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    In August, summer temps still call for air conditioning and dips in the swimming pool. But most school districts begin the new academic year mid month. With leisurely summer days quickly coming to an end, we asked local parents and kids what they like best and worst about the start of a new school year.
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  • A Successful School Year Always Starts At Home

    GUSD offers orientations to help students acclimate to classes

    KIMBERLY EWERTZ

    Gilroy Unified School District Superintendent Deborah Flores urges students to do their best all four years of high school to prepare for the stress of senior year.

    Gilroy Unified School District Superintendent Deborah Flores urges students to do their best all four years of high school to prepare for the stress of senior year.

    As the new school year begins, most parents hope their children will have a successful year. According to educational experts, the groundwork for that success begins at home.

    Patricia Mondragon, assistant principal of South Valley Middle School, said the parents’ role in education is key.

    “What’s really going to set the foundation for a successful year is the parents making sure they give the children the structure needed to be successful,” she said.

    Research shows the more parents are involved, the better their kids do in school, explained Dr. Deborah A. Flores, superintendent of Gilroy Unified School District.

    “It’s really an important role as … READ MORE


  • Mothers Prepare Kids For Start Of New School Year

    CUSD teachers spend summer working on academic plans

    JULIE McCOY

    Campbell teachers participate in a summer training class to be ready for the beginning of the academic year..

    Campbell teachers participate in a summer training class to be ready for the beginning of the academic year..

    If you have children in the Campbell Union School District, now is the time to get into back-to-school mode. With fall just around the corner, the first day of school for CUSD students is Wed. Aug. 19.

    Many parents, such as Jill Cook of Campbell, will spend the next two weeks ensuring their children are ready for the first day of school. Cook plans to let daughter Jamie, 8, a third-grader at Village School, do a little shopping at one of her favorite stores, Justice, before school starts.

    “I promised her I would take her to pick up a couple of new outfits,” Cook said.

    She will also let her son Ryan, 11, … READ MORE


  • Balance Words Of Correction With More Encouragement

    MUSD campuses get facelifts, new construction projects move forward

    KRISTI PARKER JOHNSON

    Steve Betando, superintendent of the Morgan Hill Unified School District, is ready for the new year.

    Steve Betando, superintendent of the Morgan Hill Unified School District, is ready for the new year.

    Seven to one: seven words of encouragement for every word of correction.

    That’s the formula parents should follow as they communicate with their children, and the key to ensuring their children are successful in school, according to Morgan Hill Unified School District Superintendent Steve Betando.

    With the new academic year launching Aug. 13, Betando offered these and other words of wisdom to parents.

    “Communicate with your children,” he said. “Talk about what they’ve done during the day. Balance words of correction with encouragement.”

    While most students spent their summer thinking about anything but school, Betando and his staff were busy preparing for the start of the next school year. Teachers spent their summer vacations taking … READ MORE


  • All Classrooms Spiffed Up, Ready For New School Year

    Student orientations, meet-the-teacher events scheduled at LGUSD

    JULIE MCCOY

    Los Gatos Union School District Superintendent Diana Abati, educators and support staff have spent the summer gearing up for the start of the new school year.

    Los Gatos Union School District Superintendent Diana Abati, educators and support staff have spent the summer gearing up for the start of the new school year.

    Pretty soon we’ll say good-bye to summer. The days will get a little shorter and the nights a little cooler. If you’re a parent, the start of fall means one thing–it’s time for your kid or kiddos to go back to school after a couple of months of hiatus that were likely filled with summer camps and travel.

    If you live in Los Gatos, the first day of school for the Los Gatos Union School District is Monday, Aug. 17.

    Parents of elementary school students will have the opportunity to bring their kids to meet their new teachers on Aug. 14. Also, the R.J. Fisher Middle … READ MORE