Governor Jerry Brown today selected Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra — a graduate of C.K. McClatchy High School — to serve as interim state Attorney General. If his appointment is approved by the Legislature, he will be the first Latino to serve in the state’s highest law enforcement post.
“Xavier has been an outstanding public servant – in the state Legislature, the U.S. Congress and as a deputy attorney general,” Brown said in a statement emailed to the Sacramento Bee. “I’m confident he will be a champion for all Californians and help our state aggressively combat climate change.”
Becerra will replace outgoing Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is departing for the U.S. Senate.
Becerra is the son of working-class parents and was the first in his family to graduate from college. His mother was born in Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to the United States after marrying his father. Becerra graduated from CKM in 1976 — the class before state Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
In 1980, Becerra earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University. He was awarded his Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School in 1984. He has served in U.S. House of Representatives for 24 years and is the highest-ranking Latino in Congress.
U.S. Congressional Representative Ami Bera learned that he had been re-elected to a third term on Friday, November 18, while visiting C.K. McClatchy High School.
Bera defeated Republican challenger Scott Jones, Sheriff of Sacramento County. The final votes were tallied and Jones conceded while Bera, an Elk Grove physician, was meeting students enrolled in CKM’s Law and Public Policy Academy.
The news provided students with a real-time lesson in democracy.
Two seniors in C.K. McClatchy High School’s Humanities and International Studies Program were accepted into every top tier college to which they applied, including Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Brown and Cornell.
“I’ve been privileged to teach these young men,” says HISP Coordinator Ellen Wong. “They are amazing.”
Tony Hackett applied to Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Cornell, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the University of Washington. He got into them all.
Harvard was the first to accept Hackett, a 4.0 grade point average student who scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT. (For context, only 504 of the 1.7 million students who took the SAT in 2015 scored a 2400.)
“I was completely shocked that I got into Harvard,” says Hackett, a member of CKM’s nationally ranked debate team. “And then I just kept getting acceptance letters.”
Hackett chose Stanford over Harvard, in part because of its close proximity to Sacramento. Hackett’s parents own and operate Scott’s Burger Shack on Franklin Boulevard. He will attend Stanford on a full-ride scholarship.
“After 28 years in the classroom and thousands of students, it never ceases to amaze me that I can still be amused and energized by that one special kid in the room,” says Wong. “This year that kid is Tony Hackett.”
Djan applied to Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown, UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. Like Hackett, he was accepted everywhere. He’ll be headed to Yale in the fall.
“I looked into Stanford and Harvard and it was a tough choice,” he says. “But I just had a good gut feeling about Yale. The campus had more character and the people seemed so genuine.”
Djan’s parents are from Ghana. His mother is a biological researcher at UC Davis and his father is a self-employed city planner.
Wong calls Djan ”an exceptional asset” to the McClatchy community.
“Never mind that he’s an outstanding student who never misses the mark academically,” she says. “He’s been an athlete and a real leader, twice serving as student body president. He exudes school spirit and all that is good about being a Lion.”
Overall, the HISP Class of 2016 has an impressive college acceptance record. Seniors were accepted into 120 different colleges, including all nine UCs, 14 CSUs and such selective universities as Columbia, Tufts and Northwestern.
Had either Hackett or Djan selected Harvard, they would have a friend on campus: Kimaya Cole is headed to Harvard where she will play soccer.
“Kimaya is the model scholar-athlete, balancing a demanding soccer schedule and the most challenging academic load we could expect,” says Wong. ”She is the first in her family to attend a four-year university and her parents and her McClatchy family are exceptionally proud.
Cole is undecided on a major ”but what is really reassuring is that going to Harvard will open many doors for me no matter what major or field I decide on,” she says.
C.K. McClatchy High School student Justin Poon has won a jersey design contest sponsored by Rugby NorCal and Canterbury North America, a sports clothing company.
After Poon’s design was selected as one of the top three submitted, the selection of the winning design was put to a public vote. The CKM faculty, staff, students and neighbors pulled together to support Poon and his design won.
All members of the CKM rugby team — undefeated for the season – will get free jerseys with the stunning black and red design.
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.
Efforts to build a competitive weightlifting program at C.K. McClatchy High School paid off last month when student Ricardo Ramirez won first place at the Whitney High School Open Championship in Rocklin.
Teacher Paul Bowling, a former national weightlifting champion who now coaches at the club level, starting laying the groundwork for a program last year with the help of colleague Roscoe Ahn and Athletic Director Rob Feickert.
Through grants and funding from the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association and Associated Student Body, they purchased the equipment necessary to begin an after-school weightlifting club. Between 15 and 20 kids are training with the club.
“The goal of the club this school year has been to train students and get some to compete in local USA Weightlifting meets and one day get someone qualified to compete in youth national championship and league championships,” says Bowling.
In their first foray, they decided to enter Ramirez, a registered USA Weightlifting member, in the Whitney High tournament.
“We picked this meet because it is close to Sacramento and other high school lifters would be competing at this competition,” says Bowling.
“This has been truly a community and school wide effort,” he says. “It is great to be a part of a supportive team and community that make students’ dreams attainable”
The California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section has awarded scholarships to C.K. McClatchy High School athletes Kelsey Wong and Kweku Djan.
The A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships are awarded students who demonstrate outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school. The award is named after former Section and State CIF President A. Dale Lacky.
This year, 48 students were announced as winners. Wong was awarded $1,000 and Djan received $500.
C.K. McClatchy High School cross country coach Julie Watkins — a science teacher – has been named Northern California Rookie Coach of the Year for 2015-16 by the California Coaches Association.
In Watkins’ first year as head coach, the Lady Lions qualified for the CIF State Championship — the first SCUSD team to do so. To qualify, the Lions defeated such traditionally strong teams as Oak Ridge, Sheldon and Folsom at the sectional championships.
Watkins will be honored at a reception on June 18 in Fresno.
Congratulations to C.K. McClatchy High School senior Kelsey Wong, a star player on the state champion Lady Lions basketball team, for winning the 2016 Sacramento Kings Pete Saco Scholar Athlete Award.
The award comes with a $2,500 scholarship. Wong, who has a 4.7 grade point average, will attend the University of the Pacific in Stockton next fall.
Saco is a retired CIF Sac-Joaquin section commissioner who has dedicated his career and life to high school sports.The award in his name honors area high school basketball players who exemplify his vision of achievement, character and sportsmanship.
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 from C.K. McClatchy High School’s Brown Issues Club, along with Principal Peter Lambert, participated in Saturday’s 16th Annual March for Cesar Chavez Day, which began in Southside Park and ended with a rally at the Capitol.
More than 100 juniors and seniors from four high schools attended the first annual Criminal Justice/Public Safety Career Conference held last week at The Met Sacramento High School.
The students, all enrolled in criminal justice academies, learned about careers offered in more than 20 federal, state, city and county agencies.
The academies at C.K. McClatchy, Hiram Johnson, John F. Kennedy and Grant High School are strongly supported by the Sacramento City Police Department and participate in both the California Partnership Academy program as well as the Linked Learning Pathway approach.
Students received career and industry information from professionals who volunteered to add a real world connection to their education.
The conference began with a keynote address from Sacramento Police Sgt. Marnie Stigerts, a decorated officer and a graduate of Hiram Johnson. Students then participated in “career speed dating” sessions where they learned about participating agencies.
Later, they attended breakout sessions on resumes, interviews and background checks. Throughout the morning, students interviewed partner attendees to complete an assignment that they will continue to work on during the week. Some of the professionals will be invited to attend the resulting presentations to assist with assessment.
Sgt. Cindy Stinson of the Sacramento Police Department, who provides ongoing support and teachers for the four programs, said: “The inaugural conference was a huge success and we look forward to helping make it even better next year.”
Michael Washington, the academy Lead Teacher at Hiram Johnson who conceived the event, echoed Stinson’s comments and added: “Opportunities like this, provided by our partners, engage students in a way that extends our classrooms to include real-world problems.”
Governor Jerry Brown announced last week that he has appointed C.K. McClatchy High School student Olivia Sison, 17, to the California State Board of Education.
Sison, a junior, has served as CKM’s student government secretary since 2015. She has held several positions at the Sacramento Youth Commission since 2014, including events coordinator and treasurer. She is a member of the California Scholarship Federation.
A ballet dancer, Sison has performed with the Sacramento Ballet and as a soloist with the Crockett-Deane Ballet Company.
The Senate is expected to confirm her appointment. Congratulations!
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, state Senator Richard Pan, SCUSD Board Member Jay Hansen and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer met with students at C.K. McClatchy High School on January 19 to launch a signature-gathering drive aimed at raising the tobacco tax.
The initiative calls for increasing the tax on cigarettes by $2 a pack. It would also extend tobacco taxes to electronic cigarettes, whose use by teenagers tripled between 2013 and 2014.
C.K. McClatchy High School’s girls varsity cross country team, coached by teacher Julie Watkins, has qualified for the state championship meet on Saturday, November 28, in Folsom.
“To my knowledge this is the first McClatchy boys or girls team to qualify for the state meet in the school’s history,” said CKM Athletic Director Rob Feickert.
Sophomore boys won the CIF Sac-Joaquin section cross country championship but because there is no state meet for levels below varsity their season is over. The girls tennis team won the Metro League Championship and the girls golf team won the 2015 Sac-Joaquin Division II championship.
Meanwhile, senior Gigi Garcia, who helped the Lady Lions win the state basketball championship last spring, has signed with the University of Washington.
Three SCUSD seniors were awarded scholarships at the annual Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility banquet on April 26.
The students were winners of the organization’s essay contest. The Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility received 170 entries this year from high school seniors in Sacramento and surrounding counties describing their thoughts on the words of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who said, ”The world is over-armed, and peace is under-funded.”
The winners were chosen by a panel of distinguished judges. SCUSD winners are:
Tributes have been pouring in for the 2015 State Champion Lady Lions basketball team of C.K. McClatchy High School.
On Tuesday, the team and coach Jessica Kunisaki were honored by the Sacramento City Council and then feted during a time out at the Kings game.
The team will receive Stellar Students recognition at Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting. On Friday, the girls will ride on a firetruck through Land Park in a community parade beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The Lady Lions are the first girls team in SCUSD history to win a state championship.
By Joseph Stymeist, Career Technical Education Coordinator
John F. Kennedy High School’s robotics team is headed to the 2015 FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis next month — the first SCUSD robotics team to ever make it to the coveted competition.
JFK’s wild card selection was announced by judges at the conclusion of the team’s successful showing at the Inland Empire Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Rancho Mirage on February 28.
The Kennedy team — plus teams from School of Engineering and Sciences, Rosemont and C.K. McClatchy — can be witnessed in action at the Sacramento Regional event at the UC Davis ARC Pavilion March 19 – 21.
Treat yourself to the spectacle of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in action and see the bright future in technological achievement. There is a nominal fee for parking, but admission to the event is free.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), is an organization whose mission is to inspire youth to become future science and technology leaders. If you have read some of my previous articles regarding FIRST, you will recall that SCUSD teams have been competing in these events since 2007.
The Kennedy robotics team, mentored by teacher Robert Greene, performed very well at Inland Empire Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.
JFK advanced through the quarter and semi-finals, and secured the second place team captain position. This earned them the privilege to choose two other teams to form their three-team alliance for the final rounds of competition. The finals consist of two alliances competing with each another in a best two-out-of-three match competition. Having lost the first round and then coming back with a perfect performance to win the second round, JFK’s alliance team gave the standing-room-only crowd an exciting third and final round to enjoy. Although their alliance fell short of winning that third round, JFK’s team took home honors for Second Place Silver Medalist, the Industrial Safety Award, and the coveted Excellence in Engineering Award.
The Industrial Safety Award honors the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. The JFK team was judged on the quality of their safety manual, informative safety presentation, and helpful safety videos. This is the second year in a row that JFK Robotics has earned the Safety Award.
According to FIRST, the Excellence in Engineering Award celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature. JFK’s technical drawings, which were bound in a book containing details documenting the design process, allowed the judges to see “inside” the machine, and prompted them to reward JFK students for their excellence in the design and execution of their student-built robot.
Nearing the end of the awards ceremony, the master of ceremonies announced the team names that would be going to the World Championships held in St. Louis, Missouri. Since the three teams on the winning alliance are automatically selected, everyone in the audience knew which three teams would be going. After the last team was named, there was a surprise announcement. Because two of the winning alliance teams had pre-qualified for the championship, two wild card spots became available for the judges to fill. After an excited roar from the audience, JFK Robotics was named as a wild card team.
Sacramento City Unified officials cut the ribbon on C.K. McClatchy High School’s newly renovated gym at a ceremony on Friday.
McClatchy’s gym, opened with the school in 1937, lacked air conditioning until the $2.2 million renovation, which began last summer. In addition to a new HVAC system, the gym was upgraded with new bleachers, new energy-efficient lighting, refinished flooring and remodeled locker rooms and restrooms. The gym is home to the Lions’ winning basketball and wrestling programs.
The gym renovation is funded by Measure R bonds. Sacramento voters approved Measures Q and R – facilities bonds for Sac City schools – in November 2012.
McClatchy’s girls’ basketball team is undefeated in league play. After the ribbon-cutting, the varsity team maintained its winning streak by defeating Laguna Creek 66-28.
A group of parents who live in the Land Park neighborhood have formed a new nonprofit foundation to raise funds for schools.
The Land Park Schools Foundation (LPSF) has been busy hosting fun events to benefit Crocker-Riverside Elementary School, Leataata Floyd Elementary School, California Middle School, C.K. McClatchy High School and Tiny Tots Preschool.
“We’re trying to make sure all those schools have the resources they need,” says LPSF President Konrad Vonschoech. “If we all get a little bit involved, we’ll all have success.”
So far, the foundation has raised about $10,000, Vonschoech says, through such events as a BBQ, Brews, Bluegrass and Bikes and a Family Disco Bingo Night.
Crocker-Riverside Principal Daniel McCord says he intends to use the funds raised by the group to support student tutoring and library services. He applauds LPSF founders — all Crocker-Riverside parents — for thinking about helping the other schools that their children will eventually attend.
“They see the bigger picture for our kids, which is great,” he says.
Vonschoech, a Sacramento police officer whose 9-year-old son attends Crocker, says forming the group has had the added benefit of providing a social support system for parents who might not otherwise get to know each other.
Five student journalists from C.K. McClatchy High School and a photographer from Hiram Johnson High School won awards at the Sacramento High School Journalism Network’s second annual awards dinner on May 30.
Monica Chan, Editor-in-Chief of CKM’s The Prospector, won first place in the Best Editorial Writing category for her editorial on college.Reporter Lizzie Robinson won first place in Best Column for her opinion piece on faux Christmas Trees.
Hiram Johnson’s Eliyas Vang won first place in Best Photography for three photos on a vigil held to honor victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
CKM’s Ben Wong won second place in Best Sports Writing for his story on the Sacramento Kings. And McClatchy’s Nia Browne and Sierra Brown won third place in Best News Writing for a story on district and school safety.
Of the 123 graduating seniors in C.K. McClatchy’s Humanities and International Studies Program, a full third — 42 — are headed to UCs in the fall.
Of those 42 students, 14 will join the freshman class at prestigious UC Berkeley, nine will attend UC Davis and seven will attend UC Santa Barbara. Others are headed to UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz and UC Riverside.
In all, students in the HISP class of 2013 were accepted at 497 colleges.Twenty-four students have chosen California State Universities and nine will attend community colleges.
Other colleges selected by HISP grads include: Stanford, Columbia, Georgetown, Occidental, Pennsylvania State, Wake Forest and the University of Oregon.
A C.K. McClatchy High School debate team has won the national Tournament of Champions, becoming the first team ever from a California public high school to win the nation’s top high school debate competition.
McClatchy seniors John Spurlock and Keenan Harris took first place in the policy debate division at the University of Kentucky tournament. In the 42-year history of the Tournament of Champions, no team from a California public high school has ever won.(In 2003, a team from College Preparatory School, a private high school in Oakland, took top honors.)
McClatchy Debate Coach Seth Blackmon compares winning the Tournament of Champions to winning the Super Bowl or the NCAA Basketball finals. “The magnitude of this win cannot be overstated,” he says. “I couldn’t be more proud of these young men.”
Policy debate is considered the most difficult form of debate, as students spend a year researching and arguing one subject. By the time the year concludes, policy debaters have amassed the same amount of research as required by a doctoral dissertation.
This year’s topic was “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.”
Unlike private schools with large budgets set aside for debate, McClatchy’s team operates as an after-school program that relies mostly on parent fundraising. To rise to the challenge of the Tournament of Champions, the students dedicated hours and hours of their spare time to research and practice, Blackmon says.
Spurlock was also named “Top Speaker” at the tournament. He will attend UC Berkeley next fall on a debate scholarship. Harris will attend Wake Forest in North Carolina, also on a debate scholarship.
This is an exciting 6-week program that gives incoming 9th grade students the privilege of helping out their community through service learning opportunities that address community issues and concerns. After completing 120 hours of service, students will earn 5 high school elective credits. Free breakfast and lunch provided daily. Program includes Field Trips, performances, and an end of the summer Showcase!
Dates: June 22- July 30, 2015
Times: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Locations: C. K. McClatchy, John F. Kennedy, Luther Burbank, Rosemont and West Campus High Schools
C.K. McClatchy High School sophomores are hosting “An Evening of Yoga” from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, to benefit the Class of 2015.
Suggested donation for participation is $10 or $15.
Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel. This will be an all-levels class, so beginners are welcome. Admission includes tickets to a raffle that will follow the class. For more information, email teacher Julie Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students at C.P. Huntington Elementary and C.K. McClatchy High School are featured prominently in a new training video for teachers on the administration of the California English Language Development Test.
The videos made their first debut last week at the Sacramento County Office of Education.
Three phenomenal SCUSD scholar-athletes — Makenzie Fong of John F. Kennedy, Amanda Meroux of West Campus and Derek Taylor of C.K. McClatchy — have won the Dale Lacky Scholarship from the California Scholastic Federation.
The scholarship honors students for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school. Each student was awarded $600 towards college fees.
Fong played for JFK’s volleyball team for three years and for the soccer
team for two seasons.Her junior and senior years, she received all-league honors for volleyball. She was the volleyball team captain her senior year. She’s been a member of California Scholarship Federation for four years,
holding offices such as parliamentarian, secretary and vice president. She was named the Most Outstanding PACEr as a sophomore; PACE is the school’s advanced learning program. She has volunteered at Mercy General
Hospital since 2010. Makenzie has a 4.15 GPA, which ranks her No. 15 out of a class of 572. She is undecided on her college, but has been accepted to several schools along the West Coast. She plans on majoring in psychology,
biology or neuroscience with the plan of going into research or psychology.
Meroux ran for West Campus’ cross country team for four years and also played soccer for four years. She was named to the cross country all-league team twice and was all-league in soccer once.
Her soccer teams have won three consecutive Section championships; their fourth season is ongoing. Since she was 10, she has competed with the Rancho Cordova synchronized swimming team. She’s been a member of the National Honor Society for the last two years. She has been a member of her school’s marching and concert bands for the last four years, and for the last two years has been a member of the California Music Educators Association honor band. For the last six years, she has volunteered at the Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter. She also volunteers at the Sacramento Food Bank. Amanda has a 4.29 GPA, which ranks her No. 12 in her class. She is undecided on her college, but has been accepted to universities from across the nation. She plans on majoring in either environmental or ecological engineering, with the goal of going into one of those fields.
Taylor has played several different sports while at McClatchy. He’s competed
in swimming (four years), basketball (three years), water polo (three years), football (one year), soccer (one year) and rugby (one year). He’s been the swimming team MVP three times. He was a team captain and made all-league in football and water polo. He’s won the Gary Brosmer Leadership Award and has been the head of elections at McClatchy for the last two years. He volunteers as a youth recreational leader and swim coach at Park
Terrace Swim Club, Land Park Volunteer Corps, Harvest Sacramento, Elks Lodge, Ecology Project International and various school fundraisers. He also shaved his head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Derek has a 4.42 GPA
and is undecided on his college choice. He plans on majoring in philosophy or sociology with the future goal of becoming a behavioral economist, professor or policy maker.
Twenty-four SCUSD students from Luther Burbank, Hiram Johnson, John F. Kennedy and C.K. McClatchy high schools participated in the 16th annual Hmong National Development Conference in Fresno earlier this month.
Thousands of community leaders, business professionals, advocates and young people from across the country attended the three-day conference, themed “Journey Forward, The Next Chapter of the Hmong Americans.”
The students participated in eight youth development workshops focusing on art, civic participation, business, college preparation and technology development.
“I met new people and I learned a lot about my own culture,” said Jaimandy Vang, a CKM student. “I learned how to help the Hmong people in our community.”
Funding for student participation was provided by the Health and Life Organization (HALO) in conjunction with the ASSETs Access Grant.
Choua Yang, program manager at the Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center, which partners with Burbank and Kennedy high schools, chaperoned students to the conference.
C.K. McClatchy High School student Mitchell Lee was awarded the DOVIA Margaret Einspahr Youth Award from Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services on April 11.
Mitchell has volunteered with the food bank’s clothing programs since 2011. Last year, he organized several donation drives, including a shoe drive which gathered an astonishing 700 pairs of shoes to help families in need.
A member of the food bank’s Youth Committee, Mitchell works to engage other youth in philanthropy and volunteerism.
According to food bank officials, “He is full of enthusiasm and empathy, which is uncommon to see in a high school student.”
The C.K. McClatchy High School community cut the ribbon on a new Parent Resource Center during the campus’ annual Open House on Thursday, April 11.
The Parent Engagement and Training department of FACE opened the C.K. McClatchy High School Parent Resource Center.
CKM’s Parent Resource Center is a designated site for parents to hold meetings, attend trainings, access computers and find resources.Prior to establishing the room, all stakeholder groups at the school were presented with information about the center and the purposes and surveyed on topics of interest for potential future parent trainings.
Parents were recruited from the CKM School Site Council, ELAC and Parent University to design and set up the center. Upcoming events scheduled for the Parent Resource Center are the next ELAC meeting and a workshop on Parenting Teens offered by La Familia Counseling Center.
Members of John F. Kennedy and McClatchy high schools’ LiLu clubs will present one-of-a-kind handbags and other accessories handmade by students at the 12th annual LiLu Handbag Project runway show and auction on Saturday, April 13 at Wind Youth Center, 701 Dixieanne Ave., Sacramento.
The event is a fundraiser for the center, which provides outreach, social services and emergency shelter for homeless youth ages 12 to 21.
LiLu, a nonprofit, was founded in 2000 by then high schoolers Libby (“Li”) Abbott and Lucy (“Lu”) Plumb-Reyes.LiLu has raised more than $55,000 for the Wind Center.
Tickets for the Handbag Project are $10 adults, $5 students; contact Briana McGee at BrianaM@windyouth.org.
Advanced Placement (AP) college-level courses and exams offer high school students the opportunity to earn college credit, stand out in the competitive college admission process and prepare for the rigors of college through challenging classes.
SCUSD offers high-achieving students a choice of four criteria-based high school options for a rigorous, challenging education that meets University of California requirements. Please note that these program require an separate application to apply.
Six SCUSD schools are piloting Inclusive Practice, a model for aligning Special Education services in a manner that is equitable, meets individual student needs and closes the achievement gap. Inclusive Practice pairs general education and Special Education teachers in co-teaching partnerships in which both have an equal role in the classroom and employ parallel teaching strategies to meet the needs of all students. As result, students with disabilities have a strong presence, access and voice in the general education classroom.
Our students dream about their futures. They want to be engineers and nurses and chefs and video game designers and senators. They want to go to college. They want successful careers and lives filled with passion and purpose.
At SCUSD we are committed to helping all of our students achieve their dreams. Every school is focused on preparing students for college and careers through rigorous course work, positive relationships with caring adults and meaningful connections to the world at large.
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.
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.
The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is a federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools across the United States. The program was originally created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalization Act. The purpose of JROTC, according to federal code, is “to instill in students…the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” Additional objectives include: