SCUSD is seeking members for our Bond Oversight Committee! This committee will be tasked with reviewing the Board of Education’s use of $414 million in bond funds approved by voters in November through passage of Measures Q and R.
Parents of Oak Ridge Elementary School second and third graders met with their children’s teachers last month to set goals for what their children will learn in the hours spent at home, a discussion prompted by a newly launched family engagement program.
Know an SCUSD employee who deserves a pat on the back? Human Resources is now accepting applications for the 2013 California Teacher of the Year program and SCUSD’s Classified Champion program. The nomination deadline for both is February 8.
Sacramento Police Department and the Target store on 65th Street partnered with Ethel I. Baker, Camellia Basic, Oak Ridge, Earl Warren and Joseph Bonnheim elementary schools this past holiday season to brighten winter break for SCUSD families.
Students in Will C. Wood Middle School’s Book Club participated in a Japanese tea ceremony at Sacramento State and later dined at Benihanas to celebrate completion of the novel “The Sign of the Chrysanthemum” by Katherine Patterson.
Fruit Ridge Elementary School students who participate in Overture, a partnership between SCUSD and the Sacramento Youth Symphony, enjoyed a trip to UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall recently to attend a concert performed by the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.
American Legion High School students completed two community service projects before winter break, giving back to those in need in their community.
The school’s Men’s Leadership Academy and Student Government classes led a Holiday Food Drive, encouraging their peers to bring non-perishable food to school for distribution to the Sacramento Food Bank.
Several hundred pounds of food were donated, and five American Legion families were among the recipients.
The offices of Sacramento City Council members Darryl Fong and Bonnie Pannell recently donated iPod Shuffles to Susan B. Anthony Elementary School, which intends to use the devices as incentive prizes for academic excellence and good behavior. Pictured are Principal Lee Yang (right) and Fong.
SCUSD has begun registering students for fall 2013 kindergarten classes in neighborhood schools.
For the first two weeks of the registration period, families may register their children either at their neighborhood school or at the SCUSD Enrollment Center, 5601 47th Ave. (next to the Serna Center).
Our hearts and thoughts are with the families and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. This horrific loss of life has shaken our nation and sparked an important dialogue in all corners of our society about preventing violence in our schools and neighborhoods.
I want to reassure you that Sac City Unified is part of that conversation. This week, SCUSD is meeting with Sacramento Police Department officials and others in our community to review security plans and procedures already in place and discuss what more can be done make our campuses even safer.
Sacramento New Technology High School senior Jose Figueroa held a blood drive on November 30 as part of his senior project.
The turn out was great: 55 people donated blood. Twenty-five of these were new donors.
Jose will be organizing a second blood drive on April 5. If you would like to participate, or know someone who would like to participate, please contact the school at (916) 433-2839 to schedule an appointment.
Mark Twain Elementary School was the site of a press conference on December 4 to introduce new state legislation that will provide funding for “green” school retrofits.
The funding will come from Proposition 39, which voters approved in November. Proposition 39 closed a corporate tax loophole and generates $500 million for five years for energy efficiency and clean energy programs.
Volunteers cut the ribbon on a new Parent Resource Center at Collis P. Huntington Elementary School last week.
The center was designed and implemented by a core group of C.P. Huntington’s PTA and ELAC parents, with guidance from SCUSD. Furnished with computers, tables for meetings, and a small children’s play area, the center will be open daily for parent use and will be the site for all future parent meetings and trainings.
Luther Burbank High School students donated 125 pints of blood last Friday during a blood drive sponsored by the school’s Medical and Health Sciences Small Learning Community in partnership with Bloodsource.
This is the 11th year the campus has sponsored a blood drive, and this year’s successful effort resulted in the donation of five more pints of blood than last year’s record-setting amount.
SCUSD is launching a kindergarten-through-12th grade International Baccalaureate (IB) track at Caleb Greenwood K-8 School and Kit Carson Middle School in East Sacramento, providing the community with a rigorous educational program designed to inspire children to become passionate learners.
The program will complement the successful IB Diploma Program at Luther Burbank High School in South Sacramento.
The Sacramento nonprofit Fresh Producers is working with SCUSD to make fresh fruit and vegetables available in all neighborhoods through student entrepreneurial efforts.
By logging into the Fresh Producers’ SCUSD customized website (sernacenter.freshtrustclub.com), those interested in supporting these efforts can purchase bags of produce for twice-monthly delivery to the Serna Center lobby.
