We’re growing, expanding and using new methods! Find out more about what is coming for the 2021-22 school year.
Find out more about the District’s ongoing efforts to provide safe learning environments during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Summer is a chance for kids to continue to develop! Learn more about the exciting summer learning opportunities provided for learners.
Faculty & Staff
Indoor Teaching Spaces
Acres of Outdoor Spaces
S.T.E.A.M. learning focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. The Rio School District has been engaged in S.T.E.A.M. learning for the last 10 years, including building a new school specifically focused on STEAM learning models and implementation.
Science learning in the past has often been de-contextualized and relegated to text book work. We think Science learning needs to include doing science, learning the history of science, developing an Inquiry Lens for life, and learning to use scientific perspectives for life-long problem solving.
Technology attracts and engages learners. It can provide rich and speedy feedback. It too needs to be contextualized and “historicalized.” It needs to be put into the service of problem solving at local and global levels. It needs to break down institutional barriers to learning. It needs to empower learners. It needs to take into consideration the story of the Luddites.
Engineering is a great and under-exposed field for young learners. It helps solve problems. It’s all about design, form, and function. Its about the applied use of math/science, design, and technology which addresses the relevance of learning.
Arts are about being human. We need to allow and teach learners to create art. Art leads to other things. Art separates man from beast. Art is often under-taught and usually includes the misconception that to be good at the arts it is all about what talent you are born with rather than what you learn and how hard you work. The same is true for mathematics.
Mathematics is rarely taught in context. Learners need to see math in action, to see the beauty and creativity in math work and to develop the right balance of procedural and conceptual understanding. STEAM learning engages the math learner in their development as speakers of the universal language of math which is perhaps, the universal language of the universe or at least, the human mind.
Greetings Parents, Students and Community Members,
As was the case during the 2020/21 school year pandemic school campus closures, we will focus our efforts on the following key goals;
• Connect with children through online, phone, paper documents and supplies, meals, and other means to let them know they are part of our school community that cares about them and their family.
• Engage children in learning through online, phone, paper documents and supplies by connecting them with their teachers and classroom.
• Improve the quality of learning over time.
We look forward to the 2021-22 school year and to engaging with children and families to the best of our ability. We miss working directly with all our children and families and look forward to the times when we all can return to our regular classrooms and offices and face-to-face ways of learning. – Superintendent John Puglisi, Ph.D.
The ParentSquare app and website offers a streamlined way for you to; get alerts, contact teachers and principals,sign up for opportunities, complete forms, RSVP for events, make payments, and more.
ParentConnect is the district’s web-based access to our student information system. With this web-based portal, parents can check their students’ attendance, health and discipline records, standardized testing results, classroom assignments, cafeteria information, and more.
Special Projects & Events
Rio School District provides several special projects and events that help mold the young minds. These projects cover a variety of subjects and usually include hands-on real life learning opportunities.
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
Each district’s LCAP must be built around eight priority areas identified by the California Department of Education:
• Access to core services
• Implementation of Common Core State Standards
• Access to a broad course of study
• Student achievement
• Other student outcomes
• Student engagement
• Parent involvement
• School climate
Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO)
Expanded Learning Opportunities allow for the primary acquisition of knowledge and skills through instruction or study outside of the traditional classroom including, but not limited to: Independent study, Private instruction, Performing groups, Internships, Community service, Apprenticeships, and Online courses.
ELOs are an integral part of young people’s education, engaging them in year-round learning opportunities that prepare them for college, career, and life.
English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
The ELAC is responsible for the following tasks:
• Advising the principal and staff in the development of a site plan for English learners and assisting in the development of the school-wide needs assessment.
• Each ELAC shall have the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).
• The parents or guardians of English learners elect the parent members of ELAC and receive the opportunity to vote in the election.