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  • New Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction K-12 appointed

    Mr. Antonio Garcia has been appointed Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction K-12 for the Riverside Unified School District, Superintendent Dr. David Hansen announced this week. Mr. Garcia was appointed to this new position by the Board of Education at their July 28 meeting. Click the headline to read more.

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  • New Employee Welcome is Monday, August 18

    RUSD is excited to welcome the newest members of our team at our annual Welcome Breakfast, to be held from 8 AM-9:30 AM on Monday, August 18 at the Central Middle School Multipurpose Room. This special event is hosted by RUSD and Altura Credit Union. Click the headline above for a flyer with more information on this special event.

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  • School summer office hours

    Most RUSD school sites are now closed for the summer, but will reopen in mid-August. Please click the headline above for our school schedules.

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  • NBC 4 News team holds Town Hall meeting at Central

    The Channel 4 News Team brought a panel of experts to Central Middle School on Thursday, July 10 to discuss the drought and wildfire dangers and what residents can do about these issues. More than 300 people attended the event which included a panel of experts from the Riverside County Fire Department, Western Municipal Water District, Riverside Public Utilities and the University of California, Riverside. Weathercasters Frtiz Coleman and Crystal Egger moderated the event and newscasters Tony Shin and Patrick Healy also participated. Board President Patricia Lock-Dawson gave welcoming remarks and accepted a $5,000 donation to Central Middle School. Mayor Pro Tem Jim Perry delivered a certificate of recognition from the city to Channel 4 to thank them for hosting the even on this critical issue. Click the headline above to access the Channel 4 news story with more information.

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  • RUSD Board appoints new Chief Academic Officer

    The Riverside Unified School District has appointed its first Chief Academic Officer, Superintendent Dr. David Hansen announced this week.Mrs. Lynn J. Carmen Day was appointed to the new post by the Board of Education at a July 7 Special Board of Education meeting. She will start on Monday, July 14. Click the headline above to read more.

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  • RUSD students dance their way into prestigious ballet programs

    Three talented RUSD students will be spending their summer honing their dance skills at prestigious ballet programs. These students – Sydney Azpeitia and Herrera-Nickel of Gage Middle School and Martha Rose Dawson of Emerson Elementary School -- had to work hard and audition for specialized programs that will help them to hone their craft. Click on the headline above to read more about what each of these students is doing this summer.

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  • Ramona High School Theater will soon debut a new look!

    After more than five decades of entertaining audiences and providing a place where talented young people have honed their skills, the Ramona High School theater is in need of a makeover. The Riverside Unified School District’s largest auditorium soon will undergo a major renovation aimed at making the facility a true performing arts showcase that highlights not only the arts magnet programs at Ramona, but those throughout the community of Riverside as well.

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  • Headed on an Arctic Expedition

    Eight Riverside Unified School District teachers are headed out on an Arctic Expedition this summer. With an Earthwatch fellowship made possible through the Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation (REEF). Click the headline to read more, including how you can follow the group on Facebook as they are on their learning adventure.

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  • RUSD selected for Phase II of competitive NextGen Systems Initiative Grant

    The Riverside Unified School District is happy to announce its selection as a participant in Phase II of a grant which will help the district to pilot its exciting Personalized Learning initiative. The school-based program, NextGen Systems Initiative, is aimed at helping all students achieve their individual goals. Click the headline to read more!

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  • King students earn Spirit of Odyssey award

    Hannah and Zachary Larsen, juniors at Martin Luther King High School, were recently honored with the “Spirit of Odyssey” award at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, given in recognition of their volunteerism and completion of a creative community service project. Only four “Spirit of Odyssey” awards were given this year during closing ceremonies for the tournament, which hosted over 800 teams from the United States and numerous foreign countries.

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  • Students interact with officials in Summer Bridge programs

    Over the past several weeks, students enrolled in RUSD Summer Bridge programs have had a unique opportunity to learn about our community and government by speaking directly with local, state and national leaders. Congressman Mark Takano, Assemblyman Jose Medina, Riverside, City Councilman Mike Gardner, and Darlene Trujillo-Elliot, Assistant to Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey and Riverside firefighters were among those who took part in this project. Click the headline to read more.

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  • RUSD Transportation Department office is moving

    Parents: The RUSD Transportation Department office will be moving effective Monday, July 7, to our Central Registration Center, 5700 Arlington Avenue. This is where parents can go to purchase bus passes, or to obtain general information on transportation services provided by the Riverside Unified School District. The Transportation Department office phone number will remain the same: 951-352-6789.

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  • University Heights students enjoy Breakfast with Congress!

    As part of their National History Day experience, RUSD National History Day competitors Hannah Terao and Koharu Abe, University Heights Middle School, were selected to represent California at a congressional breakfast celebrating History Day on Wednesday, June 18th. As part of that morning, they were able to meet with Senator Barbara Boxer to discuss their research on Japanese-American internment during World War II.

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  • Congratulations, National History Day winners!

    Two RUSD students have been named winners in the Outstanding in State category at the 2014 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, which took place this week at the University of Maryland. Our winners include Rachel Priebe, a Martin Luther King High School student and Haley Hocking, a Frank Augustus Miller Middle School student. Rachel and Haley's projects each were in the top two projects for their categories in California! Haley finished fourth in the nation in her category and Rachel finished sixth in the nation in her category. Click the headline to read more.

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  • North grad tries for spot on pretigious U.S. Marine Corps Band!

    North High School Blue Star Regiment saxophone player and graduating senior Overath Espinosa hopes to be wearing a Marine Band uniform next year. Overath successfully completed an initial audition for the Marine Corps Band and will be practicing all summer to prepare for a final audition this August for placement in the Musician Enlistment Option Program. Click the headline above to read more!

