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2012 Spotlight Archive


Principal Szeto Receives National Award

In honor of her exceptional work as a principal, Liana Szeto received the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership from the U.S. Department of Education... Read more


High School Teachers Map Their Students’ Neighborhoods

As Principal Paul Koh started planning for his second year at International Studies Academy (ISA), he thought about the students, a majority of whom live in the Bayview, Mission and Potrero Hill neighborhoods, and how much he didn’t know about their daily lives outside of school. ... Read more


A Community Comes Together to Stop Bullying

As part of the Stop Bullying Summit, over three thousand SFUSD middle- and high- school students from across the City watched the documentary Bully and civic leaders convened to share strategies to eliminate bullying.... Read more


Summer Internships Encourage High School Students to Pursue Careers in Science

Andrea Lopez knows that she could easily be doomed by her demographic: She is 17, Latina and the mother of a baby boy. Statistics say it’s likely she’ll never finish high school. Lopez says otherwise.... Read more


Teachers’ Summer Learning

With the help of various grants, several SFUSD teachers have been going abroad this summer to learn lessons that they will bring back to their students in the fall.... Read more


Forging Successful Prekindergarten-3rd Grade Pathways

During the school year 2011-12, Board of Education President Norman Yee, San Francisco Child Care Providers Associate (SFCCPA), San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), and other partners implemented the PreK-3rd Grade Building Community-Public School Collaboration project to strengthen SFUSD's prekindergarten-to-third-grade track by connecting parents, community-based organizations, and the District.... Read more


Ulloa Elementary Sweeps Academic Awards

For the 2011-2012 school year, Ulloa Elementary School has won the Title I Academic Achievement Award, the National Blue Ribbon Award, and the California Distinguished Schools Award. ... Read more


Galileo and Balboa High Schools Team up to Win Robot Competition

Galileo and Balboa High Schools won the University of California in Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) robot competition on April 14. ... Read more


My Seventh Grade Teacher Changed My Life

One day, when I was in seventh grade, a teacher tapped me on the shoulder. She said, “I believe your name is Carlos Garcia, and I’ve been observing you.”... Read more


San Francisco Young Dancers Program

"The San Francisco Young Dancers Program was created to capture the spirit found in the film Mad Hot Ballroom. The program is in its second year and has expanded in the number of participating schools from 4 to 12. We hope to expand the program even more in the future so more students can experience this activity as a way to prepare themselves for life. The most important thing for students to get out of Young Dancers Program is that dance can be fun!"... Read more