‘Tis the season for giving from the heart. Even the smallest gesture of kindness and compassion for others can make a difference. I am proud of the tradition of giving that starts at our elementary schools and continues through high school. These efforts to make the holidays a little brighter for those in need, teach compassion while giving students the chance to experience the satisfaction of giving to others while expecting nothing in return.
Each year Center High School Student Government and Student Leadership classes balance three charitable activities during November and December; Canned Food Drive, Dear Santa and Operation Santa. The Annual Canned Food Drive brings in over 2,000 non-perishable food items each year. These donations are delivered to the families of CHS students who are in need. Through Dear Santa, student government and leadership students provide Christmas for families in need, including food and gifts. Through Operation Santa, leadership and government students spend the afternoon with selected elementary students. Together they make crafts and the children leave with a wrapped gift.
The McClellan High School Leadership class has established a site food bank that will support the needs of MHS families throughout the holidays and into the new year.
Staff and students contribute to this food bank to support our families in need. During the holiday season, the MHS Staff partners with the Antelope Lions Club to provide Thanksgiving meals through the Feast for Families program. Through the generosity of former MHS employee Roger Calhoun, the current MHS staff, and the Antelope Lions Club, Thanksgiving dinners were provided to 14 McClellan families this year. In December, MHS staff will partner again with the Antelope Lions to provide a special gift to two MHS students through the Christmas for Families program. Each of the selected students will receive a $100 gift card from Walmart, generously donated by the Antelope Lions Club. The MHS staff will contribute toward gift cards for other MHS families at this time, also. Additionally, Antelope Lions have partnered with a local restaurant to provide five MHS families a sit-down Christmas dinner at the Taste of Tuscany on Roseville Road.
The staff at Wilson Riles will be spreading holiday cheer to a Riles family this year by providing personal gifts for each family member and a traditional Christmas meal. Utilizing the generous staff and community donations made year round to the Riles Food Closet, Riles provided Thanksgiving meals to 8 families and will provide Christmas meals to 3 families. The Riles Food Closet serves families throughout the Center District. It is open year round for donations and to fill the needs of families in the Center community.
Dudley Elementary will show our spirit during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas by participating in two "Spirit of Giving" opportunities. During the week of November 28 to December 2, Dudley will be collecting new, unwrapped toys to support the WellSpace Health Center and their annual Christmas party. During the week of December 5-9, Dudley will be collecting canned goods to support the Emergency Food Closet at Wilson C. Riles.
Each year students and staff at Oak Hill Elementary and North Country Elementary generously donate canned goods and non-perishable food items to the Kids Can Food Drive, benefitting families throughout the Sacramento area. This effort teaches even our youngest students the value of helping others less fortunate.
December is a busy time for families. Mark your calendar for these special events throughout the district:
Dec. 1st Winter Concert, Wilson Riles, 6:30pm
Dec. 2nd & 3rd Fall Play, Center High
Dec. 6th Band Concert, Center High, 7pm
Dec. 8th Choir production of “Happiness”, North Country, 6:15pm
Dec, 9th Fall Play, Center High
Dec. 10th Santa Breakfast, North Country Elementary, 8:30-10:30am
Dec. 14 Booster Club Meeting, Center High
Dec. 15th Drama Production, Wilson Riles, 6:30pm
Dec. 13th-16th Final Exams, Center High
Center JUSD schools will be closed December 19th through January 2nd. School will resume on Monday, January 3rd.
Much communication over the past three years has been around the CJUSD Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is a guiding document to ensure we are setting purposeful goals that address the needs of all student populations. We have three overarching goals with specific actions and services outlined to support progress toward each goal. Our goals are as follows:
· Center JUSD students will be challenged and supported to achieve academic success in a clean, safe environment
· Center JUSD students will be College & Career ready
· Center JUSD students and families will be engaged and informed regarding the educational process and opportunities
As we continue with the implementation and ongoing review of our LCAP, we seek input from CJUSD families. I invite you to tell us how we are doing. You can access our survey under the LCFF/LCAP tab at www.centerusd.org.
