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Out of harm's way & leading in green: Highlights for March 21-27, 2017

San Francisco’s Muni and Emergency Management departments have been upgrading signage along the city’s tsunami zones, and now it’s time to remind citizens where to go if a tsunami is coming. More than a hundred Marina Middle School students will be demonstrating how to follow the signs to their neighborhood tsunami shelter, which happens to be their very own school.... Read more


Running for office & looking for jobs: Highlights for March 14-20, 2017

Future leaders are gathering to be inspired, entertained, and most importantly, to hear election stump speeches for Student Advisory Council (SAC) spots next year. The SAC Leadership Summit is a day of entertainment, inspiring speakers and workshops. The SAC is a citywide, youth-led organization that provides SFUSD students with opportunities to advise the administrative and policy-making bodies of SFUSD. Two SAC Student Delegates sit on the Board of Education. ... Read more


State audit recognizes SFUSD’s approach to preparing students for college

The California State Auditor recently submitted a report to the Governor and legislators titled “College Readiness of California’s High School Students: The State Can Better Prepare Students for College by Adopting New Strategies and Increasing Oversight.” In the report San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is cited as an exemplar district that has provided students access to college preparatory coursework and set high expectations for graduates, while ensuring supports and interventions to keep students on track. ... Read more


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

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