SVUSD eNewsletter
August 17, 2020
Welcome Back Message from Dr. Turner
Dear SVUSD Families,

I’d like to take this opportunity to officially welcome all of our students and families to the 2020-2021 school year! While the beginning of this year looks different than what we have ever experienced before, I’m confident that Distance Learning 2.0 will prove to be a positive and meaningful learning experience for all of our students. We will continue to focus on SVUSD’s vision of SV Innovates: a focus on intentional lesson design and engaging strategies, all supported through innovative practices to create successful students now, and in the future. 

Our teachers, administrators and support staff have worked harder than ever to provide high-quality instruction to all of our students for not only Full Distance Learning, but also for the Hybrid model when it is permissible to physically be present on campus once again.

Again, on behalf of the SVUSD Board of Education, SVUSD staff and myself, welcome back and may everyone have a great 2020-2021 school year!

Thank you,

Crystal Turner, Ed.D.
New Administrators
James Newton
Secondary Education
Tyler Morgan
Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate
Jennifer Gass
La Madera
Cina Abedzadeh
Assistant Principal
Mission Viejo High School
Janine Salanitro
Assistant Principal
Trabuco Hills High School
Carmen Vega
 Assistant Principal
 La Paz Intermediate
Grace Cruikshank
Assistant Principal
Melinda Heights
Thank You!
Our AMAZING teachers, administrators, staff and parent volunteers have been working hard to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, a school year unlike any other. Thank you for your commitment! We're ready and it's going to a GREAT year!
Summer Committee Teacher Team
Many thanks to our amazing committee of SVUSD elementary teachers and coaches who worked ALL summer long to develop a pacing guide for our eLearning plans for all grade levels. As a result of their hard work and creativity, SVUSD teachers have access to state of the art, high-quality, standards-aligned lesson plans for every day of the first trimester. Our elementary teachers are ready to keep their students learning in any model of instruction. We want to thank this important team and there were more of you out there ready to help.
Committee: Maloree Nigg, Cheryl Rys, Carol Veravanich, Tatum Kantor, Hayoung Oh, Carrie Nichols, Mary Collins, Ashley Corlett, Leslie Moritz, Natasha Rios, Debbie Higgins, Andrea Rios, Leslie Harrison, Cecile Vu, Mandy Kelly, Kelli Day-Lambeth, Erika Garcia, Shannon Ciaccio, Jo-Ann Goldenberg, Nichole Walker, Lindsey Gatfield
Leslie Moritz and Cheryl Rys (Valencia Elementary) have been involved with CAG (California Association of the Gifted) for the past 5 years and are master teachers for CAG. This past summer, they had the opportunity to present at the CAG Virtual Summer Institute, a 3 day virtual learning experience for teachers & administrators to participate in curriculum development and to expand their expertise on how research and theory are transferred into practice. Their session focused on the universal theme of Structure along with using the prompts of depth and complexity. #SVUSDShines!
Distance Learning 2.0 Resources
Extensive information including, distance learning schedules, Aeries Family Portal support, SVUSD mental health resources and online enrichment resources to support distance learning are available through the Resources link below.
SVUSD Staff Development Day
Food Services
Meal Distribution
This change in time will allow parents to pick up meals for that day and return home before students log on for distance learning instruction. This time change may also be more convenient for working parents. Students do not need to be present in the car to pick up school meals.
Cox Communications
New customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company's low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. Visit their website for more information.
Saddleback Valley Shares
All of our Saddleback Valley Shares podcast episodes are available on iTunes! In each episode, a guest from SVUSD goes in depth on topics from learning more about our high schools and Virtual Academy to diving deep into the Intra-District Transfer process. Learn more about SVUSD by listening to Saddleback Valley Shares.
Staying Connected
We would love to hear from you on how you're staying motivated and engaged. Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the #SVUSDShines hashtag!
COVID-19 Updates and Resources
SVUSD will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide you with the latest updates.
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District Calendars
SVUSD Employment
SVUSD Board of Education
Dr. Crystal Turner

Board of Trustees
Dr. Edward Wong

Vice President
Amanda Morrell

Suzie R. Swartz

Greg Kunath
Barbara Schulman

Student Member of the Board
Madison Goseco
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