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.
Making good on his challenge to students, Nicholas Elementary School teacher Norberto “Norm” Martin received a pie in the face from Principal Rachel Lane after the school met its Jump Rope for Heart fundraising goal of $1,000.
Health Professions High School received a $3,000 grant from Lowe’s to improve the school’s garden.
Teacher Erich Richards and his students have been working hard but a lack of funding has stalled the garden, says Health Professions Principal Ann Curtis. “We can’t wait to see what great things come from our garden,” she adds. “Thank you Lowe’s!”
SCUSD’s Health Services department offers the following flu season advice:
“Many areas of the country are experiencing high levels of influenza-like illness. It is not too late to prevent the flu!
“The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend flu vaccinations for people who have not yet been vaccinated this season and anti-viral treatment as early as possible for people who get sick and are high risk for complications.
“Flu shots are available through your doctor, local pharmacies and clinics.
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.