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June 17, 2019

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Hoover High School graduation June 5.

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August 12
Start of 2019-20 School Year


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Graduations Honor Class of 2019

Graduates smiling Fresno Unified honored and celebrated more than 3,900 seniors during 15 ceremonies for the district’s comprehensive high schools as well as specialty schools. The district held ceremonies May 30 through June 5 at six venues. Summer school graduation will be July 12.
Highlights of 2019 Graduations Video 

ATP Hosts First Promotion Ceremony since Renovations          

Students at promotion ceremony Approximately 30 students from the Adult Transition Program (ATP) were recognized during a special promotion ceremony June 4, the first to be held in ATP’s renovated facility. ATP serves 185 district students ages 18-22 with developmental disabilities. The program offers training, support and education, with the goal of helping students become as independent as possible. This year’s promotion ceremony recognized the largest number of students since the program began in 2009.

Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds

The last edition of Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds for this school year features free summer lunches, Wawona School honors library donors, ATP promotion and graduations.
Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds Video 

District Newspaper for June Available

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

Superintendent Board Remarks from June 12, 2019

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

• Recognizing tonight’s last regularly scheduled board meeting and all the end of the year activities and graduations. Superintendent shared a short video showcasing the district’s various graduation celebrations.

• Fresno Unified held its annual retirement dinner last Friday night.  In total, Fresno Unified is saying good bye to 266 retirees over the course of the next few weeks. This group of retirees represents 6,594 years of service to the students of the district. The district honored a little more than 60 of those retirees last Friday night showing our appreciation alongside families and colleagues.

• Superintendent went on to recognize three long time district administrators who are leaving after decades of service -- instructional superintendent Melissa Dutra (20 years); assistant superintendent of English Language Services Maria Maldonado (33 1/2 years); and Sally Fowler, executive director of College and Career Readiness (34 years)

• Nelson recognized Instructional Superintendent Ed Gomes, who was recently celebrated at the California State Capitol as part of Portuguese Heritage month.

• Nelson acknowledged the hard work by staff over the last several months in preparing our 2019-20 fiscal budget. With guidance from our Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Ruth Quinto, the board has in front of them tonight a solid plan that supports academic achievement while providing both student and employee resources.

• Lastly, Superintendent wished everyone a safe and relaxing summer and turned the meeting back over to the board president.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

Wawona Honors Donors to Library

Wawona School honored the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Camunez Means Family and Edison International for donations totaling $5,000 to the library during a special ceremony June 4. The funds will be used to develop a dual immersion language collection to better serve Wawona students. Wawona, formerly a middle school, became a dual immersion campus in 2017. It will eventually serve preschool through eighth grade. This fall, the school will offer a dual immersion program in pre-kindergarten through second grade.

Fresno High Club Helps Children with Clubfoot

The Fresno High School Social Justice Club, with the help of students and staff who bought funky socks from the group, helped raise funds for two children who were born with clubfoot to have life-changing surgeries. Children with clubfoot are often shunned by society. As outcasts, marriage and a family of their own is unlikely. Some will find work doing menial labor. Many will end up as beggars or worse.

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