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Message from Manuel J. Fernandez: November 6, 2018

November 6, 2018

Hello CSUS Families,

The Academic Resource Center will start on Wednesday, November 14th. It will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:05-4:15PM. This is the place for scholars to complete assignments with or without assistance, utilize computers and access tutorial support. Snack will be provided. All scholars are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be a late bus available for all scholars that that qualify for bus transportation. The late bus will depart from CSUS at 4:30PM. All scholars must have written consent to attend. View the permission slip >>

Peer Mediation
Over the past few weeks, a group of 12 scholars participated in a 20 hour training to ensure they have the necessary skills to successfully mediate their peers in conflict. Mediation is an intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement or compromise. Mediation is a way to bring people together to talk about a dispute and to help them find a way to solve their problem. On Wednesday, November 7th, these scholars will graduate from the training. They will then begin to mediate when conflict referrals are made to the Mediation Coordinator, Ms. Kronhaus. These scholars have shown a great deal of maturity, commitment and leadership. CSUS is lucky to have them! 

Social Justice Assembly
Each month we will hold an assembly to discuss and expound upon one of the core attributes of What it means to be a CSUS scholar. On Wednesday October 31, we hosted a Social Justice Assembly. During this scholar led assembly, sixth graders Anaiya Brown, Reign Dendy, Damius Desir, Clara Engels and Edda Williams presented the Scholar Identity contract. They discussed the meaning of social justice and what it looks like here at CSUS. Nayana Cameron and Ifrah Muhumed presented a video that posed the question, what does social justice mean to you? Scholars shared their ideas with a neighbor before a school wide share. Mariam Ziro presented the 8th grade book talk from the authors of All American Boys. 

Ben Davis, Caleb Jaffe, Jeremy Kravitz and Derek Price composed a school presentation on the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue and other recent displays of racist and homophobic violence. Bruce Raymond introduced the eighth grade social justice projects of Sakina Cotton, Luc Marinovich, Summer Miklas and Mariam Ziro. Fabiene Douyon and Maimouna Yansane conducted a presentation on discriminatory state laws across the USA and asked scholars if they believed they were true or false. Many were shocked but all scholars were engaged and disappointed to see said laws exist. 

CSUS chorus members Mariela Allen-Cadett, Simyan Arniyal, Nina Auborg, Maddie Bartee, Shahria Basiria, Apple Bazelais, Justice Brooks, Anaiya Brown, Katerin Calderon, Michael Cardoso, Jack Colgan, Lucy Cranton, Miriam Cruz-Pimental, Chris Davis, Clara Engels, Lucy Engels, Humayra Ferdous, Angelina Gonzalez, Sasha Henry, Lonso Irr, Catherine Kipphut, Jeremy Kravitz, Lesley Landaverde, Freddie Lugo, Saniah Mahmud, Summer Miklas, Parnika Phuyal, Sejai Rivera, Rafa Saeed, Rinchen Shatsang, Sara Solomon, Kailani Taylor-Cribb, Camilla Tineo-Herrera, and Ruby Wilson sang "You Will Know," sending a powerful message to our students to stand up against injustice. Anaida DaCosta and Shaylah Swindell presented Mix It Up day. Please look forward to communication regarding our next assembly highlighting the attribute of Curiosity.

Mix It Up Day
Mix it up dayAlso on October 31st, CSUS scholars participated in Mix It Up Day. Upon entering the cafeteria for lunch, scholars were given a color coded strip that assigned them to a table. Each table had conversation starters that required all scholars to participate to the best of their ability. The purpose of this was to have scholars engage with others that they don’t normally sit with during lunch to increase community. Scholars willingly engaged in conversations and hopefully formed new friendships.

Spirit Week/School Dance
We culminated a wonderful school Spirit Week; the first CSUS dance, the Spirit Week Dance of the year took place on November 2. Scholars from all grades were in attendance. They enjoyed a fun evening of singing and dancing with friends. Please look forward to communication regarding the next school dance, “The Snow Jam” on December 14th.

On behalf of TEAM CSUS, thank you for choosing CSUS! We are humbled that you have entrusted us with your child’s education. We are aware that you have choices and we are pleased that you chose us. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any TEAM CSUS staff member if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Peace,

Manuel J. Fernandez
Head of School