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Audience: Las Palmas Elementary School, Families & Students (Family & Students page), Marian Bergeson Elementary School, Homepage, Viejo Elementary School and San Juan Elementary School

 

Please complete the application and submit by February 8, 2019.
(Por favor complete la aplicacion y enviela antes del 8 de febrero del 2019)

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/27/18




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – For parents who are interested in the Spanish or Mandarin Immersion Program, the attached information meetings are scheduled to provide you with an overview of the program. Registration packets will be given to parents at the end of the meeting. Registration will take place in January 2019. 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/26/18




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

This holiday season, we are excited to partner with Family Assistance Ministries and South County Outreach to provide a Districtwide food drive for elementary and secondary grade-level children. The food drive will begin after Thanksgiving break with donation bins available at each of our school sites, as well as the District Office. 

 

Please see the flyers attached detailing items of need for donation!

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/15/18




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

In order to determine the preschool needs within each area of the district, Capistrano Unified School District's Early Childhood Programs department is conducting a survey of all CUSD families.

 

Current preschool programs, including fee-based and state-funded programs, are offered at 23 elementary school sites across the district.  We are asking each family, with a preschool-aged child or a child who will require preschool services in the future, to complete the survey. Please use the following link to complete the survey by November 30th. Please click on the attached link.

 

Thank you for your participation!

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/14/18




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

Attached is a letter from Deputy Superintendent, Clark Hampton addressed to the Foundation.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/22/18




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

Dear CUSD Family,

This Wednesday, October 24, 2018, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold a public workshop at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a “Potential Regional Bond Measure” update and receive feedback and discussion from our Board and the community.

 

The agenda item, including a presentation, can be found here.

While this potential bond measure would not be on an election ballot until March 2020, the discussion and engagement regarding classroom and school facilities investments is important, and our goal is to ensure that all our families and communities are working together.

 

Please join us this Wednesday night for our workshop at our Education Center located at 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, 92675. If you are unable to attend, we have Board meetings scheduled monthly, and welcome you to join. The Board meeting schedule can be found on our website here.

 

For more information on the current condition of our schools and classrooms, please visit our Facilities Conditions Assessments page here.

 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in the work we do each day for the young people of CUSD.

 

Thank you,

 

Ryan Burris
Chief Communications Officer

 

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CapoUnified/

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/22/18




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

Please join us at Cal Prep Academy for a Parent & Student Information Meeting for spring 2019 enrollment. Cal Prep Academy is a CUSD online high school where students have the opportunity to enroll in up to two courses at their resident CUSD high school while taking their other classes online. 

 

Students may also take just one class (except P.E.) at Cal Prep Academy. Please join us for our Parent & Student Information meeting on Wednesday, October 17th or Wednesday, December 5th.

 

Parent/Student Information meetings will be held at Cal Prep Academy, 32972 Calle Perfecto, San Juan Capistrano. We look forward to meeting you!

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




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

High school students and their families can meet with representatives from over 150 institutions and attend breakout sessions to help navigate the college journey

 

Please refer to the attached Press Advisory and the Futureology website for the participant list and breakout schedule.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/24/18




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

Both the Santa Ana Unified School District and the Capistrano Unified School District believe that all children and families are valued and, as public entities, we support every child’s success. No child should be bullied or treated with disrespect, and while we cannot control human behavior, we can control how we react and learn from these experiences. We believe diverse public schools provide our young people with an extraordinary education and experience that promotes unity, inclusion, equality and a respect for diversity.

 

Read full Joint Press Release attached for the full story.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/11/18




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

Dear CUSD Community,
Last week, over 48,000 young people entered their classrooms to begin the 2018-2019 school year. This is always one of the most exciting times of the year as we welcome back our teachers, staff and school families.

 

Read more in the attached welcome letter from Superintendent Vital.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/5/18




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

Please refer to the attached District Brief.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/30/18




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

Please refer to the attached Press Release for details.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/29/18




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

Please refer to the attached schedule for specific dates and times for schools.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/28/18




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

The PowerPoint was presented during the August 22 Board meeting. It is a review of 2017-2018 student and organizational accomplishments, including the creation of new systems, and improvement of operational efficiencies. 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/21/18




Audience: Families & Students (Family & Students page), K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Middle School class schedules can be viewed by logging into your parent portal account.

 

Middle School Class Schedule Viewing

Beginning today 8/20 at 3:30 pm

 

Click on Student Info > Classes

 

Make sure View only current Term and Sort by term buttons ARE NOT checked.

 

Middle School Class Schedules
 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/20/18




Audience: Families & Students (Family & Students page) and High School News Group

High School class schedules can be viewed by logging into your parent portal account.

 

High School Class Schedule Viewing

Beginning today 8/20 at 3:45 pm

 

Click on Student Info > Classes

 

Make sure View only current Term and Sort by term buttons ARE NOT checked.

 

High School Sechedules
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/20/18




Audience: Families & Students (Family & Students page) and Elementary School News Group

Elementary teacher assignments can be viewed by logging into your parent portal account.

 

Elementary Students- Beginning today 8/20 at 3 pm

 

  • Click on Student Info > Demographics
  • Scroll to middle of page to down to student data to see Teacher and Room #.

Elementary Teacher Assignments
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/20/18




Audience: Families & Students (Family & Students page), Capistrano Valley High School, San Clemente High School, Aliso Niguel High School, San Juan Hills High School, Tesoro High School and Dana Hills High School

As we begin the new school year, please understand that requests for allowable schedule changes cannot be honored via email or phone. Allowable schedule changes are limited to leveling down and/or dropping an extra class.  We are unable to honor requests for elective changes, teachers, class periods, or free periods.

 

Requests for a level down or drop as specified above, can be made beginning the first day of school via the online Guidance Portal.   

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as the Guidance staff works to balance class sizes to ensure productive learning environments for all students.

 

Below is the link to the Guidance portal, we will accept requests beginning August 21.

https://guidance.cusdonline.com/

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




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

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

 

Click on the attached link.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/15/18




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

Please refer to the attached scheduled for school-specific dates and times.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/14/18




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

College Fair 2018
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/14/18




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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

DIRECTIONS:

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

 

WHO:

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/9/18




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

Capistrano Unified School District Appoints New Principals

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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




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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dress Code Guidelines
 

 

 

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




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

A 21st Century Education for 21st Century Learners

Parents and students, please join us for a Parent & Student Information meeting to learn more about Cal Prep Academy, an online blended high school for 9th through 12th-grade students.

 

Cal Prep Academy is an online college prep high school where students have the benefits and flexibility of an online curriculum blended with face-to-face instruction with highly qualified Capistrano Unified teachers.  Courses are WASC accredited, and NCAA and UC approved.

 

Students have two options:

  1. CUSD students may take the majority of their courses at Cal Prep and enroll in up to two courses at their resident CUSD high school, which includes athletic team sports, band, orchestra, and theater.
  2. With the approval of their High School Assistant Principal of Guidance, CUSD students may take one course at Cal Prep Academy. Please see the list of pre-approved courses on the Cal Prep Academy website at http://www.calprepacademy.org/.

 

Please join us for one of our Parent/Student Information meetings for fall 2018. No RSVP required.

Meeting Dates
 

For more information about Cal Prep Academy, visit our website at: http://www.calprepacademy.org/

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT OUR PARENT/STUDENT INFORMATION MEETING!

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/19/18




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

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/17/18




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

Work permit applications may be picked up and processed at your school site through Friday, June 8, 2018.  Work permit applications for summer employment are attached to this flyer.  Summer Work Permit issuance is as follows:  
June 11th- July 26, 2018 work permits will be processed at:

College and Career Campus
31522 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-5994

Office will be closed July 4, 5, 6
Days and Hours for Work Permit Processing:
Monday through Thursday (Closed on Fridays) 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Office Closed Daily for Lunch 11:30am – 12:30pm

Beginning Monday, July 30th, work permits will be issued at your home high school, and will no longer be issued at the College and Career Campus.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • Work Permit Applications must be signed by the employer.
  • A parent or guardian must also sign the application.
  • A social security number is required to process a work permit.
  • Students need to bring the completed application along with their ID (Driver’s License, Passport, or copy of Birth Certificate).
  • The completed “official” work permit is signed by the student and taken to his/her employer.
  • Each new job requires a new work permit.
  • There is no minimum GPA required for summer work permits.  All summer work permits will expire August 26, 2018, five days after school begins.

Entertainment Work Permits:

Entertainment Work Permits will not be issued at the College and Career Campus during the summer. Procedure for obtaining an “Entertainment Permit” in the summer: Download an application at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/DLSEForm277.pdf
During summer, the “school record” section is left blank.  Attach a copy of the minor’s recent report card.  Send completed application, including a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Division of Labor Standards * Entertainment Work Permits
6150 Van Nuys Blvd. Room 100 * Van Nuys, California 91401

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/14/18




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

Capistrano Unified Starts Internet Safety Lessons in Kindergarten
“Digital Citizenship” curriculum shows students how to safely navigate the web

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – Through role play and pretend email messages, Capistrano Unified School District is teaching its youngest students about internet safety and online predators.

 

Please refer to the attached Press Release for full story.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/7/18




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – The California Department of Education included four Capistrano Unified elementary schools on its 2018 list of distinguished schools. Chaparral Elementary, Don Juan Avila Elementary, Ladera Ranch Elementary and Wagon Wheel Elementary received the Distinguished School Award for their progress to improve student achievement.

 

Please refer to the attached Press Release for complete details.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 4/23/18




Audience: 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

How does Opting-Out of phone messaging work?

 

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

 

After pressing 5, recipients will be given 3 choices:

  • To unsubscribe from messages like these, please press 1
  • To unsubscribe from all Non-Emergency messages, please press 2
  • If you do not have Students attending  CUSD or you are a Non CUSD community member, please 3
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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/30/18




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

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

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




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

CUSD SUMMER ONLINE COURSES:

  • June 18, 2018- July 25, 2018
  • Coursework is online, work is completed at home; all exams are taken in person.
  • Students can enroll in a maximum of two courses
  • Mandatory Orientations are assigned based on the course enrolled in:
    • A-G college prep remediated courses: June 18: mandatory orientation
    • Health: June 19 or 20: mandatory orientation

 

Available Courses

  1. Health: All students may take for original credit or remediation.

 

CSU/UC Approved A-G credit: Students may take a maximum of two classes to remediate a D or F

  1. A-G Social Science: World History, US History
  2. A-G Biology with additional in-class weekly lab meetings required
  3. A-G English English I-III
  4. A-G Math: Geometry, Algebra I or II

 

  • Students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation on one of the following days: June 18, 19 or 20, 2018

These dates are based on the course the student registers for (see above) and cannot be changed.

  • Failure to attend the orientation will result in being dropped from the course.
  • Course work can be completed at home, with the exception of exams.
  • CUSD district requirement: All tests must be taken in person.  A 1 hour testing time per week is reserved for each student. Daily open seating testing times are available for students with schedule conflicts.
  • A-G students must attend weekly instruction/ lab in addition to testing sessions.
  • Drop Deadline is July 10, 2018
    • Students that do not drop by the deadline will receive a grade on the CUSD transcript.
  • All coursework must be completed by Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
  • Some students may be able to complete the class prior to July 25, 2018.
  • All class meetings will be held at Aliso Niguel High School.
  • For more detailed info and answers to FAQ’s visit https://support.cusdonline.com

 

 

Registration:

  • March 20 – May 25, 2018
  • Enrollment is limited.
  • Detailed email will be sent on June 4, 2018 with assigned orientation, testing times and dates.
  • Register through your current Academic Advisor.
  • CUSD online courses do not meet NCAA non-traditional core coursework legislation.

 

Enroll early. Space is limited. Enrollment may close prior to May 25, 2018 if program is filled.

 

 

 

 

ACCESS:

  • July 2 through August 8, 2018
  • Students may enroll in up to 10 units of credit through ACCESS to remediate an F grade or to make up credit deficiencies.
  • These are not CSU or UC approved A-G credits.
  • An additional 5 units of vocational elective credit can be earned if student is employed during the entire term and completes related assignments.
  • Incoming Freshmen with impacted 2018-2019 schedules may take Health with approval of current Academic Advisor. They may not take Health and CCP.
  • Incoming 11th and 12th graders with impacted 2018-2019 schedules may take up to 5 units of Physical Education. Must have Academic Advisor approval.
  • Students may not enroll in courses at both ACCESS and PCHS.

 

Registration:

  • April 30, 2018 through May 21, 2018 failure to return the referral form to the CUSD Summer School Office by May 21, 2018 may result in the application not getting to ACCESS in time

 

PACIFIC COAST HIGH SCHOOL (PCHS):

  • July 2 through August 8, 2018

·All coursework is online

  • Students may enroll in up to 10 units of credit through PCHS to remediate a D or F grade or to make up credit deficiencies.
  • Math courses require a mandatory in-person or online final exam during the final week of the semester - syllabus will have details
  • Incoming 11th and 12th graders with impacted 2018-2019 schedules may take up to 10 units of Physical Education. Must have Academic Advisor approval.
  • Course availability is on a first-come first-serve basis and may close prior to the registration deadline.
  • Students may not enroll in courses at ACCESS and PCHS.

 

Registration:

  • March 26, 2018 through May 21, 2018 failure to return the application to the CUSD Summer School Office by May 21, 2018 may result in the application not getting to PCHS in time
  • Complete enrollment packet which can be downloaded from http://pchs.k12.ca.us/july-august-capistrano/. Print out entire packet and bring completed application to current Academic Advisor.
    • Enroll early. Some courses may close prior to deadline if full.
    • Incomplete applications will not be processed and may not be returned by PCHS

ACCESS and PCHS enrollment for Private School Students Who Will Not Attend a CUSD School in Fall 2018

 

Private schools students who reside within the boundaries of CUSD and wish to attend ACCESS or PCHS for summer school need to download all paperwork and have it signed by their private school academic advisor. Once the paperwork is complete, students must have their referral signed by the CUSD Summer School Coordinator.

 

To obtain CUSD signature: Completed packets need to be delivered to the front desk at the CUSD Education Center, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano. Once signed, these packets will be sent to either PCHS or ACCESS for processing. You must allow for a 24 hour turnaround. CUSD staff will not be available to sign forms on a drop-in basis.

 

All PCHS applications must be turn into CUSD by Monday, May 21, 2018 in order to ensure they are signed and received by PCHS or ACCESS in time.

 

Note that PCHS may close registration early if all courses are full. CUSD cannot guarantee enrollment in courses even if paperwork is returned by May 21. They have closed registration early the past two years.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/22/18




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

The Mindfulness Tools for Parents & Student Well-Being Workshop is intended for the parents of incoming 9th –current 12th-grade students in the Capistrano Unified School District.  Parents will learn basic mindfulness tools for themselves and their children, as well as how mindfulness relates to the social-emotional development for students. Additionally, strategies will be shared to create a mindfulness practice at home.  Participants will be introduced to common issues and trends negatively impacting teens today, and how parents can assist their children in navigating the daily stresses and pressures of high school.

 

Presented by:

  • Christy Curtis, Mindfulness and Physical Educator & Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, CVHS
  • Kathy Pelzer, M.A., PPS, LMFT, School Counselor, CVHS 
  • Darwin Vega: M.S., PPS, School Counselor, CVHS

 

Workshop dates:

Wednesday, March 28th 6:30-7: 30 pm

 

Wednesday, April 25th 6:30-7: 30 pm

 

Location: 

Capistrano Valley HS Room B1

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/20/18




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

No registrations accepted after  May 25, 2018

 

Course term:  June 4 - August 15, 2018

 

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

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

For questions, please contact your Academic Advisor.

See attached link below for online applications

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/20/18




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed Laurie Lowy Principal of John S. Malcom Elementary School, effective March 1, 2018.

 

Ms. Lowy was appointed to the position after the school’s previous principal, Peggy Baerst, became Director of Student Achievement for the Capistrano Unified School District.

 

Lowy has extensive experience in a variety of administrative roles by serving as Assistant Principal of Castille Elementary, Del Obispo Elementary, and Phillip J. Reilly Elementary schools. Prior to these positions, Lowy served for three years as Assistant Principal for Niguel Hills Middle School and for eight years as the Assistant Principal at Fred Newhart Middle School.

 

Lowry’s accomplishments include leadership in the implementation of Common Core curriculum and standards and a leadership position on the Student Study Team and Individualized Educational Program processes.

 

Described as a strong administrative leader with a deep commitment to addressing the needs of students and teachers, Lowy’s record of educational success has prepared her for her new role as Principal of John S. Malcom Elementary School.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/7/18




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

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: Families & Students (Family & Students page), College and Career Advantage, Homepage, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

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

 

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

 

WHAT: So You Think You Want to be an Engineer

 

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

 

WHERE: Online Webinar

 

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

 

Panelists Include:


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


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


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


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


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

 

 

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




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

Extended Day Kindergarten will be offered at the following Elementary schools beginning in August of 2018:

 

Clarence Lobo

Del Obispo

Harold Ambuehl

Hidden Hills

Kinoshita

Marblehead

R.H. Dana

Wagon Wheel

Wood Canyon

 

In the Fall of 2019, every elementary school in the District will offer Extended Day Kindergarten. For more information, please contact the schools listed above.

 

Learn More

 

Kindergarten
 

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




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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What: Superintendent’s Community Forum

 

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

 

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

 

Who: Parents, students, staff, community members

 

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

 

 

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




Audience: 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: Families & Students (Family & Students page), K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Dear CUSD Families,

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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




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

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

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

A printed version is available upon request. 

 

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

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




Audience: 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: 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

School Financing
 

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




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

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

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




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

Please refer to the attached schedule for dates and times of specific schools.

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




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

Please refer to the attached schedule for dates and times of specific schools.

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




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

Cal Prep Information Meetings
 

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




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

CUSD Innovation Showcase
 

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

 

WHERE: Capistrano Valley High School "Cougar Mall"

 

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

 

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

 

CUSD PROGRAMS AND OFFERINGS TO BE HIGHLIGHTED:

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

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

 

DÓNDE: Escuela Secundaria Capistrano Valley – “Cougar Hall”

 

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

 

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

 

PROGRAMAS Y SERVICIOS OFRECIDOS DESTACADOS DE CUSD:

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




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

No registrations accepted after February 15, 2018

 

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

 

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

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

For questions, please contact your Academic Advisor.

See attached link below for online applications.

 

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




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

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

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




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

Please view the attached schedule for dates and times for each school.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/3/18




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




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

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

 

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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




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

Language Immersion Information
 

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




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

CUSD Holiday Closures
 

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




Audience: Families & Students (Family & Students page), K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

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

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




Audience: Elementary School News Group and Families & Students (Family & Students page)

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

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




Audience: Families & Students (Family & Students page), Aliso Niguel High School, Bridges Community Day High School, California Preparatory Academy, Capistrano Virtual School and Capistrano Home School, Capistrano Valley High School, Dana Hills High School, San Clemente High School, San Juan Hills High School, Serra High School and Tesoro High School

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

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


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