Principal, Ms. Risso, Tiger Leader 1

  • Welcome to the 2019-2020 academic school year! It is my great pleasure in serving as your Principal for another year. My primary goal is to ensure that all students are learning in a nurturing and challenging atmosphere. The staff works with parents as a team, to create a rigorous learning environment that is focused on high student achievement.

    This year, we will continue to implement the school-wide AVID experience! Students participate in the Advanced Via Individual Determination program are eager to prepare not just for a career, but more importantly, attend college. The AVID elective class is offered to some of our current 6th through 8th-grade students. While these students become organized, the other WICOR strategies will be implemented throughout all our grade levels. Those strategies focus on instructional sound techniques that have proven to improve children's writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading skills.

    With the above in mind, we implemented a college day during the week where students wear a college logo 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.

    As a gentle reminder, ALL August Tigers should have homework and a reading log nightly. Please assist your child to ensure everything is completed and turned in on time. August School students do not wear uniforms but adhere to a strict dress code. If your child violates the dress code, he/she will be asked to change or you will be notified to bring a change of clothes.

    The safety and achievement of your students are our number one priority at August School.  We ask that ALL parent visitors follow procedures and check-in at the office.  All exterior gates will remain locked during school hours.  You are always welcome and encouraged to periodically visit your child’s classroom, but the school office will be the only way to access our campus.

    Our school hours will be from 7:55-1:50 daily. Please follow the pickup and dismissal rules that are included in your opening school packet. Parents who are interested in Rosetta Stone classes should see Mr. Figueroa before the seats fill up. 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 with either Mrs. Cappalla or me.

    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.