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Rubidoux High School’s 2015 men’s cross country team has qualified for the California State Meet Division 3 Championship, to be held at Woodward Park in Fresno, this Saturday, November 28. The Falcons earned the trip by placing 6 in the CIFSS Division 3 Championship last Saturday, November 21, at Mt. San Antonio College. Leading the way for the Falcons was freshman Kevin Ramos, currently running the fastest time for freshmen in the nation. His time of 15:25 set a new Mt. SAC course record for Riverside County frosh runners. Besides Kevin, juniors Erik Gonzalez, Tyler Flores, Humberto Guzman, and seniors Ricardo Sanchez, Alejandro Cadenas, and Freddie Adame make up this competitive squad. Both Rubidoux’s Men’s and Women’s teams were 2015 Mountain Valley League championshions!

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On Saturday, November 14, 2015, Sky Country Elementary School held its inaugural 5K Family Fun Run.  Before the race, participants received a goodie bag filled with coupons and trinkets from local businesses. After attaching their race bibs to their shirts and listening to three members of the Sky Country Choir sing the National Anthem,...the race was on! Participants ran/walked the three mile course through the neighborhood streets.  Sky Country staff members worked as crossing guards to protect the runners along the course.  Upon finishing, all participants received a beautiful finisher's medal to proudly take home.  Vendors worked the water stations and were on site to promote their businesses.  With 70+ participants, the race was a huge success!  





Intensive efforts to conserve energy at Jurupa Unified School District were recently recognized with an Energy Excellence Award that honors a district milestone in energy savings.  The regional president of an energy conservation company that partnered with JUSD to enact responsible, large-scale energy savings presented the Board of Trustees on November 2nd with a plaque and certificate of success.

The award honors JUSD for meeting an ambitious 5-year projection for slowing the growth of district energy costs over time.  The conservation plan, adopted by Jurupa Unified after a comprehensive energy audit in fiscal year 2010-11,  is on track to avoid nearly $8.4 million in higher energy costs over a decade, according to district officials.

JUSD has achieved the projected cost restraints – despite rising energy prices –  by building a culture of daily energy savings, said Trenton Hansen, the district’s assistant superintent of planning and development.  Hansen noted that small measures, such as installing automatic lights and training employees to unplug noncritical equipment when it’s not in use, have added up, over time providing millions of dollars in cost restraints across a district that teaches more than 19,000 students on 25 campuses.

Not only does the conservation plan slow the growth of district energy bills – leaving more money in the general fund for classroom needs – but the focus on daily energy conservation sets a good example for students, said Paula Ford, assistant superintendent of business services. 

The district’s conservation program is part of a mix of initiatives to help keep energy costs in check over over the long term.  Jurupa Unified in recent years has also installed solar-energy systems, replaced traditional lighting with cost-saving LED bulbs throughout the district, and improved the energy efficiency of equipment districtwide.



Patriot High School students, under the direction of ASB Advisor Kristina Pico, showed their ASB Warrior Spirit by making the pledge during Red Ribbon Week activities to be drug free. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. In 1988, National Family Partnership sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.

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Jurupa Unified School District unveiled a new welding program on Monday, Oct. 12, enrolling 26 students in its inaugural class at Nueva Vista High School.  The JUSD program, a partnership with Riverside City College, offers college credit toward an undergraduate certificate in Welding Technology at RCC. 


The partnership gives JUSD students an early toehold in a thriving industry – and is the only program of its kind in the region, said Nueva Vista welding instructor Jim Knieriem, a longtime teacher at RCC.  The program is unique because it puts students “three to four steps ahead of the person who gets out of high school and takes a year to figure it out,” he said.


The welding industry – which faces a 400,000-welder shortage by 2024, per the American Welding Society – requires a range of highly skilled workers.  Not only do welders build vehicles, pipes, bridges and skyscrapers, but they also work on lasers, robotics and other complex technologies in engineering, aerospace and other fields. 


Nueva Vista’s program opens with 15 modern welding labs, built with funds from the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and JUSD’s Measure EE facilities bond approved by voters in 2014.  The coursework will teach multiple welding processes, ideas, theories and metallurgy, Knieriem said, with the quarter’s coursework split between 27 hours of lecture and 81 hours of lab work and hands-on welding.


