February 10, 2016
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Feb. 8
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday - No School
Feb. 15
Presidents' Day - No School
Feb. 18
Feb. 22
"Families Read Together" Literacy Night at the Cesar Chavez Central Library; 5pm-6:30pm
Feb. 25
Rotary Read In
Mar. 8, 15, 29
Helping Children Success Parent Workshop at Hazelton Elementary; 8am - 9:30am.
available online soon.
Mar. 9
Anti-Bullying Parent Training at School For Adult; 3:30pm-5pm. Register Online.

Save the Date for SUSD Art
The annual McKee Student Art Contest and Exhibition will be held at the Haggin Museum March 17, 2016 - May 8, 2016. All of our schools have received invitations to submit work and directions for entering the competition. The deadline for entries is March 3-5 at the museum. Support your students, schools and the Haggin Museum, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, and plan a visit to the exhibition this March!

Schools can get more information on submitting work from Lisa Cooperman at 940-6315 or Kylee Congrave at 940-6333 at the Haggin Museum.
It's Crab Season Again
deck-crabs-banner.jpg Your school is very likely doing a fundraiser this year and chances are, especially for the high schools, a crab feed in in your future. There are some changes in location this year, so check before you go. Listed are upcoming crab feeds:

  • Chavez: Feb. 27; Steak and Shrimp Fundraiser  at 5pm. Call Chavez High at (209)933-7480 for more info.
  • Edison: Feb. 27, 2016 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 33 W. Alpine Ave.
  • Kohl Open: March 12, 2016 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 33 W. Alpine Way, Stockton
  • Walton: March 19, 2016 at the Stockton Ballroom, 9650 Thornton Rd.

  • Some dates are still being set. Be sure to ask your school when the crab feed is this year and where. These events raise money for your schools and need your support!
    Deadlines for Seniors
    Testing deadlines are fast-approaching for the ACT and SAT! Be sure your junior or senior students sign up for these tests to ensure they are prepared for college applications!

    Test Date
    Register By
    Late Fee Required
    Apr. 9, 2016 Mar. 4, 2016 Mar. 5-18, 2016
    Jun. 11, 2016 May 6, 2016 May 7-20, 2016

    Test Date
    Register By
    Late Fee Required
    Mar. 5, 2016 Feb. 5, 2016 Feb. 23, 2016
    May 7, 2016 Apr. 8, 2016 Apr. 26, 2016
    Jun. 4, 2016 May 5, 2016 May 25, 2016

    Common Core Tip
    Books in a Series Motivate Children to Keep Reading

    For good readers, books are like potato chips. They can't read just one. You can turn your child into an avid reader by encouraging her to read books that are part a series.

    From Frog and Toad books for beginning readers to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians adventures, books in series make children more motivated to keep reading. After all, they already know the characters. They may wonder what happens after the first book ends. Now they can find out!

    You can find series books that appeal to children of different ages and interests. Ask your child's teacher or a librarian for ideas about series books your child might enjoy.

    Two Internet sites offer good lists of books in a series:
    Teachers have found that kids who start reading series books usually move on to other choices. But series are a great way for readers to gain confidence and improve reading skills.
    Congratulations Julie Penn!
    Stockton Unified Interim Superintendent Julie Penn has been named 2016 Partner in Education by the California School Nurses Organization. Interim Superintendent Penn, who has a background in nursing care and counseling, was honored at the Plenary Presentation and Excellence Awards Luncheon Feb. 6, 2016. 

    Prior to being named Interim Superintendent, Penn oversaw Health Services and Student Support Services for Stockton Unified schools. Her support led to creation of school-based health centers at two high schools and six Healthy Start centers at elementary schools. She was responsible for a team of 24 school nurses, nine LVNs, thirteen health care assistants and two nursing administrators.

    "Ms Penn has advocated for nursing services at the school and district levels," said Health Services Director Mary Jo Cowan and Coordinator Bernadette Bettencourt in their co-nomination of Ms Penn for the award.

    "Her awareness of the importance of school nurses' contributions, coupled with her hands-on leadership style, enables children with physical disabilities to actively participate in the education process. She integrates wellness concepts in all areas of academia. Her philosophy regarding health has become intrinsic to SUSD's culture. She truly believes "healthy children learn better."

    Congratulations Superintendent Penn for this outstanding recognition! 

    Pulliam Parents Promoting Literacy
    Pulliam staff, teachers, students and parents held a special evening this week to focus on literacy and reading and to give parents a chance to talk to their students' teachers and program administrators to find out ways to help their students succeed in school.

    The event was a big success, drawing 145 parents, students and teachers. The packed multi-purpose room included tables for every grade level. In addition, SUSD Parent Empowerment and tutoring groups staffed the event and offered parent support and training.

    But the highlight of the evening was the Pulliam Book Fair, which filled the library with students anxious to find the latest in their favorite series and parents looking to inspire their children.

    "The Pulliam  Information Night was a culmination of parents, teachers, administration and departments in the district listening to one another to make this happen," said Principal Suzanne Spracher Anderson. "Pulliam teachers have been instrumental in working as a Professional Learning Community and sharing with parents what they can do to support our efforts."

    LCAP Planning Underway
    Please join the LCAP 2016-17 Conversation! This year we will be taking SUSD's Local Control Accountability Plan to improve academic outcomes for low income, English learner and foster students to the school site councils. They will be asked to provide input on funding programs for next year. You can participate by joining the School Site Council review, attending a community meeting or providing input on our website.

    Just go to the home page, bottom left corner, to the "Let's Talk" button. Click the button and the page for your input will pull up. This includes a description of the LCAP issues the district is considering this year. Please provide your thoughts on how best we can serve our students. Questions will be answered and comments considered. Your information is confidential.

    Last year the district received 3,500 responses to the LCAP survey. Parents made counselors, guidance technicians and school safety their top priorities and the district funded those areas. That is how important it is for you to weigh in!

    For more information please go to the  SUSD LCAP page on the website. The page includes information about the LCAP and the district's outreach plan this year as well as a schedule of community presentations. To find out more about your School Site Council, contact your principal.
    PYA Teacher Honored

    Congratulations to Hina Lee, International Baccalaureate coordinator for the Primary Years Academy, who has been named the California Association of IB World Schools Exemplary  Educator of the Year! Lee is one of only three educators so honored this year.

    "Hina Lee has been a tireless advocate, cheerleader and innovator in the formation and growth of PYA's International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program," said Principal Jean Segura. She, along with our talented and passionate faculty, continues to fine-tune all aspects of our IB program, to strengthen home-school connections and to provide the best educational experience possible for our students."

    Lee, a teacher for ten years and PYA IB coordinator for two, will be honored later this month during the CAWS Seminar in Sacramento. Congratulations Hina Lee! 
    Parent/Community Empowerment
    "Families Read Together" Literacy Night
    SUSD is partnering with the Cesar Chavez Central Library to host "Families Read Together" on Monday, February 22nd, from 5 - 6:30pm at the Stockton Cesar Chavez Central Library, located at 605 N. El Dorado Street. Families will enjoy a special guest reader, a family book exchange, and photos with Splash - the Stockton Ports Mascot.  Families Read Together will be an exciting event for all Stockton Unified School District families!  For more information contact Parent/Community Empowerment (209)933-7470 ext. 2228.

    Upcoming Parent Trainings/Workshops:
    Parent trainings for the month of February are listed in the "Upcoming Events" above.  Future trainings include:
    Helping Children Succeed

    Where: Hazelton Elementary School, 535 W. Jefferson St.

    When: March 8th, 15th and 29th from 8:00am-9:30am


    This three part academy will focus on tools and strategies to help children succeed on standardized testing and assessments.
    Anti-Bullying Training

    Where: School for Adults, 1525 Pacific Ave.

    When: March 9th from 3:30pm-5:00pm

    This training will inform parents about the signs and what can be done to prevent it.
    R.A.D. Parent Academy

    Where: Montezuma Elementary School, 2843 Farmington Rd, Stockton, CA. 95205.

    When: April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, May 3rd and 10th from 9:15am -11:15 am


    In the Realizing the Academic Dream classes, you'll learn how to: 

    • Make an Academic Success Plan to guide your student into high school prepared to go on to college
    • Make sure your student develops excellent reading skills ... and more!
    Apply Now for Scholarships
    Cortopassi Vocational Scholarships Open
    The Cortopassi Family Foundation is offering $2,500 grants to high school seniors who commit to attend a community college and enter a vocational training program. These grants provide students $500 per month for the semester and are renewable for up to $10,000.

    This is a wonderful opportunity for high school seniors looking to enter vocational certificate programs at San Joaquin Delta Community College.  There is no GPA requirement, however, to qualify students should have economic need and have overcome adversity, large or small. Last year 31 Cortopassi vocation awards were distributed, including several to SUSD students.

    Don't miss out. This is a very generous award that can help students manage college and a vocational training program! For more information, call Frances Richardson, VCP Applications Manager, at 209-365-4531 or visit the website by clicking here.

    Community Involvement Program Scholarships
    for Future UOP Students
    The Community Involvement Program (CIP) is a comprehensive need-based scholarship program for first-generation college students from the Stockton community who have demonstrated the potential for sustainable leadership, community awareness, and involvement.

    The benefits of the CIP program include: s ubstantial financial support; l earning community experience; c o-curricular experience emphasizing leadership development and community service; a ccess to comprehensive retention services (tutoring, peer mentoring, academic enrichment, and more); and c areer networking with potential employers and CIP alumni.

    The deadline to apply for this scholarship program is February 15. The application is available online. For more information about CIP and the scholarship program, please visit the CIP website here.
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