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.
South San Francisco Unified School District is fortunate to have the support of the voters who overwhelmingly approved our Measure J school bond in 2010. Over the past couple of years, we have been working diligently to fulfill the promise of Measure J. New buildings have been coming on line and classrooms and other school facilities are being modernized. We are committed to spending your bond funds wisely and managing the construction projects effectively so you get the best return on investment in your public schools.
Unfortunately, we have recently had significant delays in projects, complaints regarding the workmanship of some of these projects, and concerns about the timeliness of the District’s construction contractor in responding to resolve to these problems. District leaders have been moving decisively to remedy this situation.
First, in the spring, 2015 the Board of Trustees took the proactive approach of hiring a consultant to a conduct a forensic examination of our Measure J bond program and funds. We needed to fully understand where we were at this juncture of the program, the extent and causes of project delays and problems, and how we should move forward in planning for the future. The review revealed that while we have accomplished a lot of great things with bond funds, unanticipated cost increases for some project elements had depleted funds faster than anticipated. To remedy this and stay on track, the District moved ten million dollars from its General Fund to a Special Reserve Fund for Capital Outlay Projects.
Second, we have been locked in a non-productive stalemate with our construction contractor over that firm’s claims for alleged cost overruns, deficient documentation to substantiate pay applications; inaccurate invoices; incomplete, unsatisfactory, and delayed work; and the contractor’s refusal to continue work on projects when the District raises reasonable disputes on charges. These factors have severely strained our relationship with the contractor (USS Cal Builders) and, as a result, the District has decided to discontinue its contracts with this company. We cannot let this ongoing conflict further delay the necessary facilities upgrades we want for our students, staff, and community.
Third, the District remains committed to meeting its financial obligations and will pay all legitimate and appropriately documented charges from USS Cal while it works to resolve all disputed charges. We are coordinating to ensure that current projects continue to move forward as planned. In addition, the District is retaining legal counsel to assist in expeditiously resolving all outstanding financial issues with USS Cal.
Fourth, the District has developed a plan to promote a smooth transition to a new construction contractor as we move forward to complete the projects on the books. The District approved a contract with K12 School Facilities, as well-established consulting firm that has the experience and expertise to ensure that further Measure J work is within the scope of the architectural designs and that all work meets the high standard of quality that the District expects. The District is currently in the process of retaining another permanent bond construction manager.
The Board of Trustees and District leadership share our community’s frustration and concern that our Measure J projects have not moved forward as smoothly as planned. We recognize the concerns many of you have voiced in recent months; we have heard you and we are taking action.
Our next steps in this process are as follows:
We will engage our community in meetings to maintain open lines of communication and ensure a transparent message about current and pending projects; we will work on a recommendation for project delivery methods and design building specifications for existing and future projects; we will collaborate with the City of South San Francisco in order to strengthen the partnership as the District moves forward on these projects; and, we will continue to focus on the students in the district as we move forward in this process.
New District leaders and a fresh approach to managing our bond funded construction program should yield immediate positive results. We do not take this change of direction lightly. We believe that “re-booting” the management of our bond program is in the best interests of our students, the District, and the taxpayers of our community. These changes will move us forward and promise to produce a lasting impact for years to come.
Daina Lujan Appointed to SSFUSD Provisional Board Seat
January 21, 2016
The South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees has appointed Daina Lujan to fill a vacant Board seat on a provisional basis.
Ms. Lujan can seek election to the position this coming November. The seat, which became open due to the death of Rick Ochsenhirt last month, will have the remaining two years of his term left at that time.
Ms. Lujan is a member of the South San Francisco Planning Commission; she is also an administrator in the Millbrae Elementary School District.
The three-member Board made the provisional appointment Jan. 20 during a special meeting during which six qualified candidates for the position were interviewed. The vote to appoint Ms. Lujan, the second of the evening, was 3-0.
Last week, the Board named John Baker to a second provisional seat. He will take the position held by Maurice Goodman who won a seat on the San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees last November.
Both Ms. Lujan and Mr. Baker are expected to be sworn into office next month.
John Baker Appointed to SSFUSD Provisional Board Seat
January 15, 2016
The South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees has appointed John C. Baker to fill a vacant Board seat on a provisional basis.
Mr. Baker can seek election to the position this coming November. The seat, which became open due to the departure of former Board member Maurice Goodman who was elected to the San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees this past November, will have a full four-year term available at that time.
In all, eight individuals originally applied for the available Board seats. Candidate interviews were held Jan. 11 at the District Office.
The Board has been operating with just three members; Mr. Baker is expected to be sworn in no later than Feb. 11. The vote to appoint him was 3-0.
A second available South San Francisco seat, which became vacant due to the death of Trustee Rick Ochsenhirt last month, was not filled at the Board meeting Jan. 14. That seat also will be up for election in November; Mr. Ochsenhirt’s former post will have two years left on its term.The Trustees could not reach consensus on the second appointment. They agreed to conduct a second round of interviews with the remaining seven candidates, with an appointment to be made perhaps later this month.
Westborough teacher Steve Patane featured on ABC Channel 7 News
January 15, 2016
Congratulations to Steve Patane, teacher at Westborough Middle School, and his Stock Market Club, to be featured on Channel 7 News this evening, Friday, January 15th, between 4pm and 6pm. The Stock Market Club won a contest and will be interviewed by reporter Vic Lee.
In case you miss the segment, you’ll be able to see the video/article on the Ch.7 website: http://abc7news.com/
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.
What is a Strategic Plan?
A strategic plan is a document used to communicate the organization’s goals, the actions needed to achieve those goals and all of the other critical elements developed during the planning exercise.
The Strategic Plan and the Local Control Accountability Plan
This plan, which focuses on student outcomes signifies ”what” South San Francisco Unified is committed to doing for our students; these are the overarching pillars that will guide our work on behalf of students; our community’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the work of staff describe “how” South San Francisco Unified intends to meet annual goals for all students, with specific activities to address state and local priorities.
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)
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
SSFUSD Receives $1 Million to Aid Reading Skills
April 27, 2015
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
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.
At its December 10, 2015 regular Board meeting, the South San Francisco School District Board of Trustees reorganized as follows:
President, Mr. Patrick A. Lucy
Vice President, Mrs. Rosa G. Acosta
Clerk, Ms. Judith M. Bush
Skyline Elementary School honored at January 14 Board meeting
5th grader Myles Guerrero was awarded a certificate for leading the pledge of allegiance.
Skyline Elementary School volunteers Shalimar Bairan, Michelle DelaCruz, Pearl Lee, Estella Rudd and Lovella Spake received certificates of appreciation for their volunteer work at the school.
Fire Prevention Week poster contest winners
The Board members provided certificates of recognition to the following District students who had winning posters in the Fire Prevention Week contest:
Christel Feem – Spruce
Aaron De La Vega - Monte Verde
Nathan Daniel Mark – Monte Verde
Edith Vargas Gregorio – Sunshine Gardens
Abby Garrone – Ponderosa,
Natalie James – Los Cerritos
Michael Jim – Buri Buri
Caitlyn Leung – Buri Buri
Emiliano Gomez - Martin Elementary School.
SSFHS Student awarded football scholarship
SSFHS ASB President and Student Trustee Alan Perez received a certificate of recognition from the Board members acknowledging his receiving a scholarship. Mr. Perez is one of two recipients for San Mateo County who was awarded a $1000 scholarship from the National Football College Hall of Fame. He will be honored along with other student athletes from all over Northern California at a dinner in February.