Weekly Bulletin – September 30 – October 4, 2019



Weekly Bulletin



LET’S DO LUNCH AT SCHOOL: Some School Lunch History 🍔🍟🌮 🍕 🌯 🍓 🍇

Kids used to go home for lunch until charities and women’s groups started selling hot lunches at schools. The first ones were a bargain.  In 1908 Manhattan students paid three cents for pea soup or rice pudding and two slices of bread. In 1946 President Truman signed the National School Lunch Act to provide affordable lunch means for students so they would grow up to be strong in case they served as soldiers (at the time many soldiers suffered from malnutrition).

In 1954 the government started helping give kids a half pint of milk daily, often in an earlier form of the milk cartons we see today.

In the 1980’s the Regan administration cut funding and eased nutritional requirements for school lunch programs.  Cheap foods like fries and pizza became the norm. One short-lived guideline famously reclassified ketchup as a vegetable.

And finally changes initiated by the Obama administration have led to healthier school lunches, made with whole grains and vegetables, less salt and fewer calories.  All public schools in New York City now have Meatless Mondays for school lunches. (Information from food network magazine)



Friday, October 11, 2019 – Make-Up Picture Day

Monday, October 14, 2019 – Columbus Day Holiday. No School.

Friday, October 18, 2019 – October FoodFest, Courtyard during Lunch

Friday, October 25, 2019 – Song and Yell Competition (double 4th period) and Homecoming Football Game against G. Washington HS 3:00pm.


College & Career Center Announcements 9/23/19-10/4/19

We update the sites.google.com/sfusd.edu/galileocounselingdepartment website constantly and the College & Career Center announcements once a week http://rebrand.ly/college-career-announcements.  You can check updated Scholarship List, free Fly-In Program list, Summer Program List, and more on the website.  See you there!

Parents & Students:

Remind Text: We no longer use this tool for announcements.  The College & Career Center Announcement will be sent out via email groups & it will be posted on the

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

Johns Hopkins University: 10/2 @ 2:15pm @ Computer Lab 260: Founded in 1876 as the nation’s first research university, Johns Hopkins is a mid-sized university in Baltimore, MD with a liberal arts-based approach to learning. Academic freedom allows undergraduates to have ownership over their curriculum and pursue the topics that matter most to them. Students learn through research, internships, and other hands-on opportunities that put their knowledge to work in practical ways—and have access to robust resources and support networks that help them achieve their goals.

UC Santa Cruz: 10/3 @ 2:15pm @ Computer Lab 260: UC Santa Cruz is ranked #1 in the nation and number 2 in the world for our research influence. Over 70% of our students participate in research across all fields of study. Some of the more popular majors are psychology, marine biology, computer science game design, and business management economics. They also have a very good school of engineering which is tailored to prepare our students for internships with Silicon Valley companies.

Georgetown University: 10/3 @ 7pm @ The French-American International School @ 150 Oak St. SF: This is a free info. session.  You will learn about student life, academics, admissions & financial aid opportunities at this competitive Jesuit university.  To RSVP: https://uapply.georgetown.edu/register/SFInfoSession2019

UC Davis Campus Visit: 10/29 @ 8am-3:30pm: This free field trip is sponsored by JCYC’s Talent Search Program.  Priority will be given to 12th & 11th students who have not visited UCD; it’ll be first come first served basis.  Please pick up a field trip form from Kristin in RM 209.

For 10th, 11th, & 12th:

College Ambassador Training: 10/1 @ lunchtime @ RM 263: This is one of 2 college application readiness workshops for current 11th & 12th college ambassador students

For 11th, & 12th:

UC Davis Campus Visit: 10/29 @ 8am-3:30pm: This free field trip is sponsored by JCYC’s Talent Search Program.  Priority will be given to 12th & 11th students who have not visited UCD; it’ll be first come first served basis.  Please pick up a field trip form from Kristin in RM 209..  

For 10th and 11th:

The Supporting Transitions & Aspirations Mentorship Program (STAMP): 9/16 @ lunchtime @ Courtyard:This is for Asian Pacific Islander (API) high school sophomores and juniors. This program supports the positive development of API youth in San Francisco by engaging them in meaningful mentorship, leadership, and community involvement opportunities. The program matches an API youth mentee participant with an adult mentor. Mentees and their mentors will meet twice a month for one-on-one check-ins and attend a regularly scheduled session one Saturday each month. Mentees will also attend weekly workshops that integrate academic support, skills-based themes, leadership development, a service learning project, planning a youth summit, and assistance with college applications and personal statements. Application deadline: 9/27: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwDqfMPDVMNHHjlflVjCtSCWdGX

For 10th:

PSAT: 10/16 @ 8am-12:30pm @ Galileo Academy: All 10th in the district will be taking this practice SAT.  During homeroom on 9/18 & 9/19, counselors have given out a handout on tips on preparing for this test and a test sample booklet, so students can be familiarized with the test prior to the testing date. This is strictly a practice, so colleges will not see the score, however, students should still take this test seriously and do their best.

For 11th:

PSAT: 10/16 @ 8am-12:30pm @ Galileo Academy: We have 50 seats for juniors who wish to take this practice SAT test. 45 of the 50 juniors who qualify for free or reduced lunch will be able to take this test for free.  For juniors who don’t qualify for free or reduced lunch, you will pay $17. This is first come first served basis. Please sign-up with Kristin in RM 209. We only accept check for payment. The check must be paid to Galileo Academy.  Please be sure to bring a signed check. If you score high on this test, you may be eligible to compete for a national scholarship in the fall semester of your senior year. Thank you.

For 12th:

College App. Workshop:  10/3 @ 2:15pm @ RM 260: Every Wed. & Thur., you’re welcome to come work on any college related application forms with us. We can also talk about any college related questions you may have or need help on.

College Connect: This is one of the programs at Mission Graduate, which is a non-profit agency in SF. College Connect provides FREE college prep support (ACT prep class, college/scholarship essay editing, academic tutoring, etc.) for you.  Here’s who they’re looking for:

– Low-income (you qualify for free or reduced lunch)

– First generation to college students (regardless of immigration status)

– Current juniors with 2.5 GPA (flexible)

– Live in or attend school in either the Mission or the Excelsior neighborhood

Free College Fly-In Program: Some private out of state colleges offer free fly-in programs to visit their campus in the fall.  This is a fun opportunity and you will learn a lot about their communities. Please check the updated College Fly-In Program list: https://tiny.cc/studentresources

ScholarMatch: This non-profit agency provides FREE college prep services, such as SAT prep, college campus visits, scholarship, college essay editing, etc. Check them out.  https://scholarmatch.org/student

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.

Social Security Dept. Call Scam: If you receive calls that tells you what your social security numbers are and that you have to pay a fine or buy them gift cards, please don’t trust that.  Social Security Dept. will not call anyone!

uAspire can help you with financial aid related questions.  Make an appt. with Lynna in RM 209. She’s on campus on Thur. & Fri. from 9am-4:30pm.

If you’re interested in applying for scholarships, please check the updated Scholarship List either on tiny.cc/studentresources 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

Ms. S. Chan

College & Career Counselor

Room 258F


SCHOOL ACCOUNTANT’S REGULAR DAY FOR 2019 – 2020 SCHOOL YEAR:  The school accountant, Eva, will come on Thursdays from 8:30am – 3:30pm. She is located in one of the offices in Room 206.

**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:  The Social Committee provides breakfast for our days before school, as well as special celebrations throughout the school year, including HALLOWEEN, WINTER BREAK AND VALENTINE’S DAY AND RETIREMENT GIFTS FOR THOSE RETIRING AT THE END OF THE YEAR.  The contribution is $25.00 per year and helps with the costs of these celebrations.  Check or cash is fine. Please see Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office.     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. ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO MORE PARKING ON FRANCISCO STREET BY THE FLAG POLE.  CURRENTLY WE HAVE ALSO BEEN TOLD NOT TO PARK ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING ON FRANCISCO STREET AS THIS BREAKS THE LAW OF “NO DRIVING ON SIDEWALKS.”  Further information may be forthcoming.    Mrs. Grinnell


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


STAFF PHONE DIRECTORY:  The current Staff Phone Directory is now posted on the Galileo Website on the Staff page.  This document will be updated as needed. See me if you need the passwordl.


TEACHER VOICEMAIL:  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. Bettie Grinnell

TEACHER EMERGENCY CARDS:  Hi All– It is 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