Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016

Congratulations go to Roseville High School and their AVID team, led by AVID coordinator Melissa Jones.  The school was recently visited by a team from AVID to determine whether the school should be recertified as National Demonstration Site.  The school received a three year (max possible) recertification!  The AVID program has long been a hallmark of Roseville High and has impacted the lives of hundreds of students. Awesome!

I attend a ton of student performances each year.  A few times each year, I walk away from the experience thankful that I got to be part of something incredible.  The Antelope Football teams win over Grant High School right before the break was one of those moments.  Two great teams battled for every minute of four quarters.  There were lead changes, momentum shifts, incredible displays of athleticism and enough drama for a whole season.  The stadium was packed and both schools bands and cheer sections were going crazy.  In the end, after a magical two point conversion, the last gasp pass into the end zone by Grant was knocked away.  It was a classic high school football game that everyone on both sides will long remember!  And, we are really proud that although some of the top programs in the area are filled with students who are transfers from other schools, our programs are generating success with kids who grew up together in the local community. 

Roseville High School held their first Career Fair this week over 40 businesses and schools were able to share their experiences, educational pathways and offer post-secondary educational career information to students. Mike on the Mic from the Sacramento River Cats emceed the event in addition to being a representative of sports broadcasting and media.

Oakmont High School girls water polo went undefeated this season, senior, Morgan Jones was named MVP. Oakmont High School senior, Denise Arendain, was the CVC tennis champion and MVP for the fourth time! Congratulations to all of our student athletes!

Right before the break, Oakmont Student Government had “Dude be Nice week!”  I love the simplicity of the message

Keep the folks at Woodcreek High School in your thoughts and prayers.  The school experienced their second suicide this year as a young man took his own life on Sunday night.  Folks around the district have responded with counseling and grief support.  The two events were totally unrelated and both took family, friends and school personnel totally by surprise.  It is a good reminder that we need to really look out for each other.  Really sad! The school leadership team and their teachers and support staff have had their hands full but have done an amazing job supporting our students and their families.  

Friday, November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016

Gayle Garbolino-Mojica (left), Linda Park (right)
Monday night, Board member Linda Park was honored as one of the Placer County Trustees of the year!  Linda has a huge heart for students and has been deeply committed to the intervention efforts in our district.  Recently, she co-chaired the Measure D campaign that resulted in the successful passage of a $96,000,000 bond that will help our district to have awesome facilities for years to come.  She has worked tirelessly to help bring together the different political factions in the district to focus on how we can best serve our schools and our kids.  She is very deserving of this recognition.

Sy Karfiol, (left), Ron Severson (right)
I had the honor this week to hear Sy Karfiol, a Holocaust survivor, share his story with Mr. Riehl's third period English class at Woodcreek High School. As a two year old, Mr. Karfiol was sent to live with a Catholic family in Belgium for four years during the war.  His mother was executed in her home, his father survived three years in Auschwitz, and most of his immediate and extended family were killed by the Nazis.  He reunited with his father after the war, eventually relocated to the United States, and had a wonderful career as a software engineer in Southern California.  It was a moving and inspirational story of horror, survival and healing, and an amazing way to give the novel "Night" a real life context for our students.  

Granite Bay Boys’ Water Polo puts another banner on the wall!
Huge congratulations to John MacLeane, Andrew Reego, and Damien Lawrence on a great season. The boys celebrated a great 8-6 victory over the Davis Blue Devils with standout performances by goalie Connor MacDonald and 6 goals from Logan Swanson.
Go Grizzlies!

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We have spent considerable time over the past two weeks finalizing some of the plans for high school #6.  The plans will go to the Division of State Architects in December and we hope to break ground a year later, as soon as the rainy season subsides in 2018.  The goal is still to have the school open in August of 2020.  Here are some renderings we just received of the gym and field areas.

