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Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Attached is a letter from Deputy Superintendent, Clark Hampton addressed to the Foundation.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/22/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Dear CUSD Family,

This Wednesday, October 24, 2018, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold a public workshop at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a “Potential Regional Bond Measure” update and receive feedback and discussion from our Board and the community.

 

The agenda item, including a presentation, can be found here.

While this potential bond measure would not be on an election ballot until March 2020, the discussion and engagement regarding classroom and school facilities investments is important, and our goal is to ensure that all our families and communities are working together.

 

Please join us this Wednesday night for our workshop at our Education Center located at 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, 92675. If you are unable to attend, we have Board meetings scheduled monthly, and welcome you to join. The Board meeting schedule can be found on our website here.

 

For more information on the current condition of our schools and classrooms, please visit our Facilities Conditions Assessments page here.

 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in the work we do each day for the young people of CUSD.

 

Thank you,

 

Ryan Burris
Chief Communications Officer

 

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CapoUnified/

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/22/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Dear CUSD Community,
Last week, over 48,000 young people entered their classrooms to begin the 2018-2019 school year. This is always one of the most exciting times of the year as we welcome back our teachers, staff and school families.

 

Read more in the attached welcome letter from Superintendent Vital.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/5/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached District Brief.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/30/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached Press Release for details.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/29/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for specific dates and times for schools.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/28/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Middle School class schedules can be viewed by logging into your parent portal account.

 

Middle School Class Schedule Viewing

Beginning today 8/20 at 3:30 pm

 

Click on Student Info > Classes

 

Make sure View only current Term and Sort by term buttons ARE NOT checked.

 

Middle School Class Schedules
 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/20/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

$35 million* state of the art campus features Innovation Center, multimedia classrooms and 21st century science labs

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – Capistrano Unified School District will open the doors of Esencia School in the community of Rancho Mission Viejo for the first time for the community to see our newest state-of-the-art learning campus. Everyone is invited to this historic celebration.

 

WHAT:
Red Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Refreshments provided by Gelson’s

 

WHEN:
Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:
Esencia School
5 Aprender Street
Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Take the 5 Freeway to Ortega Highway Exit. If you are coming from the south, make a right and if you are coming from the north make a left
  • Take Ortega Highway about 3 miles to Antonio Parkway. Make a left on Antonio Parkway.
  • Turn right at Cow Camp Road
  • Turn left on Esencia Drive
  • Turn right at Andaza at the first roundabout
  • Make a right on Tierno
  • Make a left on Aprender. The driveway to the school entrance is on the left-hand side

 

WHO:

Esencia Principal Josh Wellikson, CUSD Board President Martha McNicholas and Board Members, CUSD Superintendent Kirsten Vital, and Rancho Mission Viejo Chairman and CEO Tony Moiso. Representatives from Senator Pat Bates’ Office, Assemblyman Bill Brough’s Office, and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett’s Office will also be commemorating this special occasion.

 

The school will officially open to students in grades Preschool-5 on August 21, 2018.

 

*Paid for with developer fees, Orange County CFD funds, and state matching funds

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/9/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Capistrano Unified School District Appoints New Principals

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of nine principals, continuing summer recruitment for open positions.

 

Capistrano Unified School District recently appointed Andrea Meissner as principal of R.H. Dana Exceptional Needs Facility (ENF) Elementary School, Beth Ewing as principal of Laguna Niguel Elementary School, and Ken Ezratty as principal of Tesoro High School. Meissner, Ewing and Ezratty have extensive administrative experience and exemplify strong and effective leadership skills in problem-solving and supporting student needs.

 

Capistrano Unified is also announcing several school administrators within the district have moved to new school sites for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Pam Sawyer to principal of Marco Forster Middle School;
  • Carrie Bertini to principal of San Juan Elementary School;
  • Sandi Miller to principal of Hidden Hills Elementary;
  • Kristen Nelson to principal of R.H. Dana Elementary;
  • Michelle Moore to principal of Ladera Ranch Elementary; and
  • Maria Christina Barrosa from assistant principal to principal of Las Palmas Elementary

“We take pride in investing in our employees and developing exceptional leaders, which is why we encourage qualified staff to seek available leadership positions,” said Martha McNicholas, Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees President. “We are looking forward to a great 2018-19 school year for our students, families, and staff.”

