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 EGUSD News and NotesApril 15, 2013 
In This Issue
Choice Behavior Intervention Center @ Kirchgater
Sheriff's Youth Leadership Academy
Martial Arts Club @ Leimbach
Smiles for Kids
Helpful Links
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Honoring Our Volunteers 


The Rosas Pio Family of Elk Grove High School   




The Rosas Pio family was recognized as an Education Partner at the April 2, 2013 meeting of the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education.


For the past eight years, Rosas Pio has worked as a paraeducator and yard supervisor at C.W. Dillard Elementary School. Working at the elementary school is one step toward her lifelong dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. Rosas Pio is currently working on acquiring a teaching credential and a master's degree in education from the University of Phoenix.


This year, Rosas Pio and her daughters participated in Elk Grove High School's Latino Family Literacy Program - an interactive parent-child-teacher program designed to build college awareness and provide information about the college application process. Rosas Pio enriched the weekly discussions by sharing her college experiences to both parents and students.


Maria is married to Filo Rosas Garcia. They have three children: Mary - a junior at Elk Grove High School, Vicky - a freshman at Elk Grove High School and Nicolas - a 1st grade student at C.W. Dillard Elementary School.

EGUSD partners with Sacramento River Cats on fundraiser for EGUSD athletic programs  


The Elk Grove Unified School District invites students, staff, parents and community members to spend an evening enjoying "America's favorite pastime" at an EGUSD Night/Service Learning Night at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013 during the Sacramento River Cats vs. Las Vegas 51s game.


The EGUSD Night at the River Cats game is a fundraiser to benefit EGUSD athletics programs. For Service Learning Night, students who complete their service learning hours will earn one free ticket to the game. Additional guests will have the option to purchase additional tickets. Schools participating in the district's service learning program will be recognized during the pre-game and on the matrix board at the stadium.


The John Reith Elementary School Marching All-Stars
Band will also play "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch.


Tickets are available at the Assembly ($15) and Home Run Hill ($10) levels. They can be purchased either online or with a flyer to be sent home with students. A total of $2 from each ticket sold will go towards EGUSD athletics programs. Unused tickets can be exchanged for any Sunday-Thursday Sacramento River Cats game during the 2013 season.


Tickets can be purchased online at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/go.htmI?l=EN&t=rivercats&o=133515&g=12209 (special offer code: elk grove) or by contacting Meagan Schreiner at 916-376-4672 or mschreiner@rivercats.com.


EGUSD Storm Water Poster Contest now accepting entries

The Elk Grove Unified School District's Curriculum and Professional Learning Department is now accepting entries for the annual poster contest to educate the public on storm water pollution. 

Students in grades K-12 can enter this contest. The grade level divisions are as follows: Elementary Division (K-3), Elementary Division (4-6), Secondary Division (Middle School) and Secondary Division (High School).  One winner will be selected from each division.

Each poster must educate the community on the impact of Storm Water Pollution on our freshwater supply and include a title that focuses on the theme of "Educating people about the effects of Storm Water Pollution."

Contest winners will receive a certificate and will have their posters displayed at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center.

Some teachers have also used the following free resources to help teach about storm water pollution:

  • Curriculum from Sacramento Splash 
  • A DVD and teacher's guide entitled "Hey, Something's Fishy at the River: Let's Keep it Clean" provided by the Dept. of Fish & Game.  This was distributed to each elementary school in 2010.
All entries are due to Ray Pietersen in the Curriculum/Professional Learning Department at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center (9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove 95624) by
Friday, April 26, 2013.

Click here to view contest rules and instructions.  



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Making the right choices at Anna Kirchgater Elementary School






Anna Kirchgater Elementary is having a significant impact on their school climate through The Choices Center - a program that has greatly reduced the number of student behavioral incidents that lead to formal consequences.


The Choices Center at Kirchgater is a unique feature of implementing School-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (SWPBIS) at Kirchgater. This center is a short-term behavior intervention center run by Maggie Wade, prevention and intervention specialist, along with a team of school counseling college interns.


"Students arriving at the Choices Center are given immediate attention to resolve issues," Wade said. "Interventions can take the form of conflict resolution, coaching and counseling, cool-down time and parent phone calls with the ultimate goal of returning the students to class ready to learn in the shortest time possible."


