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Superhero Staff Spotlight: Karle Fitzhugh

Paso Verde Teacher Karle Fitzhugh

Meet Karle Fitzhugh, fifth grade teacher at Paso Verde. Karle grew up about two and a half hours north in the town called Redding. She attended Shasta College in Redding, CA for two years. While attending Shasta, she competed on the Women’s Volleyball and Track and Field team. After, she transferred to Sacramento State University to complete her B.A. in Liberal Studies and there too, competed on the Women’s Track and Field team. Karle then continued to Chico State to complete her teaching credential. Karle always knew she wanted to work with children as her love for children started at a very young age. Her career dreams went from dance teacher, pediatrician, to finally realizing that teaching was her passion. Her passion was inspired by her parents as well (her mother is a high school physical education teacher and her father is a professor at the local community college in Redding).

What brought Ms. Fitz to PVS?
Ms. Fitz was inspired by the commitment of the staff members, the sense of community and the love for education exhibited at Paso Verde. She is lucky to be amongst some of the greatest educators in Natomas Unified.

What is her proudest moment?
Her proudest moment was having her father see her graduate from college and the credential program after his long battle with cancer.

Did you know?
Karle was a ballerina from age 4-14 years old. She even performed as one of the party guests in the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker when she was in the fifth grade.

Spelling Bee Finalists

  • winners from 1-3 grade spelling bee
  • 4-6 grade spelling bee winners

Wonderful job to all of the scholars that made it to the final rounds of the spelling bee. A special congratulations to our finalists!


Kindness Podcast

“It’s cool to be kind!”

Last week we celebrated the Paso Verde School Kindness Campaign. From October 29th – November 2nd our scholars decorated classroom doors, participated in restorative circles, dressed up in spirited costumes, and our 5th graders even created a podcast on kindness. Listen below!

Hear Assistant Supt. Heather Garcia tout NUSD’s IB program on ‘Good Day Sacramento’

Farm to School Assembly

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To celebrate California Thursday we  had a spectacular interactive assembly  thanks to Fiery Ginger Farms. Each of our scholars went home with freshly harvested lettuce and dates for Gardening with Kids.To secure your spot SIGN UP.

Local Raley’s representative; Harley announced  that we have been awarded a grant to help support our Kitchen and Garden classes.

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  • Garden with kids
  • Kitchen class
  • Chef Misty
  • CA Thursday assembly
  • Shayne and Hope
  • Hope

The IB Learner Profile for October
Open Minded


We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Families Help Video Project

Mr. Bornstein’s PVS Second Grade Class

IB Unit 1 Central Idea:  Our family unit and friends help us and teach us how to operate as people.

Key Concept:  Connection

Line of Inquiry:An inquiry into how families grow and interact.

Project description:  We have been doing a lot of reflection on our central idea for our current IB unit of inquiry.  We did some writing specifically thinking about times when our family helped us. We decided to make a fun video project out of it as a way to share our memories and help demonstrate the truth of our central idea.  Participation in the filming part of the project was not mandatory, only those students who desired to be filmed participated.


Special thanks to:

Yating Campbell for help with filming

Mrs. Jarrell, Ms. Comstock, Mr. Noah, and Mrs. Fast for letting me film you

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Parents can now submit photos for the yearbook using our community activation
code LGCUQK at

Building our Future- Paso Verde School 3D virtual tour

PUMA Pounce !

Paso Verde Parents and Jibe offer TWO Walking School Buses in the morning called Puma Pounce. One Puma Pounce departs from AIM Mail Center in the Walgreen’s parking lot and the other departs from the Westlake Community Clubhouse. Please sign-up for Puma Pounce at the table in front of the office each morning…your scholar will scan in and you will receive a text when they arrive. The Puma Pounce helps the environment, supports healthy kids, and contributes to the PVS culture! Let’s Pounce!

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Laugh your way to school with our Walk to School program!  Meet new friends, get some exercise and fresh air, and save time sitting in traffic.
Great ways to walk to school include:

  *   Walking from home,
  *   Parking and walking from at least 3 blocks away, or
  *   Joining a  Walking School Bus each morning.
The Walking School Bus is an adult supervised group that meets every morning, rain or shine, to walk kids to school.  Parents can join the group or drop their students off.
     *   One group meets at 7:50 a.m., leaves at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Westlake Club House on Westlake Parkway between Broadgate Drive and Candela Circle.
     *   Another group meets at 7:40 a.m., leaves at 7:50 a.m. in front of the Aim Mail Center at El Centro and Del Paso Blvd.

If you have not already, sign up your student for a free Trip Scanner Card for all the added benefits of the Walk to School program including, parent notifications, student prizes and parties.  The table is set up each morning to scan students’ cards at the entrance to campus.

Early Release Dates!

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Staff Development Early Release Days: 
December 11
December 20
February 5 
March 26 
The dismissal time for Early Release Days is TK/K at 12:48pm and 1st-6th at 1:05pm.
All early release days have the same dismissal time.

Academic Calendar and Minimum Days: Please see the Natomas Unified website: for the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar. The calendar can be found at the address:

Natomas Unified School District and Paso Verde School know the power of athletics in developing healthy scholars and supporting connections between the school and scholar-athletes. We offer Let’s Get Moovin’ for our early learners and NUSD Athletics for 4th-6th grade scholars. This fall we will offer volleyball and flag football. Permission slips for scholars to play football and volleyball in grades 4-6 went home in Friday Folders. Please contact the main office for more information or to apply. Go Pumas!

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Our groundbreaking event for the Lettuce Turnip the Beet was a huge success in large part to all of the people who donated materials, time, and resources. We thank you!

Donations  generously provided by:
Fiery GInger Farms- West Sacramento Farmer

Sacramento County Farm Bureau
 Bill Bird, Executive Director | Alexis Silveira, Program and Membership Coordinator 

HM Clause, Inc

Home Depot

Only One You Sign donated by Margie Rueb

Special thanks to our PTA and volunteers:
Laurie Crutchfield | Traci Dunn |  Yating Campbell | All PVS Parents

Community Organizations:
Natomas Cub Scout Pack 402 | Girl Scout Troop 1290

NUSD Nutritional Services:
Vince Caguin | Rylee Welly | Megan Reese | Jenn Orosco

Guest Speaker:
Julianna Arnett-Farm to School Lead from USDA

Special Acknowledgments:
NUSD Board of Trustees

Superintendent Evans
NUSD School Leadership and Support

Paso Verde’s book of the Year!

What Do You Do with an Idea Book cover

We are happy to highlight Paso Verde’s Book of the Year! Our librarian has selected a wonderful book that will be incorporated into each class.

Upcoming Events

Mon 17

Dine & Donate at Dos Coyotes Natomas

December 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 17

PTA Meeting

December 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri 21

Winter Recess – No School

December 21, 2018 - January 4, 2019
Jan 11

Puma Pride Day

January 11, 2019 @ 8:15 am - 8:30 am
Jan 18

Puma Pride Day

January 18, 2019 @ 8:15 am - 8:30 am