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September 24, 2018

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Photo of the Week

Balderas Elementary School held a kindness/bullying prevention rally September 14.

Video of the Week

Video of the week
Faces of Fresno Unified: Ivan Flores

Dates to Know

October 3 5:30 p.m.
Board of Education

October 8
State of Education Luncheon

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 the Wildcat Café at Lincoln Elementary School, Fresno High School's lecture series and students visit to Fresno Police Department headquarters.
60 Seconds with Fresno Unified

Tickets on Sale 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 have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities with career technical education students. 
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
Video about Employees Giving to the Scholarship Fund

Middle School Water Polo has its Shot

students in poolThe district has launched the inaugural season of middle school water polo. Teams are made up of students from the middle schools within regions. Regional teams this year are Bullard, Edison, Fresno, Hoover and Sunnyside, with McLane and Roosevelt regional teams expected next year when their new pools are completed.

High Schools Represented on Chamber Junior Board

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Students from Bullard, Edison, Hoover and Patiño School of Entrepreneurship high schools are among the 42 students selected for the Fresno Chamber of Commerce Junior Board. The board met for the first time this school year on September 17.

New Student Representatives Selected for Board of Education

Eduardo  Casarubias and Malak SaramaSunnyside High School's Malak Sarama and Duncan Polytechnical High School's Eduardo Casarubias were voted by their peers from the Student Advisory Board to be the student representatives to the Fresno Unified Board of Education for 2018-19. They have the right to attend all the board meetings and receive all materials provided to other board members and are able to cast advisory votes on all matters except those related to closed sessions.

District will Hold Workshops on Financial Aid Applications

As students consider their plans for life after high school, one of their biggest concerns is how to pay for college and/or post-secondary training.  To secure financial aid, the most important step for families is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The district will hold workshops at various high schools to help students and families complete the FAFSA and California Dream Act applications. Current seniors may begin applying for FAFSA on October 1.
Schedule in English
Schedule in Spanish
Schedule in Hmong

Superintendent Board Remarks from September 19, 2018

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

• Sharing that the district's executive team is currently engaged in the strategic planning process. While there are District Goals and Core Beliefs that guide the district's work, there is not a formal mission and vision statement.  The team is searching and identifying collective values that will build upon already established goals and core beliefs. This will provide deeper clarity within our system, and guide the district as we proactively plan for the future, building upon the district's accountability, transparency and overarching goal of developing college and career ready graduates.

• Nelson also updated the board regarding professional learning that kicked off this week under the larger umbrella of cultural responsiveness. After engaging in deep research and study, the Instructional Division has designed a three-year plan to approach culturally responsive teaching and implicit bias.   Training includes a multi-faceted approach including gender awareness that was first launched with our board and district leaders last spring, and this week began engaging site leaders around inclusion with our LGTBQ community.  In addition, this week climate and culture specialists, instructional coaches and teachers on special assignment embarked on learning around implicit bias, or what some might call the subconscious bias.  This work is grounded in three of our Board Policies that speak to Accountability, Professional Learning, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  It also aligns with our larger Multi-Tiered Support System Framework as a way to respond to various student needs.

• Superintendent reminded employees that our WellPATH program is partnering with Kaiser Permanente to offer free flu shot clinics at sites across the district. The vaccine is free and available for employees with district medical insurance, covered spouses, domestic partner's dependents age 18+, early retirees, and Medicare-eligible retirees. A number of clinics will be held at school sites this month throughout the district.  For a complete list of locations, visit

View Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

Design Science Named a Top High School

Design Science Early College High School was named the third best high school in Fresno County by the reviews website Niche. (University High School and Clovis North High School were No. 1 and No. 2.) The site uses U.S. Department of Education data, reviews and other information to calculate its rankings

District Students Commemorate 9/11

Duncan Polytechnical High School and McLane High School commemorated 9/11 with events to honor others and focus attention on the importance of the anniversary of the attacks. At Duncan, the Air Force Junior ROTC led a ceremony not only in memory of victims of 9/11 but to honor local veterans, police officers, and firefighters. Community members attended. At McLane, the ArtVenture Academy displayed art reflecting student responses to the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers. The art was created by students in 2002, the year following the attack, and in 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attack.
Video of Duncan and McLane High Schools' Commemoration of 9/11

Del Bosque Launches Lecture Series at Fresno High

Joe Del Bosque, a central San Joaquin Valley farmer and member of the California Water Commission, kicked off Fresno High School's Theory of Knowledge Lecture Series on September 20 in Royce Hall.  Del Bosque spoke on local and state water issues. Throughout the school year, Fresno High's International Baccalaureate Programme will host a series of lectures featuring speakers who will challenge commonly held assumptions about the world. The lectures are for students and the community.

Scholarship Opportunity for Tehipite Students

Superintendent Bob Nelson along with Francine and Murray Farber kicked off the Steve's Scholars program with a special assembly at Tehipite Middle School on September 13. The Farbers launched Steve's Scholars in 2012, gifting Tehipite with a $1 million endowment fund from the estate of their son, Steven, for a scholarship program in his memory.

The purpose of the scholarship program is to strengthen Tehipite students' commitment to stay in school and remain on track to graduate. Tehipite students are eligible for the scholarship when they meet the following four requirements:

-     Maintain a cumulative 95% attendance record
-     Complete A-G course requirements for college
-     Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
-     Participate in community service activities

Lincoln Students Host Wildcat Café

Students in special education at Lincoln Elementary School are polishing their skills by setting up the school's first Wildcat Café every Friday and taking orders for trail mix and other healthy snacks, water and coffee from staff. Working at the café, students learn to make eye contact and speak confidently to adults, as well as manners and social skills. The order forms the students use teach them about following directions, math skills and keeping track of supplies. Teacher Lynn Gonzalez and resource counseling assistant Shamara Garcia oversee the café.

McLane Region Celebrates at Football Game

The McLane region recently celebrated at a football game, recognizing athletes, cheerleaders, musicians, and scholars in the stadium in front of the largest crowd of the season. This event highlighted McLane's regional unity and was a great time to celebrate the success of students. It was exciting to see current and future Highlanders together.

Roosevelt Students Beautify their Neighborhood

Roosevelt High School held its first beautification walk of the 2018-19 school year for 2 1/2 hours September 12.  The walk was a collaborative effort between the the Ecology Club, Steve's Scholars and the Bass Fishing Club, with 21 club members cleaning up the neighborhood directly west of the campus along Huntington Boulevard and Kerckhoff Avenue.​​ Students achieved a great sense of satisfaction and made a visible difference in the neighborhood, picking up more than 150 pounds of litter from their community.

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

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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