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September 23, 2019

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Design Science Middle College High School students are settled into their new home at Fresno City College.

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Community News

Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds

The latest edition of Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds highlights Roosevelt High School student Grace Vang winning a trip to New York for her 9/11 art, the Little Free Library installation at Heaton Elementary School, the Bike Safety Rodeo at Leavenworth Elementary School and State of Education tickets.
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District Newspaper for September Available Online

The September 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

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. The deadline to buy tickets is Friday, September 27. 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 logoTown 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 Request 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

District Host Bike Safety Rodeo

A police officer put on a helmet for a girlTo help equip youth with the needed safety tools to ensure they travel safely when they ride their bike, Fresno Unified joined forces with California Highway Patrol, Fresno Fire Department and others to host a Bike Safety Rodeo September 14 at Leavenworth Elementary School. Each year, students are hit by automobiles as they ride their bikes to and from school. Local law enforcement provided bike safety courses, helmet fittings and bike safety checks. The event was open to the public.
Video on Bike Safety Rodeo

Grant Expands After School Program

Group of children playingStudents in the district’s after school program now have access to more fitness equipment and additional staff, thanks to a $75,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente Fresno to the Fitness is Aces! program. The grant, announced at Jefferson Elementary School on September 5, paid for additional equipment, including pedometers and trackers, and hired more staff to lead group exercise activities. Students are now receiving an extra 45 minutes of physical activity compared to previous years.
Students in the after-school program typically live in low-income neighborhoods with limited access to recreational activities putting them at higher risk for developing chronic health conditions, such as obesity and diabetes.

Superintendent Board Remarks from September 18, 2019

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

• Highlighting that this week marks the sixth week of school year. The first reporting period ends in two weeks with report cards heading home beginning the week of October 7. Progress reports should have gone home last week to give parents a glimpse into how students are progressing academically.  We asked parents to registered for EduText (grade and attendance updates through text messages) and to get an ATLAS account so they can review their child’s progress reports and see how they are doing in the classroom.

• Nelson also shared that Fresno Unified is one of six California school districts chosen to participate in a new video pilot program that highlights CAASPP test results. CAASPP stands for the California Assessment of Students Performance and Progress and is the state test that students took last spring.  In the past, parents will receive a letter showcasing how their child perform academically now, the state is in the process of turning those printed reports into interactive videos designed to engage parents on a whole new level. The videos will be delivered via text if parents are an EduText subscriber and will be available through ATLAS parent portal starting October 17. The videos personally designed will come in the family’s home language and even feature closed caption.

• Next, Superintendent shared that we are less than a month away from our annual State of Education luncheon at Double Tree Hotel. The event will take place Monday, October 14 at 11:30 a.m. being this, the district’s single largest fundraiser for the Fresno Unified Scholarship Fund. In addition to raising money to help support many or our graduating seniors with aspirations for a post-secondary education, the luncheon also provides an opportunity to showcase student success and hear about the district’s future plans. To learn more about the event, including how to purchase tickets, please visit our website at

• Nelson also shared that UCSF Fresno will be hosting an informational meeting for Fresno Unified students and parents interested in learning more about our Sunnyside Doctors Academy. The meeting will be Thursday, September 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Sunnyside High School Library and is open to eighth graders who are interested in careers in health and medicine.

• Superintendent also thanked Every Neighborhood Partnership and Reading Heart for partnering with us on the unveiling of a Little Free Library book box at Heaton Elementary last week. Fresno High construction students helped install the box. Several Little Free Libraries were built last summer by Fresno High and alt ed students in Construction and Geometry classes in preparation for installing the boxes at schools in all regions of our district to promote reading and community sharing. This is a great way to encourage reading and work-based learning opportunities in our Fresno High region. You can see pictures of the installation here.

• Lastly, Nelson shared that with the support of the Communications Department, Parent U, the California Highway Patrol, the Fresno Fire Department and the Fresno County Bike Coalition came together to host a Bike Safety Rodeo at Leavenworth Elementary. There was a great turnout as students even beyond the immediate neighborhood learned bike safety, were given helmets and got in some good exercise. Here is a short video showcasing last Saturday’s rodeo.

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School Buzz

Roosevelt Student Wins Grand Prize for 9/11 Art Contest

photo of a student and a paintingRoosevelt High School’s Grace Vang won the grand prize at an art contest commemorating 9/11. She was announced as the top winner September 11 at the California 9/11 Memorial in Clovis. She won a trip to New York to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, on top of a $1,000 scholarship for being a top three winner. The contest was sponsored by the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and the California 9/11 Memorial.

Home Sweet Home for Bullard

Group of studentsBullard High School hosted its football game on its home campus for the first ever on September 13. Following extensive preparations, the school turned the Bullard Bowl into a football field. The Knights beat Pitman High School of Turlock 63-10.

Library Box Installed at Heaton Elementary School

photo of a group of students and a wooden boxHeaton Elementary School celebrated the installation of a Little Free Library book box on September 13. Fresno Unified is partnering with Reading Heart and Every Neighborhood Partnership to place Little Free Libraries in elementary school campuses in all high school regions. Students built the Little Free Libraries during a summer school Geometry in Construction class at Fresno High School. Fresno High construction students helped install the book box. The event at Heaton was in conjunction with Reading Heart (a non-profit book distribution organization) assemblies. Little Free Libraries, which can be found across the world, increase reading and a sense of community through the free exchange of books.
Video on Little Free Library

Fresno High Hosts Lecture Series

Fresno High School LogoFresno High School’s International Baccalaureate Programme is hosting free presentations as part of the Theory of Knowledge Lecture Series. Lectures are from 6-7 p.m. Lectures are free and open to the public.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019:  Tour at Bitwise and brief introduction of the Bitwise concept by Alex Gutierrez, community outreach coordinator from Geekwise Academy
Where: Bitwise – 700 Van Ness Ave. (93721)         
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019: Superintendent Bob Nelson, Fresno Teachers Association president Manuel Bonilla and Linda Hoff, division head of the Teacher Education Program at Fresno Pacific University – “Negotiation: Moving from Confrontation to Collaboration”
Where: Fresno High Senate Chambers, 1839 N. Echo Ave. (93704)

Rough Riders Clean Up Neighborhood

Group of students with a sign Huntington BoulevardThe first Roosevelt High School monthly beautification walk of the 2019-20 school year was a collaborative effort between the Ecology Club, Steve's Scholars and Bass Fishing Club. Twenty-six club members took their energy off campus to clean up the neighborhood directly west of the campus along Huntington Boulevard and Kerckhoff Avenue after school on September 12. ​​Students spent 2 ½ hours picking up more than 150 pounds of trash and making a visible difference in their own neighborhood. This event was recognized as part of the California Coastal Commission's Coastal Cleanup Day on September 21.

Aynesworth Welcomes Local Heroes on 9/11

Group of students with a police officerAynesworth Elementary School honored local police officers on Patriot Day September 11. Aynesworth was among schools across the district that honored the memory of 9/11 victims and educated students about the events of that day and how they united the American people.

Roosevelt Public Service hosts Second Annual Breakfast with Blue

Two people saking handsRoosevelt High School's Public Service Pathway hosted its second annual Breakfast with Blue, with more than 20 industry partners attending and almost 80 pathway students. Students got a chance to talk in small groups with industry partners from the Fresno Fire Department, Police Department, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Army while enjoying breakfast together. Students were also able to check out two fire trucks and the water rescue boats. Roosevelt's Public Service Pathway is in its second year, with courses for freshmen and sophomores.

Rata High School Fall Carnival

Rata logoThe first Rata High School Fall Carnival will be held on Friday, October 25 at Rata High School from 5-9 p.m. Come and enjoy the food, fun and games!

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