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First Place – Color Guard Inspection / Cadet Colonel Jack Scaglione
First Place – Color Guard Regulation Drill / Cadet Colonel Jack Scaglione
First Place – Unarmed Inspection / Cadet Lt Colonel Mikaela Becker
First Place – Unarmed Regulation Drill / Cadet Lt Colonel Mikaela Becker
First Place – Armed Inspection / Cadet Colonel Julien Hale
First Place – Armed Regulation / Cadet Colonel Julien Hale
First Place – Armed Exhibition / Cadet Captain Ellisia Quintana
RHS had 3 competitors in Culinary Display: Chloe Johansen in Patisserie, Tyler Corey in Tortes and Morgan Robertson in Appetizer. The level of competition this year was really impressive and our students’ displays were right at home with the fantastic displays from all over the state. Morgan Robertson won first place with her appetizer display.
RHS chapter won Superior Chapter - Silver level and Taudine Andrew, Culinary and Hospitality Teacher, Rocklin High School won Outstanding Adviser- silver level.
Five of their members earned their chapter degree - an acknowledgment of service to the community, leadership development and knowledge of the organization: Julianna Henderson, Samantha London, Jeremy Turangan, Everett Andrew and Lucy Andrew. They also received an award for first to affiliate in the region.
The other really exciting news is that Lucy Andrew, the current Region 4 Reporter was elected to state office. She’ll be serving as the FCCLA State Historian. She is blazing a trail as their first state officer and she’ll be preparing a run for national office next year!
"We are grateful for the support both financial and moral we’ve received from so many in the RUSD family. We especially want to thank the Rocklin Education Foundation, Our district office especially Marty Flowers, Jordan White and Diana Capra, our RHS Principal Davis Stewart and Assistant Principal Jill Meshwert, and our RHS Associated Student Body lead by John Thompson. Were it not for the financial support they provided, our students would be missing out on the leadership development opportunities that will shape their future. I am so grateful to be a part of a district and community that values and supports Career and Technical Education and leadership development." says Taudine Andrew, Culinary and Hospitality Teacher at Rocklin High School.
Special thanks to Taudine Andrew, FCCLA Adviser for sharing this information and pictures!!!
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).
“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.
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
Check out the latest Target commercial featuring Sunset Ranch’s Sofia Sanchez. “This is Sofia's third time working for Target in their marketing campaigns,” According to Sofia’s Mom Jennifer! “We love that she beautifully represents inclusion and diversity in their ads! Sofia is an ambassador for Changing the Face of Beauty (a non profit committed to equal representation of people with disabilities in advertising and media worldwide). Sofia hopes this is just the beginning of a lifetime of opportunities to work as a model/actress/self-advocate!”
McKenzie Muir is one of our students here at Whitney High School. McKenzie and her mom Nancy brought doughnuts to many of the students to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day 2017!
McKenzie is the absolute best and we are all so happy to be celebrating this day with her and her family!!
Tireless service is why Leslie and Andrew Vanden Akker are being honored by Ruhkala Elementary! As the Parent Teacher Student Council (PTSC) President and Vice President they are involved in supporting students, staff, and the entire Ruhkala community. They also support students by organizing and facilitating many events. This includes everything from Ruhkala’s Jog-a-Thon to the fall harvest festival. They also run a monthly Monday Madness session where students can sign up to stay an hour after school and take part in physical activity. They are currently working with the Ruhkala Running Team, which meets after school once a week to train for Run Rocklin. Ruhkala staff is supported by their efforts as well. This support comes in many forms. The Vanden Akkers organize and coordinate parent volunteers who often bring in healthy lunches during those times of year when staff is feeling particularly busy. Throughout the year, staff has enjoyed this treat during conference week and the holiday season. Thanks to these efforts staff comes together and has a little time to unwind. Under the Vanden Akker’s facilitation fundraising goes directly back to classrooms and therefore students! Just this year Ruhkala has been able to start the transition of their computer lab to a 21st Century learning space using this fundraising for mobile white boards and a green screen. The Vanden Akkers are fixtures of our Ruhkala community and it would not be the same school without their presence and involvement. They are models for what the partnership between school and family can create. The entire Ruhkala community offers a heartfelt thank you for everything they do.
The Hetrick Family has gone above and beyond to support Sierra Elementary School. Kali Hetrick is an eager volunteer and has stepped up to lead and participate in just about every possible way to support her children’s education. The Hetricks have been part of the Sierra family for the past 3 years. During this time Kali has been a strategic planning action team member, School Site Council secretary, PTC Secretary and Vice President, frequent substitute during lunch, and daily classroom volunteer. Most recently, Kali has also chaired Sierra’s FUNd Run and is chairing the school’s auction. Our school owes the Hetrick family a debt of gratitude for how giving Kali has been with her time.
As a strategic planning action team member, Kali helped reshape how Sierra would partner with the community to bring exciting enrichment and extension to the Sierra campus. During Sierra’s Site Council meetings and PTC meetings, she has kept clear and concise minutes, ensuring progress and conversations are well documented. As PTC vice president, she attends two PTC meetings per month and is the liaison to the event chairs. Thanks to the hard work of Kali and her team, the Sierra FUNd Run was bigger and better than ever. All students were able to launch their own event webpage, get a T-shirt for the run, and run through bubbles on the day of the event. This year’s event raised over $26,000, which goes to fund ongoing Spanish instruction at Sierra and much more! She is also the lead on this year’s auction set to take place on March 11. The Sierra community is so thankful for her efforts and can’t wait to participate in this fun event!
As if this level of participation isn’t enough, Kali is a frequent substitute during lunch and ensures that procedures are followed so students feel safe. According to Principal Hannah Anderson, “Kali also has stepped up on numerous occasions as a long-term noon duty sub while we look to fill positions and we are so grateful that she is dependable and always willing to help out. Kali also plays a crucial role by supporting instruction at our school by volunteering in her children’s classrooms regularly and supporting them at home. This year, she has been a daily volunteer during our Shark Shuffle for Success and is working with students in 1st grade to research and present their findings. This program and everything she touches at Sierra wouldn’t be nearly as successful without her support. We are so lucky to have Kali and the Hetrick family as part of the Sierra community!”
1. Casey Silver
2. Drew Navarre
3. Elena Morrill
4. Jackson Dewitt
5. Matt Lang
6. Audrey Trejo
7. Suman Mann
8. Aliena Pitts
9. Luciano Gonzales
1. Ashley Hay
2. Sweta Parija
3. Serene Tarazi
4. Raymond Matthews
5. Casey O’Brien
6. Megan Campbell
7. Jessica Risney
8. Delaney Hertel
9. Logan McDevitt
1. Sienna Giampaolli
2. Adarsh Venkat
3. Mridini Vijay
4. Ella Schwasnick
5. Alec Pitts
6. Sanjana Ramanujam
7. Amalie Yach
8. Kelly O’Flaherty
9. Minji Kim
1. Tyler Wong
2. Kabir Chitre
3. Sydney Pooler
4. Sydney O’Brien
5. Mandana Jahangirian
6. Catherine Rainey
7. Dominic Sobrepena
8. Daniel McElhinney
9. Josh Almaguer
A total of five (5) nominations were received for Elementary and four (4) received for Secondary. The following teachers were selected to represent Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD) as Teachers of the Year for their specific category.
Craig Haviland, 5th Grade Teacher at Sunset Ranch Elementary was selected for the Elementary Teacher of the Year. Craig has been with RUSD for over twelve years. He has served on the RETT Committee the last six years and supported Sunset Ranch to become the first elementary school with Wi-Fi in all classrooms. He is known to be dedicated to his profession by his peers; is hard working, involved and highly respected by staff as well as the students he serves.
Pilar Padilla, Language Arts Teacher at Rocklin High School will be our Secondary Teacher of the Year. Pilar has been with RUSD for over fourteen years. Her passion has been to create a safe environment has reached beyond her classroom as she has sponsored clubs and led campaigns for student’s mental wellness making Rocklin High a better place. Her mindfulness practices captured the attention of Sacramento County Office of Education who requested she present a series of workshops on how to introduce these practices in the classroom.
Both Teachers, along with Classified Employees of the Year will be brought to the Board for recognition at a future Board meeting pending PCOE notification timelines.
