OneRio Update 2/10 Meeting and Action Items

THIS IS ONLY A CONCEPTUAL DESIGN. Changes still pending, but this is accurate for the areas that will see new landscaping and hardscape at Rio this SUMMER.

Rio will be getting $2.2 million in school improvements this Summer!

Thanks to the Performing Arts Center (PAC – quarter in the swear jar if you call it the band building) breaking ground this April (new date) and support from Frank Camarda at district Facilities, Rio will be undergoing some impressive changes this summer! Details are still being finalized but here’s what Rio’s spit-shine will look like:

  • School painted
  • New lockers to match Senior Hallway installed
  • Refurbished PE hallway and boys and girls locker rooms
  • Gym floor either recoated or sanded down for new floor
  • Sound panels added to small gym
  • Paint large gym lobby (new coat of green paint inside large gym already completed)
  • Large “Home of the Raiders” painted on outside of large gym facing fields
  • New front entrance sign to replace LED sign (new LED will be on PAC building)
  • New drought tolerant landscaping at front of school (Tony Van Rees bench/Rio Memorial Grove will be on hold until this is completed)
  • Senior Lawn to be replaced with redesigned hardscape/landscape with raised seating and planters
  • New (possibly stamped and stained) concrete from front entrance and drop-off area to Administration building (Senior Lawn area) and in between Admin office and small gym, to caffeteria.
  • Sewer and water needs addressed in reworked landscape areas

Field of Dreams Update:
We have decided to proceed with securing a donor/grants/eligible funding group to help Rio get a new all-weather track and field in an expedited time frame despite the district looking to put a bond on the November ballot that would address implementing Rio’s updated Master Plan. It does make it more challenging to attract a donor/grants for expedited updated athletic facilites if a SJUSD bond goes to ballot, but the district still has many significant hurdles to overcome for the promise of Rio’s updated Master Plan to be implemented in a timely manner, so we will continue to stay the course in getting our athletic fields updated by 2017 through a private donor/district partnership. Please come to the next RAAB meeting (Monday, March 7, 7pm in Library) for more information or to become part of the team trying to make this happen.


Race for the Stars is at Rio Sunday, April 24. Register now and Rio receives $10 for every adult entry and $5 for every child entry. It’s a fun, festive event for the entire district held at our school with a post-race festival, kid activities, refreshments, give-aways and more. Make sure to provide school name when you register here:

Keep a look out for an email for our Oscars Fundraiser starting Sunday, February 21st! It’s a one-week, online only fundraiser hosted by Fans4Causes (owned by two Rio families) where for any donation amount you can make Oscar predictions with the Top 4 predictors winning 36 Handles Pub & Eatery gift cards and Rio gearor the Grand Prize a Citibank Visa and Rio gear!

Duck Derby kicks off April 1 with raffle ducks available for adoption online and through students for $10. Drawing will be held April 21 at lunch at the Rio pool. There is over $3,500 in prizes if all 3,000 ducks are sold with the class who sells the most ducks winning $1,000 for their class! Weekly prizes for top adoption agencies including individual students, groups, and families. For more information go to If you’d like to be a part of the Duck Derby Support Crew please email about our Feb. 25 Planning Meeting.

GALA & Senior Ball
Action Items
Thank you to these people for volunteering to chaperone GALA on 3/12:
  • Maria and Todd Sperber
  • Polly Cracchiolo (and Hubby)
  • Patrick Powers
  • Wendy Finnecy
  • Christy Wormald

If anyone else would like to chaperone please contact Jordan Dreyer @ 916 899-4852

GALA’s theme is Candyland. They are looking for donations of candy (preferably unwrapped) and small 8oz water bottles. Please deliver to room C10 or contact Kendall Soriano @ 916 698-6931

GALA tix are on sale now. Please remind your student to buy them now because prices go up each week!

  • Single w/ ASB $15
  • single w/o $20
  • Couple with ASB $30
  • couple w/o $35
SENIOR BALL is May 7th from 8-11pm. They are looking for 6 parent volunteers for various jobs at the event. Please reply to if interested.
Sunday, April 10
1pm and 4pm
Buy Now
It’s time to buy your tickets for the Senior Fashion Show!

Prices range from $10 for a bleacher seat to $500 for a 10-person table close to the action.

Please bring your underclassmen to this memorable event so we can see our Rio seniors off with proceeds benefitting next year’s Every 15 Minutes, a powerful drinking/texting and driver awareness event.

Rio Spirit Pack
$25 – save $4!
Buy Now
You can now get your Rio wear and merchandise from our PTSA online market! If you don’t see the inventory you’re looking for keep checking back — we’re still in the process of setting it up.Once you’ve made your purchase, you will receive an email notifying you when your order will be ready for pick-up in the Attendance Office.
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