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Cobb Elementary, SFUSD schools celebrate students completing transitional grades

During the final week of school at SFUSD, students at Cobb Elementary participated in several end of the year ceremonies to congratulate them on transitioning from pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and fifth grade. Across SFUSD, many schools held promotion ceremonies to congratulate students on transitioning to the next grade or moving to a new school.... Read more


Outstanding graduates of 2016

When we created Vision 2025: Reimagining Public Education for a New Generation, we constructed a graduate profile with the community —the knowledge and skills our students need to succeed in the future. Meet a few members of the Class of 2016 who exemplify traits in our graduate profile.... Read more


Car show fundraiser returns for 3rd year at John O’Connell High School

When Jailene Medina started organizing a classic car show at John O’Connell High School, she hoped the event would revitalize the classic car and lowrider culture in the Mission District. Three years later, the show has exceeded expectations with annual submissions from more than 100 classic cars, motorcycles and souped up bicycles. This year’s “Give Something Back Car Show” will be Sunday, May 1, at John O’Connell High School. Once again, the San Francisco LowRider Council is partnering with the school for the competition. ... Read more


MLK Middle School improves student-teacher communication, increases class time

When Principal Michael Essien became the leader of Dr. Martin Luther King Middle School (MLK), one of his first tasks was understanding why 75 percent of office discipline referrals were for African American students when they represented 18 percent of the student body. Essien asked his staff to share stories behind the numbers. He discovered that MLK staff needed to improve their non-verbal communication skills and learn how to de-escalate student conflict.... Read more


SFUSD staffer, principal honored by San Francisco Board of Supervisors

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors in February recognized SFUSD Student Advisor Jay Taylor, Principal Emmanuel Stewart and other San Francisco citizens as Black History Month Honorees who are paving the way for the next generation of leadership. ... Read more


Free dental exams promote oral health at Willie Brown Middle School

Sixth-grader Temon Howard tilted his head back, opened his mouth wide, and looked at the ceiling as a dentist in purple scrubs hovered over him. First, she used a large popsicle stick to open the sides of his mouth, then she shined a flashlight inside to examine his teeth.... Read more


A new way to measure school quality and progress

We’re excited to debut the new School Quality Improvement Index (“the Index”), which is a fundamental shift in school and district accountability created by the CORE districts. Unlike older measures of school quality such as the Academic Performance Index (API), the new Index tracks social-emotional learning and school culture and climate in additional to academic achievement to give families a more rounded picture of each school. It will also include results for any group with 20 or more students in a school, making it easier to identify and address inequity and achievement gaps.... Read more


Telling the story behind the numbers

More than 60 parents, community members and SFUSD staff participated in the Telling the Story Behind the Numbers: Making Sense of District Data event on Jan. 27 to review district-level data and SFUSD’s progress toward goals in its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The data also helps inform school and district planning for the 2016-17 school year. ... Read more


Ethnic studies may boost attendance, schoolwork

A high school ethnic studies course examining the role of race, nationality and culture on identity and experience boosted attendance and academic performance of students at risk of dropping out, a new study by scholars at Stanford Graduate School of Education found.... Read more


Twenty-five years of school-based support services for LGBTQ youth

SFUSD is commemorating 25 years of programming in support of LGBTQ youth. In 1990, the SF Board of Education took the historic step of approving a pioneering program called Support Services for Gay Youth. This program began by providing counseling to gay high school youth who faced pressure at home and at school related to their sexual orientation. ... Read more