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2014 Spotlight Archive


Visitacion Valley Elementary Parents First to Graduate from Parent Academy in SFUSD

This past fall, parents at Visitacion Valley Elementary attended a series of classes to become more informed and involved in their child’s education. The PTA School Smarts Parent Academy covered topics such as understanding the public education system, communicating effectively, advocating for a quality education, and the importance of parent involvement for children and for schools. ... Read more


Young Poets Featured on the Radio

For National Poetry Month, KALW and America SCORES Bay Area have teamed up to bring you "Radio Poets," a series featuring the voices of young poets from San Francisco’s public schools.... Read more


California Business for Education Excellence Names SFUSD Schools to 2013 Honor Roll

The organization California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) has named 37 SFUSD schools to its Honor Roll, recognizing them as among the highest-performing schools in the state. The organization pays particular attention to high-poverty schools that are closing achievement gaps, and those with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) proficiency. ... Read more


Young Authors Shine in Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition

To promote the art and craft of original bookmaking in the classroom, SFUSD students in grades K through 12 were recently invited to design, write, and create their own books for the second Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition on the West Coast. The student winners, who were selected from among 50 book entries from 23 schools, were celebrated at reception at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. ... Read more


Students Shine at Annual SF Oratorical Contest

One Saturday morning this past February, hundreds of children got up early, dressed in their best clothes, and put themselves through a demanding day of public speaking. It was the 34th annual SFUSD Oratorical Contest sponsored by the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators. ... Read more


SFUSD & Stanford Alum Returns to Teach

Currently in his first year of teaching, Terence Li began the year with 11 students in his 3rd grade class at Chinese Education Center. There are now 18 students in his classroom and not one has been in the United States for more than a year. Soon his class will have another new student who just arrived in the U.S. The Chinese Education Center is designed to serve elementary age newcomers from China who arrive throughout the year.... Read more


MY Farm at Mission HS Benefits Students and Residents

Mission High School, Friends of SF Environment and architecture firm EHDD recently teamed up to transform 7,900 square feet of concrete and asphalt into Mission Youth (MY) Farm, an urban farm that now provides students with learning opportunities and the community with fresh, locally grown produce. ... Read more