Across the Sacramento City Unified School District, students and staff are pitching in to help both victims of the typhoon in the Philippines and less fortunate families at home.
For example, in just four days students at California Middle School raised $550 for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The money will be donated to the Red Cross.
At nearby C.K. McClatchy High School, the Associated Student Body voted to give a $1,500 award won in a distracted driving awareness contest to typhoon relief efforts. The ASB’s ultimate goal is to raise $5,000 for the Philippines.
SCUSD was honored recently with a Leadership Award at the Green California Schools Summit in Pasadena. The award is in recognition of the district’s achievements in green building and energy efficiency. The awards were established by the Summit’s Advisory Board to honor individuals and school districts on the leading edge of school sustainability.
A committee charged with making recommendations to the Board of Education on the disposition of seven closed elementary schools will hear proposals for the sites at its meeting on Thursday (December 5) at the Serna Center.
The 7-11 Committee, so named because state law directs such groups to have between seven and 11 members representing specific constituencies, has been meeting weekly since September to learn about the sites, neighborhood needs and concerns and community priorities.
Infinite Campus, a state-of-the-art student information system used by more than 2,000 school districts in 43 states, will replace Zangle this spring, greatly improving SCUSD’s data collection, storage and management services.
Parents and students who currently use Zangle to check attendance and track grades will be informed of an Infinite Campus registration process in coming weeks.
The Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education voted 5-2 on November 21 to appoint former teacher and principal Sara Noguchi, Ed.D., as interim superintendent and to begin the process of finding a permanent replacement for outgoing Superintendent Jonathan Raymond.
Superintendent Raymond announced last month that he will be leaving his post as of December 31 to return to his native Boston, where he plans to spend more time with his immediate and extended family.
Sacramento City Unified School District is applying for 21st Century High School ASSETs/21st Century Community Learning Centers Elementary and Middle/Junior High Students Cohort 9 Fiscal Year 2014-15 grants.
21st Century Community Learning Centers Program provides funding for five years to establish or expand before- and after-school programs that provide disadvantaged kindergarten through 12th-grade students with academic enrichment opportunities and supportive services to help the students meet state and local standards in core content areas.
Eight Sacramento New Technology High School students in teacher Christine Baker’s English class performed a scene from William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Vanderhoef Studio Theater (part of UC Davis’ Mondavi Center) on November 19.
Baker was one of 12 area English and drama teachers who participated in the 2013 Globe Education Academy, a professional development opportunity provided by UC Davis, the Los Rios Community College District and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, England.
Albert Einstein Middle School hosted its Medieval Faire on the Friday before Thanksgiving break to allow students to explore and discover the perils and tribulations of the Middle Ages.
Teachers and students participated in “jousting,” “sheep” tossing, sack races and a costume contest. There was an art area, live performances and a place for teachers to be placed in stocks and pummeled with pudding.
SCUSD schools will be closed from Monday, November 25 through Friday, November 29.
All campuses will be locked and alarmed during the break, and all security cameras will be monitored. If you see suspicious activity at a school during this time, please call the Sacramento Police Department at 264-5471. Residents outside city boundaries should call the county Sheriff’s Department at 874-5115. School security can also be called 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 643-7444.
Three referees from the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA) read to sixth-grade students at Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School on November 13, part of the group’s new “Time Out for Reading” program.
Time Out is a mentoring program and joint partnership between Scholastic Inc. and the NBRA. Referees from the NBRA commit one hour of their time, once a month, to read to sixth-grade students in NBA cities.The program is designed to deepen literacy and to instill a love of reading in students.
Juniors from Sacramento New Technology High School wrote historical fiction stories set during the time of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. The stories were an assignment for American History/English 11.
The stories were written in groups and a few of the teams illustrated their text. The stories highlighted trials and tribulations of their fictional characters as a way to learn about the time period.
The unit culminated with a reception at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library where the top six stories will be on display for the next month.
Staff from the Institute of Writing and Thinking at Bard College will present three winter workshops for teachers on January 6 and 7.
The workshops will provide teachers an opportunity to write as a student, think as a learner and plan as a teacher. Participants will leave with lesson plans and ideas that translate into classroom work.
The 2013-14 school year is the first official year of the Sacramento City Unified Volleyball League for Middle Schools.
Seven middle schools across the district participated in the league and championship tournament this year, including California, Albert Einstein, John Still, Kit Carson, Rosa Parks, Sutter and Will C. Wood.
The championship tournament took place on October 26 at Albert Einstein. No.1 seeded Sutter team defeated the No. 8 seeded Kit Carson team to win.
SCUSD middle and high schools are hosting open houses, visitation days and campus tours for families to learn about our many options for college- and career-bound ‘tweens and teens.
Tours and “shadow days” are a great way to get to know a campus before Open Enrollment begins. For students who will be in middle school or high school next year (2014-15), Open Enrollment starts on Monday, January 27 and runs through February 11.
Camellia Basic School celebrated Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31) with themed spirit days and assemblies focused on healthy living, making good choices, good nutrition and goal-setting.
The week culminated in a campus visit by a cadre of superheroes from the faculty. Each teacher wore a letter from their name on their cape (Robert Lundstorm, Lisa Guzzi, Diane Hocking, Julie Walters and Liz Nakagawa).
Batman also made a surprise visit, showing up on the roof.
John F. Kennedy High School recently won $3,000 in the 2013 “Got Milk? Breakfast Challenge.”
Each fall, students at SCUSD’s comprehensive high schools engage in a friendly competition to see which school can increase breakfast participation on campus the most.
Kennedy increased breakfast consumption by a whopping 80 percent this year. Winning schools typically continue to have more breakfast consumers as a result of the competition, according to SCUSD’s Nutrition Services.
National Bullying Prevention Month may have ended, but SCUSD’s work to make schools safer and healthier places for students to learn continues.
October saw a flurry of activities, from an anti-bullying rally at the Capitol to staff and parent training workshops at schools. As part of Ethel Phillips Elementary’s anti-bullying efforts, students created a unity chain that reached around the entire cafeteria.
Bullying Prevention Specialist Jessica Wharton also was a panelist at the second annual BRAVE Society “See Something, Say Something” conference.
Ninth-grade students at Sacramento New Technology High School presented their storytelling projects to friends and family at an after-school showcase on October 29.
The theme of the first semester in New Tech’s English 9/Current Global Issues course is empathy. Students examined this topic through reading Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the major lesson of which revolves around empathy and the ability to “climb into someone’s skin and walk around in it.”
Regional Transit is asking students to explore the significant role public transportation has played in the civil rights movement by entering RT’s sixth annual art and poetry contest.
The “I Am the Dream and the Dream is Now” contest is open to students in grades 3 through 12 who attend a school in RT’s service area. Twelve winners will be selected, and each will receive a $25 bookstore gift card and “The Rosa Parks Story” on DVD.
This fall, SCUSD is busy gearing up to meet the accountability and planning goals set for all California K-12 districts by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), passed into law in June. These goals are aimed at ensuring that affected stakeholders participate in setting educational priorities aligned to resources so all students receive the quality education they deserve.
The Luther Burbank High School Navy JROTC cadets had the honor of providing a Color Guard for the current Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, in San Francisco on September 25.
Additionally, the cadets mingled with General Tony Zinni (USMC Retired), and former Secretary of State George Shultz.
The speaker series was presented by the Marines’ Memorial Association in partnership with the Commonwealth Club of California. Admiral Greenert spoke to an audience of approximately 400 guests at the Marines Memorial Club.
Students at Pacific Elementary and Theodore Judah Elementary were surprised by KSFM 102.5 staff on Tuesday who awarded the children certificates and T-shirts from the “I Got Caught Attending School” campaign.
The campaign is a partnership between SCUSD and the radio station to honor students who are working toward a goal of excellent attendance.
Four schools will be visited each month with three winning students chosen at each site. Students will get a certificate, T-shirt and a group photo with district and school site staff and radio station personalities.
Sacramento New Technology High School and Rosemont High School represented SCUSD in the 2013 El Dorado California Forestry Challenge competition October 23-26.
Ten students from New Tech participated in the competition, coached by teachers Senna Davis and Christine Baker.
Juniors Nohely Alcala, Natalie Perez, Oscar Cruz, Sarah Rafanan and Deseray Hendrickson won second place in the competition. Juniors Tracie Indrieri, Joelin Nordine, Fatima Abdel-Gwad, Lidia Lara Del Rio and sophomore Chase Miranda placed eighth out of 15 teams.
The Harkness Elementary School PTO helped bring an impromptu pumpkin patch to the campus recently.
The PTO enlisted the aid of Jim Durst of Durst Organic Growers, SCUSD Grounds Specialist Tommy Greer and volunteers Bruce Brummet and Rudy Smith to turn a portion of the Harkness Elementary School campus into a pumpkin patch complete with scarecrows and bails of hay.
Every student was able to take home one of the 450 pumpkins donated by Durst Organic Growers.
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).