San Mateo Union High School District
A Commitment to Qualify Education for a Better Future
650 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401
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Next Board Meeting: April 20, 2023

The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees will meet in person on April 20 (members of the public may also continue to attend the meetings via Zoom). 

The Closed Session portion of the board meeting begins at 6 p.m. Open Session will begin at 7 p.m.

View the agenda.

At this meeting, staff will share a Spotlight on Student Learning about the District’s English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).

Read What's Coming Up to see the topics that will be discussed. 

View the full agenda, Zoom login information and see how to make a public comment in person or via zoom.

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

Spotlight on Student Learning

Drawing of a spotlight with text: Spotlight on student learning

April 6, 2023: Empowerment Through Action

The Empowerment Through Action (ETA) Program at Hillsdale High School acts as an MTSS Tier 2 support for two hundred of Hillsdale’s historically underserved students. The program consists of empowerment-affinity groups, a Community Resource Center, enrichment activities, job and career training, parent education, and the Peace Pantry, which supports families with food scarcity.

The mission of the Empowerment Through Action Program, launched in September 2019, is to close the achievement gap and foster belonging for our students through a series of empowering actions to enhance achievement in the following areas: social and emotional growth, academic growth, development of self-confidence and inner capital, social connection, and job and internship placement. Empowerment Through Action unifies and coordinates all these efforts/services with a focus on supporting the 10% of our student population that has traditionally struggled to succeed in school: low-socioeconomic and students of color. 

Hillsdale High educators shared a presentation on the successes of the program

and how the community can continue to support their efforts to support student achievement.

Learn more by visiting the ETA Website

District News and Events

District to Celebrate the Start of Construction on Gyms at San Mateo and Burlingame High Schools

The District invites members of the public to join us in celebrating the start of construction on new gymnasiums at groundbreaking ceremonies at San Mateo High on May 16 and Burlingame High on May 17. Both ceremonies will be held at 4 p.m. 

Construction of the San Mateo High gym includes a new building totaling approximately 20,085 square feet to be constructed on the site of the existing tennis courts. The facility will be sized to accommodate a ninety-four foot basketball court with the option of two eighty-four foot perpendicular courts for practice. It will also be striped for volleyball and badminton. The gym will include two new team rooms with adjacent toilets and showers, a classroom space, a training room, a lobby and a gender neutral changing room and restroom. The existing tennis courts will be replaced with new courts south of the baseball field as a separate project. The existing small gym will be repurposed as a fitness center.

Construction of the new Burlingame High gym includes a new building totaling approximately 37,492 square feet to be constructed on the site of the existing gyms. The project includes a Main Gym sized to accommodate a 94 foot basketball court with seating for 1,032 for basketball and 1,490 for assemblies. It will also be striped for volleyball and badminton with basketball cross courts for practice and P.E. The Auxiliary Gym is also sized for a 94 foot court. Plans include a wrestling room, fitness center, training room, locker rooms and team rooms, a gender neutral changing and toilet room and generous restrooms for assemblies and athletic competitions.   

Construction on both gyms is scheduled for May 2023 through January 2025. The District wishes to express its gratitude to the voters and taxpayers for their support of Measure L, a $385 million general obligation bond for improvements to facilities across the District. 

Gallery to Feature Capuchino and Burlingame Art Students

The Society of West Coast Artists (SWA) Gallery is hosting an Art Show featuring work from Capuchino and Burlingame High School students.

The exhibit is open now through May 4 with visiting times 12 - 4 p.m., Thursday - Saturday. The gallery is located at 527 San Mateo Avenue in San Bruno.

Coming in Fall 2023: Girls Flag Football

At the April 6 Board Meeting, Girl’s Flag Football was approved as a SMUHSD Fall 2023 Sport! According to the California Interscholastic Federation(CIF) there is a 100,000 student deficit between boys participation and girls participation in high school athletics.

