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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



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 


One Book One School

Summer Reading- All Students

Brown Girl Dreaming 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.


Students will need to complete the following attached assignments.  

Assignments will be due the first week of school.



One Book One School

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