Monday, January 31, 2011

Closing the Achievement Gap, One 'A' at a Time

Early Friday morning Darrell* cracks open the classroom door for a second time here at Mission High. Darrell's nervous. He's been making progress and getting steady B's lately in Robert Roth's Honors History class, but today there's an hour and a half long history test. He's arranged to spend extra time with Mr. Roth this morning reviewing the material.

Find out how Darrell did on his test on

Mission High and Mother Jones online

Mother Jones online has a reporter, Kristina Rizga, 'embedded' at Mission High School. Her first post was back in December 2010. You can follow her experiences in an urban public high school on Mother Jones online.

Schools Closed Feb 3 and 4

All SFUSD schools will be closed Thursday February 3rd for Lunar New Year.

All SFUSD schools and administrative offices will be closed to the public and staff on Friday February 4th, 2011 due to a District-wide Furlough day.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hundred-Year-Old time capsule opened at Cleveland Elementary

January 26, 2011 - Cleveland elementary school opened up a time capsule that had been buried behind the cornerstone since 1910.

What did they find in there?

Follow the coverage:

The Chronicle
ABC7 News
KGO TV and Radio

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Changes in Public School Transportation

The big yellow school bus is becoming an increasingly rare sight on California's roadways, sidelined to save money in an era of unprecedented education budget cuts.

Read more: Jill Tucker in The Chronicle.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Where San Francisco students go to middle school up for debate

A new enrollment process, approved in March by the Board of Education, more heavily weighs where a student lives during the elementary school selection. And it allows for all the students at primary schools to have a guaranteed spot at a middle school. The elementary school-to-middle school flow is called a pathway.

Read more by Andrea Koskey in the San Francisco Examiner

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Starbelly Chef Works With Local Schoolchildren To Raise Money For Their Garden

Community members will be treated to a feast tonight, thanks to the work of local elementary school students.

Chef Adam Timney from Starbelly, a restaurant in the Castro District, will be making a ravioli dinner for a fundraiser to benefit Sanchez Elementary School.

Read more in SFAppeal.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Final countdown for families to pick schools | San Francisco Examiner

By Feb. 18, applications for the San Francisco Unified School District’s student assignment are due to the main office.

That leaves six weeks for parents to tour schools, question parents and principals about curriculum and rank elementary, middle or high schools by choice.

Read more at: San Francisco Examiner

Monday, January 3, 2011

Language skills not the only benefit of SFUSD immersion program!

Fairmount School yields bilingual dishes

When we enrolled our children at our San Francisco neighborhood elementary school, Fairmount, there were lots of good reasons. . .But I had a secret agenda that had little to do with the girls' education: The school community was known for its food.

Read more in the Chronicle.