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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



Links for Teachers



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!

Denman's Twitter Feed



SFPL Summer Stride Site

20 of the Most Buzzed-About Middle Grade Books of 2018

Newberry Medal and Honor Books




Summer Resources from Denman Librarian


Winners of the Future Trailblazers Challenge


A group of 4 students from Denman went to TrailheaDx- Future Trailblazers Challenge on May 30 to present their project work at Salesforce.  The kids all did an amazing job during their presentations and represented Denman very well. They were interviewed and filmed by  a lot of different folks while the event happened. 


Here is the video of winner announcement:


history night highlights!!

History Night was fun and full of proud students and families!

Young Poets at History Night” 

Two of Ms. Pengosro's students, Alexis Marie Liwanag and Gabriel Flores Benard, performed their original pieces on stage!


Beacon summer program 

California young reader medal winners 2018-19 (STATE)

Intermediate -- The War that Saved my Life 

Middle School -- Echo 

Young Adult -- Written in the Stars

Picture Books for Older Readers -- Emmanuel's Dream


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.


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.