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Changing The World With Kindness
One Bracelet at a Time
This summer our school district and the West Sacramento community were humbled by an initiative started by Stonegate Elementary's Leah Nelson called “Becuz I Care," encouraging people to treat each other with kindness.

Leah's message is simple -- just do a nice deed for another person, whether it’s paying a compliment or buying a coffee. Then seal the deal with a bracelet, compliments of Leah. The bracelet is to be passed from person to person as each does a good deed for another.

Becuz I Care has now gone viral across our nation as Leah's message continues to be a guiding light for communities everywhere.

You can show your support for Leah Nelson and Becuz I Care by following her online, sharing your acts of kindness and by spreading kindness throughout your community! 

View Leah's story on

Watch her on NBC Nightly News.

Like her page on Facebook: @becuzIcare11

Follow her page on Twitter:  @becuzIcare11
Please join us in giving a very special shout out to our friends at ASC Steel Company located in West Sacramento. The ASC Team has adopted Wetmore Oaks Elementary School and donated 50 back packs and miscellaneous school supplies to our students so that they have the proper tools and support they need to start the school year off strong. Thank you ASC Steel! 
Our good friend, Coach Greatness—Kevin Bracy, made a special visit to Riverbank Elementary and joined the students for a school-wide assembly highlighting the framework of “ EACH ONE, REACH ONE.” Kevin has had a major impact on our district’s school climate for several years teaching kids that is cool to be kind. Kevin will once again be working with our district this school year. Schedule visits will soon be released.
The Washington Unified School District was busy with activity throughout the summer months. Students were plugging away in the Summer Bridge classes for math, science and social transition into high school life at River City High School.

At Westmore Oaks Elementary kids experienced the joys and challenges of computer coding while our youngest learners began their educational journey in the kindergarten summer Dual Language Immersion class. Meanwhile all of our school campuses received a variety of much needed facilities improvements in preparation of the new school year. 
This school year marks the kick-off of our new Dual (Two-Way) Language Immersion Program at Elkhorn Village Elementary School in English and Spanish designed to help students develop strong skills and proficiency in both their native language and English.

Participating in dual immersion offers a unique opportunity to develop high levels of language proficiency and literacy in both program languages, to demonstrate high levels of academic achievement, and to develop an appreciation for and an understanding of diverse cultures—including the chance to receive a State Seal of Biliteracy on a high school diploma!
At its June 1, 2016 meeting, the governing board of the West Sacramento Early College Prep charter school (WSECP) approved material revisions to its existing Charter to change the charter school’s governance and operations from that of an independently operated charter school to a District-operated “dependent” charter school.

With these changes the WUSD Board of Trustees will become the governing body of WSECP, and representatives from UC Davis and Sacramento City College will continue to serve WSECP in an advisory capacity as part of the school’s School Advisory Council. We are happy to welcome WSECP to the WUSD family and will be providing more information and resources to our community moving forward.
We are very excited to share with our community the newly designed WUSD website which launched during the first week of school. The redesign of the district website is one element of our larger Strategic Plan which involves re-branding our district with an emphasis on 21st century standards, creating a refined, high-quality and professional presence for our organization while engaging our community to be involved in the process. 

The newly designed website is extremely user-friendly, representing the culture of innovation we are building for our students and now completely mobile compatible! 
Please join us in a big round of applause for our  West Sacramento Youth Fire Academy Class 16-2 graduates!

These dedicated young men and women participated in rigorous trainings consisting 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. 

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. Congratulations! 
The 2016 Summer STEPS (Strides Toward Entering Public Service)  Internship Program came to an end today with a digital badge ceremony at City Hall. The LRNG platform badges are proof the interns completed a series of challenging tasks for their assigned department.

In total 19 students from the West Sacramento region got an inside look about how city governments work during the eight week program--many of whom are current River City high School students and/or alum. The hands-on knowledge and skills received will help them excel academically and in their careers. 

Please join us is congratulating all the participants! 
New to West Sacramento this summer was a series of community actives for kids and adults known as  Summer Night Lights . Kicking off on July 2nd and running through August 13th at Riverbank Elementary School, the series of events was hosted in close collaboration with the West Sacramento Police Department, West Sacramento Fire Department, Washington Unified School District, Collings Teen Center, City of West Sacramento Parks & Recreation and the Yolo County Children's Alliance.

Attendance grew each week as the word began to spread throughout the community ending with 90 community members attending a River Cats game together. We’re looking forward to more summer time fun next year! 
On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 the WUSD joined the West Sacramento Police Department as well as many more local organizations to celebrate National Night Out in West Sacramento.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. 

The National Night Out program culminates annually on the first Tuesday of August. 
Neighbors participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. Read more...

View the official video montage here.
Join us in congratulating our partner and supporter of the WUSD Grow Your School Lunch Program, Yolo Farm to Fork who applied for and received additional grant funding through the Glory Glory Sacramento (GGS) Grant that will directly support the our own Grow Your School Lunch Program. Yolo Farm to Fork is a non-profit organization that the West Sacramento School Gardens Network works with to support school gardens throughout Yolo County. Funding will go a long way to help our WUSD schools bring fresh vegetables from their school gardens into their cafeterias.
School is back in session and some kids may need extra homework and study help. The Arthur F. Turner Community Library’s Homework Center is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. This FREE after school program for students in grades 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. is held in the Library's Community Room throughout the school year. Discover more events at the library here.

NOTE: Advance registration is required. The application is available at the Information Desk. If you have questions, call 916-375-6469 and speak to the Homework Center Assistant.
Other News...
There are many helpful resources to help you understand what the new test scores mean.

California’s new academic standards are designed so students graduate ready for college and a career. These tests were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in mathematics and English language arts/literacy as he or she develops—grade by grade—the skills called for by the standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems. Teachers, business leaders, and public colleges and universities all support these long-term learning goals, because they reflect what students need to be prepared for the career and college experiences that await them.

The  California Department of Education created a new online resource for better understanding the student scores called You may also find it helpful to watch this brief instructional  video on the new score reports.
On July 1st the Washington Unified School District announced its 2016-17 policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.

Each school and/or the district’s central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party on request. Meal applications will be sent to all households with a letter informing parents or guardians of the availability of free and reduced-price meals. 

You may view the complete announcement and details regarding the policy by clicking  here.
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It is important to take note that SB 277 is now fully effective as of July 1, 2016, students entering kindergarten or 7th grade (known as “vaccination checkpoints”) must be vaccinated and can no longer rely on a personal belief exemption (“PBE”).  Students who have a PBE may be “grandfathered in” if they are not entering kindergarten or 7th grade.  However, once a student rises to the 7th grade, that PBE will no longer be accepted. Continue reading...
With the new school year in full swing and all our kids back in the classroom this will be a busy couple of weeks adjusting to our environments once again. To help ease the transition our friends at the California State PTA have provided some helpful tips for parents and our community that can make a significant impact in the success of our children. Take a closer look...
September is Attendance Awareness Month and our district is committed to creating a culture of attendance every day and every month. We know that achievement and student success is directly linked to attendance. Our leadership team and staff at WUSD are dedicated to providing ongoing communication, support and encouragement around the importance of student attendance. The most important thing we can all do for our children to be successful in life is to get them to school every day and on time. Here is a helpful infographic about building good attendance habits that you can share with other community members. For more information please visit
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FREE WORKSHOP for parents of 6th-12th grade students— Avoiding Arguments and Power 
Struggles with Your Kids. Help us spread the word in our community about this great opportunity to learn simple but effective strategies for decreasing tension at home and improving communication between parents/caregivers and kids. The workshop will be located the River City High School Library on Tuesday, September 27th and hosted in partnership with Victor Community Support Services. Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Download the event flyer
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 August 31, 2016