Antonio Magaña was named Certificated Employee of the Month for the Santa Ana Unified School District for March 2017. Magaña is a fifth grade teacher at Martin Elementary, where he has worked since 1990. He regularly volunteers his time to serve students and families, including taking students to an annual science camp and acting as a speech coach.
It is never too early to plant the seed in the minds of children about the benefits of attending and graduating from college. And that’s just what the Santa Ana Unified School District and Santa Ana College aimed to do during the 24th Annual KinderCaminata, held March 24, 2017 at SAC. More than 1,000 kindergarten students participated in this year’s event, including Esqueda, Fremont, Hoover, King, Lincoln, Martin, Monroe, Taft, and Walker elementary schools.
Representatives of KPMG — an audit, tax and advisory firm — visited Taft Elementary School on March 29, 2017 to read to the school’s general education, special education, deaf, and hard of hearing students and to provide each of them with free books. The event was part of the company’s nationwide “Read to Succeed” initiative, in which volunteers from its more than 100 offices across the United States are delivering more than 150,000 new books into the hands of children.
Donning lime green barber capes and nervous smiles, 27 students, teachers, employees and other supporters from Carr Intermediate School had their heads shaved today to help cure childhood cancers. Participants raised various amounts of money – from $10 to upwards of $1,000 – for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research. As part of the effort, participants asked their donors one simple question: How much money would you donate to conquer kids’ cancers to see me shave my head?
SAUSD students were able to have their voice heard March 24, 2017 to politicians, actors, business owners, and district personnel during the #truth2power event at Saddleback High School and via live stream at other SAUSD high school campuses. Topics of being an English Learner and bullying, immigration, and college and careers were addressed.
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.
Our SAUSD-TV staff has compiled a new video featuring interviews with students, staff and community members about the impact and significance of Godinez High School's recent production of "The Sound of Music." Student Juan Meza, who played Captain Von Trapp, for example, had this to say: "My favorite thing about this whole show is that it's such an old show but it still is relevant to today...Trying to find out how we can make this feel modern and present was amazing."
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.