MARCH 2018

Center Aim

-Scott Loehr

It is a priority of CJUSD to create a well-rounded educational experience for all students. We value academics and are proud of the varied opportunities for students to get involved with school outside of the traditional classroom. We encourage students to step out of their comfort zone and try something new, such as a specialized program, sport, club or activity. In the words of Helen Keller, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." New friends, new experiences and possibly a great adventure await at each of our school sites.

I am proud of the varied secondary programs offered at Riles Middle School and Center High School. Students interested in engineering and biomedical sciences can begin their exploration at Riles Middle School with the Project Lead the Way Gateway program which feeds into Project Lead the Way at Center High. Additional opportunities at Center High include the Media Communications Academy, 911 Dispatch Program, Pharmacy Tech and the SEAM Academy (Sports, Entrepreneurship, Activities, Marketing). To learn more about the opportunities available at Center High and beyond, attend the Elective Fair on March 13th, 6:30pm-8:30pm and encourage your student to attend the CHS College/Career Fair on March 22nd, 10:30am-1pm.

Each year we look forward to opportunities for students to showcase their new learning, such as the annual district wide Geography Bee, the Oak Hill Business Fair, North Country Science Fair and the 8th grade Ballroom Blitz at Sacramento State University. Spring also brings athletic competition such as track, softball and baseball. Additionally, we look forward to other activities and traditions such as Jr. Prom, Sr. Ball and Sports-o-Rama at Center High, Leadership Day at North Country, St. Baldrick’s at Spinelli, Dudley’s Talent Show and multiple spirit days throughout the district celebrating student accomplishments. Check your school's website and discover a new adventure right here in CJUSD.

As students and families are looking ahead to spring and summer, schools are planning for Fall 2018. Visit the CHS website to view the 2018-19 Course Catalog Elementary schools are also gearing up with registration of new kindergarteners and transitional kindergarteners. If you have a student who will be a kindergartener or in the Transitional Kindergarten program in the fall, please refer to the registration schedule listed on the website for your home school. All school sites can be found at

We continue to review and collect data to measure progress on our district wide Local Control Accountability Plan. Ensuring academic success in a safe environment with the involvement of parents and families is a priority for all students in our district. Our plan can be found on the district website, under the About Us tab. To provide input on the progress we are making toward meeting our LCAP goals, I invite you to participate in our online survey also located under the About Us tab. We appreciate your time and input.

All school sites will be closed March 26th-30th for Spring Break.


Spinelli 5th Graders are SWEET!

-Leslie Macek

The 5th grade classes participated in a service project that raised money for a local charity. The students made and sold handmade candy grams for Valentine’s Day. Many students gave up their recess time to make the cards and sell them at lunch recesses. They collected $160.00 in all, and decided as a class to donate it to the Mustard Seed School, which benefits homeless children. That’s a “sweet deal” all the way around!
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North Country Elementary is pleased to have been awarded a $5,000 grant from The Lowe’s Gives Foundation. (LGF).

The grant project proposal was to purchase a MakerBot Replicator + 3-D printer along with the necessary filaments to be housed in our Collaboratory. With chrome books in almost every classroom, our old computer lab was turned into a STEAM maker space dubbed The Collaboratory, to challenge students to work on projects , create, invent and tinker using TinkerCad and their imaginations.

Tinkercad is an online 3D design and 3D printing app. It is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids, to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, – the list is truly endless! While Tinkercad is used to design students’ projects, the 3D printer can now physically print that design into an actual object.

Our collaboratory also houses Little Bits - a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent anything, from your own remote controlled car, to a smart home device. The Bits snap together with magnets, no soldering, no wiring, no programming needed. Makey Makeys are invention kits that can turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet.

Soon to join the arts, science and engineering Collaboratory space are Bee-Bots! Bee-Bots are little robots designed for use by young children. They are easy-to-operate, user friendly and a perfect tool for teaching sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun!

The biggest item to round out our Collaboratory was the MakerBot 3-D printer. We are forever grateful to Lowe’s for giving us the opportunity to turn our space into a little engineer’s dream. Below is a picture of the printer with the first item printed; a NoCo (North Country) key chain.