 

Capistrano Unified identified exceptional candidates for teacher vacancies for the 2018-19 school year. During the 2017-18 school year, the district held recruitments for ten elementary teacher positions, eighteen secondary teacher positions, and seven itinerant staff positions. Over 2,000 applications were received, and 130 new teachers hired by June 30, 2018.

 

All principal appointments are approved by the Capistrano Unified School District’s Board of Trustees.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 7/30/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

It's that time of year when families are shopping for back to school clothing and accessories.

 

The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate.

 

Please review the attached Dress and Grooming Administration Regulation policy (AR  5.14).

 

Dress Code Guidelines
 

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 7/17/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

How does Opting-Out of phone messaging work?

 

At any time, while listening to a CUSD phone message broadcast through the School Messenger Communication application, recipients may press “5” on their phone to initiate the opt-out process.

 

After pressing 5, recipients will be given 3 choices:

  • To unsubscribe from messages like these, please press 1
  • To unsubscribe from all Non-Emergency messages, please press 2
  • If you do not have Students attending  CUSD or you are a Non CUSD community member, please 3
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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/30/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached document for dates and times specific to each school site.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/26/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

High school and middle school students interested in engineering will have a chance to meet with young engineering professionals in the first of CUSD's Career Connection Series, "So You Think You Want to Be an Engineer", in an online webinar format. Students and families are able to ask specific questions and gain information, insight, and perspective of their career interest, and then question panelists about college experiences and job choices.

 

CUSD's College and Career Counseling Center, Futurology, is developing the Career Connection Series to help students and families with making college and career choices in the convenience of their own home on their own computers.

 

WHAT: So You Think You Want to be an Engineer

 

WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

 

WHERE: Online Webinar

 

REGISTER: for a link at http://www.cusd-futureology.org/appointments-events

 

Panelists Include:


Elizabeth Schaack, former Dana Hills High School alumni. Elizabeth studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder for her B.S. in Environmental Engineering. She is currently a Staff Environmental Engineer at an environmental consulting firm specializing in managing risk for contaminated properties. Denver, CO


Nick Pfiel, former Dana Hills High School alumni. Nick studied at UCI received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He is now a Quality Engineer at a So Cal corporation, which focuses in developing unique optical solutions for the treatment of presbyopia. Lake Forest, CA


Sam Falkenhagen is a Stanford graduate and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Sam has worked in multiple positions for Amazon, but currently in the position as a Brand Specialist. Sam contributes improvements to the user experience for customers and provides support to drive category growth through detailed analysis of business inefficiencies and identifying solutions.


Shigeo Nakajima is a Marine, who received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering and studied at SDSU for his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Previously, Shigeo has worked with the US Air Force as a Flight Test Engineer and now as a Test Engineer at a global manufacturing company that focuses on providing fluid management and electronic control systems for aerospace markets. Irvine, CA


FOR A PRECURSOR OF WHAT ENGINEERING IS AND OTHER RELATED FIELDS ATTEND A PRESENTATION ON STEM-OPPORTUNITIES ON 2/28/18 AT 5:30 PM AT CVHS

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/28/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

A community forum with Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital is set for Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at Aliso Niguel High School.

 

Ryan Burris, Chief Communications Officer, will give an overview of the school-specific classroom and campus site assessments we completed last Fall, which can be found here: http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/MasterPlan

 

Clark Hampton, Deputy Superintendent, will provide a presentation and update on the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) buildings that were approved by our Board of Trustees for Aliso Niguel High School and Newhart Middle School and Philippa Townsend, Assistant Superintendent of Fiscal Services will present an overview of Educational Funding in the State of California and the challenges we face with the Local Control Funding Formula that was implemented in Sacramento.

 

Finally, Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent of Education Services will present a Spotlight on Teaching & Learning in CUSD.

 

What: Superintendent’s Community Forum

 

When: Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Where: Aliso Niguel High School, 28000 Wolverine Way, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

 

Who: Parents, students, staff, community members

 

Why: It is our priority to communicate with and engage parents, students, staff and community members in the work of the Capistrano Unified School District.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/21/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

February 23, 2018

 

Dear CUSD Community:

 

We received many emails and inquiries after my letter on School Safety was sent to families last week. The shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shook our community and left more questions than answers. As a mom and as your Superintendent, I want all of our young people to be safe in our classrooms and on our campuses. Over the last week, families have inquired about social-emotional supports for students, safety training for students, and information on campus safety and security.

