Santa Paula Unified School District News

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


    In Recognition of 20 Years of Service:


    Regina Alderman, Elementary Teacher

    Karina Aceves, Elementary Teacher

    Teresa Villa, Elementary Teacher

    Bianca Lopez, Guidance Counselor

    Amber McPherson, SPHS Teacher

    Larry Alamillo, Middle School Teacher

    Lorena Jimenez, Elementary Teacher

    Francine Carrera, School Office Assistant

    Joyce Garnica, Accounting Technician

    Kristi Henderson, Child Nutrition Site Lead

    Raquel Hernandez, Speech & Language Pathology Assistant

    Carmina Lira, Administrative Assistant, Maintenance & Operations

    Violet Padilla, Instructional Assistant SPED



    In Recognition of 25 Years of Service:


    Alfredo Sanchez, Elementary Teacher

    Maria Ruiz, Elementary Teacher

    Julie Bergman, Assistant Principal, Middle School

    Kristi Crisp, Elementary Teacher

    Karen Kelley-Fontes, Elementary Teacher

    Martin Sandoval, Elementary Teacher

    Colleen Woodruff-Conrad, Elementary Teacher

    Patricia Valencia, Elementary Teacher

    Robin Binder-Gillette, Principal Independent Study

    Justin Schmidt, SPHS Teacher

    Sonia Bautista, HR Analyst Classified

    Beatrice Carrasco, Instructional Assistant/Bilingual

    Nemecio Mancilla, Custodian 

    Lola Salcedo, School Administrative Assistant



    In Recognition of 30 Years of Service:


    Dr. Marisela Favila, Teacher on Special Assignment

    Terri Bruketta, Elementary Teacher

    Leslie Borchard, Elementary Teacher

    Lalo Alvarado, Resource SVC P.E.

    John Jacinto, Lead Custodian



    In Recognition of 35 Years of Service:


    Diane Alamillo, Special Education Bus Attendant

    Cynthia Cobos, Instructional Assistant SPED


    In Recognition of 40 Years of Service:


    Lupe Garcia, Instructional Assistant SPED/Bilingual



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

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

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

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  • carnival

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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  • viviana

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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  • olivo

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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  • mg

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


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

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


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


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  • laxmiThe Santa Paula Unified School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Laxmi Chari as the new school principal of Thelma Bedell Elementary.

    Mrs. Chari has been an educator for 23 years and has worked in urban, suburban and rural districts in New York, Ohio and California. She started her teaching career in Rochester, New York as a kindergarten teacher and later became a special education teacher and worked with kindergarten to 8th grade students.

    While in Ohio, Mrs. Chari moved into administration and served as an elementary assistant principal and elementary principal in an urban district for five years before moving to California. Mrs. Chari joined Santa Paula as an SDC teacher in 2019, and was appointed as an interim principal at Thelma Bedell Elementary in November 2021.

    Mrs. Chari came to the United States as an immigrant to pursue higher education after earning her bachelor’s degree in India. She graduated with a Master of Science in Elementary Education from the State University of New York, earned a Special Education teaching credential from St. John Fisher College in New York, and an Educational Administration degree from Kent State University, Ohio.

    Mrs. Chari believes in the potential of every student and instills a philosophy of what is best for students. She embraces and celebrates inclusion and diversity. She enjoys interacting and building relationships with students across school settings. Mrs. Chari is dedicated to Thelma Bedell Elementary, and looks forward to continuing Bedell traditions, and her passion for working with and supporting the students, staff, parents and the community.

    Mrs. Chari loves spending time with her husband, son, daughter, son-in-law, and a 1-year-old grandson. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking and rooting for her favorite team, the New York Knicks.



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  • sphs

    The Santa Paula Unified School District is excited to announce the appointment of Ms. Betsey Chavez as an assistant principal of Santa Paula High School.


    Ms. Chavez has proudly served the Santa Paula Unified School District for the past 17 years in the capacity of a K-12 teacher, CPA academy coordinator, K-12 summer school principal, and is now excited to serve as the next assistant principal at Santa Paula High School. She earned her BA in Child Development at Cal State Northridge and then earned her teaching credential, MA in Education, & MA in Educational Leadership from Cal Lutheran University.  In her free time, she loves hiking, spending time with her family, and volunteering at various community events around town.  


    As an alumni of SPHS, she is excited to be in this role of mentoring and guiding the youth in the Santa Paula community.  Her goal is to help prepare students for life during high school and beyond. She believes that it is important for students to be connected through positive relationships and a strong sense of community.  She will work to provide opportunities and a wide selection of options in areas such as AP & honors courses, clubs, sports, and CTE academics & pathways. 


    Ms. Chavez looks forward to working with students, staff, parents, and the community to enhance the high school experience for students.



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  • isbell hicks

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


    Mr. Hicks has been with Santa Paula Unified for 23 years now. He has been a teacher for 17 years and an administrator for 6. He has spent most of his career at Isbell Middle School and has worked at Santa Paula High School for the past 5 years. 


