Weekly Bulletin






Groundhog Day or Ground-Hog Day, is a popular tradition celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2.

It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if he does not, due to cloudiness, spring season will arrive early.

The weather lore was brought from German-speaking areas where the badger is the forecasting animal. This appears to be an enhanced version of the lore that clear weather on Candlemas forebodes a prolonged winter.

The Groundhog Day ceremony held at Punxsutawney in central Pennsylvania has become the most attended. The 1993 movie (Groundhog Day) helped boost recognition of the custom, and the celebration has spread even further afield. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where crowds as large as 40,000 gather each year (nearly eight times the year-round population of the town). The average draw had been about 2,000 until the year after the movie screened in 1993, after which attendance rose to about 10,000. The official Phil is pretended to be a supercentenarian, having been the same forecasting beast since 1887.





**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnelle1@sfusd.edu. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am. Mrs. Grinnell

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number: 415-345-0064.   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 $25–checks or cash welcome! Social Committee

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


NEW ACCOUNTANT:  Galileo’s former accountant, Eva,has been transferred to SOTA.  Our new accountant is Lisa and she will be at Galileo on Thursdays.  Her office will remain in Room 206.


COFFEE AND COOKIES: Support Special Education by purchasing a cup of fresh roasted coffee $1.25 and cookies $.25. Available daily 7:45am all year long in either room 214 or 212. (alternating bi-weekly)

If you would like to use our delivery service please call x3214 or x3212.

Thanks!! Ms. Meghan & Ms.Nobello


FRESHMEN HOMEROOM ASSEMBLY:  The Freshmen Homeroom Assembly will be this Thursday during homeroom in the Auditorioum. The Senior Homeroom Assembly will be this Thursday during Homeroom.  All 9th Grade Homeroom Teachers should bring their students to the Auditorium on Thursday as soon as the bell rings. Homeroom Assemblies will continue through the end of May.  Check the bulletin each week for the schedule.


GALILEO BLACK HOODIE SWEAT SHIRTS:  On sale now in the ASB Office (Room 150);  teacher & staff discount is $25.


TEACHEER LOCATOR:  The Current Teacher Locator is now posted on the Galileo Website.  Check the Staff Support Area on the website.  This document will be updated daily.


STAFF PHONE DIRECTORY:  The current Staff Phone Directory is now posted on the Galileo website in the Staff Support Area.  There are 2 versions which you can print out–legal size and letter size.  This document will be updated as needed.


TEACHER VOICE MAIL:  It is important for parents to contact their students’ teachers.  If you have not set up your email, please see me and I can help facilitate this.  It is important for parents to be able to contact their child’s teachers.  It takes 2-3 minutes and we can do it at my desk.


TEACHER EMERGENCY CARDS:  Hi All– It ios so important that we have current information on your emergency card about who to contact in an emergency.  With so many new staff this year it has been challenging to reach out to everyone.  If I did not give you an emergency card to complete, please see me.  Thanks!                                            Bettie Grinnell



FRESHMEN HOMEROOM ASSEMBLY:  The Freshman Homeroom Assembly Will be this Thursday during Homeroom.  All 9th Grade Homeroom Teachers should bring their students to the Auditorium as soon as the bell rings.  


GALILEO GEEK SQUAD: Interested in troubleshooting technology issues? Want to assist with the technology program and procedures during your free time at Galileo? Need IT or Tech experience for college/career? Looking for a fun and easy way to get Media Arts or Computer Science extra credit? JOIN GALILEO’S GEEK SQUAD!!! Geek Squad will spend their free periods being responsible for many of the technology issues that arise throughout the day at Galileo. Geek Squad will work on Chromebooks, MacBooks, PCs, iMacs, audio systems, SmartBoards, technology lab and carts, and miscellaneous tech items. Geek Squad members will receive a letter grade for their TA period as well as a signed letter of recommendation from a technology teacher to use on college and job applications. See Ms. Z in Room 260A for more information!


GALILEO BLACK HOODIE SWEAT SHIRTS: ASB is selling  Galileo black hoodie sweatshirts. You can buy them from ASB officers during lunch.  Cost is $40.


VALENTINE GRAMS: Senior class is selling Valentines Gram in Courtyard. Valentine Gram $2.



