Improving English, staying cool, foreign trip on tap
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 2, 2006
Phoenix students are embarking on their annual rites of summer, as school
districts mark the end of the 2005-06 school year.
Irene Klomega plans to improve her English. Stephanie Wells is determined to
find a cool spot in Phoenix. Samuael Hamati will leave the United States on
The three attend Roosevelt, Isaac or Cartwright district schools. Summer break
grants students about two months of rest and relaxation. Klomega, Wells and
Hamati agreed to share their game plans for the summer. High school-bound
Klomega signed up for Carl Hayden High School's ninth-grade academy. The
student, who completes eighth grade Thursdayat Isaac's Morris K. Udall Escuela
De Bellas Artes, is eager to get to high school. But she wants to brush up on
Books in English aren't available at her west Phoenix home. But the student, who
emigrated from west Africa in 2003, said she'll frequent a city library.
"I'll know if I improved (my English) if . . . I can write it by myself faster
than I can as an eighth-grade student," the 14-year-old said. "I want to speak
good English and write it well."
Wells, a south Phoenix resident who will start seventh grade in August at
Roosevelt's Sunland School, said her mission for the summer is to find a cool
spot. That means running through the sprinklers in her backyard, swimming at a
city pool or visiting relatives in northern Arizona.
The 13-year-old does not expect to get bored, listing distractions, such as
television shows, computer games, friends and her siblings. School, however,
will remain in the back of her mind. Roosevelt's last day of class is Thursday.
"Leaving sixth grade means I'm getting older and I'm going to get more
responsibility," Wells said. "But I'm going to stay smart this summer and review
lesson I've learned."
Hamati, whose had a busy middle school life at Cartwright's Desert Sands, will
hop on an airplane with his parents on June 10 to visit relatives in Egypt. The
eighth-grader bids farewell to his neighborhood middle school.
The 14-year-old west Phoenix resident is ready to relax and to take in the
Egyptian sights, including the ancient pyramids.
When Hamati returns home in mid-July, he will hunt for a job before starting
class Aug. 7 at Central High School.
"It's (high school) a new experience for me and I don't know how I should
react," he said.