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February 3, 2020

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Photo of the Week

Student receiving free hot spot device
The district launches Project Connect on January 23, a pilot program with Sprint to provide hot spot devices for students and better internet connection.

Video of the Week

Video of the week
Teacher Hiring Expo

Dates to Know

February 12 (see website for time)
Board of Education


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Design Science Takes Third in Academic Decathlon

Design Science Academic Decathlon teamDesign Science Middle College High School placed third overall in Super Quiz points in the 38th annual Fresno County Academic Decathlon. The competition was held February 1 at Central High School. University High School placed first with 47,752.9 points, Sanger High School was second with 38,190.3 points and Design Science had 37,723.7 points.

Online registration is now available

Parents and guardians of Fresno Unified students in grades K-6 can now register students online. Parents/guardians can enter student information and securely upload documents, when and where it is most convenient for them. Registration information is sent to the school the student will attend, based on their address. Online registration is available in English, Spanish, and Hmong.

​Parents/guardians can register students by visiting the Parents section of the district website at, and choosing 'How to Enroll.'  Online enrollment for preschool and transitional kindergarten will be available in an upcoming ATLAS release, followed by online enrollment for grades 7-12. Paper forms will still be available for parents without computer or internet access.

Check out the February District Newspaper Online

The February edition of Building Futures, the district’s newspaper, is now available online. The edition features information about Measure M, Excellence in Education finalists and much more.
February Building Futures Online

Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds Video

The latest edition of Fresno Unified in 60 Seconds features the Teacher Hiring Expo, Project Connect and Excellence in Education.
Fresno Unified in 60 Seconds Video

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

Parents and staff looking at chartThe community is invited to attend Community Engagement Workshops that are being held throughout the district by regions. The workshops provide an opportunity to connect with various community stakeholders, including parents, staff and students, to collect 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 staff’s support. 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.

Another option for stakeholders to provide input is by taking the LCAP survey by accessing the link below. Input from prior year surveys have been helpful to inform investment priorities.
Take the LCAP Survey!!
Flyer on LCAP Workshops

Deputy Superintendent Board Remarks from January 29, 2020

Ruthie Quinto • Taking a moment to honor long-time former board member Janet Ryan. We are saddened to lean of Trustee Ryan’s passing just last week and we have her family in our hearts and minds. Trustee Ryan championed our students relentlessly and we are a better system because of her service to the district. The newest building at Hoover High School in Janet’s beloved Hoover region was appropriately named in her honor in 2016. She will be missed not only by the Fresno Unified family, but the entire Fresno community. In lieu of flowers the Ryan family has requested to consider a donation to the Fresno Unified Scholarship District Fund.

• Next, Deputy Superintendent Quinto shared that African American History Month kicks off this weekend on February 1. Among many activities, Gaston Middle School will hold their 6th Annual Black History Month program on Monday, February 3, from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. at Warnor’s Theater. Tickets for the event can be bought at Gaston Middle School or King Elementary – or at the door at the event. Tickets are just $2 for adults and $1 for students with ID. All proceeds go to support our Black Student Union to fund college and career exploration experiences. 

• Deputy Superintendent Quinto shared that our night ccrtification courses at Duncan Polytechnical High School will start in February. All classes are free and are open to all high school seniors and our community members. Medical and industrial certifications are available including OSHA 10, forklift certification, and many more. There are also opportunities to take introductory classes in welding and heavy truck repair. To learn more or join you must attend the mandatory orientation session on Thursday, February 6 at 5 p.m. in the Duncan cafeteria. 

• Next,  Deputy Superintendent Quinto asked to keep an eye out for the February issue of the district newspaper, Building Futures. The February issue has all the information you need on measure M, our district’s $325 million dollar school facilities bond measure. More than two-thirds of our schools were built before 1970, and Measure M will generate local funding to modernizations and improvements to continue providing quality learning environment for our students and teachers.

• Next, Deputy Superintendent Quinto asked to keep an eye out for the February issue of the district newspaper, Building Futures. The February issue has all the information you need on measure M, our district’s $325 million dollar school facilities bond measure. More than two-thirds of our schools were built before 1970, and Measure M will generate local funding to modernizations and improvements to continue providing quality learning environment for our students and teachers.   

• Deputy Superintendent Quinto recognized Parent University, Instructional Division and all who were involved in this year’s Southeast Asian Family Education Conference on Saturday January 18 at Fresno State. Over 500 students and over 200 parents were in attendance to participate in workshops, hear from Touger Xiong from Minnesota, and receive valuable resources. Special thanks to our partners at The Fresno Center and Fresno State for helping us pull off an incredibly successful event.

• Deputy Superintendent acknowledged that there are still four more opportunities to join our LCAP meetings. The next LCAP meeting is at Patiño on February 4, Fresno High on February 13, Roosevelt on February 19, and ending at Sunnyside on February 20.

• Lastly, Deputy Superintendent Quinto shared that last week our teams started our pilot deployment of almost 1,000 free hotspots to our high school students through a partnership with the One Million Project foundation – created by the CEO of Sprint. Here is the video of the launch.   

Full Board Meeting Recap

Employer of Choice

Sandra Toscano Recognized by Reyes Scholarship Fund

Sandra ToscanoSandra Toscano, assistant superintendent for English Learner Services, will receive the Gusmaro and Benarda Reyes 2020 Legacy Award ​at the fourth annual Reyes Scholarship Dinner on ​Saturday, March 7, 2020. ​The Gusmaro & Bernarda P. Reyes Scholarship is named after the parents of eight children who attended and graduated from Roosevelt High School and awards scholarships to incoming college freshmen based on academic strength and financial need. ​​​Dinner proceeds will benefit Roosevelt High School graduating seniors and also support mentoring and leadership workshops.
Link to flyer for ticket information​

School Buzz

Sunnyside AP Class Recognized for Diversity

female students in computer science classSunnyside High School’s AP computer science classes, taught by Angela Vincent, were recognized recently by the College Board for gender diversity in AP Computer Science Principles. Out of 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, Sunnyside is among just 639 to be recognized for this achievement with the AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award.

College Board, in awarding the honor noted: “Studying computer science can open doors for students, giving them the tools to excel, and setting them up for high-paying careers, but female students have been left behind for far too long. That’s why College Board is honoring schools for engaging more female students in their AP computer science classes and for the important steps they’re taking to reach gender parity.”

Rata High School and Rata Adult Program Fundraiser Dinner

The first Rata High School and Rata Adult Program fundraiser dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 3 at the Dante Club. Come out for an evening of fun! Tickets are $30 before January 31 and $40 after. The event will feature a silent auction, dessert auction and raffle. Questions: Tenishia Sharp, (559) 451-4585

Chem Club Visits Birney

Chemistry club membersFresno State Chemistry Club members had a fun visit with students in the deaf and hard of hearing oral classes at Birney Elementary School on January 17.

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