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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What: Superintendent’s Community Forum

 

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

 

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

 

Who: Parents, students, staff, community members

 

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

 

 

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




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

Dear CUSD Families:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sincerely,

 

Kirsten Vital
Superintendent

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




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

Hello Capistrano Unified School District,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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




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

In the Fall of 2018, up to 11 schools will have full-day Kindergarten (each of these schools will make their own determination as to whether they will offer full day Kinder this year).

 

Learn More

 

Kindergarten
 

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




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

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

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

A printed version is available upon request. 

 

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

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




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

Three local teachers recognized at surprise classroom celebrations!

 

Congratulations to our 2018 Teachers of the Year:

 

Elementary Teacher Carol Cutkomp,

Middle School Teacher Susan Peterson and

High School Teacher David Pino!

 

Carol Cutkomp

Susan Peterson

David Pino

 

Please refer to the attached press release for more information.

 

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




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

School Financing
 

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




Audience: Webmasters and Elementary School News Group

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

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




Audience: Webmasters and Elementary School News Group

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

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




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

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

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




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

January 17, 2018

Dear Capistrano Unified School District Community:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Ryan Burris
Chief Communications Officer

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/17/18




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

Sent on behalf of CUSD and CUEA

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

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

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




Audience: Webmasters and Elementary School News Group

Please view the attached schedule for dates and times for each school.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/3/18




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




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

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

 

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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




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

Language Immersion Information
 

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




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

A New CUSD Family Holiday Tradition

Merry Monarch with CUSD

A Festive Tree Lighting with Performances by Capistrano Unified Schools

 

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

 

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

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

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

Click here * to purchase tickets to tree lighting.

 

 

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Festival de Luces con Actuación Especial del Distrito Escolar de Capistrano

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

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

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

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




Audience: Elementary School News Group

Capistrano Unified School District's Early Childhood Programs department is conducting a survey of all CUSD families within each area of the district regarding the preschool needs in order to determine the need for additional preschool services or increased hours of operation at the current elementary school sites where a preschool program is offered.

 

Current preschool programs are available at 22 elementary school sites across the district, including fee-based and state funded programs for low-income families.  We are asking each family with current or future preschool children to complete the survey.

 

Please use the following link to locate the survey.  We are asking that the survey is completed by Friday, November 17.

 

Here is the link:  https://goo.gl/forms/rngopTJAi9tOrEQC2  

 

Thank you for your participation!

 

 

 

Debbi Keeler Ph.D.

Director, Early Childhood Programs

Capistrano Unified School District

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/8/17




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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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




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

CUSD Holiday Closures
 

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




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

High school students and their families can meet with representatives from over 130 institutions and attend breakout sessions to help navigate the college journey

 

WHAT: College Fair 2017 for CUSD and high school students and their families. Download the flyer, participant list, and breakout session schedule at www.cusd-futureology.org/college-fair

 

  • Meet with representatives from over 130 universities, colleges, technical and art schools, and military academies to learn about the many outstanding programs and options available across the country.
  • Attend breakout sessions (All sessions available in Spanish + Paying For College in Farsi)

 

6:30pm

  • Harvard, Berkeley, or Bust: Secrets of Highly-Selective College Admission (Theater)
  • Maximizing Your SAT and ACT Test Score (Black Box) Great Colleges for Students Who Don't Have Perfect Grades and Amazing Test Scores (The Mall)
  • Increasing College Readiness and Affordability via CLEP, Concurrent Enrollment, and WUE (Choral Room)
  • The Community College Transfer Process (Cougar Hall)

 

7:30pm

  • Paying for College without Going Broke (Theater)
  • Creating Your College Athletic Recruiting Game Plan (Black Box)
  • Reducing Anxiety in College Admissions & Standardized Testing (The Mall)
  • Increasing College Readiness and Affordability (Choral Room)
  • The Community College Transfer Process (Location: Cougar Hall)

 

WHEN: Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

 

WHERE: Capistrano Valley High School, 26301 Via Escolar, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

 

FREE SHUTTLE! Avoid the crowds and park at Saddleback College, Lot A1

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: COLLEGEFAIR@capousd.org

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/26/17




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

Please refer to the attached letter for details of the last two best final offer options to CUEA.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/24/17




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: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 10/18/17




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: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/26/17




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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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, 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

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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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
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: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/25/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group

BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPOINT PITZEN AT JULY 26 MEETING

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA.— The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed Sharla Pitzen to Principal, Phillip Reilly Elementary School, at their July 26 meeting.

 

For the last seven years, Sharla Pitzen has served in the District as Executive Director, Infant-Elementary Special Education Programs. She was responsible for the District oversight of Special Education Intervention programs and a professional resource for Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) teams on legal issues, mediation compliance and student placements. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Ms. Pitzen served as a Director with the Special Education Division. Prior to moving to Orange County, Pitzen served as a special education teacher.

 

“Reilly is a phenomenal school with an outstanding character education program and high academic standards,” Pitzen said. “Reilly has wonderful teachers that are focused on teaching and learning and supportive parents that are actively involved in facilitating a learning environment. I look forward to working alongside the entire Reilly community and sharing that same focus.”

 

Ms. Pitzen’s appointment is effective July 27, 2017.
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
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
 

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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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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
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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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
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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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
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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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
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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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
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: Tania Cluttey, 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: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/26/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group

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

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




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: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/9/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group

Board of Trustees Appoint Suzanne Keck to Principal of Del Obispo Elementary School

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees has appointed Suzanne Keck Principal of Del Obispo Elementary School, effective July 24, 2017.

 

Ms. Keck was appointed to the lead position to fulfill a vacancy created upon the retirement of the school’s current principal, Kathy Parker. Keck served in the Monrovia High School District for over 20 years, beginning her career as a teacher before climbing the ranks to Elementary School Principal, a position she has held for the past six years.

 

Over the course of her career, Keck developed program initiatives, optimized the learning atmosphere and created opportunities for each student to reach their full potential. Her accomplishments include: implementing a Mandarin Dual Immersion program, guest speaking in China at a teaching conference, implementing Code to the Future Computer Science Immersion, and bringing transitional kindergarten and spring kindergarten to her school.

 

Described as a leader among her peers with a firm commitment to student-centered learning, Keck’s proven record of educational success prepared her for her new role at Del Obispo Elementary School.

 

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/8/17




Audience: Elementary School News Group

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

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 6/7/17




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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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
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: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/19/17




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: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/8/17




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: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 5/2/17




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.

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 4/14/17




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: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/29/17




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

 

Did you know that elementary and middle school students in the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) may enroll in Capistrano Home School or Capistrano Virtual School? Parents may homeschool their students utilizing CUSD textbooks and materials or parents may enroll their students in CUSD’s online/virtual elementary and middle school. CUSD credentialed teachers provide support to students and parents in both programs.  In addition, elementary students may participate in music at their neighborhood CUSD elementary school and middle school students have the opportunity to enroll in up to two classes at their resident CUSD middle school. 

 

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!

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/23/17




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: Tania Cluttey, 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: Tania Cluttey, 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:

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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: Tania Cluttey, 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: Tania Cluttey, 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: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/13/17




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

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

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

A printed version is available upon request. 

 

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

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, 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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CUSD Financial Transparency Portal
 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/24/17




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

Capistrano Unified Offers a Variety of Schools, Programs

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

 

 

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/24/17




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

Please refer to the attached document.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/14/16




Audience: Elementary School News Group

Please refer to the attached link for dates, times and locations.

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 12/5/16




Audience: Elementary School News Group

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

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Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 11/28/16


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(949) 234-9200

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