The Riverside Unified School District, working in partnership with Riverside Project Safe Neighborhoods, will offer a program on Gang Awareness and Prevention Training for Parents from 6-8 PM on Thursday, June 6 at Central Middle School, 4795 Magnolia Avenue. The guest speaker will be Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Evelyn Essenwanger. Topics to be covered include; How and why children get involved with gangs; warning signs of gang involvement; and ways that parents can keep their children out of gangs. The training is FREE. Click the headline above to download a flyer with more information.
Congratulations to King High School's Lei Lei Hawkins who won "Best Cameo" for her role as the jail matron in "Hairspray" at the Broadway LA's Jerry Herman Awards. Lei Lei received her award for Broadway's Peter Pan, Cathy Rigby. King actors Erin Metz and Ryan Slagle also competed for a chance to go to New York for the national Jimmy awards.The Jerry Herman awards are the regional competition for the national Jimmy awards in New York. King students received an invitation to participate in the Jerry Herman awards program after a judge attended King's Feb. 28 production.
Do you have questions about your child's school or your city? Check out RiversideLIVE, to be held 7-8 PM on Thursday, May 23. You can ask RUSD Superintendent Dr. Rick Miller or Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey your questions via Facebook, email, or Twitter. The program will be shown live on the city's public access channels and on two live stream websites: www.watchrusd.com and www.watchriverside.com. Please note these sites won't be active until the show begins at 7. For more information, visit www.riversidelive.org. Click the headline above to download a flyer with more details.
Congratulations to RUSD Superintendent Dr. Rick Miller and North High School's Mike Bartee, both of whom were honored by the NAACP. Dr. Miller received the organization's Education Award and Mr. Bartee earned the Omar Stratton Award. Congratulations to these outstanding members of the RUSD family.
RUSD is home to two distinguished Gates Millennium scholars, Anthony Calvillo (King High School) and Karen Figueroa (Ramona High School). Both are AVID students. Anthony participated in the Project Lead the Way program and will be studying engineering at UC Riverside. Karen Figueroa spent two summers completing a biomedical internship at Loma Linda University and will attend UCLA to pursue the pre-medical field. The Gates Millennium scholarship may be used within 10 years to support the full costs of their undergraduate and graduate education. It is awarded to the most extraordinary students based upon exceptional leadership, community service and academic achievements. Anthony’s and Karen’s accomplishments are especially notable considering there were more than 54,000 seniors who had applied, making it the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history. Only 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars are selected nationwide each year. The odds of winning this prestigious scholarship are less than 2%. Congratulations Anthony and Karen!
Nearly $2,000 worth of musical instruments have been purchased using funds donated to the Richard Folger Memorial Fund, which was established last year in honor of longtime Emerson Elementary School teacher Richard Folger, who passed away last year. Click the headline above to read more.
Approximately 150 homeless and needy individuals participated in the second annual Families in Transition event, designed to connect families in need with useful information and resources. The event took place on May 11. Click the headline above to read more.
Hawthorne Elementary School teacher Mariana Robles was surprised last week by guys and gals in blue – from Honda that is. Click the headline above to read more!
For the first time in HISTORY...North High School's Boys' Swim Team has been named CIF Division 3 Champions! Way to go North!
Congratulations, once again, to Mr. Mike Fine, who was lauded as the Riverside County Classified Administrator of the Year. Mr. Fine officially received his award at an event held in Palm Springs today. You can learn more about Mr. Fine by watching this video produced by RCOE. Thank you, Mr. Fine, for all you do every day for our district, staff and students! Click the headline above to access a video produced by RCOE and all of the Educators of the Year!
Riverside Poly High School student Courtney Christiansen's moving documentary about the 1971 ambush/murder of her grandfather, Riverside Officer Leonard Christiansen and his partner, Paul Teel, have been highlighted by KCAL2/9 television news and also will be highlighted at tonight's meeting of the Riverside City Council. Courtney embarked on this research project for the History Day competition. Click the headline above to view the news story about this amazing young historian!
More than 450 7th and 8th grade students from all seven RUSD Middle Schools and the Riverside STEM Academy participated in the 6th annual RUSD Middle School Track Meet, which took place Saturday, May 4 at the RUSD at Ramona High School. Everyone did a great job and had a lot of fun. Click the headline above to see the list of winners and to learn more!
On Wednesday, April 10th, two Ramona High School Juniors, Sheila Escobedo and Elizabeth Espinoza participated in a student legislative summit at the State Capitol in Sacramento. The summit called Legischool project empowered them to share their ideas about the California Dream Act with a panel of California legislators. Click the headline to read more.
The public is invited to a May 10 dedication ceremony for the Central Middle School Multipurpose Hall, to be named in honor of former longtime board member Lewis J. Vanderzyl, who retired in 2011 after serving more than a half-century as an educator.The event will begin with a reception at 6 PM on Friday, May 10, followed by a short program to begin promptly at 6:30 PM at Central Middle School, 4795 Magnolia Avenue. Entertainment by RUSD students will be included and refreshments will be served. Click the headline above for more information.
Congratulations to our California History Day winners. RUSD had two winning entries, two alternates, two special award winners, and a total of 12 finalist projects (including the winning projects). Our two winners are headed to the National History Day contest, to be held June 9-13 at the University of Maryland. Click the headline above to read more!
Monroe Elementary School was chosen as one of only 25 schools nationwide selected for a Target School Library Makeover! This exciting project will be unveiled next fall. This marks these second Target Library Makeover for RUSD. We previously had a makeover at Victoria ElementarySchool. Thank you to Target and the Heart of America Foundation for making this happen! Click on the headline above to read more!
Ramona High School's Lunch Buddies member, Miles Allen, visited Senator Bill Emmerson at his Redlands office recently to personally invite him to attend deliver the special invitation for the Very Special Night 4's (AVSN4) Riverside Hoedown! Click the headline to read more.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. RUSD has provided tips and guidelines for educators and community members on this topic all month. This week, we are sharing information on how to help vicitms of abuse. Click the headline above for more information.
RUSD marching bands and JROTC units were among the featured groups who honored veterans at the 8th annual Salute to Veterans Parade, held April 20 in downtown Riverside.
The powerhouse Arlington Envirothon Team had another excellent showing at the state competition. The team placed second in the state and took first for the Current Issue category. Envirothon is a hands-on environmental science program that tests students' knowledge and critical thinking skills. Way to go, Arlington!
Ramona High School had seven Dell Scholars for 2013, the most in California and second highest in the country. Each student will receive at least $20,000 for college as well as a new Dell laptop and printer! Click the headline above to read more!
RUSD's strength is its outstanding staff members who do their very best each day to ensure our students obtain the very best education possible. Tonight, the district will honor our certificated and classified employees of the year as well as employees who have dedicated 20 or more years of service to the district. Our ceremony takes place at 4 PM in the Central Middle School multipurpose room. Click on the headline above to view the program.
Congratulations to RUSD's Deputy Superintendent Mike Fine who has been named as the Riverside County Office of Education Classified Manager of the Year!
The Riverside Unified Early Childhood Department offers two preschool programs to families. Head Start and State Preschool totaling 727 slots. Eligibility to both preschool programs is based on income and family size. All classrooms are on elementary school campuses throughout the district. We are now enrolling students for the 2013-2014 school year. Please call 951-352-8290 for more information. Children who turn 4 before October 1 will have first priority.
Six new names will be added to the Ramona High School Athletic Hall of Fame at a cermony to be held on April 22, 2013. Click the headline to learn more.
Rodney Taylor, RUSD's Director of Nutrition Services is featured on Mrs. Obama's Let's Move blog. Click the headline above to read his post!
Summer school applications are now available for middle/high school students. RUSD will offer a limited summer school program June 17-July19 at Poly and Ramona high schools. This program is available to students who meet certain critiera. Click the headline above to see what those are, as well as download an application. Students also may obtain an application from their counselor.
This news is "Urgent": The AHS Chamber singers will featured in a concert by legendary rock band Foreigner, to be held Saturday, April 20 at the Fox Theater. Ticket information is available from the Fox box office at 951-779-9800. Rock on Arlington!
RUSD had an excellent showing at the RIMS Inland Science and Engineering Fair, held last week in San Bernardino. We have 7 projects going on to compete at the state level. We also had two projects win the sweepstakes. One was completed by Hannah and Zachary Larsen and Hannah Johnson from King High School. A second Sweepstakes project was won by Ian Hughes from the Riverside STEM Academy. In addition, three students were selected to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. They are: North students Connor Tom and Liang Zhou and King student Saumya Keremane. Click on the headline above to see the list of all of our students who medaled at this year's RIMS fair. Gold medal winners are headed to the state competition, to be held April 15-16 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
About 150 students from Tianjin, China visited John F. Kennedy and Lake Mathews Elementary Schools this week. The students exchanged gifts and shared their cultures at assemblies held at the two schools. This is the second group of students from Tianjin who have visited Riverside. A group also visited in January. Click the headline above to see a news clip from the visit.
North and Poly High School bands plan to be part of the 8th Annual Salute to Veterans Parade on April 20 in downtown Riverside. Click the headline above for a flyer with more details on this special event!
Riverside Adult School students are now the first in Riverside County to be able to take the GED online. RAS is certified as a state center for the online exam, which was introduced at the November, 2012 State GED Examiner Conference. The cost for the online exam is $140 and results are immediately known, with the exception of the writing test. The first student took the test on March 21 and two others have since registered for the exam.
Two teams from Riverside Unified placed in the top of their categories at the Destination Imagination State Finals this weekend at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego. They will now advance to the Global Finals. Over 1200 teams from around the world will participate in the Global Finals, held in Knoxville, Tennessee May 22-26. Riverside Unified is proud to have two teams that qualified to participate at the Global level this year! This is the first time that two teams from RUSD have qualified for the worldwide competition. Click the headline above to read more
The Odyssey of the Mind team from Martin Luther King High School won first place at both the Regional and State tournaments held in March. The team composed of 10th graders Hannah Larsen, Zachary Larsen, Hannah Johnson, Sherry Wang, and 12th grader Heather Salfrank, won first place in the technical challenge at the regional competition, and earned one of the highest combined play and style scores for the entire state tournament. At the state competition, the team placed first in style and their play, earning a trip to the World Finals, which will be held at Michigan State University in late May. There they will join 800+ teams from 26 countries for the three-day international competition. Coaches for the team are Dr. Lynn Larsen of Brandman University and Dr. Paul Larsen of UC Riverside. Click the headline above for more information.
Due to an increase in cases of meningococcal disease(meningitis) in Tijuana, the Riverside County Health Department is urging everyone to be aware of the symptoms of the disease as well as to take precautions to prevent it. Please click the headline above for more information.
Congratulations to our RUSD Teachers of the Year! They are: Tiffany Speck, Mark Twain Elementary School; Randy Lester-Wilson, Matthew Gage Middle School; and Michelle Grotness, John W. North High School. We applaud these outstanding educators who now will be considered for Riverside County Teacher of the Year. Click on the headline above to see the list of all of our site Teachers of the Year.
Thursday, March 21 was a special day at Highgrove Elementary School, which turned 125 years old this year!Students from past and present joined Highgrove teachers, administrators and staff as well as representatives from Riverside Unified School District, the Office of the Mayor of Riverside, and Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione at a morning celebration marking the momentous occasion. Click the headline above for more about this special celebration.
Adam Fletcher (Class of 2011), has been selected the next drum major of the UCLA Solid Gold Sound. A four-year member of the Blue Star Regiment, Adam played the trombone while at North and was drum major his senior year. Adam served as the United Student League's Representative to the Board of Education and earned six International Baccalaureate certificates during his senior year.
Congratulations to our outstanding young historians who took awards at the Riverside County History Day competition, held March 16. Click the headline above to see the list of students who will be moving forward to the state contest next month.
Congratulations to RUSD Staff Development Specialist Andy Stetkevich, who was honored recently with the inaugural Leader in Literacy Award from the Tri-Counties Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. The award is given to a public school employee who has shown great influence in promoting knowledge and concern about dyslexia and has worked to promote innovative, research-based strategies to help those with this learning disability.
Congrats to John W. North High School Boys' Basketball team, winners of the CIF Southern Section Championships. North beat Villa Park 59-58. Way to go!
Congratulations to Poly High School, winners of the Riverside County Mock Trial competition. The team now will head to the state competition, to be held March 22-24 in Riverside. Congrats also to the King High School team, which took second place in the county competion. Way to go RUSD!
Hundreds of volunteers from our community visited our schools Friday to celebrate Read Across America Day. This national celebration of literacy honors legendary author Dr. Seuss and falls on or near his March 2 birthday every year. Special thanks to the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and the Riverside City Teachers Association for helping to coordinate volunteers for this event.
Do you have a student who will be ready for Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten next fall? Click on the headline above to find a schedule of registration dates at our school sites. As a reminder, children must turn 5 before October 2, 2013 to qualify for the regular Kindergarten program, but the two-year Transitional Kindergarten program is available to students who turn five between Oct. 2 and Dec. 2, 2013. Contact your school site for more information.
The RUSD Science and Engineering Fair took place Feb. 5-7 and showcased the work of many of our outstanding students. Winners from grades 4-12 will now move forward to the RIMS Science and Engineering Fair, to be held April 2-3 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. Click on the headline above to see the list of our winners!
The RUSD History Day contest took place Saturday, Jan. 26 at University Heights Middle School. Click the headline above to see the list of winners who will go on to compete at the Riverside County History Day contest, to be held March 16 at Martin Luther King High School.
Arlington High School was one of three schools selected to participate in the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's annual Solar Cup competition, to be held in May at Lake Skinner. Click the headline above to read an article with more information!