Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Community Newsletter
September 8, 2017
Back To School Highlights
First Day Snapshots
Students and an Administrator enjoy an ice cream at Trabuco Hills High School.
Students are participating in Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) training at Serrano Intermediate School.
Visual picture of SV innovates logo
The Saddleback Valley Unified School District welcomed 27,635 students to 35 campuses on Monday, August 28. From TK students to incoming seniors, there was energy and excitement about the 2017-18 school year.

Energy and excitement was also evident from SVUSD staff and teachers as "SV innovates" was launched at all levels. More information about "SV Innovates" can be found below in the Welcome letter from Superintendent, Dr. Crystal Turner.

We are committed to sharing the great and innovative work happening in SVUSD throughout the 2017-18 school year!

Students and parents posing for first day of school picture
Cielo Vista students and parents pose for pictures on the first day of school.
Cielo Vista Mascot greets students on first day of school
The Cielo Vista mascot greets students and parents as they walk on to campus.
San Joaquin Elementary Partners with Costco
for Backpack Giveaway
San Joaquin Elementary students started the 2017-18 school year with new backpacks, thanks to the help and generosity of Costco in Laguna Niguel, store #690.

Costco staff members helped Principal Karen Schibler distribute backpacks to all students at the beginning of the first day of school. Students were able select from almost a dozen different designs and colors.

This is the second time Costco Laguna Niguel graciously donated backpacks to San Joaquin students.

Costco is located at 27220 Heather Ridge Rd., Laguna Niguel.

Please click on the link below to read OC Register Article.

a student receiving a free backpack from Costco staff
Students picked out donated backpacks from Costco
La Paz Intermediate Welcomes Incoming Students with Inclusive Activities
students standing by a La Paz Leopard Poster
Students actively engaged in a training activity
Eighth grade La Paz Intermediate students welcomed incoming 7th grade students with unique WEB activities and events to begin the 2017-18 school year.

WEB, which stands for "Where Everyone Belongs" is a middle school orientation program that welcomes 7th grade students and makes them feel comfortable throughout their first year of intermediate school. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, the program trains 8th grade mentors and student leaders who guide 7th graders to discover what it takes to be successful.

8th grade WEB leaders completed 12 hours of training during the summer to learn how to be positive role models and leaders on campus.  

At La Paz, WEB exists to build student relationships and to encourage student participation in school events and activities.

Congratulations to La Paz Intermediate school staff and students for modeling a positive and inclusive school culture!
Students engaged in a team bonding activity
Where Everyone Belongs Logo
Serrano Students Make A Difference
The photo above shows Serrano students collecting plastic bottles and aluminum cans for the water wells.
In the photo above Paul Dooley, treasurer of the non-profit, along with Pastor Arthur Magezi and his wife, Ester, wearing the Serrano T-shirts are blessing the water well that will serve the village of Kisanga. This small village of about three thousand people in central Uganda have never had clean drinking water before.
Serrano Intermediate PAL Students Recycle for Uganda Water Wells
Serrano Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) students have partnered with a local non-profit organization ( to raise funds through their recycling program to build water wells in Uganda.

The PAL students along with other Serrano students, participate in the "Recycle Thursday" program to raise these funds.

Each week, plastic bottles and aluminum cans with California Refund Value (CRV) are collected and stored in a donated container. Once the container is full, "a way to help" staff come and empty the container. By filling the container four times, students raise enough money to fund a water well in Uganda through the non-profit organization.

Over the past 8 years, Serrano students, along with some local businesses who have made donations, have helped install 6 water wells in Uganda. Each well serves between 500 - 1500 people.

Many thanks to PAL Advisor, Kassie Valenti, and all Serrano PAL and Leadership students for bringing real world connections to SVUSD!
MVHS Alumnus Remembered
Photo Credit: Nathan Percy, OC Register Reporter
Picture of MVHS logo
Honoring Konrad Reuland
Mission Viejo High School held a dedication ceremony for MVHS Alumnus Konrad Rueland during the Brothers In Arms Classic on Friday, September 1, 2017. During the ceremony, a stone plaque was placed underneath the scoreboard in the MVHS football stadium.

Rueland was a 2006 MVHS graduate who went on to play in the National Football League (NFL) from 2011 to 2016. Rueland suffered a brain aneurysm and passed away on December 12, 2016. As an organ donor, Konrad was able to help three people continue with the gift of life, including MLB Hall of Fame player, Rod Carew.

Please see OC Register Article below.

Konrad Rauelan's parents standing at the Ruelan dedication
Photo Credit: Nathan Percy, OC Register Reporter
SVUSD Virtual Academy
Hosts Blended Learning Days
Virtual Academy Students participating in blended learning day
Virtual Academy students participate in project based learning on campus
The SVUSD Virtual Academy held its first Blended Learning Day (BLD) on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Blended Learning Days are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Virtual Academy classroom to provide an opportunity for students to work with their teacher and peers in a face-to-face environment to maximize student learning and engagement.
The SVUSD Virtual Academy is a K-8 school that offers a blend of online and class instruction to maximize flexibility and create a personalized learning experience for each student.

The SVUSD Virtual Academy is a public school and part of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Enrollment is open to all K-8 students.

For more information, please contact Principal, Glenn Giokaris.

Parent Resources
The Saddleback Valley Unified School District believes that parent involvement is an invaluable resource to enhance student success and engagement.

Parent resource events will be published as they become available.
The Parent Project
The Parent Project is a 10 week training course for parents that meets once a week for three hours. The Parent Project has qualified instructors from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The Parent Project helps parents address issues such as:

  • Family conflict
  • Poor School Attendance and Performance
  • Running Away
  • Alcohol and Drug use
  • Threats of suicide

More information is available at and on the flyer below.
Safeguarding Our Children
Safeguarding Our Children presentations are held at Laguna Hills High School and are scheduled throughout the school year.

Presentation topics include:

  • Teens and Technology
  • Debunking the Myths of Marijuana
  • Parenting Strong Willed Teens
  • Teen Drug Trends & Symptomology
  • Teen Driving Safety

Informational Flyer about upcoming parent meetings
Picture of Service Academy Night flyer
U.S Service Academy Night
This is an opportunity for all SVUSD high school students who have an interest in applying to one of the five U.S. Service Academies to gain an in-depth account of how the application process for each academy works. Representatives from the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, and Military Academy at West Point will be there to give presentations and answer questions.

Upcoming Events

September 13- Elementary Back to School Night*
* Please check with your student's elementary school site as individual site dates may vary.

September 14- Board Meeting
September 21- Fall Recess Day (Non School day for students)
September 28- Intermediate Back to School Night 
October 5- High School Back to School Night

District Information
Board of Trustees

Dolores Winchell

Vice President
Dennis Walsh

Amanda Morrell

Suzie R. Swartz 
Dr. Edward Wong

Student Member                                 
Daniel Choi     
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 Educational Center Board Room located at 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo.