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January 21, 2020

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Students place flowers at the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. at a January 17 celebration of King’s life.

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Fresno High 130th Birthday

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January 29 (see website for time)
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Community News

Community Engagement Opportunities on Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Parents and staff looking at chartThe community is invited to attend the upcoming Community Engagement Workshops that will be hosted throughout the district, regionally. The workshops provide an opportunity for various stakeholders, including the community, parents, staff and students, to offer feedback to inform the planning of the district's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is a plan that describes the district's overall vision for student success and includes investment actions aimed at improving performance.These Community Engagement Workshops are not possible without support from the community. An exciting change this year includes a free Chaffee Zoo admission ticket for each adult in attendance. Dinner, babysitting and translation services will be provided.
LCAP Community Workshops Video
LCAP Regional Meetings Flyer

District Hosts Job Expo

Fresno Unified will host a Job Expo on Thursday, January 23 for those seeking a teaching job in the district. The expo is from 3-6 p.m. at McLane High School cafeteria, 2727 N. Cedar Ave. Fresno Unified is seeking to fill a variety of teaching positions for the 2020-21 school year, including multiple subject credential positions, special education, bilingual education, science and math.

Applicants with a valid California teaching credential should bring a copy of the credential (with English Learner Certification embedded). Applicants without a valid California teaching credential must bring transcripts, a copy of CBEST scores, a copy of CSET scores (if applicable) and proof of internship eligibility from a university (if applicable). The district will review documents to determine whether an applicant qualifies for hard-to-fill subject areas while they complete their credential.
Job Expo Flyer
Sign up for the Fresno Unified Job Expo
PSA on the Job Expo

Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds Video

The latest edition of Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds features Fresno High's 130th anniversary, the district's Job Expo and LCAP regional workshops.
Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds Video

Superintendent Board Remarks from January 15, 2020

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

• Highlighting the ACSA Region 9 nominees, Amy Smith, Bruce Thele, Carson Wood, Maiyer Vang and Julie Severns. These five outstanding leaders will be recognized at the ACSA Region 9 Awards Dinner on Monday, February 24. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication, we are so proud to have you on our team and know you will represent our region well at the State Finals.

• Next, superintendent shared that CART's Annual Showcase will take place January 16. Students from all labs will showcase their fall projects. Our teams will have three opportunities to show their work – the morning session is from 8 a.m.-10 a.m., the afternoon session is from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., and the evening session is from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

• Superintendent shared that next week the district's pilot deployment of 900 free hotspots to our high school students through a partnership with the One Million Project foundation. The foundation is working to bring free internet to one million high school students across the nation to help them in their academic journeys. With more than 7 out of 10 high school teachers across the nation assigning online homework, bringing free internet access to our students is crucial to their continued success. Thank you to the One Million Project for including us in this pilot.

• Next, superintendent invited the community to join the Southeast Asian Family Conference taking place this Saturday at Fresno State. The event is a collaboration between Parent University, The Fresno Center, and Fresno State. This year, Tou Ger Xiong, a Hmong artist, educator and activist, is the keynote speaker. The event is from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union. Childcare, lunch, parking, and transportation will be available for attendees.

• Superintendent Nelson shared that the Fresno Unified Scholarship Fund has opened for applications. The application can be found on our website and all applications must be submitted with letters of recommendation and transcripts by Friday, February 28. Students can apply online or can talk to their high school counselor for more information.

• Superintendent shared that the much-anticipated Excellence in Education Awards are coming up on February 4. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 17, this event is always a total sell-out so make sure to grab your colleagues and get your tickets.

• Lastly, superintendent acknowledged that we are in the midst of the LCAP Community Engagement Workshops. Thank you those that have already attended our meetings at Duncan, Edison and Bullard regions. Next week, we continue with meetings at Hoover on January 22, Patiño on February 4, Fresno High on February 13, Roosevelt on February 19, and ending at Sunnyside on February 20. Here is a video on the importance of our LCAP meetings.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

Employer of Choice

Congratulations, Newly Certified National Board Teachers

Starting in 2015, Fresno Unified developed a support program for teachers who wished to pursue National Board C​​ertification, one of the highest marks of teaching accomplishment.  Since the start of the program, 28 teachers have successfully achieved certification. The district is proud to recognize this year's newest recipients: Kelly Kilburg, Gabe Lucero, Allyson Maldonado, Tamika Tatum, Sky Sweet, Marcia Vander Poel, and David Wisar. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement​​​​​​!

School Buzz

Fresno High Celebrates 130th Birthday

Fresno High alumni with basketball playerFresno Unified's first high school celebrated its 130th birthday on January 14 with a short program in historic Royce Hall, followed by a gallery walk of Fresno High artifacts in the cafeteria. The celebration concluded in the gym with a rededication ceremony for the Harry Coffee All American Athlete Blankets prior to the boys' basketball league opener. The Alumni Association raised funds to have the blankets refurbished and remounted.

Sunset Students Volunteer to Honor MLK

Sunset Elementary School, Central Valley Church of Christ and HOPE Worldwide are partnering to volunteer and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, who never stopped asking the question, "What are you doing for others?" Volunteers will be working on various beautification projects on campus. Students, families and community members from throughout Fresno Unified are invited to join the effort.

Wawona Honors MLK with Service

Wawona School community members gathered on Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 20 for a "day on, not a day off" in honor of the civil rights leader. Students, staff and families tied fleece blankets for the Sheriff's Department, participated in campus beautification, wrote cards for veterans and created an MLK mural. A reading corner was available featuring books about Dr. King and other civil rights leaders. Wawona's Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) student leaders, staff and parents organized the projects.
Wawona School Honors MLK Video

Tenaya Hosts Walk of Champions

Tenaya Middle School held its second Walk of Champions to honor students and student athletes on January 10. This new tradition celebrates student athletes and teams that won a league championship during that specific quarter with a parade down the main hall, leading to the quad. Teams display their championship plaques and celebrate their great accomplishments with their peers! Walk of Champions also includes students who have received a 4.0 GPA in both the first and second quarters, along with perfect attendance for the first and second quarters -- Academic Champions.

4.0 GPA – 26 students received a 4.0 GPA in both first and second quarters (53 students earned a 4.0 GPA in just the second quarter)
Perfect Attendance – 34 students had perfect attendance for both first and second quarters (56 students had perfect attendance in just the second quarter)

Girls Soccer – League Champions
Boys Basketball – League Champions
Wrestling – League Champions

First quarter: Of 906 total students, 56 students had a 4.0 GPA;  272 students had a 3.5 GPA or above; 487 students had a 3.0 GPA or above.
Second quarter: Of 905 students, 53 had a 4.0 GPA; 222 students had a 3.5 or above; 434 students had a 3.0 or above.

Edison's Forensics Team wins Award

Holocaust museum logo After competing in 12 rounds of debate, spread across three days, members of the Edison Forensics Team are League Champions in Debate for small schools. Varsity competitors spent the last three months preparing debate cases for both sides of topics such as the use of the SAT on college admissions, subsidies for fossil fuels, the European Union's membership in China's Belt and Road Initiative, and the U.S. government's use of offensive cyber operations. 

Burroughs Student Council Holds Food Drive for Poverello House

Burroughs students The Burroughs Elementary Student Council organized a food drive for the homeless prior to Thanksgiving break. Students learned about the importance of compassion for others helping those in need by collecting blankets, clothing items and food items to donate to the homeless.

Edison Region Black History Month Program

Gaston Middle School BSU proudly presents its sixth annual Edison Region Black History Month Program on Monday, February 3, 2020. This year the evening show will be at the Warnors Theatre from 6-7 p.m. for parents, district leaders and community partners. This year's collaboration includes the entire Edison region. GOAL 2 extreme!!  As an extra special treat for the evening show, stand-up comedian Andre Covington will make a guest appearance and Q97 will provide music. Tickets for the evening show are $2 for adults, $1 for students (with ID). Tickets can be obtained in advance at the Gaston front office or GOAL 2 Office. All proceeds go towards the BSU student body fund, which will support college/career activities and next year's Black History Month Program. 
Edison Region Black History Month Program Flyer

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