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Summer Break begins Monday: Help prevent crime on campuses
Report any suspicious weekend, evening activity at SCUSD schools

June 11, 2015 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District is asking the community to help keep its 75 schools safe and secure on summer evenings, weekends and holidays. School resumes on Thursday, September 3.

Summer programming begins on 40 campuses on June 22 and lasts through July 30. Most programs operate in the morning and are over by 2 p.m. During late afternoons, evenings and weekends, campuses will be locked and alarmed. Security cameras will be monitored as well.

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Two SCUSD students named Gates Millennium Scholars
Award covers college tuition, living expenses for four years

June 8, 2015 (Sacramento):  Two SCUSD students have been named Gates Millennium Scholars, an award that covers the cost of attending college for high-performing, low-income students of color.

Luther Burbank High School salutatorian Sabreena Singh, 18, and John F. Kennedy High School senior Manuel Valencia, 18, are among 1,000 students nationwide in the program’s Class of 2015. The scholarship is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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SCUSD joins California Thursdays fresh food movement
Morning kick-off event TOMORROW will feature breakfast, free farmers’ market

April 22, 2015 (Sacramento):  SCUSD will kick-off its participation in California Thursdays, a growing statewide movement to bring California-grown fresh fruits and vegetables to school cafeterias, with a breakfast event at John Still K-8 School this Thursday (April 23).

With partner the Center for Ecoliteracy, SCUSD is joining 41 other districts around the state in its commitment to improving the health of children by improving the food they eat at school.

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SCUSD School Readiness Fair scheduled for Feb. 28
The district’s annual event features free health and dental screenings and kindergarten enrollment information

February 19, 2015 (Sacramento):  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.

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In partnership with Target and others, the nonprofit organization K to College will distribute $65 packages of school and dental supplies to all 270 students at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School in Sacramento. These kits are part of more than 10,000 that were assembled by more than 500 volunteers at the Memorial Auditorium in December. K to College is a nonprofit with the mission of addressing the unmet material needs of homeless and other impoverished children, and adults working towards self-sufficiency.

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School named for Dr. King plans march for kindness, justice
Event will kick off Kindness Week at Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School

January 13, 2015 (Sacramento):  A school named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will hold a march for kindness and justice on Thursday (January 15) – the late civil rights activist’s birthday.

The march around the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School campus in Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood will kick off a Kindness Week in which students will be challenged to perform acts of kindness to honor Dr. King’s legacy, said Principal Denise Lee.

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Famed polar explorer to visit Sacramento school
Robert Swan was the first to walk unsupported to both poles

January 7, 2015 (Sacramento):  Famed polar explorer and motivational speaker Robert Swan will make a presentation about Antarctica and environmentalism to students at Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday (January 9).

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.

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Chef Activists Jamie Oliver, Alice Waters and Ann Cooper to Visit Sacramento Area School, Showcase Healthy Lunch Choices and Impact of Food Literacy
Finding a Home for Food Literacy in California’s Schools is Critical to Developing Healthy Eating Habits

Sacramento, CA – After morning visits with California’s policymakers, Chef Activists Jamie Oliver, Alice Water and Ann Cooper will join students from Pacific Elementary School to highlight the importance of healthy lunch choices and food literacy on Wednesday, January 7, 2014.

Students who participate in the Food Literacy Center programs at Pacific Elementary School will lead a cooking demonstration for the distinguished group, exhibiting their new skills in the kitchen and insights on healthy eating.

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SCUSD Superintendent José Banda Expresses Support for Worldwide ‘Hour of Code’ Initiative
Event focused on bridging digital divide, promoting computer sciences

Superintendent Jose Banda called on all teachers in the Sacramento Unified School District to be leaders in teaching computer science to their students by joining the worldwide “Hour of Code” movement.

Tens of millions of students of all ages and backgrounds have already tried an Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction designed to demystify computer science and show that anybody can learn the basics. This year, Banda, along with other leaders in the education and tech fields such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, are hoping to reach 100 million students.

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SCUSD teens picked for color guard duty at 49ers-Raiders game
Hiram Johnson JROTC will serve at ‘Battle of the Bay’ on Saturday

December 2, 2014 (Sacramento):  Teens from Hiram Johnson High School’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) will serve 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.

Sunday is also on the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which brought America into World War II. Pearl Harbor survivors will participate with JROTC cadets in a commemorative ceremony before the playing of the National Anthem.

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Next week is Thanksgiving break: Help keep schools safe
Metal thieves, vandals prey on schools during the holidays

November 20, 2014 (Sacramento):  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.

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Farm to school: 4-H to bring animals to SCUSD campus

November 4, 2014 (Sacramento):  John Sloat Elementary School students will get a glimpse of rural life when farm animals visit the campus on Wednesday for Farm Day, an annual event sponsored by Sacramento County 4-H Clubs.

Club members will exhibit their animals – which may include cows, pigs, goats, sheep or chickens – and demonstrate how they care for their livestock.

The 4-H Farm Day has been a tradition in SCUSD since 1987.

WHAT: 4-H Farm Day

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Kids to get free eye exams, glasses from Vision To Learn

October 23, 2014 (Sacramento):  Students at John Cabrillo Elementary School who have been identified with possible vision problems will be given a free eye examination and fitted for free glasses on Friday from the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Vision To Learn.

Vision To Learn’s mobile clinic will be at the school (1141 Seamas Ave., Sacramento, CA 95822) beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday (October 24).

Approximately 32 Cabrillo students are eligible for the service.