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Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration Now Open
On Saturday, February 25, 2017 the Washington Unified School District (WUSD) kicked off the 2017-18 Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration process. Registration packets are now available for pick up at your local school. Get a head start on the process by gathering the required information and remember to turn in your completed packet to your school's main office.

  • A child is eligible for Kindergarten if his/her 5th birthday falls on or before September 1, 2017.
  • A child is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten if his/her 5th birthday falls on or between September 2, 2017 and December 2, 2017.
We encourage you to visit your school office to pick up a packet and ask questions first-hand. You can also contact the  WUSD Student and Family Support Services Office at (916) 375-7600 ext. 1370 with additional questions regarding the registration process.
District Spothlights...
The 2nd Annual Yolo County African American Youth Leadership Conference was held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Sacramento City College—West Sacramento Campus. This is a free community event open to all African American middle school and high school age students offering a variety of hands-on workshops, including “College and Career Planning,” “Leadership Development and Empowerment” and “Hope and Healing.” 

WUSD students have attended this conference in the inaugural and current year. The impact has been extremely powerful allowing students to develop a stronger sense of self-confidence while sharpening their focus on establishing future goals and pathways for success. 

During the February 16th Board of Education meeting Ms. Freda Clark, Counselor at River City High School (RCHS) gave a presentation about the conference, the opportunities it creates and a brief overview of how sponsorship funding is being used to support the program. She was joined by RCHS students: Shawn Shivers, James Terrell, Randall Williams, Aniyah Dumetz, Angel Ayala and Tianna Wilson, RCHS Black Student Union President.
Our school district is on an exciting path of revitalization transforming itself academically, organizationally and culturally into a district that truly is The Gateway to Extraordinary Possibilities

The district’s new strategic plan aims to establish a stronger sense of transparency and community involvement. The Board of Trustees together with the Superintendent are using this progress as a springboard and hosted a series of community forums highlighting the current state of the district as well the district’s road map for future success. The series came to a conclusion at Bridgeway Island Elementary School on Friday, February 24th with another great discussion.

This meeting capped off a total of sixteen community meetings that began in the first week of January. We do understand that many of our parents may not have been able to participate so we would like to inform you that the Board of Trustees and the Superintendent will share with the community a comprehensive FAQ document containing every question asked by attendees accompanied with responses. Please stay tuned for updates later this spring. 
The UC Davis High School Energy Efficiency Program at River City High School (RCHS) is a 10-Week program focused on incorporating energy efficiency and conservation into conversation with the younger generation. UC Davis students and professionals from the Energy Efficiency Center teach RCHS students about energy and efficiency.  For their project this year, RCHS students conducted an audit of energy use at Stonegate Elementary School.

The focus of their audit was on finding Low to No Cost Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that could be easily applicable to the Stonegate staff and students. The students specifically looked for measures that would decrease energy usage before and after school hours as to not intervene with student learning. Their final recommendations consist of 3 options: No Cost Measures, Low Cost Measures, and High Cost Measures as a comparison point.

Ms. Phyllis Cruz together with her students will present the results of the audit at the March 9th Board of Education meeting.  RCHS student participants include: Leslie Garcia, Jagjit Singh, Jose Garcia, Salman Malakzay, Zachary Pintcher, Maria Renoyso, Lizeth Guerra-Hernandez and Kyle Vongphakady.
Join us giving a round of applause to the River City High School Mock Trial team who finished local competition last Wednesday with its best record in over 20 years by defeating St. Francis High School in the final preliminary round of the Sacramento County tournament. The defense side's victory gave the team a 3-1 overall record, defeating Laguna Creek High School in a prosecution win and John F. Kennedy High School in a defense opening round. The only loss came to the prosecution side in a narrow margin, losing to Jesuit by .37%. The team consisted of Ivy Tillich, Alexis Villanueva, Trhemson Desean-Concepcion, Liam Stack, Tatiana Nikolaeva, Andrew Rice, Hal Jourdan, Alexis Tellez, Kalim Salim, Patrick Bibica, Taher Rhuma, Hunter Cradit, Jesus Tellez, and Yulissa Magallanes. Students were awarded MVP honors at the end each round. Seniors Liam Stack, Ivy Tillich, Trhemson Desean-Concepcion and Taher Rhuma were recognized with round MVPs.

The team had hopes of facing another Yolo County school for the first time in 10 years, but a young Davis High team dropped out of the tournament after the first round. River City remains the default Yolo County champion, and does not advance in the Sacramento County tournament playoff rounds. The Raiders did not enter in the state tournament this year, but have applied to compete in the inaugural Golden State Mock Trial invitational tournament featuring some of the elite teams in the state in Sacramento in April.

Thank you to Allison Zuvella, Yolo County Chief Deputy Public Defender (Attorney Coach); Cameron Kelly, Paralegal and Law School Student (Assistant Coach); and Gerald O’Connor, River City High School Teacher (Head Coach).
The River City High School Get Focused Stay Focused (GFSF) program that utilizes the Career Choices curriculum has been recognized as a Gold Medal program by Academic Innovations.

RCHS instructor, Marlaina Schroeder, completed a survey and interview designed to help recognize educational teams whose Career Choices programs are being developed and implemented in a way that will dramatically lower the dropout rate at your school and prepare all students for a self-sufficient adulthood. Read more about what it takes to be a medal-winning program.

The program will be recognized on the Academic Innovations website and at their annual national conference Focus on Freshmen 2017, July 10-12, in Los Angeles, California.  

This is truly an impressive distinction given that the program is still in its first full year of implementation. Congratulations!  #Great2bWUSD
The Washington Unified School District (WUSD) is excited to announce the continued success of the district’s Dual (Two-Way) Language Immersion Program at Elkhorn Village Elementary School with the second cohort of students slated to begin classes in August 2017.

Students participating in dual immersion have 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 their high school diploma.

Tune into the March 9th Board of Education meeting as WUSD program specialist Yolanda Saca who will showcase key milestones in the programs first year. She is joined by River City High School student and aspiring cinematographer, Lucas Monteros, who worked closely with program staff to develop a promotional video highlighting the success of the program.
Important Dates...
The REACH One Alliance, a character education program that promotes Compassion, Kindness, Inclusion, Service, and Greatness, is having their 2nd Annual REACH for Greatness Show; a community event to raise money for children with rare autoimmune diseases on April 29, 2017 at San Juan High School. Motivational Entertainment for the entire family. All proceeds go to It Takes Guts. Get your tickets at or
March Board Meetings
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Thursday. March 23, 2017

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March 1, 2017