Parent News Bulletin May-Jun 2012

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From the Superintendent’s Office | General Info | Elementary | MSHS | Athletics | Music 

The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson Superintendent –

Redwood Christian Schools Middle School High School Enrollment

As this is the final Parent News Bulletin of the year, be sure to read it thoroughly and keep it in a safe place for use throughout the summer. You may also visit our official school Website at for school information and calendar updates. The school Website is a GREAT way to share RCS with your friends as we have lots of pictures of the kids plus highlights and general information about RCS-Grandparents Day, Royal Choir, athletic teams and awards programs (including bowling!), and more.2012-13 will be our 43rd year of ministry! Please plan ahead to be involved in as many of the activities as possible. Please see below for Important Dates for 2012-13 for planning family outings and other activities.

The Accreditation Visiting Team Report

The WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)-ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) visiting accreditation team completed their four-day visit on Wednesday, April 25, with a reading of their report to some of the stakeholders of Redwood Christian Schools.

The visiting team was made up of eight professional educators representing both major accrediting agencies for all schools and colleges. RCS is presently the only dual accredited K-12 school system (public, private, parochial or Christian) in Castro Valley, Hayward, San Lorenzo, and San Leandro. We have been accredited since our first year of eligibility in 1982, always receiving the maximum six-year term. We will know the results of this visit sometime in the next three weeks.

The visitation team did provide commendations and recommendations to RCS in ten different sections of study in order to make us an even stronger spiritual and academic experience for our students and their families. Below are the Five Major Commendations.Additional commendations will be shared at the Festival of Fine Arts Program on Sunday, April 29. The entire report will be posted on in the near future.

Five Major Commendations are included in the report:

The team commends the administration and staff for their
intentional communication of the school’s philosophy, vision,
mission and core values statements to all constituents and
community in order to provide clarity of purpose and focused
goals that result in unity of faith and a Christian academic

The team commends the members of the board of directors,
superintendent, assistant superintendent, and campus
principals, whose average tenure of service is 19.9 years, for
their commitment and dedication to the ministry which has
provided stable leadership, expertise in financial stewardship,
and a consistent vision for the direction of Redwood Christian

The team commends the staff and faculty for displaying a
Christian testimony, resulting in clear examples of spiritual
growth and fulfillment of the school’s mission statement.

The team commends the administration and MSHS faculty for
the implementation of the 2+2 program that promotes
communication among the faculty about teaching strategies,
methods and application of ESLRs, which strengthens their

The team commends the school administrator for the
development of a comprehensive crisis management plan as
detailed in the Emergency Preparedness Manual, exposure
Control Plan, and Safety Manual, which provides for a well
trained staff of the appropriate procedures to follow in the
event of a crisis ensuring student and faculty safety.

Major Reminder

The first tuition payment for the 2012-13 school year is due by June 10. Failure to make your June payment by June 10 may result in moving your child(ren) to the waiting list for a particular class or program. We expect many programs/classes to be full next year. Please be sure to take care of this prior to leaving on vacation. The June payment is non-refundable. I recommend you take care of your June tuition payment BEFORE June 5. June, July and August tuition payments must be paid before the first day of school unless other arrangements have been made with the Business Office. Note: As a cost-saving effort, all campus offices are closed every Friday in July. There is a mail drop in the District  Office door for your convenience.

Are you on our RCS Parent E-mail list?

We have over 600 on our list! This is a protected list (your individual e-mails will never show) and ensures that you receive updates on a variety of school programs and opportunities in a timely manner. If you would like to be included, please e-mail me at

RCS has a Facebook Page!

Please become one of our friends as we will be posting more
and more school pictures on the Facebook Page.

Be on the Lookout for RCS TV on YouTube!

We will be posting most school videos of programs and events
so you can share in the excitement again and again! Look for
the email announcement and point others to this great use of


Some classes are nearing a waiting list. If you have not re-enrolled, please don’t put this off any longer. We are planning some exciting additions and need your response to plan productively.

Graduations are GREAT events at RCS!

The week of June 4 will be a full one with kindergarten
graduation (June 4), fifth grade graduation (June 6), eighth
grade graduation (June 7) and the senior high graduation
(June 8). Invite your family and friends to attend now! More
information is available in the campus sections of this bulletin
and will also be posted on our Website at

Important School Dates for 2012-13 Calendar
(Selected Dates As of 4/16/12)

We do our best to let our families know as soon as the school
calendar has been set for the upcoming year. Hopefully, this
will allow parents to schedule doctor appointments, family
celebrations, etc.

