SFUSD Core Values
SFUSD Insider - April 2021
Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews

Dear SFUSD Colleagues,


George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer in May of last year sparked our ongoing movement for racial justice. Today and every day, we recognize that Black Lives Matter and SFUSD is dedicated to providing an education for each and every student that contributes to an anti-racist, fair, and just society. We invite our staff, students and families to continue engaging in dialogue about the relationship between white supremacy, white privilege, racism and police violence in a developmentally and socially responsive way. We continue to share resources with educators to hold a space for all of the feelings and thoughts related to current events.


Thank you for all that you're doing in support of students during this time.



Dr. Matthews

SFUSD School Librarians Get Creative During Pandemic
A female educator smiles with a young male student.

April is School Libraries Month and we celebrate our teacher librarians all year long. At SFUSD, all of our school librarians are credentialed teachers who plan diverse learning experiences to inspire equitable, active student participation.

During the past year, school librarians have shifted their roles to meet the students’ distance learning needs: providing literacy instruction to small groups of students, creating video tutorials to help families access ebooks, and recording read alouds of engaging and culturally responsive books to support classroom instruction. Our librarians have created virtual spaces for students to connect outside of class: clubs for tinkering, crafting, and of course, reading. So far this year, our librarians have mailed over 4,000 books directly to students’ homes. Read more about our SFUSD school librarians.


Thank you to our teacher librarians for everything you do!

Share Your In-Person Learning Highlights #SFUSDReturnSafelyTogether

We’re excited to see how you and your school are returning safely for in-person learning as well as continuing distance learning!


Share pictures, videos, and stories by mentioning @SFUnified on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and using the hashtags #WeAreSFUSD and/or #SFUSDReturnSafelyTogether.


You may also share the following suggested copy and images on your school’s social media channels or your personal ones.


If you/your school is not on social media and you have any pictures/videos you’d like for us to see and/or potentially share on SFUSD channels, please email them to the Communications Office at newsline@sfusd.edu.

Celebrating 30 Years of LGBTQ Student Services
This month, SFUSD is proud to honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning members of our community in celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month. For 30 years since 1991, LGBTQ Student Services has remained resolved to making all our schools welcoming and affirming for LGBTQ students and families. Learn more about how LGBTQ Student Services aims to support educators with tools and resources.
Thank You, Administrative Professionals!
Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated on April 21 and we are sending a big thank you to all of our school secretaries, attendance clerks, central office admin staff, and administrative support staff! From keeping our schedules on track to managing budgets and anything and everything in between, we appreciate your work every day and all you do to keep us moving forward.
Ben Klaus
We are excited to help students rebuild the relationship they have with school from the home context and back to the community of a school learner’s context.”
- Ben Klaus, Principal, Jose Ortega ES

Pirette McKamey, Mission HS Principal, Wins RAVE

Pirette McKamey, Principal at Mission High School, was nominated for her commitment to social justice by being a leader in anti-racist teaching.

According to her nomination, in the summer of 2020, as the nation was in agony over the incidents of racism in our country, Ms. McKamey brought comfort to people across the nation by talking about her work on NPR and writing about her work in The Atlantic. 

Check out our other RAVE winners and nominees, or nominate an outstanding colleague or team who models the core values we are all RAVE-ing about.

Congratulations to the ASCA Region 5 2020-21 Awardees

The ACSA Region 5 2020-2021 Awardees are being recognized for their outstanding leadership this past year:

  • Elementary School Principal of the Year, Nancy Bui, Rooftop Elementary School

  • Elementary School Principal of the Year and State ACSA Awardee, Peter van Court, Clarendon Alternative Elementary School and 

  • Secondary Principal of the Year, Freedom Siyam, Balboa High School

Additionally, the ASCA Regiona 5 is recognizing Abraham Lincoln High School’s Monia Walker, the 2020-2021 Every Student Succeeding Award recipient. 


A virtual Celebration of Leadership will take place on Tuesday, April 27 at 6:00 PM. If you would like to attend this awards celebration, please email Andy Ishibashi at andybashi@yahoo.com by April 23, 2021.

Foodwise Teens program featured on ABC7 News - Students from The Academy - San Francisco @ McAteerJohn O’Connell High School, and Mission High School worked at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market as part of CUESA's Foodwise Teens, a paid job training program where teens build skills to sustain healthy lives and a healthy planet. Students were paid stipends funded by the Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax (SDDT) a.k.a Soda Tax. This is an SFUSD Wellness Policy student project.

SFUSD science teachers in Bay Area Parent Magazine - SFUSD increased efforts to improve science education online by creating interactive experiences for students learning remotely through multimedia, simulations, recorded demos of lab experiments and guest speakers. Evan Mundahl from Philip and Sala Burton Academic High School and Anya Schwanes from Galileo Academy of Science and Technology were interviewed as part of the article.

Be in the Know
2021-2022 School Year Begins Aug. 16 - The 2021-22 school year starts on Aug. 16, 2021. Access the academic calendar.

Research Presentation of SFUSD Personalized Learning Environments Pilot - Register now for a presentation and discussion of research titled, " SFUSD Personalized Learning Environments Pilot: Lessons from teachers’, students’, and families’ experiences during distance learning ." This presentation will explore the findings from a study of the SFUSD teachers, students, and families who participated in the  Personalized Learning Environments pilot. The SFUSD leaders and Stanford researchers will share preliminary findings from their study of these teachers', students', and families’ experiences during distance learning. Implications for future practice will be discussed. The event will take place on Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 11:00 am -12:00 pm over Zoom.


Use Your 18 Paid Educator PD Hours - Certificated, classified and early education educators represented by UESF have 18 Paid PD Hours they can utilize for professional learning through June 2021 (see List of Qualifying UESF staff).

Make Sure You Are Receiving OASIS Employee Announcement Emails - SFUSD now uses a system called Benchmark to send out the weekly OASIS employee announcement email to all employees. If you are not receiving the OASIS email, you may have unsubscribed at some point. To re-subscribe, email support@benchmarkemail.com and ask to re-subscribe to emails from oasis@sfusd.edu.
Special Opportunity for SFUSD Employees - National University is offering SFUSD employees a 25% tuition reduction to staff looking to expand their knowledge and skills for professional and personal growth.
Cecile Labertino  

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Earth Day Every Day Resources - Check out these links to lessons, units, challenges, contests, professional learning and more. From climate and environmental justice to zero waste to food sovereignty, you'll find resources for K-12 appropriate for in-person, hybrid and distance learning. Earth Day is Thursday, April 22.
Superintendent's Leadership Fellows Application Now Open - Fellows is a group of site and central office leaders who serve as a district-level ILT. They meet for monthly 3-hour sessions and an annual retreat, from August 2021 through May 2023. Applications are due on May 7. All administrators are welcome to apply.
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