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Crowd shot at Kezar Stadium from 2021 high school graduation
photo: SFUSD High School Graduation Ceremony at Kezar Stadium, May 2021
Finishing the school year strong

Hello SFUSD High School Students,


We're just about three weeks away till the end of the school year! As you study for your finals, don't forget to take care of yourself as you celebrate yourself for how far you've come. May is National Mental Health Month as well as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, so it's a good time to go out for a walk, play your favorite sport, or ask for help if you need help. This month is also Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and all our schools are celebrating along with our city. Even more, May is a month of appreciation for teachers, principals, assistant principals, school nurses, Student Nutrition Services staff and other classified school staff such as security aides and custodians –– let them know how much you appreciate them!


This is the final SFUSD High School Student newsletter until the next school year. We wish you the best with your finals. To the Class of 2022, congratulations and good luck on your next endeavors! Thank you for reading and to those joining us next school year, see you then. To all –– have a great summer!


SFUSD is happy to bring you resources, information, and news every month through the High School Student Newsletter. Read all of the past issues on Please reach out with your input at if you have any suggestions or comments about the SFUSD High School Student Newsletter –– we welcome your ideas. 


In Community,

Karen at SFUSD Student News

Featured in this month's HS Student Newsletter:
SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews and the six winners of the Superintendent's 21st Century Awards
Congratulations to the Winners of the Superintendent's 21st Century Awards!
Six graduating high school seniors exemplifying the SFUSD Graduate Profile were awarded scholarships and honored on May 4. They were also featured on ABC7 News earlier this week.
  • Jazmine Guzman, John O'Connell High School
  • Zainab Wisniewski, SF International High School
  • Carlos Huang, Balboa High School
  • Un Ieng Sit, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
  • Joanne Yen, Abraham Lincoln High School
  • Tashi Gotlieb, Lowell High School
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Know Your Rights: Cyberbullying
SFUSD will address any inappropriate behavior that may arise in a virtual learning context, including online/cyber harassment. Harassment that occurs outside of school-facilitated virtual mediums that impact a student’s educational environment could also potentially violate the District’s sexual harassment, nondiscrimination, and/or bullying policies. This would include content shared using an SFUSD email or posted on a school online forum.
Suicide Prevention Resources
Suicide is a leading cause of death among youth. If you or someone you love is dealing with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues, here are some organizations that offer help.
Yellow ribbon for suicide prevention awareness
Graphic with text I Am an Influencer and link
Become an Influencer for Community Public Health!
Galería de la Raza and Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc. have partnered to launch a public health campaign titled “I Am An Influencer” with support from the San Francisco Department of Public Health. You, your friends and peers have been essential to the vaccination efforts in the past year, whether you helped your parents, grandparents, aunts, or uncles sign up for their first vaccine, or talked to them about why it was important to get vaccinated against COVID-19. You are influencers of community public health, and we are calling on you to proudly embrace this role and continue advocating for you and your community’s health. Become an influencer by reading and sharing the campaign’s digital toolkit, sharing our social media images with #BecomeAnInfluencer, or searching for a vaccination site for a family member. Resources are also available in Spanish.
Graduates from Class of 2021 throwing their caps in the air
2022 Graduation Ceremonies
High school graduation ceremonies will take place outdoors at the McAteer Campus Stadium and Kezar Stadium. Most ceremonies will also be livestreamed. If you have any questions, contact your school.
May 31 - June 2
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5-Week Summer Course on Skilled Trades


Are you interested in hands-on work? Skilled trade careers in the manufacturing, transportation, and water/wastewater sectors offer great benefits and opportunities for advancement. Learn more about these career opportunities in a 5-week (35
hours/week) summer program at Laney College in Oakland. Apply by May 15!


May 31 - July 1

San Francisco Young Planners Summer Program


Help plan the future of San Francisco! These internships will allow you to explore different parks and public spaces in San Francisco, learn about housing and transportation, and get involved in a city project. Open only to current high school students; must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate. Apply by May 27!


June 6 - August 5

Flyer for San Francisco Young Planners Summer 2022 Program
Illustration of teens for the tbh podcast
Apply for the KALW Summer Podcasting Institute 2022
Help amplify youth voices and produce the third season of the tbh podcast this summer! Be part of a cohort of students who will receive guidance in youth-led research, writing, and reporting, exploring how life has changed in the last two years for young people –– plus, receive a $1,250 stipend. Apply by May 22!
June 20 - July 29
Youth Jobs with CHALK
Be a leader among your peers as a paid community outreach worker, community funder, technology intern, or Hope SF Champion. CHALK will provide training. Apply by June 10 at 5PM!
CHALK logo
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More Summer Programs
If you're looking for other ways to stay busy over the summer, check out this regularly updated spreadsheet. Some programs even offer paid stipends!
Summer Stride 2022

Join Summer Stride, San Francisco’s biggest summer reading, learning and exploration program presented by the San Francisco Public Library. From June through August, enjoy: 

  • Author talks, reading lists and book giveaways 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning 
  • Mindful experiences in nature
Illustration of youth in a library
Attending a Four-Year University in the Fall?

Be sure to complete the necessary next steps that your colleges require. Did you confirm your financial aid offer? Did you register for an orientation? Did you apply for housing? Here is a checklist to guide you through these potential steps. Keep in mind that your college may have additional requirements, and the best way to know is to check your college portal regularly.
Applying to CCSF for Fall 2022

Seniors, it is not too late to apply and go to CCSF for the Fall 2022 semester. Fill out this application, complete the online orientation, meet with a CCSF counselor, and register for classes. 
Lowell students building a robot in school hallway
Lowell participates in robotics competition

The Lowell High School robotics team prepared for the Silicon Valley Regional First Robotics Competition last month.
SFUSD students take over KQED
Students like Emerald Yee from Abraham Lincoln High School gained experience in media and shared their stories as part of KQED's annual Youth Takeover.
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