Be Sure to Cross Check Against Parent News Bulletins and emails
Throughout the School Year



Teacher Orientation Begins August 6 (Monday)
Back-to-School BBQ August 20 (Monday)
First Day of School August 22 (Wednesday)


Holiday – Labor Day September 3 (Monday)
Sixth Grade Outdoor Ed TBAOctober
Teachers Convention October 18 and 19
(Thursday and Friday) –
School Closed
Annual Dinner October 22 (Monday)
Teacher Prep Day October 26 – School


Holiday – Veterans= Day Observance November 12 (Monday) –
School Closed
Holidays – Thanksgiving Break November 19-23 (Monday
thru Friday) –
School Closed


Holidays – Christmas Break December 21-January 4 –
School Closed


School Resumes January 7 (Monday)
RAD (Redwood Appreciation Dinners) January 10 & 11 (Thursday
and Friday)
Teacher Prep Day January 18 (Friday) –
School Closed
Holiday – Martin Luther King Day January 21 (Monday) –
School Closed
Homecoming Games January 26 (Saturday)
Canyon Middle School


Presidents’ Day February 18 (Monday) –
School Closed
Teacher Training Days March 7, 8 (Thursday and
Friday) – School Closed Teacher Prep Day March 22
(Friday) – School Closed
Holidays – Easter Vacation March 29 – April 5
(Friday – Monday) – School
School Resumes April 8 (Monday)
Festival of Fine Arts April 28 (Sunday)


Eighth Grade Trip to Wash, DC May 2-10 (Thursday to
following week=s Friday)
Senior Chapel and Tea May 24 (Friday)
Holiday – Memorial Day May 27 (Monday)
Teacher Prep Day May 31 (Friday) – School
Senior Trip May 31 – June 3 (Friday –


Kindergarten Graduation June 3 (Monday)
Fifth Grade Graduation June 5 (Wednesday)
Eighth Grade Graduation June 6 (Thursday)
High School Graduation June 7 (Friday)
Summer begins June 10 – School Closed


Call your campus or e-mail me at

General Information

Clearing Your Accounts

All school accounts must be paid in full prior to:

  1. The issuance of report cards;
  2. The grading of high school finals;
  3. The final conference for PEACH and Basic Education classes.If you suspect that you may be behind in your payments, please call the Business Office at 510-889-7817.

2012-13 Tuition Payments Begin In June!

The June tuition payment is non-refundable and reserves a spot for your child for the 2012-13 school year. Please include with each payment the first name of your eldest student. If the printed name on the check is different from the student’s surname, please provide the student’s full name.

Support Redwood Christian

Support Redwood through your workplace fundraising campaigns and donation of vehicles and other property. Please remember to list Redwood Christian Schools on all fundraising campaign applications, including all government campaigns (local, state and Combined Federal Campaign), United Way and workplace campaigns. On our website ( you will find information about a free, convenient service for converting that extra car, truck or RV into a tax-deductible donation benefiting RCS. Our trusted service ensures that your vehicle is properly handled so you get your tax deduction and RCS receives the benefit of your donation. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support of the RCS ministry!

Redwood Christian Elementary

Mr. Mike Kady, Principal

Elementary Principal


Jog-a-thon 2012

The student’s excitement was running high throughout our annual Jog-a-thon fund-raiser. A grand total of 9,650 jog forms were turned in this year, giving us 246.5% of our campus goal. Monies raised by the students and parents through Jog will be used to purchase classroom equipment as well as help other boys and girls attend our school as Jog-athon contributes greatly to RCS’s tuition assistance fund.

Students were excited with the prizes awarded to them as a result of their hard work. Many positive comments were received for the new look of this year’s Jog T-shirts. Other prizes included the infamous Eagle Eggs, Jog Hats and funfilled activities such as the Obstacle Course, our campus-wide Jog-a-dog BBQ, and the Ice Cream Video Party for those who earned them. Students also greatly anticipated the almostdaily appearance of Jog Man, Jr. during the afternoon Jog-athon assemblies.

Although our first scheduled date for the Jog Run was rained out, a perfect day for jogging greeted us for our make-up day on March 20. Many parents turned out to cheer on our young joggers, who amassed a total of 5,726 laps around the track, averaging 23.5 laps per student.

Many thanks are due to our wonderful parents who helped their kids with their jog forms at home. Also, a big “Thank You” to all of you who helped on the Jog crew, performing the tedious job of checking each jog form for accuracy, readying the jog prizes each day for the students, as well as volunteering your time to make sure our big prize activities were safe and fun for our students.

New Victory Drill Champions

Congratulations are in order to Emina Hayashi and A.J. Manipon, who passed page 50 in the Victory Drill Book and have received their Victory Drill Bibles.

Spiritual Emphasis Week

Spiritual Emphasis Week was held during the week of March 26-30. Our guest speaker, Pastor Terrance Espinoza, took the week to present to our students the “Fruits of the Spirit” as found in Galatians 5:22-23 and entertained our students with his juggling and illusion skills. Miss Masin also led our students in hymns and choruses each day and a choir and trio group comprised of some of our teachers also shared in song.

Upcoming Events

Parent-Teacher Fellowship – Tuesday, May 15

Come join us for our final Parent-Teacher Fellowship of the year on Tuesday evening, May 15. Childcare for school-age children will be provided in C6. Please RSVP by giving our Office a call at (510) 537-4288 by Friday, May 11.

Family Life for 4th and 5th Grade Girls – Thursday, May 24

All fourth and fifth grade girls and their mothers are invited to our annual Family Life presentation at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 in Room N15 on the North Campus. The one-hour presentation by Mrs. Patty Boyd (RCE Assistant Principal) and Mrs. Neal (one of our 5th-grade teachers) will be both informative and practical. Parents, please note: you may choose to attend when your daughters are in either fourth or fifth grade.

Family Day at Great America – Tuesday, June 5

Come celebrate the completion of a great school year by playing at Great America on Tuesday, June 5. Discounted tickets are currently on sale in the campus offices, including the District Office. The deadline for ordering your tickets is Thursday, May 10. Mark your calendar now for Tuesday, June 5. For more details, please see the flier that was sent home
with the students or call the Elementary Office at (510) 537-4288.

Graduations and Awards – May 31,
June 4 & 6

On Thursday, May 31, there will be a PEACH Awards Assembly for grades K-4 located in the Worship Center. The students will follow the assembly with a picnic at Castro Valley Community Park for all PEACH classes grades K-5. Students should arrive in their classrooms at 9:00 a.m. The Awards Assembly will begin at 9:15 a.m. This will be the last day for K-4 PEACH classes.


Our Kindergarten students will be graduating on Monday, June 4 in the Worship Center. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. Students should report to their classroom by 6:45 p.m. Kindergartners will close out the school year with a half-day of school on Monday morning and then go home to rest and prepare for the big event that evening. THERE IS NO AFTERNOON Extended Day Care FOR THAT HALF DAY.

1st – 4th grade

Annual awards for students in grades 1 through 4 will begin at 9:10 a.m. on June 6 in the Worship Center. Students in grades 1 through 4 should report to their classrooms by 8:45 a.m. School will be out for the summer at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. Extended Day Care will begin at noon for any remaining students.

5th grade (including 5th Grade PEACH)

Our fifth graders will receive year-end awards and graduate in the Worship Center on Wednesday, June 6, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Students should dress up (use moderation, please) for their graduation: dress shirts, slacks, ties and dress shoes for the boys would be appropriate, while girls should wear dresses with sleeves and low heel dress shoes within dress code regulations (they will be climbing and standing on risers). School will be over at the conclusion of the ceremony. More information will be sent home in May.


Early Arrivals

As a reminder, students are not to be dropped off prior to 8:45 a.m. unless they are checked into Extended Day Care or being supervised by a parent. Students who are on campus before 8:45 a.m. without parental supervision will be checked in to EDC. We appreciate your cooperation regarding this to keep our students as safe as possible.

School Dismissal

Please remember that students who are not regularly enrolled in Extended Day Care should be picked up at 3:30 p.m. Students will be supervised until 3:45 p.m. After 3:45 p.m., students who are remaining are then checked into EDC.

