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April 1, 2019
SUSD Books of the Month
Children's book:
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.
Intermediate grades:
Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto
In this unique collection of short stories, the small events of daily life reveal big themes — love and friendship, youth and growing up, success and failure. Calling on his own experiences of growing up in California's Central Valley, poet Gary Soto brings to life the joys and pains of young people everywhere. The smart, tough, vulnerable kids in these stories are Latino, but their dreams and desires belong to all of us.
Middle/High School:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
New Graduation Requirements in SUSD
Stockton Unified is committed to graduating all students college, career, and community ready. Check out our video below to learn about the new graduation requirements. Learn more at www.stocktonusd.net/graduation .
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Stockton Unified students, teachers, staff, parents, guardians, and community partners have teamed up with San Joaquin County Supervisor Miguel Villapudua and several other organizations to participate in beautification events in south Stockton. Many projects have been completed in an effort to help bring the community together and improve the quality of life for all. Some of the projects include planting 50 trees, painting fire hydrants, replacing old mailbox numbers and free trash and dump pick up. We want to thank all of our schools that have eagerly signed up to help.
Beautification and Free Dumpster Day Events are taking place in seven south Stockton communities within San Joaquin County District One. The first began in the South Garden Acres Community on February 23. This community project is a critical component of the First Districts Safe Neighborhood ONE Project that focuses on improving the quality of life and increase community engagement. If you are interested in joining in our efforts please contact the Stockton Unified Community Relations Department at (209)933-7025.

  • TAFT (Taft School/Edison)
  • Beautification Date: April 6
  • Free Dumpster Date: April 13
  • BOGGS TRACT (Washington School/Edison & Stockton High)
  • Beautification Date: April 20
  • Free Dumpster Date: April 27
  • MOSS GARDENS (San Joaquin School, Marshall &Taylor/Edison High)
  • Beautification Date: April 13 or April 27
  • Free Dumpster Date: April 20 or May 4
  • COUNTRY CLUB COMMUNITY (Madison and Tyler/ Stagg)
  • Beautification Date: June 8
  • Free Dumpster Date: June 15
Big Smiles
Did you know that one in every seven children ages 6-12 are currently suffering from tooth pain and over 51 million school hours are lost each year due to poor dental health, according to Big Smiles Dental?

It has been approximately 15 years since Director of Health Services, Mary Jo Cowan and former Stockton Unified Administrator Gayle Asuncion saw a huge need and filled it. The two collaborated and sought out grant funding to help provide restorative dental care for the students of Stockton Unified. Approximately 10 years ago they formed a partnership with Big Smiles Dental.
According to Mary Jo Cowan, Director of Health Services, Big Smiles visited 48 of SUSD’s 54 campuses, conducted 169 clinics and treated 2,589 students from kindergarten through high school in the 2018 school year.

If you have concerns about your child’s oral health care, please contact your family dentist immediately. If you do not have a dentist and or need additional support you are welcome to contact our Health Services Department at (209) 933-7060 or visit our resources page at www.stocktonusd.net/Page/450 . We are committed to oral health care in SUSD!
Early Graduation at CCHS: The Life of Early Grad Alyssa Viveros
(Article by SUSD Digital Communications Intern David Garcia)
International Women’s Day is a day where women are treated and shown just how important they are in life and how we would be lost without them. Most young ladies grow into women during their teen years of high school. 

High school is a place where young kids can mature into smart and outstanding citizens of society. Most kids at Cesar Chavez High School also graduate earlier than others because they have finished their high school requirements ahead of time. One young Chavez student who has grown into a very independent young woman is Alyssa Viveros.

Alyssa started the year looking forward to her graduation with long time students and friends. She did not realize that the day would come sooner than expected. Alyssa got news before winter break that she would have the option to graduate even earlier than expected and she jumped at the opportunity.

After graduating early Alyssa felt very proud and accomplished of herself by how far she had come in four years. Ever since she left high school she hasn’t been slacking and in her free time she works hard and prepares herself for her future. She feels immensely better about not having the stress of turning in assignments on time or having mental breakdowns before a test. She is very excited to have longer breaks than a high school student also. Since leaving high school she has gotten her license, accepted into Sacramento State, Sonoma State, and East Bay, and has continued to look at campuses in order to make her decision.

Alyssa is just one of the millions of woman who have shown how independent they are and how far they can take their life and even further. There is no limit to how important woman are and international women’s day is a great way to show how much we appreciate them.
Free Tickets to the April 14 Stockton Heat Game
Stockton Unified and the Stockton Heat are happy to invite SUSD Families, Faculty and Staff, as well as all participants from the 'Get in the Game- READ' Literacy Program to take advantage of an offer of TWO FREE TICKETS to the Stockton Heat Game on April 14 at 5 P.M. against Bakersfield.

Participating elementary schools doubled their total books read year-over-year from 15,000 in the 2017-2018 school year to more than 30,000 this year!

To claim your tickets and purchase additional discounted tickets while supplies last, head to  bit.ly/HeatRead  and use promo code READ. Questions? Contact Shawn Lothman at  slothman@stocktonheat.com  or 209-373-1504.
Parent Guides to State Assessments
National PTA is proud to provide these State Assessment Guides. Each guide provides parents with an overview of elementary, middle and high school assessments, including sample questions and prep to help parents know what to expect.

Be your child's best advocate and take action to prepare and support your child's education. Please take a moment to check out the National PTA’s Guide to Assessments in California.
National PTA is proud to provide these State Assessment Guides. Each guide provides parents with an overview of elementary, middle and high school assessments, including sample questions and prep to help parents know what to expect.

Be your child's best advocate and take action to prepare and support your child's education. Please take a moment to check out the National PTA’s Guide to Assessments in California.
Upcoming Events
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Photo Galleries
41st Chinese New Year Parade & Festival
Franklin and Edison ROTCs, Franklin Yellowjacket Marching Band, and Stockton Unified Board of Trustee, Candelaria Vargas and her family represented our district well at the 41st Annual Chinese New Year Parade and Festival today. It was a truly wonderful community event. 

Dino Math and Science Night at Bush Elementary
Bush Elementary's Dino Math and Science Night was a huge hit with students and families. Each dinosaur-themed activity provided fun for the whole family!

Taft is CAASPP Ready
Taft Elementary PLUS students, Student Council & Stockton Kings Mascot Dunkston got 1st-8th-grade students excited for CAASPP Testing with a Pep Rally! The highlight was students wrapping teachers and Principal Brooks up as mummies.
Madison Celebrates 70th Anniversary
Madison Elementary kicked off their 70th Anniversary in style with a whole-school rally including classroom presentations and an inspirational speech from City Planning Commissioner, Xavier Mountain.

The school also held a dinner and dance event for current Madison Elementary students and alumni.

Chavez Zone Hosts Dance Concert Rehearsal
Students and staff from Fremont, Elmwood, and Chavez High School worked hard to prepare their annual Chavez Zone Dance Concert. Check out the photos from their rehearsal!

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