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87 students participated in 4 rounds of Read Aloud contest this past Saturday. Below is a list of the "winners" and all participants. Please congratulate them for showing up and working hard.
22 adult volunteers served as judges. They included parents, Joe Vazquez & Kenneth Dare, JCYC staff, Americorp, Salesforce, Starbucks, United Way Bay Area, school volunteer Janice, and our North Beach neighbors.
In addition, 24 former Rams came back to volunteer. 2 are preparing to graduate from SFSU this semester, 9 will graduate high school, and the rest are freshmans and sophomores. This really has become a family event.
A big shout out to Brian and Beacon, Linda with JCYC, Mr. Kuang, Ms.Lim, Ms. Nelson, Ms. Sparks, and Ms. Personius for all the prep work and for spending much of their Saturday with the students. Thanks also to the various staff members who helped gather supplies & food, recruited and practiced with stduents, and promoted the event.
All participants will receive a free book (funds generously donated by a neighbor). Unfortunately, the books didn't come in time for Saturday, but I'll be arranging for a book give-away with the ELA/ELD teachers in the next week or so.
These works of art, created by Francisco Middle School students, have been chosen to be displayed at the 2019 SFUSD Arts Festival. The festival will be held Saturday, April 27 to Sunday, May 5 at the Asian Art Museum. Museum admission will be free during this time, and it will include access to the museum's collection and special exhibition galleries.
The museum liked the work so much that they have asked to put the Chinese ink art and 2 art-based research projects on semi-permanent display starting March 1. The multi-media research projects will each even get their own display case!
Art to be Displayed
Sculpture & Acrylic Painting (Based on art-based research into cakes)
Joyce Liu, 8th Grade, "Pink, Pink, and Not Pink"
Sarah Knight-Weiss, "Untitled (Landscapes)"
Acrylic Paint & Mixed Media (Created during a unit on Surrealism)Benny Yu, 7th Grade, "Lucid Dream in a Dream"
Claudia Reyes, 8th grade, "The Upside-Down World"
Chinese Ink Art
Last year at Francisco Middle School, school days started at 9:10 on a regular day. This year, school days start at 9:00. The first bell rings at 8:55 which means you get 5 minutes to go to your locker and to get to class on time. Even though we have longer passing periods, getting to school on time is harder because it’s in the morning. One reason why schools should start at 9:10 again is so that fewer kids get to school late, because you have that extra 10 minutes to get here. This year more and more students are arriving at school late because we only have 5 minutes to get to class, and sometimes there are problems getting to school. If some students get to school by bus, then sometimes the buses break down, which causes them to be late because they have to switch buses. When you are late to class, not only do you get tardy, but you miss class time. When you miss class time, you are missing on what the class is learning and maybe even classwork that needs to be done. So, when school starts a little later, it can prevent some students from being late to school and missing a lot of classwork. Some students come really late and completely miss 1st period, or some come just a few minutes after the bell. Regardless of what time the students come, they still miss out things when coming late.
This week is Spirit Week! There will be activities Monday - Friday! Here are some of the activities: On Monday there is Comfy Cozy. It’s about dressing up in your pajamas or anything comfortable that suits you. Tuesday is Squad Day. You and your “squad” can roll up in school and dress alike to show off that you are the best squad in school! Wednesday is Holiday Dress Up, which means you can dress up in the holiday spirit with things like scarves, Christmas sweaters, or hoodies (anything holiday related). Thursday is Anime/Cartoon Day. You can dress yourself up as your favorite cartoon character or cosplay as your favorite anime character! You can go the extra mile and do this with your friends or with a squad! Friday is Formal Friday, where you dress up in your best formal clothes possible like a suit or a tuxedo! 8th Graders should know this because, they get graded if they dress up in formal clothes! (AKA: 8TH GRADERS, YES YOU HAVE FORMAL FRIDAY ON FRIDAY. DRESS!) Top FIVE classes who win will get a HOT CHOCOLATE PARTY after winter break ends. GOOD LUCK TO EVERY CLASS!!!!!
Have you considered timing yourself to see how much you are on your phone or staring on a screen one day…? Well, on average, us teens spend four and a half hours on their phones a day. That is a lot of time just staring at your phone or electronic. The study said that teens spend four and a half hours on their phones. Most teens spend way more time than just that on their screens. When you are on your phone or staring at a screen for too much, it can affect your focus on schoolwork or your brain. 11,000 kids and teens went to get MRI’s to check their brains and track how screen time affects us over time.
From the video we saw in social studies called “60 minutes”, it shows that the population of smartphone users grew really fast. When the smartphone population grew, that made social media population grow as well. Most people I know mostly spend their screen time on Instagram, Youtube, or Snapchat. For people who game, they spend most of their time on Fortnite or any game they prefer to play. When kids have free time, whether that is after school, during school, on break, or on weekends most kids get to go on their phones. Screen time is used for checking their social media or searching something up on the internet. Most teens use their smartphone to text friends or facetime friends and not for useful stuff, but it’s also said that when teens go on their phone to contact friends, they feel more connected to each other. Some moms set a timer on their child’s phone, so they only have limited time to go on their phones each day, but other than that, you are in charge of how much you stare at your screen a day. One thing to keep in mind is that, if you spend too much time on your screens, it can affect you.
Students should have food in class because you don’t want them to starve, and when they get hungry, they can’t think straight on classwork or projects. If we do let them eat food during class they could have more energy to focus on work or projects for class or school. This should be during 1st period and 4th period. (After Lunch.) Usually, in the morning, some students live far away from FMS like an hour by bus and in the morning they sometimes don’t have enough time to eat breakfast and by the time they get to school, they are unable to finish or start eating their food. Also, people don’t like school food because it’s either disgusting to them or it doesn’t appeal to their appetite. Some classes make you unable to eat in their classrooms, making the student more hungry and more easily distracted. This could impact the students day by making them irritated and limiting their patience.
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