OneRio Meeting Tuesday, Aug 21 6pm in Rio Library


Why Come to the OneRio Meeting? 
Tuesday, August 21 @ 6pm in Rio Library

  • Because the first PTSA meeting isn’t until Sept. 19 and you want to find out what’s up now.
  • You’ve heard about this great OneRio group and want to be a part of it.
  • You haven’t heard of OneRio but your are intrigued to know more.
  • You want to give back to the Rio community but aren’t sure how.
  • You want to be a Rio Resource and match your skill set to a helpful area.
  • You don’t have time but you have other ways you’d like to help.
  • You want to know what events are coming up this school year.
  • You want to be a part of Rio Duck Derby 2018!
  • You want to be a part of Grad Night 2019!
  • You want to be a part of something!
  • Your Rio community group would like help from OneRio.
  • You want to learn about what #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio!
Mark Your Calendars!
Rio Americano 2018/19 FUNdraisers and School Spirit Events!

6/28-7/4 Rio Fireworks Booth (RAAB)


8/18 Senior Parking Space Painting (PTSA/Grad Night)
9/7-28 Duck Derby (PTSA/OneRio) 9/7 Back to School Dance (ASB)
9/8 Rio Sports Fall Social (RAAB)
9/9 Senior Family Picnic (PTSA/Grad Night)
9/12 Back to School Night (ASB)
9/13 College Night (R&B)
9/21 Homecoming Game vs Christian Bros (Alumni Opportunity)
9/22 Homecoming Dance (ASB)
9/26 Small Ensemble Night (RABB)10/10 Pops Concert (RABB)
10/12 Cheer Pasta Feed (Cheerleaders)
10/16 AM Jazz Ensemble (RABB)
10/22-11/4 Rio Wreaths (PTSA/OneRio)
10/23-24 Reader’s Theater (Theater)
11/1 Small Ensemble Night (RABB)
11/8 Play-a-thon (RABB)
11/15 Rowdy Raiders v Staff Basketball Game (ASB)


11/23 Alumni Soccer Game (Alumni Opportunity)
11/23 Alumni Basketball Game (Alumni Opportunity)
11/29-12/1 Jack Scott Tournament (Boys Basketball)
12/7-8 Rio Raider Round Up Tournament (Girls Basketball)
12/12 Small Ensemble Night (RABB)
2/6 Small Ensemble Night (RABB)
2/9 Monte Carlo Night (RAAB)*
2/13 Winter Concert (RABB)
2/6-9 Winter Play (Theater)


3/2 Dinner Dance (RABB)
3/2 Raley Field Baseball Night (Baseball)*
3/9 GALA Dance (ASB)3/15 Hoops for Hope (Alumni Opportunity)
3/20 Small Ensemble Night (RABB)
3/30 Senior Showcase (PTSA)
4/3 Open House (ASB)
4/6 Junior Prom (ASB)
4/22 Race for the Stars (Rio/District)
4/9 Chamber Music Concert (RABB)
4/12 ILS Prom (ASB)
4/24-27 Spring Play (Theater)
4/26 Golf Tournament (RAAB)*
4/27 Rio Sports Hall of Fame Induction (RAAB)*
5/1 Small Ensemble Night (RABB)
5/3 Spring Concert (RABB)
5/4 Senior Ball (ASB)
5/11* Pancake Breakfast (CIVITAS)

*Date is tentative

ASB Associated Student Body
CIVITAS political science based 4-yr student academy
OneRio school pride and spirit support group
PTSA Parent Teacher Student Association
RAAB Rio Americano Athletic Boosters
RABB Rio Americano Band Boosters
R&B Rio & Beyond
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Rio Fireworks Booth, Schedule Pick-Up Volunteers, Senior Parking Spots & Fall Fiesta Group Parties

Rio Sports 2018 Fireworks Booth
Volunteers Needed!

RAAB’s 2018 Fireworks Booth is quickly approaching! Please go to the following link and volunteer time for one of RAAB’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Join a friend on your work shift, or meet the parents of other Rio athletes! Your help is greatly appreciated!  Sign-ups are HERE.

For questions or additional information, please contact Jennifer Mahoney

Sign Up Now to Get the Spot You Want!
Parent Volunteers for Schedule and Textbook Pick-Up for 2018/19 School Year

During the check-in, students will return paperwork sent to them in the summer mailer (Rio’s Rules and Regulations and the Attendance Contract), receive their class schedule, have their school picture taken for the 2018-2019 student ID card and for the yearbook, purchase important school items, check out textbooks, and make schedule change requests.

In order to get our students through each station as quickly as possible, our parent volunteers lend a huge helping hand in this process.

There are two shifts each day for volunteers, 7:45 AM – 10:30 AM or 12:15 PM – 2:30 PM.  The check-in days are as follows:

Seniors – Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Juniors-   Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sophomores– Friday, August 10, 2018

Freshman–  Monday, August 13, 2018

We are looking for 12-15 volunteers for schedule pick-up and 4-5 volunteers for Textbook pick-up per shift, each of the four days. That is a lot of volunteer shifts to fill, so we need your help! If students are looking for volunteer hours, they are welcome in the Textbook room shifts.

If you are interested in volunteering, please use this Sign-Up Genius to choose a shift. Parent Volunteers for Schedule and Textbook Pick-Up for Rio Americano

Erin Bjork is the parent volunteer coordinator for schedule pick-up and can be reached at

Bonnie Bjorgum is the principal’s secretary and can also be reached with questions at

Jennifer Cockerell is the parent volunteer coordinator for Textbook pick-up and can be reached at

Ramona Witek is the Rio Textbook clerk and can be reached at if you have additional questions.

Thank you for your support!

Erin and Jen

The Rio Sports Fall Social needs your help!
The Sign-Up Parties during the Silent Auction generate a lot of money for this fundraiser. RAAB (Rio Americano Athletic Boosters) is looking for someone to join their Fall Social Committee as the Sign-Up Party Chair. If you know lots of Rio families and community members who like to host a good time, or helped with the Mariemont, Del Dayo auctions or other elementary/middle school fundraisers, or are just someone who wants to get involved in their child’s school – this opportunity is for you!

Jen Hemmer, the new RAAB President and Fall Social Chair (and full-time attorney) could really use some help continuing to make this 3rd annual event she launched a huge success and biggest fundraiser for Rio Sports.

Please contact Jen @ if you’d like to help or if you’re interested in hosting a Sign-Up Party (like The Wheelers who are hosting a Sacramento Brew-Bike Party!)

It’s Time to Get Your Senior Parking Spaces!!

Click on the box above to purchase your parking space online.
$310 for Premium
$155 for Personal
All proceeds go to 2019 Rio Safe & Sober Grad Night!
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Goodbye Class of 2018 – OneRio May Update

Fun Fact: That’s your OneRio Chair, Kelli Wheeler, (above) Class of 1989 getting dunked at Clayton Valley HS Senior Picnic!

Class of 2018 Pool Party & BBQ!

Thursday, May 31 11am-2pm!

Rio del Oro Raquet Club
119 Scripps Dr., Sac 95864

The Class of 2018 starts a new tradition! After Senior Checkout Day on Thursday, May 31 all Seniors are invited to Rio del Oro Raquet Club (119 Scripps Dr, Sacramento, CA 95825) for a FREE pool party and BBQ from 11am-2pm! All seniors need to bring is their student ID to get in, a towel, and bathing suit! Food, drinks, games and music will be provided. Please remind your seniors to sign-up for this FREE event during Rio’s lunch period in front of the Attendance Office! 

(On day of event, seniors will park across the street from Rio del Oro in the overflow lot and enter at the back gate that is directly across from the overflow lot.)

Action Item: If you’d like to chaperone this event (we need BBQers, food/drink servers, check-in, directional help, boundary monitors) please respond to this email, subject: Senior Pool Party (volunteers will report from 10:30-2:30pm or any portion of the event)

It’s not too late to sign up for CLASS OF 2018 Safe & Sober Grad Night
on June 1, 9pm-4am
at Strikes in Rocklin!
CLICK HERE to register and pay and for more details

2018 Rio Duck Derby!
Anyone interested in joining the Duck Derby Committee there will be a quick meeting, on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm at Duck Derby Chair, Kelli Wheeler’s house to have an overview of what promises to be OneRio’s biggest fundraiser yet! We will hit the ground running in August for the 2018 Rio Duck Derby Sept. 7-28. Please respond to this email, subject: Duck Derby to RSVP and get address for meeting.
We are still accepting design submissions for the 2018 DD logo so encourage your student to submit their drawing or graphic design!
CLASS of 2019
Safe & Sober
Grad Night Fundraiser:
Buy Your Parking Spot to Paint!
Starting Monday, May 21 print your order form or buy online through for purchasing a parking spot. Details to follow when site goes live on that day.

Painting will be done the Saturday after school starts, August 18 with a Senior Picnic Fundriaser to follow on Sunday, Sept. 9 where additional fundraising for Safe and Sober Grad Night will have auction items like Reserved Front Row seats for Class of 2019 graduation!

Interested in succeeding as OneRio Chair starting 2019/20? Respond to this email, subject OneRio Resource to plan a date for coffee and see if you want to shadow Kelli Wheeler during her final year.
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OneRio April Update & Action Items – Robotics Going to Worlds!


 Last 2017/18 PTSA meeting: 5/9 7pm Library

Click the picture of the Rio Robotics Team above to help cover their expenses at the FIRST World Championships in Houston April 18-21 (with extra proceeds going toward supporting Rio Robotics)

Rio Robotics Team Makes It to World Championships!

The fledgling Rio Robotics Team, started three years ago when teacher, Matt Cole, joined the Rio staff to resurrect trade classes, helm the Regional Occupation Program and establish an engineering deptartment. On a shoe-string budget with funds from PTSA, School Site, and Mr. Cole’s own pocket the Rio Robotics Team designed, created, and programmed a robot to compete at the Fresno Regional FIRST Robotics competition going up against teams with $200,000 budgets and sponsored by the likes of Google and Boeing.

Not only did Rio’s robot win the regional World Championship qualifyer, they are the first team from Sacramento county to ever go to Worlds!

The Rio Robotics Team will now be headed to the FIRST World Championships in Houston April 18-21 thanks to San Juan Unified School District stepping up to close their funds deficit.

But the robotics team still needs our help! The process of building an advanced robot, the materials and equipment to maintain and fix it during and after competitions, the cost of competitions, and expenses incurred at competitions (Mr. Cole transported the robot to and from Fresno in the back of his truck covered with plastic, compared to another team’s sponsor logo-covered trailer) are expensive.

Last night PTSA voted to give the remainder of our 2017-18 Competition Fees budget ($600) to the Rio Robotics to aid in their success. Please consider donating to this wonderful new program at Rio, an other amazing example of #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio, to help support our students:


and follow them @frc4698 (RaidersRobotics) on Twitter to track their success at Worlds!

6:30-8PM at the PAC

Come explore careers in science!
Featured speakers:
Terry McDonald, Anchor Orthotics and Prosthetics
Beth McClure, OB-GYN Physician
Andrew Reilly, recent Rio grad, Nurse
Megan Poage, engineer and policy development for CA ISO
Rio Americano Athletic Boosters
3rd Anual Golf Tournament Fri. 4/20 &
2nd Anual Rio Athletic Hall of Fame Induction 4/21

There are 12 more spots for the “best ball” golf tournament at Haggin Oaks Golf Course. Click HERE for more info/purchase spot.
The Rio Athletic Hall of Fame in the PAC promises to be another inspiring and school spirited night recognizing some of Rio’s all-time greats in sports including Coach Manfredi and MLB player John Bowker.For more info/tix click HERE
Grad Night Tix $55 until this
Sunday 4/15!

Price goes up Monday 4/16 to $75
Join your 2018 graduating class from 9pm-4am after graduation on June 1st for a fun night of bowling, music, food, arcade games, casino games, karaoke, dancing, boxer bingo and more!
Click HERE to get your tix!
The 2018 Rio Duck Derby

is looking for new committee members and logo designer!
If you’d like to be a part of this fun, work-smarter-not-harder group, please reply to this email, Subject: Duck Derby.
We’ll meet once before this school year is over (May) before starting up in August for the2018 Rio Duck Derby Sept. 7-28.

Water and Chaperones Needed!
The Class of 2019 would love 8oz water bottle donations for Junior Prom this Saturday dropped off at Room C10 by Friday, 4/13.
The Class of 2018 is also looking for water donations to be dropped off at Rm C10 for Senior Ball, Senior Sunset, and Senior BBQ and Picnic in May.
If you would like to chaperone Senior Ball on May 5 at the Sacramento Auto Museum please reply to this email, Subject: Senior Ball Chaperone
Spring Play
“Little Women”
April 18-21
7:30 pm
Betty Miller Theater

Tickets available at the door or at school finance office during school

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March Update: Is Our School Safe? Safety Forum Follow-Up

Next PTSA/OneRio Meeting Wed. 4/11 @ 7pm in Rio Library
San Juan Unified School District Safe Schools program leaders. Officer Kevin Givens, Team Leader, second from right, was in attendance to answer questions and concerns at PTSA/OneRio’s Is Our School Safe? Safety Forum.

Is Our School Safe? 
Safety Forum Follow-Up

We had a good showing of parents and students turn out for our school safety forum on Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). Principal Brian Ginter and SJUSD Safe Schools Team Leader, Sacramento County Sheriff, Kevin Givens detailed what is being done at Rio and the district level to keep campuses secure and safe. They also addressed parent/student questions and concerns for nearly two hours.

Though Ginter and Givens assuaged many fears and concerns, here’s the take-away ACTION ITEMS:

  • Parents and students are not accepting that Rio has done all it can to make its campus safe. More effort needs to be put into DETERRENCE at the school and distric level. Here is what needs to happen at the SCHOOL LEVEL:
  1. Take a “top-down” approach to having staff and students take the Lock-Down Drill more seriously. Principal Ginter will talk with staff about the Lock-Down Drill being enacted as a true lock-down emergency with consistent instructions among all staff. Students will be expected and required to treat the drill as a true emergency so students and staff can retain the “muscle memory” of what to do in a real high-adrenaline situation.
  2. Principal Ginter will follow-up on what is being done by counselors, staff, the district, and parents of student(s) who have been consistently identified as having aggressive/violent disciplinary action throughout their school history.
  • Safe Schools has paid Sacramento County Sheriff officers rotating among its district campuses but no officer/squad car on campus at all times. Rio has 2 paid Campus Monitors patrolling campus, who cannot deter all entrance and exit to our campus. Here’s what needs to happen at the DISTRICT LEVEL:
  1. Parents need to contact San Juan Unified School District Board Members or attend a SJUSD board meeting (April 10 & 24 6:30pm) to voice insistence on having Rio and all SJUSD schools enclosed in fencing with a central location entry. This was just completed by the Elk Grove Unified School District in response to Sandy Hook. (Rio fenced off the levy after Sandy Hook.) Encourage the district to make  it a priority to find the money to do this.
  2. Parents need to contact San Juan Unified School District Board Members or attend a SJUSD board meeting (April 10 & 24 6:30pm) to voice insistence on paying for an armed private secutiry guard to be on school campuses at all times. Encourage the district to make it a priority to find the money to do this.

There was two more ACTION ITEMS discussed that could happend immediately to provide a DETERRENT to violance on Rio’s campus:

  • Parents would fund an armed private security guard to patrol Rio’s campus until suitable deterrents are put in place at the school and district level.
  • Parents would form a Parent Patrol similar to Mariemont Elementary and Arden Middle School’s Watch D.O.G.S. program, but parents would be on campus every day.



Translation Showcase
 an  Arts collaboration Event at Rio Americano High School.

Students from six departments ( Photography, English, Art, Ceramics, Music and Video Production) translate each other’s work into their own medium. The students reveal and perform their work to each other and the audience at The Final Showcase Event. Translated Photographs, poems, paintings, ceramic sculptures and music all complimented by video production!

Last year, over 300 students participated in Translations, the largest Arts collaboration in the District.

Please join us to enjoy and be a part of our audience at TheTranslation Showcase Event!
Date:  Monday, April 9th, 2018
Place:  Rio Americano’s  new Performing Arts Center
Time:   7:00p.m. – 8:30pm

Civitas  and senior Owen Bister will host a workshop on Hate Crimes Thursday March 15 from 3-5pm in the Rio Library. The presentation will be done by the Anti Deformation League ADL and parents and students are invited to attend
Earned Income Tax Credit Opportunity for Parents and Teachers
Click HERE for more
Seniors! Get Your Tix for Safe & Sober Grad Night 6/1-6/2
9pm – 5am

Everyone’s going to this final send off for the Class of 2018 so don’t miss out on food, fun, bowling, games, prizes, music, karaoke, hypnotist, cartoonist and more at Strikes Unlimited Rockling! Click HERE for more info


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March Updates

Senior Showcase this Sunday 3/4 @ 1pm & 4pm. Get tix HERE

Rio Forum Wed., 3/7 @ 7pm in PAC

March’s PTSA/OneRio meeting (normally the 2nd Wed. of each month), will be bumped up to Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm in the new PAC building so that we can host a FORUM ON SCHOOL SAFETY: Is Our School Safe?

In attendance will be Principal Brian Ginter and Bob Erickson*, Program Manager of San Juan Unified School District’s Safe Schools, to answer parent/community questions and concerns regarding what is being done at the school and district level to keep our students and staff safe.
*Or Chris Cully from Safe Schools

Some of the questions/concerns being addressed:

  • What is being done to make Rio’s open campus more secure?
  • Can the school/district provide trained/armed security guards at all times?
  • If not, can parents pay for a trained/armed security guard?
  • If not, can parents form a Parent Patrol?
  • What is being done by Rio to make sure students who have long been identified as students with problem behavior/violent tendencies do not become a threat to our student population?
  • When will the Lockdown Drill be scheduled again?

Please join us in our effort to stay informed, proactive, and lend your voice or skill set in PTSA/OneRio’s commitment to making sure #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio.

Before you come to the IS OUR SCHOOL SAFE? forum, please consider visiting or taking out food from The Old Spageghetti Factory on Arden to help support one of our own, Talon Bonanno, by raising funds to help with his fight with neuroblastoma cancer. #TalonStrong
Come out to Raley Field Saturday, March 3 to watch Rio’s JV and Varsity baseball team’s compete against Bela Vista! Parking and admission are free! (JV starts at 4:30, Varsity 6:30)
Get your tickets for this Sunday’s SENIOR SHOWCASE
3/4 at 1pm & 4pm @ PAC

The fabulous, reimagined 34th Annual Senior Showcase (aka Fashion Show) is PTSA’s biggest fundraiser. Come support our Rio seniors (because your underclassmen will be seniors one day sooner than you realize!) as they showcase fashion, musical, vocal, and artistic talents! Take home some art from the silent auction at the Senior Art Exhibit!

Stundents & Staff $10  Adults $25

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No February PTSA Meeting & OneRio Updates

No February PTSA meeting! See you in March!
You are the gainer in our swimming pool of life. Keep making a splash!
Love, Mom & Dad

Senior Showcase Ad Copy Due Friday!

Don’t forget to submit a picture and ad copy by this Friday! (Sample above)
FULL PAGE AD – $500 (4.75” x 7.7”)
HALF PAGE AD – $250 (4.75” x 3.85”)
1/4 PAGE AD – $125 (4.75” x 1.9”)
1/8 PAGE AD -$75 (2.375” x 1.9”)

Click HERE to pay for ad online

Complete Order Form and email ad pic and copy or own design in PDF form to:


That’s right.  If you are a high school senior and are planning on attending college this fall, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application is a must.

By completing the FAFSA Application, you can make yourself eligible for Cal Grants, Pell Grants, Work Study and subsidized student loans.  And beginning this year, the Middle Class Scholarship is being fully funded and will reduce your CSU and UC tuition costs by 40% if your family’s adjusted gross income is below $162,500!

There is no guarantee that you will earn FREE MONEY if you complete the FAFSA . . . but there is a 100% guarantee that you WON’T receive any free grant money if you DON’T complete the FAFSA.  And many merit-based scholarships now mandate that a FAFSA Application be on file to be considered for their awards as well.

RIO & Beyond is hosting a FAFSA Workshop on February 15th from 6-8 p.m. in the Library.  There will be a host of counselors and financial aid experts there to help you complete this application.

You are encouraged to bring your lap tops to this event because we only have access to about 15 computers.  You will also need to bring the following information:

Your social security numbers (student’s and at least one parent’s).
Your completed income tax returns from 2016 (both student’s and parent (‘s).
Records of your untaxed income.
Records of your cash, savings, and checking account balances, including stocks and bonds that aren’t part of a qualified retirement plan.

You will also need to create a Federal Student Aid Identification Number (FSA ID) for both the student and at least one parent.  These FSA ID’s are used for you to electronically sign your FAFSA Application.  You can complete this at the workshop but our encouraged to create one beforehand.  Visit to find information on how to create your FSA ID number and to read more about how the FAFSA Application can help you finance your college investment.

For more information, please contact Joe Gomes at

The RIO & Beyond Team

Tell us your experiences so we can make our schools better!
Community Forum:
Discussion session – Parent Engagement
hursday, February 15, 2018 – in the Board Room at

6:00-7:15 pm

We encourage all parents to come to this special meeting.
You are welcome to listen or join in the Q/A.
We want to hear parent thoughts and ideas to make our schools more welcoming.
Meet the parents who serve on the District Parent Advisory Committee.
You comments and questions will help create us the annual District Plan!

  • Learn  about efforts to increase parent engagement
  • Strategize with students, parents, community members and staff how to get all families involved
  • Public comments invited!

More information is at :

Rio Winter Play “Alice In Wonderland Starts Today!
“Alice In Wonderland” runs February 7-10 in the Betty Miller Theater. Tickets available at the door for 7pm show times and in advance at the Rio Finance Office. Come support your Rio thespians!
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