January 14, 2015
Come to the SUSD Magnet Fair Saturday!
Join us at the Stockton Unified Magnet Schools of Choice Fair this Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DeRosa Ballroom at the University of the Pacific.

The annual magnet fair gives families a chance to see the 23 specialized schools and programs SUSD offers to students no matter where they live in the district. While the schools welcome visitors and prospective students to the sites, this fair gives families the chance to see all of the programs at once.

Admittance is free as is parking. The DeRosa Ballroom is in the Student Center and directional signs will be posted. For more, call Magnet Schools Director Jeff Keller at 933-7040 extension 2745. See Superintendent Penn's letter about the magnet fair here!
SUSD 2015-16 LCAP Outreach Begins
2015-16 is year-two for the state's 
Local Control Accountability Plan and SUSD is already planning for it. Join us. We have a number of parent meetings scheduled (see events calendar to your right or the LCAP website for upcoming dates) and look forward to seeing you! Last year the LCAP included funding for a number of programs aimed at helping the district improve academic achievement for low income, English learners and foster youth. What more should the district do? What are your ideas? Look for more meetings, a special survey and more on the LCAP website.
HCA Holds First-Ever White Coat Ceremony

Health Careers Academy honored the school's first graduating class last week with a special White Coat ceremony for the 150 seniors. While the students still have a few months until graduation, HCA, opened by Stockton Unified four years ago to provide a small, health careers oriented high school, is celebrating its first class.

 

Among those receiving the special coat was Keirsten Gaines, a senior who believes HCA prepared her for her future as an obstetric nurse or speech language pathologist. "The ceremony reminded me how close and real graduation is. I'm incredibly nervous and excited for it," said Gaines. Deedee Lyons, Gaines' mother, watched closely as her daughter walked across the stage. "I'm so proud of my daughter for receiving a white coat today. In two years, she will be able to watch her younger sister, who's a sophomore at HCA, do the same."

The "White Coat" ceremony is traditionally held as an important milestone in the lives of first-year medical and pharmacy students, symbolizing the professionalism that is expected of students in those programs. Congratulations to the HCA class of 2015!

 

Find more photos on the district Facebook page.

Senior Keirsten Gaines (center) pictured with her sister, a sophomore at HCA, and her mother Deedee Lyons.
"It was terrifying being first to cross the stage, but I really enjoyed the experience."
-Gabriel Mayfield (center)
Happy Birthday, Wilhelmina Henry!

Stockton Unified School District's first African American educator turned 95 this month and celebrated with a number of events in her honor, including a special SUSD Board of Education presentation given on Tuesday, January 13th. Wilhelmina Henry was hired to teach at the old Monroe Elementary School in 1947 - having moved to Stockton from South Carolina.

 

She taught until her retirement in 1994, but continues to visit her namesake school, the Wilhelmina Henry Elementary School and maintain a scholarship fund for SUSD students.

 

Henry School opened in the fall of 2006 with a special presentation by the students telling the story of Wilhelmina Henry's life and the significant decision by the SUSD Board of Education to hire her as a teacher. She was born in Columbia, South Carolina, graduating from Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1940. She married in South Carolina and in 1946, moved to Stockton and raised her family here.

 

Happy birthday, Wilhelmina Henry! See more photos here.

Anti-bullying Training at Roosevelt Elementary
Parents joined together at Roosevelt Elementary School for a special anti-bullying training organized by Parent/Community Empowerment. The meeting trained parents how to recognize the signs of bullying, how bullying affects achievement and what can be done to make a difference. Parents received folders containing important information that they can share with their schools and other parents.  

For future parent events, please visit the Parent/Community Empowerment page.
Parent Leadership Academy at McKinley and Nightingale Charter
Parent Community/Empowerment has kicked of the 2015 New Year with Parent Academies at McKinley and Nightingale schools! While attending the Parent Academy, parents gain a wealth of knowledge and resources to promote student success and educational partnerships. These 2015 Parent Academies focus on parent involvement and support structures to actively involve parents in education. We hope to partner with more parents at the upcoming High school Parent Academy at Cesar Chavez on February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th from 8:00am-9:30am. Register online today.
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LCAP meeting at Madison Elementary; 9am



LCAP Parent Meeting at San Joaquin Elementary; 6pm

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LCAP Parent Meeting at Hamilton Elementary; 9:30am

Rotary Read-In
Parent Volunteer of the Month
Richie Ping, Tyler Skills Elementary

Mr. Ping has become a valuable member of the Tyler Skills community by giving of his time where ever help is needed. When Tyler needed a parent on the School Site Council, Mr. Ping stepped forward. This year, Mr. Ping volunteered to be a member of the District Parent Advisory Committee where he is now parliamentarian. He brings important information to the parents and we appreciate his tireless efforts to represent Tyler. And,he makes time to volunteer in the school library. Thank you Richie Ping!

FREE 'Cash for College' Workshops
This is your student's chance to win scholarships for college!
The workshops listed below provide help for applying for Cal/Pell grants, signing up for FAFSA and the California Dream Act application. 
The deadline to apply for these grants is March 2, 2015, so please take advantage of these free workshops. 
For more information go to calgrants.org or call

1-888-CA-GRANT.

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