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.
Oct 14 2014 | Posted in News
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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.
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
Oct 7 2014 | Posted in News
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
Rancho Santa Fe School District officials have expressed an interest in purchasing the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, now up for sale.
Horizon Prep dedicated five new grammar school classrooms on Monday, Aug. 25. Donor contributions have allowed the Rancho Santa Fe school to grow from 14 little green cottages to a school with 29 state-of-the-art classrooms and more to come.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the opening of this school year,” said Dr. Bob Botsford, Horizon Prep president and CEO, who snipped the ribbon with Tom Morissey of Morissey Construction in front of a crowd of school families.
The Rancho Santa Fe School District is making its school’s robotics program more robust this year, allocating $42,500 in stipends to staff coaches just like the district does for its athletics program.
“I think the program has taken a big step,” said Superintendent Lindy Delaney. “I think we’re on our way toward developing a great program there.”
John Galipault will be coordinating the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics program for first through sixth grades and Dave Warner will be heading up the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics program for seventh and eighth graders.
Coaches will be paid $4,000 to $5,000 a year for after-school and weekend practices.
Robotics parent informational meetings will be held the first few weeks of school:
• Aug. 28 at 3:15 p.m. for grades 5-7, 5 p.m. for grades 7-8
• Sept. 3 at 3:15 p.m. for grade 4
• Sept. 4 at 3:15 p.m. for grades 1-3