District Hosts Community Workshops on Funding Priorities - Fresno Unified School District

District Hosts Community Workshops on Funding Priorities - Fresno Unified School District
december 2018/january 2019

District Hosts Community Workshops on Funding Priorities
Fresno Unified’s 2018-19 Local Control           For video, go to vimeo.com/
and Accountability Plan (LCAP)                   fresnounified/LCAP2018
includes $193 million in investments
                                             holding regional workshops to gather
to increase or improve services
                                                   feedback from the commu-
for students living in disad-
                                                      nity to prepare and update
vantaged circumstances.
                                                        the LCAP as part of the
The LCAP outlines                                        annual strategic budget
the district goals and                                    development process.
spending      priorities.                                 Community meetings
                                                          in the McLane, Edison,
   See Schedule                                           Bullard, Fresno High,
    on Page 5                                           Roosevelt and Sunnyside
                                                      regions are planned for
The plan also demonstrates                          December and January.
how the goals are aligned with the
                                           “The workshops provide an opportuni-
state’s eight priority areas. Integral
                                           ty to update our community on invest-
to the planning process is engage-
                                           ment priorities, review data on student
ment with parents, educators, students,
                                           performance and exchange ideas for
employees and other community                                                           Ella Metcalfe-Armstrong learns Spanish in a dual immersion language program
partners.                                                                               at Wawona School. Dual immersion was expanded for the current school year in
                                           See lcap		                                   part due to feedback from the community. The district will hold regional meetings
In November, the district began            Continued on page 5                          in December and January to gather feedback for the 2019-20 school year.

New High School Campus will Feature Alternative Programs
The district is designing an alternative
education program for the old juvenile     District, county and city officials
hall site that will help high school       watch Oct. 17 as a banner of the new
students achieve their goals of gradu-     alternative education center unfurls,
                                           covering the lettering on the old juvenile
ation through personalized learning,       hall. Participants are from left, Fresno
flexible schedules, academic and social    County Board of Supervisors member
emotional supports, and technology         Sal Quintero, Fresno Unified president
integration.                               Elizabeth Jonasson Rosas and Fresno
It also will strive to make learning       Unified clerk Valerie Davis, Fresno City
                                           Council Member Luis Chavez, Fresno
relevant. Using a project-based            Unified board members Christopher de
learning concept, students would           la Cerda, Brooke Ashjian and Claudia
choose a problem to solve, perhaps         Cazares, and Superintendent Bob
identified by the City of Fresno.          Nelson.
Students’ coursework in a variety of
academic and career technical educa-       See new campus
tion classes would focus on the project    Continued on page 13

                                            Arts, Activities and                         District Recruiting                       Superintendent Message in
                                                                   (Pages 6 and 7)                                  (Page 13)                                (Page 15)
                                            Athletics                                    New Teachers                              Spanish and Hmong
District Hosts Community Workshops on Funding Priorities - Fresno Unified School District
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Something to Smile about: New Mobile Dental Clinic Launched
A mobile dental clinic that debuted at                                                                                         “Ntev tshaj li ntawm ob tiam dhau los,
Mayfair Elementary School in 1994                                                                                              Healthy Smiles xub thawj pib los muab
marked a milestone at the same campus                                                                                          tej kev pab rau peb lub zej lub zog nyob
this past fall.                                                                                                                ntawm no hauv Mayfair Elementary,”
                                                                                                                               Fresno Unified Tus Tuam Thawj Saib
Thanks to a $542,000 grant from
                                                                                                                               Kev Kawm Bob Nelson tau hais nyob
Kaiser Permanente, the Healthy
                                                                                                                               rau thaum qhib. “Nws tau pib los
Smiles Mobile Foundation was able
                                                                                                                               ntawm ob peb tug tub kawm ntawv
to purchase a new mobile dental clinic
                                                                                                                               xwb thiab ib lub tsheb “van”, zoo
and refurbish an existing one. The new
                                                                                                                               txawv deb ntawm lub “mobile unit”
mobile dental clinic was unveiled Oct.
                                                                                                                               tam sim no muaj.
19 at Mayfair Elementary, where the
program began.                                                                                                                 “Ntau ntau lub xyoo dhau los, cov
                                                                                                                               neeg mob tau muaj coob zuj zus tuaj,
      For video, go to vimeo.com/
                                                                                                                               tiam sis kev cog lus ntawm “Healthy
                                          Healthy Smiles dental assistant Maggie Garzon works on Mayfair Elementary            Smiles” thiab nws pab neeg ua hauj
“More than two decades ago, Healthy       School student Gaedin Keoounheuane. Healthy Smiles unveiled a new mobile             lwm yeej tsis muab lawv txoj kev ua
Smiles first began providing services     dental care unit at Mayfair on Oct. 19.                                              hauj lwm tso tseg li xij los muab kev
to our community right here at                                                                                                 pab rau coob coob tug neeg.”
Mayfair Elementary,” Fresno Unified
                                          comprar una nueva clínica dental            de Fresno.                               Lub chaw tsheb kuaj hniav tshiab no
Superintendent Bob Nelson said at the
                                          móvil y renovar la existente. La nueva                                               yuav taug kev ncig Zos los muab kev
unveiling. “It started with just a few                                                La caries dental es la enfermedad
                                          clínica dental móvil fue expuesta el                                                 pab kuaj hniav dawb pub rau cov me
students and a van, far different from                                                crónica infantil número 1 y causa que
                                          19 de octubre en la Primaria Mayfair,                                                nyuam yaus nyob ib puag ncig li ntawm
the mobile unit here today.                                                           las escuelas de los Estados Unidos
                                          donde inició el programa.                                                            100 hauv nroog thiab tej zej zog nyob
                                                                                      pierdan 51 millones de horas por año.
“Over the years, the number of patients                                                                                        tuaj tom ntug zos. Lub chaw kho hniav
                                          “Hace más de dos décadas,
has increased significantly, but the
                                          Sonrisas Saludables se inició en la
                                                                                      Tej yam ua rau muaj kev luag             no yuav muaj ntxuav hniav, ntsaws
commitment of Healthy Smiles and its
                                          Primaria Mayfair proveyendo servi-
                                                                                      ntxhi txog: Lub Chaw Tsheb               hniav thiab nrho hniav rau 8,000 tug
team has never wavered as they have
                                          cios para nuestra comunidad,” El
                                                                                      Kuaj Hniav Tshiab                        me nyuam yaus tauj ib xyoos.
continued to provide care for so many.”
                                          Superintendente del Distrito Escolar        Ib lub chaw tsheb kuaj hniav uas muaj    “Healthy Smiles” qhov kev pab tau mus
The new mobile dental clinic will         Unificado de Fresno Bob Nelson lo           nyob rau hauv Mayfair Elementary         ncig Fresno Hauv Paus Tsev Kawm
travel the Valley providing free oral     mencionó en la demostración. “Inició        School txij thaum 1994 tau ua los lawm   Ntawv cov tsev kawm ntawv theem
health care to underserved children in    con unos cuantos estudiantes y una          ntev loo nyob rau tib qho chaw hauv      qis li ntawm 55 lub thiab tau pab tshaj
100 inner city and rural communities.     camioneta van, mucho muy diferente          lub tsev kawm ntawv no caij nplooj       li ntawm 5,200 hauv paus tsev kawm
The clinic will provide dental clean-     de la unidad móvil de hoy.”                 zeeg dhau los.                           ntawv cov tub kawm ntawv. Ntau lub
ings, cavity fillings and teeth extrac-                                                                                        xyoo dhau los, “Healthy Smiles” tau
                                          “Con los años, la cantidad de paci-         Ua tsaug rau ib qho nyiaj pub $542,000
tions to 8,000 children a year.                                                                                                ua hauj lwm ze nrog Fresno Hauv Paus
                                          entes fue aumentando significativa-         los ntawm Kaiser Permanente,
                                                                                                                               Tsev Kawm Ntawv Lub Chaw Kho
The Healthy Smiles program visits         mente, pero el compromiso de Sonrisas       “Healthy Smiles Mobile Foundation”
                                                                                                                               Mob, cov neeg saib mob thiab tsev
55 Fresno Unified elementary schools      Saludables y su equipo nunca han            muaj peev xwm los yuav tau lub tsheb
                                                                                                                               kawm ntawv cov neeg khiav dej num.
and serves more than 5,200 district       flaqueado ya que continúan proveyen-        chaw kuaj hnia no thiab muab lub
students. Over the years, Healthy         do cuidado a muchos.”                       qub kho dua tshiab. Lub chaw tsheb       Kaus hniav lwj yog naj npawb 1 cov me
Smiles has worked closely with Fresno                                                 kuaj hniav tshiab no tau qhib thaum      nyuam yaus tus kab mob hniav thiab
                                          La nueva clínica dental móvil recor-
Unified’s Health Services, nurses and                                                 lub Kaum Hli tim 19 hauv Mayfair         ua rau 51 lab (millions) xuaj moos tau
                                          rerá el Valle proveyendo cuidado de
school staff.                                                                         Elementary, uas nyob rau ntawm qhov      plam tsis tau kawm ntawm txhua lub
                                          salud oral a los niños que carecen de
                                                                                      chaw kev pab tau pib los.                xyoo hauv Teb Chaws Meskas.
Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic child-   servicios en 100 centros de la ciudad
hood disease and causes 51 million lost   y comunidades rurales. La clínica
school hours per year in the U.S.         proveerá limpieza dental, empaste de
                                          caries y extracción de dientes a 8,000
Algo Por lo Cual Sonreír:
Nueva Clínica Dental Móvil                niños al año.
                                                                                                                    Important Dates
                                          El programa de Sonrisas Saludables
Una clínica dental móvil que debutó
                                          visita 55 escuelas primarias del Distrito
en la Primaria Mayfair en 1994 llegó a
                                          Escolar Unificado de Fresno y sirve a          Dec. 3                     Applications Due for Specialty and
una meta en el mismo plantel el otoño
                                          más de 5,200 estudiantes en el distrito.                                  Magnet Schools
                                          Durante los años, Sonrisas Saludables
                                                                                         Dec. 17-Jan. 4             Winter Break
Gracias a la concesión de $542,000        ha trabajado muy de cerca con las
de Kaiser Permanente, la Fundación        enfermeras y el personal de Servicios          Jan. 21                    Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
de Sonrisas Saludables Móvil pudo         de Salud del Distrito Escolar Unificado

