Hurley Elementary Receives 2020 Seal of Excellence Award for Biliteracy
Hurley Elementary Principal Dr. Yesenia Alvarez accepts the honor of being named a "2020 Seal of Excellence Award" presented by the California Association of Biligual Education (CABE) at Friday's RUSD Board of Education Meeting.
Congratulations to Hurley Elementary, one of only three schools in the state to receive the 2020 Seal of Excellence Award by the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE).  This award honors exemplary bilingual education programs throughout the state and schools in particular that have established effective programs for their English Learners.
“It is truly an honor that one of our schools has received this coveted award,” said Silvia Rivas, Director of Special Projects for the Rowland Unified School District. “We are proud of the Hurley students, parents, staff that work hard every day so that our students can become the future bilingual scientists, engineers, doctors and teachers of tomorrow. Felicitaciones Hurley Hawks, estamos orgullosos de sus logros.”
The Seal of Excellence is one of the highest awards CABE has to recognize schools for their vision of bi-literacy, their commitment towards educational excellence for all students, and their focus on providing students with the skills they will need to be successful in the 21st Century. Hurley Elementary is being recognized for its outstanding commitment to biliteracy with its Spanish Dual Language Immersion program that begins in Transitional Kindergarten through 6th grade and its outstanding overall academic growth of its English Learners regardless of their program choice.
“Our staff is remarkably dedicated to closing the achievement gap for our English Learners and we believe it is our moral imperative to provide our students with an exceptional 21st century elementary education,” said Hurley Elementary Principal, Dr. Yesenia Alvarez. “This award reflects the hard work and commitment of our teachers, staff, students and parents."
Hurley Elementary is located at 535 S. Dora Guzman Ave. in La Puente. (626)965-2429
Rowland Unified's Kindergarten Program Featured on Today's Front Page
of San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Rowland Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Ashley McGrath with Kindergarten Student Noah Fonseca.
by Robert Morales, SGVN
Front Page of San Gabriel Valley Tribune 12/14/2020
Superintendent Presents Oath of Office to Board Members Malkin and Venegas
New Board of Education Member Erik Venegas (above) and returning Board Member who ran unopposed, David M. Malkin (below).
Rowland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell presented the Oath of Office to newly elected Board Member Erik Venegas and re-elected, unopposed Board Member David M. Malkin on Friday, December 11, 2020 before the Board of Education Meeting. Both will serve the Rowland Unified School District community through December of 2024.

This election the Rowland Unified School District transitioned to the By-Trustee Area process. Each Board member must reside within a designated trustee-area boundary and is elected by the voters in that trustee area. Erik Venegas is a representative from Trustee Area 2 and David Malkin is a representative from Trustee Area 4.

Venegas is a proud RUSD parent and is a supporter of academics, arts and athletics. He was an involved parent volunteer at Nogales High School for numerous activities, including dance, tennis, the Senior Seminar Career Pathways Program and on the WASC Accreditation Committee. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and Master’s in Business Administration. He currently works as an engineer in the Aerospace Industry supporting production for Commercial, Military, and Defense industries.
“I am humbled and very honored to be elected as a board member. I would like to thank my family for their support. Especially my daughter, who encouraged me to run. She became my number one supporter, campaign manager, and social media guru. My goal here is to support the community. I look forward to further participating in and sharing with the community the amazing educational opportunities we provide to students,” said Venegas.
Venegas with his daughter as he received his Oath of Office by Superintendent Dr. Mitchell on Friday, December 11, 2020.
Santa sighting! Thanks to the many elves across the District and our community, this year's Adopt N' Shop served 120 families with 340 children from across the District! Thank you to our generous 122 sponsors and to the team at the Family Resource Center.
Thank you to our RUSD employees, community and the Walnut Valley Rotary who helped support 150 Rowland Unified families as part of the annual RUSD Holiday Basket program, so deserving families can enjoy a holiday meal.
Giano Performing Arts Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Thursday, December 17 at 6 PM
Giano's Choir, Drama, Band, Percussion, Mariachi and Color Guard perform this classic in a new way -- virtually!

Click HERE to Watch!

Enjoy holiday music from across the Rowland Unified School District from the comfort of your home!

Our students will dazzle you with Choral, Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Drama and holiday tunes!

Winterfest Concert

Tune in to Winterfest on the RUSD Music Channel via You Tube on December 24 at 7 PM and enjoy holiday tunes performed by ensembles from across the District:

Nogales High School Choir
Nogales High School Orchestra
Telesis Academy Choir
Telesis Academy Orchestra
Alvarado Intermediate Orchestra
Alvarado Intermediate Choir
Alvarado Intermediate Band
Rowland High School Orchestra
Oswalt Academy Orchestra
RUSD String Orchestra

Participating Schools:
Alvarado, Blandford, Hollingworth, Killian, Nogales HS, Oswalt, Rorimer, Rowland HS, Telesis, and Ybarra Academy.
RUSD Tech Workshops to Support Learning
Go Go Grandparents!
THIS WEDNESDAY, December 16 at 11:30 AM

Spanish and Chinese Translation available

Join RUSD retired educators (and fellow Grandparents) Jackie Bennett and Beth Hodges as they help our caregivers with technology tips at a slower pace. Session #3 topics: Getting to know ParentSquare, Why Boundaries are Important, Fun Activities to recharge their batteries and more!

December 14, 2020 Issue RUSD News Editor
Proud to Serve Our Communities of Rowland Heights, La Puente, Walnut & West Covina