May 5 Board Meeting
The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees invites you to attend a Board Meeting on Thursday, May 5. The closed session portion of the board meeting begins at 5 p.m. A sSpecial Study Session with Students is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. with the remainder of Open Session scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
 
The Board Meeting will include presentations on the following topics of community interest:
 
  • Mask Mandate Direction Update
  • Measure L - Construction and Planning Update
  • Learning (Bell) Schedule Presentation and Adoption


Zoom Information for Open Session
  • 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.
 
Comments
If you wish to make a comment about CLOSED session agenda items - The items marked [*] are scheduled for discussion at this meeting. Please join the zoom link: Closed Session Waiting Room (Meeting ID: 973 6633 8937 Passcode: 584331). The Board President will admit you to speak. Please note that comments are limited to three minutes. The Board President may increase or decrease the time allowed for your comment, depending upon the topic and number of persons wishing to be heard.  

If you wish to make a comment about an agenda item or during the public comments section of the OPEN Session Agenda – If you wish to make a comment about an agenda item or during the public comments section at the beginning of the agenda, please join the Zoom meeting using the Zoom Information for Open Session shared above. Please use the “raised hand” feature on Zoom to be recognized when invited to do so by the Board President for each item on which you wish to comment and you will be admitted to speak as a panelist during the public comment period. 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 comment, depending upon the topic and number of persons wishing to be heard.
District News and Events
SWA Art Gallery Features Work of Capuchino Students

Capuchino High IB Visual Art students have artwork on display at the Society of West Coast Artists Gallery in downtown San Bruno.

Artwork will be on display until May 10 and gallery hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Special Hours are Tuesday, May 3, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Art Show Features Work of San Mateo High School Students and Staff
Exhibit Open to the Public Until May 8

San Mateo High School students and teachers from the art certificate program, art classes and creative writing classes have been working for months on a special art show - the "Honey Bee."

"Honey Bee," is presented by the Zoetic Tapestry Project and is open to the public until May 8:
  • Days: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Hours: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location: Kohl Pump House Art Gallery at Central Park, San Mateo
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Coaching Opportunities

Check out District coaching opportunities today! If you know someone who might be interested, please help us spread the word - these coaching positions are not just for SMUHSD employees.

Some benefits of coaching include:
  • Competitive pay: Information about Coaching stipends can be found on the District website
  • It's fun and empowering: Help young people grow as individuals and as a team
  • Creating lifelong relationships: Good coaches can shape lives.
  • Mentoring youth: Great coaches have the potential to make a positive impact on every player they encounter. As a coach, the greatest reward is the personal impact you'll make on student athletes.

We have an urgent need to fill the following coaching positions:

If you are interested in any of the above coaching positions, reach out to the Athletic Director at that site:
Jeff Scheller, San Mateo High School
John Philipopoulos, Burlingame High School
Tell Me Something Good
BHS Student Eva Chen
Burlingame Student to be Inducted into San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame

The County of San Mateo recently announced that Burlingame High School junior Eva Chen will be inducted into its Women's Hall of Fame as a Young Woman of Excellence.

Read some highlights of Eva's achievements: "Eva Chen is originally from San Francisco and is currently a resident to Burlingame. It is important to note that she is the first youth poet to be inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame. She is the recipient of the 2020 Scholastics National Gold Medal, and her writing has been published by The Offing, Elan Literary Magazine, The Weight Journal, and streamed on KALW public radio. In addition, she co-founded the lit-mag Footprints on Jupiter, publishing 100+ youth pieces to raise funds for youth literacy, and formerly volunteered at the California State Treasurer’s Office, where she researched legislation regarding AB 369 (The Street Medicine Act). Currently, she volunteers at the Burlingame Public Library as a TAB member and is on a mission to actively advocate for poetry across the county.

In addition to Chen, the following women will be inducted at the May 10 ceremony: Supervisor Carole Groom, Community fundraiser and leader Rowena (Reyna) Poti-Meafua, and life-long public servant Manufou Liaiga-Anoa'i.

Read the press release for more information.
Aragon Robotics Team Photo
Aragon Robotics Wins Creativity Award

Congratulations to the Aragon Robotics team for winning the Creativity Award at the Silicon Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).

The Creativity Award celebrates creativity that enhances strategy of play and was intentionally designed and not discovered.

