As the flu starts making its way around our communities, it
is essential to take the proper health precautions and understand
the best ways to protect your student and yourself against
the flu virus. When students are sick, they will not be able to
learn to the best of their ability and put others at risk of
infection. When parents or family members are sick, they too are
putting their student and those around them at risk of getting
sick as well.
Congratulations to the fall graduating class of 2019! We are
proud to share that on September 24th, the District held a
graduation ceremony at Luther Burbank High School for 20 students
who spent the past few months completing their final graduation
requirements so they could receive their diplomas.
On September 18, 2019, the Food Literacy Center and Sacramento
City Unified School District celebrated the official
groundbreaking of the Food Literacy Center’s future cooking
school at Floyd Farms.
Floyd Farms at Leataata Floyd Elementary school is the result of
a strong partnership between the District, Food Literacy
Center and City of Sacramento. The new center will serve the 330
elementary school students that are enrolled at Leataata Floyd
Elementary and their families, as well as students throughout the
District and community.
Sac City Unified students Alondra Rossi, Armantina Rossi,
Dominique Books, Jalen Washington, Malik Ibarra, and Victoria
Espinoza are six very talented students that have come together
to create the “Source Media Agency” team in
partnership with the District’s Youth Development Department
staff. Source Media is a youth-lead creative media team that
was designed to provide digital media training, amplify youth
voice, and give a student-centered perspective for the SCUSD
community. The team’s goal is to prepare young people for a
forever-changing digital world.
Last spring, Sac City Unified School District selected Ms.
Heidi Gaynor, a math teacher from Sutter Middle School, and Ms.
Seema Sokolis, a teacher from James Marshall Elementary School as
SCUSD’s Teachers of the Year. On Friday, August 30th, both were
recognized for their hard work and dedication during the
Sacramento County Office of Education Teacher of the Year
Ceremony. Below are brief bios of each and links to their
Back-to-school night is a valuable opportunity to learn important information about your child’s classroom experience. On this night, your child’s teacher explains their goals for the class and for your child. It is a valuable experience that every parent/guardian should attend!
Want to know when your child’s back to school night is scheduled? Here is a comprehensive list of back-to-school nights for each of our school sites:
The beginning of a new school year is always the perfect
opportunity to discover new opportunities and experiences,
especially when it comes to exploring your choices for
college. Here are a few of our upcoming College Fair events
that can help you narrow your choices after high school (click on
each for more details).
Input and feedback from parents/guardians is important to
the work we do in the Sacramento City Unified School District.
That is why we are encouraging parents/guardians to fill out
a state-mandated survey to help us better gauge perceptions
of how the District is doing on engaging families on policies,
programs, and practices. Responses to the survey are due by
October 1, 2019.
Every summer, Sac City Unified’s Nutrition Services Department
helps serve meals at no cost to students who may lack access to
healthy food in their neighborhood. We are proud to share
that this past summer, 31 sites participated in the free
summer meals program and a total of 84,641 meals were
We are excited to announce that Ms. Rose Ramos has been appointed
Chief Business Officer for the Sacramento City Unified School
District. Ms. Ramos brings over 25 years of financial expertise
to the District and has served almost half of those years as a
Chief Business Official or in other executive-level financial
positions in California public education institutions.
The Sacramento City Unified Board of Education recognized John F.
Kennedy High School student Rohit Jhawar at its September 5, 2019
meeting. Rohit was recognized for winning the 2019 National
Speech and Debate tournament in Dallas, Texas at the end of last
Rohit’s accomplishment is significant in that it represents a
first for the District. The Kennedy senior beat out
thousands of students from across the nation in the
Congressional-styled Debate championship, which is one of the
largest academic competitions in the World.
Last year, Sacramento City Unified School District launched
the “Be HERE!” campaign to educate our families about
chronic absence and the importance of good school attendance.
Our staff’s hard work has paid off
as we reported this summer that efforts to reduce
chronic absenteeism in high-risk schools have been working!
All families play a role in ensuring our schools
are properly funded. You can do your part by making sure
that you fill out and return to your school’s front office, the
required Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) application form
that you will be receiving in your child’s back to school packet
during the first week of school. When you receive this form,
please complete it and return to your school’s front office
as soon as possible. A few important notes:
Great news for all of our students using public transportation!
Sacramento Regional Transit, City of Sacramento and Sacramento
City Unified School District have partnered to offer students
free fare transit passes starting October 1, 2019.
In preparation for the 2019-2020 school year, please note that
the District has recently updated its School Wellness Policy. The
change applies to all schools and helps expand learning in
“Our students do their best learning and growing when they have
healthy bodies and minds – and this starts with healthy food
choices and physical activity,” said Victoria Flores,
Director of Student Support and Health Services. ”Our
Wellness Policy guidelines include federal and state regulations
to help achieve these health outcomes.”
The first day of school is just around the corner. Whether
your student is starting kindergarten — senior year — or
something in between — the first day of school is always a
special occasion to share through pictures! If you
would like your back to school photos to be part of the
District’s back to school photo album, please share them
publicly on social media using the hashtag #SacGoesBack and
we will add them to our back to school photo collage
that will be shared on our Facebook and
In the past year, the district has received a spike in requests
for information. Examples of such submissions include information
regarding specific district expenditures, employee emails, and
sets of data that the district has reported to the California
Department of Education. We want to help the community understand
the proper process and protocol for requesting such information
and public records.