Education

Oui! Johansen French teacher captures state title

The bell rings. Johansen High teens amble out of Debbie Sessa’s French class as she calls out instructions and reminders. “It’s not what you teach them, it’s that you show them you care. It’s good, at the beginning and end of class, to check in,” said Sessa, the newly named California League of High Schools 2015 Teacher of the Year.

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Turlock schools address dual-language program overcrowding

Faced with a dual-language program that’s bursting at the seams, Turlock Unified School District trustees took steps to start a sister program at a second campus and move its sixth-grade class to a middle school. The board also decided to boost the pay of Superintendent Sonny Da Marto, who announced he will retire June 30.

Education

Modesto City Schools to cut teacher jobs, but no layoffs expected

Modesto City Schools went through the motions of laying off three elementary teachers and cutting a popular high school program for students hoping to be the first in their family to go to college, but most were simply funding changes and only three people will lose a total of four periods in the end, district officials said.

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Turlock High air rifle team scores at competition

Turlock High School’s air rifle shooting team recently competed in the 2015 Service Air Rifle Championship in Phoenix. According to Maj. Kelly Cross of the high school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, the team is ranked 18th out of 617 that competed for the service championships.

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