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Schools Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with Fun-Filled Fests
Schools Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with Fun-Filled Fests

February 29, 2012 (Sacramento):  Kids across Sacramento City Unified School District will honor the  birthday of Dr. Seuss on Friday – Read Across America Day – by listening to inspired renditions of the author’s best-loved books, including “The Lorax.”

“Read Across America Day is a great way to bring the community into our classrooms so students can see the joy that adults get from reading,” said SCUSD Superintendent Jonathan Raymond. “These great reading role models send a strong message that reading is a pleasure and the key to success in life.”

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Crafty Kids Stage Knit-a-Thon to Raise Funds, Help Others
SCUSD students will work their needles on Saturday – and they will ‘knot’ stop until they reach their goal!

February 23, 2012 (Sacramento):  Alice Birney Waldorf-Inspired eK-8 School students are staging a “Knit Together” in Reichmuth Park on Saturday, part of a six-week knit-a-thon to raise money for the school and supply needy children with blankets.

The children have collected pledges for donations based on how many knitted squares they can produce between when the knit-a-thon started January 28 and March 2.

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Third Grader Wins ‘Dream Garden’ for SCUSD School
Shhh! Mark Hopkins Elementary school student to be surprised by Karden of ‘Kinder Gardens’ on Tuesday morning

February 17, 2012 (Sacramento):  A third-grader’s colorful drawing of a garden filled with flowers has netted Mark Hopkins Elementary School a “dream” school garden worth thousands of dollars.

Melissa Martinez’s drawing was one of three top finalists in the Karden Gardens Dream School Garden Competition, which was part of last month’s Northern California Home and Landscape Expo.

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SCUSD ‘Priority School’ Receives $1.5 Million Grant
Oak Ridge Elementary will use funds to expand the instructional day by 45 minutes

February 17, 2012 (Sacramento):  Oak Ridge Elementary School has been awarded a three-year School Improvement Grant (SIG) from the California Department of Education, with year one funding (2012-13) of $1.5 million.

The grant will allow Oak Ridge to expand the school day by 45 minutes, increasing time spent in core academics, student enrichment and teacher planning and collaboration.

Oak Ridge was eligible to apply for SIG funding because in 2009-10 it was ranked among the lowest 5 percent of schools in the state in terms of academic performance.

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Superintendent Raymond to Testify at Senate Hearing
Local impacts of Governor Brown’s proposed 2012-13 budget – including projected $28 million deficit – to be discussed

February 15, 2012 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jonathan Raymond will testify about the local impacts of state education cuts before the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee at tomorrow morning’s hearing.

SCUSD faces a $28 million deficit for 2012-13 under Governor Brown’s proposed state budget.

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SCUSD Wins Planning Grant for Social, Emotional Learning
District one of eight selected for national collaboration

February 9, 2012 (Sacramento): To succeed in school – and life—students need to develop academically and grow emotionally and socially.
 

Helping students acquire the life skills needed to make good decisions, build strong relationships and manage emotions is a focus of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD).

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SCUSD Teacher Selected for Expedition to Antarctica
Kim Williams of Washington Elementary is one of two ‘Coolest Teachers in the World’

February 8, 2012 (Sacramento): Washington Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Kim Williams will go to the ends of the Earth to help her students understand the importance of protecting the environment. Literally.
 

Williams will journey to Antarctica this month with the 2041 International Antarctic Expedition, led by explorer Robert Swan, the first person ever to have walked to the North and South poles.

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

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 winter break (December 24 through January 8 – school resumes Monday, January 9).

“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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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.”