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Back to the Books
As far as Ceres students are concerned, summer ends today with the start of the 2010-11 school year.

Students at both Ceres High School and Central Valley High School had a chance to pick up schedules and books, buy student body cards, and pose for student photos at registration days held at both campuses. Some students, like Ceres High School sophomore Austin Moore, acknowledged that summer felt way too short but that the new school year is being cheerfully embraced.

"It's good to see kids coming back," said CHS Principal Linda Stubbs. "You can feel an excitement in the air. The kids get bored without their friends."

Jessica Vizcarra was not so wild about the beginning of Ceres High classes. When asked why she pointed to a stack of textbooks at her elbow.

Sammy Ochoa waited his turn in line, leaning against his skateboard and chatting with friends. Ochoa said he's actually looking forward to school starting. "It's been a pretty boring summer," he said. "I like being with friends and they were all doing something different than me. Besides, it's fun meeting new people."

CHS is starting with approximately 1,420 students with a large incoming class.

Typically CHS sees a turn-over of five to six teachers over the summer vacation. But because teacher jobs are on the line most everywhere, only two new teachers are coming aboard, said Stubbs. Mike Patterson of Linden is being added as a welding teacher who plans to build up the ag mechanics and ag welding classes as part of the district's Career Pathways program. Art teacher Ruth Truesdell brings a lot of experience to the school's popular class. While an electives class, a requirement to graduate from high school includes a fine arts class.

Also new to CHS is learning director Dan Pangrazio. The former learning director, Brian Murphy, switched over to CVHS as an assistant principal.

Assistant Principal Lonnie Cornell said that today teachers at Ceres High School will be going over school rules and the syllabus with most into their curriculum by Thursday or Friday.

Central Valley High School starts out the new year with seven new teachers and three new administrators.

"We have lots of new staff," said Amy Peterman, principal of Central Valley High. "That's all I've been doing this summer, interviewing people. We've had a turnover and we've lost some through attrition."

The school, which is seeing a slight increase in attendance, is now about 1,700 students strong. Peterman, who became principal last year, said the school has never been bigger in numbers.

"We're going to keep plugging along in the direction we're going. We have an incredible staff - incredible teachers and incredible support staff."

Jordan Blunt was among a whole new crop of freshmen at registration on Thursday. He noted the largeness of the campus in contrast to the smaller Blaker Kinser Junior High campus from which he just graduated.

The new school year starts out with a new superintendent, Scott Siegel. He replaces Walt Hanline who retired in June.