Phoebe Hearst Elementary School’s annual fundraiser, Jog-a-Thon for the Arts, was a tremendous success this year.
Students worked hard to secure donations and pledges for weeks – all the proceeds pay entirely for the art program at Phoebe, taught by artist Jane Hastings (known as “Ms. Jane”). The donation total was a school record — more than $50,000 was raised.
Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium will air its annual Student Digital Video Thanksgiving Day marathon from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 26.
The marathon will feature 24 back-to-back episodes of entries from the organization’s annual Student Educational Video Awards contest. Viewers can tune in on cable TV Channel 15 or stream online at www.secctv.org.
Sacramento City Unified School District is asking the community to help keep its 76 schools safe and secure over Thanksgiving Break, which begins Monday, November 23. School resumes on Monday, November 30.
To help reduce the high costs of vandalism, theft and arson, neighbors are asked to be on the lookout for suspicious activity on SCUSD campuses and to report it. “The schools belong to the community,” said SCUSD Safe Schools Office Manager Nina Delgadillo, “and we need the entire community to help us guard them.”
The Rancho Cordova Police Department, in conjunction with schools and businesses within the community, have developed a partnership designed to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of the youth attending schools in the City of Rancho Cordova.
These two students from Abraham Lincoln were recognized for having outstanding character.
Actor Jack Murray from London’s Globe Theatre — established by playwright William Shakespeare — visited David Lubin Elementary School in October to share the magic of the theatrical arts with fourth grade classes.
SCUSD parents and students participated in a field trip to UC Davis last month. The event was one of several college trips that will be offered this year by SCUSD’s Family and Community Engagement Department in partnership with Sacramento Pathways to Success.
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 Oak Ridge Elementary and Nicholas Elementary were surprised with T-shirts and a classroom visit — awards for exemplary attendance.
Those “caught” are: Antonio Ortiz, Ian Saephan and Siree Echeverria from Nicholas; and Lauren Valdez, Mekhi Hawkins and Paulina Ochoa from Oak Ridge.
Editor’s note: Great schools begin with great people, and Sacramento City Unified has no shortage of talented educators leading our campuses. The eConnection will be profiling principals new to their campuses this year to help our community get to know our administrative team. Today we chat with Jim Peterson and Cristin Tahara-Martin.
Jim Peterson, Interim Principal, Luther Burbank High School
Hometown: Pinole. Peterson is a fourth-generation native Californian.
Charles A. Jones Career Programs help students to learn through doing, building and experiencing. Students apply what they learn in class to real life situations while working with professionals in different career fields.
These programs are open to adults 18 and over. The center offers programs in such fields as:
Chicas Latinas de Sacramento donated more than 400 pairs of new shoes to students at Woodbine Elementary School on Wednesday, October 28. The donation amounts to a new pair of shoes for every student at the school.
“We are so grateful to Chicas Latinas and the generosity of the group’s membership,” said SCUSD Superintendent José L. Banda. “I look forward to seeing our students enjoying their new shoes.”
Sacramento City Unified’s Human Resource Department is hosting a Classified Recruitment Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 at the Serna Center.
SCUSD is one of the largest employers in Sacramento, with a workforce of about 4,200. The Classified Recruitment Fair will be one-stop shopping for those seeking employment: Candidates will be interviewed on the spot. Qualified applicants may get conditional offers.
Will C. Wood Middle School students were treated to a fun, Halloween-themed safety fair on October 30 – an event that closed Walk and Bike to School Month for SCUSD.
Co-hosted by the state Office of Traffic Safety, the fair featured Pete Walker, a California safety mascot who has appeared on billboards and bus ads throughout October. Walker wears a costume made of car parts and promotes the message “Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor.”
Many students, some dressed in costumes, posed with Pete Walker at a “selfie station.”
SCUSD is working to design a new Strategic Plan which will guide goals and actions for the next five years. To design a plan that truly serves the needs of the district, input from staff, parents, students and community members is vital.
David Lubin Elementary School staff and families enjoyed an evening of sharing information about the school’s new STEAM focus at a community meeting Tuesday night.
STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. David Lubin’s STEAM mission is to impart a love of scientific inquiry to all students. A STEAM curriculum encourages the development of creative thinking and design skills to enhance and support learning.
Attention parents, guardians, staff and community partners: The application period for applying for the Local Control and Accountability Plan Parent Advisory Committee (LCAP PAC) has been extended to Tuesday, November 10 at 5 p.m.
This Board of Education-appointed committee will provide input into the district’s LCAP and learn about the development of the district’s new strategic plan.
