The Santa Ana Unified School District produces a weekly eBlast newsletter to inform the SAUSD community about important news and events, and accolades received by SAUSD students and staff. The eBlast newsletter for April 21, 2017 highlights more than a dozen stories, including our 2017 Gold Ribbon schools, our 2016 Honor Roll Schools, our award-winning efforts to reduce suspensions, expulsions and chronic absenteeism, and more.
Santa Ana Unified is among a group of select school attendance programs that was recognized this week as a Model School Attendance Review Boards (SARB) for innovative and effective practices to reduce suspensions, expulsions, and chronic absenteeism. The State SARB, an expert panel appointed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, reviewed the applications. The Model SARBs will serve as mentors to other school districts, and help them to develop their own strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism.
Seven Santa Ana Unified School District schools have been selected as 2016 Honor Roll schools by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). They are Douglas MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate, Gonzalo Felicitas Mendez Fundamental Intermediate, Greenville Fundamental Elementary, Jim Thorpe Fundamental, John Muir Fundamental Elementary, Middle College High School and Segerstrom High School.
Two Santa Ana Unified School District schools have been named 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today. Douglas MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate and Middle College High School are joining the ranks of 29 middle schools and high schools in Orange County – and 275 across the state – that are being honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program.
The Santa Ana Unified School District produces a weekly eBlast newsletter to inform the SAUSD community about important news and events, and accolades received by SAUSD students and staff. The eBlast newsletter for April 14, 2017 highlights more than a dozen stories, from SAUSD's climbing graduation rates, to Santa Ana Valley High School students qualifying for hot rod nationals, and more. To read this week's eBlast, click here.
SAUSD continues to increase its graduation rates each year with the latest jump from 88.9% to 91.6%. Over the last 7 years, the District has had an 11.5 point increase in the number of students graduating with their high school diploma and plans to attend college or go directly into the workforce or military. “Santa Ana Unified has dedicated staff and strong parent support of the goals identified by the Board of Education and our Superintendent,” said Dr. David Haglund, Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services. “By intentionally responding to the socioemotional needs of students, as well as providing effective academic interventions and engaging curricular and extracurricular programs at all schools, students are persisting towards and through graduation with their eyes on college. We could not be more proud of our kids.”
The celebration continues this week at Saddleback High School, where staff and students are reveling over becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) World Class school, a prestigious honor awarded to select schools in the world. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, students will begin taking coursework that will result in the awarding of an IB Diploma upon graduation in their senior year. With this diploma, students will be immediately recognized for receiving a rigorous world class education that has prepared them for the most competitive higher education institutions in the world.
The Santa Ana Unified School District hosted its annual “Principal for a Day” event on March 31, 2017 to provide members of the community an opportunity to experience the daily operation of a campus. guest principals included members of the SAUSD Board of Education, United States Congress, Santa Ana City Council, educators from higher learning institutions, and representatives from law enforcement, retail, restaurant, and other industries. This year, Nigel Lythgoe – co-creator, executive producer and judge on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and executive producer of “American Idol” – served as Principal for a Day at Willard Intermediate School, a Turnaround Arts: California selected campus.
California is field testing a new website designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools. Called the California School Dashboard (http://www.cde.ca.gov/dashboard), the site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates. To learn more, click headline above.
Cuca Fernandez was named Classified Employee of the Month for the Santa Ana Unified School District for March 2017. Fernandez is a site clerk at Madison Elementary School and has been with the District for 19 years. “She is the do-everything, be-everything for everyone at the school,” said Principal Lisa Gonzales-Solomon. “She will do whatever is asked and before you turn around, it is already done.”
5:00 PM Open House: Elementary Schools