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2018 Spotlight Archive


Superintendent's secretary retires after 34 years with SFUSD

After 34 years, Judy O’Keefe, the Receptionist/Secretary in the Superintendent’s Office, is retiring. We sat down to learn more about Judy’s dedicated career of service to students and families within San Francisco public schools.... Read more


Students learn worldwide impact of climate change from Pulitzer Crisis reporting staff

Pulitzer Center grantees Nathaniel Rich and George Steinmetz discussed their publication "Losing Earth," the epic climate change story that took over an entire issue of The New York Times Magazine, at Lincoln High School.... Read more


SFUSD students, families hit the books together in summer reading program

Visitacion Valley Elementary School incoming first grader Assassin is only required to read for 15 minutes at home every day, but she usually spends much more time in her own personal library at night.... Read more


Q&A with Mayor London Breed

Mayor London Breed reflects on her time as a student in the San Francisco Unified School District, and how SFUSD helped shape her career.... Read more


2017-18 Mayor's Teacher, Principal and Paraeducator of the Year Award winners

The Mayor's Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year and Awards are annual awards that recognize exceptional San Francisco public school teachers and principals for their dedication, professionalism, and work on behalf of our city's young people. This is also the inaugural year for the Mayor’s Paraeducator of the Year Award. The ten honorees were selected based on their outstanding ability to promote innovative learning, accountability, and equity and access in the classroom and school site.... Read more


SFUSD poet athletes

Every year for National Poetry Month, public radio station KALW and America SCORES Bay Area team up to share the voices of young poets from San Francisco’s public schools.... Read more


Students explore career options during Job Shadow Day

Arielle Chernin, general manager of Delfina Pizzeria, grabbed a stack of flat pizza boxes from a shelf and set them on the counter of the popular Pacific Heights Italian joint just before the busy lunch rush on a recent Wednesday.... Read more


Finnish author visits Chinese Immersion School at De Avila to inspire computer science students

Going online may be routine for many adults, but for younger children, the internet is exciting and full of endless possibilities. Such sentiment was on full display when Finnish author and illustrator Linda Liukas visited the Chinese Immersion School at De Avila on Feb. 8 to tell the story behind her book “Hello Ruby” as part of a computer science (CS) lesson. ... Read more


Students celebrate African American women’s heritage through unique course at Mission High School

One Mission High School class is proving that not all history lessons come from textbooks. The African American Women’s Heritage course, being taught for a second time this semester after its inaugural iteration in spring 2017, explores the history of African American women before enslavement, and the power that these women have held over the course of history. ... Read more


Celebrating Black History Month

In February, schools throughout the district will celebrate Black History Month. Black History Month finds its origins in Negro History Week, which was founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson and first held in February 1926. The support for this weeklong celebration led to its recognition and observance as Black History Month in 1976. This month, we ask that all our schools give dedicated time and space to the celebration of Black History, Black people, and their contributions to the fields of literature, mathematics, science, and politics among others.... Read more