Special thanks to our community partners who made the night special with donated gifts including passes to Studio Movie Grill, a special cake from Nothing Bundt Cake, dozen cookies from Cookie Connection and Ice Cream certificates to Leatherby’s Creamery!
Mrs. Meiers was recommended by her colleagues, former students, and school administration for her innovative curriculum and school’s participation in National History Day.
Congratulations Mrs. Meiers for your hard work and dedication in educating the young people of our community!
Special thanks to Beth Davidson, Principal at Spring View Middle School, for sharing this wonderful information.
In speaking to Mrs. Ransford about Jordan’s success at Victory High School, she explained that coming to Victory High School was a family decision. Jordan has always been a conscientious student and tried his best, but he found that the class sizes and the enormity of the traditional high school caused him great anxiety and made education difficult for him. The Ransford family decided to enroll Jordan at Victory High school because of the smaller class sizes, the alternative form of education provided here, and the fact Jordan wishes to enroll at a trade school post graduation. These factors made Victory High School a very good choice for the Ransford family.
The Ransford family has supported Jordan in his educational career, working with Victory High School staff extensively to ensure his academic success. Jordan will graduate from Victory High School this year as a junior!
Mom Laura has been involved with the Parent Teacher Club since arriving at Valley View in some capacity including oversight and involvement of spirit nights, obtaining donations, planning and providing regular staff lunches, the annual carnival and bingo night. If she did head the event, she was working fervently behind the scenes. In addition to her PTC volunteering, Laura has been art docent for the 3 children’s classes, our costume designer and creator for the school musicals and dance performances, the class party planner for the 3 children’s classes, a Girl Scout leader, and also worked in the summer at Camp Invention at Valley View. If this is all not enough, we are so fortunate that Laura is also our health aide that tends to all of our students’ health needs with such love and care as if the children were all her own. Laura does all this with the most positive and professional, can-do attitude you can imagine.
Dad Al Senior is known as Laura’s partner in fun and generosity. Mr. Pelly is very creative with his engineering mind. He has highlighted engineering skills at a student level at Valley View’s annual STEM expos. His booths included a mini zip line, an Oreo tower and clay damn with demonstrations of each of the science concepts. Al has also assisted in multiple carnivals, even making a dunk tank! Although Al’s job takes him out of town from time to time, he somehow find a way to always support his family with his presence at their many events.
Al Jr., Adela and Lauren all follow in mom and dad’s footsteps of their awesomeness too, as they are equally as creative and thoughtful. They are involved in a variety of activities that further require mom and dad’s support, including, scouts, dance lessons, science club, coding club, STEM academy, student council, Kindness & Compassion club, summer camps, musicals, talent shows, basketball, softball, and more. By their parents’ example, Al, Adela and Lauren are model students who regularly demonstrate great character.
Tammi not only stepped into becoming a PFC member, but volunteered to take over the entire organization and become our PFC President. Thankfully, Tammi jumped into the role with both feet and never looked back. She has been responsible for over seeing or running our pledge drives, fundraisers, 8th grade promotion dances, monthly meetings, PFC finances, and teacher appreciation. Under Tammi’s watch, the Granite Oaks Middle School Parent Falcon Club has raised over $40,000 dollars that has helped support many facets of our school. The money raised by Tammi and our PFC has been used to fund clubs, purchase computers and Chrome books for classroom use, and supported staff appreciation activities. Tammi’s hard work with our PFC truly makes a positive difference in making our school the best middle school in Northern California. We are indeed lucky to have Tammi working hard to make our school a wonderful place to learn and grow. Meantime, GOMS 8th grader Luke Bezanson is a wonderful student that was celebrated as October’s Student of the Month for the Quest Academy. He is an extremely hard worker, and a member of the GOMS Cross Country Team. Luke is a fantastic and creative student who is well liked by his peers and teachers and is maintaining a 4.0 grade point average!
