TUSD Weekly Update| 12.4.17
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School-wide Social Skills Program
Dennis Earl Elementary
Dennis Earl Elementary School recently received a California School Board Association Golden Bell Award for their innovative and unique School-Wide Social Skills Program.  Principal Laura Fong shared that at Dennis Earl they believe that “in addition to teaching children rigorous academic content standards . . . we also need to focus helping students with their social emotional learning.” This belief is backed by research which indicates that “Social Emotional Learning programs improved students’ social-emotional skills, attitudes about self and others, connection to school, positive social behavior, and academic performance; they also reduced students’ conduct problems and emotional distress” (Durlak, 2008). At Dennis Earl, social skills groups meet weekly and run for eight weeks in the following areas:
  • Social behavioral skills
  • Social and general problem-solving skills
  • Ability to cope with anger
  • Emotional well-being and self-esteem
As part of their School-Wide Social Skills Program, Dennis Earl has also adopted a Comfort Corner in every classroom as an intervention to use when students need to self-regulate in a times of emotional distress. They have also partnered with Jessica’s House to provide trauma-informed and grief-support groups through their Treehouse Club. Kudos to the entire Dennis Earl staff for keeping the social-emotional needs of students as well as academic achievement at the forefront of all decision-making!
Taking a Byte Out of Ed Tech
Ed Tech Coach Marshall Beyer
Save time and create a more interactive class with the Share to Classroom extension. The extension allows you to push webpages to any of your Classroom classes, so they open instantly on your students' computers. With this extension, you can get your students on the right page, quickly and reliably every time. You can also post announcements, create assignments, or save webpages to post to Classroom later. Share to Classroom is a great tool to have in your tech toolbox!

Tech Update
Director of Technology and Innovation Jay Brem
Why am I being asked to log into Chrome?

You and your students may have noticed that you’re being asked to log in to Google apps like Drive, even when you’re already logged into your TUSD Google account. No, this isn’t anything wonky with TUSD accounts- it seems to be a recent change from Google that other districts are reporting. It may be a security update, but we’ll wait for further word from Google. Once the password is re-entered, access should resume as normal. We’ll update with any further information we learn.
Chromebook Guest Mode: The Sunset Begins!

After winter break, TUSD will begin transitioning away from allowing the use of Guest Mode on Chromebooks. Staff and students using district Chromebooks will need to log in to a TUSD Google account to use them. Why? This will help us better manage them, as well as help us use them in a more safe and secure manner. For example, it will allow us to ensure that inappropriate Chrome extensions on personal Google accounts aren’t used to bypass our network firewall. Specific sunset dates will be shared in upcoming weeks.
Dr. Anthony Muhammad in TUSD
Reminder: Event Re-scheduled for December 18
Dr. Anthony Muhammad will be coming to TUSD on December 18 for a special speaking engagement at Pitman High School for certificated staff from 3:45-4:45 PM. According to the New Frontier 21 website: "Dr. Anthony Muhammad  is one of the most sought after educational consultants in North America. He currently serves as the CEO of New Frontier 21 Consulting, a company dedicated to providing cutting-edge professional development to schools all over the world. He served as a practitioner for nearly twenty years. Dr. Muhammad served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal. His tenure as a practitioner has earned him several awards as both a teacher and a principal.

Dr. Muhammad is recognized as one of the field’s leading experts in the areas of school culture and organizational climate. His work has allowed him to work with schools in all 50 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Dr. Muhammad is a best-selling author. He is the author of the books   The Will to Lead and the Skill to Teach Transforming Schools at Every Level   (2011);   Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division   (2009); and a contributing author to the book  The Collaborative Administrator: Working Together as a Professional Learning Community  (2008). He has published 26 articles in education journals and publications in seven different countries."

Many of our TUSD educators have been fortunate to hear Dr. Muhammad speak previously and they can attest that our certificated staff are in for a treat. Hope you can make it!
Hometown Heroes
Cody Cornell is a 2015 graduate of Turlock High School and is currently stationed at the Marine Cops Air Station Iwakuni in Iwakuni, Japan, where he serves as a Data Sytems Administrator. Cody shared that he joined the military because he wanted to defend the freedoms we enjoy as Americans although being so far away from his family has been a challenge. He is very thankful to his friends and family for the support they have provided to him on this difficult journey. His goals for the future are to one day become a Drill Instructor and continue his education before someday making his way back to Turlock to become a teacher at his alma mater. For those thinking of joining the military, Cody has some sage advice: "It is definitely a great opportunity and is a very rewarding experience . . . you will get to do some cool things and see some amazing places; however you will also be constantly challenged and go through some difficult times . . . . so make sure you really think about why you want to join and ask yourself if this is something you really want to do." Thank you for your service, Cody, and shout out to your parents, Lance and Anne Cornell at Turlock High School.
Meet Frankie
Bus Driver
Frankie Borja has only worked in TUSD for three months but he has already made a big impression. Prior to becoming a bus driver in TUSD, Frankie worked at a variety of jobs including a machine operator, forklift driver, and box press printer. Frankie shared he was nervous when her first became a bus driver as "it takes a unique talent to be able to operate and maneuver such a sophisticated machine not to mention all the various switches and buttons to remember!" Frankie took comfort in the fact that he had successfully completed his classes, testing, and training which, along with support from the Transportation Department staff, he credits with helping him find success in his new position. When he is not transporting students, Frankie, the oldest of eight children, enjoys fishing on the lake in his boat, playing golf, and bowling with his family. He also has two "hilarious" English Bulldogs that he confessed are like "naughty kids but a lot of fun." Welcome to TUSD, Frankie!
Where in the World is . . . Pattie Langpaap?
Pattie Langpaap retired in 2015 after 31 years teaching in TUSD, first at Julien Elementary School and then Crowell. In retirement, Pattie has continued to be a fixture in TUSD as she is a frequent substitute in classrooms across the District which she greatly enjoys. When she is not subbing, Pattie can be found playing tennis, riding her bike on the canal, working for Living History as a Civil War and Renaissance teacher, and helping her grandson, Quinn, who has Joubert Syndrome, grow stronger. Pattie has many fond memories of TUSD including camping out on Crowell's blacktop so the PTA could set up the Fall Carnival ahead of time and not have it disturbed to an author writing a book-- Critter the Class Cat--about her own classroom cat. Pattie misses going to Outdoor Education and fondly remembers the spaghetti that was always served for the first lunch. The list of things Patti does not miss is a little longer--"meetings, progress reports, report cards, jammed copy machines, finding a parking spot, sleepless nights worrying about students, and countless dollars" spent on supplies for her 1,000+ students during her long teaching career. Thank you, Pattie, for continuing to put the "US" in TUSD!
Kids Corner
Lea Pizana, 7th Grade, eCademy Charter at Crane School
Cooper Leal, 1st Grade, Medeiros Elemetary
Eli Sanchez, 1st Grade, Brown Elementary
Clarissa Garcia, 7th Grade, Turlock Junior High School
Six Word Stories
Turlock High School
Grade | 10
Activities | FFA, Dance
Career Goal | Pediatrican
College Goal | Attend a UC
Fave Thing About School | Basketball
Pitman High School
Grade | 12
Fave Class | Math
Activities | Basketball
Career Goal | Physical Trainer
College Goal | Major in Kinesiology
Fave Thing About School | Basketball Games

Last Week in Social Media
Twas the Annual Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade and all through the streets were happy TUSD faces . . . Congratulations to Brown Elementary School for their winning Cinderella float!
Dutcher Middle School English/History teacher Kelly Fetter created this giving tree outside La Mo in memory of her mom Debbie Murdock who, even when times were tough, always pulled tags at Christmas to help those in need. Thank you to our many TUSD educators who find ways big and small to give back to our students, families, and community this holiday season. 
How about these lady hoop stars?! Undefeated the past two years at Turlock Junior High School with a 32-0 record. Two-time league champions and 4-time tournament champions. Congrats to Coach Phil Sanchez from Pitman High School. Roll on you Tigers!
Shout out to Medeiros Elementary School for partnering with CSU, Stanislaus to host a Parent Reading Night Workshop. Parents learned strategies to help their students become better readers. Yay!
Jessica's House | We spent  #GivingTuesday  bringing new ideas to teachers, counselors and support professionals at  @turlockusd  Our school support coordinator,  @mahlem1  is shown here teaching a piece on  #Mindfulness  she took us on a mindful walk where we noticed colors, sounds, textures and smells. We also did activities with poetry, art, rhythm and movement. All in an effort to bring students back to learning when they’re feeling stressed or worried.
Please contact Chief Communication Coordinator Marie Russell if you have a recommendation for future content including a retiree to catch up with, student to recognize, or employee to feature. 209.648.0968