Santa Paula Unified School District News

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    Hello SPUSD Community, Cardinal Families, Staff, and Students,

    We look forward to seeing all students and staff as we safely return to school on Monday, December 5th. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. The purpose of this message is to provide you with updates so you can prepare for the upcoming week.

    On Monday, Dec. 5th, all classes and extra-curricular and co-curricular programs will resume. The campus is ready for your return. 5th St will be closed so please plan accordingly for student drop-off and pick-up windows between 8am-8:30am and 3:45-4:15pm, respectively.

    The Bryden Gym is being demolished, walls brought down and continuously assessed for environmental quality. The rubble will be safely handled and hauled out over the next few weeks. The anticipated timeline for removal is by the end of winter break. We have a full security team of campus security officers, SRO, lead security officer and additional contracted security officers to assist to ensure a safe return to school.

    Please know, there are many risk management professionals working on this.  VCFD, SPPD, and VCPH have all been working with VCSSFA, Belfor Property Restoration, Insurance Adjusters, and local administration in order to make sure that the school is safe to reopen for students and staff.  We were extremely lucky that there were no injuries or fatalities during this fire. These agencies have worked tirelessly to ensure the safe return of all. We look forward to having everyone back on campus on Monday, and we will continue to seek input and make adjustments to make the best of this situation.  

    Bell Schedule for Week of Dec. 5:
     
    Monday, December 5 - Minimum Day Schedule Periods 1-6 Release 12:50 pm
    Tuesday, December 6   - Block Schedule Periods 1, 3, 5, A6 Release 3:49 pm
    Wednesday, December 7  - Block Schedule Periods 2, 4, 6, A5 Release 3:49 pm
    Thursday, December 8   - Block Schedule Periods 1, 3, 5, A6 Release 3:49 pm
    Friday, December 9   - Block Schedule Periods 2, 4, 6, A5 Release 3:49 pm

    Cafeteria:
    We will only be utilizing the main cafeteria and snack bar lines on Cardinal Way. The 500's kitchen and snack bar lines will not be accessible on Mon. Dec. 5th until further notice. We will communicate when it becomes accessible. The anticipated date for reopening the 500's kitchen #2 is Tues. Dec. 6th. CNS Manager Genneah Figueroa and her staff are prepared to feed all students through the snack bar and kitchen #1 on Cardinal Way on Mon. Dec. 5th.

    Classroom Moves:
    Students in Mr. Torres’ Digital Media and advisory classes will report to Rm 520 for the next three weeks. 

    Students in Ms. Maggio’s 5th period Health/Choices class will report to the library.

    All PE classes will report to McMahan Gym

    Counselor availability:
    For Emergency counseling support (student in distress) -  Counselors are available to meet with students who may be in distress due to the situation.  Students can reach them by visiting the counseling office for immediate support.  Parents may also reach out to them at 805-525-4400 ext. 22006 or ext. 22007.
    For Non-emergency counseling support (academic support)- Students may email their counselor and await a reply.  They may also use this link to schedule an appointment with their counselor.

    Loss of Items due to Fire:
    Students or staff who have personal losses to claim can reach out to either their PE teachers or administration, respectively. A claim form will be provided to document the loss to our insurance company upon request. All losses will be made whole by the insurance company for SPUSD.

    Parent Square:
    Please know that to receive up to date notifications from the district, you must have access to ParentSquare by downloading the application or logging on to https://www.parentsquare.com. Notifications are sent out. Please adjust settings to receive notifications according to your preferences.

    Parking & Pathway Access 5th St/Cardinal Way:
    Drop-off of students and parking will be affected due to 5th Street road closure.  Please plan accordingly. There is parking at the Palm Ct. parking lot, Virginia Terrace, 6th Street, Pleasant Street, and Santa Paula Street.  Walking, carpooling or use of the Valley Express bus service is highly encouraged. Please plan accordingly as we anticipate an impact on neighboring streets.


    SPHS Lead Security Officer, Shane Norwood, is marking out a path for students to ease the flow of traffic. Cones and yellow caution tape will be used to mark the direction of flow.

    ADA ramps will be placed on 5th St. for students with wheelchairs so they can access 500's & the sidewalk adjacent to the baseball field. 

    Physical Education Classes & Access:
    At this time, all students will report to McMahan Gym for their PE class. Access from McMahan to the main campus will remain the same through Roger Boles Pool alley, however, people will have to walk behind the 500's building, to the south end, and across the 500's parking lot. The pathway through the alley will be confirmed once demolition is complete and the perimeter fencing can be safely moved to allow for the flow of foot traffic. Students will not dress out for PE for the upcoming week. Please wear athletic shoes to participate in PE activities. However, we anticipate that students will dress out the week of Dec. 16th. PE clothes will be provided for students who need them.

    Sports Update:
    All practices and athletic competitions will resume as usual starting Mon. Dec. 5th. Some practices may be moved to a neutral site. In the upcoming week, AD Kelley Payne will inform coaches and teams about practice locations and the plan for competitions. Parents, please remind students to check their school email for important updates. 

    Technology:
    As a reminder, students must bring their fully charged chromebooks.

    Thank you. Please reach out to SPHS if there are any questions.

    Respectfully,

    SPHS Principal, Dr. Elizabeth Garcia, and SPUSD Superintendent, Mr. Jeffrey Weinstein


    Spanish translation: 

    Hola comunidad de SPUSD, familias de Cardinal, personal y estudiantes,

     

    Esperamos ver a todos los estudiantes y al personal cuando regresemos a la escuela con seguridad el lunes 5 de diciembre. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión durante este tiempo. El propósito de este mensaje es proporcionarles actualizaciones para que puedan prepararse para la próxima semana.

     

    El lunes 5 de diciembre se reanudarán todas las clases y los programas extracurriculares y cocurriculares. El campus está listo para su regreso. La calle 5 estará cerrada, así que por favor planifique en consecuencia las ventanas para dejar y recoger a los estudiantes entre las 8am-8:30am y 3:45-4:15pm, respectivamente.

     

    El Gimnasio Bryden está siendo demolido, las paredes derribadas y continuamente evaluadas para la calidad ambiental. Los escombros se manipularán de forma segura y se retirarán en las próximas semanas. El plazo previsto para la eliminación es para el final de las vacaciones de invierno. Tenemos un equipo completo de seguridad del campus, SRO, oficial de seguridad principal y oficiales de seguridad adicionales contratados para ayudar a garantizar un retorno seguro a la escuela.

     

    Por favor, sepa que hay muchos profesionales de la gestión de riesgos trabajando en esto.  VCFD, SPPD, y VCPH han estado trabajando con VCSSFA, Belfor Property Restoration, Ajustadores de Seguros, y la administración local con el fin de asegurarse de que la escuela es segura para volver a abrir para los estudiantes y el personal.  Hemos tenido mucha suerte de que no haya habido heridos ni víctimas mortales durante este incendio. Estas agencias han trabajado incansablemente para asegurar el regreso seguro de todos. Esperamos tener a todos de vuelta en el campus el lunes, y seguiremos buscando información y haciendo ajustes para sacar lo mejor de esta situación.  

     

    Horario de timbres para la semana del 5 de diciembre:

    Lunes, 5 de diciembre - Horario de Día Mínimo Períodos 1-6 Liberación 12:50 pm

    Martes, 6 de diciembre - Horario en bloque Períodos 1, 3, 5, A6 Liberación 3:49 pm

    Miércoles, 7 de diciembre - Horario en bloque Períodos 2, 4, 6, A5 Liberación 3:49 pm

    Jueves, 8 de diciembre - Bloque de Horarios Períodos 1, 3, 5, A6 Liberación 3:49 pm

    Viernes, 9 de diciembre - Horario de bloque Períodos 2, 4, 6, A5 Liberación 3:49 pm

     

    Cafetería:

    Sólo utilizaremos la cafetería principal y las líneas de merienda en Cardinal Way. La cocina de 500 y las líneas de la cafetería no serán accesibles el lunes 5 de diciembre hasta nuevo aviso. 5 de diciembre hasta nuevo aviso. Comunicaremos cuando sea accesible. La fecha prevista para la reapertura de la cocina del 500 es el martes 6 de diciembre. 6 de diciembre. La gerente de CNS Genneah Figueroa y su personal están preparados para alimentar a todos los estudiantes a través de la barra de bocadillos y la cocina # 1 en Cardinal Way el lunes 5 de diciembre. Dic. 5.

     

    Mudanzas en el aula:

    Los estudiantes en las clases de Medios Digitales y asesoría del Sr. Torres se reportarán al salón 520 por las próximas tres semanas. 

    Los estudiantes de la clase de salud/opciones del 5º período de la Sra. Maggio se reportarán a la biblioteca.

    Todas las clases de educación física se reportarán al gimnasio McMahan.



    Disponibilidad del consejero:

    Para el apoyo de asesoramiento de emergencia (estudiante en la angustia) - Los consejeros están disponibles para reunirse con los estudiantes que pueden estar en la angustia debido a la situación.  Los estudiantes pueden comunicarse con ellos visitando la oficina de consejería para obtener apoyo inmediato.  Los padres también pueden comunicarse con ellos al 805-525-4400 ext. 22006 o ext. 22007.

    Para apoyo de consejería que no sea de emergencia (apoyo académico) - Los estudiantes pueden enviar un correo electrónico a su consejero y esperar una respuesta. 

     

    Pérdida de artículos debido a un incendio:

    Los estudiantes o el personal que tengan pérdidas personales que reclamar pueden dirigirse a sus profesores de educación física o a la administración, respectivamente. Se proporcionará un formulario de reclamación para documentar la pérdida a nuestra compañía de seguros a petición. Todas las pérdidas serán compensadas por la compañía de seguros de SPUSD.

     

    Plaza de los Padres:

    Por favor, sepa que para recibir notificaciones actualizadas del distrito, debe tener acceso a ParentSquare descargando la aplicación o entrando en https://www.parentsquare.com. Las notificaciones son enviadas. Por favor, ajuste la configuración para recibir notificaciones de acuerdo a sus preferencias.

     

    Estacionamiento y acceso al camino 5th St/Cardinal Way:

    La salida de los estudiantes y el estacionamiento se verán afectados debido al cierre de la calle 5.  Por favor, planifique en consecuencia. Hay estacionamiento en el estacionamiento de Palm Ct., Virginia Terrace, 6th Street, Pleasant Street y Santa Paula Street.  Se recomienda caminar, compartir el auto o usar el servicio de autobús Valley Express. Por favor, planifique en consecuencia ya que anticipamos un impacto en las calles vecinas.

     

    El oficial de seguridad principal de SPHS, Shane Norwood, está marcando un camino para los estudiantes para facilitar el flujo de tráfico. Conos y cinta amarilla de precaución se utilizará para marcar la dirección del flujo.

     

    Rampas ADA se colocarán en la calle 5 para los estudiantes con sillas de ruedas para que puedan acceder a 500 y la acera adyacente al campo de béisbol. 



    Clases de Educación Física y Acceso:

    En este momento, todos los estudiantes se presentarán en el gimnasio McMahan para su clase de educación física. El acceso desde McMahan al campus principal seguirá siendo el mismo a través del callejón de Roger Boles Pool, sin embargo, la gente tendrá que caminar detrás del edificio de 500, hasta el extremo sur, y a través del estacionamiento de 500. El camino a través del callejón se confirmará una vez que se haya completado la demolición y el vallado del perímetro pueda moverse con seguridad para permitir el flujo de tráfico peatonal. Los estudiantes no se vestirán para educación física durante la próxima semana. Por favor, lleven calzado deportivo para participar en las actividades de educación física. Sin embargo, anticipamos que los estudiantes se vestirán la semana del 16 de diciembre. La ropa de educación física se proporcionará a los estudiantes que la necesiten.

     

    Actualización de deportes:

    Todas las prácticas y competiciones deportivas se reanudarán como de costumbre a partir del lun. 5 de diciembre. Algunas prácticas pueden ser movidas a un sitio neutral. En la próxima semana, AD Kelley Payne informará a los entrenadores y equipos sobre las ubicaciones de las prácticas y el plan para las competiciones. Padres, por favor recuerden a los estudiantes que revisen su correo electrónico de la escuela para actualizaciones importantes. 

     

    Tecnología:

    Como recordatorio, los estudiantes deben traer sus Chromebooks completamente cargados.

    Gracias. Por favor, póngase en contacto con SPHS si hay alguna pregunta.

     

    Respetuosamente,

    Directora de SPHS, Dra. Elizabeth Garcia, y Superintendente de SPUSD, Sr. Jeffrey Weinstein

     


     

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  • cgo

     

    We would like to share some information about Mrs. Christina Gonzalez-Ornelas, Director of College & Career Readiness and Student Achievement.

