The Urban School Alumni Association BLUESNOTES
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Announcing the Alumni Challenge!
As you may know, a small group of Urban alums has pooled together $200,000 to inspire another $50,000 from the alumni community to support Urban's new Academic and Athletics Center. If we are able to meet this Alumni Challenge and raise a total of $250,000 by September 30, we will name the upper student commons area in the new building the “Alumni Blues Lounge,” with an alumni donor wall.

When the Academic and Athletics Center opens in Fall 2016, directly across the street on Oak Street, it will include a regulation- sized gym, seven classrooms, two student commons, dedicated College Counseling and Learning Services centers, commercial grade kitchen, rooftop green area, faculty offices and two levels of parking. In the second phase of our North Campus exapnsion, we will convert the current St. Agnes Gym into a Performing Arts Center. This is a singular opportunity for Urban to expand and complete our campus, and address our most pressing program needs in academics, athletics, arts and service learning.

To make a gift or learn more about this transformational project (and see a live construction webcam), please visit

We hope you will join us with a donation today! Each and every gift will be matched four times over and make a meaningful and lasting difference to Urban. Gifts in honor or memory of an Urban teacher or other special person are welcome.

If you have any questions, please contact Marianne Evans at 415 593 9540 or

Thank you for your support!

Watch the House Move

The first major construction milestone for the Academic and Athletics Center was moving the house in the middle of the Oak Street parking lots to the northeast corner. In case you missed it, catch Head of School Mark Salkind (’70) on camera during this KGO spot on ABC Channel 7.

Decade Reunions - Save the Dates!
Special celebrations are being planned to celebrate the decade reunions for classes ending in "5."

10-Year Reunion for the Class of 2005

Eve Myers ('05) and Emily Seip ('05) are planning a fun get-together for your class on the evening of Saturday, October 24, at a home in San Francisco. Stay tuned for details.

20-Year Reunion for the Class of 1995

Plans are being made for celebrations over Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, November 27, and Saturday, November 28. Email us if you would like to help with planning this milestone reunion, and watch for details.

30-Year Reunion for the Class of 1985 (with special guests, the Classes of 1984 and 1986)

Come to Urban on Saturday, October 24, from 4 - 7 pm.  Families are welcome. At 7 pm, adults are invited to meet at Alembic for appetizers, drinks and conversation. Invitations have been mailed; if you have not received one please contact us with your updated address. Special thanks to reunion leaders Michael Pastreich ('85), Mary Ellen Petrich ('85) and Erika Lenkert ('85) for their leadership in planning this special event!

40-Year Reunion for the Class of 1975

If you are an alum from the Class of '75 and are interested in planning a 40th anniversary celebration for your class, please email us.

Alumni/Student Connections
We are thrilled to share that our new alumni/student shadow program is getting off the ground! Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to host an Urban student at their place of work this summer. If you would be willing to host a small group of Urban students at your workplace one morning or afternoon in Spring 2016, please contact us. If you are not able to host a student, but are interested in serving as a career resource to Urban students or alums, please complete this form.

Thank You to Our Alumni Interns
We’ve had a fun and productive summer here at Urban’s Alumni Office. A very special shout-out to our alumni summer interns Zoe Pleasure (’12), Erika Gomi (’15) and Mina Richard (‘14). Thank you for all your help; you have been invaluable! If you are interested in being a future alumni intern, please email us.

Send Us Your Class Notes!
New job? New baby? Bumped into an old friend or teacher? We love hearing from you! Email us your class notes for the winter BluesNotes. Pictures welcome!

from the alumni council
Last month, my term as President of Urban's Alumni Association came to an end. Over the past three years as President, I've truly enjoyed working with fellow alums, teachers, administrators and current students to strengthen the school's Alumni Relations Program and offer you, as Urban alums, more opportunities  to strengthen connections with one another and our alma mater.
I am excited to announce that Kate Jessup ('95) will be Urban's next Alumni Council President. Kate has been a very active and vital member of the Council, and I know she will take the program to new heights. In addition to a passion for cooking and events, Kate brings journalism and nonprofit fundraising experience to the role of Council President.
I encourage you to explore ways that you can be involved with Urban's alumni community. Opportunities range from serving as a career resource for current students or other Urban grads, assisting with alumni gatherings such as reunions, athletic events, our annual holiday happy hour, or serving in a leadership position on Urban's Alumni Council. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kate at or Director of Alumni Relations Marianne Evans at Your interest and involvement are always welcome!
I look forward to seeing you at future Urban alumni events, and Go Blues!
Tara Wilson ('95)
alumni spotlight

California Energy Commissioner David Hochschild (’89) co-authored this excellent LA Times op-ed piece on California’s renewable energy industry and progress.

Colin Pierce ('98) was featured in this PBS NewsHour video in June. Colin, the International Baccalaureate coordinator at a public high school in Seattle, discusses how the IB program has changed the learning environment at the school. See his article on the subject How Marvin Gaye and Nikki Giovanni Help my Students Discuss Racial Violence.

Zak Williams (’01) has developed a curriculum focused on teaching financial literacy to at-risk individuals, and is teaching the course to inmates at San Quentin. CNNMoney did a piece on his work here.

Amos Goldbaum ('03) and his SF themed t-shirts were featured in this SFGate article. Be on the lookout for Amos in his decorated three-wheeled metermaid vehicle!

Lizzie Logan (’10) was one of this year’s commencement speakers at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and did a fantastic job! To see the speech please click here or read it in the Huffington Post.
alumni events

Decade Reunions for Classes Ending in "5"
The Classes of '05 and '85 (with special guests '84 and '86) are getting together on Saturday, October 24.

The Class of '95 will be celebrating over Thanksgiving weekend on November 27 and 28. If you are an alum from the Class of '75 and would like to help to organize an event for your class please contact us.

Building Your Network - Career Networking Event
Tuesday, November 17 (tentative date)
Venue TBA

Watch your email and our alumni events page for information.

Alumni Holiday Party
Thursday, December 17
6 - 8 pm
Venue TBA

Recent Grad Reunion for the Classes of 2011 - 2015
Wednesday, January 6
Time TBA
At Urban

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Fall Production
November 12 - 14
7:30 pm
Gumption Theater
Peer Education Theater Performance
December 2 - 4
7 pm
Gumption Theater
Winter Music Concert
Sunday, December 13
5 pm
Herbst Theater
photos and fun stuff
click here for pictures of recent events
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