November is National Adoption Awareness Month, an initiative of the Children’s Bureau with a goal to increase national awareness and bring attention to the need for permanent families for children and youth in the foster care system.
This year’s theme is “Teens Need Families, No Matter What,” centers on building an effective response system that will support efforts to achieve lasting permanency for teenagers in foster care.
The High School Specialty Program Application is an opportunity for each student who resides permanently within the boundaries of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) to apply for enrollment in a SCUSD high school specialty program, based on space availability for the 2018-2019 school year. SCUSD offers specialty programs at both our neighborhood and small specialized high schools.
November 30 is the deadline to apply for California public colleges and universities. Deadlines are firm so it is critical that students apply in a timely manner. Students interested in learning more can visit californiacolleges.edu for college planning. For information about application deadlines, visit collegesimply.com to learn more about the University of California, California State University and private college deadlines.
Students throughout the district are participating in events promoting walking and biking to school. The events also raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and to also stress the importance of increasing children’s physical activity, walker safety, and reducing traffic congestion. Reducing traffic also helps improve air quality.
The effort is sponsored by WALKSacramento and includes special school walks, assemblies, and Halloween-themed walking safety programs.
Sacramento Kings legend Doug Christie stopped by C.K. McClatchy recently with Sacramento NBA Kings player Kenny Thomas to speak to students in the school’s Men’s Leadership Academy and Brown Issues club.
Christie spoke to the youth about his personal experiences in overcoming adversity and the importance of a positive outlook. After this Life Skills workshop, the athletes warmed up and played a scrimmage game of basketball with their audience.
When more than one out of five students report being bullied, it is easy to understand why taking action to help kids feel safer in school, online and in the community is so important. Bullying prevention is an ongoing effort but in October, that effort takes center stage.
This October schools across the district are celebrating the second annual SCUSD Green Week. Throughout the week, schools are provided sustainability focused lessons, project ideas and activities that were created in partnership with local non-profits and community organizations.
Applying for college financial aid can be made easy by attending a free Cash for College workshop. It starts with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Application (CADAA).
The application period began Oct. 1, and early application is encouraged. See below for the schedule of district workshops.
To qualify for up to $12,630 a year, students must have at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average and have completed either the FAFSA or the CADAA before March 2.
Sac City Unified is celebrating the Week of October 9- 13 as Disability History Week by encouraging the district community to sign a pledge to respect each person’s identity and promote the inclusion of people of all abilities.
High school students should be reminded that the SAT examination will be administered on Saturday, October 7th. The PSAT will be administered this month on Wednesday, October 11th and Saturday, October 14th, with an alternate PSAT date set for October 25th. To help students prepare for these exams, the district would like to share helpful tips for taking the SAT/PSAT provided courtesy of the College Board. The College Board advises that the key to overcoming Test Day anxiety is to have a plan.
Superintendent Jorge Aguilar reflects on the work that has been done in his first 90 days and the steps the district is taking to ensure every student has an equal opportunity to graduate with the greatest number of postsecondary choices from the widest array of options.
Online pre-registration is now available for eligible 16 and 17 year olds at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. California youth who pre-register to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old.
On Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Serna Center (5735 47th Avenue), the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education will take a critical first step in improving student achievement district-wide by identifying what obstacles prevent equity in our school system.
In conjunction with 916 Ink, a local youth writing project, Pacific Elementary students transformed their writing into a published book. Students celebrated recently with an official Book Release Party. The Pacific Youth Writers launched their published work and took pride in the hard work they put into their writing and the power of sharing their story and voice.
Pacific staff hopes to use the opportunity to foster an ongoing love of writing throughout their educational career.
The California Department of Education reports that of the more than 6.2 million students in California public schools, 53 percent are Latinos and 1.4 million are English Learners. In Sac City Unified, almost 40 percent of our students are Latino.
National Hispanic Heritage Week began in 1968 when President Lyndon B. Johnson created the celebration beginning September 15 to coincide with the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The celebration then expanded.
On Tuesday, September 12th, Nutrition staff planned menus, chopped, diced, marinated, roasted, and sautéed a beautiful showcase of meals they envision making for students when the district’s highly anticipated Central Kitchen project comes to fruition in 2021.
More than 100 guests attended the showcase which featured a 7-course display of fresh and locally produced menu options. The showcase also included displays of how the Central Kitchen will reduce costs and connect students to more locally grown food and produce.
Three West Campus High School 10th graders have been selected as national finalists for entering a 90-second video contest asking for community support to win $100,000 in athletic supplies for their school. West Campus was the only Northern California School with a video entry that was selected as a top 20 finalist. KCRA 3 recently did a story covering the group’s effort.