SFUSD Insider - February 2022
Dear SFUSD Colleagues:

As a school district that values diversity, we believe Black History should be celebrated 365 days a year — 366 in a leap year. The diverse histories, experiences, stories and voices of Black people should be recognized, honored, and uplifted every day.


To get the ideas flowing, check out our updated San Francisco Unified School District Black History Month Resource Guide. This guide is a compilation of resources that educators can incorporate into units and lessons throughout the year.


In closing I want to wish a Happy Lunar New Year and Gong Hei Fat Choy to everyone who is celebrating! In this year of the Tiger, let’s live our shared SFUSD value of fearlessness! 

In Community,

Dr. Matthews

Featured in this month's Insider Newsletter:
Celia Yu
Celia Yu, Administrative Assistant at Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila, Wins RAVE
Celia Yu, Administrative Assistant at Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila, was nominated for being student-centered.
According to her nomination, Ms. Yu "greets everyone with a smile and always has a positive attitude. She has extraordinary patience with all the students. She knows the school inside and out and can remember everyone's name. Kids feel comfortable with Ms. Yu and know that she will take care of them."
Read about colleagues who have been nominated and those who have won a RAVE award. You can nominate any district employee or team for recognition (except for yourself or an entire school).
Celebrating SFUSD School Counselors
February 7-11, 2022 is National School Counseling Week, a time to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. 

Here at SFUSD, we know that school counselors are an essential part of the school community. SFUSD has a central office, the Office of Counseling and Post-Secondary Success, that advocates to bring the work that our 140 site school counselors do everyday to the forefront, and empowers counselors to lead their work and become more visible in their school communities. 

Intent to Apply: California Community Schools Partnership Program
Consistent with the district’s long standing commitment, SFUSD has applied in the past for state funding to support Community Schools and intends to apply in the future. At this time there is not yet an open state grant application though one is anticipated in the coming weeks. Once it is available, SFUSD stands ready to apply on behalf of our schools if they meet the eligibility requirements specified in the grant. Learn more in the SFUSD Employee portal.
Support for the Retiring Process
Thinking about retiring? We have many resources to support you! Webinars! Bonuses! Counseling appointments! Certificated employees must submit your paperwork by Feb. 4, 2022 to receive a $1,000 bonus. Certificated employees who submit their retirement paperwork by March 1, 2022 will receive a $500 bonus.
Join us for interactive sessions on Feb. 16 (Zoom) and March 16 (Zoom), from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Where to Send Your Questions


We appreciate your patience as we navigate this shift to our new employee management system. Continue to use our email addresses for specific questions and we will endeavor to get back to you as quickly as possible:
Possible Staffing Changes
Due to significant district-wide budget reductions, we are facing the possibility of staffing reductions through layoffs. Please see Dr. Matthews’ email from Jan. 28 for more information. We will hold two information sessions for UESF members about potential layoffs on Feb. 15 (Zoom) and March 3 (Zoom). You can also review this Screencast which outlines the staffing processes happening this spring. Dates for information sessions about layoffs for unrepresented employees or employees in other bargaining units are forthcoming.
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African American Honor Roll


The San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators presents the 28th African American Honor Roll for all SFUSD students of African American descent in grades 3-12 who have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This year's event will take place on Zoom over three days.


Feb. 15 - ES students

Feb. 16 - MS students

Feb. 17 - HS students

Presidents' Day Holiday


All SFUSD schools and offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 21 in observance of Presidents' Day.


SFUSD Wellness Wednesdays


The past two years have asked educators and school support providers to rise to the occasion and you have! You have been holding it down for your students, colleagues, and school community through this unprecedented time. Come join us in partnership with The Teaching Well for an Educator & Schools' Support Provider Replenishment Series (55-minute sessions per week for six weeks) focused on reclaiming joy, navigating stress, and tending to healthy relationships. 


Please note: These sessions will be held virtually, via Zoom. No more than 50 people will be in a session.

Educator Night at the American Conservatory Theater


Live theater is back at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and SFUSD educators plus one adult guest are invited to a performance of Freestyle Love Supreme! at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Teaching and Learning Collaboration Program


With the transition back from winter break, students need reminders of classroom norms and expectations. Reflect with a collaborative colleague from the Teacher and Learning Collaborative Program on classroom practices and feedback systems with students for positive behavioral support to establish and maintain classroom culture. Tenured teachers with satisfactory or above evaluations may reach out via https://bit.ly/TeachLearnCollaborate.

SFUSD Employee Referral Program


One of the most effective ways in identifying talent for our school system is for current educators to share opportunities within SFUSD with their networks. Check out this step-by-step guide for you to refer to SFUSD career opportunities within your network.

Attend a Three-Day Summer Institute on the Amplify Science Units


Join a three-day Summer Institute and take a deep dive into one of the Amplify Science units for your grade level. The institute is organized by the Science and Health Education Partnership at UCSF and is being taught by SFUSD teacher leaders with extensive experience teaching Amplify Science in their classrooms.

Labor Updates


This Addendum #3 to the Health and Safety Agreement was entered into between SFUSD and each of its unions.
SFUSD and UESF agreed that due to pandemic-related increases in workload, to suspend evaluations on a limited basis from January 2022 through June 2022.
Superintendent Matthews, Board President Lopez, Dr. Woolridge of UCSF and students at Malcolm X Academy engage in a Q&A about the COVID vaccine. Media are in the background.
SFUSD's Graduation Rate Rises to 88.3%
Over the past decade, SFUSD has developed and implemented systems to better identify and track the progress of students towards graduation including the development of on-track off-track measures for early intervention. 
SFUSD is Changing its Student Assignment System
SFUSD is overhauling the way it assigns new elementary students to schools. The biggest change to the new system is in its zone-based structure — families will only be able to attend schools within their designated zones.
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