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October 30, 2017

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Students from Turner and King elementary schools attended outdoor school October 17-20.

Video of the Week

Link to video of the week
School Choice Expo on October 24

Dates to Know

November 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Board of Education


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Community News

Watch "60 Seconds with Fresno Unified"

Every week, the Fresno Unified's Communications Department produces "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. This week's "60 Seconds" news update features this year's School Choice Expo, the district's CVIIC award and a resolution passed by the Board of Education in case a teacher strike occurs.

Input Requested on District Calendars

Fresno Unified School District is requesting input on the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic calendars. Priorities of the academic calendars include maximizing student attendance to accomplish Fresno Unified's four district goals. Fresno Unified has received feedback from key district-wide advisory committees and bargaining unit representatives and is now seeking input from students, families, staff, and community members. The academic calendar survey is available online on the district website in English, Hmong, and Spanish. The survey will be posted Monday, October 30 through Friday, November 17. Feedback is very much appreciated.

District Wins Award for Immigrant Work

The Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) recognized the district October 25 with an award for its innovative and path-breaking policies related to immigrant integration, including the board's passage of the Safe Place resolution and opening of the Dream Resource Center. The awards were part of a CVIIC conference.

District Holds Community Forum on Student Intervention and Support

Students, parents, staff and community members attended Fresno Unified's first community forum on school climate, discipline and student supports at the district. The forum was held on October 24, and highlighted the district's efforts to improve school climate, discipline and disproportionality, as well as recent data related to suspensions.

School Transfers Deadline is Dec. 1

Fresno Unified offers a wide variety of school choice options, including popular magnet schools and specialized programs.  For the 2018-19 school year, applications received before December 1, 2017 will have priority in the selection process.  Families may apply for the transfer to any district school by completing an application. Learn more and print an application at, call (559) 248-7538, or drop in at the Transfers Office, 4120 N. First St. for more information.

Superintendent Board Remarks from October 25, 2017

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

• Highlighting Red Ribbon Week, which kicked off this week with special activities at schools all across the district.  Students at Webster wore pajamas to schools as they followed their dreams and said no to drugs while Pyle elementary students teamed up against drugs by wearing their favorite team jerseys and super hero shirts.  Thanked teachers, counselors, staff and campus culture directors for creating lessons and activities for our students to learn and make good choices.

• Sharing the first stakeholder community forum that was held yesterday on the district's work and efforts around Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS), Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices. These guidelines not only address misbehaviors, but pair consequences with interventions that restore relationships and teach students the skills to address the underlying behavioral issues.  Over the next few months, staff will participate in additional professional learning around this work as the district conducts a soft launch at five initial sites, with a district-wide launch in 2018-19.  Nelson then shared a short video of these efforts.

• Applauding the district's work to serve immigrant families which was honored by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  USCIS notified Fresno Unified that it had been awarded a $250,000 Citizenship and Assimilation grant to support the Dream Resource Center efforts.  This grant was given to only two school districts in the country, Fresno Unified and Miami Dade County, recognizing the work the districts are doing to support immigrants' transition into the United States. This afternoon the district was presented with the Innovation in Immigration Integration Award at the 2017 Central Valley Immigration Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) Conference held at Piccadilly Inn.  Locally, CVIIC is a network of partner organizations to assist local immigrant families impacted by immigration policies.  While there is still the fear of deportation for many of our families, Fresno Unified is committed to supporting our DACA students, families and staff.  The Dream Resource Center would not be possible without the support from our Board Trustees and all our community partners.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

Employer of Choice

FAQs on Potential Teacher Strike

The district has updated frequently asked questions about a potential teacher strike.
Updated Frequently Asking Questions about a Potential Teacher Strike

Hoover Teacher is Educator of the Week

Hoover High School U.A. History teacher Danielle Dickie was recognized October 23 as KSEE24's Educator of the Week.
Video of Danielle Dickie as Educator of the Week

District has Finalists for Region 7 Awards

Fresno Unified has three finalists for the California League of Schools Region 7 Educator of the Year awards. Kimberly McKinnis from Kings Canyon Middle School is a finalist for the middle school educator of the year, with winners announced December 5. Pat Chacon from Sunnyside High School, and John Michael De La Cerda from Bullard High School are finalists for the high school educator of the year, with winners announced November 28.
Information about the California League of Schools Region 7 Awards (about CLS region 7)

School Buzz

Roosevelt Hosts 36th Annual Cross Country Meet

Roosevelt High School held the 36th annual Rough Rider Invitational cross country meet on October 13, hosting 1,763 runners from around the state. Long Beach Poly High School won the large school varsity boys race and Monache High School won the large school varsity girls race.  

