SCUSD and the Sacramento City Teachers Association have reached a tentative agreement on wages and compensation.
Pending union ratification and Board of Education approval at Thursday’s meeting, the tentative agreement provides a salary increase for SCTA members and gives teachers dedicated time every week to get together and develop plans to improve student achievement and outcomes.
A Rosemont High School math teacher and a Phoebe Hearst Elementary School kindergarten teacher are SCUSD’s 2016-17 Teachers of the Year.
The teachers will be honored by the Board of Education on Thursday along with 14 Classified Champions.
Daniel Crenshaw of Rosemont has been teaching for 10 years. He says his pedagogy is driven by a belief that every child can succeed. “I have learned that all students want to learn, all students want to succeed, and all students want to have your respect and love,” he says.
The East Sacramento community turned out in record numbers on Mother’s Day weekend for the East Sac Garden Tour benefiting David Lubin Elementary School.
This year was a banner year for the tour, bringing in the highest attendance yet.
Lubin Principal Richard Dixon expressed his appreciation to the homeowners, designers and florists who donated time and talent to the event. “I continue to be amazed at the magnificent support we receive from the community we serve, and the Garden Tour is the ‘jewel’ in our fundraising crown,” Dixon said.
Sacramento City Unified School District is asking the community to help keep its 76 schools safe and secure over Summer Break, which begins Monday, June 20. School resumes on Thursday, September 1.
Most campuses will be busy this summer with programs ranging from enrichment (SummerQuest and Summer of Service) to academic classes to credit recovery. All campuses will be locked and alarmed in off hours and security cameras will be monitored.
Mykel Jones, an 8th grader at John Still K-8 School, won second place for middle school in a national competition among participants in the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program by the Intercultural Development Research Association.
Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutors wrote about how the program helped them do better in school and how they had helped the students they mentor to perform better in school as well.
SCUSD is expanding its successful Early Kinder program to Tahoe and John Sloat elementary schools this fall.
Early Kinder is for students who will turn 5 years of age between September 2 and December 2. The program is designed to give these children an extra year of learning before they start traditional kindergarten.
“We consider Early Kinder a gift of time,” says John Conway, coordinator of the Early Kinder programs. “Kindergarten can be challenging for students who are not truly prepared for the rigors and routines.”
The International Baccalaureate organization this week officially authorized Kit Carson as an IB World School. Kit Carson is now the first SCUSD school authorized to offer IB’s highly respected Middle Years Programme.
Kit Carson has been transitioning to an IB school since 2013, when a community team first forwarded the idea of a campus redesign. In the years since, staff has received extensive training and worked together on curriculum focused on the five essential IB elements: Knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action.
Students, parents, staff and community partners gathered Monday at Theodore Judah Elementary to officially mark the start of construction on a new two-story classroom wing.
“This new beautiful building will add to Judah’s legacy and help our students learn and grow for decades to come,” said Superintendent José L. Banda, noting that Theodore Judah is the oldest continuously used elementary school in Sacramento.
Rosa Parks K-8 School hosted a Social-Emotional Learning Showcase and Spring Band Concert last month.
The evening celebrated the school’s social-emotional learning initiatives, including buddy classroom art work, performances by the Rosa Parks Beginning and Advanced Bands and a slide show highlighting the SEL Superstar celebrations held throughout the school year.
SEL Superstar students were also recognized for their outstanding SEL skills with special buttons and a huge round of applause from the audience.
School of Engineering and Sciences student Gabriela Vargas is featured in a June 6 Forbes.com article.
A senior, Vargas began at SES in seventh grade. “For the past six years I’ve learned the ins and outs of design and manufacturing processes through my school’s integrated curriculum, participating in internships and after-school robotics,” Vargas says in the article.
Crocker/Riverside Elementary School is one of only 20 schools across the country to win a $10,000 grant from the organic gardening company Seeds of Change.
The funding will be used to transform a water-thirsty lawn area into a space for enriched learning.
Plans call for a vegetable garden with raised planters, a compost area, rainwater collection barrels and tables with seating to be used as an outdoor classroom in front of the cafeteria. Produce will be offered to the community.
I Got Caught Attending School is a joint effort among SCUSD, KSFM 102.5 and Natomas Walmart to increase attendance rates in our elementary schools. Recently, students at Camellia and Elder Creek were surprised with T-shirts and a classroom visit — awards for exemplary attendance.
Those “caught” are: Daymoni Finley, Son Phan and Gerardo Romero from Elder Creek; and Desiree Grady, Tylie Vue and Aeruy Jiang from Camellia.