Saddleback Valley Unified School District
June 1, 2018
Upcoming Events
1st Annual SVUSD Vex IQ Tournament
We invite you to come see what the future holds at the 1st annual SVUSD VEX IQ Tournament! Two tournament fields will be run from 9am - 11am. The categories are: High Rise Challenge, Ringmaster, and Obstacle Course.

VEX IQ / Robotics Competition
June 2, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
de Portola Elementary
27031 Preciados, Mission Viejo
Virtual Academy Information Session
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 4th 5:30 pm
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:

2018 Graduation Ceremonies
June 13
12:30 pm - Gymnasium

June 14
12:30 pm - Esperanza Gymnasium

                 Silverado & Mira Monte High Schools
3:00 pm - Laguna Hills Community Center

                Mission Viejo High School
6:00 pm - MVHS Stadium

                El Toro High School
7:00 pm - ETHS Stadium

                 Laguna Hills High School
7:00 pm - LHHS Stadium
                Trabuco Hills High School
7:30 pm - THHS Stadium
School Information
Congratulations to the Two Way Immersion Graduates of 2018!
On May 29, forty four Laguna Hills High School seniors received their certificates of completion from the award winning SVUSD Two-Way Immersion Program. The recognition ceremony took place at the Laguna Hills Community Center and guests included Spanish dignitaries from the Los Angeles Spanish Embassy. Students were recognized for completing the program, which they matriculated in from kindergarten through twelfth grade. For more information on the two-way immersion program, please follow this link: SVUSD Two Way Immersion
2017-2018 Cappie Nominees & Winners
Our apologies and congratulations go out to two well deserved Cappie nominations that were inadvertently omitted from the May 18 newsletter:

Female Vocalist
Sabrina Astle as Elle, Laguna Hills, Legally Blonde , the Musical

Comic Actress in a Musical
Natalie Teuton , as Pauline, Laguna Hills, Legally Blonde , the Musical

The 15th Annual OC Cappies Theatre Awards were handed out on Sunday, May 20th at The Grove in Anaheim and MVHS took home 9 awards:

Best Play - "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Best Critic Team - most published team in the OC Register (for writing reviews)
Best Sound Design in a Play - Ben Sellers "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Best Supporting Actor in a Play - Ben Sellers "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Best Comic Actor in a Play - Jeffery Baker "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Best Comic Actress in a Play - Devoree Shields "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Kayla Morgan "The Music Man"
Best Junior Critic - Rachel Golkin
Best Senior Critic - Ben Sellers

Congratulations to everyone!
Mission Viejo cast of "Peter and the Starcatcher", Winner - Best Play of the Year
LHHS Student Wins the 2018 Congressional High School Art Competition
A big congratulations goes out to Elsa Schweizer , LHHS student, who has won the 2018 Congressional High School Art Competition! Her artwork will be hung in Cannon Tunnel at the Capitol building in Washington DC for one year. She is invited to attend a reception at the Capitol in Washington DC on June 27 to be recognized for her outstanding achievement.
The photo above shows the layers she used to make the shading,
ETHS Student is First Female in Orange County to Win CIF State Championship in Diving

Savannah Stocker, a diver from El Toro High School, became the first Orange County female diver to win a CIF State Swimming and Diving Championship! On Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Fresno, CA, Savannah had the first-second-third sweep by the county. Savannah, a junior, scored 507.55 points to capture the 11-dive competition on the 1-meter springboard. You may read an article highlighting Savannah through the follwing link:

THHS Student Awarded Apple's World Wide Developer's Scholarship
The annual Apple World Wide Developers Conference is an event where technology connects with creativity to bring incredible ideas to life. Thousands of talent minded students from around the world will participate in the conference to turn their ideas into reality, and students may apply for scholarships to attend this amazing event. This year, Trabuco Hills High School student  Erik Martin, was one of only 350 scholarship recipients! Good luck to Erik!
World No Tobacco Day
"World No Tobacco Day" is observed around the world every year on May 31. The Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) grant provides funding for programs in grades 7 through 12 for tobacco specific student instruction, activities, special events, intervention and cessation programs for our SVUSD students.

This year the poster contest was school site based with a youth development approach. Each intermediate and high school site held a Tobacco Use Prevention Poster Contest. All entries were voted on by their entire student body. There was one winner per school site and each were awarded a Surface Pro Tablet. The winning posters will be printed and displayed on their school campuses.

Congratulations to all 9 poster winners!
Amanda Alves, 7th Grade
La Paz Intermediate

Stephanie Davis, 7th Grade
Los Alisos Intermediate

Orianne Adams, 8th Grade
Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate
Jonathan Chi, 7th Grade
Serrano Intermediate

Cindy Hansen, 9th Grade
El Toro High

Kaela Rodriguez, 12th Grade
Laguna Hills High

Danielle Reynolds, 11th Grade
Mission Viejo High

Sasha Fant, 12th Grade
Silverado High

Rachel Brinkman, 9th Grade
Trabuco Hills High
District Information
Learn about our Employees Appreciation Day
Learn about our Employees Appreciation Day (LEAD) is a new program that SVUSD has started this year. During Classified Employee Appreciation Week administrators shadowed a classified employee around for the morning to get up close and personal insight as to what they do on a daily basis. There were principals who become groundskeepers and office mangers, and district directors who worked as maintenance workers and clerical staff. After the morning shadowing, the staff who participated all gathered for a luncheon to share their experiences. The response to this program was very positive!
Mona Montgomery, Montevideo Principal, working with Groundskeeper, Noe Loeza Lazaro
Suzy McMasters, Linda Vista Principal, taking over for Farmer Kelly Roberts at Trabuco Elementary
Ozzy Cortez, Chief Technology Officer, with Mary Ann Brady, Student Service Technician at Mission Viejo High School
Bob Presby, Director of Human Resources, working with Ray Kerek from Maintenance and Operations
SVUSD Crisis Response Team Honored
The Orange County Department of Education’s Safe School’s Crisis Response Network honored the SVUSD Crisis Response Team with an Award of Excellence at their 2018 Orange County Crisis Conference. The award was given to SVUSD for their hard work and dedication in serving the students, families and staff of SVUSD. We are lucky to have such a dedicated group of educators who volunteer to provide crisis intervention to our students and families. The SVUSD Crisis Response team consists of 25 staff members, which include district and site administrators, school counselors, mental health counselors, psychologists and speech and language pathologists.

Pictured below is just part of the dedicated team,  lead by Monique Yessian , Director of Student Services.
SVUSD Summer Office Hours
During the summer months, the school sites and district office will have modified hours.
If you need to visit your school during the summer months, please call the school site office to ensure they are open.
District Office Summer Hours

June 25 - July 27
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed Fridays
Dates to Remember
June 14
June 18 - July 6
July 9 - July 26

Last day of School
Summer School Credit Recovery - Session A (Laguna Hills High School)
Summer School Credit Recovery - Session B (Laguna Hills High School)
Board of Education
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
            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
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