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Happy holidays!

Dear SFUSD High School Students:


It's almost the end of the fall semester! Before finals and taking a well-deserved rest over Winter Recess, we hope you can take partake in some Inclusive Schools Week activities or consider checking out a book from the library for the San Francisco Public Library's T(w)een Winter Read Challenge. 


Please remember to fill out the feedback form if you have any thoughts about this newsletter or past issues.


We wish you and your families a warm, happy, and healthy holiday season!


In Community,

Karen at SFUSD Student News


Thank you to Jennifer Kim, junior at Raoul Wallenberg High School, for designing this month's banner!

Featured in this month's HS Student Newsletter:

Inclusive Schools Week

SFUSD celebrates Inclusive Schools Week from Dec. 5 to 9, 2022 to highlight the progress schools have made toward providing an inclusive education for our diverse student population and our students marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economics status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors. The week’s virtual events include a webinar about San Francisco’s role in the Disability Rights Movement, webinars for families about Inclusion and Ability Awareness and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Disproportionality in Special Education, a virtual assembly featuring a Special Olympics athlete, and an online arts showcase featuring student submissions.

Independence High School in the News

Students and staff at Independence High School were featured in a story in The San Francisco Standard. The school provides an alternate to traditional education. "It’s like we’re a little community. We’re all accepting of one another," said student Dynastii Wynn Noel.

Congratulations to This Year's Willie Mays Scholars!

Congratulations to Khalil Cohen of The Academy San Francisco at McAteer and Rikki Norris of June Jordan School for Equity who are among this year's Willie Mays Scholars! The Willie Mays Scholarship makes college aspirations come true for San Francisco’s Black youth and empowers them to pursue their goals to achieve success in high school, college and beyond.

Stay Healthy Over the Holidays

The San Francisco Department of Public Health wants you to be COVID and flu ready! Mark off your holiday season checklist:
1) Get your booster and flu shot
2) See a doctor if you get sick
3) Keep COVID tests on hand
4) Wear a mask in crowded, indoor spaces

Can You Pass a School Bus?

Reminder: The California Vehicle Code says drivers cannot pass stopped school buses displaying flashing red signals, indicating that the bus is loading or unloading children.

Virtual Support Groups for Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender Expansive Youth

Gender Spectrum hosts free online groups for teens navigating the gender spectrum. These groups provide the opportunity to safely connect with others, share experiences, and feel the comfort of a supportive community. Join by audio, video, or chat, and share as little or as much as you want, or just listen in.

Help Hotlines

We understand the holidays can be a challenging time for some. Here are some phone numbers to keep in your back pocket if you need resources or need to speak with someone.
  • SF Suicide Prevention Hotline: (415) 781-0500
  • Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
  • The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386
  • Huckleberry Youth Programs 24/7 Teen Hotline: (415) 621-2929

Marsh Youth Theater Voices of Youth Program


Local and global, Voices of Youth: Expressing Yourself in Challenging Times is a unique opportunity to learn how to make your voice heard through your stories, dance, films and music. Participants will meet weekly with workshop leaders to develop their performances. The program will culminate in an International Teen Performance Festival, streamed across the globe. This program is FREE and open to all teens 14 to 18 years old.

VĀSĀ High School Pathway


The new VĀSĀ High School: A Certificate Pathway for SFUSD juniors and seniors is a two-course certificate program in Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies. Students in the program will fulfill major requirements for an Associates or Arts degree in Ethnic Studies and Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies; receive credit towards high school graduation requirements; prepare for college with support on scholarship applications and personal statement development; and much more! For more information or to register, contact Heavenly Anoa’i at or Ursula Ann Siataga at


Deadline to apply: Dec. 9

Winter Recess


School sites will be closed Dec. 19, 2022 to Jan. 2, 2023 for Winter Recess. SFUSD offices will be closed Dec. 26, 2022 and Jan. 2, 2023.

SFPL's T(w)een Winter Read


Cozy up with a book over Winter Break. It’s time for T(w)een Winter Read, the best tween and teen winter reading program in the Bay Area. Tag your favorites on Instagram and include #themixatsfpl. For ages 10–18.


Through Jan. 10, 2023

BridgeWhiz Improves Your Mind


BridgeWhiz is a free online course designed to teach students in grades 4 through 12 the mind-building challenge, great fun, and competitive excitement of contract bridge. Winter classes begin Jan. 17, 2023.

Upcoming Holidays


We wish to extend support and acknowledgment to our students and families who observe Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa.


Extended CSU Deadlines


While the Nov. 30 priority deadline has passed, some CSU campuses have extended their Cal State application deadlines for freshman applicants. Deadline extensions may range from mid-December to end of January. Visit the Application Dates & Deadlines page on the Cal State website for more information on which campuses are still open and their deadlines. 

2022-23 Scholarship List


Check out this running list of scholarships you can apply for during the 2022-23 school year. You can also view links to additional scholarship databases and resources. 
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