From the Superintendent: COVID-19, Foundation Grant

From the Superintendent: COVID-19, Foundation Grant

First off, let me begin by acknowledging what an unusual time we are in, with our in-classroom education being temporarily suspended at our student center locations in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.  As I indicated, the health and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority, so, like most educational institutions across the country, in response to directives from state and national authorities, our classrooms are closed for the time being.  We are daily monitoring health information provided by various governmental outlets, and we hope the virus will have sufficiently subsided soon so that we may welcome your children back to our school sites.  We also hope we will be able to re-start our student-related travel, field trips, off-site studies, sports and after-school activities at this time.


I realize that this current situation, which is beyond our control, is creating hardships for some of our families, but I’ve also heard many good reports that while our students used to in-classroom education are home, they are continuing to learn and advance in their academic careers.  We are releasing this April eNewsletter to you early, as the stories collected were written before we decided to temporarily suspend classroom-based education due to COVID-19.  In subsequent communications, we will share with you the many unique ways our students continue to learn in a home-centered, Springs-supported personalized learning model.


If I may share some good news, I’m pleased to report that Sarah Behney, Educational Specialist from Springs’ KEYS site in Riverside, is the beneficiary of a $1,000 Summit Springs Educational Foundation staff award.  The grant will be used to create a flexible seating environment for students, including the use of seating arrangements as standing tables, bean bags, smaller stools and other alternative seating options besides classical desks. The flexible seating will allow for the students to find comfortable seating that helps to increase their productivity and focus. Research has proven that flexible seating provides the students with choice, comfort, physical health, increased collaboration among peers and community.  Congratulations, Sarah!

We encourage our parents and friends of the school to consider financially supporting our Foundation.  Click here to view a recent meeting I had with Steaven Chan, president of our Summit Springs Educational Foundation, during which we awarded the grant and talked about the work of our Foundation.



Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer

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From the Superintendent: #GetRealCon for 11th and 12th Graders

It is our goal at Springs not only to help our students achieve academic success today but to help them plan for a successful future. Therefore, I’m pleased to announce our first annual schoolwide #GetRealCon, a conference that will help prepare our students for the “real world” once they’ve finished high school.  While we have had a #GetRealCon for our CTE students in previous years, this year we’ve opened the program up to all 11th and 12th-grade students participating in a Springs high school program.

The conference will be held Friday, March 27, from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m., in the Grove Community Church, 19900 Grove Community Drive in Riverside. Bus transportation will be available at the Temecula and Magnolia Student Centers, and the Renaissance Valley Academy; any Springs 11th and 12th-grade students may board at these locations even if, such as in the case of a Homeschool student, he or she does not attend school at that center.  Register early, as bus seating is limited.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Student workshops will include How to Pay for College“Adulting” – Ready to be on your OwnTransferring from a 2-year to 4-year CollegeApprenticeship Programs – Earn while you Learn, the Drone/Aviation Program at San Bernardino Valley College and Risk/Reward – Learn to Make the Right Decisions.  Those hosting career tables include Loma Linda University, the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air National Guard, the Riverside Probation Department, Riverside Sheriff Department, County of Riverside, Paul Mitchell Temecula, Fed Ex, Farmer Boys, the Western Municipal Water District, Eastern Oregon University, Riverside City College, San Bernardino Valley College, RCOE School of Career Education, Job Corps, Eminence Barber Academy, YMCA and more.

Click here to register.  I’m confident you’ll find it an informative, inspiring and motivating event, and I encourage all of our 11th and 12th graders to attend.

Springs Homeschool Learning Centers Open Houses – Our Homeschool Learning Centers will be holding Open Houses in March and April.  All Springs families and staff, as well as prospective students and their families, are welcome to attend.  See what our Homeschool students have learned throughout the year and consider if Homeschool might be a good fit for your child.  Click here to see upcoming dates and locations.

LCAP Survey – The 2019-2020 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) survey will be open for responses through March 27.  The LCAP requires schools to develop annual goals and specific actions to achieve those goals for ongoing school improvement and better support for every student.  Parents, Springs staff, students and members of the community are welcome to take the survey.  Click here for additional information and to take the survey in English or Spanish.

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From the Superintendent: Two Ribbon Cuttings

It was my great pleasure to participate in two ribbon-cutting ceremonies in November at our two newest Springs student centers, the Del Rio Student Center in Perris and the Renaissance Valley Academy (RVA) in San Jacinto. The Del Rio ribbon cutting was held in conjunction with its Harvest Festival; see the article below for details or click here to read more about the Del Rio Center.

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From the Superintendent: Charter Schools have Record of Success, Powerful Forces Threaten Them

On September 8, 2019, a commentary I wrote on the success of charter schools and the current political environment which threatens them appeared in the Riverside Press-Enterprise. It is reprinted below. I encourage all of you who support charter schools to follow the work of the California Charter Schools Association to learn more about charter schools, and to click on the “Get Involved” tab to see ways you can make your voice heard.

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From the Superintendent: 2019 IGNITE! Conference

Welcome back to the new 2019-2020 school year! We’re delighted that you have chosen one of the Springs Charter Schools family of schools as your charter school of choice. We’ve begun our 20th year of operation with 9,126 students, including 6,656 at River Springs Charter School, the largest charter school in the country. We’ve been growing steadily, and this year alone we’ve hired more than 200 new employees. I attribute our success both to you, our Springs families, as well as Springs’ many fine teachers and support staff who work so hard to ensure that our students receive an outstanding education.

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From the Superintendent: Ignite! Conference

I hope you are enjoying your summer break! As you go about your summer fun, please make time to join us for our 16th annual Springs Charter Schools Parent Ignite! Conferencehappening at your choice of two locations on either August 20 or August 22. Our Ignite! Conference is designed to be an inspiring day of learning for parents before the school year begins; our theme for the new school year is There’s No Place Like Springs!

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