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October 8, 2018

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Photo of the Week

The Aspire club at Anthony Elementary School helps pack leftover food to transport to those in need.

Video of the Week

video of the week
Students from Muir Elementary School visit the Young Chefs Academy as part of field trips to expose students to career ideas.

Dates to Know

October 17 6 p.m.
Board 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 high school students  touring manufacturing sites as part of Manufacturing Day, Zack's Packs backpack and school supplies donation effort at Hamilton K-8 School, and information about the State of Education luncheon.
"60 Seconds with Fresno Unified" Video

High School Students Tour Manufacturers

students at factoryStudents from Duncan Polytechnical, Edison, Hoover and Sunnyside high schools toured manufacturing sites as part of Manufacturing Day on October 2. Students toured Duncan Enterprises, Snowflake Designs, Hydratech, Ryerson, Dumont Printing, Strategic Mechanical and Betts. The tours were an opportunity for students to learn more about the manufacturing industry, career opportunities and the skills employers value.
Video of Manufacturing Day

Superintendent Board Remarks from October 3, 2018

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

• Recognizing that October is National Principal's Month. Superintendent spoke of weekly visits to school sites where he has experienced first-hand the strength and positive effects our site leaders have on the youth of our district, and ultimately our community. 

• Superintendent pointed out that we are just days away from the end of the first grading period. Parents can get a quick glance of their child's grades and attendance when they subscribe to EduText daily text messages.  Registration can be done from a cell phone by simply texting the child's EduText Parent PIN to 28527 or visiting the district's ATLAS parent portal.

• Nelson also updated the board regarding the release of the State of California scores for standardized tests from last spring.  Known as the Smarter Balanced Assessments, state tests are given to students in grades 3-8 and 11th in the areas of math and English language arts.  District  students in grades 3-8 saw increases over the year prior while 11th grade seems to mirror what happened throughout the state -- experiencing a slight decrease. Staff is currently analyzing the recently released results and plans to provide an overview to our board and the community at an upcoming meeting.

• Superintendent shared that tonight marks the opening of The Big Fresno Fair and the Big 4.0 event in which more than 1,400 Fresno Unified middle and high school students participate.  Invitations were sent to students who were in grades 7-11 last school year and earned a 4.0 in both the third and fourth quarter last year. Congratulations to all our 4.0 students who participated.

• Superintendent reminded the board that on Thursday, October 25, Fresno Unified's Parent University will host its annual open house and Trunk or Treat event.  This Halloween themed event connects parents and students with community resources and information while giving everyone a great excuse to dress up and practice their trick or treat skills.  Community organizations interested in participating can register until this coming Friday, October 5.  For more information, you can call or visit the Parent University Resource Center located at 850 N. Blackstone Ave.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

Figarden Fifth-Grader Kicks off Backpack Donations for this Year

Zackeria and backpacksZackeria Lovick, a fifth-grader at Figarden Elementary School, launched his Zack's Packs backpack and school supplies donation effort for this school year at Hamilton K-School on October 3. Fresno State partnered with Zackeria at a women's volleyball game August 30, the university's first "Back to School Night." The team encouraged fans to bring backpacks and school supplies and then fans voted on which school to donate to, choosing Hamilton. Zackeria and representatives from Fresno State were on hand to present the donations to Hamilton. This was the first big donation of the 2018-19 school year for Zack's Packs. Zackeria started the donation effort in 2015 after he realized that not all students could afford to buy backpacks and supplies. He estimates that with the community's help, he has been able to donate 700 backpacks filled with school supplies.

Resource Officers Visit Vang Pao

officers in front of studentsKindergarten students at Vang Pao Elementary School are learning about different community helpers. Resource officers from Kings Canyon and Sequoia middle schools visited Vang Pao to talk about why they became police officers and tools that help them do their job. Officers let students look inside their cars and turned the sirens on for them.

Cooper Students Clean up Beach

students at beach

Thirty-five students, eight parents, and two staff members from Cooper Academy participated in the International Coastal Cleanup September 15.  They spent three hours cleaning Zmudowski Beach in Monterey Bay in an effort to reduce pollution in the marine ecosystem.  Students who participated are members of the Eco-Warriors Club at Cooper Academy.  Students collected nearly 100 pounds of trash during the cleanup and want the public to know that much of it was single-use plastic items.  The Eco-Warriors say #choosereusable!​

Duncan Students Visit Getty

students at museum

AP European History students from Duncan Polytechnical High School visited the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles September 19, focusing on art and other artifacts from the Renaissance, French Revolution and Impressionist art movement eras.

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 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

last year's expo

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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