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November 12, 2019

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High school students showcased CTE programs and pathways for eighth graders at the CTE Ticket to Your Future November 4-5.

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Dates to Know

November 20 (see website for time)
Board of Education

November 25-29
Thanksgiving Break


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District Calendar Survey for 2020-21 and 2021-22

Fresno Unified is requesting input on the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic calendars. The academic calendars' main priorities include maximizing student attendance in order to accomplish the district’s four goals:

• All students will excel in reading, writing and math
• All students will engage in arts, activities and athletics
• All students will demonstrate the character and competencies for workplace success
• All students will stay in school on target to graduate

Fresno Unified has received feedback from key district-wide advisory committees and bargaining unit representatives and is now seeking input from all segments of the community by posting this survey online.
The survey can be found on the district homepage under "Announcements" and will be posted through November 22, 2019.
District Calendar Survey

Ticket to the Future Event Introduces All Eighth Graders to CTE Options in High School

photo of eighth graders viewing exhibits of career technical education programsIn an ongoing effort to make students more aware of career technical education (CTE) options and career pathways, the district's College and Career Readiness Department hosted CTE Ticket to the Future November 4-5. More than 4,200 eighth graders from all middle schools were transported to Valdez Hall to visit exhibits showcasing all CTE programs available at all high schools. Current high school students, educators, and administrators were there to provide hands-on demonstrations and answer questions.
For more information on CTE options in the district, contact College and Career Readiness at 248-7480.
Ticket to the Future Video

More than 700 Attend School Choice Expo

photos of eighth graders viewing exhibits of career technical education programsThe district held a highly successful School Choice Expo on the evening of November 5, hosting more than 700 parents, students and community partners. The expo was held at Valdez Hall in collaboration with CTE Ticket to the Future, a College and Career Readiness event for eighth grade students highlighting all high school CTE options. During the evening, parents and students all of ages had the opportunity to explore additional options in elementary and middle school, including dual immersion, visual and performing arts, CoderGirlz clubs, and a variety of others. Transfer Office staff received 88 transfer requests.

Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds Video

The latest edition of Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds features CTE Ticket to the Future, Fort Miller Middle School’s ceremony to honor veterans, and Aspiring Teacher Expo.
Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds Video

Aspiring Teacher Expo is November 14

Interested in teaching? Fresno Unified is hosting an Aspiring Teacher Expo on Thursday, November 14 at McLane High School (2727 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA. 93703) from 4-6:30 p.m. Representatives from colleges and credential programs from across the Central Valley will be available to provide information about the various pathways to becoming a credentialed teacher. Participants will have the opportunity to start networking early and talk to Fresno Unified representatives about the district’s teacher pipeline programs.
Aspiring Teacher Expo Flyer

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 Forms

Superintendent Board Remarks from November 6, 2019

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

• Highlighted that November is recognized both as National Military Family Month and National Adoption Month, thanking our military families for the sacrifices made daily to protect and serve our country. Also thanked all who have taken on the role as adoptive parents like the superintendent and his wife, Tiffany. Adopting has been one of their greatest joys and rewards. This month, superintendent encourages us to think how our families can give back to both military and adoptive families.
• Superintendent also shared that Fresno Unified is requesting input for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic calendars. Surveys are available and accessible on the homepage of our website under "Announcements" in English, Spanish and Hmong. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide us with your feedback. 
• Next, superintendent shared that nominations are open for the 2020 Excellence in Education Awards. Staff, please help us in nominating your colleagues to be recognized. You can find the link to submit your nominations in the Employee Zone newsletter. The deadline to nominate is Friday, November 22, 2019.
• Superintendent also shared  that Fresno Compact has opened nominations for its 24th annual Shareholders Award Luncheon to he held March 4, 2020. Fresno Compact will be honoring 10 outstanding businesses that shown a great partnership with education to ensure opportunities and impact for our students in preparing for the 21st century workplace. Nominations are open until Friday November 15, 2019 at the Compact's website
• Superintendent shared that this year's Aspiring Teacher Expo is coming up on Thursday November 14, 2019. The expo will feature Fresno Unified's teacher pipeline programs and college and credential programs to support candidates in becoming future teachers. You can join any time 4-6:30 p.m. at the McLane High School cafeteria.
• Lastly, superintendent recognized the teams who put together CTE Ticket to the Future and School Choice Expo this week. For two days, all our eighth grade students were transported to Valdez Hall to learn more about the district's CTE pathways and see work from current students. This year, the event was combined with the School Choice Expo to increase outreach to our parents. The exhibit included hands-on demonstrations, interactive displays, high-school representatives, work vehicles, equipment and more. You can watch all that in this video.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

Fort Miller Students Honor Veterans with Gun Salute, Helicopter

students participating in a ceremonyFort Miller Middle School held a ceremony to honor veterans and the sacrifices they have made on November 1. As part of the event, the U.S. Army Utility Tactical Transport flew a Blackhawk helicopter over school grounds. The ceremony also included a 21-gun salute by American Legion Post 509’s Honor Guard and presenting of the colors by the Junior ROTC from Fresno High School. The event also included inspirational speakers and the singing of the national anthem by community member Susan McDonald.

McLane Students will Install Kindness Posters at Schools

McLane High School ArtVenture Academy students will help middle and high schools install “Choose Kindness over Cool” posters on the outside of bathroom stall doors. The academy launched the effort at Yosemite Middle School on November 8. The posters were donated by Pro-Screen Inc. Signs & Graphics to all middle and high schools as part of a partnership with McLane to impact the lives of young people. ArtVenture students will install at some schools and have produced a video to help students install on their own.
Kindness Poster Installation Video

Edison Students Learn about Solar Installation

Students from Edison High School’s Green Energy and Technology Academy learned how to install solar panels and navigate electrical systems during a one-week intensive solar training from local solar company Grid Alternatives on November 8. Grid Alternatives has been working with students for the last month on a solar program, including solar arrays, workplace safety and electrical systems design.

ATP Annual Showcase

Please join the Adult Transition Program (ATP) on Tuesday, November 19 for the annual Showcase and Silent Auction. The silent auction is the annual fundraiser for ATP students, featuring student artwork, student baked desserts, and more! See you there!

Burroughs Broncos Learn about Future Careers

Volunteers spoke to fourth through sixth grade classes about a wide variety of careers on November 8 for Career Day. Volunteers included firefighters, police, nurses, physicians, physician candidates from UCSF/Community Regional Medical Center, lawyers, diesel mechanics and others. Students were able to ask each presenter questions about their educational journey and some of the highlights of their careers. The goal of Career Day was to help students learn about the many wonderful careers they can pursue, as well as get them thinking about how some of the district’s pathways can help them achieve their goals.

Red Ribbon Week at Holland

photo a group of students and a teacher in sportswear for red ribbon weekHolland Elementary School students and staff participated in thematic dress up days and learning activities for Red Ribbon Week in late October. Preschool through sixth grade students and teachers wore sportswear to "team up against drugs," brought a stuffed animal as "friends don't let friends do drugs," and wore their Holland Charger spirit shirts with sunglasses because they have "bright, drug-free futures" ahead of them.

Red Ribbon Week at Calwa

school picture of students standing in a ribbon shapeCalwa Elementary School closed out Red Ribbon Week with a school picture and a door decorating contest. The theme was video games.

King Students have Fun at Pumpkin Patch

Group of students holding pumpkins

King Elementary School students from the Child Development Center, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten had fun at their very own pumpkin patch on October 20, thanks to the efforts of their teachers.

Calwa Hosts Pumpkin Contest

photos of painted pumpkinsMore than 50 Calwa Elementary School students showcased their artistic skills and amazing imaginations competing in the Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest. All participants were recognized November 1 at the school’s Convocation. First place winners from four age categories won a trip to John’s Incredible Pizza.

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