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These cute guys only look like the 4 Tenors

These cute guys only look like the 4 Tenors

When I saw these 6th graders, West Donnelly, Martin Pascoe, JC Arguello and Sam Hughes, (l to r) I thought for just a second they could be the next generation of the Four Tenors.  But I knew they weren't singing in their after-school club at Courtyard School, but dancing.  Ballroom dancing.

These 6th grade boys, along with other children at the Midtown Sacramento School, joined the after-school Ballroom Dancing Club.  They practice every Friday in the cafeteria with 2nd grade teacher Natalie Fernandez Ararou and parent volunteers.

This past Friday, the boys combed their hair, put on their tuxedos and bow ties and showed off their waltz.  But here's the part that has me chuckling -- All the 6th grade boys signed up for ballroom dancing, but not one 6th grade girl.

Parents and students pitch in at Courtyard School work day

Parents and students pitch in at Courtyard School work day

 

Parent volunteers turned out at Courtyard School on Saturday and cleaned the school grounds and classrooms; harvested vegetables in the school garden; assembled the stage and chairs for the children's performances -- all in preparation for Sunday's annual Fall Festival at the Midtown Sacramento school.

One of the volunteers, Ryan Porter, was a student who graduated from Courtyard School in 2011 and now attends Sutter Middle School.  Principal Jonathan Molnar playfully remarked that he can't get rid of Ryan!  Ryan's younger brother still attends Courtyard, so Ryan joined his dad at Courtyard's parent work day.   

Kids jog to help Courtyard School

Kids jog to help Courtyard School

 

SACRAMENTO --  Sixth graders from Courtyard School cheered each other on at their annual jog-a-thon in Midtown Sacramento. 

The entire school, from preschool to 7th grade, ran laps around Grant Park to help raise money for various educational programs at Courtyard.

The event was held Friday, October 21.

 

Life in High School by Journi Romstad, Winner of Life in High School Writing Contest

Life in High School by Journi Romstad, Winner of Life in High School Writing Contest

High School, nothing like the movies. Nobody gets up on the tables and sings, there's no group of "big bad girls," and in the end, the unpopular girl doesn't always get the guy. They teach us a lot in high school, most of it we don't listen to. But it's where you make all your memories. I believe high school is where you set the path for you future. What you learn shapes who you are, and who your going to be. 

 

Memories. Most of the memories you make in high school stick with you for life. So why not make them good ones? 

 

Challenges. You will face many challenges during these four years. Some could be drugs, relationships, grades, peer pressure, or bullying.

Kids preparing for jog-a-thon at Courtyard School

Kids preparing for jog-a-thon at Courtyard School

Students at Courtyard School in midtown Sacramento are working out and staying in shape in preparation for their 9th annual jog-a-thon on Friday, Oct. 21.

Sacramento City Schools encourage neighbors to look after schools

Submitted by Sacramento City Unified School District.

For many Sacramento families summer is a time of fun as school-year schedules give way to more leisurely days. But for school officials on tight budgets, summer can be a time of high anxiety as worry sets in over the safety of vacant campuses.

Vandals, arsonists and thieves are of particular concern, especially those who cripple school air-conditioning and electrical systems by stealing copper and aluminum parts – crimes that cost taxpayers money and take away needed school resources.

To combat costly crimes, Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) is asking the community for help in keeping schools safe and secure over the summer. School will be back in session on Tuesday, September 6.

“Most of our schools are surrounded by homes and we need those neighbors to join us in protecting these valuable and sometimes vulnerable community centers,” said Sacramento Police Lt.

Scam artists posing as student fundraisers

Scam artists posing as student fundraisers

Beware of two young women posing as students from the Department of Theatre & Dance who are selling magazines “to win a trip to London.”  Their scam claims that the department will use the proceeds to put on a production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” They also claim to be raising money for Shriners hospital.

Shriners does not solicit funds in this manner. Nor is Sac State’s Theatre & Dance Department sponsoring any trips to London or other places this summer.

Last year, several faculty and staff members reported suspicious behavior by people claiming to be connected to the University program. Sac State does not send our students out to solicit funds in any manner, other than pre-approved on campus activities directly connected to productions during the school year.