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  • RUSD teachers honored as Educators of Excellence

    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!

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  • PIQUE Parent graduation ceremony held at Longfellow

    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.

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  • Aeries Parent Portal has a new look

    Our Aeries Parent Portal has a new look, but not to worry....you can still access your child's information with the same username and password. Click the headline above to read a tutorial about the new look of this site.

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  • J.W. North students plan trip to China

    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.

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  • John F. Kennedy Elementary School student surprised when her dad returns from Afghanistan for the holidays

    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.

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  • Arlington Air Force JROTC "Exceeds Standards" in recent evaluation

    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!

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  • Congratulations, REEF grant recipients

    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!

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  • NJROTC Pass in Review Ceremony held at King

    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.

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  • Earhart Middle School named an AVID National Demonstration School

    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!

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  • Congratulations to our Employees of the Year!

    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!

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  • Army V. Navy flag football game rescheduled for Jan. 23

    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!

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  • Franklin, Taft students surprised with bikes

    Students at Taft and Franklin Elementary Schools had a great surprise from the East Hills Business Council, a division of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce recently. Students at the schools received bicycles, helmets, locks and other goodies. The East Hills group gave a total of 60 bikes – 30 bikes for each school. The bikes were courtesy of JensonUSA, whose employees earn them for kids by commuting to work on their bikes. Members of the East Hills Business Council and local dignitaries attended the events, which also included bike safety assemblies conducted by staff with the Riverside Police Department. Thank you to all who made this special annual event possible!

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  • New Board officers selected

    The Board of Education selected a new slate of officers at their annual organizational meeting on Dec. 8. They are: Kathy Allavie, President; Tom Hunt, Vice President; Brent Lee, Clerk; Gayle Cloud, Member; and Patricia Lock-Dawson, Member.

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  • Second annual Personalized Learning Summit a sucess

    RUSD’s second annual Personalized Learning Summit, held Dec. 4-6, was a great success. The event gave our community a chance to learn more about what Riverside is doing to promote personalized learning for our students. Click the headline above to learn more!

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  • Former RUSD Board member honored by Senator

    At the December 8 Board of Education meeting, former Board of Education President Arthur L. Littleworth was honored by State Sen. Richard D. Roth for his many years of service to our community. Mr. Littleworth served on the Board from 1958-1972 and was President for the last 10 years of his term. He led the board when, in 1965, we became the first large school district to voluntarily integrate our schools. A celebration was recently held at Poly High School to celebrate Mr. Littleworth’s accomplishments, as well as to unveil the renovated lobby of the Littleworth Theater and to launch a book Mr. Littleworth wrote about his time on the Board. Check out the latest Fresh Look video on this website to learn more about Mr. Littleworth and his contributions to our city.

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  • Beatty Elementary School students do random acts of kindness

    Students in Laura Boling’s class at Patricia Beatty Elementary School are doing Random Acts of Kindness for the holiday season. That includes collecting proceeds from a holiday skating party for the American Red Cross. The party takes place on Monday, Dec. 8 from 6-8 PM AT Cal Skate, 22080 Commerce Way. Cost to participate is $6 per person including skates. Students also have sent holiday cards to the troops, and helped at a convalescent hospital. They also plan to pick up trash. Way to go!

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  • King High student is finalist in national arts contest

    Congratulations to King Senior Erin Metz, who has been named one of 21 finalists in the national Young Arts Competition. Erin will spend a week in Florida taking workshops and readying for the finals. Past alumni have included incredibly famous entertainers such as: Vanessa Williams, Raul Esparza, and Viola Davis.Click the headline to read more!

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  • Open Enrollment Act (OEA) – Romero Bill transfer will be accepted beginning December 1, 2014

    The OEA – Romero Bill, signed into law in 2010, allows students attending schools that are on a state-identified list of 1,000 “low achieving” schools to request a transfer to a school with a higher Academic Performance Index (API) either within or outside of their district of residence. Click the headline above to learn more and to access the link where you can apply.

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  • Arlington hosts Legal Careers Day

    On Saturday November 15th, Arlington High School hosted Legal Careers Day. More than 200 students came to the Arlington Theatre to hear guest speakers share their professional qualifications, skills, and experiences. Click the headline above to see a list of who participated and to read more about the event.

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  • Students at Highland Elementary help those in need

    Students at Highland Elementary School recently stuffed a bus full of personal grooming items – like toothpaste and shampoo. The items will go to Operation Safe House, which helps young people in crisis needing temporary shelter. Officials with Operation Safe House noted that when a young person is suddenly without a home, they often don’t have time to pack up the personal items we all need every day. Thank you, Highland, for caring for others this holiday season…and be sure to look for a video feature about Highland’s effort during this week’s Fresh Look episode, which will be posted on this website this week!

