Welcome to San Francisco Flex Academy!
Requiem for SF Flex Academy
I got to visit and say my goodbyes as the School that made me, closes its doors. Congratulations to the final class, class of 2016.
People always ask me what is San Francisco Flex Academy. I just tell them it's a gym ;).
Well Flex is not a gym. It's not the SF City football champions, it is not a historical high school with lots of alumni. And now Flex is no longer a school.
But what is Flex. What was it.
Flex is a place where home schoolers found a home among a community.
Flex is where the kids from socioeconomicly broken communities found a computer for every student.
Flex is a place where the LGTB community could learn in safety without worrying about which bathroom to use.
Flex is a place where autistic students got to piece together an education with limitless support and acceptance.
Flex is where the bullied found sanctuary, and the bully found restorative justice back into the fold.
Flex is and always be the school that made me who I am, and defined itself as the place ALL belong.
Flex will always be the home to the mighty Falcons who will continue to blaze their trail in every walk of life. Watch for them. You will recognize them by their professionalism community empowerment commitment and sheer grit!
Flex...never stop flying!
The mission of SF Flex Academy is to prepare graduates for college, life-wide learning, career success, and active citizenship in a diverse society.
SF Flex graduates are professional, committed to success, determined to achieve, empowered to take control of their lives, and active citizens. Our Core Values, challenging academics, and focused skill building will prepare you for college and life.
If you want a unique and personalized high school experience, apply to SF Flex Academy today!
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School Information Sessions!
Join us at an upcoming in-person event to learn more about San Francisco's newest and most innovative public school! You'll have an opportunity to meet with school staff, as well as learn more about our unique instructional model. Be sure to bring your questions!
Location: 1350 7th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Email ctejuco@ sfflex.org or email@example.com to RSVP.
News & Announcements
March 20, 2016
SF Flex is a California charter school, and is not part of the SFUSD. This is a benefit for those looking for high school options for their child.
Currently we are located at 7th Ave & Irving; however there may be chance that our school will move to another location in San Francisco or close if not provided a location. This is a decision of the SF School board; however, if we can demonstrate to the board that we have a strong student population, they may be inclined to allow us to remain at the current location.
· We understand this could impact your decision in enrolling at Flex, but let me provide you with context.
o SF Flex is a WASC certified blended learning high school. Blended learning is a combination of online classes as well as in-class teaching and collaboration;
o SF Flex offers small class size, passionate teachers, in a welcoming, embracing environment;
o Our student population is diverse from all socio/economic backgrounds;
o Many of our students have transferred from other schools and are thriving at our school
o Enrolling in SF Flex does not impact your high school choices through SFUSD; you can be enrolled at SF Flex and have options SFUSD high schools. This gives your child an opportunity to be in an environment that promotes responsibility and, self-advocacy. This also allows your child a choice that may be better suited for him/her/their style of learning.
o SF Flex is an excellent choice for your child
If you are interested in applying contact us at (415) 762-8800 ask for Christine Tejuco. Also check out our web page at http //www.sfflex.org/
January 5 , 2016
We are excited to bring in the New Year with you and your students this semester! For the spring semester will be sending out monthly memos updating you on school events, volunteer opportunities and opportunities to collaborate with the staff to improve your students experience at San Francisco Flex Academy. Below you will find a list of upcoming events for the month of January & March.
*January 22nd update from your student's Advisor regarding their progress
*January 27th Parent lunch with staff 2:30- 3:30. (Call in option also available)
During this luncheon families will have the opportunity to collaborate with staff to recommend suggestions about how to make the spring semester exciting!
*March 9th from 2pm -6pm Parent Conferences
*March 11th Student Picnic @ Golden Gate Park from 2:45pm-3:45pm (Families welcome!)
If you did not receive this message in an email, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, so the school and update your email list .
Dear Flex Families,
The Flex Team is back in action and preparing the school for the 2015-‐2016 year in
our new home at 1350 7th Ave!
• The 2015-‐2016 Academic Calendar can be found on our new web site at
Humanities Department (English and Language Arts, History and Social
Studies, Foreign Languages):
• Ms. Taylor
o Ms. Taylor was an Academic Coach last year and the Athletic Director for our new sports program. She also coached Girl’s Basketball and coordinated the many club activities that are such an important part of the Flex Culture.
o This year Ms. Taylor has been selected by the elite teacher preparation program, Teach For America, and she will be teaching 9th and 10th grade English as well as World History.
o Ms. Taylor continues as Flex Athletic Director and is expanding our sports program to include Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Basketball, and Track.
• Mr. Manalo
o Mr. Manalo is entering his third year at SF Flex and will teach 11th and
12th grade English and US History and Government/Economics. Many
11th and 12th grade students take the same English and History class, and Mr. Manalo is planning to incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to his teaching with an emphasis on Common Core skills of
critical reading and essay writing with an emphasis on research papers.
o Mr. Manalo will also teach 11th and 12th grade AP English and return as the Boys Basketball coach this year.
• Mr. Anaya
o Mr. Anaya is in his third year at SF Flex. In addition to his work as an Academic Coach, Mr. Anaya is a native Spanish speaker and we are very excited that he will be teaching on-‐site Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 courses this year.
o It is our hope to enroll most students in Spanish, as our data shows that students tend to have better learning outcomes with an on-‐site teacher when engaged in challenging work like learning a foreign language. On-‐line foreign language will still be an option for some students, please talk to your student’s Advisor or Mr. Brown.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Art, and Mathematics):
• Mr. Stoker
o Mr. Stoker is now in his second year at SF Flex and in his second year with Teach for America. He will continue teaching Integrated Math 1 and Algebra 2.
o He will also be co-‐leading the Math Lab, an extra period of Math for students needing more personal instruction to either catch up skills or accelerate.
o Mr. Stoker will coach Volleyball again this year.
• Mr. Hieger
o Mr. Hieger is returning to SF Flex for his fifth year and is brimming with excitement as he is leading our effort to create new on-‐site elective courses in technology and art. In addition to teaching Chemistry, he will teach a brand new course in Coding. He spend part of last year and the summer developing this course, which promises
to be the only one of its kind taught to high school students in San
Francisco. He will also teach Digital Arts and Media.
• Ms. Pena
o In her second year at Flex and also in her second year with Teach For America, Ms. Pena will teach Biology, Environmental Science, and in Semester 2, a new elective course in Health and Wellness.
o Ms. Pena will also be taking over leadership of our Advisory Program, which focuses on giving students one to one support and mentoring around academics, social/emotional issues and character development centered in our five Core Values.
o Our vision for Advisory is to have your student’s Advisor be the one adult at SF Flex you know you can reach quickly and get answers to your concerns about your child. The Advisor can bring other teachers and team members together as necessary to create ad-‐hoc teams to break through barriers that may be limiting your child’s ability to thrive. Ms. Pena was one of our most active and effective Advisors last year and we are excited to have her in a role where she can develop
the program and mentor other Advisors.
School Leadership and Support Team:
• Special Programs
o Including Special Education, 504 plans, Response to Intervention (RTI) and English Language Learning, we are currently interviewing candidates to round out our 2015-‐2016 teaching team. We expect to have a highly qualified candidate hired before the first day of school.
• Ms. Hugel
o Ms. Hugel is entering her fourth year at SF Flex. This year she will be taking on a new challenge as our Business and Operations manager. She will also be working at the front desk with Ms. Tejuco, so you can expect to hear her on the phone from time to time when you call the school.
• Ms. Tejuco
o “Ms. T.” is beginning her fifth year at SF Flex and this year will be taking on some new responsibilities including working as School Counselor with Mr. Brown. Ms. Tejuco has a Masters Degree from CSUSF in school counseling and this year she will have the opportunity to flex those muscles in support of our students.
o She will also continue her indispensable work at the Front Desk, but will share those duties with Ms. Hugel.
• Mr. Henderson and Mr. Brown
o As you know, SF Flex Academy is no longer managed by K12 Inc.
While our curriculum will continue to be from K12, we no longer have
support in several key areas, including school finance.
o This requires the Flex Public Schools Board to take a more active role in the management of the school, particularly in finance. To achieve this, we need to restructure the leadership SF Flex Academy.
o Mr. Henderson is joining the Flex Board as Treasurer and will be focusing on school finance, facilities, and state reporting/compliance.
o Mr. Brown is assuming the role of Principal, and will be responsible for the day-‐to-‐day management of the school, including building a strong school culture, instructional leadership, and working with families.
o Mr. Brown is beginning his fifth year at SF Flex Academy. He has been a member of my leadership team for the last two years. Mr. Brown has completed his Masters Degree in School Leadership from CSU East Bay.
o The Board and Mr. Henderson are confident he will lead the Flex learning community with passion for student learning and emotional well being, dedication to supporting teachers toward creating excellent academic outcomes for students, and skill managing the many competing priorities and challenges inherent with leading a high school.
The Board has made it clear that they believe passionately in the school and its future. The school will not just survive, but thrive. With Mr. Brown leading the school and our strong core of returning teachers and staff, we are confident the school can continue the tradition of creating a flexible and personalized learning community and begin to grow again.
The school's unique culture is strong and there are many exciting initiatives beginning in this coming year. From a new Coding course to interscholastic athletics, more on-‐site electives including Spanish, Digital Media, and Health and Wellness, and the possibilities of flexible student schedules allowing for more internships and dual enrollment at City College; SF Flex Academy is a remarkable learning community in the ecology of high school education in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. We sincerely hope you will continue to place your trust in SF Flex Academy and we look forward to seeing you and all the students again in the coming weeks.
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