The BOUSD Beat 
Spreading the Good Word about our Students and Staff
Volume 2, Edition 1: September 13, 2016
***Please note there was a typo on the date for Brea Olinda High School Back-to-School Night. The newsletter below has been revised to reflect the correct date of Sept. 15.

Welcome back BOUSD students, staff and parents! We are so excited for the 2016-17 school year. Please enjoy the highlights below from the first two weeks of school! If you would like to submit a story for the BOUSD Beat, please send an email to 
School News Highlights 

Arovista Elementary Takes the Gold 

We are so proud to announce that Arovista Elementary is a recipient within California’s inaugural System of Recognition, reflecting excellence in their efforts in implementing the core features of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Arovista was one of 41 schools statewide to achieve the Gold Level distinction!

Brea Jr. High's Teen Center Receives Special Gift

The Brea Jr. High School Teen Center received a special gift right in time for the 2016-2017 school year. Eagle Scout and Brea Olinda High School Senior, Kendon Fuller, spent his summer creating two matching kitchen islands to be utilized by BJH students in order to fulfill his Eagle Scout requirements. The islands will be utilized for S.T.E.M. projects as well as to give students a gathering space. Thank you, Kendon, and all who spent countless volunteer hours to give back to BJH!

Fanning Elementary First Week of School Highlights  

Fanning Elementary welcomed new principal, Theresa Stevens, with open arms with students and staff eager to jump right into the new school year! Some highlights from Fanning's first week of school included: students using popular trends like Pokemon Go to teach Math in Mrs. Hick's class, and integrating the use of devices and thinking maps to connect student trends in Mr. Pipe's class with Instagram profiles. The Falcons are excited to see what the year brings!

Mariposa Monarchs R.U.L.E.

Last year, Mariposa staff began training through the Orange County Department of Education, and developed four new school-wide expectations. The new slogan/motto is Mariposa Monarchs R.U.L.E. with pride. The RULE acronym stands for R- Reach for Excellence, U- Use Self-Control, L- Learn to Problem Solve, and E- Earn Respect. To go along with the launch, the Monarchs also redesigned their school mascot/symbol. The Monarchs are looking forward to an exciting year! 

Celebrating the Counselor in Training Program

Twenty-one Brea Olinda High School students were honored at last night's School Board meeting for their participation in the Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) program. The C.I.T. program, sponsored through The Department of Child Development Services, is a college and career technical opportunity offered to BOUSD high school students in order to expose them to careers in Early Childhood Education. Students volunteered 2,500 hours of community service while learning valuable career related skills. We are so proud of these students and are so incredibly thankful to their fearless leader, Meredith White, for her leadership and enthusiasm! 

Learning Opens Doors at Country Hills

The Country Hills Cougars started the school year with a new theme: Learning Opens Doors at Country Hills! Students were treated to awesome new "Buddy Benches" this year! A big THANK YOU to the Morrison family for building two Buddy Benches for the playground ­and providing a place where kids can go to meet new friends!

BOHS Link Crew Welcomes the Class of 2020! 

Brea Olinda High School (BOHS) got off to a fantastic start to the school year!  Just prior to the start of the school year, the BOHS Link Crew, under the guidance of Kara Dietz, organized the annual Freshman Welcome where all incoming 9th graders were matched with an upperclassman to help smooth the transition to high school. Over 85% of the Class of 2020 participated in a variety of fun activities, met new friends, and got a detailed tour of the school! What an awesome way to start their new high school journey! 

Introducing... The Laurel Magnet School of Innovation & Career Exploration

On Monday, August 29 the Laurel Magnet School of Innovation & Career Exploration opened its doors to approximately 440 preschool through 6th grade students. That is over 100 more enrolled students than last year! Students were so excited to see their new 21st Century classrooms which include: flexible desks and seating that can be adjusted to various heights, 75 inch LED large frame displays, Apple TVs, a device for every student, and teachers iPads used as a teaching projection tool to allow for movement and flexibility. Last Friday, the Leopards celebrated in style at the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Staff members finished the morning by escorting distinguished guests and parents on a school tour to highlight teachers and student learning as well as the physical transformation of the school.

Brea Canyon First Week Highlights

Coyote staff and faculty of Brea Canyon High School started the year with a new look, new leadership, new staff members, and new goals for the 2016-17 school year. After 14 years of dedicated service to Brea Canyon and BOUSD, Principal Carol Christman, and Eric Barrientos started as the new principal of Brea Canyon High School. With a large 12th grade class, BCHS hopes to see their campus littered with blue and gold tassels come June!

Olinda Eagles Welcome Students Back with a Parade Down Main Street

It was an exciting first two weeks of school as the Olinda Eagles welcomed 26 teachers, 21 support staff and 230 students TK through 6th grade! Eagles were welcomed back to school on Main Street by all staff and Ollie the Eagle! First week of school highlights included: upper graders in Mrs. Jones class being welcomed to class with Detective Only Access and TK students learning to build roads and houses during their morning centers. The Eagles are ready for an exciting year ahead! 

District News
Purchase your Tickets to the Inaugural State of the Schools Breakfast  

Please help support our Brea Schools and join us for the inaugural State of the Schools breakfast on Sept. 29 from 7 - 9 a.m. presented by the Brea Education Foundation! The event will be held at the Brea Community Center and all are welcome to attend! You can purchase your tickets directly on the Brea Education website by clicking HERE. We hope to see you there!

School Bus Safety with Zonar 

When it comes to our students, we take pride and care in meeting their safety needs. As such, BOUSD is excited to introduce GPS and student tracking from Zonar Systems throughout its fleet of buses just in the time for the new school year. Check out the story in the OC Register to learn more!…/bus-728190-system-district.html

Important Events This Month

September 13: Country Hills Back-to-School Night 

September 15: Brea Olinda High School Back-to-School Night 

September 16: Wildcat Football vs. Diamond Bar - 7 p.m. @ Diamond Bar 

September 19: Meet the Board Candidates' Night - 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers

September 20: Fanning Back-to-School Night 

September 22: Mariposa Back-to-School Night 

September 22: Wildcat Football vs. Foothill - 7 p.m. @ Foothill 

September 23-24: BOHS Fall Choir Show - 7 p.m. in the PAC

September 26: School Board Meeting - 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers 

September 27: Brea Canyon Back-to-School Night

September 29: State of the Schools Breakfast - 7 - 9 a.m. @ Brea Community Center 

Tech Tidbit of the Week 
The TOSA Team is Here for YOU! 

Have a question? Ready for some innovative teaching strategies or applications? Want a demonstration in your classroom?  The TOSA Team will be there for you! Send them an e-mail at  and they would love to work with you!