Special programs: International Baccalaureate (IB); six Small Learning Communities (Business and Information Technology, International and Environmental Studies, Law and Social Justice, Medical and Health Sciences, Construction and Design and Visual and Performing Arts); Navy Junior ROTC
After-school program: Burbank offers seventh-period enrichment classes music, dance, school newspaper, yearbook, student government, and Black Student Union.
Clubs: Burbank students have more than 30 clubs from which to choose.
The arts: Digital media, TV production, band, choir and speech and debate
The mission statement of Luther Burbank High School reads: To create community, appreciate diversity, teach civic responsibility and prepare students to work, learn and thrive. In order to achieve these goals Luther Burbank is structured into six small learning communities, each focused on a academic/career theme and providing students with options for work and college. Luther Burbank also provides students with the opportunity to participate in the International Baccalaureate Programme, an internationally recognized honors program for students interested in internationalism and challenging international standards.
Attention high school seniors: Learn how to apply for financial aid at a Free Cash for College Workshop next week (October 11 at Hiram Johnson and October 12 at Luther Burbank). Please see flyer for times, dates and other SCUSD high school locations throughout the fall.
Kavontay King, a Luther Burbank High School junior enrolled in the rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program, has received an Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.
King, who maintains a 4.0 grade point average, attended a convention in Boston this summer for future medical leaders. He plans to become a doctor.
Luther Burbank High School students constructed a tiny house last weekend that will be donated to Kavanah, a nonprofit dedicated to helping provide affordable housing.
The students are enrolled in Burbank’s Construction and Design Small Learning Community. They competed against other local construction academies in the 30th annual Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Jim Lambert Design Build Competition at Cosumnes River College.
The small homes were built in a college parking lot. Student teams had two days to build the homes using industry-approved designs permitted by the county.
Teacher Andrew Woodward’s team of students learned the importance of keeping hydrated and taking in salt (it was 91 degrees during the competition) and how to work as a team, says Work Place Learning Coordinator Katy Hensley.
At least one student received a potential job offer. Students have been working with Michael Benjamin from SETA on interview and job readiness skills.
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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Hundreds of teachers, parents, garden advocates and others met last month at Luther Burbank High School for the two-day Garden in Every School Symposium coordinated by Soil Born Farms.
The symposium featured workshops designed to help teachers use school gardens as outdoor classrooms where students can get hands-on lessons in such subjects as plant biology, environmental sustainability and climate change. Other workshops focused on building butterfly habitats, harvesting and cooking fruits and vegetables, creating career pathways in the agriculture industry.
SCUSD is a regional leader in eco-literacy through its Project Green program, which awards bond funding to student-led teams that develop innovative ways to conserve energy and water on campus.
Luther Burbank High School Navy JROTC Cadet Commander Gabriel Fallis has been awarded a $180,000 scholarship from the Marine Corps.
Fallis, a senior, plans to attend San Diego State in the fall and will use the Marine Corps Officer ROTC College Scholarship to pay tuition and other expenses.
Fallis transferred to Burbank from a school in Elk Grove Unified specifically to participate in the Navy JROTC program. He has held several important positions in the command including: Junior Varsity Color Guard Commander; Varsity Color Guard Commander; Senior Enlisted Adviser; and Commanding Officer.
His scholarship will cover all tuition, books, fees and will pay him a monthly stipend throughout four years at a university. He will also have the opportunity of fully paid summer employment for four to eight weeks each year in various internship positions within aviation squadrons, sea-going units and many other command opportunities.
Upon graduation from college, Fallis will be commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Congratulations!
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 Jim Peterson and Cristin Tahara-Martin.
Jim Peterson, Interim Principal, Luther Burbank High School
Hometown: Pinole. Peterson is a fourth-generation native Californian.
Very first job: “Master control panel operator for a public access TV station operated by the city of Pinole. It was much less impressive than it sounds. I was 16.”
Education: Bachelor’s in Spanish, Sacramento State; master’s in Spanish, Sacramento State
Previously: Peterson began at Burbank as a substitute in 1994. “The students had gone through seven substitutes and it was only October. On my first Friday, I thought ‘This is it. I’m not coming back here.’ Then a student said ‘You’re not coming back, are you?’ I said ‘Why do you say that?’ And he said ‘Nobody ever comes back.’ And I said ‘I’ll be here.’ ” Peterson stayed the year, joined the full-time faculty and eventually rose to Assistant Principal. “I’m still working at my very first real job.”
What I like best about being principal: ”Building relationships with kids, their families and staff.”
People would be surprised to know that…: “I’m a clinical hypnotherapist.”
Cristin Tahara-Martin, Interim Principal, Sutter Middle School
Hometown: Sacramento. Tahara-Martin is all SCUSD: She attended Caroline Wenzel Elementary School, Sam Brannan Middle School and C.K. McClatchy High School, where her father, Harvey, taught PE and coached basketball.
Very first job: ”I worked at a Home Express store, which is like a Bed, Bath and Beyond. I pretty much folded towels all day. Every time someone looked at a towel, I had to fold it. I learned you have to do your very best no matter what the job is.”
Education: Tahara-Martin started college at the University of Arizona and then transferred to San Francisco State, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. Her master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is from Cal State Northridge.
Previously: She taught PE at Sam Brannan and served as Assistant Principal at Sutter.
What I like best about being principal: “I like that I’m in a position to have a positive impact on students every day.”
2015-16 focus: “Creating opportunities and access and support for every student so every student can excel.”
People would be surprised to know that…: “I was a college athlete.”
Luther Burbank High School’s Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Mentor team won Best Architectural Design at this year’s ACE Mentor Program Banquet. This is the second year in a row that the Burbank team has won this honor.
“This is a big deal for a rookie team only in their second year of competition,” said Joseph Stymeist, SCUSD’s Career Technical Education Coordinator.
The students’ task was to design a Career Technical Education building for their high school campus.To complete the task, the team researched a suitable location, determined the preparation work and determined costs, including salaries, materials, insurance and permits.
After meeting with district and site leaders, the team came up with a design they called the CAS (Construction, Architecture, Structural Engineering) building. With support of architecture and engineering mentors, students used industry standard software to design and layout their project.
Jessica Hardy, who also won the coveted ACE Leadership award, led the Burbank team to victory with her excellent presentation skills as she coordinated the team that explained the project to the judges.
In addition to Hardy, this year’s ACE Mentor team members were Francisco Garcia, Raquel Palma, Skylar Coil, Iram Naseem, Darryl Tugler, Laila Zaib and Samuel Hernandez.
Many of these students are looking forward to a career in the construction industry. Some members of the team are also planning to earn a degree in architectural design or construction management.
Lead Teacher, Pamela Buric, and CTE Teacher Andrew Woodward coordinate the ACE Mentor Program, which is an after school extension of the new Building Industry Technical Academy at LBHS.
The Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC) honored Luther Burbank High School digital media instructor John Hull with the 2015 Allan Hinderstein Award at its Student Educational Video Award Night last week.
The Hinderstein Award was created in remembrance of a visionary educator who collaborated with the consortium to create a variety of innovative teaching and learning projects.
Hull was given the honor in recognition of his “passion for using video and multimedia as a learning tool to engage students.”
Hull supports students by teaching Burbank’s digital media and journalism classes and is also a local journalist who highlights student sports.
Over the last seven years, Hull’s students have submitted more than 140 entries to the SEVA contest.
Drop by Consumnes River College today or tomorrow and lend support to Luther Burbank High School construction students competing in the annual Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Design/Build Competition.
Using criteria provided by the exchange, each team will build a 96-square-foot structure of its own design.
A panel of architectural and construction professionals from the greater Sacramento area serve as judges. According to the exchange website, “Structures are judged on the students’ ability to perform all the functions of the project including planning and design, scheduling, overall project management, conduct, as well as craftsmanship, team work and safety.”
The Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Education Foundation and the construction community provide all the materials needed for each team to complete their project. Schools may keep the completed projects and use it themselves or they may sell it to fund other school projects.
The competition is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6-7 in the Consumnes southwest parking lot (closest to the corner of Center Parkway and Calvine Road).
For the 12th year, Blood Source teamed with Luther Burbank High School health teacher Cary Farley to bring a resourceful team of phlebotomists and nurses to campus for the school’s annual blood drive, held December 12.
Blood Source arrived early in the day and set up in the auditorium, creating a network of stations for donors to rotate through.They bring a small army of workers bearing lights, wireless routers, food, furniture and medical supplies in a well-choreographed traveling show.
Farley’s health class students made presentations to various junior and senior classes around campus to drum up volunteers, then on the appointed day, the donors were escorted to the auditorium.
Student donors moved through a smooth process of interviews, wellness checks and blood tests necessary prior to giving blood. Staff also donated blood.
