MAY 2019

Center Aim

-Scott Loehr

-Scott Loehr

The end of the school year marks a time for reflection on our journey and a celebration of the milestones made along the way. The fresh faced kindergarteners we met in August are ready to move into 1st grade. Sixth graders have completed their elementary experience and are eager for new adventures in middle school. Eighth graders are anxious to leave middle school behind for the opportunities that await in high school. As I witnessed the 2019 high school graduates enter their graduation ceremonies to the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance adorned with cords, medals, and flower leis, eager to accept their diploma, turn their tassel and leave high school for the last time to pursue their individual aspirations and dreams, it was a moment of pride and reflection for myself and the entire Center Joint Unified School District. We are proud of these significant milestones and the dedication of our district teachers and support staff. Every employee in the district played a significant role in guiding the 2019 graduates to this moment.

Each day CJUSD Teachers touch lives, using their finely tuned skills and passion for education to make a difference for our youth. Congratulations to the extraordinary teachers who have been selected by their respective sites as 2019 Teachers of Year: Adam Zeissler (Center High), Christine Berger (McClellan), Caryn Kennedy (Riles Middle), Melody Smith (North Country), Katie Edwards (Oak Hill), Gloria Lewis (Spinelli), Delanne Mathias (Dudley).

Every position in the district plays a vital role in the success and achievement of our students. Congratulations to the following Classified Staff who have been selected by their peers as Classified Staff of the Year: Roger Hagedown (District Office), Bernadette Poor (Center High), Linda Davis (Dudley), Teri Shoup (McClellan), Lesli Garland (Preschool/Behavior), Dawn Roland (North Country), Kira Jennings (Oak Hill), Megan McInnis (Spinelli), Ron Baioni (Riles Middle)

We celebrate the tireless dedication and the positive impact all of our district employees have made on their colleagues, students, and the families of Antelope. As a district, we wish each of you all the best as you move onto the next chapter of your life.

I wish to extend a sincere thank you to the parents who serve on the Superintendent's Advisory Council; Linda Villarreal, Tiffany Weaver, Chelsea Schreiner, Tiffany Riddles, Kim Kelly, Angel Hughes, Susie Lacy and Vanessa Andrade.

Congratulations to teachers, staff and students for the successful completion of another school year. To the graduating class of 2019 wherever your journey takes you, I wish you the very best.


A Night of Celebration

Annually the CJUSD School Board takes the opportunity to recognize the wonderful talents and accomplishments of their students. At this meeting, the Board of Trustees honors students that have excelled in academics, athletics, extra curricular accomplishments, and even perfect attendance. This event also celebrates our staff members that will be retiring from the district. The event is always well attended and a fun event for all.

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Seal of Biliteracy Honors

Congratulations to the CHS graduates who are the recipients of the 2019 Seal of Biliteracy, demonstrating speaking, reading and writing proficiency in two or more languages. Each of the following students will wear an orange cord at graduation and their diplomas will have an additional seal recognizing this great achievement; Ashley Bergman, Kourtney Black, Jorge Blake, Hannah Boone, Justice Coulam, Kiely Davis, Madison Duggin, Victoria Duncan, Emily Filichenko, Isabella French, Tatyana Gayduchik, Maximus Gomez, Realyn Guanzon, Megan Guboglo, Emily Guille, Ihuoma Ihejirika, Angela Jarrett, Kiranjot Johal, Lyric Jones, Helga Karkhut, Cathy Katkanova, Slavik Kolesnikovich, Angela Madrigal, Samuel Nikityuk, Kameron Nolan, Henry Oill, Fiddy Pinzon, Netzahualcoy Ponce, Emely Ramirez, Saher Shahid, Ankita Singh, Sebastian Tejeda, Gloria Tolosa, Verenice Torres, Savannah Troyer, Brook Watson, Nelly Yakovchuk.


Senior Walk

Dressed in their robes, the Class of 2019 carried on the traditional Senior Walk last week, touring Dudley, North Country, Spinelli, Oak Hill and Riles Middle School. At each site, the seniors paraded through the campus and were greeted by teachers and students. North Country students welcomed the soon-to-be graduates with handmade signs showing messages of congratulations and encouragement.

Although the Senior Walk is a fairly new CHS event it will continue to be a celebrated district tradition. Elementary students get to cheer on the older students and see what lies ahead for them as they continue down the educational path through CJUSD. Teachers get to congratulate their former students and the graduating seniors get to circle back to where they came from and thank the teachers who impacted their lives. It's a full circle experience for everyone.

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PVL CHAMPS Represent at Sections

CONGRATULATIONS to the new PVL Champions, Center High Track. Competition didn't stop there with several runners moving into section competition.

These incredible student athletes finished 2nd in Sections, proudly representing the Home of Scholars and Champions.
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WCR Track

Wilson C. Riles middle school students recently competed in the FISAL League Track and Field East Division Trials and East/West Finals at Center High School. Eight area middle schools, representing athletes from Auburn, Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Lincoln, and Antelope competed in the meets. The WCR teachers and staff members staffed the meet and were wonderful hosts for all participating schools. WCR track coaches Mark Jordan and Karen Cook organized and ran the meet while coaching our amazing athletes. WCR qualified 6 individual athletes and 3 relay teams for the finals.
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Congratulations to these incredible student athletes who earned athletic scholarships at the following universities:
Jenna Tardiff-Doane University, softball
Maylene Hughes- Occidental College, basketball
Selena Osorio- Humboldt State University, soccer
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Three Cheers for Khloe

Congratulations to Khloe from North Country Elementary. She WON the Fight the Bite poster contest through the Sacramento/Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control Agency. Way to go, Khloe!
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Spinelli Happenings

The school year may be ending, but we still have a lot of events and assemblies to finish our year! We look forward to hosting our Open House on May 16 starting at 5:00 PM. Not only will students and parents visit classrooms to see the year’s hard work, there is a Silent Auction held in the cafeteria that’s always a big hit. This year we have some very exciting donations to auction off including Disneyland tickets, Quick Quack Car Washes, Black Bear Diner Meals, Sacramento Kings swag, and Winco gift cards to name a few. Much, much more is available!

The third and fourth grades enjoyed a field trip with Sierra Nevada Journeys to River Bend for outdoor science exploration. Having our students get out and experience nature with the hands on activities helps them understand the world around them as well as enrich the material presented in their classrooms.

The sixth graders visited Wilson C. Riles Middle School for a tour and to speak to the current students about life in middle school. They came back excited about the class offerings and activities available to them. We will miss them, but it’s wonderful to see them grow. All of us here at Spinelli Elementary wish them well! The sixth grade promotion ceremony will be May 30 at 9:30 AM.

Our last Tiger Day is May 29 at 9:25 AM with the Kindergarten promotion ceremony at 11:00 AM. So much to celebrate!

As we wrap up another year of discovery and learning, Spinelli Elementary staff would like to thank all those who helped make our school year enjoyable and successful. From parents, volunteers and community partners, everyone deserves kudos for a job well done! We appreciate your commitment and drive to make this school the best it can be. Thank you!

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Center Adult School Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Class Graduation

Students in the Center Adult School Pre-Apprenticeship Construction class learned fundamental construction practices and techniques. Instructor Orrin Anderson broke the year-long course into 6-week segments, each with a different focus. In the first half of the year, students learned basic vocabulary and safety, and they built little libraries, intended for free book sharing. In the second half of the year, the class built a tiny home for a buyer in Shingle Springs, charging him only for materials. The tiny home is a fully functional house on wheels, and will be completed a few weeks after the end of the school year.
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Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten registration:

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


CJUSD Summer Meals

Center Joint Unified will offer free summer meals Monday-Friday at the following locations:

  • Dudley Elementary (8000 Aztec Way) June 3rd- Juy 12th, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Spinelli Elementary (3401 Scotland Drive) June 3rd-July 30th, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Center High School (3111 Center Court Lane) June 3rd-July 30th, 11:30am-12:30pm

No meals will be served on July 4th & 5th.

Meals are Free for all children 18 years and younger. No I.D. or registration required.

For more information, call (916)338-6416.

A New Look for CJUSD

Have you seen it? The district website has a fresh, new look and each of the school sites will follow suit. Look at us shine: Are you on social media? CJUSD is too. Use the links below to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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.