Many thanks to all who helped with Measure D.  The bond passed with almost a 61% yes vote!  Special thanks go to Roseville Mayor Carol Garcia and County Superintendent of Schools Gayle Garbolino Mojica for their robust support of the campaign.  Our co-chairs, Linda Park and vice-mayor Susan Rohan, tirelessly worked to organize the campaign and to raise the money needed.  Their leadership made the difference!  We are madly working on prioritizing projects and setting up the infrastructure we need to take on a number of major construction projects.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

November 11, 2016

After 22 years of service, Tuesday night was the last board meeting for Jan Pinney.  Jan had served on the Eureka Foundation Board for several years before he was appointed to our board in 1995 to fill a mid-term opening.  I arrived as the new principal for Granite Bay High School a few weeks later.  Over the past two decades, I got to know Jan as both a board member and as a parent (three of his children graduated from Granite Bay).  Jan is well known as a fiscal conservative, a very successful businessman, and as a leader in both the community and his church.  He has been both a careful steward of the taxpayers money, and a huge advocate for improving compensation for our teachers and staff to remain competitive in the region.  Over the years, he has developed a deep understanding of how our system works.  He was a catalyst for the adoption of International Baccalaureate, for the effort to increase A-G completion, and for the Equal Opportunity Schools effort to expand our Advanced Placement programs.  His passion, sense of humor and commitment to students have shaped the culture of our board for years.  We thank Jan for his years of service to our district and wish him well.  He will be sorely missed!

Antelope High School Activities Director Kristin Patten was featured this week on the new School Culture by Design podcast with Phil Boyte. Kristin highlights the top 3 things that HAVE to be in place when changing school culture;  consistent expectations on how you want people to behave in all situations, creating positive adult relationships, and creating a place that is safe, positive and fun, in that order. Tenacity is key. To hear the full podcast click here.

Woodcreek High School’s Speech and Debate team won 23 awards at a tournament this weekend which included four 1st place trophies and several top three placements!

On Wednesday, student-athletes throughout our district signed letters of intent to play sports at the next level. Granite Bay High School enjoyed a banner year, with 21 students signing letters.  Join us in congratulating our Collegiate Student Athletes.

Antelope High School and Roseville High School students participated in the future innovators showcase at the 56th annual California Educational Technology Professional Association (CETPA) Conference held at the Sacramento Convention Center. Students were very excited and professional in providing an in depth look into their use of technology inside and outside the classroom. Students from around the state participated showing a wide-array of technology that is preparing them for future careers. Click here for a closer look. 

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Granite Bay High School Media students have been recognized for their hard work by the Journalism Education Association, winning first place for their Carry-in Video, highlighting Granite Bay Art students who were featured at the State Fair. 

Granite Bay, Roseville and Antelope all have first round football playoff games this weekend.  Granite Bay is at Grant High School on Friday.  Antelope is at home Thursday night and Roseville plays at home on Friday. Good luck to all of the teams!

Oakmont InternationalBaccalaureate students gave a sterling presentation at the board meeting Tuesday night that showcased the multiple community service projects they are engaged in.  The service component of IB is seldom talked about, but it is one of the core values of the program. 

Finally, thank you to everyone who worked on Measure D!  The bond passed with a 60% yes vote!  Special thanks go to the campaign committee chairs, Board member Linda Park and City of Roseville Vice Mayor Susan Rohan.  Mayor Carol Garcia and County Superintendent of Schools Gayle Garbolino-Mojica were also key supporters.  It took an army of volunteers to get this done.  Thank you to everyone who helped!

Friday, November 4, 2016

November 4th, 2016

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Roseville High School’s Robotics club held a Robotics Showcase on Monday at lunch. This club is an extension of the AP Computer Science course that was added two years ago. Bradlee Crockett has done a great job establishing the program and leading the students to invent amazing robots. Here is a short video of the Halloween Robotics Showcase. 

Woodcreek High School boy’s and girl’s varsity Cross Country teams both claimed SFL league championships last week!  Coach Terri McKiillop has had numerous league champions over an illustrious career, but winning both titles in one year is pretty special.  Around the district, we have several teams that will be competing this Saturday in the Subsection meet at Frogtown.    
Granite Bay’s girls golf team has quietly had a spectacular season.  After claiming the SFL title, they won the Division 1 North Section title. On Monday, they claimed the Masters Championship with Hailey Reitz shooting a 69 and teammate Vanessa Richani a 73.  The Grizzlies advance to the NorCal championships next! 

Adelante High School celebrated 50 years Thursday evening with the school’s first bon fire. Staff, Students and Alumni came together to celebrate the future.  The Taco truck had amazing food, the portable sound stage was world class, and an amazing array of graduates from across the generations came by to enjoy the evening.  Principal Amy Lloyd and her staff have developed one of the premier alternative education programs in the State!

Our Water Polo teams are making their mark in the section playoffs.  The Granite Bay, Oakmont and Woodcreek girl’s teams are all playing in the quarter-finals this afternoon.  The Granite Bay Boy’s team advanced to the semi-finals with a victory Thursday over Lodi.  The Woodcreek game was moved to Saturday against Jesuit as the team is dealing with a terrible car accident involving one of their players.  The Granite Bay girl’s tennis team advanced to the semi-finals next Monday by winning a tough match against Davis this week. 
Huge football games tonight!  GB plays Rocklin with a playoff berth on the line.  Antelope can wrap up another league title with a win at Whitney.  And, Oakmont and Roseville square off in a rivalry game that goes back five decades!

At one point in my life, I considered a life in politics.  After working on our bond campaign (Measure D) for the past 6 months, I realized I made the right decision to head in a different direction!   I have a much greater respect for those who do this regularly, especially for local office holders who, like us, many times also have full-time jobs and families to take care of.  Thanks go to all who have helped out at the phone bank,  by posting yard signs and by chatting up their neighbors.  No matter what your political affiliation, I want to encourage everyone to get out and vote next week.  

Friday, October 28, 2016

October 28, 2016

On Monday, the Roseville Girls Varsity Golf team battled the wind and rain on a difficult course to claim the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 Championship!  Kayla Kwong has the lowest round of the day to medalist honors.  Next up is the CIF Masters Tournament.  Great job!

Granite Bay High School boys water polo team won the league title this week continuing to be undefeated this season! Congratulations to the Coach MacLeane and his team as they head to section championships!

Two awesome drama productions have opening nights the next two weeks.  At 
Woodcreek High School, The Crucible will run beginning Wednesday, November 5 through the weekend. A trailer for The Crucible can be viewed here.  At Roseville High School, the comedy Noises Off will begin on November 10th. There are several dates and showtimes which can be viewed here. The set, built by students and parents looks amazing! You will not find a better value for your entertainment dollar anywhere!

Monday was a serious reality check for everyone in our community.  Oakmont High lost two students over the weekend.  The emotion and grief evident on campus was palpable.  In the midst of all of the noise from politics, sports, protests and other issues that excite, inflame and frustrate us,  the painful reality of parents who lost a child, of teenagers who lost dear friends, of staff members who lost students they cared about…. reminded us all that life is fragile and not to be taken for granted.  I was awestruck at the compassion, caring and support I witnessed as students, staff and parents rallied to help each other through the grief.  Granite Bay, Woodcreek, Rio Americano and other local schools lent their support.  Looking into the eyes of a mom or dad who has lost their child is heartbreaking.   The response of a bunch of 16 year olds and their teachers and school leaders was inspiring. 

This item falls under…Be careful with social media!  As best we can determine, a local neighbor misunderstood a report from his police scanner and called a few of his neighbors to report that two OHS students had been killed in an auto accident Saturday night.  One of the neighbors alerted several of her friends and their high school students.  The news went viral on social media, to the point that some local churches were praying Sunday morning for the victims of the crash that never happened.  Roseville PD and Oakmont and District administrators spent hours on Sunday determining there was no substance to the report.  Everyone needs to slow down before retweeting.  

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Friday, October 21, 2016

October 21, 2016

On Monday, the Roseville girls golf team claimed their second consecutive CVC league title, edging out Whitney High to claim the championship.  Kayla Kwong had the low score in the field and was the Leaguer MVP for the the second year in a row.  Congratulations to Coach Fukuman and his amazing team as they head to the section championships on Monday.

Almost 2500 10th graders, hundreds of 11th graders and even a few 9th graders took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) on Wednesday.  This is the second year the district has paid for all sophomores to take the exam.  The test provides both the student and the school a ton of feedback information that helps to guide the rest of their high school career.  It is also a key part of our efforts to build a college prepared culture on every campus.  Thanks to everyone who proctored tests, and who dealt with the inconvenience of giving up a day of instruction.

Oakmont girls water polo team claims the CVC championship title over Bella Vista Wednesday night, the final score was 8-0. Read more about the season in this article by Steven Willson-Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor. Roseville High School girls volleyball team won over Whitney on Wednesday guaranteeing them a spot in the playoffs. Oakmont and Roseville High School boys water polo teams both had wins this week which puts them both in third-place in the CVC tournament! Share pictures and game updates using #RJUHSD on social media. 

The Antelope High School Titans football team continues to roll.  They are now 7-0  and ranked in the top 10 in the region after a heart pounding 35-34 win over Consumnes Oaks last week.   

I have been working the phone banks for Measure D semi-regularly and each time find myself  talking to gracious people who care deeply about our schools.  Roseville is an amazing place.  We are so fortunate to work and live in a community where our efforts and our schools are valued and appreciated. 

Phitsamay Gilchrist, Antelope High School IC/EL Counselor
Favorite quote: "Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."  ~ Dalai Lama
Why did you choose RJUHSD? I have heard amazing things about Antelope High School and feel honored to work at an awesome school with wonderful staff and students.
What are your interests, family, hobbies etc.? I love shopping, traveling, road trips, playing golf, tasting foreign foods  
Tell us a fun fact about you I met Herm Edwards and took a selfie with him.

Katherine Nurss, Roseville High School Science & AVID Teacher
Favorite quote: "Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens," often attributed to Jimi Hendrix.
Why did you choose RJUHSD? The primary reason that I came to RJUHSD was because I feel that the district's core values aligned perfectly with my own. As an advocate and proponent for social justice, I truly believe in every bit of meaning behind the RHS mission statement: "Working together, we will prepare every student for post-secondary education." I want to close achievement gaps and help each student have opportunities and choices in their future. I also firmly believe that collaboration is the only way we can make that mission happen. We, as teachers, administrators, counselors, parents, and other staff can shape the culture of the school our students attend in a multitude of ways. Also, I think that the combined intellect of everyone at our school will always be greater than the intellect of any one of us.
What are your interests, family, hobbies etc.? I love sports (both as a competitor and a spectator) and I love being outside. In my spare time, I like playing sports with my newest endeavor being learning to golf. I also enjoy going to SF to watch the Giants.

Friday, October 14, 2016

October 14, 2016

Oakmont High School hosted their annual Band Field Festival competition last Saturday.  Most of our schools competed and generated a number of awards.  It was very cool to see a number of  Antelope High Dancers at the event who showed up to support their peers in the music program.  

1st Place Class A   Roseville High School
1st Place Class 4A Antelope High School
1st Place Class 5A Granite Bay High School
1st Place Colorguard Granite Bay High School
3rd Place Colorguard Antelope High School
1st Place Percussion Granite Bay High School
2nd Place Percussion Antelope High School
Music Sweepstakes Antelope High School
Marching Sweepstakes Granite Bay High School
General Effect Granite Bay High School
Grand Sweepstakes Granite Bay High School

Granite Bay Today, a one stop online media website that is supported by both the journalism and media programs at Granite Bay High School, was recently nominated and choosen as a finialist for the Colombia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Crown Award.  This site is one of the most frequented sources of information in the whole district. Check out their website

While students were off on Wednesday this week, our teachers were hard at work enhancing their skills.  We had a full day of training at Woodcreek High School that was coordinated by our awesome professional development team.  The morning was filled with hands on technology sessions taught by our own teachers.  I learned some amazing new skills for Twitter and Instagram that I have already applied!  The afternoon featured curriculum work led by our CCAT teachers.  It was a very productive day and also a great opportunity to take a breath, learn some new skills, and hang out with adults all day.

The Roseville Adult School honored 20 students at their Merit Award Ceremony Wednesday evening.  This event recognizes students who have come back to earn their GED credential so that they can expand their opportunities for further education or to compete in the workforce.  Former Adelante High School Assistant Principal Bridgette Dean gave a powerful and moving keynote.  It is always a great event!
The Sacramento County and Placer County sample ballot and Voter Information pamphlets arrived in the mail this week.  The Placer County document is so thick it reminded me of a small phone book!  There is a ton of information about Measure D, our school bond, in the actual election documents.  Check it out!