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Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

$35 million* state of the art campus features Innovation Center, multimedia classrooms and 21st century science labs

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – Capistrano Unified School District will open the doors of Esencia School in the community of Rancho Mission Viejo for the first time for the community to see our newest state-of-the-art learning campus. Everyone is invited to this historic celebration.

 

WHAT:
Red Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Refreshments provided by Gelson’s

 

WHEN:
Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:
Esencia School
5 Aprender Street
Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Take the 5 Freeway to Ortega Highway Exit. If you are coming from the south, make a right and if you are coming from the north make a left
  • Take Ortega Highway about 3 miles to Antonio Parkway. Make a left on Antonio Parkway.
  • Turn right at Cow Camp Road
  • Turn left on Esencia Drive
  • Turn right at Andaza at the first roundabout
  • Make a right on Tierno
  • Make a left on Aprender. The driveway to the school entrance is on the left-hand side

 

WHO:

Esencia Principal Josh Wellikson, CUSD Board President Martha McNicholas and Board Members, CUSD Superintendent Kirsten Vital, and Rancho Mission Viejo Chairman and CEO Tony Moiso. Representatives from Senator Pat Bates’ Office, Assemblyman Bill Brough’s Office, and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett’s Office will also be commemorating this special occasion.

 

The school will officially open to students in grades Preschool-5 on August 21, 2018.

 

*Paid for with developer fees, Orange County CFD funds, and state matching funds

 

 

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Published: 8/9/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Capistrano Unified School District Appoints New Principals

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of nine principals, continuing summer recruitment for open positions.

 

Capistrano Unified School District recently appointed Andrea Meissner as principal of R.H. Dana Exceptional Needs Facility (ENF) Elementary School, Beth Ewing as principal of Laguna Niguel Elementary School, and Ken Ezratty as principal of Tesoro High School. Meissner, Ewing and Ezratty have extensive administrative experience and exemplify strong and effective leadership skills in problem-solving and supporting student needs.

 

Capistrano Unified is also announcing several school administrators within the district have moved to new school sites for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Pam Sawyer to principal of Marco Forster Middle School;
  • Carrie Bertini to principal of San Juan Elementary School;
  • Sandi Miller to principal of Hidden Hills Elementary;
  • Kristen Nelson to principal of R.H. Dana Elementary;
  • Michelle Moore to principal of Ladera Ranch Elementary; and
  • Maria Christina Barrosa from assistant principal to principal of Las Palmas Elementary

“We take pride in investing in our employees and developing exceptional leaders, which is why we encourage qualified staff to seek available leadership positions,” said Martha McNicholas, Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees President. “We are looking forward to a great 2018-19 school year for our students, families, and staff.”

 

Capistrano Unified identified exceptional candidates for teacher vacancies for the 2018-19 school year. During the 2017-18 school year, the district held recruitments for ten elementary teacher positions, eighteen secondary teacher positions, and seven itinerant staff positions. Over 2,000 applications were received, and 130 new teachers hired by June 30, 2018.

 

All principal appointments are approved by the Capistrano Unified School District’s Board of Trustees.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 7/30/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

It's that time of year when families are shopping for back to school clothing and accessories.

 

The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate.

 

Please review the attached Dress and Grooming Administration Regulation policy (AR  5.14).

 

Dress Code Guidelines
 

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 7/17/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

How does Opting-Out of phone messaging work?

 

At any time, while listening to a CUSD phone message broadcast through the School Messenger Communication application, recipients may press “5” on their phone to initiate the opt-out process.

 

After pressing 5, recipients will be given 3 choices:

  • To unsubscribe from messages like these, please press 1
  • To unsubscribe from all Non-Emergency messages, please press 2
  • If you do not have Students attending  CUSD or you are a Non CUSD community member, please 3
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Published: 3/30/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached document for dates and times specific to each school site.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/26/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

High school and middle school students interested in engineering will have a chance to meet with young engineering professionals in the first of CUSD's Career Connection Series, "So You Think You Want to Be an Engineer", in an online webinar format. Students and families are able to ask specific questions and gain information, insight, and perspective of their career interest, and then question panelists about college experiences and job choices.

 

CUSD's College and Career Counseling Center, Futurology, is developing the Career Connection Series to help students and families with making college and career choices in the convenience of their own home on their own computers.

 

WHAT: So You Think You Want to be an Engineer

 

WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

 

WHERE: Online Webinar

 

REGISTER: for a link at http://www.cusd-futureology.org/appointments-events

 

Panelists Include:


Elizabeth Schaack, former Dana Hills High School alumni. Elizabeth studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder for her B.S. in Environmental Engineering. She is currently a Staff Environmental Engineer at an environmental consulting firm specializing in managing risk for contaminated properties. Denver, CO


Nick Pfiel, former Dana Hills High School alumni. Nick studied at UCI received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He is now a Quality Engineer at a So Cal corporation, which focuses in developing unique optical solutions for the treatment of presbyopia. Lake Forest, CA


Sam Falkenhagen is a Stanford graduate and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Sam has worked in multiple positions for Amazon, but currently in the position as a Brand Specialist. Sam contributes improvements to the user experience for customers and provides support to drive category growth through detailed analysis of business inefficiencies and identifying solutions.


Shigeo Nakajima is a Marine, who received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering and studied at SDSU for his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Previously, Shigeo has worked with the US Air Force as a Flight Test Engineer and now as a Test Engineer at a global manufacturing company that focuses on providing fluid management and electronic control systems for aerospace markets. Irvine, CA


FOR A PRECURSOR OF WHAT ENGINEERING IS AND OTHER RELATED FIELDS ATTEND A PRESENTATION ON STEM-OPPORTUNITIES ON 2/28/18 AT 5:30 PM AT CVHS

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/28/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

A community forum with Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital is set for Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at Aliso Niguel High School.

 

Ryan Burris, Chief Communications Officer, will give an overview of the school-specific classroom and campus site assessments we completed last Fall, which can be found here: http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/MasterPlan

 

Clark Hampton, Deputy Superintendent, will provide a presentation and update on the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) buildings that were approved by our Board of Trustees for Aliso Niguel High School and Newhart Middle School and Philippa Townsend, Assistant Superintendent of Fiscal Services will present an overview of Educational Funding in the State of California and the challenges we face with the Local Control Funding Formula that was implemented in Sacramento.

 

Finally, Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent of Education Services will present a Spotlight on Teaching & Learning in CUSD.

 

What: Superintendent’s Community Forum

 

When: Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Where: Aliso Niguel High School, 28000 Wolverine Way, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

 

Who: Parents, students, staff, community members

 

Why: It is our priority to communicate with and engage parents, students, staff and community members in the work of the Capistrano Unified School District.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/21/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

February 23, 2018

 

Dear CUSD Community:

 

We received many emails and inquiries after my letter on School Safety was sent to families last week. The shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shook our community and left more questions than answers. As a mom and as your Superintendent, I want all of our young people to be safe in our classrooms and on our campuses. Over the last week, families have inquired about social-emotional supports for students, safety training for students, and information on campus safety and security.

 

 

Social and Emotional Supports

In 2015, our Board of Trustees committed $3 million a year to hire 30 new counselors, giving our District the distinction of being one of the first school Districts in the county to have a counselor on staff at every school from elementary to high school. This is a tremendous investment in early intervention for our young people that was put in place to support them today and throughout their educational careers here in CUSD and beyond. Our counselors work with our students in groups and on an individual basis and intervene when students are struggling with grades or attendance or showing other indicators that may indicate the need for stronger interventions.

 

Topics in our School Counseling Core Curriculum Action Plan for our students include, but are not limited to, respecting differences, emotion management, managing test anxiety, coping with peer pressure, bullying, managing strong feelings, problem-solving skills, learning styles and time management, and beginning in grade 7, suicide prevention. All of these topics are not covered in each grade but are age appropriate and build upon social-emotional lessons learned in previous grades.

 

Beyond the supports provided by our counselors, when there is a threat or even a perceived threat made by a student, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART) performs an investigation that often times includes the student (or students), friends and family, social media postings, cell phones and whatever they believe will assist them in their work. SMART is used in school situations or incidents related to violence, threats, possession and/or use of weapons, unstable behaviors and suicidal actions or tendencies.

 

Student and Staff Safety Drills

Currently, we require the following for staff and students: Evacuation/fire drills are conducted once per month for elementary schools, four times a year for middle schools and twice per year for high schools. Drop, Cover and Hold drills are conducted once per quarter at elementary schools and once per semester at middle and high schools. National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) drills are conducted once per year at all CUSD schools.

 

Finally, lockdown drills are conducted twice per year at all CUSD schools. Our lockdown drills include the “Deny Access, Evade and Engage” (DEE) protocol that we created in collaboration with Sheriff’s Department. This training includes a component titled “Evade” so that, when appropriate, teachers and students can move to a safe place out of danger (i.e. exit the building or area) and it includes a component titled “Engage” because, if necessary, we want students and staff to use any resource/object necessary to stop an individual from doing harm. School Faculty and Staff are also required to review the Deny Access, Evade and Engage training video every year.

 

This year, we also equipped our schools with Emergency Trauma Kits that contain essential medical supplies to enable school staff to treat victims suffering from acute trauma. This is in addition to the lockdown kits we have in each classroom and the door blocks we have on outside facing classroom doors.

 

Our work with law enforcement enhances the drills we conduct on our campuses and strengthens our work during an emergency. Each Sheriff’s patrol vehicle has instant access to aerial photos and floorplans for every school in our District so responding deputies can arrive on the scene with situational awareness of the school they are approaching. Our tabletop exercises and emergency drills take place throughout the year and are intended to strengthen communication and collaboration with the Sheriff’s Department and enhance our emergency operations plans and protocols. In January, District leadership and staff performed a tabletop exercise with Orange County Sheriff’s SWAT, Bomb Squad and San Clemente Chief of Police in a scenario that involved a person on campus with a weapon. We will be conducting a similar exercise at Dana Hills High School in March, which was planned prior to the school shooting in Florida.

 

Campus Safety and Security

 

The school district is supported by local cities that provide School Resource Officers, which are assigned to our individual high schools as well as K-8 families of schools. These officers provide daily security as well as rapid response to emergencies, along with all first responders, when necessary. Our School Resource Officers also provide us with student intervention and resources when required. Finally, as mentioned in my letter last week, we utilize the Sheriff’s Department in planning and security assessments of our schools with the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center.

 

We also require that our Principals update their school safety plan every year and assemble emergency command teams on every campus.  Site leaders and staff should enforce visitor check-in procedures, including the issuance of visitor and volunteer badges, and monitor their facilities to ensure gates, locks, and systems work appropriately.

 

The devastating events in Parkland, Florida remind us that we as a District, in collaboration with our cities, our families, and our community, need to take time to review our emergency plans and protocols and identify opportunities to strengthen our work to prevent these instances from occurring, as well as identify opportunities for us to react swiftly and appropriately when emergencies take place. I appreciate your partnership in this work and ask that you continue to share your input and speak up if you see anything suspicious on our campuses.

Sincerely,

 

Kirsten Vital
Superintendent

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February 15, 2018

 

Dear CUSD Families:

 

Today, our hearts are heavy for the families, friends and entire Parkland, Florida community as we mourn the devastating loss of life that occurred yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This morning, many families are asking us what plans and procedures we have in place to safeguard our students, families, and staff in emergencies.

 

CUSD has a safety plan that is specific to each site and is reviewed every year and we have worked to build and strengthen this plan since 2012. We have an incredible relationship with law enforcement that includes daily interaction and communication as well as collaborative participation in safety exercises and planning.

 

The District also works with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in planning and security assessments of our schools and with the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC). OCIAC is an integrated, multi-disciplined, information and intelligence sharing network that collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on all criminal risks and safety threats to law enforcement, fire, health, the private sector and public sector stakeholders in order to protect the residents, visitors, and critical infrastructure. In addition, Sheriff’s Deputies are assigned to our campuses and we utilize the Sheriff’s Department’s School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART). SMART is used in school situations or incidents related to violence, threats, possession and/or use of weapons, unstable behaviors and suicidal actions or tendencies.

 

In the area of training, we conduct ongoing drills and simulated emergency exercises for our staff and this training is reviewed and modified as needed. We also train our staff to speak up and report suspicious activity they see at our school sites or offices.

 

Finally, we have the benefit of many parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff on our campuses and we ask that you report any unusual and suspicious activity. Please talk to your child/children to remind them that they, too, can report anything suspicious. We want everyone on our campuses to be empowered to speak up about anything that looks out of place. Please reach out to your school principals or site administration for guidance and questions. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

 

Kirsten Vital
Superintendent

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/15/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Hello Capistrano Unified School District,

 

The Classified Employee of the Year Celebration will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018, at the Capistrano Valley High School Theater.

 

Please nominate your choice for Classified Employee of the Year by filling out the attached nomination packet.

 

Nominations must be received by the CUSD Communications Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

 

They can be sent to the mailing address listed below or by email to: naengelson@capousd.org with the subject: 2018 Classified Employee of the Year Nomination.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/12/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Dear CUSD Families,

Please see the attached links below to learn more about the CA Healthy Youth Act. 

 

The Sexual Health Curriculum: Teen Talk materials are proposed for adoption are teacher instructional materials. 

 

A new law went into effect on January 1, 2016, which required a shift in the requirements for Health education in California which previously required only HIV education to a comprehensive sexuality education which is currently the most comprehensive in the U.S. The below links outline the required components of the curriculum. 

 

Families will have the option to OPT out of the curriculum. Parent information meetings will be held prior to Spring Break at the District Office and at school sites to allow parents to review the curriculum. Information about parents’ ability to opt their students out of the instruction will be provided via hard copy flyer distribution, school messenger email, and at the parent information meetings. Instruction for seventh and eighth-grade students would occur during May in their science classes.  Students who are opted out (of all or part of the program) by their parents/guardians will be given alternative schoolwork and will not be discriminated against in any manner.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/9/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) –  Every school in California is required by state law to publish a School Accountability Report Card (SARC) by February 1 of each year.  The SARC contains information about the condition and performance of each California public school.  Our school’s SARC is available for review by clicking on the following link:  

https://sites.google.com/a/capousd.org/sarcs/home

A printed version is available upon request. 

 

Informes de Responsabilidad Escolar (SARCs) - Cada escuela en California tiene la responsabilidad por ley estatal de publicar un Informe de Responsabilidad Escolar (SARC) para el 1 de febrero de cada año. El SARC contiene información sobre la condición y el rendimiento de cada escuela pública de California. El Informe (SARC) de nuestra escuela está disponible para su revisión por medio del siguiente enlace:
https://sites.google.com/a/capousd.org/sarcs/home
Si desea una copia impresa, puede solicitarla a la escuela.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/9/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Three local teachers recognized at surprise classroom celebrations!

 

Congratulations to our 2018 Teachers of the Year:

 

Elementary Teacher Carol Cutkomp,

Middle School Teacher Susan Peterson and

High School Teacher David Pino!

 

Carol Cutkomp

Susan Peterson

David Pino

 

Please refer to the attached press release for more information.

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/5/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

School Financing
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/31/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Cal Prep Information Meetings
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/25/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

The Flu - A Guide for Parents
The Flu Guides for Parents in English and Spanish are from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please click on the attached documents to read this important information.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/22/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

January 17, 2018

Dear Capistrano Unified School District Community:

As announced last Friday, we have reached a tentative agreement with our teachers union. This three-year agreement will provide stability for our District and allow us to continue to operate efficiently, while remaining focused on the education of our young people.

 

This tentative agreement provides our young CUSD families with the option of Extended Day Kindergarten at up to 11 pilot schools this fall and at every elementary school throughout our District in the fall of 2019!

 

The tentative agreement provides teachers a 1 percent ongoing salary increase retroactive to 2016-17, a further 1 percent this year, and a 1 percent contingent increase for the 2018-19 school year, which relies on full implementation of the Governor’s budget proposal as described on January 10, 2018.

 

In addition, teachers will see protection from rising healthcare costs provided through an increase to the HMO medical plans District contribution equal to 0.6 percent for 2017 and 0.9 percent for 2018. For 2019, the District will set aside an additional $2.2 million toward health and welfare benefits if the final adopted state budget is not reduced from the Governor’s January 10, 2018 proposed state budget proposal.

 

Our agreement also allows us to take the initial steps to manage future impacts of rising healthcare costs with the formation of a Health and Welfare Benefits Committee. This committee will be made up of Capistrano Unified Education Association, California School Employees Association, Capistrano Unified Management Association, and Teamsters leadership along with the Superintendent and District staff to collaboratively explore opportunities to conserve dollars spent on health and welfare benefits.

 

Finally, the tentative agreement provides an early retirement incentive to our senior certificated staff that is contingent on participation and cost-neutral to the District.

 

This tentative agreement strikes the proper balance between the needs of our community, recognizing our teachers and staff for the extraordinary work they do with and for our children, and being cognizant of rising health and welfare costs and a very challenging school funding formula that was developed in Sacramento.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ryan Burris
Chief Communications Officer

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/17/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Sent on behalf of CUSD and CUEA

We are pleased to announce that CUSD and CUEA have reached a Tentative Agreement that will provide the stability of a three-year contract and allow our District to continue to operate efficiently while remaining focused on the education of young people.

Details of the Tentative Agreement will be released on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/12/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

CUSD Innovation Showcase
 

WHAT: First Annual CUSD Innovation Showcase to present our extraordinary educational programs and offerings to families of the Capistrano Unified School District community.

 

WHERE: Capistrano Valley High School "Cougar Mall"

 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

WHO: Everyone is invited, especially families with children ages 1 and up!

 

CUSD PROGRAMS AND OFFERINGS TO BE HIGHLIGHTED:

  • All Day Kindergarten Pilot Schools
  • School of Choice Information
  • #CapoForward Schools (Del Obispo Elementary School, Hidden Hills Elementary School, Kinoshita Elementary School, Lobo Elementary School, Marblehead Elementary School, RH Dana Elementary School, and Wood Canyon Elementary School)
  • Language Immersion Program Information
  • Carl Hankey International Baccalaureate Academy
  • Capo Valley High School - STEM (Academy of Technology, Math and Science; Career Technical Education, etc)
  • Dana Hills High School: South Orange County School of the Arts
  • College and Career Advantage /Career Technical Education  
    • Middle School Career Technical Education Investigation Labs
    • Dana Hills HMO Program with Kaiser Permanente
    • Dana Hills High School & The Monarch Beach Resort Culinary Arts Program
    • Electric car display
    • College & Career Advantage  and Career Technical Education

QUE: Primera Exhibición Anual de Innovación de CUSD para presentar nuestros extraordinarios programas educativos y servicios ofrecidos a las familias de la comunidad del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Capistrano.

 

DÓNDE: Escuela Secundaria Capistrano Valley – “Cougar Hall”

 

CUÁNDO: Miércoles, 17 de enero del 2018 a partir de las 6 p.m. hasta las 8 p.m.

 

QUIÉN: ¡Todos están invitados, especialmente las familias con niños mayores de un año!

 

PROGRAMAS Y SERVICIOS OFRECIDOS DESTACADOS DE CUSD:

  • Escuelas Piloto de Kindergarten de todo el día
  • Información acerca del programa Escuela de Elección
  • Escuelas #CapoForward (Escuela Primaria Del Obispo, Escuela Primaria Hidden Hills, Escuela Primaria Kinoshita, Escuela Primaria Lobo, Escuela Primaria Marblehead, Escuela Primaria RH Dana, y Escuela Primaria Wood Canyon)
  • Información acerca del Programa de Inmersión Bilingüe
  • Carl Hankey Academia Internacional de Bachillerato
  • Escuela Secundaria Capo Valley - STEM (Academia de Tecnología, Matemáticas y Ciencias, Educación Técnica Profesional, etc.)
  • Escuela Secundaria Dana Hills: Escuela de Artes del Sur del Condado de Orange
  • Ventajas de Carreras Universitarias   / Educación Profesional Técnica
  • Laboratorios de Investigación de Educación Técnica Profesional de la Escuela Secundaria
  • Programa Dana Hills HMO con Kaiser Permanente
  • Programa de Artes Culinarias de la Escuela Secundaria Dana Hills  con  The Monarch Beach Resort
  • Exhibición de Automóvil Eléctrico
  • Ventajas de Carreras Universitarias   / Educación Profesional Técnica
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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/11/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for dates and times for each school.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/8/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group
Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/21/17




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Over the last few months we have engaged in discussions with the County of Orange about what appropriate mitigation measures should be included in the Oso Bridge and Los Patrones Parkway projects near Tesoro High School and Esencia K-8 School. The County declined to incorporate any of our proposed mitigation measures into the Los Patrones or Oso Bridge projects (e.g. sound/air quality walls, air filters, sound attenuating windows, connector road/signal), therefore, today we are commencing litigation against the County (including various staff members in their official capacities), TCA, and Caltrans on the Oso Parkway Bridge EIR Addendum.

 

Our Board of Trustees continues to have concerns over any projects that would adversely affect the health, safety, well-being and learning of our students, teachers and staff. We will continue to pursue efforts to mitigate any potential health impacts regarding these projects.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/20/17




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

CUSD and CUEA met for Fact Finding on December 12, 2017. Both parties agree to an additional Fact Finding date on January 11, 2018. In order to respect the process, the neutral Fact Finder has directed the parties to keep the details of the Fact-Finding confidential. Information will be released as soon as it becomes available following the next fact-finding meeting.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/13/17




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Board of Trustees Awards Contract to San Luis Obispo Solar Energy Firm

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA –The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees has awarded an $18 million contract to REC Solar Commercial Corporation to convert six high schools and the CUSD Education Center to solar power. Trustees who were present voted unanimously at the December 6 public meeting to award the energy service contract for design, installation, and commission of the solar project that will power nearly 10 percent of the district when complete.

 

The charge to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly District was led by a coalition of Capistrano Unified School District High School Students who created a powerful, supportive movement through petitions, a website, and social media.

 

“These incredible students take their environmental stewardship roles seriously, and showed relentless drive to improve the Capistrano Unified School District,” stated Board of Trustees President Martha McNicholas. “I am proud that these outstanding students are changing the way we think about our climate and constantly looking for ways to better our community. Their collaboration with the District has been incredible and we look forward to continuing our work with each of them.”

 

The solar project is expected to save, on average, $849,000 a year, for a total of $21 million in savings. Installation of the photovoltaic solar panels will begin next year.

 

“I am honored to join my fellow students tonight in a project that has taken three years and is at its culminating point,” stated Kyle Krueger, President of the Tesoro Conservation club. “I’m honored to see the reality of CUSD solar tonight. Through three years of hard work, meeting with solar energy experts, pitching procurement methods and presenting in this great [board] room, we received powerful support for this reality. You will leave a legacy with this vote for an entire next generation of students, parents, teachers, residents and board members who can benefit from this $21 million [in savings].”

 

Prior to awarding the contract to REC Solar, district staff received information about solar energy efficiency and generation projects. A timeline is as follows:

 

  • On July 26, 2017, the Board of Trustees received an informational presentation from ARC Alternatives on the results of a district solar feasibility study, which indicated that the physical sites are ideal for solar projects, with ample space for the systems and accessible utility tie-in locations, and that the project, as modeled, shows net savings to the District and is cash flow positive in all years. The presentation can be found on page 623 of the online agenda, available here.
  • Next on October 11, 2017, the Board of Trustees received an informational presentation from Government Financial Strategies, the District’s financial advisor, on Clean Renewable Energy Bonds and the financing process.
  • On November 8, 2017, the Board of Trustees received an informational presentation from ARC Alternatives on the status of requests for proposals to solar vendors, preliminary results, and the proposed process and timeline leading up to Board consideration of a solar vendor.
  • On December 6, 2017, the Board of Trustees awarded an energy service contract to REC Solar to design, construct, and operate photovoltaic systems. The total contract amount is $18,372,631 including capital cost, performance guarantee, and operations and maintenance.

 

Moving toward implementation, CUSD will prepare and submit interconnection applications to secure time-of-use (TOU) grandfathering and the design process will begin. The results of the Clean Renewable Energy Bond financing will be presented at the January 24, 2018, board meeting.

 

CUSD will continue to engage with students, families, faculty, staff and other community members as
the solar project progresses.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/13/17




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group and Middle School News Group

Language Immersion Information
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/4/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

A New CUSD Family Holiday Tradition

Merry Monarch with CUSD

A Festive Tree Lighting with Performances by Capistrano Unified Schools

 

Join us as we celebrate the season and support our schools at Monarch Beach Resort.  Enjoy a variety of musical performances by our students, cocoa and cookies, visits with Santa Claus and the official lighting of the holiday tree, hosted by KOST radio’s lively Ellen K.

 

Merry Monarch will feature performances from students from the following schools:

  • Aria String Quartet (Tesoro High School)    
  • Tesoro String Quartet (Tesoro High School)
  • Combined Elementary Choir (San Juan, Del Obispo and Malcom Elementary Schools)
  • Don Juan Avila Middle School Choir...and more...

December 2, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Tickets for this special event are $10 per person, with all proceeds benefitting the CUSD Foundation.
Valet parking is complimentary. 

Click here * to purchase tickets to tree lighting.

 

 

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Festival de Luces con Actuación Especial del Distrito Escolar de Capistrano

Únase a nosotros para celebrar en el Hotel de Monarch Beach la temporada navideña y apoyar a nuestras escuelas de CUSD. Disfrute de una variedad de presentaciones musicales de parte de nuestros estudiantes, chocolate caliente y galletas, visita a Santa Claus y la iluminación oficial del árbol navideño, este evento está organizado por la estación de radio KOST y animada por Ellen K.

Navidad en Monarch
2 de diciembre, 4 – 7 p.m.
Los boletos están disponibles a $ 10 por persona, todo lo recaudado es en beneficio de la Fundación CUSD Niños menores de 4 años son admitidos gratis.

El servicio de estacionamiento es gratuito
Una parte de estos ingresos beneficiaran a la Fundación CUSD.
Para obtener boletos para la Navidad en Monarch o para reservacion de habitaciones,v i s i t e n o s e n
M o n a r c h b e a c h r e s o r t . c o m / C U S D H o l i d a y

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/14/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

We are committed to working with residents of Pacifica San Juan, as well as the city of San Juan Capistrano, as we identify opportunities to benefit residents and students through an acceptable plan on a property we have the option to purchase.

 

We have included the presentation from our first meeting and would like to hold a follow-up meeting on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the CUSD Education Center located at 33122 Valle Road.

 

This next meeting we will provide options for the property and engage in further discussion. In addition to the opportunity to meet together, we also created a google doc where residents can leave feedback for us to consider. You can access the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/G9aH5sz0l02dFORN2.

 

 

Please feel free to contact Ryan Burris, Chief Communications Officer, at rkburris@capousd.org with any questions you may have.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/6/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

CUSD Holiday Closures
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/1/17




Audience: High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

What are cash reserves and how much does the district currently have in reserves?

 

Cash reserves refer to money an organization such as CUSD sets aside in order to be able to cover emergency or short-term needs and program stability for students and staff. Reserves are mandated in Education Code and the minimum level for a district our size is 2% of annual expenditures. This amount would not even cover one month of payroll.

 

Read more in the attached document.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/31/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

High school students and their families can meet with representatives from over 130 institutions and attend breakout sessions to help navigate the college journey

 

WHAT: College Fair 2017 for CUSD and high school students and their families. Download the flyer, participant list, and breakout session schedule at www.cusd-futureology.org/college-fair

 

  • Meet with representatives from over 130 universities, colleges, technical and art schools, and military academies to learn about the many outstanding programs and options available across the country.
  • Attend breakout sessions (All sessions available in Spanish + Paying For College in Farsi)

 

6:30pm

  • Harvard, Berkeley, or Bust: Secrets of Highly-Selective College Admission (Theater)
  • Maximizing Your SAT and ACT Test Score (Black Box) Great Colleges for Students Who Don't Have Perfect Grades and Amazing Test Scores (The Mall)
  • Increasing College Readiness and Affordability via CLEP, Concurrent Enrollment, and WUE (Choral Room)
  • The Community College Transfer Process (Cougar Hall)

 

7:30pm

  • Paying for College without Going Broke (Theater)
  • Creating Your College Athletic Recruiting Game Plan (Black Box)
  • Reducing Anxiety in College Admissions & Standardized Testing (The Mall)
  • Increasing College Readiness and Affordability (Choral Room)
  • The Community College Transfer Process (Location: Cougar Hall)

 

WHEN: Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

 

WHERE: Capistrano Valley High School, 26301 Via Escolar, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

 

FREE SHUTTLE! Avoid the crowds and park at Saddleback College, Lot A1

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: COLLEGEFAIR@capousd.org

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/26/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached letter for details of the last two best final offer options to CUEA.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/24/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

CUSD AND CUEA UNABLE TO REACH AGREEMENT WITH MEDIATOR, SENT TO FACT-FINDING

 

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – Today CUSD and the Capistrano Unified Education Association met for our third mediation session. We were unable to reach a contract agreement. The mediator stated that she would be sending the parties to fact-finding and that mediation is done.

 

Our Board of Trustees and District leadership value the commitment and dedication of our teachers and certificated staff. We greatly appreciate the extraordinary education provided to our students by teachers and certificated staff. It is always our desire to recognize our teachers and staff for their incredible work while also ensuring that our District budget remains fiscally sound.

 

It is appropriate for the District to acknowledge the uncertainties of future state funding, especially in light of the very broken Local Control Funding Formula that was created in Sacramento. This formula continues to severely underfund Districts such as ours, and does not do anything to increase funding in the future.

