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October 2019

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September 2019

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August 2019

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May/June 2019

 

Superintendent's Message

 
Dear Community:
 
It is incredible to believe that we have arrived to the final stretch of the 2018-19 school year.
 
Many great and memorable accomplishments were celebrated this year. Students were recognized by Congress for their innovative ideas, athletic teams earned championships, and upgraded facilities were unveiled. This year will go down as one that has truly positioned SUHSD for continued long-term success.
 
Further supporting the fact that we have much to be proud of, as I write this letter, one of our high schools has been selected as a 2018-19 California Honor Roll School.
 
As we prepare to celebrate graduations and academic promotions, I would like to take this moment to thank you for believing in our students and providing unwavering support to our district. 
 
The support of the community inspires me as an educator because every action taken has a direct impact on the communities in which our students reside. We are extremely fortunate to have such an extensive support network which allows an extension of the classroom into homes; ensuring that students are mutually embraced and supported by their academic environment.
 
As our graduating seniors prepare to embark on their college and post-secondary careers, I am confident that they will make our community proud. I also believe that they will demonstrate to the world that our community truly understands the value of investing in students and preparing them to be leaders in colleges and ultimately, the world.
 
As you take the time to enjoy your summer break, be assured that my team and I will be here preparing to build upon this year’s success so that next year’s milestones can be even greater.
 
Again, thank you for all of your support and confidence. I look forward to seeing you on the first day of school, August 14th.
 
- Dr. Mary E. Streshly
Superintendent, Sequoia Union High School District
 

Calendar

  • Special Board Meeting - June 5th, 6:00pm, District Office
  • Last Day of School - June 6th
  • Board Meeting - June 12th, 6:00pm, District Office 
  • Board Meeting - June 26th, 6:00pm, District Office 

Board Meeting Highlights

 
SUHSD's Board of Trustees invites you to learn more about community interest topics:
 
  • Special Education & TRACE  
  • Math Study Report
  • Sequoia High School Mascot
  • TIDE Academy 
  • Discipline Task Force Committee
  • Mental Health Update
 
Click here to view presentation.
 
 
 

Dedicated Team Members Retire From District

 
The end of each school year is filled with bittersweet emotions as we celebrate the graduating senior class and say goodbye to valuable members of our Sequoia family who are retiring. This year is no different, as staff members leave our district and begin a new chapter in their lives. 
 
On May 15, 2019, the District honored our retirees for their service and valuable contributions to our schools.
 
Their work is the very foundation upon which we are building as we continue seeking to make SUHSD one of the best in the state.
 
Though we are sad to see them leave, we are equally elated to know that they will have the opportunity to pursue other passions and enjoy the company of friends and family.
 
Thank you for your outstanding service, you will be missed!
 
List of Retirees:
 
Saleh Abdelsamad       Fred Kessler Hector Serrano
Diana Beers Richard Motylewski       David Shannon
Mary Dunn Losehina Pupunu Mary Sheehan
John Florio Roberta Scott Thomas Slater
Valerie Gibbs Sonja Seaburg Kathyrn Weingand
 

  
 
After years of planning and assembling the right team, our much anticipated TIDE Academy will finally open its doors in August of 2019. 
 
To make this vision come to fruition, the first phase was led by Executive Director of Small Schools and Alternative Programs, Shamar Edwards. During this phase, leadership focused on establishing curriculum, hiring teachers, expanding the brand, engaging families, creating partnerships, recruiting the first cohort, while ensuring completion of the new state-of-the-art facility.
 
With the first phase successfully completed, TIDE Academy has now entered into its second phase. The District hired Dr. Allison Silvestri to serve as principal, her extensive background in the high school space, as well as her passion for working with students led to her being identified as TIDE’s leader. Allison’s chief objective will be to implement the long term strategy and vision that has been planned for the school. To round out the founding team, TIDE will also be onboarding a guidance counselor, front office staff, and a technology specialist.
 
As a district, we are excited to open the doors as we recognize that TIDE Academy will be a national model for education.
 
