"The Mighty Mighty Presidents"

by Robinson Elementary 3rd Graders
February 15, 2018
2018 SVUSD Teachers of the Year
The following teachers have been selected as SVUSD Teachers of the Year by their colleagues. Three teachers have been selected to move forward to represent SVUSD as nominees for the Orange County Teacher of the Year. Congratulations!
Jamie Bennett - Montevideo
Sharon Bouas - Santiago
Christine Cerise - Del Cerro
Irene Constantine - Del Lago
Ashley Dawley - Glen Yermo
Andee Dekofsky* - La Paz
Michelle Dunn-McDermaid - Silverado/Mira Monte
Stacey Eldred - Esperanza
Stephanie Evans - Valencia
Sherri Fankhauser - Portola Hills
Leslie Gonzalez - Linda Vista
Roger Gunderson - Laguna Hills
Kara Johnson* - Trabuco Hills
Patti Lopez - Gates
Patricia Manning* - Rancho Canada
Pam Marks - Los Alisos
Susane Melton - Cordillera
Julia Montoya - Robinson
Russell Moreau - Fine Arts
Sandy Peterson - Olivewood
Karissa Teskey - Trabuco Mesa
Paul Treibel - Rancho Santa Margarita
Staci Von Luft - San Joaquin
Tiffany Voss - CieloVista
Rachel Walker - Melinda Heights
Brad Warkentin - Mission Viejo
Mike Wood - El Toro
Vicki Zoradi - Lake Forest

On Tuesday, March 27, a reception will be held to recognize our teachers in the District Education Center Board Room. Sponsored by SVEA, SVUSD, and Schools First Federal Credit Union.

* Indicates the teachers who will represent SVUSD for the Orange County Teacher of the Year
Top 10 Teacher of Orange County by
OC Parenting Magazine

Congratulations to Candy Mack, Los Alisos Intermediate School teacher, who was named one of the Top 10 Teachers of Orange County by OC Parenting magazine. On February 7, an awards reception was held at the Bowers Museum for the teachers who were named to the Top 25 Teachers of Orange County. The surprise came that evening when the announcement was made that Ms. Mack was named as one of the Top 10 Teachers.
School News
Winter Olympics
Meet Jonathan Blum, a 2007 Trabuco Hills High School graduate, who is part of Team USA for Ice Hockey.

Serrano Intermediate Principal is "Student for the Day"
Serrano Intermediate Principal, Robert Sherlock, became a "Student for the Day" after he challenged the students during a school fundraiser, and lost.

ASB sponsored an event called "Step It Up," a school-wide fundraiser that raises money for school activities, including: dances, intramural sports during lunch time, student spirit and the class gift at the end of the school year. The fundraiser also provides prizes to students based on the level of donations raised. During the planning stages, Mr. Sherlock promised the students that if they hit their target goal of $65,000, he would be a "Student for the Day." The students passed that goal and raised around $75,000!
Portola Hills Celebrations 25 Years
Past principals with current principal, Joe Ledoux, on the right.
The 25th Anniversary celebration at Portola Hills on February 2 was a huge success! The event was well attended by many alumni teachers, students, staff and families.

The MPR displayed a walk down memory lane where, every year since the school's opening, was profiled with photos and information reflective of that year. Outside was set up with a carnival-like atmosphere including music, food and games. The evening was a great way to see old friends and celebrate the 25 years of Portola Hills Elementary School.
Athletes of Character and Honor
The annual Orange County Athletic Directors Association "Athletes of Character and Honor" dinner was held at the Anaheim Convention Center on February 5th. Over 500 people were in attendance to honor 120 athletes from Orange County schools. This award is presented to athletes who pursue victory with honor by showing great character in their respect for their school, coaches, teammates, opponents, and the game itself they represent. We are proud to recognize the six SVUSD 2018 recipients!
Mission Viejo High School
Mitch Dossey and Peyton Cody
El Toro High School
Ashley Messineo and Cooper Jones

Laguna Hills High School
Chris Hunt and Maya Williams 
National Letter of Intent Signing Day
On February 7, three of the SVUSD high schools recognized their student athletes as they signed their National Letters of Intent to their chosen colleges on February 7. 

Congratulations to the student athletes who will continue their education with the opportunity to play the sport they love at the next level.

