September 2021
Making Meaningful Connections
September 22, 2021 | Issue 1
Superintendent's Message

Welcome Back Everyone!

We are so happy to see students back on campus and fully participating in the many offerings across all of our excellent schools. The smooth opening of the school year is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our certificated and classified staff members, as well as the collaboration with our students and their families.

I am very honored to serve as your new Superintendent, and also excited to launch this first edition of our new monthly newsletter. The Fullerton Joint Union High School District newsletter will help keep all of our staff, students, parents, and community members informed on the news and various happenings throughout the District. Our theme this year is Making Meaningful Connections, and I look forward to meeting and working with all of you. 

We hope you find this newsletter a helpful resource. If you know someone who would like to receive this newsletter, please have them visit the District Website to view the newsletter and then click the “subscribe” button to make sure they never miss a newsletter.

Steve McLaughlin, Ed.D.
Our Schools held assemblies on
Friday, September 10, 2021 to honor the 20th Anniversary of 9/11.
Back to School Nights
Welcome Back!
Our Schools held wonderful Back to School Nights
with great attendance from our families.
Free Meals During a Pandemic
During the mandatory school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Food Services Department worked tirelessly to continue delivering the essential meals students need for academic success. Free meals were provided by way of drive-thru stations in campus parking lots, cafeterias, and some meals were even delivered to students at home. With kids back on campus, our cafeteria staff will continue to serve meals to all students for the remainder of the year. Our food service workers continue to go above and beyond their call of duty for all Fullerton Joint Union High School District students.
Director of Special Education - Maureen Cottrell
Educational and Assessment Services would like to welcome Maureen Cottrell as the new Director of Special Education. Maureen comes to us from Bassett Unified School District where she served as the Director of Special Education. She also served in the Newport Mesa Unified School District, where she held the position of Director, Special Education Resolutions Support Services, Section 504 Compliance Officer, Special Education coordinator and Harper Preschool Principal. Maureen also worked as a Program Specialist for the Huntington Beach City School District, Transition Service Facilitator for Los Angeles Unified School District and as an Early Childhood Special Educator in Virginia. She received her Master’s degrees from Pepperdine University and The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts, Earth Science degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Maureen Cottrell
Excellence Among Us
The Fullerton Joint Union High School District is fortunate to be served by many outstanding classified, certificated, supervisory, confidential, management and administrative staff members. Each month, Human Resources has the honor of showcasing a staff member or members who contribute to the support, development and success of our students and who help to make this District exceptional.

This month, Human Resources is proud to recognize District Technology Technician, Vincent Sanchez.
A skilled Technician devoted to meeting the needs of our staff, students and community, Vincent effectively assesses and resolves technical issues at both the District and at our schools. Vincent welcomes new challenges, attacks complicated problems, and demonstrates the unwavering ability to remain calm even in situations of high pressure.

Thank you, Vincent, for your exceptional service to our staff, students, parents, community and District! You truly represent the excellence among us.

The District is currently recruiting individuals to join our team as Substitute Teachers. Those interested should visit EDjoin for details.
Exciting news from the Facilities and Construction department, La Habra High School has broken ground on the new aquatics facility project and is scheduled to be completed in May 2022. This project includes a new 45-meter pool, new snack bar/ ticket booth, electronic scoreboard, and shaded bleachers.
Thank you