Jul/5/2011 ABC7 Video: “Beyond the Headlines: Summer Learning Programs”

Posted by Richard • July 5th, 2011

Summer time could be dangerous to the physical and academic health of our low-income youth.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=8202174

Jul/1/2011 Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s African American Scholarship Award Applications Due

Posted by Richard • July 1st, 2011

Deadline to Apply: July 1, 2011
Do It NOW!

________________________________________________________________________________

Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s African American Scholarship Award:
I Am the Future 2011

Purpose:

The  2011 African American Scholarship assists low income African American youth from within the San Francisco Unified School District who are committed to pursuing higher education.

WHO CAN APPLY?
Applicants must be African American and graduating seniors from a San Francisco Unified School District high school for 2011.

WHAT IS THE SCHOLARSHIP BEING OFFERED?
Winner:
Scholarships will be awarded by the Mayor’s Office to be used at the college of your choice. Receiving this scholarship can affect your financial aid, so please check with your college or counselor.

HOW DO I APPLY?
Fill out the application form and submit it to the Mayor’s Office with a confirmation of your GPA, one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor and a typed 250-500 word essay. Students must submit the attached application completely with all components of the application by fax or email.  The deadline for submission is July 1, 2011.  Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be accepted.  After receiving your application, you will be contacted by our office to schedule an interview with our committee.

RULES AND CRITERIA

  • You must be an African American student that resides in the City and County of San Francisco.
  • You must be a graduating high school senior in the San Francisco Unified School District with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • You must submit a Completed Nomination Form with educator’s signature.
  • You must submit verification of your cumulative GPA.
  • All submissions must be typed, double-spaced, 12 font and no longer than 500 words.
  • Write and submit  a 250-500 word essay, on either: the obstacles you have overcome in the quest to reach your personal goals; OR: describe how your family history, culture or environment shaped you into the person you are today.
  • Include your name and the title of your essay at the top right corner.
  • Must be faxed or emailed; only one essay per submission.  Please submit information to the attention of Tinisch Hollins, by email at Tinisch.Hollins@sfgov.org, by fax at 415.554.6474.  She may reached directly with additional questions at: 415.554.6550.

 

Jul/1/2011 MTA Hearing on Implementation of School Zones in Districts 1 – 5

Posted by Richard • July 1st, 2011

SFMTA is holding a hearing on implementing school zones in schools in Districts 1-5 this Friday, 7/1/11, at 10:00 am in City Hall, Room 416. 

These zones would reduce the speed limit to 15 MPH within 500 feet of each eligible school making it safer for children to walk to school. All teachers and parents are encouraged to attend and to speak in favor of these safe school zones in your district.

Jun/22/2011 SF Gate: Summer Learning Day Gives Kids Lessons in Fun

Posted by Richard • June 22nd, 2011

Summer Learning Day gives kids lessons in fun

Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Third-grader Elaine Ma sat at a shady table in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza dipping a paintbrush in pink, gold and green paint.

“I’m painting a house,” she said as she brushed a gold swoosh on the paper. “This is magical grass.”

All around her some 800 children spent the first official day of summer hula hooping, playing board games, experimenting with bubbles and baking soda, hanging out in a bookmobile, drawing pictures, making bedazzled princess crowns and riding ponies.

This, said organizers of the city’s Summer Learning Day at the plaza, is what summer is supposed to be about: playing, thinking, creating, and ultimately learning outside the classroom in active, fun ways.

That’s not the experience for too many children, particularly low-income kids, who spend their 10 or so weeks of summer vacation doing nothing, said Sheryl Davis, director of Mo’ Magic, which helped organize Tuesday’s event.

Without structured activities that stretch their minds, they “tend to gain weight and fall behind,” she said. “They lose the summer. They come back to school two months behind.”

Researchers call it the summer brain drain. It affects all children, but especially those who don’t actively fight it.

Overall, most students forget two months worth of math over the summer. But low-income students also lose two to three months worth of reading skills.

As a result, the achievement gap between white, Asian and wealthy students and their Hispanic, black and low-income peers, each summer increasingly widens.

On Tuesday, most of the students at Civic Center Plaza were participants in nonprofit and city-sponsored summer camps and programs although some families stumbled upon the event and joined the fun, too.

There didn’t appear to be a single child at the event who, given a choice, would have picked a couch over the petting zoo, art project or bouncy houses.

Students who take part in summer enrichment activities, ranging from science camp, sports, family trips to museums or other programs, can boost their achievement levels, according to the National Summer Learning Association, which supported Tuesday’s Summer Learning Day activities across the nation.

And the students tend to avoid packing on the pounds as well, more likely avoiding the obesity epidemic plaguing the country’s youth.

In San Francisco, hundreds of primarily low-income children participate in nonprofit and city-sponsored summer programs, many featuring academic components. Those types of community programs can be critical to preventing summer learning loss, according to a study released this month by the nonprofit Rand Corp.

“They are often less expensive than school district staff, and they offer enrichment opportunities that are often similar to those experienced by middle-income youth during the summer – such as kayaking or chess, for example – that encourage students to enroll and attend, both of which are critical to program effectiveness,” said Catherine Augustine, a senior policy researcher at Rand, in a statement.

At Civic Center Plaza, with her paper filled with a pink and gold house with magical grass, Elaine appeared to plugging that drain in her brain. Her paintbrush and imagination were running wild. A green stick-figure man appeared on the paper. He had just arrived home, she explained.

Lisa Rasmussen, who had set up her Art Cart for the event, listened to Elaine’s story line and smiled.

“When children have art, they just swim in it,” Rasmussen said. “They just thrive.”

E-mail Jill Tucker at jtucker@sfchronicle.com.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/22/BAUI1K0RD1.DTL

This article appeared on page C – 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

Jun/10/2011 Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s African American Scholarship Award | Applications Deadline Extended to July 1

Posted by Richard • June 10th, 2011

Deadline to Apply: July 1, 2011
Do It NOW!

________________________________________________________________________________

Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s African American Scholarship Award:
I Am the Future 2011

Purpose:

The  2011 African American Scholarship assists low income African American youth from within the San Francisco Unified School District who are committed to pursuing higher education.

WHO CAN APPLY?
Applicants must be African American and graduating seniors from a San Francisco Unified School District high school for 2011.

WHAT IS THE SCHOLARSHIP BEING OFFERED?
Winner:
Scholarships will be awarded by the Mayor’s Office to be used at the college of your choice. Receiving this scholarship can affect your financial aid, so please check with your college or counselor.

HOW DO I APPLY?
Fill out the application form and submit it to the Mayor’s Office with a confirmation of your GPA, one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor and a typed 250-500 word essay. Students must submit the attached application completely with all components of the application by fax or email.  The deadline for submission is July 1, 2011.  Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be accepted.  After receiving your application, you will be contacted by our office to schedule an interview with our committee.

RULES AND CRITERIA

  • You must be an African American student that resides in the City and County of San Francisco.
  • You must be a graduating high school senior in the San Francisco Unified School District with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • You must submit a Completed Nomination Form with educator’s signature.
  • You must submit verification of your cumulative GPA.
  • All submissions must be typed, double-spaced, 12 font and no longer than 500 words.
  • Write and submit  a 250-500 word essay, on either: the obstacles you have overcome in the quest to reach your personal goals; OR: describe how your family history, culture or environment shaped you into the person you are today.
  • Include your name and the title of your essay at the top right corner.
  • Must be faxed or emailed; only one essay per submission.  Please submit information to the attention of Tinisch Hollins, by email at Tinisch.Hollins@sfgov.org, by fax at 415.554.6474.  She may reached directly with additional questions at: 415.554.6550.

May/21/2011 Super SATurday Rally and College Fair

Posted by Richard • May 21st, 2011

Super SATurday Rally and College Fair

May 21, 2011
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oakland Marriott Convention Center

Don’t delay…prepare the smart way for the SAT today!

Rally celebrity host: Sway Calloway

  • Celebrity guest speakers and performance, including the Bay Area’s own Mistah Fab and Lil’ B
  • Free SAT Prep and college paraphernalia giveaways
  • Information and Resource Fair
  • Admission is free! Pre-register today!

For more information, please visit www.choosecollege4life.com/supersaturday.

