OneRio May Update: Rio Resources Needed for our Kids!

Volunteers Needed for Our
2017 Rio Graduates!

The goal for all our Rio students and parents is to end up here: Graduation and its celebration for 4 years of hard work!

So let’s all help each other make it to the finish line together! Please considrer volunteering for one shift at this year’s Safe & Sober Grad Night for the senior class of 2017. While senior parents have planned the event, traditionally parents of juniors, sophomores, and freshmen work the event. It’s a great opportunity for us to learn how to put on a Grad Night for our soon to be seniors. We need door monitors, bus chaperones, sheriff helpers, and people to help with the check-in room. This is such a great Rio tradition and a wonderful bonding event for the seniors!

This year, Grad Night is being held at Strikes Unlimited in Rocklin. On grad night, the seniors will board buses at Rio and be driven to Strikes. They will then stay at Strikes for the entire night where they’ll be able to bowl, play arcade games, get henna tattoos, take silly photo booth pictures, dance, and so much more! At the end of the event, they’ll even get to participate in a professional hypnotist show! After all the fun, they’ll board buses at Strikes and be driven back to Rio at sunrise.

If you’d like to be one of the awesome Rio Resources to make this event great for our graduating seniors, please sign up for a shift HERE! 

Volunteers Need for Rio Fireworks Booth!

The 4th of July is right around the corner and the RAAB fireworks booth is one of Rio Sports biggest fundraisers.

Please help get our Rio athletes off to a good start for the 2017/18 school year by buying your fireworks from Rio and/or volunteering to work one, or several, shifts at our TNT booth in the Whole Foods shopping center open June 28 to July 4 9:00am to 9:00pm.  

Sign-up to work with family, friends, or just to meet other Rio Sports supporters! Click HERE to be a Rio Resource for our Rio student athletes! 

Rio Field of Dreams 2018
Our new track and field facility will be installed Summer of 2018! But to ensure the best possible facilities and ammenities are offered to our Rio community a fundraising effort is needed to supplement what is being installed and continue improving the surrounding sporting facilities (in a timely manner).

To meet these goals the Rio Field of Dreams Committee is offering opportunities to be a Rio Resource for our student athletes (and PE students) with SponsorshipNaming Rights, and Legacy Bricks.

You may also donate directly to the effort via the Rio Americano Athletic Boosters (RAAB) 4540 American River Dr, Sacramento CA 95864. Please indicate Fields of Dreams on the check or simply donate through our RAAB – Fields of Dreams PayPal site.

For more information visit or call Scott Gordon 916 524-9982

Schedule & Textbook Pick-Up 2017/18
Many hands make light work and our wonderful school secretary, Karen Cassady, could use our help making her load lighter. Not only does she need 12-15 volunteers each shift for each check-in day to help pass out schedules and textbooks in August, she also needs a volunteer coordinator for these shifts:There are two shifts each day for volunteers, 7:45 AM – 10:30 AM or 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM for these check-in days –

Seniors: Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Juniors:  Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sophomores: Friday, August 4, 2017

Freshman: Monday, August 7, 2017

If you are interested in being a Rio Resource to Karen and to help our students through each station as quickly as possible please contact Karen Cassady, principal’s secretary, at Karen will work with your schedule to place you on a shift that will work for you (and a coordinator could help make a Sign-Up Genius!)

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April Update: A Lot Going on This Spring at Rio!

Rio Raiders enjoying the 2016 ILS Dance

File Under: Great Things Are Happening at Rio!

Today 4/21: 2nd Annual Rio Golf Tournament @ Hagen Oaks Golf Complex 12-5pm. Foursomes are already set but that doesn’t mean you can’t join the putting contest or stop by for games, cocktails or dinner! Proceeds support Rio sports.

Tonight 4/21: ILS in Wonderland dance 6-8pm in Rio cafeteria with live music by our own Rio band! Cost: $5 Helping Independent Learning Skills students have a magical night: Priceless! Proceeds support Rio ILS program.

Saturday 4/22: Innaugural Rio Hall of Fame 3:30pm @ The Center 2300 Sierra Blvd. Please join our newest effort to honor and recognize Rio alumni with 10 inductees including swimming Olympic medalist, Debbie Meyer. Tix still available here and at door to benefit Rio sports:

Sunday 4/23: Race for the Stars 5K/Kids Run @ Rio Americano HS 8am. $10 of every adult and $5 of every child registration will go back to Rio through the San Juan Education Foundation. Registration still open and includes T-shirt:

Friday 4/28 SpringFest 2017! It’s Friday Festival time and we’re dusting off the BBQ on Friday, April 28 for a lunchtime SpringFest! In the Quad there will be a full hour lunch with BBQ beef hamburgers or turkey hot dogs with fruit, chips, and milk for $3.50 (or student ID for lunch programs). There will also be Crazy for Yogurt for $3 and last chance to buy your class shirts for $15. There will be DJ music hosted by Rio students Blake Harris and Brandon Collins along with a performance by the Rio Pacific Islanders Club! So bust out those shorts and shades and bring a towel to picnic on for SpringFest 2017

Drop off to Rm C10 before May 6
  • mini waters for Senior Ball & Senior Grad Night
  • Boxers of any kind or size for Safe & Sober Grad Night game
Our new all-weather track and field is being installed Summer of 2018, but the Rio Athletic Fields committee is raising money to make sure all sports facilities are properly furbished and ready to best support Rio athletes and fans. Please visit the new website: for more info or contact Scott Gordon at 916 524-9982
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Updates for March: Duck Derby Moved, Fashion Show, Hall of Fame

3rd Annual Rio Duck Derby Moved

to Sept 6-22

Thank you to our 2017 Duck Derby sponsors Quick Quack Car Wash, Niello Co., Wunschel Bros., Inc., London & Gonzalez Advocacy, Caltronics, & Jason Borg Attorney at Law who will be moving with us to our new date:

September 6-22, 2017

With so many great things happening at Rio, April was just too crowded with fun Rio events like the Fashion Show, Junior Prom, Spring Break, Innaugural Rio Athletic Hall of Fame, and 2nd Annual Rio Golf Tournament!

We’ll be back in the fall with better weather, new school year momentum, and 27 chances to win $3,500 in prizes while raising up to $30,000 for Rio school pride and spirit event and programs!

There will still be a Spring Fest on Friday, April 28 with a BBQ, Crazy for Yogurt, games, and music by Rio DJ’s Blake Harris & Brandon Collins so make sure to wear your Rio spirit gear and bring your school ID’s and/or money for this fun event at lunch!

Rio Fashion Show This Sunday!
April 2 – 2pm & 5 pm
The Center 2300 Sierra Blvd
$15 bleacher seating or $30 table seating
(students can get $10 bleacher seating Friday @ lunch)

Get your tickets at:

Why should you and your students support the Rio Fashion Show? A note from PTSA Special Projects Chair, Beth McClure:

The impact from the Every 15 Minutes program continues to ripple through the community. Even now, more than 4 months later. Schools such at El Camino, Vista Del Lago and others have called me to say that they want their programs to be as powerful as Rio’s. The Rio E15M YouTube video has reached 21,000 views! The students remain very close to Chad from CHP and others in the law enforcement community. PTSA is now planning a Distracted Driving program for Fall 2017 and a Personal Safety course for Seniors on April 25th which we hope to make a yearly program for each graduating class.

Rio Americano PTSA counts on a successful yearly Fashion Show in order to fund these and other vital programs. Many of our great E15M team members and their families are featured and volunteering in this year’s show and have been working so hard to make this a FANTASTIC SHOW for all the community to enjoy.  PLEASE come support the major Rio PTSA fundraiser and your E15M friends. There are two seatings for the show – 2 and 5 pm. Encourage your Rio students and their friends to purchase $10 bleacher seats on Friday. You may purchase seats at our beautiful tables with fabulous desserts from Cookie Connection, Cupcake Cravings and Nothing Bundt Cakes or comfortable bleachers seats with great views at: 

FILE UNDER: Great Things Are Happening at Rio

Innaugural Rio Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, April 22, 3:30 pm
The Center 2300 Sierra Blvd
$20 General Admission, $10 child/Rio Student
(Hurry! Tickets go up April 1)
Get Tickets at:
2017 Inductees
Brad Bell, Gof ’79
Wileen Claugus, Track, ’72
Jerry Kaeser, Baseball, Coach
Trevor Matich, Football, ’79
Debbie Meyer, Swimming, ’70
Alycia Moulton, Tennis, ’79
Karen Smith, Basketball, ’80
Steve Smith, Basketball, ’68
Sasha Victorine, Soccer, ’96
1978-79 Girls Basketball Team

Fri. April 21, noon

Join us for RAAB’s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at Haggin Oaks.
12:00 pm shotgun start with games, awards and dinner to follow at 5:00.
If you can’t make it for the whole day, come join the putting competition at 3:30.
Register now at:

For more information see the attached flyer HERE
TOMMORROW APRIL 28 , 3-9 pm Restaurant Night at Skips!

Juniors need about 250 more mini waters for JUNIOR PROM.Please deliver donations to Room C10 by April 7 or have delivered bySafeway.
Restuarant Night Tuesday, Apr 4! Mesa Mercado 
Milagro Centre
6241 Fair Oaks Blvd
Say you’re from Rio for 20% of proceeds to benefit our school!
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March Update – Duck Derby,GALA & Hoops 4 Hope

APRIL 7-28, 2017
Will you be the next winner of $500?
You can’t win if you don’t adopt a duck!
27 chances for $3,500 in prizes!

Duck Derby: How Can I Help?

  • Sponsorship. Thanks to our marque sponosr Quick Quack Car Wash and major sponsors The Niello Company, Caltronics, Jason Borg Attorney at Law, and Wunschel Bros., Inc (so far), prize money has been covered for the Duck Derby! But we’d like to see more Rio supporters on the backs of our 2016 Duck Derby T-shirts! If you’re interested in sponsorship or if you know someone who would be see here. Please contact Kelli Wheeler at to confirm sponsorship by MARCH 24 or turn in completed form and check to Rio front office ATTN Duck Derby/Rio PTSA.
  • Adopt Raffle Ducks! We will be selling raffle ducks starting at Open House Wednesday, April 5. Students will also bring home 2017 Duck Derby order forms Friday, April 7. Ducks are $10. Students will be competing to win $1,000 for their class as well as individual prizes for selling the most ducks (or just turning in order form/money). You can also adopt ducks online April 7 through April 27 from the Rio webiste or The goal is to sell all 3,000 ducks for a $30,000 profit benefitting Rio school pride and spirit projects, events, and programs like PAYING $4,000 FOR CLASS OF 2016 BUSSES FOR SAFE AND SOBER GRAD NIGHT when they ran out of money (2017 Seniors – you will too! So sell those ducks to win the easy $1,000 for your class!).
  • Spread the world to adopt ducks! Remind people to adopt ducks. Send friends and family the link to adopt ducks starting April 7. Have people at work adopt ducks. Have local businesses adopt ducks (and if their duck wins a prize they can donate it back to the Rio class of their choice!). And like the CA Lottery – you can’t win if you don’t play! Two $500 prizes and 25 $100 prizes up for grabs!
  • Gift cards. We still need $5-10 gift cards (i.e. Chipotle, Starbucks, Crazy for Yogurt, Jamba, iTunes, etc) or money to buy gift cards from Rio SCRIPP for raffle prizes for turned in order forms and top sellers. Please contact Laura Osecheck ( if you’d like to donate or drop off to Rio front office ATTN: Duck Derby/Rio PTSA.
Hoops 4 Hope is FRIDAY, MARCH 17!
Rio vs El Camino staff charity basketball game
Benefitting Rio community member Mark Tannenbaum’s PALS 4 Life,
ALS Association Greater Sacramento
7pm @ Rio gym
Tickets $10 at door – come early it can sell out!

Ticket proceeds and direct donations go to medical equipment and care for area ALS patients.
Text Hoop to 41444 to donate
click HERE to donate

GALA IS THIS SATURDAY! Help is still needed!
Wanted: 4 Chaperones
20 cases of mini waters
Please drop cases off at room C10 or have delivered by Safeway
Please let us know at how you plan on helping make this a great event for our students!

It’s time to get your tickets to this year’s Fashion Show! Let’s help send our Seniors off in style at this fun, fabulous event that’s fun for all! Click HERE for more info.

*   This year’s CIVITAS students selected two charities to bestow a $10,000 donation. Receiving $5,000 each from the generous donation WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment) and Francis House Center helping those suffering from homelessness and poverty.
*   For the second year in a row the Rio Action Civics team won a merit award from the State Dept of Education and Californai Judicial system for Civic education!
*   The Reverse Food Truck is  back on Campus for Open House! On Wed., April 5 please bring fresh food items and other foods the day and night of Open House. Cash donations are also welcome! Last year the Rio community helped CIVITAS fill the truck and rais $240!

*   The Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, May 6 and the Topic is Women’s issues – Girls with dreams, Women with Vision. There is a fabulous list of speakers from Non Profits Government and Business. Click HERE for more info.

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February Update

Thank you Brad Burgess and Rio alum Sophia Burgess for designing our 2017 Duck Derby logo!

2017 Rio Duck Derby Sponsors Wanted!

Last year’s Duck Derby was a great success – more than doubling our first year’s profits – thanks in part to our sponsors who covered costs. This enabled all ducks sold to be pure profit for supporting Rio school pride and spirit projects and events (biggest recipient: 2016 Seniors – busses for their Grad Night).

Our DD sponsors get great exposure on promotional banners, commemorative T-shirts, social media, and our website. Plus free raffle ducks and T-shirts depending on your sponsorship level! Please check out our tax deductable  Duck Derby Sponsorship packages and email Kelli Wheeler at or call 396-5223 to help make the 3rd Annual Rio Duck Derby our best FUNdraiser yet!

Hoops 4 Hope
Benefitting Rio community member Mark Tannenbaum’s PALS 4 Life,
ALS Association Greater Sacramento
Friday, March 17, 7pm
Rio gym
Rio vs El Camino staff charity basketball game
Ticket proceeds and direct donations go to medical equipment and care for area ALS patients.
Text Hoop to 41444 to donate
click HERE to donate
Please join us for Rio Americano’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame event
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 3:30 pm
Located at The Center at the Mosaic Law Congregation
2300 Sierra Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95825
– $20 General Admission, $10 Child/Rio Students
– Admission price increases to $25 after April 1st and tickets will be sold at the door if seats available. All seating is theater seating
– Cash bar and light refreshments will be offered.
For more information, click hereTo purchase tickets, click here.
Rio AP Environmental Science Students win trip to Africa to deliver
Solar Suitcase to African students

Thanks to a PG&E renewable energy program and a winning video created by APES students Max Glenn and Matt Grossman, they and their teacher, Joyce Dibble, are currently on a 12-day trip to Kenya to deliver Solar Suitcases that the APES classes made to schools and community groups with the international nonprofit, WE Charity.

For more details on this amazing opportunity provided by PG&E and Mrs. Dibble click here. Congratulations!

Rio Jazz Band Headed to NY for Prestigious Charles Mingus Festival & Competition
Only 12 high school bands are invited to the annual Mingus music competition in NY and a group of music teacher, Josh Murray’s, musicians are going this month! Small jazz ensemble group Nick August, Brady Hegland, Timmy Voet, Duncan McElman, and Eric Treadwell were selected for the honor and will be performing Feb. 17-20. To see KCRA 3’s profile on these musicians, Mr. Murray’s program, and this honor click here.

The seventh annual 5K Race for the STARS run/walk/kids race takes place on Sunday, April 23 at Rio Americano. When you register for the race, Rio receive $10 for each adult and $5 for every student/child (plus a shirt!).

In addition to the 5K run/walk and kids races, there is a Family Festival with food, music, entertainment, prizes, raffles and activities for all ages.

Details and registration at

San Juan Education Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that provides funding for innovative learning directly to San Juan Unified classrooms through teacher grants in the focus areas of Science, Technology, Arts and Reading (STARS).

Rio is looking for a STARS ambassador who will be the liason between the school and the foundations sharing news and info about grants, events, etc. available to the the Rio community. If you’re interested, please email Subject: STARS Ambasador

GALA and Junior Prom are almost here and our dancers still need mini-waters! Please drop off 8oz water bottles to Room C10 between now and March 10. Or order online from Safeway and have them delivered!
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January Update: FIELD OF DREAMS 2018!


Success! Rio Field of Dreams 2018

Thanks to our grassroots efforts, support of Measure P, leadership from Principal Ginter, and most of all SJUSD Facilities Director, Frank Camarda, who has worked with us to make sure Rio is seeing the facilities improvements it deserves Rio will finally be getting our all-weather track and field by the summer of 2018!

But our work isn’t done. The current plan has upgraded bathrooms but no bleachers. As we iron out what the district will be responsible for, the school has funds for, and what the Rio community can do to enhance the stadium it is understood that fundraising will be needed to give our student athletes the best facilities possible.

You have asked what you can do to be a resource for this goal and here it is: We will need a Rio Field of Dreams 2018 committee who will steer, tap resources, and fundraise for upgrades that would include a new scoreboard, sound system, bleachers and other identified needs toward the ultimate goal of hosting track meets, soccer games, lacrosse games, rugby games and football under Friday Night Lights.

