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Welcome Back Letter!
August 4, 2015
Dear Denman Students and Families,
Welcome to a new and exciting year at James Denman Middle School! I hope that you enjoyed reading Counting By 7’s and that all students bring their completed summer assignments on the first day of school. One of the quotes that resonates with me is: “A genius shoots at something no one else can see, and hits it.” All of you amaze me everyday with your insights and knowledge and each of you is a genius!
The 2015-2016 school year is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 17th, 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.
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.
Ms. Jovick-Berrueta and I are excited to welcome Ms. Peoples to the administrative team. Ms. Peoples has been an administrator in SFUSD for over 7 years and has a plethora of teaching experience K-12 plus adult education! We are so lucky that she has agreed to work at Denman as the interim principal during my maternity leave.
Denman is excited to announce that we are the first middle school in SFUSD to offer Breakfast for All starting on the first day of school. All students will receive breakfast in their 1st period class free of charge everyday! Thank you to our PTSA for helping to coordinate this important initiative!
Looking ahead, we have included a few important upcoming dates to add to your calendars: Our first PTSA meeting of the year- Tuesday, September 8th at 6:00 in the library and Back to School Night – Tuesday, September 15th. 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 Tracy Peoples Lisa Jovick-Berrueta
Principal Interim Principal Assistant Principal
Please see the attached Weekly Bulletin that all students received on Wednesday.
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