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Principal Newsletter



October 17, 2016


Good Day Lions!


8th Grade Parents:  Time is running out to purchase your recognition ad space at a special discounted price. All information (pricing, ad sizes and instructions) is available online at www.jostens.com/yearbookads. The deadline for this special pricing is tomorrow October 15, 2016!


Have you seen the public art display created by our All Stars?  Please take a moment as you enter our lobby to see the yarn and CD display that adorns our wall.


Now that we have had time to accustom ourselves to a fenced campus, I wanted to update you that we will be locking our gates at 8pm.  Students will continue to have evening access to their lockers, but we will secure the campus at 8pm each weeknight.


You may receive two e-mails from me this week as I am trying to avoid delays and employ a duplicate system.


Instruction, Curriculum, Assessment:


Today marks the end of the first quarter and all grades will be posted next week.


Our local Congressional office wanted to reach out to schools to personally invite our students to participate in the Nationwide Congressional App Challenge Contest. Students, in grades K-12, who submit their individually or group (up to four students) created app will be competing with other students within the 49th Congressional District.

The deadline for submissions is November 2, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. EST. We hope your district will participate, and we look forward to seeing the work your students create. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jacob Morabito at Jacob.Morabito@mail.house.gov. Here is the link for more information http://issa.house.gov/student-center/house-app-contest/.


Capistrano Valley High School Spooktacular:   Capistrano Valley High School is hosting its first ever Spooktacular STEAM Showcase sponsored by the CVHS OC Science Club on October 25, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The Spooktacular STEAM showcase is an event filled with Mad Science Experiments, Musical Performances, Trunk-or-Treating, Dia de los Muertos activities, a Haunted Maze, and other fun things for families to do. The event is free and open to everyone. Food and drinks will be sold if families would like to purchase dinner. Participants are encouraged to wear a school appropriate costume, bring a bag for candy, and stay for all or part of the event. Please sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/i7lL5MZSv0fveBg23




PAL will host two separate assemblies to educate students about the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. The purpose of both assemblies are to inspire and educate students to find their passion in life. What gets them “high off life” without taking drugs. The sixth and seventh grade assembly is called the “Otherside” and the eighth grade assembly is named “Overtaken.” All assemblies will be held in the MPR through your child’s Physical Education classes. On Monday, October 24th the sixth and seventh grade students will listen to the “Otherside.” On Wednesday, October 26th the eighth grade students will attend the “Overtaken” assembly.


In addition, our guest speakers will host an informational meeting for parents on Friday, October 21st from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. in the MPR. The purpose of the parent meeting is to answer questions and show a brief video to discuss our Red Ribbon Week presentations, which are being held the following week (please see the attached flyer).  


Our PAL students will be recycling empty aluminum cans and water bottles every Wednesday in front of room 724. Please separate cans and bottles into two different bags so your drop-off is quick and smooth.


Important Dates to Remember:


October 14                            End of 1st Quarter


October 20                            Minimum Day (Dismissal at 12:15). 


October 31                              Pupil Free Day (Professional Development Day for



November 11               Veteran’s Day Holiday No School


November 21-25                     Thanksgiving Recess


December 21                          End of 2nd Quarter


December 22                          Pupil Free Day (Professional Development for teachers)


Dec 23-Jan 6                           Winter Recess


Student and Parent Concerns:

Campus tours for current 8thgrade students and their parents interested in attending San Juan Hills High School for the 2017-2018 school year are currently being scheduled. Tours are designed for feeder school families and also those considering enrolling from private school, home school or other alternative education settings. The tours will be conducted on the following dates: 

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

To participate in a campus tour, please contact Carie Abrew in the Guidance Department via e-mail at clabrew@capousd.org or by phone at 949-234-5997. The tours will begin in the Library and last approximately one hour. In addition, our 10th Annual Stallion Showcase is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is a wonderful event for all families who attend feeder schools within our attendance boundaries (Marco Forster Middle School, Ladera Ranch Middle School and Shorecliffs Middle School) as well as those considering open enrollment and students wishing to enroll from private schools. This event provides an opportunity for you and your children to talk with the staff and students who are currently attending SJHHS and is highly recommended for students considering SJHHS as their school. Please join us for this event and discover what great things SJHHS has to offer and how our students define themselves. No RSVP is required for the Stallion Showcase.

News from Capistrano Unified School District:


The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities.  The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.


With Lion Pride,



George Duarte, Ed.D.


Ladera Ranch Middle School





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