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MUSD-Beijing sister-school venture explored
Beijing students perform at Lathrop High School last year. - photo by Bulletin file photo

Three Manteca Unified School District employees could find themselves in Beijing, China, late this month through early July.

The trip is part of a proposed Sister-School venture between one elementary and one high school campuses in the district. Woodward Elementary School Principal Sherrie Jamero, Sierra High School Assistant Principal Dan Beukelman, and Manteca Unified Risk Management Director Kimberly Wright will be traveling to Beijing, tentatively scheduled for June 30 and July 7 for a planning meeting and signing ceremony with leader counterparts in this Asian country.

Woodward Elementary and Sierra High both have agreed to take part in the sister-school partnership with Beijing No. 2 Middle School Yizhuang School and Experimental School Affiliated to Beijing Niulanshan First Secondary School.

Wright will be serving as the coordinator for this Beijing venture.

The proposed sister-school partnership will be with two K-12 schools in China. The purpose of this partnership will be to create “an academic model with a concentration in math, science, and language arts that will utilize the digital exchange of resources to improve the instructional day of our students,” according staff report.

Other fields to be explored in this sister-school venture will include performing arts as well as the development of a global conservation effort that would allow Beijing and MUSD students to take an active role in their efforts of minimizing their carbon imprint.

Manteca Unified is not a stranger to this type of cultural, educational, and environmental exchange with students in China. In the last three years, MUSD has played host to visiting students and staff from Beijing. This latest partnership step is intended to broaden that relationship.