Editions of tomorrow’s Sacramento News and Review will contain inserts of a 12-page publication all about Sacramento City Unified School District. The mini-magazine will be inserted into some editions of the Sacramento Bee next week.
The publication is filled with photos and articles about students, parents, teachers and schools. It also has helpful information for parents and guardians, such as details on how to enroll.
SCUSD is considering moving up the start of school to August next year to be in alignment with all other districts in the region and most districts in the state. The number of school days would remain the same: School would start earlier and end earlier.
SCUSD is now gathering feedback from the community on this issue. Two more community forums are scheduled:
Students and staff at Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School observed National Bullying Prevention Month with a number of activities, including a Unity Walk through the Pocket neighborhood where the school is located.
Other events at the school included an assembly, skits and a trip to John F. Kennedy High School.
Leataata Floyd Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jennifer Dempsey received hands-on math materials last week from Chevron through the company’s Fuel Your School program.
Fuel Your School is a collaboration between Chevron and DonorsChoose.org. Earlier this fall, teachers posted classroom project requests. Chevron customers help fund the projects by purchasing eight or more gallons of gas at participating stations.
Editor’s note: Great schools begin with great people, and Sacramento City Unified has no shortage of talented educators leading our campuses. The eConnection will be profiling principals new to their campuses this year to help our community get to know our administrative team. Today we chat with David Van Natten and Stephanie Shaughnessy.
David Van Natten, Principal, John F. Kennedy High School
Middle school students: Are you ready to take the lead in your educational future? Attend SCUSD’s Linked Learning Pathways Showcase and learn about your options for high school.
SCUSD’s 21 Linked Learning pathways allow students to learn through doing, building and experiencing. Students apply what they learn in class to real world problems while working with professionals in different career fields.
David Lubin Elementary School is hosting a community forum at Sacramento Charter High School’s Commons Area on Tuesday, October 27 to discuss the future of its STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics) program.
David Lubin parents and guardians, neighbors and business owners in the school’s attendance area are invited to express opinions and offer ideas. David Lubin draws students from East Sacramento, Elmhurst and North Oak Park.
Almost 300 Fern Bacon Middle School seventh graders enjoyed a field trip to Tower Theatre last week to watch the documentary “He Named Me Malala,” which tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzi.
Malala was the target of a Taliban gunman who wounded her as she returned home on a school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. She was attacked for advocating for girls’ education.
Editor’s note: Great schools begin with great people, and Sacramento City Unified has no shortage of talented educators leading our campuses. The eConnection will be profiling principals new to their campuses this year to help our community get to know our administrative team. Today we chat with Oscar Garcia and Amber Carter.
Oscar Garcia, Principal, Pacific Elementary School
Fern Bacon Middle School students will be starting a new science unit called “Human Impact on Earth.”
Students will be participating in a major project on campus where they will be sorting out all of the waste that is produced during one day at the campus into categories of paper, compostable material, bottles and cans and trash.
The student team that produces Sutter Middle School’s news magazine “The Pick” visited CBS Studios last week for a tour and to watch live broadcasts of “Good Day Sacramento” and “Mark at the Movies.”
Sutter’s Creative and Innovation Center received a $22,000 grant and collaborates the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC).
Students saw first hand the benefits of some of this semi-professional equipment they will start using in the next few months. They also had the opportunity to be trained on CBS equipment and were interviewed.
Rosemont High School’s Green Academy helped Sacramento celebrate the third annual Farm-to-Fork week with a pasta making booth at the Capitol Mall and the planting of a campus fruit orchard.
Culinary students made pasta for the crowd at the Farm-to-Fork festival on Capitol Mall on Saturday, September 26. High-profile foodies who stopped by the students’ booth included Kurt Spataro, co-owner and executive for the Paragary Restaurant Group, and Ravin Patel, executive chef for the Selland Family Restaurants.
Fern Bacon Middle School students and families — along with PE teacher Matt Brown — participated in the annual Mustard Seed Spin along the American River Parkway on September 24.
The Spin, which gives riders the option of pedaling for eight or 20 kilometers, is designed to both raise funds for Sacramento Loaves & Fishes’ Mustard Seed School and promote children’s wellness and safe cycling.
After the ride, Fern Bacon bikers received refreshments and played games. Each student and family member got a free bike, helmet and t-shirt.
California Middle School launched a new series, “Lunch with Leaders,” last month.
Students were invited to come to the library and hear about a career in nursing, with guest speaker Joanna Mello, an emergency room nurse.
