VOL |38| April 2020
Message from our Executive Director
With all the uncertainty over the past few weeks, one thing is for certain as we adjust to our "new normal"- our schools and community have shown great resolve and unity in this unprecedented time and the human spirit is certainly burning bright! 

From our amazing CNS team preparing over 6,000 meals per day for "grab and go" service, to district office and school staff handing out Chromebooks, to elementary staff neighborhood caravan parades , to teachers quickly pivoting to distance learning, to our custodial staff working hard to sanitize our schools, and so much more...San Marcos Unified School District has come together to show that our students are priority #1!

The City of San Marcos has been phenomenal in their communication and support of its residents. We have highlighted below a message from San Marcos City Mayor Rebecca Jones, as well as some important initiatives in place to look after businesses and residents most adversely affected by Covid 19.

The San Marcos Promise wants our students to know we're still here for them and focused on their futures. While we're unable to connect in person and provide programs at the school sites, we're remaining true to our mission to  provide programs, resources, and opportunities that guide students on their educational journey beyond high school and into the workforce.   We're excited to begin our virtual workshops on April 1st, where we'll feature a different topic each week on "Must Know Mondays," "Workforce Wednesdays," and "Finance Fridays."

It's challenging times like these that are opportunities to bring us closer together as a community and galvanize our commitment to our building dreams, pathways, and prosperity in any climate.
Virtual Music!
SMHS Band Director Geoff Radant compiled videos from his Wind Symphony students to form our own virtual band! Enjoy this beautiful vignette that keeps us all connected.

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Future You Initiative (FYI) "Zoom In" Workshops
The San Marcos Promise, in partnership with Pima Medical Institute, is proud to announce the continuation of our FYI (Future You Initiative) workshops…virtually! Starting April 1st, our extraordinary High School Education Coordinators will be offering The FYI : Zoom In!, Quarantine Edition workshops every M, W, & F (twice per day)! We invite you all to join us and continue to focus on your future!  

Click  here  to learn more!
Pictured below: Our Education Coordinators on their first FYI: Zoom In workshop with students.
SMUSD District Learning Plan
Below is an infographic sent out to all SMUSD staff and families from Dr. Carmen Garcia to signify that virtual school is in session. SMUSD is committed to providing high quality instruction for our students in a virtual mode.
City of San Marcos
2nd Annual Promise (adult) Prom postponed
With the uncertainty about when social distancing will end, we will be postponing Promise Prom. But rest assured... the party will go on! Stay tuned for more information.
Thank you Cushman Foundation!
A huge thank you to the Cushman Foundation for your generous donation of $2,500 in support of our Learning Enrichment to Achieve Promise (LEAP) Program! We truly appreciate your belief in our program and in the futures of our students!  
Summer LEAP
While much is still uncertain, as of now we have NOT cancelled summer LEAP. We will continue as planned until further notice. Tuition assistance and payment plans are available.

If LEAP ends up being cancelled, we will notify everyone who has registered and refund any registration fees paid.

Registration is NOW OPEN! Check here for summer schedule!
Summer Dates:
  • Week of June 22: SMHS Career Technical Education (CTE) Week for 6-8th grade
  • Week of July 13: La Mirada Academy
  • Week of July 20: San Elijo Elementary School
  • Week of July 27: San Elijo Elementary School
Our Learning Enrichment to Achieve Promise (LEAP) program is one of the best afterschool and summer enrichment programs in the county for K-8 students.

LEAP helps students discover new interests and passions and helps them gain critical 21st century skills such as adaptive problem solving, collaborative communication, and digital fluency.
Not only is it taught by our extraordinary credentialed SMUSD teachers, the teachers are able to design a class in an area they are especially passionate about, with an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics). Students are exposed to classes they might not otherwise have had the opportunity to take during their school day.

A huge added benefit of LEAP is that some of the proceeds go back to the school who hosts LEAP.
Thank You for Your Donation!
Click the " DONATE " button for your one-time donation. Any amount is truly appreciated and helps us continue our purpose on Building Dreams, Pathways, and Prosperity.
FUNdraiser time!
When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to The San Marcos Promise! 

All you need to do is shop on  smile.amazon.com  and input our organization - The San Marcos Promise
Located in our Future Center offices off of Pico Ave. in San Marcos. The San Marcos Promise has the BEST freshly brewed coffee in the building!

Our sips for Scholars Coffee Cart is a 100% donation based program designed to support college & career readiness initiatives & scholarships for San Marcos Unified School District families.
Thank you to:

The San Marcos Promise is a non-profit 501(c)3 educational foundation providing college and career support for students in the San Marcos Unified School District. The San Marcos Promise operates on grants and charitable contributions from supporters like you.

With workforce development as our core goal, we strive to provide access to a wide variety of higher education pathways. By partnering with local businesses we inform students of critical workforce needs in our local economy, ensuring a return on their investment in higher education.