Stockton Unified is so proud of its San Joaquin A+ Spirit of Literacy Award Winners, celebrated at a countywide event last week for contributions to the organization’s mission of early and excellent literacy. This year Maxine Hong Kingston’s Preschool was named Literacy program of the Year and longtime El Dorado teacher Tracey Sittig was awarded Educator of the Year!
Hong Kingston Principal Sylvia Martinez and teachers Karen Dukes, Julie Joint and Diana Flood, along with assistant Myrna Gutierrez, were honored at the annual A+ dinner last month for their many literacy programs, among them, the Raising A Reader Weekly Book Bag Exchange in which parents are taught best practices for inspiring readers.
Hong Kingston seventh and eighth graders work with the preschool teaching staff to provide hands-on literacy activities for parents and the students. The families learn the importance of nightly reading at home. Parents are then provided books and a book bag with the expectation that reading routines will continue into kindergarten and beyond.
Ms. Sittig, nominated by SUSD Curriculum Director Robert Sahli, offers students in the El Dorado middle grades a strong literacy and writing focus and works hard to help students find and develop their own voice. She provides rich literature instruction through poetry, plays and novels. For the past two years she has helped develop the Common Core Units of Study for SUSD and led her peers thought the process of constructing meaningful and engaging lessons.
Ms. Sittig recently joined the districts Peer Assistance and Review Panel to help teachers who are struggling. Her passion for literacy education clearly inspires her students and those beyond her classroom.
Huge congratulations to the Hong Kingston Preschool and Tracey Sittig for receiving the A+ recognition and, more importantly, for such inspirational service to SUSD students! And special thanks to the Cesar Chavez High School jazz band and choir for their performance at the dinner!
Hong Kingston/Valenzuela Magnet Elementary School celebrated Unity Day, created by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to unite schools and communities against bullying, in a BIG way. In addition to wearing orange to show their support, students, faculty and staff joined together for a school-wide march against bullying!
Stockton Unified schools thank Love Stockton! for the organizations on-the-ground work to help spruce up our schools Saturday. Thousands of volunteers signed up to work on projects all over the city, including seven SUSD elementary schools. They raked leaves, picked up trash, planted, painted and made repairs that left our schools looking, well, loved. Stockton’s churches pitched in big time this year to make this annual event a success. Check out our gallery of just some of the work at Pittman, Cleveland, Tyler and Elmwood schools.