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Students at SCUSD ‘Priority Schools,’ middle schools make big learning gains
California Department of Education data released today validates district initiatives to increase student achievement

October 11, 2012 (Sacramento): State test data released today validates Sacramento City Unified School District’s aggressive efforts to transform low-performing schools and implement rigorous student achievement standards in every classroom.

For the second year, students in SCUSD’s Superintendent’s Priority Schools made almost across-the-board gains on state tests. In addition, SCUSD’s middle school students – adolescents often regarded as the hardest to teach – also made impressive strides, outpacing their elementary and high school peers in gains.

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SCUSD hosts anti-bullying training for parents tonight
October is National Bullying Prevention Month; session tonight is second in a series to combat destructive behaviors

October 10, 2012 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District will hold a community bullying prevention training at Sutter Middle School tonight — October 10 — which is also Unity Day, a national event to promote tolerance.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

The training tonight – the second in a series of five – is free and open to anyone in the community who wants to learn more about keeping kids safe at school and in cyberspace.

SCUSD launched a district-wide crackdown on bullying in June 2011 when the Board of Education approved a swe

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Shhh! Teacher to be surprised with award, gift tomorrow
OfficeMax to honor Golden Empire teacher on ‘A Day Made Better’; students to be surprised, too

WHAT:                                 Golden Empire Elementary School teacher Renee Mondzak will receive a surprise visit from OfficeMax to award her $1,000 worth of classroom supplies as part of the annual A Day Made Better advocacy program.


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SCUSD to celebrate Green Apple Day of Service with campus clean ups
‘Where we learn matters’ is slogan for international event

September 20, 2012 (Sacramento): Schools in Sacramento City Unified School District are participating in the first-ever Green Apple Day of Service, an international event sponsored by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

The first Green Apple Day project gets underway this Saturday (September 22) at West Campus High School. Hundreds of volunteers from Starbucks, Rebuilding Together, State of Being and the West Campus community will work to revitalize the grounds surrounding two classroom wings.

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SCUSD launches anti-bullying training series for parents
Program is part of district-wide push to keep students safe

September 17, 2012 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District will hold the first of four community bullying prevention trainings at Luther Burbank High School tomorrow night (Tuesday, September 18).

The trainings are free and open to anyone in the community who wants to learn more about bullying.

“We’re working hard to raise awareness of bullying so our students can better advocate for themselves when bullying occurs,” said SCUSD Bullying Prevention Specialist Sheila Self.

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Assemblymember Roger Dickinson to Distribute Over 300

On Wednesday, September 12, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson will distribute over 300 backpacks filled with school supplies to Sacramento youth. Dickinson’s 2nd annual “Give Back(pack) Drive,” a back-to-school drive to collect backpacks and supplies for kindergarten through 6th grade students in Sacramento ran throughout the month of August.

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With school starting Tuesday, SCUSD reminds parents of bus service cuts
Letters, automated phone calls sent home; bus service still available to some students

August 31, 2012 (Sacramento):  School starts on Tuesday, and the Sacramento City Unified School District is working hard to remind parents that bus service for elementary school students has been eliminated with a few exceptions.

To balance a $28 million budget deficit, the SCUSD’s Board of Education voted last spring to eliminate all home-to-school transportation for elementary school students.

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First day of school to feature Senate pro Tem Steinberg, ‘green’ classrooms
Supervisor Serna and Superintendent Raymond will also speak at ‘Sacramento Goes Back to School’ event

August 30, 2012 (Sacramento):  Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will speak Tuesday morning (September 4) at SCUSD’s first day of school celebration, held this year at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School to highlight the campus’ new “green” classrooms.

Other VIP guests scheduled to speak at “Sacramento Goes Back to School” include Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jonathan Raymond and SCUSD Board of Education Vice President Jeff Cuneo.
A premiere school serving East Sacramento, Phoebe Hearst added kindergarten to its c

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Kids celebrate summer service, learning at events this week
Meet the students who are fighting dreaded summer ‘brain drain’ at fun-filled showcases TODAY and Thursday

July 24, 2012 (Sacramento):  Hundreds of students who participated in Sacramento City Unified School District’s innovative summer programs will show off community service projects and more at showcase events scheduled for today (July 24) and Thursday (July 26).

During “Summerquest,” SCUSD’s program for elementary school students, kids researched countries in anticipation of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and created their own countries using the theme “We are the World.”

The children will discuss their “worlds” and what they learned at the Summerquest Olympics Showc

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Soon-to-be-closed school hosts ‘Legacy Day’ for community
Alumni of Freeport Elementary are invited to share memories and more at Saturday’s event

June 7, 2012 (Sacramento):  Since its opening in 1954, Freeport Elementary School has prepared generations of South Sacramento children for success in school and life.

As the neighborhood aged and children grew up and moved away, however, the school struggled to keep up its enrollment.

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Kid ‘Green Teams’ to get cash for eco-friendly projects
SCUSD will announce funding allocations for student-developed ‘green school’ plans on Thursday

June 5, 2012 (Sacramento):  Fourteen student “green teams” from the Sacramento City Unified School District will learn on Thursday how much money they are getting to see their dreams of greener campuses come true.

SCUSD’s first-ever Project Green Allocation Awards will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday (June 7) at Rosemont High School, 9594 Kiefer Blvd.

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SCUSD expands summer learning for kids despite cuts
‘Summer of Service’ helps stop ‘brain drain’ that disproportionately affects urban kids

May 30, 2012 (Sacramento):  Despite deep state funding cuts that have forced the near elimination of traditional summer school, Sacramento City Unified School District is expanding its innovative “Summer of Service” program for teens.

“Summer of Service” combines community service and project-based learning with a traditional “bridge” program aimed at easing the sometimes scary transition to middle and high school. Last year, about 800 SCUSD kids participated in the program.

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State Schools Chief Torlakson to speak at Kit Carson Middle School Career Day
Mayor Johnson, City Councilmen Cohn and McCarty and SCUSD Superintendent Raymond will also attend

May 23, 2012 (Sacramento):  State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will appear at Kit Carson Middle School’s Annual Career Day on Friday (May 25) after a 14-year-old 4.0 GPA student, who emigrated with her mother from Costa Rica in 2008, asked California’s schools chief to attend.

Rebeca Corrales wrote Torlakson a letter in which she credited Kit Carson Principal Charlie Watters and the school’s teachers and staff for helping her and asked California’s top educator to attend Friday’s event.

“I believe that with all the love and patience the staff gave,

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Arts festival brings together students of all abilities
The work of more than 1,500 special and regular education Sac City Unified kids will be presented on Friday

May 17, 2012 (Sacramento):  Student artists from Sacramento City Unified School District will pound drums, breakdance, sing and perform original theater pieces at the 25th annual Very Special Festival of the Arts on Friday (May 18).

The one-day event is sponsored by I Can Do THAT!/Very Special Arts, the only program in Sacramento County that provides instruction in the arts to students with and without disabilities together through artists-in-residence at schools.

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SCUSD kids perform tomorrow in Carnegie Hall program
Link Up provides professional musicians to work with elementary school students

May 16, 2012 (Sacramento):  Eight hundred students from five Sacramento City Unified School District elementary schools that participate in the Carnegie Hall Link UP program will perform on Thursday (May 17) at  Capital Christian Center.

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, in partnership with the Sacramento Philharmonic and the Vocal and Instrumental Teaching Artists Academy, brings music instruction to students at William Land, Sutterville, Elder Creek, Abraham Lincoln and Maple schools.

Students will demonstrate what they’ve learned in a concert.


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Students enlist restaurants to help save Adult Education
Fremont School for Adults students hold Second Saturday fundraiser with food from Zócalo, Tres Hermanas and others

May 10, 2012 (Sacramento):  Students from Fremont School for Adults – slated for closure in the fall as the Sacramento City Unified School District grapples with $43 million in cuts – are enlisting local restaurants in their efforts to keep their programs going.

Zócalo, Tres Hermanas, La Fiesta Mexicana Bar and Grill, Coco Loco Mexican Restaurant, La Placita and Ay Jalisco are donating food to be sold at the historic midtown campus during the upcoming Second Saturday celebration.

The idea for the fundraiser came from the students, many of whom work in area restaurants.