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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.
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 Yearbook: Save 10%
TreeRing, the official Marina Middle School yearbook supplier, is offering an Early Bird Discount for the 2016/2017 yearbook. Order by October 31st and receive 10% off the standard price of $33.51.
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 winners last week – Annie Tan, Fabian Rangel, Rawa Al-Shimary, Freddie Rangel, Asma Hadwan, Kent Zheng, Kevin Uc Parra, ShuLin Huang, Raymond Woo, Diana Maeda, Henry Deng, and Anna Zhao.
Lowell Night – 8th Graders who signed up for Lowell Night tickets should pick them up from Ms. Swinson. Lowell Night is Thursday, October 27th.
ALEKS.com – All students have a login and password and most students have taken the Initial Knowledge Check to determine topics they have already mastered. All students are expected to complete at least 3 hours weekly on ALEKS as part of their Math classroom expectations. Students may do more and progress as fast and as far as they want.
ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics s/he is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course taken. Go to aleks.com to find out more.
SFPD Angel Island Camping Trip – is scheduled for November 8 – 10, 2016. We had an overwhelming number of students interested in this trip and over 30 applications were submitted. Congratulations to the following students who are scheduled to go - Abdul Ali, Zephyr Anderson, Samia Amin, Journey Baldwin, Ahmed Benterkia, Maeket Gebersamual, Anthony Herrera, Romaissa Khaldi, Min Li, Joshua Madrilejo, Angel Ouyang, Isabella Pham, Karon Richards, Jiaman Tang, Cliodhna Woods, and Xiaolin Wu. Next mandatory meeting is Thursday, Nov. 3rd during 4º lunch.
Girls Soccer Tryouts - Interested in being on the girls soccer team? Come see Ms. Sparks in Room 323 on Monday October 24th immediately after school to sign-up for tryouts. Bring back your completed permission slip to tryouts 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25th, Wednesday October 26th and Thursday October 27th. Comfortable clothing and shin guards are recommended. Bring shin guards and a ball if you have them.
Tacolicious October – Only 2 more Mondays left! 15% of proceeds each Monday in October this year at Tacolicious Marina will go to Marina Middle School! Enjoy great food and benefit Marina at the same time! New address: 2250 Chestnut St. (at Avila St.) Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Phone: 415-649-6077
LGBTQ Pride – we celebrated LGBTQ Pride on October 20th. Many students and staff wore purple, signed a pledge to stop bullying, and received purple wristbands. Stand Up. Speak Up. Stop Bullying!
Halloween Dance & Haunted House – is scheduled for Friday, October 28th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at Marina. Come visit our amazingly spooktacular haunted house, dance to great music, and feast on snacks. Permission slips required; tickets sold during lunch Monday – Thursday only. $1.00 admission to dance only. Additional money required for haunted house and snacks. Parent chaperones are welcome! Please contact Mr. Kornow or Mr. Helmenstine if you can help out!
Halloween October 31st - students MAY wear their costume (except for PE); however, it is suggested that they have regular school attire available. NO masks, paraphernalia, colored hairspray and non-aerosol sprays are permissible. School dress code applies.
8th Grade Panoramic Picture – will be taken on Friday, November 4th during 1º. Order envelopes will be distributed this week. School dress code applies.
Parent Teacher Conference Week Nov. 14 - 18 – School will be dismissed at 2:25 pm all week to allow teachers to meet with parents. Notices to schedule conference appointments will go home in Advisory.
SFUSD Enrollment Fair – SFUSD hosts an enrollment fair on Saturday, October 29, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at City College of San Francisco, Wellness Center. All SFUSD schools will be represented. We recommend attending this free event to meet current teachers, students, parents, and administrators.
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.
Dear SFUSD families,
Earlier this week gunshots were fired in the school parking lot at dismissal time at June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE), and four students were physically injured. They are recovering. The assailants were not part of the school and appeared to be targeting one student -- there is no ongoing threat to students at JJSE. This isolated event, although awful, should not be viewed as a negative reflection on JJSE, an extremely safe school focused on caring relationships.