We thank the Foundation for their continued support in reaching out to offer us a hand in any future purchases for our Collaboratory.

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Every 15 Minutes Makes an Impact at CHS

Every 15 Minutes is a two day event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving. This powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.
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North Country's Annual Leadership Day

North Country Elementary's sixth annual Leadership Day on February 15th was a success thanks to the children from North Country. The theme was Empowerment! Realize Your Goals. By teaching these skills of self-discipline, self reliance and self confidence, teachers are fostering the opportunity for students to learn life skills that are required to be productive adults.

Children will present their speeches and/or share their leadership notebooks again on March 2, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. to guests from The Leader In Me symposium being held at Sac State. North Country parents who did not get an opportunity to hear their child speak or guide you through his/her Leadership Notebook last week, are invited to attend the March 2nd day to see your child in action. You are very welcome to invite relatives, friends or a business community member who is interested in student leadership.

Each person attending should arrive no earlier than 9:20 to allow for breakfast clean up.

Leadership Day was a thrill for all of the children involved. If you were present, thank you for being a part of their special day. Students in classrooms also enjoyed visitors coming in to celebrate their successes. North Country's goal is to create a culture of confidence and success. This is what we strive for one day at a time as we “develop leaders one child at a time.”

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Center JUSD Alum shows Riles AVID students around CSU Chico

The Wilson C Riles AVID students ventured out on their spring college trip. On Friday, February 16th, the student and teachers visited California State University, Chico where the students had the opportunity to experience student life by eating in the student union, and then attending a campus tour. One of tour guides was a Riles and Center High alum Makayla Howell. Makayla shared with her group of students about her experiences in her 4 years at CSU Chico. Students were excited to meet a college student who had come from their school. During the tour of campus, students were told about the history of the college, the legend of the buried car time capsule, and were able to see a student in action in a glass blowing lab.

The AVID students also had the opportunity to visit the Barry R Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary. At the sanctuary they were able to see some CSU Chico Animal Science graduates in action in their chosen field. They were also able to see many rescued animals and learn about the need for volunteers and community service to protect and care for these animals. The students enjoyed the opportunity to see close up large cats, black bears, coyotes, and even some reptiles. The AVID students use these opportunities to develop their own plans for future college and career.

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Assemblies Offer a Big Impact at McClellan HS

On February 13, members of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition visited the McClellan campus, sharing their prison experiences with students, explaining how they have moved on from that time, and how students can avoid life choices that could limit their freedom. Students listened intently as each of the three ARC volunteers spoke, rapped, sang, and performed poetry. Through their own stories, these former prisoners offered a lesson of encouragement and hope, as well as sound direction for students to become contributors to their peers and communities. Students asked thoughtful questions and shared their own stories of family and friends affected by criminal behavior. After the main assembly, the ARC speakers stayed to talk with students individually about the hope they have found through helping others.

McClellan students attended another assembly on February 20, this time with speakers and representatives of SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions. Merry Banks quizzed students on the top cause of death for teens (car accidents), and the main causes of car accidents for teens (distracted driving, driving under the influence, and speeding). Officers from the Alcoholic Beverage Control board and Office of Traffic Safety helped Ms. Banks as students put on "Disorientation Goggles" and tried to walk a straight line, demonstrating how hard it is to pass a field sobriety test when under the influence. Officers answered questions, and staff and students both related how drivers under the influence have impacted their lives and the lives of those they know.

Our motto at McClellan is "Developing integrity, responsibility, and respect, for now and for the future." These assemblies are a part of our efforts to promote these virtues among our students.

A New Look for CJUSD

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The Center Joint Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. School and district programs, activities and services shall be free from unlawful discrimination based on actual or perceived sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, ethnic group identification, gender, physical or mental disability, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, or sexual harassment in any district service, program and/or activity that receives or benefits from state financial assistance. The district shall promote programs, which ensure that unlawful discriminatory practices are eliminated in all school and district activities.