Manteca Unified’s top 10 graduating senior classes choose next steps

The Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) published a top 10 list of students from each comprehensive and alternative education programs.

Manteca Unified has an overall graduation rate at 92.8 percent in 2013-2014.

For individual comprehensive high school, Manteca Unified four-year graduation rates from data collected from the California Department of Education are as followed:

  • 96.4% for East Union High School
  • 96.6% for Lathrop High School
  • 95.4% for Manteca High School
  • 96.0% for Sierra High School
  • 95.3% for Weston Ranch High School
In California, had an 80.4 percent graduation rate in 2012-13.
Below are the top 10 graduating seniors from eight schools and where they plan to attend for the next step in their education. Academy
  • Valerie Casados (Modesto Junior College)
  • David Carl (Air Force)
Calla High School
  • Serina Gaynor (Modesto Junior College)
  • Danielle Hook (Delta College)
  • Amanda Covarrubias (Delta College)
  • Marissa Cabada (La Positas College)
  • Hector Estrada (Delta College)
East Union High School
  • Marina Flores (Fresno State)
  • Alexandira Scott (UC Davis)
  • Marissa King (CSU Long Beach)
  • Zach Mathew (UC San Diego)
  • Alyssa Baretta (Chico State)
  • Steve Sandoval (CSU Long Beach)
  • Ryan Shaw (UC Berkeley)
  • Melody Haskell (Richmand, The American University in London)
  • Ranae Preston (Westminster College)
  • Noah Ledesma (CSU Fresno)
Lathrop High School
  • Namrta Gill (UCLA)
  • Manpreet Singh (UC Davis)
  • Melonie Vaughn (Harvard University)
  • Jaynah Palma (UC Davis)
  • Erin Justin Dural (Pacific)
  • Gabrielle Ruma (UC Irvine)
  • Jason Millner (Pacific)
  • Roger Rodriguez (UC San Diego)
  • Jonathan Arevalo (UC Merced)
  • Michael Li (UC Davis)
  • Yancy Ram (UC Davis)
Manteca High School
  • Ryan Ender (UCLA)
  • Yok Jing Ma (UC Davis)
  • Mahir Pepic (UCLA)
  • Nermeeta Dhillon (UC San Diego)
  • Alyssa Avila (UC San Diego)
  • Isabella Garcia-Mendez (UC Berkeley)
  • Emily Rittner (UC Berkeley)
  • Mailee Danao (UC Davis)
  • Kasside Sahagun Escalante (San Francisco State)
  • Sabrina Meckler (Modesto Junior College)
New Vision High School
  • Danna Banuelos (Delta College)
  • Alejandro Diaz (Delta College)
  • Jazmine Feliciano (Delta College Nursing Program)
  • Joseph Lozano (Delta College)
  • Christian Parcasio (Military)
  • Brian Perez (Undecided)
  • Lilliana Perez (Vocational School)
  • Vinde Roy (Los Positas College)
  • Billy Thao (Delta College
  • Oren Vidal (Delta College)
Sierra High School
  • Nicole Arteaga (UC Davis)
  • Anis Guedoir (UC Berkeley)
  • Megan DeGroot (San Jose State University)
  • Anna Recker (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising)
  • Ryan Vasquez (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Alfredo Lopez (UC Davis)
  • Jessica Luca (Stanislaus State)
  • Mariel Cahiles (Chico State)
  • Marissa Benham (Sonoma State)
  • Sharmaine Chahiles (Chico State)
Weston Ranch High School
  • Teresa Duong (UC Davis)
  • Terry Ton (UC Berkeley)
  • Kazoua Vang (UC Davis)
  • Karla Mosqueda (UC Merced)
  • Lovelyn Saini (UCLA)
  • Poonampreet Kaur (UC Davis)
  • Jesus Guerrero (San Jose State University)
  • Terese Haley (UCLA)
  • Jim Moua (UC Berkeley)
  • Tiffanie Brooks (UC Merced)
Congratulations to all of those in San Joaquin County and beyond on your graduation.

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Stockton Continuation High School named 2015 Model List

Back in March, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the designation of 29 Model Continuation High Schools in the state.

