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K - 5th Grade  9:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. 

6th - 8th Grade  9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. 





Dear SFUSD families,


Earlier this week gunshots were fired in the school parking lot at dismissal time at June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE), and four students were physically injured. They are recovering. The assailants were not part of the school and appeared to be targeting one student -- there is no ongoing threat to students at JJSE. This isolated event, although awful, should not be viewed as a negative reflection on JJSE, an extremely safe school focused on caring relationships.  


This terrible incident has shaken everyone in the community. While students at other schools were not directly impacted, we recognize that an event like this can bring up difficult feelings for you and your child. Please know that school staff is prepared to discuss these feelings with your child and provide additional support as needed.


All school staff remain alert to any potential threats to safety in our school district.  The safety and security of the San Francisco Unified School District’s students and staff is of utmost importance. SFUSD has a comprehensive crisis plan, and district administrators coordinate closely with city emergency management officials and law enforcement representatives to monitor and update plans on a regular basis.


In addition, schools have security measures to ensure the well-being of students and staff. These include: visitor check-in procedures, locked doors after the start of the school day, surveillance cameras, and school resource officer support.


How we notify you if there is a school emergency

If there is an emergency at your child's school or a citywide emergency that impacts your child’s school, SFUSD will notify parents using the contact information in our student information system. Depending on the impact level of the emergency, we will attempt to reach you via a phone call and email using the information in our database, and, if you have opted in to receive text messages, you will receive text notifications as well.


If you do not receive a message it is likely because your current contact information has not been entered into the district’s confidential student information system. We encourage you to check with your school site secretary or principal to ensure they have the most up to date contact information for you in SFUSD’s student information system.  This is the how, in the event of a school or citywide emergency, we can reach you immediately.


Notifications regarding high-impact emergencies will also be posted on the district’s website, Twitter account (@SFUnified) and shared with the media.


How to sign up for text notifications

If you have a mobile phone entered into our system, you will receive one prompt from SFUSD via SchoolMessenger asking you to opt in to receiving text messages. The message will only be sent one time from the number 67587 and will read: "SFUSD alerts. Reply Y to confirm, HELP for info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies."


We encourage you to reply "Y" to receive text messages from SFUSD and your school, as it often makes for faster communication, which is crucial in the event of an emergency. However, if you do not wish to opt in, you can simply ignore the text message.


You will only receive this message one time, and if you do not reply "Y" to confirm, the district cannot send you future text notifications. If you already received a text message and didn’t reply but do want to receive urgent messages via text, you may still sign up by texting “YES” to the number 67587 from your mobile phone. Please note, if you text this number and your mobile phone is not entered in the student information system, messages will not be sent to it.


More information about SFUSD’s emergency notification procedures can be found here:



Myong Leigh

Interim Superintendent


  1. Mon, October 17, 4:45pm – 6:15pm  Boys Basketball vs Alice Fong Yu at Sunset Rec Center

  2. Wednesday, October 19 7:50am  School Site Council Meeting

  3. Thurs, October 20, Picture Make-up day

  4. Thurs, October 20, at 10:20 am:  The Great California Shakeout Earthquake Drill

  5. Mon, October 24, 3:30pm – 5:00pm Girls Basketball vs Carmichael   at Sunset Rec

  6. Wed, October 26, 6pm – 8pm PTA Meeting in iSparks Room 238

  7. Fri, October 28  Elementary Haunted House and Halloween Parade.

Students may not bring toy weapons such as swords or guns.  Also, except for the elementary parade, students may not cover their faces with a mask.  Also, please do not send candy with your children on either the 28th or the 31st.

  1. Fri, October 28, 1pm – 3pm  MS Halloween Dance

  2.  Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm,  SFUSD Enrollment Fair (especially for 8th grade families)  Come to the Enrollment Fair at the City College of San Francisco, Wellness Center, 1800 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112.  See all public schools and attend workshops on the enrollment process, Transitional Kindergarten, Special Education, Language pathways, middle school feeders, afterschool programs and the Lowell application process.  Child care is available if requested in advance.  Ages 3-7 register at:    Enrollment Fair flyer:

  3. Mon, October 31, 3:30pm – 5:00pm,  Girls Basketball vs Presidio at Sunset Rec

  4. Mon, October 31, 4:45pm – 6:15pm, Boys Basketball vs Francisco at Sunset Rec

  5. November 2, Elementary Trimester ends.

  6. Parent Teacher Conference Week is the week of November 14 to 18.  More information to come.

  7. Saturday, 11/19 Expanding Your Horizons in Science & Mathematics Conference for Young Women: Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics™ conferences nurture girls' interest in science and math courses to encourage them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Middle School Girls are invited to register for this full day of STEM fun!



Giving to Lawton

There are a variety of ways you can support Lawton  Three very easy things that you can do right now are to view teacher proposals on, sign up for eScrip, and bring in some Boxtops.


You give to a project, Donorschoose delivers the materials to the class, kids learn and show it in photos and thank-you notes.


eScrip is a resource where participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to Lawton.       For example, if you register your Safeway Club Card with eScrip, Safeway donates 1% of what you spend per month to the school.  Lawton's Group ID# is 119028715.  


Next time you go grocery shopping, look for the Box Top logos located on many different products like Cheerios.  If you buy any of these products, all you need to do is clip the tops and leave them  in the PTA cubby in the Lawton main office. 

School History

Over seventy years ago, Lawton Alternative School was founded in the growing Sunset District.   The school was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which provided work to nearly eight million Americans during the Great Depression.  Most of the school buildings in the area were built by the same architects in an Art Deco influenced style known as "Streamline Moderne."  This type of style emphasized curving forms, long horizontal lines, and sometimes nautical themes.  Source: Sunset Beacon.

Today, Lawton is a Kindergarten through 8th Grade school with an open enrollment which allows students from any San Francisco neighborhood to apply to attend.  Our school-wide priority is to improve the academic performance of all our students by developing each student's learning potential through a wide variety of challenging programs that provide them with as many active learning and problem solving to reach their full academic potential.  We endeavor to become better citizens through adherence to our motto, "Respect, Responsibility, and Compassion."  Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is committed to fostering a strong sense of community and raising funds to support the classrooms with materials, enrichment programs, and extracurricular activies.

Lawton is a California Distinguished School 1986, 1993, 2002, and 2014

Class photo from Lawton January 1960

Class photo from Lawton January 1960

Class photo from Lawton November 1954

Class photo from Lawton November 1954

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Visit Lawton

School tours are on Tuesday and Thursday at starting at 9:25 a.m. from October to mid-January.   Please call (415) 759-2832 to make an appointment for a tour or sign up on Eventbrite at:  If you'd like to speak with a current parent, please send an email to

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