Offering Girl’s Flag Football aligns with the district's vision of inclusion and will increase the number of opportunities for girl’s to participate in athletics. Stay tuned for more information about this from school site Athletic Departments. 

Read the full report to learn more.

Art Exhibits Featuring San Mateo High Students Now Open in Central Park

You are invited to come to the Zoo Animals Art Show sponsored by the Zoetic Tapestry Project.  All work featured is by San Mateo High School art and creative writing students.

The show will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10-3 now through May 6 at the Kohl Pump House at Central Park in San Mateo.

*The gallery will be closed on April 29 for special event.

Upcoming Performances


Aragon High School

Capuchino High School

Hillsdale High School

Mills High School

San Mateo High School

For more information, visit

E-College Fall 2023 Enrollment Opens May 17

Would your child benefit from a more independent and flexible learning environment?

E-College, a San Mateo Union High School District alternative education program based at College of San Mateo, combines the high school experience with a myriad of online independent studies courses and in-person instruction taught by community college professors.

Want more information? Talk to your child’s school counselor or visit:

Tell Me Something Good

First Ever San Mateo County Pride Prom a Success!

More than 175 high school students attended the first ever San Mateo County Pride Prom, held at CSM, on Friday, April 14. The free event, open to any 9th-12th grader attending high school in San Mateo County, featured music by DJ Steve-O, food and drinks. 

An impressive example of the support for this event was showcased in the more than 50 volunteers that showed up to help out. 

Superintendent Booker was interviewed by the San Mateo Daily Journal about the event and he had this to say about why Pride Prom is so important: “I want our kids to go ‘Oh my gosh, this is why I love living here, this is why I love my community.’ It’s important that kids feel confident and comfortable and loved up on in their community. We’re a school district first, so this has implications for teaching and learning. We know that if kids don’t feel supported they don’t do well.”

We acknowledge and appreciate the many donors from the community and the dedication of community partners in planning this event along with us - including the San Mateo County Office of Education, College of San Mateo, Coast Pride, LGBTQ Commission of San Mateo County, and San Mateo Pride Center.

If you are interested in finding out how to contribute and support San Mateo County Pride Prom 2024, please contact the SMUHSD Office of the Superintendent at 650-558-2299.

Beyond Conventional High School: Possibilities Abound for Students Who Need Something Different

Both Peninsula High and Middle College were prominently featured in a recent Climate RWC article highlighting the myriad of alternative opportunities available to high school students in SMUHSD and the Sequoia Union High School District.

Read the article.

Mills Students Compete in Toastmasters Contest

Mills High School had nine participants in the annual Lions Club Speaker Contest this year. The contest is an annual public speaking competition for high schoolers where each participant is asked to create and memorize a speech between 5-10 minutes long. This year’s topic was whether Social Media Connects Us or Isolates Us.

The first competition that a participant competes in is the Club Level, if a participant wins first place they go on to subsequent levels: 2) Zone, 3) Region, 4) District, 5) Area, and then 6) the Final State Competition.

Three Mills students went on to subsequent contests. Elizabeth Bours competed in three contests–and finished second at her Regional Contest. Clarissa Louie and Sabrina Guo are still competing, and will be competing in their 4th contest– the District Contest– at the end of April.

Mills High School is grateful for the local Lions Clubs in welcoming its students into their Club Contests. and is also thankful for their three year collaboration with the Millbrae Toastmasters Club for mentoring students in public speaking.

Learn more about the contest.

Photo: Participating students with Mills Library Media Tech Cybil Schroder.

Association of California School Administrators Honors Mills Principal and Capuchino Student

The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) recently honored Mills High School Principal Pam Duszynski with its Region 5 (San Mateo and San Francisco Counties) High School Principal of the Year Award. The award, presented at ACSA’s Celebration of Leadership on April 5, recognizes outstanding performance and achievement.

