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Winners of the 2014/2015 No Excuses – Go to School Poster & Twitter Message Contests

For the ninth year in a row, elementary school students from across the district demonstrated their artistic talents through the No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest. The poster contest asked students to illustrate the importance of going to school – every day. The illustrations will be printed as posters to promote strong attendance throughout the district.

Secondary school students had the chance to participate in a new competition – the Twitter Message Contest. This contest invited secondary students (grades 7-12) to create personal tweets about what they enjoy about school. Students entered the contest by writing a tweet that best described what they enjoy about school in 140 characters or less.

The winners of the 2014/2015 No Excuses – Go to School Poster Contest were recognized at the EGUSD Board of Education meeting on December 9, 2014. The winning students are listed below:

Tanner Glenn, Arnold Adreani Elementary School

Tanner Glenn, Arnold Adreani Elementary School

 

Gabriella Lopez, Arthur C. Butler Elementary School

Gabriella Lopez, Arthur C. Butler Elementary School

 

Vinny Bernardino-McGuinness, Carroll Elementary School

Vinny Bernardino-McGuinness, Carroll Elementary School

 

Ayumi Schuster, Helen Carr Castello Elementary School

Ayumi Schuster, Helen Carr Castello Elementary School

 

Arianna Armijo, Elitha Donner Elementary School

Arianna Armijo, Elitha Donner Elementary School

 

Alexis Smith, Elliott Ranch Elementary School

Alexis Smith, Elliott Ranch Elementary School

 

Carson Sears, Elk Grove Elementary School

Carson Sears, Elk Grove Elementary School

 

Anne Merie Nguyen, Franklin Elementary School

Anne Merie Nguyen, Franklin Elementary School

 

Alyssa Phouangpanya, Roy Herburger Elementary School

Alyssa Phouangpanya, Roy Herburger Elementary School

 

Serina Turner, Prairie Elementary School

Serina Turner, Prairie Elementary School

 

Karen Chang, David Reese Elementary School

Karen Chang, David Reese Elementary School

 

Jabari McDaniels, Stone Lake Elementary School

Jabari McDaniels, Stone Lake Elementary School

 

The winners of the 2014/2015 No Excuses – Go to School Twitter Message Contest were also recognized at the December 9, 2014 EGUSD Board of Education meeting. The winning students in this contest are:

Student

School

Gissel Ramos

James Rutter Middle School

Emalyn Saechao

James Rutter Middle School

Tamara Camacho

James Rutter Middle School

Martha Gomez

James Rutter Middle School

Araceli Rodriguez

James Rutter Middle School

Clarence Topacio

Toby Johnson Middle School

Kaitlyn Yu

Toby Johnson Middle School

Amara Chhom

Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School

Stephanie Lee

Florin High School

The No Excuses – Go to School attendance campaign focuses on the theme of “responsibility” to promote the importance of consistent school attendance, which is an important factor in academic success.  Students with regular attendance are often more engaged in school and fair better academically. Attendance is also important for the school district.

The program uses an outreach approach to parents and community members through school newsletter articles, press releases, letters home, posters, flyers and incentive contests.  The campaign consists of a number of events and contests. Elementary, middle and high school students with perfect attendance for a calendar month are eligible to receive recognition through the District’s incentive program. Each month, one student with perfect attendance at each campus throughout Elk Grove Unified is randomly chosen to receive a prize.  These prizes are donated by local businesses.

At the elementary school level, students at each elementary school in the District have the chance to win a new bicycle and helmet at the end of the school year.  This year, the helmets are sponsored by the Safe Kids of Greater Sacramento.  Each month a student has perfect attendance, they earn one entry in the drawing for the bike.  The more entries they earn, the more chances they have to win the bicycle and helmet.  One bike and one helmet will be given to one elementary student with at least one month of perfect attendance at each elementary school at the end of the school year.

Back for an unprecedented ninth year, the Class of 2015 will have the chance to participate in the Elk Grove Auto Mall 2014/2015 Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive.  This popular contest is a special incentive to encourage consistent school attendance in the District’s senior class.  The Elk Grove Auto Mall has once again graciously donated $20,000 towards the purchase of a vehicle from one of their dealerships for a graduating senior with at least five months of perfect attendance in all classes and at least a 2.0 GPA.  The five months of perfect attendance do not have to be consecutive.  In May 2015, one finalist will be selected from each of the District’s nine comprehensive high schools and one finalist will be selected to represent Calvine, William Daylor and Rio Cazadero high schools at the Grand Finale Event at the Elk Grove Auto Mall. 

Click here to view the No Excuses – Go to School Attendance Campaign website.


Spotlight Archives
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2014-2015
October 29, 2014 - EGUSD’s Board of Education Community School Board Meetings
September 18, 2014 - EGUSD Introduces New Superintendent
July 16, 2014 - Year round elementary schools return for the 2014-15 school year
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

2013
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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