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August 26, 2019

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Families attended the District English Learner Advisory Committee meeting Aug. 15 at Addams Elementary School.


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Graduate Eduardo Casarubias heads to CSU Monterey

Dates to Know

September 4  6 p.m.
Board of Education

October 14
State of Education

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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

Community Invited to State of Education Luncheon

2018 State of EdThis year's State of Education luncheon, featuring Superintendent Bob Nelson as the keynote speaker, will be held on Monday, October 14 at the DoubleTree Hotel downtown. This is the district's largest single fundraiser for the Fresno Unified Scholarship Fund and is a great opportunity to mingle with the community and learn about the superintendent's vision for the district.
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Cornerstone Church Provides Backpacks and Supplies to 22 Schools

stack of backpacksCornerstone Church donated 4,400 backpacks filled with supplies to 22 Fresno Unified schools on August 20 as part of the Project Student AIDE. The church will also provide eight bikes to the 22 schools throughout the school year as incentives for good attendance and grades. At Thanksgiving, the church will provide 50 food boxes to each of the schools. The church also has plans to provide Disneyland tickets for a child and adult at each of the schools for students who make significant academic progress. The schools are Addams, Anthony, Calwa, Centennial, Columbia, Fremont, Hidalgo, Homan, Jackson, Jefferson, King, Kirk, Lane, Leavenworth, Lincoln, Lowell, Rowell, Sunset, Vang Pao, Williams, Webster and Yokomi elementary schools.


Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds

The latest edition of Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds highlights Webster Elementary School’s new school spirit mural, the District English Learners Advisory Committee, and a new campaign to have graduates send their pictures of moving into college or onto their career path.
Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds video

College and Career Readiness Newsletter

Check out the district’s latest career technical education newsletter for information on student internships, teacher externships, summer enrichment opportunities and upcoming event dates!  Click the link and subscribe to stay informed!
College and Career Readiness Newsletter

Learn More about Student Aid and Scholarships

Students and families are invited to a free event offering workshops on scholarships and financial aid, help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and presentations on financial literacy. The Financial Literacy University event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 7 at the Old Administration Building at Fresno City College. The event is sponsored by Fresno Unified and the State Center Community College District. The keynote speaker is Sara Goldrick, a professor at Temple University. Food trucks on site!
Flyer on Financial Literacy University

College Night is September 11

College Night, featuring representatives from private and public colleges and college-related workshops, is Wednesday, September 11 at the Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall.
Flyers on College Night in English, Hmong and Spanish

District Newspaper for August 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 August 21, 2019

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

• Highlighted that August 12 marked the start of school year for our more than 74,000 students. The superintendent visited sites and thanked the entire Fresno Unified family for all they did to ensure students and staff had all they needed for a successful first week. From school staff, to operations and safety, to transportation and food services, to the countless departments that play pivotal roles to ensure we have the staff hired, trained and ready to serve and support our students the second they enter gates on day one.

• Nelson also shared that last week we had an incident involving a social media threat that has forever changed the trajectory of one of our Fresno Unified students. A student took a picture of a gun rack at a local Walmart and posted it with a threatening comment on Snapchat. The student was tracked by law enforcement through their phone. While the threat was not credible, the student was arrested for posting a terrorist threat. Nelson emphasized how important it is for our youth to understand the dire consequences associated with making threatening or derogatory comments on social media.  Beginning next week, you are going to begin seeing a series of community messages around the subject of responsible social media use as we continue to reinforce these dangers with our youth and greater community.

• Next, the superintendent thanked the countless community organizations that once again provided back to school supplies and backpacks for our students in need. One of them was Cornerstone Community Care Project, which donated 4,400 backpacks to 22 Fresno Unified schools in addition to providing eight bikes throughout the school year to serve as incentives to supporting attendance and academic success. Acts of kindness such as these remind us how generous our community is. Thank you to Cornerstone and the many organizations that support Fresno Unified and our students.

• Nelson also shared that at the same time we were busy welcoming students back to school, thousands of our recent graduates are beginning to head off to college, starting the next phase of their academic journey. While some students choose to stay home, many are venturing out of town for the very first time. It is a huge step for our young adults and would not have been possible for many students with the love and support they received from teachers and staff here within Fresno Unified. Here is a video of our recent Fresno Unified graduate Eduardo Casarubias as he begins his next big journey.

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Employer of Choice

Fresno Teacher Residency Program

What is the Fresno Teacher Residency Program?
The Fresno Teacher Residency Program is a joint effort between Fresno Unified and university partners. The overarching goal of the program is to improve student achievement through innovative and cutting-edge teacher preparation coupled with outstanding professional support. Photos of Teacher Residency 

Program Design:

• Receive a Teaching Credential from Fresno State or Fresno Pacific
• Apprenticeship in a classroom with a mentor teacher
• Early continuous clinical field experiences
• Comprehensive professional learning opportunities
• Focus on State Standards, Next Generations Science Standards, professional learning communities, assessment of learning, and Safe & Civil Schools
• Creation of a culture of collaboration and reflective learning
• Fresno Unified employment upon successful completion​

Application Process for Fresno Unified
1. https://www.fresnou.org/dept/hr/
2. Complete the Fresno Unified certificated online application
   Attach the following:

• Resume
• Two Letters of Support
• Transcripts

3. Complete the Teacher Insight Survey; the
survey will be emailed upon completion of
the application.

4. Apply for Teacher Residency
Photos of Teacher Residency


School Buzz

McLane Celebrates New Football Stadium Improvements

Ribbon cutting ceremony at McLane Stadium McLane High School celebrated the new synthetic turf and other improvements at McLane Stadium at its first home football game on August 23. The celebration began with an opportunity for seniors to have breakfast and watch the sunrise over the new turf, followed by games and activities. In the evening, prior to the start of the game, McLane held a ribbon cutting ceremony, Superintendent Bob Nelson and board members took part in a ceremonial coin toss, and the superintendent sang the national anthem.
Along with the turf installation (a first in Fresno Unified), the district updated infrastructure and utilities at the stadium, added portable restrooms and improved accessibility.

Sunnyside Grad will be Honored by State Legislature

Marc CastroMarc Castro, a 2017 Sunnyside High School valedictorian and 2020 boxing Olympic hopeful, will be honored by the California State Legislature August 26. He will be presented with an Assembly resolution on the floor of the State Assembly by California State Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) and California State Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) in recognition of his outstanding and ongoing contributions to the Central Valley community and his boxing pursuits. Marc, now a student at Fresno State, is a two-time boxing Amateur World Champion.

Fansler Foundation Provides Grant to Rata High School for Van

The Fansler Foundation will provide a $52,590 grant to Rata High School to purchase a handicap accessible van. To date, the foundation has donated $236,472 to Rata, which serves medically fragile students.


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