Leonardo da Vinci eK-8 School sixth grader Aidan Fong will journey to Antarctica next month with famed polar explorer Robert Swan, founder of 2041, an organization dedicated to educating future leaders about environmental issues.
Fong, 12, will participate in Swan’s International Antarctic Expedition 2015 as an Antarctic Youth Ambassador. He will be accompanied by his teacher, Kim Williams, who journeyed with Swan to the frozen continent in 2012, and about 80 other people interested in learning more about the melting polar ice caps and environmental sustainability.
Students in Elder Creek Elementary School’s language immersion program performed traditional Chinese dances at the campus’ annual Chinese New Year celebration.
Children in the program are taught in both Cantonese and English and learn about the culture and customs of China. By the time immersion students finish sixth grade, they will be cultural ambassadors who can read and write in both English and Chinese.
Sacramento Police Department and SCUSD are working to strengthen community relationships through a new Adopt-a-School initiative.
Under the program, Sacramento police officers will routinely visit elementary and middle schools to build friendly ties with staff, parents and students. As a result, parents will begin to see patrol cars more often on campuses as uniformed officers introduce themselves to the community.
Rosemont High School’s wrestling team was the top scorer at last weekend’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Division IV playoff tournament held at Foothill High School. The victory marks the first section championship in wrestling for the Wolverines and their coach Rick Wanlin.
Four of Rosemont’s six wrestlers placed first in their weight divisions: Anthony Sosa, Kyle Jensen, Bryan Knowles and Darrion Taylor. Marcus Hudson and Nicholas Ruddock placed third in their weight classes.
Thirty-eight Albert Einstein Middle School students traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium last month to explore exhibits, talk to naturalists and investigate current marine issues.
The students were particularly moved by the aquarium’s current exhibit that demonstrates how plastics impact the ocean and marine life. Einstein students were impressed with the art work created from collected plastics.
Children who are the best prepared for school perform the best academically. To help get kids ready for the rigors of today’s classrooms, the Sacramento City Unified School District is sponsoring a School Readiness Fair on Saturday, February 28.
Hundreds of families are expected to attend the fair to take advantage of such free services as health screenings and dental exams. Parents will also be offered information on kindergarten enrollment, pre-school enrollment, pre-kindergarten summer camp and community resources. Free books to encourage reading will be distributed.
SCUSD is partnering with Soil Born Farms on a first-ever school garden symposium March 14-15 at The Met Sacramento High School, 810 V St.
The Garden in Every School Symposium will feature workshops, success stories, panel discussions, information booths and food catered by Magpie Cafe, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op and Chipotle. It is an opportunity for teachers, parents, garden designers and others to network and learn about the many benefits of school gardens.
The Met Sacramento High School senior Abbie Kizer learned this month that she has been accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The process for admittance to one of the U.S. military academies is extremely difficult to navigate: Students must be nominated for consideration by the President, the Vice President, a Congressional Representative or a U.S. Senator. Only one student per Congressional district can be nominated.
SCUSD’s 2014-15 Teachers of the Year – Jennifer Clemens from Health Professions High School and Arlette Garcia from Earl Warren Elementary School – will be among those honored by the Sacramento County Office of Education at the Sacramento Kings’ Teacher Appreciation Day on Sunday, March 1.
Clemens and Garcia will be recognized during a half-time celebration. Special group pricing is available for tickets to the 3 p.m. game (the Kings play the Portland Trailblazers).
SCUSD’s online Open Enrollment for students who will be in kindergarten through sixth grade next fall begins on Tuesday, February 17.
To help students and parents make the right choice, many campuses are holding school tours. Click here for a schedule of tours and visitations.
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.
SCUSD and the Gender Health Center will present the fourth annual No Time to Lose professional conference to activate change for LGBTQ youth on Friday, March 6 at the Serna Center.
This all-day conference will include more than a dozen presentations, guest speakers, a youth panel, book fair and resource tables.
This conference offers the critical resources that helping professionals need to provide culturally appropriate services to LGBTQ youth in our region. Please consider attending and/or sponsoring this valuable conference.
An impressive 17 students from Sam Brannan Middle School’s music program were accepted into the Sacramento City Unified School District Honor Band. The students competed for slots through an audition process and all who tried out were accepted.
Fern Bacon Middle School hosted its second of three Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) meetings last week.
English teachers Jessica Ghalambor and Lysette Lemay and math teachers Myra Licon and Tatiana Sanchez presented lessons to parents based on the Common Core State Standards. Each parent was given tools to use to practice with their child at home.
Sacramento City Unified officials cut the ribbon on C.K. McClatchy High School’s newly renovated gym at a ceremony on Friday.
McClatchy’s gym, opened with the school in 1937, lacked air conditioning until the $2.2 million renovation, which began last summer. In addition to a new HVAC system, the gym was upgraded with new bleachers, new energy-efficient lighting, refinished flooring and remodeled locker rooms and restrooms. The gym is home to the Lions’ winning basketball and wrestling programs.
Students at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School in South Sacramento received $18,000 in school supplies and dental kits on January 28 courtesy of K to College, a nonprofit focused on the needs of disadvantaged children.
K to College operates the largest charitable school supply and dental supply program in California. They presented every Susan B. Anthony student – about 270 – with school supplies and a dental kit. The kits were assembled by volunteers at K to College’s December volunteer event in the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento.
Congratulations to the eighth grade boys basketball team of Sam Brannan Middle School.
For the second year in a row, Coach Brian Barrick led the Wolfpack to the city championship. The team, which was undefeated in regular league games, focused on fundamental skills and defense.
Despite spectacular offensive play featuring slam dunks and three-point shots, the team’s relentless emphasis on perfecting defense yielded great results. Coach Barrick is confident the students on his eighth grade team will go on to success on high school teams.
Effie Yeaw Nature Center came to Parkway Elementary School along with snakes, owls and other creatures to give the students an opportunity to go face-to-face with nature in their classrooms.
As part of a grant provided by Teichert Foundation, Loveall Foundation for Children, Soroptimist International of Greater Sacramento and other donors, the students were able to handle and examine, skulls, animal skin and other fascinating nature phenomena.
The name of the program was Beaks, Claws and Jaws.
California Middle School students on Monday laughed and enjoyed a theatrical performance presented by the B Street Theatre and sponsored by City Councilman Steve Hansen.
The small local touring group enthusiastically captured the attention of 200 eighth graders with their rendition of “Kings and Queens, Jokers and Jacks.”
The short play in four acts is a compilation of play submissions from elementary and middle school-age students from throughout Northern California. Cal students were encouraged to submit entries for a shot at seeing their play performed next year!
Children and youth from 17 SCUSD schools — a total of 750 students –gathered on January 22 for the I Can Do That! Arts For All Festival.
The event, held at Sam Pannell Community Center, showcased the artwork and performances students have worked on this school year. Every child participating studies with a professional community artist for four months and was either part of a performance or had artwork on display.
Teachers at Camellia Basic Elementary School recently hosted the second Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) meeting of the school year, an event that left parents feeling empowered.
Academic Parent Teacher Teams are a model of parent engagement brought to Sacramento City Unified by the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project, a national nonprofit focused on building trust between schools and families.
Middle schoolers: Mark your calendars for National No One Eats Alone Day on February 13, an opportunity for students to make a difference on their campuses.
No One Eats Alone Day is sponsored by Beyond Differences, a non-profit founded by the parents of Lili Smith, who was born with a cranial facial syndrome and was socially isolated during her middle school years.
After Lili died at the age of 15 from medical complications associated with her syndrome, a group of her former classmates from the local community banded together to bring change to their schools.
HealthCorps students from local high schools, including Hiram Johnson, Health Professions and American Legion, joined representatives of the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services for a Taste the Rainbow food demonstration on January 22.
Taste the Rainbow was one of several Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service events nationwide coordinated by HealthCorps, a nonprofit co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife, Lisa.
Hiram Johnson High School senior Adriana Herrera knew she wanted to work with children and “teach them something,” for her Senior Project, a graduation requirement.
After meeting with staff from the Student Support Center at Bret Harte Elementary School, Herrera realized that she wanted to use her senior project as a way to spark the next generation of helpers, all while learning new skills such as group planning and facilitation, and public speaking.
The Cougar Circuit Breakerz from Caleb Greenwood Elementary School and the Robo Raptors from David Lubin Elementary School took home awards at the FIRST LEGO League Capital District Championship tournament at Inderkum High School on January 24.
Both teams represented their schools with enthusiasm and team work. Fifty teams competed — many from private schools — and the Robo Raptors had an exceptional showing with a second place Robot Game Award and a first place Project Award.
Students and staff from the School of Engineering and Science and Rosemont High School’s Energy, Science and Engineering Academy visited with state legislators, including Senator Richard Pan and Assemblyman Ken Cooley, during California State University Community Partnerships Advocacy Day at the Capitol.
The focus of the day was to discuss the work of the partnership to increase college access and success, especially for underrepresented students, and build a pipeline of students from high school through the university in the energy, science and engineering pathways.
Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year began on Tuesday.
To be eligible for kindergarten next fall, students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2015.
“In kindergarten, students are taught the building blocks that are the foundation for success in school and life,” says Superintendent José L. Banda. “Our kindergarten classrooms are nurturing places of early learning where students take those beginning steps toward career and college readiness.”
Comedian Jack Gallagher, who will give the keynote address at the upcoming SCUSD-Sac State sponsored Social Emotional Learning Summit, was featured in a Sacramento Bee profile on January 15.
The Bee story focused on Gallagher’s upcoming show “5 Songs” at the B Street Theatre. His keynote address at the February 13 “The Power of Relationships: An SEL Summit” will touch on his experiences as a parent of a child with autism.
Congratulations to Sutter Middle School students Tuyet Bach and Kasper Vue, who have been selected to represent Sacramento City Unified on the 2015 Capitol Section Middle School Honor Band.
The Honor Band includes middle school students from five counties — Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado and South Lake Tahoe. The students participated in a two-day intensive rehearsal with guest conductor Don Werskey and presented a final concert at the Sheldon High School Performing Arts Center.
Pacific Elementary School is gearing up for its second annual Clothing and Household Items Donation Drive Fundraiser.
From Monday, February 2, through Sunday, February 15, donations of clothes, shoes, bedding, linens, purses and other items will be accepted at the ReUseIt Donation Center at Thrift Town, 5005 Stockton Blvd. Tax-deductible donations will be recycled and money raised will go toward Pacific Elementary.
