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

Dear CUSD Staff, Families, and Students,

 

The tragic event that transpired in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, has left a deep and significant impact on our nation, including our very own students. Our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones and peers whose lives will be forever changed. These events spurred many emotions, conversations, and debates associated with the incident, prompting many forms of public action.  

We have listened to the voices of our students, our principals, and our parents. Many students have reached out to their principals and teachers with the desire to participate in upcoming events including the March 14, 10 a.m. nationwide walkout.  While CUSD supports the rights of our students to express their beliefs under the state and federal First Amendment rights, as a District we are not sponsoring or advocating any participation in demonstrations. Supporting the remarks by the California State PTA “care must be taken to ensure that orderly operation of the school is not disrupted and the physical safety of students is not threatened.”  We have all agreed that our focus will remain on instruction and learning and to keep students safe in classrooms.

 

If students walk out of their classrooms or the school, we will supervise and will work with our campuses to strongly encourage that these activities take place in the safest locations possible. Because this is a highly publicized known day to strangers, we continue to reinforce that the safest place to be is in the classroom.  We do not encourage students to congregate in open areas putting themselves at risk and we expect our students to follow the guidance of our principals and staff to ensure safety. In accordance with state law, we will not discipline students who choose to assemble, provided they adhere to District and school guidelines including, but not limited to:

 

  •  All activities must be peaceful and respectful
  • At no time may students leave the campus

 

Additionally, a student may be marked truant if they do not return to the classroom or if they leave the campus.

 

We continue to encourage parents to have a conversation with their students and to make their own expectations clear about participating in student demonstrations and these non-school- sponsored activities.  Principals and school staff who have been approached by students should continue to talk with them about this matter and maintain open lines of communication with parents.

 

To further support a safe campus environment, outside groups, parents/guardians, and other individuals who do not have official school business will not be allowed on campus to participate in the walkouts. As part of our normal operations, anyone visiting school campuses for school-related matters or for volunteer work must check in with the front office.

 

We are committed to the safety of all of our students and desire to assure staff, families, and students that our site staff will work tirelessly to create positive, supportive learning environment on all of our campuses in the event of any student demonstrations.

 

Our priority is student learning and safety. What we expect this month from our students will ensure that our students understand future expectations, as many other walkouts are being planned nationally.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ryan Burris
Chief Communications Officer

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/6/18




Audience: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Homepage, Community (Community page), 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 9, 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), 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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Community (Community page), 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Agenda Archive, 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

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: 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: 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

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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Published: 9/20/17




Audience: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), Marblehead Elementary School and Homepage

MARBLEHEAD ELEMENTARY IS CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT’S ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES ACADEMY

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – The Capistrano Unified School District, along with Principal Faith Morris, students, teachers, staff and families of Marblehead Elementary Environmental Studies Academy will celebrate the opening of their Outdoor Learning Center. The Outdoor Learning Center is an amphitheater-styled outdoor classroom with benches and picnic tables (replacing the Home Depot bucket “seats” used in previous years), and is adjacent to the school garden. The Outdoor Learning Center is being lovingly dedicated to celebrate the life of former Marblehead Elementary teacher, Kristina Nusenow.

 

WHAT: CUSD Bus Tour and Grand Opening of the Kristina Nusenow Outdoor Learning Center

 

WHO: Community Members, Families and District Staff

 

WHEN: Friday, September 8, 2017. Buses Leave the District Office at 9:15 a.m.; Ribbon Cutting: 10:00 a.m.

 

WHERE: Buses leave from the District Office located at 33122 Valle Road in the city of San Juan Capistrano. Marblehead Elementary is located at 2410 Via Turqueza, San Clemente, CA 92673

 

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: 8/29/17




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

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: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page)

CUSD Flu Shot Clinic
 

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Published: 8/24/17




Audience: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Homepage and High School News Group

RECRUITMENT CONTINUES FOR PERMANENT REPLACEMENT

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – The Capistrano Unified School District has appointed Rich Bellante interim Principal of Tesoro High School while the District continues its search to fill the role permanently.

 

Bellante spent his entire career as an educator and administrator with the Capistrano Unified School District, beginning as a history teacher and cross country coach at Aliso Niguel High School. Bellante also served as Assistant Principal at Capistrano Valley High School and Principal of Serra High School. As interim principal at Tesoro, he is preparing for the start of the 2017-2018 school year and says he enjoys seeing some familiar faces.

 

“It’s like old home week for me,” Bellante said. “I see a number of former students as well as colleagues I hired while I was at Capo Valley. Tesoro is a tremendous school and I am excited to be here to open the school year.”

 

Bellante retired in 2012 but continues to support the District as needed.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/18/17




Audience: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page) and Homepage

BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPOINT DELFOSSE AT AUGUST 9 MEETING

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed Anne Delfosse as Executive Director, Special Education, effective today.

 

Delfosse served as Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Executive Director for the West Orange County Consortium for Special Education since 2009. Prior to that, she served as Director and Executive Director of Special Education for Capistrano Unified School District. Her experience as a classroom teacher, speech pathologist, program specialist, director and executive director in both a large single district and multi-district SELPA have prepared her to step into this role.

 

Delfosse has extensive leadership experience in Special Education. She has coordinated strategic planning, led program development teams and implemented educational programming across all grade levels, from infant to adult, and strives to serve the needs of all students.

 

“I am looking forward to being back home at Capistrano Unified,” Delfosse stated. “I look forward to being part of the leadership team bringing innovation forward for our students and for the families we serve.”

 

 

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




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

TRUSTEES APPOINT PORTER AT JULY 26 MEETING 

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. –  The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed Joshua Porter as Principal of Dana Hills High School, effective August 1, 2017. 
Porter was appointed Principal of Dana Hills High School at the Board of Trustees’ July 26 meeting.   

 

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead a school with a proven legacy of educational excellence in its community,” Porter said.   
Porter has served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Coach.  Currently, Porter is Principal at Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, California, a role he has held since 2014.   

 

“I have a passion for developing graduation pathways and integrating technology into everything we do,” Porter said.  “I am excited to partner with a dynamic and forward-thinking District and the innovative staff at Dana Hills.” 

 

Porter’s background has provided him with valuable experience in management, oversight, and development of nearly all aspects of a school.  His leadership in student-centered curriculum integrating the use of new technology, student-teacher collaboration, and professional development has prepared him for this role.  Porter’s appointment is effective August 1, 2017. 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 7/31/17




Audience: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), Homepage and High School News Group

TRUSTEES APPOINT MISUSTIN AT JULY 26 MEETING 

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. –  The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed John Misustin Principal of Capistrano Valley High School, effective August 1, 2017. 

 

As former Assistant Principal at Capistrano Valley High School, Misustin was promoted to Principal of Capistrano Valley High School at the Board’s July 26 meeting.  Misustin replaces Joshua Hill, who was recently appointed District Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction grades 6-12, K-8, Alternative Education. 

 

“I do not take the title nor the responsibility of being your Principal lightly. CVHS has a tremendous history of amazing leaders, not the least of which being Mr. Hill,” stated Misustin.  “As we embark on celebrating the 40th anniversary of Capistrano Valley High School, I am so excited to not only honor and  look back all of the tremendous people, accomplishments, and history; but to also look forward and continue our work together to plan and shape the future of our students at Capo Valley.” 

 

Misustin is a career educator with a breadth of experience at all levels of teaching and administration.  During the past two years as Assistant Principal at Capistrano Valley High School, he has led a site comprehensive guidance program, designed new initiatives to improve college and career readiness and implemented a campus-wide technology plan.  Previously, he served as Director of Student Activities at Saddleback Valley Unified School District and was the Assistant Principal at Antelope Valley Union High School District for three years. 

 

“John loves Capo Valley and considers it his home,” former Principal Josh Hill said.  It has been his goal to become a high school principal, and I had the benefit of seeing him in action, to talk with him behind closed doors, and to observe how he handles situations to the effect that I know he is ready for this opportunity. “ 
 

Misustin’s background has provided him with valuable experience in management, oversight, and leadership of nearly all aspects of a school.  His appointment is effective August 1, 2017.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 7/31/17




Audience: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Community (Community page), Elementary School News Group and Homepage

BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPOINT PITZEN AT JULY 26 MEETING

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA.— The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed Sharla Pitzen to Principal, Phillip Reilly Elementary School, at their July 26 meeting.

