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Year round elementary schools return for the 2014-15 school year

A new school year is off to a great start at Elk Grove Unified School District’s 13 elementary schools on year-round calendars. Staff and teachers welcomed students and parents back on Tuesday, July 15. Read on to hear from three Elk Grove Unified students and their parents about their thoughts on a new school year!

Prairie Elementary School
Amiyah McDaniel, 5th grade student
Amiyah is looking forward to working with her new teacher, Michael Juba, this year and reconnecting with her friends and learning more about science.  Her favorite subject is art but she enjoys theater as well.  After school, Amiyah enjoys spending time in Fast Track, Prairie’s ASES program.  Fast Track is designed to give students help with homework, additional instruction and enrichment opportunities.  Her favorite memory from last year was participating in Paw Print Theater. She especially loved the play “Power of Words.” In the future, Amiyah is interested in becoming an actress and a doctor.

Arricka McDaniel. Amiyah’s mother
As a parent, Ms. McDaniel is looking forward to Amiyah having the opportunity to explore, learn and enjoy every aspect of school including building new friendships. Ms. McDaniel stays involved in Amiyah’s education by volunteering to work with teachers, staff and administrators.  She has a great rapport with the teachers at Prairie and is always looking for more opportunities to serve. Ms. McDaniel’s appreciates Prairie’s supportive teachers and administrators who care about the students and their families.

Amiyah poses for a photo with her 5th grade teacher Michael Juba on the first day of school at Prairie Elementary School.

Amiyah poses for a photo with her 5th grade teacher Michael Juba on the first day of school at Prairie Elementary School.

Amiyah chats with a friend on the playground before heading to class.

Amiyah chats with a friend on the playground before heading to class.

Amiyah working hard on an assignment.

Amiyah working hard on an assignment.

Stone Lake Elementary School
Christian Mamaradlo, 3rd grade student
Christian is a student in Yvette Sack’s class this year. He is looking forward to the computer lab and all the new things he will learn in class. Christian’s favorite subject is math because it is similar to a puzzle and you are challenged to solve each problem. After completing his homework, Christian enjoys playing a video game called Mindcraft. His favorite memory of school last year was the second grade field trip to Fog Willow Science Farm, where students learned about fossils, vibrations and sound, and the life cycle of animals. When Christian grows up, he hopes to become an artist, as he enjoys drawing portraits. 

Abraham and Karen Mamaradlo, Christian’s parents
Christian’s parents are looking forward to the new things he will learn this year in 3rd grade.  They stay involved in his education by asking him daily how his day was. The Mamaradlos feel it is important to have good communication with their children about their day. They discuss what he learned, the highlights of his day and help and review his homework every night.  Christian’s parents are pleased that Stone Lake ranks high in state rankings. They feel that Christian’s school does a good job keeping parents up-to-date about calendar events, general information and messages from the principal. They especially enjoy the way technology is used to communicate with parents, particularly the email updates from Christian’s teachers.

Christian points out the location of his classroom to his dad at Stone Lake Elementary School.

Christian points out the location of his classroom to his dad at Stone Lake Elementary School.

Christian poses with his family before heading to class on the first day of school.

Christian poses with his family before heading to class on the first day of school.

Christian smiles as he heads to class on the first day of school.

Christian smiles as he heads to class on the first day of school.

Irene B. West Elementary School
Katie Brink, 6th grade student
Katie is a student in Etoyia Roberts’ class this year.  She is looking forward to the weeklong science trip to Alliance Redwoods and learning about Greek mythology.  She especially can’t wait to work with the banana slugs on the trip.  Katie’s favorite subject is writing because she gets to express herself through words.  Her favorite after-school activity is softball because she likes to exercise and work together with her teammates.  Katie’s favorite memory from last year was participating in “Age of Sail” because she had the chance to hang out with her friends on a boat and cook meals for the crew.  In the future, Katie would like to be a nurse because she likes to take care of people.

Catherine and Brian Brink, Katie’s parents
Katie’s parents are looking forward to Katie finishing elementary school this year and preparing for middle school. The Brinks stay involved in Katie’s education by attending school functions, such as Back to School nights, the Harvest Festival and field trips. Ms. Brink also communicates with Katie’s teachers through email to check up on her progress. Their favorite parts about Irene B. West Elementary School are the high-quality teachers and the heavily-involved administration.

Katie picks up breakfast before class on the first day of school at Irene B. West Elementary School.

Katie picks up breakfast before class on the first day of school at Irene B. West Elementary School.

Katie jokes around with some friends on the playground before heading off to their classrooms.

Katie jokes around with some friends on the playground before heading off to their classrooms.

Katie gives her teacher, Etoyia Roberts, a fist bump before entering her classroom.

Katie gives her teacher, Etoyia Roberts, a fist bump before entering her classroom.