Opportunities to Help RCS

We continue to get checks from E-Scrip, Target, General Mills Box Tops, etc., as parents and friends designate Redwood Christian Schools for donations. Thank you for taking the time to fill out the forms and then mentioning RCE or RCS as you shop, and for collecting Box Tops and bringing them to school. Thanks, Mrs. Lisa Gimenez, for processing the box tops. All of these are paying dividends and we are very grateful to you and to these businesses for their generosity.

Student Re-Enrollment

If you have not re-enrolled for next year, please do! Re-enrolling now helps our administration plan effectively for next year. Please do not put this off.

RCE Campus Calendar

3 National Day of Prayer, 3S Chapel, Worship Center, 9:10am
3 5th Grade takes MDTP (Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project) Assessment, Classrooms
4 Notices of Concern sent home
10 New Parent Information (NPI) Night, Williams Chapel,  7:00pm
10 Last day to order discount Great America tickets
11 Last day to check out books from RCE Library
11 Summer EDC enrollment/registration due
12 Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade on Castro Valley Blvd.
14 Library closed for inventory
15 PTF Meeting, A2,3, 7:00 p.m.
(Childcare for school-age children in C6)16 Academic Meet Showcase Assembly, Worship Center,2:30pm
17 Last day to return library books
19 ACSI Elem. Academic Meet at our MS/HS, 12:45pm-3:00pm
23 NED (Never give up, Encourage others, Do your best)  Show Assembly, Worship Center, 2:30pm
24 4th and 5th Grade Girls’ Family Life at RCE, N15, 7:00pm
25 PEACH ONLY, NO SCHOOL or EDC, Parent Conferences
28 School and EDC closed: Memorial Day
29 ParentsWeb Grade Book access turned off
30 Last day for Elementary Advanced Band
31 PEACH classes: Awards for K-4 in Worship Center, 9:15am
31 PEACH Picnic at CV Community Park for PEACH K-5
31 Last day of school for K/1Y, 2/3C and 4th PEACH


1 No School, EDC open: Teacher Prep Day
4 KB and KL last day, school ends at noon, no EDC for KB, KL, and K-5 PEACH classes.
4 KB and KL graduation program in Worship Center at 7:00pm
5 School closed, EDC open: K-8 Great America Family Day
6 Grades 1-4 Awards Assembly at 9:10am in Worship Center; School year ends at noon; EDC open; no afternoon EDC for 5th
6 Grade 5 and 5 PEACH Awards and Graduation Ceremony
11 Summer EDC begins at RCE; move

Happy Summer to All!

Extended Care Ministries

The last week of school is always hectic! Below is the EDC schedule.

Friday, June 1

NO SCHOOL (Teacher Prep Day); EDC open at the RCE campus, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday, June 4

For PEACH K-5 and Middle School only: NO SCHOOL and NO EDC. This is a half-day for Academic Kindergarten students, and there is no EDC for them from noon until 6:00 p.m. All other students may attend EDC from 7:00 to 8:45 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. in their regular locations.

Tuesday, June 5

NO SCHOOL (Great America Day); EDC open at the RCE campus, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 6

For all Kindergarten and PEACH students K-4, EDC will be open at the Redwood Elementary Campus from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDC will be open at the RCE South Campus for 1st through 4th graders from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., and noon to 6:00 p.m. There is no EDC from noon to 6 p.m. for 5th grade and/or 5 PEACH.

Thursday, June 7

NO SCHOOL; EDC open at the RCE campus, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00

Friday, June 8 

NO SCHOOL; EDC open at the RCE campus, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Summer enrollment due by Friday, May 11th

Summer Extended CARE Enrollment Packets were mailed in March/early April. If you plan to use Extended CARE after June 8th, you must enroll. We cannot take children in the summer program on a drop-in basis. Summer enrollment forms and fees are due in the ECM office by Friday, May 11th. Enrollment fees increase after May 11th. Please call the Redwood Christian Elementary Office (510-537-4288) or e-mail Mike Kady at if you have any questions or need another enrollment packet.

Middle School & High School Campus

Mr. Al Hearne, Principal

RCS Principal

iLearn@RCS Update

We are busy working behind the scenes to implement iLearn@RCS next year. We have been testing our wireless network infrastructure and writing learning goals for our new curriculum. Our first two sets of iPads have been delivered for the faculty, in order to give them May, June, July, and August to become familiar with their new teaching tool. A second of iPads has also been delivered to use in selected classes during the month of May as we experiment to see how iPads can best be utilized in the classroom.

