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8th Grade Promotion

April 15, 2017


Dear Denman 8th grade community,


I cannot believe that the end of the year celebrations are approaching so quickly!


As a reminder the following will be the schedule for the celebrations that will begin at 5:30 pm and be coordinated through advisory:


Monday, May 22

Tuesday, May 23

Wednesday, May 24

Mr. Defuniak

Ms. Arroyo

Ms. Bennett

Mr. Fox

Ms. Gin

Ms. Dent/Mr. James

Mr. Reed

Ms. Marcouiller

Mr. Drobot



Ms. Fuentecilla



Ms. Walton


Each student who is participating in the promotion ceremony will receive four tickets to the celebration.  In addition, if an 8th grade student would like to attend a different evening to see a friend’s celebration we will have 30 spots available for sign-up on a first come, first serve basis.  Sign-ups will begin Friday, April 21st at 8:15 am in Ms. Posadas’s Office in person student sign-ups only.  If you need any extra tickets beyond the 4 provided they are a $1 a piece with a written note from a guardian and 2 tickets maximum per family.  The letters should be turned into the Main Office.  Our back lot will be open at 5:00 for families to park in during the ceremony.


After the ceremony we will host a reception in the gym with finger foods, cake and a photo booth.


If your student owes any lost book money, uniform money or iPad damages/missing all fines must be paid by May 17th.    If your student has earned the 8th grade field trip to Great America the $45 is due by May 1st.


I am excited that as a community we have worked together to design a more student centered celebration that everyone will benefit from.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.



Teresa Shipp




If you are a 6th or 7th grade parent and would like to join us in serving at the 8th grade Graduation Celebration of Denman MS, please sign up HERE.

Principal Search Committee

April 14, 2017


Dear Denman Community,


Thank you to our Cohort 4 leaders for coming out to Denman today and explaining to our community through the principal interview process.  As the point person, I wanted to summarize what was discussed today:


  • Denman will have an interview committee consisting of 7 different stakeholders representing ELAC, SSC, PTSA and UBC.
  • The committee will gather input from their groups they are representing to create questions for the principal interview.
  • On May 6th 3-4 candidates will be interviewed for the position.
  • The committee will provide feedback to the Cohort 4 leaders on strengths and challenges of each candidate.
  • The Assistant Superintendent and Director will then provide the finalist's name to the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent who will interview the candidate and make the ultimate decision.


If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.


Thank you,

Ann Lyon

Assistant Principal

Welcome Incoming Families

Welcome to the Denman Community! We are looking forward to meeting you. We invite you to visit the PTSA website for information on how to connect and get involved at www.denmanptsa.com.

Important Dates!


  • BY APRIL 21: Register your child at Denman. 
    Registration Office is open on weekdays 8:00am-4:00pm.
  • MAY 2: Ice Cream Social 5:30-7pm
  • MAY 30-JUN 2: Step Up Week 8:30am-12:30pm; breakfast and lunch will be served. Spots are limited and registration for this great program should be completed ASAP.

Denman Weekly Bulletin

Denman Middle School Weekly Bulletin

Wednesday, April 26, 2017



April 5-May 9                                                                                  SBAC Testing

April 28                                                                                            Beacon CLOSED

May 2                                                                                               Ice Cream Social/History Night

May 3                                                                                               Late Start

                                                                                                          Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

May 9                                                                                               Spring Concert @ 6PM

May 10                                                                                            AVID Sonoma State Field Trip

May 12                                                                                            La Raza Assembly

                                                                                                          8th Grade Dance

May 16                                                                                            Spring Music Assembly

May 18                                                                                            8th Grade Great America Field Trip





Sixth Grade Student Honored! We are so proud of sixth grade student Adrian Perez for receiving the 911 Local Heroes Award. Adrian was honored in an assembly on Wednesday, April 19 by officials from Emergency Services, the Mayor’s Office and SFUSD. Congratulations Adrian!

Ice Cream Social/History Night: Come and celebrate our students’ history projects and welcome new families to Denman on Tuesday, May 2 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Spring Concert: Our student musicians will perform on Tuesday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m.

Community Service Opportunity! Denman Students: Earn Community Service Hours! Volunteer to help with carnival games at the Sunnyside Springfest on May 7. For more information please contact Sunnyside Elementary School.

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.

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



From the PTSA:

From the PTSA (www.denmanptsa.com):


Parents! Please sign up to VOLUNTEER at any of the upcoming events:

  • 4/28 Miraloma Talent Show Bake Sale - BRING/SELL FOOD
  • 5/2-5/4: Book Fair - SELL BOOKS
  • 5/2: Ice Cream Social PTSA Table 
  • 5/3: Teacher Appreciation Breakfast - BRING FOOD
  • 5/22-5/24: 8th Grade Graduation Celebrations - HELP SERVE

Park your car at the church parking lot and step into the Denman BOGO Book Fair to stock up on books for your summer reading! Buy one and get one free! We have a list of recommended reading for each grade. We're open:

  • Tue May 2 @ 8:30-9:15am, noon-2pm, 5-7:30pm* (Ice Cream Social & History Night)
  • Wed May 3 @ 9-9:45am, noon-2pm
  • Thu May 4 @ 8:30-9:15am, noon-2pm

* Receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win $25 Book Fair credit when you shop during the Ice Cream Social.


We'd appreciate some more help! Sign up to VOLUNTEER at the BOGO Book Fair!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Shae Brown & Dan Linder & Leah Tarlen - bookfair@denmanptsa.com

See www.denmanptsa.com for more info, other volunteer tasks, and to sign up!



Beacon Surveys! Parents! Please take the time to fill out a brief Beacon survey. This is a critical measure to allow Beacon to best serve your needs! https:// www.surveymonkey.com/r/1617_ Family_Denman 

Beacon Closure on Friday, April 28th due to Staff Training. 

Beacon Ceramics Class Join SF Arts Ed Every Friday from 4- 6PM Students do not have to be in Beacon to participate; show your Denman Pride and check it out!  Space available!






James Denman Middle School

SBAC Testing Schedule

April 5- May 8, 2017


















































Wednesday Bell Schedule





1st Period


2nd Period

10:23- 11:07

3rd Period


4th Period


5th Lunch




6th Period


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Dear Parents and Guardians,


Please be informed that for 2018-2019 ninth grade Lowell applicants, seventh and eighth grade report card grades and SBAC test results (all current SFUSD students) or Lowell Admissions test results (students applying from outside of SFUSD) will be used to determine eligibility for placement at Lowell. For any current SFUSD student with SBAC results from the Spring of 7th grade, the SBAC results will be used for admissions and these students will not be administered the Lowell Admissions Test. For any applicant who does not have SBAC results from the Spring of 7th grade, the Lowell Admissions test results will be used. All current SFUSD seventh grade students SBAC tests results taken this spring (2017) will be used for ninth grade 2018-2019 Lowell applications. SFUSD students will not be administered the Lowell Admissions Test to determine Lowell eligibility. For all other applicants, the Lowell Admissions test will be administered at Lowell High School in January of 2018 (dates to be determined).





請注意,當申請 2018-19 學年 Lowell 高中 9 年級時,申請人的 7 和 8 年級學業成 績及 SBAC 測驗分數(本校區學生)或 Lowell 高中入學試分數(非本校區學生)將被用 作考慮學生的入學資格。本校區學生有參加 7 年級春季 SBAC 測驗,則毋需參加 Lowell 高中入學試,因為其 SBAC 測驗分數將適用於 2018-19 學年 Lowell 高中 9 年級入學申

請。然而,任何申請人若無 7 年級春季 SBAC 測驗分數,其 Lowell 高中入學試的分數將 獲得採用。因此,所有非本校區學生都必須參加定於 2018 年 1 月(日期待定)在 Lowell 高中舉行的入學試。



Por favor este informado que para el año escolar 2018-19, los solicitantes del noveno grado a la escuela Lowell, las calificaciones del séptimo y octavo grado más los resultados de SBAC serán usados para determinar la elegilibidad de Lowell. Para los estudiantes vigentes del SFUSD con resultados del SBAC que tomaron durante la primavera del séptimo grado, no

tomaran el examen de admisión de Lowell. Si el estudiante no tiene los resultados del SBAC de la primavera del séptimo grado, se utilizara los resultados del examen de admisión de Lowell. Estudiantes no vigentes del SFUSD tomaran el examen de admisión de Lowell que será administrado en la escuela Lowell en enero del 2018, (fecha exacta esta para determinarse).


Rosina Tong

Executive Director

Educational Placement Center





John Burke


Achievement Assessments Office





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.


So close, yet so far away.  From 1910 to 1940, many Angel Island Immigration Station immigrants experienced these feelings upon reaching America, but were detained from entering San Francisco.  On May 7, 2017 (12:00-3:00), the San Francisco Public Library Main Library will celebrate Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month by spotlighting personal immigrant stories from those who went through Angel Island.

Look forward to educational games and craft activities for all ages, a display of Angel Island family histories, books, news articles, and photos. The first 50 children ages 12 and under will receive a goody bag.


Co-sponsors: the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, TACT (The Association of Chinese Teachers), the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and the Square and Circle Club.


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.


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


Form for Reporting


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.

Studying Identity and Oppression in Literature

Teaching Islam and Addressing Islamophobia

Student Led Conferences in Science & P.E.

Denman iPad Rollout Reflections

Humanizing Classrooms with Technology at Denman

Beacon News

Beacon Surveys! Parents! Please take the time to fill out a brief Beacon survey. This is a critical measure to allow Beacon to best serve your needs! https:// www.surveymonkey.com/r/1617_ Family_Denman 


Beacon Closure on Friday, April 28th due to Staff Training.  Families please make sure that you have other arrangements for your student- there will be NO programming after school due to Beacon closure.


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 Wednesday, April 19th from 6:30- 8:30pm. 


Beacon Ceramics Class starts Friday, April 7th 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



Please follow the link below for High School Information


High School Information Page


Check out the High School Board

High School Board

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