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3:30pm deadline today for online course selections, or counselors will choose your courses for you!!!

This year's LowellPalooza is this evening.  For tickets and more information, see item below or click here!

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AP Fee Collection for May 2017

AP FEE COLLECTION FORM can be found outside room 102

  • NO CASH, Check or Money Order only
  • If you haven't paid yet, hurry: exams need to ...more

Applying for admission to Lowell High School

Admission to Lowell High School it not handled at the school level.  Applications are handled by SFUSD's Educational Placement Center (EPC).  Here are some links to EPC for applying for Lowell admission:

Fall 2017 Course Offerings & Prerequisites

(links to pdfs in yellow below)
Start here:  Important general instructions and information!

Make Your Course selection by the end of school (3:30pm) or counselors will choose your courses for you!!!
Make your course selection online:

Let the bidding begin!

The online portion of Lowellpalooza is now open! Big thanks to all of our generous donors, we have some fantastic items for you to bid on. The online auction will run from February 14 to March 10, with the live event taking place on February 24, 2017. You can bid on a wide range of items and support our school at the same time. All proceeds from the auction directly benefit Lowell High School students and their programs. Everyone can participate so tell all your family and friends.

Some of the top items will only be available at the live event on February 24. Learn more about the party and purchase your tickets while they are still available!

Join the community and support our school!

Lowellpalooza — our big benefit for Lowell students and their programs — is coming up on Friday, February 24 at the historic Verdi Club in San Francisco's Mission District. This party is going to be a really fun way to support our school. There will be plenty of delicious food catered by the Verdi Club chefs along with musical entertainment by the Lowell Jazz Band plus the soul pop revue, Marc & the Casuals! Some of our top auction items are only available at the party, including:

Principal Ishibashi's VIP Graduation Passes! (Senior parents, this is your opportunity to get front row seats!)
Giants Game: Four Field Club Tickets with Pregame Dugout and Field Visit! (Donated by Lowell Alum, Larry Baer!)
Plus more!
Avoid lines at the door and get your tickets in advance for express check in. Purchase your tickets now at lowellpalooza.org!

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Undocumented Students and Families: The Facts

Guidance Sheet for undocumented students and families from the California Association of School Administrators (link)



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.



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. ​


Learn about career options in biotech from professionals in the field. Receive 3.3 high school and 1 college credit plus a GPA bump.  Looks great on college applications! To enroll, please follow the steps in the application packet attached here and submit by Feb. 17.


Class meets every Wednesday from March 8 to May 10, 4-6 p.m.


The High School Outreach Conference (HSOC) is an annual event hosted at UCSF that aims to get students excited about college and professional programs. We bring together volunteers from various schools at UCSF, including dental, nursing, medical, graduate, pharmacy, and physical therapy programs, to host high school students joining us from all around the Bay Area.

The students begin the day listening to motivational speakers to learn more about the journey to a career in the health sciences, all about financial aid, and more. Throughout the remainder of the day, students have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by participating in hands on demos hosted by each of the professional schools. HSOC is a day for fun, friends, and sparking passion in the next generation of health care providers!

This year, our event will take place on Saturday, April 29, from 8:30 am – 4 pm. This all day event is organized just for high school students, and we would love to have Lowell High School students join us. Last year we hosted over 300 students to learn about higher education and get hands on experiences in. You’re welcome to view this video with some more information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SELJJchKF-k


Please find attached:
-A full sheet flyer for students
-PDF of the parent permission slip (required for participation)

Here are the instructions for the students:
  1.  Students register online (URL on flyer and here)

Registration Form: http://www.tinyurl.com/hsoc2016

(Password: UCSFHSOC2017)
  2.  Print and complete a hard copy of the Parent Permission Form
Parent Permission Form: http://tinyurl.com/hsoc2017parentpermission
**Permission slip must be brought in the day of the event or mailed in by 4/13**

The slip is required to participate. Please make sure all students bring their completed forms!

High School Outreach Conference Website: http://www.adeaucsf.org/high-school-outreach-conference/
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/UCSFHSOC

The Science & Health Education Partnership is excited to announce a new NSF-funded summer program for high school teachers and students as part of the Center for Cellular Construction. This two-week workshop will engage student/teacher teams in design challenges as they learn together about the field of cellular engineering.

What is Cellular Engineering? 


Cellular Engineering is an emerging discipline poised to harness the untapped potential of living cells to solve complex societal problems and benefit humankind. The field will apply our burgeoning knowledge of how cells (and systems of cells) are built, make decisions, and accomplish tasks to develop new cell-based technologies.

