Rescue Union School District

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Message from the Superintendent - February 26,  2021 (PDF Version)

 
Dear RUSD Families,

Today was extremely busy for our teachers and staff! Not only was it a report card preparation day, a distance learning day, but our classrooms were measured and reconfigured to adhere to the latest guidelines from CDPH. This was no easy feat. Our programs are now established. The students in Frontier will need to remain in Frontier until the end of these school year. Any Frontier student who is interested in returning to in-person instruction may do so for the 2021-2022 school year.
 
Transportation: Please note that if you are interested in using our transportation system, that information is on the RUSD Transportation website. If you have not used our transportation yet this year, we ask that you fill out an application first. If you have questions, you may reach out to Claudia Spillers, our Transportation Director at cspillers@rescueusd.org. You will also find the schedule for bus runs on the website as well.
 
Bell Schedule: School will be held each day from 8:55-3:10 pm for grades K-5. Remember that each Wednesday is an Early Release Schedule where students in grades K-5 will be dismissed at 2:10 pm. Transitional Kindergarten will continue to operate on the AM and PM schedule that they have had for the year. On Early Release Wednesdays, Transitional Kindergarten sessions will be from 8:55-11:00 am and from 12:05-2:10 pm. Our middle school schedule will be from 8:00-2:15. On Early Release Wednesdays, middle school students will attend school from 8:00-1:15 pm.
 
Calendar: Attached is the calendar for the remainder of the year for our in-person program. It is also posted on the district webpage for your convenience.
 
First Day, March 4: As we transition to the first full day on Thursday, March 4, it will be a lot like the very first day of school! There will be adjustments that our students, parents, and teachers will be making. Our kids will also probably be a bit tired, so encourage them to go to bed a little earlier than usual so that they can manage well for the whole day.
 
Food Service: We will continue providing lunch for students at no cost to families. Breakfast will also be available.
 
Extended Day Care: If you need your child to participate in Extended Day, please reach out to Lori Scalaro at lscalaro@edcoe.org. They are working hard to expand their program so they can provide services to more students now that we will be open full time.
 
Health and Safety: The health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff are our top priority. Remember that all students, staff, and families are required to wear masks and engage in appropriate social distancing while on campus. If we want to remain open, we must follow our health and safety protocols carefully. We appreciate your support in this endeavor.
 
Have a wonderful weekend. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me at colson@my.rescueusd.org.
 
Most sincerely,

Cheryl Olson, Superintendent
 
 
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - February 25,  2021 (PDF Version)

 
Dear RUSD Families,
 
We received clarification of the California Department of Public Health Guidelines that will allow us to open fully for in-person instruction. It has almost been a year since we were able to have our students in school fulltime. We look forward to greeting your children for their first day of fulltime in-person instruction on Thursday, March 4. (Transitional Kindergarten students will continue with their normal half day model, either in AM or PM, as Transitional Kindergarten has always been half day.) Frontier Academy will continue to operate in its current format for the remainder of the year.

Unfortunately, we will still not be able to allow parent volunteers in the classrooms or on campus. There will still not be any extra-curricular activities, sports, or field trips allowed. Band will need to be conducted outside when weather permits, with no brass or woodwind instruments allowed at this point. Thankfully, until the end of the school year, breakfast and lunch will still be provided for each student at no cost to our families.
 
We thank you in advance for continuing to adhere to our health and safety protocols. This will be critically important since we will have all of our hybrid students on campus each day all day. Please remember that all students, TK-8th, must wear masks. We will do our best to keep stable groups together while eating lunch and playing. Middle school groups will be larger, however, as a grade levels eat lunch together. Middle school administrators are working with staff and students to create a seating arrangement for lunch periods to lessen stable group contact. Transportation will also be available on a regular schedule, both before and after school, as will Extended Day services.

For your convenience, please see the attached calendar. We will be going back to the early release Wednesday model, as outlined on the calendar. Lastly, remember that with larger numbers of students in each class, if we have to quarantine, it will most likely be the entire class, as the new guidelines state that a close contact is someone who has been within 6-feet of the positive case for a cumulative 15 minutes in a 24- hour period.

Thank you again for your support, patience, and partnership through this extremely challenging time. We appreciate our entire Rescue Team made up of families, teachers, and staff. Our teachers and staff are the best and they will work extremely hard to be prepared for Thursday, the 4th. The classrooms have to be reconfigured and changed dramatically to be able to provide appropriate space. We appreciate all the efforts put into this. Here’s to a strong finish to the 2020-2021 school year!

Most sincerely,
Cheryl Olson
 
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - February 11,  2021 (PDF Version)

 
 
Dear RUSD Staff and Families,
 
As you may be aware, late yesterday California Department of Public Health released their process for a Safety Review Request.  We had been under the impression that we would be able to work with our local public health officials on the process to demonstrate that we could indeed successfully navigate a full reopening of our schools despite the four-foot requirement put forth in the January 14, 2021 guidelines.  However, that is not the case.  This CDPH process stipulates that a district first must submit a Letter of Intent with the State, and within that letter must be able to indicate one of two specific reasons for the request.  Upon receipt of the Letter of Intent, the State Department Team would then send the district the Safety Review Request form process. 
 
Upon reading through the process it is clear that the way it is currently written it does not pertain to our situation.  It will not allow for us to fully reopen at this time.  There are two specific reasons CDPH is allowing districts to apply for a Safety Review Request.  The first reason is to support districts who, because of the January 14th document, would otherwise have to return to full distance learning.  Our district, under the January 14th requirements, can still operate in the hybrid model, and therefore Reason 1 would not apply.  The second reason is if a district was in the process of bringing back students to in-person instruction, but had never offered all students the option to return for in-person instruction for at least part of the week.  Our district has offered students from every grade the ability to receive at least some in-person instruction since August, and therefore reason 2 does not apply either.  We are currently seeking counsel and clarification from the State regarding this unfortunate fact. 
 
As we continue working through this process we want you to know we are seeking every possible solution.  We are thinking outside the box and trying to determine how we could get more of our children at school full time under the current requirements put forth by the January 14, 2021 document until this is resolved.  As always, we will keep you informed.  We know we need our children in school full time.  That is our intent.  We appreciate our staff and families.  We are grateful that in RUSD we collaborate successfully with our union groups and the Board of Trustees to make decisions that are beneficial for all.  Our teachers and staff join our families in the desire to best meet student needs.  We will continue providing our students the very best educational experience possible.
 
Most sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - February 5,  2021 (PDF Version)

 
Dear RUSD Families,

It is hard to believe that we are already past the halfway mark of the school year. For such a challenging year with so many twists and turns and changes, it has certainly flown by.  We could not have done it without our families partnering with us in the education of our children.  We know that our parents and students have worked incredibly hard, alongside our teachers and staff to navigate this unique school year and we are grateful to you and for you.

It is time to make plans for student summer learning opportunities.  We will offer a robust summer learning program entitled R.I.S.E. (Readiness. Improvement. Success. Empowerment.)  The plan is to assess students this spring, using select district based assessments, to determine gaps students may have resulting from COVID-19.  We would then invite students to participate for an opportunity to fill those gaps so that they are better prepared for the next school year.

The R.I.S.E. program will run from June 8 through July 2, from 8:30 - 1:00 daily.  Our focus would primarily be on language arts and math.  Students will be provided with a grab and go lunch at the end of the session each day, and transportation will be available.  We will host this program at Marina Village, Lake Forest, and Rescue Elementary, but students from across the district are welcome to attend.

In addition to the R.I.S.E. program, we will offer our Extended School Year (ESY) program for our special needs students, during the same days and times as the R.I.S.E program, at both Marina Village and Lake Forest.

Lastly, we will offer BOOST programs from July 19 - 30, during the hours of 8:30-12:00.  The first BOOST program will be specifically designed for our English language learners and the second BOOST program will be specifically designed for special needs students, both resource and SDC students.  These programs will run concurrently and will be offered at Pleasant Grove Middle School and Green Valley, but again, students who qualify may attend from any school in the district.  Additionally, students who qualify can attend both the R.I.S.E and the BOOST sessions if desired.

This is a huge endeavor and we would like to reach out now to see what level of interest we might have from our families so we know the  staffing we need.  We ask that you take a moment and fill out the short survey below by Friday, February 19.

We thank you in advance for your time in responding to our survey, and we thank you again for your partnership.  We appreciate you.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Olson, Superintendent

Link to Parent Summer School Survey
https://forms.gle/HmUWT44igj2QfZQx8
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - January 30,  2021 (PDF Version)

 
 
 
Dear RUSD Staff and Families,

I trust this finds you enjoying your weekend. It has been great to have rain, but it is nice to have a little sunshine too!
 
We wanted to share a few announcements so you can plan accordingly.
    1. For Hybrid students there will NOT be a Distance Learning Day on Friday, February 5. It will be a regular in-person instruction hybrid day.
    2. School is closed in honor of President’s Day and Lincoln’s Birthday Friday, February 12 and
      Monday, February 15.
    3. This past week we had 2 positive COVID cases. One student tested positive at Jackson, but the student had not been at school when they could have exposed anyone, so no one else needed to be quarantined except the sibling. One adult tested positive at Lake Forest, but no one was a close contact, so no one else has been quarantined. We have a few others who are pending, but no other positive cases at this point.
    4. El Dorado County has created a Vaccine Notification list to notify residents when their vaccination tier is reached. Educators do not need to complete this form. Parents, please feel free to utilize this link to sign up if you wish.
      https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7cX_d5rE6fEdy-MUv1_Sfy6KcKzjuJIR32NsEpssGTjl1hA/viewform
    5. I also want to remind you that RUSD has partnered with CARE SOLACE. Care Solace is an online resource with a live 24/7 concierge meant to assist individuals to connect with local mental health related programs and counseling services. Care Solace is a tool for school staff AND school families to connect with community-based mental healthcare resources and providers. Their proprietary care navigation system taps into a vast database of mental healthcare resources to find carefully vetted local therapists and programs in minutes. You may access Care Solace in two ways:
        • Call (888) 515-0595 to speak with someone from our Concierge team. Representatives are standing by to take your call or email 24/7.
        • Visit our custom district link: www.caresolace.com/rusd . Answer 10 easy questions to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare and those that have no insurance. The platform also can filter by age, gender, zip code, and special request.
        • This service is FREE. Care Solace does not require a name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All information entered on the Care Solace tool is completely confidential and securely stored.
        • This is an optional resource available by choice. Please take note of the additional fliers attached.
 
Have a wonderful weekend. If we can support you or answer any questions you may have, please reach out at colson@my.rescueusd.org.
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson
 
 
Care Solace Flyer - PDF
 
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - January 22,  2021 (PDF Version)

 
 
Dear RUSD Staff and Families,
 
I wanted to reach out to you all to share some thoughts and facts about where we currently stand in Rescue regarding the new directives disseminated on January 14, 2021.  Some of you were able to participate in our special board meeting on Wednesday afternoon, but many were not, so I will share what we discussed and also make sure some of the questions are clarified and answered so we are all on the same page.
 
First of all, I want you to know that my heart aches for our families and our staff as we face challenge after challenge.  I have heard many, many stories of hardship, agony, frustration, and worries faced by our families and staff who are trying to juggle work, school, children, family, health, and life in general.  Many of our staff and administration have children too, and are facing the same struggles. Our staff has worked very hard to provide in person learning opportunities as well as online learning opportunities, and our Unions continue working alongside district administration and the Board to have as much face to face interaction with our students as possible.  We are all working together in this regard.  I truly wish I could take all this away and get our students back to school full time right now.
 
I also want our families to understand that our Board has no recourse and no authority to ignore the directives put forth by California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on January 14th.  It is entirely out of our Board’s hands.  CDPH has been given executive authority to make emergency orders to protect the health and safety of the people and that is what they have done.  We must function within those parameters and operate in alignment with these mandates.  With that said, we also know that the intention of the Safe Schools for All was to support districts and help districts reopen, but unfortunately most districts are still closed in complete distance learning.  While this document will actually help those districts open to a hybrid status, we, on the other hand, have had the incredible ability and opportunity to be open for in person learning since August.  These directives unintentionally hurt our opportunity to open more fully for now.  The main issue for us is the 4-foot mandate. It is impossible to maintain 4 feet distance between every chair with a full classroom of students.  We literally measured classrooms to see if we could.  A question was raised about why now is this being followed?  The previous document used words like “as practicable”, “may”, “should”, “is recommended”, etc.  The current document states that “Under no circumstances should distance between student chairs be less than 4 feet.”  There is no wiggle room in that statement.  Additionally, we reached out to legal counsel and School Insurance Authority to request their opinion on this topic and they concurred.  We have no choice right now but to adhere to the directive.
 
