As the mercury bubbled toward 100 degrees at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jesse Dunkak sat on a low stone wall outside Dixon High, waiting for his father, Bill, to pick him up.
It was his first day at a new school and his first in a new grade level, ninth, and he mulled over his reaction to this brave new world in the Dixon Unified School District.
“It’s interesting,” said the burr-headed 14-year-old. “It’s not like the teachers I’m used to,” at CA Jacobs Intermediate, the district’s middle school.
“You know, like, some teachers have different personalities,” continued Dunkak. “Even though you’ve never had them, you know how they are. You don’t know if they’re going to be insanely strict or pretty chill.”