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  • Special Education instructional materials available for review

    Special Education instructional materials for moderate-to-severe special education programs considered for adoption by the Riverside Unified School District Board of Education are now on display for public review in the Administration Building, Second Floor, 3380 Fourteenth Street, Riverside. The public is invited to review and evaluate the instructional materials Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from June 19, 2014 to July 18, 2014.

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  • Summer FEEDS hosts Riverside Summerfest Event

    The Summer FEEDS kickoff event Riverside Summerfest took place June 18 at Don Lorenzi Park. During the event RUSD held a jump rope competition in which over 50 of Riverside's youth participated. The winner was Carli Row from Villegas Elementary School.

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  • RUSD approves first LCAP

    On Tuesday, June 17, the Riverside Board of Education Board of Education adopted the District’s first Local Control and Accountability Plan. This three-year, locally minded plan, was developed during a 7 month process that included substantial community input as well as study on what is already working in our district. You can find the full plan, along with an informational video about the development process at www.successforstudents.org. Or, just click the large red button on this home page.

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  • Welcome, Dr. Hansen and thank you, Mr. Fine!

    The RUSD Board of Education on Tuesday announced that they have appointed Dr. David Hansen to serve as the district’s 11th superintendent. He will start on July 1. The Board also commended Mr. Mike Fine, our Interim Superitendent, on the outstanding job he has done this year. Click the headline above to read more!

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  • Congratulations, Mr. Fine, Leadership Riverside graduate

    Culiminating a week of graduations, our Interim Superintendent, Mr. Mike Fine also graduated Friday and is a member of the Leadership Riverside Class of 2014. Congratulations, Mr. Fine!

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  • RUSD’s first Scholar's Diploma awarded

    Congratulations to Riverside Virtual School Senior Evan Scott, who has earned the district’s first Scholar’s Diploma. This special diploma is designed to recognize the special interests and talents of students who want to showcase their work in a specific research area and includes completion of a capstone research project along with other graduation requirements. Evan will receive his diploma when he walks with other graduates from the Riverside Virtual School at their commencement ceremonies to be held at 6 PM Thursday, June 12 at Gage Middle School. Click the headline to read more about this incredible student.

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  • Congrats to Washington, a California Distinguished School!

    Congratulations to Washington Elementary School, which was honored today as a California Distinguished School! We are being honored today at a ceremony held at the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center. Washington, which has been honored in the past as well, was recognized for their efforts and success in making significant gains to close the achievement gap. Way to go, Washington!

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  • Thank you, Dr. Ermert!

    RUSD thanks Dr. William Ermert, who is retiring at the end of this month after 38 years in our district!Dr. Ermert has served RUSD since 1977 as a teacher, high school principal, Assistant Superintendent for Alternative Programs and Services, and Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services (7-12), a position he has held since 2009. Click the headline above to read more!

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  • RUSD preschool programs now enrolling

    RUSD Head Start and State Preschool programs now enrolling. Please call 951-352-8290 for more information. Families must qualify based on family size and income. Students who turn 4 years old on or before September 2 have first priority. Students who turn 4 years old afterwards will be enrolled if space permits

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  • RUSD Personalized Learning Teams meet

    Representatives of the Personalized Learning teams at five RUSD schools chosen for our Personalized Learning Initiative pilot program met recently to go over their plans, to be implemented in the fall. RUSD was one of six districts nationwide selected for Phase II of the NextGen Systems Initiative, a program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Five RUSD schools -- Hawthorne and Liberty Elementary Schools and Gage and Sierra and University Heights Middle Schools -- were selected for this exciting project.

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  • Congratulations, IB students!

    North High School celebrated 57 students who completed the extremely rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma program. They were all feted at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 2. Click the headline above to see what the future holds for these amazing students.

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  • Thank you, Mr. Jackson!

    Mr. Milton Jackson has been given a lot of names during his 17 years crossing students in front of Jackson Elementary School. Among them: Friend, Protector, and Guardian Angel. Every day, Mr. Jackson helps students to safely cross the busy Jackson/Colorado street intersection, greeting them with a smile. On Thursday, students helped to bring a big smile to Mr. Jackson’s face as they surprised him with an impromptu playground assembly in his honor to congratulate him on his retirement. Click the headline above to read more!

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  • Congratulations, Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship winners!

    Congratulations to the recipients of the Ronald McDonald House HACER Scholarships, who were honored at a ceremony held at a luncheon held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion last weekend. Our scholarship honorees were: Catherine Cascavita from Arlington High School; Serena Howard,Adan Chavez and Arthur Love from North High School; and Estefani Zarate-Espinoza and Bernice Zarate-Espinoza from Ramona High School. Congratulations to these outstanding students!

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  • Congrats Poly for your performance on the WordWright Challenge!

    Poly students recently took high honors in the national Word Wright Challenge, which tests close reading and analysis of a variety of prose and poetry. Poly’s teams were supervised by Kim Yeyna. Click the headline above to read a press release with more details!

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  • Thank you, Riverside County Bar Association!

    Judges and attorneys with the Riverside County Bar Association spent their morning at Fremont Elementary School Friday where they shared their love of reading and learning and spoke to students about their careers. They also brought dozens of books and a donation for $600 so that the school could buy even more books for our students! Students in Mrs. Troxel’s class even got to try on Judge Mark Cope’s robe so they could see what it might be like if one day they are in charge of their own courtroom. Our visitors also talked to students about what it takes to become a lawyer or judge and emphasized that reading and learning are key to getting through elementary, middle, and high school so that students can then move on to the challenges of college and law school (if they choose). It’s well worth the hard work, they noted. RUSD thanks the Riverside County Bar Association and all of our guest readers for sharing your time with our students!

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