4/15-4/19 Week 32 Blast for Educators

Did you ever see the way the clouds love a mountain? They circle all around it; sometimes you can’t even see the mountain for the clouds. But you know what? You go up top and what do you see? Her head. The clouds never cover the head. Her head pokes through, because the clouds let her; they don’t wrap her up. They let her keep her head up high, free, with nothing to hide her or bind her.” – Toni Morrison

Today, I brought my daughter to see the Toni Morrison documentary at the SF Film Festival called “The Pieces I Am”. It’s a beautiful and thorough testament to a powerful woman who has shaped not only literature but the voices of an entire generation of Civil Rights leaders (she edited and published Angela Davis and Mohammed Ali’s autobiographies, just to name a few). June Jordan also has a cameo in the film!

Toni Morrison was one of the first writers who openly discussed the “white gaze” and the “master’s narrative” and wrote for a non-white audience first. I share this quote above with you at this critical and important time in our school’s yearly eb and flow. Our support and allyship to our students at this critical time are very important. The logistical, academic, as well as emotional support our young people need to finish the year off strong, pass their classes, and rise above the clouds is an important rite of passage for them. Many of us cannot help but see our successes as intertwined with theirs, their struggles, our own struggles. Their celebrations, a testament to our work. When you feel overwhelmed, just remember that our young people are strong, resilient, and brilliant. They may feel cloudy (and act cloudy) but they will rise to the top with their head held high. Our energy and confidence in them will help them get there. Many thanks for all you do everyday to make June Jordan and strong space for our students to achieve and be their best selves, being their own authentic audience.

Links Important for this week:

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Nia Logan presenting her senior project to SF build mentors., her family, and two staff at SF state. We are in our first year of partnering with SF build, a stem collaboration with science undergraduate students of color at SF state. Nia’s project is about police brutality’s impact on mental health in the black community.

Nia Logan presenting her senior project to SF build mentors., her family, and two staff at SF state. We are in our first year of partnering with SF build, a stem collaboration with science undergraduate students of color at SF state. Nia’s project is about police brutality’s impact on mental health in the black community.

Links Important for the next month:

YPAR - Performance Assessment Corner/Important Docs

  1. Performance Assessment Week Bell Schedule April 29 - May 3rd - CLICK HERE

  2. Performance Assessment Student Committee Schedule - CLICK HERE

  3. Revision Week Schedule Monday May 6th - Monday May 13th - CLICK HERE

Events and Important Dates for Spring 2019 -

**Please make sure you have the “Community” and “Staff” calendars as well as your grade level calendar. These dates are confirmed but if things move around, the Google Calendar is the best way to stay on top of events and dates.

APRIL

  • SBAC Testing: 10th/11th grades (4/15- 4/18)

  • Advisory Retreat: 9th-12th (4/19)

  • La Raza Town Hall (4/23)

MAY  

  • FRISCO Day - 12th grade (5/3)

  • Revision Week: minimum days (5/6-5/10)

  • Senior Presentation week: minimum days (5/6-5/10)

  • Move Up Town Hall (5/7)

  • PROM (5/11)

  • End of spring grading period (5/13)

  • Senior Open House (5/13)

  • Intersession (5/14-5/31)

  • Exhibition Intersession (5/31)

JUNE

  • GRADUATION (6/3)

  • Last Day of School (6/4)


Nichalous Archibald