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Students no longer have to pay for P.E. uniforms

By: Tiffany Bui

San Francisco Unified School District recently announced to all public schools, including ours, that students taking physical education no longer have to pay for their uniforms. From now on, freshmen currently taking PE at Abraham Lincoln receive their uniforms for free. Students will have to pay for sweatshirts and sweatpants, since this clothing isn't required to wear.

The brand new SFUSD Education Code adopted August 20, 2016 explains that, schools cannot require students to purchase a PE uniform. It defines prohibited fees to include: “[a] purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment, or uniforms associated with an educational activity.” According to the code, it is not permissible to charge a fee for PE uniforms, even if waivers are offered for those students who cannot afford the uniform.

It would have been permissible for Lincoln High to require students to wear certain types of generic clothing for PE class for hygienic reasons. These clothes would also embody safety and freedom of movement, such as t-shirts, sweats, shorts, and athletic shoes. Furthermore, if the school had adopted a school uniform/dress code, then the school could have also required generic PE clothing in uniform colors (i.e., black or white shirt, shorts or sweats).  However,  free PE clothing must be provided to any student who cannot obtain the items, and a student’s PE grade cannot be affected if they are unable to obtain PE clothing due to circumstances beyond their control.  

Despite this, Lincoln High chose to require a specific PE uniform; therefore the school must provide this uniform to every student for free. If  the uniform is lost, damaged or stolen, the school can charge the student a reimbursement fee after affording them the necessary due process.  

Throughout past years, all SFUSD schools that required students to take PE had been charging students at an overline price of fifteen dollars for a shirt and ten dollars for a short. In this way, schools have been gathering a whole bunch of money. Many wonder, if Lincoln High have been collecting money from years back, what did  the school use the money for? “The school has been collecting the money every year, to buy more new uniforms for the next year,” said Shari Balisi, the principal. Because of this new policy, underclassmen save money, meanwhile upperclassmen get upset spending $25 on PE a short and shirt. Some upperclassmen might feel happy if their siblings are currently receiving free uniforms, so their own family members don't have to pay the fee. Many students don’t even wear their uniforms anymore, so now they are considered to be useless. This is the reason why quite a number of students think the new district policy is unfair and a refund or cash back should be given.

Despite some other schools in the district, like Galileo Academy, allowing refunds for uniforms, Balisi announced: “Students may not have a refund since the new uniform policy has just been announced this school year.” Some may ask, what about the upperclassmen that are also currently taking PE and don’t fit their uniform anymore? Even if students are taking a second year of PE 2, you are not required to wear a Lincoln PE uniform. “Upperclassmen do not get free uniforms; they only get them for free if they are a freshman this year. They have bought or been given uniforms in the past, therefore we do not give them another free one,” says Chad Chapiro, one of the PE teachers.

The school pays eleven dollars for the shirts, thirteen for the shorts. But now we sell both the shirts and shorts for five dollars. “The reason why the upperclassmen don't get a free uniform is because we've already given them a free one in the past,” said Chapiro.  

If students lost the uniforms, got stolen, or grow out of them, they have to pay for our uniform. However students in PE 2  have the option of getting their own generic PE uniform. They do not have to wear the  Lincoln-specific shorts and shirt. The generic PE uniforms are any color shorts or pants as long as they're not jeans or cargo shorts or pants. As for shirts, they can wear white t-shirts or any Lincoln shirt colored yellow, maroon, or grey. The shirt must not be black. Due to this requirement, whatever PE class, this policy is the same. These policies apply to PE 1, PE 2, yoga, swimming, athletic conditioning, and weightlifting.

Project WHAT! Wins SFUSD resolution

By: Daroya McAlister

In 2013 about 18,000 youth in San Francisco have had a parent in prison or jail. Project WHAT! (PW) is a resource for these youth. The “what” in Project WHAT! stands for ‘We are Here And Talking’ referring to all 2.7 million children in the United States that have had a parent in prison or jail.

I have talked to multiple Children of an Incarcerated Parent (C.I.Ps) and Arvaughn Wiliams a Project WHAT! Youth said, "School was hard because the teachers didn't acknowledge me after they knew about my trauma."

“ I wish I had support at school regarding my loved one being incarcerated.”  stated Denise Calvillo a junior at Galileo High School also a Project WHAT! youth.

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) resolution is the establishment of a safe and supportive schools policy. This means getting resources for teachers including Professional Development (PD) for restorative practices, working with students impacted by trauma,  de-escalation techniques, cultural competency, relationship building, communication skills and working with students with special needs, prioritizing schools with the highest behavioral needs. This resolution was passed on 2/25/14.

This resolution was made because of the lack of services for CIPs. There were no open spaces to establish a community within CIPs and no open spaces to talk about the impacts of incarceration. This resolution hopes to resolve these issues. This resolution has not yet been implemented into classrooms, but Project WHAT! has held meetings for counselors within SFUSD preparing them for the implementation.

