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.”
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.
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.
Student Josue Luis, of Martin Elementary School, was recognized March 10, 2017 at the Association of California School Administrators Region 17 Every Student Succeeding breakfast at Bowers Museum. The program honors students at all grade levels who have succeeded against all odds. He was nominated by Martin Principal Peter Richardson. Josue was born with various physical challenges, including that his arms are not typical. But during his five years at Martin, he's desired to do everything that his peers do.
Over the last month, District staff, community members, and students accompanied by parents have volunteered their time on Saturday mornings to tell residents about the many positive qualities and attributes of our neighborhood schools during a series of We are SAUSD Neighborhood Canvassing Days. Carrying door hangers, participants spread the word throughout the City of Santa Ana that our schools are high-quality and the best place for parents to enroll their children.
Through a partnership between Santa Ana Unified and Santa Ana College, SAUSD graduates can attend their freshman year for free and receive a laptop when they enroll at Santa Ana College full-time. The program is called the College Promise, meaning it's a promise and a guarantee from the District and College to ensure that students have access to attend college and achieve their dream careers. Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips this week recorded a new video for the SAUSD community highlighting the benefits of the partnership, which was also the subject of a free breakfast meeting for students at Santa Ana High School on March 17, 2017.
The Santa Ana Unified School District is now accepting and enrolling new students for the 2017-18 school year. We provide our students with high quality teaching and offer an array of enriching programs, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Visual and Performing Arts, Dual College, 21st Century Career Academies, Early Childhood Programs and Special Needs Programs. In addition to a strong focus on reading at every school, students have access to dual language programs, computer devices for school and home, free afterschool programs, free breakfast and lunch, safe and modern campuses, and free tuition at Santa Ana College during their freshman year. For more information, please call 714-433-3481 or visit www.sausd.us/enroll.
Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Soccer Team at Godinez Fundamental High School for becoming the 2017 State CIF Regional Division 2 Soccer Champions! They beat out approximately 600 other schools in the Southern Region for the title. Congratulations to the players, Coach Ruben Fernandez, and the rest of the coaching staff for their hard work and dedication that resulted in a successful season!
Two Santa Ana Unified schools - Santiago K-8 Elementary School and Spurgeon Intermediate School - are in the running for grants through the ScholarShare Scholar Dollars contest and are asking the SAUSD community to vote for them daily through March 24 to help them win. Winners will be determined based on the number of votes they receive during the voting period, which ends March 24. To cast your votes, visit www.myscholardollars.com and search for the schools' profiles.
To provide an opportunity for students to have direct contact with staff and volunteers to learn more about the Promise, the partners have teamed up with IHOP, the Downtown Santa Ana business community and community organizations to host a free breakfast from 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Santa Ana High School, located at 520 W. Walnut St. in Santa Ana.
All 18 intermediate and high schools were represented with performers and exhibitors, and with those students came family members, classmates, and teachers and administrators, many of whom were experiencing their city for the first time, or after a long absence. The festival helped SAUSD students connect with the larger arts pipeline in Santa Ana, and met goals outlined in the city's arts and culture plan, and the District's Visual and Performing Arts Strategic Plan and its Local Control and Accountability Plan.
Santa Ana Unified School District complies with SB 1404 Civic Center Act where every school facility is considered a civic center where citizens, school-community councils, clubs, and other organizations may meet. To learn more about our Civic Center's use of facilities rules and regulations pertaining to the reserving of fields and buildings, please click on the headline.
The District has been experiencing declining enrollment for the past 10 years, and projects a decline in student enrollment for the next three years. In addition, projections show minimal funding with the State, and a possible 18-22% reduction in federal funding. In light of this uncertainty, to ensure that the District is able to balance its budget and be fiscally solvent, the Board has voted to issue preliminary notices by March 15, to certain groups of certificated staff who may be impacted. Although these notices will be handed out, it does not mean each person who receives a notice will ultimately receive a final layoff letter. It is necessary in order to provide the Board maximum flexibility to make strategic decisions so that the budget is balanced by June 30, 2017 and address the District’s declining enrollment.
Santiago School is in the running for a $20,000 grant through the ScholarShare Scholar Dollars contest. Community voting will occur from March 1 to 24. Funds will support Science & Engineering Makers Space Lab equipment, creation of an outdoor learning space, and materials for the school’s thriving arts programs.
