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August 31, 2018
Join Us for Family Day at the Park
This year The Record’s annual Literacy and Book Fair-Family Day at the Park will be held on Saturday, September 15 at University Park at Magnolia and California streets, Stockton. This event is free to families and includes a full day of educational literacy-based activities, great music by the Chavez High School band, entertainment from clowns and jugglers and, of course, story telling!

Published authors and illustrators will read and share stories in “King Author’s Court” and the youngest participants will be making bookmarks, greeting cards and even a tiny city created out of recycled materials.

The event includes a Children’s Stagg featuring Sparkles the Magician, and Ravioli the Clown and other great talent. There will be a Healthy Highway for information about health services in the area, Alphabet Alley sponsored by First 5 San Joaquin, for young children, University Park, with school booths, Library Lane and much, much more.
The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There is plenty of parking, but the event fills quickly. For more information call (209) 957-7277.
Stockton Heat is Back in the Reading game!
The Stockton Heat hockey players will be back in south Stockton Elementary schools to read to students and encourage literacy this year. The team volunteered to read to second graders at five SUSD elementary schools last year and the players return in October.

Again, the second graders at all five schools, Hamilton, Monroe, Taft, Fremont and Van Buren, will compete to see which school reads the most books between October 3, 2018 and March 21, 2019.

“Get in the Game. Read!” is the Stockton Heat’s literacy program dedicated to promoting literacy in Stockton Unified Schools. Last year’s competition was hugely successful, according to Fremont Principal Joe Martinez, whose second graders read 5,618 books to win the competition.

The reading challenge culminated in a celebration during one of the Heat’s final games of the season. Every second grader was invited to the game and offered free admission for themselves and their families. The students were recognized and were invited down on the ice at the end of the game. Nearly 1,000 students and family members attended.

But the biggest reward was the partnership with the hockey players, who read to the students twice a month and got to know them in their classes. Heat General Manager Brian Petrovek plans to continue this year’s literacy program with an education night, teacher recognition, book drive, distribution of library cards, and the promotion of books reading on social media platforms.

Thank you to the Heat players: Oleg Yevenko, Josh Healey, Spencer Foo, Brett Pollock, Morgan Klimchuk, Austin Carroll, Luke Gazdic, Garnet Hathaway, Tanner Glass, Tyler Parsons, Ryan Faragher, Mason McDonald, Rasmus Andersson, Adam Mattsson, Oliver Kylington, Kayle Doetzel, and Darren Nowick for reading to our students! And to the entire Heat family for supporting literacy in our schools! Good luck this year second grade readers!
Safety Starts Beyond the School
By: The SUSD Police Department
In March of this year, SUSD Police Department Officers Bhardwaj and Chrim attended a Child Passenger Safety Seat course, led by Safe Kids of San Joaquin County . The program is part of an initiative through San Joaquin County Public Health Services , and focuses on child safety all around. Officers Bhardwaj and Chrim became certified safety seat technicians for our community, then applied for and obtained a grant which was used to purchase dozens of brand new car seats, booster seats, bike helmets, and water recreation life vests for children. The items will be donated to families without this safety equipment during community events, and as the need arises during our day to day functions as police officers. 

In early August, Sergeant Young conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle for miscellaneous traffic violations. As he contacted the driver, he realized there were two young juveniles seated in the backseat of the car. Although both juvenile passengers were wearing a seatbelts, one of the juveniles, a 5-year old SUSD student, was not seated in a required booster seat. 

The driver stated that due to hardships, the mother of the child was not able to afford a booster seat, and that she was merely providing the children a ride to school. Recognizing the importance of our students attending school, Sergeant Young utilized one of the booster seats that the department purchased and donated the seat to the family. The driver was pleasantly surprised and appreciative when Sergeant Young had the booster seat delivered to their location, and properly installed by our certified safety seat officers, ensuring the safety of that child. SUSD’s Police Department encourages and thrives on positive contacts in our community, and we are glad to educate and assist our citizens whenever the opportunity arises.
New Principals and Central Administration Positions Named
Congratulations to the newest SUSD principals and central administrators named to new positions in the district! Superintendent John Deasy has recommended and The Board of Education has approved:

  • Raychelle Fields, most recently assistant principal at Rio Calaveras, becomes principal of Kennedy Elementary.
  • Ariana Casillas, assistant principal at Marshall, becomes principal at Huerta Elementary.
  • Brian Biedermann becomes the district’s new director of Intensive Support and Innovation, focusing on six south Stockton schools working to raise achievement. Biedermann was most recently principal at Edison High School.( Assistant Principal Magenda Cruz will serve as Acting Principal at Edison until a permanent replacement is named.)
  • Gina Lopez becomes administrator of K-12 instructional coaching, helping principals learn techniques and skills to raise achievement in schools. Lopez has been principal at Stockton Skills School.
  • Connor Sloan becomes administrator of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan. Sloan was principal at Taylor Elementary before this promotion.
  • Benjamin Yang becomes principal at Taylor, where he most recently served as assistant principal. Hollis Blake becomes assistant principal at Marshall School.
  • Brook Shields, currently with Teach for America, becomes an administrator of special projects in the Curriculum Department.
  • Bernadette Bettencourt becomes administrator of Health Services, where she has been a program coordinator.
  • Deanna Staggs, community resources specialist in Risk Management, becomes program coordinator for community resources in the Health Services Department.

Congratulations to all!
Stagg Homecoming Parade Returns to the Miracle Mile
Stagg High School celebrates this year’s homecoming on Friday, September 7 with a return of the Miracle Mile Parade followed by an alumni barbecue. The parade will start at 1:30 on Pacific Avenue’s Miracle Mile. The BBQ tailgate starts at 5:30 at the football stadium.

The Stagg Kings play the Lodi Flames in a highly anticipated football match that evening. Students will be voting on their homecoming court shortly, with the court itself introduced during halftime.

New this year is, of course, the parade, which organizers hope to keep to half an hour. Marching with the Stagg Band will be the ASB, the Spanish Club, Korean Club, French Club, Snowboarding Club, the Show Choir, a group from the Stockton Kings, JV Cheer, the Polynesian Club, Pacific Law Academy and more, including the 2017-18 Homecoming Royalty with the Stagg Spirit Bell and the 2018-19 Stagg Football Team and cheer squads.

Admission to the parade is free and all Stagg supporters are encouraged to come out and cheer on their favorite entries. Thank you to the Miracle Mile businesses for supporting the return of the Stagg Homecoming Parade!

For more information about the alumni events planned this year, or to join the association, contact Stewart Jacoby, President of the Stagg Alumni Association, at staggalumni@gmail.com .

Special thanks to Chase Chevrolet for sponsoring a terrific tailgate for this year’s homecoming!
Upcoming Events

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First Day of School

Stockton Unified schools welcomed more than 38,000 k-12 student back to school on August 2, launching the 2018 year with energy, optimism, and plans for hard work. 

SUSD Back-to-School Nights

Parents attended back-to-school nights across the district to meet their principals, their child’s teacher, school staff and other parents.

Comcast Spotlight and Kids In Need Foundation Donate to Roosevelt Elementary

Comcast Spotlight and the Kids In Need Foundation delivered 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to Roosevelt School. The backpack donation, valued at $30,000, made a huge difference to the students. Roosevelt teachers hand- wrote letters of encouragement to place inside each backpack before it was given to a student.

Barnes & Noble and the Stockton Kings 'Stuff the Bus' for Montezuma

Barnes & Noble collaborated with the Weberstown Mall and the Stockton Kings to stuff a bus full of supplies for Montezuma students. The Kings cheer squad and businesses led the school supply drive out of the front of Barnes and Noble for a day-long event.

Chocolate Fossil Excavation at Kohl Open

Elementary students at Kohl Open enjoyed a fun archaeology project in class! Students were asked to excavate, or remove, the chocolate chips from their cookies!

Photos submitted by Bud West at Kohl Open

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