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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.
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
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
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 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.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SUMMER 2017 PROGRAM
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.
IMPORTANT DATES (SUMMER 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
SECOND PLACE 2016 Editorial Cartoon of the Year
The tampon tax — women’s essentials or the government’s luxury?
FIFTH PLACE 2016 Feature Story of the Year -
Shattered homes: Three young women overcoming domestic violence in their families