In addition to collecting blood, the Blood Source team taught valuable lessons about the need to support the community with donations. Nurse Bhupinder Kaur explained: “It’s definitely a good way to have the students get introduced into the whole donation of blood. It’s a good way to draw the students in, get them introduced to the medical field; see what kinds of professions are out there.”
Farley, in his 14th year at LBHS, said as he surveyed the busy scene in the auditorium foyer, “It’s been great. For a lot of the kids, it’s their first time donating, and then we have repeat donors. Hopefully they’ll be lifelong donors, learning how to help out in their community.”
On November 20, Susan B. Anthony Elementary School hosted its first Hmong New Year celebration.
Students took part in a number of culturally significant activities such as making rice cakes, spinning tops and tossing balls. Teachers were on hand to explain the significance of each of the activities to students in both the Hmong Immersion and English-only classrooms.
The campus celebration was followed by participation in the Sacramento Hmong New Year that was held at Cal Expo November 27-30. School staff hosted a booth at the celebration to help spread awareness of Susan B. Anthony and what they have to offer their students in the Hmong Immersion Program. Additionally, students from our Immersion Program performed on the main stage of the celebration.
Elder Creek Elementary School families, staff and students celebrated the 2015 Hmong New Year with performances that included: the “Qeej” Dance, the history of the Hmong language, traditional ball tossing and Hmong folk songs such as “Nyob Zoo.”
Ms. Hmong San Diego even showed up to perform a traditional Hmong dance!
Luther Burbank High School’s Hmong students also gathered for a celebration of the Hmong New Year in an annual tradition. Hmong culture, dress and traditional courtship rituals were celebrated.
Burbank teacher Patrick Vang explains the ball toss like this: “For the Westerner or the young Hmong-American, it may be nothing, but for a traditional Hmong, it’s everything.Traditionally, the ball toss is the main event of the New Year.It goes from sunrise to sunset.One of its main purposes is to find a mutual attraction. Through tossing ball, one can keep the other person only focused on him/her in ways such as speaking and expressing feelings to each other through traditional chanting.This can be the first step to a soul mate relationship.”
UC Davis’ School of Engineering celebrated and rewarded Sacramento City Unified’s efforts in C-STEM (computing, science, technology, engineering and math) education at its fourth annual Conference on Integrated Computing and STEM Education held May 18.
Peter Milam, an eighth grader at SCUSD’s School of Engineering and Sciences (SES), was honored as C-STEM Student of the Year.
C-STEM Teacher of the Year awards were given to Dylan Besk and Ryan Mangan from SES, Mafe Aguilar from California Middle School and Clayton Dagler from Luther Burbank High School.SES Principal Matthew Turkie accepted an award recognizing the School of Engineering and Sciences as the C-STEM School of the Year.
Superintendent Jonathan Raymond addressed participants and made note of many of the STEM related accomplishments made by SCUSD schools, teachers and students.
The long list included:
Award-winning elementary and middle school FIRST Lego teams
High school FIRST Robotics teams making it into the semi-final rounds at regional tournaments
Eighth grade teams from the School of Engineering and Sciences that took first and second place at the 2013 UCD C-STEM competition
An award for technical design for a solar powered boat used in the SMUD Solar Regatta.
Luther Burbank High School celebrated another successful year of its Parent University program with a graduation ceremony.
Principal Ted Appel gave the commencement address during the ceremony, which was organized by Assistant Principal Mai Xi Lee and Parent Advisor Elisa Gonzalez-Hidalgo.
Appel congratulated the graduating parents on their achievement and commitment towards their children’s education.He highlighted the benefits the children have now that their parents are empowered with the necessary knowledge to support and understand them in their journey towards higher education.
The keynote was followed by the recognition of graduates and a special thank you from two of the graduates, Flor Pedraza and Teresa Hernandez, who highlighted the key role parent engagement programs like Parent University play in the students’ success.
A trio of Advanced Digital Media students earned an Honorable Mention award (second place) recently at the annual SEVA (Student Educational Video Awards) award night at Sacramento State.
More than 300 videos from students across Sacramento County were submitted for this competition.
“Happy Time Films” produced an instructional video, “How To Make Deep-Fried Oreos” and earned the highest honor ever by a Burbank video crew.Those students are Lang Thao, DeVaughn Magnum-Hines and Osiris Frazier.