Schools on a year-round schedule for the 2014-2015 school year include: Edna Batey, Arthur C. Butler, Carroll, Elitha Donner, Foulks Ranch, Arlene Hein, Isabelle Jackson, Prairie, David Reese, Joseph Sims, Stone Lake, Sunrise and Irene B. West. Elementary school students and staff on A track at year-round schedule schools will return to school on August 7.

Elementary school students and staff on modified traditional schedules will head back to school on August 14. Also on August 15, all schools on a traditional schedule – which includes 13 elementary schools, as well as all middle, high and alternative schools – will start their school year. Click here to view the 2014-2015 school year calendar.

To find out more about an individual school, visit our School Information webpage and click on the school name. New to EGUSD? There is helpful information on how to register your student on our Enrollment page. 

EGUSD welcomes back our staff, students and families for another wonderful year!

Spotlight Archives
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2013-2014
July 2, 2014 - EGUSD's 2014 Employees of the Year
April 24, 2014 - EGUSD’s Proposed Local Control Accountability Plan
March 13, 2014 - Winners selected for 9th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
February 7, 2014 - VHS Health TECH Academy launches community health worker training program
December 11, 2013 - Winners of the 2013/2014 No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest
November 6, 2013 - Florin High School math teacher named California Teacher of the Year; will represent California in national competition
October 9, 2013 - EGUSD schools to celebrate International Walk to School Day
October 4, 2013 - Map Your Future
September 4, 2013 - EGUSD’s Board of Education to hold Community Budget Meetings
August 15, 2013 - It’s back to school for traditional/modified traditional schools!
July 18, 2013 - Year-round elementary schools return for a great new year!
July 11, 2013 - Laguna Creek High School IB Programme graduates a stellar first class
June 12, 2013 - EGUSD’s 2013 Employees of the Year
May 9, 2013 - Valley High School receives statewide civic learning award
April 1, 2013 - Winners selected for 8th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
March 8, 2013 - Meet EGUSD’s School Namesakes
February 28, 2013 - Harriet Eddy Middle School collects over 10,000 pairs of jeans and pants for “Jeans for Teens”
January 10, 2013 - Career Academies & Pathways flourish at EGUSD

2012
December 10, 2012 - Winners of the 2012/2013 No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest
November 5, 2012 - EGUSD student-led #UnfollowBullying campaign named a finalist in the 2012 Edublog Awards
October 4, 2012 - Solar Sunflower blossoms at Harriet G. Eddy Middle School
Sept. 27, 2012 - High school students gain “real world” job experience through ROP
August 17, 2012 - Modified Traditional and Traditional schools head back to school
July 24, 2012 - It’s Back to School for year-round elementary schools at EGUSD
July 10, 2012 - Summer school’s in session at EGUSD
June 4, 2012 - EGUSD’s 2012 Employees of the Year
May 15, 2012 - PGHS senior wins Elk Grove Auto Mall Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive
March 15, 2012 - Winners selected for 7th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
February 15, 2012 - Honor societies recognize students academically and allow them to give back to others
January 13, 2012 - Healthy Start assists families throughout the district

2011
Dec. 7, 2011 - Winners of the 2011/2012 No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest
Nov. 3, 2011 - Elk Grove Adult & Community Education
October 6, 2011 - EGUSD launches Energy Conservation Campaign for 2011/2012 school year
Sept. 6, 2011 - No Excuses – Go to School Attendance Campaign returns for 6th year
August 24, 2011 - Back to School
August 1, 2001 - Cross Cultural Exchange
July 11, 2011 - EGUSD students enjoy a “smarter summer” thanks to $11.5 million grant
May 31, 2001 - Sheldon High School Animation and Game Design students draw their futures
May 11, 2011 - EGUSD’s 2011 Employees of the Year
April 29, 2011 - EGUSD Science Fair and Invention Convention
March 17, 2011 - Winners selected for 6th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
February 8, 2011 - Service Learning at EGUSD

2010
November 29, 2010 - Winners of the 2010/2011 No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest
October 26, 2010 - Character Education at Elk Grove Unified
October 13, 2010 - EGUSD celebrates International Walk to School Day
September 27, 2010 - College/Career Planning and the EGUSD Student
September 8, 2010 - Culinary Arts Academy comes to COHS
August 17, 2010 - New Cosumnes River Elementary School opens
August 3, 2010 - Breakfast at Elk Grove Unified
July 19, 2010 - Year-round schools kick off new school year at Elk Grove Unified
July 7, 2010 - EGUSD Launches Virtual Academy
June 10, 2010 - Technology + education = fun at David Reese Elementary School
May 21, 2010 - PGHS senior wins Elk Grove Auto Mall Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive
May 7, 2010 - EGUSD’s 2010 Employees of the Year
April 14, 2010 - Schools use creativity to motivate students for STAR testing
March 15, 2010 - Winners selected for 5th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
Feb. 26, 2010 - Students learn “Healthy Habits” at Jessie Baker School
Feb. 16, 2010 - Community board meetings back for a fourth year

