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NASA web photo of Aug Solar EclipseOn Monday, August 21st, sky watchers across the country will experience the Great American Eclipse. Many of our students with the guidance of our teachers will be safely watching the solar eclipse and we want you to watch this historical event safely too. Please take a moment to review this 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely sheet provided by the American Astronomical Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association and the National Science Foundation. Further, NASA recommends additional safety tips to view the August solar eclipse. Thank you and enjoy! Photo from Nasa Web Site.


Nicholas Sanchez Signing  SCapuchino graduates go on after high school to make significant community contributions. Nicholas Sanchez is one example of a Capuchino graduate who is making his mark in a positive way on the community he serves. As a California State University Northridge (CSUN) student, he is conducting professional development workshops for interpreters to better understand sports so they can help athletes. This is the first time a student will be hosting a workshop at the annual Summer Institute for Interpreter’s Professional Development — an event hosted by CSUN’s NCOD: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. As a student and athlete who is deaf, Sanchez was familiar with the struggles he experienced with his coaches instructing sports. When Sanchez attended Capuchino High School, he was recognized as a top athlete for sports such as, football, soccer and track and field. He later spent eight years at five different community colleges searching for a challenging, educational environment in sports. Nicholas is quoted in a CSUN article, “I hope that with my workshop, we will have more successful interpreters in the sports area and, as a result, more successful deaf athletes.” Thank you Nicholas for serving your community. You make the SMUHSD and the Capuchino Mustangs proud. Information and photo from a CSUN article found HERE.


Photo of Superintendent SkellyGreetings to the 17-18 School Year!

School starts Wednesday and for the past week, it seems that every staff member I encounter – from plant managers to school office assistants to new teachers – simply can’t wait for school to start.  Our staff enjoys the end-of-summer reunions our pre-start meetings represent, but they really look forward to making sure we are ready for the hustle and bustle of a new school year. As we walk around school campuses during the summer, the halls seem increasingly to cry out for your student’s energy and spirit.
As educators in our district, we have much to be grateful for.  We have a chance to do some of the most important work there is – educating our remarkable students so full of promise and talent, in this place – the heart of innovation and commitment to learning, at this time – when the connection between learning and one’s lifetime good fortunes is stronger than ever.
Lately I have been waking up and thinking to myself, “hot dang, I get to work in the San Mateo Union High School District.”  While it may not be the first thought on everyone’s mind here every morning, we are a lucky bunch, in no small part because of you and your family.
On we go!
Sincerely, Kevin Skelly, Ph.D.
Superintendent, San Mateo Union High School District

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Photo of Jaclyn LiuJaclyn Hui Liu, a San Mateo High School student, was one of 96 high school students from throughout the country to graduate from the 2017 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) summer program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL). Liu joins a highly esteemed group of gifted young minds -- 96 high school students and six undergraduate research associates -- who graduated from this intensive six week research program. STARS pairs academically talented high school rising seniors and new undergraduate students with more than 60 local scientists in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, physics and psychology. The mentors are top researchers from Confluence Discovery Technologies, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and the host institution, UMSL. As a result of this experience, Jaclyn is one step closer to pursuing a career in science. Congratulations Jaclyn!


Photo of Principal Gilbert at 2016 GraduationStanford's Graduate School of Education (GSE) has awarded a 2017 Alumni Excellence in Education Award to Hillsdale High School Principal Jeff Gilbert for his uncommon leadership, commitment and innovation in the field of education. He is only one of four GSE graduates to receive this annual award. In a Stanford press release, Dean of GSE Daniel Schwartz shares “GSE alumni are transforming education in countless ways—locally, nationally and internationally. We’re proud to call these honorees our own and celebrate the far-reaching impact of their work.”  Principal Gilbert is being honored for building and sustaining Hillsdale High School’s Small Learning Community (SLC) program. Under Principal Gilbert’s leadership, Hillsdale has become a national model with its success redefining the comprehensive high school, enhancing teacher capacity and improving college-going rates. Congratulations Principal Gilbert and Hillsdale High!


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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