March 6, 2018
Feb. 26 - Mar. 9
Mar. 10
Mar. 14
Mar. 26 - Apr. 2
Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
2018 LCAP Survey Ends March 15
March 15 is the last day to take our 2018 LCAP survey.

Remember, we are seeking stakeholder and community input on our efforts to improve achievement for low income, English learner and foster youth students. The results will be included in our final report and recommendations for 2018 LCAP funding.

Take the survey today:

Thank you.
Seniors: It is time to begin applying for free college money! Visit the SUSD College & Scholarship Resources webpage  to find a list of wonderful resources and scholarships that will help cover the cost of your education. 
Motivate Your Child to Read
The Reading is Fundamental program asked kids what encouraged them to read. Based on their answers, here are some ideas for you and your family:
  • Let your child pick out books. "I got to pick any book, and if I picked it, I would read it," said one boy.
  • Set goals, enter reading contests at the library or offer other rewards for reading. One mom adds a new circle section to a long paper "reading caterpillar" on a hallway wall for each book her child reads.
  • Let your child see you reading. "If kids see parents watching a lot of electronics, kids will want to turn on the television, too," says one child. The same is true for books.
  • Make reading fun by offering snacks and making the story come alive. One mom uses different voices when reading stories and pops popcorn.
  • Consider notes and letters part of reading. One young boy remembers his mom's impromptu morning notes as the most rewarding reading.
- Provided by the Parent Institute 2018
Rotary Read In

Hundreds of volunteers participated in the annual Rotary Read-In this year! Our students enjoyed hearing your wonderful stories and adding your book donations to their class library.  Thank the Rotary Clubs of Stockton for organizing this fun event!
Peyton 8th Graders Skype Holocaust Survivor

Peyton 8th graders were enthralled by the life story of Holocaust survivor Anne Marie Yellin during their Skype session last week. After telling students about her journey from Germany to Belgium and her experience during The Night of Broken Glass, Yellin showed the yellow Star of David that she and all Jews were forced to wear-- the one item she did not donate to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

'No One Eats Alone' Day in SUSD

Students at SUSD schools launched a special program this week aimed at making all students feel included and valued. The program, No One Eats Alone, is sponsored by Health Net as a way to focus on student engagement and prevent isolation in schools.

No One Eats Alone includes classroom activities and discussions centered around inclusion. The program, started this week at San Joaquin, Taft and Hamilton elementary schools, culminates with a lunch where, of course, students practice making sure no one eats alone.

Stockton Unified Skills Teams Compete

SkillsUSA teams from SUSD high schools and even an elementary school participated in the Region 5 competition at Delta College last week in order to qualify for advancement to the state competition. Most are expected to move to the next level of competition. The results should be out this week.

Weber Institute's chapter officer team provided this year's flawless opening ceremony and they will be advancing to the state competition.  Also, Weber sent 66 students who competed in 11 different CTE events. Joining Weber students were SkillsUSA teams from Franklin, Stagg, Chavez, Edison and Merlo High Schools and, bringing the largest team of students: Henry  Elementary School.

Among the competitions were medical terminology, the health knowledge bowl, nurse assisting, mobile robotics, engineering and video game development, web design and automotive technology. In addition the students competed in leadership events, including job interviews, promotional bulletin boards, prepared speech, and Quiz Bowl.

Congratulations to our SkillsUSA teams and good luck at state!!
Let's Give a Dress for Prom or a Suit for Success
It's nearly prom and time to make sure all of SUSD's students have the right dress and accessories. Once again, the district is collecting donated prom dresses for the annual dance. SUSD Board Member Kathy Garcia will collect the dresses or you can deliver them to Health Careers Academy, 931 E. Magnolia Street in University Park.

HCA is accepting dresses, prom skirts, shoes and accessories. Students from area high schools will be invited to check out the dresses and choose theirs. New this year:  Edison High School and Trustees Garcia and Andrea Burrise are accepting business attire and suits for students. This is the time when many students are in interviews for college, internships or jobs and they need to be dressed appropriately.

Please go through your closets for dresses or suits, men's or women's, that you could contribute. Suits can be delivered to Edison High School or HCA. If you need clothing picked up call Trustee Kathy Garcia at 662-4161 to have them picked up. Students can arrange to make their selections at HCA.

SUSD thanks all of you who have so generously contributed your beautiful dresses for high school prom over the years. This hugely successful program insures everyone has a dress she loves for high school's biggest dance. And thank you for the dozens of great looking suits collected so far.

Mary Jo Cowan Receives Susan B. Anthony Award
Longtime SUSD Health Services Director Mary Jo Cowan received the  Susan B. Anthony award for her outstanding work overseeing nursing services for Stockton Unified's 40,000 students.

Cowan started her nursing career at St. Joseph's Medical Center and moved to  Stockton Unified in 1997. Cowan took lead creating school based health centers, a district-wide dental program  for all SUSD students, and the huge restructuring of district TB and CPR programs. Over the past few years she has promoted a strong flu program aimed at providing students, staff and families with flu vaccine.

"She is an honest communicator, a visible leader, and a relationship builder who wins confidence and inspires others to do the same," read her nomination letter.  "She leads by an example of true professionalism."

Congratulations Mary Jo Cowan in this prestigious and well deserved award! 

Congratulations SECA, PLA,
and Merlo for Mock Trial Performances
Great work by the SECA, Pacific Law Academy and Merlo Mock Trial teams, who participated in this year's San Joaquin County competition and wound up with some top performances during a series of trial enactments before members of the county judiciary.

SECA, which came in third overall in last week's trial competitions, featured seven students who won the top prize for their roles. Among them: Tehreem Khan, top pre-trial attorney, Roopa Kaur, top detective; Luna Miranda, top medical expert; Jesse Ramirez, top Morgan Bonderman; Celina Hui, top court clerk, Gabrielle Hattori, top defense medical expert and Giancarlo Mansilla, top bailiff.

Rounding out the SECA team were Gabrial Cortez, Khali Drake, Jasmin Luz, Enrique Manon, Theron Mansilla, Julisa Martinez, Yassmin Ortega, Modupe Osikomaiya, and Jessica Rodriguez. Congratulations team and coaches Russell Lewis and Ryan Pinkham!

And congratulations to the Pacific Law Academy Team: Maria Marquez, Carrey Crawford, Victoria Osborn, Jennifer Diaz, Rogelio Ornelas, Neftaly Ruvalgaba, Caterina Miguel, Zhong Cai, Joshua Lewis, Nicole Hazel, Andrea Tapia, Liliana Leon, Constantino Lee, Monica Hernandez, Thomas Jones, Elsa Rodriguez, Karla Ramirez and coach, Kareem Ali.

This year Merlo also fielded a team coached by SUSD Trustee Andrea Burrise and William Xenos. Team members included: Patricia Barriga Antonio, Giselle Gallegos, Yosi Gonzales, Graciela Gonzales, Guadalupe Guerra, Bradley Martinez, Darrian Martinez, Isaiah Martinez, Guadalupe Oregel, Maria Palomares, Jose Palomares, Alberto Pantoja, Fatima Perez, and Rosendo Sanchez.

The 2018 Mock Trial centered on a first degree murder case and includes arguments on search under the Fourth Amendment. Sitting San Joaquin County judges presided over the week-long competitions and attorneys judged student performances. Besides the top prizes, individuals won awards for performances. Congratulations students and coaches on a stunning mock trial season!
Congratulations Ward Andrus!
Assistant Superintendent Ward Andrus has been named a Project Lead the Way California Educational Leader of the Year. The nonprofit PLTW provides a transformative learning experience for K-16 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science.

PLTW recognized Andrus at a meeting of 1,000 PLTW participants from across the state.

"We are grateful to our educators for their commitment to inspiring and empowering their students with the knowledge and transportable skills needed to thrive in our rapidly changing economy," said Vince Bertram, PLTW President and CEO. "As PLTW California Educational Leader of the year Ward Andrus is a model PLTW educational leader."

Added Andrus: "This is not just about science, technology, engineering and Math. This is about changing our region's labor market with STEM-ready individuals."

Congratulations to Ward Andrus and all of SUSD's successful PLTW STEM project future engineers!

Ping Pong and Drone Races
Scheduled for April

Pittman School hosts SUSD's first Drone race championships on Saturday April 14 starting at 8:30 a.m. for check-in. Competitors will receive a free lunch and water.

Students will compete according to grade level, K-12, and a staff competition is planned as well. Winners must complete an obstacle course in the shortest amount of time and everyone gets three trys. The event is free.

Pittman hosts its annual Ping Pong tournament on March 10 starting at 8:30 a.m. The divisions will be by grade level, k-12 and there will be a staff competition. The game is double elimination and lunch will be provided.

These events are open to students from other schools. For more, contact Savan Prak at 933-7496.
Upcoming Parent Training Events

By: SUSD Parent/Community Empowerment Department


In the R.A.D. classes, parents learn how to: ( For parents of high school students )

  • Help your teen with schoolwork at home.
  • Motivate your teen.
  • Build your teen's reading skills.
  • Work as partners with teachers, the principal and other school staff.
  • Make a plan to help your teen succeed academically.
Registration is required to attend/Space is limited!

Please register by March 22, 2018 
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2, 2018 

Register here  or by phone (209) 933-7470 ext. 2228


In the Reading for Success training, parents will:
  • Learn the importance of building reading skills for lifelong learning and success.
  • Learn how to encourage a love of reading.
  • Learn ways to boost your child's literacy skills.
Registration is required to attend/Space is limited!

Please register by March 5, 2018 
Time : 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Date : Friday, March 9, 2018  

Register here  or by phone: Stephanie Zulueta (209) 933-7470 ext. 2228


Be an EPIC Parent

Stockton Unified School District's Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) presents: a four week parent training program designed specifically for parents and caregivers of strong-willed or out-of-control children and is available to parents of all students attending SUSD schools.

Hong Kingston Elementary , 845-1045, Wednesdays, February 28 - March 21

For more information, please contact:
Please register here.
SUSD PD Visits PYA Kindergarten

By: SUSD Police Department Chief Ann Brewer

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Officer Craig Schwarz was invited to speak to Mrs. Brayshaw's kindergarten class at Primary Years Academy (PYA). The students were thrilled to have the opportunity to ask questions of Officer Craig and were well behaved as they sat patiently on a multi colored carpet, their hands raised waiting to be called upon, their faces rapt with attention. 

The students were curious about his uniform and inquired about every item on his police utility belt and vest. Officer Craig enjoyed the spotlight, engaging the students as they enjoyed some silliness and laughter at his replies like when asked the question, "Why do you have sunglasses?" Officer Craig responded by putting his sunglasses on and quipped, "So I can look cool!" Officer Craig has been a dedicated and loyal member of SUSD's Police Department for 19 years, serving as the Resource Officer at School For Adults for more nearly six years. And just moments earlier that same morning, all PYA students met several SUSD Police Department members including Chief Anne Brewer who was interviewed by Principal Dr. Shelley Spessard about the importance of education and insight / tips for students interested in joining a career in law enforcement. 

It was an educational, engaging and rewarding experience for the officers who are honored to serve and protect the District's students and staff, and ensure a safe educational environment for the community.

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