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VIDEOS: Several honored for Excellence in Special Education
An awards ceremony was held on May 9 at the Education Service Center Boardroom to honor people in the Folsom Cordova community with and award of Excellence in Special Education for the 2017-2018 school year. 

The following people were honored at the event: Administrator Larry Mahoney, Principal at Rancho Cordova Elementary, Classified Employee, Tia Costa, Instructional Aide at Cordova High, Alyssa Koppel, student at Sutter Middle, Kim Knecht, Gen. Ed .Teacher at Rancho Cordova Elementary, Bea McCloud, community member/parent at Gold Ridge Elementary, Jen Kothe, Related Service Provider, Occupational Therapist with district, and Ivy Monahan, Special Education Teacher at Natoma Station Elementary.  

Click on the honorees' name to watch a video highlighting the work they do to support students in our special education programs. 
Tune in to watch our graduations live on FB with Folsom TV
The Folsom Cordova Unified School District is partnering with Folsom TV to provide our first-ever live stream of high school graduations: Cordova, Folsom, and Vista del Lago! Our hope is that this service will allow distant relatives, friends, and other loved ones to take part in the celebration, even if they can't physically attend.
To watch, follow Folsom TV on Facebook, then tune in at the following times:
  • Folsom High: 7 p.m. May 31
  • Cordova High: 6 p.m. June 1
  • Vista del Lago High: 6 p.m. June 1
Note: While we don't expect technical difficulties, this is a new effort for us; we can't guarantee that we won't encounter issues that could interrupt or stop the broadcast at any time. If that occurs, we will start a new stream if possible OR upload a recording of the entire ceremony at the end of the program, which can be viewed on demand.
Music Programs win DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards; FHS Jazz Band and Choirs place at music festivals
The June 2018 edition of Downbeat Magazine recognized three of the district's music programs for their 41st Annual Student Music Awards. 

Folsom Middle and Sutter Middle under the direction of Music Director John Zimny were recognized for Outstanding Performance for Junior High Schools. Folsom High's Jazz Band under the direction of Music Director Curtis Gaesser won in the high school recognition in Downbeat Magazine's Student Music Awards edition. 

In addition Folsom High's Jazz Band I won the "Best Band" award at the 2018 Reno Jazz Festival  in April out of 200 bands competing. Folsom High's Jazz Choir placed 2nd, Jazz Band II, placed 3rd, Jazz Band III placed 4th at the festival as well. Read the full article here from Reno Today. 

The Folsom High Jazz Choir placed 2nd at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in April, because they were in the top two they will be performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 23. PBS featured a video story on Folsom High's Jazz Band performing in Monterey, on  Inside California Education
Cordova, Folsom and Vista High Schools named U.S. News Best High Schools in 2018
Each year, U.S. News and World Report releases a Best High Schools ranking and three of our high schools made the list for California schools. 

Cordova High earned Bronze Medals, while Folsom High and Vista del Lago High earned Silver Medals. Each year, U.S. News & World Report produces the U.S. Best High Schools ranking, based the school's state reading and mathematics assessments, looking at graduation rates and the College Readiness Index for students who took and passed AP and IB exams. In California, 700 schools were recognized, 85 earned a gold medals, 439 earned silver medals, and 174 earned bronze medals. 

"It is an honor for our exceptional school communities to be recognized in the national spotlight for their quality and ability to help prepare all students for their futures," said Dr. Sarah Koligian, Folsom Cordova's superintendent. "Our educators take great pride in their work and appreciate this opportunity to celebrate our schools' achievements.
Folsom Cordova Educators honored at Lighthouse Literacy Awards
Several Folsom Cordova Educators were recipients of the Dr. Barbara Schmidt Lighthouse for Literacy Award from the Sacramento Area Reading Association (SARA).

Honorees were presented with an award on April 25, during a ceremony for their commitment to supporting student literacy and going above and beyond, to enhance student learning through special literacy programs and teaching techniques, they were judged on their educational characteristics, leadership characteristics, and exemplary characteristics. 

The following Folsom Cordova educators were honored by SARA with the Lighthouse for Literacy Award: Frankie Arata, Library Clerk at Oak Chan Elementary, Suzanne Borth, Academic Coach at Mitchell Middle, Sarah David, Intervention Teacher at Cordova Villa Elementary,  Annie Gervais, ELA Teacher at Mills Middle, Terry Hio,  2nd grade Teacher at Blanche Sprentz Elementary, Denice Auzins, 1st grade Teacher, Courtney Morales, 4th grade Teacher, Lauren Kurtz 3rd grade teacher all from at Cordova Villa Elementary, Katrina Schachtely, Intervention Teacher at Navigator Elementary and Angela Juline, Librarian at Williamson Elementary. 
VIDEO: Cordova Meadows 5th graders participate in State Float Parade
Can you name all 50 U.S. states? What about their capitals? 5th graders all across our district have been learning this. Over at Cordova Meadows Elementary they celebrated what they learned with a parade of states!

5th grade teachers Mrs. Hrytskevich and Mrs. Neuenfeld , worked hard to organize the parade to have their students participate in it.

Principals and staff were present as these 5th graders proudly displayed their projects along a path lined with younger students.

Lots of smiles and high-fives were given out on this fun day! Watch the video!
Folsom High, Sutter Middle, Navigator Elementary earn Honor Roll recognition
Education Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) named three Folsom Cordova Schools to their California Honor Roll. 

Folsom High, Sutter Middle, and Navigator Elementary have been named to their 2017-2018 California Honor Roll. The schools were selected after extensive data analysis of student data for every public school in CA for consistently demonstrating high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps.

To learn more about Education Results Partnership's Honor Roll,  click here
FCEA &FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: May 16, 2018
Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the FCEA, which represents about 1,200 Certificated staff throughout the District, met on May 16 for a regularly scheduled bargaining session.

Teams discussed Memorandums of Understanding regarding Career Technical Education stipends, Special Education Release Days, and Flex Time at Vista del Lago High School. Additionally, bargaining team members discussed the school counselor job description and other items of mutual interest.
Previous 2017-18 bargaining updates are posted at  
In other news ...

Free meals available for children over summer

The US Department of Agriculture Seamless Summer Feeding Program can provide  your children healthy meals at no charge during summer. 

The program serves children age 2 through 18. 
No application or registration is required but all meals must be consumed on site. 

The FCUSD Food Services Department will be operating four Seamless summer sites   in Rancho Cordova, Mon-Fri, June 4 through July 27, sites will be closed for the July 4 holiday:

Williamson Elementary 2275 Benita Dr. in Rancho Cordova 
Breakfast served: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 
Lunch served: 11:45 to 12:45 p.m. 

LUNCH ONLY at the following locations from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m: 

White Rock Elementary 10487 White Rock Rd. 

Cordova Meadows Elementary 2550 La Loma Dr. 

Rancho Cordova Elementary 2562 Chassella Way 
Board of Education:  May 24,  2018
The FCUSD Board of Education will  hold its regular meeting on Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m. in the Education Services Center Board Room, 1965 Birkmont Drive in Rancho Cordova.
Agendas are posted online the Friday before each regularly scheduled meeting. 

This week's agenda items include: 

Special Presentation
Thank You to Student Board Member- London Taylor  

  • Approve Purchase Agreement for the Purchase of District Property  at 909 Mormon Street.   
  •  Approve Revisions to Student Conduct Code 2018-2019
  • Budget Update: The Impact of the Governor's May Revise for 2018-2019   
  • Extension of the Urgency Implementation of Statutory Development Impact Fees per Education Code Section 17620
All agendas can be found   here.
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