Sports: Baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, wrestling, softball. For more information on Kennedy sports, click here.
Signature field trips: All 9th grade students attend college tour to CSUS and all 11th grade students attend college tour to UCD. Additional college tours are taken by specialized programs and clubs. PACE, ROTC and Criminal Justice Programs have specialized field trips specific to their programs.
Clubs: JFK students enjoy more than 30 clubs, including Robotics.
Recognized by the state as a 2005 and 2009 California Distinguished School, John F. Kennedy High School (JFK) is a comprehensive school, serving students in grades 9-12, in the Sacramento City Unified School District. JFK is known for its rigorous academic programs. JFK operates on the fundamental assumption that all students are capable of experiencing success and achieving excellence through learning.
JFK provides a climate that continuously affirms the worth and dignity of all students, while setting high standards for learning and behavior. The campus provides a supportive and friendly atmosphere where students and staff feel safe and enjoy caring relationships.
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.
“Freedom Writers” teacher Erin Gruwell will appear at John F. Kennedy High School on Friday, May 13, to screen a new documentary that tells the story of her students in the years after the movie was released in 2007.
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Register here.
The film, ”Freedom Writers: Stories from an Undeclared War,” is the powerful story of 150 at-risk students from Long Beach who were once considered unteachable.
Inspired by Gruwell and the writings of Anne Frank, the students discover a new way to express themselves. The documentary follows the students’ story from 1994 through the present day. In a racially divided community where adolescents were exposed to drugs, gang warfare and homicides, Gruwell makes it her goal to teach the students to put down their fists and guns and to pick up a pen.
After the film, Gruwell went on to found the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches educators around the world how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. She has written two books on teaching, “Teach With Your Heart” and “The Freedom Writers Diary Teacher’s Guide.”
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson and SCUSD Superintendent José L. Banda visited John F. Kennedy High School on Monday to promote legislation that would increase state funding to after-school programs.
Others on the JFK tour included Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) and Michael Funk, director of the state’s After-School Division. Cooper is the author of AB 2663, which would add $73 million for after-school programs.
The officials met with students, staff and administrators who showcased the school’s expanded learning programs, which include dance, robotics and the Men’s Leadership Academy.
“I am very proud of our expanded day programs at Sacramento City Unified,” Superintendent Banda said. “We have been very deliberate in creating programs that align with classroom learning and are still a lot of fun”
Students in John F. Kennedy High School’s Men’s Leadership Academy enjoyed snowboarding over Spring Break, a trip sponsored by Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento County Probation.
“The weather made the trip more challenging with a steady snowfall all day, but I think it added a unique experience for the young men that went to the snow for the first time,” says School Resource Officer Adam Feuerbach, one of the chaperones.
The excursion was funded by the Sacramento Police Foundation.
“Thanks to all those that made this possible and who are giving an opportunity to a group of young men that have demonstrated leadership qualities while being involved with the MLA Program,” Feuerbach adds.
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.”
John F. Kennedy High School alumnus Cornel Ronald West (class of 1970) is an American philosopher, academic, social activist, author and public intellectual.
West was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and grew up in South Sacramento. His mother, Irene B. West, was a teacher and principal in the Elk Grove Unified School District, where a school is named in her honor. His father, Clifton Louis West, was a general contractor for the Defense Department.
As a teen, West marched in civil rights demonstrations and organized protests demanding black studies courses at Kennedy, where he was class president (he also ran varsity track). He later wrote that, in his youth, he admired “the sincere black militancy of Malcolm X, the defiant rage of the Black Panther Party…and the livid black theology of James Cone.”
In 1970, after graduating from Kennedy, he enrolled at Harvard where he graduated magna cum laude in 1973. He later earned a master’s degree and doctorate from Princeton.
West is currently a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University. He has written more than 20 books (“Race Matters,” “Democracy Matters” among them) and is a frequent guest commentator on various TV talk shows.
