The BOUSD Beat
The Official Monthly Newsletter for Brea Olinda Unified School District
Mason's Message: School's (almost) Out for Summer!

This week we bring the 2017-18 school year to a successful close, and I want to once again thank all of our amazing BOUSD students, teachers, staff and administrators for their hard work this year. It is evident that our nine schools have the best of students and staff, and it brings me great pleasure to witness the dedication, passion and talent of all who represent BOUSD. This includes the numerous community members who take an active role in the educational opportunities for our students.

I cannot express enough my appreciation for the investment the Brea community is making in the futures of students that will impact the well-being of our community and communities beyond. Our business partnerships help to foster positive leadership qualities and character in students while enriching the lives of so many as the spirit of service and support in the community continues to prove itself strong.

I would like to extend my sincerest thank you to the entire community for its support of our students and our schools. I greatly anticipate the future of our schools and I look forward to leading initiatives for the benefit of all BOUSD students, staff and the community at-large.

Congratulations once again to all our graduates and thanks to everyone for another terrific year. Have a wonderful summer!
May/June 2018 District Highlights
BOUSD would like to congratulate the Class of 2018 and also recognize our Valedictorians and Salutatorians for their accomplishments and hard work!

Brea Olinda High School Valedictorians
John Dempsey 
Alex Huang 
Samantha Magpantay 
Matthew Moon
Lindsey Morrill
Benjamin Seidl 
Samantha Smith 

Brea Olinda High School Salutatorian
Christian Roberts 

Brea Canyon High School Valedictorian 
Ayesha Gajiani

Brea Canyon High School Salutatorian 
Leoreena Lechuga

BOHS Senior Awards Night Recognized Range of Student Achievements

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Brea Olinda High School staff honored many graduating seniors with awards and scholarships from corporate, local, national, and state organizations. Students earned over $45,600 in awards and scholarships from organizations and partners such as California Federation of Teachers, Edison International, Brea Olinda Teachers Association, Brea Rotary/Interact Club, Dollars for Scholars and Lion's Club of Brea. Darryl and JJ Jones, the Hatchel Family, and the Schweitzer family are among the many alumni who have established and awarded scholarships to graduating seniors this year.

Over 80 BOHS seniors were awarded a total of $5,263,219 in college and university scholarships, including the NROTC Marine Corps Scholarship of $180,000 to Aidan Yeung to attend Virginia Military Institute; National Merit Baylor Regents Gold ($172,776), Baylor Law ($106,000), and Baylor Invitation to Excellence ($2,000) scholarships awarded to Randall Wellen to attend Baylor University; and the Academic Athletic Basketball Scholarship ($200,000) awarded to Iyree Jarrett to attend Westmont College.

Each school department also recognized a student who was outstanding in that subject area this year, and the evening ended with the announcement of the BOHS Character Counts recipients, John Dempsey and Lin-Yi Recinos, who were nominated by their peers based on the six pillars of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship, and selected by a committee of school staff and community members. Congratulations to all of our seniors on their accomplishments!
Brea Canyon High School Annual Senior Awards Dinner Highlights

Brea Canyon High School celebrated its 22nd annual senior dinner last week, Thursday, June 7th . Financial contributions in support of the BCHS senior dinner were provided by the Brea Lions Club, the Brea Rotary Club, and the Brea Chamber of Commerce. Sixteen (16) students were recognized with various awards and scholarships equalling just over $5000. The two students taking top recognitions were BCHS Salutatorian, Leoreena Lechuga, and BCHS Valedictorian, Ayesha Gajiani. Both will be speaking at Brea Canyon's commencement ceremony this Thursday, June 14th.
Olinda Student Takes Top Honors at SoCal Media Festival

Many congrats to Olinda Elementary 6th Grader, Neya, who competed and won the Grand Prize on June 2nd at the 52nd Annual California Student Media Festival awards. The festival, a partnership between PBS SoCal and CUE, is the oldest student media festival in the country, and celebrates the innovative and exceptional multimedia projects produced by students from throughout California. More than 200 projects were entered into the festival.

