West Sacramento Deputy Fire Chief hopes to inspire more diverse fire crews as she takes over as Fire Chief in Woodland

West Sacramento Deputy Fire Chief hopes to inspire more diverse fire crews as she takes over as Fire Chief in Woodland

By Daniel Wilson Early in her career, West Sacramento Deputy Fire Chief Rebecca Ramirez, who will take over as the first female fire chief for the Woodland Fire Department on Feb. 27, More »

A Day in the Life of A Palestinian Immigrant

A Day in the Life of A Palestinian Immigrant

By Stacy Grow A stay-at-home mother of three children, West Sacramento resident Nasreen F.’s life is currently filled with caring for her children and home. Born and raised near Jerusalem in a More »

Our Lady of Grace Parish Honors Sister Michael Henry on her 80th Birthday

Our Lady of Grace Parish Honors Sister Michael Henry on her 80th Birthday

By Jan Dalske for the News Ledger Parishioners of Our Lady of Grace Parish in West Sacramento gathered in the church hall last month to celebrate Sister Michael Henry’s 80th Birthday. Sister More »

 

Showing Options and Building Confidence

By Michele Townsend

linda lunaA community meeting was held and hosted by Washington Unified School District for the families of Holy Cross Academy to introduce them to our school district. Many of the students that attend HCA are the second or third generation in their families that have attended that school. WUSD wanted to reassure the families that if their children transfer to Washington Unified, at HCA’s closing this spring, their children will not be forfeiting the quality of their education. “Our school district is nothing like it was 15 years ago,” said Superintendent Linda Luna.

Many years ago our school district was very poor. The buildings needed updating, not a single one of our schools tested at grade proficient, and our curriculum in all grades needed a complete updated overhaul. WUSD, every level of the entire staff, and all of the students and families have completely changed that.

Superintendent Luna explained the structure of our district, followed by an introduction of the Board of Education members in attendance, assistant superintendents, other administrators and principals from several elementary schools. She explained their positions, and the duties they perform. In addition she explained how we have evolved to our current district structure. As our district has grown and changed, there has been a need of altering existing positions and developing new ones. The teachers have all learned the new curriculum first, so that they can effectively teach it. New schools have been built, old schools have been renovated, and technology has been brought current. We now have award winning schools and students. We have students being recruited and being awarded scholarships from major universities nationwide, and we have a 95 percent graduation rate! We are definately NOT the district we used to be.

In preperation of school enrollment, many parents look at our schools state test scores and become concerned. However, if you look at a school’s state test scores, it does not project an accurate picture of their eduaction quality. Here’s why… Testing is done at a certain time, and ALL students must be tested. There are many sub groups that the children are grouped in to, however they do not include, and do not make adjustments for things like how long the student has been in the country, what kind of education were they getting prior to coming here, what language do they speak, is the test given in their language and in a structure that they understand, etc? As you can imagine, the accuracy of those numbers representing our quality of education quickly becomes faulty. So WUSD would like those interested in enrolling in our district to look what we have to offer, and the outstanding things that are occuring with our students and schools. Washington Unified has amazing programs and technology at every level for almost every demographic of student. Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Services, Amber Lee said “We try to know every student by name and by need, and if there is a need that we cannot help you with, we do our very best to rectify that!” The beauty of the programs that WUSD has addopted, is that they arent just “a class”, they are life changing, career building programs that are set up to transition from primary to secondary to college to career.

River City High School is now an amazing place. If you have never taken a tour of it, you really should! (They offer them every year shortly before the new school year begins – however you can arrange it if you need to at any time) The departments and special programs range from robotics, to forensics, to engineering, to culinary, to farming to the fine arts and so many more. We have career and community building opportunities and more students attending college than ever in the history of school in West Sacramento.

One mother of an HCA student expressed her concern of bullying. Amber Lee in combination with Westfield Elementary Principal Roxanna Villasenor explained that in addition to the no tollerance rule, they go beyond that by teaching and incorporating anti-bullying techniques on a daily basis.

