6:00 PM - 8:00 PM LCAP Community Engagement Meeting -- Poly High School
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM LCAP Community Engagment Meeting -- North High School
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Concert Band Festival
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Concert Band Festival
Congratulations to the King and Poly Mock Trial Teams. They have made it Elite Eight in the 38th annual Riverside County Mock Trial contest. Courtroom drama in the Elite Eight contest begins at 6 PM Wednesday, March 4 at the Robert Presley Hall of Justice in downtown Riverside. The teams will be competing for a spot in the semifinals on Saturday. The final round – which decides the Riverside County champions – will take place later in the afternoon. We also had several students selected for outstanding individual performance for their work so far in the competition. Marquez Arroyo from Martin Luther King won the bronze medal in the Outstanding Bailiff category; Brendan Brown from Poly High School won the gold medal in the Outstanding Defense Pretrial Motion Attorney category (Brendan also earned a summer internship at the Riverside County Superior Court); Reese Barron and Kaelyn Sabal-Wilson from Poly won the silver medal for Outstanding Prosecution Witnesses; Jamie Sardegna and Antonio Serros from Poly High School took gold for Outstanding Defense Witnesses and Sidney Ogden and Yadira Schrom from Poly and T.M. Little and Isaac Kim from North also won silver in that category; Jarod Kanouse from Poly won Outstanding Prosecution Attorney; and Kendall Ferre from Poly took Outstanding Defense Attorney.
Schools across the district shared a love of reading with our community as we celebrated Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day as it falls on Dr.Seuss' birthday. Hundreds of community volunteers spent time with our students, who enjoyed stories, dressing up as Seuss characters and even dinining on green eggs and ham. We thank all of our volunteers for making this special day happen. Special thanks to the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce for helping to get more than 200 volunteers for the event!
Congratulations to North High School Assistant Principal Rich Davis, who has been named the Riverside County Office of Education's Certificated Administrator of the Year! Mr. Davis learned of the honor with a surprise visit from Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenn Young on Monday. Thank you Mr. Davis for your 35 years of service to our students!
High school students and their families are encouraged to attend the Riverside County School Boards Association's Workforce Development Summit on Saturday, March 7. The event takes place from 10 AM-2 PM at La Sierra High Attendees will connect students with local businesses. Click the headline above for more information on how to register for the event.
We are sad to report that former board member and dedicated volunteer Ardice “Ardie” Bailor has passed away. Ardie served as a member of the RUSD Board of Education from 1976-1994 and cared deeply about our students and families. Even after her retirement, she remained a longtime, dedicated member of the Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation (REEF) Board. Her dedication to this organization helped REEF to raise more than $400,000 in classroom grants for RUSD schools. She also was a longtime member of the Riverside Young Life Committee. A former Alvord Unified School District teacher, Ardie also used her talent to tutor children at Madison Elementary School and to teach Sunday school at her church, Magnolia Presbyterian. Ardie also was a gifted photographer who donated her services for various charity functions throughout the city. Ardie’s incredible efforts to give back to Riverside, and in particular, the youth of our community, garnered her the 2015 Roy Hord Volunteer of the Year Award from the Riverside Downtown Partnership.Noted RUSD Superintendent, Dr. David Hansen, “Ardie was a pillar in our community and school district for many years. She was a champion for students and always placed their needs first. She has left behind a strong legacy and one that will be felt and remembered for many years to come.”
Thank you Riverside for helping us to develop our first Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). We now invite you to hear about our progress and give us input on next steps.Our first community engagement meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 4 at Ramona High School. You also can give input online. Visit www.successforstudents.org. to learn more. Click the headline for a flyer with meeting dates.
Congratulations to Deputy Superintendent Mike Fine, who was honored Wednesday with the Riverside Council PTA's Honorary Service Award for his many years of service to the students and families of RUSD. Mr. Fine received the special honor during Founders Day festivities at Artlington High School.
Our outstanding science students showcased their knowledge at the RUSD Science and Engineering Fair last week. Winners in grades 4-12 now advance to the RIMS Science and Engineering Fair in April. Click the headline above for a list of all of our winners.
Students at Highland and Victoria Elementary Schools got an extra special visitor on Monday, Feb. 9 – Congressman Mark Takano. Mr. Takano came to the schools to personally pick up hand-made Valentine’s Day cards, which will be delivered to veterans in our area. Students at Fremont Elementary School also made cards for the veterans. Click the headline to read more!
The new RUSD Family Resource Center officially opened Thursday, February 5. This new resource is a “one-stop shop” where parents can find a variety of help with everything from parenting support and help with school needs to connections to resources to help families with a variety of issues. The center also will serve as the hub for parent workshops and meetings.Click the headline to read more.
About 150 sophomore girls from across RUSD had the chance to explore possibilities available to them in the STEM fields through the Inspire Her Mind program. This unique program, held at Bourns Engineering, included a special presentation by Dr. Pamela Clute, a longtime mathematics professor who currently serves as special assistant to the chancellor at UC Riverside. The event also included a chance for girls to learn about the unique ways that science contributes to the world and see first-hand the ways that math and science impact the world around them – like how a green screen works in film. They also heard from a panel of women in science who encouraged them to try out these fields for themselves. Thank you to UCR, Bourns and our other community partners who made this special event possible!
Congratulations to North High School’s Andrew Xu and Poly High School’s Zubin Mishra, who have been named as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. This program was established in 1964 and recognizes the highest caliber of students across the nation. Each year, only 141 students in the nation are chosen for this honor. Scholars are chosen on the basis of their academic accomplishments as well as artistic success, leadership and involvement in their school and community. Scholars are invited to attend a special ceremony in Washington D.C. in June, where they participate in a National Recognition Program. Way to go!
