The new Rosa Parks K-8 School and its Youth & Family Resource Center hosted a first-ever Family Math Night on October 22.
Fun and engaging math games for all ages were provided by Adult Education. Families played with shapes and numbers through games, puzzles and math challenges, finding new and inventive ways math affects life.
After an hour of math challenges, families enjoyed a free hot dog dinner provided by Rosa Parks and prepared by City Year.
The evening wrapped up with a raffle of backpacks and school supplies.
In the spirit of a community harvest, several teachers and staff at Ethel Phillips Elementary school worked with parents to plan and present the school’s first Annual OctoberFest event on Friday, October 11.
Hundreds of students, families and community members turned out for the event, which brought local businesses, middle and high school volunteers and the community onto the campus.
The event also raised more than $1,500 for class field trips. Said kindergarten teacher Benerisa Perez, “the event was a win-win for all of us.”
SCUSD’s GATE Advisory Council will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 28, at Matsuyama Elementary School, 7680 Windbridge Drive.
Following the meeting, there will be an information session for parents with GATE expert Kari Hanson-Smith on “Guiding the Gifted Child.” Hanson-Smith will discuss the social implications and emotional dimensions of gifted youth.
Grade-level advisory classes at Sacramento New Technology High School competed against each other in the recent “Advisory Olympics,” a team-building exercise aimed at strengthening the school’s collaborative culture.
Students competed to achieve the fastest time in activities that demand teamwork, such as a group “ski” race on the field (the skis are 6-foot wooden planks with ropes for students to hold on to as they move in unison), a blindfolded obstacle course and the Golf Ball PVC Pipe Relay.
Is college admittance a mystery? Find out how to get into Sacramento City College at its Preview Night for high school juniors, seniors and their families from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30.
Preview Night gives those in attendance an opportunity to see the campus and get information in preparation for coming to college.
SCC faculty and staff will showcase its academic and student services departments and host “Getting In” and Financial Aid workshops in English and Spanish for prospective students and their parents.
Margo Gunn from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London visited Sacramento New Technology High School on Monday, October 21, to work with eight students participating in the Globe Education Academy’s production of the Bard’s 1590s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.”
Gunn helped students polish and refine their acting in preparation for their final performance at the UC Davis Mondavi Center on November 19.
SCUSD’s Child Development Department is offering free playgroups for children ages 3 and under and their parents at two locations: C.P. Huntington Elementary (5917 26th St.) and Leataata Floyd Elementary (401 McClatchy Way).
Every student at Parkway Elementary School received a bag filled with $65 worth of school supplies recently courtesy of K to College, a nonprofit organization that distributes school and dental supplies, and Target.
Employees of the organizations came to Parkway to pass out the school supplies and talk to students about the importance of doing their personal best everyday.
A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has generously agreed to match every dollar that is raised by Sacramento Unified Education Foundation to pay the costs of replacing playground structures damaged by arson this summer at Caroline Wenzel and John Sloat elementary schools.
So far, $13,000 has been raised. However, the district’s insurance deductible is $25,000 for each structure.
Fifteen members of the California Conservation Corps spent “Volunteer Day” — Saturday, October 19 — working to prep the grounds at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School for a large native plant garden.
Phoebe Hearst received a grant last spring from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department to transform a large, unused area on campus into an extension of the school’s outdoor learning area with a variety of native plants which will attract insects and birds.
The native garden should be planted within the next few weeks by students and parent volunteers.
Superintendent Jonathan Raymond today formally announced his plans to resign from Sacramento City Unified School District effective December 31. The Superintendent said he plans to return to his native Boston to spend more time with his immediate and extended family.
“I love my work and I love my job,” the Superintendent told reporters at a morning press conference. “But my family comes first.”
Superintendent Raymond was appointed to his post in July 2009 and has served for four and half years as head of the 12th largest public K-12 district in California.
When Governor Brown signed the historic Local Control Funding Formula at California Middle School on July 1, wheels were set in motion for changes to the way the state funds schools and for the creation of new accountability rules for districts.
The SCUSD Board of Education has appointed a 7/11 Committee — a committee with at least seven and no more than 11 members — to make recommendations on the potential reuses, re-purposing or disposition of elementary school sites that were closed this fall due to chronic under-enrollment.
The committee’s next meeting will be on Monday, November 18, at 4:30 p.m. at Washington Elementary School, 520 18th St. Meetings are open to the public.
Click here to learn more about the 7/11 Committee.
Filmmaker Sascha Rice will screen her Emmy-nominated documentary “California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, at the California Museum,1020 O St.
The screening is sponsored by the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State and the California Council for History Education. Rice is the granddaughter of Brown and niece of current Governor Jerry Brown.
Albert Einstein Middle School, with its motto of “Explore. Discover. Create,” is reaching out to elementary schools with booths and demonstrations at fall festivals. Principal Garrett Kirkland and Assistant Principal Michael Holt attended recent carnivals at Sequoia Elementary and Phoebe Hearst Elementary.
Students have also participated, showing a video about Einstein produced by the media class and demonstrating robots made by the robotics team. Einstein will attend three more in the coming weeks: James Marshall, O.W. Erlewine and Isador Cohen.
On October 17, STEM education will come alive at SCUSD’s School of Engineering and Sciences.
The school will host Chevron’s Sacramento STEM Education Event, beginning with the delivery of some special materials to teacher Dylan Besk’s classroom.
Besk posted her project to DonorsChoose.org that would use real, working rockets to teach her seventh graders about engineering and flight paths. Together with DonorsChoose, Chevron will present the rockets to Ms. Besk and watch them immediately be put to use.
Editor’s note: The folllowing eConnection story was written by Fern Bacon Middle School student Jerrid Bland.
Lights! Camera! Action!
These are the words you will hear from the media students at Fern Bacon Middle School during their elective media class.
Thanks to the help of Doug Niva of the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium, FBMS received a $30,000 grant, which is allowing students in Julie DelAgua’s media class to continue creating amazing media productions.
Across the country, school districts are exploring Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) as a key to increasing student academic performance and preparing children for college and the workplace.
SCUSD is one of eight districts at the forefront of this work through at NoVo Foundation grant. SCUSD is working with the Collaborative for Social, Academic and Emotional Learning to bring SEL strategies to 20 pilot schools.
Looking for best practices, ideas and strategies for implementing the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards?
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson invites California teachers and administrators to the first annual California STEM Symposium on November 18 and 19 at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Special presenters include 2013 TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra, Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis and NASA astronaut and Reaching for the Stars! Foundation founder José Hernández.
Safe Kids Greater Sacramento celebrated International Walk to School Day at Camellia Basic Elementary this morning.
Volunteers from Federal Express, Sacramento Police Department and the California Highway Patrol staffed tables at the two school entrances to give out prizes and cheer students on as they walked to school.
The school community then joined students and parents on the blacktop during “Walking Wednesdays” walking time, which was followed by a short parent meeting to explain the upcoming “Paving the Way for Safe Routes to School” grant.
As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, SCUSD’s Bullying Prevention Specialist Jessica Wharton will speak at the BRAVE (Bullies Really Are Violating Everyone) Society’s second annual Say Something, Do Something Peer Abuse Prevention and Intervention Conference on Saturday, October 12, at Capitol Christian Center, 9470 Micron Ave., Sacramento.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. The conference will open at 10 a.m. and run until 5 p.m.
SCUSD staff and students participated in a rally at the Capitol yesterday to kick off National Bullying Prevention Month.
The Stand Up! Speak Out! Youth Rally Against Bullying was sponsored by the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Tolerance. National Bullying Prevention Month was created in 2006 by PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights). To learn how you can get involved in anti-bullying activities, visit the PACER website by clicking here.
A bill signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today suspends most California Standards Tests (CSTs) this spring and allows school districts to pilot new online assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
As a result, SCUSD is accelerating its work to implement the standards and gearing up its technology infrastructure to accommodate the new computer-based assessments.
SCUSD’s plan is to pilot the tests in English Language Arts and math for all students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 this spring. CSTs will still be given in science.
John Sloat Elementary School’s Back to School Night and Resource Fair attracted a great turnout of families. Parents received valuable information from their classroom teachers in a resource fair format.
Stationed at a tent, teachers disseminated pertinent information on the Common Core State Standards, balanced literacy, student data portfolios and other valuable classroom information.
Parents also had the opportunity to learn about many resources in the community.
Back to School Night was a win-win for the Sloat community!
SCUSD is staging a series of workshops to give parents hands-on experience with the new Common Core State Standards. The workshops begin on October 8.
Parents attending the sessions will be challenged to write to essay prompts, annotate informational texts, flex their speaking and listening skills and solve math problems — all strategies associated with the new standards. By the end of a three-part series, parents will have a clear picture of how Common Core standards are changing SCUSD classrooms.
This year, 10 SCUSD schools and 17 teams are participating in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics program, a record high for the school district.
FLL introduces students in grades 4 through 8 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robotics to complete certain prescribed tasks and compete in tournaments against robots from other teams.
California Middle School’s PTSA is hosting its second-annual Multi-Cultural Fair on Saturday, October 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Land Park campus (1600 Vallejo Drive).
This special event, which celebrates the cultural diversity of Cal Middle and the entire Sacramento Region, will feature food trucks, arts, entertainment, dance, music, crafts and artisans representing various cultures from around the world.
The event is a fundraiser for Cal Middle School’s art, music and field trip programs.
The “School Success Express,” a series of statewide workshops on the Fair School Funding law, is coming to Will C. Wood Middle School on Wednesday, October 9.
The workshop will provide an opportunity for the SCUSD community to learn how the Fair School Funding law, also known as the Local Control Funding Formula, will change the way school funding is allocated in California.
The 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. workshop is sponsored by Building Healthy Communities, a nonprofit that supports schools in South Sacramento.
Join us for Regional Parent Workshops to learn more about the California Common Core State Standards.
Learning standards are expectations about what students should know and be able to do at every grade level. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), adopted in 45 states, focus on the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for success in college and careers.
More than 400 students and family members attended SCUSD’s annual College Fair held last weekend at Hiram Johnson High School. The event was hosted, in part, by the Hiram Johnson Law Academy (pictured above).
Attendees met with representatives of more than 60 colleges, including most of the CSUs and UCs and colleges as far away as Illinois and Arkansas.
Students and family members seized the opportunity to engage in lively discussions about college cost vs. benefits, the application process and entrance essays (called “personal statements” by the UCs).
Applications are now being accepted for the fall School, Family & Community Partnership Leadership Academy.
The academy is open to parents, SCUSD staff and community members interested in gaining greater skills in leadership and deepening their understanding of the issues, policies and functions in K-12 education.
Albert Einstein Middle School is offering a range of tutoring support this year for students who need help, enrichment or just a quiet place to study.
For students who are struggling with their classes, Einstein offers an intensive tutoring program with a one adult to six student ratio Monday through Thursday. The focus is on remediation and accountability. The ultimate goal of this program is to get students qualified for the Homework Club.