Education

  • R. Roger Rowe students fundraise to send WWII veteran on Honor Flight

    R. Roger Rowe students fundraise to send WWII veteran on Honor Flight

    Patriotic R. Roger Rowe School third graders Madison Stine and Grace Miller raised $2,100 to send a World War II veteran from San Diego to Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight. Honor Flight San Diego, a nonprofit branch of a nationwide network, transports America’s veterans free of charge to Washington...

  • Petition calls for special election for RSF School board

    Petition calls for special election for RSF School board

    A group of Rancho Santa Fe residents has submitted a petition to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters to recall recently appointed board member Jon Yonemitsu and force a special election for the board vacancy on the Rancho Santa Fe School District board. In order to petition against the board’s...

  • RSF School continues information gathering on possible 2018 bond

    RSF School continues information gathering on possible 2018 bond

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board continues to look toward addressing future needs, as it works on updating the facilities master plan and explores the possibility of a general obligation bond in 2018. In a 4-1 vote on Nov. 2, the board approved forming a non-standing advisory committee...

  • RSF School District shares state testing scores

    RSF School District shares state testing scores

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District outperformed the county and state in the 2016-17 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP) Smarter Balanced tests. The Smarter Balanced tests are given to students third through eighth grade and eleven. Each test, English language arts...

  • 'Dream come true': Torrey Pines breaks ground on performing arts center

    'Dream come true': Torrey Pines breaks ground on performing arts center

    For the last 27 years, theater teacher Marinee Payne has been visualizing the day when Torrey Pines High School would finally get its performing arts center, as it was the only high school campus in the district without one. Payne said she shed tears all summer after the old campus buildings came...

  • RSF School board selects Jon Yonemitsu as new trustee

    RSF School board selects Jon Yonemitsu as new trustee

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District Board appointed Jon Yonemitsu as the new trustee at a special meeting on Oct. 23. Yonemitsu, a litigation attorney and partner at Gordon & Rees, is a parent of three children at R. Roger Rowe School. He was sworn in by Superintendent David Jaffe and got to work...

  • SDUHSD gathering input for new trustee district maps

    SDUHSD gathering input for new trustee district maps

    On Oct. 12, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) held the first of a series of public hearings as it begins the process of transitioning from an “at large” election system to a “by-trustee area” election system. The city of Encinitas is undergoing a similar effort as the school...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School board interviews five candidates for vacancy

    Rancho Santa Fe School board interviews five candidates for vacancy

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board interviewed five candidates for its board vacancy in an open session on Oct. 16. Candidates Elise Dufresne, Kali Kim, Jee Manghani, Richard Shen and Jon Yonemitsu were each asked the same eight questions about issues such as their priorities, their decision-making...

  • RSF School considers 2018 bond effort, facilities plan update

    RSF School considers 2018 bond effort, facilities plan update

    The Rancho Santa Fe School board has given direction for the district to explore the feasibility of pursuing a potential general obligation bond in 2018. Additionally, the board approved issuing a request for qualifications and proposals for an architectural firm to review and update the district’s...

  • RSF School District 'committed to reaching agreement' with teachers

    RSF School District 'committed to reaching agreement' with teachers

    R. Roger Rowe teachers again spoke out about their continuing contract negotiations at the Rancho Santa Fe School board meeting on Oct. 12. Many teachers in attendance wore black buttons that read “Respect.” Teachers spoke about the importance of feeling valued, respected and competitively compensated...

  • SDUHSD to split into trustee areas for elections

    SDUHSD to split into trustee areas for elections

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) has begun the process of changing the method in which its trustees are elected. At a Sept. 27 special meeting, the board passed a resolution to transition from an “at large” election system to a “by-trustee area” election system — meaning the...

  • Rancho Santa Fe teachers march to shed light on contract talks

    Rancho Santa Fe teachers march to shed light on contract talks

    Rancho Santa Fe School District teachers wore red and marched into school together in solidarity on Wednesday, Sept. 20 as contract negotiations continue between the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association and the district. A negotiating session was held later in the day. The meeting marked the fourth...

  • Torrey Pines batting cages donations receive delayed approval

    Torrey Pines batting cages donations receive delayed approval

    On Sept. 14, the San Dieguito Union High School District board approved a donation for the Torrey Pines High School batting cages, correcting an error brought to light by a parent complaint. The cages have been in use since they were installed back in 2013, thanks to a $400,000 donation by an anonymous...

  • High school foundation members defend themselves against accusations

    High school foundation members defend themselves against accusations

    San Dieguito Union High School District foundations united against recent accusations The San Dieguito Union High School District board heard from a room full of passionate boosters of its four high school foundations at its Sept. 14 meeting, speaking out after months filled with accusations about...

  • RSF School to appoint new board member Oct. 23

    RSF School to appoint new board member Oct. 23

    At a special meeting on Sept. 15, the Rancho Santa Fe School District board agreed to a five-week process to appoint a new member to fill a board vacancy. After Marti Ritto resigned, the board had the option to appoint a new member or call for a special election, estimated to cost $50,000 to $100,000....

  • RSF School survey results point to potential areas of improvement

    RSF School survey results point to potential areas of improvement

    At the Sept. 7 Rancho Santa Fe School District board meeting, Superintendent David Jaffe shared the results of a parent survey given at the end of the school year. Of the 259 respondents, Jaffe said the results showed “people are pretty darn happy” but there are areas they can look to improve. ...

  • Contract negotiations continue in RSF School District

    Contract negotiations continue in RSF School District

    Contract negotiations continue between the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association and the Rancho Santa Fe School District, with another negotiating session set for Sept. 20. “I am, as always, hopeful that the faculty association and the district can come to a compromise,” said Mandy Valentine, fourth...

  • Marti Ritto resigns from RSF School board

    Marti Ritto resigns from RSF School board

    There is a vacancy on the Rancho Santa Fe School District Board of Trustees as Marti Ritto has resigned, effective Sept. 13. At the Sept. 7 meeting, RSF School Board President Todd Frank read Ritto’s letter of resignation to the board. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve the community...

  • San Dieguito Union High School District and Canyon Crest Academy rank #1 in Niche School Rating

    San Dieguito Union High School District and Canyon Crest Academy rank #1 in Niche School Rating

    San Dieguito Union High School District and Canyon Crest Academy continue to climb in the school ratings, recently being named the number one district and high school in San Diego County, according to a news release. Niche’s 2018 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of...

  • ATP students move into new La Costa Canyon home

    ATP students move into new La Costa Canyon home

    On Friday, Aug. 25 parents and students toured the new Adult Transition Program classrooms at La Costa Canyon High School. The Adult Transition Program (ATP) supports special needs students ages 18 to 22 and helps prepare them for adult life — the meet and greet was a way for students to explore...

  • Back to school: Your donation is voluntary

    Back to school: Your donation is voluntary

    One of the most important lessons in public school education is that in California, all students have a “free school guarantee” – meaning no students can be charged a fee to participate in educational activities. The San Dieguito Union School District is hoping to hammer that fact home, holding...

  • California Department of Ed: No pay for play at Torrey Pines

    California Department of Ed: No pay for play at Torrey Pines

    The California Department of Education has found no evidence that Torrey Pines High School’s baseball program violated the law and required students to pay to play on the team. The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) received the California Department of Education’s (CDE) decision...

  • New Earl Warren Middle School ready for students

    New Earl Warren Middle School ready for students

    The San Dieguito Union School District (SDUHSD) celebrated the ribbon cutting for the new Earl Warren Middle School on Aug. 25. In two years, the 61-year-old Solana Beach campus was demolished and completely rebuilt on time and on budget. “Our oldest middle school is now our newest, but it is still...

  • San Dieguito parents, district ready to tackle special education

    San Dieguito parents, district ready to tackle special education

    The San Dieguito Union High School District held a special education workshop on Aug. 17, providing a general overview of the state of the program as a whole and sharing goals for the future with the board and a group of highly-engaged parents. Mark Miller, the associate superintendent of administrative...

  • RSF Superintendent leads effort for action plan for growth

    RSF Superintendent leads effort for action plan for growth

    Entering his second school year as the leader of the Rancho Santa Fe School District, Superintendent David Jaffe has his eyes focused on the future and on setting up an action plan for the continuous growth. As he announced in spring, Jaffe plans to take the district through a “self-study” process...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School District crafts strategic plan for the arts

    Rancho Santa Fe School District crafts strategic plan for the arts

    After a year of reflection, thoughtfulness and hard work to determine the best path for the visual and performing arts at R. Roger Rowe School, the Rancho Santa Fe School District board approved the new strategic plan for the arts at its Aug. 3 meeting. To help develop the plan, Superintendent...

  • San Dieguito district forms special education task force

    San Dieguito district forms special education task force

    In response to feedback received at a July 28 tour of the Adult Transition Program (ATP) facilities, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) informed parents on Aug. 1 that the entire program will be moved to La Costa Canyon High School from the Earl Warren campus for the coming school...

  • Foundation to host Newcomers’ events for R. Roger Rowe School

    Foundation to host Newcomers’ events for R. Roger Rowe School

    The Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation will host its annual Newcomers’ Welcome Pool Parties for new families to the Rancho Santa Fe School District. These parties are an opportunity to meet others and make new friends prior to the beginning of the school year. Parents of current students host...

  • San Dieguito's ATP program to move to La Costa Canyon

    San Dieguito's ATP program to move to La Costa Canyon

    Facing criticism from parents over the decision to house students in the Adult Transition Program (ATP) in two portable classrooms on the new Earl Warren Middle School campus, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) invited parents to to tour the facility and participate in a special...

  • SOUL charter school lands in Solana Beach

    SOUL charter school lands in Solana Beach

    The San Dieguito Union High School District’s first charter school, the School of Universal Learning (SOUL), has finally found its home. SOUL will open for its first day of school on Aug. 29 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Harper Branch in Solana Beach. Securing a facility had been founders...

  • San Dieguito approves budget with $7.4 million deficit

    San Dieguito approves budget with $7.4 million deficit

    At the June 22 San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board meeting, the district adopted the 2017-18 budget in a 3-1 vote, with John Salazar voting against it (board member Mo Muir was absent from the meeting). The budget reflects revenues of $95.9 million and expenditures of $103 million,...

  • Parents, coaches express support for TPHS Foundation

    Parents, coaches express support for TPHS Foundation

    When Nicole Baril’s children got to Torrey Pines High School, she had no idea what a foundation was. She thought the Torrey Pines High School Foundation had nothing to do with her, it did not impact her kids and it wasn’t something she needed to be a part of. But as her kids moved through the school...

  • RSF School to purchase new iPads to replace Chromebooks

    RSF School to purchase new iPads to replace Chromebooks

    Rancho Santa Fe School students will be making the switch from Chromebooks to iPads next year. At the June 22 school board meeting, the RSF School District board approved $352,174 to purchase 820 iPads. The cost includes trade-ins of current iPads the district owns. Six years ago, the district...

  • Report finds no evidence of 'pay to play' at Torrey Pines

    Report finds no evidence of 'pay to play' at Torrey Pines

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) recently completed its response to allegations that the Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) baseball team was in violation of district policies and state law. After an independent investigation by the Sobel Group, the district sent a response to...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School District's LCAP outlines goals for coming school year

    Rancho Santa Fe School District's LCAP outlines goals for coming school year

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District approved its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and budget for the 2017-18 school year over two special meetings on June 21 and June 22. The LCAP is required by the state for the district to show how it will spend state funding from the Local Control Funding...

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