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SF Mission Graduates Receive Surprise Scholarship Through Community Fundraiser

Four graduating seniors at John O’Connell High School were surprised to find out during their May 25 graduation ceremony that they had been chosen as the recipients of a scholarship totaling $10,000. The money came from local business and community institutions and was part of a fundraising effort on behalf of the Mission Promise Neighborhood, a citywide community partnership that supports children and...
Airis Velasco (far left) and classmates at John O'Connnell presenting to the judges.

Students Veto Campos’ Moratorium Plan and Win Big

At a Civics Day hosted by the non-profit organization Generation Citizen high school students from John O’Connell High School argued that David Campos’ push for a housing moratorium in the Mission was all wrong. And it won them an award. The winning students were from a class on economics at John O’Connell.  Along with 17 other classrooms across San Francisco and...
From back to front: Jasmine James, Yannery Nieto, and Sharon Rapalo preparing lunch in the kitchen.

PHOTOS: O’Connell Students Get in the Kitchen

Chef Dan Scherotter left his upscale restaurant, Palio d’Asti, last July to help kids at John O’Connell High School learn how to work in the kitchen. Noticing the lack of skilled workers entering restaurants out of high school, Scherotter decided that he could help equip the next generation of “restaurateurs.” Along with economics teacher Ruben Quezada, Scherotter has put together...
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De Estudiante a Carpintero: Un Vistazo a Tech 21

Tech 21 es un programa enfocado a profesionistas que brinda cursos sobre arquitectura, construcción, ingeniería e industrias automotrices en preparatorias de San Francisco, incluyendo a la Preparatoria John O’Connell. El instructor de carpintería Chris Wood imparte un curso introductorio de construcción en O’Connell. Los alumnos aprenden sobre materiales de construcción, herramientas manuales y eléctricas, así como diseño de construcción a...
After the game teams give each other high to respect fot the cross town rivalry.

Mission High Soccer Team Rolls Over John O’Connell

This year the Yaotl trophy stayed at Mission High School — not because the Mission High School Bears’ head coach Scott Kennedy forgot to bring the trophy to Kezar Stadium, but because the Bears beat crosstown rival John O’Connell in boys’ soccer, 6-0 Thursday night. The Yaotl trophy (“Yaotl” means “warrior” in the Nahuatl language of Central America) was created...
John O'Connell Principal Mark Alvarado talks with a teacher who stopped into his office earlier this week. Alvarado, a Mission resident and former John O'Connell administrator, returned to the school this fall as principal.

New John O’Connell Principal Aims to Bring Consistency, Create Community School

In the decade that Margot Goldstein has been an 11th-grade U.S. history teacher at John O’Connell High School, she has worked under five different principals. That’s not to mention countless deans and assistant principals who have come and gone during that time. “We need consistency,” Goldstein said. “That’s what’s been missing.” Students who returned to school from summer break may...
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El Absentismo Escolar Estudiantil Disminuye en Escuelas del Distrito de la Misión

En promedio, los niños en el Distrito de la Misión faltan a clase constantemente o llegan tarde a la escuela más frecuentemente que otros alumnos en todo el distrito escolar. Asimismo, las escuelas en la Misión han estado dando pasos agigantados para cambiar eso. Hace poco, los funcionarios del Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Francisco elogiaron la significativa disminución en...
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Mission District Schools See Decrease in Student Truancy

On average, children in the Mission District perpetually skip class or arrive late to school more frequently than students in the entire school district. Schools in the Mission are also making significant strides to change that. San Francisco Unified School District officials recently lauded significant declines in district-wide truancy rates. They pointed to a 12 percent reduction in the number...
Joseph Chavez led a petition to change the colors of gowns for graduating seniors at John O'Connell High School

Grad Tradition Nixed in Nod to Diverse Sexuality

On a cold Friday afternoon last fall, two students reflected on their senior year of high school — the last year they would spend at John O’Connell High, and maybe even in the Mission. As they talked about their graduation, they shared their thoughts about a long tradition. “I didn’t want to wear the white,” said Larissa Martinez. “I didn’t...