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March 5, 2020
SUSD Books of the Month
Children's Book:
My Papi Has a Motorcycle
A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she’s always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there.

With vivid illustrations and text bursting with heart, My Papi Has a Motorcycle is a young girl’s love letter to her hardworking dad and to memories of home that we hold close in the midst of change.
The New Kid

A graphic novel and winner of the 2020 Newberry Medal.

Jordan Banks' true love is art, and he'd love to be starting seventh grade at an art school, but his parents have a different idea. They've enrolled him in Riverdale Academy Day School, an exclusive, mostly white private school where Jordan is one of the few students of color.
Young Adult:
Hidden Figures

Katherine Goble (later, Johnson) who recently passed away on February 24, 2020., ever-confident in her mathematical ability and intellect, told her bosses at Langley, “Tell me where you want the man to land, and I’ll tell you where to send him up.” The man in question: an astronaut; the context: the space race that overtook the imagination of a generation; some of the main players who helped achieve some of NASA’s greatest achievements: a group of African American women mathematicians.

With rich historical detail and keen understanding, Shetterly brings alive the struggles of these four women—at turns spunky, intelligent, determined, and patriotic—whose work forever changed the face of the space agency, and the country. 
2020 Rotary Read In

On February 27th, hundreds of members of our local Rotarys and the community (even a duck!) participated in the 2020 Stockton Rotary Read In.

Participants visited every single K-3 grade classroom in our district to share the joy of reading by reading. The district appreciates all your support to help the students of Stockton succeed. Thanks also for the generous gifts of beautiful children’s books for our libraries and classrooms!

How Can You Help Your Child Prepare for Standardized Tests?
Each year, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).
This year, your child will take the following test(s), depending on their grade level:
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven
  • California Science Test (CAST) in grades five and eight and once in high school
  • The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the CAST are online tests that measure what your student knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support needed to be successful in school.

You are an important part of your child’s education. To help your child get ready for the test you can:
  • Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.
  • Tell your child that you and their teacher have high expectations and are both there to help, every step of the way.
  • Take a practice test with your child.
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.

To learn more about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp .

You also can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal at http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html .
Census 2020
The census is a count of all people living in the U.S. and takes place every 10 years. It is simple and confidential to complete. For the first time, you can respond online. You will receive a unique identifying number in the mail, which will allow you to fill out the online form beginning in March 2020.   It will ask questions about your household such as how many people reside in your home, date of birth, race, and sex. Here are some things you should know:

Your identity remains anonymous. Any personal information you provide on the census form is protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone or any other federal agency. Regardless of your immigration status, the information cannot be used against you or to invade the privacy of you or any members of your family.  

The Census is important.  The Census is important because it helps to decide how much federal money our schools will get over the next ten years, and how much money our state will get for our parks, neighborhood improvements, public health, transportation, and many other programs and services.

The Census is safe. All the data collected through the census is protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Records are confidential for 72 years by law. All U.S. Census Bureau employees swear a lifetime oath to protect respondent information. The U.S. Census will never share a respondent’s personal information with other government agencies. Data is only released in summary tables; no individual records are released. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000. 

What do you need to do? Complete the short and easy form online. If you don’t have a computer at home, you can use one at a library or at a location in your community clearly identified Census Questionnaire Assistance Center. 

Your kids count, so make sure to count them when you fill out the census form in Spring 2020!  
2020 Census Week
Starting Smarter
PTA's Guide to Parent Teacher Conferences
According to the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), when parents and teachers work together as a team, children do better in school. The parent-teacher conference is an ideal time to get the partnership started. Use the formal teacher-parent conference for a focused, two-way conversation.

  • Ask questions about grade level learning goals and your child’s progress.
  • Discuss any standardized test scores you have received: » Are they consistent with the strengths and weaknesses the teacher sees in your child’s performance? » How will the teacher use them to guide instruction for your child? » What can you do to help your child be successful?
  • Tell the teacher more about your child so they can do the best job possible.
  • If your child is having difficulties in class (either academic or behavioral) discuss them constructively and agree together on an action plan. Some frequently asked questions about conferences

Q. What are some specific questions I should ask during the conference?

A. Questions you ask during the conference can help you express your hopes and concerns for your student. It’s a good idea to make a list and ask the most important
questions first, in case time runs out. Here are a few examples of questions you could use.

  • How are you measuring my child’s progress? Through tests? Portfolios? Class participation? Projects?
  • What subject does my student like most? Least?
  • What can I do to help my child with subjects he finds difficult?
  • Is my child trying as hard as he can?
  • Does my child participate in class discussions and activities?
  • Is my child in different classes or groups for different subjects? Which ones? How are the groups determined?
  • How well does my child get along with others?
  • Have you noticed changes in the way my child acts? For example, have you noticed squinting, tiredness, or moodiness that might be a sign of physical or other problems?
  • What kinds of tests do you give? What do the tests show about my child’s progress? How does my child handle taking tests?

Q. What if our school doesn’t schedule parent-teacher conferences?

A. Whether your child is in elementary, middle, or secondary school, parent-teacher conferences are important. If your school does not schedule regular conferences, you can request them. To set up an appointment, make a phone call or e-mail a quick note to the teacher and let him or her know you’d like to meet.

Q. What if the teacher says my child is having a problem at school or there is something I’m concerned about?

A. Parent-teacher conferences are a good time to discuss any difficulties (either academic or behavioral) a child might be having at school. If problems arise, you will want to avoid angry or apologetic reactions. If you are concerned about something your child has told you or something you’ve heard, state the concern without assigning blame and ask the teacher to explain. If the teacher raises an issue, ask for examples. Ask what is being done about the problem and what strategies seem to help at school. If your student needs help with a behavioral or academic issue, you and the teacher should agree on specific plans—that you both will work on—to help your child do better. Set up a way to check on your child’s progress at school and at home via phone calls, notes, or additional meetings. Keep the conversation going.

  • Starting with the parent-teacher conference, take time to establish and build rapport by, for example: » When you meet, complimenting something the teacher does well. » After the conference or other meetings, sending a quick thank you.
  • Be sure the teacher knows the best way to reach you.
  • Find out how the teacher prefers to be contacted by parents (email, text, voicemail).
  • Continue to keep in touch with the teacher throughout the school year. When a child knows parents and teachers are regularly working together, the child will see that education is a high priority, it requires commitment and effort, and that folks both at home and at school have the same expectations.
Upcoming Events
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Bush Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss Day where students wore Dr. Seuss themed hats, participated in field day activities, and outdoor reading
Thank you very much to 
California Governor   Gavin Newsom Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman , and Mayor  Michael Tubbs  for visiting McKinley Elementary School today to celebrate "Read Across America" Day! Our students very much enjoyed reading "Rainbow Fish" with you and discussing one of their favorite books, "No, David!" 

Merlo Institute had a ribbon cutting ceremony for their brand new Healing Center.
Thank you to Madison Elementary School's new choir group for performing, "Lift Every Voice and Sing” at the African American Black Parent Advisory Committee (AABPAC) meeting yesterday! They performed it again today for the entire student body at Madison Elementary School. Great work! 
Dozens of SUSD students attended the Stockton Kings Education Day event and they had a blast!

We’re excited to share that Henry Phillips, Principal of Tyler Elementary, was approved by the Board to become principal of our newest school, Flora Arca Mata Elementary School! Mr. Phillips entered the new classroom building for the first time yesterday. We look forward to the school’s opening!

Special Olympics Hockey Tournament .
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