In short terms, continuation schools are available to students who may have been at risk of not graduating. Some find being in a high school don’t exactly fit their needs. Class sizes are smaller. Educators are more personal.

One of these schools, located right in Stockton is Sture Larsson, a campus with 150 students on 1813 McClellan Way was featured on this list. Principal Phyllis Kahl, who has been at the school for 13 years, is set to retire next month. This also isn’t the first time Larsson has been named a Model Continuation school, it happened once before back in 2011.

But don’t think for a second that students who attend a continuation high school are different in a negative way.

“What we really work to do is overcome the stigma that comes with a continuation and alternative program,” Kahl said. “All the kinds of community service and activities we do with our kids in the district helps the community realize that kids that go here aren’t ‘those kids.’ They’re great kids.”

Check The Record here.

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SJ Office of Education to hold job fair

Just in time for fresh new college graduates seeking their first step into the workforce, the San Joaquin Office of Education is holding a job fair on Saturday, June 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Seven participating employers will be hiring for multiple positions related to Head Start and Early Head Start services.

The list of employers on site will include:

  • Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Community Action Partnership of Kern
  • Creative Child Care, Inc.
  • Family Resources & Referral Center
  • Lodi Unified School District
  • San Joaquin County Office of Education
  • Stockton Unified School District
Those planning to attend are asked to bring multiple copies of their resume, letter of introduction and letter(s) of recommendation.
Professional attire is highly recommended as some employers may conduct interviews on site.
The job fair will be held at the Wentworth Education Center of the SJCOE on 2707 Transworld Drive in Stockton.
For more information, contact Shawn Chavez at (209) 468-5952 or email at There is also the ability to pre-register online to avoid the risk of standing in long lines.

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Stockton Collegiate International ranked in national honors

STOCKTON – Earlier this month, Stockton schools had several pieces of good news to share.

Nineteen-year old AnaMiguel Rodriguez, became the first SECA student to receive her bachelor’s degree. The school allows students to take community college credits at the same time they are in high school, cutting down on the cost of a college education as well as helping them earn degrees faster.

Then, they earned a gold ranking as one of the best high schools as far as college readiness, according to the U.S. News and World Reports rankings.

Adding to the list of national rankings for Stockton schools is Stockton Collegiate International School. On May 17, the charter school has been acknowledged by the Washington Post as one of the nation’s Most Challenging High Schools.

Stockton Collegiate was ranked at #50 overall and #6 in the state of California.

According to Jay Matthews of the Post, they complied the rankings by taking the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divide by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June.

In an email by IB Diploma Program Coordinator Dan Thiele, Stockton Collegiate has a 100% participation in International Baccalaureate testing, with a 58% pass rate.

You can view the complete list of the national ranking here.


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High school essay contest honors Frederick Douglass

San Joaquin County high schoolers are invited to take part in the first Frederick Douglass Essay Contest, addressing the topic “It’s hard out here in Stockton … how would he address his desire for freedom for all?”

The contest, honoring the famed abolitionist who was born a slave and became a prominent black statesman, is open to students in grades 9 through 12 and carries cash prizes ranging from $25 to $500 for seniors who take first place. Entries must be postmarked or sent by June 1 to or faxed to (209) 451-9533, attention Karen Griggs. They may be typed or handwritten but should be double-spaced and 300-500 words.

Applications and more information can be found at

The contest is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Foundation of California, With Our Words, Inc. and the Black Student Union of San Joaquin Delta College. An awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. June 19 at Upper Danner Hall on the Delta campus. The ceremony coincides with Juneteenth – marking its 150th year in 2015 – commemorating slavery’s end.

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Every high school in U.S. to receive free ‘Selma’ DVD

Every high school in the country will receive a free DVD of the Academy Award-winning film “Selma,” which chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965 in a historic effort to secure equal voting rights for blacks.

