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January 16, 2018

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Photo of the Week

A Ewing Elementary School student keeps dry during the unveiling of a new mural at her school.

Video of the Week

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Martin Luther King Jr. garlanding ceremony on January 12.

Dates to Know

January 24 at 6:00 p.m.
Board of Education


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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 is released every Thursday. The most recent “60 Seconds” news update features free meals served during the winter break, unveiling of the mural at Ewing Elementary School and Excellence in Education tickets.
60 Seconds with Fresno Unified

Superintendent Board Remarks from January 10, 2018

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

• Wishing everyone a happy new year.  Over winter break, the district partnered with Fresno EOC to provide more than 4,100 free meals to youth in the city of Fresno.  Free meals were available to all children between the ages of one and 18 at seven Fresno Unified high schools, the Cesar Chavez Adult School and more than 28 Fresno EOC locations.  Nelson said he’s grateful the district was able to do its part to ensure children were fed throughout winter break.  Nelson then played a video showing the free winter meals program at Roosevelt High School.

• Nelson congratulated Fresno Unified Trustee Cal Johnson and Chief Information Officer Miguel Arias who are set to receive the Community Service Award from the Martin Luther King Unity Committee, represented in tonight’s Board Meeting by Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor, Ms. Gail Gaston, and Trustee Eric Payne.  On Friday, they will both be honored at the 2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Awards Ceremony at Fresno City Hall.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

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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

School Buzz

Fresno High Library Displays African-American History Exhibit

Beginning Tuesday, January 16 -- the day following Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- and continuing through African-American History Month, the Fresno High School library will feature an exhibit that looks at American history through an African-American lens. Through a partnership with the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C., the library will exhibit mounted posters of original displays from the museum. Also on display will be a quilt telling the story of the Underground Railroad provided by Jimi Rodgers, head counselor at Fresno High.

Ewing Elementary holds Ribbon-Cutting for New Mural

Ewing Elementary School unveiled a mural created by local artist Jose Elias on the center wall behind the blacktop on January 8. The design is based on historical and current events and input from the Ewing community. The design includes the two pilots, Richard Anderson and Brad Sexton, who veered their failing aircraft away from Ewing in 1994, saving many lives. It also depicts rows of Valley crops, the front of the school and the campus’ namesake, Achilles Dudley Ewing. Mr. Ewing is surrounded by historical buildings representing his service to the city. The background includes an eagle, the school’s mascot, and the mountains visible from Fresno.

Gaston will hold Annual Black History Month Program

Gaston Middle School will present its fourth annual Black History Month Program on Thursday, February 1 for students. This year’s event will also feature an evening showing from 6-7:30 p.m. for community, parents and district employees.  This year’s collaboration includes King and Edison Bethune elementary schools and Edison High School.  As an extra special treat for the evening show, food trucks will be available from 4:30-6 p.m.  Tickets for the evening show are $2 for adults and $1 for students (with ID).  All proceeds go towards the Black Student Union student body fund, which will support an upcoming college field trips.  
Gaston Black History Month Poster

Computech Recognized for PLC Work

Computech Middle School has been selected as a model school for implementing professional learning communities. Computech is among about 200 schools and districts to be recognized by Solution Tree as a Model Professional Learning Community at Work. The school was honored for its sustained success in raising student achievement, with the implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work process a major contributing factor. The professional learning community strategy calls for ongoing, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve students with a focus on building a collaborative culture and results orientation. 

Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including commitment to PLC concepts, implementation for at least three years and evidence of improved student learning over that period.

Edison Athletes Recognized at Early Signing Event

Two of Edison High School’s top athletes participated in an early signing event December 20 at Applebee’s. Cornerback McKenzie Barnes committed to University of Arizona and defensive back Steve Stephens committed to University of Oregon.

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