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

New Collaboration Supports District’s Effort to Reimagine Teaching and Learning

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO–Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) announced today an expansion of its partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In this new phase of collaboration, Discovery Education will support CUSD’s efforts to develop District educators’ capacity to build and sustain a culture of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education in their school system through the implementation of a multi-year STEM professional development initiative in 11 District elementary schools.

 

The strengthening of CUSD’s partnership with Discovery Education also supports the District’s CapoForward initiative. A reimagining of the educational programs in selected CUSD schools, CapoForward is transforming instruction by introducing a variety of innovative new teaching strategies into the learning environment. CapoForward also bolsters the District’s mission to prepare students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world and CUSD’s goal of maintaining its position among the state’s top-performing school districts.

 

Since 2014, K-5 classrooms across CUSD have used Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital service that supplements instruction across all curricular areas, to create engaging and dynamic learning environments. Now, educators in the 11 elementary schools included in this initiative will participate in a professional capacity building model that develops and nurtures teachers and administrators as they create a culture of STEM within their school system. Through a shared leadership model, robust professional development, ongoing coaching, and administrative leadership support, educators participating in this initiative will develop a transdisciplinary curriculum preparing students for success beyond the classroom that can be scaled districtwide.

 

“We want every child engaged in meaningful, challenging, and innovative educational experiences that prepare them for greater opportunities and success, in their future education and after graduation,” said Martha McNicholas, President of the Board of Trustees. “Discovery Education has been a great partner and we are thrilled to expand our relationship, and support our teachers as we focus on a cross-disciplinary approach to STEM education.”

 

The Discovery Education Community will continue supporting CUSD educators as they transform students’ learning experiences with digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

 

“We are excited to support the Capistrano Unified School District in their quest to reinvent instruction and build STEM-focused teaching experiences that truly engage students in learning,” said Dana Dodge, Education Partnerships Manager at Discovery Education. “Discovery Education looks forward to partnering with Superintendent Vital and her talented team of administrators and teachers on this new endeavor.”

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/14/17

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

If you missed the breakout sessions at the 2nd Annual School Counselors Showcase 2017, here is a summary of each one.  The presentations are attached in PDF format.

 

Preparing Students to be College & Career Ready K-12

Alexis Goddard & Liz Sholly, School  Counselors  and  Naomi  Tran, College and Career Counselor

We will be providing practical resources and ways to support your child in the pursuit for college and career readiness.

 

Second Step Program K-8

Kelli Brennan, Kathie Huisenfeldt, & Alexandra Todd, School Counselors

The Second Step program is the social emotional learning curriculum which counselors present to all students K-8,  district-wide.  Our presentation will go over the rationale for this program, its benefits, and goals, and what les­ son content is being taught to our students, as well as sample lesson mate­rials.

 

Supporting Students with Stress & Anxiety Management

Omero Corral, Kendall Hayward Kasey Kessler, & Rosalia Koba, School Counselors

Stress and anxiety are common hardships facing today's youth.  Learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of stress in children and teens and vari­ous coping mechanisms for these. In addition, learn what the school coun­selors in your district are doing to address these concerns and leave with valuable resources and skills to try out at home.

 

Effective Communication

Dania Liza/de,  Western Youth Services

Learn practical strategies on how to communicate with your child.

 

Supporting Your Students' Academic Success

Al Holdsambeck & Katie Ramirez, School Counselors

Academic achievement is a strong predictor of high school graduation and is critical to long-term success in college, work, and life. Parents play a cru­cial role ensuring that their child's needs are met in school and at home. Our presentation will introduce how the growth mindset can give you the keys to helping your child successfully navigate their school years.

 

Signs of Suicide & Depression

Shannon Halbert, Kathy Pelzer & Darwin Vega, School Counselors
A Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression: Recognizing the Signs of Suicide and Depression in Teens and How You Can Help
 

Current Trends in Social Media Workshop

Tom Bogiatzis, School Counselor
Learn about current trends and applications students are using.
 

Paying for College

Anthony Russomanno, Coordinator College and Career Counseling
Financial aid comes in many forms so learn the different ways college can be affordable plus what college really costs. Hear some general strategies such as how picking the RIGHT schools can get you the most free money.

 

 

More Resources Available Here (Student Support Services Website)

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/13/17

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

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/
Si desea una copia impresa, puede solicitarla a la escuela.

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/6/17

Audience: High School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for dates and times.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/30/17

Audience: High School News Group

Please refer to the attached 2016-17 High School Course Catalog.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/25/17

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

Capistrano Unified Offers a Variety of Schools, Programs

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO—Beginning Wednesday, February 1, students in the Capistrano Unified School District can apply to one of 43 different academic programs during the annual School of Choice period.

 

The School of Choice process provides parents with the ability to apply to a school outside of their child’s attendance area on a space-available basis. This year, there are 43 schools with space to accept School of Choice students. Detailed information describing each school and its academic offerings is available online at http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/soc, and many of our schools participate in social media. Parents are also encouraged to contact their schools of interest and make an appointment to tour the campus and visit the classrooms.

 

School of Choice applications will be available online at http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/soc, at local schools, and at the District Education Center, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano. The application period begins Wednesday, February 1 and ends Friday, March 3.


Completed applications must be turned in between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. either at the school to which the child is applying or at the District Education Center, 33122 Valle Rd., San Juan Capistrano, CA. Online applications must also be submitted by March 3. In the event there are more applicants than openings at a particular school, students will be selected by lottery. Notifications will be received by May 1, 2017.

 

There are many educational options in CUSD, including Orange County’s only Mandarin language immersion program; the county’s only public International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school for students in kindergarten through 8th grade; innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs and partnering with local industry and federal government agencies; and online schools for students who may thrive in an independent setting.

 

The District’s online programs are not part of the School of Choice process, but are still accepting applications. Those programs include California Preparatory Academy, the District’s online independent study high school; Capistrano Virtual School, which offers online curriculum to students in kindergarten through 8th grades; and Capistrano Home School for families who prefer to educate their children with the support of credentialed teachers. Applications for the online programs are only accepted at those schools.

 

Parents of high-school student athletes are urged to learn more about California Interscholastic Federation sports eligibility requirements prior to pursuing the School of Choice process. Transportation to any school other than the home school is the responsibility of parents.

 

For more information, please go to the District website at http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/soc or call the School of Choice Hotline at (949) 234-9335.

 

Schools Accepting
School of Choice Applications
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Ambuehl Elementary
Arroyo Vista Elementary
Bathgate Elementary
Benedict Elementary
Bergeson Elementary
Carl Hankey Elementary
Castille Elementary
Chaparral Elementary
Clarence Lobo Elementary*
Concordia Elementary
Del Obispo Elementary*
Hidden Hills Elementary*
John Malcom Elementary
Kinoshita Elementary*
Las Flores Elementary
Las Palmas Elementary
Marblehead Elementary*
Moulton Elementary
Oak Grove Elementary
Palisades Elementary
Phillip Reilly Elementary
R.H. Dana Elementary*
San Juan Elementary
Tijeras Creek Elementary
Viejo Elementary
Wagon Wheel Elementary
George White Elementary
Wood Canyon Elementary*
Arroyo Vista K-8
Bernice Ayer Middle
Carl Hankey Middle
Aliso Viejo Middle
Don Juan Avila Middle
Las Flores Middle
Marco Forster Middle
Newhart Middle
Niguel Hills Middle
Shorecliffs Middle
Vista del Mar Middle
Capistrano Valley High
Dana Hills High
San Clemente High
San Juan Hills High


*Represents a CapoForward school offering unique, thematic educational programs.

 

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/24/17

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

In an effort to provide a more inclusive and transparent budget, the Capistrano Unified School District is pleased to open our Financial Transparency portal. Capistrano Unified partnered with OpenGov to provide a new web-based financial transparency and intelligence tool that dynamically presents the District's revenues and expenses including historical trends, Community Facilities District (Mello-Roos) monies and line item details.

 

"I am thrilled that students, families, community leaders and stakeholders will have direct access to our finances, budget, revenue and expenditures," stated CUSD Board of Trustee President Martha McNicholas. "This portal furthers our commitment to transparency and engaging members of our community in an open and collaborative partnership committed to serving children."

 

We invite you to explore our new OpenGov site to gain a better understanding of Capistrano Unified School District’s expense and revenue data. Our new OpenGov site allows you to explore the District's budget and historical finances in a simple graphical interface. This site provides you the opportunity to view, filter, and analyze revenue, expense, and balance sheet financial data. Each graph or chart is interactive, dynamic, and shareable.

 

You can access the CUSD Financial Transparency Portal here:
http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/opengov

 

Once inside, you will have the opportunity to learn how the OpenGov platform works or start exploring our financials instantly (see exhibit below).

 

CUSD Financial Transparency Portal
 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/24/17

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

Did you know that high school students in the Capistrano Unified School District may enroll in Cal Prep Academy – an online/blended high school?  Cal Prep Academy is an online college prep high school where students have the benefits and flexibility of a virtual curriculum blended with face-to-face instruction with highly qualified Capistrano Unified teachers.  Students have the opportunity to enroll in up to two courses at their resident CUSD high school, while taking their other classes online.  The two classes at the student’s resident high school may include athletic team sports, band, orchestra, and theater. Students may also participate in school activities at their resident high school such as clubs and dances.

 

Please join us for one of our Parent/Student Information meetings for fall 2017 enrollment (please see the attached flyer for dates and times) . We look forward to meeting you!

 

Cal Prep Logo
 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/19/17

Audience: High School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for dates and times.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/19/17

Audience: High School News Group

Please refer to the attached document for 2017 Summer High School Options.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/19/17

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

Please refer to the attached document.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/14/16

Audience: High School News Group

If you missed the breakout sessions at College Fair 2016, please check out the presentations below.

 

Creating Options in the College Search: Finding the Perfect College and How to Pay for It!!          

Presented by Gary Bednorz, University of New Mexico Recruitment Specialist   

With thousands of options available, deciding where to attend college can be a challenging task. However, this presentation will pave the road to the perfect choice and may even help families figure out how to pay for it!!

 

Harvard, Berkeley, or Bust: Secrets of Highly-Selective College Admission        

Presented by Paul Kanarek, CUSD College & Career Counseling Expert 

Grades, test scores, and impressive activities alone won’t get a student admitted to schools that reject almost all of their applicants. So how do students who get accepted to the Ivy League, Stanford, MIT and the rest of the nation’s most selective colleges set themselves apart from the rest of the applicant pool? That’s what this session is about.

 

Maximizing Your SAT and ACT Test Score        

Presented by Anthony Russomanno, CUSD College & Career Counseling Expert 

Learn how to mentally prepare and succeed on these crucial exams. Learn about the structure, format and content, what a “good score” really means, and some cool problem-solving tips for getting a better test score.

 

Paying for College without Going Broke: Understanding the new Financial Aid System       

Presented by Paul Kanarek, CUSD College and Career Counseling Expert

Learn how colleges view the financial aid process, the differences between merit and need based aid and, most importantly, what you as parents and students need to understand about the changes to the way the aid system works.

 

College Athletic Recruiting Myths & Truths        

Presented by Anthony Russomanno, CUSD College & Career Counseling Expert 

Playing a sport at the college level is difficult. Not only must you be a skilled athlete, but you also must be a good student. We will give you some guidance to increase your chances for success. Learn about eligibility and scholarship opportunities.   

 

 

The Community College Transfer Process
Presented by Elizabeth Weiss & Roya Aminzadeh, Saddleback College Transfer Specialists 

Learn about the processes, best practices, and strategies for transferring from Saddleback College to a four-year institution.

 

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/28/16

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

Please refer to the attached document for specific dates and times for Secondary Open House events.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/23/16


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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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