May 5, 2015
Kennedy Games Another Winner
The 37th Annual SUSD Kennedy Games saw 1,100 students and their families celebrate athleticism and sportsmanship as well as international good will Saturday at the San Joaquin Delta College Track and Field facility.

This year 31 teams competed in the opening parade, featuring every school representing a different country, and a series of competitions, including relays, soccer kicks, the long jump, ball throw and 400-meter runs. Cleveland Elementary School, representing Cambodia, took first place in the parade for their wonderful costumes and Cambodian dance routines.

Pittman Elementary took overall first place for the competitions among 5th-6th graders, followed by Commodore Stockton  Skills, Hong Kingston-Valenzuela and El Dorado. The overall winners for the 7th-8th grade competition were Langston Hughes, Commodore Stockton Skills, Bush and Marshall.

Hundreds of parents and school staff cheered the competitors on from all sides of the track and this year there were terrific performances. Among the countries represented: the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, India, Spain, France, Canada, Nigeria, Uganda, Switzerland, England and Sweden.

The Kennedy Games are one of SUSD's biggest events and are modeled after Olympic competitions and named for former President John F. Kennedy. Congratulations to all our athletes! Great games and great sportsmanship!


Click here to view photos from the event.

Journalism Teacher Recognized for Commitment to Past Student

Longtime Stagg High School journalism teacher Donald Bott is one of five educators to receive the 2015 Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award from Northwestern University, a special honor reserved for educators who have touched the lives of Northwestern University students. Stagg graduate and Medill School of Journalism senior Lissette Rodriguez nominated Bott for this award due to his commitment to her success throughout high school.


Rodriguez recalls Bott going above and beyond to explain the college application process to both her and her parents so that she could apply for a higher education. "Mr. Bott saw greater potential in this first-generation, low-income, Mexican-American girl," said Rodriguez. "Apart from my parents and family, Mr. Bott has been one of the most influential figures in my life. He instilled in me the idea that I should always strive for more and that I can go beyond being a statistic."


"An honor like this is so special because it comes from a student, and in this case a student four years after graduating high school," said Bott. "You like to hope you make a difference in the lives of students, and times like this help you believe you do." 


Bott has spent 29 of his 30-year teaching career at Stagg. Congratulations Donald Bott!

SUSD Nurse Honored for Saving Student's Life

The SUSD Board of Education this month recognized SUSD nurse (and SUSD graduate) Kimlien Tran for performing CPR/chest compressions on a student who had lost his breath while running on the playground. She is credited with saving his life after the seventh grader suffered life threatening symptoms as a result of a previously unknown heart condition.

The student, one of the top in his class at Rio Calaveras Elementary School, spent weeks at UC Davis undergoing treatment before returning to class in time to participate in this weekend's San Joaquin County Academic Pentathlon with the Rio team.

Nurse Tran was honored for racing to his side when the symptoms began, and beginning chest compressions that lasted seven minutes until paramedics arrived.

Standing with Tran in the photo below is the student, his mother and Rio 7th grader teacher Jennifer Duren, who praised Tran's quick thinking and training that led to such a positive outcome. "Because we would not be here today...I would not be teaching this wonderful student...if it were not for her efforts," Duren said.

Student Services Director Dee Alimbini added: "Yes, if not for the training Lien had and her cool head, this could have been a very different story. Knowing how to perform chest compressions correctly is part of our training for our nurses...because you never know when you might be called on to be a hero to a young man and his family."

Enroll Your Child in a Summer Program
It's nearly summer! Plan now to enroll your students in some fun but educational programs to help them get ahead next year. Here are links for summer programs offered by the school district, the city of Stockton, the Children's Museum, the library, the YMCA and others:

SUSD Summer Programs
(Click the links for more)

Held at University of the Pacific
June 15-July 17 (Mon.-Thurs.)
Call Angela Pilcher at (209)933-7030 x2321 for more
Migrant Tutoring Program
Contact Language Development 
at (209)933-7075 for more
Tyler Elementary School
Extended School Year, June 15-26
Call (209)933-7295 for more
Taylor Elementary School
Extended School Year, June 8-19
Classes run 7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

Call (209)933-7290 for more
Spanos Elementary School
(Pre-Kindergarten-3rd grade only)
Migrant Summer School
June 15-July 17
Call (209)933-7335 for more

Pittman Elementary School
Extended School Year, June 8-19
Classes run 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Call (209)933-7496 for more 

