News from Across the Rowland Unified School District (10/26/22)

RUSD Wins State CSBA Golden Bell Award for College Connect 

Rowland Unified School District has brought home another award... RUSD Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell announced that the District’s College Connect program is being recognized by the California School Board Association (CSBA) with a Golden Bell. The CSBA Golden Bell Awards promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts throughout California. RUSD’s College Connect Program is being honored for its focus on Equity and Access. The District will be honored on December 1 at the 2022 CSBA State Conference in San Diego.

“This award represents the innovation and dedication by our staff to remove the barriers for students and families from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain access to colleges and universities, including the nation’s most prestigious schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Mitchell. “Our Board of Education wholeheartedly and unanimously supports the work and direction of College Connect and we are thrilled that it has changed the lives for so many of our students.”

College Connect was formed to make access to a four year university a reality for at-risk students. Nearly 75% of Rowland Unified students qualify for free or reduced lunch along with one in four being identified as English Language Learners. 

“It was clear there was a need and it was crucial to break the cycles of poverty by providing access and knowledge of how to apply to college for our students,” said Miriam Kim, Director of Outreach and Community Relations and the co-creator of the program along with Ricardo Ramirez, RUSD College Liaison. They believe the power of the program is a dedicated team with the desire to help students navigate the college process. Time is spent helping guide students with individual and group sessions that cover financial aid applications, researching colleges, learning how to write a college essay, and extensive help with the application requirements and deadlines.

“Each student that has participated in College Connect was accepted into several colleges of their choice. In the three years of existence, more than 120 students have been accepted to and are now attending one of their first choice schools,” said Ramirez.

“First generation, minority students who did not have knowledge of how to apply to college now have a resource to turn to to make their dreams come true. Students who are homeless, live in garages and motels have a program that is ready to help them and reassure them they are capable and have a right to attend college should they choose to do so,” said Kim.

Congratulations to the RUSD College Connect Team:

  • Myra Galaviz, Guidance Tech, Rowland High School
  • Miriam Kim, Director of Outreach and Community Relations
  • Jake Magnant, Teacher, Rowland High School
  • Yvette Martinez, Counselor, Nogales High School
  • Marlo Moreno, Guidance Tech, Rowland High Schools
  • Ricardo Ramirez, RUSD College Liaison
  • Valerie Varela, Teacher, Rowland High School


Learn more about our Golden Bell award-winning, innovative program that changes lives for our students!

Upcoming Events

Come Support Rowland High School Raiders Girls Volleyball in the CIF Quarter Finals TONIGHT, Wednesday, October 26 at 6 PM at Rowland High School.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults via GoFan or scan QR code above.

The NHS Drama Company presents, Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic, a mystifying, magical journey into the untold story of the Hufflepuffs- a band of really, really nice kids whose story is never told in the Harry Potter novels. Join us as we embark on a journey that will make audiences laugh, cry, and cheer for our heroes as they battle evil forces at their magical school. Shows are three nights 11/3, 11/4, and 11/5 at 6:30 PM. "Due to the comedic and improvisational nature of the show, every performance is different so join us on multiple nights," shares Sarah Corp, Drama Teacher.

Tickets are $10 at the door and $11 via GoFan.

RUSD Board Study Session

Rowland Unified School District Board of Education Study Session 

Thursday, October 27 at 4:30 PM Public Session Click to View Agenda  

October 26, 2022 Questions? Contact RUSD News Editor

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