Saddleback Valley Unified School District
May 18, 2018
2018 SVUSD Classified Employees of the Year
Congratulations to the 2018 SVUSD Classified Employees of the Year! 31 employees were chosen as their school site or division employee of the year, and from this distinguished group, three were chosen as district-wide SVUSD Classified Employees of the Year. All of these individuals exemplify professionalism and consistently go above and beyond to meet the needs of our students, families and staff. A reception was held in their honor on May 17th, and we are proud that they call SVUSD home!

2018 SVUSD Classified Employees of the Year:

Kelly Roberts - Trabuco Elementary
Maintenance, Operations & Facilities

Kendra Taylor - Mission Viejo High School

Alinda Togahsi
Para Educator/Instructional Aide
School Information
STEM and the Arts Showcase and Competition
Each year, Vital Link hosts a STEM and Arts Showcase at the Orange County Fairgrounds in conjunction with Imaginology. During the three day event on April 13th-15th, students heard from prominent speakers in the Engineering, Digital Media Arts and Health/Medical fields. The students had the opportunity to visit vendors from the community college Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. SVUSD had over 150 intermediate and high school students attend, who also particpated in an array of competitions, earning the following awards:

University of California, Irvine (UCI) Energy Invitational Design Review
El Toro High School - "Most Innovative"

Several vehicles were built by high school and college students in Orange County. Doug Ford and Casey Moir, teachers from El Toro High School, had a team of six students who built a hybrid vehicle.

VEX Robot OC
Trabuco Hills High School - 1st Place
Los Alisos Intermediate - 2nd Place
A VEX competition for middle and high school students, over 30 teams participated in the event. Teams from Trabuco Hills High School, led by engineering teacher, Phil Ureno , and Los Alisos Intermediate, led by STEM teacher Dan Moreno, placed in the top two spots.

UCI Rescue Robotics Design Review
Mission Viejo High School
1st Place, Ground Robot & Aerial Drone
1st Place, Air Assault (Drone)
2nd Place, Ground Assault (Robot)

Teams from middle schools, high schools, and colleges built and programed ground and aerial robots, and drones. The final phase of this competition took place on May 12th, where the teams of robots and drones were identified victims in a simulated outdoor disaster area, and were judged on the number of victims their autonomous robots located. Mission Viejo High school, led by engineering teacher Blaise Miranda , brought home several awards.

Additionally, students from our Digital Media Arts (DMA) classes submitted photographs or graphic arts compositions to be judged for the annual DMA Competition. SVUSD was well represented with four teachers who entered their student's work. Teachers, David Zogg from LHHS , Maria Nadal and Joyanne Goodfellow from ETHS , and Tracey Fanelli from THHS , all had semi-finalists in the competition.
SVUSD Virtual Academy
SVUSD is excited to extend our Virtual Academy to grades 9-12 beginning with the 2018-2019 school year! You are invited to attend the SVUSD Virtual Academy (SVA) Information meeting to meet our teachers (K - 12th grade) and learn more about our vision, our academic programs, and how we blend online learning with face to face learning experiences to offer students in grades kindergarten through high school, a flexible and personalized online learning experience. High school students have additional opportunities to participate in sports at their residence high school while attending the SVUSD Virtual Academy and possibly take one or two classes at their residence school.

SVA Information Meeting
Monday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m.
District Education Center Board Room
25631 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

To learn more about our school and add your name to our interest list, visit our school webpage: 
Cappie Award Nominees Announced
The Cappie nominees were announced on Friday, May 4th, and SVUSD students garnered 23 nominations. The winners will be announced at the Cappie Gala which will be held on May 20th, at The Grove in Anaheim.

The Cappies is a critics/writing program. Orange County schools have teams of 9 critics that visit other Orange County high schools to watch and review their performing arts plays and musicals. The top writers are published weekly in the OC Register. The critics then nominate, and award, both plays and musicals for the year.

