Your weekly recap of student success
Teacher of the Year honored at Sacramento Kings game

FCUSD's 2016 Teacher of the Year Deborah Andrus of Cordova High was honored this past weekend at the Sacramento Kings game against the Denver Nuggets on March 11. 

Andrus was honored on the court during halftime for the King's Salute to Educators Night. She even got to meet former NBA player and current Kings VP of Player Personnel & Development/GM D-League, Peja Stojakovic. 

Andrus started her teaching career with FCUSD in 2005 at Mills Middle School. She is in her third year of teaching at Cordova High School. She currently teachers Sophomore Honors English and is the Department Chair for English. Andrus also serves as an academic coach for other teachers and students, encouraging best teaching practices and bridging technology in the classroom. 

In case you are wondering the score of the game: Kings 92 and Denver 105, but what a win for FCUSD to have Andrus on our team!

Mitchell Middle student receives outstanding service award
A W.E. Mitchell Middle School student was honored at the Cordova Community Council's 18th Annual Community Volunteer Awards.

Eighth grader Anthony Lacayo received the award for his work as a youth volunteer, Counselor-In-Training (CIT) for the past three years at the school district's Family Engagement Summer Academy. After attending the academy as an elementary student, he decided to volunteer to make a difference for elementary students in the program.

Lacayo is also involved with the Police Activities League (PAL). PAL is sending him to a leadership conference in southern California in the summer, in recognition of his passion for service and his work on the Youth Leadership Council.  
FCUSD community partners honored at luncheon
Congratulations to FCUSD's Community Partners of the Year:

Corporate Partner of the Year: California Family Fitness

Faith-Based Partner of the Year: Oak Hills Community Church

Non Profit Partner of the Year: The City of Rancho Cordova

Partners of the year were honored at a luncheon on March 10.  These organizations were selected for their ongoing commitment to student achievement and outstanding contributions to schools, student learning and family engagement. 

California Family Fitness launched a pilot program at Cordova Elementary School called Youth Body Fit to promote student health and fitness. Employees volunteered with the district's Community Readers Program reading to students, and they held book drives at their gyms donating hundreds of books to students.

Oak Hills Community Church played a vital role in supporting families within our school district with their Strengthening Families Program. The program offers courses to students and their families to build strong relationships with each other and also provided meals to families that participated. 

The City of Rancho Cordova contributed to student success through the Folsom Lake College Promise Program, funded by Measure H, The Crocker Art Ark, and various literacy activities and book donations, to name a few.

Lunch was catered by students from the Cordova High School Culinary Institute. Music was provided by the Sutter Middle School orchestra and flower arrangements, were made by students in the FFA program at CHS. 

Thank you to all of the of many organizations that help contribute to the success of our students in our schools in Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

To watch the community partnership highlights video that was shown at the luncheon click here.   

VIDEO: Mascots race for Marauder Mile fundraiser
The Marauder Mile fundraiser kick off rally was held last  Friday and included five mascots and a student running in a race.

Students at W.E. Mitchell Middle School are now raising funds for their jogathon on Friday March 31.  Each student will participate in running a mile during P.E. during The Marauder Mile.

The Mitchell Middle School PTSA is asking each student to raise $100 for this fundraiser. Families of students should have received an email Friday from 99 Pledges. This email contains the link to your child's fundraising page. It can be shared with relatives and friends, whoever you'd like in order to help your student achieve their goal by sponsoring them.

Funds raised from this event will be used to purchase new sports uniforms, both visual and culinary arts programs, and a new program called WEB (Where Everyone Belongs).

The rally was hosted by Kevin Bracy of   REACH One Alliance.
To find out more about the fundraiser  click here.

To watch the video of the mascots race click here. 

Students win big at Destination Imagination Tournament
Two fifth grade teams from Theodore Judah Elementary took first place in the Region O.N.E. Destination Imagination Tournament.

The tournament took place earlier this month at Olympus Junior High in Roseville. The two teams move onto compete in the state tournament in April at McClellan Convention Center.

Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization that encourages teams to create, collaborate and problem solve STEAM challenges without adult assistance.

Students on the winning teams are: Lauren Grindstaff, Lilirose Luo, Sreya Komati, Saiharini Lakshminarayanan, Kelly Wong, Jeffery Deacon, Owen Phillips, Sonya Hong, Phong Nguyen, Erik Ma, Mischa Mal all of Theodore Judah Elementary and Noah Finkel, from Sandra J. Gallardo Elementary.
The team coaches are Theodore Judah fifth grade teacher Janice Silva, Yvonne Chen and Michael Finkel, both parent volunteers. 
FCUSD students shine at Sacramento County History Day
Hundreds of Sacramento area students competed March 4 .  at the Sacramento County History Day competition.

There are a total of 50 student champions from Cordova High, Folsom Middle, Russell Ranch Elementary, Sutter Middle, Theodore Judah Elementary and Vista Del Lago High that will move onto the state competition in May. 

To view the full list of champions click here.

In other news ...

Raise money for schools and come to FCEF's Casino Night!

Casino Night is Saturday March 18, sponsored by the 
from 6-11 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center.

Help raise money for FCUSD schools with casino games, appetizers, music, dancing, raffles, silent auction and prizes. The fundraising event will raise money for classroom grants throughout Folsom Cordova schools.

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

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 

Green Acres Nursery & Supply School Garden Contest

The Sacramento River Cats and Green Acres Nursery & Supply are holding their second annual  school garden contest. 

Schools in the region are encouraged to enter for a chance to win their own garden or other prizes. 

The first place winner will have a garden planting event with Green Acres Nursery& Supply and Cats Care volunteers  and their own veggie garden. They'll get seeds, soil, fertilizer, and quart-sized veggies and perennials. The winning school will have a Healthy Living AAA School Assembly, presented by Wear It! California, as well as classroom garden kits for future planting. 

For more information on how to enter the contest, the rules and to find out about other prizes click here. 
Board of Education Update: March 9, 2017

The FCUSD Board of Education held its regular meeting on Thursday, March 9, at 6:00 pm
Agenda items included :
  • Second interim financial report
  • TalentEd Records Update 
  • CSEA proposed contract re-openers 

The full agenda can be found  here.

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