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November 4, 2019
SUSD Books of the Month
Children's book:
We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell
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The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.
Intermediate grades:
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason’s learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason’s best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family’s orchard. An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can’t understand why Lieutenant Baird won’t believe the story Mason has told about that day. Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground haven for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He’s desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin and, eventually, Benny. But will anyone believe him?
Middle/High School:
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
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Josh Bell is a talented middle school basketball player, as is his twin brother Jordan. They learned from their dad, Chuck “Da Man,” who played in the Euroleague before retiring from the game. When Jordan gets a girlfriend, Josh resents that his twin no longer does as much with him, and he takes his frustration out on the court during a game one day, almost breaking Jordan’s nose. It creates a huge rift between the boys and gets Josh banned from playing. The tension between the brothers is wonderfully portrayed within the greater dynamic of their African American family. Meanwhile, their mom, principal of the boys’ middle school, is also worried about their doctor-averse dad’s health. This element of the plot builds to a moment readers can see coming when their dad has a heart attack, yet it’s shocking when he dies. Kwame Alexander’s narrative has two styles — straightforward prose poems and vibrant, rap-like poems in which Josh describes the basketball action. Josh also likes language and occasional poems have Josh exploring the meaning of specific words that connect to what’s happening in his life. Josh’s voice is vivid, funny, and moving in this fast-paced and poignant story.
SUSD Offers Free E-Books and Audiobooks to Students
Did you know that Stockton Unified School District offers free ebooks and audiobooks to students? 

The SORA collection is an extension of our physical libraries, only it’s online with 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks. It’s convenient for students to check out titles at home, on the weekends or during school breaks with no worry about misplacing a book or running up late fees – these digital titles automatically return at the end of the lending period!

Digital books are compatible with smartphones, tablets, eReaders, and computers. All you need to get started is an internet connection and your SUSD Google account. Access SORA in your browser by visiting https://soraapp.com/library/stocktonca or download the Sora app and use the setup code stocktonca

We encourage all students to visit our digital library to become familiar with how it works and browse our current catalog. Please contact Mary Ann Pafford, District Librarian at mpafford@stocktonusd.net with questions.
Stockton Unified Mobile App Now Available!
Stockton Unified School District has partnered with Blackboard to expand its communications outreach via a mobile app that launched Friday, November 1, 2019. The free mobile app is available in Apple and Google Play app stores and will provide families, students, and the community with the latest news from Stockton Unified schools.

In addition to offering a feed of district news and events, users can customize the app content by selecting the schools they are most interested in for news, calendar events, and updates. Users can also choose to receive push notifications to get breaking news, updates about school closures, calendar changes, or even sports updates. 

“Stockton Unified is committed to improving communications with our families, students, and community,” said Dr. Shelley Spessard, Director of Marketing and Communication. “We’re proud to offer a variety of 21st century options for families to receive the information they need. We're excited to have another platform to share the ways we’re helping all SUSD students graduate college, career, and community ready.”

All are encouraged to download the free mobile app to their smart-devices by scanning the QR code above, by searching for 'Stockton Unified' in your app store, or by visiting the following links: 

The mobile app is one of the many new communications tools added by the district in the past year. This summer, the district launched a new website template that includes a high-contrast toggle button and an accessibility tool, which provides web visitors with options to view content in alternative formats for better quality, usability, and accessibility. The district also partnered with Blackboard to update the mass notification system it uses.
Andrew Walter Selected as Presidential Awardee by White House
We are pleased to announce that SUSD Curriculum Specialist Andrew Walter was selected to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)!

The PAEMST program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science.

Each awardee will receive a citation signed by President Trump and a $10,000 award from NSF. Mr. Walter will also travel to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony.

Congratulations Mr. Walter! We're so proud!
Help SUSD Name Its Newest Buildings
The SUSD Board of Trustees welcomes input in the naming of several new facilities. The district will be accepting recommendations until Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 11:59pm. Final recommendations will be taken to the Board of Trustees at the December 10 regularly scheduled board meeting.

Visit www.stocktonusd.net/naming to complete your recommendation.
SUSD Partners with Sprint and the 1Million Project Foundation to Provide Free Internet Access and Devices to SUSD Students
Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) is proud to announce a partnership with Sprint and the 1Million Project Foundation to provide more than 3,150 laptops and nearly 1,700 hotspots for FREE to SUSD high school students during the week of October 21st – 25th.
Through this partnership and SUSD’s Chromebook Refresh Project, thousands of Stockton Unified high school students will now have access to high-speed internet at home. 

“Students spend more time out of our schools than in them. Thanks to the 1 Million Project Foundation, the District’s investments in new technology at our school sites, and the hard work of SUSD staff, our students will have greater access to the resources they need to succeed in a 21st century economy,” said Josh Pollack, Executive Director of Special Projects in Stockton Unified School District. “By partnering with the 1 Million Project to provide home internet access and donating thousands of existing laptops back to our students, we are helping to close the opportunity gap by ensuring greater access to the digital resources our students deserve – ensuring they have the tools to thrive inside and outside our school doors.”

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SUSD Teacher Wows Students at TruHope Summit

Edison High School teacher Brandon Leake wowed students who attended the TruHope Summit today with his Spoken Word poem, "Steps to Being Brandon Leake." Great work, Mr. Leake!

Ribbon-Cutting for New Battery Storage Units

Edison High School hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating Schnieder Electric's activation of our brand new storage battery units located at both Edison and Stagg High. These batteries will store energy, allowing these schools to use energy during peak times without the peak time costs. We are saving money by being energy efficient.

SUSD Schools Welcome the Fall Season

Several SUSD schools celebrated and welcomed the Fall season with some fun events. Here are just a few:

  • Commodore Elementary held an incredible Fall Carnival for their school community. From a rock climbing wall and bubble races, to the petting zoo and food trucks, this event was a wonderful time for all. Kudos to the Commodore PTO and staff for organizing this outstanding event! View photos from the Commodore Fall Carnival >

  • Primary Years Academy held a Trunk or Treat for its families. Students dressed up in costume to receive free candy and play fun games. The school also had an ofrenda on display. View photos of the PYA Trunk or Treat >

August Wins Best of San Joaquin

Students at August Elementary celebrated exciting news this morning— they won the Stockton Record's Best of San Joaquin in the Public School category! What an amazing accomplishment for this outstanding school community. Congratulations on being the best public school in the county, August Elementary School!

Support Staff Retreat

Our outstanding Support Staff had an incredible Professional Development session yesterday! The group welcomed Mr. Micah Solomon, a bestselling author and one of America's most popular keynote speakers on building bottom line growth through customer service. Mr. Solomon spoke of the power of great customer service. Thank you to all who attended this fun and engaging training!

Marching Yellowjackets Compete in Band Review

Congratulations to the Franklin High School Marching Yellow Jackets! The group competed in parade this weekend at the Foothill Band Review and won 3rd place. The color guard took 2nd place. Great work to the students and their Band Director Jacqueline Hairston!

Catch the Franklin and Chavez bands in competition one final time this season at the Lincoln Band Review on November 16. 
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