Congratulations to our outstanding young artists who were recognized at the 2015 RUSD Middle School Art Show on Thursday, April 16. This event is presented in partnership with the Riverside Art Museum and REEF. Dozens of beautiful pieces of work completed by our middle school artists are now on display in the art museum. Best in Show went to Earhart Middle School student Jaeson Kim. Click on the headline above to see the full list of contest winners. We also invite the community to join in the celebration of our arts programs at the Celebration of Middle School Visual and Performing Arts, to be held 10 AM-2 PM at the Riverside Art Museum.
Congratulations to Poly High School’s Zubin Mishra and Ilora Naik, who have been selected as members of the All-County Academic Team! This honor includes the top 10 students from around the county. Zubin and Ilora were selected for the honor at a special ceremony honoring the top 132 students from high schools throughout Riverside County. Click the headline above to see the list of all of our RUSD students who were recognized.
Congratulations to Woodcrest student Andrew Lee and his teacher, Theresa Anderson, who are finalists for 2015 Scholastic 180 Awards! Read 180 is a reading intervention program used in our district and Andrew and his teacher are being recognized for their hard work and determination in the program. Way to go!
RUSD Deputy Superintendent Mike Fine was honored by the Riverside Council PTA at the April 13 Board of Education meeting with the Honorary Service Award. This award was given to Mr. Fine for his many years of service to the students and families of our district.
Congratulations to Jaime Ochoa, RUSD Drop-out and Retention Specialist, who has been honored by the Riverside Police Department for his work with the police department’s O.W.E. program, which supports at-risk youth. Jaime organizes weekend sports activities for youth in the program, allowing students to participate in activities they may previously have not had an opportunity to be part of. Professional boxers, Olympic Tae Kwon Do masters, professional baseball scouts and experts in mixed martial arts, football, judo, volleyball, basketball and more have shared their talents in this program. Jaime noted that “a good amount of these students have changed drastically” as a result of participation in the program. Jaime also helps to connect their families with needs services as well. Thank you, Jaime, for all you do for our students!
RUSD rocked the Inland Science and Engineering Fair this month with 12 gold, 17 silver and 11 bronze medals. Of those, 10 projects will move forward to the California State Science Fair, to be held May 18-19 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.Click the headline above for a list of all our science fair superstars!
Congratulations to RUSD Board of Education President Kathy Allavie and Child, Welfare and Attendance Manager Woodie Rucker-Hughes, both of whom have been named Women of Distinction by California State Assemblyman Jose Medina.Mrs. Allavie and Ms. Rucker-Hughes were honored at a ceremony held last month. The Women of Distinction Award recognizes women within the 61st Assembly District who have made a significant contribution to their community.
Ramona High School Senior Kevin Torres-Dominguez, a shining star at Ramona High School, was honored by UC President Janet Napolitano during her visit to Riverside today. Ms. Napolitano was a guest speaker at the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce's Good Morning Riverside event. Kevin is bound for UCR in the fall and is just one example of the outstanding students we serve. Click the headline above to learn more about Kevin!
Congratulations to King High School and Assistant Principal /Athletic Director Tony Masi and Ramona High School and Assistant Principal/Athletic Director John Tibbels. Both have been recognized as recipients of the 2015 Citrus Belt Athletic Directors Association’s Sportsmanship Award. This award honors member schools that emphasize sportsmanship and conduct their athletic programs with honor.Click the headline to read more.
Students from all five RUSD comprehensive high schools took part in the second annual Black Student Leadership Symposium at California State University, San Bernardino on Wednesday. This event gives students a chance to spend time on a university campus and to see that the dream of a college education truly is within their grasp. Approximately 200 students attended from high schools in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Thank you to everyone who made this important learning opportunity possible.
Students interested in attending a United States Service Academy are invited to attend an information night hosted by Congressman Mark Takano’s office, to be held at 6 PM Wednesday, April 22 at Arlington High School. Representatives from the United States Military Academy at West Point; the US Naval Academy at Annapolis; the US Air Force Academy; US Merchant Marine Academy; and the US Coast Guard Academy will give presentations and take questions. Students or faculty interested in attending can register at service-academy.eventbrite.com. Click the headline for a link to the registration page.
Congratulations to the 15 RUSD teens who are among Riversides’ 25 Most Remarkable teens. Our honorees are: Jessica Goehring – Arlington HS, Sydney Azpeitia – Poly HS, Karen Cuautle – Ramona HS, Tracy Doan – Ramona HS, Christine Flores – Ramona HS, Ivett Martinez – Ramona HS, Andy Meza – Ramona HS, Amanda Orantes – Ramona HS, Christopher Paz – Ramona HS, Juliana Tiscareno – Ramona HS, Leslie Vergara – Ramona HS, Nathan Williams – Ramona HS, Asia Suarez – John W. North HS, Connor Tom – John W. North HS, and Hannah Terao – University Heights Middle School. These students will be honored at a special City Council meeting, to be held at 4 PM Tuesday, May 12 at the Council Chambers at City Hall, 3900 Main Street. This program is coordinated by the Riverside Youth Council.