Through the last several years, Principal Duszynski has led her staff through a process to ensure that their vision for student learning is aligned with the district’s antiracist transformational journey. Principal Duszynski has developed several impressive programs at her Mills that demonstrate how she promotes the success of all students. She was nominated by SMUHSD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Julia Kempkey. The award was presented by ACSA Region 5 President Diego Ochoa and Past President Monica Nagy (pictured above with Principal Duszynski).

Also recognized at the ACSA event was Capuchino High 12th Grader Haniteli Ngaluafe. Haniteli received the “Every Student Succeeding” Local Region 5 Award.

This award recognizes students for overcoming the odds and achieving success.

Read the San Mateo County Office of Education press release to learn more.

Drama Students Nominated for Awards

The Rita Moreno Awards recently announced the 2023 nominees who will compete in front of a panel of judges on May 8.

San Mateo High's Jack Barrett was nominated in the Lead Actor category for his role as Nigel Bottom in Something Rotten!

San Mateo High's Anna Sieben was nominated in the Lead Actress category for her role as Thomas Nostradamus in Something Rotten!

Aragon High's Phoenix Seevers was nominated in the Supporting Performer category for his performance as Harry in Mamma Mia!

Burlingame High's Lucas Keeley was nominated in the Supporting Performer category for his role as Ted Schneider in Disaster!

This regional awards competition recognizes outstanding achievement in high school musical theatre north of Santa Barbara. This year, a total of 36 productions were submitted.

Read the press release for more information.

Two SMUHSD Alumni Inducted into Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the following two SMUHSD alumni who will be indicted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame on June 22 at the San Mateo County History Museum in downtown Redwood City:

  • Eddie Mack: An outstanding athlete at San Mateo High School and College of San Mateo; he became a ground-breaking track and field legend at Cal Poly after World War II.

  • Nicole Quigley-Borg: An alum of Capuchino High School and College of San Mateo; she is the head coach of CSM’s state championship softball program.

The Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame, founded in 1989, honors accomplished local sports figures. For ticket information for the June event contact the museum at 650-299-0104.

Family Education Webinars

Educational Webinars for Parents and Guardians

Mental Health on Purpose

  • Wednesday, April 19, 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Speakers: Denise Pope, PhD., Challenge Success Co-Founder; Lynn Lyons, LCSW, Psychotherapist and High School Students
  • Free admission.
  • Register

Lynn Lyons will showcase an approach consisting of skills that move away from the all-too-common avoidant behaviors (and myths) that interfere with academic, social, and emotional growth.

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism with Filmmakers Caren Zucker and John Donvan

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 5:30 – 6:30
  • Speakers: Caren Zucker and John Donvan, Authors, Emmy Award-Winning Filmmakers
  • Free admission.
  • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.
  • Register

Join us for a special conversation with Caren Zucker and John Donvan, Emmy award-winning documentary filmmakers of In A Different Key: The Story of Autism. The film is inspired by their Pulitzer Prize finalist book, In A Different Key (2016). Registrants will receive a link to a free livestream of the film (April 15 - April 20).

This event is hosted by Challenge Success and Reach Student Life Management.

What's the Point of a College Education in 2023?

Throughout the 2022-23 school year, Kelly Corrigan visited 15 college campuses across the country to sit in on classes, talk to students, and uncover answers to this provocative question. On April 26, Challenge Success invites you to join a free presentation of Kelly’s takeaways and an engaging discussion and Q&A with Kelly and Challenge Success Co-Founder, Denise Pope. 

This special event is presented by the Parent Advisory board, Stanford Autism Center, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

How To Be a Non-Anxious Parent

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • William Stixrud, PhD, Author, Clinical Neuropsychologist & Ned Johnson, Author, Founder, Prep Matters
  • Free admission.
  • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.  
  • Register

How can you become a non-anxious parent? We want our children to succeed, to be their best selves, but how can we manage our own fear and anxiety to raise healthy, happy, well-adjusted kids? In this engaging presentation, Dr. Bill Stixrudclinical neuropsychologist, and Ned Johnson, tutoring expert and founder of PrepMatters, offer research-based advice about how to help kids, parents, and families become more resilient, balanced, and motivated.

