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OUSD Staff, there’s still time to nominate one of your amazing colleagues for 2020 Classified Employee of the Year! Nominations are due this Friday, Feb. 14 by 4 p.m to Kristin Garrison at the district office.

On your nomination form, be sure to describe all the ways your colleague excels in their position and goes the extra mile. Any paid OUSD employee may submit a nomination.

For more information, see the nomination form, which can be delivered in person, via email or through U.S. or district mail.

For questions, please contact Kristin Garrison at kristin.garrison@oside.us or 760-966-4000.

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 2/11/20




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Dear Oceanside Unified Staff and Families,

Cold and Flu season is upon us. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that cases of influenza, or “The Flu,” have increased over the past several weeks. This has been complicated by an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus identified starting in Wuhan, China. Cases have been diagnosed in several countries in Asia. As of January 30, 2020 at 2 p.m., six cases in travelers from Wuhan have been confirmed in four states (AZ, CA, IL and WA), according to the California Department of Public Health. Two of those cases have been identified in California. There have not been any confirmed cases in San Diego County and the risk is reported as low. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat, and cough. Common symptoms of coronavirus in an infected person are similar, including a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use available hand sanitizer.

  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  4. Stay home when you are sick.

  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  7. Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

  8. For more prevention tips, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or the OUSD influenza info webpage.   

Our Oceanside Unified team - administrators, and health professionals including our nurses and health clerks - will continue to partner with the California Department of Public Health and San Diego County Office of Education, which will provide updated information about the diagnosis and management of cases of novel coronavirus, as applicable, in an effort to identify and contain any future cases. People who have traveled to Wuhan, China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to Wuhan and develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return. At this time, the CDPH does not recommend exclusion of individuals who have traveled internationally, unless they are symptomatic, at which time they should seek a medical evaluation.

 

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Estimadas familias del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Oceanside: 

La temporada de resfriado e influenza ha llegado y el Departamento de Salud Pública de California  (CDPH) reporta que se han aumentado los casos de influenza durante las últimas semanas. Complicando esto es el brote de una enfermedad respiratoria causada por un nuevo coronavirus que se identificó que surgió en Wuhan, China. Se han diagnosticado casos en varios países asiáticos. Al día 30 de enero, 2020 a las 2 pm, se habían diagnosticado seis casos en personas que viajaron desde Wuhan en cuatro estados de EE.UU. (Arizona, California, Illinois y Washington), indicó el CDPH. Dos de estos casos fueron identificados en California. No ha habido ningún caso confirmado en el condado de San Diego y se reporta que el riesgo es bajo. Como recordatorio, por favor no manden a sus hijos a la escuela si no se sienten bien. Dejar a su hijo enfermo en casa beneficiará la salud y bienestar de nuestros alumnos y personal. La influenza es una enfermedad respiratoria contagiosa causada por los virus de la influenza. Puede causar enfermedad leve a grave. Algunas personas como los adultos mayores, los niños pequeños y personas con ciertas condiciones de salud tienen alto riesgo de complicaciones serias de la influenza. Los síntomas de la influenza pueden variar, pero generalmente incluyen fiebre alta, dolor de cabeza, escalofríos, dolores musculares, dolor de garganta y tos. Los síntomas del coronavirus en una persona infectada son similares; incluyen fiebre, tos y dificultad para respirar.

Para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de los virus respiratorios, como el coronavirus o la influenza, sigan estos consejos importantes:

  1. Lávense las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón por lo menos 20 segundos. Usen desinfectante para manos si está disponible y no hay agua y jabón disponible.

  2. Eviten tocarse los ojos, nariz y boca con las manos si no están lavadas. 

  3. Eviten el contacto cercano con personas enfermas.

  4. Quédense en casa cuando están enfermos.

  5. Cúbranse la boca y la nariz con un pañuelo (Kleenex) al toser o estornudar y luego tírenlo a la basura.

  6. Limpien y desinfecten objetos y superficies que se tocan frecuentemente.

  7. Las personas con problemas de salud crónicos o las que están experimentando síntomas graves deben ser examinados por un médico profesional.

  8. Para más consejos de prevención, visiten el sitio web para los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades o la página de OUSD de información acerca de la influenza.

Nuestro equipo del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Oceanside, los administradores y profesionales de salud como nuestros enfermeros y auxiliares de enfermería, seguirán trabajando en conjunto con el Departamento de Salud Pública de California y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego, quienes nos proporcionarán información al día acerca de los diagnósticos y la gestión de los casos del coronavirus nuevo, cuando corresponda, en un esfuerzo para identificar y contener casos futuros. Las personas que han viajado a Wuhan, China, desde el 1 de diciembre, 2019, pueden haber sido expuestos al virus. Busque cuidado médico si usted viajó a Wuhan y tuvo fiebre o síntomas respiratorias dentro de 14 días después de su regreso. En este momento, el CDPH no recomienda la exclusión de los individuos que hayan viajado a otros países, a menos que tengan síntomas y entonces deberán hacerse un análisis médico.

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 1/31/20




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You're invited to attend the new El Camino High softball field ribbon cutting. Ceremony to be followed by the first home game of the season!

Saturday, Feb. 29, 9-9:30 a.m. Game starts at 10 a.m.

400 Rancho Del Oro Dr., Oceanside, 92057

Park in lower lot. 

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 1/29/20




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All parents and guardians are invited to attend the February District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) meeting. 

Topic: LCAP Goal 2 - Learning Environment & Social Emotional Support

When:  Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Time:    6-7:30 p.m.

Where: Nichols Elementary School 

             4250 Old Grove Road

             Oceanside, CA 92057

Please see attached meeting agenda for more information.

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 1/28/20




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We would like to share with the community that this past Wednesday morning, a Laurel Elementary School student reported that while walking to school, near San Diego Street and Lemon Street, a stranger grabbed her arm. The student pulled her arm away and ran to school. The student did the right thing by running away and reporting the incident to a trusted adult at school. Oceanside Police Department was immediately notified.  

Last night, the Oceanside Police Department (OPD) issued a press release with additional details regarding the incident. The press release says the man is described as a white male adult, bald, heavy set, 30’s with a black beard and wearing a black jacket, light blue colored shirt and black pants. The district is working closely with OPD as they continue their investigation and appreciate their support. If anyone has information related to this incident please call the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4667.

This is a good opportunity to talk to your scholar about safety and being alert about their surroundings. Please remind your student that if they feel uncomfortable or threatened by a stranger to speak up and that they can always call 911. If your scholar walks to school, walk in small groups with other students when possible. Some best practices include: telling your student that if a stranger ever approaches and offers a ride, treats, or asks for help with a task, such as helping find a lost dog, they should step away, firmly yell "No!" and leave the area immediately. Your student should also tell you or another trusted adult what happened. Thank you and please feel free to contact your school or the district if you have any questions or concerns

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Queremos compartir con la comunidad que el miércoles por la mañana una estudiante de la escuela primaria Laurel reportó que cuando caminaba a la escuela, cerca de las calles San Diego Street y Lemon Street, un desconocido la agarró por el brazo. La estudiante se apartó del individuo y corrió a la escuela. La estudiante hizo lo correcto al correr y reportar el incidente a un adulto de confianza en la escuela. Se notificó al  Departamento de Policía de Oceanside inmediatamente.

Anoche el Departamento de Policía de Oceanside emitió un comunicado de prensa con detalles adicionales con respecto al incidente. El comunicado de prensa dice que el individuo fue descrito como hombre blanco, calvo, corpulento, de entre 30 y 40 años, con barba negra y vestido de chaqueta negra, camiseta color azul claro y pantalones negros. El distrito está trabajando estrechamente con el Departamento de Policía de Oceanside y apreciamos su apoyo. Si alguien tiene información relacionada a este incidente, por favor llamen al Departamento de Policía de Oceanside al 760-435-4667.

Esta es una buena oportunidad para hablar con su estudiante acerca de la seguridad y de estar alerta y atento a sus alrededores. Por favor recuerden a su estudiante que si se siente incómodo o amenazado por un desconocido que debe contarlo y que siempre puede marcar al 911. Si su estudiante va caminando a la escuela, que camine con un grupo pequeño con otros estudiantes cuando sea posible. Unas buenas prácticas son: decirles a su hijo o hija que si un desconocido se le acerca y ofrece llevarlo a algún lado, le ofrece dulces, o le pide ayuda, como por ejemplo para buscar un perro perdido, debe apartarse, gritar “¡No!” con firmeza y dejar la zona corriendo inmediatamente. Su hijo o hija también le debe contar a usted o a otro adulto de confianza lo que pasó. Gracias y por favor no duden en contactarse con su escuela o el distrito si tienen preguntas o inquietudes.

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 1/17/20




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We regret to inform the community that the CIF Celebration that was scheduled for the end of this month has been canceled. Our CIF champions will continue to be recognized in the community and on their respective campuses, including upcoming ring ceremonies at ECHS and OHS. Stay tuned for a fall sports wrap-up video highlighting our CIF champions to be released at the end of this month on district social media!

CIF Event Canceled Flyer

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 1/17/20




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We hope that you and your family had a fantastic holiday break. We would like to invite you to take a moment and follow our district and school social media feeds. Staying in touch with us on social media will keep you in the loop on the amazing things we are accomplishing together each day. Social media may also be a critical line of communication during emergencies and will be a great place for you to get up to date information. 

 

Knowledge - Learn about what makes our community, our schools, district programs, students, teachers, district staff, families, and the future so amazing!

 

Stay Connected - Keep up to date with what is going on at your student’s school and the district as a whole. Participate in the shared experience of our social media community. Like, share, comment on topics that inspire you!

 

Emergency Communication - During emergencies district and school social media feeds may be a critical line of communication with our community. When we respond to a school-wide or district-wide emergency, one of the first lines of communication to be updated will be social media.

 

Just click on the account links below and like and follow to stay in touch!

 

Tres razones por las que debe seguir las redes sociales de su escuela y el distrito

Esperamos que usted y su familia hayan pasado unas vacaciones fantásticas. Los invitamos a tomar un momento para seguir nuestras redes sociales del distrito y de la escuela de su hijo. Mantenerse en contacto con nosotros en las redes los tendrá al tanto de todas las cosas increíbles que estamos logrando juntos cada día. Las redes sociales podrían servir como una línea de comunicación importante durante una emergencia y van a ser un muy buen lugar para obtener información actualizada.

 

Conocer - Pueden aprender acerca de qué es lo que hace que nuestra comunidad, nuestras escuelas, los programas del distrito, los estudiantes, los maestros, el personal del distrito, las familias y el futuro sean tan increíbles!

 

Mantenerse conectados - Pueden estar al día con lo que está pasando en la escuela de su estudiante y en el distrito en su conjunto. Participen en la experiencia compartida de nuestra comunidad en las redes. ¡Pongan un “Me gusta,” compartan y comenten en los temas que les inspiran!

 

Comunicación de Emergencia - Durante las emergencias, las redes sociales del distrito escolar y las escuelas pueden ser una línea de comunicación crucial con nuestra comunidad. Cuando respondemos a una emergencia a nivel de una escuela o todo el distrito, una de las primeras líneas de comunicación para las últimas noticias serán las redes sociales.

 

¡Simplemente haga clic en los enlaces abajo y denos un “Me gusta” y síganos para mantenerse en contacto!

 

Del Rio Elementary: Facebook, Twitter

Foussat Elementary: Facebook, Twitter

Garrison / San Luis Rey Elementary: Twitter

Ivey Ranch Elementary: Twitter

Laurel Elementary: Twitter

Libby Elementary School: Facebook, Twitter

McAuliffe Elementary: Twitter

Mission Elementary: Facebook, Twitter

Nichols Elementary: Facebook, Twitter

North Terrace Elementary: Twitter

Palmquist Elementary: Twitter

Reynolds Elementary: Facebook, Twitter

Santa Margarita School: Twitter

South Oceanside Elementary: Twitter

Stuart Mesa School: Twitter

Cesar Chavez Middle: Twitter

Jefferson Middle: Twitter

King Middle: Twitter

Lincoln Middle: Twitter

El Camino High School: Twitter

Oceanside High: Twitter

Ditmar School: Twitter 

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 1/16/20




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Our registration windows for Intradistrict transfers, Transitional Kindergarten, and Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 academic year will open January 15. 

 

Intradistrict Transfer (formerly School of Choice) will open on January 15 and close at 3:30 pm on March 31st, for those wishing to apply for the 2020-2021 School Year. Applications will NOT be accepted after this deadline. All Intradistrict applications are approved based on school capacity and priority criteria. Applications are only available the Educational Support Services Office at 2080 Mission Avenue. 

 

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) registration will open on January 15 and close March 31st, for those wishing to apply for the 2020-2021 School Year. Applications are also available at the Educational Support Services office. 

 

Finally, Kindergarten pre-registration will open earlier this year, on January 15, for those wishing to register for the 2020-2021 School Year. This registration form is available online through our AERIES registration process and through our registration information website

 

For more information, visit our registration page or please call Educational Support Services at (760) 966-7849 or (760) 966-7802.  

 

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Este mensaje es acerca del periodo de inscripción abierta para transferencias intradistritales, el kindergarten de transición y el kindergarten para el año académico 2020-2021. El periodo para estas inscripciones va a empezar el 15 de enero.

 

Para las transferencias intradistritales, antes llamadas Escuela de Preferencia, la temporada para entregar la solicitud empieza el 15 de enero y termina el 31 de marzo a las 3:30 de la tarde para las personas que desean solicitar otra escuela para el año escolar 2020-2021. NO se aceptarán solicitudes después de esta fecha. La aprobación de todas las solicitudes de transferencia intradistrital estará sujeta a la disponibilidad de cupo en la escuela y los criterios de prioridad. Las solicitudes solamente están disponibles en la oficina de Servicios de Apoyo Educativo en 2080 Mission Avenue.