Congratulations to our RUSD recipients of the LDS Church Crystal Apple Awards, given for excellence in teaching. Our winners are: Leesa Rankins, Poly High School; Jason Seipp, Ramona High School; Jaime Hiraoka, North High School; Terry Padgett, King High School; and Christina Schippell, Arlington High School. In addition, North High School Assistant Principal Rich Davis received a special recognition. Mr. Davis has been named Riverside County Certificated Administrator of the Year. Congratulations to all of our honorees.
On Tuesday March 17, 2015, Chemawa Middle School held its PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) Parent Graduation Ceremony for seventy three graduates. Thirty five of the graduates received special recognition for their perfect attendance. The program included three parent speakers and Keynote Speakers, County Superior Court Judge Jorge C. Hernandez and Antonio Garcia, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. A room full of family members and special guests celebrated the accomplishments of the graduates. PIQE’s Parent Engagement Education Program educates parents on how to foster a positive educational environment for their children both at home and at school.
Five RUSD Science Olympiad teams earned awards at the Inland Empire Science Olympiad, held last month at Ramona High School. These teams now advance to the state competition, to be held on Saturday, April 4 at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills. Our winning teams were: Division C – Riverside STEM Academy and Martin Luther King High School; and Division B – Earhart Middle School, Frank A. Miller Middle School and Riverside STEM Academy. Congratulations to these outstanding young scientists! Click the headline above to watch a slide show from the regional competition.
Congratulations to Ramona High School filmmakers J Berkshire, Hope Skajem, Dyanna Pelayo, Ashley Silveira, and Aubrey Dabbs, who have had their work honored in the White House Film Festival. The films, “Mistaken” and “Keep the Unity” both received Honorable Mentions. Click the headline to access a link to the films, now showcased on the White House YouTube channel. Way to go, RamTV!
The award-winning King High Remembers, now in its 15th year, took place Friday, March 20 at King High School. This incredible program brings history to life for King’s High School juniors. Nearly 350 veterans shared their stories with 700 high school juniors, who not only learned first-hand about historical events, but also will preserve these stories for generations to come.Click the headline above read more.
Congratulations to Central Middle School 8th grader Lauren Garthwaite, who has been named a Riverside County Young Lady of the Year! Lauren will be recognized as the District 2 honoree at the 2015 Women of the Year and Young Lady of the Year Awards Ceremony, to be held at 9 AM April 14 at the Robert T. Anderson County Administration Center, 4080 Lemon Street. Lauren is being honored for her leadership and outstanding accomplishments. She is a cheerleader, soccer player (goalie), percussionist with the Central band, and outstanding student. She also gives back to her community by participating in the Pennies for Patients coin drive. RUSD is proud of Lauren and the outstanding example she is setting! Way to go!
Congrats to the amazing RUSD historians who now will move on to compete at the state History Day contest, to be held May8-9 at William Jessup Unversity in Rocklin, California. Click the headline above to see the full list of winners.
New transitional kindergarten learning materials will be brought to Board of Education for approval at their April 13, 2015 meeting. The public will have an opportunity to review these materials on the second floor of the Riverside Unified School District Office, 3380 14th Street.
Congratulations to Gage Middle School Teacher Robert Alvarez, who was honored as the California MiddleSchool History Teacher of the Year! Mr. Alvarez spoke Saturday, March 7 at the California Council for the Social Studies Awards Banquet.Thank you, Mr. Alvarez for all that you do for students!
Congratulations to Poly and King High School, who have made it to the Final Four of the 32nd annual Riverside County Mock Trial competition! King took 2nd place in the contest. Way to go!
Schools across the district shared a love of reading with our community as we celebrated Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day as it falls on Dr.Seuss' birthday. Hundreds of community volunteers spent time with our students, who enjoyed stories, dressing up as Seuss characters and even dinining on green eggs and ham. We thank all of our volunteers for making this special day happen. Special thanks to the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce for helping to get more than 200 volunteers for the event!
Congratulations to North High School Assistant Principal Rich Davis, who has been named the Riverside County Office of Education's Certificated Administrator of the Year! Mr. Davis learned of the honor with a surprise visit from Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenn Young on Monday. Thank you Mr. Davis for your 35 years of service to our students!
We are sad to report that former board member and dedicated volunteer Ardice “Ardie” Bailor has passed away. Ardie served as a member of the RUSD Board of Education from 1976-1994 and cared deeply about our students and families. Even after her retirement, she remained a longtime, dedicated member of the Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation (REEF) Board. Her dedication to this organization helped REEF to raise more than $400,000 in classroom grants for RUSD schools. She also was a longtime member of the Riverside Young Life Committee. A former Alvord Unified School District teacher, Ardie also used her talent to tutor children at Madison Elementary School and to teach Sunday school at her church, Magnolia Presbyterian. Ardie also was a gifted photographer who donated her services for various charity functions throughout the city. Ardie’s incredible efforts to give back to Riverside, and in particular, the youth of our community, garnered her the 2015 Roy Hord Volunteer of the Year Award from the Riverside Downtown Partnership.Noted RUSD Superintendent, Dr. David Hansen, “Ardie was a pillar in our community and school district for many years. She was a champion for students and always placed their needs first. She has left behind a strong legacy and one that will be felt and remembered for many years to come.”
Congratulations to Deputy Superintendent Mike Fine, who was honored Wednesday with the Riverside Council PTA's Honorary Service Award for his many years of service to the students and families of RUSD. Mr. Fine received the special honor during Founders Day festivities at Artlington High School.