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Rio Valley Charter School Welcomes Students to New Resource Center

New resource center expands learning opportunities for area home school and independent study students




November 29, 2016

     Chris Bertelli


     (916) 216-1705


Lodi, CA — On November 30, Rio Valley Charter School will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new resource center that opened to students earlier this school year. Rio Valley is an independent charter school in its sixth year of operation and is authorized by the Lodi Unified School District. It is one of the schools under the Pacific Charter Institute charter management umbrella, who along with Heritage Peak, Valley View and Sutter Peak charter schools, serves students in Alameda, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Counties.


“We serve independent study students and homeschooling families from transitional kindergarten through graduation with each student assigned a credentialed teacher but with the support of a team available and supporting them,” said Dr. Marcie Grill, Rio Valley’s Director. “Science labs, tutoring, small group or one-on-one time with a teacher, career technical education classes, theatre, music, visual arts programs are all supported through our resource center. Our teens have even been able to form a Student Action Committee with kids representing homeschooling and independent study working side by side to serve the community.”


The new location at 1110 W. Kettleman Lane, Suite 10 in Lodi adds significant improvements over its previous location including a significant increase in square footage allowing for seven dedicated classrooms and a centralized administration for all programs. The new location is also next to family-friendly restaurants and one of Rio Valley’s physical education vendors, Impact Sports. With state-of-the-art security cameras, window frontage, and close-knit relations between staff and students, this new location provides enhancements for staff, students and parents.

“My students are really excited about the new location,” said Rio Valley teacher Romyl Mabanta, “They love being by the Snack Attack and the other food places and being able to walk from teacher meeting to class. We have a college-like schedule for our independent study teens, and even homeschooling teens chose to come in for math support, integrated English classes, labs, and play production.


Rio Valley Charter School primarily serves students in San Joaquin County. Having a resource center available for parents to meet with teachers and for their students to meet and work in small groups is critical to a school environment that allows for a high level of autonomy and where students are so geographically spread out.


“Rio Valley is exactly the kind of school our family needs,” said Rio Valley parent Mary Carrera-Burgess. “It’s refreshing to find a school that is deliberately focused on providing an education that is tailored to the needs of the student, not trying to make the student fit the needs of the school. The flexibility of independent study combined with high-quality teachers and a robust curriculum is exactly the kind of school we were looking for. This new resource center just affirms Rio Valley’s commitment to its students.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will be attended by families and neighbors of the Charter School. The celebration will include musical performances by Rio Valley’s ensemble and excerpts from Rio Valley’s community service touring production of Words, Words, Words: Will’s Way.

95.3 KUIC's February 2016 Teacher of the Month

Pacific Charter Institute is honored and proud of Mr. Scott Stack, from Heritage Peak Charter School - Vacaville Resource Center, receiving the Teacher of The Month recognition from 95.3 KUIC for his exceptional service and commitment to meeting the educational needs of his students.
Lighthouse for Literacy Award 2015 & 2014
Presented by the Sacramento Area Reading Association for teachers who serve as a beacon of light by inspiring a love of reading in students, two of our teachers have received this award.
Janice Scott, English Language Arts Teacher, Vacaville Resource Center 2015
Melissa Murray, Independent Study Teacher, Broadway Resource Center 2014
Best Charter School 2014-Russian American Media
The Russian community voted Heritage Peak Charter School as the best charter school in the Sacramento region in 2014. Career Technology Education Coordinator Yelena Tyukayenko, Learning Analyst Mike Reid, and Rio Linda Site Leader Margaret Terzich accepted the award from Russian American Media at The BEST by the Russian-Speaking Community Awards Ceremony.
2nd place in 2015 Chevron Design Challenge-Sacramento Region
Our HPCS-Vacaville team won 2nd place in the regional 2015 Chevron Design Challenge through our Project Lead the Way Program. They will be advancing to the state championships in May at Folsom Lake College.

The Chevron Design Challenge tasked our students with solving a unique problem through developing a design concept, detailing the parts and how to structure their design, and giving a formal presentation of their project to the judges. Congratulations to Anthony, Benjamin, Jesiah, and Ethan!
1st place Stock Market Game 2015-Sacramento Region
Bailey and Kaitlyn, our students from HPCS-Vacaville , won the year-long regional Stock Market Game! The game is designed to "teach students the importance of saving and investing by building financial literacy skills. Students manage imaginary investments online, competing against other individuals and teams both in the classroom and around the world."