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 Thanksgiving Break (November 24-28) 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Family members and guests cheered as 219 SCUSD Parent Honorees were celebrated at the fourth annual Parent Recognition Celebration on May 22 at the Serna Center.
Parents from 20 schools received certificates of recognition for their completion of the SCUSD Parents as Partners in Schools program, a nine-week workshop series developed by the SCUSD Office of School, Family and Community Partnerships through a grant from Target Foundation.
Parent participants in the SCUSD/La Familia partnership workshop, Positive Parenting of Teens, were also honored.
Ethel I. Baker Elementary School teacher Julie Gordon recently lead a community service effort that resulted in a campus clean up by participants in Bayside Church’s SERVE program.
The beautification day consisted of planting three maple trees, trimming bushes and trees and cleaning up hallways and walkways. Bayside members demonstrated the importance of helping others, says Principal Olga Arellano: “We appreciate their hard and dedicated work.”
Fern Bacon Middle School’s boys soccer team not only clinched the City Middle School Soccer Championship — for the first time in 17 years — but the victors got to meet the professional players of Sacramento’s FC Republic.
The Fern Bacon boys escorted the Republic team onto the field at Hughes Stadium on May 17. The Republic players gave meaningful advice, words of wisdom and encouragement for the boys to keep their head in the game and strive for academic excellence.
Luther Burbank High School students were recently treated to a presentation by 95-year-old Edith Roberts, a member of the local Tuskegee Airmen chapter.
Roberts shared the struggles and accomplishments of African Americans in the 1940s and discussed the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of pilots who fought in World War II. She also encouraged the students to pursue higher education.
There are 54 active members in Sacramento’s George S. “Spanky” Roberts Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Nine are among the original airmen. Others are spouses and children.
Hundreds of parents, students, faculty and staff celebrated the 25th graduating class from C.K. McClatchy High School’s Humanities and International Studies Program (HISP) at a barbecue Tuesday evening.
The 131 members of HISP’s Class of 2014 racked up an impressive number of college acceptances — 503 in all. Of those, four students are headed to UC Berkeley, one to Stanford, five to UCLA, 13 to UC Davis, 11 to UC Santa Cruz and nine to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Eighteen schools and the A. Warren McClaskey Adult Center were awarded allocations of Measure Q bond funds at the Project Green culmination event held May 13 at A.M. Winn Waldorf-Inspired K-8 School.
Started three years ago, Project Green encourages students — in teams with teachers and parents — to learn about sustainable living by conducting green audits of their campuses. The audits are then used to craft student recommendations for facility upgrades that will improve energy and water efficiency and make campuses healthier places for students to learn.
At its annual awards banquet last week, the Association of California School Administrators, Region 3, honored three SCUSD leaders.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Sara Noguchi was awarded the group’s Silver Star for outstanding Central Office Administrator.
Parkway Elementary School Principal Kelley Odipo was awarded the Silver Star for elementary principal and Vlastimil Krvecek won a Silver Star for co-administrator. Krvecek is the Site Instructional Coordinator at Nicholas Elementary School.
The West Campus High School girls soccer team defeated Central Catholic of Modesto 3-0 on May 17 at Lincoln High School in Stockton to become the California Interscholastic Federation Division 5 Section champions.
This is the fourth CIF championship for the Warriors in the last five years.
Stand-out performances by forward Rachel Billington and goal keeper Alexandra Chaveste contributed to the win.
The Rosa Parks Student Support Center recently hosted the school’s final Family Game Night of the year.
The evening included a dinner sponsored by Capital Christian and an athletic shoe giveaway sponsored by Fleet Feet.
Approximately 80 pairs of practically new, high-quality running shoes were distributed. Adults were excited to have an opportunity to help their children continue to be active and healthy over the summer.
SCUSD held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to open Rosemont High School’s new $1.97 million track and field, a project funded by Measure R.
Made in the USA with recycled rubber, the sandwich-style track surface is free of harmful heavy metals and durable enough for world-class performance training and competition. The equivalent of 7,000 passenger tires was kept from landfills through the recycling process.
Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series by Career Technical Education Coordinator Joe Stymeist about the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) and the opportunities it presents for students and staff to participate in compelling Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities.
At tomorrow night’s Board of Education meeting, the district will honor students, mentors and coaches from Hiram Johnson, Kennedy, Rosemont and the School of Engineering and Sciences for their participation in the 2013-14 FIRST Robotics season.
SCUSD’s Parent Engagement and Training department hosted 19 staff members from Stockton Unified for a workshop on Friday, May 9.
District staff conducted training on parent engagement strategies and establishing and running successful Parent Resource Centers. The group included Stockton school principals and their parent engagement staff, as well as Stockton Unified administrators.
SCUSD’s Student Support and Health Services (SSHS) Department and the Connect Center sponsored the third annual LGBTQA Youth Leadership Conference, LIVE PROUD on May 3 at The Met Sacramento High School.
Student leaders from seven Sacramento area schools came together to discuss issues that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally (LGBTQA) youth, and ways to empower themselves and their peers as student leaders.
The Junior ROTC unit at C.K. McClatchy High School has been awarded the Distinguished Unit With Merit Award and Outstanding Organization Award from the U.S. Air Force.
“These awards recognize the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors and the support of the school and local community,” Air Force Col. Cameron Gilbert wrote in a letter to the school.
SCUSD, the City of Sacramento and the West Campus High School community celebrated the operation of a new traffic signal on Fruitridge Road at a press conference held on Friday, May 9.
The installation of the new light at Fruitridge and 58th Street culminates a joint effort by the two agencies launched after West Campus student Michelle Murigi, 16, was fatally hit by a car in the intersection in January 2012.
After successfully completing an arduous application process that included securing a nomination from a Congressional representative, West Campus High School senior Austin Updegraff has been accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
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.
Students from the Luther Burbank High School Construction and Design Pathway are competing today and tomorrow (May 7 and 8) in the annual Design/Build Competition sponsored by the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange.
Student teams from around the region compete to design and build a shed/playhouse in this two-day event. The competition is designed to give students a “real world” work experience, while giving them some artistic freedom.
The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities is currently looking for excited and motivated high school students to become a part of its summer Utility Worker Program.
Students can earn $9 or more per hour and learn about career opportunities in the City while participating in a variety of activities that help to build valuable skills. Work may be in the office or in the ﬁeld, allowing you to learn about everything from welding to machining to the water treatment process.
Nineteen student-led Green Teams showcased recommendations to make their campuses greener and more sustainable at SCUSD’s third annual Project Green Showcase to celebrate Earth Day held April 22 at Isador Cohen Elementary School.
Teams are competing for $1 million in Measure Q bond money set aside for green school initiatives. Measure Q was approved by Sacramento voters in November of 2012.
C.K. McClatchy High School sophomore Sarah Whipple, a student in the Humanities and International Studies Program, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship.
Spring is the time to start thinking about Tdap immunization for students who will enter seventh grade in the fall.
According to state law, students may not enter seventh grade in September without first providing documentation that shows they have received the shot. Alternatively, parents may also complete a shot waiver form (as of January 1, waiver forms must be signed by a medical provider).
Sacramento City Unified School District has the second lowest drop-out rate in the state, according to statistics recently released by the California Department of Education.
SCUSD also had the greatest drop-out rate decline in the region — from 11.5 percent in 2011-12 to 5.9 percent in 2012-13. The dramatic turn-around is being credited, in part, to high schools and programs aimed at providing a safety net to students who fall behind in their coursework.
Forty-three intermediate students showed they have the gift of rhyme by participating in Golden Empire’s Fourth Annual Poetry Jam last month.
Coordinated by fourth grade teacher Robert Snider, the intermediate classes were treated to a variety of recitations, from such classics as Robert Frost’s “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” to the humorous “The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven.”
Two years ago Soil Born Farms, with help from the California Endowment, partnered with Science Alive at Theodore Judah Elementary School to begin the Growing Together School Garden Initiative. The project has used the best practices of Theodore Judah to pilot five new school garden programs in the Sacramento City Unified School District.
William Shakespeare’s “A Comedy of Errors,” produced by Albert Einstein Middle School with the Sacramento Theatre Company, will be performed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 22, at the school.
As with many of the Bard’s comedies, the play centers on mishaps that arise from mistaken identities. It is one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays and one of his shortest.
SCUSD is extending the review period for textbooks and instructional materials under consideration for adoption. The public and staff are invited to review these important math and language arts learning tools and provide feedback.
Materials under consideration will now be on display through May 16 at a school near you (see flyer for locations).
For more information, contact your child’s school or call the Curriculum and Instruction Office at (916) 643-9120.
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. In recent weeks, students at Pony Express, William Land, Matsuyama and Isador Cohen were “caught” attending school! Congratulations!
Hollywood Park Elementary School’s fourth graders visited Coloma to get a first-hand lesson on California’s Gold Rush past.
Students spent the day panning for gold, putting on a skit and hiking. Naturalists taught the students about the rich history of the Gold Rush. They learned the roles of James Marshall, John Sutter and Sam Brannan during that time period.
A barbecue lunch wrapped up the day.
And finally Eureka…it was time to get back on the bus for the ride home!
West Campus High School senior Natali Perez recently organized an event for fellow students to promote awareness of human trafficking issues.
Perez worked with volunteers who agreed to apply makeup, simulating cuts and bruises, as abuse is often the result of human trafficking. The volunteers also wore signs that contained a story (written by Perez) about a fictional abuse victim.
The SCUSD Coordinated School Health Committee is soliciting nominations for 2013-14 Wellness Champions in the following categories:
If you know a person or group of people that have promoted wellness activities in the district during the 2013-14 school year, please submit the following to Health Services Director Pam Whipple at email@example.com by May 21:
Learn about SCUSD’s summer programs at one of three Summer Registration and Information Nights coming up next week.
Parents and students can also access information and online applications for summer learning programs at www.summeratscusd.org.
Summer learning programs include SummerQuest (grades 1-6), Summer of Service (incoming grades 7-9), Summer Ambassadors (incoming grades 10-12) and Summer at City Hall (incoming grades 10-12). All programs are free and provide students with breakfast and lunch daily.
Data released Monday by the California Department of Education shows that Sacramento City Unified’s graduation rate increased 5.6 percent in 2013 to 85.4 percent — 5 percent higher than the state average.
The data follows the “cohort” of students that started high school as freshmen in 2009-10. For that group, the drop-out rate was 5.9 percent, marking a dramatic improvement over the previous year’s rate of 11.5 percent.
Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) has begun its 2014 scholarship application process.
This year, SCTA will be giving up to $17,000 in scholarship money to graduating SCUSD students who are registered in at least 12 units of classwork at any two- or four-year accredited institution of higher learning or equivalent vocational program.
Seniors can find the application and the instructions here.
The applications are due to the SCTA office by 5 p.m. on May 16.
O.W. Erlewine School held its sixth annual Earth Day Celebration on Friday.
Students rotated to the many different activity stations throughout the campus. They went on walks through the school’s Nature Area which was established in 1965. Then they learned about the different types of animals that live on the American River Parkway. Students rode bikes that generated the power to create their own smoothies, learned about fly fishing and green cars and built bird feeders by using pine cones.
Students who previously used Zangle to check grades can use their existing Zangle log-in credentials– student ID number as user name; date of birth as password — to access the new Infinite Campus data management system.
(Students who customized their password should use the customized password instead of date of birth.)
Students at Leonardo da Vinci eK-8 School stepped back to 1482 for a day of living history in celebration of the life and times of the greatest of all Renaissance men – Leonardo da Vinci.
Students dressed in period costumes, enjoyed a day filled with hands-on science and art exploration with such da Vinci inventions as a camera obscura and a giant pendulum.They also practiced backward writing (in the style of Leonardo) with quill pens.
In its just-released 2014 rankings of best high schools, US News & World Report has listed West Campus High School among the top 100 in California.
West Campus was ranked 54th in the state and 294th in the nation. The rankings are based on a matrix that includes such factors as Advanced Placement course participation rates, standardized test scores and “college readiness.”
A farewell reception to honor the administrators of California Middle School will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at the Land Park campus,1600 Vallejo Drive.
Longtime Principal Elizabeth Vigil and Assistant Principal James Eder have accepted leadership positions at Rosemont High School. Vigil will serve as principal and Eder as an assistant principal beginning this summer.
All 75 SCUSD schools will be closed next week for Spring Break. Friday — the last day of the quarter for middle and high schools — is a half-day. School resumes on Monday, April 21.
The eConnection will also be on hiatus next week.
All SCUSD campuses will be locked and alarmed during the break, and all security cameras will be monitored. Neighbors are asked to be on the lookout for suspicious activity on SCUSD campuses and to report it.
Rosa Parks K-8 School hosted the first Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Superstars Breakfast last month.
Students from each class where nominated by their teachers for displaying competencies in the five SEL skills: Self-management, self-awareness, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness.
Students were presented with a certificate and description of why they were nominated.
Luther Burbank High School teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull-Sypnieski authored an article this month in Education Leadership magazine on English language learners and the new Common Core State Standards.
George Washington Carver School of Arts & Science freshman Samantha Harvey was honored on April 2 with the Courage to Care Award from Ken Streater, author of “The Gift of Courage.”
Harvey is the youngest-ever recipient of the award.
A volunteer for the Sacramento Children’s Museum, Harvey has logged 450 hours of community service, helping with Saturday play productions, birthday parties and other activities. She also assists on the Berry Special Play Day—a day designated for developmentally disabled children.
John F. Kennedy’s Kayla Nodohara and C.K. McClatchy’s Aidan Flynn recently received $600 A. Dale Lacky Scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success.
Nodohara, a senior, played volleyball, basketball and track and field all four years at Kennedy and served as team captain of all three teams. She’s a member of the California Scholarship Federation, the National Honor Society and was the female freshman student of the year for the PACE program.
Caltrans is warning drivers to expect significant congestion on Highway 50 near downtown from April 22 through June 25 while work is underway on the W/X Viaduct Rehabilitation project.
Work will begin on the eastbound side on April 22, two weeks earlier than originally planned, to give crews time for the new approach and still be finished with the eastbound portion by Memorial Day weekend. Work on the westbound lanes will begin May 27. Construction is scheduled to last up to 30 days for each stage, finishing by June 25.
A. Warren McClaskey Adult Center and Bret Harte Elementary School have applied for grants from Seeds of Change, a group dedicated to helping organizations such as schools develop sustainable, community-based gardens.
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson paid a visit to Bret Harte Elementary School on March 21 where he observed the Vision to Learn program in full swing.
Vision to Learn is a non-profit organization that believes in bringing free eye clinics to schools instead of sending families to clinics. Mobile clinics on site ensure that each child that is in need of glasses receives them.
At Bret Harte, every student received a free vision screening. School nurse Nho Le Hinds assisted in testing students’ vision.
SCUSD students will join thousands of others across the state this month in a practice run of new online assessments that are replacing the old paper-and-pencil tests.
The new Smarter Balanced Assessments are computer-based and require students to write and solve problems in addition to selecting answers from a multiple-choice menu. The tests are tied to the Common Core State Standards, which are aimed at better preparing every student for college and careers.
Students at Luther Burbank High School are participating in the Barcoding Life’s Matrix program, a science innovation project hosted by Ventura-based Coastal Marine Biolabs with funding support from the National Science Foundation.
Through the program, students in science teacher Shana Just’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology Year 1 class are joining a global community of scientists in efforts to build a digital genetic registry of Earth’s biodiversity using a DNA barcoding system.
A community meeting has been scheduled for Monday, April 7, to gather public input on the desired characteristics of a permanent superintendent to replace Jonathan Raymond, who resigned last year to spend more time with his family in Boston.
In the wake of his departure, Sacramento City Unified School District’s Board of Education contracted with Leadership Associates to assist in the recruitment and selection of the district’s next superintendent.
In town for the Sacramento Food Film Festival, Chef Tony Geraci paid a visit to Caleb Greenwood IB Candidate School last week.
Geraci is the focal point of documentary “Cafeteria Man” which chronicles his efforts to “green” school meals in Baltimore. The film was screened at The Guild Theater during the Sacramento Food Film Festival, and Geraci visited Caleb Greenwood to hear more about the school’s unique Wellness Policy and the changes to food-related practice made to promote health and wellness among students.
The BERC Group was commissioned by the district in the fall of 2013 to conduct research using quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate the effectiveness of SCUSD’s Priority Schools program. The observations, suggestions and other qualitative assertions outlined in this independent examination are the opinions of The BERC Group and not SCUSD. The BERC Group’s recommendations in the report will be used in future discussions of the priority schools, but will not direct decisions moving forward.