Could this document change?  YES.  Do we know a timeframe for a revision?  NO. I do know that there are numerous advocacy groups, such as Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), California School Board Association (CSBA), our superintendent group in El Dorado County, El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE), Small School Districts’ Association (SSDA), El Dorado County Public Health (EDCPH), and others, working hard with Governor Newsom, legislators, State Board of Education (SBE), and CDPH to seek revision of the document so that the directives support all districts instead of just some.
 
With that said, how do we navigate under these latest directives?  One of the main questions asked is about mask wearing.  Please note the clarification below:
 
  • What masks are allowed for students in grades TK-8? All students must wear a mask or gator unless exempted with a doctor’s note due to a health issue.  If the student has a doctor’s note exempting him/her from wearing a mask, they must wear a face shield with a drape. The glittery mesh masks that are thin and relatively see-through are NOT allowed for anyone to wear, as they are not considered protection from particulates.  Primary teachers, speech pathologists, and other staff may wear a face shield with a drape when teaching phonics or other such lessons requiring students to see how the adult forms a word or sound.
 
As with all things these days, information changes almost by the minute.  These changes make it vital that we are always prepared to pivot in very short order.  I know this makes it extremely challenging and difficult to plan and be prepared.  We need to all give ourselves and others grace and remember that we all are doing our very best under these very stressful circumstances. 
 
Additionally, our COVID cases for this week are noted below.  Remember that if your child was in a stable group with a positive case, you would have received a personal phone call or a personal email.
 
19th:       1 presumed positive student at Rescue Elementary, with 1 quarantined staff member.
20th:       1 positive student at Rescue Elementary who had not been at school since Christmas, so no quarantines were necessary.
21st:        1 positive student at Jackson, with no quarantines needed.
                1 positive staff member at Jackson, with both stable groups quarantined (12 students total), as well as two other staff members. 
                1 positive student at Rescue, with two other students quarantined, and one additional staff member quarantined.
22nd:      1 positive student at Lake Forest, but the student has not been at school, so no one had to be quarantined.
               
Another important announcement is regarding the weather.  As you know, we may have snow next week.  I will send out a phone announcement by 6:30 am each morning next week if we are not going to be able to have school due to snow.  We are hoping it won’t be necessary to close school, but we need to be prepared in case.
 
We will continue working with our staff to meet our student and family needs, no matter what else comes our way.  We look forward to the day we can open fully for in-person instruction, as soon as CDPH revises their directives.  Thank you for continuing this journey with us.  I do believe we will come through stronger on the other side.
 
Most sincerely,
Cheryl Olson
 
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - January 18,  2021 (PDF Version)

 
Dear RUSD Staff and Families,

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) developed a new guidance document that is a public health directive applying to all public and private schools in California. This document was released on January 14, 2021. Under operative executive orders of the California Health and Safety Code, schools must comply with these orders to limit the spread of COVID-19.
 
These directives are clear and binding. Unfortunately, these directives make it so we cannot open more fully on January 25, 2021. When the Board made the decision for us to transition to Phase 2 of our full reopening plan, we had no idea this document would prohibit our full reopening. We will remain in hybrid status until the directives allow otherwise.
 
The major changes in guidelines are as follows:
  1. We must complete and post a COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) to our website by February 1. (p.7,10)
  2. We may comply with guidance from other federal, state, local, and non-governmental sources, to the extent those guidelines are not weaker than or inconsistent with state and local public health directives. (p. 4)
  3. Classroom cohorts will now be called Stable Groups. (p. 5)
  4. Students in all grade levels TK-12 are required to wear face coverings at all times, while at school, unless exempted. (p. 16)
  5. Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition, as confirmed by school district health team and therapists, must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it. (p. 16)
  6. In order to comply with this guidance, schools must exclude students from campus if they are not exempt from wearing a face covering under CDPH guidelines and refuse to wear one provided by the school. (p. 17)
  7. Stable groups could switch schedules or even membership after the end of a quarter, trimester, or semester in ways that support students being able to take additional classes without substantial group mixing. (p. 20)
  8. Under no circumstances should distance between student chairs be less than 4 feet. This is the one that makes a full reopening prohibitive. There is no possible way to configure our classrooms and keep chairs 4 feet apart with 24-30 students in a classroom. The most we can fit, after measuring classrooms, is 17 students. This is why we will have to remain in hybrid for the time being, until CDPH relaxes these directives. (p. 21)
  9. Activities where there is increased likelihood for transmission from contaminated exhaled aerosols such as band and choir practice and performances are permitted outdoors only. For now, we will not be able to have band, as we cannot move the entire band room outside each day, especially during winter months. (p. 22)
  10. Parents must screen their children daily for COVID-19 symptoms and for exposure to someone with COVID-19 prior to leaving for school. Parents are to keep their child at home if the child is feeling ill or has any symptoms of COVID-19, even if symptoms are very mild, and to get their ill child tested for SARS-Cov2. (p.27)
  11. A close contact is now defined as a person who is within 6 feet from a case for more than 15 minutes cumulative within a 24-hour period, regardless of face coverings. In school situations, it may be difficult to determine whether individuals have met this criterion and an entire stable group, classroom, or other group may need to be considered exposed, and thus quarantined. (p. 32)
RUSD will continue to be diligent in meeting student needs and helping our students grow and learn despite this setback. To give the Board an opportunity to discuss this document and the ramifications of it for our district, the Board has called a Special Meeting to be held Wednesday, January 20, at 4:00 pm. It will be entirely by Zoom. Sharon Laurel will publish the zoom link on our website within the 24-hour requirement for special meetings. We welcome your attendance via Zoom. Since it is a special meeting, there will be no other agenda items. Other items will be added to the regularly scheduled meeting on January 26th.
 
We want you to know that when CDPH allows us to open more fully, we will do so. To read the entire document, you may click on the link below:
 
 
In the meantime, please know we are here to support you and your children. Our teachers and staff care deeply about the growth and well-being of our students. Our district is committed to fostering a culture that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of students, parents and staff. In an effort to continuously support this commitment, RUSD has partnered with Care Solace. Care Solace is an online resource with a live 24/7 concierge meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health related programs and counseling services. Care Solace is a tool for school staff and families to connect with community-based mental healthcare resources and providers. Their proprietary care navigation system taps into a vast database of mental healthcare resources to find carefully vetted local therapists and programs.
 
School district families and staff may access Care Solace services in two ways:
  1. Call (888) 515-0595 to speak with someone from our Concierge team
  2. Visit our custom district link: www.caresolace.com/rusd
 
Care Solace is now available for use by district families and staff at no cost. Care Solace does not require a name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All information entered on the Care Solace tool is completely confidential and securely stored.
 
Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory in any way. Care Solace is not an emergency response service or mental health services provider. In the event of a life threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255. If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting www.caresolace.com/rusd If you or your child needs support, counseling services, or anything else, please reach out to us.
 
We are here for you. Thank you and let’s finish strong.

Most sincerely,

Cheryl Olson
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - January 13,  2021 (PDF Version)

 
 
Dear RUSD Staff and Families,
 
We are marching through the month of January at a very quick pace!  We hope that 2021 has been positive so far.   We invite you to read the following update and announcements.  If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me at colson@my.rescueusd.org.
 
  • RUSD COVID case update for January 10-13:  2 students at Jackson tested positive, but they have not been in school since Christmas, so no one could have been exposed.  1 student at Lakeview has tested positive, but this individual has not been at school since vacation either, so no one has been exposed.  Lake Forest has two students who have tested positive, but they have not been in school since January 4, so according to public health and our nursing staff, no one needs to quarantine. The two cohorts involved have been notified with a separate email.  Pleasant Grove has one student who is presumed positive, with 1 staff member and 1 student being quarantined for being considered a close contact to the individual.  Lastly, Marina Village has one positive case also, but again, this student has not been at school since vacation, so no one has been exposed. 
 
  • January 12 was the RUSD Study Session for the month of January. The Board of Trustees determined that we will move forward with the plan to enter Phase 2 on Monday, January 25th. Hybrid students will attend school in an early release schedule from January 25 through February 28.  This means that elementary students will be in school from 8:55 am until 2:10. Middle school students will be in school from 8:00 am until 12:45.  Middle school students will receive a bag lunch before dismissal to eat at home.  We have chosen this option for our middle schools to avoid large cohorts of students being close together in one room during lunch.  Middle school students will attend all their classes in the morning before dismissal. Additionally, if your child has not yet ridden a bus to school this year, and you would like to take advantage of this opportunity starting January 25, please fill out the bus application online.
 
  • Frontier will continue for the remainder of the school year.  If families are interested in changing programs before the end of the year there will be an opportunity to do so at the start of trimester 3, which is March 1.  The programs are quite full, so movement may or may not be possible.  If you are interested, you need to contact your school office to be put on the waitlist.
 
  • Vaccinations are now available for our teachers and staff members.  Many have already signed up to receive the vaccine.  This will help us further mitigate the risk of the virus.
 
Thank you for your continued support and help.  We appreciate our families and staff very much.  Have a wonderful rest of your week.
 
Sincerely,
Cheryl Olson
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - January 10,  2021 (PDF Version)

 
Dear RUSD Staff and Families,
 
It has been a beautiful, crisp weekend.  I trust you were able to enjoy it.
 
We want to remind you that Monday, January 11, 2021, is a distance learning day.  Students will be with their teachers online in the morning.  They should have received information about this from their teachers this past week.  Tuesday through Friday will be the normal hybrid and Frontier schedule.
We also want to give you an update on COVID cases.  We know that all cases have not yet surfaced from winter break.  We ask that you remain diligent in your monitoring of any possible symptoms or exposure.  If your child displays any symptoms at all, please do not send him/her to school.  Remain at home and contact your school office and your physician.  We also ask that you remind your child to wash hands often, adhere to social distancing as much as possible, and wear a clean mask every day.  These things are extremely important.  We thank you for your help in this. 
 
This past week we had a few positive cases.  All members of cohorts involved were communicated with.  If you did not receive either a phone call or an email, your child was not in a cohort affected by a positive case.  The following sites had a positive case this past week, from January 3-10:
 
Jackson had one adult case this past week.
Lake Forest had one adult case this past week.
Lakeview had one student case this past week and one adult case.
Marina Village had three student cases this past week.
Pleasant Grove had one adult case this past week.
 
Updated January 9, 2021
           
             
Location
August
September
October
November
December
January
Green Valley
0
0
0
2
2
0
Jackson
0
0
0
3
3
1
Lakeview
1
0
0
5
2
1
Lake Forest
0
0
1
1
3
0
Rescue
0
0
1
2
4
0
Marina Village
0
0
0
6
3
3
Pleasant Grove
0
0
0
5
7
0
Hybrid Staff
0
0
0
3
9
5
Frontier Staff
0
0
0
0
0
1
 
Thank you again for being partners in this journey.  Our Board of Trustees will be meeting on January 12 for their Study Session to discuss our Phase 2 timeline.  As it stands right now, the case numbers are relatively low in our district, but we will continue monitoring them closely over the next two weeks to make sure we make the best decision possible for our students and staff, as our county remains in the purple tier. 
 
Lastly, thank you for sending me your Words of the Year.  I have loved hearing the backstories of your selections.  They are special, powerful, and meaningful.  It isn’t too late to share!  Send me your words!
 
Have a great week. 
 
Sincerely,
Cheryl Olson
 
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - January 7,  2021 (PDF Version)

 
Dear RUSD Staff and Families,
 
I am sure you join me in feeling deep sorrow regarding the heartbreaking events that occurred yesterday in the United States Capitol. While I am not emailing to express an opinion, I want to encourage us as adults, parents, and citizens of the United States to be a positive example and role model for our children and students.  It is important for us to continue encouraging our children and students to do what is right and good, to be respectful, and problem solve in a productive manner.  This will go far in making sure our young people grow up to be the next productive and contributing community members and leaders.
 
