TUSD Weekly Update
"Every kid is just one caring adult away from being a success story." ~Josh Shipp
TUSD Farm Update
Laura Brem, Coordinator of Applied Horticulture and Environmental Studies
Spring is just around the corner, and the TUSD Farm is bustling with activities in preparation for students’ visits, projects and events.
Now that the fields are disked and laying fallow for winter, it is the perfect time to dream, plan and prepare for our spring and summer gardens. Now through March thousands of seeds will be started in the Hoop Barn, where it is warm and protected. When the threat of frost has passed, the plants will be transplanted into the gardens. This year, the flowers, vegetables and fruits will be available to the community at the TUSD Farm Market, which will open the first week in May. Stay tuned for more information!
The Swine Facility continues to move forward despite rain delays. It is exciting to see the progress and know that our students will house their pigs in a facility that is up to industry standards! In March, dozens of THS and PHS FFA students will bring their pigs to the new facility. That’s where the real work begins! Students, with the support of their FFA Advisors, will prepare their pigs to show at Stanislaus County Fair in mid-July.
Maintenance and Operation crews are also using this time to finish welding projects in the Large Animal Facility, where replacement heifers, steers, goats and sheep will be housed. A huge thanks to them for all their hard work and diligence in making sure students have a safe and secure place for themselves and their animals!
Keep updated on TUSD Farm activities and events by joining us on Instagram @TUSDFarm.
Athletic Director Weekly Wrap-Up
Mike Brown, Turlock High School
Boys Basketball Beat Pitman 55-46 but lost to Downey 65-58. I am not sure where we stand in the league because Max Preps still has our boys in the CCC. 

Girls Basketball Beat Pitman 81-62 and Downey 59-33.  They are tied for 1st in league with Pitman at 5-1 record

Girls Soccer  Beat Modesto 4-0 and beat Enochs 5-2 to remain undefeated in league and in 1st place.

Boys Soccer Beat Modesto 5-0 and beat Enochs 7-0. To remain undefeated for the year and 1st in league.

Wrestling Lost to Pitman 37-21. Pitman won the league championship. Congrats!

We only have two weeks left in our regular season so every game will be important for league titles and playoff spots!
Dave Walls, Pitman High School
Boys Basketball Tough week for the Pride as boys basketball as dropped 2 games. The Pride fell to crosstown rivals the Turlock Bulldogs 81-62 and in a nail biter to the Enochs Eagles 58-60. 1-5 in CCAL and 8-11 overall.

Girls Basketball The Lady Pride split the week as they fell to crosstown Turlock Bulldogs 56-47 and finished the week with a 61-54 victory over the Enochs Eagles. The Pride are 13-9 and 5-1 in CCAL play. Tied for first with Turlock with 4 games to go.

Girls Soccer The Lady Pride bounced back from a tough week after a loss to crosstown rival Turlock Bulldogs. The Lady Pride 11-4-1 and 4-2 in league - swept the week with a 4-0 victory over Gregori and 10-0 victory over Modesto. In second place at 4-2 behind Turlock who is 6-0.

Boys Soccer The Pride bounced back from a tough loss to crosstown rival Turlock Bulldogs. The Pride 13-2 and 5-1 in CCAL play - swept the week with a 1-0 victory over Gregori and 2-0 victory over Modesto. In second place at 5-1 behind Turlock 6-0.

Wrestling Big Shout-out to Pitman Wrestling who defeated crosstown rival Turlock Bulldogs 37-21 to capture the first ever CCAL Wrestling Championship going 5-0 in league. This is the second league championship in three years for the Pride. The Pride finished the week placing second in the Sac Joaquin Section DII – Team Dual Championships at Lincoln High School falling to Oakdale High School 45-23.

Coach Spotlight Adam Vasconcellos (Pitman Wrestling) who guided the Pride to their first ever CCAL Wrestling Championship and fourth league title in the last six years. Adam is in his 11 th year as the head coach of the Pride after spending 5 years at Central Catholic. Coach V, as he is called, has coached multiple Section Winners and State Qualifiers. A graduate of Turlock High School with B.A. from CSU Stanislaus and a Master’s from Concordia University.

Athlete Spotlight Congratulations to Isabella Shallou-Enes (Girls Soccer) who on Thursday signed a Letter of Intent to play soccer at San Jose State University. Izzy, as she is called, has a 3.47 GPA and will study Sports Management.
Tech in TUSD
Marshall Beyer, Ed Tech Coach
Student Rep to the School Board Reports
Henry Wooley, Turlock High School
  • Turlock Regional High School Art Show at the CSUS main campus gallery will be up through January 31, 2019. Come see over 250 works of art from talented students all over the area!
  • Turlock High will be sending 3 students to the Stanislaus County competition “Poetry Out Loud.” The students representing THS will be Evan Wright, Jordan Black, and Myrli Duque-Sandoval. The competition will be February 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at MJC Little Theatre.
  • Turlock NJROTC is proud to announce that Kaylin Davis has been given a 5 Year NROTC Scholarship in engineering at the University of Maine. This is a new program and she is in the first class.  
  • Turlock High School Boys Soccer team is still undefeated through its first 17 games. Ranked #1 in the section and top 10 in the State. 
  • The Turlock NJROTC rifle team finished 2nd place in the All Service Southern CA Air Rifle Championships and is ranked the number one Navy program on the West Coast. The team will be going to the Navy Service Championship in Anniston, AL on February 6.
Gabrielle Sotomayor, Pitman High School
  • Artist of the Week: Jose Loza (12th grade)
  • January 29th- February 1st theme is "Pitman's Epic Road Trip" with dress up days coordinated to Oregon, New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Hoopcoming Rally and Black Light Dance on Friday.
  • Distinguished Young Women of Turlock will be held March 9, 2019, at the Turlock Community Theatre.
  • SCMEA Honor Band, Orchestra, and Choir performed at MJC last Saturday.
Where in the World is . . . Marlaine Babbitt?
How long did you work in TUSD? 20+years

What sites did you work? Crane, Osborn, Cunningham, Julien as sub office and instructional aide then permanently in the finance office, accounts payable, payroll and purchasing.

What year did you retire? 2017

What have you been up to since retirement?  I moved to Idaho 8 months after retirement. I’ve been working on our new house and property when I am not taking care of one or more of our 8 grandchildren....all 6 and under!

What do you miss most about TUSD?  TUSD was my second family; I miss the friends I made there.

Anything else you’d like to share?  Loving the 4 seasons here in Nampa, Idaho. All 3 of our kids and their families moved as well. We live on a hill overlooking Lake Lowell and can see the mountains all around us. Looking forward to car shows this spring and hoping to start traveling more in the future.
This is TUSD
Meet Yeng Xiong
How long have you worked in TUSD?  This is my second school year with TUSD at Turlock Junior High School.

What is your job title?  I have the awesome job of being the school’s Library Technician.

Where did you work prior to TUSD? I worked as a Library Media Technician at McSwain Union School District in Merced before joining TUSD. Prior to that, I’ve worked a Residential Outdoor Science Instructor for Sierra Nevada Journeys in the high Sierra Mountains and also as AmeriCorps Mentor in the Merced County area.

Any info you would like to share about your job? Average day?  I have the exciting job of opening and closing up the library. Our library has a full size computer lab, printing services, desk area, collection of library books and is also the home to TJHS Tiger Vision Live (TVL) studio where we live stream school announcements via Youtube every day. This year I’m trying out a few new things in the library, such as allowing students to check out as many books as they want and introducing initiatives such as Pop-Up Library where I close down the library so that I can randomly set up a mobile library somewhere out on the school campus so that I can reach out to students who don’t normally visit the library. The best part of my day is the daily human interaction I have with our students and staff.

Things you are most proud of?  I am most proud of my colleagues and my students at TJHS. I’m fortunate to get to work with great student population and great staff. The office staff, custodial staff, campus supervisor staff, lunch staff, teachers and other classified/certificated Staff are what makes TJHS great.
Challenges? Finding the right book for the right individual. When in doubt, I always suggest to my students to use the 10% rule. Read 10% of the book and if it doesn’t interest you, return it for a new one. Life is too short to read a boring book.

Favorite memory/story? My favorite memories are the conversations and stories shared by my students. They bring the good and the bad and make working in a library an exciting place. One of my most memorable memories is talking to one of my students about the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scoot Fitzgerald. Prior to her checking it out, we had a discussion about how although the book is a good classic novel, it may be confusing in the beginning. She gave it a try and returned it in a few days telling me about her unsuccessful experiences in trying to read the book. We had a good laugh about it. It is unfortunate that this bright student was recently involved in a car accident which resulted in her death. Now, every time I come across this title, I am reminded of how the most subtle things lingers in our memories and to every day treasure the experiences offered in life.

What are you reading The Baby Owner’s Manual , by Louis Borgenicht and Joe Borgenicht. One of my awesome co-workers gifted it to me so that I can learn how to become a successful dad.

Any favorite shows you’re watching on TV? One of our favorite shows is Criminal Minds . I’m currently catching up on New Amsterdam , and The Good Doctor .
Anything surprising we may not know about you? One of my favorite quotes is: “Yes you can, no you can’t, you are right.”

Anything about your personal life you’d like to share? Outside of work, I volunteer my time with the local Lions Club to improve our community. We do a lot of projects such as providing leadership opportunities for youth, vision screening, providing eyeglasses for low-income individuals who may not be able to afford them and supporting other local projects/organizations such as Relay For Life.
I’m also a huge fan of Peanuts (Snoopy/Charlie Brown), drinking coffee, gardening, and exploring new food adventures.
Kids' Art Corner
Medeiros Elementary School
Seen on Social Media
CTE Culinary Arts Tour
Pitman High School Culinary Arts students went on their annual restaurant tour of downtown Turlock visiting La Mo, Bistro 234, and Crust and Crumb. Instructor Mohini Singh has helped line up several internships for students at these restaurants! TUSD Farm Coordinator Laura Brem is also developing partnerships with local restaurants like the new First and Main to purchase farm produce. Thank you to Brityn Butrick, Leroy Walker, & George Kosmas for the many insider, “kitchen confidential” tips. We LOVE our Turlock community!
100 Days of School
Dutcher Middle School
Go Warriors! Our DMS Girls Basketball program attended a CSU Stanislaus Women’s Basketball game and got the opportunity to meet some of the players. Thanks you to Coach Velazquez and Coach Stevenson for organizing the outing!
The 411
Did you know that we now have school year calendars through 2021 posted on the TUSD website? Starting vacation planning in 3, 2, 1! 
TK/K Kindergarten Registration
Transitional Kindergarten (TK)/Kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year has been scheduled for Turlock Unified School District. To be eligible for Kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2019. To be eligible for TK, a child must turn five years old between September 2 and December 2, 2019. For more information, visit the TUSD website .
LCAP Survey Now Open!
Deadline: March 1, 2019
It is once again time to let your voice be heard. The purpose of the LCAP survey us to gather input for creating TUSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan. The LCAP will be used to guide decisions regarding how we allocate resources for our programs. We appreciate you taking the time to help us plan for the future needs of our TUSD students—your voice matters!
Share Your Awesome!

Marie Russell
Chief Communication Coordinator

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