2021-2022 School Year!
  • FCUSD Board Briefs and Updates, May 20
    May 20, 2022

    Dear FCUSD Community,

    Please see the Board Briefs and Updates below.

    Student Advisory Board leadership

    Outgoing Student Advisory Board (SAB) President Alice Gao received high praise and thanks from the Board and Superintendent Dr. Koligian for her dedication and service to the Board, District and students this year. 

    Ms. Gao has been instrumental in representing student voices that have influenced District policies and decisions. She has expanded SAB reach amongst students and, as a result of her leadership, the Board of Education will have two SAB presidents beginning next school year.

    FCUSD welcomes incoming SAB Presidents, Rocio Perez from Cordova High School and Ria Srivastava from Vista del Lago High School. Both students will attend all Board meetings for the 2022-23 school year and serve as representatives for FCUSD students. 

    Visit our Twitter post to add your shout-outs for these student leaders!

    Academic Decathlon champions

    Teachers and students from Folsom High and Vista del Lago Academic Decathlon teams were honored for their remarkable achievements at the county level competition. See the group picture here!

    Folsom High School took the 1st place title for Sacramento County this year. Over the last three years, the county’s first place title has been in our schools.

    Sacramento County Academic Decathlon First Place Winners:

    • 2022 Folsom High 
    • 2021 Vista del Lago
    • 2020 Folsom High

    Congratulations students and teachers on your outstanding achievement! 

    Scott Meyer named ACSA Region 3 Administrator of the Year

    Director of Behavior Intervention & Student Services, Scott Meyer was chosen by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 3, as the Student Services Administrator of the Year. Highly respected by his peers, Mr. Meyer is described as compassionate, fair, and innovative in continuing to find new and improved ways to support students.

    ACSA Region 3 serves administrators in the counties of Sacramento and Yolo in the Central Valley. Its membership represents educational leaders working in 21 districts in cities that include Sacramento, Woodland, Davis, and Elk Grove, with a total enrollment of more than 260,000 K-12 students.

    Administrators named for next school year

    Board approved Administration appointments for the 2022-23 school year. Congratulations to:

    •  Allen Sims: Principal for Kinney High School/Prospect Community Day School
    • Africa Williams: Assistant Principal, W.E. Mitchell Middle School
    • Christine Sonnenkreuz: Assistant Principal, Sutter Middle School

    To learn more about these leaders, please visit our website here.

    Board remuneration increase

    Board discussed and approved the Budget Advisory Committee’s recommendation to approve an increase of 5% to the Board stipend which will bring the increased amount to $462 a month. The presentation may be viewed here.

    Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Plan

    FCUSD is expanding student learning and care outside of the instructional day, across the District, and with a variety of programs that include fee-based and no-cost programs for families who qualify.

    To view staff’s presentation of the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program please visit this link, and to read the comprehensive program plan guide, please click here.

    Revised Instructional Calendar 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years

    Instructional calendars were discussed and approved for the next two years. For the 2022-23 school year, the Board approved a revised calendar and also approved the draft version of the 2023-24 calendar. Links to view both calendars are below: 

    Folsom Granite Grammar School, permit request to split property

    Folsom’s FedCorp which now owns the Folsom Granite Grammar School property on 909 Mormon Street in Folsom, is considering subdividing the parcel for new home construction. A discussion of the plans took place during the Board meeting.  

    Supporting documents are below:

    2022-23 Governor’s May revise budget summary

    Staff presented a summary of the Governor’s for the 2022-23 May Revised Budget. It is important to note that this is not the final budget, but proposed funding allocations. Highlights include:

    • Governor’s Proposal for Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is 6.56%
    • Additional Ongoing Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Base Increase of $2.1 Billion
    • COVID Average Daily Attendance (ADA) Proposal
      • The proposal to allow school districts the use of the average of the three prior years’ ADA for LCFF funding purposes will be adjusted to allow for this change.
    • One‐Time Discretionary Block Grant of $8 Billion
    • Universal Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
    • K‐12 Facilities Includes $4 Billion One‐Time Allocation
    • Special Education Funding Proposal Includes No Significant Changes from January
    • Universal Meals Program Proposal
    • Expanded Learning Opportunity Program (ELO‐P)

    By June 15 the Governor and the Legislature will have to come to agreement on the budget for 2022‐23 school year. FCUSD will have 45 Days from when the budget is signed to present an update on the impact of the approved state budget on the District’s budget

    The full presentation is available to view by clicking on this link.

    Labor Negotiations Process

    Staff presented an overview of the negotiations process and its history. 

    FCUSD leadership regularly meets with labor leadership from the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA), representing our Certificated employees, and the California Schools Employee Association (CSEA) which represents our Classified employees to negotiate matters of employment such as working conditions, salaries, benefits, and job descriptions. 

    To view the entire presentation, please click here.

    All Joint Communications between FCUSD, FCEA and CSEA are shared with our staff and housed on our website, along with all Board approved Memorandum of Understandings (MOU). To view the website where this information can be found, please click here

    To view the Human Resources webpage with this information and MORE, including open job positions, please click here.

     


    FCUSD Message to the Community, May 18
    May 18, 2022

    Dear FCUSD Community,

    The COVID Dashboard has been updated. Please visit: www.fcusd.org/COVID

    Join our team!

    Be part of TeamFCUSD! We are hiring and have many opportunities for career advancement and flexible work schedules. The best part is that every single position plays an important role in helping students succeed. A few of the positions we are looking to fill immediately include:

    To see more job openings, please visit: www.fcusd.org/careers

    TK registration is open now

    Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is expanding at FCUSD, and there are openings for new students available now. TK is a gift of time for our youngest learners, a steppingstone between preschool and kindergarten that allows time and space for children to develop socially and emotionally while building academic skills.

    Any young learner turning five (5) between September 2 and February 2 is eligible!  Locations for FCUSD TK programs next school year will be at:

    • Blanche Sprentz Elementary
    • Mangini Ranch Elementary
    • Cordova Gardens Elementary
    • Cordova Villa Elementary
    • Navigator Elementary

    Enroll at your home boundary school to start the registration process. To see which documents you will need, visit this website HERE.

    Do you have questions and want to learn more? Please see the attached flyer - English  or  Spanish or give us a call at 916-294-9000.

    Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, May 19, 2022

    Please note the new start time!

    **Closed Session 5:00 p.m.**

    **Open Session: 6:00 p.m.**

    The full agenda, instructions for participating in-person or on Zoom, and instructions for participating in public comments can be found on our website: www.fcusd.org/boardmeeting

    For those who attend the meeting in person, masks are strongly recommended, regardless of vaccination status, as per the California Department of Public Health’s latest guidelines, and the health order issued by Sacramento County Public Health.

    AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE:

    PUBLIC HEARING

    • Public Hearing: Extension of the Urgency Implementation of Statutory Development Impact Fees per Education Code Section 17620

    DISCUSSION/ACTION

    • Adopt Resolution No. 05-19-22-39: Immediately Implement the Statutory School Facility Fees per Education Code Section 17620
    • Approve School Board Remuneration Increase
    • Approve Expanded Learning Opportunities Plan
    • Approve the Revised Instructional Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year
    • Approve the Recommended Instructional Calendar for the 2023-2024 School Year
    • Approve the Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators for the 2022-2023 School Year

    DISCUSSION

    • Granite School Center Tentative Parcel Map Modifications
    • Governor’s May Revised Budget 2022-2023 Overview
    • Labor Negotiations Process

    The Board meeting will be viewable from the District’s YouTube channel. Public wishing to provide public comments may:

    Submit written public comments prior to the Board meeting, using the Google Public Comment Card Form link found on our website (provided no later than 12:00 p.m., the day prior to the meeting). All written comments will be given to the Board for review by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. The link will close by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19

    Public comments may be made during the Board meeting, in person at the Education Services Center (1965 Birkmont Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA), or via Zoom. Due to constraints on our Zoom account, the maximum number of participants in the Zoom room is 300.

    UPCOMING REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATES:

    • June 4 (Board Workshop Special Board Meeting)
    • June 9
    • June 23

     


    FCUSD Message to the Community, May 13
    May 13, 2022

    Dear FCUSD Community:

    May is AAPI month

    FCUSD honors and celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Library of Congress provides access to exhibits, collections, videos, and images to learn about the Asian and Pacific Island experience in America.

    Check out what some of our staff and students have to say about AAPI month, by watching this video.

    May recognitions for school employees

    The California Department of Education (CDE) acknowledges various school faculty and staff throughout the month of May. Some of these monthly recognitions include National Teacher Appreciation Week, School Principals Day, National School Nurses Day, School Nutrition Employee Week, Classified School Employee Week, and National Speech Pathologist Day

    FCUSD is proud to honor all of our dedicated employees who have demonstrated extraordinary caring, resilience, and dedication this school year. We encourage our community to share a kind word or even a written note of thanks to a teacher, a staff member, or a leader who has played a role in student success.

