Students Making Connections
Senior Career Pathway students from Nogales and Rowland High Schools learned how to network with community members at the annual Connections to the Future event.
By Nogales High School Career Pathway Students Melissa Briseño & Deondra Cisneros

On November 6, 2018, the Rowland Unified School District hosted the 23 rd annual Connections to the Future event at Nogales High School. During this event students from both Rowland High School and Nogales High School’s Senior Seminar program made presentations on a career that they are interested in and is part of their career pathway. Students interacted with members of the community and the district and were able to have meaningful conversations about the career pathway they have chosen.
“I was exposed to a variety of distinct businesses and several community members of whom provided a lot of valuable information that helped put my mind into a more business perspective. The event taught me a lot about the real world, outside of high school and into the business world where things do not come as easy as they do in high school -- where deadlines are crucial, requirements must be met under no circumstance, and rules are very strict. I also learned there are so many opportunities and if I build bridges, I should keep them and not burn them because they can benefit you in the long run,” said Melissa Briseno, Arts and Communications Pathway student at Nogales High School. Students and community members enjoyed the keynote speaker in the event, John Beede, an author and motivational speaker about his experiences climbing the world’s tallest mountains in each continent, including the famous Mt. Everest. He also shared a moving poem that discussed generations and their effect in the world around us. “The Connections to The Future event made me as a student feel important and I realized that there is a lot out there that can help me with my pathway. I am honestly very thankful to have had this experience,” said Deondra Cisneros, Arts and Communications Pathway student at Nogales High School.
               Nogales alumni Yesenia Mandujano attended the event and said that she was able to meet people who came from a variety of professions and felt it provided her a better understanding of the benefits in the different career fields. “The fact of just being able to greet them, student to adult rather than student to student, changes my perspective on things and it brought me more insight and knowledge in future careers,” said Mandujano. Kayla Andrews, Health and Medical program student at Nogales High School had many positive things to say about the event. She liked how the students hosted the event and were the ones presenting, demonstrating responsibility. She also appreciated that the members of the community and the district genuinely were interested in the different careers that were presented and the questions asked had meaning and conversations peaked interest in their lives. Andrews shared, “It was a fulfilling thing… It showed you how the real world may work and how it will help you with your future.”
If your business would like to be an intern site or you want to become a mentor for the Career Pathways Program, please contact the School to Career Office, Vickie Burch, Program Specialist at (626)965-5975 ext. 1572. For more information on the Career Pathways Program offered at both Nogales and Rowland High Schools click below!

Pictured: Nogales High School Career Pathway Students Melissa Briseño and Deondra Cisneros at the Connections to the Future Event.
Rowland Gives Back to Our Community
Pictured: Elves at work for the huge Adopt N' Shop Program organized by the Family Resource Center to serve families in need across RUSD. Below: Santana High School students collected more than 650 cans for the RUSD Holiday Basket Program! This year due to the huge amount collected, additional donations were provided to a local food bank along with RUSD families.
This past weekend the joy of the season was shared with RUSD families in need with an outpouring of support from our Family Resource Center, RUSD employees and students, along with many community volunteers.
Adopt N’ Shop
There were many busy elves that helped the Family Resource Center’s Adopt N’ Shop event on Saturday, December 15 at Northam Elementary. Thanks to 60 generous donors from RUSD and the community, 108 families and 284 children were delighted with gifts and a celebration. An additional 19 volunteers helped coordinate activities throughout the day that included photos with Santa, craft activities, a raffle and thank you cards!

RUSD Holiday Baskets
Thanks to a huge community team, a massive amount of canned goods were collected from our schools for the annual RUSD Holiday Basket Program. Building Services coordinated picking up the thousands of cans and non-perishable food items from every school that was then delivered to Alvarado.
Then on Saturday at 6 a.m., the building of baskets began with Walnut Valley Rotary and RUSD volunteers, along with a huge team of high school students from the Interact clubs at Walnut and Rowland High Schools. Students sorted the cans, while fresh produce, eggs, bread and hams and turkeys were delivered by the truckload. Using a huge conveyor belt, students then built more than 200 baskets for families.

This year for the first time there was a second pick-up location at Giano Intermediate made possible thanks to volunteers from Rowland Heights Women's Club and New Millennium Lions' Club. We want to thank everyone involved in this huge event.
More Innovative Learning to come in 2019!

Schools Reopen from Winter Break on Monday, January 14, 2019

The District Office will be closed December 24, 2018 through January 1, 2019.

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