Round Up, Bruin Day Ar­rive On River­bank School Cam­puses

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY RIC McGINNIS

The clock was tick­ing last week in River­bank, count­ing down the days, hours and min­utes be­fore lo­cal stu­dents would be back in their class­rooms, with yet another sum­mer be­hind them.

The first step down that path oc­curred as mid­dle school and high school stu­dents ap­peared on their re­spec­tive cam­puses, fill­ing out pa­per­work, get­ting class sched­ules, buy­ing gym clothes and oth­er­wise tend­ing to those back-to-school ne­ces­si­ties be­fore class­room work re­sumes.

On the Car­dozo Mid­dle School cam­pus last Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Aug. 1, par­ents and their sev­enth and eighth grade stu­dents lined up in the multi-pur­pose au­di­to­rium to fill out forms and pick up their class sched­ules. Stu­dents also got their PE at­tire and paid in­sur­ance fees for the Chrome­book com­put­ers they’ll be is­sued.

At the same time, stu­dents at River­bank High School were lin­ing up in the Fau­ria Gym to get their sched­ules, buy their next year­book, get gym clothes and take pic­tures and pay fees for their As­so­ci­ated Stu­dent Body cards. That last line was de­cid­edly the long­est of the day, which con­tin­ued along the length of the gym bleach­ers, then across the lobby end of the build­ing.

Even though there were two pho­tog­ra­phers, it was the slow­est mov­ing of all the lines.

Other sta­tions in­cluded par­ents reg­is­ter­ing for ei­ther or both the Mu­sic Boost­ers or Bruin Boost­ers (Sports) groups.

The day be­fore, on the RHS cam­pus, there was a fresh­man ori­en­ta­tion, with mem­bers of the lead­er­ship club help­ing the new ar­rivals fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with the fa­cil­i­ties. An of­fi­cial es­ti­mated about 167 of the 200 or so fresh­men ex­pected par­tic­i­pated in the ac­tiv­ity.

Then on Thurs­day morn­ing last week, the CMS cam­pus was the scene of the sixth grade stu­dents’ reg­is­tra­tion and ori­en­ta­tion. As did the up­per grade stu­dents, they filled out forms, got sched­ules and pur­chased their PE clothes. Af­ter­ward, par­ents and their stu­dents were es­corted around the cam­pus to lo­cate lunch and gym fa­cil­i­ties, and their class- rooms.

Sixth graders are kept sep­a­rate from sev­enth and eighth graders at CMS, be­cause they are con­sid­ered el­e­men­tary stu­dents, while the up­per two classes are mid­dle school­ers. The sixth grade class­rooms are at one end of the cam­pus, they eat lunch and have PE at a dif­fer­ent time than the other classes.

Wed­nes­day, Aug. 8, was to be the first day back in class­rooms for all stu­dents in the River­bank Uni­fied School Dis­trict.

RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

River­bank High stu­dents take pho­tos for their 2018-19 stu­dent body cards on Bruin Day re­cently in the Fau­ria Gym. It was just one of their many tasks to com­plete be­fore the start of the new school year.

RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

Just like their sev­enth and eighth grade pre­de­ces­sors the day be­fore, Car­dozo Mid­dle School sixth graders lined up to pur­chase PE clothes dur­ing their own ‘Round-Up’ day on Thurs­day at the lo­cal cam­pus.

RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

Some fam­i­lies ask ques­tions and fill out en­roll­ment forms in the Main Of­fice at Car­dozo Mid­dle School. They were there as part of the an­nual CMS Round-Up that is held each year prior to the be­gin­ning of classes. The 2018-19 school year was to be­gin...

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