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For more information about this transition from Schoolloop to Synergy, please go to SFUSD Gradebook for All.

 

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First Day of School

The first day of instruction at James Denman Middle School is Monday, August 21, 2017. Please make sure that students complete their summer reading assignment.

WELCOME LETTER TO FAMILIES

Dear Denman Students and Families,

 

Welcome back!  I hope that everyone has had a wonderful and relaxing summer and that you are re-charged, rested, and ready to have a great new school year!  I am so excited to start this year as your principal. The Denman team spent last week at the Admin Institute engaging in rich Professional Development which will guide our vision this school year.  Denman students and families will always be at the center of our work as we continue to provide access and equity to all. 

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Hossien Koch, new Assistant Principal to Denman.  Hoss is not new to our community. He spent last year as a District Math Coach supporting the Denman Math Department on Complex Instruction, teacher collaboration and curriculum.  He has been a classroom teacher for fourteen years in San Diego and San Francisco and was a former colleague at Mission High School.  We are excited to have Hoss join our team! 

The 2017-2018 school year is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 21st, at 9:00 am, with supervision in the yard beginning at 8:30 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 30 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. 

                 

This year every Wednesday will be late start for our staff to be able to meet and plan engaging lessons for our community!  Every Wednesday, school will start at 9:30 am with supervision on the yard beginning at 9:00 am.  In addition, on the following Mondays: September 11th, October 23rd, November 27th, January 29th, February 12th and April 23rd, all students will be released at 12:50 pm so our staff can successfully implement our 1:1 iPads.  If your student is in Beacon it will start at 12:50pm on our early release days.  Our iPad deployment for this school year is still being finalized; more information will be made available to students and families soon.

 

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.  Denman will continue to serve breakfast in the classroom daily for every student during first period free of charge.

 

Looking ahead, we have included a few important upcoming dates to add to your calendars: First late start (9:30 am) will be Wednesday, August 23rd, our first early release will be Monday, September 11th (12:50 pm release), Back to School Night – Thursday, September 14th.   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!

 

Sincerely,

 

Lisa Jovick-Berrueta

Principal                                                  

Hello Denman Families!

Hi Denman Families,

Welcome to the 2017/18 school year! School starts on Monday at 9am and the PTSA will be there with coffee just outside of the auditorium in case you could use a little extra incentive to get there on time. You'll also be able to stay after your kids go off to class for a little Q&A with Ms. Jovick. I'll be there as well in case you have any questions regarding jumping in and being an active part of the parent community at JDMS.

 

For those who are really eager, I'd love to see if there are any volunteers out there that would like to help some of our humanities teachers assemble their in-class libraries. If so, please lmk or contact Belinda Shillingburg (our awesome humanities dept head) directly at shillingburgb@sfusd.edu

 

For still more volunteer opportunities please go to our website (and bookmark it too!): http://denmanptsa.com

A great way to get to know the teachers/staff and general school vibe is to help out making copies--and the teachers really appreciate this!

 

Lastly, a quick reminder to parents of kids who will be participating in fall sports teams. Practice starts immediately, which means that your sports participation forms and physical will need to be completed asap. They are available at the bottom of the page if you follow this link: http://www.cifsf.org/middle-school.html

If I remember correctly, there is a little leeway--so don't stress--but do try to jump on this if your child is interested.

 

Hope you all had a wonderful, long Summer and are looking forward to making it an amazing year at JDMS!

 

Best,

Meryl Bennan

PTSA President

mom of 7th grader--Jonah

415-637-7059

president@denmanptsa.com

ONE BOOK ONE SCHOOL

Denman's One Book One School Assignment is One Crazy Summer.  

 

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them.  This moving, funny novel won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction and the Coretta Scott King Award and was a National Book Award Finalist. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern's story continues in P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama. 

 

Following are the summer reading assignments that will be DUE during the first week of school.  Happy Reading!

 

PE Summer Assignment.pdf

 

Math.Science Summer Assignment.pdf

 

Humanities Summer Assignment.pdf

Attendance Policy

James Denman Middle School

Attendance

 

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.

 

How to Report Lost or Stolen iPads

If your device has been missing for an extended period of time or has been confirmed as stolen, please follow the steps contained within this document:

Directions for Reporting

https://goo.gl/Ej8gef
 

Form for Reporting

https://goo.gl/Ru8Crd

Fill out as much information as possible on the forms. If you do not know the serial or asset tag number of the iPad, please complete and submit all the student information. The missing information will be entered after submission by Denman staff.