Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Commodore Sloat students wax poetical about the Giants

When an event as momentous as the Giants reaching the World Series occurs, mere accolades won't do. No, one needs something truly epic to commemorate the occasion.

And by epic, I mean class poetry assignments.

Commodore Sloat Elementary School in San Francisco had its third- and fourth-graders write baseball poems to honor their Giants. To read the poems at click here.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Mayor Newsom gets mobbed during his visit to Alamo elementary

Did you feel the electricity this morning? Mayor Gavin Newsom was in the Richmond District at Alamo Elementary School (250 23rd Avenue) today for the statewide “Shakeout” earthquake drill.

After ducking under a desk during the drill and communicating the importance of earthquake safety and preparedness,Newsom headed out into the schoolyard during recess.

To read more, visit the Richmond district blog.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Results of student mock elections

Students in the San Francisco Unified School District want to legalize marijuana, allow noncitizen parents to vote and reelected Hydra Mendoza to the school board, according results from a mock election held last week.

More than 8,000 high school students weighed in on one federal race, seven state races, three state propositions, four local propositions, the Board of Education and the Board of Supervisors.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Garcia warns school cuts may not be over

Though California finally has a state budget, the superintendent of San Francisco schools warns the district it does not mean the cuts are over.

Superintendent Carlos Garcia told the members of the San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education Tuesday night that the “fine print” of the budget still needed to be reviewed and if the state does not get anticipated funding, more cuts could be on the way.

“This budget is based on optimistic assumptions that we will get federal money,” he said. “We could face cuts again if we don’t get it.”

Read more in the Examiner.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

June Jordan high school: success or failure?

June Jordan School for Equity has been touted as a shining star of San Francisco public high schools and a national example of how limiting enrollment and tailoring instruction to the needs of individuals can push struggling students into college.

The school, which opened seven years ago, boasts small class sizes and an adviser for every 16 students, plus a college counselor. June Jordan's funding of more than $11,000 for each of the 241 students, which comes from public and private sources, exceeds what most other district students get.

Read more in the SF Chronicle

SF creates city-funded account for school children

A new program to help youngsters pay for their college education is getting underway in San Francisco. It's called Kindergarten to College.

San Francisco is the first city in the nation to create a city-funded savings account for school children. The pilot program will kick off with 1,200 kindergartners or about one-fourth of those enrolled in public schools.

"The only way school districts are successful is when the entire city, communities get behind them and start believing in the children," San Francisco Schools Superintendent Carlos Garcia said.

Watch the story on ABC 7 News

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

S.F. 1st U.S. city to start college savings plan

Ingrid Lopez just started kindergarten at San
Francisco's Sanchez Elementary School, but she
already has big plans.

"She's saying, 'I will buy you a car, mom,' "
chuckled her mother, Julissa Cruz, who walks
or takes public transportation to pick up her daughter from the school near Dolores Park.

Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle

Teachers Petition Against Drop in Funding at Moscone Elementary

Teachers and parents at Moscone Elementary School are rallying together to petition their opposition to the school’s budget that is $47,000 less than last year because fewer students are enrolled.

Read more in the Mission Local