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Posted by: Nelson Koskela
Published: 5/24/17




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Click one of the links to sign up & volunteer for one of these events!

Senior Luncheon - May 24th

Graduation Day - May 25th

A big thank you in advance!

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/22/17




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Dear Class of 2017 - Seniors & Parents,

The program for Graduation is being created and it would be great to know what many of you have decided in terms of your plans for next year; whether you plan to continue to college, university or conservatory, or if you are taking a gap year or embarking on some other great new adventure, please email Julie Glantz at 1kwords@gmail.com by Sunday afternoon if possible.  

Thank you!

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/21/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

The Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park will host the 3rd Annual Flower Piano Event this summer from July 13th through July 24th.

 

Asawa SOTA has been invited to participate on Wednesday, July 19th between 4pm and 6pm.  Click HERE to sign up!

 

Jessa Barzelay (brother Nick is a SOTA alum), is the Director of Learning and Engagement for the Botanical Garden, and has offered us one afternoon, four performance spaces, two hours, for Asawa SOTA students to perform in the beautiful gardens!  

 

Each space will have a piano available - dancers, singers, actors, all our musicians, are welcome to claim a spot and dance, sing, play any and all instruments, to their hearts' content!

 

The performance spaces are The Garden of Fragrance, the Exhibition Garden (also known as the Thomas Church Pavilion), the Great Meadow, and Fountain Plaza. Map attached.

 

Please sign up for a 1/2 hour performance time, and have fun with your friends over the summer. We will also need student managers and parent volunteers to represent the school and make sure our group is organized, can answer questions, and enjoy this great opportunity to perform al fresco! 

 

There will be one meeting on-site at the Botanical Garden, to meet with Jessa and tour the performing spaces. Time and date TBA.

 

Admission to the event is FREE to residents of San Francisco, make sure to bring id with your address to the entrance gate.

 

Questions? Contact Anne Yanow at volunteer@sfsota.org for more information.


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/19/17




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WHAT DO BRAHMS, ROBOTICS, AND THE LIONS CLUB HAVE IN COMMON? ANGELINA WONG (Piano 2020)!

 

 

Late last month, freshman Angelina Wong represented Asawa SOTA at a pageant gala for the San Francisco Chinatown Lions Club, winning the title for Teen Community Service after 5 weeks of dedicated hard work. Earlier this year, in her role as Director of Business Development for the SOTA CyberDragons, our prize-winning school Robotics Team, Angelina was instrumental in helping the team win 3rd place and $4500 in a global video contest, when their presentation was selected from hundreds of submissions worldwide. And, if spring hasn’t kept her busy enough, check the Freako Diva’s review of this past weekend’s piano recital. Angelina’s Poulenc duet with fellow pianist, Constance Joves, and her solo performance of Brahms’ Rhapsody were powerful and passionate. Congratulations and thank you for your hard work and accomplishments for our school and for San Francisco!

 

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 5/16/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

The last SSC meeting of the school year is this coming Thursday at 4:15pm in the Conference Room (309). Parents, teachers & students are welcome to attend. 

For more information about the School Site Council, please visit the school loop page.  Click HERE.  Or visit the SFUSD SSC webpage.

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/15/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Awasa SOTA will be hosting the West Coast CMEA Festival for large ensemble band and orchestra groups.

 

The event will take place Friday afternoon (5/12) and all day Saturday (5/13) and is run by the Band and Orchestra Department heads with support from the IM Department. 

 

We would love to have help from new and existing families even if you are not in Band or Orchestra.  And it’s a great opportunity for any student who would like to do some community service. CLiCK HERE to sign up to volunteer.

 

CMEA stands for California Music Education Association. You can find out more about the organization on their website.

 

More Questions?  Please contact Henry Hung, Band Director for Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/11/17




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Please join us for our last PTSA meeting of the year!  This coming Wednesday, May 10th at 7pm in the cafeteria.  We will be celebrating the year and all our fabulous volunteers.

 

To help us gauge attendance, please RVSP HERE.  

 

New families welcome to attend.  

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/8/17




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Attention 9th Graders: Application deadline for Geometry summer school extended to May 8


This summer, SFUSD is offering a twenty-eight day intensive Geometry course for incoming sophomores who are completing CCSS Algebra 1 in their freshman year and would like to take CCSS Algebra 2 (or Algebra 2 + Precalculus) during their regular academic year as 10th graders. This course satisfies SFUSD’s requirement for a full year (10 units) of CCSS Geometry. Class will meet from June 5 to July 14, excluding the July 3 and 4holidays, from 8 am until 2 pm daily at Galileo High School, and will include nightly homework.

 

Enrollment in the summer intensive Geometry course is limited. Students must have received a B or better in their SFUSD Algebra 1 course, and students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Price Lunch will be selected first for seats. All remaining seats will be assigned randomly.

 

SFUSD has received 260 applications from across all high schools for 96 seats. Outreach for this course occurred using the usual summer school outreach methods and the original application deadline was April 30. As we have heard from a few parents that they were not informed of this course, SFUSD is extending the deadline to apply to May 8 in order to ensure that all interested students have the opportunity to apply. For more information about the class and to apply, visit http://www.sfusdmath.org

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 5/5/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

The AP Exams will be administered over the next two weeks at Asawa SOTA, from Monday, May 1st - Friday, May 12th. 

 

For a schedule of the exams and room location, click here!

 

The schedule has also been posted on the school google calendar and school loop.

 

Questions?  Please contact Ms. Cailtin Boyle.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/4/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

SAVE the date for our last PTSA meeting of the year: Wed, May 10th at 7pm in the school library.  

 

New families welcome to attend.  

 

Agenda will be posted shortly, but really we would just like to encourage you all to come. It will be a fun little gathering.  

 

We will be celebrating the year and all our fabulous volunteers.    To help us gauge attendance, please RVSP HERE.  

 

We will be serving Mexican food. Yum!  RSVPing will help ensure we have enough for everyone :)

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/4/17




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For our senior families!   The deadline for senior graduation RSVP form is this coming Friday, May 5th to receive two additional free tickets to the graduation ceremony.  Please note, every graduate receives two free tickets.  
 
To order a DVD of the graduation ceremony, please submit the order form that was mailed with your RSVP form.  Can’t find it?  Additional copies of the order form are available in the FoSOTA office.  DVD orders can also be placed at the graduation ceremony.  

Questions?  Please contact Colleen Ivie or Sue Schechter
 
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/3/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

This May, the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) World Music and Dance Department will present excerpts from their April Takeover performance, including Bhangra, Bollywood, West African, and Taiko styles.

 

The World Music and Dance Department at Asawa SOTA, the only such program in the country, teaches high school students in 9th-12th grade a variety of music and dance forms, including Afro-Brazilian, West African, Afro-Cuban, Taiko, Bhangra, Bollywood, Salsa and more. Monina Sen Cervone and Joti Singh direct the program.

 

Learn more about the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts World Music and Dance Programs.

 

For more information, please take a look at http://dancersgroup.org/presents/rotunda/

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 4/28/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Due to overwhelming demand, Asawa SOTA Tech & Costume Shop will be adding a second show of the 7th Annual Tech Fashion Show "Seven Deadly Seams".

 

The performance times are now scheduled for 6:30pm and 8:30pm this Friday evening, April 28th.

 

If you pre-purchased your seats online through Brown Paper Tickets, your ticket will be honored at either performance. If you haven't purchased yet, tickets will be available at the door, a half hour before show time, on a first come, first serve basis.

 

We will need volunteers to help usher and help with concessions at this 2nd performance.  Please SIGN UP HERE!

 

Thank you for your commitment to fashion at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts!

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/27/17







Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Now is your chance to support the Asawa SOTA Dance Department by advertising in their program for LAUNCH.  To purchase ad space and find out all the details, please visit the SOTa SHOP

 
An ad in the program will be viewed by thousands!  If you know any businesses that would be interested, please spread the word.  The deadline for ad submissions is Friday, April 28th.   If you have questions about purchasing ad space, please reach out to the parent liaison, Athea Lazara.
 
LAUNCH is the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Annual Spring Dance Concert, directed by Andrea Hinman.  Performances are May 11th, 12th, 13th & 14th.  Hosted at the Cowell Theater, LAUNCH features original works by both students and artists-in-residence: Graciela Acedo, Arturo Fernandez, Claudia Anata Hubiak, Chris Jacobsen, and Milissa Payne Bradley, as well as guest choreographers: Gregory Dawson and Victor Talledos.  
 
To purchase tickets to the performance, click HERE.  
 
To pre-order a DVD of the performance, please visit the SOTa SHOP.
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/20/17




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Just a reminder the monthly School Site Council (SSC) meeting is this coming Thursday, April 20th at 4:15pm in the conference room.
 
Please find the agenda attached.  
 
Community members are welcome to attend these meetings.  
 
To find out more about what the SSC is all about, please visit the SSC SFUSD page.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/19/17




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Dear Asawa SOTA Parents/Guardians,

 

 

The purpose of this message is to inform you, adults at home, that your teenager may be raising conversations about topics covered in a popular Netflix series called 13 Reasons Why. 

 

The show is based on a novel where a teenage girl dies by suicide.  A number of students have stated they have watched the series, and want to discuss the issues of bullying, suicide, and social media.  Wellness staff are engaging students and having discussions at school regarding these issues.  

 

CommonSense Media, which partners with SFUSD to educate students and parents about media, suggests that the film age range is 16 years and above.  Here is the link to a description of the show and reviews from parents if you are interested along with suggestion ideas for discussions at home.


https://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/13-reasons-why

 

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/5-conversations-to-have-with-your-teens-after-13-reasons-why

 

 

If concerns arise at home and you would like to consult, you can send me a School Loop message or call me at 415-695-5755.

 

Thank You,

Robert Francoeur, MS, LMFT, PPSC

Wellness Coordinator

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 4/18/17




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Another big, warm welcome to all our new families and students!
 
It was a full house at our new student orientation on Monday night. 
 
Thanks to Mr.Payne (Principal), Colleen Ivie (FoSOTA), Heidi Alletzhauser (PTSA prez), Jeff Brain (SSC chair), our teachers & staff, our AIRs (Artist in Residence), parent volunteers, students volunteers and student performers.  
 
There is a lot of information to take in, but the main office has put a lot of the paperwork up online for easy reference.  CLICK HERE!  It includes some of the paperwork that has already been emailed to you, summer reading assignments and handy links! 
 
Any questions, please send us an email!  Click here for a directory.
 

Please Note:  Summer reading assignments for all students (1oth, 11th, & 12th) will also be posted on the same web page.  Check back soon.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/18/17




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Welcome to Asawa SOTA!

 

Please see below for the agenda for our new student orientation this coming Monday, April 17th.

 

New families and students can also find information and handy links by clicking HERE

 

2017-2018 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION AGENDA
Monday, April 17, 2017      5:00pm - 7:00pm

 

Asawa SOTA Cafeteria

5:00pm Meet Members of the PTSA Board, Purchase Spirit Wear and Slices of Pizza (Pizza Sales support the Asawa SOTA Student Body Government)

 

Dan Kryston Memorial Theater
5:15pm Student Performance, Asawa SOTA Vocal Department
 
5:30pm Opening Remarks, Barnaby Payne, Principal
 
5:45pm Counseling Introduction,
Ben Rombro, Head Counselor
Clint Calimlim, Lower Division Counselot
Carissa Jow, Upper Division Counselor
Beth Alberts, College and Extended Learning Counselor

 

6:00pm Wellness Greeting, Robert Francoeur, Wellness Coordinator
 
6:05pm Let’s Play Jeopardy, Ben Rombro, Head Counselor
 
6:20pm Student Government
Gabriel Bibliowitz, Student Body President (2016-2017)
Katie Dragone, Student Body President (2017-2018)

 

6:25pm Asawa SOTA Partnership Greetings
Friends of SOTA, Colleen Ivie, Executive Director;
PTSA, Heidi Alletzhäuser, PTSA President (2017-2018);
School Site Council, Jeff Brain, Chair
 
6:35pm Student Performance, Interdisciplinary Ensemble

 

6:40pm Breakout Sessions by Arts Departments
 
7:00pm Dismiss

 

Please Note! PTSA will be available in the cafeteria after the breakout sessions.  Stop by to purchase merchandise or ask a question.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/16/17




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Please Vote!  And then vote again every 24 hours until April 16th!

 

The Asawa SOTA Robotics team, the SOTA CYBERDRAGONS, is entered in a global robotics video contest. Please visit this LINK and click VOTE for a chance to help the team win $7,500!

 

Angelina Wong (Piano 2020), Director of Business Development for the team has asked everyone to share this with as many family members and friends as possible, using Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook, so that friends and family can vote too.

 

Voting runs from April 10th through the 16th so you can vote once every 24 hours!  Click this LINK and hit VOTE. Do it every day if you can, for the next 4 days! Thanks!

 

Go Cyberdragons!

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/12/17




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2017-18 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION AGENDA

Monday, April 17, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Dan Kryston Memorial Theater

 

5:15pm Student Performance , Asawa SOTA Vocal Department

 

5:30pm Opening Remarks , Barnaby Payne, Principal

 

5:45pm Counseling Introduction , Ben Rombro, Head Counselor
Clint Calimlim, Lower Division Counselor

Carissa Jow, Upper Division Counselor
Beth Alberts, College and Extended Learning Counselor

 

6:00pm Wellness Greeting , Robert Francouer, Wellness Coordinator

 

6:05pm Let’s Play Jeopardy , Ben Rombro, Head Counselor

 

6:20pm Student Government , Gabriel Bibliowitz, Student Body President (2016-17) Katie Dragone, Student Body President (2017-18)

 

6:25pm Asawa SOTA Partnership Greetings, Friends of SOTA, Colleen Ivie, Executive Director; PTSA, Heidi Alletzhäuser, PTSA President (2017-18); School Site Council, Jeff Brain, Chair

 

6:35pm Student Performance, Interdisciplinary Ensemble 6:40pm Breakout Sessions by Arts Departments

 

7:00pm Dismiss 

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 4/12/17




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The 2016-2017 yearbook is now on sale.  Pre-order before May 1st for a discounted price of $50!   Price will go to $60 on May 1, 2017.

 

The Asawa SOTA yearbook is bursting with photos of students’ activities, events, and highlights.

 

Yearbooks will be distributed directly to the students when they are received in May.

 

Click HERE to pre-order today! 

 


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/10/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Please join us for our monthly PTSA meeting.

 

See the flyer for all the details. 

 

And please help us gauge attendance so we know how much food to order.  RSVP HERE.
 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/9/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

 

Please join us!  The Asawa SOTA PTSA is starting to plan for next year!  We would like your help identifying outstanding candidates for the 2017-2018 slate of officers to be elected at our April PTSA meeting. 

 

Please use this FORM to indicate individuals that you think might be a good leader for our PTSA. 

 

Volunteer yourself OR you are welcome to suggest someone you know for the position. The nominating committee will then be in contact with those on this list and confirm their interest. Thank you!

 

Deadline for nominations is Tues, April 11th 2017.

 

Questions?  Contact Heidi, Suz or Karla,   PTSA Nominating Committee

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/3/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Please join us our College Workshop Series in April.   See flyer for specific details!

 

All grade levels welcome to attend. All workshops are free of charge.  All workshops start at 7pm.

 

Questions?  Please contact Nancy Buffum

 



 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/2/17




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Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is the statewide assessment system used by California public schools. The CAASPP program is intended to provide information used to monitor student progress and help them succeed, ensuring that all students leave high school ready for college and career.

 

CAASPP computer-based tests are based on California Common Core State Standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. These assessments include the Smarter Balanced computer adaptive tests in English language arts/literacy and mathematics and the California Alternate Assessment for some students with disabilities.

 

SFUSD students in grades 3-8 and 11 will participate in CAASPP testing beginning in March 2017. In addition, students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will take the California Science Test (CAST), a new computer-based science assessment based on Next Generation Science Standards.

 

To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp.

 

Following the spring 2017 testing, students receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be mailed to parents in the beginning of school year 2017-18. The detailed reports include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English language arts and mathematics, science (if a participating grade) and other information. If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/.

 

Parents/Guardians have the right to request an exemption from all or part of CAASPP testing. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s participation, please contact John Burke (burkej1@sfusd.edu) at the SFUSD Achievement Assessments Office at  (415) 241-6400. 

 

Sincerely,

Barnaby O. Payne

Principal

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 3/20/17




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The monthly SSC meeting is this coming Thursday at 4:15pm in the Conference Room (309). Parents, teachers & students are welcome to attend.

 

For more information about the School Site Council, please visit the school loop page.  Click HERE.  Or visit the SFUSD SSC webpage.

 

Agenda attached.

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/13/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Have a few hours to spare this month? 

Please consider volunteering for one of our upcoming shows!

 

Spring Jazz - Wed, March 22nd

Chamber Music - Thursday, March 23rd

 

A big thank you in advance!!!

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/12/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

SOTA Cyberdragons Robotics Team will compete with over 40 high school teams from around the world in the San Francisco FIRST Robotics Regionals on March 17-19, in St. Ignatius College Prep. The event is free. Please come support your team! For more info go to http://www.firstsfbay.org/event-info/

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 3/10/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Cali a Cuba!  The funkiest fundraiser on the front of the Bay! A non-stop R&B, funk dance jam, taco feast and silent auction in support of the SOTA Cuba Trip scholarship fund.

 

The all-star musical line up includes former and current members of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dave Shul (guitar), Raliegh Neil (keyboard), Alcid Marshall (drums) and Carl Young (bass). They’re joined by drummer Jay Lane (played with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead), plus our own SOTA pros, John Calloway (flute), Henry Hung (trumpet) and more!

 
All proceeds support the SOTA Cuba Trip scholarship fund. Help the World Music/Dance and Latin Band get from Cali to Cuba!

 

Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Location: Mariposa Hunter’s Point Yacht Club

405 Terry A Francois Blvd, SF

 

Tickets: $30. Click HERE to purchase.

Limited number of tickets! Tickets may be available at the door, however, please purchase online.

 

Tacos from Tacolicious – suggested donation of $5 CASH until food is gone.
Cash Bar
Dance Music
Silent Auction

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/9/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Parents and caregivers, please join Mr. Payne this coming Friday at 8:15am in the teacher's lounge for his monthly Principal’s Chat.

 

Coffee and treats provided by the Asawa SOTA PTSA.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/9/17




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA

The final weekend of the Into The Woods performances are this weekend, March 10th - 12th.

 

We could still use a few more volunteers to ensure all these shows run smoothly. Click HERE to sign up to set up, usher, work concessions or clean up.

 

FoSOTA will be providing most of the concessions available for purchase, but if you would like to donate a special treat or some home baked goods, please do.

 

Note to IM Students.  Earn community service credit!  Help with set up, clean up or ushering.


 
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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 3/8/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

The Into The Woods Student Matinees starts Tuesday and we could use some help, especially on Wed.  This is a great way to volunteer and see the performance for free!  Click HERE to volunteer.

 

We have several elementary, middle and high schools scheduled to attend free student matinees on March 7 and 8. Please help us welcome students, teachers and chaperones to the Kryston Theater, and ensure that the performances go smoothly!

 

The Tuesday performance is just the first half of the show with a Q&A sessions after.  ♫  Performs.

 

The Wed performance is the full performance, with an intermission and Q&A session after.  ♪  Performs.

 

Click HERE to see the cast list.

 

Contact Anne Yanow, Volunteer Coordinator, at if you have any questions.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/6/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

It is opening night and the excitement is building!  

 

Patrons attending INTO THE WOODS are advised to arrive early as you may need to seek parking off school property.  Please be aware that parking on the site is very limited.  If the school parking lot is full, you might find parking near Mollie Stone or in the neighborhood across Portola on Glenview Drive.  Public transportation is a good option as the 36, 44, 48 and 52 buses go right by the school and the Glen Park BART station is only a short bus ride away.  If you need assistance or disabled parking, there will be parking reserved on-site.

 

Patrons who selected the Print at Home option when purchasing tickets can avoid the Will Call line by printing their tickets in advance and should proceed directly to the theater lobby upon arrival.

 

We expect sold out shows at every performance!  A limited number of overflow seats will be available and these tickets will be sold at the Box Office beginning one hour before each performance on a first come basis.  If you have extra tickets, please contact Colleen Ivie who can help with refunds and exchanges.

 

We look forward to seeing you.  The show is going to be great!

 

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and Friends of SOTA uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

 

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and Friends of SOTA

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/3/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Over the next few weeks we have Round 2 Auditions and our Spring Musical. 
 

We need your help for all of these to run smoothly! 

 

Sign up today by clicking one of the links below.

 

Into the Woods - March 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th & 12th

Into the Woods - Student Matinees - March 7th & 8th

Round 2 Auditions - March 4th

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/1/17




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Please join us next Wednesday, March 8th for our monthly PTSA meeting.  See the attached flyer for details.

 

Help us gauge attendance and rvsp (so we know how much food to provide).

 

Look forward to seeing you there.