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                     board                                     Reflections on a Successful Year, with More to Come
 Elizabeth Jonasson Rosas Area 2                               It’s human nature. Every year around this                    at Sunnyside and Edison high schools.                        Our community is a vital component of our
    Elizabeth.Jonasson.Rosas@fresnounified.org                 time, we pause to reflect on the year behind                 The classes increase opportunities for                       future success. That is why Fresno Unified
           Liaison: Brandalyn Hastings                         us, celebrate new beginnings and look to-                    our community to attend college courses                      is hosting a number of community engage-
        brandalyn.hastings@fresnounified.org                   ward the future. Fresno Unified is no differ-                right in their own neighborhood, close to                    ment workshops as the district begins to
                                                               ent, and in fact, we have much to celebrate                  home. Adults in our community can now                        develop next school year’s fiscal budget.
           Valerie F. Davis Area 3                             this       holiday                                           benefit from the Neighborhood Campuses                       This effort is part of our Local Control and
                                                               season. The dis-                                             program, as can our own students who are                     Accountability Plan, or LCAP. Workshops
Major Terry Slatic USMC (Retired) Area 7                       trict’s     strong                                           interested in taking evening high school en-                 give parents and community members an
              (Will be sworn in Dec. 14.)                      financial foot-                                              richment classes.                                            opportunity to share their voice and ideas
                                                               ing places us as                                             Additionally, with the help of Fresno City                   regarding potential budget investments and
          Claudia Cazares Area 6                               one of the most                                                                                                           programs that are designated to support
         Claudia.Cazares@fresnounified.org                                                                                  College instructors and Fresno Unified
                                                               stable systems                                               teachers, we also launched night classes                     students and improve student outcomes.
               Veva Islas Area 4                               in the state, par-                                           at Duncan Polytechnical High School.                         Meetings are underway now through Janu-
              (Will be sworn in Dec. 14.)                      ticularly among                                              Courses at Duncan focus on certification                     ary 23. For a list of workshop dates, visit
                                                               the large urban                                              and career technical education workforce                     the district website at www.Fresnounified.
          Keshia Thomas Area 1                                 school districts.                                            development, utilizing the career ready fa-                  org or go to Page 5.
              (Will be sworn in Dec. 14.)                      Students’ educa-                                             cilities Duncan already provides.                            As we look towards 2019, we find our-
          Carol Mills, J.D. Area 5                             tional outcomes Robert G. Nelson, Ed.D                                                                                    selves offering our thanks for the service of
             Carolmillsfusd@comcast.net                        remain steady                                                In October, our Board of Education ap-
                                                                                                                            proved the purchase of the old juvenile hall                 Bullard Trustee Brooke Ashjian, McLane
                                                               and continue to                                                                                                           Trustee Christopher De La Cerda and Edi-
           Liaison: Michele Rodriguez                                                                                       building on Tenth and Ventura. Vacant for
                                                               improve. Our board continues to invest in                                                                                 son Trustee Cal Johnson, who is retiring
                                                               new and improved educational programs                        more than a decade, we plan to demolish
                                                                                                                            a portion of that campus and build a state                   after 12 years of serving the students of this
                                                               that will carry our students into the jobs                                                                                district. Fresno Unified sincerely thanks
                                                               and careers of tomorrow. With community                      of the art learning facility that brings the
            ADMINISTRATION                                     support, we continue to build and modern-                    best of our alternative education experi-                    them for placing the needs of our com-
                                                                                                                            ences together under one roof. This facility                 munity’s children at the forefront and for
        Robert G. Nelson, Ed.D                                 ize facilities that contribute to stable city                                                                             standing in difficult space at times for what
                   Superintendent                              neighborhoods and better support teaching                    will provide an abundance of options for
                                                                                                                            students ranging from credit recovery, to                    they believed was most needed for the suc-
                                                               and learning. This school year, students in
                Ruth F. Quinto                                 two of our special education programs will                   online learning, to service learning to ca-                  cess of students and the district.
 Deputy Superintendent/Chief Financial Officer
                                                               see this first hand at Rata High School and                  reer technical education and more. The pur-                  With that, we welcome new voices to our
                  Kim Mecum                                    our Adult Transition Program (ATP). This                     chase of the old juvenile hall benefits both
              Chief Academic Officer
                                                               past fall, Fresno Unified and our collegiate                 our students and our city and I am extreme-
                 Miguel Arias                                  partners at Fresno City College announced                    ly thankful to our board for their ongoing                   See SUPT. MESSAGE
              Chief Information Officer                        the expansion of evening college courses                     vision and commitment to this community.                     SPANISH and HMONG
                 Paul Idsvoog                                                                                                                                                            Continued on page 15
Chief Human Resources/Labor Relations Officer
                 Kurt Madden                                   Message from Victor Taylor, Public Information Officer for the California Highway Patrol – Fresno Area
              Chief Technology Officer
                                                               CHP Offers Explorer Program for Young People
              Lindsay Sanders
              Chief Equity and Access                          The mission of the California Highway Pa-                    Competitions are a high point of Explorer
                                                                                                                                                                                         „„ Medical training
                 Karin Temple                                  trol Explorer Program is to develop young                    training, providing the opportunity to com-
              Chief Operations Officer                         individuals into                                             pete against other posts for trophies. The                   „„ Community service
                                                               responsible and                                              competitions take a considerable amount                      „„ Fundraising events
                                                               productive citi-                                             of preparation time, effort, and training.                   Once the background check is completed,
                                                               zens      through                                            Preparations begin months in advance and                     the Explorer Cadet is required to attend
         BUILDING FUTURES                                      discipline and a                                             certain Explorers are specifically trained                   three academy levels within the first 18
             Vanessa Ramirez                                   commitment to                                                for certain scenarios. This fosters a great                  months. These academies provide basic
             Public Information Officer                        serve their com-                                             sense of teamwork, camaraderie, and esprit                   training in a number of different areas:
                 Tony Bernard                                  munities.                                                    de corps. Competitions consist of law en-                    learning radio codes, patrol vehicle opera-
                  Media Technician                             The program is a                                             forcement scenarios including but not lim-                   tion, traffic control, and other subjects that
                                                                                                                            ited to, building searches, Special Weap-                    help prepare an Explorer for the CHP Acad-
          Michael De La Cerda                                  unique and chal-
                                                                                                                            ons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) entries, foot
            Supervisor Media Services                          lenging oppor-                                                                                                            emy in Sacramento.
                                                               tunity for young                                             pursuits, patrol car driving courses, felony
                    Anne Ellis                                                                                              traffic stops, DUI stops, shooting skills and                The minimum requirements to become a
           Community Relations Officer                         men and woman                                                                                                             CHP Explorer are:
                                                               (ages 15-21) that                                            athletic events.
                                                                                         Victor Taylor
                 Amy Idsvoog                                   develops      pro- Public Information Officer                CHP Explorers participate in many law en-
                                                                                                                                                                                         „„ Be between 15-21 years of age
             Communications Analyst                                                                                                                                                      „„ Have an interest in law enforcement
                                                               spective     CHP forPatrol
                                                                                      the California Highway
                                                                                            – Fresno Area                   forcement activities, including:
               Keith Rybaczyk                                  cadet applicants.                                            „„ Ride-alongs with officers in the field
                                                                                                                                                                                         „„ Have at least a 2.0 GPA
           Media Production Specialist                                                                                                                                                   „„ Have no drug or alcohol use
                                                               Successful com-
                                                                                                                            „„ DUI checkpoints
                                                               pletion of the Explorer Program can open                                                                                  „„ Have good citizenship
                                                               doors and present many opportunities, es-                    „„ CHiPs for Kids
                                                                                                                                                                                         „„ Have no felony convictions
                                                               pecially for an Explorer who is planning to                  „„ Area office clerical duties
Building Futures is a monthly publication of Fresno
                                                               make the CHP a career.                                       „„ Explorer competitions                                     To become an Explorer, contact the Fresno
Unified School District prepared by the Communica-                                                                                                                                       CHP office at (559) 705-2200.
tions Office. To place an ad, contact (559) 457-3733                                                                        „„ Physical fitness training
or email Communications@FresnoUnified.org.

