Weekly Bulletin – April 29 – May 3, 2013

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 29 – MAY 3, 2013

 

TURBULENCE

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. TURBULENCE: Wild commotion; irregular atmospheric motion; departure in a fluid from a smooth flow.

NEW ITEMS:

STAFF WELLNESS WORDS:

Get outside! Some of us get very little sunlight most weekdays, which studies repeatedly suggest are at best affecting our mood and at worst affecting our health. Getting outside can be as simple as sitting in the backyard or taking a walk around the neighborhood.

REFERENCE ITEMS

HELP! The Galileo PTSA is sending out this urgent message to alert our community to the serious state of our fundraising efforts this year. This year to date, we have raised only 43% of our budgeted amount. This means that we may be prevented from financially supporting some of the programs and events we usually support, not to mention the grants we usually give out to teachers and student groups who apply to us for special help with their projects.

To make a donation you can simply send a check FOR ANY AMOUNT made out to ‘Galileo PTSA’ to:

Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Attention: PTSA

1150 Francisco St.

San Francisco, CA 94109

Or

Donate with your credit card via PayPal on the “Donation”, page of the PTSA section of the Galileo website. Or click on the link below, where you also find alternate ways to raise money for the school.

http://galileoweb.org/ptsa/donate/

Remember no amount is too small or too big. We thank you for your support now and always!

 

Do you know students who would benefit from an outdoor adventure? The ETC trips are fabulous at developing community and bringing kids out of the shadows. Xiaolin Yang, Vincent Do and Mauricio Romero are a few of the Gal students who’ve attended programs with Environmental Traveling Companions.  Please send students to learn about 12, 18 and 24 day trips.  On one trip the kids will actually build a boat!  Kids kayak and white water raft. Leadership development and environmental awareness are part of the program.  At 2:15 PM on Wednesday, April 24, there will be an ETC presentation in 458.  Students can pick up applications at that time.  Scholarships are available.  Please send your students to SUMMERFUNd to learn about ETC and other programs.

 

FYI…a number of students have been accepted to programs and your recommendations played a very important part.  Thank you!  Ask Jenny Lei about her upcoming trip to Thailand with Rustic Pathways, ask Candy Luo about the Girls Leadership Workshop at the Eleanor Roosevelt Center in NY, ask Hefan Zhang about the philosophy course he will take at ATDP in Berkeley, ask Milagro Escobar about COSMOS at UC Irvine…ask Chunjin Amy Wong about her medical program, FACES…ask Teddy Wong what classes he’ll be taking at Northfield Mt. Hermon School in Massachusetts.  There are still many opportunities available so please send students to SUMMERFUNd in 458A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

 

SUMMERFUNd Students and Ms. K. thank you so much for supporting our fundraising efforts!  This week’s 4th floor food sale was a huge success. Your guacamole, soup. brownie, pie and tart consumption makes it possible for students to participate in outdoor adventures and academic adventures during the summer!

Please continue to send students our way!  The first step is having students fill out the SUMMERFUNd interest form that is (hopefully) in the plastic folder outside the office door at 458A!

 

SUMMERFUNd is open Tuesday and Friday afternoons and students prepare their program applications with help from peers, Ms. K. and retired faculty member, Ms. Hughes.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS: We are now using Google Forms to collect announcement requests. The form is linked from the Teachers page at galileoweb.org. Check it out.

 

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb@galileoweb.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am.                 Mrs. Grinnell

 

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number:  345-0064.  The old phone number, 241-6641, is no longer operational.  The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

 

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $20–checks or cash welcome!                  Social Committee

 

HOT COFFEE is available every morning for $.75 a cup and fresh baked COOKIES are available for $.25 each in room 212 or 214. Thank you for helping support the special education programs.             Ms. Wlodaver and Ms. McDonagh

 

PARKING COURTESY:  Please do not block other cars in both the Bay Street and the Polk Street parking lots.  If you have to block a car, do it only for a few minutes and leave your Galileo Parking Hanger in plain sight in your car.  If you do not have a Galileo Parking Hanger, see Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office.                                       Mrs. Grinnell

 

GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Galileo PTSA is accepting Grant Applications from teachers and staff in need of funding for projects, equipment and/or suppliegalileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

 

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                 Don Papa

 

SUMMERFUNd  has information about many summer programs.  Please encourage your students to visit SUMMERFUNd on Tuesday and Friday afternoons in 458A for help finding programs and submitting applications.

Please tell your students about the Youth Leadership Conference at Stanford University which will be held at Wednesday, August 7-Saturday, August 10, 2013.  Students live on campus.

 

High school students, including graduating seniors, interested in making a difference in public health are eligible to apply.  Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health.

STUDENTS

 

SUMMER SCHOOL runs from June 12 – July 17, 8:00 am to 1:15 pm for two classes. Please see your counselor during lunch or after school to fill out an application.

 

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

ASB STOREis selling ASB card stickers @ $5.00. Discounts are given for dances, sweatshirts, yearbook, and other spirit items.

JUNIOR/SOPHOMORE ELECTION is Wed., May 1 during homeroom.

