Denair’s Perez earns prestigious scholar-athlete award

Denair High senior Christian Perez became the first-ever Coyote to be honored by the Sac-Joaquin Section for his accomplishments as an athlete as well as his success in the classroom and contributions in the community.

Perez earned a prestigious A. Dale Lacky Scholar-Athlete Award, it was announced last week. He is one of 41 students recognized in the Section – which ranges from Merced to north of Sacramento and Napa nearly to Lake Tahoe.  The award is named after former Section and State CIF President A. Dale Lacky. Each league within the Section nominates a male and female athlete for the award.

Perez played on the football and baseball teams for three years each while maintaining a 3.7 GPA in the classroom and making the school’s Honor Roll. In 2018, he was a member of Denair’s Section and state championship football team, playing linebacker and wide receiver. Off the field, he volunteers with Denair Youth Football and won the school’s Committed Coyote Award, which is part of a program intended to allow students to reach their full potential by avoiding reckless behavior. It was created through a partnership between student athletes, teachers, coaches and Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.

“It’s great to be recognized because this year with quarantine, I worked really hard to keep my grades up through everything,” Perez told the Turlock Journal. “I think this is a diamond in the rough — it’s something great in a bad situation and really helped motivate me to continue doing well.”

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Denair honors employees during Staff Appreciation Week

It was Staff Appreciation Week in the Denair Unified School District, a time to recognize and honor the many positive impacts employees consistently make on more than 1,300 students.

The district includes nearly 250 teachers, food service workers, classroom aides, office staff, grounds and maintenance employees, counselors and others across its four campuses. All play key roles in educating students ranging in age from pre-school to high school.

“Our employees are the heart of our district,” said Superintendent Terry Metzger. “Our mission is to provide the very best education we can to every student and that wouldn’t be possible without the professionalism, passion and dedication of each of our employees.

“That’s never been truer than in the past year, when we have been challenged to continue that mission in a way that most of us never could have imagined. We truly appreciate each and every one of our employees who have enabled us to serve our students.”

On Tuesday, each Denair employee received a card from Metzger and the five school board members expressing thanks for the difference they make in the lives of children. Wednesday, every employee was invited to enjoy a free drink paid for by the district from the Coyote Cup of Kindness, a cart run by the high school’s special education students. And Thursday, there was a barbecue luncheon for all employees.

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Denair earns $20,000 Farm to Fork state grant to put locally grown food on student’s plates

The news that the Denair Unified School District has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the state to begin a Farm to Fork program at the high school opens up numerous exciting possibilities.

FFA and special ed students at Denair High — under the guidance of ag teachers Holli Jacobsen and Taylor Doo – soon will begin turning a dusty patch of ground into a one-acre garden. The fruits and vegetables grown in it will funnel straight into the district’s food program.

Broccoli and cauliflower. Tomatoes, peppers and beans. Cucumbers, onions and a variety of melons. Even yams and sweet potatoes. All are options for the new garden.

“All I know, if they send us stuff, I’m going to use it — in the actual entrée, as a side, in the salad bar.” said Kim Fuentez, the food services coordinator who is responsible for preparing thousands of breakfasts and lunches each day.

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With most students back on campus full time, Denair begins to map out summer school plans

Even as the excitement associated with the first full week of in-person classes in more than a year still was being celebrated Thursday night, Denair Unified School District officials already were thinking about ways to enhance and expand summer school offerings to provide the most help to students.

Typically, summer school has been offered only to high school students who struggled with a particular class and needed to take it again to earn the required credits toward their diploma. Or, it has been a chance for other teens to receive extra help at a less stressful time. 

Those situations will still exist this summer, Superintendent Terry Metzger told board members Thursday. But there are other, equally important reasons that she expects more students of all ages to sign up for summer school after spending much of the past 13 months learning at home via computer because of the pandemic.

“We need to do whatever we can to get kids back on track,” Metzger said. “We also want the kids to have a little fun.”

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Denair Unified School District Request for Bid Proposals

BID #2021-01



Notice is hereby given that the Denair Unified School District, 3460 Lester Road, Denair, CA
95316, hereinafter referred to as the District, will receive District bids up to but no later than 2:45 p.m. on May 7, 2021.

BID #2021-01



1. A bidder’s conference will be held on May 5, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. in the District
Leadership / Board Room.

2. Attendance at the scheduled bidders conference is NOT mandatory.


May 7, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. in the Leadership / Board Room.

Link to Denair Transportation Bid Packet