Friday, February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017

Early this week Roseville Adult School principal Joyce Lude got some major press as KCRA 3 covered the very cool Citizenship Ceremony at the Maidu Community Center. 77 new Americans from 23 different countries took their oath of allegiance. This is what makes us such a great nation. 

(Woodcreek HS Principal Rood and student Abigale Brown)
Several of us had the privilege of attending the annual Freedom Foundation luncheon where they recognized several students from our district. A number of students received scholarships to attend a week long institute at Valley Forge, sort of a Boy's/Girl's State experience, but with national politics. Woodcreek High School student Abigale Brown was one of the 15 National winners of the essay contest. 

What a winter season! Of the 20 teams competing for our schools in basketball and soccer programs, 12 of them were in the playoffs! On Wednesday, we had six teams competing and came away with five victories!

Girls' Soccer- The Woodcreek High School girls' soccer team is the SFL champion for the first time in school history and is the 2nd seed in Division 1. They crushed Edison High School in the first round 7-0. They play tonight at home. Granite Bay High School beat a good Ponderosa High School team in the first round and are home versus Central Valley in a second round game in Division 2. Roseville High School had an upset win on Wednesday and play at #2 seed Vacaville tonight. 

Boys' Soccer- Roseville and Woodcreek High School boys' soccer teams both won their first round games on Tuesday. Roseville lost a tough 1-0 game on Thursday and Woodcreek battles Ponderosa to tie through overtime before losting the shootout 5-4. Granite Bay lost a tough 1-0 game in the first round.

Girls' Basketball- Roseville and Antelope High School both won first round games before coming up just a little short against great competition last night. Granite Bay made the playoffs for the first time in years and lost a tough first round game. 

Boys' Basketball- Woodcreek High School is ranked #2 in all of Northern California. They dominated in a win on Wednesday night and have a huge game tonight versus Modesto Christian at home. Granite Bay also advanced in Division 1 and play top seeded Sheldon High School on the road tonight. Roseville lost a heart breaking first round game at the buzzer on Wednesday night. 

Wrestling- Our wrestling programs produced 14 athletes who are competing at the Masters meet in Stockton this weekend. Granite Bay High School led the way with eight wrestlers qualifying. Top placers at this meet will advance to the State Meet!

Friday, February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017

Congratulations to our award winning drama programs at each of our comprehensive high schools who participated in the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival this past weekend. The Lenaea Festival is one of the oldest and largest high school theater festivals in the country with approximately 68 west coast schools participating this year. Antelope High School theater program lead by Mr. Winters won Best Production & Outstanding Original Script for the 2nd year in a row! Roseville High School Theatre Company lead by Ms. White received 2nd Place in the category of a One-Act Production in a Black Box Theater. Click here to see the complete list of awards.

We regularly celebrate our championships and victories. In life, and athletics, the true test of character come when things do not go well. The Roseville High School JV boy's basketball team had a spectacular season, winning the league title and finishing 24-3. In their final game at Ponderosa High School, they lost a very tough contest and were confronted with aggressive taunting and inappropriate behavior by their opponents and some adults. It was a combustible situation that required law enforcement to clear the court. Our young men kept their composure, did not respond, and marched off the court with the same dignity and class they have exhibited all season, regardless of whether they have won or lost. Coach Ritter and his team are to be commended for acting like champions, no matter the outcome. We are really proud of our team!

Welcome to Andrew Tagg! At the Board Meeting on Tuesday night, the board interviewed seven outstanding candidates for the opening created when Linda Park moved to Reno. After considering the information presented, the Board unanimously selected Andrew Tagg. Andrew and his wife, Deidre, have lived in Roseville for 10 years and have a daughter who is a freshman at Woodcreek High School. Andrew has been a youth sports coach, served on school site councils and volunteers for local events at his church. Mr. Tagg was a board candidate this fall and clearly has a passion for serving students and our community.

Click to read full article by Steven J. Wilson
The Roseville Press-Tribune did a nice story this week on Woodcreek High School alumni, waterpolo player, Christian Emerson who recently signed a letter of intent to go to USC! Click here to read the full article.

Last fall I announced that seven of our students accross the district qualified as National Merit Semifinalists. I am excited to announce that all seve have been selected are National Merit Finalists! Congratulations go to:
Antelope HS - Morgan Wasler
Granite Bay HS - Younes Mahmoudieh, Emma Petersen, Michaela Wara
Oakmont HS - Nicolas Mecklenberg, Justin Pahkim, Kristen Stefanescu

Making a difference! Bus Coordinator Pam Zanze and driver Danelle Adams had a wild weekend as they volunteered to help transport folks who were displaced and impacted by the Oroville Dam situation. Hearing that help was needed, they obtained permission to use District busses and headed up to relocate patients at a mental health facility in Yuba City. They have some amazing stories to tell about the people they met and the circumstances they dealt with. We are blessed to have people like Pam and Danelle working in our district!

Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017

This past weekend two Oakmont High School students; Nicole Shepherd (senior), Chandler Sparks (junior) participated in the National Honor Choir at Carnegie hall in New York. The process for honor choir starts up to two years prior to being accepted. Students must audition for Regional and All-State Honor Choirs. This is a tremendous accomplishment that they have worked hard for! Congratulations to both of them!

In case you missed it, the Woodcreek High School National Honor Society was featured on Fox 40 news Thursday morning. They are hosting a 5k walk/run to raise money to support their classmate, Alex Parra, who lost his leg to cancer in December. Awesome kids, and an amazing cause. Check it out here

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Tonight, Oakmont High School Girls Basketball team is hosting a benefit game, all proceeds will go to fight childhood cancer. The Sacramento Kings Sky Dunk team will be performing and radio station 106.5 The End will assist in honoring Camryn "Camy" Smith who passed away last fall after her battle with Leukemia. 

Granite Bay High School is reaching out to their incoming 8th graders on a grand scale.  This week they hosted all of the 8th graders from their two middle schools for a red carpet welcome, a stirring introduction to high school and a chance to see many of the CTE, Art and Performing Arts programs in action.  Counselor Holly Minor brought the idea to the school from her experience at a high school in Colorado.  The Granite Bay high school administrators, counselors, teachers and student government leaders made the event happen.  Very cool!

The Roseville High School Academic Decathlon team, led by coach Bobby Ritter, claimed their fifthh consecutive county championship this week!  This year's team posted the highest score in Roseville High School history with 37,180.6 points, this is an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations to a remarkable team and we wish them the best of luck as they move on to the State Championships next month. These kids are excited and have a lot of momentum heading into the California meet!

This week is National Counselor Week.  We are blessed in our district to have amazing, dedicated, compassionate professionals who impact lives daily.  They provide an educational pathway for their students, but more importantly they build relationships, intervene in crises, and in some cases, change the entire history of families through their efforts.  Thank you counselors!  Cristina Dobon, our PBIS coordinator, put together this cool video as a tribute.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017

Last week, Roseville Adult School Principal Joyce Lude announced that she will be retiring in June. Joyce has served in our district for 24 years, working as a teacher, administrator and the Principal of Roseville Adult School.  Joyce built an incredible Family and Consumer Science Program at Roseville that was a model for the region. Because of her interest in Career Technical Education, Joyce played a pivotal role in helping all of our CTE programs to grow and ensured they were in line with Federal and State standards. Joyce became the principal of the Roseville Adult School in 2000. In that role, she has expanded opportunities for adults in our community to earn a high school diploma, to learn a job skill, to learn English, or even to develop better computer or parenting skills. Joyce has directly and indirectly changed the lives of hundreds of our students and community members.  Joyce was recognized in 2010 as not only the Placer County Adult Education Administrator of the Year, but also as the State Administrator of the Year.  Recently, she has helped the entire region compete for grant money that is enabling a dramatic expansion of service.  She has been a key member of the Sierra Joint consortium (SJCAE) that is becoming a model for the State.  Retirement will allow Joyce to enjoy her three grandkids!  

On Monday evening, Assistant Superintendent Steve Williams was honored at the ACSA Administrator of the Year banquet. Steve is beloved across our district and across the region for his passion, dedication, courage and integrity. He was recognized as the Personnel Administrator of the Year for his incredible work improving our hiring practices, negotiation processes and accountability.

Wednesday was National Letter of Intent signing day for the spring term. As you will recall we had a number of student athletes who signed letters of intent for college athletic scholarships back in the fall. Congratulations go to the following student athletes who signed National Letters of Intent this week: 

Elijah Dotson (ANHS) Sacramento State University - Football
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Jordan O'Roy (ANHS) Whitman College - Soccer
Brendan McMinn (RHS) Minot State University - Football
Keegan Ness (RHS) - Oregon State
Hunter Reinig (WHS) Midland University - Shotgun Sports
Kaleb Scherer (WHS) Midland University - Shotgun Sports

These student-athletes are amazing young adults, but they have been supported by parents, teachers, coaches and administrators who helped pave the way for their success. 

Speaking of great coaches, Granite Bay High School's Tim Healy (Golf) and John Sherman (Swimming) have recently been selected as finalists for the State Coach of the Year Awards.

Finally, we hosted a recruiting event for Equal Opportunity Schools this week.  We were selected because only 1% of schools nation-wide have equity in sign-ups for AP and IB classes.  Our schools have been part of that elite group for two years now.  It was fun to reflect on how far we have come in three years of work in this area!

Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017

It is not just dances and rallies!  At the board meeting on Tuesday night, Granite Bay High School Activities Director Tamara Givens and her student government students shared the strategies they employ to help build a culture of kindness, trust and unity. This year’s theme is “Rise by Lifting Others”. Student Government runs an Instagram account, @peopleofgbhs where  a different student everyday shares about someone who has lifted them up.  Check out the account!  It is inspiring.  The role of student government has changed pretty significantly the past 10 years as each of our schools are fully engaged in creating positive supportive cultures. 

Antelope, Granite Bay and Woodcreek high schools competed and brought home many awards from several different categories at the James Logan High School MLK Speech & Debate Invitational. This is a tournament of champions qualifier and one of the largest high school competitions offered in the country. Fourteen, Woodcreek High School alumni, traveled to Union City from all over California to support their fellow Timberwolves! Click here for results by category.

It is not often that a teacher has a park named after him.  I attended the grand opening of Jack Wallace Park.  Jack was a long time teacher at Roseville High School and Independence High School.  It was nice to remember Jack in such a fashion. 

Last Saturday, Roseville High School’s robotics club hosted the Northern California First Tech Challenge. 16 teams from Northern California middle and high schools traveled to Roseville for a chance to qualify for the state-level tournament held in February. As a host school Roseville High School’s robotics club is not allowed to compete. Advisor John Fuller will be taking RHS Robotix to compete this upcoming Saturday at Intel in Folsom.

A select number of students from the Granite Bay and Oakmont High School choir had the opportunity to perform at the CMEA Capitol Section Honor Choir Concert.  All  of the performances were outstanding!. Special thanks go to Choir Directors April Bean (Oakmont High School) and Angelika Dyadchenko (Granite Bay High School).

On Wednesday night Granite Bay High School hosted a speaker series “Perspectives from the Other Side of the College and Career Path.” Students and parents heard from Doug Busch and Louis Burns, two retired business executives and parents, who shared interesting insights that challenged some assumptions folks have about preparing for success in the future.  It was a great evening!  

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017

Over the weekend, over 500 educators from 20 different school districts attended the 4th annual EdTech Summit at Roseville High School. Over 100 of our own teachers and staff had a chance to learn exciting new strategies and applications of technology that accelerate communication and learning.  This is one of the premier tech events in Northern California. 

Over the next few weeks we will be at our school sites looking for input into our Local Control Accountability Plan.  The LCAP brings in over $4 million in additional funding that is designed to close the learning and achievement gaps for our low socio-economic students, our English Learners and our Foster Youth.  We have added counseling services, after school tutoring sessions and a wide range of other services to create a safety net to ensure all students are college & career ready.  We will be seeking input to see what is working and what isn’t. 

Congratulations to our site teachers of the year!

Cami Cordell, Roseville Adult School
Mike Purvines, Roseville High School
Christine Rossmiller, Oakmont High School
Terri McKillop, Woodcreek High School
Jennifer Hill, Granite Bay High School 
Dana Duncan, Antelope High School

Selected by their peers, all of these outstanding teachers are to be congratulated!  After conducting interviews, Dana Duncan and Jennifer Hill were selected to represent our district in the Placer County Teacher of the Year program as our District Teachers of the Year! The District is fortunate to have so many dedicated, energetic and passionate teachers working with its students every day.

click to read complete article by Steven Wilson
The Press Tribune ran a great story on a couple of our volleyball players who have qualified with their teams for Junior Nationals. You can read the complete article here.

I actually saw this on twitter first.  Charlie Tooley, a Granite Bay High School alumni, was recently part of one of the most amazing comebacks in college basketball history.  Tooley made the first big three-point shot that set off the comeback. Click here for the Roseville Press Tribune article by Steven Wilson.

Congrats also go to the Granite Bay High School Soccer Program.  One of their alumni, Tommy Thompson, just signed a new professional contract with the San Jose Earthquakes!

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017

We survived the monsoon like rains over the past week and started our second term on Wednesday.  Other than a few leaky roofs, our schools are pretty much unscathed.

Linda Park
At the Board meeting Tuesday night, Trustee Linda Park announced that she is resigning her position.  Linda’s family has moved their business back to Nevada and the whole extended family is relocating.  Linda has been a stellar board member who brought passion, insight and incredible empathy to leading our district.  She poured herself into the work of understanding the incredible complexities of the school system and has become a tremendous asset because of her knowledge.  Linda loves kids.  She relished the opportunity to meet and to get to know many of the amazing teenagers that cross our thresholds.  She has a deep affinity for kids who are struggling or who face obstacles in their lives and has been a fierce advocate for Adelante, Independence,  Roseville Adult School and all of our site intervention efforts.  Most recently, I am certain that Measure D would not have passed without Linda’s tireless commitment and leadership of the campaign.  Our district and our community will be enjoying awesome facilities for the next 50 years because of her efforts.  For me personally, I will miss most her unbridled commitment to do what is right for our students.  She will be sorely missed.  The Board has determined to appoint a successor to serve out the rest of her term.  We hope to complete the application, screening and selection process in the next 6 weeks.

The EdTech Summit is this weekend.  Formerly known as Googlefest (I still like that title better!), this is our fourth year of hosting one of the premier educational technology events in Northern California. Over 100 of our teachers will be joining folks from across the region to get training on the latest, greatest innovations to accelerate learning in our schools. If you are unable to attend you can still access the resources online. 

For the second year in a row, Oakmont High School students, staff and the Roseville Community banded together to help fight cancer with the Me-One Foundation 5K run at Maidu Park. Me-One assists families of cancer victims “get away” for a weekend.

Soccer season has had a cold and wet beginning.  If you have noticed the stadium lights on each evening, it is because the Sac Joaquin Section moved both the boy’s and girl’s soccer seasons to the winter.  This will enable the State to conduct a true State Championship tournament for soccer.  It also has meant a number of cold, wet soccer matches as our coaches and teams are dealing with the elements with the first really wet winter we have experienced in years.  Perfect timing!