I also want to let you know that as we come to the end of our first week back from winter break, we have had a few positive cases of COVID, but since we had been on winter break, and because most of the individuals have not been at their school sites since having symptoms, only one has led to the quarantining of additional individuals.  We have been in regular communication with public health, and our nursing staff continues to monitor symptoms and cases closely.  We have had one positive student COVID case at Lakeview, two positive staff cases in our Hybrid program, and one positive staff member from our Frontier program, but again, none of these have exposed anyone else in our schools. Today we received word that a student at Marina is presumed positive, and we quarantined one teacher and four students.  Please remember that if someone in your family who is a close contact tests positive, ALL members of the family who are close contacts MUST quarantine even if they do not exhibit symptoms or if public health has not contacted you yet.  A close contact is someone you have been within six feet for 15 or more minutes.  This is very important.
 
We thank you for your diligence in adhering to our health and safety protocols not only at school, but at home and in the public.  It does make a difference.  Please remember that if we indeed return to a more full time schedule on January 25th, it is mandated by Governor Newsom as well as the November 16, 2020 California Department of Public Health guidance document that all individuals over age 2 wear face coverings.  Our TK-2 grade students may wear clear face shields if they prefer, but all students and staff must wear a face covering. You may see the entire document attached to this email.  We thank you in advance for following this mandate with us beginning on January 25 when we are scheduled to be in school more full time. 
 
Thank you again for being part of our Rescue family. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson
 
 
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - January 1,  2021 (PDF Version)

 
Dear RUSD Families,
 
Welcome to 2021!  I trust you have enjoyed your holiday season.  Most of us had a Covid-inspired, cozier-than-usual Christmas and New Year.  I think it was rather nice to do less!  With that said, I am excited to see what this new year has in store for us.  I am confident that it will be a productive, positive one.  I know we have all learned a great deal through this past year and we will be able to use what we have learned as we move forward.
 
As we look to Monday, January 4, as our first day back to school after winter break, whether in Hybrid or Frontier, please remember to let me know if any of your close contacts has tested positive for COVID or has symptoms.  We ask that you let us know in advance so we can make appropriate plans and keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.  You may contact me at colson@my.rescueusd.org. If your child has any symptoms on Monday morning, please keep him/her home and contact your school office.  We do not want anything to happen to make it so we cannot enter phase 2 of our full reopening on January 25.  It will take all of us working together to make this happen.  Remember to utilize the symptom checker form each morning before coming to school.
 
A number of you have shared your word for 2021 with me.  If you have not yet shared, I invite you to!  I love hearing about the various words that have come to staff and families.  The meanings behind the words are significant and special.  Some of the words already shared with me for 2021 include the following:  Hope, Forward, Blessed, Pivot, Focus, Peace, Truth, Connected, Move, Seize, Tenacity, Praise, Build, And.  These are powerful words.  I know there are many more out there waiting to be selected.  I know many of our teachers will take our students through this process as well, and I look forward to hearing about their words too.
 
Happy New Year!  Thank you for continuing this journey with us in RUSD.  We appreciate our staff and families and value each of you tremendously.  It certainly takes all of us working together.
 
Most sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson
 
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - December 21,  2020 (PDF Version)

 
Dear Staff and Parents/Guardians,
 
I trust this letter finds you enjoying the holiday season!
 
The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priority. This letter is to inform you of an update on COVID positive cases over the weekend.
 
Pleasant Grove: 1 student and 1 staff member (unrelated) tested positive for COVID. ( 3 students were quarantined)
 
Marina Village: 1 student tested positive for COVID. (8 students are quarantined)
 
We were able to remove one of the students from the Lake Forest list because one of the presumed positive cases ended up being negative!
 
If you did not receive a personal phone call about a COVID case, neither you nor your child was deemed to have had a close contact and therefore the chance that you or your child was infected is very low. EDC Public Health has been notified, and no action is needed at this time. Remember that to be a close contact, one must have been within 6 feet of the positive case for 15 or more minutes.
 
We will update you with any additional pertinent information when we receive it. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms and stay home if you are experiencing influenza-like illness. Please contact your healthcare provider if you have any additional questions or concerns.
 
Thank you for your help and support.  We appreciate you.
 
Sincerely,
Cheryl Olson, Superintendent
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - December 18,  2020 (PDF Version)

 
Dear Rescue Families,

This is our last communique before winter break. Above all, we want to wish you a special, wonderful holiday season with family. We trust you will remain healthy and safe. We hope you take time to rest and refresh, as this fall has been challenging and stressful to say the least.
 
I would also like to challenge you to try something with us. For the past four years, I have encouraged our staff to individually choose One Word for the year. It is now time to find that one word for 2021. I invite you to click here to read more about choosing One Word to give you meaning, mission, passion, and purpose in 2021 (rather than a list of resolutions that are easily broken). This idea comes from one of my favorite authors, Jon Gordon. I have personally practiced this for the past 6 years. My words have been Renewal, Courage, Capacity, Steadfast, Abundance, and Cultivate. Sometimes it takes a while for your word to find you. I suggest you think and listen to that still, quiet voice inside you and your word will come to you! I love looking back over my words and reflecting on what was going on in my world that made that year’s word particularly relevant and important. This is the perfect time to start considering: 1) What do you want to focus on this year? 2) What is in the way? 3) What do you need more or less of? 4) What needs to change? and/or 5) How can your one word move you from busyness to purposeful action?
 
Each December, as I reflect on these questions, words will start to pop up and then I let those words percolate for a bit before I decide on my One Guiding Word for the Year. My word finally found me for 2021. It is CONNECTED. I know that because of the pandemic we are in, I need to carefully, consistently, and conscientiously seek new and additional ways to connect to our students, to our families, to our staff, and to my own family. It is very important to me to do just that.
 
When your word for 2021 finds you, I would be honored if you would share it with me. Send me an email when you have your Word for the Year. Let’s make this a purposeful year. Many of our teachers take their students through this process too! I love hearing about all the special words our students and staff select. I’d love to hear yours as well.
 
Lastly, we have a COVID update for you:
 
Pleasant Grove had 1 student test positive, but only 3 students have to quarantine. Also, completely unrelated to the positive student, PG has a staff member who has tested positive, but no one was considered a close contact, so no one needs to quarantine.
Lake Forest has one student who is presumed positive, and we have quarantined the teacher and the 9 students in the cohort until we hear for sure whether the student is positive or not. If you have not received a phone call, your child is not in the cohort needing to be quarantined.
Jackson has one student who has tested positive, and 6 students need to quarantine.
 
Should your child, or anyone in your immediate family, or a close contact to your child test positive over winter break, please, please contact me at colson@my.rescueusd.org or (530) 672-4810. We also ask that you adhere to our health and safety protocols over break and if your child has any symptoms on January 4, please keep them home and contact your school office. We want to be able to keep our schools open.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy New Year. Here’s to 2021!
 
Most sincerely,
Cheryl Olson

 

Message from the Superintendent - December 16,  2020 (PDF Version)

 
 
Dear Rescue Staff and Families,

As you may know, the Rescue Union Board of Trustees met Tuesday evening, December 15, 2020 to further discuss our plans for January. Originally, we were slated to begin Phase 2 of our more traditional schedule on January 4. Unfortunately, since the time our Board made that decision in mid-October, the landscape has changed significantly. As you can see on the chart below, when the Board made that decision, there were very few cases in our district or our county. Over the course of Halloween and Thanksgiving break cases have spiked, and every indication shows that the spike will continue and even increase over Christmas and New Year’s. For that reason, based upon administration’s recommendation and the Board’s data analysis, Rescue Union School District’s Board of Trustees made the very difficult decision to delay our return to full time to January 25 to allow time for the spike in COVID cases to adequately subside. This was a very difficult decision to make as our administrators, teachers, staff, and Board know beyond a shadow of a doubt that our students need to be in school full time. We also know that if we were to return to a more full time schedule during a significant spike in cases, we run the risk of dramatically increasing the numbers of students and staff needing to quarantine, which would then mean many more lost days of instruction and learning.
 
El Dorado County COVID Chart
 
We will continue encouraging our TK-2nd grade children to wear face shields or masks, but they will not be required to wear them until January 25th. We also invite you to make sure you see the updated school calendar that is attached to this email. Please note that during the month of January, our hybrid students will have one scheduled Distance Learning day, and that will be Monday, January 11. Phase 2 will begin Monday, January 25 and go through Friday, February 26th. Instructional days during Phase 2 will be on the early release schedules, which means elementary students will dismiss at 2:10 and middle school students will dismiss at 1:15. This schedule allows for
our evening custodians to work earlier so that they can assist with the ongoing disinfecting throughout the day.
 
We thank you so very much for your continued flexibility and support during this pandemic. We care deeply about our students, families, and staff. We love our students and cannot wait for the day we can be at school full time every single day without worry of COVID.
 
Have a wonderful holiday season. Enjoy family and all that is precious to you. We also wish for you a happy and healthy 2021.
 
Most sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson
 
 
 

 

Message from the Superintendent - December 9,  2020 (PDF Version)

 
 
Dear Rescue Staff and Families,

Together we are working through ever evolving changes, and you and those we serve remain our primary concern. Our objective is to remain clear and timely with our
communication with you. 
 
As expected, the State of California announced that the Greater Sacramento Region, which includes El Dorado County, will be under a regional stay-at-home order, effective 11:59 p.m. Thursday evening, December 10. The Greater Sacramento Region fell below the hospital intensive care unit (ICU) available capacity of 15%. This order will last for a minimum of three weeks.
 
We wanted you to know that this does not directly impact our schools. Education remains an essential function, and our district will continue to make decisions at the local level and in close collaboration with the El Dorado County Public Health Department. The Rescue Union Board of Trustees will be discussing our plan for January at the December 15 Board meeting, as the situation in our community has changed significantly since the previous decision was made.
 
We continue to be grateful for your resilience, your understanding, and support. Stay safe and be well.
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson, Superintendent
 
 
 

 

Message from the Superintendent - December 6,  2020 (PDF Version)

 
Dear Rescue Staff and Families,
 
I trust this finds you enjoying your weekend. The weather certainly is beautiful.
 
The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priority.  I do look forward to the time where our main communication with you is NOT about COVID! However, this letter is to inform you that over the weekend we had the following positive cases in our district. Thankfully, none of the positive cases we have had in our district have been transmitted from school, thanks to our diligence and adherence to our health and safety protocols.
 
Saturday, December 5: Two students in two different grade levels tested positive for COVID at Rescue Elementary. Through contact tracing, it was determined that a total of two students will be quarantined due to their exposure. The definition of exposure means that if someone is near a positive person closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. If you did not receive word from the school, your child was not deemed to have had close contact and therefore the chance that your child was infected is very low. EDCPH has been notified, and no further action is needed at this time.
 
Saturday, December 5: One student from Pleasant Grove, who is a sibling to one of the positive Rescue students, also tested positive to COVID. Through contact tracing it was determined that a total of eight students will be quarantined due to their exposure. The definition of exposure means that if someone is near a positive person closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. If you did not receive word from the school, your child was not deemed to have had close contact and therefore the chance that
your child was infected is very low. EDCPH has been notified, and no further action is needed at this time.
 
Sunday, December 6: We have one student from Pleasant Grove who is a PRESUMED positive case. Through contact tracing it has been determined that a total of 6 students will be quarantined until test results come back. If the student is negative, the quarantined students may return to school when we receive the verification.
 
Sunday, December 6: We have one student at Marina Village who tested positive for COVID. Through contact tracing it was determined that a total of 19 students will quarantine due to their exposure. If you did not receive word from the school, your child was not deemed to have had close contact and therefore the chance that your child was infected is very low. EDCPH has been notified, and not further action is needed at this time.
 
We will update you with any additional pertinent information when we receive it.  Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms and stay home if you are experiencing influenza-like illness.  Please contact your healthcare provider if you have any additional questions or concerns.
 
Thank you for your support and continued diligence in adhering to our health and safety protocols. They are making a difference.
 
Most sincerely,
Cheryl Olson, Superintendent
 
 

 

Message from the Superintendent - December 2,  2020 (PDF Version)

 
Dear Rescue Staff and Families,
 
Welcome back and happy December! We know this month will fly quickly by and we will be on winter break before we know it.
 
We wanted to make sure you were aware of a new informational resource we have created to keep you informed about our COVID cases. On our District webpage, the top heading is Latest COVID Information. If you click on that heading, you will find our current information and at the bottom is a link to our COVID Dashboard.
 
Over the Thanksgiving week, we received the following information from our nursing staff and EDCPH regarding new, positive cases in our district:
 
Green Valley: 2 positive student cases, but due to conference week and Thanksgiving, no one needs to quarantine. (Total of 2 for November)
 
Jackson: 3 positive student cases, but due to conference week and Thanksgiving, no one needs to quarantine. (Total of 3 for November)
 
Lakeview: 3 positive student cases, but due to conference week and Thanksgiving, no one needs to quarantine. (Total of 4 for November)
 
Lake Forest: No positive cases over Thanksgiving. (Total of 0 for November)
 
Rescue: No positive student cases over Thanksgiving. (Total of 2 for November)
 
Marina Village: 2 positive student cases, and only a few students needed to quarantine due to Thanksgiving week. (Total of 3 for November)
 
Pleasant Grove: 2 positive student cases, and only a few students needed to quarantine due to Thanksgiving week. (Total of 3 for November)
 
Staff: 2 staff members tested positive over Thanksgiving, but no one needs to be quarantined. (Total of 3 for November)
 
As of December 2, we also just received notice that one additional staff member from Pleasant Grove has tested positive, but due to Thanksgiving week, no one needs to be quarantined. Lake Forest has one student who has tested positive on December 2, but due to the student not being at school for the past two weeks, no one needs to be quarantined. Green Valley has one student who has tested positive for COVID on December 2, but only 1 student needs to be quarantined, and lastly, Marina Village has two students who tested positive, but no one needs to quarantine due to Thanksgiving and when the symptoms occurred.
 
We will continue keeping you updated as we move forward. At our December 15 Board meeting, we will continue our discussion about our reopening plan for January. We know this is a topic of great interest and concern for many. Our Board of Trustees care deeply about the needs, health, and safety of our staff and students and they make their decisions carefully. If there are to be changes to our January plan, it will be discussed at the December 15 meeting.
 
As always, if you have questions or thoughts to share, I welcome you to reach out to me. We are in this together. I appreciate our staff and families very much. We have a tremendous district. Thank you for your support and help as we continue navigating this year together in the most positive way possible.
 
Most sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson, Superintendent
 
 
December 2, 2020
 
Dear Rescue Staff and Families,
 
Welcome back and happy December! We know this month will fly quickly by and we will be on winter break before we know it.
 
We wanted to make sure you were aware of a new informational resource we have created to keep you informed about our COVID cases. On our District webpage, the top heading is Latest COVID Information. If you click on that heading, you will find our current information and at the bottom is a link to our COVID Dashboard.
 
Over the Thanksgiving week, we received the following information from our nursing staff and EDCPH regarding new, positive cases in our district:
 
Green Valley: 2 positive student cases, but due to conference week and Thanksgiving, no one needs to quarantine. (Total of 2 for November)
 
Jackson: 3 positive student cases, but due to conference week and Thanksgiving, no one needs to quarantine. (Total of 3 for November)
 
Lakeview: 3 positive student cases, but due to conference week and Thanksgiving, no one needs to quarantine. (Total of 4 for November)
 
Lake Forest: No positive cases over Thanksgiving. (Total of 0 for November)
 
Rescue: No positive student cases over Thanksgiving. (Total of 2 for November)
 
Marina Village: 2 positive student cases, and only a few students needed to quarantine due to Thanksgiving week. (Total of 3 for November)
 
Pleasant Grove: 2 positive student cases, and only a few students needed to quarantine due to Thanksgiving week. (Total of 3 for November)
 
Staff: 2 staff members tested positive over Thanksgiving, but no one needs to be quarantined. (Total of 3 for November)
 
As of December 2, we also just received notice that one additional staff member from Pleasant Grove has tested positive, but due to Thanksgiving week, no one needs to be quarantined. Lake Forest has one student who has tested positive on December 2, but due to the student not being at school for the past two weeks, no one needs to be quarantined. Green Valley has one student who has tested positive for COVID on December 2, but only 1 student needs to be quarantined, and lastly, Marina Village has two students who tested positive, but no one needs to quarantine due to Thanksgiving and when the symptoms occurred.
 
We will continue keeping you updated as we move forward. At our December 15 Board meeting, we will continue our discussion about our reopening plan for January. We know this is a topic of great interest and concern for many. Our Board of Trustees care deeply about the needs, health, and safety of our staff and students and they make their decisions carefully. If there are to be changes to our January plan, it will be discussed at the December 15 meeting.
 
As always, if you have questions or thoughts to share, I welcome you to reach out to me. We are in this together. I appreciate our staff and families very much. We have a tremendous district. Thank you for your support and help as we continue navigating this year together in the most positive way possible.
 
Most sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson, Superintendent
 
 

 

Message from the Superintendent - November 29,  2020 (PDF Version)

 
Dear Rescue Staff and Families,
 
Welcome back!  We sincerely hope that each of you were able to enjoy time with family over Thanksgiving and you are ready for the last bit of time before winter break.
 
As you know, over the month of November we have experienced a substantial increase in COVID-19 throughout our larger community and although it appears to be impacting a relatively smaller number of students and employees, we are noting an increase among both groups.
 
With that said, we know that the next few weeks may present significant challenges if the numbers of cases impacting our schools continue to increase. As a result, we again request your help to mitigate the risk of the virus spreading in our schools.  To date, due to our diligence and adherence to our health and safety protocols, we are grateful that we have not observed student to student or employee to student transmission of the virus. With all of us continuing to work together on this, we hope to keep this record of success going.
 
Please consider the following as we return to school tomorrow:
 
  • If your child is exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms or your family has recently (last 2 weeks) been around anyone with COVID-19 or anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, please keep your child home on Monday and contact your school office for further guidance. 
  • Please remind children about the importance of wearing a face covering in a manner that covers both the nose and mouth. Consider sending your TK-2 grade child to school with a mask also, so they may begin practicing the wearing of a mask between now and January 4.
  • Encourage your children and family to practice physical distancing when in the community and at school. 
  • Monitor children to ensure they are hand washing frequently.
 
 As always, we will close individual classroom cohorts if it is suspected that the virus has spread beyond close contacts in a classroom cohort. Additionally, according to the California Department of Public Health, individual school closure may be appropriate when there are at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff testing positive within a 14-day period. In the event of a classroom or school closure, teachers and students will move to Distance Learning for a period of 14 days.
  
Thank you for your continued support of our schools as we face a challenging three weeks before winter break.  We are truly grateful to you and for you.  It takes all of us, students, staff, and families, working together, to navigate this difficult time.  We are here to serve our students and families.  We do not take this lightly.  Thank you for all you do to support our endeavor.
 
Most sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson
 
 

 

Message from the Superintendent - July 11,  2020 (PDF Version)

 
Dear RUSD Families,

We know this is a very difficult time. We have three short weeks until school starts and many decisions need to be made. We also know you need to make the very best decision for your family. We understand and our hearts go out to you.

We have been receiving many emails and phone calls with questions about our programs for the 2020- 2021 school year. This communication is meant to give additional information to help you with your decision making. With that said, please know that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change and requirements and mandates are revised by the Governor and El Dorado County Public Health, we have a responsibility to be prepared to change our direction too, so that we can provide the very best education possible for all of our students no matter what. Our teachers will continue providing a rigorous, standards-based, cohesive program with daily live instruction, grades, and assessments no matter if your child is in the traditional model, the Frontier Academy, or should we be mandated to move into a full distance learning model.
 
Many questions have been asked regarding our traditional model and the health and safety protocols that are being put in place. The following are some of the more important ones:
    • Because we cannot accommodate 6 feet of social distancing between all desks, we will have all desks facing the same way. Desks and tables will be as spread apart as possible, up to 3 feet in most cases. Teachers are removing extra furniture and materials that are not needed in order to create more space.
    • At this point in time Governor Newsom has mandated the wearing of face coverings inside where social distancing cannot occur. We will not have students wear them outside, during recess, lunch, PE, or when teachers conduct class outside. The longest amount of time a student would have to wear a face covering at a time would be about 100 minutes without a break. At this point it is acceptable for students and staff to wear face shields, which may be a more comfortable alternative. If a student has a medical condition that makes wearing a face covering difficult, a parent needs to bring in a doctor’s note excusing the child from wearing one.
    • We have upgraded our filters in rooms to capture a great percentage of particulates. They will be changed twice as often.
    • Our maintenance department has built additional hand washing stations that accommodate 12 students at a time, all socially distanced for each campus.
    • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be provided at each site.
    • Students will be asked to bring water bottles from home to drink from. They can refill them from
      the classroom sinks if need be.
    • Common areas and high traffic areas such as door knobs, faucets, toilets, handrails, etc., will be cleaned midday and in the evening.
    • Cohorts of students will play together at recess and each cohort will have their own set of playground equipment to use, to be disinfected after each recess. This is the same procedure for PE equipment also.
    • Students will not dress out for PE this year. They will bring appropriate shoes to wear for PE.
    • Students will be socially distanced during lunch.
    • We have ordered some clear barriers to use between students in small group instruction areas.
    • We are focusing our custodians on deep cleaning and disinfecting.
    • Our entire staff will be trained in disinfecting techniques and given appropriate nontoxic disinfectant spray to use in their classes between classes at the middle school level and in elementary classrooms as well.
    • At this point in time, El Dorado County Public Health is stating that should a child or adult be diagnosed with COVID-19, that person and their immediate family would be quarantined for 14 days. EDCPH would be responsible for the tracking process, communicating with the families from the class/school, and mandating the quarantine. The school would immediately completely disinfect the classroom and school.
    • If a child or adult exhibits symptoms of illness they would be taken immediately to the health office and screened. Parents would be called and expected to pick their child up and to take them to the doctor for testing. EDCPH would be contacted and they would determine the course of action from there.
    • Every family will receive a hard copy of our COVID Compact with a list of expectations to sign.
    • Parent volunteers will not be able to be used during this time.
    • Large assemblies will not occur, nor field trips taken.
    • Parents will need to wear a face covering if they come onto campus.
 
These are just a few of the procedures we are putting in place. The specific plans for each site will be sent to parents on Wednesday after the Board meeting Tuesday night. These plans have been developed by site administrators, teachers, staff, and parents. The umbrella protocols for all plans were developed by the Rescue Union School District Reopening Committee that has met weekly this summer.
 
Until we are mandated or recommended otherwise, our Board of Trustees has determined that we will continue moving forward with our traditional model because we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that our students are best served by being able to physically be in school with their teacher. That is where the magic happens. Should a family feel uncomfortable having their children return full time, we are offering the Frontier Virtual Academy option. Please see the attached FAQ sheet for more information regarding that program. Additionally, we invite you to go to our district webpage. On the front page there is a large rectangular button that says Frontier Academy. If you click on it, it will take you to see sample schedules and other pertinent information.
 
Lastly, as you know, and has we have stated, we continue to experience changes in the COVID-19 situation. Due to these ever changing developments, the District is currently working on the instructional model that would be utilized for distance learning in the event schools are mandated to close by either El Dorado County Public Health or the Governor. Fortunately, since we will already have students and teachers using the Fuel Ed distance learning platform, and also due to additional money we are receiving for COVID related expenses that has to be spent by December 2020, we will be in position to pivot quickly to utilize the same platform for the rest of our students previously in the traditional or possible hybrid model. This platform will provide the backbone, but teachers will also provide daily live instruction in conjunction with Fuel Ed, student work will be graded, and assessments will be given for progress monitoring purposes along the way. We know we had originally said we would not use the same platform as the Frontier program if we had to close, but we are grateful that we will now be able to use it to a certain extent to give our students consistency and give our parents one main place to access lessons and materials should it be necessary.
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We have tried to answer the many questions received via email, text, and phone. We also hope this communication helps. Our goal is to meet the needs of our teachers, staff, and families. We will keep you informed every step of the way. Thank you for your continued partnership with us. We appreciate our teachers, staff, and families and look forward to seeing you soon.
 
