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Dear SFUSD families,


Earlier this week gunshots were fired in the school parking lot at dismissal time at June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE), and four students were physically injured. They are recovering. The assailants were not part of the school and appeared to be targeting one student -- there is no ongoing threat to students at JJSE. This isolated event, although awful, should not be viewed as a negative reflection on JJSE, an extremely safe school focused on caring relationships.  


This terrible incident has shaken everyone in the community. While students at other schools were not directly impacted, we recognize that an event like this can bring up difficult feelings for you and your child. Please know that school staff is prepared to discuss these feelings with your child and provide additional support as needed.


All school staff remain alert to any potential threats to safety in our school district.  The safety and security of the San Francisco Unified School District’s students and staff is of utmost importance. SFUSD has a comprehensive crisis plan, and district administrators coordinate closely with city emergency management officials and law enforcement representatives to monitor and update plans on a regular basis.


In addition, schools have security measures to ensure the well-being of students and staff. These include: visitor check-in procedures, locked doors after the start of the school day, surveillance cameras, and school resource officer support.


How we notify you if there is a school emergency

If there is an emergency at your child's school or a citywide emergency that impacts your child’s school, SFUSD will notify parents using the contact information in our student information system. Depending on the impact level of the emergency, we will attempt to reach you via a phone call and email using the information in our database, and, if you have opted in to receive text messages, you will receive text notifications as well.


If you do not receive a message it is likely because your current contact information has not been entered into the district’s confidential student information system. We encourage you to check with your school site secretary or principal to ensure they have the most up to date contact information for you in SFUSD’s student information system.  This is the how, in the event of a school or citywide emergency, we can reach you immediately.


Notifications regarding high-impact emergencies will also be posted on the district’s website sfusd.edu, Twitter account (@SFUnified) and shared with the media.


How to sign up for text notifications

If you have a mobile phone entered into our system, you will receive one prompt from SFUSD via SchoolMessenger asking you to opt in to receiving text messages. The message will only be sent one time from the number 67587 and will read: "SFUSD alerts. Reply Y to confirm, HELP for info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/txt."


We encourage you to reply "Y" to receive text messages from SFUSD and your school, as it often makes for faster communication, which is crucial in the event of an emergency. However, if you do not wish to opt in, you can simply ignore the text message.


You will only receive this message one time, and if you do not reply "Y" to confirm, the district cannot send you future text notifications. If you already received a text message and didn’t reply but do want to receive urgent messages via text, you may still sign up by texting “YES” to the number 67587 from your mobile phone. Please note, if you text this number and your mobile phone is not entered in the student information system, messages will not be sent to it.


More information about SFUSD’s emergency notification procedures can be found here: http://www.sfusd.edu/en/safety-and-emergency-plan/student-safety-and-parent-notification.html



Myong Leigh

Interim Superintendent


All of us in the San Francisco Unified School District are deeply troubled by the incident that took place yesterday afternoon in the parking lot at June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE). Our understanding at this time is that a small group of outsiders unaffiliated with the school came to campus around the time of school dismissal, targeting a particular JJSE student for reasons that are presently unclear. Sadly, four students were injured during the incident. They have received appropriate medical attention and are recovering from their injuries. 


We want to thank the San Francisco Police Department for their support immediately following the incident and for their work in the ongoing investigation. We are also grateful to the paramedics and medical professionals who tended to our students, and we are committed to supporting our students and their families as they overcome their physical and emotional wounds. We also appreciate the offers of support immediately made by Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor John Avalos. Finally, we commend JJSE’s leaders, faculty and students both for their steady, calm and caring actions as the situation evolved and for the dedicated and courageous efforts that they have already begun to heal from yesterday’s events.  


I need to state emphatically that this isolated event, although awful, should not be viewed as a negative reflection on JJSE. June Jordan is an intentionally small, extremely safe school focused on deep and caring relationships between all students and adults. All those connected to this school take great pride in, and put special care toward, creating a nurturing community rooted in the shared value of social justice. Through its small class sizes, college-going culture, and focus on rigorous, independent thinking, many JJSE students become the first in their families to attend college.  


Though only four students were physically injured, this terrible incident has shaken everyone in the community, particularly the staff and students at June Jordan. Fortunately the school has a strong tradition of coming together daily to discuss challenging topics and to support one another. In addition to coming together as a community, JJSE has trained counselors who will be meeting with students and faculty. We deeply appreciate the educators and students at June Jordan School for Equity and will proudly stand by them through this disturbing, but temporary, challenge.


Myong Leigh

Interim Superintendent, SFUSD



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.


The login for Amazon Smile with the formal name of the PTA

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.

An example of a Box Top for Education on a cereal box

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.


Xoom CEO at J Serra on ABC 7

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.


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.

Today: 10/26/16

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.

Ms. Claxton's ELD used an educational version of ZimmerTwins when studying Rocks and Minerals. See their work in the ZimmerTwins Gallery.

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!

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