Saddleback Valley Unified School District
February 2, 2018
Top 25 Teachers of Orange County
Saddleback Valley USD has two teachers named to the Top 25 Teachers of Orange County through Parenting OC magazine
Congratulations to Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School teacher, Mark Bantle and Los Alisos Intermediate School teacher, Candy Mack for being named to the Top 25 Teachers of Orange County by OC Parenting Magazine.
They will be recognized along with other honorees throughout the county at an awards reception dinner on Wednesday, February 7 at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.
Mark Bantle with Brian Ferguson, RSM Principal
Candy Mack
SVUSD Announces 2 New Magnet Schools
The Saddleback Valley USD Board of Education is pleased to announce the opening of two new magnet schools for the 2018-2019 school year.

The magnet schools will be housed at two currently existing sites, Linda Vista and Santiago Elementary schools.

  • Linda Vista will pursue candidacy in the Primary Years International Baccalaureate program.
  • Santiago will be home to the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) magnet.

Both schools will be open for applications during SVUSD's traditional School Choice window (March 5th-30th, 2018).

SVUSD is thrilled to offer these two new magnet schools in addition to their existing fabulous neighborhood schools, Two Way Immersion program at Gates Elementary, and SVUSD Virtual Academy. The magnet schools will ensure that SVUSD is serving all students as they continue to implement methods to reach the goals and vision of "SV Innovates."
TK Online Registration Opens February 15
Transitional Kindergarten "TK"
2018 - 2019 School Year
If you have children that were born between September 2 and December 2, 2013, they are eligible to start Transitional Kindergarten ("TK") in the fall. Online registration will open on February 15, 2018. Please remember that enrollment into TK is on a first come, first serve basis. The TK classes are held on the following elementary campuses:

Cielo Vista - Rancho Santa Margarita
Foothill Ranch - Foothill Ranch
Glen Yermo - Mission Viejo
Lomarena - Laguna Hills
Olivewood - Lake Forest

For more information and application, visit the SVUSD website:

Portola Hills Elementary School
25th Anniversary Celebration

February 2 (today)
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Everyone is invited to enjoy food trucks, game booths, and student bands
Many alumni and former teachers / staff members will be attending! 
National Board Certified Teacher
Trabuco Hills High School teacher, Alexis
Salazar, was honored at the District Board of Education meeting on January 23, 2018 by the Board of Trustees. Alexis Salazar completed the vigorous course work for the National Board Certified Teacher certification.

Pictured: Daryl Beck, Assistant Principal, Alexis Salazar and Board Trustee Suzie R. Swartz
Former MVHS Football Coach Honored
Former Mission Viejo High School football coach, Bob Johnson received a Legislative Resolution from Senator Patricia Bates of the 36th Senatorial District on January 26 in front of his players and MVHS staff. Coach Johnson was honored for his journey and legacy with SVUSD. He started his coaching career with SVUSD at El Toro High School where he had 3 CIF-SS titles. Since being at MVHS, he won 6 CIF-SS championships, one CIF State title and 17 South Coast League titles. With 341 victories, this makes Coach Johnson the All-Time winningest coach in the history of MVHS, he ranks 1st in the history of Orange County and 3rd in the state of California.

Congratulations, Coach Johnson!
Serrano Intermediate "Anti-Bully Week"
Assistant Principal, Marguerite Long, leading an interactive assembly
7th grade Serrano students worked in collaborative groups to discuss the problem of bullying and how to address it.
Serrano Intermediate School had its "Anti-Bully Week" January 16-19, 2018. Each day had a different theme: Teamwork Tuesday, Welcoming Wednesday, Thoughtful Thursday, and Friendly Friday. During lunch each day, students participated in activities that promoted being kind and caring, as well as making new friends. Assistant Principal, Marguerite Long, led the students in an interactive assembly in which they worked in collaborative groups to discuss the problem of bullying and offer solutions to solve it. The week ended with students turning in entries for a Creative Arts Contest that had an anti-bully theme.
Students Honored by Disneyland Resort
Eighty-six Orange County students were selected by their high schools for their efforts to strengthen their communities, think creatively, conserve nature and live healthier as part of the Disneyland Resort's "Dreamers & Doers" awards. 5 of these students are from SVUSD high schools.

The community service program was created by the resort with the goal of encouraging and spotlighting high schoolers who give back to their communities through volunteering and other work.

Of the initial 86 honorees, 35 students will be selected as "Shining Stars," winning pay-it-forward grants of $1,000 to give back to their high schools, the opportunity to participate as "Honorary Disney VoluntEARS" at a volunteer event in February, and the opportunity to attend a celebratory luncheon in March. At the luncheon, five of the 35 "Shining Stars" will be announced as the program's top "Luminaries" and will have the opportunity to award a $3,000 grant to their favorite Orange County charitable organization.

2018 SVUSD Dreamers & Doers

Sabrina Astle
Laguna Hills High

Cambria Lovley
El Toro High

Annebelle Olminkhof
Mission Viejo High

Bailey Webb
Mission Viejo High

Maya Williams
´╗┐ Laguna Hills High
2018 SVUSD Philanthropy Project
February 5 - 9, 2018
Every year the high school students that represent their schools at the District Board of Education meetings head up a district-wide philanthropy project.

This year, lead by Student Board member, Daniel Choi (LHHS), and Student Representatives, Isabella Polito (ETHS), Shera Starr (MVHS), Shane McClure (THHS), and Katarina Stoller (SHS), have chosen to work with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Orange County.

The student board representatives are encouraging the students from the elementary schools to bring in donation items for tote bags that will help the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment in Orange County hospitals. Every family who arrives at the Ronald McDonald house receives a "Welcome Tote" bag. These tote bags help the families feel at home and include a few necessities needed for their stay.

At the intermediate and high schools, as well at the district office, donations will be collected for what the Ronald McDonald House Charities call their "Wish List". These items are used to stock the kitchens with snacks and cleaning supplies for the families in their temporary homes, while their children receive treatment at local hospitals.

Attached are flyers with more detailed information regarding this project.

Workshop for SVUSD Parents
How to Help Children Be Better
´╗┐Thinkers and Writers

Looking for ways to help your child become better thinkers and learners? Plan to attend one of Nathan Levy's workshops. Nathan Levy is the author of over 40 books including the famous "Stories with Holes" series. Mr. Levy has presented workshops all over the world. These workshops explore numerous ways to reach learners in different and interesting ways. Parents will learn to assist their children in developing fluency and writing. Participants will leave with a multitude of new time-saving strategies, abundant creative ideas for activities, and knowledge of specific materials for implementing these new strategies.

Valencia Elementary
25661 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Hills
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Trabuco Mesa Elementary
21301 Avenida De Las Flores, RSM
Thursday, February 22, 2018
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Books written by Mr. Levy, and other related high interest books, will be available for purchase before and after the presentation.
 Educational Opportunity Offered by the Sheriff's Department
This Community Forum is free and open to the public, designed for parents/adults, teens, law enforcement, educators, and the entire community. The presenters will be: Sergeant Clay Cranford, OC Sheriff's Department Officer Eric Franke, Fullerton Police Department Phillip Falcetti, NCADD-OC.

"Let's Talk Cannabis - The Impact of Cannabis Legalization"
February 28th
Mission Viejo Christian Church
27192 Jeronimo Road, Mission Viejo
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hear from the experts regarding:

  • New cannabis laws and what you need to know
  • How cannabis affects a young person's brain
  • Vaping, edibles, THC, CBD and medical marijuana
  • Driving under the influence of cannabis
  • Recognize signs of cannabis use
  • What to do if a youth is using cannabis
  • TIPS to encourage youth not to use cannabis

Upcoming Events
February 9
´╗┐February 15
February 16 - 19 
March 5 
March 24  
April 2 - 6 
April 11
April 18
April 24
April 26              
School Choice Closes (Secondary grades)
Transitional Kindergarten Registration Opens
February Recess
School Choice Opens (Elementary grades)
Spring Break
Intermediate Schools Open House
High Schools Open House
Esperanza Open House
Elementary Schools Open House