School Site Council

What is the School Site Council?

The School Site Council is a group of teachers, parents, and staff that works with the principal to develop, review, and evaluate the school site plan and SFUSD school budget. Tasks include:

Read more about the SSC on the SFUSD website. All New Traditions community members are welcome to attend SSC meetings, which are held monthly.

Current council members: Dr. Myra Quadros (Principal), Kim Ristow (Chair), Alan Calac (Vice Chair), Alexandra Kostoulas (Secretary), Jen Douglass, Emily Schaffer, and Jason Anderson (elected members)

Contac the SSC by sending a message here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the School Site Council?

The School Site Council (SSC) is an elected group of equal number of parents, teachers and/or staff. The basic idea behind the SSC is to involve individuals, who are most affected by our school's operations, in the decision-making process. The role of the SSC is to advise the principal on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the school's overall site plan and school budget. The SSC assures that specific categorical state funds are allocated to the appropriate programs/categories to support the school's overall goals. Throughout the year, the SSC monitors the progression its goals by reviewing school test scores, attendance, parent surveys and input from teachers and students.

Why do we have an SSC?

In the 1970s, the State of California passed a law that set up the School Improvement Program (SIP), which enabled schools to receive supplemental funding from the state. The law required that schools establish School Site Councils (SSC) in order to receive and spend the extra funding provided by SIP.

What's in the School Based Coordinated Plan (SBCP)?

According to law, the SSC is required to design, implement, and monitor a School Based Coordinated Plan (SBCP) to ensure that SIP funds are being spent effectively to support school's improvement efforts to attain the highest possible levels of teaching and learning at the school. In SFUSD, the Balanced Score Card (BSC) is the equivalent to the SBCP.

Where can I get a copy of the BSC?

A copy of the Balanced Score Card is available in our school office.

How much money does the SSC have to spend?

SIP funds come from the state on a per student basis. The amount varies from year to year with CBEDS (California Basic Educational Data System) enrollment. The legislature and governor can add to or cut some of the funding in any given year. The Weighted Student Formula (WSF) provides for a base amount of funding for each student. Additional funds are provided to students based on additional factors (for example language status, family income).

Do I have to be an SSC member to attend the meetings? 

No, you do not have to be a member of the SSC to attend the SSC monthly meetings. They are open to the entire school community. Participation, questions, comments, and concerns are always welcome. See the school calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

Friends of New Traditions (PTA)

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Commitment to Anti-Racism and Equity Collective

New Traditions' Commitment to Anti-Racism and Equity (C.A.R.E.) Collective is an open-door group of New Traditions families, caregivers, faculty, and staff committed to personal and collective anti-racism and equity work in service of ensuring all New Traditions students are successful and seen.

Members of this collective come together to:


The focus for 2023-2024 will be "Creating Brave Spaces"


C.A.R.E. will host a series of 90-minute workshops that dive into a particular topic. The workshops will aim to build on our work in recent years, and welcome new voices into our Collective. Check back here in October for details. 

Community Hangouts 

This year, we'll also host regular, informal hangouts where folks can get to know each other without any agenda or plans. These will be opportunities to build relationships, get to know each others' kids, and nurture the brave spaces we create together. 

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