After successfully completing an arduous application process that included securing a nomination from a Congressional representative, West Campus High School senior Austin Updegraff has been accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The process for admittance to one of the U.S. military academies is extremely difficult to navigate: Students must be nominated for consideration by the President, the Vice President, a Congressional Representative or a U.S. Senator.
Students from the Luther Burbank High School Construction and Design Pathway are competing today and tomorrow (May 7 and 8) in the annual Design/Build Competition sponsored by the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange.
Student teams from around the region compete to design and build a shed/playhouse in this two-day event. The competition is designed to give students a “real world” work experience, while giving them some artistic freedom.
The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities is currently looking for excited and motivated high school students to become a part of its summer Utility Worker Program.
Students can earn $9 or more per hour and learn about career opportunities in the City while participating in a variety of activities that help to build valuable skills. Work may be in the office or in the ﬁeld, allowing you to learn about everything from welding to machining to the water treatment process.
Nineteen student-led Green Teams showcased recommendations to make their campuses greener and more sustainable at SCUSD’s third annual Project Green Showcase to celebrate Earth Day held April 22 at Isador Cohen Elementary School.
Teams are competing for $1 million in Measure Q bond money set aside for green school initiatives. Measure Q was approved by Sacramento voters in November of 2012.
C.K. McClatchy High School sophomore Sarah Whipple, a student in the Humanities and International Studies Program, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship.
Spring is the time to start thinking about Tdap immunization for students who will enter seventh grade in the fall.
According to state law, students may not enter seventh grade in September without first providing documentation that shows they have received the shot. Alternatively, parents may also complete a shot waiver form (as of January 1, waiver forms must be signed by a medical provider).
Sacramento City Unified School District has the second lowest drop-out rate in the state, according to statistics recently released by the California Department of Education.
SCUSD also had the greatest drop-out rate decline in the region — from 11.5 percent in 2011-12 to 5.9 percent in 2012-13. The dramatic turn-around is being credited, in part, to high schools and programs aimed at providing a safety net to students who fall behind in their coursework.
Forty-three intermediate students showed they have the gift of rhyme by participating in Golden Empire’s Fourth Annual Poetry Jam last month.
Coordinated by fourth grade teacher Robert Snider, the intermediate classes were treated to a variety of recitations, from such classics as Robert Frost’s “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” to the humorous “The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven.”
Two years ago Soil Born Farms, with help from the California Endowment, partnered with Science Alive at Theodore Judah Elementary School to begin the Growing Together School Garden Initiative. The project has used the best practices of Theodore Judah to pilot five new school garden programs in the Sacramento City Unified School District.
William Shakespeare’s “A Comedy of Errors,” produced by Albert Einstein Middle School with the Sacramento Theatre Company, will be performed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 22, at the school.
As with many of the Bard’s comedies, the play centers on mishaps that arise from mistaken identities. It is one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays and one of his shortest.
SCUSD is extending the review period for textbooks and instructional materials under consideration for adoption. The public and staff are invited to review these important math and language arts learning tools and provide feedback.
Materials under consideration will now be on display through May 16 at a school near you (see flyer for locations).
For more information, contact your child’s school or call the Curriculum and Instruction Office at (916) 643-9120.
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. In recent weeks, students at Pony Express, William Land, Matsuyama and Isador Cohen were “caught” attending school! Congratulations!
Hollywood Park Elementary School’s fourth graders visited Coloma to get a first-hand lesson on California’s Gold Rush past.
Students spent the day panning for gold, putting on a skit and hiking. Naturalists taught the students about the rich history of the Gold Rush. They learned the roles of James Marshall, John Sutter and Sam Brannan during that time period.
A barbecue lunch wrapped up the day.
And finally Eureka…it was time to get back on the bus for the ride home!
West Campus High School senior Natali Perez recently organized an event for fellow students to promote awareness of human trafficking issues.
Perez worked with volunteers who agreed to apply makeup, simulating cuts and bruises, as abuse is often the result of human trafficking. The volunteers also wore signs that contained a story (written by Perez) about a fictional abuse victim.
The SCUSD Coordinated School Health Committee is soliciting nominations for 2013-14 Wellness Champions in the following categories:
If you know a person or group of people that have promoted wellness activities in the district during the 2013-14 school year, please submit the following to Health Services Director Pam Whipple at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 21:
Learn about SCUSD’s summer programs at one of three Summer Registration and Information Nights coming up next week.
Parents and students can also access information and online applications for summer learning programs at www.summeratscusd.org.
Summer learning programs include SummerQuest (grades 1-6), Summer of Service (incoming grades 7-9), Summer Ambassadors (incoming grades 10-12) and Summer at City Hall (incoming grades 10-12). All programs are free and provide students with breakfast and lunch daily.
Data released Monday by the California Department of Education shows that Sacramento City Unified’s graduation rate increased 5.6 percent in 2013 to 85.4 percent — 5 percent higher than the state average.
The data follows the “cohort” of students that started high school as freshmen in 2009-10. For that group, the drop-out rate was 5.9 percent, marking a dramatic improvement over the previous year’s rate of 11.5 percent.
Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) has begun its 2014 scholarship application process.
This year, SCTA will be giving up to $17,000 in scholarship money to graduating SCUSD students who are registered in at least 12 units of classwork at any two- or four-year accredited institution of higher learning or equivalent vocational program.
Seniors can find the application and the instructions here.
The applications are due to the SCTA office by 5 p.m. on May 16.
O.W. Erlewine School held its sixth annual Earth Day Celebration on Friday.
Students rotated to the many different activity stations throughout the campus. They went on walks through the school’s Nature Area which was established in 1965. Then they learned about the different types of animals that live on the American River Parkway. Students rode bikes that generated the power to create their own smoothies, learned about fly fishing and green cars and built bird feeders by using pine cones.
Students who previously used Zangle to check grades can use their existing Zangle log-in credentials– student ID number as user name; date of birth as password — to access the new Infinite Campus data management system.
(Students who customized their password should use the customized password instead of date of birth.)
Students at Leonardo da Vinci eK-8 School stepped back to 1482 for a day of living history in celebration of the life and times of the greatest of all Renaissance men – Leonardo da Vinci.
Students dressed in period costumes, enjoyed a day filled with hands-on science and art exploration with such da Vinci inventions as a camera obscura and a giant pendulum.They also practiced backward writing (in the style of Leonardo) with quill pens.
In its just-released 2014 rankings of best high schools, US News & World Report has listed West Campus High School among the top 100 in California.
West Campus was ranked 54th in the state and 294th in the nation. The rankings are based on a matrix that includes such factors as Advanced Placement course participation rates, standardized test scores and “college readiness.”
A farewell reception to honor the administrators of California Middle School will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at the Land Park campus,1600 Vallejo Drive.
Longtime Principal Elizabeth Vigil and Assistant Principal James Eder have accepted leadership positions at Rosemont High School. Vigil will serve as principal and Eder as an assistant principal beginning this summer.
All 75 SCUSD schools will be closed next week for Spring Break. Friday — the last day of the quarter for middle and high schools — is a half-day. School resumes on Monday, April 21.
The eConnection will also be on hiatus next week.
All SCUSD campuses will be locked and alarmed during the break, and all security cameras will be monitored. Neighbors are asked to be on the lookout for suspicious activity on SCUSD campuses and to report it.
Rosa Parks K-8 School hosted the first Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Superstars Breakfast last month.
Students from each class where nominated by their teachers for displaying competencies in the five SEL skills: Self-management, self-awareness, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness.
Students were presented with a certificate and description of why they were nominated.
Luther Burbank High School teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull-Sypnieski authored an article this month in Education Leadership magazine on English language learners and the new Common Core State Standards.
George Washington Carver School of Arts & Science freshman Samantha Harvey was honored on April 2 with the Courage to Care Award from Ken Streater, author of “The Gift of Courage.”
Harvey is the youngest-ever recipient of the award.
A volunteer for the Sacramento Children’s Museum, Harvey has logged 450 hours of community service, helping with Saturday play productions, birthday parties and other activities. She also assists on the Berry Special Play Day—a day designated for developmentally disabled children.
John F. Kennedy’s Kayla Nodohara and C.K. McClatchy’s Aidan Flynn recently received $600 A. Dale Lacky Scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success.
Nodohara, a senior, played volleyball, basketball and track and field all four years at Kennedy and served as team captain of all three teams. She’s a member of the California Scholarship Federation, the National Honor Society and was the female freshman student of the year for the PACE program.
Caltrans is warning drivers to expect significant congestion on Highway 50 near downtown from April 22 through June 25 while work is underway on the W/X Viaduct Rehabilitation project.
Work will begin on the eastbound side on April 22, two weeks earlier than originally planned, to give crews time for the new approach and still be finished with the eastbound portion by Memorial Day weekend. Work on the westbound lanes will begin May 27. Construction is scheduled to last up to 30 days for each stage, finishing by June 25.
A. Warren McClaskey Adult Center and Bret Harte Elementary School have applied for grants from Seeds of Change, a group dedicated to helping organizations such as schools develop sustainable, community-based gardens.
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson paid a visit to Bret Harte Elementary School on March 21 where he observed the Vision to Learn program in full swing.
Vision to Learn is a non-profit organization that believes in bringing free eye clinics to schools instead of sending families to clinics. Mobile clinics on site ensure that each child that is in need of glasses receives them.
At Bret Harte, every student received a free vision screening. School nurse Nho Le Hinds assisted in testing students’ vision.