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November 19, 2018

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ATP hosted an open house to highlight renovations on November 13.

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Watch “60 Seconds with Fresno Unified”

Watch the latest edition of “60 Seconds with Fresno Unified,” featuring the ATP open house, first graders at Malloch Elementary School’s Thanksgiving breakfast, Thanksgiving break and LCAP workshops starting November 27.
60 Seconds with Fresno Unified

Superintendent Board Remarks from November 14, 2018

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

• A reminder that the window to nominate a fellow colleague for Excellence in Education is closing; last day to do so will be Friday, November 16. This is an opportunity to nominate a colleague who goes above and beyond for the students and employees of Fresno Unified. Finalists will be honored, and winners announced, at the Excellence in Education awards banquet on Monday, February 4, 2019 

• Nelson also shared that this week is School Psychology Awareness Week. Fresno Unified has more than 70 school psychologists and seven interns supporting our school sites. They provide district support and interventions for students, and collaborate with teachers, social workers, administrators and families to improve strategies that support the whole child, both in an out of the classroom. Here is a video to highlight some of the work they do.

• Superintendent recognized that the month of November is California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month.  The success of our community is dependent on the diverse residents who call Fresno home. The largest concentration of Sikhs in America live in California, New York and New Jersey. We all play a critical role in promoting and celebrating the diversity that makes our community great. Nelson shared how thankful he was for those in the Sikh community who help us share that knowledge.

• Superintendent highlighted that Tuesday, November 27, the district will begin hosting a number of community engagement workshops as the district prepares to develop next school year's fiscal budget. This effort is part of the Local Control and Accountability Plan, or LCAP. Workshops give parents and community members an opportunity to share their voice and ideas regarding potential budget investments and programs designated to support student outcomes.  For a complete list of regional workshop dates, you can visit the district website.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

Sequoia Hosts Special Olympics Event

students playing bocce ball Sequoia Middle School hosted the second annual Jr. Bocce Ball Special Olympics event on November 5, organized by ALPSs teacher Lois Henderson and Sequoia leadership students. More than 150 students competed in bocce ball and other fun events.  Lois created an amazing Olympic Village to keep students engaged between events. Sequoia students showed inclusion and acceptance while they assisted athletes as they competed, and the Sequoia band performed for guests.

Patiño Student Commits to Stanford

Dawson signingPatiño School of Entrepreneurship hosted a signing ceremony November 15 for senior wrestler Dawson Sihavong, who has committed to Stanford University. The nationally ranked wrestler (138 pounds) attends the specialty high school for classes but wrestles for Bullard High School because Patiño does not have athletic teams. Bullard staff attended the signing as well.

Edison Students Distribute Canned Food

Students at Edison High School collected about a can per student to distribute to those in need in southwest Fresno, just in time for Thanksgiving. The food drive, organized by various groups at Edison, began Nov. 5. Students distributed the food November 17 in partnership with West Fresno Ministries.

Ahwahnee Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Apply for Math Competition

Ahwahneed deaf and hard of hearing students with teacher Students in the deaf and hard of hearing program at Ahwahnee Middle School are excited about the possibility of attending a national middle school math competition hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York April 5-7. Fresno Unified will submit students Gilberto Hernandez, Joseph Torres and Aaliyah Moran for the competition, nominated by teacher Lisa Catron. The institute selects students based on math scores, language skills and GPA. Individuals and teams can win cash prizes. The competition raises awareness of deaf and hard of hearing students' accomplishments in math and technology, as well as the Rochester Institute of Technology's deaf and hard of hearing program.

Hoover and McLane Meet in Rev Bowl

Students cheering

The Hoover High School Patriots and McLane High School Highlanders clashed October 26 in the Revolution Bowl, with lots of fun rivalry trash talking and posturing leading up to the game. Great school spirit!

Roosevelt Steve's Scholars Write Encouraging Notes

Handwritten post-it notes by students

Twenty-two of Roosevelt High School's Steve Scholars gathered to write encouraging comments on sticky notes to hand out to other students and post on buildings across campus. This is the second organized community service event planned by the students in an effort to make the community a nicer, less-stressed place.​

Storey Holds Character Counts Rally

Cowboy Girl with microphone Storey Elementary School held its annual Character Counts Rally on October 19 to end Red Ribbon Week activities.  The Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls were special guests at this year's event.  The Cowboy Girls perform all over the world, sharing their trick roping and trick riding skills.  They highlighted the importance of trust and teamwork.

Edison Students Learn about Solar Installation

students standing near solar panel

Local solar company Grid Alternatives led a one-week intensive solar training with students in Edison High School's Green Energy and Technology Academy. Students learned how to install solar panels and navigate electrical systems. 

Bullard Region holds Student Leadership Conference

bullard students group photo

Students from elementary and middle schools in the Bullard region worked on their leadership skills at the annual Bullard Region Leadership Conference on November 7, with a theme this year of "You Belong!" The conference, led by Bullard High School students, featured networking, listening to inspirational speakers and participating in leadership growth sessions. Guest speakers were Superintendent Bob Nelson and Carlanda Williams, the district's 2018 Elementary Educator of the Year.  Schools participating were Bullard TALENT K-8 School, Figarden, Gibson, Kratt, Lawless, Malloch, Powers-Ginsburg, Slater and Starr elementary schools and Tenaya and Wawona middle schools.

Burroughs Raises Money for Cancer Cure

Students in color run Burroughs Elementary School staff and students ran laps and got splashed with color to raise money for cancer research on November 16. The fundraising effort was personal to the school – several staff members have been affected by cancer directly or indirectly. Students dedicated their runs to someone who has inspired them.

Birney is Flag Football Champion

birney flag football students holding trophies Birney Elementary School won the flag football championship at the district tournament at Sunnyside Stadium on November 3. Twenty-four teams started the day in a pool play format with eight teams making it to the final bracket.  Congratulations to the Birney Bears, coached by David Garcia. Top teams following Birney were Manchester GATE, Easterby, Heaton, Lawless, Viking, King and Columbia elementary schools.

Mayfair Celebrates Redesignated Students

Mayfair students holding certificates

Mayfair Elementary School staff and families celebrated the accomplishments of 43 students who have been redesignated this year.  Mayfair honored the students during an ELAC meeting where community relations liaison Guillermo Berumen explained the importance of children meeting the district's requirements for becoming English Proficient.  Mayfair is proud of the hard work of the students and the teachers who helped their students reach this accomplishment.

Saturday Academy at Columbia

Columbia students group photo Students had a fun day with teacher Mark Vargas while attending the district's Saturday Academy at Columbia Elementary School.  At the Extended Learning and Attendance Recovery Program, third- through fifth-grade students learned about gravity, which aligns to NGSS standards 3-PS2 and 5-PS2: "Motions and Stability: Forces and Interactions."  Students built gravity cars, which they tested, made adjustments from their observations, and continued to retest for best results.

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Gaston Teacher Wins Barnett Award at County Event

Adam Real at podiumMinith "Adam" Real, a P.E. teacher at Gaston Middle School, was named the Barnett Award winner November 15 at the annual Fresno County Educator of the Year awards. This award, named after Bruce Barnett, former CEO and president of the Educational Employees Credit Union, honors a finalist who is not only an outstanding educator but has a servant heart.  The primary criteria for this award is how the educator demonstrates their love for students and their service to their community.

Along with Adam, other Fresno Unified finalists honored at the event were King Elementary School principal Joy Nunes and Del Mar Elementary School home school liaison Myra Ramirez.

Sunnyside Music Teacher will be Honored

Michael Angel Michael Angel, music teacher at Sunnyside High School, will be honored as an Educator of the Year by the California League of High Schools for Region VII on November 27.

Roosevelt Teacher is Trailblazer

Roosevelt High School's Mike Spencer was honored in the teacher category at the seventh annual Trailblazers for Prosperity awards November 7 at The Big Fresno Fair. Superintendent Bob Nelson spoke at the event.

Fresno High Librarian Wins Award

Sue NavarroSue Navarro, teacher librarian at Fresno High School, has won the California School Librarian Association Good Ideas Award in recognition for collaboratively planning and implementing library units of instruction. She will have the opportunity to share her ideas at the association's annual conference and the association will recognize her at the awards luncheon in the City of Industry on February 9.

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