Welcome to the 2018-19 school year
July 25, 2018
Dear Stockton Unified Community,
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! I look forward to visiting all our schools in the coming weeks and hope to meet many of you. As we start I want to be very clear on our mission. We are not confused: We lift students out of poverty and we do this by preparing all of our students to graduate from high school college-, career-, and community-ready. Our students, families and community are counting on us. In order to succeed we must share an unshakeable belief that all of our students can achieve at high levels.
Our students are perfectly able to perform beyond what we have seen in this district. We can and will move academic achievement forward. I have every confidence that our teachers and schools can do the work necessary. My office and central administration will support our schools and classrooms to insure they have what they need to succeed. We have worked all summer to prepare for an outstanding year for our students.
This year we are adding dozens of additional counselors, some to address student coursework, others trained in trauma and mental health supports. We will have more help to improve attendance and reduce truancy. We are investing in career technology education and effective programs for English language learners. We are establishing and strengthening curriculum, especially in math and English language arts. And, despite a nationwide teacher shortage, we are working to reduce teacher substitute days.
We are focused on our most critical areas: raising achievement while reducing chronic absenteeism, suspensions and expulsions among our students.
We remain committed to providing our students safe and welcoming schools. Our district is a Safe Haven. All students are welcome, regardless of status.
As students, teachers, school staffs, district employees, parents, and community members, I ask for your dedication in the coming months. You must demand more from us. It is our goal to lift students out of poverty through excellent instruction and a top-notch education. Let’s commit ourselves to making that happen.
Soon you will see our latest school achievement reports posted on the school websites. Our performances, graduation and dropout rates and more can be found on the California Dashboard at www.caschooldashboard.org.
I look forward to working with all of you to make #stocktonstrong our reality.
John E. Deasy, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Stockton Unified School District
¡Adelante en Servicio!