June 12, 2015
Congratulations Class of 2015!
More than 2,000 high school seniors graduated from SUSD high schools this month, with most moving now to college, some into the military forces and others to work. The festivities were beautiful, with students celebrating their accomplishments with family and friends during graduation ceremonies at the Stockton Arena, the University of the Pacific, Atherton Auditorium or at their high school campus.

There were medals, ribbons, colorful stoles, flying mortar boards and floating beach balls. There were anthems, school songs, jazz, and chorale. There were teachers decked in their college robes and hoods, the superintendent handing out diplomas and parents cheering it all on.

Mostly it was a time for the students. SUSD is so proud of this class: Hundreds were admitted to the University of California or California State Universities. Dozens won full scholarships to such prestigious schools as Notre Dame or the University of Chicago School of Business Administration. Many plan to major in chemical or medical engineering fields, music or the arts, and others want to teach, go into law or start businesses.

Walton Special Center Promotion 2015
Walton Special Center's Seniors and Young Adults joined the Class of 2015! Though the seniors will remain at Walton for another 4 years, Walton will be saying goodbye to their young adults at the end of the summer program. Faculty members spoke sweetly about each exiting student and the fond memories they will keep from their years together before giving them their certificates of promotion.

As a special surprise for his family and the audience, Walton Young Adult Ronald Lopez sang "My Way" by Frank Sinatra. The 
karaoke-loving student brought the audience to their feet for his last performance at Walton Special Center- bravo, Ronald! 
Congratulations to the Walton Class of 2015!

Walton Young Adults:

Davon Daniel

Kevin Craven

Ronald Lopez


Walton High School Seniors:

Benjamin Range

Brandon Allen

Genaro Flores

John Oscar Ramirez

Selena Valentine-Victory

Chavez/Bush Partner for Literacy

The annual Chavez Band literacy march to nearby Bush Elementary was a resounding success this year with a record number of band members and readers. The 60-member band, led by music director Art Coleman, marched through the back of the campus to a throng of expectant elementary students who cheered as they entered to the sounds of the trombone, sax and drums. The Chavez cheer squad performed and then everyone broke off into the classrooms to spend time reading aloud their favorite books.


With the sounds of the Chavez High School Band floating through the school, Bush Elementary students listened in small groups to the high school student readers who shared books and stories with them.

Take a look at our gallery to see how well this worked: hundreds of students listening raptly to stories read aloud by the high school students. Thank you to the Chavez High School Jazz Band, the cheer squad and the wonderful students and staff at Bush! And remember: Read to your young students this summer, take them to the library and ask your high school students to read as well! Literacy matters.

King Students Take to the Stage
King Elementary School went royal this year with a terrific performance of "The Princeless Princess," by a big cast of talented young actors. The students put on two evening performances in gorgeous costumes and their own sets depicting the Monarchy, the proverbial frog and, of course, the princess!

King Teachers Beverly Larkins and Barbara Williams directed the performance. Music teacher Michael Hernandez orchestrated the music and great songs. Special thanks to parents Bertha Gutierrez, Juanita Madrigal, Cindy Martel and costume seamstress Theresa Martinez Carmona.

The music was wonderful, the sets engaging and the students outstanding! It was a significant opportunity for King students. Be sure to get involved when your school stages performances next year!

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