April 15 Board Meeting
The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees invites you to attend a Board Meeting on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The Board meeting includes a presentation on the following topics of community interest:

  • Update - Spring Semester Reopening Plan
  • DELAC Annual Update
  • AVID Senior Celebration
  • 2021-2024 LCAP Goals and Metrics Overview and Feedback Session

  • Webinar ID: 93682582314
  • Passcode: 223423

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If the Zoom webinar reaches maximum capacity, the meeting may also be viewed on our Board Meeting YouTube channel.

Spanish interpretation will be provided at this meeting.

Public Comments
If you wish to make a comment about an agenda item or during the public comments section at the beginning of the agenda, please send an email to comments@smuhsd.org with your name, email address, and your zoom name (if different) and the item under which you would like to comment. The Board president will call on you. Please note that comments are limited to three minutes. The Board President may increase or decrease the time allowed for public presentation, depending upon the topic and number of persons wishing to be heard.   
District News
Please Take Note: New Food Service Hours for SMUHSD Schools

The distance learning/pick up meal service hours were recently modified to the following:
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 - 11:15 a.m. AND 12:45 - 4 p.m.

Additional Free and Local Food Resources

San Mateo Union High School, Millbrae, San Mateo-Foster City and San Bruno Park School Districts are now offering grab and go meals to ALL students 18 years and younger, regardless of what school they attend. Please help us spread the word about this FREE food resource for the community. 

Learn more: English | Spanish

In addition to the above free resources, College of San Mateo and Skyline are also offering free drive-thru community markets for the public through May 2021:

Skyline College
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3300 College Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066
(use Skyline Boulevard entrance) 

College of San Mateo
Fridays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402

Summer School Information Now Available

Learn more about Summer School opportunities at the San Mateo Union High School District: www.smuhsd.org/summerschool
Concurrent Enrollment: Important Dates Coming Up

Is your student interested in taking community college courses and earning college credit while paying no tuition during high school? Students who are concurrently enrolled have the opportunity to get an early start on earning CSU and UC transferable credits, explore careers and adapt to college-level courses while still in high school. If you are interested in pursuing Summer and/or Fall 2021 concurrent enrollment opportunities at College of San Mateo, Skyline College or Caňada College, please visit our website for more information.
District and Community Events
Unity in the Community Virtual Town Hall: April 13

The Black Parents Association partnering with SMUHSD invites you to join us for an evening of candid conversation and cooperative learning on Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Student Leader Amulen Rozmus will join the event as co-host. The community will also have the opportunity to work together in breakout groups.

A live Q&A session with our panelist is on the agenda, so come with questions. To submit questions ahead of time, please email comments@smuhsd.org.

The Black Parents Association is also presenting a State of the Student Summit on April 28, learn more about this student-led event.
Upcoming Family Education Virtual Events
Stay up-to-date on all family education events at www.smuhsd.org/family-ed

How to Have a Better Relationship with Your Child or Teen
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Presenter: Eran Magen, Ph.D., Founder, Parenting for Humans
  • Register

Trying to offer support when your child or teen seems upset or stressed can feel like tiptoeing through a minefield. In this interactive (virtual) workshop, you will learn how to be more effective offering emotional support when your child is experiencing strong emotions such as stress, frustration, anxiety, or anger. 

Eran Magen, PhD, founder of Parenting for Humans, shares strategies that will help your child feel better and think more clearly, while improving your parent-child relationship.

Cannabis and the Young Brain

  • Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Presenter: Tauheed Zaman, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF
  • Register
  • Free admission
  • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided.
What impact does cannabis have on the young, developing brain? How does marijuana use affect brain chemistry, learning, and memory formation? Can marijuana be addictive? Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the current research on cannabis and adolescent brain development.

This special presentation is sponsored by the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) Tobacco Use Education (TUPE) program, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

Mental Health 101: When Should Parents Seek Help?

  • Date: Wednesday, April 14, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Presenter: Shashank Joshi, MD, Stanford; Karen Li, MD; Molly Henricks, LMFT; Jennifer Spiegler, Kognito
  • Register
  • Free admission
  • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Mental health concerns, including anxiety and depression, have increased since the start of COVID-19. When should parents seek help? Join a panel of medical and mental health experts including Shashank Joshi, MD, Stanford University, to learn the warning signs of mental health concerns, when to seek professional help, and how to find mental health resources in your community.

