Superintendent

Roseville City School District
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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. 

During the September 10 virtual RCSD Board meeting, we heard more than 100 public comments from the community. RCSD has always benefitted from actively engaged and involved families, and their passion to have their voices heard is stronger than ever. This input helps us to put children at the center of every decision we make. It’s clear that families, RCSD staff, and board members, and the community at large, want the best for our children as they strive to make sense of the wild world around them. I am thoroughly grateful for each public comment, positive or negative, because the District can’t do it alone – we rely on hearing the concerns, priorities, and input from the community to help us craft plans and make choices that affect us all. Thank you for standing beside us as our partner in education.

Throughout the reopening planning stages, I have learned from the families of our 11,000+ students that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. While some families are eager to step foot back into the classroom, others have found a consistent groove at home. While some families have health and safety concerns, others feel confident in the protocols we’ve put in place with direction from State and Local health officials. 

All this is to say that none of us have the perfect solution. What we do have is each other and the desire to do our very best for our children with what we have, when we have it.

Respectfully,

Derk Garcia

Superintendent

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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’!

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Superintendent’s Message
May, 2019

Time to Wrap it Up!

The end of each school year traditionally is a time to reflect over the many goals and milestones we accomplished this year. We usually scratch our heads and think—”Where did the year go!?” While we take a look back, we are also looking forward to new opportunities and ways to grow that will allow us to prepare our students to succeed. I’d like to share with you why I believe why this school year shaped up to be one of the most productive and memorable for me as your superintendent. 

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Superintendent’s Message
March, 2019

It’s one thing to talk the talk, but it’s a whole ‘nother ball game to walk the walk. So, when Roseville City School District says that we pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence in education, we work to put those words into action. Our ultimate goal is to maximize learning for each and every one of our students.  Additionally, we strive for all of our children to be proficient in Common Core State Standards and to progress towards college and career readiness.