 

To ensure we are protecting our District and our taxpayers, we insist on building and maintaining a responsible budget that finds a balance between recognizing the wonderful work of our teachers while also acknowledging the challenges of our facilities needs, which the state provides no funding for, as well as increased costs pushed down from the state to pay for pension benefits.

 

We remain hopeful that we can reach agreement soon and without proceeding to fact-finding.

 

To learn more about mediation and the fact-finding process, please visit this link: https://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/cuea

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/18/17




Audience: High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

CalPrep Flyer
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/3/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

The State of California’s education funding model, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), allows districts more freedom in how funds are spent but also requires the development of a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that links spending to specific district goals for student achievement. Districts are held accountable to the specific ways in which they are spending money and how those decisions are improving student outcomes.

 

A key aspect of the LCAP process is the engagement of parents/guardians, including those representing foster, low-income, and English learner students in providing input and feedback. This is facilitated through the formation of a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The LCAP PAC will meet to review sections of the LCAP and provide input into the monitoring and revision of the LCAP. 

 

Applications are due Thursday, September 28, 2017. Please see attached documents.

 

For more information, please contact Stacy Yogi, Executive Director, State and Federal Programs at (949) 234-9244 or syogi@capousd.org


 

El nuevo modelo de fondos educacionales del estado de California, llamado Formula De Fondos Control Local (LCFF), le otorga a los distritos más libertad al utilizar sus fondos pero requiere el desarrollo de un Plan de Control Local y Responsabilidad (LCAP). Este une los gastos a metas del distrito específicas al logro estudiantil. Los distritos se hacen responsables por las maneras específicas en que están gastando el dinero y como esas decisiones están mejorando al éxito del alumno.
 

Un aspecto clave del proceso de LCAP es el compromiso de padres/tutores; incluyendo a aquellos que representan a los estudiantes en adopción, de bajo ingresos, y que están aprendiendo inglés en mantenerlos informados. Esto será posible con la formación de un Comité Asesor del Padres (PAC). El LCAP- PAC se reunirá regularmente para revisar las secciones del LCAP y proporcionar sus opiniones en el monitoreo y revisión del LCAP.

 

Las aplicaciones tienen que entregarse antes del jueves, 28 de Septiembre.

 

Si necesita más información, puede contactar a Stacy Yogi, Director Ejecutiva de Programas Estatales y Federales al (949)234-9244 o syogi@capousd.org

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/26/17




Audience: High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

CUSD Families:

We are hosting a Drug Awareness Night, in partnership with Assemblyman Bill Brough, Senator Pat Bates, the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the County of Orange, focusing on the rapid increase of Opioid and Heroin addiction in Orange County. 

 

The evening was put together in response to the Orange County Health Care Agency's report, "2017 Opioid Overdose & Death in Orange County." A copy of the report can be viewed here.

  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 2
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • SAN JUAN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL | PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
  • 29211 Stallion Ridge, San Juan Capistrano
  • Additional Information can be found on the attached flyer

PLEASE RSVP TO: http://bit.ly/2h52f3v (Google Form)

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/20/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

YOU ARE INVITED TO GET ON THE BUS WITH US!

 

CUSD Bus Transport

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – The Capistrano Unified School District is pleased to invite community members, staff and families to tour its two new classroom buildings on the campuses of San Clemente High School and San Juan Hills High School September 21, 2017.

 

Community Facilities District monies and matching state funds paid for the buildings that feature 24 classrooms with state-of-the-art 21st Century technology.

 

WHAT: CUSD Bus Tour and Ribbon Cuttings of New Classroom Buildings

 

WHO: Community Members, Families and District Staff

 

WHEN: Thursday, September 21, 2017. Buses Leave the District Office at 9:00 a.m.
 

Ribbon Cuttings:

San Juan Hills High School at 9:45 a.m.
San Clemente High School at 11:30 a.m.

 

WHERE: Buses leave from the District Office located at 33122 Valle Road in the city of San Juan Capistrano.
 

If you require special accommodations or have questions, please contact Ryan Burris at (949) 234-9427 or by email at rkburris@capousd.org.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/20/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

The State of California’s education funding model requires the development of a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that links spending to specific district goals for student achievement to improve student outcomes.

 

A key aspect of the LCAP process is the engagement of parents/guardians, including those representing foster, low-income, and English learner students in providing input and feedback. This is facilitated through the formation of a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The LCAP PAC will meet to review the sections of the LCAP and provide input into the monitoring and revision of the LCAP. The focus will be on discussing actions that are aligned with state and local priorities to increase student academic achievement and performance. An emphasis will be on meeting annual goals for all students, including foster, low income, and English learners. CUSD has a strong record of parent/guardian engagement and is excited to continue its partnership with parents and guardians to guide the district’s actions for the coming years. 

 

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please complete and return the application by September 21, 2017.

 

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El modelo de fondos de educación del estado de California requiere  el  desarrollo de un Plan de Control Local y Responsabilidad (LCAP) que enlace el gasto a las metas y objetivos específicos del distrito para el logro y rendimiento estudiantil.

 

Un aspecto clave del proceso de LCAP es el compromiso de padres/tutores; incluyendo a aquellos que representan a los estudiantes en adopción, de bajos ingresos, y que están aprendiendo inglés en aportar sus opiniones y mantenerlos informados. Esto será posible con la formación de un Comité Asesor del Padres (PAC). El LCAP PAC se reunirá regularmente para revisar las secciones del LCAP y proporcionar sus opiniones en el monitoreo y revisión del LCAP. La atención se centrará en discutir sobre las acciones que están alineadas con las prioridades estatales y locales para aumentar el logro y rendimiento académico de los estudiantes. El énfasis será el cumplimiento de las metas anuales para todos los estudiantes, incluyendo estudiantes en un hogar temporal, de bajos ingresos, y aprendiendo inglés. CUSD tiene un sólido historial de participación de los padres / tutores y se complace en continuar trabajando junto con los padres y tutores para guiar las acciones del distrito durante los próximos años.

 

Si está interesado en participar en este comité, por favor complete y regrese la aplicación antes del 21 de Septiembre, 2017.  

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/7/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

In the last five years, the District has reduced taxes for Community Facilities Districts (CFD) by nearly 50 percent, or $16.9 million a year. Board is accepting applications for CFD Citizen’s Oversight and Advisory Commission to provide advice and oversight to the Board of Trustees. 

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – In a series of unanimous votes, the Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees approved resolutions to again lower tax levies, saving taxpayers nearly $1.2 million compared to last year, and further reducing the tax burden on District residents who reside within Community Facilities Districts.  In the last five years, the total CFD tax burden has fallen by nearly half, amounting to $16.9 million of savings per year.  

 

The District currently has eight active community facilities districts formed pursuant to the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 between the years of 1990 and 2005 to fund and finance the District’s capital facility needs. The District previously had even older community facilities districts formed in 1987 and 1988, but over the last few years, the Board voted to end the taxes and eliminate these old CFDs. Each community facilities district collects special taxes on property within its boundaries to pay for the costs of debt service on outstanding CFD bonds that were used to finance school facilities projects, CFD administration, and formerly facilities needs on a “pay-as-you-go” basis in accordance with the provisions of the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982.  However, the Board of Trustees voted to eliminate the use of “pay-as-you-go” monies in August of 2016 to help reduce taxes. 

 

“Wednesday night’s votes further the Board’s commitment to being responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars by reducing taxes,” stated CUSD Board President Martha McNicholas. “We are committed to building and maintaining a responsible budget that finds a balance between protecting our taxpayers and acknowledging the challenges of our classroom and campus needs, for which the state provides no direct funding.” 

 

Public Oversight and Accountability 
Throughout the last few years, the Board of Trustees has added layers of oversight to further enhance transparency and accountability including: 

 

  1. Separate, independent CFD audits
  2. CFD Audit Reports, CFD Administration Reports and CFD Fiscal Status Reports posted on the District website
  3. Development of a CFD Citizens’ Oversite and Advisory Commission
  4. Creation and implementation of the CUSD Financial Transparency Portal available on our website: https://capousd.opengov.com/transparency#/
  5. CFD Project Expenditure Reports online in our Fiscal Financial Transparency that go back to 1987 at the inception of our first CFD

 

Public Engagement and Participation 
The District remains committed to engaging students, parents, community members and employees in District-wide and community-specific decisions.

 

To apply for the School Facilities and Finance Administrative Advisory Committee, please see this link: https://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/committees 

 

To apply for the CFD Citizen’s Oversight and Advisory Commission, please see the link here: https://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/committees 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/25/17




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Board of Trustees Appoint Mahindrakar Principal at August 9 Meeting

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – The Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees have appointed Manoj Mahindrakar Principal of Don Juan Avila Middle School, effective today.

 

Mahindrakar most recently served as an Assistant Principal at San Clemente High School and replaces John Misustin who was recently appointed to Capistrano Valley High School to serve as Principal.

 

“I look forward to starting a school year that is beaming with spirit, activity, and learning and I am excited to be part of a vibrant campus filled with students who are joyful, inquisitive and grounded in strong character,” stated Mahindrakar. “Don Juan Avila is a great school because of its teachers, staff, families, and students.”

 

Mahindrakar served as a teacher, activities director and assistant principal at Aliso Niguel High School prior to moving to San Clemente High School in 2015 where he first served as the Assistant Principal, Upper Campus and most recently served as Assistant Principal of Guidance and Curriculum. Mahindrakar is also an adjunct professor at Concordia University in the Masters of Education Program, and he is currently furthering his education as a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California.

 

“Joining Don Juan Avila is very much a homecoming for me,” Mahindrakar said. “Aliso Viejo is special to me not only because I have worked there, but because I am an alumnus of Aliso Niguel High School. The traditions and values of our community are deeply engrained in my character.”

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/10/17




Audience: High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for dates and times.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/2/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – Capistrano Unified School District is serving nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines below.

 

Household Incomes
 

(Reduced-price meals, cont.) 

 

Any household member receiving benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR should receive a notification letter stating all children within the household will automatically qualify for free meals. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway and children enrolled in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals. Therefore, the household does not need to complete a meal application.  Contact school officials if any child within the household is not on the notification letter.  The household must inform school officials if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals. 

 

Applications will be sent to the household with a letter about the free and reduced-price meal program. Households wanting to apply for meal benefits must fill out one application for all children in the household, and give it to the Food and Nutrition Services office at 32972 Calle Perfecto, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. For a simple and secure method to apply, use our online application at https://www.lunchapplication.com. Contact Food and Nutrition Services at (949) 234-9509 for help filling out the application. Food and Nutrition Services will let you know by letter if your application is approved or denied for free or reduced-price meals.   

 

Households may turn in an application at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income decreases, household size increases, or a household member begins receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an application at that time. Information submitted on the application will be used to determine eligibility, and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. The last four digits of the Social Security number from any adult in the household (or noting on the application that you do not have a Social Security number), is required if you include income on the application.  

 

Households receiving the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by filling out an application. 

 

Foster children are eligible for free meals.  Foster children may be included as a household member, if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children on the same application. The foster children, as a household member, may help the non-foster children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. If the non-foster children are not eligible this does not keep foster children from receiving free meals.  

 

Your child’s eligibility status from last school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 school days, or until the school processes your new application, or your child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. After the 30 school days, your child will have to pay full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. School officials do not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices. 

 

If you do not agree with the decision or results of verification, you may discuss it with school officials. You also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing the hearing official: Kristin Hilleman, 32972 Calle Perfecto, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, (949) 234-9501. 

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 7/14/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Board of Trustees Appoint Hill to Position at June 28 Meeting

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA— The Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees appointed Joshua Hill to Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction grades 6-12, K-8, Alternative Education, effective July 1, 2017.

 

Throughout his 15 years in education, Hill has served in a variety of educational roles, beginning as a classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal of four high schools. Currently Hill is principal of Capistrano Valley High School, a role he has held since 2015.

 

“I am excited for the new opportunity to work with the middle and high school principals throughout our District and share the lessons I have learned and insights I have gained working at Capo Valley with them,” Hill said.

 

The Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction grades 6-12, K-8, Alternative Education, oversees all secondary education programs in the District. Major initiatives include fully implementing the professional learning community model District-wide, as well as reviewing District assessment processes to ensure schools have the data they need to be informed about the effectiveness of their instructional practices.

 

Besides supervising and directing all academic programs and operations of a large school site, Hill’s educational background includes directing certificated and classified human resources, special services and child welfare and attendance for a district as well as serving on district negotiations teams in collective bargaining meetings for certified, classified and teamsters employee unions.

 

“I will miss my Capistrano Valley High family. One of my first tasks in my new position will be to find and support an exceptional leader ready to step into the principalship of one of the best high schools in the District. I will take that task very seriously and look forward to continued visits to Capo as I work to support this transition. I am going forward into this role confident they have the tools they need to continue the great work they are doing,” Hill said.

 

The District will actively engage with the Capistrano Valley High School community to find their next school leader.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/30/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Board of Trustees Appoint Shearer to Position at June 28 Meeting

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA—The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed Brad Shearer to Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction Preschool-Grade 5, effective July 1, 2017.

 

Throughout his 26 years in education, Shearer’s experience spans all facets: classroom teacher, assistant principal, elementary principal, and coordinator of instructional services. Currently Shearer is the Director of Elementary Education with the Riverside Unified School District, a role he has held since 2014.

 

“I have heard amazing things about Capistrano Unified School District,” Shearer said. “I have a passion for primary education and I am excited to partner with a dynamic and forward-thinking District.”

 

The Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction Preschool-Grade 5 oversees all primary education programs in the District. The position develops, selects, implements and refines the District’s Preschool through grade 5 academic program, curricula, and assessment system in order to accelerate and enhance student achievement for all students to be college and career ready.

 

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/30/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

 

 

Parent/Student Portal (Elementary and Secondary)

 

The Parent/Student Portal may be accessed at any time during the school year and parent and student accounts only need to be established once as they rollover with updated student data each year.

 

Don’t have a portal account? Contact the school office when it reopens and request the information needed to create an account.

 

The portal is now available to families for both the 2017-18 and 2016-17 school years. Families should log into 2016-17 if they want to print report cards from last year.

 

The DATA CONFIRMATION process will be available beginning Monday, July 24. Parents need to complete this process every school year before walk through registration (for secondary parents) and the first day of school (for elementary parents).  Make sure to print out the DATA CONFIRMATION form to turn into your school site.

 

 

School Loop (Secondary only):

 

School Loop is a different application to the Portal.  It is available to secondary level parents and students only.  Parents are encouraged to use both applications.

 

School Loop will be available on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.  Parents and students will not be able to register new accounts or login to existing accounts until this time.  

 

School Loop is school-specific, so if you are new to a school, and had an account at a different CUSD school, you will need to register for an account again through the new school’s website.  The link is on the homepage of each school’s website. You will need the Student ID Number and an email address to complete this process.

 

Please direct any additional questions to your school office:

 

School Offices Reopen to the public:
Thursday, July 27th - Friday, July 28th:  7:30 am to 12:00 pm.  

 

Regular school office hours resume on:
Monday, July 31st: 7.30 am - 4 pm.

 

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS TUESDAY AUGUST 22, 2017

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/27/17




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached document available in both English and Spanish.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/14/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

To opt out of receiving non-emergency related School Messenger phone calls and emails, please contact your school office and they will assist in blocking your information. Please note: if you choose to opt out, you will not receive any messages from the school principal or district UNLESS it is a true school or district emergency.

 

For more information please Click Here

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 4/14/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

If you missed the breakout sessions at the 2nd Annual School Counselors Showcase 2017, here is a summary of each one.  The presentations are attached in PDF format.

 

Preparing Students to be College & Career Ready K-12

Alexis Goddard & Liz Sholly, School  Counselors  and  Naomi  Tran, College and Career Counselor

We will be providing practical resources and ways to support your child in the pursuit for college and career readiness.

 

Second Step Program K-8

Kelli Brennan, Kathie Huisenfeldt, & Alexandra Todd, School Counselors

The Second Step program is the social emotional learning curriculum which counselors present to all students K-8,  district-wide.  Our presentation will go over the rationale for this program, its benefits, and goals, and what les­ son content is being taught to our students, as well as sample lesson mate­rials.

 

Supporting Students with Stress & Anxiety Management

Omero Corral, Kendall Hayward Kasey Kessler, & Rosalia Koba, School Counselors

Stress and anxiety are common hardships facing today's youth.  Learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of stress in children and teens and vari­ous coping mechanisms for these. In addition, learn what the school coun­selors in your district are doing to address these concerns and leave with valuable resources and skills to try out at home.

 

Effective Communication

Dania Liza/de,  Western Youth Services

Learn practical strategies on how to communicate with your child.

 

Supporting Your Students' Academic Success

Al Holdsambeck & Katie Ramirez, School Counselors

Academic achievement is a strong predictor of high school graduation and is critical to long-term success in college, work, and life. Parents play a cru­cial role ensuring that their child's needs are met in school and at home. Our presentation will introduce how the growth mindset can give you the keys to helping your child successfully navigate their school years.

 

Signs of Suicide & Depression

Shannon Halbert, Kathy Pelzer & Darwin Vega, School Counselors
A Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression: Recognizing the Signs of Suicide and Depression in Teens and How You Can Help
 

Current Trends in Social Media Workshop

Tom Bogiatzis, School Counselor
Learn about current trends and applications students are using.
 

Paying for College

Anthony Russomanno, Coordinator College and Career Counseling
Financial aid comes in many forms so learn the different ways college can be affordable plus what college really costs. Hear some general strategies such as how picking the RIGHT schools can get you the most free money.

 

 

More Resources Available Here (Student Support Services Website)

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/13/17


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