Leataata Floyd Elementary is one of the Superintendent’s Priority Schools. Our mission is to focus on three targets: (1.) Academic Instruction, (2.) Core Belief Systems and(3.) Engaging our Students, Families, Communities. To use a catch phrase, “We hold an ACE up our sleeves!” to promote student success.
These targets reflect the SCUSD strategic plan pillars (Academic Instruction=Career and College Ready Students, Core Belief Systems= Organizational Transformation, Family and Community Engagement=Engaging our Students, Families and Communities) and will align our design efforts to increase student performance.
Think of it as a local version of “Top Chef” with really, really tough judges.
Leataata Floyd Elementary School students taste-tested vegetable dishes crafted by five high-profile Sacramento chefs on Tuesday as part of Food Literacy Center’s fourth annual Veggie of the Year competition.
Chefs Kurt Spataro of Paragary Restaurant Group, Oliver Ridgeway of Grange, Suleka Lindley of Thai Basil, Jay Veregge of The Firehouse and Keith Breedlove of The Culinerdy Cruzer presented imaginative takes on beets, cauliflower, avocado, nopales and collards.
Food Literacy staff also announced details about the program’s expansion courtesy of an AmeriCorps program award. In the next two months, Food Literacy Center will be recruiting and training 30 new AmeriCorps service members as Food Geniuses, the instructors who deliver their cooking-based curriculum. Currently, Food Literacy instructors work after school in six SCUSD schools.
“This award marks a melon-sized milestone for Food Literacy Center,” said Amber Stott, the group’s founding executive director. “It brings us closer to our dream of edible education for all students. With help from AmeriCorps service members, we can meaningfully expand our programs.”
Food Literacy’s mission is to encourage children – often the most discerning farm-to-fork fans – to eat more vegetables. The Veggie of the Year contest helps bring attention to the role fresh food plays in improving student nutrition, which helps kids stay healthy. The competition starts with the posting of 10 vegetable candidates online. The public was invited to vote for favorites and the list was winnowed to the top five. Each chef is then assigned a vegetable contender and asked to create a dish for student judges to evaluate.
The winner of the September 13 taste testing will be announced on September 16.
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.
Leataata Floyd Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jennifer Dempsey received hands-on math materials last week from Chevron through the company’s Fuel Your School program.
Fuel Your School is a collaboration between Chevron and DonorsChoose.org. Earlier this fall, teachers posted classroom project requests. Chevron customers help fund the projects by purchasing eight or more gallons of gas at participating stations.
Dempsey is using the math supplies to teach her students about fractions. Those on hand at the delivery of the supplies included Superintendent José L. Banda, Principal Eric Chapman and Brent Tippen of Chevron.
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.
A group of parents who live in the Land Park neighborhood have formed a new nonprofit foundation to raise funds for schools.
The Land Park Schools Foundation (LPSF) has been busy hosting fun events to benefit Crocker-Riverside Elementary School, Leataata Floyd Elementary School, California Middle School, C.K. McClatchy High School and Tiny Tots Preschool.
“We’re trying to make sure all those schools have the resources they need,” says LPSF President Konrad Vonschoech. “If we all get a little bit involved, we’ll all have success.”
So far, the foundation has raised about $10,000, Vonschoech says, through such events as a BBQ, Brews, Bluegrass and Bikes and a Family Disco Bingo Night.
Crocker-Riverside Principal Daniel McCord says he intends to use the funds raised by the group to support student tutoring and library services. He applauds LPSF founders — all Crocker-Riverside parents — for thinking about helping the other schools that their children will eventually attend.
“They see the bigger picture for our kids, which is great,” he says.
Vonschoech, a Sacramento police officer whose 9-year-old son attends Crocker, says forming the group has had the added benefit of providing a social support system for parents who might not otherwise get to know each other.
The Leataata Floyd Elementary School community honored Nancy Tennyson, outreach director for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, at its first annual Leataata Floyd Community School Service Award Presentation held on Tuesday, June 4.
Tennyson has been instrumental in creating and leading a partnership between Trinity Cathedral and the school. Over the past decade, Tennyson helped start the school’s Clothes Closet and Weekend Snack Packet program, which provides nutritious food for students.
Tennyson and the church have also provided Mother’s Day gifts for students to give their moms, holiday gifts for students and luncheons for teachers.
Second graders from Leataata Floyd and Crocker/Riverside elementary schools walked to California Middle School on June 6 for the annual Second Grade Read-Around.
Small groups of second graders were assigned to pairs of Cal students, who read them books in the quad. A group picture and popsicles finished out the morning.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Crocker/Riverside PTA, all students were sent home with a reading book of their choice. The second graders were excited to see the campus and have some “play time” with the middle school students!
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.
Leataata Floyd Elementary School third grader Romeo Granados recently cut his hair for the first time and donated it to Locks of Love, an organization that supports cancer patients, burn victims and trauma survivors by fabricating wigs out of donated hair.
Says Principal Billy Aydlett: “Out of kindness and concern for others, Romeo cut his hair for the first time in his life and donated it to Locks of Love.
This is a perfect example of a student following our school’s social emotional focus, ‘The Panther Way.’ We are extremely proud of Romeo and his generosity to others in need.”
Hundreds of families attended a block party on Saturday to celebrate Leataata “Tata” Floyd, the Seavey Circle activist who inspired the renaming of Jedediah Smith Elementary School in her honor.
Leataata Floyd’s son, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd, attended the celebration along with his brother, Malcolm Floyd, who played for the Houston Oilers. (The brothers share the same name with different spellings.) Malcolm Floyd coaches football and teaches at C.K. McClatchy High School.
Block party festivities included a barbecue, music and Polynesian dance performances by students and professionals.
Leataata Floyd Elementary School (formerly Jedediah Smith) kicked off the second year of its Family University program on September 27.
Topics of study for the 2012-13 year were discussed at the first meeting and the renaming process for the school was explained.
Families and staff also engaged in a deep conversation about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Leataata Floyd is one of four SCUSD schools participating in a grant-funded pilot program to focus on SEL, which is broadly defined as a process of helping children and adults develop the life skills necessary to be successful.
Family University at Leataata Floyd Elementary will culminate with a “field trip” for family and community members and staff to neighboring C.K. McClatchy High School.
At its September 6 meeting, SCUSD’s Board of Education voted to change the name of Jedediah Smith Elementary School to honor Seavy Circle and New Helvetia community activist and school volunteer Leataata “Tata” Floyd. The school is also working to implement its theme for student learning “The Panther Way.”
The school kicked off the 2012-13 year with several recent celebrations. On August 29, school staff and staff of the Boys and Girls Club and City Year Sacramento participated in the third annual Jed Smith Community Walk and Meet the Teacher Night. Dozens of families came by both neighborhood centers to meet with school personnel in a true community outreach event.
On September 4 — the first day of school — more than150 family members accompanied their students to class.
Jedediah Smith Elementary School held a second session of its new Parent University program on Thursday, April 26.
Ten parent leaders, seven staff members and two community members attended and learned about the school’s Social and Emotional Learning initiatives. A brainstorming session was facilitated to address and plan bullying prevention efforts (the focus set by the group during its first session). Jed Smith’s staff plans to expand the program next year to serve 20 parents. Thanks to the Office of Family and Community Engagement, the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project and Boys and Girls Club of Sacramento for supporting this initiative.
Jedediah Smith Elementary School held its second school-wide thematic learning showcase on March 30. Celebrating the end of the Endangered Species Unit, the school community held an open house and conducted a “procession of endangered species.” All 330 students (preschool through sixth grade) and more than 100 staff, parents and community members marched through the Seavey Circle neighborhood. Families and students returned to school to view the large variety of student work on display connected to endangered species.
Thanks to the Sacramento City Police Department and the Boys and Girls Club of Sacramento for helping make the day a joyous success!
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.
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.
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.
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.