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August 5, 2014

Summer ends early for Weaver Union School District students

Classes began July 24; students will have two-week breaks in October and February between trimesters

Summer’s not over yet, unless you’re a student in the Weaver Union School District.

Although most area children don’t head back to school until mid-August, classes began July 24 in the kindergarten through eighth-grade district on the outskirts of Merced.

Like most other area school districts, Weaver classes end the first week of June, but the district has two-week breaks in October and mid-February on the trimester scheduling system.

“Everything seems like it’s going just great,” Weaver Superintendent John Curry said. “It seems like it was a short summer.”

The district has 2,729 students, and the upward enrollment trend in that part of Merced is continuing. The district has 154 teachers, six more than it did last year. This fall, as part of Common Core, the district is introducing a new writing curriculum for all its students.

“We’re excited about the new school year,” Curry said. “Our teachers are embracing the Common Core (instructional practices), and we hit the ground running. We’re happy to be back.”

Kathy Moser, Farmdale Elementary School principal, said the school had 836 kindergarteners through fifth-graders Tuesday and 42 teachers.

“We’re ready to roll; everything went smoothly,” Moser said.

Farmdale just started providing free breakfasts for all pupils and about 400 take advantage of the meals each day. She would like to see about 500 pupils eat breakfast there every day, saying they will be sharper in processing what they learn.

Michal Lomeli, Pioneer School principal, said the school has 1,065 students from transitional kindergarten through fifth grade. Pioneer School grew by about 250 students last year. There’s been no change so far this year.

“It’s gone really smooth,” Lomeli said. “It’s an exciting time, too. This year we’re focusing on the Common Core curriculum. Teachers, staff and students are getting used to new technology. We are updating student use of technology.”

In late August or early September, Pioneer School will get two new portable classrooms to handle the increased number of pupils, Lomeli said.

Mike Weber, Weaver Middle School principal, could not be reached for comment.

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