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September 28, 2018
Alternate Income Forms Due October 31
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), a portion of state funding will be determined based on the demographics of student population, with higher funding on a per student basis for districts like ours that have large concentrations of low-income, English Language Learner and foster student populations. Therefore, we are required to establish and confirm the number of students that represent these categories by having families complete the official Alternate Income Form.

Our goal is to ensure that our schools receive the maximum amount of funds we are eligible to receive by encouraging district parents to complete the Alternate Income Form. To receive the maximum amount, we must have 100% of eligible students/families complete the form.

By completing the form and turning it in as soon as possible, you will help us reach our goal and enable us to better serve our students.

Please complete the application online at https://lcff.stocktonusd.net  by the October 31 deadline. Thank you.

Recovery Day Encourages Students to Return to School
On the morning of September 6, small teams of district staff put on bright blue SUSD jackets and set out to visit 418 homes for the district's first-ever Student Recovery Day.

The initiative, led by the SUSD Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) Department, had one goal: get all students who haven't attended school this year back into a classroom.

Of the 418 homes visited, district staff made contact at 199 and reported the following: 23 students needed to be re-enrolled, 27 students had moved in-state, 27 children moved out-of-state, 12 students moved out of the country, 58 moved without providing SUSD any information, 5 students enrolled in private schools, and 33 children enrolled in charter schools. The remaining 219 were not home, but received a door hanger loaded with information and resources they may need to get back to school.

"It was powerful to see district staff from other departments going door-to-door with my team, doing whatever it takes to get our students back to school," said CWA Director Traci Miller. Miller added that it helped staff who don't work directly with students to frame the challenges some students have that could make it difficult to go to school.

The event was such a success that the district will hold a second Student Recovery Day in the spring that focuses on chronically absent students. More district employees have reached out to express interest in participating in the second event.

Thank you to CWA Director Traci Miller, CWA Administrator Jessica Martinez, Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services Reyes Gauna and the entire CWA Department for organizing this successful event, and to the district staff who went door-to-door to recover our students.

August Cuts the Ribbon on Linda Spencer Library
August Elementary students, teachers and staff celebrated the opening of their newly refurbished library with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The library was named after retired August teacher Linda Spencer, who had the honor of cutting the ribbon of her namesake library.

Inside colorful library hangs a plaque, donated by First Baptist Church, honoring Mrs. Spencer that reads, "This library wouldn't be what it is today without the hard work and perseverance of Mrs. Spencer. Thank you for your passion and advocacy for student literacy. Your name and legacy will be honored for all future generations of August School students. You are an eternal piece of thread in the fabric of August School."

"We are overwhelmingly excited for our students to have access to such an amazing library," said August Elementary Principal Lori Risso. "Our August students deserve this type of facility and I am thrilled with the end result."

The donors' wall in the library also holds plaques dedicated to the Stockton Pacific Rotary, Roger and Sharon Roman, and Lester Fleming, who donated books and money for the library.

Thank you to the SUSD Facilities Department and all those who donated to the library, and congratulations to Mrs. Spencer for receiving this great honor.

Celebrating Stockton Unified’s District Police School Resource Officers
By: The SUSD Police Department
The Stockton Unified School District’s Police Department provides School Resource Officers (SRO) to our comprehensive high schools and School for Adults Program. These officers have been selected to serve as SROs due to their extraordinary abilities to build strong, foundational relationships with our students and be a part of their success in school.

Each resource officer has a unique and impressive background suited for their role.Officer Olson is a talented musician and martial arts expert who recently provided an educational rap singing performance at his assigned school, Edison, which will be featured in an upcoming documentary about the city of Stockton. Officer Moppins - who has served as Stagg’s SRO since the inception of 2018 - is an inspiration to the students because of her ability to closely connect with them, and was even featured in an article entitled, “Resource Officer Understands Campus Issues” in the schools’ newspaper (Stagg line).

Officer Johansen is Chavez High’s newest resource officer, and, coincidentally, also a proud Chavez graduate. Her dedication and passion working with our students is clearly evident as she brings a 3 ½-year history of teaching experience with the YMCA, and Boys and Girls Club in Stockton. Officer Andrews is serving as Franklin’s SRO for the second school year where she has already established relationships with her students. Her devotion to our students spans K-12 as she also holds the coveted Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Officer certification that she previously applied at Kennedy and Madison elementary schools.

Officer Schwarz is a familiar face on the campus of our Adult School, in his 7 th year serving our students where he frequently engages them through educational presentations and informal meetings as more than just a police officer, but often times as a mentor and counselor. He was also this year’s recipient of the San Joaquin County Office of Education classified (support and safety) school Employee of the Year. 

School Resource Officers pictured from left to right: Ben Olson (Edison), Erika Moppins (Stagg), Karina Johansen (Chavez), Angie Andrews (Franklin), and Craig Schwarz (School For Adults).
Mural Unites Henry Elementary for International Dot Day
Henry Elementary unveiled a mural on campus for 'International Dot Day,' the global celebration of creativity inspired by Peter H. Reynolds' book The Dot . The school-wide unifying concept was led by Henry Elementary teacher Sheila Cochran and the student council.

The book, which was read aloud in every classroom, tells the story of a young girl named Vashti who claims she isn't an artist and 'can't draw worth anything' when asked to complete an art assignment. After her teacher gently motivates her to draw anything, Vashti produces a dot on a blank piece of paper. Realizing her teacher's delight, Vashti's inner artist is unleashed and she draws all kinds of dots.

With permission from the author, the school extended the reading activity to the creation of the school mural. After the character Vashti was sketched onto the library wall by Henry staff member Zade Al'Sayegh, students and staff across the campus each contributed a dot to the mural.

"We couldn't resist bringing 'International Dot Day' to our campus," said Henry Elementary Principal Dara Dalmau. "It's important to spread the notion that even though we don't always believe in ourselves, someone out there could help us learn more about our hidden talents."

SUSD and Special Olympics Holds Third Annual Unified Soccer Tournament
More than 180 Stockton Unified students with disabilities competed in the third annual United Special Olympics Soccer Tournament at Edison High School.

The event, held in conjunction with the Special Olympics of Northern California, drew students from Edison, Chavez, Franklin, and Stagg high schools; Cleveland, August, Harrison, Hong-Kingston, Hazelton, and Hoover elementary schools; and the SUSD Walton Special Center.

The tournament provides both general and special education students the opportunity to display their athleticism and abilities on and off the field. This year there were sixty general education students who volunteered to play, cheer, referee, and support the games.

" Over the three years, many friendships have developed and have been beneficial for all students who participated in the event," said Dr. Jovan Jacobs, Executive Director of the SUSD Special Education Department.

Thank you to Dr. Jacobs and her staff, the Special Olympics of Northern California, Edison High School, and all others who helped coordinate this amazing event. Thank you also to the sixty general education high school students who volunteered for the tournament.

Other Special Olympics events will be held this school year, including basketball and track-and-field tournaments.

Parent Tip: Is Your Teen in Touch With The School Counselor?
Provided by the SUSD Parent/Community Empowerment Department
Many students make the mistake of thinking school counselors are there for only one reason—to help students get into college.
But counselors do much more. From middle school on, counselors can:
  • Help monitor your teen's progress, including the number of credits earned.
  • Advise your teen about the types and number of courses needed to graduate and maximize future options.
  • Offer seminars for students and parents on topics such as problem-solving and test-taking.
  • Act as a mediator between students, parents, teachers and even school administrators.
  • Help your teen find resources for extra instruction or tutoring.
  • Be a mentor—by helping your teen set goals, solve problems with classmates and handle scheduling conflicts.
  • Be a resource of information about military opportunities.
  • Help steer your teen's job-search process.

Counselors will make time to meet with students and parents. 
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Stagg High Homecoming Parade Returns to the Miracle Mile

After a long hiatus, the Delta Kings brought their spirit back to the Miracle Mile with the return of their Homecoming parade. Stockton Public Safety Academy and Pacific Law Academy students joined in the festivities, as did the Stockton Kings and their mascot Slamson. Thank you to everyone in the community who attended and cheered for students as they went by with their floats.

SUSD Represented at Family
Day in the Park

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018 Family Day at the Park! We hope you enjoyed the opening parade led by the Chavez High School marching band, color guard and dance team, as well as the Edison and Franklin high school cheer teams. Our Stockton School for Adults, Health Careers Academy and Early Childhood Education Department each had booths with interactive activities at the literacy-focused event. Our district looks forward to larger participation next year!

Edison High Hosts the 19th Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities Recruitment Fair

About 1,000 students from Modesto, Tracy, Lodi, Lincoln and Stockton unified school districts visited Edison High School yesterday for the 19th annual Historically Black College & University (HBCU) Recruitment Fair.

Students had the opportunity to talk with recruiters from more than 30 HBCUs to learn about their programs and offerings. Qualifying students were also able to receive on-the-spot admission and scholarships!

Peyton Elementary Celebrates Mexican Heritage

Peyton Elementary hosted their second annual Mexican Heritage Month Assembly, where Chavez High School's Mariachi band and Ballet Folklorico group performed. In between performances, Peyton students read prepared statements that celebrated the history, heritage and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

Tru Hope Youth Summit

Hundreds of Stockton Unified students attended the 2018 Tru Hope Youth Summit. The summit encouraged students to open up about mental health, relationships, passion, purpose, and healthy choices. The summit also included a college and career fair with representatives from more than 50 colleges and organizations.

District Schools Unite for International Day of Peace

Stockton Unified students celebrated International Day of Peace on Friday, September 21. Primary Years Academy students formed the peace sign on their playground, while Hoover Elementary placed pinwheels on their lawn and colored in "PEACE" pictures.

Rio Calaveras Jog-a-Thon

More than 80 Rio Calaveras students and their families participated in the first-ever Rio Calaveras Jog-a-Thon.

Participants were through the course and its different stations five times before finishing. After the run, they were treated to a pancake breakfast prepared by members of the SUSD Police Department, including SUSD Police Chief Anne Brewer.

"These events are a great way to bring the school community together and teach the importance of being active," said Rio Calaveras parent Diana Rennard.

Great work to Principal Gina Hall, Rio teacher Lyndsay McNacamee and PTA parent Dee Tamargo for organizing the successful event.

The team would like to thank IHOP, Starbucks, Mr. McCormick in SUSD Food Services Department, Road ID, and the many other organizations who donated items and prizes for the event.

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