School News Roll Call, Nov-Jan 2014-15


School News Roll Call, Nov-Jan 2014-15
Education + Communication = A Better Nation
Covering the Tustin Unified School District
In Touch
with TUSD
The 2014-15 school
year got off to a
roaring start at Tustin
Unified! Getting a
school year off to a
Gregory A.
successful start for
Franklin, Ed. D. 24,000 students, over
2,000 employees
and 28 schools is a complex task
that takes outstanding work from
everyone in the organization.
Besides the outstanding work
that happened on each campus by
teachers, principals, counselors and
staff, I want to highlight some other
outstanding projects.
Over 780 teachers participated
in the three-day Literacy Institute
where elementary teachers focused
on a balanced literacy approach
– rigorous reading and writing
instruction – and secondary teachers
focused on raising the level of rigor,
See Superintendent • Page 15
“State of the Schools” Connects with the Community
By Mark Eliot
Director of Communications
The Tustin Unified School
District and Tustin Public
Schools Foundation held
their third annual State
of the Schools Breakfast
on September 22 in the
Tustin High School Sports
Pavilion. Over 330 people
– administrators, staff,
parents, city officials,
business and community
members – attended the
event, which celebrated the
accomplishments of TUSD
and raised funds for the
The breakfast included an
address by Superintendent
Gregory Franklin about
Tustin Unified’s learning
and technology initiatives,
the video debut of “TUSD
Connect: A Year of Learning”
and student musical
Tustin High School’s award-winning Dance Team gets into the swing of things.
Tustin High’s Jazz Band, under the direction of Michael Fisk, and Tustin High
Dance Team, led by coaches Kierstie Nielsen, Kaylee Uribe and Jon Aldanese,
performed for the group. Tustin High ASB assisted with the decorations, set up and
take down and VIP parking.
The “Year of Learning” video can be seen on the TUSD Web site’s Home Page at
Learning Laptops in Students’ Hands
SAT Scores Higher than State and Nation
By Mark Eliot, Director of Communications
High school students at Beckman, Foothill, Hillview and Tustin are utilizing
their new Toshiba laptops for optimal learning experiences in the classroom
this school year. Since September, over 15,000 student iPads and Toshiba
laptops were distributed
to fifth- through 12thgrade students, while
another 3,000 iPads
are being used in
kindergarten through
fourth-grade classrooms
– all funded through the
Measure S program. In
the photo to the right,
Beckman students are
seen working on their
laptops during the first
day of distribution.
Each day, more than
22,000 devices are
connected to the TUSD
Students explore their new laptops.
By Mark Eliot, Director of Communications
The Tustin Unified School District has announced that its 2014 Scholastic
Assessment Test (SAT) scores continue to be higher than California and
national scores. For the fifth consecutive year, the District also reported an
increase in the number of college-bound seniors who took the SAT.
High school students throughout the nation take the SAT each year. The
test consists of math, critical reading and writing sections. The results are
published by the College Board as part of the criteria used for admission to
colleges and universities.
Tustin Unified’s average math score of 554 continues to be well above the
state average of 510 and national average of 513. The District’s average critical
reading score of 536 is also above the state average of 498 and national average
of 497. The District’s writing score of 545 is much higher than California’s score
of 496 and the national average of 487.
TUSD’s total mean score of 1635 significantly exceeded the state mean score
of 1504 and the national mean score of 1497.
For 2014, Tustin Unified students outperformed students in the nation by 39
points in critical reading and 41 points in math. District students averaged 49
points over the state average and 58 points over the national average in writing.
During the 2014-15 school year, Tustin Unified will target instruction to
increase the number of graduates who participate in higher level courses and
complete UC/CSU entrance requirements.
Schools pages 3—13 • Tustin Public Schools Foundation page 2 • District Services page 14 • Contest page 18
National Merit Scholarship Students page 15 • Orange County Department of Education page 19
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Dino Dash Raises Funds for School Grants
By Makenzie Hirz, Event Assistant (FHS 2009)
The successful 24th Annual Dino Dash Run, Walk, and Ride
for Education was this past Sunday, November 2nd, 2014. Thank
you to everyone who donated, participated, and volunteered
in support of the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. We had
children of all ages, families, and students come out for a day
of fitness and fun. Proceeds from the event benefit all 28 local
public schools within the Tustin Unified School District.
Carol Burby
Through these proceeds, the Tustin Public Schools
is able to award Classroom and School Grants. The
Executive Director
Foundation’s Grant Program is designed to support education
standards at individual schools and inspire effective teaching and learning. To
celebrate the Foundation’s 25th anniversary, grants up to $3,000 are available
per school for classroom or school-wide projects, books, teacher professional
development, and more. For further information, go to
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addition to academics the District
is focused on healthy minds and
bodies. Each issue Teresa Squibb,
Director of Nutrition Services, brings
you up to date on healthy dietary
choices. That is especially important
with the tempting holiday food.
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Arroyo Elementary School
11112 Coronel Rd., Santa Ana, CA 92705 • 714/730-7381
Giving Back
When you walk onto the Arroyo Elementary School campus,
you can tell that there is much more to this school than
academics. Arroyo is all about giving back to the community.
This year, Arroyo has participated in a variety of activities to
do just that. In September, students turned out at Peppertree
Park to support pediatric cancer research at the second annual
loom-a-thon. How excited students were to see the inventor of the
Amy Fedderly
popular rubber-band loom there to support the effort.
Students have also
participated in additional
events through Ripple
Kids, Boy and Girl
Scouts, and school-based
activities. We’ve raised
money for Orange County
animal shelters and
provided new socks and
canned food for families in
As the new principal,
I am thrilled to see this
philanthropic attitude
in action. I know that
students can truly
make an impact in their
communities, and I can’t
wait to see what they will
come up with next!
Arroyo fifth-graders Zoe Skinner, Grace Fischer and
Teagan Prowell volunteer at the Loom-a-thon.
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Arnold O. Beckman High School
3588 Bryan Ave., Irvine, CA 92602 • 714/734-2900
College Day 2014
Beckman High School’s goal is to ensure college and career
readiness for our students. On October 15, Beckman hosted its
first College Day for all grade levels. Freshmen took the College
Board Readistep, a test that provides feedback on how well each
student is performing in key academic areas. Sophomores and
juniors took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT),
also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship
Adele Heuer
Seniors had the opportunity to attend workshops on collegelevel athletics, art schools, financial aid, career and technical programs,
the community college transfer process, and application workshops for
the University of California, California State University, and the Common
Application for private colleges/universities. In addition, workshops were held
on writing a
personal statement
and Naviance, an
online program
focused on
college and career
The workshops
were presented
by experts in
the field, and
the application
workshops were
led by Beckman’s
four counselors.
Beckman students attend workshops during College Day.
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Barbara Benson Elementary School
12712 Elizabeth Way, Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7531
Walk to School Day
On October 8, Benson students and families participated in
International Walk to School Day. We would like to thank a local
church for
welcoming the
Benson families
with a light
breakfast and
Deena Vela
providing a
meeting place
for everyone to meet and walk
together as a community.
This is a global event that
involves communities from
all over the world walking
to school on the same day.
This day represents our
school’s mission and vision
to create a fun learning
environment, encourage
healthy habits, advocate for a
cleaner environment, promote
safety, and most importantly,
improving neighborhood
connections and relationships.
This was a great event that
allowed Benson families to
come together to make a
difference. Way to go Benson
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Benjamin Beswick Elementary School
1362 Mitchell Ave., Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7385
Clinic in the Park
Students from Beswick and Thorman elementary schools
participated in the Clinic in the Park with their parents in
October. Bobby Grich, retired Angels All-Star second baseman,
attended and delivered a motivational talk to families on staying
fit and eating healthy. Children received autographed pictures
of Mr. Grich and had the opportunity to ask him questions about
Eileen Delaney being a major league baseball player.
Irene Thomas, community liaison at Beswick Elementary,
coordinated the trip during which families were able to access
medical and dental services, referrals to community resources, child safety
information and parent-education resources.
Retired Angels’ player Bobby Grich signs autographs for
Adan Ochoa, Milce Palacios, Jaime Ochoa and Angel Rodriguez.
The October visit to the clinic was a huge success. After accessing services
and participating in the health chat by Bobby Grich, students and their families
toured the park’s farm where all the produce harvested is donated to the local
food bank—another example of how community members work together to take
care of one another.
Columbus Tustin Middle School
17952 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7352
Supporting Student Success
Columbus Tustin Middle School partners with many outside
community organizations to help provide various student support
and learning opportunities beyond the regular school day. These
programs are made possible through the hard work of volunteers,
donations, and our counselors who coordinate them.
The Beyond School Walls program provides Bulldog students
with 1:1 mentors from a local company. Each month a select
Dean Crow
group of students boards a bus to the company’s corporate office
to spend two hours in a structured individualized mentorship
within the corporate world. Students work on topics that include financial
literacy, career development, college planning, and team building.
Girls Inc. volunteers meet with our students once a week for an hour after
school throughout the first semester. This program seeks to inspire girls to be
strong, smart and bold. Girls Inc. gives students the tools and support they need
to succeed, including trained professionals who can mentor and guide them in a
safe, girls-only environment.
Columbus Tustin also partners with the UC Irvine chapter of WYSE. The
chapter brings university women onto the campus to meet with our students
once a week after school for 16 weeks. This program helps empower our young
women by providing the resources and support they need to make positive life
choices and create community change.
Columbus Tustin also partners with THINK Together to provide a daily
after-school program. This consists of various academic and enrichment
elements, as well as a healthy living component that features physical fitness,
character education and nutrition education.
A.G. Currie Middle School
1402 Sycamore Ave., Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7360
Panthers Reach Out for Healthy Living
At Currie, students continue to impress and exceed
expectations. The talented staff and students have created a
tremendous synergy that has resulted in unprecedented success
at Currie Middle School.
Currie recently had the honor of being named the only Title
I High Achieving Middle School in Orange County, and our
Erick Fineberg staff continues to push and challenge our students in rich and
authentic ways. Recently, the eighth-grade Core classes looked at
the attendance rates of TUSD students and students across the
nation. In doing so, they
focused on critical areas
of need for elementaryage students. Their
research was put into
practice by hosting the
Health Faire for their
third-grade fellow big
cats, in which they
educated groups of five
students on an issue
challenging a healthy
Currie students
overwhelmed their
younger peers and
the faculty with their
thoughtfulness and
informative lessons.
It was an impressive
showing and another
example of the great
work being doing by the
Currie eighth-graders educate third-grade Thorman students
teachers and staff at
about child obesity and the dangers as part of the Health Fair.
Foothill High School
19251 Dodge Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705 • 714/730-7464
Laptop Computers
This is an exciting time at Foothill High School. Late in
September, students received their very own laptop computers.
These laptops, funded by Measure S, have already begun
to transform the classrooms as a part of the Tustin Unified
School District Connect initiative. In just three short weeks, we
have seen students collaboratively creating presentations and
Dr. Nick Stephany writing articles, finding information from primary sources on
the Internet, and using spreadsheets to collect data and make
predictions. Teachers and students are excited by the potential
these laptops hold.
One of the biggest benefits of the laptop computers is the extension of
classroom collaboration. Using programs such as Google Docs, students are
able to collectively contribute to assignments without the boundaries of the
classroom walls. Evidence and facts are available at the touch of a button,
allowing students to spend less time on finding factoids and more time on
collectively constructing knowledge and applying that knowledge to real-life
While the computers are great, they do not replace good teachers. Our
teachers are spending hours upon hours designing sound lesson plans that
actively engage students in their learning and supported by technology. The
classroom standards have become more rigorous. As a result, our students are
receiving a first-class education. In less than a month, we have started to see
the potential that these computers can unlock.
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Helen Estock Elementary School
14741 North. B St., Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7390
Estock Eagles Walk to School
The Estock Eagles laced up their walking shoes for our recent
International Walk to School Day on October 8. Almost 150
families, students, and staff met at Peppertree Park and walked
to Estock School.
Two officers from the Tustin Police Department met the
families at the park and escorted them on their walk, helping
everyone safely cross the streets on their way to school. Our
Rabel Blackman scholars from Estock Elementary also made signs and banners to
carry on the walk to let the neighbors know the purpose of this
Walk to School Day
is one component of our
school’s plan to focus on
the health and wellness of
our student community. It
was also the kick-off event
for the Parent Teacher
Association’s “Fire up Your
Feet” campaign.
