TUSD Weekly Update| 10.23.17
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Catching Up with Project GROW
Director of Technology and Innovation, Jay Brem
Project GROW’s badging initiative is off and running, and we’re excited to see TUSD staff badging up! TUSD staff have earned 69 Project GROW badges, and an additional 33 SCOE Badge Project badges.  Shout outs go to Crowell Elementary, who is leading the way with eleven different staff members earning one or more badges since we released this in mid-September. Additional kudos to our current badge leaders: Cunningham’s Reid Volk, TJHS’s Donna Creighton, and Medeiros’s Christine Rowell! 
Our kickoff campaign runs through the end of this month, and the two sites who have the highest percentage of certificated staff members badging up in our four kickoff areas will receive $100 worth of tech goodies. We’ve noticed that our badge for signing in and out of Chrome has been difficult to earn due to some technical issues, so we’ve revamped it to make it more user friendly. We also added some additional information to the screenshot resource document to help with the Chrome badge. If you tried to earn the badge but struggled a bit, especially on your Chromebook, take another look! If you have questions, don’t hesitate to send an email to us at projectgrow@turlockusd.org .
Marshall Beyer, TUSD Ed Tech Coach
CAASPP Results
Director of Assessment and Accountability, Marjorie Bettencourt

Measures N & O Update
Modernization Projects Underway
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Mike Trainor, Director of Maintenance and Operations Supervisor Scott Richardson, and Facilities Planner/Safety Coordinator Martell Taylor provided an update to the Board of Trustees on October 17, on the progress of modernization since the passage of Measures N & O. To read the full update click below or take a gander at this Infographic for the 411, or rather, 1, 2, 3 on modernization projects!

Red Ribbon Week | Oct 23-31
Fall Elementary Carnivals
Meet Angel Ledbetter
Wakefield Elementary School
Angel Ledbetter has worked in TUSD the past four years at Wakefield Elementary School as a Grounds Keeper/Custodian. Angel starts his work day at 3:00 PM and enjoys seeing the kids and staff and always greets them with a smile. Angel takes great pride in his job and he shared that his biggest challenge is ensuring the safety and cleanliness of the campus when it is used after hours by the community. Angel is married to a teacher so he appreciates how important a clean classroom is for students and teachers. He is a father to two girls, ages four and one, and when he is not spending time with his family he enjoys camping, shooting, and hiking. Thank you, Angel, for helping put the "US" in TUSD!
What ever happened to . . . Nico Lopez?
Nico Lopez graduated from Turlock High School in 2014 as the class valedictorian and headed to the Ivy League school of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Nico shared that, at some point in his engineering career, he'd lov e to work as an Imagineer for Disney and/or work in the renewable energy sector helping to fight climate change. In addition to THS, Nico attended Osborn Two-way Immersion Academy and Dutcher Middle School and credits MANY TUSD teachers with his success:
-All the Spanish immersion teachers who taught him both the language and culture of his heritage, from Christine Etchepare in kindergarten all the way to Jennifer Garcia in high school;
-Mrs. Perry, his speech pathologist, who helped him overcome the greatest source of his anxiety and gave him confidence to speak in public;
-Mary Asgill and Randy Huth for teaching him to think critically;
-Kay Simmons for sparking an interest in the physical sciences;
-Sonja Raynes for teaching the beauty and importance of the scientific method;
-Joann Davison, Josh Ebersole, and Mike Brown, for sharing how amazing and blessed we are to have the simple pleasure of running in our lives; and how to always be "kind, loving, and forgiving" to people. Nico encourages students to find their passion, make goals, and absolutely, positively, not let anyone discourage them from doing what they love. Good luck, Nico, in your senior year at Brown and Go Bears!
"Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."

~Albert Einstein
Six Word Stories
Dutcher Middle School
Grade | 7
Fave Class | Drama
Activities | Volleyball, Dance. Golf
Career Goal | Cardiologist
Fave Thing About School | My friends

Pitman High School
Grade | 11
Fave Class | English
Activities | Key Club, Pride Ambassador, Orchestra, Water Polo, Swim, ASB Leadership, Teen Advisory Council, President of Relay for Life, Volunteer at Jessica's House
College Goal | CSU, Long Beach
Career Goal | Speech Pathology
Fave Thing About School | All the extra-curricular activities that are available to students.

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Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off
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