August 2, 2016
Dear SFUSD Families:
I am writing to you on behalf of all of my colleagues on the SFUSD Board of Education.
Given the news of Superintendent Richard A. Carranza’s likely departure to serve as Houston’s new superintendent, the Board of Education has moved swiftly to ensure a smooth transition and continued positive momentum for our district.
While we begin the community process of searching for a new superintendent to serve our district, the Board of Education is united in choosing Deputy Superintendent Myong Leigh as SFUSD’s interim superintendent.
Mr. Leigh has been with SFUSD since 2000 and has successfully managed day-to-day operations and overseen key district initiatives. Our district has tremendous leadership throughout our schools and central offices. Mr. Leigh will be working with a great team at SFUSD.
We are grateful to have had Superintendent Carranza at the helm for the past seven years--four as superintendent and three as a deputy. Under his leadership, SFUSD has maintained a focus on students’ academic growth through effective common-core aligned teaching and learning while also developing students’ social, emotional and physical well being. Our teachers and other have received more resources to do their critical work, including greater compensation, professional learning opportunities and access to technology.
The board takes seriously our responsibility to ensure the most capable and qualified leader for our school district moving forward. In the near future there will be a public meeting to discuss a selection process for the next superintendent of schools. Our national search process will be inclusive, transparent, and thorough.
Without a doubt, we will prioritize finding a leader who shares our vision for ensuring every graduate is ready to succeed in college and careers. We will prioritize someone who has a track record of leading around our enduring goals of student achievement, access, equity, and accountability. And we will seek someone who can work with you and our entire community to move our district closer to our vision.
As we embark on the search for a new leader for SFUSD, input from our families is critical. Please check our website, sfusd.edu, for updates on future public meetings where the Board will gather input on the superintendent search and selection process.
All our school administrators are looking forward to greeting you and your children back to school on August 15.
President, SF Board of Education
Donate gently used clothing to support J Serra
J Serra is partnering with Schoola (www.schoola.com). What’s Schoola? It’s a great way to raise funds for our school. Schoola collects pre-loved women's and children’s clothes, preps and sells them online, and gives 40% of the proceeds back to J Serra to help fund programs for our kids. That’s $2 out of every $5 earned back to our school! Simply click on the image to view our very own Schoola landing page where you can request a bag and view our progress and funds earned.
Support J. Serra all year long through Amazon, eScrip, or Box Tops
Help J Serra raise donations from Amazon by starting at Amazon Smile before each visit. Amazon Smile has the same products and prices by the Amazon Smile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price to J Serra. Note: The confirmation page will say you're supporting "Pta California Congress Of Parents Teachers & Students Inc," the registered name for the J Serra PTA bank account.
Another option is to use eScrip, a free way to donate to J Serra with each trip to Safeway! Sign up for eScrip (free) and then Safeway will donate a little to the school from each trip you make to the store at no cost to you. (Sobre eScrip en espanol)
And while you're shopping, remember that every box with a Box Tops for Education logo should be clipped (by your kids!) and brought into the school office.
Grandparents are often happy to collect for the school as well, so be sure to give them some homework, too!
Mayor, Superintendent, and ABC 7 Visit J Serra to Celebrate Partnership with Xoom
On Thursday, September 18th 2014, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Superintendent Richard Carranza to visited J Serra to launch the Circle the Schools program, which pairs volunteers from a local tech company with a specific school. J Serra are one of the first five pilot schools participating in the program and our partner, Xoom, has already helped the school with a donation of 500 books for the library and volunteering during the teacher prep day in August.
A Small School with a Big Heart
Junipero Serra Elementary School is a small public K-5 school located on two campuses across from Holly Park in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood. Our intimate community of approximately 270 students offers a warm setting where children grow and develop. The school offers both bilingual and general education programs. We encourage families’connection to the school and to each other through all-school activities, evening events, parent workshops and PTA fundraisers. We are proud of our diverse school population, and our focus on building relationships.
La Escuela Primaria Junípero Serra es una pequeña escuela pública K-5 con dos edificios ubicada al lado de Holly Park en San Francisco en el barrio de Bernal Heights. Nuestra íntima comunidad de aproximadamente 270 estudiantes ofrece un ambiente amigable donde los niños crecen y se desarrollan. La escuela ofrece programas de educación bilingüe y general. Alentamos a las familias se conecten con la escuela a través de todas las actividades escolares, eventos en las noches, talleres para padres y recaudando fondos para la PTA. Estamos orgullosos de nuestra diversa población estudiantil, y en nuestro enfoque de establecer buenas relaciones.
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Students will acquire a well-rounded educational foundation necessary for success in life. Students will be supported as they develop a sense of responsibility and pride in their cultural heritage and their achievements. A strong caring school community will work together towards the academic success of all students.
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Los alumnos adquirirán una base educacional completa necesaria para el éxito en la vida. Los estudiantes serán apoyados a medida que desarrollan un sentido de responsabilidad, orgullo por su patrimonio cultural y sus logros. Una gran comunidad escolar trabajarán juntos para lograr el éxito académico de todos los estudiantes.
Technology at J. Serra
J. Serra Tech Blog
Our blog is used to distribute curriculum that is correlated with classroom teaching and learning. Check out the Web Site:ClaxFactor.
Chinese New Year's at J. Serra. Gung Hay Fat Choy!
To enhance 4th/5th Grader's science studies on Rocks and Minerals, students used iPads to design an iMovie on a field trip to the Apple Store in San Francisco! They worked in teams of two, used a storyboard to plan out their scenes and videotaped each other stating facts about Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks! Oral presentations in the theater really showcased their hard work. Thank you, Apple crew for a great learning experience!