On Tuesday, May 26, RUSD thanked our many outstanding volunteers at the Volunteer Recognition Event, held at North High School. Volunteers were treated to a fun evening of performance coordinated by North's own Michelle Grotness, along with Choir Director Thomas Kociela and Band Director Pete Jackson. Thank you volunteers for what you do, day in and day out, to make a difference in our children's lives...to read more about our outstanding volunteers, cick the headline above to read their bios!
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!
Congratulations to King High School and Assistant Principal /Athletic Director Tony Masi and Ramona High School and Assistant Principal/Athletic Director John Tibbels. Both have been recognized as recipients of the 2015 Citrus Belt Athletic Directors Association’s Sportsmanship Award. This award honors member schools that emphasize sportsmanship and conduct their athletic programs with honor.Click the headline to read more.
Students from all five RUSD comprehensive high schools took part in the second annual Black Student Leadership Symposium at California State University, San Bernardino on Wednesday. This event gives students a chance to spend time on a university campus and to see that the dream of a college education truly is within their grasp. Approximately 200 students attended from high schools in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Thank you to everyone who made this important learning opportunity possible.
Students interested in attending a United States Service Academy are invited to attend an information night hosted by Congressman Mark Takano’s office, to be held at 6 PM Wednesday, April 22 at Arlington High School. Representatives from the United States Military Academy at West Point; the US Naval Academy at Annapolis; the US Air Force Academy; US Merchant Marine Academy; and the US Coast Guard Academy will give presentations and take questions. Students or faculty interested in attending can register at service-academy.eventbrite.com. Click the headline for a link to the registration page.
Congratulations to the 15 RUSD teens who are among Riversides’ 25 Most Remarkable teens. Our honorees are: 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. These students will be honored at a special City Council meeting, to be held at 4 PM Tuesday, May 12 at the Council Chambers at City Hall, 3900 Main Street. This program is coordinated by the Riverside Youth Council.
Congratulations to our RUSD recipients of the LDS Church Crystal Apple Awards, given for excellence in teaching. Our winners are: Leesa Rankins, Poly High School; Jason Seipp, Ramona High School; Jaime Hiraoka, North High School; Terry Padgett, King High School; and Christina Schippell, Arlington High School. In addition, North High School Assistant Principal Rich Davis received a special recognition. Mr. Davis has been named Riverside County Certificated Administrator of the Year. Congratulations to all of our honorees.
On Tuesday March 17, 2015, Chemawa Middle School held its PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) Parent Graduation Ceremony for seventy three graduates. Thirty five of the graduates received special recognition for their perfect attendance. The program included three parent speakers and Keynote Speakers, County Superior Court Judge Jorge C. Hernandez and Antonio Garcia, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. 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.
Five RUSD Science Olympiad teams earned awards at the Inland Empire Science Olympiad, held last month at Ramona High School. These teams now advance to the state competition, to be held on Saturday, April 4 at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills. Our winning teams were: Division C – Riverside STEM Academy and Martin Luther King High School; and Division B – Earhart Middle School, Frank A. Miller Middle School and Riverside STEM Academy. Congratulations to these outstanding young scientists! Click the headline above to watch a slide show from the regional competition.
Congratulations to Ramona High School filmmakers J Berkshire, Hope Skajem, Dyanna Pelayo, Ashley Silveira, and Aubrey Dabbs, who have had their work honored in the White House Film Festival. The films, “Mistaken” and “Keep the Unity” both received Honorable Mentions. Click the headline to access a link to the films, now showcased on the White House YouTube channel. Way to go, RamTV!
The award-winning King High Remembers, now in its 15th year, took place Friday, March 20 at King High School. This incredible program brings history to life for King’s High School juniors. Nearly 350 veterans shared their stories with 700 high school juniors, who not only learned first-hand about historical events, but also will preserve these stories for generations to come.Click the headline above read more.
Congratulations to Central Middle School 8th grader Lauren Garthwaite, who has been named a Riverside County Young Lady of the Year! Lauren will be recognized as the District 2 honoree at the 2015 Women of the Year and Young Lady of the Year Awards Ceremony, to be held at 9 AM April 14 at the Robert T. Anderson County Administration Center, 4080 Lemon Street. Lauren is being honored for her leadership and outstanding accomplishments. She is a cheerleader, soccer player (goalie), percussionist with the Central band, and outstanding student. She also gives back to her community by participating in the Pennies for Patients coin drive. RUSD is proud of Lauren and the outstanding example she is setting! Way to go!
Congrats to the amazing RUSD historians who now will move on to compete at the state History Day contest, to be held May8-9 at William Jessup Unversity in Rocklin, California. Click the headline above to see the full list of winners.
New transitional kindergarten learning materials will be brought to Board of Education for approval at their April 13, 2015 meeting. The public will have an opportunity to review these materials on the second floor of the Riverside Unified School District Office, 3380 14th Street.
Congratulations to Gage Middle School Teacher Robert Alvarez, who was honored as the California MiddleSchool History Teacher of the Year! Mr. Alvarez spoke Saturday, March 7 at the California Council for the Social Studies Awards Banquet.Thank you, Mr. Alvarez for all that you do for students!
Congratulations to Poly and King High School, who have made it to the Final Four of the 32nd annual Riverside County Mock Trial competition! King took 2nd place in the contest. Way to go!
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!
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.”
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!