May/14/2011 Free Health Clinic: Tdap Vaccination for Whooping Cough

Posted by Richard • May 14th, 2011

The San Francisco Unified School District has partnered with the Department of Public Health to offer a FREE Tdap vaccination  whooping cough (pertussis) booster shot) clinic open to all students and will be hosted at:

When & Where:
May 14, 2011 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (vaccinations) | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (resource fair)
John O’Connell High School
2355 Folsom Street, SF

We are asking for your support and participation to help make this clinic an event with a larger impact and purpose for the Mission District community. We will also be providing families with a wide range of Health/ Educational Resources.

Why are we hosting a clinic:
A new California school immunization law, called AB 354, requires ALL students entering 7th through 12th grades for the 2011-2012 school year to show proof of a whooping cough (pertussis) booster shot, called Tdap, before entering school. Students who have not received this booster shot prior to the beginning of the school year will not be allowed to start school.

Who should attend this event:
Children that have NOT received the booster: specifically students entering 7th-12th grades in fall 2011.

How you can support the event:

  • Help promote the event by sharing the information with your clients and participants
  • Participate by tabling your organization’s services

How you can participate in the event:
Table and host the services that your organization or agency offers, offer in-take opportunities and advertise other topic related events in the community.

The last Tdap clinic that was held at Roosevelt Middle in March drew over 500 people. Help us increase the number of attendees and make this event an opportunity that goes beyond just one vaccination!

To Participate:
Please fill-out the form below and send it back to:

Maribel Sainez
Office of School/Family Partnership
SF Unified School District
415-241-6185
sainezm@sfusd.edu

For more information visit:

May/4/2011 SF Examiner: San Francisco Schools Bracing for Ever-Deeper Budget Cuts

Posted by Richard • May 4th, 2011

San Francisco schools bracing for ever-deeper budget cuts
Article dated: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 11:00:43 +0000

San Francisco schools

A budget gap of nearly $109 million over the next two years is predicted for San Francisco schools, which could mean deeper cuts to programs, larger class sizes and even school closures under the worst-case scenario.

The grim budget forecast was outlined Tuesday night to the Board of Education.

“What we have ahead of us is totally unacceptable,” Superintendent Carlos Garcia told board members at the start of the meeting. “This is one of the worst scenarios I’ve ever seen.”

The San Francisco Unified School District, which operates on a budget of $490 million, must cut $24.8 million for the 2011-12 school year. These cuts are based on Gov. Jerry Brown’s failure to convince legislators in Sacramento to hold a June special election that would have let voters decide to extend vehicle and income taxes.

Without the tax extensions, roughly $2 billion must be cut from K-12 schools across California. The state is facing a $19 billion budget shortfall.

The deficit in San Francisco schools could grow to another $84 million by the 2012-13 school year if the state’s economy doesn’t turn around.

Next year’s budget could be worse, said Myong Leigh, deputy superintendent of policy and operations, depending on the governor’s revised budget, which is due in May. Discussions in Sacramento have focused on an “all-cuts” budget that would slice current spending to extremely low levels without raising any revenues, K-12 schools would stand to lose another $4 billion.

If additional cuts need to be made schools could be closed, the school year could be shorter, class sizes could be increased and cuts could be made to advanced-placement programs, among other areas, Leigh said. The district must approve a budget and submit it to Sacramento by July 1. Two community meetings are scheduled for May and the Board of Education will vote on a final budget by June 28.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

Apr/25/2011 The MAGIC Show Fundraiser

Posted by Richard • April 25th, 2011


Do You Believe in MAGIC?

We at Mo’ MAGIC are organizing another magical summer for children and youth of the Western Addition. In our dedication to combating summer learning loss, we are coordinating enrichment activities and field trips for hundreds of children and youth in the community.

To support these summer learning activities, we will host a fundraiser on April 25 called “The MAGIC Show.” The reception begins at 6:00 pm, followed by a program highlighting the Summer of MAGIC, with performances by Pop Lyfe (www.poplyfe.com) and recognition of community leaders such as Hayes Valley’s own Richard Johnson. The suggested donation to attend is $75 ($50 for Western Addition residents and service providers, and $20 for youth), but any amount is appreciated.

