The BOUSD Beat
The Official Monthly Newsletter for Brea Olinda Unified School District
Mason's Message: Community Matters

In Brea, community matters. Everyone works together with the common goal to provide a robust 21st-century education to all of our students. Often when we meet parents we are happy to learn that our students are part of families whose parents, and sometimes grandparents, were also part of the BOUSD family and attended our schools.

Our parents are Brea teachers, police officers, firemen and women, nurses, doctors, engineers, local entrepreneurs and business owners. These same parents and grandparents find time to volunteer, organize events, and plan fundraisers to benefit our schools. Our schools thrive because our parents and community members work together collaboratively and comprehensively to positively impact students. Partners like our PTAs, PTO’s, and the Brea Education Foundation help support our goals of preparing students for college, career, and citizenship by offering additional opportunities, supports, and enrichment. The investment of volunteer hours by our volunteers, in itself, is an invaluable resource. Our PTA and PTO units organize a variety of festivals and events at their schools, which builds a stronger school community.

The Brea Education Foundation has been a wonderful District partner. The Foundation has provided grants to fund STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects and this year, thanks to the generous donations they received as part of their annual fundraising campaign, will be bringing hands-on assemblies through Discovery Cube Orange County to all students grades TK through eight. They will also be providing funding to help aid in the growth of STEM pathways at Brea Olinda High School and Brea Canyon High School.

Additionally, BOUSD is lucky to have a proactive partnership with the Brea Chamber of Commerce as well as with the Brea Police and Fire Departments to ensure our students, faculty, and staff are always safe and secure while on our campuses. We are truly thankful to our parents and community organizations for consistently adding value to the educational experiences of our students.
February 2018 District Highlights
ACSA Every Student Succeeding Recognition

Brea Canyon 12th grader, Hugo Gomez, was honored at last week’s Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Every Student Succeeding Recognition Ceremony. ACSA’s Every Student Succeeding Program honors students who exceed expectations and the educators who support them along the way. Hugo was accompanied by Superintendent Dr. Brad Mason, Brea Canyon High School Principal Eric Barrientos and School Board Vice President Gail Lyons. After graduating later this month, Hugo will be heading off to Marine Boot Camp. We are so proud of Hugo and all of his accomplishments.
BOUSD Celebrates Read Across America Day

Elementary Schools across the district celebrated “Read Across America” last week by inviting community leaders to read to classrooms in honor of Dr. Seuss, whose birthday was March 2.

The National Education Association’s program is an annual one, promoting reading motivation and awareness nationwide.

Several schools began the week with various administrators, elected officials, and community leaders reading books to classrooms. Laurel Magnet School invited all of their community partners to read to their classrooms. They even had one reader Skype in and read to students!

Each elementary school provided their own version of participation throughout the week with outside readers invited to spend time reading one book to one classroom of students.
College Readiness Through AVID at Brea Olinda High

BOHS started the AVID program this year for both 9th and 10th-grade students and will be expanding to 11th grade in the fall. AVID is a college readiness program open to all students, but it works to support students who might be the first ones in their families to attend college.

In early February, BOHS AVID 9th grade students won a scholarship to go the OC AVID 9 Leadership Conference at Pomona College. Students attended a powerful keynote about the importance and power of your name followed by break out sessions on finding the right college, financial aid, scholarships, college admissions, creative writing workshops and leadership through art. All AVID students are looking forward to their visit to UCLA later this month!
Jeff Ferrato Named ACSA Region 17 Classified Champion

BOUSD Director of Facilities, Maintenance, Operations and Transportation, Jeff Ferrato, was recently named the 2018 Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 17 "Classified Champion." The Classified Champion is a classified manager or confidential employee who demonstrates exemplary performance. Jeff will be honored at a special ceremony on May 7th. Congrats again to Jeff for this well deserved recognition.
Upcoming Events
Tech Camp 2.0 - This Friday, 3/16

The Department of Child Development Services will be hosting Tech Camp 2.0 at Laurel Elementary Magnet School of Innovation and Career Exploration this Friday, March 16, 2018, from 8 - 11:45AM.

Camp will be run by our extended learning coordinator, Meredith White, as well as several CDS staff members from the district.

The cost for the event is $40.00 ($60.00 if extended care is needed and you are not currently enrolled in a Child Development Center).

Spaces are limited - only 20 spots per grade level (1/2, 3/4, 5/6) are available.

Please contact Child Care Services @ 714.990.7527 for more information.
ROCKSTARS of the Month!
February Certificated
Rockstar of the Month
Kasia Givenrod
Adapted PE Teacher
All sites
February Classified
Rockstars of the Month
Jose Aramas & Yolanda Baragan
Mariposa Elementary
of the Month
Even our littlest learners need to learn the importance of digital learning and digital citizenship!

BOUSD Teacher of Special Assignment (TOSA) Terii Ault taught a special lesson to Mariposa Transitional Kindergarten students on important Chromebook rules.
Mark Your Calendar!
  • Monday, March 12: Board Meeting - 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers
  • March 15 - 17: Brea Olinda High School Choir Musical - 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center
  • Friday, March 16: Elementary Teacher Prep Day (No school for Elementary Sites)
  • Friday, March 16: Tech Camp 2.0 - 8 - 11:45 a.m. at Laurel Magnet School
  • Tuesday, March 20: BOHS National Honor Society Installation - 7 p.m.
  • March 22 - 24: Brea Olinda High School Choir Musical - 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center
  • Monday, March 26: Board Meeting - 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers
  • Wednesday, March 28: Olinda Open House - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 29: Country Hills Open House - 6:30 p.m.
  • April 2 - 6: Spring Recess - No School