Special program: American Legion offers the Men’s Leadership Academy elective class. To learn more about SCUSD’s Men’s Leadership Academies, click here.
Signature field trips: Navy SEALs training base in Coronado
Sports: Men’s basketball
American Legion High School (ALHS) is the only continuation high school in Sacramento City Unified School District. American Legion provides small class sizes that enable students to receive one-to-one assistance both academically and socially from counselors and teachers. We have a diverse community, 16 teachers and two counselors.
Proudly, our math teacher, Carl Johnson was awarded “Teacher of the Year.”
Students at ALHS have the opportunity to earn five credits in 60 days, as compared to the traditional 90 days.
We operate on a three-week instructional block format which allows students to earn 90 credits in a school year. Students are required to meet the same district graduation requirements as the traditional high school students. Our students are required to complete a rigorous and relevant curriculum that prepares every student to be successful in post-secondary academic and career settings.
The Academy is an alternative educational program housed at American Legion High School. The program is offered to 9-10 grade students who are having behavior issues and/or are credit deficient at a comprehensive high school site. Students will be offered smaller classroom sizes and a variety of instructional programs. Students will be able to accelerate credit recovery and have the option of returning to a comprehensive high school on track to graduate or stay at American Legion High School.
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.”
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.
Students at American Legion High School hosted a celebration of Black History Month coordinated by Target: Excellence, the school’s after-school program provider, and HealthCorps.
The February 26 celebration included musical performances, spoken word poetry and a fashion show by the Legion students and staff. The evening concluded with dinner provided by student’s in Legion’s culinary arts program.
American Legion High School students enjoyed the school’s first ever on-campus health fair on Wednesday, March 13.
Students from Legion’s men’s and women’s Leadership classes and from student government helped create the exciting and interactive event.
HealthCorps Coordinator Tyler Mar brought together active students as well as outside organizations including Planned Parenthood, the Health Education Council, Kings Breakers and SCUSD Nursing to make healthy living a reality for young adults.
With displays on the importance of positive thinking and healthy snacking an
d fun activities, the fair sought to inspire kids to be happy and healthy.
American Legion High School’s Men’s Leadership Academy hosted a VIP guest recently — U.S. Army Major General Peter Gravett, who serves in Gov. Jerry Brown’s Cabinet as Secretary of the California Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Gravett is a retired major general with more than 40 years of military service in the U.S. Army and the California Army National Guard, serving initially as an enlisted soldier prior to being commissioned in 1968.
During his career he served in numerous regions of the world including Asia, Central America, Western Europe and Central Europe where he was assigned as a Senior NATO Military Representative in Kiev, Ukraine, with the Partnership for Peace Program.
He was also stationed at various installations in the U.S., including duty at the Pentagon. Gravett talked to students about his career in the military and law enforcement (he is also retired from the Los Angeles Police Department) and how he earned three master’s degrees, including degrees in chemistry and forensics.
Gravett also answered questions and offered to mentor students.
The American Legion Men’s Academy has also been honored with visits from California Governor Jerry Brown, Sacramento Chief of Police Rick Braziel and City Councilmen Jay Schenirer.
Students from American Legion High School visited the Learning Center at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op recently to gain valuable experience in working in the kitchen and cooking healthy, affordable snacks.
Students worked together in four teams preparing Crunchy Kale Chips, Hummus and Baked Pita Chips, No Bake Cookies and High Energy Bars from scratch.
The recipes were demonstrated by the students and presented with the help of the Co-op’s beautiful presentation kitchen.
It was a perfect way to get the students in the kitchen, prepping delicious, easy-to-make food by themselves. Students and staff also walked to and from campus, giving students a great mix of physical exercise and hands-on nutrition education.
American Legion is excited to make healthy eating a priority and will be using these newly experienced cooks to teach others.
In our schools we encourage leadership and strive to provide students with a well-rounded education. We would like to take some time to recognize a student who has taken this approach to his life.
Kingi Brown, an 11th grader at American Legion High School is a representation of leadership. The leadership role is not new to Kingi, as his leadership record dates back to his Middle School years where he completed the Mr. Success program while at Cal Middle School. The program was geared to elevate character, enhance leadership skills and create positive peer role models for African American males.
Kingi is currently a member of the Men’s Leadership Academy (M.L.A.) at American Legion High School. His participation in this class has given him the opportunity to participate in the annual “Feed our Family” charity event. The class donated food to the Oak Park food bank and fed over 200 families.
Kingi is a starting shooting guard on American Legion’s Basketball team. He is also a musically inclined individual, “I enjoy performing in front of large crowds at youth rap concerts.” Brown is a singer and song writer that promotes positive music, as well as the musical director of a documentary on soccer superstar Lisa Wright-Smith.
Kingi spends his free time as a volunteer at Loaves and Fishes. As you can see Kingi Brown is a well-rounded student and we are so proud of him and would like to take this time to recognize him as this board meeting’s Stellar Student.
American Legion High School students completed two community service projects before winter break, giving back to those in need in their community.
The school’s Men’s Leadership Academy and Student Government classes led a Holiday Food Drive, encouraging their peers to bring non-perishable food to school for distribution to the Sacramento Food Bank.
Several hundred pounds of food were donated, and five American Legion families were among the recipients.
Also, American Legion partnered with BloodSource to organize a blood drive. Legion plans to stage a blood drive twice a year, and this year Legion broke the school record for most units of blood collected.
American Legion students are always willing to participate when given the chance to give back!
More than 100 seniors at American Legion High School participated in a Sacramento County-sponsored mock election on October 11.
As in a real election, students marked ballots inside voting booths set up by Debra Woods, Outreach Coordinator for Voter Registration and Elections, who oversaw the exercise in democracy.
In the weeks preceding the mock election, U.S.Government class students were engaged in lessons involving several current issues and the correlating propositions appearing on this year’s ballot.
Also, students in American Legion’s Associated Student Body conducted an on-campus voter registration drive. Twenty-three students were officially registered to vote this November 6. In addition, several students were offered positions as “Precinct Officers” during the upcoming election.
SCUSD’s Child Development Department offers quality support services for expectant teens and their soon to be babies. Early Head Start, a federally funded program, provides both expectant and new parents weekly 90-minute home visits and twice monthly socialization experiences with a highly trained home visitor. Services provided include pre- and post-natal health screenings and follow-up, parenting education, social services referrals and expert support staff.Research based outcomes include improved school continuation, parenting skills and engagement and enhanced children’s cognitive development.
Also, center-based care and education are offered at Hiram Johnson, American Legion and Capital City high schools. Referrals can be made to Deborah Flores at (916) 264-3950 ext. 1608 or Rona Hammond, (916) 277-6767 ext. 1201.
To empower young men to become lifelong learners and globally competitive leaders – to be resilient, responsible and respectful men – SCUSD is piloting a Men’s Leadership Academy.
The Academy is modeled after a successful program in Long Beach that emerged out of the “Long Beach Promise.” The work is supported by a $40,000 grant from The California Endowment.
The Academy is a class offered during the school day (and for elective credit) to teens at risk of dropping out. Through service learning and a multi-cultural curriculum, the class aims to provide students with the tools to succeed, including teamwork, leadership, life skills, problem-solving and resiliency skills.
The Academy focuses on bringing together teachers, students, parents and community businesses and partners to provide the encouragement needed for these teens to complete high school and enroll in college.
This work is critically important: The drop-out rate in Sacramento City Unified for the Class of 2012 (the last year for which there is data) is 11.5 percent, but the rate for African American students in 15.5 percent.
The targeted audience for the Men’s Leadership Academy is boys in grades 9 – 12 who have multiple risk factors, including low attendance, low academic performance and high suspension rates. Schools that have academies include: C.K. McClatchy, John F. Kennedy, Rosemont, Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions, American Legion, and Sutter and California middle schools.
During the course of any given year, the Child Development program provides early care and education to approximately 3,000 children ages 0-12. Children served include typically developing infants, toddlers and preschoolers and those with disabilities.
Parents are afforded a variety of program options and approaches, including center-based and home-based services, full-day/part-day preschool, infant/toddler playgroups and before/after school-age care.