Signature field trip: Raging Waters; Sacramento State; King Skate
Sports: Basketball and soccer
The arts: Cooking class; spring choir
After-school program: Target Excellence
Ethel I. Baker is a preschool through sixth grade elementary school serving more than 665 students. Ethel I. Baker has a diverse student population, which includes more than 51% English Language Learners. Our teaching staff is committed to providing all students learning opportunities to reach high standards, which will prepare them for success in life and work. Ethel I. Baker Elementary School continues to ensure a safe learning environment, which includes an atmosphere of high motivation, focused learning and opportunities to celebrate success.
Ethel I. Baker Elementary School is hosting a free job and wellness fair on Saturday. More than two dozen partner organizations will participate in the fair, including Sacramento City College, Sacramento Public Library, Elica Health Centers and American Medical Response.
Community members can practice resume writing, get job interviewing tips and learn how to get a job with the state. Free wellness check-ups, vaccinations and eye exams will also be provided.
“Our goal is to help our community become empowered so they can live healthier, happier lives,” said Principal Amber Carter.
Other groups to be represented at the fair include Opening Doors Inc., Strategies for Change, Mutual Housing California, My Sister’s House, VSP, Center for Fathers and Families and Legal Services of Northern California.
The fair is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ethel I. Baker is at 5717 Laurine Way.
Editor’s note: Great schools begin with great people, and Sacramento City Unified has no shortage of talented educators leading our campuses. The eConnection will be profiling principals new to their campuses this year to help our community get to know our administrative team. Today we chat with Oscar Garcia and Amber Carter.
Oscar Garcia, Principal, Pacific Elementary School
Hometown: Winters, California. “Winters was awesome. It was a small town with a lot of sports and that’s what hooked us into school.”
Very first job: Garcia was 13 when he got a job on a farm owned by the proprietors of a market where his brother worked. “I pulled hoses around and just goofed off.” He says he eventually learned the value of hard work from his father. ”He worked out in the fields and when he would come home from work you could see how hard it was.”
Education: Bachelor’s degree and master’s in Multicultural Education, Sacramento State
Previously: Before his appointment to Pacific, Garcia served as Assistant Principal at Ethel I. Baker Elementary School.
What I like best about being principal: ”I love interacting with the kids.”
People would be surprised to know that…: A former Yuba College baseball infielder, Garcia coaches his daughters’ (he has 9-year-old twins) softball team.
Focus for the 2015-16 school year: “Creating learning opportunities for kids in the classroom and before and after school.”
Amber Carter, Principal, Ethel I. Baker Elementary School
Age: 39 “and holding,” Carter jokes.
Very first job: As a summer day camp counselor for Kids on Campus at Sac State, Carter learned organizational skills “that would equate to success later in life.”
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Loyola Marymount University; master’s from National University
Previously: Carter taught Spanish at Kit Carson and Sutter middle schools before advancing to Assistant Principal at Will C. Wood Middle School.
What I like best about being principal: ”I like to work with every person on campus, from the kindergartners to the plant manager. I get to come in contact with so many people and find out what gifts they have.”
People would be surprised to know that…: “My brother wrote the movie ‘Four Christmases.’ “
Focus for the 2015-16 school year: “I think maintaining high staff morale is a big thing and love to be the cheerleader. I redecorated the staff lounge because I think everybody should be made to feel a warm welcome. I work hard to support my staff.”
SCUSD’s Child Development Department is currently enrolling children in its free five-week Kindergarten Readiness Summer Academy, available at 10 elementary schools.
The Kindergarten Readiness Summer Academy program provides kindergarten readiness learning opportunities for youngsters with limited or no preschool experience, English Language Learners and children with a range of developmental abilities.
Programs will operate Monday through Thursday (July 1 to July 30) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The following SCUSD elementary schools will host the Kindergarten Readiness Summer Academy:
Ethel I. Baker
Father Keith B. Kenny
Leataata Floyd @ Health Professions (new)
Families interested in enrolling their kindergarten-bound child should call the Child Development Department at (916) 643-7858 or visit the Serna Center at 5735 47th Ave.
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.
Abigail Maya-Silva’s is a young individual who expresses the importance of perseverance and faith. Despite the fact that she has had to overcome a serious obstacle in her life with a medical condition, she maintains a positive outlook. Abigail is thoughtful and conscientious in all that she does. She is loved both by staff members and fellow students for her kind and caring disposition. She always enters the classroom smiling, and throughout the day she seeks opportunities to help others and brighten their day.
Abigail is in 6th grade at Ethel I Baker Elementary, who is family oriented and lives with her mom, Rocio, who is from Acambaro, Mexico. She speaks Spanish fluently and interprets for her mom as well as other family members. While at home Abigail likes to keep busy by helping her mom with cooking and cleaning. Abigail has an older sister who attends Stanford University and she would also like to attend Stanford. She would like to study medicine and eventually become a pediatric surgeon where she can help others who also battle with serious medical conditions.
Abigail dreams of being able to travel around the world someday, helping children who are in need. Furthermore, she excels academically and consistently scores at the ‘proficient’ or ‘advanced’ level in all subjects. It is obvious that she takes learning seriously and works very hard. She is an excellent role model for others, demonstrating what it means to be a passionate, kind-hearted, and hardworking student and we are proud to recognize Abigail Maya-Silva as the Sacramento City Unified School District Stellar Student!
The Ethel I. Baker Elementary School community celebrated student achievement on the 2012 California Standards Tests at a special ceremony on September 26.
Principal Olga Arellano and community members handed out more than 200 medals to students who achieved proficient and/or advance scores in English language arts and/or math.
Parents attended the outdoor event and commented on the wonderful accomplishments of students and teachers! Despite the hard budgetary times, Baker continues to motivate students to do their very best! Congratulations!
Ethel I. Baker Elementary School hosted Japanese students from Hakuoh University in Japan on September 11. During the visit, the college students observed many classrooms and shared cultural lessons with Ethel I. Baker kids. “Students learned how to write their names in katakana,” says Principal Olga Arellano. “It was an enriching experience for all.”
Ethel I. Baker Elementary School students and staff engaged in a Healthy Eating Assembly to kick off the Baker Bucks incentive program for students. Volunteer students tasted healthy foods such as turnips, cucumbers, blackberries, strawberries, bell peppers and zucchini. Every Friday, students will redeem their hard earned Baker Bucks for a healthy snack. As part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Ethel I. Baker will apply to obtain the Bronze Award for incorporating healthy habits and improving their efforts to becoming a healthier school!
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.
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.
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.