2021-2022 Welcome

  • July 20, 2022


    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration of Peninsula High School, we would like to welcome all students, new and returning, to PHS.  Your student will begin classes on August 10t at PHS. As our time at Orientation is limited, administration will be focusing on sharing safety protocols and student expectations. You are an important member of our educational family and team. 

    Please use our website and download the Parent Square app (www.smuhsd.org/parentsquare) to get updates, news and find out important information relevant to Peninsula High School: https://www.smuhsd.org/peninsulahigh 

    Peninsula High School takes great pride in providing the very best in continuation education.  We strive to make our school a place that honors individual differences, nurtures self-esteem, and fosters both trust and mutual respect.  Our goal is to present opportunities for success, and aspire for each student to meet their goals.  At orientation on August 8th, we’ll share how we will meet your student’s academic needs.  We have a unique credit recovery, and intervention program that is tailored to each individual’s needs.  Your child’s goal may be a PHS diploma, or returning to their home school; whatever their goal may be, we are here to support them.  Every student will have a period of academic and social/emotional support class designed to help them meet the demands of school and provide the skills to be successful in their high school classes and beyond.

    Students will be able to take career preparation and training classes in at least one of the areas below:


      • Courses: Food and Nutrition, Food and Hospitality Services and Culinary Arts

      • Courses: Digital Photography/Yearbook

      • Courses: College of San Mateo (Coming Spring 2023) 





    • MANDATORY ORIENTATION FOR ALL NEW STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENT/GUARDIAN will occur on  Monday, August 8th, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm: You will have an opportunity to meet with your administration and PHS support staff who can answer any questions you may have. Food will be served. 






    • First Day of the 1st Trimester:  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10TH at 9:20 AM.


    • Student/Family Handbook:  The Student/Family Handbook is an informational resource for your use and covers all pertinent information regarding Peninsula High School curriculum, resources, rules & regulations, and our administration, faculty, and staff. The handbooks are available on our website https://www.smuhsd.org/peninsulahigh. Please take a moment to read and become familiar with our school.

    • Period of Academic and Social/Emotional Support Courses:  Every student will be able to work on their academic skills and preparation through structured lessons, group collaboration, and evaluation of student growth.  Classes include access to a variety of counseling services and supports, restorative justice practices skills, math and reading support, college study skills, meditation/reflection, online work, guided studies classes, COVID19 support, and on occasion, participate in Restorative Justice Practices.  Each class will address similar topics, but in different depths based on the student's needs.  During this time, students will receive individual and group counseling, addressing their own social and academic needs.  In addition, each senior will take a twelve-week transition course where they will all receive college credits, and preparation for community colleges and life skills for after high school.   

    • Meals: During the 2022-2023 school year the USDA and CDE has granted SMUHSD waivers to provide free meals before school, during brunch, and lunch service to ALL San Mateo Union High School students, including Peninsula High School.  For more information, please visit www.smuhsd.org/nutrition.


      • Trimester Schedule

      • Trimester #1: Wednesday, August 10, - Friday, November 4, 2022. 
      • Trimester #2: Monday, November 7, 2022 - Friday, February 24, 2023.
      • Trimester #3: Monday, February 27, - Thursday, May 25, 2023.


    2022-2023 Bell Schedule 



    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

    Per 1

    9:20 - 9:55 

    Per 1

    9:00 - 9:45 

    Per 2

    10:00 - 10:35 

    Per 2

    9:50 - 10:35  


    10:35 - 10:45 


    10:35 - 10:45 

    Per 3

    10:50 - 11:25 

    Per 3

    10:50 - 11:35 

    Per 4

    11:30 - 12:05  

    Per 4

    11:40 -12:25 


    12:05 - 12:35 


    12:25 - 12:55 

    Per 5

    12:40 - 1:15 

    Per 5

    1:00 - 1:45 

    Per 6

    1:20 - 1:55 

    Per 6

    1:50 - 2:35 


    • Attendance:  Students must be in class and on time to take full advantage of the opportunity to learn and accumulate credits necessary for graduation. Please schedule all personal and non-school related appointments outside of school hours.

      • Clearing Absences:  Peninsula High School has an automated phone dialer system.  You will receive a phone call for each period absence, and/or tardy, as soon as the teacher submits the attendance into the school system.  It’s possible for you to receive up to 6 phone calls for each of the class periods on a day a student is absent.  Clearing absences as soon as possible will prevent any unnecessary phone calls.  Please report all absences to 650-558-2408 or by submitting the electronic absence reporting form on our school attendance website: www.smuhsd.org/phs-absence.

      • A permit to leave, and admit policy is in place for legitimate period absences.  If you have any questions regarding the phone calling system, or believe there has been an error, please call the attendance clerk at 650-558-2408 as your contact information may need to be updated. 


    • Bus Transportation: PHS provides bus transportation to and from school.  All students ride the bus for free. Please check our website for a list of bus stops.  (Please refer to the printed bus schedule in the Student/Family Handbook or visit our website). As safety regulations due to Covid19 have become more relaxed recently in the state of California, buses will be operating with the potential of full capacity. Whether you have a need for buses or not, we ask that you either resubmit the attached form on PHS Bus Transportation or fill out the form on the front page of our website: www.smuhsd.org/peninsulahigh.

    • Picture Day will be on Wednesday, September 7. At this time, every student will be required to take pictures and will receive a school ID/(Z Pass School Bus Pass) that they must keep on them at all times to ride the bus. More information will be shared with students and families on the first day of school.

    • Community Building 
      Being part of a community is important. We want to meet all the needs of the student and their family when they are part of the Puma Family. During our first seven days of school, in addition to students starting their courses with their teachers, they will have the opportunity to be part of engaging in our bigger community through some fun activities listed below. These activities will be built into these school days.
      • Scavenger Hunt 
      • Movie Day
      • Puma Family Feud/Trivia Game
      • Olympics Tournament
      • Bowling
      • Community Outreach Day
      • BBQ 

    NOTE: We need all parents/guardians to fill out the attached Field Trip form and return it on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 10. This field trip form will only need to be filled out once and will apply for any field trip your student attends throughout the school year.  We would hate to have students stay behind on the campus and not attend the planned fun. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our PHS Administration.


    • Additional Class Option: Every student will be assigned six classes unless they are in their last trimester, or participating in work experience.  All students participating in athletics at the comprehensive sites will be required to be enrolled in a six-period day.  Students will have the option to have a five- period day if they participate in at least one of the following: 
      • School community service, volunteering and work experience: Students have the option of earning elective credits by performing community service, volunteering, or working.  

      • Dual Enrollment with a Community College: High School students tuition fees are waived.

      • Night School Enrollment with San Mateo Adult and Career Education (Formerly known as San Mateo Adult School): Credit recovery option for 12th grade students who are deficient in lower grade level English and Social Science.

      • Completion of at least one class on Compass Online Learning if a student is behind to graduate on time in May 2023.


      Graduation Requirement 2022-2023 School Year

      • All students prior to graduation must fulfill the graduation requirement of completing 72 hours of work experience, or 24 hours of community service.  
      • To fulfill this requirement, work experience, or community service should be completed in relation to the CTE pathway in which they participated. 


     Please see our Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Elaine Llaguno, in the Counseling Office for more details.  You may reach Ms. Llaguno at 650-558-2418 or by email at ellaguno@smuhsd.org.

    We understand these are uncertain and challenging times, but the Puma Family is prepared to meet all of your educational needs. We look forward to a successful transition, or returning to Peninsula High School, and again, welcome to our school. 



    Ron Campana
    Principal, Peninsula High School

    Fred Wolfgramm
    Assistant Principal, Peninsual High School