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West Campus High School is a college preparatory school serving academically motivated students who reside in the culturally and economically diverse neighborhoods of Sacramento. West Campus is a diverse community striving for excellence with the single purpose of preparing students to attend college and perform successfully at the
post secondary level.
The West Campus community provides college bound students with a small, diverse and supportive environment focused on the development of academic skills with an emphasis on Leadership, Math and Science. The West Campus graduates will be College Bound, Effective Communicators, Contributing Citizens and Life-Long Learners.
Look out, Sir Paul McCartney: On December 17, Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy brings the Beatles to town when 18 SCUSD students join professional musicians to recreate the “Abbey Road” album in its entirety.
“The experience of performing in a professional environment is a key part of SPMA’s teaching,” explains Benjamin J. McClara, artistic director of Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy. “On December 17, professional musicians who saw firsthand the impact that the Beatles had on rock history will be playing alongside students who are just beginning to discover the band’s power for themselves. It’s a great experience for the students, but more important, it’s going to be a great evening of entertainment for Sacramento – and we hope to see you there.”
SPMA students were at the Golden 1 Center when McCartney performed live last month, courtesy of the city’s community outreach comp ticket program. Next, they take the stage at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center to perform the Beatles’ most critically-acclaimed album, on a set inspired by the band’s legendary Shea Stadium performance.
SCUSD students from Theodore Judah, West Campus High School, Crocker Riverside, Cal Middle School and Bowling Green Chacon will play alongside local luminaries, including Peter Petty, David Houston and Richard Rich, who appear throughout the evening to introduce songs, share Beatles trivia and even perform.
Event proceeds support SPMA’s iheartmusic Scholarship Fund, which provides need-based scholarships to SPMA students both in the academy’s lead studio at the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts (CLARA) and through in-school programs such as “The Guitar Project,” where students at several schools in Sacramento City Unified School District are provided with instruments and instruction for a 10-week class series.
Tickets are $25 and can be reserved at Dimple Records in Sacramento, or by calling Sac Prep Music Academy at (916) 382-2770.
Three Sacramento City Unified students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, which places them in the top 1 percent of high school students nationally.
Rosemont High School’s Joey S. Zhuang and West Campus students Emily Kim and Elena Torres are now eligible to become finalists and compete for scholarships by submitting a detailed application that includes an essay.
Students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship through the Preliminary SAT test. Of the 1.6 million students who take the test annually, only about 16,000 qualify as semifinalists.
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.”
West Campus High School senior Justin Nguyen has been accepted to both the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.
He is opting for the Naval Academy where, as a midshipmen, tuition, room, board and all expenses will be paid all four years.
The process for admittance to one of the U.S. military academies is extremely difficult to navigate: Students must be nominated for consideration by the President, the Vice President, a Congressional Representative or a U.S. Senator. Only one student per Congressional district can be nominated.
From about 15,000 applications that each Service Academy accept as complete, 1,200 freshmen are selected to attend. Nguyen credits his achievements and dedication to serving the community, which started with Boy Scout Troop 50 and continued at West Campus. He also volunteered at Mather Veteran’s Affairs Hospital.
“It is an honor to represent and serve my country,” Nguyen says. “I look forward to the great things that await me and the important leadership skills that I will learn at such a prestigious school. I couldn’t have been admitted without the help and support of many individuals including Boy Scouts Troop 50, West Campus and my family.”
As president of West Campus’ Associated Student Body, Nguyen has been instrumental in guiding his fellow classmates with school-wide activities. He was one of the students responsible for bringing the moving “Every Fifteen Minutes” program this year to West Campus High School.
“Justin is the type of student who is well-liked and respected by all of his peers as well as all of the staff,” says Principal David Rodriguez. “We are extremely proud of Justin for what he has accomplished at West Campus High School and look forward to his future successes.”
West Campus High School students captured several first-place medals at the 2016 Preliminary MESA Day competition held March 19 at UC Davis.
More than 400 high school and middle school students from the greater Sacramento area competed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) challenges to qualify for Northern California Regional MESA Day at UC Davis on April 30.
West Campus winners included:
Michael Li and My Nguyen: First place, Balsa Wood Airplane
Mateo Torrico and Emma Lowrie: Second place, Balsa Wood Airplane
Trevor Zinky and Justin Van: First place, Mousetrap Car
Liz Sanchez, Ezzie Uwadiale and Edgar Murillo: First place, Speak Out oral competition
Sarah DiGiorgio: Second place, Civil Structures Balsa Wood Bridge
Amy He: First place, EggXpress Egg Drop
Qi Liu and Phillip Kim: Second place, EggXpress Egg Drop
Ezzie Uwadiale and Liz Sanchez: Third place, EggXpress Egg Drop
West Campus also won the spirit award, in part because of their T-shirt design created by sophomore, Qi Liu.
MESA Day provides students with an opportunity to apply mathematics, science and engineering principles to individual and team academic contest and, over time, to develop their mastery of these academic skills
The West Campus High School boys basketball team defeated the Half Moon Bay High School Cougars Tuesday night to move on to the Nor Cal CIF Division IV finals.
The team will now play the Palma High School Chieftans of Salinas for the Nor Cal championship title. The winner of that game will play for the state championship against either Harvard-Westlake of Los Angeles or Viewpoint of Calabasas.
The playoff game against Palma is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday (March 19) at American Canyon High School near Vallejo.
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 David Rodriguez and Christie Wells-Artman.
David Rodriguez, Principal, West Campus High School
Hometown: Weed, California
Very first job: “I worked in the fields when I was about 16 or 17 — potatoes and strawberries. My dad was a logger and my mom stayed at home with five kids. I lucked out because I didn’t have to work as much as my older siblings. They really helped to support our family.”
Education: Sacramento State, Bachelor’s of Arts, Spanish (minor in Ethnic Studies); Sacramento State, master’s in Multicultural Education
Previously: A former high school Spanish teacher, Rodriguez is a veteran administrator and was principal at Sutter Middle School before his appointment to West Campus. “Two dreams jobs,” he says.
What I like best about being principal: “The interactions with the kids, the parents and the teachers. It’s the relationships that I like best.”
People would be surprised to know that…: “When I was a student at the College of the Siskiyous I worked at Pizza Factory.”
2015-16 area of focus: ”I want to continue to build our program with a focus on making sure every student is college and career ready.”
Christie Artman-Wells, Principal, New Joseph Bonnheim Community Charter
Hometown: East Los Angeles; her family later moved to Lodi and Wells-Artman graduated from Lodi High School.
First career: Wells-Artman worked in the retail industry before getting her teaching credential. ”I was a group sales manager for Macy’s and later a buyer for Liz Claiborne.” Making decisions about product placement required her to analyze statistics about customers. “I took that skill set — understanding demographics — and applied it to teaching.”
Education: Sacramento State, Bachelor’s of Art, liberal studies; Sacramento State, master’s in Educational Leadership
Previously: Wells-Artman taught at John Bidwell and Freeport elementary schools and was a teacher and Site Instructional Coordinator at Fern Bacon Middle School.
What I like best about being principal: ”I love building relationships. Everything else is secondary.”
People would be surprised to know that…: “I create electronica music and I create films. I’m all about the arts.”
2015-16 area of focus: “Building a school that really serves not just our scholars but our families.”
The West Campus Percussion Ensemble, which competes in the Northern California Band Association (NCBA) intermediate class, recently completed their winter season and the students placed first in all six of the competitions.
On March 28, the group won the NCBA Championship Trophy at Rosemont High School.
The West Campus Ensemble is led by band teacher John Ousley with assistance from Noah Clark, Joseph Baldridge-Drill and Tom Reilly and help from parents Maria Sullivan, Lou and Sandy Correia and Noly Batalla.
