Weekly Bulletin – October 7 – 11, 2019


Weekly Bulletin

OCTOBER 7 – 11, 2019



Did you feel the Earthquake?  In case anyone missed it,we had an EARTHQUAKE on Saturday morning at 8:41am, measuring 3.5 magnitude, and it was a BIG JOLT! The earthquake was centered about 4 ½ miles off the San Mateo County Coast, close to Colma.  The quake occurred between the San Andreas Fault and the San Gregorio Fault. A reminder to BE PREPARED!! 




Monday, October 4 – Thursday, October 10, 2019 — AP Exam Registration

Friday, October 11, 2019 – Make Up Picture Day

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

Friday, October 18, 2019 – Oktober 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.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 Homecoming Dance


College & Career Center Announcements 10/7 – 10/13/19

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:

College Fair: 10/8 @ lunchtime @ courtyard: There will be 24 different types of colleges and post secondary options for Galileo students.  FREE make-up and hair braiding by SF Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology. Free raffle prizes and nice music! Take your lunch break and hang out with the counselors in the courtyard.


University of Southern California (USC): 10/8 @ 3:15pm @ Rm 260: USC is a large, private, research university located two miles from downtown Los Angeles. With over 160 majors and nearly 200 minors students can explore a wide range of liberal arts, pre-professional, and visual/performing arts programs. Our curriculum is flexible and open so it’s easy to double major and minor across campus.


Reed College: 10/8 @ 6pm-8pm @ Urban School of SF @ 1563 Page St.: This is a small liberal arts college in Oregon.  This is a free local reception they offer to any students and their families, who are interested in learning about their admission process, student life, academic, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities. To RSVP:https://apply.reed.edu/register/?id=141670b9-c9e5-4b67-b263-2a3eabf67008


UC Irvine: 10/9 @ 11:45am @ 263: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy.


Grand Canyon University: 10/10 @ 11:45am @ RM 263: This is a rapidly growing Christian university with many hands-on programs. With 66% of their students graduating in less than 4 years, students are entering the workforce with experience under their belts and earlier than many of their high school peers. Not only that, they are saving money with the low annual tuition of $16,500 and many academic scholarships available to all admissible students. Want to see campus for yourself? Check it out on a free fly-in called Discover GCU, offered to all accepted students!  We will also offer FREE pizza for this lunch info. session. Come grab a bite and learn!


How to Choose the Best Fit College: 10/10 @ 5:30pm @ Cafeteria: This is a comprehensive presentation on post secondary options, standardized testing, different types of resources available, etc. Presentation will be in English with Cantonese, Arabic, & Spanish translation. All parents & students are welcomed.  Light dinner will be provided.


Loyola Marymount University: 10/11 @ 3:40pm-5:20pm @ Starbucks @ 201 Mission St. #100, SF: Students, are you interested in learning more about Loyola Marymount University, located in So. Cal.? If so, please feel free to meet with their admission staff, Evelyn Fajardo over a cup of coffee for about 20 min. Each time slot is a 3 student session.  This is not an interview. You can sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49aba72ba4ff2-coffee1



TeenTechSF Civic Hackathon @ Make School: 10/12 & 10/13 @ 8:30am-6pm @ 555 Post St, SF: Turn your big ideas into tech solutions for civic problems during two action-packed days at the TeenTechSF Civic Hackathon @ MakeSchool. First-time hackers welcome! This year’s theme is “Teen Problems, Tech Solutions.” TeenTechSF will be partnering with the SF Youth Commission to focus specifically on developing tech projects to solve key problems facing youth today, such as sustainability, homelessness, civic engagement, and gun violence.


Beginner friendly, we’ll have experienced mentors from TeenTechSF and Make School on hand to help turn your tech dreams into reality, plus workshops on coding, website & app development, pitch development, and prototyping. The best tech projects will get the chance to participate in the World Pitch at the TeenTechSF Global Youth Summit in December against other teams as far away as Jordan and China!

Lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided for free on both days.  Like all TeenTechSF activities, this event is free, but advance registration is required. Space is limited, so sign up now: TeenTechSF 2019 Civic Hackathon Eventbrite  


In addition to the action-packed weekend at Make School, the SF Main Library is hosting a special pre-hackathon party @ TheMixatSFPL on Friday, Oct 11, 3:30pm-5:30pm.

More details and registration for the Friday, pre-hackathon party @ TheMixatSFPL here:



On Oct 12 & 13 we’ll also be sharing the Global Civic Hackathon prompts based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on HackerEarth. Any student, anywhere, can form a team of 2-5 students and enter their tech project online. Finalists from the online civic hackathon will advance to the World Pitch at the TeenTechSF Global Youth Summit on Dec 7th!


We meet monthly to plan events like the TeenTechSF Civic Hackathon and organize TeenTechSF’s award-winning STEM Workshops. All teens welcome! 

Upcoming Meetings: Saturdays 12pm-2pm on Sep 21, Oct 19, Nov 23

Site: The Mix at SFPL, Teen Digital Learning Lab & Maker Space inside the SF Main Library, 100 Larkin St, Civic Center, San Francisco


Washington & Lee University: 10/13 @ 2pm-4pm @ San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport, 1770 S Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo: This is a free info session on admission, financial aid, student life, and academic at Washington & Lee University. For more info.: www.wlu.edu






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 9th:

SEO Scholar: A non-profit found in NY and this is their 9th year in the Bay Area. They provide free college prep support (SAT prep course, Sat. school, summer program, summer excursion and college campus visits, and mentorship in high school and in college) for first generation students (This means neither of your parents have attended college in the States) and low income (free or reduced lunch). This is only an opportunity for 9th graders.  Come work on their application together and we can help answer questions that you have. Application deadline is 12/15: https://scholars.seo-usa.org/applysf/


For 10th, 11th, & 12th:

College Ambassador Training: No Meeting on 10/8.  10/15 @ 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:

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:

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 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


College App. Workshop: 10/9, & 10/10 @ 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. 


Common App. Personal Statement Writing Tips Workshop by University of Southern California (USC): 10/8 @ 3:15pm @ RM 260: Come learn about this private college & gain tips on the personal statements for Common App.



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