More Awards for RUSD Schools!

Rowland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell announced that Santana High School was named a 2020 California Model Continuation High School, one of 43 schools in the State recognized for their innovative approach to instruction that help and support students who have faced many challenges get back on the pathway to learning and achievement. As a Model Continuation High School they will retain their designation for three years and will be recognized at the 2020 CCEA State Conference in San Diego on May 1–3, 2020. 
“The Board of Education and I are extremely proud of this achievement for Santana High School that recognizes the dedication and support our teachers and staff play in the lives of students every day to encourage and support them to succeed against all odds,” said Mitchell.

Students at Santana High School are offered quality programs and services to support their success in school and beyond. Students benefit from the ability to access learning through a variety of class scheduling options, including the ability to access community college classes on the high school campus, as well as general academic and counseling support, all as a means to foster academic and personal growth.

Santana teachers, administration and staff create a welcoming environment for students and their families which promotes effective two-way communication and a partnership between the home and school to support student learning. In 2018-19, Santana partnered with Rowland Adult & Community Education, allowing students an additional opportunity to recover credits toward graduation. They also partnered with Mt. San Antonio College to allow students to earn college credit by being concurrently enrolled.
A new 10-week Robotics class was designed for students to learn how to build and program a robot while learning mathematical concepts of speed, patterns, and arithmetic.
“We are honored to join the selective list of prestigious model continuation schools in the state of California, said Santana High School Principal Gregory Perez. Our entire team has made a commitment to increase the number of graduates, meet the social emotional needs of our students, and to provide a post-secondary plan for each and every student. We are very appreciative that we have been recognized for the hard work that we have done to this point on our journey.” 

Santana High School is a fully accredited high school and has enjoyed the California State Department of Education's designation as a Model Continuation High School for multiple years beginning in 1992. 

Santana High School is located at 341 S. La Seda Road in La Puente. For more information, contact Principal Gregory Perez at (626) 965-3496 or visit
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Nogales High School Student Zachary Silva in action.
Nogales Student Zachary Silva Wins Photojournalism Contest
By Nogales Journalism Student Alondra Ramirez, Freshman

Zachary Silva entered The James Alan Cox Foundation contest on behalf of Nogales High School for photojournalism. The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photo Journalists website explains their mission, “to expand educational and developmental opportunities for student photographers demonstrating interest, talent, and financial need.”

In order to enter the contest, students must submit a variety of their best photos, Zach for example, submitted five. From there, the contestants eagerly waited for the result. The waiting period took about three months but fortunately for Zach, it was worth it. The winning prize was a brand new $800 camera.

Zach did not hesitate to compete in this contest because he still wanted to improve his photography skills and this was a great opportunity to even be rewarded for them. Zachary’s photography journey began during junior year, when his uncle gave him his first film camera. He found his passion and has never stopped. 

The winning photo that led Zach to victory was taken at UCLA, with 3 police officers standing in the front. In the background of the picture, there is a mob of Trump supporters chanting. The photo was completed with a black and white filter (pictured above ).

Once Zach found out that he won, he was speechless and thrilled. He said that it was one of the best feelings he has ever had. Zach would also like to see others try and compete, “I definitely encourage others to participate and don’t be afraid of getting in the middle of heavy conflict because you never know what your camera can capture.”

Zach is still planning to continue his journey of photo journalism in college. 
Star Treatment: RUSD Board honors Killian Elementary staff.
The Rowland Unified School District Board of Education surprised Killian Elementary staff on Monday with a celebration to honor them for their achievement of winning back-to-back California Distinguished School awards in 2020 and 2018.

Guest Lauren Yokomizo, Field Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, also presented Principal Karen Magana and staff with a special County scroll for their achievement.
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Rowland High School FCCLA wins competitions at Region 9 Conference at Newport Harbor High School.
1st - Sports Nutrition
1st - Event Planning
4th - Sustainability
Now onto the FCCLA State Competition on April 25th in Fresno.
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