This introduction is a compilation of student letters. Students collaborated to combine information they felt described our school best.
We live in the Central Valley of California, an agricultural area. The state capital is nearby. In 2013 the population of our town was 161,000.
Our school has nearly 1,400 students, but we are grouped into teams, so we get to know the kids in our classes pretty well. Our school year begins in the middle of August and ends at the end of May. School starts at 8:15 and ends at 2:47 p.m. However, on Wednesdays, we start at 9:15 a.m. because of teacher meetings. Most Wednesdays, we have an advocacy class, where we talk about serious subjects like bullying, drugs, and our grades. Sometimes we have assemblies. In assemblies, we usually have a motivational speaker or dodge ball/basketball tournaments between students and teachers. Our school follows a block schedule. That means we have four classes every day. Each class is 90 minutes long. We take math, bridge (a combined reading and math class), social science (history), English, physical education, science, and electives. We chose our electives before we started school. In addition to classes, the activities we have a chance to interact with are sports, clubs, playing a musical instrument, and helping others by doing community service projects.
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