 

SOPHOMORE/FRESHMEN ELECTION is Wed., May 8 during homeroom.

 

ALOHA FOOD FESTIVAL is Friday, May 3 during lunch time in the courtyard.

 

MOVE-UP AND AWARDS ASSEMBLY is Friday, May 3 during a double period 4.

 

UNO MAS CONCERT: Friday night, May 3 –

Uno Mas will have YouTube famous artists from around the Bay Area and LA come perform on our very own stage. We will also have performances from our own Galileo students. The concert will start at 7pm and doors will open for people to come in at 6:20pm. The meet and greet will start around 9:30pm and end at 10:30pm. Tickets are sold at ASB Store and at the door.

GALILEO BOYS’ TENNIS TEAM for Spring 2014 – Any boys interested in joining the the tennis team must sign up with Mr. Wing at ASB Office (room 150) by this Thursday, May 2.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING is today in 153 at 3:15. Need to submit food and game proposals, discuss class election, & Last Dance.

LAST DANCE: is Friday night, May 10 in the cafeteria from 7 – 11 PM. Free pizzas for seniors that night. It’s also a Yearbook Signing Party. Ticketts will be sold starting May 6 at the ASB Store

Interested in medicine?  Do you want to spend four days in the dorms and lecture halls at Stanford University learning about health issues in the Asian and Pacific Islander community?

 

The Youth Leadership Conference at Stanford University will be held Wednesday, August 7 – Saturday, August 10, 2013.  High school students, including graduating seniors, are eligible to apply. You will meet other students interested in making a difference in public health. Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health.

 

SUMMERFUNd has information about two FREE programs relating to engineering and physics.  i Design is for current sophomores and juniors who want to find out what engineering is all about. What is mechanical engineering? Chemical engineering? Civil engineering?  i design is a 2 week program at City College from June 3 to June 14.   PHYSICS in and through COSMOLOGY is July 8 through July 13 at Lawrence Berkeley Lab.  Meet two Nobel Prize winners!  Learn from scientists about the latest theories and research describing the universe. COME TO SUMMERFUNd on Tuesdays and Fridays for help with your applications and more information.  Room 458A!!!  SUMMERFUNd has the information about these and many more programs.     Come to 4548A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.  Fill out an interest form. Talk to students who’ve attended these programs.  Talk to Ms. K.  Don’t be bored.  Don’t be boring!  Get

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – April 24, 2013

 

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

4/25/13

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 12:55pm.

Leadership Team Agenda

 

I.          Open House Feedback

–Nancy said about 100 people attended this event.  David asked what activities the parents found useful.

–Michelle said she felt the parents wanted a mini lecture.  Michelle said it does not make any sense for parents to go room to room to get this information.  It could be done in the auditorium.

–Michelle said not all student tour groups got to the English Department.  Some groups got delayed.

–Nancy said she wanted to include everyone in the tours.  She said only half of her student volunteers showed up.

–David suggested a meeting place at the end of the event where students could talk to the teachers.  David said students he spoke with wanted to talk to the teachers.

–Joseph said he liked the idea of having the department heads talk in the auditorium and then the parents and students can pick which departments they want to visit.

–Mr. Machtay suggested the tour groups be arranged based on home language.

–David suggested contact information on the sheets given to parents so they could call or email for more information.

–Doug said he did not have many folks asking questions.

–Ethan said he had lots of questions concerning athletics.

II.         Master Schedule Update

–Nancy said they continue to work on the master schedule.  It will be finished by June 14th. 

Department Heads Agenda

I.          CFA’s

–Marcus said he only has CFA’s from Social Studies, ELD and World Languages.

–David said Marcus should send out a reminder to the departments.

–Marcus would like to move all assessments into Data Director over the summer.

II.         CCSS Share Out

–Lisa asked everyone to talk about what they discussed for the 2 sessions.

–David said Science focused the whole time on language objectives.  He talked about how they proceeded.  He said they are not finished.

–Michelle said English began by working on a 2 week 9th Grade Curriculum around language.  They will continue working on this to complete the 2-week curriculum.  Her department is large and there are many voices.

–Kathleen said ELL read the common core for each level.  The looked at the language strand where different pieces of work are compared.  She looked at the new terms –,Emerging, Expanding and Bridging are new terms for the language abilities.

–Mat said they used a mathematical formula from Bissa and they used the state standards and wrote objectives, in Modern World, and US History classes.  Language objective and scaffold were the most difficult areas.  Content standard focus was the easiest to accomplish.

–Ray discussed the language of math in addition to the math concepts.

–Ethan said PE looked at language objectives, using activities. They still want to do SSR and have students give short presentations to use the language.

–Joseph said they talked about what they are doing now and what they could do differently.  He mentioned they do not do much writing, except writing music.  He would like them to do self-reflections about their activities in music to use the language of the arts. They have a general VPA vocabulary list—domain specific lists—art, music, photography, etc.  He mentioned math as part of the VPA process—counting the length of notes, etc.  The arts support the common core in many indirect ways.