The competition allows students from grades 1 through 12 to enter video projects in one of four categories: Instructional, Documentary, School News and Public Service Announcement. A “SEVA” and an “Honorable Mention” are given to the top two videos in each of those categories.
Finishing in the top 10 in their category were the following Burbank production crews:
Instructional: ”How to Make Ombre Nails” by Jasledes Productions (Jasmine McKenzie, Marlene Orozco and Mercedes Cardenas); and ”How to Make California Sushi” by Fireflies Productions (Lor Vang and Kimberlin Her)
Documentary: ”Profile – David Straughter” by Aatiqah Murdoch and Kevin Gooch
PSA: ”Don’t Litter Our School” by Mina Kong, Michelle Cha and Sarah Lee
Four students in Luther Burbank High School’s after-school Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training program recently applied their knowledge of emergency first aid to help a classmate in distress.
A student in the school’s Law and Social Justice Small Learning Community was experiencing the onset of an urgent medical condition in class, requiring the teacher to call 9-1-1.Before paramedics arrived, students Mailea Loska, Benito Aguilera, Maria Acosta and Chris Rincon immediately began to give emergency aid, making sure their classmate had a clear airway and was breathing on his own.
They also treated him for shock (blanketing him to ensure he maintained his body temperature) and elevated his feet.
Teen CERT is an after-school program that provides students with emergency disaster training. CERT students must successfully complete 30 hours of training to be certified in the CERT program. The CERT program consists of nine modules encompassing training in triage, light search and rescue, fire suppression, emergency medical treatment and disaster psychology, among other topics.
Click here to watch a video featuring Burbank students about Teen CERT.
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
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.
Linda Thao is a testament to the multitude of exemplary young people who have enhanced their lives through the Navel Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program at Luther Burbank High School. Linda is only a freshman and already advanced to Cadet Seaman Apprentice through her unflagging commitment to scholasticism, knowledge of Navy’s 11 general orders and the chain of command. She was selected for Student of the Month Recognition Award through the Burbank Small Learning Communities: Visual and Performing Arts program for her leadership and academic excellence.
Linda recently attended a leadership conference called “Leaders in Life” and expressed nothing but enthusiasm and excitement to share new tools and skills with her fellow peers. Additionally, aside from her busy extracurricular activities of swimming, reading, volunteering, and overcoming personal struggles, she still manages to earn straight A’s and received a position of magnum cum laude for honor roll during Fall semester.
Linda is passionate and a hard worker who always strives to be the best that she can be and takes pride in helping others. Linda demonstrates what it means to be a passionate, kind-hearted, and hardworking student and we are proud to recognize Linda Thao as the Sacramento City Unified School District Stellar Student.
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.”
Luther Burbank High School student Gerald Pliman won the school’s Poetry Out Loud competition, held Friday, January 11. He now moves on to the county competition which will be held next month at Rosemont High School.
Pliman recited Langston Hughes’ poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud encourages youth across the country to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
Luther Burbank High School students donated 125 pints of blood last Friday during a blood drive sponsored by the school’s Medical and Health Sciences Small Learning Community in partnership with Bloodsource.
This is the 11th year the campus has sponsored a blood drive, and this year’s successful effort resulted in the donation of five more pints of blood than last year’s record-setting amount.
“The kids’ willingness to give blood is significant, knowing that no one can make blood,” said Cary Farley, lead teacher of the Medical and Health Sciences Small Learning Community. “There is a significant need for it in the community.”
Students in Farley’s health classes canvassed junior and senior classes, soliciting blood donations and answering questions. Farley added, “The kids are more likely to be life-long donors.”
Luther Burbank High School held a graduation ceremony on May 15 to celebrate the accomplishments of its Parent University participants. To the strains of the tradition “Pomp and Circumstance,” parents were recognized for completing the nine-session program and supporting their children’s education. The ceremony was led by Assistant Principal Mai Xi Lee and a keynote address was delivered by Walter Robinson, associate vice chancellor of undergraduate admissions at UC Davis. In addition, parent
Arcelia Rivera addressed her fellow graduates and highlighted the key role parent engagement programs like Parent University play in students’ success.
Students from Luther Burbank High School’s Law and Social Justice Academy who are in teacher Teresa Coatlalopeuh’s Teen Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) class made a public service announcement for the California Emergency Management Agency’s CERT programs.
Sixteen Luther Burbank High School students recently visited UC Riverside at the invitation of the university’s Hmong Student Association. The students experienced a full day of activities and had an opportunity to bond with the college students, who offered to become their mentors. The visit benefited the college students, too, as they learned how to organize collaborative event.
A team of students from Luther Burbank High School won “Best in Show” at the 26th Sacramento Builders Exchange Design/Build Program held last Wednesday and Thursday at Cosumnes River College. The team of Titans bested students from 15 other Sacramento-region high schools. Teams of students were required to design and build a 96-square-foot structure from materials donated by the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange. The students designed a playhouse last fall and built the shed in two days during the event.
Click here to read the Bee story about the event. Pictured are: Myriam Andres, Jonathan Lopez, Jackie Agular, Johan Cota-Diaz, Gerald Bean, Rudy Gutierrez, Martin Del Toro, Eden Vasques, Austin Vang and instructor Andrew Woodward (in back) Not Pictured are Alvaro Gamez, Sateki Polaulu, Walter Lausii-Tupou, Jay Araos and teachers Jonathan Mikles and Jerry Mamola.
The new $9.3 million Luther Burbank Sports Complex officially opened on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed later in the day with the Titans’ first home football game since 2008.
Burbank’s old football and soccer field was so damaged by ground squirrels that it was unsafe for play. The new field features state-of-the-art artificial turf, a new all-season track, a new scoreboard and bleachers for 2,500.
The complex also includes classrooms, restrooms and a concession stand. Funding for the project comes from Measure I, a facilities bond passed by district voters in 2002.
About Clayton Dagler:
In ninth grade, Clayton Dagler’s math teacher told him that he shouldn’t aspire to higher level math classes. Maybe the teacher was trying to do Dagler a favor. After all, the teenager did suffer from dyslexia and had a hard time in the class.
Instead, that demeaning comment had the opposite effect, giving Dagler the motivation to prove his teacher wrong. Instead of quitting math, Dagler continued to take higher level classes, eventually graduating from UC Davis with a mathematics degree.
That background has served him well as he works as a teacher at Luther Burbank High School, where he believes that every student can learn no matter what their situation or ability level.
That attitude is one reason that Dagler joins Marsha Stanley as a 2006 Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year.
“He, more deeply than any teacher I know, believes that students can be successful,” Burbank Principal Ted Appel said. His experience with dyslexia “has led him to understand that with good people around them every single student has can learn.”
Dagler said that his classroom struggles have allowed him to see the importance of small successes in learning.
To Dagler, even the students who say they don’t like math are teachable.
“Ninety-nine percent of those students don’t not like math, they don’t like failing,” he said.” Everyone wants to do good and everyone can. You have to show them small successes and build on that.”
Dagler has built on enough successes to watch several of his students attend college and major in math, a significant feat for many students at Burbank.
Both Dagler and Appel admit things weren’t so clear cut for Dagler when he was a rookie teacher.
“But he learned how to engage kids, structure his classroom and establish good relationships with the kids and their parents,” said Appel, who was working with new teachers when Dagler began his career. “He struggled mightily, but he was always open to getting better.”
Dagler now laughs about his trials as a rookie in the classroom. The second year was much better than his first and his third year was even better than that, he said. Now he mentors new teachers and tries to teach the same lessons he learned from Appel.
“It takes time (to become a good teacher),” Dagler said. “I’m still improving.”
“It’s important that teachers never stop finding new ways to teach and learning new things about what you are teaching. If you aren’t doing that, you shouldn’t be a teacher.”
While Dagler will enjoy a year of public accolades, he insists that there are plenty of others at his school deserving of such an honor.
“There are several teachers here who should be Teachers of the Year,” he said. “I’m just one of many teachers at Burbank and in the district who are working hard to help students succeed.
About Marsha Stanley:
Thank you Mrs. Werfel. Wherever you are.
Mrs. Werfel, an English teacher at Santa Clara High School in the late 1960s, taught her subject in such a manner, that she inspired Marsha Stanley to follow in her footsteps.
Stanley, an English Language arts and drama teacher at Art Benjamin Health Professions High School, didn’t exactly follow immediately in Mrs. Werfel’s footsteps. She took a little diversion—a 30-year career as a sales and service trainer for Pacific Bell—before she became a teacher. Now that she’s there, her students, and her principal, couldn’t be happier.
“She’s the most positive person I’ve ever met,” Principal Matt Perry said. “In terms of relationships, no one does it better.”
