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March 11, 2019

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Students with stethoscopes examining a fake baby
Students take part in Job Shadow Day February 28 with University of California, Fresno/Fresno Community Health Improvement Partnership.

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“Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds” Video

The latest edition of “Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds” features tips on scholarships, the Reading Heart book drive, Read Across America activities and a reminder about daylight-saving time.
Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds” Video

Deadline for Fresno Unified Scholarships is March 15

Scholarship winners

Applications for the Fresno Unified Scholarships are available online. Through the generosity of the community and Fresno Unified employees, the scholarships have supported the college dreams of hundreds of Fresno Unified students since the scholarship program began in 2009. Last year, the district awarded scholarships to 46 students totaling $61,000. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 15 to the Department of College and Career Readiness.

This is a great time for employees to consider supporting students through the Fresno Unified Scholarship Fund. One way of supporting the scholarships is to sign up for payroll deduction. Watch a video about payroll deduction.

More Information about the Fresno Unified Scholarship Fund 

Superintendent Board Remarks from March 6, 2019

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

• Highlighting that this past weekend we had middle school and high school teams competing in the Fresno County Science Olympiad.  Two of our middle schools finished in the top three among 24 teams. Computech, finished second, and Baird finished third. Baird also had a second team that placed fifth. While this was not a district event, it is a great warm up for academic competitions coming ahead:  Tournament of Technology on April 6, Innovation Day on May 21 and our middle school Math-O-Rama competition May 28, 29 and 30.

• Nelson also shared that Edison Tigers girls’ soccer team, recently won the Central Section Division II title against Liberty-Madera Ranchos.  The team had an amazing season, showing great character and athletic ability, giving them back-to-back championships. We also had three district wrestlers place at the state championships. Female wrestler Xanaysis Real from McLane placed seventh and Stanford-bound Dawson Siravong, who attends Patino and wrestles for Bullard, took third overall with Kwabena Watson from Edison taking eighth. Athletes will be attending an upcoming Board meeting so we can officially celebrate their successful seasons.

• Superintendent shared that the annual conference of California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, recognized Gaston Middle School. P.E teachers received the Physical Education Program of the Year Award for their outstanding professional contributions and achievements. Teachers Scott Brown, Minith “Adam” Real, Keith Travis, Tiffani Moore, Angelica Lopez, and Jeanne Sawali were present to be recognized. In addition, Nicole Evangelinos, a regional instructional manager -- or RIM -- with Special Education Department, was recently selected as a Central Valley Champion Awards recipient by the Central Valley Regional Center.  She has been serving as a RIM for almost 20 years working with school site administration and teaching staff to provide valuable educational special education supports, and behavior strategies that can assist them with effectively addressing students with challenging needs. 

• Nelson shared that instructional superintendent Misty Her, was honored at the state capital by Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula with the Woman of the Year award for the 31st Assembly District. Arambula spoke of Misty’s personal and professional journey from leaving Laos at the age of 5 and coming to the U.S. to discovering her love of education and teaching. Misty was the first vice principal of Hmong descent in Fresno Unified and the first Hmong female principal in the United States before she became an instructional superintendent.

• Last, Superintendent acknowledged that this week marks national “School Social Worker Week,” recognizing the incredible work social workers do across the nation. This is a special group of people, who are especially skilled in providing services to students who face serious challenges.  Our school social workers play a vital role in the lives of Fresno Unified students and their families and I am forever grateful for the challenging space they choose to live in each day in order to support and lift up the youth and families in our district.  Please take time this week to show some much deserved love and appreciation for all of our school social workers. 

View Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

Computech, Baird Win Medals at Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad logoSeveral Fresno Unified middle and high schools excelled at the Fresno County Science Olympiad March 2 at Clovis North High School. Computech Middle School placed second and Baird Middle School Team A placed third, while Baird Team B placed fifth. Sequoia Middle School also competed. In the high school division Edison High School placed seventh and McLane High School also sent two teams to the competition.

