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Back to School for RSF: Funding, Common Core, and Energy Efficiency

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Principals and Educators Fill the Role of Former Assistant Superintendent

Cindy Schaub, former assistant superintendent of educational services, left the RSF School District this month for a new role at the South Bay Union School District. This left a void in a vital role for RSF education, but others are stepping up to make sure a beat is not missed.

Principals Kim Pinkerton and Garrett Corduan are teaming up with newly hired literacy support teachers and math coaches to perform the duties Schaub did.

Funding for the Robotics Program

The Rancho Santa Fe School District will put $42,500 into a robotics coaching staff. John Galipault will lead the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for 1st to 6th graders, and Dave Warner will lead the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for 7th and 8th graders.

Robotics is a critical piece of education that introduces students to STEM fields.

Parents can find out more at informational meetings held on the following dates and times:

Grades 7-8: August 28th at 3:15pm for grades 5-7, 5:00pm
Grade 4: September 3rd at 3:15pm
Grades 1-3: September 4th at 3:15pm

Is Common Core Changing the Education in RSF?

The 2014-15 school year will see the implementation of Common Core Standards. Parents are showing concern about the new standards and if it will change the level of education their children receive.

Information sessions will be held in the coming months to make sure parents understand their children’s education and how changes will affect them. The following includes a curriculum overivew, questions and answers session for parents, and classroom visits led by school principals:

  • September 23rd at 8:05am – K-5 mathematics
  • September 30th at 8:05am – 6-8 mathematics
  • October 14th at 8:05am – K-5 English Language Arts
  • October 21st at 8:05am – 6-8 English Language Arts

Board Will Receive Funding for Clean Energy Projects

Proposition 39 passed by California voters in November 2012 allocates $550 million to elementary schools for clean energy projects. The RSF School District will receive $250,000 over five years and will work with San Diego Gas & Electric to plan projects.

Two plans will be presented to the Board at its September 11th meeting.