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 gender, gender identity or expression or genetic information, mental or physical disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital, pregnancy or parental status, military veteran status, or any other basis protected by law or regulation, in its
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Mobile Health Unit Opens at Addams, Permanent Clinic Planned
Addams Elementary School now has                                                                                                2,600 square-foot health center will
a mobile health center on campus,                                                                                               be located at the back of the campus
making basic health care more acces-                                                                                            at Lafayette and Home avenues, near
sible for school-age students in the                                                                                            where the mobile unit is parked.
                                                                                                                                The permanent facility will provide
The district held a ribbon cutting Oct.                                                                                         more services, including a behavior-
24 to celebrate the opening of the                                                                                              al clinician for mental health care. The
mobile unit.                                                                                                                    permanent health center will also be
      For video, go to vimeo.com/                                                                                               open to all ages.
      fresnounified/AddamsHealthCenter                                                                                          The permanent clinic will be Fresno
                                                                                                                                Unified’s second school-based health
Clinica Sierra Vista will operate the
                                                                                                                                center. The district opened a campus
health center in partnership with Fresno
                                                                                                                                health center at Gaston Middle School
Unified. Services include physicals,
                                                                                                                                in 2014, and is planning school-based
sports exams, immunizations, vision
                                                                                                                                clinics for Bakman Elementary School,
and hearing screenings and treatment
                                                                                                                                Tehipite and Sequoia middle schools,
of minor illnesses and injuries.
                                                                                                                                and Duncan Polytechnical High
The health center will provide services                                                                                         School. The new Herrera Elementary
to school-age children. Clinica Sierra     Kalila Banks, a nurse practitioner for Clinica Sierra Vista, examines Addams         School, planned for Church Avenue
Vista accepts Medi-Cal and most insur-     Elementary School sixth-grader Arianna Ramos during the opening of the mobile        between Willow and Peach avenues,
                                           health center at Addams Oct. 24.
ances and HMO plans.                                                                                                            will have space for a health center as
“This mobile health unit will be a
                                           Nelson. “Students cannot learn if they     There are plans to build a permanent
tremendous boost to our Addams                                                                                                  The board of trustees approved the
                                           are not at school, and this will keep      health center at the elementary school
families and Addams communi-                                                                                                    health centers in February 2017. The
                                           more students healthy and improve          before the summer, funded by Valley
ty by being easily accessible right on                                                                                          centers are expected to benefit nearly
                                           attendance.”                               Children’s Healthcare with services
campus,” said Superintendent Bob                                                                                                7,000 students and their families.
                                                                                      provided by Clinica Sierra Vista. The

Former Basketball Star Gives Back to Community as New Edison Coach
Jackie White, the second woman to          However, she wanted to finish her
play for the Harlem Globetrotters, is      college career taking on the challenge
back in Fresno passing on her tricks to    of a Division I program. She trans-
the Edison High School girls basket-       ferred to Long Beach State. The team
ball team.                                 was ranked as high as No. 1 that year
                                           and won its conference. She earned her
White is in her first season coaching
                                           degree in criminology.
the varsity girls, who have so far this
season won more games than last            White took a job as a counselor with the
season. She is joined by Alice Stein,      Juvenile Division of the Chino correc-
Yvette Roberts and Will Harris as her      tional facility, but within six months,
assistant coaches.                         the Harlem Globetrotters hired her as
                                           their second female player. She was a
“I love it. I love my girls, I love
                                           Globetrotter from 1986-1987. It was a
coaching, I love teaching, I love being
                                           hectic, 10-month season with stops in a
a role model and a mentor,” White said.
                                           different city every night.
White brings passion and experience
                                           “It was an experience I would never
to the job, and a desire to give back to
                                           have traded in my life. I got to see the
southwest Fresno, where she grew up.
                                           world,” White said.
White, 56, attended West Fresno
                                           She returned to Chino, where she
Elementary School, West Fresno
                                           worked for 28 years. For 20 of those       Jackie White, a former Harlem Globetrotter, has returned to southwest Fresno
Middle School (called Ivy Junior
                                           years she coached a young men’s            where she grew up to coach the girls basketball team at Edison High School.
High School then) and San Joaquin
                                           basketball team (ages 16-25), winning
Memorial High School. After graduat-
                                           three championships.
ing from high school, she played one
                                                                                      cancer. She moved back to Fresno in       was available.
year for Louisiana State University        “I never detached myself from the
                                                                                      2016 to be near her elderly mother. She
before returning to California to be       game of basketball,” White said.                                                     “That tugging led me to feel that I still
                                                                                      planned to travel during retirement but
closer to family and friends. She helped                                                                                        wanted to serve my community, give
                                           White retired in 2013 to help care for     “something kept tugging at my heart.”
Cal Poly Pomona win a Division II                                                                                               back to my community,” White said.
                                           her oldest brother, who was dying of
national championship.                                                                And then the Edison girls coaching job

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District’s New Tech Learning Initiative Showing Positive Results
Fresno Unified has a new program that        „„ PLI is associated with positive
strives to make sure students develop           gains for African American,
the skills they need to succeed in a fast-      Hispanic and Asian elementa-
changing, high tech world.                      ry students and did not have a
                                                negative effect on any ethnic
      For video, go to vimeo.com/               group, with the same patterns for
      fresnounified/PLI                         middle school grades.
                                             „„ PLI students are collaborating
The district launched the Personalized
                                                digitally significantly more than
Learning Initiative (PLI) in 2016 at
                                                non-PLI students with the same
89 schools, with 220 teachers and
                                                level of technology access.
12,423 students. This year, year 3,
the district has 89 schools with more        PLI allows students to have rich digital
than 650 teachers involved and more          learning experiences, work together
than 25,000 students, and 26 addition-       with peers on their learning, and use
al schools are committed to increasing       technology to share their learning.
personalized learning.                       PLI teachers are shifting practices to
                                             encourage student voice, choice and
Every student has access to a class-
                                             collaboration, which engages them           Students collaborate more using computers and are showing increased academic gains
room laptop computer and does much
                                             more in their learning.                     when they have teachers who have been trained in strategic use of technology through
of their math and English language
                                                                                         the Professional Learning Initiative.
arts work digitally. Teachers undergo        One unique aspect of PLI is that the
extensive training to combine high           district is partnering with Microsoft
quality teaching with meaningful inte-       Education, Digital Promise and
gration of technology.                       Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to analyze                      lcap                          „„ Expansion of dual immersion
                                             data. The partnership is a valuable               Continued from page 1                    programs offered
The use of technology – specifical-
                                             example of how school districts, tech                                                   „„ Increased use of classroom
ly Office 365 and district-adopt-
                                             providers and external researchers can                                                     technology
ed learning tools – allows teachers to                                                      improving student outcomes. Input
                                             work together to address education                                                      „„ Increased mental health and
quickly assign tasks, assess learning                                                       from prior years has been extremely
                                             challenges.                                                                                social-emotional supports for
and customize instruction for individu-                                                     helpful to inform investment priori-
al students in ways not possible before.     In 2016, 440 teachers chose to apply           ties included in the district’s plan,”
                                             to the program and, given the available        said Ruthie Quinto, the district’s       Also, Fresno Unified’s LCAP
Teachers say individual needs are
                                             budget, 220 were randomly selected             deputy superintendent and chief          survey is now available, providing
met, student are more engaged and
                                             through a lottery system. In year 2            financial officer.                       another opportunity for feedback
are learning to be digitally literate and
                                             and year 3, teachers and school-sites                                                   and recommendations. For more
more prepared for college and careers.                                                      Examples of new or expanded
                                             continue to choose to participate in                                                    information, access to the 2018-19
                                                                                            investments for the 2018-19 school
Jefferson Elementary School third-           PLI.                                                                                    LCAP, regional workshop dates
                                                                                            year aligned to stakeholder feedback
grade teacher Juliana Bonilla began                                                                                                  and how to take the LCAP survey,
                                             PLI began as a joint effort                    received include:
training for PLI with some skepti-                                                                                                   please visit the district website at
                                             between Information Technology
cism but says it has changed the way                                                        „„ Reduction in class sizes at all       www.fresnounified.org.
                                             and Curriculum and Instruction
she teaches and is encouraged by her                                                           grade levels
students’ success.
                                             “There are many positive things happen-
“My kids are rockin’ and rollin’. I am
                                             ing across our district. PLI is teachers           2018-19 Local Control and Accountability Plan Regional
rockin’ and rollin’. My outlook on
                                             choosing to challenge their learning                               Community Meetings
it has totally changed. I see my kids
                                             and sharpen their craft to provide high
and what they are producing and what                                                                                All meetings 5:30-7:30 p.m.
                                             quality, 21st Century academic expe-
they are able to produce,” Bonilla said.
                                             riences for our students,” said Kim
“There’s so much more out there than                                                         School                                        Date
                                             Mecum, chief academic officer.
paper and pencil activities.”
                                                                                             Hoover High School cafeteria                  November 27, 2018
                                             Dr. Philip Neufeld, executive officer for
Early data on PLI is encouraging:
                                             Information Technology who previous-            Patiño School of Entrepreneurship             November 29, 2018
„„ Students with PLI teachers                ly worked at Fresno State and private           cafeteria
   outscored their non-PLI peers on          industry, said: “PLI is a strong collab-
                                                                                             McLane High School library                    December 6, 2018
   2018 Smarter Balanced Assessment          orative effort within the district, with
   Consortium (SBAC) tests in grades         external partners, and most importantly         Edison High School cafeteria                  December 11, 2018
   3,4, 5, 7 and 8 on English language       with teachers to better prepare students
                                                                                             Bullard High School cafeteria                 January 14, 2019
   arts.                                     for their #AsYetImagined futures.”
„„ Students with PLI teachers                                                                Fresno High School Senate Chambers            January 17, 2019
   outscored their non-PLI peers on
                                                                                             Roosevelt High School library                 January 22, 2019
   the SBAC in grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8
   in math.                                                                                  Sunnyside High School cafeteria               January 23, 2019

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     Students Pursue
                      Arts, Activities and Athletics
   Throughout the year, students pursue the district’s Goal 2: “All students will engage in arts, activities and athletics.” Below left,
   student art is featured during ArtHop Nov. 1 at the M Street Arts Complex, where the district rents exhibit space. Below right,
   Scandinavian Middle School’s Ethan D. Vang listens to music teacher Dennis Turner II during a McLane region performing arts
   day Nov. 7 to introduce elementary students to performing arts options. Bottom left, Edison High School’s Tyler Mrkaich battles
   in Edison's 22-21 runner-up finish for the Division III Section title on Nov. 10. Bottom
   right, the McLane choir performs during the McLane region performing arts day.

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  Students Pursue
                 Arts, Activities and Athletics
  Below left, Unified Soccer teams from Bullard and McLane high schools square off at Sunnyside High School on Oct. 31.
  Unified Soccer is made up of general education and special education students. Below right and bottom left and right,
  sixth-graders from Del Mar Elementary School attend outdoor science
  school at Calvin Crest Nov. 15.