Please respond to this email with Field of Dreams 2018 if you are interested in being on this committee.

If you haven’t been by Rio lately you should! The transformation continues with fences pushed back to reveal the new functional hardscape of our entry quad and leading to our school offices, a colorful mascot logo at the front of school and facing the interior quad, our shield logo embedded in a new large gym floor, refurbished baseball dugouts (and soon to be outfield wall with new logo), and upgraded breezeway between the gyms and the locker rooms continuing. (And the new drainage system effictively handling all the rain we’ve been getting!)
The PAC building is waiting on steel to finish framing the structure, we will still be getting new lockers, locker rooms, drought-tolerant landscaping, and new signage all to be complpeted this summer. We will even be getting new lighting for the pool area and new roofs on the small and large gyms with solar panels to make us more energy efficient. The band will also benefit from PAC money to outfit the building with equipement needed for its performance and academic needs.
Measure P money will be transforming the Rio campus in the coming years to a completely modern facility. Rumored plans to build a new school on the athletic fields have been set aside due to cost and wanting to more expediently improve our campus in the least disruptive way possible.
Rio Grad Night Fundraiser:
Pasta Night at the Clubhouse!
The Grad Night Committee continues to do a great job raising funds for the Class of 2017 Safe & Sober Grad Night! But they need your help! Please join us for a fun night of pasta and supporting our seniors on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6-9 pm. $11 per person with a dessert raffle. Click here to make your reservation (by January 20th) and for more details.
Water & Cookies Needed!

Juniors are raising money for GALA and Junior Prom! Please donate cases of mini waters for these dances (so they don’t have to buy them) to Rm C10 by January 30(or have them delivered bySafeway). They also are selling cookies at the boys soccer games. Cookie donations to Room C10 on January 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 and February 6 & 7 would be greatly appreciated to maximize their profits!

Rio & Beyond Fundraiser
Not sure if the SAT or ACT is the best fit for your student? On Saturday, Feb 4 at 8 am @ Rio students can take a sampling of both these tests and get instant scores to help focus their preparation. The $25 test (click here to register) is also the biggest fundraiser for Rio & Beyond, a volunteer group working with school counselors in supporting Rio students with college and career information.
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See you Wed., Jan. 11, 7pm @ Rio Library
See Rio’s ILS class on ABC10 delivering wreaths to the residents of Sunrise senior living facility: Special Needs Students Bring Wreaths to Senior Living Community

Rio Wreaths Tradition Makes the News (Again)

Thank you to everyone who supported our Rio Wreaths FUNdraiser! We surpassed last year’s sales of fresh evergreen wreaths and centerpieces, making nearly $1,500 that will support Rio school pride and spirit projects and events like these:

OneRio supported Rio’s ILS (Independent Living Skills) class in a tradition started last year in conjuction with Rio Wreaths. The class made fresh swag wreaths with help at lunch from the Rio student body on December 6 during a holiday party. They then delivered 50 wreaths the next day for the doors of every senior resident at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility on Fair Oaks Blvd. The 2-day event was covered by ABC10 and shown on the 6pm news on Dec. 7. (Click HERE to watch.)

Thank you to Heather Ludwig, Wendy Finnecy, Jenie Sawyer, Kelli Wheeler and the ILS class for creating this wonderful holiday tradition of Rio students reaching out the community in another wonderful example of #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio

Rio Wrestlers Feed the Homeless
In another example of #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio here is a note from new wrestling coach, Rich Santana, on a great preseason bonding event:
As a Coach, I believe in giving back to the community. Our wrestlers will be working with the community throughout the year. After the experience, they were thankful for being able to feed the homeless, as most of them have never done anything like that before. Rio Wrestling will continue to be an extension into our community and represent Rio Americano as ambassadors of good will in the Sacramento region.
Who wants their company on the back of a really cool Duck Derby T-shirt this year?!
Duck Derby sponsorships will begin next month. With sponsorships starting at $300 if you step up now you will receive 10% off your sponsorship and double your raffle prize duck entrants! Just reply to this email with MORE INFO ON DUCK DERBY SPONSOSHIP in subject.
SMARTIES FOR SMARTIES will be given out Tuesday, December 20 at lunch as “brain food” for finals next week. Thank you to Rio Student Government for helping with this fun tradition started last year as a OneRio school spirit event.
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