 

For the last seven years, Sharla Pitzen has served in the District as Executive Director, Infant-Elementary Special Education Programs. She was responsible for the District oversight of Special Education Intervention programs and a professional resource for Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) teams on legal issues, mediation compliance and student placements. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Ms. Pitzen served as a Director with the Special Education Division. Prior to moving to Orange County, Pitzen served as a special education teacher.

 

“Reilly is a phenomenal school with an outstanding character education program and high academic standards,” Pitzen said. “Reilly has wonderful teachers that are focused on teaching and learning and supportive parents that are actively involved in facilitating a learning environment. I look forward to working alongside the entire Reilly community and sharing that same focus.”

 

Ms. Pitzen’s appointment is effective July 27, 2017.
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 7/31/17




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA— The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 6-1 on Wednesday, June 28, to adopt Resolution No. 1617-89, Resolution of the Capistrano Unified School District Opposing Any Toll Road Extension Alignment that Adversely Affects District School Sites and Students.

 

The District is not and has not been involved with the Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) or any other organization or entity regarding the planning of the Toll Road extension. The District met with community members to discuss TCA’s proposed project ideas/alternatives and learned, just like many in our community, some of the Toll Road extension plans come close to existing schools.

 

After examining the grant deeds for Tesoro High School, and having them plotted by a licensed land surveyor, the District determined the Los Patrones Parkway construction, which is being constructed within the originally planned alignment for the Toll Road, is not being constructed on District property. It is proposed for land, adjacent to the District’s property. The property conveyed to the District consists of four assessor parcels, identified as Assessor Parcel Nos. 125-096-59, -60, -69 and -82. While, regardless, no construction is occurring on Parcel -82, the District has identified certain title record conflicts relating to ownership of that parcel, and is working with legal counsel to review and clarify such conflicts.

 

With respect to current construction, Los Patrones Parkway, in either its current form or the expanded original SR-241 Toll Road alignment, was part of and addressed by the District’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis for both Tesoro High School and Esencia K-8 in Rancho Mission Viejo. Air quality and noise impacts, among others, were all part of the environmental considerations undertaken not only by the District, but also the County in approving the Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) for Rancho Mission Viejo. Neither the District’s environmental document for our sites, nor Rancho Mission Viejo’s environmental documentation, suggest the presence of toxic soils.

 

“Concerns, relative to dust from grading are legitimate concerns shared by the District—and the District will do its part to report any observed fugitive dust emissions to the Orange County Planning Director, as called for in the Rancho Mission Viejo EIR and addendums for the Roadway,” said Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital.

 

Because the Toll Road is a County approved project, it does not involve any District approvals, easements, or agreements. Before TCA can construct the ultimate Toll Expressway extension to Interstate-5, it will be required to identify, and environmentally review, a new alignment for such a project. The District will continue to monitor and review such proposals, and can address any concern as presented.

 

 

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




Audience: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page)

Negotiations between CUSD and the Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA) have reached an impasse. This means the parties have been unable to reach a comprehensive agreement. CUSD and CUEA have agreed to jointly file for impasse certification with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). PERB will then likely assign a mediator to assist...Please Click Here to Read More

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Negotiations between CUSD and the Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA) have reached an impasse. This means the parties have been unable to reach a comprehensive agreement. CUSD and CUEA have agreed to jointly file for impasse certification with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). PERB will then likely assign a mediator to assist...Please Click Here to Read More

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Published: 6/30/17




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 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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Published: 6/30/17




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 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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Published: 6/30/17




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

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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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/9/17




Audience: CUSD Employees Group (Employees page), Families & Students (Family & Students page), Homepage, Elementary School News Group and Homepage

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




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

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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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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Posted by: Tania Cluttey
Published: 5/23/17


Non-Discrimination Statement

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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