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In the News
Spring View Middle School, Good Day Sacramento: "Mona Lisa Art Project"
Antelope Creek Elementary School, The Placer Herald: "Rocklin Unified teachers learn to use the virtual classroom right along with their students"
Rocklin Unified School District, The Placer Herald: "Rocklin Unified donates 10,000 masks to Sutter Roseville"
Parker Whitney Elementary School, Good Day Sacramento: "Reading Time!"
Parker Whitney Elementary School, Mix 96 Sacramento: "Facebook Live: Distance Learning Experience"
Rocklin Unified School District, Comstock's Magazine: "Learning a Lot"
Rocklin Unified School District, Style Media Group: "What's Up in March 2020"
The Sharp Brothers Encourage Acts of Kindness
Check out the Sharp brothers from Rock Creek Elementary: River and Ryder! Their Tower of Niceness project is so great, Fox 40 covered it!http://fox40.com/2017/10/27/rocklin-brothers-tower-of-niceness-encourages-good-deeds/
Contact: Diana Capra
Chief, Communications and Community Engagement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2017
ROCKLIN, CA—The State Board of Education (SBE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) today unveiled the California School Dashboard, a new Web site that provides parents, educators, and the public with important information they can use to evaluate schools and school districts in an easy-to-understand report card format.
• Academic Indicator, which includes results on standardized tests
• Career/College Readiness
• English Learner Progress
• Graduation Rate
• Suspension Rate
• Chronic Absenteeism
• Basic Services and School Conditions
• Implementation of State Academic Standards
• Parent Engagement
• School Climate
The two additional local indicators for county offices of education are:
• Coordination of Services for Expelled Youth
• Coordination of Services for Foster Youth
To learn more about California's accountability and continuous improvement efforts, visit the CDE Dashboard Web page: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/cm/index.asp
2nd Annual Unified RHS/WHS Basketball Game Attracts
Huge Supporting Crowd: Our Fantastic RUSD Family!
“ I was able to run the clock and had a good view of the court. It was the most fun that I have had at an event in a very long time. I want to thank Jenn Kaiser, Ryan Spears and their crew for putting on such a memorable game. It helped to remind me why I do the job that I do, and that it truly is 110% for the kids. To help them feel included and loved within our community. That happened at the Unified Basketball Game. My most favorite part was hearing the kids, students and staff from both school chant and cheer for both teams! I have never been more honored to work at such a wonderful place.” Louise Cranston-RHS RSP Teacher
“I want this really loud that way everyone can hear it. That way people out there who have a kid they would want to come.” Kamden-RHS student and Unified Athlete
Check out KCRA Anchor Mike Teselle Previews Unified basketball
KCRA covers the actual event and anchors are amazing at their
Special thanks to RHS Music Boosters Board member and Parent Volunteer Laura Tolladay for this fantastic write up!
Luis Sanchez is a junior at Rocklin High School. He was first introduced to the trumpet at Rock Creek Elementary by Rocklin Unified School District Elementary Music Director Mike Hannickel (who has since retired). Mr. Hannickel played the the violin, clarinet, trombone and trumpet for all the 5th grade students, and the moment Luis heard the trumpet, he knew that was the instrument for him.
Luis told his Mom he wanted a trumpet, but she thought it would be a passing fancy, and the trumpet would end up under this bed collecting dust. But that wasn’t the case at all. Luis start playing with the school band in elementary school, then in middle school. And now in high school, Luis plays in the Marching, Symphonic and Jazz Bands at Rocklin High. With each school there was a different trumpet to play, a loaner from the school. But they were old, and worn out, and didn’t work very well.
The new trumpet, and his current loaner from the school
Luis and his trumpet fund penny jar
Last year The Music Store in Rocklin donated a brand new Jupiter Trumpet to the Rocklin High Music Boosters fundraiser. Luis bid on the trumpet, but was out-bid by another family. He was disappointed, but kept up his ruthless savings. Last week at school he found out The Music Store had donated a trumpet again this year, and he was very excited!
He paid for the trumpet (a donation for the Music Boosters donated by Rocklin’s Music Store). And Gian calmly walked over to Luis, put it down in front of him, and walked away. Luis couldn’t believe what just happened. He was in shock!
