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Students vie for $1 million at SCUSD Project Green event
Blue-ribbon panel of local experts will judge student proposals for making campuses more sustainable

May 21, 2013 (Sacramento):  Thirteen student “green teams” from the Sacramento City Unified School District will showcase projects to make their campuses greener and more sustainable at SCUSD’s second annual Project Green Showcase on Thursday (May 23).

Viable projects are in line for $1 million in Measure Q bond money set aside for green school initiatives. Measure Q was approved by Sacramento voters in November.

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Mural project celebrates spirit of closing school
Renowned artist Milton Bowens to help Washington Elementary students preserve memories of Midtown campus

April 18, 2013 (Sacramento) – The spirit of a Midtown elementary school slated for closure next fall will be expressed and preserved on Sunday (April 21) when students and staff come together to create a gigantic, multi-part mural under the direction of celebrated artist Milton Bowens.

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SCUSD seeks applicants for school repurposing committee
‘7-11 Committee’ will consider re-use and disposition of sites not needed for schools in the fall

April 17, 2013 (Sacramento) – The Sacramento City Unified School District is forming a “7-11 Committee” (a committee with seven or 11 members) to advise the Board of Education on the reuse, repurposing and disposition of school buildings and vacant sites not needed for school purposes. The formation of the committee follows the Board’s decision last month to close seven chronically under-enrolled elementary schools next fall.

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Oak Park sixth graders get in on farm-to-fork, food truck craze
Oak Ridge Elementary’s ‘Five Star Restaurant’ to include mobile dining, stellar sit-down menu under direction of Chef Mulvaney

April 4, 2013 (Sacramento) – A trendy mobile restaurant trailer will be pulling into Oak Park next week to serve up tasty gourmet tacos for a VIP crowd of local movers and shakers.

But you won’t find a hipster foodie working the window. This truck – and the fancy restaurant it will pull up next to – will be run entirely by elementary school students.

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Inclusive basketball tourney fun for students of all abilities
Students in adaptive PE classes to play with Burbank High School peer tutors from varsity basketball team

March 19, 2013 (Sacramento):  Young adults of all physical ability levels  will come together on Wednesday (March 20) for SCUSD’s second annual Spring Inclusive Basketball Tournament organized by the district’s adaptive PE teachers.

“This is a great way to build caring relationships between students who might not otherwise get to know each other,” says Luther Burbank High School teacher Greg Polo, an event organizer. “It’s a lot of fun for the kids and good learning experience for all involved.”

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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