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 final Parent CCSS Workshops for the 2013-2014 school year will begin on March 11 (ELA in the East Region–David Lubin ES, Sutter MS, and Rosemont HS). The sessions will focus on introducing parents to the new Smarter Balanced assessments.
Field Trip Opportunity
April 4, 2014
10:00am to 1:00pm
The Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance, representing the Sacramento Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, has secured funding to restart the Student Rehearsal Program at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. Transportation will be provided through a grant from Nancy Fisher and Hank Fischer Properties. Students will be able to view the dress rehearsal for John Williams’ The Cowboy Overture; Glazunov’s Violin Concerto and Rachel Barton Pine – Violin Soloist.
We’ve heard from some schools that there are questions regarding the role of new Bond-funded Teacher Coaches. Since they are funded by Measure Q, by law the Teacher Coaches can only support bond funded activities (Infinite Campus, CAASPP technology and Apple computers). Teacher Coaches at school sites are responsible for the following:
• Training teachers and supporting the roll-out and implementation of Infinite Campus;
• Technology support and access to technology related to CAASPP testing;
• Training/support for the new Apple devices on each campus.
Following last week’s Elementary principal meeting, there were additional questions about the supports available for principals re: Infinite Campus, CAASPP and Apple. Some principals asked for more clarity on the breakdown of supports in each area, as well as which trainings are optional. One of our principals (thank you Katie Curry!!) put together a document for her site that we thought we’d share with you all.
Please review the attached inventory sheets from the seven closed sites. If there is equipment/supplies that you wish to have, please go to the site on the dates and times indicated below. You must bring District ID with you. You will be provided an inventory list on arrival and will be asked to check off what you take. Please note there will be no delivery options, you are responsible for moving what you take. All equipment/supplies left will be surplussed.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Teachers from all over America post classroom project requests on the site and donors can give any amount to the project that most inspires them. Seventy percent of projects are successfully funded and the website is completely free for teachers to use. Projects can remain on the site for up to four months, but teachers can set earlier deadlines if they choose. To post your project, go to: www.donorschoose.org/teachers.
The window for teachers to administer the California Healthy Kids Survey is March 17-28. Students in randomly selected 7th grade science classes and all 9th and 11th grade Social Studies/History classes will be administered the survey. (Hiram Johnson, John F. Kennedy and Health Professions will administer the survey to all of their students.) The survey will take one class period (50 minutes).
The SCUSD District Advisory Council (DAC) General Meeting will take place on March 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Serna Center Community Rooms; 5735 47th Avenue. Please remind your School Site Council DAC representative about this important meeting. Childcare and a light snack are provided.
Attached are some tools to assist you in communicating with parents about the transition to Infinite Campus:
• Talking points for discussing the transition with parents and students (why, when, how to get new login info, benefits of Infinite Campus)
• Sample language for your school newsletter and/or website about the transition
• A one-sheet flyer laying out the process for students and parents to access the new system after April 21 (translated versions of this will be coming later)
What are you doing to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Monday, March 3?
If you’ve got something fun planned for Read Across America Day — a visit from the Cat in the Hat, a rhyme-a-thon, green eggs and ham breakfast — please let the Communications Office know by Wednesday (February 26) so we can include your festivities in our press release.
Local TV stations are especially keen to fill those early morning hours with fun stories. So let us know and we’ll pass the word.
A message from the California Department of Education:
The California Department of Education (CDE) has received information about a possible telemarketing scam and is warning the public not to share any personal information on the telephone with unsolicited callers.
Do you need help in engaging your school site community in the LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) process? Do you know where to find SCUSD’s LCAP survey online?
If you answered “yes” to the first and “no” to the second, please read on.
Getting public input and feedback on school site/district/state priorities and tying these priorities to resources is critically important, as this information must be taken into consideration when the Board of Education makes final decisions around the 2014-15 budget.
We have scheduled training sessions for the new Infinite Campus student information starting the week of March 3, for all school site personnel who currently use Zangle and any new staff that will use the system. The sessions are organized by primary function, such as Attendance Clerk, Office Manager, Teacher/Coach, etc. The schedule is available for viewing, click here for schedule.
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.
Mason-McDuffie’s Education Foundation was created in 1992 to recognize and thank the dedicated people who teach K-12 public school children in California. Funds for the foundation are contributed principally by Mason-McDuffie Real Estate and its partners, employees and independent agents. Since then, the foundation has awarded more than $818,000 to 1,365 public school teachers in Northern California. In 2013, the foundation gave out fifty-two grants to teachers in the East Bay, San Francisco and Sacramento.
New from the California Department of Education (CDE), Field Test Flash is a new outreach tool designed to deliver up-to-the-minute information about the upcoming Smarter Balanced Field Test. If you want to stay apprised of the latest information about the Field Test join the Field Test Flash listserv directly, please send a blank e-mail to CAASPP@mlist.cde.ca.gov
The Capital Area Association of Educational Office Professionals is pleased to offer scholarships to all high school seniors. Students must apply for admission to a post high school accredited institution and plan to enter the term following the granting of the scholarship. Three scholarships will be offered at a minimum of $500.00 each: One to an exceptional student with an A or above GPA; one to a B or C student who appears to have sincerity and drive; and one to a student entering community college or a business or trade school. Please see attached flyer for more information.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui invites you to enter in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, titled the “House App Contest.” Please see the attached flyer regarding the competition.
Some sites are getting additional questions about the NCLB Waiver, so attached is a summary and Frequently Asked Questions document to support you in addressing those questions when they come up. Thank you.
Inform Your Students Today About the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships.
Named for the first African American to walk in space, ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are available to 2014 graduating high school seniors in school districts represented by the Council of the Great City Schools.
Health Services has received a few questions from administrators related to H1N1. Everyone probably has a binder sitting on their shelf from 2009, when H1N1 was a new (“novel”) virus. At that time we didn’t know what it would do, so there were a lot of protocols and precautions set up to address it, including parent letters, cleaning protocols, reporting protocols, etc. Now we know how H1N1 behaves and it is included in the flu shot.
The Sacramento field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will again host the Sacramento FBI Teen Academy this spring. Please encourage all high school juniors from your school to apply to possibly participate in the next FBI Teen Academy held on Friday, April 11, 2014, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at our office located at 4500 Orange Grove Avenue in Sacramento.
Attached are flyers for CCSS learning opportunities that may be of interest to you and your staff.
One flyer is for three webinar choices, starting soon. One for tech integration, one for revision work in writing and one for opinion writing with our youngest writers.
The other flyer is for a special, rarely in Sacramento, one-day conference, March 11, on Close Reading, grades 3-12, given by Mary Ehrenworth, Deputy Director of the Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, Teachers College.
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
If your site utilizes any type of crossing guard, please make sure they are wearing a bright colored (preferably orange or yellow) safety vest. It is a violation to be a crossing guard or provide this service without a safety vest. The Safe Schools Office has vests to provide to schools. If needed, please call 643-7990. Thank you!
The SCUSD Data Dashboard (www.scusd.edu/data-dashboard) is now available online for anyone and everyone – parents, students, employees and community members – to learn more about the Sacramento City Unified School District. SCUSD strives to be open and transparent about successes and challenges. The Data Dashboard is a part of that effort, and will continue to grow and deepen as the district builds and implements the Guide to Success and transitions to the new Infinite Campus student information system.
The SCUSD Principal Development Program is designed to train SCUSD principals and leaders beginning with their first experiences in leadership through their commitment as district principals. This is a year-long program towards developing your professional leadership skills and building the capacity of SCUSD’s future leaders.
The Performance Management and Technology Services departments have completed planning documents for you to review around laptop and cart allocations, bandwidth and professional development. If you have any questions, please contact the following people:
On May 19, 2014, Sacramento City Unified School District‘s BTSA Induction program is scheduled to receive a Site Review. The Site Review, conducted by the State of CA, is organized to confirm the induction program’s performance as specified in annual reporting measures. In order to provide a complete representation of the induction journey, interviews will be conducted from prior members, current members, support providers and site administrators.
Winter 2014 School, Family & Community Partnership Leadership Academy: Leading in Partnership with Caring Schools and Communities
Applications are now being accepted from any parent, staff or community member interested in gaining greater skills in leadership and deepen their understanding of the issues, policies and functions in K-12 education. For more information, please visit: http://www.scusd.edu/leadership-academy.
Friendly reminder that all CPT sign in/out sheets should be submitted to the Professional Development Office by the 30th of each month. Credit Status Reports will be sent out by the 15th of each month.
You may contact Karla Faucett, at 643-2134 or Karla-Faucett@scusd.edu, if your site needs more sign in/sign out sheets or if there are any questions.
Please see the attached memo for details of the furlough information for all other bargaining units and unrepresented employees. Please feel free to share this information with staff or direct employees to our web page at http://www.scusd.edu/school-year-calendars. Thank you.
It is important to note that UPE does not have any furlough days this school year; therefore, will be required to work the two (2) days during Thanksgiving Break.
On July 1, Governor Brown signed legislation that changes the state’s funding formula for California school districts. Under this new formula, school districts receive more money for students who qualify for free- and reduced-price lunches.
To further increase our District’s funding, Chief Business Officer Ken Forrest is asking schools to assist in an effort to get each and every household to complete an income form. Please see the attached letter from Mr. Forrest for more information. A letter to parents is also included in the attachment.
Your 2013-2014 School Site Council (SSC) roster notating who the DAC rep and Chair needs to be submitted. School Site Council agendas, sign-in sheets and minutes also need to be submitted after meetings are held. Your information can be submitted to Jerry Uhl via e-mail email@example.com or district mail to Box 718.
The Multilingual Literacy Department will sponsor “ELD Trailblazers,” a professional development series for school teams of teachers. Teachers will:
- Engage in the teaching and learning of academic language
- Explore the new CA ELD Standards and their role in the CCSS
- Learn to recognize the language demands of the student tasks encompassed within the CCSS
- Share practice and student work with other teacher teams
The Multilingual Literacy Department will pay for substitute teachers. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
All Common Planning Time (CPT) sign in/sign out sheets shall be submitted electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
by the 30th of each month. Your site/department’s current Credit Status Report will be emailed to you on the 15th of each month.
Also, if your credentialed staff have entered an email address on their Eschools profile – for each CPT session they will receive a confirmation of attendance entered.
In response to requests, the Communications Department is making available to principals a template letter to parents about the suspension of CSTs this spring and the field testing of online Smarter Balanced Assessments. Please feel free to modify the letter and send it out if you so choose.
The 2013-2014 Distinguished Lecturer Series features world-renowned experts, who are at the forefront of research on autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Their presentations will address the latest approaches to understanding and treating these complex conditions. Speakers will make every effort to convey recent research findings at a level appropriate for a lay audience, and be available for questions following their presentations.
The SCUSD Safety Committee, hosted by the Safe School Office, meets monthly to address safety issues involving students, staff and community. Last year our efforts centered around transition, a new safe school plan template (to be introduced this month), as well as topical issues brought by committee members. Meetings are scheduled the fourth Tuesday of the month (except during November and December), 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Serna Center. If you would like to be added to the list for reminders, please send an email to Tracey Lopez or Gamine Curry. Thank you.
The eConnection is up and running! As in the past, we are looking for interesting stories about our schools, staff, teachers, parents and students. This year, the eConnection will be published on Wednesdays to avoid conflict with the Principals’ Bulletin. The deadline for photos and items will be Mondays at noon. ALSO – please let us know about UPCOMING events that we can pitch to the media and/or cover ourselves in the eConnection.
Please complete each field in the form attached (required) – an incomplete form will be returned to the school. This information is required to generate a Session Registration Number (SRN). Please complete and email the form to Karla-Faucett@scusd.edu in the Professional Development Office at least two (2) weeks prior to trainings. Upon receipt, the Professional Development Office will send the SRN via email to the contact person. The actual signature of site principal and/or central office department head is required.
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.