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June 5 2019
SUSD Books of the Month
Children's book:
The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him -- short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.
Intermediate grades:
The Front Desk by Kelly Lang
Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.

Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed.

Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language?

It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?
Middle/High School:
Made in America: My Story by Sam Walton
Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world.  The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch.  Here, finally, inimitable words.  Genuinely modest, but always sure if his ambitions and achievements.  Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style. 

In a story rich with anecdotes and the "rules of the road" of both Main Street and Wall Street, Sam Walton chronicles the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream.
Congratulations to our 2019 SUSD Graduates
Congratulations to the Stockton Unified School District graduating class of 2019! More than 2,300 students received their diplomas from SUSD schools this year. We are so proud of our graduates, who are bound for colleges, universities, trade schools, military branches, and work. Photos from each graduation ceremony are linked below and free for download.

(Photos provided by the SUSD Community Relations Department)

Rio Calaveras Teams Win Gold in U.S. Academic Pentathlon
Our Otters have done it, again! Congratulations to our Rio Calaveras Elementary Pentathlon teams, the 7th AND 8th grade National Academic Pentathlon Champions for the third consecutive year!

Twenty-three Rio Calaveras students and their coach Jennifer Duren traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to compete in the sixth annual United States Academic Pentathlon Nationals on May 17. This year’s theme was, “The 1960s: A Transformational Decade.” With overall scores of 20,505 (7th grade) and 21,298 (8th grade), our students once again demonstrated their ability to work hard as individuals and as a team.

Coach Duren and her teams began studying for the competition in August. Duren enriched her students’ studies of the 1960s with a field trip to San Francisco to visit the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, the Exploratorium for a laser demonstration, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Duren also held an 18-hour ‘Study-A-Thon’ to raise funds for their trips. The team met every Saturday this spring to study together. Duren says that the secret to their success is to keep it fun.

Congratulations to our outstanding students and their Coach Jennifer Duren, who led both teams to another stunning victory.

Free Summer Meals Available
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Stockton Unified School District’s Child Nutrition/Food Services Department provides free meals to children during the summer.

This summer, meals will be served at different locations on Monday through Friday. There are no income requirements or registration. Anyone age 18 or younger may come to eat.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like Stockton Unified School District to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. For more information, call our office at (209) 933-7015 or visit the Child Nutrition/Food Services website at  http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1304101820446495 .
Mobile Food Banks
Stockton Unified has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank, Starbucks and United Way to provide mobile food banks at several of our schools over the summer. We will be serving 30 plus pounds of free food to first 200 families in need. "If people are food insecure they struggle to be productive at work, kids struggle to do well in school," Dr. Deasy conveyed. "So if we can make sure that all of our communities are fed, our economy and our community will greatly benefit." We encourage our families in the surrounding areas to join us. Please see the summer times and locations listed below. Please bring bags or a cart. 

  • Harrison School - June 6th and June 19th 12:30PM -1:30PM distribution.
  • Pittman School – June 11th and June 28th 12:30PM - 1:30PM distribution.
  • Hamilton School – June 13th and July 1st 1PM-2PM distribution- July 25th 12:30PM-1:30 distribution
  • Hoover School – June 20th and July 2nd 12:30PM – 1:30PM distribution
  • Franklin School - July 9th 11AM-12 Noon distribution
  • Chavez School – July 11th 3PM-4PM distribution
SUSD PD Launches a “Little Free Library” Neighborhood Book Exchange
By: SUSD Police Department
On May 21, 2019, The Stockton Unified School District Police Department (SUSD PD) launched its very own Little Free Library. 

It was a typical morning; the lobby was packed with adults waiting to get fingerprinted, while a few young children anxiously paced the room. As Chris Vaughns, the department’s Sr. Crime Analyst passed the lobby he couldn’t help but notice the anxious guests. After exploring ideas, Chris decided to start a Little Free Library at the SUSD PD. His goal is to have free books available for all students and surrounding community, and most importantly, a safe place to read.
 
Thanks to Edison HS students’ creativity and workmanship, now sits a beautiful library storage bench in the lobby which they donated to the SUSD Police Department.
 
Thanks to Barnes & Noble, the bench was immediately filled with books for all age groups.
10 Cool Things To Do with Your Child Over the Summer
  1. Play mini-golf — or set up a course in your driveway by laying different size containers on their sides.
  2. Stage your own Summer Olympics with races, hurdles, and relays.
  3. Let kids brainstorm creative things to do with a boring brown paper bag — you'll be surprised at how many things you can come up with.
  4. Visit the Haggin Museum
  5. Check out the activities at our local Stockton Libraries
  6. Make a giant slip-n-slide with a painter's tarp and shaving cream.
  7. Check out a Stockton Ports Game and teach your kids how to keep score!
  8. Visit a retirement home and read stories to residents.
  9. Make your own hard-to-pop bubbles with 1 cup of distilled water, 2 tablespoons of dish soap and 1 tablespoon of glycerin.
  10. Assemble a family cookbook with all your favorite recipes.
Upcoming Events
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Photo Galleries
Solar Panel Ribbon Cutting at King Elementary

SUSD unveiled the completion of our latest round of solar projects with ForeFront Power, a leading renewable energy provider for schools in California. In total, we’ve added solar parking canopies to 10 more campuses, bringing our new total to 32 sites! The 10 new solar projects, totaling 1.8 MW, are expected to produce approximately 2.68 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean electricity annually for our schools, offsetting 83 percent of our annual energy consumption with over 38,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over the next 20 years! Thank you to King Elementary for hosting our green ribbon cutting

SUSD Digital Communications Interns

Congratulations to our first SUSD Digital Communications Interns for completing their internship! These rock stars spent their spring impressing our Community Relations Department with their knowledge and skills in photography, journalism and video production. Maria, Rogelio, and David- thank you for all of your hard work! We wish you the absolute best as you continue on to college!
35th Annual Parent Volunteer Reception

Our 35th Annual Parent Volunteer Reception was absolutely incredible. We want to thank each and every individual that helped coordinate this memorable event.

Skills USA National Signing Day

Congratulations to the 17 SUSD students who pledged to attend various trade programs at our SkillsUSA National Signing Day ceremony! 

12 Books in 12 Weeks Challenge Drawing

Congratulations to Moses in Mrs. Jaime's first grade class at King Elementary School! His name was drawn in our 12 Books in 12 Weeks drawing, so Superintendent Deasy brought him a pair of Beats headphones today! The rest of the class received rechargeable book lights to make sure they can read at any time of day. Great work!
Public Safety Academy Obstacle Course

Our PSA cadets had a blast in their second annual obstacle course race! Students were divided into four "Houses" (like Harry Potter) to compete for the House Cup. The course included pulling a SWAT vehicle for a short distance, hopping over a fence, a burpee station, and more. Students raced to have the quickest finish time.

Students and staff were joined by a some PSA partners, including the Stockton Unified School District Police Department, the Stockton Police Department SWAT team, and the San Joaquin County Sheriffs Department. Great work to all of our students and thank you to all who organized this extremely fun event!

August Elementary Presents "The Golden Ticket"

August Elementary theater students were absolutely incredible in their performance of "The Golden Ticket" today! Everything from the intricate set design to the engaging actors helped attendees step into a world of 'pure imagination'. Bravo and great work to our August students and staff! 

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