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Sutter Middle to pilot DUI Court in Schools Program on Friday
First middle school in region to bring a defendant on campus for sentencing by judge

February 28, 2013 (Sacramento):  Eighth graders at Sutter Middle School will witness the harsh legal consequences of driving under the influence when the DUI Court in Schools Program comes to campus this Friday (March 1).

The school’s gym will be transformed into the courtroom of a local judge, and a driver arrested for DUI will be sentenced and given an opportunity to address an assembly of students and their parents. The teens will hear for themselves about the dangers of taking the wheel after drinking.

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SCUSD celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday with fun reading events
Guests at Read Across America Day activities include Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye

February 27, 2013 (Sacramento):  Kids across Sacramento City Unified School District will honor the legacy of Dr. Seuss on Friday (March 1) by eating green eggs and ham, making tall striped hats and listening to local dignitaries give inspired renditions of the author’s best-loved books.

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Dates set for meetings at chronically under-enrolled schools
Eleven elementary schools filled to less than 50 percent of capacity are slated for closure next fall

January 24, 2013 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District has set dates for community meetings at 11 dramatically under-enrolled elementary schools slated for closure next fall.

The closures are aimed at ‘’right-sizing” SCUSD, which has experienced deep declines in student enrollment over the past decade – a loss of about 5,500 students since 2001-02, or about 160 classrooms. For 2012-13, SCUSD’s student population is down again by at least 800.

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SCUSD Supt. Raymond applauds passage of Prop. 30, school bonds
Thanks volunteers who worked so hard for public education

November 7, 2012 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jonathan Raymond issued the following statement today on the passage of Proposition 30 and local Measures Q and R:

“All of us at Sac City Unified and across the state are breathing a little easier today knowing that the citizens of California value public education and are willing to invest in our children’s futures through voter approval of Proposition 30.

“We are also heartened by our local community’s support for Measures Q and R.


Board of Education Vacancy

Board of Education Trustee Ellyn Bell (Area 1) has submitted her letter of resignation to Sacramento County Office of Education Superintendent David Gordon. As a result, on November 1, SCUSD’s Board of Education voted to appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of her term. Deadline to apply for the vacancy is November 14, 2012 at 5pm.

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SCUSD Urges Safe Halloween Fun for Boys and Ghouls…er…Girls
District also seeks neighborhood help in protecting schools

October 29, 2012 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District officials are urging parents to follow common sense safety guidelines this Halloween (Wednesday, October 31) to ensure a fun, worry-free holiday for students and families.

“We want to see every student in class on Thursday morning ready to learn,” said SCUSD Sacramento Police Lt. Lisa Hinz, who heads SCUSD security services. “That can only happen if adults make sure that kids adhere to rules about safe walking, safe trick-or-treating and safe snacking.”


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School planning block party to celebrate new namesake
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd to attend ceremony that will honor his mother

October 17, 2012 (Sacramento):  A block party will be held on Saturday to celebrate Leataata “Tata” Floyd, a Seavey Circle neighborhood advocate whose work with young people inspired an SCUSD school to change its name in her honor.

Jedediah Smith Elementary elected to change its name to Leataata Floyd Elementary earlier this year, a change approved by the Board of Education. Mrs. Floyd is a longtime advocate for the Seavey Circle community in which she lives and teaches Polynesian dancing at the school.

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SCUSD student to be surprised with $10,000 scholarship today
West Campus High School student wins Nordstrom award over 900 other applicants

October 15, 2012 (Sacramento):  West Campus High School senior Christina Fang will be surprised today with a $10,000 scholarship from Nordstrom.

Fang is one of only 80 winners across the country. To qualify, students must demonstrate community involvement, financial need and strong academics. Applicants also must submit a personal statement and answer an essay question. Fang was also interviewed by the Nordstrom scholarship committee in San Francisco.

