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welcome to the family and community engagement webpage

We focus on providing district families with the knowledge, tools and motivation to help their students succeed in school and in life.

Family Resource Center

What is family resource center?

The Family Resource Center (FRC) is a place where you can obtain resources, check-out learning materials, participate in programs, workshops and trainings. We provide families with information on educating and supporting student learning in school and in the home. The Family Resource Center empowers families and cares for students by offering resources and helping to connect families with community resources. We work toward successful community integration of parents and students. We encourage all parents to become partners in education by being better informed and participating in school and community activities.

Our family resource center will:

  • Make you feel welcome.  We want to partner with you to support your student's learning.
  • Provide information. We share important information about your student's education and social/emotional growth by collaborating with SMJUHSD departments, schools, and the local community.
  • Offer workshops and other courses. We offer workshops on a variety of topics, from parenting tips to homework help to graduation requirements, through our parent opportunities.
  • Support families by making many services accessible. We work with other agencies in the community to improve student's growth and learning and to help families thrive.

Parent Engagement Opportunities

The Aeries Student and Parent Portal is a service through which students and parents/guardians can access live student records, such as attendance and final grades, and for parents/guardians to complete the annual registration process online. Student and parent/guardian Aeries Portal accounts require an email address. Once your email address is entered into Aeries, either by your school or through the registration process, you will receive an email with your username and password. Download the free app to get started! The Family Resource Center offers support via phone, in person, or Zoom every Thursday from 4:00p.m-7:00p.m (effective 10/1/22) See calendar for specific dates. 

Simón Silva will present a workshop for parents in SPANISH - a personal project with a focus on the lives and efforts of Santa Maria parents. A project that recognizes the importance of each of the parents and the history of each family. Join us to produce a work of art and a book full of memories and facts for your family. Please bring photos of your family to make prints for the project. Check the brochures for more information on the workshop you can attend. Registration is required at tcastilloshiffer@smbsd.net

August 18 and 19 from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and August 20 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Santa Maria High School cafeteria.
September 1 and 2 from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and September 3 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Santa Maria High School cafeteria.
September 8 and 9 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and September 10 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. in Lincoln Center (Room 904).

The Bridge to College (BTC) program by PIQE is focused on supporting students and families in the transition from high school to a college/university setting. BTC is 4-week program, meets once a week, 75 minute-sessions at 6:30p.m. via Zoom. See calendar for specific dates, registration is required.

Spring: 3/16/23 - 4/6/23 (meets Thursdays) at 6:30 via Zoom (link TBD). Registration is required.

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The Civic Engagement  Program (CEP) by PIQE is designed to teach parents about historical social movements and are informed about the American democratic process, models of leadership, and elements of effective strategy for change. CEV is 9-week program, meets once a week, 75 minute-sessions at 6:30p.m. via Zoom. The program includes orientation and a graduation ceremony with certificates provided to parents who attend four or more sessions. See calendar for specific dates, registration is required.

Spring: 4/13/23 -  6/8/23 (meets Thursdays) at 6:30 via Zoom (link TBD). Registration is required.

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Fall: TBD. 

Spring: TBD. 

Celebration of Culture in Community

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we invite our families to a CELEBRATION OF CULTURE IN COMMUNITY on Friday, October 7, 2022 from 3:30pm-7:30pm, in the Veterans Memorial Hall (313 W. Tunnell St).

We will be celebrating the history, cultures, and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

We will have activities, entertainment, food, community resources, raffles and much more!

Dia de Los Muertos Community Celebration 

In honor of the memories of our loved ones, we invite our families to a Day of the Dead Community Celebration on Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 1:00pm-4:00pm, in the Santa Maria Town Center Mall 2nd floor, Regal Entrance (371 Town Center East).

We will have altar displays, family workshops, a community mural, entertainment and much more!

Spring: TBD. Registration is required. 

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program provides English learners adults with listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. The program offers ESL levels, ranging from basic literacy to advanced English language development. During the school year ESL classes meet 16 weeks, twice a week from 6:30p.m. to 9:20p.m in person. During the summer ESL classes meet for 8 weeks, twice a week from 7:00p.m. to 8:50p.m. in person. See calendar for specific dates, registration is required.

Fall: 8/15/22 - 12/3/22 (Mondays and Wednesdays) at 6:30p.m. at Lincoln Center Room 904. Registration is required. 

Spring: TBD. Registration is required. 

Summer: TBD. Registration is required. 

A Six Level, Standards-based ESL Core Curriculum. A new standards-based, blended curriculum developed especially for adult ESL students. Burlington Core integrates important life skills, digital literacy, EL Civics, and workforce readiness to ensure WIOA success on your on pace/time.

Contact the Family Resource Center to get your log in information.

We also offer support daily from 10:00a.m-7:00p.m.


Health Education for Parents (Presented by CAPSLO) is a series of 4 week classes designed to teach families on nutrition and healthy relationships with students. There will be presentations, games, activities and dialogue. See calendar for specific dates, registration is required.

Fall: 10/11/22 - 11/1/22 (Tuesdays) at 6:30p.m. at Lincoln Center Room 904.

Spring: 3/7/23 - 3/28/23 (Tuesdays) at 6:30p.m. at Lincoln Center Room 904.

Visit our monthly Healthy School Pantry distribution at Vet's Park 313 W. Tunnell Ave. See calendar for dates/times.  

Fall: 12/2/22 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00p.m. Registration is required. 

Spring: 3/31/23 from 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.Registration is required. 

The Mixteco Parent Advisory Committee is designed to develop skills and knowledge which will enable Mixteco parents to better address the educational needs of their students.  Meetings are held in person at the Veteran Memorial Hall (313 W. Tunnell St.) from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. All meetings are conducted in Mixteco. See calendar for specific dates.

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Parent Engagement Signature Program (PIQE) educates, empowers, and inspires families to take an active role in their child's education while building community and a peer-to-peer network. Parents are engaged in programming that encourages fostering a positive educational environment at home and at school to increase academic success. Class meets via zoom for 8-week program (once a week, 75 minute-sessions), includes Social Emotional and Digital Literacy Components. Parents better understand how to navigate the school system, access relevant information for student success, and college admission requirements. The program includes orientation and a graduation ceremony with certificates provided to parents who attend five or more sessions. See calendar for specific dates, registration is required.

Fall: 9/1/22 - 10/13/22 (meets Thursdays) at 6:30 via https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86016985821 Registration is required.

Spring: 1/19/23 - 3/3/23 (meets Thursdays) at 6:30 via Zoom (link TBD). Registration is required.

Parents on a Mission (POM) is a free leadership series of 9 classes designed to: restore parental authority, reconcile broken relationships and replace negative peer groups with parent heroes. Classes are offered in person from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. Offered in English, Spanish and Mixteco. The program includes orientation and a graduation ceremony with certificates provided to parents who attend six or more sessions. See calendar for specific dates, registration is required.

Spring: 2/8/23 - 4/5/23 (Wednesdays) at 6:30p.m. at Lincoln Center Room 904. Registration is required. 

Fall 2022

CABE Parent & Paraeducator Conference in Monterey, CA. Registration is required. 

Spring 2023

CABE 48th Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA. Registration is required. 

ParentSquare is a communications tool provide a safe way for families to receive important school and teacher communication --- all in one place. Download the free app to get started! The Family Resource Center offers support via phone, in person, or Zoom every Thursday from 4:00p.m-7:00p.m (effective 10/1/22) See calendar for specific dates. 

The Parent Virtual Academy (PVA) is an 8-week leadership development opportunity for parents and caregivers who are interested in learning more about the educational system in the United States and the importance of Family, School, and Community Engagement. The goal is that upon completion of the program parents and caregivers become lifelong advocates for their children, for their families and for their community. Class meets via zoom from 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m. The program includes orientation and a graduation ceremony with certificates provided to parents who attend five or more sessions. See calendar for specific dates, registration is required.

Fall: 9/14/22 - 11/2/22 (meets Wednesdays) at 6:30 via Zoom (link TBD). Registration is required.

Spring: 2/27/23 - 4/24/23 (meets Mondays) at 6:30 via Zoom (link TBD). Registration is required.


October 2022

Tuesday/Thursday: 09/27, 09/29, 10/04, 10/06, 10/11, 10/13, 10/18, 10/20

November 2022

Tuesday/Thursday: 10/25, 10/27, 11/01, 11/03, 11/08, 11/10, 11/15, 11/17

March 2023: TBD

April 2023: TBD

Parent University Digital Literacy 1 is a 4-week virtual course offered in Spanish and English from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Learn the necessary skills to help your student succeed in school. You will learn: 

• How to use a computer (the basics)
• Typing skills
• How to create your own email account
• School district parent portals
• Google apps
• Trouble shooting
• Update your own computer
• How to use video conferencing platforms 

English Class registration: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2IMjumcnQ8omwmOAT_xXqS08uB5F1mle1N9gTGdxKN8inng/viewform

Spanish class registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnfO2hJe8Cd9Nu-XNvX5XLsPRYN8uJqJiq_T_VuzmEqRum-A/viewform 

September 2022

Monday/Wednesday08/29, 08/31, 09/05, 09/07, 09/12, 09/14, 09/19, 09/21 

Tuesday/Thursday: 08/30, 09/01, 09/06, 09/08, 09/13, 09/15, 09/20, 09/22

October 2022

Monday/Wednesday: 09/26, 09/28, 10/03, 10/05, 10/10, 10/12, 10/17, 10/19

Tuesday/Thursday: 09/27, 09/29, 10/04, 10/06, 10/11, 10/13, 10/18, 10/20

November 2022

Monday/Wednesday: 10/24, 10/26, 10/31, 11/02, 11/07, 11/09, 11/14, 11/16

Tuesday/Thursday: 10/25, 10/27, 11/01, 11/03, 11/08, 11/10, 11/15, 11/17

February 2023: TBD

March 2023: TBD

April 2023: TBD

Parent University Financial Literacy 1 is a 4-week virtual course offered in Spanish and English from 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. Learn the necessary skills to help your student succeed in school. You will learn: 

• Essential money management skills that include: budgeting, smart spending, borrowing, credit and FICO scores, buying power, banking and savings, tax-advantaged college savings programs including the 529 plan
 How to set financial goals
How to understand various savings and lending programs

English Class registration: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdydwSAGByDSKaxBIdXQA6fYymvzsyFDTAPalRDLHL9mz-Mrw/viewform 

Spanish Class registration: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetDflNO45lLGzXp67M-BVkA5iaMFrSNJSuDLQMaxUVCw8TBA/viewform 

September 2022

Monday/Wednesday08/29, 08/31, 09/05, 09/07, 09/12, 09/14, 09/19, 09/21 

October 2022

Monday/Wednesday: 09/26, 09/28, 10/03, 10/05, 10/10, 10/12, 10/17, 10/19

November 2022

Monday/Wednesday: 10/24, 10/26, 10/31, 11/02, 11/07, 11/09, 11/14, 11/16

February 2023: TBD

March 2023: TBD

April 2023: TBD

November 2022

Monday/Wednesday: 11/28, 11/30, 12/5, 12/7

Spring 2023: TBD

September 2022

Tuesday/Thursday: 08/30, 09/01, 09/06, 09/08, 09/13, 09/15, 09/20, 09/22

October 2022

Tuesday/Thursday: 09/27, 09/29, 10/04, 10/06, 10/11, 10/13, 10/18, 10/20

November 2022

Tuesday/Thursday: 10/25, 10/27, 11/01, 11/03, 11/08, 11/10, 11/15, 11/17

February 2023: TBD

March 2023: TBD

April 2023: TBD

Spring: TBD. Registration is required. 

STEM focused curriculum that builds understanding for families on the importance of building a strong foundation in math and science. Program covers accessible data related to college and career opportunities in STEM, high school academic track, salary range for all STEM related jobs, and highlights the benefits of supporting their children to pursue STEM related careers.  STEM is a 4-week program, meets once a week for 75 minute-sessions at 6:30p.m (spring) and 7:00p.m. (summer) via Zoom. Program includes fun and interactive strategies for incorporating STEM concepts into everyday life. The program includes a graduation ceremony with certificates provided to parents who attend sessions. See calendar for specific dates, registration is required.

Summer: 6/30/22 - 7/21/22 (meets Thursdays) at 7:00 via  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82023253677 Registration is required. 

Spring: 4/12/23 - 5/3/23 (meets Wednesdays) at 6:30 via Zoom (link TBD). Registration is required.

Social Emotional Learning (PIQE) curriculum for families with children K-12 years of age will be introduced to the importance of Social Emotional Learning and its impact on academic success. The 5 domains of social emotional health are explained along with implementation strategies to help support SEL at home.  SEL is 9-week program, meets once a week, 75 minute-sessions at 6:30p.m. via Zoom. SEL includes effective strategies for managing stress and recognizing the spectrum of emotions and responses. The program includes orientation and a graduation ceremony with certificates provided to parents who attend six or more sessions. See calendar for specific dates, registration is required.

Fall: 10/27/22 - 12/15/22 (meets Thursdays) at 6:30 via Zoom (link TBD). Registration is required.


829 S. Lincoln St. Suite 908

Santa Maria, CA 93454

PH: 805-922-4573 ext. 1908

Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration!

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Hispanic Heritage Celebration!

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