It feels like just yesterday teachers and staff welcomed children back to campus to start a new school year of learning and growing. It’s difficult to believe that the end of the 2014-15 school year is now upon us. School sites throughout the district are planning their traditional end-of-the-year events. There are spirit days, field days, class celebrations, the States Parades, academic recognitions, Open House, Jr. & Sr. Proms, the CHS Moving-Up Rally, promotion ceremonies and high school commencement activities. Every CJUSD staff member is doing their part to ensure a smooth conclusion to the 2014-15 school year and at the same time, gearing up for the 2015-16 year to begin.
Congratulations to Center High School’s 2015 Top Ten seniors for their academic excellence: Elias Jbeily, Natelli Cripe, Louise Mayrena, Brittney Chao,Vardeep Atwal, Shivangi Patel, Eric Hargreaves, Brandon Mason, John Lorenz Salva, Dennis Gurtovenko. All ten scholars were honored at a celebratory dinner surrounded by their families, honored guests and Center High School and district administration.
Congratulations to the CHS seniors who have been accepted into 4 year colleges and universities. In April, college bound seniors were honored for their academic achievements at the annual Purple Cord Dinner.
Congratulations to the 34 Center High School seniors who have earned the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is a statement of accomplishment for gaining competency in two or more languages. In April the recipients were recognized at a ceremony at the Sacramento County Office of Education and will again be recognized at Sr. Awards Night in May. At graduation each will wear an orange cord identifying them as recipients of the Seal of Biliteracy.
This has been a year of growth, progress and change in the field of education.
Congratulations to the students and teachers for successfully completing our first year with the new standards based assessment, Smarter Balance. This is a new starting point that will provide better, clearer information to parents, teachers and principals about what children know and are able to do and will help identify the learning needs of your child. These changes will provide us a new opportunity to make sure that every student graduates prepared and able to make choices about his or her own future.
May is Staff appreciation. Every position in the district plays a vital role in providing a positive learning environment for children. Teachers, office staff, groundskeepers, counselors, instructional assistants, campus monitors, bus drivers, noon duty staff, maintenance department, custodial staff, nutrition services, nurses, psychologists and administrators all contribute to the academic achievement and the social and emotional growth of students. We appreciate the work each staff member does everyday to educate the children of Antelope. Take a moment to thank a CJUSD staff member today.
CHS Students Awarded Prestigious Seal of Biliteracy Award
Congratulations to the 34 Center High School graduates who are among an elite group in California to achieve the prestigious State Seal of Biliteracy, demonstrating literacy in multiple languages.
Each award recipient met rigorous state criteria and has demonstrated his or her linguistic abilities on examinations, grades and coursework. By meeting all of these requirements, the California Department of Education awards each student with a gold “State Seal of Biliteracy” on their Center High School diploma. Additionally, each student earning the State Seal of Biliteracy was presented with an orange cord to wear at the graduation ceremony.
Congratulations to all of Center High School’s Seal of Biliteracy recipients.
Run Huskies Run!
Wilson C. Riles Middle School proudly hosted the Foothill Intermediate School Athletic League East and West Division Track and Field Trials on Tuesday, April 28th. Well over 1,500 athletes completed during the Trials. These athletes all had aspirations of finishing amongst the top eight in their events and advancing to the League Finals.
Riles was also extremely proud to host the League Finals on Wednesday, May 6th, at the beautiful Center High School stadium. Fifteen area middle schools, representing athletes from Auburn, Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Lincoln, and Antelope competed in the meet.
It was wonderful to see so many athletes, coaches, and spectators there to support the events. Both meets were extremely well-organized by Mr. Jordan, Ms. Cook, and Mr. Baioni. All of the Riles staff led the events efficiently with constant positivity and encouragement. Plus, they all looked great in their matching shirts!
Congratulations to the following WCR students who earned medals and ribbons at Finals.
· Gold Medal – Shot Put
· Silver Medal – 400 Meters
· 5th Place Ribbon- Shot Put
· Silver Medal – 200 Meters
· Bronze Medal – 100 Meters
· 5th Place Ribbon– 4 x 100 Meter Relay
· 5th Place Ribbon– Long Jump
Mikaela Quiroz - 6th Place Ribbon– 4 x 100 Meter Relay
Rachel Pal - 6th Place Ribbon– 4 x 100 Meter Relay
Kamarah Keitt - 6th Place Ribbon– 4 x 100 Meter Relay
Angela German - 6th Place Ribbon– 4 x 100 Meter Relay
Eldria Varnado - 5th Place Ribbon– 4 x 100 Meter Relay
Emily Filchenko - 5th Place Ribbon– 4 x 100 Meter Relay
Breanna Jones - 5th Place Ribbon– 4 x 100 Meter Relay
Great job Huskies!
CHS Honors Class of 2015 College Acceptance
The image of the purple cord adorning the necks of Center High School graduating seniors is a tradition that began in 2001 to recognize those who have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities. This year the honor of wearing the purple cord was bestowed to members of the Center High School graduating class of 2015 in a Purple Cord Ceremony attended by the students’ family members, CHS staff and members of the Antelope community.
Congratulations to the following Center High School scholars for their commitment to educational excellence. We wish you continued success on your path to higher education.
Faith Abano: California State University, Sacramento; Sonoma State University
Farhat Abdul Samad: California State University, Sacramento
Tatyana Andriyenko: California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Merced
Haileigh Arthur: Colorado Mesa University; Doane College; Humboldt State University; Sonoma State University
Alysiana Avaloz: California State University, Sacramento; San Francisco State University; San Jose State University
Cameron Bolano: California State University, Sacramento; San Jose State University
Ethan Brown: Brigham Young University – Idaho
Ruby Cabrera: California State University, Sacramento; California State University, Stanislaus; Humboldt State University; University of California, Merced
Kimberly Calabray: California State University, Sacramento
Monica Cervantes: California State University, Sacramento; San Jose State University
Brittney Chao: California State University, Sacramento; San Diego State University; University of California, Irvine
Natelli Cripe: Westmont College
Olivia Delgado: California State University, Chico; California State University, Los Angeles; California State University, Sacramento; San Francisco State University; San Jose State University
Antony Demidenko: California State University, Sacramento
Jennifer Doan: California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Merced
Ashleigh Eldredge: California State University, Sacramento
Stephanie Fidomski: California State University, Sacramento
Mark Filchenko: San Jose State University
Arnoldo Gonzalez: California State University, Chico; California State University, East Bay; California State University, Sacramento
Juan Gonzalez: California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Portland
Jordan Grant: California State University, Sacramento; William Jessup University
Alex Guajardo: Eastern Washington University
Dennis Gurtovenko: California State University, Sacramento
Eric Hargreaves: Sonoma State University; University of California, Davis; University of California, Merced
Mariyah Her: University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine
Daija Hermon: Fresno State University; Oregon State University
Jessica Insogna: California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Santa Cruz
Elias J’Beily: California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Davis; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego
Kayli Jefferson-Henkel: Menlo College
Harvey Jones: Hawai’i Pacific University; University of California, Riverside; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of the Pacific
Teresa Kaneyuki: California State University, Chico; California State University, Sacramento; San Jose State University; University of Nevada, Reno
Komal Kaur: California State University, Sacramento
Arshdeep Kour: California State University, Sacramento; Sonoma State University; St. John’s University
Aja Lasartemay: California State University, Long Beach; San Diego State University; University of California, Santa Cruz
Monae Martin: Clark Atlanta University; Dillard University; Hampton University; Howard University; LIU Brooklyn
Brandon Mason: Humboldt State University; University of Santa Cruz
Louise Mayrena: Azusa Pacific University; California Baptist University; California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Davis; University of California, Santa Cruz; William Jessup University
Dheraj Mehta: California State University, Sacramento
Marisa Mene: California State University, Sacramento; Sonoma State University
Andrea Meza: California State University, Sacramento
Kristy Mustra: Humboldt State University
Regina Nesper: California State University, Sacramento; California State University, Stanislaus; University of California, Merced; University of the Pacific
Drake Oill: California State University, Monterey Bay; Saint Mary’s College of California; University of California, Santa Cruz
Monaliza Pacle: California State University, Sacramento
Summer Pasquale: California State University, Sacramento
Shivangi Patel: California State University, Sacramento; San Diego State University; San Jose State University; University of California, Irvine; University of Nevada, Reno
Brandon Pibal: William Jessup University
Angela Polizzi: California State University, Sacramento
Anna Purdy: California State University, Sacramento
Keiota Quinley: Benedict College; California State University, Sacramento; Humboldt State University; Paul Quinn College
David Robles: University of California, Riverside
John Salva: California State University, Sacramento
Yadviga Shestyuk: California State University, Sacramento
Bethany Simpson: California State University, Sacramento; Sonoma State University;
St. John’s University
Noor Sulaiman: California State University, Sacramento
Amina Tongol: California State University, East Bay; California State University, Sacramento; San Francisco State University
Maria Torres: Humboldt State University
Michelle Vu: University of California, Irvine; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, Santa Cruz
Thomas Willey: Northern Arizona University; University of California, Merced
Omari Williams: California State University, Sacramento; San Francisco State University
Krystaniece Wong: California State University, Sacramento; San Francisco State University; University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Nebyu Yonas: California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Riverside; University of California, Santa Cruz
Jessica Zagurskaya: Concordia University - Portland
North Country Shines in Spring Performance of GREASE
Wilson C. Riles held a talent show on Thursday, May 7th, to show off the talents of 18 students. We had some spectacular singers, musicians, and dancers. Even through their nerves, our performers showed off their wonderful abilities. It was a close race for the top 3.
3rd place went to Clayton Ingram who sang an acapella version of Maroon 5's "Beautiful Goodbye."
2nd place went to Lizzy Carey who sang a gorgeous rendition of Christina Aguilera's "I Am Beautiful."
And 1st place went to Emmy Harmon and Karina Vuksta for their impressive duet. Emmy played the guitar while Karina played the piano. They were in perfect harmony together while singing Taylor Swift's "White Horse."
