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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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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