 

Las inscripciones para el kínder de transición van a abrir el 15 de enero y cerrar el 31 de marzo, para el año escolar 2020-2021. Las solicitudes también están disponibles en la oficina de Servicios de Apoyo Educativo.

 

Por último, la preinscripción para el kínder va a empezar más temprano este año, desde el 15 de enero, para el año escolar 2020-2021. Se hace la preinscripción solamente en internet con nuestro sistema de inscripción en línea Aeries. Puede entrar a la página web de nuestro distrito y ver el enlace para inscribir a su hijo o hija en kínder.

 

Para mayor información, visiten la página de inscripción o llamen al (760) 966-7849 o (760) 966-7802. Gracias.

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 1/9/20




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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced this week that Oceanside Unified is among 11 new school districts to be named a National Board Accomplished District. This recognition highlights OUSD’s investment of resources and support for teachers in their pursuit of National Board Certification and increased student learning. 

“Each of these districts has taken extraordinary steps to impact student learning through National Board certification. Their commitment through financial resources and dedication to creative programming is having an impact on teachers and students, and I’m proud to recognize that work,” said Peggy Brookins, President, and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. 

To complete the certification process, teachers must demonstrate expertise in their instructional practices, use of data-driven assessments, knowledge of their students, participation in professional learning communities, and more. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website says that when a teacher gets the certification, students learn more and teachers improve their practices.

“OUSD is proud to receive this recognition and also recognizes the hard work and dedication it takes for a teacher to receive certification. Thank you to all of our teachers committed to making sure all of our students receive the best education possible,” said Superintendent Dr. Julie A. Vitale. 

OUSD currently has 30 National Board Certified Teachers and 10 who are in the process of earning their certification. 

The mission of the National Board is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by maintaining high standards for teachers, certifying teachers who meet those standards and pushing for education reforms that capitalize on their expertise. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

 

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 12/20/19




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Free lunch for all ages 18 and under will be offered on Jan. 6-10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Middle School.

The school is located at 202 Oleander Drive, Oceanside, 92057. For questions, contact 760-966-4095. 

Winter lunches flyer

Winter lunches flyer Spanish

 

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 12/18/19




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Reminder: The Board of Trustees will hold their December meeting, Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6pm, Chavez Middle School

 

The agenda will be posted on Friday, December 13th.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 12/9/19




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Dear Oceanside Unified Community, 

 

In light of the shooting this week at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, our thoughts and prayers are with the community and families affected by this tragic event. We want to reassure our families that the safety and security of students and staff is a top priority in Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD). 

 

News like this is always disheartening and can bring up many different emotions, including questions about what OUSD has done to create the safest possible environment at our schools. 

 

In Oceanside, we continually work to enhance and practice our safety plans and procedures. We conduct safety drills and work to prepare for a variety of situations that may occur. We also have a strong partnership with Oceanside Police Department (OPD) and work with them to conduct routine safety drills and safety checks. Each school site has a comprehensive school safety plan created in partnership with OPD, and we have School Resource Officers (SRO’s), who are police officers and serve as resources assigned to work closely with our schools. Additionally, we have school counselors and other mental health and support professionals at every school.  

 

The goal is always to prevent a tragedy before it occurs – this is where our staff focuses a great deal of energy and resources. We work hard to build safe and positive learning environments at each one of our schools. It is very important that all students feel safe, supported, and have adults on campus that they feel comfortable to talk with. This is also a good time to remind your student that if they see something, say something. Students who feel threatened or have concerns should talk with a trusted adult on campus, a counselor, a parent, or notify law enforcement. 

 

While our staff is well-trained and conduct safety drills with our students, we need your help as well. It is essential that you start the discussion about safety with your student at home. Talk to your students about our shared commitment to safety, and let them know they are valued and encouraged to speak up. 

 

If you have any questions regarding this matter or need someone to talk to, do not hesitate to reach out to your school administrators or district staff. For guidance to help you talk with your student we want to share the following tips for families and educators. Read tips for families and educators in Spanish

 

Julie A. Vitale Ph.D

Superintendent

Oceanside Unified School District 

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 11/15/19




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Oceanside Unified School District recently compiled a list of all our local partners who help meet families' needs in areas from health and wellness to after school care. These partners play an integral role in achieving our goal of removing any barriers to education. This list was created as a resource for parents, guardians, staff and community partners. 

 

Please visit our Parent Resources website for a continually updated list of current programs and services. 

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 11/12/19




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Workplace health achievement logoOceanside Unified School District achieved bronze Workplace Health Achievement recognition from the American Heart Association for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

 

The Workplace Health Achievement Index allows organizations to self-assess their health programs and be recognized for strategic efforts to promote holistic employee health. The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. Results were announced on October 21, 2019, giving OUSD bronze recognition for the second year in a row. 

 

Partnered with California Schools Voluntary Employee Benefits Association (VEBA) and Keenan & Associates, the Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) Health and Wellness Champions (HAWC) committee (comprised of the Insurance Department and employee volunteers) has developed a wellness program to encourage and promote healthy, active lives.

 

“You know that when you come to Oceanside, you’re going to be in a happy, healthy workplace,” said Sarah Vermillion, Benefits Manager for OUSD.

 

Programs that have contributed to the district’s high score include wellness classes, an annual health fair and a monthly newsletter that keeps employees connected with all the benefits offered them, such as corporate fitness discounts and events.

 

Vermillion said one special program that has helped shape the culture at OUSD is an 8-week “Feel Like a Million” challenge. During that time, employees track habits like how much water they are drinking or their minutes of mindful meditation and are invited to attend cooking demonstrations and other classes at sites around the district. Staff hold award at board meeting

 

Since then, habits have spilled into the whole school year, as staff members have started walking groups and other efforts to stay healthy and active.

 

“It really brought people together because it was a team-based challenge,” Vermillion said. 

 

 Studies show that worksites with a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs, and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce.

 

Staff were excited to be presented with the Bronze recognition at the Nov. 12 Board of Education meeting at Chavez Middle School.

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 11/8/19




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Dear OUSD Families,

 

You may have heard of changes to the federal Public Charge rule which went into effect on October 15, 2019. The term “Public Charge” is used in immigration law to refer to a person who is primarily dependent on the government for support. The changes to the existing rule will now make it more difficult to apply for permanent residency or earn a visa if an applicant is dependent on government aid such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), housing assistance, and Medicaid.

 

We want to ensure that you know that K–12 public education is not impacted by the Public Charge rule. Neither is your child’s ability to receive nutritious meals and snacks, before, during, and after school. All of the 6.2 million students in California’s public schools are allowed to participate in the school nutrition program available at their school site, and participation in the nutrition program does not impact immigration status.

 

It is important that all parents continue to complete meal applications and other forms requested by your child’s school.

Our school nutrition programs play a vital role in ensuring that students are eating nutritious meals that can help them concentrate during the school day and reach their full academic potential.

 

For more information, please visit the California Department of Education’s Safe Havens Initiative webpage. If you have questions, please contact Nutrition Services at 760-966-4095.

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 11/5/19




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Students at STEM DayOpportunities in science, technology, engineering and math-based career fields were on display for Oceanside High School students on Friday, Oct. 25, for a “STEM in Your Backyard” event coordinated by San Diego Biocom Institute.

 

The gym was packed with tables for 23 different vendors and organizations demonstrating what they do, from coding and robotics to designing innovative technology for water filtration and conservation. 

 

“The whole idea is that if you can see it, you can be it,” said Karen Overklift, industry and education outreach manager for Biocom. “Hopefully they see something that they haven’t seen before and they try something hands-on, and that inspires them.”Chemical demonstration at STEM Day

 

At one station, dry ice was added to a soap mixture to form bubbles that students could hold in their hands, and then pop to release the smoke of dry ice. At another, students were shown the science behind testing pharmaceutical products. 

 

Frank Zuidema, a chemistry and physics teacher at OHS, said these kinds of programs are a great opportunity to pull students into higher-level science classes and get them “to think about the possibilities” in STEM careers. 

 

“To me, our biggest issue here in North County is that we have a huge number of life science companies with jobs that they can’t fill,” Zuidema said.

 

Student tests vitalsAt STEM in Our Backyard, students had the chance to connect with North County companies such as Bachem. Based in Vista, they produce products for used in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields.

 

Also on display were six of the high school’s own career tech pathways designed to prepare them for jobs in select fields, including medical professions and environmental science.

 

The high schoolers also got to speak with students studying STEM at local colleges and universities, including students from UCSD’s Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research and Palomar College’s drones club. Student presents at STEM Day

 

Watch this week’s OSIDE Week in One Minute to see the amazing science in action, and visit the Biocom Institute website to learn more about the STEM in Your Backyard program.

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 10/25/19




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Impact Aid forms will be sent home with your student Oct. 2 and should be returned to the school by the end of this week, but can still be submitted later. Your assistance in completing the Impact Aid survey card is greatly appreciated.

 

Oceanside Unified School District is funded by local taxes. However, due to the large federal presence in our area and the tax exemptions available to federally-connected personnel, businesses, and agencies; OUSD is eligible to apply for Federal Impact Aid funds.

 

Impact Aid is a federal program designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students.

Federally connected students are those whose guardians:

  • Work on federal property or Indian land
  • Live on federal property or Indian land
  • Are active duty military personnel

The Impact Aid Program funds are used for a wide variety of expenses including purchasing computers and equipment, teacher and aide salaries, and special enrichment programs. Everyone benefits from this survey.

 

Last fiscal year, over $3,000,000 was added to our general operating budget.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cathy Roldan at 760-966-4013.

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 9/30/19




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Oceanside Unified School District welcomes all parents and guardians to attend our 2nd Annual Parent Academy and Resource Fair! This free event will include 20 workshops and 25 community resource partners, all centered around offering valuable information to support parents lead their students to success in and outside the classroom. 

 

Come join us Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Martin Luther King Middle School, located at 1290 Ivey Ranch Road. We will be providing Spanish/English interpretation and child care.

 

For more information, go to our Parent Academy website, watch our recent video invitation, or check out our video on last year's event. 

 

We hope to see you there, and help us spread the word!

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 9/26/19




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The 30-day grace period for free and reduced meals is ending Monday, Sept. 30. To ensure your student continues receiving meals after Oct. 1, fill out a meal application if you have not already this year. 

 

Even if your student does not plan to eat these meals provided on campus, your application is more than a meal. It impacts school funding and programs such as college application fees and internet access.

 

For questions, contact Nutrition Services at 760-966-4095 or visit their new location at 707 Carey Road in Oceanside. 

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 9/25/19




Audience: Homepage, Homepage and Webmasters

We are excited to offer a NEW resource to our parents and guardians.  Each month we will provide access to monthly newsletters geared toward helping boost school success with practical tips to sharpen academic skills and promote a strong school-home partnership.

 

*Ofrecemos un NUEVO recurso a nuestros padres y tutores. Cada mes pondremos revistas diseñadas para ayudarles a tener más éxito en la escuela con consejos prácticos para mejorar las habilidades académicas y promover una colaboración fuerte entre escuela y hogar.

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 8/30/19




Audience: Homepage, Homepage and Webmasters

The district invites all parents to participate in a series of workshops that will be presented in Spanish! The goal is to provide tools, resources, and knowledge to our parents in the community so they can help their students achieve success not only in school, but in life as well! 

 

Contact your school's community adviser for more info. Our district will provide translation in English for anyone who needs it.

 

Classes are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at San Luis Rey Elementary starting on Thursday, Sept. 19, with varying dates through November. 

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 8/29/19




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Text "Food" to 877-877 to find a location nearest to you!

 

See the attached flyer for more details!

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 6/19/19




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In an overabundance of caution we want to share with you an incident that took place today. This morning, a student on the way to El Camino High School reported an attempted abduction. The student is safe, and reported what had happened when she arrived at school. We immediately reported this incident to the Oceanside Police Department.

 

According to statements made to police and our staff, the student was walking to school and near Vanilla Way and Mesa Drive when she was approached by an unknown male. The student was able to free herself and continued on her way to school. This is an ongoing Police investigation and there is an increased patrol in the area and there will continue to be an increased police presence on and around the campus as a precaution. We are cooperating with the OPD and ask that anyone with information related to this incident please call the Oceanside Police Department at 760-435-4690. 

 

We understand that situations such as this are troubling. The safety and security of our students is our number one priority. We will continue to provide the safest environment possible for our students. Please remind your student that if they feel uncomfortable or threatened by a stranger to speak up. Some best practices include: telling your child that if a stranger ever approaches and offers a ride, treats, or asks for help with a task, such as helping find a lost dog, your child should step away, firmly yell "No!" and run away from the area immediately. Your child should also tell you or another trusted adult what happened. 

 

Thank you and please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Como medida de precaución queremos compartir con ustedes un incidente que sucedió el día de hoy. Esta mañana, una estudiante en camino a El Camino High School reportó un intento de secuestro. La estudiante está a salvo, y reportó lo que había pasado cuando llegó a la escuela. Nosotros inmediatamente reportamos este incidente al Departamento de Policía de Oceanside. 

