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March 9, 2020

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Bob Nelson reading to students
Superintendent Bob Nelson was among guest readers for Read Across America at McCardle Elementary School February 28.

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Excellence in Education Winner Christine Felder

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March 18 (see website for time)z
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Community Approves Measure M

The community passed Fresno Unified's Measure M on the March 3 ballot, a $325 million school facilities bond. The bond will provide locally controlled funding for Fresno Unified schools for repairs and improvements to continue providing a quality learning environment to help prepare students for college and careers.

​Funding will be used to modernize and maintain district schools, two-thirds of which were built before 1970. Superintendent Bob Nelson and members of the board of education held a news conference March 4 to discuss passage of Measure M and thank the community for its support.
Measure M Video

Duncan Students Learn through Mock Interviews

Ninth and 10th grade students from Duncan Polytechnical High School participated in the campus' annual Portfolio Day on March 5. Students took part in mock interviews with more than 80 community volunteers, sharing their digital portfolios that showcased their academic and CTE work. They had the opportunity to highlight the "soft skills" they have learned, including communication, problem-solving, and collaboration. The community partners provided the students with feedback on their work and interviewing skills.

​Duncan is unique in that it provides students with four years of interviewing and professional skills development, including preparing a resume, applying for a job and organizing a portfolio to present to a prospective employer. Portfolio Day is a centerpiece of the school's efforts to prepare college and career ready graduate.

District Hosts Choral Festival

students singingFresno Unified hosted a districtwide choral festival on March 5 at the Audra McDonald Theater at Roosevelt High School, featuring eight middle school groups in the morning and eight high school groups in the afternoon. After each choir performs, Fresno State music professor Anna Hamre provided valuable feedback.

This annual festival offers an opportunity for middle and high school choirs in the district to hear each other perform and directors to collaborate. Schools participating were Ahwahnee, Baird, Computech, Cooper Academy, Gaston, Scandinavian, Tenaya and Tioga middle schools and Edison, Fresno, Hoover, McLane, Roosevelt and Sunnyside high schools.

​At the end of the festival (approximately 3:15 p.m.) an "open mic" session gave groups another opportunity to perform for each other.

Eighth Annual Dual Language Immersion Parent Conference

students in dual language immersion classes​The eighth annual Dual Language Immersion Parent Conference was held on February 29 at Rowell Elementary. This year's theme was "Creciendo con Dos Idiomas/Growing in Two Languages." Dual language immersion (DLI) families from all district DLI programs participated in parent workshops to learn more about the DLI program goals and pathways for children.

Middle School Baseball Teams Play at the Chuk

Students playing baseball at Chukchansi ParkThe district hosted the second annual MS Baseball Exhibition at Chukchansi Park on February 29. The exhibition gave eight middle schools the opportunity to play baseball on a professional field. It was a fantastic experience for players, coaches and spectators.
Photos of Middle Schools Teams that Played at Chukchansi Park

Fresno Teacher Residency Program

Have you ever thought about obtaining a teaching credential? Join the Fresno Teacher Residency Program!

​What is the Fresno Teacher Residency Program? The Fresno Teacher Residency Program partners with local universities to improve student achievement in K–12 education. Fresno Teacher ​Residency is an innovative, cutting edge teacher preparation program coupled with outstanding professional support​.

​Program Design:
• Receive a teaching credential
• Master's degree offered through select partnerships
• Apprenticeship in a classroom with a mentor teacher
• Early and continuous clinical field experiences
• Comprehensive professional learning opportunities
• Focus on state standards, professional learning communities, and assessment for learning
• Culture of collaboration and reflective learning
• Fresno Unified employment upon successful completion

​Apply at
For more information email

Health Center at Addams will Celebrate Opening

Addams Clinica Sierra Vista logo 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 Yokomi Elementary School's garden club, the districtwide choral festival and Read Across America.
Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds Video

Superintendent Board Remarks from March 4, 2020

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

• Highlighting the community's positive response to Measure M and thanking the Fresno Unified School District trustees for their commitment to providing the best facilities to our students. Thank you to the community partners who helped us get the word out and to our Fresno residents, thanks for trusting your kids to us and for voting to help improve our facilities.

• Next, Superintendent recognized Bullard High School boys basketball team for making it to the division championship. Hoover High School is moving to the next round after its win on Tuesday night.

• Superintendent shared that regarding the coronavirus, or COVID-19, Health Services Department and other key departments are in constant contact with the Fresno County Department of Health as both local and state health professionals continue to monitor this new virus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, is also providing updates. We sent a letter to parents and our community on February 11 regarding our response and monitoring. That letter is available on our website's home page and on PeachJar. The health risk to the general public in California from COVID-19 continues to remain low. Cases involving children are limited, but there are precautions to prevent the spread of any infectious illness, like a cold or the flu. You can do your part to reduce the spread of germs by remembering these key everyday precautions:

• If you are sick, stay home

• Avoid close contact with those who are already sick

• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm

• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If you don't have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer with alcohol content of 60% or more is a great alternative

• Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth
In addition, our custodians are cleaning classrooms and common areas each day as part of their everyday cleaning routine, which is another layer in reducing the spread of several viruses, including COVID-19. Please monitor PeachJar for updates.

• Next, Superintendent Nelson reminded everyone to keep an eye out for the 2020 Census arriving at homes mid-March. Participation in the 2020 Census is incredibly important and this year you can complete your census by mail, phone or online. Billions of dollars in federal funding goes to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and housing based upon census count. A correct count will help ensure our students, families, and community are represented accurately. Census Day is on April 1.

• Superintendent ended his remarks highlighting the creative approach from J.E. Young students to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. Their art will be displayed in May at ArtHop. On Thursday night, M Street Arts Complex will be sharing McLane region's "Sheroes" art exhibit at ArtHop from 5-8 p.m. Art will highlight nine historical women, art, ceramics, live performances and even a fashion  show  featuring  some of our students from Ericson, Norseman, and McLane. Here is a video showing students from J.E. Young working on their projects.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

School Buzz

Fresno High Hosts Local Elected Officials for Panel Discussion

Officials sitting on panelFresno High School hosted local elected officials for a town hall-style panel discussion on March 3 in Royce Hall. The discussion was live streamed to Ahwahnee, Gaston, Terronez and Wawona middle schools and Bullard, DeWolf, Duncan, Edison and Roosevelt high schools to allow those students to also participate. The panel included Kingsburg City Council Member Jewel Hurtado, state Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula and Fresno Unified board member Carol Mills. Fresno High students attended and submitted questions to the panel.

​At the conclusion of the panel, participants and students browsed a Democracy Resource Fair in Warrior Park where local organizations such as Mi Familia Vota and the League of Women Voters were on hand to share resources and opportunities for students to civically engage in their communities. The event officially launched Fresno High's 2020 service-learning theme, Champions of Democracy. Throughout the year, Fresno High will host several events to help students engage in service learning and civic action connected to the core values of democracy.
Video of Champions of Democracy at Fresno High

Former NFL Player Named Coach at Edison

Corey HallCory Hall, who played six seasons in the NFL and has a wealth of coaching experience, has been named head football coach for Edison High School. He will begin coaching immediately. Cory' s collegiate coaching includes serving as Oregon State's interim head coach. As the head coach at Clovis North High School, his teams won two Central Section championships in Division I and II. Hall was born in Bakersfield and played for Fresno State from 1995-98.

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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