Summer is over – but are all students starting the new school year with success?
Research shows that students who have access to a high-quality summer learning program return to school more prepared and motivated to learn as a result of their exposure to engaging and enriching summer programming.
According to the National Summer Learning Association, the cost to school districts of re-teaching material that students forget due to summer learning loss is four to six weeks of school time, or $1,500 per student.
SCUSD is sponsoring two great events for families and students to learn what teens need to do now to prepare for college.
The annual SCUSD College Fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, at Hiram Johnson High School (6879 14th Ave.)
Representatives of more than 70 colleges and universities — including UCs, CSUs, out-of-state and private institutions — will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and examine seniors’ transcripts.
Success in school depends on more than just the ability to bubble in blanks with a No. 2 pencil.
To be prepared for college and 21st century careers, students need 21st century skills. They need to be able to think critically, solve problems, communicate well, work with a team, persevere and create.
SCUSD and City of Sacramento officials announced today that they have joined forces to install a traffic signal at a Fruitridge Road crossing where a West Campus High School student lost her life 20 months ago.
Michelle Murigi, 16, was hit by a car in the crosswalk at 58th Street at Fruitridge Road on January 19, 2012, and died from her injuries. Subsequent to her death, five of Michelle’s friends and classmates started a petition to demand a traffic signal at the intersection (www.facebook.com/58thAndFruitridge).
High school seniors returned to campuses early on Tuesday — really early — to carry on SCUSD’s long-standing “Senior Sunrise” tradition.
At high school campuses throughout the district, students in the class of 2014 gathered just before 6:30 a.m. to watch the sun rise on the first day of their last year together, a poignant start to the new school year. They will also gather on the last day of school to watch the sun set.
Donuts and coffee helped many survive the pre-dawn activity.
John F. Kennedy High School graduate Charlie Hammitt (class of 2013) started Sacramento State this week confident that when he graduates he will land a high-paying job in a field he loves.
In fact, he already has a job he loves — as an apprentice machinist at Tecma Industries, where he is learning to make parts for the aerospace industry. Hammitt credits the opportunity to earn while he learns to JFK’s Manufacturing and Design Linked Learning Academy.
Students who have the best attendance perform better than their peers who miss days of learning and have to play catch up.
Students with regular attendance also enjoy school more, which makes it easier for parents to get them up, ready and out the door in the morning.
Because regular attendance is vitally important to learning, California has designated September “Attendance Awareness Month.” Learn more about the importance of good attendance and how to build this healthy habit by clicking here.
Last November, Sacramento voters approved Measures Q and R, facilities bonds that will allow Sacramento City Unified School District to upgrade technology, renovate classrooms and make campuses healthier and more sustainable learning environments for students and staff.
The first sale of the bonds is now complete, and SCUSD staff has been working hard this summer on a variety of improvements across the district that will make schools safer and healthier in the upcoming 2013-14 school year.
Three East Sacramento area elementary schools will have their First LEGO League Robotics teams this year thanks to a donation from the GenCorp Foundation and support from SCUSD.
The teams will compete at a First LEGO League Tournament in November.
Select students from Caleb Greenwood International Baccalaureate PYP Candidate School, David Lubin Elementary School and Theodore Judah Elementary School attended a district summer camp at Will C. Wood Middle School to learn basic robotics and programming that will help prepare them for the fall competition.
Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, an associate professor at San Francisco State University who has lectured around the world about the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children, is the keynote speaker for the Social Emotional Learning Summit at C.K. McClatchy High School on August 27.
Duncan-Andrade specializes in working with school staffs to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self-confidence, esteem and academic success among all students.
SCUSD is holding “town hall”-type forums on budget issues. Parents, staff and community members are invited to ask questions and get important information about the district’s finances during the two-hour meetings.
The meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates:
Wednesday, October 23 at Genevieve Didion K-8 School
Wednesday, December 4 at Albert Einstein Middle School
Wednesday, February 26 at California Middle School
Albert Einstein Middle School’s language arts faculty spent a week in July at a small liberal arts college in New York participating in the renowned Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking.
Giovanni Boone, Peggie Clapper, Scott Combrink and Cynthia Leriche immersed themselves in inventive writing strategies that help students gain a better understanding of complex ideas, historical documents, literary texts and mathematical problems.
Sacramento City Unified School District’s nonprofit foundation is kicking off a fundraising campaign to cover the costs of replacing two playground structures damaged by arson fires earlier this summer.
Sacramento Unified Education Foundation, SCUSD’s official nonprofit fundraising organization, is seeking donations to help offset the district’s costs associated with playground structure fires at Caroline Wenzel Elementary School and John Sloat Elementary School. Both structures were badly damaged and removed for safety reasons.
The quarterly Reading Rally at Oak Ridge Elementary School last month came to a sweet ending: Every student received a cupcake courtesy of Icing on the Cupcake.
The multipurpose room boomed as students chanted “We love books.” The Mighty Oaks cheered for their classmates as they participated in games such as “pin the pigeon on the school bus.” Students were awarded with prizes that included books, art supplies, gift cards, movie passes and bikes.The Oak Ridge students earned nearly 8,000 Accelerated Reader points, which is double the 4,000-point goal set last year.
The Education Foundation of Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate honored four SCUSD teachers recently for outstanding service, awarding each a $600 check.
Teachers honored were: Shannon Bliss of Hollywood Park Elementary School; Tim Griffin and Jorge Munoz of C.K. McClatchy High School; and Victoria Thomas of Crocker/Riverside Elementary School. Congratulations!
Through a partnership with UC Davis Health System, Health Professions High School is now offering an Allied Health Careers Pathway Program, a comprehensive, year-long curriculum that will provide hands-on experience and mentoring in a variety of allied health careers.
