District families, staff and community members are cordially invited to learn more about the Central Kitchen initiative at a community meeting on Wednesday, June 7th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Hiram Johnson High School Cafeteria (6879 14th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95820). Light refreshments will be provided.
E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts also known as CLARA is now taking applications for a free performance arts summer camp for incoming seventh grade students attending Sacramento City Unified School District schools. Registration has been extended to June 2, and limited slots are open.
The two-week summer camp runs June 19 – 30, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration priority is given to students attending schools with Title I funding.
Kids-helping-Kids-in-need. What better lesson plan in life than that? Genevieve Didion Elementary School has participated in The Greater Sacramento’s Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) annual school campaign called “Pennies for Patients” for the last 9 years. This year’s campaign was three weeks long in February. Didion Elementary hit it out of the park by raising $12,586.85 which resulted in the #1 fundraising school out of the 668 schools within LLS’s Greater Sacramento’s area region.
Sacramento City Unified School District’s Student Support and Health Services Department is taking proactive steps to fight the highly contagious Norovirus which has hit Sacramento and Yolo Counties. While the district has yet to confirm a case, high numbers of students and some staff have experienced suspicious symptoms at 29 schools. Those symptoms include vomiting, stomach cramps and/or diarrhea. Anyone experiencing those symptoms should not return to their school or office until they are symptom-free for two days.
In collaboration with their Visual and Performing Arts and Associated Student Body, C.K. McClatchy’s Student Support Center brought awareness to Mental Health Month through a variety of activities inside and outside the classroom.
Students created a ”wellness tree” installation where students and staff shared their stories. More than 100 stories have been added to the tree.
Sacramento City Unified School District parents participating in the Parent Leadership Pathway workshops celebrated their “graduation” on May 10 with a special ceremony at the district’s Serna Center. Superintendent José Banda addressed the graduates and their families to thank them for attending the workshops that focused on parenting, communicating with schools, leadership, understanding data and report cards, bullying and other topics important to parents and their students.
With so many messages about suicide coming at us through the media and entertainment – including the recent release of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why – it’s important to know we can all help stop suicide simply by being aware and taking action. The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention has provided tips for parents when talking with their children about 13 Reasons Why and the topic of suicide. The tips are listed below (click to expand) and also available to download.
Sacramento City Unified School District Board President Jay Hansen and Board member Darrel Woo joined Mayor Darrell Steinberg last week as he launched a work force initiative to recruit 1,000 high school students for city jobs and internships.
Luther Burbank High School students Sandra Saevang and Jazmin Soto along with West Campus students Gavin Veiga and Antonio De La Rosa participated in the city event to announce the youth employment effort.
UnitedHealthcare pro-cycling team members recently joined the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Activities League in coordinating a bicycle/helmet safety event for 50 Pacific Elementary students that included a donation of bicycles and helmets.
Students’ bikes were fitted to them by the Sheriff’s Bike unit. Students decorated their new helmets and got autographs from the Amgen Pro Cyclists.
California school districts are required to survey families on their experiences around school safety and school connectedness. This year, Sacramento City Unified is using a broad, district-wide survey. Information gathered from the anonymous survey will be used to guide district decision-making in the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the use of state funds.
California’s Teacher Appreciation Week runs May 8-12, and California Day of the Teacher is celebrated today. The state has 295,000 teachers, and 2,500 of them are employed in our district.
The California Teachers Association reports that our Day of the Teacher has its roots in the community and is modeled on Mexico’s “El Dia del Maestro.” California’s Day of the Teacher arose from legislation co-sponsored by CTA and the Association of Mexican American Educators in 1982.
PTA suggestions for honoring or remembering your favorite teacher include:
PG&E is offering 4-week paid summer internships to local students interested in being a part of California’s clean energy future. Applications are due May 22.
PG&E invites local area high school juniors to apply for a paid internship to explore career opportunities in the energy industry and expose students to a real-world work environment. Interns will work five hours per day for four weeks and earn $10.50 per hour. In Sacramento, the internship will run from June 19 – July 14 at American River College, 4700 College Oak Drive.
Join CLARA (E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts) for a two-week summer program focusing on the performing arts! Students will be introduced to acting and improvisation, guitar and drumming, lyrical dance, hip-hop, samba and more!
Student art work from the Art of Compassion Showcase are on display in prominent locations around Sacramento, including the office of U.S. Representative Doris Matsui. Matsui, a Showcase sponsor, selected art from Fern Bacon Middle School teacher Stacy Gale’s class. Gale’s class visited with the Congresswoman to see their artwork displayed in her office. Their art work was displayed in the front entry. Congresswoman commended the students kudos for their work and reiterated the importance of community and unity.
Parkway Elementary held its first ever Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, April 29. There was great support from community partners such as SCUSD Board Member Mai Vang, California State Senator Dr. Richard Pan and County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy. Families received free Subway sandwiches, car seat checks by the California Highway Patrol, bagged fruits provided by Sacramento Food Bank and free TDAP shots for 6th graders.
C.K. McClatchy High School student clubs will sponsor a 4 p.m. town hall on Friday, May 12, in the school gym to discuss state legislation aimed at promoting debt-free college in California. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty of Sacramento will answer questions about the proposals.
Organizers of the event include McClatchy’s Black Student Union, Brown Issues and Feminist Coalition.
Third and fourth grade students won first place on May 6 in their division in the California State University, Sacramento annual Nature Bowl competition.
California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife coordinated the event aimed at teaching youngsters science standards, teamwork and critical thinking. The Sacramento Bee reported almost 200 students from 22 regional schools participated in the event.
Last night the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education hired Mr. Jorge Aguilar to lead the district as its next Superintendent. Mr. Aguilar currently serves as the Associate Superintendent for Equity and Access at Fresno Unified School District and is recognized as a state and national education leader. He brings over twenty years of K-12 and higher education experience to the district, with a strong focus and background on issues of equity and student achievement. As a result of his work, Fresno Unified saw significant improvement in student achievement including:
SCUSD’s Green Apple Awards are presented to staff, students and community that go above and beyond their daily tasks and responsibility to help make our learning environments more green and sustainable.
This May is Mental Health Month, and SCUSD’s Student Support and Health Services Department is raising awareness about mental health and available services. Student Support and Health Services will distribute green ribbons and post cards this week throughout the district and promote its Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings. The trainings are free and open to any staff, student 18 years or older and community members. The courses are funded through a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant.