Your weekly recap of student success
Theodore Judah students inspire by sharing dreams
Have you ever wondered what a child's view of the world is and what their dreams are?

Teachers and school administration collaborated at Theodore Judah Elementary School to engage students in lessons about history and civil rights by coming up with an, "I Have a Dream" lesson plan.

Principal Canen Peterson said the idea was to have all students learn about civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and write their own speeches about their dreams to not only share within the school, but in a video blog within the community.

Each lesson was taught differently depending on the grade, but all students K-5 wrote their own speeches. A common theme in all grade levels was of kindness, peace and equality, said Peterson.

"We felt that fostering students to have dreams and think outside the box, pay it forward, to be nice to mankind is important," he said. 

Click here to watch the student's video blog.

See how music education benefits FCUSD students
Hear from students about why it is beneficial for students to continue their music education from elementary school, to middle school and to high school.

Choir, band, orchestra, marching bands, we've got it!

VIDEO: Watch this music promo video created by FCUSD communication interns, Jason Novick and Reijer Den Dulk! 
Natoma Station Elementary: It is easy to give compliments
Natoma Station Elementary Student Council spearheaded Friendship Week activities during the week of February 13-17.
The district's communication office joined them on, "Give a Compliment Day."
Students from the council gave examples of how to give compliments over the school's PA system.
Here is an inside look of how the announcements went.  Click here to watch if you didn't already catch it on Facebook.  
VFW District 17 Honors Mills Middle School Student

Mills Middle School seventh grader, Lia Williams was honored at two different awards ceremonies by The Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of California-District 17 and The Ladies Auxiliary on February 11, 2017.
Williams won District 17's Patriot Pen Essay Writing Contest.  The theme of the competition this year was "The America I Believe In." The contest was open to all middle school students across the country.
After winning the district level of the competition, William's essay advanced to the state final.
The Department of California- VFW District 17 is comprised of four counties in Northern California:  Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, and Sierra. Williams won first place and earned the right to represent the four counties in the region. Williams, along with four other Mills students swept the five major awards of the first round of the competition (city level).    
The other winners included Samantha Flores (2nd place), Gwen Estrada (3rd place), Marvez Carroll (4th place), and Marina Zayarchenko (5th place). Students were trained by English teacher, Joel Francisco. 
Folsom High School wins big at theatre festival
27 actors and technical theatre students from Folsom High School competed earlier this month at The Lenaea High School Theatre Festival. 

Folsom High made a strong showing in every category. Their one act play, "The Devil in Sherman Marsh," played on stage to a large crowd and received positive feedback from the audience.

Folsom High's Emma Harvey and Erin Bell, both made it into the semi-final round in Technical Design. Overall Folsom High brought home a total of 9 medals in 7 categories. 

Musical Theatre:
Gold- Elizabeth Malekos
Silver- Caiden Falco
Respondent's Choice- Pete Empleo  

Duo Scenes:
Silver- Megan Gai and Megan Rehard Bronze- Caiden Falco and Hannah Vaccaro

Monologues: Bronze: Amalia Birch  

Individual Acting in a  One Act Play: Ashley Mecham 
Sutter Middle to shave heads to fight childhood cancer

Sutter Middle School needs your support for their upcoming "Brave the Shave" event, where students and staff literally shave their heads to help fund research to fight childhood cancer.

Last year Sutter Middle School raised nearly $10,000 and if the school doubles that amount this year, Principal Keri Phillips will shave her head too.

The event is being held on campus on March 17.

To donate and help Sutter Middle School reach their goal of $20,000 to fight childhood cancer click here

To watch video of Sutter Middle School's, "Brave the Shave" last year click here

White Rock Elementary students become authors
White Rock Elementary students  debuted a book called, "Haunted Ink and Love" earlier this month that features poetry and prose.

Students grades 3-5 took a series of creative writing classes with the non-profit 916 INK. This was a result of a grant from the city of Rancho Cordova's Community Enhancement Fund.

The work of students was published in the book by 916 INK.

Click here to watch and hear some of the students read their book.
In other news ...

Families Invited to next IB Programme Info Night March 7

You're invited to plan ahead for your child's future success!
Folsom Cordova invites families of students of any grade level to attend the IB Program Info Nights. Join us to learn about IB educational, instructional and grading philosophy. 
FCUSD has two International Baccalau
reate programmes:
The next Information Night will be held March 7, 2017 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Cordova High School Library. 

Salute to Educators Night: Support our Teacher of the Year at the Kings game

There will be a group night at the Sacramento
Kings game on Saturday,  March 11, 2017.

The game starts at 
7:30 p.m. against the Denver Nuggets.

Come and celebrate Cordova High School
Teacher, Deborah Andrus. She was named
FCUSD's Teacher of the Year for 2017.

$36 for select upper-level seats at the new Golden 1 Center. To purchase tickets online, click here Use promo code: SCOE .

Should you need 8 or more seats together, contact:  Stephen Caselli at or 916-840-5769. 


Board of Education Update: Feb.16, 2017 

The FCUSD Board of Education held its regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:00 pm
Agenda items included:
  • Approve revisions to Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities
  • Charter School Oversight
  • LCAP updates
  • Reuse of Granite Center
  • Approve revisions to Student Conduct Code
Special Presentation:
  • California Healthy Kids Survey Summary  
The full agenda can be found  here.

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