Community Input for Student Success

This month there are many ways that we as a District are collecting input from our students, employees, parents and community to continue our goal for educational excellence for our students. Choose one or all and we thank you in advance for helping us continue to provide Innovative Learning for All in RUSD.

Guiding Principles Community Forums - TONIGHT and April 11

What should our schools do and be for all of our students? What are your hopes and dreams for our students’ academic learning?

RUSD's Guiding Principles process will create a road map towards a future vision for enhancing student achievement and success in the coming years. Join us to learn about our vision for the future and let us know what you think!


TONIGHT Wednesday, March 15

6 PM - 7:30 PM

Virtual Zoom Link:

Interpreters will be provided.

Tuesday, April 11 (In Person)

6 PM - 7:30 PM

Nogales High School Library

Interpreters will be provided.

Free childcare available and light refreshments served.

LCAP Online Community Input Survey Now - March 17

RUSD's annual Local Control Accountability (LCAP) online survey is now - March 17 and is available in English/Chinese/Korean/Spanish and can be accessed online at:


RUSD Student Awards

Career Tech Education Students Headed for State Championships

ABOVE: Showcasing their prosthetic leg that they designed and engineered, Rowland High School engineering students Katie Gomez, Mia Graciano and Mark Fernandez, with Career Technical Education Teacher Michael Frausto. They are part of the 21 Rowland Raiders who competed in the recent SkillsUSA contest and who are headed for the state championships in April.

BELOW: RHS Student Mia Graciano checking on the new improved parts being engineered using 3-D Printer technology.

The Rowland High School Skills USA team achieved great success at the recent Virtual Region 03 Leadership and Skills Conference. Out of the 42 contestants who completed it, an impressive 21 students earned an invitation to the State competition, making this the largest and most successful group of winners yet.

The SkillsUSA Championships are career competition events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Of the 21 Rowland High School students that competed, 15 medaled in various categories, showcasing their outstanding skills and expertise. Collin Chen won Gold for Computer Programming, while sisters Wan Ling Lin and Yunzhi Lin took home Gold for Mobile Robotics Technology. David Yang, Ethan Tovar, and Lucas Mikhail were awarded Silver for Automated Manufacturing Technology, while Matthew Manco received Silver for Automotive Service Technology. Orion Chen won Silver for Computer Programming. Noah Cruz and Joshua Narciso received Bronze for Additive Manufacturing, and Eason Liu and Anthony Tan received Bronze for Mobile Robotics Technology. Matthew Chang won Bronze for Technical Design, Tim Xi won Bronze for Technical Drafting, and Ruby Wu won Bronze for Architectural Drafting.

Students Mark Fernandez, Mia Graciano and Katie Gomez competed and won for Engineering Design Technology. "The contest was to solve a problem. I proposed the idea of a prosthetic leg and then my team mates Mark and Mia proposed that it be adjustable. We made it where the length and height could be customized, as well as the width of the thigh," said Gomez, who plans to study mechanical engineering at UCLA or UC Santa Barbara. Graciano (pictured above) is planning to attend MT. SAC and wants to be an imagineer at Disneyland.

"It took a month to research and then two weeks to design the limb. We needed to demonstrate our innovation. Now we have to improve upon our design, how to make it more comfortable and functional and then present our design to a panel of judges," said Fernandez, who applied to Seattle University for Computer Hardware Engineering and also Cal Poly Pomona.

“We are incredibly proud of our students for their hard work and dedication to achieving success in this competition. Their achievements demonstrate the exceptional skills and talents that they possess, and we are confident that they will continue to excel in the State competition. The team is eager to continue its winning streak and showcase its skills again,” said Michael Frausto, CTE Teacher for Architecture-Construction-Design-Engineering.

Business Students Headed for State

FBLA Competition

Rowland High School Future Business Leaders of America students who placed in the Top 10 in their events at the FBLA Southern Conference (left to right): Front row: Avery Chu

Middle row: Zhoulin Kuang, Allison Chieh, Karen Cao, William Fan, Jason Kha, Aaron Zhu, Ethan Higuchi, Dylan Minarto, Edward Lai, Clarissa Beltran Back Row: Luke Punongbayan, Steven Tomlinson, Joshua Kim, Allen Li, Katelyn Chi, Arthur Liang, and Lance Wu.

Congratulations to Rowland High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). The Chapter won awards at the Southern Section Conference on February 11, 2023 at Valencia High School in Placentia.


FBLA conferences help students prepare for careers in business by focusing on academic competitions and leadership development. FBLA Advisor Teacher Caroline Manookian shared that there were 23 schools that sent 530 competitors to the conference, the largest FBLA Section Conference in the state.


The following Rowland High School students qualified to compete at the state conference that will take place April 27-30 in Sacramento:

Pictured above: First Place winners for Supply Chain Management Allen Li, Joshua Kim, and Ethan Higuchi.

Entrepreneurship – Team 1st place

· Higuchi, Ethan 

· Kim, Joshua

· Li, Allen

Supply Chain Management

· Li, Allen 1st place

· Chi, Katelyn 4th place


Marketing – Team 2nd place

· Fan, William

· Kha, Jason

· Zhu, Aaron

Personal Finance

· Minarto, Dylan 2nd place


Securities and Investments

· Kuang, Zhuolin 2nd place

· Lai, Edward 4th place


Introduction to Information Technology

· Liang, Arthur 2nd place


Introduction to Event Planning

· Chieh, Allison 3rd place

Introduction to Finance Math

· Kim, Joshua 4th place


International Business – Team 4th place

· Tomlinson, Steven

· Wu, Lance

Introduction to Business Concepts

· Chu, Avery 5th place


Business Management – Team 6th place

· Tomlinson, Steven

· Wu, Lance


Others who placed in the top ten in their events:

Accounting 1

· Minarto, Dylan 7th place

· Beltran, Clarissa 9th place

Introduction to Business Procedures

· Chu, Avery 10th place

Job Interview

· Cao, Karen 5th place

Public Speaking

· Punongbayan, Luke 10th place

Shelyn Sharks Bring Home Several Awards

in Mandarin Academic Competitions

Above: Shelyn students Sophia Shen (left), and Margret Tang with Shelyn Mandarin TOSA Kevin Chou with their awards from the Southern California Council of Chinese Schools.

Below: Margret Tang (center) receiving her trophy from the officer of Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles (left) and SCCCS President (right).

Congratulations to Sophia Shen, Margret Tang, and Angel Cheng at Shelyn Elementary as they participated in the “Fall Academic Competitions” hosted by Southern California Council of Chinese Schools (SCCCS) and got extraordinary results. Sophia Shen, a third grader from the Mandarin Dual Immersion program, won both the Chinese Poster Contest and Chinese Pencil Writing Contest, first and sixth place at Elementary Level. Both Margret Tang from fourth grade and Angel Cheng from six grade also won Honorable Mention in the Chinese Poster Contest at Intermediate Level.

According to Kevin Chou, Shelyn’s Mandarin TOSA, 280 participants attended this Chinese Pencil Writing contest, and there were 81 participants in the Elementary Level. "As a first-time participant, it’s not an easy task for Sophia to do," said Chou. "Chinese Pencil Writing requires students to have legible and nice penmanship to write designated Chinese characters within a given amount of time like Chinese calligraphy, and yet she got sixth place. We are so proud of her."

This year, SCCCS also hosted a Chinese Poster Contest for which the theme was a salute to our community heroes. Shelyn Elementary had 14 third to sixth grade students participate in the contest. Sophia Shen also won first place in the Elementary Level, and both Margret Tang (fourth grade) and Angel Zhang (sixth grade) won Honorable Mention in the Intermediate Level. There were a total of 107 participants in the Chinese Poster contest -- 39 participants in the Elementary Level and 31 participants in the Intermediate Level. All three girls were invited to attend the award ceremony that took place on at the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles at El Monte. We are so proud of all of our sharks! 

Shelyn Elementary Student Sophia Shen (center) happily received a trophy from the officer of Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles (left) and SCCCS President (right).



The school-readiness event for families with 3, 4 and 5 year olds! We can't wait for you to "bee" in RUSD! Join us for a fun-filled day of interactive activities, arts and crafts, storytelling, music and a performance by the Nogales High School Orchestra at 10 AM, photo booths, and meet our TK and Kindergarten expert teachers!

Learn more and pre-register at


Rowland Unified School District 1830 S. Nogales Street

Rowland Heights 91748


Nogales Drama Presents...

Nogales Drama March 16, 17 & 18

The Nogales Drama Company cordially invites our community to their production of Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice. This show revolves around a young orphan boy and his new friend, Molly, as they navigate pirates, island natives, and even a crocodile! If you ever wondered how Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Neverland came into existence -- this is the production for you! 


Please mark your calendar for March16,17, and 18th @ 6:30 PM at the RUSD Performing Arts Center located at Rowland High School. Tickets for sale at and are $5 for kids under 12 and $10 at the door.

March 15, 2023 Questions? Contact RUSD News Editor

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