Arlington and Poly High Schools participated in the famous Disneyland Candlelight Processional last weekend. This event started in 1958 as Walt Disney's way to thank the community. Guest narrators Blair Underwood and Kurt Russell read the Christmas story during the event as well.
Looking for a unique holiday gift that supports the arts in Riverside? Why not send a Singing Holiday Gram featuring the Ramona High School Madrigals? Holiday grams will be delivered on Thursday, Dec. 19. The cost is $5 for a Ramona High School student; $10 for locations within Riverside and $20 for locations outside of Riverside (10-15 mile radius). Reservations are due by this Friday, Dec. 13. Click the headline above to access a form. For more information, contact Eddy Franks, Ramona High School Performing Arts Secretary at 951-352-8429, ext. 65101.
RUSD is a District of Choice and welcomes families living outside RUSD boundaries to submit District of Choice transfer requests for the 2014-2015 school year between Nov. 1, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014. Click the headline above for more information and to download an application.
Applications soon wil be accepted for students who want to transfer to a different school for the 2014-2015 school year under California’s Open Enrollment Act – Romero Bill. Click the headline above to read more about this transfer option and to download an spplication.
A bicycle safety assembly turned into a special surprise for 20 students at Mark Twain Elementary School Thursday.Click the headline to read more!
Sixty-five students who are part of the district's Dual Language Immersion Program will perform five songs at 6 PM Wednesday, Dec. 11 on the downtown pedestrian mall area near University and Main streets as part of the Festival of Lights. The K-3 grade students are in the Dual Language Immersion programs at Castle View and Washington Elementary Schools. While you are downtown admiring the lights, be sure to stop and listen to our students! Feliz Navidad!
Congratualtions to North High School seniors Roberto Gutierrez and Anum Arshad, who were winners in the City of Riverside Human Relations Commissions Diversity Essay Contest and Scholarship Program. Roberto took first place and earned a $1000 scholarship. Anum took third place and will receive a $500 scholarship. Both will be honored at the Dec. 9 Board of Education meeting. Congrats!
Congratulations to Ramona High School senior Marco Larios, who has received an Hispanic Youth Heritage Award! Marco received the honor at a special event held in his honor at USC. Established by the White House in 1987, the award is given by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. This year, 150 Latino high school rising seniors were honored in different categories such as Business, Education, Engineering and HealthCare Service. In the presence of a group of prominent community members, businesses and a Los Angeles City Councilman, Marco received the HealthCare Service award scholarship of $1,000. He also did a great job speaking to the audience of over 100 people.Over 10,000 Latino student scholars/leaders had applied for the extremely competitive scholarship and only 150 were selected nationwide (less than 2%). Marco was one of the 15 students recognized from the Southern California region!
Congratulations to Ramona High School student Miguel Rincon Cervantes. He is a recipient of an amazing college scholarship worth more than $250,000. He is Ramona’s first QuestBridge Scholar.Click the headline to read more!
Are you looking for unique gifts this holiday season? Do you want to help Riverside teachers to enrich the learning experience for our students? Then the REEF Craft Fair is the place to be! This unique and fun craft fair takes place 9 AM -4 PM this Saturday, Dec. 7 at King High School, 9301 Wood Road. Admission is free! Shop among nearly 150 booths selling unique hand-crafted items and specialty gifts. Enjoy lunch or a snack from one of our food vendors. It’s a great way to spend time with the family in a fun and friendly atmosphere while also helping our schools. All booth rental fees support the Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation, which provides thousands of dollars in classroom grants to help our teachers to offer a wide variety of exciting learning opportunities to RUSD students. We hope you will come out to the REEF Craft Fair this Saturday to support our schools!
Congratulations to Director of Nutrition Services Rodney Taylor who recently was awarded a California Food For California Kids 2013 Leadership Award. RUSD was one of only six distircts in the state recognized with this honor. Click the headline above to read more.
Singer Lizzie Sider came to Woodcrest Elementary Monday where she shared songs with students and talked to them about ways to avoid bullies. Lizzie told students that she had been bullied as a child, but didn't let it stand in her way because "No one has the power to ruin your day." The visit to Woodcrest was part of an 80-school visit that that 15-year-old is on with her parents. Thank you Lizzie for sharing the day with us!
Our RUSD school psychologists are a team of dedicated professionals who work behind the scenes to assist us in ensuring our students are doing well by assessing and taking care of the needs of the whole child. In honor of National School Psychologist Week, which was Nov. 11-15, we say, “Thank you!” Click the headline above to learn more about what our school psychologists do.
The non-profit organization Gooru and RUSD are teaming up for a collaboration project called Class Lab. Its objective is simple—to improve student learning. Recently, fourth grade students at Highland Elementary School became "stars" for the day when the Gooru team and film crew visited Highland Elementary School to film a public announcement aimed at increasing the awareness of Gooru and its ability to engage students in learning. Click the headline above to read more about this exciting project!
Nine students in the University Heights Middle School Online Academy helped to clear flags used for Veteran's Day ceremonies held at Riverside National Cemetery this week. The students were able to roll up 2,000 flags! Thank you University Heights students and all of our RUSD students who help to honor our veterans.
The Riverside Unified School District is being recognized for achieving a 25 percent cost savings -- more than $8.4 million gross savings (about $5 million net savings) in 43 months – through a concerted effort to reduce energy costs throughout the District. Click the headline above for more information.
Congratulations to the winners of the Long Night of Arts and Innovation Art, Mathematics and Coloring Contests! Our winners were: Kaitlyn T., Veronica T., Daviana S. Chase D. and Kristen V. from Gage Middle School; Nikki M. from Sierra Middle School; Shane Miller from Raincross High School; and Christina Howard from Summit View Independent Study. The winner of the math contest was Christopher Anklam from Earhart Middle School. He won an iPad mini! His teacher, Jackie Davis, won a Samsung Galaxy Tablet! Finally, Andrew Reynoso from Alcott Elementary School, won the coloring contest. Congrats to these young artists and their teacher, Beth Yeager!
The RUSD Board of Education has appointed new principals for Arlington and John W. North High Schools.Betsy Schmechel, currently Principal of John F. Kennedy Elementary School, will be Principal of Arlington High School. Dr. Lynne Sheffield, currently Principal of Perris High School, will become Principal at North. Click the headline above to read more about the newest members of our high school leadership team!
Attention Crafters and food vendors! The REEF Holiday Craft Fair is just around the corner! This year's event takes place from 9 AM-4 PM at King High School. Make some extra money for the holidays while helping our schools! 100 percent of booth fees goes to REEF, but YOU keep all your profits. Sign up today...space is limited! Click the headline above to access the sign up page.
Congratulations to Gage Middle history teacher Robert Alvarez, who has been selected as an Inland Empire History/Social Science Educator of Excellence.Mr. Alvarez will be honored at the Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies (IECSS) History-Social Science Awards event, to be held on Dec. 5 at California State University, San Bernardino. One elementary, one middle and one high school-level honoree then will be nominated for consideration for recognition at the state level with the California Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Teacher of the Year award.Click the headline above to read more!
Riverside Unified School District, in partnership with the University of California Riverside, Extension presented at the College Board's Forum conference held last week in New York City. This annual conference focuses on new directions and innovations in secondary and post-secondary education, and this year’s theme—Membership and Partnership—addressed innovation that improves access and opportunity to a diverse K-12 and post-secondary population The district's presentation with UCR addressed the unique professional Certificate in Teaching Advanced Placement offered through the university's extension program. The only certificate of its kind in the nation, it has been completed by 42 of the district's secondary teachers via funding through the Advanced Placement Incentive Program (APIP) that the district successfully participated in from 2009-2012. APIP is a federal grant program which provides funding aimed at strategies to increase low-income student enrollment in and completion of Advanced Placement (AP) coursework, and to increase the number of low-income students taking and passing AP exams. UCR partnered with the district to revise the certificate courses to address strategies that support achievement in advanced coursework by a wide-range of students.
Thanks to both 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. Please spread the word to anyone who may not have e-mail access. Walk-in hours are from 1:30-4:00 p.m. Monday-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.
Congratulations to the Pachappa Elementary School HEARTS after-school program and Arlington High School, who have been recognized as Riverside County Models of Excellence. Pachappa and Arlington will be formally honored at the 11th annual Riverside County Education Summit, to be held October 24 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Click the headline above to read more about these amazing programs.
For the sixth consecutive year, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation has accepted REEF’s request to support the visual and performing arts programs in the Riverside Unified School District. With this year’s grant of $35,000, the foundation has contributed a total of $340,000 since 2008-2009! Click the headline to read more!
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."
We are very sad to report the death of one of our students, Serafin Angel Gonzalez, a sophomore at Arlington High School. Angel was struck by a train as he crossed the railroad tracks on Madison Avenue Thursday evening. We had grief counselors available to staff and students Friday. Please keep Angel's family and the Arlington community in your thoughts during this difficult time.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 definitely was “A Day Made Better” for Taft Elementary School kindergarten teacher Debbie Fenn.Just as Mrs. Fenn was leading a lesson, OfficeMax representatives Yvette Scamperino and Michael Dennis and Taft Principal Rebecca Brown came into the classroom with a huge box loaded with classroom supplies (including a Kindle Fire, camera, and misc. other items) and a posh new office chair. Click the headline above to read more!
Students at Sierra Middle School recently completed a project that was truly “State of the Art!” Seventh-graders in Beth Yeager’s art classes just completed a unit Georgia O’Keeffe where they created giant abstract flowers using oil pastels. Mrs. Yeager selected 12 outstanding pieces for display in the front office – but the display didn’t end there. The school integrated technology into the display to make it even more exciting. Click the headline above to read more!
After conducting a nationwide search, the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education has appointed Rick Miller, Ph.D., as its new superintendent. Dr. Miller has led RUSD through some incredibly difficult issues, including the loss of $100 million during the state budget crisis. He also has helped us to realize some incredible accomplishments, such as the introduction of instructional technology as an important learning tool and establishment of our District as a District of Choice with many outstanding programs for our families. It is not yet known when Dr. Miller will assume his new position, and the Board of Trustees will be discussing plans for his transition. Click on the headline above for more information.
Secondary textbooks for core academic and elective courses considered for adoption by the Riverside Unified School District Board of Education are now on display for public review in the Administration Building, Third Floor, 3380 Fourteenth Street, Riverside. The public is invited to review and evaluate the textbooks Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m., from September 20, 2013 to October 21, 2013.
STA Driver and Trainer Ricardo Ramos got a big surprise at his bus stop yesterday. Parents and representatives from STA , RUSD and the Riverside Police Officers Association stopped by to thank him for saving two children who nearly drowned in storm waters last week. Ricardo also was lauded at the Board of Education Meeting where he received honors from the school board and Assemblyman Jose Medina's office. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos!
RUSD is very sad to report that Arlington High School football player Tyler Lewellen, 16, passed away Tuesday night. Tyler had been hospitalized since last Thursday when he collapsed on the field following a scrimmage held at Rubidoux High School. The RUSD Crisis Response Team, which includes our team of school psychologists, is at the Arlington campus today and met with Tyler’s friends, teammates and teachers to help them to make some sense of this horrible tragedy. RUSD also is reaching out to Tyler’s family. This is a deep loss for our Arlington and RUSD families and we appreciate the community’s support at this time.“Tyler was a wonderful young man with a bright future ahead of him and everything to look forward to,” stated Arlington Principal Antonio Garcia. “We are so saddened that he was suddenly taken from us. Arlington appreciates our community’s support as we grieve the loss of one of our own.”
Congratulations to Martin Luther King High School and graduates Joseph Moorman and Raelyn Werley, all of whom have been named as CIF Champions for Character Awardees! King High School, along with Joseph and Raelyn will be recognized at a dinner to be held on Sept. 30 at the Queen Mary Hotel and Conference Center in Long Beach. Our Board ofEducatoin will honor them as well at the Sept. 3 Board of Education meeting. Way to go!
Attention Crafters...The REEF Craft Fair will be back on Dec. 7 at King High School! We are now taking applications for this popular fair. Booth rentals are $45 for a single; $65 for an endcap or 4 booths for $150. To find out more or to access the sign up page, click the headline above!