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                 Linked Learning Spotlight
Sunnyside Ag and Tech Pathway Plants the Seeds of Career Ideas
Students at Sunnyside High School         Central Valley,” said Floridia Cheung,
have the opportunity to explore the       career technical education coordinator
diverse agriculture industries of the     at Sunnyside.  
Valley and prepare for a variety of
                                          The Agriscience and Technology
ag-related jobs.
                                          Pathway is a four-year interdisciplin-
Since 2014, Sunnyside has offered the     ary program. Students take specialty
Agriscience and Technology Pathway,       classes, including agricultural biology
with 400 students in the program this     and soil chemistry. By junior and senior
year.                                     years, students are taking career tech-
                                          nical education classes in agricultur-
“At Sunnyside, we have many students
                                          al mechanics and engineering. Students
who have family backgrounds in the
                                          learn agricultural science management
farming or food processing industry. It
                                          and how to weld, design, and 3d print
then made sense to create an agricul-
                                          manufacturing parts.  
ture high school program that prepares
students for the enormously diverse       The program enhances academics
industry that will guarantee a promis-    with activities beyond the classroom.
ing college and career in our very own    This year, 10th-grade students visited
                                          the Hilmar cheese factory and UC
                                          Merced Campus to learn about college
       Support from                       and career options in agriculture in
                                          October. In February, five buses of ag
     Business Partners                    tech students will visit the International
  A variety of community and              Tulare World Ag Expo.                        Sunnyside High School student Najaree Smith works on a vertical garden project
  business partners support career                                                     as part of the campus’ Agriscience and Technology Pathway.
                                          Students move in a cohort through each
  pathways throughout Fresno
                                          grade level, taking courses from three
  Unified high schools. Sunnyside
                                          teachers who collaborate to design
  is fortunate to have the support
                                          projects based in the ag industry. The
  of primary business partners
                                          teachers also prepare students to be
  Karen Musson, a partner in Gar
                                          college and career ready, discussing
  Tootelian Inc. of Reedley, and
                                          higher education options along with
  Charlie Harris, chief operating
                                          employment options.  
  officer of Life Flower.
                                          Students learn about the various
  Musson helped arrange Sunnyside
                                          ag- and tech-related undergradu-
  students’ participation in an ag
                                          ate programs at Fresno State, includ-
  leadership FARMS program
                                          ing Agricultural Business, Animal
  with the Center for Land-Based
                                          Sciences and Ag Education, Food
  Learning. A group of 10th-grad-
                                          Science and Nutrition, Industrial
  ers was selected to learn about
                                          Technology, Plant Science, Pest
  the local ag industry through
                                          Management, and Viticulture and
  field trips. In October, they
  visited the Kaweah Delta Water
  Conservation facilities to learn        “With our connection to the Fresno                         A Family                                      WIC provides:
  about water management. Next,           State agriculture programs, we hope                     of 3 can make                                    • Supplemental healthy foods
  they will visit the USDA Parlier        that our students will find the perfect                                                                  • Online Nutrition Education
  Research facilities and fields in
                                          job for their interest and skills in the
                                          industry,” Cheung said.
                                                                                                $38,443*                                             (while you wait or at home)
                                                                                                                                                   • Breastfeeding support
  Harris will work with Sunnyside         Ag-related jobs range from pest manage-
                                                                                                annually and still                                 • Convenient Shopping Options
  teacher Cynthia Purves on an            ment to agricultural food process-
                                                                                                 qualify for WIC!                                  • Clovis & Fresno locations
                                                                                               *Based on 2018 Income Guidelines
  innovative vertical urban garden        ing and manufacturing. Students can                                                                      • All locations now a Safe Place
  project on a classroom wall.            become scientists or engineers.                                                                            for more information go to:
  Purves was awarded a Chevron
                                          “Our pathway exposes students to the
                                                                                            Call (559) 263-1150                                      FresnoEOC.org/Safe-Place
  “Fuel your School” award for the
                                          range of occupations, and gives them                                  You can now text Fresno EOC WIC!
  project. Harris is also chairman                                                                                    Text ‘FresnoEOCWIC’ to 45778
                                          the foundation to have the best array of
  of the district’s Agriculture and                                                                      to receive information & updates or to ask us questions
                                          college and career choices in the agri-
  Natural Resources CTE Advisory                                                                www.FresnoEOC.org/WIC                        Facebook.com/FresnoEOCWIC
                                          culture industry,” said Sunnyside prin-
  Sub-Committee Board.
                                          cipal Tim Liles.                                                         This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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                                              EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Fresno Adult School Teacher Embraces Challenges, Changes Futures
Martha Turnipseed, an Excellence                                                                                                  you can do for your country” was and
in Education finalist last February,                                                                                              still is a call for everyone to become
has worked for Fresno Unified for                                                                                                 a public servant at whatever capacity
17 years, the last 11 as a teacher at                                                                                             or field of expertise. We can all make
Fresno Adult School in the Secondary                                                                                              a positive difference in someone else’s
Education Program, teaching in                                                                                                    life.
English and Spanish. Fresno Adult
                                                                                                                                  What do you enjoy the most about
School vice principal Keda Buttles
                                                                                                                                  your job? One of the most rewarding
said about Turnipseed: “She puts in
                                                                                                                                  components of my job is to celebrate
extra time and is very passionate about
                                                                                                                                  with my students and their families
helping her students. She’s even paid
                                                                                                                                  the life-long dream/goal of obtaining
for students to take the high school
                                                                                                                                  either their high school diploma, and/
equivalency test because the students
                                                                                                                                  or earning the certificate equivalent
could not afford it.”
                                                                                                                                  to the high school diploma, knowing
What made you decide to be a               Fresno Adult School’s Martha Turnipseed teaches in English and Spanish in her          that they in turn will support their chil-
teacher? I think my love for learning      classes. One of the most satisfying parts of her job is to celebrate with students     dren’s education at home with the strat-
new things, and wanting to share that      who achieve their dream of a high school diploma or certificate equivalent to a        egies, skills and content they mastered
knowledge with others was one of the       high school diploma.                                                                   in the pursuit of their academic goals.
reasons why I considered becoming a
                                                                                                                                  What is the most challenging about
teacher. I have been very fortunate to
                                           Another reason why I considered            a way to give back to the communi-
have many teachers who served as role
                                           becoming a teacher is because I think      ty. President Kennedy’s remark on his
models and mentors to me; I wanted to
                                           education is the gateway to achieving      inaugural speech (1961) “Ask not what       See Martha Turnipseed
emulate their passion for the profes-
                                           personal and academic goals; it’s also     your country can do for you, ask what       Continued on page 10
sion and the care for their students.

