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August 27, 2018

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Photo of the Week

First week of school for Greenberg Elementary School kindergartener Xavier Casia.

Video of the Week

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Faces of Fresno: Melody Drumm

Dates to Know

September 5 at 6 p.m.
Board of Education

October 8
State of Education

October 25
School Choice Expo


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Watch the latest edition of "60 Seconds with Fresno Unified," featuring the tools the district offers to help parents stay up-to-date on their child's attendance and academic progress.
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Fresno City College Offers Night Classes at Edison and Sunnyside

Fresno City College will for the first time offer night classes at two Fresno Unified high schools, providing a convenient opportunity for district students and the community to earn college credit. The Neighborhood Campus classes begin August 27 at Sunnyside High School and August 28 at Edison High School. Each location will offer full-credit, three unit classes. The classes are 16 weeks. The district announced the classes at a joint news conference with Fresno City College at Edison High on August 17. The evening classes will provide more accessibility for those who either want to start a college career, take a course they need to earn a degree, or learn a new skill, such as photography or graphic arts.

Classes at Sunnyside, held on Mondays and Wednesdays, include Graphics, Photography, Intro to Health Careers, Communications, Intro to Business, Hip Hop Dance, Counseling, Reading and Composition and Spanish. Classes at Edison, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, include Beginning Guitar, Counseling, Intro to Business, Folklorico Dance, Human Resources, Intro to Health Careers, Communications and Reading and Composition.

Save the Date for State of Education

Fresno Unified will host the seventh annual State of Education luncheon on Monday, October 8, the district's largest single fundraiser for the Fresno Unified Scholarship Fund. The lunch is at 11:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Fresno. Please make plans to attend as Superintendent Bob Nelson shares his vision for a united Fresno Unified. The event will also highlight student talent and past scholarship winners, and provide great food and fellowship with key stakeholders from across the region. Guests will be inspired, entertained, and enlightened about the future of the Central Valley. 

Last year, the district awarded $61,000 in scholarships to 46 high school seniors. See how the scholarships are making a difference for past scholarship winners!
Meet Ana from Cambridge High School
Meet Nickie from Sunnyside High School
Meet Chris from Hoover High School

This year, the district hopes to demonstrate an even greater showing of local support for students as they pursue their dreams of higher education. Ticket information coming soon.

Superintendent Board Remarks from August 22, 2018

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

• Sharing details of last week's press event with Fresno City College to launch Neighborhood Campus classes at Sunnyside and Edison high schools. Night classes will provide opportunities for the community and students to take college courses in their own neighborhood. Classes include: Graphics, Photography, Intro to Health Careers, Communications, Intro to Business and more

• Nelson shared that three of our comprehensive high schools have ranked in the top 5 in their school size by the California Student Aid Commission for the largest number of seniors in the State who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act application.  Congratulations to Edison, Sunnyside and Fresno High. Staff from these three sites will be joining the governor for a special celebration in Sacramento in October where only 35 California schools throughout the state will be recognized.  

• Superintendent went on to share the district's summer literacy camp led by the African American Academic Acceleration team with support from Springboard Collaborative exceeded its goal as students averaged 4.9 months of growth. The results stem from a 5-week pilot program held this summer at Baird.

• He finished his remarks by introducing a group of student leaders from Scandinavian Middle School and SAB students from across the district who were in attendance. Next week SAB students will vote on two member representatives and alternates to serve on the Board of Education during the 2018/19 school year.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

School Choice Expo Coming in October

Fresno Unified will coordinate and host a district-wide School Choice Expo to showcase all school options and highlight career technical education (CTE) pathways at each high school.  The special event will take place at Duncan Polytechnical High School on Thursday, October 25 from 5-7 p.m.

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