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July 27, 2018
Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
A Message from SUSD Superintendent John Deasy
July 25, 2018
Dear Stockton Unified Community,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! I look forward to visiting all our schools in the coming weeks and hope to meet many of you. As we start I want to be very clear on our mission. We are not confused: We lift students out of poverty and we do this by preparing all of our students to graduate from high school college-, career-, and community-ready. Our students, families and community are counting on us. In order to succeed we must share an unshakeable belief that all of our students can achieve at high levels. 

Our students are perfectly able to perform beyond what we have seen in this district. We can and will move academic achievement forward. I have every confidence that our teachers and schools can do the work necessary. My office and central administration will support our schools and classrooms to insure they have what they need to succeed. We have worked all summer to prepare for an outstanding year for our students.
SUSD Back-to-School Nights Scheduled
Parents, plan now to participate in your child’s back-to-school night. Most are scheduled for the first two weeks of August. You will meet your principal and your child’s teacher, learn about upcoming events and see your child’s classroom. You will also meet other parents and school staff. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and learn what is planned for this year. Join us at back-to-school night!

Important Contacts
School is back August 2. You can find important information, including school phone numbers, on the district website at www.stocktonusd.net . Click here for the 2018-19 bus routes, school start and dismissal times, and other important information for families.

To talk to someone:
  • Child Welfare and Attendance – (209) 933-7020
  • Early Childhood Education – (209) 933-7380
  • Education Services, Enrollment, Registration – (209) 933-7040
  • Food Services – (209) 933-7015
  • Health Services and Immunization Requirements - (209) 933-7060
  • Language Development – (209) 933-7075
  • Parent Empowerment and Engagement – (209) 933-7470
  • Special Education Services – (209) 933-7120
  • SUSD Police Services – (209) 933-7085

For more district phone numbers, call (209) 933-7000.
Delta Offers Summer STEM for Girls!
Stockton Unified girls from throughout the district are participating in an intensive STEM course at Delta Community College this summer, learning to code, design and build 3-D projects, construct working robotics and learn the concepts of entrepreneurship.

The middle school students meet at the computer labs daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., studying under the guidance of middle and high school teachers from Lathrop, Manteca and Stockton who have developed science and physics curriculum.

Funded as part of Delta’s Verizon Foundation, the program is benefiting young women by providing them the tools for their future in a digital world, according to Delta College President Kathy Hart. Delta College Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator Alese Campbell organized the summer program, but this fall she plans monthly session where students can continue to work on their technology skills while developing a solution for reducing poverty and advancing good health.
Welcome Back From SUSD Police Chief Anne Brewer
The Stockton Unified Police Department is excited to welcome all of our students back to school for a prosperous and exciting 2018-19 school year! Our department exists, as our mission so eloquently states, to “provide a safe educational environment for our community.”

All members of our department, police officers, dispatchers and professional personnel, look forward to engaging our students, parents, district staff and community members at every opportunity and to ensuring guidance, protection and success throughout the coming year. This year school resource officers are assigned to Chavez, Edison, Franklin and Stagg high schools and the School for Adults. As always, we will offer services to all of our schools, k-12. That includes the safe transportation of our most precious k-12 clients, our students, to and from school, insuring traffic safety around our schools, providing educational and career presentations and K-9 demonstrations as well as participating in community outreach and special events throughout the year.

We are especially looking forward to hosting our 5 th annual Trunk or Treat in late October at the SUSD Police Department. It has been a wonderful summer but everyone at Stockton Unified’s Police Department is ready to get back to what matters most – safeguarding our future!
SUSD Tops in National SkillsUSA Competition
One SUSD elementary student and two SUSD alumni qualified to compete in a national competition hosted at the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference , the world's largest showcase of skilled trades, held in Louisville, Kentucky.

Henry Elementary student Victoria Monroy competed in the 'Job Demo A' contest, earning a silver medal for her presentation about making a healthy breakfast shake. Chavez High alumni Jocelyn Phillips and Sanjesh Singh won gold in the 'Community Action Project' contest with their presentation on the Chavez High mentoring program they designed and implemented at the school.

"As an educator, watching students grow and reach the level of becoming a national competitor is something words can’t even describe," said Henry Elementary teacher Rachael Navarrete, who coached Monroy through the regional, state and national competitions. "Not only does my heart fill with excitement and joy for our students, but also for our district, which is being represented by these shining stars."

Students, teachers and administrators from Weber Institute, Franklin High, Chavez High and Henry Elementary also attended the conference. "The SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for our SUSD students," said Franklin High teacher and SkillsUSA State Officer Trainer Dave Tayco.

"The leadership workshops and competitions our students participate in build confidence and ensure growth, but it's the friendships and bonds built with classmates, teachers, and the network of new friends from all over the country that instill memories for a lifetime."

Congratulations to all on a job well done!
Welcome to New SUSD Administrators!
Stockton Unified has a number of new district officials, including directors, principals and our very first ombudsperson. Join us in welcoming them to the SUSD community!

Fhanysha Gaddis becomes the district’s first ombudsperson. She will help staff and parents resolve differences that cannot be settled at the school level. Ms Gaddis is a certified mediator and negotiator. She has facilitated trainings for faculty and staff on topics such as conflict management and negotiation. She holds a law degree and master’s degree in public policy from Pepperdine University and has bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Nicole Alvarado becomes principal at Fillmore Elementary. Ms Alvarado was most recently an assistant principal at Adams and taught elementary school in SUSD prior to that assignment. She taught at San Joaquin prior to moving to Elmwood where she taught 2 nd grade. Ms Alvarado received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees (curriculum and instruction) from Brandman University.

Paulette Smith is the new principal for San Joaquin Elementary. She recently served as an assistant principal at Tracy Unified and principal in Oakland. Ms Smith has a bachelor’s in business and a master’s in educational leadership from Concordia University. She received her administrative credential from California State University, East Bay.

Gamal Salama becomes principal at Merlo Institute. Mr. Salama was most recently an assistant principal at Franklin High School and before that, assistant principal at Stagg. He has more than 25 years of education experience, starting as a high school math teacher. He has a bachelor’s in secondary education from the Suze Canal University and a master’s in education and curriculum from Grand Canyon University.
Parent Tip:
Twenty Ways to Stay Involved in Your Teen's Education
Teens often tell parents, “Stay away from school!” But the truth is, middle and high schoolers need their parents’ involvement and support in their education as much as ever. Here are 20 things you can do to support your teen’s academic success:

  1. Tell your teen often that his education is a family priority.
  2. Let him know you expect him to do his best in school.
  3. Find out about homework, discipline and other school policies and rules.
  4. Keep up-to-date on your teen’s progress in school.
  5. Know your teen’s school schedule.
  6. Talk with your teen about school regularly.
  7. Be aware of what your teen is learning.
  8. Listen to your teen’s concerns.
  9. Help your teen deal with problems as they arise.
  10. Be available to listen and reassure your teen.
  11. Stay in contact with teachers and others at school.
  12. Talk with counselors about courses your teen should take to prepare for college and a career.
  13. Attend parent-teacher conferences.
  14. Review report cards.
  15. Get extra help if your teen isn’t learning.
  16. Promote good study habits.
  17. Limit your teen’s recreational screen time.
  18. Provide adequate after-school supervision.
  19. Join the parent-teacher organization.
  20. Get to know your teen’s friends and their parents.
Upcoming Events

Photo Galleries
Congratulations to the
Class of 2018!

More than 2,000 students graduated from Stockton Unified high schools last year and we are so proud! Photos from each graduation ceremony can be downloaded for FREE on our website. Congratulations again to the class of 2018!

Primary Years Academy Summer Aviation Camp

PYA students who participated in the Aviation Camp engineered planes using the knowledge they gained throughout the camp. Students also enjoyed a field trip to the McClellan Airforce Base Museum.

Mariachi Chavez Places Second in Inaugural Youth Mariachi Competition

Congratulations to our Mariachi Chavez group, which placed 2nd in the first-ever Youth Mariachi Competition held at the California State Fair! The group walked away with a $3,000 prize and, more importantly, recognition for the hard work they've put in all summer long. Great work, students!

SUSD 20th Annual Summer Arts and Music Institute

Hundreds of 3rd through 12th grade students participated in the month-long intensive music camps held this summer at Chavez and Edison high schools. The camps exposed students to dance, show choir, musical instruments, and other music programs, including drumline, marching band and mariachi.

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