This special presentation is sponsored by the Menlo-Atherton PTA, Sequoia Union High School District, Sequoia Healthcare District, Peninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.

Community News
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Earth Day and Sustainability Events

Join the San Mateo Library for a series of sustainability programs that will help you reduce waste, and save money. These projects are supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. 

Sustainability for All: Resource Fair

Saturday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Visible Mending Workshop for Youth

Saturday, April 22, 2 - 3 p.m.

Visible Mending Workshop for Adults

Saturday, April 22, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge

Tuesday, May 2, 6 - 7 p.m.

Shred & E-Scrap Recycling Event

Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

See a list of all the upcoming events:

Citizens Environmental Council Student Film Fest is April 18

Tuesday, April 18, 6:30-8 p.m.: 6th Annual CEC Student Film Fest

Entries will be screened and winners will be announced. This event is sponsored by the Citizens Environmental Council (CEC) and Burlingame High School’s environmental club.

For more information visit

Sunday, May 21: Mental Health Matters Wellness Fair and 5K

Join StarVista and the San Mateo Police Activities League (San Mateo PAL) on Sunday, May 21 to take steps to strengthen the mental health and well-being of San Mateo County!

Mental Health Matters is a large community event that brings together all walks of life for a day filled with fun, learning, and wellness.

This event is also a space for individuals to strengthen connections with each other and meet fellow mental health advocates in the community.

Learn more and register.

San Mateo 101 Express Lanes Community Transportation Benefits

The San Mateo 101 Express Lanes Community Transportation Benefits Program helps cover transportation costs for qualifying individuals in San Mateo County. Participants can choose from one of two transportation benefits:

  • $100 transit credit on a Clipper Card (annual benefit)
  • $100 toll credit on a FasTrak® transponder (one-time benefit)

To qualify for the transportation benefits under this program, participants must meet the following three qualifications:

  1. A resident of San Mateo County
  2. Age 18 or older
  3. Earning an individual income at or below $78,300 (for 2022)

Participants are also eligible if they already receive at least one benefit through San Mateo County’s Core Service Agencies Network. Since this is an individual benefit, multiple members of the same household can apply.

View registration information in multiple languages.

Careers at SMUHSD

We are Hiring

Check out the following notices of vacancies at our school sites, District Office and Transportation Department. Applicants need to register for an EdJoin account and apply online. View all current openings:

Senior Accountant

Administrative Assistant II-Fiscal Services

School Plant Operations Employee

Mental Health and Wellness

The SMUHSD Mental Health & Wellness Program aims to provide support for students' emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs. The Mental Health Therapist and District Social Worker positions involve working with students, teachers, and parents to identify and address mental health concerns and provide appropriate resources and interventions. Candidates should have a strong background in mental health counseling, psychology, and/or social work, as well as experience working with adolescents in a school setting.

Mental Health Therapist

Social Worker

Student Nutrition Jobs

Contact Denis Vorrises at 650-558-2479 or [email protected] if you are interested in applying or want more information or apply on EdJoin today


  • Work five hours a day, Monday-Friday
  • Summers off and paid holidays 
  • Health benefit opportunities
  • Starting pay is $24.17
  • Employees with minimal experience in food services may be trained on all duties to be assigned.

Need more flexibility? We also have substitute student cafeteria opportunities.

Transportation Jobs

Please also check out the following openings in our Transportation Department:

Adult and Career Education Opportunities

Visit the Ed Join website to see open positions at San Mateo Adult and Career Education (San Mateo Adult School).

Substitute Positions

Visit for more information about substitute teaching.

Substitute Classified (Non Teaching) Positions

Need a Flexible Work Arrangement? Try Substituting with Us!

Learn more about the following substitute opportunities and apply online on Edjoin today!

To see a complete list of current vacancies - permanent and substitute, visit

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