Special programs: iReady, a K-6 online tutoring program; science instruction through a community garden
After-school and before-school program: ASES
Clubs, sports, the arts: Running Club; MESA; Girl Scouts; Very Special Arts
It is the mission of the Nicholas Elementary School community to assist every child in reaching his or her full potential. This goal will be achieved by providing all students a nurturing environment in which to become responsible, critical thinkers, who are of strong moral character and can lead productive lives in this multicultural technologically focused society.
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.
All 14 student-led Green Teams participating in Project Green 2016 were awarded funding for water conservation projects at a ceremony on Tuesday.
Initially, only the teams that scored highest on a Project Green rubric were to be awarded funding. But because some of the schools proposed fairly inexpensive projects — Bret Harte Elementary asked only for mulch and planter boards — the district decided to fund all 14 proposals, said Project Green Specialist Rachel King.
“We’re excited to fund all the projects and the judges were excited, too, because it took a little pressure off them,” King said.
The first-ever Green Apple Award winners were also announced on Tuesday. Garrett Kirkland of Albert Einstein Middle School won Principal of the Year; George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science won Green Team of the Year; Kim Williams of Leonardo da Vinci eK-8 won Teacher of the Year; and Food Literacy won Green Project of the Year.
Under Project Green, campuses across the district form student Green Teams supported by parents and staff and conduct audits of their facilities. The teams work with district and local professionals to draft recommendations for improvements ranging from the installation of solar tubes to increase the amount of natural light in classrooms to installing water-wise plumbing fixtures.
Students present their recommendations to a panel of experts. Judges then evaluate each submission based on their audit, presentation and written report. Schools displaying the highest performance in these areas are awarded funding for their projects.
“Thank you all for your hard work,” King told the principals, teachers, students and parents who attended the ceremony at Leataata Floyd Elementary School. “You’re amazing.”
The students in Anna Rudolph’s fifth grade class at Nicholas Elementary School are raising money to provide children in Flint, Michigan, with clean drinking water.
The money donated goes to a website which in turn provides bottled water to the Flint community. The Nicholas students are a part of the school’s Project Green team and have been looking into the drought and water crisis around the world and in the community.
Says Principal Rachel Lane: “This is one way to give back to the community!”
NASA engineer Leslie Smith visited a fifth-grade classroom at Nicholas Elementary School this week, encouraging students to pursue careers in science.
Smith is a mechanical design engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
A 2013 Mechanical Engineering graduate from Tuskegee University, she has worked at NASA for nearly seven years in the Propulsion Detailed Design Branch. Prior to NASA she interned at Aerojet Rocketdyne in Sacramento, where she was responsible for systems engineering work for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.
Smith shared her science engineering experiences with students in teacher Cheryl Sims’ class (Sims is related to Smith). Her visit provided an opportunity for students to meet a working scientist and engineer.
Her visit was an inspiration to the Nicholas Falcons and an encouragement for the students to “fly” into successful science engineering careers in the future.
Students at Nicholas Elementary School demonstrated their new garden science curriculum at an event today with SCUSD partners Jamba Juice and GENYOUth.
Jamba Juice and the GENYOUth Foundation have given 14 school grants to SCUSD campuses totaling $36,000. Schools are using the funding to either start gardens or maintain existing ones.
School gardens are becoming increasingly important as outdoor, living science labs where students can study ecosystems, learn about environmental sustainability and examine healthy food choices.
“We are so grateful to Jamba Juice and GENYOUth for helping students learn to love nature and the wonderful bounty a garden provides,” said Superintendent José L. Banda. “This work helps our students grow with healthy minds and healthy bodies.”
Nicholas Elementary is using its grant funding to purchase and install fencing around the school garden. At today’s event, students analyzed soil samples and teams dug a post hole for the new fence.
“School gardens are an important way for students to be active out of doors and to learn the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables,” said Julie S. Washington, chief marketing and innovation officer for Jamba Juice. “Through gardening, they learn that plants need care and nurturing to grow strong, and they make the connection that their bodies need similar care.”
I Got Caught Attending School is a joint effort with SCUSD, KSFM 102.5, and Natomas Walmart to increase attendance rates in our elementary schools. Recently, students at Oak Ridge Elementary and Nicholas Elementary were surprised with T-shirts and a classroom visit — awards for exemplary attendance.
Those “caught” are: Antonio Ortiz, Ian Saephan and Siree Echeverria from Nicholas; and Lauren Valdez, Mekhi Hawkins and Paulina Ochoa from Oak Ridge.
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.
Making good on his challenge to students, Nicholas Elementary School teacher Norberto “Norm” Martin received a pie in the face from Principal Rachel Lane after the school met its Jump Rope for Heart fundraising goal of $1,000.
Jump Rope for Heart benefits the American Heart Association. The group’s representative, Brian Zambor, also got a pie in the face at Nicholas. “We are challenging other SCUSD employees at other schools to take a pie to the face to help raise money for the American Heart Association,” says Martin.
Nicholas Elementary School recently received a generous donation of computer monitors from the California Medical Association (CMA). The school was contacted by a representative of CMA who asked if Nicholas could utilize some gently used flat-screen monitors for their school. The answer was a resounding “Yes!” and the monitors were delivered. Nicholas put the donation to good use by replacing the monitors in the computer lab and placing several in the school’s recently opened Parent Center.
Nicholas Elementary School hosted a basketball clinic with the Sacramento Kings. Students were taught basic fundamentals such as shooting, dribbling, passing and teamwork. Nicholas’ star player sixth-grader Aquira Decosta (pictured here) went one-on-one with the Kings’ Francisco Garcia, making the shot. Students had a great time learning new skills and technique from their favorite team. They also won autographed shirts, got autographs and pictures with players.
Bayside Church of Granite Bay and the Sacramento Tree Foundation partnered with Nicholas Elementary School on a campus beautification project. The Sacramento Tree Foundation donated 15 beautiful trees for planting and helped select the perfect locations for planting. Seventy Bayside Church volunteers spent their Spring Break pulling weeds, deep cleaning classrooms, painting basketball backboards, laying bark, planting flowers and digging holes for the 15 new trees. Nicholas students and staff came back to a revived, bright and welcoming campus.
Beginning March 1, 24 of our after-school educational and learning enrichment programs will begin serving an estimated 2,500 “supper” meals daily through the At-Risk After-School Supper Program pilot. The meal is in addition to the snack previously provided to students attending after-school programs that run as late as 6 p.m. Suppers will be served between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and the snack later.
Supper pilot sites are: John Still Elementary, Freeport, Rosa Parks, Edward Kemble, Cesar Chavez, Parkway, Pacific, Fern Bacon, Woodbine, Harkness, C.P. Huntington, Maple, Nicholas, Ethel I. Baker, PS-7, Fruit Ridge, Oak Ridge, Father Keith B. Kenny, C.B. Wire, Elder Creek, Albert Einstein, Washington, Jedediah Smith and Peter Burnett.
The suppers are funded by the USDA and administered by the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division. High-poverty schools (more than 50 percent of the students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch) are eligible. Reimbursement for at-risk after-school snacks has been available since the 1990s. However, reimbursement for at-risk after-school suppers was formerly available only in a few states. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-296) expanded the availability for at-risk after-school meals to all states.
SCUSD provides part day State funded preschool for eligible parents. The family monthly income must be under a certain amount.
If you would like to enroll in the State Preschool program please contact one of our two registration center Hiram Johnson Family Education Center, 3535 65th Street, (916) 277-7151;or Capital City Child Development Center, 7220 24th Street, (916) 433-2736.
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.
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.