More than 400 students attended the city-wide Self Advocacy Conference, held at Sacramento State on Tuesday.
The event, hosted by SCUSD, addressed challenges that students with emotional or learning disabilities have when transitioning into adulthood. Keynote speaker Jordana Steinberg, daughter of former Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, shared her story about overcoming a long battle with a childhood mood disorder.
She was joined by Yasmin Abner and Skyla Coffer, two successful young adults who have also dealt with learning disabilities.
Famed polar explorer and motivational speaker Robert Swan drew gasps and applause from Leonardo da Vinci K-8 students last Friday with his riveting tales of trekking to desolate arctic regions.
Swan holds the distinction of being the first person ever to walk unsupported – meaning without GPS, food drops or radio communications – to both the North and South Poles. His observations of the environment during these treks led him to found 2041, an organization dedicated to educating future leaders about environmental issues.
David Lubin Elementary School’s full-time librarian Jeannie Kane organized a book distribution to students last semester.
Kane develops the library’s collection to meet the varied academic needs and literary interests of all K-6 students. Every week, each class visits the library for story time, to check out books for the week or to conduct research for class projects.
Child Development’s annual School Readiness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, at the Serna Center, 5735 47th Ave., Sacramento.
This event caters to SCUSD families with children 0-5 years. Parents will be offered health screenings and information on kindergarten transitioning, the Kindergarten Readiness Summer Academy and preschool enrollment.
There also will be hands-on activities for children.
Chef and healthy eating advocate Jamie Oliver was treated to a cooking demonstration by “kid chefs” at Pacific Elementary School today.
With TV cameras and reporters following, students also led Oliver on a tour of the Pacific garden and fruit orchard. Oliver was in Sacramento to launch a national food education awareness campaign with fellow chef-activists Alice Waters (Berkeley’s Chez Panisse; the Edible Schoolyard Project) and Anne Cooper (author of “Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Children”).
California Middle School students released their annual Art Department calendar. This year’s calendar includes watercolor renderings of works from the Great Masters including Renoir, Van Gogh and Monet.
Each calendar page features one to three student submitted art pieces skillfully painted under the tutelage of art teacher Sue Jansen. The calendars are now available for purchase for $10 with all proceeds benefiting the art department at Cal. The cover art selection this year was painted by 8th grade Advanced Art student, Roxana Peralta Rawson.
David Lubin Elementary School students who participate in a unique after-school program learned such skills as knitting, hula dancing and martial arts last semester.
DLASA (David Lubin After-School Academy) is funded by the school’s Parent Teacher Group and offers two six-week sessions each year with a variety of educational classes at a highly reduced tuition (around $20 per course).
In the fall semester, DLASA offered martial arts, fine arts, Zumbatomic, chess, hula fitness, Early Engineers, soccer, knitting, and Spanish.
American Legion High School students participated in a blood drive and a fashion show on December 18. Thirty-one units of blood were collected from faculty, staff and students.Teachers Charles Rosemeyer and Pedro Garibay organized the blood drive with Legion’s Student Government.
The holidays are a busy time of year – especially for vandals, thieves and arsonists looking to take advantage of empty school campuses.
SCUSD is asking the community to help keep our schools safe and secure over the Winter Break (December 22-January 4) by reporting suspicious activity on any of our 75 campuses.
“Most of our schools are surrounded by homes, and we need those neighbors to join us in protecting these valuable and sometimes vulnerable community centers,” said Sacramento Safe School Office Manager Nina Delgadillo.
One hundred Sacramento students — including Camellia Elementary School teacher Diane Hocking’s fifth grade class — participated in a shopping spree hosted by Sacramento Kings DeMarcus Cousins on Sunday.
Each child was given $200 to spend at Walmart in Natomas.
For the 12th year, Blood Source teamed with Luther Burbank High School health teacher Cary Farley to bring a resourceful team of phlebotomists and nurses to campus for the school’s annual blood drive, held December 12.
Blood Source arrived early in the day and set up in the auditorium, creating a network of stations for donors to rotate through.They bring a small army of workers bearing lights, wireless routers, food, furniture and medical supplies in a well-choreographed traveling show.
Thanks to Jennifer Kimsey and Project Linus, kindergarten and first grade students at John Bidwell, John Sloat and Caroline Wenzel elementary schools received stuffed animal “reading buddies” and hand-knit hats.
Students promised to read to their buddies every night, keep them warm and learned the importance of staying warm as we transition from fall to winter.
Cadets from Hiram Johnson High School’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) served color guard duty before thousands of football fans at the December 7 “Battle of the Bay” between the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.
December 7 was also on the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which brought America into World War II. Pearl Harbor survivors participated with JROTC cadets in a commemorative ceremony before the playing of the National Anthem.
Due to the expected severe weather conditions, the community meeting with Superintendent Banda on Thursday, December 11, at Luther Burbank High School, will be rescheduled to a date after the Winter Break. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Leonardo da Vinci’s ARTLinks students have been creating paintings in the style of Hunderwasser, Pollack and Miro, as well as ceramic gnomes and “gnome ghomes” in anticipation of their upcoming Second Saturday Show & Sale at Track 7.