He gets inspiration from his favorite trumpet player, Arturo Sandovol. He prefers Big Band over more contemporary jazz, and also enjoys Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie.
When he’s not playing the trumpet he’s doing school work. But he also finds time to dance with the Ballet Folklorico Nube de Oro, which he’s been doing since he was 5. And this year he tried something new. He had a role in the Rocklin High Musical, Footloose. Luis has also been asked to play with a local Mariachi band, but he needs to put that off until the summer so he can concentrate on school.
After high school he wants to go to college, and take his trumpet with him.
Thanks Photography by Ryan D. Middleton for the great pictures!
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Rocklin Unified School District students are exposed to the Arts in many outstanding ways and at Sierra Elementary, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) expert Mrs. Cynthia Brown, found a special way for the community to benefit from art class! She did this with the assistance of Petal Connection. It is a unique volunteer run non proft that creates beautiful bedside bouquets for the hospice patients using flowers and vases that are donated by different organizations. Jennifer from Petal Connection worked with the young students who created beautiful vases that no doubt made a difference in patient’s lives! The vases were delivered to hospice patients and care facilities throughout Sacramento and Placer counties. “We are doing this to help people who are on sad times to feel better,” said Carson, 6th grade student.
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Zuzu Acrobats featured a mix of traditional high energy acrobatics such as fast pyramid building, chair balancing, limbo, comedy, tumbling, juggling, hoop diving and inspirational themed lecture. They told students what it was like to grow up poor in Mombasa and working very hard with the elders in their community to reach their goals. They taught the audience a few ki-Swahili words and shared their impressions of life in America!
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The students from Yucai School in China are part of a unique foreign exchange program. They arrived on September 24th and are staying with 11 different families for 5 nights. Former Sunset Ranch Principal Jim Trimble opened the initial dialogue with the Yucai School last spring and set up the exchange for this year! Sunset ranch was chosen due to its status as a top performing and California Gold Ribbon School. Fox 40 came by to cover this amazing experience for the students and staff of both countries! (Thanks Photographer Nick and Fox 40)
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Special thanks to Rocklin Elementary School Dad and TSgt Kristopher W. Hall who brought this fantastic program to Rocklin Elementary Special thanks to TSgt. Hall and all the heroes at Beale Air Force Base.
Check out live TV coverage:
Greg Daley, President, Rocklin Unified School District Board of Trustees,
Brianna Burns, ASB President - Granite Oaks Middle School and
Jay Holmes, Principal, Granite Oaks Middle School!
Project construction partner Carter-Kelly Inc.
Project architect partner California Design West Architects
Russ Powell/Economic and Planning Services
RUSD Board of Trustees:
GOMS Teacher Jeremy Waddell (2016 UC Davis C-STEM Teacher of the Year) UC Davis as the C-STEM teacher of the year
GOMS Honor band and Instructor Mary Dick
GOMS Parent Falcon Club
Craig Rouse, Senior Director-RUSD Facilities, Maintenance and Operations
Our Outstanding RUSD Facilities/Maintenance and Operations staff
Sue Wesselius/Former Director-RUSD Facilities, Maintenance and Operations
Juanita Fahnestock, Director-RUSD Nutrition Services
Our fantastic RUSD Nutrition Services Staff
Jeremy Jeffreys, M.A., Broadcasting Teacher, Rocklin High School
Jay Holmes, Principal-Granite Oaks Middle School
Jeff Christensen, Assistant Principal-Granite Oaks Middle School (2016 Placer County Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year)
The wonderful staff, students and families of Granite Oaks Middle School!
Check out live TV coverage:
Chief, Communications and Community Engagement
Rocklin Unified School District
(916) 757-4987 (mobile)
For Immediate release:
Learning at Granite Oaks Middle School!
15 New Classrooms and Schoolyard Habitat Program, an extensive student organized
campus improvement project, ready for special public unveiling!
Story: The Rocklin Unified School District is unveiling 15 new classrooms at a special New Classroom Celebration and VIP Reception! The event also includes a special student outdoor/garden classroom project. Local community and school leaders will also be on hand for the presentation.
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 8am to 10am
Location: Granite Oaks Middle School, 2600 Wyckford Boulevard
Parking in front for live trucks
Signs will guide you to event location on campus
Visuals/Audio: *STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) demonstrations-Students will work together and drive robots through a maze created with large colorful blocks
*Granite Oaks Middle School Honor Band performing
Interviews: STEM demonstrations: Teacher Jeremy Waddell
Science Teacher/Team Lead Schoolyard Habitat Project: Justin Thayer Students
Granite Oaks Middle School Principal Jay Holmes
RUSD Superintendent Roger Stock
RUSD Board of Trustees
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
Special needs students from Whitney, Rocklin and Woodcreek high schools took part in another unified sports event: A Track Meet! The first event was a tremendously successfully and exciting basketball game involving our terrific kids!
Right now only RHS, WHS and Woodcreek participate in Unified Sports. The future goal is to involve as many schools as possible! #rusdPROUD!
“It’s an incredible feeling when you know the stakeholders at PG&E are investing in your future,” said Navarro. “This is life changing for me. I can’t thank them enough.”
The unsuspecting senior was caught off guard in his A.P. Statistics class when camera crews arrived, along with school, RUSD and PG&E officials. PG&E Division Leadership Team Senior Manager Jacquelyn Lewis announced Navarro’s name and handed him a huge cardboard check. Navarro has enrolled in Advanced Placement classes since his sophomore year at Rocklin High, is captain of the tennis team, a member of Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and works as a private tutor. Navarro will study mechanical engineering at UCLA.
“Students were inspired and amazed by our wonderful Super Scientists (parents and local community members) who shared their careers and hobbies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, said Science Teacher and Expo Coordinator Julie Leppek. “For the second year, I was again so impressed by the creative displays and demos that filled our multi-purpose room. Students were able to dust for fingerprints with the F.B.I., learn how to build a dam with a civil engineer, observe a 3-D Printer in action, participate in a live 3D game of Mine Craft operated by mini Raspberry Pi computers, operate a telescope, see how a power plant operates and so much more! I am so grateful for all the time and energy our super scientists donated to help make it such a fun event for our Valley View students,” Leppek said.
This year there were eight returning presenters including RUSD Board of Trustee President and Pilot Greg Daley. Daley kept the kid’s attention by showing them the science behind making a paper airplane and flying a real one!! Many presenters decided to bring an assistant or in some cases (EvoKnow Software, Inc.), bring their entire office staff of software engineers to come and talk to the Elementary 430 students. “It's exciting to see presenters want to return and continue to educate and inspire,” Leppek added. RUSD Superintendent Roger Stock, Deputy Superintendent Kathy Pon, Board of Trustee member Susan Halldin and our fantastic Teachers On Special Assignment (TOSA) ‘Tech Guy’ Ryan O’Donnell also attended. (Thanks Mr. O’Donnell for helping out the RUSD Communications and Community Engagement Department share all the fun on social media!)
The complete list of presenters/companies include: Saint Francis High School Robotics team, Printrbot’s Brook Drumm, EvoKnow Software, Inc., Astronomers Bob and Sondra Walczak, Pharmacists Dr. Brian Vu and Dr. Tricia Vu, Pilot Greg Daley, STEM animation expert Kate Hay, Energy 2001, Inc. Owner/President Laura Rasmussen, Solar Energy’s Matt Stoll-Bisagno, Veterinarians Dr. Kaur and Dr. Singh, Kristina Lopez from Umpqua Bank, mathematician John Boysen, local FBI agents, Laser eye specialist Scott Smith, Security technology expert Yvonne Glenn, Electric and computer engineer A.J. Camber, Senior Engineer/Project Civil Engineer Al Pelly, Creative Arts and Science expert Sofia Stoll-Bisagno.
Story: The biography lessons kids learn in the classroom are also being re-enforced with a more hands on approach in other classes like Art and Music. For many years, teacher Cynthia Brown’s Art class has been making beautiful ceramic pots; just as Dave the Potter did back in 1820. Dave is such an inspirational figure for elementary students to learn about because he created his art in spite of the fact that he lived in a society that threatened him with death for expressing himself through his art. The class always sparks lively conversation as students discover facts about an amazing artist who left clues about his life inscribed on his pottery. The students are inspired by Dave’s courage and positive attitude and as they strive to do their best with this project, in honor of a man who struggled and triumphed despite the incredible odds against him.
Date: February 23rd 7:50am to 10:50am or 11:40 to 2:20pm
Location: Sierra Elementary School, 6811 Camborne Way, Rocklin, CA
Visuals/Audio: Several kids making clay pots: preparing clay, shaping, inscribing poetry.
Interviews: Many of the children can speak articulately about this important lesson. Art Teacher Cynthia Brown is also available.
Dave the Potter was born in 1801 in North Carolina. It is believed that he had 5 owners throughout his life. Dave was an incredibly skilled potter. His pots, which were used for storing food, were remarkably large, sometimes as large as 4o gallons. The most important detail of Dave’s pottery however was the fact that he sometimes inscribed poetry and signed his name to his work during a time when it was against the law for slaves to learn to read or write. It is not known how Dave learned to read or write but his moving poems and dates inscribed have left important clues to this amazing man’s life. Dave lost his leg when he was around 35 years old. Another slave, whose arms were crippled, kicked the potter’s wheel for Dave so that he was able to continue his art. Dave is such an inspirational figure for students to learn about as he created his art in spite of the fact that he lived in a society that threatened him with death for expressing himself through his art.
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February 18, 2016
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Pending Lawsuit Affects Release of Student Data Statewide – Objection Form Available
February 18, 2016 - A current lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state, including Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD).. The litigation is with two non-profit associations comprised of parents and guardians of children with disabilities. The plaintiffs in that litigation have requested numerous documents, as well as student data that is collected and stored by CDE, which may include personally identifiable student information.
The Rocklin Unified School District is not involved in the lawsuit and is not the subject of any of the suit’s allegations. Nonetheless, as part of the lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the United States District Court to release all data it has collected on all K-12 general education and special education students since January 1, 2008. The private data will only be available to a handful of legal representatives. Examples of information that may be released includes student’s name, social security number, demographics, course information, statewide assessment results, teacher demographics, program information, behavior and discipline information, progress reports, special education assessment plans, special education assessments/evaluations, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), records pertaining to health, mental health and medical information, student statewide identifiers (SSID), attendance statistics, information on suspensions and expulsions, and results on state tests.
Parents/Guardians have the right to complete and mail in an Objection to Disclosure Form to prevent the release of student data: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pdf. The objection form must be submitted via regular mail to the Court (address provided in form) by April 1, 2016. RUSD is not a party to the litigation and is not required to disclose any student information.
CDE has requested that all school districts, including RUSD, post the following link to CDE’s website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase
For more information or questions contact CDE directly at (916) 319-0800. To read the news release issued by State Superintendent Torlakson today regarding his strong support for protecting student privacy visit www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr16/yr16rel15.asp.
RUSD goes to great lengths to protect the personal information of all its families. The district wants to do all it can to keep parents and guardians informed and protected. RUSD would like to reiterate that the release of this information is completely out of RUSD’s control, and out of concern for their student community they wanted to ensure that families know they have the option to protect their student’s private information.
RUSD Hosts National/State Privacy Experts at One of a Kind
Student Data Security and Confidentiality Workshop
New laws put the spotlight on more than just Digital Citizenship for School Districts
Recently, to build on this outstanding reputation, the District hosted the Gold Country CETPA (California Educational Technology Professionals Association) quarterly meeting which gathered national and state experts at the RUSD District Office. “RUSD is hoping to lead local schools in this important arena. More than 75 educators from 30 districts across six counties throughout Northern California attended this valuable all day workshop. We hope to help everyone understand and respond to parent’s concerns and increase confidence in technical products we choose for students and schools. Best practices, updates on student privacy and new legislation were also shared,” said Mike Fury, who also serves as current chair of the local CETPA chapter.
Internationally recognized non-profit iKeepSafe also supported the important event as a presenter. They serve as a major leader and advocate in the field of cyber safety and work with policy leaders, educators, technology experts in tracking global trends and issues surrounding digitally connected products and their affect on children. Through this network of support , their research drives the continuous creation of positive resources for parents , educators and policy makers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways. “iKeepSafe recognizes exemplar leadership from Rocklin Unified School District and Gold Country CETPA. They have gathered key stakeholders engaged and invested in protecting student data privacy to work together to improve privacy practices and ensure products and contracts are compliant with new CA laws, " said Marsali S. Hancock, President, CEO iKeepSafe.