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.
Congratulations to the 2015 San Joaquin A + Award winners from Stockton Unified Schools! And thank you San Joaquin A+ for your generous and thoughtful acknowledgement of the outstanding teachers in our area.
A dozen teachers from throughout San Joaquin County were honored last week at a special reception at the Stockton Golf and Country Club attended by local education leaders, elected officials and other community leaders and dignitaries.
Tiny August Elementary School continues to give generously and globally. This spring the 600 students, who have raised money for the homeless, the hungry, victims of the tsunami in Japan and Hurricane Sandy and last year, a water well in Ghana, turned their sights on the small village of Butebe, Uganda, desperately in need of a new water well.
First they raised $1,800 in coins that went to start the digging in Uganda. Then on Friday the student council ran an all-day carnival, “H20 for Uganda,” and raised another $2,000 to complete the project this summer. The carnival was completely organized and run by students, who painted faces, ran coin tosses, fishing booths, tiger targets and bingo, among a whole school yard of fun events. Principal Lori Risso and staff managed ticket sales and hot dogs.
Hundreds of parents and student packed into Barnes and Noble Bookstore this month for the 31st Annual Young Authors' Faire, where SUSD elementary students read some of the more than 400 books they’d written, illustrated and bound for the event.
Nearly 100 students read their stories aloud from a specially placed podium. Others just browsed through the student work, set up on tables in the bookstore. This year some stories were shown online, via a computer. Teacher Stacy Sims’ transitional kinders at Taylor Elementary created their stories from random shapes assigned all year. The resulting artwork and stories were a hit at the fair!
The Young Authors' Faire was created to inspire students to read, write and develop a love of literacy. Take a look at this year’s terrific event!
Congratulations to two SUSD high schools ranked this week among the top in the country and the state for preparing students for college.
Stockton Early College Academy ranked 31st in the state and 184th in the nation for college readiness, earning it the U.S. News and World Report gold ranking, the highest for any high school in San Joaquin County.
Pacific Law Academy was also ranked: 124th in the state and 647th in the nation, earning PLA a silver medal. The annual rankings covered more than 29,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. In California, 900 schools were ranked; nationally 2,199 were.
Congratulations to the nineteen SUSD students who received a 2015 Pinnacle Award! Pinnacle students make up the top 1 percent of graduating seniors in San Joaquin and Calaveras counties based on academics, extracurricular involvement, and citizenship.
Congratulations also to the fifty-nine Distinguished Students from SUSD, who make up the next two percentage of graduating seniors after the Pinnacle students. A special section published in The Record newspaper last Sunday, May 17, shared the Pinnacle students' photos and biographies, as well as the list of Distinguished Students. Congratulations to all!