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Dear Families,

On behalf of the teachers and staff of Buena Vista Horace Mann, we welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year!

I am sure that over the summer your children had opportunities to explore their world in different ways than they were used to. Whether they traveled, went to summer camps or “stayed local” with their friends and family and got reacquainted with their neighborhood, parks and libraries, we know that they will be eager to share stories with their classmates and teachers, and I can speak for our entire staff when I tell you that we are all filled with excitement to hear them.

We look forward to greeting your children, and welcoming them into their new classrooms, to helping them make new friends and to reconnect with the peers they have missed over these past months. We know that our school plays a huge role in your child’s life– school is where they come to be learners, friends and leaders– and we take our role in their development very seriously. I am grateful that you entrust your children to us, and that YOU also find meaningful ways to participate in our community, to be friends, learners and leaders here at Buena Vista Horace Mann.

We are coming back to a community that is stronger than ever– our academic data continues to climb and we have recently been certified as bearing the “gold standard” for healthy eating, physical activity and staff wellness, winning the SFUSD “Be Well” award. Students of all ages are increasing their voice by founding new clubs that benefit our school, such as the newspaper and cheer teams. They demonstrate teamwork and dedication through organized sports and in the Carnaval parade, and this year they will enjoy formal representation on our School Site Council. Most importantly, they are speaking up in class, working together to solve complex equations, challenging each others’ thinking and taking their essays through multiple drafts.

We know that true education can only transpire when the student feels engaged and invested, when they know that their perspective is valued and that their voice is important. As we embark on this school year, I want for us all to continue to focus on developing our students’ sense of agency, their ability to see the value of what they’re learning and to determine how they will use this information to better their world.

To this end, we encourage you to have conversations with your children about what they’re learning and what they think about it, what they want to do with this knowledge, how they want to interact with their world as powerful agents of change. As adults, let’s have these conversations too– what do we know and how do we feel about it? What do we commit to do together with this information? Together let’s create the community we want our children to grow and thrive in.

Principal Claudia DeLarios Morán and Vice-principal Gissell Medina

Estimadas familias,

En nombre de lxs maestrxs y el personal, le damos la bienvenida al año escolar 2019-2020.

Estoy segura que durante el verano sus hijxs tuvieron la oportunidad de explorar su mundo de formas diferentes a las que estaban acostumbradxs. Ya sea que viajaron, fueron a campamentos de verano o se quedaron cerca con sus amigos y familiares y se familiarizaron con su vecindario, parques y bibliotecas, sabemos que estarán ansiosxs por compartir historias con sus compañerxs de clase y maestrxs, y puedo hablar por todo nuestro personal cuando les digo que todxs estamos llenxs de emoción al escucharlxs.

Esperamos saludar a sus hijxs y darles la bienvenida a sus nuevas aulas, para ayudarlxs a hacer nuevos amigxs y reconectarse con lxs compañerxs que se han extrañado en los últimos meses. Sabemos que nuestra escuela juega un papel muy importante en la vida de sus hijxs (la escuela es donde se convierten en alumnxs, amigxs y líderes) y nos tomamos muy en serio nuestro papel en su desarrollo. Le agradezco que nos haya confiado a sus hijxs y que USTED también encuentre formas significativas de participar en nuestra comunidad, de ser amigxs, aprendices y líderes aquí en Buena Vista Horace Mann.

Regresamos a una comunidad que es más fuerte que nunca: nuestros datos académicos continúan subiendo y recientemente hemos sido certificados con el “estándar de oro” para altos rendimientos de alimentación saludable, actividad física y bienestar del personal, ganando el SFUSD “Be Well” premio. Lxs estudiantes de todas las edades están aumentando su voz al fundar nuevos clubes que benefician a nuestra escuela, como el club de periodismo y el club de ánimo. Nustrxs niñxs demuestran trabajo en equipo y dedicación tanto en los deportes que en el desfile de Carnaval, y este año tendrán representación formal en nuestro Consejo Escolar. Lo más importante es que están hablando en clase, trabajando juntxs para resolver ecuaciones complejas, desafiando el pensamiento de lxs demás y elaborando sus ensayos a través de múltiples borradores.

Sabemos que una educación verdadera solo puede realizarse cuando el/la/x estudiante se siente comprometidx e invertidx, cuando sabe que su perspectiva es valorada y que su voz es importante. A medida que nos embarcamos en este año escolar, quiero que todxs continuemos enfocándonos en desarrollar el sentido de agencia de nuestros estudiantes, su capacidad de ver el valor de lo que están aprendiendo y determinar cómo usarán esta información para mejorar su mundo.

Con este fin, le pedimos que converse con sus hijxs sobre lo que están aprendiendo y lo que piensan al respecto, lo que quieren hacer con este conocimiento, cómo quieren interactuar con su mundo como poderosos agentes de cambio. Como adultos, tengamos estas conversaciones también: ¿qué sabemos y cómo nos sentimos al respecto? ¿Qué nos comprometemos a hacer juntxs con esta información? Juntxs creemos la comunidad en la que queremos que nuestrxs hijos crezcan y prosperen.

Con mucho respeto,

Respetuosamente, Directora Claudia Delarios Moran y Vice-directora Gissel Medina

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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