Happy 2023!

Dear SFUSD High School Students:


We hope you had a wonderful holiday break and are ready to tackle the spring semester! We understand there have been concerns about impacts to schools from the recent weather. View the latest updates regarding the weather and other announcements on our website at SFUSD.edu.


Read on for more updates from the district and fun new opportunities from community partners. Please remember to share feedback if you have suggestions about making this newsletter better.


In Community,

Karen at SFUSD Student News

Featured in this month's HS Student Newsletter:

Congratulations to the Lincoln High School Football Team!

Congratulations to the Lincoln Mustangs for winning the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division 7-A Championship. Lincoln defeated the Crenshaw Cougars at Kezar Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 10. It is Lincoln’s third state championship.

Prevent the Spread of COVID, Flu, and RSV

Remember to follow health and safety tips from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, such as wearing a well-fitted mask; testing if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID; staying up-to-date with your vaccines and boosters; doing a daily health screening before you go to school; and staying home when you are sick.

Foodwise Connects Teens to Jobs and Leadership Opportunities in Sustainable Food

Through SFUSD's partnership with Foodwise, SFUSD high school students have been able to receive job training while learning about the local food ecosystem. Several graduates from the program are now employed directly with Foodwise and farmers at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Share Your #WeAreSFUSD Stories

What do you love about your school? We want to share your story on our website, social media, and this newsletter! Submit your information and responses to a few questions in this Google form for a chance to be featured.
*Please note that you must have a completed and signed consent form from your parent/caregiver in order to be featured on SFUSD channels.

Learn, Build, Have Fun with SFPL's STEM Programs


STEM workshops, activities and drop-in programs offer youth and families an opportunity to tinker at their local library. 
  • Cardinalbotics (featuring Lowell High School's robotics team) – Jan. 14 & 28, 12:30 p.m., Ortega Branch
  • Electronic Snap Circuits – Jan. 20, 3:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch

Work at Oracle Park or Chase Center


3Strands Global Foundation (3SGF) is recruiting for the JUMA Job Opportunity at Oracle Park and Chase Center for all SF Giants and Golden State Warriors home games. This is a paid part-time opportunity to gain work experience and learn new skills such as money handling, food prep, and customer service skills for documented youth ages 16 and up.
Deadline to apply: Jan. 16

Cash for College Workshop


SFUSD seniors and their families are welcome to receive 1:1 support for completing the CADAA or FAFSA financial aid applications in a one-day workshop at Balboa High School (Enter the campus on Otsego). Bring your 2021 taxes. Spanish and Cantonese-speaking staff are available with indoor and outdoor options for all to receive support. If you have questions, reach out to Karen Bioski-Simon (bioski-simonk@sfusd.edu) or Jessica Rojas (jrojas@jcyc.org).


Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

SFCAHT’s Annual Poster, Writing, and Music Contest


The San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT)'s annual poster, writing, and music contest provides middle and high school students a platform to learn about human trafficking and join the movement against this horrific crime. Those who enter have the chance to win up to $500 and be acknowledged by SFCAHT and Bay Area government officials at a special award ceremony during the Teen Power Against Human Trafficking Summit.


Deadline for submissions: Feb. 22

SF Youth Theatre Teen Classes


San Francisco Youth Theatre (SFYT) is offering two new classes for youth ages 13-20: Queer Drama for LGBTQIA+ youth to explore queer narratives through theater, storytelling, and performance, and Actuación en Español, an acting workshop taught in Spanish for young people interested in venturing into acting through scene work and improvisational games.

Paid Opportunities for 10th and 11th Graders with UCSF


Apply for paid hands-on learning opportunities on health and science topics with UCSF.

  • Current Juniors: 8-Week Summer Internship: Do research with a scientist mentor 
  • Current Sophomores & Juniors: 2-Week Summer Workshop - Cellular Construction: Build robots and use cellular engineering (Fill out interest form)
  • Current Sophomores: 9-Month Internship - Teen Wellness Connection: Develop your leadership skills to guide conversations and educate peers about teen health issues

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday


All SFUSD schools and offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16.

Happy Lunar New Year!


We wish to extend support and acknowledgment to our students and families who observe Lunar New Year, including the Chinese New Year, Tet, Mongolian New Year, and Korean New Year. Please note that SFUSD schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 23 in observance of this holiday.


Plus, learn about the colorful traditions and symbolism that enrich the Lunar New Year celebration throughout Asian cultures at events at the San Francisco Public Library. Watch Jing Mo Athletic Association’s lion dancers chase bad spirits away from select locations and help San Francisco celebrate the Lunar New Year. Also, check out multiple performances of San Francisco’s Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company at a variety of locations.

  • Flying Angels Chinese Dance – Jan. 14, 2:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch; Jan. 29, 3 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch
  • Jing Mo Athletic Association Lion Dancers – Jan. 14: North Beach, 11:15 a.m.; Marina, 12:15 p.m.; Presidio, 2:15 p.m.; Portola, 4:15 p.m.

SAT, AP Exams, & PSAT Information For High School Students



Students interested in taking the SAT may do so at our designated central location, which is Lowell High School this year. The Lowell testing site is open to the public, so we cannot reserve slots for SFUSD students. Because of this, you should register as soon as possible. Registration is managed directly by College Board at satsuite.collegeboard.org. Note: Many major college systems have taken steps to remove the SAT and ACT as an admission requirement, in particular the CSU and UC systems. Many private colleges and universities have also followed suit.


Advanced Placement (AP) Tests

SFUSD students will have access to take any AP exam being offered at an SFUSD high school, even if their own school does not administer it. Students may take AP exams regardless of whether they took the AP course.



There are no more PSATs scheduled for the 2022-23 school year, since the College Board timeline has passed.  


Students should go to their counselor with any questions and to receive additional support.


Applying to a CSU
It is not too late to apply to a Cal State University (CSU). The following campuses are still accepting applications for Fall 2023: Sacramento, Sonoma, Stanislaus, East Bay, Chico, Fresno, San Francisco, Maritime (a hidden gem!), Northridge, Pomona, San Marcos, San Bernardino, Dominguez Hills, Channel Islands. Visit CSU Apply for more information and to start your application. 
Financial Aid Reminder
Beginning 2022-2023 school year, all seniors must complete a financial aid application: the FAFSA or CADAA. Please talk to your school counselor if you have any questions, or cannot complete the application. 

2022-23 Scholarship Opportunties


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.
Here is one opportunity you can apply for:
For African American high school SFUSD seniors who will graduate by June 2023.
A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to seniors who are pursuing a college degree or a career goal, who have satisfactory scholastic achievement, and who have a financial need. Deadline Mar. 14, 2023.
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