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 email@example.com or call at 530 677-4810.
Thank you and have a fabulous October.