C&I Science Communication for Teachers and Administrators

Click on the grade level--ES, MS, or HS--in order to find news and information from C&I Science about deadlines, events, and opportunities for teachers and students in San Francisco. 


Middle School

                                                                       🔔 MS Science February Newsletter 🔔

High School

HS Science Newsletter, 2/12/24

This information is also viewable via Google Document

Many summer opportunities for students and teachers are now being advertised. Please read below and reach out to Eric Lewis (lewise2@sfusd.edu), Secondary Science TSA, with any science-related questions. 

SFUSD Science Announcements!


  1. HS Science Department Chair Meeting: We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting tomorrow(!), Tuesday, February 13th

  2. Living Materials for Biology: Orders for spring semester (planaria!) are open. The next order deadline of 2/23 will ensure that the materials reach you by 3/6. Form Link: https://forms.gle/p5stgasey6UgLMko6

  3. Equipment Exchange sheet! CHECK IT OUT! Have extra materials at your site that you’re not using? Looking for some random science equipment for your class? Check out our SFUSD Science Equipment Exchange sheet


Current Opportunities for Science Students - Please share with your students asap! 


  1. Register now!  2024 Teen Wellness Summit on Mental Health, a free daylong gathering for 150 SFUSD teens to gain knowledge, learn new skills, reduce stigma around mental health, get helpful resources, and have fun!
  2. Apply now! UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) will be offering three paid science internships for high school students this year.  We welcome you to share our program flier and this recruitment video with your students! More information about each program is available on our website too. Please share this information with current 10th and 11th grade students who: 
    • Are from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM (individuals from historically marginalized racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, first-generation college students, individuals who reside with families who are low income or otherwise considered disadvantaged, individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+)
    • Are drawn to science, curious about science, and/or newly intrigued by science
    • Would benefit from participation in order to develop a sense of belonging in science and broaden their ideas about college and careers in the biomedical sciences or public health
    • Programs include: 
      1. High School Intern Program: 8-week summer internship for current juniors to learn how to conduct biomedical research, build science communication skills, and get support with the college application process. Deadline to apply: February 25th
      2. Teen Wellness Connection: 9-month program for current sophomores to learn about a wellness topic from UCSF researchers and scientists, collaborate as a team to plan a spring Wellness Summit for other teens, and build community with their peers with high schoolers across the city. This program begins with a 3-week summer intensive, then continues with bi-weekly meetings during the school year. Deadline to apply: February 25th
      3. Cellular Construction Workshop: 10-day workshop for current sophomores, juniors, and teachers! Participants explore cellular engineering by building robots to mimic cell behavior and use cellular engineering techniques to solve real-world problems. STEM teacher participants receive curriculum to use in their classrooms. Deadline to apply: February 25th

  3. Deadline approaching!  Additional UCSF Programs, Camps, Internships: 
    Summer Student Research Program (UCSF) (open to HS and undergraduate students) – NOW OPEN!  Bay Area high school students in their junior or senior year, with at least one completed year in math and biology OR undergraduate students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program 
    • Students must be 16 years of age or older by June 1st of the program year 
    • Internship is 9 weeks, June through August 
    • This is a paid internship 
    • Deadline: February 16th, 2024 by 11:59 pm 
    • Learn more here: https://summerstudents.ucsf.edu/ 


Summer Researchers in Global Health (UCSF) NOW OPEN! For rising SF Bay Area high school seniors interested in global health. 

CURE Internship (UCSF) NOW OPEN! -For SF Bay Area current high school juniors underrepresented in health careers 

  • Internship runs June 10th – August 2nd 2024 
  • Must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 
  • Must have completed Biology or Chemistry with a grade of B or better 
  • Must be able to commit 40 hours a week during summer 
  • Deadline: March 1st, 2024 by 11:59 pm 
  • Learn more here: https://cseo.ucsf.edu/cure-internship 


Brain Camp (UCSF) NOW OPEN! For SF Bay Area high school students. Priority for sophomores and juniors. 

  • Must have completed one high school science class 
  • Camp runs from July 22nd – July 27th 2024 
  • Deadline: March 28th, 2024 
  • Learn more here: https://ilovebraincamp.org/student-application  


UCSF Black Caucus Scholarship NOW AVAILABLE! Vivian T. Thomas Scholarship is open to African American/Black SF Bay Area high school senior students in accredited high schools


  1. NEW! Willie Mays Scholars: The newest scholarship program of the Giants Community Fund, provides strong support for Black youth in San Francisco. Through an eight-year commitment, the Willie Mays Scholars program creates opportunities for our youth to not only overcome racial and educational inequities, but to succeed in high school, college and beyond. Applications deadline 3/1/24. More information and application link. Please share with 9th grade students. 

  2. NEW! SAGE (Science Accelerating Girls’ Engagement) offers FREE one-week summer camps hosted by three U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories in the Bay Area:
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab: June 9-15
    • SLAC National Accelerator Lab: June 23-29
    • Lawrence Livermore National Lab: July 7-14
      Who can apply? Current 9-11th grade high school students in Northern California who are curious about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that impact our community and the world.
      1. Applications are now open. There is a single online application for the 3 Bay Area camps. Deadline: March 15, 2024! 
      2.  To facilitate post-camp networking and activities, participants will be assigned a camp based on proximity.
      3. Website: https://mysagejourney.org/ - info on camps: https://mysagejourney.org/summer-camps 
      4. Contact: info@mySAGEjourney.org


  1. Marine Science Sundays @ The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) : Join us in person at the TMMC hospital and visitor center in Sausalito on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Anyone can participate in the program, but you must reserve a general admission ticket to visit The Marine Mammal Center that day. 
    • Feb 25 at 12pm or 2pm  |  Parents and Pups
    • Mar 10 at 12pm or 2pm  |  Super Seals
    • Mar 24 at 12pm or 2pm  |  Super Seals
    • Apr 14 at 12pm or 2pm  |  Magnificent Migrations
    • Apr 28 at 12pm or 2pm  |  Magnificent Migrations
    • May 12 at 12pm or 2pm  |  Saving Species
    • May 26 at 12pm or 2pm  |  Saving Species

  2. Applications are now open! Careers in Science - Paid Internship at California Academy of Sciences. Careers in Science is a multi-year, year-round, paid internship and youth development program for San Francisco high school students who come from communities underrepresented in STEM, including girls and students of color. To be eligible for the program, applicants must:
    • Be currently enrolled full time as a 9th or 10th grade student in an SFUSD school
    • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 and a grade of C or higher in science and math
    • Be able to obtain a valid work permit (US citizens and others authorized to work in the US)
    • Commit to all attendance requirements for 2 or 3 years, through high school graduation
    • Be able to commute to the Academy and nearby locations after school and on Saturdays during the school year, and on weekdays in the summer (some remote work may be required)
    • Demonstrate interest and enthusiasm for learning, teaching, and doing science

Application period: February 2-April 5. Selected applicants will be required to attend an in-person group interview on April 27, 2024. More information and application. 


  1. The 2024 Science Without Borders Challenge is now open! The theme for this year’s Challenge is “Hidden Wonders of the Deep.” The international art contest invites students worldwide to showcase their creativity by depicting the mysterious and unique creatures or ecosystems found in the deep sea. Through their artwork, students will have the opportunity to highlight the beauty and diversity that often goes unnoticed in these fascinating underwater worlds. Learn about the theme. The Science Without Bordersâ Challenge is open to all students worldwide who are 11-19 years old and enrolled in primary or secondary school (or the home-school equivalent). $500 prize!! Deadline: March 4, 2024More information here


Teacher Opportunities!  Be sure to check the Bay Area Science Calendar for additional science-related events and activities. 


  1. Exploratorium 2024 Summer Institute Applications Now Open!
    • Summer Institute for Teachers Application: The application for our Summer Institute for Teachers is now open! The 2024 Summer Institute will take place in person at the Exploratorium weekdays, 9am to 3:30pm, from June 10–28. Applications due by March 4, 2024. More information & application

    • Early Career Teacher Program: We are welcoming a new cohort into our newly designed Early Career Science Teacher (ECT) Program this summer. This two-year program is specifically designed for SF Bay Area secondary science teachers (grades 6–12) who have already completed 2–3 full years of classroom teaching and are seeking ways to deepen their expertise in phenomenon-based teaching, pedagogical practices, student engagement, and classroom equity.
      Teachers who are accepted to the program will begin with the three-week 2024 Summer Institute, which will take place weekdays 9am to 3:30pm from June 10–28 at the Exploratorium. 

  2. NEW! From Empathy to Youth Action: Telling Stories About Climate Change, In person workshop for grade 6-12 educators ($35), March 9, 9am-3:30pm PST.  Teaching climate change can feel overwhelming. How can teachers and students approach climate content with hope and action? And what role does empathy and student voice play in solving the climate crisis? Join the California Academy of Sciences and KQED for a climate workshop that combines science, pedagogy, and media-making! Attending can count toward your 18 Paid PD Hours!

  3. BioRETs INSPIRE program. Recruiting middle and high school life science teachers for a transformative lab-based experience at Stanford

INSPIRE Highlights:

  • Open to Bay Area, 7th-12th grade, life science/Biology teachers
  • Summer 2024: 6 weeks of research, weekly professional development, and a supportive community
  • 2024-2025 School year: scientist visits, virtual coaching
  • $8,000 stipends + $2,600 for supplies
  • Application deadline: March 15th, 2024

Details and the application can be found on the Stanford INSPIRE website.


  1. NEW! Teach Biology at Summer Academy for Integrated Language Learning (SAILL)! This will be SAILL’s (+EL Village) 10th summer providing newcomer multilingual learner students with an opportunity to earn additional high school credits, continue developing their English language skills, and access socio-emotional services during the summer. SAILL will be at  Balboa High School this summer from June 12-July 19, 2024 
    • A big component of SAILL is professional development and collaboration and to this end, we have some spring afternoons and summer days planned to get ready for SAILL. (Spring PD: March 21st, April 18th, May 9th - 4:30-6:30pm (via zoom) & June 6th, 10th, 11th, 9:00am - 2:30pm (Balboa High School). The compensation amounts to about $11,000! (details below).
    • Compensation: $53.63 per hour for teachers and counselors: Total of 168 hours of work; 6 hours per day x 25 days of instruction, plus 3 PD/prep days (June 6, June 10 & June 11).
    • Extended hours for additional professional development will be paid as a stipend based on the extended hour rate. (One additional hour a day 2:00-3:00pm for team collaboration and additional hours for spring and post-SAILL curriculum prep and curriculum revisions, $2,000 stipend). 
    • To apply, please complete the online application here bit.ly/2024SAILL_Certificated by Friday, February 23, 2024. (See OASIS job posting here).  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about the program, gottesfelda@sfusd.edu.


  1. HHMI Workshops! Consider participating in an HHMI workshop this spring. Dates and times below. All workshops are hosted virtually via Zoom. Attending can count toward your 18 Paid PD Hours!

2/22/24, 7-8:30pm EST: Exploring Habitat Fragmentation with HHMI BioInteractive

2/29/24, 7-8:30pm EST: Exploring the Evolution of Human Skin Color through the Science Practices with HHMI BioInteractive Resources

And more! 


  1. Applications now open! Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science, a free, three-day, grant-funded professional development opportunity for middle and high school science educators, based at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California, with all room and board included. More information about this AMAZING professional development. Apply here!

  2. Ventures Foundation Grants for Teachers are small - easy to get - grants for teachers. You can apply for more than one grant at a time. If you get a grant you need to do a small impact report (like you might have to do with Donors Choose). Check out the grant website here


  1. NEW! Check out these free KQED resources for STEM Educators here. These are resources for Winter-Spring 2024, but be on the lookout for more resources and opportunities in the future.

Safety Updates

  1. Chemical and Biological Waste: Thank you Department Chairs/Leads/Reps for updating information on our Hazardous Waste Pickup Form. All waste was picked up from sites over Fall and Winter Breaks! As always, please be sure that you have a safe space for your waste for this semester and keep your new Hazardous Waste form up-to-date. Our spring pickups will happen during Spring Break or Summer Break 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Lewis (lewise2@sfusd.edu).

  2. Safety Materials: Please make sure to request any labels or containers that you might need for newly generated waste.  You can also request class sets of goggles or broken glass containers. Also, please make sure you update the status of safety equipment in your classroom. 


  1. Science Safety Resources (student contracts, letters, assessments, etc.) are available to you. Safety is an essential part of all sciences classes. All students should be provided with a contract, participate in safety lessons, and pass a safety quiz at the beginning of the year. Please note this requires use of a district login. 

Accessing HS Science Curriculum 

All staff with sfusd.edu email addresses have access to the SFUSD Science Core Curriculum


Students must be logged in to their SFUSD student accounts to access their science books. Link: https://www.sfusd.edu/learning/curriculum/high-school/science. Do not share teacher links with students. They will be denied access. 


If you have a student teacher or know of a new teacher without an SFUSD email that needs access, please email Eric Lewis (lewise2@sfusd.edu) with their google email and the circumstances. 


Teacher Editions (TEs): You can access all student and teacher editions electronically via Google Drive. If you are new to a site, please check-in with your science department chair/lead about a printed teacher edition. 


This page was last updated on February 13, 2024