A “mini-trust bag” is $5 and the “mega-trust bag” with more produce is $10.
Erin Gruwell, the Southern California teacher whose work with at-risk teens inspired the movie “Freedom Writers,” spoke with students at Health Professions High School last Thursday.
Gruwell brought some of her original group of students with her to the North Land Park campus and spoke to the school about the importance of sharing your story.
In 1994, Gruwell began teaching at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach. She was assigned to work with 150 at-risk students and strongly believed that through education they could overcome even the worst kinds of adversity.
Phoebe Hearst Elementary School’s Student Council members harvested the school garden’s first crops of the year last month.
Students gathered kale, cauliflower, chard and romaine lettuce. There was such a beautiful bounty of greens that the students came up with the idea of donating the crops to the Sacramento Food Bank as the school’s contribution to their annual food drive at Thanksgiving time.
Urijah “The California Kid” Faber, one of the most popular MMA fighters in the world and current star of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), visited Hiram Johnson High School last Wednesday to encourage students to eat healthy foods and study hard.
Faber, who said he once lived near Johnson on 73rd Street, was invited to visit the campus by 106 students in teacher Peter Vidovich’s English classes. The students wrote Faber letters as part of a persuasive writing assignment.
C.K. McClatchy High School will raise the curtain Wednesday night on a spirited production of the comedy “As You Like It.”
The idea for a four-act Shakespearean production comes from student Will Block, a Bard enthusiast who is directing the play as his senior project.
“As You Like It” follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and court jester Touchstone, to find safety and eventually love in the Forest of Arden.
One-size-fits-all is OK for socks, but not schools.
Every child is different. A program that is right for one student might not be the perfect fit for another. That’s why Sac City Unified offers a full range of schools and programs to meet the needs of every child.
Sacramento Tree Foundation provided 16 trees to Susan B. Anthony Elementary School, which the community planted on November 3.
About 40 students, staffers, parents and community members helped with the plantings, and State Farm Insurance provided them with water and snacks.
The day also was educational, as those who participated learned about the proper way to plant trees. Student volunteers were proud to be a part of making a difference for those who will attend Susan B. Anthony in the future.
Robotics teams from several SCUSD schools participated in the initial Northern California FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournament held November 10 at John F. Kennedy High School.
FIRST LEGO League is an international competition that develops critical skills in science and technology in a super-charged learning atmosphere. Small teams of 9 to 14 year olds design, build, program and test an autonomous LEGO Mindstorms robot along with a project developed as a solution to a real world problem developed with experts.
As part of the KCRA’s Kids Can! Food Drive, students and families at Pacific Elementary School donated 1,177 canned goods to the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership Emergency Food Closet, which serves Pacific’s neighborhood.
The drive was organized by the school’s Student Council, which engaged the primary and intermediate students in some friendly competition to increase participation.
Nervous murmurs inside the West Campus High School gym turned to silence and then tears on Wednesday, November 14, when several hundred juniors and seniors got a gripping lesson in the dangers of drinking and driving.
The students participated in Real DUI Court, a program that brings men and women arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) onto campuses for sentencing before a Superior Court judge.
Bowling Green McCoy Academy students got a chance to get an up-close look at farm animals last month during Farm Day, sponsored by 4H.
Members of a local 4H Club brought their animals to the school and students were able to see the animals and talk with the owners. “It was like a day on the farm right in the middle of the city!” says Principal Susan Gibson. “A huge thanks to 4H members and coordinators for making this event possible.”
Thanks to BloodSource and 78 student and staff donors, Health Professions High School donated 52 pints of life-saving blood at the school’s semi-annual blood drive this month.
BloodSource did an excellent job of organizing the on-site blood drive at the school, which not only resulted in the blood donations, but also offered students a glimpse into the professionalism of the medical world.
Says Principal Ann Curtis: “We are looking forward to beating our record in May!”
More than 200 Cesar Chavez Intermediate School students and their families gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 15. Families enjoyed a potluck dinner while listening to soft bolero music in the background.
After dinner, students read Spanish and English letters of gratitude to their families, and many adults were noticed shedding a tear or two. The readings were followed by a raffle for prizes including new backpacks, two bicycles, and a gift card to Target. The evening concluded with students singing, “De Colores” and everyone enjoying a tasty dessert.