Saturday, January 11, 2014 12:00 am
For some children in Lodi Unified School District, the first year of school means being fully prepared to enter kindergarten with a little school experience already under their belts, thanks to transitional kindergarten programs.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 am
In 2012, Lodi officials were surprised to learn from the state that the city had the second-highest crime rate in San Joaquin County. Lodi Neighborhood Services Manager Joseph Wood thought that the rating was odd since three cities — Stockton, Manteca and Tracy — have a greater population than Lodi.
Friday, August 30, 2013 6:50 am
Washington Elementary School, Lodi
Located on West Lockeford Street, 247 of the 265 students tested at Washington Elementary earlier this year are listed as “socially disadvantaged.” The school has 202 Hispanic students, 183 of whom are described as English-language learners.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:00 am
Imagine a classroom where 4-year-olds are learning to write their names. After a short lesson, they move on to free time, which allows them to choose whether to play with a doll house or a pretend cash register.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:00 am
Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:00 am
No decisions were made at a special workshop Wednesday night about general goals for the Lodi Unified School District, but trustees discussed issues ranging from reducing class sizes from kindergarten through third grade, to student and staff safety on its campuses.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:00 am
Should high school athletes involved in after-school sports in the Lodi Unified School District be exempt from a second year of physical education?
Friday, February 22, 2013 12:00 am
More young kindergarteners will be welcomed into the transitional kindergarten program through Lodi Unified School District.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:00 am
For the last seven years, Susan Petersen has only gone to work three days a week. The River Oaks Elementary School teacher spends the other days at home writing lesson plans, taking care of her children or volunteering in their classrooms.
Jack Meyers, 4, left forms a heart shape out of red Play-Doh on the first day of transitional kindergarten on Monday, July 30, 2012. Children throughout the Lodi Unified School District started a new school year Monday, and Meyers was among the very youngest in the new program for kindergartners who didn’t make the new age cut-off.
Melissa McClelland, back right, chats with a class of transitional kindergarten students at Lawrence Elementary School on Monday, July 30, 2012. The 4-year-olds are starting school at a younger age, but will complete two years of kindergarten thanks to the new program.
Sunday, July 29, 2012 7:09 pm
Parents have stocked up on lunchbox essentials. Kids are geared up with new backpacks and shoes. Teachers have spent the last few days setting up their classrooms and jotting down lesson plans. The new school year is upon us.
Friday, July 27, 2012 12:23 pm
My eldest, my first born, is starting kindergarten.
Friday, June 29, 2012 12:00 am
The Board of Trustees of the Arcohe Union School District at Wednesday’s special board meeting voted to offer transitional kindergarten as a full-day program during the upcoming school year.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:00 am
Lodi Unified School District will enter the 2012-13 school year with a balanced budget after Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting. But district staff say they can only guarantee a stable budget for another year unless the state makes some significant changes.
Saturday, June 9, 2012 12:00 am
Dawn Whitley was seated at a child-sized pine table. Before her was a small gray rug underneath a long, narrow block filled with wooden posts arranged from largest to smallest. With steady, calm hands, she removed each post one by one and set them in line on the table. Her gaze was focused as she circled the edged of each cylinder and returned them to the block. Whitley was demonstrating how a child at Lodi Montessori would complete the knobbed cylinder job during class.
Friday, May 18, 2012 12:00 am
Dawn Vetica is both excited and scared to be taking on the assistant superintendent of secondary schools job at Lodi Unified School District. But her teaching heart is thrilled to take on the upcoming challenges in the world of education.
Florence Costamagna, director of the School Readiness and Preschool office, works with students at during class on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Costamagna is overseeing the implementation of Lodi Unified School District's transitional kindergarten program.
Monday, May 14, 2012 12:00 am
Children with fall birthdays will have to wait another year to enroll in kindergarten. But a transitional program launching in Lodi Unified in August will help bridge that gap.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 am
In a bold move, the Lodi Unified School District board of trustees has decided to forge ahead with plans to create a transitional kindergarten program at Tuesday's meeting.
"Kids are expected to leave kindergarten reading and writing. Like it or not, that's the reality. It only makes sense that California go full bore with this," said Carlos Villafana, principal of Lawrence Elementary School, one of two schools to offer the program.
Monday, April 16, 2012 12:00 am
The following is a list of public meetings in the Lodi and Galt areas this week:
Saturday, February 4, 2012 12:00 am
Jody and Tom Cook put their son Luka Jovic's name into a charter
school lottery seven years ago, eager to look into options other
than a standard public school.
Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:00 am
Lodi Unified School District will not move forward with plans to
create a transitional kindergarten program after Gov. Jerry Brown's
office released his proposed 2012-2013 budget. The proposal cuts
funding for any students who will not turn five years old before
Nov. 1, the kindergarten enrollment date for the 2012-2013 school
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 12:00 am
Millswood Middle School principal Sheree Flemmer is the head of
what she calls a small community of 840 students and 36 teachers.
But that community replaces half of its student population every
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi Unified School District officials are seriously considering
a transition to a K-8 structure districtwide.
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