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Voice of the students on TUSD Board

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Turlock students have a couple of their own advocating for them and voicing their concerns on issues big and small when it comes to the Turlock Unified School Board of Trustees. Bella Kern and Kate Ogden are the student representatives on the TUSD Board and participate in the board’s bimonthly meetings.

The two high school representatives felt that their involvement in an array of activities gave them the experience they needed to make a difference on the Board.

“I really like Turlock High and I’m really involved, I feel like I do a lot. So, I feel like I can represent what’s going on, maybe not the best, but in a respectable way,” said Ogden.

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Turlock Unified offers virtual instruction for students in quarantine

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Turlock Unified School District has decided to provide access to instruction when a secondary student in grades 7-12 is placed on quarantine (not allowed to physically attend school due to a COVID-19 related exposure or illness). Teachers will be opening their classrooms virtually through the use of cameras and online learning platforms, including Google Classroom.

“TUSD teachers and staff are working to support all students so they graduate college and career ready. Use of digital resources during quarantine periods is a further opportunity to engage students in learning. All students will be required to complete assignments and meet expectations for satisfactory progress to receive credit toward promotion or graduation,” said Chief Communications Coordinator Marie Russell.

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Math camps get youth ready for junior high

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A summer camp for junior high age youth aims to get them excited about math.

Sundar S.T.E.A.M. Academy will once again be providing a summer camps for students entering 6th-8th grade in fall 2021.

The Geometry and Algebra camps will be held on July 19-30.

“Our Geometry Camp ensures connection and context of geometry and the concepts in engineering,” said Viji Sundar, owner and program director of Sundar Academy. “The Algebra Camp will review equations, inequalities, number sense and fractions to get them ready to start the school year with confidence.”

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City needs more rec leaders for after-school program to continue

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Amid an unprecedented staffing shortage, the City of Turlock Parks, Recreation & Public Facilities Department was recently forced to delay registration for one of its after-school programs and is in desperate need of applicants interested in working with students. 

As of Thursday, Parks, Recreation & Public Facilities Supervisor Karen Packwood said 30 individuals had been given conditional job offers as Recreation Leaders to oversee the City’s PLAY and ASES programs. Registration for the PLAY program was originally set to open in July, but was delayed this week as more employees need to be hired in order for it to run efficiently. 

“Like other businesses, we are challenged with having to rebuild staff levels, and we are hopeful that fun and professional individuals will step up to help us meet this need,” Packwood said.

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Grant funding provides summer learning at TUSD elementary campuses

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Thanks to grant funding, students throughout Turlock Unified School District have even more opportunities to learn this summer through hands-on activities offered at each elementary campus for the very first time. 

While summer school was previously only offered at select TUSD sites, this year an Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant from the state allowed the school district to collaborate with the Stanislaus County Office of Education to create a Summer Learning Curriculum across all campuses during the month of June. In total, TUSD received $9.46 million in ELO funding. 

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Rotary Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding seniors, 2020 graduates

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The Ceres Rotary Club Foundation honored outstanding graduating seniors and first-year college students on May 21 with a first or second of two-year educational scholarships.

The club’s scholarship program is unique in that the scholarships are paid over two years with four annual awards at $2,500 or $1,250 a year, and the Lew Family Scholarship, at $4,000 or $2,000 a year. Additionally, the awards offer applicants a variety of college and vocational training options.

Two Central Valley High School seniors were given scholarships. Paola Campos was awarded the $4,000 Lew Family Scholarship and Virginia Moore was gifted the $2,500 General Education/Social Services Scholarship.

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CNA training program returns to TUSD

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Turlock Unified School District is constantly expanding and improving its Career Technical Education offerings for students, and grant funding secured this year made it possible to once again offer an invaluable program for those looking to jumpstart their healthcare careers.

TUSD high school seniors enrolled in the district’s Nursing Assistant Training Program (NATP) went to their final lab at Turlock High School on Friday — one final step before taking their California Nursing Assistant exam to become certified. According to Director of CTE and Program Equity Tami Truax, grant money allowed TUSD to provide CNA training for students for the first time since the 2017-18 school year. 

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Turlock educator recognized as one of best in county

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The last nine months have been a school year like no other, from distance learning at home to a campus return filled with COVID-19 safety protocols. Despite these challenges, Crowell Elementary School teacher Ronald Putnam had no difficulty navigating the “new normal” and was recently named a finalist in the Stanislaus County Teachers of the Year awards. 

The Modesto Rotary Club and the Stanislaus County Office of Education named four Teacher of the Year winners from TK-3, 4-6, junior high and high school divisions, recognizing a total of 12 finalists. Each division honored three finalists, who had been nominated by their site principal, from a total of 74 nominations. Of those received, Putnam was selected to represent Crowell in the TK-3 category. 

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Natomas Unified, Several Other Districts Return To Classroom Full-Time On Monday

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Many students across the greater Sacramento region are returning to the classroom full-time on Monday.

As part of the agreement, all Natomas Unified elementary schools will end 15 minutes earlier and one recess will be 10 minutes longer to allow more safe and fun play.

Families can choose between in-person instruction and distance learning.

As of Monday morning, Natomas Unified says about half of its students are opting to return to the classroom.

Turlock, Lodi and Dry Creek will also have students on campus five days a week starting Monday. Washington Unified in West Sacramento is also starting in-person classes four days a week.

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Local Libraries Open For Limited Service

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Most Stanislaus County Libraries opened for browsing and checkout of materials on Monday, March 22. Capacities will be limited, in keeping with the State of California’s current guidance for opening. Masks and social distancing will be required. In order to maintain capacity limits, libraries are not equipped for group or extended visits at this time.

“We are so happy to welcome the public back into our buildings,” said Sarah Dentan, county library director. “And we are looking forward to expanding in person offerings as we are able.”

Library branches in Riverbank, Oakdale, Ceres, Denair, Empire, Hughson, Keyes, Newman, Patterson and Waterford will be open Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

“We’re very excited to see our customers inside the library,” stated Riverbank Branch Supervisor Vicky Holt, echoing the sentiments of library staffers around the region. “They are now able to come in and browse the collection. They can still use the public computers for one hour a day. We do have a limited capacity and masks are required. I think what we missed most was being able to interact with customers face to face.”

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