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At the December 4, 2018 Board of Education meeting, Lodi USD's Mission, Vision, and Goals were revised.

Mission: Lodi Unified School District will provide the best education for all students to be successful in life.

Vision: Lodi Unified School District, in partnership with our community, provides a world class student-centered safe learning environment that cultivates character, fosters academic excellence, embraces
diversity, and empowers all students to achieve their full potential.

Goals:

  • Prepare students with the integrity and skills required to adapt and succeed as responsible citizens in an ever-changing world.
  • Be the employer of choice for highly qualified and creative people who reflect, value, and celebrate the rich diversity of the district.
  • Provide curriculum and instruction that educates, challenges, and inspires all students.
  • Create and support a school environment in which all students, staff, and parents feel safe, secure, and valued.
  • Ensure all students read at grade level by the end of third grade and maintain strong literacy skills throughout their educational career.
  • Support a broad course of study that offers students the opportunity to develop and enhance interests, talents, and skills in core academic, career preparation, and elective fields.

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The Lodi and Stockton area continues to experience unhealthy air quality conditions. In order to minimize public exposure to poor air quality, and due to the related closure of District schools and facilities through November 20, 2018, notice is hereby given that the Board of Education ("Board") Regular Meeting for the Lodi Unified School District set to be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM at James Areida Education Support Center will not go forward as scheduled. The meeting is hereby adjourned to Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM at James Areida Education Support Center. (Government Code sections 54954.2(b)(3), 54955, and 54956.) 

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Outdoor Activities Canceled Due to Persistently Poor Air Quality in Lodi and Stockton

LODI, CA (November 16, 2018)—Lodi Unified School District’s (Lodi USD) schools have canceled all outdoor activities due to growing health concerns associated with the poor air quality. The Butte County Camp Fire, now known as the “deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history” has continued to blaze over the last week, consuming approximately 142,000 acres and destroying nearly 10,000 structures, according to the latest updates by CALFIRE. Although it is estimated that the fire is now 45 percent contained, with expected full containment by November 30, 2018, the smoke impacts from the fire have led to health cautions for the Central Valley.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (Air District) has announced that health cautions will remain in place until the fire is extinguished. The Air District has also recommended that outdoor activity plans be revised in accordance with air quality conditions and pursuant to their Real-Time Outdoor Activity Risk (ROAR) guidelines.

Following the recommendations and guidance from the Air District and San Joaquin County Public Health Services, Lodi USD sent notices that they would cancel outdoor activity and keep students indoors as much as possible. Lodi USD has continued to provide staff and parents with updates via emails, phone messages, social media, and the District website throughout the week.

Lodi USD has also communicated their gratitude to staff and parents for their understanding and support as the community continues to face poor air quality. Lodi USD acknowledged the concerns raised by their staff and parents, stating “we want to assure you that the health and wellbeing of our staff and students is our top priority. The decision to keep our schools open was not taken lightly and we believe that it was the best course of action for today.”

Lodi USD noted that they have continued to confer with the Air District and local public health officials regarding the operation of schools. Lodi USD has enacted a number of safety measures to alleviate and address concerns, such as the cancellation of outdoor activity, indoor lunch times, and alerts regarding the air quality on their website. In addition, parents that wished to keep their children home due to air quality concerns were able to secure excused absences for their children as long as a note was provided to the school.

Lodi will continue to provide updates to staff and parents via email, phone messages, social media, and the District website. If staff or parents need additional information, they are encouraged to contact their school principals.

About Lodi Unified School District

Lodi Unified School District is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. Home to 49 school sites, Lodi USD provides high-quality education to a diverse population of 29,000 students. Lodi USD encompasses more than 350 square miles, including the Cities of Lodi and Stockton as well as the rural communities of Acampo, Clements, Lockeford, Victor, and Woodbridge.

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Tokay High School Offers Competitive Online Gaming to Students

LODI, CA (November 6, 2018)—Tokay High, one of Lodi Unified School District’s (Lodi USD) four comprehensive high schools, has created and launched the first esports teams in the District’s history and one of the only teams in the area. Kicking off their official season last week, esports offers students the opportunity to play games online against other esports teams. Esports also teaches students about teamwork, logical thinking, problem solving, and the development of leadership skills.

