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If you believe you have been discriminated against, immediately contact the school site principal and/or Executive Director of the Office of Equity, Ruth Diep, at (415) 355-7334 or  A copy of SFUSD’s uniform complaint policy is available upon request. 

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The 1st Annual APG Spelling Bee WINNER!

The spelling bee champion is 7th grader, Joseph Padilla.


Joseph will represent APG at the written round at the Lawrence Hall of Sciences in Berkeley in February.



Monday, January 26th through Friday, January 30th is Increase the Peace Week at APG!   During lunch, there will be peace-related activities on the yard, red tile area, library, and Wellness Center all week. Check the school loop  calendar for an updated list of activities.  Various classrooms will also show films and provide lessons on how we can increase the peace at school and in the world.  Here are this year’s APG ITPW themes adapted from Teaching Tolerance (

ALL WEEK, get a Peace Passport at any activity station during lunch.  If you get 3 stamps then get a prize from Ms.
Sendejo.  You can also enter a drawing for a bigger prize.
School Spirit Spies will pass out stickers to students who DRESS for the theme and DO the daily challenge.  Raffle tickets will also be given out by student council.

In the red tile area, come Crease the Peace and fold 1,000 peace cranes and make a Peace Chain with Ms.
Weickum’s art students.  You can also take pictures in front of the rock star stage back drop with superhero and rock star props throughout the week.

Mon, Jan 26th is Superhero Day. 
DRESS as a superhero and stand up against bullying.  Be an ally!  DO the challenge - put your hands on your hips and give each other a big superhero smile! During lunch in the outdoor auditorium, DJ High Top will play music.  There will be an Ally Peace Pledge, Face Painting, Bully Bowling, AVID will sell Jamba Juice, and come by the Look Who’s Smilin’ board, where students will try to figure out which staff person’s smile it is. 

Tues, Jan 27th is Pajama Pants Day.  DRESS in pajama pants and put name-calling to bed! DO the challenge - say “Hi!” to each other; no put downs. Come out to the outdoor auditorium for Keep the
Peaceball - stop violence and practice peace by playing Medic Dodgeball.  In the upper yard, there’s Ultimate Sportsmanship - Ultimate Frisbee with Mr. Cameron.  By the blue tables, check out Break the Bullies - do a crash course in Break Dance!  In the library, there are Peace Pods, where students draw a pod and do an action, answer a question, or get a prize; Pulverize the Putdowns, as students write down negative words/comments they have said to themselves or others and then shred it; and Peace Quilts, where you can decorate a quilt piece and put together a quilt. In the Wellness Center, make Peace Buttons and play Xbox Kinect Sports.

Wed, Jan 28th is Everyone Counts Day.  DRESS in jerseys or shirts with numbers on them.  Everyone counts and we
count everyone in!  DO the challenge - give each other a high five!  On the yard by the blue tables, Break the Bullies, and enjoy some free Peace Punch! – get some flavored water from student leaders. In the garden, join Ms. Nicole for a Positive Vibes Dance Class.  In the library, make your voice count and write Postcards for Peace, pick a Peace Pod, check out the Restorative Circle Table, and join the Connect 4 Tournament!  In the Wellness Center, make a Peace Button and play Xbox Sports!

Thurs, Jan 29th is We All Rock Day.  DRESS in your favorite concert or music shirt.  DO the challenge - give each other the peace sign! During lunch on the upper yard, play Ultimate Sportsmanship, and come to the blue table area to Break the Bullies!  In room 230, join Mr. Jason in Cooling Conflict - a drama/
improv workshop on conflict resolution. In the library, Ms. Lindl’s Women’s Choir will sing in the library, where you can also decorate frames, pick a Peace Pod, and do Rock wRitingIn the Wellness Center, you can make Peace Buttons and play Dance Central on the Xbox Kinect.

Fri, Jan 30th is Jaguars Unite/School Pride Day.  DRESS in your APG blue and white school pride.  DO the challenge - give each other a Jaguar paw/fist bump.  (
tentative) During HR/1st period the whole school will make a Human Peace Sign on the upper yard.  During lunch, come to the library and write a friend a Peace Gram, make Fun Loop Friendship Bracelets, and pick a Peace Pod.  In the Wellness Center, we will continue to make Peace Buttons and play Zumba on the Xbox Kinect. In the outdoor auditorium, Peace Out! with Beacon as we close out Increase the Peace Week with youth and adult performances by Urban Music Program & Break Dance.  Raffle ticket winners and Peace Poem and Poster contest winners will also be announced.  All activities in the red tile area, library, and Wellness Center will close 15 minutes before the end of lunch so we can all close out ITPW15 together.  Increase the Peace!

