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High School Gym to Receive Official Name
Contributed by Brian Penner
My first memories of Dean Nicholson are from my childhood at my grandparents’ house, east of Sanger near the Kings River. He was a lifelong friend of theirs and would attend some of our family gatherings. I remember his wide smile and laugh very well. We would see him at my grandparents’ church too, and I knew from very early on that he was a man of strong character and faith. As a young kid, though, I didn’t know that Dean was a long-time teacher and coach at Sanger High School; I just knew him as a kindhearted family friend. But it was his heart, character, and faith that were at the core of who he was, and they were the foundation of his success as a teacher and coach. It was only as I began my career here in the district and began to spend time with people like Ron Blackwood and Dave Dodson that I learned more about Dean’s career and that many people around Sanger knew him as Coach Nicholson. It turns out that he is the longest tenured boys’ basketball coach in Sanger High history, having led the team for 24 years. He also holds the record for number of wins (216). Coach guided five teams to league championships, and three of those teams won over 15 games in an era when fewer games were played per season! Additionally, he was the head golf and tennis coach for two years and an assistant football coach for many years. He accomplished all of this during a 38-year teaching career. He impacted the lives of countless students at Sanger High, and many people around town and beyond have great stories to tell of their experiences with him. The man I knew as a friend of my grandparents was also the friend of many others.
Special thanks to Del Beshore for supplying the Nicholson photos
It is only fitting that the main gymnasium at Sanger High be named after someone who is such a large part of the school’s and the community’s history. You can help us commemorate the naming of the Dean Nicholson Gymnasium at a ceremony on Saturday, October 28, at 2:00pm.
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Our Kids Are More Than a Number
Sanger Unified is Seeking Personnel Commissioners
Contributed by Superintendent Matt Navo
Contributed by Vicki Roth
Have you ever applied for a position at Sanger Unified School District? If so, you may have gone through the testing process for classified (non-teaching) employees. These tests are administered by the Personnel Director and staff of the Personnel Commission at Sanger Unified. The Personnel Commission is a three-member independent body that oversees the administration of the merit system for classified employees, such as office workers, custodians, child nutrition workers, grounds workers, maintenance workers, technology employees, bus drivers, etc. There are currently two vacancies on the Personnel Commission. They meet monthly to provide direction to the Personnel Director and to receive reports on the recruitment and testing that occurs during the month. They approve testing procedures, lists of candidates, revisions to rules, job description duties and minimum qualifications. They make decisions regarding employee grievances and discipline imposed by District administration, such as suspension or termination. All meetings are open to the public and are held in the Board Room at the District Office. The merit system was voted into existence some years ago by employees to ensure that employees are selected, promoted and retained without favoritism or prejudice, and that they receive fair and equitable treatment during their work years. The process includes recruitment and examination of candidates. The Personnel Commission follows a set of rules and regulations that are outlined in the laws of the California Education Code. Commissioners are paid $20 per meeting and they serve three-year terms. The two vacancies are unexpired terms. One term will end in November 2018 and one term will end in November 2019. Commissioners must be registered voters and live within the boundaries of the Sanger Unified School District area. They cannot be employees of Sanger Unified. District administration selects one Commissioner; the employees’ union, California State Employees Association (CSEA), selects one Commissioner; and the two Commissioners pick a joint Commissioner. The current Commissioner is Nicole Frost, an employee with the Fresno County Fire Training Bureau and a Sanger Unified parent who was appointed by District administration. If you are interested in serving as a Personnel Commissioner, contact Vicki Roth, Personnel Director, at 559-524-6521. Visit the Sanger Unified website and look under “HR” then “Personnel Commission” for more information.
SUSD Joins America’s Space Program Contributed by Charlene Griesner
Fairmont, alongside Sanger High School, are pioneering the opportunity to provide students an authentic space program experience. Students will participate in a national model STEM education program that will engage hundreds of our students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. It will culminate in one of our student-proposed experiments selected to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in low Earth orbit, and be operated by the astronauts. The experiment will be part of a payload for Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission 12 to ISS, and will launch on a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, adjoining NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, in late Spring 2018. Over 70 teams will be designing real microgravity experiments with real world constraints imposed by the operation of a flight certified microgravity mini-laboratory, and flight operations to and from low Earth orbit. Scientists and engineers around the world compete to get their experiments up to the ISS by participating in the exact same formal proposal review and selection process as our students will be going through. A hundred excited junior and senior Sanger High School students have volunteered to be project managers to Fairmont student teams. Teams will be answering the question, “What physical, chemical, or biological system would we like to explore with gravity seemingly turned off for a period of time, as a means of assessing the role of gravity in that system?” The winning team will represent our Sanger community by traveling to the Smithsonian to attend their own research conference. SSEP will provide our students an exciting global view, resulting in inspiration and empowerment driven by relevant, meaningful learning. We thank our sponsors for supporting Fairmont Elementary and Sanger High taking part in Mission 12 and for their assistance in our efforts to get our community into America’s Space Program!
State test scores for student achievement in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math are scheduled to be released in the near future. However, you may not know how to interpret the numbers, percentages, scale scores, or what it means to meet or exceed standards. Regardless of the outcome, our kids are great. As our district continues to make immense strides, our students continue to improve in both ELA and Math, continuing to make slow, methodical growth, outpacing the state average in Math. What people often forget about the state tests is that our vision in Sanger Unified is that “All students will have options to demonstrate what they learn and opportunities to be successful and achieve their dreams.” It’s the “options to demonstrate what they learn” that addresses the need for us to prepare our kids to reveal the knowledge they acquire for any circumstance. It doesn’t matter if it is a SAT/ACT for college entrance, driver’s license exam, or college exam. These are one of many exams our kids will have to take in their lifetime to show what they have learned. However, those tests should not define a child’s character, their attitude, or the resilience they have to achieve greatness.
Although they are great, they can be better than any of our expectations as long as we remember that having wonderful test scores doesn’t make you a great person, any more than struggling scores makes you less of a person of character. I am sure many of us can relate to the idea that if our lives, our character, and our ability to achieve was defined by a test score, many of us would probably not be where we are today. We may never be able to disengage from the fact that the world will always use test scores or some way to define what we can do or how good we are. However, what we have to remember is that our kids are not defined by that. They are great because they come from great families, go to school in a great district, and have a great city supporting them. Our kids will always be more than a number.
Child Nutrition: Adrian Arroyo, Custodian Fairmont Elementary: Rebecca Horn, K Teacher John Wash: Yesuly Rivera, RSP Teacher Kings River High: Chanel Levi, Para Educator Lone Star Elementary: Kathie Hartsell, 1st Grade Teacher Pupil Personnel Services: Ashley Fraga, Health Services Assistant; Jennifer Rua, Health Services Assistant/LVN; Stephanie Grubb, Counselor; Nancy Martinez, Para Educator Sanger High: Vanessa Maduena, Para Educator; Rajnish Singh, Food Service Assistant Sequoia Elementary: Andrea Laurent, 5th Grade Teacher; Elexis Sedano, 1st Grade Teacher Sequoia Preschool: Randa Paredes, Child Development Assistant WAMS: Crystal Lanas and Rene Ruiz, Student/Parent Advocate Coordinator
What’s Old is New Again Contributed by Terry Barthuli
