Santa Paula Unified School District News

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    This past weekend, students in grades 6-12 from SPUSD competed in the Regional Migrant Speech and Debate Competition at Oxnard College.

    Congratulations to the following students who won:

    • Richard Ruiz, 6th grade Spanish Speech, 2nd place in prepared and extemporaneous
    •Angel Daniel Molinero 6th grade English Speech, 1st place in prepared and extemporaneous
    •Yuleydi Mina, 7th grade English, 3rd place prepared speech, 2nd place extemporaneous speech
    •Ernesto Duran, 8th Grade English, 1st place in prepared and extemporaneous speech
    •English Speech:
    Carolina Martinez 12th, 3rd place in prepared and extemporaneous speech
    •Spanish Speech:
    Jazmin Virginia Duran 10th, 1st place in prepared and extemporaneous speech
    • Ariana Molinero 11th, 1st place in prepared and extemporaneous speech
    • Yoseling Molinero 8th, 1st place in prepared and extemporaneous speech
    •Spanish High School Debate: 2nd place (Carmen Gutierrez,11th, Elizabeth Medina 12th, Emmanuel Medina 12th, Bianey Mina 10th, Daniela Alonso, 11th
    •English High School Debate: 1st place (Yazmin Garcia 11th, Israel Lopez 10th, Erick Magana 9th, Alexa Ojeda 9th, Miguel Sanchez 12th

    We would like to say thank you to the following coaches for your time and dedication with helping prepare the students:

    •Middle school speech coaches: Maria Munoz, Everardo Magana, and Rocio Bravo Chavez.

    •High school speech coach: Rocio Bravo Chavez
    English debate: Christina Maggio
    Spanish high school debate: Grecia García.



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    Congratulations to the Santa Paula High School Class of 2022 Valedictorian Itzel Rodriguez with a weighted GPA of 4.81 and Salutatorian Luis F. Magaña with a weighted GPA of 4.74. They are outstanding, dedicated AVID students who have worked diligently to accomplish their goals. Throughout high school, they took rigorous courses such as honors, AP and community college courses.


    In addition to a challenging academic workload, they actively participated in leadership activities, clubs, educational programs, and volunteered, among other extracurricular activities. They are first-generation college students who have been accepted to several universities and are committed to their studies.



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    Renaissance High School has been selected as a Finalist in the California Student Media Festival under the category of: High School Academic Non-Fiction Finalists. 


    Their entry that is under consideration for one or more awards is a thematic compilation titled "My Voice", and it is a visual commentary on identity, global concepts of unity and community, and the emotions associated with limiting perceptions. 


    The artwork ranges from positive messages of hope and lofty ideals to abstract representation of identity and perspective, to socio-political statements about class, gender and race. Renaissance High School students used Photoshop, Google, Digital Photography and animation platforms to design and create their work. 


    The festival will take place virtually this Saturday, May 21st and includes the media and multimedia work of more than 6,000 student contestants from schools across California.


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    The Performing Arts Department at Santa Paula High School would like to express their gratitude for those who attended and supported the SpongeBob Musical. They greatly appreciate the support and encouragement from friends, family, and the community that helped them get through a major production.

    “Given the level of professionalism and production quality we strive for, it often surprises the audience to learn that we are completely student run for the duration of the shows,” Mr. Jerry Cruz (SPHS Theatre Team Advisor) said. “The students are the choreographers, dancers, singers, actors, PIT musicians, hair/makeup artist, costumers, set builders and designers, stage technicians, sound and lighting engineers, marketing, and stage managers. We are always looking forward to the future and being able to produce excellent shows at SPHS. With your continued support we will strive to maintain the professional standards we all aim to achieve. We hope you enjoyed our performances of "SpongeBob the Musical", and if you didn't get a chance to see it, we hope to see you at our next event in the future. Thank you again for your continued dedication to the students and performing arts of Santa Paula High School.”


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    Dear SPUSD Community,


    Yesterday, Tuesday, May 10th, at Isbell Middle School, an unloaded pellet gun was found under a drainage grate.  The student who brought the pellet gun to school was quickly identified and severe corrective action with the student involved was taken. SPUSD has zero tolerance for violence or any behavior that may place other students in danger. 


    Jeffrey Weinstein, Superintendent

    For the official press release, please click here.


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    On May 9th, the Rotary Club of Santa Paula held their Scholarship Banquet and awarded over $41,000 in scholarships to local students. Thirteen academic scholarships were awarded to the following Santa Paula High School Students: Andrea Arana, Michelle Hernandez, Adrian Martinez, Neftaly Meza, Zoey Morales, Angel Saucedo, Marisol Zacarias, Marissa Gonzalez, Luis Magana, Carolina Martinez, Brenda Montiel, Emily Ramirez, and Kenya Valdez.

    A vocational scholarship was awarded to Renaissance High School student, Robert Flores, and the Jeanette Cole Memorial Scholarship was awarded to SPHS student, Breanna Bradburn.

    Congratulations to all of the scholarship award winners!


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    May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the Mental Health Counselors are collaborating with the Santa Paula High School Wellness Center to have a table out at lunch on campus every Friday in the month of May.

    The Mental Health Counselors are also hosting the same table at lunch at Isbell Middle School every Thursday this month.

    During last week’s lunch activities at Isbell MS, an estimated 200 students accessed the table and participated in an activity of sharing a positive message to post for others. At SPHS last week, there were about 100 participants who participated in the same activity.

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    Dear SPUSD Community,


    Today, Friday, May 6th, the District Administration at Santa Paula Unified School District is aware that "edibles" were brought on to the Isbell Middle School Campus by a student and were offered to multiple other students.  At least six students have been identified as feeling ill and paramedics were requested on site to assist with evaluation of the students.


    The School Site and District Office Administration are working with the Santa Paula Police Department to investigate and hold those accountable for the distribution of edibles to our students as well as use our resources to bring better awareness of the dangers of drugs to our students.  The District has a zero tolerance for this type of behavior and we will work to make sure this type of incident does not happen in the future.



    Jeffrey Weinstein, Superintendent


    For the official press release, please click here.


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    On Saturday, April 30, 2022, a group of Santa Paula High School students attended Ventura County Office of Education's (VCOE) Special Populations Student Forum in Camarillo. Students participated in leadership and college readiness workshops and were motivated by keynote speaker State Senator Monique Limon.


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    On April 25th, the Rotary Club of Santa Paula honored a group of Santa Paula High School Juniors during their annual Junior Achievement Awards. The Rotary Club provided award certificates and a gift card to Rabalais' Bistro for each student.


    Students were nominated by a teacher from each department at SPHS. Teachers submitted statements outlining all of the wonderful things these students do at school, such as helping other students in the classroom or maintaining a high GPA. 


    The list of students who were honored are: Daisy Vaca, Fabian Magana, Jonathon Ivanez, Irma Rodriguez, Daniela Alonso, Joshua Schaefer, Victoria Hernandez, Yazmin Magana, Samantha Ivanez, Francine Anaya, Keila Alejos, Jose Patron, Yukari Sanchez and Henry Gomez


    Staff members photographed with the students in the group photo from left: Dr. Elizabeth Garcia (SPHS Principal), Mr. Daniel Guzman (SPHS Assistant Principal), Mr. Jeffrey Weinstein (SPUSD Superintendent) and Mr. Chris Wilson (SPUSD Board President and Rotary Member).


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    During the first week of April, Santa Paula High School students attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference and earned high rankings in a variety of categories. Please see the scores below:

    1. Marvin Thach - Accounting II - Placed 11th
    2. Yair Sanchez and Daisy Zepeda - Banking & Financial Systems - Placed 12th
    3. Daisy Zepeda - Client Service - Placed 11th
    4. Yair Sanchez - Help Desk - Placed 10th
    5. Spencer Feldman - Human Resource Management - Placed 14th, and also placed 9th in Journalism


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    On the afternoon of April 22, 2022, while en route to a local track meet, a chartered bus transporting the 
    Santa Paula High School Track team was involved in an accident on South Mountain Road.

    We received notification that two students were transported to the hospital for further evaluation, no other 
    student injuries have been reported at this time. In addition, the condition of the bus driver is unknown.

    The cause of the accident is currently under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the
    students, staff and parents who were involved in this situation.


    Jeffrey Weinstein, Superintendent


    For the official press release, please click here.


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    Dear SPUSD Families,

    There will be a district-wide professional development day for all SPUSD staff next week on April 28, 2022. This has been declared a minimum day for all students. If you have any questions please contact the office staff at your child’s school.



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    On April 1st, the SPUSD Special Education Department hosted their first ever in-person parent workshop! The workshop was designed and facilitated by one of our outstanding teachers, Mrs. Mabel Valenzuela. Mrs. Valenzuela focused this hands-on workshop on helping parents understand the most effective methods for supporting reading success for their children at home. Two sessions were offered, one in English and one in Spanish.

    Parents were invited to attend with their student or students, and were guided through activities while working collaboratively with one another. Each family left the workshop with a binder full of materials, activities, assessments, and hands-on resources to work with at home. All materials and the presentation were available in both English and Spanish. A series of additional parent and family workshops are being scheduled for the near future. 

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