Kennedy marching band to surprise classmate recovering from hit-and-run bike crash
Taariq Jensen has yet to start senior year due to his injuries
November 6, 2015 (Sacramento): All 130 members of John F. Kennedy High School’s marching band will assemble in a Pocket neighborhood cul-de-sac Saturday afternoon to perform for classmate Taariq Jensen, who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run bike crash last summer.
October 30, 2015 (Sacramento): A faculty member at C.K. McClatchy High School was placed on administrative leave today following reports of inappropriate behavior in class.
Several students concerned about the teacher brought cellphone video to school administrators, who acted swiftly to remove the teacher from class and contacted law enforcement. The teacher will remain on leave while the district investigates the incident.
The video appears to show the teacher, dressed in a Halloween costume, wrestling a student on the floor of a classroom.
California Middle School to celebrate $3.1 million gym renovation and expansion
Modernized structure will serve entire Land Park community
October 30, 2015 (Sacramento): SCUSD will cut the ribbon on California Middle School’s newly renovated and expanded gym during a high-energy pep rally with students and staff on Tuesday, November 3.
The event will feature a three-point basketball shoot-out, cheerleaders, live music and a comedy routine by the school’s Land Park Rangers troupe.
Cal’s gym, which was built in 1975, was overdue for modernization and expansion to accommodate the popular Land Park middle’s schools growing needs. Improvements include:
October 29, 2015 (Sacramento): Why do ghosts go to baseball games? To BOO the umpires. Why did the vampire quit the baseball team? He couldn’t find his BATS.
Insert your favorite Halloween-themed baseball joke as the fall baseball teams for CK McClatchy and Luther Burbank High Schools will spend their Halloween morning squaring off in a scrimmage with players decked out in full Halloween garb.
The fall matchup between the two squads is an annual tradition, but with the game falling on Halloween this year the two teams decided to add a fun twist to the matchup.
SCUSD hosts Halloween-themed pedestrian safety fair on Friday
Early morning event will feature kids in costumes, ‘Pete Walker’ safety mascot, bike helmet giveaway
October 28, 2015 (Sacramento): Will C. Wood Middle School students will be treated to a fun, Halloween-themed safety fair on Friday morning – an event that will close Walk and Bike to School Month for SCUSD.
Co-hosted by the state Office of Traffic Safety, the fair will feature Pete Walker, a California safety mascot who has appeared on billboards and bus ads throughout October. Walker wears a costume made of car parts and promotes the message “Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor.” The school will have a “selfie station” for students in costume to take photos with Pete Walker.
Chicas Latinas de Sacramento to give 400 pairs of new shoes to SCUSD school
Every Woodbine Elementary student will receive a pair
October 26, 2015 (Sacramento): Chicas Latinas de Sacramento will donate more than 400 pairs of new shoes to students at Woodbine Elementary School on Wednesday, October 28. The donation amounts to a new pair of shoes for every student at the school.
“We are so grateful to Chicas Latinas and the generosity of the group’s membership,” said SCUSD Superintendent José L. Banda. “I look forward to seeing our students enjoying their new shoes.”
SCUSD appoints veteran administrator to lead reopening of downtown school
Dr. Gema Godina-Martinez was instrumental in establishing McClatchy High’s respected Law and Public Policy Academy
October 2, 2015 (Sacramento): Sacramento City Unified School District’s Board of Education has selected Dr. Gema Godina-Martinez to lead the reopening of downtown’s Washington Elementary School.
The Board voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Godina-Martinez – currently an assistant principal at C.K. McClatchy High School – as Washington’s new principal, beginning immediately. Washington was one of seven SCUSD elementary schools closed in 2012 due to chronic under-enrollment. With downtown development booming, the district is committed to reopening Washington next fall.
SCUSD to celebrate start of school with Hollywood-style ‘premiere’
Students, parents to get superstar treatment with red carpet event at Hollywood Park Elementary
August 27, 2015 (Sacramento): Lights! Cameras! Backpacks!
Sacramento City Unified School District is throwing an early morning red carpet bash – complete with life-size award statuettes, paparazzi and autograph hounds – to celebrate the first day of school on Thursday, September 3.
The event at Hollywood Park Elementary School (home of the Hollywood Park Stars) will kick-off a year of honoring SCUSD’s 76 neighborhood and specialty schools, campuses that have launched the dreams of Sacramento residents for generations.
Summer Break begins Monday: Help prevent crime on campuses
Report any suspicious weekend, evening activity at SCUSD schools
June 11, 2015 (Sacramento): Sacramento City Unified School District is asking the community to help keep its 75 schools safe and secure on summer evenings, weekends and holidays. School resumes on Thursday, September 3.
