December 2, 2022


The Education People

San Andreas Significant Faculty retains graduation

Continuation learners get over obstructions of pandemic to sharpen their concentration.

San Andreas Significant Faculty held its graduation ceremony underneath sunny skies on June 2. Taking area on campus alternatively than in its common location—Hollister Veterans Memorial Building—families were being distanced into teams together the school’s courtyard to view graduates get their diplomas. 

Principal Lisa Jelinek reported COVID-19 wellbeing pointers brought the ceremony back on campus. “We just hit the yellow [tier] yesterday and the tips hadn’t been up to date however, so we had to be a tiny tighter on the steerage. Better secure than sorry.”

With 16 pupils graduating—less than fifty percent its standard 40-50 course-size—the ceremony was shorter, but feelings have been notably better. 

In Antonio Angulo’s tackle to his classmates and guests, he famous how the pandemic extra just an additional impediment to the ones he had currently conquer in the earlier. Immediately after re-enrolling in San Andreas following time served in the San Benito County Juvenile Corridor his junior year, he said he chose to start out focusing on his upcoming.

Antonio Angulo with his grandma. Photograph by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

“I made a assure to my grandma that I would make far better choices, and a single of them was to graduate from significant faculty,” he claimed. “I was on a thriving path for a brief time, but then the COVID pandemic strike. When the pandemic strike, I stopped concentrating on school. I was heading by a lot in the course of the pandemic. Luckily, from the aid of my relatives, I was able to refocus and get again on monitor.” 

Angulo was not the only college student who struggled. Jelinek claimed the graduating class was more compact this year generally mainly because pupils had issues with virtual lessons. 

“The on line system can get the job done for a great deal of kids, but a ton of youngsters just have to have that own interaction,” she claimed. “They have to have a instructor who’s going to sit down and question, ‘Okay, wherever did you get stuck?’ and that is why there had been a good deal of young ones struggling this year.” On the other hand, she famous that quite a few pupils who were being just mere credits quick of graduating will be taking summertime faculty lessons to receive their diplomas at a later day.

Some college students, which include Serena Garcia, discovered that online studying gave them the skill to aim on their experiments with no distraction.  

Serena Garcia and her mother. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.
Serena Garcia and her mom. Image by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

“This year has taught me a ton. It is designed me a large amount much better,” she said. “I truly stepped up with staying in a position to graduate and to leave all the detrimental things in the previous. I was not definitely inspired at faculty. So being on the internet, becoming at home, and getting in my comfort and ease zone, I was able to do the job much more. It held me likely.”

Aidan Torres explained to attendees throughout his deal with that when he enrolled at San Andreas his sophomore yr, he was distracted with seeking to match in with other students, and he struggled to entire his schoolwork.

Mark Leake with brother and mother. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.
Mark Leake with brother and mom. Photograph by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

“The result of COVID dramatically altered my senior year,” Torres stated, noting that virtual finding out “allowed me to target on my school function devoid of getting as a lot of interruptions. It was a at ease and harmless setting where by I could get my do the job completed.”

Jelinek claimed the university has been on a hybrid agenda because April, permitting pupils to show up at in-particular person understanding on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. College students also experienced the choice to keep on attending university almost. 

“On Wednesdays, they stayed residence to get the job done on the on-line platform,” Jelinek said. “And as graduation approached, and pupils started acquiring anxious, we had seniors that ended up coming on Wednesdays to get the job done in classrooms with the academics.”

She also observed the school’s use of an on the web instruction system, Edgenuity Virtual Academy, which permits superior school college students to choose particular person superior university classes to dietary supplement their frequent schooling, served pupils attain graduation requirements.

Larry Garcia saying goodbye to Principal Lisa Jelinek. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.
Larry Garcia indicating goodbye to Principal Lisa Jelinek. Image by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

For Torres, “Edgenuity performed a important job in my graduation system. I was positioned in a few on the internet grade recovery classes. My results came from my skill to advance in lessons. If I did effectively on device checks, I was equipped to transfer forward in course work with no acquiring to do all of the assignments.”

In a burdensome university calendar year, Jelinek explained she and the staff did their finest to accommodate the students’ wants and demands. The selection to supplement training course do the job with Edgenuity aided students develop into thriving, as did the choice of deciding on the vocational courses they desired to graduate. 

Below shelter-in-place, “work review is genuinely tricky to do,” she stated. “But we had a catalog of courses that had been readily available. So we requested learners, ‘What do you want to choose?’” 

San Benito County Superintendent of Universities Krystal Lomanto expressed her delight in the San Andreas graduating course in the opening deal with.

San Andreas High School 2021 graduating class. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.
San Andreas Substantial School 2021 graduating course. Photograph by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

“You survived this hard year owing to the pandemic,” she instructed the students. “And you survived it with braveness and dedication. We are exceptionally very pleased of you. No other graduating course can say ‘I created it by means of a pandemic, and I graduated.’”


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