Week of Jan. 16-21, 2024

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 Announces 2024 Classified School Employees of the Year!

SAUSD Board of Education Member Katelyn Brazer Aceves, accompanied by Superintendent Jerry Almendarez and other District leaders, recently honored seven outstanding Classified School Employees of the Year in surprise visits to their work sites on Jan. 10, 2024. With festive balloon bouquets, each recipient was acknowledged for their exceptional service and dedication to the District and its students. The formal celebration of these honorees is scheduled for an upcoming Board of Education meeting in May. Furthermore, their names will be submitted to the Orange County Department of Education for potential recognition in the county's 2024 Classified School Employees of the Year awards. This year’s honorees are: Bertha Amezcua, Mayra Ordonez, Matias Miranda, Erika Pereyra, Mario Nieto Mireles, Elvira Villela, and Paul Lam. To learn more about their commitment and contributions to our schools and community, continue reading here.

King Elementary School Honors Martin Luther King with Pride

Schools across the district observed the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in diverse ways. Here’s a glimpse into the celebration at King Elementary School, where students take great pride in attending a school named after such a significant figure in U.S. history. Click here for photos. 

SAUSD Superintendent Almendarez Hosts First 2024 Advisory Committee, Showcasing VR, AI, and Project-Based Learning

SAUSD Superintendent Jerry Almendarez hosted his first Advisory Committee of 2024 on Jan. 16, 2024. Community leaders, parents, and school administrators joined together to explore new educational tools currently being implemented across the district. The focus was on hands-on demos of VR goggles, AI programs, and project-based learning exercises. These technologies and work are being integrated to enhance student learning and global competitiveness. Click here for photos.

Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation Announces Award of Nine Spark Innovation Grants For 2023-24 School Year

The Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023-24 Spark Innovation Grants. Nine dedicated educators from various schools have been selected for their outstanding proposals. These exceptional educators will receive virtual reality headsets to enhance their teaching methods, creating immersive and engaging learning experiences for their students. Click here to see the list of recipients and learn more.

SAUSD Open Enrollment For 2024-2025 School Year Runs Through Feb. 28, 2024

Open enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year has begun and runs through Feb. 28, 2024. During this time parents may enroll new students, request transfers, and participate in the lottery process for fundamental schools. Check ParentSquare for important announcements, and visit www.sausd.us/enroll for the enrollment calendar and links.

We Are Hiring! Join Our Team at SAUSD!

Join us on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, from 9am to 1pm at the Santa Ana Unified School District Office for a special hiring fair! We're looking for dedicated individuals to fill Special Education open classified positions. Click here to see a flyer for all the details and scan the QR code to explore exciting opportunities. 

Learn more about our Dual Immersion Programs at SAUSD!

Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is hosting a Dual Immersion Parent Meeting for Incoming Kindergarten students on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The meetings will take place at King Elementary School. Attendees are invited to discover more about our Dual Immersion Programs at SAUSD. Click here to see the flyer for all the details.

Learn More About Spring 2024 CAASPP and ELPAC Testing

In SAUSD, there are many ways that we measure a child’s learning. Teachers use report card grades, classroom work, teacher observations, and end-of-year statewide test results to get a complete picture of students’ learning. For the 2024 spring administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and the Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), students will continue to take their assigned tests in-person. Click here for important information regarding these assessments.

Flyers: Community Resources and More: Week of Jan. 10-16, 2024

Looking for Covid resources and 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 Rewind for the Week of Jan. 8-12, 2024

Join us in taking a look back at our top headlines of the week. Click here to watch.