Who says math is no fun? Families at Lake Mathews Elementary School had a lot of fun at the school’s Family Math Night on Monday, Oct. 27. More than 200 people came to hear Instructional Services Specialist Matt Cash talk about the Common Core shifts in math and the ideas behind the new standards. Following Mr. Cash’s presentation , families went to various rooms on campus to participate in grade level specific math activities skillfully led by 13 teacher volunteers. Click the headline to read more.
Riverside Unified School District is one of 17 districts in California that are part of the California School Boards Association and California Forward's LCFF Collaborative Working Group. This group will identify and promote best practices for implementing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs). Click the headling for the CSBA press release with more information.
Riverside Unified School District welcomes families living outside RUSD boundaries to submit a District of Choice transfer application for the 2015-2016 school year beginning November 1, 2014 through January 1, 2015. The District of Choice option is available to any student who does not live within RUSD boundaries but is interested in attending RUSD schools. Click the headline to read more!
Congratulations to 2006 Poly High School graduate and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Pedro Antonio Alleman III, who belted out a moving rendition of "God Bless America" at Game 4 of the World Series. Way to go!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Lincoln High School , which was closed for a time due to a gas leak in the neighborhood has been declared safe and has reopend. We will hold classes as normal tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 28. Thank you to our community and our Riverside Fire Department for your support today.
We were saddened to hear of the tragic shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington State yesterday, Friday, Oct. 24. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims, the Marysville-Pilchuck school community, and the town of Marysville. We know that senseless tragedies such as this can be frightening and confusing, especially for our children. We encourage you to talk to your children and please remember you are always encouraged to bring any questions or concerns to our attention as well. In addition, we want you to know that we have many measures in place to ensure the safety of our students, which includes working closely with our local police department. However, we need our community’s help as well. If you see or hear anything suspicious or something that just makes you or your child uncomfortable, please contact school staff or law enforcement immediately. Your children’s safety is absolutely our number one priority.
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.
RUSD students in grades 5-12 will participate in the Gallup Student Poll for the first time this year during the month of October. This survey measures student academic and life success - Hope, Engagement, and Well-Being - through a short 10 minute, 20 question, anonymous online survey. This survey will help us gain information for areas in our LCAP that address school climate and student’s social emotional well-being. You may find more information at www.gallupstudentpoll.com, including a full report on the 2013 results nationwide and a list of the questions asked in the survey. The survey is completely anonymous and no identifying student information is collected. Click the headline for me. You also may call the Department of Research, Assessment, and Evaluation at 951-788-7135 ext. 80800 if you have any questions.
As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Museums, Riverside Metropolitan Museum has once again partnered with RUSD to celebrate “Smithsonian Week” by providing scholars from the Washington, D.C. museums to work directly with RUSD students. On Thursday, September 25th, Jill Norwood, Program Coordinator of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian spoke to Sierra Middle School Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students on her career as a museum curator, and her work supporting the development of tribal museums on Native American reservations. Sierra teachers who are also American Indians, John Smith (Chemehuevi Tribal Band) and Chris Ynostroza (Apache Tribal Band), both shared songs from their tribes in their native languages, and introduced Ms. Norwood. Dr. Emil Her Many Horses, also from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, spoke to assemblies of William Howard Taft Elementary School 4th, 5th, and 6th graders that same day on how horses changed everything for Native Americans. Dr. Her Many Horses is co-author of, “Song for the Horse Nation,” a Smithsonian publication on this same topic.
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 partnered with the Latino Business Alliance, 52 Street Positive, and The Black Star Project to participate in the Million Father March last Saturday, Sept. 13. This community event promoted the importance of having fathers involved in their children's lives and offered a variety of community resources, such as free diapers. Thank you to all involved in this great event!
RUSD remembered the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with patriotic events that included a special flag-raising ceremony at Rivera Elementary School. King High School student Erin Metz and Mr. Leon Burton from Riverside National Cemetery sang patriotic songs, while Boy Scouts presented the American and California flags and hoisted the flags. Principal Wilson Cuellar reminded all gathered of the importance of the day.
Congratulations to King High School graduate Nia Campbell, who earned a bronze medal at the 2014 National NAACP Youth Competition, held this summer in Las Vegas. More than 600 NAACP youth from around the country participated in 26 categories of competition. Nia, a member of Riverside NAACP branch’s Act-SO earned her medal for playwriting. Writing is Nia’s passion and she currently is working on three novels and a book of poetry! She will be attending Valley College this fall. Nia was one of five winners in the national contest from Region One, which represents Japan, Korea, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. Congratulations, Nia!
September is Rail Safety Month and the BNSF Railroad is working to ensure that our students in RUSD are aware of how to stay safe around the railroad tracks that traverse our city. Safety assemblies have taken place at several schools, including one that took place at Arlington High School last week. In addition, BNSF is sponsoring an exciting Twitter contest for our five comprehensive high schools asking students to promote railroad awareness. Click the headline to learn more.
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.
Students from Jiangmen, China – one of Riverside’s sister cities -- have been spending time at North High School this week as they learn about American culture and the American educational system. Jiangmen students have been learning about American customs and education. Meanwhile, students from North also are learning about another culture. Click the headline above to learn more!
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.
RUSD welcomed more than 300 new members of our team at our annual New Employee Welcome. This event was put on by the district’s Department of Personnel –Leadership and Development and sponsored by Altura Credit Union. We also received a generous donation of goody bags for every new employee from the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. Click on the headline above 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!
Representatives of the Southern California Gas Company on Monday delivered a rebate check for $60,251.16 to RUSD. The rebate was a result of the use of energy-efficient equipment at the pools at Poly and Ramona High Schools.
Mr. Antonio Garcia has been appointed Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction K-12 for the Riverside Unified School District, Superintendent Dr. David Hansen announced this week. Mr. Garcia was appointed to this new position by the Board of Education at their July 28 meeting. Click the headline to read more.
The Channel 4 News Team brought a panel of experts to Central Middle School on Thursday, July 10 to discuss the drought and wildfire dangers and what residents can do about these issues. More than 300 people attended the event which included a panel of experts from the Riverside County Fire Department, Western Municipal Water District, Riverside Public Utilities and the University of California, Riverside. Weathercasters Frtiz Coleman and Crystal Egger moderated the event and newscasters Tony Shin and Patrick Healy also participated. Board President Patricia Lock-Dawson gave welcoming remarks and accepted a $5,000 donation to Central Middle School. Mayor Pro Tem Jim Perry delivered a certificate of recognition from the city to Channel 4 to thank them for hosting the even on this critical issue. Click the headline above to access the Channel 4 news story with more information.
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.
After more than five decades of entertaining audiences and providing a place where talented young people have honed their skills, the Ramona High School theater is in need of a makeover. The Riverside Unified School District’s largest auditorium soon will undergo a major renovation aimed at making the facility a true performing arts showcase that highlights not only the arts magnet programs at Ramona, but those throughout the community of Riverside as well.
Eight Riverside Unified School District teachers are headed out on an Arctic Expedition this summer. With an Earthwatch fellowship made possible through the Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation (REEF). Click the headline to read more, including how you can follow the group on Facebook as they are on their learning adventure.
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!
Over the past several weeks, students enrolled in RUSD Summer Bridge programs have had a unique opportunity to learn about our community and government by speaking directly with local, state and national leaders. Congressman Mark Takano, Assemblyman Jose Medina, Riverside, City Councilman Mike Gardner, and Darlene Trujillo-Elliot, Assistant to Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey and Riverside firefighters were among those who took part in this project. Click the headline to read more.
Parents: The RUSD Transportation Department office will be moving effective Monday, July 7, to our Central Registration Center, 5700 Arlington Avenue. This is where parents can go to purchase bus passes, or to obtain general information on transportation services provided by the Riverside Unified School District. The Transportation Department office phone number will remain the same: 951-352-6789.
As part of their National History Day experience, RUSD National History Day competitors Hannah Terao and Koharu Abe, University Heights Middle School, were selected to represent California at a congressional breakfast celebrating History Day on Wednesday, June 18th. As part of that morning, they were able to meet with Senator Barbara Boxer to discuss their research on Japanese-American internment during World War II.
