Brightening Birthdays for homeless children
The Family Shelter at the Mather Community Campus provides a monthly birthday celebration for the children staying in the shelter through a program called Brightening Birthdays. Birthdays are a luxury that the homeless families and shelters cannot afford. Through the Community Service Workgroup and Volunteers of America, monthly celebrations are arranged for children in the shelter, including parties and donations of baked goods and gifts. For information or to volunteer.

McKinley Library Volunteers Needed
Students are needed to volunteer at the McKinley Library. See flyer for more information.

Volunteers Needed for Sac City Events
Visit the Sac City website for detailed information.

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News & Announcements

Open Enrollment

The HISP Open Enrollment window: November 1st - November 30, 2021

Save the date

October 27, 2021 at 6 pm for “Virtual Visitation”
The Zoom code to attend this event will be posted soon.

Check Out Summer Reading Here!

Summer Reading

Featured Senior!

Each month we’ll feature a senior doing something pretty spectacular.

This month we introduce Parker van Ostrand.

Parker van Ostrand’s accomplishments:

  • 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee
  • Placed third at 2020 National Chopin Competition
  • Participating in 2021 Warsaw International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland
  • 2021 National YoungArts Finalist in Classical Music
  • 1st Place 2020 National Steinway Virtual Piano Competition
  • 1st Place 2019 Philadelphia International Piano Competition

He is going to continue to study piano in college. Below is a sample performance from Parker. Please enjoy!

Donate the easy way with AmazonSmile!

When you shop online at Amazon, try AmazonSmile instead. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase price of eligible products to HISP.

Simply use this link or choose the Ck McClathy Humanities Council as the charitable organization you want to support.

In Case You Missed It

In case you missed attending the College 101 Workshop, here is the link of the whole presentation.

In case you missed attending the Building Your College List presentation, here is the link to the introductions and presentation.

Colleges That Change Lives

Check out the following documents from the presentation Colleges That Change Lives in December:

Parent Panel: Tips and Tricks for Surviving the College Application Process

Come join CKM parents and recent alumni who have survived the college application process to hear about different pathways to a "good-fit" college experience including the ups and downs along the way. The program will include a panel discussion and time for audience questions and answers. Diverse perspectives covering public and private schools as well as community college experiences will be presented. This program is intended for parents and students in the midst of the college application process or wondering how to deal with it in the future.

Are you looking for a truly transformative college experience? Regarded as a leading advocate on the subject of higher education access and college choice, Colleges that Change Lives provides information about dozens of colleges that provide a student-centered education. This presentation will help build the knowledge, character and values of youth through a personalized and transformative collegiate experience.

Youth Volunteer Directory – Come Join the Fun!

The City of Sacramento Volunteer Program and Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) recently published the Youth Volunteer Directory, a resource for parents, students and teachers who seek volunteer opportunities and other ways to help the community.

The publication is a comprehensive directory of nonprofit organizations and government agencies that welcome youth as volunteers in the Sacramento region. For more information, contact Mary Lynn Perry, at (916) 808-8317 or

Scholarship Info Available at CKM College & Career Center

CKM’s College & Career Center has added scholarship information for college-bound seniors to its website. The College and Career Center offers a assistance including bringing college recruiters to CKM, meeting with students and their parents; helping students complete college applications; assisting students with their college essays; and posting scholarship bulletins to alert students/parents to potential funding for post-secondary education. In addition, the Center works closely with CKM's Counseling Office to ensure students are aware of college entrance testing (ACT, PSAT, SAT) opportunities on campus.

Free AP Testing Study Books

Kaplan is offering free Kindle downloads for a series of new study books, designed to help students study efficiently and effectively. The books were designed with the feedback of AP teachers across the country. The materials are available for free on Amazon from now until the test dates at the following links:

AP Free Kindle Download for World History
AP Free Kindle Download for US History
AP Free Kindle Download for Calculus AB
AP Free Kindle Download for Biology

Become a HISP Sponsor

HISP asks that you to consider investing your donation dollars in sponsorship of specific types of activities central to the HISP experience. Sponsors will be recognized, by sponsorship level, at the annual HISP Barbeque held each May and via electronic correspondence with our ListServ email group. Sponsors will also be specifically acknowledged for their donations with such recognition as sponsor name plates in paperback novels, placards on field trip buses, and student-written thank you cards after a field trip.

Make your contribution today; every donation is valued!

Amount Sponsor Level Support activities & resources such as:
$1000 and up Ambassador
  • 1 grade level set of tickets to a play.
  • 1 charter bus to San Francisco for a field trip.
  • 1 set of HISP t-shirts for the incoming Freshman class at the HISP Night of Welcome.
$501 to $999 Diplomat
  • 1 class set of tickets to the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (freshman class only).
  • 1 class set of regular paperback novels.
$251 to $500 World Traveler
  • 1 class set of novels (Dover Thrift).
$100 to $250 Tourist
  • 1 classroom wall map - world or regional.
  • 1 substitute teacher to cover field trip days.
  • 1 school bus for local field trips.
Under $100 Day Tripper
  • CKM sweatshirt for guest speakers.
  • Stipends to application essay readers.

Checks should be made payable to CKM-HISP and mailed c/o Ms. Ellen Wong at C.K. McClatchy High School, 3066 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95818. If you would like to sponsor a specific activity or resource, please note this on the memo line of your check. If you recently made a contribution and would like to target a specific activity or resource with those funds, please email Ms. Wong.


HISP Donations Continue
PayPal Now Available

Many thanks to those parents who made have made recent donations to HISP (see HISP Donors). Funds received beyond our fundraising goal are allocated to the HISP Fund for Excellence which provides mini-grants to teachers and staff to strengthen academic offerings or enhance electives, the arts, and the humanities at CKM. Last year in partnership with the PTSA, the fund provided money for science, math, photography, and world language materials and equipment that directly benefited students. For parents wishing to make an online donation (either one-time or recurring monthly), HISP now offers a PayPal option (see HISP Donors to access the donate buttons). And finally, remember that your donation to HISP is tax deductible. As always, thank you for supporting HISP.

California State Employees Charitable Campaign HISP Designation Code: 27960

Sacramento Public Library:
Virtually At Your Fingertips

The Sacramento Public Library offers a “virtual” treasure trove of information useful to high school students. The library's online Knowledge Center Databases provides access to digital information such as newspapers and magazines, books and media, and college and careers resource. High school students will find the section “For Students (K-12)” most helpful; it features information and primary sources—such as academic journals, biographies, and a virtual reference library—they can use to complete research projects. Use your library card or obtain a temporary online e-card you can use for up to 14 days to access the databases. Those with iPhones and iPads may also download the Mango Mobile Library app to gain access to the databases from those devices.

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