2009
Dec. 18, 2009 - Winners of the 2009/2010 No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest
Dec. 8, 2009 - EGUSD students find “Writing Partners” at Sac State
Oct. 29, 2009 - EGUSD elementary school students team up to help Salvation Army through Socktoberfest
Oct. 19, 2009 - Character Education at Elk Grove Unified
Oct. 7, 2009 - EGUSD celebrates Walk to School Day
Sept. 8, 2009 - The Work of Academic Excellence
Aug. 18, 2009 - All EGUSD Schools are back in session!
Aug. 11, 2009 - EGUSD and the Ford Motor Company train Californian teachers to bring 21st century workforce skills to the classroom
July 21, 2009 - Year-round elementary schools kick off 2009-2010 school year
June 12, 2009 - Time Capsule Sealing Ceremony concludes 50th Anniversary Celebration
June 4, 2009 - Sheldon High School senior wins Elk Grove Auto Mall Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive
May 19, 2009 - Elk Grove Unified School District Becomes National Ford PAS Resource Hub
April 28, 2009 - Amazing talent can come in small packages
April 14, 2009 - Young science scholars and inventors shine at EGUSD Science and Invention Fair
March 25, 2009 - Winners selected for 4th Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
March 12, 2009 - No Excuses – Go to School Attendance Campaign
Feb. 17, 2009 - Harvest of the Month program teaches elementary students about the wonders of fruits and vegetables
Feb. 5, 2009 - Community board meetings return for a third year
Jan. 23, 2009 - EGUSD students see history through a veteran’s eyes
Jan. 13, 2009 - A, B, C in A-G – Chart Your Course to College

2008
Dec. 18, 2008 - Winners honored for EGUSD/U.S. Attorney’s Office Internet Safety Video Contest
Dec. 01, 2008 - Winners of the 2008/2009 No Excuses – Go to School
Nov. 17, 2008 - Bright Lights, Big Talent
Oct. 24, 2008 - Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles visit Florin High School
Oct. 9, 2008 - EGUSD Walks to School
Oct. 2, 2008 - EGUSD’s Science Initiative
Sept. 19, 2008 - Stephanie Lopez-Cox returns to Elk Grove a “Golden Girl”
Sept. 10, 2008 - Valley High School Students Get a Start on College
Aug. 25, 2008 - Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School and Cosumnes Oaks High School Open
Aug. 14, 2008 - Incoming 7th graders take a “Jump Start” into their school year
Aug. 4, 2008 - EGUSD’s Math Initiative
July 14, 2008 - Parents and students grow and learn together at Partners Preschool
June 16, 2008 - EGUSD Goes Gold – Celebrating 50 Years of Educational Excellence
June 6, 2008 - Kaiser Permanente Rewards EGUSD Elementary students with perfect attendance with the gift of a two-wheel ride
May 30, 2008 - Sheldon High School Student Matthew King wins Elk Grove Auto Mall 2007/2008 Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive
May 20, 2008 - Harriet Eddy Middle School student wins pair of round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines
May 21, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified and the Elk Grove Education Association Celebrate the Day of the Teacher
May 6, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified School District’s 2008 Employees of the Year
April 28, 2008 - Sacramento County Educators Host Budget Forum at State Capital
April 16, 2008 - EGUSD Launches New Attendance Campaign Videos
April 4, 2008 - Winners selected for 3rd Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
March 26, 2008 - Megaconference Jr. 2008 - Arthur C. Butler Students Take Their Voices to the World
March 17, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified Joins Call to Fix Governor’s Proposed Budget
March 4, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified Hosts Sacramento County Superintendents’ Press Conference on State Budget Cuts
Feb. 19, 2008 - 4th Annual High School Conference helps train the leaders of the future
Jan. 16, 2008 - Laguna Creek High School hosts ConnectEd Policy Site Visit
Jan. 02, 2008 - Senior Attendance Drive returns for second year

2007
Dec. 12, 2007 - John Ehrhardt Elementary students combine academics and community service
Dec. 03, 2007 - EGUSD’s Commitment to Service Learning Honored
Nov. 15, 2007 - Winners announced for No Excuses – Go to School Rhyme & Poster Contests
Nov. 13, 2007 - Veterans Day celebrated at Elk Grove Unified
Oct. 23, 2007 - Time of Remembrance Project and Website
Oct. 15, 2007 - Markofer Elementary offers “Donuts for Dads/Muffins for Moms"
Oct. 3, 2007 - EGUSD elementary schools participate in Walk to School Day
Sept. 18, 2007 - Options abound on new College and Career website

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