Fall 2023 Welcome Back Letter
August 2, 2023,
We are so excited to welcome students back for the 2023-24 school year in a few short weeks. The first day of classes will start on Wednesday, August 16, at 9:30 am. We know that building a strong relationship with you is essential and that family and community support and collaboration are crucial to student success. As partners we can make our school vision a reality for all our students.
APG School Vision: Our students will be critical thinkers, globally conscious, and lifelong learners. They will be successful practitioners of their chosen careers and life callings. They will be impactful members of their communities who have the tools to work for justice for all.
Please join us in welcoming our new Assistant Principal, Dr. Christina Jung!
Dr. Jung is a native San Franciscan and a product of SFUSD. She has worked in SFUSD for over 20 years, teaching and coaching various grade levels spanning pre-K to fifth grade. Most recently, she has served as an assistant principal at Dianne Feinstein Elementary School. She has also served as an instructional reform facilitator and curriculum developer for SFUSD’s On-Demand Learning Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, a multiple subject credential with an emphasis in early childhood education, and an administrative credential from San Francisco State University. Dr. Jung also earned a doctorate of education in the Organization and Leadership program with a concentration in digital technologies in teaching and learning at the University of San Francisco in May of 2022. Her research interests include equity and access in urban communities, integrating digital instruction into the classroom, promoting innovation and 21st-century learning, and developing community-wide partnerships to address gaps created in public education impacting our most vulnerable children. In her free time, she loves snuggling with her 13-year-old Maltipoo, engaging her core at Mighty Pilates and SoulCycle, and streaming away on Netflix. She is also a member on the board of directors of SteppingStone, an adult day health care program in San Francisco that is designed to provide enhanced services and resources for older adults with disabilities and Alzheimer’s.
We know you have questions about returning to school. Please visit the links below and follow up with us if you have other questions:
6th GRADE ORIENTATION: There will be a 6th-grade orientation on Friday, August 11, 2023, between 9:00-11:00 to support students and their families as they transition to middle school. (Families and Students should attend). Flyer
Student Class Schedules: All student schedules will be accessible in Synergy by Monday, August 14. Parents and students must be signed up in ParentVUE and StudentVUE to access student schedules through Synergy. The Counseling Department will support students and families signing up for ParentVUE and accessing Synergy the week of August 10th. Please be on the lookout for your ParentVUE activation code, which is being shared by the district. Our school counselors can assist with the activation code as well.
We welcome you to a new school year on behalf of the faculty, administration, and staff.
Tai Schoeman, Principal
Heidi Smoot, Assistant Principal
Dr. Christina Jung, Assistant Principal
See link for: Essential Information to Begin the Year
A.P. Giannini Middle School, located in the Sunset District of San Francisco, is a rich and culturally diverse student body reflecting the remarkable city in which we live.
We have a wide variety of programs and methods designed to meet student needs and we believe in making a big school small where 6th grade students are in self-contained or core classes, and 7th grade students are in teams. We place our 8th grade students in individual classes to prepare them for high school.
AP Giannini is known for excellence in academics with programs servicing GATE, ELL, and Special Education students. We have an award-winning music program that offers choir, orchestra, and band, and a unified arts program with drama, art, and guitar.
We have something for every student at AP Giannini. Our students can select from an assortment of school clubs, join sports teams and lunchtime intramural sports, become involved in the student council, represent AP Giannini in community activities such as cleanup day, and participate in a full elective program that performs at many venues throughout San Francisco.
Our families and community are an integral part of the academic, social, physical and emotional success we experience at AP Giannini. We rely on our community and encourage everyone to join the PTA and contribute to the Jaguar Fund. In addition, A.P. Giannini has an active School Site Council that utilizes a site-based management model where we promote a standards-based curriculum, equitable access to resources, and community-based partnerships.
I invite you to spend some time getting to know AP Giannini Middle School and learning about the numerous and wide-ranging offerings we have in our remarkable community.
Tai Schoeman, Principal
Digital media and technology are evolving at a dizzying pace, both unlocking extraordinary opportunities and posing real risks for young people. Students are using the immense power of the internet and mobile technology to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined, both in and out of the classroom. At the same time, tech use can bring up ethical challenges such as cyberbullying and misinformation and health issues related to media balance and social and emotional well-being. APG sees these as teachable moments. We believe that digital citizenship skills have become essential for students in the 21st century, especially this school year. That's why we are committed to teaching our students how to be digital learners, leaders, and citizens.
This page was last updated on August 9, 2023