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November 1, 2021

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the week
Muir Elementary School Student of the Month Celebration

Video of the Week

Video of the Week
A4 Academic Center Video

Dates to Know

November 3
Board Meeting workshop (see website for time)
Board of Education

December 1
Transfer Deadline


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Kit Fox Takes Shelter at Holland

Fox standing outside classroom

A fox took temporary shelter at Holland Elementary School recently, earning the name “Flaky” from students and inspiring student writing and drawings. It’s not the first time a San Joaquin kit fox has visited a Fresno Unified school. They are left alone as they are on the federal and state endangered species list.

Running for a Cause at Birney Elementary

Teacher and students running Birney Elementary School held a jog-a-thon on October 26, with this year’s goal to raise money for  the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, in honor of a Birney staff member’s son who has the disease. November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month. The school raised $8,529.16 – a record for the event – with Blanca Origel’s third graders raising $975, the most for a single class. Some students wore costumes to promote healthy eating.

Chalking the Walk at Lane

students writing on ground Students at Lane Elementary School participated in Chalk the Walk for Lane's Kindness Campaign on October 22. Students wrote positive messages throughout the campus. 

Superintendent Board Remarks from October 27, 2021

Superintendent Bob Nelson
• Superintendent reflected on what a difficult month this has been across our system and across the nation. He noted that we are not unique in our challenges or our staffing shortages. He shared his gratitude and shared an example of taking action to better the conditions and supports for our teams.

• Superintendent shared that our Human Resources team has hired over 90 new teachers for our eLearn Academy since the school year began and is actively recruiting high-quality substitutes. This helps to protect our teachers’ time and ensures our students have high-quality learning environments every day. The teacher development team and Human Resources team have also put on two substitute teacher hiring events where fingerprint fees were waived, and interviews were conducted on the spot. Through those two events they recruited 260 additional substitutes currently going moving through the hiring process and will soon be deployed to classrooms.

• Superintendent invited all to join us for a virtual town hall on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. The town hall is open to everyone and is focused on answering questions from our students and parents. Questions can be submitted online at The virtual town hall can be joined live at Closed captions will be available in English, Spanish and Hmong and the session will also be recorded and shared on our social media channels.

• Superintendent reminded staff that open enrollment is happening now and to submit any changes to your benefits plan by Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

• Superintendent announced to staff that nominations are open for our Excellence in Education awards. He encouraged staff to take time to nominate your colleagues as being recognized by your peers is one of the highest honors. Nominations can be submitted through this link.

View Full Board Meeting Recap

Employee Spotlight

McLane Counselor Wins Award

Yia Le McLane High School counselor Yia Le has been awarded the Arthur S. Marmaduke High School Counselor Award. He was honored by the California Student Aid Commission during a virtual ceremony October 19. The city of Fresno also issued a proclamation declaring October 19 Yia Le Day. The Marmaduke award is given to a high school counselor in recognition of exemplary work helping students fulfill their college dreams. Nominees are evaluated based on their work educating students about financial aid, participating in college fairs and workshops, their impact on students completing financial aid forms, what they have done to prepare students for college, and their support for underrepresented and first-generation families. Yia received a plaque and $1,500.

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