January 20 Board Meeting
The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees invites you to attend a Board Meeting on Thursday, January 20. The closed session portion of the board meeting begins at 5 p.m. The Board will take public comments on closed session items at that time. The Board will then recess to Closed Session and return to Open Session at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The Board Meeting will include presentations on the following topics of community interest:

  • Recognition of Aragon High School Varsity Football CCS Champions
  • California Voting Rights Act Presentation on the Process to Create Trustee Areas and Public Hearing Regarding the Content of Trustee Area Maps
  • District Goal 3 Update: Inclusive and Relevant Learning for Every Student
  • Review, Discuss and Approve the Job Description for the New Position of Social Worker at Peninsula High School

View the agenda.

Zoom Information
  • Zoom Link
  • Webinar ID: 955 8452 1141
  • Passcode: 995656
If the Zoom webinar reaches maximum capacity, the meeting may also be viewed on our Board Meeting YouTube channel.

How to Request to Make Public Comments
If you wish to make a comment about CLOSED session agenda items - please send an email to [email protected] prior to 5 p.m. on January 20 with your name, email address, and your zoom name (if different).  

If you wish to make a comment about an agenda item or during the public comments section of the OPEN Session Agenda - Please send an email to [email protected] with your name, email address, and your zoom name (if different) prior to the introduction of the item you wish to comment on. 

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 and Events
SMUHSD to Hold Public Hearing at Thursday Board Meeting to Review Draft Maps to Transition to By-Trustee Area Board Elections

Members of the Public are Encouraged to Attend and Comment on Draft Maps

Board members in the San Mateo Union High School District are currently elected in “at-large” elections, where all board members are elected by voters throughout the entire school district. On February 25, 2021, the Board adopted Resolution No. 20-21-12, in response to a letter threatening to sue the District under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). SMUHSD intends to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections, where each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area. Voters would only vote for one seat on the school board.

Why should the California Voting Rights Act Matter to me? 
  • SMUHSD provides top tier public education to high school students who reside in the Cities of Foster City, San Mateo, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae and San Bruno. Approximately 9,000 students attend six highly-rated comprehensive high schools, a special Middle College program in conjunction with the College of San Mateo, an alternative/continuation high school, and a robust Adult School Program.
  • The purpose of the California Voting Rights Act is to prevent an at-large election system from diluting minority voting power, and to protect the ability of minorities to influence the outcome of an election.
  • Maps are drawn to balance the population of the District into five voting areas while enhancing minority voting rights.
  • Once the District transitions to by-trustee area elections, trustees will only be elected by voters living with the same designated trustee area as they do.Trustee area elections also allow Board candidates to run in a smaller area, potentially lowering the cost and other barriers to candidates running for School Board.
  • The District held two public hearings to introduce the process and will hold additional public hearings at regular board meetings on
  • January 20 - Map Review Hearing #1
  • February 10 - Map Review Hearing #2
  • February 24 - Final Map Adoption Hearing 
  • At these meetings, an expert demographer will present preliminary maps outlining potential new voting boundaries, with a target date of February 24 for the Board to approve the final map.

  • The District has made available draft maps and an interactive map where members of the public are able to view additional map information regarding SMUHSD, including the jurisdictional area of partner elementary school districts, city boundaries, census blocks, racial and income data, and more.
  • The Board will comment, and members of the public are encouraged to attend and make public comments on proposed maps and determine how boundaries are created
  • These maps do not impact school attendance boundaries. They impact the areas from which voters will elect School Board trustees.

Board meetings are generally held at 7 p.m. though meeting times and dates are subject to change. Agendas and zoom information are posted on our website

If you wish to comment at the meeting, please send an email to [email protected] with your name, email address, and your zoom name (if different) and the item under which you would like to comment (CVRA draft maps). 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.   

More information related to the CVRA can be found on the District's website.
In the News
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San Mateo Daily Journal: SMUHSD's Work-based Learning Program for Developmentally Disabled Restarts After Pandemic Pause

"With the return of in-person instruction across San Mateo County school districts, hands-on work-based learning programs for those with developmental disabilities have also returned, reigniting a mutually beneficial partnership for students and participating businesses.

“These programs build skills and confidence but really that’s toward their independence. It just makes these young adults know they can succeed,” Eli Poblitz, a transition specialist with San Mateo Union High School District’s Transition Partnership Program, said. 

Read the article in the January 3 San Mateo Daily Journal.
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Washington Post: Geometry Before Algebra? Schools Will Try More New Angles in 2022

"Nearly every Hillsdale ninth-grader this year is in geometry. Some already took algebra in middle school; others have not taken it yet. Since geometry’s focus on properties of space is different from algebra’s study of symbols and their use, the Hillsdale faculty — veteran innovators — decided to make geometry a gathering place for freshmen. The school can then assess each student’s progress to help them choose what to take in math the rest of high school."

Read the article by Washington Post's Jay Mathews (HHS Alumni) on Hillsdale High's Math Department and the work they have done over the past year to revamp the school's math offering and provide additional opportunities for acceleration.
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Capuchino's Hailey Hoff Named McDonald All-American Nominee

Big congratulations to Capuchino High School Basketball Player Hailey Hoff - she is a McDonald's All-American Nominee!

760 girls and boys high school basketball players from across the country have been nominated for a chance to play in the 45th anniversary McDonald’s All American Games.

The annual event returns this March, to showcase the nation’s rising stars who will go head-to-head at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

Read the press release for more info about the Game.
Aragon High Musician Named to 2021-2022 YoungArts Award Recipient

YoungArts recently recognized 720 of the nation's most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts and Aragon trumpet player Geoffrey Nelson was included in the Jazz Category.

YoungArts award winners are given opportunities for financial, creative and professional development support throughout their entire careers.

This year's YoungArts award winners at the Finalist level were invited to participate in National YoungArts Week in January 2022 featuring intensive virtual classes, workshops and mentorship from leading artists in their field, followed by nightly virtual performances and a public exhibition.

See the complete list of winners.
Two Burlingame Students Recognized by California Band Director Association

The California Band Director Association recently announced its 2022 California All-State Ensembles and two Burlingame High School students earned a place.

BHS Senior Johnny Willey is included as Lead Trumpet in the Jazz Band and BHS Junior Audrey Limb is included as Oboe in Wind Symphony. Both Johnny and Audrey have been selected as a member of the honor ensembles two years in a row.

Every year, thousands of students from all over California participate in the auditions.
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Mills Lindsay Danehower Completes Sustainable and Climate Ready Schools Admin Fellowship
Mills High School’s Lindsay Danehower recently completed the Sustainable and Climate Ready Schools Administrator (Admin) Fellowship Program. The Fellowship, a program of the San Mateo County Office of Education’s Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI), supports educational leaders to successfully drive environmental transformation across their school community.

This knowledge to action fellowship focuses on successfully managing change through the development and implementation of a project that does one or more of the following:
  • Greens one aspect of their school/district's facilities and operations, and utilizes these efforts in the curriculum as a laboratory for learning;
  • Develops and implements a strategic plan for integrating environmental literacy into the curriculum and instruction for all students at every grade level;
  • Supports a project that prepares the school/district to be Climate Ready in one focus area (high heat, floods, wildfires, trauma-informed practices for climate change, etc).
Every fellow submitted a written case study that captured their journey in the SCRS Admin Fellowship Program. Lindsay presented her case study in December about moving the school towards a goal of Zero Waste.
Victoria Vanos and Jessica Dean Volleyball

Hillsdale High School seniors Jessica Dean and Victoria Vanos were recently named Volleyball Players of the Year by the San Mateo Daily Journal.

"Hillsdale seniors Jessica Dean and Victoria Vanos were the best volleyball show in the county this season. The duo closed out a most prestigious stretch of school history in style, leading Hillsdale to its first-ever state championship match."

Frankie Corbett Continues to Climb the Badminton Ranks

At the Scottish Open 2021, Hillsdale High School's Francesca "Frankie" Corbett finished three rounds of Women’s Singles losing her final match to World Ranked #31 Line Kjaersfeldt of Denmark. As a result, Frankie's BWF World Ranking climbed 23 spots to number 230 and her Women’s Doubles world ranking moved up 3 spots to 130.  
Francesca also recently competed in the 2021 Yonex USA Badminton National Adult Championship in Fremont, where she earned Fifth Place in Women’s Singles and she and her partner, Allison Lee, scored Bronze in Women’s Doubles. As a result, Frankie qualified for the USA National Team to compete in the 2022 Pan Am Male & Female Cup in February in Mexico. This is the event that will select the Pan Am team that will compete in the Thompson and Uber Cup 2022 in Thailand in May.
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American Heart Association Recognizes SMUHSD for Workplace Health Achievement

The results of the American Heart Association 2021 Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced in December and SMUSHD achieved national Bronze Level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health and well-being for their workforce.
SMUHSD is one of more than 450 organizations nationwide that completed the Index assessment this year, evaluating the time period of July 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

For more information, visit www.heart.org/WHSrecognitions. 
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SamTrans Launches Pilot Program to Give Free Rides to Students Who Are Furthest From Opportunity

SamTrans, in partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education, is launching a six-month pilot program to offer free fares to students who are furthest from opportunity.

SamTrans created passes for school districts to distribute to qualified students, giving passholders free rides on all SamTrans bus routes through June 2022, at which time a decision will be made as to whether to continue the pilot into the next school year.

All students that are classified as Socioeconomically Disadvantaged (SED) by the California Department of Education are qualified for the new SamTrans Youth Unlimited Pass. SED students include students that are eligible for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program, students experiencing homelessness, foster-youth, migrant students, or students whose parents did not graduate high school.

Visual and Performing Arts
Upcoming 2021-2022 Performances

Aragon High School

Burlingame High School

Capuchino High School

Hillsdale High School

Mills High School

San Mateo High School

Visit each school's website to learn more about their upcoming visual and performing arts events.
Family Education and Community Events
Upcoming Family Education Webinars
Presented by The Parent Venture

Smoking on Snapchat? Talking About Vapes, E-Cigarettes, and Tobacco with Teens

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Speaker: Erin Vogel, PhD, Senior Research Associate, USC Keck School of Medicine
  • Register
  • Free admission.
  • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

How has teenage use of tobacco (nicotine), e-cigarettes, and vapes changed during the pandemic? How does social media influence the health behaviors of adolescents? Join Erin Vogel, PhD, USC Keck School of Medicine, to learn answers to these questions and more. This online session will cover vaping, youth tobacco use, e-cigarettes, and the impact of social media on teenagers' health and well-being.

This presentation is sponsored by the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) Tobacco Use Education (TUPE) program, Sequoia Union High School District, Sequoia Healthcare District, Peninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.

Valedictorians at the Gate: Standing Out, Getting In, and Staying Sane While Applying to College

  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Presenter: Becky Munsterer Sabky, Former Ivy League College Admission Director
  • Register
  • Free admission.
  • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

In Valedictorians at the Gate, Becky Munsterer Sabky, a former Ivy League admission director, looks beyond the smoke and mirrors of the college admissions gauntlet and places the power firmly where it should be: in the hands of the students themselves.

This presentation is sponsored by Sequoia Union High School District, San Mateo Union High School District, Sequoia Healthcare District, Peninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.
Visible and Invisible Differences: Promoting Kindness, Empathy, Inclusion and Disability Awareness

  • Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Presenter: Sam Drazin, Founder and Executive Director, Changing Perspectives
  • Register 
  • Free admission
  • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

Have you ever heard of the term "disability awareness"? Join nationally-recognized educator Sam Drazin, founder and executive director of Changing Perspectives, for an enlightening discussion on disability awareness. This workshop will define the concepts around disability awareness and provide parents with practical strategies they can use to engage their children in authentic ways to promote disability awareness.

This presentation is sponsored by Redwood City School District, Sequoia Union High School District, Sequoia Healthcare District, Peninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.
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Children's Health Council Presents Parent Support Groups

The Children's Health Council provides life changing services for learning differences and mental health for children, teens and young adults.

Learn more about their Parent Support Groups or RSVP for one below:

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Rebuilding Together Peninsula Offers Free Safety and Health Related Repairs

Rebuilding Together Peninsula provides safety and health-related repairs to local nonprofit facilities for FREE. Teams of volunteers from local companies, including skilled carpenters, plumbers and electricians donate their skills and experience to help nonprofits make their facility safer and more functional.

This year they are offering two National Rebuilding Days:
  • Saturday, April 30
  • Saturday, October 15 

Find out about volunteer opportunities.
We Are Hiring
Are you awesome? We're hiring.
We are Hiring: Permanent and Substitute Positions

Permanent Positions

Human Resources Assistant/Benefits Technician
  • Location: District Office
  • Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
  • Apply by January 24

Instructional Assistant I, English Language Development (ELD)
  • Hillsdale High School
  • Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
  • Apply by January 24

Executive Coordinator to the Associate Superintendent / Chief Business Officer
  • Location: District Office
  • Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
  • Apply by January 24

English Learner Specialist
  • Location: San Mateo High School
  • Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
  • Apply by January 26

School Attendance Records Clerk
  • Location: Capuchino High School
  • Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
  • Apply by January 27
Substitute 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 www.smuhsd.org/careers.
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