Riverbank Unified School District (RUSD) is back in session for the 2019-20 school year this week. Some families have been prepping and planning for the first day of school for the past few weeks getting school supplies, new clothes, and attending back to school events.
Cardozo Middle School (CMS) hosted its annual Round Up where sixth, seventh and eighth grade students picked up their schedules, PE clothes, yearbooks, and spirit gear. The new middle schoolers and their families got a tour of the campus and met Principal Kevin Bizzini and other staff.
“This year we embedded a student and parent orientation into the program,” stated Bizzini. “We had a large majority of the sixth graders and families attend the round up, so it was a perfect opportunity to share critical school information. One of the goals was to provide all parents in attendance their credentials to access the RUSD Parent Portal. Through the Parent Portal, families can monitor their child’s grades and attendance patterns. The day went well.”
Cardozo has 194 sixth graders enrolled for the new school year and along with new students there are four new teachers: sixth grade teacher Ms. Serpa, Math teacher Mr. Harvey, English teacher Ms. Garrett, and Special Education teacher Ms. Niehenke.
For campus safety RUSD has added cameras and alarm systems to all school sites and Cardozo received 26 cameras that Bizzini explained were installed throughout the exterior and interior of the school.
New this school year at CMS is a visitor management system called Raptor as another safety precaution.
“All visitors to the campus must first go through the main office,” explained Bizzini. “Raptor will provide a photo ID tag for all visitors to the campus. It is just another added layer of safety for the campus. People can easily be identified by all RUSD staff if they have met the requirement to be on any of the campuses.”
The first day of school is on Wednesday, Aug. 7 and ‘Back to School’ night is slated for Thursday, Aug. 15. Get out the backpacks, pencils, and get the sleep schedule back on track because the new school year is here.