By utilizing an innovative approach, mixed with a small school environment, our students will have experience focused on meeting their needs and interests. As an added bonus, being located in the SiliconValley, TIDE Academy will be able to tap into the tech ecosystem and bring the learning environment to life. 
 
We can’t wait for the first day!
 

 

Get to Know Our New Associate Superintendent of Administrative Services

 
Ms. Crystal Leach is an expert financial executive who brings experience, talent and skill in business and finance to her new role as Associate Superintendent, Administrative Services. Throughout her career, Ms. Leach has demonstrated an ability to communicate complex information in clear, consumable terms, while building strong relationships with colleagues, parents, community members, and business partners. Maximizing an organization’s financial resources so that they can accomplish their goals requires building trust, honesty, offering sound advice, and persuading and encouraging action when tough decisions need to be made.
 
In addition to her strong communication and interpersonal skills, Leach is known by peers and colleagues as a visionary and a driver of change who has ensured that her current and former employers move forward and achieve their strategic goals... Keep Reading
 
 
 

Carlmont High School Selected as a California

Honor Roll School

 
Congratulations to Carlmont High School for being selected as a 2018-19 California Honor Roll School.
 
The 2018 - 2019 Honor Roll recognizes schools and school districts that have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For districts with high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. This year, the California Honor Roll recognized 26 higher-performing districts and 1,831 higher-performing schools.
 
Through national research, the California Honor Roll has identified a common set of success factors in higher-performing Honor Roll schools and districts. These include clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness, along with:
 
  • Evidence-based instructional practices
  • A defined system-wide mission of college and career readiness for all students
  • An investment in human capital
  • Maintenance of data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance
Resources and guidance to support schools' efforts in preparing all students for college and career
 
We are proud to have Carlmont be recognized for its academic excellence!
 
   
 
 

District Hosts Countywide

Special Olympics Competition

 
The District recently had the privilege of hosting the Special Olympics, one of our favorite events of the year. In partnership with San Mateo County, the Special Olympics competition was held at Sequoia High School on May 3, 2019.
            
Students from throughout the county attended and competed in a series of athletic competitions. The day was about bringing students together and demonstrating that anything is possible with student dedication combined with community love and support.
 
We would like to congratulate the athletes for demonstrating skill, dedication, and passion. Additionally, we would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers that made the day a success.
 
 
Feel free to click here and watch a video of the day’s events, capturing the emotion and summary of the competitions.
 
 

District Students Sweep Awards at Local Scholarship Banquet

 
On May 8, 2019, the Redwood City Elks Lodge (#1991) held their Scholarship Awards Banquet. The lodge invited 14 student winners and their families to the lodge for the presentation of the awards. Ten of those 14 students were from the Sequoia Union High School District. In total, SUHSD students received $10,000 of the $19,000 awarded. Our very own Dayna Danielson and Sandy Nelson, members of the Elks Lodge, presented the awards and checks to the following students:
 
 
$1,500 MVS (Most Valuable Student) Winners:
Carlmont:                 Mitchell Anderson-McEwan
Menlo Atherton:       Nicole Dundas and Karina Yum
Sequoia:                  Eustolio Cruz Rojas and Serena Stephens
Woodside:                Nino Montalbano
 
$1,000 Kasallis Award Winners:
Sequoia:                Kimberly Booker and Eloisa Duarte Lopez
Woodside:             Lauren Molitz and Andrew Wesley
 
Congratulations to our students! 
 
 

Student Trustees Pass the Baton

 
 
We also welcome our new student trustees for the 2019-20 school year: Carlmont High School student, Andres Raddavero, and Menlo-Atherton High School student, Kylie Wong. 
 
Acting as Vice Chair, Kylie has been a student leader at her school since freshman year. She will be leading the Student Advisory Committee.
 
Acting as Chair, Andres comes with both academic and government experience as he is currently a commissioner on the Belmont Parks and Recreation Commission. He will be responsible for attending board meetings and board related functions.
 
