Principal, Ms. Risso, Tiger Leader 1

  • Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic school year! It is my great pleasure in serving as your Principal for another year as I celebrate my 30th year as an educator in Stockton Unified.  My primary goal is to ensure that all students are learning in a nurturing and challenging environment, whether we are on our campus or learning remotely through our distance learning platform.  Our staff collaborates with parents as a team to create a rigorous learning environment that is focused on high student achievement.

    I am extremely proud to annunce August School was named an AVID Showcase School by the AVID Center this year!   We will continue to implement the school-wide AVID experience through our distance learning and hybrid platforms.   WICOR strategies will be implemented throughout all our grade levels, and will focus on instructional sound techniques that have proven to improve children's writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading skills. The AVID program prepares our students not just for a career, but the skillset to attend college.  Furthermore, AVID elective classes are offered to students in 6th through 8th-grades through an application process that includes an interview.  

    Fridays at August are college swag day where students wear their class college shirts to school. Each teacher has selected and adopted a college or university to celebrate in their classrooms. We look forward to observing the excitement in our students as they become more aware and interested in their own college future.  We start every Friday together on the blacktop for our Friday Announcements Ceremony.  My favorite part is looking at all our students proudly displaying their college swag and participating in the college shout out.  Even our parents participate representing UC Merced!

    During distance learning, it is imperative your child connects with the teacher daily for live instruction using their own technology or a district issued chromebook.  Attendance will be taken everyday. The majority of the teachers use Google classroom, Remind App, or Class Dojo to turn in assignments and communicate with parents.  Please assist your child to ensure they are connecting to live instruction and everything is completed and turned in on time. Parents can sign up for daily or weekly reports from Google classroom to help with this process, but a parent email is required.   Our counselor, community assist, and administration will hold weekly parent coffee hour meetings to offer parent trainings and answer questions.  A distance learnning page will soon be added to our August page with tons of parent resources and a contact list to assist with answering your questions or assisting you in solving problems.  We are here for our community!

    The safety of our community and the achievement of our students are our number one priorities at August School.  Please wear a mask if you need to come to any SUSD office and practice social distancing using the 6ft rule.  These guidelines help to ensure our community's safety during these unprecedented times.  

    Our virtual school hours will be from 8:00-2:00 and all students will have lunch from 10:30-11:30 daily.   Our school office will be open from 7:30-3:30 to service the community during distance learning.

    Thank you for your support. I look forward to working with you and your child this school year. If you ever feel the need to discuss any issues, feel free to call the office at (209) 933-7160 to make an appointment.  I can also be reached via email at

    August Tigers ALWAYS make me proud!


    Mrs. Risso


    • Travel to Italy 
    • Start a non-profit animal rescue
    • Travel, travel, travel...
    • Take off in a fighter jet from an aircraft carrier
    • Learn to fly a helicopter
    • Retire on the coast
  • Entering her eleventh year as an administrator, Ms. Risso celebrates her 27th year serving Stockton Unified. This is Ms. Risso’s seventh year as Principal of August School. Before arriving to August, Ms Risso was at Cleveland School for 20 years as both a teacher and an Assistant Principal.  She is an alumna of California State University, Stanislaus and the University of the Pacific. She enjoys long walks on the beaches in Hawaii, Aptos or Pismo.  When not at August School, you can find Ms. Risso tending to her two dogs: Gia and Rocco.