May 17, 2019
OC Register Artists of the Year Announced!
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This is the sixth year that student artists have been honored via the Artist of the Year program which was originally developed by the OC Register . The evaluation process was designed by over 50 art teachers and community leaders and strives to honor those artists who are not only talented, but who also have an artistic vision and voice as an artist, understand their growth trajectory, and strive to have an impact on the community through their art. This year, there were 116 nominees from 50 schools.

Josh Henslick, from Trabuco Hills High School, was honored as the ARTIST OF THE YEAR for 3-D visual arts in ceramics. His teacher is Jacque Fait. Elsa Constance Schweizer, a senior at LHHS, was a finalist in 2-D visual arts. She is pictured here with her sister Abigail Schweizer, a semi finalist in 2-D visual arts, art teacher, Lonnie Gallo, and Barbara Schulman, SVUSD School Board Trustee.
Congratulations to the Los Alisos MUN delegates who attended the Summit Conference in Los Angeles from April 26 – April 28. They walked away with the Delegation of Distinction award which was based on a four-point rubric in the areas of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Joining the Los Alisos students were a few 6 th graders who also participated on the team.
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Los Alisos MUN
Mission Viejo Kiwanis recognized students selected by their school faculty for exemplifying community service, citizenship, academic achievement, or outstanding improvement. MVHS students receiving the award were: Emily Boyer, Kevin Perry, and Taylor Sami. The students were feted for displaying leadership, academic excellence, and community volunteerism. The recognition is part of the Kiwanis Club’s efforts to support and foster the education and success of local students.

OC-GRIP at Blizzard Entertainment
On Friday, April 26, seven lucky Los Alisos LOBOS, who met their goals, toured the renowned Blizzard Entertainment studios. Students have been working all month on activities with Blizzard staff to learn more about this gaming industry giant. Students are pictured with their Blizzard mentors and OC-GRIP staff.     

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THHS Best Buddies and ETHS Best Buddies participated in the annual SoCal Best Buddies Friendship Walk on May 11th in Long Beach at Shoreline Village. Students, parents, and advisors from ETHS and THHS represented SVUSD and raised money for Friendship and Inclusion for Best Buddies Ca. Everyone had a blast walking for a good cause, socializing with other Best Buddies Chapters from Middle Schools, High Schools, and Colleges all over SoCal. To top it off, Kara Johnson, teacher at THHS, won Best Buddies Advisor of the Year for Southern California!! Together ETHS and THHS Best Buddies raised over $1,000 for Best Buddies California!

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On April 30 th , MVHS hosted their first annual Industry Mentor Day . With the support of the Mission Viejo Chamber of the Commerce and the City of Mission Viejo, just over one hundred 10 th and 11 th grade CTE (Career Technical Education) and AVID students were able to meet with local industry professionals to speak about their dream careers. Students rotated to different tables and had the opportunity to ask questions about job expectations, current industry trends, and tips on how to be successful in the workplace. Career Pathways included Automotive, Business/Finance, Computer Science/Information Technology, Engineering, Health/Patient Care, Photography, Public Services, and TV/Video Production. Industry professionals from Land Rover/Jaguar, Partners Bank of California, Moulton Niguel Water District, Mission Hospital, Leigh Ann Rowe Photography, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Performance Production Services participated.  
The final total is in for this year’s district-wide philanthropy project and we are proud to share that we were able to raise  $15,001.97 ! All monies raised will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thank you to everyone who had a part in making this project a success, as well as to all those who donated. And a big shout out to our Student Member of the Board, Jacob Walker, for leading the project!
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Congratulations to our
Classified Employees of the Year!
Congratulations Mandy Kelly,
Orange County Teacher of the Year!
Trabuco Mesa 6th grade teacher, Mandy Kelly, was recently chosen by the Orange County Department of Education as one of five K-12 Orange County Teachers of the Year! Mandy has taught in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District for 8 years, and is also the creator, along with her students, of the award-winning SAKtivists program. Mandy will now go on to compete in the state of California Teacher of the Year program. Congratulations, Mandy!
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:
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May 27
June 11-13
June 12-13
June 13
June 13
Elementary School Showcases (Selected Sites)
Memorial Day Holiday - No School
High School Final Exams (not Silverado)
Intermediate School and Silverado Final Exams
8th Grade Promotion/Graduation
Last Day of School
Dr. Crystal Turner

Board of Trustees
Suzie R. Swartz
Vice President
Dr. Edward Wong
Amanda Morrell
Barbara Schulman
Greg Kunath
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.