El Toro High School
Baynard-Jones, Myles – Cross Country & Track– Savannah College of Arts and Design
Castles, Sierra – Soccer – Cal State University, Long Beach
Chavez, Arturo – Soccer – San Diego State University
Church, Nathan – Baseball – University of California, Irvine
Dill, Katie – Water Polo – Cal State University, Long Beach
Holmes, Collin – Water Polo – Pennsylvania State University
Jackson, Demetrius – Basketball – Metropolitan State University
Jones, Cooper – Football – Southeastern University
Medley, Maliyah – Track - University of California, Los Angeles
Morland, Riley – Volleyball – Cal State University, Los Angeles
Nelms, Brad – Water Polo – McKendree University
Noel, Andrew – Baseball – Cal State University, San Marcos
Parsio, Brandon – Soccer – Northwest Nazarene University
Roberts, Serena – Cheer – Cal Baptist University
Shiffman, Stone – Baseball – Cal State University, Northridge
Smith, Kailey – Soccer – University of Texas at Austin
Smith, Xavier – Cross Country & Track – Cal State University, East Bay
Steele, Jacob – Volleyball – Pepperdine University
Tiffin, Ashley – Soccer – New Mexico State University
Tolman, Erik – Baseball – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Vargas, Adrian – Cross Country & Track – Cal State University, East Bay
Vasquez, Dominick – Football – Concordia University, Ann Arbor
Whitesides, Kyle – Football - Dixie State University
Ziv, Ben – Baseball – Chapman University
Mission Viejo High School
Picture of MVHS logo
Baltruweit, Drew – Baseball –
Cal State University, Northridge
Burt, Peyton – Soccer –
Cal State University, San Marcos
Champlin, Kevin – Baseball – Wheaton College
Cody, Peyton – Softball – St. John’s University
Collins, Kaitlin – Soccer – Boston University
Farley, Kate – Soccer – Cal State University, Monterey Bay
Glauber, Sanya – Gymnastics – University of Maryland
Guy, Robert Brendan – Baseball – University of Utah
Jemal, Alexander – Oregon State University
Johnston, Hailey – Softball – Hendrix College
LaValle, Christian – Football – Arizona State University
Levine, William – Arizona State University
McGowan, Terra – Softball – Arizona State University
Mitchell, Christopher – Football – Boise State University
Muench, Jack - Football - Cornell University
Osborne, Austin - University of Washington
Patterson, Jarrett – Football – University of Notre Dame
Petro, Kelly – Lacrosse – Whittier College
Rende, Ashley – Soccer & Lacrosse – University of Redlands
Rich, Brenna – Softball – Kansas Wesleyan University
Tanuvasa, Kanoah – Football – Dixie State University
Vieira, Alyssa – Softball – Washington College
Viggiano, Olivia – Softball – Seattle University
            Trabuco Hills High School
Estes, Abby  - Soccer - Cal State University, San Marcos 
Fergeson, Aubrey - Soccer - Biola University
Garrido, Sophia  - Soccer - University of California, San Diego
Krenik, Paige  -Volleyball - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Lee, Sean  - Track & Field - University of California, Los Angeles
Pinvidic, Garrett  - Football -Benedictine College
Shutler, Audi - Soccer - University of Chicago
The Mission Viejo High School Drama Department presented the musical,  Seussical Jr. to both elementary school students, as well as the larger  community ,  on February 7 & 8.  The performance featured a supporting cast and crew from Drama 3, and IB Theatre HL1 and HL 2 students.

The production themes included, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community, while exposing young children to the arts. The Cat in the Hat ( Jeffrey Baker ), Horton the Elephant ( Ben Sellers ), JOJO ( Devoree Shields ), and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters sprung to life onstage in a fantastical musical extravaganza! From the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrated the story of Horton the Elephant, who must protect the Whos from a world of dangers, and guard an abandoned egg, that had been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird ( Kayla Morgan ). Although Horton faced ridicule, danger and a trial, Gertrude McFuzz ( Hope Spires ) never lost faith in him. 
Upcoming Events
  • March 3 - Youth Sports Flag Football program begins at Mission Viejo High School and Laguna Hills High School

  • March 31 - Kids Factory Bunny Days - Norman P. Murray Senior & Community Center - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm  

  • 1st Annual Spring Break Sports Academy at Laguna Hills High School              
SVUSD Upcoming Events
February 16 - 19
February 28
March 5
March 24
April 2 - 6
April 11
April 18
April 24
April 26
February Recess
Let's Talk Cannabis @ Mission Viejo Christian Church 6:30 pm
Elementary School Choice Opens
STEAM Expo @Laguna Hills High School 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Spring Recess
Intermediate School Open House
High School Open House
Esperanza Open House
Elementary School Open House
SVUSD District Information
Dr. Crystal Turner
Board of Trustees

Amanda Morrell  

Vice President
Suzie R. Swartz  

Dr. Edward Wong
Dolores Winchell
Dennis Walsh  

Student Member
Daniel Choi


                                                 Board of Education Meeting Dates
The Saddleback Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees encourages community members to attend and participate in its business meetings whenever possible.
Closed session board business is typically conducted at 5:00 p.m. followed by open session business typically beginning at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the SVUSD Education Center Board Room located at 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo.