Lincoln Unified to recieve California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) grants

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced 28 school districts will share nearly $18.2 million in California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) grants to enhance math and science instruction for disadvantaged students on Thursday.

“These grants will provide educators the support they need to teach California’s rigorous new standards to our most vulnerable students,” said Torlakson in a statement. “By enhancing the teaching and learning of math and science, students will gain the skills they need to prepare for college and 21st century careers in our high-tech economy.”

CaMSP is a federal grant administered by the state, designed to help local school districts partner with other education groups. These groups must be interested in providing professional development for teachers in math and science, but also technology and engineering, collectively known as STEM. In order to qualify for the grant, at least 40 percent of the districts’ students must be low-income.

Of the 28 districts sharing the $18.2 million in funding, 25 of the districts competed for new funding and were selected based on the quality of their plans to improve math and science education. The remaining three districts were awarded continued funding based on the success of their existing programs. In the group or “cohort” 9 winners, their projects offered teachers 60 hours of intensive instruction in how to better teach math and science, and 24 hours of follow-up coaching.

Lincoln Unified School District is the only district in San Joaquin County on the list. The district will receive $600,000. For a list of the other recipients, click here.

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Business Awards Scholarships to Business-Minded Grads

Twenty-two graduates interested in pursuing careers in the world of business have some valuable help obtaining their goals with the 2014-15 CB Merchant Services Business Scholarship.

CB Merchant Services donated $11,000 for the scholarships paid out through the San Joaquin County Office of Education Educational Foundation. The scholarship will be shared among the 22 participating high schools in San Joaquin County. One student from each high school is nominated for a $500 scholarship.

In choosing the winners, the graduating senior must have shown interest in obtaining a college education in business or business-related major.

The awardees from San Joaquin County are as followed:

  • Thomas Thrush, Jr., Bear Creek High School
  • Erandi Albor, Caser Chavez High School
  • Matthew Bacuyani, East Union High School
  • Alexander Woods, Edison High School
  • Shelby Cornett, Escalon High School
  • Adriana Ozornio Caballero, Franklin High School
  • Kshitij Shah, John C. Kimball High School
  • Michael Li, Lathrop High School
  • Mark Russell, Lincoln High School
  • Emilia Garliepp, Linden High School
  • Jahred Nunes, Lodi High School
  • Christopher Iorio, Manteca High School
  • Christian Barrios, Marrill F. West High School
  • Amandip Singh, Ripon High School
  • Alexis Lee, Ronald E. McNair High School
  • Jakob Gallagher, Sierra High School
  • Michelle McGuire, St. Mary’s High School
  • Ali Khan, Stagg High School
  • Wilhem Kautz, Tokay High School
  • Salma Price, Tracy High School
  • Jonathon Mendez, Venture Academy Family of Schools
  • Edgar Huizar, Weston Ranch High School

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Words of wisdom to incoming college freshmen

First off, I want to take a second to introduce myself and how I found myself working at The Record.

My name is Nicholas and I am one of three new reporters joining The Record’s newsroom in 2015. I was born on California soil, down south in Laguna Beach and my younger brother was born five years up over in Modesto. While I do say I grew up in Portland, Oregon for all of my schooling and college, I frequently visited Lodi and Stockton on vacations and holidays as family on my father’s side has resided in San Joaquin County for over 45 years.

After getting my degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!), I moved with my family 2,000 miles across the country to Nashville, Tennessee of all places. For an entire year, I worked as a part-time reporter for an online media company based in Franklin, a.k.a “The Best Small Town in America.” A majority of my work was spent typing up news releases from home, and going to film high school football games.

Looking for something more meaningful and full-time, I replied to a posting at The Record for a reporter job. Fast forward to late April, and I sat down at my first desk, at my first ever newsroom position and it’s already been a month.

It’s crazy how fast time goes by.

As the new education reporter, I am taking over the position from Elizabeth Roberts, who has moved back to the copy editor desk, and then former reporter Keith Reed (Although I do claim Reed’s old office number, you now will reach me instead, and I apologize if I know nothing about a story he wrote about years ago). They sure left big shoes to fill covering education in San Joaquin County and I will work my tail off to cover what needs to be covered.

One of my first assignments here was to gather information regarding 26+ high schools in the area for our Grad Boxes. I would call offices numerous times asking details for the date, time and location of the ceremony, names of the valedictorian and such.

Doing this, it reminded me about my high school graduation from Southridge High in Beaverton, Oregon. I am the Class of 2008, and reading that to me sounds incredibly ancient. Back then I sort-of had an idea of what I wanted to do and where to go, but I took the community college road first that following September. Three years later, I worked hard enough to transfer two hours south to the beautiful college campus in Eugene. On a rain soaked afternoon in June 2014, I was handed my college diploma.

I look back on the first night I spent  in the dorms and I will admit it was rough.

Really rough.

I had grown so accustomed to living at home while taking classes during the day, sleeping in my own bed in a quiet room and just being in my house with familiar surroundings.

The sudden change of being dropped off in really, unknown territory, with hundreds of people you don’t know, was frightening. Now I had to fend for myself to get food, had to deal with a roommate and living in a loud dorm hall.

I know some of you who are packing up and heading to college nearby might be ready for the change and the experience, and some of you may not be so eager and will need time.

Take it from me. Don’t fret.

Every new experience is pretty scary in the beginning.

Give yourself a good solid month and you’ll be in a routine. You will meet some of the greatest (and not so greatest) people in the world that otherwise, you will have never had the chance to meet. All of my closest friends now are those I have met in college and I can’t think of life without them.

Sure you will miss your hometown friends, your parents, siblings, pets and things that make you feel safe and comfortable. But in time, you will be looking forward to coming back to campus and living on your own, making your own decisions. Want to have ice cream for lunch? Knock yourself out. Just one more game of Madden before reading those 50 pages of economics? Your mom isn’t around anymore to say no.

The freedom you will soon discover is something else. You finally feel like an adult, but be smart about it. This is still school. It’s a whole new level. College is a place now that can really weed out those who want a college degree and those who don’t.

Just remember to when you first sit down at your seat on the morning of your first college class and take it in. Take it in. Look around and tell yourself, you’re in college! You made it this far. Now it’s up to you to make up how you’ll use your time there.

Enjoy yourself. Congratulations to all of San Joaquin’s graduating Class of 2015.

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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.
be.tech 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 schavez@sjcoe.net. 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 fdessay@gmail.com 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 https://www.facebook.com/fdessaycontest.

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 http://bazaned.com.

“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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