Bullard Cheer Room Named for Cheer Coach

Bullard High School unveiled a plaque on October 26 naming the cheer room on campus in honor of Sandi Cliff, a cheer coach and P.E. teacher at the school from 1996-2010. Ms. Cliff, who died Aug. 21 of cancer, is credited with helping to re-establish Bullard's cheer program as a top program that placed in national competitions. Her most recent teaching assignment in the district had been as a P.E. teacher at Computech Middle School.

Students Recognize Red Ribbon Week

Students throughout Fresno Unified participated in Red Ribbon Week activities October 23-31 to learn about living a drug-free and healthy life. Mayfair Elementary School kicked off Red Ribbon Week and anti-bullying activities with a school rally honoring community heroes. Students danced and listened to inspiring messages from the Fresno police and fire department​​s about being drug free and doing their best every day. This year's school theme, "Be a Hero, Be Kind and Cross the Line," reminded students about the importance of being kind​ and respectful and not giving up on their goals. Students also painted "kindness rocks"​with inspiring messages ​that were placed throughout the school grounds to remind and inspire everyone to be kind.​

Pyle, Roeding and Webster elementary schools were among many across the district that designated a different motto and dress-up theme for each day of Red Ribbon Week. For example, Tuesday at Pyle was "Pair up Against Drugs" and students dressed as twins, Wednesday at Webster was "Follow Your Dreams and Don't Do Drugs" and students wore pajamas, and Wednesday at Roeding was "I'm too Bright for Drugs" and students wore bright or neon colors. Also at Webster, Hoover High School leadership students hosted a Red Ribbon Week rally October 27.

Cambridge High School Hosts Community Carnival

​Cambridge High School hosted its first Halloween carnival for the community October 27, featuring free games, bounces houses and candy. Food was available for purchase and the first 10 guests to arrive received free haunted house tickets.  The event was entirely planned by Cambridge students as a way to connect with the community.

Bullard Leadership Conference

Bullard High School students led the annual Bullard regional leadership conference on October 24. Leadership students from feeder schools from throughout the Bullard region gathered for a variety of sessions and to share a common vision.

Roosevelt Friday Night Live Chapter Encourages No-Drinking Pledge

Roosevelt High School's Friday Night Live (FNL) chapter led a Casey's Pledge drive on October 24, asking students to pledge to stay away from alcohol and drugs and encourage their peers to make healthy choices and be advocates in their community for healthy choices and positive decisions. The pledge drive was in recognition of Red Ribbon Week October 23-27 and is part of the students' involvement with the Youth Leadership Institute.

Later that day, students walked together to the corner of Kings Canyon Road and Cedar Avenue to connect with the merchants at Chevron. Across Fresno County, young people from all participating FNL chapters are implementing the Sticker Shock Campaign in their communities. The goal of the Sticker Campaign is to raise awareness and remind adults that it is illegal to provide alcohol to minors. The young people will be placing stickers on large cases of alcohol at grocery stores, gas stations, and corners stores. The sticker will remind adults of the Social Host Ordinance from 2007 that the city of Fresno created. Last spring, young people surveyed their peers and discovered that 70% of young people reported being provided alcohol by a parent or an adult they know. 

Powers-Ginsburg Hosts Hero Day

Powers-Ginsburg Elementary School hosted Hero Day on October 27, featuring first-responders, the Air National Guard and other community members. Guests met with students at recess and in classrooms and talked about what it means to be a hero.

Roosevelt Ecology Club, Baseball Team to Clean Up Community

Roosevelt High School's Ecology Club and baseball team worked together on October 19 for a clean-up day on the streets and sidewalks surrounding the Fresno Fairgrounds.

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