We want to thank the students at Westborough Middle School for collecting much needed donations for the people who were displaced during the Middletown and Cobb Valley Fires. We want to thank Mrs. Nancy Pon for bringing this need to our attention along with Mr. Joe Toy and the Leadership students for putting the fundraiser together.
This is what community is all about, helping others no matter what!
El Camino High School Requests Community Mentors
September 9, 20
Would you like to help an El Camino Senior explore career options in your field? We are in need of Mentors from all professions to provide meaningful experiences to interested ...more
El Camino High School Stadium Lighting
South San Francisco, September 21, 2015
LED Stadium Lighting Project
You are invited to take part in our community project to add permanent LED lighting at the El Camino High school stadium. This project aims to bring science education, field upgrades and energy efficiency to South San Francisco.
With the addition of these LED stadium lights, our student athletes will be able to compete in the evenings and experience the thrill of performing when their parents and other community members can attend.
We are committed to ensuring that the questions and/or concerns of the community are addressed.
For more information contact: Daniel Lunt, Principal 650-877-8806 email@example.com
Substitutes are an important educational component in the South San Francisco Unified School District because teachers and paraprofessionals occasionally need a substitute for either professional or personal reasons.
To ensure that the district has a large pool of qualified substitutes available, our Human Resources department continually recruits substitute teachers and paraprofessionals.
Register for the 2nd Annual California Teachers Summit
Alta Loma Middle School (ALMS) After School Program will Transition to the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County
Two years ago at the request of community members and the SSFUSD Board of Trustees, the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County (B&GC) established an after school program at Alta Loma Middle School (ALMS). This pilot project was designed to meet current needs at ALMS. We are grateful for this opportunity, and for parent, Maria Vasquez in making this program happen.
Over the course of the last two years, it has been a collaborative effort between SSFUSD and B&GC to find ways to financially sustain this program. Unfortunately, we are unable to continue the program as it currently exists. Therefore, the program will not remain onsite at ALMS effective this upcoming school year. As an alternative, the Boys and Girls Club Staff are prepared to serve our ALMS families through their Teen Program, based at the Orange Park Clubhouse located at 201 W. Orange Avenue. Both the B&GC and SSFUSD firmly believe that ALMS students and parents have after school youth development programs as an option with which to participate. Both organizations remain committed to ensuring students have a place to attend for quality after school programs. Our commitment to serving the ALMS community has not changed. We are so excited and look forward to working together and providing the best possible out of school time programming for South San Francisco Unified School District middle schoolers at the Orange Park Clubhouse.
We are working through the details with B & G Club and SSFUSD is considering an option to provide financial assistance for transportation from ALMS to the Orange Park Clubhouse. We look forward to our continued partnership with B&G Club, students, and families.
Food Pantry: Free Monthly Distribution of Groceries, Fresh Fruits, and
May 11, 2016
Institute for Human and Social Development, Samaritan House, SSFUSD and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties continue to provide a school pantry distribution, for the community of South San Francisco, at the South San Francisco Adult School serving approximately 120 families. Distributions occur on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4:00 pm.
The food pantry distributions will continue throughout the summer months. These four partners are devoted to helping families who struggle with food insecurity.
Local Food Pantry will Continue Services Throughout the Summer
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties continue to provide a school pantry distribution, for the community of South San Francisco, at the South San Francisco Adult School serving approximately 120 families. Distributions occur on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (at 3pm).
The food pantry distributions will continue throughout the summer months. Second Harvest is devoted to helping families who struggle with food insecurity.
South San Francisco Unified School District is providing FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
For all children 18 years and under
From Monday – Friday
Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Lunch: 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
• At: Los Cerritos Elementary School, 210 W. Orange Ave, SSF from June 6 – July 15, 2016
• At: Martin Elementary School, 35 School Street, SSF from June 6 – July 8, 2016
• At: Spruce Elementary School, 501 Spruce Ave, SSF from June 6 – July 8, 2016 CLOSED ON MONDAY JULY 4, 2016
Attendance Matters Project Update
As the 2015-16 school year has come to a close, the Attendance Matters Project attendance study will also be completed soon. The Attendance Matters Project is an innovative year-long, collaborative research study with San Mateo County School Districts, the San Mateo County Office of Education, The Big Lift, and researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Many of our families have received survey information and other correspondence regarding the Attendance Matters Project from the San Mateo County Office of Education. This has helped the researchers to create and deliver helpful messages to parents.
As the study concludes, we want to take the opportunity to inform our families and community members of some of the anticipated remaining steps:
Please be aware that the Harvard University Research Team will be conducting phone surveys with families in the Kindergarten through 5th grade study to explore various student outcomes, including student attendance, parent beliefs, and academic performance. The university research team is collaborating with a phone vendor to conduct the survey. They will dial approximately 10,000 households of K-5 students across SMCOE beginning Tuesday, 5/31. The survey process expect to conclude by Sunday, 6/5. All dials will be made with a Bay Area area code and during reasonable daytime hours. In particular, the team will ask questions relevant to the Attendance Matters Project postcards that some parents may have received throughout the school year. The feedback will help the researchers understand the usefulness of the cards’ content, and will allow them to refine the messaging for future interventions.
Grades K-5 Mailings
Families included in the K-5 study should have received all their mailings for the year. The final and most recent postcard went out in May.
Grades 6-12 Mailings
The 6-12 study included an “Award” treatment in which students received certificates for perfect and improved attendance in the month of February. Approximately 3,200 students qualified for the Perfect Attendance award, while 2,000 students qualified for an Improved Attendance award. The Harvard team noted the high number of students qualifying for these recognitions. As a final mailing for this study, several households will receive a postcard.
The Attendance Matters Team and the South San Francisco Unified School District thank you for your participation in this countywide study!
Catherine Batang Selected to Play in Pebble Beach Golf Tourney
July 7, 2016
Catherine Batang, an outstanding golfer who finished her freshman year at South San Francisco High School in the spring, has been chosen to participate in the Nature Valley First Tee Open Pro/Am Tournament in Pebble Beach in September. She has been a participant in the First Tee development program for young golfers in San Francisco. In her first season at South San Francisco High, she finished fourth in the Peninsula Athletic League tourney.
Kent Award Winners Honored
Two District programs received Kent Awards this year. Martin Elementary School was honored for their Family Stories and Baden High School was recognized for their program with the Peninsula Humane Society.
SSFUSD Announces Three Administrative Appointments
May 31, 2016
The South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees has made three administrative appointments announced at its May 26 meeting.
The appointments are:
Jason Brockmeyer as Director of Innovation, Community Outreach and Special Projects. Most recently, he has been serving as Principal at Jefferson High School in Daly City.
April Holland as Principal at Westborough Middle School. She also comes to South San Francisco from the Jefferson Union High School District where she has been a Vice Principal of Administration.
Dr. Loraine Rossi De Campos as Assistant Principal at South San Francisco High School. She is a former special education teacher in South San Francisco and has been working as an Assistant Principal in the San Carlos Elementary School District.
All three individuals will begin their posts in South San Francisco when the 2016-17 academic year commences July 1.
SSFUSD Seniors Reap Rich Harvest of Scholarships
High school seniors in the South San Francisco Unified School District have reaped a rich harvest of scholarships this year. The Class of 2016, in total, has accumulated nearly $1.5 million in monetary awards. The seniors represent South San Francisco High School, El Camino High School and Baden High School, the District’s continuation school. Broken down by school, the scholarship totals, in all categories, amount to: $1,232,700 at South San Francisco, $239,200 at El Camino and $5,500 at Baden.
District Superintendent Dr. Shawnterra Moore praised the high-achieving seniors and stated, “I want to congratulate all of them, their parents and teachers as well, for a job well done. I wish all of them, along with their graduating peers, the very best in the future.”
SSFUSD Student Suspensions, Expulsions Show Marked Decrease
April 29, 2016
The South San Francisco Unified School District has embarked on a major effort to reduce student suspensions and expulsions and to codify new, progressive mechanisms leading to a fresh approach to District disciplinary policies and procedures.
According to District Director of Student Services Ryan Sebers, the emphasis is on finding and maintaining creative ways to keep pupils engaged and involved in their academic pursuits.
In fact, he reported to the District Board of Trustees during its meeting of April 28, student suspensions and expulsions have already been cut by 65 percent and 50 percent respectively, compared to a decade ago.
With a concerted effort to implement pro-active solutions to issues such as truancy, the aim is to increase attendance through intervention techniques, better communication and a re-written and expanded District framework for dealing with student behavior.
The tentative framework, which has undergone a series of revisions, is expected to be examined again and, perhaps, approved at the Trustees‘ May 12 meeting.
Those wishing to comment on the particulars in the proposed handbook can do so by attending a meeting at 3:30 p.m. May 3 at the District Office, 398 B Street.
South SF High Girls Capture CCS Badminton Crown
May 23, 2016
South San Francisco High School’s athletic program has two new Central Coast Section champions. The badminton team of Jakin Lin and Raeka Lin won the CCS badminton doubles title in mid-May by defeating Carlmont High School’s Niko Bardin and Helen Ye, 21-15, 21-15, at Independence High School in San Jose. Well done and congratulations to both Warriors.
Martin ES & Baden HS Win Kent Awards
April 29, 2016
Two schools in the South San Francisco Unified School District have been named recipients of coveted 2016 Kent Awards.
Martin Elementary School was honored for its Family Stories ...more
SSFUSD Martin Elementary School Earns Recognition as a Gold Ribbon School
April 15, 2016
We are so unbelievably proud of the Martin Staff, students, and families! It is truly a wonderful gift to this community to be validated and recognized as a Gold Ribbon School. The ...more
SSFUSD Brings in Outside Experts to Assist with Bond Program
April 29, 2016
The South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees has agreed to take a series of key steps to upgrade and facilitate its handling of taxpayer-financed Measure J construction bond funds.
At their special meeting April 25, the Trustees, in concert with their Administration, decided to hire two experienced outside consultants and independent contractors to assist the District as it proceeds with bond sales and important renovation/modernization plans at several schools.
The professional firms are:
Isom Advisors of Orange in Southern California which will provide financial advice as the District proceeds with its bond sales. Costs include $65,000 for each bond sale and related expenses.
Dannis Woliver Kelley of San Francisco, a law firm that will act as the District’s construction bond counsel. Fees include a tiered scale of hourly rates for attorneys.
The recommended hiring of a third outside firm, Hamilton & Aitken Architects of San Francisco, was postponed.
SSFUSD Board Makes Moves to Facilitate Construction Work
April 5, 2016
The South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees has made several significant decisions regarding construction projects at District school sites.
South San Francisco Unified School District is fortunate to have the support of the voters who overwhelmingly approved our Measure J ...more
Hillside Child Development Center Full Day Preschool Open Enrollment
January 10, 2016
South San Francisco Unified School District is opening a new preschool program at Hillside Child Development Center located at Hillside school beginning January 4, 2016. The preschool program is funded by The Big Lift of San Mateo County, a collaborative effort to increase the percent of children ready for kindergarten and reading at grade level proficiency by third grade from 58% to 80% in the year 2020.
The South San Francisco Unified School District is in need of substitute teachers for our Pre-School, Elementary, and Secondary programs. Our automated system calls substitute teachers as needed and opportunities include daily, multi-day, and long-term (20+ days or more for the same teacher) assignments. Placements for immediate assignment are available now, and all qualified candidates are invited to apply!
Interested persons should complete a Substitute Application form on EdJoin.orgor through our website link below. After submitting all required attachments with your application, it will be sent to our Office of Human Resources and Student Services for processing. Please note, not all applicants will be contacted.
Our New Daily Rate for Substitutes
Daily Substitute Rate: $160.00
Long Term Sub Rate: $200.00 (20 days or more for the same teacher)
The South San Francisco Unified School District is the beneficiary of more than $1 million in funds provided by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation which will be used to assist ...more
Dr. Moore’s Superintendent Report~ Beginning of the School Year
I am very proud of our teachers, all staff, students, administrators, and Board of Trustees. This first month of school has been very busy. I have been able to visit every single school in the ...more
Genentech Announces New STEM Education Initiative to Support South San Francisco Schools
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, today announced Futurelab, a collaborative program with the South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) to support science, ...more
2016 Graduation & Promotions
Three SSFHS Students Qualify for National Math Contest
April 4, 2016
Three South San Francisco High School students scored 99 percent on an online mathematics contest and, in doing so, qualified to be on a reserve list for the MathCon national finals at ...more
National History Bee
March 21, 2016
Congratulations to two of our Alta Loma 8th grade students. They have qualified to participate in the National History Bee in Chicago, Illinois.
The students are:
Sam Fong, Kai
Milo Duncan answered the maximum number of questions allowed in each round (eight). There were three rounds. He answered 24 questions plus he received bonus points along the way. He just missed out of the Championship Round by one place.
Brittney Cedeno Named Girls’ Player of the Year
March 30, 2016
Brittney Cedeno, a star sophomore point guard at South San Francisco High School, has been named Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year by the San Mateo Daily Journal. Brittney led the ...more
SSFUSD educators at the California Association for Bilingual Education
March 25, 2016
SSFUSD educators at the California Association for Bilingual Education ( CABE ) learning about best practices to support English Learners and their families.
Youth Art Show
SSFUSD & Cultural Arts Commission host amazing student art show! We are so fortunate to have such talent in our school district and city!
Genentech Scholarship Winners
Another Successful Student Exchange Program
This August marks the 20th anniversary of a student exchange program between South San Francisco and its sister city, Kishiwada, Japan (near Osaka). Every other year, we send/receive a delegation of ...more
Cañada College Offers a "College for Working Adults" Program
Cañada College offers a College for Working Adults Program enabling students to earn one or more AA Degrees in select fields, all while attending convenient evening and Saturday classes and ...more
Rosa Acosta Attends National Latino Education Summit
September 21, 2015
Rosa Acosta, a member of the South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees, recently attended the 11the Annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed ...more
Genentech Gene Academy
Genentech brings students from four SSF Unified elementary schools onto the Genentech site once a week for tutoring. This program has expanded to include regular science experiments, teacher training, and providing science supplies for teachers.
Checkout the video for more information on the Gene Academy.
DISTRICT OFFICE SUMMER BUSINESS HOURS
District Office summer business hours will change to 8:30am-3:00pm beginning July 1 through July 29, 2016.
We will resume our regular 8:00am-4:30pm business hours on August 1, 2016.
Horario de verano para la oficina de distrito: 8:30am-3:00pm empezando el 1 de julio haste el 29 de julio.
A partir del 1 de agosto, las horas de oficina seran 8:00am-4:30pm.
Please note: The Student Services Department (Transfers, Enrollment Inquiries) will be closed Thursday, July 21st through Friday, July 29th. Normal office hours will resume August 1st.