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Today: 7/29/16


Graduation Pictures

Families who requested additional graduation photographs or who would like to see what pictures are available from the photographer can go to  Sign in and you'll receive an email when pictures are ready.

Congratulations to PAHS Class of 2016!


Planet Fitness Donates Fitness Equipment to the PAHS Weight Room

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With the help of our physical education teacher, Ed Larios we have received equipment donated to us from Planet Fitness.  The facility looks great with a room dedicated to strength building and another room for cardio.  Thank you Mr. Larios, Plant Manager Dan Varela, Director of Facilities Linda Carlton and Planet Fitness.  


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Recognition and Community Night

In the largest after-school gathering of students and parents in recent Peninsula history, our community came together last night to celebrate!  The Recognition and Community Night event saw an enthusiastic crowd of around 80 cheer on our students as they were recognized for achieving full fluency in English, maintaining the highest GPAs, perfect attendance, or excellence in an academic subject.  Generously catered by our local Taqueria Mi Durango, PAHS staff, and offerings from our community (thank you, Ms. Kim!), we learned about making healthy choices around food, within interpersonal relationships, and when accepting support from others.  Then, after an introduction from Principal Campana, the awards ceremony began!

Five bilingual students were recognized by being officially reclassified as fluent speakers of English.  A representative of the Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) program spoke about the progress so many of our students are making through FLY’s partnership with Peninsula.  Then we announced our senior Honor Roll and Merit Roll, praised those with perfect attendance records, and applauded the recipients of Academic Department awards!  Finally, as cake was served, families reflected upon their journeys to having students who are fully fluent or even graduating!  They spoke of having to push one another every day, of arguments and consistent support, and of the determination within their children.  Looking forward, they all recognized that this was not an ending, but a shift into searching for a next step; in the words of one insightful parent, “That was the preseason.  Now the real game begins!”

We cannot thank enough the efforts of everyone who helped make last night so magical.  Facilities staff for arranging and rearranging seating for 100 and for helping cool off the space after such a warm day, teachers for giving awards, and staff of all classes for moving, decorating, purchasing, cooking, arranging, designing, printing, and encouraging all of the necessary elements.  Thank you to our two assistant superintendents for joining us - you helped lift our simple awards to full recognition by the district of our students’ successes!  And, of course, thank you to our students and families for your day-to-day pushing and supporting.  Your successes help all of us appreciate the incredible work of education.


PAHS Gym Mural Has Arrived!!!

Our new mural for our gym has arrived and will be placed in its proper place in the upcoming weeks.  Artist Steve Untag was present and the first student to see the unveiling of his artwork.  Our Puma students leaving a lasting legacy.IMG_3089.jpg

Title IX Website Posting - SB 1349




San Mateo Union High School District 2015-2016 Primary Enrollment  
Comprehensive Schools Female  Male Total
School Name Primary Enrollments Primary Enrollments
Aragon High School 676 797 1473
Burlingame High School 659 680 1339
Capuchino High School 542 585 1127
Hillsdale High School 663 712 1375
Mills High School 586 612 1198
San Mateo High School 818 797 1615
Total Enrollment for Comprehensive Schools 8127
Alternative High School Female  Male Total
Primary Enrollments Primary Enrollments
Peninsula Alternative High School 91 112 203
Charter School Female  Male Total
Primary Enrollments Primary Enrollments
Design Tech High 101 159 260

FLY Program Graduation and Mock Trial at Santa Clara University

Final 2015-16 PAHS Community Night Ends with Success


Tuesday, April 19th, at the San Mateo Adult School was our last Community Night of the year.  Families, students, and staff attended this educational event that included an ELAC meeting, dinner, and a conversation on the topic  "Straight Talk: Successfully speaking with your adolescent about difficult topics"  This is a quick reminder that on Thursday, May 5th, at at Peninsula Alternative High School at 300 Piedmont Avenue in San Bruno is our ELAC Meeting from 3:15 - 4:00 PM.  Another upcoming event is Tuesday, May 17th, at Peninsula Alternative High School at 300 Piedmont Avenue in San Bruno:

  PAHS Community Night - "Finding the Future: Choosing and planning your path beyond high school"

  ELD Reclassification Ceremony

  Senior Awards Night


For further details, contact either Max Bernstein or Carlos Nolasco.


Thank you to everyone again for attending and being a part of the PUMA Family.


Ron Campana




El jueves, Cinco de Mayo, en la escuela “Peninsula Alternative High School” en el "300 Piedmont Avenue" en San Bruno:

  3:15-4:15 - Reunión de ELAC


El martes 17 de mayo en la escuela “Peninsula Alternative High School” en el "300 Piedmont Avenue" en San Bruno:

  "PAHS Community NIght" - "Descubriendo el Futuro: La elección y la planificación de su metas después de la secundaria"

  Ceremonia de E.L.D. Reclasificación

  Reconocimiento de los Bachilleres


Para más detalles, póngase en contacto con cualquiera de Max Bernstein o Carlos Nolasco.

Fun Friday's at PAHS

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On Friday, April 15th students were taught basic skills and strategy of playing chess.  Discussions were had with how this game of strategy could be used as parallels to improve their academic and emotional well-being.  Many students took on the challenge with our staff. 