–Doug said the Math department looked at resources on sfusd and r&d development group for lessons more along the common core.  They looked at programs that address the math standards.

III.       CPT

–Lisa said planning for next year is in the works.  She said ideas from the group will help drive the CPT calendar before it is submitted to the UBC.  Marcus said the calendar should be set by this group.  He would like the group to meet every Thursday until this is all settled.

–Ray said there needs to be more department time.

Marcus said they would list all topics we need to address and then form the structure.

–Kathleen agreed with Ray.  She said there is no one size fits all. 

–Doug said when everyone is separated out into big groups, it does not become effective.  He also mentioned trust—let them know the goals and let them drive this in their departments.   The large group activities burn time and frustrate teachers.

–Ray discussed Special Ed. and the activities there.  He preferred the 2-hour period once a week.

–Marcus said all of the district priorities are in areas where we need to improve.

–Marcus would like to have a process.  We will meet every Thursday to work on this.

IV.        WASC

–Lisa distributed information from WASC review in 2011.  She mentioned the content areas of this information. She explained the information.

–Marcus would like to review this information as a team to see where we are and what we are doing.

V.         Space Allocation

–David distributed an information sheet with talking points.

–He discussed the first point—what happens to a classroom if the position is consolidated.

–Ray said if all department needs are on the table, then it should be easy to allocate the room.

–David said we might need to identify the needs of every department each Spring.

–A combination of fairness and need.

–Marcus asked for the number of teachers who travel in each department.  Science (3), English ( 2 share a room), 1 travels.  ELL (0).  SS (0)  Sped Ed (2)  PE (0)  Math (3),,VPA (0).

–Nancy asked if teachers who has been traveling the longest, should that teacher get the room?

–David said it is disruptive for a teacher to not have their room during their prep period.  This makes it difficult to set up and breakdown labs and impacts student learning.

–Michelle said the two in her department who share a room, if they had to travel, then they may not want to stay part time.

–David wants a policy in place for the future.  Discussion followed.

–Michelle asked for the definition of part time.  Members shared their opinions.

–Ray mentioned how challenging it is for Special Ed. teachers to have other teachers in their classrooms during prep periods.

–Michelle stuck up for using one of her rooms for 2 part time teachers.  She feels they should not have to travel.

–Joseph said that it is not right to have those who have been at Galileo for a long time and are part time have to travel.  This might be OK for new teachers coming in, but seniority should take precedence.

–David felt we should advocate for the new teachers who have to travel and then end up leaving Galileo and the district.

–Joseph said he traveled when he was a new teacher and  that is the way it was.

–David said there is no process now.  Many felt there are too many variables to have a process.

–Ray said this is a challenge as our situations change every year.

–Doug suggested looking at the utilization in every department to see if there could be a process.

–Michelle said there are more courses in Science and Math than are required for graduation.

–Marcus said we lowered class sizes in 9th and 10th grade English to keep teachers.

–Ray said they will need a new Special Day Class next year.

The graduation class this year is between 560 and 580 students.  The class started as freshmen as 620 students.

Meeting adjourned at 2:15pm.

Weekly Bulletin – April 22 – 26, 2013

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 22 – 26, 2013

 

TIRADE

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. TIRADE:  A protracted speech usually marked by intemperative or harshly censorious language.

NEW ITEMS:

 

STAFF WELLNESS WORDS:

Try a new physical activity, such as yoga or dancing.  New activities are
mentally and physically stimulating, and you could discover a new hobby!

 

REFERENCE ITEMS

 

HELP! The Galileo PTSA is sending out this urgent message to alert our community to the serious state of our fundraising efforts this year. This year to date, we have raised only 43% of our budgeted amount. This means that we may be prevented from financially supporting some of the programs and events we usually support, not to mention the grants we usually give out to teachers and student groups who apply to us for special help with their projects.

To make a donation you can simply send a check FOR ANY AMOUNT made out to ‘Galileo PTSA’ to:

Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Attention: PTSA

1150 Francisco St.

San Francisco, CA 94109

Or

Donate with your credit card via PayPal on the “Donation”, page of the PTSA section of the Galileo website. Or click on the link below, where you also find alternate ways to raise money for the school.

http://galileoweb.org/ptsa/donate/

Remember no amount is too small or too big. We thank you for your support now and always!

 

Do you know students who would benefit from an outdoor adventure? The ETC trips are fabulous at developing community and bringing kids out of the shadows. Xiaolin Yang, Vincent Do and Mauricio Romero are a few of the Gal students who’ve attended programs with Environmental Traveling Companions.  Please send students to learn about 12, 18 and 24 day trips.  On one trip the kids will actually build a boat!  Kids kayak and white water raft. Leadership development and environmental awareness are part of the program.  At 2:15 PM on Wednesday, April 24, there will be an ETC presentation in 458.  Students can pick up applications at that time.  Scholarships are available.  Please send your students to SUMMERFUNd to learn about ETC and other programs.