The Choices Center also offers more than short-term interventions. It also offers Check In/Check Out - a positive behavioral incentive system, skill building groups - such as Skills for School Success, Emotions Management and Social Skills, and referrals to mentorship programs.


Since the implementation of the Choices Center, the numbers of suspensions has continued to drop. Since August 2013, 922 interventions have been delivered by the center and a total of 199 students have been served.


"In May 2013, the SWPBIS team will meet to analyze data and make enhancements to our current model," Wade said. "Our goal is to continue our journey of creating a more positive climate for teachers and students where everyone can succeed. We are very proud to have designed what we consider to be a highly effective, proactive, positive and culturally responsive model for supporting all students."


Rutter students learn about law enforcement through Sheriff's Youth Leadership Academy   



Students looking to get a first-hand look into careers in law enforcement are now having the opportunity to do so through the Sheriff's Youth Leadership Academy at James Rutter Middle School.


SYLA was created under the Sacramento Sheriff's Activities League (SAL). SYLA is nine-week academy offered twice a week as a part of Rutter's after-school program designed to provide academic and youth enrichment opportunities to students. Currently, SYLA is only offered at Rutter, although there are plans to expand the program to more middle schools in the future.


"SYLA staff mentors and encourages youth to make good life choices through class discussions, presentations and guest speakers," said Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Adrian Zuniga, an instructor for the academy. "The overall goal of the program is to strengthen partnerships with law enforcement, schools in the community."


Through SYLA, students develop leadership skills through "team building" activities and learn how to build positive character. SYLA also highlights the legal and social consequences of making poor decisions, as well as encourages the concepts of health and wellness through various weekly physical fitness activities. Topics covered in SYLA include careers in law enforcement, myths and perceptions of law enforcement, gang and drug awareness, and bullying and conflict mediation.


Rutter students are giving the program rave reviews.


"I joined the Sheriff's Youth Leadership Academy because I want to become a leader, not a follower," said Jesus Lopez, an 8th grade student at Rutter. "I strongly believe I can change an image. I'm tired of getting in trouble. By being in SYLA, I have a chance to change between today and my future. I am interested in law enforcement and want to show I am living proof."


Click here for more information on SYLA.


Herman Leimbach Elementary School students introduced

to martial arts in after-school program 




The next generation of black belts is being groomed at Herman Leimbach Elementary School in the Leimbach Martial Arts Club (LMAC).


Started by Leimbach teachers Erica Swift, Ronald Ochoa and Richard Seto, LMAC was created when Swift, Ochoa and Seto wanted to bring an activity that they enjoy to students.


"LMAC is a resource friendly activity for our school site," Seto said. "Our main goal is to teach life-long habits to 5th and 6th grade students through martial arts training. The LMAC students can take their martial arts lessons and apply them to the many challenges that they will face in life."


Through LMAC, students are exposed to basic martial arts principals, such as courage, honesty and humility through challenging physical training. LMAC differs from other after-school programs through their approach to learning through physical activity and demonstrated by students' personal behavior in and outside the dojang (training area).


"Over the past few years, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our student participants," Seto said. "In the future, we hope to offer classes more than once a week and include more students."


EGUSD partners with Sacramento District Dental Society to give "Smiles for Kids"



Thanks to a partnership with the Sacramento District Dental Society and the Elk Grove Unified School District's Healthy Start Centers, Elk Grove Unified School District students in need now have a reason to smile big.


The Smiles for Kids program offers screenings, a "Clinical Day," Adopt-A-Kid" follow-up treatments, orthodontic programs and prevention and dental education for economically disadvantaged children in the district. In addition to these free services, the program helps draw awareness to the issues of poor oral health and access to care, as well as fostering outreach, education and partnership in the community.


Dental health is especially important as poor oral health can extend far beyond problems in the mouth, which can often generate other health problems. Having good dental health is essential to a child's education. About 51 million school hours are lost every year due to dental-related illness and studies show that dental decay can result in a failure to thrive, impair speech development, create the inability to concentrate in school and reduce self-esteem.


"This program is particularly important as it encourages parents to address dental care and oral health issues of their children," said Sandy Waite, Healthy Start coordinator at David Reese Elementary School. "Partnership with this unique dental program underscores that if we work together, we can make a difference and give the children of our community what they truly deserve - 'a smile to last a lifetime.'"


Click here for more information about the Smiles for Kids program.