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Nov. 2, 2016
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Nov. 5
Father's and Floats; 9am - 10:30am at Home Depot,  3818 E Hammer Lane. Click here to register online.
Nov. 8
Election Day- don't forget to vote!
Nov. 11
Veteran's Day - No school
Nov. 18
Nov. 21-25
Schools closed for Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 30
Homework & Study Skills Parent Engagement Training; 5pm - 6:15pm at Weber Institute. Click here to register online.
PARENT  TIP
Get organized for school success
In order for your child to succeed in school, they need to get and stay organized. Without being organized, your child may lose materials, forget what they're supposed to do, or even forget to turn in their homework! Encourage your child to:

- Create a "day at a glance." Help your child make a schedule of their classes and activities in school. Have them tape it to the inside cover of their binder. If they have science on Tuesday, they'll know to pack their science book that day.

Maintain an assignment log. In a special notebook or calendar, have your child write down the subject, details and due date for each assignment.

-   Make daily to-do lists. After school, your child should write down everything they have to do before bedtime, including assignments and chores. Encourage your child to check off each task as it is completed.

Use a different color for each subject. For example, your child can use a blue notebook for English and cover their social studies textbook in green paper. This way, he/she will be able to find what's needed at school quickly.

Set up a special place where he/she will put information for you. If your child has a designated place to put a permission slip or a flier about the upcoming book fair, it's much more likely that you will see it-rather than having to search through his backpack.
PHOTO GALLERIES
Unity Day 2016


Stockton Unified schools took a stand against bullying by celebrating Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month. To participate in Unity Day, faculty, staff, and students wore orange to show support for students who have been bullied.

Red Ribbon Week at El Dorado Elementary



Students and staff at El Dorado Elementary went all out for their Red Ribbon Week celebrations with  a door contest, fun run and the different Spirit Days, including pajama day, jersey day, unity day, mix-n-match day and superhero day!

King Elementary Holds Fun Run



The King Elementary School PTO hosted a Fun Run for students this week! Students K-5th grade paraded around the playground while 6th-8th graders enjoyed a special color run just for them! Students finished with colorful faces and clothing. 

SUSD Police Hold Halloween Open House

More than 200 students and families visited the Stockton Unified Police Department's annual Fall Open House last week. The students were treated to tours of the department, including the mobile emergency unit, visits with the officers and Halloween candy - as well as some healthy fruit and juice.

Young people and old dressed in terrific costumes and lined up for the Police Car Trunk-Or-Treat and watched with glee as both of the department's search dogs, Luke and Yoda, performed real searches with Officers Curtis Jue and Bobby Page.

The event was Luke's first public event. The English Springer Spaniel came to the department over the summer to join Yoda on the team.

The department holds at least two open houses a year as a way of bring the community, families and officers together. The numbers of guests have grown with every event - with the candy nearly running out last week. A number of parents said this was their favorite Halloween party because it was so safe for the children and the crowds were smaller.

"We are part of the school community and it is important that we invite our families to meet and interact with us," said Chief Bryon Gustafson. "This kind of event encourages trust and understanding. We have a great time together and we have been very pleased with the participation and engagement."

Joining this year's party was the newly opened Stockton Public Safety Academy, SUSD's new 5th through 8th grade program with a career pathway to law enforcement, fire protection, emergency responder and other public safety careers.

Among this year's top costumes, a fire truck, brother and sister police officers, a number of beautiful princesses, a paletero (the ice cream vendors), Nacho Libre, and Batman. Go to photos to see more.
 

View photos from the Open House >
2nd Annual TruHope Summit
SUSD held its second annual TRU HOPE summit and career day Friday with 3,000 7th through 12 graders from 35 SUSD schools filling the Stockton Arena to get inspired about their futures; they learned how to set goals and then what to do to achieve them.

The second annual districtwide career day included a wild performance by the Tru Hope team of gymnasts and freerunners whose feats on the elevated parkours thrilled the crowd. Jeremy Bates, director of Tru Hope, urged the student to "invest in today like what you learn will be the key to happiness in life...because it just might be."

The troupe's storytelling of overcoming obstacles and their incredible performances were designed to inspire the students to use their real life experiences to propel them towards success. "We do these things in the hopes we will inspire you to do the same...to become the best version of yourself," Bates said, describing his own nearly intolerable childhood.

This year the districtwide career fair included 70 different vendors, including teams of college advisors from the California State University system, the University of the Pacific, San Joaquin Delta Community College, and a number of private colleges.

Additionally, dozens of employers were present, including San Joaquin County Health Services, the county sheriff's office, Central State Credit Union, Health Plan of San Joaquin, the Stockton Chamber of Commerce and the trades. Thank you to the sponsors for this year's career event: SJCOE, UOP, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, United Way, AT&T, the Port of Stockton, Delta Community College, First Baptist Church, Health Plan, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of Stockton, Farmington Fresh, the  Emergency Food Bank, California Water Service, union Bank, Togos, and United Education Institution.

View photos of the TruHope Summit >
Stagg Singers Join County Choir
Congratulations to Stagg choir members Joshua Hughes, Gavin Altheide, Kristina Perra and Alex Qualls who have been accepted to the 2017 San Joaquin County Honor Choir. The students had to complete auditions for the choir and were chosen from hundreds of high school candidates from all over San Joaquin County.

Qualls, a senior, has been selected for the special choir all four years of high school. The San Joaquin County Honors Choir Concert, which will include the Honor Choir,  Honor Band and Honor Orchestra, will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. The event is planned for the Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta College. The annual event features the best high school musicians in the county. Make plans to attend!

SUSD Mariachis Perform at Downtown Transit Center Fall Festival
Dozens of award-winning SUSD mariachi players performed for the community at the San Joaquin Regional Transit Center annual Fall Festival. Among the groups were "Mariachi Caballos de Madison" from Madison Elementary, "Los Toritos" from Fremont Elementary, "Sangre de Oro" from Edison High and "Chavez Mariachi" from Chavez High. For the first time this school year, all four mariachi groups performed together in public.

Each group also played a 15 minute set for the families at the festival. Joining the Edison and Chavez mariachi bands was Mel Sugitan, the Edison mariachi teacher and recent addition to the Edison Hall of Fame. Great job to our young musicians and their teachers!

Click to watch our SUSD Facebook video of Edison High School performing live at the SJRTC Fall Festival >

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SUSD SPOTLIGHTS
SUSD Wins in the Record's 'Best of San Joaquin'

Congratulations to SUSD's Health Careers Academy on being chosen as 2nd Best Public School in the county! We're happy to also announce that Stockton Unified was chosen as 3rd Best School District in San Joaquin County!

Veterans Celebrated at Kennedy Elementary

A very special assembly was held at Kennedy Elementary to honor local men and women who have served our country. More than fifteen veterans joined the K-8th graders in the cafeteria, where they were met with loud cheers and claps.

The visiting veterans gave students a short demonstration on how to properly fold the American Flag and the significance of the 13 folds. This event was arranged by first grade teacher  Stephanie Marchant, who has done this event for her classes for over 20 years.

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