Eighty-five students from Sierra Preparatory Academy were recently recognized for having a 4.0 GPA or above in their core subject classes, which are similar to college and university A-G requirements, as part of the school’s Early High School Preparation initiative. Students received a certificate and a blue 4.0 letterman sweater in honor of their accomplishments during an assembly attended by family members and Santa Ana Unified leaders and staff. In addition, their names were placed on a banner that will be permanently displayed in the campus student center.
Congratulations to the Saddleback High School Community! They have joined an elite group of schools identified as IB World Schools, symbolizing excellence and the highest level of academic rigor. They are one in only three schools in all of Orange County to be granted with this prestigious honor.
The Second Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Fair took place March 22, 2017 at Taft Elementary School. Dozens of families turned out at the event to receive information from an array of vendors representing organizations, special service programs and colleges and universities that serve and support students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Santiago Elementary School (K-8) students recently took honors in the county National History Day competition. On March 15, 2017, Daniela Mondragon, Jaquelyn Robledo, Nancy Rodriguez, Jordan Villagomez and Samantha Alvarado discovered that they had won co-champions in the Junior Group Performance category for their presentation of "The Outcomes of Women Taking a Stand for Equal Pay." They will be competing in the NHD state competition on May 6 and 7 at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA for an opportunity to head to nationals.
Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips has recorded a new video for the SAUSD community about the importance of the College Promise and partnering with other groups to hold collaborative events like the College Promise Breakfast for the benefit of SAUSD students and their families.
Santa Ana High School bustled with activity on March 17, 2017 when hundreds of Santa Ana Unified students, parents and community members attended the College Promise Breakfast to learn more about a unique educational partnership between SAUSD and Santa Ana College. As part of the College Promise, participating SAUSD graduates can attend SAC full time for free their freshman year and receive a laptop, and have guaranteed transfer admission to Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine.
Santa Ana Unified’s comprehensive high schools hosted students from their feeder intermediate schools the morning of March 22, 2017 as part of the annual eighth grade visitation day. A variety of activities took place at each of the high schools, giving prospective students a glimpse of the many opportunities that will be available to them in high school.
More than 300 SAUSD students gathered at Santa Ana High School on March 11, 2017 to compete in the Santa Ana Unified School District/Santa Ana Kiwanis Club “Mardi Gras Classic” speech and debate competition for intermediate schools. In total, 310 students participated from Advanced Learning Academy, Carr Intermediate, Esqueda K-8, Lathrop Intermediate, Martin Elementary, MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate, McFadden Intermediate, Mendez Fundamental Intermediate, Sierra Preparatory Academy, Villa Fundamental Intermediate, Willard Intermediate and Santiago K-8.
Student artists from across SAUSD were honored during the 5th Annual Artspiration celebration March 23, 2017 at Bowers Museum. The event, held by SAUSD and the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation, highlights the success and creativity of the arts. The night began with a student art exhibit and ended with an awards ceremony. Reprints of student artwork were also sold, with proceeds going back to support arts education in SAUSD.
Santa Ana Unified's National School Breakfast Week contest has concluded and the winners have been announced! Thanks to our schools' dedication, excitement and drive, overall breakfast participation increased by 6.4 percent from March 6 to 10, 2017. The following winning sites have earned a delicious barbecue for their students and faculty: Lincoln Elementary, Davis Elementary, Thorpe Fundamental Elementary, Saddleback High School, Willard Intermediate, Sierra Intermediate, Sepulveda Elementary and Diamond Elementary.