THANK YOU to The Famous, The Tumbling Dice and Bang On!

A huge thank you to The Famous, The Tumbling Dice and Bang On, who raised $900 for the JSEF at their benefit show at Toot’s Tavern last weekend!

Marcus Moreno, singer for The Tumbling Dice and his longtime friend, Greg Hensley, bass player for The Famous, are parents of students at Rodeo Hills Elementary. It was their goal to let their music benefit the children of their community. We’re thrilled to have this level of involvement within our district. Thank you to everyone who was involved in this effort and everyone who came out to support the enrichment of our schools.

THANK YOU to Brian Montgomery ...

A huge thank you to Brian Montgomery and his co-workers at Genentech who recently raised nearly $1300 for the John Swett Education Foundation at Brian’s annual charity golf tournament! Their continued support is vital to our work supporting our schools. A special thank you to the Bull Valley Roadhouse, Avidex, Crestron, Blackbox and other donors for their continued support of the JSEF and this event with their raffle prizes.

In Memoriam: Pat Contestable

Aug. 22, 1929 - Feb. 11, 2018

Pasquale 'Pat' Contestable passed away on February 11, 2018. He touched many lives with his gentle spirit and positive outlook on life.

Pat was born in Crockett, CA and graduated from John Swett High School and earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and a master in Education from California State University San Francisco. After serving in the U.S. Army, Pat dedicated his career to John Swett Unified School District holding a variety of positions including teacher, counselor, principal, business manager and superintendent of schools. Upon retirement, Pat enjoyed traveling, golf, the Lions Club and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Pat is survived by his loving wife, Julia, devoted children Mary Wooster (Kevin), Julie Bates (Jeff) and Peter Contestable and grandchildren Madeline Wooster and Jeremy Bates. His generous, easy going spirit will be missed by all that knew him.

Friends and family are invited to a funeral service at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 555 Third Avenue in Crockett. Friday, Mar. 2, 2018, 10:00 AM.

Donate in Pat's Name

Pat has requested that donations should be made to the John Swett Education Foundation. We are deeply moved by his thoughtfulness and years of support and service.

Donations can also be mailed to:

John Swett Education Foundation, P.O. Box 455, Crockett, CA 94525

JSEF Donates Chromebooks to Carquinez Middle School

JSEF Donates Chromebooks to Carquinez Middle School

"I cannot even tell you how much of a game changer this has been for my classroom! This year my students created websites to showcase online digital portfolios that they will continue to add to throughout their educational career at JSUSD. We really have done some amazing work thanks to this donation. So grateful for this opportunity for our students."

Heather Marshall, 6th grade Teacher, Carquinez Middle School

JSEF Signal Article: May 2017

JSEF Signal Article: May 2017

So, if you wake up on May 21st and realize that you really want to earn the wholesome satisfaction of supporting the next generation of students in our cozy community, this Fun Run is good for all. (Tickets will be available that morning for late-comers for only $35.) The official starting time is 9:00—so we’ll see you a little before that.

2017 4th Annual JSEF 5K Fun Run


For the fourth straight year the Education Foundation hosts the scenic 5K Fun Run on Sunday, May 21st, 2017. The route, known as “Woodrat Trail,” starts behind the Carquinez Middle school, runs past Willow Continuation School, then loops through the beautiful Crockett Hills Regional Park, and ends by circling the John Swett High School football field.

Besides the breathtaking vista, a fun highlight for all participants will be to watch themselves crossing the finish line on the score-board Jumbotron.

We would like to acknowledge our supportive neighbors at Phillips 66, Crockett Community Foundation and C&H Sugar who make our events possible. A special thank you goes out to Yogurtland of Pinole and Road ID for the swag in the bag!

All proceeds will go directly to help John Swett Unified School District students, so your registration supports a truly worthy cause.