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School district issues statement on TPHS and CCA school lockdowns

“On the morning of Thursday, Nov. 20, Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) administrators were made aware of a threat toward the school posted on a social media site. The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) was notified and the school was placed in lockdown status. The police began an investigation to determine the source and credibility of the threat. By the afternoon, both law enforcement and school officials felt that it was safe to release students and did so in stages under police supervision.

Rancho Santa Fe fifth grade robotics team headed to FLL Southern California Championship

The RSF Maze Runners won first place at the First League League qualifying tournament in Escondido. Back row: JT Young, Nora Gauvreau, Dylan Powell and Logan Johnson. Front row: Tom Powell, Brandon Powell, Jake Malter, David Scuba, Malcolm McDonough and John Galipault.

The Rancho Santa Fe Maze Runners, a fifth grade RSF Eagles Robotics Team from R. Roger Rowe School, won first place at the Escondido Robotics Qualifier on Nov. 8, advancing to the First Lego League Southern California Championship.

The Maze Runners beat out 23 other fifth-grade teams for the chance to compete in the championship Dec. 6 at Legoland.

The RSF Maze Runners team is composed of Nora Gauvreau, Logan Johnson, Jake Malter, Malcolm McDonough, Dylan Powell, Brandon Powell, David Scuba and JT Young.

Rancho Santa Fe middle schoolers overcome fears, learn about leadership at camp

R. Roger Rowe students enjoying the camp at the Pali Institute. Courtesy photos

For the first time, Rancho Santa Fe School’s middle schoolers attended a weeklong camp at the Pali Institute, a new camp experience for the school. Over 200 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students opted to go to camp on the last week of October at Pali in Running Springs, about 2 1/2 hours north in the San Bernardino Mountains.

“It really united us as a middle school,” said eighth-grader Noah Alewal of the opportunity for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to go on one trip. “It brought us all together.”

Meet the Rancho Santa Fe School District board candidates

Four candidates — Christopher Blatt, Todd Frank, Marti Ritto and Violetta Sansone — are vying for two seats on the RSF School District board in the Nov. 4 election. On pages 4 and 5 are answers to questions submitted by the RSF Review to the candidates, as well as biographical information on each candidate. The candidates are listed in aplhabetical order.

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.

Some Rancho Santa Fe parents looking for Spanish to return to elementary school

Roger Rowe parent Linda Leong came before the Rancho Santa Fe School Board on Oct. 2 to request that the school bring back foreign language for kindergarten through fifth grades

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.

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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