 

 

Social and Emotional Supports

In 2015, our Board of Trustees committed $3 million a year to hire 30 new counselors, giving our District the distinction of being one of the first school Districts in the county to have a counselor on staff at every school from elementary to high school. This is a tremendous investment in early intervention for our young people that was put in place to support them today and throughout their educational careers here in CUSD and beyond. Our counselors work with our students in groups and on an individual basis and intervene when students are struggling with grades or attendance or showing other indicators that may indicate the need for stronger interventions.

 

Topics in our School Counseling Core Curriculum Action Plan for our students include, but are not limited to, respecting differences, emotion management, managing test anxiety, coping with peer pressure, bullying, managing strong feelings, problem-solving skills, learning styles and time management, and beginning in grade 7, suicide prevention. All of these topics are not covered in each grade but are age appropriate and build upon social-emotional lessons learned in previous grades.

 

Beyond the supports provided by our counselors, when there is a threat or even a perceived threat made by a student, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART) performs an investigation that often times includes the student (or students), friends and family, social media postings, cell phones and whatever they believe will assist them in their work. SMART is used in school situations or incidents related to violence, threats, possession and/or use of weapons, unstable behaviors and suicidal actions or tendencies.

 

Student and Staff Safety Drills

Currently, we require the following for staff and students: Evacuation/fire drills are conducted once per month for elementary schools, four times a year for middle schools and twice per year for high schools. Drop, Cover and Hold drills are conducted once per quarter at elementary schools and once per semester at middle and high schools. National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) drills are conducted once per year at all CUSD schools.

 

Finally, lockdown drills are conducted twice per year at all CUSD schools. Our lockdown drills include the “Deny Access, Evade and Engage” (DEE) protocol that we created in collaboration with Sheriff’s Department. This training includes a component titled “Evade” so that, when appropriate, teachers and students can move to a safe place out of danger (i.e. exit the building or area) and it includes a component titled “Engage” because, if necessary, we want students and staff to use any resource/object necessary to stop an individual from doing harm. School Faculty and Staff are also required to review the Deny Access, Evade and Engage training video every year.

 

This year, we also equipped our schools with Emergency Trauma Kits that contain essential medical supplies to enable school staff to treat victims suffering from acute trauma. This is in addition to the lockdown kits we have in each classroom and the door blocks we have on outside facing classroom doors.

 

Our work with law enforcement enhances the drills we conduct on our campuses and strengthens our work during an emergency. Each Sheriff’s patrol vehicle has instant access to aerial photos and floorplans for every school in our District so responding deputies can arrive on the scene with situational awareness of the school they are approaching. Our tabletop exercises and emergency drills take place throughout the year and are intended to strengthen communication and collaboration with the Sheriff’s Department and enhance our emergency operations plans and protocols. In January, District leadership and staff performed a tabletop exercise with Orange County Sheriff’s SWAT, Bomb Squad and San Clemente Chief of Police in a scenario that involved a person on campus with a weapon. We will be conducting a similar exercise at Dana Hills High School in March, which was planned prior to the school shooting in Florida.

 

Campus Safety and Security

 

The school district is supported by local cities that provide School Resource Officers, which are assigned to our individual high schools as well as K-8 families of schools. These officers provide daily security as well as rapid response to emergencies, along with all first responders, when necessary. Our School Resource Officers also provide us with student intervention and resources when required. Finally, as mentioned in my letter last week, we utilize the Sheriff’s Department in planning and security assessments of our schools with the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center.

 

We also require that our Principals update their school safety plan every year and assemble emergency command teams on every campus.  Site leaders and staff should enforce visitor check-in procedures, including the issuance of visitor and volunteer badges, and monitor their facilities to ensure gates, locks, and systems work appropriately.

 

The devastating events in Parkland, Florida remind us that we as a District, in collaboration with our cities, our families, and our community, need to take time to review our emergency plans and protocols and identify opportunities to strengthen our work to prevent these instances from occurring, as well as identify opportunities for us to react swiftly and appropriately when emergencies take place. I appreciate your partnership in this work and ask that you continue to share your input and speak up if you see anything suspicious on our campuses.

Sincerely,

 

Kirsten Vital
Superintendent

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February 15, 2018

 

Dear CUSD Families:

 

Today, our hearts are heavy for the families, friends and entire Parkland, Florida community as we mourn the devastating loss of life that occurred yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This morning, many families are asking us what plans and procedures we have in place to safeguard our students, families, and staff in emergencies.

 

CUSD has a safety plan that is specific to each site and is reviewed every year and we have worked to build and strengthen this plan since 2012. We have an incredible relationship with law enforcement that includes daily interaction and communication as well as collaborative participation in safety exercises and planning.

 

The District also works with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in planning and security assessments of our schools and with the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC). OCIAC is an integrated, multi-disciplined, information and intelligence sharing network that collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on all criminal risks and safety threats to law enforcement, fire, health, the private sector and public sector stakeholders in order to protect the residents, visitors, and critical infrastructure. In addition, Sheriff’s Deputies are assigned to our campuses and we utilize the Sheriff’s Department’s School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART). SMART is used in school situations or incidents related to violence, threats, possession and/or use of weapons, unstable behaviors and suicidal actions or tendencies.

 

In the area of training, we conduct ongoing drills and simulated emergency exercises for our staff and this training is reviewed and modified as needed. We also train our staff to speak up and report suspicious activity they see at our school sites or offices.

 

Finally, we have the benefit of many parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff on our campuses and we ask that you report any unusual and suspicious activity. Please talk to your child/children to remind them that they, too, can report anything suspicious. We want everyone on our campuses to be empowered to speak up about anything that looks out of place. Please reach out to your school principals or site administration for guidance and questions. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

 

Kirsten Vital
Superintendent

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/15/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Hello Capistrano Unified School District,

 

The Classified Employee of the Year Celebration will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018, at the Capistrano Valley High School Theater.

 

Please nominate your choice for Classified Employee of the Year by filling out the attached nomination packet.

 

Nominations must be received by the CUSD Communications Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

 

They can be sent to the mailing address listed below or by email to: naengelson@capousd.org with the subject: 2018 Classified Employee of the Year Nomination.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/12/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Dear CUSD Families,

Please see the attached links below to learn more about the CA Healthy Youth Act. 

 

The Sexual Health Curriculum: Teen Talk materials are proposed for adoption are teacher instructional materials. 

 

A new law went into effect on January 1, 2016, which required a shift in the requirements for Health education in California which previously required only HIV education to a comprehensive sexuality education which is currently the most comprehensive in the U.S. The below links outline the required components of the curriculum. 

 

Families will have the option to OPT out of the curriculum. Parent information meetings will be held prior to Spring Break at the District Office and at school sites to allow parents to review the curriculum. Information about parents’ ability to opt their students out of the instruction will be provided via hard copy flyer distribution, school messenger email, and at the parent information meetings. Instruction for seventh and eighth-grade students would occur during May in their science classes.  Students who are opted out (of all or part of the program) by their parents/guardians will be given alternative schoolwork and will not be discriminated against in any manner.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/9/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) –  Every school in California is required by state law to publish a School Accountability Report Card (SARC) by February 1 of each year.  The SARC contains information about the condition and performance of each California public school.  Our school’s SARC is available for review by clicking on the following link:  

https://sites.google.com/a/capousd.org/sarcs/home

A printed version is available upon request. 

 

Informes de Responsabilidad Escolar (SARCs) - Cada escuela en California tiene la responsabilidad por ley estatal de publicar un Informe de Responsabilidad Escolar (SARC) para el 1 de febrero de cada año. El SARC contiene información sobre la condición y el rendimiento de cada escuela pública de California. El Informe (SARC) de nuestra escuela está disponible para su revisión por medio del siguiente enlace:
https://sites.google.com/a/capousd.org/sarcs/home
Si desea una copia impresa, puede solicitarla a la escuela.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/9/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Three local teachers recognized at surprise classroom celebrations!

 

Congratulations to our 2018 Teachers of the Year:

 

Elementary Teacher Carol Cutkomp,

Middle School Teacher Susan Peterson and

High School Teacher David Pino!

 

Carol Cutkomp

Susan Peterson

David Pino

 

Please refer to the attached press release for more information.

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/5/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

School Financing
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/31/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Cal Prep Information Meetings
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/25/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

The Flu - A Guide for Parents
The Flu Guides for Parents in English and Spanish are from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please click on the attached documents to read this important information.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/22/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

January 17, 2018

Dear Capistrano Unified School District Community:

As announced last Friday, we have reached a tentative agreement with our teachers union. This three-year agreement will provide stability for our District and allow us to continue to operate efficiently, while remaining focused on the education of our young people.

 

This tentative agreement provides our young CUSD families with the option of Extended Day Kindergarten at up to 11 pilot schools this fall and at every elementary school throughout our District in the fall of 2019!

 

The tentative agreement provides teachers a 1 percent ongoing salary increase retroactive to 2016-17, a further 1 percent this year, and a 1 percent contingent increase for the 2018-19 school year, which relies on full implementation of the Governor’s budget proposal as described on January 10, 2018.

 

In addition, teachers will see protection from rising healthcare costs provided through an increase to the HMO medical plans District contribution equal to 0.6 percent for 2017 and 0.9 percent for 2018. For 2019, the District will set aside an additional $2.2 million toward health and welfare benefits if the final adopted state budget is not reduced from the Governor’s January 10, 2018 proposed state budget proposal.

 

Our agreement also allows us to take the initial steps to manage future impacts of rising healthcare costs with the formation of a Health and Welfare Benefits Committee. This committee will be made up of Capistrano Unified Education Association, California School Employees Association, Capistrano Unified Management Association, and Teamsters leadership along with the Superintendent and District staff to collaboratively explore opportunities to conserve dollars spent on health and welfare benefits.

 

Finally, the tentative agreement provides an early retirement incentive to our senior certificated staff that is contingent on participation and cost-neutral to the District.

 

This tentative agreement strikes the proper balance between the needs of our community, recognizing our teachers and staff for the extraordinary work they do with and for our children, and being cognizant of rising health and welfare costs and a very challenging school funding formula that was developed in Sacramento.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ryan Burris
Chief Communications Officer

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Published: 1/17/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Sent on behalf of CUSD and CUEA

We are pleased to announce that CUSD and CUEA have reached a Tentative Agreement that will provide the stability of a three-year contract and allow our District to continue to operate efficiently while remaining focused on the education of young people.

Details of the Tentative Agreement will be released on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/12/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

CUSD Innovation Showcase
 

WHAT: First Annual CUSD Innovation Showcase to present our extraordinary educational programs and offerings to families of the Capistrano Unified School District community.

 

WHERE: Capistrano Valley High School "Cougar Mall"

 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

WHO: Everyone is invited, especially families with children ages 1 and up!

 

CUSD PROGRAMS AND OFFERINGS TO BE HIGHLIGHTED:

  • All Day Kindergarten Pilot Schools
  • School of Choice Information
  • #CapoForward Schools (Del Obispo Elementary School, Hidden Hills Elementary School, Kinoshita Elementary School, Lobo Elementary School, Marblehead Elementary School, RH Dana Elementary School, and Wood Canyon Elementary School)
  • Language Immersion Program Information
  • Carl Hankey International Baccalaureate Academy
  • Capo Valley High School - STEM (Academy of Technology, Math and Science; Career Technical Education, etc)
  • Dana Hills High School: South Orange County School of the Arts
  • College and Career Advantage /Career Technical Education  
    • Middle School Career Technical Education Investigation Labs
    • Dana Hills HMO Program with Kaiser Permanente
    • Dana Hills High School & The Monarch Beach Resort Culinary Arts Program
    • Electric car display
    • College & Career Advantage  and Career Technical Education

QUE: Primera Exhibición Anual de Innovación de CUSD para presentar nuestros extraordinarios programas educativos y servicios ofrecidos a las familias de la comunidad del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Capistrano.

 

DÓNDE: Escuela Secundaria Capistrano Valley – “Cougar Hall”

 

CUÁNDO: Miércoles, 17 de enero del 2018 a partir de las 6 p.m. hasta las 8 p.m.

 

QUIÉN: ¡Todos están invitados, especialmente las familias con niños mayores de un año!

 

PROGRAMAS Y SERVICIOS OFRECIDOS DESTACADOS DE CUSD:

  • Escuelas Piloto de Kindergarten de todo el día
  • Información acerca del programa Escuela de Elección
  • Escuelas #CapoForward (Escuela Primaria Del Obispo, Escuela Primaria Hidden Hills, Escuela Primaria Kinoshita, Escuela Primaria Lobo, Escuela Primaria Marblehead, Escuela Primaria RH Dana, y Escuela Primaria Wood Canyon)
  • Información acerca del Programa de Inmersión Bilingüe
  • Carl Hankey Academia Internacional de Bachillerato
  • Escuela Secundaria Capo Valley - STEM (Academia de Tecnología, Matemáticas y Ciencias, Educación Técnica Profesional, etc.)
  • Escuela Secundaria Dana Hills: Escuela de Artes del Sur del Condado de Orange
  • Ventajas de Carreras Universitarias   / Educación Profesional Técnica
  • Laboratorios de Investigación de Educación Técnica Profesional de la Escuela Secundaria
  • Programa Dana Hills HMO con Kaiser Permanente
  • Programa de Artes Culinarias de la Escuela Secundaria Dana Hills  con  The Monarch Beach Resort
  • Exhibición de Automóvil Eléctrico
  • Ventajas de Carreras Universitarias   / Educación Profesional Técnica
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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/11/18




Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for dates and times for each school.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/8/18




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group
Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/21/17




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Over the last few months we have engaged in discussions with the County of Orange about what appropriate mitigation measures should be included in the Oso Bridge and Los Patrones Parkway projects near Tesoro High School and Esencia K-8 School. The County declined to incorporate any of our proposed mitigation measures into the Los Patrones or Oso Bridge projects (e.g. sound/air quality walls, air filters, sound attenuating windows, connector road/signal), therefore, today we are commencing litigation against the County (including various staff members in their official capacities), TCA, and Caltrans on the Oso Parkway Bridge EIR Addendum.

 

Our Board of Trustees continues to have concerns over any projects that would adversely affect the health, safety, well-being and learning of our students, teachers and staff. We will continue to pursue efforts to mitigate any potential health impacts regarding these projects.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/20/17




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

CUSD and CUEA met for Fact Finding on December 12, 2017. Both parties agree to an additional Fact Finding date on January 11, 2018. In order to respect the process, the neutral Fact Finder has directed the parties to keep the details of the Fact-Finding confidential. Information will be released as soon as it becomes available following the next fact-finding meeting.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/13/17




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Board of Trustees Awards Contract to San Luis Obispo Solar Energy Firm

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA –The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees has awarded an $18 million contract to REC Solar Commercial Corporation to convert six high schools and the CUSD Education Center to solar power. Trustees who were present voted unanimously at the December 6 public meeting to award the energy service contract for design, installation, and commission of the solar project that will power nearly 10 percent of the district when complete.

 

The charge to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly District was led by a coalition of Capistrano Unified School District High School Students who created a powerful, supportive movement through petitions, a website, and social media.

 

“These incredible students take their environmental stewardship roles seriously, and showed relentless drive to improve the Capistrano Unified School District,” stated Board of Trustees President Martha McNicholas. “I am proud that these outstanding students are changing the way we think about our climate and constantly looking for ways to better our community. Their collaboration with the District has been incredible and we look forward to continuing our work with each of them.”

 

The solar project is expected to save, on average, $849,000 a year, for a total of $21 million in savings. Installation of the photovoltaic solar panels will begin next year.

 

“I am honored to join my fellow students tonight in a project that has taken three years and is at its culminating point,” stated Kyle Krueger, President of the Tesoro Conservation club. “I’m honored to see the reality of CUSD solar tonight. Through three years of hard work, meeting with solar energy experts, pitching procurement methods and presenting in this great [board] room, we received powerful support for this reality. You will leave a legacy with this vote for an entire next generation of students, parents, teachers, residents and board members who can benefit from this $21 million [in savings].”

