In today’s climate, we must remember that the foundation of our democracy is the power of people coming
together to create change. We believe that the public school system is both the cornerstone and the bell
weather to a healthy thriving community. At the Sequoia Union High School District, we encourage our
community to utilize its collective voice; and always strive to create a culture that embraces openness,
transparency, and diversity of thought. With these practices, we will be able to strengthen our nation one
community at a time. Don’t forget to use your voice and vote!
In this spirit, I want to focus on the District’s commitment to seeking input from our various stakeholders.
In order to better serve students, our District recognizes the value of feedback and differing points of view
in order to strengthen both classroom and parent experiences. As a public school district, we are here to
serve our community.
In our classrooms, one example of this ethos is our Local Control Accountability Plan goal to create an
educational environment that is rigorous. However, unlike past practices in education where the rigor stems
from a teacher as holder of knowledge, ours is driven by the idea that our teachers facilitate the search for
knowledge. By utilizing this model, we empower our students to recognize the fact that they have a voice and
the ability to find solutions to problems, regardless of complexity.
We have launched a Panorama Student Survey that provides opportunity to measure student perceptions of
teaching and learning in our District. Through the utilization of this tool, we aim to identify how to better
We have recently embarked on a series of Community Conversations. We also look forward to the results
of the Panorama survey for parents and guardians. Please be sure to provide input on how we can keep
rigor high and students engaged.
Staff is also in the process of completing classified and certificated Panorama surveys and participating in Western Association of Schools and Colleges Focus Groups and in the community engagement nights. From them, we
learn how we can support teachers and staff, so they can bring their heart and hustle to school each and every day.
Through these interactive events, our central mission is to hear directly from you; and equally important is to build
a relationship to maintain conversations beyond engagement nights and survey results. My hope is that by building
a relationship, you will always feel comfortable to share your point of view with our leadership team.
- Dr. Mary E. Streshly
Superintendent, Sequoia Union High School District
Community Engagement Night: Sequoia - November 6, 6:00pm, Sequoia High School
Parent Education Series - Tech Sex 2: Wired for Connection, November 13, 7:00pm, Sequoia High School
Board Meeting, November 14, 6:00pm, District Office
Migrant Program Parent Meeting, November 17, 9:30am, Fair Oaks Community Center
No School - Thanksgiving Break, November 21-23
Putting Students First in Discipline Practices
by Board Vice President Georgia Solkov Jack
Student discipline is an integral part of every well-run high school. Students and families will usually encounter
discipline when the school is responding to infractions that put the student at risk of a suspension
or expulsion because the student violates either school rules or the California Education Code.
Over the past two years, the Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) has taken a deep dive into the subject
of student discipline to examine our practices district-wide and to consider a significant shift away from the
zero-tolerance based practices that were in favor in the US educational system for the early part of this century.
The zero-tolerance response has no room for the student situation, and is instead a one-size-fits-all
adult-centered practice ... Read Full Article
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)
NDEAM raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions
of America's workers with disabilities.
SUHSD would like to acknowledge the community employers who have agreed to participate in the district's
WorkAbility work training program. The district's WorkAbility training program provides our Special Education
students with the most need, opportunities to develop work skills and explore different job pathways with employers.
Some of these employers have even directly hired our students as a result of their participation in our program.
SUHSD has partnered with Via Heat Project to organize a free district-wide heart screening event for our school community.
Each year 5,000 to 10,000 children die from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and 1 in 300 youth have a heart condition
that puts them at risk - we want to help prevent this! Although SCA is the number one killer of student athletes and contributes to the number two medical cause of death among youth under age 25, screenings help to prevent such tragedies and approximately 1 out of every 200 youth screened require follow up care.
We are really trying to target the student athletes, dancers, and cheer students as these active students are often
found at higher risk. Still, all youth ages 12-25 are welcome, school affiliation does not matter. No social security
number or documentation is required to be eligible for this service, guardian permission is required.
Menlo - Atherton High School STEAM Building Ribbon Cutting
Sequoia Union High School District officials celebrated the grand opening of Menlo-Atherton High School's new
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math wing.
The STEAM wing will provide Menlo-Atherton High School students with the opportunity to experience STEAM
courses in a state-of-the-art facility that will give students access to the most current tools in the science,
technology, engineering, arts, and math.
“At Sequoia, our goal is to create an academic experience that will translate into success in college and beyond,”
said Dr. Mary Streshly, Superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District. “ I would like to thank the community
for their consistent support of our district. Their belief in our students made this facilities addition a reality for Menlo-Atherton High School.”
Focused on ensuring that students are able to compete in the global economy, today’s STEAM wing unveiling is a
part of the District’s emphasis on providing students with the foundation for the employment opportunities of tomorrow.
Research shows family engagement can increase student achievement and boost graduation rates — especially for children in low-income households.
Sequoia Healthcare District - Healthy School Initiative
Healthy Schools Initiative (HSI) is the largest program of Sequoia Healthcare District. HSI is based on the belief
that good health is necessary for academic success and schools are an ideal venue for public health interventions.
They provide school-based health and fitness programs for 28,000 students per year and support the implementation of
CDC's Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. Learn more, read this months HSI Newsletter.