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Special Shoutout to the WUSD Transportation Team! 
Among the many celebrations throughout the month of October we would like to remind our readers that it was also School Bus Safety Awareness Month. Districts throughout California joined in the celebration by showing their appreciation for school bus drivers.

It’s important for our community to be aware of proper safety habits while riding on and sharing the road with school buses. The safety of our students is dependent upon our dedicated and well-trained school bus drivers as well as our safe and cognizant motoring community members.

On October 21st the WUSD Transportation Team held their monthly safety meeting to review policies and updates but this meeting featured a new twist—the first ever team competition (friendly competition of course) day trip check where each team conducted a thorough safety check of their school bus simulating what they do on a daily basis before hitting the road to transport our students. It was amazing to see our dedicated drivers in action, doing what they do best and having fun at the same time! 

Let's give these hard-working WUSD employees a BIG THANKS for their unparalleled commitment to the services they provide our children and families every day. The next time you see a school bus driver tell them how much you appreciate their services. Keep up the good work team! #Great2bWUSD 
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District Spotlights...
On October 3rd Common Vision spent the day with our Westmore Oaks Elementary students planting fruit trees in the school garden presenting kids with a unique opportunity to step outside the classroom and learn about environmental science, climate change, nutrition, and teamwork.

Formed in 2005, Common Vision helps create a Healthy and Just Society by helping to grow fruit trees in schools. In 10 years they have planted more than 6,000 fruit trees throughout California and built a reputation for improving the lives of students and teachers. #KeepCalmAndPlantOn
The Westfield Village Wildcats had a special visit on October 5th from Fox 40 news anchor Paul Robbins and Walmart who presented the fourth grade teaching team of Sarah Barnes and Dana Gould with gift baskets and a gift card over $500 to help purchase supplies for the classroom! Ms. Gould and Ms. Barnes were nominated as part of Walmart’s COMMANDER in TEACH(ers) program which seeks to assist local teachers in the classroom with some additional support and a fun surprise. Congratulations Sarah and Dana and thank you for all that you do for our students!

Bridgeway Island Elementary participated in this year's International Walk to School Day on October 5th. The celebration began at a nearby park with kids, parents and community leaders walking together to the school campus.

Walk to School Day helps raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. It's also a fun way to build connections between families, schools and the larger community. 
Throughout the month of October our Washington Unified Transition to Adult Living (TAL) students partnered with the Fiery Ginger Farm to host a seasonal farm stand on Merkeley Avenue selling pumpkins grown at the farm! 

The TAL Program provides Life Skills and Job Skills training to individuals with disabilities between the ages of 18-22. Students work on skills necessary to adult life, such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and finding and keeping employment. To train students effectively, TAL operates out of a house with a full kitchen and yard. Students work on functional academics such as time, money, and writing skills in a classroom setting as well. Students are taught to identify their individual life goals and to diligently work toward them by building skills necessary for long term success. 
Join us in giving a big shout out to all our Washington Unified schools for successfully participating in this year’s Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills . On October 20th our students joined millions of people worldwide by practicing how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On as part of the drill.

Even though earthquakes are rare in our area they can still happen anywhere we live, work, or travel. Remembering to take the proper actions, such as " Drop, Cover, and Hold On ", can save lives and reduce the risk of injury. Participation in the drill is a great way for our students, teachers and staff to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from an emergency situation. And special thanks to Southport Elementary for being our lead demonstration school this year! 
Congratulations to RCHS students Emily Xu, Nicholas Shaw, Anne Genon and Virak Chhay for attending the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists student conference in Boston! The Academy was established to provide young people, their parents and their teachers with extensive information and guidance on how to become a doctor or medical scientist through educational programs and library, mentoring tele-seminars, and a social network that will connect young people to each other as well as to medical professionals and academicians.

The Academy hosts its annual Congress of Future Medical Leaders designed to bring together America’s high-achieving high school students with aspirations of becoming the next generation of medical leaders. #RaiderPride
Riverbank Elementary participated in a news conference recognizing the 2016 California Flood Preparedness Week on Wednesday, October 26th. 

Third grade students played West Sac Flood Protect’s fun and interactive Flood Challenge computer game educating them to Plan, Pack, and Protect in case of a flood event. When each student completed the game, they signed a pledge to Plan. Pack. and Protect. The certificate was printed out for kids to take home to their family and parents to talk about the importance of flood protection. Read more...

News Coverage:
Bridgeway Island (BWI) Elementary School hosted a sixth to eighth grade College and Career Day on Wednesday, October 26th. Parents and community members were invited to visit classrooms to share stories about their careers and the journey they took along the way.

Students were actively engaged as they received first-hand insight from industry professionals specializing in fields such as law enforcement, nursing and healthcare, government and public administration, law/public safety, and the military and armed forces. Student and parent feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Everyone involved enjoyed the experience learning a lot about different types of careers. Way to go BWI! 
Other News...
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The Washington Unified School District is in the process of expanding its adult and community education programs. We are asking community members to provide us with input as to the types of programming needed in our West Sacramento community by participating in a brief 17 question online survey that can be completed in 10 minutes. Your direct feedback will greatly assist us to better serve the needs of our entire community. We look forward to receiving your feedback. 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…
Please join us for the  2nd Annual Harvest Festival  and Open House at Bryte Career and College Training on Thursday, November 3, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Chef demos, garden tours, a $4 spaghetti dinner…there’s a little bit of everything for the whole family. We will also have craft vendors for those of you looking for the perfect gifts for holiday giving. This is a community event, so grab a friend and eat at the newest Farm-to-Fork venue in town!

Code For Hood is back! We are hacking education and entrepreneurship with workshop driven hackathons. Join us in West Sacramento for 2.5 days of action packed educational fun. Learn coding, video game design, 3D design, engineering, art, website design, entrepreneurship and more! We are proud to say that Washington Unified School District and West Sacramento are MEGA SPONSORS of this awesome educational event! Read more here...

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

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 October 28, 2016