Neya won for her submission of her Women Airforce Service Pilots Website. We are so very proud of Neya for this amazing accomplishment!
Laurel Elementary Magnet School's 2nd Annual Career Exploration Showcase

On Friday, June 1st, Laurel Elementary Magnet School hosted their 2nd Annual Career Exploration Showcase event. The Showcase is an opportunity for students to showcase their learning and work with their partners over the course of the year.

A large portion of the Laurel Magnet School theme allows students to learn about careers in a variety of settings. Most importantly are the local classroom business partners. These partners volunteer their time and most importantly their knowledge to students. Over the course of each year, Laurel students learn how what they are learning in school applies in the real life in real world careers!

We would like to extend a special Thanks to our 2017-2018 Career Exploration Business Partners: Brea Chamber of Commerce, Brea Fire Department, Brea Veterinary Hospital, Brea Police Department, The Village at La Floresta, Darryl & JJ Jones Realty, Brea Senior Center, Mehta Dental Group, Republic Services, New York Life Insurance, Brea Community Services, Green Tomato Grill, Service Champions Heating and Air, Curtis Orthodontics and ViewSonic.
Congrats to these BOUSD CSEA Award Recipients!

Congrats to Meredith White, Coordinator of Expanded Learning for the BOUSD Child Development Services Department on being selected as a recipient of the Jody Bell Member Student Loan Reducer Program Award. The program offers $500 to CSEA members to help reduce their overall student loan obligations.
Congrats to Mario Mendez for receiving the GEM Award (Great Extraordinary Member)! Both Meredith and Mario received these awards during Classified Employees Week at the end of May.
Personnel Updates
Welcome New Brea Olinda High School Principal Ixchel Sanchez
We are pleased to announce that the BOUSD Board of Education has appointed Ixchel Sanchez as the new principal of Brea Olinda High School. 

She will take the helm following the fifteen year principalship of Jerry Halpin, who will be taking on a new position at the district office supporting the Educational Services Department. The district would like to thank Mr. Halpin for his dedication and service to the students and staff of Brea Olinda High School. 

Ms. Sanchez has worked in education for 20 years and is currently serving as assistant principal of Warren High School in Downey. During her tenure at Downey Unified, Sanchez has held many roles including English teacher, English Language Development (ELD) coordinator, WASC coordinator, athletic coach, Vice Principal and Assistant Principal. 

She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, a master’s degree from the University of LaVerne, a CBO Certification from the School of Business Management at the University of Southern California, and is currently working on her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California. 

BOHS staff members were able to meet Ms. Sanchez last week during a staff meet-n-greet and lunch. Please join us in welcoming Ixchel Sanchez to our BOUSD family!
Upcoming Events
The Brea Education Foundation's 4th Annual Golf Tournament

There is still time to sign up for the Brea Education's 4th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 18th from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Birch Hills Golf Course.

The $100 player fee includes green fees and cart, gift bag, lunch, entry into all contest holes, plus 10 raffle tickets.

Registration is available online or onsite the day of the tournament. Please visit the BEF Website to for additional information.
ROCKSTARS of the Month!
May Certificated
Rockstars of the Month
Jill Berrner
5th Grade Teacher
Olinda Elementary
May Classified
Rockstar of the Month
Brad Schwarzenbach
Lead Groundsman
Facilities and MOT
ROCKSTARS of the Month!
June Certificated
Rockstars of the Month
Chris Book
4th Grade Teacher
Arovista Elementary
June Classified
Rockstar of the Month
Bill Brunner
Payroll Specialist
District Office
Mark Your Calendar!
  • June 14: Brea Junior High 8th Grade Promotion at 4 p.m. in the BOHS stadium
  • June 14: Brea Canyon High School Graduation at 6 p.m. at Brea Canyon
  • June 15: Brea Olinda High School Graduation at 5:30 p.m. in the BOHS stadium
  • June 15: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for students and teachers
  • June 25: School Board Meeting at 6:30 in Council Chambers
  • July 23: School Board Meeting at 6:30 in Council Chambers
  • August 20: School Board Meeting at 6:30 in Council Chambers
  • August 22: Staff Development Day (NO STUDENTS)
  • August 23: Staff Development Day (NO STUDENTS)
  • August 24: Teacher Prep Day (NO STUDENTS)
  • August 27: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL