Your weekly recap of student success
Rancho Cordova Elementary students get big surprise
Last week all students at Rancho Cordova Elementary  were treated to a big surprise thanks to the Kids In Need Foundation Round Table Pizza and CBS Sacramento and Good Day Sacramento: Free backpacks and school supplies!

Students from grades TK to fifth piled into the school's multipurpose room for an assembly, but had no idea what it was about.

School Principal Larry Mahoney took the stage to introduce the Executive Director of Kids In Need Foundation, Dave Smith and Round Table Pizza's Kelly Foss who unveiled the surprise to students.

Foss asked students to help with a spirited countdown for the big surprise. When the stage curtain opened, 450 backpacks filled with school supplies were unveiled.

Fourth and fifth graders lined up to select a backpack of their choice from the stage and the rest were later delivered to classrooms for students in the remaining grades, Mahoney said.

Kids In Need Foundation's mission is to ensure that children have the school supplies they need to learn.

With the help of sponsor Round Table Pizza,  it made it possible for students who may not have the capability to buy new school supplies to have tools Needed to succeed in school.
Good Day Sacramento  and CBS Sacramento Anchor/Reporter Cody Stark did live shots on their morning show covering the school supplies donation. 

To watch the video click here: Cordova Elementary Backpack Surprise!

FHS Bulldogs alum is a Super Bowl champion

Folsom High School Bulldogs alum Jordan Richards now has a Super Bowl ring.

Richards, #37 plays defensive back for the New England Patriots. The New England Patriots had an amazing comeback from behind beating the Atlanta Falcons 34 to 28, at the Super Bowl this past Sunday.

Richards was on the FHS Bulldogs football team when they won the CA State Championship, in 2010. He was the captain of the team his senior year at FHS. Richards graduated from Folsom High School in 2011.

He received a scholarship at Stanford University, where he played football from 2011 to 2014.  Richards was the team captain his senior year at Stanford and graduated with a degree in Public Policy.
24-year-old Richards was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (64 th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Go #37! Your Folsom Cordova family is proud of you!

BUDGET UPDATE: Cautious state budget projected FCUSD deficit
Last month Gov. Jerry Brown - cautious about declining state revenues and long-term economic uncertainty - unveiled his proposed 2017-18 spending plan for education . The projections are not rosy: Brown proposed lowering funding for schools by $500 million next year and is not offering much more than a minimum cost-of-living increase required by law.
What's also not included in the governor's budget: Any new funding to cover rising employer retirement costs.
So what does all of this mean for Folsom Cordova's budget moving forward?
The District is anticipating a $3.8 million deficit in the next fiscal year beginning July 1, and a $1.3 million deficit the following year, in 2018-19. Rising retirement costs are a driving factor, as are scheduled increases in employee pay. Because the governor is proposing lowering projected payments to schools in the short-term, school districts face a funding gap in at least the next two years.
The most recent budget projections were presented the Folsom Cordova Education Association on Feb. 7. Click here to see the District's presentation.

Folsom Cordova will work collaboratively with its employee organizations, including the Folsom Cordova Education Association and the California School Employees Association, to identify sustainable solutions. The governor will propose a revised state budget in May, and the school District will take a final budget proposal to the Board of Education before June 30.

Student slogans displayed on school marquee
Eighth graders' creative school slogans are now displayed on Sutter Middle School's marquee in front of the school, a result of an inspiring class lesson.

English Teacher Nancy Lee thought having her students come up with slogans for the school would be a fun way to start their argumentative writing unit.

"Kids need to learn the power of words and word choice is important," she said.

Students in each of her class periods came up with slogans for the school.

Their targeted audience was parents and there were reoccurring themes students wanted to convey in all of the slogans including: education, community and safety, Lee said.

The teacher liked the slogans her students came up with so much she decided to share them with Principal Keri Phillips.

There were five slogans total and Phillips selected two to display on the marquee in front of the school.

Click here to watch the story:  Sutter Middle School Student Slogans

Editor's Note: These are all five of the student slogans that resulted from the class lesson.
Thrive together, learn forever!

Smarter, safer, Sutter

With great teachers and a safe campus too, try Sutter Middle, it will be right for you!

We're safe, we're smart, we're Sutter

Acceptance and education, a safe place for all

2nd Annual Page Turner event supports student literacy

Dozens of community members came out Feb. 6. to support the 2  nd Annual FCUSD Page Turner event at the Folsom, Barnes & Noble.
The annual event highlights a celebrity author while supporting student literacy within the district.
New York Times Bestselling Author John Lescroart discussed how he became a writer, gave insight on the publishing industry and signed copies of his latest book Fatal for attendees.
Barnes & Noble donated a portion of sales that evening toward FCUSD's Community Readers Program, which helps provide students who don't have access to books at home or reading tutors to have those resources available.

Aerojet Rocketdyne offering STEM field scholarship

Aerojet Rocketdyne is offering a $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior to study at a four year or two-year college.

The 2017 Aerojet Rocketdyne Scholarship will be awarded to a student that plans on pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) as part of the company's commitment to education.

All graduating high school seniors who meet the following requirements are eligible:
  • Intends to pursue post-secondary study in a STEM field
  • Attained a 3.0 grade point accumulation or higher, including seven semesters while in high school
  • Completed a minimum of two years of high school mathematics
  • Completed a minimum of two years of laboratory sciences
  • Involved in school and community activities
  • May have an economic need (based on a completed FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Recommended by a high school counselor or teacher
The Scholarship recipient will be awarded to a graduating senior based on academic ability and/or economic need.  Applications will be reviewed by your school's Scholarship Committee, who will make the final selection.
For more information, see your high school counselor.

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 Baccalaureate programmes:
The next Information Night will be held March 7, 2017 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Cordova High School Library. 


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!


Board of Education Update: Feb. 2, 2017 

The FCUSD Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 2 
Agenda items included:
  • Elementary STEM Update 
  • Approve New and Revised High School Course Outline
  • Career Technical Education Offerings 
  • Adopt Revisions to  High School Graduation Requirements and Administrative Regulation for Independent Study
  • Appointment of Teresa Stanley to the Measure G Citizens Oversight Committee and re-appointment of many other 
Special Presentation:
  • College/Career Clerks 
The full agenda can be found  here.

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