Everyone is invited to see the show and do a little shopping on Saturday, December 13 from noon to 6 pm and Sunday, December 14 from noon to 4 pm. Track 7 is a family friendly neighborhood “hang out” located at 3747 W. Pacific Ave, Sacramento 95820.
Sacramento City Unified School District is paying close attention to the expected storm to move through our area late tonight through Friday. The storm is expected to bring a wind driven heavy rain with winds at 20 to 60 mph with 2 to 3 inches of rain.
Hari Kondabolu, a comedian that the New York Times called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today,” will perform a benefit for the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project on Thursday, January 15, at the Crest Theater, 1013 K St., Sacramento.
The evening will start with a no-host bar and reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by spoken-word poetry performances by artists with SAYS (Sacramento Youth Speaks) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased at the Crest box office or online at crestsacramento.com.
Athlete Kim Conley, who represented the United States in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, asked students at Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School on Wednesday morning to guess how many miles she ran in the previous week.
Hands shot up. “Nine?” one student guessed. “Ten?” offered another.
When Conley told them the answer — she ran 105 miles in one week — the gasps could be heard throughout the multi-purpose room. Then applause broke out.
Students from Health Professions High School recently participated in UC Davis Medical Center’s annual disaster drill, which was focused on Ebola virus preparedness.
Students portrayed patients and were given a patient profile tag with their symptoms and background stories. Some students were assigned to play patients who worried about Ebola because they had recently traveled out of the country.
One student, who was placed in isolation, portrayed a patient diagnosed with Ebola.
Seventh and eighth graders at Leonardo da Vinci eK-8 School are working on a solar-powered boat to compete in SMUD’s 2015 Solar Regatta in May. Last year, a team from LdV won Best in Design.
The Dolphin Yacht Club (DYC) meets after school and on weekends. Students receive assistance from parents and teachers who volunteer their time to teach them about boat design, motor build and solar power.
On November 20, Susan B. Anthony Elementary School hosted its first Hmong New Year celebration.
Students took part in a number of culturally significant activities such as making rice cakes, spinning tops and tossing balls. Teachers were on hand to explain the significance of each of the activities to students in both the Hmong Immersion and English-only classrooms.
Albert Einstein Middle School students performed Shakespeare’s epic tragedy Julius Caesar at UC Davis’ Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts last month.
The performance was a component of London’s Globe Theatre’s GEA (Globe Education Academy) program. Einstein teacher Peggie Clapper was one of 12 area educators selected by the program to spend two weeks in London where she studied Shakespeare with the Globe’s directors, actors and professors.
The Student Support Center at Bowling Green McCoy, in collaboration with Bowling Green Chacon and Fern Bacon Middle School, sponsored a full-day health fair for students, their families and the community on October 26.
The event, held on the shared grassy area and blacktop between all three campuses, provided resources for preventative health care, mental health services, education nutrition and healthy eating habits.
A bust of the late labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez was unveiled Tuesday morning at Cesar Chavez Intermediate School, which was named in his honor.
“Cesar Chavez lived by the motto ‘SÍ se puede,’ or ‘Yes we can,’ ” Superintendent José L. Banda told the students and guests gathered at the unveiling. “I hope that every student who passes this statue on their way to school every day thinks ‘Yes I can.’ “
More than 100 American Legion High School students received free dental screenings on November 7 thanks to Smiles for Kids.
Smiles for Kids is a program of the Sacramento District Dental Society and Foundation. At American Legion, local dentist Dr. Jenny Apekian and her assistant Jackie Farmer volunteered their time to screen students.
American Legion’s Associated Student Body members organized and conducted the event on campus.
Students from first to sixth grade presented original poems to a packed crowd at Sutterville Elementary’s Annual Family Poetry Night on Thursday, November 13.
Prior to the poetry showcase, John Allen Cann, Sutterville’s Poet-in-Residence, worked with students in every classroom, helping them explore new and creative ways of expressing themselves through poetry.
Students had a chance to share their creations with fellow students during a school assembly, or on Poetry Night in front of a family audience.
Matsuyama Elementary School has become the first school in SCUSD to install an indoor, 40-foot transverse rock wall.
Students and parents have been working for two years to raise the funds to add the wall to the physical education program at the Pocket campus.
“Our students did a lot of jogging so they can spend some time climbing!” says Principal Judy Montgomery. “The rock wall will help develop upper body strength, balance, coordination, confidence and team work.”
Camellia Elementary School Green Team teachers and students joined with Recycling Coordinator Jordan Chernesky from Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste) to investigate the efficiency of the campus recycling program.
Students at Camellia follow a strict and structured recycling routine during meal periods.
The Green Team project was aimed at checking how efficient the system is operating. Students spent an afternoon after school opening all the trash bags and sorting the contents into paper, plastic, metal and real garbage.
Fall is traditionally a season of harvesting and community. In that spirit, several teachers and staff at Ethel Phillips Elementary School worked with parents to plan and organize the school’s second annual Fall Festival/Festival de Otoño.
The event was an overwhelming success, with hundreds of students, families and community members in attendance.The event brought local businesses, middle and high school volunteers and the community onto the school campus for an evening that raised more than $2,500 for class field trips.
A group of Sutter Middle School teachers is spending two afternoons a week in the gym sweating through a rigorous workout of burpees, squats lunges, kettlebell swings, laps around campus and weight-training.
