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2015 News Archive


Statement from Superintendent Richard A. Carranza regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)

SFUSD teamed up with five other school districts, all members of the California Office to Reform Education (CORE), to create SQII, the nation’s first school district accountability system that includes not only academic achievement, but also student social emotional learning and school culture and climate. This Index measures student academic as well as social-emotional learning, and the schools’ overall culture and climate. We’re moving away from narrowing curriculum (essentially only paying attention to math and English test scores) to looking at the whole child again. ... Read more


SF Board of Education commits to equitable and sustainable student transportation

At this week’s regular San Francisco Board of Education meeting, commissioners approved a resolution to continue the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)’s pursuit of strategies to advance equitable, healthy, and sustainable transportation for all students and families at all schools.... Read more


SF Board of Education to honor three Chinatown public schools’ namesakes and history

The San Francisco Board of Education plans to install plaques at three of San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Chinatown-area schools to commemorate the contributions Chinese have made to San Francisco and public education.... Read more


Coffee & Music: Highlights for December 8-14, 2015

Inclusive Schools Week celebrations began in both classrooms and on the steps of City Hall this week. Since 2012, the San Francisco Unified School District has celebrated this week in recognition of the district’s commitment to provide a supportive and quality education to a diverse student population, including students who may be marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. ... Read more


College Savings Bonus & Inclusive Schools: Highlights for December 2-7, 2015

San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros will join Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary students at the school's monthly Honor Assembly where he will award “students of the month” with an additional $10 deposit into their Kindergarten to College (K2C) savings accounts. All Cobb students selected as Student of the Month this year will receive a certificate and the $10 scholarship.... Read more


First feasts & a four-star menu

Wearing their best clothes, dozens of newly-emigrated elementary students will gather to enjoy a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie to celebrate Thanksgiving for the first time. ... Read more


SFUSD support services celebrate milestones

In 1998, a survey of San Francisco’s youth identified a need for safe, easily accessible health services on high school campuses. Since then, Wellness programs have grown steadily at SFUSD high schools, offering free, confidential physical and behavioral health services to students where they can easily get to them – inside their schools. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, staff and students will gather at Galileo High to write a history of the Wellness Initiative on a timeline and speak about how the program has influenced student health – and in turn their academic success. ... Read more


Making sense of scores & life lessons on the yard: Highlights for Nov. 10 - 16, 2015

Last spring, thousands of students took the new Smarter Balanced assessments online, replacing the old paper-and-pencil standardized tests of the past, and now aligned with the new Common Core curriculum. Parents received their child’s score report recently, and to help families make sense of the reports, staff from the SFUSD Achievement Assessments Office will provide help on reading and interpreting the reports. Districtwide, SFUSD’s baseline results show that students are testing above the state average in both math and English Language Arts. ... Read more


SFUSD receives two CSBA Golden Bell awards

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has been awarded two Golden Bell Awards from the California School Boards Association (CSBA). The award recognizes public school programs that are innovative and sustainable, make a demonstrated difference for students, and focus on meeting the needs of all public school students. ... Read more


Schools receive Impact and Innovation Awards

Eighteen SFUSD schools will be awarded with funding in recognition of their impact and innovation. These awards, focused on fostering innovation, are funded by the Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA) passed by voters in 2008. With QTEA, SFUSD is able to recognize impactful and innovative work taking place and provide funds to help schools further advance their efforts. Over 50 SFUSD schools applied for the award this year. ... Read more

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