• Dr. Renfree

Week 1 Success!

Dear SHS Family,

WOW! Week 1 was an amazing success! We had every child online and working in some capacity. We also have had a stream of positive emails for our organization and how it is working for all different types of students! We are glad that our hard work over the past 3 weeks is working! I think it is safe to assume that based on what we are seeing on TV the chances of us returning this year (by June) is not going to happen. I want you to know we are all in this together and please reach out to us if you see support. This is a partnership! LASTLY, MAKE SURE YOU GO THROUGH THE COUNSELING SECTION......LOTS OF NEW IMPORTANT INFORMATION THERE!!!!!




1. How attendance is taken---there is attendance

Attendance policy is in the handbook but here it is as well.


Im getting many inquiries about refunds. Here are some answers!!!! They are being mailed to the address on file in PowerSchool. If your address is wrong please contact to get it fixed before mailing.

PROM: Refunds coming in next 2 weeks---most were signed by me...a few have not so we are delayed....stay tuned!

Military Ball: Refunds coming in next 2 weeks---DELAYED! We ran out of checks and are awaiting more...stay tuned!

Grad Nite: Contact

AP testing: The deadline through CollegeBoard closed.


Our District Wellness Team has some exciting news that we wanted to share with you. The Wellness Center Coordinators will be holding weekly virtual office hours starting next week. 

Zoom Office Hours:

The purpose of holding office hours is to create an inclusive, consistent, and safe environment for the Wellness Center Coordinator to connect with Serra’s students.    

  • Walk-In Zoom Office Hours

  • This is only a casual well-being check-in

  • We will be utilizing the waiting room & password tools on Zoom

  • This is not a therapy session 

  • This is not for students in a crisis/emergency 

  • Crisis Text Line: text 741741 to speak a counselor

  • Crisis & Access Line: 888-724-7240

Office Hours: 

  • Day & Time:  Wednesdays 11am-1pm 

  • Link:

  • Zoom Meeting ID# 930 0971 4972 / password: wellness 

Individual Appointments:

  • If a student/family is in need of a resource, please email your Wellness Center Coordinator. She will be scheduling appointments & connecting with the student/families 1-on-1.

  • Dani Octon - Important Resources:

SDUSD Distance Learning help line: (619) 260-2460 

SDUSD Tech support: (619) 732-1400

District COVID Updates:

Nursing & Wellness Website:

Feel free to share this with your staff, students, and parents/families. 


Here is the newsletter link where we are updating regularly.

Our counselors are here to support you and can be contacted through our website. However we understand they play a vital role in giving information out. We have created a newsletter we will be updating every few days with new information. HERE IS THE NEW LINK:


Attention Seniors, Class of 2020,

If you are planning on attending Miramar Community College or any of the two sister colleges (City or Mesa) next year, this information is for you!!

Miramar is hosting a registration event specifically for Serra students on May 14 at 2:30 via Zoom.  For more information on this amazing opportunity please read below and click on the hyperlink to register to be part of this meeting!!


Zoom Session to receive New Student information and be one step closer to Miramar College!

About this Event 

Join us in this Zoom session for new student information, including information about how you can attend college for free with our San Diego Promise program.

The session will be led by one of our Miramar counselors that can answer your questions and guide you to helpful resources.

Date & Time: May 14, 2020 at 2:30p

**Please plan accordingly as this Zoom session will last approximately 1.5 hours**

To register for this Zoom session, students must first:

  • Have completed a Miramar College application

  • Have their 10 digit student college ID number (sent via email after application completion)

  • If you haven't applied, please create a CCCApply account and complete the Miramar College application here.

**By attending this session, you will satisfy the orientation requirement in order to meet with a counselor and move on to enroll and pay for classes.**

Access to Zoom link: After registering, you will receive the Zoom session information and how to join.

For questions, please reach out to our Outreach & School Relations Office via email at


Because of the current school closure, we along with Miramar College were unable to hold our CCAP Dual Enrollment Parent/Student Information Meetings that were scheduled for the evenings of March 16th & 18th. Attendance to one of these meetings were a requirement for your student to take a Miramar College course while at Serra High School next year.

We’ve worked very closely with Miramar College and the San Diego Community College District to provide the information and resources you would’ve received at these meetings. In lieu of these meetings you are required to complete the steps in the following link:

CCAP Dual Enrollments Parent/Student Presentation & Steps for Registration

Please Note:

ALL student's and parent/guardians are required to watch the powerpoint and video presentations in Step 1.

- If you are a new college course student you need to complete all the steps that follow.

- If you already have a Miramar student ID# after completing Step 1 you can go to Step 4 and complete the steps that follow.

TRANSCRIPTS: I’m getting many requests for transcripts.  Any senior can make that request online on the Serra Counseling website or by clicking HERE

***Please read the top of the form about COVID-19 and the procedure before filling out the form.



2020 Senior Scholarships: Every  year Serra Foundation is proud to award 13 scholarships to deserving seniors.  Awards range from $500 (1), $250 (2), to $100 (10).  Due to Covid-19 the process will be a little different this year.  To be considered for this year’s scholarship program, please click here:, fill it out and email it to  by Sunday, May 17, 2020 with SHS Foundation Scholarship in the subject line.  Good luck!   Here is a picture of the application so you know you have the right one.

Tierrasanta Junior Women's Club (TJWC) Scholarships

The Tierrasanta Junior Women’s Club (TJWC) would like to award six scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each to young ladies graduating from Serra High in June, 2020. Again, we would like two of the $1,000 awards made to students who intend to continue their education by enrolling in a trade school, and four $1,000 awards should be designated for individuals who will be continuing on to a four-year university or community college. Applicants must meet the following requirements: ¨ Awards will be made to female students. ¨ For those individuals continuing on to a University or Community College, a minimum 3.0 GPA is required. ¨ No minimum GPA is required for Trade School. ¨ Must demonstrate an interest in community service/issues. ¨ We would prefer a person who is willing to “get involved”, preferably with a history of volunteering. ¨ Awardees should be in most need of financial assistance. ¨ TJWC would choose to award an individual who is dedicated, determined and exhibits all the qualities needed to succeed but may have been “overlooked” in the awards process. We are thinking of the “hidden” gem who deserves and would benefit the most from the recognition and a little financial help from her community. Interested students can access the application here: TJWC Scholarship Application Completed Applications need to be e-mailed to Mr. Stewart at by 4pm on Friday May 15th

Announcing the 2020

Kiwanis Foundation of Tierrasanta Scholarships

The Kiwanis Foundation of Tierrasanta is pleased to announce that it will again be awarding the Vernon D. Bowman, Thomas G. Cherniss and George V. Paluso Scholarships at the end of the 2020 school year to graduating seniors of Serra High School. These scholarships are awarded annually to students who best exemplify Kiwanis ideals that were fostered by these three respected Kiwanis Club members and residents of Tierrasanta. Scholarships are based on a student’s demonstration of academic success, a strong record of community service, leadership and altruistic devotion to the welfare of fellow students. In addition to the general criteria, athletic participation and leadership is a prerequisite for the Paluso scholarship.

Applicants must be 2020 graduating seniors from Serra High School who will be pursuing an associate or bachelor level degree, or higher education that will qualify the applicant for entry into a business, profession or trade. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a scholarship committee of the Kiwanis Foundation of Tierrasanta, where the selections will be made.

Selections for scholarship awards will be based upon the depth of community service, participation in Serra High School activities, including athletics (required for the Paluso scholarship), and scholastic achievement. Applicants will be required to:

· document their school and community activities and leadership

· submit an official transcript

· write a reflective essay regarding their activities, and

· submit a letter of recommendation.

Students need only submit one application to be considered for all three scholarships listed below:

· Vernon D. Bowman scholarship: payable in annual installments over four years

· Thomas G. Cherniss scholarship: a one-time scholarship payment

· George V. Paluso scholarship: a one-time scholarship payment

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on San Diego schools, applications are available immediately, via email – if you are interested in applying for one of the three above scholarships, please email and the application package will be emailed back to you. All applications must be returned via email to Bob Richards at the above email address by midnight on May 8, 2020 in order to remain eligible. Students will be notified of their selection by mid-May and awards will either be presented at Awards Night or mailed directly to the students at their home if Awards Night is canceled.

Thank you so much for your support!

Dr. Erica Renfree, Principal



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