This special presentation is sponsored by Sequoia Healthcare District, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

Helping Your Children and Teens Discover Their Purpose in Life

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Presenter: Kendall Cotton Bronk, PhD, Claremont Graduate University
  • Register
  • Free admission
  • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Drawing on nearly two decades of scientific research, this live (virtual) event will explore: What is purpose? Why does it matter? And, how can we — as parents — help our children and teens discover their purpose in life? Kendall Cotton Bronk, PhD, is a professor of psychology in the Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. She is the Principal Investigator at the Moral Development Lab, a research organization aimed at understanding how young people develop a sense of purpose.

Parents/guardians, students, educators, clinicians, and community members welcome! This presentation is sponsored by Peninsula Health Care District, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

Learn more about upcoming events.
Virtual Parent Café #5 (Spanish) Practical Tips for Effective Discipline
This webinar will take place in Spanish.

  • Monday, April 19, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Presenters: 
  • Edwin Fernandez, LCSW, One Life Counseling Center
  • Lucero Govea, AMFT, Lead Wellness Counselor, Capuchino High School (SMUHSD)
  • Zoom Link  

As the proverb goes, “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them”. Discipline is an art that many parents find difficult to practice. But you are not alone! In this talk you will hear practical advice to discipline your child effectively and with love.

Parents and caregivers welcome! Free admission. The Parent Café is an initiative of Peninsula Health Care District, in partnership with The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series).
Free Webinar for Families to Learn about Vaping

San Mateo-Foster City School District and SMUHSD present a free virtual webinar on April 29 and May 4 - Family Talk: Vaping.

The webinars are being offered at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both dates.

Live Spanish interpretation will be available.

Upcoming School Performances

Aragon High School

Burlingame High School

Hillsdale High School

Mills High School

San Mateo High School
San Mateo High Students Win High School Category at Student Film Festival
Jamison Chow, Katie Hong and Ashley Stewart of San Mateo High School won in the High School Category of the Citizens Environmental Council Film Contest for their video, "Effects of Rising Sea Levels."
Students in grades 4 through 12 who live or attend school in San Mateo County were invited to enter environmental videos of up to five minutes in length in the contest. There were 22 submissions. CEC awarded cash prizes of $100 to the Elementary School winner, $150 to the Middle School winner and $350 to the High School winners.
The Citizens Environmental Council is a group of volunteers whose mission is to champion regional sustainability through education, advocate for environmental and climate policy, and empower young environmental leaders.
Aragon Robotics Qualifies for Regionals, Wins Award

Currently, both Aragon Robotics's FTC 4345 and FRC 840 are in the midst of an exciting competition season. Aragon's FTC team recently competed virtually at the Cupertino Qualifier, where they placed 5th overall, won the Connect Award for their outreach, and were the runners-up for the Inspire Award.

The Connect Award is given to the team that most connects with their local science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community. The INSPIRE award is given to the team that best embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program.

With this performance, Aragon Robotics qualified for Norcal Regionals, which will take place May 1-2.
San Mateo Adult and Career Education Staff and Students Author Journal Article

San Mateo Adult School's Marina Kravtsova, Shelley Cheng, and Nadia Fontes were recently published by the COABE Journal. Their article, titled “ESL Student Volunteers - From School Engagement to Immigrant Integration,” discussed how participating in school life and practicing leadership skills are as important for immigrant learners as studying English.

The authors surveyed 33 student volunteers and analyzed testimonies of nine staff members to investigate how English as a second language (ESL) student volunteers’ engagement and leadership development plays a significant role in their integration into the larger community and contribute to students’ full civic integration.

Theater students from four Peninsula high schools learned to write and develop one-act plays, with assistance from talented teaching artists, through TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Young Playwrights Project.
Mercury News, April 2, 2021

Documentarian Holly Yasui links father’s experience to today’s political climate for high school students
San Mateo Daily Journal, April 4, 2021 (Subscription required)

The San Mateo Union High School District is Hiring!

Learn more about the following notices of vacancies:

San Mateo Union High School District | www.smuhsd.org