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SFUSD Showcases Climate Solutions in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Strides Tour
Rosa Parks Elementary Celebrates 50 Years of the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program
The Superintendent’s Innovation Fellowship Completes a 4-Year Classroom Redesign Project
9/25/23 - SFUSD Showcases Climate Solutions in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Strides Tour
SFUSD schools were the first two stops on the 2023 Climate Solutions Green Strides Tour, which visited schools and districts in Northern and Central California Sept. 19-21 to highlight the innovative practices of honorees of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. SFUSD was named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School district in 2016.
On Sept. 5, the Rosa Parks Elementary School community celebrated the Golden Anniversary of the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program, marking the exact day that the program began 50 years ago.
Since 2018, the Superintendent’s Innovation Fellowship (SIF) has been supported by the Someland Foundation which provided grant funds to redesign classrooms that will serve as a model for implementing the skills envisioned in the Graduate Profile and the instructional practices found in Deeper Learning.
On August 24, 2021, San Francisco city leaders declared August as Transgender History Month. San Francisco is the first city nationwide to honor the 55th anniversary of the 1966 Compton's Cafeteria Riots, which occurred in the Tenderloin neighborhood, marking the beginning of transgender activism in San Francisco.
The Summer Academy for Integrated Language Learning (SAILL) has been a summer program at SFUSD for over seven years. This year, about 400 students are attending the program at Balboa High School.
Zachary Lipsett is an LGBTQ+ youth activist and recent graduate from Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA). He re-established SOTA’s Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) after the shelter-in-place alongside his close friend Ella Lewallen. During their time leading the GSA, they built community, taught lessons on LGBTQ+ history, and fundraised for a local LGBTQ non-profit called LYRIC.
Twenty-two students completed ten Saturday sessions of the African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative's (AAALI) Black Star Rising’s Freedom Academy this spring with a 95% attendance rate.
5/30/23 - Mission High School Student to Be Honored for Peer Mediation Efforts at 13th Annual San Francisco Peacemaker Awards
California Lopez, an 11th grade student and peer mediator at Mission High School, will be honored at the Community Boards’ 13th Annual San Francisco Peacemaker Awards ceremony as the recipient of the Gail Sadalla Rising Peacemaker Award.
Students from Downtown High School, a school that focuses on project-based learning, will be presenting their year-end projects in exhibitions at the school, The Strand Theater, and SFMOMA from May 19 - 25.
On Wednesday, May 10, the Roosevelt Middle School community set out together for the return of the Roosevelt 5K Fun Run, which was last held in 2014.
5/10/23 - Grateful for Our School Nurses
National School Nurse Day is May 10, 2023. To celebrate, we want to take a moment to spotlight our nurses in SFUSD and express our heartfelt appreciation for the incredible work they do.
5/8/23 - Teacher Feature: Margaret Pai
Margaret Pai’s journey as an art teacher began when she was an SFUSD student. As a Longfellow Elementary School student, she created artwork that was displayed at the Youth Arts Festival in the de Young Museum at Golden Gate Park. Now, her Hoover Middle School art students are displaying their art work for the same event at the de Young.
5/8/23 - Teacher Feature: Sydney Dow
Sydney Dow is in her first year teaching fourth grade at George Washington Carver Elementary School. She talks about being inspired by her students, transitioning from her previous role to teaching, advice for first-year teachers, and what being part of the Carver village means to her.
On Friday, April 21, SFUSD environmental Solutionary Teacher Fellows and their students presented their students’ climate action research projects at a special event at the Randall Museum. The “Solutionary Pioneers” event was organized and led by the City of San Francisco Department of the Environment in collaboration with SFUSD Science Team in Curriculum and Instruction and San Francisco Recreation and Parks in recognition of Climate Action Month.
5/1/23 - Thank You to Our School Principals!
We’re thankful for all of our principals at SFUSD! Meet some of our principals.
As part of a longstanding partnership with the SF Symphony, SFUSD students in grades 1-2 are invited to attend an exclusive Adventures in Music Program (AIM) concert at Davies Symphony Hall on May 3 and 5.
4/5/23 - Thank You to Our Paraeducators!
In SFUSD, paraprofessionals are known as paraeducators. Paraeducators are crucial to ensuring that schools function properly. They provide general and special education instructional assistance, ensure school sites are safe as security aides and room monitors, and help to engage our parents and school community as community relations specialists.
4/3/23 - Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month
SFUSD is proud to honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, queer, and questioning members of our community in celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month.
4/3/23 - April is School Library Month
April is School Library Month and we celebrate our teacher librarians all year long. At SFUSD, all of our school librarians are credentialed teachers who plan diverse learning experiences to inspire equitable, active student participation. Every SFUSD school has a library and credentialed librarian thanks to the Personal Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF), which mandates that part of funds are allocated towards libraries in SFUSD.
3/14/23 - Thurgood Marshall Academic High School Prepares Students with College and Career Week and Summer Opportunities Fair
Thurgood Marshall Academic High School’s primary focus is on preparing students for life after high school and becoming healthy, productive adults. In support of this mission, the school recently hosted a College and Career Week packed full of activities and opportunities to help students think about and plan for their futures.
On Jan. 22-27, 19 students from grades 11 and 12 at Lincoln High School took a sightseeing trip to Washington, D.C. and engaged in discussion and deliberation of current events with students from across the US and Puerto Rico.
3/6/23 - Thank You to School Social Workers
School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who focus on coordinating the efforts of schools, families, and communities toward helping students improve their academic achievement.
Bal EmpowHER is a group of young women at Balboa High School who stand up for themselves and others.
2/24/23 - Progress on the High School Task Force
What does the community want to see in San Francisco public high schools? That's the question a task force of SFUSD students, staff, parents/caregivers, and community leaders has set out to answer with input from members of each of SFUSD's high school communities.
On Thursday, February 16, the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators hosted the 29th Annual African American Honor Roll and 19th Annual Community Awards Celebration at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The event honored over 1,700 San Francisco students with African heritage in grades 3-12 who earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
SFUSD school counselors help students focus on their passions, goals, and overall well-being. They are trained and skilled professionals across college and career planning, academics, and social/emotional development, and integral to every part of student success. We recognize their dedication to students every day, especially on National School Counseling Week, Feb. 6–10, 2023.
The diverse histories, experiences, stories and voices of Black people should be recognized, honored, and uplifted every day. We recognize the importance, relevance and origins of Black History Month and value the fundamental opportunity Black History Month offers schools to further acknowledge African Americans as critical to the past, present and future.
Marshall Elementary School is celebrating kindness all month long!
On January 20, juniors and seniors from Lincoln High School and The Academy SF at McAteer attended a field trip along the SF Embarcadero waterfront hosted by the Port of San Francisco and the Exploratorium to see the King Tides.
SFUSD’s school-based mentoring program, Mentoring for Success, pairs students with highly qualified and efficient adult mentors that serve as positive role models who motivate students to be their best.
Students of the Get Out and Learn Project at Downtown High School launched their semester project – a boat they built! – off of Hyde Street Pier and rowed it into Aquatic Park on Friday, December 2.
Congratulations to the James Denman Middle School robotics team for their successes at their first competition of the year! The team competed at the First Lego League Challenge on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Arabic is one of the seven main languages spoken by SFUSD families and is a world language offering at Redding Elementary School, Marina Middle School, and Mission High School. At Redding, students can learn Arabic language and culture up to five days a week as part of cultural enrichment.
This fall, SFUSD College & Career Readiness entered into partnership with the Giants Community Fund, establishing the San Francisco Chapter of CASE Study (Careers as Sport Executives) program.
This page was last updated on September 25, 2023