All Students:


    Motivational Speaker- Hey Raiders!!!  Join us Thursday, January 21st at lunch for a student government sponsored guest speaker that you don’t want to miss.  Read more about Robert Paylor’s amazing journey and follow the zoom invite to join by clicking here.

    Extended Yearbook Portraits for Grades 9-11- With this year being different, we are doing things differently to make a yearbook that tells the story of 2020-2021.  Students aren’t on campus to get a school picture, so we are asking you to submit a portrait that was taken at home. Take a photo or find a recent one that you like and upload it to hjeshare.com (the school code is 4540 and make sure you pick the submit a portrait option). You can also submit by downloading the hjeshare app on your phone. There are a few basic rules for submission, which you can find on this instructional pdf. Basically, just take a well-lit headshot with no distracting backgrounds or inappropriate attire or gestures. If you need more help you can watch this video on submitting with the phone app or website.  The deadline to submit your photo is January 30, 2021.  And while you are at hjeshare.com you can also upload photos of your senior year since June.  We would love to see students working, playing, studying, relaxing, or anything that documents teen life.

    All 10th and 11th Graders- Rio Counselors will be hosting a College Information Night via Zoom to discuss college admission requirements and how to begin the college research process.  Click here for the Zoom meeting information.

    UPDATED hours for the book room- While books are available, students may check out books for the second semester: Monday through Thursday 10:15am to 3:15pm, in the cafeteria, unless posted otherwise.  If you have not brought back your first semester elective book(s), you may not check out the second semester elective book(s). For questions email rebecca.edgar@sanjuan.edu.

    AP Parent Proctor Testing Sign-ups- Rio Raiders who are taking AP classes, please have your parents click on the link to sign up to proctor a exam.

    Work Permits- Looking for a job and need a work permit?  Please email Mrs. Mendoza at teresa.mendoza@sanjuan.edu and she can email you a work permit application. Permit pick up times are on Wednesday’s from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Administration Office at Rio or by appointment.

    NEW hours for the Finance Office- Ms. Pucci is available every Wednesday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.  If you are unable to come on campus these days you can email her at stacy.pucci@sanjuan.edu to schedule an appointment.

    Rio students, we WILL have a yearbook in 2021!!!  Click here to order your yearbook or for additional information.

    Unable to attend class- Please remember to notify the attendance office!!!  A parent/guardian can call the automated attendance line at 916-971-7522 or report online at rioamericanoabsence@sanjuan.edu.

    Updated Free Curbside meals- Meals will now be served once a day Monday through Friday at Rio from 12:15-1:15 pm (not including holidays and non-instructional days) for kids under 18 years of age. Friday’s meal service will now include meals for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Meals cannot be consumed on site and social distancing protocols must be followed at all times.


    Class of 2021:


    Seniors can still order their graduation supplies!!! Click here to see what Jostens has available.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Richards in the counseling office at natasha.richards@sanjuan.edu.

    Financial Aid for College- Seniors, please click here to learn about and complete your FAFSA application.  Please complete by March 2, 2021!!!

    Attention Seniors- If you made a schedule change or received a D or F last semester, you must contact the 4 year colleges you applied to. It is your responsibility to let colleges know if you have a new schedule, or if you received a D or F.  If you have questions please contact Mrs. Greene at emily.greene@sanjuan.edu.

    American River College will be doing a virtual application workshop January 25, 2021 at 1:00pm and February 25, 2021 at 1:00pm. If you are interested in signing up for either date, please email Ms. Richards in the counseling office at natasha.richards@sanjuan.edu.

    PTSA Scholarship - Seniors, join Rio’s PTSA to be eligible for a spring scholarship.  The PTSA is awarding EIGHT $500 scholarships to seniors this spring.  Don’t miss out!!!  Click on the attached link to join the PTSA. https://jointotem.com/.

    Yearbook Portraits- Seniors, if you take your photo with Prestige, it will be uploaded automatically and you will not need to do anything after the photoshoot. We know that Covid-19 concerns and restrictions may prevent you from going to the studio.  In that case, you can submit a professional-quality photograph (taken at another studio or skilled amateur) to hjeshare.com (school code 4540). Please dress nicely. The Senior Portraits will be screened and we may ask for a retake on any image that does not meet our standard.   The deadline is January 30, 2021 to submit your Senior Portrait. And while you are at hjeshare.com you can also upload photos of your senior year.  We would love to see seniors working, playing, studying, relaxing, or anything that documents teen life. 

    Attention Seniors: Please send in a picture and some information about yourself. Each week PTSA will highlight seniors in our Newsflash. Email karrinvw@gmail.com with your information.

    Senior Ads- We want every senior to be included in the Senior Tribute ad section.  The prices for the one-eighth page ads have been lowered. Discounted and free ads are available for families who need a little extra help.  You can purchase a yearbook or a Senior Ad at yearbookordercenter.com. The school code is 7547 or you can look the school up by name.

    Interested in applying for a college scholarship? Check out the list of available scholarship opportunities under the College and Career Page on the Rio website!

