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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.
As you know, the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT® are coming in fall 2015 and spring 2016, respectively. The College Board recently launched collegereadiness.collegeboard.org to help you and your students understand the changes and get ready with sample questions from every section.
At the new site, you can:
Learn about the redesigned SAT/PSAT, including details on:
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.
That small group has grown into thousands who support National No One Eats Alone Day.
The District is accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year and the 2015 Classified Champions of the Year Awards. We encourage you to nominate outstanding certificated and classified employees who perform at levels over and above their district duties and who deserves to be recognized as a top employee in our district.
Please submit your nomination form by February 13, 2015 to the Human Resource Services Department, School Box 770.
Link to retrieve the Teacher of the Year Nomination form:
The Sacramento County Office of Education will honor SCUSD’s Teachers of the Year at the Sacramento Kings game vs. Portland Trailblazers on Sunday, March 1, 2015 during the SCOE 2015 Teachers’ of the Year Celebration.
The Blue Diamond Growers Foundation, a scholarship fund established in 2010 and in the fifth year of granting scholarships, is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year and would like the information to be made available to all qualified high school students. Please see the attached flyer and application.
Please see the attached information regarding the Sacramento Aspiring Leaders Academy to nominate a prospective candidate. Please share this information with your staff. Also, please note this is time sensitive.
The informational workshop on February 4, 2015 will be located in the Michigan/Minnesota conference rooms at the Serna Center from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. The workshop is after school hours to encourage students, staff, and school members participating in the Project Green Program to attend. The workshop will provide additional options of approved Bond Green Projects, as well as, speakers to assist in the planning of your school’s Green Projects.
In collaboration with the California Student Aid Commission and the Mexican Consulate, we are excited to provide high school Junior and Senior students the opportunity to attend Steps to College 2015 Fair scheduled for Saturday, February 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Consulate General of Mexico – 2093 Arena Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95834. The Fair is open to students of all demographics.
Please mark your calendars for “The Power of Relationships, a Social Emotional Learning Summit” co-sponsored by the Sacramento City Unified School District and Sacramento State.
The morning program will include breakfast, a highly entertaining keynote address by comedian/playwright Jack Gallagher (“A Different Kind of Cool”), a roundtable discussion with community leaders and a presentation by Sac State Psychology Professor Dr. Greg Kim-Ju.
California legislature passed a new law (SB 1266) that went into effect January 1, 2015. This legislation was enacted to guard against dangerous allergic reactions in school children with no previously known allergies. The law requires every school in California to stock epinephrine auto-injectors, and train volunteer teachers and staff members on how to identify anaphylaxis, and administer this life-saving medication. All SCUSD schools are now prepared to address this medical need.
The California Arts Council invites you to participate in the Conservation Creativity Challenge Poster Contest. Harness the creativity of your 4th and 5th grade students while fulfilling state standards. Students are invited to invent fun and unique ways to reduce water use and illustrate their best idea with an original poster design. The contest aims to educate students about the serious matter of California’s drought, and to help raise awareness of everyday water conservation practices through the arts and creativity.
The Child Development Department would like to invite you and your school to participate. This annual event caters to SCUSD families with children, ages zero to five. Parents will be offered health screenings, information on kindergarten transitioning, preschool, Kindergarten Readiness Summer Academy, enrollment and information, and hands-on activities for the children.
Please see the attached flyer and reservation form.
Applications are available for eligible students – graduating high school seniors who have lived in El Dorado, Placer, Yolo or Sacramento County, California, for at least two years prior to the time of application and also meet California State residency requirements. Students must be planning to enroll full-time at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational/technical institution located within 100 miles of the Sacramento County Courthouse. For more information, visitwww.jewishsac.org/schwabrosenhousescholarships.
We will be postponing our Registration Guided Workshop, originally scheduled the week of January 12 through 16.
In its place, please join your Infinite Campus support team February 4 through 6, and February 10 through 12 for a Guided Workshop to assist with correcting Household and Census data, in addition to New Student Registration, with focus on the upcoming Kindergarten roundup.
Following school feeder patterns, if possible we would like to recommend staff from the attached schedule of schools attend the designated days, with February 12 being optional for all.
Please be advised that the District took to the SCUSD Board of Education the request for the evaluation waiver for these 2 groups of teachers on November 20. The District then applied to the California Department of Education (CDE) for the evaluation waiver on November 21. CDE’s next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for March 2015 to act on this item at their board meeting; therefore, we will not obtain a decision in time for the 2014-15 evaluation year.
All schools wishing to label a course “AP” must submit the subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2015. Schools which offer AP classes must identify an AP Audit Administrator. Administrator authorization is a required aspect of the audit process. Authorization to use the “AP” designation for your course indicates College Board permission to use the designation on students’ transcripts, in your school’s course catalog, and/or on your school’s website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.