The Santa Ana Unified School District is celebrating National School Breakfast Week from Monday, March 6 to Friday, March 10, 2017 by hosting a healthy breakfast challenge. To participate, students should visit the cafeteria every morning from March 6 to 10 and enjoy a healthy breakfast. Schools with the highest percentage increase in breakfast participation by the end of the week will win a barbecue meal for the whole school!
Don’t Wait! Enroll or Confirm Attendance for the 2017-18 School Year for Your Incoming Kindergarten student today! Contact the school nearest your residence or the school of your choice for registration information. You may also visit our Enrollment Website at www.sausd.us/enroll or call (714) 433-3481 for more information and to explore our schools.
The Santa Ana Unified School District 2017-18 Teachers and Support Services Educators of the Year have been named: Katy Su, Laura Compton, Scott Glabb, Nichole Aldrich, Julie Corell and Gannon Burks. Congratulations to all!
In 2015, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 172, suspending the administration of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school. The bill provides for the granting of a diploma of graduation from high school to any pupil who completed grade 12 during the years in which the CAHSEE was in effect, and has met all applicable graduation requirements other than the passage of the high school exit examination.
More than 300 Santa Ana Unified School District students and their supporters took part in the Special Olympics Feb. 24, 2017 at the Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex. Congratulations to all participants!
Have you downloaded the SAUSD Mobile App offered in the Apple and Google Play Store? If you haven't, you are missing out on daily news, photographs, and videos highlighting the programs, events, students, and staff that comprise this great district. As a parent, you can find out the school menu, school calendar, and other important messages related to your child's school each and every day.
To spread the word throughout the City of Santa Ana that our schools are high-quality and the best place for parents to enroll their children, a group of six schools held We are SAUSD Neighborhood Canvassing Days simultaneously in their boundary areas on Feb. 25, 2017. Parents, students, staff, Board of Education members and other supporters set out from Fremont, Heroes, Jackson, Lincoln, Martin, and Monroe elementary schools with customized door hangers in hand to tell neighbors why SAUSD is a great place for parents to enroll their children.
SAUSD family, today we share a letter with you from Luis Gonzalez, a graduate from Godinez Fundamental High School, and a current sophomore at Georgetown University. Luis is one of many students who keep in touch with the SAUSD team members that made a difference in his life. Luis’s story was shared on the Senate Floor in Washington, D.C. by Senator Durbin of Illinois. You can watch it in the video below and read the letter that Luis sent to us where he shares his triumphs and struggles. Take a moment to read and watch the video about #IamSAUSD - Luis Gonzales. It’s a must-see.
As our 12th grade students and their families prepare for graduation and the next step in their journey to college and career, the Santa Ana Unified School District would like to remind everyone of the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application.
More than 500 Santa Ana Unified School District students, teachers and faculty members will descend upon downtown Santa Ana to showcase their arts-related talents and programs during the District’s inaugural arts festival, Almas Soñadoras: Youth Elevating the Arts, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The event is part of the larger Boca de Oro Arts & Literary Festival, a celebration of literature, expression and the arts, which will take place simultaneously in the downtown area. Boca de Oro will provide an interactive afternoon and evening of workshops, panels and open mics with luminaries from literature, the arts, culture, and music.
Parents are invited to view during an upcoming meeting math instructional materials for grades K-12 that are being considered for recommendation to the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education for adoption. During the meeting, parents will be given guidance on topics to consider when looking at the materials, resources available for reviewing these programs, and background on the new California State Standards for Mathematics and the instructional shifts children experience in their math classrooms.
Santa Ana Unified dads and their families are invited to bond and learn together during the upcoming Writing the California Constitution with Dad event. Dads University, in partnership with the Heritage Museum of Orange County, will offer a hands on workshop focusing on the rich history of the California Constitution, which is the United States' first constitutional document to be written in English and Spanish.
To spread the word throughout the City of Santa Ana that our schools are high-quality and best place for parents to enroll their children, a group of schools will hold a We are SAUSD Neighborhood Canvassing Day simultaneously in their boundary areas beginning February 25, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Fremont, Heroes, Jackson, Lincoln, Martin, and Monroe elementary schools. A team of volunteers consisting of parents, school site teachers and staff, District staff, community members, and students accompanied by parents will canvas neighborhoods to share the qualities of their neighborhood school and why it's a great place for parents to enroll their children.