Summer programming begins on 40 campuses on June 22 and lasts through July 30. Most programs operate in the morning and are over by 2 p.m. During late afternoons, evenings and weekends, campuses will be locked and alarmed. Security cameras will be monitored as well.
Two SCUSD students named Gates Millennium Scholars
Award covers college tuition, living expenses for four years
June 8, 2015 (Sacramento): Two SCUSD students have been named Gates Millennium Scholars, an award that covers the cost of attending college for high-performing, low-income students of color.
Luther Burbank High School salutatorian Sabreena Singh, 18, and John F. Kennedy High School senior Manuel Valencia, 18, are among 1,000 students nationwide in the program’s Class of 2015. The scholarship is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Seniors to commit to colleges at first academic signing day
Sacramento Pathways to Success partners will participate in White House ‘Reach Higher’ event
April 29, 2015 (Sacramento): Local high schools have long participated in the tradition of athletic signing days to celebrate sports stars as they commit to a college. On Friday, May 1 – National College Decision Day – other seniors will get their day of celebration, too.
SCUSD joins California Thursdays fresh food movement
Morning kick-off event TOMORROW will feature breakfast, free farmers’ market
April 22, 2015 (Sacramento): SCUSD will kick-off its participation in California Thursdays, a growing statewide movement to bring California-grown fresh fruits and vegetables to school cafeterias, with a breakfast event at John Still K-8 School this Thursday (April 23).
With partner the Center for Ecoliteracy, SCUSD is joining 41 other districts around the state in its commitment to improving the health of children by improving the food they eat at school.
Students to share ideas for saving water, energy at Earth Day event
Project Green educates kids about California’s resources
April 21, 2015 (Sacramento): Twenty-eight student-led Green Teams will share their proposals for saving water and energy at the district’s Earth Day Project Green Showcase on Wednesday (April 22).
Winning ideas will be funded by the district through Measure Q bond money.
McClatchy to rally for girls headed to state championship
Lady Lions are first SCUSD team to battle for CIF title since ‘02
March 25, 2015 (Sacramento): C.K. McClatchy High School students and staff are holding a rally in front of the school on Friday morning (March 27) to show support for the girls’ basketball team, which battles Junipero Serra of Gardena for the state title later that day.
Matsui, McCarty to celebrate opening of new school-based clinic
WellSpace Health facility at Hiram Johnson is first of its kind in Sacramento City Unified
March 10, 2015 (Sacramento): Congresswoman Doris Matsui will join state Assemblyman Kevin McCarty and other elected officials on Thursday (March 12) at an official ribbon-cutting for the new WellSpace Community Health Center at Hiram Johnson High School.
February 13, 2015 (Sacramento): Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School sixth grader Aidan Fong will journey to Antarctica next month with famed polar explorer Robert Swan, founder of 2041, an organization dedicated to educating future leaders about environmental issues.
SCUSD to celebrate $2.2 million McClatchy gym upgrade
78-year-old gym now has air conditioning for the first time
February 4, 2015 (Sacramento): SCUSD will cut the ribbon on C.K. McClatchy High School’s newly renovated gym on Friday (February 6). The ceremony will take place just before McClatchy’s No. 1-ranked girls basketball team takes on the Cardinals of Laguna Creek.
VOLUNTEERS’ WORK PAYS OFF – $18,000 OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND DENTAL KITS DISTRIBUTED TO SACRAMENTO KIDS
In partnership with Target and others, the nonprofit organization K to College will distribute $65 packages of school and dental supplies to all 270 students at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School in Sacramento. These kits are part of more than 10,000 that were assembled by more than 500 volunteers at the Memorial Auditorium in December. K to College is a nonprofit with the mission of addressing the unmet material needs of homeless and other impoverished children, and adults working towards self-sufficiency.
School named for Dr. King plans march for kindness, justice
Event will kick off Kindness Week at Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School
January 13, 2015 (Sacramento): A school named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will hold a march for kindness and justice on Thursday (January 15) – the late civil rights activist’s birthday.
The march around the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School campus in Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood will kick off a Kindness Week in which students will be challenged to perform acts of kindness to honor Dr. King’s legacy, said Principal Denise Lee.
Famed polar explorer to visit Sacramento school
Robert Swan was the first to walk unsupported to both poles
January 7, 2015 (Sacramento): Famed polar explorer and motivational speaker Robert Swan will make a presentation about Antarctica and environmentalism to students at Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday (January 9).
Swan holds the distinction of being the first person ever to walk unsupported – meaning without GPS, food drops or radio communications – to both the North and South Poles. His observations of the environment during these treks led him to found 2041, an organization dedicated to educating future leaders about environmental issues.