Ayer Elementary Library Technician Encourages Book Smarts
Jessica Kelley has worked with the                                                                                                What is the most challenging part of
district since 2013, starting as a                                                                                                your job? I find it challenging to stay
substitute aide and library techni-                                                                                               in my budget – there are so many good
cian, and has been the library techni-                                                                                            books and resources available! I also
cian at Ayer Elementary School since                                                                                              find I have to work hard sometimes to
2014. Principal Lynn Rocha-Salazar                                                                                                encourage kids to try and read some-
said about Kelley: “Mrs. Kelley is                                                                                                thing different and to persevere with a
methodical and articulate. Her love of                                                                                            longer book for a deeper reading expe-
reading impacts her text selection and                                                                                            rience. It is a challenge to compete
the titles she brings into our library.                                                                                           with devices and the allure of instant
She works in collaboration with                                                                                                   gratification.
teachers to share stories that represent
                                                                                                                                  How is your job connected to student
our students’ culture and interests. In
                                                                                                                                  success? It is intrinsically linked to
addition to running our library, Mrs.
                                                                                                                                  student success. A student’s future
Kelley attends school functions and
                                           Jessica Kelley, the library technician at Ayer Elementary School, reads regularly to   depends on his or her ability to read,
her family often volunteers in service
                                           students and loves to see them check out the book she has read to them.                process information, express needs
of our students. Boys and girls love to
                                                                                                                                  and opinions, and navigate the world
hear her read and she works diligently
                                                                                                                                  either online or in print. A library’s role
to promote a love of literacy.”
                                           return to work, and it seemed to be        storyline and want to check the book        is to augment classroom activities by
How did you become a library tech-         a natural fit to work at a profession I    out for themselves. It is also gratify-     providing a variety of reading materi-
nician? I got my Master’s Degree           loved within the school system, which      ing when you see a student’s reading        als to engage beginning readers and to
in Library, Archival and Information       also allowed me to be on the same          ability grow over time and see them         continue to address the needs and inter-
Sciences from the University of British    schedule as my family.                     make confident choices. Being able to       ests of developing readers. Librarians
Columbia in 1992. I worked for many                                                   help students find exactly the book they    in school settings have the job of main-
                                           What is the most rewarding part
years at the Vancouver Public Library                                                 are looking for or to introduce them to     taining collections that are relevant and
                                           of your job? I find it very rewarding
as a children’s librarian. I also worked                                              something new makes the library both
                                           when students find a book they love. I
for Fresno County Public Library for                                                  relevant and rewarding to our school
                                           love watching their faces when I read                                                  See Jessica Kelley
one year, until I had my own children.                                                population.
                                           to them and they identify with the                                                     Continued on page 11
When they became older I decided to

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                                                   student SPOTLIGHT
Edison High School Student Artist is also Community Volunteer
The windows are open, the smell of           bedroom, where she paints. Emilie is        the Bach Children’s Choir and Youth          She spent her early years in tutus and
an orange tree is taking over the room,      a 16-year-old junior at Edison High         Chorale every Tuesday, teaching music        ballet classes, but not seeing a future
jazz is playing and there is a white         School, and her passion for art goes        to the children at a women’s shelter in      in dance, she decided to try painting. It
canvas against the wall… waiting to be       beyond those four walls and unfurls         downtown Fresno during the summer,           became her passion.
filled with the colors of life.              into the community.                         and assisting Fresno Art Museum
                                                                                                                                      Her next challenge: Preparing for an
                                                                                         summer camps with fashion design
That is the setting in Emilie Haskell’s      She volunteers her time mentoring                                                        exhibit for ArtHop on Jan. 3 at the M
                                                                                         and painting. She recently donated
                                                                                                                                      Street Arts Complex downtown.
                                                                                         some of her art to the Fresno Unified
                                                                                         State of Education luncheon auction to       Sometimes she struggles to name
                                                                                         raise money for scholarships.                her pieces. She jokes about the first
                                                                                                                                      painting she did for an exhibit: “It
                                                                                         Her drive and willingness to help others
                                                                                                                                      was about homelessness, but when
                                                                                         see the world through the arts made her
                                                                                                                                      people saw it, they were asking me if
                                                                                         a Fresno Arts Council Horizon Awards
                                                                                                                                      the person on the painting was Jesus or
                                                                                         youth recipient in October.
                                                                                                                                      Bob Marley. Someone actually ended
                                                                                         “When I found out I won, it was really       up buying the piece because it looked
                                                                                         affirming in the sense that my volunteer     like Bob Marley.”
                                                                                         work was being recognized," Emilie
                                                                                                                                      As for aspiring artists, this is her
                                                                                         said. “I am not just an art student. I am
                                                                                                                                      advice: “Trust in yourself. Trust that
                                                                                         also someone who cares about the arts
                                                                                                                                      you are going to get better, but do not
                                                                                                                                      think it is going to happen overnight.
                                                                                         Emilie speaks in a soothing voice, but       You need to keep trying and working
                                                                                         has an engaging personality. She plans       at it. Practice makes perfect. Be OK to
                                                                                         to pursue a career in graphic design or      say, ‘This is not my best piece, but is
Edison High School junior Emilie Haskell will exhibit her art at ArtHop Jan. 3. She      animation.                                   getting better.’”
is also passionate about serving her community.

      martha turnipseed                      achieving their goals.                      and comfort level. We need to create         equivalency test is an easy decision for
      Continued from page 9                                                              multiple freeways, and highways so           me to make because it is the right thing
                                             Adult students bring a vast knowl-
                                                                                         students can access content, connect         to do for the future of our community.
                                             edge of experience and culture to the
                                                                                         with the information and opportunities
your job? Since my teaching assign-          classroom and when given the oppor-                                                      Name one thing most people do not
                                                                                         to apply it.
ment this year includes teaching             tunity, they share freely and willing-                                                   know about you. I am a very private
multiple subject areas both in English       ly. In doing so, they enrich the class-     Tell us about paying for the high            individual working in the public arena.
and in Spanish, one of the most chal-        room experience of others, including        school equivalency test for students         In other words, I treasure the moments
lenging parts is dealing with the reality    the teachers. I am always so grateful to    who can’t afford it. Three years ago,        of solitude when I can enjoy the simple
of a limited amount of time to serve as      them for being part of my growth as an      my teaching assignment changed from          things in life, those that nurture my
a teacher, a resource, a mentor, and/or      educator.                                   teaching the high school diploma to          spirit as well as my mind, so I can
a guidance counselor to my students.                                                     teaching students who want/need to           recharge my batteries whenever I make
                                             What special challenges are there in
I firmly believe that given the oppor-                                                   earn their certificate equivalent to the     a commitment to another brand new
                                             teaching English to adults? It depends
tunity, the guidance, the support, the                                                   high school diploma. Most of our adult       school year, and to all the students who
                                             on the level of literacy and cultural
resources and a reasonable amount of                                                     students have a limited income; they         have been entrusted to me.
                                             background of the adult students.
time, all students are able to reach their                                               are making sacrifices on a daily basis to
                                             Since there are many cognates shared                                                     If you could choose a career other
academic potential, and achieve their                                                    provide the most basic needs for their
                                             between Spanish and English, many                                                        than teaching, what would it be? It
goals.                                                                                   families, so having to pay for the battery
                                             Spanish students have an advantage                                                       probably would be an academic coun-
                                                                                         of tests to earn their certificate is very
What is the most satisfying about            of learning English faster than let’s                                                    selor. Even though, I admire many
                                                                                         challenging. Day after day, they make
teaching adults? Despite the many            say, for instance, students from Asia,                                                   other professionals who have chosen
                                                                                         every effort to come to school, partic-
challenges adult students face in their      or the middle east because even their                                                    a career serving the public -- doctors,
                                                                                         ipate in class, and study in spite of the
daily lives -- work (many work the           alphabets do not resemble the letters in                                                 nurses, firefighters, men and women in
                                                                                         many challenges they had/have to deal
graveyard shift or in the fields), lack      English. Also the way the language is                                                    uniform and public officials -- I don’t
                                                                                         with. They exhibit a great commitment
of transportation, childcare, and/or         structured is in some instances different                                                think I have the courage and/or the
                                                                                         to their academic goals because they
housing, learning disabilities and long      than English, like Korean for example.                                                   physical strength to serve the public in
                                                                                         know this will make a difference in
term illnesses -- they still are eager to    That is not to say, they lack the moti-                                                  that capacity. Instead, I would lend my
                                                                                         their lives, and their families. I believe
learn. They still have a sparkle in their    vation to learn English. Quite the                                                       ears and give my time and guidance to
                                                                                         with every new graduate we have, our
eyes, and a smile on their face when         contrary -- they are like sponges, eager                                                 others through being a school counsel-
                                                                                         community benefits; therefore, spon-
they come to school, and realize that        to learn and apply their new language                                                    or; it is another noble public servant
                                                                                         soring students for their high school
each day brings them one step closer to      acquisition steadily at their own pace                                                   profession.

