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      •  Students dance to celebrate Mexican Independence Day

        How a French Camp school's dance celebrates Mexican Independence Day

        Students at French Camp Elementary School are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with their annual cultural dance performance. It's filled with bright costumes, lively music and some fast dance moves. However, teacher said the students are working hard to make it all look easy - all while learning some important lessons along the way.

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      •  Students pose with buffalo mascot

        New 'Gym' Opens at MHS

        Before the first-ever game was to be played at the new gymnasium at Manteca High, Principal Frank Gonzales thought it was important to make official with a ceremonious ribbon-cutting event.

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      •  Homemade cookies

        Student run café is now open to public

        Innovation Café is back for the 2022-23 school year. This student-operated eatery located in the Manteca Unified’s district office complex, 2271 W. Louise Ave., is open to the public, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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      •  Students prepare to make BLTs.

        Cooking up future careers in culinary arts

        The BLT may be simplicity at its best. But for those in the Manteca Adult Transition Program, they learned the culinary way of putting together the bacon-lettuce-tomato recipe from none other than Chef Julia Williams.

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      •  Students cross at crosswalk

        MUSD conducts staff safety training

        Dennis Foster is Manteca Unified School District’s Coordinator of Safety & Emergency Preparedness. A former high school principal in the Sacramento area, he’s been on job for the past six months. Foster brings an administrator’s perspective when it comes to student safety – most in his position usually have law enforcement backgrounds.

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      • Family poses for the first day at Sierra High

        New Manteca unified school year starts; French Camp blends old & new at campus

        The state-of-the-arts structure features high ceilings with glass roll-up “garage-type” doors to connect the eight classrooms to the shared learning commons – all furniture in the new building happens to be on wheels to easily adjustable to any configuration, according to Principal Rene Knapp.

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      •  Link Crew leaders show the facilities off during freshman orientation at Lathrop High

        MUSD AIR SCRUBBING AMONG BEST IN USA Investment, commitment create safer learning environment for 25,000 Manteca Unified students as pandemic continues

        JULY 27, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | When the 25,000 students in the Manteca Unified School District return to campus on Aug. 4 they will be among the top 30 percent of schools nationwide that the Centers for Disease Control indicates have created the optimum classroom environment for health when it comes to COVID-19.

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      •  One of the homes the Manteca Unified School District is buying on Mikesell Avenue

        Expanding Manteca High

        JULY 26, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Two more homes are being purchased along Mikesell Avenue by Manteca Unified that will be torn down to help make way for new classrooms at Manteca High. The school board is expected to approve the purchase of 554 and 558 Mikesell Avenue with $830,000 of the district’s share of redevelopment agency funds when they meet tonight at 7 p.m. That will leave one remaining property to acquire along Mikesell needed to clear the way for an expansion of the 102 year-old campus.

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      •  An IT intern working on a laptop

        Summer interns gain valuable experience with tech department

        JULY 15, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Since the beginning of June, Juhitha Clemens and Addison Parker have been kept busy in Manteca Unified School District’s Summer Internship Program. They’re among the 10 or so in the Industrial Technology Department, where work has consisted of cleaning, doing hardware updating along with device re-imaging for an estimated 6,000 digital devices. “We were locked and loaded, and ready to go about week after the last day of school,” said Tech Support Analyst Kathy Cambra on Thursday.

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      •  A youngster eagerly looks to spend his “Nutritional Education Dollars”

        MUSD students enjoy free meal, farmer’s market

        JULY 13, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Friday’s free summer meal program at Shasta Park turned out to be a trifecta of sort. Not only did youngsters between the ages of 2 through 18 enjoy barbecue hamburgers with the fixings, they also had a chance to shop around at the farmers market, using “dollars” provided by the Manteca Unified School District’s Nutrition Education Department. On top of that, it was Fresh Fruits & Veggies Friday.

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      Headlines 2021-22

      •  Superintendent Clark Burke presents the State of the District to the Manteca Unified School Board.

        ZERO SUM BUDGETING DELIVERS FOR STUDENTS MUSD builds fiscal foundation to shore up classroom efforts

        JUNE 16, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | One plus one equals two. The ability of Manteca Unified to get that and endless other lessons across to 23,660 students is rooted in another equation. One minus one equals zero. It’s shorthand for the zero sum budget strategy MUSD has successfully pursued for years. It enabled the district to bring stability to its finances to minimize the negative impacts from the ebb and flow of California’s education funding methodology based on the state’s heavy reliance on taxation of capital gains. Superintendent Clark Burke during his State of the District report earlier this month tied MUSD achievements in the classroom and actions supporting what is done there into its commitment to zero sum budgeting to lay the financial foundation.

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      •  Members of the Class of 2021, Class of 2022, and those who received their Industrial Certifications

        Manteca Adult graduates 33 & awards industrial certifications to others

        JUNE 11, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Larry Machado strongly favors the Manteca Adult School graduation ceremony. And for good reason. "I know what they put themselves through and how life-changing (earning a High School Equivalency Certificate) can be," he said at Thursday evening's special event. Honored were a few from the Class of 2021 along with members of Class of 2022 and those earning Industrial Certifications.

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      •  Nutrition Services employee Thomas Laruta cooks up hamburgers on the grill

        FREE SUMMER LUNCHES MUSD serving kids at Manteca, Lathrop parks

        JUNE 10, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | The Manteca Unified School District’s free Summer Meal Program featured several layers to it on Thursday. For starters, the gathering at Mossdale Landing Park in Lathrop offered up hot-off-the-grill hamburgers cooked up by Thomas Laruta, who is in his sixth year of working in Nutrition Services. The summer meals provided by MUSD are available to children ages 2 through 18. Youngsters are required to eat the meal on the premises with some exceptions – Nutrition Education Supervisor Stephanie Huff noted that the event of severe hot conditions may allow for take-out meals.

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      •  Nutrition Education worker serving children lunch in the park

        Free summer lunch program returns to parks in MUSD area

        JUNE 7, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | The free summer meals are back. And so are the summer barbecues. The Manteca Unified School District’s Nutrition Education Supervisor Stephanie Huff made that announcement. “We are finally back at the parks,” she said on Monday. “We have not been at the parks or doing barbecues since the summer of 2019. “We are excited to be back.” The summer meal program and barbecues officially kicked off this week.

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      •  New Manteca High Gym

        New Manteca High big gym debuts in August

        JUNE 7, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | For the first time in decades the entire Manteca High student body will be able to fill the school gym for an assembly when the next school year starts Aug. 4. That’s because a new gym — part of $41 million in Measure G and growth fee financed improved to the 102-year-old campus — will be ready for use.

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      •  Friends and classmates enjoy their time together during their special day.

        Neil Hafley School promotes 8th graders

        JUNE 2, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | The promotion exercises last Tuesday at Neil Hafley Elementary School was returned to the traditional event. The eighth graders who made up the Class of 2022 celebrated their special day in the outdoor quad in front of family, friends, and guests. Among the highlights were Brooklyn Carrillo and Ariel Orozco providing the guest and staff introductions along with welcoming those in attendance.

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        Lincoln promotes 8th graders

        JUNE 1, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Lincoln Elementary School Principal Randy Fowzer gave a fitting adieu to her eighth graders. At the May 25 promotion ceremony held in the multi-purpose room, she told members of the Class of 2022 that this was “an end of elementary school – now it’s off to high school and beyond.” Included, she added, is a high school diploma for those students within the next four years.

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      •  Principal Troy Fast congratulates his new grads.

        Weston Ranch High Class of 2022 is 235 strong

        JUNE 1, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Troy Fast took in the moment last week. For the first time two years, the Weston Ranch High principal was thrilled to once again experience a crowded stadium. Fast was equally pleased to see the graduates together – in person, to receive their diplomas – seated at midfield for the 17th annual commencement ceremony on May 26. “We are very proud of the Class of 2022,” he said, with hopes of seeing many more of these traditional exercises to come.

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      •  Nile Garden Elementary School recognized 68 eighth-grade students

        68 Nile Garden School 8th graders advance

        JUNE 1, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | It was a landmark moment at Nile Garden Elementary School last Wednesday. For the first time, the eighth-grade class celebrated its promotion exercises in the spacious new gym. The many families, friends and special guests in attendance enjoyed the special event seated in the air-conditioned setting as temperatures heated up outdoors during the mid-morning. Nile Garden Principal Deborah Noceti-Ward and Vice Principal Katie Francis had the honors of distributing the certificates of promotion and awards to some 68 students who made up the Class of 2022.

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        Golden West School promotes 71

        JUNE 1, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | The Pomp and Circumstance was back at the Golden West Community Gymnasium. In this case, the eighth-grade promotion ceremony took place at the Manteca Unified campus. Principal Tony Shah welcomed those in attendance. Included were 71 members from the Class of 2022. They received their certificates for promotion from site staff.

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      •  Graduates on Stella Brockman's outdoor stage

        Stella Brockman promotes 105 8th graders

        JUNE 1, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Stella Brockman Elementary School held its annual promotion ceremony outdoors in the quad at midmorning last Wednesday. For Principal Candace Espinola, she was pleased with the return to the traditional exercise made up of families, friends and special guests in attendance. Among the promoting students involved in the program were Gia Singh welcoming those at the event, Dante Vasquez performing the National Anthem on clarinet, and Janessa Barnes giving her class president speech.

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      •   Lathrop High grads' Isabella Gomez and Layla Pereira display their diplomas

        Lathrop High graduates its 12th class of seniors

        MAY 31, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Lathrop High Principal Greg Leland credited the graduating Class of 2022 for rebuilding the school's culture. At Friday's 12th annual commencement exercises at Bennie Gatto Field at Paul Wiggins Stadium, he talked about the events of the COVID-19 pandemic years. Gone during that time were sports, activities, and students on campus. "We've learned to be flexible," he said. Leland pointed out the influence of Spartan Spirit in the aftermath.

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      •  Weston Ranch junior Galadriel Mellion attempts a throw in the shot put

        Mellion places sixth in shot put at state meet

        MAY 30, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Weston Ranch junior Galadriel Mellion became the third athlete from her school to place at the California Interscholastic Federation Championships on Saturday. She took sixth in the shot put and was a spot away from also medaling in the discus throw at Buchanan High’s Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis. Also making it to the second day of the 102nd state meet were seniors Anthony Sausedo of Ripon and Jeontay Berry of Sierra. Springers Zion Allen of Manteca and Taylor Snaer of East Union are other state qualifiers from the Manteca area.

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      •  Valedictorian Julia Erdman performs “The Final Countdown”

        THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Class of 2022 bids Sierra High adieu

        MAY 28, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Principal Steve Clark bade farewell to Sierra High’s class of 2022 on Friday along with a few members of the staff. Among those leaving is Assistant Principal Anthony Chapman, who will take over as principal at Mossdale Elementary in Lathrop. “Mr. Timberwolf” has filled several different roles at Sierra, where he graduated in 1998. Clark also gave a nod to retirees Janet Lenards and Dara Unterholzner. Clark even acknowledged a graduate who was not present at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, giving kudos to track and field athlete Jeontay Berry. Berry missed his graduation to compete in the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships in Clovis, and he advanced to today’s final round of the long jump.

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      •  A seat at East Union High’s graduation was saved in remembrance of classmate Aliya Lopez

        EU remembers & offers remembrance

        MAY 27, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | East Union High’s graduation ceremony Thursday was about remembering and remembrance. Remembrance was for Aliyah Lopez, who died last December. A seat in her memory along with a section saved for her family were set aside during the special event held at Dino Cunial Field. Senior class treasure Damian Gonzalez, who was one of several student speakers, provided special recognition for retiring personnel while saying goodbye to Principal Raul Mora, who is moving on and will be replaced by EU alum Eric Simoni.