Calling all peace poets and artists!    We are looking for a few good poems and posters!  What does peace mean to you?  Tell us in a poem of 100 words or less.  Show us in a poster with pictures and 15 words or less.  Come by the Wellness Center, room 221, for more details.   Poem and poster submissions due by the end of the day on Friday, January 23rd.  Winners will be announced on Friday, January 30th in the outdoor auditorium at the end of lunch


Accepting new participants!

How do I sign up?

Please see the Program Coordinator, Fin Bradley, in Room 230 for an application.

Attendance Policy:

Preference is given to families that can use more of the hours/services we offer. All Beacon kids are expected to sign in and out every day (even if going straight home afterschool). Early release and late arrival are no problem with a code as explanation. 

APG Beacon Afterschool FAQs

What kind of clubs can my child take in Afterschool? 

In addition to homework assistance, our program has a plethora of project-based learning clubs for your child to choose from. Club topics include: Cooking, Urban Music Program, Flash Animation, Science Action Club, Hip Hop & Jazz Dance, Chess and more. 

What if my child has a doctors appointment? Can he/she leave early?

Yes. It would be best if your child knows about the appointment ahead of time and has an excused note so that they may sign themselves out. 

What if I have a scheduled monthly appointment for my child?

You may fill out an Early Release form to remind your child to sign him/herself out early. 

My child is in Band and will miss a lot of the Project Based Learning; can they still be in the program?

Yes. We trust that other programs such as sports and music offerings are safe and developing skills similar to those we hone in Project Based Learning. We will work to accommodate. 

How many hours are required for my child to stay in the program?

Your child will easily make the required number of hours by the school district to count for our program, we just want him/her to be able to take advantage of the balance our program offers between Project Based Learning to Homework Club.

Can my child only do homework in Beacon?

No. Our program is centered around the science of Youth Development via Project Based Learning, with an emphasis on the whole child. We recognize that 21st Century skills are going to be necessary to your children's success as they endeavor to build educational and professional careers. 

What are 21st Century skills?

Learning to collaborate with others and connect through technology are essential skills in a knowledge-based economy. For more information refer to: ATC21S started with a group of more than 250 researchers across 60 institutions worldwide who categorized 21st-century skills internationally info four broad categories: ways of thinking, ways of working, tools for working and skills for living in the world. 

Is the Beacon program flexible with varying student schedules?

Yes and no. Innovation is an SNBC core value so we're open to change, but we need to be consistent and set standards. 

What happens in Beacon?

We want our kids to 1) have awesome project-based learning clubs to choose from and 2) have homework support.

Here's the Monday - Friday schedule:

3:25 Sign in with Tribe instructors 

3:30 - 3:55 Supper and Community Time (cafeteria, patio, yard)

4:00 - 4:40 Homework Time with Tribe

4:45 - 5:45 Project-Based Learning Club 

Club options: Cooking, Urban Music Program, Flash Animation, Science Action Club, Hip Hop & Jazz Dance, Break Dance, Mixed Art, Outdoor Club, Ultimate Frisbee, YBikes, Girls Chess with the Vision Academy, and more. 

5:45 - 6:15 Sign out (with 5:40 permission form) or Community Time (cafeteria, gym, computer lab)

6:15 Sign out & Clean up

6:30 Final Pick Up 

On Whacky Wednesday youth choose from an alternative selection of activities. 

For more information, please contact:

Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center





The garden still has a few jars of raw honey to sell (8oz each for $10).  Please contact Kasey Wooten at 413-663-4334 or if you would like to purchase some.

Natural Building Workshop - THE A.P. Giannini OVEN

Fruit Orchard Planting

APG Garden Information

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Garden Club meets every Tuesday and Friday during lunch and Wednesdays at 9AM in the Garden. Come eat and work.

Go to the school loop Garden page for information about the Garden and Outdoor Classroom.

For more info and pictures please go to our garden blog-


Garden Coordinator, Kasey Wooten


Other contacts Christian Johnsen ( or Terry Lai (

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

CPT - Common Planning Time

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A.P. Giannini has CPT (Common Planning Time) for the staff every Wednesday 8:30-9:30.  The school schedule is a late start day which means students begin school at 9:45. 




  • Go to school webpage at
  • Scroll down until you see the "Register Now" on left side, click.
  • If you want the registration form in Spanish or Chinese instead of English, click on that language.
  • For the registration form in English, click on parent registration
  • Use your OWN name in the top two lines.
  • Student ID # = the characters are all NUMBERS. This number can be found on your child’s class schedule or report card.

Parents can add additional children to their account by clicking on the Add Student link from the Tool Box at the top right of their Portal Page.

School Loop is a valuable way for teachers to communicate with the parent community. Students will be more successful if parents and caregivers are informed and in the Loop. Once registered, parents will receive a daily email when teachers post assignments, progress reports, and school news published for parents.


