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.
The South San Francisco Unified School District will be conducting a test of our emergency messaging system in May as follows:
May 2, 2016 (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 initiating a new 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.
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.
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 program which seeks to foster a positive literary experience for young students, most of whom are of Hispanic/Latino heritage.
Baden High School was given its award for its partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society. The partnership provides Baden students with an opportunity to work with, and care for, neglected or abused animals. In the process, pupils have a chance to consider possible careers in animal science.
The Kent Awards, named for former San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools J. Russell Kent, are awarded annually by the San Mateo County School Boards Association.
The awards honor innovative programs offered by San Mateo County public school districts, the County Office of Education and the County Community College District.
The 2016 Kent Awards banquet, at which the Martin and Baden programs will be feted, is scheduled for the evening of May 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City.
Carrie DuBois, a member of the Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees, is the current president of the County School Boards Association.
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 model practice that earned the school this prestigious award is the School-wide Response to Instruction and Intervention. The target area is closing the achievement gap specifically targeting African American, Filipino, and Hispanic/Latino students.
Martin successfully completed the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program application process and is being recognized as one of our 772 Gold Ribbon Schools for 2016!
The school staff will be honored at the California School Recognition Program Awards Ceremony on 5/5/2016.
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.
Dr. Moore Gives Keynote Speech at 2016 CA Title I Conference
South San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Shawnterra Moore and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at the 2016 Title I Conference a few minutes before Dr. Moore's Keynote Speech.
SSFHS Girls Prepare for State Basketball Tournament
March 7, 2016
In spite of a loss in the Central Coast Section’s Division III (medium-sized schools) championship game March 5, the South San Francisco High School varsity girls’ basketball team is heading into the California Interscholastic Federation playoffs.
The Warriors of Coach Paul Carion have been seeded No.11 in the Northern California Division III regionals and will face No.6 Tamalpais in Marin County March 9 at 7 p.m.
South San Francisco lost the CCS title game to Saratoga, 55-46. The Warriors played that contest at Santa Clara University with just seven girls in uniform. SSF features an all-sophomore starting five. Their appearance in the CCS finals was the program’s first.
As a sectional finalist (win or lose), the Warriors received an automatic seed in the Northern California half of the state tournament.
South San Francisco High School Expands Its History Day Program
February 22, 2016
South San Francisco High School is the only school on the San Mateo Peninsula to offer the History Day program to all of its juniors enrolled in U.S. History. This year will mark the ...more
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.
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)
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
El Camino Dance Show
South San Francisco Unified School District’s Annual Giant’s Game
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
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.
Junipero Serra Elementary School honored at April 28 Board meeting
Junipero Serra 5th grader Reina Canas was awarded a certificate of recognition for leading the pledge of allegiance.
Junipero Serra Elementary School volunteers Timothy Cho, Traci Cho, Anita Jackson, Charlene Santos, and Carla Webb were presented with certificates of appreciation. (Photos are for those volunteers present at the meeting.)
2016 Scholarship students
Congratulations to the following District students who are being awarded $1,000 scholarships by the SSF Chamber of Commerce!
El Camino High School - Melinda McMonigle, Natali Vasquez, and Sarah Yoa
South San Francisco High School - Diana Flores, Celyn Gonzalez, Maritza Prieto, Jazmin Gonzalez, Diana Molina, Karla Hernandez Navarro, Farah Hakim, Tora Ng, Julissa Gonzalez, and Alan Perez
Baden High School - Sarah Aquiniga, Ariel Montoya, and Gilberto Vega