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Rowland Unified Registration For 2018-19 Now Open

Staff Reports

 Sign up now for new mandarin dual language immersion program and spanish dual programs that begin for kindergarten students this august

ROWLAND HEIGHTS– FEBRUARY 6, 2018 – Registration for the 2018-19 school year is now open in the Rowland Unified School District. All new Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, interested Dual Immersion Kindergarten students and any new students to the District must register online at https://aeries.rowlandschools.org/enroll/.

Parents can now register for both Mandarin and Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programs for Kindergartners this August. The new Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program would offer Kindergarten students a 50/50 English and Mandarin instructional model, where English speakers and Mandarin speakers would learn to read, speak and write in English and Mandarin. It would be hosted at Shelyn Elementary. There are two Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programs that also begin in Kindergarten, hosted at Roimer Elementary  and at Hurley Elementary.

There will be two District Kindergarten and Dual Language Immersion Parent Information Meetings: Thursday, February 15 at 6 p.m. at Rowland Elementary (2036 S. Fullerton Road, Rowland Heights 91748) and on Friday, February 16 at 8:30 a.m. at Villacorta Elementary (17840 E. Villacorta Street, La Puente 91744). Spanish and Chinese translators will be available, childcare not provided. For further information about the Dual Language Immersion curriculum for both Mandarin and Spanish, please call the Special Projects Office at (626) 854-8390. To enroll, visit https://aeries.rowlandschools.org/enroll/.

For additional enrollment information, call the local school’s office or Student Services at (626) 935-8281. If parents need to locate which school is their home school, visit http://www.rowlandschools.org/myschoollocator.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classes are available at all elementary schools throughout the District. TK is a bridge between preschool and Kindergarten, giving younger children more time for hands-on, interactive learning. TK provides a high-quality Kindergarten readiness at no cost to parents with classes taught by credentialed teachers.

There will be two District TK Parent Information Meetings: Tuesday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Northam Elementary (17800 E. Renault Street, La Puente, 91744) and on Tuesday, February 20 at 4:30 p.m. at Ybarra Academy (1300 Brea Canyon Cutoff Rd., Walnut 91789). For more questions about Transitional Kindergarten, parents can call the Elementary Schools Division at (626) 854-8371.

District Specialty Programs: RUSD is proud of its award-winning schools and enrichment programs. Below are just a few highlights. More information can be found at: http://www.rowlandschools.org

California Gold Ribbon Schools: Proud of our 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools: Rowland High School and Alvarado Intermediate; and our seven 2016 California Gold Ribbon Schools: Hollingworth Elementary, Jellick Elementary, Shelyn Elementary, Stanley G. Oswalt Academy, Telesis Academy of Science & Math, Villacorta Elementary and Ybarra Academy of Arts and Technology.

All elementary schools, as well as selected  intermediate schools in RUSD, offer before-and-after-school care starting at 6:30 a.m. with after school care until 6 p.m. by Options Surround Care, a licensed day-care provider. Additional after-school enrichment programs are throughout the District and vary at each school site.

MUSIC FOR ALL: EVERY elementary student in grades 1-6 receives music classes each week during the school day. Students can choose Strings, Band or General Music.

RIGOROUS ACADEMICS: Other specialty programs include International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools, Advanced Placement (AP), HONORS, GATE, “No Excuses University” and AVID college culture schools.

LANGUAGES: Across the District students can learn a foreign language. Mandarin and Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programs begin in Kindergarten, and languages are offered at Intermediate and High Schools.

ENRICHMENT: Rowland has a strong commitment to enrichment programs for students. A wide variety of visual and performing arts, athletic programs, along with Robotics, Engineering, Science Olympiad and after-school language classes are at several schools.

COLLEGE & CAREER FOCUSED: Rowland Unified School District educators are committed to innovative learning for all, to prepare every student for success in college and the workforce. RUSD is proud that both Nogales and Rowland High Schools offer a wide array of AP and Honor Classes, the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and Career Technical Education Classes and a Career Certification Program, where students can study one of six career pathways: Arts & Communications, Business, Family & Consumer Sciences, Health & Medical Services, Public & Human Services, and Technology. Each year RUSD students are accepted and attend the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities and earn more than $2 million in scholarships.

Rowland Heights: RUSD And Teachers’ Assoc Reach Tentative Agreement



Rowland Heights – The Rowland Unified School District Board of Education announced on Thurs., July 10 that a comprehensive three year (2013-2016) Tentative Agreement was reached on Tuesday evening, July 8, by RUSD and the Association of Rowland Educators (ARE) negotiation teams after meeting with the state-appointed mediator for a fourth session. As a result, there will be no formal negotiations during the 2014-2015 school year, and only limited negotiations during the 2015-2016 school year.


RUSD Board President, Heidi L. Gallegos, observed, “The tentative agreement reached clearly recognizes the dedicated work of our Rowland teachers while leaving the District in a solid financial position for the future. I would like to acknowledge the hard work done on both sides of the aisle by our bargaining teams.”


Highlights of the Tentative Agreement include a multi-year agreement; salary increase of 4% retroactive to July 1, 2013; salary increase of 4%, effective July 1, 2014; District’s maximum contribution to employee health and welfare benefits increased to $11,000, effective Jan. 1, 2015; $1,500 cash-in-lieu payment for eligible employees who elect to opt out of District health and welfare benefits coverage; late start to continue at high schools for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 schools years; and reduced counselor ratios.


ARE President, Shay Lohman, stated, “The Association is pleased that after a very long struggle a fair agreement has been reached and can be sent to membership for a vote. We are very grateful for the leadership provided recently by interim superintendent, Dr. John Roach, and we are excited about the possibilities that lay ahead for RUSD.”


The Tentative Agreement will be presented to ARE members for ratification within the next two to three weeks. After ratification, the agreement will be presented to the District’s Governing Board at its Aug. 12 meeting. As part of the District’s review process, the economic provisions of the Tentative Agreement will also be shared with the Los Angeles County Office of Education.


Each team vowed to work diligently to implement the terms of the agreement once it is approved by all parties.


“I am thrilled that the teams reached an agreement [yesterday],” said interim superintendent Roach. “The school year will begin with all employees focused on meeting the needs of our students.”




Rowland Heights: Retired Superintendent Roach Selected as RUSD Interim


John Roach, Ed.D


Rowland Heights – Educational and leadership consultant John Roach, Ed.D, (John Roach & Associates) will be the Interim Superintendent at Rowland Unified this summer while the superintendent search process continues.

Roach is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California teaching the courses “Leadership” and “Accountability.” He was Superintendent of Carlsbad Unified from 2004-12 and at Charter Oak Unified from 1998-2004, and is known for his leadership while also serving in Brea Olinda Unified and East Whittier City School Districts. He serves on the Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group of the University of Southern California and has been active in the Association of California School Administrators Association, serving as charter president and on various state committees. Roach received his Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Southern California and his M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University.

“The Board is delighted to have Dr. John Roach join the Rowland Unified School District.  Dr. Roach comes with a broad range of experiences to assist the district during this transition process,” said Board President, Heidi L. Gallegos. Roach will serve as Interim Superintendent on a part-time basis, approximately three days per work week, during the summer months pending completion of the current search for a permanent superintendent. The timeline for the superintendent search process includes advertising and applications for the position concluding on July 11.  Interviews will take place in August, with the hiring of the new leader expected in September, 2014.

The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve approximately 15,000 students in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry,andWest Covina at our award-winning schools. Visit www.RowlandSchools.org.


Rowland Heights: RUSD Music Teacher Finalist For Grammy Foundation Award


Rowland Heights – The Rowland Unified School District is proud to announce that music teacher, Mark Anderson, is a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award™ by the Recording Academy® and the Grammy Foundation®.
Anderson is not only driven to inspire young musicians across the Rowland Unified School District, but he actually drives the innovative mobile music bus, “The Music Machine,” to bring music to six elementary schools each week. Anderson teaches Elementary Band, Orchestra and Mariachi. A classically-trained bass player, he is often called a “Renaissance Man,” since he can pick up and play any instrument. Anderson is honored to have been nominated by one of his students for this award.
“The most important thing for me to pass on to my students is a love for learning something new,” said Anderson. “That can be math, reading, auto mechanics, learning a new trick on your skateboard or learning to cook – anything – just falling in love with the process to learn something new. My goal is to give them the confidence to take on any challenge that they are faced with.”
A total of 222 music teachers from 208 cities across 41 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for this award. In total, more than 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K through college; public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.
One recipient will be selected from ten finalists, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all ten finalists will also receive matching grants.

Rowland Heights: Alvarado Is “School To Watch”



Rowland Heights – The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform announced one hundred and sixteen exemplary middle-grades schools in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia have been named “Schools to Watch” as part of the recognition and improvement program. Having established partnership with education leaders in these states, the Forum announced the names of schools in each state that meet its strict criteria. Rowland Unified School District is proud that Alvarado Intermediate is one of only five schools in California to be re-designated as a “Schools to Watch” for three times. Alvarado Intermediate will be recognized at the Schools to Watch Conference in the Washington, DC area June 26- 28.

“It’s very exciting to be heading to Washington D.C. and to have Alvarado Intermediate represent California and Rowland Heights,” said Karen Magana, Principal of Alvarado. “I look forward to sharing this recognition with all students, parents, staff and community and I thank everyone for their support and commitment to our motto, Matadors Motivated by the Spirit of Excellence.”

Each “Schools to Watch” school was selected by state leaders for its academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. In addition, each school has strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement.

Linda Hopping, Chair of the National Forum’s Schools to Watch Oversight Committee stated, “These schools demonstrate that high-performing middle grades schools have a clear focus on academic growth and achievement. They also recognize the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensuring that each and every child has access to a rigorous, high-quality education. We are proud to have these schools serve as models from which others can learn.”

Launched in 1999, Schools to Watch began as a national program to identify middle-grades schools across the country that were meeting or exceeding 37 criteria developed by the Forum. The Forum web site (http://www.middlegradesforum.org) features detailed information about the selection criteria. The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform is an alliance of 40 educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations dedicated to improving education in the middle grades.

Alvarado Intermediate serves grades 7th and 8th Grade students and was first named a Model Middle School in 2004, then re-designated in 2007, 2011 and again in 2014.  It is a recognized and award-winning “School of Excellence” on a national and state level


RUSD District Climate Survey and Common Core Meeting


Rowland Heights – The Rowland Unified School District announced it will launch its District Climate Survey once again, where the community can provide valuable feedback on programs and services the District provides. This recurring survey provides data responses that assist during planning and review of District operations and educational services. The District also announced that it will hold information meetings this month for parents to learn more about the Common Core State Standards, how it will impact their child, and will share the implementation efforts made in RUSD.
To participate in the online survey (also available in Chinese, Korean and Spanish), the community can visit the “Your Voice” section of the District website (www.RowlandSchools.org) and on every school website. It is also located on the free Rowland Unified School District “Mobile App” available for iOS and Android phones/devices. The District Climate Survey is available now through Jan. 30. Individuals who do not have access to computers may visit any RUSD school to take the survey online, or visit the District Office located at 1830 S. Nogales Street in Rowland Heights. The district phone number is (626) 965-2541. The results from the survey will be shared with the community in the “Your Voice” section on the District website in the Spring.
Parents and interested community members are also invited to attend an informational meeting about the Common Core State Standards that will be implemented next year. The next meeting date is Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Giano Intermediate in the Multipurpose Room (located at 3223 S. Giano Avenue, West Covina 91792). For additional resources and information about the Common Core, a Parent Common Core Toolbox with videos and handouts is located on each RUSD school website or at http://www.RowlandSchools.org.
The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve 16,000 students in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina at our award-winning schools. More than 5,000 adults (16+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, the community can download the free Mobile App for iOS and Android phones/devices that has news, school calendars, a safety Tip Line, high school sports news for Nogales and Rowland High Schools, and helpful parent and District resources. Visit http://www.RowlandSchools.org or call (626) 965-2541.