Many of these careers only require a certificate or associates degree from community college. They include: Registered dietician; respiratory therapist; pharmacy technician; medical assistant; and occupational therapy assistant.
The program is for 12th grade students with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Third graders in Kathy Bowling’s class at H.W. Harkness Elementary School were among the winners of the Sacramento Bee’s “Be Water Smart” pledge contest. Students received T-shirts and a visit from the Bee’s mascot, Scoopy.
The Leataata Floyd Elementary School community honored Nancy Tennyson, outreach director for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, at its first annual Leataata Floyd Community School Service Award Presentation held on Tuesday, June 4.
Tennyson has been instrumental in creating and leading a partnership between Trinity Cathedral and the school. Over the past decade, Tennyson helped start the school’s Clothes Closet and Weekend Snack Packet program, which provides nutritious food for students.
Second graders from Leataata Floyd and Crocker/Riverside elementary schools walked to California Middle School on June 6 for the annual Second Grade Read-Around.
Small groups of second graders were assigned to pairs of Cal students, who read them books in the quad. A group picture and popsicles finished out the morning.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Crocker/Riverside PTA, all students were sent home with a reading book of their choice. The second graders were excited to see the campus and have some “play time” with the middle school students!
SCUSD’s Family and Community Engagement Office honored 180 parents from 17 schools at its annual Parent Recognition Celebration held May 30 at the Serna Center.
The C.K.McClatchy High School Air Force Junior ROTC began the ceremony with the Presentation of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance.Parent honorees were then led into the ceremony by their school principals.
Rosa Parks Middle School held its first annual Career Week from May 28 through May 31.Various professionals visited the campus to explain their careers to students.
On Friday, the week culminated with a fabulous fashion show in the main quad during lunch. The student acappella group “The Poly Boys” sang a song and the girls dance crew “Original” performed a routine that mixed traditional and hip-hop styles.
Five student journalists from C.K. McClatchy High School and a photographer from Hiram Johnson High School won awards at the Sacramento High School Journalism Network’s second annual awards dinner on May 30.
Monica Chan, Editor-in-Chief of CKM’s The Prospector, won first place in the Best Editorial Writing category for her editorial on college.Reporter Lizzie Robinson won first place in Best Column for her opinion piece on faux Christmas Trees.
The 2013 John F. Kennedy High School yearbook staff has won the Herff Jones Excellence Award in recognition of Outstanding Execution of Concept and Theme for this year’s Reflections yearbook, which is titled “Beyond Measure.”
This is a regional award given by the Herff Jones yearbook representatives from the Sacramento area and the honor was presented to the class by Herff Jones’ Kelly Gentry.The Kennedy Annual will now be considered for the inclusion in the Herff Jones national publication, “Ideas That Fly.”
Phoebe Hearst Elementary School partnered with 916 Ink this year to provide an 11-week creative writing workshop for fourth through sixth grade students.
916 Ink is a non-profit literacy organization that transforms everyday kids into published authors. They are dedicated to promoting literacy by empowering youth in the Sacramento region to engage in literary arts.916 Ink’s mission to to get youngsters excited about the joy, wisdom, wit and whimsy that written language can provide.
One example of artwork from every Leonardo da Vinci eK-8 School student was on display at the school’s annual Spring Art Show. Also, the VI Class won first place for its wheelbarrow at the Sacramento County Fair.
Five Sacramento City Unified students and two classrooms won awards in contests designed to reinforce water conservation.
Laura Escobar, a sixth grader at Washington Elementary School, won a $25 gift card in the “Let Your Imagination Flow” poetry contest sponsored by the Sacramento Area Sewer District and the Sacramento Bee.
Honorable Mention winners in that contest included Zander Moos-LaFranco, a fourth grader at Hubert Bancroft, and Keir Keenan, a sixth grader at O.W. Erlewine.
Twelve student “green teams” showcased projects to make their campuses greener and more sustainable at SCUSD’s second annual Project Green Showcase last Thursday (May 23) at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School.
Viable projects are in line for $1 million in Measure Q bond money set aside for green school initiatives. Measure Q was approved by Sacramento voters in November.
Of the 123 graduating seniors in C.K. McClatchy’s Humanities and International Studies Program, a full third — 42 — are headed to UCs in the fall.
Of those 42 students, 14 will join the freshman class at prestigious UC Berkeley, nine will attend UC Davis and seven will attend UC Santa Barbara. Others are headed to UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz and UC Riverside.
In all, students in the HISP class of 2013 were accepted at 497 colleges.Twenty-four students have chosen California State Universities and nine will attend community colleges.
UC Davis’ School of Engineering celebrated and rewarded Sacramento City Unified’s efforts in C-STEM (computing, science, technology, engineering and math) education at its fourth annual Conference on Integrated Computing and STEM Education held May 18.
Peter Milam, an eighth grader at SCUSD’s School of Engineering and Sciences (SES), was honored as C-STEM Student of the Year.
The Rosemont High School winter percussion unit won the Intermediate division championship at the Northern California Band Association’s Tournament of Champions held at Las Plumas High School in Oroville on April 6.
This championship competition pits schools from all over Northern California and western Nevada. It is the culmination of a 10-week long season of competitions.
The works of 65 of Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School’s young authors are being published by Sacramento Public Library’s I Street Press.
The stories and prose are being compiled into three volumes. Student authors and their families will have an opportunity to see their books rolling off the press in person when they visit the I Street Press at the Central Library today (May 21) at 6:15 p.m.
SCUSD’s Chief of Staff Koua Franz was one of eight school leaders from around the country honored last week by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
Franz received CASEL’s Mary Utne O’Brien Award for advancing social and emotional learning. SCUSD is one of eight districts partnering with CASEL through its Collaborating Districts Initiative to improve the climate and culture of schools through role modeling and instruction in five social and emotional competencies. SCUSD received a three-year grant from the NoVo Foundation to support this work.
Golden Empire Elementary School was the proud recipient of a campus make-over courtesy of First Covenant Church and Rosemont community volunteers.
The congregation chose Golden Empire as a recipient of the “Achieving Community Through Service” (ACTS) Day event. Approximately 25 volunteers made a difference by sprucing up the school.
The cafeteria and quad area is sparkling following a deep-cleaning and polishing by so many helpers.Volunteers were involved with painting projects, including painting character education words around the central quad area.
For the past 12 weeks, the Youth and Family Resource Center at Clayton B. Wire Elementary School has been working to prepare nine girls to participate in a 5K run through its “Girls on the Run program.”
The program teaches life skills through interactive lessons and running games. The goal of the program is to build confidence through accomplishment while establishing an appreciation of health and fitness.
During their training, the girls created a cheer to represent who they are:
Thirty-two teams of students from around the region competed in a Fantasy Baseball tournament earlier this month at Raley Field — an event that tested their math skills in addition to providing a fun day at the ballpark.
The winners were Sophia Du and DeAndre Fitzgerald, two fourth grade students from Golden Empire Elementary, who walked away with the title 2013 Fantasy Baseball Champions.
A trio of Advanced Digital Media students earned an Honorable Mention award (second place) recently at the annual SEVA (Student Educational Video Awards) award night at Sacramento State.
More than 300 videos from students across Sacramento County were submitted for this competition.
“Happy Time Films” produced an instructional video, “How To Make Deep-Fried Oreos” and earned the highest honor ever by a Burbank video crew.Those students are Lang Thao, DeVaughn Magnum-Hines and Osiris Frazier.
Students from John F. Kennedy High School’s Visual Communications class were recently honored for their illustration work on a children’s storybook.
In a contest hosted by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, young elementary school authors were tasked with writing a story inspired by agriculture. Eight winners were selected from thousands of submissions by young authors.
Every Friday morning at Bret Harte Elementary School, students, teachers, parents and staff gather on the blacktop to participate in the “Fit Friday” fitness program piloted by Liz Sterba, Coordinator of Bret Harte’s Youth & Family Resource Center and Rebecca Fabyan, CSUS Social Work Intern.
Participants walk, run or skip laps around the blacktop to earn incentives. Each Fit Friday begins with fun music and lasts 15 minutes.To date, 213 students, parents and teachers have participated, completing a collective 4,906 laps (approximately 49 miles)!
Rosemont High School students continue to serve the community, building a strong sense of civic responsibility among the teens. Here, students are visited by Assemblyman Ken Cooley while manning a recycling booth at an Earth Day event.
Oak Ridge Elementary School teacher Stephanie Smith’s passion for building relationships with her students goes far beyond her classroom walls.
Since 2009, Smith has participated in SCUSD’s Parent Teacher Home Visit Project (PTHVP). She writes eloquently about her commitment to visiting families at their homes in “Would You Walk Through My Door?”, an article published in this month’s Educational Leadership.The magazine’s May 2013 issue focuses on “The Faces of Poverty.”
Almost everyone has a story about a special teacher that made a difference in their lives. This is the week to share it and express gratitude to the men and women who work hard to positively influence the next generation.
A C.K. McClatchy High School debate team has won the national Tournament of Champions, becoming the first team ever from a California public high school to win the nation’s top high school debate competition.
McClatchy seniors John Spurlock and Keenan Harris took first place in the policy debate division at the University of Kentucky tournament. In the 42-year history of the Tournament of Champions, no team from a California public high school has ever won.(In 2003, a team from College Preparatory School, a private high school in Oakland, took top honors.)
Ninth grade English teacher Christine Baker at Sacramento New Technology High School has posted with DonorsChoose in hopes of receiving 120 copies of Ishmael Beah’s memoir “A Long Way Gone,” in which he details his experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone.
West Campus High School students Elaine Romano and Meghan Nealon won first place in the Biological Sciences division of the the Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair held in March. Congratulations!
Students in Mark Hopkins Elementary School’s after-school MASTERS (Making After School Time Enriching, Rewarding and Successful) program were visited last week by Jason “JT” Thompson of the Sacramento Kings, who encouraged the kids to do their best on state standardized testing.
Thompson also signed autographs and played a little one-on-one basketball with the students. Former Sacramento Monarchs coach Monique Ambers (“Coach Mo”) also dropped by the school to inspire students.
The students were excited and enjoyed their surprise visitors.
John F. Kennedy High School student Nancy Barrera has won the CVS Pharmacy and WorkAbility 1 Program’s “Student Award of Excellence.”
Ms. Barrera has been participating in work experience through WorkAbility, at the Rush River CVS Pharmacy all year and is in the process of being hired by the pharmacy. She has won for WorkAbility’s Region 4 which encompasses most of Northern California.
Included in her award is a $200 check, which she will receive at an event on May 22. Congratulations!
During John Cabrillo Elementary School’s Open House, parents got the chance to experience the California Standards Test first hand.
As part of the school’s preparation for the California Standards Tests (CSTs), parents were invited to complete a test of second through sixth grade math and language arts questions compiled using real STAR questions released by the state.
Parents were given 20 minutes to complete the assessment.Student proctors monitored parents to ensure that electronic devices were not used and that there was no sharing of answers.
Members of the Assistance League of Sacramento visited John Bidwell, John Sloat and Caroline Wenzel elementary schools this spring to provide their “History in a Trunk” presentation.
Dressed in heritage school teacher costumes, the Assistance League engaged the fourth graders in a hands-on lesson about California history through the lens of the old Governor’s Mansion, now a museum.
Following the presentation, each fourth grade class participated in the California Heritage Essay Contest.
The Met Sacramento High School will host a culinary camp this summer for students ages 10 to 15 who love to cook, eat and play with food.
Junior Chef Central is a five-day culinary camp that gives kids the basic skills necessary to cook and build kitchen confidence. Students prepare a four-course meal daily and learn such cooking techniques as mise en place, sauteing, plating and baking.
All sessions run 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Cost is $299. for more information, click here.
Four students in Luther Burbank High School’s after-school Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training program recently applied their knowledge of emergency first aid to help a classmate in distress.
The cheers were loud and proud during the California Standards Tests (CSTs) Kickoff Assembly at Fern Bacon Middle School.
Fern Bacon Middle School had the highest gains in English language arts and math of all middle and K-8 schools last year.
At this year’s assembly, eighth graders were recognized and honored for working hard last year and using their “Test Strong” strategies.A big round of applause also went out to all the teachers who worked hard to prepare students.
SCUSD, Sacramento State and Sacramento City College formally joined forces today to launch “Sacramento Pathways to Success” a partnership aimed at giving students and families a clearer, simpler roadmap to college and career success.
The partnership, announced before students and area dignitaries at John F. Kennedy High School, will help Sacramento students more easily transition to and succeed in college or gain a career technical education that will allow them to pursue employment and enter the workforce.
Elder Creek Elementary School student Damion Saechao won first place in Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District’s “Fight the Bite” poster contest, K-3 division.
For winning, Damion was awarded $200 and Elder Creek received $400.
In an effort to teach children about mosquito prevention, the contest encourages kids to use art and creatively design a calendar page promoting the mosquito prevention theme to inspire everyone to practice safety.
Leonardo da Vinci eK-8 School celebrated its many volunteers this week at a breakfast provided by the teachers. Posters were made by each class, thanking the parents for all they do and for enriching every student’s learning experience.
California Middle School teacher Jennifer Ellerman — one of two Sacramento County 2013 Teachers of the Year — was honored at Raley Field on Friday, April 26, during a special on-field ceremony prior to the Sacramento River Cats/Salt Lake Bees baseball game.
This is the sixth year that the Sacramento River Cats have recognized the Teachers of the Year.
Kathy Harris, a teacher at A. Warren McClaskey Adult Center, was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award at the California Council for Adult Education State Conference.
Sue Gilmore, SCUSD’s Director of Adult Education, says Ms. Harris “gives 110 percent to her students. She works with difficult students yet manages to arrange activities in which they can all excel. Her positive and cheerful demeanor is contagious and appreciated by both students and staff. Kathy is always committed to her students and adult education.”
Bowling Green Chacon Academy hosted a Literacy Night on April 17. Families engaged in reading activities designed to teach the enjoyment of reading.
Students participated in activities at interactive “literacy stations.” Some students created a commercial of their favorite book, some read books outside on the grass with their parents, while others read digital books designed by first grade students.
Alice Birney Waldorf-Inspired EK-8 School held its third annual knit-a-thon to benefit children in need of a warm blanket.
Hand-knitted squares created by students were sewn together to create blankets that will be distributed to children in shelters or hospitals.
“The joyful colors not only provide warmth but also give comfort to those children facing a challenging situation,” says Principal Mechelle Horning. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students to share their knitting skills and participate in community service.”
C.K. McClatchy High School sophomores are hosting “An Evening of Yoga” from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, to benefit the Class of 2015.
Suggested donation for participation is $10 or $15.
Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel. This will be an all-levels class, so beginners are welcome. Admission includes tickets to a raffle that will follow the class. For more information, email teacher Julie Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Campus High School has been named a 2013 California Distinguished School, a prize that recognizes the innovative magnet school for its excellent teaching, college-going culture and dedication to closing academic achievement gaps.
“I am thrilled that our school has been recognized and proud of our hard-working students and staff,” said Principal Greg Thomas.“This award reflects their commitment to high academic achievement for all students.”
Students at C.P. Huntington Elementary and C.K. McClatchy High School are featured prominently in a new training video for teachers on the administration of the California English Language Development Test.
The videos made their first debut last week at the Sacramento County Office of Education.
Students at Genevieve Didion K-8 School and Washington Elementary School participated in a nationwide pilot of the new Smarter Balanced assessments, online tests tied to the Common Core State Standards.
Students typed in responses to questions, wrote essays, calculated math problems using graphs and arrays and responded to videos as part of the assessment pilot.
The test also allowed some students to work together on a project then complete the task on-line.
Three phenomenal SCUSD scholar-athletes — Makenzie Fong of John F. Kennedy, Amanda Meroux of West Campus and Derek Taylor of C.K. McClatchy — have won the Dale Lacky Scholarship from the California Scholastic Federation.
The scholarship honors students for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school. Each student was awarded $600 towards college fees.
Twenty-four SCUSD students from Luther Burbank, Hiram Johnson, John F. Kennedy and C.K. McClatchy high schools participated in the 16th annual Hmong National Development Conference in Fresno earlier this month.
Thousands of community leaders, business professionals, advocates and young people from across the country attended the three-day conference, themed “Journey Forward, The Next Chapter of the Hmong Americans.”
Tickets are now on sale for the 15th annual East Sacramento Garden Tour benefiting David Lubin Elementary School.
The Mother’s Day weekend event (May 11-12) will feature seven beautiful gardens, all within strolling distance of each other in and near East Sacramento’s leafy Fab Forties neighborhood.
David Lubin’s gardens will be on display as well, and a Boutique and Sweet Shop will be set up on the M Street campus (no tour ticket required).Those on the tour may also choose to enjoy a delicious luncheon at the Tea Garden at Sutter Lawn Tennis Club for just $15.
SCUSD’s Safe Schools Office in collaboration with Sacramento Police Department is providing campus monitor training. The training is funded by the Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) grant provided by the US Department of Education.
Last Saturday, a group of campus monitors participated in a workshop on peer mediation and conflict resolution. The peer mediation group from John F. Kennedy High School made a presentation.
In preparation for the transition to Common Core State Standards, it is important that both students and teachers experience learning and teaching with the instructional shifts and a more thematic approach to curriculum implementation.
This year, teachers at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School have developed units of study tying together language arts, math, science and social studies standards at each grade level under a particular theme.
Leataata Floyd Elementary School third grader Romeo Granados recently cut his hair for the first time and donated it to Locks of Love, an organization that supports cancer patients, burn victims and trauma survivors by fabricating wigs out of donated hair.
Says Principal Billy Aydlett: “Out of kindness and concern for others, Romeo cut his hair for the first time in his life and donated it to Locks of Love.
O.W. Erlewine School held its fifth annual Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 19.
The celebration included various activity stations set up throughout the campus.Students went on walks through the school’s nature area, established in 1965, and learned about the different types of animals that live in the American River.
Students from Albert Einstein Middle School were honored by the California Lottery at a ceremony on April 18.
The students’ work has been on display at the Lottery’s Richards Boulevard headquarters. Assemblyman Ken Cooley presented the middle schoolers with a certificate from the Assembly. Sacramento County Supervisor Don Natoli also came to congratulate them.
A squad of parents, students and staff members descended on Earl Warren Elementary School’s garden on April 11 to prepare it for spring planting. The day of work was organized by teacher Matthew Luper.
The group pulled weeds and spread fresh dirt. Within two hours, all the work was done and the garden is now ready for spring planting. To see more pictures, ”like” the Earl Warren page on Facebook.
Camellia Basic School and the nonprofit Equipping Voice for Opportunity Living (EVOL) hosted a graduation ceremony on April 11 for parents who completed citizenship preparation classes.
The classes, provided by EVOL, were free of charge and aimed at adult English language learners. The classes helped participants learn and improve English language skills as well as prepare to go through the application process to become U.S. citizens.
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School held its second annual “Take Your Parent to School Day” on April 10. Family members were invited to spend a portion of the school day in their child’s classroom. More than 300 people participated in the fun event.
The Sacramento City Unified School District is forming a “7-11 Committee” (a committee with seven or 11 members) to advise the Board of Education on the reuse, repurposing and disposition of school buildings and vacant sites not needed for school purposes.
The formation of the committee follows the Board’s decision last month to close seven chronically under-enrolled elementary schools next fall.
Under California law, the committee must be comprised of at least seven members who represent each of the following: • The ethnic, age group and socioeconomic composition of the
The Leadership class at Hollywood Park Elementary delivered donations of food, blankets, toys, beds, towels,and cash to the SPCA on Friday, April 5. This is the last of five community service projects for the class.
The students have been raising money for SPCA for three years. In all, they have donated over $1,000. The school is receiving a commemorative brick on SPCA’s permanent walkway honoring our school’s partnership.
A field trip to California’s Capitol turned into something more last Thursday (April 11) for second and third graders from William Land Elementary School.
During their tour of the building, students from the classes of teachers Pete Vega and Mike Pickering were treated to photos with Bodie, the heroic canine officer injured while on the line of duty with the Sacramento Police Department last year.
Bodie was being honored at the Capitol when the students — and SCUSD Board of Education member Christina Pritchett — happened by.
Pony Express Elementary School is hosting a community car show on Saturday, April 27. Sponsored by the Pony Express PTA and the START program, the event will include vendors from local businesses and community groups.
Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets for picnicking.
C.K. McClatchy High School student Mitchell Lee was awarded the DOVIA Margaret Einspahr Youth Award from Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services on April 11.
Mitchell has volunteered with the food bank’s clothing programs since 2011. Last year, he organized several donation drives, including a shoe drive which gathered an astonishing 700 pairs of shoes to help families in need.
A member of the food bank’s Youth Committee, Mitchell works to engage other youth in philanthropy and volunteerism.
More Sacramento City Unified School District students are graduating from high school and fewer are dropping out, according to California Department of Education data released today (Tuesday, April 9).
More SCUSD students also are graduating having completed all coursework necessary for admission to a UC or CSU, an important college-readiness marker.
Members of John F. Kennedy and McClatchy high schools’ LiLu clubs will present one-of-a-kind handbags and other accessories handmade by students at the 12th annual LiLu Handbag Project runway show and auction on Saturday, April 13 at Wind Youth Center, 701 Dixieanne Ave., Sacramento.
The event is a fundraiser for the center, which provides outreach, social services and emergency shelter for homeless youth ages 12 to 21.
C.K. McClatchy High School’s Lion’s Pride Players will present the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “The Music Man” at 7 p.m. on April 17-19 and 24-27 in the school’s historic auditorium.
“The Music Man” won Best Musical and five other Tony Awards during its initial Broadway run in 1957 which lasted through 1,375 performances.The cast album won the first Grammy Award for “Best Original Cast Album” and was number one on the Billboard charts for 245 weeks.
SCUSD’s Child Development Department is accepting applications through May 31 for its five-week Kindergarten Readiness Summer Academy.
The Academy will run from July 1 through August 1 at school sites throughout the district. Children must be enrolled for kindergarten in the fall of 2013 to qualify. The program will include kindergarten readiness activities, nutritious snacks, parent workshops and more. Call (916) 643-7859 for more information.
Parents of children enrolled in Sequoia Elementary School’s 4th “R” program planted a tree last month in honor of longtime and beloved 4th “R” director Colette Watson, who passed away this winter.
Ms. Watson had worked at Sequoia’s 4th “R” for almost 25 years. “She gave of her time and her heart to the children and families of Sequoia,” said Principal Cindy Hollander. The tree will provide a living memorial to Ms. Watson’s service.
Three C.K. McClatchy High School students enrolled in teacher Christine Richard’s ceramics class were honored by the California Art Education Association during an event at the Crocker Art Museum last month.
On display were works by students Bonnie Lindgren, Danielle Rodriguez and Ashley Wilson, who won first place in the 3-D category which featured work from eight high schools in the Northern California region.
Hollywood Park Elementary School will be celebrating its second annual Fitness Week April 15-19.
During the week, students will be engaged in a variety of activities that promote health and fitness.The goal of the week is to highlight various aspects of a healthy life including physical fitness, nutrition and safety.
Each day students will participate in a different activity, including Jazzercise, karate, cooking demonstrations and “boot camp.” Fitness Week will culminate with a jog-a-thon.
American Legion High School students enjoyed the school’s first ever on-campus health fair on Wednesday, March 13.
Students from Legion’s men’s and women’s Leadership classes and from student government helped create the exciting and interactive event.
HealthCorps Coordinator Tyler Mar brought together active students as well as outside organizations including Planned Parenthood, the Health Education Council, Kings Breakers and SCUSD Nursing to make healthy living a reality for young adults.
Caleb Greenwood School has successfully submitted its Application for Candidacy to become an International Baccalaureate School offering the IB Primary Years Program.
To keep the momentum going, Caleb Greenwood parents worked together over Spring Break to spruce up the playground blacktop and give it a new internationally-inspired look, complete with global maps and languages from around the world.
Click here to visit Caleb Greenwood’s cool new website and to learn more about the IB transition.
Fern Bacon Middle School student Arturo Santana watched players trekking up and down the Luther Burbank High School basketball court and smiled.
A participant in a previous game, Santana was enjoying seeing others having as much fun shooting, passing and scoring in basketball as he did.
“I don’t know if you saw it, but I knocked down three shots,” Santana, 12, said at the conclusion of a round of play at SCUSD’s second annual Spring Inclusive Basketball Tournament on March 20. ”I’m an all-around player that goes with the flow of the game.”
The West Campus High School Moot Court Team came in first place at the 34th Annual Gordon D. Schaber County Moot Court Competition. The win was announced by the Sacramento County Office of Education on March 4.
Led by teacher Raoul Bozio, the team of Valencia Scott, Hannah Jakobsen, Zafrin Dhali, Alex Florin, Tala Ataya and Lory Aboudiab beat out 18 teams from Sacramento County high schools — including two teams from Bella Vista — and four teams from neighboring counties. C.K.McClatchy High School came in fourth place.
Tag isn’t the only activity that occurs during Theodore Judah Elementary School’s lunch time recess.
Students in the school’s string orchestra practice diligently to learn their instrument and to prepare for our Spring Arts and Music Festival, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (depending on student grade level) on Thursday, March 21 at Kit Carson Middle School.
In addition to the orchestra performances, all classes will be singing songs learned in their weekly music class.
Camellia Basic Elementary School has started a Fathers on Campus program.
The goal of the program is to create an atmosphere where Camellia fathers not only walk their children to school but feel comfortable walking into the classrooms and organizing activities for students.
SCUSD has extended the Open Enrollment process for students who will be in grades K-6 next fall.The process for incoming elementary students began online on February 19 and will continue through 5 p.m.on Wednesday, March 20.
Parents and guardians applying for a criteria-based school should visit the school’s website to learn about specific application requirements.
Online enrollment is available 24 hours a day at www.scusd.edu. Computers are available at school Parent Resource Centers.
Editor’s note: The following article was written by Nia Brown and Tim Loo, reporters for The Prospector, C.K. McClatchy High School’s newspaper. Brown and Loo were among dozens of CKM seniors who met U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on his recent trip to Sacramento. Click here to see a KCRA report on Kennedy’s interactions with the students.
The SCUSD All-City Honor Band and All-City Honor Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. tonight (March 13) at John F. Kennedy High School.
The 2013 Festival of Music will feature a wide variety of musical selections, including tango, an African marching song and a J.S. Bach concerto. Students participating attend Albert Einstein, California, Sam Brannan, Sutter, Fern Bacon, Rosa Parks and Will C. Wood middle schools and Leonardo da Vinci, John Still and Alice Birney K-8 schools.
SCUSD partnered with the Sacramento Tree Foundation and Greenwise Joint Venture for an Arbor Day celebration at Pacific Elementary School on Thursday (March 7).
The event was part of the “30KTrees” campaign, an effort to plant 30,000 trees in one year throughout the Sacramento region.Mayor Kevin Johnson attended the celebration with Ray Tretheway, executive director of the Tree Foundation, and representatives of SMUD, PG&E, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s office and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s office.
Students and families at Earl Warren Elementary School spent the month of February collecting spare change for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients drive.
The school’s sixth grade class made school posters with inspirational messages and hosted several events. For example, students could pay $1 to wear a hat or bring a stuffed animal to class.
There was also a Wii tennis tournament and iPod day.The culminating activity occurred Friday, March 1 when students paid $1 for a piece of tape to tape Principal Carolyn Olsen to a chair at lunch time.
Registration has begun for the 2013 Kops-N-Kids Summer Camp, which will be held at Rosemont High School (9594 Kiefer Blvd.) June 17-21.
Since 1986, the nonprofit Kops-N-Kids organization has provided a week-long summer day camp for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12.The sports-oriented camp allows children to have positive interactions with law enforcement and fire department role models.
Bret Harte Elementary School students, families and staff celebrated Black History Month on February 28. Coordinated by school librarian Erma Davis, students performed songs, dances and speeches featuring traditional African culture and highlighting many by famous and lesser-known African American heroes.
Davis and her student volunteers worked tirelessly on the program, meeting each week since the beginning of October. The result was a beautiful acknowledgment and appreciation of black history.
Students from William Land Elementary School participated in the Sacramento Kings pre-game performance for Asian Heritage Night on Chinese New Year.
Students from kindergarten through third-grade classes performed a Chinese fan dance and sang “Happy New Year!” in Mandarin. Parents, teachers, school faculty and students worked hard together to make the night a truly memorable one.
Students enrolled in Japanese at John F. Kennedy High School Skyped with 10th graders in Matsuyama, Japan, as a partnership between the two schools. JFK students wrote letters to the students in Japan and letters were read to each other via Skype. JFK students then performed a traditional Japanese dance for their sister city students. Click here to watch.
Two members of John F. Kennedy High School Speech and Debate team, led by teacher Michael Fry, won first place in a recent state qualifying tournament and will be moving on to the state finals.
Partners Henry Adkisson and Joanne Newens, who perform in the duo category, are going to state after winning first place. Another team member, Pa Yang broke to the semi-final round in her category. Says Principal Chad Sweitzer: “We’re extremely proud to have such talented performers on our team. Great job, Cougars.”
Kindergarten students at John Sloat, John Bidwell and Caroline Wenzel elementary schools learned about personal safety during a presentation by Kids on the Block, a puppet show presented to 4,000 students annually across the country.
The puppeteers, who are volunteers from the Assistance League of Sacramento, used a script to discuss such topics as how to avoid strangers and how to react safely in the case of fire (stop, drop and roll).
The show also emphasized the importance of children learning their own phone numbers and when/how to dial 9-1-1.
The Black Student Union (BSU) returned to Hiram Johnson this year with the goal of exposing African-American students and their families to more resources, supports and opportunities available to them in the community. In accordance with this goal, the BSU held its first annual Black Family Night at the school on February 27.
Camellia Basic Elementary School celebrated the Year of the Snake with its fifth annual Lunar New Year parade on February 15.
The event opened with a professional lion dance performance, followed by a school wide procession that highlighted students dressed in their native costumes, student lion dancers, pin wheelers, ribbon dancers, banners, lanterns, dragons, snakes and a New Year Queen.
Students also marched holding a variety of signs while others played musical instruments.
American Legion High School’s Men’s Leadership Academy hosted a VIP guest recently — U.S. Army Major General Peter Gravett, who serves in Gov. Jerry Brown’s Cabinet as Secretary of the California Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Gravett is a retired major general with more than 40 years of military service in the U.S. Army and the California Army National Guard, serving initially as an enlisted soldier prior to being commissioned in 1968.
Health Professions High School alumnae Alexis Kelley will serve as a Congressional intern in Washington, D.C., this summer and fall through the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy.
Each intern is assigned to work for two and half months in a Capitol Hill office following a two-week course at the Panetta Institute. In addition to their work in Congressional offices, interns participate in weekly seminars on policy issues and aspects of government.
Students from American Legion High School visited the Learning Center at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op recently to gain valuable experience in working in the kitchen and cooking healthy, affordable snacks.
Students worked together in four teams preparing Crunchy Kale Chips, Hummus and Baked Pita Chips, No Bake Cookies and High Energy Bars from scratch.
The recipes were demonstrated by the students and presented with the help of the Co-op’s beautiful presentation kitchen.
The Association of California School Administrators has selected five Sacramento City Unified School District administrators to be honored at its annual awards ceremony in May.
Congratulations to: Becky Bryant, Special Education Administrator; Paula Hanzel, principal of Sacramento New Technology High School; Lilia Ibarra Pelegri, assistant principal at Hiram Johnson High School; Dave Rodriquez, principal of Sutter Middle School; and Rachel Lane, principal of Nicholas Elementary School. They will be honored May 15 at the ACSA Region III Awards Gala of the Year.
Sacramento New Technology High School English teacher Christine Baker is one of 12 Sacramento-area English and drama teachers chosen to participate in the UC Davis Mondavi Center’s 2013 Globe Education Academy.
This fall, SCUSD was awarded a $750,000, three-year grant from the NoVo Foundation to support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).
On Wednesday, February 27, SCUSD and the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning are hosting a one-hour free workshop open to teachers, staff, students, parents and community members interested in learning about SEL.
The workshop will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Serna Center’s Parent Resource Center, 5735 47th Ave. To reserve a spot, call Carrie Rose at (916) 752-3206.
Children who are the best prepared for school perform the best academically. To help get kids ready for the rigors of today’s classrooms, SCUSD is sponsoring a School Readiness Fair on Saturday, March 16, at the Serna Center.
Hundreds of families are expected to attend the fair to take advantage of such free services as health screenings and dental exams.
California Middle School’s fourth annual Spring Thing fundraiser will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Congregation B’nai Israel.
Restaurants, brewers and vintners who will be featured this year include: Bacon & Butter, Track 7, Masullo, Revolution, Vic’s, Chada Thai, Mulvaney’s, Taylor’s Kitchen, Bogle, Formoli’s Bistro, Three Vines, Coffee Garden, Clarksburg Wine Co. and Two Rivers Cider Co.
Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the door) and available at the school or online at calmiddlespringthing.com.
SCUSD has extended the Open Enrollment process for students who will be in grades K-6 next fall. The process for incoming elementary students began online on February 19 and will continue through 5 p.m.on March 15.
Parents and guardians applying for a criteria-based school should visit the school’s website to learn about specific application requirements.
Parents and guardians who wish to apply in person for Open Enrollment may do so at the SCUSD Enrollment Center, 5601 47th Ave. on the following dates:
John F. Kennedy High School student Henry Molina won the Sacramento County Poetry Out Loud competition held on February 7 at Rosemont High School.
Molina now moves on to represent Sacramento County in the state finals March 25-26 at the Capitol. California’s overall winner will receive $200 and an expenses-paid trip to compete in the National Finals in Washington, D.C.in April. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be awarded at the national finals, including a $20,000 award for the National Champion.
Students at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School collected $1,165.51 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through participation in the organization’s “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser.
The amount raised is more than twice the school’s goal of $500. To help raise funds, the staff organized an activity called “Stuck for a Buck.” Students were able to use tape to stick either the principal, a yard duty supervisor or two parent volunteers to a chair during lunch.
Pacific Elementary School’s Student Council recently applied for and received a Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) Grant.GABY supports youth in learning about giving, serving and taking action on issues that are important to the community.
On February 2, three representatives from the Student Council attended the GABY Convening event at City Hall.
The students participated in ice breaker and networking activities with other Sacramento area youth who also received the grant, and they presented the Pacific Peace & Play program to their peers.
Twenty seniors from Health Professions High School traveled to the UC Davis School of Medicine on February 6 to interview doctors, nurses and professors, research needed to complete their senior projects.
Topics discussed ranged from heart disease to domestic violence.
Despite nerves and fears that the conversations would be difficult, the students came away exhilarated and optimistic about opportunities for internships, job shadowing and volunteer work.
The following is an open letter from Genevieve Didion K-8 School teacher Laura Nann:
For the last few years, I have coordinated the “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser at our school in honor of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Sacramento.
A former co-worker of mine went through leukemia treatments many years ago and is a survivor! She started the program at my last school and I continued the tradition when I started teaching at Genevieve Didion.
Mark Hopkins Elementary School on Monday opened “Julia’s Closet,” a clothes closet named for Principal Tiffany Smith-Simmons’ grandmother.
The closet is a collaborative effort between Mark Hopkins and the Elk Grove Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.The goal is to provide much needed resources for students, including underwear, socks, warm clothing and school uniforms.
Julia’s Closet is named in honor of Smith-Simmons’ paternal grandmother, Julia B. Ogletree. Says Smith-Simmons: “(She) loved fashion and helping others.
Representatives from the Allstate Foundation presented Rosemont High School’s LEAD Academy with a $500 award promoting driver safety. LEAD students look forward to an ongoing partnership with Allstate.
In other Rosemont news: Rosemont students who attended O.W. Erlewine Elementary School visited their grade school alma mater on February 1.The students shared some inspiring reading material and explained how reading relates to their high school experience at Rosemont.
Albert Einstein Middle School hosted exchange students from China last week who attended classes along with partner students from the school. Einstein plans on hosting another group of Chinese visitors this May.
Camellia Basic Elementary School’s PTA is sponsoring a pancake breakfast on Saturday, February 16, to kick off four days of safety awareness assemblies and parent education sessions.
The breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will include a free safety expo with school partners Safe Kids Coalition, Walk Sacramento, Legal Services of Northern California, the CHP and Assemblyman Roger Dickinson.Tickets are $3 for children and $5 for adults.
The following is an open letter to SCUSD families:
Let me introduce myself. My name is Joseph Stymeist and I’m the district’s ROP coordinator. ROP classes are how SCUSD delivers most of the Career Technical Education that takes place in our district’s high schools.
A Sacramento New Technology High School student has organized a community forum for teens and families interested in learning more about President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.
On June 15, President Obama signed a memo calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and have pursued education or military service here.
A “Get Fit” rally with the Sacramento Kings was held at Sequoia Elementary School on Thursday, January 24.
Second through sixth graders gathered in the multi-purpose room to see Kings’ announcer Scott Fresh, Kings dancers and break dancers, mascot Slamson and players Jimmer Fredette and James Johnson.
Students participated in several games showing their athleticism and their dance moves. There was even a dance competition for five of the adult staff. After school, 50 students were able to get signed autographs and their pictures taken with the players.
Pacific Elementary School held its second annual Career and Pathway to College Fair on Wednesday, January 23.
Thirty-one speakers from various professions and careers spoke to first through sixth grade students about life after high school graduation. Speakers included managers from Hewlett Packard and Cisco, a civil engineer, attorneys, psychologists, a nurse, a contractor and Board of Education Vice President Darrell Woo.
Each speaker visited three to four classrooms sharing their personal career and educational stories.
Join SCUSD for a series of parent workshops and learn how the new California Common Core State Standards will impact your child’s education.
In the sessions, you will learn what the new standards are, how you can assist your child to meet the new standards and experience what your child will be learning. Translators will be available for interpretation and childcare will be provided. Two series are being offered.
The next English language arts session will take place on Wednesday, February 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Serna Center, 5735 47th Ave.
Open Enrollment is an opportunity for families that live within SCUSD boundaries to apply for spots in schools beyond their neighborhood school or to apply for enrollment in specialty programs and schools.
Luther Burbank High School student Gerald Pliman won the school’s Poetry Out Loud competition, held Friday, January 11. He now moves on to the county competition which will be held next month at Rosemont High School.