Her ability to build relationships is one reason Stanley joins Luther Burbank High School’s Clayton Dagler as a 2006 Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Year. Stanley is able to bring a positive energy to the students in her classroom and colleagues having a bad day, Perry said. “Her students love her,” he said. “She’s a very good role model for everyone, including adults.” But what sets Stanley apart is the lengths she goes through to build the all-important relationships.
Quite often she can be found riding the light rail into work instead of driving. Her schedule just happens to coincide with some of her students who rely on public transportation to get to and from school. While Stanley says that riding light rail is an opportunity to grade papers while someone else does the driving, she also admits to looking forward to the conversations she has with students outside of the classroom setting.
“I get a chance to know the kids more one-on-one,” she said. “It’s interesting to sit and talk with them about what they are reading in a more relaxed atmosphere.” Perry said that Stanley’s optimism allows her to find a way when others might be discouraged from pursing a task.
For instance, Stanley wanted students to put on a production. But Health Professions has no stage and no money for a set. Classes take place in portables while the permanent campus is being built. No problem for Stanley. Her students put on two performances at neighboring Jedediah Smith Elementary School. And Stanley negotiated a partnership with Music Circus, where students get to see performances and interact with the actors visiting the theater. “Her paradigm is anything is possible with students,” Perry said.
Even with the honor of being named Teacher of the Year, Stanley still sees herself following in the footsteps of teachers like Mrs. Werfel. “I’m no different than 90 percent of the other teachers. I was just a little more lucky,” Stanley said. “We all want our students to succeed.”
A SAC Member is one of four members chosen from each class level (i.e. freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior) to be a representative from the school’s Youth Congress. He/She is a highly visible student from the school site that works to ensure youth input and participation in decision-making processes.
2007 Youth Congress Advisors
America’s Choice HS – Mary Lou Hanzlik
Mrs. Hanzlik teaches electives classes such as art, yearbook and student government at America’s Choice High School. She is also the Youth Congress Advisor.
The Youth Congress at America’s Choice operates as a committee within the student advisory council and the student government class. Four students attend the district level Youth Congress meetings each month. America’s Choice students that are interested in being a school representative on the Youth Congress may apply at the beginning of each term. Applications are available in Room 3, see Mrs. Hanzlik for details.
Currently our Youth Congress is working toward setting a date for ceremony that will take place at the building site of our new school. This is an issue that is important to our students because many students have relocated with the school three times over the last four years. Students also attend school board meetings to show support for charter schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District.
C.K. McClatchy HS – Tim Douglas
Mr. Douglas teaches History and Student Activities in room 16A.
Our youth congress has 85 members and we meet Monday through Friday at 7:30. Currently we are working on spirit building events including a Spring Sports Rally, a multicultural day where clubs and entertainers perform and a Leukemia fundraising drive.
Last year our Youth Leadership class accomplished, among many other things, a Toy drive with the CHP, an Every 15 Minutes presentation for our 11th and 12th grade classes, and an Anti-Smoking event with professional X game athletes.
Our students have attended every meeting this year and we were the host site for December.
Hiram Johnson HS – Dylan Besk
I teach English in room X22 and have been the Youth Congress Advisor from 2004 to 2007. Our active Youth Congress (youth leadership) has ten to fifteen members; we meet on Fridays during lunch.
Last year, our Youth Congress class accomplished revisions to the school’s punctuality policy, an RT forum, and student leadership forums.
Luther Burbank HS – Jennifer Adkins
I teach 9th/10th/12th English and am the Leadership/Youth Congress Advisor. Our Youth Congress (youth leadership) has 24 members; we meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday during 7th period (3:30-4:30).
As we are newly formed (Spring Semester 2007), we are currently working on creating cohesion/unity and addressing student activities for this school year. Our Youth Congress has attended 4 SAC Meetings this year and we were the host site for the November 14, 2006 SAC meeting.
Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions HS – Allison Allair
I teach Student Government and World History in room C12. Our Youth Congress is a committee in our third period Student Government class. Currently we are working on outreach for a more diverse student voice. This is our first year in Youth Congress and we are excited about working with students from other schools in the district and providing input for the school board. Our Youth Congress has attended almost all of the SAC meetings this year. In the future we hope to have students from Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School represented in the leadership of the SAC, and as the student member on the SCUSD Board of Education.
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.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected educational programs that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
Schools must be authorized, by the IB organization, to offer any of the programs.
The IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching and student achievement.
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.
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: