Tustin Unified School District: $12.5 Million To Be Eliminated From $160 Million Budget; “Categorical Money” From Federal Stimulus Funds Are Very Restrictive Says Superintendent

Some school leaders said that restrictions on how stimulus dollars can be used are boxing them in.

“Getting more categorical money—that’s nice for the few of our schools that are Title I schools, but not all of our schools are Title I schools,” said Richard Bray, the superintendent of the 21,000-student Tustin Unified School District in southern California.

The district plans to cut about $12.5 million in the next fiscal year from a budget of $160 million. Teachers will be laid off, and programs such as elementary school music will be eliminated, Mr. Bray said, noting that the city plans to start providing a music program.

There are dollars available that can be used for general education purposes, Mr. Bray said, but superintendents will have to lobby for them in competition with colleges and universities.

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2009/04/08/28districts.h28.html

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Tustin Public Schools Foundation And Prime Credit Funding In Promotional Partnership With “PrimeStudent” To Donate $100 To Tustin Unified School District Schools For Every Home Loan Funded In Disctrict

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Tustin Public Schools Foundation Announces 2009 “Dinosaur Dash Run For Education” Logo Winner For November 1 Event

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Beckman High student Robert Lieu’s design won the Tustin Public Schools Foundation’s logo contest for the 2009 Dinosaur Dash Run for Education.

The foundation received 65 entries from Tustin students. Lieu won the $100 prize, and his teacher, Gigi Manning, will receive $100 for classroom art supplies.

The Dinosaur Dash will be Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Market Place in Tustin at Jamboree Road and Bryan Avenue. Proceeds benefit schools in the Tustin Unified School District.

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/tustin/article_2343595.php

Tustin Unified School District Raising Funds For Schools At Tustin Citibank Financial Center On Saturday, March 28

A Community Event Supporting Tustin Schoolsciti

  • Date: Saturday, March 28th

  • Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

  • Location: Tustin Citibank Financial Center, 18232 Irvine Blvd., Tustin, CA 92780 (Corner of Irvine and Holt) 

  • Attractions: Balloon Artist and Free BBQ with Refreshments
  • Donations will be collected to support the Tustin Public Schools Foundation.  Any donations made during this event will be matched by Citibank.

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Orange County Middle Schools: Teachers At Pioneer Middle School Earn Top County Marks By Making Sure “No One Falls Through The Cracks”

california-distinguished-school2Five years ago, Pioneer Middle School was a “good” school. It boasted solid standardized test scores, motivated and involved students, and a diverse palette of non-academic offerings.

But administrators at the Tustin school believed Pioneer had the potential to be one of the best public middle schools in the nation, an academic powerhouse where all students achieved at their personal best and no one fell through the cracks.

They shared this ambitious vision with the faculty and, working as a team, began the hard work of radically changing the school’s culture.

“We had always been a good school for most students, but we decided we wanted to be a great school for all students,” Principal Mike Mattos said. “We asked ourselves, ‘How can we create a system that guarantees every kid gets that experience?’ ”

Pioneer’s staff took the next few years to develop and refine a series of customized, targeted intervention strategies that would catch every student and maximize use of the instructional day.

Today, no one falls through the cracks at Pioneer – they simply can’t, teachers say, and test scores prove it. Pioneer’s Academic Performance Index score, an overall gauge of a school’s scholastic showing, has shot up by 70 points over the past five years, to 938, and the school received a coveted federal Blue Ribbon award last year.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/school-pioneer-students-2333506-kids-student%20

RealSAVI Number For Tustin Unified School District Reveals Excellent Home Price Value In Foothill High School Area

Tustin Unified School District / High School 2008 API High School Index Average Price Per Sq Ft Per High School Real Savi  Average Price Per Sq Ft Real Savi
                                                                             Jan 09                  Feb 09
Beckman  826  $319.73 2.58 311.38 2.65
Foothill 834  $296.19 2.82 253.17 3.29
Tustin 721  $260.82 2.76 278.16 2.59
TUSTIN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT’S THREE HIGH SCHOOLS ARE RANKED HERE ACCORDING TO OUR NEW ”REALSAVI” NUMBER. THE NUMBER IS DERIVED BY TAKING THE HIGH SCHOOL’S CURRENT “API” (”ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE INDEX”), WHICH IS FOR 2008, AND DIVIDING IT BY THE AVERAGE SELLING PRICE OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES (”BY $/SQUARE FOOT’), THEREFORE PRODUCING OUR REALSAVI INDEX WHICH REPRESENTS A “SCHOOL-VALUE ADDED” VALUE FOR HOMES SELLING IN THAT HIGH SCHOOL’S DISTRICT AREA.  

Tustin Unified School District Announces 3 “Teachers Of The Year”: Emily Neddersen (Myford Elementary), Lisa Fuggitti (Pioneer Middle), And Darin Hallstrom (Beckman High School)

A group of Tustin Unified officials were in stealth mode Wednesday as they converged on three school campuses to surprise three Teachers of the Year with news of their honors.

Tears, shock, applause and even marching bands greeted the announcements as students and colleagues alike sang the praises of the educators who were selected.

emilyneddersenmyford1Emily Neddersen, Myford Elementary School

Neddersen has been teaching for 11 years, and has spent the last 10 years teaching kindergarten in Tustin Unified Schools. What sets Neddersen apart is her obvious zeal for teaching, which she described in her Teacher of the Year application.

“As a child, I taught anything and everything that would stay still long enough – my siblings, my pets, my dolls, anything,” Neddersen wrote. “I could not understand why school wasn’t everyone’s favorite place to be.”

Neddersen mentors rookie teachers and strives to connect with each of her students.

“Each year I start with 33 little bodies, each unique with their own interests, talents and abilities,” she said. “It is my job to identify their strengths and areas of need, and inspire them to learn.”

lisafuggittipioneerLisa Fuggitti, Pioneer Middle School

Fuggitti is a 26-year teaching veteran who began her career in Maryland, and started teaching in Tustin schools in 2004. She teaches home economics at Pioneer Middle School, where Fuggitti morphed the culinary arts curriculum into one supported by nutrition education. Student interest surged and enrollment doubled, and Fuggitti designed an advanced foods and nutrition course.

The educator challenged her students to host a dinner theater night, cooking a healthful three-course meal for 175 guests. Fuggitti says her passion is fueled in part by the severe growth of childhood and teen obesity. The teacher established “Tasty Tuesdays” on campus, and guest chefs provide the student body with nutritious samples of healthy foods.

“My joy comes from watching 35 students work in groups, each student having individual responsibilities, and experiencing success,” Fuggitti said.

darinhallstrombeckmanDarin Hallstrom, Beckman High School

An English teacher to freshmen and juniors, Hallstrom has taught at Tustin Unified schools for the entirety of his 18-year career. Hallstrom is active in new teacher training and teaches a graduate-level course at UC Irvine on English teaching methods. He was also selected as the Tustin Unified Teacher of the Year in 1998.

Hallstrom says his desire to teach came from his own less-than-ideal educational experiences, and empathy for his students is what drives him each day.

“I try so hard never to forget what it’s like to be 11 years old: overwhelmed by new experiences, new curriculum, oversized eighth-graders, and life in general,” he wrote. “I try to provide an environment where they can read and think and talk and listen freely, where they can stretch and grow and mature and, ultimately, learn.”

Hallstrom believes successful teaching boils down to one simple factor: mutual respect.

“I am not afraid to give that respect first,” he said, trusting that my students will see it, expect it, and hopefully give it to someone else in their lives.”

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/teaching-fuggitti-year-2325032-school-students