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Stella Brockman success honored
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Stella Brockman School Principal Candace Espinola is presented with a 2010 Distinguished School resolution at Back to School Night Thursday from Shannon Dean, who represents local Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, on behalf of Sen. Lois Wolk. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Stella Brockman School has been proud of its 2010 Distinguished School status.

For that reason, Principal Candace Espinola scheduled Thursday’s Back to School Night to share the honor with the community.

She and her teaching staff received a Distinguished School resolution from Sen. Lois Wolk as presented by Shannon Dean from the offices of local Assemblyman Bill Berryhill.

Espinola, in turn, addressed those at Back to School Night, saying, “You’re a big piece of this – We appreciate your support.”

In Manteca Unified, Stella Brockman along with Brock Elliott and George McParland were recognized last spring as 2010 Distinguished Schools.

According to the state Department of Education, these schools earned the prestigious honor based on their Academic Performance Index and Adequate Yearly Progress results.

The Distinguished School status will be valid for the next four years, according to Espinola.

Back to School Night was meet-and-greet session for teachers and parents.

“It’s an opportunity (for parents) to ask questions and see the classroom work of their children,” said Espinola, who made sure to include the seventh- and eighth- grade classes in this year’s school function.

Back to School Night also included teachers and members of the Watch Dog program raising money to support the athletic programs by cooking up hot dogs.

In addition, those attending had a chance to visit the information and vendor booths consisting of yearbook, PTA, scouts, Manteca Youth Focus, and MUSD Nutrition Services, to name a few.