They bring in the Reach One Alliance, with Kevin Bracy throughout the year. (He is amazing!) Principal Villasenor also told about a monthly get together for coffee between parents and principal that is informal and casual where they discuss any topic, creating a family type of community within the school.. Another father/grandfather of HCA students asked about prayer, and religeon practices at school.

Much to most people’s surprise there is a Bible club at River City, as well as a group of Muslim students that pray together. One thing that was consistant throughout every administrator, principal, board member or teacher who attended the meeting was that there is an open door policy throughout the district. All families are encouraged to call, come in or log onto the district website with any questions, concerns, or needs!

Residents are invited to the 2017 Recreation Center open house

By Jan Dalske for the News Ledger

Have you been to the City of West Sacramento’s Recreation Center? Now is the time to visit. Come with your family or bring a friend. The Recreation Center wants to showcase some of the activities that they offer throughout the year. The Open House will be held on Friday, Jan. 20 from 6 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

During the Open House you can workout at no charge. Try one or more of the many exercise classes that are offered. Check out one or more of the workshops. The Rec Center offers Aging With Wellness, PNF Stretching Clinic or Fermented Foods Talk and Tasting. Call the center at 916-617-4770 to sign up or email them if you have any questions.

If you have been thinking about checking out a class, now is your chance. Experience something new. Childcare is offered free both Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, and Friday from 4:30 to 8 pm. You may want to call to reserve a spot for childcare as there is limited availability.

Your family is invited to the Rockwall Party on Friday night from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. You will learn climbing techniques. You will need to sign up at the front desk in advance for this class. Many workshops will be offered. These include A.M. Pump, Low Impact Cardio, Athletic Barre, Beginning Yoga and Meditation, Partner Preview Workout, Ask a Trainer, Body Comp Table.

You can watch or participate in the Drop- In- Pickleball. Aqua Triathlon is an event that will give you a workout and make you laugh and is great for all skill levels. The activities include Aqua Tri, Jog, and Bike as well as a Polar Slide.

Here is your chance to try Zumba. There will be a Zumba Party on Friday from 5:45 to 7 p.m. You will need to register in advance for Zumba. Sarah, Satu, Barbara and Ernest are looking forward to dancing with you. Come and see what you have been missing.

On Saturday a Fooseball Ladder and a Ping Pong Ladder will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. YOGA is scheduled at the same time and has limited availability. The staff at the Recreation Center is looking forward to meeting you and showcasing many of the activities that they offer all year round.

Plan now to visit the Recreation Center OPEN HOUSE on Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21. You can call the Recreation Center to sign up in advance at 916-617-4770.
To ask questions via email send your inquiry to recreation@cityofwestsacramento.org.

The Recreation Center is located at 2801 Jefferson Blvd. in West Sacramento.

Swearing In For Mayor, Council Members

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Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, along with Council Members Beverly “Babs” Sandeen and Quirina Orozco were sworn into office at a City Hall ceremony last night.

Cabaldon and Sandeen were re-elected to office. Orozco beat a strong field to replace recently retired Council Member Bill Kristoff. It was the Mayor’s 10th time taking the oath!

Also at the meeting, West Sacramento resident and Olympic athlete Kim Conley was presented with a proclamation recognizing her achievements as a world class runner and a role model for the West Sacramento community.

West Sacramento Receives Awards for Barn Project and Economic Development

The city of West Sacramento received the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council’s ( GSAC) inaugural “Paving the Way” award recognizing a public agency for “Exceptional Economic Development Results” at the GSAC annual dinner on December 7. The City’s Business Assistance and Infrastructure Investment were cited in remarks by GSAC during the award presentation which was accepted by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

The Barn project was selected to receive the American Planning Association, Sacramento Valley Section, Local Vision Award. The Local Vision Award recognizes projects that have made outstanding contributions to creating better communities throughout the Sacramento Valley.

Source: www.cityilights.org