The band includes 16 students who dedicated numerous hours of practice after school and on Saturdays: Erika Trujillo, Dalanna Turner, Karina Alavez, Stephen Hannigan, Matt Amato, Maria Angel, Jackie Arguello, Josh Batalla, Gary Correia, Simon Cox, Landon Gonzales, Nancy Huynh, Thomas Le, My Nguyen, John Sullivan and Ev Vasquez.
Zafrin Dhali is a senior at West Campus High School. She would like to major in Bioengineering. She chose the field of bioengineering because it fulfills her enjoyment with the subjects of math and science. She is a passionate writer who has been published in the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans annually. She won medals for MESA- Mathematics, Engineering and Science Academics and her team won first place last year at the regional competition.
She takes pride in participating in community service and is part of the National Honor Society, Interact Club and California Scholarship Federation, which gives her the opportunity to volunteer. Zafrin is a teacher’s assistant at a local Sunday school, Masjid Al Nur, where she assists students of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. She teaches Semi-classical Indian dancing at her dance school, Mudra Dances and Hawkins School of Art. She also enjoys volunteering at the Bengali community and cultural events, often being a stage hand, choreographer, performer, or volunteer.
Zafrin is not only committed to her extra-curricular activities but has challenged herself with some of the most rigorous classes offered at West Campus. She carries a 4.0 unweighted gpa and 4.38 weighted. She is hardworking, personable, and an overall all-around delightful young woman and for this reason we are proud to recognize Zafrin Dhali as the Sacramento City Unified School District Stellar Student!
Children and families on the Alhambra Campus of The Salvation Army got a huge gift this week from West Campus High School student, Ben Metlenko and the children of Mark Twain Elementary.
For his Senior Project, Metlenko wanted to “recycle books” and get them into the hands of children and youth who would benefit.
“I figured kids had books they had already read and might not want any more, and there might be other kids who would like to have them.I thought I might get about 200,” Metlenko said.
Instead, he collected more than1,000 books.
The Salvation Army was excited to be the recipient of his project, and the youth who helped unload the boxes could hardly wait to start reading, said Salvation Army Programs Director Sonja Stires.
The books will be put into the libraries of the Early Care & Education Program, the after school program, and the Reading & Learning Center on the campus.
“What’s great about this donation,” said Stires, “is that not only will books be available for children in our programs, but we have so many that hundreds of books will be sent home with children to read with their parents and siblings!”
West Campus High School students Elaine Romano and Meghan Nealon won first place in the Biological Sciences division of the the Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair held in March. Congratulations!
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
West Campus High School has been named a 2013 California Distinguished School, a prize that recognizes the innovative magnet school for its excellent teaching, college-going culture and dedication to closing academic achievement gaps.
“I am thrilled that our school has been recognized and proud of our hard-working students and staff,” said Principal Greg Thomas.“This award reflects their commitment to high academic achievement for all students.”
With an Academic Performance Index ranking of 913, well over the state’s target of 800 for all schools, West Campus ranks among the highest performing high schools in the state.
Only 218 public middle and high schools in California were recognized as 2013 Distinguished Schools, and only five were in Sacramento County.
“The teachers, staff and students at West Campus exemplify the idea that if you hold high expectations for students, and they hold high expectations for themselves, you can achieve amazing results,” said Superintendent Jonathan Raymond. “I applaud West Campus for a job well done.”
Three phenomenal SCUSD scholar-athletes — Makenzie Fong of John F. Kennedy, Amanda Meroux of West Campus and Derek Taylor of C.K. McClatchy — have won the Dale Lacky Scholarship from the California Scholastic Federation.
The scholarship honors students for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school. Each student was awarded $600 towards college fees.
Fong played for JFK’s volleyball team for three years and for the soccer
team for two seasons.Her junior and senior years, she received all-league honors for volleyball. She was the volleyball team captain her senior year. She’s been a member of California Scholarship Federation for four years,
holding offices such as parliamentarian, secretary and vice president. She was named the Most Outstanding PACEr as a sophomore; PACE is the school’s advanced learning program. She has volunteered at Mercy General
Hospital since 2010. Makenzie has a 4.15 GPA, which ranks her No. 15 out of a class of 572. She is undecided on her college, but has been accepted to several schools along the West Coast. She plans on majoring in psychology,
biology or neuroscience with the plan of going into research or psychology.
Meroux ran for West Campus’ cross country team for four years and also played soccer for four years. She was named to the cross country all-league team twice and was all-league in soccer once.
Her soccer teams have won three consecutive Section championships; their fourth season is ongoing. Since she was 10, she has competed with the Rancho Cordova synchronized swimming team. She’s been a member of the National Honor Society for the last two years. She has been a member of her school’s marching and concert bands for the last four years, and for the last two years has been a member of the California Music Educators Association honor band. For the last six years, she has volunteered at the Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter. She also volunteers at the Sacramento Food Bank. Amanda has a 4.29 GPA, which ranks her No. 12 in her class. She is undecided on her college, but has been accepted to universities from across the nation. She plans on majoring in either environmental or ecological engineering, with the goal of going into one of those fields.
Taylor has played several different sports while at McClatchy. He’s competed
in swimming (four years), basketball (three years), water polo (three years), football (one year), soccer (one year) and rugby (one year). He’s been the swimming team MVP three times. He was a team captain and made all-league in football and water polo. He’s won the Gary Brosmer Leadership Award and has been the head of elections at McClatchy for the last two years. He volunteers as a youth recreational leader and swim coach at Park
Terrace Swim Club, Land Park Volunteer Corps, Harvest Sacramento, Elks Lodge, Ecology Project International and various school fundraisers. He also shaved his head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Derek has a 4.42 GPA
and is undecided on his college choice. He plans on majoring in philosophy or sociology with the future goal of becoming a behavioral economist, professor or policy maker.
The West Campus High School Moot Court Team came in first place at the 34th Annual Gordon D. Schaber County Moot Court Competition. The win was announced by the Sacramento County Office of Education on March 4.
Led by teacher Raoul Bozio, the team of Valencia Scott, Hannah Jakobsen, Zafrin Dhali, Alex Florin, Tala Ataya and Lory Aboudiab beat out 18 teams from Sacramento County high schools — including two teams from Bella Vista — and four teams from neighboring counties. C.K.McClatchy High School came in fourth place.
In addition to winning the competition, West Campus students Jakobsen and Scott won awards for outstanding performances.
The Moot Court competition is an appellate-level proceeding in which students prepare and argue a case before a panel of three judges who evaluate participants on the quality and persuasiveness of their legal reasoning and presentation, as well as their unscripted responses to spontaneous questions from the bench.
Nervous murmurs inside the West Campus High School gym turned to silence and then tears on Wednesday, November 14, when several hundred juniors and seniors got a gripping lesson in the dangers of drinking and driving.
The students participated in Real DUI Court, a program that brings men and women arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) onto campuses for sentencing before a Superior Court judge.
In a temporary courtroom created on the basketball court, a 20-year-old Sacramento man pleaded no contest to one count of DUI and was sentenced by Judge Lawrence Brown to three years probation and about $3,000 in fines. He also was ordered to enroll in a DUI prevention program.
The young man had been celebrating a friend’s birthday in Old Sacramento on February 10, 2012, when he was arrested. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood-alcohol content level of 0.10 percent — over the legal limit of 0.08.
After his arrest, he was taken to city jail, where he spent the night. “I was in a small room with 20 people crammed up in there,” he told the students. “There was (excrement) and (urine) and saliva. It was the nastiest place in the world. Trust me, you don’t want to be there. Think before you drive.”
The defendent was handcuffed after his remarks and led from the gym by bailiffs. His attorney, Larry Pilgrim, said the young man had been working for a real estate company before his arrest but lost his job when his license was suspended.