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      •  Valedictorian Ariana Lowery receives a congratulatory hug from Principal Frank Gonzales

        Manteca High graduates more than 350

        MAY 27, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | The Manteca High Class of 2022 was back at Guss Schmiedt Field Thursday for graduation. This was the return of the traditional event at MHS since 2019. Over 350 of the classmates participated in the special event, entering midfield with the playing of the processional “Pomp & Circumstances” as performed by MHS band under the direction of Cody Marchetti.

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      •  Eighth graders at Shasta Elementary School

        Shasta School sending 98 to high school

        MAY 26, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Principal Audrey Parker was thrilled with the return of the traditional gathering at Shasta Elementary School. On Tuesday, she welcomed those in attendance inside The Hornet’s Nest – that’s the name of the school’s multi-purpose building – during the annual promotion exercise. Nighty-eight in all received certificates for their academic achievements. Included were those who maintained perfect 4.0 GPAs in recent years.

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      •  New haven graduation

        New Haven advances 67 to high school

        MAY 26, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | The eighth-grade class at New Haven Elementary School held Wednesday’s promotion ceremony inside the gym. Members of the Class of 2022 were the first to do so since the completion of the on-campus facility. About 67 of the classmates received their certificates for their academic efforts of the past few years.

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      •  Mossdale students

        Mossdale School promotes 113 8th graders

        MAY 25, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | The promotion ceremony at Mossdale Elementary School consisted of several sessions on Tuesday morning. About 113 eighth-grade students received their certificates that day, with most moving on to nearby Lathrop High in the coming months. Principal Susan Sanders and Vice Principal Jeremy Brooks kicked off the special event held in the multi-purpose building.

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      •  valedictorian Julia Erdman and salutatorian Alfred Manongsong

        LEADERS OF THE PACK Erdman, Manongsong tops at Sierra High

        MAY 25, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | During the recent Lobo Gold Rally, Julia Erdman and Alfred Roy Manongsong were announced as this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at Sierra High. They’ve had plenty of time since then to prepare for Friday’s 7 p.m. graduation ceremony at Daniel Teicheira Stadium. “We’ve already gone through our speeches,” said Erdman on Tuesday.

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      •  Eighth-grade students at French Camp Elementary School

        French Camp School promotes 69 students

        MAY 25, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | The eighth-grade class at French Camp Elementary School had a send-off to remember. The classmates received their certificates of completion Tuesday at the promotion ceremony, celebrating as one big group in the multi-purpose building. The next stop for those 69 students is high school.

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      •  Calla High’s Lopreet Dheraj displays her graduation program

        CALLA GRADS: 101 STRONG Alternative high school made difference for these seniors

        MAY 24, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | They were just another face in the crowd. That’s how Lopreet Dheraj, Alejandra Gutierrez, Addison Parker and Karen Ramirez described high school campus life prior to attending Calla High. “I was only known for music,” said Dheraj prior to her graduation Friday at Calvary Community Church. She discovered herself in the alternative education setting at Calla – more individualized attention – and crediting staff, in particular, counselor Gina Jurkota for those personal changes. “Today, I love who I am rather than what I do,” said Dheraj, who still enjoys music. She was the student speaker at the special event consisting of 101 seniors who made up the Class of 2022. “We’re proud to be Calla High,” Dheraj proclaimed.

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      •  Senior Corinne Stackpole

        Sierra honors its seniors with college signing event

        MAY 24, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Sierra High seniors are leaving the pack. It’s a bittersweet time of the year as seniors prepare to leave high school and move onto bigger pursuits. On Friday, May 20, during a lunchtime ceremony, Sierra High School and its leadership department held its first ever Senior Signing Celebration. Despite blustery conditions, more than 20 seniors strutted through the inflatable Timberwolves tunnel, sat down at a table near the center of the quad and signed their certificate. Their signatures were matched by vice principal Andrew Lee, who helped preside over the festivities.

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      •  Manteca's Zion Allen (4) edged Capital Christian's Kanye Clark (5) for first place in the 200 meter

        DOUBLE DANDIES Manteca’s Allen, Weston Ranch’s Mellion each win two golds in SJS Masters

        MAY 22, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Manteca’s Zion Allen earned two gold medals Saturday and Weston Ranch’s Galadriel Mellion earned one to go with another she earned on Friday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Championships at Davis Senior High’s Dewey Halden Field. Allen and Mellion were joined by three other area athletes in qualifying for the two-day California State Championships beginning Friday in Clovis at Buchanan High School by finishing in the top three on Saturday.

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      •  salutatorian Loriz Panlaqui and valedictorian Ariana Lowery

        TOPS IN CLASS OF 2022 Lowery, Panlaqui lead Buffalo grads

        MAY 21, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Ariana Lowery and Loriz Panlaqui were announced as the top academic students for the MHS Class of 2022. Lowery earned the honor of valedictorian while Panlaqui will share the spotlight as salutatorian. Both had GPAs in the 4.4s. “We gave them enough time to prepare (for graduation speeches, etc.) so that they won’t be too stressed out as that day approaches,” Principal Frank Gonzales said.

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      Press Releases

      • MUSD Newly Appointed Administrators

        We are proud to announce that two new principals have been selected and approved by the Manteca Unified Board of Education at tonight’s regularly scheduled Board meeting. MUSD appoints Eric Simoni as the new principal of East Union High School of Manteca, and Theresa Johnson as principal of Great Valley Elementary School of Stockton.

        As Mr. Simoni begins his new role, he would like EUHS students, staff, and families to know that he is truly grateful to serve as principal of his alma mater, a rare opportunity he intends to honor with full commitment and energy.

        Ms. Johnson would like the Great Valley Bruins to know that she is committed to learning about the school’s community, culture, and traditions, and will work diligently to create a safe, positive school climate focused on each child's unique pathway to success. 

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      • Share the Gift of Music with Manteca Unified!

        This Wednesday, May 18 at 9 AM, East Union High and French Camp Mariachi Clubs will be playing for the students at French Camp Elementary (241 E. 4th St., French Camp) and we would love to share the gift of music with you! Anthony Dahl (Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator) and Jose Barron (retired MUSD music educator, current mariachi member and instructor) have been working with students at French Camp Elementary to teach them the basics of Mariachi music. On Wednesday, May 18, French Camp students will get to watch a performance by the East Union mariachi club, followed by a performance by the French Camp mariachi club.


        We have an excellent music program at Manteca Unified and our District recently received the Best Communities for Music Education designation by the NAMM Foundation. We were especially acknowledged for our integration of culturally relevant music, such as our new mariachi program

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      • MUSD Names Classified Employees and Educators of the Year!

        Manteca Unified is proud to recognize the excellence of our staff by naming select individuals as Employees and Educators of the Year. In 2022, MUSD named ten teaching and non-teaching professionals as Employees of the Year who have directly impacted student success and safety. These individuals were nominated by their supervisor and forwarded to a committee of executive leadership that carefully reviewed each nomination. Two employees were also named Employee of the Year by the San Joaquin County Office of Education.

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      • MUSD Newly Appointed Administrators

        Introducing Ms. Tarsha Taylor-Godfrey, who was recently appointed principal of Joseph Widmer Elementary School, Dr. Tony Shah as the new principal of Golden West Elementary School, Mr. Lemuel Vergara as the new principal of August Knodt Elementary, and Mr. Dennis Foster as MUSD’s Emergency Preparedness and Safety Coordinator.

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      • Stockton Kings & Sequoia Elementary Team Up!

        The Stockton Kings will be helping to distribute food alongside the Sequoia Elementary Basketball team for the school's community food-drive event.

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      • Sierra Varsity Head Football Coach Announcement

        Sierra High School is excited to announce the return of Jeff Harbison as the head varsity football coach!  Coach Harbison brings a wealth of high school coaching experience dating back to 1995 when he began his high school coaching career.  

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      • MUSD Newly Elected Board President

        Tuesday, December 14, 2021, Manteca USD Board of Trustees held the annual vote for official board positions. Collectively, the Board also voted for new appointments to committees and commission for the 2022 calendar year. Finally, the Manteca Unified Board of Education accepted a new elementary school principal assignment.

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      • Future Teachers Teach at Family STEM Night

        High school students’ part of MUSD’s Future Teacher career pathway program have worked to develop and prepare a lesson plan to teach their classroom tomorrow evening about the science of popcorn!

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      • MUSD Gets an A+ for Balanced Budget by S&P Global Ratings

        Despite the implications from the COVID-19 Pandemic, S&P Global Ratings (S&P) has assigned its 'AA' long-term rating to Manteca Unified School District (MUSD)—making MUSD a reliable investment taxpayers can be proud of.

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      Spotlight Headlines

      • Two women at a food distribution site.

        Will California Public Schools Continue Free Lunches for All?

        CAL-MATTERS - JUNE 8, 2021 | Legislators want to spend $650 million a year to continue a pandemic program for free meals for all California public school students. They got their way in the budget deal with Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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        MUSD launches effort to help make homeless employbale

        MANTECA BULLETIN - MAY 1, 2021 | Manteca Unified is stepping up to help the homeless trying to get off the street that haven’t secured a high school diploma needed Manteca Unified is stepping up to help the homeless for most jobs.

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      •  A screenshot of a news broadcast showing a teacher in a classroom

        Monsters, Aliens and Now Breathing Devices: A Lathrop Teacher's Creations

        KCRA 3 - APRIL 1, 2021 | Amid his many creations and oddities including monsters, helmets and aliens is Scott Myers, a Lathrop high school teacher. His latest and most notable project? A nasal aspirator for a boy in need. "If I can make an entire zombie costume, I can definitely make a little aspirator tube," said Myers, a video game design and costume prop-making teacher.

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      •  A masked custodian standing in front of an air purifier

        Northern California School District Installs 1,500 Carrier OptiClean Units to Support Healthier Indoor Environments

        CARRIER - MARCH 18, 2021 | To prepare for its facilities fully reopening to students and staff, northern California's Manteca Unified School District has installed 1,500 Carrier OptiClean™ Dual-Mode Air Scrubber & Negative Air Machines to purify the air in classrooms across its 30 schools. The OptiClean units will help to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) for the district, as its more than 27,000 students, teachers and staff return to campuses.

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      • The Sierra High mural provides a backdrop for a pole vaulter

        Modernization Work for Sierra High Will Soon Get Underway

        MANTECA BULLETIN - MARCH 6, 2020 | More upgrades are coming for Sierra High — the third oldest high school campus in the Manteca Unified School District. The school board Tuesday approved retaining CT Brayton & Sons of Escalon to do the Sierra High modernization project. It will mean all three high school campuses in Manteca — Sierra, East Union, and Manteca — will have Measure G bond work going on concurrently. Voters approved the $159 million bond on November 2014.

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      • Photo of a newscaster in front of the ABC 10 logo

        Future Looks Good for Back to School | San Joaquin County Prepares to Vaccinate Teachers

        ABC10 - FEBRUARY 16, 2021 | Starting Friday, San Joaquin County schools will take a big step on the road to fully reopening their classrooms. Coronavirus vaccinations for the county’s 20,000 school employees will take place on certain days throughout February and March at the SJCOE’s Stockton campus.

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      •  A teacher in front of her masked class while also broadcasting to students at home

        COVID-19 and Schools: 'It's Impossible Not to Make the Human Connection With These Children'

        THE STOCKTON RECORD - JANUARY 16, 2021 | The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged students, parents, teachers and administrators in unimaginable ways. For 10 months, school districts around the country have navigated uncharted waters, balancing what they believe is best for students while trying to ensure their health and safety amid a global pandemic that continues to rage.

