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

CUSD AND CUEA UNABLE TO REACH AGREEMENT WITH MEDIATOR, SENT TO FACT-FINDING

 

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – Today CUSD and the Capistrano Unified Education Association met for our third mediation session. We were unable to reach a contract agreement. The mediator stated that she would be sending the parties to fact-finding and that mediation is done.

 

Our Board of Trustees and District leadership value the commitment and dedication of our teachers and certificated staff. We greatly appreciate the extraordinary education provided to our students by teachers and certificated staff. It is always our desire to recognize our teachers and staff for their incredible work while also ensuring that our District budget remains fiscally sound.

 

It is appropriate for the District to acknowledge the uncertainties of future state funding, especially in light of the very broken Local Control Funding Formula that was created in Sacramento. This formula continues to severely underfund Districts such as ours, and does not do anything to increase funding in the future.

 

To ensure we are protecting our District and our taxpayers, we insist on building and maintaining a responsible budget that finds a balance between recognizing the wonderful work of our teachers while also acknowledging the challenges of our facilities needs, which the state provides no funding for, as well as increased costs pushed down from the state to pay for pension benefits.

 

We remain hopeful that we can reach agreement soon and without proceeding to fact-finding.

 

To learn more about mediation and the fact-finding process, please visit this link: https://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/cuea

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/18/17




Audience: High School News Group

College Fair Flyer Spanish
 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/11/17




Audience: High School News Group

October 30, 2017:

College Fair 2017 Free Shuttle: Avoid the crowds and park at Saddleback College. Map attached. 

 

College Fair Parking Map
 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/4/17




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

CalPrep Flyer
 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/3/17




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

The State of California’s education funding model, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), allows districts more freedom in how funds are spent but also requires the development of a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that links spending to specific district goals for student achievement. Districts are held accountable to the specific ways in which they are spending money and how those decisions are improving student outcomes.

 

A key aspect of the LCAP process is the engagement of parents/guardians, including those representing foster, low-income, and English learner students in providing input and feedback. This is facilitated through the formation of a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The LCAP PAC will meet to review sections of the LCAP and provide input into the monitoring and revision of the LCAP. 

 

Applications are due Thursday, September 28, 2017. Please see attached documents.

 

For more information, please contact Stacy Yogi, Executive Director, State and Federal Programs at (949) 234-9244 or syogi@capousd.org


 

El nuevo modelo de fondos educacionales del estado de California, llamado Formula De Fondos Control Local (LCFF), le otorga a los distritos más libertad al utilizar sus fondos pero requiere el desarrollo de un Plan de Control Local y Responsabilidad (LCAP). Este une los gastos a metas del distrito específicas al logro estudiantil. Los distritos se hacen responsables por las maneras específicas en que están gastando el dinero y como esas decisiones están mejorando al éxito del alumno.
 

Un aspecto clave del proceso de LCAP es el compromiso de padres/tutores; incluyendo a aquellos que representan a los estudiantes en adopción, de bajo ingresos, y que están aprendiendo inglés en mantenerlos informados. Esto será posible con la formación de un Comité Asesor del Padres (PAC). El LCAP- PAC se reunirá regularmente para revisar las secciones del LCAP y proporcionar sus opiniones en el monitoreo y revisión del LCAP.

 

Las aplicaciones tienen que entregarse antes del jueves, 28 de Septiembre.

 

Si necesita más información, puede contactar a Stacy Yogi, Director Ejecutiva de Programas Estatales y Federales al (949)234-9244 o syogi@capousd.org

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/26/17




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

CUSD Families:

We are hosting a Drug Awareness Night, in partnership with Assemblyman Bill Brough, Senator Pat Bates, the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the County of Orange, focusing on the rapid increase of Opioid and Heroin addiction in Orange County. 

 

The evening was put together in response to the Orange County Health Care Agency's report, "2017 Opioid Overdose & Death in Orange County." A copy of the report can be viewed here.

  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 2
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • SAN JUAN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL | PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
  • 29211 Stallion Ridge, San Juan Capistrano
  • Additional Information can be found on the attached flyer

PLEASE RSVP TO: http://bit.ly/2h52f3v (Google Form)

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/20/17




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

YOU ARE INVITED TO GET ON THE BUS WITH US!

 

CUSD Bus Transport

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – The Capistrano Unified School District is pleased to invite community members, staff and families to tour its two new classroom buildings on the campuses of San Clemente High School and San Juan Hills High School September 21, 2017.

 

Community Facilities District monies and matching state funds paid for the buildings that feature 24 classrooms with state-of-the-art 21st Century technology.

 

WHAT: CUSD Bus Tour and Ribbon Cuttings of New Classroom Buildings

 

WHO: Community Members, Families and District Staff

 

WHEN: Thursday, September 21, 2017. Buses Leave the District Office at 9:00 a.m.
 

Ribbon Cuttings:

San Juan Hills High School at 9:45 a.m.
San Clemente High School at 11:30 a.m.

 

WHERE: Buses leave from the District Office located at 33122 Valle Road in the city of San Juan Capistrano.
 

If you require special accommodations or have questions, please contact Ryan Burris at (949) 234-9427 or by email at rkburris@capousd.org.

 

 

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Published: 9/20/17




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

The State of California’s education funding model requires the development of a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that links spending to specific district goals for student achievement to improve student outcomes.

 

A key aspect of the LCAP process is the engagement of parents/guardians, including those representing foster, low-income, and English learner students in providing input and feedback. This is facilitated through the formation of a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The LCAP PAC will meet to review the sections of the LCAP and provide input into the monitoring and revision of the LCAP. The focus will be on discussing actions that are aligned with state and local priorities to increase student academic achievement and performance. An emphasis will be on meeting annual goals for all students, including foster, low income, and English learners. CUSD has a strong record of parent/guardian engagement and is excited to continue its partnership with parents and guardians to guide the district’s actions for the coming years. 

 

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please complete and return the application by September 21, 2017.

 

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El modelo de fondos de educación del estado de California requiere  el  desarrollo de un Plan de Control Local y Responsabilidad (LCAP) que enlace el gasto a las metas y objetivos específicos del distrito para el logro y rendimiento estudiantil.

 

Un aspecto clave del proceso de LCAP es el compromiso de padres/tutores; incluyendo a aquellos que representan a los estudiantes en adopción, de bajos ingresos, y que están aprendiendo inglés en aportar sus opiniones y mantenerlos informados. Esto será posible con la formación de un Comité Asesor del Padres (PAC). El LCAP PAC se reunirá regularmente para revisar las secciones del LCAP y proporcionar sus opiniones en el monitoreo y revisión del LCAP. La atención se centrará en discutir sobre las acciones que están alineadas con las prioridades estatales y locales para aumentar el logro y rendimiento académico de los estudiantes. El énfasis será el cumplimiento de las metas anuales para todos los estudiantes, incluyendo estudiantes en un hogar temporal, de bajos ingresos, y aprendiendo inglés. CUSD tiene un sólido historial de participación de los padres / tutores y se complace en continuar trabajando junto con los padres y tutores para guiar las acciones del distrito durante los próximos años.

 

Si está interesado en participar en este comité, por favor complete y regrese la aplicación antes del 21 de Septiembre, 2017.  

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Published: 9/7/17







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

In the last five years, the District has reduced taxes for Community Facilities Districts (CFD) by nearly 50 percent, or $16.9 million a year. Board is accepting applications for CFD Citizen’s Oversight and Advisory Commission to provide advice and oversight to the Board of Trustees. 

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – In a series of unanimous votes, the Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees approved resolutions to again lower tax levies, saving taxpayers nearly $1.2 million compared to last year, and further reducing the tax burden on District residents who reside within Community Facilities Districts.  In the last five years, the total CFD tax burden has fallen by nearly half, amounting to $16.9 million of savings per year.  

 

The District currently has eight active community facilities districts formed pursuant to the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 between the years of 1990 and 2005 to fund and finance the District’s capital facility needs. The District previously had even older community facilities districts formed in 1987 and 1988, but over the last few years, the Board voted to end the taxes and eliminate these old CFDs. Each community facilities district collects special taxes on property within its boundaries to pay for the costs of debt service on outstanding CFD bonds that were used to finance school facilities projects, CFD administration, and formerly facilities needs on a “pay-as-you-go” basis in accordance with the provisions of the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982.  However, the Board of Trustees voted to eliminate the use of “pay-as-you-go” monies in August of 2016 to help reduce taxes. 

 

“Wednesday night’s votes further the Board’s commitment to being responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars by reducing taxes,” stated CUSD Board President Martha McNicholas. “We are committed to building and maintaining a responsible budget that finds a balance between protecting our taxpayers and acknowledging the challenges of our classroom and campus needs, for which the state provides no direct funding.” 

 

Public Oversight and Accountability 
Throughout the last few years, the Board of Trustees has added layers of oversight to further enhance transparency and accountability including: 

 

  1. Separate, independent CFD audits
  2. CFD Audit Reports, CFD Administration Reports and CFD Fiscal Status Reports posted on the District website
  3. Development of a CFD Citizens’ Oversite and Advisory Commission
  4. Creation and implementation of the CUSD Financial Transparency Portal available on our website: https://capousd.opengov.com/transparency#/
  5. CFD Project Expenditure Reports online in our Fiscal Financial Transparency that go back to 1987 at the inception of our first CFD

 

Public Engagement and Participation 
The District remains committed to engaging students, parents, community members and employees in District-wide and community-specific decisions.

 

To apply for the School Facilities and Finance Administrative Advisory Committee, please see this link: https://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/committees 

 

To apply for the CFD Citizen’s Oversight and Advisory Commission, please see the link here: https://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/committees 

 

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/25/17




Audience: High School News Group

My California Permit Drivers Ed


This online Drivers Education course is equivalent to a regular 30-hour classroom course and has been examined and authorized by the Licensing Operations Division of the DMV. Please note that this is the classroom section, not the behind-the-wheel course. Students who successfully complete this course, which includes an online exam, will receive an official DMV Certificate of Completion. This is required to obtain a learner's permit for all drivers between the ages of 15 ½ and 18 years old.

 

  • Open to all CUSD students who are at least 15 years old by December 15, 2017.
    • Students cannot complete course prior to turning 15.
  • There is no charge for CUSD students to take this course.
  • No transcript units will be granted for this course.
  • Students must complete the online curriculum by December 15, 2017
  • Students may take this course only once in Fall, Spring, or Summer.
  • Instruction is through MyCaliforniaPermit.com.

For questions, please contact your Academic Advisor.

 

 

Students can register anytime now until September 25th. No applications will be excepted after this date. The course term will run from October 1st-December 15th. Login instructions will be emailed on September 30th.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/23/17




Audience: High School News Group

RECRUITMENT CONTINUES FOR PERMANENT REPLACEMENT

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – The Capistrano Unified School District has appointed Rich Bellante interim Principal of Tesoro High School while the District continues its search to fill the role permanently.

 

Bellante spent his entire career as an educator and administrator with the Capistrano Unified School District, beginning as a history teacher and cross country coach at Aliso Niguel High School. Bellante also served as Assistant Principal at Capistrano Valley High School and Principal of Serra High School. As interim principal at Tesoro, he is preparing for the start of the 2017-2018 school year and says he enjoys seeing some familiar faces.

 

“It’s like old home week for me,” Bellante said. “I see a number of former students as well as colleagues I hired while I was at Capo Valley. Tesoro is a tremendous school and I am excited to be here to open the school year.”

 

Bellante retired in 2012 but continues to support the District as needed.

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/18/17




Audience: High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle 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: 8/2/17




Audience: High School News Group

TRUSTEES APPOINT PORTER AT JULY 26 MEETING 

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. –  The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed Joshua Porter as Principal of Dana Hills High School, effective August 1, 2017. 
Porter was appointed Principal of Dana Hills High School at the Board of Trustees’ July 26 meeting.   

 

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead a school with a proven legacy of educational excellence in its community,” Porter said.   
Porter has served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Coach.  Currently, Porter is Principal at Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, California, a role he has held since 2014.   

 

“I have a passion for developing graduation pathways and integrating technology into everything we do,” Porter said.  “I am excited to partner with a dynamic and forward-thinking District and the innovative staff at Dana Hills.” 

 

Porter’s background has provided him with valuable experience in management, oversight, and development of nearly all aspects of a school.  His leadership in student-centered curriculum integrating the use of new technology, student-teacher collaboration, and professional development has prepared him for this role.  Porter’s appointment is effective August 1, 2017. 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 7/31/17




Audience: High School News Group

TRUSTEES APPOINT MISUSTIN AT JULY 26 MEETING 

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. –  The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed John Misustin Principal of Capistrano Valley High School, effective August 1, 2017. 

 

As former Assistant Principal at Capistrano Valley High School, Misustin was promoted to Principal of Capistrano Valley High School at the Board’s July 26 meeting.  Misustin replaces Joshua Hill, who was recently appointed District Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction grades 6-12, K-8, Alternative Education. 

 

“I do not take the title nor the responsibility of being your Principal lightly. CVHS has a tremendous history of amazing leaders, not the least of which being Mr. Hill,” stated Misustin.  “As we embark on celebrating the 40th anniversary of Capistrano Valley High School, I am so excited to not only honor and  look back all of the tremendous people, accomplishments, and history; but to also look forward and continue our work together to plan and shape the future of our students at Capo Valley.” 

 

Misustin is a career educator with a breadth of experience at all levels of teaching and administration.  During the past two years as Assistant Principal at Capistrano Valley High School, he has led a site comprehensive guidance program, designed new initiatives to improve college and career readiness and implemented a campus-wide technology plan.  Previously, he served as Director of Student Activities at Saddleback Valley Unified School District and was the Assistant Principal at Antelope Valley Union High School District for three years. 

 

“John loves Capo Valley and considers it his home,” former Principal Josh Hill said.  It has been his goal to become a high school principal, and I had the benefit of seeing him in action, to talk with him behind closed doors, and to observe how he handles situations to the effect that I know he is ready for this opportunity. “ 
 

Misustin’s background has provided him with valuable experience in management, oversight, and leadership of nearly all aspects of a school.  His appointment is effective August 1, 2017.

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Published: 7/31/17




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – Capistrano Unified School District is serving nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines below.

 

Household Incomes
 

(Reduced-price meals, cont.) 

 

Any household member receiving benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR should receive a notification letter stating all children within the household will automatically qualify for free meals. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway and children enrolled in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals. Therefore, the household does not need to complete a meal application.  Contact school officials if any child within the household is not on the notification letter.  The household must inform school officials if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals. 

 

Applications will be sent to the household with a letter about the free and reduced-price meal program. Households wanting to apply for meal benefits must fill out one application for all children in the household, and give it to the Food and Nutrition Services office at 32972 Calle Perfecto, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. For a simple and secure method to apply, use our online application at https://www.lunchapplication.com. Contact Food and Nutrition Services at (949) 234-9509 for help filling out the application. Food and Nutrition Services will let you know by letter if your application is approved or denied for free or reduced-price meals.   

 

Households may turn in an application at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income decreases, household size increases, or a household member begins receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an application at that time. Information submitted on the application will be used to determine eligibility, and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. The last four digits of the Social Security number from any adult in the household (or noting on the application that you do not have a Social Security number), is required if you include income on the application.  

 

Households receiving the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by filling out an application. 

 

Foster children are eligible for free meals.  Foster children may be included as a household member, if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children on the same application. The foster children, as a household member, may help the non-foster children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. If the non-foster children are not eligible this does not keep foster children from receiving free meals.  

 

Your child’s eligibility status from last school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 school days, or until the school processes your new application, or your child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. After the 30 school days, your child will have to pay full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. School officials do not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices. 

 

If you do not agree with the decision or results of verification, you may discuss it with school officials. You also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing the hearing official: Kristin Hilleman, 32972 Calle Perfecto, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, (949) 234-9501. 

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

 

 

 

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Published: 7/14/17




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA— The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 6-1 on Wednesday, June 28, to adopt Resolution No. 1617-89, Resolution of the Capistrano Unified School District Opposing Any Toll Road Extension Alignment that Adversely Affects District School Sites and Students.

 

The District is not and has not been involved with the Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) or any other organization or entity regarding the planning of the Toll Road extension. The District met with community members to discuss TCA’s proposed project ideas/alternatives and learned, just like many in our community, some of the Toll Road extension plans come close to existing schools.

