November 30, 2018
Community News & Announcements
On December 12, 2018, the Bridgeway Stonegate Concert Band, led by band director Delores Henson, will be giving the premiere performance of a new composition written by composer Jeffrey Hoover titled To Celebrate Life . This composition was commissioned by the combined junior high band programs at Bridgeway Island Elementary School and Stonegate Elementary School.
This work is written in honor of the school shooting victims and people of the community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The band students were so emotionally impacted by this unfortunate tragedy and motivated by a strong sense of compassion, purpose, and social justice to show their support. The Bridgeway Stonegate Concert Band decided they wanted to create a musical vehicle to give voice to their concerns and to remind the people of Parkland, Florida that " they are not alone."  
Mr. Hoover kept a blog of the composition process including audio excerpts for the students and other individuals interested in learning more about what went into creating this work. The blog memorializes the entire process from the initial idea, to the first meeting and discussion with the students, to composition of the work itself. As a lifelong professional educator, Jeffrey’s passion for this project is truly highlighted in the fact that the work is commissioned by and will be performed by students.
You can access the blog and hear demos of excerpts and the final version of the composition via the link below:
You can also attend the Bridgeway Stonegate Concert Band’s premier performance of To Celebrate Life at the River City High School (RCHS) Winter Concert shared with the RCHS Band:
Date : Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Time : 7:00 p.m.
Location : River City High School Gymnasium, 1 Raider Lane, West Sacramento

The Bridgeway Stonegate Concert Band will also be performing the National Anthem at a Sacramento King's Game on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Follow the band's Facebook page and stay up to date with their latest news.
Tiny House Build – Some of our Northern California Construction Trades (NCCT) students built a tiny house in preparation of the 12th Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit held in Sacramento on November 27-29, spotlighting the tools and best practices needed in working for smart city leaders across the globe.

The conference brings together 400+ leaders each year to build partnerships across sectors and from city-to-city. Additionally, the event focuses on emerging and tested urban sustainability solutions which are scalable, replicable, and transferable for cities and regions. What a great experience for our students to be a part of and representing the #WUSDK12!
Community Giveaway – On Saturday, November 17th we joined our friends at the Yolo County Children's Alliance (YCCA) for the 12th Annual Community Giveaway held at the City of West Sacramento, City Hall. This year’s event had overwhelming support once again as more than 500 bags of Thanksgiving groceries, blankets, coats, toys, household items, and more were given to families experiencing hardships. 

Many thanks to the YCCA team and all the volunteers and donors who came together to make this event possible and successful for our entire community and a very special shout out to all our amazing WUSD staff for their efforts to support the needs of our families.
Career Day at Bridgeway - On Wednesday, November 28th, it was the annual Bridgeway Island Elementary School sixth to eighth grade Career Day. As many of you know, Career Day is a fantastic opportunity to showcase a number of different career and professional pathways for students. Not only do events such as this help to motivate and spark a child’s curiosity but they also serve to highlight the importance of staying committed to school and the successes that can be achieved with a strong educational background.

Many thanks to the amazing Bridgeway Island elementary teachers who organize this event each year! We would also like to give a special thank you to all the guest speakers who took the time to visit with students and represent a variety of professional careers ranging from an attorney, tattoo artist, physical therapist, landscape architect, pharmaceutical representative, the armed forces, graphic designer, probation officer, firefighter, and many more! 
Community Forums - Come on out and meet our Superintendent, School Board Trustees, and Executive Cabinet Team!

We are hosting a series of community forums highlighting these efforts and our district-wide road map for success.

Students, families, teachers, staff, and community members are invited to join us for a discussion on:

  • District Vision and Mission
  • Districtwide Budget
  • Student Achievement
  • School Climate

Please help us by sharing the REVISED  community flyer online and in the community. We hope to see you at one of our schools! #Great2bWUSD
Bryte Cafe - The Bryte Café is open again on December 6 & 13 from 10:15-11:15 am and operated by second-year River City High School Culinary Arts students offering a new student-created menu every two weeks.  

Meals can be ordered for takeout or sit-in service and range from $10-$13. The Café schedule is structured as it is to accommodate student class schedules and times. 

Please help us our by sharing this information with friends, family, and neighbors and do not hesitate to contact the Bryte Career and College Training campus at (916) 375-7901 ext. 3301.
California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) - At the April 12, 2018 WUSD Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees approved  Resolution No. 1718-22 indicating their intent to transition Board elections from at-large to by-trustee area elections by the November 2020 election. The transition will not affect the current November 2018 elections however, the Board has been in the process of drafting the trustee area maps for several months.

On September 19th we wrapped up our fourth and final community forum discussing the CVRA and what it means for our school district and community.

The final public hearing and adoption of the maps took place at the September 27, 2018 Regularly Scheduled School Board Meeting where the Board of Trustees adopted the “ Green Map.”

With the adoption of a map now complete, the next phase of the implementation will be determined in the coming weeks by the Board of Trustees and shared with the community.

In the meantime, we would like to encourage members of the public to visit our CVRA web page to find out more about the process. Should you wish to provide feedback regarding the CVRA, please do so by submitting a “CVRA Inquiries Form” located at the bottom of the web page.
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.