5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Board of Education Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM North HS - Choir Concert
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
Robots will be taking over Martin Luther King High School on Saturday, Oct. 25!Twenty-four teams of students from throughout Southern California will participate in the VEX/Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Inland Empire Robotics Challenge, which for the first time will be held at Martin Luther King High School this year. The competition takes place from 7:30 AM-5 PM. This is the first time the regional contest has taken place in Riverside. Click the headline to read more!
The annual district wide celebration of our secondary band program, Band Extravaganza, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Ramona High School. This event is open to the public and tickets are $3 with children under twelve able to attend for free. The event will open with a performance by our eight middle school bands. This will be followed with performances by each of our five comprehensive high school bands. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see all our district’s bands showcasing their performances in one evening.
Students from across our district participated in the 15th annual Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP) conference held at the Bourns Technology Center on Tuesday and Wednesday. This event gives hundreds of students from across the Inland area a chance to explore science with hands-on activities and get a feel for the wide variety of STEM careers available to them. In addition, high school students had a chance to visit the UC Riverside CE-CERT (College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology); and, teachers were able to participate in a special teachers’ conference led by Dr. Pam Clute, Exeuctive Director of the UC Riverside ALPHA Center. This special event, begun in 2000, showcases the possibilities for the future and helps students see what careers they may wish to pursue.
The King High School dance team wanted to work on their high kicks. And who better to help them than a member of the world-famous Rockettes? Click the headline above for more information.
RUSD students in grades 5-12 will participate in the Gallup Student Poll for the first time this year during the month of October. This survey measures student academic and life success - Hope, Engagement, and Well-Being - through a short 10 minute, 20 question, anonymous online survey. This survey will help us gain information for areas in our LCAP that address school climate and student’s social emotional well-being. You may find more information at www.gallupstudentpoll.com, including a full report on the 2013 results nationwide and a list of the questions asked in the survey. The survey is completely anonymous and no identifying student information is collected. Click the headline for me. You also may call the Department of Research, Assessment, and Evaluation at 951-788-7135 ext. 80800 if you have any questions.
As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Museums, Riverside Metropolitan Museum has once again partnered with RUSD to celebrate “Smithsonian Week” by providing scholars from the Washington, D.C. museums to work directly with RUSD students. On Thursday, September 25th, Jill Norwood, Program Coordinator of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian spoke to Sierra Middle School Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students on her career as a museum curator, and her work supporting the development of tribal museums on Native American reservations. Sierra teachers who are also American Indians, John Smith (Chemehuevi Tribal Band) and Chris Ynostroza (Apache Tribal Band), both shared songs from their tribes in their native languages, and introduced Ms. Norwood. Dr. Emil Her Many Horses, also from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, spoke to assemblies of William Howard Taft Elementary School 4th, 5th, and 6th graders that same day on how horses changed everything for Native Americans. Dr. Her Many Horses is co-author of, “Song for the Horse Nation,” a Smithsonian publication on this same topic.
Three RUSD programs will be honored by the Riverside County Office of Education as Models of Excellence.The programs being recognized include: RUSD’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Elementary program; the John W. North High School Multi-Cultural Council; and North’s International Baccalaureate and AVID: Access, Rigor and Support program.The programs are among 24 being honored. They will be celebrated at the 12th annual Riverside County Education Summit, to be held Oct. 15 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.Congratulations to all who make these programs possible!
RUSD partnered with the Latino Business Alliance, 52 Street Positive, and The Black Star Project to participate in the Million Father March last Saturday, Sept. 13. This community event promoted the importance of having fathers involved in their children's lives and offered a variety of community resources, such as free diapers. Thank you to all involved in this great event!
RUSD remembered the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with patriotic events that included a special flag-raising ceremony at Rivera Elementary School. King High School student Erin Metz and Mr. Leon Burton from Riverside National Cemetery sang patriotic songs, while Boy Scouts presented the American and California flags and hoisted the flags. Principal Wilson Cuellar reminded all gathered of the importance of the day.
