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Neighbors asked to help protect schools over Thanksgiving recess
Metal thieves, vandals prey on schools during the holidays

Sacramento:  The holidays are a busy time of year – especially for vandals, thieves and arsonists looking to take advantage of empty school campuses.

In light of this, SCUSD is asking the community for help in keeping schools safe and secure over the Thanksgiving break (November 21-25).

“Most of our schools are surrounded by homes, and we need those neighbors to join us in protecting these valuable and sometimes vulnerable community centers,” said Sacramento Police Lt. Katherine Lester, who heads SCUSD security services.

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SCUSD Kids to Honor Veterans with Songs, Poems
Hubert H. Bancroft Elementary School reception on Thursday pays tribute to those who served their country

Students at Hubert H. Bancroft Elementary School will honor local veterans with patriotic songs, poems and tributes at a ceremony on Thursday – the day before Veteran’s Day.

The tribute, an annual event at the school, helps connect children to the community and helps them to develop an appreciation for the men and women who have served in the military, said choir teacher Eileen Boyd, who is organizing the event.

WHAT:  Hubert H. Bancroft Tribute to Veterans

WHEN:   8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 1

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McClatchy Alum Killed in Iraq to be Honored at Saturday’s ‘Bell Game’
Family, school to be presented with plaque from Fallen Warriors; scholarship established in Sgt. Duplantier’s name

With Veteran’s Day approaching, a C.K. McClatchy High School alumnus killed in Iraq will be honored on Saturday with the announcement of a scholarship in his name.

Sgt. Arnold Duplantier II was killed by sniper fire while on patrol in Baghdad on June 22, 2005 – just days after his 26th birthday. Sgt. Duplantier had previously served in Kuwait in 2002. He left behind a wife, two children and his mother and father.

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City Councilman McCarty, SCUSD to Open New Community Garden
Ribbon-cutting on Saturday to be followed by Camellia Basic School Harvest Festival with the Kings, Fire Department

SCUSD and Sacramento City Councilman Kevin McCarty will officially open a new community garden next to Camellia Basic School on Saturday (October 29).

Camellia Park Community Garden, located in the park adjacent to Camellia Basic, will be available for use by the school and neighbors. City Councilman McCarty and SCUSD Board of Education President Gustavo Arroyo will cut the ribbon at the new garden at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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SCUSD Urges Safe Halloween Fun for Boys and Ghouls…er…Girls
District also seeks neighborhood help in protecting schools

Sacramento City Unified officials are urging parents to follow common sense safety guidelines this Halloween (Monday, October 31) to ensure a fun, worry-free holiday for students and families.

“We want to see every student in class on Tuesday morning ready to learn,” said SCUSD Sacramento Police Lt. Katherine Lester, who heads SCUSD security services. “That can only happen if adults make sure that kids adhere to rules about safe walking, safe trick-or-treating and safe snacking.”

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SCUSD Takes Swift Action in Response to Conduct Investigation
Woodbine Elementary School employee immediately removed from campus; parents notified by phone and letter

Sacramento City Unified School District moved quickly this morning to remove a Woodbine Elementary School preschool program employee from campus in response to allegations of inappropriate conduct.

District officials placed the employee on administrative leave immediately after learning of allegations of inappropriate conduct with a student and a pending police investigation. The district is working closely with police on the investigation.

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School Hosts Early Morning ‘Read and Feed’ to Push Family Literacy
Event at John Sloat Elementary School TOMORROW aimed at encouraging parents to read with children

The family that reads together succeeds together.
That’s the message John Sloat Elementary School hopes to get across tomorrow with its first annual “Read and Feed,” an early morning snack-and-a-book event for parents and children.

“Read and Feed” begins at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, October 19) in the John Sloat Elementary School cafeteria, 7525 Candlewood Way. Media must check in with the school office on arrival.

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A) SCUSD Kids Help Shatter World Reading Record on Thursday
Students at 30 elementary schools to participate in ‘Read for the Record’ with 2 million others nationwide

Thousands of SCUSD students will participate in “Read for the Record” on Thursday, a nationwide campaign to break the world record for the most adults and children reading the same book on the same day.

The book is “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney, a sweet rendering of the trials of bedtime separation anxiety that is a favorite among young children. In classrooms across Sacramento City Unified, teachers will be reading the book to students, many using projectors to show the colorful illustrations on wide screens.

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SCUSD Opens $9.3 Million Sports Complex TOMORROW
Luther Burbank High’s football team to play first home game since 2008

Officially, Luther Burbank High School’s homecoming is November 4. But TOMORROW (Friday, September 23), the team will literally “come home” when the Titans play their first game in three years on their own turf, thanks to the opening of a new $9.3 million sports complex.

A celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony with student athletes, cheerleaders, the marching band and more will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 23, at the new Sports Complex.

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SCUSD School to House California’s First Hmong Immersion Program
Opening ceremony tonight will include Hmong dancers, singers and a classroom tour

Susan B. Anthony Elementary School will open this fall with California’s first Hmong language immersion class – part of SCUSD’s ambitious plan to graduate high-achieving, bilingual and bicultural students ready to compete in the future global marketplace.

A grand opening ceremony for the Hmong Dual Language Immersion Program will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, September 1), at the school, 7864 Detroit Blvd.

The opening event will include cultural performances, food and classroom tours.

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Neighbors asked to help protect schools over Labor Day
Metal thieves, vandals prey on schools during long holiday weekends

SACRAMENTO, CA: Labor Day is a day of rest for most in Sacramento, but it can be a day of busy activity for vandals, thieves and arsonists looking to take advantage of empty school campuses.

In light of this, SCUSD is asking the community for help in keeping schools safe and secure over the three-day break (September  3-5).

“Most of our schools are surrounded by homes, and we need those neighbors to join us in protecting these valuable and sometimes vulnerable community centers,” said Sacramento Police Lt. Katherine Lester, who heads SCUSD security services.

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SCUSD to Unveil Much-Anticipated Results of Bold School Reform Effort
Data on ‘Priority Schools’ revealed at press conference with State Superintendent Tom Torlakso

SCUSD Superintendent Jonathan Raymond will reveal the results of the
district’s aggressive initiative to turnaround low-performing schools during Wednesday’s press conference with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

The press conference will be at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, in the library of Oak Ridge Elementary School, 4501 Martin Luther King Blvd.