RUSD's Commitment to the Arts
Watch Now! Rowland Innovations Video Episode 4: Commitment to the Arts! Interviews with our Music Educators Bryant Aquino, Brian Cerjak, Kevin Chang and Jennifer Trujillo.
Nogales High School Senior Recipient of Questbridge
National College Match Scholarship 
Nogales High School Senior Fernando Rax On His Way to Vassar College in New York.
Congratulations to Nogales High School Senior Fernando Rax, recipient of the Questbridge National College Match Scholarship, where he will receive a full four-year scholarship to attend the renowned liberal arts college, Vassar College.

Match Scholarship recipients are awarded early admission and a full four-year scholarship (worth more than $200,000) to students who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges. The generous financial aid package covers the full cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and travel expenses.

Rax screamed with joy as he opened up his email that congratulated him on being a scholarship winner and matched with the college of his choice. “Vassar was one of my favorite picks because I’ve had this dream of going across the country. I’ve spent my entire life here in California and now I will have the opportunity to go to the East Coast and spend the next four years in New York,” said Rax, who lives in West Covina. “I was also really interested in the student culture at the school, a community based on helping others. Another huge draw was its open curriculum that allows you to take a variety of classes so I don’t have to limit myself to just one academic field in the first two years. This is really an exciting opportunity for me.”

While at Nogales High School, Rax has been a scholar athlete, involved in four years of sports, including football, track and field and cross country. He is in the school’s rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program and is the President of the school’s IB Questers Club. Rax is also part of the selective college access program called PAYS (Pomona College Academy for Youth Success), a three-year program that supports each scholar in matriculating into competitive institutions completely free of charge to the students’ families.

“I want to tell my fellow Nobles that if there is an opportunity, you have to push yourself, put your best foot forward and go for it. You have nothing to lose.” 
Rowland Unified Now Accepting Applications for Provisional Board Members
The Rowland Unified School District is now accepting applications to be considered for a provisional appointment to fill two vacancies on the Board of Education for Trustee Areas 1 and 5 (map below) now through February 16, 2021. The application can be found by clicking here or hard copies are available at the Rowland Unified School District Office, located at 1830 S. Nogales Street, Rowland Heights, CA 91748.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 by email at or dropped off at the District Office. In addition to the application, applicants may attach up to 3 additional pages that may include a resume, letter of interest, and/or letters of recommendation/support. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

The Board will interview applicants at the February 25, 2021 Board of Education Study Session. The Board will discuss the appointment and if another meeting needs to be scheduled for this topic.
RUSD Trustee Area Map: Trustee Area 1 (yellow) and Area 5 (pink).
Board Appointee Candidate Virtual Information Meetings Tonight and on February 9
Interested in the role of a Rowland Unified School District Board Member Representing Trustee Area 1 or 5?
Those interested in learning more about the role and responsibilities of becoming a RUSD Board Member are invited to join us at one of these two virtual informational meetings:

Thursday, February 4, 2021   
6 PM - 7 PM 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021  
6 PM - 7 PM
In accordance with Education Code Section 35107, to be eligible as a member of a governing board of a school district, an interested party must be:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • A citizen of the state
  • A resident of the Rowland Unified School District and for the current vacancies reside within the boundaries of either Trustee Area 1 or Trustee Area 5 for the seat in that area
  • A registered voter
  • Not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office
  • An employee of the school district may not be sworn into office as an elected or appointed member of that school district’s governing board unless and until he or she resigns as an employee. If the employee does not resign, the employment will automatically terminate upon being sworn into office.

If community members have further questions they can send to or contact RUSD Public Information Officer Gina Ward at (626)854-8352.
Join Us for Virtual School Information Meetings Next Week!
Note: Individual School Meeting Links will be uploaded tonight and will be found on each school's website and the District website at
February 4, 2021 Issue RUSD News Editor
Proud to Serve Our Communities of Rowland Heights, La Puente, Walnut & West Covina