Week of Aug. 18-20, 2023

Official newsletter of the Santa Ana Unified School District, designed to inform the community about District related news, opportunities, and resources. 

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SAUSD Community Celebrates First Day of the 2023-24 School Year

Schools across the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) celebrated the first day of the 2023-24 school year today with balloon displays, photo opportunities and special activities! Follow our schools and departments online to learn more about how we’re ringing in the new year.

SAUSD Launches First Day of School 2023-24 Photo Contest

The first day of school has finally arrived! Share your #SAUSDFirstDay2023 experience with us by entering our annual photo contest! Post your photo using the hashtag #SAUSDFirstDay2023 by Aug. 18, 2023 for a chance to win. See the flyers here for full details.

SAUSD Leaders Prepare for New School Year During 2023 Leadership Symposium

To prepare for the launch of the 2023-24 school year, SAUSD leaders recently participated in our two-day Leadership Symposium, where they learned how vision and innovation can transform the classroom experience. Click here for photos, click here for video highlights.

Segerstrom High School Earns 2023 California Exemplary Counseling Program Award

Segerstrom High School has earned the 2023 California Exemplary Counseling Program award from the California Association of School Counselors! Executive Director Dr. Loretta Whitson delivered the surprise news this month to the counseling team while district staff and leadership - including Board Clerk Hector Bustos - cheered them on. Segerstrom is the second school in California to earn this recognition. Click here for photos.

American School Counselor Association Names Santiago K8 and Lowell Elementary ASCA Model Program

The American School Counselor Association has awarded Santiago K8 and Lowell Elementary School the title of a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP). Both school counseling departments were honored at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s annual conference in Atlanta this summer. Read more here.

Flyers: Community Resources and More: Week of Aug. 9-15, 2023

Looking to connect with groups that provide free groceries, diapers, parenting workshops and more? Check out this week's flyer round-up here for details on these and other helpful resources.


SAUSD Class of 2023 Summer Graduation Highlights

We recently celebrated the accomplishments of our summer graduates with a special ceremony at Santa Ana High School! Click here for photos and here for video highlights.

SAUSD High School Scholars Intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab During Summer 2023

SAUSD scholars had the opportunity to learn about engineering-related careers while interning at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab this summer. Follow along here to hear participants speak about their experiences!

SAUSD Scholars Sharpen Oratory Skills During 2023 Summer Speech & Debate Camp

Scholars in our national award-winning Speech & Debate program recently spent two weeks sharpening their skills during summer camp! Here’s a quick recap.

SAUSD Students Learn About Courtroom Roles During Justice League Summer Camp

SAUSD scholars learned about courtroom roles and the anatomy of a trial during the 2023 Justice League Summer Camp at Santa Ana High School! Students gained hands-on experience with evidence, motions, cross-examinations and more under the guidance of staff, volunteer attorneys and OC Superior Court Judge Elizabeth G. Macias - an SAHS alumna and namesake of the school’s legal academy. The three-day camp wrapped up with a mock trial and awards ceremony. Click here for photos.

SAUSD Elementary & Intermediate Students Stage Summer 2023 Musical: ‘Peter Pan Jr.’

Elementary and intermediate students from across SAUSD came together this summer to stage “Peter Pan Jr.” Here's a look at what they learned in the process!

SAUSD High School Students Stage Summer Musical 2023: ‘Addams Family’

High school students from across SAUSD learned about various facets of the performing arts while producing the “Addams Family” summer musical! Learn more here.

SAUSD Hosts Delegation from Korean Educational Development Institute

The District hosted a delegation from the Korean Educational Development Institute at Santa Ana Valley High School this summer. The group watched presentations highlighting a range of programs offered to all SAUSD students, including career technical education, ethnic studies, visual and performing arts, International Baccalaureate, dual enrollment, and more. Click here for video.

  • Monday, Aug. 14, 2023 - First Day of School (K-12)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023 - Special Board Meeting - Closed Session Only 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023 - Modified Day (Elementary & Intermediate)
  • Friday, Aug. 18, 2023 - Unveiling of Restored Sergio O’Cadiz Mural at Fremont Elementary (see flyer below) 
  • Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023 - Regular Board Meeting
  • Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023 - Modified Day (Elementary & Intermediate)
  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 - Back to School Night (Elementary)
  • Friday, Aug. 25, 2023 - Modified Day (Elementary)