SVUSD has identified that a requirement of the Common Core is to use technology in three primary ways.
In order for students to gain skills in these areas SVUSD has determined that 1:1 and BYOD initiatives are necessary.
There are three pilots that are testing the implementation:
- Two Way Immersion Program – Los Alisos (150 Students).
- Medical Science Program – Trabuco Hills High School (100 Students)
- San Joaquin – 3rd – 6th grade implementation (300 students)
The Common Core is rich with specific technology standards. To address these standards SVUSD is working on a 1:1 laptop (chromebook) initiative in 4th, 7th and 10th grade. The project pilots have started at San Joaquin, THHS and Los Alisos.
The implementation timeline will span all the way through the Fall of 2014.
The Los Alisos Pilot started on October 18th 2013. The project pilot is with the Two Way Immersion Program that serves approximately 150 students.
For more information about Door to the Core you can visit our website at: http://www.DoorToTheCore.org
You can also visit our FAQ.
Two Saddleback Valley Unified School DistrictSchools Participate in “Rachel’s Challenge”
Rachel’s Challenge is a 60-minute assembly that motivates students to treat others with kindness and respect and has been coined as “one of the most life-changing school programs in America.” Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School. The assembly program is based on her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries. Video and audio footage of the Columbine tragedy is shared during the assembly presentation in a manner that motivates students to positive change in the way they treat others.
The assembly is followed by a separate interactive 90-minute training session involving both adult and student leaders that shows how to sustain the momentum created by the assembly. The assembly creates the “want to” or desire for positive change, and the training session teaches the “how to” and ensures that the positive impact will continue. On the evening of the assembly, a powerful session with parents and community leaders takes place challenging and showing them how they can reinforce the decisions their children are making.
La Paz and Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate Schools are participating in Rachel’s Challenge this year on October 26 and 27, respectively.
Jean Carroll, La Paz Intermediate School (949) 830-1720
Rick Jameson, Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School (949) 459-8253
SVUSD Coordinator Olivia Yahya
Recognized at “Celebrating Success with English Learners” Award Ceremony
Saddleback Valley USD staff member, Olivia Yayha was recognized at the inaugural Celebrating Success for English Learners awards ceremony on May 8, 2013 at the Orange County Department of Education for her dedicated work in promoting success for English learners in SVUSD.
The “Celebrating Success for English Learners” is an opportunity to recognize and commend the achievements of our Orange County school districts in meeting the needs of English Learners. Ms.Yahya was nominated by the Services for English Learners Department at SVUSD to receive this special recognition for her work in supporting English learners, their parents, and their teachers. She has been instrumental in the implementation of the district’s walkthrough protocol, professional development for all teachers, and the promotion of EL parent involvement in their children’s education.
For more information on the Services for English Learners Department, please
Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Delivers Savings to Local Taxpayers
The Saddleback Valley Unified School District is proud to announce its most recent initiative to benefit its students and community members. Under the leadership of the School Board, the District chose to take advantage of historically low interest rates to refinance its Election of 2004 Bonds without extending the term of those bonds. The District was able to reduce the interest rate on the prior bonds from 5.00% to 2.40%, reducing the community’s tax bill by over $13,670,000 over the next 16 years.
While the District itself will not receive any part of the savings, the Board and Superintendent pursued this opportunity strictly on behalf of local taxpayers as part of their continued support for the education of the children of the community. Dr. Harwick stated, “Saddleback Valley Unified School District was very pleased to reduce tax obligations on general bonds as a thank you to the community members who have invested in our students. By showing good stewardship in the modernization and building program we have been able to maximize our dollars for construction while limiting community expense.”
Over the last eight (8) years, parents, teachers, and students have seen a great amount of building activity and are enjoying the results at every school throughout the district. The funds generated from Measure B, in combination with state funding, have made possible the successful completion of:
- 499 Modernized Classrooms
- 60 New Classrooms
- 11 New Multi-Use/Multi-Purpose buildings
- 3 New Band Rooms
- 8 New Restroom Buildings
- 25 New Shade Structures
- 24 New Playgrounds
- 3 New Gymnasiums
- 4 New All Weather Tracks
- 32 Field Renovations
- 1 Two-Story Parking Structure
- 8 New Parking Lots
- 3 New Science BuildingsThe Saddleback Valley USD will continue to efficiently and appropriately manage the addition, modernization and expansion of school facilities throughout the District while being proactive stewards of community dollars.
SADDLEBACK VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (949) 586-1234
DATE: January 10, 2011
The Schools to Watch Visiting Committee noted La Paz’s high performing academic culture as evidenced by the school’s Professional Learning Communities, teaming, student-centered learning strategies, interventions and counseling support. Also noted were programs that respond to the needs and interests of young adolescents such as ASB, AVID, WEB (Where Everybody Belongs), Peer Mediation, and Rachel’s Challenge.
The selection process began with a rigorous application based on 37 research-based criteria and culminated with a school site visit complete with classroom observations, student, staff and administrative interviews, parent and staff forums, and reviews of achievement data, suspension rates, lesson quality and student work. A ceremony recognizing La Paz as a School to Watch will take place on Thursday, February 3rd in the school gymnasium. Staff from La Paz will travel to Sacramento to receive recognition at the end of February and will be recognized this summer in Washington DC as a National School to Watch. Additional information regarding the Schools to Watch Program is available at www.clms.net/stw/.
Announces Kindergarten Round- Up
The Elementary Schools of Saddleback Valley will hold their annual Kindergarten Round-Up the week of May 2 to May 6. Children who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2014 are eligible to register. It is suggested that parents contact their local school to ascertain the hours of registration for that school. Parents must present a state validated birth certificate or passport as proof of the child’s age. An up-to-date immunization record must also be presented containing the name of person immunized, birth date, date of immunization, type of antigen used, and signature of the administering physician. In addition, parents will also need to supply two proofs of residence-usually two current utility bills (no telephone bills accepted.)
It is important to note that no student will be granted conditional admittance during Kindergarten Round-Up. Immunizations must be completed, and proof of age and residence verified before school personnel will complete registration.
Students are required to have an Oral Health Assessment. Forms for this Assessment will be available at the schools. California law also requires a complete health screening within 18 months of entering first grade. It is suggested this be completed during the kindergarten year, at the time your child receives his/her final immunizations. Forms are also available at the elementary schools.
SVUSD will again be offering a parent choice Two-Way Language Immersion Program that begins to develop bi-literacy skills (Spanish and English) at the Kindergarten level. Interested parents can obtain additional information at Gates Elementary School – 837-2260.
Parents are encouraged to visit the District website (www.svusd.k12.ca.us) to learn more about the District, as well as Kindergarten registration. Please click on the “New Parent Information” button.