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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, October 19, 2016



Month of October                                           Denman Read-A-Thon

October 19                                                        Beacon Family Paint Night

October 20                                                        Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill

                                                                             Purple Day

October 24                                                         Early Dismissal @ 12:50pm **

October 25                                                         SSC Meeting @ 4pm

October 26                                                         Late Start

October 27                                                         Make-up Picture Day

October 28                                                         Beacon Haunted House 4-6pm

Saturday, October 29                                       Enrollment Fair @ CCSF

October 31                                                         Halloween



Word Generation Week 3:

Topic:  Do the benefits for renting a pet outweigh the potential harm it can cause to the animals? 

Vocabulary: whereas, capable, ongoing, compatible and notion


Early Release on October 24, 2016 Parents/Guardians please make sure that you have arranged pick-up for that day.  Beacon will be available afterschool.





























Halloween Student Expectations Denman students are invited to show their Halloween spirit and wear a costume to school on Monday, October 31, however students need to meet the following expectations: No Masks/Other Face Coverings or Weapons will be allowed.  NO Clown Costumes will be allowed this year.  Costumes must be appropriate.  Costume Contest during Lunch!


Purple Day on October 20th Wear purple to stand up against bullying of LGBTQ students.  Show your Denman Pride and support your LGBTQ friends and classmates. 


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

Grade Level Basketball Courts Effective Monday, October 17th Grade Level Basketball Courts will be implemented during lunch.  All students who are interested in playing basketball during lunch will need to play on their grade-level court.  Students will only be able to move-up a grade level when playing, they will not be allowed to move-down a grade level.  Denman staff will be helping students get acquainted with the new system. 


A Living Library- Garden Program is hiring!  Students who are interested in working in the garden after school must complete an application for the program.  Applications are available in the Main Office or Beacon.  The Garden Program is open to a maximum of 20 students; students can earn a stipend based on attendance and participation and the program takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays after school.  If you have any questions, please see Cecelia after school. 


NorCal Fundraising Cookie Dough is still collecting Fundraising Packets from students.  Please turn them ASAP to Ms. Botai in the Main Office.  Prizes will be awarded for top sellers.  If families do not wish to participate, this is a voluntary fun activity.  Donations are always welcome J


Expanding Your Horizons Conference in Science and Mathematics will be held at San Francisco State University on Saturday, November 19! Open to all girls who are interested. 

  • Registration opens on Wednesday, October 19th  
  • Students can register on-line at the EYH website: expandingyourhorizonssf.weebly.com
  • Registration is not complete until the SFSU waiver form has been signed by a parent and submitted
  • Registration also requires a $20.00 fee (scholarships available); this includes lunch and snacks
  • Interested students can come to a lunchtime information session on Thursday, October 20 in Room 127. Bring your iPad to complete the on-line registration; waiver packets will be available and lunch will be provided.

Make-Up Picture Day on October 27th Students who need to retake their photo must do so this day in order to have a student ID.  If you ordered pictures and do not like the photo, students are allowed to make-up their photos ONLY if they have ordered pictures.  Students must return their original packet of pictures on the make-up day.  NO Students will be allowed to make-up their photo unless their ordered pictures.


OCTOBER is Read-a-thon month! 


You still have 2 weeks to help your Advisory class win a party!
Log Your Minutes Online



Please SIGN UP to help with the Winners' Party!
Visit www.denmanptsa.com for PTSA info & updates

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. 


Student Reminder all students to remain on the schoolyard before morning bell; no students should be in the building before school starts each day.  Supervision begins on the yard each day at 8:30am.

Beacon News

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, October 19, February 15 and April 19th from 6:30- 8:30pm. 


Beacon Haunted House on Friday, 10/28 from 4 – 6pm. Come join the Beacon for their annual Haunted House- open to all Denman Students, Families and Staff.  Activities and crafts will also be happening; snacks will be provided.  Show your Denman Pride and Halloween spirit and check out the Beacon Haunted House!


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!





Dear SFUSD families,


Earlier this week gunshots were fired in the school parking lot at dismissal time at June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE), and four students were physically injured. They are recovering. The assailants were not part of the school and appeared to be targeting one student -- there is no ongoing threat to students at JJSE. This isolated event, although awful, should not be viewed as a negative reflection on JJSE, an extremely safe school focused on caring relationships.  


This terrible incident has shaken everyone in the community. While students at other schools were not directly impacted, we recognize that an event like this can bring up difficult feelings for you and your child. Please know that school staff is prepared to discuss these feelings with your child and provide additional support as needed.


All school staff remain alert to any potential threats to safety in our school district.  The safety and security of the San Francisco Unified School District’s students and staff is of utmost importance. SFUSD has a comprehensive crisis plan, and district administrators coordinate closely with city emergency management officials and law enforcement representatives to monitor and update plans on a regular basis.


In addition, schools have security measures to ensure the well-being of students and staff. These include: visitor check-in procedures, locked doors after the start of the school day, surveillance cameras, and school resource officer support.


How we notify you if there is a school emergency

If there is an emergency at your child's school or a citywide emergency that impacts your child’s school, SFUSD will notify parents using the contact information in our student information system. Depending on the impact level of the emergency, we will attempt to reach you via a phone call and email using the information in our database, and, if you have opted in to receive text messages, you will receive text notifications as well.


If you do not receive a message it is likely because your current contact information has not been entered into the district’s confidential student information system. We encourage you to check with your school site secretary or principal to ensure they have the most up to date contact information for you in SFUSD’s student information system.  This is the how, in the event of a school or citywide emergency, we can reach you immediately.


Notifications regarding high-impact emergencies will also be posted on the district’s website sfusd.edu, Twitter account (@SFUnified) and shared with the media.


How to sign up for text notifications

If you have a mobile phone entered into our system, you will receive one prompt from SFUSD via SchoolMessenger asking you to opt in to receiving text messages. The message will only be sent one time from the number 67587 and will read: "SFUSD alerts. Reply Y to confirm, HELP for info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/txt."


We encourage you to reply "Y" to receive text messages from SFUSD and your school, as it often makes for faster communication, which is crucial in the event of an emergency. However, if you do not wish to opt in, you can simply ignore the text message.


You will only receive this message one time, and if you do not reply "Y" to confirm, the district cannot send you future text notifications. If you already received a text message and didn’t reply but do want to receive urgent messages via text, you may still sign up by texting “YES” to the number 67587 from your mobile phone. Please note, if you text this number and your mobile phone is not entered in the student information system, messages will not be sent to it.


More information about SFUSD’s emergency notification procedures can be found here: http://www.sfusd.edu/en/safety-and-emergency-plan/student-safety-and-parent-notification.html



Myong Leigh

Interim Superintendent


All of us in the San Francisco Unified School District are deeply troubled by the incident that took place yesterday afternoon in the parking lot at June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE). Our understanding at this time is that a small group of outsiders unaffiliated with the school came to campus around the time of school dismissal, targeting a particular JJSE student for reasons that are presently unclear. Sadly, four students were injured during the incident. They have received appropriate medical attention and are recovering from their injuries. 


We want to thank the San Francisco Police Department for their support immediately following the incident and for their work in the ongoing investigation. We are also grateful to the paramedics and medical professionals who tended to our students, and we are committed to supporting our students and their families as they overcome their physical and emotional wounds. We also appreciate the offers of support immediately made by Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor John Avalos. Finally, we commend JJSE’s leaders, faculty and students both for their steady, calm and caring actions as the situation evolved and for the dedicated and courageous efforts that they have already begun to heal from yesterday’s events.  


I need to state emphatically that this isolated event, although awful, should not be viewed as a negative reflection on JJSE. June Jordan is an intentionally small, extremely safe school focused on deep and caring relationships between all students and adults. All those connected to this school take great pride in, and put special care toward, creating a nurturing community rooted in the shared value of social justice. Through its small class sizes, college-going culture, and focus on rigorous, independent thinking, many JJSE students become the first in their families to attend college.  


Though only four students were physically injured, this terrible incident has shaken everyone in the community, particularly the staff and students at June Jordan. Fortunately the school has a strong tradition of coming together daily to discuss challenging topics and to support one another. In addition to coming together as a community, JJSE has trained counselors who will be meeting with students and faculty. We deeply appreciate the educators and students at June Jordan School for Equity and will proudly stand by them through this disturbing, but temporary, challenge.


Myong Leigh

Interim Superintendent, SFUSD


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