SFUSD Insider - Winter 2023
Dear SFUSD Colleagues:

We’re coming up on that time of year when we gather together with our friends and family to celebrate the holidays, reflect on the past year, and reset our focus for the new year. I want to share how grateful I am for your hard work and dedication to San Francisco public school students and families. Each week I make a few visits to schools, where I get to learn about our school communities and watch as students are engaged and learning in the classroom and schoolyard. I know we are united in our shared goal of providing our students with an excellent education to eliminate inequitable outcomes.


Finally, I’d like to take a moment to wish you and your family a healthy and safe holiday season. I hope you can take time to rest and practice self care over Winter Break.

Dr. Matt Wayne headshot


In Community,

Dr. Wayne

Featured in this month's SFUSD Insider:
Inclusive Schools Week
Inclusive Schools Week Dec. 4-8

SFUSD celebrates this annual opportunity for students, families and staff to come together to honor students with disabilities as full members of school communities. Check out SFUSD's Inclusion Resource Guide for inspiration during Inclusive Schools Week and all year long! There are also sample plans for schools across all grade levels to support ideas and activities in the classroom, playgrounds, and elsewhere on campuses.

June Jordan School for Equity
5-Year Soda Tax Anniversary 

This year marks the 5-year anniversary of San Francisco’s Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax (SF Soda Tax) Initiative, a 1 cent per ounce fee on the initial distribution of drinks with added sugar. Soda Tax dollasrs directly fund SFUSD and youth-serving organizations. On Nov. 9, June Jordan School for Equity hosted an event featuring sugary drink education activities, a smoothie bike demonstration, and water tastings with herbs from the garden.


Shirley Chisholm Village


Shirley Chisholm Village, with 135 units of affordable rental housing, is expected to open and welcome its first residents in fall 2024. Applications will be available starting in early 2024. SFUSD educators and employees will be prioritized in the lottery application process. Attend an informational session to learn more about Shirley Chisholm Village and the application and eligibility process. Register here

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, 5:30-7:00 pm at 555 Franklin Street
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, 5:30-7:00 pm at 555 Franklin Street


Shirley Chisholm Village rendering
Bond 2024

General Obligation Bond 2024


SFUSD is preparing to introduce a general obligation bond to the SF Board of Education for consideration and placement on the Nov. 5, 2024 ballotLearn more about capital planning, the SFUSD Facilities Master Plan and priorities for the upcoming bond measure.

SFUSD High School Portfolio Recommendations


After carefully reviewing recommendations from the High School Task Force, a synthesis of learnings from an extensive year-long process of engaging the community and examining SFUSD’s high school programs, Dr. Wayne and staff shared recommendations on how to re-envision SFUSD's high schools to improve student outcomes. Key recommendations include high-quality teaching and learning strategies as integral to high school instruction and a framework to align student passion with a trajectory of lifelong success. 
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Frank Lemon
In Memoriam
We are saddened to learn that Frank Lemon, a beloved Zum bus driver who served his community in San Francisco for more than 50 years, has died. He was 72.


Stepping up as a mentor to students on his bus, Frank became active in the 100% College Prep Institute, an organization that helps San Francisco’s historically underserved communities begin and complete post-secondary education or vocational training. Each year Frank took a group of high school students on college preparatory tours; last year they traveled to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Frank was a treasured father, musician and friend to all who knew him. An accomplished drummer, Frank was also a pillar in the music community and played with several bands over the years.


Frank brought so much joy to the thousands of students he drove on his bus over the years, as well as to his friends and colleagues. We are grateful for the time he spent with us at Zum, and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. 

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