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September 9, 2019

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Student measuring a plant
A student works on an ag project in the garden at Baird Middle School.

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Dates to Know

September 18  6 p.m.
Board of Education

October 14
State of Education


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Community News

Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds

The latest edition of Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds highlights the new Cougar Cart at Columbia Elementary School, Holland Elementary School’s new T-shirts emphasizing “Everyone Matters,” and State of Education tickets.
Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds video

District Newspaper for September Available Online

The latest edition of Building Futures, the district newspaper, is available online, featuring Parent University, first week of school photos, a message from the superintendent, and a variety of other news.
Building Futures Newspaper Online

New Mobile Health Unit Unveiled

Mobile health truckThe district unveiled its new mobile health unit on August 28 at Hoover High School. The mobile unit, with two exam rooms and a waiting area, replaces a 20-year-old unit and enables the district’s Health Services Department to expand services, helping to keep students healthy and in class. Services offered include physicals, sports exams, immunizations, and vision and hearing screenings. Starting in October, the unit will visit high schools throughout the district on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to make services more accessible for families. 
Video of New Mobile Health Unit

Community Invited to State of Education Luncheon

Group of people holding checkThis 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.
Ticket Information for State of Education

Students and Teachers Encouraged to Attend Town Hall Lectures

San Joaquin Valley Town Hall logo Town Hall is a series of lectures -- not a political forum -- presenting a variety of ideas and viewpoints about many different stimulating topics.  Speakers are selected by a volunteer committee based on audience and community suggestions, and come from all across the nation and world.  Students of all ages are invited and encouraged to attend at no charge.  Elementary, middle, and high school students come with teacher chaperones. College students are given guest passes on presentation of their student ID cards. 

For each lecture, high school counselors select two seniors who are serious about some form of education beyond high school to attend as Town Hall Scholars. These select students meet the speaker in advance of the program and one of them is randomly chosen to receive a $500 scholarship for any post high school education. Recent recipients from Fresno Unified were Alisia Perez of Bullard High School and Eric Negrete-Enesso from Roosevelt High School. To learn more about the speakers for this year’s season at Town Hall and how students can participate, visit the SJV Town Hall website,

Transfer Requests Available for the 2020-21 School Year

The Transfers Department is accepting transfer requests for the 2020-21 school year.  This request applies to many situations, including: 

• Magnet schools 
• Any school outside of the attendance boundary 
• Change of address 
• Continuation in feeder pattern (sixth and eighth grade) 
• Pre-school continuing at current school 

Please use the form below for interested parents.  A receipt will be given to parents who bring in the request to our office, 4120 N. First St., Fresno, CA 93726.  Requests that are received before December 2 are considered on-time and will have first access to available space.  Questions: Transfers Department, 248-7538.   
Transfer Form in English
Transfer Form in Spanish
Transfer Form in Hmong

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

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

Superintendent Board Remarks from September 4, 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
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

Roosevelt, Edison, Gaston Students Excel in 9/11 Art Competition

9 11 Patriot DayStudents from Roosevelt and Edison high schools and Gaston Middle School earned top 10 honors in their grade levels for their submissions to the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (FCSS) One Day One Voice 9/11 art, poetry and logo contest. Students will be celebrated at an event to honor first responders at the California 9/11 Memorial in Clovis on September 11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.​ The contest, a partnership between FCSS and the California 9/11 Memorial, honors first responders and heroes of the attack on New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001. Entries reflected how America was united after the 9/11 attacks.

Roosevelt’s Sarah Delgado and Grace Vang placed in the top three and won $1,000 scholarships. Thirty-four other Roosevelt students won top 10 honors. Edison’s Alyssa Hayashi had the top logo and won a $1,000 scholarship. Her logo will be used on a T-shirt provided to all contest participants. Four other Edison students placed in the top 10 in their grades for their art. Gaston’s Fatima Sanchez placed in the top three for art and won an iPad. All top-10 finishers won medals.

The top winner will be announced at the event and awarded a trip to New York to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Fort Miller Students Volunteer at Food Bank

A group of four studentsA group of amazing Chicano Latino Americano Student Association (CLASA) leaders volunteered at the community food bank distribution center on August 26. It was a hot day and these boys did not complain and worked through their breaks. The students and Amy Sepulveda, teacher and club adviser, had awesome discussions on food scarcity and despite the extreme heat and hard work, they were excited to volunteer in the future. CLASA is dedicated to promoting unity by creating a coalition among Chicano/Latino youth and staff, enhancing cultural identity, academic performance, and community involvement. Every month, the group volunteers at the food bank, working alongside community members to ensure people in need have food.

Columbia Cart gets a Makeover

Mark Vargas and Maria Velasquez sitting in a golf cartTeacher Mark Vargas at Columbia Elementary School went above and beyond duty this summer (after teaching summer school) to give the Columbia Cougar cart a new look, surprising plant coordinator Maria Velasquez.

Holland Chargers Believe Everyone Matters and They've Got the Shirts to Prove It!

Group of students in Holland t-shirtEvery Holland student was given a free Charger T-shirt to wear with joy and school pride. Principal Adele Stewart made it possible for every student and staff member to receive a school shirt, creating a sense of belonging and community at the school. Charger shirts will be worn on Fridays to show school spirit, and the first Friday boasted a sea of students in Holland blue, from preschool through sixth grade. The shirts are emblazoned with the motto "Holland Chargers Believe Everyone Matters," representing the school's deeply held beliefs and actions in supporting inclusive practices, so that every student at the school has an engaging and positive learning experience. 

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