44 RUSD students will be among the 1,000-plus students, teachers and parents coming to downtown Riverside for National History Day-California, to be held April 25-27! This exciting academic program also will include many exciting history-themed events for the entire community! Visitors are welcome to participate in programs that include a mock-suffragette protest, and a reenactment of early California history. Visitors also may listen to an emotional recounting by Mr. Mark Rubin, a Holocaust survivor, speaking of his time in a concentration camp. Most programs take place Saturday April 26 and the community is encouraged to participate! Click on the headline above to download a schedule and map listing these many activities available. Good luck to our History Day participants and thank you to our History Day coordinator Barb Libolt and all of the teachers who work so hard all year to prepare our students for this important competition!
RUSD is lucky to have some pretty amazing staff members who go above and beyond every day for our students. Our district will recognize these amazing individuals at our annual Employee Recognition Program, to be held 4-6 PM Wednesday, April 23 at the Central Middle School multipurpose room. Click the headline above to access the program listing all of the employees who will be honored this year. Thank you to all of our employees for doing your part every day to ensure student success!
Congratulations to Ramona High School senior Saul Gonzalez, who was selected from a talented pool of students to participate in the prestigious Bank of America Student Leader program. Saul was one of 200 student leaders from across the country chosen to participate in this program, sponsored by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
Students throughout RUSD have been practicing online assessments that are part of the new Common Core requirements. This “test of the test” is designed to ensure we are prepared for the new Smarter Balanced Assessments, which are done completely on computers. The practice tests are going great so far! Click on the headline for more information!
Congratulations to the Arlington Golden Girls Dance Team and All Male Hip Hop Team, who earned several awards at the USA Nationals contest held last month. Honors included: a first place and the National Championship in the small lyrical division; 4th place Character; 5th place Medium Lyrical; and 6th Place Small Jazz. The teams competed against 20 or more teams in each category. Great job!
RUSD was saddened to hear of the tragic bus crash in Northern California yesterday involving students on their way to visit Humboldt State University. Information from Humboldt State University Police indicates that there were no RUSD students involved. Our sympathies go out to the victims of this terrible incident.
Congratulations to John W. North and Arlington High Schools for making the Washington Post’s List of the 2014 Most Challenging High Schools! Click the headline above to read more about this incredible achievement!
The Riverside Unified School District Board of Education wants to hear from members of the community about what characteristics they’d like see in our District’s next Superintendent. You can share your input here on our website by clicking the links in the large yellow button on the right side of this screen. Click the headline above to learn more.
Wow! The Arlington High School Choir earned a first place in the chamber choir division and a gold rating in the Worldstrides Heritage Festival in San Francisco this past weekend. This win earned Arlington an invitation to perform at the world-famous Carnegie Hall next year! Way to go!
More than 350 pieces of art created by RUSD Middle School students now are on display at the Riverside Art Museum. The community is welcome to come enjoy the exhibit now through April 28. In addition, an awards ceremony for winning entries will be held from 3:30 to 5 PM Thursday, April 17 in the art museum’s atrium. The Gage Middle School String Quartet and Arlington High School Choir will provide musical entertainment for this event. On Saturday, April 19, the Art Museum will host a Celebration of the Performing Arts featuring RUSD middle and high school bands and choirs. Come out and support our awesome arts programs!
RUSD had an awesome showing at the recent RIMS Science and Engineering Fair, held April 1 and 2 at the National Orange Show fairgrounds in San Bernardino. RUSD had 14 projects earn gold medals at the fair. Of those, 12 will advance to the California State Science Fair to be held April 28-29 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles (Elementary winners do not advance to state). In addition, one project was chosen to compete in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair and four were chosen as Broadcom Masters competition winners. In addition, seven projects earned special community awards. Click on the headline above for a full list of our winners!
North High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma program and students are being recognized by the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. as “Champions on the Rise” at the council’s April 3 Champions of Justice banquet. Champions on the Rise are defined as students under 18 on a path to give back to the community and better themselves. The Council is recognizing both of our city’s IB programs (North and Norte Vista) because of contributions the IB program and IB students have made to the community. Central to the IB Diploma program is a Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS). The CAS requirement is a fundamental part of the program and takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies. Students are expected to be involved in CAS activities each week during the two years of the Diploma program and are encouraged to reflect on their CAS activities on a regular basis.
Come out and support our RUSD bands and JROTC units that will be part of the 9th annual Salute to Veterans Parade, to be held from 10 AM-noon on Saturday, April 19. The parade takes place along Magnolia Avenue, starting near Ramona Street and ending at the Riverside County Historic Courthouse in downtown Riverside. Click the headline to see a flyer with much more information! Thank you, veterans!
Students in Bryant Elementary School's Green Team recently learned all about roses and how to care for them through the American Rose Society's Kidz N' Roses program. Volunteers with this program helped students to plant new roses in the "Garden of Dreams" at the front of the school. This garden also will feature plaques that showcase student writing. Click the headline above to see the CBS/KCAL news spot on this exciting program!
Taft Elementary School held the first annual Health and Fitness Fair on Friday March 21st. The mission was to Increase and improve students’ health, related fitness goals and increase nutrition awareness; while at same time improving children’s academic performance. The following community partners attended the health fair and provided opportunities for student to exercise and learn about fitness: United Health, Sprouts, Kaiser Permanente, Riverside Parks and Recreation Department, Clark’s, Goodwin Organic, LA Fitness, Jump Rope for Heart, Orange Crest Dance Studio, F.U.N Yoga Studio, Andulka Park Tennis Center, Inspire Dance Studio, Zumba by Mr. Eric, ICON MMA, Hampton Indoor Tennis Courts and Riverside Dance Academy. “Our 2nd grade students loved every minute of the health and fitness fair!, noted teacher Katie Williams. “That was a great way to inspire the kids and parents for this upcoming Jump Rope for Heart program we are about to start! It was so nice to see them all ENJOYING physical activities!”
35 Poly High School JROTC cadets had a shot a national fame this past weekend when they were featured unveiling a 50-foot American flag during the NASCAR Sprint Series.
Magnolia Elementary School will celebrate its 100 year anniversary this week with celebrations, a play, and memories shared by staff and students past and present. On Monday, the campus relived the early part of the century as students donned period clothing and got to look at a 1926 Model T, brought to campus just for the special celebration. The festivities will culminate in a community celebration to be held at the school beginning at 8 AM Friday.
Congratulations to Poly’s Mock Trial Team, which earned third place in the state competition held last weekend in San Jose. Poly represented Riverside County in the state contest, which included the very best mock trial teams in the state. Way to go, Poly!
More than 340 veterans and 700 high school juniors participated in Martin Luther King High School’s14th annual King High Remembers program on Friday. This award-winning program brings young people face to face with history as they interact with war heroes. The program also helps to preserve the stories of the brave men and women who have fought for our freedom. Click the headline above to read more!
RUSD Board of Education President Patricia Lock-Dawson has been named as a “Woman of Distinction” by California State Assemblyman Jose Medina and will be honored at a luncheon this weekend. Click the headline to read more!
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!
Congratulations to our outstanding RUSD History Day team! Our winners now will move on to represent RUSD and Riverside County at National History Day-California, April 25-27, 2014, at the Riverside Convention Center. The top two places in grades 4/5 and the junior category move on to the state level, while the top three places in the senior level move on. RUSD dominated this competition with 28 projects moving to the next level of competition. Thank you to the students as well as the tremendous efforts of teachers, students, and their families! Click on the headline above to see our full list of History Day superstars!
Students from RUSD and Alvord secondary schools attended a one day leadership conference sponsored by the Riverside Youth Council at Cal Baptist University on Saturday, March 16th. Some of the topics students learned about included leadership, community outreach, college, and goal setting. Police Chief Sergio Diaz and Mayor Rusty Bailey were the keynote speakers. The Riverside Youth Council is under the guidance of Riverside Police Sergeant Mark Reddick.
Seven Destination Imagination teams from schools in the Riverside Unified School District are headed for the State Finals on March 29th, 2014.Teams from John F. Kennedy and Ben Franklin Elementary Schools, Amelia Earhart Middle School and the Riverside STEM Academy qualified for the state finals. Click the headline above to read more!
A simulated accident scene on Central Avenue Wednesday was part of the two-day "Every 15 Minutes" program organized by the Riverside Police Department and supported by other emergency services organizations. This grant-funded program is designed to provide an accurate depiction of an alcohol-related fatal traffic collision, and the effects of that collision from the perspectives of all involved. The second part of the program, which includes an assembly for students takes place on Thursday.Click the headline above for a press release with more information about the program.
California Business for Education Excellence has named John F. Kennedy, Lake Mathews, and Tomas Rivera Elementary Schools and Amelia Earhart and Frank A. Miller Middle Schools as 2013 California Business for Education Honor Roll Schools. This recognition distinguishes these schools as being among 2,099 high-performing schools in California. The organization noted that “after an extensive analysis of student achievement data for every public school in California, these schools stood well above the rest in raising their students to grade level proficiency and beyond.”
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 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.
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!
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."