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.
Next week, October 27 – October 31, 2014, schools are celebrating “Red Ribbon Week.” Red Ribbon Week is the largest drug prevention program in the nation. Recognizing Red Ribbon Week is an ideal way for parents and educators to unite and take a visible stand against drugs and substance abuse.
This year’s theme is “Love Yourself. Be Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Free”. SCUSD is encouraging all schools to celebrate each day with a theme and have announcements with Drug Free messages!
The District has created a survey to collect feedback on the implementation of Infinite Campus. The survey is very short and will take only a few minutes of your time. It does not require your name or the name of your school – your answers will be anonymous. The survey can be assessed by clicking the link below. This survey is specific to administrative and office staff. Please forward the link to others in your administrative team and on your office staff that use Infinite Campus regularly. Thank you!
The California Capital Book Festival is a free, public event on October 25-26 at the Sacramento Convention Center featuring more than 100 authors and numerous books. In addition, we have a full schedule of children’s activities planned, including storytelling, Japanese “paper theater,” sing-alongs, code-solving with the Code Busters Club, science experiences with the Galactic Academy of Science, an interactive School of Comics, readings and free books on Gold Rush history with period-costumed performers, souvenir photos in the Wells Fargo stagecoach and more.
The district has been requested to submit vaccination exemption forms for 2014-2015. We need your assistance in identifying and providing copies of the exemption forms. The legal department will redact any student identifying information. Although Infinite Campus can identify the exemptions that have been entered we need copies of ALL forms submitted for this school year. Therefore, we need you to locate all exemptions, those that have been entered into IC as well as those that have not been entered yet.
Sharing a reminder of the scheduled quarterly meetings for our School Office Managers to attend. The next upcoming meeting date is scheduled for November 18, 2014, Tuesday, 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Serna Center.
Please feel free to email any recommended training topics for any of the quarterly meetings as we continue to honor topics of interest that benefit the Office Manager group as a whole. These half day events fill up quickly each quarter, in advance of event date.
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.
The 16th Annual Iu-Mien Student Conference will be held at UC Davis, Conference Center on Tuesday, October 28 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. The purpose of the conference is to promote higher education, leadership development and cultural identity. There will be interactive workshops on Mien history and culture, entertainment, university tours and much more.
CAHSEE July results are available in Infinite Campus and school aggregate results will be mailed to sites this week. Parent result letters will be mailed in early October. If you have any questions, please contact Assessment, Research and Evaluation at 643-9420.
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.
Sacramento Pathways to Success in conjunction with CSUS is wanting once again to get ALL 5th graders a college tour at Sac State. We have met with the Athletic Department and have identified two dates (this semester) that would allow the students to have their very well done tour of Sac State and allow for the students to see a collegiate soccer game. The two identified dates are Oct 10th and Nov 5th. Schools would have to be able to pay for their own busses (the Pathway is in the initial stages of fund raising for the second semester).
In light of upcoming local, state and national elections, the District is providing this brief summary of expectations regarding the political activities of students, employees and community groups at District school sites and offices.
Please share the memo with staff, students, families and community members as necessary.
If you have additional questions, please contact Gabe Ross at 643-9145 for assistance.
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.
In celebration of Manage Your Money Week (October 18-25), Assemblyman Roger Dickinson is hosting a Vine video contest for high school students.
Vine is a video-sharing app that allows users to create six-second videos on a smartphone or similar device. To participate, students should create a Vine video that shows the importance of financial literacy.
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, email@example.com. 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.
All Sites And Schools Can Apply To Win Awards That Total $1 Million Dollars In Measure Q Bond Funds!!!
Project Green allows participants to play a vital role in the development, design, and implementation of projects that will transform the site for the benefit of the environment, staff, stakeholders, community, and especially for the students. Project Green allows students to learn, develop, and implement designs that not only support, but also improve resource conservation, environmental sustainability, and cleaner and healthier student life.
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.
We are excited and proud to share the completion and passing of our SCUSD BTSA Induction CTC Site Review last May! Every 7 years we participate in a site visit with CTC to ensure we are supporting and meeting the needs our new teachers. The visit also provides our program with feedback on our successes and areas we need to focus on to meet the criteria for accreditation and continued growth.
The outcome of the visit showed a need for improved communication between BTSA Induction and site administrators.
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.
To allow school nurses to spend more time at schools serving students, Health Services will no longer provide tuberculosis (TB) testing to employees and volunteers, effective immediately.
This change will allow nurses to better meet the rising health care demands of students in high-needs neighborhoods, which will make campuses safer and healthier for everyone. Employees and volunteers needing to update TB results should contact their health care providers. Please see the attached flyer for a list of community clinics .
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.
Asian Pacific Islander Capitol Association (APICA) is proud to announce the launch of the 2014 APICA High School Externship, an experiential learning opportunity aimed at encouraging youth to consider a career in government and public service. Participants will be invited to the State Capitol on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 to shadow legislative staffers, attend committee hearings, learn about different policies, engage in discussions and truly understand the importance of representation and government.
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.
New state and federal regulations that severely restrict the kinds of food that can be sold to students on campuses — including food sold to raise funds — go into effect on July 1.
To help principals begin to spread the word to parents and student groups, the Healthy Foods Task Force has created a flyer and talking points, attached here. Translated versions are coming and will be posted.
More information will be available soon on the Nutrition Services page of the district’s website.
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.
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
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.