Communications and Leadership Development

4850 Pedley Road
Jurupa Valley,  CA  92509
Phone: (​951) 416-1561


The Communications and Leadership Development Division supports learning without limits by routinely sharing information with students, families, educators and the community.  Our department uses a range of communication channels – including social media, the district website, and The Horizon e-newsletter – to keep stakeholders up-to-date on district news and events, peek inside classrooms and tell inspiring stories, and celebrate hard work and achievement districtwide.​

Our d
epartment also provides a range of leadership development support for Jurupa educators.  Through the JUSD Leadership Academy, Golden Bell Awards and many other opportunities, we develop leaders within Jurupa Unified, sparking professional growth, student achievement and a culture of continuous learning. ​​

​  Communications and Leadership Development Staff ​ ​​​​​
​​Contact/Email Phone​ Position
Robert Cmelak (951) 416-1561 ​ Director of Communications​ Leadership and Development​​
Markelle Grabo ​(951) 416-1561  Administrative Secretary​​​​
Andrea Putnam
​(951) 416-1561  ​​Communications and Public Relations Assistant
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 Academics

Latest News

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19 Dec2019

2 programs are ‘Golden’

by JUSD

​A JUSD kindergarten student, out shopping with her mother, saw a customer struggling to communicate with a sales clerk.  The student jumped in to translate, smoothing...

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28 Oct2019

JVHS CTE: Innovation

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​“Students/people have to learn to 'do things'!" -- Bryan Kendall, teacher of graphic design and manufacturing at Jurupa Valley High School JVHS, a hub of innovation,...

 College and Career Readiness

Latest News

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27 Aug2020

2020 Graduations

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​Graduation looked different this year. Instead of rows of graduating seniors and bleachers filled with proud friends and family, this year's celebrations were viewed...

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19 Dec2019

CTE Showcase Dazzles

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​​  ​​How you know you're doing something right: Businesses show up at your CTE (Career Technical Education) Showcase, like what they see, and suggest partnerships that...

 Extra-Curricular Activities

Latest News

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27 Feb2020

A Wave of Renovation

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​For JUSD Maintenance & Operations staff, school holidays are a time for digging in, not kicking back.  Over the recent winter break, crews were hard at work modernizing,...

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27 Feb2020

At JUSD, Security First

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​“Safety isn't expensive, it's priceless."  - Unknown​Statistically, K-12 schools in the United States – including those in Jurupa – are extraordinarily safe. ...

 Parent Involvement

Latest News

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27 Aug2020

Combating COVID-19

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​​ “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” -  Nobel Prize Winner, Marie Curie.​​​As...

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19 Dec2019

Fantastic Food Drive

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​Several hundred bags of food, a side dish of holiday cheer, an assortment of toys, treats and young smiles – and, for Jurupa Valley families in need, one great holiday. That...

 Staff Shout Outs

Latest News

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27 Aug2020

2020 Employees of the Year

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We Are Jurupa“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret...

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27 Aug2020

2020 Retiree Spotlights

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Happy Retirement!We want to thank the following JUSD Retirees for their years of dedication, hard work, and service to staff, families, and most importantly, our students.​Eddie...

 Student Achievements

Latest News

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21 Nov2019

MVP is a Warrior

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​​​​​The most striking thing about Josiah Sarmiento is not that he has cerebral palsy.  It's that he radiates grit, courage, grace, and determination.  He's also...

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13 Aug2019

Adult Learners Thrive

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​​​“Too old" to get a high school diploma?  Never.   Isabel Hernandez earned her diploma in 2018 at age 71.  And Sean Kavanaugh completed his diploma this...

 Superintendent's Message

Latest News

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27 Aug2020

Superintendent's Welcome

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​​​Welcome back to school in its 2020-2021 school year form. Distance learning, masks, social distancing, quarantines, this is not the new normal. It is not normal at...

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13 Aug2019

Superintendent's Welcome

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​Welcome back to school, Jurupa Valley and Eastvale.  I want to thank you for being a part of the Jurupa Unified School District.The start of school is a time of progress...


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