At-risk Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) students who successfully committed to improving their grades and attendance received bicycles at a special event on Wednesday, July 1 at the Central Registration Center, 5700 Arlington Avenue. The bicycles were refurbished by inmates and donated to RUSD by the California Institution for Women, working with the non-profit Correctional Employees Youth Group, Continuing the Dream. Click the headline to read more.
The Early Childhood Office is now enrolling 3 and 4 year old children for the 2015-16 school year that starts on August 24. We offer Head Start and State Preschool programs at 19 different school sites. Families must qualify for services based on family size and income. However, a limited number of families who are over income may qualify for a new program where they can pay a small daily fee to participate. We are also offering a new Spanish language program. Space is limited. Please call 951-352-8290 for more information
This past Thursday, organizers of the award-winning Starting Blocks swim education program celebrated another year of this life-saving program. Click the headline above to read more.
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Our own Arlington High School Choir will head to Carnegie Hall this week to perform at the world famous venue. . They are part of the Choral Convergence at Carnegie Hall on Friday, June 26 at 8PM.The choir earned the spot after taking first place at a music festival in San Francisco last year. They will sing alone on stage at Carnegie ,then mixed with other choirs for part of the program, which includes the world premiere of a piece written exclusively for this event. In addition, they will be performing the National Anthem on Saturday at the Mets Stadium for the Brooklyn Cyclones game. They successfully auditioned for this opportunity. On Thursday they will perform and have clinics at the Aaron Copland School of Music.Choir Director, Dr. Kellori Dower said, “"I'm extremely proud of the work of my students. We feel very supported by the Riverside Unified School District and the entire community. Thanks to everyone"
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Families are invited to attend the Summerfest event, to be held Wednesday, June 17 at Don Lorenzi Park4230 Jackson Street. There will be free food and activities. Click the headline for more information. And, don't forget...RUSD is once again providing free meals at city parks this summer for children through our FEEDS program!
More than 70 years ago, Mr. Bud Kaus, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War left his family to serve his country. And on Monday, June 8, the Miller Middle School community said thank you with a flag ceremony that included American and California flags that had been flown over the state capitol. The ceremony took place just days before Flag Day, which is Sunday, June 14. Click the headline to read more
Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation Scholarship students, given each year to outstanding Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students.Two scholarships are given in honor of former Board of Education members Maxine Frost and Lewis J. Vanderzyl. Clck the headline to read more.
Congratulations to Sierra Middle School Principal Steven Ybarra, the ACSA Region XIX 2015 Middle Grades Principal of the Year and Susan Mills, the ACSA Region XIX 2015 Personnel/Human Resources Administrator of the Year. Both were recognized at the group's spring ceremony held Friday, May 29 in Palm Springs.
Arlington High School’s JROTC has earned the Air Force JROTC 2014-2015 Distinguished Merit Award – an honor that places Arlington’s program in the top 8 percent of the 889 AFJROTC programs worldwide. Arlington is one of only three schools in California to earn the distinction, which recognizes units that go above and beyond expectations. In addition, Arlington AFJROTC instructors MSgt. Johnny Hillary and Lt. Col. Kelly McPeters have earned the U.S. Air Force AFJROTC Outstanding Instructor Award for the 2014-2015 school year. Arlington’s JROTC has distinguished itself by completing 35 community service projects, and contributing 3700 hours of community service. They also worked to raise money for the American Red Cross and assisted in fundraising events to benefit war veterans groups. Way to go, Arlington!
On Tuesday, May 26, RUSD thanked our many outstanding volunteers at the Volunteer Recognition Event, held at North High School. Volunteers were treated to a fun evening of performance coordinated by North's own Michelle Grotness, along with Choir Director Thomas Kociela and Band Director Pete Jackson. Thank you volunteers for what you do, day in and day out, to make a difference in our children's lives...to read more about our outstanding volunteers, cick the headline above to read their bios!
Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the California State Science Fair, held May 18-19 at the California Science Center. We had three winners. Cliclk on the headline to see who they were!
The 19th annual REEF Golf Tournament takes place Monday, June 15. This event is open to the community and is a great way to support the Riverside Edcuational Enrichment Foundation, which provides thousands of dollars in classrom grants to RUSD schools. Click the headline above to learn more.
