La Paz Intermediate has a wonderful tradition of celebrating the birthdays of the Esperanza Special Education School's students throughout the school year.
Each month, a group of our Birthday Club students will visit their campus next door for a celebration. La Paz students will leave campus at 12:16 p.m. (the beginning of tutorial) and return at 1:15 p.m. (during lunch).
Esperanza students look forward to this day all month long. The La Paz students pass out birthday pennants and let that month's birthday student choose a gift from the birthday basket. After singing the "Happy Birthday Esperanza" song, all of the students participate in a very energetic dance party. La Paz and Esperanza students leave the party exhausted and smiling, anticipating next month's return. In addition to Birthday Club, students will be chosen to attend Esperanza's annual Olympic Day where they cheer on the athletes.
Since so many La Paz students join Birthday Club, students will get to go on a rotating basis. When their name appears on the monthly list, it will be their responsibility to have an additional written permission form signed by all of their teachers. The list will be posted and the form will be available one week prior to the Birthday Club day each month and students will need to turn it in when they attend.
If the teacher permission slip is not turned in they will not be allowed to participate on the day of the event. Students will be missing their usual lunch time on this day and may want to bring a sack lunch.
To maintain the privilege of participating in this club, grades and citizenship must meet their parents' and teachers' standards.
If your student is in need of a safe and productive environment after school to work on homework, study for tests, and get some tutoring, then this is the club for them! Mr. Bettino has been a science teacher at La Paz since 2005. He supports students by encouraging, tutoring, helping with organization, teaching important study techniques and keeping in contact with teachers and parents to ensure the success of each student enrolled in the program. Sign ups take place each trimester and classes take place from 3:10 to 4:10, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in Room 25.