March 23. 2018
The Gateway to Extraordinary Possibilities
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Coby Pizzotti , Coby Pizzotti is a partner in the association management firm Lyles, Wiesmann and Pizzotti, where he provides strategic planning, legislative advocacy, political consulting, contract negotiations, labor and disciplinary representation for the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians. In his role as chief lobbyist, Mr. Pizzotti represents CAPT at legislative hearings related to public employee labor, safety, working conditions, wages and benefits. He is also CAPT’s voice on state hospital safety issues and for the developmental center closures. He testifies at policy hearings affecting PT licenses and fees, and advises the CAPT Board of Directors and Political Action Committee on political campaigns and independent expenditures. 
He has worked for four individual legislators, Assembly speakers Herb Wesson and Fabian Nunez, labor organizations and political campaigns. Mr. Pizzotti’s experience with labor and politics dates back nearly 20 years. He has been active developing public policy, writing laws and creating legislative and political strategies. As a consultant to Assembly Speakers Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and Fabian Núñez, Mr. Pizzotti drafted political positions for the California State Assembly Democratic Caucus. More recently, Mr. Pizzotti served six years as a political advocate for the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association.
Coby and his lovely wife Jennifer have a four year old daughter that will soon be joining the Washington Unified School District.

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Community Updates...
Sac-Joaquin Section Champions—join us as we congratulate the RCHS Girls Soccer Team as they made school history by winning the 2017-18 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Championship!

Read about the team’s monumental journey going from zero postseason wins in program history, to Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II Champs in the article, “ River City Magic.” 

Watch the GoodDay Sacramento interview with Coach Kamal Singh spotlighting the team success.
Principal for a Day—on Friday, March 2nd the Washington Unified School District (WUSD) hosted the 2nd Annual Principal for a Day program allowing local and regional community and business leaders to serve alongside a school principal for an entire morning.

Participants in the Principal for a Day program gain valuable insight into the role of a school principal while establishing lasting relationships that bring the community even closer together.

Learn about the program and check out photos on Facebook.
RCHS Productions—looking for something fun to do in April? Visit the Bryte Career and College Training campus and catch latest show from the River City High School Productions students, Little Shop of Horrors!

About the Show—the meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

STU-CON 2018—the 2nd Annual Student-Powered Technology Fest was held on Thursday, March 22nd featuring a variety of student-powered activities highlighting how technology is used in the classrooms.

The event was open to all TK-12 classrooms. Student teams were led by the classroom teachers who were also onsite during the event to support their students. 

Each teacher had the opportunity to sign up for a 30 minute time slot between 5 and 7 pm for their team to demonstrate or share a technology project with parents and community members. Everything from chromebooks, laptops, tablets, and robotics were on display and available for families and the community to explore and engage on their own.

This was a phenomenal showcase of the effective integration of technology and the powerful learning taking place daily in our classrooms providing the community a hands-on glimpse into the positive forward progress that is transforming our school district into a true Gateway to Extraordinary Possibilities. View some event photos.
CREATE Mentoring Program—River City High School (RCHS) took home some top honors through the CREATE Mentoring Program sponsored by the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange (SBRX) Education Foundation.

The purpose of the program is to educate and inspire students to pursue career pathways which create the built environment. Over 150 local construction managers, contractors, engineers, architects, suppliers and trades people have signed on to bring their experience and knowledge into the high school classroom. By acting as professional role models, trusted friends and career advisors, these mentors make a significant contribution to the community, while helping to develop the future work force.

  • RCHS won the CREATE Best Presentation Award for their project.
  • Andrew Herrera received a $500 college scholarship.
  • Courtney Kersey received a $1600 college scholarship.
  • Jun Genon received the Leadership Award.
  • Flora Cox received the Golden Ticket to the Summer Academy worth $1100.
  • Mrs. Sedikeh Yusufi received the CREATE Mentoring Program Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.
Lunch at the Library—check out this cool opportunity made possible by our friends at the Arthur F. Turner Library in West Sacramento!

During the summer the library serves lunch to hungry youth but they’re also looking for help from teenage interns who can earn a food handlers card, all sorts of job experience, free lunch, and a letter of recommendation at the end of summer.

Get involved today by filling out a youth volunteer or an adult volunteer form or call the library at 916-375-6465 for more information
California Arbor Week 2018—on Wednesday, March 7th the Washington Middle College High School (WMCHS) was joined by a CAL FIRE, California ReLeaf, the City of West Sacramento, and many more regional partners to kick off Arbor Week 2018 by hosting a press conference, plant trees on the school campus, and announce the winners of the statewide Arbor Week poster contest.

California is one of two states that celebrates Arbor Week for an entire week each year with the goal of emphasizing the important impact that trees have on residents and their communities. Read more about the celebration.
California School Dashboard—The State of California unveiled a new accountability and continuous improvement system providing information about how local educational agencies and schools are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population based on a concise set of measures. Called the California School Dashboard, the site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates. 

The Dashboard, based on 2013’s Local Control Funding Formula, is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. To learn more about California’s accountability and continuous improvement efforts, visit the California Department of Education website.


  • Watch a video tutorial from the Association of CA School Administrators (ACSA)

  • Watch a video tutorial from the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE).
The mission of the Washington Unified School District, THE GATEWAY TO EXTRAORDINARY POSSIBILITIES , is to challenge and support each student to develop effective critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills as a life-long learner acting in an ethical manner to serve a broader community through a community of learners characterized by:
  • Engaging learning experiences in safe, positive environments;
  • Highly-qualified, reflective and adaptive educators;
  • A culture of innovation responsive to student needs and aspirations;
  • A community promoting family involvement, strong partnerships, and school pride.