Congratulations to the Class of 2019
Superintendent Dr. Mitchell and RUSD Board President Donna Freedman with Rowland Raiders at the Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony.
The Rowland Unified School District is so proud of our
Class of 2019! Last night 939 graduates stepped across the stage to accept their diplomas. Together with the 24 adult school graduates that were honored on May 31 makes a grand total of 963 graduates in the RUSD Class of 2019! This incredible class has so much to celebrate and has earned so many awards, including in excess of $7.7 million in grants and scholarships to top colleges and universities near and far.

I also want to thank the countless RUSD employees that have supported these students throughout the full 13 year journey to their graduation.

To celebrate our graduates, don't miss this Sunday's full-page ad in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that salutes all of our graduates. In addition, be on the lookout later this month as banners featuring our grads will adorn street lamps throughout our community. We have so much to brag about!

There have been so many accomplishments, awards and accolades for our students, schools and staff throughout this school year, far too many to list I cannot go without highlighting Rowland High School being selected as a 2019 California Distinguished School -- Go Raiders!

We have the greatest job, inspiring and learning alongside the students in this District. Thank you to our families who trust us with your greatest treasure and for our community members who support our work and students. Have a great summer and mark your calendar for another exciting year -- the first day back for 2019-20 is
August 12!

Superintendent Dr. Mitchell #WeAreRUSD
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This Sunday's
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Full Page Feature Ad
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Class of 2019!

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Photo by Patrick Nunes
Elementary Students Cheer On Our Grads
Across the District this week our youngest learners received a special treat that was inspiring... graduating seniors visited their alma mater as they were cheered on for their success!
Magaly Vega (@teachervega)
After High School Comes College! This is more than a statement at Telesis Academy, it truly is our mission. Congratulations class of 2019! Go and be the change you want to see in the world! @teletitan @noexcusesu @rusdkids @RowlandSchools @Cal @CalAlumniLA
Our fellow #RowlandRaiders who are graduating this week had a great time visiting the @Blandford_Bears today! @RowlandSchools @rowlandhs #WeAreRUSD #JohnnyandStorm
These kids once walked the hallways of our school & sat in our classrooms. Congratulations seniors @RowlandSchools

VIDEO: Seriously had me in tears seeing these @rowlandhs seniors walk the halls of Rowland El. Some of these kids where in my very first class! Congrats to all of them! ️️ @RascalPride @RowlandSchools #WeAreRUSD
You can definitely say that Hurley’s Ss and staff were excited to welcome our Nogales Graduates! Proud to see 5 of my own previous Ss! #proudmoment @HawkPride535 @RowlandSchools
Daryl Tamez (@TeamTamez)
I don’t normally post pics of students...but...RHS seniors visited their elementary schools today. All of these are my former students. It was so great to see them & hear about their short & long range plans. I’m so proud of all of you. You will do great things. @rowlandhs
Tweets across the District... So much more @RowlandSchools
Heidi West @WestHeidemarie
We laughed, we cried, we learned & struggled at times. We celebrated growth & we never gave up when things quite didn't make sense, but more importantly we learned to live together as a big happy family! #WeAreRUSD @RowlandSchools
@GianoPrincipal Congratulations Dionce Ramos, @GianoSchool 2019 Gladiator of the Year @RowlandSchools
Class of 2023 - THANK YOU! We are so lucky to have been able to spend 2 years with you! We are better people today because of our interactions with you! Remember, each and every one of you has a greatness that is uniquely yours! You are The World’s Greatest!
Doves are released at the Class of 2019 Ceremony last night for Nogales High School. Pictured below RUSD Board Vice President David Malkin with graduate Jacob Tovalin . Nogales High School Salutatorian Valeria Malvaez, who is headed to UCLA.
Graduates: 403
Scholarships & Grants: More than $3.6 Million

There were 23 International Baccalaureate students from Nogales High School that will be attending prestigious colleges and universities such as: UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, San Francisco State University, Azusa Pacific University, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, and Harvard University!
· Athletic Accomplishments: This year Nogales won League Championships in Football, Boys/Girls Basketball, Baseball, and Boys/Girls Track.
· There were 44 Career Technical Education Certificate Recipients: Nogales Health & Medical Services, Business and Family, Arts and Communications, and Consumer Science Certification Programs. These courses of study are designed for students to complete a rigorous sequence of classes and career related experiences, including an actual on-the-job internship in their fields of specialization within each career pathway.
Headed for Princeton...
Simran Chopra
Nogales Noble AVID student, CSF Sealbearer, Southern California Edison $40,000 Scholarship winner and Princeton bound student Simran Chopra.