 

De acuerdo con las declaraciones que se hicieron a la policía y a nuestro personal, la estudiante estaba caminando a la escuela y estaba cerca de las calles Vanilla Way y Mesa Drive cuando se le acercó un hombre desconocido. La estudiante rechazó los avances y siguió caminando a la escuela. Se está llevando a cabo una investigación por parte de la policía y va a haber un aumento de patrullas en la zona y como precaución habrá un aumento en la presencia de policías en el plantel escolar y alrededor del plantel. Estamos cooperando con el Departamento de Policía de Oceanside y pedimos que si alguien tiene información relacionada a este incidente que por favor llamen al Departamento de Policía de Oceanside al 760-435-4690.

 

Entendemos que situaciones como esta son preocupantes. La seguridad y protección de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra prioridad principal. Seguiremos proveyendo el ambiente más seguro posible para nuestros estudiantes. Por favor recuerden a su estudiante que si se siente incómodo o amenazado por un desconocido que digan algo. Unas buenas prácticas son: decirle a su hijo o hija que si un desconocido se le acerca y ofrece llevarlos a algún lado, o dulces, o pide ayuda, como por ejemplo para buscar un perro perdido, debe separarse, gritar “¡No!” con firmeza y dejar la zona corriendo inmediatamente. Su hijo o hija también le debe contar a usted o a otro adulto de confianza lo que pasó.

 

Gracias y por favor no duden en contactarse con la escuela si tienen preguntas o inquietudes.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 5/30/19




Audience: Homepage, Homepage and Webmasters

The Oceanside Unified School District 2019-2020 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) draft was updated based on new data and stakeholder input.  

 

OUSD is seeking comments and feedback from stakeholders on the proposed 2019/20 LCAP: 

 

LCAP Comments – English

LCAP Comments – Spanish

 

For additional information about the LCAP, please review these resources or visit the LCAP webpage.

 

LCAP 1-page overview - English
LCAP 1-page overview - Spanish
LCAP Slides - English
LCAP Slides - Spanish

 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 5/23/19




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The regularly scheduled Oceanside Unified School District Board of Education meeting location has changed.

 

The meeting will be held at Chavez Middle School at 6:00 pm.

 

Location:

Chavez Middle School - MPR

202 Oleander 

Oceanside, CA 92057

 

Time:

6:00 PM

 

Date: 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 5/6/19




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Cultural Proficiency CommitteeOceanside Unified School District (OUSD), has assembled a Culturally Proficient Educator Committee (CPEC) comprised of more than 40 district staff and community representatives with the goal of leading the work of cultural proficiency throughout the district to ensure we are providing safe and equitable learning environments for all of our students.  

 

The importance of cultural proficiency goes beyond just providing curriculum and experiences that our students can identify with. As a district, we realize the importance of providing staff with the resources and training needed to better serve our diverse population. Through partnerships with the California Teachers Association (CTA), Oceanside Teachers Association (OTA), Human Rights Council of Oceanside, MeCHA, American Friends Service Committee, and the North County LGBTQ Resource Center we will focus on increasing individual cultural proficiency and building our capacity for cultural proficiency as an institution.

 

Cultural Proficiency is inside-out work. The work suggests we must first understand our implicit bias, so we can ensure that we do not promote stereotypes or act on negative assumptions towards a particular group of people. Superintendent Dr. Vitale said, “ It is being aware of who you are in the world and how you operate and think, particularly towards certain groups of people.  If we can all increase our individual awareness and intentionally work towards including and valuing all people in our community we will find that the feeling of belonging will grow to all stakeholders in OUSD.”

 

The CPEC will participate in a series of events and trainings designed to challenge their own cultural bias and understanding of cultural diversity. Additionally, the CTA will provide two full days of unconscious bias training to the CPEC and the committee will visit the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Through the partnership with OTA and CTA, unconscious bias training is expected to be provided to all staff by the end of 2019.

 

Oceanside Unified School District is committed to supporting families with various structures and from various backgrounds and providing a first class education to all students through equitable, safe, and stable learning environments. We understand that each of our unique differences contributes to the success of our community.

 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 5/1/19




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The Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD), is dedicated to ensuring the physical, emotional, and academic health and well-being of all our students.

 

This spring in accordance with the “California Healthy Youth Act,” we will instruct comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education to students in middle school and high school. 

 

Parents and guardians can preview the written and audiovisual instructional materials.

 

Should you choose to have your student opted-out of one or more of the lessons, please indicate this choice by completing and returning the Opt-Out Form provided.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 4/16/19




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All parents and guardians are invited to attend the April District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) meeting.  Topic: Education Programs and Opportunities in OUSD.

When:  Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Time:    5:30-7:30pm

Where: Foussat Elementary School 

             3800 Pala Road

             Oceanside, CA 92058

Please see attached flyers for more information.