“The response from students and teachers to our ‘Selma for Students’ initiative was overwhelmingly positive and we are delighted to be extending the campaign,” Megan Colligan, president of worldwide distribution and marketing at Paramount Pictures, said in a news release. “During the film’s theatrical run more than 300,000 young people were able to see the film for free. By providing DVDs to all of the high schools in the country, we hope to reach all 18 million high school students with the film’s powerful and inspiring story.”

Hitting theaters amid a number of racially charged police incidents that sparked nationwide protests, the movie debuted at a pivotal time in the country and Paramount points to high schoolers as a particularly important audience for the film.

“With many of these students preparing to vote for the first time in next year’s elections,” Colligan said, “it is especially fitting that they witness the bravery and fortitude of those who fought to establish the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

Stockton was among several major cities in which Paramount offered free admission in January to students as part of its “Selma for students” initiative. The film will be sent to both public and private schools, director Ava DuVernay announced Thursday during a special screening for high schoolers at the United Nations; teachers can also order free study guides to accompany discussions of the film at

“To think that this triumphant story of dignity and justice will be available to every high school in this country is a realization of many dreams and many hopes,” DuVernay said in a statement. “I applaud Paramount on this extraordinary effort, and salute the teachers who will provide classes and context on the work of Dr. King and his comrades to the young minds of our nation.”


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SUSD’s 37th International Kennedy Games this Saturday at Delta

More than 1,000 students from 32 Stockton Unified schools will take part in Saturday’s International Kennedy Games, a popular annual event that draws hundreds of spectators and families to San Joaquin Delta College to take in the track and field competitions.

Each of the schools has adopted a different country and will represent it in the opening ceremony, the Parade of Countries, with costumes and flags from their chosen nation. Participating athletes can wear the colors chosen to represent their school’s country and in preparation have studied that country ahead of the 37th annual games.

The 1,100 athletes, all fourth- through eighth- graders, will compete in numerous track and field events such running long jump, softball throw, soccer kick/punt, football kicks and foot races and relays, overseen by a small army of volunteers who coach, score, judge, time and clerk each event.

Medals and ribbons will be awarded to parade winners, top teams and athletes as well as to students who demonstrate good citizenship.

The games begin at 8 a.m. at San Joaquin Delta College’s track and field.

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Young mathletes to compete in S.J. tourney

STOCKTON – Twenty seven teams from schools across the county will compete Saturday in the fifth annual San Joaquin County Math Tournament, the San Joaquin County Office of Education has announced.

Roughly 170 fourth- through sixth-graders from 16 schools will go head to head in the tournament, which helps schools promote excellence in math, raise student test scores, increase student self-esteem, develop problem-solving skills and hone cooperative skills in a competitive environment. A tournament for seventh- and eighth-grade students was held March 21.

The tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a team event at 11 a.m. and an awards ceremony as early as 12:45 p.m., should no tiebreakers be needed. Hosted by the county office’s Mathematics Department, the event will be held at the Wentworth Education Center, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton. Results will be posted on the San Joaquin County Office of Education Facebook page at Look for updates and photos on Instagram and Twitter using #SJCMath2015.

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Stockton grad’s ‘A River Changes Course’ Cambodian documentary makes Sundance’s top 7 Earth Day films

Edison High grad Kalyanee Mam’s directorial debut, “A River Changes Course,” documenting how Cambodian families are faced with profound changes to their ways of life because of industrialization, was selected as one of theseven top environmentally conscious films for Earth Day. The 2012 film won a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize the next year for the Cambodian-born Mam, whose family fled the Khmer Rouge and came to Stockton in 1983 when she she was 6. Edison inducted her into its Hall of Fame last fall.

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$1,000 scholarships available for college-bound Latinos

The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation has announced the launch of its inaugural scholarship program, which will award 25 $1,000 college scholarships this year to eligible students accepted into an accredited college or university. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2015.

In order to be eligible for scholarship consideration, students must:

  • Be a full time student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university, OR
  • Be a graduating high school senior with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Submit a completed application and provide all required supplementary documents by the application deadline.

Selection will be based on academic performance, personal statements, participation in extracurricular activities, leadership positions held, special awards and honors received, work history. Winners will be announced June 19.

Click here for more information or to print out a copy of the scholarship application.

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