    College Zoom Presentations - Are you still undecided on what college you want to attend?  Log into your Naviance to see the list of upcoming college virtual zoom presentations.  If you have any questions about college visits or how to sign up, please email Ms. Richards at natasha.richards@sanjuan.edu.


    Civitas Projects:


    ILS Garden- Hi, my name is Sarah Gray.  For several years now the ILS garden area has been neglected, not allowing the ILS students to get the most use out of the garden space. For my Senior Civitas project I have chosen to take on this project, and with your donations I can give the ILS students the proper garden space that they deserve with wheelchair friendly pathways and garden boxes, self-watering garden box abilities and so much more. My goal is at least $800 to get the bare necessities such as garden boxes, a watering system, and with any leftover money the decomposed granite pathway. If the goal of $800 is surpassed I would love to extend the pathway as well as putting wheelchair friendly picnic tables, a new shed and even turf.  Please click here to donate at my GoFundMe Page. 

    Operation EduCare- Hi, my name is Aaron Ichel and for my CIVTAS senior project, Operation EduCare, I am putting on a school supply drive at Rio and donating these supplies to underprivileged refugee students. My inspiration for this project came from my work with the Red Cross’s International Humanitarian Law campaign, where I was shocked to discover the lack of education in developing countries caused primarily by extended periods of conflict. The school supplies that I collect during this supply drive will be donated to the International Rescue Committee branch in Sacramento, which provides opportunities and resources for refugees, asylees, and other immigrants to thrive all over America. Please join me in donating supplies such as writing utensils, binder paper, binders and folders, notebooks, backpacks (gently used are accepted), erasers, and calculators. To donate, please visit the Rio Administrative Office and look for the clear bin marked “Operation EduCare.” Using your smartphone, scan the QR code, and log your donations for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at operationeducare@gmail.com. I appreciate your support!

    Civitas Project on Plastic Pollution-   Hi, my name is Tillie Rubin and my Senior Civitas Project is to bring awareness about the problem of plastic pollution.  So who’s ready to go plastic free this year???  Let’s find out how much plastic we use.  Please click here to take a plastic pollution survey.  Tillie Rubin, Rio Americano Class of 2021(Rubint5694@student.sanjuan.edu).

    Feel the Love (CIvitas project) - Hey everyone! We Katherine Lehrer and Delaney Halloran, are seniors in the CIVITAS program. An essential part of the program is completing a senior project centered around activism and community. Through both of our internships, we have grown to be passionate about the neurodivergent community. Our project, “Feel the Love,” addresses the need for more sensory play in special education classrooms. We will be building sensory boards, which provide a multitude of benefits such as encouraging curiosity, helping to build nerve connections in the brain, encouraging the development of motor skills, managing behavior, along with various other benefits. One side of these boards focuses on touch and feel while the other side includes items to build fine motor skills. In order to build these sensory boards, we have set up an Etsy shop to raise money by selling merchandise with our “Feel the Love” logo. You can find it by searching up “feeltheloveproject” on Etsy. In addition, we are looking for donations of items of texture that could go on the board. For example, carpet scraps, sandpaper, sponges, turf, etc. We are also looking for fine motor skills items like buckles, zippers, latches, etc. Thank you so much for your support and feel free to contact us if you have any questions @feelthelove.seniorproject@gmail.com.


    Learning Assistance:


    Tutoring schedule- For the weeks of January 11th through January 21st.  Visit the Tutoring page under the Counseling section of Rio’s website for schedules and Zoom links.

    Transcripts - ALL students (9-12th grade) will need to create an account in Parchment to request transcripts.  Transcripts are not mailed home at the end of each semester.  For your transcript to be mailed home or to a college, university, NCAA, military installation, etc., please CLICK HERE or contact Registrar Ms. Smith at alluria.smith@sanjuan.edu.

    Technology issues? Please email support@sanjuan.edu to obtain technology support.  If you need a Chromebook, please contact Ms. Dunn at kristine.dunn@sanjuan.edu or 916-971-7499.

    Need help with your research, homework and other tips to support virtual learning? Visit our awesome Rio library page for library hours and the many resources waiting for you!  The librarian is also available via email at laura.fierro@sanjuan.edu to support you during distance learning.




    Join the Yoga Club Tuesday, January 26th, from 3:00-3:45, for a FREE mindfulness/yoga class via Zoom.  No prior experience is necessary!  Everyone is welcome.  Just have a yoga/exercise mat and a quiet space in your house or backyard to connect to our Zoom meeting.  Contact Meghan Wilson at meghan.wilson@sanjuan.edu for the Zoom information.

    Visit Rio's club website to learn all about the amazing clubs that Rio has to offer this school year and join today!  Watch videos, read mission statements, and learn more about how to get involved with each club. 




    Thinking about nominating someone to receive the Rio student or staff recognition award for January?  Student government is looking to recognize some of the great people we have at Rio.  Take a moment to nominate someone to receive one of Rio’s monthly student and staff recognition awards by clicking on the links below:


    Staff Recognition Link         Student Recognition Link


    School Spirit:


    2020 Yearbooks- Yearbooks for the 2019/2020 school year are still available in the Financial Office. Please contact Ms. Pucci at stacy.pucci@sanjuan.edu to schedule a date and time for pickup.