April 29, 2016

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2016 WUSD Employee Appreciation Night

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the Washington Unified School District hosted its annual Employee of the Year Appreciation Night at Raley Field. We were overjoyed to see so many of our students, parents, employees and community members come out to support the District and celebrate this year's Employees of the YearWe also want to give a very special shout out to some of our youngest musicians from the Bridgeway Island Elementary and Stonegate Elementary Band for performing the National Anthem to kick off the game. Lastly, we want to thank this year's event sponsor, Dannis Woliver Kelley, for their generous donation and support of our school district. Congratulations again to this year's honorees and thank you to our community for the support! #Great2bWUSD!

You can view photos from the event here. If you have photos that you'd like to share with WUSD please post them to our Facebook or Twitter page.

Employee Recognition Ceremony
Join us for the Annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony to honor those who will retire, the longevity of current employees, and our Employees of the Year. Please complete the attached reservation form and submit it by Friday April 29, 2016. If you would like to RSVP via email or have any questions please contact Alex Perez at 916 375-7604, ext. 1045 or aperez@wusd.k12.ca.us
May Board of Ed. Meetings
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
(Originally scheduled May 12)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

District Spotlights
Congratulations to our River City High School students who have completed the West Sacramento Fire Department 2016 Youth Fire Academy! The goal of the Academy is to recruit and educate a diverse group of local high school youth about the fire service as a career in a safe, supportive team environment. Training consists of an introduction to all aspects of the fire service, with part of the focus placed on preparing the cadets for a mock hiring process consisting of the written, CPAT, and oral interview. Cadets will then go through a week-long tower training where firefighting skills will be taught and practiced. Learn more...

Congratulations to Maia Dua from River City High School!  Maia has won Marvel Studio's Girls Reforming the Future Challenge by creating a robot to help those who are visually impaired.

She was chosen by Marvel Studios as a top 5 finalist in the first time ever challenge that invited girls nationwide ages 15 -18, in grades 10 -12, to submit innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics)-based projects that have the potential to change the world.

Click on this link to see the red carpet pictures and the FOX40 News interview. Watch the official Girls Reforming the Future Challenge video.

The SkillsUSA California 49th Annual State Leadership and Skill Conference was held in San Diego from March 31 to April 2 challenging students in a variety of career and technical education skills. Our RCHS Engineering and Science Academy students participated in the State Electronics Technology Competition after excelling in the their region. The RCHS students won all 3 medals in the category, Roman Yamaletdinov—Gold Medalist, Jade Pascual—Silver Medalist and Calvin Jang—Bronze Medalist and their Advisor Sedikeh Yusufi received the Region 4 Advisor of the Year and the State Advisor of the Year awards. Gabriella Tolstova was elected as a State Officer representing SkillsUSA in 2016. 

On Saturday, April 30, eleven 6-8th grade girls and two science teachers from Riverbank Elementary School will be attending the STEM 4 Girls Conference at UC Davis. Participants will have the opportunity to partake in tours, workshops, and meet professors, scientists, and current college students.

The goals for the day are to spark a passion for STEM in young girls and to provide them an opportunity to interact with women in STEM fields. STEM 4 Girls is supported with funding by the National Science Foundation and the UC Davis Women’s Resource and Research Center.

Congratulations to the RCHS Jazz Band, the Syncopating Sea-Monkeys, who received “superior” rating judges at the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival! This is the highest rating possible and truly a proud moment for the group. The band’s vocalist, Alicia Lopez, also received a special award for “Outstanding Musicianship.” Alicia was even pulled aside by judges and informed that they were nominating her for a scholarship and encouraged her to audition for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s “Next Generation Jazz Band” that tours Japan this summer. During spring break seven Sea-Monkey members help her to record her audition video. The band vocalists were invited by KCRA 3 to participate in the Sacramento open audition for “The Voice.” 

The Yolo County School Boards Association is proud to present the 2016 Annual Excellence in Education Awards ceremony honoring outstanding programs and administrators in the school districts and community college districts in Yolo County.  This year's event will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Yolo County Office of EducationClick here for more event info.

Please join us congratulating the award recipients from the Washington Unified School District !

Musicians from River City High School performed in front of thousands down Main Street Disneyland, USA for what was an incredible educational experience for our youngsters. In addition to the in-park performance the students went to a Disney music studio and recorded music to famous Disney movies including the opening title scene. They were able to work with a Disney music conductor and gained real-world instruction on what it is like to be a studio musician for the movies. Find out more about the RCHS Regiment and their four day tour in Southern California.

Join us in congratulating the River City High School Rugby Club! Raider Rugby is a fairly recent addition to campus life at RCHS but they are quickly growing in popularity and talent. On April 16-17, the Club competed in the 2016 Rugby NorCal High School Championships in San Francisco and took home second place. Momentum is building and next year's club will see the additional of a women's squad as well. Join us in showing your support from the club and wishing them many years of continued success! 

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More than a thousand American, state and POW flags were laid to rest in West Sacramento on April 15 at a Flag Retirement Ceremony hosted at Riverbank Elementary School. The ceremony was open to the public and featured the RCHS Air Force Jr. ROTC
On April 26, 2016, the K-4 grades at Elkhorn village Elementary School were joined by  Junior Achievement of Sacramento   to spotlight concepts focused on finan cial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness. These programs go a long way to assist individuals in becoming productive members of society. Keep up the good work Tigers!
The Sacramento Kings chose Elkhorn Elementary School as one of the schools in the region to introduce their new logo this week. Activities included a lay-up challenge, student dance challenge and teacher dance challenge. All students will be received a t-shirt with the new Kings logo and the school received a donation of a new basketballs as well. You can catch up on some of the action by visiting the Elkhorn Village Elementary Facebook page.
Special shout out to the Bridgeway Island / Stonegate Band who performed the national anthem at the River Cats game on April 19th as we celebrated our WUSD Employee Appreciation Night. The kids did a phenomenal job and a BIG thank you to the Band Director, Delores Henson, who was is responsible for leading all 88 young musicians.  You can view a brief clip of the performance here.
Looking ahead...
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Program Your Summer at Summer Coding School! The Washington Unified School District wants you to have the opportunity to learn computer science by offering a free coding class to 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade students this summer! If you are interested in attending Coding Class in Summer School, please complete this form and return it to your teacher by Monday, May 2, 2016.

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Sign up to be a part of the River CityAthletics 1st Annual Raider Cup Golf Tournament! The event will be held on May 21, 2016 at Wildhorse Golf Course in Davis featuring a 4-person scramble, catered luncheon and awards reception following the golf tournament. Come join the fun and help us make this fundraiser a S-W-I-N-G-I-N-G success! Contact: Jamie King RCHS Athletic Director, 916-375-7800, jking@wusd.k12.ca.us

Did you know that the Washington Unified School District is a member of the Capital Adult Education Regional Consortium (CAERC)?

The CAERC is comprised of 14 members and 22 partners from throughout the Los Rios Community College District geographical boundary. Members include large and small school districts, county offices of education, and representatives from all four of the Los Rios colleges. CAERC partners include other adult education stakeholders from throughout the region.

Click on the link above to learn more about CAERC and why this is great for our community.

Do your best, forget the rest... As the school year approaches the final stretch it's important to maintain our momentum and finish strong. Take a minute to watch this inspirational video clip from Coach Greatness, Kevin Bracy, as he offered some uplifting words of encouragement and practical advice for all our students as they began participating the statewide CAASPP assessments.

Watch the video. #BraceYourself!
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We're asking for your help once more as we gather input regarding the development of our new Washington Unified School District  logo.  In this final round of voting we have narrowed our options to include the top two choices from the first round of voting and four student created entries. Today, April 29, 2016, is the last day to cast your vote!
Summer STEPS (Strides Towards Entering Public Service) Student Internship Program.  The City of West Sacramento is offering a paid student summer internship program to provide students with practical work experience related to their academic major. High school juniors and seniors at least 16 years of age are welcome, along with incoming college students, current college students, and students pursuing graduate degrees. Read more on the City of West Sacramento  iLights and apply here.
IMPORTANT DATES
School Principal Day (May 2)

Mother's Day (May 8)

California Day of the Teacher (May 11)

Classified School Employee Week (May 15)

Memorial Day (May 30)

Yolo High School Graduation (June 1)

River City High School Graduation (June 2)
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