This terrible incident has shaken everyone in the community. While students at other schools were not directly impacted, we recognize that an event like this can bring up difficult feelings for you and your child. Please know that school staff is prepared to discuss these feelings with your child and provide additional support as needed.
All school staff remain alert to any potential threats to safety in our school district. The safety and security of the San Francisco Unified School District’s students and staff is of utmost importance. SFUSD has a comprehensive crisis plan, and district administrators coordinate closely with city emergency management officials and law enforcement representatives to monitor and update plans on a regular basis.
In addition, schools have security measures to ensure the well-being of students and staff. These include: visitor check-in procedures, locked doors after the start of the school day, surveillance cameras, and school resource officer support.
How we notify you if there is a school emergency
If there is an emergency at your child's school or a citywide emergency that impacts your child’s school, SFUSD will notify parents using the contact information in our student information system. Depending on the impact level of the emergency, we will attempt to reach you via a phone call and email using the information in our database, and, if you have opted in to receive text messages, you will receive text notifications as well.
If you do not receive a message it is likely because your current contact information has not been entered into the district’s confidential student information system. We encourage you to check with your school site secretary or principal to ensure they have the most up to date contact information for you in SFUSD’s student information system. This is the how, in the event of a school or citywide emergency, we can reach you immediately.
How to sign up for text notifications
If you have a mobile phone entered into our system, you will receive one prompt from SFUSD via SchoolMessenger asking you to opt in to receiving text messages. The message will only be sent one time from the number 67587 and will read: "SFUSD alerts. Reply Y to confirm, HELP for info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/txt."
We encourage you to reply "Y" to receive text messages from SFUSD and your school, as it often makes for faster communication, which is crucial in the event of an emergency. However, if you do not wish to opt in, you can simply ignore the text message.
You will only receive this message one time, and if you do not reply "Y" to confirm, the district cannot send you future text notifications. If you already received a text message and didn’t reply but do want to receive urgent messages via text, you may still sign up by texting “YES” to the number 67587 from your mobile phone. Please note, if you text this number and your mobile phone is not entered in the student information system, messages will not be sent to it.
More information about SFUSD’s emergency notification procedures can be found here: http://www.sfusd.edu/en/safety-and-emergency-plan/student-safety-and-parent-notification.html
Statement from SFUSD Interim Superintendent Leigh regarding incident at June Jordan School for Equity
All of us in the San Francisco Unified School District are deeply troubled by the incident that took place yesterday afternoon in the parking lot at June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE). Our understanding at this time is that a small group of outsiders unaffiliated with the school came to campus around the time of school dismissal, targeting a particular JJSE student for reasons that are presently unclear. Sadly, four students were injured during the incident. They have received appropriate medical attention and are recovering from their injuries.
We want to thank the San Francisco Police Department for their support immediately following the incident and for their work in the ongoing investigation. We are also grateful to the paramedics and medical professionals who tended to our students, and we are committed to supporting our students and their families as they overcome their physical and emotional wounds. We also appreciate the offers of support immediately made by Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor John Avalos. Finally, we commend JJSE’s leaders, faculty and students both for their steady, calm and caring actions as the situation evolved and for the dedicated and courageous efforts that they have already begun to heal from yesterday’s events.
I need to state emphatically that this isolated event, although awful, should not be viewed as a negative reflection on JJSE. June Jordan is an intentionally small, extremely safe school focused on deep and caring relationships between all students and adults. All those connected to this school take great pride in, and put special care toward, creating a nurturing community rooted in the shared value of social justice. Through its small class sizes, college-going culture, and focus on rigorous, independent thinking, many JJSE students become the first in their families to attend college.
Though only four students were physically injured, this terrible incident has shaken everyone in the community, particularly the staff and students at June Jordan. Fortunately the school has a strong tradition of coming together daily to discuss challenging topics and to support one another. In addition to coming together as a community, JJSE has trained counselors who will be meeting with students and faculty. We deeply appreciate the educators and students at June Jordan School for Equity and will proudly stand by them through this disturbing, but temporary, challenge.
Interim Superintendent, SFUSD