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Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

In order to support the school in achieving its mission and goal of being an anti-racist and equitable learning environment, we are inviting Ruth Asawa SOTA parents and caregivers to participate in a five-session training to develop the capacity to pro-actively communicate with your children about racism in the current sociopolitical context.  This series of workshops is free & open to Ruth Asawa SOTA parents and caregivers, however registration is required.  Please click THIS LINK or the image above for more information and to register.
 
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Cultural Humility & Anti-Racism Training Workshops with Dr. Norris

Participants are asked to commit to all five sessions. 
  • January 11 - Cultural Humility & Anti-Racism: Creating Spaces of Inclusion in Multicultural and Multiracial Contexts.
  • January 25 - Naming and Framing: Race and Racism in the current sociopolitical context of public schools and society.
  • February 1 - Upstanders, Bystanders, and Allies: What to do when we either witness or experience discrimination in everyday life.
  • February 8  - Colorblind Racism: How to make invisible forms of racism visible.
  • February 22 - Reflect, Act, and Transform: Three steps to supporting equity, justice, and proportionality in our school, community, and society
 
Facilitator Bio

Dr. Aaminah Norris is parent of alumna Tasneem Norris, 2017 graduate from the Musical Theater Department and Aasiya Norris, current junior in the Vocal Classical department. 

 

Dr. Norris is a critical multicultural educator whose overall focus is instituting educational practices, which affirm the instantiation of more positive identities for youth across the United States and internationally. Norris has more than 20 years of experience supporting schools and not for profit organizations in addressing issues of educational equity for low income students of color. Her background in education includes teaching, administration, and curriculum-development for thousands of students in grades K-16. She researches, teaches, and advocates use of digital and social media in formal and informal learning environments to address racial and gender inequities. 

 

Dr. Norris authored curricula for the films Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In. 

 

Currently, she is Assistant Professor in the Teaching Credentials Branch of the College of Education at Sacramento State University.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/20/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA
The monthly FoSOTA meeting is this coming Tuesday, November 16th at 6pm in the main conference room.
 
Click HERE for the agenda.
 
Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/13/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

Please join the PTSA and the Wellness Center in the school library for a special presentation on Mental Health Awareness. The presentation will help families identify and better understand the early warning signs of mental illness and related behaviors in adolescents.

 

Presenters: National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), The Wellness Center Staff and a Student Panel.

 

Click HERE for the full agenda.    And help us out by filling out the quick RVSP!
 
Date: Wed, November 15th
Time: 7pm
Location:  School Library

 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/13/17




Audience: Resources and ALL SOTA

The monthly School Site Council (SSC) meeting is this coming Thursday, November 16th at 4:30pm in the main conference room.  

 

Click here to view the agenda.

 

For additional information on the SSC, please visit the SSC page on school loop.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/10/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

The Parents' Coalition of Bay Area Schools invite you to a panel event on the differences between identity, orientation, and expression, and more. A discussion on the need for gender-inclusive environments, and the experiences and needs of gender expansive students.

 

A Panel Event with Lisa Kenney, Gender Spectrum; Dr. Ilana Scherer, Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic, UCSF; and Moderator Lyndsey Schlax, Ruth Asawa SOTA

 

Date: Monday, December 11

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Ruth Asawa SOTA, DKMT

 

Purchase tickets in advance online.  Ruth Asawa SOTA is a member of the Parents' Coalition of Bay Area Schools.  Tickets are just $5- for members!

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/8/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

Congratulations to the Friends of School of the Arts Foundation!!!

 

Honored as a 2017 Top-Rated NonProfit by GreatNonprofits!  See the press release for more details.

 

Go Team!!!

 


 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/7/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

Happy November!  Our nonprofit partner, Friends of SOTA's 100% in 100 days Annual Fund Campaign ends the week following Thanksgiving.  The purpose of this time frame is to secure gifts and pledges early, so we can accurately project our income and budget spending accordingly.

 
As of today, FoSOTA has received donations from 226 of our 732 families (30.87%).
 