Sanger Unified School District believes that students should have a solid, old-fashioned education. It has a new way to encourage kids to excel – the Sanger Pledge. Students and their parents pledge to benchmarks to help kids be college ready upon high school graduation. If the goals are achieved, scholarships will be waiting. The Sanger Woman’s Club has an old tradition of helping Sanger kids since its inception in 1912. Continuing in that tradition, it’s raising money to create an endowment to fund the Sanger Pledge scholarships. The 2nd annual Dickens of a Christmas fundraiser will be held Saturday, December 9, at the Kings River Winery. The venue will be expanded to accommodate a larger crowd after last year’s sell out. Join in the fun by being a sponsor, donating an auction item and, by all means, attending. If you cannot attend, consider a cash donation to the endowment that will be exclusively for Sanger High School grads. Contact a Dickens of a Chairperson Terry Barthuli [email protected]
early release every Wednesday Elementary sites, Ed Center, and CDS
90-minute late start every Thursday Sanger High School and WAMS
December 9, 2017, 6:00 p.m., King River Winery, 4276 S. Greenwood Ave, Sanger CA 93657
Sponsorships Ghost of Christmas Future -- $5,000 * VIP Seating for 24 to feast on gourmet food * Name and/or logo will appear on printed materials at the event and in media * Full page ad in evening’s program * Each of your guests will receive a Dickens of a gift at their table Ghost of Christmas Present -- $2,500 * Premier seating for 16 to feast on gourmet food * Name and/or logo will appear on printed material at event * Half-page ad in the evening’s program Ghost of Christmas Past -- $1,000 * Special reserved seating for 8 to feast on gourmet food * Sponsorship prominently displayed in evening’s program
Administration Matt Navo Superintendent
Eduardo Martinez Associate Superintendent, Administrative Services
Company (or Name of Sponsorship): Address:
Adela Madrigal Jones Associate Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction
Phone: I wish to be an event sponsor at the Level I would like to purchase a table for 8 at $600. I would like to purchase tickets at $75 each. Regrettably, I am unable to attend, but I would like to contribute $
Board of Trustees
Area 1 - Tammy Wolfe Area 2 - Peter R. Filippi Area 3 - G. Brandon Vang Area 4 - Marcy Masumoto, President Area 5 - Ismael Hernandez, Vice President Area 6 - Kenneth R. Marcantonio Area 7 - Jesse Vasquez, Clerk
I would like to donate a Dickens of an auction (live/silent) item or raffle prize. Please contact Terry.
The District is governed by a seven-member Board of Education elected by trustee areas. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.
Please return your check marked “Dickens” and payable to Sanger Woman’s Club by Nov. 27. P.O. Box 544, Sanger, CA 93657 We are a 501(c)3 organization. Our tax ID # is 94-1173702.
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High School Athletic Schedule Sport
Cross Country Cross Country Cross Country Cross Country Cross Country Cross Country Cross Country
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Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys/Girls
Woodlake Invitational Roughrider Invitational Kerman Twilight Invitational Central Valley Frosh-Soph Championships CMAC Championships Central Section Championships CIF State Championships
Lake Kaweah Woodward Park Kerman Woodward Park Woodward Park Woodward Park Woodward Park
FS/JV FS/Var FS/Var FS FS/Var Var Var
TBA 1:30 PM TBA 2:30 PM 1:00 PM TBA 8:00 AM
Football Football Football Football Football Football Football Football Football Football Football Football Football Football Football Football Football
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Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys
Bullard Bullard Madera South Madera South Edison Edison Madera Madera SJM Central Section Playoffs Central Section Quarterfinals Central Section Semifinals Central Section Finals CIF CA Regional Finals CIF CA Regional Finals CIF CA State Bowl Game CIF CA State Bowl Game
Bullard Ratcliffe Stadium Sanger Sanger Sanger Sanger Madera Madera Sanger TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
F JV/Var F JV/Var F JV/Var F JV/Var JV/Var Var Var Var Var Var Var Var Var
5:00 PM 4:30 PM/7:30 PM 5:30 PM 4:30 PM/7:30 PM 5:30 PM 5:00 PM/7:30 PM 5:30 PM 5:00 PM/7:30 PM 5:00 PM/7:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM TBA TBA TBA TBA
Golf Golf Golf Golf Golf Golf Golf Golf Golf
10/3/17 10/5/17 10/10/17 10/12/17 10/17/17 10/23/17 10/30/17 11/9/17 11/14/17
Tuesday Thursday Tuesday Thursday Tuesday Monday Monday Thursday Tuesday
Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls
Edison CMAC Tournament #4 Madera CMAC 9 Hole Championship CMAC 18 Hole Championship Area Championships Central Section Championships CIF Southern State Championships CIF State Championships
