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News Flash: Vista del Lago High School at Capacity

Posted on: March 22, 2019

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The Folsom Cordova Unified School District sent out a bulletin this afternoon stating that enrollment at Vista del Lago High School is at max capacity, and any new students moving into the Vista attendance boundary will have to enroll at Folsom High for the 2019/2020 school year.

Students may be placed on a waitlist, but there is no guarantee they will be cleared to go to Vista.

The problem is that Vista del Lago was built for a smaller population, and there is no room for growth.

Folsom High, on the other hand, has plenty of slots for enrollment, and as it sits on 65 acres, there is room for development and/or temporary classrooms as needed.

Note that Folsom High is rated 10 out of 10 by Great Schools, and has an outstanding record for academics (2018 Academic Decathlon Champs), sports (4 time state champion football team) and the Folsom High Jazz Band has been consistently ranked among the best in the country. So, the kids won’t lose anything by going there. It just may be a little further for some.

To enforce the new policy, the district will be verifying addresses to make sure that kids are going to the schools they are supposed to go to.

There is talk of redrawing the boundaries for next year, but nothing concrete thus far.

For more info, see www.fcusd.org/vistacapacity

 

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Folsom’s Curtis Gaesser Nominated for Grammy

Posted on: December 6, 2017

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Folsom High Music Teacher Curtis Gaesser has been named a finalist for the Grammy “Music Educator of the Year” Award.

Mr. Gaesser was named one of ten Finalists out of more than 2300 applications for the esteemed Educator of the Year Award for 2018.

The honor is presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum to teachers who have given “significant and lasting contributions to their field.” Nine of the finalists will receive a grant of $1000, while the winner and the school will each receive $10,000 for further promotion of music education.

More than just a music teacher, over 30 years, Gaesser has led the Folsom High Jazz program to national prominence, winning Downbeat Magazine’s ‘Best in the Nation’ awards for Big Band and Jazz Choir a combined 32 times, including the past 4 years running.

In addition, Folsom High bands have played in venues from Monterrey to Montreaux.

For Gaesser, it isn’t about the competitions or the prestige, “I don’t think there is anything more rewarding than to see kids perform at their best after a lot of hard work. I don’t care if we win or lose; I just want these kids to do their best.”

The winner will be announced in early January, and honored at the Grammys on Sunday, January 28 in New York City.

Congratulations to Mr. Curtis Gaesser!

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