 

FYI…a number of students have been accepted to programs and your recommendations played a very important part.  Thank you!  Ask Jenny Lei about her upcoming trip to Thailand with Rustic Pathways, ask Candy Luo about the Girls Leadership Workshop at the Eleanor Roosevelt Center in NY, ask Hefan Zhang about the philosophy course he will take at ATDP in Berkeley, ask Milagro Escobar about COSMOS at UC Irvine…ask Chunjin Amy Wong about her medical program, FACES…ask Teddy Wong what classes he’ll be taking at Northfield Mt. Hermon School in Massachusetts.  There are still many opportunities available so please send students to SUMMERFUNd in 458A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

 

SUMMERFUNd Students and Ms. K. thank you so much for supporting our fundraising efforts!  This week’s 4th floor food sale was a huge success. Your guacamole, soup. brownie, pie and tart consumption makes it possible for students to participate in outdoor adventures and academic adventures during the summer!

Please continue to send students our way!  The first step is having students fill out the SUMMERFUNd interest form that is (hopefully) in the plastic folder outside the office door at 458A!

 

SUMMERFUNd is open Tuesday and Friday afternoons and students prepare their program applications with help from peers, Ms. K. and retired faculty member, Ms. Hughes.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS: We are now using Google Forms to collect announcement requests. The form is linked from the Teachers page at galileoweb.org. Check it out.

 

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb@galileoweb.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am.                 Mrs. Grinnell

 

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number:  345-0064.  The old phone number, 241-6641, is no longer operational.  The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

 

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $20–checks or cash welcome!                  Social Committee

 

HOT COFFEE is available every morning for $.75 a cup and fresh baked COOKIES are available for $.25 each in room 212 or 214. Thank you for helping support the special education programs.             Ms. Wlodaver and Ms. McDonagh

 

PARKING COURTESY:  Please do not block other cars in both the Bay Street and the Polk Street parking lots.  If you have to block a car, do it only for a few minutes and leave your Galileo Parking Hanger in plain sight in your car.  If you do not have a Galileo Parking Hanger, see Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office.                                       Mrs. Grinnell

 

GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Galileo PTSA is accepting Grant Applications from teachers and staff in need of funding for projects, equipment and/or suppliegalileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

 

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                 Don Papa

 

SUMMERFUNd  has information about many summer programs.  Please encourage your students to visit SUMMERFUNd on Tuesday and Friday afternoons in 458A for help finding programs and submitting applications.

Please tell your students about the Youth Leadership Conference at Stanford University which will be held at Wednesday, August 7-Saturday, August 10, 2013.  Students live on campus.

 

High school students, including graduating seniors, interested in making a difference in public health are eligible to apply.  Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health.

STUDENTS

SAT PREP COURSE:“Sophomores and Juniors -Enroll in the last SAT Prep Course available on campus this school year! Taught by Revolution Prep, the Wednesday courses will begin April 24th after school, with practice exams starting Saturday April 20th. Sign up through Revolution Prep (1-800-Rev Prep) or revprep.com. Deadline to register is April 17th. See your counselor for more info. “

 

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

ASB STOREis selling ASB card stickers @ $5.00. Discounts are given for dances, sweatshirts, yearbook, and other spirit items.

JUNIOR/SOPHOMORE ELECTION is Wed., May 1 during homeroom.

 

SOPHOMORE/FRESHMEN ELECTION is Wed., May 8 during homeroom

 

SENIOR PANORAMA will be Wed., April 24 on the George White Athletic Field.

 

ALOHA FOOD FESTIVAL is Friday, May 3 during lunch time in the courtyard.

 

Still looking for a summer job or internship? The Galileo Wellness Center has tons of opportunities to apply for work or to get involved with a community program this summer. Stop by the Room 151 for more information!

Interested in medicine?  Do you want to spend four days in the dorms and lecture halls at Stanford University learning about health issues in the Asian and Pacific Islander community?

 

The Youth Leadership Conference at Stanford University will be held Wednesday, August 7 – Saturday, August 10, 2013.  High school students, including graduating seniors, are eligible to apply. You will meet other students interested in making a difference in public health. Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health.

 

BACKPACKING, KAYAKING, WHITE WATER RAFTING, BOAT BUILDING!  Learn more about outdoor adventures this summer.  Meet Cheyenne from ETC and hear from Gal students who’ve been on these trips after school at 2:15 on Wednesday, April 24 in Room 458.

 

SUMMERFUNd has information about two FREE programs relating to engineering and physics.  i Design is for current sophomores and juniors who want to find out what engineering is all about. What is mechanical engineering? Chemical engineering? Civil engineering?  i design is a 2 week program at City College from June 3 to June 14.   PHYSICS in and through COSMOLOGY is July 8 through July 13 at Lawrence Berkeley Lab.  Meet two Nobel Prize winners!  Learn from scientists about the latest theories and research describing the universe. COME TO SUMMERFUNd on Tuesdays and Fridays for help with your applications and more information.  Room 458A!!!  SUMMERFUNd has the information about these and many more programs.     Come to 4548A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.  Fill out an interest form. Talk to students who’ve attended these programs.  Talk to Ms. K.  Don’t be bored.  Don’t be boring!  Get

 

HIGH SCHOOL DRAGON BOAT RACE: is this Saturday, April 27 at Lake Merced. It begins around 9:00 AM and ends about 3:00 PM. Come and cheer the Galileo Dragon Boat team to victory. It’s free to watch.

