Pictured: Unity Day at Henry Elementary School.
October 30, 2015
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Nov. 3, 10, 17
& Dec. 1, 8, 15
R.A.D. Parent Academy at August Elementary, 8:15am-10:15am
Nov. 11
Veteran's Day - No School 
Nov. 17 Stagg & Franklin Student Performance at the Mondavi Center
Nov. 18
Wear Pink to Stop Bullung Day
Nov. 23 - 27
Thanksgiving Break - No School
Dec. 2, 9, 16
Helping Children Succeed Parent Academy at Marshall Elementary, 8:30am - 10am
Dec. 3, 10, 17
Helping Children Succeed Parent Academy at Peyton Elementary,9am - 10:30am

Save the Date: Magnet Fair 2016
Mark your calendars: SUSD Magnet Fair 2016 will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the DeRosa Ballroom on the University of the Pacific Campus! The event is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out and see all of the terrific programs SUSD is offering our students next year!
Fall Fairs Everywhere
SUSD elementary schools celebrated the change of season and their students' achievements with fall fairs for students, families and faculties. Kennedy launched the season with a barbecue for more than 250 students and parents. There were crafts tables, games and sports, jumpers, face painting and even a band. Area nonprofits, including First 5, set up tables to meet parents and communicate their programs. On Friday Harrison families had a great event with an enthusiastic turnout. The final 2015 fairs will be held in November. Rio Calaveras holds it fair November 7. If you missed your school's fall fair, check your school's calendar for next year!
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
(Late Fee Required)
Dec. 12, 2015 Nov. 6, 2015 Nov. 7 - 20, 2015
Feb. 6, 2016 Jan. 8, 2016
Jan. 9 - 15, 2016
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)
Dec. 5, 2015
Nov. 5, 2015
Nov. 23, 2015
Jan. 23, 2016 Dec. 28, 2015 Jan. 12, 2016
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
Nurture Your Child's Desire to Learn

How can you support your child as the school transitions to the Common Core State Standards? The answer is to keep doing what you have been doing! Your child's education doesn't stop when the school bell rings. It continues all day-and so does your role in it. To reinforce your child's learning:

1) Create a "curriculum of the home." Teach your child through household routines and conversations around the dinner table. Schedule family reading times. Hold family meetings to discuss values and solve problems.

2) Be a model learner. Learning is a process that never ends. Your child sees you learning when you read a newspaper, watch TV and even when you chat with a friend. When you have a problem, let your child see you look for information you need to solve it.

3) Remind your child that learning can be fun. Ask your child to tell you about the most fun parts of his day. Tell him about the enjoyable things you remember from school.

Unity Day at Stockton Unified
Staff and students at SUSD schools wore orange Wednesday in support of Unity Day to wipe out bullying. Students wore wristbands and orange t-shirts and held small activities to enforce positive student leadership and behaviors. The students at Tyler Elementary took a pledge from Principal Henry Phillips to make their campus bully-free and a place where all students feel welcome. At Henry, Rio Calaveras, Van Buren, Wilson and the other elementary schools, students discussed overcoming bullying. Unity Day launches Anti-Bully month, which is November.

 Unity Day is part of the annual national Red Ribbon Week aimed at discouraging drug and alcohol use among youth. Efforts to reduce drug and alcohol use have worked at SUSD schools, where state reports show consumption has dropped in recent years. Likewise the effort to halt bullying has paid off with a documented reduction in bullying incidents at schools. Good work by the staff and students at Stockton Unified! 
PLA Senior Wins National Merit Commendation
Pacific Law Academy Senior Sean Jannay doesn't even remember his terrifically high score on his PSAT two years ago, but this year he got a stunning reminder when he received a letter from National Merit Scholarship that he had been named a Commended Student in the 2016 program.

While he won't be in contention for the final prize, this means he placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit qualifying test.

Congratulations Soul Vikes!

Congratulations to the 2015 Inductees to the Edison High School Hall of Fame! This year's event was especially meaningful as the modernization of the campus is nearly done and the address has already moved to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive!

Students Explore Architecture and More at Stockton A.C.E.D. Festival 

Students from Primary Years Academy, El Dorado Elementary, Weber Institute and the School for Adults took part in Stockton's first-ever Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Design (A.C.E.D.) Festival on October 2!

Students participated in a range of hands-on activities, tours, and lectures catered to fit the students' grade levels and interest in specific topics. A few of the many festival activities included a TK-2 grade "Shape Walk," a 3-5 grade "New Stockton Box City," a 6th-8th grade "Egg Box Launch," and a 9-12 grade "Waterfront Surveying Crash Course."

Thank you to our many volunteers and partners for helping to make this event a wild success!  Partners: AIASV, San Joaquin Delta College, Lincoln Unified School District, San Joaquin County Office of Education, LDA Partners, LLP, Ray Morgan Company, The Builders' Exchange of Stockton, and Architechnica.
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Merlo Launches New Mobile App Program
The Merlo Institute of Environmental Technology has launched its new Mobile App Development program, making  app development curriculum and equipment available for Merlo students and providing students with high-tech skills to succeed in the 21st century. The program was made possible by Lenovo, the National Academy Foundation (NAF) and Merlo principal Bukky Oyedade.

Joining parents, students, and district leaders at the program launch event were representatives from Lenovo. Though students in the program had only met three times before the event, many had already created some fantastic apps and were excited to demonstrate their work to all. App ideas range from photo editors to text translators, but Oyedade has set a goal for the students to create an app that will improve the environment.

Great work by the students for great demonstrations and to Principal Oyedade for leading students through the program! And thank you to Lenovo and NAF for choosing Merlo for this wonderful program!

Parents Participate in Parent Academy
Stockton Unified School District parents were invited to "Helping Children Succeed on Tests" parent academy at Kennedy Elementary School. At he hour and a half training, parents learned practical ideas to use at home - on their own time - to help their child succeed on standardized tests.

How can you get involved in a way that will help your child succeed on tests? Join us at 8:30am on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Marshall School for another presentation of Helping Children Succeed on Tests.

Parents are also invited to attend a ParentVUE Portal Training on November 19. The training will help parents access grades, quizzes, and/or exams; check daily attendance; review high school credits; and communicate via email with school staff. 

Registration and an active email address are required to participate in this event. To register, please contact Parent/Community Empowerment at (209)933-7470 ext. 2228. 
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