2018 SVUSD Nominees

Marketing and Publicity in a Play
The MVHS Starcatcher Publicity Crew , Mission Viejo HS, Peter and the Starcatcher

Marketing and Publicity in a Musical
Kayla Morgan, Kayla Scott , Mission Viejo HS, The Music Man

Sound in a Play
Ben Sellers, Mission Viejo HS, Peter and the Starcatcher

Props in a Play
Abby Ross , Stagecraft Class, Mission Viejo HS, Peter and the Starcatcher

MVHS Orchestra , Mission Viejo HS, The Music Man

Choreography in a Play
Natalie Patrick , Mission Viejo HS, Peter and the Starcatcher

Stage Management in a Play
Michelle Hughes , Mission Viejo HS, Peter and the Starcatcher

Ensemble in a Musical
The Barbershop Quartet , Mission Viejo HS, The Music Man

Featured Actress in a Musical
Kayla Morgan , as Zaneeta, Mission Viejo HS, The Music Man

Male Dancer
Jacob Beaver , as Tommy Djilas, Mission Viejo HS, The Music Man

Comic Actor in a Musical
Tanner Thee , as Kyle, Laguna Hills HS, Legally Blonde, the Musical

Comic Actress in a Play
Devoree Shields, as Smee, Mission Viejo HS, Peter and the Starcatcher

Comic Actor in a Play
Jeffrey Baker , as Mrs. Bumbrake, Mission Viejo HS, Peter and the Starcatcher
Supporting Actor in a Play
Ben Sellers , as Black Stache, Mission Viejo HS, Peter and the Starcatcher
Lead Actor in a Play
Ethan Cox, as Boy/Peter, Mission Viejo HS, Peter and the Starcatcher
Lead Actor in a Musical
Ben Sellers , as Harold Hill, Mission Viejo, The Music Man

Sets in a Play
Belle Hein, Hawk Stagecraft, YCTIWY Build Crew Laguna Hills HS, You Can't Take It With You

Props in a Play
Amanda Franklin, Katie Romero , Laguna Hills HS , You Can't Take It With You

Marian the Librarian , Mission Viejo HS, The Music Man
Peter and the Starcatcher, Mission Viejo HS
Junior Critic
Rachel Golkin , Mission Viejo HS
Senior Critic
Ben Sellers , Mission Viejo HS
Critics Team
Mission Viejo HS
Trabuco Mesa Elementary
Celebrates 30 Years
Join Trabuco Mesa Elementary families and staff for a night of entertainment, food, and fun as they celebrate their 30th anniversary! The evening entertainment will include guest speakers who will reminisce about the 30 past years of Trabuco Mesa as well as musical performances. An Open House is also scheduled from 6:00 - 6:30 pm.

Trabuco Mesa Elementary School
21301 Avenida de Las Flores
Rancho Santa Margarita
May 23, 2018
5:00 - 8:00 pm
SVUSD Board of Education Highlights
Several students were recognized at the May 10th SVUSD Board Meeting for their outstanding achievements in the classroom. Two of our AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) students were recognized for being named "AVID Senior Standouts" and recipients of scholarships from Knott's Berry Farm.

A group of De Portola Elementary students were also recognized for their participation in the Toshiba ExploraVision contest. Led by teacher, Carol Veravanich, these students comprised four individual teams that particpated in the national science competition, with all four earning Honorable Mention standing.
AVID Senior Standout recipients
Joanna Villalobos and Eric Cubacub 
with SVUSD Board President, Amanda Morrell, Principals Terri Gusiff of ETHS and Tricia Osborne of MVHS, and Superintendent, Dr. Crystal Turner.
De Portola Elementary Toshiba ExploraVision Contest Honorable Mention winners with SVUSD Board Vice President, Suzie R. Swartz, Teacher, Carol Veravanich, and Superintendent, Dr. Crystal Turner.
Community Opportunities Offered by the City of Mission Viejo
Upcoming Events
May 23
May 28
June 14
June 18 - July 6
July 9 - July 26
Trabuco Mesa Elementary "30 year Celebration"
Memorial Day (District Closed)
Last Day of School
Summer School Credit Recovery Math and Science - Session A
Summer School Credit Recovery Math and Science - Session B
Board of Education Information
Dr. Crystal Turner

Board of Trustees

Amanda Morrell

Vice President
Suzie R. Swartz

Dr. Edward Wong

Dolores Winchell
Dennis Walsh

Student Board 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 Education Center Board Room located at 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo.