Schools

Slain deputy’s little sister welcomed back to Sylvan Middle School with escort

Sentinel staff report–
Sylvan Middle School was the scene of a heavy law enforcement presence on Friday, as Citrus Heights police officers and other agency personnel in the region escorted slain Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Stasyuk’s 11-year-old sister back to school for the first time since the Sept. 17 gun battle with a suspect that took her brother’s life at a Rancho Cordova Pep Boys store.

A video posted by the sheriff’s department shows her arriving to the school in a sheriff’s SUV and then walking past a row of several dozen deputies and officers who applauded as she passed them with her arm around a deputy escort. The video also shows sheriff’s deputies tying blue ribbons around the campus and quickly gained more than 250,000 views on Facebook in less than 24 hours after being posted.

According to Chief of Staff Matt Hedges, with Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost’s office, the event was coordinated to show support for the fallen deputy’s sister as she copes with the tragedy.

“It was a last-minute impromptu event that came together, but exploded with positivity…

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Mesa Verde offers new course for students seeking criminal justice careers

Sentinel staff report–
In partnership with the Citrus Heights Police Department, Mesa Verde High School is offering a new “Public Safety Pathway” program and internship for students interested in the criminal justice field. City and school officials will gather at the high school for a formal kick-0ff event for the program on Sept. 4 at 1 p.m.

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Citrus Heights school lifts ‘shelter in place’ after parolee located, arrested

Sentinel staff report–
Police said students and staff at a K-8 school in Citrus Heights were asked to “shelter in place” for about an hour Tuesday morning while officers searched a nearby neighborhood for a wanted parolee.

Lt. David Gutierrez told The Sentinel that parole units were in the area of Olivine Avenue and Wachtel Way, near the northeastern border of the city, searching for a wanted parolee who fled on foot when initially contacted. He said the parolee was contacted about five blocks away from Woodside K-8, resulting in the school being asked to shelter in place “out of an abundance of caution,” although he said there was no indication the parolee was headed for the school.

Gutierrez confirmed the parolee was located and arrested, but said the name of the man would have to be released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which was the arresting agency. However, a CDCR staff member who answered the phone on Tuesday afternoon said information could not be looked up without the name of the arrested being provided first.

According to an alert message posted on the San Juan Unified School District website, the…

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Christopher Green

Sylvan Middle School staff member wins ‘Spirit of San Juan’ award

By Hayden LePore–
Christopher Green is called the biggest cheerleader for the kids at Sylvan Middle School in Citrus Heights, helping students navigate through their days as the school’s community intervention specialist. His character and work earned him the honor of being one of six people to be honored at the 2018 Spirit of San Juan Awards on April 19…

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San Juan Spartans Hall of Fame

San Juan High School alumni to host Sports Hall of Fame dinner, ceremony

Sentinel staff report–
Organizers say tickets are going fast for the first-ever San Juan High School Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and awards ceremony on April 14, featuring food prepared by the school’s culinary arts program, raffles, a silent auction, and opportunities for alumni to vote on nominating former athletes.

The Saturday event is hosted by the San Juan High School Alumni Association and is slated to begin with a 6 p.m. social hour at the Citrus Heights Community Center, followed by dinner and awards. Mayor Steve Miller is scheduled to be a guest speaker, according to a news release.

Charlie Ruiz, one of the event’s organizers, told The Sentinel the ceremony will be “very similar to the NFL Hall of Fame Ceremony, except for the fact we will have dinner provided by San Juan High’s award-winning Culinary.” He said Hall of Fame inductees will each have presenters consisting of former teammates or coaches, and each will receive a red Spartan blazer and a plaque, crafted by the high school’s construction class…

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