SFUSD Insider - April/May 2023
Dear SFUSD Colleagues:

Ni hao! Kamusta! Xin chào! Talofa! These are ways to say hello in Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese and Samoan — some of the primary languages spoken by Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and families in the San Francisco Unified School District. 


This month in May, we recognize AAPI Heritage Month to honor and uplift the many important contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who are essential to San Francisco’s history, present and future. In SFUSD, we honor our AAPI communities each day. SFUSD also has employee affinity groups such as the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) Racial Affinity Administrators Group and Kabayan for Filipino/Filipino-American staff. For resources to inspire your students, check out SFUSD’s AAPI Heritage Month Resource Guide.


Please keep reading this month’s newsletter for other important updates and information.

Dr. Matt Wayne headshot


In Community,

Dr. Wayne

Featured in this month's SFUSD Insider:
Citywide Youth Arts Festival
Citywide Arts Festival

​Congratulations to those who participated in the Citywide Youth Arts Festival! The Citywide Youth Arts Festival is a compelling opportunity for SFUSD arts students to connect and communicate with San Francisco residents and visitors by sharing their artistic voice and vision. Read more in the SF Examiner.

Yvette Nelson Hernandez
Paraeducator Appreciation Day

SFUSD is grateful for paraeducators every day, and extends a special acknowledgment to paras on Paraeducator Apprecation Day, which is observed annually on the first Wednesday of April. SFUSD offers the Paraeducator Institute and Paraeducator Leadership Network (PLN) to paraeducators for paid professional development and leadership opportunities. Meet some of our dedicated paras!

Marshall ES Library
We Love Our School Libraries
We celebrated National School Library Month in April. At SFUSD, we don’t go by the book when it comes to libraries and there are some amazing things that make our public school libraries here in San Francisco a little extra special. Thank you to all our teacher librarians!
Hillcrest ES ribbon cutting
Hillcrest ES Unveils New Classroom Building
The Hillcrest ES community and SFUSD Facilities team celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school's new classroom building, which was made possible through the 2016 Bond Program.
Environmental Solutionary Teacher Fellowship event
SFUSD Teachers and Students Present Climate Action Projects
In honor of Climate Action Month in April, SFUSD Environmental Solutionary Teacher Fellows and their students presented climate action research projects at a special “Solutionary Pioneers” event with City partners at the Randall Museum.
Benjamin Amezcua, teacher at Monroe Elementary School
Teacher Appreciation
We are so thankful for ALL of our dedicated educators across SFUSD, like 3rd grade Spanish dual immersion teacher Benjamin Amezcua of Monroe ES, who inspires his students to strive for success! Learn more about some of our amazing teachers.
Makaela Manning
Thank You, School Principals

National School Principals' Day is celebrated on May 1 annually to recognize the importance of principals, and we’re thankful for all of our principals at SFUSD! Meet some of our principals (including Makaela Manning of Carver ES, who recently won a RAVE award) and learn more about the Transformative Leadership for Equity and Excellence (TLEE) program to support new principals in SFUSD.

Dr. E'leva Hughes Gibson
Dr. E’leva Hughes Gibson Honored for Leadership by CAAASA and ACSA

Dr. E’leva Hughes Gibson, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools (Cohort 5), received the Outstanding Leadership in Education Award at the California Association of African American Superintendents (CAASA) Annual Statewide Summit in March. Co-presented by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), the award recognizes California educational leaders for their outstanding work and commitment to educational excellence for African American, Latinx, and other students of color.


E’leva says, “It is an honor to be able to serve children and families in our public school system and to be recognized for making a difference. I am grateful for my colleagues and educational partners who, through our collective efforts, work hard to improve outcomes for ‘each and every’ child. We are in this equity-centered work together!”

Erminia Benitez
Erminia Benitez, Assistant Cook at McAteer Culinary Center, Wins RAVE 
Erminia Benitez of Student Nutrition Services was nominated for her student-centered approach to her work. 
According to her nomination, Ms. Benitez "connects so well with students and tells them regularly how proud of them she is. She also saves plates of food for students who have long commutes to school and can't always make it on time for breakfast service. She knows that for some students, these are the only meals they have to get through the day."
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).
“I am creating the programs that I wish existed when I was a student in SFUSD.”
- Kena Hazelwood, LGBTQ Student Services Coordinator


Read more #WeAreSFUSD stories or submit your own #WeAreSFUSD story for a chance to be featured on SFUSD’s website and social media pages.

Kena Hazelwood
Jewish American Heritage Month

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!

Down Payment Assistance Loan Program (DALP)


Looking to purchase market-rate property in San Francisco? Funds are available for SFUSD educators for down payment assistance. Applications are open.
Down Payment Assistance Loan Program
First day of school

The Teaching and Learning Collaborative Program (TLC)


Are you interested in taking video in your classroom for professional reflection? Need video for your National Boards or want to facilitate video based learning in your department? Find a collaborative colleague from the Teaching and Learning Collaborative Program.


Graduations for All


SFUSD will again be providing outdoor High School Graduation for All events on May 30 through June 1 at the iconic Kezar Stadium and the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park. All high school graduation ceremonies will be live-streamed and recorded.

Digital District Day

Pre-Register for Digital District Day


SFUSD’s Department of Technology presents its 8th Annual Digital District Day virtually on Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  We encourage you to attend and/or submit to present a session that could benefit your SFUSD colleagues. Make sure you submit a session by May 26!
Kids on a computer

Available Apps for SY 2023-24


Learn which apps will continue to be centrally funded for next year.
Memorial Day

Memorial Day Holiday


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