To ensure that our families are informed and have correct information about federal immigration policies and their rights, Congressman Lou Correa will be hosting a series of Town Hall meetings on Tuesday, February 21, at 4:00 p.m. at Valley High School, and on Thursday, February 23, at 6:00 p.m. at Santa Ana High School. During the town hall meeting, participants will hear from immigration attorneys, learn about unlawful practices and scams, and have an opportunity to get their questions and concerns addressed.
The Board of Education at its February 15, 2017 meeting recognized Kristine Pollard as Certificated Employee of the Month and Nancy Aguirre as Classified Employee of the Month for February. Congratulations to both!
On Sunday, February 12, 2017, the Santa Ana Police Athletic & Activity League Student Running Team participated in the second annual Run to Remember Los Angeles in honor of fallen police officers and first responders.
Schools across the Santa Ana Unified School District are celebrating African American History Month by learning about historical people and places through art, literature and music.
Yesenia’s Humanitarian Foundation, a local non-profit group dedicated to promoting the confidence and self esteem of financially challenged youth, is partnering with the Santa Ana Unified School District and the city to bring a day of glamour and empowerment to SAUSD female students just in time for prom.
The Santa Ana Unified School District is inviting residents, students, parents, community groups and District supporters to be a permanent part of the Santa Ana Public School Sports Complex by sponsoring a brick on the Walk of Fame.
The Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation scholarship program is now open. Twenty-three scholarships are available, ranging in size from $500 to $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2017.
Mark your calendars: The Kevin Armstrong M.D. Memorial Sports Foundation's 9th Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club, 12442 Tustin Ranch Road in Tustin. The Foundation aims to create opportunities for at-risk students to reach their full potential academically and athletically.
NJROTC continues to be a signature program at Santa Ana High School. Under the leadership of Commander Tom Osseck and with the assistance of Harry Olive and Adam Sandercock, the Saints hosted the Field Meet State Championship for NJROTC Units from Naval Service Training Command, Area-11 on Saturday, February 4, 2017.
Monica Gonzalez, a junior at Middle College High School, has been named the Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast. Gonzalez, who aspires to be an OB/GYN, is an active participant in the organization's College Bound program. She will receive a $9,000 scholarship from the organization toward her college education.
As part of the Santa Ana Unified School District's new video series highlighting the high caliber of teaching and learning that takes place everyday at our District schools, this week we debut a new short film highlighting Jackson Elementary School. The school focuses on science and technology, physical fitness, parent involvement and preparing all students for success in college and career.
The article entitled “Santa Ana Schools: Inclusion Changes Culture Districtwide,” highlights our excellent inclusive preschool programs. To read the entire article, click on the headline.
The publication chronicles how SAUSD went from holding an initial Special Olympics event in 2011, to expanding its offerings to include peer-to-peer programs, to forging a formal partnership with Special Olympics in 2016. The newsletter also mentions the launch of the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program in SAUSD. Click on the headline to learn more.
This event will include a panel discussion by parents, teachers and current students on their experiences at Spurgeon. There are two options for attending. The first meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the second meeting at 6:00 pm.
Hundreds of students from SAUSD schools will participate in the Special Olympics School Games and Young Athletes Festival.
The Santa Ana Unified School District and the Orange County Region of Special Olympics on Monday, January 30, 2017 announced the launch of the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program in SAUSD with a program demonstration at Jackson Elementary School. Special needs students from Jackson in grades K-2 enthusiastically practiced their throwing, balancing and running skills to illustrate the various lessons plans contained in the Young Athletes curriculum. Their general education peers excitedly cheered them on from the sidelines as they threw bean bags, navigated obstacle courses, and more.
With the primary focus on what is in the best interest of students, the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education approved a start date of August 14, 2017, for students to begin the 2017-18 school year. The last day of school for students is May 31, 2018. Students will have a two-week break during the Winter Recess. To view the calendar, click here.
The Santa Ana Unified School District Classified Employees have an opportunity to receive up to $4,000 per year to pursue their teaching credential through a program sponsored by the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE). Twenty-five classified employees from districts throughout Orange County will be selected to participate in this program. The application is due Monday, January 30, 2017, by 5:00 p.m. via email to Devin Lawson, Executive Director of Human Resources at Devin.Lawson@sausd.us.
Each school has a Teacher of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year, and many also have a Support Staff Educator of the Year.
The Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education adopted a resolution that reinforces that the purpose of the District is to ensure students receive an education in a safe, non-disruptive, non-threatening, and non-discriminatory learning environment, regardless of the student’s or their families’ immigration status, as opposed to enforcing, or assisting with the enforcement of federal immigration laws or policies.
The Santa Ana Unified School District is embracing speech and debate and the benefits it provides in preparing students for the 21st Century workforce with the launching of its own speech and debate program at the intermediate level. The idea began during the 2015-2016 school year when the District partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana to host a pilot program at all intermediate schools in the District as a way for students to develop and perfect their communication skills, which are highly valuable in the workplace. In March 2016, more than 100 students demonstrated the art of speech in debate in their first tournament. In March 2017, they will have another opportunity to compete before the District finals in May.
Robyn MacNair, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for SAUSD’s new Art Conservatory at Santa Ana High School, has penned a new article for the Voice of OC about the importance of arts education and how the Santa Ana Unified School District is providing it to its students through the conservatory. “This conservatory model will offer students throughout Santa Ana and Orange County the chance to earn a VAPA diploma and certifications that allow them to be college and career ready with industry-related competencies in the arts,” she writes.
Principals, counselors and other staff members representing schools across the Santa Ana Unified School District stopped by the District office on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to pick up an array of donated items for homeless students at their respective schools. The distribution took place during a routine meeting of school site designees who gather five times a year to receive training and resources related to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, said Jenny Shumar, a District program specialist/trainer and McKinney-Vento liaison.
With colorful balloon bouquets in hand, Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips and other key SAUSD leaders made their way to three District campuses the morning of Thursday, January 19, 2017 to surprise this year’s Classified Employees of the Year in their element. The group recognized and congratulated Eloise Sanchez of Davis Elementary, Joe Miramontes of Mendez Fundamental Intermediate, and Yareli Rebia of Kennedy Elementary School in front of students and peers. All three honorees will go on to represent SAUSD in the Orange County Office of Education Competition.
Dr. Stefanie Phillips, Superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District, spoke to Santa Ana Valley High School students on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 about her journey to the Superintendent’s office as part of a guest speaker series focusing on college and career readiness. About 90 students from the school’s Global Business Academy and English classes attended the gathering, which was held in the campus library. Phillips began her presentation by saying that Martin Luther King Jr., whose holiday SAUSD students observed the previous day, had a dream. And that like King, students should allow themselves to “dream, and dream big.”
Six months ago, the Santa Ana Unified School District challenged the community to read 1 million words using a new app as part of the Paso a Paso – Together We Read citywide literacy initiative. Since then, momentum has grown and SAUSD students, their families and residents have far surpassed the initial goal by reading more than 20 million words using the Footsteps2Brilliance Early Literacy App, an early learning program that uses smartphones, tablets, and computers to help users build a foundation of reading success.
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Parents: Please review important dates and deadlines for the open enrollment process.
Nicholas Academic Centers (NAC) is partnering with the Santa Ana Unified School District to make earning a college degree a reality for more students in Santa Ana, with 100 percent of students in the NAC programs expected to attend college after high school and 80 percent expected to attend a four-year university. The program’s third location, which will have 220 students enrolled by the Spring 2017, will be opened on the campus of Century High School with an official ribbon cutting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
During the Superintendent's State of the District Breakfast, Dr. Stefanie Phillips shared that the overarching goal of the Board of Education and Administration is to provide a high-quality educational program with resources and support systems to ensure that Santa Ana USD students are successful and being prepared for college and careers. She identified indicators that showed the district is on the right track including increased redesignation rates among English learners, expanded offerings in career technical pathways, and a strong partnership with Santa Ana College that guarantees the college dream for students.
During the month of October, members of the SAUSD Central Office honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month with an informative message from Sol Reyes Roberts, a registered nurse and Cancer survivor. Roberts provided educational materials that included the proper way to self-examine and risk reduction measures such as a healthy diet and exercise. Several SAUSD colleagues shared their inspirational stories of overcoming cancer to help others and to encourage being an advocate for your health.
Students at Wilson Elementary School became the first school in Orange County to be part of a new model of dental care that will provide greater access to dental care for children. As part of the Smiles X-Press Program sponsored by Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, students will receive dental screenings and other preventive measures for healthy teeth from trained dental providers throughout this school year at no cost to parents. The goal of Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County is to provide adequate preventative care and give children a chance to have healthier and happier lives.
SAUSD Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips will be riding the Carousel of Possible Dreams at Disneyland multiple times on November 9, 2016, to raise money to purchase school uniforms for our students. All of the money pledged on her behalf will be donated to the Assistance League of Santa Ana, who provides school uniforms, backpacks, shoes, socks, underwear, school supplies, sweatshirts and books to over 2,300 SAUSD students. Next year, they are hoping to provide 1,000 more than they did this year. If you would like to contribute, please click on the title to learn more.
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, students at Sierra Preparatory Academy were exposed tot he culturally-rich sounds of the Santa Ana High School Mariachi Band during lunch on October 17, 2016. Click on the title to read more.
The Santa Ana High School N. J. R. O. T. C. held its 45th annual Pass in Review recently and used the event as an opportunity to show off their beautiful new mural, produced in collaboration with the Visual Arts students under the direction of Art Instructor Judy Westing that depicted the visual representation of armed conflicts throughout US History. Click on the title to read more.
During this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, there will be representation from SAUSD! Century High School's Douglass Torres-Escobar has been selected to participate in the Macy's Great American Marching Band. Click on the title to read more.
Paso A Paso: Together We Read provides over 1,000 English and Spanish books, songs, and games that are fun for children and easy for parents to access on any smartphone, tablet, or computer with or without an Internet connection. When the district launched the online reading tool this summer, staff set a goal of 1,000,000 words by November 1, 2016. During the October 11, 2016, Board of Education meeting, Dr. Nadia Hilman, Executive Director of Elementary, reported that we had already surpassed that goal on October 3, with 1,182,891.
Congratulations to Santiago Elementary K-8 School for being one of only four schools in Orange County to receive the Disney Musical and Segerstrom Center for the Arts grant which will provide the school with free access to Disney musical materials and professional teaching artists to guide their teachers in preparing for the performances. This year, Santiago students from 3rd-5th grades will be involved in the production of Disney's The Lion King.
Nigel Lythgoe, co-creator, executive producer, and judge on Emmy-award winning show "So You Think You Can Dance" and executive producer of "American Idol", visited Willard Intermediate School, one of the schools that he mentors as part of the national Turnaround Artsprogram, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. As part of the program, Turnaround Arts schools receive intensive arts education resources and high profile artist mentors. Willard joined this signature program of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in May 2016, along with our own Sierra Preparatory Academy. They are two of 68 Turnaround Arts partner schools across the country.
More than 300 intermediate students in the Santa Ana Unified School District will demonstrate their leadership and oratorical skills during the district’s Fall Novice Classic Speech and Debate tournament to be held Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at McFadden Intermediate School, located at 2701 South Raitt Street in Santa Ana.
Want to learn about the variety of opportunities and programs offered at the elementary, middle, and high schools of the Santa Ana Unified School District? Attend the “We are SAUSD School Fair” on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the heart of downtown Santa Ana. There will be entertainment, giveaways, fun, school representatives, and information available about the programs and services offered throughout the district.
Students can win an IPad, Beats Headphones, a $250 Gift Card, and many other great prizes by creating their own unique project to advocate the importance of exercising the right to vote in the upcoming election. The contest period is between October 8 – November 8, 2016. To register, visit the City of Santa Ana website at www.santa-ana.org/StudentAmbassadorCompetition. Participants must be 13 – 21 years old to participate. This is a great opportunity to have fun, win prizes, and make a difference in the Santa Ana community.
Join the Santa Ana Unified School District, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the Santa Ana School Police and Santa Ana Police Department as they participate in the Annual International Walk to School Day. Students, parents, and community members will take part in this global event to bring awareness to the importance of practicing safe walking, biking, traffic skills, and physical activity on October 5, 2016.
More than 1,000 Santa Ana Unified School District parents are expected to attend the 23rd Annual Parent Conference, which will focus on Preparing Global Ready Graduates, on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Saddleback High School, located at 2802 South Flower Street, Santa Ana.
Five SAUSD Alumni Athletes will be inducted into the Santa Ana Unified School District Sports Wall of Fame. Staff, and members of the public are invited to attend and celebrate the honoree's contributions to SAUSD. The event will take place Friday, September 23, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex.
The Summer Enrichment Program provided our teachers with the unique opportunity to develop engaging and interactive summer enrichment programs to accelerate achievement with their students. On Thursday, September 15, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., over 80 summer enrichment projects will be on display during this interactive community event to be held at the Santa Ana High School. All are invited to see the outcomes of this exciting summer program.
SAUSD is excited to announce the launch of its new publication, We are SAUSD. This digital and printed magazine features news and highlights from across the district and will be issued several times throughout the school year to keep our community informed about all of the wonderful things happening within our district.
The Coast Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees, Chancellor and Foundation Board of Directors join the Museum of Teaching and Learning (MOTAL), to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1947 Mendez v. Westminster case that desegregated California schools. The celebration will lead with a three-month exhibit scheduled to be on display at the CCCD Office located at 1370 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, from September 22 – December 9 and will encompass other commemorative events.
After conducting a nationwide search, the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education has appointed Stefanie Phillips, Ed.D., as its new Superintendent. Dr. Phillips brings 16 years of experience in educational leadership including three years as the District’s Deputy Superintendent of Business & Operations and Chief Business Official. Dr. Stefanie Phillips Appointed Superintendent of Schools to Lead 7th Largest School District in California
The annual parent conference will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Saddleback High School. Free childcare and transportation from schools will be provided. For more information, please contact your child's school.
If your child turns 3 by September 1st you could possibly qualify for free preschool. Click on the headline to learn more.
The Local Control Accountability Plan was approved at the June 28, 2016 Board of Education meeting. Click headline above to learn more.
Congratulations to the 24 winners of the Spernak Parents Foundation Awards. In a packed room of anxious scholars, Steve Spernak (Jefferson Elementary Class of 1966) and his brother, James, (Class of 1971), delivered the 13th edition of the foundation awards and scholarship money that honors their parents, Steve and Delphine Spernak. To read more, click the headline.
Victor de los Santos has been nominated for the 2016-2017 national LifeChanger of the Year award. In addition to impacting the more than 200 students in the band program, Santos indirectly has a positive effect on students’ families, other teachers and community members. Santa Ana High School staff say that he is a caring and nurturing band director who is willing to spend countless hours at school preparing for lessons, organizing events and counseling students – not just in music, but in life. As a result of his dedication and extreme altruism, he has made a beneficial difference in the lives he has touched.
Santa Ana Unified School District celebrates a record-breaking number of graduates receiving their Seal of Biliteracy. This year, 1, 013 students will be recognized for being fluent in at least one or more languages and English, an increase of 124 students from last year.
For 16 straight years, under Commander Tom Osseck's leadership, the Santa Ana High School NJROTC Unit has been recognized nationally as a "Distinguished Unit."
The Valley High School Culinary Arts team of High School Inc. Academy continue to reign as the nation’s culinary arts champions after clinching first-place for the fourth time in 5 years at the National Cooking up Change® competition that was held Monday, June 6, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
Middle College High student Alexis Rodriguez Mejia is the lucky winner of a brand new 2016 Chevy Sonic courtesy of Guaranty Chevrolet in Santa Ana.
The public hearing for the LCAP will take place at the June 7, 2016 Board Meeting. Please review the presentation and the LCAP Document Draft. Final approval of the LCAP will take place on June 28, 2016.
Congratulations to Cecilia Bautista of Madison Elementary School, Madalid De Paz of Lathrop Intermediate School, and Suzanne Corrigan of Middle College High School for being selected SAUSD Parent the Year. Each school has a Parent of the Year, and they were all recognized at the District’s Annual Parent of the Year Recognition that was held June 1, 2016, at Segerstrom High School.
Jesse Church, Principal of Sierra Preparatory Academy and Amy Scruton, Principal of Willard Intermediate School, traveled to Washington D.C. as part of the Turnaround Arts Program, a program led by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and advisory committee to the Whitehouse. Both Sierra and Willard have been selected to participate in the locally-run program that concentrates on a cluster of schools using rigorous arts education as a way to help improve school outcomes, and bring rich, engaged learning to our students. As an added bonus to their trip, they attended a ceremony acknowledging their participation with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Santa Ana Unified School District students will get free tuition at Santa Ana College (SAC) when they enroll full-time during their freshmen year thanks to a partnership with SAC, California State University, Fullerton, and University of California, Irvine. This is part of America’s College Promise Initiative launched by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education last year.To read more, click here.
