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  • FCUSD, Message to the community,  Jan 31 
    January 31, 2023
     

    Online registration for school year 23/34 begins tomorrow 2/1

    Online registration for the 2023-24 school year opens tomorrow, Wednesday, February 1!

    Online registration for the 2023-24 school year through InfoSnap will be available Wednesday morning. Families will need to have their PowerSchool username and password ready to access and register their student(s). Not sure about your PowerSchool username and password? Your school’s front office can help you! Or fill out this quick survey and we will get back to you.

    Details on enrollment may also be found on our website at www.fcusd.org/enroll

    To discover your home boundary school visit: www.fcusd.org/schoolfinder

    Updates from FCUSD

    Please see the attached letter which outlines several state and federal required updates, including FCUSD Parent's Rights and Responsibilities and the Athletic Handbook which have been updated to reflect the correct nondiscrimination statement, board policies and parent information. These and all other updates referenced in the attached letter may be found on the District website and on school websites.

    Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, February 2, 2023

    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: fcusd.org/boardmeeting.

    HIGHLIGHTS OF AGENDA ITEMS:

    SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

    • FCLA Highlights "Connections": Kinney High School

    DISCUSSION/ACTION

    • Approve Revised Governance Handbook
    • Approve Job Descriptions and Salary Schedule

    DISCUSSION

    • Budget Update: The Governor's Proposed Budget for 2023-2024
    • First Read: Board Policy (BP) 6158: Independent Study

    INFORMATION

    • Re-Imagining Rancho Cordova Schools (Presented at the Special Board Study Session Meeting: January 7, 2023)

    UPCOMING REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATES:

    • February 16
    • March 9
    • March 23
    • April 20

    FCUSD, In the Loop with the Supt!  January   
    January 30, 2023    

    Dear FCUSD Community,

    We are excited to bring you this month’s In the Loop with the Supt, as Superintendent Sarah Koligian visits three very unique schools.

    We know not all students learn the same and FCUSD has programs for students seeking a non-traditional educational experience.

    Enjoy visiting Walnutwood High School (independent study program), Folsom Cordova Community Charter School (homeschool program), and Innovations Academy (virtual school) to see these programs in action.

    Click HERE to watch January’s In the Loop with the Supt.

    Interested in learning more or enrolling for next year? Visit their websites or give them a call.

    Innovations Academy
    K-12 Virtual School with daily classroom and teacher interaction
    916-294-2445

    Walnutwood High School
    9 - 12 grade, independent study
    916-294-9105

    Folsom Cordova Community Charter School, Homeschool
    K - 8 homeschool. Parents are the primary teachers, with support from FCUSD credentialed teachers.
    916-294-9190


    Message to the community: media release of bodycam video, Jan 27   
    January 27, 2023
     

    FCUSD Community:

    We are aware of national news covering the beating and death of a young man, Tyre Nichols, in Memphis, TN. who is from Sacramento and has friends and family roots in our area. We are also aware that very disturbing video images have been released this evening which are reported to be very graphic, alarming and upsetting.

    Many of our students and staff may experience deeply painful emotions as they process this tragedy, whether they view the video or not. Attached are handouts from the National Association of School Psychologists with helpful guidelines on talking with your children about grief and violence.

    FCUSD cares about the safety and well-being of our students and staff and we have mental wellness supports and resources for our community.

    During the school day, mental health professionals are available for students. We encourage students and families to contact your school’s administration if needed.

    Our website has wellness resources you may see HERE.

    Families, staff, and students may access Care Solace to get connected to a mental health provider. This service is free.

    Our commitment to our community remains constant and that is to provide warm and welcoming learning environments so all students may thrive with an excellent education.

    Talking to children about violence     Managing strong emotional reactions     Brief Trama Tips


    FCUSD schools awarded, Message to the Community, Jan 24   
    January 24, 2023

    Dear FCUSD community,

    Please read for important information and updates.

    Registration for the 2023-24 school year opens February 1!

    Online registration for the 2023-24 school year through InfoSnap begins on February 1. Families will need to have their PowerSchool username and password ready to access and register their student(s). Not sure about your PowerSchool username and password? Your school’s front office can help you!

    Details on enrollment may also be found on our website at www.fcusd.org/enroll

    WeTip reporting is now live!

    FCUSD has launched the WeTip reporting system. If you have any information regarding bullying, crime, or misconduct at your school, report it to WeTip. Call or text 844-916-2062 or use this secure link to launch a report.

    Reports can be made anonymously. Reports will be received by the Coordinator of Safe Schools and the school’s site administration for immediate investigative action.

    You will find WeTip information on the district’s website, www.fcusd.org/WeTip, and on your school’s website. Please see the diagram below which highlights frequently visited pages on our main website, including WeTip.

    Fentanyl Parent Awareness Night - Zoom

    An online opportunity to learn more about the dangers of Fentanyl will be offered by Arrive Alive California Inc. and in partnership with the Sacramento County District Attorney's office. For more information, please see the attached flyer and information below.

    FENTANYL AWARENESS ZOOM PARENT INFORMATION MEETING 

    • Monday, January 30
    • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    The presentation has a dynamic group of presenters including: 

    • Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab - Kristel Suchland
    • Deputy District Attorney - Sonia Satchell
    • Dept. of Health Services Division Manager - Lori Miller

    Register by using the link here or see the attached flyer with instructions for joining the Zoom meeting. A recording of the presentation will be made available and shared after the event.

    Students at all high schools will have the opportunity to attend an “Arrive Alive” assembly this school year. All 6th graders in the District will be part of a fentanyl awareness workshop.  If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Scott Meyer at smeyer@fcusd.org

    Additional information on Fentanyl awareness may be found on the website: 1PillCanKillSac.com

    New curriculum review for high school Health Education

    FCUSD high school Health teachers have been reviewing Health textbooks to provide both textbook and digital curricula to our students. Health class has been and continues to be a state and graduation requirement for high school students, and there are no changes to the course. After a thorough review, teachers recommend that we replace the current textbook Positive Prevention Plus, with Comprehensive Health Skills by Goodheart-Wilcox.  

    The new textbook Comprehensive Health Skills addresses California Health Education standards and aligns with the California Health Youth Act, and The National Health Education StandardsComprehensive Health Skills will have an online component that will be useful for enrichment activities and homework, and will be helpful to absent students, students on independent study, and students enrolled in alternative high schools. 

    Parents and families who would like to review the textbook may do so in person at Education Services Center (ESC) this week through Friday, February 10.  

    Education Services Center
    1965 Birkmont Drive
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
    Hours 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    916-294-9000

    If you have questions, please reach out to Lori Emmington, Director of Secondary Education at lemmingt@fcusd.org.  


    Board Briefs and Updates, Jan 20   
    January 20, 2023
     

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please read the Board Briefs and Updates below.

    At last night’s Board Meeting, a special presentation took place honoring high school fall sports scholar-athletes and coaches. Teams and athletics recognized were Sutter Middle School (SMS), Folsom Middle School (FMS), Cordova High School (CHS), Folsom High School (FHS), and Vista del Lago High School (VDL). All have enjoyed great competition and dominance in our region. 

    To see pictures taken last evening head over to our Facebook page HERE and read the following highlights of their accomplishments:

    • SMS: Boys 7th Grade Volleyball team, Foothill Athletic League Champs
    • FMS: Girls 8th Grade Volleyball team, Foothill Athletic League Champs

    • CHS: Cross Country Coach, Josh Gruver, the Greater Sacramento League (GSL) Boys Coach of the Year
    • CHS: Girls Volleyball Coach, Joseph Smith, the Greater Sacramento League (GSL) Coach of the Year.

    • VDL: Boys Cross Country team, Capital Athletic League (CAL) Champs and finished 20th in the CIF State Division 2 Championship
    • VDL: Girls Cross Country team, CAL Champs and finished 16th in the CIF State Division 2 Championship
    • VDL: Girls Golf team, CAL Champs
    • VDL: Girls Tennis team, CAL Champs

    • FHS: Nathan Short, Sac-Joaquin Division 1 Section Champion in Cross Country
    • FHS: Varsity Football, Sierra Foothill League (SFL) Champs, the Sac-Joaquin Division 1 Section Champions, and the NorCal Regional Runner-Up       
    • FHS: Jayani Sri Nandika Duggirala, Sac-Joaquin Division 1 Champion for Girls Tennis

    • In addition, 59 student-athletes across the District were selected to be All-League. 

    As a Discussion Item, Board reviewed the First Read of several Board Bylaws and Policies. These are posted on our published agenda with staff-recommended revisions and may be viewed by clicking on this link and under Discussion Item XI.

    New volunteer and visitor system

    Staff will be launching a volunteer and visitor management system this year which has been piloted at four sites. It checks Megan's Law for all visitors and volunteers, tracks all visitors and volunteers on campus, captures an image of all visitors, and prints ID badges with a photo. To learn more about this new system please click HERE.

     January 7, Board Study Session recap

    The video recording for the annual Board Study Session that took place on January 7 is available for viewing on our District’s YouTube channel. Please click here to view. You may also review a written summary of the meeting posted on our website HERE,

    The annual Board Study Session is a time to discuss governance practices as they relate to the California Brown Act and FCUSD’s Governance Handbook. 

    The meeting was also a time for staff to present ways the District is supporting schools in Rancho Cordova through the Community Schools initiative and innovative programs.

    To review details and staff’s presentation for both Community Schools and Reimagining Rancho Cordova Schools, please click HERE.

    Safe arrivals to school!

    Dropping off students in the morning can be a busy time and we are committed to safety. 

    As a gentle reminder, parents and private daycare vans may not use the Bus Loop area for drop off and pick up as per Ed Code 14030 (Article 4) which states that “Parent drop off area is adjacent to school entrance and separate from bus area and parking." Most importantly this is a safety concern. If you have questions about your school site drop-off and pick-up areas, please contact your school principal to discuss. 


    FCUSD schools awarded, Message to the Community, Jan 13   
    January 13, 2023

    Dear FCUSD Community:

    We received exciting news this week.

    FCUSD leads the region in award-winning schools!

    The California Department of Education has selected schools to be named California Distinguished Schools for 2023. Over 350 elementary schools from across the state were named 2023 California Distinguished Schools. Five of the seven schools in Sacramento County are in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District.  

    Empire Oaks Elementary, Mangini Ranch Elementary, Riverview STEM Academy, Russell Ranch Elementary, and Sandra J. Gallardo Elementary, 2023 California Distinguished schools!

    A full list of all California schools awarded may be found on this link.

    The California Distinguished Schools (DS) Program recognizes schools that demonstrate exemplary achievements - closing the achievement gap and achieving exceptional student performance -  and recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years. Schools recognized as a California DS Awardee hold the DS Title for two years. 

    To select California Distinguished Schools, the California Department of Education (CDE) identifies eligible schools based on their performance on the state indicators specified on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, attendance, suspension rates, and socioeconomic data. 

    Head over to our website and Facebook post to see pictures!

    Lari Powell, Principal: Riverview STEM Academy

    “This is a reflection of the many years of hard work, commitment, and dedication that Riverview has built over the years. This is the celebration of a very powerful partnership between our staff, students, and families, all working together to ensure we provide the absolute best experience possible for our students. There is not a single adult at Riverview who does not go above and beyond for our students, every day, in every way imaginable! We are extremely proud of our school and celebrate the excellence displayed for this award.” 

    Pat Graham, Principal: Sandra J. Gallardo Elementary

    “Great Job, Team Gallardo! This could not have been done without the support of our staff, students, and school community. We appreciate the recognition and are honored to be included in this class of professionals.”

    Sara Parenzin, Principal: Empire Oaks Elementary School.

    “It is wonderful to be recognized for our hard work and achievements. This is a testament to the entire Empire Oaks team working together and partnering with families as a school community to support our students. I am incredibly proud of our staff, students, and families and I am grateful to be part of this amazing community of learners that inspires me on a daily basis.”

    Joanie Cunningham, Principal: Russell Ranch Elementary School

    “On behalf of the staff and students at Russell Ranch, we are honored to be recognized for the hard work and dedication that takes place each day at school. We are grateful to share our knowledge and instructional practices that lead to an incredible school environment and an exciting place to learn. We strive to keep expanding our learning targets and supporting all levels of learning, focusing on what each individual student needs to be successful.” 

    Canen Peterson, Principal: Mangini Ranch Elementary School

    “We truly embrace the foundation of being a professional learning community. We put our students and teachers at the heart of the decision-making process. We invest in positive intervention support and use educational data to drive our process. Our True North are students, families, and the community in which they live. We believe that every person is essential at Mangini Ranch and we are proud to be the cornerstone on the South of Highway 50.”

    All 2023 California Distinguished Schools will be honored in an awards ceremony on February 16, 2023. 

    January 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

    In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, our offices and schools will be closed on Monday, January 16.


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    November 4, 2022 - Statement from FCUSD

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