As with all curricular programs at RCS, learning goals have been created in order to guide the instructional aspect of iLearn@RCS. These learning goals identify several higherorderthinking skills and identify digital citizenship as critical for students to learn effectively for a lifetime and live productively in the 21st century.

The iLearn@RCS learning goals for students are:

  1. Students will be able to apply the truth of God’s Word in their daily lives through utilizing 21st century skills.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate creativity and innovation while utilizing 21st century skills.
  3. Students will engage in communication and collaboration while utilizing 21st century skills.
  4. Students will be able to conduct research and display information fluency while utilizing 21st century skills.
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making while utilizing 21st century skills.
  6. Students will be able to model appropriate digital citizenship utilizing 21st century skills.
  7. Students will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations utilizing 21st century skills.

(The iLearn@RCS learning goals have been adapted from the International Society for Technology in Education (

Breaking News

Two RCS High School Students were selected to enter the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program!

Congratulations are in order for Katherine Burckin and Jacob Ellis!!! They both earned a score above 200 on the PSAT, which places them in the top 50,000 highest-scoring participants in October of 2011.

Well done, Jacob and Katherine.

All of us at RCS are proud of you and recognize the hard work and dedication you have put into your studies.

Lost and Found

All items in our Lost and Found will be given away after Friday, June 8. Encourage your students to check for any items that may belong to them. We have quite a collection!

Purchasing School Lunches

The MSHS campus does not use lunch tickets. A minimum of $25 may be put into a student’s lunch account at any time. If the account is overdrawn for more than a day, students will not receive lunch service until a deposit is made.

Fourth Quarter Report Cards

Report cards will be distributed by homeroom teachers and advisors following the awards assembly on June 8. If a student is going to be absent, please clear it with the office and arrange for the report card to be picked up or mailed. A self addressed, stamped envelope is required if you would like the report card mailed. Overdue lunch money, borrowed money, tuition, bus fees, fines for damaged or lost books, and overdue library books MUST BE PAID BEFORE REPORT CARDS WILL BE ISSUED.

MSHS Campus Calendar


5/2 Minimum Day
5/3 National Day of Prayer
5/3-5/11 8th Grade Washington, DC Trip
5/9-11 AP Exams (Calculus AB, English Lit. & Composition, European History, and US History)5/16-17 AP Exams (English Lang. & Composition, Macro/Micro Economics, World History)
5/11 MS and HS Class Council applications due.
5/18 MS and HS Class Council elections
5/18 High School Play 7:00pm
5/19 High School Play 7:00pm
5/14 MS Athletic Awards 7:00pm
5/21 HS Athletic Awards 7:00pm
5/24 Last full day of classes for Seniors
5/24 Principal’s Coffee Hour 9:00am
5/25 Senior Chapel and Tea 8:15am
5/28 No School – Memorial Day
5/29-5/31 Senior Finals
5/31 Last Day Of School for Middle School
5/31 Pops Concert 1:00pm


6/1-6/4 Senior Trip
6/1 8th Grade Banquet 6:00pm
6/3 No School
6/4-6/6 High School Finals
6/7 MS Awards 9:00am
6/7 8th Grade Graduation Rehearsal at Redwood Chapel 11:00-12:15pm
6/7 8th Grade Graduation at Redwood Chapel 7:00pm
6/8 HS Awards 9:00am
6/8 High School Graduation Rehearsal at Redwood Chapel 11:00-12:30pm
6/8 High School Graduation at Redwood Chapel 7:00pm

Summer Reading Program

It’s been a great year and we are all excited about the coming
months of summer. Before school gets out, we wanted to let
you know about the summer reading program. Students will be
held accountable for their assigned reading within the first
week of the new school year. NOTE: Please do not just watch
the movie or just read the Cliff Notes/Spark Notes! The novel,
the Cliff Notes/Spark Notes, and the film are very different.

6th grade going into 7th grade

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Lewis

7th grade going into 8th grade

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by Lewis

8th grade going into 9th grade

To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee

9th grade going into 10th grade

AP – Lord of the Flies by Golding; Blink by Gladwell
Regular English – Lord of the Flies – Golding

10th grade going into 11th gradeHonors

And Then There were None by Christie; In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Rutledge Regular English – In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Rutledge

11th grade going into 12th grade

AP – Les Miserables by Hugo Regular English – Great Divorce by Lewis

High School Only

Parents of Seniors

The Senior Chapel and Tea will be held on Friday, May 25, at 8:15am. This is a very special event which you won’t want to miss. We encourage you to make an extra effort to be here with your child. Many parents take their students to lunch afterward, as there are no classes for seniors that day.

High School Finals for 9-11

Grades 9-11 will be taking the following finals. Students need to be 100% in dress code in order to take their finals. Please check your child’s dress before they leave the house.

  • 6/4 – 8:00-9:35 Bible
  • 6/4 – 9:55-11:25 English
  • 6/5 – 8:00-9:35 Foreign Language
  • 6/5 – 9:55-11:25 Social Studies
  • 6/6 – 8:00-9:35 Math 
  • 6/6 – 9:55-11:25 Science

High School Awards Assembly

The High School Awards Assembly will be held on Friday, June 8, at 9:00am, in the MSHS multipurpose room. Special awards will be given to students, including subject awards, scholastic awards, student officer recognition, and ACSI student awards.

All parents and friends are invited. Parents of students receiving awards will be notified. ALL students are expected to be present and in school dress code.

High School Graduation Rehearsal

At 11:00am on June 8, following the awards assembly, the graduation rehearsal will be held at Redwood Chapel. All seniors are expected to attend. The rehearsal should be finished by 12:30pm. Students are to arrive at Redwood Chapel no later than 11:00am. Parents and Guardians please make sure that your child is at the graduation rehearsal.Transcripts Seniors who need transcripts sent to the college of their choice need to turn in a transcript request before leaving on the Senior Trip.

High School Graduation

The Senior Class of Redwood Christian High School announces its commencement exercises on Friday evening, June 8, at 7:00pm in the Worship Center at Redwood Chapel Community Church, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. Graduates need to be in the Gym at Redwood Chapel, already dressed in their graduation regalia by 6:40pm. RCS practices a historical, academic graduation and asks that everyone in attendance, including the graduates, behaves with the proper decorum.

From The Counselor

Students are in the midst of finalizing their class selections for next year. We encourage discussion at home concerning appropriate class selections. Official class schedules will be mailed home during the third week of August. That will offer time for a final review of the schedule and an opportunity to adjust the schedule before school starts. 

MSHS Parking Lot Instructions

Parents, thank you for BEING patient and courteous in the parking lot, which we know easily becomes congested. In order to help the traffic flow as smoothly as possible, we are asking you to please observe the following guidelines:

  • be patient and courteous when dropping off and picking up your children
  • make the full loop and do not cut through the student parking spaces
  • keep moving forward in the pick-up lane (the right lane) 
  • do not cut through the cones
  • do not pick up or drop off from the passing lane (the left lane) or the parent parking
  • do not park in the student parking spaces, in the passing lane, or the pickup lane

Middle School Only

From The MS Counselor’s Office

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students take required classes for the most part. Eighth grade students may elect to take Algebra I rather than Algebra A, while seventh grade students have the option of taking general math or Algebra A, but that is the only academic subject in which students have a choice. The results of the Algebra Diagnostic Test should be of some help in making this decision. The most important indicator, however, is grades.

Middle School Awards Assembly

The Middle School Awards Assembly will be held on Thursday, June 9, at 9:00am, in the MSHS multipurpose room. Special awards will be given to students, including subject awards, student officer recognition, and performance awards. Parents and friends are encouraged to attend. ALL students are expected to be present and in dress code.

Eighth Grade Graduation

Following the Awards Assembly on Thursday, June 7, all eighth graders will be bused to Redwood Chapel for graduation practice. They must be picked up at Redwood Chapel at 12:15pm. Every eighth grader should be at the practice. Parents and guardians, please do not be late when picking up your child. 

Graduation ceremonies will be held on Thursday, June 7, at 7:00pm, in the Worship Center at Redwood Chapel Community Church, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. Graduates need to be in the Gym at Redwood Chapel, already dressed in their graduation regalia by 6:40pm. All graduates should be dressed in “Game Day Dress” under their graduation gown. Please invite your relatives and friends to attend the graduation ceremony and share this joyous and important event in the lives of our young people. RCS practices a historical, academic graduation and asks that everyone in attendance, including the graduates, behave with the proper decorum.

