Your weekly recap of student success
Schools celebrate Read Across America
The National Education Association's Read Across America Day, is celebrated every year on March 2nd, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.

Many FCUSD schools held Dr. Seuss theme days Read Across America week to support student literacy. 

Our district cameras made it out to "Wacky Wednesday," at Folsom Hills Elementary. Students, teachers, administrators and staff dressed in their wackiest outfits while engaging in various literacy activities throughout the day. Watch the Wacky Wednesday video here. 

At Cordova Meadows Elementary we captured images of students grades Pre-K to 2nd receiving a free book from the City of Rancho Cordova. Students were excited to read their new book they each received. Watch the video of the books being donated at Cordova Meadows.

2,500 books total were donated by the City of Rancho Cordova to 10 of our FCUSD elementary schools in the city limit. 
Intel volunteers teach Gold Ridge students about electricity
As part of National Engineer's week Intel volunteers ran a STEM event for fourth graders at Gold Ridge Elementary to learn fun ways to generate electricity. 

Intel volunteers set up nine stations with Makey Makey kits for students to learn about generating electricity.

At stations students played Scratch Pacman, played a piano with fruit, and at the conductive station they made a cat meow on a computer through passing electricity. 

Students learned that conductors pass an electricity charge and insulators don't, figuring out which items were conductors and which were insulators was part of the learning process. 

Watch the fun video here. You'll hear from a mom Smitha Shivaprasad, who is a graphics engineer at Intel, her daughter Spandhana attends Gold Ridge Elementary.  Both mom and daughter were glad Intel volunteers came to the school to help students learn about engineering. 

Folsom High Teacher wins 2017 Educator's Award

Folsom High School Computer Science Teacher Jean Cavanaugh won the 2017 Educator's Award, for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

Cavanaugh is in her 21st year of teaching at Folsom High School and is credited with mentoring students to pursue STEM related fields in education, as well as other teachers in the computer science field.

To read about Cavanaugh's award and bio  click here.

Her student Medha Aiyah, a junior at Folsom High School has a passion for the STEM field. She received an honorable mention in the student competition. Click here to read about Medha. 

Superintendent honored with women's leadership award
The Association of California School Administrators announced winners of the 2017 Woman Leaders awards. 

Folsom Cordova Unified School District Superintendent Debbie Bettencourt was one of three local educational leaders to receive the award. 

Bettencourt will receive her award at the Spring Women's Leadership Network Conference in April.

The ACSA is the largest umbrella organization of school leaders in the United States. 
Community Pride Scholarship available for HS seniors
High school seniors that are Rancho Cordova residents have the opportunity to apply for a college scholarship.

 Applications are now being accepted for the City of Rancho Cordova's 2017 Community Pride Scholarship. The $500 Scholarship is available to Rancho Cordova residents graduating from high school during the 2016-2017 academic year who demonstrate pride in their community and ambition to succeed.
Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit a 700-word essay, two letters of recommendation, and an application by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.

To find out more about how students can apply for the scholarship click here

Folsom Cordova PTA Council holds Reflections Awards
Folsom Cordova's PTA Council held their Reflections Awards ceremony on Feb. 22. 

The PTA Council received 44 entries from five schools this year: Cordova Gardens Elementary, Riverview STEM Academy, Sandra J. Gallardo Elementary, Sutter Middle School and Folsom High School. 

Of the 44 entries received, 41 advanced to the next level which is the Third District PTA, where the FCUSD entries will compete against other school district entries from eight counties.

At the California State PTA level, four FCUSD PTA entries were awarded 2nd place: Susan Ke, FHS in visual arts; Mythill Karra, FHS in music composition; Hannah Castro,Gallardo in dance composition; Ashtyn Cain, Gallardo in literature.  

The Reflections Art program is an annual National PTA program open to all students attending school with a PTA or PTSA in good standing. Each year students can submit their interpretation of the theme for the year. This year's theme was " What is your story?"
Categories include visual arts, photography, dance choreography, film production, literature and music composition. 
Vista del Lago High shines at Sacramento Co. History Day
Hundreds of Sacramento area students competed March 4 .  at the Sacramento County History Day competition.

Among them were 71 of Vista's best historians who swept in two of the four categories. Thirty-three Vista students and their projects qualified to move on to the California State History Day competition being held May 6 .

Nellie Bly: Revolutionary for All: Zainab Abadin, Gillian Werolin  
Muhammad Yunus: Camille Dominique Delizo, Rohil Verma, Afrah Eusuff, Stuti Rana
Linus Pauling: The Universal Pacifist: Param Shah, Srikar Arani, Raj Ajudia, Varun Mittal
The United Nations: Taking a Stand for Individual Rights:  Chinmayi Balusu  

Victor DeNoble: The First Whistleblower Against the Tobacco Industry: Suditi Bhatt, Isha Saldhi, Akshara
Legala, Nishita Bagaria
Barbara Kruger: Truth to Power:  Anna Lee, Mina Basmac

John Brown: A Voice for the Voiceless: Evelyn Huey, Payton Lagomarsino, Ashley Cooray, Sara Cheng
Luis Munoz Marin: A Bittersweet Legacy:  Amish Jain, Shreya Acharya, Puja Madgula
Women Refusing to Stand Up: Lindsey Sampson, Julia Mason, Emily Hartman

Thurgood Marshall: Establishing the Legal Basis for Civil Rights: Jacob Rodkiewicz, Eric
Obenaus, Patrick Snyder, Nolan Hawkins
Power to the People: Meghna Islam, Gehena Girish  

In other news ...

Raise money for schools! FCEF Casino Night in March

Help raise money for FCUSD schools with casino games, appetizers, music, dancing, raffles, silent auction and GREAT prizes during the Casino Night sponsored by the Folsom Cordova Education Foundation on Saturday, March 18, 6-11 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center.

The Folsom Cordova Education Foundation  believes student success requires a collaborative effort from families, communities, and educators working together.    

The fundraising event will raise money for classroom grants throughout Folsom Cordova schools.
Tickets are $30, and participants must be 21 or older to attend.

To purchase tickets go to:
To learn more about the foundation and/or to see the event flyer click here!

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: March 9, 2017

The FCUSD Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, March 9, at 6:00 pm
Agenda items will include :
  • Approve Budget Revisions: General Fund and Other Funds


The full agenda can be found  here.

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