Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the California State Science Fair, held May 18-19 at the California Science Center. We had three winners. Cliclk on the headline to see who they were!
The 19th annual REEF Golf Tournament takes place Monday, June 15. This event is open to the community and is a great way to support the Riverside Edcuational Enrichment Foundation, which provides thousands of dollars in classrom grants to RUSD schools. Click the headline above to learn more.
On Wednesday, May 20, RUSD recognized our many outstanding employees at our annual Employee Recognition Event. Special honors were given to our District Employees of the Year: Certificated Manager of the Year Rich Davis; Classified Manager of the Year Angela McKinney; Principal of the Year Lari Nelson; Site Support Person of the Year Marie Coover; Classified Employee of the Year Kelly Powell; Elementary Teacher of the Year Eric Palmer; Middle School Teacher of the Year Ashley Fulmer; and High School Teacher of the Year Cherilynne Hollowell. Thank you all for your service!
BREAKING NEWS: CONGRATULATiONS to King High School Senior Saumya Keremane, who has just won FIRST PLACE today (May 15) in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in the Plant Sciences Division. The competition took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Saumya will receive $3,000 and she will have a minor planet named after her. Wow!
The RUSD Board of Education has unanimously adopted a resolution opposing Measure A, which seeks to rescind the City of Riverside's prohibition of storefront and mobile marijuana dispensaries. The Board adopted the resolution at a special meeting held Thursday, May 14. Click the headline above to read the full resolution.
Ramona seniors Juliana Tiscareno and Leslie Vergara have been named QuestBridge scholars and both will attend University of Notre Dame this fall with full ride scholarships worth $64,000 per year for each student, or the estimated equivalent of $256,000 for their undergraduate four years. Click the headline to read more!
RUSD is home to 15 of Riverside's Most Remarkable Teens! Wow! These outstanding students were honored this week by the Riverside City Council. They include: Jessica Goehring – Arlington HS, Sydney Azpeitia – Poly HS, Karen Cuautle – Ramona HS, Tracy Doan – Ramona HS, Christine Flores – Ramona HS, Ivett Martinez – Ramona HS, Andy Meza – Ramona HS, Amanda Orantes – Ramona HS, Christopher Paz – Ramona HS, Juliana Tiscareno – Ramona HS, Leslie Vergara – Ramona HS, Nathan Williams – Ramona HS, Asia Suarez – John W. North HS, Connor Tom – John W. North HS, and Hannah Terao – University Heights Middle School.
Congratulations to the 53 RUSD Historians who represented us well at National History Day-California, held at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California this past weekend. Of our 31 projects, 16 made it to the final rounds and 14 students were named state champions, runners-up, or received honorable mentions. State Champions advance to the National History Day competition, to be held June 14-18 at the University of Maryland. Please click the headline for a full list of the honorees.
Congratulations to Arlington High School Senior Saul Urbina, who has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar and will be attending Harvard in the fall! Saul joins North’s Angel Viscarra in receiving this highly competitive scholarship. Saul is described as an amazing all-round student. Although he has had to overcome hardships, and learned English as a second language, he not only thrived in school, but excelled. Saul has an exceptionally strong academic record (with a 4.5 GPA; class rank of 4). He also is active in numerous sports, clubs and activities at school. And, he also is highly involved in his community – including working with oncology patients at Kaiser Permanente; volunteering with the University of California, Riverside Conversation and American Culture Program; and serving as a member of the Community Foundation’s Youth Grant Maker’s Committee. His extensive list of accomplishments is too long for this web page…suffice it to say, as teacher Jennifer Pfeffer noted: “Saul has it all – academics, leadership, volunteerism, and exceptional commitment!”
Congratulations to Ramona High School teacher Deborah Parr and North High School Assistant Principal Rich Davis! Both were honored at the Riverside County Celebrating Educators event, held Tuesday, May 5. Click the headline above to read more and to watch videos produced by the Riverside County Office of Education.
Maria Juarez, now 80, was never able to attend her Senior Prom because it wasn’t permitted at her all-girls high school in Calexico.But on Friday, May 1, Maria and her husband Rogelio got to experience the magic of the quintessential high school dance at Sierra Middle School’s Young at Heart Prom.Click the headline to read more about this special event.
The Riverside Unified School District has partnered with the Riverside Fire Department to teach every first grade child about water safety in a fun way with the help of a special guest – Stewie the Duck, the main character of the book Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim.
Special Education instructional materials for secondary 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 May 1, 2015 to May 31, 2015. Click the headlline to read this message in Spanish.
A group of about 50 University Heights Middle School students spent their day on Thursday, April 23 hiking Sycamore Canyon and learning about the plants and animals there as part of the SISTERS program – Success in Science and Technology: Engagement with Role Models. The girls got a chance to interact with a UC Riverside professor as well as the UC Riverside Science Ambassadors. This was just one of many fun and informative interactions the girls have had as they have spent the year exploring science in hands-on activities. They also have spent time in a college laboratory and visited the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. It’s all designed to give young women hands-on experience in STEM fields to encourage them that they can succeed in and pursue careers in these areas. It is hoped that this pilot program soon can be expanded to serve other schools as well.
Congratulations to Madison Elementary School’s Mikayla Edwards and Edwin Dominguez, who were named winners in the third annual Cesar E. Chavez Essay and Poetry contest, sponsored by the Latino Network. Mikayla and Edwin were among a total of six winners in the contest, which is open to sixth-grade students. The winners were feted at an outdoor awards ceremony on April 22. Madison teacher James Luna also attended and helped facilitate our students’ participation in the competition. The essay and poetry contest was part of a series of Chavez Days activities honoring the legacy of Cesar E. Chavez.
Congrats to North High School senior Angel Viscarra, who has been named a Gates Millenium Scholar in a highly competitive national scholarship program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Angel, who is the first in his family to attend college, will use his scholarship funds to attend USC in the fall, where he will pursue his dream of becoming a professional journalist. Angel is Editor-in-Chief of The North Star newspaper. His teacher and newspaper advisor Kathleen Rossi stated, “Angel is a solid writer, a team player, well- liked by his peers and truly motivated.” Way to go!
Congratulations to our outstanding young artists who were recognized at the 2015 RUSD Middle School Art Show on Thursday, April 16. This event is presented in partnership with the Riverside Art Museum and REEF. Dozens of beautiful pieces of work completed by our middle school artists are now on display in the art museum. Best in Show went to Earhart Middle School student Jaeson Kim. Click on the headline above to see the full list of contest winners. We also invite the community to join in the celebration of our arts programs at the Celebration of Middle School Visual and Performing Arts, to be held 10 AM-2 PM at the Riverside Art Museum.
Congratulations to Poly High School’s Zubin Mishra and Ilora Naik, who have been selected as members of the All-County Academic Team! This honor includes the top 10 students from around the county. Zubin and Ilora were selected for the honor at a special ceremony honoring the top 132 students from high schools throughout Riverside County. Click the headline above to see the list of all of our RUSD students who were recognized.
Congratulations to Woodcrest student Andrew Lee and his teacher, Theresa Anderson, who are finalists for 2015 Scholastic 180 Awards! Read 180 is a reading intervention program used in our district and Andrew and his teacher are being recognized for their hard work and determination in the program. Way to go!
RUSD Deputy Superintendent Mike Fine was honored by the Riverside Council PTA at the April 13 Board of Education meeting with the Honorary Service Award. This award was given to Mr. Fine for his many years of service to the students and families of our district.
Congratulations to Jaime Ochoa, RUSD Drop-out and Retention Specialist, who has been honored by the Riverside Police Department for his work with the police department’s O.W.E. program, which supports at-risk youth. Jaime organizes weekend sports activities for youth in the program, allowing students to participate in activities they may previously have not had an opportunity to be part of. Professional boxers, Olympic Tae Kwon Do masters, professional baseball scouts and experts in mixed martial arts, football, judo, volleyball, basketball and more have shared their talents in this program. Jaime noted that “a good amount of these students have changed drastically” as a result of participation in the program. Jaime also helps to connect their families with needs services as well. Thank you, Jaime, for all you do for our students!
RUSD rocked the Inland Science and Engineering Fair this month with 12 gold, 17 silver and 11 bronze medals. Of those, 10 projects will move forward to the California State Science Fair, to be held May 18-19 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.Click the headline above for a list of all our science fair superstars!
Congratulations to RUSD Board of Education President Kathy Allavie and Child, Welfare and Attendance Manager Woodie Rucker-Hughes, both of whom have been named Women of Distinction by California State Assemblyman Jose Medina.Mrs. Allavie and Ms. Rucker-Hughes were honored at a ceremony held last month. The Women of Distinction Award recognizes women within the 61st Assembly District who have made a significant contribution to their community.
Ramona High School Senior Kevin Torres-Dominguez, a shining star at Ramona High School, was honored by UC President Janet Napolitano during her visit to Riverside today. Ms. Napolitano was a guest speaker at the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce's Good Morning Riverside event. Kevin is bound for UCR in the fall and is just one example of the outstanding students we serve. Click the headline above to learn more about Kevin!