Special programs: READ 180; College Readiness Elective, GATE, Geometry
Clubs: EAOP, Yu-gi-oh, Book Club, Bootcamp, Running Club, STEM Club, Arts and Crafts Club, Golf Club. Drum line, Anime
Signature field trips: Latina Leadership Conference CSU, Sacramento; STEM for Girls UC Davis; CSU Stanislaus; UC Berkley; University of Notre Dame De Namur; University of the Pacific; Girl INspired; Ticket-to -College sporting events CSU, Sacramento; college fairs; high school visits.
As one of the Superintendent’s Priority Schools, Fern Bacon Middle School is on course for change and excellence! Critical to our transformative work has been changing the school culture and climate, creating structures and systems and developing programs and policies to align our work and yield substantial results.
Our instructional model is based on student achievement data, frequent progress monitoring and research-based school-wide practices that provide access for all students. In addition to intervention support and Gifted and Talented classes, Fern Bacon provides many enriching after-school clubs and support programs. One of our hallmark programs is the “Key to Success” Saturday Program which provides ten weeks of study designed to prepare college bound students for academic success and student empowerment.
Students at Fern Bacon Middle School are participating in a new district initiative to improve the college and career readiness of secondary students.
The California Colleges Guidance Initiative – CCGI – offers high-quality online career and college planning tools for students, families and educators.
By using the tools, the goal is for students to graduate with a thoughtful, well-informed plan for life after high school. This includes career exploration, enrolling in the right high school courses, exploring college majors, certificates and other programs, and exploring which colleges and universities would best suit the needs of individual students and families.
To achieve the CCGI milestones, each Fern Bacon student will build a comprehensive online portfolio. The combination of technology tools and personal guidance helps empower students to successfully research potential colleges and career paths, choose high school courses that prepare them for college and navigate the process of paying for and applying to colleges.
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.
Fern Bacon Middle School students recently learned hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation in their PE classes, giving them the knowledge to potentially save a life.
According to the American Heart Association, more than 320,000 people in the United States suffer from cardiac arrest each year. Fewer than 11 percent of those die before reaching a hospital.
In a study cited by the United Press International, hands-only CPR makes teenagers more likely to respond in an emergency. Researchers saw a nearly 50 percent improvement in the number of students willing to perform CPR.
“If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved,” says Fern Bacon Principal Mary Coronado. “Great job PE teachers!”
Students from Luther Burbank High School and Sutter Middle School won prestigious SEVAs (Student Educational Video Awards) during a gala held last night at Sacramento State.
Burbank junior Joseph Gonsolis won the SEVA for Best Instructional Video for “How to Be Secure.” Seniors Derek Love and Ariel Ruano earned Honorable Mention (second place) for their documentary “Sleep Paralysis.” The Burbank winners are students in teacher John Hull’s Media III TV Production class.
Sutter students Jarrett Lewis and Alejandro Fisher won a SEVA for their creative expression video “Water You Thinking” and an Honorable Mention for their school news show “The Pick.“
Fern Bacon Middle School Student Maria Moreno presented an award for Creative Expression.
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Fern Huston Bacon, for whom Fern Bacon Middle School is named, was a teacher, principal and superintendent who dedicated 40 years to the students and families of the Pacific School District, which was annexed by SCUSD in 1958.
Born in Medford, Oregon, in 1903, Bacon’s family moved to Briggs, California when she was 10. After graduating from high school, Bacon considered studying to become a teacher, nurse or piano teacher. Her father persuaded her to go into teaching because he thought it offered more security. She took his advice and enrolled at Chico Normal School, now known as Chico State.
In Sacramento, Bacon was hired to teach fourth grade at Pacific School, where she spent 40 years as a teacher, principal, and shortly, as District Superintendent.
In 1928, she married Devere Bacon, who later became principal of Crocker Elementary School. Besides her duties at Pacific, Fern Bacon was greatly involved in many of the social activities at Crocker.
Three years later, she became the teacher/principal at Pacific School, which was a five-teacher school. At the time, the district was all farmland, which could be purchased for $10 an acre.
As the area began to develop, Bacon was very active in researching whether a new school was needed. In 1949, a new Pacific Elementary School was opened and Bacon was named principal and district superintendent. Eventually, the district included three more schools: Woodbine, Parkway and Clayton B. Wire.
Pacific School District was annexed to SCUSD in 1958 and Bacon returned to being the principal at Pacific. She retired in 1965.
In her free time, Bacon loved the outdoors and spent vacations at Wright’s Lake, where she and her husband owned a cabin. She enjoyed skiing in the winter and fishing in the summer. An equestrian, she also participated in cattle drives.
Almost 300 Fern Bacon Middle School seventh graders enjoyed a field trip to Tower Theatre last week to watch the documentary “He Named Me Malala,” which tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzi.
Malala was the target of a Taliban gunman who wounded her as she returned home on a school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. She was attacked for advocating for girls’ education.
Fern Bacon students are working now to make connections between the movie, current events and their classroom reading assignments. ”Students have been inspired to not only make a difference in their own lives, school and community but also to take a stand for their education by stepping up their commitment to be college and career ready,” says Assistant Principal Tarik McFall. “Malala’s story proves that one person truly can make a difference.”
Fern Bacon Middle School students will be starting a new science unit called “Human Impact on Earth.”
Students will be participating in a major project on campus where they will be sorting out all of the waste that is produced during one day at the campus into categories of paper, compostable material, bottles and cans and trash.
From there, the students will be taking action to make Fern Bacon a more sustainable and healthy place to learn. Those actions could be letters to district and city officials about increasing recycling options on campus and along Wesley Avenue.
The unit will require research and a student presentation on other ways that humans impact earth such as: Deforestation, greenhouse effects, global warming, water pollution and oil spills.
Fern Bacon Middle School students and families — along with PE teacher Matt Brown — participated in the annual Mustard Seed Spin along the American River Parkway on September 24.
The Spin, which gives riders the option of pedaling for eight or 20 kilometers, is designed to both raise funds for Sacramento Loaves & Fishes’ Mustard Seed School and promote children’s wellness and safe cycling.
After the ride, Fern Bacon bikers received refreshments and played games. Each student and family member got a free bike, helmet and t-shirt.
Fern Bacon Middle School teacher Julie Del Agua has been recognized by PBS LearningMedia as a 2015 PBS Digital Innovator.
The program, which is in its third year, recognizes tech-savvy K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms.
Del Agua is an eighth grade media production and math teacher. Her expertise in technology and its uses with purpose in the Common Core State Standards has allowed her to integrate iPads and laptops in her math class for students to share their thinking and critique others’ work.
The 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia Custom service, invitations to special events and access to a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course. PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing support in their community from their local PBS member stations.
PBS LearningMedia received hundreds of applications from leading teachers throughout the U.S. and its territories. Judges selected the 100 educators based on submissions of videos and written essays that addressed how they are creatively using digital technology and tools in the classroom to drive student achievement.
City Year, a nonprofit organization that provides “near-peer” mentors to five SCUSD schools — Fern Bacon, Oak Ridge, Father Keith B. Kenny, Rosa Parks and Leataata Floyd — was recognized on March 18 by the Sacramento City Council.
During the City Council presentation, City Year shared that 70 percent of Fern Bacon students receiving targeted interventions from a City Year member improved to a 2.0 GPA or better. In comparison to 24 sister sites across the country, City Year Sacramento at Fern Bacon ranks highest in literacy academic results.
City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with high need public schools to provide full-time targeted student interventions.
In communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, City Year’s teams of 17- to 24-year-old AmeriCorps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance through in-class support, 1-on-1 and small group tutoring, mentoring and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to success.
The organization’s culture emphasizes the values of leadership, diversity and community service.
Fern Bacon Middle School hosted its second of three Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) meetings last week.
English teachers Jessica Ghalambor and Lysette Lemay and math teachers Myra Licon and Tatiana Sanchez presented lessons to parents based on the Common Core State Standards. Each parent was given tools to use to practice with their child at home.
The Common Core State Standards, adopted in California in 2010, detail what students should know and be able to do at every grade level. Standards-based teaching challenges students to think more deeply, analyze information and work with others in teams.
Students at Fern Bacon Middle School got a lesson in civic responsibility on Friday, October 24, when they cast ballots for California governor and several propositions in a mock election.
