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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,


Summer School has been going extremely well and we are serving over 1,300 students for enrichment or recovery.  Students have been doing a great job being at school on time and ready to make the best of our precious Summer School hours.  We are also piloting an on-line PE class that has been great fun, interactive and exciting to see the progress.  Our after school program is in full swing and providing a fun place to relax, meet with friends and enjoy field trips.  I thank the teachers and staff serving our students in the summer.

Do not forget to begin our school wide summer read; I am Malala.  It is an inspiring story about Malala, a young Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.  Malala is known for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley.  We are sure her story will inspire all who read it and have the Godinez students ready to think about how each of us can serve and give back to our community. Please see our website for the work to accompany your read.

Exciting times await all of the Godinez 9th and 10th grade students.  In order to prepare students for 21st Century skills all 9th and 10th grade students will be provided with a chrome book device to use for the school year.  It is expected for students to bring this device to school and from home everyday.  These students are urged to take advantage of this luxury that will expand their access to information 24/7.   Additionally, the use of student owned, electronic devices for all grades is encouraged.   Teachers are planning to continue to incorporate blended and online learning into lessons.  All students may purchase insurance for their school or personal device for great, reduced rates.  Please see the Godinez website and for information.  Godinez will have a number of daytime and evening meetings at the end of July and early August for our 9th and 10th grade students to pick up their device and purchase insurance.  Please listen for our phone messages for these important dates. 

The newly formed Godinez PTSA has begun to meet and plan for the 2015-2016 school year.  I am thrilled to have these dedicated parents and students leading the charge to serve Godinez in this capacity.  Volunteers are needed so please contact me at or call Godinez at 714 433-6600 and I will gladly welcome you and thank you for your anticipated dedication and commitment to Godinez.   It is going to be an exciting year with this great group of people. 

As always it is my pleasure to serve the parents, students and Godinez staff.  I am looking forward to a great year for our students academically and socially.  If you are parents of freshmen, please encourage your new Grizzly to get involved in sports, clubs, after school programs, community service or one of our many exciting programs.  I know they will have a great four years at Godinez.


Enjoy your summer,

Cindy Landsiedel

Godinez Principal


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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