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Audience: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, 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: Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Homepage and High School News Group

No registrations accepted after February 15, 2018

 

Course term: February 24, 2018 – June 1, 2018

 

This online Drivers Education course is equivalent to a regular 30-hour classroom course and has been examined and authorized by the Licensing Operations Division of the DMV. Please note that this is the classroom section, not the behind-the-wheel course. Students who successfully complete this course, which includes an online exam, will receive an official DMV Certificate of Completion. This is required to obtain a learner's permit for all drivers between the ages of 15 ½ and 18 years old.

  • Open to all CUSD students who are at least 15 years old by June 1, 2018.
    • Students cannot complete the course prior to turning 15.
  • There is no charge for CUSD students to take this course.
  • No transcript units will be granted for this course.
  • Students must complete the online curriculum by June 1, 2018.
  • Students may take this course only once in Fall, Spring, or Summer.
  • Instruction is through MyCaliforniaPermit.com.
  • Email with password information will be sent to parents/students on February 22, 2018.

For questions, please contact your Academic Advisor.

See attached link below for online applications.

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/10/18




Audience: Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, K-8 Schools News Group, Homepage, 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, High School News Group and Middle School News Group
Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/21/17




Audience: Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, 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: Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, High School 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), Elementary School News Group and Homepage

Capistrano Unified School District's Early Childhood Programs department is conducting a survey of all CUSD families within each area of the district regarding the preschool needs in order to determine the need for additional preschool services or increased hours of operation at the current elementary school sites where a preschool program is offered.

 

Current preschool programs are available at 22 elementary school sites across the district, including fee-based and state funded programs for low-income families.  We are asking each family with current or future preschool children to complete the survey.

 

Please use the following link to locate the survey.  We are asking that the survey is completed by Friday, November 17.

 

Here is the link:  https://goo.gl/forms/rngopTJAi9tOrEQC2  

 

Thank you for your participation!

 

 

 

Debbi Keeler Ph.D.

Director, Early Childhood Programs

Capistrano Unified School District

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/8/17




Audience: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, High School 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, High School 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), College and Career Advantage, Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, High School 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, High School 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, High School 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: Families & Students (Family & Students page), College and Career Advantage, Homepage, Homepage and High School News Group

College Fair Flyer Spanish
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/11/17




Audience: Families & Students (Family & Students page), College and Career Advantage, Homepage, Homepage and High School News Group

October 30, 2017:

College Fair 2017 Free Shuttle: Avoid the crowds and park at Saddleback College. Map attached. 

 

College Fair Parking Map
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/4/17




Audience: Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, K-8 Schools News Group, Homepage, High School 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: Families & Students (Family & Students page), College and Career Advantage, Homepage, Homepage and High School News Group
Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/29/17




Audience: Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, 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: Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, Homepage, High School 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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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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