Cellular Engineering by its nature is interdisciplinary and creating solutions like those listed above will require a new generation of scientists – those who enjoy tinkering, building, and figuring out how things work; and who are driven to make the world a better place.

Join us for the Cellular Construction Workshop 

  • Understand cells as biological machines
  • Combine engineering and computer science to understand cellular behavior
  • Recognize the cell as a system that can be programmed
  • Use robots to solve challenges similar to those faced by cells
  • Program cells to solve real world problems
  • Experience problem-based learning modules that integrate NGSS engineering practices and life sciences curriculum

High school science teachers and students
Students must have completed 10th grade and a biology course by the start of the workshop.

Preference given for schools with both teachers and students applying to participate.

July 24-August 4, 2017, 9 am-3 pm daily


More details:
  • Teachers will be paid $1200, students will be paid $900 for completion of all program requirements.
  • In order to participate, students MUST be nominated by a high school science teacher (teachers can nominate up to three students).
  • The Center for Cellular Construction is committed to broadening participation in science – and strongly encourages nominations of students from groups underrepresented in the sciences.
How do I apply?

Chevron will be selecting 20 outstanding high school students (rising juniors and rising seniors are eligible to apply) from across the U.S. to attend the Chevron sponsored summer educational camp, "Frontiers of Energy Resources", hosted at the University of Southern California and scheduled for June 25 – 30, 2017.
Selected students are responsible for their own transportation to USC. While on campus, room and board will be covered by Chevron. This competitive summer program, in its 9th year, will introduce students to the science foundation of energy resources.  They will also learn about the career possibilities in energy resources fields. Please refer to the attached flyer.
Applicants should visit http://cisoft.usc.edu/uscchevron-summercamp/ to access the online application and download the teacher recommendation form. The application deadline is April 7, 2017.


The Stanford Horizon Scholars Program offers up to 15 low-income, high-achieving, Bay Area high school students the opportunity to attend High School Summer College at little to no cost.


Horizon Scholars attend High School Summer College as commuting students. In addition to a generous financial aid package, Horizon Scholars have access to special programming during the summer and, as alumni of the program, quarterly events during the rest of the academic year.


As High School Summer College commuting students, Horizon Scholars enjoy these opportunities:

  • Take Stanford college courses for Stanford University credit, and have their work recorded on an official Stanford University transcript.
  • Select from more than 145 courses in 30 departments.
  • Access Stanford’s world-class libraries and athletic facilities.
  • Attend Summer College events, speaker series, and workshops.
  • Access to academic advisors and tutors at no cost.
  • Experience college life at one of the world’s leading higher education institutions.

More info, list of courses (in all fields, not just STEM) and application at http://summercollege.stanford.edu/horizon.  Please contact summercollege@stanford.edu.


The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences.



All of the following requirements must be met (no exceptions):

- Students must currently be juniors or seniors as of the fall of 2016 and must be in the graduating class of 2017 or 2018. 

- Students must also be 16 years old or older by the start of the program (June 12, 2017).  

- Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a green card in order to apply.

Important Note:  The selection process will heavily favor local (Bay Area) students. Please visit the FAQ for more information.  Also, students must be able to start the program on June 12, 2017.  


DECEMBER 15, 2016 (TUES.)- Application Available Online

FEBRUARY 25, 2017 (SAT.)- Application Due (11:59pm Pacific Standard Time)

JUNE 12, 2017 (MON.)- Start of Program

AUGUST 3, 2017 (THURS.)- End of Program





CONGRATULATIONS to the following student reporters, photographers, artists, and editors from The Lowell who are winners in individual awards from the National Scholastic Press Association


Clarissa Wan, Ophir Cohen-Simayof, Stephanie Li, Whitney C. Lim
FIRST PLACE 2016 Multimedia News Story of the Year

Finding Equity, Part 2: Latino students share their stories of problems with Lowell’s lack of diversity


Emily Teng
SECOND PLACE 2016 Editorial Cartoon of the Year

The tampon tax — women’s essentials or the government’s luxury?

Josephine Dang
FIFTH PLACE 2016 Feature Story of the Year -

Shattered homes: Three young women overcoming domestic violence in their families

Aida Irving, Kiara Gil, Alexis Picache
EIGHTH PLACE 2016 Multimedia Feature Story of the Year

Uncovering the Undercut

Winners were announced at the NSPA fall convention in Indianapolis on Nov. 12


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Free/reduced meal application

Here is a link for a SFUSD parent/guardian to apply for free or reduced fee meal application.  It does help Lowell to have qualified students apply and there are additional benefits to qualifying students, e.g., AP exam fee reduction!