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AVID UCSC Field Trip

 

May 13

8th Grade Great America Field Trip

 

May 20

Graduation

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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.

DenmanTV Episode 6

End Of The Year Letter

May 15, 2016

Dear Denman Community,

 

As we finish the 2015-2016 school year I would like to express how grateful I am to be a member of the Denman Community; thank you for always showing Denman Pride and reflecting on our work and practices! Denman has had another incredibly successful year:

  • Denman is proud to be the first 6-8 middle school that serves breakfast to every student in their first period class.  As we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the dayJ
  • This year we had our first annual African American Awards Breakfast with over 150 community members present to celebrate our students!
  • A HUGE shout out to Mr. Faataui and the club sponsors for organizing assemblies that celebrated our community and who we are.
  • Thank you to Ms. Gin and Ms. Lyon for hosting the citywide MathCounts competition at Denman for the first time!
  • Student engagement and demand has influenced us to expand our Coding classes for the third year in a row!  Keep on coding students!
  • Our second annual 7th grade camping trip was quite a success and our students were able to experience the outdoors together as a community.
  • Our PTSA continues to grow and be impactful! Through their teacher grants our teachers and students are able to gain access to additional supplies and opportunities.
  • Our Read-a-thon was fun, engaging and our students read over 1,232 hours!
  • PE and Salesforce partnered to offer three field days to all of our students.  It was a powerful experience for our students to play sports with and learn from our Salesforce partners.
  • We are excited to announce that our fourth annual “One Book, One School” reading selection is Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.
  • The enrollment requests for Denman continue to grow and our enrollment will be increasing because of our community’s hard work and dedication to our students!

 

Denman is excited to share that during the 2016-2017 school year we will continue building on the above celebrations and striving to add even more celebrations!  We already have so much to inform our community about for next year:

  • Denman has been given the opportunity to bring 1:1 iPads for all of our students next year!  Each student will be given an iPad to take home and use at school.  The iPad will have a free data plan!  This partnership is with Verizon and more details will be coming at the beginning of  the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Our School Site Council is committed to lowering class sizes next year and we will be adding 5 new teaching positions and an African American outreach coordinator position.

 

In addition, next year we will also be welcoming a second Assistant Principal.  Last night the Board Of Education approved Ms. Ann Lyon to be our new AP.  Ms. Lyon has worked in the district for over 20 years and has been at Denman for the past three years!  We are so excited for Ms. Lyon to take on her new role!

 

Thank you for an incredible year and an even better one next year,

 

Teresa Shipp

Principal

 

News

4/18/16

Dear Denman Community,
 

We love kendamas, the popular toys with a ball, string and handle, which the kids use to do tricks. They encourage friendly nonviolent play, peer-to-peer teaching, and competition – and best of all, they don’t have screens!
 

However, kendama play in the hallways, classrooms, library and during PE class (when it is not the scheduled activity) has become distracting, disruptive and even unsafe. We have developed a policy for kendama use so our students can show Denman Pride at school by using kendamas safely and responsibly:

  1. Kendamas must be wrapped and away during all passing periods and class periods from first bell to last. 
  2. Kendamas may be used before school, during lunch period and after school during free time.
  3. If a kendama is seen or heard by any adult during class or a passing period it will be confiscated for the day and stored in Ms. Hensler’s office. The owner may sign the kendama out at the end of the day, but after the third confiscation, an adult family member will be required to sign out the kendama, it will not be returned to the student.
  4. If a student refuses to surrender the kendama to the adult who asks for it, a mandatory parent/guardian conference will be scheduled and the student will no longer be allowed to bring the kendama to school.

Again, we love and appreciate our students joy and skill in using these toys. This policy is to ensure that they are used safely and responsibly at school.

 

Thank you,

Ms. Hensler

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3/2/16

The SFUSD VAPA Summer Arts Program will take place June 8 to July 7 at two middle school campuses: Willie L. Brown, Jr., Middle School and Everett Middle School.

 

The classes offered will include:

  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Visual Art
  • Instrumental Music
  • Choir

Willie Brown, Jr. will offer beginning instrumental music, and instruments will be provided. Students with experience and those with their own instruments are welcome at both campuses. 

 

All current SFUSD 5th-, 6th- and 7th-grade students interested in the arts are eligible to apply. Students will receive audition and portfolio information for the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts as part of the program.

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Beacon News

The OMIE Beacon's Urban Explorers Summer Camp application will be released on Monday 3/14 to James Denman students for a three week (plus Spring Break) priority period. On April 9th, the application will be released to the general public at our Community and Family Resource Fair at JDMS. Our camp always fills up when we open it up to the public, so please take advantage of the Denman priority period! The application will be at the Beacon office (JDMS room 181) and at the front table during Beacon program hours. You don't have to be in school year Beacon to be a camp participant! 

  • Camp dates: May 31st to July 15th (No camp July 4th)
  • Camp hours: 9 AM to 3 PM, Monday- Friday
  • Camp cost: FREE
  • Camp activities: project based learning, weekly field trips, cooking, STEM, arts, sports, and overnight camping 
  • Camp location: Balboa High School (*Camp will be held at BHS due to summer construction at Denman)

Free Family and Community Programs: 

  • Tuesdays at 7 PM to 8:30 PM- Tai Chi (Intermediate), Yoga, Family Ceramics 
  • Wednesdays at 7 PM to 8:30 PM- Tai Chi (Beginner), Family Martial Arts, and Computer Basics 


 

STEP-UP Program

Incoming Denman 6th Grade Students

 

May 31st thru June 3rd  9-12 PM

 

Breakfast @ 8:30 am; Lunch available for all students till 12:30 pm 

 

All students must be picked up by 12:30 pm.  For any questions, please call 415.469.4535

 

 

 

 

 

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