Sherwood Sherwood Madera CC Riverside GC Riverside GC TBA TBA TBA TBA
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2:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 11:00 AM TBA TBA TBA TBA
Tennis Tennis Tennis Tennis Tennis Tennis Tennis Tennis Tennis Tennis Tennis Tennis Tennis Tennis Tennis
10/3/17 10/5/17 10/10/17 10/12/17 10/13/17 10/19/17 10/25/17 10/27/17 10/28/17 11/1/17 11/3/17 11/4/17 11/7/17 11/15/17 11/19/17
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Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls
Madera South Bullard Edison CMAC Championships CMAC Championships Central Section Playoffs Central Section Quarterfinals Central Area Individual Championships Central Area Individual Championships Central Section Semifinals Central Section Indiv. Championships Central Section Indiv. Championships Central Section Finals CIF CA Regional Playoffs CIF CA Regional Playoffs
Madera South Sanger Edison TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
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3:00 PM 3:00 PM 3:00 PM TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball
10/3/17 10/5/17 10/7/17 10/10/17 10/12/17 10/17/17 10/19/17 10/24/17 10/26/17 10/31/17 11/2/17 11/7/17 11/11/17 11/15/17 11/16/17 11/18/17 11/21/17 11/25/17 12/2/17
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Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls Girls
Madera South Bullard Clovis West F/JV Tournament Edison Madera SJM Madera South Bullard Edison Central Section Playoffs Central Section Quarterfinals Central Section Semifinals Central Section Finals CIF CA State Playoffs CIF CA State Playoffs CIF CA State Playoffs CIF CA State Quarterfinals CIF CA State Semifinals CIF CA State Finals
Sanger Bullard Clovis West Sanger Sanger SJM Madera South Sanger Edison TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
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10/3/17 10/3/17 10/5/17 10/5/17 10/11/17 10/11/17 10/13/17 10/14/17 10/18/17 10/18/17 10/20/17 10/21/17 10/24/17 10/24/17 10/26/17 10/26/17 10/27/17 10/28/17 11/1/17 11/1/17 11/4/17 11/4/17 11/7/17 11/7/17 11/9/17 11/9/17 11/14/17 11/14/17 11/17/17 11/17/17 11/18/17 11/18/17
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Girls Boys Girls Boys Girls Boys Girls Girls Girls Boys Boys Boys Girls Boys Girls Boys Boys Boys Girls Boys Girls Boys Girls Boys Girls Boys Girls Boys Girls Boys Girls Boys
Edison Edison Madera Madera SJM SJM Tulare JV Tournament Western States Tournament Madera South Madera South DeLong Tournament DeLong Tournament Bullard Bullard Edison Edison Sunnyside JV Tournament Sunnyside JV Tournament Central Section Playoffs Central Section Playoffs Central Section Quarterfinals Central Section Quarterfinals Central Section Semifinals Central Section Semifinals Central Section Finals Central Section Finals CIF CA Regional Playoffs CIF CA Regional Playoffs CIF CA Regional Semifinals CIF CA Regional Semifinals CIF CA Regional Finals CIF CA Regional Finals
Sanger Sanger Sanger Sanger SJM SJM Tulare Modesto Madera South Madera South Modesto Modesto Sanger Sanger Edison Edison Sunnyside/Bullard Sunnyside/Bullard TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
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3:30 PM/5:30 PM 4:30 PM/6:30 PM 3:30 PM/5:30 PM 4:30 PM/6:30 PM 3:30 PM/5:30 PM 4:30 PM/6:30 PM TBA TBA 3:30 PM/5:30 PM 4:30 PM/6:30 PM TBA TBA 3:30 PM/5:30 PM 4:30 PM/6:30 PM 3:30 PM/5:30 PM 4:30 PM/6:30 PM TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
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How SUSD is Improving Student Achievement Contributed by Amy Williams
Our district is a leader in establishing a coherent and integrated approach to improving outcomes for all students. We use a Multi-Tiered Support System (MTSS) to provide students increasing assistance in academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs. In order to know the support is having an impact on students’ learning, our educational teams continually review data and feedback from students, staff, and families to evaluate efforts of improvement. Grade level teacher teams called Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) collect data and meet weekly to understand what and how each student is learning. This information is shared with teacher leaders, coaches, and principals (as shown in the photo of Principal Yolanda Shahbazian with her team at John Wash), so school sites can respond to the needs of their students and to spotlight areas of success. In addition, once a month, principals meet to share practices for improving outcomes and assistance for students. This is a great opportunity for them to learn from each other and take those ideas back to their students and staff.
Also on a monthly basis, a district data team meets to discuss districtwide information on how students are learning and being supported through MTSS. Combined with the data team, the teacher and principal PLCs provide insight on how to best assist students. This may involve providing professional learning to teachers in a specific area to providing additional counseling time at a school site. Together, these teams continually aim for ways to help schools get better at improving student outcomes.
District Acquires New Buses Contributed by Jimmy Robles
The 2017-2018 school year launched with over 12,000 Sanger Unified students across the district. Our transportation department is tasked with transporting approximately 3,000 students on a daily basis with a yellow fleet of 51 buses that meet all legislative, CHP, and Air Resource Board regulations. On August 17, we dispatched drivers on 40 routes that collectively travel a total of 3,116 miles each day! In preparation for this year, we had a hardworking team of vehicle mechanics working throughout the summer to service our vehicles for continued safe transport of our precious cargo. A wash crew performed rigorous deep cleaning of each bus and the drive team arrived a week early to receive over 10 hours of in-service training with state certified driver instructors Joy Frantz and Connie Pennington. The California Highway Patrol also provided training on vehicle pre-inspections from School Pupil Officer Al Mata and defensive driving from Public Information Officer Victor Taylor. These measures ensure that highly qualified, professional drivers are taking the wheel when students need transportation services. Our annual CHP terminal bus inspection reports in August confirmed that each of our school buses are safe vehicles for transport of students from home to school and back. With all these practices in place, we could not ignore the need to update our aging fleet. Statewide funding for transportation is minimal so districts are hard tasked to allocate funding for replacements when each purchase cost is just under $200,000. Last year, through a process of fleet analysis, we recognized that 20% of our fleet is over 20 years old, so a plan for new purchases was urgent. We also anticipate the needs of transportation to grow as talks of additional campuses are underway. Chief Operations Officer (COO) Brad Pawlowski developed and coordinated a plan for a five-year loan that would allow the district to purchase nine new buses. Through the support of our school board members, they approved the finance agreement and purchase bid which allowed us to secure nine 2018 diesel fueled, Blue Bird buses. Of the nine, two will be conventional style BBCV Visions with hydraulic ramps and five-wheelchair capacity. The remaining seven will be 81-passenger Blue Bird transit style (T3RE). The addition of these will serve many benefits, such as replacement of older buses on routes that are in compliance of all regulations, yet run less efficiently. We are excited to offer an improved service to our students as we anticipate the arrival of these vehicles within the near future. The transportation team would like to thank the SUSD school board members, Superintendent Navo, and the district administration staff for this collaborative effort.
Honoring Our Athletes Contributed by Brian Penner
Sanger High School has a long athletic history dating back to the beginning of the school in 1899. Many great athletes, coaches, and community members have made tremendous contributions to that history, making it one of the most notable in the CIF Central Section. At long last, a Sanger High School Athletic Hall of Fame is being created as a way to preserve and honor that illustrious past. The Hall of Fame is a collaborative effort between Sanger Unified and the Sanger Historical Society. They will be using one of the original school buildings in Sanger, the old brick schoolhouse located just south of the Sanger Museum, to house the Hall of Fame. The Society now owns the building and together with the school district will use the larger of the two halves of the building to display information about Hall of Fame inductees and other historic artifacts. A Hall of Fame committee has been formed and will soon be accepting nominations. Be on the lookout for the nomination form on the Sanger High School website. A dinner will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, to honor and induct individuals into the Hall of Fame. We look forward to seeing you there!
Ken Marcantonio and Brian Penner in front of the future Hall of Fame facility
Back side of the facility Photos courtesy of The Sanger Herald
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