Rowland Unified Welcomes You to the 2019-20 School Year!
RUSD classified and certifcated employees packed the Pacific Palms Resort at the
Employee Welcome Back!
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year RUSD Employees & Families!

I want to thank our entire team of dedicated employees who worked tirelessly this summer to get ready for the new school year and want to extend a warm welcome to our students and families! We are off and running and schools are busy with back to school events planned for this week and next.
We are committed to unleashing the full potential of every student and can't wait to work with our families this year as our students continue their journey of discovery! Our passionate and dedicated employees provide students with learning opportunities in a TK-adult setting, preparing each and every student to achieve. Together, we personalize learning to create a strong connection with our students educating the whole child -- socially, emotionally and academically.

The 2019-20 school year is going to be our best year yet! Thank you for your support of our students and schools!

Dr. Julie Mitchell,
RUSD Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Julie Mitchell, pictured with Telesis Academy Student Lorenzo Bautista at the Employee Welcome Back.

Our schools were excited to welcome back students and families during the first week of school! The video below features a few photos from every school from the first week of school, along with vocals by our own star, First Grader Lorenzo Bautista who sang "A Million Dreams" at the RUSD Employee Welcome Back.

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RUSD In the News...
Featured in San Gabriel Valley Tribune (July 30, 2019)
Nazeeh Hobbs, who teaches elementary strings in Rowland Unified School District prepares violins for students to pick up on Monday, July 29, 2019 for the new school year. Rowland’s Music For All program requires all students in grades 1-6 to study an instrument or be in choir. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)
Back to school means picking up musical instruments for Rowland elementary students

By  SARAH REINGEWIRTZ  |  | San Gabriel Valley Tribune

As parents and their children check out the savings in back-to-school ads for everything from clothes to compasses, P.E. shorts to pencils, students at Rowland Unified on Monday made a beeline to Rowland Instructional Center to pick up educational tools of another sort: musical instruments.
The district’s “Music for All” program has every elementary student, about 6,000, take part in music education each week during the school day .

Brian Cerjak, band teacher in Rowland Unified School District, unpacks new trombones for students to pick up. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)
Fourth grader Valerie Wong, 9, picks up a violin with her mother Yenny as Rowland Unified School District passes out instruments on Monday, July 29, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)
Featured on TV - Channel 2 News!

It's back to school time and CBS Channel 2 News came out to Rowland Unified to cover our schools! Throughout the day on Monday, August 19, Northam Elementary and Ybarra Academy were featured in school stories.
YBARRA VIDEO CLIP:  Bright and early Monday morning (From 5 AM - 7 AM!) CBS Channel 2 Local News came out to interview staff and students from Ybarra Academy about the opening of school. The red carpet was rolled out and the cameras captured excitement both on the carpet as the Ybarra Cheer Team and ASB students welcomed everyone, as well as in the Innovation Lab with students having fun with technology such as coding and robots. The front office team was also captured with their huge smiles! Big shout outs to all the parents, students and staff who came so very early to show off the school and our District!
Northam Elementary Teacher Luz Padilla

On Friday, Northam Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Luz Padilla was interviewed about important school supplies teachers always need in their classrooms.  (She was featured in various news segments on Channel 2 News on Monday!)
Sign Up Now for Parent Classes!
Rowland Adult & Community Education offers parent programs with their child in a pre-school setting. Parents can learn about early childhood development in group activities designated to stimulate social and emotional growth and foster school readiness. For more information call
(626) 965-5975 or visit
The Rowland Unified School District Nutrition Services Department is excited to share that ALL students enrolled in the 10 schools listed below, will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge for the 2019-20 school year:
Hurley Elementary School
Jellick Elementary School
Northam Elementary School
Rorimer Elementary School
Rowland Elementary School
Villacorta Elementary School
Yorbita Elementary School
Giano Intermediate School
Nogales High School
Santana High School
All families must submit an Education Benefits Form. For more information call Nutrition Services at (626)854-8312.
RUSD Brags About Our Grads
For the first time, Rowland Unified has featured banners on city light poles throughout our community of selected Class of 2019 graduates from Rowland, Nogales and Santana in their cap and gown with their name and the college or military unit. (Samples above).

The primary street locations are across Colima Road ( between Brea Canyon
Cutoff and Azusa ) around the Puente Hills Mall, on Nogales Road ( between Pathfinder Road and Amar ), on Amar ( between Creekside Drive and Azusa ), and on La Puente Road (as you approach Nogales High School) and on Pathfinder Road (as you approach the Rowland Heights Community Center).

RUSD wants to thank the City of West Covina, City of Industry and Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn's office for their support and for waiving permit fees. Light pole banners in the unincorporated area of Rowland Heights will be up until November 1, those in City of West Covina and City of Industry will be displayed until early next year.
August 22, 2019 Questions? Contact RUSD News Editor
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