MOVE-UP AND AWARDS ASSEMBLY is Friday, May 3 during a double period 4.

Weekly Bulletin – April 15 – 19, 2013

ALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 15 – 19, 2013

 

TERSE

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. TERSE:  Clean; neat; smoothly elegant; polished; devoid of superfulety.

 

NEW ITEMS:

 

STAFF WELLNESS WORDS:

 

Room in your heart for one more? ~ Right now over 600 SF Foster Youth are in need of a permanent home. SFUSD is committed to supporting foster youth in finding a permanent family righ there in San Francisco. IT is a proven fact that youth in stable homes do better in school. Please join our effort to find permanent families for our SF foster youth. to learn more please call 415-558-2200 or visit www.healthiersf.org/FYS

REFERENCE ITEMS

 

HELP! The Galileo PTSA is sending out this urgent message to alert our community to the serious state of our fundraising efforts this year. This year to date, we have raised only 43% of our budgeted amount. This means that we may be prevented from financially supporting some of the programs and events we usually support, not to mention the grants we usually give out to teachers and student groups who apply to us for special help with their projects.

To make a donation you can simply send a check FOR ANY AMOUNT made out to ‘Galileo PTSA’ to:

Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Attention: PTSA

1150 Francisco St.

San Francisco, CA 94109

Or

Donate with your credit card via PayPal on the “Donation”, page of the PTSA section of the Galileo website. Or click on the link below, where you also find alternate ways to raise money for the school.

http://galileoweb.org/ptsa/donate/

Remember no amount is too small or too big. We thank you for your support now and always!

SUMMERFUNd Students and Ms. K. thank you so much for supporting our fundraising efforts!  This week’s 4th floor food sale was a huge success. Your guacamole, soup. brownie, pie and tart consumption makes it possible for students to participate in outdoor adventures and academic adventures during the summer!

Please continue to send students our way!  The first step is having students fill out the SUMMERFUNd interest form that is (hopefully) in the plastic folder outside the office door at 458A!

 

SUMMERFUNd is open Tuesday and Friday afternoons and students prepare their program applications with help from peers, Ms. K. and retired faculty member, Ms. Hughes.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS: We are now using Google Forms to collect announcement requests. The form is linked from the Teachers page at galileoweb.org. Check it out.

 

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb@galileoweb.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am.                 Mrs. Grinnell

 

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number:  345-0064.  The old phone number, 241-6641, is no longer operational.  The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

 

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $20–checks or cash welcome!                  Social Committee

 

HOT COFFEE is available every morning for $.75 a cup and fresh baked COOKIES are available for $.25 each in room 212 or 214. Thank you for helping support the special education programs.             Ms. Wlodaver and Ms. McDonagh

 

PARKING COURTESY:  Please do not block other cars in both the Bay Street and the Polk Street parking lots.  If you have to block a car, do it only for a few minutes and leave your Galileo Parking Hanger in plain sight in your car.  If you do not have a Galileo Parking Hanger, see Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office.                                       Mrs. Grinnell

 

GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Galileo PTSA is accepting Grant Applications from teachers and staff in need of funding for projects, equipment and/or suppliegalileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

 

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                 Don Papa

SUMMERFUNd  has information about many summer programs.  Please encourage your students to visit SUMMERFUNd on Tuesday and Friday afternoons in 458A for help finding programs and submitting applications.

Please tell your students about the Youth Leadership Conference at Stanford University which will be held at Wednesday, August 7-Saturday, August 10, 2013.  Students live on campus.

High school students, including graduating seniors, interested in making a difference in public health are eligible to apply.  Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health.

The deadline for Galileo students has been extended to Saturday, April 20. The application is online at https://sites.google.com/site/ylcparticipants/

Students should go to SUMMERFUNd in Room 458A on Tuesday and Friday for information and to work on and submit applications.  If  a scholarship is needed, students must speak to Ms. K. BEFORE applying.

STUDENTS

SAT PREP COURSE:“Sophomores and Juniors -Enroll in the last SAT Prep Course available on campus this school year! Taught by Revolution Prep, the Wednesday courses will begin April 24th after school, with practice exams starting Saturday April 20th. Sign up through Revolution Prep (1-800-Rev Prep) or revprep.com. Deadline to register is April 17th. See your counselor for more info. “

 

FRISCO DAY: IS IN TWO WEEKS ON FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH! MEET AT THE AUDITORIUM AT 8AM! ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY AND WILL BE TAKEN! IF YOU HAVEN’T TURN IN YOUR PERMISSION FORM, PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY TO MS. HO’S OFFICE.

 

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

ASB STOREis selling ASB card stickers @ $5.00. Discounts are given for dances, sweatshirts, yearbook, and other spirit items.

