The Raptor Report

Rondo School of Discovery's Community Newsletter

Season’s Greetings Raptor Family,

No matter what types of things are happening in your home this time of year, it is a season to sharpen the saw and spend time with loved ones. As we often do at the end of every year, we look back on 2020 and look expectantly to our future. I don’t need to tell you that looking back on 2020 can be a trying experience, but there were also some highlights. Rondo School of Discovery opened in 2020, and as it has not been the opening we envisioned, we have seen some amazing things coming from our students. The STEAM instructional framework featuring Project Based Learning has already taken root here at Rondo and our students are thriving with the hands on, inquiry based learning opportunities. Also, 2020 saw the Lakers and the Dodgers win championships, so there’s that. As we look to the future, 2021 promises to bring great things. We will finally have students on this amazing campus for hybrid instruction, and hopefully, eventually, prayerfully, have a full return to “normal” education in 2021. So as you spend time this holiday season ending one year and starting the next, remember to be proactive, and stay positive as even though the world is in a terrible place, we still have many blessings to be thankful for. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Rondo School of Discovery.


Trevor Dietrich, Ed.D.


Return to School

Below are two informational videos for parents and students to watch with important information about our return to school on January 5, 2021.

COHORT A - Monday through Thursday

TK, Kindergarten, & Grades 1st - 6th

8:25 AM - 10:55 AM

COHORT B - Monday through Thursday

TK, Kindergarten, & Grades 1st - 6th

12:25 PM - 2:55 PM

COHORTS A & B - Friday

Remote Learning from Home

Student Video

Rondo return student video

Parent Video

Rondo return video for parents

Teacher Spotlight

Mrs. Rice

Mrs. Rice was born in Kapiolani Hospital-Honolulu, Hawaii and is the oldest of four kids. She has two sisters and one brother. Mrs. Rice is married to her husband, Jason, and has two daughters and a son. Her daughter, Victoria, is a 21 year-old senior at Cal-Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and her daughter, Caitlyn, is a 20 year-old junior at Cal-Baptist. Mrs. Rice's son, Justice, is a 15 year-old sophomore at JFK Middle College High School in Norco. She has four dogs: Roxy, Luke, Leia, and Buffett.

Mrs. Rice graduated from El Cajon Valley High School in East San Diego County in 1990 and from the University of Nebraska, Omaha where she earned her BA in Broadcast Journalism and then went on to earn her MA in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, and Reading Certificate. Mrs. Rice was the 2009 CNUSD Teacher of the Year and has been featured in two National Publications for implementing the Family Learning Friday Initiative at Rosa Parks Elementary School in 2007. Her passions include teaching and children, but she also loves God, her church, dogs, family, live theatre, the beach, and lately, the simple act of floating in her pool (which she rarely gets to do!).

Her favorite of the 7 Habits is Seek First to Understand and Then to be Understood: She thinks it is the Habit she most needs to grow in personally, but also the Habit she thinks most people in general struggle with. Mrs. Rice believes if people would try to do this more, there would be less conflict in every aspect of our lives. She constantly trying to grow myself in Habit 5. Something interesting about Mrs. Rice, she is a citizen of both the United States and Canada. Something she is very excited about is MEETING HER STUDENTS IN PERSON.

Teacher Spotlight

Mr. Thompson

Mr. Thompson was born in Washington State and has one brother and one sister--he's the middle child. He is married to his wife. Mackenzie (Mrs. Thompson), and they have two teenage boys, Jackson who is 16-years old and Colby who is 14-years old. Mr. Thompson went to USC where he did his undergraduate work and earned a BS in General Studies and then went on to do his graduate work at CalState Fullerton where he earned his MS in Education with Reading Specialist Certification. Mr. Thompson loves all things sports - playing and watching. His newest passion is golf and he enjoys golfing with friends and his boys.

Mr. Thompson's favorite habit of the 7 Habits is Be Proactive. He believes making this change in one's mentality is key to being happy and successful. Did you know Mr. Thompson's family lived in Germany when he was a toddler? They lived in Germany because his dad was in the Army and they were stationed there. Once while he lived there, he left his house all by himself by somehow unlocking the door. He walked down the stairs and out into the streets on a journey to find his mom who was at work. Luckily he was found on the streets and returned to his parents. He is quite the adventurer.

Something Mr. Thompson is very excited about is coming back to school with students doing live instruction.

Google Certifications

Google Educator Certification Level 1

Melissa Gingg

Linda Spencer

Erica Tarapore

Fran Rife

Melissa Lane

Roni MacDonald, Ed.D.

Google Educator Certification Level 2

Erica Tarapore

Roni MacDonald, Ed.D.

Google Certified Trainer

Roni MacDonald, Ed.D.

Rondo School of Discovery

Rondo School of Discovery is a STEAM magnet school with a Mandarin immersion program in the Corona-Norco Unified School District. At Rondo, there is a school wide effort to promote leadership in its scholars through the Leader in Me program. Additionally, Rondo is recognized as a Google Reference School for its ability to leverage Google for Education's suite of technology tools to enhance student learning outcomes.

The school opened on July 6, 2020.