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Dear families,

On behalf of the teachers and staff of Buena Vista Horace Mann, we welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! We have started the year very strong, having spent much of the summer developing plans for rigorous teaching at every grade, the creation of warm and inviting classroom climates, and creating consistent expectations for student engagement and expectations for student behavior.

We know that as staff, the trusting relationships we have built with one another will help to sustain us during difficult times and allow us to openly learn from one another, solve problems and listen to multiple perspectives while making decisions. Above all, we prioritize student achievement and emphasize our own learning as educators as we make collaborative decisions about the direction of our school.

We have developed a plan for how we will meet our school-wide goals for this year, which stem from the Mission statement we co-created and commit to uphold. Maintaining a focus on our Mission ensures that we align our decisions with our principals. Our goals help us determine how to carry the Mission out. Our goals for this year hinge on creating a welcoming and supportive environment that enables students to learn. As you, our families, are the most important partners in the education of our students, we want to focus our work this year on creating strong bonds with you in order to ensure the academic success for each and every child at Buena Vista Horace Mann.

Key to realizing our vision for a parent partnership that is rooted in the academic achievement of our students are the members of our Family Engagement team. We will work more closely than ever with Jamestown, as we incorporate our on-site Beacon. This work will be coordinated by Alberto Martinez. In addition, we welcome our Parent Organizers, Irma Núñez and Alejandra Palomo. Completing the team is our wonderful Family Liaison, Ricardo Calderón. Our parent engagement staff looks forward to working closely with PTA co-presidents: Angeles Hernández, Naomi Jelks and Erika McDonald.

We look forward to the wonderful learning opportunities our strong partnerships with you will yield, and we recognize that they will come in many forms—so if you have an idea for a way that you want to collaborate, please share it! Many of our best projects have come to us from creative parents who have come up with innovative ways to share their talents to enrich their community. We also invite your volunteerism in the classroom, on the recess yard, raising money for the PTA and participating on school governance bodies like ELAC and School Site Council. And please remember that the most important way for us to partner is directly in support of your child’s education. So take time to get to know their teacher. Tell them about your child and try to maintain open and consistent communication. I promise that our teachers will absolutely do the same.

We appreciate the generosity of our families and are proud that you help provide our students with high-quality visual and performance art programming, in addition to numerous other resources that enhance our students’ educational experiences.

Thank you in advance for helping us create a safe, healthy, and happy school this year. Also a big shout out to all the parents that came to get the school ready to open the week before school began. We couldn’t have done it without you. We look forward to seeing you all again and getting to know the new kinder parents! We are going to have a fantastic year.

Students taking a photography seminar

Taking the photography seminar encourages students to unleash their creativity while learning photography and art composition skills. Students learn to use all the functions of a digital camera and have the opportunity to experiment with different compact and SLR cameras. Students learn the language of photography using and naming the different techniques to frame an image. They become familiar with using tech platforms to download, edit, and fix their images. They are introduced to the work of famous photographers throughout history giving them a sense of context to the art of creating a photographic image.

 

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New BVHM Mural

Our extremely talented art teacher, Erin Mapes is bringing another mural to BVHM! 8th grade art students have been working with local artist, Grant Gilliland to design a mural for the 23rd Street wall outside the music room. The theme of the mural is “music” and it symbolizes the way that music has touched our school and community here in the Mission. The design will include the SF skyline, musical notes, the world, a tree, and instrument silhouettes. We will start the mural in the spring of 2017 and it will be done by the end of school year.

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Computer Science at BVHM

Students in 6th grade are taking a new course in computer science for the first time this year!
computer_science_at_bvhmThey are learning how computers work and how we can use them to create, explore, and solve problems in the world around us. Students will be using Scratch for the programming portion of the course, and will investigate other Internet resources related to computer science and even get to program robots later on this year! We plan to expand this course to 7th grade and possibly some elementary grades next year.

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Professional Development

Last week, BVHM welcomed the visit of long-time friend and colleague, Alexandra Roman of Teachers College.  Alexandra, visiting_teachersalong with our instructional coaches and administrators met with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers while she demonstrated a number of strategies in the classrooms to support the professional development of staff relative to the Common Core State Standards for English language arts. Your children experience the immediate results of this professional development during the Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop portions of their school day. Whether working with a partner or in small groups, our goal is to provide structure so that students deepen their comprehension of the texts they read and can clearly articulate their thinking and cite texts as evidence. Ms. Roman will visit us two more times this year and in early December our middle school teachers will meet with a different Staff Developer from Teachers College.

 

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The day after the election

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The day before Election Day

The day before Election Day, Interim Superintendent, Myong Leigh visited BVHM during middle school community circle. Supt. Leigh spoke to the students about the current climate of fear and insecurity that has been heightened by our presidential race. He noted that it was time that we accept all people for their differences and demonstrate empathy so that we can become a stronger and more united community. Supt. Leigh praised the mindset of the students, families and staff of BVHM while quoting Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Yes, Supt. Leigh, we are ready to accept your challenge and remain true to our mission of empowering our students to transform our community for the betterment of all.

 

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