• Our Vision

    The San Mateo-Foster City School District educates and inspires students to live, lead and learn with integrity and joy.

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    Thank you for supporting Measure X!

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    The SMFCSD offers a combination of assigned schools and magnet schools. 

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Superintendent's Letter - May 2016

Dear SMFCSD Community, 

May is always a fun time of year because it is when we celebrate our classified and certificated staff for the work they do every day for our students.  I would like to take a moment to extend my thanks to our dedicated staff members! 

I would also like to present a number of staffing changes for the upcoming year.  In particular, I would like to introduce our new Chief Business Official, four new Principals, and present one change of assignment within the San Mateo-Foster City School District staff. 

Our Chief Business Official is now Carolyn Chow who comes to us from Las Lomitas where she has served as the Chief Business Official for the past 8 years.  Carolyn has had first-hand experience of not only overseeing but actually doing much of the work related to fiscal services and facilities.  Las Lomitas had also passed a bond and Carolyn worked with the community on the facilities master plan.  We are delighted to have Carolyn Chow in the SMFCSD. 

For College Park Elementary School, our selection process narrowed the field to Steven Chuang.  Steven is a Mandarin speaker and he comes to us from Philadelphia where he developed a Mandarin Language Program at his previous school.  Steven wrote for, and received, a Federal Language grant, where he made connections to China for support with international connections, created curriculum and supported the teachers in establishing this flourishing program.  We look forward to working with Steven Chuang to continue the successful Mandarin Immersion program at College Park. 

At Parkside Montessori, we are pleased to present Melinda Fore as the new principal.  Melinda has been a successful principal at both the elementary and high school levels in districts in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County.  She has also served at the County Office of Education as the Administrator of Student Services and as the principal who opened Gateway, a model Community School for at-risk high school students. Melinda is a visionary leader who develops positive connections with her staff and families.  We welcome Melinda Fore as the Principal of Parkside Montessori. 

We are also pleased to welcome Patrick Hurley as the new Principal of Foster City Elementary School.  Patrick comes to us most recently from the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) where he was the Coordinator of Reading/Language Arts.  He has led school site and district improvement processes and has extensive experience in providing professional development and coaching to both teachers and principals.  Prior to his employment with SMCOE, Patrick worked with Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) Institute which supported program changes in Boston, Baltimore and San Francisco Public Schools. His work has allowed him to partner with Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.  Patrick has taught English, ELD and served as an Avid Coordinator.  We look forward to working with Patrick Hurley as Principal of Foster City Elementary School. 

Joe HadleyAssistant Principal at Bayside STEM Academy, will be stepping into the position of Principal at Abbott Middle School this fall.  Joe has been the Assistant Principal at Bayside STEM Academy for the past several years.  Joe has proven his leadership as there have been periods of time over the past two years where he has taken on the leadership role for the Bayside campus.  He is knowledgeable of the California State Standards and new requisite testing programs.  He is up to date on intervention practices needed to support student well-being.  He has served as an English, Social Studies, and ELD teacher at both middle and high school levels.  He is approachable and well respected in our district.  We are pleased to see that Joe Hadley will be moving into a role of more responsibility as Principal of Abbott Middle School.  

As you know, Bayside STEM Academy is becoming a K-8 school with complex program needs.  In working to ensure the future success of this program, we have decided to transfer the Principal of Brewer Island Elementary, John Cosmos, to the position of principal for the Bayside STEM Academy.  John Cosmos brings many strengths to STEM.  He has been a successful principal at both the elementary and middle school level.  He has worked with a diverse student body and understands the needs of language learners.  The process of building a school program is challenging and John has that experience in building the International Baccalaureate program at Borel Middle School.  We do know that John will be missed at Brewer Island Elementary School and we are presently working with the staff and parents to fill that vacancy.


Dr. Joan Rosas, Ed.D.

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Q:  How do I pre-register my children for school?

A: Please visit the Registration page for information about pre-registration.

Q: What school is closest to me?

A: Use the SchoolFinder to find out. You can also look at the district map.

Q: What are SMFCSD's Magnet Schools/Programs?

A: Yes. View the list of Magnet Schools.

Q: How old must a child be to enter Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

A: To be eligible for Kindergarten, the student’s 5th birthday must be on or before September 1.  To be eligible for TK, the student’s 5th birthday must fall on or between September 2 – December 2.  Attend a SMFCSD Kindergarten Information Meeting in November/January to find out more about what to expect - Kindergarten & TK Information Meetings.

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A field trip to Levi Stadium on April 15 was a success for 150 7th grade Bayside STEM students.

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As a part of Bullying Prevention efforts at San Mateo Park School, students in grades 3-5 had the rare opportunity to meet and learn from Bryan St...

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May 2016 District Newsletter

The SMFCSD Newsletter is a publication of the San Mateo-Foster City School District covering events and sharing important information about the school district and its students.  Sign up now to receive our next newsletter SMFCSD Newsletter sign-up. To see archieved editions in English and Spanish, visit our Newsletter page.  

Read our May 2016 SMFCSD Newsletter.  Highlights inlcude:
• New Administrators
• Child Nutrition Services Earth Day Partnership
• Ed Foundation/S.P.O.R.T. Update
• Laurel Elementary Project Night Night
• Kent Awards for Audubon & Baywood
• San Mateo Park visited by Bryan Stow
• Bayside STEM tackles the 49ers
• Brewer Island's Little Library


Winter 2016 Report to the Community

Read the latest edition of our SMFCSD Report to the Community.  Read our Winter 2016 Report to the Community.  Highlights include: 
• Measure X Thank You & Update
• Safe, Healthy, Respectful School Environments
• Developing International-Mindedness
• New Awards & Grants
• Funding Student Athletic Programs
• Partnerships with Harvard & Stanford
• Borel Middle School Band on the International Stage 
• Enhancing Learning for Educators and Students   

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