 


 

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/1/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

Dear SOTA Community,

Thank you for making Phat Sunday—Hardly Strictly New Orleans an absolutely phantastic event. The sea of smiling faces moving to the music, eating to the beat, rocking the face paint, and basking in the sunshine was phenomenal.

Phat Sunday and its companion flash fundraiser, Phat Cash Flash, enabled us to include our all of our school's families, introduce SOTA to the broader San Francisco community, raise funds for SOTA's Artists-in-Residence program, and have a whole lot of fun doing it.

If you haven't yet done so, will you join the Phat Cash Flash Donors? Donations start at one dollar. Do it right this minute; this campaign will be over in a flash.

  • Give if you like the idea of a fundraising event priced to include everyone.
  • Give if you think Phat Sunday was a refreshing alternative to gala fundraisers, auctions, and raffles.
  • Give if you enjoyed, as event volunteer Pepe Le Krewe quipped, "getting out of the church basement and into the community."
  • Give if you support the Bay Area's exceptional artist-educators and the future of the arts in San Francisco.
  • Give if you think we need a public high school like SOTA where vision, creativity, and passion are valued.
  • Give if you can!

We are so grateful for your support of public arts education and the dedicated artist-educators who are at the heart of SOTA’s arts curriculum. Thank you!

Sincerely,
The Phat Sunday Krewe

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 3/1/17




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Dear Asawa SOTA Community:
 
In light of recent national political events, I want to take a quick minute to reaffirm the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts bathroom policy as it pertains to LGBQT students and all students:
 
The McAteer campus main building houses six (two on each level) gender neutral, private, locking, one stall bathrooms open to all staff and students throughout the school day.  Each level also houses "men" and "women" labeled student and staff bathrooms. Within each gender-labeled bathroom there are private, locking stalls. Any student or staff member may use the gender-labeled bathrooms according to their self-identified gender. 
 
We expect that all students will take this policy seriously and mindfully. This community remains committed to a safe and supportive educational environment for all community members. Please contact me with any questions you may have. 
 
Thank you, sincerely,
 
Mr. Barnaby O. Payne, Principal
Asawa SOTA, SFUSD

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 2/23/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

Links to SFUSD Instructional Calendar (2017-18)

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 2/23/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

The Department of Technology is releasing a major upgrade to our attendance call system to greatly improve the reliability and stability of our attendance calls. Starting February 20, the old autodialer will be disabled, and SchoolMessenger will be used to make attendance calls instead of the old autodialer system.

What does this change mean for schools?

  • Less work! Attendance calls are fully automatic, so your staff will no longer have to manually submit call lists.

  • Increased reliability/callout speed. Larger volumes of calls can go out at once, meaning we can reach our families far faster than we could with the old autodialer.

What does this change mean for our families?

  • More languages for attendance callouts. The old autodialer only allows for attendance calls to go out in English, Spanish, and Cantonese. With SchoolMessenger, we have access to a wider range of languages to better connect with our families, including Arabic, Tagalog, Hindi, Vietnamese, Russian, Mandarin, and several more!

  • More likely to receive attendance calls. SchoolMessenger has greatly improved functionality to handle cellphones, voicemail, and answering machines, which will ensure that more families are reached when students are marked absent with automated messages.

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 2/23/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

An evening of music, poems, light and sound installations and interfaith prayer at Grace Cathedral in remembrance of those lost in the Oakland warehouse fire.

 

The night will be an eclectic mix of performers including the Singers of the Street homeless choir, students from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA)’s vocal program, an opera singer, violinist, throat singer and more.

 

This a free event and all are welcome. Those interested in giving back may participate in a free will offering for the Trans Assistance Project.

 

 

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 2/22/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

Asawa SOTA is looking to hear from you! Please participate in our 2016-17 Family Survey in order to provide valuable feedback to our school community. Your input helps drive our school improvement goals and positively reflects on our school culture and climate data!

 

SEL Family Survey Link:  http://bit.ly/2lp6BmJ

 

  • This link will work on a computer or any mobile device. 
  • The survey should only take about 20 minutes. 
  • The survey is now open and will close May 14, 2017. 
  • The survey is available in several languages (online), and paper copies can be ordered upon request. 

 

 

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 2/22/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

We are seeking volunteers to help proctor the Asawa SOTA AP Exams.  Please click HERE to sign up!

 

The AP Examinations will be administered in the Asawa SOTA school library during the first two weeks of May. 

 

One proctor is required per 30 students.  Anyone 18 or older can volunteer to be a proctor as long as they are not related to a student taking the test.  A training session will be given before the exams.  More details to follow once it is available.

 

Please consider signing up for one or more time slots.  Your help is greatly appreciated... so a BiG THANK YOU in advance.

 

For more information on the role of a proctor during the exam, please click HERE!

 

Questions?  Please contact Caitlyn Bolye, Assistant Principal or Amy Trusso, Science Teacher

 


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/14/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

The Asawa SOTA monthly SSC meeting is this coming Thursday, Feb 16th at 4:15pm in the conference room.


Agenda attached. 

 

Questions?  Please reach out to Jeff Brain, SSC Chair or visit the SSC page on school loop.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/13/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

If your student will be absent please call the attendance line at (415) 522-7353 and leave a message that includes following information:

  • Student full name (as registered in school)
  • Date(s) of the absence (month and day)
  • Reason for absence
  • Grade level
  • Phone number

 

When your student returns to school they must bring a note* to the attendance office (Room 343 in the Main Office) that includes the following information:

  • Student full name (as registered in school)
  • Date of note
  • Date(s) of the absence(s)
  • Reason for absence
  • Parent/guardian/caregiver signature and phone number

 

*Verification of student absence(s) accepted from parents/guardians/caregivers. We DO NOT accept e‐mail or fax to report absences.

 

If your student is absent for three days or more due to illness, they must return with a note from a doctor.

 

If your student gets sick at school and needs to go home they must first go to the nurse in the Wellness Center. The nurse will call you, and your student may receive a permit to leave.

 

Please note that absences are either excused or unexcused. The terms of each absence are listed in the SFUSD Student and Family Handbook. The handbook includes additional information regarding attendance and student absences.

 

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 2/13/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Phat Sunday!  You don't want to miss out on this.  Get Phat!

 

San Francisco’s Big Easy Mardi Gras food festival needs people to make it happen.  Join a Krewe (or tewe) for the day or just half a day.

 

If you've only got a couple of hours to spare, need more variety throughout the day or want to take more time to enjoy the festival, you can even sign up for single or multiple 2-hour blocks.

 

For more details regarding the Werk that Krewes do, check this out: Phat Sunday Krewe Descriptions.

 

Proceeds benefit the Artists-in-Residence program at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.

 

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/10/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Please join the Asawa SOTA Beautification Team to continue work in the quad and school gardens.   

 

Sign up HERE.

 

We will meet in the quad this coming Saturday, Feb 11th at 10am and work until about 2pm.

 

Parents/guardians, teachers and students are welcome to join in, to help spruce up our favorite special high school campus. Supplies will be provided.  IM students!  Need some community service hours?  Here's a great opportunity.

 

Questions?  Please contact David Fortescue or Rebecca Dickherber, Beautification Co-Chairs

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/9/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Please join us in the Staff Lounge for some conversation with Principal Payne.

