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Our Stories and Initiatives

RCSD welcomes its community, neighbors, and friends to learn more about the school district that serves our community's children. In this section, we tell the stories of our students, teachers, staff, programs, schools, and initiatives that make RCSD a great school district.

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Our Stories

Superintendent McGee, Superintendent Baker, and Principal Noyes watch Students Interact

San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee recently visited Clifford School to observe the strength-based strategies RCSD teachers are using in classrooms to close opportunity gaps. Clifford School, a National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA) lab school, has become a model for approaches that identify and activate student strengths.

Read More about County Supt. Visits Clifford School’s NUA Lab. Building Student Conviction, Capacity, and Confidence.
Orion Alternative students help Superintendent Baker and Principal Rivera cut the ribbon

At Orion Alternative, community feedback identified the importance of moving the school’s front office, which used to sit in the middle of the school campus. Orion Alternative’s front office is now visible from the street and drop off area rather than tucked into the school’s center; it is the very first point of entry at 555 Avenue del Ora in Redwood City. 

Read More about A Significant Safety and Security Improvement is Made at Orion Alternative School Thanks to Measure T
Instructional Coaches Whipp and James

Initiative, a hunger for knowledge, and next-steps thinking are just some of the driving force qualities of Staff Development Educators Cathy James and Bronia Whipp. Both teachers were recently honored at a recent Board of Trustees meeting for their outstanding commitment to the RCSD Staff Development department and for their leadership in the area of technology integration.

Read More about District Honors Staff Development Leaders’ Technology Integration, Coaching, Teacher and Student Engagement “...the Empowered Digital Lead Learner Program is pushing me to become a better educator…,” RCSD teacher.
Child Showing His Hands with Soap

As the days grow shorter and colder, we know that winter is on its way. There are many special family gatherings and community events throughout November and December to which many of us look forward. However, most don’t get excited about another part of this time of year–cold and flu season! 

Research suggests a strong link between school attendance and good health. Some studies show parents reporting more than 60 percent of student absence as health related, according to Attendance Works. Missing out on instructional days due to illness is both no fun for a child and may set students behind on benchmark goals as we approach the midyear mark. 

Read More about Good Health and Steady Attendance Go Hand in Hand … So Let’s Wash Those Hands!
Student working on his chromebook

Recent state assessment results show the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on progress with student achievement across California including in Redwood City School District (RCSD). Staying ahead of the CAASPP data recently released, RCSD has already been using local assessments to help make data-driven decisions addressing student needs through focused efforts.

Read More about RCSD 2022 State Data Results Mirror California Performance. District Driving Plan of Empowering Teachers and Learners
Student Working on His Chromebook

Do you have a child who will be new to the Redwood City School District (RCSD) in 2023-24? Or is your child currently enrolled in the District, but wishing to explore another program or school? Mark your calendar! The priority window opens November 4, 2022 and closes Friday, January 13, 2023. 

Read More about November Marks Launch Date for 2023-24 Enrollment and School of Choice Priority Window
persimmons

Some Redwood City School District (RCSD) students may be trying persimmons, kiwi, and other California-grown fruits and vegetables for their first time as part of the Child Nutrition Services Harvest of the Month (CNS) initiative. Harvest of the Month focuses on introducing students to wholesome foods, highlighting what’s in season and where it grows.

Read More about Harvest of the Month: RCSD Program Introduces Fresh Produce to Students While Supporting Local Farmers