Congratulations to King High School graduate Nia Campbell, who earned a bronze medal at the 2014 National NAACP Youth Competition, held this summer in Las Vegas. More than 600 NAACP youth from around the country participated in 26 categories of competition. Nia, a member of Riverside NAACP branch’s Act-SO earned her medal for playwriting. Writing is Nia’s passion and she currently is working on three novels and a book of poetry! She will be attending Valley College this fall. Nia was one of five winners in the national contest from Region One, which represents Japan, Korea, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. Congratulations, Nia!
September is Rail Safety Month and the BNSF Railroad is working to ensure that our students in RUSD are aware of how to stay safe around the railroad tracks that traverse our city. Safety assemblies have taken place at several schools, including one that took place at Arlington High School last week. In addition, BNSF is sponsoring an exciting Twitter contest for our five comprehensive high schools asking students to promote railroad awareness. Click the headline to learn more.
RUSD hosted a visit by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Thursday. Mr. Torlakson visited Poly High School and learned about many special programs we have been able to implement with the help of our Local Control and Accountability Plan. Mr. Torlakson is visiting schools in Redlands, La Quinta and Palm Desert on Friday.
Students from Jiangmen, China – one of Riverside’s sister cities -- have been spending time at North High School this week as they learn about American culture and the American educational system. Jiangmen students have been learning about American customs and education. Meanwhile, students from North also are learning about another culture. Click the headline above to learn more!
Pamela Mshana is the new Principal of Lincoln High School. She brings with her 15 years of experience of education. We are happy to welcome her to the RUSD family.Click the headline to read more.
Athletic coaches from across the district participated in first Coaches’ Academy on Saturday, August 23. This well-received, free event featured many well-known athletes and coaches -- including Poly High School graduate and former longtime UCLA Bruin Baseball Coach Gary Adams who served as the keynote speaker. The primary goal of the event was to enhance support for high school athletic coaches and to help them to develop programs that promote character in their student athletes. The event also supports and aligns with the planned RUSD Coaching Institute, a multiple week class outlined in the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan.Click the headline to read more.
Tiffany Farris is the new Assistant Principal at Mark Twain Elementary School. She is a Riverside native and a longtime member of the RUSD family, having been a teacher with us for 16 years. Click the headline to read more.
Congratulations to the Ramona High School Dynasty Band, which has been selected to participate in the 83rd Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 30. Click the headline to read more.
Tasceaie Churchwell is the new Assistant Principal at Emerson Elementary School. While she’s new to Emerson, she is not new to RUSD, having served as Resource Specialist and Administrative Designee at Castle View Elementary School for seven years. Click the headline to read more.
Every teacher and instructional aide in RUSD will spend today and tomorrow in training sessions on the Common Core State Standards. We will begin full implementation of the standards this year. Every district in our state will be implementing these standards. If you would like to learn more about Common Core and RUSD'S plan for implementation, please click the large yellow button to the right of this home page. Or, click the headline above for a link to more information.
Patricia “Trisha” Tran is the new Alcott Elementary School Principal. Trisha is entering her 19th year in education and comes to us from the Garden Grove Unified School District, where she was an elementary school principal for the past 5 years. Click the headline to read more.
RUSD welcomed more than 300 new members of our team at our annual New Employee Welcome. This event was put on by the district’s Department of Personnel –Leadership and Development and sponsored by Altura Credit Union. We also received a generous donation of goody bags for every new employee from the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. Click on the headline above to read more.
Carrie Antrim is RUSD’s new Assistant Director of Pupil Services/SELPA. She has 30 years of experience in education, and has focused on special education. Just before coming to RUSD, Carrie served as Director of Special Education for the East Whittier City School District. Click the headline to read more.
Steven Dunlap is RUSD’s new Director of Innovation and Learner Engagement, a role in which he will lead efforts to promote personalized learning in RUSD through the use of instructional technology. Click the headline to read more!
Representatives of the Southern California Gas Company on Monday delivered a rebate check for $60,251.16 to RUSD. The rebate was a result of the use of energy-efficient equipment at the pools at Poly and Ramona High Schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.