November 30, 2018
Correction from the last eNews
We would like to give a shout out to Ms. Pierce's class from La Paz Intermediate, who also took part in the City of Mission Viejo's Scarecrow contest. " those who don't support inclusion" took the "People's Choice" award. The congratulations goes to both Mrs. Dekofsky's and Ms. Pierce's classes.
November Food Drives

El Toro High School supporting South County Outreach during November
by collecting 22,000 pounds of food!

Two of our high schools collected food items to support South County Outreach and Adopt-A-Neighbor this month. Thanks to the generosity of our students and their families and community, over 25,000 pounds of food was donated to help those in need. Thank you to all who participated!
Laguna Hills High School students organizing their food donations. Congratulations to Yoleisy Avila's
home room class who
brought in over 2,000 items!
C-STEM Teachers of the Year
SVUSD's Mark Bantle, 3rd from right, and Darrin Petzold,
2nd from right pictured with C-Stem committee members.
Congratulations to teachers Darrin Petzold, Serrano Intermediate School, and Mark Bantle, RSM Intermediate School, who were chosen as UC Davis C-STEM Teachers of the Year! C-STEM Teacher of the Year recognizes C-STEM teachers for their exceptional contributions in teaching computing, integrating computing into STEM subjects, and inspiring students to pursue careers and post-secondary study in C-STEM fields. Award recipients are selected by the C-STEM Awards Committee consisting of the university faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Both teachers were nominated by Merry Kim of Coastline ROP.
LHHS Hack-A-Thon
2nd Annual LHHS Hack-A-Thon
Saturday, December 1st 9AM-9PM
Join the LHHS Computer Science Club for National Local Hack Day, a 12-hour
Hack-A-Thon on campus where students will come together to code and do other cool tech stuff! On this day, students from around the world will be simultaneously hosting their own Local Hack Day, resulting in the single largest day of student hacking ever. No prior knowledge for anything is required, students will be taught everything! All grade levels are invited (high school, middle school, elementary). You may attend the entire day or portions of it.

Registration: Required....but it's Free. Snacks, lunch & dinner will be provided.
Visit to sign up and see the schedule of events.
Every participant is asked to bring a canned food item to donate to the local food bank for the holidays. Questions? Contact Joshua Martinez
SVUSD Commits Athletes on NLI Day

Luke Spillane of Mission Viejo High School committed to play baseball for University of California, Irvine.
Trabuco Hills High School recognized 12 athletes who have already signed their National Letter of Intent. Congratulations to:

Reese Davidson, Westmont
Grace Duckens, Westmont
Sierra Moore, Cal State San Marcos
Dara Murray, West Point
Macy Witter, University of Georgia
Trey Munoz, Arizona State
Sierra Clark, Concordia University, Irvine
Jake Burns, University of California, Irvine
Haley Borja, University of Michigan
Marybeth Johnson, Northeastern Davis Taylor, University of California, San Diego
Emily Corbett, Johnson and Wales University (Rhode Island)
Cross Country Makes Strides
All four SVUSD high schools succeed in Cross Country for the 2018 season!
Trabuco Hills High School senior Josh O'Neill placed 1 st at CIF Prelims, 6th at CIF Finals and was the #1 individual qualifier for the State meet.
Both El Toro High School Boys and Girls Cross Country finished in the top 10 at the CIF State meet this fall. This is the second year in a row, and only the second time in ET history, both teams made it to state. The teams finished the season with #1 combined program in OC and #7 in State. 
Congratulations to the 2018 Laguna Hills High School Girls Cross Country team on a season for the books! Lead by All-Sea View League and All-CIF Finishers, Claire Selleck and Lauren Turner, this Senior-laden group made their school proud. They were the 2nd fastest team in LHHS history, the CIF-Southern Section Division-3 Runner-Ups, and finished the season off by placing 4th in Division-3 at the State Championships!
The Mission Viejo High School Girls Cross Country  Program  placed 1 st in the South Coast League, a first in over 30 years, 2 nd place CIF Finals Runner up, and had a 3 rd place finish at the California State Finals, both best finishes in school history. Varsity team members include Morgan Calcagnie, Emma Hicken (3rd in SCL, 6th in OC, 8th in State), Kelli Hines (1st place SCL, 1st place OC, 8th place CIF), Patricia Hopkins, Ashley Johnson, Sophie Mendelson & Lauryn Simons. Congratulations  to the 2018 team for the school’s best season in MVHS history!
Fall Athletics Highlights
Congratulations to Mission Viejo High School student Joey Yellen, pictured with Head Coach, Chad Johnson, on his selection for the Under Armour All-American football game this coming January! 
Trabuco Hills High School Girls Volleyball earned CIF Division 2 Runner Up Title!
El Toro High School Girls Tennis earned CIF Division 4 Runner Up Title!
MVHS Head Coach Chad Johnson
was selected as the
Los Angeles Rams Coach of the Week
earlier this season.
MVHS Winter Musical
Presented by the MVHS Play Production class on December 6,7, at 7 pm and 8 at 2pm and 7pm. The production is directed by Mrs. Kathy Cannarozzi Harris, vocal direction by John Massey Jr. , choreography by MVHS junior, Jacob Beaver and stage manager MVHS senior Makena Kobayashi In this hilarious musical, we learn the lesson that winning is not everything, and losing does not necessarily make you a loser. The Tony Award winning, musical follows six semi-pubescent middle-schoolers competing to be the best speller to advance to the finals in Washington D.C and their equally quirky adult moderators and families. The cast of misfit spellers includes Ethan Cox (Leaf), Charlie Massey (Barfee), Carson Roman (Chip), Kayla Holliday (Logainne), Seadona Taloma (Marcie), Emily Boyer (Olive) and the “Adult moderators” Sarah Smith (Mrs. Perretti), Liam Shannon (Panch, the Vice-Principal) and Adnan Maksoud (The Comfort Counselor). The production will be adjudicated by the National Youth Arts Organization and entered into the Spirit of the Macy Awards. Tickets are available for $15 at
Lake Forest Elementary Teacher
OCDE Stem Stand Out
Lake Forest Elementary teacher, Peggy Aungst, was highlighted as an " OCDE Stem Stand Out" in the most recent OCDE STEM newsletter. "Peggy is a passionate educator who strives to bring engaging, hands on, minds on, STEM learning opportunities to her students. From professional learning to professional practice, Peggy has played an integral roll in the development of Lake Forest Elementary's new STEAM Lab."

For more information about the STEAM Programming at Lake Forest Elementary, please visit their website.
El Toro High School Tree of Gratitude
ET’s Charger Wellness Focus Group selected specific themes throughout the school year according to what students felt was important for the school’s ambiance.The November’s theme was Attitude of gratitude! The Charger Wellness Focus Group wanted to create an opportunity for students and staff to be able to share what they are grateful for. The wonderful Librarian and ROP Career Specialist at ETHS created the “Tree of Gratitude” in the library for everyone to see and enjoy! Leaves were available for students and staff to write on and place throughout the tree branches.
Consulate of Spain visits Two-Way Immersion Program
Mr. Josu Baque Ugarteburu, Education Advisor at the Consulate of Spain in Los Angeles, recently visited SVUSD's award winning Two-Way Language Immersion (TWI) Program at all 3 sites: Ralph Gates Elementary, Los Alisos Intermediate and Laguna Hills High School. Mr. Baque Ugarteburu was extremely impressed with the caliber of instruction and innovation as teachers implement and facilitate learning which immerses students in two languages to best prepare them for this global society. The TWI Program belongs to the International Spanish Academies (ISAs) and is one of the very few in the United States and Canada that serves students from Kindergarten to 12 th grade.
Pictured above: TWI seniors with Teacher Mrs. Iribarne, Consulate of Spain’s Education Advisor Mr. Baque Ugarteburu and District TWI/ELD Resource Teacher Mrs. Fortt
OC Pathways Showcase
On Tuesday, November 26 th , more than 200 educators and business professionals gathered in the Starr Atrium at Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine for the fourth annual OC Pathways Showcase. Based on the theme, “Our Humanity, Our Technology, Our Future,” the showcase celebrated the collaborated efforts of schools, colleges and businesses to forge career pathways and work-based learning opportunities for students. Each year, these organizations gather to spotlight 21 st century career pathways, and the students who are traveling along them. This student-led event displayed 15 industry sector exhibits from local Orange County school districts. SVUSD was given the opportunity to showcase our Manufacturing and Product Development program. Darin Petzold, teacher from Serrano Intermediate and Coastline ROP, was joined by 11 th grade student, Scotty McNew, from Trabuco Hills High School. Together they talked about the program to business and industry leaders , and discussed the course content, which includes blueprint reading, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operations and manual programming. 
Textbook Adoption Information for Parents
Parents are invited to view textbooks and to draft written feedback

December 10-12, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m


During the current school year, textbooks for the subjects and grade levels listed to the right are being reviewed and will be recommended for adoption for use in SVUSD schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Materials being considered for adoption will be on display for parents in Room 3 at the SVUSD District Office. It is anticipated that textbook recommendations will be finalized in April 2019. Input from parents is a valuable part of the adoption process.

Saddleback Valley Unified
School District Office
25631 Peter A. Hartman Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Room 3 is a portable on the
North side of the building

Subject/Grades Adopting in 2018-2019

  • World History Grade 7
  • US History Grade 8
  • US History Grade 11
  • Civics/American Government Grade 12
  • Economics Grade 12
  • Agricultural Economics Grade 12
  • Micro/Macro Economics AP Grade 12
  • Psychology Grade 11-12
  • Psychology AP/SL/HL Grade 11-12
  • Math Analysis/Precalculus Grade 11-12

SVUSD Employment Opportunities
SVUSD has an array of employment opportunities available throughout the year. The positions represent openings across the district and various divisions. All SVUSD openings can be accessed through the following EdJoin link, which is updated regularly:
Dec. 10-12
Dec. 24 - Jan. 4
Text Book Adoption Information Meeting
Winter Recess
Dr. Crystal Turner

Board of Trustees
Amanda Morrell
Vice President
Suzie R. Swartz
Dr. Edward Wong
Dolores Winchell
Dennis Walsh   
Student Board Member
Jacob Walker
               Board of Education Meeting Dates
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.