The program seeks to introduce students to the opportunities their futures might hold. Next month students will hear from app developer and local restaurateur Sonny Mayugba. Cal Bears are gearing up to be college and career ready!
Editor’s note: Great schools begin with great people, and Sacramento City Unified has no shortage of talented educators leading our campuses. The eConnection will be profiling principals new to their campuses this year to help our community get to know our administrative team. Today we chat with Aprille Shafto and Eracleo Guevara.
Aprille Shafto, Principal, Tahoe Elementary School
Hometown: ”I’m from two places: Arroyo Grande in the Pismo Beach area and Roseville.”
Editor’s note: Great schools begin with great people, and Sacramento City Unified has no shortage of talented educators leading our campuses. The eConnection will be profiling principals new to their campuses this year to help our community get to know our administrative team. Today we chat with Belinda Bridgewater and Kenneth Durham.
Belinda Bridgewater, Principal, Isador Cohen Elementary School
SCUSD is considering moving up the start of school to August next year to be in alignment with all other districts in the region and most districts in the state. The number of school days would remain the same: School would start earlier and end earlier.
SCUSD is now gathering feedback from the community on this issue. Seven community forums have been scheduled for dates throughout October. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m.:
SCUSD’s ground-breaking Project Green initiative — a program that challenges students, families and staff to examine a school’s use of resources and suggest bond-funded improvements — will focus this year on water conservation.
“Water is a critical part of California’s way of life,” says Project Green Specialist Rachel King. “Our economy, our environment and our day-to-day lifestyle needs water to flourish. But our water supply is limited. We can help make the most of it by using water wisely every day.”
California policymakers and other decision makers saw first-hand the benefits and challenges of providing farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to Sacramento students during a tour of Oak Ridge Elementary’s school garden on Tuesday morning.
The tour was hosted by the University of California, Division of Agriculture and National Resources’ Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Its goal is to bolster support for farm-to-school grants.
Funding for those grants is currently included in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which is expiring.
David Lubin Elementary School was awarded a $500 grant from Chalk It Up! Sacramento to support the school’s art program, led by Resident Artist Jane Hastings.
Every year for the annual East Sacramento Garden Tour, each classroom at Lubin designs and creates an original drawing in chalk. Hastings (called “Ms. Jane” at school) organizes the event which puts into practice David Lubin’s STEAM-focused curriculum. (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.)
The grant will cover the cost of chalk and materials. Congratulations Lubin!
The Met Sacramento’s Victoria Lemus has won the Better Together: Education Partnership award from Sacramento State’s College of Education. Lemus’ award was announced at a reception on Friday.
Lemus is a Spanish teacher and the internship coordinator for The Met, a Big Picture Learning school that emphasizes educating students in the “real world” through internships and mentorships. Watch a video about Lemus and her work here.
State Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) visited Health Professions High School on Tuesday as part of a statewide celebration of National Voter Registration Day.
The event also highlighted the legislators’ support of AB 1461 — the California New Motor Voter Act, which would register every eligible citizen who goes to a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to get a driver’s license or renew one.
Sacramento City Unified is the only public K-12 district in Sacramento County – and one of few in the state – to start the school year in September rather than August. SCUSD is considering moving up the start of school to bring the district into alignment with the rest of the region. The number of school days would not change; school would start earlier and end earlier. Your feedback on this issue is important: Please take a few minutes to read and respond to this brief survey on changing the calendar.
California has changed the way it funds school districts. The new model, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), allows districts more freedom in how funds are spent but also requires the development of a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that aligns spending to specific district goals for student achievement.
One key aspect of the LCAP process is the engagement of parents/guardians and students — including homeless youth, foster youth and those from low-income and English learner communities — in providing input and feedback.
Editor’s note: Great schools begin with great people, and Sacramento City Unified has no shortage of talented educators leading our campuses. The eConnection will be profiling principals new to their campuses this year to help our community get to know our administrative team. Today we chat with David Rodriguez and Christie Wells-Artman.
David Rodriguez, Principal, West Campus High School
Editor’s note: Great schools begin with great people, and Sacramento City Unified has no shortage of talented educators leading our campuses. The eConnection will be profiling principals new to their campuses this year to help our community get to know our administrative team. We kick off this occasional series today with two high school principals — Jim Hays at the School of Engineering and Sciences and Kal Phan at Hiram Johnson.
Jim Hays, Interim Principal, School of Engineering and Sciences
Rosemont High School alum Anthony Sadler (Class of 2010) was one of three local friends who tackled a gunman on a French train last month.
“Their quick thinking and fearless action inspires us,” said Senator Jim Nielsen, who helped coordinate a parade for the men last week. “It is appropriate to honor their bravery and their spirit of selfless service.”
Sadler also attended Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School and is remembered fondly by his former teachers.
The Met Sacramento High School student Noah Crockette spent two weeks in June collecting insects at the Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (TREES) field station located in the Mayan Mountains rainforest.
Crockette was invited to participate in the bug-collecting project by Fran Keller of UC Davis’ Bohart Museum of Entomology. Crockette has been volunteering with the museum for four years and last year worked as an intern for UCD’s Entomology Department.
Sacramento City Unified School District’s school principals and leadership teams spent a week this summer in an intensive series of professional development workshops to get ready for the 2015-16 school year.
Areas of focus included SCUSD’s ongoing transition to the academically rigorous Common Core State Standards, plans to implement Social Emotional Learning district-wide, equity initiatives and improved instruction for English language learners.
To kick off the week, Superintendent José L. Banda announced several school leadership appointments:
Oak Ridge Elementary School teacher Stephanie Smith is one of two area educators selected as Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2016.
The Sacramento County Office of Education announced the selection of Smith and Jennifer Ruby of the Robla School District during a recognition dinner earlier this month.
Smith teaches a third and fourth grade loop at Oak Ridge Elementary. She is a teacher consultant with the Area 3 Writing Project at UC Davis, a teacher presenter with the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project and a member of Oak Ridge’s School Garden Team.
Whooping cough — or pertussis — is a highly contagious respiratory infection. Children infected with pertussis develop a severe hacking cough followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like “whoop.”
Before a vaccine was developed, whooping cough was a common childhood disease. Now whooping cough primarily affects children too young to have completed the full course of vaccinations and teenagers and adults whose immunity has faded.
The California Department of Education has indicated that it will release results from the state’s new online testing program sometime next month.
All public school students in grades 3-8 and 11 participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests in English and Math last spring. The tests are very different from the old paper-and-pencil exams of the past.
The Board of Education next week is expected to approve a budget for next year that includes a $45 million increase in state funding due to Proposition 30, the Local Control Funding Formula and California’s improved economy.
“This gives us a rare opportunity to make some long overdue investments in the future financial stability and sustainability of our organization,” said Superintendent José L. Banda.
The Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) has named 10 SCUSD schools to its 2014 Honor Roll.
“After an extensive analysis of student data for every public school and district in California, your school stood above the rest in getting your students to grade level proficiency and beyond,” CBEE President James S. Lanich wrote in letters to each school. “This is a testament to you, your staff and your students’ relentless focus on academic success.”
SCUSD’s Board of Education honored two Teachers of the Year and 10 Classified Champions at its meeting on June 4.
Teachers of the Year are: Stephanie Smith, who teaches third grade at Oak Ridge Elementary School; and Elizabeth Villanueva, who teaches Spanish at Luther Burbank High School. Both teachers will now represent SCUSD in the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year process.
Golden Empire Elementary School received a $5,000 grant from RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection agency, during an after-school ceremony on Friday.
The check is Golden Empire’s prize for winning RedRover’s Impact contest in which schools that participate in RedRover’s Readers program were asked to explain how the program impacted children’s attitude toward animals and “the human-animal bond.”
As Sacramento City Unified School District does its part to conserve water, neighbors can expect to see fewer green stretches around the district.
SCUSD’s water use has decreased by more than 25 percent since 2013 – far more than the 20 percent cutback required. The district’s efforts have played an integral part in the city’s overall water conservation statistics. In a letter from the Sacramento City Department of Utilities, SCUSD was thanked for “doing your part to help the city of Sacramento achieve 20 percent reduction in its total water use.”
The annual District Athletics Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, July 6, at Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills.
Money raised by the tournament goes directly to schools to fund sports throughout the year. Entry fee is $150 per person and includes golf, a cart, tee prizes and dinner following the tournament. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. and shotgun start begins at 11 a.m.
The Board of Education is holding a special meeting tonight to discuss the district’s 2015-16 budget.
The meeting will begin with a closed session at 5 p.m. in the Serna Center Community Rooms (5735 47th Ave.). The open session is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
After years of cuts triggered by the recession, SCUSD is anticipating an increase in funding for next year — extra funds made available through the passage of Proposition 30 and the state’s Local Control Funding Formula.
Rosa Parks K-8 School hosted its first ever Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Showcase and Family Night last week.