     

    Mrs. Gonzalez-Ornelas is a passionate, energetic, and dedicated educational leader. She is one of our home grown leaders, born and raised in Santa Paula. Education is in her genetics coming from a long line of successful educators (siblings, aunts, uncle and cousins) that have served our community in Santa Paula as teachers and administrators.

     

     Her family is her life! She is the mother of three and takes pride in raising caring, responsible, and confident children. She enjoys exercising, camping, and spending time with her family. 

     

    Prior to leading the College and Career Readiness and Student Achievement Department for SPUSD, Mrs. Gonzalez- Ornelas served our students in Santa Paula as a classroom teacher and English Language Development Curriculum Specialist for ten years at the elementary and secondary levels.

     

    In 2016, she joined the Fillmore Unified School District as the Coordinator of Special Populations and subsequently as a Fillmore Middle School Assistant Principal. Mrs. Gonzalez-Ornelas returned to Santa Paula in 2019 as the Coordinator of Career Technical Education programs and also supported secondary curriculum and instruction. 

     

    Mrs. Gonzalez-Ornelas is focused on strengthening opportunities for our Santa Paula students. She is leading the charge on bringing relevant and meaningful experiences into the CTE classroom so our students are prepared to be successful in their futures. 

     


     

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  • a message from the Superintendent

    Dear SPUSD Community,

    We would like to inform you that Santa Paula High School will remain closed through the remainder of this week. We will reopen the school and allow students back on Monday, December 5, 2022.

    We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time as we work to ensure the school is safe for all staff and students to return.

    We have created a public message forum where we invite you to share any positive sentiments/memories you may have about the Bryden Gym. Please see the attached link:  bit.ly/3H4rNeG

    Respectfully,
    Jeffrey Weinstein, Superintendent

     

    For the official press release, please click here.

     


     

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  • message from the sup

    Dear SPUSD Community,

     

    Early this morning, Sunday, November 27, 2022, Santa Paula High School’s Bryden Gym sustained major damage as a result of a structural fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation as local authorities continue to assess the situation and damages.

     

    Due to the structural damage and the schoolwide impact of the Bryden Gym fire, the Santa Paula Unified School District and Santa Paula High School Administration will be canceling school for Santa Paula High School students on Monday and Tuesday, November 28-29. 

     

    We will send out more information as soon as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue assessing the situation and planning for the weeks ahead of us. 

     

     Respectfully,

    Jeffrey Weinstein, Superintendent

     

    For the official press release regarding this incident, please click here.

     


     

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  • swe

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    On November 16, 2022, members of the Santa Paula High School Society of Women Engineers (SWE Next) collaborated with Isbell Middle School students on building STEM kits. They delicately built two different types of robots, which required using both mechanical and electrical engineering.

    We would like to thank Laurie Lary (Arnold), Ventura County Office of Education Executive Director of Career Education, for donating the kits.

     

    SWE Next is the student chapter of the national organization of Society of Women Engineers who strive to encourage middle school girls to pursue a STEM career. 

     


     

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  • On November 1, 2022, we proudly held the grand opening for our new preschool program. We are so thankful for everybody who came out and celebrated with us! Please watch the highlights video below to learn more about the program:


    We are currently enrolling students 3 years old and up! Those who are interested in the program can visit spusd.vcoe.org to begin the enrollment process, and those who would like more information can call (805) 933-8900.

    Here is some more information below:

    • Classes will be at Blanchard Elementary
    • Full day class: 8:15 AM-2:45 PM
    • AM class: 8:15 AM-11:15 AM
    • PM class: 12:15 PM-3:15 PM
    • Children must be potty trained.
    • Children that turned 3 years old by July 1, 2022 can enroll.
    • Classes started on November 2, 2022.
    • We encourage everyone interested in preschool to register their child. However, priority will be given to families who are income qualified.

     


     

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  • bweb
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    Blanchard Elementary’s school library has had a “Storybook Pumpkin Patch” exhibit on display throughout this past week and we are very impressed with the creativity!
     
    Students and their families were given the opportunity to decorate a pumpkin with the image of a children’s storybook character on it, and the turnout was amazing with over 100 students/families participating!
     

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  • service

     

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    During the September 28, 2022 Board meeting, the following staff members were recognized and honored by the Board of Trustees, Mr. Jeffrey Weinstein, Superintendent, and SPUSD Administration for their years of service to the Santa Paula Unified School District. Congratulations to all and thank you for all that you do!

     

    In Recognition of 20 Years of Service:

     

    Regina Alderman, Elementary Teacher

    Karina Aceves, Elementary Teacher

    Teresa Villa, Elementary Teacher

    Bianca Lopez, Guidance Counselor

    Amber McPherson, SPHS Teacher

    Larry Alamillo, Middle School Teacher

    Lorena Jimenez, Elementary Teacher

    Francine Carrera, School Office Assistant

    Joyce Garnica, Accounting Technician

    Kristi Henderson, Child Nutrition Site Lead

    Raquel Hernandez, Speech & Language Pathology Assistant

    Carmina Lira, Administrative Assistant, Maintenance & Operations

    Violet Padilla, Instructional Assistant SPED

    ___________________________

     

    In Recognition of 25 Years of Service:

     

    Alfredo Sanchez, Elementary Teacher

    Maria Ruiz, Elementary Teacher

    Julie Bergman, Assistant Principal, Middle School

    Kristi Crisp, Elementary Teacher

    Karen Kelley-Fontes, Elementary Teacher

    Martin Sandoval, Elementary Teacher

    Colleen Woodruff-Conrad, Elementary Teacher

    Patricia Valencia, Elementary Teacher

    Robin Binder-Gillette, Principal Independent Study

    Justin Schmidt, SPHS Teacher

    Sonia Bautista, HR Analyst Classified

    Beatrice Carrasco, Instructional Assistant/Bilingual

    Nemecio Mancilla, Custodian 

    Lola Salcedo, School Administrative Assistant

    ___________________________

     

    In Recognition of 30 Years of Service:

     

    Dr. Marisela Favila, Teacher on Special Assignment

    Terri Bruketta, Elementary Teacher

    Leslie Borchard, Elementary Teacher

    Lalo Alvarado, Resource SVC P.E.

    John Jacinto, Lead Custodian

    ____________________________

     

    In Recognition of 35 Years of Service:

     

    Diane Alamillo, Special Education Bus Attendant

    Cynthia Cobos, Instructional Assistant SPED

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    In Recognition of 40 Years of Service:

     

    Lupe Garcia, Instructional Assistant SPED/Bilingual

     


     

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  • calkids

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    SPUSD families, did you know that California has created a college savings plan for millions of qualifying students?

    Visit the website: www.calkids.org to see if your scholar qualifies for the CalKIDS program. Contact Dr. Letitia Bradley, Director of Student Support Services, for assistance with activating your account via email to: lbradley@santapaulausd.org 

     

     


     

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  • heat day

    Dear SPUSD Community,

    We have declared that tomorrow, Wednesday, September 7th, Thursday, September 8th, and Friday, September 9th, will be “Heat Days” for the following three school sites:

    1. McKevett Elementary
    2. Isbell Middle School
    3. Santa Paula High School

    These three school sites will release students as if these days were minimum days. Due to the lack of air conditioning at these schools, SPUSD must prioritize the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

    “Heat Days” are declared when there are two consecutive days when the average forecasted temperatures are 95 degrees or higher. We track this information by using four weather services.

    The ASPIRE program will still run as normal at McKevett Elementary and Isbell Middle School. If parents/guardians wish to pick their children up from ASPIRE early, they may do so. Earlier pick-up will not affect their standing in the program.

    As always, thank you for your continued support and patience.

    Respectfully,
    Jeffrey Weinstein, Superintendent

     


     

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  • photo

    Four Santa Paula High School students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.

     

    “Our students earned this recognition because of their academic achievements in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and/or AP® Exams. They've accomplished these milestones during an immensely demanding period of their high school career. We couldn't be more delighted to share this great news,” stated Santa Paula High School’s Principal, Dr. Elizabeth Garcia.

     

    The following students have been awarded recognition:

    Daisy Vaca: National Hispanic Recognition Award

    Nathalie Alvarado: National Hispanic Recognition Award

    Samantha Ivanez: National Hispanic Recognition Award

    Valery Bazan: National Hispanic Recognition Award and National Rural and Small Town Award

     

    For the full press release, click here.

     


     

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  • marcy

    The Santa Paula Unified School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Marcy Lawrence as the new Director of Special Education.

    Dr. Lawrence started her career as a special education teacher in Denver, CO and has worked with all grade levels. Through her teaching, she gained expertise in co-teaching and served on instructional leadership teams. She served as the Director of Special Education in Durango, CO for four years. During that time, she led large-scale change and the development of the special education and student services department as the district underwent restructuring. In 2019, she moved to California and began work as a Coordinator of Special Education where she supported and led many programs within the district.

     Throughout her career, Dr. Lawrence has focused her leadership and provided professional development in areas including organizational change, co-teaching, family and community engagement and education, inclusive practices and models, multi-tiered systems of support, program evaluation, student-centered and strength-based IEP best practices, legal compliance, educational equity, equity-centered data analysis, and ongoing trainings and coaching for principals, teachers, and paraprofessionals. 

    Dr. Lawrence has worked with the Colorado Department of Education to write and publish a program evaluation tool for school districts to utilize when developing and implementing programming for students with social emotional needs. She has worked with many community organizations and partnerships, grant programs, and higher education to enhance instruction, support, and services for all students.

     In 2021, Dr. Lawrence received an Ed.D. from University of Southern California. She also has a master’s degree in Educational Equity, Cultural Diversity, and Bilingual Education from University of Colorado at Boulder and an Educational Specialist Degree from University of Northern Colorado in Educational Leadership/Administrative Services Credential with Director of Special Education and Principal endorsements.

    She is looking forward to leading long-lasting inclusive educational systems through community and learner-centered transformational practices, developing Santa Paula into a premier school district in California. 

     


     

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  • football

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    General admission tickets to all Santa Paula High School athletic events for the 2022-2023 school year will be sold only online via GOFAN. Military, senior (55+), child, and student (with ID) tickets will be available both online and through cash sales at the gate. 

     

    Head on over to https://gofan.co/app/school/CA8040 for online tickets and please ensure you open your email and download your tickets before you arrive. No screenshots are allowed. 

     

    Come out and support the SPHS athletes! 

     


     

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  • sup

    Dear SPUSD Community,

    We have declared that tomorrow, Wednesday, August 31st, and Thursday, September 1st, will be “Heat Days” for the following three school sites:

    1. McKevett Elementary

    2. Isbell Middle School

    3. Santa Paula High School

    These three school sites will release students as if these days were minimum days. Due to the lack of air conditioning at these schools, SPUSD must prioritize the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

    “Heat Days” are declared when there are two consecutive days when the average forecasted temperatures are 95 degrees or higher. We track this information by using four weather services.

    The ASPIRE program will still run as normal at McKevett Elementary and Isbell Middle School.

    As always, thank you for your continued support and patience.

     

    Respectfully,

    Jeffrey Weinstein, Superintendent

     


     

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  • tim smith
    The Santa Paula Unified School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Timothy Smith as the new Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

    Originally from Sacramento, Mr. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree from CSU Fresno and his master’s degree from Fresno Pacific University.

    Mr. Smith began his career in education in the central San Joaquin Valley, where he worked as a continuation high school teacher, middle school teacher, elementary learning director, and most recently with Selma Unified School District serving 17 years as an elementary school principal, and 5 years as district coordinator of induction and professional learning.

    He has been married to his wife, Alice, for 32 years and they have 1 son, Patrick, who resides in Sacramento, and another son, Robert, who resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife, Becca.

    He enjoys jogging, gardening, reading, and walking the family dog while enjoying the hills of the Heritage Valley. He is looking forward to the opportunity of working alongside the elementary school principals and teachers as we become more learner-centered and transform Santa Paula Unified into the premier school district in Ventura County.


     

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  • win big

    After two years of not being able to attend the VC Fair due to the pandemic, Santa Paula FFA students brought home various awards this year. Please see the list of awards won below:

    FFA Market Goats:
    Bred and Fed Goat Champion- Joana Rangel
    FFA Reserve Champion Goat- Kai Sieben
     
    Advanced Goat Showmanship:
    3rd- Kai Sieben
    4th- Charlotte Powell
    5th- Zachary Valenzula 
    6th- Joana Rangel
     
    FFA Market Lamb Champions:
    Breeding Ewe: Joann Christemsen
    FFA Reserve Champion: Valeria Arenas 
    FFA Champion: Joann Christensen
     
    Novice Lamb Showmanship:
    1st- Valeria Arenas
    3rd- Berenice Hernandez 
    4th- Angel Tinajero
    5th- Isaac Olpolka
     
    Advanced Lamb Showmanship:
    1st- Joann Christensen 
    4th- Diana Zizumbo
     
    FFA Market Swine Champion:
    FFA Reserve Champion- Anahi Arballo
     
    Novice Swine Showmanship:
    2nd- Gabby Gamez
    3rd- Yazmin Magana
    7th- Natalie Estrada
     
    Advanced Swine Showmanship:
    4th- Mia Pacheco
    6th- Jazmin Guevara
    8th- Julissa Valencia 
     
    FFA Market Steer Champion:
    FFA Champion- Breanna Bradburn
    Supreme Grand Champion- Breanna Bradburn 
     
    Advanced Steer Showmanship:
    2nd- Robin Fernandez 
    6th- Breanna Bradburn

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  • carnival

    Santa Paula High School and Renaissance High School students came together on Friday, August 12th at Jones Field to enjoy a fun afternoon to wrap up the first week of school.

    There were various activities for students to enjoy which included axe throwing, corn hole, mini golf, a wrecking ball, and a few inflatable obstacle courses. 

    A big thank you to Ms. Lena Timrott, ASB Director, and SPHS ASB for organizing an amazing event as well as everyone else who was involved in helping. We aim to create a welcoming and safe environment for our students!


     

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  • decandia

    The Santa Paula Unified School District is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mr. Robert DeCandia as an assistant principal of Isbell Middle School.

    Mr. DeCandia is very excited to be starting the 2022-23 school year at Isbell after serving as an assistant principal at Santa Paula High School for the past three years. Prior to working in administration, he was a Special Education Teacher at Gateway Community School.

    He was born and raised in Ventura County and has a great appreciation for the rich history and opportunity in the Santa Paula Community. 

    He is looking forward to making new connections as he serves both the students and staff at Isbell Middle School.


     

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    On August 2nd, Child Nutrition Services staff members participated in a fun and informative professional development experience with Chef Ray Duey in the cafeteria at Santa Paula High School.

    Chef Duey has been featured on the Food Network, has created food masterpieces for the White House, and is a certified chef through the American Culinary Federation.

    Chef Duey led a hands-on fruit and vegetable carving class in which he instructed staff on proper tool usage, food cutting safety, and tool maintenance.

    CNS staff members successfully tried out various carving techniques on their own using a variety of fruits and vegetables, and also worked in small groups for a timed challenge in which each group constructed a centerpiece.


     

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  • viviana

    The Santa Paula Unified School District is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs. Viviana Magaña-Laureano as the new school assistant principal of Glen City Elementary.

     

    Mrs. Laureano has been in education for over 15 years with teaching experience in elementary, middle, and high school. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Master of Education and Organizational Leadership at University of La Verne. She later earned her second Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Specialization at CSU Channel Islands. 

     

    Mrs. Laureano began her teaching career in Fillmore USD, and later transitioned to teaching at Blanchard Elementary. She also served as the Distance Learning Summer Administrator, as well as the Saturday Program Administrator for the Migrant Education Program with Ventura County Office of Education. Most recently, Mrs. Laureano served as an assistant principal at Isbell Middle School. 

     

    Mrs. Laureano is dedicated to serving and supporting the students, families, staff  and community of Glen City Elementary school, one that values a culture of high expectations, serving every student every day!  


     

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  • varela

    The Santa Paula Unified School District is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Alfredo Varela as the new school principal of Glen City Elementary School.

     

    As the son of proud immigrants from Colombia, South America, Mr. Varela knew from a very young age that his bilingualism was a “super power,” one that he would utilize to help others in the future. His first language was Spanish and began learning English once he attended pre-school. 

     

    Mr. Varela has been in public education for 20 years as a teacher, coach, department chair, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) and, most recently, a K-8 administrator. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language and Secondary Education at Manhattanville College, and later earned a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish as a World Language at the same college. He most recently earned his second Master of Science in Educational Administration at National University. 

     

    One of his proudest professional experiences was being selected by the California Department of Education in 2018 as a Standards Advisory Committee member to help revise the CA World Languages standards, representing and advocating for Heritage Language Learners statewide.

