Special Recognitions at April Board of Trustee Meeting!
Diana Capra, Chief of Communications and Community Engagement, introduced Beth Davidson, Principal, Spring View Middle School and Bill MacDonald, Principal, Sunset Ranch Elementary School, who presented the Sears family (Spring View) and the Hertzell family (Sunset Ranch) to Trustees as part of the District’s “RUSD Family Partners in Education Program.” The program recognizes families who have made an outstanding contribution to a RUSD school site. Trustees thanked the families for their outstanding school service, including the giving of their time, energy, and talents which has translated directly into student success.
Spring View Middle School
Spring View Middle School honored the Sears family for their school and community service. The Sears family currently span all three school levels, and four different sites, including Rocklin High School, Whitney High School, Spring View Middle School, and Rocklin Elementary. The Sears family believes whole-heartedly in providing the best possible education to individually meet the needs of each of their children, which requires an incredible amount of time, effort, and energy on their part (particularly with two school students attending different high school campuses).
Jamie Sears is an active participant at both the site and district level. At Spring View, Jamie is treasured for her ongoing efforts to acknowledge the efforts of our staff. She takes the lead with organizing parent volunteers to donate food and organize beautiful spreads in the staff room in appreciation of the Spring View staff. She also volunteers her time to support any and all opportunities for students, including Spring View music events and National History Day competition. Jamie is also a long standing member of our site council, where she serves as an advocate for all students. She has also taken an active role in both our site and district strategic planning teams. Jamie’s site action team focused on utilizing parent and community partnerships. As a result of this work, this year Spring View initiated a Spring View parent “meet and greet” opportunity at the start of the year to provide teachers and parents with an opportunity to get to know one another before the start of the school year. In addition, the team identified a need to provide guidance to both students and parents through the use of technology and informational events. As a result, they were able to offer the first Internet Safety Summit on March 21st, with participation from the FBI, Sacramento Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, in addition to many district and community stakeholders. Jamie also serves on the SVMS music boosters where she plays a vital role in fundraising in order to support field trips, participation in competitions, and ensuring students have access to a wide array of music and instruments.
“In addition to her efforts at Spring View, Jamie is the current President of the District Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Advisory Committee, and is currently Spring View’s Parent Representative. She supports Rocklin Elementary in a variety of ways as well, including her work as the lead Art Docent, Site Council member, and PTC member,” said Principal Beth Davidson. “The contributions of the Sears family benefit students, staff, and the greater school community. Our District and schools would not be the same without their presence, positivity, and commitment. The Sears family embodies our aspirations to create both District and site partnerships between families and schools. The entire Spring View school community extends its deepest appreciation for everything they do."
Sunset Ranch Elementary School
The Sunset Ranch staff, students, and community honored the entire Hertzell family for their incredible, tireless, and ongoing support of our school. Principal Dr. Bill MacDonald would like to recognize all of the “Hertzell Heros” for their individual and collective contributions to Sunset Ranch. “Jennifer is a Wonder Woman. She is the Vice President of our Parent-Teacher Committee (PTC). In this role, she takes great pride and responsibility for organizing and executing (flawlessly and with style) the majority of our major school events including Carnival, the Hoe Down, the Sunset Ranch Amazing Race, and the Whitney Ranch Lip Sync Battle. She has also organized our Back-to-School teacher brunch and countless class parties all exceptional creatively, flair, and attention to detail. Not only have Jennifer’s efforts resulted in fun and community building but have raised a great deal of money to support important extracurricular programs at our school including science lab, Spanish, and STEM. Watch out when you sit down with Jennifer, with her enthusiasm and cunning smile she can talk you into just about anything! We are fortunate to have her in our pack,” said Dr. MacDonald.
Jason is the second part of the dynamic Hertzell duo - a regular Rocklin Superman! Jason is equally involved in all Sunset Ranch events and fundraising and always steps forward to lead the charge, frequently at the Whitney Ranch Lip Sync Battle where he is an annual phenomenon. Jason is a Coyote Dad who is not afraid to man the grill at Book Fair, rustle a miniature cow at the carnival, or dance with a box of ping pong balls tied around his waist. Jason is probably most recognizable to students as the “guy who lands his helicopter on the field” during Red Ribbon Week. That’s right, this year Jason, a pilot, landed his rescue copter on the Sunset Ranch field to share a great message with the entire school about drug awareness, resilience, and goal setting. Regardless of the role he plays, Jason is in to win it and an incredible asset to Sunset Ranch.
Julianna is a sixth grader at Sunset Ranch and Study Body President - the Leader of the Pack! She is a natural leader who has been a speaker and performer at our assemblies, helped organize several giving campaigns, led ASB fundraising efforts, and promoted and designed spirit days. Her teachers love her smile and describe her as collaborative, kind, respectful, and someone that they can count on. Like mother, like daughter, Julianna always has flair and is dressed to impress. If that was not enough, she is an accomplished dancer. We are proud of Julianna and her efforts.
Jenna is a fourth grader and another fabulous Hertzell hero. She is a accomplished student and dancer who participates in all school activities with passion and excellence. Her teachers call her a “true joy, kind, respectful, responsible, hilarious, and a huge help to her peers.” All who meet Jenna agree that she will leave her mark on both Sunset Ranch and the world!
In closing, the Hertzells are amazing and use their superpowers constantly to improve and assist Sunset Ranch! As one teacher said, “I was fortunate to have both Hertzell girls in my class, and with the Hertzells you get the whole family. They are one of the most genuinely caring families I have ever met, they are extremely generous with their time for the good of everyone at Sunset Ranch.” The Sunset Ranch staff couldn’t agree more and are thrilled to present the Hertzell family with this award.
Trustees recognized the 2017 Placer County Spelling Bee Oral Competition Winners: Sarah Yee (Rocklin Elementary, 5th grader) and Raajshree Reddy (Granite Oaks Middle School, 8th grader) both placed 1st in their grade level and will compete in the State Finals. Abhinav Sharma (Rocklin Elementary, 6th grader) and Karina Andersen (Granite Oaks Middle School, 8th grader) placed 2nd at the county level. Jasleen Bal (Granite Oaks Middle School, 7th grader) placed 3rd.
Trustees recognized the following employees for being named as RUSD’s nominees for Classified Employees of the Year and Teachers of the Year, in conjunction with the Placer County Office of Education, in the following categories:
Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities - - Gordon Stizzo, Grounds Mechanic, Maintenance and Operations
Office and Technical - - Janet McAlexander, Technician I, Human Resources District Office
Para-Educator and Instructional Assistant - - Sarah Counter, Instructional Aide, Sunset Ranch Elementary
Support Services and Security - - Lisa Ennis-Panganiban, Health Aide, Twin Oaks Elementary
Transportation - - Keith Dias, School Bus Driver, Transportation
Elementary Teacher of the Year - - Craig Haviland, 5th Grade Teacher, Sunset Ranch Elementary
Secondary Teacher of the Year - - Pilar Padilla, Language Arts Teacher, Rocklin High School
Classified Employees of the Year Gordon Stizzo, Grounds Mechanic
Janet McAlexander, Technician I Sarah Counter, Instructional Aide
Lisa Ennis-Panganiban, Health Aide Keith Dias, School Bus Driver
Pilar Padilla, Language Arts Teacher Craig Haviland, 5th Grade Teach
Teachers of the Year