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Immigration stories & 1.5 million breakfasts: Highlights for March 7 – 13, 2017

Students at James Lick Middle School, with the help of their music teacher Keith Carames, have created an original musical revue about immigration. “Just in Case” revolves around a Latino, Jewish and Syrian family, and the play explores fears of emigrating to the U.S., the rewards some find here, and the trauma of being forced to flee a war.... Read more


Pledging and Unplugging: Highlights for February 28 - March 6, 2017

Students and teachers in AccessSFUSD:The Arc are on a mission to end the ‘r-word.’ They say they still hear the word and it hurts. At a rally on the steps of City Hall, students will be talking about their very real experiences with the put-down and asking everyone to join the pledge. ... Read more


Mayor Ed Lee, SFUSD Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh, and Board of Education President Shamann Walton's statement on transgender discrimination

All students deserve to learn in an atmosphere that is free of fear and discrimination. While attending school, no child should feel overwhelmed by the simple decision of which bathroom to use, or fear the consequences of entering a locker room. ... Read more


Honor roll & roller coasters: Highlights for February 22-28, 2017

Every year, the African-American Honor Roll Celebration honors students in grades 3-12 who are earning a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher. Board of Education President Shamann Walton, Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh and other district leaders will be on hand to congratulate this year’s one thousand plus honorees.... Read more


Water & warmth on Valentine's Day: Highlights for February 14 - 20, 2017

Across the city, there are approximately 20,168 gallons of rainwater stored in 28 schoolyard cisterns. Thanks to recent downfalls, the water tanks (almost empty at the beginning of the school year) are now full. The tanks are installed to collect rain from school roofs to be used for watering school gardens.... Read more


Statement regarding President Trump’s executive order to increase immigration enforcement

The San Francisco Unified School District is working with the City and County of San Francisco and community agencies to create a rapid response protocol to support children and families in the event that enforcement actions increase in or around schools. ... Read more


SF Board of Education rescinds 1906 resolution that excluded Asians from “normal” schools

Last night, the San Francisco Board of Education (BOE) formally rescinded a BOE resolution dating back to 1906 that excluded children of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ancestry from normal schools and restricted them to an “Oriental School.” ... Read more


Showcasing arts providers and career-savvy students: Highlights for January 24-30, 2017

The arts are alive and abundant in SFUSD’s schools, and the annual Arts Education Resource Fair provides teachers, arts coordinators, administrators, parents, and the public a window to the wealth of arts education providers in the Bay Area that schools can take advantage of for artist residencies and field trips.... Read more


School board elects officers for 2017

At this week's regular meeting, the San Francisco Board of Education elected its officers for 2017. Commissioner Shamann Walton is now president, and Commissioner Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell is vice president.... Read more


SFUSD launches its first district-based credentialing program in latest step to alleviate teacher shortage

Aspiring teachers now have a new route to San Francisco classrooms: SFUSD Pathway to Teaching. Now accepting applications and nominations, the one-year credentialing program will train new teachers to build strong relationships in their school communities while developing standards-based and culturally relevant curriculum for students in the city’s highest-need schools and subject areas.... Read more

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