Center Aim

As Center Joint Unified School District develops our new three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) we are committed to the following:

  • Providing instruction that will support all students to move successfully through the grades and graduate prepared for post-secondary college and career
  • Creating a safe, positive learning environment for all students
  • Increasing student, parental and family involvement

We value feedback from Center families and community members and invite you to provide input on the three areas of district commitment listed above. We’d love to hear your perspective on what’s working and what’s needed as we’re always exploring ways to enhance our educational programs and identify areas in which we can do better. I invite you to visit the “Recent News” tab on your school’s website or to share your thoughts.

This spring students in 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grade and all students attending McClellan High School will be asked to participate in the California Healthy Kids Survey. This survey is sponsored by the California Department of Education. The purpose of the survey is to gather information about the health and safety of our schools and students. During this survey window, we will also ask for parent participation in a separate survey designed for parents. More information regarding the parent survey will be forthcoming as well as an opportunity for you to preview the survey.

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 Parent Portal where you can monitor your child's academic progress and the grades your child is earning. You can access the district and site webpages at These websites provide a wealth of resources from contact information to upcoming events and ongoing programs. Additionally, we continue to expand our reach through social media. I invite you to Like and Follow Center Joint Unified School District on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Please make note of the following dates:

Winter Sports at Center High and Wilson Riles are in full swing. Check the CHS and WCR websites for game schedules. Come out to cheer on our students athletes.

Feb 3rd: Oak Hill Parent Tour, 10:30-11am

Feb 4th: Spinelli PTO Meeting, 3:45-4:45pm

Feb 6th: North Country Family Reading Night, 5:30-6:45pm

Feb 7th: Oak Hill PTA Valentine’s Spaghetti Dinner & Auction, 6-7:30pm

Feb 10th: No School in observance of President’s Day

Feb 12th: North Country PAWS PTSO/School Site Council Meeting, 5:30-7pm

Feb 12th: Center HS

Feb 17th: No School in observance of President’s Day

Feb 19th: Riles PTA Board Meeting, 5-6pm

Feb 19th: CJUSD Board Meeting, 6pm-9pm @4747 PFE Rd. Room 503

Feb 20th: Spinelli School Site Council, 3:45-4:45pm

Feb 20th: Center HS Elective Fair, 6:30-8pm

Feb 21st: Oak Hill PTA Movie Night, 6-8pm


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Coming in March… CJUSD St. Baldrick’s Event!

-Jean Luigi

On Monday, March 30, CJUSD will host its seventh annual St. Baldrick’s event. The event will be held at Spinelli Elementary, and is scheduled to begin at 1:20PM and will run until 3:00PM (or until all heads are shorn). Over the past seven years, the CJUSD students, staff, and families have helped to raise over $68,000 for childhood cancer research. An amazing accomplishment!

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Since 2005, St Baldrick’s has granted more than $282 million to support the development of childhood cancer treatments that are as unique as each child.

We invite all CJUSD students, staff, and families to join us in this worthy cause. There are several ways to get involved: You can shave your head in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, you can donate to the cause, or you can sign up to volunteer. Let’s do this! Grab your friends, make a team, donate, and get involved! If you have any questions, please contact Jean Luigi -

To join our event or to donate to a participant, go to


Student Wellness

~Jeannene Jew

Our CJUSD cafeteria staff understand that children with exposure to a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables can lead to an increased intake of fruits and vegetables; important for maintaining good health. Akiko, our Cafeteria Lead at Oak Hill Elementary, enjoys providing students the opportunity to see and taste healthy produce that they might not be familiar with or have access to at home. Every month, our Nutrition Department features a new fruit or vegetable for the Harvest of the Month. January's Harvest of the Month was "Cabbage". Akiko created a beautiful display containing a bounty of different produce in the cabbage family, each food item clearly labeled for student inspection! All of our cafeterias made coleslaw with fresh cabbage which they served on their salad bars for students. Thank you Akiko for sharing your creation and a huge thank you to all our cafeteria staff who work hard everyday to ensure our students eat a nutritious meal. For more healthy eating ideas and recipes please visit our Nutrition Services Department website at and click on Nutrition Education.

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Spinelli Happenings

-Erica Olmstead

A new year has begun at Spinelli Elementary! We have a lot of events to announce as we are so excited to get this year going. Change and renewal mark the beginning of things to come.

February 3rd will kick off our “Fired Up for Reading” event. The Antelope Lions Club provides a Kindle Fire for one student in each grade level who reads the most in a 6 week period! It is an event our students look forward to each year. Who will be the lucky winners?

Spinelli 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in partnership with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera are learning to play recorders. They have been practicing several pieces of music since October for a culminating concert in March. At that time, these students will travel to the Memorial Auditorium and play their recorders with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera players! What a fantastic opportunity!

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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.