Estock is also providing
nutrition lessons during
the day in cooperation
with the Orange County
Department of Education,
by using a healthy snack
and treat policy. It is even
hosting a running club for
Almost 150 students, families, and staff walked to
students during recess!
Estock Elementary for Walk to School Day on October.
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November 2014—January 2015
Guin Foss Elementary School
18492 Vanderlip Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705 • 714/730-7552
Student Council Elections, Fall 2014
Fall Student Council Elections took place in October. Fortyseven students in grades 3–5 participated in the election process.
They campaigned with posters and gave speeches at a school
assembly. We are excited to announce that Kevin Zayas will
be our new
and he looks
Kelly Fresch
forward to
with 11 other students now
through February to support
the Guin Foss student body.
They plan to sell holidaygrams, healthy snacks and
pencils to raise money for
their annual class donation.
They also plan to make Red
Ribbon Week a fun-filled
event. They will provide
support to the community
with projects like a cannedfood collection, a toy drive
and natural-disaster relief. In
addition, they will determine
Spirit Days for each month
and be responsible for giving
out rewards at Friday Flag
As their advisor, I look
forward to working closely
with them as they grow as
Thomas Mendoza, Sophia Suarez, and Kevin Zayas,
leaders on campus!
Candidates for President, with Advisor Mrs. Fresch.
Hewes Middle School
13232 Hewes Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705 • 714/730-7348
Happenings at Hewes
Over the summer our Hewes campus was rejuvenated with
several exciting renovations. Five science classrooms were
updated along with the art classroom and home economics.
This work helps bring new life into these classrooms. It also
gets them ready to further implement our 21st-century learning
strategies for students. In alignment with TUSD Connect, these
stress rigorous standards and engaging strategies that utilize
Eric Kilian
The Hewes PTA recently offered its students the opportunity
to see a multimedia presentation by the Rachel’s Challenge program. This event
focused on the importance of setting a “chain reaction of kindness” both in
school and during our daily lives. In addition to setting and writing down goals,
the program also helps to promote a positive learning environment where all
students can feel welcome and included.
Perhaps the most powerful part of this assembly was the optional training
offered to students after school that will continue to create a culture of
kindness and compassion. Over 150 students at Hewes volunteer for the Friends
of Rachel Club.
With assistance from the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, Hewes is proud
to announce the launch of its new robotics program, which is run through our
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math class (STEM). It has been amazing
to watch our team problem-solve, plan, and write computer code to direct our
robot as they get ready to compete against the other district middle schools.
Go, Highlanders!
Robert Heideman Elementary School
15571 Williams St., Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7521
Reading Workshop
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Heideman
Elementary School kindergarten and first-grade teacher
Catherine Lien snapped a photo of one of her students during
Reading Workshop, and I’ve been thinking a lot about what it’s
saying. At the time this photo was taken, Ms. Lien’s students
were spread around the room, reading independently. This photo
then tells us that, on her own initiative, after encountering a
Sean Lindsay
challenge, she quietly rose from her reading spot, walked over to
the easel, and flipped to a
chart that she remembered
from a lesson. She is an
independent problem solver.
The photo also tells us
that the reader is striving
to independently apply a
previously taught reading
strategy. Ms. Lien could
hear her whispering to
herself as she went through
the three questions, one by
one. Then…success! She
walked back to her spot and
continued with her reading
Heideman teachers are
working hard to implement
Reading Workshop. You can
A young reader in teacher Catherine Lien’s
see why.
class shows independence.
Hicks Canyon Elementary School
3817 Viewpark Ave., Irvine, CA 92602 • 714/734-1878
Earthquake Preparedness at Hicks Canyon
On October 16 at 10:16 a.m. students, teachers, and staff
at Hicks Canyon Elementary took part in the Great Shake out
along with millions of other people worldwide. Earthquake
drills like this are practiced as a way to plan and prepare for
the possibility that an earthquake will occur when students
are at school. Students are taught to drop, cover, and hold on.
Cindy Agopian Once the simulation is complete everyone exits the building and
heads toward our safe gathering place where all students are
accounted for.
Then teachers
and staff move
into action,
practicing in
their assigned
roles. Through
and practicing
practice drills
such as this,
Hicks Canyon
and staff will
know what to
do when the
Teachers Hillary Biehl and Jane Kjosen
shaking begins.
keep Hicks Canyon School safe.
Hillview High School
15400 Lansdowne Rd., Tustin, CA 92782 • 714/730-7356
Job-Shadowing Program
A very exciting program that we have at Hillview High School
is our job-shadowing program. Students have the opportunity
to spend the day with individuals who are currently working in
occupations that interests them.
Thanks to the hard work of Hillview teacher Laszlo Berzsenyi,
students have been able to work alongside business people,
Tim O’Donoghue cosmetologists, sports doctors, auto mechanics, computer
technicians, fashion designers and chefs. Each quarter of the school
year, students have the choice of three different jobs to shadow.
While at the job site, the students have a series of questions to ask the
employees, such as education needed, salary, and pros and cons of the job. After
visiting the job sites, students complete a reflection on their experience and are
required to write a thank-you letter.
Teacher, Laszlo Berzsenyi with Job Shadowing Students Lorena Rosales,
Toni Goree, Ismaeil Acosta, Andrea Mejia and Daniel Richar
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Ladera Elementary School
2515 Rawlings Way, Tustin, CA 92782 • 714/730-7505
Parent Involvement Is Critical to Our Success
We are fortunate to have a high degree of parental
involvement. Research supports that parental involvement is
critical to school success. Schools that are highly effective share
some common characteristics, among them strong teachers
and leadership, high expectations, a positive school culture and
climate, student feelings of belonging, and high levels of parental
Derek Pinto
When parental
levels of commitment
are maximized, students heighten
their own efforts and exceptional
results usually follow. Ladera’s Parent
Teacher Organization (PTO) has
played a critical role in shaping high
expectations and providing positive
contributions toward an inclusive
and welcoming school culture for all
of our Ladera Leopards. The PTO
has been instrumental in creating
opportunities for parent participation
with committees that range from
family restaurant and fun nights
to Art Masters and Book Fairs.
