Alvarado Students Connect With Their World in
 "Be The Change" Event
Student work displayed at Alvarado's "Be the Change" event.
“Be The Change” is the first ever PBL (Project Based Learning) Showcase in which all 7th and 8th grade students at Alvarado Intermediate exhibited projects that they have been working on in various classes.

"The event was an incredible school-wide effort," said Alvarado Principal Scott Cavanias. "It was a culmination of a number of weeks/months of exploration, inquiry, critiques, revisions, building of new skills, and challenging ourselves to be the world's greatest version of US! All of the work related to our students being an agent of change in their community and the world around them. While the final products are amazing, we are most proud of the process that our students and staff experienced along the way. Project Based Learning has been a fantastic way for Alvarado Intermediate to put our beliefs and values about kids into action. We are very pleased with the results of our showcase and look forward to the exciting work we have ahead of us!"

“I was so impressed as to how the students took ownership of their learning and were so proud to share not only what they learned, but the process of how they learned it," said Frank Chang, Director of Secondary Education. "Alvarado's values/belief statements resonated in all the work I saw that day.”
Alvarado students showcased projects in all forms of media. Watch the Video!
The Tutor Connection: Tutoring for Our Students, By Our Students
RUSD works with local apartment community to turn unused spaces into tutoring rooms for our students! Nogales Noble students give back as tutors and earn community hours.
Each day Rowland Unified students enter their classes ready to take on the learning. However, even with the best of instruction, a little extra support is needed to complete homework or a class project. While there are many tutoring opportunities available to RUSD students, some of these times are not convenient and the supports cannot be accessed.

Dora Guzman is a street in La Puente where more than 300 Rowland students reside. Apartment homes along both sides of the street are filled with the voices and sounds coming from our students. One particular apartment complex agreed to partner with RUSD and support student needs by converting a storage room into a tutoring room. 

Students residing in the complex who attend Nogales High School were trained to be peer tutors. These students then sign up on a weekly schedule to volunteer their afternoon time to tutor other children who live in their community with any learning needs they may have. Parents were thrilled to find out there was a place they could take their children for academic support. The high school students were sincerely appreciative of the chance to earn community service hours, which is a graduation requirement.

What was once a dark and musty room has been transformed into a bright, cheerful and positive place for our students. It’s a “win-win” for students as they can develop leadership skills and the younger children can learn from a big buddy and go to school the next day with homework completed in hand!
RUSD 3rd-5th Grade Students: Final Deadline
May 10 to Enroll in Music Classes For Next Year!
The Rowland Unified School District is reminding all parents/guardians of current students in grades 3rd - 5th that May 10 is the final deadline to select music classes for next year!

To select your child's music class of choice for the 2019-20 school year, please refer to the instructions that were mailed to your home which contains your student's 10 digit ID number. This ID number is required to enroll. To enroll, please click below on your preferred language:

RUSD is proud of our Music for All Program where EVERY elementary student in grades 1-6 has weekly music education classes during the school day, taught by credentialed music teachers . Grades 1-3 take part in general music, 4th grade students can choose general music or strings, and 5th and 6th grade students can select strings, band or general music.
Shelyn Students Shine at Robot Rally
By Ms. Tamez, Shelyn Teacher

A group of sixty 5th and 6th grade students represented Shelyn Elementary at Cal Poly Pomona's 13th Annual Robot Rally on April 19th. Students visited Cal Poly Pomona after 20 weeks of building and programming their creations . This event was hosted by Dr. Jawa and the Engineering Department. "I am very proud of our students' teamwork and engineering skills," said Shelyn Teacher Ms. Tamez. Student teams entered the Sumo, Line Follow, and Teamwork challenges and two teams advanced to the quarter finals.

In addition to these successes, one team, The Rulers, took 2nd place in the Line Follow Challenge. After the rally, The Rulers said they were proud and excited about the day. Students raved, "We got to enter into three challenges and really felt excited! On the way to the rally, we practiced what we would say during our Teamwork interview. We feel like we really worked well together to overcome challenges and obstacles so we would have a robot ready for the Sumo Challenge. We can't believe we won in the Line Follow!"  
Noble Students Participate in Poetry Slam
Nogales High School Poetry Slam Girls Delaida Rodriguez, Sophia Barney, Malyana Sabas, and Loisa Chen at the "Get Lit Classic Slam" in Los Angeles.
Nogales High School was proud to have four talented poets participate in the "Get Lit Classic Slam" at the Los Angeles Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The Classic Slam is a three day festival where students from more than 50 schools compete from all across LA County.

"We took a busload of students to cheer the girls on and our talented ladies made it to the semi-finals," said Thea Garcia, English Teacher and Poetry Club Advisor. "These girls worked hard to memorize their classic poems and then write their own original response poems. It is a great event that promotes literacy through the spoken word. I am so very proud of their efforts."
Rowland High School's FCCLA Team Brings Home More Awards
Rowland High School's Region 9 FCCLA officer team with Mrs. Tracy Taylor, FCCLA Advisor and Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher.
Pictured Above: Winners! Parliamentary Procedures (how to run a business meeting) team are pros -- bringing home1st Place for the fourth straight year! Below: Rowland High Seniors Region 9 President Nicole Zhang (headed to UCLA) and Region 9 Vice President Ashley Leung (headed to UC Berkeley) who competed in National Programs/Traffic Safety.
By FCCLA Advisors Tracy Taylor and Pat Hakim

Students and Teachers of John A. Rowland High School attended the 72 nd annual California Family, Careers, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference held April 27–30, 2019 in Riverside at the Marriott Hotel and Riverside Convention Center. FCCLA is a career technical student organization for students in grades 6–12 who are enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education programs in California public schools.

Approximately 75 chapters, including 950 FCCLA chapter members, advisors, administrators, and business and industry representatives attended from across the state. FCCLA members competed for more than $970,000 dollars in cash and scholarships in 26 events in leadership and career development areas.

The Rowland/LPVROP chapter took 12 students, ALL who competed in four different events with the following results in their events respectively: 

FIRST PLACE WIN- Parliamentary Procedure (how to run a business meeting)
●     Team members : Audrey Goonetilike, An Ha, Nazneen Husain, Emily Twiford
●     OUTSTANDING PRESIDENT - (Junior) Audrey Goonetilike
SECOND PLACE WIN Sports Nutrition
●     Junior team 2nd place - Diane Chen, Crystal Chiu & Sophia Htay

THIRD PLACE WIN Environmental Ambassador Team (Senior Division= 10-12 grades )
●     Junior team - Brandon Hernandez & Marlayna Perez

THIRD PLACE WIN – National Programs in Action- Traffic Safety
●     Senior team- Nicole Zhang & Ashley Leung
●    The team also won $500 cash for their presentation at the National level!

●     Chapter Year in Review (scrapbook) - Cecila Wang (Junior)

More accolades awarded during the conference:
●     Diane Chen        Newly elected STATE Secretary 2019-20
●     Sophia Htay       Newly elected STATE Treasurer 2019-20
Board Meeting is TONIGHT
May 9 at 6 PM

To listen to audio archives of all past meetings, click HERE .
The following recognitions will take place at tonight's Board Meeting:
  • Shirley Kaufman Teacher Grant Recipients
  • FOR US Foundation Student Scholarship and Teacher Grant Recipients
  • Nogales High School National Meri Student
  • Giano Cheer Team
  • Rowland High School Associated Student Body
  • Rowland High School ProStart Culinary Team
  • ROwland High School ProStart Innovation Team
  • Rowland High School Automotive Students
  • Rowland Unified District Combined Debate Team
  • Telesis Academy for being selected as a 2019 Top Los Angeles County Public School for Underserved Students
May 8 @Miss_Kawamoto
Another great open house at @OswaltAcademy. TY to all the parents and students that came out tonight.

May 14:
  • JELLICK 6-7 PM
  • KILLIAN 6:30-7:30 PM
  • NORTHAM 6-7 PM
  • SHELYN 6-7 PM
  • YORBITA 6-7 PM

May 21:

  • HURLEY 5:30-6:30 PM
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RUSD, without a doubt, has the best educators around. Thanks for all you do!

May 8
Rebecca Rodriguez

Sixth grade students from our 14 elementary schools enjoyed lunch with the principal at Benihana's today! What a treat!

(Shown Rowland Elementary Principal John Martinez with a Rowland Rascal and Villacorta Principal Dr. George Herrera with a Villacorta Viking @Benihana in City of Industry.)

Do you know a family that is in need of a little extra help this month with their groceries - please direct them to the FREE food distribution shown on this flyer! #WeAreRUSD #helpingfamilies #together
June 10 - June 28, 2019
Open to all students 1st - 8th grades (within and outside of RUSD). Experience art, dance and perform drama and music from Mulan Jr.!
8 AM - 3 PM (Lunch, T-Shirt and all supplies included.) Fee $400 +$10 application fee. Location: Nogales High School in La Puente. For more info call RUSD Ed Services at
(626)854-8348 or click HERE .

July 8 - July 26, 2019

Open to all students grades 1-6 (within and outside of RUSD). Each day your child will experience MakerSpace (design, build & create with purpose), Arts (painting, drawing & more!) and Introduction to Mandarin & Spanish!
8 AM - 12:30 PM Fee $210. Location: Rorimer Elementary in La Puente.

For more information call RUSD Ed Services at (626)854-8348 or click HERE .
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