Roosevelt Elementary School
Extended School Year, June 8-19
Held at Henry Elementary School
Classes run 8:05 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
Call (209)933-7275 for more
Edison High School
Extended School Year, June 8-30
Location TBD
Call (209)933-7425 for more

Edison High School

(8th-11th grade EL students only)

Extended School Year, June 15-July 17

Classes run 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Call your school counselors for details

Chavez High School
(8th-11th grade EL students only)
Extended School Year, June 15-July 17
Classes run 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Call your school counselors for details
Franklin High School
(8th-11th grade EL students only)
Extended School Year, June 15-July 17
Classes run 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Call your school counselors for details
Stagg High School
(8th-11th grade EL students only)
Extended School Year, June 15-July 17

Classes run 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Call your school counselors for details
Jane Frederick High School
 Extended School Year, June 8-26, 2015
Classes run 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
 Call 209-933-7340 for more 
Stagg High School
Extended School Year, June 10-July 17 (Tentative)
Call (209)933-7445 for more

Chavez High School

GPA improvement for A-G College Acceptance/Eligibility & Credit Recovery Program, June 8-June 30

Classes run 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Call (209)933-7480 for more

Chavez High School

Super Senior Credit Recovery Program

June 8-30

Classes run 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Call (209)933-7480 for more

Chavez High School

ELD Intervention program

June 15-July 17th

Classes run 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Call (209)933-7480 for more

Chavez High School

Summer Arts & Music Institute (SAMI)

June 8-July 3rd

Classes run 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Call (209)933-7480 for more
King Elementary School
(4th-7th EL students only)
Extended Year Program, June 15-July 17
Classes run from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Contact your student's teacher or school counselor to apply
Nightingale Elementary School
Extended Year Program, June 8-19
Call (209)933-7260 for more
Marshall Elementary School 
Extended School Year, June 27-July 17
Classes run 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Contact your student's teacher to apply

Special Education Summer Program *
held at Walton Special Center
June 22-July 23 (Mon.-Thurs. only)
Contact your student's teacher to apply
Franklin High School *
Extended School Year, June 27-July 17
Classes run 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Contact your student's teacher to apply
Contact your school for other
opportunities not listed here
*Only for students in Special Day Classes who are at risk for regression if they don't attend

Other Summer Opportunities
(Click the links for more)

Pittman Holds Open House for Highly Demanded Program

Pittman Elementary School recently held an Open House this month for all parents interested in their Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program. This "school within a school" focuses on helping students develop fluency and literacy in both English and Spanish while fostering an understanding and appreciation of other cultures. At the event, parents learned about the benefits of being bilingual, including having a higher salary as an adult, boosting brain power, and even delaying the onset of dementia!


The program filled its open class spots in just one hour, but a second class could be created if enough parents express interest. For more information, please contact the school at (209)933-7496.
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Parent Tip
Supporting Common Core Standards
Many parents hope their children will go to college, but they aren't sure how to turn that
dream into a reality. The truth is, you don't have to have gone to college yourself to support your child and build his college readiness. Here are simple things you can do to put your child on the path to higher education:

1) Talk about college
It's never too early to begin talking to your
child about higher education. Talk about
what you appreciate about your education-
or why you wish you had learned more. Make
it clear that you expect her to go to college
and tell her you will work together to create a
plan to get her there.

2) Promote challenging classes
The classes your child takes  have a  big impact on his  readiness for college.  Encourage your child  to take challenging
classes as early as he can. He should also try to take 3-4 years of a foreign language. In high school, consider 
Advanced Placement courses. These rigorous college-level courses allow students to earn college credits while still in high school.

3) Meet the counselor
Your child's high school guidance counselor
can provide important information about
college entrance exams, applications, financial aid, scholarships and more. Remind your child to take advantage of this valuable resource.

4) Instill a work ethic
It's important to let your child know the value you place on effort and hard work. Many students think that intelligence is
what determines their success in school. But studies show that effort is what leads to real learning. When your child shows you a test score with a high grade, instead of saying, "You're so smart," say, "I know
how hard you studied. I'm glad your hard work paid off."

5) Suggest extracurricular activities
Encourage your child to get involved in activities inside and outside of school. Extracurricular activities such as academic clubs, sports and volunteer work help your child build i mportant   college-readiness skills. 
Universities are looking for well-rounded 
students, so suggest that your child keep a  journal with a detailed list of her activities  and accomplishments.

6) Visit colleges
The best way to get a child of any age excited
about going to college is to visit one. Just walking around a campus can
help your child envision himself as a college
student. Visit local universities, community
colleges and, if possible, plan a trip to one during a family vacation.
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