Friday, August 11, 2017

August 11, 2017

Superintendent's Blog - August 11, 2017
Welcome Back!
The first day of school was spectacular! All five comprehensive high schools started the year with “No back pack” days. Rallies, food, great speakers, and class meetings dominated the day.
Happy Birthday Antelope High School!
Good Day Sacramento was at Antelope High School on Wednesday morning to help the school celebrate their 10th birthday! Student Government passed out over 1000 birthday hats before school! The day ended with the entire student body singing "Happy Birthday" #10strong Check out the Good Day Sacramento segment here.
Relationships Matter!
Our teachers demonstrated some incredible rhythm and soul with a number of faculty dance numbers. The whole idea is to connect kids to each other, to the staff, and to the school. Relationships matter! What a great way to start the year! Click the photo below to view slideshow.
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Professional Development Day #1
Kudos to our professional development team for a fantastic Professional Development Day #1 to kick off the school year. We expanded our understanding of many of the issues on Race in the morning and the curricular teams were very productive in the afternoon. And, any day that starts with dancing and ends with popsicles is a great day!
Roseville Adult School
Principal Lisa Voss and the Adult School Team gave an awesome presentation at the Board meeting on Tuesday night. They have exciting plans to better launch their students into high paying jobs and careers. Check out the Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes here.
One of the cool traditions in our community is that our district retirees get together on the first day of school for breakfast. They take a cool photo and send it to several of us to show how rested, relaxed and happy they are! They also get together regularly during the year to connect and tell stories (some of which are actually true!) The RJUHSD community is a lifetime pact!
EVERY student
As I shared with everyone at Professional Development Day #1, on Monday, I am so excited about our work this year around race. Every student deserves the chance to leave high school prepared to compete in college and the world. We are actually going to make that happen!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017

We have four Gold Ribbon Schools!  On Wednesday night, State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson hosted a gala dinner at the Hilton Ball Room to recognize the award winning schools in our region.  Oakmont High School, Granite Bay High School, Roseville High School and Antelope High School were all selected for demonstrating growth and academic excellence.  This is a tremendous honor for our district and our community.  Woodcreek High School chose not to participate this year because they were engaged in the WASC accreditation process. 

Congratulations go to the Roseville High School boy’s volleyball team.  After an undefeated league season, they swept the section championship.  They were seeded fourth in the Nor Cal championships.  They defeated three Bay Area power houses, De La Salle, #1 seed St. Francis of Mountain View, and #2 seed Bellarmine to claim the Nor Cal Championship!  This has been an amazing journey for a group of young men, many of whom began playing at the varsity level as Freshmen.  In a cool side note, their Coach, Marco Salcedo, was attending his daughter’s wedding last Saturday in Southern California when the finals were being played at Bellarmine.  Oakmont High School varsity coach, Devon Quok volunteered to help out and joined their assistant coach, Anthony Medlin on the bench.  Undeterred, the team captain, Neal Reilly, acted as a player coach, calling timeouts, encouraging and admonishing his teammates.  They did not miss a beat, playing one of their best matches of the season. 

The Antelope High School boy’s track team 4x400 relay team is headed to the State Track finals tomorrow.  They won the section title last weekend in amazing fashion.  Anchor man Myles Ellis, took the baton for the final lap and was over 50 meters behind.  Check out the video of his last lap! It is one of the most amazing finishes I have ever seen! 

Independence High School and Adelante High School both enjoyed awesome graduation ceremonies this week.  We have perfect weather for the four ceremonies tomorrow and for the Granite Bay High School and Roseville Adult School graduations on Saturday. 

Oakmont High School girls' swim team finished the year as CVC section champions! Coach Cornilsen and Savine lead the team in an amazing season! Way to go!

Finally, what an amazing year!  We passed Measure D in November, and construction projects will be in full swing all summer.  We just hired the contractor for the Performing Arts building at Antelope High School.  We should be breaking ground on that project as well as the 6th high school next April! We have seen amazing performances in Athletics, CTE and the Arts that galvanized our schools and that have brought pride to the whole community.  More students than ever have the choice of pursuing a college education and we are sending students to the best schools in the world.  I am so proud of the effort of our teachers, administrators, counselors and all of the support staff.  We started the year talking about relationships and mindfulness.  That conversation has grown to include a real focus on equity.  I can’t wait to get started next August!  I hope you all find time to get some rest, recharge, and enjoy your family and friends over the summer.  Thanks for an awesome year!