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Denman Shared Schoolyard Event for Saturday, December 10th had been canceled due to rain! Thank you for your understanding! 

Tardy Scoop Policy

Tardy Scoop


In an effort to reduce and diminish Student Tardies, James Denman Middle School has implemented a new attendance intervention known as the “Tardy Scoop”. Every period after the second bell the Counselors, Security, and other Admin will “scoop” any students in the hallway that did not make it to class on time. They will then be escorted to the cafeteria for 5 minutes. A pass indicating they were part of the “Tardy Scoop” group will be distributed and that is their entry back to class. If a student is seen 3 times in one day, an automatic call home to schedule a conference will be made. If a student has been scooped up 3 or more times in the week, they will serve “Tardy Tuesday” on Tuesdays after school as stated in our original policy. 


1st period

The Denman Tardy Scoop




Make it to class BEFORE the bell rings!



3x/day = Parent Conference/Tardy Tuesday

3x/week = Tardy Tuesday


“To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, to be late is unthinkable.”

Attendance Policy

James Denman Middle School



Absence:  If a student is absent from school there are two types of absences they may fall under, excused or unexcused. Both types will still show up on a student attendance profile report. There is more than one way that you can report an absence.


  1. Call into the school the morning of the absence to report by phone. 415.469.4535
  2. Send the student to school with letter from parent and or doctor.
  3. Email Ms. Hearne at HearneR@sfusd.edu, or grade level counselor
  4. Come into school and report absence


Tardy: If a student is tardy for school they have a 15 minute window (between 9-9:15am and Weds. 9:30-9:45am) before they have to go to the attendance office (RM116) to retrieve a tardy pass. After 9:15 they are to report to the attendance office with or without excuse and then report straight class. You are able to report a student being tardy the same way you report an absence.


Early Dismissal: Students are allowed to leave early from school with permission from parent / guardian. If a student needs to leave or be released early from school there is more than one way to report it.


  1. Send the student with a note the same morning of early dismissal with time they need to be dismissed or picked up.
  2. Call into the school that morning and give the time student needs to be dismissed.
  3. Email Ms. Hearne or grade level counselor day prior to dismissal or morning of with the time that student needs to be dismissed.


Truant: Students will show up on a truancy list after 18 PERIODS of either absence, unexcused absence, tardy, unexcused tardy, tardy 30 minutes or more. There are two different types of letters you may receive for students that are considered truant.  Families that receive a truancy letter are able to call in or stop by to correct any attendance. After receiving 3 letters and no contact from parent and or guardian the school then goes forward with the next step in attendance protocol through the district.


If you have any questions or concerns about the attendance of your child please feel free to call, email, or stop by Ms. Hearne’s office (RM116) and she will assist you.


Denman Weekly Bulletin

Denman Middle School Weekly Bulletin

Wednesday, December 7, 2016



December 5-8                                                   Inclusive Schools Week

December 8                                                       Hour of Code

December 9                                                       Coffee with Administration                                                       

                   Polynesian Club Assembly

                   Beacon Winter Ball 4-6pm

Saturday, December 10                                  Shared School Yard Kick-Off

December 14                                                     Beacon Holiday Craft Family Night

December 15                                                     Grades Due

December 16                                                     End of Fall Semester

                                                                             Denman Awards Assembly




Word Generation- Week 6

Topic: When should the US send troops to other countries?

Vocabulary:  displace   regime   diminish     stable      estimate        


Inclusive Schools Week is December 5- 9 Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors. The Week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. Denman will be celebrating Inclusive Schools Week with various activities during advisory and lunchtime.  Stay tuned for more updates!


Hour of Code Denman will be participating in Hour of Code on Thursday, December 8th all day; students will be coding in their Math Classes.  Denman Circle to School Partners- Salesforce will be volunteering and providing a mini career speaker sessions in all classes.  Denman is super excited to have ALL students coding!


Shared Schoolyard Kick-Off Event on Saturday, December 10th Join Denman Staff and Community Members for the opening of our school yard on the weekends.  Food and Activities and games for students; Supervisor Mark Farrell presenting. 


Lost and Found Items that have been placed in the Lost and Found need to be picked up by Friday, December 9th otherwise they will be donated to the Goodwill.  Please check out the Lost and Found!


Winter Break School-Work will be assigned to all Denman students by their teachers.  All school-work will be available to students on their iPads either thru school loop or Google Classroom.  Please note that these assignments will be the first assignments for the students during spring semester. 

Student IDs Student IDs will be sold in the Main Office, every day after school from 3:30 – 3:45pm starting Thursday, 10/20.  Student IDs are $1.  Students must complete the Student ID Form before purchasing. 

SFUSD Enrollment Application Deadline January 13th, 2017 The application deadline is Jan. 13, 2017 for the March Placement Period (Round One) of the 2016-17 enrollment process. The application for, along with all the necessary documents, must be submitted to the Educational Placement Center.


  • Lowell Application Deadline: Friday, December 16, 2016 Lowell High School applicants must submit:
    • A general SFUSD Enrollment Application
    • A Lowell Application


Denman Club List for Fall Semester https://jdms-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com/clubs



Beacon News

Winter Ball Dance on Friday, 12/9 from 4-6pm in the Gym sponsored by Beacon.  All Denman Students are welcome to attend. Formal attire welcome, but not required.  Check it out!


Beacon Holiday Craft Night on Wednesday, 12/14 at 6:30pm in Room 184.  Come enjoy the evening with Beacon, all families are welcome!


Beacon Family Paint Night Parents and students can enjoy light refreshments while exploring new creative skills.  We will provide canvas, paints and brushes as well as a guided instruction to create your own work of art!  Paint Nights will happen on Wednesdays, February 15 and April 19th from 6:30- 8:30pm. 


Denman Farmers Market will happen every Thursday from 3- 4pm.  The Farmers Market is open to all members of the Denman Community.  Denman Farmers Market distributes FREE fresh produce, meat, bread and non-perishable food items weekly to families of youth who attend James Denman School.

James Denman Middle School Calendar

7th Grade Coding at Dreamforce!



The San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education is asking for your help in selecting the next superintendent of schools. We are soliciting input from students, staff, parents, and community about your desired qualities and characteristics for the next superintendent and want you to share your thoughts on district strengths and challenges.



La Junta de Educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Francisco está pidiendo su ayuda para seleccionar al próximo superintendente de escuelas. Estamos solicitando la opinión de los estudiantes, el personal, los padres y la comunidad acerca de las cualidades y características que desean ver en el próximo superintendente, y queremos que comparta con nosotros que piensa usted son las fortalezas y los desafíos del Distrito Escolar.





As all public school districts in the State of California, including SFUSD, transitioned from STAR testing to the Smarter Balanced Assessments Consortium’s (SBAC) standardized assessments, all 9th grade applicants to Lowell were temporarily required to take the Lowell Admissions Test in the interim years 2015­-16 and 2016­-17.


As results from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s (SBAC) standardized tests SFUSD became available, SFUSD planned to use scores from the 7th grade SBAC for SFUSD Lowell applicants for the 2017-­18 school year.


However, the district has received feedback from parents that there was not sufficient notice regarding the use of SBAC tests for Lowell admissions. Therefore, the district has determined that all applicants for Lowell for the 2017­-18 school year will again be required to take the Lowell Admissions Test in January. For SFUSD students who have 7th grade SBAC scores, the district will use the highest score from either SBAC or the Lowell Admissions Test in English Language Arts and Math for its admissions’ calculations.


In 2017, the test will be administered on January 4, 5, 6, and 9 and students will be assigned by last name. More details are included on the Lowell application.


This will be the final year current SFUSD students applying to Lowell will be required to take the Lowell Admissions Test. For the 2018-­19 and all subsequent years, SFUSD will use 7th grade SBAC scores for SFUSD student applicants to Lowell.


Applicants for Lowell must submit both a Lowell application and an enrollment application by Friday, December 16, 2016 to either their present SFUSD middle school or to the Educational Placement Center, which is temporarily located at 655 De Haro Street.




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