We can’t wait to begin working with Kylie and Andres!

April 2019

Superintendent's Message

 
This has been a month of recognition at our district as Carlmont High School’s Leadership Program and Menlo-Atherton High School’s Computer Academy were both selected as recipients of a 2019 Kent Award.
 
Every year, the San Mateo County School Boards Association designates their most prestigious award to innovative programs that have proven to be trailblazing and, equally important, can be replicated throughout San Mateo County.
 
These awards are representative of the culture of the Sequoia Union High School District; every single member of our team is focused and committed to providing our students with the very best support. They do this because there is nothing more important to us than ensuring our students are given the necessary tools and encouragement to attain their academic goals.
 
From titans of industry such as Ray Dolby, founder of Dolby Labs, or Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, to Super Bowl MVP, Julian Edelman, the road to their success began in our classrooms.
 
In the spirit of highlighting district accomplishments, one of my favorite events is when we celebrate the District's innovation and success at the SUHSD Board of Trustees' meetings.  Here are examples of some of the individuals and initiatives that we have had the privilege of celebrating across the District this year.
 
Congratulations to all!
 
- Dr. Mary E. Streshly
Superintendent, Sequoia Union High School District
 

Calendar

 
  • Board Meeting, May 1st, 6:00pm, District Office
  • Parent Education Series - An Anti-Trafficking Community Project and Play, May 15th, 7:00pm, Menlo-Atherton High School
  • Board Meeting, May 15th, 6:00pm, District Office
  • No School - Memorial Day, May 27, 2019
 

An Inside Look into the Board of Trustees 

by Trustee Carrie Du Bois
 
When I was first thinking about running for a school board seat 14 years ago, I had a conversation with a trustee from the Menlo Park School District.  I asked her what she enjoyed most about serving as a trustee, and she said there were two things.  First, she loved working for students.  Second, she thought that school board members should be in the community as much as possible.  When in the community, board members could acquire new ideas, observe best practices and hear different perspectives that could be brought back to the governance team or staff.  However, she cautioned that when a new idea is brought to the district, board members should never micromanage the staff’s work... Click here to read full article.
 

Menlo-Atherton Student Film

to be Screened at the

United Nations Festival of Action in Germany

 
 
From May 2nd to May 4th, the United Nations will convene its Global Festival of Action. At the festival, Menlo-Atherton students Carson Reader, Sara Milanfar, Chase Entlewies, and Tracy Lane screened their short film, Beach Warriors.
 
Taking place in Bonn every year, the festival provides a dynamic and interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools, and approaches to SDG advocacy and SDG action. It convenes leaders from governments, local authorities, international organizations, civil society, activists, young advocates, the creative industry and the private sector, to scale up the impact of their work and strategize joint actions, whilst motivating new organizations and individuals to join the movement and take action for the SDGs.
 
Student submissions were facilitated through My World 360, an organization that is dedicated to giving students throughout the world a platform to share their creativity with the focus on matters which most impact their communities. 
 
Beach Warriors tells the story of the pollution devastating our planet, and how organizations like the Surf Rider Foundation are working hard to combat pollution in an effort to protect our environment. The film is one of four being highlighted at the Festival.
 
View the Beach Warriors video here.

Woodside High School Students Takeover

KQED News 

SUHSD is a proud participant of #YouthTakeoverKQED. We are thrilled to haveWoodside High School students Alonda Bravo, Sam Brook, Taila Lee, and Chloe Postlewaite featured on this year’s “Youth Takeover” hosted by KQED news. 
 
The “Youth Takeover” is a program that allows KQED journalists to partner with Bay Area High Schools in order to teach students how to produce exceptional stories that are important to their generation. These will be featured on acclaimed  KQED programs such as The California Report and Bay Curious, and broadcasted to the general public.
 
Listen to the first broadcast, Immigration and the American Dream on The California Report, and tune in this Friday on 88.5 FM for more student broadcasts. 
 
