Weekly Bulletin January 27 – 31, 2020



Weekly Bulletin

JANUARY 27 – 31, 2020 




Groundhog Day (Pennsylvania German: Grund’sau dåk, Grundsaudaag, Grundsow Dawg, Murmeltiertag; Nova Scotia: Daks Day is a popular tradition celebrated in Canada and the United States on February 2nd. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog (Marmota monax, also called “woodchuck”; Deitsch: Grundsau, Grunddax, Dax) emerging from its burrow on this day sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early. While the tradition remains popular in modern times, studies have found no consistent correlation between a groundhog seeing its shadow or not and the subsequent arrival time of spring-like weather.

Punxsutawney Phil,  the famous groundhog, lives at Gobbler’s Knob near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The town has attracted thousands of visitors over the years to experience various Groundhog Day events and activities on February 2.



Friday, February 14, 2020:  Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 14, 2020: Wellness/GSA LoveFest school-wide event is February 14th.

Monday, February 17, 2020: Presidents’ Day, No School.

Friday, February 28, 2020:  Black History Assembly, Double 4th period.


After School SAT Course: Thursdays 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, and 3/12 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, and 3/12 and will be held from 2:30PM-4:30PM in Room 153. 




College & Career Center Announcements 1/27/20-2/2/20 

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:


Construction Sector Bridge Program

The Bridge program is a five week training program targeted at youth ages 17-21 that provides them with the information and services they need in order to apply to CityBuild Academy. If Bridge Program participants complete our program, they will receive a $100 stipend. CityBuild Academy then trains them in a variety of construction trades. Upon completion of CityBuild, the youth are ready to apply to jobs in the construction sector! For the orientation and training dates, please reference the attached flyer. For questions and more information please reach out to Jules Litauer Chan at julesl@cycsf.org.


Habitat For Humanity Volunteer Opportunity: 1/30 @ Lunchtime @ Courtyard: Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes for working families earning between 40-80 percent of area median income. These families are in what we call “the missing middle” and are being put under incredible pressure due to our region’s housing and affordability crisis. Habitat for Humanity, GSF is looking for volunteers in Spring 2020 to help with over 30 homes in the Bay Area. Volunteers over the age of 16 will have the opportunity to work hands on with our construction crew to work on various tasks regarding home building. No skills are required, we just ask for mature individuals who are able to take directions! For those over the age of 14 can working in parks and gardens – where we partner with community groups and neighbors to keep them inviting and in good repair. We know that when our public space are well-tended, it has a beneficial impact on an entire neighborhood and allows our clients feel safe, stable, and secure.


Skyline Community College: 1/30 @ 2:15pm @ RM 260: This a community college located in San Bruno city.  They offer free Daly City BART station pickup. Majority of the students are recent high school graduates, so it’s easier for you to make new friends.  Come check them out!

Verto Education: 1/30 @ Lunchtime @ Courtyard: Verto Education offers an affordable, full credit-bearing freshman semester or year abroad with guaranteed transfer to our 30+ partner colleges. After high school, you can spend your first semester or two in either:

 When you apply to Verto, you can simultaneously apply to any of our partner colleges and receive a free, non-binding admissions decision within a couple of weeks. You can then travel with us knowing that you’re in college, and every credit counts towards your graduation requirements.

 Freshman Year Abroad + Admission to Partner Colleges = College, but better. Read about us in Inside Higher Ed! 

REACH! Spring ShadowNite 2020: 3/5 – 3/8 @ UCB: It’s a FREE four day, three night event held by REACH! We transport high school students (for FREE) from Northern and Central California to the UC Berkeley campus to participate in activities and workshops designed to inspire and empower youth to pursue higher education and explore their own identity as an Asian and/or Pacific Islander in America. The workshops will vary from semester to semester but will typically include topics like social issues that concern the Asian Pacific Islander community as well as a few workshops on Academia and options after secondary school (High School/ Continuation School). This is an amazing opportunity not only to see what college may have to offer but also to connect with a larger community of Asian Pacific Islander students who have passions and ambitions for the future. 


Students will be picked up after school on Thursday, March 5th—at their respective school’s parking lot closest to the main office OR will be using public transportation with the help of ShadowNite volunteers to guide/direct them (more information about transportation logistics will be given if admitted)–and will be missing school Friday, March 6th. We will try our best to notify the student’s school administration about their absence, but the student should also have their parent/guardian contact the school to excuse their absence for Friday, March 6th. Also note, for this program we will need proof of your medical insurance. If you have any concerns with this, please contact us immediately through the email: shadow@reach.berkeley.edu.  

Application deadline is 1/31/20: https://airtable.com/shrfIp5qxIBnfCmYC



For 10th, 11th, 12th:

College Ambassador Meeting:  1/28 @ lunchtime @ RM 263:  This is an informal weekly meeting in which any 10th, 11th, & 12th students can come & ask any college related questions.  One of our JCYC advisors, Kristin may also present different topics every week & alert students on what colleges & resources will be available for the week.  Students may bring their lunch & friends. If you come on a regular basis, you can also list this as one of your extra-curricular activities on your resume. 

For 9th:

College Track SF Info. & App. Workshop: 1/30 @ 2:15pm @ RM 260: College Track is a national college access and success program. Throughout their time with us, students receive academic tutoring and support, college advising and free test prep, access summer internships, and earn a scholarship for college! We also provide extracurricular opportunities including cooking, creative writing, coding, and robotics! College Track San Francisco (CTSF) is recruiting for our 9th-grade class. We are looking for passionate and authentic students committed to excellence and in search of a community to support them on their path to and through college. If this sounds like you, come to our session on January 30th at 2:15 pm and apply to CTSF at www.collegetrack.org/apply! Applications are considering on a rolling basis. There will be FREE snacks!  



For 10th & 11th:

Free college prep workshops and free test prep classes at SF Public Libraries: StudySmart.us/SFPL 


For 11th:

ScholarMartch: This is a non-profit organization that provides FREE support for students. Currently, the organization is accepting application for juniors to be matched with their one-to-one College Coach support.  This means coaches guide students through College Ready Milestones, helping them build a balanced college list, hone their personal statements, apply to scholarships, and more!  By completing these milestones, students become eligible for our College to Career program, which provides $25,000 in scholarships, a college advisor, and career mentor to support students through college graduation and into a meaningful career. To be eligible, you are a junior who is first generation to attend a 4-year college or university, have a CSU eligible GPA, & would benefit from and utilize regular 1:1 support.  Interested? apply today

Students who apply before December 31st have priority access to their free ACT and SAT classes beginning mid January. 





For 12th:


Still interested in applying to a CSU? Check out this link and search for which campuses and majors are still accepting applications by indicating that your entry level is Freshman and your enrollment term is Fall 2020 – a list of schools will generate and it will let you know if they’re still accepting applications and more details!



College App. Workshop: 1/29, & 1/30 @ 2:15pm @ RM 260: Every Wed. & Thur., you’re welcome to come work on any college/scholarship/financial aid related application forms with us. We can also talk about any college related questions you may have or need help on.  


Maisin Scholarship Info. & App. Workshop: 1/29 @ 2:15pm @ RM 260: If you have a GPA of 2.0-3.5 and plans to attend either a community college or 4 year college, low-income and first generation to college, please come check out how easy it is to apply for this local scholarship. The award can be up to $12,000 for 4 years.

Skyline Community College: 1/30 @ 2:15pm @ RM 260: This a community college located in San Bruno city.  They offer free Daly City BART station pickup. Majority of the students are recent high school graduates, so it’s easier for you to make new friends.  Come check them out!




FAFSA & CA Dream Act Applications for the UCs & CSUs are due by March 2.  For private colleges, they may have a different deadline, please check the individual college’s website.  Please don’t miss this important deadline. If you need help completing either application form, please attend the College App. related Workshop on either Wed. or Thur. after school in room 260.

First Year of College 101 Workshops: You will learn time management, stress management, & test-taking strategies that will work for college.  2 free workshops: 12/4 @ 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Excelsior Branch Library or 12/5 @ 4pm-6pm @ Glen Park Branch Library.  To register: https://studysmart.us/ 


Spring is the season to apply 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).


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, scholarships, 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: https://uaspire-galileo.youcanbook.me/  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




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 Wednesday and Thursday during homeroom in front of the Main Office. 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