Two RUSD students have been named winners in the Outstanding in State category at the 2014 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, which took place this week at the University of Maryland. Our winners include Rachel Priebe, a Martin Luther King High School student and Haley Hocking, a Frank Augustus Miller Middle School student. Rachel and Haley's projects each were in the top two projects for their categories in California! Haley finished fourth in the nation in her category and Rachel finished sixth in the nation in her category. Click the headline to read more.
North High School Blue Star Regiment saxophone player and graduating senior Overath Espinosa hopes to be wearing a Marine Band uniform next year. Overath successfully completed an initial audition for the Marine Corps Band and will be practicing all summer to prepare for a final audition this August for placement in the Musician Enlistment Option Program. Click the headline above to read more!
Special Education instructional materials for 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 June 19, 2014 to July 18, 2014.
The Summer FEEDS kickoff event Riverside Summerfest took place June 18 at Don Lorenzi Park. During the event RUSD held a jump rope competition in which over 50 of Riverside's youth participated. The winner was Carli Row from Villegas Elementary School.
On Tuesday, June 17, the Riverside Board of Education Board of Education adopted the District’s first Local Control and Accountability Plan. This three-year, locally minded plan, was developed during a 7 month process that included substantial community input as well as study on what is already working in our district. You can find the full plan, along with an informational video about the development process at www.successforstudents.org. Or, just click the large red button on this home page.
The RUSD Board of Education on Tuesday announced that they have appointed Dr. David Hansen to serve as the district’s 11th superintendent. He will start on July 1. The Board also commended Mr. Mike Fine, our Interim Superitendent, on the outstanding job he has done this year. Click the headline above to read more!
Culiminating a week of graduations, our Interim Superintendent, Mr. Mike Fine also graduated Friday and is a member of the Leadership Riverside Class of 2014. Congratulations, Mr. Fine!
Congratulations to Riverside Virtual School Senior Evan Scott, who has earned the district’s first Scholar’s Diploma. This special diploma is designed to recognize the special interests and talents of students who want to showcase their work in a specific research area and includes completion of a capstone research project along with other graduation requirements. Evan will receive his diploma when he walks with other graduates from the Riverside Virtual School at their commencement ceremonies to be held at 6 PM Thursday, June 12 at Gage Middle School. Click the headline to read more about this incredible student.
Congratulations to Washington Elementary School, which was honored today as a California Distinguished School! We are being honored today at a ceremony held at the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center. Washington, which has been honored in the past as well, was recognized for their efforts and success in making significant gains to close the achievement gap. Way to go, Washington!
RUSD thanks Dr. William Ermert, who is retiring at the end of this month after 38 years in our district!Dr. Ermert has served RUSD since 1977 as a teacher, high school principal, Assistant Superintendent for Alternative Programs and Services, and Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services (7-12), a position he has held since 2009. Click the headline above to read more!
RUSD Head Start and State Preschool programs now enrolling. Please call 951-352-8290 for more information. Families must qualify based on family size and income. Students who turn 4 years old on or before September 2 have first priority. Students who turn 4 years old afterwards will be enrolled if space permits
Representatives of the Personalized Learning teams at five RUSD schools chosen for our Personalized Learning Initiative pilot program met recently to go over their plans, to be implemented in the fall. RUSD was one of six districts nationwide selected for Phase II of the NextGen Systems Initiative, a program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Five RUSD schools -- Hawthorne and Liberty Elementary Schools and Gage and Sierra and University Heights Middle Schools -- were selected for this exciting project.
North High School celebrated 57 students who completed the extremely rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma program. They were all feted at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 2. Click the headline above to see what the future holds for these amazing students.
Mr. Milton Jackson has been given a lot of names during his 17 years crossing students in front of Jackson Elementary School. Among them: Friend, Protector, and Guardian Angel. Every day, Mr. Jackson helps students to safely cross the busy Jackson/Colorado street intersection, greeting them with a smile. On Thursday, students helped to bring a big smile to Mr. Jackson’s face as they surprised him with an impromptu playground assembly in his honor to congratulate him on his retirement. Click the headline above to read more!
Congratulations to the recipients of the Ronald McDonald House HACER Scholarships, who were honored at a ceremony held at a luncheon held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion last weekend. Our scholarship honorees were: Catherine Cascavita from Arlington High School; Serena Howard,Adan Chavez and Arthur Love from North High School; and Estefani Zarate-Espinoza and Bernice Zarate-Espinoza from Ramona High School. Congratulations to these outstanding students!
Poly students recently took high honors in the national Word Wright Challenge, which tests close reading and analysis of a variety of prose and poetry. Poly’s teams were supervised by Kim Yeyna. Click the headline above to read a press release with more details!
Judges and attorneys with the Riverside County Bar Association spent their morning at Fremont Elementary School Friday where they shared their love of reading and learning and spoke to students about their careers. They also brought dozens of books and a donation for $600 so that the school could buy even more books for our students! Students in Mrs. Troxel’s class even got to try on Judge Mark Cope’s robe so they could see what it might be like if one day they are in charge of their own courtroom. Our visitors also talked to students about what it takes to become a lawyer or judge and emphasized that reading and learning are key to getting through elementary, middle, and high school so that students can then move on to the challenges of college and law school (if they choose). It’s well worth the hard work, they noted. RUSD thanks the Riverside County Bar Association and all of our guest readers for sharing your time with our students!
Congratulations to the Poly High School Chamber Singers, who earned a Gold rating at the San Francisco World Strides Heritage Festival last weekend. This amazing honor means that Poly has earned an opportunity to perform at world-famous Carnegie Hall next year! Stated the group's teacher, Kristen Pickering, "I'm very proud of all of the work the kids have done AND how well they conducted themselves throughout the trip." Way to go, Poly!
Congratulations to Mark Twain Elementary School teachers Tiffany Speck and Regina Cavaioli and Magnolia Elementary School teacher Deanna MarkerMorse have been selected to participate in the Colonial Williamsburg Institute this summer. The teachers will exchange ideas with noted historians, meet character interpreters, and take part in reenactments of 18th century events. They also will have the chance to review teaching techniques with mentor teachers and fellow participants. Instructional materials that align with the Common Core Standards are provided for participants for their classrooms.
Congratulations to Ramona High School teacher Deborah Parr, who has been named a Riverside County Teacher of the Year! Ms. Parr is one of four teachers of the year selected by the Riverside County Office of Education. Ms. Parr was notified of the honor during a surprise visit to her classroom Wednesday by Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Young, RUSD Interim Superintendent Mike Fine, Ramona High School Principal Dr. Jamie Angulo and a cadre of media. Click the headline above to read the press release from the Riverside County Office of Education.
RUSD thanks our INCREDIBLE volunteers who do so much for our students each and every day. On Tuesday, we honored these outstanding people at our annual Volunteer Recogntion Ceremony. The evening featured comments by Interim Superintendent Mike Fine, Board President Patricia Lock-Dawson and Tina Covington from Altura Credit Union as well as a special honor for the family of volunteer extraordinaire Sherri Power, who gave more than 20 years of her life to helping the students of RUSD. We hope everyone is inspired by the POWER of our ALL of our amazing volunteers!
Congratulations to RUSD National History Day student Koharu Abe (University Heights Middle School) who will be representing California and all California National History Day competitors at the national finals during a Congressional breakfast on Capitol Hill with senators and congressmen/women, Wednesday, June 14, 2014, as part of her National History Day finals experience! Selected for this recognition by a statewide panel for her work on a California topic (Manzanar/Japanese-American internment during World War II), Koharu will be transported, along with one of her parents and her teacher, Curtis Keisling, from the University of Maryland that morning - where the competition takes place – to Washington, D.C. and Capitol Hill, where they will enjoy breakfast “on the Hill” with elected officials and History Day students from the other 49 states. She will also have the opportunity to discuss her History Day entry and the research she conducted in its preparation. Congratulations, Koharu!
The Riverside Unified School District Board of Education announced on Thursday that they have identified Dr. David Hansen as the final candidate for the position of District Superintendent. Dr. Hansen’s appointment is pending finalization of a contract and ratification by the Board of Education.
Even as a kindergartener, Ryan Bonaminio was quiet, thoughtful, kind and cared for others. That dedication to serve his community continued as he went on to become a police officer, and sadly was killed in the line of duty four years ago. But, the Pachappa Elementary School community was proud to dedicate a “Buddy Bench” in his honor Friday that will honor his legacy of caring and service and will be a place where children can go when they need a friend. Click the headline to read more
Congratulations to seven RUSD teachers who have earned Lois B. Krieger Water Education Grants from the Western Municipal Water District! Our winners include: Anna Foutz, John W. North High School ($700); Michele Hampton, Riverside STEM Academy ($700); Sheri Harris, Arlington High School ($700); Kelly Montegna, Kennedy Elementary School ($200); Elizabeth Rosales, Woodcrest Elementary School ($635); Steven Stoecklein ($620); and Beth Yeager, Sierra Middle School ($700). The Lois B. Krieger grants offer teachers an opportunity to develop creative lessons focusing on water education. This year, a total of nearly $12,000 was granted to teachers in our area for these projects.
This is Classified School Employees Week. Our classified employees do so much for our schools from keeping sites safe and clean, to providing a variety of important administrative tasks, to being that friendly first face you see in our offices. Thank you to ALL of our classified employees for everything you do each and every day to ensure student success!
The Riverside Unified School District on Monday, May 19, approved eight new middle and high school courses designed to help with the transition to the Common Core state standards as well as to provide unique and engaging courses that tie to career pathways. Click the headline to read more.
Congratulations to Gage Middle School student Stephanie Macias, Poly High School student Hannah Hyatt; Arlington High School students Brian Bosserman and Troy Moreland; and King High School student Davis Ray Silva who were recognized by the Riverside City Council this week as winners of the city’s Anti-Graffiti Video and Poster Contest. Hannah took first place and a $1,000 prize for her video; Brian and Troy took $500 and second place in the video contest; and Davis took $250 for third place in the video contest. Stephanie earned third place in the poster contest and a $125 prize.
Congrats to the North High School Boys' Swim team, for taking the the CIF Division 3 Championship -- making them back to back champions! In addition, junior Justin Nilaad was named a CIF Champion in the 500 yard freestyle division. Poly's Garret Shimko, meanwhile earned the CIF Individual Championship title for the 100 and 200 yard freestyle -- beating the school record for the 200 yard. Congrats to these amazing athletes!
Madison Elementary School students got a jump on their summer reading Monday as they headed to the Casa Blanca branch of the Riverside Public Library to check out books and learn about summer reading programs. Some students also got their first library cards. Once students arrived, students also got a surprise visit from Mayor Rusty Bailey, who urged them to follow him in a chant: “I’m going to read. All summer long!” Principal John McCombs noted that to help students retain knowledge they learn all year “one of the best things we can have them do is to read” during the summer. It has been Mr. McCombs’ goal to ensure that every child at Madison has a library card to use during the summer and throughout the year. Thanks to the Casa Blanca Library, Mayor Bailey and Altura Credit Union for providing funds for a bus to take children to the library.
Congratulations to North Senior and North's Board of Education Representative Adan Chavez! Adan has been selected to participate in the Smithsonian Latino Center's 2014 Young Ambassador's Program. One of 24 students selected nationwide, Adan will attend a leadership training in Washington D.C. followed by a four week internship at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. The summer internship includes community outreach to encourage early childhood literacy by participating in story time using bilingual children's books. Congratulations, Adan!
Congratulations to the athletes of Ramona and King High Schools and Athletic Directors John Tibbels and Tony Masi who are being recognized with the Citrus Belt Area Athletic Directors Association Sportsmanship Award. This award is given to member schools that conduct their athletic programs with honor. Both schools will receive a banner to recognize the award. Speaking of the Ramona award, Athletic Director John Tibbels said, “We are happy to receive the Sportsmanship Honor at Ramona. Our coaches talk about sportsmanship with our student-athletes daily and the River Valley League provides a Sportsmanship Seminar annually to help promote good behavior at our sports events from not just the athletes, but the fans as well.”
Middle school track stars from throughout the district got a chance to show their stuff on the field at the RUSD Middle School Track Meet, held at the newly refurbished North High School track. Thank you to everyone who made this special event possible! Click on the headline above to see the results!
