News from Across Rowland Unifed School District

Celebration of the Arts Festival

On March 21, 2023, the Special Education Department in partnership with the Community Advisory Committee presented the Celebration of the Arts Festival at Nogales High School. The event showcased the Arts of RUSD and the various creative artistic abilities of the students.


The Celebration of Arts provided students the opportunity to see and engage with different mediums of art that are taught within RUSD. Parents and community members had the opportunity to see how students create art within their electives or clubs on campus. 


Sponsors brought an art activity to engage with the participants. The participants were able to create, design and learn about the art forms that are taught or coached at RUSD schools.

The evening also highlighted the work of an outstanding employee. The Alfonso Iniguez Memorial Award is for professional excellence, outstanding service, and exceptional personal character for always expressing loving care and concern for RUSD Special Education Students. Ms. Becky Gomez, Education Specialist at Oswalt Academy, (pictured below) was selected as the 2022-24 Alfonzo Iniguez Memorial Award recipient.

Special thanks to event sponsors: The RHS Digital Arts, JAR Culinary Arts, The Nogales Dance Crew, Elementary School Counselors, Behavior and Educational Strategies Team, Alyssa Marcia- Preschool, Special Education Program Specialists, and the Family Resource Center. 

Business Leaders Provide Scholarships and Tour RUSD Schools for Principal for a Day

Brittnie Gildea, Education and Community Outreach Coordinator for Rowland Water, was a Guest Principal For A Day at Jellick Elementary. She was able to choose the “number of the day” and watched as fifth grade students in Mrs. Buck's class had fun with the challenge of making algebraic expressions.

Santana High School PFAD Scholarship Winner Nicole Montoya with Mack Moore, Walnut Valley Rotary and Principal Greg Perez.

Business and community leaders from across the San Gabriel Valley experienced what it is like to be a school principal at the annual “Principal for a Day” (PFAD) event held on March 22, 2023. Local sponsors provided $500 scholarships to students in Bassett, Hacienda La Puente, and Rowland Unified School Districts.

Congratulations to our Principal for a Day Scholarship Winners:

John A. Rowland High School:

Katelyn Chi

Nogales High School: Ricardo Cuautle

Santana High School: Nicole Montoya

Rowland Adult and Community Education: Christine Vivirito Rodriguez 

Guest Principals Deputy Denver and partner Deputy Maldonado from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Walnut/Diamond Bar station learned about CGI at Ybarra Academy.

Guest Principal and Sponsor Cynthia Sarosy, Senior Specialist from SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union is told she will be in charge of when to call a rainy day schedule by Principal Dr. Alvarez at Hurley Elementary.

Nogales High School PFAD Scholarship Winner Ricardo Cuautle with Principal Dr. Andrea Brumbaugh, Eva Maiz from L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis Office and Ms. Despars of Despars Embroidery.

(Right to Left:) Rowland High School Principal Mitch Brunyer with PFAD Scholarship Winner Katelyn Chi and Guest Principals Cecilia Marquez from Walnut Valley Water District and Community Member Dana Sykes.

RUSD Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee Member Yvette Romo (pictured above) with Blandford Elementary students.

Ryan Serrano, Field Deputy for L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis also has fun with Blandford Elementary students.


Learn More About Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten at Virtual Information Meeting This Wednesday, April 12 at 6 PM

If you would like to learn more about our Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten programs, join us Wednesday, April 12 at 6 PM:

Virtual Parent TK/K Information Meeting Link for April 12


 For additional questions about our schools and enrollment, you can call RUSD Student Services at (626)935-8281.


April 10, 2023 Issue RUSD News Editor

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