These precious moments provide
quality time for parents and their
children, and serve to forge a deeper,
Parent Janice Lee and Kristin Schechter,
meaningful connection to school
co-vice presidents of fundraising; and
experiences and student success.
PTO Co-President Carmel Cox are
involved volunteers at Ladera.
November 2014—January 2015
C.C. Lambert Elementary School
1151 San Juan St., Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7457
Lions LOVE Literacy!
Balanced Literacy is in full force on the Lambert Elementary
School campus. With the Reader’s Workshop approach you will
see readers…everywhere! They are at desks, under desks, on
pillows, lying, sitting…all cozied up to some good books and
practicing deeper reading strategies they are learning from their
hardworking teachers. Reading fluency and stamina levels are
growing daily.
Deanna Parks
Reading isn’t limited to the classroom either. Books are being
shared at the lunch tables with laughs galore. Literacy continues
with the workshop model in writing, shared reading, where all eyes are on the
same text, and interactive read-alouds, where students are learning reading
strategies, fluency and expression, to name a few things.
Ricardo Gonzalez
said, “You can
choose your own
books, and they
are way more
interesting!” Steven
Valencia added, “You
get way more into
the story!”
Gone are the
days of round-robin
reading, and here
to stay is deeper
thinking in books of
interest that foster a
Students in Nancy Estrada’s fourth-grade class
love of reading!
are consumed with reading.
Loma Vista Elementary School
13822 Prospect Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705 • 714/730-7528
Our Parents Go Above and Beyond
Our Parent-Teacher Organization and our Loma Vista Dads
group are the best! They go above and beyond to make our
school an amazing place for children to learn and grow each day.
Their fund-raising efforts provide students with educational
enhancements such as art programs, books for the school library
and teachers’ classroom libraries, laptop computers, and field
trips, to name a few.
Katy Sheyka
Thanks to these two groups, we recently celebrated the
completion of technology upgrades to our multipurpose room
(MPR), turning it into a digital learning center. This space will be utilized for
student collaboration supported by technology and much more. During the
recent heat wave,
fifth-grade students
utilized the MPR to
engage in yoga for
physical education.
The lesson was
delivered via
technology, which
increased student
engagement and
made learning fun.
We are incredibly
grateful to our
parents for their
unending support
of our Loma Vista
Fifth-graders enjoy Yoga in the newly-upgraded multipurpose room.
Myford Elementary School
3181 Trevino Dr., Irvine, CA 92602 • 714/734-1875
Engaging Student Readers
One way Myford Elementary is focusing on rigorous standards
and engaging instructional strategies is by the use of the guided
reading component of Balanced Literacy. Students are assessed
using “running records,” a system that moves them from Level A
(early kindergarten) to Level Z (above fifth grade). The teachers
can then target their independent and instructional reading
Rena Fairchild levels and help move them along the continuum.
As we have been leveling all of our books, we quickly realized
that we needed to have more of them in order for the students to
read voraciously at their individual levels. Our generous parents and amazing
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) have been instrumental in helping build up
our classroom libraries!
As some of
these instructional
practices may be new
or unfamiliar to our
parents, we will be
holding several parent
workshops this year.
We offered the first
one on October 30. The
subject matter focused
on guided reading and
what an independent
reading level means.
Our parents also learned
about the importance
of the children reading
Fifth-grade students volunteer during their lunch recess
“just right” books.
to books labeled and out to the classrooms.
W.R. Nelson Elementary School
14392 Browning Ave., Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7536
Our Researchers Study the Effects of Pollution
For the tenth year in a row, Nelson fifth-grade students were
invited to participate in the Ocean Institute’s Kids’ Conference on
Watersheds held annually in Dana Point. The program involves
two field trips to the Ocean Institute, both funded by local
During the first trip, students learn about pollution’s effect
our local oceans and how the watersheds in the area all lead
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to the ocean. They go out beyond the Dana Harbor jetty on the
Ocean Institute’s Sea Explorer to take water samples. For many
of our students, this is their first time on a boat in the open ocean. Boys and
girls then spend time in the Institute’s lab dissecting fish.
Nelson fifth-graders Victoria Cruz, Jesus Garcia, Edwin Moran, Niko Friel,
Akemi Nakachi and Carlos Diaz aboard the Ocean Institute’s Sea Explorer.
Students learn that by preventing pollution in the watersheds, they are
preserving our oceans for future generations. They return to Nelson and
develop a research project designed to reduce pollution in their watershed. In
January, classes return to the Ocean Institute to attend the Kids’ Conference on
Watersheds to present their findings.
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Orchard Hills School is forging ahead with the TUSD Connect
principles of rigorous standards and engaging strategies,
supported by technology with the help of a generous grant. The
grant will fund technology support at both Orchard Hills School
and Beckman High School. Lauren Steinmann has joined the
Orchard Hills staff and will be coaching nine fellows at the site. In
Rich Montgomery addition, Mrs. Steinmann will provide ongoing staff trainings and
technology and curriculum support. Mrs. Steinmann has taught
in Tustin Unified for ten years and served as a TUSD Digital
Learning Coach for the 2013-2014 school year. In addition to the iPads that
have been distributed to students from TUSD, the training, collaboration, and
support from our Digital Learning Coach will ensure that Orchard Hills’ staff
and students are prepared to be 21st century learners!
Orchard Hills digital learning coach Lauren Steinmann (second from left)
helps teachers Kim Gullo, Cori Johnston, Alison Bruner, Liz Root, Christy Platt
and Lawrence Arriaga prepare their students to be 21st century learners.
FRIENDS is an acronym that stands for Facilitating
Relationships and Interactions in Everyday Naturally Developing
Situations. Now in its third year, the FRIENDS Club at PCE pairs
children with varying exceptionalities with typically developing
peers to form relationships and build empathy. Each fall, fifthgrade students apply to become FRIEND Mentors and are
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a committee
of special
education teachers and
therapists. With the support
of our special education
staff, the mentors and
mentees meet every Friday
for lunch, and then spend
time having fun together.