Sloan Woods was the MC for the event. She was hilarious while keeping the show moving. Great job to everyone who participated!
North Country Shines in the 23rd annual PARADE of STATES
Bridging the Distance with Technology
What started as research for a State Report, turned into a full blown Civics Lesson for Mrs. Meloy's 5th grade class. The students wrote letters to states they were researching requesting information about the state. One student received a response from Senator Rick Gallot of Louisiana that included an invitation to view, via web streaming, a hearing session of the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs sub-committee that he is a member of.
Mrs. Meloy worked hard to coordinate the efforts and the class observed this meeting for about an hour on Monday. The observed testimony as well as some debate. Viewing through web-streaming allowed Mrs. Meloy to have clarifying conversation with her students during the testimony.
As a bonus, Senator Gallot was going to visit with the class via Skype.
Center Students Shine at the SEVA Awards
Patty Spore, Principal at Oak Hill Elementary, Shares her Journey
It all began in September 1989. I was at Camp Winton with my Cub Scout Pack. I had to leave them there with the other leaders and drive back to Antelope for an early morning interview. I had a hard time focusing on the interview, since my mind was still up in the mountains with 14 little boys, but Mary Ann Anderson must have seen something, because she hired me for a 1st grade class. When I got home from camp, I had a whopping 2 days to get my room set up for my very first class of 26 curious 6 year olds.
Center was my first district, and will be my only district. I started out at Center Elementary teaching first grade. I taught a couple of first/second combination classes during the 5 years that I was there, but didn’t move up higher than that. When Oak Hill opened in 1994, Center Elementary closed and most of us came over to Oak Hill on the 4 track Year Round schedule. I was on Blue Track. While at Oak Hill, I taught Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, and Fifth. Then in 2001, at the encouragement of my husband, I returned to school to get my Administration Credential. In 2004, I was hired as Vice Principal here at Oak Hill. Then with the budget cuts, I had to leave Oak Hill for a year. I went to Riles Middle School as Academic Coordinator. It was a valuable year that gave me insight into the 6th graders world that would come in very handy later. The next year I spent working between Dudley and Oak Hill as Academic Coordinator. Then in 2012 I became Principal at Oak Hill.
As a child growing up, education was always important in our home. My mother was the Librarian at the local High School. She instilled in me the love of learning that I carry with me still. I think she was hoping I would become an engineer, but my heart was really in the world of education. I didn’t really see myself as an administrator when I began my career, but working with Mary Ann Anderson and David Grimes helped me see the importance of a strong leader. I wanted to be in a position where I was helping all the students at Oak Hill not just one class at a time. I love what I do, even when I have angry parents in my office or upset teachers. I know that by listening and working together we can make Oak Hill a better place for all students.
I can’t say I have a “favorite” memory from being in the classroom. I have traveled the road with so many students. They all have a special place in my heart. I think what I enjoy the most is seeing those curious 6 year olds that I had so many years ago as adults. I just had the pleasure of seeing one of my very first students. He was the realtor at an open house just down the street. I am also very proud of a former student from the early years that is now a very active parent here at Oak Hill. I love seeing who they have grown into.
I have been here at Oak Hill since it opened and I am very proud of the teachers and staff members who have made Oak Hill a wonderful place for students and families. I suppose one of the pieces I have been most involved in is our Green Beret Program. We have always had the Green Beret (Conflict Mediation Students), but there were a few years where our program floundered a bit. Now it is strong again. Every fall I work with my 5th grade students and do a full day training. They are all able to work through conflicts with confidence. These students help at recess and lunch to ensure students have the support needed to solve their differences in a peaceful manner.
My life away from Oak Hill revolves around my family. I married my high school sweetheart. We just celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary and look forward to many more happy years. We spent 20 years in the Air Force. It was my husband that was enlisted, but I was still right there by his side. We spent 3 years in England at Lakenheath where both our boys were born. We were also able to do a little traveling to Scotland, France, Holland, and around the English countryside. It was beautiful and I look forward to returning some day soon. After England, we were stationed in New Mexico. This is where I returned to school to get my teaching credential. We were lucky in the fact that we didn’t move as much as many military families do. After 7 years in New Mexico, we came back to California and have been in Antelope ever since. Now I have 4 grandchildren who like to spend their spare time at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. My oldest granddaughter is at Oak Hill so I get to see her every day along with her little brother and sister when they come to pick her up. My other grandson doesn’t live too far away in Natomas, so I see him on weekends.
If I had three wishes my first wish would be that a cure for cancer is found. In the last year we have had so many students, staff, friends, and family affected by this devastating disease. It is always difficult to lose a loved one and watching them slowly decline or be swiftly snatched from us is heartbreaking. This leads to my second wish, which is that those around me have good health throughout their life. Without good health it is hard to find joy and happiness. My last wish is for everyone to find financial security. I don’t mean to be rich, but I don’t want family, friends, and students to worry about having a roof over their head or food on the table.
It is my hope that our students will go out into the world and change if for the better.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.