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Free summer enrichment academy attracts 70 students to Willie Brown Middle School

School may be out for summer, but not for students at Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School who are participating in the school’s first free, three-week Summer Enrichment Academy. On Saturday, June 18, students will showcase for their families and the community what they learned, including African drumming, and how to make Claymation videos and cook. ... Read more


District adopts Good Food Purchasing Program

The San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), a metric-based framework and set of tools that guides organizations to direct their buying power toward suppliers. This meets five inter-connected values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare and nutrition.... Read more


SFUSD hires new Executive Director for Creativity and The Arts

“We are excited to have Mr. Harris rejoin SFUSD in this important leadership role,” said Richard A. Carranza, SFUSD Superintendent of Schools. “There is no better person to help us capture the great opportunities we have in front of us, working collaboratively with every school to ensure that each student has equal access to arts education.”... Read more


San Francisco's graduation rate rises

The California Department of Education (CDE) has released its 2014-15 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. ... Read more


Mayor Lee announces recipients of 2015-2016 teacher & principal of the year awards

Mayor Edwin M. Lee will honor nine outstanding San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) educators as the Mayor’s 2015-2016 Teacher and Principal of the Year tonight at a San Francisco Giants Pre-Game Homeplate Ceremony at AT&T Park for Teacher Appreciation Month.... Read more


Getting ready for careers & rocking the runway: Highlights for May 10 - 16, 2016

District 9 Supervisor David Campos will be sharing what his workday is like with Junipero Serra students along with employees from Xoom, a digital money transfer company whose employees regularly volunteer at the school as part of SFUSD’s Circle the Schools program. They will be joined by other representatives from local organizations talking about their careers. ... Read more


Celebrating moms & 'steaming up' science: Highlights for May 3-9, 2016

Students at the Chinese Immersion School at De Avila will be throwing open the doors of their new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) lab for a grand opening. The lab was part of the Spring 2015 iLab redesign process, the iLab being an SFUSD program that sponsors cross-functional team design challenges where students, parents, school staff, district administrators, and partners create innovative solutions to problems within their communities.... Read more


San Francisco Unified School District earns national Green Ribbon Schools award

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the San Francisco Unified School District a 2016 Green Ribbon Schools award for environmental accomplishments. Nationwide, 47 schools, 15 districts and 11 postsecondary institutions were honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. ... Read more


SMS poets & low riders: Highlights for April 26 - May 2, 2016

SF Giants World Series Champion pitcher Sergio Romo will be taking part in the AIMS year-end celebration with students at Lafayette Elementary, planned by student athletes from Washington High.* Romo is a regular at this event, taking time from his busy schedule to visit with Lafayette Elementary students and Washington High athletes and to participate in games that teach the importance of finishing projects with a passionate spirit. ... Read more


Schools to teach voting process & rights, and offer voter pre-registration to students

The SF Board of Education adopted a resolution this week specifying ways the school system will better prepare youth to vote. The resolution cited a 2009 study conducted by George Mason University, which examined voter pre-registration programs in Hawaii and Florida and found that pre-registration, when combined with civic education, had positive long-term effects on young people's voting behavior. ... Read more

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