 

Coffee and yummy treats provided by the Asawa SOTA PTSA.

 

Friday, February 10th at 8:15am in the Teacher's Lounge (A322), right across from the Art Studio.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/9/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

The PTSA is really looking forward to the special presentation on “Providing Safe & Welcoming Spaces at Home & School for LGBTQ & Gender Expansive Youth" at our meeting this Wednesday.  Hoping you will join us.  See the flyer for details.

 

Please help us gauge attendance, so we know how much food to order.  Click HERE!   As a special treat to help celebrate Lunar New Year, we will be ordering some Chinese food and have a few other special treats.  Yum!

 

Cheers,
Suz

 

 

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/7/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

Seniors,

 

A senior portrait date has been nailed down with Lifetouch (the company that takes the pictures). To make it all work logistically with both schools, the pictures will be taken on a Thursday February 23 and Friday February 24.

 

Here is how it works: 

 

The pictures are used as the senior yearbook photos. Lifetouch, the company who takes the photos, sends out a receipt to your home to order $50.00 proofs for the family. This purchase is completely optional. However, there is a sitting fee of $15.00 (payable by check or cash, which you can give them at your sitting).

 

These pictures are used in the School yearbook, and possibly in the graduation program.  You will receive a notification in the mail from Lifetouch in the first week or two of February notifying you of your assigned time-slot for your photos on either the 23rd or 24th. The portraits are taken in the afternoon all the way into the early evening (1:00pm to 6:00pm); the location is the Pannone Gallery on the 3rd floor.

 

Please see Mr. Rombro if you have any questions.

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 1/31/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

It’s that time of the year again – it is time to sign up for AP tests.  In this post, you will find the following items to help you:
 
 
1) A Copy for each AP student of the AP Exam Application form; students only have to fill pout one form, no matter how many tests are requested.  PLEASE RETURN WITH MONEY BY February 24.
 
2) The 2017 AP Exam Schedule - Please note there have been several courses that have had the day and time switched from last year– like CALCULUS….
 
3) Fee Schedule  - Each test will be $95; however, if students take 3 or more tests they can qualify for a $15 fee reduction – so each test would cost $90.  Please contact Ms. Trusso for more information.
 
(4) Fee Reduction - There are two forms included in each packet; they both need to be signed only if a student is not already designated free and reduced lunch, but are able to qualify at less than 185% of federal poverty guidelines (included).
 
a)    2016-2076 Statement of Income Eligibility – this forms allows parent/guardian to simply sign the statement and they will receive a $5 fee for the test. These forms are in English, Spanish and Chinese.

 

b)    2016-2017 Student Eligibility Verification - this forms allows parent/guardian to simply sign the statement and they will receive a $5 fee for the test.  Forms are in English, Spanish and Chinese.

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 1/31/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

SFUSD Board of Ed approved the 2017-2018 calendar this week. You can view online or download the attached PDF.

 

The two big changes are school will start one week later in August (and end one week later in June) and Thanksgiving holiday will be a whole week.

 

District will be looking into providing child care services for families who need it.  

 

Interested in what is going on at the Board of Ed meetings but can’t attend?  You can find agendas, mtg minutes and video recordings on line.  You can also watch live webcast online when the meetings are in session.  Click HERE.

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/26/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Please save the date for our next PTSA meeting on Wed, February 8th at 7pm in the school library.  

 

In addition to our regular business we have a special treat.  An in depth discussion on providing safe and welcoming spaces at home and at school for LGBTQ & Gender Expansive Youth.  See the attached flyer for more details!

 

Students encouraged to attend.  

 

Light refreshments provided.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/25/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Happy Birthday Ruth Asawa!

 

Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was not only one of San Francisco's most beloved artists, she was also one of the founders of the San Francisco School of the Arts. On Tuesday January 24th, archivist Franz Kunst will discuss the life and work of Ruth Asawa, whose papers are housed in Stanford University Libraries' Special Collections. From her biomorphic wire sculptures to her public fountains to her commitment to art education, Asawa's legacy continues to bear fruit.

 

Please join us!  Birthday cake & treats provided by FoSOTA.

 

Parents are welcome to attend.

 

Thanks to Barnaby Payne, Beth Ryan, Colleen Ivie & Anne Yanow for coordinating.

 


 

Date: Tuesday, January 24th
Time: 12:35pm
Location: Asawa SOTA Library

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/23/17







Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

The World Music & Dance Department are seeking volunteers for the Friday & Saturday shows this week.  Click the link below to sign up! 

 

Festa Brasileira - Friday, Jan 20th & Sat, Jan 21st

 

Attention IM students!  You can receive community service credit for set up, ushering, helping out with concessions and/or clean up.

 

Thank you in advance for your support.


To purchase tix to the show, click here.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/17/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

It’s that time of year!!! Know a principal or teacher who deserves recognition?

 

Nominations for the Mayor's Principal of the Year Award and the Mayor's Teacher of the Year Award are now open for year 2016-2017

 

Deadline: Friday, February 24th 2017

 

CLICK HERE to nominate  a PRINCIPAL!

 

CLICK HERE to nominate a TEACHER!

 

Printable forms in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Tagalog are available online if you would rather mail in your nominations.

 


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/16/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

The Asawa SOTA monthly SSC meeting is this coming Thursday, Jan 19th at 4:15pm in the conference room.


Agenda attached. 

 

Questions?  Please reach out to Jeff Brain, SSC Chair or visit the SSC page on school loop.
 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/16/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA


 

There are lots of fun volunteer opportunities this month.  Click any of the links below to sign up!  Thank you in advance for your support.

 

Show - Media Nights - Thurs, Jan 12th & Friday, Jan 13th

Show - Brahms Requiem - Friday, Jan 13th

Beautification Day - Sat, Jan 14th

Show - World Music & Dance Festa Brasileira - Friday, Jan 20th & Sat, Jan 21st

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/12/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Lowell High School Presents Alfie Kohn

Succeeding in High School…and Beyond:  A Critical Discussion for Parents

 

Date: Wed, January 25, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Lowell High School, 1101 Eucalyptus Drive, SF

 

High school students are under tremendous pressure to focus on grades over knowledge. Is this a healthy approach that engenders success beyond high school?

 

Lowell High School’s PTSA invites parents of all high school students and prospective high school students to an evening with author and lecturer Alfie Kohn. This nationally recognized expert on education and parenting will offer thought-provoking challenges to conventional thinking on topics like:

  • Parents’ role in helping students be successful in school and in life
  • Strategies to reduce student stress
  • The value of emphasizing engagement and a love of learning over achievement and grades

This event is FREE to all Lowell PTSA members; $10 for non-members.

 

You can purchase tix HERE.


NOTE for TEACHERS!!!  The Lowell PTSA is also inviting all district teachers to the 4:00 PM teachers only event. At Lowell those teachers who qualify will receive PD. Please encourage your schools to do the same. We have 950 seats at 4PM and we would love to have it filled with teachers who were being paid to receive PD.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/10/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Our January PTSA meeting is coming up next week.  There will be some special presentations on community service by Ms.Coghlan & Mr.Arnold.  See the attached flyer for details.

 

Light refreshments will be served.  Students encouraged to attend.

 

We hope to see you there!

Suz

PTSA Communications

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/5/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Audition day is Saturday, January 7, 2017 & we need your help to make this day run smoothly for our student helpers, faculty, auditioning students, and their families.    

 

Please consider signing up to help out for the day or just a couple hours.  There are lots of time slots available and the more the merrier!

 

Click HERE to volunteer.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/3/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Happy 2017! 

We hope you all enjoyed a restful and peaceful winter break.  Looking forward to seeing you all back at school tomorrow.

ENJOY,

The Asawa SOTA PTSA


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/2/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

The December PTSA meeting has been canceled due to a super busy schedule this month.


Our next PTSA meeting is Wed, January 11th at 7pm. Special topic to be posted after winter break.

 

Enjoy the Holidays!

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/14/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

Asawa SOTA's monthly SSC meeting is this coming Thursday (12/15/2016) at 4:15pm in the Conference Room.

 

Please feel free to join.   Agenda attached.

 

For additional information about the Asawa SOTA SSC, please visit the SSC page on school loop or send an email to Jeff Brain, SSC Chair.

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/13/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

This week we will be featuring the "Holiday Spectacular!" A fabulous all-arts-departments show featuring a live broadcast of the 1964 "Ted Sullyvan Holiday Spectacular" from New York City, with performances by Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Creative Writing, Dance, Vocal, World Music & World Dance, Media, Tech and Theatre, with stunning gallery installations by Architecture & Design and Visual, and an exciting surprise drawing at both shows!


Performances are this coming Thursday & Friday at 7:30pm in the Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre.

 

Tickets can be purchased in advance online.  http://www.sfsota.org/sotashows/

 

Looking for volunteer or just want to check what you signed up for?  Click HERE!

 

Questions?  Please reach out to Kate Stacy, Musical Theater Parent Liaison.

 


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/13/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Collection of cookies & sweet treats started today.  Please bring donated items to the main office.

 

If you have time to volunteer tomorrow, please sign up HERE!

 

Questions? Please contact Liz Isaacs if you have questions or need more information.

 


Our long-standing tradition of giving gift boxes of cookies and candies to Asawa SOTA staff and faculty is a treasured one! We amass donated items and then assemble the cookie boxes to distribute to our much-appreciated teachers, staff, security guards, janitors - everyone who creates the Asawa SOTA community.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/12/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Brahms’ beautifully moving Requiem of comfort in the midst of mourning and the joy that must come after sorrow has taken on new meaning for the Asawa SOTA community this week, after the tragic loss of one of our beloved friends and choir members, Draven McGill, in last weekend’s Oakland Ghostship fire.
This weekend, the Vocal and orchestra departments will honor Draven, to remember his life, and the love and music he shared with his friends.

 

Students will perform two movements of the originally-programmed Ein Deutsches Requiem, as well as several student-selected choral pieces that were particular favorites of Draven’s and hold special meaning for his closest friends in the Department, including one student composition written as a tribute in the wake of the tragedy this weekend.

 

All who wish to celebrate Draven’s life, please join us for this weekend’s tribute, and then again for our full Requiem performances in Draven’s honor, to be presented sometime in January, details to be announced. Tickets already purchased for the Requiem performances this weekend will be honored at our future dates, and guests needing refunds will be accommodated by the FoSOTA box office.

 

Date:        Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time:        7:30pm-9:30pm
Location:  Asawa SOTA - Dan Kryston Memorial Theater

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/7/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

SFUSD Seeks Parent Feedback on Proposed Calendar Changes for 2017-18 Academic Year


SFUSD teachers, administrators, and parent representatives met recently to discuss options for next year's school-year calendar.

 

Several changes are being considered, including:

1. Starting school one week later in August and ending one week later in May/June
2. Closing schools for the entire week of Thanksgiving, and making those two days up at the beginning or end of the year
3. Eliminating the Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day holiday on Oct 9th, 2017
4. Later winter break: Dec 22nd to Jan 8th instead of Dec 18th to Jan 2nd

 

Please take a moment to share your feedback on these proposed changes in a short survey.

 

See the following links for surveys in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/7/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Please consider signing up to help with the holiday cookie bags for our fabulous teachers & staff and for one of the upcoming shows. 

 

The Asasa SOTA PTSA will also be organizing the Teacher Lounge & PTSA Storage Area this coming Saturday from 12pm-3pm.  If you are able to help out, please email Sue Schlechter, PTSA President, to confirm.

 

Links to the sign up genius for each of the other events is listed below.

Show - In Remembrance - Dec 10th

Holiday Cookie Boxes - Dec 12th & 13th

Show - Holiday Spectacular - Dec 15th & 16th

 

Thank you,

Suz

PTSA Communications

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/6/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

We want to share answers to some of the questions you may have regarding student and family immigration status. Please know you have our commitment to protect all students from discrimination and harassment.

 

We work very hard to make our schools safe spaces for learning for every one of our students. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that a child’s race, religion and immigration status do not create any barriers to their education. As described in our district policies, we will continue to uphold our commitment and support of San Francisco as a Sanctuary City for all immigrants.

 

The attached letter signed by both Myong Leigh, the SFUSD Interim Superintendent, and Edwin M. Lee, the Mayor of San Francisco, aims to address some of the questions that parents may have surrounding the events of the last several weeks.

 

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the Asawa SOTA administration at any time.  Thank you.

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 11/28/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

Hello everyone

 

There will be the first meeting of the Latinx Club this Thursday, in Room 231, during lunch.   This club strives to be a place on campus to celebrate and learn about the history and incredible culture from Central and South America and the Caribbean.  The club also strives to offer support and a safe place to discuss Latinx issues at Asawa School of the Arts.  

 

Chocolate and mate to be served!  Hope to see you Thursday during lunch!

 

Ms Stankiewich

Ms Acevedo

Mr Hung

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 11/28/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

As we approach the end of the 100 Day Campaign, we wanted to share the participation from all our departments.  There is still time to bump up those numbers!!!  The goal is 100% participation.  All donation amounts are greatly appreciated.  Funds help support our Artists in Residence (AIR), the college center, supplies and more.  

 


 

 

Tonight at Pictures at An Exhibition, Colleen Ivie will have donation forms available and there will also be artwork for sale.  So bring your check book, cash or your credit card.

 

You can participate right now by using one of the links below:

We hope to see you tonight at Pictures at An Exhibition or The Good Woman of Setzuan.
 

Enjoy & Thank You!

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/19/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

The 8th annual SFUSD College Fair will be held on Tuesday December 6, with attendance required for all 11th graders throughout the district.  Representatives from CSUs, UCs, community colleges, and private universities will be available to speak with SFUSD students, and to help them gather information about different colleges.

 

Buses will arrive right at the beginning of school and all Juniors will miss their morning classes. The few remaining seniors who have as of yet not attended a college fair or college meeting will be required to attend as well. 

 

It will be held at 1111 Gough Street at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 11/16/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

The Asawa SOTA SSC meeting is this coming Thursday at 4:15pm in the school conference room.  

 
Please find the attached agenda for more details.  Teachers, family members & students are welcome to attend.  

