August 11, 2017
Saddleback Valley USD
Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 School Year
SVUSD Virtual Academy Opens
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 is part of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Enrollment is open to all K-8 students.

Principal, Glenn Giokaris

An Informational Meeting will be held on August 22, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m. in the District Education Center Board Room at 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, 92691.

OC High School Students Learning Job Skills from Industry Pros Through Summer Internships

Mason Naragon, an incoming senior at El Toro High School is among three dozen students across Orange County that landed internships this summer in high-demand industries through OC Pathways, a collaboration led by the Orange County Department of Education that includes 14 school districts, local colleges and universities, and more than 50 regional businesses.

The goal of these internships is to connect industries with students, training them to eventually serve as their next generation of skilled workers.

Other students this summer are working alongside professionals in healthcare, biotechnology, information technology, digital media, hospitality and other sectors.  

OCDENewsroom Video

Dr. Turner speaks at CA Teachers Summit
Picture of Dr. Turner speaking at Teacher Summit
On Friday, July 28, thousands of teachers and educators participated in the California Teachers Summit 2017. The Teachers Summit is a day of learning and sharing innovative strategies and concrete tools for teachers. 

As a guest speaker, Dr. Turner's focus was on turning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education into an immersive experience for students. 

As students begin the 2017-18 school year,  SVUSD looks forward to bringing innovative strategies to their classrooms.  

THHS Student Competes at Junior World Paralympic Championships
Michelle Cross, a senior track and field and cross country athlete, competed at the Junior World Paralympic Championships from July 30 to August 7 in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Cross competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash in Switzerland.  

Please see the OC Register article featuring Michelle Cross published on July 19, 2017.

Students Soar in Summer English Language Development Enrichment Program
The ELD Summer Enrichment Program is a collaborative effort between SVUSD Services for English Learners Department and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts - Arts Teach Program.

SVUSD teachers and artists from Segerstrom Center for the Arts worked in partnership to create challenging and engaging learning environments for EL students to improve their proficiency in academic English.

The program was held in June and July on the Olivewood Elementary School Campus .

OCDE Video: ELD Summer Enrichment Program
ETHS Theater Teacher Becomes Playwright for Local Show of "Robin Hood"
Students dance around the maypole for a scene in a play
Picture of Mr. Daniel Blackley
Mr. Daniel Blackley 

ETHS Theater Instructor, Daniel Blackley, was the playwright for the Camino Real Playhouse's version of "Robin Hood."

Fifty adult and student volunteers helped create the show, including ETHS student Eileen Giaza (pictured on the left).

The two-hour performance was presented Friday-Sunday through July 30 at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano.

SVUSD Welcomes New Administrators
Director, Fiscal Services 
Susan Cortum has been selected as Director of Fiscal Services.  Ms. Cortum has worked with school districts for the last 9 years including the Etiwanda School District and the Hesperia School District before joining the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD).  For the past year, Ms. Cortum has worked as the Budget Coordinator in the SVUSD Business Department. 

Ms. Cortum received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a  concentration in Accounting from the California State University, San Bernadino.


MVHS  Assistant Principal
SVUSD welcomes Brad Cook to Mission Viejo High School for the 2017-18 school year.

Mr. Cook began his teaching career 12 years ago at Chapel Hill Independent School District in Tyler, Texas where he taught Social Studies and served as an athletic coach for Chapel Hill Middle School. Mr. Cook served at Whitehouse High School for the past 10 years in various roles such as Social Studies teacher, Response to Intervention committee team member, Academic & Recruiting Coordinator for athletes, Assistant Head Football Coach and Head Coach for Track & Field. Mr. Cook received his bachelor's degree in History from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and master's degree in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification from the University of Texas at Tyler.
Welcome Mr. Cook!

2017 - 2018 School Year Calendar
The first day of school for students is MONDAY , August 28, 2017. For your convenience, the 2017-2018 school year calendar has been attached.

          2017 - 2018 CALENDAR 

Registration / Orientation Dates
Elementary School Offices will re-open on August 14

Reminder:  Elementary students will find their class list information through the SVUSD Parent Portal starting on Thursday, August 24. Below is the link to the letter that was sent to all elementary families in June explaining the process.  If you have questions, please contact your student's  school site.

Intermediate School Registration Information

La Paz
Packet pick up - August 10, 11 & 14
Leopard Run (Registration) - Thursday, August 17 from 8:00 am - 3:45 pm
New Student Orientation - Friday, August 25 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Los Alisos
Packet pick up - Thursday, August 10 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration - Wednesday, August 16

Registration - Wednesday, August 16 (7th graders)  
                          Th ursday, August 17 (8th graders)

Hawk Walk (Registration) - Thursday, August 17 (8th graders)
                                                    Friday, August 18 (7th graders)

High School Registration Information

El Toro
Bullring (Registration)                  
Mon day, August 14 - Seniors
Tues day, August 15 - Juniors                 
W ednesday, August 16 - Sophomores                                  T
T hursday, August 17 - Freshmen
New Student Orientation - Wednesday, August 23 at 9:00 am

Laguna Hills
Hawk Walk (Registration)                           
Tuesday, August 15 - Seniors, Juniors, ASB, Cheer, Band and Fall Sports                            Wednesday, August 16 - Sophomores & Freshmen
New Student Orientation - Thursday, August 17 at 9:00 am

Mission Viejo
Diablo Daze (Registration)                              
Tuesday, August 15 - Seniors & Varsity Athletes                                                                              Wednesday, August 16 - Juniors & Sophomores                              
Thursday, August 17 - Freshmen
New Student Orientation - Wednesday, August 23 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Trabuco Hills
Round-up (Registration)                             
Monday, August 14 - Seniors                                
Tuesday, August 15 - Juniors
Wednesday, August 16 - Sophomores
Thursday, August 17 - Freshmen
New Student Orientation - Monday, August 14 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm