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2017 Media Coverage Archive

06/15/17

What’s in a name: Potrero Hill’s parks and schools

Jessica Zimmer | The Potrero View
Enola D. Maxwell, which used to be the name of a middle school campus, continues as the moniker of the 655 De Haro Street San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) facility. The site most recently was home to a comprehensive high school, International Studies Academy, which closed in 2016 due to low enrollment. SFUSD now uses the first floor of the Maxwell building for its Department of Technology, with San Francisco International High School relocating to the location this month. ... Read more

06/13/17

Looking at education with Carol Kocivar

Debi Kennedy | KALW
"Mentoring for Success" matches San Francisco students with mentors to help build skills for academic and social emotional success. Joining Carol are Laurie Vargas and Kim Levine, who talk about how they work to support students.... Read more

05/29/17

New superintendent details his first days in SF public schools

Michael Barba | SF Examiner
On a recent Wednesday, the new superintendent of San Francisco’s public schools raised a clear cylinder into the air for the entire room to see. “This is Galileo High School,” Vincent Matthews said in his deep voice, placing three pieces of fabric inside like students entering campus. He then stacked a pair of tubes over the cylinder: one representing community, the other educators.... Read more

05/27/17

Art project seeks to uplift SF students after Trump election

Jill Tucker | SF Gate
Teachers and administrators at a San Francisco school for months have been trying to reassure students — some who were brought into the country illegally or whose parents lack legal documentation — that they are safe and supported at school amid an intense political climate.... Read more

05/26/17

SF student delivers heartfelt graduation speech

Jessica Christian | San Francisco Examiner
Caps and gowns were ubiquitous in San Francisco this week, but one graduate in particular stood out from the rest with a heartfelt speech about the challenges he overcame in high school. Nathan Pon, a senior at Washington High School, told a crowd of his peers Thursday that he would not have graduated without the support he found at school.... Read more

05/24/17

Mission District bilingual school unveils art with message of inclusion and unity

Frances Saux | Mission Local
After a year of divisive political rhetoric aimed at immigrants, the teachers and parents at San Francisco’s first public Spanish-English immersion school hoped creating the work of art would send its students a powerful message: They are loved and important despite the tone of the national conversation about diversity.... Read more

05/24/17

SF public schools add protections for undocumented students

Michael Barba | SF Examiner
Students in San Francisco spearheaded a policy approved Tuesday at the Board of Education that further protects undocumented students and families from federal immigration authorities under President Donald Trump.... Read more

05/19/17

San Francisco high school graduation rates on the rise

The high-school graduation rate in the San Francisco Unified School District has risen to a multi-year high, according to the California Department of Education. A system being used to identify students in need of extra support is being credited for the success.... Read more

05/17/17

600 SF students join forces to clean up Ocean Beach

Sarah Ravani | SF Gate
Nearly 600 students from seven San Francisco elementary schools fanned out at Ocean Beach on Wednesday, wearing plastic gloves, toting trash bags and hunting for anything yucky. In a field trip with a positive environmental twist, the second and third graders participated in the 24th annual “Kids Ocean Day Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup.”... Read more

05/15/17

School district sustainability: saving 'green' by going green

Rod Berger | Forbes
Make no mistake about it. Education is big business. Our children may be the primary beneficiaries, but the business of education is one that you and I bankroll daily. In any given school district, about 45% of the funding comes from local funds, about 45% comes from state funds and about 10% comes from Our Father Who Art in Washington.... Read more

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