Happy Spring!

Dear SFUSD High School Students:


We hope you have a wonderful Spring Recess later this month! Here is this month's newsletter with the latest happenings around SFUSD and events and opportunities you can partake in. Please remember to share feedback if you have suggestions for this newsletter.


In Community,

Karen at SFUSD Student News


P.S. This month's banner photo is from Lincoln High School's trip to Washington D.C. where students met with Senator Alex Padilla!

Featured in this month's HS Student Newsletter:

March is Women's History Month

Schools in SFUSD get a head start on Women's History Month in celebrating Women’s History and gender diversity by offering opportunities year-round. For example, Bal EmpowHER is a group of young women at Balboa High School who stand up for themselves and others. They promote conversations about women’s health and rights in their community. To celebrate Women’s History Month this year, members created a poster campaign promoting Healthy Relationships with friends, family, partners, and self. Check out other ways to celebrate Women's History Month by checking out HERstory from the San Francisco Public Library!

Arts Education Month

March is Arts Education Month! Some SFUSD students' artwork is on display on MUNI buses as part of a partnership with SFMTA and San Francisco Beautiful. These artists also created artwork based on poems by 826 Valencia students. (Featured art by Isabel Lombardi-Coronel from Ruth Asawa School of the Arts)

Investment Club at Washington High School

Students at Washington High School are learning about economics through an investment club. They are now managing a portfolio worth over $14,000! Check out their feature on KTVU.

National School Social Work Week

Thank you to all the school social workers who help foster connection in their school communities and connect students and families to resources! 

Gun Safety

Read this letter to families about gun safety from the SF District Attorney, SF Sheriff, and SFUSD Superintendent of Schools.

2023-24 Academic Calendar

The SF Board of Education has approved the academic calendar for the 2023-24 school year. The first day of school will be Aug. 16, 2023.

COVID Updates

Read more about changes to COVID guidelines in SFUSD, which are shifting in alignment with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH)'s guidelines.

Spark Annual Report

Many high school programs like Career Pathways and Mastering Cultural Identity are made possible with the support of Spark*SF Public Schools. Read more in their 2022 Annual Report.

Daylight Savings Time


Don't forget to spring forward on Sunday, March 12 and turn your clocks one hour later!



Ramadan will begin in the evening on Wednesday, March 22 and end on Thursday, April 20. Ramadan Mubarak! 

César Chávez Day


SFUSD schools will be closed in observance of César Chávez Day on March 31. SFUSD offices will remain open.

Spring Recess


All SFUSD schools and EED sites will be closed from Monday, March 27 to Friday, March 31 in observance of Spring Recess. SFUSD offices will remain open.

Teen Wellness Summit on Mental Health


Come to a FREE daylong gathering at City College of San Francisco to gain knowledge, learn new skills, reduce stigma around mental health, get helpful resources, and have FUN! There are 11 breakout sessions to choose from to learn more about screens and social media, eating disorders, mindfulness, healthy relationships, and much more. Plus, enjoy a raffle, goodie bags, and free lunch from Koja Kitchen.
March 18, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

2023 Anti-Tobacco / Anti-Vaping Art and Video PSA Contest


The 2023 Anti-Tobacco/Anti-Vaping (Public Service Announcement) Art and Video contest is open for submissions to students in grades 4-12 until April 16. This contest is organized by the Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB). SHAB works with SFUSD’s Student & Family Services programs to promote safe, healthy, and affirming school environments for students across the district. Students/groups can win up to $200 in prizes per category! (Featured art from 2021 contest by Natalie Wong, Balboa High School)

Opportunities for Youth: Ages 14-24


The San Francisco Department of Youth Children, and Their Families (DCYF), partners, and other agencies in San Francisco provide a wide array of opportunities for youth ages 14-24 to develop new skills, delve into their interests, receive funding for projects, and connect with their communities. This page is frequently updated, so check back often! 


College Track San Francisco is Recruiting!

Application Deadline: March 28
Interested in going to college but don't know how? Join College Track's FREE 10th year college access and college completion program. Application is open to current 9th graders and there are 20 spots available. You will have access to academic support, test prep, leadership development, summer opportunities, exclusive internships, and volunteer opportunities. 


CCSF Connect 2023

Saturday, April 15, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Learn why City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is a great choice to help you meet your education and career goals. With over 300 programs, there is something for everyone! 
  • Meet CCSF staff
  • Learn everything about attending CCSF
  • Explore degree, certificate, and transfer options 
  • Learn about support programs and resources
  • Find out about job placement and career services

Reminders for 12th Graders

University admissions offers are coming in! If you are choosing to live on campus at a university, please be sure to submit your housing application and deposit as soon as possible; housing is not always guaranteed for freshmen, depending on the college campus.
Also, the priority CalGrant deadline to fill out your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application was March 2, but if you haven't already filled out your financial aid application, it is not too late. You can work with your college advisor or counselor to complete it. Students going to a community college should absolutely fill out your financial aid application (FAFSA or CADAA). There are many financial assistance programs that you can only be connected to by submitting it!

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 select opportunities you can apply for:
The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT) invites SFUSD Chinese American high school seniors who will graduate in June 2023 to participate in its scholarship program. TACT plans to award ~30 scholarships of $2000 to students whose goals will benefit their community. Applicants are required to complete an application form and submit it with 1-2 letters of recommendation and transcript by *TONIGHT* March 10 at 11:59 p.m.

Students with demonstrated growth and resilience are highly encouraged to apply, as well as those with an interest in entering the field of education. At least one scholarship has been set aside for students whose career choice is to be a bilingual teacher.
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: March 17 at 5:00 p.m.
This scholarship award program recognizes young leaders who balance extraordinary challenges yet continue to show academic promise and community leadership. Each year, 11 outstanding SFUSD juniors are awarded $10,000 each to fund college tuition and/or education-related expenses.
Deadline: April 7 at 11:59 p.m.
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