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  • Arthur L. Littleworth Theater re-dedication, book launch held

    The Riverside Unified School District and Inlandia Institute were proud to sponsor the joint event to re-dedicate the newly-refurbished lobby of the Arthur L. Littlworth Theater at Poly High School and launch a book written by Mr. Littleworth. Thank you everyone who made this a very special event!

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  • How you can help family of Sierra student

    We would like to announce that a memorial fund has been set up at Altura Credit Union to help the family of Sierra student Giovanni Valle. Giovanni tragically was struck by a car and killed on his way to school this week. Community members who would like to help can send donations to: Giovanni Valle Memorial Account, c/o Altura Credit Union, 2847 Campus Parkway Riverside, CA 92507. You can drop donations off at any Altura branch or mail to the address listed here. In addition, a car wash will be held at Sierra Middle School on Sunday, November 16th from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. All donations accepted. Thank you to our community for your outstandng support during this difficult time.

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  • RUSD staff and students honored by city

    Congratulations to Poly High School Senior Kate Weggeland and Gage Middle School Campus Supervisor Joseph Aleman, who were honored Thursday as recipients of the 2014 Riverside Heroes Awards, presented by the City of Riverside Human Relations Commission. Kate was honored for her work to create her own non-profit, Uniquely Special, which supports special needs students. Joseph was recognized for his many hours of volunteering with the boxing program at Villegas Park. In addition, three John W. North High School students were named 2014 Diversity Essay Scholarship winners. They are: Sylvia Bi, first place; Kaylee Paul, second place; and Tatiana Su, third place. Scholarship awards were $1,000 for first place; $750 for second place and $500 for third place. Congratulations to all!

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  • Liberty student becomes youngest member of UCR Women's Volleyball Team!

    Friday, November 7 was a very special day for 11-year-old Cynthia Aguirre, a 6th grader at Liberty Elementary School in Riverside. With her family, friends, teacher, principal, and UCR mascot “Scotty” present, Cynthia officially became the youngest member of the UC Riverside Women’s Volleyball Team as she signed her honorary Letter of Intent. It was made official with her own jersey – Number 19-- which she tried on right away.Click the headline to read more!

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  • Elementary Report Card Guide available

    Parents: Need more information about our new Elementary Report Card? Click the headline above to access a guide with more information!

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  • Lake Mathews celebrates the joy of numbers at Family Math Night

    Who says math is no fun? Families at Lake Mathews Elementary School had a lot of fun at the school’s Family Math Night on Monday, Oct. 27. More than 200 people came to hear Instructional Services Specialist Matt Cash talk about the Common Core shifts in math and the ideas behind the new standards. Following Mr. Cash’s presentation , families went to various rooms on campus to participate in grade level specific math activities skillfully led by 13 teacher volunteers. Click the headline to read more.

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  • RUSD part of LCFF Collaborative Working Group

    Riverside Unified School District is one of 17 districts in California that are part of the California School Boards Association and California Forward's LCFF Collaborative Working Group. This group will identify and promote best practices for implementing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs). Click the headling for the CSBA press release with more information.

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  • District of Choice (DOC) Applications to be Accepted Beginning November 1, 2014

    Riverside Unified School District welcomes families living outside RUSD boundaries to submit a District of Choice transfer application for the 2015-2016 school year beginning November 1, 2014 through January 1, 2015. The District of Choice option is available to any student who does not live within RUSD boundaries but is interested in attending RUSD schools. Click the headline to read more!

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  • Kennedy staff save life of man stung by yellow jacket

    Tuesday, Oct. 14 was anything but ordinary for the staff at John F. Kennedy Elementary School. In the afternoon, a woman came running into the office asking if anyone knew how to perform CPR. She later explained that her gardener had been stung by a yellow jacket. He had collapsed and was struggling to breathe. What our staff did next earned them recognition from firefighters and emergency room doctors. Click the headline to read more!

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  • BNSF Twitter contest winners announced at City Council meeting

    Congratulations to the winners BNSF Railway Twitter Safety Contest! Our winners were honored at the Riverside City Council meeting Tuesday evening. The winners were: Arlington High – Grand Prize ($15,000); King High School, Second Place ($7,500); Ramona High School – Third Place ($3,500). North and Poly High Schools also were honored with $2,000 each. The rail safety contest challenged students to come up with innovative ways to get the word out about the importance of being safe around railways. That included the use of Twitter, Instagram, videos, information booths and more. Click the headline above for the press release from BNSF with more information…and once again CONGRATS to our schools!

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