 

After examining the grant deeds for Tesoro High School, and having them plotted by a licensed land surveyor, the District determined the Los Patrones Parkway construction, which is being constructed within the originally planned alignment for the Toll Road, is not being constructed on District property. It is proposed for land, adjacent to the District’s property. The property conveyed to the District consists of four assessor parcels, identified as Assessor Parcel Nos. 125-096-59, -60, -69 and -82. While, regardless, no construction is occurring on Parcel -82, the District has identified certain title record conflicts relating to ownership of that parcel, and is working with legal counsel to review and clarify such conflicts.

 

With respect to current construction, Los Patrones Parkway, in either its current form or the expanded original SR-241 Toll Road alignment, was part of and addressed by the District’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis for both Tesoro High School and Esencia K-8 in Rancho Mission Viejo. Air quality and noise impacts, among others, were all part of the environmental considerations undertaken not only by the District, but also the County in approving the Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) for Rancho Mission Viejo. Neither the District’s environmental document for our sites, nor Rancho Mission Viejo’s environmental documentation, suggest the presence of toxic soils.

 

“Concerns, relative to dust from grading are legitimate concerns shared by the District—and the District will do its part to report any observed fugitive dust emissions to the Orange County Planning Director, as called for in the Rancho Mission Viejo EIR and addendums for the Roadway,” said Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital.

 

Because the Toll Road is a County approved project, it does not involve any District approvals, easements, or agreements. Before TCA can construct the ultimate Toll Expressway extension to Interstate-5, it will be required to identify, and environmentally review, a new alignment for such a project. The District will continue to monitor and review such proposals, and can address any concern as presented.

 

 

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Published: 6/30/17




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

Negotiations between CUSD and the Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA) have reached an impasse. This means the parties have been unable to reach a comprehensive agreement. CUSD and CUEA have agreed to jointly file for impasse certification with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). PERB will then likely assign a mediator to assist...Please Click Here to Read More

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Published: 6/30/17




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

Board of Trustees Appoint Hill to Position at June 28 Meeting

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA— The Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees appointed Joshua Hill to Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction grades 6-12, K-8, Alternative Education, effective July 1, 2017.

 

Throughout his 15 years in education, Hill has served in a variety of educational roles, beginning as a classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal of four high schools. Currently Hill is principal of Capistrano Valley High School, a role he has held since 2015.

 

“I am excited for the new opportunity to work with the middle and high school principals throughout our District and share the lessons I have learned and insights I have gained working at Capo Valley with them,” Hill said.

 

The Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction grades 6-12, K-8, Alternative Education, oversees all secondary education programs in the District. Major initiatives include fully implementing the professional learning community model District-wide, as well as reviewing District assessment processes to ensure schools have the data they need to be informed about the effectiveness of their instructional practices.

 

Besides supervising and directing all academic programs and operations of a large school site, Hill’s educational background includes directing certificated and classified human resources, special services and child welfare and attendance for a district as well as serving on district negotiations teams in collective bargaining meetings for certified, classified and teamsters employee unions.

 

“I will miss my Capistrano Valley High family. One of my first tasks in my new position will be to find and support an exceptional leader ready to step into the principalship of one of the best high schools in the District. I will take that task very seriously and look forward to continued visits to Capo as I work to support this transition. I am going forward into this role confident they have the tools they need to continue the great work they are doing,” Hill said.

 

The District will actively engage with the Capistrano Valley High School community to find their next school leader.

 

 

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Published: 6/30/17




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

Board of Trustees Appoint Shearer to Position at June 28 Meeting

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA—The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed Brad Shearer to Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction Preschool-Grade 5, effective July 1, 2017.

 

Throughout his 26 years in education, Shearer’s experience spans all facets: classroom teacher, assistant principal, elementary principal, and coordinator of instructional services. Currently Shearer is the Director of Elementary Education with the Riverside Unified School District, a role he has held since 2014.

 

“I have heard amazing things about Capistrano Unified School District,” Shearer said. “I have a passion for primary education and I am excited to partner with a dynamic and forward-thinking District.”

 

The Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction Preschool-Grade 5 oversees all primary education programs in the District. The position develops, selects, implements and refines the District’s Preschool through grade 5 academic program, curricula, and assessment system in order to accelerate and enhance student achievement for all students to be college and career ready.

 

 

 

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Published: 6/30/17




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

 

 

Parent/Student Portal (Elementary and Secondary)

 

The Parent/Student Portal may be accessed at any time during the school year and parent and student accounts only need to be established once as they rollover with updated student data each year.

 

Don’t have a portal account? Contact the school office when it reopens and request the information needed to create an account.

 

The portal is now available to families for both the 2017-18 and 2016-17 school years. Families should log into 2016-17 if they want to print report cards from last year.

 

The DATA CONFIRMATION process will be available beginning Monday, July 24. Parents need to complete this process every school year before walk through registration (for secondary parents) and the first day of school (for elementary parents).  Make sure to print out the DATA CONFIRMATION form to turn into your school site.

 

 

School Loop (Secondary only):

 

School Loop is a different application to the Portal.  It is available to secondary level parents and students only.  Parents are encouraged to use both applications.

 

School Loop will be available on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.  Parents and students will not be able to register new accounts or login to existing accounts until this time.  

 

School Loop is school-specific, so if you are new to a school, and had an account at a different CUSD school, you will need to register for an account again through the new school’s website.  The link is on the homepage of each school’s website. You will need the Student ID Number and an email address to complete this process.

 

Please direct any additional questions to your school office:

 

School Offices Reopen to the public:
Thursday, July 27th - Friday, July 28th:  7:30 am to 12:00 pm.  

 

Regular school office hours resume on:
Monday, July 31st: 7.30 am - 4 pm.

 

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS TUESDAY AUGUST 22, 2017

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/27/17




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – In response to questions regarding the District’s ranking with respect to class size averages, we compiled the following data with the assistance of the Orange County Department of Education.  

 

Please refer to the attached Information Release.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/26/17




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees has appointed Donald Mahoney to Assistant Superintendent, Special Education Services (SELPA), effective July 1, 2017.

 

Mr. Mahoney began his teaching career with the District as an Elementary Teaching Assistant Principal in 1993 before his promotion to a K-5 site administrator. Mahoney advanced to the position of Special Education Instructional Leader and served as Elementary Principal at both Viejo and Canyon Vista Elementary Schools. His career in education, and breadth of institutional knowledge, span nearly 20 years.

 

Currently, Mahoney serves as Principal on Special Assignment for the District, providing targeted coaching support for elementary principals at schools with a high percentage of English language learners, students who qualify for free and reduced meals, and foster youth. Mahoney assists principals with planning, developing and implementing systems as well as strengthening leadership practices to ensure effective teaching and learning for all students.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/9/17




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

PUBLIC SWEARING IN WILL TAKE PLACE
AT THE JUNE 7, 2017 MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees has appointed Judy Bullockus to serve as Trustee in Area 7, replacing resigning Board member Lynn Hatton-Hodson.

 

Ms. Bullockus is a marketing consultant who also serves on the Mission Viejo Community Service Commission. She has been a member of the PTSA since 2005 and was a founding member of the Bathgate Elementary School Foundation. In 1999, while working for Simon Property Group, she helped negotiate a location for the CUSD College & Career Counseling program (now known as Futureology) inside the Shops at Mission Viejo.

 

"Just as I have been a community champion for the city of Mission Viejo, I desire to champion public education in our District,” Bullockus said. “As someone who is entrenched in the community and a long-time volunteer with various youth organizations, I believe I will add value to the Board of Trustees by representing Area 7 schools and communities.”

 

Bullockus replaces Trustee Lynn Hatton-Hodson, who announced her resignation, effective June 2, at the April 19 board meeting. All of the Trustees thanked the candidates and told them that they all would do great things for our District. The Board voted 5-1 in favor of appointing Bullockus.

 

“It has been an honor to serve on the Board with Trustee Hatton-Hodson. I will truly miss her dedication to and advocacy for our students,” said Board of Trustees President Martha McNicholas. “Judy Bullockus brings strong community ties to the Board and I am grateful for her willingness to step forward to support our students, public schools, and community.”

 

The Board had its choice of appointing a replacement for Hatton-Hodson or calling a special election to be held in November, which would have cost the District approximately $180,000. The Trustee Area 7 seat will be up for re-election in November of 2018.

 

Bullockus will be publically sworn in at the June 7, 2017, meeting of the Board of Trustees.

 

 

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Published: 5/25/17




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

INTERVIEWS TO TAKE PLACE IN PUBLIC DURING THE MAY 23, 2017 SPECIAL MEETING SCHEDULED TO BEGIN AT 4:30 PM

 

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – Five residents of Trustee Area 7, which covers portions of Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo and Coto de Caza applied to fill the seat that will be left vacant by Trustee Lynn Hatton-Hodson upon her resignation June 2, 2017. Candidates include Judy Bullockus and Penny Davis-Esterman of Mission Viejo, and Robert Dickson, Sara Jocham and Shawn Gordon, residents of Rancho Santa Margarita.

 

The Board of Trustees for the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) voted at their May 10, 2017, Board meeting to make a provisional appointment to fill the seat. Board members will interview the applicants and may select one to appoint during the public Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.

 

If the Board does not identify a candidate, they will have the option of extending the deadline for applicants or call a special election which would cost an estimated $180,000 and would be held in November, 2017. The May 23, 2017, Special Meeting agenda and information on each candidate can be found here

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/19/17




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

Cal Prep Academy Parent & Student Information Meeting for Fall 2017 Enrollment

 

Did you know that high school students in the Capistrano Unified School District can 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 our Parent/Student Information meeting on Wednesday, August 2nd for fall 2017 enrollment.

 

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 22nd.

 

Cal Prep Academy Student Orientation sessions will be held August 15th through August 18th. We look forward to meeting you!

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/16/17




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – The Board of Trustees for the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) unanimously voted at their May 10, 2017, Board meeting to make a provisional appointment to fill the Board seat that will be left vacant by Trustee Lynn Hatton-Hodson upon her resignation June 2, 2017.

 

Information on the appointment and interview process is below: 

Hard copies will also be available at the front desk of the Education Center at 33122 Valle Road in the city of San Juan Capistrano. The deadline for submitting the letter of intent is Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at noon.

 

According to Board policy, Board members can choose to fill the seat that will be vacated by appointment or special election. Board members chose to make an appointment to save the District the estimated $180,000 cost of a special election and instead work collaboratively with the residents and the cities of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita to identify qualified candidates.

 

Residents of Trustee Area 7 (which covers portions of Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, and Coto de Caza) who are registered to vote and have no disqualifying criminal record are eligible to apply. District staff will review the applications to make sure applicants meet the minimum legal qualifications. Board members will interview the applicants and select one to appoint at the special Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.

 

If the Board does not identify a suitable candidate, the Board may elect to order a special election to be held in November 2017. Whoever is appointed or elected will serve out the remainder of this term, ending in November 2018.

 

Completed applications should be returned to Nicole Perez, Executive Secretary, Board Operations (nmperez@capousd.org), or dropped off at the Superintendent's office located at 33122 Valle Road, in San Juan Capistrano.

 

 

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To learn more about the District’s budget, please visit our Financial Transparency Portal here:  http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/opengov

 

To learn more about our financials, including our annual audits and Community Facilities Districts (CFD), please visit our District Budget page here: https://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/BudgetNews?no_controls=t

 

 

Vision:

An unwavering commitment to student success.

Mission:

To prepare our students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

 

Wildly Important Goals (WIGs):

Teaching and Learning

Engage students in meaningful, challenging, and innovative educational experiences to increase post-secondary options for all students.


Communications

Communicate with, and engage students, parents, employees, and community members in Districtwide and community-specific decisions.


Facilities

Optimize facilities and learning environments for all students.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/12/17




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

Work permit applications may be picked up and processed at your school site through Friday, June 2, 2017.  Work permit applications for summer employment are attached to this flyer.  Summer Work Permit issuance is as follows:

 

June 5th- July 28, 2017 work permits will be processed at:

College and Career Campus

31522 El Camino Real

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 234-5994

Office will be closed July 3-7; No permits will be issued that week

 

Days and Hours for Work Permit Processing:

Monday through Thursday (Closed on Fridays)

8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Closed for lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm

 

Beginning Monday, July 31st, work permits will be issued at your home high school, and will no longer be issued at the College and Career Campus.

 

   IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • Work Permit Applications must be signed by the employer.
  • A parent or guardian must also sign the application.
  • A social security number is required to process a work permit.
  • Students need to bring the completed application along with their ID (Driver’s License, Passport, or copy of Birth Certificate).
  • The completed “official” work permit is signed by the student and taken to his/her employer.
  • Each new job requires a new work permit.
  • There is no minimum GPA required for summer work permits.  All summer work permits will expire August 27, 2017, five days after school begins.

 

Entertainment Work Permits:

Entertainment Work Permits will not be issued at the College and Career Campus during the summer. Procedure for obtaining an “Entertainment Permit” in the summer:

 

 

Download an application at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/DLSEForm277.pdf

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/10/17




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

CUSD Annual Career Expo
 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/8/17




Audience: High School News Group

 

Please refer to the attached schedule.  

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/4/17




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

 

Please read the following letter that explains the District policy regarding summer work.

 

 

 

May 1, 2017

 

CUSD Families,

 

It is with great pleasure that we announce our revisions of CUSD Course Placement Guidelines.  Our staff has been working diligently over the course of the school year to revise districtwide placement criteria in English, History-Social Science, Mathematics and Science in grades 6 through 12.  These guidelines can be found on our District Website under the Parent Resource tab and on each high school’s website under the Guidance tab.  Please take an opportunity to review these guidelines with your son/daughter as their Academic Advisors and teachers will be using these guidelines for Fall registration.

 

In addition to these guidelines, we have exciting news for students who have decided to challenge themselves by taking an Honors Level or Advanced Placement course. Summer assignments and assignments over Winter Break will no longer be allowed.  However, as June 1st approaches and you begin planning your break, we offer you several resources and ideas for optional summer reading.  Below are some resources to assist you in selecting books.

 

The California Recommended Literature List is a searchable database of a collection of outstanding literature for children and adolescents in grades prekindergarten through grade twelve in all disciplines. Each book has a description called an "annotation" describing the book.

 

The Find a Book, California tool offers students over 160,000 books from which to choose. This book-search tool enables individuals to build custom reading lists based on Lexile range, grade level, and/or personal interests. The Find A Book program is a national, state-led summer reading initiative sponsored by the Council of Chief State Schools Officers.

 

Renaissance Learning is a company with an international presence whose “primary purpose is to accelerate learning for all children and adults of all ability levels and ethnic and social backgrounds, worldwide.” They provide a free, online tool to assist in finding the most appropriate and engaging books for students.

o   To get started, check out The Parent Guide to AR Bookfinder.  

o   AR BookFinder: http://www.arbookfind.com/default.aspx

o   AR BookFinder in Spanish:  http://www.arbookfind.com/default.aspx?rs=1

 

District Departments have also included a variety of resources parents and students can utilize that are content specific.  Click here for recommendations.

 

On behalf of CUSD, I again thank you for your support and involvement. If you have any questions regarding either the Placement Guidelines or the Advanced Placement Summer/Winter Break assignments, please contact your school’s Guidance Office.

 

Sincerely,

 

Marc Patterson

Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Curriculum and Instruction

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/2/17




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

May 22, 2017 Capistrano Valley High School 5:00 p.m. ceremony Reception immediately follows

 

For additional information, call the Communications office at 234-9308

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 4/21/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

To opt out of receiving non-emergency related School Messenger phone calls and emails, please contact your school office and they will assist in blocking your information. Please note: if you choose to opt out, you will not receive any messages from the school principal or district UNLESS it is a true school or district emergency.

 

For more information please Click Here

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 4/14/17




Audience: High School News Group

No registrations accepted after June 9, 2017

 

Course term:  June 19 - August 25, 2017

 

This online Drivers Education course is equivalent to a regular 30-hour classroom course and has been examined and authorized by the Licensing Operations Division of the DMV. Please note that this is the classroom section, not the behind-the-wheel course. Students who successfully complete this course, which includes an online exam, will receive an official DMV Certificate of Completion. This is required to obtain a learner's permit for all drivers between the ages of 15 ½ and 18 years old.

  • Open to all CUSD students who are at least 15 years old by August 25, 2017.
    • Students cannot complete course prior to turning 15.
  • There is no charge for CUSD students to take this course.
  • No transcript units will be granted for this course.
  • Students must complete the online curriculum by August 25, 2017.
  • Students may take this course only once in Fall, Spring, or Summer.
  • Instruction is through MyCaliforniaPermit.com.

For questions, please contact your Academic Advisor.

 

See attached link for online applications.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/30/17




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

Spectators Invited to Cheer on Athletes

 

Dana Hills High School (DHHS) will be welcoming CUSD middle and high school Special Olympians to the Special Olympics track & field event taking place Monday, April 17, 2017. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m.

 

In collaboration with the Special Olympics of Southern California, more than 200 students from six secondary schools have been invited to participate. These students are enrolled in the District’s STEPS (Structured Teaching Educating Prepared Students) classes.

 

Thirteen classes representing grades 6-12 will compete in the 100-meter dash, relay race, shot put, and long jump events. Additional activities include a cheer clinic, tug-o-war, and a face painting booth coordinated by Dana Hills High School students.

 

The program’s volunteers are sponsored by the Special Olympics of Southern California, which is also funding student transportation to the event and lunches for the athletes. Both student participation and division victories will be celebrated with award ribbons.

 

This project is a collective effort among the District administration, Special Olympics, teachers, parent volunteer groups, community clubs, local businesses, DHHS campus leadership, and the DHHS student body including cheerleaders, DHHS Associated Student Union, DHHS Football, the South Orange County School of Arts, the pep squad, track and field teams, and “peer buddies.”

 

The public is invited to attend and cheer on our athletes.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/29/17




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

Hello Capistrano Unified School District,

 

It’s time to nominate the Classified Staff that should be recognized for their great work!!

 

The Classified Employee of the Year Celebration will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017, at the Capistrano Valley High School Theater.

 

Nominations must be received by the CUSD Communications Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.

 

They can be sent to the mailing address listed below, via intra-district mail, or by email to: naengelson@capousd.org with the subject: 2017 Classified Employee of the Year Nomination.

 

Contact Information:

Natalie Engelson

Communications Office

Capistrano Unified School District

33122 Valle Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

949-234-9308 naengelson@capousd.org

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/22/17




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

California is field testing a new website designed to help communities across the state access important information about K–12 districts and schools – including ours. Called the California School Dashboard, the site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates.

 

The Dashboard is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education as a result of 2013's Local Control Funding Formula. California has raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. To learn more about California's accountability and continuous improvement efforts, visit http://www.caschooldashboard.org .

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/15/17




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

MEDIA ADVISORY:

TONIGHT

Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent to Host Community Forum

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO-- A community forum with Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital is set for Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.  The Superintendent’s forum will give parents an overview of the State of California’s new accountability and improvement system which will be released to the public in March. The California School Dashboard will be published online and will include data on state and local indicators such as chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, English learner progress, student achievement, parental involvement, and much more. Ultimately, the dashboard will be utilized to measure a district’s progress as well as areas for improvement. During the community forum, District staff will share local indicators and priorities, and the Superintendent will welcome feedback and field questions from those in attendance.

 

What: Superintendent’s Community Forum

 

When: Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm

 

Where: Capistrano Unified School District Board Room, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, California

 

Who:  Parents, students, staff, community

 

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

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/28/17




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: High School News Group

Please see the attached Press Release announcing Tesoro Choral Music Director Keith Hancock’s GRAMMY win.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/8/17




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - The Capistrano Unified School District is pleased to announce that Janie Hoy has been appointed to the position of Interim Associate Superintendent of SELPA, Special Education Services.  Ms. Hoy will also oversee the work of the Strategic Plan Taskforce Advisory Committee that will be composed of representatives from all stakeholders including parents, students, teachers, support staff, and administrators. The primary goal of the Strategic Taskforce Advisory Committee is to use the results of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Team (FCMAT) Special Education Review to advise district staff on creating a structured outline that ensures all students have a continuum of services with quality supports, resources and access to district academic and behavioral programs in the least restrictive environment, placing emphasis on maximizing opportunities for students with special needs to learn with general education peers.   

 

Janie Hoy’s experience includes serving as Director of Student Services for Huntington Beach Union High School District, five years as principal at Huntington Beach High School and a prior 13 years with the Capistrano Unified School District, serving eight of those in administrative positions. Hoy was activities director at San Clemente High School, and was also assistant principal of discipline and assistant principal of curriculum. She was also a teacher for 16 years in middle and high schools teaching Spanish, English and English Language Development. 

 

“Janie’s knowledge and experience is a wonderful addition to Special Education Services,” Board of Trustees President Martha McNicholas said. “She has demonstrated her leadership capabilities by developing and implementing teaching and learning initiatives that focus on increasing success for every student and we are thrilled to have her.”

 

The Capistrano Unified School District would like to congratulate Ms. Hoy on her appointment and furthering CUSD’s unwavering commitment to student success!

 

To join the Strategic Plan Taskforce Advisory Committee, please visit our website using this link.

 

 

 

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




Audience: High School News Group

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – A surprise visit to Dana Hills High School by CUSD Board President Martha McNicholas, Vice President Gila Jones, Clerk Patricia Holloway, Trustee Amy Hanacek, Superintendent Kirsten Vital and Capistrano Unified Educators Association President Sally White was made to announce Individual Education Program Teacher Rob Harris as this year’s High School Teacher of the Year for the Capistrano Unified School District.

 

Along with Principal Jason Allemann, the group headed to Mr. Harris’ classroom to share the news with him and his students. "Mr. Harris makes a difference in the lives of our IEP students at Dana Hills High School.”  President Martha McNicholas said.  “By making sure they are included in everything from drama, music, sports, prom, and fundraising events, he ensures they don't just participate in, but that they really live the high school experience.  Rob has fostered such a culture of inclusiveness that there is a waiting list for students to be Best Buddies to his students. Outside of school, the world is his classroom.  He guides his students to experience restaurants, public transportation, and working in the real world.  When IEP students leave Dana Hills High School, they are as comfortable and confident to enter the next chapter of their lives as any student graduating from these halls.”
 

Rob Harris has built his 12-year career at Dana Hills High School focused on making sure his students have the confidence and skills to be included, involved and independent.  As a STEPS teacher, (Structured Teaching Educating Prepared Students), Rob has fostered a culture of inclusiveness for all students at Dana Hills, creating the highly successful Best Buddies program, which now includes over 100 buddy members and has created lifelong friendships.

 

His early experience as an Instructional Assistant in the Workability program showed him the importance of really preparing IEP students for life after a K-12 education.  He has made it his passion to include Dana Hills IEP students in music, football, basketball, prom and social events and SOCSA performances. He has developed jobs for his students in the local community, leading to a smooth transition into the work world post-high school as students move on to independent living.

 

"I wanted to work with students in high school to help prepare them for life after high school,” Harris said.  “I need to provide an unforgettable high school experience that is rich with functional academics, includes community-based instruction and independent living skills and opportunities for work experience."

 

The charm, personalities and great behavior of Rob's students shine in the community and the world is his classroom.  He realizes the importance of supporting students regardless of the skills or abilities they may have.

 

The Best Buddies program at Dana Hills High School pairs students with each other for support in all areas of life.  There is so much interest in the program, there is currently a waiting list for high school students interested in becoming a Best Buddy to an IEP student.

 

Harris will represent CUSD at the Orange County Department of Education Teachers of the Year program where four teachers will be selected to move on to the California Department of Education Teacher of the Year program.

 

Pictures and video are available on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CapoUnified/ or by request.                                                                  

 

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Published: 2/6/17




Audience: High School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for dates and times.

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Published: 1/30/17




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

English and Spanish flyers are attached for your convenience.

 

2nd Annual Counselors Showcase
 

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Published: 1/27/17




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO-The Capistrano Unified School District is inviting community members to apply to serve on the Strategic Plan Taskforce Advisory Committee.

 

The Strategic Plan Taskforce Advisory Committee will be composed of representatives from all stakeholders including parents, students, teachers, support staff, and administrators. This advisory group will participate in up to three collaborative sessions over the next four months. Meeting dates will be determined after the committee is formed.

