July 27, 2015
Dear Stockton Unified staff, parents, and community,
Welcome back! We are looking forward to a terrific 2015-16 school year, with plans in place for some new programs and added staff aimed at helping our students succeed. This year you will see more computers and technology in classrooms, a plan for intervention teachers to catch students at risk of falling behind, more counselors, and, new this year, family social workers.
Our schools are setting aside time for teachers to collaborate with each other over best instructional practices and for greater parent involvement. Many schools will immediately see expansions in the AVID programs that propel students to becoming the first in their families to attend college, and in our Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS) student leadership programs. You will all, I hope, be happy as your schools become true Professional Learning Communities.
At Franklin High School everyone will be eating in a new cafeteria and at Edison High School the construction teams are literally bringing the house down. The new Edison will be worth the building chaos, as will the construction at Roosevelt Elementary this year, so please bear with us as we modernize two of our oldest schools as smoothly as we can. And by year’s end all schools should have new electronic marquees out front.
Our SUSD team worked hard all summer to prepare for this opening. The lawns may be brown due to the drastic water savings we’ve worked to achieve, but crews have the campuses in ship shape for our students’ return.
Our schools are ready. Our teachers, principals and staffs are ready. Let’s push for an outstanding year at SUSD!
More than 100 incoming eighth and ninth graders spent their summer vacation “catching math” at SUSD’s algebra and geometry prep program at the University of the Pacific in June and July. This year 75 eighth graders studied algebra concepts to get ready for high school math classes, while another 40 ninth graders prepared for geometry. Classes were held in the UOP Math Department classrooms. For the program graduation, parents were invited into the classrooms to see the work accomplished.
Stockton Unified School District will begin the 2015-2016 school year on August 11, 2015. To be sure that the transition into the new school year goes smoothly, SUSD has created a list of to-dos for parents:
- Register your child for school. If your child is not yet registered, please contact the main office of the school nearest you for assistance. You may also contact the Educational Services Department for school enrollment assistance at (209)933-7040.
- Confirm that your child’s immunizations are up-to-date. For questions about immunization requirements, please contact the SUSD Health Services Department at (209)933-7060.
More than 2,000 high school seniors graduated from SUSD high schools this month, with most moving now to college, some into the military forces and others to work. The festivities were beautiful, with students celebrating their accomplishments with family and friends during graduation ceremonies at the Stockton Arena, the University of the Pacific, Atherton Auditorium or at their high school campus.