While our students were enjoying the Monday holiday after Easter, our teachers were hard at work. Our last professional development day of the year featured a morning spent on curriculum design, teaching strategies, and new approaches to teaching and learning. Several outside speakers provided world class training to equip our teachers as they transition to the common core. The afternoon brought a focus on technology as a tool to improve communication and accelerate learning. Sessions included subject specific software applications, how to use social media in the classroom, and how to employ Google tools. It was an amazing day!
Congratulations go to Arturo Sotomayor. The Roseville High senior is headed to UCLA, finished second at the prestigious Stanford Invitational in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:52. That time was the Fourth Fastest time in the nation this year! Arturo had a spectacular cross country season this fall and is an amazing student and young man.
It’s heeeeere! After three years of development and trials, the new State test developed by a consortium of States, is being administered this week at two schools with more to follow as we move through April. The test replaces the old STAR test (CST’s). While the old tests measured students ability to recall information, the new tests are computer based and measure whether students can apply knowledge as well. Juniors are taking math and English tests this year. Because they are all digital, we will get results in 6 weeks rather than in 3-4 months. We are really interested to see how our students do on this first administration of the new tests.
Coming off of a first place finish in their division at a National Championship Cheer competition this spring, the Roseville High School Cheer team has been invited to cheer in the Macy’s Day Parade in New York City!
Last night, district leaders met with our Parent Advisory group to consider our LCAP plan for next year. The district received over $3 million this year as part of the new State funding formula to implement strategies to close the learning gap. For decades, English Language Learners, economically disadvantaged students and foster youth have scored well below their peers on everything from State tests to college readiness. The district has utilized the money to bring in additional counseling resources, to offer after school tutoring and support, to add technology and to train teachers. We received well over a thousand pieces of input from parents, students and staff to help us figure out what to keep, and what to add for next year. The proposed LCAP plan will be presented for public view at the May 12th School Board meeting. You will also be able to access it on our District Web Site after May 12th.
Finally, we have an App for that! After months of development, Tech Director Tony Ham is proud that our District phone application is up and running. You can access it by going to the App store for your phone. Type in RJUHSD in the search function, and you can load it up. You can access student grades, attendance info and anything on any of our web sites with a few clicks on your screen.