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.
The South San Francisco Unified School District will be conducting a test of our emergency messaging system as follows:
May 2, 2017 (5:30pm) All District Community, includes parents and staff
As the safety of our students and staff continues to be our top priority, we will be conducting a test protocol of our emergency messaging system. As part of any immediate action response to an emergency or crisis scenario, we understand the importance of clear and prompt communication with our students, parents, staff, and community. This system test will allow us to continue to improve our ability to utilize phone messages, email blasts, and text messages to deliver important information district-wide.
Since our emergency messaging system is based upon contact information recorded in our student information database, it is important that we have accurate and updated information to ensure that messages can be delivered. Should you wish to add new contact information, or verify existing information, such as phone numbers and email addresses, please contact/visit your local school site office.
Cell phone users who have a number on file with the district/school sites, may receive an SMS text message asking you to “opt in” to continue receiving messages by text. Please be sure to follow the instructions to opt in, as this is an important service utilized by our emergency messaging system.
If you do not receive the test message as scheduled, please contact your local school site to verify the contact information on file.
Our new test protocol will subsequently be conducted at least annually to ensure the proper functioning of our system.
El Distrito Escolar Unificado de South San Francisco realizara pruebas a nuestro sistema de mensajes urgentes y es como sigue:
02 de mayo del 2017 (5:30pm) toda la comunidad del Distrito, incluyendo padres de familia y empleados
Ya que la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y empleados siguen siendo nuestra prioridad, estamos iniciando un examen al protocolo de nuestro sistema de mensajes urgentes. Como parte de cualquier respuesta a una emergencia de acción inmediata, o una situación crítica, entendemos la importancia de una comunicación clara y rápida con nuestros estudiantes, padres, empleados y comunidad. Esta prueba al sistema de comunicación nos permitirá seguir mejorando nuestra capacidad de mandar información importante a todo el distrito, utilizando mensajes telefónicos, correo electrónico y mensajes de texto.
Puesto que nuestro sistema de mensajes urgentes se basa en la información de contactos registrados en los archivos de nuestros estudiantes, es importante que tengamos información precisa y actualizada para asegurarnos que los mensajes serán recibidos. Asimismo si desea agregar nueva información a su lista de contactos, como números de teléfono y direcciones de correo electrónico, o verificar la información que ya existe, por favor contacte/visite la oficina de su escuela local.
Los archivos del Distrito/Escuelas que tengan usuarios con números de teléfonos celulares, puede recibir un mensaje de texto SMS pidiéndoles ( "opt in") aceptar y continuar recibiendo mensajes de texto. Por favor asegúrese de seguir las instrucciones para “aceptar y continuar”, ya que la utilización de este servicio es muy importante en nuestro sistema de mensajes urgentes.
Si no recibes el mensaje de prueba tal como está programado, póngase en contacto con su escuela local para verificar la información de sus contactos en el archivo del estudiante.
Posteriormente la prueba de nuestro nuevo protocolo se realizará por lo menos cada año para garantizar el funcionamiento correcto de nuestro sistema.
Recently the City of South San Francisco adopted a resolution affirming the City’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. With "Diversity is in our DNA" as an initial slogan, Council Member Karyl Matsumoto, is convening a series of meetings to help shape our strategy for conveying the message that South San Francisco has always been and will continue to be a welcoming city to all!
Board President Rosa Govea Acosta will join Councilmember Matsumoto to host the first "community forum" with the Latino community. This is the first of future events that will shape a community-based effort to foster diversity and inclusion.
Cafecito con la Presidenta de La Mesa Directive de Educacion
Community Forum regarding South San Francisco High School Field Lights
New CA Dashboard Released to Track Student Achievement
A Message from the Superintendent Regarding Water Quality Testing
August 17, 2016
Dear SSFUSD Community,
Welcome back to the start of another wonderful year! I would like to take this opportunity to provide a brief update regarding an essential service to our school facilities.
One of our highest priorities, as a district, is maintaining safe and healthy learning environments. As you may already know, the issue of water quality in public facilities has been receiving recent attention nationwide. In light of this, and to be proactive about water safety, school districts in San Mateo County will be conducting water quality testing this fall.
While we have no reason to believe any sampling locations will exceed thresholds set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we want to be sure our water is safe now and in the future. Our school district will be working with our local water agencies, Westborough Water District, City of Daly City Department of Water and Wastewater Resources, and California Water Services, to conduct this testing. We will keep you informed of our progress along the way.
This process also serves as a valuable reminder that schools aren't the only places where students drink water. As we go through the testing at our school sites, we hope you will consider taking steps to ensure the safety of your water at home. The EPA has valuable guidance on identifying and fixing any potential hazards, which you can access at https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#homeleadsafe
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the work going on at your school. We're looking forward to a fantastic year!
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!
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.
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
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
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.
Genentech Announces New STEM Education Initiative to Support South San Francisco Schools
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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
CTA Negotiations Update
Please read the following update regarding the CTA negotiations progress.
April 6, 2017 Board meeting - Los Cerritos ES featured site
Board Meeting News
Los Cerritos ES Pledge student
Alana Johnson, a Los Cerritos ES 5th grader, pictured with Vice President Daina Lujan and Principal Kennelyn Celeste received a certificate of recognition for leading the pledge of allegiance at the meeting.
Los Cerritos ES Volunteers
Los Cerritos ES volunteers Dino Banzon, Aaron Busbee, Carmen Torres-Busbee, Anthony Fonseca, Jessica Fonseca, and Jill Higa (not pictured) received certificates of appreciation for their contributions from Vice President Daina Lujan and Principal Kennelyn Celeste.
Youth Government Day students recognized
The annual Youth Government Day program is a collaboration between SSFUSD and the City of SSF for local high school seniors. The purpose of the program is to provide young adults the opportunity to role-play the positions of elected officials and key city staff, become more familiar with the operations of local government, and to learn more about their community.
Students who participated in this year's Youth Government Day event were recognized by the Board of Trustees with certificates of recognition. These students are: from Baden HS: Jannine Gomez-Romero, from ECHS: Mary Grace Chow, Annie Choi, Alexis Hara, Mario Lopez, Morgan McCarthy, Damian Prado, Omar Valdez, and Nathaniel Yip, and from SSFHS: Danna Avila, Josh Balancio, James Coleman, Antonio Franco, Victoria Gomez-Alfaro, Jeremiah Lupe, Fion Ma (pictured), Fatima Maldonado, Victorionna Tran, and Andrew Young.
Honoring Student Trustee
ECHS ASB President Hannah Junio received a certificate of recognition from the Trustees and Assistant Superintendent Dorothy Coito for her participation as a Student Trustee from September until February 9.