The Center Joint Unified food service staff looks forward to continuing to provide nutritious and delicious breakfasts and lunches to your children this fall. We encourage your children to choose school meals as all meals served are meeting or exceeding the required federal nutrition standards ensuring that meals are healthy, well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to help succeed at school. Whether you have children in our school district or not you might consider working in our school kitchens part time as a substitute Cafeteria Worker earning $11.97 per hour. No experience is required and our friendly, helpful staff will train you. It is a great opportunity to earn extra income! For more information call 916-338-6416. Apply today at "edjoin.org".
I wish all of the families of Antelope a safe and happy holiday and best wishes for a prosperous new year.
McClellan High School Dedicates Gym to Former Employee
-David French, MHS Principal
On September 30, McClellan High School officially named their gymnasium in honor of long-time Center employee, Terry McCauley. Approximately 150 people attended, including former students, Center employees, and a large portion of Terry’s family. McClellan teacher Chris Collins spoke, as did board member Donald Wilson, and of course, Terry himself. Ron and Kim Baioni prepared an amazing slide show, and CSEA donated for refreshments and sent a photographer to take pictures for their magazine.
Terry McCauley began as a custodian in the Center district in 1982, and he worked at Center High School, Center Junior High, Riles Middle School, and McClellan High School. Terry did more than just keep the campuses clean and well-maintained; he worked with the students at each school, mentoring and redirecting, and making them think about their lives and the choices they were making. He firmly believes there is good in every student, and he used his gift of bringing out that good to change lives at every campus. Many of the most challenging students went on to earn diplomas and lead positive lives due to Terry’s big-hearted love and refusal to give up on anyone.
Some of Terry’s advice to students:
“Research your future; know where you are going.”
“You can never be yourself if you’re copying someone else.”
“Every day, you’re on an interview.”
Former students shared these thoughts about Terry:
“…for me and many other kids, Terry was more than a janitor; he was a father and a mentor to any child who wanted a great man to be part of his or her life.”
“This gentleman has done so much and has helped shape the lives of so many young men and women in such a positively profound way….”
“What a blessing it has been to have met a wonderful man like Terry…he taught me right from wrong…he was more than a custodian; he actually got through to kids and was a father figure to the ones who needed it.”
In short, Terry McCauley made a significant positive impact on the Center district, and it is fitting that our district dedicate the gym at McClellan High School in recognition of all that he has done. The ceremony was an amazing night, with laughter, tears, and a great deal of gratitude for all Terry did during his time as a custodian in our district.
SANTA’S BREAKFAST – North Country Elementary
The idea of a school wide Santa’s Breakfast began in 1990, the year North Country opened as the first year-round school in the district. Our thought was always one of giving back to the parents, students and community by gathering together to celebrate one of the happiest seasons of all. Santa’s Breakfast was never meant to be a fund raiser. The nominal fee covers food, grill rental and supplies. It is an opportunity for staff to join together to cook and serve breakfast for all who come. It is always scheduled on a Saturday morning in early December.
Through the years, we have become more savvy; fresh flipped pancakes as opposed to frozen, pre-sale tickets, pictures with Santa offered by PTO or a specific grade level and raffle tickets for the table centerpieces; all with precision and the organization it takes to feed approximately 300 people in two hours. Of course the highlight of Santa’s Breakfast is the arrival of Santa! He greets everyone as he makes his way up on stage to his favorite armchair where he listens to the wishes of many children and sends them on their way with a wink and a candy cane. Once Santa’s Breakfast has occurred, the Christmas season is well underway at North Country School.
This year’s Santa Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th from 8:30-10:30. Save! Call the school office to pre-purchase tickets. 338-6480
North Country Elementary supports KIDS CAN
The KCRA 3 Kids Can Food Drive has been helping to feed hungry families in our community for more than 20 years. North Country Elementary has participated in the KCRA KIDS CAN food drive for several years. Students help to make Thanksgiving a special occasion in many households with their donations of non-perishable food items. Canned tuna, peanut butter, baby food, cereal and pasta are especially needed, but all contributions are appreciated. This year, each classroom held a competition to be named the top collector of cans. Our Student Lighthouse Team was in charge of posters and getting the word out that this community service project is a worthwhile event to help others in need.
Over 1,500 cans were collected with the winner in K-3 being Mrs. Melody Smith’s 3rd grade class with 200 cans and Mrs. Tricomo the big winner for grades 4-6 with 157 cans.
McClellan High School Wins Football Tournament
McClellan High School Eagles flag football team won their league tournament on October 13. Four AAL (Alternative Athletic League) teams competed at Mahany Field in Roseville, and McClellan won all 4 of their games.
Players on the McClellan team included C.J. Arnick, Zack Brooker, Joe Chavarria, Cristian Chavez, Joesiah Darling, Maxim Davidyuk, Shon Davis, Steven Dixon, Dominic Garcia, Brenden Glover, Ivan Negrete, Austin Schilling, Tristan Wallenmeyer, and Joel Zavala. MHS teachers Chris Collins and Aaron Hagman coached.
The Alternative Athletic League, composed of teams from McClellan, Pacific, Chana, and Phoenix high schools, gives male and female students in continuation schools an opportunity to participate in team sports and helps build student engagement. McClellan teacher Chris Collins began the AAL in 2015, starting with basketball teams. With the football season finished, the next AAL sport will be volleyball, with a tournament planned for December.
Several parents and Center staff members came to watch the football tournament, and all of the players, both male and female, had fun and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship on and off the field. Referees also praised the students, saying it was a great experience.
OAK HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS
By Mikelle Fernandez and Maggie Zhang,
6th grade students in Mrs. Phillips’ Class
The month of December is going to go by quickly for Oak Hill students. Winter Break will begin on December 19th and students will return to class on January 3rd. Hope everyone has a safe and happy Holiday Season!
The 5th grade STEAM program is featuring unique and creative projects that have something to do with engineering, art, technology, and so much more! Mrs. Hildebrand is focusing her STEAM time on a different famous artist each week. Students will learn about the life and techniques of each artist and then watch a short video describing the artist and her/his work. Lastly, they will do their own piece of art that is similar in some way to the artist's work. They will study Keith Haring, Georgia O'Keeffe, Picasso, and Leonardo Da Vinci. Mrs. Valoria’s students will be involved in engineering. After studying structural features of bridges and buildings, her students will test these engineering strategies using unusual building materials such as spaghetti. The focus for Mr. Loza is 3-D art techniques to show depth and perspective. Mrs. Erickson’s students will develop and strengthen their coding skills through the programs Lightbot, Incredibot 2, and Code Combat.
Support for KCRA’s Kids Can was outstanding. We collected 1,038 food items! Our donations were delivered to the North Highlands Christian Food Ministry to help feed families in need this holiday. Mrs. Edwards and our class representatives are brainstorming and thinking of new events that should or could happen at school.
Our school would like to acknowledge and thank the Arden Fair Mall for awarding our PTA with a $500 grant to help cover the cost of the AED machine the PTA recently purchased. Our PTA is coming up with more fundraisers and events to come!
OAK HILL PTA NEWS
The old marquee in front of our school has been removed and is being redone. It will be exciting to see the new design that will welcome all families to Oak Hill. The book fair also helped our library purchase a new book repair machine. This will extend the life of our more popular books.
All Oak Hill families and friends are invited to our Tri Tip Feast and Raffle on Saturday, December 3rd, from 3 to 5 PM, in our Oak Hill multipurpose room. Dinner tickets will be $10 and will include a tri tip sandwich, two sides, and drink. Raffle items will include baskets full of various items donated by local businesses or individuals. Raffle tickets will be $1 each, and there is no limit to the amount anyone can purchase.
Foam Fun Run at Wilson Riles!!
Center High Performing Arts presents: Sixteen in 10 Minutes or Less
Written by Bradley Hayward and directed by Jane Purdy
The lives of seven teenagers become intertwined in this humorous and oftentimes bittersweet collection of 10 minute plays. From extracting a gummy bear out of a new set of braces to coping with bullies, these characters share their innermost hopes and fears with each other, ten minutes at a time. As the audience drops in on these intimate moments, they will come to understand that being sixteen isn’t always easy.
December 2nd and 3rd
December 9th and 10th
All performances start at 7:00 PM
Cost is $5.00 at the door