Special program: Early Kinder. To learn more about this program, click here.
Signature field trip: Sly Park
After-school program: MASTERS (Making After School Time Enriching and Rewarding)
Through a balanced, holistic, culturally responsive and standards-based educational foundation, students will become lifelong learners, prepared to be competitive and successful at all levels of their academic career.
An effectively prepared staff will build effective relationships with students and parents; develop a standards-based and balanced curriculum that captures interest, motivates, encourages and challenges each student regardless of ability level to higher academic achievement; develop within
their students inventive thinking, adaptability and self-direction; explicitly teach interactive communication, social and personal skills; require students to develop quality state of the art results; develop relevancy of the state content standards through Project Based Learning and Service Learning; remain current on instructional best practices through professional development centric to the site’s critical pedagogy; promote English Language Acquisition and Development through vocabulary instruction and authentic exhibitions/presentations; provide targeted intervention; eliminate the academic achievement gap and engage students through the use of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching.
Reading Partners, a nonprofit SCUSD partner organization, cut the ribbon on a new Literacy Center at H.W. Harkness Elementary School last week.
Reading Partners will be working with 50 Harkness students who need support meeting proficiency standards in literacy. Attending the ribbon cutting were Harkness Principal Isabel Govea, Area Assistant Superintendent Chad Sweitzer and Amy Eubank from Sacramento Region Community Foundation.
Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy and Walk 4 Literacy helped supply funds for the new site.
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.
Sacramento City Unified School District currently has ten Early Kinder programs at the following school locations. For Early Kinder student registration please contact the school(s) listed below. All student registration materials are available at each of these school sites.
The H.W. Harkness Elementary School Parent Resource Room is taking an active role in getting a message out to parents on anti-bullying. “It is vital that parents know the signs of what to look for and to know the difference of what is considered bullying vs. just bad behavior,” says Officer Frank Ley of the Sacramento Police Department.
The Parent Teacher Organization at H.W. Harkness Elementary School has an usual fundraising campaign.
The school’s PTO put out flyers asking for parents/community members to volunteer to have their yards decorated with flamingos.
Families paid $20 to get the flamingos. “They make the yards look so cute that parents have been getting on a waiting list to get the flamingos,” says Principal Isabel Govea. “Some community members have been so generous that they simply donate larger amounts of money because they know the money is going to computers for the kids.”
H.W. Harkness Elementary School students collect items and write letters to military troops in Afghanistan to give them a little piece of home in a box.
The project started six years ago and has been an exciting way to connect with and thank those serving overseas. The soldiers are always very appreciative and have written letters back to the school, along with pictures of them receiving the packages.
Third graders in Kathy Bowling’s class at H.W. Harkness Elementary School were among the winners of the Sacramento Bee’s “Be Water Smart” pledge contest. Students received T-shirts and a visit from the Bee’s mascot, Scoopy.
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson distributed more than 300 backpacks filled with school supplies to students at H.W. Harkness Elementary School on Wednesday, September 12.
The distribution capped Dickinson’s second annual “Give Back(pack) Drive,” a back-to-school drive to collect backpacks and supplies for kids.
“I am thankful for all of the generous donations we received from Sacramento area businesses and members of the surrounding community,” Dickinson said.“Every child deserves to have the tools necessary to succeed in school,” he added.
The Sacramento Council of PTA’s Clothes Closet also received backpacks to distribute to students throughout the school district. In addition, Harkness teachers received supplies for use in their classrooms.
“Our students are thrilled and grateful to have new backpacks and supplies to begin our school year,” said Principal Eric Chapman, who encouraged students to “compute, analyze, utilize and serve” with their new tools. “I look forward to seeing everyone with their backpacks every day.”
Superintendent Jonathan Raymond thanked Dickinson and his partners in the community for their generosity. “These have been challenging times for us,” he said. “But thanks to our supporters, we’re able to continue to educate students in the best way possible.”
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.
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.
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.
Early Kinder (also called Transitional Kindergarten) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for children whose 5th birthday is on September 2nd through and including December 2nd. (Refer to registration page for more information.)
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.