Tahoe Park Spartan Youth Rugby will begin practice in early December in advance of the rugby season from January to April.
Spartan Youth Rugby is a co-ed team for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Practices are two nights a week after school in Tahoe Park. Cost is $35 per player; however, no child will be turned away because of cost.
Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento Police Activities League sponsor the Spartans.
James Marshall Elementary School marched in the Rosemont High School Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 5. They received an award for having the catchiest chants! Not only were they loud, they had a great time!
In Rebecca Siegert’s English class, the clock is running. Students have two minutes to write down their thoughts about the symbols and themes in artist Grant Wood’s famous painting “American Gothic,” which is projected on a screen. Heads are down. Pens are moving.
In our classrooms, we teach students about the importance of civic responsibility. In a democratic society, we all have a duty to stay informed on the issues and to make our voices heard. On November 6, voters will go to the polls to weigh in on measures that affect our schools, including Proposition 30.The failure of Proposition 30 could result in the shortening of this school year by up to two weeks. I urge you to take the time to learn about this measure and others and to vote.
In partnership with California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition), SCUSD is conducting a six-workshop series to train parent leaders, staff and community partners as Wellness Trainers.
A new collaborative partnership between the Family and Community Engagement Office (FACE), DeVry University and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) has resulted in a free, two-day Training of Trainers for SCUSD parent leaders, staff and community partners in the key elements of building parent-school partnerships.
Sacramento City College and the Family and Community Engagement Office (FACE) are collaborating on the first ever CalWorks To College, Making It Happen! event for SCUSD parents who are currently on any form of assistance and interested in pursuing career certification or a college degree.
More than 300 students, parents and community members attended Caleb Greenwood K-8 School’s Family Spaghetti Night last Friday hosted by the PTSO.
Families came together to share a meal and celebrate a positive and successful start to the 2012-13 school year. The school’s new computer lab and updated library were open for families to tour, and the Family and Community Engagement Office was there to gather parent input for the upcoming Parent Resource Center.
Says Principal Amy Whitten: “Thank you to our PTSO for hosting this wonderful community event!”
Golden Empire Elementary School kindergarten teacher Renee Mondzak received a nice surprise today — $1,000 in classroom supplies as part of OfficeMax’s national “A Day Made Better” program.
Mondzak, who has taught for 22 years, thought she was bringing her students onto the blacktop in compliance with a fire drill. Once all Golden Empire’s students were assembled outside, Principal Irene Eister announced that Mondzak had been selected to receive a van-full of items such as pens, pencils, a camera, a laminator and a jump drive.
Cesar Chavez Intermediate School held its Back to School Night on September 26. Thanks to donations from partner Elks Lodge #6 of Sacramento, kids and parents at the well-attended event enjoyed refreshments.
This program is nine-sessions of leadership training in education designed for parents, school staff and community leaders who want to gain greater skills in leadership and deepen their understanding of the issues, policies and functions in K-12 education.
The Cool California Challenge is a fun contest between nine California cities to empower and reward residents for adopting low-carbon lifestyles.
The Challenge is a web-based contest that allows participating households to log home energy usage and household vehicle mileage each month. Individuals can earn points for reductions in their carbon footprint by saving energy and driving less and help their city win.
As of now, Sacramento is lagging behind Davis, Tracy and Chula Vista but is ahead of Pleasanton, Citrus Heights and Pittsburg.
Justin Agdigos, 10, has an awesome responsibility: Keeping the American flag from touching wet grass while he and his teammates work to hoist it up the flagpole in front of Mark Hopkins Elementary School.
“You can’t let the flag touch the ground,” he explains solemnly.”That would be disrespectful to our country.”
Justin, his sister Sophia, 11, and Rommel Aquino, 10, are responsible for raising the American and California flags in front of Mark Hopkins Elementary School every morning and taking them down every afternoon.
The Fern Bacon Middle School Drum Line is on the move!
Under the direction of Katoya Moore, the drum line performed at the opening ceremonies for the new Marconi Avenue Walmart on Wednesday, September 19.
Students left the campus before daybreak with their drums and sticks, ready to put on a great show. After the media event and festivities, the students were surprised with a $2,000 donation to the school by Walmart.
Funds will be used to support the drum line and purchase needed equipment. Kudos to Ms.
