• July 25, 2018

     Dear Parents/ Guardians:


     Starting in a new school or returning to one is an opportunity to Commit to a New Beginning.  On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration of Peninsula High School, I would like to welcome you back to PHS.  Your child will begin classes at PHS on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 8:30 am.  Starting at 8:15 we will be handing out student locators with their class schedules.   I encourage you to routinely visit our website:

     Use our website to read updates, news and find out about important information relevant to Peninsula High School.


     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 we strive for each student to meet their goals. We have a unique credit recovery and intervention program that is tailored to each student’s needs. Your child’s goal may be a PHS diploma or a return to their home school; whatever their goal, we are here to support them.  Every student will have a fourth period academic and social/emotional support classes designed to help them meet the demands 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: FLY Leadership Program and Law & Society 
    • Courses: Food and Nutrition, Food and Hospitality Services and Culinary Arts 
    • Courses: Journalism and Creative Writing 
    • Courses: Green Energy and Conservation


    First Day of the 1st Trimester: Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 8:30 AM. 


    • Student Handbook: The Student/Parent Handbook is an informational resource for your use and covers all pertinent information regarding Peninsula High School curriculum, resources, rules & regulations, our administration, faculty, and staff. The handbooks are available on our website https://ca02206192.schoolwires.net/Domain/14. Please take a moment to read and become familiar with our school.


    • Fourth Period Academic and Social/Emotional Support Courses: Students will be able to work on their academic skills and preparation through structured lessons, group collaboration, and evaluation of student growth. Students will be placed in particular courses based on guidance counselor’s determination of their highest needs.  These classes will include access to a variety of counseling services and supports as well as restorative justice practices skills, math and reading support, college study skills, meditation/reflection, online work, guided studies classes, and on occasion participate in Restorative Justice Practices.  Each class will address a different variety of topics and are designed to meet the student’s need based on grade level.  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.   


    • Attendance: Students must be in class on time to take full advantage of the opportunity to learn and accumulate credits necessary for graduation.  Please schedule all appointments after 2:30 p.m. 


    • 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 call in all absences to 558-2408.  A permit to leave and an 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 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 Handbook or visit our website).


    •  Bell Schedule/Trimester Schedule
      • Trimester #1 Begins August 15th, 2018 and Trimester #1 Ends November 9th, 2018.


         Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday


      Period 1

      8:30 – 9:15


      Period 2

      9:20 – 10:05



      10:05 – 10:15


      Period 3

      10:20 – 11:05


      Period 4*

      11:10 – 11:55



      11:55 – 12:25


      Period 5

      12:30 – 1:15


      Period 6

      1:20 – 2:05



                 Wednesday Schedule


      Period 1

       8:45 – 9:30


      Period 2

       9:35 – 10:20





      Period 3

       10:35 – 11:20


      Period 4

       11:25 – 12:15



       12:15 – 12:45


      Period 5

       12:50 – 1:35


      Period 6

       1:40 – 2:25



    • 5 Period Day Option: This option is only for 11th and 12th grade students. All students participating in athletics at the comprehensive sites will be required to be enrolled in a 7 period day. Students will have the option to have a 5 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 the 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


    Please see our Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Elaine Llaguno, in the Counseling Office for more details.

    • All students must complete enrollment online smuhsd.org/enrollment.  You should have already received a letter from SMUHSD with detailed  instructions.  If not or if you experience difficulty, please contact the Office of Student Services by phone at 650-558-2251 or enrollment@smuhsd.org.


    We look forward to a successful transition or return to Peninsula High School, and again, welcome to our school.



    Ron Campana


    Peninsula High School