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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...

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...

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...

SJUSD invites parents, public to join curriculum review committees

By Hazel Ford-- This Friday at 5 p.m. marks the deadline for parents and community members to apply for seats on several committees overseeing the curriculum selection process for science and social science classes in the San Juan Unified School District. The district says teachers, parents, community members, instructional support staff, and principals are all invited to serve on the committee...

Middle school in Citrus Heights locked down after report of shots fired

Updated 4:17 p.m.-- Sentinel staff report-- Citrus Heights police said Sylvan Middle School was locked down Wednesday morning after reports were made of gunshots heard near the school, although the reports were later determined to be "unfounded." In a posting at 10:36 a.m. on social media, the police department said the school had been locked down as a precautionary measure and that officers were on scene investigating. About 10 minutes later, the department said it appeared the reports were "unfounded" and said the lockdown had been lifted. Police Lieutenant Dave Gutierrez later told The Sentinel that a school resource officer at Mesa Verde High School had "heard what sounded like gunshots" coming from an area near Sylvan Middle School, which is located several blocks to the south of the high school. He said several other residents also reported hearing something similar to gunshots. The lockdown of the campus lasted approximately 20-30 minutes while police cleared the campus, Gutierrez said. An extensive canvass of the area was also conducted, which involved a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department helicopter...

SJUSD seeks community input on proposed sex ed, economics textbooks

Sentinel staff report-- The San Juan Unified School District is inviting community input and review of a variety of proposed instructional materials that are being considered for adoption in courses in the district. Courses include comprehensive sexual health, as well as cultural anthropology, Japanese, government, and advanced placement courses in both economics and government. Instructional material is for multiple grades, except for the sex education material which is for 5th grade only.

These 19 new laws affect public schools in California

Sentinel staff report-- New laws affecting public schools in California for 2018 include an expanded ban on firearms, several immigration-related protections, additional required topics for sex ed courses, the formal elimination of the high school exit exam, and free meals required at high-poverty schools.

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