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                                                   DISTRICT ROUNDUP
                                                                                    Academy learned how to install solar         School Librarian Association Good
                                                                                    panels during a week-long training in        Ideas Award in recognition for collab-
                                                                                    November. Local solar company Grid           oratively planning and implementing
                                                                                    Alternatives trained the students.           library units of instruction. She will
                                                                                                                                 have the opportunity to share her ideas
                                                                                                                                 at the association’s annual conference
                                                                                                                                 and the association will recognize her
                                                                                                                                 at the awards luncheon in the City of
                                                                                                                                 Industry on Feb. 9.
Hoover Repeats as                          Lane Wins Girls
Unified Soccer Champs                      Volleyball Tournament
Hoover High School’s Unified Soccer        Lane Elementary School won the Girls
team repeated at North Yosemite
League and All-City champions. The
                                           Elementary Volleyball Tournament on
                                           Oct. 27 at Sunnyside High School’s
                                                                                    Fresno High School
team, made up of general education         stadium. Thirty-two teams started        Librarian Wins Award
and special education students and         the day in a pool play format with
                                                                                    Sue Navarro, teacher librarian at Fresno
coached by Nic Peterson and Michael        eight teams making it to the final
                                                                                    High School, has won the California
Hill, signed autographs, handed out        bracket. The Lane Lancers are coached
signed photos and took photos with         by Brandy Cody and Don Fleming.
supporters on Nov. 1 to celebrate. The     Following Lane, top finishers were
team beat Madera 7-3 for the title.        Kratt, Manchester GATE, Aynesworth,               Jessica kelley                      and subjects when purchasing new
                                           Centennial, Winchell, Columbia and              Continued from page 9                 books. I hosted a special book club
                                           Thomas elementary schools.                                                            for struggling readers, which was
                                                                                                                                 really successful. Every February is
                                                                                       informative, but also provide access
                                                                                                                                 “I Love Reading” month – students
                                                                                       to diverse literature highlighting
                                                                                                                                 are invited to enter into a raffle by
                                                                                       the experiences and heritage of the
                                                                                                                                 writing down the name of a book
                                                                                       world’s cultures. Libraries should
                                                                                                                                 they have read that month that
                                                                                       provide opportunities for students to
                                                                                                                                 they loved, and then if their name
                                                                                       develop empathy by reading stories
                                                                                                                                 is picked they get to choose some
                                                                                       about lives different and similar
                                                                                                                                 books to keep. I always share with
                                                                                       to their own. It should be where a
                                                                                                                                 students which books I have read
                                                                                       child can choose how to explore
                                                                                                                                 and why I liked them and ask their
Birney Elementary is                                                                   and expand her vantage point, and
                                                                                                                                 opinions about what they have
Flag Football Champion                     Roosevelt Ecology
                                                                                       the broader that is the brighter her
                                                                                       future will be.
                                                                                                                                 read. We celebrate “Read Across
                                                                                                                                 America” at our school and guest
Birney Elementary School won the
flag football championship at the
                                           Club Cleans up                              What have been your past expe-            readers and book giveaways are
district tournament at Sunnyside           Neighborhood                                riences with school and public
                                                                                       libraries? As a child I read vora-
                                                                                                                                 very popular.
Stadium on Nov. 3. Twenty-four teams                                                                                             What book are you recommend-
                                           More than a dozen students from             ciously and visited the public
started the day in a pool play format                                                                                            ing to students right now? I have
                                           Roosevelt High School's Ecology             library almost weekly, and also fully
with eight teams making it to the                                                                                                been     recommending      “Orphan
                                           Club, Steve's Scholars and the Bass         utilized my school libraries. As an
final bracket. The Birney Bears are                                                                                              Island” by Laurel Snyder, “Wolf
                                           Fishing Club banded together to             adult I have been working in librar-
coached by David Garcia. Top teams                                                                                               Hollow” by Lauren Wolk and “The
                                           clean up their neighborhood on              ies since 1986, specifically as a chil-
following Birney were Manchester                                                                                                 Inquisitor’s Tale” by Adam Gidwitz.
                                           Oct. 3 in advance of The Big Fresno         dren’s and youth librarian. My time
GATE, Easterby, Heaton, Lawless,
                                           Fair. It was the second beautifica-         at Ayer’s library is my first experi-     What book are you reading right
Viking, King and Columbia elementa-
                                           tion walk of the school year following      ence with school libraries and I am       now? I have just started “Harbor
ry schools.
                                           September’s clean-up of Huntington          very happy to be here!                    Me” by Jacqueline Woodson.
                                           Boulevard.   Volunteers collected 16
                                                                                       What are your strategies to get           What is your dream vacation? I
Pyle Elementary                            bags of litter that would have clogged
                                                                                       students interested in reading? I         would love to tour the ancient and
                                           the city's storm drains.​
Launches Walk/Run Club                                                                 try to make the library as welcom-        prehistoric sites in Europe.
                                                                                       ing as possible with lots of “new
                                                                                                                                 Name one thing most people do
Pyle Elementary School launched a          Edison Students Learn                       book” displays and seasonal deco-
                                                                                                                                 not know about you. I could easily
Walk/Run Club on campus on Oct.                                                        rations. I read to all grade levels
29. Students, their families and staff     about Solar Installation                    except sixth, and share a chapter
                                                                                                                                 spend an entire weekend doing my
                                                                                                                                 embroidery and watching British
have the opportunity to exercise before                                                book with fourth and fifth grades. I
                                           Edison High School students in                                                        murder mysteries!
school starts every day, using the field                                               listen to requests for specific titles
                                           the Green Energy and Technology
area near the blacktop.

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   Gaston Middle School Fights                                                           Gaston Teacher Wins Barnett
    Hunger with Food Pantry                                                                Award at County Event
                                                                                                                                        Minith “Adam” Real, a
                                                                                                                                        P.E. teacher at Gas-
                                                                                                                                        ton Middle School, was
                                                                                                                                        named the Barnett Award
                                                                                                                                        winner Nov. 15 at the an-
                                                                                                                                        nual Fresno County Edu-
                                                                                                                                        cator of the Year awards.
                                                                                                                                        This award, named after
                                                                                                                                        Bruce Barnett, former
                                                                                                                                        CEO and president of the
                                                                                                                                        Educational Employees
                                                                                                                                        Credit Union, honors a fi-
                                                                                                                                        nalist who is not only an
                                                                                                                                        outstanding educator but
                                                                                                                                        has a servant heart. The
                                                                                                                                        primary criteria for this
                                                                                                                                        award is how the educa-
                                                                                                                                        tor demonstrates their
Gaston Middle School student Kionna Haygood pulls food from the                                                                         love for students and
new pantry to put in bags to give away to families in need. The pantry                                                                  their service to their com-
consists of a large hallway closet stocked with canned food, beans                                                                      munity.
and toiletries. The Black Student Union club opened the pantry in
October as its year-long community project. The Central California                                                                      Along with Real, other
Food Bank supplies the food through a one-year grant. Students who                                                                      Fresno Unified finalists
want to volunteer to help with the food pantry must apply, interview                                                                    honored at the event were
and go through training. Students keep the pantry in order, organiz-                                                                    King Elementary School
ing the food after food bank deliveries and bagging the groceries for                                                                   principal Joy Nunes and
distribution to families once a month. A family of four is allowed two                                                                  Del    Mar     Elementary
bags of groceries. The school is seeking support to continue operat-                                                                    School home school liai-
ing the pantry after the grant ends.                                                                                                    son Myra Ramirez.