For young women only—Don’t miss the opportunity to study science and engineering, writing, history or environmental science this summer at Smith College in Massachusetts.   Don’t miss the opportunity to develop skill to become a powerful leader at the Eleanor Roosevelt Girls’ Leadership Workshop, a nine-day program in New York.  This summer program is open to current 9th and 10th graders.

 

SUMMERFUNd has the information about these and many more programs.     Come to 4548A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.  Fill out an interest form. Talk to students who’ve attended these programs.  Talk to Ms. K.  The time is NOW!

BACKPACKING, ROCK CLIMBING, KAYAKING, WHITE WATER RAFTING, BOAT BUILDING!  These are just some of the activities YOU can participate in during the summer of 2013!  No experience is necessary. There are outdoor leadership programs for high school students of all ages and incomes.  SUMMERFUNd has information and applications!  The deadline for one program, PINNACLE Outward Bound, is Friday, March 15  so come in right away to work on your application!  SUMMERFUNd is in Room 458A and the office is open Tuesday and Friday afternoons until at least 6 PM.  Don’t miss out on these awesome adventures!

ENGINEERING: Civil engineering? Bioengineering? Chemical engineering? Mechanical engineering?  Computer engineering?  SUMMERFUNd has info about many summer engineering programs all over the country.  See Ms. K. on Tuesday and Friday in Room 458A to learn more about these opportunities to study engineering!

 

SENIOR/JUNIOR ELECTION is Wed., April 17 during homeroom.

 

JUNIOR/SOPHOMORE ELECTION is Wed., May 1 during homeroom.

 

SOPHOMORE/FRESHMEN ELECTION is Wed., May 8 during homeroom

 

SENIOR PANORAMA will be Wed., April 24 on the George White Athletic Field.

 

ALOHA FOOD FESTIVAL is Friday, May 3 during lunch time in the courtyard.

 

LOOKING FOR A SUMMER JOB OR INTERNSHIP?  The Galileo Wellness Center has tons of opportunities to apply for work or to get involved with a community program this summer. Stop by the Room 151 for more information!

Interested in medicine?  Do you want to spend four days in the dorms and lecture halls at Stanford University learning about health issues in the Asian and Pacific Islander community?

The Youth Leadership Conference at Stanford University will be held Wednesday, August 7 – Saturday, August 10, 2013.  High school students, including graduating seniors, are eligible to apply. You will meet other students interested in making a difference in public health. Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health.

The deadline for Galileo students has been extended to Saturday, April 20. The application is online.  Go to SUMMERFUNd in Room 458A on Tuesday and Friday for information and to work on and submit your application.  If you need a scholarship speak to Ms. K. before applying.

 

Leadership Team/Department Head Meeting Minutes – 4/11/13

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

4/11/13

 

 

Nancy called the meeting to order at 10:15am.  Nancy told why Marcus has been away.  He will be back on Monday.

 

Leadership Team

 

I.          Open House – Wednesday, April 18th.

–Nancy and the Counseling Office are in charge of the Open House.  This will be for incoming 9th graders only.  Department Heads and those in charge of academies and pathways are to be present.  Nancy passed out a proposed agenda.  Those who attend the Open House will not have to attend cluster meetings on Thursday, April 18th.

–Joseph brought up the fact that STAR testing sign up is April 18th.  We will go with the 25th of April.

–Michelle asked why it was coming out of department times instead of school wide time.  Decision made to take the time on April 24th.

–Joseph asked that we plan for this time in the fall with the CPT calendar so we get time off after an evening event.  We need more lead time for some scheduling.

–David would like to debrief after the Open House and make plans for next year on who should attend.

 

–Doug asked what the department heads role is during the Open House.  Nancy said that they need to be in the classrooms at 6:30pm as the tours take place.

–Michelle said her department will have 4 teachers there and they will rotate over the next few years.

–Lauren said it would be good to give the incoming students ideas of what to prepare for entering high school.

 

–Doug mentioned that with people coming and going in the classrooms it does not feel organized.

–Nancy mentioned that we will not know until tomorrow how many new students we will have.

–Doug suggested the students all be in one place for the presentation by the department heads and then give them a tour of the school.

–Leah suggested the cafeteria.  Nancy said she was going to use the cafeteria for clubs and sports teams.

Lauren suggested the department presentations be done in the auditorium.  Joseph said it would be good to have a shared power point for this presentation.

 

–Ray mentioned the challenges of Special Ed at this event.

–Kathleen said presentations for her parents would have to be in several different languages.

–Ray asked if the Open House is district mandated.  Nancy said it was not mandated but preferred.

 

–Nancy said the agenda would include the department information after the performance of the band and orchestra.  The tours could include the academies and pathways.

–Jessica suggested the clubs and sports be set up in the main hallway so that parents and students could look at these exhibits when they enter the building.

–Nancy suggested 2 minutes for each department presentation.

 

–Jessica suggested movement from the auditorium after the music performances.  Nancy suggested the gym.  Lisa suggested having the tours stop at the tables in the gym.