 

The primary goal of the Taskforce Advisory Committee is to use the results of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Team (FCMAT) Special Education Review to advise district staff on creating a structured outline that ensures all students have a continuum of services with quality supports, resources and access to district academic and behavioral programs in the least restrictive environment, placing emphasis on maximizing opportunities for students with special needs to learn with general education peers.

 

Applications are being accepted through February 8, 2017, and can be found on our website at http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/committees.

 

 

 

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Published: 1/26/17




Audience: High School News Group

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

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Published: 1/25/17




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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Published: 1/24/17




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
:


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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Published: 1/24/17




Audience: High School News Group

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

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Published: 1/19/17




Audience: High School News Group

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Published: 1/19/17




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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Published: 1/19/17




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

 

This dynamic presentation is designed to promote unbiased information that will help parents better understand adolescents' concept of marijuana as well as the impacts marijuana has on our youth. Relevant for parents of elementary through high school aged youth, the information in this presentation helps to navigate the unknown territory so many of our kids are already comfortable with. Youth are also invited to the presentation with a parent.


Topics covered include:

1. Marijuana trends as they pertain to youth use.

 

2. Modalities and methods of marijuana consumption as they relate to youth.

 

3. The impact of marijuana on the developing brain and learning.

 

4. Why students are so confused about the impacts of marijuana use as legislation and legalization takes hold.

 

5. Why youths' perception of harm is decreasing in states that have legalized marijuana.

 

6. Resources that aid in supporting students as they navigate this paradigm
shift.

 

Presented by Molly Lotz, LCSW
Co-founder of Marijuana Education Initiative

 

When:
Thursday, January 19th 2017
6:00p.m.-7:30p.m.

 

Where:
District Office
33122 Valle Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA

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Published: 1/11/17




Audience: High School News Group

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO---A victory parade is scheduled in downtown San Clemente to celebrate the High School Football State Championship.


On Wednesday, December 21 at 3:45 p.m., San Clemente High School will celebrate the State Championship CIF Division 1-A Football title won this past weekend in Sacramento. This is the Tritons’ first-ever CIF-SS Football Championship, Regional Bowl Game and State Title. They are now the winningest team in school history!


What: San Clemente CIF Football Championship Celebration Parade
 

When: Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 3:45p.m.
 

Where: The top of Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA, to the San Clemente Library
 

Who: Triton Football team, staff, families and community
 

Why: Celebration of the San Clemente Triton Football Team’s CIF Division 1-A State Championship Win

 

For more information, please contact Ryan Burris, Chief Communications Officer at (949) 234-9427.

 

 

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Published: 12/20/16




Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

Trustee Martha McNicholas Elected as 2017 Board President
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO---Four members of the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees were sworn into office Wednesday evening, December 14, during the regular Board meeting of the Capistrano Unified School District. They also elected Martha McNicholas as its new President, Gila Jones as the Vice President and Patricia Holloway as Clerk of the Board.

 

Amy Hanacek was re-elected to Trustee Area 1, Jim Reardon was re-elected to Trustee Area 2 and Gary Pritchard to Trustee Area 5. Patricia Holloway was elected to her first term in office in Trustee Area 3. The newly electeds were administered the Oath of Office by a person of their choosing. Quinn Darling, Student Advisor to the Board administered the oath for Amy Hanacek. James Holloway administered the oath for his wife Patricia Holloway, and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas administered the oath for Gary Pritchard and Jim Reardon.

 

“Serving our students and families is truly an honor,” McNicholas said. “Our role as a Trustee is to ensure our students have the best educational opportunities possible and I am looking forward to continuing our work in 2017.”

 

Board President Martha McNicholas is a native Californian with a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. She has over 35 years of experience in real-world engineering, holds three patents, and is recognized in the CUSD community as a tireless volunteer at schools, as well as for having served on the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council, and several other District Committees. McNicholas has served on School Site Councils and as PTA President at both George White Elementary and Niguel Hills Middle School and was Executive Vice President at Dana Hills High School. She is the immediate Past President of the Capistrano Unified Council of PTSA’s (covering all 53 traditional schools), where she has also been active on the scholarship and legislative advocacy committees as well as other leadership positions. She has also been a director of the CUSD Foundation and the Dana Running Foundation at Dana Hills High School, and has served as Chairman of Dana Hills Grad Nite.

 

The next Board of Trustee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the District’s Education Center located at 33122 Valle Road in the city of San Juan Capistrano.

 

 

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About CUSD: Capistrano Unified School District provides for the education of more than 50,000 students and operates and maintains 4.5 million square feet of classroom and building space. Founded in 1965, the District encompasses 195 square miles in seven cities and a portion of the unincorporated area of Orange County.
 

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Published: 12/16/16




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

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Published: 12/14/16




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

Money to Fund STEAM Labs, Video Production
and Environmental Education Projects

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO- Four Capistrano Unified School District schools have received Cox Innovation grants totaling $12,511.64. Cox Communications awarded over $51,000 in grants to 16 Orange County schools in the Cox service area through the program. The grant program invited principals, administrators and teachers at eligible schools to submit a grant application for innovative classroom projects that focus on skills-based learning, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Mathematics), digital literacy, and/or cyber skills.

 

Below is the break-down of grant money awarded to CUSD schools:

 

Viejo Elementary - STEAM Lab - $5,000.00: Future STEAM Lab where students will engage in cross-curricular learning, hands-on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.

 

Clarence Logo - STEAM Academy - $2,895.60: Kindergarten students will be taught beginning coding skills.
Vista Del Mar Middle School - Video Production - $1,617.64: Video production students are using media journalism to produce 30 minute shows.

 

Dana Hills HS - Environmental Education Center Project - $2,999.40: Students will investigate the roles that different animals play in the ecosystem, their feeding habits, plants that are native and invasive to the area and if there are any effects on wildlife.

 

“The support of our students and schools by members of our business community is essential to building a strong, educated and highly skilled workforce for the future,” stated CUSD Board President Amy Hanacek. “These boys and girls will one day be the men and women charged with keeping Orange County’s vibrant economy moving forward. We are grateful for Cox Communication’s investment in our young people.”

 

The CUSD Foundation, as a partner with Cox on the grant program, applauds all of the District’s schools who participated.

 

“Congratulations to all on receiving the Cox Innovation Grant,” said Michelle Hart, President of the CUSD Foundation. “Innovation in the classroom is so important in adequately preparing our students for the future. The Foundation looks forward to partnering with the schools to make the most of these grants,”

 

The applications were judged by a panel of 9 individuals. CUSD is proud to have had three schools in the top 15.

 

The Cox Charities Innovation in Education program was established to provide grants to public and private schools (grades Pre-K thru 12) and the dedicated teachers at those schools. The purpose of this program is to fund classroom and collaborative educational programs that encourage and promote students' ingenuity and imagination. Check presentations to the schools will be forthcoming.

 

 

 

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Published: 12/12/16




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO --- The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the re-election of President Amy Hanacek, Vice President Jim Reardon and Trustee Gary Pritchard. We would also like to welcome Patricia Holloway as our newest Trustee.

 

“We are excited to welcome Patricia Holloway to the Board,” said President Hanacek, who was reelected, retaining her seat in Trustee Area 1. "We're able to retain the wisdom and experience of the Board members, while adding a fresh perspective for the needs of our School District.”

 

Incumbents Jim Reardon, Trustee Area 2 and Gary Pritchard, Trustee Area 5 were both reelected. Newcomer Patricia Holloway was elected in Trustee Area 3, filling the vacancy created by outgoing Trustee John Alpay.

 

During the November 16, 2016 Board meeting, President Hanacek praised Trustee Alpay for his work during his two terms on the Board. “Upon his appointment to this Board, he helped restore stability and maintain focus on college and career programs within the District. John helped create the Mandarin Immersion Program and was an advocate for quality education with fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency.”

 

Patricia Holloway, a San Clemente resident, substitute teacher and former PTA President, says she is honored by her new role. “I want to continue to strengthen our schools, build trust between our community and the District, and be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars. Increasing transparency and local input regarding the decision-making, budgets and finance is a top priority.”

