Our enrollment is way up! We have almost 240 more students now than we projected last June. A surprising number of them are new move ins, people who relocated here in July and early August. It has created a little havoc with class sizes, but our principals have been madly adding new staff to account for the changes.
The district welcomed over 25 new certificated employees at the PDC on Monday afternoon’s orientation session. It is exciting and amazing to see the new talent that we have added to our district!
Adelante High School had a great turnout as they hosted the 2nd annual Alternative Education Open House Mixer on Monday evening. Over 150 people enjoyed a BBQ, awards presentations, informational booths and raffle prizes! Staff from Adelante, Independence, and the Adult School worked together to create a memorable event.
The South Placer County Women’s Leadership Coalition invited us to their monthly meeting to provide information about Measure D on the November ballot. For those interested, information can be found online at www.voteyesonmeasured.com
Roseville Adult School was featured on OTAN for student success story based on Margarito Contreras-Chavez who came to the United States not understanding any English, he wanted to understand English and find a better job. While working to support his family he enrolled in Roseville Adult School’s ESL classes. Through his own effort and perseverance with the help and guidance from RAS staff, he completed the GED preparation program and received his GED. His message to others is that it is never too late to learn English, anything is possible.
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This week our architects (DLR Group) presented the renderings for our next comprehensive high school. They are working to finish all of the construction documents by December. The renderings are amazing! More information about the 6th High School can be found on our website.
This year we have 17 new teachers throughout the district here’s what we learned this week about Mike Handling, GBHS English Teacher.
Q: Why did you come to this district and/or area?
A: I retired from the Army in 2006 and stayed to teach as a civilian for the Army at Ft Huachuca, AZ. In 2012, Jamie and I decided to move back to California so our kids, Amber (13) and Nathan (11) would be closer to family.
Q: What do you love to do when you aren’t teaching?
A: I enjoy playing video games with my son, watching Harry Potter with my daughter, and walking the dogs with my wife while discussing school. Jamie teaches English at Roseville High School.
Q: Tell us a fun fact about you!
A: I have slept in Sadam’s Palace after the Thunder Runs into Baghdad in 2003. I have lifted landmines in Bosnia in 1999.
I am so excited to be part of the RJUHSD family. GBHS has been particularly welcoming. I love teaching English as I learned in the Army, as part of Military Intelligence, how important clear written communication is in life. In addition, I am very excited to be able to share my passion for video gaming at GBHS with the creation of the EASports club. Students will be competing on teams of six in online tournaments to show off their skills. –Mike Handling
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