RUSD families are invited to attend the 4th annual Parent Educational Summit, to be held from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Saturday, January 31 at Ramona High School, 7675 Magnolia Avenue. The Honorable Raquel Marquez, Riverside County Superior Court Judge, will serve as the keynote speaker. Workshops on a variety of topics will be offered in Spanish with English translation. The program will conclude with lunch and an informational fair. Click on the headline above for more information.
Nearly 225 young historians will showcase their extensive research and creativity at the RUSD History Day competition, to be held Saturday, January 31 at University Heights Middle School.Students participating in this year’s competition researched topics related to the nationally identified theme, Leadership and Legacy in History, examining historical perspectives from the military, politics, government, communities, social movements, as well as in academic fields such as science, the arts, education, religion and economics. These topics span local, national and world history – from ancient times to the recent past.Good luck to all of our competitors! Click on the headline to read more!
No Easy Way: Integrating Riverside Schools--A Victory for Community, a book by former Board of Education President Art Littleworth, will be highlighted during a community conversation, to be held from 1-3 PM Saturday, Jan. 31 at the UCR Culver Center for the Arts. This event is free and open to the public. Click the headline above for a flyer with more information.
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.
Longfellow families were treated to blackberries, mangos, tomatoes, onions, eggs..and a bounty of other fresh produce on Wednesday, December 17 as the Kids’ Produce Market came to school. This program, coordinated by Feeding America in conjunction with the RUSD Nutrition Services Department, brings fresh fruits and vegetables to students once a month. It is currently in place at Longfellow and Madison Elementary Schools and will be growing soon. This program allows families living in ‘healthy food deserts” – areas with little access to fresh and healthy food – to get the nutritious fruits and vegetables they need. Thank you to our partners for making this outstanding program available to our families!
Congratulations to North High School teacher Cherilynne Hollowell and Gage Middle School teacher Christine Pollitt, who were honored as Educators of Excellence in History-Social Science by the Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies. They were recognized at a ceremony held December 4 at the Riverside County Office of Education’s Conference Center. Both teachers were honored for their outstanding work, which includes creating student learning environments that include historical analysis, academic research and corroboration. Way to go!
On Tuesday December 16, 2014, Longfellow Elementary School held its PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) Parent Graduation Ceremony for 93 graduates. Fifty three of the graduates received special recognition for their perfect attendance in the nine week institute. The program included four parent speakers, and representatives from the Office of Councilman Andy Melendrez, and CSU San Bernardino President, Tomas D. Morales. A room full of family members and special guests celebrated the accomplishments of the graduates. PIQE’s Parent Engagement Education Program educates parents on how to foster a positive educational environment for their children both at home and at school.
This March, a group of 24 North High School students will serve as ambassadors to Riverside on a trip to our Sister City in Jiangmen. The school is currently raising funds for the trip and a kick-off fundraising event will take place Jan. 8. Click the headline above for more information.
Eleven-year-old Payton Stephen, a sixth-grader at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, got the best holiday gift she could imagine on Monday: Her dad came home. Click the headline to read more.
Congratulations to the Arlington High School Air Force JROTC which earned a rank of "Exceeds Standards" during a recent unit evaluation. In addition, two cadets earned top awards. Cadet Major Brian Perez, AHS Cadet Group Commander and Cadet Lieutenant Nikolai Alexandrov, an AHS Cadet Squadron Commander, both earned the Top Performer Award, which goes to the top 1 % of cadets at a school. Wow! Click the headline above to learn more!
Congratulations to the recipients of 169 REEF grants. Grant recipients were feted at a reception on Wednesday, Dec. 10. This year, REEF gave $172,570 in grant funds to enrich learning for students across the district. Since its founding 21 years ago, REEF has given 1,774 grants for a total of $1.5 million. Wow!
The 140 members of the King High School NJROTC took part in a Pass in Review Ceremony Thursday as part of the Area Manager’s Inspection. This ceremony includes an inspection of uniforms and formations as well as accolades and promotions for cadets. This year’s inspecting officer was Commander Ken Liles, United States Navy (ret.), the NJROTC Area II Manager. Commander Liles and Commander Bill Lauper, USN (ret.), King’s NJROTC Senior Naval Science Teacher, commended cadets for their outstanding job not only during the inspection, but during the year. Cadets do a number of activities and community service projects throughout the year and must adhere to high academic standards as well. In addition, as a special surprise, senior Claire Mort was notified that she is the recipient of a $180,000 NJROTC scholarship. Claire plans to attend UC Davis and major in mathematics.
Congratulations to Earhart Middle School, which has been renewed as a National AVID Demonstration School. Following a visit from the AVID team, last week, Earhart received a three-year certification for the outstanding job they are doing. Approximately 20 percent of Earhart students are enrolled in AVID and the entire school uses AVID success techniques. Way to go, Earhart!
RUSD is happy to announce our Employees of the Year! They are: Principal of the Year, Lari Nelson, Bryant Elementary School; Certificated Administrator of the Year, Rich Davis, Assistant Principal, North High School; Classified Administrator of the Year, Angela McKinney, Manager, Computer Applications, Technology Services; Confidential Employee of the Year, Launa Whitlock, Personnel Office; and Site Support Employee of the Year, Marie Coover, Staff Development Specialist. Our Classified Employee of the Year will be announced in January. Our teachers of the year are announced in the spring. Congratulations to these outstanding RUSD team members!
Due to anticipated heavy rain on Friday, the Army v. Navy JROTC Football game originally scheduled for this Friday has been rescheduled for Dec. 12. The new game date is Jan. 23. Please make a note of it!