The Food and Agriculture Program
The Food and Agriculture program’s goal is to empower Mission students and their families to:
1) be active and engaged in food justice movements and,
2) to make healthy living decisions within the broader context of the economic, ecological, and social components of food systems.
The Food and Agriculture program frames food justice as a holistic issue within the context of these systems rather than a singular focus on nutrition or greening movements.
Similarly, healthy living decisions take into account this holistic approach and includes the interconnection of food consumption (cooking, nutrition) and growing practices (organic/commercial, water use, and labor practices).
The SPARK Mission High School Teacher Grant Program
Teachers are the nucleus of the Mission High School student experience. To demonstrate the foundation’s appreciation of and commitment to teachers, the foundation’s first grant program is designed to directly support teacher creativity, innovation, empathy and hard work.
SPARK Grant Criteria
- Alignment with MHS balanced scorecard goals
- Alignment with SFUSD Vision 2025
- Innovative project based blended discipline programs
- Equity centered programs
Annual College Trip
The Mission High School Annual College Trip
One of the greatest privileges the Mission High Foundation has each year is the funding of the Annual College Trip. Each year for the past five years, Principal Eric Guthertz has organized a trip to California colleges for 40 rising Juniors, so that the students, most of whom will be the first in their families to go to college, can get a real feel for what attending college will be like.
Over a 4 day period the students, led by Principal Guthertz and accompanied teacher-chaperones , travel by bus and visit four to five carefully selected colleges in California. In past years students have visited schools like UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, other UC and Cal State universities as well as a number of private colleges and universities. Without a trip like this, most of the students would not have an opportunity to visit colleges.
There is limited to no budget for something like this. Money is needed for the cost of the bus rental, motel rooms (students stay four per room), meals etc.
For people like us that come from backgrounds where college is accepted and expected, it’s difficult to understand the impact that a trip can have on the students who often have no idea what to expect, what a campus looks like, what dormitories are like, the unique energy that colleges and universities exude.
The kids come away from these trips excited and about the prospect of college and the proof is in Mission High’s outstanding record in sending graduates to a wide variety excellent colleges and universities throughout California and across the US.
The Mission High Foundation, with the generous support from our community, looks forward to funding and the college trip for many years to come.
Mission High needs $250,000 by the end of 2019.
It’s no secret that budget cuts are always a problem in public schools. These cuts are often from budgets already set at the bare minimum. Instead of cuts, Mission High School, like most public schools, has increased needs that require funding. These include:
- STEM education
- Career preparation programs
- College preparation
- Remedial +advanced instruction
- Student health services