Register at: Eventbrite

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Posted by: Deb Wickman, District Staff, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 3/18/19




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Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) has adopted a cloud based technology to improve the governance process. The new service will allow OUSD to maximize the effectiveness of our board meetings while improving productivity and saving thousands of dollars annually.

 

Electronic distribution will not only save time and resources, but it will also provide easy public access to the agenda items and other board-related information. The new system will continue to provide interested parties access to review information prior to meetings. All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by date or by using the system’s search feature.


The new board management features can be accessed by visiting our Board Meeting website or our district homepage at: www.oside.us. For questions regarding the governance initiative please contact Ann Givens at: agivens@oside.us or 760-966-4006   

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 2/7/19




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Please join us for our first annual Parent Academy!

 

Our Parent Academy is designed to provide worthwhile and valuable information and resources to support our parents.

 

Please take a moment to visit our Parent Academy website or the attached Parent Academy invitation for more information.

 

Parent Academy InvitationParent Academy Invitation in Spanish

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 2/5/19




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Go to Jostens.com to order your Cap & Gown. You can order your Cap & Gown or purchase an entire graduation package that includes a tassle, key ring, and more. 

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Posted by: Jennifer Villalpando
Published: 11/28/18




Audience: Computer Technology, Directions and Parking, Math, Water Polo, Academics, Ceramics, Boys Golf, Faculty Resources, English 9 A/B, 3D Design and Sculpture, Chemistry, Physical Education, Athletics, English 11 A/B, Math, Teachers, Athletic Trainer, Career Technical Education / ROP Classes, Students, Parents, Science, Soccer, Art, Library, Science, Biology, Staff, Pirates Plus- Enrichment Activities, GEAR UP, Attendance, Special Education, Staff, Physical Education, Registration, Principals, Assistant Principals, Sys Admins, Associates, 9th Grade Camp Advance, Advanced Placement, World Languages, Homepage, Soccer, ASB, Pirates Plus- Enrichment Activities, Clubs On Campus, Performing Arts, Performing Arts, Advanced Placement, Baseball, Art, Rules and Procedures, Administration, Ceramics, Girls Golf, Students, The Digital Studio, College & Career Center, AP Art History, GEAR UP, MCJROTC, Academy of Justice, Jennifer Villalpando, College & Career Center, Library, AARC, Students, Academics, ASLC, Pirate Pathways 2018-2019, ASB, World Languages, Counseling, English Language Development, World History A/B, Basketball, Counseling, Our School, Counseling, English Language Development, Government (American), World History A/B, United States History A/B, 3D Design and Sculpture, The Health Office, Math, Electives, Faculty Resources, WASC, AP Studio Art, English, School News, English 12 A/B, Government (American), Water Polo, School News, The Health Office, Administration, Volleyball, SH Program/Model, The Digital Studio, Wrestling, 9th Grade Camp Advance, Social Studies, Developmental Psychology, English 9 A/B, Soccer, Clubs On Campus, Soccer, Swim, Art, Track & Field, Girls Tennis, Math, Biology, Girls Tennis, English 12 A/B, Homepage, AVID, Computer Technology, Electives, Chemistry, Softball, OHS Alumni & Reunion Info, Cheer, Business Mathematics A/B, English 11 A/B, Academy of Justice, Rules and Procedures, Attendance, Track & Field, Staff, Volleyball, Business Mathematics A/B, Registration, Career Technical Education / ROP Classes, Softball, Parent Resources, English 10 A/B, Counseling, Our School, Wrestling, AVID, Swim, ASLC, Cross Country, English 10 A/B, Football, Athletic Trainer, Directions and Parking, Girls Golf, Pirate Pathways 2018-2019, Boys Golf, AP Art History, Parents, Basketball, Cheer, English, Football, Cross Country, Special Education, Art, AARC, Developmental Psychology, Physics, OHS Alumni & Reunion Info, Athletics, Social Studies, AP Studio Art, Graduation Information, WASC, MCJROTC, Baseball, Graduation Information, SH Program/Model, PTSO, Physics and United States History A/B

How do I report a student’s absence?


An authorized adult may either call the school at 760-901-8200 or send a signed note to attendance. (Note that the new district policy allows 5 days to report an absence.)

 

If no one is available to answer your call, please leave a message.

Be sure to speak slowly and clearly. Remember to include the following:

  • The name of the student -- using the student’s full legal last name
  • Reason for the absence
  • Dates of the absence

 

For all other matters you can reach the attendance office at 760-901-8202

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Posted by: Jennifer Villalpando
Published: 10/30/18




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Click here for the 2018-2019 OUSD Calendar. 

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Posted by: Jennifer Villalpando
Published: 7/10/18