“I grew up in the Glen Elder neighborhood of south Sacramento, and always felt I am who I am because somebody loved me – my parents, my older brother Clifton, my baseball coach and the late Rev. Willie P. Cook of Shiloh Baptist Church,” West told the Sacramento Bee in 2014 while participating in a protest in Ferguson, Missouri. “You express love by respecting, correcting and protecting.”
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 David Van Natten and Stephanie Shaughnessy.
David Van Natten, Principal, John F. Kennedy High School
Hometown: San Diego
Very first job: ”I had a cousin who had a mow-and-blow gardening service. I used to work with him in the summers when I was about 13 or 14. I was the mower — if I was lucky. I was usually the guy that picked up the debris. I learned the potential value of a college education.”
Education: California State University, Chico, Bachelor’s Degree, English; Sacramento State, Master’s, Educational Leadership
Previously: Van Natten taught English at Burbank High School before becoming Kennedy’s Assistant Principal. Prior to Burbank, he taught writing at Chico State.
What I like best about being principal: ”I am super happy to be in a position where I can work with the school’s stakeholders … teachers, support staff, students, community members … to shape a vision to be used to move the school forward. Exciting stuff!”
People would be surprised to know that…: ”I’m a total car nut. Old, new…I’ve owned 30 or so in my lifetime. Originally, I wanted to be an auto mechanic.”
Focus for the 2015-16 school year: “We have excellent programs. Yet there’s still work to be done to make sure that everything is equally excellent.”
Stephanie Shaughnessy, Principal, John Morse Therapeutic Center
Hometown: Sacramento. Her mother was an SCUSD teacher and principal and Shaughnessy is a graduate of C.K. McClatchy High School.
Very first job: ”Delivering flowers. There was a florist right across the street from McClatchy. I loved bringing joy to people’s lives.”
Education: California State University, Chico, Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science; Master’s, Sacramento State
Previously: A former Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 teacher, Shaughnessy served as the district GATE Coordinator before her appointment to John Morse.
What I like best about being principal: ”I love working with kids. It’s a natural thing for me.”
People would be surprised to know that…: “I rode a motorcycle from Sacramento to Brazil. And I got married in a hot air balloon.”
Focus for the 2015-16 school year: ”I would say our No. 1 priority is to continue to focus on how we can help kids be successful in the world and not just in school. Our goal is to help them be happy.”
John F. Kennedy High School senior Wenyu Ma is one of 10 California students to win the PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship. The scholarship covers up to $100,000 in college tuition and expenses.
Ma was surprised during class by the arrival of PG&E executives carrying an oversized check on May 26.
“I am so thankful for this scholarship,” she said. “It will really help my family help me in reaching my educational goals. I also want to thank everyone who has helped me — classmates, teachers, principals, people in the community — in small ways with homework or classes or applications. I would not be here without your support.”
Ma moved to the US from China six years ago and worked hard to overcome language barriers in school. In the fall, she will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she will study energy resources engineering.
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:
The Sacramento Unified Education Foundation is hosting a “Countdown Fundraising Campaign” to support John F. Kennedy High School’s robotics team — the only high school team selected to represent the City of Sacramento in the prestigious 2015 FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis this week (April 22- 25).
The FIRST Robotics Championship is considered to be the World Series of robotics competitions.
As a part of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), SCUSD’s robotics programs provide students with the knowledge, skills and real-world experience necessary for them to be college and career ready.
Students work very hard all year long to build the robots and to raise the funds necessary to compete in robotics competitions. Donations will help off-set the costs associated with building the robots, competition fees, transportation, food and lodging.
Help send Sacramento’s hard-working future engineers and scientists to the 2015 FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis next month.
John F. Kennedy High School’s robotics team has been selected to compete in the prestigious competition — the first Sacramento City Unified School District robotics team to ever make it. School of Engineering and Sciences’ team may qualify for the championships as well, depending on the outcome of its next bout.
These dedicated teens need your help in covering the costs of travel, accommodations and other expenses. Make a contribution at www.gofundme.com/sacrobot.
Your donation could make the difference between just a few select members of a team or the entire team going to the competition. Please help our students represent our great city by supporting our teams with a generous donation.
High school robotics teams in Sacramento work very hard all year long to raise the funds necessary to compete in robotics events. These funds are used to build sophisticated machines and pay for competition entry fees, transportation, food and lodging. When a team is successful, they need additional help in a hurry.
The FIRST Robotics Championship is considered to be the World Series of robotics competitions. A team strong enough and lucky enough to earn a place on this roster must raise funds in a very short time. Many teams find out only a few weeks before the championship event and have to pay higher prices for team airfare and hotel accommodations. Then there is the cost of getting their robots, heavy batteries, tools and team booths to the event. Give now and help make dreams come true!
Several Sacramento City Unified School District high school and middle school students won high honors at the Synopsys Sacramento Regional STEM Fair in Folsom on March 14.
Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School first place finisher Will Gaudreau has been nominated to move on to the California State Science Fair Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition.
Nicholas Wong, John F. Kennedy High School: Second Place, Behavioral and Social Sciences, for “What Factors Influence Currency Bill Tracking?”
Will Buelna, The Met Sacramento: Second Place, Biological Sciences, for “The Effect of Pollution on Plants”
Jacquelyn Davila, School of Engineering and Sciences: Third Place, Energy and Transportation, for “A Coral Safe Sunscreen”
Anthony Cordova, Trejon Croffet and Maribel Campos, John F. Kennedy: Honorable Mention, Energy and Transportation, for “Is Water From Our School’s Drinking Fountain Safe?”
Peter Milam and Darius Gordon-Gregor, School of Engineering and Sciences: Honorable Mention, Energy and Transportation, for “Rock You Like a Hurricane”
Viktoriya Gracheva, School of Engineering and Sciences: Honorable Mention, Physical Science, for “How Many Pulleys”
Julia Heckey and Sophia Sidley, Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School: Third Place, Behavioral and Social Sciences, for “Cellphones”
Maya Steinhart, Sutter Middle School: Honorable Mention, Behavioral and Social Sciences, for “It’s All in the Eye.”
Sydney Walthall, Sutter Middle School: Third Place, Biological Sciences, for “Water Disinfection — Testing a Simple Solar Disinfection Approach”
Sophia Peavy and Lola Jan, Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School: Honorable Mention, Biological Sciences, for “Home Clean Home”
Ben Powell, Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School: Second Place, Chemistry and Health Sciences, for “Tums, Tums Tums Tums Tums”
Alexa Gray and Bridget Herbert, Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School: Fourth Place, Chemistry and Health Sciences, for “Are Your Hands Really Clean?”
Elizabeth Low, Sam Brannan Middle School: Honorable Mention, Chemistry and Health Sciences for “Get the Soap Out”
Will Gaudreau, Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School: First Place, Engineering, for “What’s Cooking?”
Alex DeNuzzo, Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School: Honorable Mention, Engineering, “Why No WiFi?”
Kenny Duong and Tommy Hoang, Sutter Middle School: Fourth Place, Math and Computer Sciences, “Want to Make a Video Game? Here’s How!”
Darin Thao, Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School: Third Place, Physical Sciences, “A Breath of Fresh Air”
Special Award Winners: Will Buelna, Jacob Artho (Sutter), Quincy Johnston (Sutter), Lucy Lindgren (LdV), Jacquelyn Davila, Sydney Walthall
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.
The 2013 John F. Kennedy High School yearbook staff has won the Herff Jones Excellence Award in recognition of Outstanding Execution of Concept and Theme for this year’s Reflections yearbook, which is titled “Beyond Measure.”
This is a regional award given by the Herff Jones yearbook representatives from the Sacramento area and the honor was presented to the class by Herff Jones’ Kelly Gentry.The Kennedy Annual will now be considered for the inclusion in the Herff Jones national publication, “Ideas That Fly.”
The Reflections staff are:
Front Row (from left to right): Christine Chalmers, Emily Ramirez, Gabbie Fajardo, Kailie Reeves, Kalaisha Totty, Madi Von Rotz and Tesa Winters.
