The 37th Annual SUSD Kennedy Games saw 1,100 students and their families celebrate athleticism and sportsmanship as well as international good will Saturday at the San Joaquin Delta College Track and Field facility.
This year 31 teams competed in the opening parade, featuring every school representing a different country, and a series of competitions, including relays, soccer kicks, the long jump, ball throw and 400-meter runs. Cleveland Elementary School, representing Cambodia, took first place in the parade for their wonderful costumes and Cambodian dance routines.
Pittman Elementary took overall first place for the competitions among 5th-6th graders, followed by Commodore Stockton Skills, Hong Kingston-Valenzuela and El Dorado. The overall winners for the 7th-8th grade competition were Langston Hughes, Commodore Stockton Skills, Bush and Marshall.
Hundreds of parents and school staff cheered the competitors on from all sides of the track and this year there were terrific times and showings. Among the countries represented: the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, India, Spain, France, Canada, Nigeria, Switzerland, England and Sweden.
The Kennedy Games are one of SUSD’s biggest events and are modeled after Olympic competitions and named for former President John F. Kennedy.
Congratulations to all our athletes! Great games and great sportsmanship!
Edison High School has been named a national AVID demonstration school, meaning the Edison Advancement Via Individual Determination program will be a showcase of best practices for promoting a college bound student body in a student population where few parents went to college themselves.
The school was reviewed by state and national AVID teams prior to receiving the organization’s top honor. Fewer than 2 percent of schools across the country are chosen as demonstration sites. Edison’s program, designed to move students from families without college backgrounds into advanced education, has been a huge success.
Hundreds of SUSD sixth, seventh and eighth graders packed the Spanos Center at the University of the Pacific last week for a student leadership summit to talk about ways to continue to make schools happier places of learning for ALL students.
Students from throughout the district participated in the Peer Leaders Uniting Students day-long workshop led by PLUS director John Vandenburgh, SUSD coordinator Jillian Glende and education services director Reyes Gauna. Superintendent Julie Penn was a featured speaker, getting the nearly 900 students to their feet in a rousing chorus of support for the power of student inclusion and leadership.
Thank you to all of the hundreds of volunteers and the Rotary Read-In directors who staged the biggest reading event yet on February 26. We had community members in just about every pre-k through 3rd grade class in Stockton Unified School district and the students loved every minute of it. We know your time is important and we appreciate your spending some of it with us. Our students are our single most important asset and we appreciate all your support to help them succeed.
2015-16 is year-two for the state’s Local Control Accountability Plan and SUSD is already planning for it. Join us. We have a number of parent meetings scheduled at our schools (go HERE ) and look forward to seeing you there. Last year the LCAP included funding for a number of programs our SUSD community requested to help us improve academic achievement for low income, English learners and foster youth.
What more should the district do? What are your ideas? Look for more meetings, a special survey, HERE on the LCAP webpage. We want to hear from you!