SFUSD Insider - December 2022
Dear SFUSD Colleagues:

It’s that time of year when we come together with our friends and family to celebrate the holidays, reflect on the past year, and reset our focus for the new year. As I continue to immerse myself in the SFUSD community, I am inspired by how SFUSD educators and staff coalesce around our students and families. From my school visits to dealing with the many challenges that can surface in a school community, I have seen how you act in ways that are true to our values of being student-centered and united. Thank you for your commitment to our students and families. 


While fixing EMPowerSF and doing right by our employees is still top priority, providing our students with an excellent education to eliminate inequitable outcomes continues to ground our work in SFUSD. On Oct. 25, the Board of Education approved a new vision, updated values, and goals for student outcomes. Then last month we had a meaningful discussion about our student achievement data from the 2021-22 school year. I appreciate that the conversation focused on how we are going to monitor progress toward our goals. As I’ve been visiting schools, I’m learning about the work already underway to improve student learning. From classroom visits using our core rubric to our new common planning time, schools are engaging in important continuous improvement processes. This is incredibly important work and will inform our overall direction as a district to meet our student outcomes. As we plan for the 2023-24 school year, know that our goals for student outcomes, and our values such as serving the whole child, will inform the direction of the district. 


Finally, I’d like to take a moment to wish you and your family a healthy and safe holiday season. I hope you can take time to rest and practice self-care over Winter Break.

Dr. Matt Wayne headshot


Dr. Wayne

Featured in this month's SFUSD Insider:
Spring Valley Science ES
Spring Valley Science ES, California's Oldest Public School, Turns 170

Students, families, and staff at Spring Valley Science ES celebrated the school's 170th anniversary on Nov. 18 with special commendations and a presentation by students. Spring Valley was established on Feb. 9, 1852 in San Francisco. The school provides multilingual/bilingual programs in Spanish and Chinese as well as English language enrichment in social studies and the creative arts. Listen to the story on KCBS Radio.

Inclusive Schools Week
Inclusive Schools Week
During Inclusive Schools Week (Dec. 5-9), and every week, we honor our SFUSD special education staff who go above and beyond in service of supporting and celebrating students. To learn more, check out the staff winners and nominations of the 2022 Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education.
Tai-Sun Shoeman
Tai-Sun Schoeman, Principal at A.P. Giannini MS, Wins RAVE
Tai-Sun Schoeman, Principal at A.P. Giannini MS, was nominated for his student-centered approach to education.
According to his nomination, under Mr. Schoeman's leadership, "the school's student-success culture permeates at every level. During poignant moments, Mr. Schoeman has had a light touch in communication that helps transcend difficulties and bond the community."
Read about colleagues who have been nominated and those who have won a RAVE award. You can nominate any district employee or team for recognition (except for yourself or an entire school).
Understanding Your Pay Stub

How to Read Your Pay Stub - Watch Now

Learn about the different sections in a pay stub.


How Do I...

  • Access my old pay stubs before January 2022?
  • Access my current pay stubs (from January 2022 to the most recent)?
  • Update my W-4?


Questions? Call the Benefits, Leaves, and Payroll Call Center: 415-463-1550

  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, excluding holidays

  • Focus: Intake to understand your issue or issues and ensure we have a ticket that reflects the information needed to direct your issue to an appropriate person who can support a resolution.

“I was a student at Spring Valley, so it's nice to come back to the community where I grew up and learn from the families that are now here.”
- Erica Wong, 3rd Grade Teacher, Redding ES


Read more #WeAreSFUSD stories!

Erica Wong
Love Our City logo

Apply to Join the Neighborhood Beautification Day Program


Neighborhood beautification days help to keep San Francisco beautiful through landscaping and gardening projects, graffiti removal, and litter cleanup. Events can be a rewarding opportunity for the school community to work together on improving school sites. Apply by Dec. 16.

Illustration by Jennifer Kim at Wallenberg High School

Updates from SFUSD Arts


Proposition 28 passed in California, with almost 65% of voters signifying that they value the arts and want to see more arts education in our schools. Learn about what this means for school districts in California, and other updates from SFUSD Arts -- including the return of the annual Mariachi Concert at Mission HS this spring!

View this email in your browser
You are receiving this email because of your relationship with San Francisco Unified School District. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here.
This message was sent from newsline@sfusd.edu to newsline@sfusd.edu
555 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102

Update Profile/Email Address | Forward Email