Health Professions High School had its first clean-up day of the year on Monday, September 17. Staff, students, family and community members all came together, with their gardening tools, ready to clean up the campus. More than 25 helpers spent two hours weeding, picking up trash and cleaning windows. Says Principal Ann Curtis: “It was a great event and the campus looks great for our upcoming Back-to-School Night.”
The annual Got Milk? Breakfast Challenge between SCUSD high schools kicked off Monday at Luther Burbank, winners of last year’s competition.
During the three weeks of the challenge, schools encourage students to eat breakfast in the cafeteria. The school with the greatest increase in the number of students eating in the cafeteria during the three weeks wins $3,000 for its Associated Student Body fund.
John F. Kennedy High School students joined with teens across the region and the country participating in No Text on Board, an initiative of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign to end the dangerous practice of texting while driving.
According to AT&T’s research:
– More than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, causing life-changing injuries and deaths.
– Seventy-seven percent of teens have watched their parents text and drive and 75 percent say the practice is “common” among their friends.
Ethel I. Baker Elementary School hosted Japanese students from Hakuoh University in Japan on September 11. During the visit, the college students observed many classrooms and shared cultural lessons with Ethel I. Baker kids. “Students learned how to write their names in katakana,” says Principal Olga Arellano. “It was an enriching experience for all.”
The Women’s Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento sponsored a back-to-school shopping spree for 86 Abraham Lincoln Elementary School students.
Each student received a $125 gift card and was paired with a volunteer to shop at Kohl’s. At the end of the shopping trip, each student received a backpack full of school supplies and were treated to a pancake breakfast.
Students from the Paul Mitchell School were also on hand to give free haircuts to those students who wanted one.
The C.K. McClatchy High School Lions are once again playing football at Hughes Stadium, thanks to a cost-saving agreement between the school and Sacramento City College.
“CKM football is right back where it should be,” says McClatchy counselor Brad Klopp, who played for the Lions in the early ’70s and coached the varsity team from 1989 to 1996.”Kids want to play under lights in a stadium.“They don’t want to be playing games on their practice field that has ruts and holes.”
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson distributed more than 300 backpacks filled with school supplies to students at H.W. Harkness Elementary School on Wednesday, September 12.
The distribution capped Dickinson’s second annual “Give Back(pack) Drive,” a back-to-school drive to collect backpacks and supplies for kids.
“I am thankful for all of the generous donations we received from Sacramento area businesses and members of the surrounding community,” Dickinson said.“Every child deserves to have the tools necessary to succeed in school,” he added.
At its September 6 meeting, SCUSD’s Board of Education voted to change the name of Jedediah Smith Elementary School to honor Seavy Circle and New Helvetia community activist and school volunteer Leataata “Tata” Floyd. The school is also working to implement its theme for student learning “The Panther Way.”
A team of students who participated in Albert Einstein Middle School’s “Summer of Service” program spent six weeks designing and building a garden for the Rosemont-area school. The project was completed with the help of district crews.
Will C. Wood Middle School is one of 11 SCUSD schools that completed the district’s Welcoming Schools Certification Process last year. The process requires schools to complete six “milestones” related to improving school climate and strengthening community partnerships.
The goal of the initiative is to stimulate partnerships between community organizations and schools, make families feel comfortable and welcome at schools, validate families on their efforts and foster a mutual understanding that families are part of the school’s and district’s decision-making process.
Woodbine Elementary School turned “checking classroom assignment” into a community event! Woodbine staff served hot dogs, fruit and drinks to all parents who came to school to check their child’s assignment. SCUSD Board of Education President, Diana Rodriguez, attended the event. Principal Hamed Razawi spoke to parents and invited everyone to continue being involved with school activities.
Susan B. Anthony Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization and staff partnered with a local State Farm office to help beautify the campus in late August — just before students returned to classes.
The team of 30 — kids included — battled weeds that have been growing in the cracks of the playground, attacking them with gardening tools and shovels. State Farm provided water bottles and sandwiches to supply energy to the volunteers. The school had a refreshing look when the work was done!
Theodore the Bear made a special appearance at Theodore Judah Elementary School on the first day of school last week, greeting hundreds of students and their families at the East Sacramento campus. Members of the school’s PTA and school staff assisted in welcoming the community and kicking off a new school year. Volunteers served coffee, juice and blueberry coffee cake. It was an exciting and fun first day had by all, and the staff and families are off to another great start this year!