NUSD Spotlight
 Community Newsletter
  -- February 26,  2019  

Hope you enjoy this edition of "NUSD Spotlight," the district's community newsletter. Contact Director of Communications Jim Sanders, (916) 561-5267, if you have comments, concerns or story ideas. Thank you!
'Every Student Succeeding' Celebration 
Fifteen 'heroes' honored for beating the odds
to succeed, inspire & shine in school and life 
These are the heroes.

Remember the old adage, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going?" These kids did, overcoming adversity that would crush many others and succeeding in school despite mental or physical challenges, hardship, illness, or other obstacles.

Winners of "Every Student Succeeding" honors were celebrated by NUSD last week, one student per school who was singled out for perseverance, determination, spirit and grit.

Their stories are powerful, their academic achievements inspirational: A 4th-grader who kept up his studies after open heart surgery. A youngster who lost both parents by age 9. A 6th-grader who has attended seven schools in three districts. An 8th-grader whose life was crashing academically and behaviorally the past two years, with multiple suspensions, before he turned it around, got better grades, and began taking on school leadership roles ... All are making amazing progress in school and in life.

Honorees were Jaime Barragan, Armani Patterson, Brandon Darby, Marshawn Goodman, Kevin Walker, Jesus Villegas-Fajardo, Jamariana Frazier, Angelo Flores, Leah Moreno, Jason Lukov, Michelle Rodriguez Rivera, Tyrone Jones, Bruce McKinnie, Luke South, and Lejon Taburado. We applaud their parents and staff, too, who helped them along the way. Read more here
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Building and Construction Trades
Exciting new pathway launched to prepare teens  for  college & high-demand building jobs
And so it begins ...

Earth-moving crews carving out a vacant piece of land near Natomas High School have officially launched NUSD's Building and Construction Trades Pathway project, with building construction scheduled to begin this spring.

The multimillion-dollar project is creating a home for an exciting addition to NUSD's Career Technical Education program that will prepare students for jobs in the construction industry and related trades.
Plans call for building construction to begin in May and be completed this summer. Students from throughout the district can enroll in the pathway.

Classes will cover numerous types of construction-related careers, ranging from carpentry to welding, electrical, drywall, masonry, HVAC - heating, ventilating, air conditioning - and more. Students will take core academic college-prep classes, too. We invite you to read more   here .
College and Career Assemblies
P ennants multiply  as more NUSD graduates enroll in colleges and universities nationwide
There were 540 more reasons for Natomas Unified to celebrate last week -- and we did!

Recent data shows that 540 graduates from last year's NUSD "Class of 2018" have enrolled in 83 colleges or universities. That's 68% of the graduating class, up 7 percentage points in one year.

To applaud those success stories, NUSD elementary schools held rallies to spotlight adding new pennants to their current "wall of fame" display representing every college campus attended by former students.

Principals also introduced youth to the district's Career Technical Education program, which provides basic industry training in broadcasting, health care, automotive repair, engineering, digital media, and culinary arts or hospitality.

At campus after campus, the message to students was much the same: Think big, work hard, and never waver in getting the education you need to make your dreams come true. If those 540 former students can do it, you can too! ... Read more here.
'Classified Employees of the Year' honored
for caring, committed & exemplary service

Congratulations to NUSD's five "Classified Employees of the Year," who were honored by the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Feb. 13 -- including district winner Linda Benuto, Human Resources Technician.

The other winners, by category, are Maria Avila for Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance; Edson Guillen for Maintenance, Operations and Facilities; Cathey Kelly for Child Nutrition; and Alma Weekley for Support Services and Security.

Effective schools and districts depend on the dedication, caring, and collaboration of its workers. These five "Classified Employees of the Year" go above and beyond the call of duty. We're honored to recognize them -- and we're grateful for their service to students, families and staff. Please join us in a standing ovation ... Read more about our exemplary employees here .
Connecting Students to their Future 
These brief videos are the first in a series
to explore NUSD's  Career Technical Education
Transportation Pathway (Auto) -- Natomas High 

The Transportation Pathway at Natomas High School is a great way for students to prepare both for college and career. Students gain hands-on experience working with professional automotive equipment and diagnostic tools while taking core academic classes, such as English, History, Science and Math. Watch the video to hear what participating teens are saying they're gaining from this opportunity ...
Hospitality Pathway -- Discovery High  
CONNECTING STUDENTS TO THEIR FUTURE - Hospitality Pathway, featuring culinary arts

How would you like to take classes in a state-of-the-art restaurant kitchen or indoor dining cafe -- and eat some of the classwork? In NUSD's Hospitality Pathway, food connects students to future careers. Located at Discovery High, the program teaches both culinary arts and hospitality -- in other words, cooking, nutrition, cost control, menu planning, food preparation in quantity for sales, and basics of dining room operation. This pathway is perfect for future chefs or restaurateurs. Here' what students are saying about it ... 
Time Sensitive!
Financial Aid Night for seniors TODAY 
High School Seniors -- We'll help you file for college aid today (Tuesday, Feb. 26)!

Don't miss this terrific opportunity to secure a bright future. The deadline is about a week away, March 2, to file college financial aid forms.

We'll help you complete yours at our free Financial Aid Night workshop Tuesday at Natomas High. We'll throw in a free dinner, too! Check out the flyer here
Interested in working for Natomas Unified?
'Come Join Our Team' -- we're hiring now 
Come Join Our Team!

We're hiring right now -- and we're always looking for committed, collaborative, caring and exemplary new staff.

The "Come Join Our Team" message was placed recently on many of our district vehicles, and the reasons why you should work for NUSD are explored in the lighthearted video below. 

For a list of available NUSD jobs, click here .

Natomas Unified is a growing district on the move, with thousands of new students projected over the next 10 years. Removal of the local building moratorium several years ago has prompted both residential and commercial construction. As Natomas grows, NUSD will too. So "Come Join Our Team." 
Job Fair for certificated staff March 12  
NUSD will hold a Job Fair next month to recruit staff for numerous certificated positions, ranging from teacher to psychologist to speech language pathologist.

The event is scheduled from 2:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in NUSD's Staff Development Center at 1931 Arena Blvd. Applicants should bring their resumes and be ready to interview on the spot.

Teaching positions that NUSD is seeking candidates for include Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Elementary, Single Subject, Special Education, World Language, and Career Technical Education. Substitute teachers also are sought. For more information, click here
Student & parent opportunities and info 
Natomas 5k Early Bird registration ends Thursday!
Early Bird Registration for the Natomas 5K ends Thursday (Feb. 28), so you can save money by signing up now at

This nonprofit community event, which raises money for college scholarships and student Chromebook grants, will be held April 27th at Inderkum High.

The Natomas Schools Foundation organizes this annual 5K to bring the community together for fun, exercise, and to raise funds for the benefit of students in all NUSD schools, charter and non-charter. Hundreds of runners and walkers participated last year. The foundation also is looking for sponsors. For more information, click here
Police Activities League to offer Mountain Biking Club 
The Sacramento Police Activities League is forming a high school Mountain Biking Club to provide teens with a place to learn new skills and develop new friendships through the sport of mountain biking.

The program also will offer mentoring, and it's designed to help keep students focused on school studies. Mountain bicyclists will practice twice monthly for about three months. Riders of all skill levels are encouraged to participate.  For more information, visit the Police Activities League website here or check out this flyer
We get by with a little help from our friends ...
on 'Donuts with Dad' and other reading events 
We get by with a little help from our friends ...

So thank you, South Natomas Youth Services Librarian Marian Simmons, for helping lead our "Donuts With Dad" event on Friday, Feb. 15, for preschoolers at American Lakes School.  Simmons read a popular children's book, "If You Give A Dog a Donut," to the assembled crowd -- and everyone enjoyed donuts and apple juice afterward, providing the perfect opportunity for dads and little ones to spend precious time together having fun.

"Donuts With Dad" is just one of many ways the South Natomas Library reaches out to NUSD kids. Simmons also hosted a play group for infants and toddlers last summer, for example, and the library offers weekly homework assistance to elementary and middle school students throughout the year. ... We get with a little help from our friends, indeed ... And we're truly grateful.
'First Ever' for lady Nighthawks

Never before had Natomas High qualified a girl for California's state wrestling championships until Saturday, Feb. 16, when three qualified on the very same day!

Kudos to Leilani Sanchez, Desiree Hardy and Stephanie Gandara, who proved in that Masters Tournament that they are among Northern California's best in their respective weight divisions. They'll travel to Bakersfield for the state tourney this week. ... Go Nighthawks!
Inderkum High sophomores 
Learning from past to build a better future
World Literature textbooks sprang to life at Inderkum High last week when Carolyn Muller Brown, member of a German Jewish family deeply affected by the Holocaust, spoke to all 10th-graders about the trauma of those times.

Brown's father, Rudolf Muller, lost his home and the family grain brokerage under Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's crackdown on Jews. Rufolf was one of the lucky ones, surviving the Holocaust by escaping to England, then migrating to Bolivia and the United States. Other Jews in the Muller family were killed in the Nazi genocide.

Carolyn Muller Brown, a Sacramentan, told students a very personal and poignant story of family hardship, loss and pain. "I'm doing this because I don't want people to forget," she said afterward.

Inderkum's sophomore students have or will read a Holocaust-related novel this year. The literature ties into World History curriculum. Together, they not only teach students about past atrocities, they spark questions about intolerance, discrimination, values and hate. Timeless and vital issues, indeed.
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Let's work together. We urge parents and staff to stay up-to-date on district developments. We provide multiple opportunities to learn about NUSD successes, plans and events throughout the school year. 

Two key sources are Facebook -- we're listed as "Natomas Unified School District" -- and Twitter, under @NatomasUSD.  District and school websites also are a good source of information ranging from lunch menus to parent opportunities. Thanks for taking a look. We're honored to be your partner. 
NUSD Spotlight 
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