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CBI ILS TTI (Transition Toward Independence)

Mission Statement


Our mission is to provide for maximum independence, continued learning, and personal growth for young adults with differing intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22, in the areas of independent living, vocational skills, community integration, recreation and leisure, and 21st century technology by providing instruction in the classroom and the community.

Office Staff

Principal:  Darryl Hawthrone

Secretary:  Chrystal Hernandez

Office Hours:7:30 - 3:00

School Location

4330 Keema Avenue

North Highlands CA 95660

Phone: (916) 566-3495

Fax: (916) 566-3551

Attendance Line: (916) 566-3495 ext. 2

School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30 am - 2:37 pm

Wednesday:  7:30 am - 12:37 pm

Breakfast is served 7:30 am - 8:00 am


The Dignity of Risk


Dr. Bruce Ostertag, California State University in Sacramento,

School of Education, Education of Exceptional Children


Success has been defined as the ability to go from failure to failure without becoming discouraged. It's the old familiar idea of trial and error. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Throughout various stages of life, we use this technique to find out what works for us and what doesn't. It means venturing into unfamiliar territory. It means taking risks. But from this process we gain the wisdom and toughness required for maturity and independence. The best educational programs are those in which we are given responsibilities and then allowed to make mistakes. We find out that mistakes are to learn and go forward from.


However, children with disabilities are often protected from this opportunity by those around them who want to shield them from the discouragement of failure, the realities of life. This negative "father knows best" approach emphasizes what can't be done rather than encouraging what might be accomplished by trying. It assumes failure instead of recognizing that even an attempt to try is positive in itself. This attitude fosters dependence instead of independence because it assumes that people without disabilities know what is best for people with disabilities. It overlooks the fact that children, even those with disabilities, will mature and accept responsibility if they are not forced into dependence.


Every developing human being, with disabilities or without, needs an environment which encourages trying. Everyone must have an environment which offers possibilities and opportunities to learn from mistakes, instead of negative warnings of what can't be done. Everyone needs an opportunity to try and an opportunity to fail, in other words, an opportunity to learn.

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MPR Blanket Project

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Weather Reminder

We are in the middle of a wetter winter than we have had for quite some time.  Because we provide community-based instruction, students will be exposed to whatever weather we are having each day.  They should dress for the rain when it is predicted.  We also suggest bringing a dry set of clothes to change into when they come back to campus during the school day.


TRUSD District Links

Links to Resources (non-district services)

Twin Rivers Unified School District Nondiscrimination Statement

Twin Rivers Unified School District Nondiscrimination Statement


Twin Rivers  Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.



If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal, Director of the Student Services (CCR Title 5 and Title IX Officer), Rudy Puente, at 916-566-1620 or rudy.puente@twinriversusd.org. A copy of TRUSD uniform complaint or TRUSD non-discrimination policy are available upon request.



If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal, Superintendent of Human Resources/Labor Relations (CCR Title 5 and Title IX Officer), Dr. Jacqueline Perez, 916-566-1736 or Jacqueline.perez@twinriversusd.org . A copy of TRUSD uniform complaint or TRUSD non-discrimination policy are available upon request.



When students are absent, they NEED to clear their absence by calling the school's attendance line at (916) 566-3495 extension 2.  If he or she is in a class that goes off campus, he or she should also contact his/her teacher to let them know.  

Important Upcoming Dates:

February 11, 2016

Teacher Inservice Day - No School for Students

February 12-15, 2016

Presidents' Day Weekend - No School

March 21-28, 2016

Spring Break

April 20, 2016

Open House / Transition Faire

May 30, 2016

Memorial Day - No School

June 7, 2016

Graduation Practice @ MPR  9:30 a.m.

June 8, 2016

Graduation will be in the Highlands HS Cafeteria at 6 p.m. (graduates arrive at 5:30 p.m. to prepare)

Jun 9, 2016

Last Day of School / Minimum Day - Students Released at 12:00 p.m.


District News


With the passage of Senate Bill 172, many students who were unable to pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) can now receive their diploma.


As far back as 2006, when the exit exam became a requirement for graduation, students who didn’t pass the CAHSEE were not able to graduate and receive their diploma. SB 172 changes that. Any former student who completed grade twelve in the 2003-04 school year—or a subsequent school year—and met all applicable graduation requirements other than the passage of the CAHSEE may contact their high school office and fill out a request for records review.


Once the graduation status is verified, the records office will mail out the diploma to the individual’s current mailing address.


Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, Twin Rivers School District announces a FREE Summer Nutrition Program for children 18 years of age and under.


“This program helps fills a void,” says Nutrition Services Director Jill Van Dyke. “We are helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children during the summer months when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable.”


The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the California Department of Education. Twin Rivers is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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