November 2021
Making Meaningful Connections
November 1, 2021 | Issue 3
Superintendent's Message

One of the more impressive aspects of FJUHSD is the amount and variety of community partners helping to support our schools, students, and families. Whether the support comes from our very active PTSAs and Booster Clubs, the various Rotary clubs in Fullerton, La Habra, and Buena Park, or joint partnerships such as the Fullerton Collaborative, our students are able to access resources and supports to help them be successful in high school and beyond.

Within this month’s newsletter, we would like to take some time to highlight several of these groups and the good work they do for FJUHSD. Throughout this edition you will find anecdotes, pictures, inspirational stories, as well as links to get involved if you would like.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the entire FJUHSD staff, and especially the students and families, we would like to thank our community partners for your time, guidance, and resources you provide to make FJUHSD such a special place to learn, work, and live.

On another note, November brings with it one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. This important time of the year allows us the opportunity to stop and pause to appreciate all the good that exists, celebrate with the important people in our lives, and sometimes even reach out to those that need some extra support around us. We hope everyone has a restful and wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating with families and friends, and look forward to closing out a successful first semester in December.

Steve McLaughlin, Ed.D.
SAC provides valuable input on the effective operation of the District and facilitates meaningful activities for students at each school.  The SAC is comprised of the ASB presidents and four other student representatives from each of the District’s schools, and is chaired by Student Board Member Grace Lee from Buena Park High School. 
PTSA Newsletters
Click on the document below, then click on each underlined school to visit each school's PTSA website.
FJUHSD Partnerships
Fullerton's Got Talent
Fullerton Rotary Jim Thompson Tri-School Track Meet
Top 100
Student of the Month
Speech & Debate
(Click on the Flock icon above to visit their website)

Fullerton's Got Talent
McKinney Vento Scholarships
College Scholarship Fund
No Kid Hungry (NKH) is the only national campaign committed to ending childhood hunger in the United States. A big part of their commitment is to provide grants to schools and community groups across the country. The Fullerton Joint Union High School District Food Services Department applied and was awarded $32,000 by NKH, giving way to the start of a great partnership.

With the grant awarded to the District, the Food Services Department purchased two motorized carts permitting staff members to serve lunches to our students in the parking lot during online learning in the 2020/21 school year.
The District took the initiative to acquire eleven additional motorized carts given the success of those funded by the grant and the return of students to campus. The purchase of these carts has permitted Food Services staff members to get food to students in a timelier manner and help observe social distancing by setting up stations outside of cafeterias dividing the flow of students during lunchtime.

The partnership with No Kid Hungry allowed the Fullerton Joint Union High School District to do its part in its mission to end childhood hunger in the United States and commits to continue to provide the meals students need for educational success.
Fullerton Education Partnership
In 2018, the Board of Trustees approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), Fullerton College (FC), and Fullerton Joint Union High School District (FJUHSD) to establish a Fullerton Higher Education Pathway Partnership. The three educational institutions have been collaborating to enhance a citywide partnership and vertical articulation. The goal of the joint effort continues to be to increase the number of FJUHSD students attending CSUF by creating a variety of pathways with support mechanisms built in. This pathway partnership promotes student success by creating a pipeline that will enhance college admission and transfer rates for students from FJUHSD and FCC to CSUF.  

The pathway partnership benefits include:
  • Enhancing a formalized partnership between the three educational institutions
  • Increasing the number of CSUF eligible students
  • Expediting time to degree
  • Serving all students, specifically low-income and first-generation students

Students participating in the dual enrollment program report benefits such as gaining familiarity with the college campus, developing relationships with other students and professors, gaining experience with college classroom setting and expectations, taking college more seriously, and gaining confidence in becoming full-time college students. The photos were taken at the annual Counselors Workshop sponsored by CSUF and FC.  
Excellence Among Us
The Fullerton Joint Union High School District is fortunate to be served by many outstanding classified, certificated, supervisory, confidential, management and administrative staff members. Each month, Human Resources has the honor of showcasing a staff member or members who contribute to the support, development and success of our students and who help to make this District exceptional.

This month, Human Resources is proud to recognize Troy High School teacher Dr. Jesse Knowles.

One of the unfortunate consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the necessity to initially prohibit and more recently limit members of the public from attending the meetings of the FJUHSD Board of Trustees. Fortunately for the District and our students, families and community, Dr. Jesse Knowles and students from his Troy High School Media Broadcast and Media Concepts classes have partnered with the District to facilitate, for the first time in the District’s history, the broadcast of the District’s Board Meetings. Through YouTube livestream, Dr. Knowles and his students have opened access to unlimited participants, resulting in record-breaking participation, even in the midst of the pandemic.        

Thank you, Dr. Knowles, for your exceptional service to our staff, students, parents, community and District! You truly represent the excellence among us.
The District is currently recruiting individuals to join our team in a variety of roles. Those interested in joining our team should visit EDjoin for a detailed list of available positions.
The District is happy to announce the 29th annual golf tournament has been scheduled for May 13, 2022 at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton. All are welcome to participate for a day of fun. Entry fees paid will go towards the Education Foundations' Scholarship Program. For more information please contact (714) 870-2823.
Science Classroom Modernizations Fullerton Union High School
Fullerton Union and Sunny Hills High Schools have had their science classrooms modernized, with updated equipment and workspace. The next school site to receive this modernization is La Habra High School estimated construction start Summer 2022.T
Sunny Hills High School
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