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.