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Hello Denman!


This morning we had an upset adult blocking traffic on Seneca.  We contacted SFPD and were assisted.  We escorted our students off the yard and school was never interrupted. We just always want to keep our community informed.


Thank you,

Teresa Shipp

First Day Of School Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

August 15, 2016

Happy First Day of School!



Wednesday, August 17                             Late Start (school starts at 9:30)

                                                                        Sports meeting at 3:30 Baseball, Softball, Boys’


Friday, August 19                                        Club Fair During Lunch

Tuesday, September 20                           Back To School Night

Wednesday, September 21                     Picture Day




Principal’s Welcome Back Message:

Welcome back to another fantastic school year at Denman Middle School!  The 2016-2017 school year promises to be another exciting and rewarding year for our students and families.  A few quick announcements and reminders to add to your calendars:


This year Denman will continue the implementation of the web-based SchoolLoop program for parents and students.   We are committed to increasing our parent and staff use of the online grading and communication tool this year.  Parents are invited to learn more about the use of the program at a special parent training session in Room 127 Tuesday, August 23 2-4, Wednesday August 24, 9-11 or Thursday, August 25, 9-11.


Denman’s Back to School Night is approaching quickly!!  This year Denman’s Back to School Night will be held on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, beginning at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium.  Our teachers and staff are looking forward to meeting you and showing off their classrooms!


Club Fair:  Friday during lunch students will have the opportunity to learn about our Denman clubs and sign-up to join any clubs they are interested in.


Denman Athletics: If you are interested in playing softball, baseball or boys’ soccer you MUST attend a meeting after school on Wednesday in the gym.  Also, please make sure you have your physical form completed!


Picture Day is coming!  All students will have their picture taken during PE on Wednesday, September 21st for their student ID card. 


Lockers: All lockers will be assigned through your homeroom class.  In order to get a locker you must turn in your emergency card.


How do I access School Loop?

Your child’s student ID number (xxxxxxxx) is required to complete registration. A student’s ID number can be found on the student ID card, locator card or a report card. If you need help finding your child’s student ID, call your school office. To register, you must have an email address.

Go to http://www.sfusd.edu and click “School Information”
on the left side. Look for your school’s name and click the School Loop link. Select Register Now to start the registration process. Fill in all fields, choose a password and click Register when you are finished. After your initial registration, you should receive an email with your user name. To enter School Loop, click the Login button after you enter your Login Name and Password. If you do not remember your password, click the link Forgot password? on the login page.

With School Loop, you may access details about your child’s classes and assignments, if your child’s teachers provide this information. School Loop sends a daily update to your personal email at 5 p.m.



Beacon After School Program Need something to do after school? The Denman Beacon After School Program offers lots of activities for all students, including tutoring, homework help, arts & crafts, sports, and much more.  All students MUST return a registration form to stay in the Beacon After School Program.


No cell phones, Please!  Students and parents are reminded that cell phones are not allowed at school.  Parents who need to contact their child at school should call the appropriate grade level counselor.

Keep Denman Clean – Everyone is responsible for helping to keep Denman clean.  Please use the waste cans and recycling containers available throughout the school and in each classroom.  Students are encouraged to use the green, blue, and black carts available in the cafeteria and the yard.

  • Green carts = food scraps, food-soiled napkins, paper milk cartons, cheesy pizza boxes
  • Blue carts = cans, foil, bottles, cardboard, paper, and plastic bottles, tubs, lids, & containers
  • Black carts = plastic wrap & bags, plastic straws, Styrofoam, potato chip bags


Welcome To The 2016-2017 School Year

August 4, 2016

Dear Denman Students and Families,


Welcome back for the BEST YEAR EVER!  Our “One Book, One School” novel Brown Girl Dreaming was such an incredible read and I cannot wait to discuss the many important lessons in the book! One of the quotes that resonates with me is: “I do not know if these hands will become Malcolm’s—raised and fisted or Martin’s—open and asking or James’s—curled around a pen. I do not know if these hands will be Rosa’s or Ruby’s gently gloved and fiercely folded calmly in a lap, on a desk, around a book, ready to change the world . . .”.  I hope that you all have rested up and are ready to take on changing the world.


The 2016-2017 school year is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 15th, at 9:00 am, with supervision in the yard beginning at 8:45 am.  This will be a full day with students being dismissed at 3:30 pm.  Lunch will be available in the cafeteria or students may bring their own lunches.  Homeroom assignments will be posted on the windows of the school prior to the first day.  Returning students should locate their name and assignment on the posted lists and report directly to their homerooms when the entrance bell rings at 9:00 am.  Room assignments may have changed so please check the homeroom lists carefully.  All sixth grade students, and any new seventh or eighth grade students, should report to the auditorium for a brief welcome and orientation session.  Once inside the auditorium, the sixth grade students are asked to be seated near the signs with their homeroom number.  Our opening day will begin with an extended homeroom period for all grade levels in which important information and instructions will be provided to students.  Students are reminded to report promptly so that they do not miss any critical information from their homeroom teachers.


The regular school day this year will be from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, with 15 minutes of yard supervision at the start of the day and 10 minutes at the end of each school day. Parents are reminded that all students must leave the building by 3:40 pm daily unless they are participating in an athletic program or in the Denman Beacon Program.  The Beacon center is continuing their after-school programming this year, offering extra activities, tutoring and classes from 3:30 – 6:20 pm.  Students who are interested in joining the Beacon activities are required to enroll before participating. 


This year every Wednesday will be late start for our staff to be able to meet and plan engaging lessons for our community!  Every Wednesday school will start at 9:30 am with supervision on the yard beginning at 9:15 am.  In addition, on the following Mondays: August 29th, September 26th, October 24th, November 28th, January 30th, February 13th and April 24th, all students will be released at 1:00 pm so our staff can successfully implement our Verizon Innovative Grant. In Verizon Innovative Learning schools, learning extends beyond the walls of the classroom. Every student and teacher is provided with a mobile device and a data plan that give them access to the internet anytime and anywhere. Students are taught how to use these powerful tools responsibly, and teachers are trained to use them effectively in their lessons. If your student is in Beacon it will start at 1:00 on our early release days.


On Saturday, October 1st we will be having a community celebration to roll out and assign iPads to each student.  Each iPad will have a data plan for internet connectivity 100% of the time.  More information will be provided as we get closer to the celebration!


To help students stay organized, daily planners have been purchased for each student.  These planners will be distributed in the first few days of school in students’ homerooms.  All students will be assigned a locker and are responsible for providing a lock – preferably a Master combination type.  Students will not be issued lockers until required forms (including emergency cards and school lunch forms) are returned and a lock is brought to school.  This year all 6th grade students will be receiving a free PE uniform.  In order to receive the uniform students must return their emergency card and lunch form.  PE uniforms will be distributed on a first come first serve basis and sizes cannot be guaranteed after the first week of school.  If our current 7th or 8th grade students have lost their uniform they received last year they will need to purchase a new PE uniform and information will be distributed on the first day of school.  Teachers will provide a necessary supplies list on the first day of school.  Please do not buy school supplies until you have learned what the teachers are requesting for their classes.  Furthermore, Denman is serving breakfast for everyone in first period every day free of charge.


Looking ahead, we have included a few important upcoming dates to add to your calendars: First late start (9:30 am) will be Wednesday, August 17th, our first early release will be Monday, August 29 (1:00 pm release), Back to School Night – Tuesday, September 20th.   Of course if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us in the days leading up to the start of school.  Our staff is looking forward to seeing you at Denman in a few days!




Teresa Shipp                                        Lisa Jovick-Berrueta                            Ann Lyon

Principal                                              Assistant Principal                               Assistant Principal



James Denman Middle School Calendar



Hello JDMS!

All students must turn in their PE forms.  You will find them attached here.  


Thank you,




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August 2, 2016


Dear SFUSD Families:  


I am writing to you on behalf of all of my colleagues on the SFUSD Board of Education.


Given the news of Superintendent Richard A. Carranza’s likely departure to serve as Houston’s new superintendent, the Board of Education has moved swiftly to ensure a smooth transition and continued positive momentum for our district.


While we begin the community process of searching for a new superintendent to serve our district, the Board of Education is united in choosing Deputy Superintendent Myong Leigh as SFUSD’s interim superintendent.


Mr. Leigh has been with SFUSD since 2000 and has successfully managed day-to-day operations and overseen key district initiatives. Our district has tremendous leadership throughout our schools and central offices. Mr. Leigh will be working with a great team at SFUSD.  


We are grateful to have had Superintendent Carranza at the helm for the past seven years--four as superintendent and three as a deputy. Under his leadership, SFUSD has maintained a focus on students’ academic growth through effective common-core aligned teaching and learning while also developing students’ social, emotional and physical well being. Our teachers and other have received more resources to do their critical work, including greater compensation, professional learning opportunities and access to technology.


The board takes seriously our responsibility to ensure the most capable and qualified leader for our school district moving forward. In the near future there will be a public meeting to discuss a selection process for the next superintendent of schools. Our national search process will be inclusive, transparent, and thorough.  


Without a doubt, we will prioritize finding a leader who shares our vision for ensuring every graduate is ready to succeed in college and careers. We will prioritize someone who has a track record of leading around our enduring goals of student achievement, access, equity, and accountability. And we will seek someone who can work with you and our entire community to move our district closer to our vision.


As we embark on the search for a new leader for SFUSD, input from our families is critical. Please check our website, sfusd.edu, for updates on future public meetings where the Board will gather input on the superintendent search and selection process.


All our school administrators are looking forward to greeting you and your children back to school on August 15.




Matt Haney

President, SF Board of Education


One Book One School

Summer Reading- All Students

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.


Students will need to complete the following attached assignments.  

Assignments will be due the first week of school.



One Book One School

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