Rowland Unified School District

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November 12 Board of Education Meeting Highlights

Below are a few highlights from this week's Board of Education Meeting (11/12/13)

Nogales High School Revival Project Board Approved: The Board of Education approved Tuesday night the award of contract for the Nogales High School Revival Project in the amount of $23,615,517.  The approved architectural plans that will revitalize Nogales High School will feature four new building structures - two story buildings with classrooms and administrative offices, a beautiful multipurpose room the size of a basketball court, a new food services building and multipurpose room with two unique stages for inside/outside activities and performances, a Super Room set of classrooms, along with new parking and entrance areas. Due to modernization savings achieved by the District and competitive construction bidding, the District will be able to significantly fund the Nogales High School project from savings.  Construction begins this month. Click HERE to view photos.

New Northam Elementary Health Clinic/Family Resource Center Board Approved: 

The Board of Education also approved the contract to build a new Family Resource Center and Health Clinic at Northam Elementary for the contract amount of $556,180. “We’re excited that this new 3,600 square foot seamless service center for RUSD children and their families will offer dental, medical and mental health and community resource support services,” said Jennifer Kottke, Family Resource Center Coordinator. Construction begins next month.

Eight Nogales High School students were recognized last night for their artistic achievements in the Los Angeles County Fair America’s Kids Art Competition. All received an award of 3rd place or higher: Mercy Aguilar (1st Place 2-D Art Collage and 3rd Place 2-D Pen & Ink), Jaime Apusen (2nd Place Awards for Pen & Ink, Collage and Oil Pastel), Ronanlisa Arbis (3rd Place 3-D Art Raku), Amada Carrillo (1st Place/2-D PE Art Project), Stephen Chen (1st Place 3-D Art High Fire Ceramic, )Sunny Cheng (3rd Place 3-D Art – Raku), Wendy Hernandez (2nd Place 3-D High Fire Ceramic), and Norma Hilda Rivera (1st Place 2-D Collage, Pen & Ink & 3rd Place 2-D Oil Pastel).

Rowland High School Student Recognitions for National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and Commended Students: Four students from Rowland High School were recognized for having scored in the top one half percent of the Nations’ one per cent of students who took the SAT/National Merit Scholarship Test. Semifinalists continue and National Merit Finalists are determined later this year.  The four semi-finalists are: Samantha Antonious, Zachary Huang, Kathy Wang and Mani (Lily) Zhang. There are 14 students who have been recognized by the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Board for exceptional academic promise. The 14 commended students are: Sherry Chu, Timothy N. Chu, Ian C. Cristobal, Daniel E. Begazo Gamarra, Stephen Hsiang, Johan Hsu, Chieh-Ming Huang, Sunny Lai, Pamela A. Lim, Jonathan A. Liu, Nick Romo, Feremy A. Siocon, Tiffany L. Tang, and Sabring Tan.

National Hispanic Scholar: Rowland High School Senior Nick Romo was recognized as a 2013-14 National Hispanic Scholar for his achievement on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

  • New Director of Special Projects - Ms. Silvia Rivas: Please welcome to RUSD Ms. Silvia Rivas, who brings a great deal of experience in the area of Special Projects and Categorical Services. She has served as a Director of Student Programs and Staff Development in Buena Park School District. She has also served successfully in the capacity of teacher at the intermediate and high school levels, and as Coordinator and Principal at the elementary levels. Rivas has directed various title and grant programs and conducted numerous training activities in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction. She has also received the Los Angeles County Bilingual Directors Outstanding District Administrator of English Learner Program Award in 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science and a Master’s Degree in Education. 

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