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Superintendent, Jane Yuster

Jane Yuster, supt

April 9, 2018

Hoax Threat on 4-9-18 - Message from Superintendent

On April 9, 2018 there was an email threat made against the students and staff of Cabrillo Unified School District. The threat turned out to be a hoax perpetrated by groups in Europe and sent to many school districts in the United States.

We are relieved that the Secure Campus was a false alarm, and that students were never in any danger. However, I want to acknowledge that a perceived threat brings up all the same fear and emotions for students, staff and parents as actual danger until you know you are safe. Follow this link to download pdf of the full message. Download Spanish pdf

Links to resources

Parents and School Safety

Talking to Children About Violence

Empowering a Nation of Safer School Communities

Addressing Grief - National Association of School Psychologists

Where to find help for your child - download pdf

March 5, 2018

A summary of three national protests being planned across the country in response to the Florida shooting.

Un resumen de los planes de las manifestaciones de protestas nacionales

February 15, 2018

Response to Florida school shooting incident
El trágico tiroteo en Florida

Dear families and faculty, Yesterday’s tragic shooting in Florida reminded us all of how precious life is and how we live in such challenging times. Together with all Americans, we join in mourning the students and staff who lost their lives in yesterday’s senseless shooting at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As parents and as educators, we struggle to help our children and students understand how such tragedies can happen at a school, which should be a haven of safety.

Please know that we place the safety of our students and staff as our highest priority and the events in Florida have doubled our resolve to make sure our schools are safe. As a district, we follow the Big Five Emergency Protocols and conduct drills regularly. Please know we will revisit these steps and make sure that everyone in our schools knows what to do if and when an emergency occurs.

Our district staff has also participated in the county-wide Student Threat Assessment training as part of the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities, so we can do our best to implement protocols for early intervention and support of students who may demonstrate threatening behavior. We are fully aware of the role that trauma plays in a child’s development and healthy development. As a district, we are exploring ways to integrate traumabased curriculum into our schools and participate in our school-based Mental Health Collaborative.

Please know in these difficult times that it is important to be sensitive to the thoughts and feelings our children and staff may be experiencing. Different age groups require different approaches. Previously we have shared with each school principal information from the San Mateo County Office of Education providing tips and guidance about how to talk about these types of tragedies. I include below links to resources which I hope will be helpful as you work through supporting your students’ response to this tragedy.

It will be with great sadness over the loss of so many precious young lives that we go through our day. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your school principal if you have any concerns.

Sincerely, Jane Yuster Superintendent

December 2017 Holiday Letter


Superintendent Jane Yuster interview with KHMB radio about school finances - Sept 2017


State of the District - Presentation 2017




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August 21, 2017

Dear Cabrillo Unified School District Community,

Meeting students is the greatest joy of serving as your superintendent! Last year I happened to be visiting Farallone View on Valentine’s Day and the kindergarteners presented me with a box of Valentines.

I keep that box in my office, and even show it to visitors, to remind myself that the most important part of my job is to make sure that these little ones learn and grow each day until the day they graduate from high school. Everything I do – from analyzing our Climate Survey results and developing our budget to overseeing our construction bonds - is in support of that goal!

As we head into the 2017-18 school year, I would like to highlight some important news and developments in the Cabrillo Unified School District:


Please join me in welcoming our new principals:

Hatch Elementary School: David Porcel-Medina

Previously, Mr. Porcel-Medina was a Vice Principal in the Antioch Unified School District in Antioch, California. Mr. Porcel-Medina earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Granada in Spain, and also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from California State University East Bay.

Cunha Middle School: Seth Feldman

Mr. Feldman previously was a Vice Principal at Oak Grove Middle School in the Mount Diablo Unified School District. Mr. Feldman has a Juris Doctor Degree from Chicago-Kent Law School, a Master of Public Administration Degree from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from York College of Pennsylvania.

We are pleased that despite a local shortage of administrators we were able to hire two outstanding principals. That is a clear reflection of the vibrancy of our community, and the innovation going on in our classrooms!

Start Time

This year Half Moon Bay High School is adopting a block schedule for the first time. Please refer to for details on the bell schedule for Half Moon Bay High School. Bell schedules for all other CUSD schools can also be found on the individual school websites.


    • Cunha – Our new gymnasium, a joint effort between the district and the Boys and Girls Club, opened on schedule in February 2017, and even had the honor of hosting Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Town Hall Meeting! Over the summer, we also renovated and upgraded the wood shop at Cunha.

    • Pilarcitos Alternative High School/Adult Education Center – We are pleased that we opened our new campus in February 2017. My office window happens to look out on this campus, and I now have the pleasure of seeing our students and staff walk through this modern, state-of-the-art campus each day!

    • Hatch Elementary School – The district has made significant progress in renovating the Hatch campus. The new office and classrooms for grades 1-5 are being used for the first time today! Kinder classrooms are scheduled to open in fall of 2018. We want to remind you to please respect the construction fencing and signs at the school. They are there to protect the safety of all.

    • Half Moon Bay High School – We replaced the artificial turf with brand-new organic cork in-fill, including restoration of field elements. The field now includes ADA ramps to improve accessibility.

    I look forward to further strengthening my relationship with you as we partner together to ensure that every child in this district has the support and opportunities they need to succeed in the classroom.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office (650-712-7112) to schedule an appointment. Have a great year!

    With warmest regards,

    Jane Yuster Superintendent

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