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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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Oceanside Unified School District and Mira Costa College are hosting their 6th annual Girl Tech Conference and Expo on Sat., Nov. 2. The Girl Tech Conference is a free event designed to inspire and empower young girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in their educational and/or career paths. All students in grades 5-8 and parents/guardians are invited to attend.

 

All participants will be transported from OUSD school sites to Mira Costa College for opening ceremonies, featuring Jodi Kodesh, former meteorologist with NBC 7. Student and parent workshops will follow, including a presentation by cybersecurity expert Jon Moffat. SDG&E has generously donated funds to provide all participants with a catered lunch.

 

You can at the front office of any OUSD elementary or middle school. Learn more at the Girl Tech 2019 website, and contact Natalie.Daniels@oside.us with questions. 

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Posted by: Dakota Allen, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 10/16/19




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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




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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




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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




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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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Oceanside Unified School District is seeking input from families, guardians, community members, students, teachers, and staff about what we are doing well and what we can do to better ensure the success of all students.  The information gathered will be used to improve all schools in the Oceanside Unified School District.
 

Please take a few minutes to complete the LCAP survey before February 15, 2019. 

Your input and feedback is critical to the success of our schools and in helping all our students become college and career ready. 
 

Family Survey (English)

Family Survey (Spanish)

Staff Survey

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 1/17/19




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Oceanside Unified School District is hosting a "Know Your Rights" informational forum, presented by US-Mexico Border Program (AFSC).

 

Date: January 29, 2019

Location: King Middle School located at 1290 Ivey Ranch Road, Oceanside, CA 92058

Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

To become better informed about your rights and how to protect them, please attend the forum. Two additional forums will be held in January and March. For more information please view the attached Know Your Rights flyer or contact Jordy Sparks at 760-966-7826 or by email at: jordy.sparks@oside.us

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 1/15/19




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All Oceanside Unified School District offices and schools will be closed for winter break from December 24, 2018 through January 11, 2019.

 

Classes will resume on January 14, 2019.

 

Have a fantastic winter break!

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 12/21/18




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Oceanside Unified School District is hosting a "Know Your Rights" informational forum, presented by US-Mexico Border Program (AFSC).

Date: December 19, 2018

Location: Laurel Elementary School located at 1410 Laurel Street, Oceanside, CA 92058

Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

To become better informed about your rights and how to protect them, please attend the forum. Two additional forums will be held in January and March. For more information please view the attached Know Your Rights flyer or contact Jordy Sparks at 760-966-7826 or by email at: jordy.sparks@oside.us

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Oceanside Unified School District
Published: 11/29/18