Follow Aragon Robotics on Instagram.
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SMHS Student Wins Environmental Film Contest

San Mateo High School student Lian Wang was the winner (high school category) of the 5th annual Citizens Environmental Council (CEC) student film festival held on March 22.


The film festival is organized by the CEC and the Burlingame Environmental Club (BEC), gives elementary, middle and high school students across San Mateo County the opportunity to submit films about a topic related to climate change. 

Read more about it in the Burlingame B.
Pawsing for Wellness

The SMUHSD Wellness Program has teamed up with the San Mateo Police Department (SMPD) to bring Rookie the SMPD therapy dog to our San Mateo sites; Aragon, Hillsdale and San Mateo High Schools.

SMUHSD Manager of Mental Health Programs April Torres says, “We recognize the benefits from bringing to the school sites therapy animals - including reduced stress, improved physical and emotional well-being, lower blood pressure, decreased anxiety, improved self-esteem and normalization of the environment, increasing the likelihood of successful academic achievement by the student."

Read an article about Rookie to learn more. 
Directing Change Film Contest Announces Winners

Congratulations to the following Directing Change Film Contest honorees from Burlingame High School and their advisor, BHS Teacher Stephen Erle:

  • 1st Place, Region 4, Mental Health Matters Category: Finn Lorian and Anna Peters
  • Watch their PSA about the importance of supporting your friends and how easy it can be: Be the Change

  • 3rd Place, Statewide Animation Category: Aiden Kelly and Ryan Luftman
  • Watch their PSA talking about the importance of reaching out to others: Reach Out


San Mateo High Team Named Scholastic Award Winners

The San Mateo High School Badminton team was recently announced as a CCS Scholastic Team Award recipient. These awards, instituted by the CCS Board of Managers in 1985, recognize the top five Varsity teams, from each Central Coast Section sport, with the highest collective Grade Point Average of all teams competing in that sport during that season of competition.

The SMHS Badminton Team had a collective 3.722 GPA. 

Action photo of Frankie Corbett playing Badminton
Hillsdale Badminton Player Earns Bronze in El Salvador

Hillsdale High School's Francesca "Frankie" Corbett and her partner, Allison Lee, earned a Bronze Medal in the Women’s Doubles at the XXV Yonex Pan Am Individual Championships San Salvador 2022.
 
Frankie and Allison were the youngest in the field of 22 Women’s Doubles pairs at 16 and 17, respectively. They defeated Brazil, Mexico and Peru but were bested by Canada.
 
Next stop is Thailand for the Thomas and Uber Cup. 
Sustainability
SMUHSD Named a 2022 California Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recently announced that 18 schools, two school districts, and one county office of education earned 2022 California Green Ribbon Schools awards.

SMUHSD was named a 2022 California Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee.

The U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools, school districts, and Institutes of Higher Education for excellence in resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental and sustainability education. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and communicate practices that result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness; and reinforces federal efforts to increase energy independence and economic security.

Read the California Department of Education press release.

Visit the California Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award Program web page to learn more.
San Mateo County Office of Education Highlights SMUHSD Student Climate Changemakers

The San Mateo County Office of Education's Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI) is highlighting educators and student leaders who are bringing environmental justice and sustainability into their school community.

These changemakers have used their passion and knowledge to make real change, from creating new sustainability programs to transforming teaching practices around environmental and social justice issues.

Shout out to Aragon's Sophia Qin, Mills' Maram Ahmed, and two SMUHSD grads Lilian Chang and Atiya Shah for being featured as San Mateo County Changemakers.
In the News
District-wide Event Showcases Career Paths That Do Not Require Four Year Degree

Stay in the Bay with $100k, is an event spearheaded by San Mateo High School Career Coordinator Nancy Kane and Capuchino High School Career Coordinator Helen O'Brien.

The event educates students and their families about high paying careers that do not necessarily require a four-year degree. More than 50 organizations participated.

Upcoming Visual and Performing Arts Events
Visit each school's website to learn more about their upcoming visual and performing arts events.
Aragon

Burlingame High School

Hillsdale High School
Mills High School

San Mateo High School
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Check out some of these upcoming events:
May 9 Webinar for Parents/Guardians: Decoding the Mental Health Messages of Children and Adolescents

Student Mental Health Week is May 9 -13

  • Monday, May 9, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Presenter: Dr. Aubrey Uresti
  • Presented by: the California Association of School Counselors

As students, families, educators, and school communities work to renegotiate “normal,” we must also continue to unpack the meaning and impact of this time on the intrapersonal and interpersonal health of children and adolescents.

