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SCUSD Launches McClatchy’s New Law Academy with VIP Event
A ‘pipeline to professions,’ the academy will target under-served teens with a rigorous curriculum focused on law

On Friday, a new chapter begins in C.K. McClatchy High School’s rich 74-year history with the launch of a new Law and Public Policy Academy.
Legal community VIPs will address freshmen students about careers in law and public policy at a launch celebration on Friday in the McClatchy library. U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England, State Bar Association President Mike Levy and Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jonathan Raymond are among the confirmed speakers.

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No Shot, No School?
Thousands of students may be barred next fall; SCUSD schedules free clinic for Friday

Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) is holding a free immunization clinic from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday (June 3) at John F. Kennedy 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 and River Cats Team Up to Help Fund Sports in City Schools
Local team steps up to the plate for student athletes.

School athletics programs threatened by the statewide budget crisis will be saved in part by a new partnership between the Sacramento City Unified School District and the Sacramento River Cats that will raise money for the financially strapped programs.

The new partnership will be launched with an on-field pre-game ceremony on Wednesday, June 1 at Raley Field (prior to the start of the team’s 12:05 game against the Salt Lake Bees). The school district and the River Cats will announce they are teaming up to provide resources to district sports programs.

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Neighbors asked to help protect schools over Memorial Day

Memorial Day may mark the official start of backyard barbecue season, but for school districts, the holiday weekend can be anything but relaxing as vandals, thieves and arsonists take advantage of empty campuses.
In light of this, SCUSD is asking the community for help in keeping schools safe and secure over the three-day break (May 28-30).

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Survey Says: Extend Taxes to Save Schools from Further Cuts
Superintendent Raymond points to survey results, calls for governor, Legislature to act

Sacramento parents, community members, and school teachers and staff overwhelmingly want the extension of current temporary taxes to prevent further cuts to education, a new survey commissioned by the Sacramento City Unified School District shows.

The Fiscal Priorities Survey, conducted by an independent research firm, shows that Sacramento residents are far more supportive of extending the taxes to make up the budget shortfall than they are making further education cuts, including eliminating teacher jobs.

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Judge rules for Sacramento City Unified School District in layoffs case

A State of California Administrative Law Judge presiding over Sacramento City Unified School District certificated employee layoff hearings has issued a finding that agrees with the school district on most of the issues regarding its layoffs, validating most of the Board of Education’s certificated layoffs and skipping criteria (“skipping” refers to Board-approved criteria that allows staff with specialized training and/or qualifications to be “skipped” as part of the layoff process, regardless of their seniority).

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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.