MyVote California Student Mock Election is a program sponsored by the Secretary of State. Students at more than 900 schools participated this year in the program. Statewide results will be announced later this week.
At Fern Bacon, students were provided information to read and discuss in their core classes so they could make the most informed decisions. Students’ votes were collected and sent to the state of California to be counted.
After the students’ voted, they received an “I Voted” sticker.
The result: Governor Brown, 139; Neel Kashkari 37. Students also favored Prop. 1 (water bond) and Prop. 2 (rainy day fund).
More than 900 students, teachers, parents and supporters waited to hear those words on May 6 at the Sacramento Educational Video Awards ceremony, held in a Sacramento State University ballroom.
Students from all over the Sacramento area participated in the SEVAs this year and submitted a total of 345 student-produced videos.
For the first time, Fern Bacon Middle School’s Media Production class submitted videos to the SEVAs. To their surprise and delight, two of the video submissions were finalists.
Jahsuni Jones, a seventh grader, was awarded the Honorable Mention award for the category of School News Broadcast. In addition, Mai Lue Lee, also a seventh grader, was a finalist in the same category.
In class, students learned how to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) and all year ran a weekly school news broadcast. All of the media students wrote a script, created a storyboard, filmed and edited their PSAs and weekly school news broadcast. Many of these videos were then submitted to SEVA for judging by community members and educators.
America Enriquez, a Media Production student said, “We were really surprised when they announced that Fern Bacon had won honorable mention for the school broadcast.”
Jahsuni Jones said, “This has been a great learning experience for me and I want to do it again.”
Julie DelAgua, the media production teacher stated, “This is a great opportunity for students to learn about all the components of video production, and it includes standards from all content subject areas. Then students apply these skills and their creativity to produce an actual product that gets recognition on such a large scale. In addition, students learn technology skills and are completely engaged in the process. This is learning at its best.”
The Sacramento Educational Video Awards have been around for 20 years supporting and encouraging students from kindergarten through high school to grow their creativity and love of media production. The SEVAs are made possible by the support and sponsorship of SECC (Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium) and Comcast.
The cheers were loud and proud during the California Standards Tests (CSTs) Kickoff Assembly at Fern Bacon Middle School.
Fern Bacon Middle School had the highest gains in English language arts and math of all middle and K-8 schools last year.
At this year’s assembly, eighth graders were recognized and honored for working hard last year and using their “Test Strong” strategies.A big round of applause also went out to all the teachers who worked hard to prepare students.
Principal Nancy Purcell also acknowledged how smart the seventh graders are and challenged them to rise to the occasion. In addition, to help students prepare for the CST, S.T.A.R. Academy accepted 120 college-bound students to attend an eight-week Saturday program designed to extend learning.
Parents were invited for a special luncheon, hosted by AT&T and City Year, to celebrate and recognize this accomplishment. Congratulations!
Editor’s note: The following article was written by Fern Bacon Middle School seventh grader Arslan Ali.
With nervous and tense faces, the debate began. At Fern Bacon Middle School, an intense debate between Mrs. Del Agua’s and Mr. Fernald’s first period and fifth period ELA GATE classes.
Mrs. Del Agua’s class was the OPPOSITION and Mr. Fernald’s class was the PROPOSITION. The topic for the debate was: Should middle schools require mandatory drug testing for extracurricular activities?
Each class performed extensive research and chose three speakers.In addition, three objective judges from around the school were chosen for each debate.
The judges discussed and argued amongst themselves to determine their decisions. Who knew that there could have been such a shocking result!
Afterwards I asked a member of the opposition about the debate and he said, “It was fun and challenging.” Another member of the opposition said, “The debate was exciting and challenging but fun and I would like to do it again.”
Well, there you have it. The students in these classes learned many new standards like writing an argumentative essay, extensive research skills, citation of resources and creating counterarguments due to their teacher’s hard work and willingness to allow students to apply these newly learned skills in a debate.
This debate was so successful that the teachers are planning another debate for their last unit.
Fern Bacon Middle School student Arturo Santana watched players trekking up and down the Luther Burbank High School basketball court and smiled.
A participant in a previous game, Santana was enjoying seeing others having as much fun shooting, passing and scoring in basketball as he did.
