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!
Two RUSD authors and an RUSD illustrator will take part in the Barnes and Noble Book Fair supporting the Inlandia Institute this Saturday, Nov. 22 at Barnes & Noble at the Galleria at Tyler. Bryant Elementary School teacher and author Julianna Cruz will launch her new children’s book, Tia's Tamale Troubles. She will read from her book from 11AM-Noon and will be available for book signings. Visitors can also meet the illustrator of Julianna’s book, Tracie Massiet Lents, who teaches art at Bryant. In addition, Victoria Elementary School teacher Julie Ann Higgins Russell will be reading her work from Orangelandia. Let’s support our RUSD authors and illustrators!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
The event of the season is just around the corner and we already are filling up with reservations! Click on the headline above for a link to the registration form. Please note: We are NOT industry exclusive this year and payment is due at time of registration (Pay Pal availalble).
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.
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.
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!
Congratulations to 2006 Poly High School graduate and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Pedro Antonio Alleman III, who belted out a moving rendition of "God Bless America" at Game 4 of the World Series. Way to go!
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!
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!
Thanks to both the County of Riverside Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health, the Riverside Unified School District CRC Health Center is offering FREE flu vaccine to anyone who would like to get protected against the flu. We are offering the vaccine to all RUSD employees, students and their families; regardless if you have health insurance or not. Walk-in hours to receive a flu vaccine are from 1:30-4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary. The CRC Health Center is located at 5700 Arlington Avenue, Riverside. If you have any questions please call (951) 274-4213 x83026.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
The Riverside Unified School District is happy to announce its selection as a participant in Phase II of a grant which will help the district to pilot its exciting Personalized Learning initiative. The school-based program, NextGen Systems Initiative, is aimed at helping all students achieve their individual goals. Click the headline to read more!
Congratulations to STA bus driver Ricardo Ramos for being honored as the Southern California School Bus Driver of the Year by the California Highway Patrol. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow, Riverside CHP Area Commander, Capt. Amanda Snowden RUSD Interim Superintendent Mike Fine, RUSD Transportation Manager Marta Nelson, Highland Elementary School Principal Donna Dorsey and the two young children whom Ramos saved from rushing floodwaters last summer were among those gathered to congratulate him at a ceremony Wednesday. Click the headline to read more!
As fifth-grader Cynthia Aguirre battles cancer, her friends at Liberty Elementary School are doing what they can to help. Each and every student at Liberty, from Pre-K-6th grade gave what they could during the “Change for Cynthia” fundraising campaign and on Friday, Cynthia’s classmates presented her grandparents with a check for nearly $5,000.00. Students mowed lawns, washed dishes, donated their allowances and sacrificed their piggy banks to help. Click the headline above to read more about this incredible story.
Ever since she was 10, Poly High School Junior Mary “Kate” Weggeland has had a passion for helping students with special needs. Now she is working to help these students to communicate with others with the help of technology.This past fall, Kate started a non-profit organization called “Uniquely Special.” This organization seeks to assist in meeting the educational and social needs of special needs students. Kate’s immediate goal is raise enough money to provide 28 special needs students at Poly with tablets that the students can use to communicate with each other. Click the headline above to read more about Kate's efforts!