Superintendent

Roseville City School District
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Superintendent’s Message
January 2021

Just when I was getting the hang of dating things “2020,” it’s 2021. As time marches on, and while we still have our feet firmly planted in the current school year, we’ve begun to focus on planning for 2021-2022. 

In talking with district leadership and families about what gets us excited about RCSD, we’ve discovered something special — great things happen here. The quality of our education and variety of programs, the commitment of our educators, and the enthusiasm of our students. These elements have built this district, and we invite more families to be part of something great. Join us! New student and returning student registration opens January 5, 2021, here https://www.rcsdk8.org/student-registration, while the inter/intra-district transfer window opens January 4-29, 2021, here https://www.rcsdk8.org/interintra-district-transfers.

One of the greatest things that happens here? Kindness. You may have noticed the Kindness Challenge making its way through RCSD’s social media. Through the fog of the challenges presented to us in 2020, kindness shone brightly in our community. This has inspired us to encourage more good deeds and human connection — challenging our community members and families to lend a helping hand, write a thank you note or reach out to a new friend. How have you challenged your student to spread a little kindness lately?

The Tommy Apostolos Fund is living proof of how important it is to show kindness. Its annual holiday shopping for RCSD students in need demonstrates how our community stands together year after year, despite the challenges we face. In December, volunteers took to the aisles of Kohl’s in Roseville to select items for children in need. For the very first time since 1988, our students were unable to shop alongside these volunteers, but received their items at school to adhere to health and safety guidelines. Thank you to the Tommy Apostolos Fund and all the volunteers for supporting students when they need it most.

We have much to be grateful for, and I look forward to seeing our community continue to come together and rise to the occasion in 2021. 

Respectfully,

Derk Garcia

Superintendent

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Superintendent’s Message
December 2020

I’ve got to admit, the holiday season inevitably makes me nostalgic and this year is no different. Rereading my superintendent’s article from December 2019, I came across this statement: “The future looks so bright that I can’t help but keep looking forward to the goals, milestones, and growth at our fingertips.” It’s clear that at this time last year, we had no idea what was looming around the corner. 

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Superintendent’s Message
November 2020

We may not all agree all the time, but here’s where we can agree: The first trimester of the 2020-2021 school year was a learning experience. While distance learning isn’t optimal, I believe #RCSDChampions never shy away from a challenge. With varying degrees of obstacles, life situations, family-work-life imbalances, at the end of the day, we got through it all. 

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Superintendent’s Message
October 2020

Fall is upon us and I can’t help but wonder what 2020 has yet to unleash. So many of our experiences have been unpredictable, out of our control, and challenging. While we are working on plans to reopen, we’ve learned that flexibility and adaptability are the names of the game. And the biggest tool in the Roseville City School District toolbox? The input and support from our families, staff, and community. This has helped us ensure we have a forum so all voices can be heard. 

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Superintendent’s Message
September 2020

Remembering the Golden Rule in 2020

The Golden Rule is big in my house – treat others the way you would like to be treated. We do our best to be friendly, caring, and to offer a kind word of support to our friends and each other. That is the kind of spirit I am seeing more often amid our current challenges. Human kindness will always prevail, and it gives me hope for the future. In this spirit, RCSD is committed to supporting our students, families, staff, and community as we continue maneuvering through the new frontier of distance learning and physical distancing.

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Superintendent’s Message
August 2020

The beginning of each school year is typically filled with excitement and butterflies, maybe even a little bit of nerves, but I acknowledge that this school year will come with more mixed emotions than ever before. Families have had to make tough choices in deciding how their child will return to learning along with balancing work schedules, health and safety guidelines, and much uncertainty. While there are still so many questions and unknowns, the one thing we do know is that we are in this together. 

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Superintendent’s Message
July 2020

A few months back, we had no idea the impact COVID-19 would have on our day-to-day lives.  We didn’t know the extent of the burdens that our families would face, and we could not have predicted the toll it would take on our staff, as they transitioned their classrooms and workspaces in a matter of days. Our entire school community of teachers, parents, staff, and of course, students, should be commended for their flexibility and understanding that much of what is happening is out of our immediate control.

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Superintendent’s Message
June 2020

As I write this article with two weeks left in the school year, we are living in a time that will look much different from when you’re reading it. What will school look like next year, based on future guidelines from the State of California? Are we moving closer to transitioning into Phase 3? What does our District budget look like in the year ahead? Have our children gone stir crazy-(er)? Our District doesn’t pretend to have all the answers, but here’s what we do know:

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Superintendent’s Message
May, 2020

May 2020 Teacher Appreciation Month

One of the more uplifting messages I’ve been hearing lately is about silver linings. For many, if not most of us, the past couple of months have been the strangest experiences of our lives. At the District, we’re implementing systems and routines, and one thing is for certain – our staff has the mindset that shows we are ready to meet this “new abnormal” straight on!

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Superintendent’s Message
April, 2020

To our community, families, students, and staff, as I write this article in the middle of March, our schools are closed through April 13, 2020, in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. We are all living with uncertainty, and because of that, I want to thank you for your patience, understanding, and support. We will continue to convey important information on our website, so make sure to bookmark rcsdk8.org for the most up-to-date information. 

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Superintendent’s Message
March, 2020

Like a well-oiled machine, it takes many moving parts to make a school district effective and successful. A vital component of the Roseville City School District machine are our programs and distinctions. These factors elevate the education and curriculum we offer at our 19 RCSD schools by providing the tools that serve the whole child.

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Superintendent’s Message
February, 2020

It’s no secret that the month of February is associated with L-O-V-E.  Below are five things I love about our community of schools:

Our education foundation – I might not love running, but I do love the Roseville City School District Foundation’s annual Run4Roseville Schools fundraiser. Lace up your tennies Sunday, April 26, 2020, and meet at Cooley Middle School to help raise funds to support our districtwide music program. Register now at rcsdfoundation.org/run4roseville!

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Superintendent’s Message
December, 2019

A New Year and a New Decade is on the Way!

And just like that, we find ourselves at the close of the decade. With 2020 on the horizon, you’d think I’d become nostalgic over the last ten years. You’re not wrong – in fact, I’ve become nostalgic over the last 150 years as we celebrate the District’s sesquicentennial all year long. However, the future looks so bright that I can’t help but keep looking forward to the goals, milestones, and growth at our fingertips.

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Superintendent’s Message
December, 2019

A New Year and a New Decade is on the Way!

And just like that, we find ourselves at the close of the decade. With 2020 on the horizon, you’d think I’d become nostalgic over the last ten years. You’re not wrong – in fact, I’ve become nostalgic over the last 150 years as we celebrate the District’s sesquicentennial all year long. However, the future looks so bright that I can’t help but keep looking forward to the goals, milestones, and growth at our fingertips.

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Superintendent’s Message
November, 2019

As superintendent of the Roseville City School District, I am thankful for many things. I could give you a whole list of items I’m thankful for and you know what? I plan on doing just that.

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Superintendent’s Message
October, 2019

Growing our Minds…But How?

Education is what I am immersed in every day. Each day, I work with educators who are determined to help students reach their potential. We read the data, analyze results and grow from what we learn. What if I told you there is a mindset we can each adopt that helps every single one of us, as parents, community members, and #RCSDChampions?

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Superintendent’s Message
August, 2019

Back to School!

August is when we all head back to school and begin reminiscing about what did over the several weeks of summer break. I’d like to share what our District did over the summer!

Perhaps most noteworthy, we began summer by breaking ground on our 20th school, Riego Creek, located near Crawford Parkway and Fiddyment Road. We were joined by our board of education trustees, District staff, city council members and our construction team, all of whom took part in shoveling the first mounds of dirt!

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Superintendent’s Message
July, 2019

Summer fever has hit our house and between movie nights, blasting music and video game tournaments, it can be challenging to really connect (and disconnect!) with my boys. I hear parents lament about this frequently: How do you get your kids to unplug from their devices and focus on the human interaction that helps develop their social skills, emotional intelligence, and kindness? Well, I have a few tricks my up sleeve!

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Superintendent’s Message
June, 2019

Ah, summer’s in the air and our students are enjoying time off from school with their families. While our #RCSDChampions are spending the summer recuperating from another school year on their educational journey, the Roseville City School District keeps hustlin’ and bustlin’!