PAHS Community Night is growing!

Yesterday’s PAHS Community Night event was a great success!  Huge thanks go out to our student, Amairani Lopez Sandoval who provided fantastic volunteer childcare, Jesse Warshauer and the culinary arts program students for preparing a delicious and healthy meal, Miranda Duncan from StarVista’s Insights program for the informative and engaging presentation on addressing issues of substance use, Carlos Nolasco for his tireless efforts at both outreach and translation, and, of course, all of the students, families and staff who joined together last night.

The space provided by the San Mateo Adult School had everything we could want (especially with the additional efforts of Cynthia Holmes and Clarissa Maliga in ensuring the dinner was well presented and efficiently cleared away) and proved to be a convenient location for many of our families.  Participants loaded their plates with fresh mango and pineapple with dried cranberries, pesto penne pasta with cauliflower and grated parmesan, bread and butter, and roast chicken, washing it down with apple juice. Families appreciated the healthy meal provided as well as, given the evening’s topic, learning about the (mild) psychotropic effects of the chocolate dessert.  The Counseling Department introduced ourselves and the evening’s schedule before moving into the presentation from StarVista’s Miranda Duncan.


Questions about the prevalence and effects of drug usage among adolescents prompted a discussion about how teens obtain substances from which they are legally prohibited.  Drug facts were shared as were personal stories and concerns about how to maintain a message of abstaining from drug usage in a society where casual usage is open and accepted.  We considered the notion that addiction could be countered by interpersonal connections.  The conversation then shifted format as participants were moved into a circle, introducing our Restorative Practices and allowing everyone a chance to share their questions, observations, worries, and hopes.  Several statements recognized the positive influence our students receive from their teachers as well as the benefit of gathering as a community, allowing caregivers to meet their students’ peers and those who are raising them.

There were 26 students, family, and staff members who participated, not including our 3 Counseling Department staffers nor those in the childcare room.  The students and families represented the full range of our school’s diversity in terms of academic abilities, behavioral management, socioeconomic status, culture, and geography. In addition, 20 feedback forms were returned with 8 volunteering to help with future community events.

We will be aiming to have these events on a monthly basis, once more here at Peninsula and twice more at the Adult School.  As soon as dates are agreed upon, announcements will go out here and through the district office.

Fresh Lifelines for Youth Supporting Our Students

I would like to thank the Fly Law Program for their help and support working with our students. FLY's mission is to prevent juvenile youth from making bad choices through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring.  This program gives our students life skills to become positive community leaders.   This picture was taken on the day twenty-five students completed a twelve week course and received their certificates.

New Bus Schedule

2016 PAHS Bus Schedule


Mr. James Daily




Stop Location


Laurelwood Shopping Center, S.M.


E. Hillsdale Blvd. & Curtis St., S.M. (NW corner)


El Camino Real & 31st Ave., S.M. (east side of ECR)


El Camino Real & 20th Ave., S.M. (NE corner)


El Camino Real & 9th Ave., S.M. (SE corner)


S. Delaware St. & 16th Ave., S.M. (NE corner)


S. Delaware St. & 5th Ave., S.M. (NE corner)


N. Delaware St. & Monte Diablo Ave., S.M. (NE corner)


San Mateo Dr. & E. Bellevue Ave., S.M. (NE corner)



Mr. Richard So




Stop Location


Beach Park Blvd. & Foster City Blvd., F.C. (at St. Lukes Church)


Foster City Blvd. & Polynesia Dr., F.C.


E. Hillsdale Blvd. & Edgewater Blvd., F.C. (NW corner)


S. Norfolk St. & E. Hillsdale Blvd., S.M. (NE corner)


S. Norfolk St. & Susan Ct., S.M.


S. Norfolk St. & Kehoe Ave., S.M. (NE corner)


S. Norfolk St. & Shoreview Ave., S.M. (NE corner)


N. Kingston & & Monte Diablo Ave., S.M.


California Dr. & Howard Ave., Burl. (NE corner)


California Dr. & Oak Grove Ave., Burl. (NE corner)


California Dr. & Broadway, Burl.


El Camino Real & Meadow Glen Ave., Milbrae


Jenevein Ave. & Elm, San Bruno


Watch and Learn More about PAHS

Watch the Short Film "I Am Peninsula"
In an effort to educate the community about the amazing students, teachers, and programs of Peninsula Alternative High School, the District team made a short documentary-style film about this small, but powerful school up on the San Bruno Hills. This film features the bold students of Peninsula High, who stepped forward to tell the real story of Peninsula. Watching this film will better inform you of the power of Peninsula, which rests in the hands of determined students and passionate teachers who work daily to create bright futures. Watch the film and really come to understand Peninsula Alternative High School.  AHORA EN ESPANOL
Thank you.
Principal Ron Campana

The San Mateo Union High School District believes - all students have the right to participate fully in the educational process, free from discrimination and harassment. These rights are assured to students by CA Education Code Section 200 and Penal Code Section 422.55.



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Health Van

The Teen Health Van will be here!!! Stay Tuned for Upcoming Dates

Please sign up with Mrs. Maliga at the Health Office.  

It is first come first serve.  


The Health Van will be located in the rear parking lot.
The Teen Health Van comes every 3rd Tuesday of the month.