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Thursday, February 16, 2017

















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Beacon Letter

Dear Denman Community,


It has come to the attention of the San Francisco Unified School District that a letter was sent by an anonymous person via US postal mail to some of the families who have children who attend the OMIE Beacon at James Denman Middle School.


SFUSD has investigated the matter and has determined that SFUSD staff did NOT release student information to any unauthorized person, nor does SFUSD staff know the identity of the letter writer.


SFUSD takes seriously the protection of student data and is conducting a further investigation into the incident.


Additionally, we want to assure Denman Middle School families that the information in the letter is incorrect.  No decisions have been made as to a fee-based program and no decision will be made without input from the families at James Denman MS. 


If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Ms. Shipp at 415-469-4535.


Thank you,


Denman Weekly Bulletin

Denman Middle School Weekly Bulletin

Month of February                                                            Denman Read-A-Thon

February 9                                                                          SSC Community Meeting

February 10                                                                        SSC Community Meeting

February 11                                                                        Beacon Tax Aid

February 13- 17                                                                 Denman Spirit Week

February 13                                                                        Early Release Day** See schedule below

February 14                                                                        SSC Meeting @ 4PM

February 15                                                                        Late Start

                     PTSA Meeting @ 6PM

                     Beacon Paint Night

February 17                                                                        BSU Assembly

February 20                                                                        President’s Day Holiday- NO School

February 22                                                                        Late Start

                                                                                              Career Day- 2nd/3rd Period

February 24                                                                        Annual African American Achievement Breakfast

February 26                                                                        Shared Schoolyard Event

February 27- March 3                                                       Parent Teacher Conference Week




Early Release on February 13, 2017 Parents/Guardians please make sure that you have arranged pick-up for that day.  Beacon will be available afterschool.




























Denman Pride Spirit Week February 13 thru 17 Show your Denman Pride and participate!  Following is the Spirit Week Schedule:

  • Monday 2/13: Pajama Day; Baby Bottle Challenge at Lunch
  • Tuesday 2/14: Valentine’s Day- Wear Pink, Red and White; Dance at Lunch
  • Wednesday 2/15: Sports Day; Donut Eating Challenge at Lunch
  • Thursday 2/16: Backwards Day- special schedule; Watermelon Eating Challenge at Lunch
  • Friday, 2/17: Denman Pride Day; Mystery Bag Challenge at Lunch


Denman School Community Meetings will take place on Thursday, February 9th at 5:00pm and Friday, February 10 at 9:00am.  These School Community Meetings are open to everyone! Please come and participate in planning for next school year's goals and priorities. Your voice will help guide our goals and budget process. 


School Site Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 14th at 4:00 pm in Room 127. 

Pre-Teen Vaccination Week February 13 thru 17 This is a perfect time to get a head start on making sure your 6th grade student has all of the vaccinations required to start the 7th grade.  Required vaccinations are Tdap and Varicella #2; students will need to be compliant and may be excluded from school.  Proof of immunization can be submitted early.  Please contact Denman School Nurse, Kelsey Hulse, hulsek@sfusd.edu for any questions and/or support in finding a community clinic.

Annual African American Breakfast honoring Denman’s Award Recipients on February 24th at 9am.  Invitations will be mailed home; catered breakfast will be served.  Fliers will be distributed in the next week.  For more information please contact Dante Calloway, Denman AA Parent Liaison callowayd@sfusd.edu

New Attendance Auto-Dialer Automated messages will be sent at the end of each day notifying student absences for full day absences or class period absences.  If you receive an automated message, please contact the Attendance Clerk at 415-469-4535 or hearner@sfusd.edu Thank you for your understanding as this new system is in place.


Following are the PTSA Volunteer Opportunities Contact us at volunteer@denmanptsa.com 

  • Help with Spring Read-A-Thon. Sign up HERE
  • Tech Help
  • Adopt a classroom library
  • Donate used bookshelves
  • Grants Committee

Read more on www.denmanptsa.com  Upcoming PTSA Events:

  • Feb 15 @ 6pm: PTSA General Meeting
  • Feb 26: Shared Schoolyard Event
  • Mar 9 @ 6:30pm: Screenagers Movie (hosted by Sunnyside ES)


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


Evan’s Update: The cafeteria line needs to keep moving!  Know your pin number! 



