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On October 21 the Yolo County Office of Education hosted a STEM Girls event—Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for Girls. Girls in seventh and eighth grade were invited to participate in hands-on exploration of college and career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Attendees had the opportunity to meet and be inspired by college students, scientists, professors and other professionals working in STEM fields including robotics, computer programming, entomology, anatomy, solar energy, animal science and environmental engineering. The WUSD was well represented by 20 girls from Westmore Oaks Elementary and Elkhorn Village Elementary and their teachers Jennifer Garcia and Carmen Wright. Read more...
Join us in congratulating the River city high School Bands! They received some great accolades during the 39th Annual Grape Bowl Classic in Lodi on November 5th. The River City Regiment Marching Band took 1st Place Division AA for parade, and Zak Gulcher won 1st place Military Style Drum Major. The River City High School Big Band took 2nd place Division B Jazz. The Grape Bowl Classic Band Review is hosted by Lodi High School and Tokay High School, providing the opportunity for High School and Middle School bands to compete in Marching Band Parade Competition, Jazz Band Competition and Field Show Competitions.

Find out more about the Grape Bowl Classic
“Kindness, Compassion, Inclusion, Service and Greatness.” Westfield Village Elementary kicked off the month of November with a spirited school-wide assembly featuring Coach Greatness, Kevin Bracy. This was a great opportunity to showcase our district’s efforts in promoting a bully-free environment supportive of ALL students. The school was joined that morning by FOX40 News ( video ) and GoodDay Sacramento/CBS13 ( video ) highlighting the culture of diversity throughout our community and the importance of these types of activities for our schools.
Riverbank Elementary took some time in November to host a REACH ONE Alliance rally! Students gathered to discuss kindness and how they can spread kindness through random acts at home, on campus and in the community. They also participated in a relay race and practiced their Reach One Huddle to kick start activities and signed a poster as they learned in Kevin Bracy’s instructional video. Great to see the #OtterNation becoming leaders in action! 
The RCHS Ensemble Jazz Group, known as the Sea Monkeys, is trying to get to the birthplace of jazz music but they need your help. For the 20th anniversary of this program, there is a potential opportunity for the group to travel to New Orleans! What kid wouldn't want stories of playing in their band in the French Quarter, and quite possibly even Preservation Hall? This opportunity is one that the band is trying to make a reality in the spring. If you would like to read more about the band you can visit their website and if you you would like to get involved please visit their GoFundMe page. You can also watch the Sea Monkeys in action during a recent appearance on GoodDay Sacramento ( Part 1  and  Part 2 ).
The November Code for Hood event was a great success! Students and community members hacked education and entrepreneurship with workshop driven hackathons in West Sacramento during 2.5 days of action packed educational fun. Participants learned coding, video game design, 3D design, engineering, art, website design, entrepreneurship and much, much more! Once again the Washington Unified School District and West Sacramento were MEGA SPONSORS of this awesome educational event! Read more here...
Mrs. Carla Marquez
On November 24, 2016, Carla passed away peacefully after a heroic battle with cancer.

Carla was born in Sacramento, California on November 30, 1946.  She was the first child born to LeRoy “Bud” and Alma Soost.

Carla was a life-long resident of West Sacramento, graduating from James Marshall High School.  She later attended San Jose State where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching credential.  Carla touched thousands of lives as an educator, serving 42 years in the Washington Unified School District as a teacher, Elementary School Assistant Principal, and Elementary School Principal.  Carla was nominated several times and received the Employee of the Year Award for Washington Unified School District both as a teacher and administrator.  

She began working for WUSD in September of 1974 spending the majority of her years working as a Kindergarten teacher at Westmore Oaks Elementary School. During
Kindergarten registration parents would begin lining up at 2:00 a.m. to get their children a spot in Carla's Kindergarten class.  In July of 2007, Carla began her administrative career as Assistant Principal of Westmore Oaks.  In July of 2009, Carla was transferred to Stonegate Elementary School where she served as Assistant Principal for approximately 5 years.  She was appointed Principal of Stonegate Elementary School in July of 2014.

Carla was first and foremost a mom.  She was active in the West Sacramento Little League, River City High School Athletic Boosters, and American Legion Baseball.  Carla was a dedicated fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers and enjoyed vacationing with her boys; spending time with friends; playing penny slots at the casino; crafting; shopping; and watching the Hallmark channel.  “Grandma Carla” was also always available to babysit for those who asked her to.

Carla was preceded in death by her parents LeRoy “Bud” and Alma Soost.  Carla is survived by her husband, Andres “Andy”; sons, Vincent and Stephen; sister, Toni Johnson; and numerous  cousins, nieces and nephews.  

Special thanks to the nurses and doctors at the Oncology Department of Mercy General Hospital for their outstanding care, comfort and support.

Visitation hours will be Friday, December 2nd, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. vigil service, all at RIVER CITIES FUNERAL CHAPEL, 910 Soule St., West Sacramento.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered December 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, 911 Park Blvd., West Sacramento.  Entombment, St. Mary’s Cemetery.  

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, at 1:00 p.m. at Stonegate Elementary School, 2500 La Jolla Drive, West Sacramento.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
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The WUSD Technology Department is asking for parent input on technology use to help craft our updated technology plan and student use of technology in our schools. The survey is online and is also available in Spanish (once you pass the initial screen to select your school). It is completely anonymous and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback will greatly assist us to better serve the needs of our students. We're looking forward to hearing from you and thank you for participating! Take the survey here.
The College Ready: Beyond the GPA campaign creates and implements awareness strategies and hands-on programs to increase the number of students who achieve beyond the minimum standards as they transition from high school to college. As California’s capital university, Sacramento State aims to prepare students for leadership, service and success through this campaign. With continued innovation and active engagement, this campaign will continue to strive for student success as these students become the future leaders of tomorrow. Find out more…
Sacramento Covered is pleased to host the 16th Annual Healthy Kids Day. This community event draws thousands, and plays an important role in promoting better health for people of all ages by offering free health services like blood pressure checks, dental screenings, eye exams, flu shots, and more. There will also be a farmers’ market and information about healthy living. The event is next Saturday, December 10th at the Sleep Train Arena. You can call Covered California at 916-414-8333 to pre-schedule your free ride to to the event. Find out more about the event here.
You can kick off the holiday season by attending the West Sacramento Winter Wonderland on Friday, December 2nd in front of City Hall. This family-friendly community event is being hosted by our friends at the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce featuring a community tree lighting and holiday celebration including FREE pictures with Santa, FREE kids activities, FREE cookie decorating stations, live music and much, much more for the entire family! You will also get a chance to heard the RCHS Big Band performing! Download the  printer-friendly flyer Hope to you see you there!
December Board Meetings
Thursday, December 8, 2016

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November 30, 2016