The evening celebrated the Social and Emotional Learning taking place at Rosa Parks. Student artwork was displayed and primary grade students recited “The Pride Creed.” Students in grades 4-6 sang “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Luther Burbank High School’s Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Mentor team won Best Architectural Design at this year’s ACE Mentor Program Banquet. This is the second year in a row that the Burbank team has won this honor.
“This is a big deal for a rookie team only in their second year of competition,” said Joseph Stymeist, SCUSD’s Career Technical Education Coordinator.
After months of planning and training, Caleb Greenwood School has won International Baccalaureate authorization, making it SCUSD’s first IB World School, Primary Years Program (PYP).
“This is major accomplishment for Caleb Greenwood and our district,” said SCUSD Superintendent José L. Banda. “It’s not easy to meet IB’s high standards for curriculum, instruction and school climate. I congratulate the Caleb community for working so hard to bring this program to our students and families.”
SCUSD’s Summer of Service (SOS) gives incoming seventh, eighth and ninth graders an opportunity to work together to improve their community through service projects aimed at addressing neighborhood issues and concerns.
SOS also serves as a great opportunity for students to get to know their new campus and make new friends. Additionally, studies have shown that participation in the SOS Program can lead to better grades, better behavior and improved attendance in addition to a deeper school connection.
Sutterville Elementary School fifth- and sixth-graders worked together to raise nearly $11,500 for Family Promise, a nonprofit association of churches committed to helping homeless families achieve lasting independence.
Through Family Promise, homeless families are given a warm, safe place to start over and are helped in developing skills to achieve their goals.
For 200 students, good school attendance was rewarded with Sacramento Kings game attendance.
Recognizing the critical role that attendance plays in education, the Kings donated tickets to SCUSD to help reduce absenteeism. The opportunity to go to a Kings game resulted in immediate improvement in attendance for students at four schools in the district that are testing intervention strategies.
Community members of all ages are invited to support the 20th Annual Matsuyama Elementary School Fun Run/Walk on July 4. Proceeds will be used to send the school’s sixth-grade students to a week-long camp at Sly Park.
Registration is $15 before May 15; $20 up to the day of the race.
The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities is looking for excited and motivated high school students to become a part of its summer Utility Worker Program.
Students can earn $9.50 or more per hour and learn about career opportunities in the city while participating in a variety of activities that help build valuable skills.
Work may be in the office or in the field, allowing you to learn about everything from how we get our drinking water to water conservation and the maintenance of the storm drainage and wastewater systems.
The Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC) honored Luther Burbank High School digital media instructor John Hull with the 2015 Allan Hinderstein Award at its Student Educational Video Award Night last week.
The Hinderstein Award was created in remembrance of a visionary educator who collaborated with the consortium to create a variety of innovative teaching and learning projects.
Hull was given the honor in recognition of his “passion for using video and multimedia as a learning tool to engage students.”
Drop by Consumnes River College today or tomorrow and lend support to Luther Burbank High School construction students competing in the annual Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Design/Build Competition.
Using criteria provided by the exchange, each team will build a 96-square-foot structure of its own design.
Local high schools have long participated in the tradition of athletic signing days to celebrate sports stars as they commit to a college. On Friday, May 1 – National College Decision Day – other seniors enjoyed their day of celebration, too.
The Sacramento Pathways to Success program – a partnership between Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento State and Sacramento City College – hosted a Reach Higher College Signing Day event at Luther Burbank High School.
The works of more than 200 Sutter Middle School student artists will be on display at the school’s second annual Mini Masterpiece Show this Saturday (May 9) at the Arthouse gallery (1021 R St., upstairs).
The young artists are students in Kelly O’Neill and Paula Turner’s art and photography classes.
Student work will be for sale between 5-9 p.m., with proceeds going directly to our young artists. “They’ve put in a lot of hard work this year!,” says O’Neill.
Cien Amigos is accepting scholarship applications from Northern California’s high school juniors and seniors.
Cien Amigos is dedicated to encouraging the educational success of local Latino and Mexican-origin students. The organization will award 150 scholarships of $1,000 each to high school seniors and college students to support their financial needs in the beginning of their college journey.
Camellia Basic Elementary School partnered with Safe Kids of Greater Sacramento and WALKSacramento to hold a bike rodeo — a way to raise awareness of safety rules before today’s National Bike to School Day.
All Camellia students experienced a series of activities to learn about bike safety, bike handling, pedestrian safety and safe routes to the South Sacramento campus.
Parents and volunteers helped repair bikes, fit helmets and run the activity stations for the kids.
The H.W. Harkness Elementary School Parent Resource Room is taking an active role in getting a message out to parents on anti-bullying. “It is vital that parents know the signs of what to look for and to know the difference of what is considered bullying vs. just bad behavior,” says Officer Frank Ley of the Sacramento Police Department.
The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is an opportunity for everyone with an interest in the success of our schools — parents, students, teachers, staff, community partners and neighbors — to join a conversation about district goals and resources.
Local high schools have long participated in the tradition of athletic signing days to celebrate sports stars as they commit to a college. On Friday, May 1 – National College Decision Day – other seniors will get their day of celebration, too.
On Friday, graduating seniors across the country will participate in the Reach Higher social media campaign, an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama designed to give college-bound teens an opportunity to celebrate their academic achievements.
The West Campus Percussion Ensemble, which competes in the Northern California Band Association (NCBA) intermediate class, recently completed their winter season and the students placed first in all six of the competitions.
On March 28, the group won the NCBA Championship Trophy at Rosemont High School.
The West Campus Ensemble is led by band teacher John Ousley with assistance from Noah Clark, Joseph Baldridge-Drill and Tom Reilly and help from parents Maria Sullivan, Lou and Sandy Correia and Noly Batalla.
The College Board will launch a redesign of the SAT and PSAT — college entrance and readiness exams — in 2015-16.
SCUSD’s GATE Office is sponsoring an informational session on the changes featuring College Board Representative Steve McCue, who will share the key updates and provide guidance on how students can prepare for the redesigned assessments.
This informational session will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at West Campus High School, 5022 58th St., Sacramento, CA 95820.
Questions? Please call the GATE Office at (916) 643-9427.
Join the students, families and staff of Hiram Johnson High School at the campus’ annual Warrior Palooza Open House on May 21.
The showcase event is an opportunity for incoming freshmen and their families to learn what HJHS has to offer. Meet teachers, counselors, athletic coaches and student government representatives. Learn how Johnson puts students on the track to college and careers through its Small Learning Communities, Linked Learning pathways, after-school programs and clubs.
Three SCUSD seniors were awarded scholarships at the annual Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility banquet on April 26.
The students were winners of the organization’s essay contest. The Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility received 170 entries this year from high school seniors in Sacramento and surrounding counties describing their thoughts on the words of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who said, ”The world is over-armed, and peace is under-funded.”
SCUSD’s Child Development Department is currently enrolling children in its free five-week Kindergarten Readiness Summer Academy, available at 10 elementary schools.
The Kindergarten Readiness Summer Academy program provides kindergarten readiness learning opportunities for youngsters with limited or no preschool experience, English Language Learners and children with a range of developmental abilities.
Programs will operate Monday through Thursday (July 1 to July 30) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
UCLA grads Elizabeth Case and Rachel Woods-Robins pedaled onto the California Middle School campus Monday to promote their cross-country journey that they hope will spark conversations about diversity in the science field.
While at Cal, the women taught Maria Aguilar’s eighth grade class a lesson in alternative energy using a miniature, solar-powered bicycle. Their work was filmed by a crew from NBC News Los Angeles bureau that is documenting the San Francisco-to-New York bike journey.
The Sacramento Unified Education Foundation is hosting a “Countdown Fundraising Campaign” to support John F. Kennedy High School’s robotics team — the only high school team selected to represent the City of Sacramento in the prestigious 2015 FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis this week (April 22- 25).
The FIRST Robotics Championship is considered to be the World Series of robotics competitions.
The Parent Teacher Organization at H.W. Harkness Elementary School has an usual fundraising campaign.
The school’s PTO put out flyers asking for parents/community members to volunteer to have their yards decorated with flamingos.
Families paid $20 to get the flamingos. “They make the yards look so cute that parents have been getting on a waiting list to get the flamingos,” says Principal Isabel Govea. “Some community members have been so generous that they simply donate larger amounts of money because they know the money is going to computers for the kids.”
Learn about Restorative Justice from the lens of culture and healing at a La Cultura Cura training on April 29 at the Serna Center.
La Cultura Cura is a transformative health and healing philosophy that recognizes that within individuals, families and communities are authentic cultural values, traditions and indigenous practices that can lead to healthy development.
The training is sponsored by SCUSD in collaboration with The National Compadres Network. It will be led by Jerry Tello.
Summer Matters @SCUSD continues registration for ALL 2015 Summer Learning programs including SummerQuest (incoming grades 1-6), Summer of Service (incoming grades 7-9), and Summer at City Hall (incoming grades 10-12).
Summer programming will begin June 22 and end on July 30. ALL programs are FREE and provide students with breakfast and lunch daily.
Attention families: Research shows that children who attend a high-quality preschool program are more successful in school and more likely to graduate from college.
Please help SCUSD spread the word about its programs for the young learners. Preschool helps children prepare for kindergarten and for life by putting them on the path to college and careers.
Preschool enrollment in SCUSD begins Monday, April 27, at two locations: Capital City (7220 24th St.), and Hiram Johnson (3535 65th St.). Free and low-cost options are available for qualified families.
De’Jon January, a student at The Met Sacramento High School, is featured in the April issue of Comstock’s. The magazine highlighted January’s internship with Stafford King Wiese, the architectural firm that redesigned The Met in 2011-12.
The Rosemont High School debate team of Kaitlin Raymond and Kaylee Silber — coached by teacher Chris Nelson — captured first place in the Junior Varsity Division at the Santa Clara University Invitational Tournament on March 28.
“In this case, the last debate did not conclude until after midnight, so Mr. Nelson, the parents, and the students arrived home after 3 a.m.,” says Principal Elizabeth Vigil. “We really treasure staff like Chris, who are willing to support these kinds of enrichment experiences for kids. You rock, Mr. Nelson!”
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is urging motorists to avoid using eastbound Interstate 80 between U.S. Highway 50 and Interstate 5 this weekend due to lane closures on I-80 east of the Sacramento River.
Caltrans will reduce eastbound I-80 traffic to one lane for 55 hours just east of the Sacramento River from 10 p.m. Friday, April 17 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 20. The West El Camino off-ramp will be closed as well. These lane and ramp closures are necessary in order to pave the eastbound #2 and #3 lanes just east of the Bryte Bend Bridge.
Testing season is underway, giving students opportunities to show what they know and for schools to identify learning needs.
Students in grades three through eight and eleven will take the online Smarter Balanced Assessments in math and English language arts and paper-and-pencil science tests.
These tests are tied to the new Common Core State Standards, which are learning goals for students at every grade. The Common Core challenges students to think independently, use technology, solve tough problems, analyze information and construct well-researched arguments.
Tributes have been pouring in for the 2015 State Champion Lady Lions basketball team of C.K. McClatchy High School.
On Tuesday, the team and coach Jessica Kunisaki were honored by the Sacramento City Council and then feted during a time out at the Kings game.
The team will receive Stellar Students recognition at Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting. On Friday, the girls will ride on a firetruck through Land Park in a community parade beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The Lady Lions are the first girls team in SCUSD history to win a state championship.
Attention young artist between the ages of 5 and 18: Get your work noticed by participating in the California State Fair Youth Art Competition.
The California State Parks Foundation participates in the competition to encourage youth ages 5 to 18 to seek inspiration for art in California’s state parks.This year the foundation will once again present its Youth Art Special Awards, which will be presented to outstanding depictions of California’s natural environment.
There are four classes divided by ages, and there are many categories of competition, including:
Health Professions High School students recently competed in the 2015 State Leadership Conference sponsored by HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America).
The competition was fierce: More than 2,000 students participated from across California. Health Professions students displayed networking and empathy skills, attended workshops and completed Courtesy Corps volunteer work during the conference.
Six students were named finalists in two competition categories:
H.W. Harkness Elementary School students collect items and write letters to military troops in Afghanistan to give them a little piece of home in a box.
The project started six years ago and has been an exciting way to connect with and thank those serving overseas. The soldiers are always very appreciative and have written letters back to the school, along with pictures of them receiving the packages.
Phoebe Hearst’s basketball team celebrated its second straight elementary league championship last Thursday evening, defeating Lincoln Elementary 43-40 in an extremely competitive game in the Albert Einstein Middle School gymnasium.
The Dragons, coached by teacher Todd Meyer, have won 20 straight games dating back to the beginning of last season. Coach Meyer commented that it was great to “watch such talented kids selflessly work as a team and have fun at the same time.”
Help send Sacramento’s hard-working future engineers and scientists to the 2015 FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis next month.
John F. Kennedy High School’s robotics team has been selected to compete in the prestigious competition — the first Sacramento City Unified School District robotics team to ever make it. School of Engineering and Sciences’ team may qualify for the championships as well, depending on the outcome of its next bout.
C.K. McClatchy High School’s Lady Lions basketball team defeated Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills 58-49 at Sleep Train Arena last Saturday to win the Northern California Division I championship.
The team now heads to UC Berkeley’s Haas Pavilion on Friday (March 27) to battle Junipero Serra of Gardena for the state title. The Lions are the first SCUSD team to make it to the state finals since 2002, when the Lady Cougars of John F. Kennedy High School played Lynwood High School.
Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School students performed the song “The World Would Be Better” — composed by MLK student Karina Morales — at the Third District PTA’s 23rd Annual PTA Reflections Ceremony on March 13 at the California Automobile Museum.
Karina received an Award of Excellence for the composition.
The theme of this year’s Reflections art competition was “The World Would Be a Better Place If…” Students from Matsuyama, Sequoia and Sutterville also performed at the ceremony.
City Year, a nonprofit organization that provides “near-peer” mentors to five SCUSD schools — Fern Bacon, Oak Ridge, Father Keith B. Kenny, Rosa Parks and Leataata Floyd — was recognized on March 18 by the Sacramento City Council.
During the City Council presentation, City Year shared that 70 percent of Fern Bacon students receiving targeted interventions from a City Year member improved to a 2.0 GPA or better. In comparison to 24 sister sites across the country, City Year Sacramento at Fern Bacon ranks highest in literacy academic results.
Several Sacramento City Unified School District high school and middle school students won high honors at the Synopsys Sacramento Regional STEM Fair in Folsom on March 14.
Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School first place finisher Will Gaudreau has been nominated to move on to the California State Science Fair Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American Civil Rights activist, whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.”
On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation.
Parents, students, partners: Join the conversation about the district’s current and future budget and how resources align to goals at the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Community Meeting on March 26.
At the previous community meeting, participants met in small groups to review the impact of stakeholder input on the LCAP. The community was also asked to provide feedback on LCAP goals and actions.
At this meeting, participants will look at data and expenditures to date. SCUSD staff will also present information on the 2015-16 budget.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Hiram Johnson High School student Lena Chao cut the ribbon to officially open Johnson’s new WellSpace Health Community Health Center on Thursday, March 12.
The Community Health Center – the first of its kind in the Sacramento City Unified School District – will serve students and the neighborhood. The space includes examination rooms for wellness checkups and dental exams to be provided by WellSpace Health staff.
The Health Center is funded through a $500,000 federal grant secured with the help of Congresswoman Matsui.
This year, Sutter Middle School is offering its first Advanced Photography class.
This class is designed to be a more in-depth photography class created for students who want to explore the skills introduced in the Beginning Digital Photography class. The curriculum covers the history and the science of photography, important photographers and works of art and art movements. Students gain a deeper understanding of composition and have the opportunity to create an extensive body of work.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla and SCUSD Board Member Jay Hansen dropped by The Met Sacramento High School’s voter registration drive on Monday.
The drive was organized by Met students Shyanne Fair, 17 and Zelia Gonzales, 16, to raise awareness of a new law that allows 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote. The law, SB 113, became effective January 1.
Join us on March 26 at the Serna Center for a brief presentation on the projected budget for the 2015-2016 school year. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) has changed the way that school districts are funded, eliminating many categorical expenditures, encouraging transparency in reporting, and requiring input from the community.
Hear a brief update on the district’s work to date. We will share the data available that supports the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), as the district prepares its Annual Update and the next draft LCAP.
Phoebe Elizabeth Apperson Hearst (December 3, 1842 – April 13, 1919) was an American philanthropist, feminist and women’s rights suffragist. She was the mother of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
Along with Alice Birney, Phoebe Hearst contributed to the establishment of the National Congress of Mothers, which evolved eventually into the National Parent-Teacher Association.
The alarm sounded for the Health Professions High School campus to evacuate due to a fictitious explosion.
The 11th grade Health Professions students rushed to apply their Red Cross First Aid skills at this mock disaster.They treated the pretend injuries of “victims” from Sutter Middle School’s MESA program.
These “victims” displayed pretend blood and injuries professionally applied by the Sacramento Medical Reserve Corps. Jennifer Young, who is an alumna of Sutter, did an outstanding job as the Incident Commander of the HPHS Mock Disaster response team.
John Still K-8 School celebrated African American History Month by hosting a Black Heritage Celebration on February 25 featuring keynote speaker Ruthie Bolton, who competed in two Olympics and played in the WNBA for the Sacramento Monarchs.
More than 350 students, families, faculty and staff came out to enjoy the great night of entertainment, education and soul food.
Performers included John Still students, class performances, local artists including the Phoenix Park Choir, Godamma African Dance Group, and the Old Tyme Religion a’cappella gospel group.
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced the start of statewide spring testing during a press event at Sutter Middle School on Tuesday.
Beginning this month, students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the online Smarter Balanced Assessments in math and English. The assessments are online tests aligned with California’s new rigorous standards for learning. Students will also take paper-and-pencil science exams.