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March 2, 2020

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Student holding book
King Elementary School students have fun at book giveaway.

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Excellence in Education Winner Rebecca Wheeler

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March 4 5:30 p.m.
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Health Center at Addams will Celebrate Opening

Fresno Unified and Clinica Sierra Vista will celebrate the official opening of its newest school-based health and wellness center at Addams Elementary School on March 23 at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend and tour the facility.  RSVPs can be directed​ to Clinica Sierra Vista at (661) 599-1854.
Invitation to Addams Health Center Opening

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.

Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds Video

The latest edition of 60 Seconds with Fresno Unified features Holland Elementary School’s kindness initiative, books donated at King Elementary School, and the donation of a student’s portrait of Poverello House founder Mike McGarvin to the Poverello House.
Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds Video

Superintendent Board Remarks from February 26, 2020

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

• Highlighting the work of teachers who have been working as participants in our National Board Certification Program through our Teacher Development Department. National Board is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides many benefits to our teachers, schools, and most importantly, our students. A total of 30 teachers are now certificated through our cohorts.

• Next, Superintendent recognized the Region 9 ACSA Awards dinner recipients, who were recognized Monday night at a special event. Administrators who were recognized are Amy Smith, Bruce Thele, Carson Wood, Maiyer Vang, Julie Severns and Deanna Mathies.

• Superintendent shared that our Health and Wellness Center at Addams Elementary School will be celebrating its grand opening on March 23, at 9 a.m. The center is possible through a partnership with Clinica Sierra Vista.

• Next, Superintendent Nelson reminded everyone that we have less than a week left until election day, March 3, where voters have several important local decisions to make including the district’s school facilities bond, Measure M. More than two-thirds of our schools were built in 1970, and Measure M will generate local funding to provide modernizations and improvements to continue providing a quality learning environment for our students and teachers. For more information you can find the Measure M fact sheet and project list on the district’s website home page.

• Superintendent Nelson stated that the Climate and Culture Survey must be completed by this Friday, February 28. The parent survey is an opportunity for you to tell us about your experience with your child’s school. Your opinions are important to us and will allow us to better support your children and will help us inform our district’s new vision, mission and goals.  

• Superintendent shared that all applications for the Fresno Unified Scholarship Fund are due this Friday. All seniors are encouraged to apply. Students can apply online or can talk to their high school counselor for more information. 

• Superintendent ended his remarks thanking Boeing for selecting our district to provide our students with an awesome opportunity through our CTE department at Sequoia Middle School where students can experience and learn the basic of being a pilot with flight simulator. Here is a video where you can see how future pilots prepare to take the sky.

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School Buzz

Student Portrait of Pov House Founder Presented

Marc Patterson presents portrait of Mike McGarvin to Zack Darrah Marc Patterson, an art teacher at McLane High School currently on special assignment, presented a portrait of Poverello House founder Mike McGarvin to Poverello House chief executive officer Zack Darrah on February 25. The portrait was created in 2014 by former McLane ArtVenture Academy student J.P. Green as part of a Famous Fresnans series that was exhibited in various public spaces.

Balderas Elementary Celebrates Black History Month

Students play musical instruments In honor of Black History Month, Balderas Elementary School hosted a special celebration on February 20 for families and the community featuring student dance groups, food and guest speaker Kirk Haynes, chief probation officer for Fresno County. Haynes spoke on “Keep Moving Forward.” The focus of the event was educating the community about the African American culture.
Balderas Black History Month Celebration Video

Organization Donates Book to Every King Student

Students browsing for books Every King Elementary School student received a book on February 25 from the Fresno Assistance League in celebration of  founder Anne Banning’s birthday. The Fresno chapter donated about 675 books. The Assistance League has also introduced a human kindness program for the rest of the school year to encourage students to perform acts of kindness every day.

Bullard Teacher Buys Glasses for Student to Correct Color Blindness

Aaron's family with teachers and studentsIt was a special day for Bullard High School student Aaron (Riber) Bustinza. After learning that Aaron was color blind, visual art teacher Nicole Vargas purchased specialized glasses to correct Aaron’s color blindness. The student was surprised with the glasses in Bullard’s quad on February 24 in a special reveal where Aaron saw color for the first time. Students, staff and Aaron’s family were gathered.
Video of Aaron Receiving Color Blindness Correction Glasses

Tenaya Takes Third at National Cheer Competition

Tenaya cheerleaders The Tenaya Competition Cheer Team took third place in the Junior High Small Showcase Cheer Novice division at the USA Nationals Cheer Competition in Anaheim February 16. This was the first time the team was eligible for the national competition, qualifying in November at a Clovis North High School competition. At nationals, the team competed against 12 teams.

“This was a huge accomplishment and we are so thankful for all their hard work and dedication!  A huge thank you to all the parents who made the trip to support our girls and thank you to all the girls and coaches for all their hard work,” said Tenaya principal Armen Torigian.

Kings Canyon Celebrates Black History Month

African-American student in front of a black history poster Kings Canyon Middle School Black Student Union members recognized Black History Month by decorating the campus, attending an African American Leadership Conference and performing a stomp.

Holland Students Practice Kindness

Holland student in front of Kindness poster Throughout February, Holland Elementary School students posed for pictures in front of a backdrop that encouraged them to "Be the I in KIND." Also in February, students performed original skits to demonstrate kindness. These special activities are part of a year-long campaign, spearheaded by student leadership, to encourage all students to engage in and exemplify kindness.

Duncan's Nursing Services Students Take the Lead

Nursing students group photo A record breaking eight seniors from the Duncan Polytechnical High School Nursing Services program have been informed they were admitted into the Future Nurses Program at Fresno City College. Duncan’s Nursing Services is a career technical education pathway in the Medical Academy of Science and Health (MASH). Two additional students were selected as alternates. This is more than double the number of students admitted in years past.

The Fresno City Allied Health Counseling team complimented Duncan on how well the MASH Academy has prepared students for entering the workforce and college.

Hoover Football Team will hold Mattress Fundraiser

The Hoover High School football team will hold a mattress sale fundraiser in the Event Center on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through a fundraising company, 27 mattress styles will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Hoover football team.
Hoover Mattress Fundraiser Flyer

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