Fall 2020 Welcome Back Letter
August 3, 2020
Welcome to the new school year! I never imagined that we would begin a school year without physically being in the building, but this is the reality for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. The first day of classes will start on Monday, August. 17, and it will be completely virtual. SFUSD has created a Fall 2020 Reopening Plan based on State and Federal guidelines. Included with this letter are essential elements from the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan to help answer questions that I know you must have. The Fall 2020 Plan will be guiding everything that we do in our distance learning model. You can find the complete document at the APG Website and SFUSD.
We are excited to partner with you during these critical years of your child’s life and during this unprecedented time in our history. As a parent of two elementary-aged children in SFUSD, I understand the challenges associated with distance learning, which is why our collaboration is even more critical. Family and community support and partnership are essential to student success, and together we can make our vision a reality.
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.
Virtual 6th GRADE ORIENTATION: To support both students and their families as they transition to middle school there will be a 6th-grade orientation on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, between 9:00-11:00 a.m. (This event is for both families and students) You will receive access to your child’s homeroom teacher and a Zoom ID/Password to join the virtual classroom orientation meeting. Both core teachers (SS/ELA & Math/SS) will host the meeting, and a representative from both the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), and P.E. teams will join the meeting to explain procedures and field questions as well.
FIRST DAY OF School Via Distance Learning: School begins on Monday, August 17, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Dismissal is at 2:35 p.m. (See Sunset Beacon for additional after school programming)
Student Class Schedules: All student schedules will be accessible in Synergy on Thursday, August 13. 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.
On behalf of the faculty, administration, and staff, we welcome you to a new school year. Please feel free to contact us at one of the numbers listed below if you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year: Attendance/Counseling Office 415-759-2773, Main Office 415-759-2770, Dean’s Office 415-759-2878.
Tai Schoeman, Principal
Gloria Minjares, Assistant Principal
Elena Rosen, Assistant Principal
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.