December OneRio Update – Toy Drive, Staff Wish List, Fun Run!

Next PTSA Meeting: Wed., 12/12 @ 7pm in Rio Library
OneRio meeting 6pm

Rio Staff Wish List 2018

Hello Rio Resources!

PTSA tries to fulfill as many Staff Requests as possible with money raised from the Duck Derby, Senior Showcase and PTSA membership and donations. We have fulfilled a lot of wonderful resources that go on to benefit your students like funding for electronics, clubs, books, and math, science, and art departments as well as field trips for our ILS program. We try to fulfill as many requests as possible, but we can’t fund them all.

We realized this year that many requests were for small, every day use items. In order to fulfill larger requests that would normally go unfulfilled we decided to see if our parent community would step up to purchase items under $100 needed by our Rio staff to help do their jobs.

The response for the Staff Wish List has been one of excitement! As one teacher said at the thought of our Ask And You Shall Receive efforts, “I feel like a kid at Christmas!”

Please consider adding our Rio staff to your Christmas shopping list in the spirit of giving! If you’d like to help spread the holiday cheer go to our Link to adopt a staff member:

After rolling out this gift drive in Sunday’s Rio Newsflash, there are only 11 staff members left who need to be adopted! Let’s make sure every staff member gets their wish!

When possible, we asked for a direct link to make the shopping even easier! Just copy and paste website links to help you find the specific item(s) on their list. 

Please have gifts bought online mailed to: 4540 American River Dr., Sacramento 95864 with the name of the Rio staff member on the delivery.

Or you can drop gifts off at the Main Office into the Staff Wish List Box. Please make sure staff name is on it!

Gifts will be distributed every Friday up to Christmas Break.

If you would like to make a larger purchase to help a staff member in need, please contact Kelli Wheeler at We have a few staff whose wish is over $100 (like a book case and a new or used ipad).

Thank you for your generosity and support in making sure #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio!


The 23rd Annual Howe Avenue School Toy Drive
is currently underway! 

It is the goal of Rio Americano’s AVID program to provide 600 toys to the students at Howe Avenue Elementary.

Please help this awesome group at Rio reach their goal! Gifts are currently being collected in 3rdperiod classes, the Main Office, Counseling Office, and in Mrs. Sumers’ room (A-6). The top three 3rdperiod classes who donate the most presents will win a donut party!

Please donate new, unwrapped gifts be between $10-$15 and that they not include any toy weapons. Deadline is Friday, Dec. 14th.

Winter Wonderland dance is December 7th from 7:30 to 10:30!

Students can buy tickets at the finance office during lunch or break. Guests allowed.  Sales end December 6th.  It is a white out dance!!

Please donate small, 8oz water bottles for this event to Rm C10 by Friday!

Created by Senior Lauren Calgano
December 8, 9am @ Rio Americano

Hi! This is Lauren Calcagno, a senior at Rio Americano High School.  I am a 4-year Varsity Track and Field and Cross Country athlete and am also part of Civitas. After my summer internship at the American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF), for my senior community advocacy project I wanted to help promote the beautiful parkway, encourage people to volunteer, and raise money to help the Foundation achieve its goals through a 5K run/walk: the Parkway Fun Run for Everyone!

The fun run will start at Rio Americano High School and take place ‪on December 8th, at 9 a.m‬.  Please help support the ARPF by singing up for my fun run using this link:

If you can’t make it to the race but would still like to support this cause, please consider making a donation using the link below. I appreciate any help you can provide.  Please contact me at  if you have any questions.  Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!

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Important Update for 11/14/18

PTSA/OneRio Meeting Tonight Cancelled

Due to Smoke

We know you were ALL planning to come to the OneRio meeting at 6pm and PTSA meeting at 7pm and we know you are all HUGELY disappointed it was cancelled. But don’t despair – you have the Wednesday, Dec. 12 meeting to look forward to!

Here is probably the most important news you will have missed tonight:

Nov. 28 Meeting on 2019/20 Schedule Change Cancelled do to NO SCHEDULE CHANGE!

Message from Principal Ginter:
After preliminary feedback from teachers, parents, and students, Rio Americano will remain in the same 6 period class schedule as we move into the 2019-2020 school year.  We will continue to look at ways to address issues within our class schedule that preserves the programs important to our community and students.  As a result of this decision, there will be no block schedule discussion meeting on Novemeber 28, 2018 in the PAC. If you have questions please call the main office at 916-979-8860 and ask for Mr. Ginter.

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November Update

LAST Schedule Change for 2019/20 School Year Meeting Nov. 28 @ 6pm in PAC
PTSA Meeting Wed., Nov 14 @ 7pm in Library

 Rio Wreaths Fundraiser

Rio’s PTSA is selling fresh Holiday Evergreens again this year as a fundraising project.  We would appreciate it if you would please take a minute to look over our website HERE. Our sale is ongoing through November 5th.

Wreath products range from $22-$75. The proceeds from our sale will assist the many programs offered by the PTSA.

We’re offering evergreens to decorate your own home and also the opportunity to send a Gift Item across the country or across town.  Please spread the word about our sale to your friends, neighbors, and family as well!  We appreciate your help with our sales drive.

Wreaths will be available for pick-up (unless you pay for the delivery option) the week after Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 26-30) after school in front of school 3-5pm (exact dates TBA).  

Please contact Suzanne Cook at for assistance in ordering or to answer any questions.

SJUSD had instituted new graduation requirements for the Class of 2023. In order to accommodate these requirements Rio Americano will be considering a schedule change for next year (ultimately to be decided by teacher vote in January) that will be one of the following:Block Schedule
Stays Same

However, parent and student input is valued especially since the new A-G Requirements for all will deeply impact being able to take electives like Band, Student Government, and art classes. THE LAST Parent/Student Schedule Discussion Meeting is on Nov. 28 hosted by Principal Ginter. It will start at 6pm in the PAC. Come find out the facts and be a part of the decision making process.

Rio Robotics Needs Your Help Gearing Up for the Tournament Season (Literally!)Note from Rio Robotics: Please consider donating to our non-profit, we need your support! During our most recent season the team was able to qualify for the World Championships in Houston with only a small budget of $2,000 for the robot yet we were able to compete with teams that had budgets of up to $250,000. We had to use a base kit that FIRST provided with only a single-speed drive train, which limited our ability to compete with teams that had $500 multi-speed drive trains. Any help would be greatly appreciated because we would love to go back to the world championships next year. Rio Americano has a great team and the only thing we are missing is financial support. Thank you!
Click here to donate now and visit our website to learn more about our program!

File Under: #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio
Come be a part of the OneRio team!
After five years and the founding of OneRio, your fearless leader, Kelli Wheeler, is moving on with her graduating senior! Two freshmen parent Rio Resources have stepped up to shadow her this year to helm the Rio school pride and spirit PTSA committe/booster group: Sonya Millner and Alana Troutt!We are looking for more Rio Resources to fill out this fun team dedicated to making sure great things keep happening at Rio. If you’re interested please come to our next monthly

OneRio meeting at 6pm in the Rio Library
before the PTSA meeting (Wed., Nov. 14).Many hands make light work and if you like what OneRio is doing for the Rio community and would like to see it continue, please join us.
Parents, students, staff welcome!

Rio Staff Shirts!
Thanks to the success of the 2018 Rio Duck Derby, OneRio is once again able to provide spirit wear for our amazing staff! It’s a great way to welcome our new Rio staff to our growing school as well as thank them all for the dedication they put into making sure #GreatThingsAre
Coming for the Holidays:
Opportunity to Adopt a Staff Member and purchase their Wish List item(s)! Stay tuned!
Water Bottle Filling Stations Coming to Rio!!

We are excited to announce that Rio HS was recently awarded $7,000 from the Raley’s/Bel Air Extra Credit Grant Program to purchase and install three water bottle filling stations. Valerie Pantoja, Sophmore CIVITAS student, worked hard over the summer to complete the grant application. The water bottle filling stations will go in the gym, cafeteria and one other location. The Extra Credit Grant Program focuses on investing in schools and supporting their efforts to deliver wellness education, nutrition, and cultivating the next generation of healthy eaters.

Thank You Raley’s/Bel Air!

Annual Rio Band Playathon!
Thursday, Nov. 8

The 38th annual Rio Playathon will be a 17 hour marathon of music and fun, running from 7 am to midnight!  All Rio bands perform at this exciting and fun event. Elementary and middle school students are invited to play with Rio’s Advanced and Honors Concert bands. There are fun games, treats and an instrument petting zoo to visit. Note: its on a Thursday this year, ahead of a 4 day weekend! Free and open to the public. Carnival for our visiting young musicians
Click HERE for Playathon Schedule
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PTSA Meeting Tonight, Schedule Change Meetings, Rio Robotics & More from OneRio!

PTSA Meeting Tonight, Wed. 10/10 @ 7pm in Rio Library

In Case You Missed It: Duck Derby Final Update!

Preliminary numbers show our FUNdraiser brought in $18,850 with a profit of $13,750! We sold 1,295 ducks – 113 less than our highest total last year. However, it the consistently closest race yet between all grades with Senior’s finally pulling ahead and staying ahead to earn $1,000 for their class!

Thank you to these raffle winners who donated their prize back to OneRio to make sure #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio:

Laura Lehrer
Chris Ford
Nan Mohrfeld
Ema Adams


$500 Grand Prize Winners
Number          Name                     Student Seller
1.    3        Michael Dengel       (Annika Dengel)
2.    430    Julie Sazaki              (Ava Sazaki)
$100 Bonus Winners
1.    2180  Laura Lehrer                 (Katherine Lehrer)
2.    2502  Michael Dengel            (Annika Dengel)
3.    2479  Zephra Lawrence         (Emma Lawrence)
4.    1984  Lori McCoy                   (Ryan McCoy)
5.    567    Patricia Cutlter             (Whitney Wheeler)
6.    2189  Chris Ford                     (Kennedy Ford)
7.    1265  Nan Mohrfeld              (Wyatt Mohrfeld)
8.    2178  Kathleen O’Connor     (Kellen O’Connor)
9.    1525  Cooper Davis
10.     2749  Dina Garbero               (Genna Garbero
11.     2376  Jody Prunier
12.     194    Michael Dengel            (Annika Dengel)
13.     2782  Chris Gerety                 (Sydney Gerety)
14.     950    Nghia Nguyen              (Nicholas Demovic)
15.     169    Jody Hendrie               (Lacy Hendrie)
16.     1005  Elizabeth Irwin
17.     1178  Ema Adams                (Lorelei Adams)
18.     448    Dawn Schlegel           (Avery Landeros)
19.     907    Tammy Hendrie        (Jackson McMorris)
20.     942    Suzanne Wheeler     (Whitney Wheeler)
21.    2401  Kiki Wong-Yee           (Jolie Yee)
22.    1249  Dawn Schlegel          (Avery Landeros)
23.    1348  Lori Haggard             (Madeline Haggard)
24.    2384  Poonie Holst             (Jonathan Holst)
25.    2329  Kelly Lewellen          (Cassie Mastronarde)

Thank you to our 2018 Duck Derby sponsors for enabling the sale of our 1,295 ducks to be all profit!

Marque Sponsor: 
Quick Quack Car Wash
 Premier Sponsor: 
Niello Company
Gold Sponsor: 
Silver Sponsors:
John Foderaro, Guild Mortgage
Carmichael Roofing
Kyber Construction
Wayside Lumber
Bronze Sponsors:
Jason Borg, Attorney at Law
Sutter Builders
London & Gonzalez Advocates
Crazy for Yogurt
Screaming Squeegee

Prize Donor:
Cookie Connection, Loehman’s Plaza
Gift Card Donors:
Laura Osecheck
Lisel John
A special thanks to our Duck Derby crew, a great group of volunteers eager to work smarter not harder to help Rio shine:

Kelli Wheeler    Allison Allen   Summer Wright
Tom Nelson      Tina Shaw        Laura Osecheck                         AJ Paulus            Mike Wright
Bonnie Bjorgum                      Alluria Smith        Carol Burns
Valerie Powell  Joe Raya       Jan Shively           Trey Wheeler

Daily Duck Table
Nina Seibel
Sadie Campbell
Eric Osecheck
Katie McKechnie
Jarrod Florentino
See you next year at the 5th Annual Duck Derby, but in the meantime make sure to keep an eye out for all the great things happening at Rio thanks to proceeds from the 2018 Rio Duck Derby! #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio



Come to PTSA meeting tonight, where Principal Ginter is always in attendance or come to an upcoming scheduled meeting for this:

SJUSD had instituted new graduation requirements for the Class of 2023. In order to accommodate these requirements Rio Americano will be considering a schedule change for next year ultimately decided by teachers that will be one of the following:

  • 7-8 Period Day
  • Block Schedule
  • Stays Same

However, parent and student input is valued and would like to be passed on to teachers for consideration. Principal Ginter will be holding 2 more Parent/Student Schedule Discussion Meetings on October 24 and on Nov. 28 in case you missed the first one. They will start at 6pm in the PAC.

Support our Rio Robotics Team by eating Chipotle!
Saturday, Oct. 13 from 4-8pm
Loehman’s Plaza Location
Show the flyer above or mention Rio and our Raider Robotics gets 33% of proceeds!
Support our Rio Cheer by Eating Spaghetti Factory past at the Rio Cafeteria
Friday, Oct. 12, 5-8pm
Tickets $10 from Rio Cheerleader or at door.
Lots of fun silent auction items, good food, and great reason to eat pasta!
for more info contact Demeris at
Be a part of the 2019 SENIOR SHOWCASE!
Text @showcase19 to 81010 to join
Come to the 1st meeting on Tuesday, October 16 @ 6:30pm in the Rio Library. Important papers handeded out that night.
Can’t Wait for Friday to eat out to support Rio?
Go to the Student Govt Fundraiser at
Noodles and Company in Loehman’s Plaza
Thurs. 10/11, 4-8pm
Mention Rio so ASB gets a percentage of sales!
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Duck Derby, Homecoming, Principal Message & More from OneRio!

PTSA Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 19 @ 7pm in Library

2018 Rio Duck Derby 
Time to Get Friends & Family Involved!

Don’t let this week being Rio Homecoming week distract us from our goal of raising $30,000 by getting all 3,000 raffle ducks adopted!

If you’ve already bought your lucky ducks, please have your student copy and paste the letter below into an email to family and family friends (or do your own for co-workers!) to offer them a chance win $3,500 in cash prizes while helping continue to make sure #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio!

If you haven’t gotten your lucky ducks yet – what are you waiting for? Click HERE! 
Hi everyone this is ___________.

My school, Rio Americano, is having the 4th Annual Rio Duck Derby raffle FUNdraiser. If you purchase a rubber duck for $10 you have 27 chances to win $3,500 in prizes — (2) $500 (25) $100 plus a Quick Quack car wash!

There are also individual prizes and class prizes. I’m trying to be a Top Seller and also help my class — I’ll get free food at our Duck Derby Celebration (and other fun prizes) if I’m a Top Seller and if my _____________ class sells the most ducks we will get $1,000 to help with our class spirit events and merchandise!

Here’s the link to buy ducks:

Here’s the link for more information:

The Duck Derby Drawing is this Friday, Sept. 28 at noon at the Rio pool. You don’t have to present to win, winners will be notified by email, phone and/or on the website. Please consider supporting me and my school in this fun event!

Thanks and good luck!


p.s. When you click the link to buy a duck online please select Grade ____ and put (STUDENT NAME HERE) in the NOTES section so I get credit for the sale.


Rio Alum Being Honored at An Evening With The Stars!

The San Juan Education Foundation last October funded $27,850 in teacher grants – including one that helped our Graphic Arts teacher, John Feld, get a state-of-the-art printer for the department.

One of the ways they raise money for these grants is An Evening With The Stars which inducts SJUSD grads into the STARS Hall of Fame. One of this year’s inductees is Rio alum and author, Shanthi Skaran.

As part of the theme, Empowered Women:Inspiring the Next Generation,Rio ASB President, Whitney Wheeler, will also be a part of the program.

An Evening With The Stars is on Friday, September 28, featuring a formal catered dinner at The Center at 2300 in honor of STARS Hall of Fame inductees to raise money for San Juan Unified School District schools. Other honorees include Diane Bryant, former Google Cloud COO and Intel Group President, Shannon Callahan, Navy Pilot, and and Dr. Heidi Wittenberg, surgeon.

Click HERE for more information and tickets.

Important Principal Message at This Week’s PTSA Meeting!
This is PTSA’s first meeting of the 2018/19 school year. As with every PTSA meeting Rio’s principal, Brian Ginter, will be present with latest important Rio community information and to field questions and concerns. At this meeting Principal Ginter will also be using the PTSA forum to provide additional information on schedule options for next year.

The meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 19 @ 7pm in Rio Library.

Homecoming Dance Saturday!
We have another dance with thirsty dancers this month! The Homecoming Dance is usually one of Rio’s most well-attended dances and so we need lots of water!

Please drop off your 8oz water donations to Rm C10 between NOW and FRIDAY or have it delivered by Safeway.

Also, please email Student Government Advisor Jason Korich if you are available to chaperone

Rio & Beyond Fall Speaker Series

Thursday, Sept 20, 2018 6:00 – 800 pm, PAC All Student classes recommended
Demystifying College Admissions: A Zoom digital conference with Sara Harberson, America’s College Counselor

Thursday, Sept 27 & Tuesday, Oct 9 Senior student recommended
A two-part lecture by Scott Hamilton, Future Stars College Counseling
Topic Selection, Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PAC
Selection Review, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Library

Thursday, Oct 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Library Senior parent recommended
A FAFSA hand’s-on workshop conducted by Joe Gomes, At Risk Intervention Specialist and College Admission Advisor

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Duck Derby Starts This Week! Water Shortage for Dances   #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio
Back to School Night Wed., 9/12 @ 6pm
First PTSA meeting Wed., Sept. 19 @ 7pm in Rio Library
Quick Quack Carwash, Niello Company,
John Foderaro/Guild Mortgage, Kyber Construction, Carmichael Roofing, Caltronics, Wayside Lumber,
Sutter Builders, London & Gonzalez Advocacy, 

Jason Borg Attorney at Law, Screaming Squeegee, and Crazy for Yogurt

2018 Rio Duck Derby Begins Friday 9/7!


  • Rio Duck Derby sales starts Friday, Sept. 7 and ends Thursday, Sept. 27 at 3pm
  • Through student sales and online donations sell 3,000 raffle rubber ducks for $10.
  • Order forms will be handed out in 5th period on Friday, Sept. 7(also available in Attendance office, Daily Duck Table and
  • No ducks will change hands. Raffle #’s will be assigned to duck purchase.
To see your raffle number go to
  • All forms and money will be turned into Attendance office or at Daily Duck Table.
  • Starting 9/7 ducks can be adopted online through the Rio Americano website: and
  • Rio Duck Derby raffle will take place Friday, September 28 at lunch at the Rio pool.
  • Class that sells the most ducks wins $1,000, their Duck Dunker jumping into pool to retrieve winning ducks and Title Belt.
  • Winning class has their Duck Dunker choose winning ducks.
    • Freshmen: Principal Ginter
    • Sophomores: Jennifer Smiley, PE Teacher
    • Juniors: Carley Nava, Health Teacher
    • Seniors: Sammie Stroughter, Football Coach/Campus Monitor
  • Two ducks will win $500
  • 25 ducks will win $100
  • Students who sold winning ducks will receive a Duck Derby T-shirt.
  • Winners will be notified via email and posted on
  • The Duck Derby Celebration will be Friday, September 28 with an hour-long lunch with DJ music by Rio senior Jesse, BBQ hamburger and hot dog meals, and desserts for sale.
  • Top 20 sellers will get their food for free at the Duck Derby Celebration, Duck Derby T-shirt, and gift card.
  • Three winners of Starbucks, iTunes, Chipotle, Crazy for Yogurt, and other gift cards plus Duck Derby T-shirts will be chosen in a weekly raffle from people who have turned in order forms and money plus Top 3 sellers.
  • Any questions please contact Kelli Wheeler at

Class of 2019 Senior Family Picnic and Barbecue! 

Senior Family Picnic and BBQ is this Sunday, September 9th. Get your tickets online . Last day to purchase tickets is tomorrow Thursday September, 6h.Well see you there and don’t forget your to pack your picnic blankets .Cheers to the class of 2019!!!

There are 2 dances in the next two weeks
(Back to School Dance, Friday 9/7 and Homecoming 9/22)
and mini waters (8oz) are still desperately needed for the over 1500 students expected at these events! Our dancers get HOT and this is their main source of water.

Costco and Smart & Final have great values and Safeway delivers.

Your help is appreciated by Student Govt and your thirsty dancers! Please drop waters off to room C10 at any time.

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Duck Derby Sponsors Needed, Senior Picnic, Back to School Dance   #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio
Back to School Night Wed., 9/12 @ 6pm
First PTSA meeting Wed., Sept. 19 @ 7pm in Rio Library
Thank you Digital Arts teacher, John “Feezy” Feld for this year’s awesome 2018 Duck Derby logo!

Final Week to Become a 2018 Duck Derby Sponsor!

The 2018 Duck Derby raffle is Sept. 7-28. The deadline to become a sponsor before T-shirts, banners, and promotional materials are printed is August 31. Click HERE for more info or contact Kelli Wheeler at

Please consider joining these sponsors to make this year’s Duck Derby the best FUNraiser yet!

Quick Quack Car Wash
The Niello Company
Jason Borg Attorney at Law
Kyber Construction
Sutter Builders
Carmichael Roofing
Courtney Way, Realtor                                          John Foderaro, Guild Mortgage

Class of 2019 Senior Family Picnic and Barbecue! 
Date: Sunday, September 9th
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Rio Americano High School 

We surpassed our fundraising goals for the Safe and Sober Grad Night event with the huge number of seniors that purchased parking spaces. We raised almost $18,000! Because of the success of the parking event, the Senior Family Picnic and Barbecue will not need to be a huge fundraising event. We will just need to cover costs and enjoy the evening with our seniors and the rest of the class of 2019 and their families!
Tickets will be $6 per person and will include a barbecue dinner ( we will have a vegetarian option), beverage and dessert.
Tickets will be available to purchase through PayPal starting,  Monday, August 27 and run through Thursday, September 6th on the Senior Events webpage: .  Not a fan of BBQ, no worries, pack a picnic and  come out and enjoy the event. 
There will be music, lawn games, raffles, ping pong and good old fashioned fun – PLUS WE WILL HAVE AN AUCTION FOR FRONT ROW GRADUATION TICKETS!!!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to make this event a success for all of our seniors. We will need help with set-up, clean-up and grilling. If you are willing to help, please email Cheryl Chamness at .

Back to School Dance
Friday, Sept. 7
Rio gym
Chaperones and mini waters are still needed for this event!
Please drop waters off to room C10 at any time. Reply to this email if you’d like to chaperone.

Duck Derby Committee Members Needed!

If you’re interested in helping with PTSA’s anchor fundraiser we are having a planning meeting

Monday, Aug. 27 at 7pm at the home of DD Committee Chair, Kelli Wheeler

Treasurer, shadow chair, and worker bees needed!

Please reply to this email for address or further inquiries.

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