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Students return from Winter Break on Monday: SCUSD will be ready

January 6, 2016 (Sacramento): Winter Break is drawing to a close. Sacramento City Unified School District’s principals, teachers and staff are preparing now to ensure that all campuses are open, warm and welcoming on Monday (January 9) when students return to their classrooms.

Press release Safe Haven School District

SCUSD’s Board votes to support ‘safe haven’ schools

Sacramento City Unified School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to designate SCUSD schools as “safe havens” that protect students regardless of immigration status.

“Students cannot learn in an environment of fear,” said Board Vice President Jessie Ryan. “Last night, by unanimously passing the Safe Haven School District resolution, our district made a strong statement that we hear our community’s fears and will do everything in our power to protect all students irrespective of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual preference or immigration status.”

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Superintendent Banda’s statement on Measure G
Parcel tax would have generated $6 million-$7 million annually for SCUSD schools

November 17, 2016 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent José L. Banda today thanked supporters of Measure G and expressed disappointment over the initiative’s narrow defeat at the polls.

Measure G was supported by 65 percent of Sacramento voters – just short of the two-thirds needed for passage. Although more voters cast ballots in favor of Measure G than Proposition 55 – a statewide tax measure – Measure G failed to reach the supermajority required by law.

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Ribbon-Cutting and Empathy Reading Program Demonstration at Golden Empire Elementary School

Sacramento, CA (October 5, 2016) – RedRover, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Sacramento, California, will join IKEA at Golden Empire Elementary School on Tuesday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the Sacramento City Unified School District school’s newly transformed classroom space. This classroom, as well as the staff lounge, was remodeled as part of IKEA’s Life Improvement Challenge.

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SCUSD to unveil ‘hydration station’ that highlights water access issues at event tomorrow
Station will help kids learn about the importance of staying hydrated with clean, safe water

September 27, 2016 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District officials will join with partners tomorrow morning (September 28) to unveil a new “hydration station” at Ethel Phillips Elementary School and to kick-off local participation in a statewide campaign.

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SCUSD students to judge ‘Veggie of the Year’ contest between high-profile chefs
Kids will taste-test recipes by culinary experts from Grange, Paragary and more

September 8, 2016 (Sacramento):  Think of it as a local version of “Top Chef” with really, really tough judges.

SCUSD elementary school students will taste-test vegetable dishes crafted by five high-profile Sacramento chefs next week as part of Food Literacy Center’s fourth annual Veggie of the Year competition.

Press release Barbershop Program Participants

Staying sharp: Barbers pledge 300 free haircuts to kids who read to them this summer
Partnership with SCUSD and Sacramento Public Library is aimed at combating summer learning loss

July 5, 2016 (Sacramento):  To help kids stay sharp this summer, Sacramento barbers are partnering with SCUSD and Sacramento Public Library on a literacy drive that rewards students for reading.

Ten barbershops have agreed to give away 30 free haircuts this summer to students who read a book to a barber. Sacramento Public Library is supplying 300 books for the initiative.

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SCUSD Board approves November ballot measure to boost graduation rates and student achievement

June 29, 2016 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to place a $75 parcel tax measure on the November 8 ballot.

The proposed measure would fund the expansion of successful programs, including art and music enrichment, services for struggling learners and vital initiatives that make schools more positive environments for staff, families and children. The measure would sunset after six years.  Senior citizens would be exempted.

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SCUSD school to host job and wellness fair for community
Resume-writing workshops, community college sign-ups and free health screenings on Saturday

April 28, 2016 (Sacramento):  Ethel I. Baker Elementary School is hosting a free job and wellness fair for the South Sacramento community on Saturday (April 30). More than two dozen partner organizations will participate in the fair, including Sacramento City College, Sacramento Public Library, Elica Health Centers and American Medical Response.

Community members can practice resume writing, get job interviewing tips and learn how to get a job with the state. Free wellness check-ups, vaccinations and eye exams will also be provided.

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Meeting on Thursday to discuss Jefferson School’s future
Community forum on Midtown site co-hosted by City Councilman Hansen, SCUSD Board Member Hansen

April 26, 2016 (Sacramento): Sacramento City Unified School District Board Member Jay Hansen and City Councilman Steve Hansen are co-hosting a community meeting on Thursday (April 28) to discuss the future of Jefferson School at 16th and N streets in Midtown.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Washington Elementary School, 520 18th St.

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My Community Matters! aims to educate, empower South Sac neighborhood
Health services, food, entertainment and more at New Joseph Bonnheim Community Charter School this Saturday

April 13, 2016 (Sacramento):  New Joseph Bonnheim Community Charter School is reaching out to the Colonial Village neighborhood this weekend with a health-themed community event.

My Community Matters! is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and empowering community members to advocate for the neighborhood’s needs, said Principal Christie Wells-Artman. “Our goal is to help our community become stronger and healthier,” Wells-Artman said.

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SCUSD to host community meeting on future of Old Marshall School

April 4, 2016 (Sacramento): Sacramento City Unified School District is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday (April 5) to discuss the future of Old Marshall School, which has been vacant since 2009.

Marshall School was built in 1903 and designed by Rudolph Harold, a locally prominent architect who designed City Hall. Located at 2718 G St., it was used as an elementary school until 1976, when it was closed due to concerns about its ability to withstand an earthquake.

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SCUSD to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with festive morning read-in
Superintendent Banda, Assemblymember McCarty and kids in pajamas at Bret Harte Elementary

February 29, 2016 (Sacramento):  One book, two books, fiction book, true book.

Each year, schools across the country celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday (Wednesday, March 2) as Read Across America Day, an opportunity for community members to demonstrate the joys of literacy by reading to kids.