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SFUSD School Times covers news for San Francisco’s public schools. It is published three times a year (fall, winter and spring) in Spanish, English and Chinese. It is distributed to over 200,000 readers via the SF Examiner newspaper, and to all SFUSD schools. Browse the back issues.

Spring 2014

(English | 中文 | Español)



A Life Upended: Joyce Gu’s Story

At 6:30 one morning in 2011, 14-year-old Joyce Gu woke to a banging at the front door of her family’s home, followed by someone shouting, “Hands up! Hands up!” ... Read more


My Favorite Lessons of This Year

It’s May and that means the last day of school is fast approaching. As students clean out lockers and textbooks are turned in, we asked a few teachers to recall their favorite lessons from the year that emphasized the Common Core State Standards, critical thinking and, relevant, real-world applications for students.... Read more


The Class of 2014: First to Graduate under New Requirements

When this year’s graduating seniors receive their diplomas, they will be the first-ever class of SFUSD graduates to have completed the entire course sequence required for entry into a California State University (CSU) or a University of California (UC). ... Read more


New California Law to Improve School Funding

Last July, Governor Brown signed into law a new way to distribute money to California school districts. Known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), it is the most comprehensive reform to California’s school funding system in 40 years. ... Read more


What Is Love?

In the weeks before Valentine’s Day, 2nd and 3rd grade students at Junipero Serra Elementary explored the idea of love, and what love really means to them. What resulted was an outpouring of pictures, poems and lots of heartfelt words. Here are a few of the student’s many thoughts:... Read more


The Future of School Lunch: Choice and Convenience in High School

In spring 2013, SFUSD began a five-month collaboration with the innovation firm IDEO to rethink the school food system including the spaces, technology, operations, and dining experience. Over 1,300 students, parents, nutrition staff, principals, teachers, administrators, and community partners were involved in this process. ... Read more


Science Internship Opens Student’s Eyes to a New World

When student Martha Jazmin started as an intern this past summer in the Science and Health Education Partnership High School Intern Program, she was placed in the Panning lab at Mission Bay UCSF. ... Read more


Bryant Elementary Parents Learn Together

Alexis Alexander is an African-American parent with a Chinese-American son in kindergarten at Bryant Elementary, a school where the majority of students and families are Spanish speaking. “I felt jittery when I first arrived,” says Alexander. But she says the school’s staff soon put her at ease. “English- or Spanish-[speaking], they make you feel welcome,” says Alexander.... Read more


Will This Be on the Test?

Taking standardized tests every year is routine for students across the globe. Now, in what is being described as “a sea change” in education, California’s public schools, along with those in 45 other states, are transitioning to new content standards and “smarter balanced assessments”—the tests that measure whether or not students are learning the new content standards.... Read more