Officials with the Riverside Unified School District and California State University, San Bernardino on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which guarantees admission to RUSD graduates who meet eligibility requirements. Click the headline above to read more.
Congratulations to Ramona High School teacher Deborah Parr, who was named a 2015 California State Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist! Ms. Parr was honored by the RUSD Board of Education at their Feb. 2, 2015 meeting and will also receive recognition from State Superintendnet of Schools Tom Torlakson at the 2015 California Teachers of the Year Gala on Feb. 16 in Sacramento.
Congratulations to our amazing History Day students. Winners of the RUSD History contest now will move forward to the Riverside County History Day competition, to be held on Saturday, March 14 at Arlington High School.. Click the headline above to see our full list of winners!
Congratulations to Robert Alvarez, history/social science teacher at Gage Middle School, for being named California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) Middle School Teacher of the Year! Robert will be recognized at the annual CCSS conference March 6-8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott. The selection committee looked not only at evidence of his masterful teaching and student learning, but also of his involvement in the school community and our city, along with his dedication to civic education. An RUSD teacher since 1994, Robert served as Gage’s Student Government Advisor for 16 years and History/Social Science Department Chair for 12 years. He was an active member of RUSD’s Teaching American History Project from 2008-2013, and holds an MA degree in history. Robert was previously recognized in 2013 as an Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies Teacher of Excellence and has been named Teacher of the Year at both Gage and Central Middle Schools.
The Open Enrollment Transfer window for the 2015-2016 School year is February 23-March 27. Click the headline above for more information.
More than 200 special needs students from across the Riverside Unified School District celebrated Super Bowl Sunday at few days early on Wednesday, Jan. 28 as Poly High School hosted its second annual Super Bowl for Kids event. Click the headline above to read more!
The Riverside Unified School District, acting as the governing body to nine different Community Facility Districts, and the Riverside Unified School District Financing Authority, has negotiated the sale of $41.1 million in Community Facility District (CFD) bonds -- a move that will save property owners within the affected areas an estimated $9 million in interest. Click the headlne above to read more.
At their Jan. 20 meeting, the Board of Education approved the following promotions: Darel Hansen, currently King High School Principal has been promoted to Director, Secondary Education. He will remain with King for the remainder of the year and will take on his new role beginning in the fall. Ron Weston, has been promoted from a Teacher on Special Assignment at the Educational Options Center to the district’s Career Technical Education Coordinator; and Beth Martin was promoted from Administrative Secretary II, Secondary Education to Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent. Congratulations to these outstanding educators.
The Department of Research, Assessment and Evaluation (RAE) is conducting a telephone survey in January/February. Callers will be contacting high school graduates of 2013-14 who were in a career-technical course of study in high school. Contact information: 951-788-7135 ext. 80800
King High School Senior Saumya Keremane has been named one of 300 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists. Saumya earned this prestigious honor for her project, “An Eco-friendly RNA Interference-based Insect Control for Management of Citrus Greening Diseases Using a Model System.” Saumya was selected for the Intel honor from more than 1,800 entrants from 460 high schools in 41 states, Puerto Rico and five American and international high schools overseas Saumya also earned a Gold Medal for her project in the 2014 RIMS Science and Engineering Fair and an Honorable Mention at the California State Science Fair last spring.Click the headline above for more information.
Parents of children who will enter Kindergartent this fall and are interested in our Dual Language Immersion Program are encouraged to attend one of 5 information sessions. Please click the headline above to download a flyer with more information
On Thursday December 18, 2014, Liberty Elementary School held its PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) Parent Graduation Ceremony for 122 graduates. Eighty three of the graduates received special recognition for their perfect attendance in the nine week institute. The program included four parent speakers and representation from CSU San Bernardino President, Tomas D. Morales. Special acknowledgments were given to Mrs. Esther Garcia, School Principal and her staff.
High school seniors and their parents of high school seniors are encouraged to attend a Cash for College Workshop. Get the help you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -- which is critical for students applying for student grants, loans, and even scholarships to pay for college. Click the headline above for a list of when these FREE workshops will take place.
Our annual RUSD Middle School Basketball Tournaments will be held this weekend and on Jan. 24. The 7th Grade Tournament takes place this Saturday, January 10, 2015. Girls’ games will be held at Earhart Middle School and Boys’ games take place at University Heights Middle School. The 8th Grade Tournaments takes place Saturday, January 24, 2015. The 8th grade Girls’ Tournament takes place at King High School. The 8th grade Boys’ Tournament takes place at Poly High School. Click the headline above for play brackets with more details on when teams play.
Congratulations to John W. North volleyball coach, Lillian McCandless , who has been recognized as the Press Enterprise HS GameTime Girls’ Volleyball Coach of the Year!! Coach McCandless led the team to its first league title in 15 years and a spot in the CIF quarterfinals where North was were narrowly defeated in 5 games. Click the headline above to read the Press-Enterprise story about her.
Congratulations to Kelly Powell, Principal's Secretary at Alcott Elementary School, for being named our District 2014-2015 Classified Employee of the Year! Kelly will be recognized with our other Employees of the Year (see related article on this page) at a recognition ceremony in April. Kelly is one of many outstanding classified employees who work hard each day to support student success. Click on the headline above to see the list of all site Classifed Employees of the Year.