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Our Principal, Mr. Essien

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Parent/Teacher/Student Conference Week - November 16 - November 20

November 16 - November 20 is MLK's second round of parent/teacher/student conferences. We will be piloting a new way of conferences called "student led conferences". Students have been taught to lead these conferences as a way to empower their own voices and to build their own leadership skills.


Youth will be responsible for bringing home sign ups to their families for times to come and meet with teachers. Please check in with your child.


We will be dismissing students at 2:30pm this week.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school at 330-1500 or email your child's teachers.

Come to the MLK High School Night!

Thursday, 11/19/15, 6-8pm

******FREE DINNER*****

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Honor Roll Assembly 10/09/15

Family Empowerment Conference at MLK!!!

Family Empowerment Conference at MLK!!!
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Come out to the Portola Community Clean Up!

Join the Community to beautify the Portola neighborhood! 

9am - 12pm

Lunch Provided! 


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What is School Loop for Parents/Guardians?

School Loop provides the tools for teachers and parents to work together for the success of each student.

  •   Homework Assignments

  •   Progress Report and Grades

  •   Course Resources

  •   LoopMail for Communication

  •   Daily Homework Email Keeps you In The Loop!

  • What Do Parents/Guardians See?

    Published Grades
    Attendance (24hour delay)
    Student Schedule
    Published School News and Events LoopMail

    Grades and attendance are made visible once the parent account is approved by the school site.

    What Should Parents/Guardians Expect?

    School Loop is an optional tool for our schools and teachers. Information may vary by school and classroom as the tool is still being learned. School Loop is just one way to keep in the loop in addition to other means of communication that our schools and teachers use.

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MLK MIddle School in the News!


New leadership in the Bayview


We are only as strong as our people. This is likely true for every organization, but I can definitely say it is true for our schools.

While everyone plays an important role, principals are the glue that holds together the multicultural, multigenerational complex communities called schools. We can’t acknowledge them enough.

That’s why I want to introduce you to three new principals working in the Bayview area who have formed a unique alliance to support each other and transform their schools. Principals Joe Truss, Emmanuel Stewart and Michael Essien get together to play basketball, drink coffee and talk about how to lead their schools, all of which serve students who face some shared challenges.

Principal Truss, Visitacion Valley Middle School

Truss grew up in a single parent home in the Tenderloin. He attended public schools in the San Francisco Unified School District all his life — Spring Valley Elementary, Francisco Middle School and then Lowell High. After the SFUSD, he went on to study Spanish at UC Berkeley and earned his teaching credential at Tufts University.

Fortunately for San Francisco, Truss came back as an assistant principal at the Academy (formerly the Academy of Arts and Sciences), where he worked to expand culturally relevant teaching, project-based learning and student portfolio assessment — all the while decreasing truancy by 20 percent.

Now, he is hard at work as the new principal at Visitacion Valley Middle School, which, he says, is focused on “love, literacy and liberation.”

“We make sure kids get to know each other, that they are welcomed
each day and they are celebrated,” Truss said. “We are creating a school our kids are excited to come to every day.”

Principal Stewart, Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School

Stewart is another homegrown San Francisco educator who has been working in education for 24 years. He started out as a paraprofessional at Potrero Hill Middle School and Dr. William Cobb, and he now leads the school he taught at for 11 years: Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School.

Stewart understands this work will not be easy; however, he’s often reminded of his own experiences in the SFUSD and sees himself in his students’ faces and smiles.

“I’m making sure that Carver achievers come here with the joy of learning every day,” Stewart said. “I know that I need to be here in the Bayview-Hunters Point community doing this work at this time.”

Principal Essien, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

Essien completed his undergraduate degree in African American Studies and his master’s degree in education, both at UC Berkeley.

He’s been in public education for 24 years, with the first 21 of those in the classroom teaching math and working as a special education instructor.

“I love my work,” Essien said. “Teaching in an urban setting and supporting students to transform their learning experience and life trajectory is fulfilling work. I embrace the challenges.”

While the credentials of all three principals are impressive, their unwavering commitment to social justice and continuous improvement make them stand out. I see how our school leaders are always reflecting on their own work and learning from each other to make things better for our kids, and all I can say is that we’re lucky to have such tremendous school leaders.

Richard A. Carranza is the superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District.

Mayor Lee, San Francisco Unified School District and Foundation Launch Public-Private Middle School Leadership Initiative

Mayor Ed Lee

San Francisco’s Foundation Donates $2.7 million, the Largest Single ​One Year Business Investment in SFUSD History, Mayor Urges More Private Sector Investment.

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San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. 

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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