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Santa Ana
Unified School District
Cindy Landsiedel, Principal
3002 Centennial Road
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Phone: 714.433.6600
Fax: 714.433.6731

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Students,

In a few weeks finals for the first semester will begin.  This means take advantage of classroom instruction and tutoring after school to be well prepared.  If students have missing assignments they will need to get those in according to their teacher’s policy.  If you have not been involved first semester, become involved in clubs and sports, attend dances and come a cheer on our teams whenever you can.  The more you are involved in Grizzly life and show your Grizzly PRIDE the better you will do academically


As many of you know Godinez now has wireless access for all students and we encourage everyone to bring his/her device to school.  This could mean a cell phone with wireless capabilities, a tablet, iPad, or laptop.  We want our students to use their device to increase their ability to access information at school and at home.  A goal for the 2014-2015 is to get a device in every student’s hand.  Classroom teachers will be adding an iPad mini to their instruction.  During winter break many classrooms received new, ceiling mounted projectors and sound systems will follow soon.  Thanks to district LCAP dollars these installations were possible.  During our Coffee Chat in February parents will visit classrooms to see these devices in action.  


 Along with devices for students we will begin to offer classes on campus with Ms. Nieto for parents.  Ms. Nieto will train parents on how to access ARIES, SHMOOP and other tools that will help parents support students.  A computer lab will be set up in the main office for parents to visit and use.  We will have an Open House for parents when the computer lab is ready for use. 


Think Together has been a great addition to Godinez and is serving many students after school from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.   Think Together and its new look for High School students makes it a great program.  Students can come as often as they would like and meet the staff and student leaders.  Students that attend state it’s a great place to get homework done, use the computer lab, get extra help and for many just a great place to spend more time with their friends.


Parents’ sibling registration is fast approaching.  Sibling registration begins January 20th and ends on January 27th.  If you have a current 8th grade student who wants to attend Godinez stop by the school office between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm to pick up your packet.  All packets must be turned in by January 27th before 4:00 pm.



School Pride

Godinez Fundamental High
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History of Name

Hector GodinezGodinez Fundamental High School was named in honor of Orange County’s first Latino postmaster, Hector Godinez (1924 – 1999).
The following was taken from a Los Angeles Times article on the life of Hector Godinez:

In his 74 years, Godinez scrapped his way up from poverty and a lack of formal education. He served as a tank commander in Germany during World War II, delivered the mail for most of north Santa Ana, attended Santa Ana College by night and, in 1961, was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as postmaster of Santa Ana.

He was later promoted to Southern California district manager for the U.S. Postal Service, managing more than 44,000 employees and an operating budget of $750 million.

Linda Godinez Miller said her father persevered against both economics and racial prejudice. Once he ascended, the father of four never forgot to help others.

‘He's a legend,’ she said Sunday. ‘He was one of Kennedy's last appointments--one of four candidates for the job and the only Hispanic. The Santa Ana Chamber [of Commerce] lobbied against his appointment. So did many others. Yet he did become postmaster and he later became president of the Chamber.’

Godinez's community involvement was ceaseless.

He served as a trustee for the Rancho Santiago Community College District for 17 years and on boards for the League of United Latin American Citizens and KOCE-TV public television, among others. Godinez and the first LULAC members helped bring to court a landmark civil rights case that ended discrimination against Mexican American children in Orange County schools.

Witty and loyal to a fault, Godinez was known for his devotion to friends, his collection of 50 pairs of cowboy boots and his fondness for Stetson hats. A voracious reader, Godinez loved historical tomes, especially those about World War II.

‘He always tried to stand up for the little guy,’ his daughter recalled. ‘If someone needed a job, he'd help. If someone needed help getting the mail out, they'd call Hector. He always took the phone calls.’”

The article can be read in its entirety by clicking on the following link:

Date Built and/or Occupied

Godinez Fundamental High School was opened in the fall of 2007.

School Mascot

The Godinez school mascot is the "Grizzly".

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