The Urban School Alumni Association BLUESNOTES
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  August 18, 2016
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We are pleased to announce our second UrbanReads (and our first 50th Anniversary year event!) featuring the 2016-17 All-School Read, Notorious RBG. This afternoon event, Sunday, September 25 from 4 - 6 pm, begins with wine and nibbles and will be moderated by Urban's Librarian Sarah Levin, with special guest, Urban alum parent and Superior Court Judge Mary Wiss (James Powell '14). Please join us if you are a fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, even if you haven't read the book!

UrbanReads is open to current parents, alumni, alumni parents and their guests. Click here to see our Library Leaders' description of Notorious RBG and the full list of our faculty and library leaders summer reading recommendations. RSVP Here.

Urban's 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend!

This summer our fabulous alum interns were immersed in the archives finding photos, uncovering stories and learning fun facts about Urban's history to share with our community as we kick off Urban's 50th Anniversary. They want to know if you can name all the faculty members in the picture above. The first person to email us with the correct answer will win some Urban swag, featuring the new Urban logo.

Stay tuned for more fun facts, quizzes, and an opportunity to share images and memories with our Urban community as we honor Urban's past, present and future. We hope you will join us as we open the doors to our beautiful new building, The Mark Salkind Center, dedicate the Alumni Blues Lounge and celebrate this milestone with our entire community on November 5 and 6!

50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend Schedule of Events


Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5:
Decade celebrations for the classes ending in "6" are being planned and will be held at various locations and times. Stay tuned for more info and email us with questions. 


Saturday, November 5, 3 - 5 pm, at Urban
All alums, regardless of athletic ability, are invited to join us in Urban's new gym for a Round Robin Basketball Tournament! Don your vintage UrbanWear and come and play (or cheer) as we break in our new gym. We'll also be celebrating LeRoy Votto, our tireless champion of the Blues, his retirement from teaching and his continuation as Urban's Alum Ambassador. 
RSVP Here  

Saturday, November 5, 5 - 7 pm, at Urban
All alums, faculty, former faculty and their guests are invited to join us for a special reception and ribbon cutting for our new Alumni Blues Lounge! Enjoy live music, delicious food and drink and good company in our new dedicated space.
RSVP Here 

Sunday, November 6, 1 - 4 pm, at Urban
All our community members past and present are invited to join us for a special celebration and a formal dedication of The Mark Salkind Center followed by campus tours, activities and festivities for all ages. Join us for delicious refreshments, mingle with current and former faculty, hear student and alumni performances, a panel of alumni innovators and much more! Childcare will be provided.


Carposina Urbanae is Official!

There are not many schools that can boast having a moth named in their honor. Meet Carposina urbanae, a previously unknown moth discovered by our own Dr. Matt Medeiros in Kauai. From Matt's published paper in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society: "Carposina urbanae is named in honour of the Urban School of San Francisco, where MJM (Matthew J Medeiros) has been a science teacher for 5 years, and many of his Urban Advanced Studies Genetics students performed PCRs used in this study. Urban has supported MJM's research commitment to entomology, with the formation of a new class, Entomology: Bugs and Biodiversity, which provides an education in general entomology to high school students."

Congratulations to Matt, and to two Urban alums, Griffin Bianchi ('16) and Laurel Taschetta ('16) who worked with Matt their Senior year on genetics research and who were published alongside him. See the full paper here.

Urban in the News
Urban has had some ink during its spring term. Please enjoy the following stories.

Thank you to .Mic and author Marie Solis for shining light on the importance of authentic high school health and sex education courses. Read The Key to Curbing Campus Sexual Assault Lies in High School Health Class article, featuring Urban's Sophomore Health Teacher Shafia Zaloom talking about the "yes means yes" California affirmative consent law. There are some great insights from an Urban student and parent, as well as from SF Unified School District health teacher.

An article in the Industrial Designers Society of America Innovations magazine highlights the importance of STEAM opportunities in high school and how students are ready to take on real challenges in their coursework. Read it here.

Thank You to our Alum Interns
We've had a fun and productive summer here at Urban's Alumni Office as we prepare for our 50th Anniversary Celebration. A very special shout-out to our alumni summer interns Zoe Pleasure ('12), Erika Gomi ('15), Annie McEachron ('15) and Mina Richard ('14). Thank you for all your help; you have been invaluable and we will miss you! 

Thank You for Your Support!
Thank you to all our alums who supported Urban with a gift to their Class Endowment Fund, Urban's Annual Fund and our Alumni Challenge for The Mark Salkind Center! Nearly 400 alums made gifts to Urban this year -- a historic showing of support.

In case you missed it, click here to see the 2015-16 Annual Fund thank you piece made by members of our community. And we hope to see you on Saturday, November 5, for our All-Alumni Reception and the ribbon cutting of the Alumni Blues Lounge, our dedicated space made possible by our generous Alumni Challenge donors.

If you would like to make a gift to Urban's 2016-17 Annual Fund, please click here. Alums in the Classes of 2009-16 are invited to make a gift to the Annual Fund or to their Class Endowment Fund.

Thank you again for supporting Urban and its students, teachers, programs and community!

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 sharing with our faculty and alumni community. Pictures welcome!

alumni spotlight
Lisa Carne ('87): Marine Biologist Lisa Carne ('87) has been leading the restoration initiative in Belize for 10 years, growing corals in rope nurseries and slowly restoring the reefs of Laughing Bird Caye National Park. The company she founded in support of this work, Fragments of Hope, recently received its 501(c)(3) status. A fun note, Lisa tells us that alum Patty Cooper (Keene) ('87) was instrumental in helping with the filing application.
Patrick Ferris ('04) and his band The Americans will be playing at Brick and Mortar in San Francisco tonight, Thursday, August 18! Click here for tickets.
Shira Gill ('95): Shira's organization and styling business was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle with helpful tips for families with children headed back to school. Congratulations, Shira!

Paul Harather ('84): Paul has founded two production companies - one in Austria and one in Germany. He recently directed a TV Series on the division of East and West Germany. Before that he produced and directed other feature films, TV series and many international TV commercials. Paul was an exchange student from Austria in the 1983-84 school year - we are delighted to be back in touch with him!

Jacob Hartog ('07): Jacob's band New Diplomat has just released its first single, Stay Up from its upcoming EP Replaced. Read more about New Diplomat and the album here. 
Henry Mayer (former Urban faculty): We felt nostalgic seeing Henry's name in the Sunday New York Times By the Book Section in an interview with novelist, essayist, critic and author Geoff Dyer. In response to the question "what moves you most in a work of literature?" Dyer states, "I also found much that was moving in All on Fire," Henry Mayer's biography of William Lloyd Garrison the abolitionist editor of The Liberator. LeRoy Votto was Henry's follow up researcher for the book which was nominated for a National Book Award. Henry passed away in July 2000.
Willie Moses ('02): Willie started the second phase of his general surgery residency as a senior resident at UCSF in June 2016. He just completed a two-year fellowship with a team that is researching the feasiibilty of artificial kidney transplants. For more information, about the project read this. In June, Willie presented an abstract about the kidney transplant project at the opening plenary session of the annual conference of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) in San Francisco. Willie's abstract was one of the top five selected from more than 200 submissions.
Akin Moses ('00): Akin completed a two-year contract teaching English as a Second Language at the American School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has been appointed Assistant Director of Academic Programs at Prep for Prep, a leadership development program for disadvantaged students in New York City.
Andrew Nance ('83): Andrew has teamed up with Jim Durk, illustrator of Clifford the Red Dog books, on Puppy Mind, a picture book for children and adults about the power of mindfulness training. In addition to his work with the New Conservatory Theater, Andrew is the founder and director of Mindful Arts San Francisco, a volunteer-led community based organization that provides mindfulness instruction to improve attention, self regulation and social emotional learning for SFUSD students.  We are very excited to read Puppy Mind when it comes out in September!
Elizabeth Rynecki ('87)'s book, Chasing Portraits, just received its first review - a starred book review from Kirkus. Congratulations Elizabeth! Elizabeth will be speaking at Urban with other alum panelists on November 6 during our 50th Anniversary Community Celebration. Her book will be in stores starting on September 6.
Dimitri Staszewski ('10): Dimitri has been in Mongolia working on music and culture projects as part of his Fulbright fellowship. He and his friends made this wonderful video about the LGBT community in Mongolia.
alumni events

Sunday, September 25
4 - 6 pm
Gumption Theater

Urban's 50th Anniversary and Reunion Weekend

Friday, November 4
Decade Reunions Planned for Classes Ending in "6"
Time and Places TBA

Saturday, November 5
Alumni Round Robin Basketball Tournament
3 - 5 pm
Reception and Ribbon Cutting for the Alumni Blues Lounge
5 - 7 pm

RSVP to Saturday's events here.

Sunday, November 6
1 - 4 pm
All-Community Celebration with Music, Food, Activities and Festivities for all Ages (including an Alumni Panel of innovators moderated by LeRoy Votto)
At Urban

RSVP to the community celebration here.

2nd Annual Career Networking Reception
Wednesday, November 16
6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Flood Mansion, 222 Broadway St.
Stay tuned for details

Urban Alumni Holiday Happy Hour
Thursday, December 15
6 - 8 pm
Venue TBA

Recent Grad Reunion for the Classes of 2012 - 2016
Tuesday, January 3
3:30 - 4:45 pm
The Alumni Blues Lounge in The Mark Salkind Center
After the event, join us to cheer on our Blues basketball team playing in our new gym!

student news
Fall Production
November 10 - 12
7:30 pm
Gumption Theater

Peer Education Theater Performance
November 30, December 1, 2
7 pm
Gumption Theater 

Winter Music Concert
Sunday, December 11
5 pm
Herbst Theater

photos and fun stuff
click here for pictures of recent events
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