October 2014

Center Aim

-Scott Loehr

The 2014-15 school year is well underway and I am amazed by how quickly the first six weeks have flown by. I have been touring throughout the district visiting classrooms, attending athletic events, interacting with children and staff and observing new curriculum in action. I am proud to be part of the many opportunities that abound for CJUSD students and families.

With school in motion there are various systems in place to keep students and families informed. I encourage you to get a pass code for Homelink where you can monitor your child's academic progress and the grades your child is earning. Site and district websites provide a wealth of information from contact information to upcoming events and ongoing programs. Additionally, we have increased our reach through social media. I invite you to "Like" our Center Joint Unified School District Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @centerusd.

Beginning in August CJUSD initiated weekly teacher collaboration time every Monday at our elementary sites. This time allows teaching staff the opportunity to work together to improve instruction and services for all students. This has been especially productive to support the implementation of the new math curriculum and in making instructional adjustments to meet the expectations of new state standards.

Site tours have provided the opportunity for me to observe children at all grade levels interacting with math. I am excited about our new math curriculum and the resources available to support children at home. McGraw-Hill provides online support for students through 5th grade at Online resources include an ebook with vocabulary practice, tools, ehelp, math tutor and games. Children in 6th grade and above can get homework help, access student resource pages and get extra practice at

Part of the secondary educational experience includes opportunities to compete in athletics. Fall sports are underway at Center High School and Wilson Riles Middle School. CHS student athletes are competing in Cougar Football, Girl's Volleyball, Boy's Soccer, Girl's Golf and Cross Country. Student athletes at WCR are competing in volleyball and flag football. Athletic schedules are posted on school websites. I encourage you to come out and cheer on our local athletes.

In September I attended a CHS home football game versus the River City Raiders. It was exciting to see the Cougars victorious on the field while the CHS cheerleaders and Blue Crew did their part to cheer on the home team. Friday Night Football is truly a fun event for the entire family. I invite you to experience all the festivities at the Homecoming Game on Friday, October 17th. JV kickoff is 5:15pm and Varsity is at 7pm. The energy at the homecoming game is contagious. CHS students are busy all week in preparation for the big game. Students participate in dress-up days, build floats and get ramped up at the Homecoming rally. On game night the Homecoming floats circle the track for the annual float competition pitting the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 classes against one another for the coveted prize. Performances by the Cheer Team, Dance Team and Band are sprinkled throughout the night. Varsity halftime is reserved for the introduction of the 2014 Homecoming Royal Court and the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. All of this awaits as well as an exciting match-up on the field between Cougar Football and the Lincoln Zebras. I invite the Antelope community to come out and experience Cougar Football and the homecoming traditions of CHS.

I wish to extend a special thank you to Al Himenez, master craftsman and member of the Maintenance Department, for designing Center High's new display case located in the front office. The lighted glass case is quickly filling up with pieces of CHS history donated by staff and alumni. The collection includes pictures, trophies, prom favors, athletic schedules, newspapers and other memorabilia dating back to 1982. The display provides a nostalgia trip down memory lane for staff and alumni who have deep roots at Center High while providing a lesson on the rich history and tradition of CHS for those who are new to the school site.

I'd like to welcome back three board incumbents returning to the CJUSD Board of Trustees; Jeremy Hunt, Kelly Kelly and Donald Wilson. I look forward to working with these trustees and the rest of the board to continue moving our district forward to meet the needs of the students of Antelope.

Cheers to the fall season and all that awaits. I look forward to seeing the children, families and Antelope community members at our district and school events.

CJUSD Backpack Crusade

For the past three years the CJUSD Business Office has led a crusade to ensure students on our district have the backpacks and supplies they need to be successful. The focus of the annual crusade depends on the need. For example, last year, there was a need for school supplies so the Business Office "crusaded" for backpacks and supplies. This year, they sought backpacks with "personality". Students could pick from backpacks with their favorite character or a fun and flashy design. Each year they set a goal and when that goal is reached the Business Office hands over the collection to the Family Resource Center who distributes the items to children in need.

Over the course of the last three years, the CJUSD Backpack Crusade has collected 459 backpacks and over $1000 in donations for the Family Resource Center.

2012 - 241 backpacks & $260

2013 - 100 backpacks, numerous supplies and $350

2014 - 118 backpacks, supplies and $450.00

Thank you to the Business Office, the CJUSD Staff and community members who generously donate to the Backpack Crusade. You have made a difference in the life of a child.

Center High's Performing Arts presents: Soda Shop Angel

A play written by Center High School Vice Principal, Shirley McNichols

Judy Harding's life as a 16-year old isn't too sweet right now. Her dad can't find the money to fix up the family's soda shop; her older jock brother, Jimmy, is flunking out of school; and her younger brother, Tommy, has retreated into a fantasy world of comic book superheroes since their mom died. To add to the dilemma, Judy has a major crush on Ricky, a new guy in town who's a mysterious loner. Enter Angela, a bumbling angel-in-training who must earn her halo by helping the Hardings. But when the shop is hit first by a fire and then a flood, is it divine providence or disaster? Salvation or catastrophe? A quiz show and hula hooping are all part of the miracle that help save Judy and her family.

Show times are November 14th & 15th and November 21st & 22nd. Friday evening shows @ 7:00 PM, Saturday shows @ 2:00PM and 7:00 PM.

General admission is $5.00 at the door. Students with an ASB Sticker, patrons 65 years or older and children 6 years and under are $3.

If you have questions, please call Mrs. Purdy at (916) 339-4702 or email

A Pictorial Journey through CJUSD

HUSKY PRIDE Runs Deep at Wilson Riles

W.C. Riles 7th grade flag football team ended their regular season undefeated. Way to go Huskies!
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Walmart and General Mills partnered together to collect 20,000 Box Tops, worth $2000 for our own North Country Elementary School.
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Center High School's Varsity Football Team attended the University of Nevada's Homecoming Football Game versus Boise State.
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Joyce Frisch, WCR Principal

Mrs. Frisch is a 5th generation San Franciscan who moved to Sacramento, earning her Bachelor's Degree, Teaching Credential, Master's Degree and Administrative Credential at CSUS. Mrs. Frisch's career started in CJUSD in 1993 as a 4th grade teacher at Center Elementary School. She has held other positions, including 6th grade teacher, Reading Coach, District Coordinator of Categorical Programs and Public Relations, and Vice Principal at Oak Hill Elementary, before jumping into the role of Principal at Wilson C. Riles Middle School, where she has been for the past twelve years.

Mrs. Frisch has many reasons to be the very proud Principal of Riles. When asked what makes her most proud of Riles, she responded, "The many opportunities for students to be involved in school; sports, clubs, lunch time activities, rallies, music program and Husky Help to name a few. I'm proud that staff and students expect and model the Big 3: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful. I'm proud that we offer both challenging and supportive academic programs to prepare our students for high school. I'm proud that my insistence and persistence for kindness on campus have made kindness an expected norm."

Outside of school, Mrs. Frisch enjoys spending time with family and friends, including taking an annual fishing trip to Quincy and camping at different state parks with her husband of four years and his two amazing children, to whom she loves being a "second mom". The California Coast, Disneyland and Hawaii are favorite family summer travel destinations. With two teenagers, tours at various college campuses will be in the travel plans for the coming years.

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW.... Mrs. Frisch once traveled to Oregon to meet Keiko, the killer whale that starred in the movie "Free Willy".

If granted THREE WISHES, Mrs. Frisch would ask for a cure for Parkinson's as her father has been battling the disease for twenty years. She would also wish for health and happiness for her family and friends, and more time in the day to relax with a good book.

Thank you, Mrs. Frisch, for sharing a bit of your life with us.