 

Prior to awarding the contract to REC Solar, district staff received information about solar energy efficiency and generation projects. A timeline is as follows:

 

  • On July 26, 2017, the Board of Trustees received an informational presentation from ARC Alternatives on the results of a district solar feasibility study, which indicated that the physical sites are ideal for solar projects, with ample space for the systems and accessible utility tie-in locations, and that the project, as modeled, shows net savings to the District and is cash flow positive in all years. The presentation can be found on page 623 of the online agenda, available here.
  • Next on October 11, 2017, the Board of Trustees received an informational presentation from Government Financial Strategies, the District’s financial advisor, on Clean Renewable Energy Bonds and the financing process.
  • On November 8, 2017, the Board of Trustees received an informational presentation from ARC Alternatives on the status of requests for proposals to solar vendors, preliminary results, and the proposed process and timeline leading up to Board consideration of a solar vendor.
  • On December 6, 2017, the Board of Trustees awarded an energy service contract to REC Solar to design, construct, and operate photovoltaic systems. The total contract amount is $18,372,631 including capital cost, performance guarantee, and operations and maintenance.

 

Moving toward implementation, CUSD will prepare and submit interconnection applications to secure time-of-use (TOU) grandfathering and the design process will begin. The results of the Clean Renewable Energy Bond financing will be presented at the January 24, 2018, board meeting.

 

CUSD will continue to engage with students, families, faculty, staff and other community members as
the solar project progresses.

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/13/17




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group and Middle School News Group

Language Immersion Information
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/4/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

A New CUSD Family Holiday Tradition

Merry Monarch with CUSD

A Festive Tree Lighting with Performances by Capistrano Unified Schools

 

Join us as we celebrate the season and support our schools at Monarch Beach Resort.  Enjoy a variety of musical performances by our students, cocoa and cookies, visits with Santa Claus and the official lighting of the holiday tree, hosted by KOST radio’s lively Ellen K.

 

Merry Monarch will feature performances from students from the following schools:

  • Aria String Quartet (Tesoro High School)    
  • Tesoro String Quartet (Tesoro High School)
  • Combined Elementary Choir (San Juan, Del Obispo and Malcom Elementary Schools)
  • Don Juan Avila Middle School Choir...and more...

December 2, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Tickets for this special event are $10 per person, with all proceeds benefitting the CUSD Foundation.
Valet parking is complimentary. 

Click here * to purchase tickets to tree lighting.

 

 

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Festival de Luces con Actuación Especial del Distrito Escolar de Capistrano

Únase a nosotros para celebrar en el Hotel de Monarch Beach la temporada navideña y apoyar a nuestras escuelas de CUSD. Disfrute de una variedad de presentaciones musicales de parte de nuestros estudiantes, chocolate caliente y galletas, visita a Santa Claus y la iluminación oficial del árbol navideño, este evento está organizado por la estación de radio KOST y animada por Ellen K.

Navidad en Monarch
2 de diciembre, 4 – 7 p.m.
Los boletos están disponibles a $ 10 por persona, todo lo recaudado es en beneficio de la Fundación CUSD Niños menores de 4 años son admitidos gratis.

El servicio de estacionamiento es gratuito
Una parte de estos ingresos beneficiaran a la Fundación CUSD.
Para obtener boletos para la Navidad en Monarch o para reservacion de habitaciones,v i s i t e n o s e n
M o n a r c h b e a c h r e s o r t . c o m / C U S D H o l i d a y

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/14/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

We are committed to working with residents of Pacifica San Juan, as well as the city of San Juan Capistrano, as we identify opportunities to benefit residents and students through an acceptable plan on a property we have the option to purchase.

 

We have included the presentation from our first meeting and would like to hold a follow-up meeting on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the CUSD Education Center located at 33122 Valle Road.

 

This next meeting we will provide options for the property and engage in further discussion. In addition to the opportunity to meet together, we also created a google doc where residents can leave feedback for us to consider. You can access the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/G9aH5sz0l02dFORN2.

 

 

Please feel free to contact Ryan Burris, Chief Communications Officer, at rkburris@capousd.org with any questions you may have.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/6/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

CUSD Holiday Closures
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/1/17




Audience: High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

What are cash reserves and how much does the district currently have in reserves?

 

Cash reserves refer to money an organization such as CUSD sets aside in order to be able to cover emergency or short-term needs and program stability for students and staff. Reserves are mandated in Education Code and the minimum level for a district our size is 2% of annual expenditures. This amount would not even cover one month of payroll.

 

Read more in the attached document.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/31/17




Audience: High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

CalPrep Flyer
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/3/17




Audience: K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached document available in both English and Spanish.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/14/17


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