San Juan High School NEWS!

Vanesa Adolphson, San Juan High School Principal

Vanessa Adolphson, Principal


Successful tailgate BBQ at our 2019 homecoming event

San Juan High School Homecoming Alumni Tailgate PartyStanding, Jerry Still, ’60, Dee (Worthington) Pea- cock, 64, At Left: Carol (Christman) Cowan, ’64, Emil Urac, ’64; At Right Patti Burden, ’64, Sue (Kreutzjans) Sacket, ’64 and John Peacock, ’64.

Thank you to our alumni for a successful tailgate BBQ at our 2019 homecoming event. We had a busy month in October with homecoming, alumni reunions, and our seniors preparing for college applications. We are extremely fortunate to have hired Jocelyn Millan, ‘14 as our new College and Career Technician.

Our culinary program catered the Class of 1974’s brunch and dinner. It was a real pleasure to hear from Mr. Dave Terwilliger as their guest speaker, and give the alumni a tour of the changing campus.

November 7th—9th, Mrs. Karen Bare, parent of 3 alumni, brought drama back to San Juan High with a production of “The Legend of Quasimodo- Revisited.”

We are looking for former basketball players to participate in our upcoming Alumni Challenge game November 15th at 6pm. 

We continue to appreciate all the alumni support we receive. You make such a difference in our student’s lives.

Thank you from all of us that get to work with these great kids each day. 


San Juan High School was a recipient of $1,000 worth of school supplies from Schools Financial Credit Union’s “Tools for Schools” program on Fri- day, Sept. 27.

Tools for Schools is a grant program that awards teachers who have expressed a great need for class- room supplies in the communities served by the credit union.

“We sent out a survey to our most valued members, which is our educators, and asked them what they would prefer we do as far as supporting them,” said Holly Brown, a member of the Schools Financial Credit Union marketing team. “And one of the things that they did was say they needed supplies … so we thought, well wow, you know, then let’s focus a lot of our time, the money and energy into making some of that happen.”

Vanessa Adolphson, principal of San Juan High School, was present to accept the supplies. She then invited her staff to choose what they needed.

“This is going to make a huge contribution to our school,” said Adolphson. “We are a Title I school, and so we try to furnish as much school supplies to students so that they can be prepared in the classroom every day. Many of our students come without a backpack or basic school supplies to get started to even take notes on a daily basis, and so if we can help in any way to have these resources in the classroom at their fingertips, it’s going to be a huge impact for us.”

San Juan High was nominated by Dave Terwilliger, a former principal and teacher at the school. Terwilliger started teaching at San Juan High in 1970. He worked as vice principal of Rio Americano for seven years, and then returned to San Juan High as principal in 2001, before retiring in 2008. Dave is also an SJAA Board member.

“San Juan’s in my blood. My kids went here. My wife worked here for a while. I taught here for a long time,” said Terwilliger. “It’s a great place. And I know that they have needs. Because they had needs when I was here.”

Special New Year’s Note 

From Ardi Ferris, SJUD Families in Transition Program

Thank you to the alumni, teachers and the Citrus Heights community for your generous donations! You raised over $4,000 that provided us with the ability to meet many student needs for food, bridging their family’s end of the month depletion of food stamps and the next month’s distribution. We were also able to provide beautiful turkey dinners for Christmas and whole ham dinners for New Years. 

Thank you for caring about our students, thank you for recognizing that without a community effort, we will perpetuate an unnecessary cycle of poverty and entitlement programs that help but are not the complete solution. 

Please continue your much-needed support if you can.
Give to the San Juan Alumni Association “Where the Need is Greatest” Fund


In earlier articles, we advised that many of our students have very basic needs. Can you help us to help more SJHS students? If you can, please drop any of the following items off at San Juan High School, the Principal’s Office, Monday – Friday (except holidays) between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. No donation is too small.

Non-Perishable Food Donations such as canned soups, stews, chili, canned fruits, boxes of macaroni and cheese, rice mixes, hamburger helper, canned meats such as tuna and chicken, canned vegetables, pasta, cereals, instant oatmeal, juice, peanut butter and jelly, cocoa etc. Grocery Store cards for fresh foods such as milk, eggs, cheese, and meat. You can also donate nutritional snacks that the school student support team will maintain in C-1 to help those kids in immediate need: noodle and macaroni cups, granola bars, fruit cups, crackers, nut snacks, pudding cups, rice crispy treats, licorice. We were blessed with a refrigerator this year so more variety is possible: individual servings of yogurt, lunchables, milk, juice etc. work well. Many of the kids do not have breakfast or lunch and often this is the only food they will have during the day. Recyclable bags are useful since paper bags often tear. There will be food drives before Thanksgiving, Winter Break, President’s Day and Spring breaks with requests for seasonal foods such as stuffing, yams, green bean casserole ingredients, instant mashed potatoes, gift cards for turkeys and rolls, hams, gravy, cranberry sauce, holiday dessert makings and so on. Also consider giving baby and pet food. We will be launching a Wal-Mart Food Registry to ease shopping. Simply print out list, shop, and check out-more to come about that in the fall.

Clothing such as jeans and any school clothes are the most in-demand items at the clothes closet. New socks, underwear, t-shirts, pajamas, slippers, sweatshirts, winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves are always welcome donations for winter months along with fleece blankets. Everyday adult clothing is useful especially career clothes. Vouchers for PE uniforms and a variety of SJHS Spartan wear are also
appreciated as are shoe gift cards, new wallets and gently used handbags. Formal Shops are planned before homecoming in the fall and Prom in the spring.

Toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, lotion, combs, brushes, hair sprays and accessories, soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, lotion, feminine hygiene pads, Kleenex, Manicure items-nail clippers, files, disposable razors, and shaving cream, etc. These can be even the small travel size. Also,
laundry Soap in any size is needed.

School Supplies such as: pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, pens, rulers, lined paper, folders, notebooks, sheet protectors, back-packs, tri-fold project boards, combo locks, flash drives, earphones, usable laptops (please clean off your personal data) and tablets. Also needed are items helpful to extracurricular activities such as musical instruments, cameras, art supplies. Prom Angels are wanted to help with tickets, flowers, hairstyles and manicures, rentals, dinners. Donations for yearbooks, graduation gowns and tassels are appreciated.

Athletic Items such as mitts, cleats, baseballs, volleyballs, basketballs, other sports related equipment or uniform donations

San Juan High School accepts donations for students of families living in transition. If you wish to donate via a check, please make it payable to the ‘San Juan Alumni Association’ with “FIT donation” in the subject line. Checks can be mailed directly to the association at San Juan Alumni Association, PO Box 103, Citrus Heights, CA 95611-0103. You will receive a letter and a contribution statement for your tax returns.

Also, if you wish to volunteer in managing all of these gifts, please contact the Principal’s office. Please contact Ardi with questions and suggestions. or 916-971-7045.