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.
The Department of Research, Assessment and Evaluation (RAE) is conducting a telephone survey in January/February. Callers will be contacting high school graduates of 2013-14 who were in a career-technical course of study in high school. Contact information: 951-788-7135 ext. 80800
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.
Parents of children who will enter Kindergartent this fall and are interested in our Dual Language Immersion Program are encouraged to attend one of 5 information sessions. Please click the headline above to download a flyer with more information
On Thursday December 18, 2014, Liberty Elementary School held its PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) Parent Graduation Ceremony for 122 graduates. Eighty three of the graduates received special recognition for their perfect attendance in the nine week institute. The program included four parent speakers and representation from CSU San Bernardino President, Tomas D. Morales. Special acknowledgments were given to Mrs. Esther Garcia, School Principal and her staff.
RUSD families are invited to attend the 4th annual Parent Educational Summit, to be held from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Saturday, January 31 at Ramona High School, 7675 Magnolia Avenue. The Honorable Raquel Marquez, Riverside County Superior Court Judge, will serve as the keynote speaker. Workshops on a variety of topics will be offered in Spanish with English translation. The program will conclude with lunch and an informational fair. Click on the headline above for more information.
High school seniors and their parents of high school seniors are encouraged to attend a Cash for College Workshop. Get the help you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -- which is critical for students applying for student grants, loans, and even scholarships to pay for college. Click the headline above for a list of when these FREE workshops will take place.
Our annual RUSD Middle School Basketball Tournaments will be held this weekend and on Jan. 24. The 7th Grade Tournament takes place this Saturday, January 10, 2015. Girls’ games will be held at Earhart Middle School and Boys’ games take place at University Heights Middle School. The 8th Grade Tournaments takes place Saturday, January 24, 2015. The 8th grade Girls’ Tournament takes place at King High School. The 8th grade Boys’ Tournament takes place at Poly High School. Click the headline above for play brackets with more details on when teams play.
Congratulations to John W. North volleyball coach, Lillian McCandless , who has been recognized as the Press Enterprise HS GameTime Girls’ Volleyball Coach of the Year!! Coach McCandless led the team to its first league title in 15 years and a spot in the CIF quarterfinals where North was were narrowly defeated in 5 games. Click the headline above to read the Press-Enterprise story about her.
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!
On Tuesday December 16, 2014, Longfellow Elementary School held its PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) Parent Graduation Ceremony for 93 graduates. Fifty three of the graduates received special recognition for their perfect attendance in the nine week institute. The program included four parent speakers, and representatives from the Office of Councilman Andy Melendrez, and CSU San Bernardino President, Tomas D. Morales. A room full of family members and special guests celebrated the accomplishments of the graduates. PIQE’s Parent Engagement Education Program educates parents on how to foster a positive educational environment for their children both at home and at school.
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!
RUSD’s second annual Personalized Learning Summit, held Dec. 4-6, was a great success. The event gave our community a chance to learn more about what Riverside is doing to promote personalized learning for our students. Click the headline above to learn more!
At the December 8 Board of Education meeting, former Board of Education President Arthur L. Littleworth was honored by State Sen. Richard D. Roth for his many years of service to our community. Mr. Littleworth served on the Board from 1958-1972 and was President for the last 10 years of his term. He led the board when, in 1965, we became the first large school district to voluntarily integrate our schools. A celebration was recently held at Poly High School to celebrate Mr. Littleworth’s accomplishments, as well as to unveil the renovated lobby of the Littleworth Theater and to launch a book Mr. Littleworth wrote about his time on the Board. Check out the latest Fresh Look video on this website to learn more about Mr. Littleworth and his contributions to our city.
Students in Laura Boling’s class at Patricia Beatty Elementary School are doing Random Acts of Kindness for the holiday season. That includes collecting proceeds from a holiday skating party for the American Red Cross. The party takes place on Monday, Dec. 8 from 6-8 PM AT Cal Skate, 22080 Commerce Way. Cost to participate is $6 per person including skates. Students also have sent holiday cards to the troops, and helped at a convalescent hospital. They also plan to pick up trash. Way to go!
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!
The OEA – Romero Bill, signed into law in 2010, allows students attending schools that are on a state-identified list of 1,000 “low achieving” schools to request a transfer to a school with a higher Academic Performance Index (API) either within or outside of their district of residence. Click the headline above to learn more and to access the link where you can apply.
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!
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!
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!