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Rachel Benefiel

Position: Teacher College: New Mexico State University Email: RachelBenefiel@rcs.edu What is/are your role(s) at Redwood Christian Schools? I teach 2nd grade. What do you love about Redwood Christian Schools? I love that RCS really is a family. As educators, we have the blessing of partnering with parents to shepherd these precious children and come alongside their families from ...
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May 23 – July 30 – Summer Edition

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update ************************************************************************************ Click here for Important Dates and Events May 23 - July 30 Summer Resources 2018-19 RCS Instructional Calendar Click Here 2018-19 ...

Visiting Team Recommends RCS for Highest Level of Accreditation

During April 8th – 11th, 2018, a team of school accreditors from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) facilitated a school-wide accreditation.  Redwood Christian Schools administrators, faculty, staff, students, and ...
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May 16 – May 27 Graduation Edition

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update ************************************************************************************ Click here for Important Dates and Events May 16 - May 27 (Note that Our Graduation Week Schedule is revised, the corrected version is pictured ...
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May 9 -May 20

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Click here for Important Dates and Events May 2 - May 13 Highlights RCS 2018-19 Academic Calendar Published Click Here Visiting Team Recommends RCS for Highest Level of Accreditation Click Here EC Presents Summer Recreation! ...

May 2 – May 13

  Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Click here for Important Dates and Events May 2 - May 13 Highlights Looking for Summer Camps? Click Here National Day of Prayer is tomorrow, May 3. Join RCS to pray for… Click Here Join Us in Honoring Our Teachers ...
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April 25 – May 6

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Important Dates and Events April 18 - April 29 April 27 Grades 9-11 Math Field Trip to Six Flags May 1 1st grade Field Trip to Oakland Zoo May 4 ACSI Art Festival FIND ALL UPCOMING EVENTS HERE     Highlights LAST ...

High School Softball: Eagles 2nd in the Jim Elliott Christian Tournament

The Lady Eagles competed in the Jim Elliott Tournament in Lodi Friday, April 20th, and Saturday, April 21st.  They earned their way to the championship game on Saturday after beating Elliott Christian, the host team, 16 - 8 and Galt 11 - 8.  They finally dropped in the championship game against ...

Chamber of Commerce Student Citizens of the Year

The Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce is set to recognize three outstanding RCS students as Student Citizens of the year.  The following students will be recognized at a luncheon sponsored by the Chamber on Thursday, April 26th. Student Citizens demonstrate qualities in two categories: School and ...
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April 18 – April 29

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Important Dates and Events April 18 - April 29 April 20 MSHS Stage Right Drama Night 7:00pm April 22 Festival of Fine Arts at Redwood Chapel 4:00pm April 24 RCE Bake Sale for Zayda’s Family FIND ALL UPCOMING EVENTS ...

Concert Choir Earns Top Honors at the Great America Music Festival

On Saturday, April 14th, the RCS High School Concert Choir participated in the Great America Music Festival.  The choir sang two songs for adjudication and earned a trophy for a rating of “Excellent.”  In addition, Rohan John (freshman) won best student accompanist. Following the performance, ...

RCS Concert Band Earns Superior Rating

The RCS Concert Band received the highest possible rating ("Superior") on Saturday at the ACSI Band Festival in Walnut Creek.  Mr. Cagle shares, “I am so impressed with the great work of our combined RCE Advanced Band and MSHS Band! Great playing, musicians!” The ACSI Band Festival provides ...
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April 11 – April 22

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Important Dates and Events April 4 – April 15 April 12 Prospective Parent Night 7pm April 14 ACSI Elementary Speech Meet April 18 MSHS SHadow Day 7:45am   FIND ALL UPCOMING EVENTS HERE     Highlights Best ...

Varsity Baseball Earns Significant Win; A. Williams Throws No Hitter

Last Thursday, the Redwood Christian Varsity Baseball team secured a significant win over St. Patrick/St. Vincent (Vallejo, CA) on their home field at San Leandro Ball Park.  The highlight of the night: pitcher, Alex Williams, throwing a no hitter with 14 strikeouts.  The final score was ...
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APRIL 4-APRIL 15

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: We have all had that most embarrassing moment ... the one where we just wanted to die. Embarrassment is an emotion that we can also learn from and embarrassing moments can be great teaching ...

Sam Lee (RCHS Class of 2017) Completes U.S. Air Force Basic Training

Superintendent Al Hearne and Superintendent Emeritus Bruce Johnson recently had the privilege to catch up with a recent RCS Alumni, Sam Lee.  Sam has finished basic training for the United States Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sam shares about his experiences so far and how RCS ...