 

The Trustees will be sworn in and assume office at our next meeting on December 14, 2016. The Tesoro High School String Quartet will be performing holiday music beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is always welcome to attend and participate in our meetings.

 

 

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Published: 11/17/16




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

Topics will include Innovation in the Classroom, Smarter Balanced Assessment tests and Community Engagement through transparency, accountability and oversight

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Superintendent Kirsten Vital invites community members, families, business owners and city leaders to join her and District staff at the November 30, 2016 Community Forum at the CUSD Education Center located at 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. The Forum will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

“Classroom instruction has changed dramatically the last few years,” stated Superintendent Vital. “We’re excited to share with you the work of our teachers, site leaders and staff as they have opened up access to outdoor learning, technology, the arts, robotics and pathways to college and career. We also have opportunities for our community to provide oversight and accountability to the District in the areas of facilities and finance.”

 

CUSD’s innovation in practice, through Great First Instruction, includes a focus on STEM, forward thinking and the opportunity for students to use tools and technology to practice and problem solve in all grade levels, from preschool to grade 12.
District staff will also give an update on the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests, College and Career Counseling services and an opportunity for Q&A.

 

What: Superintendent’s Community Forum
When: November 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: CUSD Education Center, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

 

For more information, please contact Ryan Burris, Chief Communications Officer, at (949) 234-9308

 

To review opportunities to provide accountability and oversight to the District, please visit our website at http://bit.ly/2eF8hpb

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Published: 11/17/16




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO---The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees have approved a College Readiness Block Grant Plan from the State of California totaling $467,371. The plan will be implemented and the money will be spent over the next three years, with a goal to provide unduplicated high school students (low income English learners and foster youth) in the District the support they need to increase college readiness and access to higher education.

 

“We want to provide every support possible to assist our students in college admissions and successfully completing an undergraduate degree in four years,” said Board of Trustees President Amy Hanacek. “This grant is a great support of our goal for every high school graduate to have an implementable plan for college, career or the military on the Monday after graduation.”

 

The grant money will be used to help students achieve college and career readiness. An additional college and career counselor will be hired who is bilingual in Spanish to provide group sessions and meetings for parents. Test fees for the ACT and SAT will be reimbursed to qualifying unduplicated students. College guidance, test preparation, supplies, reference materials, books, software and printing materials will all support our students through the college admissions process.

 

“Helping to prepare our students for life after high school will help ensure their future success,” Hanacek said. “Our future leaders are worth this investment,” Hanacek says.

 

With Board approval of the grant, the first meeting for parents and students is January 10 in the District Office board room from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Saturday ACT and SAT test preparation counseling is tentatively slated for April 1- May 20.

 

 

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Published: 11/17/16




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

Dear CUSD Families, Teachers, Administrators and Staff,

 

The Capistrano Unified School District incorporates nearly 200 square miles, seven cities and unincorporated areas throughout southern California and is charged with the education of 52,000 students. All children and families are valued and, as a public entity, we are here to support every child’s success.

 

Today, just as we have before, during and after every election, we must stand together to help every child succeed and ensure that all of our young people feel safe, supported and celebrated for their unique gifts. We expect that children will always find their classrooms and campuses to be a safe place for them to learn and grow.

 

The tone and tenor of this election season was, in many instances, divisive, mean-spirited and far below the values we hold as Americans. The dialogue that emerged from last week’s election may be spilling over and into our schools, classrooms and communities and may be impacting our young people.

 

I want to assure each of you that every child has our full support and that our teachers, principals and staff are here to help all of our young people and families. If you have any concerns or feedback, or if there is anything that you need, please reach out to your school site principal or contact my office.

 

I want to thank each of you for your dedication to our students each and every day. Together, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the emotional, social and academic health and wellbeing of all students.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kirsten Vital
Superintendent

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Published: 11/15/16




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

Dear CUSD Community,

 

This morning, as we do every school day, our Board of Trustees, Superintendent, teachers, administrators and staff greeted the day focused on the success of the 52,000 young people we serve. Our students are first and foremost the focal point of our work and our mission to prepare students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

 

CUSD remains focused on serving our students through best practices in teaching and learning, college/career readiness, social/emotional well-being, health/safety and fostering 21st century learning environments. Our commitment to offering academic excellence is at an all-time high, but the state of our aging facilities are hindering our ability to meet the high expectations of CUSD students and their families. With over 4 million square feet of building space and inadequate funding we face serious facility challenges from leaky roofs, HVAC, plumbing and electrical issues, security and fire safety, insufficient classroom and bathroom spaces for overcrowded schools, classroom technology upgrades, access for special needs students and much more.

 

In order to address these critical facility needs and to support learning environments that best prepare our students for a competitive world, a majority of the Board of Trustees, including myself, voted to place Measure M on the ballot. This measure, like many in California, allowed voters to choose how they would like to invest in the education of their communities' children. Yesterday, the voters spoke and made it clear that they were not ready to make this investment at this time.

 

While we are disappointed that a majority of voters in our school district did not support the school facilities bond, all seem to agree that we have a need for new facilities, modernizations and upgrades. We will continue to work with all of our stakeholders and leaders to determine a path forward to solve a problem that is only going to get worse.

 

While these conversations continue, we are also forming additional layers of community oversight including the School Facilities and Finance Committee and the Community Facilities District Oversight Committee. Applications are being accepted through November 30, 2016 and can be found on our website at www.capousd.org.

 

As our schools continue to age and we continue to be constrained by state funding formulas and inequity, our commitment to children will not change. Your partnership and support is critical to the work we do for 52,000 young people each and every school day.

 

We value the participation of the communities we serve and look forward to ongoing conversations about school classrooms, campuses and funding. We respect your vote and look forward to continued engagement with you in the challenges we face as a community. Together, we will find the answers to meet these challenges while we continue to have an unwavering commitment to every student's success.

 

Sincerely,
Amy Hanacek
President of the Board

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Published: 11/9/16




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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – The Capistrano Unified School District is inviting community members to apply to serve on one of four committees and commissions recently established to support the education of young people and increase public participation, oversight and transparency on school facilities and District finances. The deadline to apply to all except the School Family Regional Committee is Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

 

“Supporting education for young people is the most important thing we can do,” stated CUSD President Amy Hanacek. “CUSD has made a very deliberate effort over the last several years to increase community outreach and participation because we know the extraordinary work we do in our schools each and every day cannot be done without the support of our communities. The investment of your time and expertise is critical to our work and we look forward to this continuing conversation.”

 

Applications are available for the following committees and commissions on our website at http://bit.ly/2eF8hpb:


School Facilities and Finance Advisory Committee will serve as an administrative advisory committee to provide input, advice and recommendations on topics pertaining to school facilities and finance, including the implementation of the general obligation bond program. The committee will include regional representation from school families throughout the District.

 

Community Facilities District Citizen's Oversight and Advisory Commission will be established with representation from each Community Facilities District (CFD) to provide oversight, input and recommendations to the Board of Trustees on topics pertaining to CFDs. Advisory topics may include CFD facilities, funding, and community information. Oversight topics may include reviewing facilities plans and fund expenditures, and reporting to the Board and the public.

 

Independent Citizens Oversight Committee will be established if voters approve Measure M on November 8, 2016. This committee will be established in accordance with Education Code sections 15278-15282 and applicable Board policy, to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List located in the bond resolution.

 

CUSD will also be establishing the School Family Regional Committee by high school boundary, with representation from each school within the high school boundary, local stakeholder groups and organizations. The regional committees will collaborate with the School Facilities and Finance Advisory
Committee to provide input, advice and recommendations on school facilities and finance within their particular high school boundary. The application for the School Family Regional Committee will be available at a later date.

 

If you have any questions or require any assistance, please contact Ryan Burris, Chief Communications
Officer, at (949) 234-9308.

 

 

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Published: 11/4/16




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

CUSD Ranks Highest of California’s Ten Largest School Districts for Meeting and Exceeding Standards

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Of the ten largest school districts in California, Capistrano Unified ranks number 1 in terms of meeting or exceeding English language arts and mathematics standards, according to the California Department of Education’s (CDE) release of the complete 2015-2016 results for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP). For the second year in a row, CUSD schools outrank all of California’s top ten largest districts, including Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. (Figures 1, 2).

 

“We are very proud of the hard work of teachers, students, parents, and staff. It was through this collective effort that we were able to undertake this major systemic change and prepare our students for these tests,” stated CUSD Board President Amy Hanacek. “We will continue to build upon our teaching and learning in the classroom to ensure success for every young person in our District.”

 

Figures 1 and 2

Additionally, CUSD ranks higher than both Orange County and the entire State of California averages in both English language arts and mathematics (see Figure 3) over the same period of two years.

 

Figure 3

Because 2015-2016 was the second official year students participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessments, it is the first year growth can be measured. The CAASPP system includes the computer-based Smarter Balanced Assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The Smarter Balanced Assessments measure college and career readiness, and they challenge students to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems. Smarter Balanced Assessments challenge students to use higher level questioning strategies explained through research-based evidence and
critical thinking.

 

District leadership and staff are using SBA data to guide instruction to better prepare students for college and career. These assessments allow teachers to delve deeper into specific areas of need. Capistrano Unified School District looks forward to the continued challenge of preparing students to excel on these standards and assessments.

 

A link to the results on CDE’s website can be found here: http://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/SB2016/Search.

 

 

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Published: 10/24/16




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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - The Capistrano Unified School District is pleased to announce the promotion of two of its employees:  

 

Jeremy Davis:  The CUSD Board of Trustees has appointed Jeremy Davis as Chief Technology Officer.  For the past three years Mr. Davis has served in Technology and Information Services as both a Director and Interim Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Davis has demonstrated his leadership capabilities by providing direction to Technology and Information Services staff while providing vision and guidance at all levels of District leadership for technology planning and integration.

  
Prior to joining the District, Mr. Davis served as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Anaheim City School District.  In this role, he designed and conducted technology professional development for teachers and administrators, supervised Technology and Information Services staff, presented new technologies and planning to leadership and the School Board, and assisted with Common Core unit development. 

 

Mr. Davis has also been a member of the District’s Educational Leadership Committee and currently serves as an instructor for both the Orange County Department of Education and the Chief Technology Officer Certification Program, CETPA/FCMAT/CCSESA.  His appointment to Chief Technology Officer is effective October 13, 2016. 

 

Joshua Wellikson:  The Board of Trustees also appointed Joshua Wellikson as Principal Esencia K-8 School.  Esencia K-8 will open in the 2018-2019 school year with Mr. Wellikson officially taking his role as Principal in January 2018.  Mr. Wellikson has held several appointments within Capistrano Unified School District prior to this new role.  He was a teacher at Niguel Hills Middle School before moving into site administration as a Secondary Teaching Assistant Principal and then serving as both a Middle School Assistant Principal and Principal.  Mr. Wellikson has served in his current position as the Principal of Don Juan Avila Middle School for the past four years.   

 

Mr. Wellikson’s experiences and skill set, along with his background in the Professional Learning Community and his vision and passion for student learning have provided him a solid foundation and prepared him for the position of Principal, K-8.   

 

Recruitment for Wellikson’s replacement at DJAMS will begin in the coming months. 

 

The Capistrano Unified School District would like to congratulation these two employees on their promotions and furthering CUSD’s unwavering commitment to student success!  

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/17/16




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Decision Will Save Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo Taxpayers Millions in Annual Taxes


SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously on September 28 to end a decades-old Mello-Roos tax that could have legally continued taxing residents indefinitely.


Community Facilities District No. 87-1, CUSD’s oldest and largest Mello-Roos tax district, was established in 1987 to fund new schools for the then rapidly growing communities of Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo. The agreement allowed CUSD to sell $100M in bonds to build and/or improve 12 schools and facilities, including Capistrano Valley High School, Aliso Niguel High School, four middle schools, six elementary schools and a portion of the District’s Education Center. The money generated from the special tax by approximately 22,000 taxpayers was used to pay off the bonds and associated interest.

 

“The Board of Trustees’ vote to end this taxation is significant for the residents living in Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo’s 87-1 district,” stated CUSD Board President Amy Hanacek. “By ending this CFD, Capistrano Unified saved these homeowners $42 million.”

 

Enacted in 1982, the Community Facilities Act (more commonly known as Mello-Roos) enabled "Community Facilities Districts" (CFDs) to be established by local governments as a means of obtaining additional public funding. Counties, cities, special districts, and schools districts use these financing districts to pay for public works and some public services.

 

State law was amended in 1992 to require public agencies to set end dates for taxes when such districts
are established. Because CFD 87-1 was established before that law was amended, it was grandfathered-in, meaning it could have continued taxing residents of Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo forever.

 

The CUSD Board of Trustees did not believe this indefinite taxation was right and, as it recorded its last bond payment on September 1, 2016, the District ended 87-1 for local taxpayers.

 

“This CFD had no end date specified. It could have gone on forever,” stated Clark Hampton, Deputy
Superintendent of Business and Support Services. “That’s why this is such a big deal and why it is different from the other CFDs.”

 

Although CUSD has already eliminated three of its ten outstanding Mello-Roos districts, Hanacek said, “This was the big one.”


“It is exciting to be able to do this for the taxpayers in our District,” Hanacek says. “Eliminating 87-1 will alleviate a significant percentage of all of the District’s remaining Mello-Roos.”


The elimination of 87-1 is not the first action the CUSD Board of Trustees has taken in regards to Mello-Roos taxes. The Board of Trustees voted to end the use of “pay-as-you-go” special taxes in
August while also voting to establish CFD Citizen’s Oversight and Advisory Commission that will provide advice and oversight to the Board of Trustees. Their stewardship of taxpayer dollars has reduced
taxes for Community Facilities Districts by 46 percent, or $15.5 million a year in the last four years, which does not include the $42 million savings with the elimination of 87-1.

 

 

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Published: 10/6/16




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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




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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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SFID Bond Measure will provide up to $889 Million to Fund Needed School Repairs & Upgrades

 
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – During the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees regular meeting on August 10, 2016, the Board voted 6-1 to place a School Facility Improvement District (SFID) bond measure before voters on the November 8, 2016 ballot that removes from the voting area the community of Rancho Mission Viejo, the newest community in CUSD that will not have a school until the Fall of 2018. 


If approved by the voters, the measure would provide up to $889 million to fund critical repairs and upgrades, upgrade classroom technology infrastructure and create classrooms that support 21st Century learning. The bond would be paid by property taxes estimated to not exceed $43 per each $100,000 of assessed valuation (not market value) of property for the life of the bond program. Each bond issuance is anticipated to be 25 years, and bonds are planned to be issued over a ten year period.

 
“We believe that the success of our students is reliant upon our ability to provide a safe and healthy learning environment that also reflects twenty-first century learning,” said CUSD President Amy Hanacek. “While our staff and teachers ensure that each of our schools are kept clean and secure, 70 percent of our classrooms were built over 20 years ago and are in need of modernization and upgrades.”

 
The funding will also help ensure CUSD remains one of the top school districts in California with state of the art innovations through upgraded classrooms, science labs and vocational training rooms that improve student learning and achievement. These investments will allow the District to continue providing students with the career and technical knowledge to compete for tomorrow’s high-paying jobs.

  
If approved, the bond measure could put this District in line to receive up to $229 million in state matching funds, pending approval of the statewide facilities bond (Proposition 51) in November.

 
All money generated from the bond measure will be spent only on repairs, upgrades, and improving classroom technology infrastructure. No money from this measure will go to any employee salary or benefit including teacher or administration pensions, as legally required.

 

The bond also includes accountability measures that go beyond what is required. In addition to the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee, we are also forming a School Facilities and Finance Advisory Committee and School Family Regional Committees to provide input, advice and recommendations on school facilities and finance.  

 

 “For more than 50 years, CUSD students have been prepared to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world due in large part to the high-caliber education they receive that builds and strengthens the skills needed to excel in their careers. We believe that making these investments in our students secures the future of our communities by strengthening our future leaders, our local economy and workforce,” added Hanacek. 
To view specific school site plans and projects or for additional information, please visit our Facilities and Finance page located on our website.  

 

About: For more information about CUSD, our unwavering commitment to student success, the Community Committee on School Classrooms and Campus Facilities, and how we will meet the challenges of tomorrow, please contact our Chief Communications Officer, Ryan Burris, at (949) 234-9427.   

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/12/16


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