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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
Twelve student “green teams” showcased projects to make their campuses greener and more sustainable at SCUSD’s second annual Project Green Showcase last Thursday (May 23) at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School.
Viable projects are in line for $1 million in Measure Q bond money set aside for green school initiatives. Measure Q was approved by Sacramento voters in November.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Luther Burbank High School’s Parent University is offering free classes in Computers and Beginner ESL (5 to 8 p.m. Mondays), Advanced Spanish Reading and Writing (5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays), Hmong Reading and Writing (5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays) and Intermediate ESL (5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays). Childcare and homework support for children is offered free during the classes. Call Elisa Gonzalez Hidalgo at (916) 433-5100 ext. 1050 for more information.
The capacity of Luther Burbank High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program will be expanded for the 2012-13 freshman class to allow a limited number of Open Enrollment students from all areas of the SCUSD district to apply. IB is a challenging program for learners that helps students develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, IB is in 3,325 schools in 141 countries.
Luther Burbank High School’s Black Student Union and its EMERGE program – a seventh-period leadership class for African-American girls — have assembled an ambitious calendar of events to celebrate Black History Month next month. Plans call for a Black History Gallery in the school cafeteria, a movie night, a “Big Sister, Little Sister” “bonding” afternoon, a trivia contest and a performance night. Go Titans!
The Luther Burbank Titans are on a roll! First, the school won SCUSD’s breakfast participation contest. Then it became the first comprehensive high school to reach 100 percent compliance with the state’s whooping cough vaccination requirement. And on Friday, Luther Burbank’s annual blood drive set a new record for donations. Eclipsing 109 pints in 2009, 131 pints were collected by Blood Source workers who set up shop in the auditorium. Run by the Medical and Health Sciences SLC Lead Teacher Cary Farley, the 10-year tradition has collected approximately 1,000 units of blood.
Edward Kemble Elementary School hosted a community meeting with Sacramento Vice Mayor Bonnie Pannell and Sacramento Police Captain Neil Schneider. Guests heard from Neighborhoods United about starting a neighborhood watch and service. Also, Kemble held its annual School Achievement Celebration, which was attended by more than 300 people family and community members. The event recognized individual student gains and the school’s recent exit from federal Program Improvement status. Music was provided by Luther Burbank High School’s band – some students were Kemble alum.
Luther Burbank High School Burbank increased the number of students eating breakfast at school 34 percent in September, which makes the Titans the winners of the Got Milk? Breakfast Challenge. The school was presented with a $3,000 check before its homecoming game on Friday. Pictured, Burbank senior Kong Vang is made up in a speed contest during the school’s spirit rally on Thursday. Cheerleaders lend support.
Bankers from Wells Fargo visited John F. Kennedy and Luther Burbank high schools on Thursday, national “Get Smart About Credit Day,” and gave a mini-lesson to students on “Saving to Buy a Car” with an emphasis on making smart financial decisions that protect their futures. “Get Smart About Credit Day” is part of a national campaign by volunteer bankers to help young people develop responsible habits concerning finances.
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.
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.
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.
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 has launched a kindergarten-through-12th grade International Baccalaureate (IB) track at Caleb Greenwood School and Kit Carson Middle School in East Sacramento, providing the community with a rigorous educational program designed to inspire children to become passionate learners.
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: