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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

Students participating in Community Based Instruction go out into the community, rain or shine.  Please dress for the weather.  Consider sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle during hot days.

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:

January 16, 2017

No School in Observance of MLK Jr. Day


January 27, 2017

No School for Students - Teacher Inservice Day


Feburary 17 & 20, 2017

No School - President's Day Weekend


March 24, 2017

No School - Teacher Inservice Day


March 10-14, 2017

No School - Spring Break



District News



Twin Rivers Unified School District is providing two opportunities for you to give feedback and input regarding our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).


Step One:  LCAP Survey (for TRUSD Parents)


The purpose of this survey is to help our school district gain vital information to assist in meeting students’ needs. This brief survey has questions about academics, safety, and other important topics. (Your responses will be kept anonymous. This survey closes Jan. 31)


Parent Survey:  English  |  Hmong  |  Russian  |  Spanish


Step Two:  LCAP Annual Review (for everyone with an interest in TRUSD)


Our LCAP Annual Review window is now open. Please provide input on the progress toward our goals. We invite all interested parents and community members to participate in this in-depth review and look forward to hearing your voice. (Your responses will be kept anonymous. This survey closes Feb. 10)


Annual ReviewENGLISH  |  SPANISH  |  HMONG


(Click HERE for more information on the LCAP web page.)


March begins at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Grant Union High School. See attachment.


Do you know an outstanding teacher?


Twin Rivers Unified School District is pleased to participate in the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year program through the Sacramento County Office of Education.


This program highlights educational innovation, student learning, and the rewards of teaching. The Teacher of the Year process pays tribute to our teaching force, the complexity of challenges that confront our schools, and the need to promote collaboration and teamwork to meet those challenges.


Anyone may submit a nomination form - staff members, students, families, and community members as well as the teachers themselves. Nominations are due to principals, in writing, by Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.


The Teacher of the Year process and form links are available below. Should you have any questions regarding this program, please contact the Communications Department at 916-566-1628.