Spring 2019 Pop Tab Champions
Northmead Elementary School was recognized as Patterson's Spring 2019 Pop Tab Champions. With a total of 55 pounds collected, 599 students, and a 0.92 pounds per student ratio, Northmead not only demonstrated the highest pounds-per-student ratio this semester, but also provided the highest weight in tabs as well. In close second place were two-time Pop Tab Champions, Las Palmas Elementary, with 49 pounds, 593 students, and a 0.083 pounds-per-student ratio. Pop Tab Champions are added to the Champion's plaque, which is displayed at the awarded school site for the duration of the following semester.
The Spring 2019 Pop Tab Challenge marks the second year since the District has participated in the program. In Fall 2018, the Patterson Lions Club approached the District to partner with the program, recognizing the potential Patterson schools have to contribute to the Ronald McDonald House of Charities (RMHC) funds. The RMHC is a nonprofit organization that provides a temporary 'home-away-from-home" for families with seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals. Patterson's Lions Club has participated in the RMHC Pop Tab Program since 2012. The Lions Club has also partnered with Sims Metal Management, a recycling center out of Stockton, which has committed to matching the dollar amount for the tabs collected. Funds collected through the Pop Tab Program benefit families in the Central Valley by keeping them together while their children are cared for.
Since the Pop Tab Program started in Patterson schools in Fall 2017, students and staff have collected 1,161 pounds of tabs. Ten pounds is the equivalent to one night's stay for families in need, meaning Patterson schools alone have collected enough for 116 nights over the past two years. The Sims Metal Management match doubles that amount, which translates to 232 nights for families to stay together during a difficult time.
Patterson schools looks forward to continuing its Pop Tab Challenge program in the 2019-2020 school year, with school administrators and teachers already kicking their school site competitions into gear. In addition to a school-wide championship plaque awarded to the school earning the highest pounds per student collected, each school site conducts a competition of their own as a way to encourage students to bring in their pop tabs. The Patterson Lions Club has also provided a pizza celebration to previous Pop Tab Champions.
Our district encourages students and their families to keep collecting their tabs throughout the summer, so that they can start the school year off at a great advantage, and, most importantly, to continue to help families in need.
Seal of Biliteracy from State and County
Twenty-eight Patterson High School Seniors were recognized for earning the State and County Seals of Biliteracy. The State Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to graduating high school students who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English (www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/ssbfaq.asp). Assistant Superintendent Veronica Miranda also noted that 100 percent of students earning the Seal will continue their educations at either a 2-year college or 4-year university; one of whom will be attending the prestigious Yale University. Students in attendance included Liliana Vasquez, who will be attending CSU Stanislaus in the fall, and Yuliana Diaz-Brambila, who will be attending UC Davis in the Fall.
Superintendent's Art Choice, 2019
Superintendent Phil Alfano recognized four students from this year's Art Show, adding their art to the District Office collection. In addition to their recognition and a copy of their art piece, each student also received a $100 gift card as both payment and appreciation of their work. This year's artists were: Aldo Villafan, of Walnut Grove - Elementary Winner; Kristina Sabado, Creekside - Middle School Winner, Jenavi Marr, Patterson High - High School Winner; and Tyler Tyler, Patterson High School - 3D Category Winner.
Employees of the Month
Paula Garcia was recognized as the May 2019 Classified Employee of the Month. Paula is an Afterschool Program leader at Creekside Middle School and was recognized at the Board Meeting by Alysonn Cassidy, the District's Afterschool Program Coordinator.
Maricela Mota was recognized as the May 2019 Certificated Employee of the Month. Maricela is a teacher at Creekside Middle School and was recognized at the Board Meeting by Veronica Miranda, our District's Assistant Superintendent of Education Services. Maricela was not present at the meeting, so Veronica Miranda accepted the certificate on Maricela's behalf.
District PBIS Coordinator, Audra Cassanova delivered a heartfelt farewell to the District as she moves to serve students county-wide, while recognizing Norma Silva as May 2019's PBIS Superstar.