TUSD Weekly Update| 11.27.17
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Sports Medicine
A new course is being offered at both Pitman and Turlock High Schools this year that is getting students excited about learning! Sports Medicine is a college prep elective course with an emphasis in emergency preparedness and extensive coverage of medical anatomy and physiology in relation to injury prevention and rehabilitation. CPR/AED/First Aid American Red Cross Certification Training is also a mainstay of this class. Sports Medicine students work in both schools' athletic trainer facilities as Athletic Training Student Aids (ATSA) after school and at games for their observation and internship experience. Students wear their HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) clinical shirts with pride!  Athletic Trainers Markus Turner, ATC at PHS and Mike Collins, ATC at THS also provide support to instructor Bernadette Galvan in teaching students the skills they need to be successful in the sports medicine field.
TUSD History Moment
In TUSD, many of our schools are named after community members, but with the passage of time their stories can be forgotten. As part of our TUSD History Moment feature, we will be shedding some light on the real people whose names are immortalized in our schools. Julien Elementary School, for example, is actually named after not one, but two community members—Dr. Albert Julien and Dr. Eric Julien who came to Turlock in 1911 and 1915, respectively. Like many immigrants, Albert and Eric’s parents came to America from Sweden in order to better their lot in life. Their sons put themselves through college and medical school while working various grueling jobs such as shoveling coal. They eventually made their way West to Turlock where they established a medical practice.

During the terrible flu epidemic of 1918 in which an estimated 20-50 million people were killed world-wide, Albert and Eric earned reputations as being tirelessly devoted to helping the sick. When the Depression struck and cash was in short supply, the doctors were known for taking payment in everything from chickens to carpets to gas rationing coupons. They were also important pillars of the Swedish community in Turlock and patients would travel from as far away as Kingsburg to be treated. Eric and Albert, along with two Swedish ministers, campaigned successfully to fund and construct Emanuel Hospital. Albert also helped fund the nursing school that ran for many years and loaned Emanuel Hospital money to help keep it solvent during the Great Depression.

In the early 1950’s the Turlock Elementary Board received notice that Lowell and Hawthorn Elementary Schools were not earthquake safe. These schools were eventually abandoned and torn down. Their replacement was built at 1942 E. Canal Drive and was named Julien Elementary School in honor of the great service that Albert and Eric provided to the Turlock community during their many years practicing medicine. Former Turlock High School science teacher and Department Chair, Eric Julien, was named after his great-grandfather and many of the doctors’ descendants still make their home in Turlock. The next time you visit Julien Elementary School, stop by the library and check out the painting of the two Julien brothers that is still hung there today in their honor.
Meet Tony Aguilar
Maintenance and Operations
Tony Aguilar has worked in TUSD the past 13 years as a Tele-Communications Technician. In this role, Tony is responsible for all phone, alarm, intercom, and clock systems. Tony shared that his biggest challenge is keeping all these systems up and running . . . and keeping everyone happy! Tony's wife Rosa works at Pitman High School where he coaches the JV Soccer Team. Tony and Rosa have 5 children and their grand-daughter is in 1st grade at Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy. When he is not keeping TUSD up and running, Tony enjoys coaching and hiking. He is also active in All Saints Catholic Church. Thank you, Tony, for helping put the "US" in TUSD!
Whatever Happened to . . . the Swanson Sisters?
Lesley Holmes
Lesley Holmes was a 2003 Valedictorian at Turlock High School and matriculated to the University of Southern California where she double majored in History and Communication. After USC, Lesley attended law school at Loyola Marymount University and is currently a civil litigation attorney at the global law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright in Los Angeles where she specializes in business litigation and product liability defense. Lesley credits former THS teachers Wayne Hinds and Randy Huth as being influential in her educational journey. She advises students to take their education seriously, work hard, and utilize available resources to ensure the best opportunities for college and the future. Lesley has been married nearly three years to her husband, Alex, who she met at USC and they reside in the Hancock Park neighborhood of LA.
USC, History and Communication, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 2007

Loyola Marymoumt University, Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, 2010
Kelsey Larson
Kelsey Larson was Turlock High School's 2002 Valedictorian and, after graduating, she attended Santa Clara University where she earned a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Economics. She then went on to UCLA for law school and is currently a civil litigator with the law firm of O'Melveney & Meyers, LLP in Los Angeles. The bulk of Kelsey's practice involves class action and pharmaceutical product liability defense. Many THS teachers made a memorable mark on Kelsey including Dennis Cornwall, Sue Bonander, Randy Huth, and Wayne Hinds. Kelsey shared that while she did not always remember the facts learned in these teachers' classes in high school, she consistently employed the skills learned--critical analysis, public speaking, and solid writing. Kelsey encourages students to never underestimate their abilities; set ambitious goals with the understanding that these can be modified as they develop and discover their passions; and to not be afraid to ask questions and advocate for themselves. Kelsey is married to Brent Larson, a THS Class of 2002 graduate as well, and they have two children--Linnea (3 years old) and William (20 months old) and live in La Canada Flintbridge, CA.
Santa Clara University, History and Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, 2006

UCLA, Order of the Coif, 2009
Six Word Stories
Turlock High School
Grade | 10
Fave Class | Dance
Activities | Dance
College Goal | Attend CSUS
Career Goal | Nurse or Teacher
Fave Thing About School | Opportunities to meet new people and try new things
Pitman High School
Grade | 11
Fave Class | English
Activities | Relay for Life, Yearbook, GA, Teen Advisory Council
Fave Food | Mac and Cheese
Fave Thing About School | I enjoy being part of the PRIDE because the students are united.

Last Week in Social Media
Wakefield Elementary School Head Start recently held an Open House. Shout out to all who helped contribute to the beautiful new facility for our youngest TUSD learners. Thank you to Director of Early Childhood Education Judy Huerta and Director of Maintenance and Operations Scott Richardson for helping spearhead this project as well as all the other folks who helped in ways big and small to make this dream a reality.
‪Thank you to all who helped support the TUSD Kettle Kick-Off Team. This year we finished in 4th place. Over $63,000 was raised for the Salvation Army! 
‪Congratulations to Turlock Junior High School on having not just one, but two gold medalists in the Annual SCOE County Spelling Bee—8th grader Emmett Jones and 7th grader Alisha Chakavarty...you’re gr-r-reat! 
Congratulations to the Turlock High School Jazz Band for receiving 1st place at the Central California Band Review. This is the 4th year in a row the Jazz Band has received 1st place at this competition.
A crew of students from Pitman and Turlock High Schools spent a recent Saturday working on the TUSD Farm. THS Ag teacher Kevin McGuire worked with a group welding the fence for the Beef and Dairy Facility while PHS teacher Laura Brem led another group planting the Fall garden. Students planted kale, garlic, peas, snow peas, beets, radish, Swiss chard, broccoli, collard greens, carrots, wild flowers, and a cover crop. There were over 5000 seeds planted . . . let it grow! 
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