On Wednesday, May 20, RUSD recognized our many outstanding employees at our annual Employee Recognition Event. Special honors were given to our District Employees of the Year: Certificated Manager of the Year Rich Davis; Classified Manager of the Year Angela McKinney; Confidential Employee of the Year Launa Whitlock; Principal of the Year Lari Nelson; Site Support Person of the Year Marie Coover; Classified Employee of the Year Kelly Powell; Elementary Teacher of the Year Eric Palmer; Middle School Teacher of the Year Ashley Fulmer; and High School Teacher of the Year Cherilynne Hollowell. Thank you all for your service!
BREAKING NEWS: CONGRATULATiONS to King High School Senior Saumya Keremane, who has just won FIRST PLACE today (May 15) in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in the Plant Sciences Division. The competition took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Saumya will receive $3,000 and she will have a minor planet named after her. Wow!
The RUSD Board of Education has unanimously adopted a resolution opposing Measure A, which seeks to rescind the City of Riverside's prohibition of storefront and mobile marijuana dispensaries. The Board adopted the resolution at a special meeting held Thursday, May 14. Click the headline above to read the full resolution.
Ramona seniors Juliana Tiscareno and Leslie Vergara have been named QuestBridge scholars and both will attend University of Notre Dame this fall with full ride scholarships worth $64,000 per year for each student, or the estimated equivalent of $256,000 for their undergraduate four years. Click the headline to read more!
RUSD is home to 15 of Riverside's Most Remarkable Teens! Wow! These outstanding students were honored this week by the Riverside City Council. They include: Jessica Goehring – Arlington HS, Sydney Azpeitia – Poly HS, Karen Cuautle – Ramona HS, Tracy Doan – Ramona HS, Christine Flores – Ramona HS, Ivett Martinez – Ramona HS, Andy Meza – Ramona HS, Amanda Orantes – Ramona HS, Christopher Paz – Ramona HS, Juliana Tiscareno – Ramona HS, Leslie Vergara – Ramona HS, Nathan Williams – Ramona HS, Asia Suarez – John W. North HS, Connor Tom – John W. North HS, and Hannah Terao – University Heights Middle School.
Congratulations to the 53 RUSD Historians who represented us well at National History Day-California, held at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California this past weekend. Of our 31 projects, 16 made it to the final rounds and 14 students were named state champions, runners-up, or received honorable mentions. State Champions advance to the National History Day competition, to be held June 14-18 at the University of Maryland. Please click the headline for a full list of the honorees.
Congratulations to Arlington High School Senior Saul Urbina, who has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar and will be attending Harvard in the fall! Saul joins North’s Angel Viscarra in receiving this highly competitive scholarship. Saul is described as an amazing all-round student. Although he has had to overcome hardships, and learned English as a second language, he not only thrived in school, but excelled. Saul has an exceptionally strong academic record (with a 4.5 GPA; class rank of 4). He also is active in numerous sports, clubs and activities at school. And, he also is highly involved in his community – including working with oncology patients at Kaiser Permanente; volunteering with the University of California, Riverside Conversation and American Culture Program; and serving as a member of the Community Foundation’s Youth Grant Maker’s Committee. His extensive list of accomplishments is too long for this web page…suffice it to say, as teacher Jennifer Pfeffer noted: “Saul has it all – academics, leadership, volunteerism, and exceptional commitment!”
Congratulations to Ramona High School teacher Deborah Parr and North High School Assistant Principal Rich Davis! Both were honored at the Riverside County Celebrating Educators event, held Tuesday, May 5. Click the headline above to read more and to watch videos produced by the Riverside County Office of Education.
Maria Juarez, now 80, was never able to attend her Senior Prom because it wasn’t permitted at her all-girls high school in Calexico.But on Friday, May 1, Maria and her husband Rogelio got to experience the magic of the quintessential high school dance at Sierra Middle School’s Young at Heart Prom.Click the headline to read more about this special event.
The Riverside Unified School District has partnered with the Riverside Fire Department to teach every first grade child about water safety in a fun way with the help of a special guest – Stewie the Duck, the main character of the book Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim.