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Community briefs: Woodside Blood drive, high school district college partnership and more

Sequoia Union High School District, Cañada College, San Francisco State University, and California State University, East Bay, officials celebrate a new partnership to offer more Sequoia district early access to college classes on May 5, 2022. Courtesy Cañada College.

High school district partners with colleges to offer high schoolers pathway to postsecondary education

Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) is partnering with local colleges to increase the number of SUHSD graduates who move on to postsecondary education.

The district signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cañada College, San Francisco State University (SFSU) and California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) on May 5, according to a press release.

The agreement includes individualized high school, college and career readiness guides to SUHSD students. Every SUHSD senior will have access to the CCCApply (the application for California Community Colleges, including Cañada College) as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or DREAM Act applications.

Sequoia Union High School District, Cañada College, San Francisco State University, and California State University, East Bay, officials sign an MOU on May 5, 2022. Courtesy Cañada College.

The partnership also aims to grow the number of students taking dual enrollment courses by increasing the number of sections offered to SUHSD high schools annually. This includes expanding the number of high school students participating in the Middle College Program where SUHSD students finish earning their high school requirements and attend Cañada College to start earning college credits.

For students who plan to continue their academic journey, the agreement establishes transfer pathways from Cañada College to San Francisco State University and California State University, East Bay.

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"A college education can transform lives, families and communities," said San Francisco State University President Lynn Mahoney in a statement. "This partnership will raise awareness among students of the opportunities available to them in the Bay Area and help them map a path to seizing those opportunities."

The agreement includes a program that provides tutoring and counseling for cohorts of underrepresented SUHSD juniors and seniors.

Woodside Blood drive

Woodside Mounted Patrol will host a community blood drive with Stanford Blood Center on Tuesday, May 24, from 3 to 7 p.m. at 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside.

Organizers say that walk-in availability may be limited, and encourage donors to make an appointment online or by calling 888-723-7831. Donors are required to wear a mask.

Donors with all blood types are always welcomed and appreciated, but there's always a special need for type O blood.

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Donors will receive a $10 gift card to Peet's Coffee, Lowe's, Jamba Juice or Chipotle.

Atherton committee and commission openings

The town of Atherton is recruiting for committees and commissions. Applicants must be Atherton residents.

There's one vacancy on the Audit and Finance Committee for a four-year term that expires in June 2026.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee has two vacancies, one with a term expiring in June 2023 and one with a four-year term expiring in June 2026.

Environmental Programs Committee has three vacancies. One is for a term expiring in June 2023. One is for a term that expires in June 2024. The last is for a four-year term expiring in June 2026.

Parks and Recreation Committee has three vacancies. Two are for four-year terms expiring in June 2026. Another is for a two-year term expiring in June 2024.

The Planning Commission has one vacancy for a four-year term expiring in June 2026.

The Rail Committee has one vacancy for a four-year term that expires in June 2026.

The Transportation Committee has one vacancy for a four-year term expiring in June 2026.

Applications can be found on the town's website or at Town Hall and submitted in the Office of the City Clerk at: 80 Fair Oaks Lane, Atherton, CA 94027.

Applications are due Thursday, June 9, by 5 p.m.

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Community briefs: Woodside Blood drive, high school district college partnership and more

Uploaded: Fri, May 20, 2022, 11:42 am

Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) is partnering with local colleges to increase the number of SUHSD graduates who move on to postsecondary education.

The district signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cañada College, San Francisco State University (SFSU) and California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) on May 5, according to a press release.

The agreement includes individualized high school, college and career readiness guides to SUHSD students. Every SUHSD senior will have access to the CCCApply (the application for California Community Colleges, including Cañada College) as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or DREAM Act applications.

The partnership also aims to grow the number of students taking dual enrollment courses by increasing the number of sections offered to SUHSD high schools annually. This includes expanding the number of high school students participating in the Middle College Program where SUHSD students finish earning their high school requirements and attend Cañada College to start earning college credits.

For students who plan to continue their academic journey, the agreement establishes transfer pathways from Cañada College to San Francisco State University and California State University, East Bay.

"A college education can transform lives, families and communities," said San Francisco State University President Lynn Mahoney in a statement. "This partnership will raise awareness among students of the opportunities available to them in the Bay Area and help them map a path to seizing those opportunities."

The agreement includes a program that provides tutoring and counseling for cohorts of underrepresented SUHSD juniors and seniors.

Woodside Mounted Patrol will host a community blood drive with Stanford Blood Center on Tuesday, May 24, from 3 to 7 p.m. at 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside.

Organizers say that walk-in availability may be limited, and encourage donors to make an appointment online or by calling 888-723-7831. Donors are required to wear a mask.

Donors with all blood types are always welcomed and appreciated, but there's always a special need for type O blood.

Donors will receive a $10 gift card to Peet's Coffee, Lowe's, Jamba Juice or Chipotle.

The town of Atherton is recruiting for committees and commissions. Applicants must be Atherton residents.

There's one vacancy on the Audit and Finance Committee for a four-year term that expires in June 2026.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee has two vacancies, one with a term expiring in June 2023 and one with a four-year term expiring in June 2026.

Environmental Programs Committee has three vacancies. One is for a term expiring in June 2023. One is for a term that expires in June 2024. The last is for a four-year term expiring in June 2026.

Parks and Recreation Committee has three vacancies. Two are for four-year terms expiring in June 2026. Another is for a two-year term expiring in June 2024.

The Planning Commission has one vacancy for a four-year term expiring in June 2026.

The Rail Committee has one vacancy for a four-year term that expires in June 2026.

The Transportation Committee has one vacancy for a four-year term expiring in June 2026.

Applications can be found on the town's website or at Town Hall and submitted in the Office of the City Clerk at: 80 Fair Oaks Lane, Atherton, CA 94027.

Applications are due Thursday, June 9, by 5 p.m.

Angela Swartz

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