 
  • Positive Language on The California Report - Friday, May 3 at 8:50am
  • Harassment on The California Report Magazine – Friday, May 3 from 6:30pm-7:00pm 
 
You can also catch the stories after airing on The California Report Magazine here.       

Google Executives and Japanese Delegation Visit

Carlmont High School 

 
On April 11th, executives from Google and a delegation of Japanese influencers in education visited Carlmont High School.
 
As one of many Google Certified Innovator and Trainers in the District, Carlmont was selected due to its integration of Google technology in the classroom, and its ability to motivate students. In total, over 20 members of the delegation spent the hour-long classroom session studying the use of technology, pedagogy, curriculum, and student interaction.
 
As a result of the visit, the Japanese delegation successfully left with a series of best practices that they will be seeking to implement in classrooms throughout Japan. Additionally, Google executives were able to experience the practical application of their technology in a classroom setting in order to improve and enhance the student experience.
 
 

Sequoia High School Unveils New Media Center

 
The District unveiled Sequoia High School’s $3.7 million, state-of-the-artMedia Center to a great crowd of community supporters that included board members, staff, students, alumni, and parents on April 17, 2019. 
 
 
Made possible by Measure A bond funds, the former school library site is now home to the District’s newest Media Center. At the Media Center, students will have the opportunity to incubate ideas in an environment with tools to help make their ideas a reality. From producing podcasts to accessing equipment, students will be able to learn in a professional environment.
 
 
 

TRACE Student Featured in Make-A-Wish

 
 
TRACE program student, Robbie Batista, and his family were featured in a Make-A-Wish awareness campaign.
 
Make-A-Wish is an organization comprised of thousands of volunteers, donors, and supporters whose vision is to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness.
 
In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 seconds.
 
For Robbie, his wish came true when the foundation sent him on a safari and experience animals in their natural habitat. From getting to know the pilots to immersing himself in the local culture, Robbie and his family were able to live out his dream because of the support of the Make-A-Wish foundation.
 
We love that SUHSD is made up of diverse students that shine bright no matter their circumstance, and we invite our community to watch this inspiring video . 
 
 
 

March 2019

 

Superintendent's Message

 
In order for a school to reach optimal levels and obtain a systematic approach to improvement and ongoing success it must engage in actions which will aide it and push it towards the right direction.  As a top performing school district we have actively engaged with the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). (https://www.acswasc.org/wasc/acs-wasc-overview). 
 
In addition to its critical role in validating our educational programs for colleges and universities evaluating our graduates’ admissions eligibility, accreditation is instrumental in developing a culture of success, particularly as it relates to higher student achievement and preparation for each stage of higher learning.  This constant approach of evaluation assures our community that a trustworthy program is in place and that, as an academic institution, we will continuously pursue ways to improve our standards of success, without compromising our integrity.  We also embrace the value statement of WASC, We Are Student-Centered, and strongly believe that our mission is to engage and prepare all students to excel in a global society. 
 
This spring, the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC), spent time examining Menlo-Atherton, Woodside, East Palo Alto Academy and Redwood High Schools as part of their regular evaluation cycle.  I am happy to report that all of our schools received numerous commendations highlighting their excellent academic programs and student services. Examples include:
 
  • Woodside’s commendation that student voice has played an essential role in shaping school practices and policies
  • Redwood’s commendation for their new state of the art facility that supports the school action plan to create an outstanding small school environment.
  • Menlo-Atherton’s commendation for the degree to which the community was provided opportunities to influence the rich academic offerings and the culture of continual self-improvement.
  • East Palo Alto Academy’s commendation for their outstanding senior exhibition projects and wrap around support services.
 
This achievement would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our teachers and staff.  Thank you for everything that you do to make our schools the best.  Go Bears! Go Wildcats! Go Bulldogs! Go Giant Redwoods! Go Sequoia Union High School District!
 
- Dr. Mary E. Streshly
Superintendent, Sequoia Union High School District
 

Calendar

 
  • Spring Break - No School, April 1-5, 2019
  • Board Meeting, April 17, 6:00pm, District Office
  • Parent Education Series - The One Love Foundation - Escalation Screening & Parent Discussion, April 18, 7:00pm, District Office 
  • Parent Education Series - A Well-Balanced Perspective on College "Fit", April 25, 7:00pm, Menlo-Atherton High School
 

Board Meeting Highlights 

SUHSD's Board of Trustees invites you to learn more about community interest topics:
 
  • Sequoia Aspirations Advocate Program (SAAP) 
  • School Safety Plans
  • LCAP: Goals and Action Board Proposal
  • Career Technical Education (CTE) New Course Proposal
 
Click here to view presentation. 
 
 

Leadership Program Focused on Philanthropy

at Woodside High School

 
Focused on providing Woodside High School students with the opportunity to take charge of their high school experience, Woodside’s leadership program has taken on a global perspective. 
 
Through the group’s philanthropy committee, this has been a year of giving back to causes much larger than the student experience. Through successful fundraisers, Woodside’s leadership group was able to unite the entire school community in an effort to support Operation Gratitude, an organization dedicated to supporting members of the military, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  
 
 
Always seeking to do more, the students held a fundraising dance to support the recent victims of the Camp Fire disaster.  Through a variety of philanthropic activities, students are continuously seeking new ways to support their community and, in the process, strengthen their school.

SUHSD Health Careers Academy Wins Distinguished Award

 
On March 7, 2019, Sequoia High School’s Health Careers Academy (HCA) was recognized in Sacramento as one of California’s seven distinguished partnership academies.  The award recognizes HCA’s innovative manner in fusing a rigorous college prep academic program with career preparation, with an emphasis on community engagement and public service. 
 
 
Continuity and quality are the main areas under which the award is assessed.  Once a program is nominated, a visiting committee studies the program over a period of three years to ensure the program requirements are being met and the needs of the students are addressed.  From there, the breadth and depth of the academy's community partnerships and impact are measured.  
 
HCA has become a critical component of both the school culture and the broader community. In recent years, HCA has entered into important partnerships with organizations like: Stop the Bleed, Go-Bag Project, VIA Heart Project, Meals on Wheels, Redwood City and Woodside City Fire departments, among others. 
 
Read more about HCA and the award here

Journalism Students Win Various Awards at

NSPA National Convention 

 
 
Recently, Carlmont’s journalism students were invited to compete at the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) convention held in Chicago.  NSPA provides journalism education services to students, teachers, media advisors, and others, throughout the United States and in other countries. 
 
In an effort to train a new generation of journalists, the convention brought together over 6,300 journalism students from throughout the United States to compete and learn through participation in of the various workshops. 
 
We are proud of the fact that many of our students participated in and won conference competitions. 
 
Congratulations to Carlmont journalism students!
 
Read list of awards here
 

World Champion NBA Player Jordan Bell 

to Visit Sequoia High School

 
Sequoia Union High School District has partnered with Third Quarter Sports to bring NBA player Jordan Bell to Sequoia High School.  This pro series basketball skill camp will be held on April 6, 2019.  Using professional techniques, youth, ages 8-17, will have the opportunity to train with Bell and receive a personalized evaluation. Scholarships are available.  To learn more, register and apply for scholarships click here.
 
                      
 

TIDE Academy in the News:

 

February 2019

Superintendent's Message

 
This last month, our nation recognized and celebrated Black History Month.  This was a time for us to recognize the accomplishments of our African American community, and equally important, it allowed us the opportunity to reflect on ensuring that our educational institutions continue striving for equality.
At the Sequoia Union High School District, we are proud of the diversity of our community and are constantly seeking to maintain and support an environment that embraces and seeks diversity.  It is through these efforts that we will be able to strengthen the classroom experience and in the process, develop a new generation of leaders that will understand the value of different points of view.  Through this, we strengthen our nation.
 
Recently, the SUHSD hosted a town hall community meeting focused on the teacher housing crisis that districts throughout our region are experiencing.  Local leaders such as Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller, Sequoia District Teachers Association President Edith Salvatore, Santa Clara Supervisor Joe Simitian, and SUHSD Board President Georgia Jack, had a robust conversation seeking to address many of the issues that are impacting our teacher and support staff community.  One of the biggest highlights of the conversation was the recognition that government agencies need to broker their resources in order to find private partners.
 
Perhaps the biggest indicator as to the importance of the issue is the diversity of those who attended the meeting.  From teachers to elected officials throughout our region, stakeholders were in attendance seeking to collaborate as a region rather than working in isolation.
 
Through this diversity of perspective we will be in a better position to find solutions because we are ensuring that all stakeholders are at the table tackling complex issues.  With SUHSD at the forefront of critical conversations, I am confident that we are going to find solutions that will strengthen our community.
 
As always, thank you for your support of our students.
 
- Dr. Mary E. Streshly
Superintendent, Sequoia Union High School District
 

Calendar

  • Parent Education Series - Helping Teens Overcome a Fear of Failure and of Never Being Good Enough, March 9th, 7:00pm, Carlmont High School
  • Board Meeting, March 13th, 6:00pm, District Office
  • Parent Education Series - Tech Sex & Teen Dating Relationships, March 14th, 7:00pm, Woodside High School
  • Parent Education Series - Parent-Teen Distracted Driving Workshop, March 21st, 7:00pm, Sequoia High School
  • Parent Education Series - The Scientific Link Between Movement, Joy & Belonging, March 25th, 7:00pm, Menlo-Atherton High School
  • Board Meeting, March 27th, 6:00pm, District Office
 
 

College and Career Readiness:

The New Generation of Learning at SUHSD

by Trustee Alan Sarver
 
The Sequoia Union High School District has long been a leader in the area of Career and Technical Education (CTE). More than 30 years ago, SUHSD pioneered the first California Partnership Academy program, bringing a population of at least 50% at risk students into a career pathway.  By that time, CTE was already very different from your grandfather’s Vocational Education.  Where Voc Ed had been designed to separate white collar, academically successful, college-bound students from blue collar, work-bound, ‘unsuccessful’ learners, CTE and the Academies were designed to afford all of the advantages of small learning communities, where every teacher knew every student, and personalized learning could take place within the meaningful context of real-world goals...
 
Click here to read full article.
 
 

SUHSD Vaping/JUUL Education Workshop

 
 
What do parents, students, and educators need to know about vaping, JUUL, e-cigarettes, and vape devices?
The Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit is a new, evidence-informed resource created by educators and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of electronic cigarettes/vapes (including JUUL and other pod-based systems), cigarettes, cigars/cigarillos, smokeless tobacco, and hookah.
 
Join us for answers to these questions and more:
- what is vaping?
- how much vaping occurs among teens compared to use trends for other drugs?
- what vaping does to the young body and mind
- what addiction to vaping looks like
- how to have a conversation about vaping with teens
- how parents and caretakers can prevent vaping before it start
 
Free admission and light refreshments.
*** Seating is limited, so sign up today!
 

District Committed to Student Safety 

 
As a major focus within SUHSD over the past few years, student safety has been improved with the revised Big Five, a common emergency plan adopted by all San Mateo County School Districts and law enforcement agencies.  The Big Five protocol supports high quality training for school staff and community members and ensures clear channels of communications with schools, first responders, parents and community members should an emergency occur.
               
 
Under the leadership of Jarrett Dooley, the Districts Student Services Director, the Student Services department has worked diligently to implement and train staff in the valuable Coalition initiatives, focused on student safety, supports, and services. In addition to the Big Five, SUHSD has recently implemented supports and services to include: 
 
  • Student Threat Assessment: designed for use with students who are engaged in circumstances that suggest the potential for aggression directed at other people. While not a foolproof method of assessing risk, the protocol provides schools with an evidence-based process and is intended to provide early intervention and support to students who may be struggling.
  • Sexual Abuse Response Guidelines: result of collaboration with law enforcement agencies and counsel to provide guidelines for educator response to sexual abuse (Title IX).
  • Mental Health Collaboratives: connect front line staff with community partners to close gaps and collaboratively support students;
    • Trauma-Informed Practices
    • School Refusal
    • Trends and Unaddressed Student Needs
    • Multi-Disciplinary teams to support complex cases (in development)
  • Suicide Prevention Toolkit: best practice strategies to assess and support students who are at risk of self-harm or suicide.
  • Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Protocol: a guide for educators, partnered with Child Welfare, Probation, and other youth serving agencies, to identify and support students at risk of human trafficking.
 
