Noe Valley Voice June 2013


Feet in Their Shoes

By Heather World

A field trip to Alcatraz Island in April captured this image of members of the 2013 graduating class from St. Paul’s School on Church Street.   Photo courtesy Shawn Bulen

Congratulations and happy graduation to the St. Paul’s Class of 2013! All of the graduates were accepted to a high school of their choice and will be attending Lick-Wilmerding, Lowell, Mercy High (Burlingame), Mercy High (San Francisco), Riordan, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, and Serra.

Even as graduates move on, the Church Street school will welcome Kathryn Camacho as its new principal. Camacho left a career in retail management to become a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, a Catholic sisterhood providing education to the poor. She was the founding principal of the Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento and has worked at two other schools in San Francisco.

Congratulations also to the graduates of St. Philip School at 24th and Diamond streets. They will move on to Saint Ignatius, Sacred Heart, Riordan, and Stuart Hall. Next year’s students will enjoy tech-savvy classrooms: the kindergarten through third-grade classes will share 40 Kindle Fire tablets and the fourth- through eighth-grade classes will share 40 Hewlett Packard Ultrabooks. In addition, the computer lab will get 12 HP desktop computers with touch screens.

The money comes in part from this year’s two fundraisers—a fall festival and a spring auction that brought in $176,000. Funds raised will also be spent on enrichment programs and special needs services.

The Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy elementary school on 19th Street attracted about 400 people to its April carnival, raising $5,000. All the money goes back into the school, supporting assemblies, field trips, and supplies for arts and science programs like the Science Fair.

Jonesy Costa-Schmell displays her tiger project for the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy’s 2013 Science Fair.   Photo courtesy Barry Schmell