Welcome to our virtual bulletin board for all principals. Fill out the form in our right sidebar to submit bulletins to be posted below.
A weekly digest of the bulletins is sent to all principals, office managers and executive staff every Tuesday. If you have any questions about bulletins or the weekly digest, please contact the Communications Office at (916) 643-9042.
The annual CDE online school library survey will remain open through December 31, 2014 to collect information about school libraries from the 2013–2014 school year.
California Education Code Section 18122 directs local governing boards to report to the California Department of Education (CDE) on the condition of school libraries and this survey meets that requirement.
The survey also provides districts the opportunity to assess whether their school libraries are ready for the rigor of the Common Core State Standards.
Grants Advisory Board for Youth [GABY] supports young people (10 -19 years old) to learn about giving and serving and taking action on issues that they care about. GABY is now accepting grant applications for the 2014-2015 school year! This year’s theme is “Creating a Wonderful Community.” Students can get inspired about a cause and commit to giving, serving and taking action within the community! GABY will make grants in the range of $50 to $500. Applications are due by 5pm on Thursday December 18, 2014. They must be submitted online.
In honor of the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the MLK Celebration Committee, Sacramento County Office of Education, and Sojourn To The Past is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.
The essay contest is open to all elementary, middle, and high school students. Winners will be chosen from each category.
There are tools available to help you to properly compose your School Site Council and have members ready to start participating in the School Plan and budgeting process for 2015-16. School Site Council training is available and there is guidance and tools on the SCUSD website at the School Site Council webpage at http://www.scusd.edu/general-information/schoolsite-council-ssc. Please see the attached flyer for information.
We would like to encourage the elementary and middle schools in Sacramento County to apply for the State Superintendent and Chief Justice’s Civic Learning Award this year. Please see the attached letter and application. The deadline to apply is December 15.
This is a great opportunity to recognize and showcase the civic learning efforts in your schools.
The State Superintendent has emailed a letter to school leaders, and are asking teachers and principals to consider applying.
The District’s 2015 United Way Campaign runs from October 27 through December 1. Information about the campaign, including how to contribute on line, is available at http://www.scusd.edu/united-way. If you would like to make a change to your current payroll deduction, you may do so by notifying Payroll Services in writing. All payroll deductions for 2015 are due to Payroll Services by December 10. If you do not wish to pledge on-line, contribution forms are available by contacting DiAnne Brown, SCUSD Grants Coordinator at 643-9101.
Please review the following regarding student fees and share with staff and any other relevant individuals in your school community. It is important that all staff understand this issue and communicate it accurately when discussing with students and families.
Please see the attached letter and supporting documents from the Superintendent with information for our high school senior students who may benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) federal program.
Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) is a specialty program that provides FREE wellness exams for babies, children, teens and young adults eligible for Medi-cal or low income eligible. Trained medical providers are available to help children stay healthy, find health problems early and answer health questions.
The CHDP program offers valuable health resources for babies, children, teens and young adults and provides the following services:
Only the contracted TPA MidAmerica and Zuk Financial will be permitted access to our campuses; then with district and site administers approved appointments for IRS Compliance Educational purposes only. Individual Tax Sheltered Annuity representatives may leave information in front district/school offices for interested staff to make contact for appointments on personal time. There is no selling permitted on district property.
With online state testing here to stay, students may need help in learning how to use a computer keyboard with accuracy and efficiency. There are several programs – some free, some that have a cost – that schools can use to bring students up to speed. The following document provides recommended guidelines for choosing a keyboarding application. We are not recommending one program will be right for all schools, but providing some information on making these decisions with some example keyboarding applications and costs.
Looking for an alternative to cookie dough and candy bars sales? Healthy fundraisers set a positive example and support: 1) healthy eating and physical activity by children, 2) nutrition education, 3) parents’ efforts to feed their children healthy food and 4) the fundraising needs of schools. For resources, see the attachment.
Please see the attached flyer for remaining training dates available for Policing the Teen Brain workshops. There is a limited budget available to assist schools with substitutes. Please submit a request with the name of the employee requesting to attend the training and the date preferred to Nina Delgadillo, firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited, please submit all requests asap. Thank you.
Professional Development Series begins September 15.
School site staff and parent volunteers, who are key to parent engagement are encouraged to attend the Parent Resource Center Collaborative training series. The goal is to increase the skills and capacity of staff that work with parents, as well as to provide tools to increase parent engagement at each school site. By attending this series, your staff will gain knowledge and confidence. It’s also an opportunity to interface and share strategies with their peers at other sites and with district staff.
Please review the attached bomb threat checklist, as it can be a useful tool in the event you receive a telephonic bomb threat. Immediately after you end this type of call, place a quick call to a known telephone number so that the call can be located easily in call records.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Safe Schools Manager Nina Delgadillo at (916) 752-3081.
Site Technology Support staff has been working diligently this summer to re-image all district PC’s from Windows XP to either Windows 7 or 8. We hope to have this project completed towards the end of October 2014. With that said, unless a request is critical for our teachers and staff, completing the imaging project will take precedence.
As most of you know, but if not, the emergency cards run through Central Printing, using a Duplication Requisition. The item numbers are DR-355 for emergency cards not drilled and DR-356 for emergency cards that are 3 hole drilled on the left side. If you have any questions, you can contact Central Printing at 277-7117. Thank you.
Attached please find the 2014-2015 Enrollment and Attendance Report Bulletins along with the spreadsheet that will be needed. If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Mena at 643-9402. Thank you.
Please note the process for obtaining the CBO signature will remain the same as it has been with documents being sent to the Chief Business Office, Box 800. Gerardo Castillo is the Interim CBO and will be signing documents. If you have any questions, please contact Erika Zavaleta at 643-9055. Thank you!
This is a reminder that all schools need to use the District Emergency Card for students. It is important that all sites are using the same card with the same information. As discussed at the Office Manager’s meeting, attached is a helpful tool for entering the information in Infinite Campus in the correct fields which will help to make our information accurate in the new student system.
As shared in Nina Delgadillo’s presentation last week, please see the following emergency numbers that you should have in your cell phone as well as share them with your Office Manager and Plant Manager:
Sacramento Police Department (non-emergency): 264-5471
Attached is updated step-by-step instructions for office staff on how to provide parents with their Infinite Campus GUID numbers necessary to log into the system, this one includes information on printing labels.
The California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) has an opportunity for K–12 science teachers, administrators, and parents to participate in the 2014 Science Stakeholder Meetings, which will be hosted by the California Department of Education and Educational Testing Service (ETS).
These meetings will give participants the opportunity to provide input to the development of science assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. The input gathered from stakeholders will be shared with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as he prepares recommendations for the California State Board of Education for the new science assessments.
CDE would like to recruit parents and their children for an upcoming focus group meeting to be held at SCOE on Monday, June 9, 2014. The purpose of the focus group meeting is to gather feedback from parents and students on their experience with this past spring’s SBAC field test.
Please see the attached letter for more information to share with your parents.
The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests will be updated on May 19, 2014. The current Practice and Training Tests will be replaced by refreshed Practice Tests that more closely mirror the operational assessments. The tests will include new questions and performance tasks. Enhancements also include additional embedded universal tools, designated supports and accommodations.
Friday, May 16, is the last day for SBAC testing. Below are links for teacher, administrator and student surveys created by many of us with the County Office of Education. We hope you will take the time to provide us with valuable feedback to support you for next year.
Getting good reports from schools. Most of the kinks are human errors and fixable.
Please make sure your teachers have logged in and are able to access the TA Interface before testing begins. Please make sure you have entered them first into TIDE before I call to get a password reset that has not been set up.
If students are having difficulty with their SSID number, check that there are no spaces between the CA-1234567890 or that they put the – after CA.
Starting Test Sessions—Because of an update in the Test Administrator (TA) Interface, the TA will need to choose a [Select All] button from the test selection box when starting a test session. This will choose all available tests including all grade levels and both content areas for non–performance task (non-PT) PT and performance task (PT) tests.
Starting on March 25, all Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) users in will have single sign-on access to the Test Administrator (TA) Interface and the Online Reporting System (ORS). Manuals for both of these systems can be found at http://sbac.portal.airast.org/ca/field-test-ca/resources/.
Starting on April 1, the single sign-on feature will also work for the Test Administrator (TA) Practice and Training Site. At the same time, any temporary usernames and passwords that had been provided to you for accessing the TA Practice and Training
24 days until the testing window begins! Please, if you have any questions contact your specialist or CAASPPSupport@scusd.edu. We were requested from Caltac, due to a very high volume of calls to be the point of contact.
The Test Administrator’s User Guide in now available along with a new Frequently Asked Questions Guide. Please see the attached and on our website.
Elections for the DAC Interim Executive Board will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Rooms at the Serna Center; 5735 47th Avenue; Sacramento.
It is important that the DAC Representative from each school site attend to ensure an equitable vote. The ballot is still open for nominations for the positions of :President; 1st Vice-President; 2nd Vice-President and Secretary . Nominations will also be accepted from the floor up until the vote. The DAC Interim Executive Board will serve until the regular DAC elections in May 2014
First, I want to thank each of you for all your hard work with both enrollment and concapping of students this year. The purpose of this message is to provide you with information relative to concapping. As you know, concapping students this year has been difficult due to two factors. First, we increased class size. Second, we eliminated most transportation.
SacPD is very excited to continue the partnership with SCUSD for the 2012/2013 school year. This year SacPD will have 8 SRO’s and 1 Sergeant assigned to Sac City schools, this is a reduction from last year when there were 12 SROs and 1 Sergeant. Sac PD has also assigned LT. Lisa Hinz to Sac City schools. Lt. Hinz will also be coordinating youth programs in the City of Sacramento.