As many have seen in news accounts, our neighbors in the Alvord Unified School District have endured significant loss in the past weeks. This included the death of Norte Vista student Marissa Serrato, who was tragically killed in last week’s bus crash in Northern California that occurred as students were headed to Humboldt State University for a college tour. Two other Alvord students were injured in the bus crash. In addition, Norte Vista student Mark Rivera was killed when he was struck by a car near the school during Spring Break. When it comes to caring for others, RUSD believes there are no such things as boundary lines. MLK students exemplified this spirit when they raised $900 for Norte Vista during a “miracle minute” held at the school this week. Students collected spare change for those in need and Principal Darel Hansen distributed the funds to Norte Vista on Thursday. You can help too. Click the headline above for ways to help these families in need.
The winners of the 2014 RUSD Middle School Art Show were announced Thursday at a special ceremony held at the Riverside Art Museum. Congratulations to all of our winners. Best in Show Winners were: 1st Place, Veronica Tuleja, Gage; 2nd Lauren Owens, Frank Miller Middle School; 3rd Place, Oscar Ayala from Chemawa Middle School. Click the headline above to see a full list of winners and don’t forget to stop by the Riverside Art Museum to check out our students’ amazing artwork. This Saturday, April 19, you can also enjoy a Celebration of the Performing Arts featuring middle school and high school bands and choirs. This takes place from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Museum in downtown Riverside. Thank you to Beth Yeager for coordinating this event and to our sponsors, including REEF, the Riverside Art Museum and numerous individual donors for helping to make this event happen!
44 RUSD students will be among the 1,000-plus students, teachers and parents coming to downtown Riverside for National History Day-California, to be held April 25-27! This exciting academic program also will include many exciting history-themed events for the entire community! Visitors are welcome to participate in programs that include a mock-suffragette protest, and a reenactment of early California history. Visitors also may listen to an emotional recounting by Mr. Mark Rubin, a Holocaust survivor, speaking of his time in a concentration camp. Most programs take place Saturday April 26 and the community is encouraged to participate! Click on the headline above to download a schedule and map listing these many activities available. Good luck to our History Day participants and thank you to our History Day coordinator Barb Libolt and all of the teachers who work so hard all year to prepare our students for this important competition!
RUSD is lucky to have some pretty amazing staff members who go above and beyond every day for our students. Our district will recognize these amazing individuals at our annual Employee Recognition Program, to be held 4-6 PM Wednesday, April 23 at the Central Middle School multipurpose room. Click the headline above to access the program listing all of the employees who will be honored this year. Thank you to all of our employees for doing your part every day to ensure student success!
Congratulations to Ramona High School senior Saul Gonzalez, who was selected from a talented pool of students to participate in the prestigious Bank of America Student Leader program. Saul was one of 200 student leaders from across the country chosen to participate in this program, sponsored by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
Students throughout RUSD have been practicing online assessments that are part of the new Common Core requirements. This “test of the test” is designed to ensure we are prepared for the new Smarter Balanced Assessments, which are done completely on computers. The practice tests are going great so far! Click on the headline for more information!
Congratulations to the Arlington Golden Girls Dance Team and All Male Hip Hop Team, who earned several awards at the USA Nationals contest held last month. Honors included: a first place and the National Championship in the small lyrical division; 4th place Character; 5th place Medium Lyrical; and 6th Place Small Jazz. The teams competed against 20 or more teams in each category. Great job!
RUSD was saddened to hear of the tragic bus crash in Northern California yesterday involving students on their way to visit Humboldt State University. Information from Humboldt State University Police indicates that there were no RUSD students involved. Our sympathies go out to the victims of this terrible incident.
Congratulations to John W. North and Arlington High Schools for making the Washington Post’s List of the 2014 Most Challenging High Schools! Click the headline above to read more about this incredible achievement!
The Riverside Unified School District Board of Education wants to hear from members of the community about what characteristics they’d like see in our District’s next Superintendent. You can share your input here on our website by clicking the links in the large yellow button on the right side of this screen. Click the headline above to learn more.
Wow! The Arlington High School Choir earned a first place in the chamber choir division and a gold rating in the Worldstrides Heritage Festival in San Francisco this past weekend. This win earned Arlington an invitation to perform at the world-famous Carnegie Hall next year! Way to go!
More than 350 pieces of art created by RUSD Middle School students now are on display at the Riverside Art Museum. The community is welcome to come enjoy the exhibit now through April 28. In addition, an awards ceremony for winning entries will be held from 3:30 to 5 PM Thursday, April 17 in the art museum’s atrium. The Gage Middle School String Quartet and Arlington High School Choir will provide musical entertainment for this event. On Saturday, April 19, the Art Museum will host a Celebration of the Performing Arts featuring RUSD middle and high school bands and choirs. Come out and support our awesome arts programs!
RUSD had an awesome showing at the recent RIMS Science and Engineering Fair, held April 1 and 2 at the National Orange Show fairgrounds in San Bernardino. RUSD had 14 projects earn gold medals at the fair. Of those, 12 will advance to the California State Science Fair to be held April 28-29 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles (Elementary winners do not advance to state). In addition, one project was chosen to compete in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair and four were chosen as Broadcom Masters competition winners. In addition, seven projects earned special community awards. Click on the headline above for a full list of our winners!
