Welcome back to school! We opened the school year with a lot of enthusiasm. Mayor Newsom spent the first weeks of school welcoming families to the new Dianne Feinstein School at Parkside Campus, checked in with Starr King’s general and Mandarin immersion programs, and brought our One City One Book author, Luis Urrea, to the June Jordan School for Equity for a school tour and book reading with students.
Mayor Newsom had an opportunity to hear from community based organizations working in education at our “Community Voices” roundtable, hosted at the International Studies Academy. Our regular weekly school visit brought us to the only year round elementary school in the district, Argonne Elementary.
The Mayor welcomed Paul Chang - the former principal at Lowell High School - to his new position as Principal of Thurgood Marshall High School. Marshall High School, along with three other schools, will receive a new intervention specialist to work closely with truant students. The funding comes from a grant awarded to the San Francisco Police Department and matched by the city’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families. Mayor Newsom also had an opportunity to tour the amazing new renovations of the school, compliments of the 2003 school facilities bond.
The Mayor truly enjoys his time spent at the schools interacting with the students, teachers, and parents. He will continue his weekly school visits this school year. He visited camps over the summer to stay connected to education and the youth of the city - and he continues to be impressed by the wealth of services available to our youth.
This year, we launched our first ever Mayor’s Teacher of the Month Recognition Award. This award will honor an outstanding teacher each month during the school year. Our first recipient was Ann Lew, a retiring high school English teacher from International Studies Academy. We celebrated her honor during a press conference announcing the Thank a Teacher Campaign, which was spearheaded by the San Francisco Education Fund.
In addition, DonorsChoose challenged San Franciscans to raise funds for teacher projects. We are proud of the collaborative efforts made by the Mayor’s office, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco Education Fund, DonorsChoose and the United Educators of San Francisco - along with many other community based organizations - to honor the hard work of our teachers.
Thank you to everyone that participated in the challenge and for thanking our teachers! We encourage you to nominate your favorite, outstanding teacher for the Mayor’s Teacher of the Month Award. Please contact my office for more information! 415.554.6298