MERCED — School is back in session this week across the Weaver Union School District.
Most of the rest of Merced County's schools don't get started until mid-August, but Weaver's unique scheduling means a late July start.
Weaver Superintendent John Curry said 2,550 students are enrolled in the three-campus district, and that number may grow in the weeks ahead.
Weaver divides its school year into trimesters. A two-week break is taken in October and February between trimesters and school ends the first week in June, like most county schools, Curry explained.
Most kindergarten and first-grade classrooms are full. Kindergarten enrollment is higher this year.
Mike Weber, Weaver Middle School principal, has 828 sixth- through eighth-grade students, 30 more than in June.
"It's been a really good start for the year so far," Weber said. "Everybody is in a positive mood and ready to get going on the year, hit the ground running. It's a really positive atmosphere."
Michal Lomeli, Pioneer School principal, said her school has 950 students from transitional kindergarten through fifth grade.
"Everyone's working hard, and it's running very well," Lomeli said. "We're glad school is back in session."
The school now has two academic coaches, and they will be involved in guiding teachers to adopt common core instructional practices, Lomeli said.
Kathy Moser, Farmdale School principal, said her campus has 802 students from kindergarten through fifth grade, up from 787 pupils a few days ago. She expects enrollment to keep growing for the next couple weeks.
Moser said the school is infusing more technology into daily schedules, with students using laptop computers and iPads in the classrooms. The school's computer lab has gone from 20 to 45 computers.
Farmdale School is continuing its intervention and enrichment model for second- through fifth-grade students, something implemented two years ago. Special programs have been instituted to help at-risk students reach academic expectations, Moser said.
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