For the second time in just a couple years we have had the opportunity to host Tom Torlakson to RiTechA. The students were amazing as usual and it was a great day despite the thick fog.
LATHROP — Thick morning fog blanketed River Islands Technology Academy on Monday, but the minds and ideas of the students shined bright, leaving a big impression on the state’s top educator.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson visited the K-8 charter school to tour the robotics program and multiple state-of-the-art computer and science classrooms to see the technology-rich curriculum in action.
The charter, located on the banks of the San Joaquin Delta in Lathrop, opened its doors in 2013 and is chartered by the Banta Elementary School District. Monday marked Torlakson’s second visit to the school since it was forced to move across the street from its original location earlier this year by the district to open its own Next Generation STEAM Academy.
He returned to see a new, larger campus, bustling with students with a tour given by Principal Brenda Scholl and River Islands Project Manager Susan Dell’Osso. Among those in attendance were Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal and other school administrators.
The school has 550 students, school officials said, with nearly 600 students on a waiting list. Statewide Assessment of School Performance and Progress test scores for River Islands academy are among the highest in the area, with 24 percent of students exceeding state standards for English. The statewide average is 16 percent.
“There are 6 million students in California, and the students at River Islands, you’re at the top of those millions of students,” Torlakson said during an assembly to cheering pupils. “You’re awesome.”
During his two-hour visit, Torlakson witnessed multiple classrooms incorporating STEM-related concepts and technology. The school has a 1:1 device approach, meaning that an iPad, Chromebook or similar electronic device is available to every student enrolled during the school term.
Again, this was a wonderful time to have Tom Torlakson visit the campus. We look forward to seeing him again soon! This article was first published and can be seen in the Stockton Record. You can read the full article here: http://www.recordnet.com/article/20151207/NEWS/151209771/101167/NEWS
The Manteca Bulletin and Tracy Press were also there to cover the visit. All three papers had wonderful things to say about the visit and the students we are all so proud of.
Manteca Bulletin article: CLICK HERE
Tracy Press article: CLICK HERE
Video is courtesy of Tracy Press Website and Michael Langley Video Channel