701 N. Madison, Stockton, CA 95202 • 209-933-7000



SUSD's Goals For Student Learning and Achievement

1. Every child by the end of 3rd grade will read and comprehend at the proficient level.
2. Every child by the end of 8th grade will demonstrate mastery of Algebra concepts and application.
3. Every child by the end of 12th grade will graduate and be college or career ready.

District Mission Statement

The students of Stockton Unified School District are our most valuable resource and together with our community, we have an obligation to provide them with a world-class education.  It is our solemn responsibility to provide every student with high quality instruction, a well rounded educational experience, and the support necessary to succeed.




Dr. Steve Lowder
SUSD Superintendent

701 N. Madison St.
Stockton, CA 95202

December 20, 2013

Dear Stockton Unified Parent,

I want to extend my best wishes for a happy holiday and hope you enjoy the break with your student! We have been working hard to improve the quality of education we provide and this year we had good news as our seven lowest achieving schools showed marked gains on test scores. Our district has an opportunity to fund a significant program to go even farther towards improving achievement starting in the 2014-15 school year.

As many of you may know, the governor plans to give districts that serve large populations of students from low income families, English language learners and foster youth special funding for programs that help close their achievement gaps. We do not yet know exactly how much money we will receive, but we are already looking at programs that have proven successful at raising students’ academic performance.

We need your input and support for this endeavor. In the coming months we will be conducting outreach to ask you what kinds of programs you support. We want your collaboration because without your support, our best efforts will fail.

Our school district will be developing a Local Control Accountability Plan that will lay out how we spend this special fund. We must target academic improvement for populations of students who are continuing to struggle to meet California academic standards.

I have some ideas: I know what worked for our lowest performers in the past couple of years, but I will want to hear from you as well. Remember, the money will be spread out to serve as many students as effectively as possible.

We will be installing a Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP, page on our website, holding meetings with community groups, and talking about this at parent meetings and coffees in the schools. Please visit our website in January to become informed and plan on participating in a parent meeting, which will be scheduled later in March.

In February I will ask you to complete a survey to tell us where your school priorities are. We will also be surveying the students and our staff. It won’t take long to fill out but it will be a useful tool as we decide where to make this important investment. We will be listening to your voice as we work this out and make a final recommendation to the SUSD Board of Education late next spring.

We will be naming an advisory committee that will include our parents, employee groups, students and community members. This group will provide input and comment on the recommendation. The Board of Education will vote on the plan when it approves its 2014-15 budget next June.

I am excited about this. In the past, the state restricted funds to specific programs. Now, the district, not the state, will determine how this chunk of funding is spent. It is up to us to see we spend it responsibly to best serve our students. Our students don’t have a moment to lose and I look forward to working with you.

Dr. Steven Lowder

November 22, 2013

Hello Everyone:

As we enter into the holidays, I would like to take a little time to be thankful. I am thankful to have the privilege to work for the students, parents, and community of Stockton. I am grateful for all of things you do for our students, your hard work and dedication to our common future and democracy. I am thankful for our classified staff, our certificated staff and our Board members. All of you serve long hours for little recognition. I am thankful for family, my health and the worldly things I have been given. I am thankful for the sacrifice of others who have allowed me my freedom and ability to live in our great country. During the break, I hope you are able to take a few minutes to reflect on things for which you are thankful.

I hope that your holidays are restful and that you are able to enjoy family and friends. Thank you again and have a wonderful holiday.

Steve Lowder


Dear Families,

We are thrilled at the advances our schools are making and at the choices we have to offer you for the 2014-15 school year. We know how important the right school is for our families and students and we think you will find just what you are looking for here in the Stockton Unified School District.

Consider this: Students at our Stockton Early College Academy score 923, the highest score of any high school in San Joaquin County and one of the highest in the state, on the 2013 STAR tests! Stagg High School’s journalism wins the top state and national competitions year after year and sends students to the top schools in the nation. Chavez High School’s award winning jazz band is taught by a California Teacher of the Year.

At SUSD we have International Baccalaureate, career pathways that lead to specialized skills and job preparedness and specialized programs in areas such as technology, mechanics, law, medicine, the STEM, environment and so much more. Plenty more. Come see for yourself!

Join us at our 2013 SUSD Magnet Schools Fair on November 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cesar Chavez High School, 2929 Windflower Lane, Stockton.

Our Magnet program includes nine schools and 13 thematic programs and last year served nearly 6,000 students. This handbook will help you select possible choices for your student next year. We have included a little about the different schools and programs, but I encourage you to go out and see them for yourselves.  

I hope to see you at the Magnet Fair!

Steven Lowder
Superintendent, Stockton Unified Schools

August 9, 2013

Hello Stockton Unified parents and families
and welcome to the 2013-14 school year!

I want to remind you that school starts on Tuesday, August 13. Students are expected to be in class ready to learn!

We have worked hard all summer preparing for your children and have a great year planned for them. We will be starting some new curriculum to address the new common core standards that we are excited about and we think you will be as well. This year we will be posting parent information on our website and transitioning to ParentLink, a parent communication tool that can be accessed on your cell phones.

ParentLink replaces our old automated call system and adds many more parent friendly features.

Students entering 7th grade must provide verification of the Tdap Booster on or before the first day of school. Contact our Health Services Department if you need assistance with the booster shot. Their number is 933-7060.

I am excited about this year and what I think our staffs and students can accomplish. Please join me in doing what you can to help our students succeed. Remember, our students need all our support.

July 10, 2013

TO: All Stockton Unified School District Staff

FROM: Dr. Steven Lowder, Superintendent

SUBJECT: Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2013-14 school year! I anticipate this to be an outstanding year for all of us, most especially, our students. In order to see our best efforts succeed, we have been working to be as prepared as possible. To that end we will once again hold a Professional Development Day to help get everyone up to speed for our August opening.

Under the terms reached in the agreements, all members of Stockton Teachers Association (STA), United School Administrators (USA), CSEA 318, CSEA 821 and CSEA 885 are required to participate in this professional development day on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

For all members in STA, CSEA 318, CSEA 821 and CSEA 885, please refer to the schedule below for your professional development assignment. All 12-month CSEA employees are to stay at their sites and participate in the first hour of the RCD and Common Core presentation by your principal, and then continue working at your site. (12-month Employees at the Corporation Yard and District Offices will remain at your regular work day assignment.)

Important dates to remember:

Wednesday, July 31 District Staff Development Day
Monday, August 12 Non Student Contact Day – teachers and support staff work day
Tuesday, August 13 First Day of School for Students
Wednesday, June 4 Last Day of School for Students
Thursday, June 5 Non Student Contact Day – teachers and support staff work day

If you are unable to attend on July 31, please inform your site principal/administrator by Thursday, July 25, 2013. A make-up day will be scheduled for STA and USA once the school year has started, while CSEA employees will complete a leave slip for this absence. I look forward to visiting all of the sites throughout the year to see firsthand the wonderful programs we are offering our students. Thank you for your commitment to the students of Stockton Unified School District!

CC: Board of Education Trustees

Professional Development Schedule
for July 31, 2013

All Instructional staff will report to the following location:
(Lunch will be provided)





8:00 am – 2:30 pm*
(*you may leave when your contracted time is fulfilled)
Assigned School Site Administrators
Instructional Coaches
Teachers/Preschool Teachers
Special Education Teachers
Bilingual Assistants
CAI Assistants
Instructional Assistants
Library Media Assistants
Preschool Assistants
ALL Classified Staff (attends first hour only and continue to work at the site except those listed below)

All Non-instructional staff will have the following schedule:
(Lunch will be provided)




8:00 am – 9:00 am Assigned School Site Clerical Staff – K-8 School Administrative Assistant, AP Secretary, Account Assistant, Attendance Tech, Student Data Technician, SST, Community Liaison, File Clerk and Textbook Clerk
CSM & CSA, Health Care Assistant, Site Custodial & Grounds Maintenance, Special Education Assistants, HS Registrar and HS Secretary
9:00 am – 9:30 am

 Travel Time to New Location

9:30 am – 2:30 pm*
(*you may leave when your contracted time is fulfilled)
School for Adults – 1661 Pacific Avenue (Old Bank of America building) Clerical Staff – K-8 School Administrative Assistant, AP Secretary, Account Assistant, Attendance Tech, Student Data Technician, SST, Community Liaison, File Clerk and Textbook Clerk
  Edison HS Speech Arts Auditorium
1425 S. Center Street
  Health Services Department
975 North D Street – Room 61
Health Care Assistants
9:30 am – 11:30 am Student Support Service Department – Room 107 Preschool Assistants
9:30 am – 1:00 pm Student Support Service Department – Room 107 Preschool Teachers
9:30 am – 2:30 pm First Baptist Church
3535 N. El Dorado Street
Special Education Assistants

Other CSEA staff will have the following schedule:
(Lunch will be provided)




8:00 am – 1:30 pm Student Support Service Department – Room 204 After School Site Facilitators
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Student Support Service Department – Room 205 CWA Staff – CWA Liaison, SB 65, Bilingual Liaison
7:00 am – 2:00 pm Stagg High School Theatre Lead Food Service, Food Service Assistant
Snack Bar Operator. File Clerk
7:00 am – 2:00 pm District Boardroom
701 North Madison Street
Bus Operators