Weekly Bulletin – February 10 – 14, 2020


Weekly Bulletin

FEBRUARY 10-14, 2020 





Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.


The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady)




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  2/13, 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 2/10/20-2/16/20 

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:

Pepperdine University Preview!: 2/14 All Day @ Pepperdine University campus: This is an open house for current juniors to visit the campus and learn about admissions and financial aid related topics.  For details & registration: seaver.pepperdine.edu/admission/preview 


University of Waterloo Engineering Event: 2/16 @ 6pm-7pm @ Instacart’s office in SF: The University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering is hosting an alumni reception at Instacart’s office in San Francisco on February 18th at 6:00pm.  You are welcome to also attend this event. Please share news of this event with any Engineering applicants from your school.  The evening will include a conversation with Sam Altman and Eric Migicovsky of Y Combinator. Details and registration information can be found at https://uwaterloo.ca/engineering/events/san-francisco-sam-altman-2020

VISION by Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) at UCB will be offering a  4-day, 3-night, all-expense-paid mentorship program that takes place from 4/23-4/26. Through workshops and activities, the program aims to inspire students to become leaders and make a difference in their communities by developing leadership skills to tackle problems the students themselves or their communities are facing. Housing and food will be provided for all four days, as well as transportation to and from the students’ high schools and Berkeley. Students will have the opportunity to stay with college students. Selected students can expect to network and collaborate with other high school students as well as college students who volunteer as mentors from all over California through interactive activities, workshops, and discussions. The students can expect to learn about different topics and issues that they might or might not have been exposed to before. This program will not only educate and inspire our mentees but also allow them the opportunity to forge new, lasting friendships in a fun and safe environment. This is open to students from any cultural background, for all graders in high school with any GPA. Application deadline is 3/1: http://tinyurl.com/vision2020mentee


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.

CSU East Bay Campus Visit: 3/17 @ 8am-3:30pm: If you want to visit this 4 year public university located in Hayward, please pick up a field trip permission form from RM 209. Lunch will be provided. It will be first come first served basis. 


For 10th, 11th, & 12th: 

CCSF EarlyCollege Enrollment Tabling @ 2/11 @ Lunchtime @ Courtyard: If you want to  learn about where to sign up for paid summer internships, summer credit recovery or how to take a City College course come see Ms. Rodriguez for further information during lunch at the courtyard.  Take a quick survey and you will get a response from EarlyCollege within several days for the summer program you desire. There is something for everyone!  


College Ambassador Meeting: 2/11 @ 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 10th & 11th:

Want to take the SAT or Subject Test or the ACT for FREE? We can even help you register for either one or all these testings: 2/20 @ 2:15pm @ RM 260: For 4-year colleges, they will require either ACT or SAT. For some of the private 4-year colleges, they will require 2 subject test scores; UCs would recommend 2 subjects scores, especially for Science or Engineering, or Math majors. Therefore, we recommend sophomores and juniors to take subject tests that you’re currently taking classes for and take them in either May or June. We recommend juniors to finish taking either SAT or ACT by the end of this spring semester, so you don’t have to take it in the fall semester of your senior year. Come learn more about these testings! 


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



For 10th, 11th, 12th:

For 9th:


For 9th:

College Track SF: 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. To apply to CTSF at www.collegetrack.org/apply  Applications are considering on a rolling basis.



For 10th & 11th:

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


For 11th:


For 11th:

Students Rising Above (SRA) Scholarship is looking for HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS graduating in Spring 2021, who have demonstrated strength of character in the face of challenging odds, and dream of a college education. Selected students come from low-income households and are rising above tremendous difficulties and succeeding in school and in life despite their circumstances at home. These difficulties may include poverty, neglect, violence, addiction, and homelessness. Students will be selected to receive mentoring support, financial assistance, and career guidance from Students Rising Above. Our goal is to provide students with the individualized support they need to be successful in college and in life. Application deadline is 3/4. To apply: http://studentsrisingabove.force.com/students/s/

Students Rising Above Scholarship Program Requirements:


– Overcome obstacles that are not of their own making

– Low-income or living on government assistance — $10K – $20K (or lower) per person as stated on IRS documents

– High school senior in 2020-2021 school year

– Committed to earning a college degree from a four year institution

– Highly recommended by a teacher, counselor or mentor

– G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher

– Must live within the nine-county Bay Area

– Comply with Students Rising Above program requirements


For 11th & 12th:

We would love to have girls from the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology attend our free event.  The application will open on November 15 and close on December 13. 


The YWLS registration form for registration.  Attendees will receive notice of their registration status via email no later than Sunday, January 12th, 2020. Waitlisted attendees will be accepted on a rolling basis as spots open.


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!



For 12th:

CCSF ELD Placement Exam: 2/12 @ 10am-11:45am @ Galileo’s Library: If you have already signed up for this exam, please show up on time and don’t miss the test. 


College App. Workshop: 2/12 & 2/13 @ 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.  


CCSF Info. & App. Workshop: 2/12 @ 2:15pm (for anyone) @ RM 260: Come learn about CCSF: Is it really free tuition?! Apply for free! Get first priority in class registration. Complete the application form with us! 


CSU East Bay Campus Visit: 3/17 @ 8am-3:30pm: If you have applied to this campus and have been accepted, we’re happy to have you join us for this visit. This is a 4 year public university located in Hayward, please pick up a field trip permission form from RM 209. Lunch will be provided. It will be first come first served basis.





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




Valentine’s Day Morning Celebration



  Friday, February 14, 2020  7:15am in the Main Office

 Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Juices, Donuts, Pastries, Fruit & Love!

            Compliments of the Social Committee