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Rancho Santa Fe School District adopts advanced math track

The Rancho Santa Fe School District adopted an advanced math pathway Oct. 2 for grades 4-8.

In meeting with the district’s team of teachers, math specialists and principals, Superintendent Lindy Delaney recommended they offer advanced math at every level, because they have students who are ready to accelerate.

Ballots to be mailed Oct. 20 on planning phase for Rancho Santa Fe pool and health club facility

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The Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved the language for the pool and health club vote, which will ask residents whether they would approve a $350,000 due diligence and planning effort for the proposed new facility. Ballots will be mailed on Oct. 20 and will be due back on Nov. 19.

Prior to the ballots being mailed there will be a community-wide meeting on the topic on Friday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.

Rancho Santa Fe Fire District and Rancho Santa Fe Association work together to remove diseased eucalyptus trees

A property that has had diseased trees removed and remaining trees appropriately trimmed. Courtesy photo

In an effort to protect lives and property, the RSFFPD is working with the Rancho Santa Fe Association and local homeowners to eliminate hazardous trees within the district and bring properties within compliance of existing fire codes.

“We are absolutely not looking to remove all of the trees in the area,” explained Conor Lenehan, Urban Forester for RSFFPD. “Rather, we are targeting only those trees that are clearly diseased. We are also encouraging homeowners to clean up and maintain any undergrowth and ladder fuels. This will help minimize the fire hazard in the community and beautify the landscape. “

Couple plead guilty in fraud case involving Rancho Santa Fe broker

A real estate investor and his wife pleaded guilty Sept. 30 to conspiring with a Rancho Santa Fe broker and others to defraud mortgage lenders and impede the Internal Revenue Service.

Grant McCollough, 38, and his 36-year-old wife, Marisa, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and defrauding the United States. Both face up to five years in prison when they are sentenced Jan. 6 by U.S. District Judge Michael Anello.

Rancho Santa Fe School reassures parents: Common Core math concepts do add up

Parents toured classrooms at R. Roger Rowe during a Common Core math information session. Photo by Karen Billing.

A small cluster of kids around a tabletop with their teacher, discussing their math journals, where they solve a problem and explain how they came up with the answer.

Next step in Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club sale likely to be mid-October

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club board won’t likely make a decision on the sale of its clubhouse until mid-October, according to co-president Fred Wasserman. The 1.04-acre property, home to the 7,974-square-foot clubhouse, has been listed with Colliers International and the realtors are handling all offers submitted. Nobody on the board is discussing the offers, Wasserman said — it is all going through Colliers.
“In mid-October the board will meet and review all the offers submitted and select the best offer or maybe a couple and we will ask for a re-offer from the finalists,” Wasserman said.
Wasserman said the RSF Garden Club board will then make the final selection and negotiate a purchase price and sale agreement. The sale will then go before the Garden Club membership for a vote.
“We’re hopeful that we’ll find someone that wants to keep the facility available to the community,” Wasserman said.

Rancho Santa Fe water district director resigns after qualifying for ballot

An announcement by John Ingalls, a 12-year veteran of the Santa Fe Irrigation District board, that he would immediately step down from his seat and not seek a fourth term, means that none of the three open seats on the panel will be contested at the voting booth this November.

Ingalls, a Rancho Santa Fe resident who had filed his papers to run for a fourth term on Aug. 8, the filing deadline, notified the district of his intention to resign in a letter submitted to the district on Sept. 11. Ingalls’ name will remain on the ballot, because the deadline for officially dropping out of the race has passed, said County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu.

Robotics booming at Rancho Santa Fe School

At R. Roger Rowe School, 44 percent of first graders are participating in the robotics program this year.
The school is fielding 44 robotics teams, including 31 percent of second grade, 23 percent of third grade, 35 percent of fourth grade and 39 percent of fifth grade.
In the middle school, there are two FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams and five FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams.
“Where the program has gone is really remarkable,” said RSF School District Board Trustee Todd Buchner, noting it is a tribute to Superintendent Lindy Delaney’s leadership.
At the August meeting, the board approved the district’s offering for robotics, allocating $42,500 to staff coaches just like the board allocates to the district’s athletics program.
Trustee Todd Frank said that he would be interested in polling parents to find out what their expectations are for the program, as well as what sparked their child’s interest to participate and make note of any attrition and the causes.
“There’s lots of excitement now, which is great,” Frank said. “I hope everybody stays and really enjoys it.”

Rancho Santa Fe School to host several Common Core parent information sessions

The Rancho Santa Fe School District is offering several upcoming information sessions for parents about the Common Core State Standards, which went into effect this fall. All of the information sessions will be held in the Performing Arts Center and will be followed by classroom tours. The dates include:
• Sept. 23 at 8:05 a.m. K-5 mathematics curriculum overview, led by Principal Kim Pinkerton and mathematics specialist Phyllis Slotnick.
• Sept. 30 at 8:05 a.m. 6-8 mathematics curriculum overview, led by Principal Garrett Corduan and mathematics specialist Lori Edwards.
• Oct. 14 at 8:05 a.m. K-5 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum overview, led by Principal Pinkerton and ELA specialist Lindsey Conley.
• Oct. 21 at 8:05 a.m. 6-8 ELA curriculum overview, led by Principal Garrett Corduan and ELA specialist Darcy Gleisberg.

Rancho Santa Fe School’s Prop 39 projects moving forward

The Rancho Santa Fe School District will take advantage of funding from Prop 39, the Clean Energy Jobs Act to help make its school more energy-efficient.

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