March 31, 2016

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State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Visits WUSD

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the start of statewide CAASPP online testing for grades three through eight and grade 11. He was joined by WUSD Superintendent Linda Luna and State PTA President Justine Fischer at Bridgeway Island Elementary School. This school year marks the second year more than 3 million students will take part in CAASPP, which gauges their progress toward the learning goals set for California public school students. Read More…

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Design the New WUSD Logo!
We are inviting all 6-12 grade level students with a creative mind to enter a logo design contest, either as an individual, or as a group of individuals. Click on the link below to learn more about the contest and be a part of WUSD history! 

Find out more and get involved.
Employee of the Year Honorees
Join us in congratulating this year's WUSD employees of the year and don't forget to purchase your tickets to the River Cats game on April 19, 2016! View the list honorees and  PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. Thank you to our sponsors, Dannis Woliver Kelley!
Dual Immersion Milestone!
The WUSD Dual Immersion Program has received more than 50 applications! But don't worry, we're still accepting applications. Registration is still open for  Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Dual Language Immersion. Follow this link to the official announcement and access all the resources you need to get registered.

April Board of Ed. Meetings
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016

District Spotlights

Congratulations to the River City HS Big Band! On February 26 & 27 schools throughout northern California participated in the 15th Annual Woodcreek High School Jazz Festival. The band faced stiff competition from top music programs throughout the region but was awarded first place in the intermediate division. Students came together and reached a phenomenal milestone for a third year program. They left a lasting impression with the judges and audience. Congratulations once more to the band and band director Anthony Marvelli! 

Special shout out to our school resource officer from WSPD, Officer Bowers, and our youth diversion officer, Kelly Kijanka, who completed the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) program at Elkhorn Village Elementary School for all 4th graders. Throughout this 6 week program Officer Bowers came out and taught life skills to avoid criminal behavior and gang membership, provided students with a chance to interact positively with law enforcement, and also taught them how to deal with issues such as bullying, peer pressure, and decision making. At the end of the program, the kids got a pizza party, certificate, and some gift cards for answering questions—Congratulations!

The Fiery Ginger Farm is now taking applications for their summer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In exchange for directly supporting the farm you will receive a weekly box of naturally-grown produce! Not only do WUSD students help out on the farm and gain hands-on learning experiences but $5 from every box of produce will go back to a WUSD school program. Learn more about the West Sacramento CSA and how to show your support.

Congratulations to Mallory Snarr, RCHS Class of 2018. She was selected as the 2016 Northern California Affiliate Award Runner-Up during a celebration ceremony at UC Davis hosted by the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Mallory was selected as a runner-up from all of Northern California with over 3,000 applying for the award in total. This award recognizes her for excellence in communication and knowledge of technology and for inspiring other girls in technology. Mallory is the president of the RCHS Programming Club and her team won an award at last year's C-STEM competition.

The RCHS Girls soccer team won 1st place in their March tournament in Turlock. The tournament is hosted by Pitman High School and is a competitive tournament with schools based out of the Central Valley area. The River City Girls Soccer team had 4 wins and 0 losses while scoring 10 goals and giving up only 2. 

Read more in the West Sacramento News-Ledger.

RCHS participated in the 2016 California Restaurant Association Education Foundation ProStart Cup on March 12 and 13 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The 14th Annual California ProStart Cup is a two-day event featuring both culinary and management competitions for high school students from throughout California. The winning team from each category will advance to represent California in the national competition.
Bridgeway Island Elementary School's National Junior Honor Society has completed another successful "Pennies for Patients" campaign to raise money to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  This was their best year yet, exceeding their $6000 goal! Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students throughout the country. The funds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Special thank you to Kevin Bracy and the Reach One Alliance. Kevin hosted a dance for our Southport Elementary middle school students on Friday, March 11 and it was by far the most successful and fun dance the school has ever had. The students loved Kevin’s positive message and really enjoyed the red carpet photo opportunities. Congratulations on a great event! 

The RCHS Engineering, Science, and Technology Academy is one of seven model programs selected out of 411 statewide to receive the special distinction of a 2016 Distinguished California Partnership Academy (CPA).

“This award is huge for River City High School—it’s huge for our District,” said Linda C. Luna, WUSD Superintendent. “Our partnership academy puts kids in the driver’s seat and challenges them to develop the 21st century skills and knowledge they need to be successful in a competitive world outside of the classroom.”

Congratulations to our WUSD MESA students! On Saturday, March 19th, students from Bridgeway Island, Elkhorn Village, and River City High School participated in the 2016 Preliminary MESA Day at UC Davis. The event hosted middle and high school students from the greater Sacramento area, including Yuba City and Williams, that submitted projects/participated in competitions such as mousetrap cars, balsawood gliders, popsicle stick bridges, egg drop containers, individual/team speeches, and a prosthetic arm for MESA’s National Engineering Design Competition. WUSD MESA students placed in several categories...

Looking ahead...
The WUSD Indian Education Program is inviting West Sacramento students and families to attend the UC Davis POWWOW hosted by the UC Davis Cross Cultural Center on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The Powwow takes place on the East and West Quad of the UC Davis campus. The event is FREE and open to the public. Download the event flyer
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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

A very cool event for all of our families to take note of. If you love video, PC, and mobile games and are interested in seeing how the industry is thriving in the greater Sacramento region then mark your calendars and visit the Sacramento Indie Arcade Gaming Expo hosted on April 9th at the West Sacramento Community Center!

Sac Indie Arcade is also encouraging kids in WUSD who have created their own video game related fan art to contact them via email and submit their art work for display! You can reach via Facebook, Twitter or the Web site.

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Be a part of the first ever Aspiring Administrators Academy whose purpose is to empower and support the next generation of high quality instructional leaders dedicated to serving WUSD students. The Academy is designed to build the internal capacity of WUSD teacher-leaders while providing an opportunity to explore the knowledge, skills, and characteristics necessary to prepare for administrative positions.

Download the  application  and be a part of this great opportunity. 
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Have an old U.S. Flag that needs retiring? Drop it off at your local VFW Post and it will be part of an official Flag Retirement Ceremony on April 15, 2016 at Riverbank Elementary School. The ceremony is open to the public and will feature the RCHS Air Force Jr. ROTC Contact: Gordon Grewe (916) 371-6109.
Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) programs are designed to  educate , empower , and  transform  parents to actively engage in their children’s education and strengthen parent-school collaboration in order to improve the academic success of students. The WUSD will begin collaborating with PIQE in the fall of 2016 to host a series of parent workshops. Stay tuned for updates  and dates.
Help support the River City High School Dance Class by attending their Fundraising Night at Panera Bread Bakery-Cafe on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Download the event flyer and bring it with you to the event and a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will go to supporting the RCHS Dance Class!  Learn more at www.panerabread.com/fundraiser.
Get a head start on college by earning college credit while you are still in high school. Qualified high school students are invited to take classes and earn college credit at any of the four Los Rios Colleges through the Advanced Education Program. The grades earned in Advanced Education courses will be reflected on a student's permanent college transcript.
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