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From the Desk of the Superintendent


Helpful tips while awaiting your child’s school assignment

If you are a parent or guardian of a student who applied to a school in the San Francisco Unified School District for next fall, you may be eagerly awaiting news of your child’s school assignment — and you’re in good company.... Read more


SFUSD Arts Festival showcases student creativity in action

Although painting, singing, dancing, drawing, writing, filmmaking, photography, drama and music-making happen everyday in our schools, most of us rarely have a chance to see children’s creativity in action. But this week, it’s on display and I encourage you to go see it. SFUSD, along with the Asian Art Museum, SFMOMA and the Jewish Contemporary Museum are showcasing San Francisco’s youngest artists.... Read more


Breakfast fuels academic achievement at SF schools

Schools across the country are celebrating National School Breakfast Week. Today, in honor of our millionth school breakfast served this year, I’ll be eating cereal, fresh fruit and a granola bar with students at Hillcrest Elementary.... Read more


How SFUSD works to keep students safe

We share in the collective grief and concern following the most recent mass shooting at a school in Florida. Parents, students and educators are asking what we can do to prevent this from ever happening again. I want to update you regarding our safety plans and preparations here in the SFUSD.... Read more


Fact-based curriculum, peer outreach key for SFUSD substance abuse prevention

We know it’s inevitable — at some point our children will be offered the opportunity to try drugs. A recent event at one of our schools has prompted me to share more information about how our educators approach the important topic of substance abuse prevention.... Read more


Realizing Vision 2025 requires redesigning the middle grades

Change in big organizations such as ours starts with a challenge and an idea — a vision of what could happen to create better learning experiences for our students. As you know, we have a vision. But a vision is just the start. Change happens when we translate our vision into a new reality.... Read more


SFUSD curriculum incorporates Black history year-round

It’s February and that means children across The City are reading books, performing plays and making art related to Black history. February’s distinction began in 1926 and was formalized in 1976. The founder of Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson, chose February to honor the birth months of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.... Read more


The struggle for civil liberties has long been carried by ordinary citizens like Fred Korematsu

Do you know who Fred Korematsu is? Tomorrow is his birthday and your children will likely learn about him in school. Twenty years ago President Clinton said, “In the long history of our country’s constant search for justice, some names of ordinary citizens stand for millions of souls: Plessy, Brown. Parks. To that distinguished list, we add the name of Fred Korematsu.”... Read more


Restorative practices play a vital role in San Francisco classrooms

Have you ever been bullied or felt physically threatened? We never want any of our children to experience these things, but we know they do sometimes. At the San Francisco Unified School District, we believe it is part of our job to teach children how to get along and what to do when they are mistreated.... Read more


Focusing on Vision 2025

Now that it’s 2018, SFUSD has seven more years to realize Vision 2025. That may seem like a long time, but when you consider the scale of all the changes we’re making, it’s fast approaching! ... Read more