September 30, 2015
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Oct. 3
Bush, Peyton, and Rio Calaveras Fun Run, 8am - 10am. $10 a person
Oct. 7, 21, 28
Helping Children Succeed Parent Academy at Kennedy Ele., 8:15am - 9:45am
Oct. 8
McKinley Step Up Art Gallery and Book Fair, 4:30 - 5:30pm
Oct. 10
Annual UOP Hmong Student Carnival at Montezuma Ele., 10am - 2:30pm
Oct. 12-16
Fall Break - No School
Oct. 20
ParentVUE Portal Training at Roosevelt Ele., 8:30am - 9:30am. Register by phone- call (209)933-7470 ext. 2228
Oct. 29
Franklin High School Annual Haunted House
Oct. 30
Tyler Elementary Harvest Festival, 3pm - 6pm

Chavez Sophomore Medals in Boxing
Congratulations to Chavez High School sophomore Gabriel Flores who earned a silver medal at the Amateur International Boxing Association Youth Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia in September!

Gabriel made it to the U.S. team, the finals and defeated competitors from Sweden, India, Thailand and Wales in the culminating championship for his weight class age - making him the No. 2 boxer in the world in his category. This medal places him on a short list for the next Olympic games.

Gabriel and his parents were recognized by the SUSD Board of Education for his achievement. Gabriel, who is trained by his father, has won nine national titles and was awarded Best Boxer at the 2015 USA Junior National Championships.

We are rooting for you Gabriel! Excellent work!
Deadlines for Seniors
Testing deadlines are fast-approaching for the ACT and SAT! Be sure your junior or senior students sign up for these tests to ensure they are prepared for college applications!

Test Date
(Late Fee Required)
Oct. 24,
Sept. 19, 2015
Sept. 19 - Oct. 2, 2015
Dec. 12, 2015 Nov. 6, 2015 Nov. 7 - 20, 2015
Feb. 6, 2016 Jan. 8, 2016
Jan. 9 - 15, 2016
Apr. 9, 2016 Mar. 4, 2016 Mar. 5 - 18, 2016
Jun. 11, 2016 May 6, 2016 May 7 - 20, 2016

Test Date
Register By
(Late Fee Required)
Nov. 7, 2015
Oct. 9, 2015
Oct. 27, 2015
Dec. 5, 2015
Nov. 5, 2015
Nov. 23, 2015
Jan. 23, 2016 Dec. 28, 2015 Jan. 12, 2016
Mar. 5, 2016 Feb. 5, 2016 Feb. 23, 2016
May 7, 2016 Apr. 8, 2016 Apr. 26, 2016
Jun. 4, 2016 May 5, 2016 May 25, 2016

Common Core Tip
Encourage Your Child to Dream About the Future

The main goal of the Common Core State Standards is to make sure students will graduate from high school ready to be successful in college and a career. But schools can't do the job alone. Parents play an important role in preparing their children for the future.

When children believe that their own futures are bright, they are much more likely to study hard and stay in school. To help develop a positive outlook toward the future:

1) Believe in your child.  Let her know she is important: "You have so much to offer the world. You have special talents. I'm excited to see how you will use those talents in your future."
2) Encourage your child's interests . If she shows an interest in a particular field, find ways to help her learn more. A budding scientist could take a trip to a science museum. A future astronaut could read a book about space.
3) Share things you love to do.
Talk about how you chose your own path in life. "I always knew that I wanted to help people learn, so that's why I became a teacher."
4) Help your child envision the future.  Ask, "What do you see yourself doing when you grow up?" "What makes you happy?" Arrange for your child to "shadow" someone who holds a job that interests her. Help her see the link between achieving her goals and doing well in school.
5) Foster a "can do" attitude.
Stress that success depends more on effort than on ability. Hard work and persistence pay off!
SUSD High School Leadership Launches Campaign
More than 200 student leaders from SUSD high schools gathered last Friday for an all-day training aimed at helping them improve student participation on their campuses. The event, led by the California Student Leadership Association and SUSD activities directors, focused on training students how to pull even the most disaffected colleagues into the school team.

The typical high school sees about a 23 percent participation rate in clubs and campus activities, according to event organizers. The goal this year should be 85 percent at all schools. "Research has shown that one of the greatest determining factors of success in high school is participation," said Richard Glass, Franklin High School Activities Director.  And the student leaders can help make that happen, he said.