 

New Facility Request and Rental Online System

 
Sequoia Union High School District is pleased to announce a new online facility request and rental system designed to provide a positive user experience for all.  With the new system, reservation requests can be submitted easily and will be handled more efficiently.  Renters will be able to access photos and descriptions, see real-time availability, get estimated quotes and pay online.
 
 

Changes to Food Service - Cashless Food Lines

 
 
In an effort to improve the efficiency during meal times and ensure all students have adequate time to enjoy their lunch break, the Food Services Department will gradually introduce cashless food lines in all school cafeterias and food service areas.  The goal is to have cashless food lines in spring of 2019, and a completely cashless food service program by fall of 2019.  Learn More
 

District Technology Task Force

 
In the month of October, a Technology Task Force was convened at the direction of the Superintendent.  Its mission is to review the state of educational technology within the District and participate in the development of a new District Technology Master Plan. 
 
We have over 40 people participating in this task force, including teachers, administrators, students, classified employees, board members, and partner organizations. 
If you are interested in participating, you can contact Bob Fishtrom at rfishtrom@seq.org
 
The next meeting date is March 27th. All meetings are held in the District's Technology Building and run from 4:30pm - 6:00pm.
 

Healthy School Initiative

 
Healthy Schools Initiative (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 and support the implementation of the CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.  SUHSD is proud to partner with HSI to bring needed services and resources to students.
 
Read this months HSI Newsletter 
 


 
 

 
 
 
Healthy Schools Initiative (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 and support the implementation of the CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.  SUHSD is proud to partner with HSI to bring needed services and resources to students.
 
Read this months HSI Newsletter 

January 2019

Superintendent's Message

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 tools into classrooms in order to train our students for employment opportunities that do not yet exist.
 
Our overarching goal is to fully equip students and help develop well rounded human beings. We are confident that, through task 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 student with programs and tools that allow them to thrive and be prepared for the future.
 
As always, thank you for your partnership.
 
- Dr. Mary E. Streshly
Superintendent, Sequoia Union High School District

Calendar

  • 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 Schoo
  • 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 , 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 allow school 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.
 
Click here to learn more about the Collaborative.
 
 
 

VAPING - What Every Parent Should Know

 
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
 
 
Save the Date: Vaping & Tobacco Prevention Parent Education Series Event
Monday, March 18th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, at SUHSD District Office
*More information to come

 

District Spearheads Alcohol, and Other Drugs, CommunityEducation 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 order to 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 Provide 

Community Access to High Speed Internet

Sequoia Union High School District and Sprint entered into a partnership that brought 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, and more than five million families with school aged children do not have immediate access to the internet at home.
                         
To date, SUHSD has been able to provide 330 at-need families with access to free, high speed internet. The goal is to continue increasing that number until every single student is equipped with the necessary tools to succeed academically in and out of the classroom.


 
   
**Learn more about the Parent Project Series here.
 

Sequoia High School to Host Regional Town Hall

On February 13th, from 4:00pm to 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 the arduous decision of having to leave their students because they can no longer afford to live in the region where housing costs continue to skyrocket. That reality is swiftly and negatively impacting peninsula schools - as quality teachers are forced to leave due to the economic deficiencies.
 
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.
 
Space is limited, click here to RSVP.
 

The Middle College Option for Your Student

 
Middle College Is:
 
  • A joint program between SUHSD and Cañada College
  • 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 the information meetings posted here.