Sacramento City Unified School District
helps connect more of its students to the Cal Grant and
other forms of federal, state and campus-based financial
aid, according to data recently released by the California
Student Aid Commission (CSAC). The District credits its connect
rates to the creation of a new monitoring tool
and partnership formed with CSAC to keep track of District
students that may need additional support in completing the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream
Act Application (CADAA).
Please join us in congratulating and thanking our retiring
Principals–Stephanie Shaughnessy of John Morse Therapeutic
Center, Terry Smith of O.W. Erlewine Elementary and Susan Gibson
of Bowling Green McCoy Academy for Excellence. Each is a valuable
member of #TeamSCUSD and we are going to miss
them. We are grateful for their many years of service to our
students and families and are excited for them as they transition
to the next phase of their lives. Thank you Stephanie, Terry, and
Susan for your service!
Sacramento City Unified School District has completed the
construction of its new transportation yard. Buses and
drivers moved into the new yard last month. The previous
transportation facility was 76 years old and outdated.
Source Media Agency, made up of students from the Men’s and
Women’s Leadership Academy, is the official youth media agency
for Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD). They have
designed a documentary to showcase experienced-based education
which highlights the ideology that #LifeDataMatters.
Click here to watch the documentary.
This year Sacramento City Unified School District helped connect
22 graduates from four different high schools (Burbank,
Kennedy, McClatchy and Rosemont) to over $68,000 in scholarships
to support these students’ post secondary education!
Below is a list of our graduates that applied for and earned
scholarships that were promoted by the District this year:
Sacramento City Unified School District is now seeking applicants
to fill various bus driver, on-call bus driver and bus attendant
positions. Please download
this flyer for more information. To see all job openings in
the District, please visit www.edjoin.org.
Congrats to John F. Kennedy high school and School of Engineering
and Sciences students on their excellent performance in the 2019
SMUD Solar Regatta! High School and college students throughout
the region designed, built and raced full-sized, solar-powered
boats in this annual competition. Nice work!
The event took place at Rancho Seco Recreational area. Over
400 students from 20 high schools raced solar-powered boats they
designed and built themselves. The SMUD Solar Regatta is filled
with fun, teamwork, and competition.
Families should be aware that the California Department of
Education (CDE) recently informed all school districts that
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
(CAASPP) and the English Language Proficiency Assessment of
California (ELPAC) Student Score Reports will no longer come as
paper copies, but as electronic files.
Thank you to Sac Republic and Reading Partners Sacramento
for bringing Tyler Blackwood to visit students at Susan B.
Anthony and Ethel Phillips Elementary Schools to
read his children’s book, Clive the Croc!
The book tour is a partnership with the organization Reading
Partners Sacramento, which aims to improve reading levels.
As a child, Blackwood struggled with reading and hopes his book
will inspire children to read and write. Thank you for
giving our students a special day!
Our classified employees play a tremendous role in making sure
our schools are safe and healthy places to learn. We are proud to
share that the following team members have been named our
classified champions of the year! Congratulations to all the
Xao Thao, a senior at Luther Burbank High School, and Samantha
Templin, a senior at West Campus High School, have successfully
completed a year-long Thousand Strong internship program with the
Sacramento City Unified School District’s communications
department! Serving as social media interns for the district, Xao
and Samantha successfully managed school Facebook pages and
helped sites develop creative content and share positive
news and success stories on social media.
On June 3rd, Rancho Cordova City Council approved
$32,000 to fund the Expanded Learning Summer Program
(ELSP) at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. These funds are
supported in part by the city’s Measure H Community Enhancement
Fund and represent an important investment for making the ELSP
summer program possible this year for Lincoln students.
Theodore Judah Elementary School celebrated their annual
“Principal for the Day” event this week, and first
grader William Hildebrandt was the lucky student to be
principal for a day.
William also had the opportunity to meet Superintendent Jorge
Aguilar. Superintendent Aguilar got to see William
play his role, tour the school grounds, talk about
instruction, homework, recess and safety at schools.
When asked about the best part of his day, William Hildebrandt
said, “He got to meet the Superintendent”.
The Sacramento City Unified School District and Sacramento
Running Association hosted a four day “STRIDE Olympics”
events for 6th grade students.
Students from the following SCUSD elementary schools
participated: Caleb Greenwood, Cesar Chavez, Crocker/Riverside,
Genevieve Didion, Golden Empire, Hollywood Park, H.W. Harkness,
Isador Cohen, James Marshall, John Bidwell, John Cabrillo, John
Sloat, Leonardo da Vinci, Oak Ridge, O.W. Erlewine, Parkway,
Peter Burnett, Pony Express and Sequoia.
Congratulations to our SCUSD Teachers of the Year! This
year’s winners are Ms. Heidi Gaynor, a math teacher from Sutter
Middle School, and Ms. Seema Sokolis, a teacher from James
Marshall Elementary School.
Ms. Heidi Gaynor, Sutter Middle School
Ms. Heidi Gaynor is a Mathematics teacher at Sutter Middle
School. She has been a teacher with Sacramento City Unified
School District for more than 18 years.
Ms. Seema Sokolis, James Marshall Elementary School
We are excited to share that the California Council for Adult
Education presented Dr. Susan Gilmore, SCUSD’s Director of
Adult Education, with the Donald A. McCune Collaborative Award!
Dr. Gilmore’s work experience in adult basic education includes
coordinating and administering three different adult schools
within the Sacramento City Unified School District. She ensures
that staff is well trained in the most relevant methodologies and
that they are also kept up-to-date with the most recent
accountability requirements to ensure that programs match
“Our students and families deserve fair and full funding for
education. That is why this afternoon I will be joining Board
President Jessie Ryan, other members of our Board and thousands
of educators at today’s #RedforEd Rally at the State
In response to the announcement made earlier this afternoon by
SCTA leaders that they will be postponing their May 22nd
teacher strike, Superintendent Jorge Aguilar and Board of
Education President Jessie Ryan issued the following statements:
On Friday, May 10th, Superintendent Jorge Aguilar issued the
following statement in response to leaders of the
Sacramento City Teachers Association requesting that the State
Superintendent of Public Instruction form a budget solutions
committee to help the district prevent a state takeover.