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May 6, 2019

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Fresno Unified seniors holding Fresno State medals
Fresno State celebrates Fresno Unified seniors planning to attend in the fall at a College Send-Off celebration April 30 at Hoover High School.

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May 15 (7 p.m.)
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Community News

High Schools Host Senior Signing Days

Students signing High schools across the district have been holding special Signing Days to recognize students’ commitment to colleges and universities, technical training and the military. Activities have included lunches, having seniors sign posters and college pennants and celebrating the students in front of their younger peers.

District Newspaper for May Available

The latest edition of Building Futures, the district newspaper, is available online, featuring Steve’s Scholars, a message from the superintendent, Q and As with employees and a variety of other news.
Building Futures Newspaper Online

 “Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds” Video

This week’s Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds video features the annual Asian Family Education Conference, Fresno Fire Department’s Girls Empowerment Camp, Signing Days at high schools and police Chief Jerry Dyer’s youth forum, hosted by Edison High School.
Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds Video

Students Learn Techniques to Stop Injury Bleeding

Nearly 30 students and teachers from public service and health career pathways at various Fresno Unified high schools learned how to control excessive bleeding resulting from injury. Valley Children’s Hospital conducted the Stop the Bleed training on April 30 at the district’s Center for Professional Learning. The first-time training for Fresno Unified students was a pilot, with plans to expand the training to more students and staff.  During the training, students and staff learned the ABCs of controlling bleeding: alert 911, find the injury that is bleeding, and apply a compress to stop the bleeding. According to the American College of Surgeons, uncontrolled bleeding is the No. 1 cause of preventable death from trauma.

Students Attend Manufacturing Summit, Showcase Projects

Students at Manufacturing SummitStudents and teachers from Bullard, DeWolf, Duncan, Edison, Fresno, Hoover, Patiño School of Entrepreneurship and Sunnyside high schools participated in the Valley Made Manufacturing Summit May 2 at the Fresno Convention Center to learn more about career opportunities and network with potential employers. The San Joaquin Valley Manufacturing Alliance provided space for all district high schools to present career pathways, programs and courses related to manufacturing, as well as student projects. Students had the opportunity to interview with local employers for jobs, internships and job shadow experiences.

Students Learn about Firefighting Careers at Girls Empowerment Camp

In collaboration with Fresno Unified, the Fresno Fire Department encouraged more students to go into firefighting careers through the Girls Empowerment Camp on April 27. Students had the opportunity to explore a variety of occupations available within the fire department. Following opening ceremonies with Chief Kerri Donis, participants rotated through a variety of stations highlighting different aspects of firefighting. After a successful day, the fire department has decided to repeat this camp biannually to encourage diversity in recruitment efforts.

Superintendent Board Remarks from May 1, 2019

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

• Highlighting the upcoming Fresno Unified Scholarship Awards Banquet on May 9 to honor this year's class of district recipients. Thanks to the generosity of employees and community donors, the district will award over $110, 000 in scholarships -- $50, 000 more than last year.

• Nelson also shared that next week, May 6-8, is National Teacher and Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week and Wednesday, May 8, is National School Nurses Appreciation Day. This group of educators are beyond valuable, they are the boots on the ground, changing the world for the better, not just for our students, but also for this community. Please take time next week to show some love and kindness to this special group of educators.  Thank you to our teachers and our school nurses, we love you!  Superintendent also recognized our 106 site principals, as today is School Principal Appreciation Day.

• Last, Superintendent shared that this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. the district will host its spring eSports gaming championships at the Hoover Event Center. The event will be larger than the first event last fall. eSports is a booming industry with numerous job opportunities beyond being a player, including game design, coding and testing.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

Duncan Students Capture Medals at Skills Contest

Ileana RoblesDuncan Polytechnical High School brought a record-breaking 72 students to the SkillsUSA State Championships in Ontario April 25-28. Students competed in various medical and applied technology skills-based competitions, and came home with six medals (one gold, three silver and two bronze). Ileana Robles took gold in Nursing Assisting, propelling her to the national competition in Louisville, Ky. in June.

Sunnyside Student Wins High School Emmy

Sunnyside High School Video Production Academy senior Janet Saldana has won the high school version of an Emmy for her form/non-fiction piece on her parents, “A Day in My Parents’ Shoes.” She won a Pillar of Excellence in the National Student Production Awards for the Northern California region, part of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Janet's film will be entered into the national competition. Katie Mcquone is the academy coordinator and adviser.
Award-Winning Video about her Parents by Sunnyside Student

Manchester GATE Student Wins Saroyan Contest

Maya Sullivan, a third grader at Manchester GATE Elementary School, won first place in the grades 3-4 division in the Saroyan Writing Contest.  She wrote a personal narrative that explained about a place that was important to her and its significance.  She will be honored at a ceremony on May 15 at the Woodward Park Regional Library.  ​

Edison High Hosts Meeting for Youth with Chief Dyer

Jerry Dyer speaking to studentsEdison High School hosted students and safety resource officers from eight other Fresno Unified high schools and a middle school for a special forum on safety with Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer on April 30. Students had the opportunity to interact with Chief Dyer, ask questions about community safety and learn about careers in law enforcement.

The forum is among the three Youth Meetings Chief Dyer holds every year to help bridge the gap between the community and the police department by connecting with the youth of the city. This was the first time Edison hosted a Youth Meeting. Along with representatives from Edison, the meeting l included Bullard, Cambridge, Duncan Polytechnical, Fresno, Hoover, McLane, Roosevelt and Sunnyside high schools and Fort Miller Middle School. 
Youth Forum with Chief Dyer at Edison Video

Lane Student Wins Kids Invent T-Shirt Design Contest

Group photo with Natalia ChavezLane Elementary School’s Natalia Chavez won the Kids Invent Innovation Day T-shirt contest for sixth graders. She was presented with tickets to the Fresno State Planetarium and was awarded a pizza party for her and her classmates.

Bullard Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Bullard students signingFour student-athletes signed letters of intent to play college-level sports on April 24:
Anissa Villanueva – Softball – Hope International University
Jocelyn Hernandez – Wrestling – MacMurray College
Aaron Deleon – Baseball – Menlo College
Kiedra Hall – Lacrosse – Whittier College

Greenberg Hosts Special Athletic Events for Students with Autism

Autism students participating in athletic eventStudents with autism at Greenberg Elementary School had the opportunity to test their athletic abilities during a special event on the Greenberg field with an Olympics theme on April 26. Students participated in an obstacle course, Frisbee golf, a bounce house, and other activities. Students ages 3 to 12 of varying abilities were part of the fun. The older students competed for best performances.

Edison Student Wins Art Award

Student holding up awardEdison High School senior Anna Titterington was awarded the Ruth Jansen Award for the central area at the Youth Art Month state show April 27 at the Fresno Arts Council.  For her efforts, she was awarded $100 check for her charcoal artwork, “Sunlit Muse.”

McLane’s ArtVenture Academy Hosts ArtHop

McLane High School’s ArtVenture Academy shared its yearlong project at ArtHop on May 2 at the M Street Arts Complex (1419 M St.). The show featured student visual art in a variety of mediums, student dancers, and spoken word. The title of this year's project is "After Dark: Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking."

Patiño Cooking Club Provides Dinner at Ronald McDonald House

The Patiño Cooking Club provided dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House on May 3, the second time the club has served the community in this way. Students prepared lemon butter chicken, spaghetti, rice, salad with a pomegra​nate vinaigrette dressing, punch and iced tea. 

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