Franklin senior Tina Giacovoni agreed," It is so important to reach out to news students and get them involved in activities." That's what makes the campus a better place for everyone, she said.

Great work by SUSD student leaders and let's support them this year!

Parent Success Academy
Dear Parents,
Standardized tests are an important measure of achievement today. And by working together, we can promote success for your child and your school.  lf

Research shows that children whose parents are involved in their education are more likely to:
  • Earn higher grades and test scores.
  • Pass their classes, earn credits and be promoted.
  • Attend school regularly.
  • Complete homework.
  • Graduate and go on to further education.
Do you want to know more about how you can be involved with your child's learning? Join us for a special program. We'll have a presentation discussing practical ways you can promote your child's learning success. We'll also have handouts with activities you can do at home to make sure your child does well in school-and on tests.

Please come to learn more about
Ways Busy Parents Can Help Children Succeed on Standardized Tests!

Date:  October 7, 21 & 28th
Time:  8:15am - 9:45am
Place:  Kennedy Elementary School - 630 Ponce de Leon Ave. 
Register:  Click here

Kennetha Stevens - Coordinator, Parent/Community Empowerment
Thank You Love Stockton
A great thank you to the members of Love Stockton who came out to work on school gardens and landscaping Saturday. This year the Love Stockton teams hoed, planted and beautified campuses at  El Dorado, Elmwood, McKinley, Madison, Washington, and Health Careers Academy as well as more than a dozen schools in other districts, parks and sites around Stockton. The three-year-old program has taken on more than 175 projects to date and Stockton Unified schools have  benefited  greatly.

Come out and see what a difference such organized volunteerism makes on our community. Check out the work by volunteer Dave Cicileo and his team, who have transformed and maintained the gardens at El Dorado every year. Special thanks also to Delta Tree Farms and others who donated supplies and plants! Thank you Love Stockton!

Join the Parent Advisory Committee
Be heard! Stockton Unified is seeking applicants to join the LCAP Parent Advisory Committee. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 30, 2015.

This is your chance to provide input into the district's plan to improve academic achievement for our low income, English language learner and foster youth. Committee members will be asked to participate in regular monthly meetings and share parent observations about the progress the district is making in its goal to raise performances in all our schools.

Applicants will be selected and appointed by a committee formed by the Parent/Community Empowerment Department. Applicants must meet the criteria listed below:
1.  Be a parent/guardian of a Stockton Unified School District student.
2.  Be a parent of students identified for services funded by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), as determined by the state: Free & Reduced Meal Program Participation, English Learner, and/or Foster Youth.
3.  Understand the importance of parent participation and involvement and be willing to commit to a minimum of two meetings per month.
Click here to view the English and Spanish versions of the applicationCompleted applications can be returned to a school site or to the District office at 701 N. Madison St., Stockton, CA 95202. 
For more information, please contact Kennetha Stevens, coordinator of Parent/ Community Empowerment, at (209)933-7470 ext. 2228.
Edison STEM at Delta
Congratulations to the dozens of SUSD high school students who competed against schools from throughout the region in Saturday's all-day STEM competition at Delta Community College and thanks to Delta for hosting this year's event. The teams received guest lectures and competed in math and physics tests, a geology project and bridge and tower building engineering competitions. This year, teams from Stagg, Chavez, Edison and SECA high schools joined in the fun, spending the day focused on STEM skills.

Special congratulations students and teams who took home top honors, including Chavez ACADEC team member  Michael Yip and SECA's James Molamphy who placed 2nd in the individual math competition,  just ahead of Stagg's Daniel Patino who placed 3rd. Edison's teams shined, winning both the tower and bridge construction projects. In fact, Edison students Daisy Osana, Daniel Ma, Joshua Dasalla, and Alexander Castillo built a bridge of tiny sticks that spanned a record 69 inches -- winning the competition for the third year in a row.

Stagg's team was right behind, taking 2nd for the bridge and 3rd for the tower. SECA closed out the top three for the bridge with 3rd place! Great work by SUSD!

Thanks to those wonderful math, physics and science teachers who coached the students and spent the day with them. And congratulations to SUSD students!

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