SCUSD’s Immunization Clinic will be open two days a week in August to vaccinate students entering or currently attending SCUSD schools who meet the following criteria:
Are 18 years old or younger
Are without health insurance or are enrolled in Medi-Cal
Are of Native American/Native Alaskan decent
The Immunization Clinic is located in Room 4 of SCUSD’s Enrollment Center, 5601 47th Ave., Sacramento (next to the Serna Center). The clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. according to the following schedule:
A recent change in the state law means eligible parents or guardians no longer will have to pay a fee for state part-day preschool.
Now is the time to register your child in one of SCUSD’s programs. Call (916) 433-2736 or (916) 277-7151 to enroll. Two new locations are opening for the fall: Freeport Elementary School and Fruit Ridge Elementary School.
SCUSD’s Child Development Department offers educationally enriching experiences for children 0-5, which will prepare them for future school success.
The Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education voted Thursday to appoint veteran educator José L. Banda, currently Seattle Public Schools Superintendent, to the top post in Sacramento.
At a press conference this morning, Mr. Banda, who grew up in Bakersfield and spent three decades working in California public schools, said he is excited to get started in Sacramento and happy to be back in the Golden State.
City Year Sacramento honored Father Keith B. Kenny K-8 School Principal Gail Johnson at its Ripples of Hope Dinner on June 4.
The gala was the group’s second annual leadership event honoring women in education.
Johnson became principal at Father Keith B. Kenny in the fall of 2009, when the school had an Academic Index Performance score of 631. API is the state’s accountability index and the goal is for every school to reach or top 800.
In her time at Father Keith B. Kenny, the school’s API has increased 183 points. The school now has an API of 814.
Golden Empire Elementary School loves the number 6,584.
That is the number of Box Tops collected during the month of May for Golden Empire’s Pie in the Face Box Top Challenge. For every 1,000 Box Tops turned in, a teacher volunteered to get a pie in the face.
With that large number, six teachers got a pie in the face on June 2. Golden Empire teachers Kim Engstrom, Linda Hogg-Wood, Marti Woodward, Maryanne Brown, Drew Gardner and Principal Irene Eister all bravely stepped up for their pie facial.
At C.K. McClatchy High School’s Senior Awards Night on Tuesday, 204 seniors were recognized for receiving more than 100 awards and scholarships.
Scholarships and awards totaling more than $30,000 were presented at Tuesday night’s event. In addition to those awards, many graduates also received scholarships and awards from the colleges they will be attending in the fall.
I Got Caught Attending School is a joint effort with SCUSD, KSFM 102.5 and Natomas Walmart to increase attendance rates in our elementary schools. Recently, students at Bret Harte were “caught” attending school!
In addition, Bret Harte Elementary is SCUSD’s school with the most improved attendance overall. In comparison to last year through the seventh month of the school year, they made the most improvement with a 1.20 percent increase. Students will be receiving a lunch time DJ party from KSFM 102.5 on June 6.
The PACE program at John F. Kennedy High School recognized it’s ninth group of graduating seniors on Wednesday, May 21 with a barbecue and awards ceremony.
The 119 members of the PACE Class of 2014 were accepted to more than 300 colleges and universities, including destinations as diverse as Boston University and New York University to Mills College and University of Colorado.
Thirty-three grads will be heading to the UCs, including eight to UC Berkeley, three to UCLA and seven to UC Davis. Another 42 PACErs are going to a California State University.
Golden Empire Elementary School is shining thanks to the generosity of members of First Covenant Church and Fremont Presbyterian Church. These two congregations chose Golden Empire Elementary as a recipient of the Day of Service event on May 17.
The volunteers improved and spruced up the school in just four hours, focusing much of their efforts on the school garden, building new garden pathways, weeding, tilling the soil and removing dirt and debris.
Sacramento Unified Education Foundation – SCUSD’s official nonprofit organization – celebrated the success of its fund-raising campaign for two arson-damaged playgrounds on May 21 at John Sloat Elementary School.
Last summer, playground structures at John Sloat and Caroline Wenzel elementary schools were set ablaze. Damage was extensive and both structures were removed for safety reasons. Although SCUSD moved swiftly to replace the structures, the schools opened in the fall without them.
School cafeterias may be closed, but children and teens can still get nutritious breakfasts and lunches at no charge this summer at locations throughout the Sacramento City Unified School District.
During the school year, SCUSD’s Nutrition Services feeds more than 30,000 students a day in school cafeterias throughout the city. Continuing to feed students throughout the summer helps ensure kids are healthy and ready to learn when school resumes in September.
Several SCUSD teachers were celebrated at this year’s Education Foundation Teacher Recognition Ceremony held at Sierra II Community Center on May 21.
The Education Foundation, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens and Mason-McDuffie Real Estate, was created to acknowledge public educators for their invaluable contributions to the teaching profession.
The Foundation is committed to the process of seeking out worthy candidates as recipients of grants, and is highly organized internally to carry out that goal.
Many SCUSD schools will be getting long-awaited facility improvements this summer thanks to Sacramento voters approving Measures Q and R in November 2012.
Bond-funded projects include fire alarm system upgrades, new roofs, parking lot and playground resurfacing and restroom upgrades. Two big projects will also be underway this summer: The construction of an athletics stadium at John F. Kennedy High School and the remodeling of C.K. McClatchy High School’s gym.
Family members and guests cheered as 219 SCUSD Parent Honorees were celebrated at the fourth annual Parent Recognition Celebration on May 22 at the Serna Center.
Parents from 20 schools received certificates of recognition for their completion of the SCUSD Parents as Partners in Schools program, a nine-week workshop series developed by the SCUSD Office of School, Family and Community Partnerships through a grant from Target Foundation.