The MAGIC Show
Monday, April 25, at 6:00 pm
Yoshi’s San Francisco
1330 Fillmore Street, SF 94115

Mo’ MAGIC (Fillmore Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities) is a collaboration of organizations and community members working together to create opportunities for youth to grow and learn. For this summer’s events we need to raise $50,000 to cover the cost of:

  • 8 literacy workshops for 450 children and youth
  • 8 mentoring workshops for 150 youth
  • 5 field trips for 500 children and youth
  • 3 enrichment teachers for 300 children and youth
  • 4 community events for 500 children youth and their families
  • 3,000 books for neighborhood programs and housing developments
  • Annual health fair and backpack giveaway for more than 1,500 children, youth and their families

Every tax-deductible donation, no matter how small will make a difference and is crucial to the support of our community programming. If you can’t donate money, please donate time and volunteer. To make a donation, visit our website at www.momagic.org and click the “Donate Now” button, or send checks (made out to our fiscal sponsor: AAACC) to: The MAGIC Show, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

For more information, please call 415-563-5207 or email info@momagic.org.

About PopLyfe

PopLyfe is leading the next generation of gifted musicians and artists ermerging from the San Francisco Bay Area. PopLyfe is ready to carry on the Bay Area’s history of delvier new styles of music and artistry to the entertainment industry.

Currently attending TSM (Tony’s School of Music), they are learning the business of music from a host of mentors including legendary guitarist and Grammy Award winning producer D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony Toni Tone. Following in the footsteps of Destiny’s Child and Keyshia Cole, PopLyfe is the latest project under development by TSM. Already being recognized as the “Lil Tony’s,” PopLyfe’s style ranges from Classical and Jazz to R&B and Hip Hop.

PopLyfe has played live across the Bay Area and beyond with performances at The Universal Gibson Ampitheater with Bobby Brown, Paramount Teater with Guy and Tony Toni Tone and opening for Artist Trey Songs at SF Mezzanine.

“The PopLyfe Project,” a reality TV show following the development of the group is currently in production. Watch out for the TV show spotlighting these artists from the Bay Area.

Group members:

Dylan Wiggins, age 13 (Keys, Music Director/Producer)
Denzel Merrit, age 12 (Drummer, Co-Producer)
KehLani Parrish, age 13 (Lead Vocals, Writer)
Ranzel Merrit, age 15 (Sax)
Jaden Wiggins, age 11 (Bass)
Ali-Khan Lochin, age 15 (Dee-Jay)
Dillion Ingrem, age 13 (Guitar)

For more about PopLyfe, please visit www.poplyfe.com.

Apr/20/2011 USF Continues Sponsorship of Upward Bound

Posted by Richard • April 20th, 2011

USF Continues Sponsorship of Upward Bound
04-15-2011

Dear USF Community, 

I am happy to announce that USF has agreed to continue its sponsorship of the Upward Bound program, and that we will continue a relationship which started more than 40 years ago.

For many weeks now, we have been working behind the scenes to secure the future of the program. In a meeting today, we forged a genuine partnership with the community, and agreed to form an advisory board that will provide Upward Bound with a new level of oversight and accountability. The Board will help assure the quality of the student experience and help guide the overall direction and management of the program.

Key faculty have agreed to integrate Upward Bound into teaching/learning and research, and to become directly involved in the program. USF will provide classrooms as they are available, with the understanding that an administrative office and some classrooms will need to be located in the San Francisco community. Everyone benefits from this arrangement: the program, the community, and the university.

Participating in today’s meeting were faculty and students from the USF School of Education, representatives from the San Francisco religious community and the USF administration, Chuck Smith, Vice Chair of USF’s Board of Trustees and Joe Marshall, USF alumnus and Trustee Emeritus. I want to thank these dedicated and hard-working individuals for helping us in this important work.

I also applaud our students, staff and faculty who champion social justice and the rights of the less privileged. This goes to the heart of USF’s mission and rich history. I believe USF is a good place with a good heart.

There are many important details to be worked out, but today’s agreement signals a fresh start for Upward Bound, and for its relationship with USF and the community of San Francisco. I am proud to be part of this university.

Mary J. Wardell
Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Community Engagement