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She did research, taking note of low test scores in the area, and learned more about what she calls a “jagged pipeline,” that is, the movement of Spanish-English immersion kids from Riverview out of the neighborhood. The group now is pushing for an immersion program at Humboldt, and more extracurricular activities there, too.
But, Noecker added, “we really don’t want to be that group of parents who are always cantankerous and always making trouble.” And so, the group is surveying residents to get their perceptions of schools — it’s gotten 53 responses and wants 200 — and plans to invite local principals and then the superintendent to its upcoming monthly meetings.
Jackie Turner, the district’s chief engagement officer, said this week that current demand for a secondary-level dual-language immersion program is not enough to fill the Highland program, but that if a capacity issue were to arise, “the West Side of the city would be a great place to consider.”
At Riverview Thursday, Mylinh Dao, a West Side resident, said she favored the new community-school emphasis, and had never considered sending her daughter, Lily Dao, 8, anywhere but Riverview when she was a kindergartner. Both liked the look of the new school, with Lily taking special note of Noecker’s classroom, where the paintbrushes stood neatly in jars, ready to go.
“Art class is going to be my favorite,” she said. “I love art.”
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