Most sincerely,
Cheryl Olson, Superintendent
 
 

 

Message from the Superintendent - May 2020 (PDF Version)

 
Dear Rescue Union School District Families,
 
Congratulations! We made it. Whew! It has been heartwarming and special to participate in the 5th and 8th grade promotion drive-through parades on Thursday and Friday. What amazing students, families, and teachers we have. My heart is full. I am so very proud of our students, families, teachers, and staff. Robin Sharma once said, “Starting strong is good. Finishing strong is epic.” This school year certainly could be remembered as the year of the PG&E power outages and a global pandemic that closed our classrooms. However, it can also be remembered as the year we all pulled together to support one another, a year where we were given the gift of time to connect with our families in different, deeper ways, a year where we were able to do special things together at home, remain positive, and help one another remain calm despite the adversity, struggle, loss, and also joy. Thank you for all you did to support your children, partner with us, and make the best of this crazy year. You DID finish strong, and it IS truly epic!
 
I wanted to share an update with you regarding Rescue’s re-entry plan for August. We know our staff, students, and families are eager to know what school will look like in the fall. After discussing this important topic with the Rescue Board of Trustees at the May study session on May 26, Rescue Union School District has decided to plan for school to start as normally as possible in August, five days per week. We know that our schools play a vital role in the economic and social health of our community, providing food, childcare, social-emotional support, and of course, of paramount importance, the education of our kiddos. Our goal is to resume operations so that the
magic our teachers and staff provide students can once again be experienced to the fullest by all. With that said, we also know that student and staff health must also be of paramount importance during these unprecedented times. We understand that some families may not feel comfortable sending their children back to school. For those families we will be offering a program where students can learn from home. It will be a comprehensive, standards aligned online program, with specific teachers assigned to those groups of students, depending upon the number who desire that option. Furthermore, we will continue monitoring guidelines put forth by The California Department of Education, El Dorado County Public Health, and we will also continue collaborating closely with the El Dorado County Office of Education, district  superintendents, and our teachers and staff as we develop our re-entry plans for August. These plans will include sanitation and disinfectant protocols, barriers to prevent the spread of germs and viruses, playground use modifications, transportation and food service adaptations, and a host of other things, all to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff.
 
At the Board of Trustees May study session the Board also discussed the state of our budget, which, along with the entire state, has taken a devastating hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Reduced tax revenues and other negative factors have resulted in a 7.9% reduction in base funding for our Rescue schools. We will need to make significant cuts in the future. For the 2020-2021 school year we have so far identified over $1.6 million in reductions to the budget, and we will use about $2.5 million of reserves to fill the remaining deficit. These cuts are unfortunate to say the least, but we have prioritized student and staff needs to the greatest extent possible, and at this time, we have no plans to lay off any permanent staff members. We are doing all we can to protect people’s ability to serve our community. We are only reducing positions where contracts have ended or when people have retired or left for another position. With that said, we will still need to identify about three million dollars of additional cuts during the 2020-2021 school year to be applied in 2021-2022. These will be difficult conversations, but the District and our teachers and staff remain committed to working together to find solutions. We will also reach out to our families for suggestions and input as we navigate this process together. We will let you know how you can be involved.
 
Thank you again for allowing us the privilege of serving you and partnering with us to educate your children. I am honored to be part of this amazing district too. Be watching over the summer for specific information regarding next year as you will have some choices offered. Have a wonderful summer. Be sure to take opportunity to relax, refresh, and enjoy. You deserve the best. As always, if you have questions or suggestions, please reach out to us. We are here for you.
 
With gratitude,
Cheryl Olson, Superintendent
 

 

Message from the Superintendent - Winter 2019 (PDF Version)

 
Dear Rescue Union School District Families,
 
We wish for all our Rescue families a very special holiday season spent with family and friends. We trust you will enjoy the time celebrating what the season means to you.
 
We would like to invite all parents to attend a very important session put on by the Parent Clubs of Jackson, Lakeview, Marina Village, and Lake Forest. The topic to be presented by Wellness Together will be how to balance anxiety and achievement. This is a critical topic, as our students work hard and care about grades and doing well in school and life. Come learn with us! The date is January 23. The session will be held for the entire district at Marina Village, in the multi-purpose room from 6-8 pm. We hope you join us. Please sign up at http://bit.ly/rusdparentnight2020 . It is free for all parents, but we would appreciate an RSVP so we can ensure adequate seating.
 
Thank you so much for allowing us the privilege of serving you and your children. We consider it an honor. We are so proud of our district and of our students. They work hard and are a joy.
 
Remember that Winter Break is from December 23 – January 3. School resumes on Monday, January 6, 2020.
 
We are excited to see what 2020 brings! See you in the New Year!
 

 

Message from the Superintendent - Fall 2019 (PDF Version)

 
Dear Rescue Union School District Families,
 
What a beautiful fall season we are having.  I hope you are enjoying the crisp mornings and sunny days as much as I am.  This weather also makes it perfect for our fall festivals and Oktoberfest celebrations coming up!  Thank you to the parent clubs for putting on such amazing events for our students and families. They are always a lot of fun!
 
Also, we had sent out a parent survey to our elementary school parents regarding a possible change in our music education schedule for 4 and 5 grade students.  Some parents thought we were going to change mid-year.  That is not the case!  We are simply seeking parent input for future years!  We will continue our music program in elementary school as it is for the remainder of this school year!
 
Thank you too, for your patience and understanding with the power outages.  Hundreds of schools across the state were similarly affected.  We are very sorry.
 
RUSD Board of Trustees seeks YOUR input!
 
We are considering placing a General Obligation Bond on the March 2020 ballot.  We have sought input from our teachers and staff, community and business owners, and we desire to gather input and ideas from our families as well.
 
You are invited to attend one of two informational meetings for this purpose.  The first meeting will be held at Pleasant Grove Middle School, on Wednesday, October 23, at 6 pm in the multi-purpose room.  We hope all parents from Green Valley, Rescue, and Pleasant Grove will attend.  The other meeting will be held at Marina Village Middle School, on Monday, October 28, at 6 pm, in the multi-purpose room for families from Jackson, Lakeview, Lake Forest, and Marina Village. Please come hear about the Bond measure and share your thoughts!
 
 


Message from the Superintendent - August 2019 (PDF Version)

 
Dear Rescue Union School District Families,


Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are very excited for the year to begin. Our teachers and staff have been working hard all summer to prepare our campuses and classrooms for our students to return.

We want to invite you to attend Back To School Night for your children. This is a very important opportunity for you to meet your child's teacher, hear about your child's class, homework, projects, and other pertinent issues. The dates and times are noted below. We hope to see you there.

We are also happy to share that each site will be providing additional enrichment opportunities for high achieving students. Each site's offerings will look a little different, but we want to be sure we meet the needs of all our students, so this is one more way we can focus on that goal.

Also, be sure to take the time to read the parent information sent home at the start of the year. Besides valuable notices regarding the district, policies, and such, also included will be resources available to our students for mental health, counseling, and group sessions provided by our site counselors. We want to provide the best possible, well-rounded educational program for our students.

Here's to a fabulous year! If you have questions or comments, I would love to hear from you!

Back to School Night Dates and Times:
 
Pleasant Grove: Tuesday, August 13 at 5:30 pm
Rescue Elementary: Wednesday, August 14 at 5:30 pm
Marina Village: Thursday, August 15 at 6:00 pm
Lakeview Elementary: Tuesday, August 20 at 5:30 pm
Green Valley Elementary: Wednesday, August 21 at 5:00 pm
Jackson Elementary: Thursday, August 22 at 5:15 pm
Lake Forest Elementary: Thursday, August 29 at 6:00 pm


Message from the Superintendent - May 2019 (PDF Version)

 
Dear Rescue Union School District Families,

 

It is hard to believe it is the last month of school already. The year has flown by. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve with you on behalf of your amazing children.

 Currently we are in the midst of State testing, and our students are taking it very seriously. We appreciate our families doing all they can to schedule appointments after school hours, so our kiddos have uninterrupted time to focus and show what they know.

Please note the dates for the Open House events at each site listed on the left. We hope you can attend. Our sites are showing off student projects, writing pieces, beautiful artwork, science projects, their school gardens, and also music concerts as well, to name a few important aspects. You will be amazed at what your students have accomplished this year. We hope to see you there!

As we head into summer, don’t forget to encourage your child to read for fun. It is always great to continue reading. Visit the public library, Barnes and Noble, or check out used book stores to find interesting materials for your child to read.

The last day of school is Friday, May 24 and the first day of the 2019-2020 school year is Wednesday, August 14. With that said, have a wonderful May and a beautiful summer.

We are proud to announce that every elementary school sent a team of students to compete in the annual Nature Bowl event this year! This enriching opportunity is perfect for students who excel in the sciences and want that additional challenge in a fun way! Students have to apply and try out to be on a team. Our students did a fantastic job! The 5th grade team from Jackson is headed to finals this month!

Congratulations to Pleasant Grove’s Band, under the direction of Mr. Shaun Manley, for bringing home many top honors from the Six Flags competition. The Jazz Ensemble won “Best Overall Jazz Ensemble” for the entire competition, regardless of the division. Percussion & Concert Band earned 1st place, Symphonic Band took 2nd place, Jazz Combo took 2nd place, Jazz Foundations, 3rd place, and the bassist took 1st overall for soloists!


Message from the Superintendent - April 2019 (PDF Version)

 

Dear Rescue Families,

Happy spring! It is so nice to have breezy, warmer days, with sun shining down. I always enjoy this time of year.

I wanted to thank our parent clubs again for bringing our families the very popular educational event by Wellness Together entitled Engaging With Your Child in the Digital Age. We had about 175 attend, with many requests for additional offerings. Our parent club leaders will be meeting at the end of April to discuss what seminars to bring next year for our families. We will keep you informed!

State testing is around the corner! Testing will be from April 5-May 17. Please note your child’s school schedule for specific testing dates and do all you can to avoid absences and appointments during the testing window. We want to make sure we can accurately see what each child knows!

Thank you for your support of our district. We invite you to give your input as to what you feel is critical for our district to provide our students in the upcoming parent survey. You will receive a link to take it the week before spring break. We value your thoughts and opinions so please take the time to fill it out!
 
Dave Scroggins and I have enjoyed going to each site to meet with students for our LCAP Listening Circles. We are asking them what they love about their school and also if they were principal, what would they do to make it even better! They give SUCH amazing and thoughtful responses. We thoroughly enjoy visiting with them. We will give their responses careful consideration for sure!
 
I was fortunate to be able to be a judge at this year’s Oral Interpretation Festival. It was the 41st year it was held! We had about 45 students from across our district perform. It was incredible. I was so proud of our students and the teachers who were their coaches. Their selections, tone, expression, and gestures were professional for sure. We have amazing students. What an awesome experience for our students to speak in front of an audience and a judge!
 
Congratulations to the Marina Village music program for being awarded the NAMM Support Music Merit Award. They are one of 98 schools in the nation to receive this award! Thank you, MV band director, Ben Cain, for all you do.
 
We are grateful for our entire music program across our district. Shaun Manley, director at Pleasant Grove has an incredible, award winning program as well. We are also fortunate to have Mila Olson start elementary students on their music path, so they enter middle school a step ahead!


Message from the Superintendent - February 2019 (PDF Version)

 

Dear Rescue Families,

I trust you are staying warm and dry during this blustery storm we are having. I know we need the rain, but it certainly is cold and wet!

This has been a very busy winter. Our kindergarten classes across the district have celebrated the very exciting and important 100th day of school, full of MANY activities and learning opportunities about what the number 100 is all about! Our amazing music program at Pleasant Grove just competed and performed in Disneyland, and came back with top honors once again! The equally amazing Marina Village music program will be going down in the near future as well, and I know they will come back just as successful. Shaun Manley and Ben Cain are fabulous band teachers. We are so blessed to have them AND to have Mila Olson who leads our elementary band program that feeds into the middle school programs! Note the other upcoming events we hope to see you participate in on this letter! Always so much going on in our district.

Be sure to ask your child’s principal about what is going on with PBIS. This stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Supports. This is a district wide initiative. Each site has a team being trained. They come back to lead the entire staff through a process to determine common language around goals, expectations in each area of the campus, as well as fun skits, chants, songs, and incentives for appropriate, positive behavior. We are very excited and our trainers are extremely impressed with all we have accomplished so far this year. It is making a positive difference.

We know in the Digital Age we are in it is sometimes very difficult to manage our children’s use of technology, continue maintaining and strengthening our relationships with our kiddos the older they get, and we sometimes worry about their well-being and mental health. In order to give us some strategies and tools to use with our children as they grow up in this age, four of our schools are sponsoring VERY important evening for parents. Jackson, Lakeview, Lake Forest, and Marina Village want to welcome and encourage EVERY parent in our district to attend this amazing opportunity to be held at Marina Village, Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm. A very well-known non-profit organization, WELLNESS TOGETHER, is coming to provide strategies on how to connect and thrive in a digital age, give new techniques for effective communication, share how to increase our positive daily interactions with our kids, and how to recognize and respond to warning signs of self-harm and suicide, to name a few. We hope to see you there. Watch for RSVP information from your parent club!

 


Message from the Superintendent - January 2019 (PDF Version)

 

Dear Rescue Families,

Happy New Year! We trust you will have a healthy, productive, and happy 2019.
 
As we look forward to 2019, I would like to remind you of ways you can be involved with our district, as well as your child’s school. We invite you to be part of the Parent Advisory Committee, which serves to help determine the direction of our district in regard to the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) which determines how we spend our money. This is a great way for parents to have their voice heard. The parents on this committee develop the parent and student survey which solicits input as to what opportunities and programs our families feel are important for our students to access. The next meeting is Tuesday, January 29 at 6:00 pm in the Boardroom. We also want every parent and student to complete the survey that will come out in February. This is another way to have your voice heard and help move our district forward. We also want to remind you to get involved with your child’s parent club. All our parent clubs are extremely active and they do amazing things to benefit our students! Contact your school for times and dates of these important opportunities!
 
Superintendent Coffee Chats
Come to one or both!
Tuesday, February 5th at El Dorado Hills Starbucks by Safeway, 9-10 am

Tuesday, March 12th at Cameron Park Starbucks on Green Valley Road, 9-10 am
 


Message from the Superintendent - December 2018 (PDF Version)

 

Dear Rescue Families,

Dear Rescue Union School District Families, Thank you to all the families who have either spear-headed donations for the thousands displaced by the California fires or donated to the various drives. I know our hearts and prayers continue to go out to those devastated by the tragedies.

 Thank you too, for attending the various programs, events, and music concerts put on by our amazing students and staffs. We appreciate your support and love, and are thrilled to share all our kids are accomplishing.

As we move from Thanksgiving into Christmas, I know schedules and lives get increasingly busy and hectic. I wish for you all to have opportunity to slow down, breathe, and reflect on all you have for which to be grateful. I wish for you to have time to enjoy family and friends, and to feel the blessings of the Christmas season and all it means to you.

Merry Christmas! Thank you for letting us serve you and your families.

If you are looking for gifts for your kiddos, here are some award-winning children’s books to consider!
 
  • After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat (Roaring Brook, 2017)
  •  Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter (Harper Collins, 2017) – Two foster children struggle to discover their origins.
  •  Refugee by Alan Gratz (Scholastic, 2017) -The stories of refugees from Nazi Germany in the 1930s, Castro’s Cuba in 1994 and Syria in 2015.
  •  The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! By Carmen Agra Deedy (Scholastic, 2017) - A rooster keeps crowing in a town that has outlawed singing.
  •  Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper (Roaring Brook, 2017) - A kitten arrives to keep a bigger cat company, and they grow up together.
  •  Shelter by Celine Claire (Kids Can, 2017) - Forest animals prepare for an approaching storm.
  •  Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (Feiwel and Friends, 2017) - Red, a tree that has lived for 216 rings, narrates its history, friends, inhabitants, and neighbors.
  •  Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres (Little, Brown 2017) - A seventh grader deals with teasing at school.
 


Message from the Superintendent - November 2018 (PDF Version)

 

Dear Rescue Families,

We are at the end of the first trimester already! Our elementary schools will be conducting parent/teacher conferences November 9-16, so be watching for information as to scheduling your time with your child’s teacher so you can hear about the progress being made!

 I have enjoyed the fall season very much at our sites. We just finished all the Harvest Festival events and each was unique, special, and great fun for children and families. I appreciate our parent clubs so very much for all the work, time, creativity, and effort they put into making these events so successful.

Please remember that our first Local Control Accountability Plan committee informational meeting will be held in our Boardroom on Monday evening, November 5, from 6:00-7:00 pm. If you have not been part of this important advisory committee before, this would be a perfect opportunity for you to come find out how you can be involved!

Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving season. We have so much for which to be grateful. Thank you all for allowing us the privilege of serving you and your children.

As parents, we sometimes struggle to provide positive learning experiences for our children when they are not acting as we might wish! I love these questions we can ask our children, so that we are taking a more restorative approach instead of a punitive approach! 1. What happened, and what were you thinking at the time? 2. What have you thought about since it happened? 3. Who has been affected by what happened, and how? 4. What about this has been the hardest for you? 5. What do you think needs to be done to make things as right as possible? Try it! It allows our children to help resolve the issue and also think about how to make it right and still know we love them.

 
 
 


Message from the Superintendent - September 2018 (PDF Version)

 

Dear Rescue Families,

September is such a beautiful month. I love fall. The weather gets cooler, the trees begin changing colors, and school is in full swing!

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for Back To School Night events. They were very well attended and it was a great opportunity to hear about the upcoming year and how you can be involved in your child’s educational journey with us this year.

We will be starting our Superintendent Coffee Chats again in the near future. We will alternate our locations between the two Starbucks in our district! The first one will be held at the Starbucks in El Dorado Hills on Green Valley. The next one will be at the Starbucks also on Green Valley, but in Cameron Park. Our desire is for you to just pop in and say hello. More information will follow with dates and times. Be watching! We’d love to see you.

Have a wonderful September. Please feel free to contact me if you have suggestions as to how we can communicate most effectively with you!

As parents, we sometimes struggle with helping our children understand the difference between rude, mean, or bullying behaviors. Mr. Cambridge, principal of Marina, shared an article with our administrative team on the topic. Michele Miller then gave the article to her site counselor, Jennifer Craig, who promptly revised it into a kid-friendly, one-page article for teachers and parents to use with children to help them understand and navigate the differences. Please see the one-page article attached for your use. We will be using it as well, at school!
 
 


Message from the Superintendent - August 2018 (PDF Version)

 

Dear Rescue Families,

We are very excited to welcome you all to the 2018-2019 school year! We look forward to Thursday, August 9 as the first day of school. This year will be another great one, with many opportunities for our students to grow, and develop new interests, talents, and skills.

Our teachers and staffs are ready to greet your children and focus on meeting needs and challenging each student entrusted to them. Hands on learning opportunities, STEM, coding, project-based learning, and a myriad of other things are in store for our students.

Once again, we are proud to announce that our state test scores rank at the top of the greater Sacramento area! We increased our percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards yet again, in both English Language Arts and Math. Our English Language Learners also showed growth, which is awesome. Your child’s school will be sharing the data with you in the near future.

Please be sure to join us at your child’s Back to School Night. These are very important events, where you hear about the upcoming year, learn how to connect to your child’s classroom curriculum, teachers, homework structure, parent club opportunities, and many other things! The dates are listed below:

Back-to-School Schedule 2018-2019

Green Valley WED, AUG 22 5:30 p.m.

Jackson THU, AUG 16 5:15 p.m.

Lake Forest TUE, AUG 21 6:00 p.m.

Lakeview THU, AUG 16 5:30 p.m.

Rescue THU, AUG 9 5:30 p.m.

Marina Village THU, AUG 9 6:00 p.m.

Pleasant Grove WED, AUG 8 5:00 p.m.

 
 
 


Message from the Superintendent - May 1, 2018

 

Dear Rescue Families,

We are extremely proud of each and every one of our schools.  We have some of the top test scores for the greater Sacramento area, we have top notch teachers, staffs, and administrators. We also provide wonderful opportunities in fine arts, STEM, project based learning, coding, robotics, maker space, AVID, Where Everyone Belongs (WEB at our middle schools), and a multitude of other things great for kids.  In addition to that, our staffs work diligently to fully implement Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the new social studies standards for our students so they are adequately prepared for high school and beyond.  We appreciate our schools and our staffs.  We see them as Difference Makers for our community and students.  I love going into classrooms to witness firsthand the enthusiasm, energy, creativity, and passion.  I appreciate seeing that enthusiasm and passion displayed not only in classrooms, but in offices, libraries, cafeteria, and out on the grounds and playground.  

With that said, we have one school, Lakeview Elementary, who has earned the distinction of California Distinguished School.  This is no easy feat with the new requirements, new accountability system, and new testing system.  We will be announcing Lakeview’s honor to the Board at the May 8 Board meeting, but we wanted to share the news with our entire school community.  

Thank you too, for helping us honor our teachers and classified staffs this month.  We know you join us in our appreciation of our dedicated teachers and classified staffs.  They work very hard to give our kids the very best, well-rounded educational opportunities possible!  

Again, we hope to see you all at our Open House events this month!  It is amazing to realize we are in our last month of the 2017-2018 school year already.  Thank you for entrusting your children to us.  We appreciate partnering with you in the education of your precious children.

Most Sincerely,

 Cheryl Olson

 
 


Message from the Superintendent - April 23, 2018

 

Dear Families of Rescue Union School District,

We are nearing our final month of school already.  Where has the time gone!?  It has been a very full, productive year.  Our students have shown growth and achievement.  We are proud of them.  We also thank all the parents who took the time to fill out the LCAP survey.  We had well over 1,000 responses.  We take your input and feedback very seriously when we create our plan for the following year.  Dave Scroggins, our Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, will be sharing the results of that survey in the near future.  We also thank our extremely busy and supportive parent clubs for all the incredible activities, programs, and events to benefit our students.  You put your heart, soul, and love into all you do.  We appreciate you and couldn’t provide these wonderful opportunities for our kids without you.

I want to remind you all that our Open House events are right around the corner!  Note your child’s schedule below.  We hope to see you there.  It is a wonderful opportunity to see what your child has accomplished over the year, and check out where they will be headed the following year!  

Lake Forest on Thursday, May 3, at 6:00 pm
Rescue on Friday, May 4, at 5:30 pm
Pleasant Grove on Wednesday, May 9, at 6:00 pm
Green Valley on Thursday, May 10, at 6:00 pm
Lakeview on Tuesday, May 15, at 5:30 pm
Marina Village on Wednesday, May 16, at 6:00 pm
Jackson on Thursday, May 17, at 5:30 pm


Last, but certainly not least, I want to let you all know that Mr. George Tapanes, principal of Marina Middle School, has accepted a new position for next year.  He will be the principal of Lindsay High School in the Central Valley.  He has loved his years in our district, and loves the students and staff at MV, but it is time for a new challenge for him.  I want you to know we are searching all of California for an excellent principal.  We have interviews scheduled for May 10 and 11.  We will keep you informed all along the way.  Our hope is to select the new principal before the end of the school year so he/she can visit and meet staff, students, and families before the end of the year. Additionally, Mr. Tapanes will be having surgery this week to remove a cancerous tumor in his left kidney.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers.  In his absence, we are fortunate to have much loved, long-time administrator in our district, Marilyn Hylton, cover for Mr. Tap, along with Assistant Principal, Mrs. Samantha Schlesinger, so that Marina Village continues to run smoothly and effectively for the remainder of the year.  I know you will join me in wishing Mr. Tap well, despite the fact that we will miss him tremendously. 

Thank you and have a wonderful end of the school year.

 Cheryl Olson

 
 
 


Message from the Superintendent - April 2, 2018

 

Dear RUSD Families,

We trust your spring is going well.  The weather has certainly been beautiful.  It is hard to believe we are in the last few months of the school year.  If you have not already done so, please put your child’s Open House date on your calendar, as those evenings are a wonderful time to share what progress has been made over the course of the year, and celebrate the achievements of each student.  We want you to join us!  Each site’s Open House schedule is as follows:

Lake Forest on Thursday, May 3, at 6:00 pm
Rescue on Friday, May 4, at 5:30 pm
Pleasant Grove on Wednesday, May 9, at 6:00 pm
Green Valley on Thursday, May 10, at 6:00 pm
Lakeview on Tuesday, May 15, at 5:30 pm
Marina Village on Wednesday, May 16, at 6:00 pm
Jackson on Thursday, May 17, at 5:30 pm


State testing is also right around the corner.  We ask that you do all you can to make sure your child is at school each day, rested.  A healthy breakfast also helps!  We also ask that you make any appointments outside the school day especially during testing, so your child does not have to make any tests up they may have missed because of absences.  We want our students to show what they know and how they can use their knowledge. Our testing window is from Monday, April 16 through Friday, May 11.  You can check your child’s school office for the specific testing dates for your school.

Thank you to the hundreds of students and families who attended our annual International Festival!  It was a fantastic evening.  We greatly appreciated the students and parents who provided booths celebrating cultures from around the world, complete with clothing, food samples, information, and other items of interest.  The performances were phenomenal as well, and it was heartwarming to see people come and stay for the entire evening, enjoying the marvelous dance groups, other performances, booths, and food trucks. Students had fun filling out passport books and learning about the cultures represented.  A huge thank you goes to Amy Bohren for organizing and orchestrating the entire event!  Be sure to check out pictures on our district Facebook page!  It was truly a spectacular event.

Our community is a tight-knit family, and when one of our family suffers loss, we all feel it.  Our hearts go out to the family of Tony DeVille Sr., as he was in a car accident over the weekend and passed away.  He is a much loved member of our community at large, and also much revered and loved in our school district.  He has served as principal of most of our schools over his 40+ years in the district, and still was substitute teaching at 84 years of age.  He has done so much for our schools, children, and staffs over the years.  He had a deep passion for education and for making school and life brighter, happier, and better for everyone.  He truly touched lives in a special way.  Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this extremely difficult time.

Lastly, I want to thank our families for having such amazing children.  We are extremely blessed to get to work with them and you, their families.  Daily I am touched by the acts of kindness and giving our students demonstrate.  Whether it is when each school participates in food drives to help those less fortunate, or students at Marina conduct a clothes drive, or students at Lakeview put together Easter baskets for a local Food Bank, or students at Jackson conduct Genius Hour projects helping non-profit organizations, or any of the other many, many instances where our students are taught to give back and serve others.  It starts at home.  Thank you.  It reminds me of a quote taken from one of my favorite kid books, WONDER.  Mr. Browne states, “So here’s the thing about glitter: once it’s out of the bottle, there’s just no way of putting it back.  It’s the same with kindness.  Once it pours out of your soul, there’s no way of containing it.  It just continues to spread from person to person, a shining, sparkling, wonderful thing.”

Have a wonderful April, and know we are honored to serve you and your children.

Most Sincerely,

Cheryl Olson, Superintendent

 
 
 


Message from the Superintendent - March 2018

 

Dear Rescue Families and Staff Members,

As spring unfolds, our schools continue getting busier and busier, preparing for state testing, completing projects, preparing for Open House, programs, music showcases, and other celebrations.  We hope you can attend as many of them as possible, so you can share in the learning and joy of the educational journey of your children.  Be watching your child’s school newsletters for dates and times of these important eventsOne exciting event is coming up THIS FRIDAY evening, the 16th, from 5:00-7:00 pm.  It is our very own International Fair, held on the Pleasant Grove campus!  We hope you can join us.  There will be performances from around the world, five food trucks available, activities for children, and it promises to be a wonderful time for all.

I want you to know we are closely monitoring the aftermath of the horrific events that unfolded in Florida last month.  Please know we are working closely with local law enforcement and community agencies to ensure our school safety plans and protocols are in place.  We have already met with CHP and the Sheriff Department to have them review each site’s emergency plan and our overall emergency management system.  Our two district safety officers and I attended a half day training put on by the Office of Emergency Services, and we will be bringing that training to all our site administrators as well so we are all informed and prepared for any emergency that could arise.  Additionally, we have walk throughs scheduled at each site to be conducted by the Sheriff and the Fire department, to make sure our protocols and procedures are the very best they can be.

Also in response to the tragedy, students across the nation are organizing to share their thoughts and hopes that such an event never happens again.  A few schools in our district are planning to focus attention on age-appropriate activities that revolve around friendship and kindness.  We have some students who will make new friends, say hello to people they don’t normally hang around with, write messages of kindness on posters around the campus, conduct friendship activities, take a friendship pledge, and some will write how they can personally show kindness to others, and then tie those sentiments to trees with ribbon around the school.  We are so proud of our students for taking initiative to do what they can to foster friendship and kindness for all.

I know all of us, as parents, are doing our best to foster kindness in our children and provide nurturing, healthy environments at home.  Here are a few ideas to inspire us this month.

  • Spend time playing board games with our kids.
  • Spend dinnertime talking.
  • Drop everything we are doing when our kids get home from school to TALK to them.
  • Try making dinner without having the TV on, or the phone close by, or the tablet tuned to something.
  • Use any ‘car time’ to talk to our kids
  • Have our kids do chores: Responsibilities increase self-worth.To develop high self-esteem a person needs a purpose.A key component to high self-esteem relies on how we view ourselves regarding contribution.In other words, in the child development process, chores are a big role in a kid’s self-esteem.
  • Be sure our kids are getting enough sleep.
  • Keep less junk food in the house.
  • Take away electronics some of the time and tell our kids to GO PLAY!
  • We shouldn’t rescue our kids all the time!Ugh… I was never good at this one.Let them experience natural consequences for their choices….
  • Talk to our kids about why they need to come to us if something is wrong.
  • Limit our online distractions when our kids are home.Not only will it help our kids, but it will help us too!

Ideas above are from the periodical Modern Family

Thank you for entrusting your children to us.  We love working with them and consider it an honor.  Don’t forget spring break is right around the corner.  Spring break is March 26-April 2.  School will resume on Tuesday, April 3.


Most Sincerely,

Cheryl Olson, Superintendent

 
 
 


Message from the Superintendent - February 16, 2018

 

Dear Rescue Families and Staff Members,

As we reflect on the tragic event that occurred in Florida this week, I want to assure you we understand you entrust your precious children to us, not only to educate them, but to keep them safe.  We take that responsibility very seriously and share in our collective passion for our children’s safety. 

Our hearts go out to the families who have experienced this senseless tragedy, and I would like to take a moment to share that safety of our children is our number one priority.  As a district, we continue to communicate and collaborate closely with law enforcement and every available resource to equip our schools, staffs, and students with practice drills, appropriate responses, and what to do in the case of an emergency.  Preparation, communication, and practice are critical components of our emergency preparedness. We will continue reviewing our emergency procedures with staff and students, following recommended protocol set forth by law enforcement and county agencies.  We will also utilize, as appropriate, materials from agencies such as the American Psychological Association and the Sandy Hook Promise’s KNOW THE SIGNS guide, to help further educate our children about safety.

We appreciate your diligence, and please know safety is something we think about nonstop.  Our site safety plans are reviewed and updated annually through their site council committees.   We encourage you to reach out to your school with any concerns or ideas.  Participating in your school’s site council is a great way to have a voice in school safety procedures.

As always, I am available for any questions or concerns.  We are grateful to be partners with you to provide a safe, secure environment in which our children can learn and thrive.

Our priority is student safety.

Most Sincerely,

Cheryl Olson, Superintendent

 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - January 4, 2018

 

Dear RUSD Families, Teachers, and Staff Members,

We want to take an opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year!  It is hard to believe it is already 2018.  Time is flying onward.  We trust you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends and are ready to greet 2018 with fresh enthusiasm and joy.

We had a very busy December, with all the schools providing incredible holiday programs for all to enjoy.  It was so special to see and hear our students perform for families, friends, and schools.  We got to experience everything from band performances, choirs, musicals, recitations of poetry, dancing, art, and drama.  Our students are talented for sure, and our parents and teachers work hard to bring these abilities out in our kids.

As we look forward to the New Year, I would like to remind you of our Superintendent Coffee Chats.  This is just another avenue of communication.  I would love the opportunity to get to know you better and share the direction of the district, as well as hear from you!  This year we are alternating their location to the various sites, but you can attend one or all of them when it fits into your schedule!  The next chats are on the following Thursdays for the remainder of this school year:

January 11, beginning at 9:15 a.m. hosted by Green Valley in their library

February 8, beginning at 9:15 a.m. hosted by Lakeview in their conference room

March 8, beginning at 9:15 a.m. hosted by the District Office in the Board Room

April 12, beginning at 9:15 a.m. hosted by Marina Village in their library

May 10, beginning at 9:15 a.m. hosted by Pleasant Grove in their large conference room

I would also like to take the opportunity to share 20 Tips for a Positive New Year from author Jon Gordon.  I think these tips are perfect for ourselves individually, for our workplace, and for our families.  Read them and share them!

  1. STAY POSITIVE: You can listen to cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible, or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude, all things are possible.
  2. TAKE A DAILY “THANK YOU WALK” You can’t be stressed and thankful at the same time.  Feel blessed and you won’t be as stressed!
  3. EAT HEALTHIER FOODS that grow on trees and plants and less foods manufactured in plants.
  4. TALK TO YOURSELF instead of listening to yourself, instead of listening to your complaints, fears and doubts, talk to yourself with words of truth and encouragement.
  5. NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED Post a sign that says “No Energy Vampires Allowed.”  Gandhi said, “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet!”
  6. BE A POSITIVE TEAM MEMBER – Being positive doesn’t just make you better, it makes everyone around you better!
  7. DON’T CHASE SUCCESS – Decide to make a difference and success will find YOU!
  8. GET MORE SLEEP – you can’t replace sleep with a double latte!
  9. DON’T WASTE YOUR ENERGY – Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.
  10. LOVE, SERVE, and CARE – You don’t have to be great to serve, but you have to serve to be great.  Look for opportunities to Love, Serve, and Care. 
  11. REMEMBER YOUR WHY – Live your purpose.  Remember WHY you do what you do.  We don’t get burned out because of what we do.  We get burned out because we forget why we do it.
  12. LOVE THE PROCESS – Remember there is no such thing as an overnight success.  Love the process and you will love what the process produces.
  13. HAVE TRUST – Trust that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.
  14. NO COMPLAINING RULE – Implement the No Complaining Rule.  If you are complaining, you are not leading.
  15. READ MORE – Read more books than you did in 2017.
  16. DON’T SEEK HAPPINESS – Instead live with love, passion, and purpose, and happiness will find you.
  17. FOCUS ON “GET TO” – Focus on “Get To” vs. “Have To”.  Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do.  Life is a gift and not an obligation.
  18. GET BACK UP – The next time you “fail” remember that it is not meant to define you.  It is meant to REFINE you.
  19. SMILE and LAUGH MORE – They are natural anti-depressants.  A good belly laugh a day is good for the soul!
  20. ENJOY THE RIDE – you only have one ride through life, so make the most of it!

 

Thank you again for allowing us the distinct honor and privilege of working with you and your precious children and young people.  We look forward to 2018 and taking your children as far as possible on their educational journey.

Here’s to a GREAT 2018!

 
Most Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson
 
 
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - November 3, 2017

 
Dear Rescue Families,
 
Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. I love the weather, beautiful leaves, crisp air, and the season of giving thanks. I can tell you from my heart I have many things for which to be thankful. I certainly am deeply grateful to be here with you all in the Rescue Union School District. I am honored and blessed to be a part of this community serving the most wonderful students and families and staffs in the state! Be sure to take a bit of time this month to reflect on what you are thankful for as well. It is good for us all to do that once in awhile.
 
