Signature field trips: High school tours, college tours (AVID)
Clubs: Chess Club, Mathletes, MESA, Robotics, Science Club
The arts: Choir, orchestra, drama
After-school program: Student Supper Club
At Albert Einstein Middle School we believe every student should have the opportunity to reach his/her full potential within a positive, challenging, relevant, and secure environment, where care and respect for each other, the school family, and the wider community are paramount.
We believe every student should achieve the highest standards using information and communication resources to be college/career ready, and to thrive and contribute in our global economy. It is our vision to help students become respectful, responsible, caring, trustworthy, and fair lifelong learners on their path to success. To achieve this, our students are provided a rigorous curriculum including gifted/talented education and electives such as visual arts, drama, computers, yearbook, leadership, Spanish, and band. Extra-curricular activities include basketball, soccer, softball, track and dance. Our parents are very supportive.
This month, the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts (CLARA) and SCUSD launch the next step of their innovative partnership – delivery of arts education to students in the district.
Students at Albert Einstein Middle School are among the first to reap the benefits with teaching artists from Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy providing music lessons.
“It’s exciting to be a part of CLARA’s extended growth of arts education to Sacramento City Unified students,” said Li Ezzell, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for SCUSD. “Students at Albert Einstein are the first, and we are looking to expand to other schools in the district, giving preference to schools with a high percentage of socioeconomically disadvantaged students.”
Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy is the first CLARA tenant to launch their program – a 10-week introduction to music called “The Guitar Project.”
Participants are provided with weekly lessons on instrument basics: Chords, notation and a guitar to take home and practice with for the duration of the project. By the end of the program, students can play a simple song, and understand the basics necessary for playing many others.
“We are ecstatic that the vision of the partnership between the City of Sacramento, SCUSD, and CLARA is coming to fruition,” said Megan Wygant, CLARA Executive Director. “All CLARA tenants offer scholarship programs for lessons at CLARA. However, bringing programs from CLARA tenants into the schools is valuable in two-fold: Bringing performing arts back into school sites brings more creative learning to education; and students who are reliant on mass transit are more likely to participate since the programs come to their schools.”
In this inaugural year, the already-planned programs will deliver more than $15,000 of value to students – and with plans for program expansion in future years.
Additional programs by other CLARA tenants – including classes in filmmaking, Irish dance, tango and salsa – will be introduced to the school system in coming months. Teachers interested in learning how their schools can participate should contact Sacramento City Unified School District VAPA coordinator Li Ezzell at email@example.com.
CLARA is housed at the historic Fremont School at 2420 N St. in Midtown, which was donated by SCUSD after budget cuts resulted in closure of the Fremont Adult School in 2012. The relationship between SCUSD and CLARA provides support to performing arts and cultural-based tenants in the form of below-market rent. In exchange, tenants provide SCUSD schools with access to teaching artists and arts education programming. Info at www.claramidtown.org.
Students from Albert Einstein Middle School attended the annual “Dinner with a Scientist” event at McClellan Air Force Base last month.
Over dinner, students Sasha Stanley, Nha Thanh and Christian Orr discussed careers with various scientists from the Sacramento region, including a genetics specialist, a molecular biologist and Sacramento State professor Ronald Coleman, a fisheries researcher.
Dinner With A Scientist is a STEM series produced by the Sacramento Area Science Project and the Powerhouse Science Center.
The evening provides an opportunity for middle and high school students learn about the day-to-day work of scientists.
The evening includes the “Science Challenge” – a lively scientific knowledge competition. After dinner the students change tables for dessert and talk with a different scientist. A science keynote speaker is also part of the evening.
Albert Einstein Middle School students attended the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo last weekend. Students toured the exhibits and interacted with new technologies, art and science to help strengthen and build ideas for expanding Einstein’s current after-school Makers Club program.
The Maker Faire describes itself as, “part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new.” It’s an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. Participants have the opportunity to show their creations and share what they’ve learned.
Students were able to interact with displays ranging from building and battling robots made with simple motors and old toys to creating fountains from Play-doh, tubing and solar panels.
Students played video games with oculus rift glasses (a virtual reality headset), shot air cannons that created smoke rings, and had face-to-face encounters with Daleks (fictional extraterrestrial mutants from “Dr. Who”).
“This was an engaging and exciting way for students to see STEM curriculum in action and to plan for the future, so that they can be exhibitors in Faire’s to come,” says Principal Garrett Kirkland.
The Summer Food Service Program is free to all children 18 years of age or under, and persons over 18 who participate in a public or nonprofit private school program established for the mentally or physically handicapped.
The program runs from June 27th - July 28th.
Please check flyer for specific days and times that breakfast and lunch are served for each site.
Meal times are subject to change. Please call (916) 433-5325 to confirm any of these sites.
All 14 student-led Green Teams participating in Project Green 2016 were awarded funding for water conservation projects at a ceremony on Tuesday.
Initially, only the teams that scored highest on a Project Green rubric were to be awarded funding. But because some of the schools proposed fairly inexpensive projects — Bret Harte Elementary asked only for mulch and planter boards — the district decided to fund all 14 proposals, said Project Green Specialist Rachel King.
“We’re excited to fund all the projects and the judges were excited, too, because it took a little pressure off them,” King said.
The first-ever Green Apple Award winners were also announced on Tuesday. Garrett Kirkland of Albert Einstein Middle School won Principal of the Year; George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science won Green Team of the Year; Kim Williams of Leonardo da Vinci eK-8 won Teacher of the Year; and Food Literacy won Green Project of the Year.
Under Project Green, campuses across the district form student Green Teams supported by parents and staff and conduct audits of their facilities. The teams work with district and local professionals to draft recommendations for improvements ranging from the installation of solar tubes to increase the amount of natural light in classrooms to installing water-wise plumbing fixtures.
Students present their recommendations to a panel of experts. Judges then evaluate each submission based on their audit, presentation and written report. Schools displaying the highest performance in these areas are awarded funding for their projects.
“Thank you all for your hard work,” King told the principals, teachers, students and parents who attended the ceremony at Leataata Floyd Elementary School. “You’re amazing.”
Albert Einstein Middle School’s girls softball team won the SCUSD middle school championship last week, edging out Sutter 6 to 5 in a close game.
Here’s the recap by Principal Garrett Kirkland: “We hit a home run on the first pitch of the game. Sutter came back and scored four in the bottom of the first. We tied it in the fourth, only to have Sutter regain the lead by one in the bottom of the inning. The Eagles scored two runs in the last inning to take the lead by one and then held Sutter scoreless to win the championship.”
Oakland painter Milton Bowens, an arts educator whose works hang in galleries and the new Levis Stadium, will be the keynote speaker at The Art of Caring: A Social Emotional Learning Summit and Student Showcase on April 14.
Bowens’ work uses familiar images and historic text to question such topics as race and celebrity in American culture. Click here to view his website.
Various student groups will also perform at the event, which is aimed at building awareness of and support for SCUSD’s Social Emotional Learning initiatives:
Albert Einstein Middle School will perform an act from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”
California Middle School students will perform a song from “Willy Wonka”
Students from Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) will perform spoken word poetry
Children from William Land Elementary School will perform a number from “The Lion King”
Sutterville Elementary students will sing
Essayists from CK McClatchy will perform monologues
The Art of Caring will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at the new Clara Midtown (formerly E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts). Refreshments will be served. Purchase at ticket at www. scusd.edu/caring.
Albert Einstein Middle School’s FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team competed in last weekend’s qualifying tournament at Woodcreek High School in Roseville.
Competing against a field of high school teams and teams from private robotics clubs, Einstein — the only public middle school team at the tournament – finished third.
Einstein was also chosen to partner with the top finisher Lick-Wilderming High School in San Francisco — a private school sponsored by Google, Genentech and Solidworks – in the subsequent rounds and received the Judge’s Award.
“I watched our kids grow on the spot when having to collaborate and communicate with a team of high-schoolers to attain a common goal,” said Principal Garrett Kirkland.
FIRST Tech Challenge 2015-16 is modeled after rescue situations faced by mountain explorers all over the globe. Played by two alliances of two robots each, robots score points by: Resetting rescue beacons; delivering rescue Climbers to a shelter; parking on the mountain; and parking in the rescue beacon repair zone or floor goal.
Robots may also score points by retrieving debris from the playing field and placing them in mountain or floor goals, and also by hanging from a pull-up bar during the last 30-seconds of a match.
Advanced Robotics is a science elective at Einstein. The competition team meets after school to work on their robot.
The Einstein team is led by UCDavis STEM teachers of the Year Kim Stowell and Mark Lyon.
Students in teacher Tiffany Chandler’s second-grade class at Sequoia Elementary School recently participated in Read-to-a-Dog, a literacy event supported by the Sacramento Public Library and the Lend-a-Heart, Lend-a-Hand organization.
The event took place in the Albert Einstein Middle School Library and was coordinated by Einstein’s book club and librarian Amanda Turkie.
“The purpose of our program is to encourage literacy in the broader community as well as giving our middle school students the opportunity to exhibit their leadership skills,” Turkie says.
“I seek ways to allow students to feel supported and empowered. I also hope to build positive relationships between our two schools and the public library as mechanisms of support for all of our students.”
Carolyn Tucey, the Youth Librarian from the Rancho Cordova Library, led storytime for the kids and generously donated a reading book for every elementary school student and every middle school participant to take home.
Additionally, Lend-a-Heart volunteers brought seven certified therapy dogs for the children to read to and pet. Each group of second graders was led through activities by middle school students, including practicing their reading skills to a captivated audience.
Thirty-eight Albert Einstein Middle School students traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium last month to explore exhibits, talk to naturalists and investigate current marine issues.
The students were particularly moved by the aquarium’s current exhibit that demonstrates how plastics impact the ocean and marine life. Einstein students were impressed with the art work created from collected plastics.
The trip was made possible by supportive funding from parents, DonorsChoose.org and generous school site funding. The trip was chaperoned by science teacher Judy Caccamo, math teacher Kim Nickel and history teacher Anna Ruggiero.
Albert Einstein Middle School students performed Shakespeare’s epic tragedy Julius Caesar at UC Davis’ Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts last month.
The performance was a component of London’s Globe Theatre’s GEA (Globe Education Academy) program. Einstein teacher Peggie Clapper was one of 12 area educators selected by the program to spend two weeks in London where she studied Shakespeare with the Globe’s directors, actors and professors.
Albert Einstein Middle School Principal Garrett Kirkland visited Jiangman, China, this summer to establish an information exchange and student exchange program with three schools.
The information exchange will operate in two forms, Kirkland says. “Our students will be able to extend their learning on subjects such as the railroad construction,” he says. “For example, we know that Chinese workers had a rough time in America building railroads. We don’t know how the money they earned benefited their families and communities in China.”
Also, the school is working to create an information exchange for Chinese educators who teach English.” ‘Ask Einstein’ is going to be an avenue for questions to be submitted about teaching English,” Kirkland says. “Our teachers will send a video back with answers, advice or strategies.”
In addition, a student from China will attend Einstein this year, and other students will visit the school in February.
Savion Battle is a future audio engineer who leaves a legacy at Albert Einstein Middle School for his outstanding contributions and tremendous gifts in the area of audio/visual, electronics and computer support. At his age, he is already thinking about starting up a sound and lighting production business.
While at Albert Einstein, Savion provided technical support for the school play and special productions. He was always willing to participate and willingly offered his help to teachers, groups, and after-school programs. Savion’s hobbies include volunteering in the community, engineering the sound and lighting for his church and, now, being a member of the drum line at Rosemont High School.
Savion exhibits a level of knowledge and respect beyond his years. He volunteered at his former elementary school helping out with the after school START program, for which he received a certificate of recognition. He was on the honor roll and received a most improved student award from Senator Steinberg. Savion also received of the Frank Withrow outstanding student award.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to our district and community, we are proud to recognize Savion Battle as the Sacramento City Unified School District Stellar Student.
Students from Albert Einstein Middle School were honored by the California Lottery at a ceremony on April 18.
The students’ work has been on display at the Lottery’s Richards Boulevard headquarters. Assemblyman Ken Cooley presented the middle schoolers with a certificate from the Assembly. Sacramento County Supervisor Don Natoli also came to congratulate them.
Albert Einstein Middle School hosted exchange students from China last week who attended classes along with partner students from the school. Einstein plans on hosting another group of Chinese visitors this May.
Albert Einstein Middle School’s GATE program has collaborated with Sacramento Theater Company on a production of Russian dramatist Nikolai Gogol’s “The Nose.”
“The Nose” is a satirical work about a Russian military major whose nose leaves him and takes on a life of its own. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, and February 1. Contact the school at (916) 228-5800 for more information.
Albert Einstein Middle School’s Winter Concert and Fundraiser on December 13 is one of the school’s major fundraisers for the year. Teachers and staff have been working hard on collecting donations for the silent auction and raffle but more items are needed.
Items can be gift cards, books, jewelry, electronics, crafting or scrapbooking supplies, tickets to a game or passes to a museum. All donations are tax deductible and will help benefit the school.
All donated items should be received by December 10 and can be turned in at the school office.Any and all donations will be graciously accepted!
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Misca at firstname.lastname@example.org .
A team of students who participated in Albert Einstein Middle School’s “Summer of Service” program spent six weeks designing and building a garden for the Rosemont-area school. The project was completed with the help of district crews.
Fifty six Albert Einstein Middle School intermediate and advanced band students performed on Saturday, May 5, at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. The students received a “gold” rating for their performance. A special shout-out to the trumpet section, which received an Outstanding Section Award. Trumpet students include: Nick Johnson, Adam Boles, Andrew Treadway, Angelica Mejia, Tremaine Roots, Daniel Topete and Alyssa Jeska. Students then spent the rest of the day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Congratulations!
Ashley De Leon, an eighth grader at Albert Einstein Middle School, will perform a free concert of original songs at lunch on Friday. Ashley, who has been performing since she was 8, sings and plays the piano, ukulele and guitar. Along with other Einstein girls, she recently joined the school’s glee club, where students are learning to sing together, sight read music and breathe correctly while performing.
Albert Einstein Middle School has started “The Girls Circle,” a structured support group for girls. The program integrates relational theory, resiliency practices and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths and competence in girls. It aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls’ growth and development by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which girls can develop caring relationships and use authentic voices.
Beginning March 1, 24 of our after-school educational and learning enrichment programs will begin serving an estimated 2,500 “supper” meals daily through the At-Risk After-School Supper Program pilot. The meal is in addition to the snack previously provided to students attending after-school programs that run as late as 6 p.m. Suppers will be served between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and the snack later.
Supper pilot sites are: John Still Elementary, Freeport, Rosa Parks, Edward Kemble, Cesar Chavez, Parkway, Pacific, Fern Bacon, Woodbine, Harkness, C.P. Huntington, Maple, Nicholas, Ethel I. Baker, PS-7, Fruit Ridge, Oak Ridge, Father Keith B. Kenny, C.B. Wire, Elder Creek, Albert Einstein, Washington, Jedediah Smith and Peter Burnett.
The suppers are funded by the USDA and administered by the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division. High-poverty schools (more than 50 percent of the students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch) are eligible. Reimbursement for at-risk after-school snacks has been available since the 1990s. However, reimbursement for at-risk after-school suppers was formerly available only in a few states. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-296) expanded the availability for at-risk after-school meals to all states.
Students in 7th and 8th grade are not included in the GATE identification process in the Sacramento City Unified School District. Students who are identified as GATE in grades second through sixth will continue to be identified as GATE students throughout their middle and high school years. These classes include GATE identified students as well as students who have demonstrated high achievement or high potential.
Elementary, middle, and high school students are assigned to a designated neighborhood school based on where the student lives, as long as the school offers the services the student needs. Each neighborhood school has a defined geographic boundary and is intended to serve the students who live within that geographic boundary.
Go to our Attendance Area page for more information about school boundaries, attendance maps and our neighborhood school locator.