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Roseville City School District
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Superintendent’s Message
July 2021

Aside from the kind of heat that makes me retreat to the air-conditioned indoors, I love July. We are solidly in the middle of summer break, and this midway point of the season usually finds me relaxed and ready to tackle large projects, but I miss our bustling school communities. One program that does keep several of our sites busy throughout the summer is our free summer meals program. With no questions asked and no registration needed, this program feeds anyone 18 years and under with free breakfasts and lunches at select campuses in the area. This year’s program will run through July 30, 2021, and I encourage you to spread the news – our goal is to leave no Roseville child hungry.

Like me, I sometimes find students and families who start to miss the hustle and bustle of education during the summer months. For the families that would like to continue with a learning plan for students this summer, RCSD offers a sample schedule with learning resources and enrichment ideas that can be done online or without a computer. Take a peek here tinyurl.com/2buaksn4 and here tinyurl.com/5bhyjupp to keep those summer brains growing and going strong before August! 

A common question I’ve been getting from families throughout the summer has been, “What does school look like next year?” I’m thrilled to report that the 2021-22 school year will begin with a full reopening Thursday, August 5, 2021. While new changes to the current CDPH guidance are expected to be released during the summer, we will communicate pertinent updates to our families as soon as we get them. 

The upcoming school year will also utilize one-time state and federal funding to improve services for our students in the areas of academic support, behavioral support, and social-emotional support. We know that things don’t just go “back to normal” overnight, so RCSD is committed to providing additional support for families and students as we all transition back to a traditional schedule.

The countdown to returning our students is on and I look forward to catching up with our students, staff, and families in August. Until then, I hope you continue to find opportunities to unplug, recharge, make memories, and stay cool out there!

Respectfully,

Derk Garcia, Superintendent

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Superintendent’s Message
June 2021

As we approach the Summer of 2021, we are all entering the season with a much brighter outlook. For my family, our priority over the next two months will be focusing on the things that truly matter in life–the “things” that give us gratitude, peace, and occasion to make memories. 

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Superintendent’s Message
May 2021

When I was a young student (once upon a time), I was impacted by positive experiences and mentors who inspired me to become an educator. Public education is meaningful to our students and our community, and it’s because of the special folks who make up a school district such as our own.

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Superintendent’s Message
April 2021

The Year We’ll Always Remember

As I write this article, it is one year to the day that the world as we once knew it changed. What was originally meant to be a two-week break to “flatten the curve” changed our reality in ways we never expected. One year later, the clouds are starting to part and the future is looking brighter each day.

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Superintendent’s Message
February 2021

While planning for the 2021-2022 school year is still underway, I believe we have a better sense of what the future may bring compared to the beginning of this school year. Seeing the enrollment and registration forms rolling in from families across the district is a crystal clear reminder of our place in the community: We are here to educate, prepare, protect, guide, and develop the minds of young members of our community: our children.

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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. 

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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.