Congratulations to Valley High School students enrolled in the school’s High School Inc. Culinary Arts program for clinching the first place title for the fourth time at the Cooking Up Change competition.
Congratulations to Noelí Zárate and Esmeralda Osorio from Santa Ana H.S. for being awarded with a $40,000 scholarship from Edison International, the parent company of So. California Edison, to pursue a college degree in STEM.
If you are interested in your child being enrolled in the Engage 360° Afterschool Program, applications can be picked up from your child's school. They must be returned to the front office of your child's school between April 18-22, 2016
In an effort to raise literacy levels and inspire continued academic success throughout Santa Ana, the Santa Ana Public Library is partnering with the Santa Ana Unified School District to get a library card into the hands of each student attending a Santa Ana school.
The 2016-2017 school year calendar was approved by the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The first day of school for students is August 24, 2016, and the last day of school for students is June 21, 2017. Click the headline of this article to be directed to the full calendar..
Find out if your child is eligible for Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 School Year.
SAUSD is offering educator tours to share our teaching and learning model with other education professionals. These tours will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet with SAUSD Superintendent Dr. Rick Miller, visit schools that demonstrate a successful digital age learning culture, and network with peers. For more information and registration, go to: https://slate.adobe.com/cp/Rsxru/
You may be eligible to receive your high school diploma if you did not pass the California High School Exit Exam because of a new law suspending the administration of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school.
Congratulations to Valley High School’s Rosa Vazquez for being accepted to Harvard University. She has been driven to attend Harvard since early in her educational journey and has taken steps to make sure she would be the most highly qualified applicant.
To celebrate the season of thanksgiving and to demonstrate their culinary art skills to teachers, staff, students, and special invited guests, the Valley High School Inc. Culinary Arts students provided a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
Thanks to a successful social media design project by Century High School Teacher Steven Ramirez, Century students received a visit and presentation by Sylvia Mendez, named plaintiff in the historic Mendez et al Westminster case, the landmark case that desegregated California schools.
The free event will take place Thursday, December 10, 2015 (6-9:00 p.m.) at the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana. Click here to learn more.
We are extremely proud of our Finalist Sharon Romeo (Mendez Intermediate School) and Honorees Desiree Olivas (Garfield Elementary School) and Jessica Morris (Godinez Fundamental High School).
The Santa Ana Unified School District is seeking public input for the CORE waiver.
In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Kevin Armstrong, M.D. Memorial Sports Foundation (KAMSF), Hector Chavez of Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School shares his passion for running and inspires his students with help from RunStrong. Click here or on the headline to read the full story.
SAUSD was selected from a competitive and national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration. To read more, click here.
Middle College High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School for its excellence in providing high learning standards for students. As one of eight high schools in California selected and the only high school in Orange County, Middle College continues to set a presedence of academic excellence for all students. To read more about this prestigious honor, click on the heading.
Segestrom becomes the first public school in Southern California to offer the exam on campus during the school day at no cost to all seniors. Click on the headline to read the full story.
With 773 likes, the Grizzly Gazette students clinched first place again this year. Go Grizzlies! Please click on the headline to view the the winning photo.
Through this partnership students from SAUSD will be encouraged and supported to have a college pathway from high school to Santa Ana College, Cal State Fullerton, or UC Irvine.
The Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education celebrated the opening of the state-of-the-art Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex with hundreds of a guests and Wall of Fame inductees with a ribbon cutting.
For the first time in seven years, the Santa Ana Unified School District will open the doors to a brand new school, the Advanced Learning Academy, a dependent charter school that will focus on high-tech, project-based, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum for elementary and intermediate students. The Advanced Learning Academy, located at 335 East Walnut Avenue in Santa Ana, will begin serving students in grades 4th – 6th on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, the first day of school for the Santa Ana Unified School District.
This charter elementary will be Advanced Learning Academy, in addition to offering an educational portfolio based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) will be another alternative for all the parents in Orange County.
With the goal of every child reading at grade level by the end of the third grade, the Santa Ana Unified School District, with the partnership of Innovations for Learning, and the support of Orange County United Way, will launch “Read Santa Ana Read,” a volunteer program supporting nearly 250 first graders at reading during the 2015- 2016 school year.
The students from Santa Ana Unified School District belong to a prestigious eight-week internship at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, allowing them to work alongside some of the nation’s top engineers, analysts and scientists.