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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.

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Test Scores Appear to Validate SCUSD’s School Reform Efforts
‘Priority Schools’ students make big gains on state test

Sacramento: State test score data released today suggests that Sacramento City Unified School District’s bold initiative to turn around low-performing schools is working.

Students in the Superintendent’s Priority Schools made nearly across-the-board gains in math and English on the California Standards Tests (CSTs) administered last spring, validating a host of reforms
implemented at those campuses last year.

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Neighbors asked to help protect schools over long summer break

For many Sacramento families summer is a time of fun as school-year schedules give way to more leisurely days. But for school officials on tight budgets, summer can be a time of high anxiety as worry sets in over the safety of vacant campuses.

Vandals, arsonists and thieves are of particular concern, especially those who cripple school air-conditioning and electrical systems by stealing copper and aluminum parts – crimes that cost taxpayers money and take away needed school resources.

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Teen Trend: Loafing? Out. Community Service? In.
More than 800 SCUSD students trade lazy days on the couch for helping their neighborhoods, schools

Research shows that “millennials” – teens and people in their 20s – are civic-minded and socially conscious. Proof of that trend can be found right here in Sacramento, where more than 800 middle and high school students volunteered to spend six weeks of their summer vacation serving the community.

The teens participated in “Summer of Service,” Sacramento City Unified School District’s innovative, service-learning initiative that gives kids leadership and teamwork skills and gives the community teams of enthusiastic young helpers.

Board Update
This graphic describes the Classroom Walkthough Process.

Teachscape Training, Bond Funding Update, and more

A Teachscape follow-up training session for principals and Central Office administrators was held on Thursday at the former Genesis High School site. The half-day session focused on the examination of data collected from the classroom walkthroughs completed by site administrators and district personnel between January and June. The focus of the session was to revisit the classroom walkthrough process (below) with an emphasis on extracting data gathered through the Teachscape reporting feature. The session emphasized the reflective dialogue that should occur after the data is isolated and presented.

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SCUSD Plans Surprise Party for Returning Fruit Ridge Students
Follow up to February: Kids will tour freshly repaired Oak Park campus for the first time since asbestos scare

Sacramento – Students returning to the newly upgraded Fruit Ridge Elementary School in Oak Park – the site of an asbestos scare in February – will be surprised with a tour of their remodeled campus and an ice cream party on Friday.

The surprise celebration will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (June 17) when students return on buses to the Oak Park campus, located at 4625 44th St. To catch the children’s reactions, media should plan to be at the school prior to the arrival of buses at 1:30 p.m.

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Phoebe Hearst Sixth-Grader Wins Distinguished Student Award

(Sacramento) – A sixth grade student at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School is the California winner of the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award, sponsored by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).

Olivia Sison was honored for her achievements in dance, excellence in academics and her demonstrated leadership abilities. Olivia is president of the Phoebe Hearst Student Council, a Girl Scout, a skilled ballerina, a member of the Middle School Speech and Debate League and is taking algebra at Kit Carson Middle School as a sixth grader.

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SCUSD Begins News Era with One-Stop Enrollment Center
New center replaces school site enrollment, gives parents equal shot at school choice

For decades, parents in Sacramento have trudged through a familiar scene: a few weeks or days before school starts, they head to their school of choice, records in hand, and hope to get their children enrolled – sometimes against stiff competition for space.

Parents with children in several different schools had to trek all over the city to enroll students at multiple campuses. Even more confusing, the enrollment procedures could differ between schools. And parents who didn’t speak English well could have an especially difficult time getting children enrolled.

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Teen Triumphs: SCUSD Grads Have Amazing Stories

Beginning tomorrow (Thursday, June 9), thousands of Sacramento City Unified School District seniors will don caps and gowns for joyful – and sometimes tearful – graduation ceremonies.

Many of the young men and women who will be crossing stages throughout the city have heartwarming stories of struggle and triumph, as they fought such obstacles as poverty, loss of family members, peer pressure and language barriers to make it to their graduation day.

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No Shot, No School?
Thousands of students may be barred next fall; SCUSD free vaccination clinic TODAY

Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) is holding a free immunization clinic from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on today (June 7) at C.K. McClatchy High School to help parents comply with a daunting new state law affecting thousands of local families.

The new law states that students entering seventh through 12th grades cannot attend school in the fall until their parents turn in shot records showing that they have been vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).

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SCUSD Launches Survey on Need for New Neighborhood High School

East Sacramento, Midtown and Oak Park do not have a traditional neighborhood high school to serve their children, and the Sacramento City Unified School District is asking community members to take part in an important survey to help deal with the issue.

The online survey is available for community members, including teachers, staff, students and parents, to participate in at the district website.