Entries by jpuglisi

What does it take to be great?

The leadership of the Rio School District is aiming at greatness. We are rallying our resources and energies to achieve great things. Our main function as a school District is teaching and learning. Along these lines we have established goals and narratives that aim to help every child develop their 21st century practices; collaboration, communication, […]

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American man that left teachers and students an endless legacy of learning for as long as there are schools , lessons, and the country we call the United States of America. In memory of his legacy, I often sing a song I wrote with classes as a way […]

Rio’s Teachers are Diverse Learners

Rio’s Teachers are Diverse Learners. Our more than 200 teachers are a diverse set of people. Almost a third are new to teaching and new to Rio. Many more have long experience in teaching and here working for the Rio School District. Our teaching staff are engaged as learners and this is a great model […]

Leadership

The Rio School District actively engages its employees to develop themselves as staff members and people. We look to develop leadership in every employee as well as every student. Our school site leaders, our principals, are key players in the quality of our schools and the resulting student educational outcomes. Our principals include; Rio Del […]

Test Results, Learning, and Improvement

Last year was the first year California’s students took the new computer based SBAC test. Late this summer we received the results from the California Department of Education (CDE) and have been analyzing the data ever since. We look at various levels of the results and have been working to understand this baseline year information. […]

21st Century Learning! What’s it All About?

Rio School District students and staff are working towards new learning goals. Like many Districts across the country we call them 21st century skills or practices. This acknowledges that we live in times that are rapidly changing and in many ways very different than just a few decades ago. Success and thriving in this century […]

The Centrality of Reading

In the last three year at Rio, we have gone all in for reading. We have added many high interest books to our libraries and made sure our libraries are full time places to learn and explore books. We have encouraged students and teachers to engage in our Accelerated Reader program which asks students to […]

One to One to the World

This month, October 2015, the Rio School District will achieve its goal of having one connected computer device for each child enrolled. This is sometimes called one to one computing or even one to the world which is, perhaps, a better term. We’re calling it One to One to the World.  This investment in technology […]

Rio’s “Forward Momentum”

More than one half of the 2014-15 school year is complete marking the half way point of my third year serving the Rio School District. Staff, students  and community have accomplished much in the last two plus orbits of the earth around the sun. Among the major elements of forward momentum our school District has […]