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From the Desk of the Superintendent

11/14/17

SFUSD wants you to help craft a spending plan

As many of you know, a large part of our budget comes from the state of California. But did you know we have to provide the state with a detailed plan for how we want to spend it before we get the money? And we can’t just tell them how we want to use the funds, we have to tell them why. We have a thorough annual process for creating our district plan and the proposed budget to implement that plan. It includes parents, staff and a whole lot of numbers.... Read more

10/30/17

Halloween can be fun without the junk food

OK, it’s time to admit something to everyone: I love Halloween. I really do. There’s nothing better than getting into the spirit of the day, the goofy and scary costumes. When my kids were little, I loved taking them trick-or-treating and then, returning home, passing out treats and seeing whatever was the most popular costume that year.... Read more

10/24/17

Principals deserve thanks for strong leadership

Did you know October is National Principals Month? You may be surprised to hear there is a whole month dedicated to recognizing the work of school principals — but if you think about the big job they have, you’ll understand why. I’ve visited a lot of our schools and had the pleasure of seeing almost all of our school principals in action. Suffice it to say, I’m impressed. ... Read more

10/16/17

How to find the right school for your children

You may not believe it, but thousands of families have begun looking for schools to enroll their child for next fall. Because we encourage families to find the right school for their child, we also open our school doors for them each fall so they can get an up-close look and learn more about the community.... Read more

10/10/17

Science lessons cook up collaboration

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared how we changed our approach to teaching math — and that, as a result, more of our students are now showing improved mastery in math? Today I’m going to fill you in on what’s starting to happen as we change how we teach science.... Read more

10/02/17

Computer testing offers high-res glimpse of student progress

In case you missed it, last week the California Department of Education released the results of the annual student assessments in English and math. Last spring, approximately 26,000 San Francisco Unified School District students in grades 3 to 8 and 11 took these state assessments, called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).... Read more

09/25/17

SFUSD makes the grade in its new approach to math

A few years ago, the San Francisco Unified School District decided to make some big changes in how we teach math here in San Francisco. Here’s why: Far too many children across the U.S. and here in San Francisco were graduating with limited understanding of math.... Read more

09/18/17

Salesforce donation helps SFUSD grow computer science

Last week lightning struck Salesforce Tower and the San Francisco Unified School District received an enormous gift from Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce. One event was unusual — the lightning — but the other, the donation from Salesforce, is something San Franciscans have come to count on from Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce... Read more

09/12/17

SFUSD connects students with historically black colleges and universities

I’d like you to meet a young gentleman who graduated from Mission High School more than a year ago. His name is Hatim Mansori, and he did really well during his time in the San Francisco Unified School District.... Read more

09/05/17

Middle school education gets a makeover

San Francisco is the city that is changing the world, with amazing technologies, advances in civil rights and brand-new economies. We are bringing that same creativity and forward-thinking to redefine school. We want to prepare all our students to succeed at school and in life.... Read more