Redwood Christian High School Victorious in Rancho Cordova Easter Baseball Tournament

Coach Jim Cleveland’s Eagles went 3-1 in the 48th Annual Rancho Cordova Easter Baseball Tournament and won the championship game with a 9-1 victory over Bear River High School on March 28.  Bear River HS had defeated RCHS on the first day of the tournament 9-7. The championship game was tight ...
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March 21 – April 8

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: Did you know that God has given all parents a homework assignment? In “Deuteronomy 6:4-9,” God provides the first set of instructions to parents, regarding expectations on how to raise children. ...

RCHS Christian Ministry Update (Day 5 of 10)

Reported from Mr. Hinton, March 19, 2018 Our Christian Ministry Team is serving at the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. It is Day 5 (of 10), and here are their “Top Five” to report: 1) Mr. Barnhart, Mr. Hinton, Alex Williams, and Adam Phillips got to attend a prayer breakfast this morning ...

Jackie Moog’s Sports Highlights Abound as Athlete and as Coach

Last in a series profiling the 16 new members of the Castro Valley Sports Hall of Fame. The induction banquet will take place Saturday, April 21, at the Redwood Canyon Event Center. For tickets, call Ted Riche at 510-537-2048. By Dave Del Grande, CV Forum, 03-14-18 A STAR ON AND OFF THE COURT: ...
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March 14 – March 24

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: How has social media changed the way we think, live, react, and respond? My first recommended resource comes from Safe Smart Social who recently published a video blog, "The Negative Effects of Social ...

RCHS Students Go Above #WalkUpNotOut

On March 14, 2018, as students across the nation wrestled with whether to “walk out,” “walk up,” or do nothing, RCHS students gathered for chapel in the Multi Purpose Room (MPR) to seek guidance higher than any hashtag.  Led by four seniors, Ben Stirling, Kelly Tang, Kimberly Najarian, and ...
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March 7 – March 18

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: Glenn Schultz, a retired Christian school superintendent, states, "Children are God's homework for parents." As parents we naturally want what is best for our children. We naturally want to set them ...

Mr. Barnhart Represents RCS in Japan and Korea

Mr. Barnhart, Director of RCS Global, recently returned from an overseas student-recruitment trip.  He visited Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea, where he met with education agents representing international students interested in studying in the United States.  He reported to them all the ...

Help RCS Support iThinkBig and the Punta Colonet Building Project

Anyone willing to clean out your closet? The RCHS Interact Club is partnering with iThinkBig.org and alumnus Chad Furlong in an initiative to raise money for a building project in Punta Colonet, Mexico.  The story? In 2008, Nataly was born. The Furlongs became her foster parents and approximately ...

Boys Varsity Basketball Seeded Well for Success in the State Playoffs

The Eagles secured a 7th seed for the NorCal regional tournament.  They will host #10 Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 pm at Chabot College.  Ticket information is listed below.  Thirty-two teams will compete for the Northern California Boys Basketball title and ...
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February 28 – March 11

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” This is a crucial verse ...

NCS Basketball Playoffs: Redwood Advances to the Semifinals

The 4th seed Redwood Christian Boys Basketball team had another exciting performance as it advances to the North Coast Section Division V semifinal following Saturday’s win over 14th seed San Domenico, 45-41. Brandon Brown led the Eagles (21-8) with his 15-point performance including a slam ...
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February 21 – March 4

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: As we all know, there is no handbook for perfect parenting. Being a parent is often about experimenting to find out exactly what the child needs in the moment and what worked yesterday just isn't ...

2018 NCS Basketball Playoffs

On Saturday, the Boys Varsity Basketball team faced a tough matchup against Saint Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda in the Bay Counties League East (BCL-E) League Championship game at Head-Royce.  The Pilots took a commanding lead from the start of the game, and the Eagles never really caught up.  A ...

2018 Rotary Club of Castro Valley Speech Meet

The 2018 Rotary Club of Castro Valley Speech Meet was held on February 20, and the winner was Andrew Stanciulescu.  Lawton Young finished second and Keith Collier finished third.  All three are seniors at Redwood Christian High School.  Other participants were RCHS seniors Katherin Geronimo, Ify ...
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February 14 – February 25

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: I hope that today's first two recommended resources serve as educational reading for RCS parents and as appropriate discussion guides between parents and students regarding the harmful effects of ...

Jackie (Wilson) Moog (‘83) and Jim Cleveland (‘90) Elected to CVSF Hall of Fame

Redwood Christian High School Alumni Jackie (Wilson) Moog and Jim Cleveland will be inducted into the Castro Valley Sports Foundation Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Elections are held every other year since the Hall of Fame was founded in 2010. Clutch Athlete and Teacher Jackie ...

Varsity Boys Basketball Starts BCL-E Playoffs

The Redwood Christian Boys Basketball Team finished 2nd behind St. Joseph Notre Dame in the Bay Counties League, East (BCL-E).  The top four teams (St. Joseph, Redwood Christian, Head-Royce, and Bentley) will compete in league playoffs February 15-17 at Head-Royce in Oakland. On a Mission The ...

