Santa Ana Unified School District students have returned victorious from the National Speech & Debate Association’s 2017 National Speech & Debate Tournament, held June 20-23, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. After the District’s first national tournament, the group concluded the competition with five breaks. Finalists are as follows.
Congratulations to Dr. Susie Lopez-Guerra, Director of Community Relations for SAUSD, for being presented this week with a Community Building Award from Santa Ana's Resource Network. The award recognizes people or groups that are “continuously creating a positive environment, increasing productivity, and making Santa Ana a great place to live, work and play.” Dr. Lopez-Guerra was recognized for being “particularly effective in bringing people together to promote enrichment opportunities for students and in supporting development pathways for our organizations.” The award was presented during the city’s 2017 Celebrate Santa Ana event, held on June 29, 2017 at The Heritage Museum of Orange County.
The safety of all Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) students is paramount as we go about educating the approximately 53,000 young people who come to us each day. The SAUSD Office of Human Resources helps ensure that all employees are properly screened and vetted before they begin supporting our students. Additionally, we routinely work to update and refine our screening protocols to ensure that we are providing the highest level of security to our students, staff and visitors in our various school sites, daily. SAUSD’s 91.6% graduation rate is proof that the 4,000 teachers who make up our teacher corps are some of the best in this state and indeed the country. They go above and beyond to ensure that our young people, many of whom face tremendous external challenges, are able to excel despite their disadvantages.
The Board of Education recently recognized Kristen Abadjian as the District's Certificated Employee of the Month for June 2017. During the same meeting, the Board also honored Alicia Islas-Nava as the Classified Employee of the Month for June 2017. Read more about both of them here.
The 22nd Annual Math Field Day - an annual math competition for 4th-8th graders selected by teacher coaches to represent their school sites - was held recently at Villa Fundamental Intermediate. Students competed in mental math, algebraic thinking, geometry, problem solving (BreakOUT Edu) and STEM. Math curriculum specialists organized and managed the event which drew 360 student math-letes, about 90 teacher coaches, and about 25 volunteers from AVID SAUSD, Orange County Math Council, and LionHeart.
Students at Pio Pico Elementary recently celebrated their ties with Subaru and associates and thanked them for their support during two special gatherings. Subaru has been a long time community partner for Pio Pico, said Lorena Rubio, Interim Principal. Subaru donated plants and seeds to Pio Pico's garden to help with the National Wildlife Federation Initiative. In addition, Subaru employees have also been Book Mentors for a group of third grade students for the entire school year. One campus celebration highlighted Subaru's gardening contributions, while the other showcased Subaru mentors.
Mendez Hot Shots Team A from Mendez Fundamental Intermediate recently competed in the Team America Rocketry Challenge Finals Fly-Off in The Plains, VA. Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Association of Rocketry and more than 20 industry partners, TARC is the world's largest student rocketry contest. This year, nearly 5,000 students representing 46 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands designed, built and launched rockets in hopes of qualifying for the National Finals.
First graders at Walker Elementary School recently met their tutors from Tutormate, a program that connects students and employees from different companies through the internet. They work together throughout the year to improve students' reading skills. "It is a wonderful program and both students and tutors were very excited to meet each other," said Principal Mariana Garate.
Advanced Learning Academy's "Coding Wolves" recently won second place in the AppJam+ Mobile Gaming App Showcase. The students worked with UCI Computer Science mentors to learn about app development and computer science skills. AppJam+ is a mentorship program that teaches students to build software in a short period of time. The goal is to excite and inform students about STEM career fields while teaching them the creative and hands on technical process of mobile application development. Students receive mentorship from college undergraduates and learn to make Mobile apps that can be used by their peers. To view a video about the students' experience, click here.
Teresa Stetler, Principal of Jim Thorpe Fundamental Elementary School, has some exciting reading-related news to share with the Santa Ana Unified community. Stetler reports that as a school, Thorpe has read 541,178,721 words! One student - Priscilla Le, a fourth grader in Mrs. Murray's class - has read 8 million words alone. Congratulations to all of our Thorpe scholars!
This month we are celebrating all of our graduates from around the District. We wish all of our Santa Ana Unified graduates the best in their future endeavors! Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips recorded a new video message at Middle College High School, which was the first of our graduations this year. In her message, she talks about the importance of celebrating our graduates and all that they have accomplished. Click here to view it.
The Nutrition Services Department in Santa Ana Unified School District is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the Seamless Summer Feeding Option; serving free summer meals to children in the community! Please click on the headline for a list of participating sites, dates, times and additional rules.
Santa Ana High School's 2017 commencement ceremony took place June 21, 2017 at the Santa Ana Bowl. Graduates will be moving on to an array of colleges, including the U.S. Naval Academy and Santa Ana Unified's educational partner Santa Ana College. More than 100 students earned a Seal of Biliteracy. The class Valedictorian was Veronica Luna; the class Salutatorian was Samantha Munoz. Click here for photos.
Santa Ana Valley High School's 2017 commencement ceremony took place June 21, 2017 at the Santa Ana Bowl. Graduates will be moving on to an array of colleges, including USC and Santa Ana Unified's educational partner Santa Ana College. More than 100 students earned a Seal of Biliteracy. Gloria Mendoza-Ruiz was the Valedictorian; Maria Navarro was the class Salutatorian. Many students wore color coded stoles indicating their specific areas of study.