Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017

Lisa Voss
Lisa Voss has been selected as the new Principal of the RosevilleAdult School.  Lisa has been serving as the assistant principal of the adult school for the past year and a half. Prior to coming to RJUHSD she spent six years at Innovative Educational Management Schools (a charter organization)  as their Title II, LCAP and WASC Coordinator. Lisa also has six years' experience as a middles school and high school math teacher.  She brings great passion and vision to the position and will be a valuable member of the district leadership team.  Congratulations Lisa!

Congratulations go to Antelope High School seniors Makenna Orel and Hailey Brooks and Woodcreek High School senior Sarah Turner.  The young ladies are enrolled in PCOE's ROP Medical Assistant Program. As part of the class they created an Autism App and it was the winner at a local competition.  They were invited to compete at the California Health Care Students of America (HOSA) convention.  Their group received the Silver medal in the Medical Innovation category and they have been invited to the National HOSA convention in Florida!

Two Granite Bay High School film students, Jack Armstrong and Shianne Dingeman will be premiering a video they submitted to the Sacramento Food Film Festival that features Granite Bay teacher Anthony Davis.  Mr. Davis and his family grow most of the food his family eats at their house in Citrus Heights.  The students and Mr. Davis will be speaking at the Festival on April 1st.  Check out the video
The Roseville High School AVID program was showcased Thursday as educators from around the region and as far away as Washington state had a chance to see the program up close and personal with a visit to the campus.  A student panel made up of all grade levels answered questions and shared stories. The visitors came away impressed and in awe!

On Saturday night at Santa Clara University, the Woodcreek boy’s basketball team was down by 14 points with just a couple of minutes left in the third quarter.  To turn the tide, Assistant Superintendent Jess Borjon turned his hat inside out and put it on backwards, a classic “rally cap” maneuver.  The team outscored Sheldon by 21 points over the last 10 minutes of the game to claim the victory.  Although the rally cap was vital, Coach Hayes and Coach Mazzuca’s decision to go man to man defense with full court pressure may have been the more important adjustment!   And, Jordan Brown stepped up to show everyone why he is considered one of the top  players in the nation.  It was a spectacular performance no matter how you view it.  The Timberwolves are ranked 4th in the State, and made the top 25 nationally in the latest rankings!  On Saturday at 8pm, the boys play Bishop Montgomery for the State Open Division Title at the Golden One Center.  This is an historic moment for the school and our district. Tickets are available here.

There are some amazing theater experiences coming our way this spring!  Here is the schedule of performances: 

Thank you to everyone who contributed feedback for our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  Because of improvements to the economy, our percentage of targeted students has dropped from almost 30% two years ago to about 24% this year.  That results in a decrease in funding of over $600,000.  We have been working for the past two weeks to reduce the budget to meet the allocation.  We will be presenting our plan for next year at a public meeting on Wednesday night next week for community input and each site will be collecting input over the next few weeks.  It felt odd to be cutting budgets again after three years of bounty.  

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017

Last Friday evening Antelope High School, Oakmont High School and Woodcreek High School choir students participated in the district's 2nd Annual Choral Festival! The students did a fabulous job. Congratulations to teachers April Bean, Jennifer Fulkerson and Pavel Kravchuk for hosting an amazing event!

On Monday night, Chico State advanced to the Elite 8 in the Division 2 Basketball playoffs. Robert Duncan, Granite Bay High School Alumni and Antelope High School Alumni Isaiah Ellis are key members of the team.  Isaiah was named MVP of the Western Regional tournament!  Oakmont High School Alumni J.T. Adenrele plays for UC Davis who won their game against North Carolina Wednesday. They play tonight against Kansas at the Golden One Center. 

Congratulations to our Teachers of the Year!  At the board meeting on Tuesday, we recognized the individuals who were selected by their peers at each site to represent their school.  Congrats go to Cami Cordell (Roseville Adult School), Jennifer Hill (Granite Bay High School), Christine Rossmiller (Oakmont High School), Mike Purvines (Roseville High School), Terri McKillop (Woodcreek High School), and Dana Duncan (Antelope High School).  Jennifer Hill and Dana Duncan will be representing the district in the county teacher of the year competition.  These are all amazing educators who make a difference every day! 

The Woodcreek High School boys basketball team won a hard fought game Tuesday night against perennial power De la Salle High School.  We had a board meeting that night, but many of us were checking our devices and smart phones to keep track of the game.  As Woodcreek was clinching the victory, Steve Williams forgot to turn off the sound on his phone and the roar of the crowd filled the Board Room!  It was hilarious!  So, I announced the score and we were able to get back to business.  Woodcreek plays Saturday night at Santa Clara University in the Nor Cal finals.  It is a rematch of the section Division 1 final with Sheldon High School.  It is also the first time in memory that two public high schools are playing for the Open Division Championship.  The game is at 8pm!  The winner will play in the State championship game the following Saturday in Sacramento.
Tonight, several of us are cooking for the Celebrity Chef Chili Cook-off.  The proceeds support Campus Life anti-bullying assembly program.  The event goes from 6P.M. -8:30P.M. at the Maidu Community Center. Click here for details, tickets will be available at the door. 

Our Learning Support Specialists gave a spectacular presentation on Tuesday morning highlighting the impactful work they are doing with our most at risk students.  Each site is different in their approach, but the tutoring, home visits, emotional support and regular check in/check out procedures they use are changing kids lives.  I was inspired!

Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017

(EQ)2 is but a few weeks away! The Curriculum and Instruction department is working with a huge team of district teachers on planning an amazing day of learning and professional development for staff and administrators centered around Emotional Intelligence and Equity.  It is the Monday we get back from Spring break.   

Former Granite Bay basketball standout Robert Duncan has had a great career at Chico State.  Here is a cool article about his post high school career.  Click here for article

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The Woodcreek High School boys basketball game against Sheldon High School at UOP last Saturday night was one for the ages!  Sheldon has an amazing team and the Timberwolves were in foul trouble early.  Down by 12 points in the third quarter, Tyrel Roberts and Jackson Hughes started raining threes and got us back into the game.  After taking the lead with but 35 seconds to go on a long 3 pointer from reserve guard Tyrell Roberts, Sheldon retook the lead with a basket after a bizarre bounce of the ball with only 9 seconds left.  Superstar center Jordan Brown was fouled right before the buzzer.  Down by one, two shots, no time left..  Every basketball players biggest dream…..and worst nightmare.  Watch the attached video to see how it went down!  Woodcreek plays at home against Capitol Christian in the NorCal open division tonight at 7. 
Granite Bay High School senior, Jack Ramalia finish 2nd in the State at the CIF State Wrestling Tournament this week. Ramalia has had an incredible career as a student athlete and has been a regular at the State Meet for four years.  Congratulations!  Jake is headed to Stanford University to continue his wrestling career.

On Wednesday night the Roseville High School girls basketball team traveled to Santa Rosa to play Montgomery HS in the first round of the NorCal Regional Tournament.  The game went back and forth for four quarters, with the Tigers make a final run to claim the 58-51 victory.    They will face the #1 seeded Vanden HS at 6pm at Vanden.  Good luck ladies and Coach Errecart! 

The Woodcreek High School girls soccer team lost a hard fought championship game to Davis High on Saturday.  It was still the best season in school history.  The Roseville High School girls varsity played the #1 seeded Whitney Wildcats to a draw in the section Division 2 finals.  The game came down to a penalty kick shootout.  Check out this video of Goalie last stop and the ensuing celebration!  

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Congrats to coach Paul Stewart and his team.

Last year, we approved an AP Human Geography course for the district curriculum.  To say it has been a hit would be an understatement.  We have seen hundreds of signups across the district.  We are madly arranging to train teachers to take on this amazing course.

Measure D – Scott Davis and our facilities team have been working feverously to identify architects, prioritize projects and to get projects lined up for the summer to improve our facilities.  The 6th high school plans are at DSA for approval and the architect for the Antelope Performing Arts facility has developed renderings to give us an idea what that facility will look like.   We will be meeting with the 6th high school steering committee next week to generate ideas for the name, mascot and school colors for the new high school.  After broad public input, our board will be making decisions on those issues in late April or May.  Exciting times!

Friday, March 3, 2017

March 3, 2017

Chef Dan Catanio and the Roseville HS Culinary Team
On Saturday, Roseville High School's ProStart Culinary Team practiced under the advisement of instructor Angela Ash and industry mentor, Chef Dan Catanio, in preparation for the ProStart Culinary Cup in Los Angeles March 17-20th. The team is building a 3-course menu featuring Placer County's bounty from local farms. The event will be held in the Sheraton Pomona Fairplex Convention Center and teams will have only 2 tables, 2 portable gas burners and a bakers rack for storage and organization and just 60 minutes to prepare 3 courses. For more info and video of last year's competition, visit and click events.

Pictured: ANHS (top), RHS (bottom)
Congratulations to Antelope High School's Competition Cheer Team on winning not only the National Championship at Jamz Nationals but also the coveted Grand Champion - with the highest score out of over 100 schools - what a great honor and event!  After their win they were invited to Good Day Sacramento. Later this spring the team will compete in USA Nationals where they have won gold two years in a row. Good luck to Coach Regina Fraticelli and the team! Roseville High School’s Cheer Team also won a trophy at Jamz Nationals! Congratulations to both teams!

Tuesday evening district administrators and the board of trustees recognized our six Classified Employees of the Year. It is with great pleasure that I announce the Roseville Joint Union High School District Classified School Employees of the Year, who are also nominees for the Placer County Classified School Employee of the Year. These outstanding individuals were nominated by their site administrators and/or supervisors with recommendations by co-workers, administrators, supervisors, students and/or parents. Congratulations go to:
Not pictured: Gi Warren, Bus Driver, Transportation

Please join me in recognizing and commending these exemplary employees for their tireless efforts, commitment and invaluable contributions.  

Last weekend, Granite Bay High School senior Jack Ramalia won his weight class for the second straight year and scored more points than any other finalist at the San Joaquin Masters Wrestling Championships  He will be competing in the California Interscholastic Federation Championships in Burbank next week. For more on the last weekend’s Masters tournament check out this Press Tribune article by Ike Dodson. 

Our Girls soccer teams continue to have had an outstanding season, Roseville High School beat number 3 seed Granite Bay High School and will be playing Whitney High School at Elk Grove High School at 4P.M. for the Division 2 Championship. The  Woodcreek High School girls beat Folsom Wednesday (2-0) allowing them to move on to play Davis High School at Consumnes Oaks Saturday at 4P.M. for the D1 title.  Good luck to Coach Stewart and Coach Bowman and their teams this weekend!

Finally, the Woodcreek High School Boy’s Basketball team survived a tough semifinal contest at UOP against St. Mary’s Wednesday night.  They will play Sheldon High School in an epic contest on Saturday at 8P.M.  Sheldon is ranked #1 in Nor-Cal and Woodcreek is ranked 2nd

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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