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August 28, 2017

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Picture of the Week

Students at Computech Middle School observe the solar eclipse on August 21 during a school wide activity.

Video of the Week

Link to video of the week
I Am Ready video

Dates to Know

September 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Board of Education

October 30
State of Education luncheon


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Watch "60 Seconds with Fresno Unified"

The Fresno Unified’s Communications Department has recently introduced "60 Seconds with Fresno Unified" -- a weekly update on current events in the district.  We hope you’ll take a few seconds to watch this short video each week to make sure you’re in the know. The video will be released every Thursday.

60 seconds video

Save the Date for State of Education Luncheon

Fresno Unified will host its annual State of Education luncheon on October 30, the district’s largest single event to raise money for the Fresno Unified Scholarship Fund. The event will feature Interim Superintendent Bob Nelson as the keynote speaker and will be the first opportunity for the broader community to get to know Nelson and learn more about his goals for the district. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at a location still to be announced. Watch for further information on tickets.

Teacher Academy Launches Saturday Program

The district is launching a new teacher pipeline program this fall for high school students. The Teacher Academy Saturday Program is a teaching career exploration program for high school juniors and seniors.  During the Saturday workshops, students will explore teaching and STEM careers, develop and teach lessons and participate in Educators Rising competitions. Program applications are available in high school career centers. The application deadline is Thursday, August 31.

District Offers Elementary Students College and Career Readiness Experiences

The College and Career Readiness Office is excited to offer elementary students experiences in support of the District's Goal 3: "All students will demonstrate the character and competencies for workplace success."

Third Grade: District partner Bricks 4 Kidz is back again to provide an engaging, hands-on engineering experience for each school. Bricks 4 Kidz will visit each school once per semester.

Fourth Grade: The CCR Office has re-engaged with 10 industry partners to offer different experiences for students.

Sixth Grade: The district’s three post-secondary partners, Clovis Community, Fresno City, and Reedley colleges, are back to offer a community college tour for each sixth grade classroom.

Chevron Project to Fund School Supplies

Help make a big impact for local public school students and their heroes -- teachers! Throughout October, fuel up with eight or more gallons at a participating Chevron or Texaco station and $1 will be donated, up to $200,000, to help fund eligible classroom projects for public schools in Fresno County. Visit and follow the program on Facebook @ChevronFuelYourSchool, Twitter @FuelYourSchool and Instagram @fuelyourschool

Immunization Clinics Offered 

The district has been offering a series of immunization clinics. Remaining clinics are August 29, 30, 31 and September 1 at Sequoia Middle School from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

• Must bring current immunization record
• Parent or legal guardian must accompany student
• Must bring current insurance card

Free Health Fair September 16

A free health fair will be held Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at California Health Sciences University, 120 N. Clovis Ave. in Clovis, presented by Community Medical Centers. The fair will include no-cost flu shots for the first 300 qualified individuals until 2 p.m.; health screenings and services; health education and demonstrations; activities for kids; and distribution of fruit and vegetables.
Flyer on Free Health Fair in English and Spanish
Flyer on Free Health Fair in English and Hmong

Pancake Breakfast Raises Funds for Homeless Students

The annual Matthew Mueller Pancake Breakfast will be held Sunday, September 17 7-11 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 364 E. Barstow Ave., to raise funds for Project ACCESS and the homeless students of Fresno Unified. The event honors the memory of Matthew Mueller, an elementary and high school educator who cared deeply for the less fortunate and was known for his many acts of kindness and generosity.  Donation checks may be made to Hope Lutheran Church c/o Matthew Mueller Fund.

Superintendent Board Remarks from August 23, 2017

Interim Superintendent Bob Nelson provided a brief report to the Fresno Unified Board of Education including:

• Expressed his joy and honor to be selected as the finalist for the superintendent position and thanking the board of trustees for their continued support.

• Reflected on a fantastic start of the school year and expressed gratitude to the teachers, staff and administrators who are setting the tone for a successful start to the school year.  Through our actions, our students will know we care about them and that will be a reason to keep them coming to class every day and ready to learn.  Nelson then highlighted the start of school with a video of various social media posts showing how excited and ready everyone was for the first day of the 2017-18 school year.

• Updated the public on two projects: eLearn Academy and dual immersion. The district launched its first online school, eLearn Academy, which offers personalized, rigorous and accredited online courses for students in grades 7 to 12 who need flexible attendance options.  The students have personalized instruction with access to teachers through chat, email, phone and Skype or they can drop by the academy to get support as needed.  He encouraged families interested to visit to get brochures or any questions answered.  He thanked Tom Nixon and Yolanda Jimenez-Ruiz for their hard work in making eLearn happen. Dual immersion programs have expanded to Greenberg Elementary, Rowell Elementary, Wawona School and McLane High schools.  Greenberg Elementary is home to the district’s first Hmong dual immersion curriculum.  The district’s dual immersion program model is research-based and one of the most effective ways of meeting the needs of English learner students as well as other students who want to become literate in another language.  Students who stay in the program from preschool to high school can attain a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.

• Thanked Kaiser Permanente for the $90,000 grant that provided water hydration stations at all of the district’s middle schools, providing students access to cold, filtered water throughout the day.  Kaiser also donated free reusable water bottles to all of the district’s middle school students.

• Shared that yesterday he had a positive and productive meeting with several members of our local LGBTQ community to work together in supporting all students on school campuses.  During the meeting, everyone discussed developing a framework to ensure all LGBTQ students feel safe at Fresno Unified Schools.  The plans include further supporting and expanding current Gay Straight Alliance clubs on school campuses, identifying staff members at secondary school sites who would receive unique training in order to support LGBTQ students, pursuing additional training for staff to serve transgender students separate from gay, lesbian and bisexual students and exploring a partnership with local community organizations to resurrect a 1-800 call line to provide additional support for all students. 

• Thanked the many community members who took the time to come to the meeting and share their opinions and urged everyone to show civility and mutual respect for each other.  Reminded everyone that we are all an example for children in our district and that providing a safe place for all starts right here in the board room.

Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

Roosevelt School of the Arts Announces Season Events

Check out the fantastic schedule of performing arts events planned at Roosevelt School of the Arts.
Calendar of RSA Events

I Am Ready

I Am Ready Poster

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The “I Am Ready” (social media hashtag: #FresnoReady) citywide movement encourages the entire community to work together to elevate the district towards a 100% graduation rate. This initiative motivates every citizen in Fresno to be a part of the academic success of our nearly 74,000 students. The effort comes on the heels of Fresno Unified’s strongest graduation rates in more than a decade.

In recent years, Fresno Unified graduated more than 80% of students on time, enrolled more than 5,000 of our high school students in Advanced Placement courses, and over 5,000 high school students in career technical education courses. Additionally, more than 85% of graduating seniors applied to an institution of higher learning. 

Nationally, the graduation rate for Hispanics was 76.3% during the 2014-2015 school year, but here in Fresno Unified, the graduation rate for our Hispanic students reached 85.6%. The district is also demonstrating stronger gains for African-American students. Nationally, the graduation rate for African-American students is 72.5%, but here in Fresno, it stands at 80.6%. We are very proud of our overall 85% graduation rate, but we anticipate that percentage to climb with the release of the new numbers.

Great things are indeed happening here, but we will only be able to reach a 100% graduation rate with the support of the entire community. There are a number of ways you can say “I Am Ready” to get involved to support our youth. No deed is too small when it comes to helping our youth and only with everyone’s effort will we reach our goal. Are you ready?

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