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Incoming freshman are discovering what life at Ernest Righetti High School is all about this summer.

About 50 students are taking part in the “JumpStart Academy,” a transition program that is designed to ensure young people from feeder schools are successful. The experience, which is funded by the California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP Grant), wraps up July 31.

“We work to develop confidence and familiarity with the school, and our programs, to understand the academic expectations in the classroom, and for students to build strong positive peer connections,’’ said Geri Coats, a member of the teaching staff.

The students have been busy getting to know the campus, meeting staff and faculty members, receiving introductions to programs including academic, athletic and social. They also are working on “dusting off the academic cobwebs” and improving skills in reading comprehension, academic writing and math, Coats added.

A workshop put on by the ongoing EAOP/UCSB partnership with the district focused on the students imagining their future accomplishments and preparing a plan to be successful in high school as that leads to positive college or career plans.

A parent night that attracted about 20 families has taken place. It focused on how to support high school students from home, the student information system known as Aeries, tablet deployment and other invaluable information.

The students also have the opportunity get inside information from student volunteers. The volunteers are from last summer’s “JumpStart Academy” and the Associated Student Body (ASB).

All the youngsters are receiving several perks including early distribution of tablets, shorter lines for schedule pick up, a few prizes from the Athletic Department, school supplies and a “JumpStart Academy” shirt.

Please let us know how we can help out with any coverage needs. Our outstanding teachers Mrs. Geri Coats, Mrs. Cathleen Petty, student volunteers and new students would appreciate any press.


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