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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees has appointed Donald Mahoney to Assistant Superintendent, Special Education Services (SELPA), effective July 1, 2017.

 

Mr. Mahoney began his teaching career with the District as an Elementary Teaching Assistant Principal in 1993 before his promotion to a K-5 site administrator. Mahoney advanced to the position of Special Education Instructional Leader and served as Elementary Principal at both Viejo and Canyon Vista Elementary Schools. His career in education, and breadth of institutional knowledge, span nearly 20 years.

 

Currently, Mahoney serves as Principal on Special Assignment for the District, providing targeted coaching support for elementary principals at schools with a high percentage of English language learners, students who qualify for free and reduced meals, and foster youth. Mahoney assists principals with planning, developing and implementing systems as well as strengthening leadership practices to ensure effective teaching and learning for all students.

 

 

 

 

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Published: 6/9/17




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Board of Trustees Appoint Suzanne Keck to Principal of Del Obispo Elementary School

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees has appointed Suzanne Keck Principal of Del Obispo Elementary School, effective July 24, 2017.

 

Ms. Keck was appointed to the lead position to fulfill a vacancy created upon the retirement of the school’s current principal, Kathy Parker. Keck served in the Monrovia High School District for over 20 years, beginning her career as a teacher before climbing the ranks to Elementary School Principal, a position she has held for the past six years.

 

Over the course of her career, Keck developed program initiatives, optimized the learning atmosphere and created opportunities for each student to reach their full potential. Her accomplishments include: implementing a Mandarin Dual Immersion program, guest speaking in China at a teaching conference, implementing Code to the Future Computer Science Immersion, and bringing transitional kindergarten and spring kindergarten to her school.

 

Described as a leader among her peers with a firm commitment to student-centered learning, Keck’s proven record of educational success prepared her for her new role at Del Obispo Elementary School.

 

 

 

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Published: 6/8/17




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PUBLIC SWEARING IN WILL TAKE PLACE
AT THE JUNE 7, 2017 MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees has appointed Judy Bullockus to serve as Trustee in Area 7, replacing resigning Board member Lynn Hatton-Hodson.

 

Ms. Bullockus is a marketing consultant who also serves on the Mission Viejo Community Service Commission. She has been a member of the PTSA since 2005 and was a founding member of the Bathgate Elementary School Foundation. In 1999, while working for Simon Property Group, she helped negotiate a location for the CUSD College & Career Counseling program (now known as Futureology) inside the Shops at Mission Viejo.

 

"Just as I have been a community champion for the city of Mission Viejo, I desire to champion public education in our District,” Bullockus said. “As someone who is entrenched in the community and a long-time volunteer with various youth organizations, I believe I will add value to the Board of Trustees by representing Area 7 schools and communities.”

 

Bullockus replaces Trustee Lynn Hatton-Hodson, who announced her resignation, effective June 2, at the April 19 board meeting. All of the Trustees thanked the candidates and told them that they all would do great things for our District. The Board voted 5-1 in favor of appointing Bullockus.

 

“It has been an honor to serve on the Board with Trustee Hatton-Hodson. I will truly miss her dedication to and advocacy for our students,” said Board of Trustees President Martha McNicholas. “Judy Bullockus brings strong community ties to the Board and I am grateful for her willingness to step forward to support our students, public schools, and community.”

 

The Board had its choice of appointing a replacement for Hatton-Hodson or calling a special election to be held in November, which would have cost the District approximately $180,000. The Trustee Area 7 seat will be up for re-election in November of 2018.

 

Bullockus will be publically sworn in at the June 7, 2017, meeting of the Board of Trustees.

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/25/17




Audience: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page)

Good Morning Team CUSD,

 

Last night we enjoyed a great 2017 Classified Employee of the Year celebration. I have included remarks from last night that were shared by Vice President Gila Jones and Superintendent Vital. All Classified employees who were nominated were called up on stage and the winner from each category was introduced. Please join me in congratulating all of our nominees…and our winners:

 

Office and Technical:                                                 Michael Mortensen, Technology & Information Services

Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance:             Dorcas Scinico, George White Elementary

Child Nutrition:                                                          Colleen Morreale, Castille Elementary

Maintenance and Operations:                                     Efren Florentino, Serra High School

Transportation:                                                            Rafael Murillo, School Bus Driver

Support Services and Security:                                   Rhonda Walsh, Aliso Niguel High School

 

Remarks from Vice President Gila Jones:

 

Thank you all for being here this evening to celebrate our classified employees. As the highest achieving large school district in California, the brightest light often shines on our teachers.

 

Our teachers may be the spaghetti, but you are the sauce. They're the lumber, but you're the nails. Or to use another food metaphor, we could say they're the forks but you're the knives -- and they can't cut it without you!

 

Our teachers do incredible work, but they can't do it alone. It takes many people to provide our students with academic and emotional success -- including those of you here tonight.

 

Classified workers are the custodians keeping our classrooms and campuses clean and safe and ready for learning. Here tonight I see so many of the wonderful custodians I know. 

 

Food service workers serve nutritious breakfasts and lunches so our students can focus on learning, and not on their empty stomachs. Recently the trustee and staff meals that are served before each board meeting began being provided by our own CUSD food service staff. So we trustees know how good the District's food service meals have become!

 

Because I live right off Ortega Highway, I see many of our transportation staff at work almost every day. And I've got my Bus Driver Appreciation t-shirt right here! 

 

Those of you in so many other jobs -- you apply band-aids, fix our roofs, keep phones and email and internet running, and do all those other tasks that you might think go unnoticed. But they don't. In general you keep our kids safe and you support them individually, regardless of what level or grade. And we do notice, and we know. 

 

You're the greeters, the gatekeepers, and the ambassadors of our students and families. You support our mission to prepare every one of our students to meet the challenges of this rapidly changing world. I know all of us here tonight are honored to celebrate each of you, because you're our colleagues and friends in this work.

 

The CUSD staff members being honored tonight as Classified Employees of the Year were evaluated on their work performance, school and community involvement, leadership and commitment, and their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty -- which I think is practically the exact job description of any classified employee. To each of our nominees I say thank you, and congratulations on a job well done.

 

Remarks from Superintendent Kirsten Vital:

 

Thank you all for being here this evening.

This is such an exciting time of year! Just 7 more school days and we begin summer break (but who’s counting?). I know many of you work a 12-month schedule, so you won’t necessarily have the whole summer off. The last day of school is June 1 and many of you will be back at work on June 2nd planning for the next school year!

 

I do hope all of you get to take a real break and vacation over the summer, though!

 

This is an exciting time of year because on June 1, we will celebrate the graduation of nearly 4,000 high school seniors at commencement ceremonies throughout the District. Our graduates are going to UCLA and Harvard and UCI and Stanford and colleges and universities throughout the world. Some are going into the military, some will begin careers and some of our students will be set for success in independent living.

 

None of this work could be celebrated if it were not for our Classified staff. The work you do in support of our District for 50,000 young people is truly incredible and it is an honor for all of us to be here tonight to say thank you, thank you, thank you for your commitment and support and dedication of our work for students. Your work shines not only in the day-to-day, but in the plans and promises and opportunities our students have as they leave our high schools with a diploma and a plan for the journey after graduation.

 

I hope you all enjoy this celebration and take a moment to reflect on your role and the impact it makes in our community.

 

Thank you!

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Published: 5/23/17




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INTERVIEWS TO TAKE PLACE IN PUBLIC DURING THE MAY 23, 2017 SPECIAL MEETING SCHEDULED TO BEGIN AT 4:30 PM

 

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – Five residents of Trustee Area 7, which covers portions of Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo and Coto de Caza applied to fill the seat that will be left vacant by Trustee Lynn Hatton-Hodson upon her resignation June 2, 2017. Candidates include Judy Bullockus and Penny Davis-Esterman of Mission Viejo, and Robert Dickson, Sara Jocham and Shawn Gordon, residents of Rancho Santa Margarita.

 

The Board of Trustees for the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) voted at their May 10, 2017, Board meeting to make a provisional appointment to fill the seat. Board members will interview the applicants and may select one to appoint during the public Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.

 

If the Board does not identify a candidate, they will have the option of extending the deadline for applicants or call a special election which would cost an estimated $180,000 and would be held in November, 2017. The May 23, 2017, Special Meeting agenda and information on each candidate can be found here

 

 

 

 

 

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Published: 5/19/17




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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – The Board of Trustees for the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) unanimously voted at their May 10, 2017, Board meeting to make a provisional appointment to fill the Board seat that will be left vacant by Trustee Lynn Hatton-Hodson upon her resignation June 2, 2017.

 

Information on the appointment and interview process is below: 

Hard copies will also be available at the front desk of the Education Center at 33122 Valle Road in the city of San Juan Capistrano. The deadline for submitting the letter of intent is Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at noon.

 

According to Board policy, Board members can choose to fill the seat that will be vacated by appointment or special election. Board members chose to make an appointment to save the District the estimated $180,000 cost of a special election and instead work collaboratively with the residents and the cities of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita to identify qualified candidates.

 

Residents of Trustee Area 7 (which covers portions of Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, and Coto de Caza) who are registered to vote and have no disqualifying criminal record are eligible to apply. District staff will review the applications to make sure applicants meet the minimum legal qualifications. Board members will interview the applicants and select one to appoint at the special Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.

 

If the Board does not identify a suitable candidate, the Board may elect to order a special election to be held in November 2017. Whoever is appointed or elected will serve out the remainder of this term, ending in November 2018.

 

Completed applications should be returned to Nicole Perez, Executive Secretary, Board Operations (nmperez@capousd.org), or dropped off at the Superintendent's office located at 33122 Valle Road, in San Juan Capistrano.

 

 

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To learn more about the District’s budget, please visit our Financial Transparency Portal here:  http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/opengov

 

To learn more about our financials, including our annual audits and Community Facilities Districts (CFD), please visit our District Budget page here: https://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/BudgetNews?no_controls=t

 

 

Vision:

An unwavering commitment to student success.

Mission:

To prepare our students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

 

Wildly Important Goals (WIGs):

Teaching and Learning

Engage students in meaningful, challenging, and innovative educational experiences to increase post-secondary options for all students.


Communications

Communicate with, and engage students, parents, employees, and community members in Districtwide and community-specific decisions.


Facilities

Optimize facilities and learning environments for all students.

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Published: 5/12/17




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CUSD Annual Career Expo
 

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Published: 5/8/17




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May 22, 2017 Capistrano Valley High School 5:00 p.m. ceremony Reception immediately follows

 

For additional information, call the Communications office at 234-9308

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Published: 4/21/17




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Hello Capistrano Unified School District,

 

It’s time to nominate the Classified Staff that should be recognized for their great work!!

 

The Classified Employee of the Year Celebration will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017, at the Capistrano Valley High School Theater.

 

Nominations must be received by the CUSD Communications Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.

 

They can be sent to the mailing address listed below, via intra-district mail, or by email to: naengelson@capousd.org with the subject: 2017 Classified Employee of the Year Nomination.

 

Contact Information:

Natalie Engelson

Communications Office

Capistrano Unified School District

33122 Valle Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

949-234-9308 naengelson@capousd.org

 

 

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Published: 3/22/17




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California is field testing a new website designed to help communities across the state access important information about K–12 districts and schools – including ours. Called the California School Dashboard, the site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates.

 

The Dashboard is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education as a result of 2013's Local Control Funding Formula. California has raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. To learn more about California's accountability and continuous improvement efforts, visit http://www.caschooldashboard.org .

 

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Published: 3/15/17




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MEDIA ADVISORY:

TONIGHT

Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent to Host Community Forum

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO-- A community forum with Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital is set for Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.  The Superintendent’s forum will give parents an overview of the State of California’s new accountability and improvement system which will be released to the public in March. The California School Dashboard will be published online and will include data on state and local indicators such as chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, English learner progress, student achievement, parental involvement, and much more. Ultimately, the dashboard will be utilized to measure a district’s progress as well as areas for improvement. During the community forum, District staff will share local indicators and priorities, and the Superintendent will welcome feedback and field questions from those in attendance.

 

What: Superintendent’s Community Forum

 

When: Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm

 

Where: Capistrano Unified School District Board Room, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, California

 

Who:  Parents, students, staff, community

 

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

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Published: 2/28/17




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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - The Capistrano Unified School District is pleased to announce that Janie Hoy has been appointed to the position of Interim Associate Superintendent of SELPA, Special Education Services.  Ms. Hoy will also oversee the work of the Strategic Plan Taskforce Advisory Committee that will be composed of representatives from all stakeholders including parents, students, teachers, support staff, and administrators. The primary goal of the Strategic Taskforce Advisory Committee is to use the results of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Team (FCMAT) Special Education Review to advise district staff on creating a structured outline that ensures all students have a continuum of services with quality supports, resources and access to district academic and behavioral programs in the least restrictive environment, placing emphasis on maximizing opportunities for students with special needs to learn with general education peers.   

 

Janie Hoy’s experience includes serving as Director of Student Services for Huntington Beach Union High School District, five years as principal at Huntington Beach High School and a prior 13 years with the Capistrano Unified School District, serving eight of those in administrative positions. Hoy was activities director at San Clemente High School, and was also assistant principal of discipline and assistant principal of curriculum. She was also a teacher for 16 years in middle and high schools teaching Spanish, English and English Language Development. 

 

“Janie’s knowledge and experience is a wonderful addition to Special Education Services,” Board of Trustees President Martha McNicholas said. “She has demonstrated her leadership capabilities by developing and implementing teaching and learning initiatives that focus on increasing success for every student and we are thrilled to have her.”

 

The Capistrano Unified School District would like to congratulate Ms. Hoy on her appointment and furthering CUSD’s unwavering commitment to student success!

 

To join the Strategic Plan Taskforce Advisory Committee, please visit our website using this link.

 

 

 

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Published: 2/6/17




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English and Spanish flyers are attached for your convenience.

 

2nd Annual Counselors Showcase
 

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Published: 1/27/17




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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO-The Capistrano Unified School District is inviting community members to apply to serve on the Strategic Plan Taskforce Advisory Committee.

 

The Strategic Plan Taskforce Advisory Committee will be composed of representatives from all stakeholders including parents, students, teachers, support staff, and administrators. This advisory group will participate in up to three collaborative sessions over the next four months. Meeting dates will be determined after the committee is formed.

 

The primary goal of the Taskforce Advisory Committee is to use the results of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Team (FCMAT) Special Education Review to advise district staff on creating a structured outline that ensures all students have a continuum of services with quality supports, resources and access to district academic and behavioral programs in the least restrictive environment, placing emphasis on maximizing opportunities for students with special needs to learn with general education peers.

 

Applications are being accepted through February 8, 2017, and can be found on our website at http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/committees.

 

 

 

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Published: 1/26/17




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Capistrano Unified Offers a Variety of Schools, Programs

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO—Beginning Wednesday, February 1, students in the Capistrano Unified School District can apply to one of 43 different academic programs during the annual School of Choice period.

 

The School of Choice process provides parents with the ability to apply to a school outside of their child’s attendance area on a space-available basis. This year, there are 43 schools with space to accept School of Choice students. Detailed information describing each school and its academic offerings is available online at http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/soc, and many of our schools participate in social media. Parents are also encouraged to contact their schools of interest and make an appointment to tour the campus and visit the classrooms.

 

School of Choice applications will be available online at http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/soc, at local schools, and at the District Education Center, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano. The application period begins Wednesday, February 1 and ends Friday, March 3.


Completed applications must be turned in between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. either at the school to which the child is applying or at the District Education Center, 33122 Valle Rd., San Juan Capistrano, CA. Online applications must also be submitted by March 3. In the event there are more applicants than openings at a particular school, students will be selected by lottery. Notifications will be received by May 1, 2017.

 

There are many educational options in CUSD, including Orange County’s only Mandarin language immersion program; the county’s only public International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school for students in kindergarten through 8th grade; innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs and partnering with local industry and federal government agencies; and online schools for students who may thrive in an independent setting.

 

The District’s online programs are not part of the School of Choice process, but are still accepting applications. Those programs include California Preparatory Academy, the District’s online independent study high school; Capistrano Virtual School, which offers online curriculum to students in kindergarten through 8th grades; and Capistrano Home School for families who prefer to educate their children with the support of credentialed teachers. Applications for the online programs are only accepted at those schools.

 

Parents of high-school student athletes are urged to learn more about California Interscholastic Federation sports eligibility requirements prior to pursuing the School of Choice process. Transportation to any school other than the home school is the responsibility of parents.

 

For more information, please go to the District website at http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/soc or call the School of Choice Hotline at (949) 234-9335.

 

Schools Accepting
School of Choice Applications
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Ambuehl Elementary
Arroyo Vista Elementary
Bathgate Elementary
Benedict Elementary
Bergeson Elementary
Carl Hankey Elementary
Castille Elementary
Chaparral Elementary
Clarence Lobo Elementary*
Concordia Elementary
Del Obispo Elementary*
Hidden Hills Elementary*
John Malcom Elementary
Kinoshita Elementary*
Las Flores Elementary
Las Palmas Elementary
Marblehead Elementary*
Moulton Elementary
Oak Grove Elementary
Palisades Elementary
Phillip Reilly Elementary
R.H. Dana Elementary*
San Juan Elementary
Tijeras Creek Elementary
Viejo Elementary
Wagon Wheel Elementary
George White Elementary
Wood Canyon Elementary*
Arroyo Vista K-8
Bernice Ayer Middle
Carl Hankey Middle
Aliso Viejo Middle
Don Juan Avila Middle
Las Flores Middle
Marco Forster Middle
Newhart Middle
Niguel Hills Middle
Shorecliffs Middle
Vista del Mar Middle
Capistrano Valley High
Dana Hills High
San Clemente High
San Juan Hills High


*Represents a CapoForward school offering unique, thematic educational programs.

 

 

 

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Published: 1/24/17




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In an effort to provide a more inclusive and transparent budget, the Capistrano Unified School District is pleased to open our Financial Transparency portal. Capistrano Unified partnered with OpenGov to provide a new web-based financial transparency and intelligence tool that dynamically presents the District's revenues and expenses including historical trends, Community Facilities District (Mello-Roos) monies and line item details.

 

"I am thrilled that students, families, community leaders and stakeholders will have direct access to our finances, budget, revenue and expenditures," stated CUSD Board of Trustee President Martha McNicholas. "This portal furthers our commitment to transparency and engaging members of our community in an open and collaborative partnership committed to serving children."

 

We invite you to explore our new OpenGov site to gain a better understanding of Capistrano Unified School District’s expense and revenue data. Our new OpenGov site allows you to explore the District's budget and historical finances in a simple graphical interface. This site provides you the opportunity to view, filter, and analyze revenue, expense, and balance sheet financial data. Each graph or chart is interactive, dynamic, and shareable.

 

You can access the CUSD Financial Transparency Portal here:
http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/opengov

 

Once inside, you will have the opportunity to learn how the OpenGov platform works or start exploring our financials instantly (see exhibit below).

 

CUSD Financial Transparency Portal
 

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Published: 1/24/17




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

 

This dynamic presentation is designed to promote unbiased information that will help parents better understand adolescents' concept of marijuana as well as the impacts marijuana has on our youth. Relevant for parents of elementary through high school aged youth, the information in this presentation helps to navigate the unknown territory so many of our kids are already comfortable with. Youth are also invited to the presentation with a parent.


Topics covered include:

1. Marijuana trends as they pertain to youth use.

 

2. Modalities and methods of marijuana consumption as they relate to youth.

 

3. The impact of marijuana on the developing brain and learning.

 

4. Why students are so confused about the impacts of marijuana use as legislation and legalization takes hold.

 

5. Why youths' perception of harm is decreasing in states that have legalized marijuana.

 

6. Resources that aid in supporting students as they navigate this paradigm
shift.

 

Presented by Molly Lotz, LCSW
Co-founder of Marijuana Education Initiative

 

When:
Thursday, January 19th 2017
6:00p.m.-7:30p.m.

 

Where:
District Office
33122 Valle Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA

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Published: 1/11/17




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Trustee Martha McNicholas Elected as 2017 Board President
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO---Four members of the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees were sworn into office Wednesday evening, December 14, during the regular Board meeting of the Capistrano Unified School District. They also elected Martha McNicholas as its new President, Gila Jones as the Vice President and Patricia Holloway as Clerk of the Board.

 

Amy Hanacek was re-elected to Trustee Area 1, Jim Reardon was re-elected to Trustee Area 2 and Gary Pritchard to Trustee Area 5. Patricia Holloway was elected to her first term in office in Trustee Area 3. The newly electeds were administered the Oath of Office by a person of their choosing. Quinn Darling, Student Advisor to the Board administered the oath for Amy Hanacek. James Holloway administered the oath for his wife Patricia Holloway, and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas administered the oath for Gary Pritchard and Jim Reardon.

 

“Serving our students and families is truly an honor,” McNicholas said. “Our role as a Trustee is to ensure our students have the best educational opportunities possible and I am looking forward to continuing our work in 2017.”

 

Board President Martha McNicholas is a native Californian with a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. She has over 35 years of experience in real-world engineering, holds three patents, and is recognized in the CUSD community as a tireless volunteer at schools, as well as for having served on the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council, and several other District Committees. McNicholas has served on School Site Councils and as PTA President at both George White Elementary and Niguel Hills Middle School and was Executive Vice President at Dana Hills High School. She is the immediate Past President of the Capistrano Unified Council of PTSA’s (covering all 53 traditional schools), where she has also been active on the scholarship and legislative advocacy committees as well as other leadership positions. She has also been a director of the CUSD Foundation and the Dana Running Foundation at Dana Hills High School, and has served as Chairman of Dana Hills Grad Nite.

 

The next Board of Trustee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the District’s Education Center located at 33122 Valle Road in the city of San Juan Capistrano.

 

 

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About CUSD: Capistrano Unified School District provides for the education of more than 50,000 students and operates and maintains 4.5 million square feet of classroom and building space. Founded in 1965, the District encompasses 195 square miles in seven cities and a portion of the unincorporated area of Orange County.
 

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO---The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees have approved a College Readiness Block Grant Plan from the State of California totaling $467,371. The plan will be implemented and the money will be spent over the next three years, with a goal to provide unduplicated high school students (low income English learners and foster youth) in the District the support they need to increase college readiness and access to higher education.

 

“We want to provide every support possible to assist our students in college admissions and successfully completing an undergraduate degree in four years,” said Board of Trustees President Amy Hanacek. “This grant is a great support of our goal for every high school graduate to have an implementable plan for college, career or the military on the Monday after graduation.”

 

The grant money will be used to help students achieve college and career readiness. An additional college and career counselor will be hired who is bilingual in Spanish to provide group sessions and meetings for parents. Test fees for the ACT and SAT will be reimbursed to qualifying unduplicated students. College guidance, test preparation, supplies, reference materials, books, software and printing materials will all support our students through the college admissions process.

 

“Helping to prepare our students for life after high school will help ensure their future success,” Hanacek said. “Our future leaders are worth this investment,” Hanacek says.

 

With Board approval of the grant, the first meeting for parents and students is January 10 in the District Office board room from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Saturday ACT and SAT test preparation counseling is tentatively slated for April 1- May 20.

 

 

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

Topics will include Innovation in the Classroom, Smarter Balanced Assessment tests and Community Engagement through transparency, accountability and oversight

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Superintendent Kirsten Vital invites community members, families, business owners and city leaders to join her and District staff at the November 30, 2016 Community Forum at the CUSD Education Center located at 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. The Forum will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

“Classroom instruction has changed dramatically the last few years,” stated Superintendent Vital. “We’re excited to share with you the work of our teachers, site leaders and staff as they have opened up access to outdoor learning, technology, the arts, robotics and pathways to college and career. We also have opportunities for our community to provide oversight and accountability to the District in the areas of facilities and finance.”

 

CUSD’s innovation in practice, through Great First Instruction, includes a focus on STEM, forward thinking and the opportunity for students to use tools and technology to practice and problem solve in all grade levels, from preschool to grade 12.
District staff will also give an update on the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests, College and Career Counseling services and an opportunity for Q&A.

 

What: Superintendent’s Community Forum
When: November 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: CUSD Education Center, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

 

For more information, please contact Ryan Burris, Chief Communications Officer, at (949) 234-9308

 

To review opportunities to provide accountability and oversight to the District, please visit our website at http://bit.ly/2eF8hpb

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO --- The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the re-election of President Amy Hanacek, Vice President Jim Reardon and Trustee Gary Pritchard. We would also like to welcome Patricia Holloway as our newest Trustee.

 

“We are excited to welcome Patricia Holloway to the Board,” said President Hanacek, who was reelected, retaining her seat in Trustee Area 1. "We're able to retain the wisdom and experience of the Board members, while adding a fresh perspective for the needs of our School District.”

 

Incumbents Jim Reardon, Trustee Area 2 and Gary Pritchard, Trustee Area 5 were both reelected. Newcomer Patricia Holloway was elected in Trustee Area 3, filling the vacancy created by outgoing Trustee John Alpay.

 

During the November 16, 2016 Board meeting, President Hanacek praised Trustee Alpay for his work during his two terms on the Board. “Upon his appointment to this Board, he helped restore stability and maintain focus on college and career programs within the District. John helped create the Mandarin Immersion Program and was an advocate for quality education with fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency.”

 

Patricia Holloway, a San Clemente resident, substitute teacher and former PTA President, says she is honored by her new role. “I want to continue to strengthen our schools, build trust between our community and the District, and be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars. Increasing transparency and local input regarding the decision-making, budgets and finance is a top priority.”

 

The Trustees will be sworn in and assume office at our next meeting on December 14, 2016. The Tesoro High School String Quartet will be performing holiday music beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is always welcome to attend and participate in our meetings.

 

 

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Dear CUSD Families, Teachers, Administrators and Staff,

 

The Capistrano Unified School District incorporates nearly 200 square miles, seven cities and unincorporated areas throughout southern California and is charged with the education of 52,000 students. All children and families are valued and, as a public entity, we are here to support every child’s success.

 

Today, just as we have before, during and after every election, we must stand together to help every child succeed and ensure that all of our young people feel safe, supported and celebrated for their unique gifts. We expect that children will always find their classrooms and campuses to be a safe place for them to learn and grow.

 

The tone and tenor of this election season was, in many instances, divisive, mean-spirited and far below the values we hold as Americans. The dialogue that emerged from last week’s election may be spilling over and into our schools, classrooms and communities and may be impacting our young people.

 

I want to assure each of you that every child has our full support and that our teachers, principals and staff are here to help all of our young people and families. If you have any concerns or feedback, or if there is anything that you need, please reach out to your school site principal or contact my office.

 

I want to thank each of you for your dedication to our students each and every day. Together, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the emotional, social and academic health and wellbeing of all students.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kirsten Vital
Superintendent

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July 6, 2016 - SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO—It was with much sadness that we heard of the passing of The Honorable Marian Bergeson this morning. Her work and her legacy continue to make an impact on Capistrano Unified students and the education they receive in our public schools.  

 

Marian Bergeson was a schoolteacher, a School Board Member and a Newport Beach City Council Member. In 1978 she was elected to the California State Assembly’s 74th District. In 1984, she made history by winning the 37th District State Senate Seat—the first woman ever to serve in both the State Assembly and State Senate. 

 

In 1985, she became Supervisor for Orange County’s 5th District and then spent three years as the Secretary of Education.  

 

“Her dedicated advocacy for young people and high-quality education is such a gift for our children in public schools,” said Superintendent Kirsten Vital. “It was such an honor to celebrate her work and her 90th birthday at Marian Bergeson Elementary School last year. She is a great example of a truly dedicated public servant.” 

 

CUSD Board President Amy Hanacek acknowledged, “Marian Bergeson’s passing is a huge loss to education. The loving tributes shared throughout the state today prove that her poise, her strong, joyful presence and her wisdom were a guiding light to many. She loved her work and serving children and we will truly miss her.”  

 

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees and all of our CUSD personnel, we want Ms. Bergeson’s family and friends to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers,” stated President Hanacek. “The very Honorable Marian Bergeson left a lasting impact on our students and we are grateful for her leadership and life.” 

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