Congratulations to Martin Luther King High School's Kristian Vasquez and Nolan Kistler, both of whom were named CIF Southern Section Champions and made it into the final eight at the state. Kristian placed 3rd and Nolan placed 5th in their weight classes at the state level. Way to go!
The RUSD Band Festival takes place this Thursday, March 13 and Friday, March 14 at Ramona High School. Bands from throughout RUSD as well as those from neighboring Southern California communities will participate in this year’s event. The public is invited to attend, although the audience must remain quiet during performances, as this is an adjudicated event. Click the headline above for a full schedule of performance times.
The third annual Educational Parent Summit will take place from 7:30- 1 PM Saturday, March 22 at Arlington High School. Childcare will be available from 7:30-11:45 AM and lunch will be served. This event will be conducted in Spanish with English translation available. Visitors are welcome to listen to keynote speaker Rosa Elena Sahagun and participate in break-out sessions on topics such as: Family-school communication; conflict resolution; AB540/California Dream Act; college and career readiness; financial aid/scholarships; social-emotional support for Academic English Learners and much more! Click the headline above for more information.
The Board of Education and Interim Superintendent Michael H. Fine this week announced changes to the Riverside Unified School District Superintendent’s Cabinet that include a new position that will help the district to focus on implementation of the Common Core Standards.The Board approved a new position Monday for Assistant Superintendent Judi Paredes, who now will be Assistant Superintendent, Common Core. The position was created to provide seamless, K-12-focused implementation of Common Core Standards across the district. In addition, Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services (7-12) Dr. William Ermert announced that he will retire at the end of June. Please click the headline to read more.
The community is invited to attend a FREE orchestra concert featuring the joint talents of the UC Riverside and Poly High School orchestras. The concert takes place at 7 PM this Friday, March 7 in the Littleworth Theater at Poly High School, 5450 Victoria Avenue. Elementary, middle, and high school musicians and their families are strongly encouraged to attend. UCR Orchestra Conductor Ruth Charloff will speak briefly about each piece played by the UCR Orchestra and the Poly Orchestra will play a short set highlighting pieces from their upcoming festival repertoire. The two orchestras then will combine forces in a performance of Folksongs from the British Isles by Douglas Wagner. Don’t miss this outstanding, FREE event! Click the headline above for a flyer with more information.
The RUSD Open Enrollment transfer window for inter- and intra-district transfers is Feb. 24-March 28. These are transfers between schools in RUSD(intra-district), or to our district from another district (inter-district). For more information or to download an application, Click the headline above.
Please click the headline above for the schedule of kindergarten and transitional kindergarten registration dates for fall 2014.
Congratulations to Poly High School's Girls' Water Polo Team, CIF SS Division V champs! Way to go!
Congratulations to Poly on their fourth consecutive Riverside County Mock Trial Championship! And, great, job, King Mock Trial team. The two RUSD teams went head-to-head in the final round as the top two teams in the competition. Poly now moves on to the California Mock Trial competition, to be held March 21-23 in San Jose. Click the headline above to read more!
Central Middle School’s Art and Spanish classes previewed the play entitled, “Sumi’s House” in the Fox Theater on February 21st. Students were afforded a peek at the Harada House on Lemon Street with a summary given by museum curators prior to viewing the play. Students also enjoyed an impromptu tour of the Fox Theater. A special thank you is extended to Teresa Woodard, curator at Riverside Metropolitan Museum, for coordinating the field trip, which was generously funded by The Riverside Fox Foundation.
Ramona High School's student film, "Forward" has been recognized with an "Honorable Mention" award in the first annual White House Film Festival. This signifies that Ramona's film was in the top 5 percent of entries. Click the headline above to watch the video.
The Riverside STEM Academy will be accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Space is very limited and a lottery will be held from the pool of applicants for admission. A general information meeting will take place from 9 AM-10 AM Tuesday, March 4 at the school, 4466 Mt. Vernon Ave. A special information for interested students who will be in the 9th or 10th grade next fall will be held from 6-7 PM on Tuesday, March 4. Click the headline above to access a flyer with more information.
