TUSD Weekly Update
"Every kid is just one caring adult away from being a success story." ~Josh Shipp
Great California ShakeOut
October 18, 2018
On October 18 at 10:18 AM California will hold its annual ShakeOut. Many of our TUSD schools will engage in earthquake safety drills this day. Visit the Great ShakeOut website for additional information.
Ag Edventure
TUSD had over 1,000 3rd grade students in attendance at the annual Ag Edventure Day, which was provided at no cost by the Stanislaus Farm Bureau. Folks in attendance:

Ag Commissioners • Almond Board of CA • Blue Diamond • Bonnie Plants • Burchell Nursery • CWA • Dairy Princess • East Stanislaus RCD/NRCS • Farm Supply • Garton Tractor • Haley Farms • Hilmar Cheese • John Cabral Percherons • Merced County Sheriff’s Posse • Mid Valley Ag • Mid Valley Cowbelles • MJC Animals • National Ag Science Center • Ron and Rebecca Crump • Stanislaus Farm Supply • Sierra Diamond Quarter Horses • Tami Truax Petting Zoo • TID • UCCE

Many vendors donated items to be placed in a goody bag for students to take home to share with their families. Students also received a cabbage plant provided by Bonnie Plants. Thank you to the Stanislaus Farm Bureau for this great learning opportunity! Also shout out to our TUSD FFA students from both Pitman and Turlock High School who provided assistance throughout the morning, guiding students to and from stations. What a great Ag Edventure!
Tech in TUSD
Marshall Beyer, Ed Tech Instructional Coach
Counselor Corner
Kristen Cole
Pitman High School
October is quite the month when it comes to College and Career Readiness at the respective high schools! College and FAFSA applications have officially opened. Each school site is doing workshops, classroom presentations and labs to make sure our seniors are informed and well-equipped to start their transition into their post-graduate plans with all the support they need. We have had numerous representatives from colleges and employers on site ranging from Sonoma State to Santa Clara University to a union electrician to the Mayor. On October 10th we held the PSAT/NMSQT for juniors and had over 200 students take it district-wide! 

Another great event we were able to participate and take over 50 students to was the Rotary Career Day. This event was perfectly planned and incredibly executed by the CTE team, the Rotary Club, and the community business partners. Industries included education, child development and family services, public service, health science and medical technology, and agriculture. There were a vast variety of careers represented from social work, to ag business management, to optometry, just to name a few. Students who attended all had fantastic things to say about the event and said they all felt they learned something valuable. Amir Aziz, a Pitman High senior stated "It was a great opportunity for all students to go out and get your foot in the door and see what you want to do." He encouraged his peers to attend next year stating, "If you don't have an idea of what you want to do there are great people out there from different places and you can learn about many different fields.” Destiny Rutherford, Pitman High senior stated that what she took away from the day was to "Do something that you are passionate about." Bryan Barriga, a Pitman junior stated that he learned that "You can get very far in life with an education. I encourage all students to attend next year. They are very informative and can help you with your future.”

Our next big event is the district-wide College Night scheduled for Thursday, October 18 from 5:30-7:30 PM in the Pitman High School Gymnasium. There will be a presentation regarding general college information, a college fair with approximately 50 representatives, and breakout sessions for information on financial aid and NCAA. We encourage everyone to attend and help spread the word!
Hometown Hero
Pitman High School
Schools Attended in TUSD: Dennis Earl Elementary, Turlock Junior High School, Pitman High School

Year Graduated: 2013

Military Branch: U.S. Marine Corps

Job/MOS: 5811 Military Police Officer (Currently attached to the Executive Flight Detachment HMX1)

Where are you stationed? Quantico, VA

Why did you join the military? I joined to follow in my father’s footsteps and to be the best I could be.

What is your favorite part of being in the military? All experiences that I couldn’t have anywhere else—I’ve been within arm’s reach of the President—and the camaraderie.

What has been the biggest challenge? Time away from my family.

What are your goals for the future? In the future I’d like to take my family to see the destinations I’ve seen that I really enjoyed.

Any hobbies? I like to work on cars, hunt, and fish.

Anyone you’d like to recognize for helping you on this journey? My parents, teachers, and coaches.
Safe School Sports Award
Turlock High School
Turlock High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its athletics program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

 “Turlock High School is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players,” said Dana Salles Trevethan, Superintendent.

“We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports,” says NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC. “This award recognizes the contributions and commitment of schools across the country that are implementing safe sports policies and best practices to ensure athletes can do what they love best and have the appropriate care in place to prevent, manage and treat injuries should they occur.”
Turlock High is the 964 High School in nation, 31st in California and only the 20th public High School in California to achieve this award.

In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, as Turlock High School has, athletic programs must do the following:

  • Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
  • Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
  • Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities'Plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
  • Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
  • Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
  • Provide or facilitate injury intervention
  • Create a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
  • Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

Thank you to Athletic Trainer Mike Collins and the many coaches who help keep our student-athletes safe!
School Spotlight: Walnut
We’re visiting Walnut Elementary Education Center today! Here are some facts about their school:

✔ Est. 2007
✔ Principal: Sumeet Singh
✔ Assistant Principal: Ginette Reeves
✔ 39 Teachers
✔ 23 Classified Staff
✔ 912 Students
✔ School Mascot: Discovery Dynamos & Renaissance Rays

Have a great year, Magneteers!
Math and science teachers in the 2nd grade Professional Learning Community at Walnut Elementary Education Center met to analyze data from a recent Wonders reading comprehension test and also plan interventions for their Tier 3 students. Teachers drilled down assessment data on individual student’s responses to make instructional decisions such as “needs further help with plurals.” We appreciate teachers hard work in PLC’s to ensure “all means ALL” for our TUSD students. 
This is TUSD
Meet John Snoke
How long have you worked in TUSD? 2 years

What is your job title? Campus Supervisor at Medeiros Elementary School

Where did you work prior to TUSD? Newman Crows Landing Unified School District for 4 years in the Maintenance & Operations Department.

Any info you would like to share about your job? Average day? I am very fortunate to be in this position. Being in a school that has close to 900 students is a huge responsibility that involves providing constant safety and supervision for them. Supervision is required in all areas in and outside the school including events occurring during and after school hours.

Things you are most proud of? I am proud of myself for overcoming struggles that I have dealt with in life. I was able to achieve many of my long-term goals, this includes graduating college and obtaining several certificates.

Favorite memory/story? My favorite memory is when my brother told me that I was going to be an uncle. It was done through a fake argument and pizza. LOL.

What are you reading? I am currently reading The John Gotti Story, it was written his daughter, Victoria Gotti. I am frequent visitor to the Turlock Public Library.

Any favorite shows you’re watching on TV? Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Will and Grace, Chrisley Knows Best, The Price is Right, and Jersey Shore – MTV.

Anything about your personal life you’d like to share? Outside of work, I volunteer at Medeiros and other TUSD sites for Fall Carnival and Festival on the Green. I am an active member of the Turlock community and serve as neighborhood watch captain for my neighborhood and attend the community academy that is offered through Turlock Police Department. My favorite thing to do most is spend time with my family that includes my mom, Nanette Snoke-TUSD Retiree, brother Patrick, bister-in-law Melissa, and my niece and nephew, Makayla and Matthew, who attend Brown Elementary School. 
The 411
October 18 tickets will go on sale to THS and PHS students

October 22 tickets will go on sale to the community (4 tickets max)

Adults $8/ Students $6 ($3 ASB) 
Seen on Social Media
TUSD Goes Pink
There was a sea of PINK at the Turlock High School water polo games against Gregori High School! Shout out to everyone who wore PINK and/or their Kayla Bernardi BEE Positive Foundation swag to support positive attitudes and cancer awareness! ALL 4 teams WON!!! 
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