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September 10, 2018

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Photo of the Week

Fresno City College offers a night photo class at Sunnyside High School as part of Community Campus classes.

Video of the Week

Video of the week
Job fair at Malloch Elementary School

Dates to Know

September 19 at 6 p.m.
Board of Education

October 8
State of Education

October 25
School Choice Expo


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Watch "60 Seconds with Fresno Unified"

Watch the latest edition of “60 Seconds with Fresno Unified,” featuring a job fair at Malloch Elementary School, the new Student Advisory Board representatives to the Fresno Unified board and Angela Xiong, a Duncan Polytechnical High School student who earned her pilot’s license through an Air Force program.
"60 Seconds with Fresno Unified"

Health Pathway Students Explore Career Options at Hospital

Students from health career pathways at Fresno Unified high schools participated in a "Day at the Hospital" on August 29 at Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC). The 24 students learned about careers and opportunities in the health sector. They were given scrubs to wear and keep. The event was hosted by the district’s College and Career Readiness Department in partnership with the leadership team at CRMC and Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, which supports empowering hospitals to act together on issues affecting patient care and the health status of communities.

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 for State of Education

Superintendent Board Remarks from September 5, 2018

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

• Sharing details of a recent visit to Microsoft where staff experienced new technology tools that will change the way the district does business and supports our students and families.  The superintendent spoke specifically about a Microsoft translator app that can be downloaded to translate a conversation almost instantaneously, a tool that will be used soon to transcribe presentations in the boardroom in real time.

• Nelson went on to share that just in a little more than one month, Fresno Unified will hold its largest fundraiser for the district’s scholarship fund-- the State of Education luncheon that will be held on Monday, October 8. Last year, the district awarded $61,000 in scholarships to 46 high school seniors, but with hundreds applying, there is a far greater need. 

• He finished his remarks by inviting employees to donate to the scholarship fund through a payroll deduction and shared a short video highlighting how to sign up.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

Duncan Cadet Completes Pilot Training

Angela Xiong, a senior at Duncan Polytechnical High School, has earned a private pilot's license after completing training over the summer at Kansas State University through a Chief of Staff of the Air Force scholarship. Angela, a cadet in Duncan’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC), was among just 120 cadets selected for the program. There are 102,000 cadets around the world. The scholarship was valued at approximately $20,000.

The Flight Academy Scholarship Program is a new Air Force initiative to address the national civilian and military pilot shortage, in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry. The Air Force Aircrew Crisis Task Force directed AFJROTC to bring back the “luster of aviation” to high school students and to increase interest in the field of aviation.

Computech Teachers Battle for Best Socks

Three Computech Middle School teachers have a fun way to get students involved: Battle of the Socks. Every Friday, theater and forensics teacher Rachel Hibler, eighth grade Core teacher Sean Bryan, and music and choir teacher Charles "Chuck" Salianitro wear crazy socks. They take a picture of their socks, side by side, and post it to social media.  Students and those in the community can vote for the best socks among the three teachers. The teachers announce that Friday’s winner at the end of the day. They keep a tally of the weekly winners. The teachers have found that through Battle of the Socks they are connecting with students all across campus, and it’s been a fun topic for students.

Support the Sunnyside Band by Buying Fresno State Football Tickets

Please consider supporting the Sunnyside Wildcat Band and Fresno State football.  Tickets are $25 each, and a portion of each ticket sale benefits the Sunnyside band program. Tickets are available for August. 29 vs. Toledo, October 13 vs. Wyoming, October 27 vs. Hawaii, November 17 vs. San Diego State and November 24 vs. San Jose State.
Flyer about Supporting Sunnyside Band through Fresno State Football

Edison Students Participate in Green Energy Academy Event

More than 140 students grades 10 through 12 participated in the second annual Edison Green Energy and Technology Academy initiation event.  Seniors shared about their PG&E internship experiences with sophomores, and all grades were divided into cooperative teams to build a balloon-powered car.  Tenth-grade students also learned more about the wonderful aspects of the academy, including industry partnerships, job training, and job shadowing in the energy sector.

Sequoia Students go on Minecraft Mission to Mars

Sequoia Middle School teacher Chris Fuge took his students on a Minecraft mission to Mars, starting out with having them research what it would take to survive on Mars using a "mission training" building he built in Minecraft with characters inside to share background info and relevant links to more info online. The students completed a four-page research worksheet in less than one period. After their research was complete, they decided as a group what supplies/materials to bring with them to Mars. Once they landed on Mars in Minecraft, they used their supplies to build a base and started working toward building a sustainable colony. They split up tasks such as building, farming, mining and exploring to collaboratively complete the colony. The teamwork and communication was awesome, especially for just the second week of school. A few teams were not able to survive long term, and they were able to discuss what supplies they needed and then retry a new mission with different materials.

After they finish their colonies, the students will document the challenge with screenshots and explanations of what they built and reflect on how well their team worked together.​

Rough Riders Launch Paper Airplanes to Navigate Scientific Method

Roosevelt High School science students collaborated in groups to answer the question, "What model of paper airplane flies the best?”  Students needed to apply their knowledge of the Scientific Method to answer the question as they shared evidence of photos and data.  Using a group PowerPoint, all team members had real-time access to create and edit each other's contributions to their finished product.  Students engaged in lengthy discussions around the potential variables for the best flying airplane and how best to collect and evaluate appropriate evidence.  Hopefully, the evidence won't show up in other classrooms around campus throughout the rest of the school year!

Wawona Hosts Fresno State Mobile Physics Lab

Wawona School hosted the Fresno State Physics Mobile Lab on August 30. Students had the opportunity to engage in learning and experiments about physics from physics majors and college professors.

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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