Learn more about the After School Program
Principal Fong and Assistant Principal Daws at the "Ice Cream Social" welcoming our new 6th Grade Families
Get in the Loop!
School Loop helps you stay on top of your student's grades, assignments and homework plus you can easily email your teacher and counselor. Parents and Guardians, you will want to have your own School Loop account. Click HERE for directions.
Please consider a donation to the Marina Middle School PTSA 2016-2017 Annual Fund. The PTSA supports teacher stipends for the Homework Clinic, The Micro-Grant Program, Lunchtime Club Support and various community building events including PTSA meetings, coffees, staff breakfasts and more.
Click here for a copy of our Annual Fund letter (English, Chinese & Spanish). You can leave a check for Miss Laura at the front office or donate online HERE.
A big Penguin Thank You!
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Welcome to 2016 - 2017!
Read the latest issue of Marina's Penguin Press produced by students in Mr. Helmenstine's Journalism class.
New in 2016! Marina is one of 54 Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools. This federal provision allows eligible schools to offer one free breakfast and one free lunch to all attending students regardless of income.
Marina's new Dining Area!
Thank you to the SFUSD Future Dining Experience initiative for updating the Marina cafeteria. Over the summer the cafeteria (now being called the Dining Area) received new paint, fun new seating options (including butcher block community tables, tall tables and even sofa like furniture) and a breakfast vending machine! Later this month new wall graphics and message boards will be installed.
The Penguin Press
Click here to visit the Penguin Press page and catch up on all the Penguin News!
"Such a vibrant, joyful, supportive school environment." said Matt Haney, School Board President, after spending the morning at Marina Middle School.
Join the Marina Parent Google Group
We have launched a Google Group to help us share information and answer questions. Please join by sending an email to Marina@SFpta.org with "Please add me to the Google Group" in the subject line.
*Marina Middle School News*
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P.O.P. Winners – Congratulations to our Penguins On Point last week – Yu Yan Huang, Megh Patel, Brandon Wong, Donia El Shakoushy, Tony Thai, Boshara Abdol, Kirsten Wong, Malak Hadwan, Kelly Liang, and Sabrina Le.
Latino Families Meeting – Over a dozen families came together for food and conversation last Friday. Thanks to Family Liaison Adilia Galvez and Main Office Secretary Laura Nevarez-McCarthy, parents shared their concerns about the recent political changes and potential effects on their families. They also shared ideas about how to ensure their children do well in school including using School Loop. Staff members Evan McCormack, Jessie Swinson, Kingsley Yee, and Sarah Swanger were introduced to the families.
Marina Winter Concert – is scheduled for Thursday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy an evening of music by our orchestras and bands and to show appreciation for all their hard work!
Winter Celebration Assembly – is scheduled on Friday, Dec. 9th during 5º. Sign up at main office to participate.
Inclusive School Week December 5 – 9, 2016 – is an opportunity to highlight the work-in-progress around inclusive practices and a chance to recommit to meeting the challenges of making sure all of our students receive the supports they need to be successful, and to ensure that all students feel included in our school community.
Hour of Code – is part of “Computer Science Education Week”. All students will participate in their Science classes on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 with support from our Circle the School partner Salesforce Employee Success Department volunteers. It’s a great and easy way to expose our students to the world of Computer Science! Go to http://code.org/ for more information.
Nightmare on Puberty Street - All 6th graders are invited to see Kaiser Permanente’s live theater production, Nightmare on Puberty Street on Monday, December 12th during 1º & 2º.
Growing up might seem tough . . . but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare! Follow Jerry, Malika, Natalie, and Nick as they navigate the roller coaster of adolescence and wrestle with the age-old question, “Am I normal?” Through a fast-paced show featuring current music and dance, Nightmare on Puberty St. encourages students to talk about critical health issues and ask questions.
By bringing sometimes embarrassing issues to life in an entertaining, engaging format, this program teaches young people that they are not alone and sets the stage for follow-up discussions in class and at home. Through this program, students learn to deal with negative peer pressure, build healthy relationships, cope with depression and thoughts of suicide, communicate about health and social issues with parents and other adults, and build self-esteem.
Marina Advanced Band is going to Disneyland ! – The Advanced Band under the direction of Ms. Katibah is scheduled to participate in a Performance Workshop at Disneyland Anaheim in January 2017. In order for all students to participate, we need to raise money now. Any and all donations are welcome and greatly appreciated! You can help by spreading the word . . .
High School Applications – Deadline for all Round 1 applications is January 13, 2017. SOTA applications due December 7th at 3 pm. 8th graders should turn in their completed applications in the Counseling Office. Sign the log and receive a date-stamped copy of your application. Please keep your copy in a safe place – you will need it when you register at your assigned school in March 2017.
Lowell High School Applications – are available in the Counseling Office. Students must submit a Lowell application AND the SFUSD Enrollment Application by December 16, 2016.
High School Enrollment – Key Dates
Lunchtime Clubs / Activities – Students need passes to re-enter the building during lunch. Library passes can be obtained from the supervisor stationed on the yard at the central doors.
The San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education is asking for your help in selecting the next superintendent of schools. We are soliciting input from students, staff, parents, and community about your desired qualities and characteristics for the next superintendent and want you to share your thoughts on district strengths and challenges.
La Junta de Educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Francisco está pidiendo su ayuda para seleccionar al próximo superintendente de escuelas. Estamos solicitando la opinión de los estudiantes, el personal, los padres y la comunidad acerca de las cualidades y características que desean ver en el próximo superintendente, y queremos que comparta con nosotros que piensa usted son las fortalezas y los desafíos del Distrito Escolar.
As all public school districts in the State of California, including SFUSD, transitioned from STAR testing to the Smarter Balanced Assessments Consortium’s (SBAC) standardized assessments, all 9th grade applicants to Lowell were temporarily required to take the Lowell Admissions Test in the interim years 2015-16 and 2016-17.
As results from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s (SBAC) standardized tests SFUSD became available, SFUSD planned to use scores from the 7th grade SBAC for SFUSD Lowell applicants for the 2017-18 school year.
However, the district has received feedback from parents that there was not sufficient notice regarding the use of SBAC tests for Lowell admissions. Therefore, the district has determined that all applicants for Lowell for the 2017-18 school year will again be required to take the Lowell Admissions Test in January. For SFUSD students who have 7th grade SBAC scores, the district will use the highest score from either SBAC or the Lowell Admissions Test in English Language Arts and Math for its admissions’ calculations.
In 2017, the test will be administered on January 4, 5, 6, and 9 and students will be assigned by last name. More details are included on the Lowell application.
This will be the final year current SFUSD students applying to Lowell will be required to take the Lowell Admissions Test. For the 2018-19 and all subsequent years, SFUSD will use 7th grade SBAC scores for SFUSD student applicants to Lowell.
Applicants for Lowell must submit both a Lowell application and an enrollment application by Friday, December 16, 2016 to either their present SFUSD middle school or to the Educational Placement Center, which is temporarily located at 655 De Haro Street.