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Rowland Unified Registration For 2018-19 Now Open

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 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 Schools Recognized on 2013 Honor Roll


Rowland Heights –– Rowland Unified School District Superintendent, Ruben P. Frutos, announced that this week four of its schools – Alvarado Intermediate, Blandford Elementary, Stanley G. Oswalt Academy, and Ybarra Academy of Arts and Technology – have been selected by the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) to be on the “2013 Honor Roll.”  Schools receiving this distinction are recognized as higher performing schools in the state, increasing academic performance and closing achievement gaps among all of their students.  Two RUSD Schools, Blandford Elementary and Oswalt Academy, were recognized from only 100 “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) schools in the state, noted for their excellence in science and mathematics.

“We are very proud of our schools’ accomplishments and of our teachers’ use of data to individualize instruction.  Our District continues to be student-centered, and it shows as our schools continue to lead in closing the achievement gap.  We thank the CBEE for the recognition, and we thank our schools for their efforts,” said Frutos.

“Having high standards, effective school leadership, and staying focused on student academic achievement has paid off for these Honor Roll Schools,” said Lee Blitch, CBEE Chairman and past CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.  “These schools are an inspiration.”

Over time, the CBEE has identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools and districts.  These include high expectations for all students; ongoing collaboration among teachers to improve practice; targeted use of data to pinpoint challenges and monitor progress; continual intervention for struggling students; and mastery of content knowledge and pedagogical practices.

Alvarado Intermediate and Ybarra Academy of Arts and Technology were named Star Schools.  CBEE Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over four years for all subgroups.  For further information on Alvarado Intermediate, contact Principal Karen Magana at (626) 964-2358 or visit www.AlvaradoSchool.org.  For information on Ybarra Academy of Arts and Technology, contact Principal Annette Ramirez at (909) 598-3744 or visit www.YbarraAcademy.org.

Blandford Elementary and Stanley G. Oswalt Academy were named STEM Schools.  CBEE named 100 of the Honor Roll Schools in the state that have higher poverty and higher performances in math and science.  For more information on Blandford Elementary, contact Principal Mercedes Lovie at (626) 965-3410 or visit www.BlandfordSchool.org.  For more information on Stanley G. Oswalt Academy, contact Principal Kevin Despard at (626) 810-4109 or visit www.OswaltAcademy.org.

Rowland Heights: RUSD Seeks New Superintendent


Rowland Heights — At this week’s regular Rowland Unified School District (RUSD) Board of Education meeting, the Board and Superintendent shared that Ruben Frutos, District Superintendent, has expressed a preference and recommended that the Board commence a search for a new Superintendent. The Board directed staff to gather information and proposals from qualified search firms. A report back to the Board is expected at the March 25 Study Session.

Frutos continues to serve as the District Superintendent. His current contract remains in effect through June 30, 2014.

It was also reported at the meeting that the Superintendent proposed a return to the Deputy Superintendent of Administrative Services position starting in July.  The Board of Education is expected to consider and take action on these matters at the next regular Board Meeting, scheduled on April 16.

RUSD serves the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina.  For more information, visit www.RowlandSchools.org.