News from Across the Rowland Unified School District (11/30/22)


Above: Nogales High School Engineering Students Jonathon Soto, Joseph Catalan, John Robles, and Lou Asher are testing out their device prior to their official run at the JPL Invention Challenge. The objective is to aim and push five rubber balls through wooden gates called "wickets" in under one minute that are spread out at various angles in the competition area that range from 10-30 points each. The team is now heading to the championships on December 9 at NASA's JPL Facility.

Congratulations to the Nogales High School Engineering Team that has made it to the final championships of the JPL Invention Challenge Competition. The team competed on November 19 and placed fourth out of 22 teams at the regional event hosted by Segerstrom High School in Costa Mesa. Nogales High School engineering students Jonathon Soto, Joseph Catalan, John Robles, Lou Asher, and Team Advisor, Engineering Teacher Alan Davis will now compete at the championship round which will be hosted at NASA's JPL facility on December 9.


“This is history in the making since this is the first time our Nogales High School engineering students have ever made it to the championships at JPL in the three years Nogales has competed,” said Mathematics Teacher Aaron Maldonado. “This is also the first time that Nogales students will be at an actual NASA facility. They are beyond excited for this accomplishment and I am deeply honored that I got to witness it myself and support our engineering students.”


The JPL Invention Challenge combines the skills of creativity, team building, designing, fabrication, testing, and solving complex problems. At the championships, students will get to work alongside JPL engineering teams.


The Nogales Engineering team was the only school at the competition that used a computer program that was built by the students for better precision and accuracy of their device. "It was good to work with the team and learn from each other to overcome obstacles that the challenge provided us,” said Joseph Catalan.

RUSD Elementary Softball Champs!

The Blandford Bears defeated the Jellick Jaguars in the RUSD Elementary Softball Championships! A huge thank you to all of the eight teams, coaches, administrators and parent volunteers who made the seaon a huge success for our students.

Pictured Left to Right: Mark Hobbs, Sabrina Su, Madelein Tsoi, Celina Poon and Team Advisor, Teacher Shay Lohman.


The Rowland High School Debate Club team was recognized at the Orange County Debate League Fall High School Tournament. Students are former GATE Debate Team students and have been involved in debate with RUSD since they were in elementary or middle school.

Madeline Tsoi (pictured in the center) is a former Alvarado team member and current judge/volunteer for the Alvarado program) took home the Golden Gavel Award for the top speaker out of 50 partcipants!

Sabrina Su and Celina Poon (also former debate students at Alvarado and current volunteers for the Alvarado program) placed fourth out of 18 teams!


If you are interested in learning more about the new Ethnic Studies course that will be created in the Rowland Unified School District, please join us TONIGHT at 5:30 PM for an informational meeting at the Rowland Instructional Center (RIC) in Conference Room 1, located at 1006 S. Otterbein Ave., Rowland Heights, CA 91748.

If you have further questions, please contact our Secondary Education Office at (626)854-8365.


November 30, 2022 Questions? Contact RUSD News Editor

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