St. Jude Mission School students learn about snakes

Science teacher Jay Dagostino introduces St. Jude Mission School students, including from left, Zoey Suarez, 7; Jaynee Ladera, 8; Marley Ochoa, 10; Athena Marquez, 8; Tonla Laurenzana, 7, and Annalise Marquez, 6, to his pet snakes during a presentation Wednesday, Aug. 30. Valley News/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians photo
Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansSpecial to Valley NewsAfter staff at the St. Jude Mission School on the Soboba Indian Reservation noticed an influx of snakes during the recent warm weather, a lesson on snakes was arranged. Science teacher Jay Dagostino from the nearby Noli Indian School was invited, along with his two pet snakes, to give a presentation on safety and awareness Wednesday, Aug. 30.The school, which shares a campus with the St. Joseph Catholic Church and has WASC Accreditation and WCEA Certification, serves first through fifth graders and currently has seven students. The small student-teacher ratio allows for more in-depth and one-on-one instruction as well as the flexibility to invite guest speakers to share timely topics.“We try to tie in real-life experien
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