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SCUSD Offers Free Whooping Cough Boosters
Immunization clinic on Wednesday is part of SCUSD’s comprehensive preparations for new state law

SCUSD is staging a series of free immunization clinics to help parents comply with a new California booster shot requirement.

State law now requires that all students entering seventh through 12th grades in the fall provide proof of receiving the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination on or after age 7. The proof must be recorded before students enter school in September, according to the law.

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SCUSD Opens ‘Gateway’ Support Center for Families, Students
New ‘Connect Center’ will improve coordination of services, increase access for those in need

Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) is improving the way it delivers critically important services to students and families by opening an innovative new “one-stop” support center in the former Genesis High School building.

The “Connect Center” will centralize such services as crisis intervention, mental health counseling and health insurance enrollment — providing a gateway to support for parents and kids.

The Connect Center will be opened with a reception at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9. The center is located at 5601 47th Ave.

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Bullies Beware: New SCUSD Policy Cracks Down on Harassment
District toughens stance in a sweeping initiative to keep kids, schools as safe as possible

A comprehensive new policy aimed at cracking down on bullying – in school hallways and in cyber space – will be considered by Sacramento City Unified School District’s Board of Education on Thursday.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday (May 5) in the Serna Center Community Room, 5735 47th Ave. The anti-bullying item is set for discussion at 9 p.m.

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Kennedy High School’s Greene Wins UC Davis C-STEM ‘Teacher of the Year’
The automotive technology instructor is recognized for his work in helping students master 21st century job skills

Rob Greene, who teaches automotive technology at John F. Kennedy High School through the Regional Occupation Program, received UC Davis’ C-STEM (Computing, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) “Teacher of the Year” award at ceremony on Saturday.

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Neighbors asked to help protect schools over Spring Break

Holidays are happy times for kids on vacation, but they can be trying times for school districts hit hard by vandals, thieves and arsonists taking advantage of empty campuses.

In light of this, SCUSD is asking the community for help in keeping schools safe and secure over Spring Break next week (April 18-22).

“Most of our schools are surrounded by houses, and we need the residents of those houses 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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A Real Fish Story: Fifth-Graders to Release School-Raised Steelhead Trout into American River
Golden Empire Elementary School teacher among few in state licensed to raise protected species

It’s never easy to say good-bye when a little one leaves the nest. Or, in this case, leaves the 10-gallon fish tank.

But on Friday, a group of fifth-graders from Golden Empire Elementary School will bravely bid adieu to two-dozen baby steelhead trout they raised from eggs. The release is the culmination of a class study of both fish life cycles and the eco-system of the river.

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SCUSD to Launch Bold New ‘Green’ Initiative at Multi-School Earth Day Fest
Kids themselves design eco-cool activities for celebration – including a ‘trashy’ version of TV’s ‘Minute to Win It’

More than 500 kids will be running, recycling and digging for worms at Sacramento City Unified School District’s kid-designed Earth Day Celebration on Wednesday, April 13, at Theodore Judah Elementary school.

The event will kick off with a 10 a.m. press conference where SCUSD Superintendent Jonathan Raymond will announce a bold new initiative for “greening” Sac City schools. Theodore Judah is located at 3919 McKinley Blvd.

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Bust a Move and a Movie: Rosemont Celebration Expected to Draw Huge Crowds on Friday
Festivities include carnival games, bounce houses and a movie on a multi-story outdoor screen

On Friday night, things will be hopping at Rosemont High School – literally.
That’s when the high school hosts the second annual “Essence of Rosemont,” a fun-packed evening of carnival games, bounce houses, live music and an outdoor movie on an enormous 60-foot-wide screen.
The best part? Admission is free.

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Robots to Roll into Thursday’s Board of Education Meeting
Operated remotely by the teens who built them, the robots will “hand” certificate to the Board President

Robots will roll into Sacramento City Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting Thursday (April 7), but don’t worry, Will Robinson – there is no danger.

The robots are the handiwork of high school students who constructed them from scratch to battle it out with other ‘bots at last month’s prestigious FIRST Robotics Sacramento Regional Tournament at UC Davis.