Recently, the FRIENDS Club
met for some “Parachute
Pandemonium.” FRIENDS
Club members played games
with a large parachute,
running under it, bouncing
bean bags, and keeping the
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hiding inside. The scholars
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“Not yet,” was heard when
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Pioneer Middle School
Red Hill Elementary School
2700 Pioneer Rd., Tustin, CA 92782 • 714/730-7534
11911 Red Hill Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705 • 714/730-7543
Maximizing Student Academic Potential
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Building Skills for Fitness
The Pioneer Middle School Wildcats are on the move. As a
nationally recognized Professional Learning Community Middle
School, Pioneer recently hosted 21 middle school teachers,
counselors and administrators from across the country to see
the Pioneer faculty and students in action. This collaborative
day allows other middle schools to have a “peek preview” of the
dynamic systems and structures that Pioneer has integrated into
its daily schedule to support all students in attaining our mission:
Maximizing every student’s academic and personal responsibility.
If you come onto Red Hill’s campus on a Thursday, you will see
our field bustling with activity. That’s because for the past three
years our PTA and community have been investing in the “FIT
Thursday” program.
The PTA has fund-raised through its jog-a-thon to purchase
equipment and hire teachers for FIT. We now have two PE
Will Neddersen teachers who work with parent volunteers to help organize
different training circuits and activities for the development of
skills and sportsmanship.
The students are broken up into groups which rotate through the various
activities. Our FIT teachers show students how to first establish goals and then
set up new ones. The teachers have also partnered with various organizations
to bring some of their coaches and players out to work on skills in the different
sports. Red Hill’s students look forward to their FIT Thursdays!
Pioneer students participate in annual “Club Rush.”
In addition to sharing Pioneer’s best practices that support student learning,
Pioneer hosted its annual Club Rush, where 23 student-created and teachersponsored clubs are now a part of the Wildcat community. Weekly club
meetings create connectedness between our students, which is critical during
middle school years. A special thank you to all of our teachers who take time
from their schedules to host the club meetings.
Go, Wildcats!
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Jeane Thorman Elementary School
1402 Sycamore Ave., Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7364
Embracing the Challenge
The Thorman Elementary School Panthers are off to a
great start this school year. The teachers and staff have
embraced the Common Core State Standards and for the
second year of implementation have made tremendous strides
in implementation. Staff has done great work to improve not
only the quality but the relevance of their instruction to their
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One visit to Thorman classrooms and you see high levels of
student engagement, from students learning critical skills to
ensuring their success
as they prepare for a job
that likely does not exist
today. Teachers have
challenged students to go
beyond the foundational
skills and explore the
world around them,
tackling issues that affect
their daily lives.
Student engagement
and learning continues to
grow and develop every
day. We are all so proud of
our teachers and students
for the hard work and
willingness to learn and
challenge one another
each day.
Two Thorman students collaborate as they work to
solve a project-based problem in math.
Tustin Memorial Academy
12712 Browning Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705 • 714/730-7546
Family Involvement is Everywhere
Tustin Memorial Academy offers a multitude of ways for
parents and families to be involved and feel welcome at school.
We recently held a week-long celebration of books, which included
a fun family evening of reading. Students came dressed in their
pajamas and the stage was decorated to resemble a living room.
TMA staff took turns as the “Celebrity Readers” and shared their
Wendy Hudson favorite stories with children. Geronimo Stilton was on-hand
to greet families, as well! Three times a year we host “Lunch
with Dads” where more
than 100 fathers arrive
on campus armed with
blankets, beach chairs
(and usually lunch!) to
picnic with their children.
Parent cooking classes,
father-daughter dance,
son appreciation night,
kindergarten afterschool
co-op program, and our
dad’s H.E.R.O.E.S. group
are just a sampling of
the ways parents can be
involved with their child’s
education. At TMA, our
families are our partners
and we strive to create
opportunities for them to
Teacher Kaye Potsdam reads to a captive
feel included.
audience at Family Reading Night.
Tustin High School
1171 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7414
AVID National Demonstration School
Tustin High School has been named an AVID (Advancement
via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School!
As a National Demonstration School, Tustin High School will
host schools from all over the world as we serve as a model for
program implementation.
The AVID program has grown to serve over 550 students who
on a college track and will continue their learning at colleges
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all over the country. AVID is the foundation of Tustin High’s
college-readiness system, in which students are challenged with
rigorous coursework, participate in inquiry-based learning, and
serve as role models for their peers.
The AVID site team is instrumental in ensuring that all students at Tustin
High have the opportunity to attend college. The graduating class of 2014 was
accepted to over 25 different universities and earned approximately $2 million
dollars in scholarship and grant money. It’s an exciting time to be a Tiller!
Tustin High AVID students display their pride.
Tustin Ranch Elementary School
12950 Robinson Dr., Tustin, CA 92782 • 714/730-7580
The iPads are Coming!
Tustin Ranch Cool Coyotes anxiously awaited the arrival of
our iPads for classroom use. Teachers have integrated the use of
this technology as one of the many engaging strategies used to
involve students in learning and working with rigorous standards.
We are ready for another exciting year of learning!
Some great apps to download for school children on their
for educational use are Lexia Core 5, Front Row Ed.,
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any QR code reader, and a book reader (feel free
to download ebooks), chatterpix, sushimonster, cursive practice,
mad libs, and wonderopolis to name a few. Most public libraries have a free app
to check out and read books on the device. Tustin Ranch held a Family Night
at the Katie Wheeler branch of the public library to learn how to check out and
“borrow” ebooks from the Orange County public library too.
School librarian Kathy Pasmore checks out devices to fifth-grade students.
C.E. Utt Middle School
Marjorie Veeh Elementary School
13601 Browning Ave., Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7573
1701 San Juan St., Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7544
Attitude, Commitment and Achievement
Dean Jennings
Elections and a Poster Contest
The Utt Middle School Falcons celebrate their awesome
Attitude, Commitment, and Achievement (ACA)! Over 180
students were recognized this October for their outstanding
display of these core values. Once a month, each teacher rewards
three students for each of their classes—one for attitude, one for
commitment, and one for achievement—with ACA bracelets for
demonstrating one of our core values. Our students show great
pride in their ACA bracelets. Over the course of the year, they
will attempt to earn all three.
Leadership students Hannah Abdelhadi and Will Carlen-Jones supervise a game of
Water Balloon Hot Potato with Kyle Jennejohn.
In addition to students thinking they are “cool” to wear, the bracelets are
invitations to participate in the fun ACA activities organized by our leadership
class. This October, ACA winners have participated in water balloon volleyball,
water balloon basketball, and water balloon hot potato during their lunch break.
Congratulations, Utt Falcons! Keep soaring high with your excellent attitude,
commitment and achievement!
Congratulations to our newly elected Student Council officers:
Eduardo Reyes and Beyonce Rojas, co-presidents; Scarlett
Lozano, vice president; Itzy Torres Lua, secretary; Isela Trinidad,
treasurer; and Josue Menjivar and Isabella Arias, publicity chairs.
Under the guidance of advisor Elizabeth Catron, these officers
and student council members will help organize a canned-food
Ryan Bollenbach drive during Thanksgiving and a toy drive during the winter
holidays. The leaders will also decide on our Spirit Days and lead
our Friday Flag Ceremonies.
The Dino Dash Poster
Committee had the difficult
challenge of selecting one
winner per grade level from
over 150 entries. All of the
students who entered the
contest did an excellent job,
and their drawings will be
displayed throughout the
Congratulations to the
following students who were
the winners of the Dino Dash
Poster Contest: kindergarten,
Emily Diaz; first grade,
Princesa Rizo; second grade,
Ruby Nguyen; third grade,
Student Council:
Riley Carabio; fourth grade,
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November 2014—January 2015
Technology in TUSD Schools
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300 South C St.,Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7301 Ext. 306
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300 South C St.,Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7301 Ext. 302
Supporting Future-Ready Classrooms Construction Continues
Since September, the Tustin Unified School District (TUSD)
Informational Technology (IT) Department has been hard
at work supporting technology. By mid-October, over 15,000
electronic tablets and laptops were distributed to fifth- through
12th-grade students, while another 3,000 electronic tablets are in
kindergarten through fourth-grade classrooms. Each day, more
than 22,000 devices are connected to the TUSD network.
To support this large number of devices, the new data center
Crystal Turner
at Tustin High School is coming online. Once fully operational,
the data center is designed to provide the necessary connectivity
to meet student and staff technology demands created by
Measure S, ensuring the optimal learning environment for
Beyond devices and the data
center, new classrooms at Orchard
Hills School, Hewes and Pioneer
Middle Schools, and Foothill and
Tustin High Schools received
audio-video upgrades, including
interactive projectors or boards,
document cameras and voice
TUSD IT supports future-ready
classrooms, ensuring teachers,
staff and students are ready for
next generation teaching and
High school students use their
new laptops in the classroom.
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Tustin Unified School District
300 South C St.,Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7301 Ext. 309
Supporting New Teachers
The Tustin Unified School District is excited to welcome many
new and highly qualified teachers this year.
For those who are new to the profession, our Beginning
Teacher Support and Assessment Program (BTSA) can provide
opportunities for obtaining help and support from a mentor
teacher. Our new teachers can receive ongoing training in a wide
variety of areas, such as technology application, differentiation,
Kathie Nielsen Common Core, classroom management, formative assessment
and more.
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The goal of this two-year program is to support our new
teachers by strengthening the foundation of their instructional
and learning strategies. They will now be able to examine effective classroom
instruction in a job-embedded system of support and professional growth.
The program is also a
meaningful pathway to help
fulfill requirements for the
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and Education Specialist
Our BTSA teachers are
deeply involved in their
learning. Their mentorsupport providers are now
assisting them to help refine
and enhance their skills all
New teachers and support providers
year long!
participate in collaborative training.
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Chief Financial
The modernization of the science labs at Hewes Middle School,
and the 300 building at Tustin High School, is now complete. The
refurbished classrooms were ready in time to help kick off the
new school year.
Each project entailed the renovation of five classrooms,
including new utilities, flooring, lighting, ceilings, dry wall, paint,
windows, furniture and state-of-the-art technology. The Hewes
project also includes new lab sinks, counters, and prep spaces.
Construction on the Beckman Humanities Building is also now
underway, and steel assembly will begin this fall. The project
is on track for completion in late spring, and will be open for
student/staff use at the start of the 2015–2016 school year.
Other projects completed
this summer include the
English Learning relocation
(EL Center), Foothill
High library remodel,
lighting retrofits at Arroyo
Elementary School and
Columbus Tustin Middle
School, parking lot
expansions at Lambert and
Nelson elementary schools,
along with asphalt, flooring,
painting, mechanical and
roofing upgrades at various
Refurbished classroom at Tustin High School.
Nutrition Services
Tustin Unified School District
300 South C St.,Tustin, CA 92780 • 714/730-7301 Ext. 342
What’s on the Menu?
Teresa Squibb
When planning our menus, I look at these factors:
•Do the students like it? My goal is to provide not only healthy
choices but choices students like.
•Does it meet our state and federal requirements – the National
School Lunch program is required to provide five food
components and meet nutritional requirements.
•How processed is the meal item? When possible, we make our
entrees from scratch and have incorporated vendors who only
use organic and less preservatives.
•What is the cost of the meal item? Cost is a factor; Nutrition
Services is a self-funding department.
Here are a few of the many new meal items we have added this year:
•Elementary – homemade chili with quinoa, cheese raviolis with basil marinara.
•Middle – homemade enchiladas, homemade lasagna with whole grain pasta.
•High – daily BBQ’s carne asada and freshly made salmon burgers, lemon chicken over couscous. We are serving all natural chicken – no hormones. High school students enjoy freshly made salmon burgers.
TPSF Celebrates 25th Anniversary National Merit Scholarship Students
Tustin Mayor Al Murray presents a city proclamation for TPSF’s 25th anniversary
to Founding Board Member Linda Jennings, Foundation President Margie Sepulveda and TUSD
Board Member Jonathan Abelove at the annual TUSD/TPSF State of the Schools Breakfast.
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engagement and literacy in their content areas. Thanks to the
many teacher-leaders within Tustin Unified who led and/or
facilitated seminars and sessions. The sign of a true professional
is that no matter how expert they are, they continue to learn and
hone their practice. This defines the TUSD faculty. Thanks to
Educational Services Coordinator Stephanie Yang who facilitated
the institutes.
The District Maintenance and Operations Department worked
Gregory A.
Franklin, Ed. D. with our architect and contractors to ensure the remodeled
science labs at Hewes Middle School were ready for teachers
and students by the first day of school. The new labs were funded by Measure
S that was passed by the community in November 2012 and focused on better
preparing students to enter science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
The Information Technology Department did an outstanding job of preparing
classroom and student technology for the new school year. Work teams went
through every classroom to test and tune-up classroom equipment throughout
the summer, and teams of IT staff and Digital Learning Coaches are descending
on campuses to help with the deployment of student technology. TUSD’s
Information and Instructional Technology team has done outstanding work!
The Digital Learning Coaches hosted a kickoff for their new Technology
Fellows and have already begun offering trainings and coaching on every
campus in the District. We know adult learning requires follow-up refreshers
to ensure new strategies are fully adopted. The Digital Learning Coaches play
a crucial role in the TUSD Connect initiative to ensure technology is being
maximized to boost student learning.
The Tustin Public Schools Foundation (TPSF) sponsored student teams
from each of the District’s six middle schools in a robotics class at their
Summer Academy. These teams of students have formed the core of a robotics
team at their respective middle schools. The students learned design,
engineering principals, programming, problem solving and teamwork. They are
off to a great start thanks to their STEAM teachers and TPSF!
This is only a partial list of the really outstanding work that is being done
throughout Tustin Unified. Again, many thanks to the teachers, administrators
and support staff who contributed to our fast and successful start to the school
year. It’s turning out to be a great year!
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By Mark Eliot, Director of Communications
Nearly 70 students in the Tustin Unified School District have been selected
as either 2015 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists or Commended Students
by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Over 1.4 million juniors in nearly 22,000 U.S. high schools entered the
National Merit Program by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test last year.
Tustin Unified’s National Merit Semifinalists are among 16,000 high school
seniors who will compete for approximately 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards
worth about $33 million. They were selected based on their scores in the SAT/
NMSQT. The top scorers in each state, representing less than one percent of
those competing, are selected as semifinalists.
TUSD’s National Merit Semifinalists are: Bryan Cai, Shyam Chandrasekar,
Jeffrey Chen, Julie Cho, Katrina Duong, Connor Hass, Hamza Khan, Charles
Lin, Katherine Lo, Jennifer McCleary, Melinda Nguyen, Vivien Nguyen, Shahn
Thaliffdeen and Aaron Yu, seniors at Beckman High School; and Daniel
McNamara, a senior at Foothill High School.
Merit Scholarship finalists, based on high academic standards, personal
activities, a student essay, school and community recommendations, and SAT
scores, will be announced next spring.
The District’s National Merit Commended students are: Nikki Aflatooni,
Rahul Agarwal, Stephanie Aliaga, Daniel Botts, Austin Chiang, Jay Choi,
Vanessa Chou, Kevin Chu, Michelle Chuang, Casey Chung, Megan Chung,
Summer Davis, Noreen Farsai, Aiofe Galvin, David Han, Paul Hwang, Michael
Jang, Nikhil Khare, Vikram Khare, Isaac Ki, Min Kim, Rachel Kim, Cameron
Lee, Charleen Lee, Brandon Leung, Amy Li, Gina Li, Patrick Lin, Nathan Long,
Noah McMillen, Amy Montoya, Amir Nourishad, Jason Ong, Emre Ozen, Sara
Park, Dean Phan, Mira Pranav, Mayu Tanaka, Ryan Teng, Ajay Wahid, Annie
Wang, Allison Yang, seniors at Beckman High School; Lorien Bandhauer,
Elizabeth Bloor, Kishanee Haththotuwegama, Kimberly La, Sarah Lehman,
Matthew Marano, Thomas Spencer, Kelly Sullivan, Alec Telson, seniors at
Foothill High School; and Sasha Cheechov, a senior at Tustin High School.
These students are among approximately 34,000 Commended Students
throughout the nation being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
They placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who
entered the competition by taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Tests
(SAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Board of Education
James Laird
Francine Scinto
Vice President
Lynn Davis
Jonathan Abelove
Tammie Bullard
Mark Eliot
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November 2014—January 2015
Love Bug
Are you a Beluga Grad? If Raffi was part of your childhood,
you are. You dug into the meaning of “Baby Beluga” and had a great
time singing “Down by the Bay.” And if you’re not one, here’s your
chance to get a midlife diploma and mentor the children in your life.
Raffi Cavoukian, known by his first name, is bridging the
near generation gap he created by not issuing a children’s CD in
the last 12 years. Love Bug honors children and the world they
live in; the collection is an extension of Raffi’s social-change
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movement, Child Honoring, as well as his desire to create
environmental awareness and action as a team of humans. Worldly wise and
socially and environmentally conscious, Love Bug pays lip service to causes
only through what comes out between Raffi’s own lips.
All songs are meaningful and tuneful; they’re instructive for children and
therapeutic for adults. “Mama Loves It” sings about teamwork beginning in the
home. The instrumental “Pete’s Banjo” honors Pete Seeger, one of Raffi’s social
inspirations. “Seeing the Heart,” like a Zen parable, is interpretable through
intuition only, and “Water in the Well”—well, surely a teachable moment for our
drought-parched state.
And “Turn This World Around” brings it all together. Raffi’s music is gentle
and at the same time serious about the planet, both in leaving it for children
and for children doing their part to preserve it. They, too, will be adults
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Parent To Parent
Avoid Holiday Stress
Make plans now if you’ll be traveling for the holidays. If flying,
mail your gifts early; shop online and have them shipped directly
to the recipients or perhaps complete small gift buying once
you reach your destination. If online shopping is preferred, be
sure to read the fine print before making final decisions as many
include handling fees. Additionally, be sure to check out other
important terms like their return policy. Try to come up with a
reasonable budget and stick to it. Look for in-house specials at
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various stores and check to see if online coupons and specific
deals can also be used during sale dates at the physical storefront.
Save time by organizing a gift list by colors, sizes, manufacturer names and
even the names of stores. Avoid last minute shopping as it can lead to poorly
thought out purchases that neither you nor the recipient will appreciate.