–Ethan suggested the gym for clubs and sports and needs to make sure there is no sports activity going on at the same time.

–Kathleen suggested having teachers in a room with their subject and have the tour go to these rooms.

–David suggested a hand out to give to the parents on what to expect, rather than have everyone be present.

–Nancy felt it is important for the parents to meet the teachers and feel comfortable about their choice of Galileo.

–Michelle suggested having students do the speaking about each department. Lisa suggested using current freshmen.

–Nancy said we would go to the original agenda with guided tours to each department classroom.

–ASB has 30 students to lead the tours.

 

–Joseph said it is important for the orchestra and band members to have a good size audience.

–David said that that we need to identify what we really want to do and take out all the “fluff.”  He suggested feedback from the parents about what they found helpful.

 

–Jessica encouraged everyone to distribute the Wellness Survey to their department members and return them to Bettie in the Main Office by the end of April.

 

Department Head Agenda

 

I.          Master Schedule

–537 9th graders assigned to Galileo.  508 as of today have said “yes.”  There are still the second and third rounds.  If some of these students go to other schools, we will get more.  This can affect the budget.

–All librarians for the schools are now funded by Prop H.

–Joseph said Prop H is funding 1.4FTE for his department.  There will be 2 sections of dance and Mr. Novota will be full time.

–Nancy has to keep working on changes and the Master Schedule is due by June 14th.  She thanks everyone for their cooperation.

–Joseph felt that co-teachers should have the same prep periods.  Nancy said she is trying to do that as much as possible.

 

–Michelle said she hoped the Leadership Team and Department Heads, along with the SSC would have input into what we restore when we get more money.

–Stan said Prop H also funds PE and he wanted to know if we got the PE teacher back.

 

–Joseph talked about the history of which period  orchestra and band are and now he would like to move them to third. Kathleen said the ELD support classes are 3rd period, but these students are not in these music classes.

 

II.         Student Teachers

–Lisa said SF State needs to know how many student teachers we will use next year and how many for each subject.

–Joseph asked if SF State keeps the data from previous years.  Lisa has the data.

–Give Lisa the info by April 22nd.

 

III.       Department Head Positions 2013/2014

–Marcus approved everyone for one more year.

–Leah will be going to Spain next year and Alicia Sheppeck will be the new World Languages Department Chair.

 

IV.        Common Formative Assessments

–ELD and Social Studies have turned them in.  Marcus would like the rest of them next week.

 

V.         Summer PD Opportunities

–Lisa distributed information on the PD programs.

–National Board Opportunities is also posted in the Main Office.

–USC School of Cinematic Arts is at Galileo the first week of summer.

–Google Summit includes paid scholarships.

–Connect U is technology and there are scholarships.

–Co-teaching PD workshop is also available.  Saturday, April 27th. School will pay.

 

VI.        STAR Testing

–This is the next to last year for the STAR test.  There will be something to replace this test.  Next year will be somewhat abbreviated.

–The testing will be Tuesday through Friday.  Katie will send out the schedules and where everyone will be.  She will attend each department meeting to go over the plans.  She will also visit the New Teacher meeting as well.  This is a mandatory meeting for all teachers.

–Please remind the students of the importance of these tests.

–Glossaries can be used by ELL students who already use them in their classes.  The ELL students must bring their own glossaries.

–Leah asked if they have glossaries in all languages.  Kathleen said most are available.

–If you give the glossaries to the students, do it prior to the test week.

–Ray asked about calculators for the Special Ed students in the regular ed classrooms.

–Kathleen asked about those teachers who have round tables.  Do we have dividers Different versions of the test help in this situation.

 

VII       Miscellaneous

–Kathleen talked about tutoring forms for the students.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:15am.

 

WEEKLY BULLETIN – April 8 – 12, 2013

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 8 -12, 2013

 

TENACIOUS

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. TENACIOUS: Having great cohesiveness or parts; tough; adhesive; sticky; holding or tending to hold strongly, as opinions or rights; stubborn; obstinate.

NEW ITEMS:

STAFF WELLNESS WORDS:

Exercise your imagination frequently. Stay in touch with the child within. Adopt
an attitude of playfulness. Humor and pleasure can be tremendous stress buffers.

Room in your heart for one more? ~ Right now over 600 SF Foster Youth are in need of a permanent home. SFUSD is committed to supporting foster youth in finding a permanent family righ there in San Francisco. IT is a proven fact that youth in stable homes do better in school. Please join our effort to find permanent families for our SF foster youth. to learn more please call 415-558-2200 or visit www.healthiersf.org/FYS

REFERENCE ITEMS

HELP! The Galileo PTSA is sending out this urgent message to alert our community to the serious state of our fundraising efforts this year. This year to date, we have raised only 43% of our budgeted amount. This means that we may be prevented from financially supporting some of the programs and events we usually support, not to mention the grants we usually give out to teachers and student groups who apply to us for special help with their projects.

