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December 3, 2020
SUSD Updates Regarding COVID-19
The District is committed to keeping our students, families and staff updated regarding our service changes during the pandemic. Please visit our District website at www.stocktonusd.net/COVID to view the latest updates. Please ensure your child's school also has your most up-to-date phone number and email address, and that you have downloaded the SUSD Mobile App to receive immediate updates via push notifications.

For direct information, please click on the following links:

SUSD Plans
SUSD is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and students as we plan for students and staff to return to schools. Please review our plans below:

Other languages will be available on our website soon at www.stocktonusd.net/COVID.
Return to Hybrid/Blended In-Person Learning
SUSD is planning for a safe return to school and has tentatively scheduled students to return on campus in a Hybrid/Blended Learning Model in January 2021. In order to create concrete plans, we need every family to complete the “Return to School Survey” once per child at www.stocktonusd.net/return.

By completing this survey, you will help us to accurately estimate how many students may return to campus this January in the Hybrid/Blended Learning Model, and how many may remain at home in the Virtual Learning Model. This survey is for planning purposes only and is not an official commitment. Additional information for making official decisions will be made available at a later date.

Thank you for your cooperation in completing this online survey for each of your SUSD students at www.stocktonusd.net/return.
SUSD Books of the Month
Available for SUSD students and staff in eBook and Audiobook at Soraapp.com.

The Couch Potato by Jory John and Pete Oswald

Feeling fried? Peel yourself on the couch and meet your new pal-tato! The winning fourth picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, and The Cool Bean, Jory John and Pete Oswald, will get you and your kids moving!

The Couch Potato has everything within reach and doesn't have to move from the sunken couch cushion. But when the electricity goes out, Couch Potato is forced to peel away from the comforts of the living room and venture outside. Could fresh air and sunshine possibly be better than the views on screen?

Readers of all ages will laugh along as their new best spuddy learns that balancing screen time and playtime is the root to true happiness.
Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Running. That's all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?
Young Adult:
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's—and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future. In a stunning graphic memoir, Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon—and America itself—in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

The New York Times Bestseller, now in Spanish!
Use the Purposity App to Help SUSD Students this Holiday Season
We're excited to officially announce our partnership with Purposity! Its name comes from purpose + generosity, and it allows you to quickly and easily lend a hand to our homeless, unaccompanied, and foster youth students. By signing up, you’re sent one weekly notification with specific needs: it might be a winter jacket for a student in one of our schools or household essentials for a family that lost its home in a fire. You decide if you want to help and meet a need in just a few clicks, right from your phone. It’s the simplest way to make an impact locally!

To join the #Purposity movement and support SUSD students:

  1. Download the Purposity app in the App Store or Google Play
  2. Sign up
  3. Click “orgs” and search for Stockton Unified School District!
  4. Click the FOLLOW button! (Be sure to follow our organization in order to receive our notifications!)

We have 238 individuals who have followed Stockton Unified School District. Please help us get to 500! For technical support, please call (209) 933-7020.
Stockton Kings to Host and Participate in Holiday Efforts to SUSD Students
In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, the Stockton Kings announced two events to help give back to local students and families. From Monday, November 30 to Saturday, December 5, the Stockton Kings, in partnership with Stockton Honda, will host the third annual “Stuff the Bus” donation drive to receive school supplies to benefit students in need within the Stockton Unified School District (SUSD).

Due to the global pandemic, many people have a greater need for assistance. The Stockton Kings aim to alleviate some of this need through our holiday giveback events,” said Stockton Kings Vice President of Business Operations Dustin Toms. “We are excited to work together with the community and interact with our fans while exercising health and safety measures like social distancing.”

Fans are encouraged to help the Stockton Kings efforts to give back through the “Stuff the Bus” initiative in two different ways. They can visit Stagg High School on Saturday, December 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or stop by Stockton Unified School District sites or Stockton Honda from November 30 to December 5 to drop off items. Anyone who donates items at Stagg High School on Saturday, December 5, will receive free Stockton Kings swag. Suggested donation items include:
  • Masks
  • USB Flash Drives
  • Portable Chargers
  • Headphones
  • Teen Backpacks
  • Youth Backpacks
  • Binders
  • Journals
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Weekly/Monthly Planners
  • Black/Blue/Red Pens
  • Pencils (#2 and Mechanical)
  • Highlighters
  • College-Ruled Paper
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Monetary Donations
“Stockton Unified is committed to establishing a high-performing and caring culture in our school the school district and our community,” said SUSD Director of Marketing and Communications Shelley Spessard. “We are honored to partner with the Stockton Kings on the Stuff the Bus campaign. The supplies collected will directly support our amazing students during Distance Learning and beyond.
SUSD Police Department Donations
Friendsgiving Gift Card Donations 2020
This year we were unable to take food donations due to COVID-19 for our Friendsgiving food drive. Instead, we teamed up with the Families in Transitions Program to collect gift cards from local grocery stores and fast food restaurants.

On November 16th, the SUSD Police Department and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office partnered up to collect gift card donations at Raley's off Morada Lane here in Stockton. Several different news stations were out on November 16th to showcase our donation drive and get the news out to our community. Over $4,000 was donated! Many families were able to enjoy a warm Thanksgiving meal thanks to all of the generous donations that were collected. We can’t express how grateful we are for our community, fellow agencies and programs that have collaborated with us during this time.

Annual Toy & Gift Card Donation Drive 2020
This Holiday season, the SUSD Police Department is asking for donations of unwrapped toys and gift cards to give to the children in need who are not with their families during this time. All donations will be collected at the Stockton Unified School District Police Department (640 N. San Joaquin St.) and distributed at the Mary Graham Children’s Shelter and Foundation.

All items that are donated must be new and in the original package. No glass, aerosols, razors, alcohol based items, or open food items will be accepted at this time. Due to COVID-19, blankets and stuffed animals will not be able to be collected this holiday season. For additional information, please contact Detective Angie Andrews at arandrews@stocktonusd.net or Sgt. Jesse Smith at jessesmith@stocktonusd.net.
SUSD School Counselors
School Counselors are site-based mental health professionals that are the first line of support for students, families, and staff providing intentional services in a Multi-Tiered and Multi Domain approach focusing on the following domains: Social Emotional Learning, Academics, and College and Career Readiness. All SUSD sites are fortunate to have at least one full-time School Counselor. School Counseling services are outlined in the LCAP and include some of the following services:
  • Character trait for the Month of November: Tolerance. What is Tolerance? Tolerance is accepting the diverse and differing views of other people. You can teach your children tolerance by being respectful towards others. Demonstrate empathy and compassion through your words and actions. Treat others the way you want to be treated. We are proud to present: Tolerance Video 
  • Each month we highlight our services that are being provided. November School Counselor Monthly Update 
  • Xello Information: Xello helps every student, regardless of background, ability, or pathway, understand their future academic and career possibilities. Students discover relevant college, university, trade, and career options based on their personality, skills, and knowledge. They start students on their future-readiness journey as early as kindergarten.
  • Race to Complete Workshops are SUSD's initiative to support our students and families to apply for financial aid and to help change and build the climate and culture for college affordability. We want all of our seniors to apply for financial aid! We want all of our students to have as many options as possible after high school. We recently had our Lunch and Learn Secrets on Financial Aid Workshop. Be on the lookout for our next Financial Aid Workshop on December 16th.
  • PLUS Information: PLUS Student Leaders focus on school climate and culture, student leadership and engagement, youth voice and social emotional development, as well as school-wide prevention activities. Recently PLUS had a student forum at Chavez high school to discuss School Climate Survey Data. Over 1500 staff and students participated. 
  • School Counselors continue to provide classroom lessons that focus on: Social Emotional (including stress management, bullying, and coping skills); Academic (including study skills and time management); College/Career (including career exploration, college entrance requirements, and financial literacy).

As parents we are not given a manual on how to parent, but we all want the same thing for our children to be safe, healthy, happy and to do better than we ever did. During these challenging times we are all adjusting at a moment's notice. What we can control is how we express our love and support to our children. Right now is the time to talk to your kids and ask them how they are feeling. Help them rediscover to laugh and be joyful. Tell a joke, share a funny video or just dance with them. It's the little things as parents that can make all the difference and can continue to provide positive memories during these trying times. Know that as your school counselors we are here to support our students and our families. Thank you for what you are doing to support our kiddos at home. We appreciate all of our hard working parents because we know being a parent is a 24 hour job.
Take the 2021-2022 LCAP Survey Today!
Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) is in the process of developing the Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) for 2021-2022. This survey provides opportunities for our 3rd-12th grade students, SUSD staff, parents, guardians, families, and community members to share feedback and ideas that are used in the LCAP development process. We value your feedback and voice and appreciate your time in completing this survey. The window to complete the LCAP survey is from October 26th, 2020 to February 5th, 2021. Thank you for completing the LCAP survey.

Visit www.stocktonusd.net/2021LCAP to take the survey!
FREE COVID-19 Testing
SUSD has partnered with HR Support Pros Inc. to host FREE COVID-19 walk-up & drive-thru testing, avaialble every Monday through Saturday from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. This is available to all community members. We encourage all to come and get tested as we strive to achieve yellow status which indicates “minimal” spread of the virus.

Appointments are recommended, but not required. Learn more and make your appointment online at hrsupportpros.com/covid-19-testing-sites-1.

**Participants must bring their Government-issued ID Card to be tested.**

COVID-19 testing will be at the following locations:

  • Chavez High School (2929 Windflower Lane)
  • Edison High School (100 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd)
  • Franklin High School (300 N. Gertrude Ave)
  • Stagg High School (1621 Brookside Rd.)
  • Hong Kingston Elementary (6324 Alturas Ave.)
  • El Dorado Elementary (1540 N. Lincoln St.)
  • Monroe Elementary (2236 E. Eleventh St.)
  • King Elementary (2640 E. Lafayette St.)
  • San Joaquin Elementary (2020 S. Fresno Ave.)

For question, please contact HR Support, Inc. at covidresults@hrsupportpros.com or 510-363-0051.
SUSD Talks Event on December 3
We encourage our stakeholders to join Interim Superintendent Biedermann and Team. This time is for our community to ask questions, discover resources, offer ideas, speak your truth around distance learning, and the return to in-person learning.

Register online for this Zoom meeting at www.stocktonusd.net/SUSDTalks or tune in via Facebook LIVE on the Stockton Unified Facebook page. Live Spanish translation will be available for those who participate via Zoom.
Career Readiness Week 2021
February is recognized across the country as Career and Technical Education Month, or CTE Month. This month is used to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievement and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.  Career Technical Education is crucial element in meeting our districts goal of graduating every student college, career, and community ready.

In recognition of CTE Month in February, SUSD will launch its Career Readiness Week February 9-12, 2021. This campaign will allow all SUSD Kindergarten-12th grade student to learn about different career opportunities and how to go about pursuing those careers. Students will utilize Xello, an online college and career readiness software that allows students to discover and explore the careers best suited for them based on their interests and skill sets. Along with career exploration, Xello provides students with activities and lessons on career centric traits and skills such as resume building, interviewing, and lifestyle considerations that allow students to further develop their employability and plan for how to achieve their career goals.

All students in SUSD have access to Xello through with their google sign on, and different lessons and activities are assigned for each grade level. Feel free to explore this wonderful resource at https://xello.world/en/.
PLUS Youth Speak Events
The PLUS Program in SUSD works to create positive school climates, safe learning environments, and increased opportunities for youth voice. In November, the Chavez High School PLUS team held their first Virtual Youth Speak Event for over 1500 of their students and staff. They assembled a diverse student panel to discuss school climate survey results related to School Safety, Equity, and Mental Health. This panel offered insight and solutions to improve areas of concern. Youth voice is very important in our district and we look forward to continuing these Youth Speak panels across our district this school year. Edison, Stagg and Franklin have already scheduled their Youth Speak panel to be held before winter break.
Special Education Resources for Families
Macaroni Kid publishes weekly, hyper-local e-newsletters and websites featuring events, activities, products and places for moms, kids and families. We host local events and parties and connect with our communities via our rich and extensive social media channels. Each community is managed by a local Publisher Mom or dad. They are the go-to parents in their communities and connect both online and off. They know their local communities and their local communities know them.

FRN serves families raising children, ages birth to 22 years, with special needs. Our service area includes Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne Counties of California. There are no income limits or eligibility requirements. FRN serves families whose children have any type of special need, medical diagnosis, or learning difference. FRN also serves professionals who work with special needs children.

We serve children and adults with developmental disabilities in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. Free diagnosis and assessment services are available to any person suspected of having a developmental disability, such as intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or autism. To qualify for ongoing support and services, a person must be found to have a developmental disability which began before the age of 18 and is a substantial handicap.

Other Resources
Have You Signed Up For Our GreatSchools.org
Grade-by-Grade Newsletter?
GreatSchools.org and Stockton Unified School District have partner to equitably serve more than 40,000 students amid pandemic. The new partnership will deliver grade-based newsletters to parents, helping build community and support student success in kindergarten through high school graduation.

As schools across the country start off the year with remote instruction, in-person learning, or both, school districts have an even greater need to safely build stronger communities and equitable outcomes for all students. In their most recent annual survey of 3,264 parents receiving GreatSchools.org’s grade-based newsletters, 94% reported that the newsletters helped them understand and support their child’s learning, 87% reported that the newsletters supported them during school closures, 84% of parents reported that the newsletters helped them to feel more confident communicating with the teacher, and 64% reported that their child is doing better in school academically, socially and/or emotionally, or both, since they began reading the newsletters.

Upcoming Events
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Photo Galleries
Rio Calaveras Drive Thru Ceremony
Congratulations to the students who were awarded at the Rio Calaveras Drive-Thru Ceremony!

SUSD Friendsgiving Feast
Thanks to our community, our SUSD Police Department was able to raise $4,000 for this year's Friendsgiving Feast!

Monroe Trunk or Treat
Monroe Elementary students had a blast at their Trunk or Treat event!

Walton Distributes Distance Learning Packets
Our staff really enjoyed seeing student faces during their distance learning packet pickup!

Submit your stories for the next SUSD Connects!
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Stockton, CA 95202
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