Money contributed towards our Annual Fund is used to hire professional Artists-in-Residence who are an integral part of the teaching staff.  This year, 80 artists have been hired to support the departments at a cost of $586,345.   In addition, donations are used to help pay for much needed supplies, performance expenses, professional services and venue rental.  FoSOTA also supports the full service college center and  pays for other academic needs that cannot be met with the school's SFUSD budget.
 
Each family is counted towards their department's 100% goal and donations of any size count.  Annual Fund donations are tax deductible as FOSOTA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Please visit the FoSOTA website to donate online at www.fosota.org/donations.  Donations can be set up as one-time, monthly or quarterly  payments.  Donations via check can be mailed to:  FoSOTA, 236 West Portal Ave. #844, San Francisco, CA  94127
 
Even if you cannot donate, please visit the website and complete the Enroll: No Donation form so they can update their database.  
 
A huge thank you to everyone who has donated already!  If anyone has any questions, please feel free to have them contact Colleen Ivie directly at colleen@fosota.org.
 
Thank You!
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/7/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA
The happy, if tired, SOTA Robotics team is back from the weekend of robotics competition near Sacramento and what an experience this has been! The team again made it to the playoffs after ranking 7th out of 37 and was the alliance captain. Over 20 of our students came, most of whom were attending a robotics competition for the first time and it looked like they were thrilled. Huge thanks to our senior Steve Fang who organized the outing, to the parents who chaperoned and kept the team fed, and to our new mentor, Doug, who helped kids fix the robot and keep it in the fight throughout the competition.
 
This is our last competition for this year and the team will start preparing for the next season, which kicks off in January. As resourceful as the team is, consistently outranking many teams with much larger budgets, we need funding to keep this amazing thing going.
 
Many companies have sponsorships for FIRST robotics teams that are there for the asking, and we're asking you to check with your employer if they can sponsor our team. In particular, Apple has a grant that expires in December and we're looking for someone who works there who can help us with the sponsorship.
 
Questions? 
Please contact Dmitry Dimov, Mentor, SOTA Cyberdragons
http://team5700.org
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/30/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

There are lots of upcoming volunteer opportunities in the month of November.  Have a few hours to spare?  Sign up for one of the events below!

 
Jazz Jubilee: Melecio Magdaluyo and the students of Band, Guitar, Orchestra, and Piano invite you to an inspired evening of smokin' hot, super cool JAZZ!! Help with ushering, concessions, ticket sales and rock out to the sound of jazz filling the theater! Friday, November 3rd at 7:30pm. Click HERE to sign up to volunteer!   ***

 

Beautification Day:  Beautification Day is this coming Saturday, November 4th from 10am-2pm.   Click HERE to sign up!  ***

 

Kronos Concert: The Kronos Quartet and students from Ruth Asawa SOTA High School, Lowell High School & Presidio Middle School will perform works from Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.  Adult and Student Volunteers are needed to help serve a catered dinner for students and supervise prior to the concert.  Tuesday, November 7th at 7:30pm.   Click HERE to sign up.   ***

 

IM Winter Concert: Asawa SOTA Band and Orchestra present a musical tribute to David Maslanka (1943-2017), an American composer best known for his wind ensemble pieces. There will be a pre-show Spotlight conversation, featuring special guest, music educator Jerry Pannone, at 6:30 pm, free in the theater. Purchase your tickets for the concert now and arrive early for the spotlight talk. It should be a truly great evening of music. Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm.  Click HERE to sign up to volunteer!  ***

 

School Tours: Thanks to our students and parent volunteers for helping with the school tours this month.  Next up is Monday, November 13th, and December 4th.  Click HERE to sign up!

 
Hospitality:  The Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA provides yummy treats for our general meetings, principal chats and other community events. Do you like to order food, bake, make coffee or shop?  Consider signing up to coordinate one of our events. Click HERE to sign up! 
 
Promo Team:  Help distribute posters and postcards of our fabulous shows in your neighborhood or local middle school.  Or help enter information into online calendars.  Click HERE to sign up!  ***

*** Indicates Student Volunteer Opportunity. IM Students can receive community service credit.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/30/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

Are you a San Francisco Unified School District student? Are you passionate about INCLUSIVE PRACTICES? Do you enjoy art and designing publications? Here's your chance to get involved!


San Francisco Unified School District is launching it's 4th annual Inclusive Schools Week Poster Competition!

 

SFUSD value's the creativity and experience of it's students. As a way to showcase that creativity, we are seeking poster submissions for our 4th annual Inclusive Schools Week celebration.


Students have the opportunity to design a poster and submit their work for consideration as the official outreach materials during our celebration. Three student winners will be chosen.

 

The poster designs will be used for the week long celebration as the promotional materials going out to every school in the district.

 

For more details, please CLICK HERE.

 

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/25/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

Senior Portraits will be taken on Wed, Nov 1st & Thurs, Nov 2nd. 

 

The time-slots for your senior portrait sittings on  have been released and are now posted outside Mr. Rombro's office and Ms. Albert’s office on the 3rd floor. On each day the portrait times begin at 1pm. The final time slot on each day is 5:45pm.  If you have conflicts with the sitting time please visit Mr Rombro to find a solution.

 

Your appointment letter with additional information regarding purchasing instructions will be distributed to you in your classes this Friday.

 

On the day of your portrait there is a ten dollar ($10-) sitting fee, payable by check, cash, or credit card.

 

Proofs will be mailed to your home in about 3 weeks after the sitting.

 

Questions?  Please reach out to Mr.Rombro.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/25/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

Help us reach out to all Ruth Asawa SOTA families to thank them for participating in the Annual Fund OR as a gentle reminder to complete and return their annual Information Donation Form (mailed out earlier this year, and available on-line).

 

Click HERE to sign up.

 

Dates: Wed, Nov 1st & Thurs, Nov 2nd, 2017

 

Time: 6:00-6:30pm (Training) 6:30pm-8:00pm (Phone Bank)

 

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!  The goal is 100% participation. Department participation levels as of October 23rd are shown in the bar graph below.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/24/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

The PTSA would like to send out a special thank you to Ms. Beth Alberts, College Counselor for her special College Admissions Presentation at our October PTSA meeting.

 

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

 

Be sure to not miss any important dates.  Check the College Center Calendar often or import it into your personal calendar.

 

Did you know? Our school is one of the few public high schools to have Naviance, a college and career preparation tool.   Thanks to FoSOTA !  

 

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

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/19/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

There are lots of upcoming volunteer opportunities in the month of October.  Have a few hours to spare?  Sign up for one of the events below!

 

Chamber Music: Our Fall Celebration of Chamber Music combines the talents of our Piano, Band, Orchestra and Vocal Departments! Help with ushering and concessions. Friday, October 27th at 7:30pm. Click HERE to sign up!   ***

 

Halloween Movie Night:  Student Government is hosting a Halloween Movie Night on the Field on Friday, October 27th!  Help sell merchandise and chaperone the event.  Click HERE to sign up!
 
Stories from Home:  The Vocal Music Department presents "Stories from Home," a collection of folk music from around the world that speaks to deeply rooted traditions and the joy, love, and sometimes even sorrow we share with those places we call home.  Help with ushering and concessions. Saturday, October 28th at 7:30pm  Click HERE to sign up!   ***
 
Dia de los Muertos Festival: Alvarado Elementary School is looking for 10 high school volunteers to help out at their annual Dia de los Muertos festival on Sunday, October 29th from 10:30am-3pm. Volunteers will assist with face painting and the various arts stations. Food will be provided by Little Chihuahua. Come and join the community where Ruth Asawa was a teacher, parent and arts advocate!  Click HERE to sign up!  ***
 
Promo Team:  Help distribute posters and postcards of our fabulous shows in your neighborhood or local middle school.  Or help enter information into online calendars.  Click HERE to sign up!
 

SFUSD Enrollment Fair:  Thank you to our volunteers for joining us at the Fair on Saturday, October 14, 2017. You All Rock!  ***

 

School Tours: Thanks to our students and parent volunteers for helping with the school tours this month.  Next up is Monday, November 13th, and December 4th.  Click HERE to sign up!

 
Beautification Day Update:  Beautification Day has been postponed until November.  Stay tuned for details.  ***

*** Indicates Student Volunteer Opportunity. IM Students can receive community service credit.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/17/17




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA

Please join us for our monthly PTSA meeting and an Introduction to the College Application Process with Beth Alberts, College Counselor. You will get an overview of the timeline and a general understanding of what it takes to apply to college.

Parents, Teachers, Students and Staff, this is your association and you are all welcome!

Click HERE for the full agenda.

 

And help us decide how much food to bring, RSVP HERE!

Visit our website for additional details about the PTSA.
http://www.sfsota-ptsa.org/

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/14/17




Audience: Resources and ALL SOTA

The monthly School Site Council (SSC) meeting is this coming Thursday, October 19th at 4:30pm in the main conference room.  

 

Click here to view the agenda.

 

For additional information on the SSC, please visit the SSC page on school loop.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/13/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

There are lots of upcoming volunteer opportunities starting with the SFUSD Enrollment Fair.  Thanks to those of you who have already signed up.  We could still use a few more, especially for the early afternoon. (12-2pm).

 
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SFUSD Enrollment Fair:  We are looking for a few volunteers to help represent our school at the SFUSD Enrollment Fair at John O'Connell High School.  Students Welcome! Save the date, Saturday, October 14, 2017. Click HERE to sign up! 

 

School Tours: School tours have been scheduled for October 16th, November 13th, and December 4th.  Tours will be led by students from each department.  We are looking for current parents from various departments to join the tours and help answer questions :) Click HERE to sign up!

 
Beautification Day: Save the date for our next Campus Beautification Day.  Saturday, October 21st.  Sign up link to be posted shortly.
 
Halloween Movie Night:  Student Government is hosting a Halloween Movie Night on the Field on Friday, October 27th!  Help sell merchandise and chaperone the event.  Click HERE to sign up!
 
Promo Team:  Help distribute posters and postcards of our fabulous shows in your neighborhood or local middle school.  Or help enter information into online calendars.  Click HERE to sign up!
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/12/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA
Just a quick reminder that the monthly FoSOTA meeting is this coming Tuesday, October 10th at 6pm.  Please find the agenda attached.
 
Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  
 
There will be some special updates from Brent Stephens, SFUSD Chief Academic Officer.
 

 
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/9/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

Our new After School Tutoring and Homework center, "The ROSE Lab," is opening this week starting tomorrow, October 10, 2017 in the library.

 

The ROSE Lab will be open to all students, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3:10 to 5pm. 

 

Students may drop in for a quiet place to do homework or for subject area tutoring as needed from teachers and staff.  All students must sign in upon entry.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/9/17




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA
Season Pass sales have been extended one more day! New deadline is Tuesday, October 10th.  You can purchase online and your season pass will be mailed to you.
 
Just click HERE to purchase online.  Don't forget to note your student's name & department before you check out.
 

 
 
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/9/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

 

A Phil Elleston, II Film.  Music by Fake Blood.

https://phelleston.com/

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/5/17




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA

Ruth Asawa Reshapes Art History in the New Yorker, October 2017.

 



Ruth Asawa: Tending the Metal Garden in the NYR Daily, September 2017


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/5/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

SFUSD Enrollment Fair:  We are looking for a few volunteers to help represent our school at the SFUSD Enrollment Fair at John O'Connell High School.  Students Welcome! Save the date, Saturday, October 14, 2017. Click HERE to sign up!

 

School Tours: School tours have been scheduled for October 16th, November 13th, and December 4th.  We are looking for a parents from each department to help guide the tours together with a few students.  Click HERE to sign up!

 

High School Information Fair at Urban H.S:  We are looking for a few volunteers to help represent our school at the High School Information Fair at Urban High School.  Students welcome! Click HERE to sign up!  Saturday, November 18th, 2017.

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




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

BATCO (Bay Area Theatre Company) invites the Ruth Asawa Community to attend the production "Salt Pepper Ketchup" on Saturday, September 30th, 8pm at the Buriel Clay Theater.

 

This production includes 10 Ruth Awasa SOTA alumni!

 

Ashley Raggs - cast as Cece - Theatre 2008
Allen Darby - cast as Paul - Vocal 2008
Thomas Pang - Director - Theatre 2008
Adam Maggio - Associate Producer - Vocal 2010
Marcelo Javier Pereira - Producer - Vocal 2008
Martina Rogers - Development Chair/Coordinator - Vocal 2007
Kai Young - Fight Director - Theatre 2008
Rodney Earl Jackson Jr. - Producer - Theatre 2008
Jeffrey May Hyche - Marketing - Vocal 2012
Adan Faudoa - Assistant Stage Manager - Theatre 2009

 

Purchase Tickets using Promo Code: RuthAsawa  Note: Code is valid for all shows, not just the Saturday show.


 

Ruth's legacy lives on through the Partnership of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts & BATCO. "We are strongest TOGETHER”

 


"All 10 of us Alums take great pride in our school and in our city. We are allowed to take what we learned to the next level because of the institution that she founded & created for us. Thank You Ruth!"  ~ BATCO

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/27/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA
On behalf of Carole Shorenstein Hays and all of us here at Curran, we would like to invite you to be our guest at A Curran Occasion - an open-house style event that will be held at the Curran theater on Wednesday, October 4th 6-8pm.

 
Please visit our webpage for more details and to RSVP: https://sfcurran.com/shows/october4/
 
We hope to see you there!
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/27/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

SFMOMA and New York based artists Whoop Dee Doo are creating a one of a kind variety show and need your talents to help make the show.

 

SFMOMA is looking for performance acts and an all-stair crew to work with the artists to design, develop, build and perform in a one of a kind variety show together with Whoop Dee Doo at the museum on November 4th & 5th for two full days of performance and fun for thousands of museum guests.

 

This is a great chance to work closely with Whoop Dee Doo, a New York based artist group that creates site specific performances at museums, galleries and community centers across the country. 

 

Application Deadline:  Monday October 2nd

 

Application Information for Performers

 

Application Information for Artist Collaborators

 

Apply by emailing the information noted in the info packet to SFMOMA producer Christian Davies.

 

This is an unpaid opportunity. SFMOMA may be able to help with transit in select cases to and from the museum where all work will take place. We will be photographing the event which we will happily share with performers for their own portfolios. We’ll also be providing food and beverages on every work and show days.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/25/17




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA

Hello Ruth Asawa SOTA Community!  

 

We’ve kicked of the year with a fabulous all-school picnic, had our Back to School Night, and now our first PTSA General Meeting is right around the corner.

 

Parents, Teachers, Students and Staff, this is your association and you are all welcome!  Please come and enjoy:

Hear from key members of our staff, such as our Principal, the Executive Director of FoSOTA, and others.

 

You will learn about the 35th Year Anniversary Celebration, meet your PTSA Board, find out about volunteer opportunities, get info about school communications, and get to know other parents.

 

And of course, participate in the business of the organization which for this meeting will include approving the PTSA budget. Click HERE for the full agenda.

 

Date:  Wed, September 27th

Time:  7pm

Location: School Library, 2nd Floor

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/24/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

Please join the Asawa SOTA Beautification Team and volunteers for the first Beautification Day for this school year. Meet other families and have fun.

 

We will meet in the quad; parents/guardians, teachers and students are welcome to join in, to help spruce up our favorite special high school campus. Snacks and supplies will be provided.

 

Projects will include the usual gardening and on-going painting projects, with a focus on the mysterious ROTC space: we will organize the gardening tools and supplies, and then move these items to a new spot (to be determined). This space will be used in the very near future for our ever growing Robotics Club, as they are planning a build for competition at the end of October.

 

Please contact David Fortescue or Rebecca Dickherber at beautification@sfsota-ptsa.org if you have any questions.

 

To sign up for a specific task, click this LINK.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/22/17




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA

Join the PTSA Today!  Join by September 26, 2017 and your name will be entered into our Ruth Asawa SOTA swag drawing! Prizes include: a zip sweatshirt, a pullover hoodie, a T-shirt & a beanie. The drawing will be held at our first PTSA meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 27th. 

 

Click HERE to find out more information & to join the Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA.

 

Interested in joining the PTSA Board?  We still have a few positions open.  Email us!

 


 

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/20/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA


 

Season Passes will be available for purchase this evening at Back to School Night.  Cash, check or credit card accepted.  

 
For those that already purchased, you can either pick up your passes this evening or they will be mailed to you starting tomorrow. 
 
Passes will be available for sale until October 1st.  You can purchase online or stop by the FoSOTA office to pick one up.
 
Just click HERE to purchase online.  Don't forget to note your student's name & department before you check out.
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/18/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA
We are looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night.  See below for the full schedule. A hard copy of your student's schedule will be available for pick up in the quad between 5:30-6pm.
 
Pizza, PTSA merchandise & Asawa SOTA Season Passes will also be available for sale during that time.  ENJOY!
 
BACK to SCHOOL NiGHT SCHEDULE
Monday, September 18th
 

5:30-6:00: 

  • Student Government Pizza Sale (Cafeteria/Quad) 
  • PTSA Merchandise Sale + Membership (Cafeteria/Quad) 
  • Student Performance, The Rainbows (Quad) 
  • Student Schedule Pick Up (Quad, by Department)
 
 6:00-6:10: 1st Period (Classrooms) 
 
 6:15-6:25: 2nd Period (Classrooms) 
 
 6:30-6:40: 3rd Period (Classrooms) 
 
 6:45-6:55: 4th Period (Classrooms) 
 
 7:00-7:10: 5th Period (Classrooms) 
 
 7:15-7:45: ARTS BLOCK (Designated Art Space) 
 
 7:45: Dismissal 
 
DROP IN AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES 
6:00-6:30: Ruth Asawa Wellness Center (2nd Floor) 
6:00-6:30: Ruth Asawa College Counseling Office (3rd Floor) 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/18/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

The shows haven’t even started yet, but there are already lots of opportunities to volunteer!

 

Kicking it off this weekend with a Volunteer Social.  Sunday from 4pm-6pm.  Have some fun and stuff goodie bags for our wonderful staff and teachers.  Click HERE to RVSP.
 
Back to School Night is just around the corner.  Monday, September 18th starting at 5:30pm.  New this year, admin is looking for help from our department liaisons (+ a few extra helping hands for the larger departments) to distribute student schedules for each department.  The PTSA board could also use some help with set up, merchandise sales and clean up.  Click HERE to volunteer.  Please note your department in the comments when you sign up.
 
Our first Beautification Day has been scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd!  Do you like to garden or organize stuff?  Join us!   Added bonus - students in IM can receive community service credit.
 
Unable to volunteer for any of the above?  Not to worry, there will be a lot more opportunities.  Sign up links are updated regularly on the PTSA website and on our volunteer page on school loop.  So check back often.  
 

And thank you!  Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/14/17




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA

The Friends of SOTA Board of Directors meets this coming Tuesday at 6pm in the library.  This meeting is open to any member of the school community.

 

FoSOTA typically meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month.


Click HERE to view the agenda.


For additional information on The Friends of SOTA, please visit their website.  http://fosota.org/

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/12/17




Audience: PTSA, Resources and ALL SOTA

The monthly School Site Council (SSC) meeting is this coming Thursday, September 14th at 4:30pm in the main conference room.  

 

Please note that SSC meetings are typically the 3rd Thursday of the month, however, the September meeting was rescheduled.

 

Click here to view the agenda.

 

For additional information on the SSC, please visit the SSC page on school loop.

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/11/17




Audience: ALL SOTA
The first "Principal's Chat" coffee will be held this Friday, September 8 at 8:15am in the school library on the second floor. All parent/caregivers are invited to attend.
 
The format is an informal, open forum for questions and answers with the principal. 
 
See you there!
 
Mr. Payne, Principal
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/6/17




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA

Please join us on the First Day of School for our Welcome Back Coffee on August 21st from 8am-8:45am.

 

Come have a cup of coffee, enjoy a tasty treat and catch up with other Asawa SOTA families in the cafeteria.  Spirit wear will be available for purchase and PTSA board members will be on hand to answer questions.

 

Enjoy your last bit of summer!

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 8/14/17




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA

Spirit Wear is now available to pre-order online!

 

Order now and pick up at school on first day back to school (Monday, August 21st) or at the Welcome Back Picnic (Saturday, August 26th)

 

Click HERE to order.

 

 


 

 

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Published: 8/12/17




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA

Please join the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts community as we kick off the 2017-2018 school year and our 35th anniversary year long celebration with a school wide picnic on Saturday, August 26th from 12pm to 3pm.  Students, family members, teachers, staff, alumni and friends are all encouraged to attend.

 

The afternoon will be filled with delicious food, fun entertainment, exciting activities and wonderful community building.  Please help us gauge attendance with your RSVP on Eventbrite.

 

Interested in helping out at the event or contributing a side dish?  Sign up HERE!

 

Questions about this event? Please email us at asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 8/11/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

As the PTSA board starts getting ready for the upcoming school year, we wanted to take one last opportunity to say thank you to all our amazing volunteers this past year.  It’s an endless list. Too many to list them all here, but a super warm and fuzzy thank you to anyone and everyone who helped out at any of the shows, meetings, principal chats, field trips, events, audition days, and more.

 
We would like to do a special shout out to our outgoing parents that made the super duper awesome volunteer list.   A big round of applause and thank you goes out to: 
 
Sue Schechter, PTSA president
Joe Kelly, PTSA treasurer
Shellie Wiener, PTSA membership
Alan Geist, former PTSA treasurer
Paula Dinnell, Audition Days
Nancy Murphy, Audition Days 
Nancy Roeser, former PTSA membership & Volunteer
Michael Schumann, Photographer & Volunteer
Asa Williams World Music & Dance Auction
Ellen Cox, Beautification & Gardening
Kate Stacy MT Parent Liaison & ITW Volunteer Coordinator 
Lili Gaudreau Tech Parent Liaison & former Parent Liaison Lead
Sandra Spence, Creative Writing Parent Liaison
Marcia & Paul Marinko, Guitar Parent Liaisons
Natalie Simotas, former Classical Voice Parent Liaison
Janet Tarlov,  Classical Voice Parent Liaison
Wynne Bamberg,  Jazz Vocal Parent Liaison
 
Thank you for all your efforts & please come back to visit with us soon!  
 
For those of you that are continuing or joining us this next school year, please let us know if you are interested in volunteering.  There are a wide range of opportunities.   You can sign up on our website and we will reach out to you shortly! 
 
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
the Asawa SOTA PTSA Board
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 7/30/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

We hope you are enjoying your summer so far.

 

The Asawa SOTA PTSA would like to encourage you to stay in touch by joining our community yahoo group.  It's a great way to get updates over the summer, ask questions and connect with families.

 

To subscribe, just send an email to:

asawasota-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

 

Questions?  Email us!  asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com


 

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 6/30/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

We hope your summer is off to a great start and that you can join us at one (or all) of the IM House Concerts which will directly support the Orchestra and Band's Fall 2017 Retreat.  

  • French Horns & More - Sunday, June 11th
  • Jazz Combo - Saturday, July 8th
  • Eclectic Music Mix - Sunday, August 13th

Please click HERE to get a few more details and to sign up.  If you already signed up at the Band & Orchestra concert this past May, we already have your contract information and you will receive a confirmation shortly.

 

ENJOY!

 


 

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Published: 6/3/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

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




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

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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Published: 5/19/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

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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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




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

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




Audience: ALL SOTA

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

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




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
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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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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Published: 4/20/17




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA
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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Published: 4/19/17




Audience: PTSA and ALL SOTA
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




Audience: ALL SOTA

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




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

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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Published: 4/16/17




Audience: ALL SOTA

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




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

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




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

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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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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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




Audience: ALL SOTA

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




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

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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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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Published: 3/10/17




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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Published: 3/9/17




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: 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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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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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

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




Audience: ALL SOTA and PTSA

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 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




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

Links to SFUSD Instructional Calendar (2017-18)

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




Audience: ALL SOTA

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

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

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 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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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


 

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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