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Rondo School of Discovery Community Newsletter

The Productive Struggle--What is it?

Here at Rondo School of Discovery, we encourage students to explore concepts and connect their understandings to prior knowledge, whereby they develop the ability to critically think and problem solve as they master their own learning. We teach students to expect failure, that their understandings will not be entirely correct with their first attempt, and that persistent practice is required to fully learn and completely understand new concepts.

When helping students develop a propensity for persistent practice, we refer to Carol Dweck's idea of growth mindset (2006). Efforts and perseverance are praised in addition to improvements through iteration from feedback.

“...students grapple with the issues and are able to come up with a solution themselves, developing persistence and resilience in pursuing and attaining the learning goal or understanding.” (Jackson, R., & Lambert, C. How to Support Struggling Students).

The Neuroscience Behind Productive Struggle

Develop the Productive Struggle At Home

The Bloom's Questions button below is a document with different levels of critical thinking questions you can use with your child at home.

Teacher Spotlight

Miss Matlock

Miss Matlock was born in Pasadena, CA and grew up with two younger sisters. She went to high school at Eleanor Roosevelt in Eastvale, then attended college at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE where she earned two Bachelors' Degrees, one in Special Education and the other in Elementary Education. After that, Miss Matlock attended California Baptist University where she earned her Master's Degree. She is currently engaged and will soon become Mrs. Nagy in December 2020. She has two dogs who they rescued from the animal shelter; Cooper and Roscoe.

Miss Matlock gets excited with Sports! Her family loves baseball (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and hockey (Anaheim Ducks). As a family, they have had season tickets for the Anaheim Ducks for the past 18 years. She also loves home décor, especially since she and her fiancé just bought their first home and will be moving in November.

A little unknown fact about Miss Matlock is she attended six different schools from 4th grade through High School (Chino Hills Christian School: 4th grade, Clara Barton Elementary: 5th grade, Harada Elementary: 6th grade, El Cerrito Middle School: 7th grade, River Heights Intermediate School: 8th grade, Eleanor Roosevelt High School: 9th-12th grade). Wow!

Of the Leader in Me 7 Habits, Miss Matlock's favorite habit is #7, Sharpen the Saw. She loves Habit 7 because taking the time to care for herself is something she has a hard time doing. She tends to get so wrapped up in work and other tasks in life, that she takes very little time to sit, relax, and recharge.

Finally, something Miss Matlock is looking forward to doing with her class is continuing to build relationships with her students. She has the unique opportunity to work with students from all of the year round Eastvale schools, so most of her students are those she would have never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

Teacher Spotlight

Mr. Rachunok

Mr. Rachunok was born in Long Beach, California and grew up with one older sister (who now lives in Colorado) in CNUSD. He went to Lincoln Alternative School, CFIS, and Corona High School. After High School he attended Riverside community college and Cal State San Bernardino and has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He's been married for 16 years and he and his wife have two sons, Owen and Levi, and a daughter, June. They have two dogs, a cat, a bearded dragon, and two leopard geckos. When Mr. Rachunok was a kid, he had a pony named Redfeather.

As a child, Mr. Rachunok loved to draw and once in elementary school he received the Principal’s Award (side note: his dad was the principal). He loves to do anything outdoors; he climbed Half Dome in Yosemite five times and also climbed Mt. Whitney with Mr. Meister.

Of the Leader in Me 7 Habits, Habit 1 is his favorite. He believes it’s important we learn to be in charge of ourselves and take responsibility for our actions. Mr. Rachunok is really looking forward to Project Based Learning with his students this year.

Google Certified Educators

Melissa Gingg

Linda Spencer

Erica Terapore

Corona-Norco Nutrition Services

Corona-Norco Nutrition Services is offering free lunches for all students under the age of 18 until December 31, 2020.

Pick up your child/children's lunches for the week every Monday from 11:30 AM - 1:40 PM. Rondo's Nutritional Services team will be passing out lunches in front of the school. You can also make an appointment to come and pick up your child/children's lunches: Call (951) 736-8251.

*Please give 24 hours notice.