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January 29, 2018

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Hoover High School display celebrates alums Mychal (Philadelphia Eagles) and Eric (Minnesota Vikings) Kendricks, who played on opposing teams in the NFC championship January 21.

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Spoken word performance from gaman exhibit on the internment of Japanese-Americans

Dates to Know

February 7 and 21 6 p.m.
Board of Education


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Community News

New Era of Collaboration Launched after Teachers and District Reach Tentative Agreement

The district and its employees are moving forward in a new spirit of collaboration after reaching a tentative agreement on salary and other issues following nearly 18 months of negotiations. After working through the night, bargaining teams from the district and the Fresno Teachers Association (FTA) reached a tentative agreement on January 17.
More Information on Tentative Agreement
Video of Tentative Agreement Announcement

Watch “60 Seconds with Fresno Unified”

Please watch “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 latest edition features a proclamation for African American History Month and the Teacher Hiring Expo.
60 Seconds with Fresno Unified

Tournament of Tech Judges Needed

Be a part of the exciting Middle School Tournament of Technology that is in its 11th year at Fresno Unified! Tournament organizers are looking for judges to review creative student projects online or live at the event on Saturday, March 17 at Roosevelt High School. It's easy and being a "techie" is not a requirement. See epic robot battles, 3D printed car races, original student films and much more!

Community members are welcome to participate as judges. Judges will receive a T-shirt and lunch at the live event.

Sign up now:

Live event judging: Saturday, March 17
Online judging window: Wednesday, March 7 - Sunday, March 11

View the geeky fun from last year:  Video​ |  Photos

Superintendent Board Remarks from January 24, 2018

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

• Congratulating Mychal and Eric Kendricks for their fantastic job playing on opposing teams in this past Sunday’s NFC Championship game.  It’s great to see Hoover graduates succeeding and living their dreams.  Former and current coaches were interviewed in an NFL Network video story about the Kendricks brothers and their mother, Yvonne, who used to work the snack bar at games. 

• The district is continuing to expand Career Technical Education opportunities for students.  Tonight, the board votes to approve the bid contract for new facilities at Duncan Polytechnical High School.  The Heavy Truck project will help modernize current CTE facilities on campus as well as provide a state-of-the-art building dedicated to heavy truck maintenance and repair.  Duncan will also expand current welding and manufacturing classrooms.  The updates and new facilities are a long time coming.

• Nelson had the opportunity to speak at several events last week in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., whose words have laid the groundwork for many great civil rights leaders who followed, including Fred Korematsu.  In 1942, when he was just 23 years old, Korematsu refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II.  Korematsu appealed his arrest and conviction all the way to the Supreme Court with his case ultimately overturned after documents revealed Japanese Americans had not committed any acts of treason to justify their mass incarceration.  Korematsu’s and Dr. King’s legacy continue to provide valuable civic lessons for our students.  You can see students’ artwork as part of the McLane Art Venture project about the Japanese Interment on the second floor of the Education Center.  Nelson then showed pictures of the students’ art projects when they were displayed at M Street Art complex.

• Providing an update to the district’s African-American acceleration efforts.  The district is currently collaborating with WestEd to develop a community task force and action plan for students. District leaders will meet with WestEd next week to discuss next steps and address the district’s and board’s initiatives and goals for students.  Nelson stated that Fresno Unified is determined to increase the rate of achievement growth and outcomes for African American Children.  On February 13, Fresno Unified will host its first Black College Expo at Fresno High School, drawing more than 25 of the country’s top black colleges and universities. Many schools will be accepting students for admission on the spot and providing financial scholarships.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

Computech Student will Perform with State Honor Band

Computech Middle School eighth-grader Sasha Richburg was selected to perform as part of the 2018 California All-State Junior High Honor Bands on the flute. ​​Sasha was one of 22 junior high flutes players accepted from all across the state, and among just 30 musicians from central California accepted to play in All State Honor Ensembles. The groups will perform at the California Music Educators Association conference in San Jose on Sunday, February 18 after rehearsing for two days.

Fresno High School Dedicates New Scoreboards in Gym

Fresno High School held a dedication ceremony for new scoreboards in the gym on January 25. The Class of 1973 spent five years raising funds for the scoreboards and working to get the scoreboards installed. Current and former Fresno High staff attended, as well as members of the Class of 1973.  

Addicott Elementary Celebrates Asian New Year

Addicott Elementary School, which serves students who are medically fragile, hosted an Asian New Year event on January 26.  Fresno State’s Dragon Club visited the campus to perform a traditional dragon dance and provide a sensory experience for the students.  Asian food was also served.

Fresno High Baseball Player Wins Award

Congratulations to Fresno High School’s Jacob Topete, who will be honored Thursday, February 1at the Fresno Grizzlies Hot Stove Gala with the Baseball Player of the Year Gus Zernial Award. 

Gaston will Present Black History Month Kick-Off

Gaston Middle School proudly presents its fourth annual Black History Month Program on Thursday, February 1.  This year, there will be an evening showing from 6-7:30 p.m. for the community, parents and district leaders.  This year’s collaboration includes King and Edison Bethune elementary schools and Edison High School. GOAL 2 Extreme!!  As an extra special treat for the evening show, there will be food trucks available from 4:30-6 p.m. to satisfy the soul food palate.  Tickets for the evening show are $2 for adults, $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 Program Flyer

Bullard High Celebrates Conclusion of Make-Over

Students, staff and community members gathered at Bullard High School January 16 to dedicate master plan improvements at the campus. The transformation of Bullard High is complete and includes two new classroom buildings, a new administration building and library media center, as well as a redesigned and striking front entrance that includes a wall sculpture of a Bullard Knight. Bullard’s master plan improvements were the final major projects using Measure Q funds.
Video of Bullard Dedication

Hidalgo First-Graders Get Teddy Bears

All Hidalgo Elementary School first-graders were surprised with teddy bears, donated by vice principal Brittany Johns, after learning a lesson in giving. The teddy bear treat came at the end of the semester on December 15 after police chaplain James Talley read the students the book, “The Teddy Bear Story,” which is about the spirit of giving. As part of the Fresno Police Department’s Chaplaincy Program, Talley reads stories of inspiration, perseverance and life lessons every week at Hidalgo. Students got to choose from a wide array of teddy bears.

3D Virtual Reality Truck Visits Williams

Williams Elementary School hosted a virtual reality truck on January 12, a first for Fresno.  559 Virtual Reality of Tulare came as part of Williams Positive Behavior Incentive Program.  About 80 students ranging from third through sixth grade were able to enjoy the virtual reality headsets as well as multiple video games.  Students were selected by their teachers for being good citizens and following school expectations.  The truck will be coming back to Williams at the end of quarter 3 and quarter 4.

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