The latter is ideal for kinesthetic learners, said Nueva Vista Principal Michelle Markham, noting that four of the 26 students in the program are female.  “It is an amazing opportunity to have something like this on campus,” Markham said.


Nueva Vista Continuation High School serves students who have fallen behind in completing high school credits and who, as a result, risk not graduating.  The school helps students catch up on credits while upholding the rigorous California State Standards.


Jurupa Unified School District covers 47 square miles in Riverside County while serving more than 19,000 students on 25 campuses.  The district balances the amenities of a large school district with the personal attention to students, parents and community typically found in smaller operations.


For more information, please contact Nueva Vista Principal Michelle Markham at (951) 360-2802 or




The Patriot Cardinal Regiment opened the season with a rare triple win this month at Baldwin Park High School in Baldwin Park.  Patriot competed against 12 other schools in Division 1A and 2A, the category for bands with 1-50 musicians and 51-70 musicians, respectively. 

The Patriot band, which comprises 68 musicians, with 23 in the color guard, outscored all competitors on Oct. 17 in each of three areas, or captions: musical quality, visual marching quality, and overall quality, known as general effect.  “What makes what we did on Saturday special is it’s really hard to win all three in any given show,” said Christopher Case, the director of bands at Patriot.

Yet the Cardinal Regiment matched that feat two weeks later, taking first place in all three captions in its division on Halloween.  The victories included Percussion and Color Guard, and Patriot placed fifth overall in the competition among 15 schools at the Sierra Vista Field Tournament in Baldwin Park.

In all, Patriot’s marching musicians will compete five times this season in a bid to qualify for the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association championships on Nov. 21, Case said.  “The Cardinal Regiment has a strong record of achievement at the SCBOA championship level, where in recent years the Patriot band has earned multiple gold and silver medals.

Asked why Patriot’s student musicians are so successful, Case answered: “Their constant pursuit for excellence.  Me harping on them doesn’t hurt.  But (I would credit) their constant dedication to progress and excellence – striving to be the best not just at local shows, but they want to be the best in all of Southern California.”

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​The District was recently notified it has been awarded a Golden Bell for its Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program.   The California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Awards program promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs throughout California that contribute to the development and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and support services.  The District will be honored at the annual CSBA Conference in San Diego on Saturday, December 5, 2015.


Edgardo Reynoso, senior at Jurupa Valley High School, has successfully completed the requirements to be recognized as a Microsoft Office Specialist for Office Word 2013. Julie Rosa was his Microsoft IT teacher at Jurupa Valley High School. Michael Dumire, computer support technician, provided the IT support for the program. The Microsoft IT Academy course prepares students for industry-recognized certification. This certification proves Edgardo has the ability to use Office Word 2013 for on the job needs and provides valuable distinction to help him enter higher education or the workforce. We are very proud of Edgardo and appreciate the preparation Mrs. Rosa provides to all of her students.
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Patriot High School ASB students, under the leadership of ASB Advisor Ms. Kristina Pico, ​recently showed they cared about safe and supportive schools and communities by wearing orange on Unity Day. Unity Day is a day everyone can come together and send one large orange message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.




JUSD will host Kaiser Permanente's Thriving Schools Peer Learning Exchange on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 2:00 p.m.- 4:15 p.m. at the District Education Center. JUSD will serve as a model for involving various stake holders and integrating wellness throughout the district in policy and practice.  The District Wellness Committee is led by Jose Campos, Director of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach and Mike Bynum, Director of Food Services.


Troth Street Elementary School has selected to receive the Five Star Award by the California Association for the Gifted. The award is given to schools who demonstrated a long-term involvement with the education of the gifted. The Five Star Award will be presented at the upcoming CAG conference scheduled for February 26-28, 2016. ​


On October 2, Mira Loma Middle School Students attended Manufacture Day at SIGMAnet in Ontario. Manufacture Day celebrates modern manufacturing. The event is designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Local manufacturers provided detailed discussions and presentations focusing on the diversity of careers available in manufacturing. Students were introduced to Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, virtual welding, drones, how molds are made, and other modern manufacturing. Each stop along the tour explained the process, how the equipment is used, and the skills needed for a modern workforce.




On Sept. 21, hundreds of fourth and fifth-grade students from schools across the Inland area came to Patriot High School in Jurupa Valley for a play about two children who get detention because they won’t stop arguing. Click here to read more.  


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