Special programs: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID); GATE
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.
Twelve student “green teams” showcased projects to make their campuses greener and more sustainable at SCUSD’s second annual Project Green Showcase last Thursday (May 23) at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School.
Viable projects are in line for $1 million in Measure Q bond money set aside for green school initiatives. Measure Q was approved by Sacramento voters in November.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an academic elective class designed to increase student performance in school. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning using research-based methods of effective instruction.
Beginning with one high school and 32 students, AVID now impacts more than 700,000 students in more than 4,900 schools and 28 postsecondary institutions in 46 states, the District of Columbia and across 16 other countries/territories.
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.