Members of several area newspapers
— as well as students, parents, teachers and school administrators from throughout the county — were invited to the breakfast, hosted by the San Joaquin Association of California School Administrators Charter, the local chapter of a statewide organization that supports teachers, administrators and students. Similar events are held across the state.
At the Wednesday gathering, in the San Joaquin County Office of Education building, Every Student Succeeding awards were handed out, including recognition for two students from Tracy Unified School District and one from Lammersville Unified School District.
The program recognizes personal achievement by students who have faced extreme adversity in their lives.
Each student was introduced by a school administrator who works within San Joaquin County.
A speech delivered by Sierra High School vice principal and ACSA officer Greg Leland for Wicklund School
seventh-grader Ivan Blanco-Martinez contained “confidential” information,
according to Khushwinder Gill,
assistant supervisor of Lammersville Unified School District and president-elect of San Joaquin ACSA.
The speech delivered by Leland included specific references to the 14-year-old’s parents and his grades, information Gill said should not be public.
It’s not clear who was responsible for deciding what content was included in the speech.
Gill — who said she is not in charge of the local Every Student Succeeding awards program or breakfast — said on Thursday, Feb. 28, that it was a chance for the entire ASCA to “reflect” about how the breakfast is handled in the future.
“We can’t go back and change what was said at the breakfast,” Gill said. “We can be proactive.”
Kathe Gonsalves, ASCA president, said Thursday that the awards
ceremony is intended to be a positive event that praises students for their achievements despite sometimes-tragic personal circumstances — from the death of parents to living with abusive families to homelessness.
“This really is one of the most positive events that we do,” she said. “I think it’s a good lesson for us as we move forward.”
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