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Counseling Department
Head Counselor Rebecca Hensler



Head Counselor Angelica Posadas



6th Grade Alex Carrion
7th Grade Naroth Than


8th Grade Sheila Ryan


Social Worker Geraldine Punzalan

punzalang@sfusd. edu



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1st             9:00-9:55
2nd            9:59-10:49
3rd          10:53-11:44
4th          11:48-12:39
LUNCH   12:39-1:15
5th            1:20-1:40
6th            1:44-2:35
7th            2:39-3:30


1st             9:30-10:19
2nd         10:23-11:07
3rd          11:11-11:56
4th          12:00-12:45
LUNCH   12:45-1:18
5th            1:22-1:52
6th            1:56-2:41
7th            2:45-3:30

Denman PTSA

Denman Pride Winners 9/7

Sixth Grade
First Prize: Gift Card
Edwin Lam
Second Prize: Front of Line Pass
Yolanda Hernandez
Third Prize: Denman Pride Water Bottle
Angelica Colomer

Seventh Grade
First Prize: Gift Card
Geovany Leiva
Second Prize: Front of Line Pass
Melchizedek Datu
Third Prize: Denman Pride Water Bottle
Naima Ellers

Eighth Grade
First Prize: Gift Card
Valeria Sanchez
Second Prize: Front of Line Pass
Mika Santiago
Third Prize: Denman Pride Water Bottle
Jessica Phung

Talk to Ms Hensler afterschool to pick up your prize!

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8th grade placement information

This week's bulletin can be downloaded at this link: Denman Middle School Weekly Bulletin 3.20.19.pdf (PDF)

A tween book club has been started at Excelsior Branch for ages 11-14 (age is flexible).  At the event on Thurs, Mar 28, 4-4:30pm there will be a raffle for a gift card . Copies of the book  will be available for those who sign up and agree to come to the club meeting.

This month's book: Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild.

Below is the link to the flyer.


James Denman Middle School along with 14 other SFUSD school applied in the fall semester for a Superintendent's Innovation grant. The Denman Innovation Grant team met at the iLab at Marshall High School 4 times to learn design principles and how best to develop a plan for the grant. On December 12 the team in conjunction with Roosevelt and Hoover pitched their plan idea to a group of evaluators. Denman was awarded $17,000. 

The Superintendent sought out more funding for innovation. Someland supported his innovation goals by contributing $600,00. Three $200,000 grants were offered to schools. Eight schools applied. One elementary, one middle and one high school were selected- Francis Scott Key ES, Denman MS and Mission HS. Denman is planing to set up a flexible learning space in which classes can work on Project Based Learning (PBL) tasks.

Mandatory Update of the GlobalProtect app

All students please make sure to download the lastest version of the GlobalProtect app on your iPad. It is a prerequisite for updating to iOS 12. Thank you.

School Tours

Denman Tours for prospective families are finished for 2018-19 school year. New schedule will be published August 2019.


November 26, 2018

Happy Holidays,

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, it is the time of year where we stop for a moment and reflect on who and what we are grateful for in our lives. I’d like to take one of those moments and think about James Denman Middle School and all the really great people that dedicate their daily lives to our children, to their learning, their experiences and to prepare them for the their next stage - High School.  

Our leadership team, teachers, volunteers and support teams at James Denman make this an awesome space for our kids--a space where they feel safe and are surrounded by people that are passionate about their learning. Many of the activities and learning opportunities reach beyond what the district provides our school and the support comes from us--parents and families. By donating we make these opportunities available.

I’m reaching out to ask for you to give to our Pride Fund Campaign this year. This money is used to support our teachers and students in all areas of the school, to strengthen learning, to teach beyond the curriculum, to inspire and provide opportunities. As this money comes in, it goes right back out so your child benefits in this school year.  We are currently working on two new funding projects for the school which we are hoping you will rally behind. The first is 40-50 books per classroom supporting Science Literacy for the 8 Science Classrooms. The second is funding for screen displays with tamper free cases on each floor of the building, displaying the daily schedule--what’s going on that day and upcoming events within the school.

Last year these were some of the areas we funded through PTSA support; the wellness center, baseball uniforms, classroom tools,  literacy kits, 200 books and bookcases for each of the 11 ELA classes, the kiosk in the office for information sharing, costumes for Hamilton, teachers training for Readers & Writers Workshops, robots, PE speakers, PE equipment, field trips, food, celebration activities and student acknowledgements just to name a few.  Notably our money goes a long way but we need around $35K to do it. So far we have around $18K and are very thankful to those that have donated, we are over halfway already and working to meet this goal.

Let’s aim for more and more positive experiences available to our students. Please consider giving. Donate at, it can be a monthly subscription or a one time donation. It’s 100% tax deductible. If you would like to write a check please make it payable to the James Denman PTSA and give to Ms Liany in the office or mail it to Denman PTSA,  241 Oneida Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112. If you work for a company that has a matching program please consider utilizing it, it’s a nice way to double your donation.

If you have any questions please reach out.  Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and Happy Holidays!

Shae Brown

Fundraising Chair, Denman PTSA

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 on the morning of the day in which the student will be absent to report the absence by phone (415.469.4535)
  2. Send the student with an excuse or doctor's note, when the student returns to school from the day that they were absent.
  3. Come into school and report absence


Tardy: If a student is tardy for school they have a 15-minute window (MTThF: Between 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.) to report straight to class in the morning. After 9:15 a.m., students are to report to the attendance office with or without excuse to retrieve a tardy pass, then report immediately to class. Class periods following the first period of the school day have the same protocol as first period, students will have to report to the attendance office for a tardy pass and return to class if tardy by 15 minutes or more. Student tardiness can be reported in the same manner as a reported 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. The student may bring a note on the morning of the day in which the student will be dismissed early. The note must specify the time that they will need to be dismissed from school.
  2. Call the school on the morning of the day in which the student will be dismissed early and specify the time that the student will need to be dismissed from school. 

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.