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 15th Annual U-CAN Historically Black College Fair will be held Friday September 12, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Sacramento High School. This fair is targeted at juniors and seniors. All seniors should bring a transcript, SAT/ACT scores, two letters of recommendation and their personal essay (if possible). Juniors who attend will be provided with a college workshop where they will need a copy of their transcript and then be able to attend the fair. For more information: www.ucangotocollege.org.
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.
If you could please send a sample of a supply list on the Target letterhead (sent to your sites last week) to the Communications office, we would appreciate it. You can send to Box 704 or scan and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are collecting the samples to send to Education Funding Partners, showing that we are using the letterhead. Thank you!
As we gear up for the start of school, I would like to share information regarding an incident that occurred last week at PS-7, a St. HOPE charter school. According to their security officer, a first grader was released after school to an unknown individual who picked her up and later returned her to the school. The media reported that the child was returned 45 minutes later by an unidentified male adult who stated “this is not my niece” and drove off. The school and the child’s parents reportedly do not know the identity of this male adult.
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 help parents and students access Infinite Campus, the district has prepared a flyer with easy-to-use instructions that can be printed and included in any back-to-school packets for families. Please find it attached here.
We are also distributing step-by-step instructions for office staff on how to provide parents with their Infinite Campus GUID numbers necessary to log into the system, and a step-by-step guide for parents who may need more help logging in.
The Communications Handbook for Principals has been streamlined and reformatted to make it easier for site leaders to access important information about crisis messaging, social media, press rights and more.
We hope you will share this helpful document with staff.
Superintendent Banda’s welcome letter to parents and guardians is ready for inclusion in your back to school packets. Attached please find PDFs of the letter in English, Spanish, Hmong, Vietnamese, Russian and Chinese.
To reach the parents/guardians of all current and incoming students, please use Infinite Campus Messenger. ConnectED has not been loaded with new student contacts since April 11 and is no longer an option for sending calls to your 2014-15 families.
Infinite Campus Messenger system has two options for calling home:
Please see the attached PowerPoint that accompanied Superintendent Banda’s remarks to administrators at the Monday, August 11, Leadership Institute. We are also providing a link to the skydiving video on YouTube.
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 .
You can view the August 2014 issue of Member Matters, a monthly newsletter from MHN, our Employee Assistance Program provider at https://www.mhn.com/news/aug14/mm_web.html. Don’t forget … all benefited SCUSD employees and their family members have access to a wide range of tools and resources that help balance work and life, improve health and wellness, and enhance emotional well-being through this program.
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.
All Principals, Administrators responsible for investigating claims of discrimination and District START Directors:
The Federal Office of Civil Rights has requested that we send out the attached memorandum regarding District policy for investigating claims of discrimination, and hold the training described below on August 14, 2014. The attached memorandum, along with relevant District policies, will be provided in Principal packets at Serna Center trainings on June 18.
The District will hold a mandatory training for all District school site Principals and Administrators who are responsible for investigating a claim of discrimination against a student based on race, color, sex, national origin or disability during its annual Human Resources training on August 14, 2014, at the Serna Center.
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.
The Performance tasks whether ELA or Math have been assigned by school and grade level. Some schools have also been assigned to take just one subject for the Field Test (the Field Test time will still take 1.5-2 hours).
Please see the attached document to see what your school has been appointed to take.
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.