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SCUSD celebrates Walk to School Day on October 8
International event promotes wellness, pedestrian safety

October 6, 2014 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District schools will observe International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8, with a celebration at Hubert H. Bancroft Elementary School.

The event is aimed at raising awareness of healthy lifestyle choices and pedestrian safety on busy city streets. Staff from SCUSD’s Safe Schools Office will be on hand to discuss safe routes to school and other tips. Superintendent José L. Banda will be among those greeting parents and students at Bancroft.

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SCUSD, teachers agree to lower K-3 class sizes
New two-year agreement also sets path to new teacher evaluations, more collaboration in district

September 12, 2014 (Sacramento):  Negotiating teams for the Sacramento City Unified School District and the Sacramento City Teachers Association have agreed to a new two-year agreement that will lower class sizes in kindergarten through third grade classrooms in high-needs neighborhoods.

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JFK High’s new $5.9 million stadium opens this Friday
State-of-the-art sports complex funded by Measure R bonds

September 3, 2014 (Sacramento):  SCUSD will cut the ribbon on a new $5.9 million athletic stadium at John F. Kennedy High School with a ceremony and pre-football game pep rally at 3:30 p.m. on Friday (September 5).

The stadium features an artificial turf field, recycled rubber track, new bleachers, a new concession stand building with restrooms and new landscaping. It replaces a weedy grass field that was peppered with gopher holes, difficult to play on and hard to maintain.

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REMINDER: SCUSD, local law enforcement to stage mock school bus crash
Multi-agency training exercise at McClellan aimed at training school bus drivers and emergency responders on actions in the event of a crisis

RELEASE DATE: August 26, 2014 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District is joining forces with local law enforcement and other agencies to stage a mock school bus accident at McClellan Park on Thursday, August 28.

WHAT: Multi-Agency Mock School Bus Accident Training Exercise
WHERE: Northern California Regional Public Safety Training Authority, 2409 Dean St., McClellan Park
WHEN: 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 28

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SCUSD, local law enforcement to stage mock school bus crash
Multi-agency training exercise at McClellan aimed at training school bus drivers and emergency responders on actions in the event of a crisis

RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2014 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District is joining forces with local law enforcement and other agencies to stage a mock school bus accident at McClellan Park on August 28.

WHAT: Multi-Agency Mock School Bus Accident Training Exercise
WHERE: Northern California Regional Public Safety Training Authority, 2409 Dean St., McClellan Park
WHEN: 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 28

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Board appoints Seattle superintendent to lead SCUSD

(Sacramento):  The Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education voted tonight to appoint Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José L. Banda to the top post in Sacramento.

Mr. Banda’s first press conference in Sacramento is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, July 18) at the Serna Center, 5735 47th Ave., in the upstairs rotunda.

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SCUSD Board expected to vote on next superintendent on Thursday

July 16, 2014 (Sacramento):  The Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education is expected to vote on SCUSD’s next superintendent at its meeting on Thursday (July 17).

The finalist candidate is not expected to attend the meeting on Thursday. A press conference with the new superintendent and SCUSD Board President Patrick Kennedy has been scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, July 18, at the Serna Center (5735 47th Ave.)

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Group celebrates campaign for arson-damaged playgrounds

May 19, 2014 (Sacramento):  Sacramento Unified Education Foundation – SCUSD’s official nonprofit organization – will celebrate the success of its fund-raising campaign for two arson-damaged playgrounds on Wednesday 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.

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Ribbon-cutting for Rosemont’s new track and field on Wednesday
High-tech, $1.97 million project funded by Measure R bonds

May 12, 2014 (Sacramento):  SCUSD will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday 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.

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SCUSD gears up to fight summer learning loss
Summer Matters @SCUSD helps kids stay focused, engaged

May 6, 2014 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District is continuing its work as a leader in the fight against summer learning loss with its free Summer Matters @SCUSD programs for children and teens.

“We are absolutely committed to preventing the kind of summer learning loss that puts urban kids behind their peers when school starts again in September,” says Interim Superintendent Dr. Sara Noguchi. “Our students deserve every academic advantage we can give them.”

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City, SCUSD to celebrate new Fruitridge traffic signal

May 6, 2014 (Sacramento):  SCUSD and the City of Sacramento will celebrate the operation of a new traffic signal on Fruitridge Road on Friday, May 9, at a West Campus High School press conference.

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. Subsequent to her death, five of Michelle’s friends and classmates started a petition to demand a traffic signal (www.facebook.com/58thAndFruitridge).

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Neighbors asked to help protect schools over Spring Break
Arsonists, metal thieves, vandals prey on schools during the holidays

April 10, 2014 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District is asking the community for help in keeping its 75 schools safe and secure over Spring Break (April 12-20). School resumes on Monday, April 21.

Arson fires at two SCUSD playgrounds last summer cost the district $50,000 in insurance deductibles.

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District, teachers union to hold press conference on NCLB Waiver

April 8, 2014 (Sacramento): Sacramento City Unified School District and the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) will hold a joint press conference on Wednesday (April 9) on the future of the No Child Left Behind waiver at SCTA’s office in East Sacramento.

SCUSD Board President Patrick Kennedy and SCTA President Nikki Milevsky are scheduled to make a joint announcement.

WHAT:   Joint SCUSD-SCTA Press Conference

WHEN:  3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9

WHERE:   SCTA, 5300 Elvas Ave., Sacramento, CA 95819

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SCUSD workshops help parents understand new online tests

March 19, 2014 (Sacramento):  Students across California are getting ready to participate in a trial run of the state’s new online assessment program which will eventually replace paper-and-pencil testing.

The new Smarter Balanced Assessments will be field tested in SCUSD schools beginning April 7. To help parents learn about the new tests, SCUSD is sponsoring a series of parent workshops that focus on the assessments and the learning standards to which they are tied.

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SCUSD trustees set meeting to discuss superintendent search

March 11, 2014 (Sacramento): Sacramento City Unified School District’s Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday (March 13) to discuss the search for a new superintendent to replace Jonathan Raymond, who resigned in December.

The Board will meet at 5 p.m. with representatives of the executive search firm Leadership Associates of La Quinta, recently selected to direct the search for a permanent superintendent.  The Board is expected to discuss the process for filling the position and create a timeline for meetings to receive public input.

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Kids get free health, dental screenings at SCUSD fair
The district’s annual ‘school readiness’ event will attract hundreds to Serna Center on Saturday, March 8

February 24, 2014 (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, March 8.

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Fern Bacon gets high-tech media lab, thanks to SECC grant
Middle school schedules ribbon-cutting ceremony for Wednesday

Editor’s note: The following press release was written by students of Fern Bacon Middle School.

Sacramento, California – Fern Bacon Middle School is pleased to announce that it will hold a Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for its recently renovated media studio with the help of the Sacramento Education Cable Consortium’s media grant.

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Connecting the dots: SCUSD seeks public input on how best to fund schools

January 20 (Sacramento): The state’s new Local Control Funding Formula is bringing sweeping changes to the ways schools are funded and how K-12 districts are held accountable for using state resources.

In general, LCFF has fewer funding restrictions that tie resources to certain programs. In exchange for this new flexibility, districts are required to develop accountability plans that detail how spending is aligned with California’s eight priorities for public education.