Students in Mark Hopkins Elementary School’s after-school MASTERS (Making After School Time Enriching, Rewarding and Successful) program were visited last week by Jason “JT” Thompson of the Sacramento Kings, who encouraged the kids to do their best on state standardized testing.
Thompson also signed autographs and played a little one-on-one basketball with the students. Former Sacramento Monarchs coach Monique Ambers (“Coach Mo”) also dropped by the school to inspire students.
The students were excited and enjoyed their surprise visitors.
John F. Kennedy High School student Nancy Barrera has won the CVS Pharmacy and WorkAbility 1 Program’s “Student Award of Excellence.”
Ms. Barrera has been participating in work experience through WorkAbility, at the Rush River CVS Pharmacy all year and is in the process of being hired by the pharmacy. She has won for WorkAbility’s Region 4 which encompasses most of Northern California.
Included in her award is a $200 check, which she will receive at an event on May 22. Congratulations!
During John Cabrillo Elementary School’s Open House, parents got the chance to experience the California Standards Test first hand.
As part of the school’s preparation for the California Standards Tests (CSTs), parents were invited to complete a test of second through sixth grade math and language arts questions compiled using real STAR questions released by the state.
Parents were given 20 minutes to complete the assessment.Student proctors monitored parents to ensure that electronic devices were not used and that there was no sharing of answers.
Members of the Assistance League of Sacramento visited John Bidwell, John Sloat and Caroline Wenzel elementary schools this spring to provide their “History in a Trunk” presentation.
Dressed in heritage school teacher costumes, the Assistance League engaged the fourth graders in a hands-on lesson about California history through the lens of the old Governor’s Mansion, now a museum.
Following the presentation, each fourth grade class participated in the California Heritage Essay Contest.
The Met Sacramento High School will host a culinary camp this summer for students ages 10 to 15 who love to cook, eat and play with food.
Junior Chef Central is a five-day culinary camp that gives kids the basic skills necessary to cook and build kitchen confidence. Students prepare a four-course meal daily and learn such cooking techniques as mise en place, sauteing, plating and baking.
All sessions run 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Cost is $299. for more information, click here.
Four students in Luther Burbank High School’s after-school Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training program recently applied their knowledge of emergency first aid to help a classmate in distress.
The cheers were loud and proud during the California Standards Tests (CSTs) Kickoff Assembly at Fern Bacon Middle School.
Fern Bacon Middle School had the highest gains in English language arts and math of all middle and K-8 schools last year.
At this year’s assembly, eighth graders were recognized and honored for working hard last year and using their “Test Strong” strategies.A big round of applause also went out to all the teachers who worked hard to prepare students.
SCUSD, Sacramento State and Sacramento City College formally joined forces today to launch “Sacramento Pathways to Success” a partnership aimed at giving students and families a clearer, simpler roadmap to college and career success.
The partnership, announced before students and area dignitaries at John F. Kennedy High School, will help Sacramento students more easily transition to and succeed in college or gain a career technical education that will allow them to pursue employment and enter the workforce.
Elder Creek Elementary School student Damion Saechao won first place in Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District’s “Fight the Bite” poster contest, K-3 division.
For winning, Damion was awarded $200 and Elder Creek received $400.
In an effort to teach children about mosquito prevention, the contest encourages kids to use art and creatively design a calendar page promoting the mosquito prevention theme to inspire everyone to practice safety.
Leonardo da Vinci eK-8 School celebrated its many volunteers this week at a breakfast provided by the teachers. Posters were made by each class, thanking the parents for all they do and for enriching every student’s learning experience.
California Middle School teacher Jennifer Ellerman — one of two Sacramento County 2013 Teachers of the Year — was honored at Raley Field on Friday, April 26, during a special on-field ceremony prior to the Sacramento River Cats/Salt Lake Bees baseball game.
This is the sixth year that the Sacramento River Cats have recognized the Teachers of the Year.
Kathy Harris, a teacher at A. Warren McClaskey Adult Center, was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award at the California Council for Adult Education State Conference.
Sue Gilmore, SCUSD’s Director of Adult Education, says Ms. Harris “gives 110 percent to her students. She works with difficult students yet manages to arrange activities in which they can all excel. Her positive and cheerful demeanor is contagious and appreciated by both students and staff. Kathy is always committed to her students and adult education.”
Bowling Green Chacon Academy hosted a Literacy Night on April 17. Families engaged in reading activities designed to teach the enjoyment of reading.
Students participated in activities at interactive “literacy stations.” Some students created a commercial of their favorite book, some read books outside on the grass with their parents, while others read digital books designed by first grade students.
Alice Birney Waldorf-Inspired EK-8 School held its third annual knit-a-thon to benefit children in need of a warm blanket.
Hand-knitted squares created by students were sewn together to create blankets that will be distributed to children in shelters or hospitals.
“The joyful colors not only provide warmth but also give comfort to those children facing a challenging situation,” says Principal Mechelle Horning. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students to share their knitting skills and participate in community service.”
C.K. McClatchy High School sophomores are hosting “An Evening of Yoga” from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, to benefit the Class of 2015.
Suggested donation for participation is $10 or $15.
Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel. This will be an all-levels class, so beginners are welcome. Admission includes tickets to a raffle that will follow the class. For more information, email teacher Julie Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Campus High School has been named a 2013 California Distinguished School, a prize that recognizes the innovative magnet school for its excellent teaching, college-going culture and dedication to closing academic achievement gaps.
“I am thrilled that our school has been recognized and proud of our hard-working students and staff,” said Principal Greg Thomas.“This award reflects their commitment to high academic achievement for all students.”
Students at C.P. Huntington Elementary and C.K. McClatchy High School are featured prominently in a new training video for teachers on the administration of the California English Language Development Test.
The videos made their first debut last week at the Sacramento County Office of Education.
Students at Genevieve Didion K-8 School and Washington Elementary School participated in a nationwide pilot of the new Smarter Balanced assessments, online tests tied to the Common Core State Standards.
Students typed in responses to questions, wrote essays, calculated math problems using graphs and arrays and responded to videos as part of the assessment pilot.
The test also allowed some students to work together on a project then complete the task on-line.
Three phenomenal SCUSD scholar-athletes — Makenzie Fong of John F. Kennedy, Amanda Meroux of West Campus and Derek Taylor of C.K. McClatchy — have won the Dale Lacky Scholarship from the California Scholastic Federation.
The scholarship honors students for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school. Each student was awarded $600 towards college fees.
Twenty-four SCUSD students from Luther Burbank, Hiram Johnson, John F. Kennedy and C.K. McClatchy high schools participated in the 16th annual Hmong National Development Conference in Fresno earlier this month.
Thousands of community leaders, business professionals, advocates and young people from across the country attended the three-day conference, themed “Journey Forward, The Next Chapter of the Hmong Americans.”
Tickets are now on sale for the 15th annual East Sacramento Garden Tour benefiting David Lubin Elementary School.
The Mother’s Day weekend event (May 11-12) will feature seven beautiful gardens, all within strolling distance of each other in and near East Sacramento’s leafy Fab Forties neighborhood.
David Lubin’s gardens will be on display as well, and a Boutique and Sweet Shop will be set up on the M Street campus (no tour ticket required).Those on the tour may also choose to enjoy a delicious luncheon at the Tea Garden at Sutter Lawn Tennis Club for just $15.
SCUSD’s Safe Schools Office in collaboration with Sacramento Police Department is providing campus monitor training. The training is funded by the Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) grant provided by the US Department of Education.
Last Saturday, a group of campus monitors participated in a workshop on peer mediation and conflict resolution. The peer mediation group from John F. Kennedy High School made a presentation.
In preparation for the transition to Common Core State Standards, it is important that both students and teachers experience learning and teaching with the instructional shifts and a more thematic approach to curriculum implementation.
This year, teachers at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School have developed units of study tying together language arts, math, science and social studies standards at each grade level under a particular theme.
Leataata Floyd Elementary School third grader Romeo Granados recently cut his hair for the first time and donated it to Locks of Love, an organization that supports cancer patients, burn victims and trauma survivors by fabricating wigs out of donated hair.
Says Principal Billy Aydlett: “Out of kindness and concern for others, Romeo cut his hair for the first time in his life and donated it to Locks of Love.
O.W. Erlewine School held its fifth annual Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 19.
The celebration included various activity stations set up throughout the campus.Students went on walks through the school’s nature area, established in 1965, and learned about the different types of animals that live in the American River.
Students from Albert Einstein Middle School were honored by the California Lottery at a ceremony on April 18.
The students’ work has been on display at the Lottery’s Richards Boulevard headquarters. Assemblyman Ken Cooley presented the middle schoolers with a certificate from the Assembly. Sacramento County Supervisor Don Natoli also came to congratulate them.
A squad of parents, students and staff members descended on Earl Warren Elementary School’s garden on April 11 to prepare it for spring planting. The day of work was organized by teacher Matthew Luper.
The group pulled weeds and spread fresh dirt. Within two hours, all the work was done and the garden is now ready for spring planting. To see more pictures, ”like” the Earl Warren page on Facebook.
Camellia Basic School and the nonprofit Equipping Voice for Opportunity Living (EVOL) hosted a graduation ceremony on April 11 for parents who completed citizenship preparation classes.
The classes, provided by EVOL, were free of charge and aimed at adult English language learners. The classes helped participants learn and improve English language skills as well as prepare to go through the application process to become U.S. citizens.
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School held its second annual “Take Your Parent to School Day” on April 10. Family members were invited to spend a portion of the school day in their child’s classroom. More than 300 people participated in the fun event.
The Sacramento City Unified School District is forming a “7-11 Committee” (a committee with seven or 11 members) to advise the Board of Education on the reuse, repurposing and disposition of school buildings and vacant sites not needed for school purposes.
The formation of the committee follows the Board’s decision last month to close seven chronically under-enrolled elementary schools next fall.
Under California law, the committee must be comprised of at least seven members who represent each of the following: • The ethnic, age group and socioeconomic composition of the
The Leadership class at Hollywood Park Elementary delivered donations of food, blankets, toys, beds, towels,and cash to the SPCA on Friday, April 5. This is the last of five community service projects for the class.
The students have been raising money for SPCA for three years. In all, they have donated over $1,000. The school is receiving a commemorative brick on SPCA’s permanent walkway honoring our school’s partnership.
A field trip to California’s Capitol turned into something more last Thursday (April 11) for second and third graders from William Land Elementary School.
During their tour of the building, students from the classes of teachers Pete Vega and Mike Pickering were treated to photos with Bodie, the heroic canine officer injured while on the line of duty with the Sacramento Police Department last year.
Bodie was being honored at the Capitol when the students — and SCUSD Board of Education member Christina Pritchett — happened by.
Pony Express Elementary School is hosting a community car show on Saturday, April 27. Sponsored by the Pony Express PTA and the START program, the event will include vendors from local businesses and community groups.
Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets for picnicking.
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.