To make a donation you can simply send a check FOR ANY AMOUNT made out to ‘Galileo PTSA’ to:

Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Attention: PTSA

1150 Francisco St.

San Francisco, CA 94109

Or

Donate with your credit card via PayPal on the “Donation”, page of the PTSA section of the Galileo website. Or click on the link below, where you also find alternate ways to raise money for the school.

http://galileoweb.org/ptsa/donate/  Remember no amount is too small or too big. We thank you for your support now and always!

SUMMERFUNd Students and Ms. K. thank you so much for supporting our fundraising efforts!  This week’s 4th floor food sale was a huge success. Your guacamole, soup. brownie, pie and tart consumption makes it possible for students to participate in outdoor adventures and academic adventures during the summer!

Please continue to send students our way!  The first step is having students fill out the SUMMERFUNd interest form that is (hopefully) in the plastic folder outside the office door at 458A!

SUMMERFUNd is open Tuesday and Friday afternoons and students prepare their program applications with help from peers, Ms. K. and retired faculty member, Ms. Hughes.

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS: We are now using Google Forms to collect announcement requests. The form is linked from the Teachers page at galileoweb.org. Check it out.

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb@galileoweb.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am.                 Mrs. Grinnell

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number:  345-0064.  The old phone number, 241-6641, is no longer operational.  The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $20–checks or cash welcome!                  Social Committee

HOT COFFEE is available every morning for $.75 a cup and fresh baked COOKIES are available for $.25 each in room 212 or 214. Thank you for helping support the special education programs.             Ms. Wlodaver and Ms. McDonagh

PARKING COURTESY:  Please do not block other cars in both the Bay Street and the Polk Street parking lots.  If you have to block a car, do it only for a few minutes and leave your Galileo Parking Hanger in plain sight in your car.  If you do not have a Galileo Parking Hanger, see Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office.                                       Mrs. Grinnell

GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Galileo PTSA is accepting Grant Applications from teachers and staff in need of funding for projects, equipment and/or suppliegalileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                 Don Papa

 

STUDENTS

SAT PREP COURSE:“Sophomores and Juniors -Enroll in the last SAT Prep Course available on campus this school year! Taught by Revolution Prep, the Wednesday courses will begin April 24th after school, with practice exams starting Saturday April 20th. Sign up through Revolution Prep (1-800-Rev Prep) or revprep.com. Deadline to register is April 17th. See your counselor for more info. “

GRADUATION SPEAKERS NEEDED: EVERY YEAR, STUDENTS ARE GIVEN A CHANCE TO SPEAK TO THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY DURING GRADUATION. DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A SPEECH DURING GRADUATION? IF SO, PLEASE ATTEND THE GRADUATION SPEECH MEETING ON THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH AT LUNCH IN MS. HO’S OFFICE. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

FRISCO DAY: IS IN TWO WEEKS ON FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH! MEET AT THE AUDITORIUM AT 8AM! ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY AND WILL BE TAKEN! IF YOU HAVEN’T TURN IN YOUR PERMISSION FORM, PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY TO MS. HO’S OFFICE.

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

ASB  Store is selling ASB card stickers @ $5.00. Discounts are given for dances, sweatshirts, yearbook, and other spirit items.

For young women only—Don’t miss the opportunity to study science and engineering, writing, history or environmental science this summer at Smith College in Massachusetts.   Don’t miss the opportunity to develop skill to become a powerful leader at the Eleanor Roosevelt Girls’ Leadership Workshop, a nine-day program in New York.  This summer program is open to current 9th and 10th graders.

SUMMERFUNd has the information about these and many more programs.     Come to 4548A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.  Fill out an interest form. Talk to students who’ve attended these programs.  Talk to Ms. K.  The time is NOW!

CHINESE KARAOKE CONTEST:is Friday evening, April 12 in the auditorium.

BACKPACKING, ROCK CLIMBING, KAYAKING, WHITE WATER RAFTING, BOAT BUILDING!  These are just some of the activities YOU can participate in during the summer of 2013!  No experience is necessary. There are outdoor leadership programs for high school students of all ages and incomes.  SUMMERFUNd has information and applications!  The deadline for one program, PINNACLE Outward Bound, is Friday, March 15  so come in right away to work on your application!  SUMMERFUNd is in Room 458A and the office is open Tuesday and Friday afternoons until at least 6 PM.  Don’t miss out on these awesome adventures!

ENGINEERING: Civil engineering? Bioengineering? Chemical engineering? Mechanical engineering?  Computer engineering?  SUMMERFUNd has info about many summer engineering programs all over the country.  See Ms. K. on Tuesday and Friday in Room 458A to learn more about these opportunities to study engineering!

ASB ELECTIONS: is Wed., April 10 during homeroom period.

SENIOR/JUNIOR ELECTION is Wed., April 17 during homeroom.

JUNIOR/SOPHOMORE ELECTION is Wed., May 1 during homeroom.

SOPHOMORE/FRESHMEN ELECTION is Wed., May 8 during homeroom

STUDENT TALENT SHOW ASSEMBLY is Friday, April 12 during a double period 4.

SENIOR PANORAMA will be Wed., April 24 on the George White Athletic Field.