     

    His strong desire to serve every student every day is his number one priority. He also believes that it takes a village to ensure the future success of all students on both an academic and social-emotional level. Therefore, he looks forward to building stronger ties with the school community and engaging on a deeper level. He is eager to utilize his “super power” to make this happen in multiple languages! 

     

    In his spare time, Mr. Varela enjoys spending time with his husband and three pups. He loves traveling, gardening, and really enjoys reading Marvel Comics and watching all MCU movies! 


     

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  • olivo

    The Santa Paula Unified School District is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Lydia Olivo as the new school principal of Renaissance High School.

     

    Dr. Olivo began her career in education as an instructional assistant for the ASPIRE program at Isbell Middle School. After that wonderful experience, she taught at Blanchard Elementary and Thelma Bedell Elementary before becoming an elementary school principal. Over the past ten years, she has served as a school principal at both McKevett Elementary and Glen City Elementary. 

     

    As she begins her 23rd year serving the community in Santa Paula, she is thankful and excited to have the opportunity to serve families and students at the secondary level. She will strive to inspire students to identify and reach their personal goals while building strong, lasting relationships.

     

    The motto for this school year is “A Year of Fabulous Transformation,” where she and other school staff will partner with RHS families to build upon past practices of ensuring student success in a safe learning environment.


     

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    Earlier this month, Santa Paula High School students spent some time mentoring 1st-8th grade students from the Somis Union School District on computer coding, robotics, and more!

     

    The mentoring took place at a two-week summer program housed at the Ventura County Office of Education’s Learning Makes New Opportunities Possible (LMNOP) Lab in Camarillo . 

     

    Seven SPHS students were identified by Mrs. Oralia Razo, Counseling Intern, based on their own interest in pursuing Computer Science and Engineering majors in college. The students were also mentored by Ventura County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. César Morales, as well as Dr. Consuelo Hernandez Williams, Mrs. Lisa Salas Brown, and Dr. Cathy Reznicek. The seven students are: Adrian Yhuit, Elias Garcia, Jimena Leeah Garcia, Santiago Ramirez, Karen Magana, Anthony Valdovinos, and Melissa Gonzalez.

     

    During the summer program, the SPHS mentors and some of their parents were treated to a lunch in the VCOE Board of Education conference room. Thank you to all who made this wonderful experience possible for the students!


     

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  • ken nishiya

    The Santa Paula Unified School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ken Nishiya as an assistant principal of Santa Paula High School.

     

    Mr. Nishiya joins us from the Santa Barbara Unified School District. He has been in public education for twenty years, as a teacher, coach and administrator. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas with his Bachelor’s in Exercise and Sports Science with a Minor in Spanish. He completed his student teaching in Cuernavaca, Mexico at Centro Universitario Anglo Mexicano. He completed his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Lamar University and is currently working on his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Marshall University.

     

    Most recently, Mr. Nishiya was the Dean of Student Engagement in the Santa Barbara Unified School District at San Marcos High School and Santa Barbara Junior High School. He enjoyed connecting with students and families and provided needed academic and behavioral support. Previously, he was an assistant principal in the Palmdale School District for two years, where he focused his work on school safety and homeless and foster youth.

     

    In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Ashlee and his two children, Zooey and Kai. Most recently they spent time in Kona, Hawaii snorkeling with manta rays. He is an avid University of Texas football fan and bleeds burnt orange – Hook Em’ Horns!


     

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  • mg

    The Santa Paula Unified School District is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Melissa Guerra as the new school principal of Isbell Middle School. 

     

    Ms. Guerra began her career as a teacher at Santa Paula High School in 2006 and became an assistant principal there in 2017. She will begin her 17th year in the district in this new school principal role. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in History and Spanish at California Lutheran University, and possesses a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge. She is an alumna of SPHS's Class of 2000.

    Ms. Guerra is excited for the opportunity to lead the middle school that she attended as a child, and continue to serve the community that helped raise her. She understands that middle school can be a trying time, and believes one of her and her team's primary focuses should be to help students and their families navigate the middle school years in preparation for high school in a rigorous and supportive learning environment with high expectations for academics and behavior. Her many years served at the 9th-12th grade level will aid in that endeavor.

     

    Ms. Guerra looks forward to working together to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere that cultivates students' curiosity and imagination. She is thankful for this opportunity and looks forward to meeting her new students, parents and community partners.


     

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