Welcome back! I hope you had a restful holiday break and that you’re ready for a strong finish of the 2018-2019 school year. Our staff jumped into the new spring semester with a robust day of various Professional Development trainings that centered on the common vision of quality instruction.
Other noteworthy developments consist of the launching of two new task forces. The first one, the District Self-Assessment Leadership Team, is focused on strengthening the student experience for our most at-risk students. We are taking a deep examination of school climate and evaluating current practices with absenteeism and suspensions. The goal is to ensure that we are adequately supporting and serving our diverse student population.
We also launched the Technology Task Force in order to develop a new District Technology Masterplan. Our intention is to find better means of integrating our technological toolsintoclassrooms in order to train our students for employment opportunities that do not yet exist.
Our overarching goal is to fully equipstudents and help develop well rounded human beings. We are confident that, throughtask forces, we will identify elements that will guide us on how to better serve students who may be in need of additional support.
Regardless of where a student stands academically, we are determined to further support each studentwith programs and tools that allowthemto thrive and be prepared for the future.
As always, thank you for your partnership.
- Dr. Mary E. Streshly
Superintendent, Sequoia Union High School District
Board Meeting, February 6th, 6:00pm, District Office
No School, Mid-Winter Break, February 18-22
Parent Education Series - Winning Strategies for Finding the Right School, February 26th, 7:00pm, Woodside High School
Parent Education Series - Winning Strategies for Finding the Right School, February 27th, 7:00pm, Sequoia High School
Board Meeting, February 27th, 6:00pm, District Office
District Enters into Collaborative with Stanford University
In an effort to better serve English Learners (EL’s), the Sequoia Union High School District has entered into a nine school district collaborative with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Known as the Stanford-Sequoia K-12 Research Collaborative, the partnership connects Stanford researchers with San Mateo County educators in order to study the challenges faced by EL’s.
Collectively, the nine school districts serve more than 30,000 students. This type of diverse student population provides Stanford scholars with the opportunity to study the challenges and help develop a database that will archive key indicators that will allowschool districts to improve their curriculum to better serve EL’s.
With a diverse population of students, the District is constantly seeking to identify best practices that will allow district educators the opportunity to better serve the overall student population. Through this collaborative, the District, not only seeks to better serve EL’s, but equally important, seeks to further strengthen its relationship with the various feeder districts that provide the District with students.
We want to inform families about a recent upsurge in the use of vaping devices by middle and high school students. Teens who vape nicotine may find it difficult to stop, as nicotine is extremely addictive. They often think it's just water vapor, but the enticing fruit, candy, and mint flavored solutions can contain high levels of nicotine, along with other toxic chemicals, that are harmful to the developing teen brain... Keep Reading
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Vaping & Tobacco Prevention ParentEducation Series Event
Monday, March 18th, 7:00pm-8:30pm,at SUHSD District Office
*More information to come
District Spearheads Alcohol, and Other Drugs, Community Education Workshops
As mentioned in the Redwood City 2020 Tidbits, the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Prevention Partnership will be spearheaded by the Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) in orderto expand and deepen its impact.
The Community Education Workshops are part of a larger effort within the Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Partnership to raise awareness about the effects of drugs on our community. With the legalization of recreational marijuana and the growing popularity of e-cigarettes and vape pen, the health risks have increased for communities and especially for youth.
Recently, AOD Project Coordinator, Gregg Zaire delivered a Community Education Workshop presentation to members of the Black Student Union at Sequoia High School. The workshop focused on "vaping" (using e-cigarettes and vape pens), the chemicals in vape liquids, and the relationship between vaping and other tobacco products including marijuana. The students were introduced to the science of addiction-how vaping affects brain development, mood, depression, anxiety, and overall health. The students displayed genuine concern, collectively expressing an interest in how to avoid the dangers as well as recognize when their peers may be partaking in the activity and how to encourage cessation.
District Partners with Sprint to ProvideCommunity Access to High Speed Internet
Sequoia Union High School District and Sprintentered into a partnership thatbrought the 1 Million Project to our district.
Nationally, the project aims to provide one million high school students with access to mobile devices and high speed internet. In doing so, the program aims to close the Homework Gap which is the gap that is created as 70% of America’s school teachers assign online homework, andmore than fivemillion families with school aged children do not have immediate access to the internet at home.
To date, SUHSDhas been able to provide 330 at-need families with access to free,high speed internet. The goal is to continue increasing that number untilevery single student is equipped with the necessary tools to succeed academically in and out of the classroom.
On February 13th, from 4:00pmto 6:00pm, Sequoia High School will be hosting Bay Area Forward and SupportTeacherHousing.org's Peninsula Teachers' town hall. Titled: Can we solve the teacher housing crisis?
Every year, teachers throughout the Peninsula encounter thearduous decision of having to leave their students because they can no longer afford to live in the regionwhere housing costs continue to skyrocket. That reality is swiftly and negatively impacting peninsula schools - as quality teachers are forced to leave due to the economicdeficiencies.
Although it is a panel discussion, what makes the town hall unique is that it is actively encouraging teachers, administrators, parents, and concerned community members to attend the event and share their stories.
The town hall will bring together leaders such as Sequoia District Teachers Association President Edith Salvatore, and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian to discuss how the housing crisis has had a personal impact on the lives of teachers in the region.
A dual enrollment program in which all students attend three Middle College high school classes daily (12:30pm-3:05pm) on the college campus and additionally take a minimum of three college courses in the morning and/or evening
Open to all qualified SUHSD juniors and seniors
Benefits of the Program for Students:
Earn college credits while still in high school
Mature learning environment
Access to courses not available at high school
Increased individual attention
Supported transition from high school to college
Students entering as juniors will earn at least a year's worth of transferable college credit by graduation
Access to resources at both the college and home high school
Middle College is FREE to students
To learn more, attend theinformationmeetingsposted here.