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Denman PTSA

Links for Teachers

April 11- May 6

SBAC Testing

April 27 

Late Start

May 2- 6

PTSA Book Fair

May 5

STEM & History Night

Ice Cream Social Night

May 6

La Raza Assembly

Beacon Spring Dance

8th Grade Dance

May 11

AVID UCSC Field Trip

May 13

8th Grade Great America Field Trip

May 20
























SBAC Testing is continuing thru Friday, May 6th.  Denman will be returning to our regular bell schedule starting Monday, May 2nd.  Thank you again for your patience with block scheduling, it really helped support our testing environment.


PTSA Sponsored Scholastic Book Fair May 3- May 5.  Students will be able to purchase books during lunch in the library and during History & STEM Night on Thursday, May 5th.  Teachers, if you would like to bring your class, let me know the time slot and we can see if there is volunteer to run it. Carrie439@gmail.com


One Book One School: One Book One School is a summer reading program where ALL students and staff will read the same book.  This summer, we will all read Brown Girl Dreaming a fantastic book by Jacqueline Woodson.  Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Denman will be selling the book for $10 at the Ice Cream Social on May 5.  All students must read the book and complete the assignment that will be posted on Schoolloop on June 1.


Why is Denman having summer reading? The “Summer Slide” is a well known study that states: “Students who do not read over the summer will lose more than two months of reading achievement. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills will be 2 years behind their classmates.” 


Ice Cream Social: Save the date May 5th from 5:30 - 7!  We will be welcoming all of our incoming students and showing off our current student work!  We will be highlighting student work in AVID, Science Department and History.  Excited to see all of the hard work from our Denman students.


PTSA Upcoming Events at Denman: Textbook Collection, Book Fair, Miraloma Talent Show, Teacher Appreciation and 8th Grade Graduation Reception.  Show your Denman Pride and help out Denman’s fabulous PTSA,   Please sign-up at www.denmanptsa.com


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


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.


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 


Sports Information

Hello Denman!

If you are interested in learning more about our strong Athletics Department please see the link on our homepage or click:


Non-Discrimination Policy

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.

Information for 8th Grade Students

Graduation Gown Order Forms are past due!  Cost is $25/student.  Please Ms. Liany in the Main Office, if you have a special need, please see Ms. Ryan ASAP. 

8th Grade Dance will take place on Friday, May 6th.

Great America Field Trip will take place on Friday, May 13th.  The cost of the trip is $40 and the deadline for payment is Friday, April 22nd- no exceptions!  We need to secure the tickets and bus numbers in advance.  If you have questions, please see Ms. Liany.

Community Service Hours are due Friday, May 6th.  8th grade students are required to complete 10 hours of community service.  Please see Ms. Ryan to submit forms.  There still are a few ways to earn community service at Denman! 

Graduation is Friday, May 20th at Balboa High School at 9:00am.  Each student will be allocated 4 tickets.  Extra tickets cost $1/ticket.  Extra ticket requests need to be submitted to Ms. Shipp in writing.  Tickets will be given out the Wednesday prior to graduation.

Summer Program- Upward Bound STEM Presentation on Friday, April 29th during 6th period. Open to all students who are attending the following high schools: June Jordan, Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mission, Burton, O’Connell/ISA and Thurgood Marshall.  


Filipino Club Presents: Cooking Delicious Filipino Food!