 

Questions? Please reach out to Jeff Brain, SSC member.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/15/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

The PTSA would like to send out a special thank you to Ms. Beth Alberts, College Counselor & Mr. Benjamin Rombro, 12th Grade Counselor for their special College Admissions Presentation at our PTSA meeting last week.  

 

Asawa SOTA is one of the few public high schools to have Naviance, a college and career preparation tool.    Thanks to FoSOTA !  

 

Please find attached a PDF from the college night presentation, An Introduction into the College Application Process. 

 

If you have questions about information in the attached document, please reach out to Mr.Rombro or Ms.Alberts directly.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/15/16




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA

Please join the Jose Ortega PTA & Asawa SOTA PTSA in conversation about re-imagining schools for the 21st century.

 

We are thrilled to host a screening of the Sundance-selected film "Most Likely to Succeed" this Monday evening (11/14) starting at 6pm!   There will be a post-film Q&A discussion w/a panel of bay area education & industry experts.

 

Watch the trailer on vimeo.

 

The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.  Proceeds to benefit both Jose Ortega Elementary School & Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts High School.  You can reserve your spot HERE and make a donation.

 

And please help spread the word!

 


 

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 11/14/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

 

Today’s the day.  Time to get out and vote 4 stuff!

 

If you are looking for an easy guide to fill out that you can take with you the polls, please see the attached worksheet provided by the SF Department of Elections Office.

 

Later tonight, you can check the Unofficial Elections Results page, the first report will be posted at 8:45pm.

 

Rock the Vote !!!

 


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/8/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

First a big THANK YOU!!! to those who came out on Saturday to help prep the quad for painting and to further beautify our new lovely first floor garden. To see some photos, click HERE!


James and Sakura
Eli
Ricardo, Ricardo & Jackie
Marie
Linda & Marisa
Ellen

 

Thank You!

 

This Thursday, November 10th from 1-5pm, the Beautification Team is hosting 20 Salesforce volunteers for a big painting project in the quad.  We'll be painting the cafeteria exterior, one of the kiosks, and several benches around the quad.

 

We would certainly appreciate if you could come by during this period, to chip in, or help supervise the young adults from Salesforce with their painting efforts, or to help with cleanup.

 

Hope you can join us!

 

Questions?  Please email David Fortescue, Beautification Co-Chair

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/8/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Please come out this Saturday, Nov-5, from 9am - 1:30pm to prep the cafeteria exterior and the kiosks in the quad, which will be painted by Salesforce volunteers on the following Thursday, Nov-10.  We will also take on a few other minor projects around the campus.  

 

A Big Thank You to those who volunteered the last two workdays to help us paint the bathrooms in the theatre lobby, benches and accessories; as well as to prepare a beautiful garden area off the quad.  

 

If you are able to stop by to pitch in, please sign up by clicking HERE!

 

Questions? Please reach out to David Fortescue, Beautification Co-Chair

 

GroundsBeautification.jpg
 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/4/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

We hope you can join us for our next monthly PTSA meeting followed by an introduction to the college application process.  See the attached flyer for more details! 

 

Questions?  Please email Sue Schechter, PTSA President

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/31/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

FoSOTA & the Asawa SOTA PTSA would like to send a very special thank you to our 100% in 100 Days Phone Bank Volunteers!

 

Claudia Ward
Deb Braun
Sandra Zepeda
Jennifer Lee
Esther Carmona
Sandra Spence
Andy Ferguson
Lorraine Woodruff-Long
Coco Auerswald
Linda Parker Pennington
Kate Stacy
Michael Nelligan
Elizabeth Ryan
Kara Engelbrecht
Dmitry Dimov
Debby Arzt-Mor
Janet Tarlov
Darryl Burton
Sandra Hesla

Sue Schechter

 

FoSOTA spends roughly $2600 over the district allocation per student to provide Artists in Residence and supplies to keep our programs running.   Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. The important thing is to return their annual Information Donation Form (link below), so we can reach our 100% participation goal.  

 

If you are not able to give this year, please still fill out the donation form, since this helps us show participation.  This can be an important deciding factor when it comes to applying for grants from outside organizations.

 

Donate Today!

 

Can’t Donate This Year, but I can Participate!

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/28/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Did you know that…

 

  • SFMOMA has partnered with two SFUSD schools and one of them is our school!  SFMOMA is currently working together with the Architecture & Design Department to develop their program and is hoping to collaborate with more of our departments in the near future.  
  • SFMOMA's next Family Free Day is this coming Sunday, October 23rd.
  • SFMOMA is free for all students 18 and under!  Open Friday-Tuesday 10am-5pm.  Closed Wed. Thursday 10am-9pm.
  • SFMOMA has an expanded educational program accessible to all schools: including school tours, classroom tools, teacher programs and resources.   Including a great collection of artist interviews!
  • SFMOMA Fall 2016 Visitor Guide

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/21/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

IMG_5780.JPG The Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre was standing room only this past Monday for our first school tour. 

 

A big shout out to Mr.Payne, Ms.Cauthorn, and Ms.Komai.

 

And thank you to all our students tour leaders and our parent volunteers!  You rock.

 

The next school tour is scheduled for Mon, Nov 14th! More details about the application process on the Asawa SOTA website.

 

To volunteer for one of the next tours, sign up here!  It would be fantastic to have a parent / guardian from each department.

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/20/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

On Monday evening, Oct 17th, the Dan Kryston Memorial Theater at Asawa SOTA was the place to be for people interested in the upcoming elections for the SFUSD Board of Education! 

 

The 2nd District PTA hosted a forum featuring all nine candidates. 

 

Thank you to Stevon Cook, Rob Geller, Matt Haney, Ian Kalin, Phil Kim, Trevor McNeil, Rachel Norton, Matt Sanchez and Jill Wynns for your participation and public service.

 

The forum was moderated by San Francisco Chronicle Education Reporter Jill Tucker, and was co-hosted by Parents for Public Schools, San Francisco Education Fund, SF Parent PAC, and Support for Families with Disabilities.

 

If you missed this event, you can watch the entire Candidate Forum via the live recording on SF Parent PAC's Facebook page.

 

The audio recording will be posted shortly on KALW.  The link to the file will be updated as soon as it is available.

 

A special thank you the families and students at Asawa SOTA for their help setting up the space and directing and welcoming visitors to the theater.  And of course a big shout out to our Tech Department!

 

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Thank you to Heidi Alletzhauser for capturing some moments from tonight's event.  More images available on our PTSA website!

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/18/16




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA

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Asawa SOTA will be hosting a Board of Education Candidate Forum on Monday, Oct 17th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Dan Kryston Theater.

 

Come learn about the candidates running for a seat on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education. The forum will be moderated by the SF Chronicle's Jill Tucker.

 

Please share & register on Eventbrite or Facebook.

 

Questions?  Please contact Nancy Buffum, PTSA Program Coordinator

 

Co-Sponsored By:
2nd District PTA
Parents for Public Schools - SF
SF Education Fund  

SF Parent PAC

Support for Families with Disabilities
 

This event is made possible by a generous anonymous donation on behalf of Asawa Advocates for the Arts on behalf of Students in the SFUSD.

 

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 10/13/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

Students - join us for a debate watch party in the McAteer Campus Library! RSVP here

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 10/13/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

Asawa SOTA’s SSC mtg is tomorrow, October 13th at 4:15pm in the Conference Room (located around the corner from the main office).  Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings, but only members are allowed to vote.  

 

The agenda is attached in addition to a basic document provided by SFUSD that describes a little about budgeting, the Balanced Score card and PEEF. 

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 10/12/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

This is just a confirmation that our regularly scheduled PTSA October meeting has been cancelled due to the holiday (Yom Kippur).  In lieu of rescheduling, the PTSA board has decided to put our efforts into helping out with the Board of Ed Candidate Forum.   

 

We will resume with our regularly monthly meetings in November.  PTSA General meetings are the 2nd Wed of the month.  The meeting schedule & basic agenda will be posted at least one week before the meeting on our new PTSA page on school loop and our PTSA website.

 

PTSA meetings are open to all parents, students, and teachers.  You do not have to be a PTSA member, but we encourage you to join!

 

Questions?  Please email me!
Suz
PTSA Communications & Band Parent 2020

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/6/16




Audience: ALL SOTA
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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 10/6/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Please join us this coming Saturday, Oct 8th, for our second Beautification Day of the school year from 9am-12pm.  

 

The Beautification Team is looking for a few extra helping hands to paint a second coat of paint to the bathroom walls and a few other areas just outside the theater. 

 

Meet in the theater lobby at 9am.  

 

Questions?  Please email Dave Fortescue

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/5/16




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

Season Passes are still available for purchase until Saturday, October 1st at the SOTA Shop!  10 shows for the price of 8. 

 

Don’t forget to note your department.  Just click the “Add a note for SOTA..” below the image after you have placed the item in your cart.

 

ENJOY your weekend.

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/30/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

5:30pm:  Cafeteria for PTSA refreshments and class schedules 

6:00pm:  Auditorium for schedules, School Loop, SSC, PTSA, FoSOTA

6:30 to 6:55pm:  Arts Disciplines 

7:00 to 8:10pm:  Academic classes (10 minute "classes" with 5 minute passing periods)

 

Brand new Asawa SOTA merchandise will be available at Back to School Night!  If you have any questions about the merchandise, please feel free to contact the Asawa SOTA PTSA liaison at wmconnect@sfsota.org

 

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 9/19/16







Audience: ALL SOTA

Monday is Pajama Day

Tuesday is Twin Day

Wednesday is Baby/Old Day

Thursday is Tropical Day

Friday is Field Day and Department Colors Day

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 9/19/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

Picture Day make-ups will be held in the cafeteria on Tuesday October 11.  The photographer will be available from 9:20am until 12:20pm.

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 9/19/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

- The PSAT is administered to every 10th grade student at no cost. The 2016 PSAT Study Guide will be distributed to every sophomore through each 10th grade student’s homeroom.
 
- Juniors must register for the PSAT. Fee: $15 (sign up with Mr. Rombro).
 
- Deadline to sign up for the PSAT is Friday October 14, 2016.
 
- The PSAT will be administered for juniors in the Gymnasium. Sophomores will take the test in their classrooms beginning with their 1st period class.  The test will begin at 8:30am.  Students must arrive at 8:00am in order to distribute testing materials, relay all instructions, and begin the test promptly at 8:30am.
 

* a limited number of fee waivers for 11th graders are available. Proof of financial need is required to receive the waiver.  Please see Mr. Rombro for more information.

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 9/12/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

WHEN: September 12, 2016 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Mission High School
COST: Free

 

Learn what HBCUs have to offer.

 

•Speak with recruiters from 30-40 different HBCUs representing hundreds of majors and professional degrees.

•Receive application fee waivers.
•”On the spot” admissions, if qualified.
•Scholarships awarded, if qualified.

 

Please check out the event website for more information.

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 9/9/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

Please join the Asawa SOTA Beautification Team on 9/10/2016  for a one-day focus on painting and sprucing up the Dan Kryston Theater.

 

We will meet at the theater at 9:00 AM to 2:00pm to paint part of the lobby, trim, and bathrooms, and other project needs.

 

Supplies, Coffee and Donuts will be provided.  Bring a lunch and/or snack.

 

Here's the link on Sign up genius:  SOTA Beautification Sign up

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 9/6/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

Picture Day has been rescheduled for next Monday, September 12 through morning academic classes in the cafeteria.

 

Lifetouch School Portraits - Ruth Asawa School of the Arts
PICTURE DAY IS TOMORROW, Monday, September 12!
Picture Day ID: BY016379Q0

 

Place your portrait order online on or before Monday, September 12 for free shipping to school.

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 9/5/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

This week will be Mr. Payne's first “Principal’s Chat” with parents/caregivers on Friday, September 9 at 8:15am in the cafeteria.  

 

Please come by and tell him what’s on your mind!

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 9/5/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Asawa SOTA - Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre

 

Come meet and hear from our new principal, Barnaby Payne and new assistant principal, Caitlin Boyle; representatives from our academic counseling, faculty, teachers, students, FoSOTA and School Site Council representatives and more…

 

Find out how to make the most of your time at Asawa SOTA, using school loop, facebook, etc. We welcome your participation, suggestions and help – all are invited to support our students, teachers, staff, school, and community!

 

Light Refreshments Provided – All Are Welcome

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 9/4/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

Picture Day is Monday, August 29
Picture Day ID: BY016379Q0


Parents,Guardians, when you click though to the Lifetouch website (https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/pictureDayId/BY016379Q0), it says IN ERROR that photo day is Wednesday, 8/31.  IGNORE THAT and make sure that you pay before your student has to give the photographer the code on Monday indicating that you have paid on-line. 


Or you can calculate the price and give your student a check on Monday morning made payable to Lifetouch which s/he can give to the photographer.

Senior portraits will be done at another sitting (date to be determined).

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 8/28/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

Tuesday is a late start day for students, school starts at 9:25am.  Late start days allow for faculty professional development and collaboration time. Dismissal time does not change.

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 8/28/16




Audience: ALL SOTA

This Friday is “Club Rush” at lunch time on the quad.  Students may learn about and join the many clubs and student organizations at Asawa-SOTA.

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 8/28/16




Audience: Katia Fuentes-Martinez, All Grades, Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, ALL SOTA, Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

The PTSA would like to extend a hearty thank you to all of our SOTA volunteers, who have participated in organizing events, setting up, cleaning up, donating food & drinks and have just plain rolled up their sleeves and helped out. We couldn't do it without you!

 

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Posted by: Katia Fuentes-Martinez
Published: 5/13/16




Audience: Katia Fuentes-Martinez, All Grades, Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, ALL SOTA, Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

The NEW student-run Outdoor Leadership Program is seeking support for their 20-day summer backpacking trip along the John Muir Trail. Funds are being raised to purchase group supplies for the program. Gear donations are also needed. Learn how you can help these adventurous students break away from modern-day distractions and enjoy the outdoors!

 

To learn more and donate click here:

https://www.gofundme.com/SOTAJMT2016

 

For questions, please contact: padloa@sfusd.edu

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Posted by: Katia Fuentes-Martinez
Published: 4/8/16