Community Partner Spotlight - Thank You Mom's Restaurant

Award photo of Rosedale - $2144 raised
Award photo of Neal Dow - $2088 raised
Award photo of McManus - $1982 raised
Award Photo of Marigold - $1832 raised
Award photo of Emma Wilson - $2210 raised
Award photo of Chapman - $1946 raised

Chico Unified School District would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Jack and Darien Sterling, owners of Mom’s Restaurant. They have recently reached $100,000 in donations to local schools as part of their community outreach School Adoption Program!

For the past several years, Mom’s Restaurant has partnered with Chico Unified School District to encourage the educational development of Chico youth. Each year, nine schools are selected to benefit from the restaurant’s monthly fundraiser. Every time a guest orders the “3+2+2” menu item, $2 is donated to a local school. The average donation is approximately $2,000 each month. Since the program’s inception, over $100,000 has been raised and donated to local elementary schools.

The next time you enjoy a meal at Mom's Restaurant, please make sure to tell them thank you for supporting local education!
 
 
 
 
 

CHS Digital Art Students Create PSA Billboards

Do not smoke or Vape Billboard photo
Photo of PSA Billboard developed by students
Photo of PSA billboard located in Chico, CA
Photo of billboard created by CHS students.
Chico Unified School District would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Jack and Darien Sterling, owners of Mom’s Restaurant! They've reached $100,000 in donations to local schools as part of their community outreach School Adoption Program!

For the past several years, Mom’s Restaurant has partnered with Chico Unified School District to encourage the educational development of Chico youth. Each year, nine schools are selected to benefit from the restaurant’s monthly fundraiser. Every time a guest orders the “3+2+2” menu item, $2 is donated to a local school. The average donation is approximately $2,000 each month. Since the program’s inception, over $100,000 has been raised and donated to local elementary schools.

The next time you enjoy a meal at Mom's Restaurant, please make sure to tell them thank you for supporting our youth!

Top Four PSA Billboards

Have you seen these new billboards around town?

The project began with the Butte County Department of Public Health and a few of their KLEAN students (a Chico Unified School District club). They approached the Chico High School Digital Art Class with a challenge. They wanted to develop a public service announcement billboard for tobacco prevention. Information was presented regarding the concentration of smoke shops in town and the need for tobacco retail licenses.

Digital Art students completed research and created a public service announcement billboard. After the designs were drafted, community members were able to vote for their favorites on the Chico High School website. More than 70 billboard concepts were submitted, but the community narrow it down to the top 10.

Four billboard designs were actually selected for production, and they can be found around Chico. Two billboards are located on Esplanade, one billboard is on Mangrove and the other billboard is on Fair Street.

A huge congratulations to Shannon McLean (Instructor) and the students in her Digital Art Class!

FREE & Healthy Summer Feeding Program Begins in June

Sites, times and locations for summer food program

The school year is coming to an end, but the commitment to feeding our youth doesn’t stop there. Many students rely on their school for daily meals, so Chico Unified School District wants to ensure meals are available all summer long. Nutrition Services is ramping up to kick-off their 2017 Free and Healthy Summer Feeding Program.

The Summer Feeding Program provides free meals to any child under 18 years of age. There are over 20 summer feeding locations with some sites offering lunch and breakfast.

Most of the summer feeding sites begin meal service on Monday, June 12 and continue through the summer. For more information, please call (530) 891-3021.

This is a terrific opportunity for the community’s youth to engage in healthy and delicious food options.

PV's Miracle Traylor Wins State Title in Ambulatory Girls' Shot Put

PV Student Miracle Traylor Wins 1st in State Shot Put

Join us in congratulating Pleasant Valley High School’s Miracle Traylor. Miracle won the state title for the ambulatory girls' shot put at the 99th Annual CA Interscholastic Federation State Track & Field Championship!

Miracle's top shot put throw measured a huge 19 feet, 9 1/4".

Miracle continued on to win third place in the state final in the 100 this last Saturday, June 3.

We are so proud of this amazing athlete! Congratulations, Miracle!

 
Read the news article.
PV Student Miracle Traylor Wins 3rd

Citrus Elementary Library Receives the Laura Bush Foundation Grant

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The Laura Bush Foundation Grant for America's Libraries has been awarded! Citrus is receiving a $7,000 check for new library books! Citrus recently increased their library hours, and they've seen their book circulation surge by 30%! They've also seen an increase in Accelerated Reader program participation.

"This grant has generated a campus of eager readers, and I am thrilled that they will soon be receiving new titles to support their learning and help keep them excited about reading." - Michelle Kelley, former Elementary Teacher Librarian

Thank you to those of you who were involved in and supportive of the application!
 
Read the press release.

Fair View Students Present at Tobacco Recovery Summit

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Four Fair View students gave a panel presentation at the Tobacco Recovery Summit in Chico.  They spoke of personal experiences with tobacco and their struggles to quit.  The summit was attended by nearly 100 people, including doctors, psychiatrists, professors, counselors, teachers and social service providers.

The Fair View students (Crystal Balser, Adam Mines, Michael Thomas and Sara Smith) did an incredible job.  They were clearly nervous to speak in front of so many adults, but it was also obvious that each of them took the task seriously and prepared well.  They were honest, passionate, direct, moving and effective.  

They represented Fair View High School, CUSD and Butte County schools superbly!

CHS Students Win Best of Show at Silver Dollar Fair

Photo of CHS award-winning art at Silver Dollar Fair

Congratulations to the following Silver Dollar Fair winners from Chico High School …

Best of Show:

  • Grace Maness, Scratchboard
  • Delaney Cox, Color Pencil
  • Laine Wood, Combined Drawing Techniques
  • Jace Mustagog, Stained Glass
  • Iris Kern, Architectural Drawing
Honorable Mentions:
  • Lezli Hernandez, Scratchboard
  • Savannah Wahl, Combined Drawing Techniques
  • Max Goulart, Pen and Ink
  • Jack Ludweigsen, Digital Photo
  • Kaylan Stevens, Sculpture
  • Mikaela Wiley, Ceramics
  • Arin Jenkins, Pen and Ink

Chico High School Teacher Honored as CSUC 2017 Distinguished Alumni

Photo of CHS Teacher - Ms. Ball
Congratulations to Chico High School's Department Chair and Teacher - Jenelle Ball!
 
Jenelle Ball actively inspires and motivates high school students to explore the world of science. She was recently recognized as California State University, Chico's 2017 Distinguished Alumni. This is an amazing honor and we're so proud of her accomplishments. We're very fortunate to have such a high quality of staff teaching in Chico Unified Schools.
 
Click on this link to learn more about Jenelle Ball: http://bit.ly/2qLyDON.
 
 

Handcrafted Meals Baked Daily - Redefining School Lunch

Photo of CUSD Kitchen/Bakery
CUSD is proud to offer students a 2,500 sq. foot bakery. Meals are prepared from scratch - delivering healthy, and tasty, options for students.
 
Meredith Cooper, with the Chico News & Review, wrote this article: http://bit.ly/2pD4IJG.
 

Here are some highlights:

  • Jesse Simpson is bakery manager for the school district. He runs baking departments from Raley's, Whole Foods and Bouchon (one of the Bay Area's most renowned bakeries).
  • Jesse Simpson is part of the newly formed Chico Bread Guild.
  • The on-site oven is large enough to walk into and creates over 3,000 muffins per day.
  • Vince Enserro, Nutrition Services Director, shares that they roast pork and turkey and create 200-300 gallons of fresh pizza sauce weekly.
  • They only serve 100 percent beef hamburger patties and whole-piece chicken nuggets.
  • High school students get 11 menu option (and it changes every three months).
  • Each meal includes 2 oz. of protein at least 51 percent wheat flour.
  • The pizzas use dough and sauce made from scratch.
  • Vincent Enserro said: "... we're fortunate enough that everyone who works in our department is super-committed to that: to having the freshest fruits and vegetables and the best ingredients we can find.”
(Photo by Meredith Cooper)

CUSD Educators Win 2017 Rotary Educators of the Year Award

 

Chico Rotary honored six educators of the year, including four from Chico Unified School District.  Please join us in congratulating the following 2017 Rotary Educators of the Year:

  • Fair View High School:  Jesse Bremm, Physical Education
  • Chico High School:  Mike Christopher, Social Science
  • Inspire School of the Arts and Sciences:  Antonio Isern, Language

In addition, Brett Silva was honored at the 2017 Educator of the Year from Pleasant Valley High School.  Brett’s family was present for the ceremony and was not only able to hear the impact he had on students, staff and family, but his wife shared the positive impact our students, staff and families have had on the Silva family.

Congratulations to the 2017 Rotary Educators of the Year! 

 

HERO Mentors Shape Students for Career Success

ACE-LIFE is a Pleasant Valley High School college-prep Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program that prepares students for careers in education, child development, family and human services. The upcoming school year will mark the 20th anniversary of the ACE-LIFE Academy, and the 12th anniversary of the academy’s HERO program.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the extensive involvement of the HERO mentors listed below. Each of them provides 48 hours of job shadowing experience for our students, in addition to service-learning and community service opportunities.

Enloe Hospital - Coordinator: Laura Thompson
  • Ambulance
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation and Outpatient Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Radiology
  • Definitive Care
  • Surgical Care
  • Med Neuro
  • Cancer Center
  • ICU
  • Coronary Care Unit
  • Mother Baby Care Center
  • Lift Team
  • First Responder
  • Emergency Room
  • Lab
 
 

Chico Fire and Rescue - Coordinator: Division Chief John Kelso

  • Station 1: Ladders
  • Station 2: Technical Rescue Operations
  • Station 3: ARFF Training
  • Station 4: Wildland Operations 
  • Station 5: Firehose Operations
  • Station 6: Simulated Rescue
 
   

Chico Police Department - Coordinator: Heather Kavanaugh

  • Animal Control
  • VIPS
  • Records
  • Dispatch
  • Detectives
                                                                                                
 
   

In Motion Fitness/Kids in Motion - Coordinator: Tennille Bales   

CSU Chico Autism Clinic - Coordinator:  Carli Ross

In Motion Fitness/Kids in Motion - Coordinator: Tennille Bales                                  

The Oakmont - Coordinator: Alfreda Troudy

Bidwell Junior High School

Marsh Junior High School

 

The following ACE-LIFE Careers with Kids mentor sites contribute 120 hours of work-based learning experience for our students:

 
   
  • Chico Walks for Autism
  • Special Olympics of Butte County                             
  • Marigold School Carnival
  • Dispatcher Appreciation Day Public Safety Fair
  • North Valley Fire, Health and Safety Expo
  • Pleasant Valley High School Veteran’s Awareness Day
  • Butte County Behavioral Health Impact Mentoring
  • Enloe Hospital Junior Volunteers
  • Shady Creek Environmental Camp
  • Jesse Kohen Memorial Run
  • Elementary School field trip assistants
  • Adopt-A-Family
  • Bidwell Bark
  • Teens in the Driver's Seat/ FCCLA
  • Thank you to volunteer drivers, Mr. Bob Gilzean, Mr. Randy Gilzean, Ms. Kay Kohen, and Mr. Keith Dietle.
  • Thank you to Yellow Cab for your professionalism and reliability.
 
 

It has been our great pleasure to partner with supportive, dedicated, professional community members for the past 20 years.  If you come in contact with any member of these organizations, please thank them for the myriad opportunities they have given to our students.

 
 
 
 
 
 

District Office Proposed Parking Addition

CUSD is considering the addition of thirty-five parking spaces at the District Office to accommodate staff and visitors while reducing street parking. The additional parking will minimize the enclosed grass area adjacent to the Large Conference Room with a portion of grass area preserved for community use. See attached for details, which has been distributed to nearby neighbors.

The CUSD Board of Education will consider the parking addition at the May 3, 2017 Board Workshop. Please submit any input and/or questions to Julie Kistle ([email protected]).

2017 Rotary Educators of the Year

Chico Rotary honored six educators of the year, including four from Chico Unified School District. Please join me in congratulating the following 2017 CUSD Rotary Educators of the Year:
  • Fair View High School: Jesse Bremm
  • Chico High School: Mike Christopher
  • Inspire School of the Arts and Sciences: Antonio Isern
  • In addition, Brett Silva was honored from Pleasant Valley High School. Brett’s family was present for the ceremony and was not only able to hear the impact he had on students, staff and family, but his wife shared the positive impact our students, staff and families have had on the Silva family.
Again, congratulations to the 2017 Rotary Educators of the Year!
 
Photo Below - Left to Right: Patrick Christensen, Butte College; Jesse Bremm, Fair View High School; Mike Christopher, Chico High School; Antonio Isern, Inspire High School; Lori Silva accepting on behalf of her husband Brett Silva, Pleasant Valley High School; and Nicholas Lynch, Chico State University.

2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools

Congratulations to Bidwell Jr. High and Chico High Schools for being honored as 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools. The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.
 
Chico High School was honored for initiating and developing six College and Career Technical Education Pathways: Agriculture Mechanics/Manufacturing; Architecture/Engineering; Health; Information, Communication, Technology; Design, Arts, Media; and Agri-Science.

2016 ERP/CBEE California Honor Roll

A huge congratulations to Chico High, Pleasant Valley High, Bidwell Junior, Emma Wilson, Little Chico Creek, Marigold, Forest Ranch Charter, and Inspire for being named to the 2016 California Honor Roll by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE)! - So proud of our Chico Schools!!!

Community Partner Spotlight - Thank You Mom's Restaurant

Award photo of Rosedale - $2144 raised
Award photo of Neal Dow - $2088 raised
Award photo of McManus - $1982 raised
Award Photo of Marigold - $1832 raised
Award photo of Emma Wilson - $2210 raised
Award photo of Chapman - $1946 raised