Happy February

Dear SFUSD High School Students:


There is a lot to celebrate this month, from Black History Month to all the amazing accomplishments by your peers! Read on for updates from the district and opportunities from community partners. There are also new scholarship opportunities for seniors. Please remember to share feedback if you have suggestions for this newsletter.


In Community,

Karen at SFUSD Student News

Featured in this month's HS Student Newsletter:

February Is Black History Month

As a school district that values diversity, we believe Black History should be celebrated 365 days a year — 366 in a leap year. We look forward to seeing how each and every single one of our school sites celebrates Black History Month! Check out our blog post for events and opportunities you can take part in, such as the San Francisco Public Library's More Than A Month celebration and art, composition, and oratorical contests.

Appreciating School Counselors

You can always check in with your school counselor for help with college applications, exploring career opportunities, schoolwork, or anything else. One Mission High School senior says, "The counselors definitely made it easier to stay organized during the college application process."

Wellness Resources: Coping After Mass Violence

The recent mass shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay have evoked a range of emotions and concerns of safety across the United States. In response, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help you, your families, and communities find ways to cope together, including a Coping After Mass Violence resource for teens (Also available in Spanish).

Congratulations to Jeffrey Xu, Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023 Finalist

Congratulations to Jeffrey Xu from Lowell High School, who is one of 40 finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Jeffrey and the other finalists, chosen from 1,949 applicants from 628 high schools across 48 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and four other countries, will compete for more than $1.8 million in awards during a weeklong competition in Washington, D.C. from March 9-15.

Congratulations to Adaninci Michelle Rodriguez Lopez, Inaugural Student Advisory Team Member for PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

Congratulations to Adaninci Michelle Rodriguez Lopez of Independence High School, who is one of 19 students selected nationwide to serve on the first-ever Student Advisory Team for PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs! Adaninci and the team will focus on key issues that matter to young people and work with SRL’s award-winning youth media producers to guide editorial and production strategy for this school year.

Learning About Waterfront Resilience

Students from Lincoln High School and The Academy SF at McAteer attended a field trip along the SF Embarcadero waterfront hosted by the Port of San Francisco and the Exploratorium to see the king tides. The field trip was part of an exploratory project for a potential pilot and longer-term partnership with the Port of San Francisco for students to participate in designing for local climate resilience.

Galileo and Burton Special Olympics Unified Basketball Teams at Chase Center

The Galileo and Burton Special Olympics Unified Basketball teams played at halftime during Special Needs Night on Jan. 27 in front of fans at Chase Center.

Lincoln High School Football Team at City Hall

The Lincoln Mustangs were invited to City Hall on Jan. 25 to celebrate their California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division 7-A Championship. Mayor London Breed issued a proclamation for Jan. 25 to be known as Lincoln Football Team Day in the City and County of San Francisco, and City Hall was lit up in crimson and gold for the occasion.

Presidents Day Holiday


All SFUSD schools and offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents Day.

High School Task Force Community Listening Sessions


What do you want to see from SFUSD high schools? Make your voice heard at a Community Listening Session on Feb. 25. Food, drink, door prizes, interpretation services, and childcare will be provided. 

Youth Local Civic Engagement Survey


The San Francisco Youth Commission Civic Engagement Committee has released a survey to capture San Francisco youth (ages 10-23) engagement in local government and elections. Your feedback is essential to understanding how the City and County of San Francisco can support local youth civic engagement. Three respondents will randomly be selected to each receive a $50 Target gift card. The survey closes Feb. 28.

College and Career Programs for Summer 2023


The College & Career Programs Summer 2023 interest form is open through Feb. 28. For more information about various programs (Career Technical Education, Early College, internships, and work-based learning), check out this slide deck.

Fourth Annual Fracchia Prize


The San Francisco Historical Society is excited to announce the Fourth Annual Fracchia Prize competition. San Francisco high school students are invited to submit an essay or multimedia presentation based on this year's prompt for a chance to win a cash prize. Submit your entry by Feb. 28.

SF Public Library Card for SFUSD Students


Check your email for your Scholar Card account, which gives you a full access library card! Save this information and visit your local library for a physical card.

Recording Studio Workshops for Teens 


Visit The Mix at SFPL, an exclusive space for teens. Learn how to use the sound and video studios or create something in the makerspace.


Virtual Events with Immigrants Rising and CSAC

The Mar. 2 priority deadline for the CA Dream Act application is fast approaching! Join virtual events hosted by Immigrants Rising and the CA Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to get the help you need.


CA Dream Act Drives

Feb. 23, Mar. 1, Mar. 2 at 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Get help on your application from educators with specialized expertise in supporting undocumented students.

Register for Feb. 23: bit.ly/cadaa-feb23

Register for Mar. 1: bit.ly/cadaa-mar1

Register for Mar. 2: bit.ly/cadaa-mar2


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 are opportunities you can apply for:
Each year, SFUSD and Spark* SF Public Schools honors six students with the Superintendent’s 21st Century Award. Scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded to graduating seniors who exemplify the characteristics of SFUSD’s Graduate Profile. All seniors are eligible to apply regardless of citizenship status. Recipients of the Superintendent’s 21st Century Award will be honored at a ceremony hosted by Spark in May.
Deadline: Mar. 17 at 5:00 p.m.

To be eligible for the Bridge to Excellence Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be an SFUSD or charter high school senior graduating in Spring 2023
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 at the time of graduation
  • Demonstrate significant financial need
  • Be the first in their family to attend a four-year college
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to a college education
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Proof of acceptance from chosen college or university
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, community member, coach, mentor, or anyone who has made a big impact on their lives
Deadline: Mar. 17 at 5:00 p.m.
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