Students in Gwen Reese’s second grade class at Highland Elementary School took on the roles of prominent African American leaders that ranged from Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks to Highland Principal Donna Dorsey and Assistant Principal Joshua Jackson for a unique lesson on the contributions of African Americans. Click on the headline above to read more!
Hari Jones, assistant director and curator of the African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum in Washington, DC visited RUSD on Monday, Feb. 24 for a special presentation at Alcott Elementary School. Mr. Jones is known as one of the foremost authorities on the role of African Americans in the Civil War. Click the headline above to read more.
Congratulations to Gage Middle School student Brianna Rodriguez, who won the iPad Mini in the drawing at last weekend's Party at the Plaza. Rus D. Owl flew in to Gage Tuesday to personally congratulate Brianna. Thank you to CM School Supply for donating the iPad Mini. Thank you to all who attended!
Thank you to all who participated in our LCAP community input process! We have now concluded our community input meetings and our online input site is closed. Our Board of Education will now work on drafting our Local Contol and Accountability Plan. Once a draft is ready, the public wil be able to give input on the draft plan before it is adopted and submitted to the state for approval. We appreciate everyone's participation in this important and historic process!
The RUSD Program Improvement (PI) Choice 2014-2015 Transfer window will begin on February 18, 2014 and end on March 3, 2014. These transfers are available to students attending Title 1 funded schools that are also identified as Program Improvement schools. For more information and the application, please see Program Improvement Choice under ‘Quick Links’ to the right. If further information is needed, please call Program Quality/Academic English Learners at (951) 788-7135, extension 80720.
2005 Arlington High School graduate Mathew Rosenberger has been hailed as a hero after helping a man when the battery for his artificial heart pump failed. Click on the headline above to read this amazing story.
Six outstanding choir students from Arlington and Miller have been selected to perform in the Western Division American Choral Directors Association (WD-ACDA) Honor Choirs scheduled for Feb. 19-22 in Santa Barbara. Seniors Jonathan Linden and Kristy Morris will perform with the High School Honor Choir. Eighth graders Katie Dalton, Jacob Kozlowski, Melia Moran, and Rachel Tucker will perform with the Junior High Choir. They will be conducted in a choir of 250 other students from the western division by world-renowned choral directors Dr. Craig Jessop and Dr. Rollo Dilworth. Over 900 students auditioned for the Honor Choirs in the fall. Way to go!
Congratulations to the Ramona High School video production team! Their short film, "Forward" about instructional technology, has been chosen to be featured in the White House Film Festival! Wow! Click the headline above for a link to the film (featured on YouTube)
Attention Ramona Alumni: You may receive a postcard asking for you to update information for the Ramona alumni directory. Ramona has contracted with a company, Harris Connect, to help to collect this information. Please note that you are under no obligation to provide this information if you don’t feel comfortable doing so and if you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to call Ramona at 951-352-8429.
RUSD is sad to report the loss of our very good friend, Sherri Power, who passed away on Sunday. Sherri was an incredible volunteer who always put students first and was a great role model to all of us. We will miss Sherri terribly. Click the headline above to read more about her.
The most recent School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is now posted. The SARC available is published in 2013-14 and pertains to the 2012-13 school year. It provides parents and other interested community members with information on at least 17 aspects of the school, its resources, successes and the areas in which improvements are needed. As any pertinent data updates are made, the SARCs are updated on the website. To learn more click on the headline.
Congratulations to Arlington High School football players Trevor Fedoruk and Timmy Weaver, who received the inaugural Heart of a Lion award. This award, started by Board of Education member Tom Hunt, is a perpetual award given in honor of Arlington High School Football player Tyler Lewellen, who tragically died this past fall after collapsing on the field. The award epitomizes a player who shows a combination of exceptional character, classroom achievement, and achievement on the football field. Both Timmy and Trevor are scholar athletes; were 2nd Team All Inland Valley; and were very close friends with Trevor. They both had to overcome many emotional hurdles in order to play this past season. Timmy and Trevor also provided leadership to help their teammates to overcome the most trying circumstances imaginable.
Renee Hill, a longtime member of the RUSD team, has been named Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support.Ms. Hill was appointed to the position by the Board of Education at their February 3 meeting. Click the headline above to read more!
Friday, January 31 was a super day for 240 students who participated in Poly High School’s Inaugural Super Bowl for Kids. During this special event, students with special needs from RUSD high schools and middle schools had the opportunity to be on a high school football field where they each got a chance to complete a touchdown as they were rooted on by Poly’s own football players. They then were celebrated by cheerleaders and got to listen to the fight song. Parents and teachers sat in the sidelines to root their athletes on . Mayor Rusty Bailey also attended the special event. Poly Student Advisor Lisa Miller who helped organize the event said students had the chance to practice their social skills as well as to learn a sport they might otherwise not have a chance to play. The event also enhanced their self-esteem and was just an all-around fun time for everyone involved, she said.
Poly High School student Pacal Cornejo-Reynoso first discovered music as a fourth grader enrolled in the elementary strings program at Victoria Elementary School. And now, after years of dedication to his craft, Pacal will accomplish what most musicians only dream of as he takes the stage at New York’s world-famous Carnegie Hall. Click here to read more!
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 RUSD History Day contest, held this past weekend at University Heights Middle School! More than 200 students participated in this year's event. Click the headline for a list of our winning historians, who now will compete at the county level!
This past weekend, a new slate of CSEA Chapter 506 officers was installed. Interim Superintendent Mike Fine and Susan Mills, Assistant Superintendent for the RUSD Department of Personnel -- Leadership and Development attended the event. New CSEA officers are: Dan Rudd, President, Carrie Alldis, First Vice President, Suzette Williams, Second Vice President, David Tovar, Third Vice President, Secretary, Colleen Hairston, Treasurer, Nancy Vinson, CPRO Louisa Aguilera, Union Steward, Gloria Cormier, and Past-President, Richard Carpenter.
Congratulations, Poly High School for winning a Beautification Award from Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. Poly will receive the honor at the Mayor’s State of the City address on Jan. 23. Way to go, Bears!
Do you have a child entering kindergarten in the fall of 2014? The RUSD Dual Language Immersion program may be a great fit for your child. Click the headline above to download a schedule of parent information night meetings.
Congratulations to Sierra Middle School Library Teacher Deb Stanley, who has received the Technology Award from the California School Library Association.Ms. Stanley is the only teacher in California to have earned this honor. She will receive the award at the CSLA conference opening ceremonies, to be held February 7. Click the headline above to read more!
Thirty high school ceramics students from Arlington, King, and Ramona recently attended a field trip to the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) located in Pomona to view the exhibition ICHEON: Reviving the Korean Ceramics Tradition. Students were immersed in the history of Incheon ceramic culture which began over 5,000 years ago. They viewed a film, toured the exhibition and created a ceramic work using some of the techniques the viewed and built a project using some of the techniques learned. This field trip was funded through a grant Ramona High School teacher Brett Mosher received from the AMOCA. He shared the field trip opportunity with colleagues Beth Waddell and Sean Roll with each school inviting ten advanced ceramics students to attend.
Congratulations to Ramona High School student Christopher Bell, who was recognized recently as one of only two Riverside County students selected as a Posse Scholar. Christopher was honored along with other Posse Scholars at an awards ceremony held at Paramount Pictures studios in Hollywood earlier this month. This year, there were 663 Posse Scholars nationwide chosen from an extremely competitive applicant pool of over 15,000 seniors. The odds of winning this prestigious scholarship to some of the nation’s top tier colleges and universities are less than 4%. Click the headline to read more!
Martin Luther King High School singer Erin Metz has been chosen as a finalist for the Music Center Spotlight awards. Among 500 who auditioned, Erin was selected as one of only 16 finalists. She nexts heads to the next round of competiton, to be held Feb. 2 in Los Angeles. Erin also is portraying Domina in the King High production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Last year she won rave reviews for her work in "Hairspray."
Thanks to a grant from the Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation, seventh-grade students in Beth Yeager's classes at Sierra Middle School had the chance to visit the Riverside Art Museum. These students are fine artists in their own right. Some of Yeager's students have their art now hanging in the museum, as well as in State Assemblyman Jose Medina's office. Mrs. Yeager also teaches art at Gage Middle School and some of the art in the Assemblyman's office was created by her Gage students as well. Congratuations to our outstanding middle school artists!
Congratulations to the RUSD Management and Classified Employees of the Year! They are: Principal of the Year -- Esther Garcia, Liberty Elementary School; Certificated Manager of the Year -- Gloria Cowder, Director of Program Development and Extended Learning Opportunities; Classified Manager of the Year -- Harland Sykes, Plant Supervisor, Ramona High School; Confidential Employee of the Year -- Linda Bedsworth, Executive Secretary, Instructional Services (K-6); Site Support Employee of the Year -- Andy Stetkevich, Special Education Staff Development Specialist; and Classified Employee of the Year -- Danielle Kaplan, Nutrition Services Assistant. To see the list of classified employees chosen for each site, click the headline above.
The Janet Goeske Senior Center’s Friendship Quilters brought a gift of warmth and love to Liberty Elementary Tuesday as they delivered handmade quilts to pre-school students. Click the headline to read more.
High school Seniors, parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the FREE Cash for College Workshops that are being held January & February 2014 at each of our high school sites. These Financial Aid Workshops are being held across RUSD to provide hand-on help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), California Dream Act and the Chafee grant application. High School counselors and Financial Aid college counselors will be present to assist in answering all your questions. Spanish Interpreters will be available to assist families. For more information on dates and locations, click on the headline above to download a flyer with more information on dates and times for the workshops. You also can pick up a flyer at your school site and/or contact your school counselor. Those who attend a workshop and fill out their financial aid application will be entered into drawing for a chance to Win a $1000 scholarship. We hope to see you there!
The Riverside City Teacher's Association donated hundreds of toys to the Riverside Fire Department for the Spark of Love campaign Tuesday. These toys will be given to children in need. Thank you to all who participated!
RUSD is very sad to report that the Honorable John Gabbert, who served on the RUSD Board of Education from 1946-1949 has died. He was 104. Judge Gabbert was greatly admired as a staunch supporter of education in Riverside. Please click the headline above to read an obituary about Judge Gabbert. Our condolences go to Judge Gabbert's family and many friends and colleagues.
Two Board members were sworn into office Monday and new officers chosen at the Board’s annual reorganization meeting. Mrs. Kathy Allavie was sworn in for her third term and Mr. Brent Lee was sworn in as a new Board member. In addition, Mrs. Patricia Lock-Dawson was elected President of the Board. Mr. Tom Hunt will serve as Vice President and Mrs. Kathy Allavie will serve as clerk.
A bicycle safety assembly turned into a special surprise for 20 students at Mark Twain Elementary School Thursday.Click the headline to read more!
Congratualtions to North High School seniors Roberto Gutierrez and Anum Arshad, who were winners in the City of Riverside Human Relations Commissions Diversity Essay Contest and Scholarship Program. Roberto took first place and earned a $1000 scholarship. Anum took third place and will receive a $500 scholarship. Both will be honored at the Dec. 9 Board of Education meeting. Congrats!
Interested in part time employment? If you'd like to join the Nutrition Services team as a Substitute Cafeteria Worker, stop by the District Office at 3380 14th Street and pick up an application. We're always looking for dedicated individuals to help us promote good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices for our students."