    Mr. Hicks is excited to be back at Isbell and plans to help add more sports, an after school workout club, car show, color run, and many guest speakers to motivate and inspire students. He looks forward to the coming school year and is excited about the future of Isbell. 


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  • wendy maxwell new grace thille principal

    The Santa Paula Unified School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Wendy Maxwell as the new school principal at Grace Thille Elementary. 


    Mrs. Maxwell spent 19 years as a teacher of K, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades in both title and non-title schools. She then moved into administration and served as an assistant principal, program administrator for the (ASES) after school program, was on a special assignment as a Categorical/Curriculum director, and the last four years as an elementary principal.


    She played volleyball collegiately at CSULA and also coached for over 20 years at the junior club and college level. She earned her BA in Child Development and her MA in Education and teaching credential from Pepperdine University.


    Mrs. Maxwell instills the philosophy of what is best for students in all that she does.  Nothing brings her more joy than spending time in the classroom and out on the playground building relationships with her students. She looks forward to continuing the wonderful traditions that Grace Thille has as well as supporting the students, staff, parents, and community. She also loves spending time with her own family, watching her son and daughter compete in their sports competitions.


    She loves camping at the beach, playing volleyball, and supporting her favorite sports teams the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Rams.




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  • Festival of Books

    Festival of Books Spanish Flyer

    We would like to invite you to the Festival of Books, which takes place this Friday, July 15th from 6-8 p.m. at Isbell Middle School. There will be free books, face painting, guest readers in English and Spanish, as well as refreshments. We hope to see you there!


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    Numerous facility upgrades are taking place at McKevett Elementary this summer. New asphalt is being added throughout the school (including the basketball courts), classrooms are being painted (both inside and out), and the cafeteria will also have a fresh new coat of paint as well.

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  • sphs concert choir in New York

    Santa Paula High School’s Concert Choir students will be performing on June 25, 2022 at the Carnegie Hall alongside 100 other singers from participating choruses such as the CSU Channel Islands University Chorus, the Ventura High School Concert Choir, and the Kirkland Choral Society from Washington.


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  • summer program 2022

    Santa Paula Unified and the City of Santa Paula have partnered for the first time ever to provide an amazing summer camp program experience to service students between the ages of 5 and 14. The program is housed at both Glen City Elementary and Barbara Webster Elementary. 

    Students attend SPUSD’s Summer Academy during the first half of the day where they receive instruction in subjects such as language arts, math, community building, and social-emotional learning. After lunch time, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department staff members lead various activities such as arts and crafts, outdoor recreation, and STEM activities.

    Over the course of the first two weeks of camp, students have been enjoying afternoon activities such as tie-dyeing t-shirts, creating clay reptiles, and experiencing a reptile show. 


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  • construction at Grace Thille Elementary

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    Throughout this summer, there are various construction projects taking place at Grace Thille Elementary. The asphalt inside of the school will be replaced, all walls will receive a fresh new coat of paint inside and out (this includes classrooms), and three classrooms will be receiving new flooring along with the staff lounge.

    The school’s playground will be resurfaced and ready for students to play on when the new school year begins.

    Stay tuned for progress photos!


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  • lgbtqia pride month in santa paula proclamation presentation

    Santa Paula’s City Council Mayor, Jenny Crosswhite, presented a Proclamation to a recent Santa Paula High School graduate, Kassidy Payne, which honors and recognizes the month of June as LGBTQIA + Pride Month in Santa Paula. 



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  • isbellisbell

    Isbell Middle School’s 8th graders were celebrated during yesterday’s drive-thru promotion. Many arrived with their families in decorated cars which featured balloons, custom signs, and other festive trimmings. Staff cheered them on as they passed through the school parking lot on the Harvard Blvd. side. Congrats, Condors!


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    On May 26th, third grade students in Ms. Borchard’s class at Grace Thille Elementary invited a group of TK students to join them for the Teddy Bears Picnic. The third graders had worked hard in class to publish four books as a class and then read them to the TK students during the picnic.

    All students practiced their math skills together while playing the game “Gummy Bear Graphing” together. Teddy bears from home also joined in on the fun.


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    On May 24th, Isbell Middle School’s ELA/ELD/History teacher, Ms. Jennifer Dobbie Epley, was recognized during the IMPACT ll Awards Dinner 2022 event at the Ventura County Office of Education as part of a group of Ventura County teachers who were awarded grants for creating unique methods to teach important topics to students.

    Ms. Dobbie Epley’s project was titled "Camp Half-Blood: Creating Websites to Engage Readers." During this project, students learned to create websites and then applied that knowledge to build a website based on the fictional "Camp Half-Blood," as described in "The Lightning Thief."



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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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  • sphssphssphs

    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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    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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  • Minimum Day 4/28

    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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