RUSD News: October 2, 2023

Hollingworth Celebrates Schoolwide

AVID College and Success Kick Off

Kindergartners proudly waive their college gear (above) University of Colorado Buffaloes and (below) Cal State University Fullerton at Hollingworth's AVID Kick Off Assembly. The schoolwide assembly celebrated the school's focus on preparing students for college and success after high school.

The Nogales High School Regiment Band wowed students with their performance at the assembly and were even asked for their autographs by the elementary students!

Nogales High School AVID students spoke to Hollingworth Hawks about how the college and success skills have helped them in life. Pictured are Noble students Sarah Murillo, , Michelle Figueroa, Andrew Moreno, Kevin Perez with Nogales High School AVID Coordinator and Teacher Ms. Rizzo-Horikawa.

After High School Comes… SUCCESS! Hollingworth Elementary is the only elementary school in Rowland Unified to have a schoolwide AVID program (which stands for Advancement via Individual Determination) that was started in 2014 where students learn important college and success skills such as note-taking, how to study, organize, and work well with others. The school held a huge outdoor assembly where students, staff and parents celebrated as students from each class wore their class college gear, cheered college chants and listened to special guests, AVID students from Nogales High School, the Nogales High School Regiment band and Hollingworth staff Sandra Batres Martinez and Dr. Lopez.

“We want each and every one of our students to be ready for college and prepared for their future success. It was exciting having everyone together again for our AVID celebration and for our students to see all of the support systems we have in place for them. It’s going to be a great year and we thank our fantastic student speakers and guests who made it such a special day for our community,” said Hollingworth Principal Dr. Hoon.


RUSD Families are invited this Thursday, October 5 from 6 PM - 8 PM to the District College Fair at Nogales High School in the Multipurpose Room. More than 25 UC/CSU, private colleges and community colleges will be in attendance with helpful resources and workshops on financial aid and more.

STARS Students Enjoy Coffee, Conversation and Work Skills

The 4th annual S.T.A.R.S.bucks coffee cart returned at the District Office where S.T.A.R.S adult transition students (Specialized Transition Adult Resources and Skills) learn social and independent living skills by organizing, preparing and packaging coffee, tea and treats in a mobile coffee cart. The next dates are October 12 and November 8.

A big thank you to our local businesses who support students in community-based instruction activities by being a partner in the RUSD Workability Program. Partners include Costco, Marriott, Rite Aid, 99 Cents Only Store, and Walgreens. If your company would like to work with our S.T.A.R.S program and students, please contact the Special Education Department at (626)935-8202.

52nd Annual Rowland Field Tournament

Saturday, October 14

Come Enjoy Bands From Across the State Perform Including Our Own RHS Raider Regiment

The sound of music and the best bands from across the region will perform at the Rowland High School stadium on Saturday, October 14 from 3:30 PM to 10 PM. The public is invited to this huge musical event where general admission is $15, Seniors 65+ and Children 6-12 are $10 and Children under 5 are FREE.

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