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Happy May

Dear SFUSD High School Students:


We're so close to the end of the school year! This week is Student Mental Health Awareness Week, and May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Please know that resources are always available if you need help and can be found in this newsletter. We encourage you to take part in wellness activities this month and all year long. If you're graduating this year, there is support available for next steps after high school, so make sure to read through the College section at the bottom of this newsletter. 


We wish you all the best in this last month of school!


In Community,

Karen at SFUSD Student News

Featured in this month's HS Student Newsletter:
2023 Superintendent's 21st Century Award winners with SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne, SF Board of Education commissioners, and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond
Congratulations to the 2023 Superintendent's 21st Century Scholarship Award Recipients!
Six graduating SFUSD seniors were honored at an event hosted by Spark* SF Public Schools and received scholarships and personalized Warriors jerseys. They were also featured on ABC7 News this week.
The recipients of the 2023 Superintendent's 21st Century Awards are:
  • Imani Clifton, Washington High School
  • Gilberto Silva Cortes, Mission High School
  • Banyar Htut, SF International High School
  • Colten Hitchcock, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts
  • Joshua Mayorga, Lincoln High School
  • Amy Li, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
AAPI Heritage Month logo from the APA Heritage Foundation
May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
Learn about how SFUSD celebrates the AAPI community and check out some learning resources.

Thank a Teacher (And Other Staff Members!)

This month, we're celebrating teachers, school lunch heroes, principals, school nurses, and classified staff (like security aides and custodians)! We encourage you to thank the educators, administrators, and staff members who are important to you at school.
(Featured photo: Mr. Marc Bayangos, Art, Media, and Entertainment teacher at Balboa High School)
Balboa HS teacher Mr. Marc Bayangos
Student Mental Health

Resources for Student Mental Health Awareness Week

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Student Mental Health Awareness Week takes place this week from May 8 to 12. We encourage you to participate in, document, and share wellness activities as well as resources with your peers.

2023 Graduation Schedule

SFUSD will be providing outdoor High School Graduation for All events on May 30 through June 1 at the iconic Kezar Stadium and the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre in McLaren Park.
High School Graduation Ceremony Schedule now available
Keep Chromebooks or hotspots until you graduate

End-of-Year Technology Returns


If you are graduating or leaving SFUSD at the end of the year, you should return your Chromebooks and hotspots to your school. If you are NOT graduating or leaving SFUSD at the end of the year, hang on to them.

Jewish American Heritage Month


Join us in celebrating the culture, traditions, and the contributions of Jewish Americans during Jewish American Heritage Month in May and year round!

Jewish American Heritage Month
Dancers at Pacific Islander Wellness Festival
Pacific Islander Wellness Festival
SFUSD presented the Pacific Islander Wellness Festival on Treasure Island on April 29. The free event featured activities including touch rugby and field hockey, performances, an award presentation, health screenings, and resources from community-based organizations.

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! 

Memorial Day Holiday


SFUSD schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day
SF Youth Commission flyer

Apply for the San Francisco Youth Commission!


Are you between the ages of 12 and 23 years old, an SF resident, want to advocate on behalf of youth in San Francisco, and are interested in public service and policy-making? Then apply now until May 31 to serve on the 2023-2024 San Francisco Youth Commission!

Submit 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.

(Featured photo: Grace Liao of Lincoln High School)

Lincoln High School senior Grace Liao

In-Person, Virtual, and Phone Support for the Class of 2023!

We know that the summer before your freshman year in college, a lot can happen and questions come up! The SFUSD College and Career Readiness Office will have in-person, virtual, and phone support for Class of 2023 seniors with last-minute support follow ups taking place June 5 - 23.
  • June 6 Cash for College Workshop at Ida B.Wells (in-person drop in, open to ALL Class of 2023 students and families): Come to ask your financial aid questions and get support with the financial aid application and/or help with CCSF or other college enrollment needs.
  • June 12 - 23 Summer Melt at McAteer Campus (in-person drop in, open to ALL Class of 2023 students and families, closed June 19): Come to The Academy SF (bottom floor) between 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for 1:1 support with financial aid, college applications, help with registering for CCSF classes, campus housing questions, or general postsecondary support!
  • Virtual/Phone Support: All Class of 2023 graduates will receive a personalized phone call between June 5 - 23 to support you with any next steps you might need help with! During this phone call, you can also request Zoom support if you have more detailed questions. 
2023 Graduates: Claim Your Money from Kindergarten to College (K2C)

Congratulations! The City and County of San Francisco opens a college savings account with $50 for SFUSD students. If you are a senior graduating in 2023, Kindergarten to College (K2C) wants you to claim your money for college. You may have saved personal contributions and additional incentives awarded by K2C as well. Learn more.


Final Transcripts

If you need to get your final transcripts out to colleges and universities, refer to this letter to students and families from SFUSD's Student and Family Services Division for instructions.


Financial Aid and CSU/UC Reminders

Make sure that you are on top of paying for college! Set up your Webgrants account so that you can view your Cal Grant Award and add/delete colleges, if needed. Talk to your campus' financial aid department if you still do not have your financial aid offer; your counselor can help.


San Francisco State and UC Merced are among some colleges that have extended their registration dates to June 1, so if you are still thinking about attending these universities, it's not too late to say yes! Also, Sonoma State is currently still accepting applications for Fall 2023!


2022-23 Scholarship Opportunties

Check out this running list of scholarships you can apply for during the 2022-23 school year. There are still opportunities with May and June deadlines! You can also view links to additional scholarship databases and resources.
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