Parent participants in the SCUSD/La Familia partnership workshop, Positive Parenting of Teens, were also honored.
Ethel I. Baker Elementary School teacher Julie Gordon recently lead a community service effort that resulted in a campus clean up by participants in Bayside Church’s SERVE program.
The beautification day consisted of planting three maple trees, trimming bushes and trees and cleaning up hallways and walkways. Bayside members demonstrated the importance of helping others, says Principal Olga Arellano: “We appreciate their hard and dedicated work.”
Fern Bacon Middle School’s boys soccer team not only clinched the City Middle School Soccer Championship — for the first time in 17 years — but the victors got to meet the professional players of Sacramento’s FC Republic.
The Fern Bacon boys escorted the Republic team onto the field at Hughes Stadium on May 17. The Republic players gave meaningful advice, words of wisdom and encouragement for the boys to keep their head in the game and strive for academic excellence.
Luther Burbank High School students were recently treated to a presentation by 95-year-old Edith Roberts, a member of the local Tuskegee Airmen chapter.
Roberts shared the struggles and accomplishments of African Americans in the 1940s and discussed the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of pilots who fought in World War II. She also encouraged the students to pursue higher education.
There are 54 active members in Sacramento’s George S. “Spanky” Roberts Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Nine are among the original airmen. Others are spouses and children.
Hundreds of parents, students, faculty and staff celebrated the 25th graduating class from C.K. McClatchy High School’s Humanities and International Studies Program (HISP) at a barbecue Tuesday evening.
The 131 members of HISP’s Class of 2014 racked up an impressive number of college acceptances — 503 in all. Of those, four students are headed to UC Berkeley, one to Stanford, five to UCLA, 13 to UC Davis, 11 to UC Santa Cruz and nine to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Eighteen schools and the A. Warren McClaskey Adult Center were awarded allocations of Measure Q bond funds at the Project Green culmination event held May 13 at A.M. Winn Waldorf-Inspired K-8 School.
Started three years ago, Project Green encourages students — in teams with teachers and parents — to learn about sustainable living by conducting green audits of their campuses. The audits are then used to craft student recommendations for facility upgrades that will improve energy and water efficiency and make campuses healthier places for students to learn.
At its annual awards banquet last week, the Association of California School Administrators, Region 3, honored three SCUSD leaders.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Sara Noguchi was awarded the group’s Silver Star for outstanding Central Office Administrator.
Parkway Elementary School Principal Kelley Odipo was awarded the Silver Star for elementary principal and Vlastimil Krvecek won a Silver Star for co-administrator. Krvecek is the Site Instructional Coordinator at Nicholas Elementary School.
The West Campus High School girls soccer team defeated Central Catholic of Modesto 3-0 on May 17 at Lincoln High School in Stockton to become the California Interscholastic Federation Division 5 Section champions.
This is the fourth CIF championship for the Warriors in the last five years.
Stand-out performances by forward Rachel Billington and goal keeper Alexandra Chaveste contributed to the win.
The Rosa Parks Student Support Center recently hosted the school’s final Family Game Night of the year.
The evening included a dinner sponsored by Capital Christian and an athletic shoe giveaway sponsored by Fleet Feet.
Approximately 80 pairs of practically new, high-quality running shoes were distributed. Adults were excited to have an opportunity to help their children continue to be active and healthy over the summer.
SCUSD held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to open Rosemont High School’s new $1.97 million track and field, a project funded by Measure R.
Made in the USA with recycled rubber, the sandwich-style track surface is free of harmful heavy metals and durable enough for world-class performance training and competition. The equivalent of 7,000 passenger tires was kept from landfills through the recycling process.
Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series by Career Technical Education Coordinator Joe Stymeist about the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) and the opportunities it presents for students and staff to participate in compelling Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities.
At tomorrow night’s Board of Education meeting, the district will honor students, mentors and coaches from Hiram Johnson, Kennedy, Rosemont and the School of Engineering and Sciences for their participation in the 2013-14 FIRST Robotics season.
SCUSD’s Parent Engagement and Training department hosted 19 staff members from Stockton Unified for a workshop on Friday, May 9.
District staff conducted training on parent engagement strategies and establishing and running successful Parent Resource Centers. The group included Stockton school principals and their parent engagement staff, as well as Stockton Unified administrators.
SCUSD’s Student Support and Health Services (SSHS) Department and the Connect Center sponsored the third annual LGBTQA Youth Leadership Conference, LIVE PROUD on May 3 at The Met Sacramento High School.
Student leaders from seven Sacramento area schools came together to discuss issues that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally (LGBTQA) youth, and ways to empower themselves and their peers as student leaders.
The Junior ROTC unit at C.K. McClatchy High School has been awarded the Distinguished Unit With Merit Award and Outstanding Organization Award from the U.S. Air Force.
“These awards recognize the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors and the support of the school and local community,” Air Force Col. Cameron Gilbert wrote in a letter to the school.
SCUSD, the City of Sacramento and the West Campus High School community celebrated the operation of a new traffic signal on Fruitridge Road at a press conference held on Friday, May 9.
The installation of the new light at Fruitridge and 58th Street culminates a joint effort by the two agencies launched after West Campus student Michelle Murigi, 16, was fatally hit by a car in the intersection in January 2012.
SCUSD is working with the community to spread the word about new federal and state regulations coming in July that will curb the sale of sugary snacks and drinks to students on public school campuses.
These regulations are aimed at improving the health of children, teaching students a lifelong lesson about good nutrition and prompting fund-raising groups to consider healthy ways to bring in donations.