This session will:
  • Identify signs and symptoms of common mental health concerns that affect children and adolescents
  • Explore the distinction between developmentally normative patterns and those that may reflect higher than expected levels of distress
  • Present strategies that parents and caregivers can employ to support successful coping and maintain healthy communication with their child. 

Virtual Run/Walk for Student Health and Mental Wellness: Run/Walk Anywhere, Anytime, Any Distance!

This event is presented by San Mateo Police Activities League (SM PAL) and Stride for Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Join Stride for Awareness and the SMPAL in promoting health and wellness in mind, body and community.

Participants are challenged to Run/Walk throughout the month of May and submit Run/Walk Distances in the Results page as they are completed between May 1- 31. Participants with 15 miles or more in total distance will be entered in a raffle to win prizes!

Mental Health Matters Walk is Sunday, May 22

Join StarVista on Sunday, May 22 from 12-4 p.m. at Ryder Park in San Mateo and take steps to strengthen the mental health and well-being of San Mateo County!

Featuring activities dedicated to honoring mental health and self-care:
  • Yoga
  • Rock Painting
  • Self-Care DIY Kits

This event is free, open to all ages, wheelchair accessible, and will take place outdoors to promote COVID safety.


Students interested in volunteering can fill out StarVista's form.
Family Education and Community Events
Pop-up Interactive Art Installation Coming to Downtown San Mateo May 13

Local artist and integrative healer Amie Tyler is bringing an interactive Pandemic Healing Art Wall to downtown San Mateo as an opportunity for the community to reflect and share their experiences over the past two years. Join for an unveiling ceremony at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at the corner of B Street and Third Avenue to see the new installation, hear stories, and write in chalk on the pop-up art wall!

The pandemic has been an incredibly challenging time for all of us, and this interactive exhibit encourages us to reflect on our individual and collective experiences. The walls will have prompts for people to contemplate like “During the Pandemic: ‘I lost,’ and ‘I’m grateful for…” Chalk will be available for anyone to write a message while the structure is in place for a month.
Upcoming Family Education Webinars
 
Beyond Warriors and Worriers: Reducing Anxiety Around Test-Taking

  • Thursday, May 5, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Presenter: Ned Johnson, bestselling author, speaker, and founder of PrepMatters
  • Free admission
  • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.
  • Register

In this webinar, test prep expert Ned Johnson will discuss the latest science and offer advice on helping kids manage their stress while motivating and empowering them to reach their full potential.

Cultivating Gratitude (How to Bring Gratitude Practices Into Your Home)

  • Friday, May 6, 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Presenter: Carin Winter, MSW, Founder and CEO of Mission BeCultivating Gratitude
  • Free admission
  • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.
  • Register

In this webinar, Carin Winter, MSW, will guide parents and caregivers to cultivate gratitude in their own lives, homes, and families.


Staying Sturdy in Troubled Times

  • Friday, May 6, 2022, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Presented by: Dr. Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.; J. Cohen, LCSW; Ben Geilhufe, LPCC; & Dr. Stephen Rosenthal, M.D.
  • Workshop is free.
  • Zoom Information (RSVP required) - RSVP to: [email protected] to receive the zoom link

The UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center is offering a workshop for parents and caregivers of transgender and gender expansive youth, funded by a grant from the SF Department of Public Health.

Series: Raising Healthy Children and Adolescents

Remaining events include:

The San Mateo County Office of Education is co-sponsoring a series of parent/guardian workshops with Adolescent Counseling Services and San Mateo County Human Services Agency to provide families with information on how to raise healthy children and adolescents. Spanish interpretation will be provided.
We Are Hiring
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We are Hiring!

School Sites

  • Administrative Assistant I – School Principal/Office Coordinator
  • Full-time, 37.5 hours per week position
  • Location: Hillsdale High School
  • Apply by May 6

  • Instructional Assistant I, Special Education
  • Part-time 30 hours per week position
  • Location: San Mateo High School
  • Apply by May 6

  • Instructional Assistant II, Special Education
  • Part-time, 30 hours per week position
  • Location: Capuchino High School
  • Apply by May 6

District Offices

  • Auditorium Manager
  • AFSCME management position
  • Location: District Office, Facilities Use Department
  • Apply by May 9

 
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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