Love Fest- Valentine Marriage Booth: Feb. 14  at LUNCH

Galileo’s Birthday: Feb. 15  

Spirit Week: March 5-9

Spirit Week Food Festival: March 9  

Boat Dance, March 10 (Spirit Week March 5-9)  

Pi Day: March 14

College & Career Center announcement for 1/29/18-2/4/18

For 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th:

Summer Camp Fair: 2/3 @ 9:30am-12:30pm @ 151 Oak St. SF: Come meet over 60 Bay Area summer camps: this is for middle and high school students.  For more info: internationalsf.org/summercampfair

15th Annual HS Outreach Conference: 4/28 @ 8:30am-4pm @ UCSF on 513 Parnassus Ave. SF: FREE event for 400 HS students who’re curious about the medical profession.  You will spend the day talking to medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and graduate students at UCSF.  Try it for yourself with hands on demos from each school.  Registration is open on 1/29: tinyurl.com/HSOC2018 Registration code: UCSFHSOC2018.  This is a popular event, so register soon.  You will also need to complete a parent permission slip:tinyurl.com/hsoc2018permissionslip

The Youth Theater Project (YTP): A FREE after school program providing high school students with PAID internships in theater.  During the 8 week program, we focus on collaborative play-making, improvisation, and stage skills as our participants work together to create and then perform in their own one-act plays. The San Francisco Mime Troupe is a Tony Award winning political theater company and during YTP, we allow our students to explore and expand their own political views: they have the chance to choose the content of their own show! The program begins on Feb. 12th and runs until April 10th. Our two respective groups meet three days a week (either M/W/F or Tues/Thurs/F) from 4:15-7:15 in our studio in the Mission @ 855 Treat Ave. On top of the social and performative skills that are gained in YTP, our participants also receive free meals during each class period and a small monetary incentive for transportation purposes. For more details or to apply: http://www.sfmt.org/workshops/youthproject.php

Oasis for Girls: This is a non-profit organization that empowers young women by providing different workshops and supports.  Time commitment is short.  Application deadline is ASAP.  For more details or to apply: http://www.sfoasis.org/

Youth Art Exchange: provides free arts classes for SF public HS students and you get to work with real professionals in the field.  The following classes are available:


-black + white photography

-design + build

-dance team

-fashion design


-music production


Orientation & applications due 1/31

1st day of class: 2/5/18 & Last day of class: 5/16

For more details or to apply: youthartexchange.org/enroll

College Ambassador (CA) Meeting: 1/30/18 @ 12:20pm @ RM 104: This is your usual weekly meeting.

For 11th & 12th:

The API Youth Leadership Council (APIYLC): a new Community Youth Center (CYC) program starting in 2018. The program consists of weekly workshops that encourage leadership development, community involvement, and civic engagement in API youth. These workshops will touch on social issues by addressing specific topics such as race and gender, issues in the queer community, mental health awareness, and even legacies of colonialism, such as capitalism. By the end of the program, the youth will be challenged to develop their own workshops so that they can gain experience in how to be peer leaders and educators themselves. They will also be expected to complete a service learning project and develop their own campaign surrounding voter registration in the city. The program will go until mind-June and the workshops will take place every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30pm – 6:30pm (time adjustable to accommodate youth) at CYC’s 11th Avenue office in the Richmond district of San Francisco.  Completion of, and active participation in this program will earn each youth a $900 stipend. Application deadline: ASAP.  To access application: tinyurl.com/CYCYLC18  

Santa Clara University College Campus Visit: 2/1/18 @ 8am-3pm: If you have turned in a completed field trip form for this event, please meet us at the Francisco St. entrance at 8am.  It will be a fun day!

For 11th:

GenesysWorks Paid Internship App.: 1/30/18 & 2/6/18 @ 3:15pm @ RM 104: Juniors, if you want a paid internship and get support for college application as well as for financial aid application form, come check out this opportunity!

For 12th:

Skyline Community College Info. & App. Workshop: 1/31/18 @ 2:15pm @ RM 104: Seniors, if you’re interested in learning about this college or apply to it, come check it out.

FAFSA & CA Dream ACT Workshop: 2/7 & 2/15 @ 2:15pm @ RM 104: Come work on either of these financial aid application forms for 4-year or 2-year colleges.  If you have the 2016 income tax return, please bring it with you.

CCSF Placement Exam with extended time: 2/8 @ 7:45am-2:30pm: If you have applied to CCSF for either the summer of 2018 or fall or 2018, have turned in a signed field trip form, please meet at the Francisco St. entrance.  We will take you to CCSF on a school bus to take the exam.

CCSF Placement Exam: 2/13 @ 7:45am-2:30pm: If you have applied to CCSF for either the summer of 2018 or fall or 2018, have turned in a signed field trip form, please meet at the Francisco St. entrance.  We will take you to CCSF on a school bus to take the exam.

Scholarship Scam: if you get a call telling you that you’ve won a scholarship or that they are calling from the federal dept. to give you a scholarship, and they need your bank account information, please DON’T give out your parents’ nor your own information.  If you’re not sure that is a scam, please talk to a counselor or an advisor to verify.   If you’re told to pay to apply for a scholarship, that’s a scam.   

uAspire can help you with financial aid related questions.  Turn in your uAspire consent forms to Michael in room 209 to receive financial aid help.

If you’re interested in applying for scholarships, please check the updated Scholarship List either on http://galileoweb.org/college/scholarships/ or on the Scholarship bulletin board in the Counseling Center (RM 258).

Supporting you every step of the way for the college application process, just ask for help!

Ms. S. Chan

College & Career Counselor

Room 258F