Keep and file every receipt since we never know what will happen once a
product is in the hands of a child.
Mail your holiday cards early to ensure they arrive before the holiday,
rather than after. Get the kids to help address envelopes and put on stamps.
Depending on how many you are mailing, it might be best to do this in steps so
the kids will view it as a kind of holiday game instead of a chore.
Always plan your dinner ahead of time by going to the store with either
the recipe or a list of the exact items needed for each dish. If it’s one that
uses heavy cream or other fat-laden ingredients, scan a conversion chart for
healthier substitutes or check the internet to find more information.
Doing a little each day will help alleviate stress for yourself and your family.
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On The Run
Train to Race
Participation in road-running events has grown enormously
in the past decade. Just about every 10K, half-marathon, and
marathon event staged in Southern California has a record
number of participants each year.
In the early 1990s, long-distance running lost popularity as
indoor gym workouts seemed to take hold as the primary workout
activity of middle-aged Californians. But that trend has reversed,
and more people than ever are taking to the roads for jogging
Dr. Doug Richie
In addition, many jogging enthusiasts are targeting a specific
running event to train for. This is a positive trend because training goals can
be established based upon a single upcoming 10K or marathon race. Increased
length of training runs and greater intensity of workouts are motivated by the
goal of a successful race planned in the future.
Sometimes, overzealous training for a race can lead to injury. Planning a
long-term training schedule requires knowledge and experience. Fortunately,
there are wonderful resources available to the novice runner to help train for
long-distance race. Several charitable organizations, such as the Leukemia
Society, offer year-round clinics for people wanting to train for marathons while
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Dr. Doug Richie is a sports podiatrist who has practiced in Seal Beach for 32 years. He is
president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and serves as a medical
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College 4 Less
Hedging College Costs
Hedging is also a practice that every investor should know
about to protect their portfolio.
People hedge to protect themselves against an unforeseen
event. They buy car insurance to hedge against the negative event
of an accident. Unfortunately, it doesn’t keep the undesirable event
from happening, but it can reduce the impact it has on our lives.
There are a variety of insurance products on the market today.
will help you fund the cost of college while protecting your
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ability to get financial aid. Other types are designed solely
for protection.
We all know college costs are outrageous. You must start early if you plan to
fund college with life insurance and there are other strategies that can add to
your success in the amount of cash you are able to accumulate.
Two other important components regarding life insurance that can protect your
family to consider are: How inexpensive it is to have life insurance on yourself so
in the event you are not around, your child can still continue and complete their
education. The other is that if you are going to take loans against your home, a
401(k), or co-sign on a loan for your student it may be prudent to have life insurance
on the student. It’s very inexpensive to purchase and this could help reduce the
financial impact it could have on the family in an already unthinkable situation.
Life insurance, disability insurance and other types of insurance may be
a relatively small price to pay to protect your dreams and your family’s financial
future. Make sure you meet with a qualified life insurance agent and find out how
affordable it can be. Look for products that offer living benefits. My recommendation
is to go to an agent who has the ability to offer products from several companies. You
will be more likely get the product that is right for you and your loved ones.
Susan both educator and advisor specializes in college planning. She helps families save for and
pay for college. If you have questions you would like answered in a future article contact her at
[email protected] or on her Web site at
Curious George Goes to the Zoo—Word Search Contest
One word in the list is NOT in the word search.
When you have completed the word search, one word will be left and that word you
email to: [email protected] (Please put TUSD in subject line)
Entries must be received by December 31, 2014
From the correct entries one name will be drawn to win
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Inside the Outdoors
José was struggling in school. He knew he needed to complete
his core classes to graduate from high school, but could not
imagine how he would ever need those skills outside of school.
José needed an experience that would help him grasp the
connection between classroom learning and real life. Recognizing
that hands-on lessons would make the difference for students
like José, his teacher signed-up for Orange County Department of
Education’s (OCDE) Inside the Outdoors field program. As part of
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the field program experience, José performed water quality tests
and biological studies in the foothills of the Cleveland National
Forest. He used science to identify plants, mathematics to document results
from experiments, and language arts to record his observations. José felt
successful and inspired to learn more.
Jose’s situation is not unique. The evidence is clear: Project-based learning
creates a platform for academic success. In the book Getting Ready for
College, Careers, and the Common Core, author David Conley shares that “in
many cases, learning never goes beyond what and how,” so students often
lack the ability to conceptualize how to apply what they have learned to real
life situations. Conley contends that activities that encourage students to
engage actively in learning and provide them with opportunities to process
and integrate what they have learned are more effective and sustainable.
Hands-on activities allow students to develop deeper learning skills that
connect knowledge (what) and procedures (how) to the appropriate conditions
(when) and concepts (why). For José, that meant figuring out which science,
mathematics, and language arts skills he needed to use to find and articulate
what he discovered during his field studies.
Deeper learning is an essential element to college and career readiness.
The mission of OCDE is to ensure that all students are equipped with the
competencies they need to thrive in the 21st century. We achieve our mission
by providing students with hands-on learning opportunities through programs
such as Inside the Outdoors. An important part of OCDE’s portfolio since 1974,
Inside the Outdoors offers a variety of programs.
•Field Programs: Daylong STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) outdoor education K-12 programs that use nature’s classroom to bring textbook lessons to life
•Traveling Scientist: hour-long classroom programs that engage K-12 students in a variety of hands-on labs
•Service-Learning: In-depth multiple experience programs that allow students to apply what they have learned to community-based action projects
•Teacher Trainings: Webinars and in-person trainings that provide teachers with strategies to integrate Common Core Standards into classroom lessons
•Community Programs: STEM-focused family activities designed
to support student college and career readiness and parent engagement
Inside the Outdoors’ programs support Common Core and other relevant
academic standards, as well as 21st century skill development. I invite
you to learn more about engaging Orange County students in Common
Core experiences through an Inside the Outdoors program. For additional
information, visit or contact Stephanie Smith at
714.708.3885 or [email protected]
For more information, visit
Make the World Your Classroom.
When children get a hands-on science education at an early
age, we all benefit. Inside the Outdoors offers a wide range
of science-based programs for your students.
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