Colonial Day in 5th Grade

Fifth-graders got to travel back in time on Friday as part of “Colonial Day,” a special event that culminates the end of a social studies unit focusing on early U.S. history.  Mrs. Francis, Mrs. Neal, and Mrs. Wilson’s 5th grade classes all participated. The February 9th event had ...

Alumni Trio to Speak at MSHS Spring Impact Week

Impact Week Girls Speaker: Kristina (Bakker) VandenHeuval Kristina (Bakker) VandenHeuval, c/o ‘90 Since graduating from RCS in 1990, my life has been filled with highs and lows, great experiences and tough ones, and through it all, God has blessed me with a wonderful family, a career that I ...
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February 7 – February 18

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: Each generation of parents has always had to face something new and figure out what appropriate boundaries should be placed around children. In the early 1900s automobiles were new and parents had to ...

RCHS Senior, Kimberly Najarian, Receives Good Citizen Award

On January 13th, Redwood Christian High School Senior, Kimberly Najarian, was recognized as a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) “Good Citizen” by the DAR Piedmont Chapter.  In addition to her family, Assistant Principal Erin McGrath was in attendance.  Miss McGrath remarks, ...

Parents and the Community Get a Chance to Explore RCS

On Monday, January 29, more than 1,000 people filled the Redwood Elementary campus for a night of open house and academic demonstration. One could feel the strong community of parents, faculty, administration, students, and friends; there was a strong buzz of energy as everyone came together in one ...
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January 31 – February 10

  Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: We are in the midst of winter, and spring will soon be here! With spring will come the annual spring cleaning. While listening to a Focus on the Family podcast this week, with guest Joshua ...
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January 24 – February 3

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: Colossians 4:6 is one of my favorite Bible verses, "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." I try to often remind myself of ...

KB Lends a Hand

Mrs. Bicker’s Kindergarten class collected mittens and gloves that elementary students brought in for donation to help people in the cold this winter.  The students also shared ways and places where they could be “Good Samaritans” in their everyday lives: Abigail – I am happy ...

Meet the 2018 Homecoming Court

The RCHS Homecoming Court is nominated and selected by anonymous vote by their classmates.  While the princesses and princes are selected by their current grade level class, the senior king and queen are selected by majority vote by the entire school.  The homecoming court are chosen as unique ...

What is Explore RCS?

Monday, January 29th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Redwood Chapel Community Church What is Explore RCS? Our largest school-wide event of the year! Grades TK through 12th will promote, explain and demonstrate their learning. The event will include student speeches, poetry, a science fair competition, ...

Superintendent Al Hearne Elected to the Board of Christian Charities USA

On January 11, Redwood Christian Schools Superintendent Al Hearne was elected to the Board of Christian Charities USA. Christian Charities USA is a diverse group of more than seventy-five national and international charities working together to relieve suffering and despair.  Member organizations ...

What Mrs. Vanegas’ 3rd Graders Dream About

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that changed the world, and so do Mrs. Vanegas’ 3rd grade students!  From the creative to the passionate, here are the dreams they shared with us.   “I dream of being a baseball player!” “I dream that I can be a math teacher, have five ...

Crazy Hat Day at RCE

RCE showed their spirit last Friday for CRAZY HAT DAY!  Here are some of the wonderfully creative and spirited hats on ...
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January 17 – January 28

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: Ten years ago, Apple introduced the iPhone and among other changes it has ushered into homes a change to parenting. With a smartphone in their hand our children have the entire world at their ...
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January 10 – January 21

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: The first two recommended resources come from a Focus on the Family podcast that I heard recently, "Changing Your Relationships Through the Power of Kindness." I was struck by one of the opening ...
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January 3 – January 14

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: The new year has arrived and with it comes great possibility. 2018 has the potential to be the best year ever. It's up to those of us alive today to make this happen. One of the ways we can work ...

5th Grade Visits the MSHS

On Tuesday, the 5th grade class took a field trip six miles away to San Lorenzo to visit the middle and high school campus.  Students were buzzing and excited as they departed from the Redwood Christian Elementary north campus parking lot.       Despite the rain, the ...

Congratulations to our teachers receiving special recognition awards!

The Redwood Christian Elementary Administration recognized five elementary teachers for their outstanding contribution and service to the school.  Tuesday morning, at teacher devotions, RCE Vice Principal, Miss Sinisi, presented the awards. Mrs. Benefiel – Compassion and attentiveness to the ...

What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night

It is no secret we have an outstanding library!  Mrs. Garcia’s 2nd grade student, David, shares with us how much he loves being able to check out books from the elementary library and the shenanigans that came from his latest book at home!     David and his dad read “What the ...

