NUSD Spotlight
Community Newsletter
 -- Oct. 16,  2017  

Hope you enjoy this edition of "NUSD Spotlight," the district's community newsletter. Contact Director of Communications Jim Sanders, 561-5267, if you have comments, concerns or story suggestions. Thank you for your support of Natomas schools.
PATH TO COLLEGE & CAREER
(One  in a series of stories looking at ways in which NUSD strives to prepare students to be college and career ready, beginning in early grades. Biliteracy is an asset in the workplace and in qualifying for college. At H. Allen Hight Elementary, students start learning Spanish in Transitional Kindergarten and take it every year as part of the school's International Baccalaureate (IB) program for primary grades.)
Kindergarten kids learning Spanish at H. Allen Hight 
I t's not only October to Kindergarten students at H. Allen Hight Elementary school - it's also octubre.

They're not only 5 years old - they're also cinco años.

While kindergarteners are perfecting their ABCs in English, they're also learning Spanish at H. Allen Hight as part of an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in which students at every grade level 
study Español  for about 40 minutes each week.

The taste of world language is consistent with preparing kids for college and career in an increasingly global economy.

If they opt to take Spanish every year in middle and high school, they will have been exposed to 13 years of instruction before graduation.  ¡Fantástico!
Read more here .
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She found $30 on the office floor 
-- here's what happened next 
 

Honesty and integrity are not academic courses, they're not found on report cards, but they sure contribute to school culture and climate. Meet Olivia Reese, 7, who found $30 on the floor of Heron School's main office and turned it in. Asked why, the 2nd-grader said she knew the money wasn't hers and someone might need it. For that act of kindness, and for picking up litter on campus, Olivia was named Heron's "Flyer of the Day" and helped Principal Amy Whitten broadcast school announcements Oct. 4. Thank you, Olivia, for your thoughtfulness. We're very proud of you.
Natomas 5K Scholarship Fundraiser 

Running 3 miles to help students attend college 
Nighthawks Drum Corps, Kings Dancers, Olympic gold medalist Ruthie Bolton, deejay Stereo Fusion, Natomas and Inderkum high school cheerleaders -- the Natomas 5K had a little something for everyone Saturday, Oct. 14. Hundreds of runners and walkers came together to raise money for college scholarships. The Natomas Schools Foundation spearheaded the event, made possible by numerous sponsors and dozens of volunteers. Here are a few of the sights and sounds from a terrific community event...
Stressing safety for students biking to school
When it comes to safety, every little bit helps. So NUSD provided reflective zipper pulls Oct. 6 for students to attach to their backpacks.

Teachers and district administrators helped very young children accomplish that task. In high school, distribution did not occur in classrooms but principals received reflectors to give to any student who wanted one.

The reflectors send an important message about the need to think about safety and to plan ahead. Let's all work together to keep kids as safe as possible on local streets. For a list of practical tips for bicyclists and motorists, click here
Paso Verde wins supplies  for Art Docent program 

Paso Verde School was one of 14 winners selected from 1,000 nominations encompassing 360 schools in the "Tools for Schools" program by Schools Financial Credit Union.

Paso Verde's prize was $1,000 in colored paper, markers, notebooks, erasers, glue sticks, pencils, and other school supplies. Principal Tonja Jarrell noted that Paso Verde is a STEAM school -- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics -- and the new supplies will help launch its Art Docent program.

"The impact of this on a school that's brand-new is huge," she said. ... Thank you, Schools Financial Credit Union!
Staff Development Day
Learning together to enhance instruction 
Aimed at benefiting students of all ages, Staff Development Day on Oct. 9 provided an important opportunity for teacher collaboration to improve classroom instruction and learning district-wide. 

Teachers participated in discussions and workshops, by grade and subject area, encompassing key topics ranging from lesson designs to learning assessments to data-driven differentiation strategies, which means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs.

Hours spent by teachers, learning together, can pay classroom dividends for years to come.
Student & Parent Opportunities   
Nominate standout North Natomas kids 
for '50 Bikes for 50 Kids' giveaway    

Here's your chance to reward North Natomas kids who make that community better just by being themselves ... The "50 Bikes for 50 Kids" contest provides bicycles to North Natomas youth in the 5th through 12th grades who demonstrate outstanding character traits - respect, caring, fairness, trustworthiness, citizenship or responsibility. The North Natomas Transportation Management Association pairs winners with volunteers to assemble the bikes in a heartwarming community event. Please click here by Nov. 15 to sponsor a bike or nominate a deserving student who lives, works, or attends school in North Natomas. Nominators may suggest more than one child, however, separate applications must be filled out for each. Questions? Call Leah Barrett at NNTMA, (916) 419-9955.
Infinite Campus Parent Portal helps track
grades, attendance & other classroom info   
 
The Infinite Campus Parent Portal is a great tool for parents to view their child's attendance, grades, and other important information. Parents also can update contact, mailing and other information.
 
Returning parents will continue to use the same username and password as last year. New parents will receive an email at the beginning of each week with a link that will lead them through steps to create an account, so please ensure that your school has your correct email address.
  
To learn more about the portal, visit our website here.
Parent workshops
'How to Get to College'
session scheduled Oct. 18 

NUSD's Parent University will offer a free parents workshop, "How to Get to College," from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 18) in the Natomas Staff Development Center, 1931 Arena Blvd.

The 90-minute session will discuss college assessment tests, college admission requirements, and other aspects of college readiness.

The workshop is part of a monthly series, "A Roadmap to Higher Education," designed to help parents support their student's college and career success. Child care will be available for children 2 to 10 years old, free language translation will be provided, and free transportation will be offered to families that preregister. Click here for more information. 
Meet LGA's new campus 
king of the j ungle 

Leroy Greene Academy offers students an academic pathway in Visual Arts & Technology, so it's no wonder that art abounds there.

This mosaic tile artwork of LGA's mascot, the Lion, is new to the school this year. It was begun several years ago by former art teacher Andrea Rodriguez and some LGA students. 

Finishing touches -- installation, grouting and sealing -- were completed during the summer so LGA could start 2017-18 with an artistic new jungle king to enhance school pride and help beautify the campus. LGA expects to add more murals in years to come.  Awesome! 
Secondary Showcase Night
Which middle or high school best fits your needs?
NUSD wants students to attend the middle or high school that best suits their interests and needs. But what good is having a choice if you don't know your options? 

That's why NUSD held Secondary Showcase Night Oct. 3 to explain each school's unique academic, career and program options. They range from International Baccalaureate (IB) to the AP Capstone Diploma Program, Engineering, Broadcast Media, Transportation, Business/Entrepreneurship, Visual Arts/Technology, Hospitality, Automation, and Health, including Emergency Medical Technician. 

As you can see, there were plenty of questions ... 
Homecoming Thriller
 
Nighthawk football fireworks fit for royalty 
Razor-thin overtime win  

Talk about an unforgettable Homecoming Game! ... Halftime featured plenty of fireworks, a light-up-the-sky extravaganza, but the best fireworks of all came late in the game with Natomas High scoring a march-down-the-field, do-or-die TD and ending this nailbiter with a two-point conversion in overtime -- 37-36. Go Nighthawks -- Caw!!! ... For tense, thrilling, joyous, hold-your-breath, happily ever after endings, this Oct. 13 Marysville-Natomas High battle was one for the record books.
NUSD Spotlight
             Brought to you by:
             Jim Sanders
   Director of  Communications
             (916) 561-5267