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Ripon High students go back to school on Thursday
Dan Gall shares a laugh with his daughter Breanna and Kyle Braley while standing in line to register for classes during Ripon High’s freshmen and sophomore check-in. - photo by HIME ROMERO
RIPON – Lance Morrow is looking forward to the new school year.

Come next week, the Ripon High principal will welcome over 920 students back on campus.

The first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 5.

Ready or not, students can expect a full day of instruction early on.

“The first week we’re getting the kids back in the classroom,” said Morrow, who is beginning his third year as principal. “Each teacher will go over the syllabus.”

The sooner the better, he hopes, in order to get instructions in the classroom off and running.

On Thursday, some students were back on campus for the annual “Ripon Pow Wow.” They provided school officials with the necessary forms (emergency contacts, insurance information, etc.) and fees for the upcoming school year.

“The morning here was hectic,” said Mary Machado, who is the secretary to the principal.

Students were required to comply with the RHS dress code during the “Pow Wow” for the purpose of taking their ID pictures. For the underclassmen, those same class photos will be used in the yearbook, Machado said.

The “Pow Wow” will continue today for freshmen and sophomores in the Multi-Use Room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The freshmen can also look to orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Seniors and juniors serving as Link Crew mentors are scheduled to arrive to school a day ahead in order to prepare for the team-building activities.

The 2010-2011 school year will be a few days shorter than that of the previous ones.

In order to save money, the state allowed school districts to reduce the school year, from 180 to 175 instructional days.

More information on the upcoming school year can be obtained by contacting Ripon Unified at 209-599-2131 (