March 2019

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 visit their website at

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, the Annual Parade of States 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 2019. Visit the CHS website to view the 2019-20 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 April 15th-April 22nd for Spring Break.


CJUSD Board of Trustees

Throughout our 160 year history, CJUSD has had many former students return as Board Members. However, never has the Board majority been comprised of former students. It’s with great pride we welcome Milad JBeily, Donald Wilson and Jeremy Hunt to the CJUSD Board of Trustees.

Milad JBeily is the newest member of the Board and a member of CHS Class of 1991. While at Center High School, Milad played football and later returned to give back to CHS athletics as a JV football coach. Milad sought the position of Trustee to give back to the district that served him well and prepared him for life after high school. One of Milad’s goals as a Trustee is to foster more community togetherness and encourage parents to get involved in their child’s school experience by attending athletic events, drama productions, field trips and other activities. He is passionate about anti-bullying programs, the positive impact athletics has on the development of young people and making sure the academic needs of each child are met. Overall his focus is that the children of CJUSD are put first above all else and that all decisions are made with the child in mind.

Donald Wilson is returning to the Board, serving a 4th term as Trustee. Donald is a graduate of CHS, class of 1987. While in high school, he served in Student Government, played football and baseball and was a member of the Chess Club. Donald chooses to serve as a Trustee because of a belief instilled early on in his life that “your community is what you make it, and it is your duty to be involved in order to make your community a better place to live.” Donald is focused on the business aspects of the Board which includes fiscal accountability and responsibility. Beyond that, Donald is proud of the Center culture and believes “The Home of Scholars and Champions” is more than simply a motto. Donald strives to set an example and make a positive impact through the way he lives and by being involved.

Jeremy Hunt is returning to the Board, serving a 3rd term as Trustee. Jeremy is a CHS graduate, class of 1989. While a student at CHS, Jeremy played JV football and was involved in a variety of clubs and activities. He returned to Center High School to begin his career in education first in the College and Career Center and later as a Guidance Counselor. Although opportunities took Jeremy to another district for employment, serving on the Board is a way he can stay connected with the district, remain involved in his children’s education and have a positive impact on the community. Jeremy’s priorities as a Trustee include establishing a professional and congenial board, maintaining fiscal stability and maintaining a sound and rigorous education for students and a great place to come to work. Jeremy is passionate about giving back and has been instrumental in bringing together youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for service days painting walls and structures and improving the landscaping at district locations.



CONGRATULATIONS CHS Wrestling, Boys Basketball, Girls Soccer and Boys Soccer. All four programs clinched the 2019 PVL Title. Three cheers for the Home of Scholars and Champions.

Wrestling: PVL Champions with 5-0 record

Boys basketball: PVL Champions 19-8 overall, 7-1 league

Girls basketball: 13-9 overall, 6-2 league

Girls soccer: PVL Champions 16-3-3 overall, 7-1 league

Boys soccer: PVL Champions 14-4 overall, 6-2 league

CHS Varsity Boy's Basketball

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CHS Wrestling Team

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FBLA Represents

Congratulations to all of the hard working, dedicated members of Center's Future Business Leaders of America. On February 9th, twenty-two FBLA students participated in the Northern Section Leadership Conference & Competitive event at Consumnes Oaks High School. Sixteen competitors qualified for the state competition to be held in April.

Congratulations to the following students who will represent CHS at the FBLA Northern Section Conference:

Dominic Balberona

Eric Guevarra

Mikaela Diokazo

Navneet Kaur

Donald Hunter

Jade Diones

Jaedene Bumagat

Felicity Porter

Jessica Leontiff

David Garcia

Ihuoma Ijerika

Shahil Pal

Daejah Dandrich

Helga Karkhut

Aaron Santillana

Ysabella George

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Spinelli Happenings

-Erica Olmstead

Spinelli Staff is proud of all the hard working Spinelli students! At the Tiger Day celebration students were recognized for the kindness shown to others, academic achievements, and attendance. What a great bunch of Tigers!

Two Spinelli students qualified for the District Geography Bee held at Oak Hill Elementary. Congratulations to Andy for finishing in 3rd place. Congratulations to all the participants; they worked very hard studying for the competition.

Last year, Spinelli was the recipient of materials provided by the district to teach Project Lead the Way to our students. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a science and engineering based program that teaches students to solve problems using activities and projects. Their critical thinking skills are put to the test in the problem presented at the beginning of each module. PLTW continues on at Riles Middle School and Center High School. Spinelli is very excited to be teaching our students such valuable career and life skills!

The Sacramento Library staff visited Spinelli’s 1st graders to share the wonderful programs and services available at the library. Students heard a story and got a book TO KEEP! They were very excited. Thank you to the Sacramento Library staff for sharing with us.


WELLNESS Policy Updated

In June 2018, the Board of Education approved an updated student wellness policy. Wellness Policy (AR5030) meets all the provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), and provides all schools with a framework to actively promote the health and wellness of students. It includes guidelines related to nutrition, nutrition education, food and beverage marketing, physical education and activity, health services and a safe and healthy school environment. The Wellness Policy is meant to increase awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Here is the link to the updated wellness policy: Healthy students are more likely to have higher levels of education...... Eating healthy and staying active in school can help you feel better, do better in sports, concentrate, and get better grades and test scores. cdc 2014


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

On Monday, March 18, CJUSD will host its annual St. Baldrick’s head shaving event. This event is open for any CJUSD students, staff, and families. The festivities will be from 1:20-3:30 @ Spinelli Elementary School. Over the past five years, Center Unified students and staff have helped to raise $56,588 for childhood cancer research! This is an amazing accomplishment! Since 2005, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised over $253 million to help doctors and scientists pursue the most promising new cures for childhood cancer. Together we are making a difference in the world of childhood cancer. If you would like to join in this fight, please visit the St. Baldrick’s website: 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 -

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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.