Every student in 7th grade must present an immunization record showing a whooping cough (Tdap) vaccine after age 7, before starting school in September 2015. Parents are encouraged to have their children immunized now and submit proof to the school’s office for uninterrupted registration.
Welcome back parents to the 2014-2015 school year. I am really excited about being Principal here at Spurgeon going into my second year. This year will be a year of high expectations for our students. Our goal this year as a school site will be focusing on strong academics in every classroom, building great relationships with students, continuing to create a college going culture and supporting the teachers in all areas to help them be successful in the classroom.
I will also like to talk to you about our new upgraded computer lab. We have 4- 70” high resolution televisions for our learning areas and 200 apple computers for student use. We have 3 new classrooms for project base learning and 2 video production rooms. Our computer lab is equipped with a large screen television with surround sound for student presentations. All of this new technology will be used for our project based learning through a flexible learning environment. If you have any questions please stop by my office. I will also be speaking about our new computer lab at the pizza with the principal meeting on September 15 at 6pm.
Spurgeon School is now also offering 2 success classes and 2 newcomer’s classes. We have hired 5 outstanding teachers. Our 6th grade enrollment has improved. We had a total of 224 6th graders enrolled in the 2013-2014 school year. Our 6th grade enrollment has increased to 386 this school year.
Parent classes will continue this year. We will be offering GED classes, 40 element classes and computer classes. Dates will be determined soon and flyers will be sent home with students.
I am looking forward to having a great year. I will continue as the principal to make sure we have a safe and clean campus, high expectations for all students, a college going culture and great communication with parents and our community. Parents please remember I have an open door policy. You do not need to make an appointment to see me. Please check your emails, our web site and marquee for up to date information.
Together as a team we can help all our students be successful.
History of Our Name
On October 27, 1869, William Henry Spurgeon bought 74.25 acres of land for $594.00. On Dec. 13, 1870 he hired George Wright to lay out the 24 square blocks for his town which he named Santa Ana. He was appointed the first postmaster for the town. He served as storekeeper, mayor, alderman and marshal. At his own expense he cut a 3 mile long road through the mustard grass so that the stage company could serve Santa Ana. In 1889 voters elected Santa Ana as the county seat. Mr. Spurgeon lived to see his dream take root and thrive. In March, 2011, Spurgeon Intermediate School technology and journalism students created the Wikipedia entry for William Henry Spurgeon.
Date Built and Occupied
Spurgeon Intermediate School was completed in 1974 and opened for the 1974-1975 school year.
The Board of Education at the time of the school's opening consisted of members: John R. Schilling, Cordelia Gutierrez, Richard W. Iron, D.D., Charles K. Paskerian Jr. Charles F. Kenney Ed. D., Superintendent; Howard R. Harrison, Associate Superintendent.
William Blurock and Partners, were the architects who designed Spurgeon's open-space school.
When Spurgeon opened its doors in 1974, it served about 900 sixth through eighth grade students. At that time, the campus consisted of a two-story main building serving all classes except those in physical education and music. Unique to Spurgeon's building is the second floor mezzanine overlooking its four state-of-the-art computer labs. Initially the home to its media center/library, the raised central area in the main building was redesigned in 2000 by Mr. Russ Ford, Title I Program Specialist, to house the new technology labs. For the opening of the 2011-2012 school year, a second classroom building was completed including the outside commons area and physical education area. Because of the great impact Mr. Ford had on the entire Spurgeon community during his 32 year tenure at Spurgeon, the new building was named Russ Ford Hall in his honor.
Spurgeon's School Colors
Former Spurgeon Students