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: January 26, 2023

The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees will meet in person on January 26 (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.

At this meeting, staff will share a Spotlight on Student Learning about First Semester Highlights.

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

Pre-IB Math 3 Pilot Course at Capuchino High School

At the January 12 Board Meeting staff from Capuchino High School shared a Spotlight on Student Learning on the school's Pre-IB Math 3 Pilot Course.

During the 2020 - 2021 school year, the math teachers at Capuchino discussed how they could create a more equitable and effective math program for their students upon returning to in-person instruction. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, Capuchino had long discussed the idea of moving toward an integrated math curriculum to be in line with the international norm.

At the Board meeting staff shared the rationale for this new math pathway along with a new set of instructional practices. Learn more by reading the full report and watching the recording of the presentation.

District News and Events

Upcoming Plays and Musicals

Check out upcoming plays and musicals:

San Mateo: Something Rotten, February 3-5 and 9-11

Aragon: Diary of Anne Frank, March 10-12 and March 17-19

Burlingame: Disaster, March 10-11 and March 17-19

Capuchino: Head Over Heels, March 16-18


  • A Midsummer's Night Dream, March 17-19
  • Student-Directed One Acts: April 21-22

Mills: Roald Dahl's Matilda, April 21-22 and April 28-29

For more information, visit

Save the Date: Districtwide Career Expo is Tuesday, March 14

This event was formerly known as Stay in the Bay with 100K

This Districtwide Career Expo will be held at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center and San Mateo High School and is open to all SMUHSD students and their families. 


  • Learn about high-paying careers
  • Network with Industry professionals
  • Hands-on experiences
  • Over 50 Bay Area companies, apprenticeships and training programs

Thank you to 2023 Sponsor San Francisco International Airport. 

Aerial view of Mills Sports Complex

Mills Sports Complex Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Rescheduled for Thursday, March 16

You are invited to join Mills High School in celebrating the completion of construction of its new Sports Complex at a ribbon cutting ceremony on:

Thursday, March 16 from 4-5 p.m.

(400 Murchison Drive, Millbrae) 

Be among the first to see the school’s new baseball, soccer, softball and multi-purpose fields and new tennis courts. 

The San Mateo Union High School District and Mills High School wish to extend their gratitude to the voters and taxpayers of our District for their support of Measure L - a $385 million general obligation bond to make improvements to facilities across the District including those made to the Mills Sports Complex. 

Stay up-to-date:

Middle College Enrollment Now Open

Deadline to apply is March 10

Learn about Middle College from students and staff

Is your 10th grade student interested in getting a head start on college courses and saving money on their future college expenses? Middle College is an alternative education program for 11th and 12th graders offered by the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD). Middle College, located on College of San Mateo campus, allows students to earn college units while meeting their high school diploma requirements. 


Student presentations took place on January 9 and January 23 during PE Class.


Remaining Parent/Guardian Presentation:

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 6 p.m. via Zoom for Spanish Speaking Families

Enrollment is now open for 10th graders! The deadline to enroll for the Fall 2023 Semester is March 10, 2023.

Learn more:

In-Person Financial Aid Workshop: February 25

SMUHSD is offering an in-person Financial Aid Application Workshop on February 25. This workshop is open to all SMUHSD students and their families.

Students: Attend this in-person workshop and get help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA).


Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

San Mateo High School Library

506 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo

Information and RSVP

Bring your laptop. If you don't have a laptop, a desktop computer will be available. Support in Spanish will be available. ¡Apoyo en español también!  

Learn more.

February 28: 8th Grade Family Night for Students Who Use Special Education Services

Please join us for a comprehensive overview of our services, support, and resources offered to students who receive Special Education Services through their Individualized Education Plans:

Tuesday February 28, 2023

6 - 7:30 p.m.

San Mateo High School Library (Building B)

506 N Delaware St, San Mateo, CA 94401

Learn more.

Need a Venue for Your Next Event?

The San Mateo Union High School District makes school and athletic facilities available for rent when they are not being used for educational purposes. 

The District’s Facilities Use Department manages the rental of these spaces for everything from community fundraisers to cultural events and youth sporting events.

Learn more about renting our facilities and athletic fields.

Stay Connected: SMUHSD Launches Public Agency Account on Nextdoor

Follow our new Public Agency account on Nextdoor to stay up-to-date on District news and alerts.

Tell Me Something Good

Society for Science Announces Top Teen Scientists in High School Competition

The Society for Science recently announced the top 300 scholars in the 2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. The 300 scholars will be awarded $2,000 each and their schools will be awarded $2,000 for each enrolled scholar.  Included among the scholars are San Mateo High School senior Alexis MacAvoy.

Alexis entry in the competition was titled "Biochemical Design, S. cerevisiae Genetic Modification, and Lignocellulosic Fiber and Ethanol Yield Analysis of Novel Iceplant Bioethanol for Efficient Clean Energy Production"

On January 24, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. The finalists will then compete for more than $1.8 million in awards during a week-long competition in Washington, D.C., taking place March 9-15. 

San Mateo Daily Journal Photo Collage of BHS Water Polo Player of the Year Natalie Sullivan Wu

Natalie Sullivan Wu Named Daily Journal Water Polo Player of the Year

Congratulations to Burlingame High School's Natalie Sullivan Wu - she was named the San Mateo Daily Journal Girls Water Polo Player of the Year! Read more about it in the January 10 issue.

Aragon Students Receive Awards at Harvard Model Congress Conference

Chaperoned by Aragon High Teachers Vicky and Jim Daniel, a group of 16 Aragon students attended the Harvard Model Congress San Francisco (HMCSF) January 13-15. HMCSF is a civic engagement conferences under the umbrella organization of Harvard Model Congress, the nation’s oldest government simulation conference run exclusively by undergraduates at Harvard College. First and foremost a teaching institution, HMC is also the most dynamic model congress simulation available to high school students.


Over the course of the conference, HMCSF 2023 offers students the unique opportunity to dive into the issues and debates facing the United States Congress today. The approach, centered around small-group learning, inspires debate, cooperation, and legislation — while also forcing students to expand their own perspectives and to understand the issues at hand in a new, more nuanced way.


322 students from 18 schools from all over the country and Honduras were present. These students made up 11 groups of House and Senate Committees as well as Special Programs.

At the closing ceremonies, each of those committees and programs recognized one outstanding delegate and one to three honorable mentions. Aragon won four of those awards:

  • Leo Levitt: Best Delegate, Senate Environment and Public Works
  • Enya Yuan: Best Delegate, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Eesha Gupta: Honorable Mention, Presidential Cabinet
  • Geneva Williams: Honorable Mention, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


Learn more about HMCSF.

Family Education Webinars

Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child or Teen

Ross W. Greene, PhD, renowned child psychologist and NYT bestselling author, explains how to cultivate better parent-child relationships.

This event is sponsored by generous donors from the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation and the San Mateo County Office of Education, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

Her Honor: A Conversation with Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell

Join us for a special conversation with Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, author of Her Honor: My Life on the Bench (2021). As the first female African American judge in Northern California and the first female African American Superior Court judge in Santa Clara County, Judge Cordell was a trailblazer in the courtroom and beyond.

This event is sponsored by generous donors from the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation and the San Mateo County Office of Education, in partnership with The Parent Venture. 

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at [email protected].

Community News
Poster with text: Burlingame Stands United Against Hate

City of Burlingame Hosts Community Conversation: United Against Hate

Please join the city of Burlingame and Burlingame High for a community meeting about recent hate speech incidents in our schools and the community.


Wednesday, February 1, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Burlingame Community Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue

Speakers include:

  • Michael Brownrigg, City of Burlingame Mayor
  • Jen Fong, Burlingame High Principal
  • Randall Booker, SMUHSD Superintendent
  • Rabbi Dan Feder, Peninsula Temple Sholom
  • Dr. Graham Baird, First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame

View the event flyer.

Transition to Independence Resource Fair is February 4, 2023

The Transition to Independence Fair will be held Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at El Camino High School in South San Francisco.

The fair will offer the opportunity to learn about programs and services available to young adults with disabilities. The event brings together 40 agencies that provide higher education, job training, employment, day programs, living options, and health services to adults with disabilities.

The event will also feature multiple workshops, a variety of hands-on activities, and a free lunch!

Volunteers from the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities, various San Mateo School school districts, the Department of Rehabilitation, Golden Gate Regional, San Mateo nonprofits, and dedicated community members put energy into making this engaging, informative, and fun resource fair each year.

The Transition Fair Committee would like to thank Provident Credit Union for their generous donation as a key sponsor. In addition, a big thank you to Shoreview Dental from Pacifica and Bayside Endodontics from Daly City for their contribution to this year's budget for activities.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the transition resource fair, please contact Eli Poblitz at [email protected].

Download the flyer. 

Citizens Environmental Council Offers Programs to Address Climate Change

Get inspired about addressing climate change and check out the Citizens Environmental Council's fabulous programs for 2023 in CEC's latest newsletter, including:

Saturday, February 11, 10-11:30 a.m.: Student Film Workshop

Thinking of submitting a video to the 6th Annual CEC Student Film Festival? Come learn tips and tricks that will help you make a great video!

Thursday, February 23, 7 - 8:30 p.m.: The Earth on Your Plate

Learn how simple dietary changes, adopted on a large scale, are essential for solving some of humanity's greatest challenges.

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

Entries will be screened and winners will be announced. Sponsored by the Citizens Environmental Council (CEC) and Burlingame High School’s environmental club. For more info and to register, visit

For more information on any of the above events, visit

Jewish Family and Children's Services Logo

Student Volunteer and Educational Opportunities

Jewish Family and Children Services (JFCS) has several opportunities for high school students including:

Conversation Partners – Help a Ukrainian Refugee Improve Their English

Connect with Ukranian youth who recently relocated to the Bay Area! JFCS has helped many Ukranian families transition to safety in the Bay. If you’d like to help a teen practice speaking in English, reach out to Merav Berger at [email protected] and she’ll set you up with your conversation partner.

Climate Change and Anxiety: A Conversation with Dr. Lise Van Susteren  

Thursday, January 26, 7-8pm (on Zoom)  

Dr. Lise Van Susteren is a psychiatrist and expert on the physical and mental health effects of climate disruption and was the expert witness on the psychological damages to young people from inaction on climate in Juliana v US Government. Passionate about the emotional toll of the climate crisis, toxic contaminants, environmental degradation, and declining biodiversity, she speaks, writes, and organizes around the importance of living in harmony with the natural world and how it can restore our mental health.Sign up.

Learn more.

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:

Instructional Assistant I-Special Education

School Plant Operations Employee

Executive Coordinator to the Chief Business Officer

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 four hours a day, Monday-Friday
  • Summers off and paid holidays 
  • Health benefit opportunities
  • Starting pay is $23.58
  • 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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