Saddleback Valley USD
Community Newsletter
  August 25, 2017  
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Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year
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On behalf of the SVUSD Board of Education and myself, I would like to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year! I have had the honor of being your Superintendent for the past 4 months and as many of you know, I started in SVUSD as a teacher. It is a privilege to return home and work as a team with our stakeholders to take our students to new heights.

Since returning in April, I visited each school and saw student engagement, the use of integrated technology, and teachers providing the best possible learning environment for students. Our teachers collaborate to meet the needs of all students through the co-teaching model and I visited many of the different Career Technical Education (CTE) classes that provide real world experiences for secondary students. It was a great way to start back in SVUSD. I also had the opportunity to meet many of our families and community members at the Meet and Greet hosted by the Board of Education in May. The commitment of our community to support successful schools is one of SVUSD's many strengths.

CLICK HERE for SVUSD 2016-17 highlights and "SV Innovates" information.

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Crystal Turner, Ed.D.
SVUSD Virtual Academy

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 part of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Enrollment is open to all K-8 students in Orange County. 

Principal, Glenn Giokaris

Vital Link Honors ETHS Teacher
CISCO Training and Certification Award
Vital Link is honored to present Nichole Muilenburg from El Toro High School with one of 7 awarded $3500 scholarships for CISCO Training and Certification.

Vital Link is a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing students for their future careers through experiential learning opportunities. Additionally, Vital Link locates educator workshops throughout the year for Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers to retain current industry knowledge, learn about opportunities for students, and collaborate with other CTE teachers across districts.

As part of the award, Ms. Muilenburg will receive industry technology training that she can bring to her classroom and share with her students. This experience is brought to our teachers through a Vital Link, BlueBit Technology, and NterOne partnership.

If you would like more information on Vital Link, please click on the link below.

La Paz Intermediate Celebrated at Schools to Watch Conference
La Paz Intermediate Honored with Schools To Watch
La Paz Intermediate School was redesignated as a School to Watch (STW) at the 13th Annual Schools To Watch (STW) Conference that took place in Arlington, Virginia from June 21-24, 2017.

During the conference, La Paz Intermediate Principal, Jean Walker, Assistant Principal, Jordan Reed, Academic Coach, Jan Ernsbarger , and English teacher, Michele Eichinger  shared their success with "The Power of Academic Conversations" with conference attendees.

The Schools to Watch program is a statewide program implemented by the California League of Middle Schools and the California Department of Education. The program identifies middle schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable, and structured for success.

La Paz Intermediate was originally designated as a School To Watch in 2011 and has been redesignated in 2014 and 2017.

Congratulations La Paz!

Please clink on the link to see the La Paz Intermediate Schools to Watch Profile.

ASB Students Strengthen Leadership Skills
at Summer Conference
ETHS, LHHS, MVHS & THHS ASB students attended the
57th Annual Orange County Leadership Conference
The Orange County Associated Student Body (ASB) Leadership Conference is an annual summer event that brings all SVUSD high school ASB officers together to learn and refine their leadership skills, along with over 45 different high schools from Orange County. The conference was held at the University of California, Santa Barbara from August 8-11, 2017.

During the conference, students develop leadership skills, participate in team building activities, listen to motivational speakers and discuss important issues many campuses face today.

Throughout the school year, ASB students and ASB activities at school sites help students get connected and engaged with other students and their school site. We look forward to seeing school spirit and student engagement thrive in 2017-18!

ETHS Celebrates New Softball Facility
Thanks to a generous donation from Morinaga America, Inc., the maker of Hi-Chew candy, the El Toro High School Girls' softball team received the gift of a renovated facility.

On August 22, the renovated fields were officially completed with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Thank you Morinaga America, Inc. for your generous donation, which made this possible.

Softball Coach giving speech for ribbon cutting
THHS Girls Varsity Volleyball Team Wins
Maui Volleyball Invitational
The THHS Girls Varsity Volleyball team won the Kamehameha Schools Maui Invitational in Maui, Hawaii from August 17-19, 2017.

The Lady Mustangs went undefeated in nine matches of the tournament against teams from Hawaii.

Congratulations Lady Mustangs, Coach Craig Moothart, and Assistant Coach Dave Hollaway!

Please click on the link below for match record details.

Serrano Intermediate Hosts
Solar Eclipse Workshop
Serrano Science teacher, Mr. Sean Fletcher, hosted a public solar eclipse workshop to make sure students were able to take advantage of the spectacular solar event on Monday, August 21.

Serrano staff helped students create viewing models made out of cardboard boxes so students were able to witness the 2017 solar eclipse through a safe, indirect method. The eclipse's long path over land provided a unique opportunity to see the Sun, Earth, and Moon interact.

Approximately 50 students and parents participated in the workshop.

If you would like more information on the 2017 solar eclipse or general eclipse information, please click on the NASA website links below.

District Information
Board of Trustees

Dolores Winchell

Vice President
Dennis Walsh

Amanda Morrell

Suzie R. Swartz 
Dr. Edward Wong

Student Member                                 
Daniel Choi     
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 Educational Center Board Room located at 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo.