Bowling Green Charter School is a 50-year-old K-6 elementary school with an illustrious history that became California’s 18th charter school in 1993. In the mid-1960’s it was featured in Sunset Magazine for its innovative arboretum, which was a focal point of community involvement and integrated thematic instruction. As one of California’s earliest charter schools, it has continued that noble tradition and embraced other ground-breaking policies, such as class size reduction, that have since become common throughout the district and state.
At this time the school is organized into two distinct small learning communities (SLCs) : the Ken McCoy Academy for Excellence and the Chacón Language and Science Academy, working in tandem to serve the needs of our changing population. Both SLCs operate under one charter, the Bowling Green Educational Community. Each small learning community has its own principal, governance structure, budget and educational program.
Prior to 1993 Bowling Green was a traditional elementary school in the Sacramento City Unified School District. The central campus is fifty years old. In 1993 the school became the 18th charter school in California. The charter was renewed in 1997 and again in 2002. With extensive changes, it was again renewed in 2008.
In 1999 the school expanded with the construction of the BF annex of 17 classrooms; in 2001 the school library was expanded and renovated. In 2004 the West Wing was opened adjacent to the central campus with 11 classrooms.
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.”
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.
This program will give students the opportunity to participate in meaningful and engaging activities through a project based learning program to strengthen their literacy, math, social science, healthy eating, physical activity, and artistic skills. Free breakfast and lunch provided daily. Program includes Field Trips, performances, and an end of the summer community celebration!
Dates: June 22 – July 30, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Days: Monday – Thursday
Application Due Date: May 1, 2015 (Space is limited, enrollment based on a lottery process)
Locations: A.M. Winn, Bowling Green, Boys & Girls Club (Teichert), Caroline Wenzel, Elder Creek, Ethel I Baker, Ethel Phillips, Golden Empire, John Bidwell, Leataata Floyd, Marina Vista (Freedom School), Meadow Glen (Community), Nicholas, O.W. Erlewine, Peter Burnett, Phoenix Park (Freedom School) and William Land.
Bowling Green McCoy Academy students got a chance to get an up-close look at farm animals last month during Farm Day, sponsored by 4H.
Members of a local 4H Club brought their animals to the school and students were able to see the animals and talk with the owners. “It was like a day on the farm right in the middle of the city!” says Principal Susan Gibson. “A huge thanks to 4H members and coordinators for making this event possible.”
Members of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in East Sacramento spend every Thursday evening filling backpacks with food for 100 qualified Bowling Green McCoy Academy students.
The food is a gift to kids who might not have enough to eat over the weekend.
And church members say the program, called “Blessings in a Backpack,” is a gift to the volunteers who participate.
“It’s so heartwarming to be around our members on Thursday night,” says Chris Dariotis, program organizer. “It makes them feel so good. It makes me feel good!”
“Blessings in a Backpack” is a national program started in two schools in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2005. Elementary school children who qualify for a free or reduced priced lunch — the federal poverty threshold — are provided with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year.
Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, applesauce and oatmeal.
In the seven years since its start, “Blessings in a Backpack” has grown to serve 427 schools in 42 states and three countries, feeding nearly 62,000 kids.
Bowling Green McCoy Academy is the first school in Northern California to participate, thanks to Dariotis.
A Carmichael resident whose son attends a private school, Dariotis spent two years getting the program up and running. After learning about it, she sent for a starter kit and began researching local schools that might be open to implementing the program.
The first call she made was to Bowling Green McCoy. After doing some research herself, Principal Susan Gibson agreed to give it a try.
Typically, participating groups purchase the food from Walmart to keep the program budget to $8,000 a year (“Blessings” is a three-year commitment). But Dariotis wanted to support the local Raley’s/Bel-Air chain. To make the pricing work, Raley’s non-profit foundation donated $4,500 to the cause and the chain agreed to discount groceries by 10 percent.
Dariotis also enticed Coca-Cola to donate all the apple and orange juice for the program.
“The response from the community has been great,” she says. “People have been coming out of the woodwork with checks for us.”
Dariotis says the more her church gives to the program the more members want to expand it. They would like to serve more kids with more food. Some members also find the program’s nutritional requirements too, um, restrictive.
“They ask me ‘Can’t we put in some cookies?’ ” she says, laughing. “I wouldn’t be surprised if someone tries to slip some baklava in these backpacks one of these days.”
Dariotis hopes others in the community will follow her lead and investigate starting a program at another school.
“I’m so passionate about this,” she says. “I’m hoping others will feel passionate about it, too.”
For more information about “Blessings in a Backpack,” visit www.blessingsinabackpack.org.
SCUSD provides part day State funded preschool for eligible parents. The family monthly income must be under a certain amount.
If you would like to enroll in the State Preschool program please contact one of our two registration center Hiram Johnson Family Education Center, 3535 65th Street, (916) 277-7151;or Capital City Child Development Center, 7220 24th Street, (916) 433-2736.
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.
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.