Next week 17-year-old Naftali Moed of Pacifica’s Oceana High School will receive $36,000 for creating a garden at his school. Moed got the idea after attending a weeklong 2009 food conference in Maine called Rooted in Community.“It spurred a larger interest and awareness about food-related issues, environmental issues, and health issues involved with processed foods,” Moed said.He rallied student and teacher support and wrote five grant applications that resulted in nearly $13,000 in funding for the now-flourishing garden. Read More
Confusion at a San Bruno warehouse meant that lunch was delivered late to elementary schools across The City on the first day of classes, forcing many students to make do with cold cereal as cafeteria staff scrambled to cobble together replacement meals, school officials acknowledged this week.
San Francisco Unified School District officials laid the blame with the contractor that provides the district with precooked frozen lunches. In a statement this week, Illinois-based Preferred Meal Systems apologized for “an unfortunate miscommunication.” Read More
The number of students who pass the California High School Exit Examination has held steady, but more are passing it on the first try, according to data released Wednesday by the California Department of Education.
In The City, 95 percent of seniors with enough credits to graduate had passed the test by the time May rolled around. That was on par with the statewide figure, though city students were slightly less likely than their California peers to pass the first time. Read More
About 95 percent of San Francisco high school seniors passed the state’s graduation exams last year, according to numbers the California Department of Education released today.The passage rate, which was about the same as last year, was based only on students who had enough credits to graduate. Students take the California High School Exit Exam for the first time in 10th grade. If they don’t pass that year, they get two more chances during their junior year and another five tries as seniors. Read More
A desire to return to the “scholarly life” prompted Robert Corrigan’s decision to retire as San Francisco State University president, effective at the end of the school year, he told faculty Monday. Read More
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will hold a “Twitter Town Hall” Wednesday morning, giving ordinary people the chance to ask questions about federal education policy. Read More
When a student at Civic Center Secondary School swore at a teacher, made threats and punched walls last year, faculty members wanted him gone.
The boy was suspended, but came back to school just as angry, recalled Ben Kauffman, then the school’s social worker. After the boy’s second suspension, school officials decided to try something different.
They asked the boy what was wrong.
“It basically came down to, ‘I feel dumb when I’m in this class,’” said Kauffman, who now works with the district’s student support services department. Read More
One in four California high school students who took the ACT test last year were not ready for college, according to a report released last week by the company that administers the SAT alternative.Though 23 percent of California students did not meet targets in any of the four subjects, 30 percent measured up in all four. And the state numbers were slightly better than the national figures, but they also were down slightly from California’s 2010 scores. Read More
San Francisco State University is welcoming new students today and Thursday for the start of the new school year.About 7,000 freshmen and transfer students will arrive on campus today to learn about college life, university officials said.More than 30 orientation activities for students and their parents are planned for today and Thursday. Today’s schedule includes moving about 2,000 students into campus housing on Font and Lake Merced boulevards between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Read More
San Francisco police are investigating the theft of copper from schools in The City's Sunset district, including one school that has been hit four times in the past week, a police captain said Tuesday.A school in the 1500 block of 12th Avenue had copper pipes stolen from a construction site on its campus on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, said Capt. Curtis Lum from the department's Taraval station.An employee at Alice Fong Yu Alternative School, a Chinese immersion public school located at 1541 12th Ave., confirmed that the thefts had occurred at their campus. Read More