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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


Outstanding volunteers & big conversations: Highlights for April 13-18, 2016

For the first time ever, the Game Design Academy class at Marshall High will be using an industry-grade program called Unity, which was used to make Angry Birds and other popular games. This will challenge students to up their game on collaboration by pair programming--a common industry practice--and learning a new user interface. Unity has just begun "Unity for Education," and Marshall High is one of the very first schools to test out the curriculum. ... Read more


SFUSD approves increase to Public Education Enrichment Fund budget

With a projected increase in funds from the city’s Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF), last week the San Francisco Board of Education approved a $3.17M increase to its 2016-17 PEEF budget. The additional funds support the expansion of programs and create new positions in areas funded by PEEF including sports, arts and music, and libraries. ... Read more


Making the most of rain & careers in hospitality: Highlights for March 22-25, 2016

Spring has arrived and 28 SFUSD schools currently have access to nearly 40,000 gallons of water – collected by cisterns installed in their schoolyard gardens. With so much rain this winter, some cisterns are now full, including the one at New Traditions Elementary, where students are learning more about rainwater catchment systems and other sustainable activities. New Traditions’ students, along with thousands of other SFUSD students, work with Education Outside Americorps members, who help maintain and use the gardens as outdoor science classrooms. On March 22 a third-grade class will be learning about the water cycle and drought-tolerant plants.... Read more


More tech, more food & more youth leadership: Highlights for Mar. 15-21, 2016

High schoolers will get hands-on experiences as they are introduced to potential future careers in the Bay Area's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professions. Students will have a chance to visit the research and drug discovery hub at Bayer’s U.S. Innovation Center, which focuses on biologics research with an emphasis on hematology, and they can participate in activities at TechShop San Francisco, including making key chains with laser cutters. ... Read more


SFUSD to expand training and services to meet the needs of students

The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to provide more staff training, curriculum and services to meet the needs of students with incarcerated parents.... Read more


Future restaurateurs & future planning: Highlights for Mar. 8-14, 2016

Sixteen students in the Culinary Arts and Management class at O’Connell High are preparing to compete in the ProStart Cup competition. The four teams design a restaurant, create a storyboard, put together a business plan, and then present and defend their plan in a pitch to industry leaders. Twenty-six professional chefs will judge three of those students while they prepare a three-course meal from scratch in one hour with two butane burners and no electricity. ... Read more


San Francisco Board of Education unanimously supports lowering voting age to 16

San Francisco Board of Education commissioners unanimously endorsed a proposal before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to extend voting rights in San Francisco to 16- and 17-year olds for San Francisco municipal elections, while also urging the Board of Supervisors to include non-citizens in local elections.... Read more


Books for every classroom and information for every parent: Highlights for March 2-8, 2016

Business and civic leaders will be at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy to celebrate Read Across America Day where thousands of new "leveled books" (reading material for each student that focuses on words and sentences of increasing complexity) are being delivered to all classrooms. The books are being donated by, with support from local neighbors and the Cloud 9 Foundation.... Read more


San Francisco Board of Education updates policy on condom availability to include middle schools

Middle school students will be required to meet with San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) nurses or school social workers for assessment, education, and intervention. Only after a nurse or social worker deems it appropriate, students will receive information about condom use, its risks and effectiveness. They will also be informed that abstinence is the only 100 percent effective method to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.... Read more

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