Department of Athletics

Mr. Jim Cleveland, Director

Castro Valley RCS Director of Athletics
Visit the RCS Athletics Home Page

Middle School Awards Night 

We will honor the middle school athletes who have participated on the various sports teams throughout the year. Join us in the MSHS multipurpose room on Monday, May 14, at 7:00pm. The evening will include the presentation of individual awards and a potluck dessert. Please plan to attend this special event.

Senior High Awards Night

On Monday, May 21, at 7:00pm., we will honor the high school athletes who have participated in spring sports teams. The awards ceremony will be held in the MSHS multipurpose room. Special year-end awards (Inspirational Christian Athlete, Senior Athlete of the Year, etc.) will also be presented. The evening will conclude with a time of fellowship and refreshments.

Booster Club

Make plans to be a member of the Redwood Christian Athletics Booster Club for 2012-13. Also, the club is looking to fill some open leadership positions that will be vacated this year. This active organization is concluding a tremendous year raising support for the athletic teams through various fundraising efforts culminated by the Crab Feed and Auction in February.

Sports Physicals

Now is the time to schedule your sports physical for the 2012-13 school year. Fall sports begin in August, and all athletes in grades 6-12 MUST have current physicals in order to try out. Members of Kaiser Permanente should schedule physicals immediately. Summer Sports Camps Call the Athletic Office at 510-317-8988 for more information and registration materials.

Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Camp

Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach Drew Sanchez and Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach Erin McGrath will host the 23rd Annual RCS Basketball Camp, to be held June 11-15 at the Sunset Gym. There will be morning and afternoon sessions to choose from; including Skill work & Games Clinic and Shooting Clinic. Don’t miss this week of fun, learning and competition. Boys and girls who are going into grades 4 through 8 are invited, including students from other schools.

Baseball Camp

This year’s 18th Annual RCS Baseball Camps will be held July 9-12 and July 16-19. Multiple sessions, offered each week, include pitching, hitting, catching, all skills, and advanced camp. All sessions will be held at Redwood Christian High School under the direction of Varsity Head Baseball Coach Jim Cleveland. Students from outside schools are welcome. Sessions are available for ages 8-16.

5th and 6th grade Boys’ Basketball Team Wins
H.A.R.D. League Championship!!

Congratulations to the 5th and 6th grade boys’ basketball team for their recent league championship in the Hayward Area Recreational District (H.A.R.D.) Basketball League. Redwood posted a 7-1 record for the season. Their only loss for the season was by just three points. Top performers for the team included Ty Reader who averaged 16 points per game; Kolby Charles and Kunim Dwumfuoh both averaged 12 points per game and Alex Williams averaged 8 rebounds a game. The boys’ team was Coached by Cedric Reader. Congratulations on a great season. Boys pictured: (Clockwise) Ty Reader, Brandon Brown, Kolby Charles, Donovan Blair, Kunim Dwumfuoh, and Caleb Bibby (front) Not Pictured: Alex Williams, Josh Gella, Brandon Hylton.

Wins  H.A.R.D. League Championship!

RCS Music Department

Middle School High School Fine Arts Teacher

Mr. Mark Cagle

What a great festival season the choirs of Redwood Christian
have had!

March 1-2 the high school Concert Choir went to “Musicale” (High School Choral Festival) at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, where we joined 14 other choirs. This was a fantastic event. Our choir did outstanding and was well received by all at the festival. The choir performed two pieces for adjudication, “Blessed and Highly Favored” and “Blessed be the Name,” as well as singing six other pieces with the mass choir in a performance on Friday evening. DayBreak also sang for adjudication and did a fantastic job! On March 16th the Royal Choir went to Fremont to sing at the Elementary Choral Festival. What a fun day this was. There were six choirs present. This was a great opportunity for the children to sing for each other, make new friends and learn from each other. Royal Choir sang two pieces, “Goliath” and “Sing-a-Ling-aLing,” and three other pieceswith the mass choir in their concert on Friday evening. I am so proud of them. Ending the festival season, our middle school New Horizon Choir joined other choirs at the ACSI Choral Festival in Roseville on Friday, April 20. Though the school turn-out was small, the mass choir sounded great with about 85 students! Our choir sang two pieces both for adjudication and as part of the performance on Friday evening: “All My Trials” and “Elijah Rock!” a rousing spiritual that everybody at the festival loved. They sang great!!

