October 12, 2018
LOBO Leadership Workshop
On October 4th, Los Alisos Intermediate joined forces with Laguna Hills High for the LOBO Leadership Workshop. LHHS Activities Director, Ms. Maxwell, took her Leadership class to Los Alisos to work with over 40 LOBOs in becoming future leaders. After some team-building ice breaker activities, students participated in a "Leadership Inventory" where they learned what type of leadership skills they naturally possess, as well as their leadership color. Students then broke off into groups, based on their leadership color, where LHHS students facilitated activities. These were designed to help the intermediate students learn more about their given strengths and challenges. The event was a huge success and both schools look forward to this vertical partnership in the future. A big thank you to Dolores Wirth, PTSA President, for organizing this event!
Mission Viejo Safe Schools Challenge Voting
SVUSD has partnered with Mission Viejo Police Services of the Orange County Sheriff's Department in a video challenge promoting school safety. Several of our schools have created videos and are participating in the contest, with a chance to win up to $5,000 to be used toward school safety. Their safety videos will be viewable on the Mission Viejo Police Services (MVPS) Instagram and Facebook pages (search "ocsdmissionviejo") beginning Monday, October 15. Winners will be determined by videos receiving the most amount of "likes" on the original video postings on the MVPS social media ( voting ends 10/18/18), as well as by the amount of participants their school has at the Red Ribbon Rally at MVHS on October 20. Additional details on the contest and voting may be found through the MVPS website. Good luck to all of our schools that are participating!
THHS College Fair
On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Trabuco Hills High School hosted its annual College Fair. The event was organized by their PTSA, which brought in over 140 colleges and universities, as well as trade schools. Students had an opportunity to speak with college representatives and find out what various colleges have to offer. The evening also included seminars on an array of college-related topics.
Thank America's Teachers
Farmers Insurance is donating a million dollars to the "Thank America's Teachers" program. This year, by popular votes, 180 teachers will each receive a $2,500 grant for their classrooms. Sean Fletcher, teacher at Serrano Intermediate, had his grant proposal approved and is one of the teachers eligible for the prizes. You may vote for Sean, and read about how the grant would impact his students, by clicking on the link below and entering his last name. Voting will be open throughout October. Good luck, Sean!

SVUSD Partnership with Spanish Embassy
As part of its partnership with the Spanish Embassy, the award-winning SVUSD Two-Way Immersion program (TWI) hosts a Language Instructional Assistant from Spain, each school year. This year, SVUSD is excited to welcome Sara Ruiz Ibañez . Throughout the year, she will have the opportunity to collaborate with TWI teachers at all three levels: elementary, intermediate and high school. Sara is already demonstrating her skills and talents at Laguna Hills High, while making a positive impact, as she models authentic Spanish in the classroom. Sara’s host family has two TWI students and they already think of her as part of the family! ¡Bienvenida, Sara!
Sara Ruiz Ibañez, visiting Language Instructional Assistant from Spain (L), and LHHS TWI Teacher, Mrs. DiAntonio
The University of Chicago Outstanding Teacher Award
Superintendent, Dr. Turner, Mr. Krucli, Board President, Mrs. Morrell, and MVHS Principal, Mrs. Osborne.
On October 11, Mission Viejo High school teacher, Tom Krucli, was recognized by the Board of Education as a University of Chicago Outstanding Teacher Award recipient. Tom was highlighted in the last edition of the SVUSD Newsletter, along with a description of the award. Congratulations, Mr. Krucli!
Mission Viejo Walk Against Drugs
As a start to the 30th anniversary of the annual MV Red Ribbon Week and Walk Against Drugs, there will be a ceremony on Saturday, October 20th in the Mission Viejo High School Stadium. After the ceremony, all are invited to join in the Walk Against Drugs to the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center for the Community Fair and South County Disaster Preparedness Expo. Additionally, there will be an array of Red Ribbon week activities throughout the school sites.
New Administrator
Katie Treat was formally introduced at the October Board Meeting. Katie has begun her role as the new Assistant Principal of Guidance & Curriculum at Mission Viejo High School.
National School Lunch Week
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:
October 18
October 20
October 29
November 12
Great American Shake Out - District Disaster Drill practice
City of Mission Viejo, Walk Against Drugs - MVHS
District Staff development Day (no school for students)
Veteran's Day - District Holiday
SVUSD 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
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.