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.
LiLu, a nonprofit, was founded in 2000 by then high schoolers Libby (“Li”) Abbott and Lucy (“Lu”) Plumb-Reyes.
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.
With displays on the importance of positive thinking and healthy snacking an
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.
This group meets regularly with the principal to address topics related to student success, the importance of parent involvement and student safety. At the last meeting, several fathers participated and planned student activities that support student learning.
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.
Seniors enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) Government at C.K.
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.