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Breaking Down Stigma Flyer.jpgStanford is an important community partner in the SMUHSD's mission to provide the best possible support for our students' mental health and well being. Next week, Stanford's Children Health Department will be hosting an important educational event, "Breaking Down Stigma, Building Support for Youth Mental Health."

August 5- 6, 2016
South San Francisco Conference Center
255 Airport Boulevard, South San Francisco CA

By attending this first annual adolescent mental wellness conference, you will be better informed of how to help those you serve in your profession and your children at home. See the flyer for complete details and register now! Space is limited. Registration deadline has been extended to August 2nd.  Visit stanfordmentalhealth.com to register.


You may remember the news from last spring semester that four SMUHSD schools were selected to participate in the PBS Student Reporting Lab Program -- a national public media initiative that connects middle and high school students with professional mentors and an innovative journalism curriculum to develop digital media, critical thinking and communication skills while producing original youth-focused news reports. As part of that program, five SMUHSD teachers, out of a total of only 36 teachers chosen from across the country, were selected to attend a week long PBS workshop in Washington D.C. this week. Learn more by reading the PBS press release. The five participating SMUHSD teachers are:

  • Nick Carrillo, Aragon High School
  • Stephen Erle, Burlingame High School
  • Patsy Fergusson, San Mateo High School
  • Allison Gamlen, Hillsdale High School
  • Jane McCabe, San Mateo High School

Read the Daily Journal coverage of this amazing professional development opportunity which will ultimately benefit our young aspiring journalists for years to come. We thank all of our teachers for being committed to being the best teacher they can be!


SMHS Mock Trial Captain Janani with Team Advisor Patsy Fergusson.jpgThe SMUHSD team is honored to announce that a recent San Mateo High grad, Janani Krishnan (photographed left), is on her way to Harvard this fall and is already making her mark. She has been selected as only one of six finalists in the TEDxHarvardCollege Prefrosh-Graduate Speaker Competition! On September 18th, professors, research experts, and all-around inspiring people will take the stage at Sanders Theater at Harvard University to share their ideas with the world at the annual renowned TEDxHarvardCollege conference. The Prefrosh-Graduate Speaker Competition finalist who receives the most votes will have the opportunity to join them in spreading their vision at this incredible event. If given the opportunity to present at TEDxHarvardCollege, Janini will perform her award-winning original slam poem "Power," outlining the reaction of an individual watching acts of police brutality on her television screen, and discussing the emerging role of spoken word in talking about the increasingly pressing issues of racism and police brutality. But to make it to the stage on September 18th, Janini will need your vote! Voting closes this Friday, July 29th. Don't delay. Vote for Janini now by clicking here.



The City of San Mateo shared the following information with the SMUHSD and the District team wants to be sure you have the details of this construction project. During this upcoming fall semester, the City of San Mateo and its contractor will be performing major roadway and median installation work on Poplar, from US 101 to Humboldt. Pedestrian safety improvements will also be performed on Humboldt, Poplar Avenue to College Avenue.  What does this mean for you?

Traffic Delays:

  • Expect delays and detours. Although the City’s contractor will post detour signage, driving through the construction zone will be challenging. We highly recommend you do the following:
  • Use carpools
  • Allow extra time to arrive to school
  • Plan an alternative route to entirely avoid Poplar/US101 and Humboldt.
  • Have you ever considered biking to work or getting to work via SamTrans? Take advantage of these options if they are right for you.

Limited Parking:

  • If you park on the streets around the Adult School and San Mateo High, expect greater “competition” for those spots as there will be NO PARKING on Humboldt.

To learn more about the scope of work and to see a copy of the City’s notice to residents and organizations in the area, click here. To see the flyer that the District created for parents/guardians, staff and students, click here. Questions? Call the City of San Mateo at 650.522.7344.


Interpreter Service

The Office of Student Services provides on-site interpreting services for Spanish and Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin) speakers. Interpreter Service available in any language upon request. Learn the details.

La Oficina de Servicios Estudiantiles ofrece servicios de interpretación en el mismo lugar para las personas que hablan español y chino (mandarín). Se dispone de intérpretes de cualquier otro idioma previa solicitud. Averigüe los detalles.




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