May 16, 2018
May 18
May 19
Young Authors' Faire at Barnes & Noble; 10am - 1pm

Children & Youth Day at Pixie Woods; 10am - 3:30pm
May 25
Rio Calaveras Elementary's 9th annual Multicultural Fair; 4pm
June 3
Make Your Home a 'Learning Place'
This Summer
In the summer, children often don't get enough opportunities to practice skills they've learned during the school year. As a result, achievement scores in math and reading fall during this time. That drop is known as the "summer slide."

It doesn't have to be that way! Plan some learning activities this summer so your child will be better prepared for school in the fall.

Try these ideas to help your child retain and build skills:

- Encourage your child to keep a summer journal. Set aside a certain time each day for him to write.

- Work with your child on typing skills. If you don't have a computer at home, you can do this at the library.
- Play with water. Under your supervision, have your child use measuring cups to estimate and measure water volume. Introduce words like funnelvolume and weight.
- Learn while traveling. Get a map and let your child help mark your route. Ask him to check the price of gas and how many gallons you're putting in your car-what should your total cost be? Have him read road signs and announce speed limits as they change.
- Take your child to the library often. Let him select books, and encourage him to select a wide variety. Ask the librarian for advice about titles at your child's reading level.

- Provided by the Parent Institute 2018
Smokey Robinson Rocks Fremont Elementary

Music icon Smokey Robinson rocked Fremont Elementary school this week with a return visit to the students via SUSD's participation in the national Turnaround Arts program. Hundreds of Fremont students treated the Motown star to dance and choral performances and, of course, the Ballet Folklorico and Chavez Mariachis wowed. 
Star Wars Jog-a-Thon at Hoover Elementary

Hoover Elementary students wore their favorite gear from 'a galaxy far, far away' to their Star Wars jog-a-thon, held on May 4th.
Edison Installs New Little Free Libraries

Stockton is looking much more colorful thanks to  Edison High  students, who are installing the dozen new Little Free Libraries they painted! Library locations include the Children's Museum of Stockton, Edison High, the Brookside neighborhood, and Pulliam, Wilson and Marshall elementary schools. The six others will be installed where requested. 
Edison Flag Football Game between Sheriff's Department & NFL Alumni

The Edison Booster Club and Edison Football Team hosted their First Annual Flag Football Game between the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department and NFL Alumni! Participating alumni included   Syd'Quan Thompson Tim Brown Dante Marsh , Derek Graves, Latef Grim, Lavelle Hawkins, Paris Warren, Desmond Bishop, Eric Crocker, Cameron Morrah, Worrell Williams and  Josh Harper

Hamilton Elementary Gets Fit

More than 300 parents and students packed the Hamilton Elementary gym to attend the 5th annual "Get Fit" Health Fair. With 18 informational booths focused on nutrition and exercise, Hamilton teachers and 'Get Fit' program creators Edward Fernandez and Deanna Kobayashi hope to continue to educate students and the community on healthy living.
"Hamilton's Get Fit program has exceeded any of our expectations. The health fair would not have been such a success without the collaboration of the Stockton Chapter of the LINKS, students, parents, the community, and our amazing Hamilton Family," said Kobayashi. "Mr. Fernandez and I can't thank everyone enough and can't wait to see what next year's 'Get Fit' program brings to Hamilton."

Edison Heads Upward Bound with UOP

The University of the Pacific launched a $1.3 million Upward Bound program this month at Edison High School, where dozens of students will receive tutoring and additional counseling to get on a track to college after graduation.

During a special open house Mayor Michael Tubbs, Principal Brian Biedermann and UOP education leaders spoke to participating students and parents about the services students can expect from UOP's investment in Edison students.

Over the next five years Upward Bound will provide instruction, tutoring, career exploration, planning, campus tours andparent workshops to help participants finish high school and succeed in college. UOP staff and students have already been assigned to the school and set up office hours.

 "We want to make sure each student is able to succeed ...we are second eyes on them, making sure that students are on track to not only graduate high school by focusing on A-G requirements, but prepare them to apply for college," said Upward Bound administrator Rose Montes, herself an Edison graduate.

The Upward Bound program is funded by a federal grant with contribution by UOP. Four scholarships for UOP's Community Involvement Program, will be reserved for Upward Bound applicants to the university. CIP is a need-based scholarship for first generation college students from Stockton.

Once the grant runs out UOP will be considering expanding Upward Bound to other schools.

Edison High School students and families can visit for more information.

40th Annual Kennedy Games a Huge Success

Hundreds of student-athletes took to the Chavez track this month for the district's 40th annual Kennedy Games, a day-long competition among players from 28 SUSD elementary schools. The gorgeous event featured an opening ceremony, performances by the Edison Show Choir, the pledge by the Franklin ROTC and a parade of nations by participating elementary schools.

Olympic gold medalist, SUSD's own Andre Phillips, once again directed track events. The Stagg principal ran relays for boys and girls as well as long distance runs and sprints. A team of Chavez students monitored results and ran events inside the track, including shortened relay races for younger students and a football toss. And former track star Lester Bond ran the long jump. Peyton counselor Larry Capello organized the parade entries and the field teams.

Edison student volunteers managed the trophies and Venture Academy sent students to time the track. This year's event was directed by SUSD Assistant Superintendent Ward Andrus and his team of directors. Big thanks to those staffers and students and all who volunteered to make this year's event the smooth, efficient and well-run event it was.

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SUSD Names John Deasy Superintendent
The SUSD Board of Trustees named John Deasy Superintendent of the biggest school district in San Joaquin County with a unanimous 7-0 vote Tuesday. Board President Angela Phillips called Dr. Deasy's passion for students and experience raising achievement in low-income school districts a game changer for Stockton Unified.