In addition to the $3,000 in fines, Pilgrim said the man paid about $5,000 in attorney fees.
Before his sentencing, students watched a powerful anti-DUI video created by TAC Communications. Set to REM’s “Everybody Hurts,” the video showed scenes of drinking set against horrific car accidents and heartbreaking hospital footage. The video brought some of the students — and staff — to tears.
“Hopefully, this message will go to your hearts,” Principal Greg Thomas told the students.”
Real DUI Court was brought to West Campus by senior Tayde Rios as part of her senior project. “I wanted the students to have an idea and be aware of the consequences of drinking and driving so we can avoid it,” she said.
Judge Brown told the students that it was “OK to be a little dorky at times” and resist pressure to drink. “The people pressuring you are losers,” he said. “When you come back for your high school reunion you’ll see that the ‘coolest’ kids amount to nothing and the ones who made good decisions are successful. There’s kind of a revenge of the nerds that goes in life.”
Nordstrom officials surprised West Campus High School senior Christina Fang on Monday with a $10,000 scholarship and a MacBook Air.
“I’m really grateful and I’m also really surprised!” Fang said as Nordstrom Director of Diversity Affairs Leslie Aoyama handed her an oversized check and gift bag. “I want to thank Nordstrom for being willing do do this for students. This is a really good day for me!”
Fang’s reaction was captured on video by news teams from both Fox40 and KCRA. Her parents, T.H. and Tina Fang, were also on hand to share in the surprise.
“I’m so proud and so excited,” said Fang’s father. “This is going to be a real big help.”
Fang is one of only 80 winners of the Nordstrom “Ten4U” scholarship across the country. To qualify, students must demonstrate community involvement, financial need and strong academics. Applicants also must submit a personal statement and answer an essay question.
In the Northern California/Hawaii region, more than 900 students competed for one of nine “Ten4U” scholarships, according to Aoyama.
Fang plans to major in biology and is in the process now of applying to universities.
SCUSD schools are participating in the first-ever Green Apple Day of Service sponsored by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S.Green Building Council.
On Saturday, September 22, volunteers from Starbucks, Rebuilding Together, State of Being and the West Campus High School community revitalized the spaces surrounding two West Campus classroom wings.
Volunteers created decomposed granite walkways and installed raised planter boxes and new sod.
This Saturday, volunteers will install a garden at McClaskey Adult Center and clean up the gardens at Bret Harte Elementary School and Will C. Wood Middle School. Other schools are expected to join in with Green Apple Day of Service projects as word of this first-ever initiative spreads.
For more information including a list of projects that can be completed in less than an hour, please visit www.mygreenapple.org.
The first phase of West Campus High School’s volunteer-led beautification project has been completed. Coordinated by SCUSD’s Center for Green School fellow Farah McDill, the work has greatly improved the “curb appeal” of the campus. Support for the project is being provided by Starbucks, State of Being, the Sacramento Tree Foundation, West Campus students and staff and SCUSD’s Maintenance and Operations department. The second through fourth phases of the work will involve sprucing up hallways and the main quad.
West Campus High School’s girls soccer team captured its third consecutive Division V Section Championship in a 3-0 victory over rival Dixon High School on May 19. Under the guidance of Coach Rogelio Rubio, West Campus has played in 4 consecutive Section Finals games. Student Sarina Somera, a junior, has been a member of all three section finals winning teams. West Campus will move up to Division IV, as a result of winning three consecutive section titles.
West Campus High School junior Celeste Romano won first place in the Senior Division in the category of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Rosemont High School on March 24. Her project, “The Effect of Sleep Deprivation on Students’ Ability to Discern Facial Emotions,” compared high school students’ ability to recognize expressions before and after lengthy physical activity and sleep deprivation. This student-designed experiment also displayed gender differences under these conditions. Congratulations!
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 offers high-achieving students a choice of four criteria-based high school options for a rigorous, challenging education that meets University of California requirements. Please note that these program require an separate application to apply.