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Media Coverage

Check out a sample of what the media is saying about our students and the work we do in the District. These stories were originally published in newspapers, online, and/or broadcast by television and radio.


Dine and Dish: Pizza school at Alamo Elementary

Vicki Liviakis | KRON 4
What kid doesn’t like pizza? Students at Alamo Elementary School in San Francisco’s outer Richmond neighborhood were given a hands-on lesson in the art of pizza making from a real life chef.... Read more


A school district that’s starting gender diversity conversations early

Laurin Mayeno | The Huffington Post
It’s a Tuesday after school and 25 elementary school personnel are gathered at the Office of School Health of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). They are there to learn about gender diversity and how to bring this conversation into the elementary schools. The District is breaking new ground by giving educators tools and resources to make their classrooms, curriculum, and health services inclusive of children of all gender identities and expressions.... Read more


For Mission High coach victory is sweet, but it’s all about the kids

Alejandro Galicia Diaz | El Tecolote
Winning it all is what every coach dreams of—leading a team to victory, breaking records, making history. But for Arnold Zelaya, coach of the state champion Mission High School Bears, it’s much more than that. It’s about dedicating his time, effort, passion and love to his basketball team, and if they happen to win something along the way, so much the better.... Read more


San Francisco boy honored for saving uncle's life after calling 911

Lyanne Melendez | ABC 7
A 12-year-old boy was honored by his school and by the city of San Francisco for calling 911 and saving his uncle's life. On Wednesday, Adrian Perez met the dispatcher who helped him along the way. "I want you to put one hand on his forehead and the other under his chin and tilt his head back," she said during the 911 call.... Read more


Mission High Basketball team honored at City Hall

Lola M. Chavez | Mission Local
Mayor Ed Lee and the supervisors honored the Mission High School basketball team on Wednesday evening for doing what no other high school in San Francisco has accomplished – winning a statewide basketball title. In late March the team won the statewide Division 3 title in an 82-75 overtime win against Villa Park High School. For this they were handed the key to the city, certificates and loads of kudos.... Read more


US history comes alive for SF students attending ‘Hamilton’

Filipa Ioannou | SF Gate
Since the opening at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco on March 10, ticket prices for performances have shot into the stratosphere, way beyond the reach of students like Nathan. But on Wednesday, he was among a group of lucky high school students who got to experience the show for free as part of the educational program #EduHam that first launched in New York.... Read more


UW study suggests federal school-improvement grants weren’t a complete waste

Neal Morton | Seattle Times
Seven years and $7 billion wasted. That was the general reaction to a report released in the final days of the Obama administration that found no proof that a federal program aimed at improving the nation’s lowest-performing schools did any good.... Read more


San Francisco students help save bees after population declines

The bee population is declining around the world, threatening food crops and our ecosystem, so some students at Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco are trying to help save them. The school recently installed two beehives on its roof and are now learning about the life cycle of bees, and how they pollinate crops.... Read more


San Francisco Unified School District graduation rates on the rise

Graduation rates for San Francisco’s public high school students have continued to increase overall, according to state data released this week. The overall graduation rate for students in 2015 was 86.5 percent, higher than the state rate of 82.7 percent, according to the California Department of Education’s 2015-2016 Cohort Outcome Data, which was released Tuesday.... Read more


Student Voices: LGBTQ + history as a road map

Jenn Bowman | SF Bay Times
As the teacher of Mission High School’s first LGBTQ+ class, I often feel a pang of jealousy. I think about what it would have been like for myself, as a young questioning queer student, to be exposed to LGBTQ history and gender studies in high school.... Read more

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