Row 2: Ocean Blue-Cassella, Leslie Alfaro, Emilie DeFazio, Marissa Yee, Emmanuel Escobar, Alicia Howard, Paha Xiong, Anissa Reyes, Maichi Vang and Tina Li. Back Row: Grace Johnson, Miranda Montoya, Mariah Vasquez, Nancy Fuentes, Timmy Li, Gladys Koloamatangi, Sergio Gomez, Jessica Moore, Leheira King, Victoria Bryant and Kaelyn Hosokawa.
Students from John F. Kennedy High School’s Visual Communications class were recently honored for their illustration work on a children’s storybook.
In a contest hosted by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, young elementary school authors were tasked with writing a story inspired by agriculture. Eight winners were selected from thousands of submissions by young authors.
High school students from art programs in Modesto, Sacramento, Elk Grove and Woodland were then invited to illustrate the winning entries.The authors and illustrators of the finished anthology were honored on March 20 at a ceremony held in the Governor’s Council Room at the state Capitol.
The students in the Visual Communications class at JFK were excited to bring some of these stories to life through digital illustrations. It was the first time the talented group of students completed a project that required them to interpret someone else’s words and develop illustrations to match the author’s ideas.
The JFK students selected one person as the project lead and then identified each student’s artistic strength. Every illustration was a team effort and students worked on specific details that showcased their skill on each scene, keeping consistency throughout the story. One of the illustrations contained a red barn that so inspired the judges that they decided to use it on the cover of the anthology.
“This is the relevant, real-world experience that is afforded through Career Technical Education (CTE) programs that are designed to bring authentic work-based learning activities directly into the classroom,” said Joseph Stymeist, CTE coordinator for the district. “It’s inspiring to see the Linked Learning approach of academic rigor, challenging technical courses, work-based learning opportunities and wrap-around student support come alive in the classroom and resonate with our students.”
JFK teacher, Kathleen Sailer said, “I’m very proud of the way the Visual Communications students worked together on the illustrations. They collaborated so smoothly that the glitches that come along were just that, little glitches, and consensus was natural to the creative process. Besides being very professional in their approach, they also had a lot of fun!”
John F. Kennedy High School student Nancy Barrera has won the CVS Pharmacy and WorkAbility 1 Program’s “Student Award of Excellence.”
Ms. Barrera has been participating in work experience through WorkAbility, at the Rush River CVS Pharmacy all year and is in the process of being hired by the pharmacy. She has won for WorkAbility’s Region 4 which encompasses most of Northern California.
Included in her award is a $200 check, which she will receive at an event on May 22. Congratulations!
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
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.
SCUSD’s Safe Schools Office in collaboration with Sacramento Police Department is providing campus monitor training. The training is funded by the Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) grant provided by the US Department of Education.
Last Saturday, a group of campus monitors participated in a workshop on peer mediation and conflict resolution. The peer mediation group from John F. Kennedy High School made a presentation.
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.
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.”
Students enrolled in Japanese at John F. Kennedy High School Skyped with 10th graders in Matsuyama, Japan, as a partnership between the two schools. JFK students wrote letters to the students in Japan and letters were read to each other via Skype. JFK students then performed a traditional Japanese dance for their sister city students. Click here to watch.
Two members of John F. Kennedy High School Speech and Debate team, led by teacher Michael Fry, won first place in a recent state qualifying tournament and will be moving on to the state finals.
Partners Henry Adkisson and Joanne Newens, who perform in the duo category, are going to state after winning first place. Another team member, Pa Yang broke to the semi-final round in her category. Says Principal Chad Sweitzer: “We’re extremely proud to have such talented performers on our team. Great job, Cougars.”
John F. Kennedy High School student Henry Molina won the Sacramento County Poetry Out Loud competition held on February 7 at Rosemont High School.
Molina now moves on to represent Sacramento County in the state finals March 25-26 at the Capitol. California’s overall winner will receive $200 and an expenses-paid trip to compete in the National Finals in Washington, D.C.in April. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be awarded at the national finals, including a $20,000 award for the National Champion.
Molina bested 14 other students from around the county to earn his spot in the state competition. Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. The program provides students with the opportunity to perform poetry in English classes.
Modeled like the National Spelling Bee, the Poetry Out Loud program began in local high school classrooms, with winners advancing to school-wide, then regional competition.
Students at John F. Kennedy High School are learning how to be Safe School Ambassadors through a grant aimed at improving JFK’s climate. The young good-will ambassadors were trained last week on how/when to respond to conflicts on campus and were empowered to work hard to make their school as pleasant and safe as possible.
The group is led by after-school programs coordinator Yer Gutierrez, Instructional Aide Jennifer Dobrinski and teachers Ken O’Flaherty and Chris Herner.
Teens at John F. Kennedy, Rosemont and C.K. McClatchy high schools learned about leadership and teamwork last week from experts in those fields: Navy SEALs.
While the kids were put through their paces physically, they also were given lessons on the importance of collaboration, which is essential to successful SEALs teams.
At CKM, 64 students participated, a third of them girls.
The program, run by two Navy SEALs officers, began with a 30-minute video on the basics of how the Navy uses teamwork and dedication. These two traits were reinforced over the course of the morning.
After the video, students participated in a series of long strenuous exercises including push-ups, tire flipping and jumping into the McClatchy pool fully clothed. One of the officers later commented that CKM was the first school he had visited where not a single student quit during training.
John F. Kennedy High School students joined with teens across the region and the country participating in No Text on Board, an initiative of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign to end the dangerous practice of texting while driving.
According to AT&T’s research:
– More than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, causing life-changing injuries and deaths.
– Seventy-seven percent of teens have watched their parents text and drive and 75 percent say the practice is “common” among their friends.
– Teens know the risks of texting while driving: Ninety-seven percent say it’s dangerous.
– Yet 43 percent of teens admit to texting and driving.
– Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident.
At the Pledge Day event, teens will make an oath never to text and drive via iPad stations that will be set up on the JFK campus.
The 130 graduating seniors in John F. Kennedy High School’s Program in American and California Exploration (PACE) received more than 400 college acceptances this spring, including acceptances to such prestigious institutions as Harvard, Yale, Brown, Cornell, Princeton, Syracuse and Duke. Forty-five PACEers are going to UCs, including UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Davis. Thirty-two PACEers are going to a CSU. Thirteen will attend a private university, including Stanford and New York University. Five are attending out-of-state public universities, including Arizona State and Alabama A&M. Thirty-four PACEers are going to community college with plans to transfer to a UC or CSU. One senior is going into the U.S. Army. Special congratulations to JFK’s valedictorian Raymond Chan, who is attending Stanford University in the fall for free after earning more than $300,000 in scholarship money.
John F. Kennedy High School junior Riley Lopez is the winner of the Mastagni Law Art Competition sponsored by the downtown law firm Mastagni, Holstedt, Amick, Miller and Johnsen. The competition invites middle and high school students to celebrate the contributions of public safety professionals. At a reception on May 31, Lopez was awarded a plaque and a $500 scholarship from Sacramento Fire Fighters Local 522. Riley’s artwork will be on display at the law firm from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 9 as part of a Second Saturday exhibit titled “Honoring the Heroism of First Responders.” Says Lopez: “We know the hardships and struggles (first responders) face on a daily basis. They do, too, yet still give their time to help people.”
Students from Jinan, China, and John F. Kennedy High School visited Sacramento’s City Hall on May 8. The group toured the City Council chambers and press room, where students posed for photos at Mayor Kevin Johnson’s podium. They later met the mayor, whom they gave a Kennedy T-shirt. Writes Anstonia Ma, a JFK sophomore in the PACE Program: “From being personally escorted around City Hall to being able to meet Mayor Kevin Johnson was an opportunity that would not have been open to many people and I am very fortunate to have been able to participate in an event such as this.”
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.
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: