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PAHS Students Earn High Marks!
Congratulations to all of the Peninsula Alternative High School (PAHS) students who received awards for their achievements during the first trimester of the 2016-2017 school year!  At the PAHS Community Awards Night in November, more than 65 staff, students, family and community members gathered to celebrate. Forty-five students were recognized with 68 awards, including 22 nominated by teachers for academics, eight for attendance, three for high honors (4.0 GPA), 13 for honor roll (3.5+ GPA), 21 for merit roll (3.0+ GPA), and one student-nominated award for Accountability. Congratulations to all Pumas! Proud parents spoke with pride over their students’ accomplishments and thanked the school staff. Thank you to PAHS school staff for their hard work, not only in teaching and supporting our students and families, but also for helping to create this glorious evening, helping with setup, cooking, creating awards, outreach, presenting, and clean-up! The next Community Night event will be on Thursday, December 15th at 6pm at PAHS Community Wellness Center. Dinner will be served and everyone is welcome! More information will be posted on the Peninsula High school website soon.


Happy Bearcats Beating Canned Food Drive Record
San Mateo High students conducted their annual holiday food drive and broke their world record by collecting 105,000 pounds of food and continuing their tradition of being one of the largest food drives in the country!  All donations went to the Samaritan House in San Mateo and Second Harvest Food Bank. We are so proud of our spirited, dedicated and community-minded Bearcats. We are thankful to the following groups and people who helped us feed our community this holiday. They are: the SMUHSD Adult School (collected SO MANY cans!), the San Mateo and Foster City Rotary Clubs who donated generously, the Local Lions Club Chapter, Congressperson Jackie Speier, the entire SMHS STAFFULTY, SMHS community (ALL students, parents and alumni!), Charlie Royce (CFD webmaster), retired Bearcat teacher Debby Martin who supervised ALL of the money collections, Orthodontics of San Mateo, our North Central neighbors, City partners, local media reporters who helped to get the word out, Samaritan House, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, and of course, our local grocery stores and drug stores that hosted food collection dates! Thank you all for your generosity!


3 Cap Athletes Offered NCAA SpotsCapuchino recently honored three students who were recently offered spots to compete athletically next year in the NCAA! Please help us congratulate Luseane Tutoe, Karina Chavarria, and Victoria Lopez (photographed left to right): 

  • Luseane Tutoe is an all around athlete who recently returned to the softball line-up following a sophomore ACL surgery. She fought back successfully and the power hitting shortstop accepted an offer to play softball at CSU Monterey Bay.
  • Karina Chavarria is an active member of the student body. She has served her school in the Leadership class for 3.5 years. She is an excellent centerfielder and has been the stolen base leader for the past three years. She recently committed to Brown University for softball.
  • Victoria Lopez has been participating in gymnastics since she was 5. She started serious training when she was 7. She has earned State champion for Level 8, 9 and 10, Region 1 champion for bars and beam in level 9 and 10, Beam champion in Nationals and 2nd on bars for level 10. She recently accepted an offer to compete with UC Berkeley.

We are so proud of these Mustangs! Congratulations Luseane, Karina, and Victoria!


Mills Student Showcase PosterThe Mills Visual and Performing Arts Department will proudly present the Mills Student Showcase, a collaboration of art by the music, drama, visual and digital art students, on December 8th starting at 7pm in the Mills auditorium, located at 400 Murchison Drive in Millbrae. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. All proceeds go to support the Mills Music Program. We hope to see you there!


Don’t miss out on Capuchino High’s Drama’s Fall Musical DROP DEAD! Dates are December 2nd and 3rd at 8pm, and December 4th at 1pm at Capuchino High’s Samuel Johnson Jr. Performing Arts Center located at 1501 Magnolia Avenue, San Bruno. In the play DROP DEAD!, a cast of has-been actors plan to revive their careers, but when the murders and mysteries exceed those in the script, these thespians must save the show and their careers, as well as their lives! DROP DEAD! is directed by Waleska Mendoza. Tickets are $10 and $8 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets in advance at www.tinyurl.com/Cap-Drama (there is a small convenience fee per ticket for advance sales). The box office will open 30 minutes prior to the show. For more information, visit http://capuchinodrama.weebly.com/


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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