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Goal: Ripona students to sound like they’re in college

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Ripona School families had a chance to learn about their student’s curriculum and other expectations at Back-to-School Night.


POSTED August 28, 2013 1:12 a.m.

Dante Alvarez has several goals for students at Ripona School.

“We want every child to speak in complete sentences,” said the first-year principal at Tuesday’s Back-to-School Night.

With that, Alvarez would also like to see students incorporate the school’s academic discourse or language as part of their speaking habits. “We want them to sound like they’ve in college (when they leave Ripona),” he added.

Alvarez talked about peer sharing or, rather, students learning to work in groups.

He’s had a chance to visit the classrooms – kindergarten through eighth grades – and even met many of the parents during the early weeks of school.

“I’ve been really, really happy about what’s going on,” Alvarez said.

He believes those attending the Back-to-School function benefit by learning about academic expectations first-hand from their teachers.

“They also had a chance to visit the classroom and learn about the nuts and bolts for the upcoming year,” said Alvarez, who also introduced Ripona teachers and staff members to folks in attendance.

Ripon Unified will continue with Back-to-School Night later this week.

Ripon Elementary will have its function on Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. equipped with a book fair.

Colony Oak will also have Back-to-School night that day, kicking off at 6 o’clock.

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