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Compassion is theme for student art work, live performances featured at Friday summit

Student visual, performance, and digital arts work featuring the theme of compassion will be highlighted at the 3rd Annual Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Showcase Summit of student art and videos at the on Friday, April 28 at the Serna Center Community Rooms. City of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is the special guest speaker and Council Member Rick Jennings and Sue Keister of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) will emcee the event.

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Jorge Aguilar selected as finalist in Sacramento City Unified School District superintendent search

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2017
CONTACT: Alex Barrios (916) 752-3705

SACRAMENTO, CA – In its search for a new Superintendent, the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education has selected Mr. Jorge Aguilar as its finalist. Mr. Aguilar currently serves as the Associate Superintendent for Equity and Access at Fresno Unified School District and is recognized as a state and national education leader.

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State schools chief honors city schools’ leadership in protecting undocumented students
Torlakson recognizing Sacramento City Unified during town hall at Oak Ridge Elementary School cafeteria Wednesday at 9:45 a.m.

SACRAMENTO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will recognize the Sacramento City Unified School District’s pioneering Safe Haven campaign during a town hall at Oak Ridge Elementary School on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.

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Sacramento City Unified School Board completes public process for superintendent search, prepares to interview candidates
Hundreds of parents, students, staff and members of the public representing broad and diverse segments of the community provided their input on the qualities they desire in a new superintendent. Input was collected through an online survey and at town hal

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento City Unified School District’s (SCUSD) Board of Education has completed its schedule of town hall meetings and finalized results of its online survey that sought community input on the desired qualities in a new superintendent. Eight meetings were held at schools and locations throughout the district with participation from over 372 attendees that represented a broad and diverse group of parents, students, staff and community members. Comments from each town hall are posted on the district website.

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Sacramento City Unified School District leaders will stand in solidarity with other safe haven districts and sanctuary city officials at ICE Director town hall to show its support for policies that protect the rights of undocumented immigrants.

The SCUSD will join other region leaders to send a strong message to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials that it will continue to stand up for the rights of immigrant students and parents.

WHO:                  Sacramento City Unified School District Board Members Jessie Ryan and Mai Vang, school district officials, other regional leaders

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Leonardo da Vinci K-8 celebrates seasonal, healthy eating at special Spring Feast

SACRAMENTO—Leonardo da Vinci students will enjoy a spring feast on Tuesday, March 28 at 12:15 p.m. to underscore the message that healthier food choices can be tasty and important to a positive lifestyle. Seasonal, farm-to-fork eating also contributes to sound nutritional choices. A 2010 UCLA study about obesity among children and its impact, reported that “Nationally, medical costs alone for obesity reach $147 billion each year.

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SCUSD holds final town hall tonight to gather community input before hiring new superintendent
Town hall is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at American Legion High School. Online survey deadline to add comments about superintendent search is March 17.

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento City Unified School District is concluding tonight a series of seven town halls to seek community input on what qualities the Board of Education should consider in hiring a new superintendent. In addition, the district is using its website to conduct an online survey and is posting comments from the town halls on its website.

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SCUSD holds two more opportunities this week for community to offer input into hiring of new superintendent
Will C. Wood Middle School hosts town hall tonight; Luther Burbank to host Thursday town hall. Both town halls are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento City Unified School District is engaged in a series of seven town halls to seek community input on what qualities the Board of Education should consider in hiring a new superintendent. In addition, the district is using its website to conduct an online survey and is posting comments from the town halls on its website. The fifth town hall will be held at Will C. Wood Middle School tonight – Wednesday, March 8. A sixth town hall will be held Thursday, March 9. Both meetings are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Sacramento City schools launch ‘Safe Haven’ campaign to protect undocumented students

Community leaders pledge support for the district’s efforts to inform every student and their families of the legal rights of the undocumented by distributing tens of thousands of ‘know your rights’ fliers at all schools, coordinating with community organizations to provide legal resources in classrooms, and covering all campuses with banners and lawn signs promoting inclusion and welcoming all students.

SACRAMENTO, CA—The Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) today announced the launch of a campaign to protect its undocumented students and staff amid

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Sacramento Schools Celebrate Read Across America Day

SACRAMENTO—Sacramento City Unified Schools are joining Read Across America celebrations across the country. Fans of beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, will celebrate his 113th birthday on Thursday, March 2, 2017. His books and influence on young readers far and wide is recognized each year by The National Education Association (NEA). To celebrate reading and honor Dr. Seuss, the NEA established Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss’ birthday as an annual nationwide celebration of reading.

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SCUSD seeks community input at next Superintendent Search Town Hall Meeting at John F. Kennedy High School
John F. Kennedy High School hosts 3rd town hall on Wednesday, March 1

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento City Unified School District is engaged in a series of seven town halls to seek community input on what qualities the Board of Education should consider in hiring a new superintendent. In addition, the district is using its website to conduct an online survey and is posting comments from the town halls on its website. The third town hall will be held at John F. Kennedy High School from 6 to 8 p.m.

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SCUSD seeks community input at next Superintendent Search Town Hall Meeting at Hiram Johnson High School
Hiram Johnson High School to host 2nd town hall on Monday, Feb. 27

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento City Unified School District is engaged in a series of seven town halls to seek community input on what qualities the Board of Education should consider in hiring a new superintendent. In addition, the district is using its website to conduct an online survey and is posting comments from the town halls on its website. The second town hall will be held at Hiram Johnson High School on Monday, Feb. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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SCUSD seeks community input on name change for Kit Carson Middle School

Jan. 25, 2017 (Sacramento):  Decades-old Kit Carson Middle School is looking for a name to match its students as the campus evolves into a high school.

Kit Carson Vice Principal Rich Haley who serves on the committee charged with bringing recommendations to the Sacramento City Unified School District said the group has begun gathering input from the community. “We want to know what the community wants – whether we should adopt a totally new name or only tweak the name by dropping the middle school designation,” Haley said.

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Sacramento city superintendent announces he will leave in June
José L. Banda will not seek contract renewal

Jan. 20, 2017 (Sacramento): With his contract expiring in June, Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent José Banda will formally announce at an 8:30 a.m. Friday press availability that he will not seek renewal of his three-year agreement with the city schools.

WHO:  Superintendent José Banda and Board of Education President Jay Hansen

WHAT: Formal announcement of Superintendent Banda’s departure in June

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20 at 8:30 a.m.

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Students return from Winter Break on Monday: SCUSD will be ready

January 6, 2016 (Sacramento): Winter Break is drawing to a close. Sacramento City Unified School District’s principals, teachers and staff are preparing now to ensure that all campuses are open, warm and welcoming on Monday (January 9) when students return to their classrooms.

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SCUSD’s Board votes to support ‘safe haven’ schools

Sacramento City Unified School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to designate SCUSD schools as “safe havens” that protect students regardless of immigration status.

“Students cannot learn in an environment of fear,” said Board Vice President Jessie Ryan. “Last night, by unanimously passing the Safe Haven School District resolution, our district made a strong statement that we hear our community’s fears and will do everything in our power to protect all students irrespective of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual preference or immigration status.”

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Superintendent Banda’s statement on Measure G
Parcel tax would have generated $6 million-$7 million annually for SCUSD schools

November 17, 2016 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent José L. Banda today thanked supporters of Measure G and expressed disappointment over the initiative’s narrow defeat at the polls.

Measure G was supported by 65 percent of Sacramento voters – just short of the two-thirds needed for passage. Although more voters cast ballots in favor of Measure G than Proposition 55 – a statewide tax measure – Measure G failed to reach the supermajority required by law.