Santa Paula Unified School District News

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    ✨Get to know SPUSD!

    We would like to share some information about Dr. Letitia T. Bradley, SPUSD Director of Student Support Services.

    Dr. Bradley is a California native with over 22 years in education. She went to Lynwood High, was the school principal of Compton High School, and earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership from USC in 2013. 

    A fun fact about Dr. Bradley is that she can write with both the same time! Another fun fact about her is that she was the former Miss City of Lynwood (1994). 

    She's a mother of a future pilot and enjoys traveling and volunteering as the Southern California State Director of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

    On top of overseeing the SPUSD Student Support Services Department, she is also a notary public, an executive leadership coach, and amateur home improvement DIYer!



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    Friday, Jan 27, 2023 marked the 100th day of school here in the Santa Paula Unified School District, and many of our schools participated in the celebration of this milestone. Over at Grace Thille Elementary and McKevett Elementary, students were invited to dress up as if they were 100 years in age.



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    On Thursday, January 26, 2023, the SPUSD Reclassification Celebration took place and about 260 scholars were recognized.

    This achievement signifies that they have worked hard to acquire the English language skills necessary to receive instruction and achieve academic progress in English only, at a level equivalent to students of the same age or grade whose primary language is English.

    We are very proud of everyone!



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    We would like to share some information about Ms. Bergman, an assistant principal at Isbell Middle School.


    Ms. Julie McCalister Bergman is a 4th generation Santa Paulan who has been with this school district since 1997. She’s taught at the following elementary schools: Blanchard, McKevett, and Glen City. She also served as an Elementary Technology TOSA and is currently an assistant principal at Isbell Middle School.


    Ms. Bergman has an Associate of Arts degree from Ventura College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from California State University Fresno and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Western Governors University. 


    When obtaining her teaching credential from National University, she knew the place she wanted to teach was Santa Paula so she could give back to the community who had always been her home.


    A little known fact about Ms. Bergman is that, before she went into teaching, she

    worked in television at a Fox Network affiliate in Northern California. She served as the station’s Community Affairs Director and had her own on-air weekly news segment called “Super Kids” where kids doing great things to improve their communities were highlighted.


    Ms. Bergman and her husband Greg have 2 children. Kade, 25, is a wildland firefighter for the County of Ventura. Keira, 20, attends a university and plays collegiate soccer in Boston, Massachusetts. However, her 3-year-old French bulldog runs the house.


    Ms. Bergman is focused on enhancing the opportunities available to our middle school students in Santa Paula and showing our local community and beyond that Isbell Middle School is the place to be!




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    On Tuesday, January 10th, we held the Certificated Professional Development Day and there were various professional development activities taking place in the afternoon portion of the day. Staff members from Blanchard Elementary, Grace Thille Elementary, and McKevett Elementary all participated in art activities led by the company Art Trek. 


    The target was to have a confidence-building experience through creative expression, work with problem-solving strategies, goal setting, and project completion. 


    SPUSD staff created some very beautiful works of art! Well done!



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  • jeff madrigal

    Get to know SPUSD!


    We would like to share some information about Mr. Jeff Madrigal, Barbara Webster Elementary School Principal. 


    Mr. Madrigal has worked in his current role as a school principal for the last 10 years. He is extremely proud of all that has been accomplished over the last decade at Barbara Webster, including a top notch intervention system called the Learning Center, strong social-emotional programs, and the school’s excellent daily instruction.  


    Mr. Madrigal is the proud parent of 4 children whose ages range from 8 to 20. He believes in having a balanced life that factors in physical, emotional, and mental health. He also believes that humans should never stop striving to improve. 


    He looks forward to leading and serving the Barbara Webster community into a better future!



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    On Monday, December 19, 2022, Isbell Middle School held a spelling bee contest and after a total of 16 rounds, the winning word was “crevices”. Congratulations to the Isbell Spelling Bee Champion, Aliya Hernandez-Diaz (eight grader), as well as the runner-up, Izaiah Reyes (Seventh Grader)!

    Aliya will receive a certificate, name and photo in the VC Star, recognition at a Board meeting, recognition at the Isbell End of Year awards ceremony, and an opportunity to compete in the Ventura County Spelling Bee in March 2023. 



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  • sphs


    In the month of November, an additional 23 staff members from throughout the school district were certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). The trainings were provided by Mental Health Counselors, Rachael Forbes, LMFT, Deborah Ujfalusy, LCSW, Lisa de la O, AMFT, and Student Support Services Program Specialist, Erika Jimenez. 


    The National Council for Behavioral Health states “Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations".



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    On Thursday, December 8, 2022, Ms. Christina Maggio’s Intervention Choices class from Santa Paula H.S. took a trip to visit local alumni and Santa Paula native, David Garcia, Sr. Graphic Designer, as well as his team over at Dodos Design to receive hands-on experience designing and customizing shirts and stickers. 


    Some of the designs they worked on included an image of the Bryden Gym, which was the previous classroom of this class.




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  • stamp


    We would like to share some information about Mrs. Suzanne Stamp, Director of Child Nutrition Services.


    Mrs. Stamp has over 30 years of experience working in food service, including 16 years in K-12 school food service. She worked for 7 years as the Santa Paula Union High School District’s Child Nutrition Manager, Fillmore Unified School District’s Director of Child Nutrition for 3 years, and in her current position as Santa Paula Unified School District’s Director of Child Nutrition Services since 2017.


    Mrs. Stamp earned her B.A. in History and Fine Arts from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. She studied abroad in Athens, Greece during her junior year in college and got to experience the art, culture, and foods there. She moved to England for a year to help open up a new restaurant in the famous Piccadilly Circus area of London called Cheers London, after the famous TV sitcom Cheers.


    A fun fact about her is that she has traveled to every state in the United States except Colorado and Alaska.


    In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her 3 children. She enjoys camping and hiking, especially overlanding with her husband and dogs. She loves going to farmers markets for fresh ingredients and cooking for her friends and family on the weekends. 



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  • sphs

    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

    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 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. 

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

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


    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



    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 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. 



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

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



    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:

    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. 



    Jeffrey Weinstein, Superintendent


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



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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 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
    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






    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


    In Recognition of 40 Years of Service:


    Lupe Garcia, Instructional Assistant SPED/Bilingual



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  • calkids


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

    Visit the website: 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: 




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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.

    Jeffrey Weinstein, Superintendent



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    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


    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 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.



    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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