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San Francisco’s graduation rate rises to 86.5%

The California Department of Education (CDE) has released its 2015-16 Cohort Outcome Data, which includes graduation rates as well as a-g course completion rates. San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) rates continue to improve and exceed statewide rates by nearly four percentage points. ... Read more


Bootcamp, bees & basketball: Highlights for April 11-17, 2017

Two students at John O'Connell High are taking community wellness into their own hands by offering a Fitness Boot Camp for the neighborhood. The students, a 12th-grader and a 10th-grader, are trained as wellness coaches and teach participants how to live healthy without going to a gym by using body-based workouts. The students also started the boot camp to fundraise for donations to fix equipment in the school's fitness lab. So far, the class is attracting neighbors, teachers and other students- -- and there's still room for participants to join.... Read more


District proposes compensation package to SF teachers union

Today the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) made a significant total compensation package offer to the United Educators of San Francisco (UESF). The package includes a proposed salary schedule increase of 10 percent over three years to all UESF members. UESF members include teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, nurses and other certificated staff. ... Read more


Melissa Dodd named Outstanding CTO of the Year

San Francisco Unified School District’s Chief Technology Officer Melissa Dodd has been named “Outstanding CTO of the Year” by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Dodd accepted the award at the organization’s annual conference today. ... Read more


Making robots & going global: Highlights for April 4 - 10, 2017

Seventh graders at Willie Brown Middle School have been working on robotics projects in teams composed of a mechanical engineer, an electrical engineer and a computer engineer as part of the school’s hands-on, project-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. ... Read more


San Francisco Board of Education Announces Finalist for San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent

Today the San Francisco Board of Education announced that they have selected Vincent Matthews as their finalist to serve as the District’s next superintendent. Vincent Matthews is a 30-year veteran in education and has held a range of roles including teacher, principal and superintendent. ... Read more


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

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