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Disney's ALADDIN Cast Members Surprise Chavez High Students
The Chavez High School "Singing Titans" Show Choir and Dance Team traveled to Disneyland to participate in performing arts workshops. These workshops are intended to help students hone their craft by working with professionals in the field. The Singing Titans workshop was a Musical Theatre audition workshop and was essentially treated like an actual audition process. Little did our students know there was more than just their audition waiting for them-- after they completed their auditions two cast members from the national touring cast of  Aladdin - The Musical  came in to surprise them!

The full story is featured on the Disney Parks blog:
Edison Spreads Literacy
Edison High School's students constructed dozens of Little Libraries, painted them beautifully and now wants to fill them with books before they place them in neighborhoods across south Stockton.

The Edison leadership students want 100 books in each library. So here is your chance to help: either make a donation by purchasing books at the Barnes & Noble Stockton store and mention "Edison literacy Project" at the counter or drop books off at the main office at Edison, 100 W. Martin Luther King,. Jr. Blvd.

As with the other 43 registered little libraries around Stockton, the books are free for borrowing. You can borrow the book, read it and return it to any little library...or turn a few books of your own in. Edison is hoping for books for ages 0-17.

Thank you to the Edison students for their generous contribution to literacy in our city!
Help Your Child Develop a Strategy for Test Success
Sometimes kids forget they have a test, they study the wrong material, or they study for the wrong type of test.
To avoid such surprises, teach your child this strategy for test review: Create a test review sheet. It should include:

- The test date.
- Test content. Will it be a quiz on definitions? Will it cover a specific chapter or class activity?
- Type of test. Will it be multiple-choice, true-false or an essay test? Knowing the test type should affect how your child studies for it. She'll need to know more about a term if she has to use it in an essay, for example, than if she simply has to match a term with a definition.
- Tell your child it's important to ask the teacher for this information. She should also follow any review guidelines provided by the teacher. 

The review sheet should also include your child's plan for reviewing for the test. Which days will she study? What times? What reference materials will she use? Where will she find these?

Encourage your child to write down study strategies she'll use, too. Will she review a study guide? Highlight class notes? Make flash cards? Prepare sample test questions? Study with a buddy? After the test, she can note whether her plan was effective.

- Provided by the Parent Institute 2018
Kohl/Walton Day In The Dirt 

Students and families from Kohl and Walton schools participated in the annual Day in the Dirt on Friday, March 23.
San Joaquin Elementary Holds Black History and Women's History Performances

Students at San Joaquin Elementary School worked hard to prepare for their black history and women's history performances! Performances included scenes from "The Wiz," a recreation of a Muhammad Ali fight, a women's rights march and more. Great job to all who performed!

2018 NAACP Youth Summit

More than 400 students from multiple SUSD schools are at  San Joaquin Delta College  today for the 2018 NAACP Youth Summit! Students spent the morning captivated by keynote speaker Sara Mayo Rex. Rex discussed empathy, the impact of social media, and the value of community service, intrinsic motivation, personal excellence characteristics, strategic thinking, leadership and public speaking.

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PYA Exhibition

Fifth graders at Primary Years Academy inquired independently, collaborated, and planned every aspect of the work displayed at the PYA exhibition.
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Summer English Language Learner Classes for Teachers and Students

Stockton Unified's Language Development Office will offer a demonstration summer school this year, focusing on teaching teachers best practices for second language learners and providing students an effective class to help them prepare for next year.

Students will attend class June 5-28 from 8:15 a.m.-noon. The K-2nd grade students will be in class at Kohl elementary while students 3rd-12th will be at nearby Stagg High School. The summer program will serve 600 students with on-the-job professional learning for 32 teachers.

Language Development staff and the Language and Literacy departments at San Joaquin County Office of Education are teaming together to make this an effective program for summer school teachers, who will take what they learn back to their students every day.

Teachers will stay for three hours after the students every day to learn and review current practices for providing accelerated language  in structured and supportive environments.

Migrant students will be part of the program and the Latino Literacy Project will be provided to parents through Adult Education. This year is an expansion of last year's highly successful English language learner program at Stagg. The San Joaquin County Office of Education partnered on the original program, which saw students make leaps in language acquisition and writing.

For more information call SUSD Language Development at 933-7075, ext. 2426. Students can also pick up applications at their schools.
Congratulations Franklin High: Another Great Year at Science Olympiad
Franklin students made another great showing at the 32nd Annual San Joaquin County Science Olympiad Competition this spring, placing 2nd out of 23 participating teams. The Franklin Chlorine Team heads to the state championship for the 19th time in 20 years!

Once again coach Eric Merlo led the Chlorine Team to success by months of study and practice. This year's tournaments followed the format of popular board games, TV shows, and athletic games. Science disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, computers, earth science and technology were tested.

The students are tested in everything from astrophysics to rocks and minerals, chemistry to thermodynamics, and Hovercraft construction to tower building. Franklin fielded three teams, Chlorine and Sulfur in the high school division of the competition and Sodium in the middle school division.

Congratulations to gold medalists Jodi Dhami and Jazmin Segura, Anatomy and Physiology; Natalie Borsdorf and Erica Garibay, Astronomy; and Markie Vialpando and Natalie Borsdorf, Rocks and Minerals.

And to our silver medalists: Collin Turner and Julianna Foster, Chemistry; Gurleen Kaur and Jodi Dhami, Epidemiology; Morelia Chihuaque and Erica Garibay, Ecology; and Princess Vonchanh and Ana Mendez, Remote Sensing.

And our bronze medalists: Alejandro Melanche and Morelia Chihuaque, Coding; Alejandro Melanche and Markie Vialpando, Material Science; and Jodi Dhami and Collin Turner, Optics.

Good luck Franklin at the April 14 state championships at California State University, Stanislaus! To help support this team contact Coach Merlo at pmerlo@stocktonusd.net.  
District Superintendent Search Underway
The SUSD Board of Education has completed the initial phase of its search for a new superintendent and will be conducting interviews with possible candidates later this month. Over the past two months Leadership Associates, a California-based search firm, conducted community meetings and managed recruiting efforts.

The firm reported that the community prefers a superintendent who knows the Stockton community, has leadership experience in a diverse district and believes SUSD students can achieve excellence and move into college and career on graduation.

Next steps are background checks and interviews, tentatively scheduled for the weekend of April 28-29. The goal is to vote for the new superintendent's contract in May and have the new superintendent start on July 1 in time for the 2018-19 school year.

Acting Superintendent Dan Wright, former Assistant Superintendent, Education Services, has managed the district since the position was vacated last fall. For more information, please visit our 2018 Superintendent Search page by clicking here. 
Stockton Heat Rewards SUSD Readers

The second graders from five SUSD elementary schools who participated in the Stockton Heat hockey team  "Get in the Game-READ" project over the last six months get a terrific prize: free tickets for them and their family members to the April 14 Stockton Heat game!

Hundreds of second graders will be recognized for stepping up their reading as part of a "competition" begun last fall. Hockey players have been visiting the schools biweekly to read to students and generate enthusiasm for literacy.

The project, launched by Heat CEO Brian Petrovich, was a knockout success for the second graders at Hamilton, Monroe, Taft, Fremont and Van Buren Elementary Schools. The students worked hard and now comes their reward: all those second graders at all five schools and their families are invited to the game for free.

Second-grader families  fill out the attached flyer HERE
and bring it to the front office at school. They will give you your tickets for your family starting April 4.

The Heat's generosity didn't stop with the second graders: Everyone in Stockton Unified, staff and parents alike, will have access to $10 tickets. That is $8 cheaper than the usual price. Go HERE to reserve your seat.

Let's go out and congratulate our readers. So far the results look outstanding: the second graders at the five schools have read close to 10,000 books so far. See you at the Heat Hockey game!

It's the Heat versus the San Jose Barracuda at the Stockton Arena April 14 starting at 6 p.m.
Stagg Sings for Mental Health
More than 400 Stagg High School students sang in the annual Stagg benefit concert this spring, with mental health services the big beneficiary. The students performed music by the  Beatles, Tom Petty, Sam Smith, Nina Simone, Marvin Berry and the Starlighters and more.

The Concert, conducted by Stagg music teacher Mark Swope, featured outstanding solo performances as well as full choir productions. Proceeds went to the Wellness Center of San Joaquin County. The Wellness Center provides mental health services and support in the Stockton community.

Stagg students were thrilled to give the Wellness Center $1,000 from the concert to help local residents struggling with mental health issues. Last year the concert netted $1,000 for the Stockton Children's Home. Well done Stagg singers!
Imagine Stockton Unified Summit Moving Forward - With Your Help

Stockton Unified is asking community and business leaders to find ways to support schools, such as mentoring, internships, career counseling and more. The district brought 150 community and business leaders, principals and students, together at the University of the Pacific to talk to each other about meaningful engagement that can help SUSD's efforts to raise academic achievement for its 40,000 students.

Asking the community to IMAGINE Stockton Unified as a leader in K-12 education and a place where all students graduate college and career ready, Acting Superintendent Dan Wright outlined SUSD's proposal to phase in a rigorous K-12 curriculum requiring all high school students to enroll in the A-G courses college-bound students traditionally take.

"We want all of our students to be college-ready and prepared for 21st-century jobs," Wright said. "That is our commitment and promise to you...but we cannot do it alone."

Wright said the A-G coursework will better prepare SUSD students for the workforce and for the Stockton Scholars scholarship program recently announced by Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs and SUSD Trustee Lange Luntao.

The mayor and guest speakers San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar and Community Foundation President Moses Zapien called on the community to follow their leads as partners in moving SUSD forward.

District Police Read at Rio Calaveras' Paws for Books Fair

By: SUSD Police Department

On Friday, April 6, 2018, Officers of the District Police Department attended the "PAWS for Books" Fair at Rio Calaveras Elementary School.  This special event included Coffee with Parents where officers got a chance to mingle with students, meet their parents and enjoy coffee and hot chocolate in the company of Principal Gina Hall.  Students shared their favorite books with officers who had the opportunity to read together in the company of gentle canines ... three Guide Dogs for the Blind in training attended and students showered them with pets and hugs. Their handlers answered questions about all the training they have to go through and students found reading while surrounded by dogs to be a great treat. Pictured is Officer Angie Andrews, Franklin High School's Resource Officer, who was delighted to read Andrew Clements' "Brave Norman: A True Story" to a captivated audience of kids and canines!

Rio Calaveras' Paws For Books Fair event was an educational, engaging and rewarding experience for the officers who are honored to serve and protect the District's students and staff, and ensure a safe educational environment for the community.

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