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June 4, 2018

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Photo of the Week

Design Science Middle College High School graduates gather on May 24.

Video of the Week

Video of the week
Audra McDonald Theater dedication on May 26

Dates to Know

June 7
Last Day of School

June 13 at 6 p.m.
Board of Education


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Community News

Fresno Unified and Fresno EOC Launch Free Summer Lunch Sites

Fresno Unified and the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission are working to ensure students maintain good nutrition throughout the summer months.  Free meals will be available to all children ages 1 through 18 at more than 45 locations throughout the city.  No registration, application or demonstration of financial need is required but meals must be eaten on site.   The free meals will be offered June 11 through August 10.  Fresno Unified and Fresno EOC also work closely with Fresno State’s Fresh Grub program, ensuring local food and farm products are used in school cafeterias.
List of Summer Meals Site

Watch the New “60 Seconds with Fresno Unified” Video

Watch the latest edition of “60 Seconds with Fresno Unified,” featuring the Audra McDonald Theater naming, Fresno High School’s lacrosse team and unified sports team, and Jackson Elementary School’s Gator Olympics.
“60 Seconds with Fresno Unified” Video

Fourth Quarter Sports Results

District athletes competed hard during fourth quarter sports. Results included:
Elementary Softball Tournament Results
Middle School Spring Sports Highlights
High School Spring Sports Highlights

District High School Pools will Open for Swim Lessons and Swimming

The district is partnering with the city of Fresno to offer swim lessons and recreational and lap swimming at high school pools. Starting Monday, June 11, pools will be open at Bullard (weekends only), Edison, Fresno, Hoover, McLane and Sunnyside high schools. Bullard, Fresno, Hoover and Sunnyside pools will host swim lessons starting as early as June 11. Check the schedule below for hours. The list also includes city pools open for swimming.
High School Pool Hours
Swim Lessons at High School Pools

Awards Given for Art of the Word

The second 2017-18 Art of the Word awards reception for students, families and teachers was held at the Fresno Art Museum on May 31. Art of the Word brings all third grade classes to the Fresno Art Museum throughout the school year to tour exhibits and participate in an art lesson with a teaching artist at the museum. Following the museum visit, third grade teachers teach art lessons in their classroom and submit student artwork to the museum. The museum reviews and curates a special exhibit of Fresno Unified student artwork for a reception for students, families and teachers each semester. Individual winners honored at the recent reception were Aylin Vega of Del Mar Elementary School, Gavin Acevedo and Madeline Spencer of Manchester GATE Elementary School, Suryshak Ouern of Winchell Elementary School and Israel Acosta of Heaton Elementary School. Manchester GATE won the Showcase Award.

Art of the Word is part of the Any Given Child initiative, a partnership between the city of Fresno, Fresno Unified and the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools to increase the arts in schools.

Reading Heart Offers Free Books at Storyland

Reading Heart invites students and the community to its second annual Reading Extravaganza on June 9 at Storyland, where free donated books will be available. The event is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Flyer in English about Reading Extravaganza

Flyer in Spanish about Reading Extravanganza

Superintendent Board Remarks from May 30, 2018

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

• There are just six more days left of school and end of year activities are in full swing.  There will be 14 high school graduation ceremonies, which began last week with Design Science.  Thursday will kick off five straight days of graduation celebrations.  Dr. Nelson encouraged people to find the complete list of times and locations of all district graduation ceremonies at
• Congratulating the district’s fourth quarter middle school and elementary champions. 

Middle school:
- Tennis, Division 2 champions Sequoia Middle School, coached by Carol Yohannes
- In Division 1 softball, Tenaya Middle School, led by Coach Brent Bertsche and in Division 3 Hamilton Hurricanes led by Coach Brian Kalustian
- In track, Computech Middle School coached by Jose Luis Bolanos and Solomon Bryant
- In boys’ volleyball, Division I title Gaston Middle School under Coach Scott Brown and Division 2 champs Kings Canyon Middle School led by Jesse Garcia

Elementary School:
- Figarden Elementary boys softball
- Lawless and Calwa elementary schools both won first in their divisions for girls softball

• Congratulating the eight athletes from Bullard and Edison high schools who are competing Friday in the State Track Qualifiers.  Congratulations to all coaches and athletes on a stellar season.

• This past Saturday the district had the pleasure of hosting award-winning actress Audra McDonald as the Roosevelt High School Theater was dedicated in her honor.  The community really came together to celebrate one of Fresno Unified’s very own Roosevelt graduate who has won a record six Tony Awards for her work on Broadway and is recognized both nationally and internationally for her work on stage, television and in film as well as her activism in support of social equality.  There were so many special moments including when Ms. McDonald took the time to visit with our Performing Arts singers on stage and when she spoke fondly of her time at Roosevelt.  She even led the crowd in an old Roosevelt cheer.  Her name will forever be visible for our entire city to see on the front of the Roosevelt theater.  Dr. Nelson thanked all who helped make the day possible and then played a short video recapping the wonderful event.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

Hoover Students Build Solar Suitcases for Search and Rescue Teams

Eco Technology students at Hoover High School built solar suitcases, portable power sources, and donated them May 30 to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office to use in search and rescue operations.

Edison High Honors Students Earn Seals of Biliteracy

Edison High School honored its 151 graduating seniors who earned Seals of Biliteracy on June 1. The Seal of Biliteracy program recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing one or more languages in addition to English. The seal is affixed to diplomas. Fresno Unified will award 609 Seals of Biliteracy this year to graduates at nine of its high schools.

King Students Make their own Blankets

The non-profit Square Heart Shop visited Monica Baker’s class at King Elementary School and helped students design their own blankets. The results were amazing!

Bullard Students Tour Google Headquarters

Bullard High School's Business Marketing & Technology Pathway students toured Google's headquarters in ​Mountain View recently, led by technical manager Esteban Morales.  Students met software engineers and designers from Esteban’s team, and learned tips on how to get hired by Google and increase their odds of landing high-profile jobs.

Employer of Choice

Leavenworth Principal Recognized at AMAE Awards Dinner

Leavenworth Elementary School Principal Erica Piedra was honored as an Educator of the Year by the Association of Mexican American Educators (AMAE) as part of their Day of the Teacher celebration (Dia del Maestro) on May 11.

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