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.
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.
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.
Nicholas Elementary School cut the ribbon on its new Parent Resource Center on Friday, March 2. Those on hand to celebrate included Dean Vogel, president of the California Teachers Association, Principal Rachel Lane and parent Cindy Chavez, who created beautiful table settings for the breakfast buffet served to about 45 parents and community partners.
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.
The phrase “going above and beyond” would be an understatement when referring to the efforts of Cindy Chavez, yard duty and parent volunteer at Nicholas Elementary School. Cindy has helped with yard duty for the past four years and has served as PTO President for the past two. She also spends much of her own time providing valuable translating services for parents at ELAC and School Site Council meetings.
Nicholas Elementary School’s Family Art Night on December 8 yielded a record turnout over previous years. Nicholas has been extremely focused on parent and community engagement this year, making it a top priority. More than 200 people attended the arts celebration and participated in creating projects and holiday-themed crafts. Families got a nice surprise from Santa, who visited and took pictures with students. Principal Rachel Lane has worked with Anita Warmack from the A.
Students at Nicholas Elementary School attended a recent performance of St. Francis High School’s production of the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Students later asked for autographs and posed for photos with the teen actors.
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.