About 185 SCUSD students participated last week in physical fitness and team-building sessions instructed by a team of elite Navy SEALs from a training base in Coronado near San Diego.
The students participated in several physical drills that built confidence, team work and character. They were tested to a point where they learned to depend on each other to obtain a successful environment and achieve completion of the task at hand.
West Campus High School’s Class of 2014 partnered with the non-profit organization Alpha K9 to train service dogs for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Participating seniors were assigned dogs compatible with their lifestyles and made the dogs a part of their families for eight weeks. Training for the dogs and the students was held three times weekly.
The dogs that were provided were from shelters throughout the Sacramento area.
If you would like to make a donation to Alpha K9, call (916) 400-4337.
Hiram Johnson High School held a Challenge Day program on Thursday for 125 students.
Challenge Day is designed to sensitize students to issues related to oppression with particular emphasis on ending bullying, harassment, racism and homophobia.
Through a combination of fun, team-building activities for the larger group and intensely personal sharing exercises in small “family” discussion groups, Hiram Johnson students built connections with each other and with the nearly 30 adults that supported the event.
Please join us as we engage in dialogue regarding SCUSD’s Strategic Plan 2010-2014, specifically looking at Pillar 1: Career and College Ready Students which states:
Provide students with a relevant, rigorous and well-rounded education that includes 21st Century career exploration, visual and performing arts and that meets four-year College and university requirements.
Young artists from George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science were honored Tuesday by the California Lottery, which will display Carver student work in its headquarters north of downtown.
Lottery Director Paula LaBrie awarded the artists with certificates of appreciation. Advanced Placement (AP) Art students submitted pencil drawings and pen and ink drawings. Additionally, the display includes pin-hole cameras made from paint cans. Displayed are architectural photos from around the campus.
On November 6, SCUSD hosted its first meeting to discuss the development of a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), a requirement of California’s new school funding law. The LCAP is aimed at helping districts around the state review needs and set priorities moving forward.
The next LCAP Advisory Committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 16, at the Serna Center, 5735 47th Ave. (Please note that this meeting was originally scheduled for December 10 but has been changed due to a scheduling conflict).
Students from Albert Einstein Middle School participated in the Sacramento Area Science Project’s “Dinner with a Scientist” on Tuesday, December 3.
The students gained insight into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and college pathways. Einstein students conversed during dinner with Dr. Kathleen Reynolds, a marine ecologist from UC Davis.
Later, they enjoyed dessert while talking to a pediatrician. Their GATE Science teacher Judy Caccamo was proud and impressed with the level of engagement shown by the young women.
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. So far elementary students from Pacific, Theodore Judah, Parkway, Rosa Parks, John Still, Hollywood Park, Golden Empire and James Marshall have been caught!
Sacramento City Councilman Steve Cohn visited fourth graders at Caleb Greenwood last month to talk about the role of local government.
The fourth graders’ current International Baccalaureate unit is focused on how societies organize through systems of government. Students had many thoughtful questions for Cohn about city issues and how various government systems operate at the local level compared to the state and federal levels.
Thanks to the hard work of dedicated teachers, parents and tournament volunteers, the year is off to a great start for SCUSD schools participating in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL), a robotics program for grades 5 through 8.
Last year, the district fielded seven FLL teams. This year, there are 17.
Across the Sacramento City Unified School District, students and staff are pitching in to help both victims of the typhoon in the Philippines and less fortunate families at home.
For example, in just four days students at California Middle School raised $550 for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The money will be donated to the Red Cross.
At nearby C.K. McClatchy High School, the Associated Student Body voted to give a $1,500 award won in a distracted driving awareness contest to typhoon relief efforts. The ASB’s ultimate goal is to raise $5,000 for the Philippines.
SCUSD was honored recently with a Leadership Award at the Green California Schools Summit in Pasadena. The award is in recognition of the district’s achievements in green building and energy efficiency. The awards were established by the Summit’s Advisory Board to honor individuals and school districts on the leading edge of school sustainability.
A committee charged with making recommendations to the Board of Education on the disposition of seven closed elementary schools will hear proposals for the sites at its meeting on Thursday (December 5) at the Serna Center.
The 7-11 Committee, so named because state law directs such groups to have between seven and 11 members representing specific constituencies, has been meeting weekly since September to learn about the sites, neighborhood needs and concerns and community priorities.
The Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education voted 5-2 on November 21 to appoint former teacher and principal Sara Noguchi, Ed.D., as interim superintendent and to begin the process of finding a permanent replacement for outgoing Superintendent Jonathan Raymond.
Superintendent Raymond announced last month that he will be leaving his post as of December 31 to return to his native Boston, where he plans to spend more time with his immediate and extended family.
Sacramento City Unified School District is applying for 21st Century High School ASSETs/21st Century Community Learning Centers Elementary and Middle/Junior High Students Cohort 9 Fiscal Year 2014-15 grants.
21st Century Community Learning Centers Program provides funding for five years to establish or expand before- and after-school programs that provide disadvantaged kindergarten through 12th-grade students with academic enrichment opportunities and supportive services to help the students meet state and local standards in core content areas.
Eight Sacramento New Technology High School students in teacher Christine Baker’s English class performed a scene from William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Vanderhoef Studio Theater (part of UC Davis’ Mondavi Center) on November 19.
Baker was one of 12 area English and drama teachers who participated in the 2013 Globe Education Academy, a professional development opportunity provided by UC Davis, the Los Rios Community College District and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, England.
Albert Einstein Middle School hosted its Medieval Faire on the Friday before Thanksgiving break to allow students to explore and discover the perils and tribulations of the Middle Ages.
Teachers and students participated in “jousting,” “sheep” tossing, sack races and a costume contest. There was an art area, live performances and a place for teachers to be placed in stocks and pummeled with pudding.
SCUSD schools will be closed from Monday, November 25 through Friday, November 29.
All campuses will be locked and alarmed during the break, and all security cameras will be monitored. If you see suspicious activity at a school during this time, please call the Sacramento Police Department at 264-5471. Residents outside city boundaries should call the county Sheriff’s Department at 874-5115. School security can also be called 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 643-7444.
Three referees from the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA) read to sixth-grade students at Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School on November 13, part of the group’s new “Time Out for Reading” program.
Time Out is a mentoring program and joint partnership between Scholastic Inc. and the NBRA. Referees from the NBRA commit one hour of their time, once a month, to read to sixth-grade students in NBA cities.The program is designed to deepen literacy and to instill a love of reading in students.
Juniors from Sacramento New Technology High School wrote historical fiction stories set during the time of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. The stories were an assignment for American History/English 11.
The stories were written in groups and a few of the teams illustrated their text. The stories highlighted trials and tribulations of their fictional characters as a way to learn about the time period.
The unit culminated with a reception at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library where the top six stories will be on display for the next month.
Staff from the Institute of Writing and Thinking at Bard College will present three winter workshops for teachers on January 6 and 7.
The workshops will provide teachers an opportunity to write as a student, think as a learner and plan as a teacher. Participants will leave with lesson plans and ideas that translate into classroom work.
The 2013-14 school year is the first official year of the Sacramento City Unified Volleyball League for Middle Schools.
Seven middle schools across the district participated in the league and championship tournament this year, including California, Albert Einstein, John Still, Kit Carson, Rosa Parks, Sutter and Will C. Wood.
The championship tournament took place on October 26 at Albert Einstein. No.1 seeded Sutter team defeated the No. 8 seeded Kit Carson team to win.
SCUSD middle and high schools are hosting open houses, visitation days and campus tours for families to learn about our many options for college- and career-bound ‘tweens and teens.
Tours and “shadow days” are a great way to get to know a campus before Open Enrollment begins. For students who will be in middle school or high school next year (2014-15), Open Enrollment starts on Monday, January 27 and runs through February 11.
Camellia Basic School celebrated Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31) with themed spirit days and assemblies focused on healthy living, making good choices, good nutrition and goal-setting.
The week culminated in a campus visit by a cadre of superheroes from the faculty. Each teacher wore a letter from their name on their cape (Robert Lundstorm, Lisa Guzzi, Diane Hocking, Julie Walters and Liz Nakagawa).
Batman also made a surprise visit, showing up on the roof.
John F. Kennedy High School recently won $3,000 in the 2013 “Got Milk? Breakfast Challenge.”
Each fall, students at SCUSD’s comprehensive high schools engage in a friendly competition to see which school can increase breakfast participation on campus the most.
Kennedy increased breakfast consumption by a whopping 80 percent this year. Winning schools typically continue to have more breakfast consumers as a result of the competition, according to SCUSD’s Nutrition Services.
National Bullying Prevention Month may have ended, but SCUSD’s work to make schools safer and healthier places for students to learn continues.
October saw a flurry of activities, from an anti-bullying rally at the Capitol to staff and parent training workshops at schools. As part of Ethel Phillips Elementary’s anti-bullying efforts, students created a unity chain that reached around the entire cafeteria.
Bullying Prevention Specialist Jessica Wharton also was a panelist at the second annual BRAVE Society “See Something, Say Something” conference.
Ninth-grade students at Sacramento New Technology High School presented their storytelling projects to friends and family at an after-school showcase on October 29.
The theme of the first semester in New Tech’s English 9/Current Global Issues course is empathy. Students examined this topic through reading Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the major lesson of which revolves around empathy and the ability to “climb into someone’s skin and walk around in it.”
Regional Transit is asking students to explore the significant role public transportation has played in the civil rights movement by entering RT’s sixth annual art and poetry contest.
The “I Am the Dream and the Dream is Now” contest is open to students in grades 3 through 12 who attend a school in RT’s service area. Twelve winners will be selected, and each will receive a $25 bookstore gift card and “The Rosa Parks Story” on DVD.
This fall, SCUSD is busy gearing up to meet the accountability and planning goals set for all California K-12 districts by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), passed into law in June. These goals are aimed at ensuring that affected stakeholders participate in setting educational priorities aligned to resources so all students receive the quality education they deserve.
The Luther Burbank High School Navy JROTC cadets had the honor of providing a Color Guard for the current Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, in San Francisco on September 25.
Additionally, the cadets mingled with General Tony Zinni (USMC Retired), and former Secretary of State George Shultz.
The speaker series was presented by the Marines’ Memorial Association in partnership with the Commonwealth Club of California. Admiral Greenert spoke to an audience of approximately 400 guests at the Marines Memorial Club.
Students at Pacific Elementary and Theodore Judah Elementary were surprised by KSFM 102.5 staff on Tuesday who awarded the children certificates and T-shirts from the “I Got Caught Attending School” campaign.
The campaign is a partnership between SCUSD and the radio station to honor students who are working toward a goal of excellent attendance.
Four schools will be visited each month with three winning students chosen at each site. Students will get a certificate, T-shirt and a group photo with district and school site staff and radio station personalities.
Sacramento New Technology High School and Rosemont High School represented SCUSD in the 2013 El Dorado California Forestry Challenge competition October 23-26.
Ten students from New Tech participated in the competition, coached by teachers Senna Davis and Christine Baker.
Juniors Nohely Alcala, Natalie Perez, Oscar Cruz, Sarah Rafanan and Deseray Hendrickson won second place in the competition. Juniors Tracie Indrieri, Joelin Nordine, Fatima Abdel-Gwad, Lidia Lara Del Rio and sophomore Chase Miranda placed eighth out of 15 teams.
The Harkness Elementary School PTO helped bring an impromptu pumpkin patch to the campus recently.
The PTO enlisted the aid of Jim Durst of Durst Organic Growers, SCUSD Grounds Specialist Tommy Greer and volunteers Bruce Brummet and Rudy Smith to turn a portion of the Harkness Elementary School campus into a pumpkin patch complete with scarecrows and bails of hay.
Every student was able to take home one of the 450 pumpkins donated by Durst Organic Growers.