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Teen writers to share their poetry and prose with UC Davis health system faculty, staff and medical students
Health Professions High School students invited to read from their published anthology on the power of healing

WHAT:                                 Health Professions High School students will read aloud personal stories from their book “Breath and Bones” as a discussion event for the UCD 2012-13 Campus Community Book Project at the UCD School of Medicine


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Students at SCUSD ‘Priority Schools,’ middle schools make big learning gains
California Department of Education data released today validates district initiatives to increase student achievement

October 11, 2012 (Sacramento): State test data released today validates Sacramento City Unified School District’s aggressive efforts to transform low-performing schools and implement rigorous student achievement standards in every classroom.

For the second year, students in SCUSD’s Superintendent’s Priority Schools made almost across-the-board gains on state tests. In addition, SCUSD’s middle school students – adolescents often regarded as the hardest to teach – also made impressive strides, outpacing their elementary and high school peers in gains.

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SCUSD hosts anti-bullying training for parents tonight
October is National Bullying Prevention Month; session tonight is second in a series to combat destructive behaviors

October 10, 2012 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District will hold a community bullying prevention training at Sutter Middle School tonight — October 10 — which is also Unity Day, a national event to promote tolerance.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

The training tonight – the second in a series of five – is free and open to anyone in the community who wants to learn more about keeping kids safe at school and in cyberspace.

SCUSD launched a district-wide crackdown on bullying in June 2011 when the Board of Education approved a swe

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Shhh! Teacher to be surprised with award, gift tomorrow
OfficeMax to honor Golden Empire teacher on ‘A Day Made Better’; students to be surprised, too

WHAT:                                 Golden Empire Elementary School teacher Renee Mondzak will receive a surprise visit from OfficeMax to award her $1,000 worth of classroom supplies as part of the annual A Day Made Better advocacy program.


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SCUSD to celebrate Green Apple Day of Service with campus clean ups
‘Where we learn matters’ is slogan for international event

September 20, 2012 (Sacramento): Schools in Sacramento City Unified School District are participating in the first-ever Green Apple Day of Service, an international event sponsored by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

The first Green Apple Day project gets underway this Saturday (September 22) at West Campus High School. Hundreds of volunteers from Starbucks, Rebuilding Together, State of Being and the West Campus community will work to revitalize the grounds surrounding two classroom wings.

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SCUSD launches anti-bullying training series for parents
Program is part of district-wide push to keep students safe

September 17, 2012 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District will hold the first of four community bullying prevention trainings at Luther Burbank High School tomorrow night (Tuesday, September 18).

The trainings are free and open to anyone in the community who wants to learn more about bullying.

“We’re working hard to raise awareness of bullying so our students can better advocate for themselves when bullying occurs,” said SCUSD Bullying Prevention Specialist Sheila Self.

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Assemblymember Roger Dickinson to Distribute Over 300

On Wednesday, September 12, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson will distribute over 300 backpacks filled with school supplies to Sacramento youth. Dickinson’s 2nd annual “Give Back(pack) Drive,” a back-to-school drive to collect backpacks and supplies for kindergarten through 6th grade students in Sacramento ran throughout the month of August.

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With school starting Tuesday, SCUSD reminds parents of bus service cuts
Letters, automated phone calls sent home; bus service still available to some students

August 31, 2012 (Sacramento):  School starts on Tuesday, and the Sacramento City Unified School District is working hard to remind parents that bus service for elementary school students has been eliminated with a few exceptions.

To balance a $28 million budget deficit, the SCUSD’s Board of Education voted last spring to eliminate all home-to-school transportation for elementary school students.

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First day of school to feature Senate pro Tem Steinberg, ‘green’ classrooms
Supervisor Serna and Superintendent Raymond will also speak at ‘Sacramento Goes Back to School’ event

August 30, 2012 (Sacramento):  Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will speak Tuesday morning (September 4) at SCUSD’s first day of school celebration, held this year at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School to highlight the campus’ new “green” classrooms.

Other VIP guests scheduled to speak at “Sacramento Goes Back to School” include Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jonathan Raymond and SCUSD Board of Education Vice President Jeff Cuneo.
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