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San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

If you believe you have been discriminated against, immediately contact the school site principal and/or Executive Director of the Office of Equity, Ruth Diep, at (415) 355-7334 or diepr@sfusd.edu.  A copy of SFUSD’s uniform complaint policy is available upon request.

Denman News

Welcome Back!

August 5, 2014

Dear Denman Students and Families,


Welcome to a new and exciting year at James Denman Middle School!  I hope that you enjoyed reading Wonder and that all students bring their completed summer assignments on the first day of school. One of the quotes that resonates with me is: “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary – the world really would be a better place.” Denman is already a caring community, but imagine if all of our community members began acting kinder than is necessary!


The 2014-2015 school year is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 18th, 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 of school.  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.  Zero period students should arrive at 8:05 am.  Zero period will not begin until September 2 and there is never zero period on Wednesdays.  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. 


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.


Denman is also very lucky to welcome Mr. Chris Barron as the new Assistant Principal.  Mr. Barron brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Denman and we are so fortunate to have him join our community! He has extensive experience in implementing standards-based curricula, using benchmark assessments to guide instruction, leading schools in SFUSD, he is bilingual and a powerful leader.  Please feel free to stop by the office and introduce yourself to Mr. Barron.


Looking ahead, we have included a few important upcoming dates to add to your calendars:  Our first PTSA meeting of the year- Tuesday, September 9 from 6-8 in the library, Back to School Night – Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 and Student Picture Day – Thursday, September 18th, 2014 with make-up day on October 30, 2014.  Of course if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us in the days leading up to start of school.  Our staff is looking forward to seeing you at Denman in a few days!



Teresa Shipp, Principal                                               Chris Barron, Assistant Principal


Posted by: Teresa Shipp
Published: 8/9/14

Have you completed your "One Book, One School" assignment yet?
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Published: 8/4/14

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