Congratulations to the dozens of SUSD high school students who joined schools from throught the region in Saturday’s all-day STEM competition at Delta Community College and thanks to Delta for hosting this year’s event. The teams received guest lectures and competed in math and physics tests, a geology project and bridge and tower building engineering competitions. This year, teams from Stagg, Chavez, Edison and SECA high schools joined in the fun, spending the day focused on STEM skills.
A great thank you to the members of Love Stockton who came out to work on school gardens and landscaping Saturday. This year the Love Stockton teams hoed, planted and beautified campuses at El Dorado, Elmwood, McKinley, Madison, Washington, and Health Careers Academy as well as more than a dozen schools in other districts, parks and sites around Stockton. The three-year-old program has taken on more than 175 projects to date and Stockton Unified schools have benefitted greatly.
Come out and see what a difference such organized volunteerism makes on our community. Check out the work by volunteer Dave Cicileo and his team, who have transformed and maintained the gardens at El Dorado every year. Special thanks also to Delta Tree Farms and others who donated supplies and plants! Thank you Love Stockton!
September 1, 2015
Dear SUSD Parent,
As you may know California began giving the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests for students throughout the state last year. Stockton Unified students took the new test last spring and for the first time the assessment was taken online at various grade levels.
These tests measure knowledge and understanding of the new state standards, which we all know as the Common Core. Instruction in those standards also started last year.
The scores from this first test are lower in most districts, including ours, than they were the last time students took a state standardized test, two years ago. Your student’s scores may be lower than expected or that you want to see.
This first year we will not rely on those scores for placement or progress. We absolutely expect much improved scores for the 2015-16 tests, which will be given next spring, and then we will be able to measure student progress. In fact, as our teachers refine and develop lessons for the new state standards, and our students get used to taking assessments online, we will see our scores improve year to year.