North High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma program and students are being recognized by the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. as “Champions on the Rise” at the council’s April 3 Champions of Justice banquet. Champions on the Rise are defined as students under 18 on a path to give back to the community and better themselves. The Council is recognizing both of our city’s IB programs (North and Norte Vista) because of contributions the IB program and IB students have made to the community. Central to the IB Diploma program is a Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS). The CAS requirement is a fundamental part of the program and takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies. Students are expected to be involved in CAS activities each week during the two years of the Diploma program and are encouraged to reflect on their CAS activities on a regular basis.
Come out and support our RUSD bands and JROTC units that will be part of the 9th annual Salute to Veterans Parade, to be held from 10 AM-noon on Saturday, April 19. The parade takes place along Magnolia Avenue, starting near Ramona Street and ending at the Riverside County Historic Courthouse in downtown Riverside. Click the headline to see a flyer with much more information! Thank you, veterans!
Students in Bryant Elementary School's Green Team recently learned all about roses and how to care for them through the American Rose Society's Kidz N' Roses program. Volunteers with this program helped students to plant new roses in the "Garden of Dreams" at the front of the school. This garden also will feature plaques that showcase student writing. Click the headline above to see the CBS/KCAL news spot on this exciting program!
Taft Elementary School held the first annual Health and Fitness Fair on Friday March 21st. The mission was to Increase and improve students’ health, related fitness goals and increase nutrition awareness; while at same time improving children’s academic performance. The following community partners attended the health fair and provided opportunities for student to exercise and learn about fitness: United Health, Sprouts, Kaiser Permanente, Riverside Parks and Recreation Department, Clark’s, Goodwin Organic, LA Fitness, Jump Rope for Heart, Orange Crest Dance Studio, F.U.N Yoga Studio, Andulka Park Tennis Center, Inspire Dance Studio, Zumba by Mr. Eric, ICON MMA, Hampton Indoor Tennis Courts and Riverside Dance Academy. “Our 2nd grade students loved every minute of the health and fitness fair!, noted teacher Katie Williams. “That was a great way to inspire the kids and parents for this upcoming Jump Rope for Heart program we are about to start! It was so nice to see them all ENJOYING physical activities!”
35 Poly High School JROTC cadets had a shot a national fame this past weekend when they were featured unveiling a 50-foot American flag during the NASCAR Sprint Series.
Magnolia Elementary School will celebrate its 100 year anniversary this week with celebrations, a play, and memories shared by staff and students past and present. On Monday, the campus relived the early part of the century as students donned period clothing and got to look at a 1926 Model T, brought to campus just for the special celebration. The festivities will culminate in a community celebration to be held at the school beginning at 8 AM Friday.
Congratulations to Poly’s Mock Trial Team, which earned third place in the state competition held last weekend in San Jose. Poly represented Riverside County in the state contest, which included the very best mock trial teams in the state. Way to go, Poly!
More than 340 veterans and 700 high school juniors participated in Martin Luther King High School’s14th annual King High Remembers program on Friday. This award-winning program brings young people face to face with history as they interact with war heroes. The program also helps to preserve the stories of the brave men and women who have fought for our freedom. Click the headline above to read more!
RUSD Board of Education President Patricia Lock-Dawson has been named as a “Woman of Distinction” by California State Assemblyman Jose Medina and will be honored at a luncheon this weekend. Click the headline to read more!
Ever since she was 10, Poly High School Junior Mary “Kate” Weggeland has had a passion for helping students with special needs. Now she is working to help these students to communicate with others with the help of technology.This past fall, Kate started a non-profit organization called “Uniquely Special.” This organization seeks to assist in meeting the educational and social needs of special needs students. Kate’s immediate goal is raise enough money to provide 28 special needs students at Poly with tablets that the students can use to communicate with each other. Click the headline above to read more about Kate's efforts!
Congratulations to our outstanding RUSD History Day team! Our winners now will move on to represent RUSD and Riverside County at National History Day-California, April 25-27, 2014, at the Riverside Convention Center. The top two places in grades 4/5 and the junior category move on to the state level, while the top three places in the senior level move on. RUSD dominated this competition with 28 projects moving to the next level of competition. Thank you to the students as well as the tremendous efforts of teachers, students, and their families! Click on the headline above to see our full list of History Day superstars!
Students from RUSD and Alvord secondary schools attended a one day leadership conference sponsored by the Riverside Youth Council at Cal Baptist University on Saturday, March 16th. Some of the topics students learned about included leadership, community outreach, college, and goal setting. Police Chief Sergio Diaz and Mayor Rusty Bailey were the keynote speakers. The Riverside Youth Council is under the guidance of Riverside Police Sergeant Mark Reddick.
Seven Destination Imagination teams from schools in the Riverside Unified School District are headed for the State Finals on March 29th, 2014.Teams from John F. Kennedy and Ben Franklin Elementary Schools, Amelia Earhart Middle School and the Riverside STEM Academy qualified for the state finals. Click the headline above to read more!
A simulated accident scene on Central Avenue Wednesday was part of the two-day "Every 15 Minutes" program organized by the Riverside Police Department and supported by other emergency services organizations. This grant-funded program is designed to provide an accurate depiction of an alcohol-related fatal traffic collision, and the effects of that collision from the perspectives of all involved. The second part of the program, which includes an assembly for students takes place on Thursday.Click the headline above for a press release with more information about the program.
California Business for Education Excellence has named John F. Kennedy, Lake Mathews, and Tomas Rivera Elementary Schools and Amelia Earhart and Frank A. Miller Middle Schools as 2013 California Business for Education Honor Roll Schools. This recognition distinguishes these schools as being among 2,099 high-performing schools in California. The organization noted that “after an extensive analysis of student achievement data for every public school in California, these schools stood well above the rest in raising their students to grade level proficiency and beyond.”