Congratulations to Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Support, Renee Hill, who has earned the NAACP Riverside Branch Education Award. Ms. Hill will be recognized during the 2014 Freedom Fund Celebration, to be held this evening at the Riverside Convention Center. RUSD congratulates Ms. Hill on this honor and we thank her for her steadfast support of the children and families of RUSD.
Members of the Washington Elementary School Leadership Academy were honored by the Riverside City Council Tuesday night for their extraordinary efforts to help their school and our community. This group of 40 fifth and sixth grade students goes above and beyond to help others. At school, they organize recycling and fundraising efforts and even lead efforts to raise money for the annual sixth-grade science camp. And, this year, they worked to help Riverside as a whole by volunteering with the Riverside Citrus Classic bike ride and making significant donations to the Riverside Access Center homeless shelter. And, they helped with this year’s Walk to End Homelessness. Congratulations to these outstanding young leaders for making a difference in our community! And, thank you to all of the teachers who support them!
Today is California Day of the Teacher...a perfect time to thank all of our wonderful teachers who do so much to help our students each and everyday. Take time out to thank a teacher today!
Congratulations to our students who have placed in the City of Riverside’s Anti-Graffiti video and poster contest. Gage student Stephanie Macias has been named a poster contest winner. King High School student Davis Ray Silva and Poly High School student Hannah M. Hyatt are winners in the video contest. The students will learn what place they received at the City Council meeting to be held on Tuesday, May 20. Congrats to these outstanding young artists!
RUSD thanks our wonderful employees who make a difference in the lives of children each day. This is RUSD Employee Appreciation Week and in honor of this week, every classified and certificated staff member received a thank you card and Team RUSD pin. And, big thank you banners greeted staff members at our school sites. Once again, we say "thank you" to our hard-working employees and hope our community will take a moment to thank our staff as well.
Congratulations to Ramona High School teacher Monica Ward who was selected as a Fulbright scholar! This prestigious honor is given to only 43 United States citizens who travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Awards program. Monica will be traveling to Singapore in January, where she will spend four months visiting schools, taking university courses, and presenting professional development programs for other teachers. She also will complete a capstone project investigating the hidden nuances that make technology implementation in schools she observes a success. Click on the headline above to read more about this outstanding educator!
J.W. North High School Senior Liang Zhou has been chosen by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) to represent the U.S. on a 20-student team to compete in the 45th International Physics Olympiad in Astana, Kazakhstan this summer. Congrats, Liang!
Congratulations to our awesome RUSD History Day team! Four RUSD students will be headed to the national competition, to be held June 15-19 at the University of Maryland. In addition, five RUSD projects took special awards; three were selected as National History Day alternates; one as the Grade 4/5 2D Poster California alternate; and five were finalists! Wow! Click on the headline above to see the full list of award winners. Way to go, Team RUSD!
Saturday was a very special prom night for Poly High School when student Cody Smith, who has been battling cancer, was crowned Prom King in his hospital bed in the ICU at Kaiser Fontana. He couldn't go to the party, so his friends brought the party to him. Click the headline above to watch the Channel 2 news coverage of this moving event.
Mt. View Elementary School’s library is the place to be with some exciting programs that recently have been introduced. For starters, the library is now open from 6-7:30 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to allow families to spend time together reading, doing research and getting homework help. This is made possible with a HEARTS grant. A fun opening night dinner was provided thanks to RUSD Nutrition Services and Ralphs. And, Mt. View recently was notified that they are the recipient of a $5,000 Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grant. This grant is to be used to update and diversify library and book and magazine selections. RUSD is proud to celebrate these exciting programs which help to promote literacy and lifelong learning!
Congratulations to our All-County Academic Team members! Of the 11 students chosen for this prestigious honor, 3 are from RUSD! They include: J.W. North High School students Austin Borja and Liang Zhou and Martin Luther King High School student Amy Xu. Way to go! In addition, the top high school students from 51 high schools across the county also were honored. Click the headline above to read more about all of these outstanding students!
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 TONIGHT 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 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!
Congratulations to Ramona High School student Janay Osborne and Arlington High School student Lorena Orozco Mozqueda, both of whom have been named Dell Scholars! Each of these students will recieve a $20,000 scholarship and a Dell laptop! Congratulations!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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."