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Westborough Students Support Fire victims


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!

School Events


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

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Measure J Community Meeting

January 26, 2016

The South San Francisco Unified School District will be hosting a Measure J  community meeting at the South San Francisco High School auditorium this Thursday, January 28th, at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be an opportunity to inform the public about recent events, as well as how the District will be moving forward to assure the public that work will progress. The District will subsequently conduct meetings at school sites to further clarify next steps.

Playworks fundraiser at Spruce Elementary

January 21, 2016

MOVE with MARIACHI is almost here! Please join us on Friday, February 5th from 6-8pm at Spruce Elementary School (in the Gym) for an exciting mariachi performance, yummy snacks for sale, and fun raffles! 

The proceeds from Move with MARIACHI will all go to funding PLAYWORKS! Playworks is supporting our playground culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play. Our goal is for every student on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills.

We can't wait to move with you on February 5th! Entrance fees for adults are $5, students/children are $2, and children under 4 are free

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:

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.

Click here for more information


SSFUSD Substitute Teachers Needed

December 17, 2015

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 or 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)


For requirement information, please visit or go see our application information.

Board Member Passes

December 8, 2015

It is with our deepest sympathies and sadness that we honor the passing of Rick Ochsenhirt, member of the Board of Trustees. He passed away on Dec. 6th after a lengthy struggle with ...more

South San Francisco Administrator Superstars!

December 8, 2015

It’s important to acknowledge and highlight the work of staff who are going above and beyond the call of duty! In an effort to initiate this recognition, Cabinet began by celebrating ...more


SSFUSD Dedicates New, Modern High School Buildings

September 25, 2015

The grand opening of nearly 33,000 square feet of modern academic classroom space in three new buildings on the campus of South San Francisco High School was held on Sept. 25.

The ...more

Another Successful Student Exchange Program

Genentech Announces New STEM Education Initiative to Support South San Francisco Schools

Genentech Announces New STEM Education Initiative to Support South San 
Francisco Schools

Community News


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.




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Board Meeting News

Board of Trustees reorganization

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.


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