Tryouts for Tokay High’s esports teams took place prior to Lodi USD's fall break at the beginning of October. The 12 students who made the teams were assembled into Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity Teams, each consisting of five “starters” and two “backups.” This season, students compete while playing the “League of Legends” game during which they work together to capture the opposing teams’ bases. Each competitive game lasts approximately 45 minutes.

“Tokay High encourages opportunities for students to learn leadership skills and teamwork building. Competitive sports are a great way to do that. We want all of our students to have the same opportunities to compete in their fields of choice, including online gaming,” said Erik Sandstrom, Tokay High Principal.

Students echo these sentiments.

“Being part of the esports team [gives] me an opportunity to be able to showcase my skills in gaming, bond with my teammates, and develop leadership skills,” shared Kevin Keith, a senior and member of the Varsity esports team.

Allyis Martinez, a senior and member of the Varsity team, agreed. “This experience has been a great opportunity for me to develop my skills [working] within a team environment,” she said.

Last week, both teams competed in their first games. The JV team narrowly lost to the Benjamin Holt Academy, while the Varsity team secured a win against the Langston Hughes Academy.

“I was thrilled to see my students play for the first time. The teams were prepared and worked well together, despite playing together for a few short weeks. They are learning a lot about strategy and teamwork. Esports has opened doors for my students to compete while playing something they love,” shared John Medina, who is a math and advanced placement computer science teacher at Tokay High as well as the new esports coach.

A number of colleges, such as the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Irvine now offer scholarship opportunities for esports. According to the National Association of Collegiate Esports in a recent Forbes article, college scholarships for esports have grown by five times over the last year.

“Our foray into the new space of digital competitive gaming is exciting. Technology is a priority for our Board of Education and a major part of our students’ everyday lives. With the implementation of esports, our students can compete and enjoy sportsmanship online, which is a huge feat,” said Dr. Cathy Nichols-Washer, Lodi USD Superintendent.

Tokay High’s esports teams will compete in one more game until playoffs, which will take place during the week of Thanksgiving break.

Finals will be held the following two weeks. 

Lodi USD plans to expand esports in the District in the next year so that all students will have the opportunity to pursue and secure esports scholarships to postsecondary education institutions.

Spectators can follow and watch the live games on Tokay High School’s twitch channel.

About Lodi Unified School District

Lodi Unified School District is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. Home to 49 school sites, Lodi USD provides high-quality education to a diverse population of 29,000 students. Lodi USD encompasses more than 350 square miles, including the Cities of Lodi and Stockton as well as the rural communities of Acampo, Clements, Lockeford, Victor, and Woodbridge.

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District Partners with State Agencies to Provide Central Valley Students with Work-Based Readiness Services

LODI, CA (August 24, 2018)—The Lodi Unified School District’s (Lodi USD) is pleased to officially unveil a historic State pilot program with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and the California Department of Education (CDE). The Lodi Career Connection (LCC) Pilot, in collaboration with DOR and CDE, provides special education students with expanded workplace readiness services.

LCC combines all current Lodi USD work experience programs into one. Designed to serve students and clients of the San Joaquin Valley District DOR, LCC teaches students the work skills necessary for future jobs, including job exploration and counseling, postsecondary counseling, instruction in self-advocacy, work-based learning experiences, and other employment readiness services.

The goal of the pilot program is to increase the overall number of students that graduate from high school, transition to postsecondary education, and attain industry certificates. Through LCC, students will become employable adults with the ability to earn a livable wage.

The idea for LCC first began with a goal to collaborate and break down agency silos within CDE and DOR through the provision of a system change in the State. The pilot project, the first and only fully integrated program in the State, is a step toward this goal. Five school districts across California were considered for the pilot program and Lodi USD was selected from among the group.

“LUSD is excited to be selected for this groundbreaking pilot that will focus on special education students. LCC will truly help students transition to the workforce and assist them in earning a livable wage,” shared Jonathan Martin, Administrative Director for the Lodi USD Special Education Department.

Eventually, Lodi USD seeks to move toward a one student, one plan program. At this time, each Lodi USD high school will receive a team of four “work experience” staff members. It is estimated that the three-year pilot will positively impact 1100 students ranging from ages 14 to 21.

About Lodi Unified School District
Lodi Unified School District is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. Home to 49 school sites, Lodi USD provides high-quality education to a diverse population of 29,000 students. Lodi USD encompasses more than 350 square miles, including the Cities of Lodi and Stockton as well as the rural communities of Acampo, Clements, Lockeford, Victor, and Woodbridge.

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