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February 4, 2019

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Photo of the Week

Students singing
The McLane region held a tribute to assistant superintendent Holland Locker on January 28.
Video in Memory of Holland Locker


Video of the Week

video of the week
Parent University Offers Classes for Parents

Dates to Know

Feb. 11 and 18
Holidays

February 13 and 27 (see website for time) check website for time
Board of Education

Greetings!

Welcome to Community Zone, an e-newsletter from the Fresno Unified School District featuring news of the district and schools. Sign up to receive this newsletter every two weeks. Questions? Contact Communications@fresnounified.org.


Community News

“Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds” Video

The latest edition of “Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds” features the Middle School Varsity Baseball Exhibition Invitational at Chukchansi Park, a $1 million dollar grant for early childhood education, a board of education proclamation that January is National Slavery and human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the upcoming Excellence in Education dinner.
"Fresno Unified in 60 Seconds" Video

ACSA Golf Fundraiser coming in April

Mark the calendar for Saturday, April 27. ACSA will once again hold a golf tournament at the Riverside Golf Course to raise money for Fresno Unified scholarships. Get that foursome ready! Last year, the tournament raised more than $4,000, with a goal this year of $6,000. Come join colleagues for a great day of golf that will once again feature the famous taco truck and raffle prizes. Don’t miss out on the fun while supporting Fresno Unified students!
Registration for ACSA Golf Tournament

Judges Needed for Tournament of Technology

students working on laptop Take part in the exciting 12th annual Tournament of Technology! Tournament organizers are looking for judges to review epic robot battles, video games, movies, websites, and much more! It's easy and being a "techie" is not a requirement.
Sign up now:
Be a live event judge. Come see the energy and enthusiasm on Saturday, April 6 at Hoover High School! 
Be an online judge. Review projects at your convenience from March 22-27.

Summer Opportunity Available for Juniors and Seniors

A high school student helping a younger oneFresno Unified’s Teacher Academy Summer Program is now accepting applications. This program is for district high school juniors and seniors who have a passion to support the success of young students.  Participants will gain classroom experience and participate in professional learning. The application deadline is Thursday, February 7. Get started by clicking on the flyer! 
Teacher Academy Flyer 

Math and Science Scholarships Available

Council of Great City Schools logo Applications for the Council of the Great City Schools-Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are available. The scholarships are designed specifically for African American and Hispanic graduating seniors in council school districts who plan to pursue a STEM-related field.
Bernard Harris Math Science Scholarship Flyer
Bernard Harris Math Science Scholarship Guidelines

Scholarships Available for Hispanic Students

AMAE logoIt’s that time of year again to encourage Hispanic students to apply for the $1,000 Association of Mexican American Educators Scholarships. Applications must be postmarked by March 22, 2019. The Día del Maestro Banquet is at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10 at the Golden Palace, 2625 W. Vassar Ave. (93705). Cost is $40 or $400 for a table of 10.
AMAE Application
AMAE Letter
AMAE Checklist


Superintendent Board Remarks from January 30, 2019

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

• Highlighted that February 4-8 is National School Counseling Week. Superintendent extended a special recognition to school counselors for supporting the district and the students that we serve. With approximately 120 school counselors, the team helps develop college and career ready graduates, providing both academic and social emotional supports.  Our school counselors have a tremendous impact in guiding students to achieve success and plan for their future.  Superintendent encouraged sites to take time to celebrate their school counselors and let them know how much they are appreciated.

• Nelson also shared that next agenda will not include an expected list of potential special education investments, as staff wants to ensure they provide the most comprehensive presentation in conjunction with labor partners, the special education committee and the community.

• Superintendent shared that the board will consider a resolution declaring January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. For the last three years the district’s Relevant Engagement with Art and Literacy program or R.E.A.L brings students in grades K-12 to engage in real life community conversations thought age appropriate lessons. Beginning this Saturday, a number of our McLane ArtVenue students will install life size pop-up cutouts of human trafficking victims at four locations. The purpose of the project, “After Dark: Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking” is to create awareness of the human trafficking crisis.  The community can scan the QR code and read the story specific to each one of the individuals featured in the art pieces featured downtown. 

• Nelson also shared that on February 9 at 11:15 a.m., Fresno High School will officially dedicate its baseball field on behalf of longtime teacher, coach and athletic director Ken Papi. Back in October, the Board approved naming the field in Mr. Papi’s honor.

• Last, Superintendent shared that the Fresno Unified family lost a beloved administrator last week with the passing of assistant superintendent Holland Locker. His empty chair served as a somber reminder of the loss so many have been struggling with over the last several days. Superintendent thanked those who have been reaching out sharing stories of Holland and sending love and condolences. Nelson shared that during the last board meeting, trustees celebrated Holland as they approved his upcoming retirement, many did not know at the time, including the Board that  Holland had been privately battling cancer for the las several months. Superintendent finished his remarks sharing a video honoring our colleague and friend – Holland Locker.

View Full Board Meeting Recap


School Buzz

McLane ArtVenture Academy will Exhibit at Fresno Pacific

student artworkMcLane High School’s award-winning ArtVenture Academy will showcase student art and writing as part of the “Voice to the Voiceless: an ArtVenture Retrospective” exhibit February 7 through March 8 in four spaces at Fresno Pacific University. An ArtHop reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, February 7 in the McDonald Hall atrium. The show includes student work from more than 20 projects dating to 2004. The exhibit highlights the evolution of McLane’s interdisciplinary ArtVenture projects, which have encouraged students to explore socially relevant issues and engage the community. The projects demonstrate the district’s commitment to collaborative work -- integrating writing, the spoken word and art -- and the importance of community partners, such as Fresno Pacific University.
McLane ArtVenture FPU Exhibit Postcard
McLane ArtVenture FPE Exhibit Poster

McLane Students Install Pop-Ups of Human Trafficking Victims

Student pop-up artMcLane High School’s award-winning ArtVenture Academy will showcase student art and writing as part of the “Voice to the Voiceless: an ArtVenture Retrospective” exhibit February 7 through March 8 in four spaces at Fresno Pacific University. An ArtHop reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, February 7 in the McDonald Hall atrium. The show includes student work from more than 20 projects dating to 2004. The exhibit highlights the evolution of McLane’s interdisciplinary ArtVenture projects, which have encouraged students to explore socially relevant issues and engage the community. The projects demonstrate the district’s commitment to collaborative work -- integrating writing, the spoken word and art -- and the importance of community partners, such as Fresno Pacific University.
Video of McLane High School Students Installing Human Trafficking Pop-Ups

Fresno High to Dedicate Baseball Field

Ken Papi fieldFresno High School will officially dedicate its baseball field in honor of longtime teacher, coach and athletic director Ken Papi at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, February 9. Ken, a Fresno Unified graduate, went on to play baseball at Fresno City College and Fresno State University, where he earned his MBA and his teaching credential in business education. He began teaching and coaching at Fresno High during the 1969-1970 school year, and remained at FHS his entire career until his retirement in 2011. In addition to coaching baseball, Ken also spent 25 years of his career as Fresno High’s athletic director.


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