Tustin Public Schools Foundation Nearing Goal Of Raising $60,000 For “Save Our Sports” Program Which Supports After-School Sports In The Tustin Unified School District Middle Schools

   tustinpublicschoolsfoundationWhat is Save our Sports?

Save our Sports is a campaign to support after-school sports in Tustin Unified middle schools (Currie, Columbus Tustin, Hewes, Pioneer and Utt) and in district elementary schools.
Parents, community members, teachers, school administrators and the Tustin Public Schools Foundation have joined together to raise funds for these programs, which were threatened with elimination due to anticipated budget cuts.

How much is needed?
$60,000 is needed to continue providing after-school boys teams and girls teams in basketball, cross country, soccer, track and volleyball and selected sports at elementary schools.
Each middle school team (boys or girls) costs approximately $1,000. For instance, the basketball program at one middle school costs $1,000 for the boys team and $1,000 for the girls team. That means that we need to raise $10,000 for each middle school.
The Tustin Public Schools Foundation is collecting all the funds, and donating all costs related to the program. So, 100% of your donation goes directly to supporting after-school sports!

What if that amount isn’t raised?
All funds donated to the Save our Sports campaign will be used to support after-school sports. If we raise less than the $60,000 needed, the donations will be used to support as many sports as possible. Every dollar helps!
Thanks to the support of parents, teachers, principals, students and the community, after-school sports are beginning now and will continue throughout the year as we raise funds.
The fact is that the school budgets are limited. Whatever we don’t raise for sports will result in cuts somewhere.

How can I help?

You can help by spreading the word to friends and family members. One middle school student has raised over $1,000 from her contacts.

Register as a “fundraiser” through the Dinosaur Dash. All pledges received will be donated to Save our Sports or classroom technology.


Direct donations may be made at http://www.tpsf.net or sent to TPSF at the address below.You can volunteer to help. One middle school coach has committed to donating his coaching stipends back to Save our Sports.



How do I get more information?

From the Tustin Public Schools Foundation at



http://www.tpsf.net, info@tpsf.net or





“McTeacher’s Night” Fundraiser, Hosted By Tustin Public Schools Foundation, Raises Over $1,000 For After-School Sports In Tustin Unified School District

Principals and teachers work together to raise money for after-school sports.

Principals and teachers work together to raise money for after-school sports.

THANK YOU for all your help making our “McTeacher’s Night” such a success.  We had a spectacular group of principals, teachers, the superintendent and school board members participating to show their support of our students.  It was very impressive. 


On behalf of our SOS chair, Cori Seiler (who is traveling today) and our board, I thank all those involved.  We raised over $1,000 for after-school sports and had a great attendance.  Everyone was thrilled with the turnout. 

The Fundraiser averaged about 200 sales per hour (that’s over 3 orders per minute – WOW!!).

The Fundraiser averaged about 200 sales per hour (that’s over 3 orders per minute – WOW!!).

You can check out some photos of the night here: http://picasaweb.google.com/TustinPublicSchoolsFoundation.  You’ll see we have 2 albums, each with the same photos: one contains hi-res photos, and one has smaller versions for email/web.




If you have some you’d like to share, let me know and I’ll add them.

Also, Erika Chavez of the Tustin News attended and hopes to put a story up today at www.OCRegister.com.

Thanks again!!  Our students are so lucky to have your support.


Carol Burby Garrett

Executive Director

Tustin Public Schools Foundation

17411 Irvine Blvd., Ste. “I”

Tustin, CA 92780




SONORA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Honored As A 2008 “National No Child Left Behind Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Award”

sonoraelementarynewportmesaSonora Elementary School, a 475-pupil campus in a residential neighborhood near the 55 and 73 freeways, has experienced a dramatic turnaround in its academic performance in the past four years.

In 2005, the school was placed on federal academic probation for failing to meet its standardized-testing targets under the No Child Left Behind Act.

School officials immediately rolled out a multi-pronged intervention strategy that focused on Sonora’s biggest weakness, language arts. The strategy included after-school tutorials, pre-teaching to English learners, and separating children within each classroom by skill level.

california-distinguished-school1Since that time, the school’s Academic Performance Index score – an overall gauge of a school’s scholastic showing – has shot up by a whopping 135 points, to 844. California’s benchmark target for schools is 800.

The school’s federal academic probation status also was removed after just one year.

“I can’t say the (intervention strategies) were popular with everyone,” Sonora Elementary Principal Christine Anderson said. “But I said, ‘We can either work together to solve this our ourselves, or someone will come in and tell us how to fix things.'”



Tustin Unified School District To Hold “McTeacher’s Night” Fundraiser On Tuesday Feb. 24 From 5:00 PM To 8:00 PM At McDonald’s On Portola At Culver In Orchard Hills Village Center, Irvine, CA


Join us Tuesday, Feb. 24 from

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mc Donald’s on Portola at Culver, in the Orchard Hills Village Center.


Please help us pass this info on to others.  We want a great turn out to show that our community cares about our schools!


Come and see TUSD middle school principals, teachers and coaches working behind the counter to serve you!  20% off all proceeds (from the drive-through and inside the store) will be donated to Save our Sports. No flyer is needed for the donation.


It’s a tasty way to support our schools.  If you can’t join us on Feb. 24, but would like to support our campaign, you can make an online





California Lawmakers Cut $8.4 Billion ($380 Per Student) From K-12 School Budgets; Importance Of Fundraising For Orange County Schools Never Greater

State lawmakers will cut $8.4 billion from the $58.1 billion budget for public education, lowering per-pupil spending from $8,784 to $8,404 over the next two years.

That’s $11,400 less for a typical K-12 classroom of 30 kids.

The education budget is shared by public schools and community colleges, but the colleges will see virtually no cuts, said Edgar Cabral of the state’s legislative analyst’s office.

Educators had been especially anxious for a budget deal to better decide how many teachers to lay off – and to know whether their districts would even remain solvent. When the budget was finally passed Thursday, schools had taken the largest hit of any state agency.

“Districts are not going to emerge unscathed from this,” said Terry Anderson of School Services of California, a firm that advises most of the state’s 1,300 school districts on financial matters. Anderson said it is still unclear how much the federal stimulus package will help school districts because much of that money is earmarked for certain programs.

California schools and colleges expect at least $5 billion.

California’s popular class-size reduction program for kindergarten through third grade escaped the ax after the PTA and teachers’ unions cried foul.

“I’m complaining about the budget – but I’m not really complaining,” said David Sanchez, president of the California Teachers Association.

Under the vastly leaner budget, schools will have more freedom in how to spend money. They won’t have to buy new textbooks as often, and won’t have to reserve as much money for upkeep of schools.

Yet budgets for dozens of programs – from standardized testing to classes for English learners – will be slashed by more than 15 percent this year, and by nearly 20 percent next year.

The budget also withholds a 5 percent cost-of-living increase from districts, which in San Francisco means a loss of $15 million over two years. It’s money used for electives, counselors, nurses and teachers, said Myong Leigh, the district’s planning chief.

“We’re relieved that the state passed a budget, and at the same time horrified at the amount of money to be given to school districts,” Leigh said.

He said the district will ask the city for another round of help from its “rainy-day fund,” which contributed $19 million to schools this year.

San Francisco plans to send out 500 layoff notices to teachers by this year’s legal deadline of March 13, warning teachers that they may not be hired next year. Other districts also are sending warnings.

The new budget also slashes $115.5 million from the University of California over two years, although $50 million could be restored with federal stimulus money.

California State University faces $163 million in cuts, of which $50 million could also be restored.



Safe from cuts:

Cut by 15 to 20 percent:

Programs now optional:


They include gifted education, arts and music, and summer school.All other programs, including charter school facilities grants and state testing.Eight K-12 programs, including special education and K-3 class-size reduction.$8.4 billion, or $380 per pupil.

Capistrano Unified School District Foundation Raised Over $1 Million To Hire Back 266 Teachers And Fund “Grant Incentives For Teachers” (GIFT) Program


capistranousdfoundationlogoBecause of the state’s budget cuts, 266 teachers were given their pinkslips at the end of the 2008-09 school year – meaning bigger class sizes for our children. The CUSD Foundation raised over $1,000,000 in six weeks in June of 2008 which allowed the district to hire back ALL of the teachers. Thanks again to all the many wonderful donors and volunteers that made this possible!!!

Grant Incentives For Teachers (GIFT) Program

The CUSD Foundation supports enhanced and innovative teaching programs in our schools by offering grants to teachers who work to enrich the classroom learning experiences of our 51,000 students. Grants were used to upgrade technology, fund innovative math and science programs, provide tools for literacy building and much more. Over the past several years, the CUSD Foundation gave more then $200,000 in grants to teachers throughout the district.

Grants to teachers over the years include:





Senior Scholarships

Each year the CUSD Foundation awards scholarships for community service and academic achievement to graduating seniors at CUSD high schools from the various endowments that the Foundation manages.

Teacher of the Year

The CUSD Foundation is a major sponsor in recognizing outstanding educators at each of the district’s schools at the Annual Teacher of the Year Event every April.

School Safety

The CUSD Foundation funded safety supplies for the district’s participation in “The Great ShakeOut” which was the biggest public emergency drill where 5 million people in Southern California practiced a drill for a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Nov. 13, 2008.

School Clubs and Groups

We provide interactive fundraising events and revenue sharing for diverse school groups which have included: Class Size Reduction, Destination Imagination teams, sports teams, drama clubs, music & choral programs, bilingual immersion, pep squads, special education, school site tutoring, and booster clubs.

The Foundation supports BTSA (Beginning Teachers Support and Assessment,) Professional Learning Communities, student councils, science camps, field trips, school-site laptop programs and many, many more programs that enrich our students’ educational experience.

United Way Member

The CUSD Foundation is a member-agency of the Orange County’s United Way, designation code CAP303.

Supported literacy at various elementary and middle schools by providing age appropriate reading materials for children to use at school and also to take home and read with their parents;

Funded computer software that helps students analyze their writing, helps find and better understand their mistakes and thus become better writers and communicators; and

Provided annual subscriptions to weekly reading magazines for elementary students to encourage more reading by increasing access to supplemental reading.

Funded a high school program that will use iPods to take a more advanced approach to foreign language instruction; also has potential use with AP and International Baccalaureate courses.

Purchased computer and video equipment to allow teachers to integrate technology into classroom instruction according to CA State Standards and create competent technology users; and

Funded a “Character Design Maquette” project which will allow animation students to create and refine 3-D computer models of their original characters. Project naturally segues students into 3-D animation.

Funded electronic equipment, computer hardware and composition software to benefit the choir drama and music programs at several schools;

Sponsored a program where over 3,300 4th-graders attended a live symphony concert; and

Supported the Honors Concert Series for over 1,400 participating students district-wide.

Provided the funds to establish a “CSI-type” forensic study unit at one high school so students can explore scientific mysteries using advanced equipment and techniques;

Purchased science equipment, software and supplies for several schools in order to give our children the chance to perform real-world science experiments and learn about the scientific method; and

Funded “Fantasy Baseball” classroom kits which utilized real-life baseball statistics in order to teach students about ratio, percent, proportion, probability and graphing.


Irvine Public Schools Foundation Receives Matching Contributions By The City Of Irvine In Drive To Support Class Size Reduction, After-School Classes, And Grants To Teachers Through “Innovative Teaching Awards Program”

irvinepublicschoolsfoundationThe ongoing state budget crisis is putting our schools, and our children’s education, at risk. This crisis has forced our school district to cut $12.5 million from its budget. These cuts affect every student.
With a rapidly growing student population and an unreliable revenue stream, gone are the days when we could count on the state to foot the entire bill for our world-class schools. It is becoming increasingly clear that our lack of funding goes beyond a temporary crisis – this is our new reality, evidenced by years of growing class sizes, reductions in funding for fine arts, health services, and after-school programs.

The State of California will NOT fix this financial crisis. The IUSD School Board and administration have done an outstanding job to keep the cuts away from the classroom, but there remains a significant need for funds. Because we value excellence in education, we must do all we can to support the quality education we expect for our children. IPSF recognizes that there will never be adequate public funding to provide the dynamic education that our students deserve, and that the fate our world class schools rests solely in our hands.

Now is the ideal time to support IPSF! During this campaign, your contribution will be doubled by the City of Irvine, which has generously pledged a dollar-for-dollar match!

Your tax-deductible donation will help provide

Class size support: to reduce the impact of larger classes in our schools

After-school and summer enrichment classes, and enhanced writing programs

Support for additional nurses and health clerks

The Great Body Shop health curriculum

Grants to teachers in the classroom through the Innovative Teaching Awards Program

Remember – every dollar you contribute will be matched by the City of Irvine. Any amount you can give will get us closer to our goal.

Time is short – give a gift to the Irvine Public Schools Foundation today.