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SCUSD, City of Sacramento to Hold Ribbon-Cutting for Newly Upgraded Argonaut Park
Joint Venture at Evelyn Moore Center adjacent to New Tech High School

Officials with Sacramento City Unified School District and the City of Sacramento will officially open the newly outfitted Argonaut Park located at the Evelyn Moore Community Center adjacent to Sacramento New Technology High School. The park has been furnished with state of the art Energi Fitness Course Stations for use by New Tech students and the entire community. This project was a joint venture between the City, school district and community organization Freeport Renovation on the Move and was funded, in part, through grants from Kaiser Permanente and Gift-to-Share.

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Sacramento Parents Send Clear Message: Let the People Vote!
SCUSD Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for Special Election on Tax Extensions

Sacramento City Unified School District parents and staff have weighed in loud and clear on the prospect of drastic state cuts to schools next year:

Ninety-three percent favor a special election on tax extensions that would prevent overcrowded classrooms, massive teacher layoffs and the loss of bus service, sports, drama, cheerleading, yearbook and marching band.

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CA School Superintendents Press for Ballot Measure on Tax Extensions at Event Monday
Press conference on Capitol steps to highlight urgent need for state action

A coalition of California superintendents — including superintendents whose schools are within the legislative district of Republican Legislators negotiating with Governor Brown — will gather at the steps of the Capitol on Monday to discuss the drastic cuts public schools will face without the extension of current temporary taxes.

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Anti Youth-Violence Rally Expected to Draw Hundreds of Students Downtown
‘Peace Rally’ Culminates a Week of Teen Tolerance-Building Activities

What: Hundreds of teens from several regional high schools are staging a “Peace Rally” to bring attention to rising gang violence and an increase in teen crime victims. Hosted by the Sacramento Youth Commission, the rally culminates a week of peace-related activities on various campuses throughout Sacramento.

Who: Mayor Kevin Johnson
County Supervisor Phil Serna
Supervising Deputy District Attorney Karen Maxwell
Students from Hiram Johnson, C.K. McClatchy, Grant, Luther Burbank and St. Francis

When: Friday, March 18, 2011
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Rosa Parks Middle School Targeted For Turnaround as Seventh ‘Priority School’

Rosa Parks Middle School has been named Sacramento’s seventh Superintendent’s Priority School, expanding SCUSD’s bold school improvement effort that is already seeing positive results on six other campuses, Superintendent Jonathan Raymond announced Thursday.

As a Priority School, Rosa Parks will get extra resources and innovations to boost learning though improved teaching, engaging curriculum and strong family and community connections.

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Today’s Argonaut Park Opening Cancelled
Wet, Muddy Conditions Force Rescheduling of Event

Today’s event to officially open the newly upgraded Argonaut Park is cancelled due to muddy conditions triggered by rain. A date for a rescheduled event will be announced once it is determined.

Sacramento City Unified School District, the City of Sacramento, Freeport Renovation on the Move and Kaiser Permanente partnered to furnish the park — located at the Evelyn Moore Community Center adjacent to Sacramento New Technology High School — with state-of-the-art Energi Fitness Course Stations for use by New Tech students and the entire community.

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Students Initiate Regional ‘Peace Week’ to Speak Out Against Youth Violence

Rising gang activity and an increase in juvenile crime victims has prompted a coalition of concerned high school students to organize a “Week of Peace” that will culminate with a rally across from City Hall.

The week, March 12-18, will include activities such as the signing of a Peace Pledge, creation of peace collages, distribution of green ribbons and “Challenge Days” for students at C.K. McClatchy and Hiram Johnson high schools. Luther Burbank High School will also host two kick-off assemblies on Monday, March 14 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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SCUSD Considers Eliminating Support for Athletics, Laying Off Teachers, at Tonight’s Meeting

At tonight’s Board of Education meeting, trustees will consider drastic measures to balance a projected “worst case” deficit of $22.35 million – including cutting financial support for sports, drama, yearbook, newspaper, marching band, cheerleading and speech and debate.

The proposal is to eliminate “extra pay for extra duty stipends,” uniform replacements funds, athletic trainer funds and co-curricular transportation funds for a savings of $1.261 million.

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SCUSD Offers Free Services to Parents at Saturday’s ‘School Readiness Fair’

Hundreds of parents are expected to take advantage of a host of free services – from immunizations to child health screenings – at SCUSD’s School Readiness Fair on Saturday.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Serna Center, 5735 47th Ave., Sacramento.

The fair is sponsored by SCUSD’s Child Development Department and Partners for School Readiness, including Kaiser Permanente, First 5 Sacramento and the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD).
At the fair, parents will be able to: