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Summer School Off to a Great Start

Summer school teacher Ciro Cervantes.

Nearly 4,000 Twin Rivers students are enrolled in the District's robust summer school program, which includes an engineering camp for grades 3 to 5 with hands-on engineering projects, GRIP (Graduation Rate Improvement Program), early intervention reading, and a four-day sports camp.

"We're excited about the start of summer school and how well our students are thriving with all that we have to offer," says Program Development Consultant Wendi Cowan. "Teachers are supportive and dedicated to the programs which are creating a path for student success."  

Teachers like Ciro Cervantes. He's one of 238 summer school teachers.  

"I've been teaching summer school for about 10 years now and I enjoy it," says Cervantes, who is a biology teacher at Rio Linda High School. "I want to help students, but teaching summer school also helps me. It keeps me energized and gets me ready for the next school year."

With 20 years of teaching, Cervantes does everything he can to ensure students succeed and enjoy the experience while they are with him. This year he is only teaching one session of summer school, which began June 12.

"I like to keep the kids focused and I tell them this is just like the regular school year. They must learn the material. I have noticed that the kids in summer school are more focused, more willing to be here. And I want to help them along so they graduate," he says.

Cervantes can't see himself doing anything else but teaching. He absolutely loves it.

"It has been good, it has been interesting. The kids are all different. Every year it's different so it never gets boring. That being said, there's always high points and low points ... most of the time it seems to be on a high."


Posted June 2017