Terry Barber, Whitney High School, United States Air Force - 29 Years 2 Months - Senior Master Sargeant,
Air Force Junior Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC)
Mike Booth, Transportation Department, United States Army - 12 Years
James A. Bross Jr., Maintenance and Operations Department, United States Army - 1985 -1994
Heather Conn, Rocklin Elementary School, United States Marine Corps - 1994-1998, Sargeant
Greg Daley, Rocklin USD Board of Trustees, United States Air Force, 20 Years
Keith Dias, Transportation Department, United States Navy - 4 Years
Doug Ennis, Valley View Elementary School, United States Army - 4 Years - 1989-1993, Combat Medic
John Eriskson, Whitney High School, United States Air Force, 23 Years
Michael Fernandez, Whitney High School, United States ir Force - 28.5 Years - Retired - Senior Aerospace
Science Instructor, Air Force Junior Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC)
Tod Furtado, Whitney High School, United States Army - 24 Years, Lieutenant Colonel,
Retired - Veteran of Operation Just Cause
Gregory Giammona, Granite Oaks Middle School, United States Air Force - 1992-1999, F-15C
Avionics Specialist, Operation Southern Watch, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain
Shana Gysen, Spring View Middle School, United States Air Force - 4 Years, Medical Lab
Michael Hammer, Maintenance and Operations Department, United States Army - 4 Years
Michael Handling, Victory High School, United States Army - 10 Years, Iraq, Bosnia and
Tori Hayes, Spring View Middle School, United States Army - 22 Years, Sargeant First Class -
Retired, Served in Saudi Arabia and Iraq as an AirBorne Medic
Jeremy Jeffreys, Rocklin High School, United States Air Force Reserve - 1992 - 2014, Retired
Melissa Locketz, District Office, United States Navy - 1994-1999 - Hospital Corpsman - Marine
Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), Twenty-nine Palms, CA
Heather McCoy, Rock Creek Elementary School, United States Army Reserve - 6 Years
Paul Morrison, Rocklin High School, United States Army Reserve - 1986-1988
Al Nord, Transportation Department, United States Air Force - 4 Years
Joe Perretta, Maintenance Department, United States Army - 4 Years
Bill Pruett, Facilities, Maintenance and Operations, United States Army Reserve - 6 Years
Darlene Romero, District Office, United States Air Force - 17.5 Years, Master Sargeant - Retired
Joseph Sarantis, Maintenance and Operations Department, United States Army - 2 Years, Vietnam Veteran
Mark Webber, Maintenance Department, United States Air Force - 22 Years
Brandy Wright, Antelope Creek Elementary School, United States Air Force
Christina Wright, Antelope Creek Elementary School, United States Army
We value each and every one of our families at RUSD and we started this special recognition program to honor one at each school during our Board of Trustee meetings. It’s a cool way to kick off each meeting too!
Not only are Darren and Kylee amazing kids, their stay-at-home-dad, Dave Mazon, has volunteered hundreds if not thousands of hours to support our school and students. He helps in the office preparing our first day packets, chaperones field trips, assists in classrooms reading with students and encourages students every week. He even dressed up as a Lion to make Art Docent lessons something Cobblestone students and staff really look forward to and even served as a substitute instructional aide. In addition, Dave served as PTC president for two years and organized fun, community-building events including welcome back picnics, jogathon, movie nights, daddy/daughter dances, and mother/son activities. Under his leadership, funds raised by PTC have provided additional instructional materials to our classrooms, field trip scholarships for students in need, special assemblies and two new chromecarts! Staff describe Mr. Mazon as positive, dependable, devoted, kind, respectful, generous, and a real helping hand serving ALL students and ALL staff at our school! The Mazon family has made a real difference to Cobblestone School and we are so appreciative of their ongoing support!
Sophomore Hayden Douglass has accomplished something usually reserved for upper classmen. He’s played his way into the All-National Honor Ensemble Concert Band.
A French horn player, Hayden practiced with dedication to earn his chair in this highly coveted honor band. He is one of only two students from the Sacramento area to be chosen. He’ll be playing with the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2016 All-National Honor Ensemble on November 13 during NAfME’s National In-Service Conference in Texas.
“I am very excited to be able to represent Rocklin High School in Texas. This is a great opportunity to learn from other musicians and conductors from all over the U.S.,” said Hayden.
Hayden has been playing French horn for four years. Musical talent runs in the family. His father Thomas is the Musical Director at Rocklin High. A multi-talented musician, Hayden plays French horn with the Rocklin High Symphonic Band and Symphonic Orchestra, Trumpet with the school’s Jazz Band and Mellophone with the Marching and Pep Bands.
NAfME’s (National Association for Music Education) All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. Students were chosen through a rigorous audition process. Eligible students had to qualify for their state-level honor ensemble program and compete against top students to earn their spot in the national honor ensemble. Hayden will be playing with 150 other students from throughout the United States.
Selected students are currently rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of one of the most prominent conductors in the United States, Dr. Paula Crider Professor Emerita at the University of Texas.
Find out more about Rocklin High Band at: www.RocklinHighMusicBoosters.org Find out more about NAfME here: http://www.nafme.org/programs/all-national-honor-ensembles/
Antelope Creek Elementary Coach/Teacher Peter Davis: “I worked with the Simmons family at Antelope Creek when he was a student there. He began his "track and field" experiences on the field at AC with the flying Falcons. Adam Salinger, Jenn Dunn and myself coached the team for several years. He was a hard working and dedicated young man. Not surprised in the least to see him at the biggest stage for athletics. I'm certainly rooting for him.”
Antelope Creek 6th grade Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher Gloria Chesbro: “Cale was tall, quiet, great sense of humor. I also taught his twin brother and older sister Rachel. Wonderful family! So excited for Cale and the whole family.” This special note-Cale’s twin brother, Air Force 1st Lieutenant Rob Simmons also a standout athlete and pole vaulter is now a C-17 pilot stationed at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Their sister Rachel is also a pole vaulter and Air Force Academy graduate.
RHS Sr. English Teacher Angela Parker: “I’m so excited for Cale! I remember his quirky sense of humor and amazing work ethic! I also remember his dedication to the sport, so much so that he missed graduation to compete in the state championships. What an accomplishment for him!”
Antelope Creek Elementary Teacher Patricia Shier: “I too am very excited for Cale. I was Cale's Kindergarten teacher. He was always a sweet, smart, fun loving, terrific student. He was always very creative and inquisitive. I have had the privilege of working with the Simmons family many times. I had Cale in my class as well as two of his younger sisters. They are a fabulous family and I am so thrilled for Cale!
Speaking of terrific alumni, all our former students are appreciated! Are you one? If you are, let me know a favorite memory, staff member, class, experience! We love to take trips down memory lane with good thoughts of appreciation for our staff who work so hard to provide the educational excellence RUSD is known for!! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
And thanks Cale for providing the awesome pictures!
Check out the wonderful coverage Cale received in The Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/olympics/article88725027.html
Art history paper mache masks like these are also so amazing!
Special thank you to Deborah Lane, Fine Arts Instructor Extraordinaire (Art I, II, III, IV, Honors Art, and AP Studio) for the beautiful pictures and details!
Our RUSD cameras captured our fantastic Rocklin High School broadcast students helping out the District with their tremendous talent! Rocklin High School students Bryson Jones and Cisco Gomez led by their instructor Jeremy Jeffreys, MA Rocklin HS Broadcast Teacher, are producing a series of special videos for Valley View Elementary. They are Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) videos which will be used to teach school and playground rules to the Valley View Students. Staff and kids will appear in the video early next year! We will post the video when it is complete!
By Lilia Arnest
Mixed emotions filled the beautiful sunny day when RUSD staff, Rocklin High students, family and friends came together for his last game and special barbeque to celebrate Coach Murray’s final game after 22 years at Rocklin High School! The “Roc Murray Field” was also packed with baseball alumni and their families. It was a sight to see! All in honor of accomplished and beloved Coach Murray!
Some folks spoke of Coach’s amazing talent as a tremendous leader, others shared how Coach Murray influenced them personally. “Roc has been a stalwart in our baseball program since the beginning of Rocklin High School,” said Ryan Spears, Athletic Director of RHS. “Roc has been instrumental in teaching the important life lessons that student athletes learn from their participation in high school sports. His leadership and dedication to the student athletes of Rocklin High School will be truly missed.”
“Because of Coach Murray’s dedication to Rocklin High School and our baseball program our players are better people, our school is a better place, and our community is more caring and connected. He has been a driving force in establishing an excellence in education, never giving up on students both on and off the field,” said Davis Stewart, principal of RHS.
Coach Murray loves RHS kids and wants everyone to succeed. It was not just about the game, it was all about the kids. “It never really was about baseball,” said Mike Murray, Coach Murray’s son. “My dad has a strong commitment to helping students and his players. Because he is consistent, fair and caring, the players trust him. This trust allows him to have a positive influence. He always makes decisions that are in the best interest of the students above all other things.”
Juan Batula, teacher at RHS spoke highly of Coach Murray: “Roc, you touch a lot of kids lives, you helped model them by teaching them how to compete not only against an opponent, but themselves. You have a great gift and I am happy that I had the opportunity to be part of your journey. Thank you for helping me become a better teacher, parent and friend. Congratulations Roc!”
All present celebrating agree: Coach Murray is a true success story, a winner in life! It was only fitting The Rocklin Thunder baseball team won the game!
Donate Life is a non profit organ, eye and tissue transplant donor network serving nearly 4 million people in Northern California and Nevada. They offer an amazing public education outreach, in which speakers, who are transplant recipients, donor families, living donors, health care professionals, and those waiting for transplants, come to Rocklin HS every year and speak to the students about organ and tissue donation, and the positive impact transplantation has had on their lives. It is a very meaningful and positive program for our students and an important part of our Health curriculum.
If you're interested in learning more about Donate Life or becoming a donor, sign up at DonateLIFEcalifornia.org.
• Megan Hunt (softball) - Williston State College
• Ashley Hunter (soccer) - Minot State
• Aidan Malm (baseball) - San Jose State
• Shelby Miller (softball) - Rider University
• Madison Mitchell (softball) - St. Lawrence University
• Alex Muir (soccer) - Corban University
• Zack Schall (water polo) - Concordia University
• Jordan Sienkiewicz (cross country) - Point Loma Nazarene
• Brian Sterri (golf) - Utah Valley University
• Valerie Van der Linden (volleyball) - Whittier College
At the event, each honoree was given an award and a special tribute by a fellow staff member. Jay Holmes, Principal of Granite Oaks Middle School, paid tribute to Anne and included some wonderful comments by fellow Granite Oaks Co-Workers.
“Anne inspires students and staff each day by promoting literacy on campus! She makes those incredible bookmarks by genre, and she provides support, resources, and a wealth of knowledge to teachers across RUSD," said Cindy Camillucci, 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher.
“She is so wonderful and truly an inspiration. She is someone who is extremely knowledgeable, helpful and kind. A true asset to our campus. A well-deserved acknowledgement," commented Laura Toretta, Counseling Secretary.
“Thank you Anne, for all the support you give our staff and students. Congratulations!" said Terry Hughes, Library Aide.
Special Guests included: Jim Holmes, Placer County Supervisor, Chief Ron Lawrence, Rocklin Police Department; Tammy Moss Chandler, Assistant Director, Placer County Health & Human Services; Shelley Rogers, Director Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth; Christina Ivazes, Director Coalition for Placer Youth, Rocklin, Rocklin Unified School District Superintendent Roger Stock, RUSD Board of Trustees Greg Daley and Susan Halldin.
Last fall, PCYC was awarded a grant to support Friday Night Live (FNL) youth leaders in implementing a variety of strategies to combat underage drinking in their communities. The grant is provided through the California Friday Night Live Partnership, with funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. PCYC reached out to high school FNL clubs to support projects that would actively engage their peers, family members and community members in reducing underage drinking and the health and social problems that result from the behavior.
For more information:
Placer County Youth Commission
11716 Enterprise Dr., Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: (530) 886-2811
Fax: (530) 889-6735
Mr. Wildberger will be throwing one out for his son Trevor and the Ponderosa coach will have his father throw a pitch in honor of his mom. The head coach at Ponderosa is a Rocklin High Grad and the Petersons still reside in Rocklin. Ponderosa head baseball coach, Ben Peterson, is a Rocklin Alumni who recently had his mom pass away from cancer. “The kids on both teams will be wearing special shirts for the game and will be wearing a dog tag in honor of someone who has fought or is continuing to fight cancer," said Coach Dorchak.
“Coach Dorchak’s dedication to this program is outstanding. He provides this annual opportunity to let his student-athletes give back to the community through his baseball program and the response from everyone is overwhelming! The idea of giving people the chance to throw out the first pitch to honor their loved ones is wonderful. I get many positive comments when I wear my strikeout for cancer shirt in the community," said RUSD Superintendent Roger Stock.
Another RUSD tradition making a real difference!
Valley View Elementary 6th grader Jasleen Bal and Granite Oaks Middle School 8th grader were recognized for their co-champion win at a special recognition event and RUSD Board President Greg Daley attended to show his support!
The twenty-eighth Annual Placer County Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, March 10th at the PCOE Seavey Center in Rocklin. And it was exciting! Over 250 students in grades four through eight competed in the Placer County written examination in January, with the top 10 scores moving on the Oral Finals on March 10th. Alan Shuttleworth, Professor of English at Sierra College and retired Placer County District Superintendent, once again served as the “Voice of the Spelling Bee”. Professor Shuttleworth pronounced the words that the students had to spell correctly.
A new winner was crowned in each grade level throughout the day, starting with fourth grade, and ending with eighth grade. After the winners from each grade level were determined, those five individuals then competed in the Grand Finals at the end of the day to determine who will go on to represent Placer County in the State Spelling Bees.
For the first time in the history of the Spelling Bee, there was a tie in the Grand Finals. After battling each other neck and neck for nearly 60 words, sixth grader Jasleen Bal from Valley View Elementary School in Rocklin and eighth grader Mridini Vijay from Granite Oaks Middle School in Rocklin were declared the co-champions. Jasleen, as well as 5th grade champion, Abhinav Sharma, will now go on to represent Placer County at the California State Elementary Spelling Bee on April 23, 2016 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education. Mridini, as well as the 7th grade champion, Melody Gill, will go on to represent Placer County in the California State Jr. High Spelling Bee on May 14, 2016 at the Marin County Office of Education.
“I still can’t believe that for the first time in the 28-year history of the Placer County Spelling Bee, we had a tie in our Grand Finals. However, after battling over 60 words one-on-one, it was the right thing to do. Both young ladies had more than earned the title of champion. They were incredible,” said Kindra Amalong, Placer County Spelling Bee Coordinator.
Congrats to all our super spellers!
Guest speaker Karen Garner, Director of Recreation, Arts, and Event Tourism Department at the City of Rocklin, gave an insightful look into the City and upcoming developments. She along with RHS Mom/President Diana Ruslin who also wears a Rocklin City Councilmember hat both answered many interesting questions from our hardworking group of parents! Roger Stock, RUSD Superintendent, thanked the group for making our schools great enhancing our already fantastic programs with their dedication, fundraising and special programs making our kids’ educational experience a memorable one!
Thanks to all PTC/Booster Club Presidents for your dedication and hard work! You make a difference!
Monica Barnes, Antelope Creek Elementary School
Christi Jones, Breen Elementary School
Brie Amos, Cobblestone Elementary School
Holly Bray, Parker Whitney Elementary School
Krista Salerno, Rock Creek Elementary School
Laura Vaca Davila, Rocklin Elementary School
Andy VandenAkker, Ruhkala Elementary School
Jamie Wuerthner, Sierra Elementary School
Kate Apostoli, Sunset Ranch Elementary School
Janet Ligas, Sunset Ranch Elementary School
Amy Luiz, Twin Oaks Elementary School
Megan Klippel, Twin Oaks Elementary School
Patty Clark, Valley View Elementary School
Tammi Bezanson, Granite Oaks Middle School
Jamie Sears, Spring View Middle School
Diana Ruslin, PTC Presidents and Council Member, Rocklin High School
Kelli Remington, Whitney High School
Rocklin High School held its annual two-day Every 15 Minutes assembly. The students were exposed to the dangers and potentially fatal consequences for driving under the influence of alcohol. This wasn’t any ordinary assembly. It was a dramatic, heart-wrenching presentation. An emotionally charged program. Many students had tears streaming down their faces.
The nationally recognized program involved students portraying accident victims and drunk drivers. Every 15 Minutes challenged students to think about the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved. “It has a really big impact on our students because everyone comes together within the community to do a really good job and make it as realistic as possible and it’s people we can relate to… it’s all around us. People need to make smart decisions. It affects us in different types of way. Everyone did a really good job.” – said Logan Bik, Rocklin High School student.
“This two-day event would not be possible without a collaborative effort by our RHS team, California Highway Patrol, Rocklin Police and Fire departments, Placer County Sherriff’s Department, Sutter Roseville Memorial Hospital, Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel and our student/parent participants. We are grateful that these agencies, people, parents, and students have given their time to make this impactful event a learning experience for our school community”, said David Stewart, Principal of Rocklin High School.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the moving Every 15 Minutes program possible and absolutely amazing!
Video produced by Rocklin High School Broadcast students under the direction of Instructor Jeremy Jeffries, MA.
Whitney High School Future Business Leaders!
"Our chapter hopes to grow in subsequent years, and open chapters at the middle school level to better prepare our youth for their future business endeavors. I am extremely proud of our students and the effort, professionalism, and dedication they are demonstrating. It speaks volumes about the education and experiences they have received at Rocklin Unified School District," said Brian M. Pointer, Whitney High School Accounting and Mathematics teacher and faculty advisor to FBLA.
The judging process is quite elaborate. Once an RUSD committee nominates our choice in categories K-8 and 9-12, the PCOE brings a selection committee that consists of retired administrators and the Community Affairs Director to do an actual site visit to see the teacher in action. This committee also does a 30-minute interview with the teacher to get to know them and talk about what they saw during the site visit. The PCOE selection committee then chooses one teacher in each category as the winner. One of our teachers will represent Placer County in the state competition.
RUSD Cabinet members, site leaders and Superintendent Roger Stock surprised each teacher in t heir classroom to give them the news they won Teacher of the Year! Their students also were able to share in the excitement. Michelle, Justin and Scott will also be honored at a Board of Trustee meeting with recognition and at an event hosted by the PCOE this spring. Congrats Michelle, Justin and Scott for being terrific RUSD Success Stories!
2016 First PTC President/Booster Club Meeting Sparks
Ideas, Concerns and Suggestions!
Two wonderful community minded businesses made the lunch special: The Window Box Café in Rocklin donated the delicious meal for our hardworking group and Shiseido Cosmetics (Macy’s Roseville Galleria) also donated some keepsake products for our attendees. Next meeting will be at Studio Movie Grill who also agreed to donate to our hard working parent group! Check out this link to their wonderful Special Needs Screenings they provide for local families! https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/Movies.aspx
Be sure to check this section often for RUSD success stories and links to news coverage we have been getting because of our terrific families, staffs and, of course, outstanding students!
At the convention, the Whitney High School yearbook, Details, was inducted to the National Scholastic Press Association Hall of Fame for 10 consecutive years of All-American ratings in national contest/critique.
In Best of Show competition, with 6,100+ students attending the conference, Details yearbook won Third Place and The Roar news-magazine won Seventh Place.
Individually, theses students competed on site and placed in National Write-off Contests:
- Sierra Young: Honorable Mention, Newswriting
- Karrah Codero: Superior, Yearbook Theme Design
- Abigail Hammond: Honorable Mention, Yearbook Layout
- Jocelyn Hanks: Excellent, Yearbook Photography
- Kacie Nicholson: Honorable Mention, Theme Photography
- Missie Caracut: Honorable Mention, Newsmagazine Layout
- Rachel Marquardt: Excellent, Review Writing
And probably the best part was that three of our editors were selected to present an instructional session on the program. They taught a 50-minute class called “5 Ways to Boost your Media Program” and were articulate, professional and brilliant in the ideas they shared in the presentation to other convention attendees. They spent the past few weeks putting together the slideshow presentation, visual examples and takeaways to share with peers from all around the country. Their session was packed, and kids stood in a long line afterward to meet them and ask follow-up questions. The student presenters were Olivia Grahl, Sarah Martinez and Jocelyn Hanks.
We appreciate your support, especially in terms of conducting photo shoots and interviews to tell the important stories at Whitney High School.
The team is now preparing for the Rio Linda Drill Meet scheduled for Jan 23, 2016. We will use it as a stepping stone for the Northern California (NORCAL) Invitational Drill Meet Championships in April where we hope to repeat for the fifth straight year.