We are excited to share that the district is transitioning from School Loop to Synergy’s Gradebook Family and Student Portals in August 2017. This transition to Synergy will provide SFUSD’s students, families, teachers, and district staff with a unified system for real-time information on classes, grades, assignments, and more. While we know change can be challenging, we firmly believe the transition to Synergy Gradebook will increase efficiency for teachers and improve access for our students and families.


What does this mean for students and families?
Starting in August 2017, students and families will log in to Synergy’s Family and Student Portals to access student information related to attendance, assignments and grading. Our transition to Synergy is a response to feedback we have heard from school communities about the need to streamline the number of online systems we use for school-family communications.  Our team will be reaching out to families via parent groups and advisory councils, email, School Messenger, school websites, and School Loop to inform them of the change and provide opportunities to learn more and prepare for the transition in August 2017.  


Why are we making this change?

  • One login for attendance and grades for teachers and district staff
  • One login per family, regardless of the number of children and which school they attend
  • Greater clarification and standardization of SFUSD grading practices and policies
  • Increased security and confidentiality of student and parent information
  • Actionable real-time student performance information
  • Improved accessibility for individuals with disabilities
  • Improved translation options

What will happen with School Loop?
School Loop will continue to be used for school websites next year. However, teachers, students and families will use Synergy instead of School Loop for other communications and  information about grades and assignments.


We are confident that Synergy Gradebook is another exciting step to leverage technology to increase engagement in our school communities, enhance data integrity and security, and better position us for 21st century learning, as outlined in Vision 2025 and our Digital District Plan.  


To learn more, check out the exciting G4A Launch Video, go to the Gradebook for All website (www.sfusd.edu/gradebook), or download the attached flier.


The 2016 - 2017 Yearbooks are on sale.


1.  To order your yearbook, go to the following website: http://www.treering.com/validate.

2.  Enter code: 1013667416644714

3.  Create your account by entering the requested information.

If you already have an account, you can use your previous login and password to purchase a yearbook.


If you didn't get one yet, that's okay.  They are still available for purchase online. You can pay by credit or check.  


Please see Ms. Gin in Room 223 if you have any questions.



SFUSD encourages students to be in school every day, and we are committed to keeping them safe and fostering learning. We recognize that there are times when students and their families may choose to participate in activities such as demonstrations or strikes outside of school during the regular school day. While we respect and support our students' rights to express their views, please note that participation in a demonstration, walkout or strike will not be counted as an excused absence. ‚Äč


James Denman Middle School Calendar

Tardy Scoop Policy

Tardy Scoop


In an effort to reduce and diminish Student Tardies, James Denman Middle School has implemented a new attendance intervention known as the “Tardy Scoop”. Every period after the second bell the Counselors, Security, and other Admin will “scoop” any students in the hallway that did not make it to class on time. They will then be escorted to the cafeteria for 5 minutes. A pass indicating they were part of the “Tardy Scoop” group will be distributed and that is their entry back to class. If a student is seen 3 times in one day, an automatic call home to schedule a conference will be made. If a student has been scooped up 3 or more times in the week, they will serve “Tardy Tuesday” on Tuesdays after school as stated in our original policy. 


1st period

The Denman Tardy Scoop




Make it to class BEFORE the bell rings!



3x/day = Parent Conference/Tardy Tuesday

3x/week = Tardy Tuesday


“To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, to be late is unthinkable.”

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.


Student Led Conferences in Science & P.E.

Denman iPad Rollout Reflections

Humanizing Classrooms with Technology at Denman

Beacon News

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.


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

Beacon Ceramics Class starts Friday, February 3rd from 4- 6PM  Join SF Arts Ed every Friday; students do not have to be in Beacon to participate; show your Denman Pride and check it out!  Class space is limited J


Beacon Tax Aid Come to Denman for FREE TAX PREPARATION by Tax Aid. Saturdays 2/4 and 2/11 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in Denman Library. First Come First Serve; Come early!


Please follow the link below for High School Information


High School Information Page


Check out the High School Board

High School Board