Their boot camp may leave them drained after an hour, but energized when they get to their classrooms the next day, says teacher Jody Cooperman, who is organizing the exercise sessions.
Members of the Class of 2014 who fell short of completing graduation requirements last spring accepted their diplomas at a traditional graduation ceremony held October 28.
About 25 young people from seven SCUSD high schools graduated with peers and before their cheering families at the district’s annual Fall Graduation, an event that pays tribute to teens who worked over the summer to earn their high school diplomas.
Phoebe Hearst Elementary School’s annual PTO-sponsored Jog for the Arts fundraiser set a record this year in donations: More than $40,000 was raised to fund the school’s part-time art teacher.
Students hustled for donations earning shirts, sweatshirts, beanies, water bottles and raffle entries as prizes. Raffle items included gift cards to Target and Jamba Juice, a Kindle, an iPod shuffle, a scooter and an acoustic guitar.
The Theodore Judah Elementary School PTA is hosting its second annual Santa’s East Sac Adventure and Holiday Boutique on Saturday, December 6, at the school, 3919 McKinley Blvd.
The event will feature a petting zoo, gingerbread house workshop, pictures with Santa and a Theodore Judah Polar Express Train Ride.
Dancers from Fancy Feet Dance Academy of East Sacramento will perform. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the event’s Gift Giving Tree. All toys will be given to the St. John’s Program for Real Change.
Albert Einstein Middle School students have been working with a coach from London’s Globe Theatre to prepare for a performance of the Bard’s “Julius Caesar” at the UC Davis Mondavi Center on November 19.
The performance is the result of teacher Peggie Clapper’s selection to participate in a prestigious program for teachers at the Globe, which was built in 1559 by Shakespeare’s acting company.
Clapper’s studies in England are culminating with her students’ performance at the Mondavi.
SCUSD’s work to make schools healthier and more sustainable has been recognized by the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council, which awarded the district a scholarship.
Sacramento City Unified was one of only six districts across the nation to be honored. Through the scholarship, SCUSD will receive year-round support to maintain its green initiatives from the Center for Green Schools and from a broad network of school sustainability leaders.
Editor’s note: The following article was written by Joseph Stymeist, Career Technical Education Coordinator.
I’m challenging all of our schools to participate in this year’s Hour of Code event during the week of December 8-14. For many of our students, this single hour might just be the event that transforms their lives.
Students at John Cabrillo Elementary School received free eye examinations last Friday from the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Vision To Learn.
Thirty-two students at Cabrillo were pre-identified with possible vision problems and were eligible for the free services. Free eyeglasses were ordered for 17 of the students. Board Member Jay Hansen assisted with the exams.
SCUSD Youth Development Support Services kicked-off Red Ribbon Week (October 27 – 31) by hosting an assembly at Parkway Elementary School on Monday.
More than 600 Parkway students pledged to be alcohol, tobacco and drug free. Four lunch assemblies were held with performances by Mr. Cigarette and Captain America to show students that there are “Better Things To Do Than Drugs” and expose students to the unhealthy effects of cigarettes. Following the performances, students participated in carnival games, an anti-smoking exhibit and a dance party to promote fitness.
Students at Fern Bacon Middle School got a lesson in civic responsibility on Friday, October 24, when they cast ballots for California governor and several propositions in a mock election.
MyVote California Student Mock Election is a program sponsored by the Secretary of State. Students at more than 900 schools participated this year in the program. Statewide results will be announced later this week.
A group of parents who live in the Land Park neighborhood have formed a new nonprofit foundation to raise funds for schools.
The Land Park Schools Foundation (LPSF) has been busy hosting fun events to benefit Crocker-Riverside Elementary School, Leataata Floyd Elementary School, California Middle School, C.K. McClatchy High School and Tiny Tots Preschool.
“We’re trying to make sure all those schools have the resources they need,” says LPSF President Konrad Vonschoech. “If we all get a little bit involved, we’ll all have success.”
Former SCUSD Teacher of the Year Deborah Meltvedt was recently awarded the People Helping People Unsung Hero Award for her work with the nonprofit 916Ink and for starting a creative writing literacy program at Health Professions. The program fosters a love of language. Students annually produce an anthology of poetry and prose titled “Breath and Bones.”
Name: Deborah Meltvedt
Current Position: Medical science teacher and Work-Based Learning Coordinator at Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School
Fifth graders at Crocker-Riverside Elementary School visited Sacramento State recently, a field trip coordinated through the Sacramento Pathways to Success partnership.
“All of our fifth graders attended, loved the tour of campus and the women’s soccer game afterwards, which the Hornets won,” says Principal Daniel McCord. “Our fifth graders are now discussing the tour with their parents and guardians and signing pledges committing themselves to attend college when that time comes.”
Students and staff at California Middle School demonstrated their campus pride by creating an ambitious time-traveling “lip dub” video set to the Beach Boys’ “Be True to Your School.”
The video is the school’s official entry in the Macy’s All School Lip Dub Challenge. The winning school will take home a $25,000 prize.
“We were so grateful for the opportunity to show our Cal Bear pride, but we were even more grateful for the opportunity to connect with our surrounding community,” wrote teacher Rebecca Long, who coordinated the project, in the Macy’s submission.
Students across Sacramento City Unified School District can now start their day with a free, nutritious breakfast thanks to the district’s expanded participation in the federal school meal program.
