The use of iPads and other technology uses at R. Roger Rowe School are causing a spike in student engagement, according to a technology survey given to Rancho Santa Fe School District teachers. Seventy-nine percent of teachers reported they feel technology has had a high impact on student engagement and 21 percent feel it has had some impact. No teachers voted that the impact was minimal or none.
Cindy Schaub, RSF School District assistant superintendent, presented the results of the survey to the school board on March 6.
The Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association made its initial presentation to the Rancho Santa Fe School District Board of Trustees on March 6, requesting a bump in salary as sunshine negotiations begin for 2014.
The teachers have not had a salary increase since 2009.
Rancho Santa Fe School District continues to prepare a survey that will ask district members how they would feel about expanding the school gym and a possible general obligation bond to cover the cost. The survey is not yet complete but district superintendent Lindy Delaney hopes that once the survey is finished and mailed out, the district could get results by mid-March.
After some parents complained last year about the RSF School District’s dress code treatment of skinny jeans and yoga pants, the Rancho Santa Fe School board set out to review and clarify its policy. The board approved the updated policy at its Feb. 5 meeting.
Rancho Santa Fe School District and R. Roger Rowe School will begin enrolling kindergarten and new students K-8 for the 2014-2015 school year starting Monday, March 3, 2014.
K-5 Principal Kim Pinkerton will be hosting “Kindergarten Orientation” on Feb. 26 and April 23 at 9 a.m. at R. Roger Rowe School. Please plan to attend one of these orientations to find out what a kindergarten day is like at R. Roger Rowe School. If you are enrolling a new student in grades 1-8, please call Marsha Portugal at 858-756-1141, extension 102, to set up an appointment for a prospective “Parent Meet and Greet” with one of the school’s principals.
Solana Santa Fe School is starting 2014 with a different principal than the one that started the school year in fall 2013. The new principal, however, is actually a very familiar face in the local community: Becky Gauthier, who has been a teacher at the school since it opened 21 years ago.
The outlines of a potential new gym at R. Roger Rowe School will be staked out in advance of the Rancho Santa Fe School District board’s Feb. 5 meeting so trustees can see how much room a new facility would take up.
With building a new gym, the district is looking for high school-size courts, space for dance and wrestling programs, space for concessions and ticketing, changing rooms, coaches offices, student and public restrooms and storage.
The Rancho Santa Fe School District is working on clarifying some issues regarding its dress code, or as it’s known in the district board policy document: “limitations on pupil appearance.”
The dress code changes will be on the board’s March agenda for approval.
In November last year, a group of parents came to the board to complain about the dress code, specifically on the issue of skinny jeans and yoga pants. Per the family guide, those clothing items weren’t allowed unless worn under a long top, but parents said it is hard to find looser-fitting pants that their children could (or would) wear.
R. Roger Rowe sixth grade student Kate Bennett recently won second place in the grades 5-6 category of the 2013-2014 CATE Student Creative Writing Contest for San Diego County. (CATE stands for California Association of Teachers of English.)
The Rancho Santa Fe School District Board elected new officers Dec. 12, once again voting Richard Burdge the board president. The board elected Todd Frank as vice president and Tyler Seltzer as clerk.