With colorful balloon bouquets in hand, Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips and other key SAUSD leaders made their way to three District campuses the morning of Thursday, January 19, 2017 to surprise this year’s Classified Employees of the Year in their element. The group recognized and congratulated Eloise Sanchez of Davis Elementary, Joe Miramontes of Mendez Fundamental Intermediate, and Yareli Rebia of Kennedy Elementary School in front of students and peers. All three honorees will go on to represent SAUSD in the Orange County Office of Education Competition.
Dr. Stefanie Phillips, Superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District, spoke to Santa Ana Valley High School students on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 about her journey to the Superintendent’s office as part of a guest speaker series focusing on college and career readiness. About 90 students from the school’s Global Business Academy and English classes attended the gathering, which was held in the campus library. Phillips began her presentation by saying that Martin Luther King Jr., whose holiday SAUSD students observed the previous day, had a dream. And that like King, students should allow themselves to “dream, and dream big.”
Six months ago, the Santa Ana Unified School District challenged the community to read 1 million words using a new app as part of the Paso a Paso – Together We Read citywide literacy initiative. Since then, momentum has grown and SAUSD students, their families and residents have far surpassed the initial goal by reading more than 20 million words using the Footsteps2Brilliance Early Literacy App, an early learning program that uses smartphones, tablets, and computers to help users build a foundation of reading success.
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Nicholas Academic Centers (NAC) is partnering with the Santa Ana Unified School District to make earning a college degree a reality for more students in Santa Ana, with 100 percent of students in the NAC programs expected to attend college after high school and 80 percent expected to attend a four-year university. The program’s third location, which will have 220 students enrolled by the Spring 2017, will be opened on the campus of Century High School with an official ribbon cutting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
During the Superintendent's State of the District Breakfast, Dr. Stefanie Phillips shared that the overarching goal of the Board of Education and Administration is to provide a high-quality educational program with resources and support systems to ensure that Santa Ana USD students are successful and being prepared for college and careers. She identified indicators that showed the district is on the right track including increased redesignation rates among English learners, expanded offerings in career technical pathways, and a strong partnership with Santa Ana College that guarantees the college dream for students.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM AC – Community Advisory Committee Meeting