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Schools set to introduce new life science course

The freshman year of high school is full of firsts. For many students, it's their first time using lockers, trying out for competitive sports teams and joining campus clubs.

In the Merced Union High School District, freshman students and teachers will be experiencing another first together -- a brand new life science course.

The class, which has never been taught in the district before, will be a new requirement for ninth-graders in the district starting in the 2008-09 school year.

"They're tested on it," during the standardized testing given to students in the spring, said District Superintendent Scott Scambray, so they might as well be given the knowledge to do well on the exam.

Read the full story in Friday's Merced Sun-Star.