Saddleback Valley Unified School District
                                                                 December 8, 2017
School News
ETHS Canned Food Drive
Breaks Record
For over a decade, El Toro High School staff and students have held a canned food drive to support their local community. Each year, they strive to raise the amount of food collected. As tradition goes, ETHS students set a goal to collect 115,000 cans and on Friday, November 17, ETHS students collected a new record 116,675 cans!

The canned food drive lasts for two weeks and many elementary and intermediate schools in the district help by bringing cans and food items to ETHS. In the end, it is all about school and community spirit.

Proceeds will help those in need through the Adopt-a-Neighbor and South County Outreach.

Congratulations to ETHS staff and students for continuing the community spirit and helping those in need!

SHS Celebrates Thanksgiving with a
Feast for Staff and Students
On Friday, November 17, 2017, Silverado High School (SHS) staff and parents hosted a traditional Thanksgiving feast for SHS and Mira Monte students.

The feast started as a way to show students a little holiday spirit and to help them experience a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and has become a way to give back to our community.

This year, SHS staff prepared 25 turkeys and 22 hams along with all of the trimmings. Staff served meals to more than 300. Silverado and Mira Monte students, parents, community volunteers, as well as school and district staff. In total, SHS staff served over 500 meals on site.

SHS staff always plans to have more than enough to feed this large group so they are able to share the extra food with local area homeless shelters. This year, food for over 300 meals was shared with the Santa Ana homeless shelter.

SHS is proud of their staff for supporting their students and community.

Los Alisos Students Recognized for Outstanding Improvement
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 15 students were recognized by the Orange County Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership (OC-GRIP) for meeting their goals and for outstanding improvement in all areas of academics, behavior and attendance. The partnership bridges the Orange County District Attorney's Office, school staff, parents, students and law enforcement. Volunteers with Saddleback Church prepared the meals which included turkeys, pumpkin pie, and all the fixings to make a special Thanksgiving dinner!
THHS Marching Band Wins
Grand Championship
Congratulations to the Thundering Mustangs Marching Unit ! The Mustangs Marching Band and Color Guard took 1st place at the 25th annual Tournament in the Hills on November 11, 2017 with a score of 78.45, the highest score in division 3A for the Western Band Association (WBA). They also won the top awards for General Effect, High Visual Performances, and High Music Performance.

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the marching band went to Northern California to compete in the final tournament of the season, the Western Band Association Championships. The 110 member Marching Unit earned 1st place and the gold medal as the 2017 WBA Class 3A Champions . They went on to perform on Sunday, November 19, 2017, to earn 1st place and the gold medal as the 2017 WBA Class 1A/2A/3A Grand Champions with a score of 92.95. The Marching Unit also won specialty awards for: High
General Effect, High Music and High Visual.

The Thundering Mustangs are back-to-back champions for 2016 & 2017!

LHHS Girls Cross Country Team
Wins CIF-SS Division 3 Title
On Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Riverside City Cross Country course, the Laguna Hills Girls Cross County team shocked the sport by pulling off the "upset of the day" and captured their first CIF-SS Division 3 (D3) title in 25 years. The team won back-to-back titles in 1991-1992 .

Ranked 4th in CIF-SS D3 going into the championships, they executed their race plan to perfection in a true team effort by placing 4 runners in the Top-20, and had just one minute spread between scorers 1-5. They tallied 102 points, winning outright, 28 points ahead of the runner-up, Palos Verdes High school the defending CIF-SS and State D3 champions and perennial National powerhouse.

Captain Maya Williams led the charge, finishing in 11th with a time of 18:44, and Lauren Turner was one second behind in 12th; both medaled and earned All-CIF honors.
Athletes in alphabetical order and not all are present in the picture.

Kaylie Biar                       Wendy Bravo
Rosemary Bugayong     Sarah Donahue
Susana Garcia                Sofia Gilles
Nayelli Hernandez         Shannon Klug
Amairani Sanchez         Claire Selleck
Lauren Turner                 Maya Williams

Head Coaches:  Chris Lynch 
                          Stacia Pollock
Asst. Coaches:   Stephen Takacs
                          Yamileth Muniz
LHHS Joins Community Partners to Support
Special Olympics
On Thursday, November 9, 2017, Laguna Hills Police Services, Ruby's Diner (Laguna Hills) and the Special Olympics of Southern California partnered together for a tip-a-cop event. Tip-a-cop is an event where deputies and Special Olympic athletes serve as waiters at restaurants. The tips and donations received are donated to the Special Olympics.

This year, student athletes from the Laguna Hills High School's football team partnered with Deputies and Special Olympic athletes for this great cause. Each student athlete represented Laguna Hills High School with the highest degree of respect, hard work and exemplary customer service. The LHHS students who participated were: Charles Buckley, Mathhew Sandquist, Charles Sloan, Ross Leigber, Kyle Johnson and Mark Zurich. With their help, LHHS was able to raise a substantial amount of money for the Special Olympics.

Go Hawks!!
SVUSD Career Fair
Connects Students to Career Pathways
The first district wide Career Fair was held on November 8 and was a resounding success.

The event was attended by as many as 500 students and their families totaling over 1,200 visitors. Intermediate and high school students, parents, and siblings attended the Career Fair at the Norman P. Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo to learn about a variety of careers and pathways to those careers.

There were over 30 exhibitors from various industries: manufacturing, engineering, architecture, robotics, drone technology, agriculture, health science, culinary arts, fashion, hospitality, video production, cosmetology, public services, construction, digital media arts, business and automotive.

Most of the 15 California industry sectors were represented by intermediate school, high school or community college instructors and their students. In addition, the National Guard participated as well as seven of our local industry partners - AirWolf 3D, RED Camera, One Zero Digital Media, Haas Automation, MatterHackers, Paton Group and the Urban Workshop.

There were interactive exhibits, videos showing the industry, career information and SVUSD and ROP career pathway flyers. It was an informative night for everyone who attended.
Community Services
Fall Flag Football League Champions
SVUSD Community Services would like to recognize the Fall Flag Football Champions.


Division A - Rams

Division B - Ravens

Division C - Ravens

The next season starts on March 3, 2018.

Registration is now open.

Visit SVUSD Community Services or click the link below.

A- Rams Champions
Division A - Rams
B- Ravens Champions
Division B - Ravens
C - Ravens Champions
Division C - Ravens
Upcoming Events
December 25 - January 5       Winter Recess
January 15                              Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)
January 29                              Staff Development Day (Non-student day)
February 16 & 19                   February Recess
SVUSD District Information
Dr. Crystal Turner

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 Education Center Board Room located at 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo.