The AcroArmy gynastics team that includes several current and former RUSD students is now in the running for the million dollar prize as one of the top acts in the America's Got Talent competition! Watch tonight at 9 PM on Channel 4 KNBC! Way to go, Riverside! Click the headline above to see the list of local participants.
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!
The Million Father March, a nationwide effort to engage fathers in their children’s upbringing is coming to Riverside this weekend. The event takes place from 9 AM-1 PM Saturday at the Riverside Adult School, 6735 Magnolia Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of diapers or baby items to the event. Community vendors and entertainment also will be featured. This event is sponsored by the Riverside Unified School District, the Latino Business Alliance, 52 Street Positive, and the Black Star Project. Click the headline above for a flyer with more information!
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.
King High School Erin Metz has hit a home run with her amazing vocal talents and will be able to showcase her skill as she performs at Angel Stadium for the Angels game this Thursday evening at 7:05 PM. This will be Erin’s second performance in as many months, having sung there on July 3 as well. Click the headline above for more information.
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.
Attention all those who love to bike ride and/or support our schools through the Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation! Click the headline above to see the flyer.
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!
Mark your calendars now for the 10th annual Riverside College and Career Fair, which takes place from 5-8 PM Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Galleria at Tyler. Click the headline above for a flyer with more information!
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.