San Francisco High School of the Arts Community Newsletter | Jan 26, 2024
FROM THE ADMINISTRATION
Important Dates Feb 2-4 Starbound Dance Competition Feb 8 Chinese New Year Family Dinner Feb 16 'The Tempest' performance
Remarks from our Head of School
Spring is here, flowers are blooming, and our students are thriving! Seniors are receiving great news from colleges, setting the tone for an exciting season of competitions, performances, and a trip to Taiwan. Amidst the buzz, academic challenges like APs and PSAT await, but I look forward to a busy and fruitful semester ahead!
Dr. Sherry Zhang Head of School San Francisco High School of the Arts
Academic News by Ms. Erica Campbell
San Francisco High School of the Arts would like to honor three outstanding spellers and the skill they demonstrated in the 2024 Spelling Bee held last Friday in the school library. Congratulations to Ivy Vong, Emily Chen and Diego Donohoe. Way to go!!
The tournament was judged by Ms. Campbell and Ms. Wu, Mr. Randazzo, who also was our pronouncer, and Mr. Brandon Yu, the recordkeeper. We have exciting news that all three champions may register by February 1, 2024 for the next round of the Scripps Spelling Bee to be held in Washington D.C.! The next round will be the online testing platform. Students will have access to a study guide of words in order to prepare.
All of our students in grades 5-8 participated in the bee which was competitive yet fun. Congratulations to all of the students who participated and showed their passion for spelling and positive sportsmanship.
Arts News We are excited to announce the HSArts 2024 Spring Arts Exhibition will be held for the month of March 2024 at The San Francisco American Legion Veterans Gallery at War Memorial and Performing Arts Center! We showcase the incredible talents of our students, teachers and our artist community.
Highlights of the Evening include: Student Mastery Artwork Showcase: the crown jewel of our artistic community – the exhibition of our finest collection of student artwork, our artist teachers and guest artists' work. Art Competition Winners: Witness the unveiling of the Spring 2024 HSArts Art Competition winners' exceptional creations.
There is a Grand Opening Reception and Silent Auction on Friday evening 3/8: Bid on valuable art pieces in the reception area, and take home a unique masterpiece. Live Music Performances at the reception: Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies performed live throughout the evening.
Admissions News by Dr. Shalina Fung
College tours offer firsthand insight into the learning, living, and growth environment. Key aspects to focus on include academic setting, campus life, career services, and alumni connections. Early tours help students envision their higher education path, fostering exploration and achievement.
This Monday, UC Berkeley's College of Engineering thrivers and HSArts alumni, Joy and Sabrina, generously guided a personalized tour for our 7th-12th graders. Actively involved in professional student organizations, they exemplify success in academia and community contribution. HSArts students gain valuable insights into Cal's academic and social atmosphere through this tour.
As universities announce early application decisions this January, we extend congratulations to a senior for securing admission to the University of Southern California. We eagerly await more great news, celebrating the accomplishments and journeys of our students.
Embarking on these college tours and celebrating achievements contribute significantly to our students' academic and personal development. We support ongoing exploration and eagerly anticipate observing their future achievements.
College Counseling Office
As we interview priority deadline applicants and begin arranging interviews for regular deadline applicants, students impress with insightful questions, showcasing outstanding academic potential and diverse talents in the arts. While seeking a balance of scholastic and artistic aptitude, personal qualities play a pivotal role in our evaluations. For prospective students who are willing to take on challenges and work hard to achieve excellence, schedule a visit to our beautiful state-of-the-art campus, meet our teachers and students. As HSArts continues its search for exceptional students with great potential, we assess each applicant on an individual basis following the application deadline.
Highlights from the Winter Gala Benefit
Throwback to our Winter Gala Benefit. For videos of the performances and other pictures, visit our social media pages on Instagram and Facebook @hsartssf
Photos courtesy of our Media Dept.
Starbound Dance Competition
Chinese New Year Family Dinner (full-time)
CNY Performance at Stratford
CNY Performance at Stratford
'The Tempest' performance by Theatre Program
Communication is essential and we strive to connect with our students, parents, and families throughout the school year. We will continue reaching out to you with this weekly newsletter. We also encourage you to visit our website and follow our social pages including Facebook and Instagram for announcements, information, and celebrations