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Ripon Unified summer school a success
Ripon Unified music instructor Sarah Gaipa led several of her young students during a summer performance for the school board.

It was a memorable summer at Ripon Unified.

At last week’s school board meeting, Nate Baroni and Victor Ramirez provided a presentation of the summer school program held in June.

Baroni, who is the principal at Ripona Elementary School, hosted 347 students in the summer session. Programs included four hours of daily academics – language acquisition, writing, math and enrichment / STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) – Spanish Language, Music Camp, and Extended School Year.

Spanish Language was for youngsters in traditional kindergarten through first grades. They learned about colors, numbers and alphabets, translating from English to Spanish.

Sarah Gaipa (band / orchestra), Justin Berona (drumline) and Jesse Perez (drum tech) spearheaded the Music Camp.

Gaipa conducted 42 students at various musical skill levels in her band and orchestra – she had her students perform twice for the school board during the summer months.

Ditto that for Berona, who introduced the 10 drummers of his drumline to elected leaders.

The Extended School Year had 17 students who completed the program consisting of building skills in reading, writing and math.

All told, the summer program at Ripona had an enrollment of 347 students to go with 17 certificated teachers and 19 support staff members.

Ramirez served as principal for the high school programs.

Included was three weeks of math instructions to incoming freshmen at Ripon High – Ramirez is the vice principal at RHS during the regular school year.

He reported 23 students who participated in the Step-Up to Math summer program. They spent that time adding and subtracting integers, simplifying expressions and doing one and two step equations, properties of exponents, graphing linear equations and graphing ordered pairs.

For fun, students did origami, logic puzzles and created tessellations art.

High schoolers, in addition, took part in English I, II, III; U.S. History; and Credit Recovery / Gradpoint.

The latter featured students enrolled in a variety of courses, earning 350 credits via Gradpoint.