Project WHAT!  is a youth led organization and any participants must've had a parent in prison or in jail. It has two cohorts, one in Oakland and one in San Francisco. PW serves youth ages 13-19. The two main goals of PW is to spread awareness about about CIPs and improve policies that impact CIPs.

 

Former attendance clark now in charge of ASB

By: Tiffany Bui

At the end of the 2016 school year at Abraham Lincoln High, Christine Eng stepped down from being the Associated Student Body (ASB) coordinator due to personal reasons. Samantha Sherman took on the role and brought her Mustang spirit to the Lincoln community. Sherman is an alumnus who graduated from Lincoln in the class of 2011.

Sherman has worked at Lincoln High for the last two years in the attendance office.

“I would represent myself as someone who`s invested in our school community and someone who`s looking to bring in different elements to Lincoln and refresh some already great systems,” says Sherman.

She is now also an English teacher in room 141. “ASB means to me a body of students who are sparkle about the things they wanna see happen after school,” says Sherman.

Sherman is working on gathering the Associated Student Body to work together since they have a drive and passion to make projects happen as well as a commitment to see those projects through. As the ASB coordinator, she continues the tradition of interviewing students who want to be in ASB. There is a class sponsor for each grade. This position is voted upon by the class itself. Students have to prepare and write their speeches to present in front of their class. Chosen class sponsors then pick general managers who help with the projects and completing tasks. The ASB also has a secretary, treasurer, president, and vice president. All of them do differents things in helping out of the school community such as helping out with events, and planning their MCs. They are essential in having these events instrumentally organized.

ASB is currently working on the Bell Game Rally, the Homecoming Dance, Spirit Week, and a fundraiser for the Hurricane Harvey victims. Sherman is a workaholic, spending lots of time teaching things and putting on and off hours doing ASB prep. She puts in as much time as she possibly can. Sherman is very passionate about being the coordinator of the ASB, and is curious to hear what the students discuss about. Being apart of the ASB involves a lot of teamwork, emails, text messages, and coming together as a whole to finish the tasks at hand.

“If someone's looking to join ASB, I’m looking for them to understand the deeper commitment that ASB has to it’s community and that they are passionate about Lincoln. I’m also looking for them to be realistic about the place that we’re in and what they want to see done for their school,” says Sherman. ASB meetings are every Monday at lunch in room 141.

Museum of Ice Cream Opening at San Francisco

By: Wendy Zhu

After making a big hit in Los Angeles and New York, the Museum of Ice Cream officially opened in San Francisco on September 17th, for a temporary run from September 2017 through February 2018.

 

It is located at the historic 1 Grant Avenue in the heart of the city which is 108 years old. From the outside, the Museum of Ice Cream looks like a pink paradise full of fantasies and magics. It is a Instagram friendly place for those who enjoys taking pictures and selfies. Tickets went on sale for $38 to the general public on Friday, August 25th at 9A.M., but they were sold out almost immediately.

 

It is designed to have ten themed rooms, including a magical candy garden, psychedelic rainbow unicorns, a push pop installation, a cherry on top sky, the renowned Sprinkle Pool and more. Most importantly, underneath its 45th foot dome ceiling is the famous Swimmable Sprinkle Pool - filled with over one hundred million plastic sprinkles. Multiple treats are included in the admission, including ice cream from  Bi-Rite, It’s It, Salt & Straw, CREAM and an exclusive mochi ice cream by My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream.

 

“There are huge cherries, clouds, popsicles, ice cream cones and all other kinds of adorable designs,” said by Sharon Lee, a graduated senior from Lincoln High School that visited the museum on September 22nd. “I feel like my childhood fantasies have come true. It makes you feel like a kid again. My favorite is the treats they offered. I think it is a worth it and understand why it is so popular now.”

 

“Remember those crappy ideas you dreamed up as a kid? The museum of ice cream is the place where ideas are transformed into real life experiences. A place where flavors are mysteries, toppings are toys and sprinkles make the world a better place. Our mission is to design environments that bring people together and provoke imagination,” from the official website.

Contract negotiations continue between SFUSD AND UESF

By:Yongjia lin

 

Teachers contract negotiations happen every three years. Togine teachers a chance to advocate for what they want. In contract negotiations  the teachers union represents the teachers’ voice to talk about pay, maternity leave, number of workdays and so forth.

This year, teachers are asking for an 18% raise over four years. That is only four point five percent a year.

SFUSD disagree on the 18% raise offer only 11% raise.

“Since I am a fourth year teacher with 60+ units after college, I get about $55,000 a year.” Says Arisa Hiroi Japanese teacher at Lincoln and also a union building representative.

“However, tax, health care payments, union dues, and retirement payments are deducted from this amount monthly, so it comes out to about $2,900 a month. To compare, the average rent for one-bedroom place in San Francisco is now $3370.”says Hiroi. First year teacher would not be able to afford to rent  a one-bedroom place in San Francisco on their own. Normally the longer a person is a teacher, the higher their pay.

“Right now the teacher’s union is asking for 12% over the next three years, plus a one time four percent bonus. The district is only offering 11% over the next three years and a one time two% bonus, in addition to eliminating sabbaticals (work for seven years and earn a year off to study, travel, raise kids, etc. for less pay) and AP prep periods,”says Hiroi.

If that the union don't agree on rise of pay, teachers will go on strike.

Jack Doyle saup to teachers will have to vote on whether to agree to the 11%or push harder.

“If the district and the union cannot come to an agreement on a new teacher’s contract, then a strike vote is presented to all the teachers. Teachers can vote whether or not to push harder for a more favorable contract and stop working until all or part of our demands are met,”says Hiroi.

 

Administrators take action against inappropriate student behaviors

By: Donna Li

On Wednesday, at an advisory meeting in the auditorium, Principal Shari Balisi emotionally announced the suggestion for closing off campus lunch. The reason for this? Thieves.

    “A select few kids like to go into a particular store and take whatever they like without paying for it.” says Martha Vigil, a security guard that often watches the students down at Taraval during lunch time.

    It seems lincoln has a major issue with its students stealing food from Taraval merchants during lunch time.

    “A few years ago, during a holiday, we lost about eighteen thousand dollars a day to theft. ” says Greg Sailor the bookkeeper and security guard at safeway. “ It's very difficult to tell who's stealing and who isn't.”

    Having off campus lunch is a privilege, but students seems to be taking advantage of that privilege. “What I said [about closing off campus lunch] was just out of, ‘Just what do we do?’ We are just concerned with all the kids in the reservoir doing things not appropriate for school and there are kids who are stealing down at Taraval” says Balisi, during our interview.

         This would have a major impact on the school. “I already know the cafeteria is not large enough for 2,000 students if we were to close it [the school] completely. It is gonna be harder on them [the students]. It is gonna be harder on security, and it is gonna be harder on administration to keep everybody here, so in my opinion I kinda don't want it [to happen] cause it's a lot more work.” says Vigil

    “About seven or eight years ago, Mr. payne [our previous principal] tried to do it [close campus], and it was very difficult because there were two lunches, one was an early lunch and one was a late lunch, and we had to accommodate for the two different lunches and all the students.We tried it for a week or two, and it didn't work,” Balisi states.

    Our administrators have tried their best to prevent stealing so that closing off campus lunch would only be a last option if it comes down to it.

   “We’ve gone to Safeway, and we only let five kids in at a time, and that way they can be easily monitored, and, you know, if they try to take anything without paying for it, we can easily see,  with the minimum amount of kids inside. Same thing with Linda’s liquor. That’s another place where they have taken things without paying for.” says Vigil.     

    “[When we catch them] we ask them to pay for the merchandise, and if they refuse then we ask for the product back and we contact the school,” says Sailor

    “[Closing campus] was just a thought, It wasn't something that I'm going to do. It's just a little frustrating because lunchtime should be a time where you guys go out and enjoy and relax, but you're still on school ground, and you're still our responsibility. So we might have to close campus if this does continues,” says Balisi.

Students’ lives are endangered because DACA is rescinded

By: Emily Cai


 

DACA stands for Deferred American for Childhood Arrivals. It is an American immigration policy that allows minors who’v entered the state illegally to receive a renewable two - year period of work permits and temporary relief from deportation. These people are also known as Dreamers. This act has provided more opportunities for the DACA recipients. For example, college tuition, work legally for higher wages, and job security after graduation. However, this policy has been rescinded by the Trump administration in September 2017. Due to the rescind, many of the Dreamers’ work authorization and residence are endangered.

“There are students in Lincoln that I know really well who are actually DACA.” said Jack Doyle - English and AVID teacher of Lincoln High School.

Connie So - Economics and Ethnic Studies teacher also said, “ Yes, I do, I have several students who are DACA recipients, and this ruling will impact their ability to receive  services for DACA.” These people are our classmates, friends, and family.

“There is a handout that has been distributed in school, it is called Know Your Rights, what DACA recipients need to right now.” said Doyle, “ Staffs in Lincoln can always point them to the right direction.” Anyone that is worried can reach out to staffs in community for help.

    “We are all children of immigrants. We are products of immigrants. I want my students to know I care,” said So, “ My father and mother both illegally escaped China. They went to Hong Kong because of the Cultural Revolution. If they didn't leave, I wouldn’t be here today… My citizenship is based on fate. To deny someone that is trying to get the same right and privilege that everyone else has does not seem fair to me.” So wants her students to know that they are not alone.

Also, Doyle, a white man from the midwest supports DACA, “I look like I'm from here, but we are all immigrants unless you are a Native American. I support DACA because these people came here as babies. This is the only life they know. They didn't choose to come here. It is cruel to send them back to the country that they have never lived in.”

    In conclusion, The United States is where Dreamers have lived for their whole life. However, their life is now endangered. The fear that they will be sent to a country they have never been to is presented.