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From the Superintendent: STA Negotiations Update

 March 4, 2015


It is critical that you be informed about our ongoing negotiations over reopeners with the Stockton Teachers Association. The STA has called a strike vote for Tuesday, March 10. I believe it is only fair that our employees, teachers and the rest of our staff be aware of what the District has offered the union, where that puts our teachers’ compensation compared to others in our area and what a strike could mean to our employees.

So, we have put together a web page filled with information that I trust addresses any concerns or questions you may have. We are committed to putting more helpful information on this page as it is available. I hope you will look at it. http://susd-ca.schoolloop.com/STANegotiationsUpdate

We are all so proud of this district and what all of you are doing. Despite the uncertain days ahead, we should not lose sight of what we can and have achieved for our students: We moved those high school completion rates up and suspension/expulsion rates down, improved climates at our schools, built new campuses and modernized existing ones, and, as we close in on April, our students are planning to graduate in record numbers, with many now receiving acceptance to first class colleges.

I appreciate this is an anxious time for everyone. We are working in good faith to resolve our differences with STA amicably. Thank you for your continuing support of SUSD!

Julie Penn, Interim Superintendent


School Registrations

kindergartenroundup2015Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will take place from March 2-13, 2015 at SUSD schools. The following documents will be required to complete registration for both kindergarten and transitional kindergarten students:

• Your child’s original immunization record: The school will make a copy of the record and return it to you.
• Your child’s physical examination record: The examination must be conducted no sooner than six months prior to the start of school (February 1st, 2015 or later).
• Your child’s oral health examination record: Your child must have received an oral health examination 12 months prior to entering school (August 1st, 2014 or later).
• Your child’s proof of birth: The school will make a copy of the official birth certificate, other documents such as baptismal records and hospital records may be acceptable.
• Proof of residence: The school will need proof that you reside within its attendance area. We prefer a utility bill with your home address listed (e.g. PG&E bill).

Under California law, all Kindergarten students registering for the 2015 -2016 school year must be age 5 by September 1st, 2015. Students born between September 2, 2010 and December 2, 2010 are eligible to attend transitional kindergarten at designated transitional kindergarten sites. Begin your child’s education off right! Don’t miss enrollment! For more information, contact your school or Dr. Sylvia Ulmer at (209) 933-7040.

Transitional Kindergarten Information & Resources


SUSD 2015-16 LCAP Outreach Begins

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!


SECA ACADEC Team Scores!

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Congratulations to the SECA students who placed third overall in San Joaquin County’s Academic Decathlon Competition Division One and took first place in Division Two! The students took home more than 30 medals, surpassing the efforts of the four-year reigning champs from Tracy! Terrific work by the 61 students on the team and their tireless coaches: Andrea Bear and Shannon Kelly. These coaches have worked with the ACADEC students since March of last year! Please see the link HERE for the list of winners from SECA. We are so proud of you! Special thanks to the San Joaquin County Office of Education for holding this great annual event promoting academic achievement!


The Symphony Comes Alive!

thumb3A big thank you to the Stockton Symphony and Conductor Peter Jaffe who performed for more than 1,000 SUSD elementary students at the San Joaquin Delta College Atherton Auditorium this month.

The students, many who had never been to a symphony before, heard music by Peruvian composer Daniel Alomia Robles Russian Peter Tchaikovsky as well as some original songs written by the students themselves. They got a special treat from Paul Reisler, founder of Kid Pan Alley, the program that made the performances possible. Reisler provided students with directions how to pre-write a song, actually draft the lyrics, and finally, write the music.