Stagg High School Alumni Association year-end report to Alumni 2016

In a few weeks, the Stagg High School Alumni Association will contact you to ask that you join our efforts to enrich the educational experience for this generation of Delta Kings. Please leave room in your August budget for a contribution to the Alumni Association.

Alumni Association Grants in 2015-2016:
The Alumni Association provided the following grants on campus in 2016:
MESA (engineering) $500 Arduino computers for prosthetic arm program
Yearbook $1200 convention costs (18 students)
Stagg Line $750 convention costs (partial hotel costs for 8)
French Club $850 bus costs—Monterrey Language Institute trip
Gay Straight alliance $200 lunches for Harvey Milk museum visit (SF)
Music department $1000 music festival (see description below)
TOTAL: $4500

The Alumni Association is working with Stagg’s teachers and staff to expand the number and reach of programs which can use our resources to enrich the educational opportunities at Stagg.

Plan to join us for the 4th annual Alumni Tailgate Party at the football stadium on campus, Friday, September 16, when the Varsity and J.V. teams play Lodi. This event is sponsored by Chase Chevrolet. Come for the food and connections, stay for the game. Football admission is charged at the gate.

Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association’s membership: Stagg library, 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016.

The Alumni Association Board meets monthly eleven times a year. You are welcome to attend—contact President Stewart Jacoby at staggalumni@gmail.com. Ask about joining the Board and becoming more involved.

The Alumni Board is careful with your contributions; virtually every cent given goes to campus programs. Board members often fund operating costs out of their own pockets. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; your contributions are tax deductible.

Stewart Jacoby, Association President

Alumni Association Board: Stewart Jacoby, Linda Driver, Charles Tillery, Rita Jacoby, Martha Hawley, Janwyn Funamura, Josephine Swenson, Judy Foster, Pam Curtin.

What follows is an end of year report on the Association’s work, and a snapshot of the accomplishments of Stagg students over the past year, to reconnect you to the life of our school. Stagg’s students deserve your support.

Stagg’s 2016 graduating class:

Stagg graduated 273 seniors on May 31—a 90% graduation rate. Of these, 110 were “UC Ready”, having completed all heightened requirements for acceptance to a UC or CSU program. Eighty were accepted to CSU/UC campuses; 150 have registered for fall classes at Delta College, most in the college prep track; 10 students have signed up for military service. Stagg graduates will be matriculating at Stanford University, UOP, UCLA, Cal Berkeley, Davis and other campuses. Scholarship offers to this year’s graduates totaled nearly $290,000.

Two of six scholarships awarded by the California Retired Teachers Association in San Joaquin County to “aspiring teachers” went to Stagg students. One student has been named to UOP’s Community Involvement Program (CIP), which provides full scholarship support for four years.

Academic accomplishments (the * indicates that the Alumni Association provided significant support for this program):
* –During the past year, 140 students took on the challenge of Advanced
Placement courses.
* –Stagg’s MESA (engineering) team won regional competition and medalled
in every category at the State level, and placed third in California. This
was Stagg’s youngest team ever, and they will be back next year, aiming
for the nationals, which they have won twice since 2010.
— Two Stagg students did research at Lawrence Livermore Labs last summer
in biotechnology which led to a published article in a juried journal.
* –Stagg Line students participated in Global Student Square, collaborating
with student journalists from Brazil, Pakistan, France and other countries
around the world. The paper took sixth in the national Best of Show
competition at the national convention. Advisor Don Bott received the
Medal of Merit from the Journalism Education Association in November.
The Stagg Line is among the most honored high school papers in the U.S.
* –The Yearbook program doubled the number of underclass participants in
the national convention. These rising seniors will now lead the program.
* –The music department initiated a “Music Olympiad” festival this Spring
which challenged students to demonstrate their music literacy—rhythms,
sight reading and dictation . Building on programs established by the
Eastman School of Music and adopted by several states in the Eastern U.S.,
this event provides a way to assess the mastery of music standards which
has not otherwise been possible. Sixty students from Stagg and Lincoln
participated, with District administrators observing. Prospects are good
that this will become an annual event, with the potential to transform
music education in Stockton’s public schools. Over 300 Stagg students are
now involved in Stagg’s music program, and every music class emphasizes
music literacy. Stagg is a pioneer in this area.
* –The music department is initiating a Mariachi ensemble. The Alumni
Association funded the purchase of two bass guitars (guitarrons).
Stagg in the News:
–February. Feature Record article on gospel singer Krystal Stallworth.
–June. Several Record stories on Head Coach Don Norton, selected to guide
the North squad in the Lions All-Star Game. The team included three Stagg
players.
–June. Record feature on Stagg’s softball program. Head Coach Ben Atad
named to lead North squad in All-Star Classic. Four Stagg players
participated.
–July. Record feature on Annette Martinez, Head Trainer at UOP, one of only
two female Head Trainers in Pacific’s West Coast Conference.

Stagg Sports:
–Stagg placed a number of its teams in Playoffs: boy’s football, baseball,
golf, tennis and track; girl’s golf, tennis, basketball and track; and
wrestling (co-ed).
–Both male and female athletes of the year in the district were Stagg athletes
(Lavante Bushnell and Jasmine Pharms). Both received athletic
scholarships for college.
–Michael Johnson placed third at state in triple jump; Jasmine Pharms was
fifth in shotput.
–Michael Johnson was one of five finalists in the county for the Charles
Washington Award, which assesses athletic ability, academic
accomplishments and community service.