RCHS Varsity Basketball Competes Over Christmas Break


The Girls Varsity Basketball team participated in the 18th Annual West Coast Jamboree December 28-30th, competing against teams from all over California.  Teams from near and far travel to the Bay Area to participate in the West Coast Jamboree.  This year even a team as far as Artesia in Southern California joined the competition.  The Lady Eagles were challenged and grew tremendously from ...
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December 13 – January 5

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: In Christian circles we often hear that the Christmas season isn't about giving presents and although this is correct when it comes to our materialistic culture, it is technically incorrect theology. ...

RCS Students Serve at CV Rotary Christmas Party

Senior, Jalina Archuleta, interacts with one of the children. Last night, the Varsity Girls Basketball team and RCS Interact Club served from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Castro Valley Adult Center for a Christmas Party hosted by the Castro Valley Rotary Club.  It’s no secret that RCS students ...
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December 6 – December 17

  Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: Jesus is the reason for the Christmas Season!!! One of the presents that we as parents get is our kids home from school for two weeks!!! Let me encourage you to use this time wisely ...

Varsity Boys Basketball Dominates the 43rd Annual RCHS Basketball Classic

The RCHS Boys Basketball team won three consecutive games to take home the first  Redwood Christian Basketball Classic Tournament Championship title since 2000. The Eagles hosted the 43rd Annual Redwood Christian Basketball Classic tournament last Tuesday, 11/28, through Friday, 12/1. The ...

RCS Holds All-American Classic

The Redwood Christian Middle School campus had students fired-up November 13-17. The All-American Student Classic, designed to promote sportsmanship and school pride, featured academic and athletic competitions, as well as other special events throughout the week. Six RCS Middle School ...

Military Nuclear Engineer Inspires First Grade Students

RCE 1st grade classes (1M and 1O) continued their monthly “Serving God Through Our Career” in-house field trips in the RCE library last Monday.  For November, Mr. Stan Olsen, a Military Nuclear Engineer, spoke to the classes.  Mr. Olsen is the great uncle of Michael Roe (1st grade) and the ...
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November 15 – December 3

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: The most important relationship that children can have growing up is with their parents. This is why God has assigned the homework of raising children to their parents. My first recommended ...

Two RCHS Students Sign NCAA Letters of Intent

In a special assembly at Redwood Christian Middle and High School, senior athletes Skyler Gallarzan and Alex Williams signed NCAA Letters of Intent to commit to playing their sports (rowing and baseball, respectively) at the college level. November 8th was the first day of the year that student ...

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B TEAM SCHEDULE DATE DAY OPPONENT TIME H/A Dismissal Times Approx. RETURN Times Scores 1-Dec Fri Walnut Creek Christian Academy 3:30 A 1:55 5:30 5-Dec Tues California Crosspoint 4:00 A 2:40 5:45 6-Dec Wed Head Royce 4:00 H after 11-Dec Mon Contra Costa Christian 3:30 H 2:25 14-Dec Thurs Prince of Peace 3:30 A 2:10 5:30 4-Jan Thurs Contra Costa ...
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November 8 – November 19

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: As parents, we want to keep our children safe, and yet tragedy continues to happen in the world around us. We want to help our children understand the tragedies that are taking place around us, ...

Navajo Night Out Missions Trip Gala and Talent Show

More than ​250 were in attendance on Friday night, November 3, 2017, to support our Navajo Missions Team and help finance their return to the Navajo Nations in Spring 2018.  The team served dinner and provided a ​talent show. Great food was served, including Navajo-style tacos, which were a ...

Lady Eagles Fall in Three Game Net Battle

SF Waldorf moves on. The No. 3 seeded Wolverines from San Francisco Waldorf High School defeated our No. 11 Eagles in three games: 25-16, 25-22, and 25-13 on November 4 in a Division V bi-district playoff. The Eagles trailed consistently in game one, but came out aggressively in game two. Their ...

November 1 – November 12

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: We live in an age where "information" is exponentially expanding. According to Schilling (2013), "Buckminster Fuller created the 'Knowledge Doubling Curve'; he noticed that until 1900 human ...

Stage Left Drama Night a Success!

The Middle School Drama class and High School Drama I class put on their first production of the year, Stage Left, last Friday. Performing for a full house, Middle School Drama students presented a classic detective story with a twist in Whodunit, and High School Drama I took a modern twist to a ...

Varsity Volleyball Advances to the NCS Quarterfinals

The RCS Varsity Girls' Volleyball team (11) traveled to Petaluma yesterday to take on the St Vincent de Paul Mustangs (6) in the first round of the North Coast Section Playoffs. After falling in the first two matches, the Lady Eagles came back to defeat the Mustangs three matches to two with the ...

RCS Impacts the Dominican Republic

For the fifth year, Athletic Director and RCHS Baseball coach, Jim Cleveland, traveled to Hato Mayor in the Dominican Republic to lead a three-day coaches’ clinic and discipleship training seminar.  The clinic disciples Dominican coaches to help them, in turn, disciple their baseball teams. ...

RCS Holds 48th Annual Dinner

Redwood Christian Schools held its 48th Annual Dinner at Canyon View in San Ramon on Monday, October 23. Dignitaries in attendance were Mike Tacconi, President of the Castro Valley/Eden Chamber of Commerce and Robin Hom, Superintendent of California Crosspoint High School. Two long-time supporters ...
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October 5 – November 25

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: We want for all of our students at RCS to develop the necessary skills to become leaders in the spheres of influence that God is calling them into. We want to be able to help them develop the ...

Spanish I Class Volunteers to Help North Bay Fire Victims

Last Saturday, six students from Mrs. Phillips’ Spanish I classes traveled with her to First Spanish Baptist Church in Rohnert Park. Pastor Rodriguez (Mrs. Phillips’ brother) and his church opened a soup kitchen on 10/16 to serve people affected by the fires, including all first responders and ...

Grandparents Honored at Redwood Christian Elementary

On 10/20/17, Redwood Christian Elementary hosted a special assembly for students’ grandparents, great-grandparents, and adopted grandparents. Students by grade level shared what they are learning this year, and then honored their grandparents by recognizing their love, strength, wisdom, and ...
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October 18 – October 29

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: When is the last time you heard, “I need more sleep.” Sleep is vitally important for our overall health. Sleep is when God allows our brains to reset. It's vitally important that we as ...

RCE Disaster Preparedness Drill Planned for Thursday 10/26


Every year, the Redwood Christian Elementary campus holds a Disaster Preparedness Drill on campus.  This year, students will receive training for an emergency situation on Thursday, October 26.  While we hope that an unexpected and devastating disaster, such as a major earthquake, will not happen in our area, we are committed to preparing and protecting our students just in case. “Safety ...
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October 11- October 22

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: Children naturally trust their parents. They know that Mom and Dad are their protectors, their cheerleaders, their biggest fans. Children also turn to Mom and Dad in their moment of need and look ...

Equipping Students for…College


On Wednesday, October 11, students at RCS in 8th through 11th grade took the PSAT during regular school hours.  Following the exam, over 45 students will leave for the Southern California College Tour where they will visit a variety of universities and colleges in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas.  We asked Director of Curriculum, Mr. Russell, to talk to us about how RCS prepares students ...

Officer DeLeon Visits Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Phillips’ Spanish Classes

On Tuesday, October 3, two special guests visited Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Phillip’s Spanish classes.  Officer Robert DeLeon, SFPD, and Rocky, an explosive detection certified (EDC) dog, visited and interacted with both middle school and high school Spanish class students. Officer DeLeon works ...

RCS Cyber Safety Meetings with Parents and High School Students

Last week, Deputy P. Silva spoke to our parents (Monday evening) and high school students (Tuesday morning) about the importance of cyber safety including: students’ digital reputation, cyber bullying and the law, and how what students do on social media now will affect their future. Deputy Silva ...
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October 4 – October 15

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: Parenting is an important calling!!! I was reminded of this as I prepared to write today’s devotional thought on Psalm 78:4. We are called by God to raise our children in such a way as to ...

Elementary Leadership Team Raises Money for Hurricane Relief

Last Tuesday, the elementary students in Mrs. Wilson’s 4/5th grade Leadership class planned, organized, and executed a bake sale on both the north and south campuses.  We interviewed the class for more details. Why did you want to do a fundraiser? We wanted to help all of the people who ...

Lucas Vaughan Selected as a National Hispanic Scholar

In the Spring, Lucas Vaughan was invited to apply for the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). The invitation was extended to him from CollegeBoard.org for scoring in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region. During the past few months, all students who ...
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September 28 – October 8

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: As parents, we love our kids deeply. We want to know what is going on in their lives. It is our job to train them today to become the men and women of God in the future. Today’s children are ...

Commended Students in the 2018 NATIONAL MERIT® SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM


Andrew Lawton The assistant principal, Mr. Albert Castaneda, of Redwood Christian High School announced yesterday that Andrew Stanciulescu and Lawton Young have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal ...

RCMS Leadership Class Volunteers in Hayward

On September 16, thirteen Leadership class students, one teacher, and one parent participated in the Hayward Shoreline Restoration project.  The group joined several other volunteers and regional park staff to pick up trash along the shoreline and sort it into garbage and recyclables.  Our ...

New CSF Chapter Offered to RCMS Students

What is CSF? Although we have had CSF (California Scholarship Federation) in our High School program, this is the first time we have been able to offer a CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Federation) chapter for 7th and 8th grade students. The high school program was started in 1921 and ...
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September 20 – October 1

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: Today's parents are the first generation of parents in the age of smart phones, Internet, and cameras in a child's pocket. Being the first, they don't have the benefit previous generations had ...

Mission Team Raises over $4,000 for Hurricane Harvey Relief

On Saturday, about 230 people attended the Redwood Christian High School Mission Team’s Pancake Breakfast and Student Auction.  Pancakes, sausage, fruit, and coffee were provided for all attendees.  Students, families of all ages, and even the local fire department enjoyed the breakfast at the ...

Matt Roberts, class of ’09, to Speak at MSHS Impact Week

Alumnus Matt Roberts, RCHS class of 2009, will be the speaker at the Middle School and High School Impact Week starting September 18.  Impact “Week” is three days (Monday through Wednesday) with the purpose of focusing specifically on spiritual growth in the lives of middle and high school ...
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September 13 – September 24

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: In Deuteronomy 6, God charges parents with raising and educating their children. In the 21st century, part of this entails how to navigate a "flesh and blood" life as well as a "digital" life. My ...

Career Speaker Comes to First Grade Classes

First grade students in Mrs. Marcus and Miss Orluck’s classes had an on-campus field trip on Monday when alumnus Dr. Pamela Ross came to speak. The students met in the library where Dr. Ross shared about both starting a business and serving in the community.  Dr. Ross founded a non-profit ...
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September 6 – September 17

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: School is now in full swing. Teachers are teaching, students are learning!!! This week I’ve selected two resources to give parents a few ideas and strategies to help establish positives ...

Gymnasium Update: Cement Pour

Significant progress was made at the Middle School and High School campus of Redwood Christian Schools on Friday.  Thirty-two trucks carrying approximately 280 cubic yards of concrete began arriving at the campus at 7:00 am.  By 2:00 pm, the crew completed the foundation for the Bruce D. Johnson ...
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August 30 – September 10

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: Proficiency in reading helps in so many areas of life, such as improving focus and concentration, building critical thinking skills, expanding imagination, increasing vocabulary, and reducing ...

Heatwave at RCS

Students, faculty, and staff at all campuses are gearing up for a hot end to the week. Temperatures are projected to reach an unusually sweltering 104 degrees in Castro Valley and 97 degrees in San Lorenzo. Mr. Lapum stays cool under the shade with sunglasses and a hat! Teachers and coaches, ...

#RCSready Drawing Winners Announced

Mrs. Strange accepting her gift card from Superintendent Hearne. At the Redwood Christian Schools Parent Teacher nights last week, three families won a gift card by random drawing for their participation in the First Day of School social media “hashtag” RCSready.  The hashtag was used to ...
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August 23 – September 1

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Mr. Hearne’s Recommended Resources: As we settle into the school year, it is important to establish a family routine to ensure that homework gets completed, extra-curricular activities are attended, time is spent together as a ...

Guide Dogs for the Blind Comes to RCE

There was a four-legged friend in Miss Orluck's first grade class on Monday.  Students were joined by Pam Chinn, who oversees the Guide Dog for the Blind program in the Castro Valley and Hayward area.  She brought Bebe, a guide dog in training. The class met in the Redwood ...

RCS Views the Total Solar Eclipse

Elementary student watching NASA satellite live feed. On Monday, August 21, Redwood students - elementary through high school - took time to view the wonder of the solar eclipse. One student even brought his own “viewing box” to witness the event. As clouds and proximity to the eclipse ...
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August-17-2017

Click on Banner Above for PDF Version of the Eagle Update Devotional Thought “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). My earliest memory of eternal life was when the beloved custodian at my church passed away. ...







Rachel Benefiel

Position: Teacher College: New Mexico State University Email: RachelBenefiel@rcs.edu What is/are your role(s) at Redwood Christian Schools? I teach 2nd grade. What do you love about ...


Rachel Benefiel

Position: Teacher College: New Mexico State University Email: RachelBenefiel@rcs.edu What is/are your role(s) at Redwood Christian Schools? I teach 2nd grade. What do you love about Redwood Christian Schools? I love that RCS really is a family. As educators, we have the blessing ...


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May 23 – July 30 – Summer Edition

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Visiting Team Recommends RCS for Highest Level of Accreditation

During April 8th – 11th, 2018, a team of school accreditors from the Association of Christian ...


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May 16 – May 27 Graduation Edition

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May 9 -May 20

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May 2 – May 13

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April 25 – May 6

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High School Softball: Eagles 2nd in the Jim Elliott Christian Tournament

The Lady Eagles competed in the Jim Elliott Tournament in Lodi Friday, April 20th, and Saturday, ...


Chamber of Commerce Student Citizens of the Year

The Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce is set to recognize three outstanding RCS students as Student ...


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April 18 – April 29

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Concert Choir Earns Top Honors at the Great America Music Festival

On Saturday, April 14th, the RCS High School Concert Choir participated in the Great America Music ...


RCS Concert Band Earns Superior Rating

The RCS Concert Band received the highest possible rating ("Superior") on Saturday at the ACSI Band ...


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April 11 – April 22

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Varsity Baseball Earns Significant Win; A. Williams Throws No Hitter

Last Thursday, the Redwood Christian Varsity Baseball team secured a significant win over St. ...


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APRIL 4-APRIL 15

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Sam Lee (RCHS Class of 2017) Completes U.S. Air Force Basic Training

Superintendent Al Hearne and Superintendent Emeritus Bruce Johnson recently had the privilege to ...


Redwood Christian High School Victorious in Rancho Cordova Easter Baseball Tournament

Coach Jim Cleveland’s Eagles went 3-1 in the 48th Annual Rancho Cordova Easter Baseball ...


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March 21 – April 8

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RCHS Christian Ministry Update (Day 5 of 10)

Reported from Mr. Hinton, March 19, 2018 Our Christian Ministry Team is serving at the Navajo ...


Jackie Moog’s Sports Highlights Abound as Athlete and as Coach

Last in a series profiling the 16 new members of the Castro Valley Sports Hall of Fame. The ...


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March 14 – March 24

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RCHS Students Go Above #WalkUpNotOut

On March 14, 2018, as students across the nation wrestled with whether to “walk out,” “walk ...


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March 7 – March 18

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Mr. Barnhart Represents RCS in Japan and Korea

Mr. Barnhart, Director of RCS Global, recently returned from an overseas student-recruitment trip. ...


Help RCS Support iThinkBig and the Punta Colonet Building Project

Anyone willing to clean out your closet? The RCHS Interact Club is partnering with iThinkBig.org ...


Boys Varsity Basketball Seeded Well for Success in the State Playoffs

The Eagles secured a 7th seed for the NorCal regional tournament.  They will host #10 Bradshaw ...


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February 28 – March 11

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NCS Basketball Playoffs: Redwood Advances to the Semifinals

The 4th seed Redwood Christian Boys Basketball team had another exciting performance as it advances ...


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February 21 – March 4

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2018 NCS Basketball Playoffs

On Saturday, the Boys Varsity Basketball team faced a tough matchup against Saint Joseph Notre Dame ...


2018 Rotary Club of Castro Valley Speech Meet

The 2018 Rotary Club of Castro Valley Speech Meet was held on February 20, and the winner was ...


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February 14 – February 25

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Jackie (Wilson) Moog (‘83) and Jim Cleveland (‘90) Elected to CVSF Hall of Fame

Redwood Christian High School Alumni Jackie (Wilson) Moog and Jim Cleveland will be inducted into ...


Varsity Boys Basketball Starts BCL-E Playoffs

The Redwood Christian Boys Basketball Team finished 2nd behind St. Joseph Notre Dame in the Bay ...


Colonial Day in 5th Grade

Fifth-graders got to travel back in time on Friday as part of “Colonial Day,” a special event ...


Alumni Trio to Speak at MSHS Spring Impact Week

Impact Week Girls Speaker: Kristina (Bakker) VandenHeuval Kristina (Bakker) VandenHeuval, c/o ...


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February 7 – February 18

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RCHS Senior, Kimberly Najarian, Receives Good Citizen Award

On January 13th, Redwood Christian High School Senior, Kimberly Najarian, was recognized as a ...


Parents and the Community Get a Chance to Explore RCS

On Monday, January 29, more than 1,000 people filled the Redwood Elementary campus for a night of ...


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January 31 – February 10

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January 24 – February 3

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KB Lends a Hand

Mrs. Bicker’s Kindergarten class collected mittens and gloves that elementary students brought ...


Meet the 2018 Homecoming Court

The RCHS Homecoming Court is nominated and selected by anonymous vote by their classmates.  While ...


What is Explore RCS?

Monday, January 29th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Redwood Chapel Community Church What is Explore ...


Superintendent Al Hearne Elected to the Board of Christian Charities USA

On January 11, Redwood Christian Schools Superintendent Al Hearne was elected to the Board of ...


What Mrs. Vanegas’ 3rd Graders Dream About

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that changed the world, and so do Mrs. Vanegas’ 3rd grade ...


Crazy Hat Day at RCE

RCE showed their spirit last Friday for CRAZY HAT DAY!  Here are some of the wonderfully creative ...


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January 17 – January 28

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January 10 – January 21

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January 3 – January 14

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5th Grade Visits the MSHS

On Tuesday, the 5th grade class took a field trip six miles away to San Lorenzo to visit the middle ...


Congratulations to our teachers receiving special recognition awards!

The Redwood Christian Elementary Administration recognized five elementary teachers for their ...


What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night

It is no secret we have an outstanding library!  Mrs. Garcia’s 2nd grade student, David, shares ...


RCHS Varsity Basketball Competes Over Christmas Break

The Girls Varsity Basketball team participated in the 18th Annual West Coast Jamboree December ...


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December 13 – January 5

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RCS Students Serve at CV Rotary Christmas Party

Senior, Jalina Archuleta, interacts with one of the children. Last night, the Varsity Girls ...


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December 6 – December 17

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Varsity Boys Basketball Dominates the 43rd Annual RCHS Basketball Classic

The RCHS Boys Basketball team won three consecutive games to take home the first  Redwood ...


RCS Holds All-American Classic

The Redwood Christian Middle School campus had students fired-up November 13-17. The All-American ...


Military Nuclear Engineer Inspires First Grade Students

RCE 1st grade classes (1M and 1O) continued their monthly “Serving God Through Our Career” ...


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November 15 – December 3

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Two RCHS Students Sign NCAA Letters of Intent

In a special assembly at Redwood Christian Middle and High School, senior athletes Skyler Gallarzan ...


Middle School Boys B Team Basketball

B TEAM SCHEDULE DATE DAY OPPONENT TIME H/A Dismissal Times Approx. RETURN ...


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November 8 – November 19

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Navajo Night Out Missions Trip Gala and Talent Show

More than ​250 were in attendance on Friday night, November 3, 2017, to support our Navajo ...


Lady Eagles Fall in Three Game Net Battle

SF Waldorf moves on. The No. 3 seeded Wolverines from San Francisco Waldorf High School defeated ...


November 1 – November 12

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Stage Left Drama Night a Success!

The Middle School Drama class and High School Drama I class put on their first production of the ...


Varsity Volleyball Advances to the NCS Quarterfinals

The RCS Varsity Girls' Volleyball team (11) traveled to Petaluma yesterday to take on the St ...


RCS Impacts the Dominican Republic

For the fifth year, Athletic Director and RCHS Baseball coach, Jim Cleveland, traveled to Hato ...


RCS Holds 48th Annual Dinner

Redwood Christian Schools held its 48th Annual Dinner at Canyon View in San Ramon on Monday, ...


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October 5 – November 25

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Spanish I Class Volunteers to Help North Bay Fire Victims

Last Saturday, six students from Mrs. Phillips’ Spanish I classes traveled with her to First ...


Grandparents Honored at Redwood Christian Elementary

On 10/20/17, Redwood Christian Elementary hosted a special assembly for students’ grandparents, ...


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October 18 – October 29

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RCE Disaster Preparedness Drill Planned for Thursday 10/26

Every year, the Redwood Christian Elementary campus holds a Disaster Preparedness Drill on campus. ...


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October 11- October 22

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Equipping Students for…College

On Wednesday, October 11, students at RCS in 8th through 11th grade took the PSAT during regular ...


Officer DeLeon Visits Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Phillips’ Spanish Classes

On Tuesday, October 3, two special guests visited Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Phillip’s Spanish ...


RCS Cyber Safety Meetings with Parents and High School Students

Last week, Deputy P. Silva spoke to our parents (Monday evening) and high school students (Tuesday ...


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October 4 – October 15

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Elementary Leadership Team Raises Money for Hurricane Relief

Last Tuesday, the elementary students in Mrs. Wilson’s 4/5th grade Leadership class planned, ...


Lucas Vaughan Selected as a National Hispanic Scholar

In the Spring, Lucas Vaughan was invited to apply for the National Hispanic Recognition Program ...


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September 28 – October 8

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Commended Students in the 2018 NATIONAL MERIT® SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Andrew Lawton The assistant principal, Mr. Albert Castaneda, of Redwood Christian High School ...


RCMS Leadership Class Volunteers in Hayward

On September 16, thirteen Leadership class students, one teacher, and one parent participated in ...


New CSF Chapter Offered to RCMS Students

What is CSF? Although we have had CSF (California Scholarship Federation) in our High School ...


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September 20 – October 1

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Mission Team Raises over $4,000 for Hurricane Harvey Relief

On Saturday, about 230 people attended the Redwood Christian High School Mission Team’s Pancake ...


Matt Roberts, class of ’09, to Speak at MSHS Impact Week

Alumnus Matt Roberts, RCHS class of 2009, will be the speaker at the Middle School and High School ...


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September 13 – September 24

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Career Speaker Comes to First Grade Classes

First grade students in Mrs. Marcus and Miss Orluck’s classes had an on-campus field trip on ...


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September 6 – September 17

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Gymnasium Update: Cement Pour

Significant progress was made at the Middle School and High School campus of Redwood Christian ...


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August 30 – September 10

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Heatwave at RCS

Students, faculty, and staff at all campuses are gearing up for a hot end to the week. Temperatures ...


#RCSready Drawing Winners Announced

Mrs. Strange accepting her gift card from Superintendent Hearne. At the Redwood Christian ...


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August 23 – September 1

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Guide Dogs for the Blind Comes to RCE

There was a four-legged friend in Miss Orluck's first grade class on Monday.  Students were ...


RCS Views the Total Solar Eclipse

Elementary student watching NASA satellite live feed. On Monday, August 21, Redwood students - ...


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August-17-2017

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