This has been another busy month. Every school held extremely popular and successful Harvest Festivals or fall events. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences among them, but the common thread was kids and families having FUN! Thank you parents and staffs for all you did to make them so wonderful. The Halloween parades were entertaining as well. The costumes were clever and creative. I particularly enjoyed seeing teachers and staffs dress up! In fact, several whole staffs dressed up in a theme, such as Pleasant Grove staff all dressed as Where’s Waldo, Jackson staff dressed as Trolls, and the district office staff all dressed up as kids.
 
November promises to be yet another busy month, with one day in particular being very important: Veteran’s Day. I am grateful that so many of our schools take time to honor our veterans, and share with our students the importance of veterans and the sacrifice they have made over the centuries, first to give us our freedom, and now to keep us safe and to preserve our freedom. Our country is a beautiful mosaic tapestry, filled with beautiful children and people from across the globe who desire to live in our great country, made possible by the millions of veterans who have served. Join us in showing respect and honor to those who have served in the armed forces. The site programs will be on November 9, and school will be closed to honor veterans on Friday, November 10.
 
Our LCAP process is about to get underway for the 2018-2019 year. WE NEED YOU! Mr. Dave Scroggins, our Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, will be holding an informational meeting Monday night, November 6, from 6:00-7:00 in the District Office Board Room to explain what the Local Control Accountability Plan is, and how you as parents can be involved! WE NEED YOUR VOICE. We need your thoughts and opinions. Please attend this meeting if you have not been part of this process before.
 
Parent/Teacher conferences are right around the corner for our elementary sites as well. By now you should have received word from your child’s teachers how to set up a conference time. If you haven’t, please contact your child’s teacher. We want to meet to share the progress each child is making. Conference week is November 13-17. Put it on your calendar now!
 
We will be observing Thanksgiving November 20 – 24. I am proud of our schools and students for collecting food for those in need. Our students have giving hearts and they are learning to help others at an early age. Additionally, one of our classes at Lakeview, Ms. Groves’ class, also volunteered through Friends of Folsom, to raise money to feed families during this holiday season and they raised enough money to feed 150 families! These are all important learning experiences for our students.
 
We trust you will have a wonderful month, even though it will be busy. We wish for you a Thanksgiving season of gratitude and family time. If we can serve you more effectively, please let us know. Your thoughts and ideas are important to us.
 
Most Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson
 
 
 
 
 

Parent Letter Re: Video - November 1, 2017

 
Dear Rescue Families,
 
We want to take this opportunity to thank you again for partnering with us in the education of your children. We know you love your children very much and we want you to know we strive to meet the needs of every precious child entrusted to us.
 
Many of us are parents too, and we know how important, but difficult parenting can be! We go through the same growing up stages with our own children as you do. Along those lines, I wanted to share a 14 minute video clip we shared with our teachers and staff last week because it is so important for all of us to understand. Because we thought it was important for us as educators and parents, we decided we should share it with all of you as well. The video discusses how our children’s brains are like soft sponges in their early years, and how we as adults interact with them and with one another impacts our little ones significantly. Please take 14 minutes to watch this video, as we did. I can honestly say it was a powerful reminder to me that my words, actions, and interactions with others has a huge, lasting impact on young
ones with whom I am in contact.
 
Again, thank you for your time, how you care for your amazing children, and for working with us to benefit your kids. If you have questions or comments, we would love to hear from you. I can be reached at 530 672-4810 or colson@my.rescueusd.org. We truly are here to work with you and serve you and your families.
 
Most Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson
 
 

 

Message from the Superintendent - October 2, 2017

 

Dear RUSD Families,

Fall is definitely in the air!  The school events put on by parent clubs and school sites have been wonderful ways to usher in fall and get us all engaged and excited about the school year.  This is SUCH a wonderful district.  We are excited about what is going on.

Many of our students are involved in cross country and the final meet is coming up.  We will be sure to cheer on our students on October 11.  We are proud of our kids.  Middle School sports are underway as well, with our boys and girls volleyball teams doing extremely well!  GOOOOO Mustangs and Pumas! 

We had our first set of community coffee chats this past month.  We will hold two of them each month.  We will hold them at different locations and at different times to hopefully be convenient for parents and community members who would like to participate.  We invite anyone interested in hearing more about what is going on in the district, or interested in asking questions, or just getting to know one another better.  The October through December dates/times for the coffee chats are as follows:

October: Thursday, October 19 at Lake Forest School, Room F9 at 9:15 am and at the District Office Board   room on the same day at 5:30 pm

November: Tuesday, November 7 at Rescue School, Room D2 at 9:15 am, and at the District Office Board room on the same day at 5:30 pm

December: Thursday, December 14 at Jackson School in the library at 9:15 am, and at the District Office Board room on the same day at 5:30 pm.

We had some exciting news this week, as State test scores were made public across the state.  Our district ranked in the top 5 regional school districts as having the highest percentage of students meeting both English standards AND math standards.  We thank every teacher and every staff member for all they do to meet student needs.  We appreciate our students who work hard and take school seriously.  We also are grateful to parents for the support you give your children, as you partner with us in the education of your children.  We will continue working diligently to make sure our students continue to show growth!

 Four of our schools are hosting groups of students from our Sister Schools in China last month and this month!  About 80 Chinese students and teachers total visited Jackson, Lake Forest, Lakeview, and Marina Village.  It has been a time of rich opportunity for our students to get to know students from across the ocean, from a different culture and system of education!  The really special thing - friendship, kindness, and love are all a universal language!  The students are having so much fun together, and the families hosting the children are enjoying the opportunity as well.  We are hoping to reciprocate and send some of our students and teachers to our Sister Schools in China this spring.  More information will come later on that.

Our All Day Kindergarten program has been in operation for two weeks!  I am so proud of our hard-working teachers and the kindergarten students for making it successful.  In visiting the classrooms across the district, one of the main things I heard was how hungry the kiddos got by 2:00!  They have been re-arranging snack time and working on the schedule to make it beneficial for our students.  A positive comment was teachers feel like they have so much more time to get lessons and projects accomplished, so it is not as rushed for the students.  The students, of course, are just excited that they have one more recess in the afternoon!  All in all, it has been a good start, and again, I thank our teachers for all they have done to prepare for this change.

Another exciting piece of news is we are utilizing STEMscopes for science this year to help us transition to the use of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  We are very enthused about this program because it is built on a digital platform, but enhanced by print, with kits that are hands-on, full of inquiry-based investigations, and is research-based and connects the three dimensions of NGSS: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Connections.  All K-5 teachers are able to use STEMscopes, and 6-8 science teachers have it available as well. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to let our community know we now have a complete Cabinet.  We have hired and welcomed Ms. Candice Harris as our Human Resources Director.  She comes to us highly recommended and with extensive experience from Santa Clara and we are thrilled to have her on board.  We have also hired and welcomed our new Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Mr. Sean Martin.  He comes to us from Pollock Pines, and has a long history of serving in this area with great expertise.  I know I speak accurately for Candice, Sean, and myself, being new to Rescue; we are happy to be here, and we are excited to witness firsthand the family atmosphere and dedication to the schools and district.  We look forward to serving with you and for your benefit.

Lastly, I would like to invite you to let me know how we can better serve you and communicate with you.  I welcome your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas.  We truly desire to partner effectively with you as families in the education of your precious children.  We have incredible, dedicated teachers and staffs who love your children and want them to succeed.  With that, we do want to hear from you as to how we might better work with you.  You may email me at colson@my.resueusd.org or call at 530 677-4810.

Thank you and have a fabulous October.


Most Sincerely,

Cheryl Olson



Message from the Superintendent - August 15, 2017

 
Dear Rescue School District Families,

What a great start to the year we have had!  I was very thrilled to visit each site last week and witness firsthand happy students, parents, and staffs. We are off and running! We want you to know that we are here to support your families and provide a top quality educational program for your children. We want to suggest you become actively involved in your child’s school however you can, whether by volunteering, being part of the Parent Club, chaperoning field trips, providing things for the class, or just by being supportive of the classrooms and school!
 
We have already had three Back To School Night events this past week and they were fabulous.  I appreciated seeing so many families at these important events, hearing about the programs, curriculum, projects, enrichment opportunities, and such your children will be engaged in over the course of the year. We have amazing schools and teachers AND families!  Thank you for entrusting your precious children to us.

I would like to let you know of a monthly opportunity for you to meet me for coffee the second Thursday of each month, from either 9:00-10:00 am or 5:30-6:30 pm.    I would love the chance to meet with anyone able to come!  This is one other avenue for chatting and communication!  The first ones will be Thursday, September 14, in the Rescue School District Board Room.  I’d love to see you.  I am going to set up different locations for these coffee chats, to try to make it as convenient as possible for you, but for the first one, we will meet at the District Office Board room.  If it works for your schedule to attend in the morning, I’d love to see you at 9 am.  If evening is better, come to the 5:30 pm chat!  I hope to see you.
 
Don’t forget, as Mr. Scroggins, our Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction shared recently, on August 21st we are in for a rare astronomical treat!  Starting about 9:00 a.m., the moon will begin to pass in front of the sun creating a partial solar eclipse.  The maximum eclipsed coverage of the sun, in our area, is expected to reach about 80% by 10:17 a.m.   As you can imagine, it is never safe to look directly at the sun with the naked eye, even when it is partially eclipsed.  The only safe way to view the eclipse directly is through appropriate viewing glasses.
 
The Rescue Union School District purchased 2,000 pair of ISO approved viewing glasses so our students can safely view this rare event.  Additionally, many of our teachers are planning related art, writing, reading, and science activities to make this day even more meaningful.  If you’re interested, you can learn more about the eclipse at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.  
 
Let me know how I can serve you and communicate with you effectively.  It means a great deal to me to have a positive rapport and two-way communication process with our families so that we can work together to provide the best for our students; your children.  Have a GREAT year.
 
Most Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Olson
 
 

Message from the Superintendent - July 6, 2017

 
Dear Teachers, Administrators, and Staff Members of the Rescue Union School District Family:
 
I am deeply honored and extremely excited to begin a new journey with you in Rescue. I have heard nothing but positives about this District, teachers, staffs, administrators, district office personnel, families, and the community, and can’t wait to work alongside you for the benefit of students. As I write this message to you, I am reminded of how far back my passion about education evolved. From the time I was eight years old until I graduated from college, I worked in the fields every summer growing up – an opportunity and experience that taught me about work ethic, character development, perseverance, and the value of higher education. I have been in education for over 30 years, have taught grades 3-8, was a principal of a K-5 and 6-8 school for many years, before becoming superintendent in the Bay Area. I am proud and delighted to be able to call Rescue Union School District my home, and contribute to the District my values, experience, and strong advocacy for educating and developing the whole child – every child who is part of Rescue Union School District.
 
This District is accomplishing great things with and for the kids served. It is a District rich in innovation and dedication. I want to help continue this path of excellence, as we continue navigating 21st century learning modalities and opportunities. This is what has drawn me here - the enthusiasm, forward thinking, and determination I have heard and read about from all sectors of our school community: teachers, staff, parents, Board members, and community leaders. Together we will remain loyally committed to taking this District to the next level of achievement.
 
I pledge I will keep the lines of communication open with our community, seek input, and strive to earn and keep the trust and respect of our stakeholders – all of you. To this end, I will be available and visible, visiting and participating in events, programs, and classes as much as possible.
 
Our children are the future of the Rescue community. Communication about them is a two-way process. I invite you to contact me with ideas you have about how we can strengthen our schools and community partnerships to ensure the children in Rescue Union schools are a top priority for all of us. In my opinion, we have the very best jobs in the world. Families bring their children to us and we have the privilege of modeling and shaping and turning children on to education and school so they want to continue on to college or have a career. Our goal is to help students create a vision for their futures. Who else gets to do that? No matter what job someone has in the District, whatever department or school or facet of our organization, we are all together in our mission to give our very best to students and their families. That makes the difference. We change our students’ worlds every day and that becomes our collective signature on their lives and our District’s legacy.
 
I look forward to the 2017-2018 school year and working with you all! I leave you with one of my favorite quotes by William A. Foster: “Quality is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” We will succeed in this endeavor together.
 
Here’s to a great upcoming year in Rescue Union School District!
 
Appreciatively,
 
Cheryl Olson