will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo.

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Published: 5/8/17




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TiStock Basketball Imagewo San Mateo Union High School District basketball players have been named to the San Francisco Chronicle’s 2016-17 All-Metro team. Capuchino High School’s Marquez Mozeke and Mills High School’s Aubrie Businger were selected on the newspaper’s honorable mention lists as outstanding representatives from the Peninsula. Both student-athletes were first-team All-Peninsula Athletic League honorees as well.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/5/17




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StethoscopeSign up for your 2017 Sports Physical! All athletes from fall, winter, and spring sports are welcome. The physicals will be held at Burlingame High School on Saturday May 20, 2017. The deadline for sign ups is May 16, 2017.) This is a great opportunity to get your physical completed at a convenient location and for a nominal fee.  We do ask that you sign up and register for the event.  There are a limited number of spaces, so please do not wait to sign up. If you have any questions please see your Athletic Trainer at your respective school. Grab some friends and come get your physical completed. Remember, date of examination indicates beginning of 12-month eligibility for competitive athletics. Visit this web page and click on "register online" to register.

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Published: 5/4/17




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Poster of SF Wind Ensemble ConcertJoin us for the SF Wind Ensemble's 4th and final concert of the season. Guest Conductor: Anthony Mazzaferro.

Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Aragon High School Theater
Repertoire Includes:

  • James Barnes: Third Symphony Op.89
  • Schuman: George Washington Bridge
  • Cichy: Pandemonium
  • Carter Pann: Slalom

Online tickets are $10 ($15 at the door). Get your tickets by clicking HERE. Students with valid student ID are FREE.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/2/17




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Capuchino s Spring Concert PosterCapuchino Music Proudly Presents:

A Spring Concert
Thursday, May 4th
BBQ Dinner/Concessions 5:30-6:45pm with Concert at 7pm
Samuel Johnson, Jr. Performing Arts Center, 1501 Magnolia Avenue, San Bruno

Tickets:

  • $10 Adults
  • $5 Students
  • FREE for Children Under 5 Yrs. of Age

Hope to see you there!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 5/2/17




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Coach ParodiSan Mateo High School swimming coach Kathy Parodi has been named a Central Coast Section spring 2016-17 Honor Coach. She is one of a number of coaches in a variety of spring sports feted by CCS. Kathy, who has coached at San Mateo for more than a decade, was cited for her dedication and coaching skills. It was noted that she is “a constant source of inspiration” for her student-athletes, focusing on guiding her swimmers “to strive for greatness.” According to CCS officials, she imparts lessons that go well beyond the swimming pool. The Honor Coach award is voted on by coaching colleagues in a particular sport. Congratulations, Kathy, for a job well-done.

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Published: 5/1/17




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Postcard Promoting MateoMoves

Mateo Motion showcases San Mateo High's dance students in beginning, intermediate, and advance dance classes. The performances include choreography by Robyn Tribuzi, our award winning Dance Director, as well as dances created by our talented students. Details:
Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th, 2017
7:30 pm
San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware Street
Tickets available at smhsdance.org

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Published: 4/26/17




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On Wednesday, May 3, the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame and the Burlingame High School (BHS) Parents’ Group will present a FREE screening of “Before the Flood,” which features Leonardo DiCaprio on an international journey as a United Nations “Messenger of Peace,” sounding the alarm about the growing climate crisis. He joins scientists on expeditions uncovering the reality of climate change, meets with political leaders fighting against inaction and discovers a disinformation campaign aimed at confusing the public. The program also will include BHS student Jeffery Chen’s video, “The Plastic Bottle Controversy Explained,” which recently was the Overall Festival Winner at the Clear the Air Filmfest. In addition, Phil Gregory of Burlingame law firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy will speak briefly about a landmark lawsuit by 21 young people who are suing the U.S. government to take action on climate change. This program will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium at Burlingame High School, 1 Mangini Way, Burlingame. Admission is FREE.

BHS student Jeffrey Chen's video can be viewed HERE. For more information on the young people's lawsuit, click HERE. For more information on this event, visit cecburlingame.org or email info@cecburlingame.org.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 4/26/17




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Knight Moves - KMXIX - A Dance Concert
Presented by the Hillsdale High School Dance Ensemble
April 27th-29th, 2017
Performances at 7pm
Hillsdale High School Auditorium, 3115 Del Monte St., San Mateo

Tickets

  • General Admission: $17
  • Student/Senior Citizen: $10
  • Children 6 and under: FREE

For ticket information, call Sabrina Braccini at 650.558.2623 or visit www.hhs.schoolloop.com. See the hard work that goes into Knight Moves by clicking HERE.

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Published: 4/25/17




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CIEE LogoAragon High has won a Council Global Navigator Scholarship from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Thirteen students from Aragon will be going abroad with CIEE this summer, some fully funded and some partially funded based on the award.The programs/destinations they will be participating in are:

  • Biodiversity & Conservation in Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Marine Ecology in Kralendijk, Bonaire
  • Global Entrepreneurship in Berlin, Germany
  • Aquatic Ecosystems & Sustainability in Lisbon, Portugal
  • French Language & Culture in Toulouse, France
  • Youth Development in Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Japanese Language & Pop Culture in Tokyo, Japan
  • Children's Rights & Education Service, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • German Language and Culture, Berlin, Germany

This scholarship validates that Aragon High is committed to language education, world studies curriculum and global citizenship. Being an "official Global Navigator partner school" provides funding of a minimum of $25,000 to help students go on these world learning adventures. To learn more about the CIEE, click HERE.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 4/20/17




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Aragon High teacher Nicole Elenz-Martin has won the Outstanding teacher of World Language in California at the annual California Language Teacher's Association (CLTA) Conference. The Outstanding Teacher Award is bestowed on a world languages and culture educator who exemplifies exceptional qualities which demonstrate passion for teaching and learning. Congratulations Nicole!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 4/20/17




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Lions Speaker Club Group Photo
Both Lauren Valles and Jonathan Cayaban (photographed center) competed as true Capuchino mustangs in the Lions Student Speaker Contest. After much panel discussion, Lauren Valles won the Zone level of the Lions student speaker contest. Congratulations to both Lauren and Jonathan for their hard work!

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Published: 4/20/17




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Photo of Teacher Lisa DolehideSan Mateo Adult School (SMAS) English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Lisa Dolehide was awarded the 2017 California Council for Adult Education Bay Section Excellence in Teaching Award.  Lisa has been the wind beneath the wings of SMAS' model Student Council program. For fourteen years, she was the Council advisor, growing it from a small exercise in democracy to a powerhouse of student voice and action.  She has also been an invaluable participant in the upswing of the new Regional Consortia system for Adult Education. She made sure teachers and students had a voice in that process and she's part of why ACCEL, our Regional Consortium, is a model for the state.  She also co-coordinated English Learner Civics for many years, providing SMAS ESL teachers with the materials they needed to teach their students how to fully engage in civic and community life.  On top of all this, she is an outstanding teacher in the classroom.  For the moment, we must say good-bye to Lisa's many contributions and energizer bunny personality as she leaving for new adventures.  Farewell and congratulations to Lisa, jump starter of democracy and learning.
 

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Published: 4/20/17




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Monday, April 24th is Professional Development Day at the SMUHSD. Schools and administrative offices will be closed to the general public and our school families. The Student Services Office, which assists our families with topics such as registration and school transfers, will also be participating in Professional Development Day. If you have questions, please contact us in advance at 650-558-2299.

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Published: 4/19/17




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Screen Shot of Opening of SMUHSD Recruitment VideoThe most important ingredient to our district's success is its people.  We are constantly trying to find the best talent to work in our district and this is the season when we do most of our hiring for the upcoming year. The vast majority of a school's staff typically comes from a 12 mile radius of where they are born. So one of the most important things we can do is recruit talented neighbors and friends to join our work. The cracker-jack students at Burlingame High put together a fun video extolling the virtues of our district. Please share with your educator friends in the hopes that they will find their way to our district. In any case, we invite you to WATCH THE VIDEO and appreciate its contents.

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Published: 4/12/17




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Check out the April 2017 issue of the Superintendent eNews: Doing Right By Our Students. You can view the SMUHSD teaching recruitment video, learn about all of our alternative programs, receive an update on the Stadium Lights and Public Address Systems Project and more. Click HERE to see the complete Superintendent eNews.

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Published: 4/12/17




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Fab 4  Posing in Front of Adult School
The San Mateo Adult School (SMAS) is celebrating Adult Education Week. This year's theme is "101 Years of College, Community, and Career Success - and Counting!"  Yes, that's right, SMAS is 101 years old!  During this week, students are sharing their dreams and experiences of success at various events. The beautiful "Adult Education Matters" banner that students made last year has been hung on the fence along Poplar Avenue. This year is extra special because it's the last year that Director Larry Teshara, "Mr T" to students, will be director during the celebration.

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Published: 4/12/17




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Head shot of Superintendent Skelly"One of our English teachers, Jim Burke, wrote a high school reader in which he compares the American Dream to a familiar old tune that we can all hum, but when we get to the lyrics no one can agree to all the words.  However, a basic theme is that, through hard work and perseverance, the lives of our children will be better than our own.
 
At graduation we celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors.  We bask in the glory of the valedictorians, the students who earn admittance to prestigious schools, and the ones who win academic scholarships.   And this deserves celebration.  But there are other, less-recognized graduates who inspire us every day and whose accomplishments are arguably even greater.  These are the high school graduates who walk across the stage cheered on by parents who did not graduate from high school themselves.  These young people realize the hopes of their families, affirm our schools’ role as a leavening force in the lives of young people, and provide proof that the American dream does live on – that members of the next generation will be better educated and have more opportunities than the one before them..."

Read Superintendent Skelly's complete guest column in the Daily Journal.

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Published: 4/10/17




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Capuchino Spring Dance Flyer

Don't miss the Capuchino High School Spring Dance Concert 2017. Support the arts at Capuchino as well as the students while taking in a great dance performance. Details: Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th. Both shows start at 7pm and take place at Capuchino High School, Performing Arts Center, 1501 Magnolia Drive, San Bruno. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and children. Enjoy the show.

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Published: 4/10/17




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Kristen Sze of Channel 7 at Aragon Career Day
Aragon High recently had another successful Career Day. This annual event allows students to meet with Aragon alumni who are eager to share their knowledge and experience! It was an opportunity for students to explore a wide variety of professions and occupations that may interest them after high school or college.  More than 65 speakers (featuring many Aragon alumni including Kristen Sze of Channel 7!), gave important career information and answered questions. Students had the opportunity to meet with professionals who told them about necessary education, preparation, skills, locations, and salaries of their chosen fields. Congratulations to Aragon for always looking for opportunities to prepare their students for life after high school! See the ABC news coverage of this great event with alumni Kristen Sze!

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Published: 3/31/17




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Sara Gayer with FamilySarah Gayer of Mills High School has been named a recipient of a Central Coast Section 2016-17 Scholar-Athlete Scholarship. She is one of 18 scholar-athletes so chosen by CCS officials. Each will receive a $500 award. The section is one of 10 regions that comprise the California Interscholastic Federation, the governing sports body of the state’s secondary schools. Mills and the other San Mateo Union High School District schools are members of the Peninsula Athletic League, one of nine CCS leagues. The section runs from San Francisco to King City. 
 

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Published: 3/31/17




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Happy Members of the Cap String Quartet
Congratulations to the Capuchino String Quintet! These young talented musicians performed March 26th at the California Music Educators Association Solo & Ensemble (CMEA) Festival held at Skyline College. The five members -- Jonathan Cayaban, Aaliyah Correa, Jonathan Natividad, Karen Sutardji and Sydney Woo -- earned the highest rating possible -- a Superior with Command Performance!  The group was established this year and the students have been practicing weekly during zero period to prepare for the various events in which they performed including this CMEA festival. These students demonstrate how hard work and dedication pay off, and represent that indomitable Mustang spirit!

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Published: 3/31/17




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Photo of Superintendent Skelly"As you may have heard, at the San Mateo Union High School District Board meeting last Thursday night, March 23rd, the trustees voted not to change the start time at the six comprehensive schools next year.
 
We appreciate the time parents, students, and staff took to share their thoughts on changes to the school day through the surveys last month, in emails, and at the board meeting.  This information will be used as we continue to search for ways to improve the experiences of our stakeholders and to search for ways to address the changing and complex social/emotional/physical needs of our students.
 
I learned a lot from this experience and it changed some of the ways I think about this issue. First, there would have been significant operational challenges to a later start for many families.  These included morning and afternoon traffic, work schedules, and students’ afternoon activities.  These issues are similar to other communities, but in some cases are more severe, especially for families who have to cross city lines to get to school and for schools that are very close neighbors to elementary and middle schools. .."
 
Read the complete note from Superintendent Skelly.

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Published: 3/30/17




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SMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, March 23, 2017 regular meeting. At this meeting, staff will provide an update on the topic of a later start time for our comprehensive high schools. The SMUHSD is constantly looking for ways to improve the social-emotional health of its students. A key component of student health is the amount of time a student sleeps and the quality of that sleep. There is a strong and growing body of research that suggests that many students would not only benefit from considerably more sleep, but also a later school start time. While the research is persuasive, concerns have been expressed about traffic, family schedules, and the corresponding later end time for school. To gain family, student and staff feedback on this idea, the Superintendent surveyed our school community. At the March 23rd board meeting, staff will provide an overview of the survey findings, share possible options and will recommend some next steps.  The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo starting at 7pm. However, this agenda item will start 8:30pm or later once all board members are able to be present for this important topic. Click HERE to see the agenda.

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Published: 3/18/17




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Logo - National Athletic Training MonthMarch is National Athletic Training Month. An Athletic Trainer is a healthcare professional that provides for the safety and well being of the athletes and general population. The SMUHSD employs an athletic trainer at each of its six comprehensive high schools. This years slogan is "Your Protection is Our Priority."  Athletic Trainers provide:

  • Prevention of Injuries
  • Recognition, evaluation, and aggressive treatment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health care administration
  • Education and guidance

During this month of March, please take the time to thank your athletic trainer for the services that they provide to our schools.  March may be National Athletic Training Month, but know that they are there for you throughout the school year!

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Published: 3/17/17




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Freshman Jeffery Chen
Freshman Jeffery Chen is dedicated to environmental causes and to his love of filmmaking. Jeffery was able to put these together in his short film “The Plastic Bottle Controversy – Explained.”  This film, which outlines the problem with plastic bottles and how they contribute to water, earth and air pollution, was selected as Best High School Film and Best in Show at the Clear the Air Film Fest. The Clear The Air Film Fest showcases student-produced short films that address topics on air quality, environmental health and lung health in the community, with a goal of encouraging young people to use film as a medium to interpret and change the world around them. The festival’s mission is to inspire and empower students to become advocates for change in their own communities. Three other films by BHS filmmakers were selected as finalists in this festival, “The Cigarette” by Patrick Yldefonzo and Will Karp, and “Their Future” by Cris Yldefonzo, “CoZone” by Walter Zhao, Jack Phillips and Erick Liu. Jeffery’s film will also air at the San Francisco Green Film Festival on April 22. Jeffery's film is a must-see video on the impact of plastic bottles on our earth.

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Published: 3/11/17




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Abhaya Krishnan Jha

The San Mateo High School Student Reporting Lab Team produced their fourth video for PBS News Hour on Abhaya Krishnan-Jha, a Junior at San Mateo High School, documenting her experience as the child of immigrants finding balance between her Indian and American identities as an Indian American young woman. This video has received such incredible response that it has won pride of place and appears first on the PBS New Americans site.

Read the San Mateo High student newspaper article about the video, learn about Abhaya's story on the PBS Newshour Website or go directly to the video by clicking HERE.

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Published: 3/11/17




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Yellow ButterflyJoin the SMUHSD for the...

2​nd​ Annual ​ADELANTE​ ​ Conference
Empowering, Educating and Strengthening our Families, Students & Communities

Saturday, March 18th, 2017
8am-1pm
San Mateo High School
FREE!
Keynote Speaker: Longtime Bay Area Community Organizer and Musician, Francisco Herrera


Please join us for our second annual Education and Empowerment Conference on Saturday, March 18th from 8:00am-1:00pm at San Mateo High School. By attending this FREE conference, you will learn how to support your student’s success in high school, and students will learn how to succeed in high school and beyond while maintaining a strong identity. You will hear important information and perspective from keynote speaker Francisco Herrera. There will be informative and helpful parent and student workshops -- all presented in English and Spanish.
 

Important Information:

  • Sample Parent/Family Workshops: Navigating the School System​ and ​The College Process, Communicating with Your Teenager About Mental Health 
  • Sample Student Workshops: AVID Student Panel – How to Succeed in High School and Go to College, Identity & Pride
  • Breakfast, lunch and entertainment will be provided
  • Babysitting for children 4 years of age and up available
  • English Flyer
  • Anuncio Para La Comunidad

Registration:

 

  • PLEASE REGISTER BY MARCH 17th.
  • You can register by contacting your school’s Parent Involvement Coordinator.
  • You can also register by completing the Registration Form/Formulario de Inscripción and returning it to the Parent Involvement Coordinator or a counselor at your site.
  • Finally, you also have the option of going online and registering HERE.
  • For more information, please call your school and ask to speak with your parent involvement coordinator.
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Published: 3/10/17




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CCS LogoMale and female student-athletes representing schools in the San Mateo Union High School District recently finished competing in Central Coast Section winter sports action. Teams and student-athletes from all six District schools were involved. Male wrestlers from Mills, Burlingame and San Mateo scored points in the CCS wrestling finals; female wrestlers from Mills, Aragon, San Mateo and Capuchino did so as well. Boys’ soccer teams from Aragon, Burlingame and Hillsdale and girls’ teams from Aragon and San Mateo took part in section play. In basketball, Aragon, Hillsdale and San Mateo had both boys’ and girls’ teams competing. Burlingame and Mills girls and Capuchino boys also took part. None of the District’s soccer or basketball teams reached the CCS finals. 

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Published: 3/10/17




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Ryan Chapman Poses 49er Eli Harold
Ryan Chapman won the Bay Area All Star Scholarship Team (BAASST) Scholarship 2017 from the San Francisco 49ers! 49er Eli Harold came to Capuchino to present and interview Ryan. Thank you to Ms. Lynn and Ms. Barajas for recommending Ryan for this prestigious honor! Go Mustangs!

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Published: 3/10/17




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Common Core in a Mills High PE ClassSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, March 9, 2017 regular meeting. At this meeting, staff will provide an update on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), present an update on district-wide Physical Education practices and procedures, and will ask for approval on increasing the student and staff capacities at Aragon, Burlingame, and Hillsdale high schools. The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo starting at 7pm. Click HERE to see the agenda.

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Published: 3/8/17




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Poster  Free Movie Night at CapuchinoWho doesn’t love a Disney movie? Here’s a chance to watch a FREE one! Don’t miss The Little Mermaid, presented by the Capuchino High School PTO, on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Capuchino High School Theater, located at 1501 Magnolia Avenue, San Bruno. Doors open at 6pm and the movie will start at 6:30pm. There will be concessions at the event. Mark your calendar and we’ll see you there!

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Published: 3/3/17




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Letters to Sala PosterBurlingame High School Drama Presents: Letters to Sala by Arlene Hutton, adapted from the book Sala’s Gift by Ann Kirschner. Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young Jewish woman’s survival during wartime Germany. The play documents Sala’s experience during the Holocaust and draws from the emotional journey that began when Sala shared these letters with her daughter, Ann in 1991.

Performances:
March 10, 11 at 7:30pm
March 12 at 2:00pm
Adults $15; Students & Seniors $10

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Published: 3/1/17




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iStock Image of Words Special Education Written on NotebookWe hope all of our families of incoming 9th graders with special needs can attend the Special Education Parent/Guardian Orientation. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from each high school site who will be available to answer your questions.

Details:

March 8, 2017
6:30pm to 8pm
Burlingame High School, Alumni Room
1 Mangini Way, Burlingame

We hope to see you there!

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Published: 3/1/17




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iStock Students Taking TestIn the near future, eighth grade students who plan to attend school in the San Mateo Union High School District will be meeting with guidance staff to choose classes for the ninth grade year at Aragon, Burlingame, Capuchino, Hillsdale, Mills or San Mateo High School. The SMUHSD has adopted the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) and the Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) as placement tests. Guidance staff will use these results along with transcripts and results from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) to help advise parents and students regarding course choices. All incoming freshmen must be tested.

We are currently offering these times for make-up testing:

  • Wednesday, 3/8, 3:30-5:50pm
  • Thursday, 3/16, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Thursday, 3/23, 3:30-5:30pm

Location:
San Mateo Union High School District Office
650 North Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401


Sign up using this LINK. Please note that the test time is NOT confirmed until you receive confirmation from either Sonia or Nora from the curriculum office. If you have any questions, please email sgill@smuhsd.org.

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Published: 2/28/17




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Youth Commission Call for Proposal Flyer
The San Mateo County Youth Commission is looking for facilitators to present at the annual San Mateo County Youth Conference. If you or any youth you work with is interested in facilitating a presentation or workshop to youth from across the county, please click HERE for more information.

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Published: 2/27/17




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Mills High students learn life saving skills.Approximately 360 Mills High sophomores took the American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED course during their Physical Education (P.E.) class. Students were able to learn how to recognize an emergency situation, activate an emergency action plan and give appropriate first aid as needed. During the class, they practiced CPR and used AEDs on manikins, learned how to bandage wounds, do splints and slings, as well as treat for shock. Polly Wiard, Mills P.E. teacher, states, “Students also took advantage of this opportunity for summer jobs at local recreation departments, swimming pools, and summer camps." What a valuable lesson for our students who may one day use this knowledge to help someone.

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Published: 2/24/17




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Victorious Capuchino MustangsThe Lions Club offers an annual student speaker contest to local students based on their respective club locations including Millbrae, San Bruno, and Burlingame. Capuchino sent nine students to compete in three different club contests, and the Mustangs of Capuchino won all three competition! The winners were Jonathan Cayaban, Lauren Valles, and Joshua Hafter.  Students will go to the next level to compete with each other along with other winners from the county. If they make it to the final 6th round, students can earn a total of $21,000 in scholarship awards! Wish our Mustangs luck!

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Published: 2/24/17




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Flyer  Fascinating Rhythms
Join the BHS and SMHS Choirs for their February Concert "FASCINATING RHYTHM" on Thursday, February 23rd, 7pm at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center located at 600 N Delaware Street next to San Mateo High School. Come and listen to the talented students of the BHS & SMHS choirs, under the direction of Shawn Reifschneider, perform Broadway, Hollywood and Jazz Standards from the Golden Age of Pop, featuring Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students/Seniors. All proceeds support the Choir's Spring Performance Trip to Hollywood!

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Published: 2/22/17




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California Highway Patrol Officers Speak to Student at Opportunity Fair
Recently, hundreds of Capuchino students had the chance to explore volunteer options, summer enrichment programs, employment opportunities, internships and trade opportunities at the 2017 Opportunity Fair. The Boys & Girls Club Mid-Peninsula, Cañada College, Skyline College, the City of Millbrae, the City of San Bruno, the San Bruno Police Department, UC Berkeley, Marshall Realty, and the United Parcel Service (UPS) (just to name a few!) came out to talk to students. We thank the following sponsors for making this day possible: Caccia Plumbing, Sammut Family Foundation, Grand Leader Market and Deli and Big 5 Sporting Goods.

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Published: 2/22/17




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iStock Image of a Board MeetingSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, February 23, 2017 regular meeting. At this meeting, staff will provide a presentation on the alternative programs offered to district students, as well as propose a new program to serve the needs of older high school students who come to the district in need of significant English language skills and have few, if any, credits. Staff will also present a facility capacity study that looks to inform ways to ensure that the District has sufficient classroom capacity in light of another enrollment spike of 600 students anticipated by 2022, primarily in the southern part of the district. The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave., San Mateo starting at 7pm. Click HERE to see the agenda.

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Published: 2/22/17




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Event Flyer

Please join the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, SMUHSD GATE Parents Group, KCSM, Jazz 91.1 and the Aragon Performing Arts Department for:

Dmitry Matheny with Aragon Jazz!
Thursday, February 16th at 7pm
Aragon Theater
900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, California 94402  

International Jazz Superstar Dmitri Matheny will entertain us while performing with the Aragon jazz students. Buy your tickets NOW by clicking HERE. Tickets are selling fast. We hope to see you there!

 

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Jose Luis Vasquez PalaciosJose Luis started as a hungry student in low-beginning ESL classes in 2008 and is now a cum laude graduate of CSM, getting to ready to start SFSU in the Fall.  He majored in Digital Media and TV Production at CSM.  He is the producer of the television program, "What's Up, San Mateo" at KCSM and produces online videos for classes at CSM. He attended SMAS for four years, working his way up to the advanced level, taking every opportunity to learn and grow, not just as a ESL student, but as a community member.   He credits his mom and San Mateo Adult School for his success.  His mom taught him to be open-minded, independent, and ready to learn from others.  About SMAS, he says, "I will always be thankful to all SMAS staff for being there for me and making every school day special. My achievements are theirs, too, because they are my road trip partners." As a journalist, Jose Luis hopes to convey that we all have dreams and goals and all of them are possible if we set up a plan. "It’s not just having a dream.  It’s about how we start."

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Published: 2/16/17




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Congresswoman Speier with True BearcatsOn Friday, February 10th, 550 students volunteered to attend Congresswoman Jackie Speier's "A Converstaion about America." The Congresswoman was invited to address SMUHSD students, hear their concerns and answer their questions 550 Students Speak to Jackie Speierabout recent events in the news.

Dozens of students asked insightful questions and received honest and direct responses from the Congresswoman. It was an amazing learning experience for all.  

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Published: 2/10/17




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If you are enrolling your students for the 2017-2018 school year, please note that Student Services has moved to 839 Hinckley Road, Burlingame. Click here for direction.

For more information regarding enrollment, please visit http://www.smuhsd.org/enrollment

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Published: 2/7/17




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Photo of Michael GurianIn this inspirational, practical, and humorous presentation, renowned educator and New York Times bestselling author Michael Gurian - The Minds of Boys, The Wonder of Girls, Boys and Girls Learn Differently, Saving Our Sons - focuses on helping children of all ages succeed in school and life.  Because boys and girls experience their home and school life differently, Michael explores how the minds of boys and girls develop distinctly—and how parents and educators can care for and support the needs of both daughters and sons. Presented by the Peninsula Parent Speaker Series. Details:

The Minds of Boys and Girls:
How to help our sons and daughters do their best in school and life
With Dr. Michael Gurian
Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00pm
San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N Delaware St, San Mateo

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Published: 2/7/17




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iStock Sad Teen"An Honest Discussion about Teen Stress, Anxiety & Depression" is a free community event and panel discussion for parents and community members. It will offer honest insight into one family's challenges as a teen struggles with mental health issues from her freshmen year into her senior year in high school. Panelists will also offer tips on how to handle teens and everyday stress, and when to determine if outside help may or may not be needed.

The panel will be moderated by Mary McGrath, SMUHSD Manager of Mental Health Program. Panelists include Dr. Steve Sust, Stanford child psychiatrist; a Mills High School parent; Stephanie Weisner, Director of the Department of Wellness and Recovery at StarVista; and Rebecca Bucher, Health & Wellness Coordinator at Mills High School. Details:

Wednesday February 15, 2017 from 7:00pm-8:30pm
Mills High School Auditorium, 400 Murchison Drive, Millbrae
FREE

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In the near future, eighth grade students who plan to attend school in the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) will be meeting with guidance staff to choose classes for the ninth grade year at all six high schools. The SMUHSD has adopted the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) and the Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) as placement tests. Guidance staff will use these results along with transcripts and results from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) to help advise parents and students regarding course choices. All incoming freshmen must be tested. Please click here to see the complete testing schedule. 

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Published: 2/6/17




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Winning Artwork
Congratulations to three San Mateo High School Bearcat artists for earning achievement awards and cash prizes for the North Central Neighborhood Association's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Art contest: The winners are:

9th Grade: 1st place Art: Anna Charnyshou
9th Grade: 2nd place Art: Ruiz Borlongan
9th Grade: 3rd place Art: Laen Chan

Several students entered beautiful and meaningful work. Watch for this annual contest next year! Congratulation Anna, Ruiz and Laen!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 2/3/17




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iStock Hall of FameFour District alumni will be inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies April 13 at the Westin SFO Hotel in Millbrae. They are:

  • Nick Pappageorge, a Mills High School basketball player who starred at St. Mary’s College.
  • Jimmie Pryor, an Aragon High School multi-sport athlete who played football at the University of Utah.
  • Adam Tafralis, a Mills High School football standout who set offensive records at San Jose State University.
  • Jerry Wilkinson, a San Mateo High School football player who went on to play at Oregon State University and in the NFL.

The local Hall of Fame induction banquet is presented each year by the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. Since its inaugural year in 1989, the Hall of Fame has embraced more than 250 Peninsula sports figures. The Hall of Fame is located at the San Mateo County History Museum in downtown Redwood City. For tickets and information, Bureau officials can be contacted at 650-348-7600.

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Published: 2/3/17




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Microphone - Board MeetingSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Tuesday, February 7, 2017 regular meeting. (Please note that regular meetings normally take place on Thursdays.) At this meeting, staff will be presenting outcome data regarding SMUHSD’s math programs and a mid-year update on Math 190: Pathway to Statistics. In addition, staff will present a staffing refinement plan for Instructional Services that includes a review of Instructional Coaches and Teachers on Special Assignment. The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo starting at 7pm. Click here to see the agenda which will be posted by the end of Friday.

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Published: 2/3/17




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Image of Superintendent Skelly"There are times when I talk with my children about when I grew up and they are incredulous. For example, they can scarcely imagine a world without computers or a world in which the only phone one had was tethered to a wall. They have the same reaction when I describe my days growing up in Southwest Virginia. Roanoke was one of the most segregated cities in the country in terms of housing patterns, and the schools were rigidly divided by race. While Brown v Board of Education became the law of the land in 1954, the schools in Roanoke were not integrated until 1970, when I was in fifth grade. Integration created an environment wherein I was given life lessons and the inspiration to become an educator..." Read the entire tribute.

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Published: 2/2/17




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Invitation Postcard  SMUHSD Art ShowAttention students and families! You’re invited to the SMUHSD's District-wide FREE Art Show! Show support for the SMUHSD art students throughout the district. Details:
Now through February 17, 2017
3:30pm to 5:00pm
San Mateo High Art Gallery
FREE
This event will feature and celebrate the best student artwork from around the SMUHSD. Artwork is from the fall 2016 semester, and includes all mediums -- painting, digital photography, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media and film. We will have it all! Questions? Contact Attilio Tribuzi, Visual Arts & Performing Arts (VAPA) District Coordinator at atribuzi@smuhsd.org.

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Published: 1/26/17




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Middle College LogoIs your student interested in getting a head start on college courses and saving money on their future college expenses? Middle College is a high school program that allows students to earn college units while meeting their high school diploma requirements AND they save thousands of dollars by making this decision. Interested? Middle College will be hosting parent information nights at various school sites. The presentations will provide pertinent information regarding Middle College at College of San Mateo. In addition, Middle College will host a Shadow Day on Monday, February 6th At CSM. To see the details, click here. To learn more about Middle College, click here. Click here to view the Middle College video presentation.  We look forward to meeting you at one of the evening events.

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Published: 1/24/17




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iSTock Image  Student at ComputerAttend this free community event, and gain support, education and information to help your teen struggling with emotional health, substance abuse, eating disorders and/or LGBTQQ questions. Three community organizations -- Adolescent Counseling Services, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Stanford Medicine: Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Eating Disorders Clinic -- will help you understand how to help your teen and yourself in challenging times.

Details:
PTSO Meeting
Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Aragon High School - Library

Our community partners will discuss their programs, creative ideas to support students and families, and will answer questions from the audience. No pre-registration required. For questions, call April Torres, Health & Wellness Coordinator, at 650.762.0129.

For details, see the community flyers.

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Published: 1/18/17




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Gettys Image  Illustration of HouseIn response to the Bay Area housing crisis, the SMUHSD staff is exploring the idea of providing workforce housing as a way to attract and retain the best teachers and staff possible to support our community’s teens. The SMUHSD staff is exploring the idea of building housing at the Mills High campus and using the sale proceeds of the Crestmoor site to finance that project. To obtain neighborhood feedback from both the Millbrae and San Bruno communities, the SMUHSD will be hosting two community meetings to discuss this idea. Details:

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017, Peninsula Alternative High School’s Library, 300 Piedmont Avenue, San Bruno
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Mills High School Cafeteria, 400 Murchison Drive, Millbrae

Both workshops start at 6pm. Light refreshments will be provided. See the attached postcard neighborhood invitation: Crestmoor (San Bruno) Neighbor Invitation and Mill High Neighbor Invitation.

Questions? Call Sheri at 650.558.2202 or visit www.smuhsd.org/employeehousing.

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Published: 1/13/17




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El Consulado Movil de Guatemala proveerá apoyo a la comunidad Guatemalteca que necesite Pasaportes, Identificaciones Consulares, registros de nacimientos, matrimonios y defunciones. Usted podrá concertar una cita con un abogado para asuntos de inmigración legal. La consulta será GRATIS! El evento se llevará a cabo el Sábado, 14 de Enero  de 2017. Se atenderá de  9:00 am a 4:00 pm. Solamente se darán números hasta las 10:30 a.m., así es que por favor llegue temprano. Lugar: el SMART Center de la Escuela de Adultos de San Mateo con dirección de 789 E. Poplar Ave, San Mateo. Favor de llamar al (415) 563-8319 para más información.   

 

(The Mobile Guatemalan Consulate will provide support to Guatemalan community members who need passports, consular ID's, birth, marriage, or death certificates. You will be able to make an appointment to meet with a lawyer for legal immigration issues. Consultation will be FREE! The event will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017.  Assistance will be provided from 9am-4pm.  Numbers will only be assigned until 10:30 a.m., so please arrive early. Location: SMART CENTER of San Mateo Adult School, located at 789 E. Poplar Ave. San Mateo. For more information, please call (415) 563-8319.)

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Published: 1/12/17




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Mr. Craig Venter - 1964 Grad and Renowned BiologistJ. CRAIG VENTER, Ph.D., is a 1964 graduate of Mills High and a world-renowned biologist known for his contributions in genomics, including sequencing the first draft human genome, the first complete diploid human genome and the construction of the first synthetic bacterial cell and first minimal synthetic cell. He struggled to graduate, and was on no one’s list of “Most Likely to Succeed,” but yet he did. Hear him speak about what motivated him and what drove him to succeed despite the odds stacked against him. LEARN ABOUT Craig’s years of growing up in Millbrae, his challenges with school, his motivation to succeed, and his science--past, present and future. Details: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, Mills High School Auditorium, FREE and open-to-the-public, 2pm Special Student Assembly with a 6:30pm Community Presentation. See the English, Spanish and Chinese flyers for more information.

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Published: 1/10/17




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iStock Board Room MicrophoneSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, January 12, 2017 regular meeting. The two main topics of this meeting will be a mid-year update on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and a mid-year update on the annual Superintendent’s goals. The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo starting at 7pm. Click here for the complete agenda.

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Published: 1/10/17




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Photo of Jean BuckleyIf college is in your student's future, attend the free special event, Planning for College: Defining the Details with Jean Marie Buckley. Presented by the Gate Parents Group of the SMUHSD, this FREE and open-to-the-community event will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 7pm – 9pm at the Burlingame High School Theater located at 1 Mangini Way, Burlingame. Jean Marie Buckley from Buckley Education will present to families on the process of developing an educational plan that can work for all students. Within this presentation, a timeline from ninth to twelfth grade will be provided as it relates to the complex college application options available to students. For more information, click here for English, here for Spanish, and here for Chinese.

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Published: 1/6/17




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iStock Image Tennis Ball and RacquetSan Mateo High School’s Emily Chan and Lauren Young have been named 2016 Girls’ Tennis Players of the Year by the San Mateo Daily Journal. The two juniors were the Peninsula Athletic League’s dominant doubles entrant this past season. Chan and Young posted an overall 20-2 record (13-0 in the PAL) in 2016. PAL champions, they have been varsity tennis players since they entered San Mateo as freshmen. Their coach, Ed Schuler, a San Mateo grad himself, said the twosome provided “leadership, a focused leadership” throughout the season. “They have great maturity and responsibility,” he said. “It’s a perfect chemistry.” Additionally, Mills High School senior, Sarah Gayer, was named the Daily Journal’s Girls’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year. She was a 2016 PAL cross-country champion and proceeded to secure a bronze medal in Central Coast Section Division III competition.

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Published: 1/5/17




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istock image - registration key on computerPriority 1 Enrollment for the 2017-18 School Year will take place from January 10th, 2017 through February 24, 2017. The Student Services Office is now accepting appointments for the Priority 1 Enrollment Window and suggests that parents call, e-mail, or come into the Office of Student Services to set up an appointment to avoid wait time. We accept walk-ins too, but appointments are taken first. More details:

  • After the visit, families will be assigned a Snapcode to complete the online registration. Families who come in to enroll during Priority 1 Enrollment are guaranteed School of Residency, Apply for Sibling Transfer and Apply for Intra-District Transfers (if applicable).
  • For all CURRENT students, this is also the time students are able to apply for Intra-District Transfers (from one school to another within the SMUHSD). All Intra-District transfer requests will be placed into a lottery which will be held in March 2017. Families applying for the transfer will receive results no later than March 10th, 2017. All Intra-District transfer requests must be submitted by February 24th, 2017 - Families who do not submit by this time will not be  granted a spot in the Lottery Process.
  • For more details and information, please click here for more information, here for Spanish, and here for Chinese. If you have questions, please call the Student Services Office at 650-558-2251 or e-mail enrollment@smuhsd.org with your preferred date and time, student’s and parent’s name, name of the middle school or school coming from, and contact information.
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Published: 1/5/17




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Image of Superintendent Skelly"A long time ago, when I was an aspiring school leader, a wise mentor at graduate school stated the obvious – students can’t learn when they are afraid.  This idea has stayed with me, as I became an assistant principal in charge of discipline, a principal, head of student services, and finally a superintendent.  Educators should be proud of the progress we have made in school environments, for our schools have become much safer places. I would predict that many of your students have never seen a physical altercation in high school.  But it isn’t just physical safety.  It’s also about emotional safety..." Read all of Superintendent Skelly's message.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 12/22/16




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Community College Panel and Audience at CapuchinoCapuchino High School sponsored a Community College Panel in December.  Representatives from Skyline College, Canada College, College of San Mateo and City College of San Francisco came to talk about their programs and to answer any questions the Class of 2017 may have. Ms. Joyce Lynn, College, Career & Financial Aid Advisor hosted and moderated the panel. As a follow up to the Community College Panel, Capuchino High School will be doing application workshops for each of these campuses in January 2017.
 

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Published: 12/21/16




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Peninsula Students Learn from Bon App tit chefs
The students of Peninsula High's culinary classes are eager, talented students looking for promising opportunities, and teacher Jesse Warshauer knew that a visit from Bon Appétit would be an inspiring experience. Bon Appétit Chefs Katherine, Leland and Kyung joined all three of Mr. Warshauer's culinary classes. These successful chefs talked about entry level opportunities, Bon Appétit's Student Program, what the company looks for in candidates, and the chefs' stories. At the every end, Chef Katherine showed the students how to make truffles while her and Chef Leland talked about their career pathways. The students got to roll and coat the truffles with various toppings! The students were reportedly "jazzed" by the presentation and were excited to know that there are career opportunities for them in the future. HUGE thank you to Bon Appétit!

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Published: 12/21/16




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Cap Band Wins Big in TournieCongratulations to the Mustang Marching Band, Guard and Symphonic Band for their outstanding performances at the Tournament of Champions Band Review in Fairfield.  The Marching Band and Guard both earned 1st Place awards in their final competition of the season and the Symphonic Band earned 3rd Place in their first competition of the year.  All members proudly represented Capuchino in true Capuchino fashion and finished a very successful fall marching season with respect. A note to every performer from Mr. Souza, "You make me proud every time we perform representing Capuchino High School. You are 'The Pride of Capuchino and the City of San Bruno.'" Congratulations to our student musicians for your hard work!

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Published: 12/21/16




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Gettys Butterfly Image from Community ForumOn December 19th, the SMUHSD held a Community Forum on Immigrant Rights & Current Immigration Law. More than a hundred members of our school community attended! The highlight of the event was a presentation by the Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. An immigration lawyer presented information on possible changes in immigration law and what they mean, and shared what rights undocumented members of the school community have. The resources from this forum can be found here.

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Published: 12/20/16




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iStock Image of Interlocking ArmsAt the December 15, 2016 Board meeting, the Board passed a resolution demonstrating support of all our students, including our undocumented students. The resolution makes clear that the SMUHSD will not release any information to federal agencies that enforce immigration laws without the permission of the family or pursuant to a judicial warrant, subpoena, court order, etc.

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Published: 12/16/16




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Congratulations to BHS graduate Adam Klein who just won $1 million for surviving 39 days on a desert island and earning the top "survivor" title of the popular reality hit show Survivor. This Panther graduate beat out 19 other contestants. How's that for some BHS Panther spirit, wit and determination?! Congratulations to Adam for his hard work and perseverance! Read the Daily Journal coverage of Adam's accomplishment by clicking here.

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Published: 12/16/16




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The Capuchino Music Department invites you to Capuchino's Winter Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 15th at 7pm in the Samuel Johnson, Jr. Performing Arts Center located at 1501 Magnolia Avenue, San Bruno. The Band, Choir and Orchestra will each perform music to get you into the spirit of the holidays. Come join us for a homemade tamale dinner with concert at 6pm for only $20 adults/$15 students. Concert-only tickets are $10 Adults, $5 students/senior citizens and a PAL Sticker will get you in for $3.  Bring your family and get tickets for a Family of Four for only $25. We hope to see you there! Happy holidays!

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Published: 12/14/16




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Stock Image  Board MeetingSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, December 15, 2016 regular meeting. The featured discussion of community interest will be the topic of a later start time. Research indicates that a later start time allows teens to get extra needed sleep which is an important contributor to academic success and emotional well-being. The Board’s input at the November 17th Board meeting is included in the action item to be voted on by the Board. The Board will also consider a resolution setting forth the SMUHSD’s principles in support of undocumented students and families. (The San Mateo Daily Journal wrote an article about our commitment to our undocumented students and their families.) In addition, staff will also review the Peninsula High School Program Revision and Alternative Programs Update, present information on the Measures M and O General Obligation Bond Performance Audit, as well as the acceptance of the 2015-16 independent audit. The Board will also discuss and take action on the first interim budget report. The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo starting at 7pm. You can find the complete agenda by clicking here.

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Published: 12/13/16




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BHS Cancer Research Group at Genentech
The Burlingame Cancer Research Group is really making a name for itself. Its founder, Alex Lee, has won a Jefferson Award. Also, Alex and fellow teenager researchers from BHS were recently featured on KPIX, Channel 5. Finally 20 club members visited Genentech where they were treated to an incredible day which included lab tours, presentations, a panel discussion, and dialog with leading scientists. BHS is one of 30 lead schools to be part of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service Program. Congratulations to Alex for his award and thank you to the entire Burlingame Cancer Research Group for helping the community better understand Cancer -- a disease which has touched so many lives.

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Published: 12/9/16




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Are you concerned about anticipated changes in immigration law and its impact on your family? If so, attend the SMUHSD Community Forum: Immigrant Rights & Current Immigration Law.  Details:

Monday, December 19th
6:30pm-8:00pm
San Mateo High School Library
506 N. Delaware Street
An immigration lawyer with the Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto will present information on possible changes in immigration law and what they mean, as well as what your rights are. In addition, SMUHSD Mental Health Staff will address the stress and anxiety that questions around immigration status can cause, and how to support your students during this time. This will be a bilingual presentation (English & Spanish). For questions, please call the Family Engagement Coordinator at your school. For all of the phone numbers and complete details, see the community flyer in English and Spanish.

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Published: 12/8/16




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Alex and MichaelaLast week Capuchino High School and San Mateo High School lost members of their school communities in a fire in Oakland. The Mustang community lost Alex Vega (Class of 2012) and his girlfriend Michaela Gregory. San Mateo High lost Jennifer Morris (Class of 2013). At Capuchino, students will be using the statue in front of the main office as a place for community members to gather and keep their memory in their hearts. We encourage you to donate flowers, money or just take a moment to reflect and remember the victims. The flowers and the money collected this week will be donated to the victims' families. Listed below are additional opportunities to support other victims and families.Jennifer Morris Photo from Facebook

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Local Businesses Supporting the Victims:

  • Big Mouth Burger Dec. 12th, 5pm-10pm (851 Cherry Ave., San Bruno)
  • Toto's Pizza Dec 15th 5pm-10pm (1690 El Camino Real, San Bruno)

The SMUHSD grieves the loss of all our graduates lost this past semester and our thoughts are with their families. Alex and Jennifer will be missed by the staff members who knew them as good students and talented artists.

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Published: 12/8/16




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Violin with festive decorationsDon’t miss Aragon’s Band Winter Concert featuring the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble with special guest narrator, SMUHSD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Skelly. The concert will be held on Friday, December 16th at 7pm at the AHS Theater, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Visit Aragon Music Boosters website for more information.

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Published: 12/5/16




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PAHS Students Earn High Marks!
Congratulations to all of the Peninsula Alternative High School (PAHS) students who received awards for their achievements during the first trimester of the 2016-2017 school year!  At the PAHS Community Awards Night in November, more than 65 staff, students, family and community members gathered to celebrate. Forty-five students were recognized with 68 awards, including 22 nominated by teachers for academics, eight for attendance, three for high honors (4.0 GPA), 13 for honor roll (3.5+ GPA), 21 for merit roll (3.0+ GPA), and one student-nominated award for Accountability. Congratulations to all Pumas! Proud parents spoke with pride over their students’ accomplishments and thanked the school staff. Thank you to PAHS school staff for their hard work, not only in teaching and supporting our students and families, but also for helping to create this glorious evening, helping with setup, cooking, creating awards, outreach, presenting, and clean-up! The next Community Night event will be on Thursday, December 15th at 6pm at PAHS Community Wellness Center. Dinner will be served and everyone is welcome! More information will be posted on the Peninsula High school website soon.

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Published: 12/3/16




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Happy Bearcats Beating Canned Food Drive Record
San Mateo High students conducted their annual holiday food drive and broke their world record by collecting 105,000 pounds of food and continuing their tradition of being one of the largest food drives in the country!  All donations went to the Samaritan House in San Mateo and Second Harvest Food Bank. We are so proud of our spirited, dedicated and community-minded Bearcats. We are thankful to the following groups and people who helped us feed our community this holiday. They are: the SMUHSD Adult School (collected SO MANY cans!), the San Mateo and Foster City Rotary Clubs who donated generously, the Local Lions Club Chapter, Congressperson Jackie Speier, the entire SMHS STAFFULTY, SMHS community (ALL students, parents and alumni!), Charlie Royce (CFD webmaster), retired Bearcat teacher Debby Martin who supervised ALL of the money collections, Orthodontics of San Mateo, our North Central neighbors, City partners, local media reporters who helped to get the word out, Samaritan House, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, and of course, our local grocery stores and drug stores that hosted food collection dates! Thank you all for your generosity!

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Published: 12/2/16




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3 Cap Athletes Offered NCAA SpotsCapuchino recently honored three students who were recently offered spots to compete athletically next year in the NCAA! Please help us congratulate Luseane Tutoe, Karina Chavarria, and Victoria Lopez (photographed left to right): 

  • Luseane Tutoe is an all around athlete who recently returned to the softball line-up following a sophomore ACL surgery. She fought back successfully and the power hitting shortstop accepted an offer to play softball at CSU Monterey Bay.
  • Karina Chavarria is an active member of the student body. She has served her school in the Leadership class for 3.5 years. She is an excellent centerfielder and has been the stolen base leader for the past three years. She recently committed to Brown University for softball.
  • Victoria Lopez has been participating in gymnastics since she was 5. She started serious training when she was 7. She has earned State champion for Level 8, 9 and 10, Region 1 champion for bars and beam in level 9 and 10, Beam champion in Nationals and 2nd on bars for level 10. She recently accepted an offer to compete with UC Berkeley.

We are so proud of these Mustangs! Congratulations Luseane, Karina, and Victoria!

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Published: 12/2/16




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Mills Student Showcase PosterThe Mills Visual and Performing Arts Department will proudly present the Mills Student Showcase, a collaboration of art by the music, drama, visual and digital art students, on December 8th starting at 7pm in the Mills auditorium, located at 400 Murchison Drive in Millbrae. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. All proceeds go to support the Mills Music Program. We hope to see you there!

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Published: 12/2/16




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BHS Concert ChoirLet the talented musicians of BHS help you get into the holiday
spirit! Here is a summary of the BHS Music

Department's upcoming events and shows:

  • Friday, Dec. 2nd -- Burlingame Holiday Parade, 6pm, Burlingame Avenue. The BHS Marching Band and the Cheer Team will lead the festivities down the Ave'!
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7th - Winter Band Concert, 7pm, BHS Theater. Savor live symphonic music featuring our BHS Concert Band and Wind Ensemble students. Tickets at the door $10/adult and $5/students.  Middle School students and younger are free with an adult -- bring your student ID.
  • Thursday, Dec. 8th -- Ho Ho Ho!  Merry Mozart! - 7pm, San Mateo Performing Arts Center. The choirs of BHS and SMHS present a Winter Concert including seasonal-inspired songs and other choral selections from classical composers, such as Mozart and Haydn.  The finale will feature the mass choir singing "The Hallelujah Chorus!" Don't miss this great celebration of the season! Tickets at the door $10 General/$5 Student.

We hope you can attend one or all of these wonderful performances!

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Published: 11/28/16




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Student Leaders in Light of  Adult Ed Matters  PosterIn November, San Mateo Adult School (SMAS) student leaders presented a workshop at the National American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference in New Mexico. The topic of their workshop was "Student Council Organizing for School, Local and State Success."  The student team consisted of Denise Carrasco, Lupita Seguro, Cristina Munoz Ulrich, and former SMAS Student and current SMAS staff member Marina Kravtsova. San Mateo Adult School is a model for student involvement leadership on both the state and national level. The US Department of Education, Harvard, and the press have sought out SMAS student leaders in order to duplicate the strong community and student leadership efforts elsewhere.  The San Mateo Adult School Student Council provided a large part of the funds to send the team to New Mexico, another example of the power of Student Council.

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Published: 11/28/16




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Image of Cast of Mills  Everybody CrazyThis year's fall play was appropriately named Everybody's Crazy. The students and production staff worked for months leading up to this triumph on the  stage. Four days of shows in late November brought in all walks of Viking Life to see how wonderfully crazy everybody really is! The students really had "the chemistry" dialed in for their performance in what was a  very lively and entertaining showpiece. Stay tuned for news of future performances at Mills!

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Published: 11/28/16




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National Merit RecipientThis year, 29 students were named National Merit Semi-Finalists and eight were recognized as National Hispanic Scholars. We are so proud of these students and recognized them at the November 10th Board meeting. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each fall.  In the SMUHSD, this test is given to all juniors and sophomores free of charge as part of our college readiness efforts. 

In the fall of their senior year students are notified if they are National Merit Semifinalists and/or National Hispanic Scholars. Congratulations to these hard working students. To see photos of our recipients, visit our flickr page.

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Published: 11/26/16




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Photo  Superintendent SkellyAs I think about families and friends, I rarely see a clear connection between how fortunate one is to their sense of gratitude.  Some of the most privileged people I know are uncommonly ungrateful.  On the other hand, others who have had setback after misfortune are thankful for each and every small act of kindness or opportunity. What I have been able to connect is a sense of gratitude with overall happiness.  I want to be around folks who are appreciative, and I want to emulate them as well. In our social-emotional health curriculum is the idea of gratitude and thanksgiving.  Perhaps you can support this mindset as you settle down for your Thanksgiving meal. Food for thought! See the Thanksgiving Day issue of the Superintendent eNews from Superintendent Kevin Skelly.

 

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Published: 11/23/16




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iStock SaxophoneCome hear Double Exposure, featuring the Jazz students from both Aragon and Hillsdale High Schools! The concert, directed by Mr. Troy Davis and Mr. Kevin Gallagher, is on Friday, December 2nd, at 7:00pm in the Aragon Theater, located at 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Lots of swing, Latin, ballads, contemporary, and holiday jazz for your listening pleasure! Tickets are $10 at the door. Mark your calendar and we'll see you there!

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Published: 11/23/16




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BHS Jazz BandToe-tapping jazz by the BHS Jazz Band and Jazz ensembles to get into the holiday groove! Tickets at the door $10/adult and $5/students. Middle School students and younger are free with an adult -- bring your student ID. Details: Wednesday, November 30 at 7pm at the BHS Theater, 1 Mangini Way.

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Published: 11/23/16




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Thanksgiving is here and the SMUHSD will be enjoying the holiday on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th. In addition, the Student Services department that handles topics such as enrollment and registration will be open on the morning of Wednesday, November 23rd only. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Published: 11/22/16




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Don’t miss out on Capuchino High’s Drama’s Fall Musical DROP DEAD! Dates are December 2nd and 3rd at 8pm, and December 4th at 1pm at Capuchino High’s Samuel Johnson Jr. Performing Arts Center located at 1501 Magnolia Avenue, San Bruno. In the play DROP DEAD!, a cast of has-been actors plan to revive their careers, but when the murders and mysteries exceed those in the script, these thespians must save the show and their careers, as well as their lives! DROP DEAD! is directed by Waleska Mendoza. Tickets are $10 and $8 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets in advance at www.tinyurl.com/Cap-Drama (there is a small convenience fee per ticket for advance sales). The box office will open 30 minutes prior to the show. For more information, visit http://capuchinodrama.weebly.com/

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Published: 11/21/16




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Thirteen Mills students and FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Advisor Mrs. J. Tuttle, recently attended California’s FCCLA Region 5 Fall Leadership Meeting at San Luis Obispo High School. Twelve chapters, including 150 FCCLA chapter members, advisors, and administrators, participated. The theme of the meeting, “The Oscars...Lights, Camera, Action! Featuring You,” included presentations from Mills' Region Officers, Nick Agustin and Calla Yang. Chapter members were encouraged to participate in leadership development by becoming a Region Officer Candidate or by participating in an FCCLA chapter, team, or individual Competitive Recognition Event (CRE). The FCCLA Region 5 Spring Leadership and Qualifying Competition Meeting will be held on February 18, 2017 at Mission College located in Santa Clara, California. To learn more, please visit Mills High School website.

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Published: 11/17/16




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The Burlingame High School girls’ volleyball team won its first-ever Central Coast Section championship Nov. 12 when it defeated top-ranked Aptos at Independence High in San Jose. It took five sets for the second-seeded Panthers to pull off the Division III victory. The scores were 23-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-20 and 15-8. Burlingame, coached by Nilo Mauricio, got past rival Mills and Saratoga in first- and second-round CCS action to get into the title match with Aptos. Now, the Panthers, with a 20-11 record, had a Nov. 16 first-round bye in the CIF Northern California Division III tournament. They will host Buhach Colony of Atwater Nov. 19. 

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Published: 11/17/16




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Teen Sleeping on BooksSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, November 17, 2016 regular meeting. The featured discussion of community interest will be the topic of a later start time for all of the SMUHSD’s comprehensive high schools. Staff will present research that indicates that a later start time allows teens to get extra needed sleep and how sleep supports academic success and emotional well-being. Staff will also review bell schedules, a list of other districts that have moved to a later start time, issues to be addressed, and next steps in the process to move to a later start for the 17/18 school year. This is a discussion item only; staff will ask the Board to vote on this item at the December 15, 2016 meeting. The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo starting at 7pm. See the complete agenda.

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Published: 11/14/16




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Illustration of Students ProtestingSome students from San Mateo, Hillsdale and Aragon high schools have organized a student-led protest, facilitated solely by students.

Students from the three schools have indicated that they will be walking out of their classes at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15th to gather peacefully at Central Park in Downtown San Mateo to express their views regarding the presidential election. District staff will not prevent students from participating in any protest. However, teachers will indicate an unexcused absence in the student information system for students not in class. The City of San Mateo Police Department will have officers assigned to each school to monitor the students’ safety throughout the protest and to ensure no violations are committed. Instructional time will continue for those students who do not participate in the protest. We are asking parents and families to help us by communicating with your student so that you are aware of your student's intentions for Tuesday.

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Published: 11/14/16




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The SMUHSD is saying “farewell” to its antiquated, over crowded facility and trailers, and saying “hello” to a state-of-the-art District Office scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. To make room for construction, Business Services and Student Services are now located in a temporary facility at 839 Hinckley in Burlingame. See the flyer with complete details.

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Published: 11/7/16




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Joseph Makhoul 11th grade Mans the Leadership table selling Mills gear with help from Jayza Enriquez 12th grade at Back to School..jpgYou are invited to the SMUHSD's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Parent Advisory Workshops. At these workshops, you can help the SMUHSD team update our LCAP – a document and key “roadmap” that
guide our mission of providing an excellent education for a better future. You can help the District team remain focused on why we exist – to ensure that every student – no matter where they are from, what language they speak, their level of abilities, how much resources they have or even if they have a home – are treated with dignity and respect, and that each student receives access to a rigorous and high quality education, and the opportunity to live a bright future. Attend one or all of the meetings. See the details by clicking here for English, here for information in Spanish and here for information in Chinese.

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Published: 11/7/16




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Did you know suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for teenagers? Most people who experience suicidal thoughts are in a temporary crisis. Suicide is preventable with your help. Learn how to recognize when your child needs help.

Details:
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Hillsdale High School Cafeteria, 3115 Del Monte Street, San Mateo
FREE!
Register at: www.bit.ly/ParentResourceNight

Sessions:

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Resource Fair (snacks provided)
  • 6:30-7:00 pm: Suicide Prevention and Awareness
  • 7:00-8:00 pm: Mental Health and Substance Use Provider Panel

Interpreters will be available in Spanish, Tagalog, Tongan and Chinese! Sponsored by Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Central CSA and San Mateo Union High School District.

To learn more about our mental health program, click here.

English Flyer
Spanish Flyer
Chinese Flyer: Coming Soon!

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Published: 11/5/16




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Is your student a junior? If so, your student may be interested in attending Middle College at the College of San Mateo. Middle College is a great option for students who feel ready for a college environment and who want to get a head start on earning FREE college credits. We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2017 semester. We have space for juniors and look forward to many applicants. Click here to learn more about the process and applications. Please email Don Scatena at dscatena@smuhsd.org if you have questions. Deadline has been extended. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Published: 11/4/16




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Pursuant to California Elections Code Section 10404.5 and in accordance with a new law signed by the Governor, Senate Bill No. 415 known as the "California Voter Participation Rights Act," the SMUHSD Board of Trustees will join other districts around California in moving to even year elections. Moving to even year elections will increase participation in school board elections as voter turnout is ordinarily higher in statewide elections. The District will hold its next regularly scheduled election November 6, 2018. Governing Board Members whose terms would have expired in 2017 will have their terms extended through the November 2018 election, and those Board Members whose terms would have expired in 2019 will have their terms extended through the November 2020 election.

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Published: 11/3/16




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It’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 Nov. 4th and 5th, the final two days of the 2016 regular prep season.

 

  • The first game is set for Nov. 4, when Aragon hosts Hillsdale at 7 p.m. in San Mateo. 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 33-18; there have been three ties.
  • Kickoff at the historic Little-Big Game between Burlingame and San Mateo is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 5 at the former’s Umland Stadium. This annual rivalry game is one of oldest between public schools in the Greater Bay Area. It began in 1927. This year’s game will be the 89th between them. The two schools are located about a mile from one another; they are the oldest in the District. Burlingame leads in the series 52-32; there have been four ties.
  • The week’s activities will conclude with a 2 p.m. game Nov. 5 when Mills hosts Capuchino in Millbrae. Dubbed “The Battle of the Strip” (a reference to a short section of El Camino Real between the two schools), the Mills-Capuchino rivalry began in 1959. The Mustangs have the edge in the series with 36 wins; Mills has 21.

Including this week’s games, the three contests have a grand total of 202 years of history behind them. All six District schools are members of the Peninsula Athletic League.

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Published: 11/1/16




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Don't miss an upcoming art showcase featuring original artwork by Kadin Whitsitt -- a junior at Mills High School and an active participant in the SMUHSD's Black Parents Association youth group. Kadin's art, "Mixed Messages," tells a personal story of growing up dealing with appearances, assumptions and challenges with being of mixed race. It is not easy being transparent as a teen and sharing a story that is not easily understood. The Black Parents Association and the entire SMUHSD family is extremely proud of Kadin. Please come out to support Kadin and hear her story. Kadin has kindly offered to donate all proceeds from her sales to the SMUHSD's Black Parents Association youth scholarship fund. Details: Friday, November 4th, 6-9pm at the Leland Tea Company, 1223 Donnelly Avenue, Burlingame.

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Published: 11/1/16




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082916_PRINT_POSTER_11X17.jpgCome and join the SMUHSD on Monday, November 7th at 7pm at the Hillsdale High auditorium for a viewing of the award winning video "SCREENAGERS." This film probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over use of social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. To learn more click here.

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Published: 11/1/16




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The Peninsula Parent Speaker Series presents: "Discover the Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain" with Dr. Dan Siegel on Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00pm, at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. Internationally acclaimed author and UCLA psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Siegel, will share the exciting neuroscience behind the heightened social, emotional and creative energy that drives adolescent behavior. Dispelling myths of raging hormones and immaturity, he explains how crucial changes in the brain prepare us to thrive as interdependent adults. For more about Dr. Dan Siegel, visit www.drdansiegel.com. Admission is $5 per person in advance and $10 at the door. Purchase tickets at http://siegelppss.bpt.me.

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Published: 11/1/16




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Hello Dolly Poster.jpgBurlingame Panther Theater features over 40 talented BHS students in Hello Dolly! First produced on Broadway in 1964, Hello Dolly! won a record 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical.  Set in New York City during the early 1900’s, this family musical headlines the brassy “Dolly,” a “meddling” matchmaker and the grumpy and very wealthy Horace Vandergelder.  Make a night of toe-tapping fun with the BHS cast – tickets on sale NOW at:  www.BHSPantherTheatre.com.
Performances:
October 22, 28, 29: 7:30pm
October 23 & 30: 2:00pm

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Published: 10/28/16




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At the October 20, 2016 SMUHSD Board of Trustee meeting, trustees approved that staff move forward in the exploration of workforce housing by performing the following tasks:
 

  • Commence community outreach with both the Crestmoor and Mills communities to obtain feedback on the implications of this project
  • Explore the filing of a waiver application with the State Board related to the disposition of the Crestmoor site
  • Prepare, for the Board’s approval, a draft resolution declaring the Crestmoor site surplus with terms for the dissolution
  • Evaluate additional financing options
  • Develop details regarding how the housing will be managed and the rental cost by unit type

The Board also approved augmenting the project budget by $25,000 to secure professional assistance in further evaluating this workforce housing project. Staff will report back to the Board at a February 2017 meeting. Details of community outreach efforts and the February 2017 board meeting will be shared with stakeholders.

The SMUHSD team wants to thank leaders from the soccer community and public officials who met with the team to discuss project implications and interests in advance, and who also attended the October 20th Board meeting to share their initial support, questions and requests regarding this project.

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Published: 10/26/16




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School of Rock.jpgDon't miss out on Hillsdale High Drama's fall musical, SCHOOL OF ROCK! Based on the cult film and with a rocking new score from Andrew Lloyd Weber, SCHOOL OF ROCK follows slacker Dewey Finn as he turns a class of straight-A students into an ear-popping, riff-scorching, all-conquering rock band! As they prepare for the Battle of the Bands, can Dewey make them embrace the empowering message of rock? SCHOOL OF ROCK is directed by Allison Gamlen, with vocal and musical direction by Matt Mattei. Dates are October 27th (Preview), 28th, and 29th at 7pm, and October 30th at 2pm at Hillsdale High School’s Theatre. Tickets are $17 for adults; $12 for students/seniors; $10 preview night. Purchase tickets at hillsdaledrama.com. For more information, email hillsdaledramatix@gmail.com.

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Published: 10/25/16




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Frank Hunt_Cross Country Coach.jpgFrank Hunt, Aragon High School's girls’ cross-country coach, has been named a fall Central Coast Section Honor Coach in his sport. Frank has been coaching runners at the San Mateo school since 2008. Prior to that, he did the same at Burlingame High School for six years. According to a CCS announcement regarding Frank’s honor, he “always puts the well-being of his student-athletes above athletic success.” In addition, “His tireless work to teach and coach the right way is clear to all of those who have the privilege of working with him and being coached by him.” Congratulations to both Frank and Aragon!

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Published: 10/25/16




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All SMUHSD schools recently participated in the California Great Shake Out, an annual event aimed at preparing communities for a major earthquake. All of California is at higher risk compared to the rest of the country. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects. It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he or she has identified because most injuries occur when people try to move more than a short distance during the shaking. When our students were told to practice, they took it seriously and had some fun at the same time. They practiced the three big actions to take when the shaking starts: DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON! To learn more about earthquake preparedness, visit http://www.shakeout.org/California.

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Published: 10/25/16




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BHS Lucas Flygare_49er Player of Week.jpgThe 49ers High School Player of the Week Award for week eight goes to Lucas Flygare of Burlingame High School! Lucas is a proven leader, team player, gifted athlete and excellent student. Read the full coverage of why Lucas was selected for this honor. Photo from 49ers.com. Congratulations Lucas!

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Published: 10/24/16




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Evita Poster.jpgJoin us from October 20th to October 23rd for EVITA as talented San Mateo High School students perform the rise and fall of Eva Duarte Peron, a poor girl from the streets of Argentina who, through sheer ambition, rose to the top! Narrated by a young revolutionary named Che, who shows how Eva pulled herself out of the gutter to achieve fame, first as a movie star and then as Evita, the first lady of her country. The original Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical (the first British show to do so) with a Latin-infused score that includes the beloved anthem, Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina. Directed by Brad Friedman, musical direction by Attilio Tribuzi, choreography by Robyn Tribuzi. Tickets on sale at http://www.smhsdrama.org/evita/. Details: Starts Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:30 pm at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 North Delaware Street, next to San Mateo High.

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Published: 10/19/16




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SMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, October 20, 2016 regular meeting. The featured discussion of community interest will be SMUHSD’s exploration of workforce housing. Staff will present their findings regarding the teacher shortage and the critical need to attract highly qualified staff along with the latest research on the topic of housing. Staff will request authorization to schedule community meetings with the neighbors of Crestmoor and Mills High, and other stakeholders, to discuss the idea of workforce housing. Staff will also request approval to explore disposition of the Crestmoor site to potentially fund staff housing. The meeting will also feature a presentation of the final construction drawings for the new District Office and award of the design-build contractor for the San Mateo Union High School District Office Building. The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo starting at 7pm. The complete agenda packet can be found here.

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Published: 10/18/16




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The SMUHSD's FREE 2016 Annual 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 17, 2016
Financial Aid: 5:45pm & 7:30pm
College Fair: 6:30pm
Mills High School, 400 Murchison Dr., Millbrae

FREE Admission

Highlights of the Evening Include:

  • Financial Aid Presentations at 5:45 and 7:30 pm (in Auditorium)
  • Translation in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin provided
  • Presentation on ‘A Healthy College Experience’
  • UC and CSU system Representatives and Speakers
  • California Independent Colleges (AICCU)
  • CSM, Skyline and Cañada Community Colleges
  • Representatives from a variety of Universities throughout the Country
  • Apprenticeship Programs, Trades and Special Guests

For updates and more information, please click here or consult your College and Career Advisor.

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Published: 10/12/16




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season5-cycle2a_SF Wind Ensemble.jpgJoin us for the San Francisco Wind Ensemble’s second concert of the season, featuring Timothy Smith, guest conductor, with Aragon High School Ensemble!

Details:
Saturday, October 15th at 7:30pm
Aragon High School Theater, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo.

Tickets will be $15 at the door, $10 online presale, FREE for students with ID. Click here to purchase an online ticket.

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Published: 10/12/16




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DSC_0802_Pet Parade.jpgYou can join the talented BHS musicians on October 15th for a day of music and merriment on Burlingame Avenue and the Cal Train Station. Enjoy all-day musical performances by our Choir and Band students,  9:30 am - 4:00 pm.  There will be fun for the whole family - raffle prizes, home-baked treats, "Conduct the Band," "Marching on the Ave.!" All proceeds support music programs at BHS!

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Published: 10/10/16




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SMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, October 6, 2016 regular meeting. Staff will congratulate 33 teachers who gained permanent or partial permanent status, present an overview of future steps to address disproportionality (over-representation of minority students identified with a learning disability), provide an update on enrollment, and report on capital facilities projects. A link to the complete agenda packet can be found here. The public meeting will take place at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo. It starts with a celebration of our teachers at 6:45pm.

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Published: 10/5/16




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On Thursday, October 6th, the BHS Choir, San Mateo High School Chorus, Concert Choir and the combined BHS/SMHS Chamber singers will be performing songs from the 70s and 80s at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N Delaware St, San Mateo, starting at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the door for $10 per adult and $5 per student. We hope to see you there!

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Published: 9/28/16




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BHS provided music for the well known Burlingame Pet Parade held on September 24th. They dazzled canines and "their people" alike with festive tunes befitting for a loved pet parade. Burlingame High also won "Second Place School Float" for its "Hello Dolly” float which aimed at promoting the school’s fall musical coming up later in October!

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Published: 9/28/16




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Thirty of the top scholars in the San Mateo Union High School District’s Class of 2017 have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. The monetary awards, to be announced through the spring and summer of next year, are regarded as being among the most prestigious available to U.S. high school seniors. Here are the District’s Semifinalists:

  • Aragon: William Bodeau, Ellen Chan, Joshua DeWitt, Sagrika Janadi, Carolin Jia, Jason Leung, James Medwid, Justin Sell, Kelvin Yang
  • Burlingame: Alexander Lee, Rebecca Pei, Tyler Vanderley
  • Capuchino: Ryan Chapman
  • Hillsdale: Karinna Chong, Hannah Doyle, Juliet Lee, Sabrina Lin, Michael Vande Voorde
  • Mills: Michael Chang, Galina Isayeva, Matthew Lee, Seiji Sakiyama, Jaysen Shi
  • San Mateo: Margaret Dong, Kevin Fang, Andy Feng, Angela Liu, Emanuel Rew, Cindy Zhang, Rachel Zheng

Congratulations to all of our semifinalists!

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Published: 9/21/16




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Anne Adamson.jpgMeet Anne Adamson the new Executive Director of Adult-Education College and Career Educational Leadership (ACCEL) – a consortium of adult schools and community colleges working together to provide exceptional adult education to our community. Anne is the first person to have this new job of Executive Director.  Anne will look at the big picture of Adult Education in San Mateo County.  She will visit all the schools and colleges that provide Adult Education and help them create pathways to success for adult learners. Please help us welcome Anne! To learn more about Anne click here. To learn more about ACCEL click here.

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Published: 9/21/16




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Earlier this month, Capuchino athletes participated in Team Up Day – a day to take a pledge to team up and speak up about concussions. The CDC estimates as many as 3.8 million concussions occur in the U.S. annually through sports and recreational activities, but only 5-10 percent are recognized and eventually diagnosed by coaches, parents, and athletic trainers. Surveys of high school athletes after the season find that 20 percent had concussion symptoms after a head impact at least once over the course of the last season, and more than 50 percent of the contact sport athletes report at least one event in their career. The SMUHSD has an excellent concussion protocol, but having students report suspected concussions in their teammates is also vital. Capuchino athletes recognize that in order to be the best team they can be, they have to look out for each other on and off the field, and this includes reporting concussions. Go Mustangs!

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Published: 9/21/16




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Cap at 49ers Rolling Out Banner.jpgThe San Francisco 49ers invited the Capuchino High School football team to be part of a pre-game celebration. The Mustangs were in charge of unrolling and displaying two gigantic flags at the game! These are the kinds of lifelong memories created in high school. Good job Mustangs!

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Published: 9/21/16




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The Student Services Office will be closed on October 10th so the Student Services team can attend an important training. If you have questions for this office, please plan ahead. Thank you in advance for your patience.

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Published: 9/15/16




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Hillsdale High School, known for its Small Learning Community model, is one of only 20 schools from across the country to receive recognition as a “School of Opportunity"! This coveted national designation honors excellent public high schools that engage in practices that build on students’ strengths and create supported learning opportunities for all students. Read the complete press release.

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Published: 9/13/16




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The SMUHSD is saying “farewell” to its antiquated, over crowded facility and trailers, and saying “hello” to a state-of-the-art District Office scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. To make room for construction, Business Services and Student Services will be located in a temporary facility at 839 Hinckley in Burlingame starting in October. See the flyer with complete details.

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Published: 9/13/16




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Steve Sell_49er Photo.jpgThe San Francisco 49ers Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week award goes to Steve Sell from Aragon High School. Coach Sell started his administrative and coaching roles at Aragon in 1989, where he started as an assistant coach, and took over the reigns as head coach in 2000. In addition to his role as head coach, Sell has been the school’s athletic director since 1996. Coach  Sell and his fellow selected weekly coaches will  be honored in January for their accomplishments. Congratulations to Coach Sell for this latest honor. Read the full coverage by clicking herePhoto by 49ers.com.

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Published: 9/13/16




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iStock_2424978_MEDIUM.jpgIt's that time when current 8th graders and their families start planning for high  school years, and we have  two great events that will help families learn about the comprehensive high schools of the SMUHSD. First, families can attend 8th Grade Parent Information Night where they will learn how students will spend his/her high school years. For students, they can take advantage of Shadowing Days 2016 -- great opportunities for current 8th graders to spend a “day in the life” of a high school student! The District team has developed a flyer with all of the details for both of these events along with important enrollment dates.

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Published: 9/13/16




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SMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, September 15, 2016 regular meeting. Staff will provide a report results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and progress on district academic goals, share experiences from the Harvard School of Education Conference: “Leadership: An Evolving Vision,” and request an approval of an agreement with the San Mateo County Office of Education regarding the operation of the County’s Gateway Program. A link to the complete agenda packet can be found here. The public meeting will be held at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo, starting at 7pm.

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Published: 9/9/16




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Retreat_Group of three applauding coworkers.jpgThe San Mateo Adult School had its first-ever retreat, and every employee – administrators, teachers, administrative support staff,  aides, and janitors – came together for a special day of thinking and discussion. The retreat was perfectly timed. Now is a time of big change for adult education.  The retreat allowed the entire SMAS team to share thoughts on values and learn how to navigate changes in adult education so that the SMAS continues to provide its students with the best adult education possible. Learn all about the retreat by clicking here.

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Published: 9/8/16




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iStock_000014791660_Double.jpgHillsdale High School will be holding its 4th annual flea market – “Avenue of the Flea Market” – on Sunday, September 18th from 9am – 1pm.  Community members who would like to sell personal items can rent a stall for $30. The school will haul any items not sold with the exception of furniture. Deadline for stall rentals is September 12th. Funds raised from sold parking stalls will go towards offsetting the cost of Senior Day and Senior Knight for the Class of 2017! Questions? Visit www.smuhsd.org or call 650.558.2601. Don't miss this chance to unclutter your home and earn some extra income, all without the hassle of hauling away your own items! See the pre-event flyer!

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Published: 9/2/16




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photo.JPG“BACK TO SCHOOL” Night is an opportunity to meet teachers and learn more about your teen’s high school education! Share the event flyer with fellow school families.

Aragon, Burlingame, Capuchino, Hillsdale, Mills, San Mateo, Peninsula Alternative
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Starting 6-7pm*
*Please check with your school for exact start time and room information.

Middle College
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6-7:30pm
Building 10, Room 195

Questions? Visit www.smuhsd.org or call 650.558.2299

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Published: 8/31/16




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Recently, three of our incredibly socially responsible and caring Capuchino freshman students who can seriously rock out used their musical talents to help others. They played a benefit concert at a Pacifica pub to help a local family who lost their home in a fire. The band is called The Lucky Boys and you can learn about their good deed from recent KTVU coverage. We are proud of our Mustangs!

 

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Published: 8/31/16




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DSC_0436.JPGSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to its Thursday, September 1, 2016 regular meeting. Staff will review Summer School 2016 and recommend future improvements; d.tech’s Executive Director will provide an update on d.tech’s enrollment and academics; and principals will share their “first day of school” experiences. A link to the complete agenda packet can be found here. The public meeting will be held at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo, starting at 7pm.

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Published: 8/30/16




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DSC_0548_Copy.jpgCongresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo counties) and Phyllis Gould, a 94-year-old World War II defense worker better known as a "Rosie the Riveter," visited Mills High on Women's Equality Day on August 26, 2016 to talk with students about equal pay for equal work. Congresswoman Speier shared her history of fighting for women's rights and Ms. Gould described how she served as a welder during World War II and became a part of history. Mills senior Kelley Xuereb introduced both women with the poise of a seasoned speaker! Many students stayed past the presentation to ask Congresswoman Speier and Ms. Gould questions about their experiences. Read the complete press release.

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Published: 8/30/16




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CAASPP_Smarter Balance.jpgSMUHSD schools demonstrated continued progress districtwide on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Across the District, 11th graders - the only grade level in high school that takes CAASPP - performed above state averages in English-Language Arts and Math, according to the new state CAASPP test results released on August 24, 2016. Read the complete press release.

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Published: 8/30/16




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SFWE Poster.jpgThe Aragon High Music Department presents…

The San Francisco Wind Ensemble

Conducted by Troy Davis, Music Director of Aragon High School

Saturday, August 27th, 7:30pm

Aragon High Theater, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Featuring:

  • Chicago 2012, Mason Bates
  • Serenade Op. 7, Richard Strauss
  • Symphonic Dances, Yosuke Fukuda

Tickets: $15 at the door, $10 web presale, FREE for students with ID.
For more information, visit www.sfwindensemble.org.

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Published: 8/24/16




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Recently, the SMUHSD and the Via Heart Project installed the final automated external defibrillator (AED) at Hillsdale High. Placement of this final AED completed the school district’s mission to create a Heart Safe Campus, where access to defibrillation is within four minutes of every student on campus. The project was spearheaded by local parent and activist Erica Lyons and funded by a $52,000 grant from the Peninsula Health Care District to Via Heart Project to purchase 16 AEDS and provide American Heart Association CPR and AED training for over 200 faculty. Read the complete press release by clicking here. Photo: Back Row: SMUHSD Superintendent Kevin Skelly, Joshua Muehleman (nephew of parent leader Erika Lyons), Supervisor Dave Pine, SMUHSD Manager of Wellness Programs Travis Groft. Front Row: Conner and Caris Lyons (children of parent leader Erika Lyons), Erika Lyons, and Peninsula Health Care District CEO Cheryl Fama.

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Published: 8/24/16




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Stanford Image for Article re Mental Health Conference.jpgKathryn DeWitt, 2013 Aragon graduate, and Elizabeth Li, 2014 San Mateo High Graduate, were two of the presenters at the 2016 Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference sponsored by Stanford Children’s Health. They both shared their personal experiences and how they have committed to change the way that the world discusses mental health. Kathryn is now majoring in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and is the Co-President of “Active Minds Penn,” which promotes mental health awareness and provides information regarding resources to her college peers. Elizabeth, who is now pursuing a double major, Public Health and Media Studies, at University of California, Berkeley, serves as a Peer Adviser at the school undergraduate advising office. We are happy to see how SMUHSD graduates are taking initiative in making the world a better place. Photo from Stanford Medicine's Aug. 23, 2016 online publication, Scope.
 

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Published: 8/24/16




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Google Internship Daisy Co 2016_Jan Tuttle_2.jpgDaisy Co – Mills 2016 graduate and student of the culinary pathway at Mills – participated in a seven week paid internship this summer on the Google campus with the Bon Appetit Cafes. She was one of 20 students from the Bay Area who was selected to participate in the internship sponsored by Google. By working directly with Google Chefs, the interns built their credentials on their resumes and prepared for successful careers for post-secondary education. The interns earned a Food Handers Certificate and Serv-Safe credential. Daisy will be attending USF majoring in Hospitality and Business.  Congratulations Daisy! Photo at the reception: Daisy Co and Jan Tuttle, Mills Culinary Arts Instructor.
 

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Published: 8/24/16




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Isabelle_Jefferson Award-081616-CP0339.jpgBHS junior Isabela Acenas was honored for her dedication to community service at the SF Giants' Home Plate Ceremony on August 16th. Isabella was honored for her outstanding work both in school, our local, and international communities. In addition to being a dedicated and strong student academically, Isabela is both active in school and community leadership and volunteer activities. After agreeing that increased outreach to students was needed to help spread awareness about service opportunities, Isabela created a PAWS (People Action Work Service) Volunteer Newsletter. Isabela has taken her passion for helping others to an even greater level by forming her own charities aimed at assisting both orphans and youth in the Philippines. To get the full picture of Isabela's work, please see Isabela's Blog and be sure to check out each tab. Isabela was nominated by her peers and was also awarded a Jefferson Service Award in 2015. Photo: Carrie had a photo shoot with Hunter Strickland of the SF Giants!

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Published: 8/24/16




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The Hillsdale High School Robotics Team attended the 2016 International Botball Tournament this summer, finishing 6th place in the world overall and bringing back two trophies: 4th Place Double Elimination and Overall Judges Choice. The tournament, which was held in St. Augustine, Florida, from July 6th - 10th, was attended by 55 teams from all over the world. The Botball competition had 344 registered teams worldwide this season. The team met three times a week for four and a half hours each meeting during the summer in order to prepare for the competition. Through the hard work of the club through the school year and especially the core team members during the summer, the team has established themselves as one of the best Botball teams in the world! This is no small accomplishment and it takes a team of faculty and students to reach such heights. Congratulations to Club Advisor Mr. Johnny Tsao and Captain Ben Liao, the Senior and Junior Core Members, and the Registered Team Members. Senior Core: John Robinson, Wesley Hwa, and Robby Shield. Junior Core: Tijmen Sep, Jason Odell. Registered Team: Victor Lee, Ezra Pramono, Cameron Lee, Tommy Petersen, Kyle Kam, Felix Miyago, Andrew Arzaga, Angel Villegas. Congratulations to every teacher and student who earned Hillsdale and the SMUHSD this huge honor in the robotics world! Read the team's complete description with photos and watch the team in action!

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 8/17/16




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Newsweek Magazine has ranked Aragon High School as one of the top 500 public high schools in all of the United States. Aragon earned the 124th spot on this list. There are approximately 27,000 high schools across the United States. “To have Aragon High make it onto Newsweek’s high school rankings list for a second year in a row is quite an honor,” states Patricia Kurtz, Principal of Aragon High School. “We owe our success to our teachers and staff, dedicated parent volunteers, our supportive Board, and of course, our students who work hard to achieve their personal best. I am inspired by our students every day.” Read the complete press release.

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Published: 8/17/16




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Sara at Jostens Ceremony.jpgJostens has announced that San Mateo High School’s Sara Cowey was inducted into the Jostens Renaissance® Hall of Fame at the 25th Annual Jostens Renaissance National Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame honor is presented to educators who demonstrate exceptional leadership by improving the school’s climate and culture, which is tied to improvements in academic achievement among all students at their respective schools. Read the complete press release.
 

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Message from Superintendent Skelly:

Perhaps you are familiar with the former number one hit song from the 1960s by the Byrds entitled, “Turn, Turn, Turn.”  The first line of the song includes the words “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose…”  I have been thinking about this song a lot these past few weeks.

I am a few years ahead of most of you.  I have four children. My “last” child graduated from high school two years ago and is now in and out of the house.  The other three children are either married, in graduate school, or finding their own way.  Our family is turning.  It seems like only yesterday that we were shopping for our first lunchbox.

Even if California’s weather doesn’t provide the right signals, the start of school suggests the start of a new season for all of us.  As parents, we can measure life’s journey through our children’s trek through elementary, middle and now high school.  The season of parenthood, for all its triumphs and heartache, constantly evolves.

Read the complete message.

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Published: 8/15/16




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Here are some back-to-school tips so you can have a smooth start to the 16/17 school year.

  1. Make sure your students get plenty of rest before school starts!
  2. Make sure students bring their water bottle to school so they can stay hydrated.
  3. If you have not completed online enrollment, please contact Student Services at 650-558-2251.
  4. Did you change your home address? Work phone or emergency contact? Please call Student Services at the above number and update your information.
  5. Sign up for the SMUHSD eNews to learn about all the latest district-wide news!
  6. Are you on facebook or twitter? Yes? Like and follow the SMUHSD.
  7. Will you be taking the school bus in the 2016-17 school year? Please know your school bus route and details. You can see this information by clicking here. Call Camille Clemens at 650-558-2271 if you need a bus pass.
  8. Would you like to sign up for a “free reduced meal?” If so, please visit the Student Nutrition Services website for more details.
  9. Interested in an easier and more convenient way to pay for school meals? Parents can click here to register your student and create an online account.
  10. If you are attending San Mateo High or the Adult School, or even if you work in the area of these schools, expect delays and detours on Poplar Avenue, from US 101 to Humboldt, as the City has commenced construction in this area. To see more details, click here.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 8/9/16




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iStock_76023061_MEDIUM.jpgOrientation days are here! Orientation is a really important event for students as they get all the information they need to start the year off right. Please be sure to check your school’s website for more details. To see the full schedule of orientation days, click here. At orientation, students will be able to take care of the following items:

  • Receive your 2016-17 class schedule and check-out your textbooks
  • Take your school/yearbook picture and get your new school ID card
  • Support school booster groups with donation
  • Order yearbooks, senior ads, etc.
  • Did you misplace books or library materials? You can pay outstanding fees at Orientation.

Remember: Students who do not attend orientation will NOT be able to pick up their schedules until the first day of school. Important note: All new and returning students MUST complete the District Online Enrollment process FIRST before they attend the school orientation day. If you have not completed the online enrollment at this time, please contact Student Services at 650-558-2251.
 

The SMUHSD team is looking forward to seeing you at Orientation!

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SMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to a Board meeting on Thursday, August 11, 2016. During the meeting, the Board will consider a resolution to move from odd year elections to even year elections in response to recent State legislation. Also on the agenda is the issuance and sale of the 2016 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series B, C, D and E whereby all benefits from the refunding will go to property owners in the District. The complete agenda packet can be found here. The public meeting will be held at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave., San Mateo, starting at 7pm.

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Butterfly Whisperer.pngWhen our graduates leave our schools, they go on to make major contributions to the world around them. Tim Won, 2004 Aragon graduate and an aquatic biologist at the California Academy of Sciences, is an Internet craze for his conservation efforts to repopulate the threatened California Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly in his backyard! He spent his childhood fascinated by butterflies and as he grew into an adult wanted to put his passion to work for the benefit of the environment. Read all about Tim's adventures "hanging out with albino alligators," or "treating a hungry octopus..." and yes, creating a "butterfly paradise" in his back yard. Tim is another example of an SMUHSD graduate making their mark on the world.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 8/8/16




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This summer, Dr. Jeffrey Benson, Director of Choral Activities at San Jose State University (SJSU), led SJSU Choraliers, the Aragon High School Chamber Choir and String Quartet, and other music ensembles from San Jose, to participate in the 2016 Limerick Sings International Festival in Limerick, Ireland. The ensemble made their debut in Ireland and engaged in various community performances including a shared concert celebration with a professional Irish Orchestra and local Irish choirs followed by a Lord Mayor’s reception. They also performed the festival’s grand finale concert at the University of Limerick Concert Hall, the city’s principal venue for the performing arts. This amazing performance trip to Ireland ended with a sister city celebration to mark the 30 year anniversary of the twinning of San Jose and Dublin. Under the direction of John Chen, Director of Choir and Orchestra at Aragon High School, all students took home lifelong memories of their time in Ireland.

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Published: 8/8/16




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If you live in the area of Mills High and see emergency personnel pulling into the driveway of Mills High on Friday, August 5th, not to worry. Local emergency services and law enforcement will be using Mills High to practice a Big Five school emergency drill tomorrow from 8:30am to 3pm. For the most part, the drill is intended to be self-contained on the campus, but neighbors may see emergency vehicles arrive on campus as part of the drill. To learn more about  the Big Five visit here.

 

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Published: 8/4/16




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Breaking Down Stigma Flyer.jpgStanford is an important community partner in the SMUHSD's mission to provide the best possible support for our students' mental health and well being. Next week, Stanford's Children Health Department will be hosting an important educational event, "Breaking Down Stigma, Building Support for Youth Mental Health."

Details:  
August 5- 6, 2016
South San Francisco Conference Center
255 Airport Boulevard, South San Francisco CA

By attending this first annual adolescent mental wellness conference, you will be better informed of how to help those you serve in your profession and your children at home. See the flyer for complete details and register now! Space is limited. Registration deadline has been extended to August 2nd.  Visit stanfordmentalhealth.com to register.

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Published: 7/28/16




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You may remember the news from last spring semester that four SMUHSD schools were selected to participate in the PBS Student Reporting Lab Program -- a national public media initiative that connects middle and high school students with professional mentors and an innovative journalism curriculum to develop digital media, critical thinking and communication skills while producing original youth-focused news reports. As part of that program, five SMUHSD teachers, out of a total of only 36 teachers chosen from across the country, were selected to attend a week long PBS workshop in Washington D.C. this week. Learn more by reading the PBS press release. The five participating SMUHSD teachers are:

  • Nick Carrillo, Aragon High School
  • Stephen Erle, Burlingame High School
  • Patsy Fergusson, San Mateo High School
  • Allison Gamlen, Hillsdale High School
  • Jane McCabe, San Mateo High School

Read the Daily Journal coverage of this amazing professional development opportunity which will ultimately benefit our young aspiring journalists for years to come. We thank all of our teachers for being committed to being the best teacher they can be!

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Published: 7/28/16




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Recently, you should have received a letter from the San Mateo Union High School District informing you that the 2016-17 Online Annual Enrollment System is now open. The On-Line Annual Enrollment process performs two important functions. First, it gives you the opportunity to verify for us that the information we have about your student is correct. Second, it gives you the opportunity to provide us with important items such as Health and Medical information which will allow us to better serve your student. It is very important that the Parent/Guardian complete this information. Our on-line enrollment site is safe and secure! Please note: ALL students, grades 9-12, MUST complete the On-Line Annual Enrollment process! The deadline for completing the On-Line Annual Enrollment is Friday, July 29, 2016. Again, it is very important that the On-Line Annual Enrollment be completed by the student’s parent/guardian! Please be advised that the On-line Annual Enrollment must be completed prior to picking up your student’s class schedule!

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Published: 7/27/16




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iStock_71897961_MEDIUM.jpgSMUHSD’s Board of Trustees invites you to a Board meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2016. During the meeting, staff will present the Superintendent Goals for the 2016-2017 school year, request the Board award the construction bid for the Stadium Light and Public Address System Project, and will share information about a new community college course to be offered at Peninsula Alternative High School. A link to the complete agenda packet can be found here. The public meeting will be held at the San Mateo Adult School, 789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo, starting at 7pm.

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SMHS Mock Trial Captain Janani with Team Advisor Patsy Fergusson.jpgThe SMUHSD team is honored to announce that a recent San Mateo High grad, Janani Krishnan (photographed left), is on her way to Harvard this fall and is already making her mark. She has been selected as only one of six finalists in the TEDxHarvardCollege Prefrosh-Graduate Speaker Competition! On September 18th, professors, research experts, and all-around inspiring people will take the stage at Sanders Theater at Harvard University to share their ideas with the world at the annual renowned TEDxHarvardCollege conference. The Prefrosh-Graduate Speaker Competition finalist who receives the most votes will have the opportunity to join them in spreading their vision at this incredible event. If given the opportunity to present at TEDxHarvardCollege, Janini will perform her award-winning original slam poem "Power," outlining the reaction of an individual watching acts of police brutality on her television screen, and discussing the emerging role of spoken word in talking about the increasingly pressing issues of racism and police brutality. But to make it to the stage on September 18th, Janini will need your vote! Voting closes this Friday, July 29th. Don't delay. Vote for Janini now by clicking here.

 

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Published: 7/26/16




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The City of San Mateo shared the following information with the SMUHSD and the District team wants to be sure you have the details of this construction project. During this upcoming fall semester, the City of San Mateo and its contractor will be performing major roadway and median installation work on Poplar, from US 101 to Humboldt. Pedestrian safety improvements will also be performed on Humboldt, Poplar Avenue to College Avenue.  What does this mean for you?

Traffic Delays:

  • Expect delays and detours. Although the City’s contractor will post detour signage, driving through the construction zone will be challenging. We highly recommend you do the following:
  • Use carpools
  • Allow extra time to arrive to school
  • Plan an alternative route to entirely avoid Poplar/US101 and Humboldt.
  • Have you ever considered biking to work or getting to work via SamTrans? Take advantage of these options if they are right for you.

Limited Parking:

  • If you park on the streets around the Adult School and San Mateo High, expect greater “competition” for those spots as there will be NO PARKING on Humboldt.

To learn more about the scope of work and to see a copy of the City’s notice to residents and organizations in the area, click here. To see the flyer that the District created for parents/guardians, staff and students, click here. Questions? Call the City of San Mateo at 650.522.7344.

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Published: 7/20/16




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The Bearcat students aren't the only Bearcats with serious athletic skills. More than 20 Bearcat staff members came together as a team, the Bearcat Ballers, for a 12 week season in the Spring League of the City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation softball league, and took first place! They came in as underdogs, but won some tough games to beat the number two and one seeds to become the champs! The team is comprised of San Mateo High staff from all "arms" of the school. Teaching aides, administratators, a member of campus security, office staff and the athletic director all came together to win a trophy for the San Mateo High Bearcats. In the words of a Bearcat administrator, the team was pulled together to give staff a way to decompress from the school day and come together as a school community. Congratulations Bearcat Ballers and thanks for adding another trophy to San Mateo High's collection!

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Published: 7/18/16




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Thursday, July 7th, the San Mateo Adult School celebrated the power and beauty of diversity with International Night 2016.  Students and staff started the festivities with a Parade of Nations, wearing traditional clothing and carrying flags. Cultural wares were displayed and food samples from around the world were available to see and taste. The big event were the performances - songs and dances that lifted the spirit and brought energy and unity to the community. This is one of the Adult School's key events that demonstrates the sense of community the Adult School creates through empowering people of all backgrounds to continue their education.

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Published: 7/14/16




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Runners on a track at nightAt the June 23, 2016 Board of Trustee meeting, the Board approved the Stadium Improvement Project and certified the draft EIR as the final EIR as there were no public comments to the draft EIR.  A Notice of Determination was filed with the County Clerk on June 28, 2016, which starts a 30-day challenge period to the final EIR. If a challenge is not filed, the District will thereafter issue a notice to proceed and the project will move forward. Check www.smuhsd.org/stadiumlights for updates.

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Published: 7/7/16




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From July 3-7th, Michelle Au-Yeung, Mills 2016 graduate and recent State Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Officer, along with 8,000 FCCLA members from across the country are gathering in sunny San Diego to network with fellow members, attend FCCLA program workshops and leadership sessions, and compete in events. The theme for the coming year is EM POWER ME POWER which focuses on how students must make the right choices and recognize that they hold the key to being great as individuals, FCCLA members, students, leaders and members of their families and communities. Mrs. Janice Tuttle, advisor for the Mills Chapter of FCCLA, is being recognized with the 2016 Master Adviser Award. Nationwide there are more than 6,300 chapter advisers. She is one of 110 advisers nationwide who will be recognized for devoting two years to serving as a new advisor, assuming adult leadership roles, conducting advisor workshops and attending training sessions.

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Published: 7/5/16




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Student-athletes and teams representing schools in the San Mateo Union High School District achieved a number of noteworthy successes during the 2016 prep spring sports season.

 

  • Mills High School’s Tulouna Langi was named Girls’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year by the San Mateo Daily Journal. She posted a pair of impressive fourth-place finishes in the shot put and discus at the Central Coast Section Track and Field Championships at Gilroy High School.
  • Michelle Zhang of Aragon High School finished a close second in Central Coast Section girls’ badminton singles competition at Independence High School in San Jose.
  • Larisa Tam of San Mateo High School secured a 12th-place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke in the ultra-competitive California Interscholastic Federation swimming and diving championships at Clovis West High School.
  • On a team basis, Hillsdale High School’s outstanding softball aggregation finished third in the Central Coast Section’s Division III tournament. A key member of that squad, pitcher Eryn McCoy (photographed above, photo by SM Daily Journal), was named Softball Player of the Year by the San Mateo Daily Journal. She also was a second-team All-Metro selection in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Congratulations to our athletes!

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iStock_000002322471_Large_Resized for eNews.jpgThanks to the United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service and the organization's community partners including the SMUHSD, nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. Click here and use the mapping tool to find a site near you. Please check back often for updated information. Here are just a few of our local sites including a breakfast at Burlingame High. There are other sites throughout the Peninsula!


SAN MATEO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Burlingame High School, 1 Mangini Way, Burlingame
6/20/16- 7/29/16
10:30am-10:50 am
See the menu here.

SAN MATEO-FOSTER CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
715-A Indian Ave., San Mateo 
6/20/2016 - 7/29/2016
12:00 PM-12:30 PM

949 Ocean View Ave., San Mateo
6/20/2016 - 7/29/2016
12:00 PM-12:30 PM

1031 S. Delaware St., San Mateo 
6/20/2016 - 7/29/2016
Breakfast: 10:00 AM-10:30 AM
Lunch: 12:00 PM-12:30 PM
 

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Published: 6/30/16




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iStock_95394421_MEDIUM_4th of July.jpgThe SMUHSD, local fire departments, Cal Fire and the National Council on Fireworks Safety want you to have a safe and fun 4th of July. Here are some tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety. You'll find many of these on different organizations' sites advocating that basic rules and common sense be used when handling fireworks.

  1. Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  2. Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  3. A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
  4. Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  5. Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  6. Do not hold a fireworks item in your hand.
  7. Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area...away from buildings and vehicles.
  8. Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water before you discard it.
  9. After purchasing fireworks, always store them in a cool, dry place.
  10. When using fireworks always have a connected hose, bucket of water, or other water source nearby.
  11. Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
  12. Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  13. Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trashcan away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  14. Ensure all pets and animals are away from fireworks noise.
  15. With the rise in stress-related disorders affecting American service men and women, pay special consideration to individuals who may be sensitive to loud noises in proximity to your fireworks show.

For more information, visit the SMUHSD's posting of some other handy safety brochures from Cal Fire. Be safe this 4th of July!

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San Mateo High School’s Sara Cowey has been notified that she will be inducted into the Jostens Renaissance® Hall of Fame at the 25th annual Jostens Renaissance National Conference in Orlando, Florida from July 14-17, 2016. The Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame honor is presented to educators who demonstrate exceptional leadership by improving the school’s climate and culture, which is tied to improvements in academic achievement among all students at their respective schools. They have also made a significant impact in supporting the Jostens Renaissance Education program at both the state and national level. As you'll see in the above photo, Sara was surprised with news of this honor by students, colleagues and Jostens staff. Way to go Sara!

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Mari Kojima, a San Mateo High School student and a talented dancer, has won a $15,000 scholarship from the Steve Silver Foundation and “Beach Blanket Babylon." Just this week, students performed in three categories -- dance, acting and voice -- at Club Fugazi in San Francisco. The deciding panel included Magic Theatre’s Loretta Greco, singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman and choreographer Val Caniparoli.

See the complete coverage in the sfgate. Congratulations Mari! Everyone at the SMUHSD is so proud of you for this accomplishment!

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Published: 6/9/16




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16 05 31 SF Chron_Suavez_BHS_Cancer Group.jpgBurlingame High School has many students who are not only high achievers, but who are also mindful of the world around them and want to make it a better place. This is best demonstrated by the group, Burlingame Cancer Research -- a group consisting of mostly BHS students who spend their free time trying to better understand cancer. These teens meet every Saturday and some weekdays to talk about the latest cancer findings. They discuss findings, write about them and communicate their research through a website and a youtube channel. They have fun while educating their community about the latest research on cancer. See the complete coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle. Photo Credit: San Francisco Chronicle, Liz Hafalia.

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The Burlingame Cancer Research Group Invites you to...

"Immunotherapy - A Revolution in Cancer"

June 30, 2016
San Francisco Public Main Library
100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
1pm-3pm
Hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Burlingame Cancer Research, a high school research group (comprised mostly of BHS students) whose focus is to both conduct lab research and spread the latest cancer research to the world. Topics Covered:

  • Oncolytic Virus
  • Car-T cells
  • Monoclonal Antibodies
  • Cancer Vaccines
  • Checkpoint Inhibitors
  • Why are we inching closer and closer to the cure?

For questions contact burlingamecr@gmail.com or melisse.skelton@lls.org.

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Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis
Published: 6/9/16