George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science
January 2, 2017 News
"And now we welcome the
New Year, full of things that have never been."
~Rainer Maria Rilke
Important Dates

Jan. 9 ~ School Resumes
Jan. 4 ~ GWC Parent Guild Meeting*
Jan. 9 ~ Intercession Main Lesson Begins
Jan. 16 ~ No School in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan. 18 ~ Carver visit day at 8:30 a.m.  

*The GWC Parent Guild meets 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at Perko's on Micron. Please join us 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3 and 6/7 (dates, times, locations subject to change.)
Curl Up with a Good FREE E-book this Winter Break  
Carver students can access E-Books for free through Open E-Books; an app-based system available only on iOS and Android devices. The Sacramento City Unified School District has made Open E-Books available to students via Clever using their District accounts, but they'll need to use personal devices to access the resource.
Students are encouraged to read during the break.
Public Schools Remain Safe Havens for California's Students 
A letter from State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson (Dec. 21, 2016):

"In this time of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear I strongly encourage you to join me in declaring our public schools "safe havens' for students and their parents and to remind families about existing laws that protect them and their students' records from questions about immigration status."
Free Glaciology and Marine Programs for Young Women  
Inspiring Girls Expeditions is accepting applications through January 31, 2017 for free summer science and wilderness expeditions in Alaska and Washington for girls ages 16 to 17.

The three Inspiring Girls trips of 2017 will include Girls on Ice Alaska, Girls On Ice Cascades and Girls in Icy Fjords. They are operated through IARC and the UAF College of Natural Science & Mathematics.

Visit the Inspiring Girls website for more information, and to learn about the application process.
Biosphere 2 Summer Science Academy  
The University of Arizona is accepting applications for its 2017 Biosphere 2 Summer Science Academy!

High school students will be hosted (those entering 9th- 12th grades in the fall of 2017), from July 16th -22nd, 2017.
The session includes hands on, inquiry-based science research with students working in teams.
Please visit the Science Academy webpage for the application link, for a sample schedule and executive summary, and for the pricing schedule:
Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Student Leaders Program 
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Student Leaders® Program is accepting applications for the 2017 Student Leaders® program.

Since its inception in 2005, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 2,300 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities. The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:
  •  A summer eight-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization. 
  • The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 9-14, 2017. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.
Students can apply for the program by going to Please note the application deadline is January 27, 2017. There will be no deadline extensions
Host Families Sought for Foreign Exchange Students
Host a student from Spain or France this summer!  American Discovery has been bringing cultures together for 25 years.

Spanish and French students (ages 14-18) will travel to Sacramento to participate in a 3-4 week home-stay program to practice speaking English, experience the "real" life of an American family, and create lasting friendships. 
Host families agree to provide meals and lodging -- the students do not need their own room. There are no other costs involved! 

Contact host family recruiter Tracy Parrott at 916-806-0800 or with questions. 

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Join Carver's Co-Ed Volleyball Team  
Carver is excited to offer a Co-ed Volleyball team for the Winter. Carver will play other small high schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District such as Health Professions, Science and Engineering and The Met, for example.

Mr. Matt Mossman has generously agreed to coach the team. Practices will start in January. Our first games will be at the end of January.

Please contact Mrs. Agnos and Mr. Mossman if you are interested in playing. We will provide more specific practice and game schedule when we have it.
Mint Tin Drive Under Way
Carver is collecting Mint Tins-like Altoid tins, those little metal cute boxes you wish you had other uses for -- well now you do! Send your Altoid tins, or any other kind of mint tin, to the office.

Carver is collecting tins for a wide variety of physics projects. Questions?  Send them to Mrs. Jenks at 
How You Can Support Carver
Parent involvement is the key to our success at Carver! Consider sharing your talents and time, download and fill out a volunteer form at and drop it off at the front office or email it to Volunteer Forms

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The Carver High School library is operated solely by volunteers. It is currently open EVERY DAY AT LUNCH! Library coordinator Debbie Kira is available to provide training on Fridays. She can be reached by email at or call/text at (916) 813-2718. Student Library Book Wish List
Dr. Allegra Alessandri, Principal | Email Me |  916-395-5266
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