                                                         Neighborhood Campus
                                                       Beginning January 28, evening college classes will be offered at
                                                                                    Only $46 per unit with FREE parking!
                                                       SUNNYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL                                &        EDISON HIGH SCHOOL
                                                              Monday/Wednesday                                             Tuesday/Thursday
                                                                •   Reading & Composition (English 1A)                     •   Reading & Composition (English 1A)
                                                                •   Intro to Business                                      •   Intro to Business
                                                                •   Human Relations                                        •   Human Relations
                                                                •   Graphics                                               •   Intro to Health Careers
                                                                •   Photography                                            •   Introduction to Public Speaking
                                                                •   Intro to Health Careers                                •   Beginning Guitar
                                                                •   Introduction to Public Speaking
                                                                                                                           •   Beginning Drawing
                                                                •   Hip Hop Dance
                                                                •   Counseling                                             •   Counseling
                                                                •   Beginning Spanish                                      •   Computer Aided Drafting/Design
                                                                •   Beginning Guitar

                                                       REGISTRATION EVENTS: Sunnyside High School – Register Wednesday, January 23 • 5:30 – 7:30pm
                                                                                        Edison High School – Register Thursday, January 24 • 5:30 – 7:30pm
                                                           State Center Community College District

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Fresno Unified Grows its Own Teachers through Pipeline Programs
                                                                                                                                 career through academics and techni-
Fresno Unified is always pursuing
                                                                                                                                 cal courses, with academies offered
potential teachers, seeking those in the
                                                                                                                                 at McLane, Roosevelt and Sunnyside
community or already working for the
                                                                                                                                 high schools. Some students may
district in another capacity who have a
                                                                                                                                 qualify for paid summer school
passion for teaching. It offers a variety
                                                                                                                                 jobs. The Teacher Academy outlines
of pipeline programs to help develop
                                                                                                                                 the steps to becoming a success-
teacher candidates.
                                                                                                                                 ful educator and provides a bridge
The pipeline programs are overseen                                                                                               to employment with Fresno Unified.
by the district’s Teacher Development                                                                                            Students are given priority consid-
Department, established in 2009 to                                                                                               eration for other teacher pipeline
ensure every classroom has a highly                                                                                              programs.
effective teacher and to provide oppor-
                                                                                                                                 Para Academy:
tunities for teachers to improve at their
craft, no matter how many years they                                                                                             The Para Academy is for current non-
have been a teacher.                                                                                                             teaching Fresno Unified employees.
                                                                                                                                 Participants receive extra support as
To increase diversity among teachers,
                                                                                                                                 they pursue the necessary classes to be
the district shifted from tradition-
                                                                                                                                 a teacher, such as help in preparing for
al recruitment strategies to a “grow
                                                                                                                                 the CBEST. They can receive a stipend
our own” approach. The district is
                                             Ciera Esqueda, a kindergarten teacher at Columbia Elementary School, attends        after successfully completing classes
filling 99% of teacher openings from
                                             the New Teacher Conference in August. The annual conference is one of the           toward a degree, and are given priority
a variety of pipeline programs. The
                                             many ways that the district supports new teachers as part of its teacher pipeline   consideration for other teacher pipeline
district provides targeted support for
                                             programs.                                                                           programs.
new teachers to help them transition
into the profession.                                                                                                             Transition to Teaching:
                                             as well as colleges and credential          and math.
The district held an Aspiring Teacher                                                                                            Transition to Teaching is a fast-track
                                             programs. Fresno Unified is seeking to
Expo on Nov. 1, providing a one-stop                                                     Teacher Academy:                        program for Fresno Unified employ-
                                             fill a variety of positions for 2019-20,
location for potential teachers to learn                                                                                         ees who already have a degree, those
                                             including multiple subject, special         High school students in the Teacher
about the district’s pipeline programs                                                                                           looking to make a career change with a
                                             education, bilingual education, science,    Academy explore teaching as a
                                                                                                                                 passion for teaching, or college seniors.
                                                                                                                                 Teacher Residency Program:
            new campus                        district to consolidate alternative       „„ Educational Resource Center           The Fresno Teacher Residency
         Continued from page 1                education programs and combine               – Counseling, social workers,         Program is a partnership between
                                              services for students, potentially to        school psychologists, support         Fresno Unified and Fresno State. The
    and including learning through            include:                                     for students as they transition       goal is to improve student achievement
    service projects.                                                                                                            in science, technology, engineering
                                              „„ Cambridge High School                  „„ Health center (a new concept)
                                                                                                                                 and math through innovative teacher
    “We will take all the most innova-           (currently on Chestnut Avenue
                                                                                        The district takes over a property       preparation coupled with outstanding
    tive, effective ideas for alternative        near Kings Canyon Road) –
                                                                                        owned by the county since the            professional support. Residents benefit
    education and put them into practice         Grades 10-12, traditional and
                                                                                        1800s, with a jail on the site for       from mentors and early teaching expe-
    at a brand new facility designed for         online learning, business and
                                                                                        62 years. The most recent county         riences in the classroom. The district
    students who have struggled in the           entrepreneurship classes
                                                                                        facility, juvenile hall, closed in       guarantees residents a job with Fresno
    past with traditional high school,”
                                              „„ J.E. Young Academic Center             2006. The media referred to the          Unified if they successfully complete
    said Superintendent Bob Nelson.
                                                 (currently on Abby Street near         building as the “hall of shame.”         the program. Fresno Unified and
    The district unveiled plans for the          downtown) – Grades 7-12,                                                        Fresno State staff co-teach courses.
                                                                                        At the unveiling of plans on Oct.
    new campus on Oct. 17 at the site of         online and independent study,                                                   Residents receive an $11,500 stipend.
                                                                                        17, Nelson emphasized the district’s
    the old juvenile hall. The district is       certification classes
                                                                                        plans to transform the former            Internship Program:
    in escrow to purchase the 12.5-acre
                                              „„ eLearn Academy (currently on           juvenile hall site into a place of
    site at Ventura Avenue and Tenth                                                                                             Interns can earn their credential while
                                                 Abby near downtown) – Grades           hope.
    Street for $1.2 million.                                                                                                     working as salaried teachers in the
                                                 7-12, A-G only courses for
                                                                                        “For 62 years the building behind        classroom. Interns are highly effec-
    It will tear down the juvenile jail,         college admission, accelerated
                                                                                        me has served as a jail. This facility   tive teachers taking credential courses
    visible from Ventura, as well as             and duel college credit, custom-
                                                                                        is a place where essentially students    with partner universities and working
    other buildings, but will renovate           ized learning and scheduling
                                                                                        lost the opportunity to take charge      with mentors. Interns work under an
    some existing office buildings for
                                              „„ Early learning – Child care            of their own future, and our intent is   Internship Credential sanctioned by
    district administrative offices. The
                                                 center, child development              to permanently change that legacy,”      the California Commission on Teacher
    district has not announced a start
                                                 learning lab for professional          Nelson said.                             Credentialing.
    date for the project.
                                                 learning (a new concept)
                                                                                                                                 To learn more: (559) 457-6072
    The large campus will enable the

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