"What we wanted was someone who had experience in running a large district with success, understands data, has a vast knowledge of funding and has a passion for helping underserved students," she said. "We found that in him."

Dr. Deasy, 58, has served as superintendent for Los Angeles Unified, Santa Monica-Malibu, Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland, and Coventry Public Schools, Rhode Island. 

Dr. Deasy earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Providence College Rhode Island, and doctorate from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He has three honorary doctorates and has taught at numerous universities. He started his career as a math-science high school teacher, became a principal and then superintendent, eventually landing at the biggest district in California. At Los Angeles, he was credited for significant achievement gains and moving more students towards college and career readiness on graduation.

"I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve the families and youth of Stockton," Dr. Deasy said. "I am thankful to the Board for their confidence in me."

He and his wife plan to move to Stockton from their Los Angeles home. He takes the helm at SUSD June 1 and will work with Acting Superintendent Dan Wright on a smooth leadership transition.

Welcome to SUSD Dr. Deasy!
Rio Gold in State Heads to Nationals

Congratulations to both the Rio Calaveras Bronze and Gold pentathlon teams, who not only won the San Joaquin County competition but earned the top scores in the state and now head to the nationals.

For the second year in a row Coach, Jennifer Duren will take her students to the top competition in the country. Rio's Gold team won the nationals last year. This year two Rio teams qualified due to their terrific scores. Duren will take 18 sixth through eighth graders to Omaha Nebraska May 17-19 for the national competition. 

The teams were honored this week by the San Joaquin County Office of Education before the SUSD Board of Trustees. "This is outstanding work and we are so proud of the Rio Calaveras work," said San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools James Mousalimas. Mousalimas presented the school with a check for $3,000 in recognition of the accomplishment and to help defray the costs of the trip.

Coach Duren introduced every team member, including John Nguyen the top scorer in all of California.

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SUSD Science and
Engineering Expo: Robots, Telescopes, Bubbles... And More!

SUSD's young scientists celebrated their work at the 3rd Annual SUSD Science and Engineering Expo this month with robotics, a Minecraft challenge, chemical reaction experiments and, of course, toothpick/ marshmallow tower construction.

Young scientists from Bush, Henry, Madison, Marshall, Hoover, Kennedy, Kohl, Peyton, McKinley, Primary Years Academy, San Joaquin, Pittman, and Madison elementary schools and Weber, Franklin, and Chavez high schools filled the district's Professional Development Center with telescopes, robots, balloons and their science projects.

Booths with hands-on interactive activities were set up around the campus, with everything from a bubble station, videos of school science projects, an intense computer game room and the highly competitive robotics competition.

This year, Pittman Elementary and coach Savan Prak added a drone competition, which was a big hit with the students, and kindergartners had their own hour of events.

Special thank you to SUSD science curriculum specialist Ryan Sedillo, Viry Tun, Mark Hall, and the Curriculum Department for organizing the event. Thanks also to robotics teacher Rachel Navarrete for providing a VEX Robotics demonstration during the day; science coaches Maria Castanon, Regina Fernandes, Hina Lee, Simorn Marchesotti, Sean Greene, Diane Stacy, Michelle Hicks, Isabel Ramirez, Alejandra Soria, Mary Sarabia Cortez, Ashley Eckerty, Patricia Tigno;  Minecraft coaches Nancy Maring, Brian Dubois, Kecia Fiori and Nicholas Byrd.
Finally, thank you to our partners: Magnitude.Io, STEMscopes and the Stockton Astronomical Society, which staffed telescopes for student sun sightings throughout the event.

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Cyber Safety Night

By: SUSD Police Department

On Friday, April 27, 2018, K-9 Officer Salin Chrim gave a presentation to the staff and students of Rio Calaveras Elementary School regarding Cyber Safety. The presentation took place during the schools' Cyber Safety Night and was focused on parents overseeing their child's social media activity. 

Parents and students were made aware to look for warning signs that their child could be involved in bullying activity or possibly being groomed to become a victim of human trafficking. Officer Chrim prepared the parents and students with "do's" and "don'ts" tips when interacting on social media or browsing the internet as well as resources of agencies to contact if they come across suspicious or inappropriate internet activity. This presentation empowered our parents and students to enjoy the freedom of the World Wide Web while practicing internet safety.

Officer Chrim also enjoyed engaging with staff, parents, and students who were treated to a modern day style of tacos - a bag full of Dorito chips, ground beef, lettuce, sour cream, and cheese. Delicious!
2018 Parent Volunteer Reception

Congratulations and thank you to the 79 SUSD parent volunteers who put 12,237 hours of work in our schools this year! The volunteers were celebrated during SUSD's 34th Annual Volunteer Reception at the Waterfront Hotel this week.

The volunteers and their principals and assistant principals came from all 53 elementary and high schools and the Walton Special Center. Acting Superintendent Dan Wright and trustees invited every volunteer to the stage for acknowledgment and certificates - and a chance to meet board members.

"We could not have succeeded this year without you," Wright told the group of more than 300. "The studies have shown that students with involved parents are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher level programs, attend school regularly, show improved behavior, graduate and go on to postsecondary education. We need you!"

Board President Angela Phillips announced the winner of this year's Josie Armendariz Award for the parent who volunteered the most hours: Helen Perez of Primary Years Academy. Thank you to Ms. Perez who volunteered 880 hours of her time at the elementary school this year.

It was a beautiful event and special thanks to the Parent Empowerment Team, Coordinator Kennetha Stevens, and the contributions from parent leaders Luz Avila, Shane Bailey, Joumana Elrajahi and Richie Ping for all their work. Also a shout out to Chavez and SECA students who volunteered to help coordinate the evening.

Again, great work SUSD parents!

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