With “universal breakfast,” students at all SCUSD elementary, K-8, middle and high schools are being offered free breakfast regardless of family income status. SCUSD is reimbursed for the cost of the meals by the federal government.
Theodore Judah Elementary School in East Sacramento continues to focus on health with its annual Jog-a-Thon fundraiser. The event, which began more than 10 years ago, has grown significantly and is now the school’s second largest fundraiser. It is expected to bring in $18,000 on November 14.
“About a decade ago, Theodore Judah began looking for more healthy ways to raise funds and engage the community,” says Principal Corrie Celeste. “This fundraiser benefits our school-wide music program, which is impressive and improves each year.
Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control offers the following information about enteroviruses:
Non-polio enteroviruses are very common viruses.They cause about 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year.Tens of thousands of people are hospitalized each year for illnesses caused by enteroviruses.
Anyone can get infected with non-polio enteroviruses. But infants, children and teenagers are more likely to get infected and become sick.That’s because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to the viruses.
Attention juniors and seniors: Learn about Sacramento City College’s degree and certificate programs, financial aid offerings, university transfer classes and more at the school’s Preview Night on October 30.
The event includes:
30-minute campus tours between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
An Academic Fair from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Informational workshops from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Taller de información sobre la entrada, ayuda financiera, y “Dream Act.”
SCUSD Board President Darrel Woo and district Bullying Prevention Specialist Jessica Wharton participated in the second annual Stand Up, Speak Out Anti-Bullying Youth Rally at the state Capitol last Saturday.
The rally, sponsored by the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Tolerance, a partnership with OCA Sacramento and Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, brought together several agencies to promote a strong anti-bullying message.
Schools across Sacramento City Unified School District observed International Walk/Roll to School Day today, an event aimed at raising awareness of healthy lifestyle choices and pedestrian and cyclist safety.
At Hubert H. Bancroft Elementary School, SCUSD Superintendent José L. Banda greeted parents and students with Principal Enrique Flores.
International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day.
On October 2, 1854, the Sacramento City Council passed an ordinance creating a governmental education department and appointed a Board of Education, officially launching Sacramento City Schools, now Sacramento City Unified School District.
The first superintendent was Dr. Harvey Willson “H.W.” Harkness (1821–1901) an American mycologist and natural historian best known for his early descriptions of California fungal species.
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, an opportunity for the community to learn about bullying and how it can be stopped. Here, SCUSD’s Bullying Prevention Specialist Jessica Wharton discusses bullying myths and facts and offers helpful suggestions for parents.
The Rosa Parks Student Support Center and the Men’s and Women’s Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento teamed up last month to provide 100 students with a shopping spree at Kohl’s, a free back-to-school haircut courtesy the Paul Mitchell School and a brand new backpack.
Students were paired with a 20-30 member who helped them purchase clothes and shoes totaling up to $144.
The Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento also chartered buses and provided warm breakfasts for everyone.
The club’s motto states: “One never stands so tall when kneeling to help a child.”
With a tooting of party horns and a toast of sparkling apple cider, members of the Caleb Greenwood Elementary School community shipped off a 200-page International Baccalaureate (IB) authorization application on Monday.
Submission of the application is one of the final steps in Caleb becoming an official IB school.
With Caleb Greenwood and Kit Carson, SCUSD’s is creating a kindergarten-through-12th grade IB track in East Sacramento, providing the community with a rigorous educational program designed to inspire children to become passionate learners.
Sacramento State and Women of AT&T, a nonprofit group, will host the seventh annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference on Saturday, October 11, on the Sac State campus.
The event is a one-day science and math conference for girls in grades 6-8. It is designed to encourage and empower young women to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
The image of Gabrielle Supplee, a student at The Met Sacramento High School, will appear on the screens of Chase ATMs in Sacramento beginning next month.
Supplee is an intern at the Foundation for California Community Colleges, a group partnering with the Linked Learning Alliance on LaunchPath, a database to match high school and community college students with employers willing to hire them as interns.
JP Morgan Chase is providing grant funding to help support the project.
Paige Dunsmore, a 19-year resident of McKinley Park and children’s book author, frequently walks her dogs past Theodore Judah Elementary School.
On one of these summer strolls, she realized she could have an impact on her neighborhood.
“The front of the school obviously needed help,” said Dunsmore. “Although I don’t have kids, I have a vested interest in Theodore Judah.This is my community. I wanted the children attending to feel proud of where they went to school.”
A new law that took effect on Tuesday requires drivers to keep a three-foot buffer between their cars and cyclists. Violating the law could result in $238 in fines and court fees. Breaking the law and injuring a cyclist raises those fines to $982.
Traffic around SCUSD schools at morning drop-off times and afternoon pick-ups continue to be quite heavy, making it difficult for pedestrians and students on bicycles to navigate.
Hundreds of students at John Sloat and Elder Creek elementary schools have received free backpacks since the start of school.
John Sloat students were thrilled to received backpacks filled with school supplies at an event this morning coordinated by Kids in Need. The backpacks were courtesy Papa Murphy’s, which also provided a pizza lunch for students.
Last week, Elder Creek students received free backpacks donated by the offices of Assemblyman Roger Dickinson and Sacramento City Councilman Kevin McCarty.
In celebration of Manage Your Money Week (October 18-25), Assemblyman Roger Dickinson is hosting a Vine video contest for high school students.
Vine is a video-sharing app that allows users to create six-second videos on a smartphone or similar device. To participate, students should create a Vine video that shows the importance of financial literacy.
Hilario Mata Jr., a 13-year-old student at Sam Brannan Middle School, made the 2014 United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) All American Baseball Team and was named Top Performer in the Northwest Region.
Hilario maintains top grades in school and aspires to graduate from college with a doctorate or masters’ degree and play in Major League Baseball.
SCUSD is entering its third year of an ambitious effort to boost student success by bringing Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to schools and classrooms across the district.
SEL is an initiative aimed at helping children acquire five “core competencies” that researchers say are needed for success in school, college, careers and life. The competencies are: Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.
Sacramento City Unified School District’s annual College Fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, at John F. Kennedy High School, 6715 Gloria Drive.
Representatives from more than 70 colleges — including seven University of California campuses — will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. Other colleges to be represented include Sacramento State, Fresno State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of Nevada (Reno) and Arizona State University.
School is back in session, and with it the return of heavy traffic around SCUSD campuses during drop-off and pick-up times. This congestion can lead to accidents if drivers, cyclists and pedestrians ignore traffic laws.
The speed limit around schools is 25 miles per hour. Double-parking, parking along red curbs, parking in driveways and parking in crosswalks is illegal and can result in a ticket.
SCUSD students returned to their schools last week to find their campuses greener, healthier and safer thanks to Sacramento voters who passed Measures Q and R in 2012.
Over the summer, SCUSD facilities crews worked hard to replace roofs and windows, upgrade plumbing, resurface playgrounds, install outdoor learning labs and modernize heating and air conditioning systems.
Bond funding from Measures Q and R made the improvements possible.
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! I am honored and excited to begin my first year as Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District. Sacramento is a city on the move – a rising and diverse urban center known for smart leadership, innovation and creativity. I am proud to lead our district as we prepare every student to work, thrive and participate in the community in which they were raised. I am committed to ensuring equitable access, closing historical and pervasive opportunity gaps and providing an excellent education to every single student so they are prepared to become the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.
Infinite Campus is SCUSD’s student information system. Parents and students can access Infinite Campus to track grades, assignments, schedules and attendance. Infinite Campus is accessible by computer or by mobile device.
Please download our instructions flyer to get started.
Sacramento City Unified School District joined forces with local law enforcement and other agencies last Thursday to stage a mock school bus accident at McClellan Park. This multi-agency training exercise aimed at training school bus drivers and emergency responders on actions in the event of a crisis.
“Preparation is the key to school bus driver training,” said Chuck Ernst, Director of Distribution Services. “The mock school bus accident is something that all drivers should observe and participate in so they are ready in case of a major accident.”
The eConnection is SCUSD’s community newsletter. During the school year, it is emailed to staff and parents every week. The eConnection is a great way to share news, post upcoming events and celebrate staff and students.
SCUSD is working with the community to spread the word about new federal and state regulations that curb the sale of sugary snacks and drinks to students on public school campuses.
These regulations are aimed at improving the health of children, teaching students a lifelong lesson about good nutrition and prompting fund-raising groups to consider healthy ways to bring in donations.
SCUSD’s new school year begins on September 2 — the Tuesday following Monday’s Labor Day holiday.
Traffic around schools will increase the first week. Please plan your day to give yourself plenty of time to get to school and drop off your children well before the bell rings. Use extra caution and follow the rules of traffic where children are biking and walking. Parking may be taken up in front of schools — be prepared to park and walk. Use designated crosswalks.
Health Professions High School senior Yaritza Benitez was featured on Univision Channel 19 recently discussing her experience at Health Professions and how it has led her on a path to college. Click here to watch.
The start of school is just around the corner — classes for SCUSD students resume on Tuesday, September 2.
With less than two weeks to go, many families of incoming seventh graders have yet to bring their child’s immunization record to school. State law requires incoming seventh graders to provide proof of receiving the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) booster before being allowed to attend school.
Don’t risk your child missing classes. Bring your record to school now.
Target is sponsoring SCUSD’s back-to-school supply lists so parents and guardians can stock up on the necessities before the start of school on September 2.
Supply lists are suggestions intended to guide families that wish to provide supplies for their child or to donate materials to a classroom or school and are not intended as a requirement for full participation in an academic program.
Not sure what is needed? Sample supply lists for elementary, middle and high school can be found here.
The Intel Folsom Campus PC Pals Mentoring Program at Golden Empire Elementary School has been honored with the Better Together — Business Partnership Award from the College of Education at Sacramento State.
In her nomination of the program, Golden Empire Principal Dr. Irene Eister cited the high level of dedication of Intel volunteers to helping her students.
“We would not be able to implement and maintain the level of instructional technology that we utilize and enjoy at Golden Empire without their support,” she wrote.
Albert Einstein Middle School Principal Garrett Kirkland visited Jiangman, China, this summer to establish an information exchange and student exchange program with three schools.
The information exchange will operate in two forms, Kirkland says. “Our students will be able to extend their learning on subjects such as the railroad construction,” he says. “For example, we know that Chinese workers had a rough time in America building railroads. We don’t know how the money they earned benefited their families and communities in China.”
SCUSD’s Immunization Clinic will be open two days a week in August to vaccinate students entering or currently attending SCUSD schools who meet the following criteria:
Are 18 years old or younger
Are without health insurance or are enrolled in Medi-Cal
Are of Native American/Native Alaskan decent
The Immunization Clinic is located in Room 4 of SCUSD’s Enrollment Center, 5601 47th Ave., Sacramento (next to the Serna Center). The clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. according to the following schedule:
A recent change in the state law means eligible parents or guardians no longer will have to pay a fee for state part-day preschool.
Now is the time to register your child in one of SCUSD’s programs. Call (916) 433-2736 or (916) 277-7151 to enroll. Two new locations are opening for the fall: Freeport Elementary School and Fruit Ridge Elementary School.
SCUSD’s Child Development Department offers educationally enriching experiences for children 0-5, which will prepare them for future school success.
The Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education voted Thursday to appoint veteran educator José L. Banda, currently Seattle Public Schools Superintendent, to the top post in Sacramento.
At a press conference this morning, Mr. Banda, who grew up in Bakersfield and spent three decades working in California public schools, said he is excited to get started in Sacramento and happy to be back in the Golden State.
City Year Sacramento honored Father Keith B. Kenny K-8 School Principal Gail Johnson at its Ripples of Hope Dinner on June 4.
The gala was the group’s second annual leadership event honoring women in education.
Johnson became principal at Father Keith B. Kenny in the fall of 2009, when the school had an Academic Index Performance score of 631. API is the state’s accountability index and the goal is for every school to reach or top 800.
In her time at Father Keith B. Kenny, the school’s API has increased 183 points. The school now has an API of 814.
Golden Empire Elementary School loves the number 6,584.
That is the number of Box Tops collected during the month of May for Golden Empire’s Pie in the Face Box Top Challenge. For every 1,000 Box Tops turned in, a teacher volunteered to get a pie in the face.
With that large number, six teachers got a pie in the face on June 2. Golden Empire teachers Kim Engstrom, Linda Hogg-Wood, Marti Woodward, Maryanne Brown, Drew Gardner and Principal Irene Eister all bravely stepped up for their pie facial.
At C.K. McClatchy High School’s Senior Awards Night on Tuesday, 204 seniors were recognized for receiving more than 100 awards and scholarships.
Scholarships and awards totaling more than $30,000 were presented at Tuesday night’s event. In addition to those awards, many graduates also received scholarships and awards from the colleges they will be attending in the fall.
I Got Caught Attending School is a joint effort with SCUSD, KSFM 102.5 and Natomas Walmart to increase attendance rates in our elementary schools. Recently, students at Bret Harte were “caught” attending school!
In addition, Bret Harte Elementary is SCUSD’s school with the most improved attendance overall. In comparison to last year through the seventh month of the school year, they made the most improvement with a 1.20 percent increase. Students will be receiving a lunch time DJ party from KSFM 102.5 on June 6.
The PACE program at John F. Kennedy High School recognized it’s ninth group of graduating seniors on Wednesday, May 21 with a barbecue and awards ceremony.
The 119 members of the PACE Class of 2014 were accepted to more than 300 colleges and universities, including destinations as diverse as Boston University and New York University to Mills College and University of Colorado.
Thirty-three grads will be heading to the UCs, including eight to UC Berkeley, three to UCLA and seven to UC Davis. Another 42 PACErs are going to a California State University.
Golden Empire Elementary School is shining thanks to the generosity of members of First Covenant Church and Fremont Presbyterian Church. These two congregations chose Golden Empire Elementary as a recipient of the Day of Service event on May 17.
The volunteers improved and spruced up the school in just four hours, focusing much of their efforts on the school garden, building new garden pathways, weeding, tilling the soil and removing dirt and debris.
Sacramento Unified Education Foundation – SCUSD’s official nonprofit organization – celebrated the success of its fund-raising campaign for two arson-damaged playgrounds on May 21 at John Sloat Elementary School.
Last summer, playground structures at John Sloat and Caroline Wenzel elementary schools were set ablaze. Damage was extensive and both structures were removed for safety reasons. Although SCUSD moved swiftly to replace the structures, the schools opened in the fall without them.
School cafeterias may be closed, but children and teens can still get nutritious breakfasts and lunches at no charge this summer at locations throughout the Sacramento City Unified School District.
During the school year, SCUSD’s Nutrition Services feeds more than 30,000 students a day in school cafeterias throughout the city. Continuing to feed students throughout the summer helps ensure kids are healthy and ready to learn when school resumes in September.
Several SCUSD teachers were celebrated at this year’s Education Foundation Teacher Recognition Ceremony held at Sierra II Community Center on May 21.
The Education Foundation, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens and Mason-McDuffie Real Estate, was created to acknowledge public educators for their invaluable contributions to the teaching profession.
The Foundation is committed to the process of seeking out worthy candidates as recipients of grants, and is highly organized internally to carry out that goal.
Many SCUSD schools will be getting long-awaited facility improvements this summer thanks to Sacramento voters approving Measures Q and R in November 2012.
Bond-funded projects include fire alarm system upgrades, new roofs, parking lot and playground resurfacing and restroom upgrades. Two big projects will also be underway this summer: The construction of an athletics stadium at John F. Kennedy High School and the remodeling of C.K. McClatchy High School’s gym.