eNews & Notes - October 8, 2021

eNews & Notes - October 8, 2021
Posted on 10/09/2021
eNews & Notes - October 8, 2021

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A Moment with Doc Ervin

Superintendent Doc Ervin continues the new video series This Week, I'm Learning, where he features students from the schools he visits to see great teaching and learning in action.

Future in Focus

Quick tips, brief updates, and reminders about what’s coming up to help families, employees, and our community make the most of our schools.
No School on Friday and Monday
October 8 and 11 are teacher work days and that means no school! Middle College High students follow a different schedule and do not have these days off. Inland Career Education Center students are off only on October 11.

Join Us for Next Superintendent’s Forum
Superintendent Doc Ervin invites you to share your ideas about the Curricular, Instructional, Operational, Social-Emotional and Wellness of the San Bernardino City Unified School District during a

Listening and Learning Forum*
- Especially for Parents-
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
6-7:30 p.m.
via Zoom

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
9:30-11:00 a.m.
via Zoom

Please Register at

*Space is limited and will be opened on a first-come, first-served basis

Avoid the Winter Surge
Although COVID-19 cases are trending down, SBCUSD reminds all families and students to continue doing everything they can to avoid a winter surge. This includes continuing to wear face coverings while indoors and checking daily for symptoms of illness before reporting to school.

Special Education College and Career Fair
Students and families are invited to a virtual Special Education College & Career Readiness Fair on Thursday, October 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be sessions in English and Spanish focusing on financial aid, making a smooth transition from high school to college, and more. Register today at BIT.LY/SPECIALEDCCF.

Virtual Job Fair for SBCUSD Students and Recent Grads
Uplift San Bernardino and SBCUSD have partnered to host a Virtual Job Fair at 5:30 p.m. on October 14 for students and recent graduates. Participants will meet local employers who have entry-level and career-building job openings now. Register today at Booth Central, www.sbcusd.com/VirtualJobFair.

The Great California ShakeOut is Coming
The Great California ShakeOut is Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 10:21 a.m. Every year, Californians practice earthquake safety like drop, cover, and hold on the third Thursday of October.
On October 21, teachers, students, school and department staff members, and visitors will be asked to participate in earthquake preparedness training whether in-person or during distance learning. This means setting aside time for everyone to practice what to do when the shaking starts.

Highlights of the Week

Highlights of key news from the week that will help you stay in the know.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month
October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Almost 30 percent of youth in the U.S. are involved in bullying every year and about 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied. The SBCUSD Board of Education recently adopted a resolution proclaiming its commitment to the education and prevention of bullying and exploring solutions.

Report COVID-19 Cases or Exposure Using New Line

COVID-19 Support Line

Families can now call a new SBCUSD line for information, guidance, and to report a COVID-19 case or exposure. The support line, (909) 381-1109, is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 6 p.m.

Pure Land Foundation Makes Generous Donation to SBCUSD

Pure Land Foundation Donation

Pure Land Foundation donated pallets of hand sanitizer and face coverings to the District to help our efforts to protect students from COVID.

In the Spotlight


SBCUSD Graduates

San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) students in the Class of 2021 spent their entire senior year in distance learning, having to overcome difficulties such as distractions at home, slow internet, and a host of other issues. But despite all of that, the SBCUSD Class of 2021 walked away with $11,031,077 in scholarships and grants, and many of them have already started college.

A total of 209 Cajon High School seniors earned $3,713,914 in scholarships and grants, which includes $1.5 million in military scholarships and enlistment bonuses. Arroyo Valley High School seniors also showed their academic chops with 385 graduates, or 73 percent of their graduating class, earning $3,266,600 in scholarships, including a four-year military scholarship.

“San Bernardino City Unified graduates have a distinct advantage over many other area graduates when it comes to earning scholarships,” said Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer Ginger Ontiveros. “In addition to competing against seniors of area private and charter schools for the many scholarships available to graduates across the state and nation, SBCUSD graduates are eligible for hundreds of scholarships just for seniors in our District.”

At San Bernardino High School, 100 graduates earned $1,359,680 in scholarships and grants, and 136 of San Gorgonio High School’s graduates earned a cumulative $1,159,817 in scholarships and grants, including $513,996 in military scholarships and signing bonuses. A full 100% of Middle College High School’s 68 graduates shared in $970,000 in scholarships and grants.

Rounding out the scholarship and grant numbers are $386,480 earned by 112 Pacific High School graduates, $112,150 earned by 59 San Andreas High School graduates, $33,300 earned by 82 Indian Springs High School graduates, $18,986 earned by 17 Sierra High School graduates, and $10,150 earned by 10 Inland Career Education Center graduates.

The District has a long-standing partnership with the non-profit San Bernardino Community Scholarship Association, which coordinates local donors who have created scholarships just for SBCUSD graduates. Each scholarship has its own criteria. Some are for graduates of specific high schools, some are for students pursuing a career in education or medicine, while others reward students for their community service efforts during high school.

The Making Hope Happen Foundation, a non-profit supporting the District’s educational mission, awards $3,000 mentor-supported college scholarships to approximately 100 SBCUSD graduates each year. What makes these scholarships unique is that in addition to money, scholarship recipients are paired with a mentor, who is an upperclassman in college and also an SBCUSD alum, to help guide them through the college experience, helping them register for classes and navigate this new phase of their lives.

To enroll your child in the San Bernardino City Unified School District so they are eligible for  these scholarships, visit the website or your local SBCUSD school. To donate to the Making Hope Happen Foundation, visit https://makinghope.org/. To create your own scholarship or donate to one of the many existing Association-managed scholarships, contact Susan Zavala, Communications/Community Relations Department secretary, at [email protected]

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