On Monday, March 19, the MS and HS Choirs presented their First Annual Spring Concert. This was an outstanding night of singing as the two choirs presented the music that they had learned from their respective choral festivals. As of this year, the MSHS choirs presented four concerts: Fall Concert (late October or early November), Christmas Concert, Spring Concert (late March or early April), and a Pops Concert (late May or early June). The students are sure working hard!On Wednesday, April 4, both the MS and HS choirs presented music for the MSHS Easter chapel. What a wonderful message in song the choirs presentedto the student body to glorify God. And, there is more to come as we have an end-of-year Pops concert and graduations! Stay tuned for more details to be sent home and e-mailed to you. All of our choirs will be singing for the Festival of Fines Arts on Sunday, April 29. What a blessing that will be! To see all of our talented musicians, artists and dramatists present their talents will be simply amazing! I hope to see you there.

Upcoming Choral Dates:

April 29
RCS Festival of Fine Arts Musicale, Redwood Chapel Community Church (RCCC) at 4:00pm

May 31
7th Annual Pop’s Concert at MSHS Campus at 1:00 pm

June 6
Royal Choir sings at 5th grade graduation at 11:00 am, RCCC

June 7
Middle School New Horizon Choir sings at 8th grade graduation at 7:00 pm, RCCC.

June 8
High School Concert Choir sings at Senior High Graduation at 7:00 pm, RCCC.

Mr. Doug McClure

Middle School High School Castro Valley RCS Teacher

The past two months have been “in the trenches” for all the instrumental students K-12 as all the hard work of practicing for our upcoming series of performances takes place. Saturday, April 21, students from all of the RCS elementary, MS, and HS bands and string ensembles performed in Santa Rosa for the ACSI Band and String Festival. This annual ACSI festival held in Santa Rosa every year is a great educational experience for the students and very important to the overall development of all of our instrumental groups here at RCS.

Sunday, April 29, all of the instrumental students K-12 will be performing at the Festival of Fine Arts here at Redwood. Don’t miss this exciting event! This performance is the culmination of all the hard work thestudents have put in this year. The entire Fine Arts department of RCS – instrumental, choral, classroom music, and the art department will be represented at this event.

Another exciting RCS “first” took place several weeks ago. Our first chair trumpet player from elementary advanced band, Steven Ghant, traveled to Fantasy Studios in Emeryville and made a professional recording of the National Anthem! Fantasy Studios is one of the top professional recording studios in the nation. Situated right next to PIXAR Studios, Fantasy Studios has recorded many of the top professional musicians from around the world. With signed autographs and gold, silver, and platinum records hanging everywhere, the whole experience was very exciting for little Steven! Steve promised me a “teacher discount” on his first CD! Better ask him now!!

RCS Music Trumpet

We would like to feature a few photographs of our growing elementary string program here at RCS. We outgrew our classroom and now meet in the school gym. It’s the only room on campus big enough to hold us all!

Christian School Music

Please continue to pray for all the instrumental students here at RCS as they seek to glorify God with their talents!

RCS Home School Ministries

Sue Abbott, Director

Redwood Christian’s Home School program is growing and partnering with home school families in the Bay Area. In addition to their home school studies, students are supplementing their curriculum by taking on-campus classes in art, music, physical education, Spanish, biology, Understanding the Times, Bible, speech, band, and have participated on both the girls’ tennis team and boys’ baseball team. There are many additional classes available to students, Kindergarten through High School.

On February 14, Redwood Christian High School Senior Jillian Jameson won the Castro Valley Rotary Club’s 2012 Speech Meet. Students chose a topic significant in society today that answered the prompt “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.” Jillian’s topic was human trafficking. Congratulations, Jillian!We are pleased to have 3 Home School students graduating from RCS Private Satellite Program this year. Syeva Breus and Jillian Jameson are Seniors and P.J. Swanson is an 8th grader. Congratulations to our graduates!

If you would like information regarding the RCS Home School Program, checkout the school’s website at and click on “Home School” on the left side of the page or you can contact the director, Mrs. Sue Abbott, at or 510-676-0094.


Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546

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