Thank you – It is always a pleasure to meet with our partners in the _______ and share with you the many successes going on in our schoolsGandi said, “ Live as if you were to Die tomorrow Learn as if you were to Live forever”Public Education must establish the foundation upon which our students develop the desire to learn through out their LifetimeOur students are succeeding because of the support we have in the community, business partnerships, service organizations, parents, and the dedicated professional staff we have employed. We have excellent educational leaders who are the architects of this foundation at their respective schools. I would like to introduce ________________Tell a story? Joke? Yogi Bera story about streakers Moral, To find the answer you have to look in the right place.
The state is looking at another $1.7 billion reduction next year which means $275 per pupil less for our District ($2,750,000)$26 billion in debt the next 18 months ($6 Billion in this current year)We now have less teachers, nurses, counselorsLarger class sizes, fewer programs (especially in music and the arts and Career Technical Education classes)Elimination of Summer School,Closing/reduction in Library servicesLonger Bus rides or no transportation at allWe are experiencing the biggest DISINVESTMENT in the history of public education.
Prop 22 was backed by CTA. It was to revoke tax breaks provided certain corporations which equal about the $1.7 billion. This is equally to the education cut being proposed for next year. failedProposition 24 – Sponsored by the League of Cities. Took away another tool making it that much harder to balance the budget. PassedProposition 25 – reduced the required per cent to pass our budget from 66 2/3 to a majority. Makes the budget a Democratic challenge. (still need a 2/3 votes for tax increases). Majority party always made concession to the other party because they needed some number of their votes to get to the 2/3. Now they won’t need to.Proposition 26 – Increased the vote from a majority to 2/3 to increase fees like taxes.
In 1922 a new school was built on Pacific Street to replace the aging buildings. When Rocklin elementary opened on Meyers street, the old school was sold and turned in to GI Joes Army Surplus store.
Granite Oaks Middle School 1999 with 1092 studentsWe housed all 7-8 grade students at Granite Oaks for the 1999-00 year while we built out Spring ViewIn 2000-01 Spring View students returned to their school leaving 581 students at Granite Oaks
Our newest school, which we opened in August of 2010, is Sunset Ranch503 students.
We study and monitor key factors and data from our communityHousing starts, pricing, income levels are all indicators of the potential for new students or a decline in current enrollment.Unemployment rates and vacancy rates are additional indicators of the economic climate in Rocklin and the potential impact on student enrollments and needs.The geographical information indicates that the area is a great place for technology companies, data storage services, warehousing, headquarter operations for large companies. (granite foundation-no earthquakes, mild climate- moderate winters- short rainy season.Next Slide
145th year10,600 kids100+ employees, down by 100 over the past 3 years$68 million dollar budget down by $7 million that past 3 yearsLargest employer - $48 million dollar payrollServe 661,000 meals last yearTransported kids 564,000 miles (half a million miles)Own $500 million worth of assetsCurrently we have 16 schoolsNext Slide
We have 1 more elementary and a possible 1 middles school left to buildWe just finished our new maintenacne/food service facility last year and we completed a renovation of our transportation department this year.We estimate 12,500 students at build out with 12 elementary, 3 middle, and 2 comprehensive high schools, and 1 Alternative education high school.We enjoy tremendous support from our community as evidenced by the passage of three separate General Obligation (G.O.) Bonds, the establishment of three Mello-Roos Districts, and over $150,000 raised by school site PTC’s annually. We are involved in a variety of business partnerships through our local Chamber of Commerce.REEF recently established – give quick overviewWe have a unique relationship where we collaborate and work in unison with our local city council and city staff (e.g., joint use agreement, pools, parks, gym, daycare, pre-school).We have an excellent Board of Trustees that is active in developing the District’s Strategic Priorities, setting policies, and ensuring accountability.
K-6 Highlights include:5-6 Music Program (strings and instrumental)VAPA (Art, music, drama, choral all combined)PE at Elementary (pull out program twice a week 1-6)NEXT SLIDE
Career Focused programs in Culinary Arts, Forensic Science, Computer Aided Drafting Television Broadcasting – Our own TV Station on Wave Broadband (channel 18)Accredited high schools18 AP courses Service LearningUnique academic support systems for kids
Smart ClassroomsParent involvementVictory High has just earned the honor of being recognized as a Model Continuation High SchoolAir Force Junior ROTC program.
The only K-12 District in Northern California to have all schools scoring above 856 on the state standards test.Out of 2453 high schools in the state, both Rocklin (65th) and Whitney (104) rank in the top 3.5% based on the state accountability and testing programDistrict API is 874 – explain a little about what this number representsTop two High Schools and top scoring middle school in the County. 90% of our Graduates go on to post secondary education44% to a 4 year colleges and universities.NEXT SLIDE
11 of 14 schools have been designated as “California Distinguished SchoolsSierra Elementary International Baccalaureate World SchoolGranite Oaks Middle School a National Blue Ribbon and top performing school in Placer County.Rocklin High recognized 2 years in a row by US News and World Report as of the top 400 high schools in the nation
Gifted and Talent students scored 988 or of 1000 possible on the State Academic Achievement test in Language Arts and MathAll students are meeting or exceeding the academic targets set by the Federal Government in special education, English Language Learners, and the economic disadvantaged97% of our 10th grade students score proficient on the California High School Exit Exam.1 of 52 districts in the state (1042) to be recognized as a Model Arts District
RUSD ranks 2nd in Northern California and 27th in the state out of 400+ Unified School Districts based on the APIComprehensive offerings in music, art, dance, theater, work force development, and a rigorous college preparatory academic program.Good citizenship (service learning, community service, extra curricular programs)The new 3 C’s - College, Career, and CitizenshipFailure is not an optionJim Collins wrote in his book “Good to Great”“The enemy of Great is Good”What do we want students to know and be able to do when they have forgotten the curriculum they learned?Our goal is for all students to be : Self Direct Learners, etc.What will the know and be able to do, after they have forgotten the curriculum we taught them?
ROCKLIN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Our Successes – History, Information, Data, and Pride
Presentation for the Chamber of Commerce Thursday, December 9, 2010
1865 K-8 School House Rocklin Elementary Serving the Children of Rocklin for 145 years in partnership with our Business Community RUSD District Office Whitney High School
Election Results Proposition 22 – Eliminated tax breaks for corporations Proposition 24 – Prohibited the state from borrowing from cities and counties Proposition 25 – Reduced the voting passage requirement from 2/3 to a simple majority Proposition 26 – Increased the voting passage requirement to 2/3 to levy a fee
Spending Outlook Teacher’s Salaries – National Average $54,319 California Average - $68,093 (2nd in nation) California has second highest student to teacher ratio in the nation California spends $14 per $1000 in personal income on schools. 45th in the nation. California is third in the nation on spending for prisons ($345), police and fire protection ($558), and 11th for health and hospitals ($772).
Rocklin has experienced rapid growth over the past ten years, almost doubling in size to approximately 54,000 (projected to reach 60,000 - 65,000 at build-out).
Named “65th Best Place to Live” due to many factors, including quality of schools. (Money Magazine, July 2010) Named “10 Best Towns for Families” especially due to quality schools. (Family Circle Magazine, August 2008) Residents place a high value on education and are family-oriented.
Homeowners expect a return on their investment (G.O. Bonds – Mello Roos).
Many families report that they chose to move to Rocklin because of our schools.
Median age is 35.2.
Median household income is $82,771.
Median home price is $268,000 (down 12% from 2008). Unemployment has hit 8.4%.
Vacancy rates: Office space 32.5%; retail space 12.5%.
19.87 square miles.
249 feet above sea level.
21 inches annual rain fall.
Average 280 days of mild climate.
Out of the seismic zone.
Out of the flood plain. Mild Climate 280 calendar days.
We transported students over 564,000 miles last year.
We own $500 million worth of assets/facilities.
Currently, we have 16 schools in the district: 11 elementary, 2 middle, and 3 high schools, in addition to one K-12 independent/home study program.
We have one additional elementary school and a third middle school to build. In addition, we opened our new Maintenance and Food Services facilities in October 2009 and completed the modernization of our Transportation Yard as of November 2010.
At build-out we will have approximately 12,500 students housed in 12 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 2 comprehensive high schools, and 1 Alternative Education Center (Victory High School and the Rocklin Independent Study Program).
We enjoy tremendous support from our community as evidenced by the passage of three separate General Obligation (G.O.) Bonds, the establishment of three Mello-Roos Districts, and over $150,000 raised by school site Parent-Teacher Clubs annually. We are involved in a variety of business partnerships through our local Chamber of Commerce.
The Rocklin Educational Excellence Foundation (REEF) has been established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to support the outstanding programs throughout the district.
We are proud of our unique relationship where we collaborate and work in unison with our local city council and city staff (e.g., joint use agreement, pools, parks, gym, daycare, pre-school).
We have a dedicated and committed Board of Trustees that is active in developing the district’s Strategic Priorities, setting policies, and ensuring accountability.
Our Programs for Students
Instrumental Music (band and orchestra) is offered in Grades 5-12.
First through sixth grade students regularly participate in our Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Program taught by credentialed teachers.
First through sixth grade students receive Physical Education instruction
from credentialed teachers.
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (Sierra Elementary).
Unique learning clusters called “Academies” in Grades 7-8 at both Spring View and Granite Oaks Middle Schools.
Our high schools offer extensive career-focused education in culinary arts, forensic science, computer aided drafting, television broadcasting (Channel 18), construction technology, digital photography, animation, web design, journalism, and theater production.
All high schools are fully accredited by the Western Association of Colleges (WASC).
Eighteen Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered for students to earn college credits prior to graduating. Of the 1,284 AP tests taken, 73% of our students earned a score of three or higher, enabling them to receive automatic college credit.
Service Learning - students in grades K-12 apply their classroom knowledge in real world applications throughout the community and district.
Both comprehensive high schools utilize a prescribed period of time (30 minutes) during the school day to provide academic support for students who are not meeting the expected learning results in the core subjects. (Rocklin High School calls it Plus Period, and MASH and Whitney High School calls it Intervention Period.) There are similar programs offered during the school day and after-school in our elementary and middle schools.
We are leading the way in technology with “Smart Classrooms” (overhead
LCD, surround sound, document camera, DVD, VHS, and a computer all connected to a receiver for multi- media instruction). Our teachers receive training to assist them with the use of technology.
Parents can remain actively involved and informed of their children’s progress
through technological access to homework, progress, and grades.
Victory High School will be nominated to be recognized as a “Model
Continuation High School” in Winter, 2011. The Whitney High School Air Force Jr. ROTC Cadet Drill Team has won --- for 2 consecutive years -- the NORCAL Overall Sweepstakes 1st Place Drill Meet.
Our Many Successes The District is the only K-12 district in the Sacramento region with all schools scoring over 856 on the Academic Performance Index (API).
Overall district API is 874. Rocklin High (65) and Whitney High (104) are ranked in the top 3.5% of all high schools in the state. (2009-10) (2,453 high schools in the state)
Rocklin and Whitney High Schools ranked in the top six high schools in the Sacramento region and were the top two high schools in Placer County. (2008-09, 2009-10)
On average, 90% of our graduates go on to post secondary education (44% to 4-year institutions). On average, 90% of our graduates go on to post secondary education (44% to 4-year institutions).
Seven Rocklin elementary schools have been recognized asCalifornia Distinguished Schools. They joined our two middle schools and both Rocklin High and Whitney High Schools, which also have received this distinction. A total of 11 schools out of 14 eligible schools have received this recognition. Sierra Elementary School was authorized in 2010 as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School; one of only three in Northern California.
Granite Oaks Middle School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2008-09. It is the top performing middle school in Placer County.
Rocklin High School has been recognized as one of the top 400 high schools in the United States (US News & World Report).
Our 1,077 students in our Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program have an average API score of 988 on a state API scale of 200-1,000. Our special needs children, English Language Learners, and social-economically disadvantaged children have all exceeded NCLB proficient targets for the past three years.
A total of 97% of our sophomores passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) on their first attempt. This was the highest pass rate in Placer County and among the highest in the state.
We are 1 of 52 districts in the state (over 1,000 districts) to be recognized as a “Model Arts District.”
Concluding Statistics and Beliefs 1.RUSD ranks 2nd in Northern California and 27th in the state based on our Academic Performance Index. (400 unified school districts) 2. We offer a wide array of learning opportunities including visual and performing arts, career technical education, and a rigorous college preparatory academic program. 3. Through community service, service learning, and responding to crisis around the globe, our students demonstrate patriotism, citizenship, concern for their fellow man, and responsibility. 4. We believe all children can achieve and that “Failure is Not an Option.” 5. We are a very good district that wants to be better. 6. Our goal is to have all students become: self-directed learners constructive thinkers effective communicators collaborative workers quality producers/performers responsible citizens