The Bowling Green Charter Complex is organized into the following five departments to serve approximately 1,000 students:
Traditional Primary 360 students in grades K-3,
Traditional Intermediate 275 students in grades 4-6,
Physically and Health Impaired 45 students in grades P-6,
Spanish Bilingual Immersion 150 students in grades K-6,
Multiage 150 students in grades K-6.
Students living in California are admitted on a first-come first-served basis to our four general education departments. Students throughout the district are admitted to the Center for Physically and Health Impaired by a Special Education IEP.
There are 20 students in each primary classroom. There are approximately 25 students in each intermediate classroom. There are six special day classes for 45 Physically and Health Impaired (PHI) students. An additional 10 PHI students are fully included in general education classes.
The Bowling Green Complex has been a charter school since 1993. The school’s charter governs the complex. Under the state’s charter laws, Bowling Green is exempt from most state laws governing schools. Bowling Green, however, must still meet state and district standards.
There are two major parts to the curriculum at Bowling Green. The first is the social skills curriculum. The second is the academic curriculum.
The social skills curriculum includes teaching students how to resolve conflict, how to live by the five school rules, how to live by a set of Lifeskills, how to live by a basic set of Lifelong Guidelines, and how to believe that if you work hard you can get smarter. We believe that smart is something you get. It is not something you have when you are born.
Having confidence is the first step in getting smarter. The next step is effective effort, which is more than just working hard. Working hard can get you nowhere. Effective effort, however, will get you somewhere. Effective effort is characterized by: 1) tenacious engagement with what you are doing, 2) use of feedback from a continuous data stream, and 3) ongoing strategizing based on the feedback. Then you will get smarter! That’s what our charter school is all about: getting smarter!
Uniforms required: yes
Uniform: Any combination of blue or white collared top and blue or khaki bottoms
Look out, Sir Paul McCartney: On December 17, Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy brings the Beatles to town when 18 SCUSD students join professional musicians to recreate the “Abbey Road” album in its entirety.
“The experience of performing in a professional environment is a key part of SPMA’s teaching,” explains Benjamin J. McClara, artistic director of Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy. “On December 17, professional musicians who saw firsthand the impact that the Beatles had on rock history will be playing alongside students who are just beginning to discover the band’s power for themselves. It’s a great experience for the students, but more important, it’s going to be a great evening of entertainment for Sacramento – and we hope to see you there.”
SPMA students were at the Golden 1 Center when McCartney performed live last month, courtesy of the city’s community outreach comp ticket program. Next, they take the stage at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center to perform the Beatles’ most critically-acclaimed album, on a set inspired by the band’s legendary Shea Stadium performance.
SCUSD students from Theodore Judah, West Campus High School, Crocker Riverside, Cal Middle School and Bowling Green Chacon will play alongside local luminaries, including Peter Petty, David Houston and Richard Rich, who appear throughout the evening to introduce songs, share Beatles trivia and even perform.
Event proceeds support SPMA’s iheartmusic Scholarship Fund, which provides need-based scholarships to SPMA students both in the academy’s lead studio at the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts (CLARA) and through in-school programs such as “The Guitar Project,” where students at several schools in Sacramento City Unified School District are provided with instruments and instruction for a 10-week class series.
Tickets are $25 and can be reserved at Dimple Records in Sacramento, or by calling Sac Prep Music Academy at (916) 382-2770.
Five magicians presented a smash show at Bowling Green Chacon Academy to a delighted crowd of students, parents, teachers and PTA volunteers last Saturday.
Dale and Elaine Lorzo, Bill Devon-Hutcheon, David Wright and Magical Mary joined Mr. Happy (the magical dog puppet) on stage to raise $400 in ticket sales to support the school’s magic club and other PTA-sponsored projects.
The event was coordinated by David Dayton—amateur magician and veteran Bowling Green Chacon teacher.
I Got Caught Attending School is a joint effort with SCUSD, KSFM 102.5 and Natomas Walmart to increase attendance rates in our elementary schools. Recently, students at Woodbine Elementary School and Bowling Green Chacon Language and Science Academy were surprised with T-shirts and a classroom visit — awards for exemplary attendance.
Those “caught” are: Anthony Cisneros, Anthonia Carter and Litzy Ortiz from Woodbine and Angel Castro, Jesus Alex Solano and Zudizadai Laureles from Bowling Green.
As per Education Code, Bowling Green Elementary Charter School submitted the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2015-16 school year to both our chartering authority, SCUSD, and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) on July 1.
Bowling Green Chacon Academy hosted a Literacy Night on April 17. Families engaged in reading activities designed to teach the enjoyment of reading.
Students participated in activities at interactive “literacy stations.” Some students created a commercial of their favorite book, some read books outside on the grass with their parents, while others read digital books designed by first grade students.
The Dual Language Spanish Immersion program begins with 90 percent Spanish and 10 percent English. The percentage changes as the grades increase. By fourth grade, students are learning 50 percent of the time in English and 50 percent of the time in Spanish. The goal of the program is for students to graduate from sixth grade with the ability to speak, read, and write proficiently in both English and Spanish. The second program is our Conversational Spanish. Students learn all content in English, but they engage in 30 minutes of conversational Spanish. The goal of the Conversational Spanish program is for students to reach proficiency in English and develop basic conversational skills in Spanish.
In collaboration with California State University, Sacramento, Bowling Green Chacon Academy students hosted a Community Health Fair on March 23. Kindergarten and first graders kicked off the evening with songs about health and fitness. Students then ramped up the excitement with interactive Zumba and Ballet Folklorico demonstrations. There were “hands-on” experiments using the scientific method and student-led lessons in healthy eating, dental hygiene, the digestive system and the negative effects of drug abuse.
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.
Charter schools are often described as “dependent” and “independent.”
While the Charter Schools Act does not recognize the terms “dependent” and “independent” when referencing charter schools, these terms have become shorthand to describe the relationship of the charter to the district.
Dependent charters are considered charter schools that have been created by the district board and are an integral part of the district’s portfolio of schools.
Our district is working diligently to provide opportunities for our students to expand their linguistic repertoire to meet the ever-changing needs of the global society. As a result, language immersion programs have become a pathway for our students to acquire fluent literacy skills in both English and their home language.