These instructions are also posted in the Locker In the lower right corner on this page.


To print the school calendar, use the icons on the far right side of the top of the calendar.  Select the view you want by clicking on the icon for day, week or month.  Then click on the print view icon. This new window can now be printed.



The Ortega Teen Book Club  will meet Saturday, February 7 at 4:00 p.m. The book for February is Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell As always, if you need my help securing a copy of the book, please don’t hesitate to ask.

This coming Friday, January 9th we will have our monthly teen gaming program after school, starting at 3:30.  The following Friday, January 16th, will be our monthly teen movie, The Fault in Our Stars, based on the teen novel by John Green.

Teen Winter Reading is still ongoing until this Saturday.  Pick up your reading logs in the Teen Area and turn them back in for a chance to win fabulous prizes! 

GIRLS WHO CODE meets every Saturday from October 6 until February 7, 10am-12pm. Girls will learn how to code animations, games, and websites. Contact Tony or Megan @ 355-5700.

If you have any questions about these or other programs, or any other questions, as always feel free to contact me.  Here’s looking forward to a great 2015  at Ortega!


Tony Luini

Teen Services Librarian



WINNERS 2013-2014

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (Intermediate)

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (Middle School)

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Young Adult)


NOMINEES 2014-2015

Students have until March 2015 to read the books.


Tuesdays at the Castle. Jessica Day George

Wild Wings. Gill Lewis and Yuta Onada

Wonder. R.J. Palacio

Middle School

Bluefish. Pat Schmatz

Chained. Lynne Kelly

The False Prince. Jennifer A. Nielsen

Young Adult

Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Laini Taylor

The Fault in Our Stars. John Green

Legend. Marie Lu


These titles can be found in the school Library catalog (Destiny), both in hard copy and Nook e-book.

More information about this reading program can be found on the CYRM page.




You will need proof of a TDAP vaccination before you will be allowed to attend school!

TDAP protects you from Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis. Pertussis is whooping cough. It is very contagious and can be fatal to babies.

California Law requires you to have your TDAP Vaccination before 7th grade.

Check with your doctor to see if you have already received this vaccine. If not, ask your family to make an appointment NOW so that you can get it before school starts in the fall.

Please get your Tdap vaccination and submit proof to your counselor or Homeroom Teacher.

Students will not be allowed back to school in the Fall without proof of this vaccine. 


Shared Savings provides not only the incentive for increasing energy efficient behavior in our schools, but the tools for making sure it happens. Bringing in that curriculum piece, allowing students to participate in and learn from our efforts to make our schools more efficient, will help educate a generation of energy conscious citizens.  In the age of climate change, that is an extremely valuable outcome.

PTA Documents

When the PTA publishes documents, such as the APG Communications FAQs and Tips and the Restorative Practices Bulletin, the documents will be placed in the Homepage and the Parent group lockers.

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APG Human Peace Symbol

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APG Parent Newsletter for January 21, 2015
Dear APG Community:

Attached please find the APG Parent Newsletter #18 for Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in English and Chinese. 

Items in the newsletter include:

*  Nominations for inspirational teachers sought
*  Online AP... Continue
Posted by: Lisa Lim
Published: 1/21/15

Tech parents, for parents
Parents, let's talk!  In partnership with Common Sense Media, parent tech talks are scheduled to take place February-April on a variety of topics, including Social Media and Body Image and Digital Drama.  Come share your opinion... Continue
Posted by: Ramona McGary
Published: 1/20/15

APG Parent Newsletter for January 14, 2015
Dear APG Community:

Attached please find our first Parent Newsletter for 2015 for January 14, 2015 in both English and Chinese.

Please note that there is a PTA MEETING on MATH & SCIENCE this Thursday, January 15th at 6:30 PM in the APG L... Continue
Posted by: Lisa Lim
Published: 1/14/15

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Today: 1/25/15


New schedule will be posted in August, 2015.

California Young Reader Medal Program


To find out information on this program and the Nook Project, click here.



Student, Family, and Community Support Department (SFCSD) is privileged to support San Francisco youth and families, through building school capacity to address student needs, ...more





Scroll down to see the schedules by each school and by each sport, and figure out when & where the kids are playing.  The schedules are useful because they tell you when the first practice may begin which seems to be when the coaches start tryouts. 



The Library is subscribing to the Junior Library Guild.  This means that the Library will receive 8 new books monthly.  The book titles are listed in the public Resource lists in DESTINY, the online Library catalog. Click on the CATALOG TAB.

To access the NEW eBOOK collection, go to the Library webpage and click on DESTINY. Look the "Follett Shelf" button at the bottom of the left navigation area. Click on it and login with your School Loop logon.

More resources and database icons can be found on the Library webpage. 

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