Click HERE to view feature story about Osvaldo in University Times feature.
Harvard Bound...Osvaldo Cervantes
Nogales Noble Valedictorian, National Merit Scholarship recipient, Gates Scholarship winner, and scholar athlete.
RUSD Board Member Angelena Pride with Rowland High School Principal Mitch Brunyer congratulates graduate Crystal Lopez-Maldonado who will be attending Grand Canyon University in the Fall.
Pictured left Rowland High School ASB President Brandon Kwon and above Valedictorian Anthony Tan, both Naitonal Merit Scholarship Commended students.Brandon will attend Amherst College and Anthony will attend UC Berekely in the Fall. Photos courtesy of Patrick Nunes
Graduates: 488
Scholarships & Grants: More than $4.1 Million

This year there were 23 International Baccalaureate students from Rowland High School.
·  86% of this graduating class will be attending either a four-year or two-year college in the fall, universities and colleges such as:  University of California: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz. California State University: Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Fullerton, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Northridge, CSU San Bernardino, CSU San Diego, CSU San Jose, CSU Santa Barbara and others such as Amherst University, Azusa Pacific University, Grand Canyon University, Loyola Marymount, NYU, Mt. SAC, University College London, and the US. Naval Academy.

· National Merit Scholars: Graduating seniors who score in the top 5% nationally of the graduating class are recognized as National Merit Semi-finalist and National Merit Commended Students. Those scoring in the top 1% nationally are designated as National Merit Finalists. Rowland High School had 3 National Merit Finalists and 22 Commended Students. In addition, 2 students qualified as National Hispanic Scholars in the National Hispanic Recognition Program by scoring in the top 2.5% of Hispanic and Latino students on the PSAT/NMSQT test .  
· The AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) program provides students the skills and support to attain and be successful in higher education. This class has continued a longstanding tradition of a 100% acceptance rate into a 4-year college or university.
· Athletic Accomplishments: Rowland High School had a strong competitive year. Member Valle Vista League schools voted RHS the recipient of the 2019 Valle Vista League Sportsmanship Award, which marks the fifth year in a row for RHS to receive this honor. Rowland showed true competitive spirit with seniors leading teams to 4 League titles and 10 CIF Qualifying performances; Individually they earned 21 Academic All-League recognitions, as well as 44 First Team, 45 Second Team, and 25 Honorable Mention All-League award selections, in addition 35 individuals went on to compete in CIF championships
· There were 20 Career Technical Education Certificate Recipients: Rowland Health & Medical Services, Engineering & Architecture, Design, Visual & Media Arts, Education & Child Development, Public Safety, Arts and Communications. These courses of study are designed for students to complete a rigorous sequence of classes and career related experiences, including an actual on-the-job internship in their fields of specialization within each career pathway.
Graduates: 48

Santana High School's graduation ceremony at the Rowland Heights Community Center (above) and Valedictorian Wendy Quintero Esturgan, who is headed for Mt. San Antonio College (below).
Santana Malkin Family Humanitarian Scholarship student winners Yaliene Arrendodo (above) and below Michelle Arreola-Sandoval, given at the Senior Awards Breakfast.
David and Teri Humanitarian Scholarship winners Yaliene Arrendodo and Michelle Arreola-Sandoval from Santana High School. The Malkin family has created the David and Teri Malkin Humanitarian Scholarship to support students that have a passion to pursue a career in helping others. It is for this reason that the scholarship was created to support students that are going into a “helping field” such as teaching, social work, medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, and more.

Santana grads who are headed for Mt. SAC grab some helpful tips and business cards from RUSD Board Member Angelena Pride.
Congratulations RACE Graduates
Rowland Adult Graduate Speaker Maria Parker proudly displays her plaque at the Rowland Adult Graduation Ceremony held on May 30, 2019.

Rowland Adult & Community Education Class of 2019 consisted of 24 graduates who earned their high school diploma and 8 that earned their GED.
Community Day School Transition Students Graduate
On June 5 the STARS Transition Program celebrated the exiting of nine students during the Annual Exit Ceremony. STARS students have the opportunity to attend this program from 18-22 years of age. Our program prepares students to become independent individuals and contributing members to our community. These students work at local job sites within the community. They also volunteer at local community centers, churches and senior centers to increase their job skills. The STARS teachers and support staff work closely with all the students to complete their goals. We will miss these students tremendously and wish them the best in their future endeavors. 
So much Graduation News & Awards to Highlight... this is just Part 1! More next week...
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