Think of it as a local version of “Top Chef” with really, really tough judges.
Leataata Floyd Elementary School students taste-tested vegetable dishes crafted by five high-profile Sacramento chefs on Tuesday as part of Food Literacy Center’s fourth annual Veggie of the Year competition.
Chefs Kurt Spataro of Paragary Restaurant Group, Oliver Ridgeway of Grange, Suleka Lindley of Thai Basil, Jay Veregge of The Firehouse and Keith Breedlove of The Culinerdy Cruzer presented imaginative takes on beets, cauliflower, avocado, nopales and collards.
Seven school cafeteria teams operating under SCUSD’s Nutrition Services Department have been bestowed Excellence in Food Safety 2016 Awards by the Sacramento County Environmental Health Division.
The award recognizes operators of food establishments in Sacramento County who have exhibited excellent food safety and sanitation standards during their recent routine inspections. Food establishments eligible for this award include restaurants, schools, coffee shops, delis, retail markets, bars and bakeries.
Carla Randazzo, a kindergarten teacher at Golden Empire Elementary School, has been selected by ABC 10 as the “Teacher of the Month” for September.
Randazzo was surprised with a $1,000 check from Schools Financial Credit Union last week and was interviewed by ABC 10. She will now be considered for the station’s Teacher of the Year prize which comes with a $5,000 prize.
Reading Partners, a nonprofit SCUSD partner organization, cut the ribbon on a new Literacy Center at H.W. Harkness Elementary School last week.
Reading Partners will be working with 50 Harkness students who need support meeting proficiency standards in literacy. Attending the ribbon cutting were Harkness Principal Isabel Govea, Area Assistant Superintendent Chad Sweitzer and Amy Eubank from Sacramento Region Community Foundation.
SCUSD’s “With Math I Can” campaign is aimed at fostering the idea that any student can learn math at the highest levels if they practice and accept mistakes as part of the learning process.
“Mistakes grow your brain,” says Stanford University math professor Jo Boaler, whose book “Mathematical Mindsets” is helping change the way math is taught nationwide. “When we give kids the message that mistakes are good, that successful people make mistakes, it can change their entire trajectory.”
The road to college and a career can be difficult to navigate. SCUSD’s 21 Linked Learning Pathways helps high school students connect with professional mentors while experiencing hands-on learning in classes aligned with careers.
Learn more about Linked Learning and how pathways can help prepare high school students for the rigorous of college and the workplace at SCUSD’s Linked Learning Pathways Showcase on Wednesday, October 12 at the Serna Center.
SCUSD schools will be working all year on developing the social-emotional skills of students — competencies that can lead to success in class and happiness in life.
Each month, teachers and staff will be focusing on one social-emotional learning theme. This month’s theme is optimism. Optimists tend to interpret difficult situations in the best possible light and see good in the motives of others. Optimism can positively affect mental and physical health.
SCUSD is kicking off a series of event for all students interested in attending college.
On Saturday, September 17, John F. Kennedy High School will host the annual U-CAN Conference for juniors and seniors interested in attending a historically black college or university. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Superintendent José L. Banda surprised Teachers of the Year Daniel Crenshaw and Carrie Meagher Relles today with Kings tickets, Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk passes, restaurant gift cards, swag and more.
The first day surprise both honored Crenshaw, a Rosemont High School math teacher, and Relles, who teaches kindergarten at Phoebe Hearst, and kicked off SCUSD’s new “With Math I Can” campaign.
Sacramento City Unified School District students showed progress in mastering the challenging Common Core State Standards last year, according to statewide testing results released last week.
Student scores in English language arts improved 4 percent over the previous year — from 35 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards to 39 percent. Scores in math rose 2 percent from 29 percent to 31 percent.
The first day of school is just around the corner on Thursday, September 1. SCUSD teachers and staff are ready and excited to welcome back returning students and greet new families.
New this year: On Thursdays, students will be released an hour earlier than last year to accommodate teacher collaborative time. This new schedule begins on the first day of school. Be sure to check with your school to learn the Thursday dismissal time.
Some tips for getting students ready for school from www.kids.gov:
Space is still available in the Early Kinder programs at John Sloat and Tahoe elementary schools.
Early Kinder is a unique program 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.”