    Join our team!

    Be part of TeamFCUSD! We are hiring and have many opportunities for career advancement and flexible work schedules. The best part is that every single position plays an important role, in helping students succeed. A few of the positions we are looking to fill immediately include:

    To see more job openings, please visit: www.fcusd.org/careers

    TK registration is open now

    Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is expanding at FCUSD, and there are openings for new students available now. TK is a gift of time for our youngest learners; a steppingstone between preschool and kindergarten that allows time and space for children to develop socially and emotionally while building academic skills.

    Any young learner turning five (5) between September 2 and February 2 is eligible!  Locations for FCUSD TK programs next school year will be at:

    • Blanche Sprentz Elementary
    • Mangini Ranch Elementary
    • Cordova Gardens Elementary
    • Cordova Villa Elementary
    • Navigator Elementary

    Enroll at your home boundary school to start the registration process. To see which documents you will need, visit this website HERE.

    Do you have questions and want to learn more? Please see the attached flyer or give us a call at 916-294-9000.TK Enrollment Flyer - English   TK Enrollment Flyer - Spanish

     


    FCUSD Message to the Community, May 4
    May 4, 2022

    Dear FCUSD Community:

    Due to scheduling conflicts, the COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated by end of the day on Thursday, May 5, and will be viewable on our website: www.fcusd.org/COVID

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Student Advisory Board Talent Show

    Every year the Student Advisory Board (SAB) sponsors a talent show for middle and high school students from across the District. We have some very talented students at FCUSD, who recorded their performances and compiled them into a video. Take a moment to watch by clicking HERE

    Cyber Security Workshop

    Join us on May 11 at Sutter Middle school, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - for a Cyber Safety Workshop where you will learn from mental health experts, local law enforcement, and FCUSD leadership about the current dangers youth are experiencing online, AND ways to keep your child safe and secure while interacting on the internet. Learn about:

    • Internet addiction, and tools you can use to help your child
    • Ways predators are targeting youth
    • The most popular online platforms youth are using to connect with others
    • How to engage on social media safely and securely
    • Dangerous trends taking place in our area
    • Resources for keeping online activity safe

    Click HERE to see the flyer for more information and to RSVP for the event.

    Food and childcare will be provided!

    Note: due to the mature themes discussed, this event is geared for adults. This event will be video recorded.

     


    FCUSD Board Briefs and Updates, April 29
    April 29, 2022

    Dear FCUSD Community,

    Please see today’s Board Briefs and Updates below.

    At last night’s Board meeting, the Folsom Cordova Student Advisory Board (SAB) members reported on their first Folsom Cordova Student Summit held via Zoom, and shared results of a survey they sent to all middle and high school students. Please see the attached presentation sharing the results of the student survey.

    Approval for SRO contracts for upcoming year

    Board Approved agreements to continue the current School Resource Officer (SRO) agreements for the upcoming year. To view the agreements for both the City of Folsom Police Department and Sacramento County Sheriff's Office please visit the links below:

    Coordinator of Safe Schools announced

    Darrell (DT) Martin was announced as the District’s Coordinator of Safe Schools. Mr. Martin comes to us with many years of experience in law enforcement and as a high school teacher. His role will be to work with the District and school site Administrators to ensure effective strategies are in place to provide a safe school environment for all students, staff, parents, and the community, and will interact as a liaison between the District and law enforcement.

    To learn more about Mr. Martin, please visit our website HERE

    Rancho Cordova Elementary Principal announced for 2022-23 school year

    Anna Chitwood will take the lead as Rancho Cordova Elementary Principal next year. With 31 years of experience in education in both public and private schools, Ms. Chitwood has been a teacher of several elementary grades and administrator at multiple schools. She believes that learning success is built on a “student-centered environment, where staff, parents, and students respectfully and effectively collaborate and communicate about the quality education all students are receiving.”

    To learn more about Ms. Chitwood, please visit our website HERE

    Budget for 2022-23

    Board approved staff’s recommendation on Budget Assumptions and Allocations for the 2022-23 school year budget. To see staff's presentation, please click HERE. Supporting documents include:

    A-G Completion Improvement Grant approved

    The A-G Completion Improvement Grant Program was established to provide for one time funding to county offices of education, school districts, charter schools and state special schools to provide additional supports to local educational agencies to help increase the number of California high school pupils, particularly unduplicated pupils, who graduate from high school with A-G eligibility. At last night’s meeting, Board approved the grant. To view the presentation with further information, please click HERE.

    Consideration for in-house counsel

    Staff presented an analysis of the District’s legal cost and usage to determine if in-house counsel would create a financial savings and/or benefit.

    The presentation, which can be viewed HERE, included historical cost for legal services by district department and areas where there is high cost and commonality of needs. Staff also looked at the type of legal services used, compared with neighboring districts. At this time, the Board did not approve pursuing in-house legal counsel.

    Updates on Innovations Academy K-12 Virtual School and Mills Middle School

     Staff presented an update on the first year for FCUSD’s newest school, Innovations Academy, which provides 100% online education for grades K-12. Highlights included:

    • Nearly 300 students enrolled currently
    • PTA has been established
    • Growth allows for enrollment to be 425

    Mills Middle School presentation was given by members of the school team. Highlights included:

    • Diverse population
    • 34% are English Learners
    • STEM programs
    • Successful positive culture and behavior programs

    Mental Health Counseling and Referrals Update

    Staff presented an update on Mental Health Counseling and Referrals which provided data collected by the staff of Folsom Cordova Unified School District on counseling sessions, referrals, interventions, and risk assessments. Additional data from Sacramento County, California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), and Care Solace was presented.

    To view the presentation, please click HERE.

     


    FCUSD Message to the Community, April 27
    April 27, 2022

    Dear FCUSD Community,

    The COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated. Please visit: www.fcusd.org/COVID

    Free COVID vaccine clinics!

    Both Williamson Elementary and White Rock Elementary are hosting several vaccine clinics throughout April and May. No insurance is required, and walk-ins are welcome. For details, contact our Health Services Department at 916-294-9013 and click on these links: White Rock Vaccine Clinic and Williamson Vaccine Clinic.

    Cyber Safety Workshop - May 11 

    Our youth are engaged online more than ever, and while technology has provided all of us with new opportunities to share, connect and learn, we all want our children to be safe in a vast and ever-changing digital world.

    Join us on May 11 for a Cyber Safety Workshop where you will learn from mental health experts, local law enforcement, and FCUSD leadership the current dangers youth are experiencing online, and ways to keep your child safe and secure while interacting on the internet. Learn about:

    Internet addiction, and tools you can use to help your child

    • Ways predators are targeting youth
    • The most popular online platforms youth are using to connect with others
    • How to engage on social media safely and securely
    • Dangerous trends taking place in our area
    • Resources for keeping online activity safe

    See the attached flyer for more information and to RSVP for the event.

    • Place: Sutter Middle School, 715 Riley St, Folsom
    • Date: May 11
    • Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
    • Food and childcare will be provided

    Note: due to the mature themes discussed, this event is geared for adults. This event will be video recorded.

    Kids Day in the Park recap

    Last Saturday, FCUSD was at Hagan Park for the 32nd Annual Cordova Community Council, Kids Day in the Park and interacted with hundreds of families from all over the region in a fun-filled day of youth-oriented activities. FCUSD programs, services, and schools were on hand so families could meet staff and learn about enriching and valuable opportunities we offer for families and students. Check out the photo gallery on our Facebook page here

    Below are some of the services we shared at Kids Day in the Park, but if you would like more information on these or any FCUSD program or school, give us a call at 916-294-9000 or send us a message via www.fcusd.org/contactus. We would love to hear from you.🙂

    Communication/Community Engagement

    • Transitional Kindergarten
    • Walnutwood High School
    • Adult Education and Jobs Center
    • Innovations Academy: 100% online K-12
    • FCUSD’s Homeschool Charter School
    • Special Education Services
    • Riverview STEM Academy
    • Food Services
    • Mental Health Services
    • School Readiness for young children
    • Homeless and Foster Youth Services
    • ASES, after-school care
    • Student care, before and after school care
    • Health Services

    In the news: Mills Middle School students create stunning Lego art

    In case you missed it, this link will take you to a Good Day Sac news story, showcasing innovative learning taking place at Mills Middle School. Teamwork, artistry, and education come together as students created a beautiful portrait of Nobel Peace Prize winner, author, and champion of literacy, Malala Yousafzai - out of Legos - and featured at the MACC (Mills Station Arts & Culture Center)

    FCUSD’s Homeschool Charter School holds Open House

    Interested in homeschooling your child? Our Homeschool program provides support with curriculum and FCUSD teachers who will make sure you and your student find educational success in a learning environment you customize for your family. If you missed today’s Open House, that’s okay! Visit the school’s website HERE or call the school to speak with the principal to ask questions or set up a tour. 

     


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