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From the Desk of the Superintendent

11/12/18

Getting the most out of parent-teacher conferences

If you’re a parent, you have more than a full time job. You juggle work and kids’ schedules. You try to make sure they eat good food, get plenty of sleep, stay on top of homework and, oh yeah, have fun. It can get hectic. Believe me, I know.... Read more

11/05/18

Helping students to grow as readers

There is a lot to love about November — sweet potato pie, extra cheesy macaroni and cheese, and football almost every night of the week — but nearest and dearest to my heart is literacy. That’s right, November is National Literacy Month.... Read more

10/29/18

How to love Halloween without all the sugar

Okay, time to admit something to everyone: I love Halloween. I really do. I love getting into the spirit of the day, the goofy and scary costumes. When my kids were little I loved taking them trick or treating then returning home, passing out treats and seeing whatever was the most popular costume that year.... Read more

10/15/18

SFUSD enrollment season is here

Where is your child going to school next year? It seems hard to believe, but it’s time to think about it. If yours will be entering kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade, you have a lot of options here in San Francisco’s public schools.... Read more

10/08/18

Schools emphasize inclusion during Bullying Prevention Month

San Francisco as a city, and SFUSD take pride in having a history of being welcoming and inclusive. We also know that sometimes children can bully one another. We don’t want any of our children to feel excluded or to be bullied.... Read more

10/01/18

Honoring Mayor Lee’s legacy as a school ally

Last Tuesday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Salesforce.org Chief Philanthropy Officer Ebony Frelix announced a $8.5 million donation to our public schools. A few days later, we cut the ribbon on our newly renamed Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School.... Read more

09/24/18

SFUSD unveils new earthquake curriculum

Earthquakes are part of the fabric of the landscape in the Bay Area, and that’s why we’re shaking things up with a new seventh grade science unit developed in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.... Read more

09/17/18

Bond measures back major renovations in SFUSD sites

Signs of fall are everywhere — children are back to school and San Franciscans go from wearing short sleeves one day to a heavy coat the next.... Read more

09/10/18

A greener SFUSD

This week thousands from around the world are gathered in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit to share solutions for mitigating climate change. I am proud to lead the school district with the most robust climate action plan in the nation.... Read more

09/04/18

Bayview District schools to be focus of PITCH program

When I first began my career as a teacher, I taught at George Washington Carver Elementary School in the Bayview. The majority of my students were African American students from the Bayview, and they were outperforming most of their peers across the City in academic performance measures.... Read more