George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science
September 11, 2017 News
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but
the lighting of a fire." -W.B. Yeats
Important Dates (download 2017-18 calendar)
September 14 - Back-to-School Night 6-8 p.m.
September 16 - Great American River Parkway Cleanup 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. @ Discovery Park 
September 28 - Day of Courage 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. <- corrected date
October 4 - GWC Guild Meeting 6 p.m. in Room 203  
October 10 - Carver Visit Day 8:30 a.m. Check in at Main Office 
Back-to-School Night is Thursday
The evening starts with an assembly and then parents/guardians follow their student's schedule, visit classrooms, meet teachers and learn about each course. Students are invited  to -- and often do -- attend Back-to-School Night with their parents/guardians.
Principal's Note
Dear Carver Community,

Last December our Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution creating SCUSD as a Safe Haven School District. Attached is Resolution 2915, the Recognition of a Safe Haven School District.  All students will be reading this document together during our Advisory periods this month. We will be talking about:
  •  promoting tolerance and acceptance over hate  speech.
  • Carver as a safe haven for students, families and the community
  • What it means to support diversity, inclusion, and the values of a multicultural-society
Our theme in September is Courage. These discussions will be celebrated at our Day of Courage Celebration on Thursday, September 28 from 10-12:30.
The Carver Faculty and Staff
Earn Community Service Hours
Carver students will be participating in the 2017 Great American River Parkway cleanup 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 16 at Discovery Park. "Student Field Trip Authorization" and "Youth Waiver of Liability" forms must be completed, signed and turned in to participate in this off-campus activities. See Ms. Jenks for forms or if you have questions.

The American River Parkway Foundation provides Clean Up volunteers with bags, gloves, water and light snacks. In an effort to cut down on waste, please bring your own gloves and water if able.Please wear appropriate clothing, sneakers and sun-block.Please arrive on time.
Calling All Carver Artists!
We're looking for a brand-new logo for use on a new banner celebrating Carver's 10th anniversary year! Carver students are encouraged to submit their original artwork for consideration by Friday, Sept. 29  to Mr. Roberto in Room 402. The first 5 entries will get a FREE t-shirt! Ideas to incorporate in design include school mascot the Phoenix and Carver motto "How will you engage the world?" More details and guidelines here. Questions? Email
Carver Carpools Offered/Sought
El Dorado Hills - contact Lara Jolin
Land Park - contact Bruce and Silvia Marwick
Planners Available
Copies of the Carver 2017-18 planner are in the office ready for pickup. If your student didn't prepay for a planner, cost is $5.
GWC Guild Elections Held
Great turnout at the GWC Guild meeting in September!
Congratulations to the newly elected 2017-18 GWC Guild board members: President Ricky Karicas; Vice President Tara Jones; Secretary Kathy Correia; Treasurer Stacy Delaney; Volunteer Coordinator Tracy Tootle and Communications Coordinator Brandy Tuzon Boyd.
Thanks to you - and all the new subcommittee chairs - for volunteering!

Every parent/guardian of Carver students are members of the GWC Guild. We meet 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. Join us on October 4 as we start planning the 2nd annual Winter Chili Cookoff & Vendor Fair. Have questions or want to get involved? Please email us at or come to a meeting!
College Corner with Astrid
Just a reminder that Astrid Kinn, college advisor, will be at Carver on Mondays and Thursdays and is to answer questions and is happy to meet with any students interested in any aspects of the college process. Stop by the office to set something up or email at .
  1. CSU application: Submissions begin on October 1st and deadline is November 30th. New application can be found on will not be able to fill out your complete application until October 1st . Start exploring the website to figure out what campuses you are interested in.
  2. UC application is open. Submissions begin November 1st. Deadline to apply is November 30th. Application can be found at
  3. If you are applying to a private school, first check what applications the school(s) is accepting. Most private schools are using the Common Application, which is already open and can be found at . There is a new application, The Coalition Application, which can be found at .
  4. The FAFSA application (free application for Federal Financial Aid) opens on October 1st and you can begin submitting the application as soon as possible after October 1st. The application can be found at . In addition, research if the colleges you are applying to require additional financial aid applications and note the specific deadlines for completion. Regardless of whether you plan on attending a two or four year college, you should fill out the FAFSA!
  5. If you haven't taken the SAT or ACT yet, and you are senior who intends to apply to a four year university, you are running out of time. UCs and CSUs will accept SAT/ACT test results if taken no later than December of this year. For dates of upcoming SAT or ACT, go to and .
  6. If you are a junior, go to the above websites and figure out when you want to start taking the ACT or SAT. See me with questions regarding the best time to begin preparing for and taking these tests.
  7. If you are interested in a community college, come visit me for information on the excellent area community colleges we have available and what track you can be on in community college to achieve your career goals.
Carver band CDs are available for purchase from the office. Only $5.
Student Opportunities & More
All Juniors and Seniors are invited to the 17th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Recruitment Fair at Kennedy High School on Saturday, 9/16 from 8:309 to 12:30.
Please request a transcript from Ms. Ghiorso in English class.
From Folsom Lake College: 
Spotlight Night 2017 held on Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30pm-7:30pm!
Mark your calendars for our upcoming FAFSA NIGHT on Thursday, October 5th from 5:00pm-7:30pm at the Folsom Campus. 
How You Can Support Carver
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Giving to Carver shows your support of our diverse programs. As a public Waldorf school, we rely on donations to provide funding for all the "extras" for our students every day such as the high-quality art supplies students use every day in their classes. Your donations have helped pay for a music program, the mobile kitchen and chalkboards. Our next goal is shaded outdoor seating!
Dr. Allegra Alessandri, Principal | Email Me |  916-395-5266
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