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      •  A masked student shows his phone with to masked staff member

        Safety No. 1 Concern

        MANTECA BULLETIN - JANUARY 14, 2021 | Manteca Unified has become a frontline disseminator of what people should do if they believe they are showing signs that could be attributed to COVID-19 or if they have been exposed to someone who has the coronavirus.

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      •  Students use laptops in a class room at tables with barriers and wearing masks

        Stockton Elementary School Provides Glimpse of In-Person Learning During Pandemic

        FOX40 - JANUARY 12, 2021 | Manteca Unified School District made use of a small window in the fall when COVID-19 cases were declining to reopen in-person learning, but things have changed dramatically since then. Great Valley Elementary in Stockton now has “structured play” instead of the traditional recess. Each student gets their own equipment and keeps their distance from classmates. It’s part of a state-approved plan, including smaller class sizes, distancing markers, partitions and even air filtration systems.

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      • A teacher sits in front of a computer to conduct virtual class in an empty classroom

        Distance Between Teachers and Students Literally Brings Some Manteca Unified Educators to Tears

        THE STOCKTON RECORD - DECEMBER 26, 2020 | Teachers are doing the best they can navigating a landscape they never expected. When the coronavirus struck in March, schools adopted distance learning to finish the 2019-20 academic year. After summer break, schools resumed distance learning. In November, Manteca Unified was the largest and the only public school district in San Joaquin County to adopt an in-person hybrid instruction model.

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      •  A young female student writes behind a  plastic barrier in a classroom

        How One Northern California School District Got Teachers and Students Back in the Classroom

        SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - NOVEMBER 18, 2020 | There was little debate in Manteca about reopening schools. The district’s 25,000 students needed to get back into classrooms with their teachers, officials and parents argued. On Nov. 6, schools across the San Joaquin County district welcomed back transitional kindergarten through third-grade classes, with half attending in the morning and half in the afternoon.

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      •  Lumber and tools on a construction site at East Union

        Voters Pass $260 Million Manteca Unified School Bond

        MANTECA BULLETIN - NOVEMBER 14, 2020 | Passage of the $260 million school bond on the Nov. 3 ballot means major deficiencies at Manteca High and East Union High — the two oldest secondary campuses in the Manteca Unified School District — will be addressed for the most part.

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      •  Veritas School teacher Lynn Obrochta stands in front of Manteca Unified School District bus 10-33 t

        Driven to Teach

        MANTECA BULLETIN - OCTOBER 2, 2020 | Lynn Obrochta was a familiar face to two students on her first day last month as a newly minted teacher at Veritas School. That’s because Obrochta was the driver of the Manteca Unified bus they rode six years ago to and from- Veritas School. Obrochta said it was her job as a MUSD bus driver for special needs students that sparked her desire to go to college and obtain her credential.

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      •  Photo of a hand sanitizing station in a school

        MUSD Board OKs Plan to Bring TK through 3rd & 11th-12th Graders Back to Campus

        MANTECA BULLETIN - OCTOBER 7, 2020 | If conditions warrant, transitional kindergarten through 3rd graders as well as high school juniors and seniors will start returning to school campuses Nov. 2. Then fourth graders through high school sophomores would return on Nov. 16 as allowed based on conditions.

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      • MUSD Staff dressed in #redfored shirts applaud

        Manteca Unified School District Returns with Students at Home, Teachers in the Classroom

        ABC10 - AUGUST 6, 2020 | The first day of school for students in Manteca looked a lot different than previous years. The district decided to go with distance learning for the kids while teachers had to report to empty classrooms.

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      • Photo of the Manteca Unified School District office building

        How the District is Navigating the Pandemic - Superintendent, Dr. Clark Burke

        CAPRADIO - JUNE 3, 2020 | California school districts are finishing up one school year and looking ahead to the next. Guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Department of Education has yet to be released. While each district will still have to come up with its own plan, Sacramento County education officials have rolled out new reopening guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year. But districts will still have to answer the question: Can schools safely reopen campuses for students and educators in the fall?

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