Peninsula Alternative High School started 2017 off with a Community Night event sharing information with our families about several support programs we’ve been offering to students and a discussion about how to leverage our role to bring services and supports to the community at large. Last Wednesday night, the 18th, representatives from several families braved the rainstorm to sit with teachers and school staff in our Community Wellness Center. As is customary for these events we shared a meal, this time serving homemade macaroni and cheese casserole (vegetarian and with Italian sausage), roasted cauliflower, steamed green beans, and fresh watermelon. Our food lesson concerned comfort foods, considering the emotional impact of certain foods and our brain’s wondrous capacity to affect our body’s systems, including that of digestion.
Next came presentations from three programs. Three teachers and a student reflected upon the launch of our meditation pilot program, which gives one classroom of students a chance to focus at the beginning and middle of their school days. As the student shared, it brings energy and clarity at a time when most of our youth are feeling tired and disorganized. Second came a representative from PCRC, the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, who has been working with our Guided Studies classes on developing communication skills, describing personal visions for academic success, and using pictures and words to identify specific needs to achieve this success. Several examples from the recently completed “Photo Voice” project showed the incredible insight out students have about their own journey toward graduation. Unfortunately, illness prevented our guests from StarVista’s Insights project from attending, so our Wellness Coordinator described their efforts at PAHS: a weekly counseling group on substance use and addiction and classroom presentations on the physical and social effects of drugs on our brains, bodies, relationships, and families.
Mr. Bagsik is our an english teacher and Ms. Victorio is our mathematics teacher. Both have been selected as this month's Staff Members of the Month. Both bring a lot of energy and support to our students. We appreciate all they do particularly the energy they bring, and efforts to serve our students. We are lucky to have them as part of the Puma Family. If you see them, make sure to congratulate them.
Presenters from the U.S. Army, Skyline College, SFO, San Mateo Health Department, and one parent volunteers came to present and speak about career choices. We appreciate their commitment and positive words to our students. Also thanks to Angelo, Jose, Zucelly, Caitlin, Aiden, and Alize for volunteering to chaperon and represent our student community. Thank you to Ms. Holmes, Mr. Ayson, Ms. Perry, Ms. Wisecarver, and Mr. Jesse for opening their doors to our presenters. I believe this was a community success!!
¡¡¡ El Día de Presentación de Carreras y trabajos fue un ÉXITO !!!
Presentadores del Ejército de EE. UU., el colegio Skyline, SFO, Departamento de Salud de San Mateo, y un padre voluntario vinieron a presentar y hablar sobre las opciones de carrera. Apreciamos su compromiso y palabras positivas para nuestros estudiantes. También gracias los estudiantes Angelo, José, Zucelly, Caitlin, Aiden y Alize por ofrecerse voluntariamente para acompañar y representar a nuestra comunidad estudiantil. Gracias a la Sra. Holmes, al Sr. Ayson, a la Sra. Perry, a la Sra. Wisecarver, y al Sr. Jesse por abrir sus puertas a nuestros presentadores. Creo que este fue un éxito de la comunidad!
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.
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.