Starr King Chronicles

February 2023

Around Our Campus


First step to getting a great education is making sure you're at school! Attendance is very important, and if you are struggling to get here on time or at all, we're here to help. Remember students can be on campus as early as 7:15 for the start of breakfast, and the tardy bell rings at 7:55. We also have a multitude of district supports available to help assist families who are having a hard time with this. They can be found here:

If you know your student is going to be absent, please reach out to our attendance line, at (916) 971-7320 ext 1. Available 24 hours a day!

Introducing: Mina Sediqi!

Mina Sediqi

School Community Refugee Specialist


Dari/ Farsi /Pashto

Mina Sediqi has spent the greater part of her career working in public service institutions and began her service as an advocacy advisor for Afghan women. She was a former special immigrant visa holder and is passionate about working with refugees and immigrants. Mina has a bachelor's degree in law and political science from Kabul University and a teacher assistant certificate from American River College. Mina most recently served as a school community intervention specialist at Winston Churchill Middle School.

Her role at Starr King

· Coordinate with agencies and communities

· Assist refugee families with translation/interpretation

· Hold culture training and programs

· Provide resources for refugee families

· Leadership program for refugees’ students

· Lunch bunch clubs

· Attend programs related meetings/conferences/ workshops

· Screen students for participation and leadership in campus -based refugee support groups and positive alternative

Contact/ google voice

916 306 7255

National Counselors' Week

Feb 6th-10th- This week is National Counselors' Week! During this week we'd like to take a moment to thank our 6 counselors for the hard work they put in, day in and day out. We value and appreciate each of you. Thank you all for being such a vital part of our team!
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School Recess

February 20th- Don't forget that we do not have school from February 20th to February 24th. This is a combination of an observance of President's day, and scheduled school recess. School will resume on Monday, February 27th. Enjoy your break!

ELPAC Testing

February 27th- We are getting closer to the start of English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). The general and Alternate ELPAC are delivered via a computer-based test delivery platform. The general ELPAC has four domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) which are administered on computer except for the Writing domain for kindergarten through grade two, which will remain as a paper-based test. The Alternate ELPAC has two communication modes: expressive (Speaking and Writing) and receptive (Listening and Reading). The majority of our campus will begin ELPAC testing on February 27th, when we return from the break. For more resources and information on ELPAC, follow the link below.

Parent Resources

Family Science Night: Explorit

April 27th- We are so excited to host Explorit at our school on the evening of April 27th. Explorit brings around 17 stations and sets up in our MP room. Students along with their families then get to freely rotate and check out all of the science related activities! Keep this event on your calendar as we will steadily update it to bring you further details.


Black Student Union has begun their meetings! The mission and philosophy of BSU is to help students strive for academic excellence, promote positive images of African Americans and provide a strong support system for the African-American students on the campus and within the San Juan Unified School District. Our Vision for the BSUs is to support, create, enhance, and build awareness through education and expand a new level of consciousness about being Black in today’s society. The goal is to leave a generational blueprint for multiple years that will thrive for years to come. Mr. David will be facilitating our campus’ BSU, and will hold meetings every Wednesday in room 28 after school. Make sure you reach out to him if you’d like to sign up, anyone in middle school is welcome!
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Within Our Community

Neighborhood Learning Project

March 23rd- We are planning Event 3 for Neighborhood Learning Project. Right now we know it will be on March 23 from 3:30-4:30 pm. We are finalizing the location and the games we will be providing. Stay tuned! More details to come.

2023 Families Matter Conference

April 14-15- Save the date! Our FACE team is so excited to be bringing back our Families Matter Conference for families and educators, coming to you hybrid style this year! We'll have virtual workshops that participants can attend on Friday, April 14 and an in-person conference on Saturday, April 15, 9:00 am-1:00 pm both days. Each half-day will have a variety of engaging workshops for families and staff to choose from, along with an outstanding list of guest presenters, community partners, raffles with fantastic prizes, helpful resources, and more! Stay tuned for a flier you can share with families and staff in February and more exciting details still to come!

Interested in being a Families Matter conference presenter and sharing your knowledge and resources with families and colleagues? Complete our Request for Presenters by visiting the link below:

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Food Bank

Our local food bank is providing relief from the recent storms five days a week! Additionally, at these facilities there is no discrimination of any kind, for any reason. Our communities' is located at:

San Juan Central

3700 Garfield ave.

Carmichael, CA 95608

They are in room 14, and are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For questions or assiistance, reach out to Edith Gonzalez at (916) 979-8877 or by email at If you or your family is struggling with food in any way for any reason, pay them a visit!

Free SEL Resources

We are dedicated to the social-emotional well being of our students and their families. Check out this link for some free resources, available year-round!

Free Online Multilingual Tutoring: Willow Way

Willow Way tutoring is a select group of teenage students who have been directly chosen for their academic accomplishments and experience to help others to succeed. We care deeply about providing educational equity, especially for refugee students and other newcomers to our community. We provide weekly 1 hour sessions, translator support, homework help, personalized attention and social connection. Available Monday through Friday 4:00-6:00 pm. We can be reached at

Starr King Spirit

Don't forget to order your Starr King spirit wear here Here are just a few examples of the great t-shirts you could order. Remember that every Friday is spirit day where you get to wear your Starr King shirts to show your spirit.

Starr King Photo Gallery!

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