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Santa Ana
Unified School District
Fernando Duran, Ph.D., Principal
910 West Anahurst Place
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Phone: 714.445.5100
Fax: 714.445.5199

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Dr. Duran
On behalf of the entire school staff we would like to welcome you and your child to the 2014 - 2015 school year. You and your child are members of our academic family and it is important for you to know that you have our commitment to do everything we can to provide a high quality, productive and engaging learning experience to each and every one of our students. We thank you for your support and look forward to working with you.
 Fernando Duran, Ph.D.
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Vision Statement 
 We believe that all students will learn and achieve to their highest potential, through an equitable education, that focuses on rigorous standards and a research-based instructional program. Our highly trained and dedicated staff is committed to engaging all students in a meaningful and personalized instructional program, that integrates literacy across all curricular areas, while facilitating high-level critical thinking skills.  Our school functions as a center for learning, where we promote and communicate opportunities for all to work together in a positive climate. Our students will develop into lifelong, responsible learners who are well prepared to face the challenges of a technological and diverse society. We will work collaboratively and comprehensively with staff, parents, and the community to prepare students for college, career, and citizenship.
Mission Statement
 Our mission is to raise student academic achievement, while addressing the educational, emotional, and language needs of all students through standards-based instruction, and assessment-driven planning. In collaboration with our parents and school community, we prepare all students to become life-long learners, who will lead fulfilling and productive lives in a technological and diverse society.

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Washington Elementary

History of Name


George Washington (1732-1799) was the first President of the United States of America. He served as President from April 30, 1789, until March 4, 1797. The first president of the United States, George Washington, is often referred to as the Father of Our Country. He was known for his love of the land and farming, and his dislike of war. He was a distinguished general and commander in chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution. He married a widow, Martha Dandridge Custis, and they lived at Mount Vernon, Washington's plantation in Virginia on the Potomac River.

Washington's first involvement in the resistance against Great Britain was in 1769 when he introduced a bill in the House of Burgesses calling for a boycott of all British goods, the bill was written by George Mason, the boycott was in response to the Townsend Acts, a set of laws created by Parliament that taxed imports to the American colonies, the colonists believed the acts were illegal and violated their rights as British citizens.

George Washington was the Commander of the Continental Forces, there were many battles of the Revolutionary War that were fought by Washington's other generals, but Washington was actually present at the following battles:

Siege of Boston
Battle of Long Island
Battle of Kip's Bay
Battle of Harlem Heights
Battle of White Plains
Battle of Fort Washington
Battle of Trenton
Battle of the Assunpink Creek
Battle of Princeton
Battle of Brandywine
Battle of Germantown
Battle of White Marsh
Battle of Monmouth
Siege of Yorktown

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Washington Elementary School

Home of the Patriots


Famous Visitors to Our School


Putting the Children First : Tipper Gore Touts Parental Involvement at Santa Ana School

February 15, 1996|RENEE TAWA | TIMES STAFF WRITER ( modified article)

Tipper Gore stopped at Washington Elementary School as part of a five-city Western tour that stressed the importance of parental involvement in children's lives. Her visit was financed by Clinton-Gore campaign funds.

Later, in an interview, Gore, 47, said she and her husband have always found time to be involved in their children's schools. The Gores have three daughters and a son, who range in age from 13 to 22.

These days, Gore said, she and her husband instruct their aides to plan meetings around the soccer and lacrosse games of their 17-year-old daughter, Sarah.

"Al will leave the [White House] west wing . . . and be zipped to the game, cheering them on from the sidelines, and then we go back to work," said Gore, who goes in-line skating with her children. "You're never too, quote-unquote, important to neglect your children."

On the Santa Ana campus, Gore met with a group of 40 fourth- and fifth-grade students and with the school's Parent Institute for Quality Education. The institute sponsors workshops where parents learn how to work with schools and motivate their children.

"I think what's going on here is very, very important, and is a model for other schools," Gore told the students. "Not only for Santa Ana . . . but for the whole country."

"Some people think that you just instantaneously know how to be a parent, but it's really something that you learn . . . the way they develop and grow, and how they learn at 18 months versus 2 years," Gore said.

Wednesday, Gore spent more than an hour at the school, which has 1,100 students, many of whom are from low-income homes. The school had been plagued by low parental involvement, but the institute has turned that around. More than 80 parents now attend its weekly meetings.

A first- and second-grade class presented Gore with an envelope full of Valentine's Day cards addressed "Para Sra. Gore" (For Mrs. Gore)--but not before a Secret Service agent poked through them.

Fifth-grader Saul Villela, 10, said he also had a Valentine's Day to remember.

"I was happy," he said, "because [Gore] listened to me."

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