Roosevelt Fishing Club Members Win Contest

Two student fishermen holding trophiesThe Roosevelt High School Bass Fishing Club’s team of Cesar Ruvalcaba and Jacob Lee won the top prize in a fishing tournament at Folsom Lake February 10, part of six club members from Roosevelt competing. The Roosevelt anglers were among a 160-student, 80-boat field out in search of the five biggest bass they could catch. Club adviser Mike Spencer credits generous anglers from the community with helping transport and finance the club.

Property Management Company Donates to Scandinavian

Ribbon cutting ceremony at apartment complex

Scandinavian Middle School was honored to receive a generous donation of $2,000 from KRC Property Management, LLC on March 1. Fresno City Council Member Paul Caprioglio presented a certificate of recognition from District 4 to the company for its community reform efforts and partnership.  

The property management company recently purchased three apartment complexes directly across from the school, renovating the units from top to bottom. KRC Property Management not only donated to the school but also a commitment to maintaining safe housing and promoting a healthier, safer neighborhood.  Principal Julie Ellis said the funds will be used for a field trip for students enrolled in the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Alliance programs to visit the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. It is her hope that through this field trip, the social justice efforts of KRC Property Management, LLC will be furthered and the hearts and minds of the neighborhood’s future leaders will be opened to seeing and responding to injustice within their communities.

Olmos Dedicates Buddy Bench to Principal

Four people standing behind a new green bench A buddy bench was unveiled at Olmos Elementary School on March 1 in honor of Principal Sherry Tharpe. The bench was paid for by the family of the late Mario Olmos, a judge whom the school is named for. The new bench will serve as a place for students to find a buddy. 

Fresno High Marching Band and Color Guard will hold Concert in the Park

Fresno High’s marching band and color guard will host the annual Concert at Sunset at 4 p.m. Friday, April 12 at Warrior Park. The concert will feature performances from Fresno High, Cooper Academy, Fort Miller Middle School and Hamilton K-8 School. The event, sponsored by the Warriors Booster Club, will include vendors, food booths, a silent auction and games.  If interested in having a booth, contact Vickie at (559) 477-9468.

Edison Softball Player to Sign with Albany State

Ciweya Tennison with Felicia TreadwellEdison High School student athlete Ciweya Tennison signed a letter of intent to play softball at Albany State University during a ceremony March 8. Ciweya has distinguished herself off the field as well. She will be recognized on March 21 at the Fresno County Board of Education as the Superintendent’s Superstar. She has a GPA of 3.17, is enrolled in the Biomed Pathway, serves as the secretary for her church’s Sunday school, is the youth commissioner for District 3, a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, peer helper on campus, assists special education students and is a translator for community food drives. 

Wawona Students Take Part in Kids Day

Students at Wawona School, along with students across the district, participated in the 32nd annual Kids Day on March 5, benefitting Valley Children’s Hospital. Both general education and special education students from Wawona worked together on Kids Day to serve their community.

ATP will hold Annual Transition Resource Fair

ATP on Fairmont will host its second annual Transition Resource Fair on Friday, March 29 and Chukchansi Park. Students with disabilities will be able to connect with community resources to help them gain access to local agencies and services. The event is FREE for all attendees from 10 a.m.-noon. The event will feature food trucks as well, with a portion of the sales supporting ATP on Fairmont.

Duncan will Celebrate new CTE Facilities

Students in auto shopJoin the district on Thursday, March 21 to celebrate the completion of Duncan Polytechnical High School's newest career technical​ education facility. See the attached invitation for more details.
CTE Facility Celebration Invitation 

Employer of Choice

Instructional Superintendent is Named Woman of the Year

Misty Her Misty Her, an instructional superintendent for Fresno Unified, has been named Woman of the Year for the 31st Assembly District and was honored March 4 at a ceremony in Sacramento. Her, selected by Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), was recognized for her distinguished career as an educator and administrator in Fresno Unified and as a trailblazer among Hmong Americans. 

Her was the first vice principal of Hmong descent in Fresno Unified and, two years later, became the first Hmong female principal in the United States.

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