Special programs: SES is the only 7-12 Linked Learning school in SCUSD that integrates engineering and science across subject areas.
Clubs: Future Women of Science and Engineering; FIRST Robotics; FIRST LEGO League Robotics; Book Club; Junior ACE and ACE.
The School of Engineering and Sciences’ (SES) mission is to provide students a quality and relevant academic experience that supports their personal learning goals and prepares them for future careers and studies in engineering and sciences. The only 7-12 grade Linked Learning model within the school district, SES integrates engineering and science topics across subject content areas.
SES uses enrichment programs and opportunities to enhance and strengthen hands-on experiences for students such as FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology), FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Lego League, ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) and Jr. ACE for both middle and high school students. Student pathway outcomes are demonstrated in the areas of effective written and technological communication, problem solving development and organizational/team management.
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. We kick off this occasional series today with two high school principals — Jim Hays at the School of Engineering and Sciences and Kal Phan at Hiram Johnson.
Jim Hays, Interim Principal, School of Engineering and Sciences
Help send Sacramento’s hard-working future engineers and scientists to the 2015 FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis next month.
John F. Kennedy High School’s robotics team has been selected to compete in the prestigious competition — the first Sacramento City Unified School District robotics team to ever make it. School of Engineering and Sciences’ team may qualify for the championships as well, depending on the outcome of its next bout.
Several Sacramento City Unified School District high school and middle school students won high honors at the Synopsys Sacramento Regional STEM Fair in Folsom on March 14.
Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School first place finisher Will Gaudreau has been nominated to move on to the California State Science Fair Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition.
Students and staff from the School of Engineering and Science and Rosemont High School’s Energy, Science and Engineering Academy visited with state legislators, including Senator Richard Pan and Assemblyman Ken Cooley, during California State University Community Partnerships Advocacy Day at the Capitol.
The focus of the day was to discuss the work of the partnership to increase college access and success, especially for underrepresented students, and build a pipeline of students from high school through the university in the energy, science and engineering pathways.
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.
This is an exciting 7- week program that gives incoming 7th and 8th grade students the privilege of helping out their community through service learning opportunities addressing community issues and concerns. Free breakfast and lunch provided daily. Program includes Field Trips, performances, and an end of summer Showcase!
Dates: June 22 – July 30, 2015
Times: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Locations: Albert Einstein, California, John Still, Rosa Parks, School of Engineering & Sciences, Sutter and Will C. Wood Middle Schools
Robotics teams from several SCUSD schools participated in the initial Northern California FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournament held November 10 at John F. Kennedy High School.
FIRST LEGO League is an international competition that develops critical skills in science and technology in a super-charged learning atmosphere. Small teams of 9 to 14 year olds design, build, program and test an autonomous LEGO Mindstorms robot along with a project developed as a solution to a real world problem developed with experts.
A team of juniors from the School of Engineering and Sciences experienced challenges yet still managed to win an award for the design of its solar-powered boat at the inaugural Northern California Solar Regatta hosted by SMUD and held at Rancho Seco Park. In four days, students of the Class of 2013 built a boat that had an onboard-computer system with advanced electronics, light aluminum framing and a homemade chain-driven outboard motor. Wind, weeds and crossed wires hampered the team’s efforts but not their spirits. Congratulations SES Class of 2013!
Robotics teams from the School of Engineering and Science and John F. Kennedy High School traveled to Madera during Spring Break to compete in the FIRST Robotics Central Valley Regional competition. The SEStematic Eliminators advanced to the semi-finals before being knocked out of the competition. Both teams received awards: SES won the Creativity Award and JFK won the Industrial Safety Award.
The School of Engineering and Science’s robotics team (SEStematic Eliminators) won a Regional Finalist Award at the FIRST Robotics Sacramento Regional competition held at UC Davis. The SES team was SCUSD’s first ever to advance to the finals of this prestigious competition. The Eliminators also won the Industrial Safety Award given to the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to protect against hazards. John F. Kennedy High School’s team made it to the semi-finals and won the Quality Award for “machine robustness in concept and fabrication.” The C.K. McClatchy Reavers and the Hiram Johnson Wire Freaks also competed in the program. Congratulations!
SMUD and SCUSD pulled back the curtain on the future of energy learning with the unveiling of a “SunFlower” at the School of Engineering and Sciences. The SunFlower is a towering, 400-watt, student-controlled solar array (visualize solar panels configured onto a large steel flower) that serves as an interactive learning laboratory — the first of its kind in the nation.
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.
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.
Students in 7th and 8th grade are not included in the GATE identification process in the Sacramento City Unified School District. Students who are identified as GATE in grades second through sixth will continue to be identified as GATE students throughout their middle and high school years. These classes include GATE identified students as well as students who have demonstrated high achievement or high potential.
With rising college costs and an uncertain job market, interest is growing in non-traditional, smaller high schools that put teens on a proven pathway to post-high school success. SCUSD offers five small high schools geared to preparing students for such growing employment fields as health care, engineering, sustainability and design.