“I don’t know if you saw it, but I knocked down three shots,” Santana, 12, said at the conclusion of a round of play at SCUSD’s second annual Spring Inclusive Basketball Tournament on March 20. ”I’m an all-around player that goes with the flow of the game.”
Santana was one of about 150 students from around the district that participated in the Special Olympics-type event organized by district adaptive PE teachers to promote the importance of good health and having fun.
The players were assisted on the court by members of the Burbank Titans varsity mens and womens basketball teams, some of whom are students enrolled in Burbank’s innovative Peer Tutoring class, which pairs general education students with students who have special needs.
Senior David Straughter, captain of the varsity team, said he has become “good friends” with the student he assists through the Peer Tutoring class. “You learn that we’re all alike,” he said.
Teacher Greg Polo said some of the peer tutors remain friends with the students they assist even after graduation. “It’s good to see that these relationships last.”
Students came by bus from John F. Kennedy High School, Fern Bacon, Rosa Parks Middle School, Sacramento City College and Sacramento State to participate in the basketball tournament. The event featured various levels of game play, including wheelchair games.
A similar track and field event with Special Education and general education students was held in the fall. Students enjoyed both the competitive aspects of the event and the camaraderie.
Titan player Jalen Coates, a junior, said he volunteered to keep score at the tournament “because I think everyone deserves a chance to play.”
The Parents as Partners in Schools workshop series at Fern Bacon Middle School concluded Friday with a celebration.
Certificates were distributed as Principal Nancy Purcell encouraged parents to continue their involvement to ensure the best education for their child.
“It was especially gratifying to see the pride and excitement of our parents knowing they have accomplished something important for themselves and their child’s education,” Principal Purcell said.
The Parents as Partners workshop is a series of nine two-hour sessions offering an interactive experience for parents, with hands-on activities.
Participants learn about the educational system; how to communicate with ease with school staff; ways they can become involved in schools and how to advocate for their child’s educational needs. Additionally, scheduling a nine-week series allows for powerful collaboration among the parents, so they are poised to participate in leadership roles at the site level when they complete the class.
While the majority of participants in this series came from Fern Bacon, there were also parents from neighboring Bowling Green McCoy and Chacon schools.
Parents as Partners in Schools is offered by SCUSD’s Family and Community Engagement department. Contact the Serna Parent Resource Center at (916) 643-7924 for more information.
Being involved in your school and community as a young person while achieving academically is key to becoming a successful adult. It takes focus and discipline combined with self-motivation. Leslie Del Torro, an 8th grader at Fern Bacon Middle School is one of those students.
Leslie Del Torro is the 8th grade Afterschool President and is involved in many aspects of her school and community. As an emerging leader, she is a member of the Young Activist Club, a group of students who plan and complete community service projects, a student mentor who assists Fern Bacon ELL students, a math tutor in the After School Program all while maintaining a 3.5 GPA. In addition she is a member of the School Publications Team, responsible for creating and editing the student newspaper and yearbook, as well as a member of the 8th Grade Soccer Team and the Fern Bacon Dance team, appropriately named “the Stars”.
James Rumohr, After School Program Manager at Fern Bacon states,” Leslie is the #1 recruiter for the After School Program”. As a participant in the SCUSD Summer of Service Program and one of the keynote speakers at the 2012 National Summer Learning Day on the steps of the State Capitol, Leslie is an advocate for out-of-school time learning opportunities.
For these reasons the Sac-City Unified School District would like to Honor Leslie Del Torro as this board meeting’s Stellar Student.
Students at Fern Bacon Middle School organized and participated in a mock election for this year’s presidential race.
The mock election gave students an opportunity to celebrate democracy by playing a role. The activity also stimulated future young voters to cast their ballot, express their views and to participate in the democratic process.
The results mirrored those of the nation and state. The students approved President Barack Obama’s and Senator Dianne Feinstein’s re-election bids. The also voted with a majority of Californians on seven out of 11 propositions.
The Fern Bacon Middle School Drum Line is on the move!
Under the direction of Katoya Moore, the drum line performed at the opening ceremonies for the new Marconi Avenue Walmart on Wednesday, September 19.
Students left the campus before daybreak with their drums and sticks, ready to put on a great show. After the media event and festivities, the students were surprised with a $2,000 donation to the school by Walmart.
Funds will be used to support the drum line and purchase needed equipment. Kudos to Ms.
Katoya and the drum line students, who were back in class by second period. The beat goes on!
Despite reductions triggered by state budget cuts, SCUSD schools increased student proficiency in English language arts, history and science as measured by the 2012 California Standards Tests (CSTs), according to data released last week.
SCUSD’s eight middle schools had the highest increase in the percentage of students scoring at or above grade level in math and language arts. The biggest increases were in English language arts scores, a rise credited to the district’s push to implement the more rigorous Common Core Standards in that subject. More than half – 55.3 percent – of SCUSD middle school students tested in the “proficient” and “advanced” ranges, an increase of 5.6 percent over 2011. Common Core math standards will be implemented this coming school year (2012-13).
“With Common Core Standards, we are pushing our students to be ready for college and 21st century careers,” said Superintendent Jonathan Raymond. “We are holding them to higher levels of learning and working hard to give our teachers the tools, strategies and content knowledge to help our children learn at these higher levels.”
Overall, SCUSD students’ English language arts proficiency increased 2.4 percent. More than 50 percent of SCUSD’s 44,000 students scored at either the “proficient” or “advanced” levels during spring testing. Students outperformed their peers in demographically similar districts in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Bernardino. Math scores, however, remained relatively flat. Common Core math standards will begin to be implemented this school year.
Among the middle schools, Fern Bacon, one of seven district Priority Schools, had the biggest increase — 15.7 percent — in the number of students scoring in the “proficient” and “advanced” ranges in English language arts. In math, Fern Bacon increased proficiency by 11.9 percent.
In 2011, about a third (34.2 percent) of Fern Bacon’s students scored at grade-level in English. This past spring, half (49.9 percent) achieved proficiency.
Fern Bacon Principal Nancy Purcell says her formula for improving student learning can be summed up in one word: “People,” she says. “Our greatest resource is human capital. Our teachers and staff go beyond the call of duty every single day to just get the job done.”
Purcell added that the test scores reveal only one aspect of Fern Bacon’s turnaround in recent years. She said the culture and climate of the school has significantly improved, which contributes to student academic success.
“Test scores are just one component of what represents quality in a school,” she says. “At Fern Bacon, we have a culture built on high expectations and compassion and kindness. Kids feel safe and happy to be here and that’s just as important.”
. Other CST highlights include:
• Theodore Judah Elementary School students gained 12.8 percent in language arts proficiency and 8.4 percent in math, the biggest gains among the SCUSD elementary schools. In addition, every Judah sixth grader scored at either proficient or advanced.
• Health Professions High School saw dramatic gains in language arts, world history, social science, math and science scores. Student proficiency in science rose 20.1 percent, the biggest gain by any SCUSD school in any subject.
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.
Mary Hardin Young currently serves as Assistant Superintendent of Schools with Sacramento City Unified School District.(SCUSD).
Prior to this position, Mary was an Administrator of Academic Achievement, the Director of Elementary Education and Principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School – all with Sac City Schools.Before moving to California, Mary served as a Superintendent for a K-8 district just outside of Yellowstone National Park in Montana, and a Staff Development Specialist and Middle School Principal in Iowa.While her educational settings have included a small community school district, an expansive rural system and two large urban districts, her work has consistently focused on increasing student achievement, educational equity and access for diverse student populations. Mary received her Masters in Educational Leadership, through a Danforth Fellowship at Iowa State University. She holds two Bachelors of Science degrees: One in Elementary Education and one in Disadvantaged Education and Psychology.
Students in 7th and 8th grade are not included in the GATE identification process in the Sacramento City Unified School District. Students who are identified as GATE in grades second through sixth will continue to be identified as GATE students throughout their middle and high school years. These classes include GATE identified students as well as students who have demonstrated high achievement or high potential.
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.
Superintendent Raymond launched the Priority Schools program in the spring of 2010 to accelerate the rate of student learning in low-performing, high-poverty schools. Six schools were initially selected for participation: Oak Ridge, Father Keith B. Kenny and Leataata Floyd (formerly Jedediah Smith) elementary schools; Fern Bacon and Will C. Wood middle schools; and Hiram Johnson High School. Rosa Parks Middle School was added to the program in June 2011.