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Students using tabletsBurlington Stores, Inc., through its partnership with, is donating $10,000 to Oceanside Unified School District to purchase new books for two-way bilingual immersion education.


Representatives from Burlington Stores will present the check to district staff during a special ceremony on Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. at the new local Burlington store located at: 2425 Vista Way, Oceanside CA.


Our two-way bilingual immersion program is designed as a full immersion program. Students start in Kindergarten or first grade and spend 90% of their day in Spanish. As students progress through the grade levels, Spanish is decreased and English is increased so that by 5th grade, they have a 50/50 day. Classrooms include English Learners students and students who are already proficient in English, with the goal of reading, writing and speaking two languages, and exchanging their cultures. After continuing the program through high school, students receive a seal of biliteracy on their diploma. 


The district will use these funds to put new Spanish books in classrooms and libraries. This will help support bi-literate learning and increase the representation of our student body in the literature they read and have access to at school. 


“On behalf of the Oceanside Unified School District, I would like to thank Burlington and for this generous donation. We are excited to purchase new books for our libraries and classrooms,” Superintendent Dr. Julie Vitale said. “It is so important that students have access to literature that inspires them and provides characters and storylines that they can identify with.”


Learn more in this video featuring our two-way bilingual immersion program. 

Posted 11/18/19

Dear Oceanside Unified Community, 


In light of the shooting this week at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, our thoughts and prayers are with the community and families affected by this tragic event. We want to reassure our families that the safety and security of students and staff is a top priority in Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD). 


News like this is always disheartening and can bring up many different emotions, including questions about what OUSD has done to create the safest possible environment at our schools. 


In Oceanside, we continually work to enhance and practice our safety plans and procedures. We conduct safety drills and work to prepare for a variety of situations that may occur. We also have a strong partnership with Oceanside Police Department (OPD) and work with them to conduct routine safety drills and safety checks. Each school site has a comprehensive school safety plan created in partnership with OPD, and we have School Resource Officers (SRO’s), who are police officers and serve as resources assigned to work closely with our schools. Additionally, we have school counselors and other mental health and support professionals at every school.  


The goal is always to prevent a tragedy before it occurs – this is where our staff focuses a great deal of energy and resources. We work hard to build safe and positive learning environments at each one of our schools. It is very important that all students feel safe, supported, and have adults on campus that they feel comfortable to talk with. This is also a good time to remind your student that if they see something, say something. Students who feel threatened or have concerns should talk with a trusted adult on campus, a counselor, a parent, or notify law enforcement. 


While our staff is well-trained and conduct safety drills with our students, we need your help as well. It is essential that you start the discussion about safety with your student at home. Talk to your students about our shared commitment to safety, and let them know they are valued and encouraged to speak up. 


If you have any questions regarding this matter or need someone to talk to, do not hesitate to reach out to your school administrators or district staff. For guidance to help you talk with your student we want to share the following tips for families and educators. Read tips for families and educators in Spanish


Julie A. Vitale Ph.D


Oceanside Unified School District 

Posted 11/15/19

Oceanside Unified School District recently compiled a list of all our local partners who help meet families' needs in areas from health and wellness to after school care. These partners play an integral role in achieving our goal of removing any barriers to education. This list was created as a resource for parents, guardians, staff and community partners. 


Please visit our Parent Resources website for a continually updated list of current programs and services. 

Posted 11/12/19

Workplace health achievement logoOceanside Unified School District achieved bronze Workplace Health Achievement recognition from the American Heart Association for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.


The Workplace Health Achievement Index allows organizations to self-assess their health programs and be recognized for strategic efforts to promote holistic employee health. The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. Results were announced on October 21, 2019, giving OUSD bronze recognition for the second year in a row. 


Partnered with California Schools Voluntary Employee Benefits Association (VEBA) and Keenan & Associates, the Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) Health and Wellness Champions (HAWC) committee (comprised of the Insurance Department and employee volunteers) has developed a wellness program to encourage and promote healthy, active lives.


“You know that when you come to Oceanside, you’re going to be in a happy, healthy workplace,” said Sarah Vermillion, Benefits Manager for OUSD.


Programs that have contributed to the district’s high score include wellness classes, an annual health fair and a monthly newsletter that keeps employees connected with all the benefits offered them, such as corporate fitness discounts and events.


Vermillion said one special program that has helped shape the culture at OUSD is an 8-week “Feel Like a Million” challenge. During that time, employees track habits like how much water they are drinking or their minutes of mindful meditation and are invited to attend cooking demonstrations and other classes at sites around the district. Staff hold award at board meeting


Since then, habits have spilled into the whole school year, as staff members have started walking groups and other efforts to stay healthy and active.


“It really brought people together because it was a team-based challenge,” Vermillion said. 


 Studies show that worksites with a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs, and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce.


Staff were excited to be presented with the Bronze recognition at the Nov. 12 Board of Education meeting at Chavez Middle School.

Posted 11/8/19

Dear OUSD Families,


You may have heard of changes to the federal Public Charge rule which went into effect on October 15, 2019. The term “Public Charge” is used in immigration law to refer to a person who is primarily dependent on the government for support. The changes to the existing rule will now make it more difficult to apply for permanent residency or earn a visa if an applicant is dependent on government aid such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), housing assistance, and Medicaid.


We want to ensure that you know that K–12 public education is not impacted by the Public Charge rule. Neither is your child’s ability to receive nutritious meals and snacks, before, during, and after school. All of the 6.2 million students in California’s public schools are allowed to participate in the school nutrition program available at their school site, and participation in the nutrition program does not impact immigration status.


It is important that all parents continue to complete meal applications and other forms requested by your child’s school.

Our school nutrition programs play a vital role in ensuring that students are eating nutritious meals that can help them concentrate during the school day and reach their full academic potential.


For more information, please visit the California Department of Education’s Safe Havens Initiative webpage. If you have questions, please contact Nutrition Services at 760-966-4095.

Posted 11/5/19

Students at assemblyMcAuliffe Elementary School Challengers past and present gathered together Monday morning Nov. 4 to celebrate 30 years since the school’s dedication. 


“Our McAuliffe community quickly became our McAuliffe family,” said Peg Cowan, the school’s first principal. That message rang true on Monday, as former staff, parents and more reunited to mark the anniversary of their school’s beginning.


The celebration honored the school’s history and celebrated what students and staff love about their school today. The event was set up to replicate the original school dedication in many ways, with all students and staff even wearing visors with the same design used that opening day. 


The Christa McAuliffe Challengers name was chosen in honor of the teacher and astronaut who died in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion. Christa McAuliffe was part of Ronald Reagan’s Teacher in Space Project aimed at raising interest in the space shuttle program and sending an educator as the first civilian to go to space. After being selected from a process with more than 11,000 applicants, she took a leave of absence from teaching at Concord High School in New Hampshire to prepare to go teach lessons from space. She was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Students wearing visors


Students took time to share what that name means to them, and even got to hear messages from former students who now work in the space industry.


One student read a message sent from alum Josh Kenchel stating, “At McAuliffe, I was always encouraged to explore my interests and think big. You can trace a path directly from there to where I am now. To the current students at McAuliffe, I say to never stop thinking big.”


After the ceremony, people like Sue Wilson, a teacher who worked at McAuliffe from day one and retired at the school, shared memories at a reception as a video played of the original dedication. Wilson said that to her, the school means, “a lot of good friends, a lot of happiness and a lot of enjoyment,” and that she enjoyed reconnecting with old colleagues. 


Student giving speechThe message of 5th grader Scottie Smith was that she sees the inspiration that Christa McAuliffe brought to our nation alive in the school today.


“All the work our teachers do for us will help us change the world and have a bright future,” Smith said. “I can’t think of a better way to honor Christa Mcauliffe’s memory than that.”

Posted 11/5/19

Students at STEM DayOpportunities in science, technology, engineering and math-based career fields were on display for Oceanside High School students on Friday, Oct. 25, for a “STEM in Your Backyard” event coordinated by San Diego Biocom Institute.


The gym was packed with tables for 23 different vendors and organizations demonstrating what they do, from coding and robotics to designing innovative technology for water filtration and conservation. 


“The whole idea is that if you can see it, you can be it,” said Karen Overklift, industry and education outreach manager for Biocom. “Hopefully they see something that they haven’t seen before and they try something hands-on, and that inspires them.”Chemical demonstration at STEM Day


At one station, dry ice was added to a soap mixture to form bubbles that students could hold in their hands, and then pop to release the smoke of dry ice. At another, students were shown the science behind testing pharmaceutical products. 


Frank Zuidema, a chemistry and physics teacher at OHS, said these kinds of programs are a great opportunity to pull students into higher-level science classes and get them “to think about the possibilities” in STEM careers. 


“To me, our biggest issue here in North County is that we have a huge number of life science companies with jobs that they can’t fill,” Zuidema said.


Student tests vitalsAt STEM in Our Backyard, students had the chance to connect with North County companies such as Bachem. Based in Vista, they produce products for used in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields.


Also on display were six of the high school’s own career tech pathways designed to prepare them for jobs in select fields, including medical professions and environmental science.


The high schoolers also got to speak with students studying STEM at local colleges and universities, including students from UCSD’s Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research and Palomar College’s drones club. Student presents at STEM Day


Watch this week’s OSIDE Week in One Minute to see the amazing science in action, and visit the Biocom Institute website to learn more about the STEM in Your Backyard program.

Posted 10/25/19

Grant presentation in classroomSan Luis Rey Elementary (SLR) in partnership with California State University San Marcos was presented with a $2,000 grant to purchase more equipment for its STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math) makerspace to support creativity and enhance learning in these subject areas. 


The funding came through Cal Coast Cares Foundation, which was started by Cal Coast Credit Union to provide scholarships and grants for education. 


“It’s just so important to take these programs and continue to give back to schools, and teachers, and educators like Dr. Wood,” Cal Coast Branch Manager Christi Mortlock said. 


SLR’s makerspace has grown with the help of Christiane Wood, assistant professor of literacy education at Cal State San Marcos. As part of the CSUSM Distinguished Teacher in Residence Program (DTiR), Wood helps kindergarten through first grade teachers at SLR combine STEAM concepts with teaching literacy.


Credit union and university representatives surprised kindergarten classrooms on Oct. 16 with news of the grant and the new supplies students will be receiving. Students in the classes talked about what STEAM means to them, and how they explore creativity within makerspaces. 


Wood said with this new grant, the school will be able to invest in new robots, coding puzzles and games, the new benchmark curriculum and other resources for its makerspace.


To learn more, check out our OSIDE Week in One Minute video

Posted 10/18/19

Oceanside Unified School District and Mira Costa College are hosting their 6th annual Girl Tech Conference and Expo on Sat., Nov. 2. The Girl Tech Conference is a free event designed to inspire and empower young girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in their educational and/or career paths. All students in grades 5-8 and parents/guardians are invited to attend.


All participants will be transported from OUSD school sites to Mira Costa College for opening ceremonies, featuring Jodi Kodesh, former meteorologist with NBC 7. Student and parent workshops will follow, including a presentation by cybersecurity expert Jon Moffat. SDG&E has generously donated funds to provide all participants with a catered lunch.


You can at the front office of any OUSD elementary or middle school. Learn more at the Girl Tech 2019 website, and contact with questions. 

Posted 10/16/19

Students give BizTown newscast

South Oceanside 5th graders got the chance to be adults for one day at JA BizTown, a mock miniature city where students run businesses and their own town. 


These students spent eight weeks prepping by going over financial literacy curriculum on how checkbooks work, the difference between credit and debit and other components of the economy. They even had to apply for their BizTown jobs and collect loans to start up their businesses. 


On their big day, Oct. 8, students were bustling about BizTown collecting payments between businesses, handling paychecks, voting, shopping and experiencing a workday in the corporate world.


“More than anything, my experience each time is that they get on the bus at the end of the day absolutely exhausted, and they’re like, ‘Woah, I didn’t realize it’s so hard to be an adult,’” Charles Finn, 5th grade teacher, said. “It’s about life lessons.”Students give BizTown speeches


Three South Oceanside 5th grade classes attended BizTown on Tuesday, totaling about 88 students and 35 parent volunteers. Some students even came dressed in full suits and professional outfits, ready for business. 


BizTown is complete with mock buildings for all the major components of a city – a local government office, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Jack in the Box, radio and TV stations, medical offices where students cash in health benefits, and more.  


Parents in attendance were amazed by the program. One mom, Renee Johns, said it has made her son more interested in finances – he even started asking to write her checks.


Student working on computerAt the end of BizTown day, the students find out which teams turned a profit and which didn’t, and take a post-test to determine what was learned over the course of the program. 


“It’s a chance for the kids to be independent, to take on new responsibilities. And when they succeed, that is a tremendous boost to their self-confidence,” Finn said.


Be sure to see BizTown in action by watching our OSIDE Week in One Minute video.

Posted 10/11/19

Impact Aid forms will be sent home with your student Oct. 2 and should be returned to the school by the end of this week, but can still be submitted later. Your assistance in completing the Impact Aid survey card is greatly appreciated.


Oceanside Unified School District is funded by local taxes. However, due to the large federal presence in our area and the tax exemptions available to federally-connected personnel, businesses, and agencies; OUSD is eligible to apply for Federal Impact Aid funds.


Impact Aid is a federal program designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students.

Federally connected students are those whose guardians:

  • Work on federal property or Indian land
  • Live on federal property or Indian land
  • Are active duty military personnel

The Impact Aid Program funds are used for a wide variety of expenses including purchasing computers and equipment, teacher and aide salaries, and special enrichment programs. Everyone benefits from this survey.


Last fiscal year, over $3,000,000 was added to our general operating budget.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cathy Roldan at 760-966-4013.

Posted 9/30/19

Oceanside Unified and several other San Diego school districts are currently experiencing an Internet outage. This affects phones and Internet service districtwide. We are working with AT&T to fix the issue as soon as possible. We do not have an estimate on when service will be restored at this time. School will proceed as normal and dismissal will be at the regularly scheduled time. We will remove this banner when service is restored or post updates as appropriate. If you need to contact your students' school for any reason during this outage, you may try to call the school or email Dr. Jordy Sparks at and the message will be relayed.

Posted 9/27/19

Oceanside Unified School District welcomes all parents and guardians to attend our 2nd Annual Parent Academy and Resource Fair! This free event will include 20 workshops and 25 community resource partners, all centered around offering valuable information to support parents lead their students to success in and outside the classroom. 


Come join us Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Martin Luther King Middle School, located at 1290 Ivey Ranch Road. We will be providing Spanish/English interpretation and child care.


For more information, go to our Parent Academy website, watch our recent video invitation, or check out our video on last year's event. 


We hope to see you there, and help us spread the word!

Posted 9/26/19

The 30-day grace period for free and reduced meals is ending Monday, Sept. 30. To ensure your student continues receiving meals after Oct. 1, fill out a meal application if you have not already this year. 


Even if your student does not plan to eat these meals provided on campus, your application is more than a meal. It impacts school funding and programs such as college application fees and internet access.


For questions, contact Nutrition Services at 760-966-4095 or visit their new location at 707 Carey Road in Oceanside. 

Posted 9/25/19

Schools around Oceanside Unified School District are making efforts to remove hunger as a barrier to education. This week, El Camino High School got another food delivery for its pantry which is open daily after school for all students to grab a snack or take food and other items home for their families. 


“We are currently serving hundreds of kids every month...For some kids it makes a big difference, because it’s one less thing to worry about,” said English teacher Kathy Easterbrook, who started the pantry at El Camino. 


The food pantry began in 2017 after Easterbrook watched a program related to child hunger, went to the grocery store and purchased food and supplies on her own. She had teachers and others volunteering to help by the next day. 


The food pantry now runs under Easterbrook’s non-profit, Nourish North County, which is supporting other pantries starting up at Oceanside High School and Nichols Elementary. Nourish North County has a connection with San Diego Food Bank, who drops off food monthly and lets the school shop once a week at the bank to stock pantry shelves. 


Money donated to Nourish North County goes a long way, Easterbrook said, as the food bank provides bulk food items at a low cost. 


Shelves in Easterbrook’s classroom are stocked with soups, canned vegetables, granola bars, toiletries and even a fridge to hold items like frozen burritos. She is also working to expand the pantry with diapers, which she said go “hand in hand” with food insecurity, as families can be forced to decide between food or these items. 


With an estimated 1 in 6 in San Diego not knowing when they’ll get their next nutritious meal, more programs like the ECHS food pantry are popping up around the district and the county. 


This week, San Luis Rey Elementary also had its bi-weekly food pantry event, which is open the first and third Friday of each month to the whole community in the multi-purpose room. Produce and grocery staples from Feeding San Diego are distributed, and extras are given to groups like the local Boys & Club.


To donate to Nourish North County and support school food pantries, you can drop items off at El Camino High School for Kathy Easterbrook, or donate through PayPal.


Watch our OSIDE Week in One Minute to hear more about the programs and see El Camino's food pantry. 

Posted 9/20/19

The principals of San Luis Rey and Garrison elementary schools announced to their students, families and staff Friday morning, Sept. 20, that the two schools are going to be uniting as one. 


Students and staff from Garrison were moved to the San Luis Rey site this year due to sinkholes on the Garrison campus. Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) and its board of education is still moving forward with accepting bids for repairs on Garrison site. In the meantime, Garrison and SLR will continue working together on the SLR site, but now as one school. 


Starting Monday, Sept. 3, Mr. Rowe will be the interim principal of the school. Principal Camacho and Principal Dardis will be taking positions as Principals on Special Assignments supporting all of OUSD. They will continue working on-site through Sept. 27 to assist Mr. Rowe’s transition. 


The district will be working with the community to recruit and select a new principal in the coming months to lead the newly unified school. More information about this process will be shared in the next few weeks through communication to families and through the district, SLR and Garrison websites. 


The attached letter from Principal Camacho and Principal Dardis was given to all students on Friday, Sept. 20, and read in a call home to parents. 

Posted 9/20/19

El Camino PAL members

A class at El Camino High School in Oceanside made a special effort to uplift their peers and promote inclusion in support of Suicide Prevention Week along with the anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001. A student entering the front gates at the start of their school day immediately comes across posters, large messages in chalk on the sidewalk and even friends wearing post-it notes with kind words like, “You Are Beautiful”, “You Are Awesome”, and “You Can Do It!”


“You look up or down while you’re walking, and you see something really positive,” said Amani Ahmad, a senior at ECHS and president of the Peer Assistant Leadership class coordinating the initiative. 


Ahmad said some of the key goals of the program, which started last year, are to “improve student culture” and provide a safe space on campus. For instance, students without a group to sit with at lunch can come to the classroom and find a PAL. 


Devin Demerjian, who teaches the PAL class with Teresa Vallete, said one component of the course being developed this year is training PALs to become peer counselors. With this in place, students seeking support could have the chance to talk with a fellow student in addition to the school counselor. 


“The students who are in the class change throughout the year. They become more confident in themselves and become better leaders,” Demerjian said. 


Vallete, who also teaches special education, said the course also provides leadership opportunities for students with special needs and gives an outlet for them to participate in school activities.


In addition to writing their own messages of support, the PAL class gave their peers a chance to share thanks for loved ones who have served in the military. Students wrote these names on a poster that will be presented at their football season’s opening game Sept. 13 in a moment honoring servicemen and first responders. 


Ahmad and her teachers said projects PAL’s recent kindness week have helped spread positivity, and that they have received appreciation from students who felt supported by the efforts. 


“It kind of starts in the classroom and then it spreads through the school,” Demerjian said. 


To see the kindness in action, watch our OSIDE Week in One Minute video

Posted 9/13/19

Teach a kid to garden, and they eat well for a lifetime. 


Fruit trees, kale, looming sunflowers and more were put on display at Libby Elementary on Wednesday, Aug. 28 for the grand opening of its community garden, which has transformed land that was once just a dirt lot. 


Made possible through funding from the County of San Diego Health & Human Services, the garden provides students and families an opportunity to participate in healthy eating, exercise, socialization, and so much more. 


“A lot of the food that we’re growing is going directly to our families, our community,” said Principal Cesar Mora, who has even put in time with his family on the weekends to work in the garden. 


Mora said during registration for the new school year, a crate full of cherry tomatoes from the garden was handed out and “gone by the end of the day.”


The garden is left open to students like 5th grader Gracie Davidson, who likes to work in the garden on recess. She said, “It makes our school look very pretty, I like all the trees!”


Mora said the garden started in partnership with a local church, until the school began working with Vicki Gravlin, OUSD’s senior director of curriculum and instruction, to expand the project by seeking funding from the county. 


The district wanted to provide students with a “hands-on learning opportunity” that would “reinforce the values of healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle,” Gravlin said. “First and foremost, it is to have a space to experience a community venue alongside adults who are role models.”


Kat Casabar Briggs, community health promotion manager for Health & Human Services, said the contract with the school district for the garden was part of the county’s intergenerational programming to help develop projects with impacts lasting through generations. 


Several other schools in the district such as Palmquist Elementary, Lincoln Middle School and Oceanside High School have also developed gardens. And they aren’t just about fruits and vegetables. Students and staff can use the space for learning activities, exercise, reading or simply enjoying the peace of the garden.


Check out the Libby Community Garden grand opening video to see the event.

Posted 8/30/19

We are excited to offer a NEW resource to our parents and guardians.  Each month we will provide access to monthly newsletters geared toward helping boost school success with practical tips to sharpen academic skills and promote a strong school-home partnership.


*Ofrecemos un NUEVO recurso a nuestros padres y tutores. Cada mes pondremos revistas diseñadas para ayudarles a tener más éxito en la escuela con consejos prácticos para mejorar las habilidades académicas y promover una colaboración fuerte entre escuela y hogar.

Posted 8/30/19

The district invites all parents to participate in a series of workshops that will be presented in Spanish! The goal is to provide tools, resources, and knowledge to our parents in the community so they can help their students achieve success not only in school, but in life as well! 


Contact your school's community adviser for more info. Our district will provide translation in English for anyone who needs it.


Classes are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at San Luis Rey Elementary starting on Thursday, Sept. 19, with varying dates through November. 

Posted 8/29/19

Please see the attached important update for the communities of Garrison Elementary and San Luis Rey Elementary.

Posted 8/2/19

Good afternoon Garrison families and community,


Next week on July 31, 2019 at 6:00 PM our Oceanside Unified School Board of Education will hold a board meeting at Chavez Middle School to discuss plans that may include moving Garrison Elementary students off campus for the start of the 2019/20 school year.


As you may be aware, at least two sinkholes have been reported on our campus at Garrison Elementary. Staff is working closely with a geological team to determine the cause of these sinkholes and identify how they can be repaired and if there are any safety risks.


This work has just begun and will take several weeks to complete. Since we are starting school in less than 4 weeks on August 19, in an overabundance of caution, our board may determine that it will be safer to move students to another campus for the start of the school year so that the work may be completed without disruption


We would like to invite you to the meeting next week where this information and next steps will be discussed.


We will keep families and the community updated on further developments as we have more information


Buenas tardes familias y comunidad de Garrison


Las próxima semana el 31 de julio de 2019 a las 6 de la tarde nuestra Mesa Directiva de Educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Oceanside tendrá una reunión en Chavez Middle School para hablar de los planes que pueden incluir mover a nuestros estudiantes a otra escuela para el principio del año escolar 2019-2020


Como tal vez ya saben, se han reportado por los menos dos socavones o hundimientos en el plantel de Garrison Elementary. El personal está trabajando de cerca con un equipo geológico para determinar la causa de estos hundimientos e identificar cómo se pueden reparar y si existen riesgos a la seguridad


Este trabajo apenas ha empezado y va a tomar varias semanas para terminarlo. Como estamos volviendo a clases en menos de cuatro semanas, el 19 de agosto, actuando con un exceso de precaución, nuestra mesa directiva podría determinar que es más seguro trasladar a los estudiantes a otra escuela para el principio del año escolar para que el trabajo pueda ser completado sin interrupción


Los queremos invitar a la junta la próxima semana donde hablarán de esta información y los próximos pasos


Vamos a mantener a las familias y la comunidad informadas de cualquier novedad cuando tengamos más información



Posted 7/26/19

Text "Food" to 877-877 to find a location nearest to you!


See the attached flyer for more details!

Posted 6/19/19

ERP Honor Roll LogoEl Camino High School, Ivey Ranch Elementary, North Terrace, and Santa Margarita schools have been named to the 2018-2019 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll (ERP) for their high achievement in student success. The program, sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. These Oceanside Unified School District schools were recognized along with only 1,834 public schools in California.

The 2018-2019 Honor Roll is developed by ERP, who maintains data on student achievement and utilizes the data to identify higher-performing schools and districts. Schools that have received the ERP Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in the achievement gaps among student populations. At the secondary level it also includes measures of college readiness as well.

Superintendent Dr. Julie A. Vitale said, “This recognition honors the hard work and dedication of our students and staff.”


You may view the specific data for each school by clicking on the hyperlinks below.

In California, the ERP Honor Roll is supported by numerous businesses and organizations, including the campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). To learn more about the ERP Honor Roll please visit:


Posted 6/18/19

The OUSD Communications Office took photos at all three high school graduations. While we did not get a photo of every student we did our best to capture the spirit of the celebrations!


Click here to view the 2019 graduation photos.

Posted 6/14/19

Each year members of the student council at Foussat Elementary work to raise money to donate to a good cause. This year the student council heard about the families and students that were affected by the fire in Crown Heights. Even though none of the families that had been affected by the fire attended Foussat the students were moved by the fact that 8 families and 14 students in their community had lost almost everything.


On April 6, 2019, a fire swept through 2 apartment buildings in Oceanside. The firefighters were able to contain the fire however they were unable to save the buildings and the individuals living in the apartments lost everything inside.


The Oceanside Unified School District community rallied around its families that had been displaced by the fire and provided support, supplies, and even financial assistance.


On June 6, 2019 Dr. Sparks, Director of Student Services, visited the Foussat student council, led by teacher Karisa Gleason where they presented him with a gift card that contained all of the money that they had raised. In all, the 22 students raised $150 on their own that will be used to assist the families affected by the Crown Heights fire. The students also created a book of handwritten letters filled with hope and love that will also go to the Crown Heights families.


“These students represent the best in our community. That they would take the time to think about what other people in their community needed and then find a way to help them, shows true empathy and compassion, two of the most important leadership traits.” Said, Dr. Jordy Sparks.


Check out the video of the students presenting their donation to Dr. Sparks.


Posted 6/6/19

In an overabundance of caution we want to share with you an incident that took place today. This morning, a student on the way to El Camino High School reported an attempted abduction. The student is safe, and reported what had happened when she arrived at school. We immediately reported this incident to the Oceanside Police Department.


According to statements made to police and our staff, the student was walking to school and near Vanilla Way and Mesa Drive when she was approached by an unknown male. The student was able to free herself and continued on her way to school. This is an ongoing Police investigation and there is an increased patrol in the area and there will continue to be an increased police presence on and around the campus as a precaution. We are cooperating with the OPD and ask that anyone with information related to this incident please call the Oceanside Police Department at 760-435-4690. 


We understand that situations such as this are troubling. The safety and security of our students is our number one priority. We will continue to provide the safest environment possible for our students. Please remind your student that if they feel uncomfortable or threatened by a stranger to speak up. Some best practices include: telling your child that if a stranger ever approaches and offers a ride, treats, or asks for help with a task, such as helping find a lost dog, your child should step away, firmly yell "No!" and run away from the area immediately. Your child should also tell you or another trusted adult what happened. 


Thank you and please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.


Como medida de precaución queremos compartir con ustedes un incidente que sucedió el día de hoy. Esta mañana, una estudiante en camino a El Camino High School reportó un intento de secuestro. La estudiante está a salvo, y reportó lo que había pasado cuando llegó a la escuela. Nosotros inmediatamente reportamos este incidente al Departamento de Policía de Oceanside. 


De acuerdo con las declaraciones que se hicieron a la policía y a nuestro personal, la estudiante estaba caminando a la escuela y estaba cerca de las calles Vanilla Way y Mesa Drive cuando se le acercó un hombre desconocido. La estudiante rechazó los avances y siguió caminando a la escuela. Se está llevando a cabo una investigación por parte de la policía y va a haber un aumento de patrullas en la zona y como precaución habrá un aumento en la presencia de policías en el plantel escolar y alrededor del plantel. Estamos cooperando con el Departamento de Policía de Oceanside y pedimos que si alguien tiene información relacionada a este incidente que por favor llamen al Departamento de Policía de Oceanside al 760-435-4690.


Entendemos que situaciones como esta son preocupantes. La seguridad y protección de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra prioridad principal. Seguiremos proveyendo el ambiente más seguro posible para nuestros estudiantes. Por favor recuerden a su estudiante que si se siente incómodo o amenazado por un desconocido que digan algo. Unas buenas prácticas son: decirle a su hijo o hija que si un desconocido se le acerca y ofrece llevarlos a algún lado, o dulces, o pide ayuda, como por ejemplo para buscar un perro perdido, debe separarse, gritar “¡No!” con firmeza y dejar la zona corriendo inmediatamente. Su hijo o hija también le debe contar a usted o a otro adulto de confianza lo que pasó.


Gracias y por favor no duden en contactarse con la escuela si tienen preguntas o inquietudes.

Posted 5/30/19

The Oceanside Unified School District 2019-2020 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) draft was updated based on new data and stakeholder input.  


OUSD is seeking comments and feedback from stakeholders on the proposed 2019/20 LCAP: 


LCAP Comments – English

LCAP Comments – Spanish


For additional information about the LCAP, please review these resources or visit the LCAP webpage.


LCAP 1-page overview - English
LCAP 1-page overview - Spanish
LCAP Slides - English
LCAP Slides - Spanish


Posted 5/23/19

Garrison Community Input Forum Invitation

Garrison Community Input Forum Invitation - Spanish

Posted 5/22/19

The regularly scheduled Oceanside Unified School District Board of Education meeting location has changed.


The meeting will be held at Chavez Middle School at 6:00 pm.



Chavez Middle School - MPR

202 Oleander 

Oceanside, CA 92057



6:00 PM



Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Posted 5/6/19

Students at Oceanside High School (OHS), put their skills and knowledge to the test planning for and responding to a simulated city wide emergency.

The event focused on a Zombie Apocalypse affecting the City of Oceanside. Students in the Academy of Justice, Health Academy, and Education Academy pathways at OHS participated in the simulated emergency. The event also included 250 sophomores who played the role of Oceanside residents. Some were zombies, some were injured, and some just needed shelter.

Students completely managed the decontamination shelter and ran specific centers focused on their pathways and interests. Some of the areas focused on intake, triage, decontamination and showers, medical and first aid treatment, and shelter. The shelter was setup to simulate an emergency one month in length and the students prepared food, education for children, entertainment, sleeping arrangements, and art therapy for the residents that they served.

The career pathways in Oceanside Unified School District provide students with rigorous academics, technical skills, and hands on experience to prepare for employment in the career fields they are interested in and the students are coached through their college and career choices after they graduate. This real world experience is invaluable to student success and OHS received some great news recently when they learned that two graduates of the Justice Academy have been offered jobs with the Oceanside Police Department.


Watch the Zombie Apocalypse video!

Posted 5/3/19

Michael Potts, a 5th grade teacher at South Oceanside Elementary was chosen as one of 12 teachers in San Diego County to receive recognition through the Teachers are Heroes program. This recognition program is sponsored by Azusa Pacific University and 103.7 KSON, and coordinated by the San Diego County Office of Education.


There are more than 26,000 public school teachers in San Diego County and only 12 are selected each year to receive this honor. Mr. Potts received nine nominations, more than any other nominee in the programs history.  


As part of the recognition, Mr. Potts was presented with a plaque and received a gift card to buy supplies for his classroom. His class will also receive a lunch party and tickets to Legoland for a end of the year celebration!


Check out the video of Mr. Potts receiving his award.

If you know an inspirational teacher that deserves this honor please visit the Teachers Are Heroes website and nominate that exceptional educator today!

Posted 5/2/19

Oceanside Unified School District is pleased to announce the 2019 Classified Employees of the Year. Veronica Duenas at Chavez Middle School and Mary Rearick at Palmquist Elementary School.

  Veronica Duenas

Veronica Duenas 2019 Classified Employee of the YearVeronica Duenas, (middle in photo), serves as the attendance clerk at Chavez Middle School and has worked for Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) for 26 years. Veronica is a dedicated and talented employee and provides amazing customer service to the students and staff that she serves. Her positive attitude and willingness to help anyone makes her an invaluable addition to Chavez.

“Veronica is a valuable asset to our students and families. She works in multiple capacities to tackle new challenges with ideas and solutions and is an integral part of many of their successes,” said, Principal Jenny Morgan of Chavez Middle School.

Veronica genuinely cares about each and every student, regularly going above and beyond in her service. She also greats students at the gate when they arrive for school. Additionally, over the years she has taken it upon herself to create individual incentives for chronically absent or tardy students in an attempt to encourage their timely attendance. Her clear dedication to each student has made a lasting impact on those she serves and a positive difference in her community.


  Mary Rearick

Mary Rearick 2019 Classified Employee of the YearMary Rearick, (third from left in the photo), is the Nutrition Services Lead 1, at Palmquist Elementary and has worked for OUSD for 6 years. Mary’s ability to make a connection with each student that she comes into contact with sets the positive tone for that student’s entire day. Her bright charisma and generosity makes a deeply positive impact on those that she works with and serves at Palmquist Elementary School. 


Principal at Palmquist Elementary Mandy Bell, had this to say about Mary. “Mary is one of the first people our students interact with on a daily basis. Her warm smile and kind heart sets the tone for the day for our students and staff.” 

The students know that she truly loves and cares about them as individuals. Mary is also sensitive to students with special needs and food allergies and takes great care to provide the nutrition that they need. Perhaps the most prolific indicator of Mary’s positivity is that she always has a smile on her face no matter how busy she may get during preparation and service.


Veronica and Mary will be recognized at our Regular Board Meeting scheduled for April 16, 2019, at 6:00 PM in our district boardroom located at 2111 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058

Posted 5/1/19

Cultural Proficiency CommitteeOceanside Unified School District (OUSD), has assembled a Culturally Proficient Educator Committee (CPEC) comprised of more than 40 district staff and community representatives with the goal of leading the work of cultural proficiency throughout the district to ensure we are providing safe and equitable learning environments for all of our students.  


The importance of cultural proficiency goes beyond just providing curriculum and experiences that our students can identify with. As a district, we realize the importance of providing staff with the resources and training needed to better serve our diverse population. Through partnerships with the California Teachers Association (CTA), Oceanside Teachers Association (OTA), Human Rights Council of Oceanside, MeCHA, American Friends Service Committee, and the North County LGBTQ Resource Center we will focus on increasing individual cultural proficiency and building our capacity for cultural proficiency as an institution.


Cultural Proficiency is inside-out work. The work suggests we must first understand our implicit bias, so we can ensure that we do not promote stereotypes or act on negative assumptions towards a particular group of people. Superintendent Dr. Vitale said, “ It is being aware of who you are in the world and how you operate and think, particularly towards certain groups of people.  If we can all increase our individual awareness and intentionally work towards including and valuing all people in our community we will find that the feeling of belonging will grow to all stakeholders in OUSD.”


The CPEC will participate in a series of events and trainings designed to challenge their own cultural bias and understanding of cultural diversity. Additionally, the CTA will provide two full days of unconscious bias training to the CPEC and the committee will visit the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Through the partnership with OTA and CTA, unconscious bias training is expected to be provided to all staff by the end of 2019.


Oceanside Unified School District is committed to supporting families with various structures and from various backgrounds and providing a first class education to all students through equitable, safe, and stable learning environments. We understand that each of our unique differences contributes to the success of our community.


Posted 5/1/19

The Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD), is dedicated to ensuring the physical, emotional, and academic health and well-being of all our students.


This spring in accordance with the “California Healthy Youth Act,” we will instruct comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education to students in middle school and high school. 


Parents and guardians can preview the written and audiovisual instructional materials.


Should you choose to have your student opted-out of one or more of the lessons, please indicate this choice by completing and returning the Opt-Out Form provided.

Posted 4/16/19

All parents and guardians are invited to attend the April District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) meeting.  Topic: Education Programs and Opportunities in OUSD.

When:  Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Time:    5:30-7:30pm

Where: Foussat Elementary School 

             3800 Pala Road

             Oceanside, CA 92058

Please see attached flyers for more information.

Register at: Eventbrite

Posted 3/18/19

Reynolds Elementary is hosting a parent information meeting on their amazing two-way bilingual immersion program.


When: Monday, March 18, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: Reynolds Elementary Library

            4575 Douglas Drive

            Oceanside, CA 92057



Please see the attached flyer for more information!

Posted 3/12/19

Oceanside Unified School District is pleased to announce the 2019 Certificated Employees of the Year. Teresa Flanagan at Palmquist Elementary and Cheryl White at Nichols Elementary School.


Teresa Flanagan:

Teresa Flanagan, 2019 Certificated Employee of the YearTeresa Flanagan (middle in photo), is a Transitional Kindergarten teacher at Palmquist Elementary School and has worked for Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) for 19 years. Teresa is a passionate and dedicated teacher and works to provide an environment where students receive the support they need to succeed and thrive.

“Teresa is an incredible teacher who is able to connect with parents, students, and staff. She is always approachable, happy, warm, and caring. Teresa has a gift for seeing the big picture and uses her skills to bring this picture to life in and out of the classroom.” Said, Principal Mandy Bell of Palmquist Elementary School.

Teresa cares deeply about her students. She believes that each and every child, regardless of race, special needs, or gender has value and something to contribute to the classroom. She is passionate about their social-emotional growth and well being as well as early childhood education. Her passion and dedication empowers everyone in her classroom community.



Cheryl White:

Cheryl White 2019 Certificated Employee of the YearCheryl White (middle in photo), is a third grade teacher at Nichols Elementary and has worked for OUSD for 24 years. Cheryl believes that each student has special gifts and she fosters a learning environment that allows for students to find that passion knowing  that each day something good will happen.


Principal at Nichols Elementary, Robert Flaherty had this to say, “Cheryl is dedicated, caring, and committed to her profession. Every day she makes a positive impact and a difference with her students. Cheryl is truly a vital part of the Nichols community and I am proud to work with such a talented and fabulous teacher!”

Cheryl has a deep knowledge about curriculum, classroom management, and best practices and she is a school leader on campus. Cheryl can easily handle any situation with competent and effective leadership. She collaborates with her team, support staff, and special education teachers to make sure that the wide range of needs in her classroom are met. Cheryl finds many rewards in teaching and loves that moment you see a student grasp a concept.  


Teresa and Cheryl will be recognized at our Regular Board Meeting scheduled for April 16, 2019, at 6:00 PM in our district boardroom located at 2111 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058



Posted 3/11/19

Reynolds Elementary is hosting a parent information meeting on their amazing two-way bilingual immersion program.


When: Thursday March 7, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: Reynolds Elementary Library

            4575 Douglas Drive

            Oceanside, CA 92057



Please see the attached flyer for more information!

Posted 3/5/19

Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) has adopted a cloud based technology to improve the governance process. The new service will allow OUSD to maximize the effectiveness of our board meetings while improving productivity and saving thousands of dollars annually.


Electronic distribution will not only save time and resources, but it will also provide easy public access to the agenda items and other board-related information. The new system will continue to provide interested parties access to review information prior to meetings. All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by date or by using the system’s search feature.

The new board management features can be accessed by visiting our Board Meeting website or our district homepage at: For questions regarding the governance initiative please contact Ann Givens at: or 760-966-4006   

Posted 2/7/19

Please join us for our first annual Parent Academy!


Our Parent Academy is designed to provide worthwhile and valuable information and resources to support our parents.


Please take a moment to visit our Parent Academy website or the attached Parent Academy invitation for more information.


Parent Academy InvitationParent Academy Invitation in Spanish

Posted 2/5/19

Oceanside Unified School District is seeking input from families, guardians, community members, students, teachers, and staff about what we are doing well and what we can do to better ensure the success of all students.  The information gathered will be used to improve all schools in the Oceanside Unified School District.

Please take a few minutes to complete the LCAP survey before February 15, 2019. 

Your input and feedback is critical to the success of our schools and in helping all our students become college and career ready. 

Family Survey (English)

Family Survey (Spanish)

Staff Survey

Posted 1/17/19

Oceanside Unified School District is hosting a "Know Your Rights" informational forum, presented by US-Mexico Border Program (AFSC).


Date: January 29, 2019

Location: King Middle School located at 1290 Ivey Ranch Road, Oceanside, CA 92058

Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

To become better informed about your rights and how to protect them, please attend the forum. Two additional forums will be held in January and March. For more information please view the attached Know Your Rights flyer or contact Jordy Sparks at 760-966-7826 or by email at:

Posted 1/15/19

All Oceanside Unified School District offices and schools will be closed for winter break from December 24, 2018 through January 11, 2019.


Classes will resume on January 14, 2019.


Have a fantastic winter break!

Posted 12/21/18

Oceanside Unified School District is hosting a "Know Your Rights" informational forum, presented by US-Mexico Border Program (AFSC).

Date: December 19, 2018

Location: Laurel Elementary School located at 1410 Laurel Street, Oceanside, CA 92058

Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

To become better informed about your rights and how to protect them, please attend the forum. Two additional forums will be held in January and March. For more information please view the attached Know Your Rights flyer or contact Jordy Sparks at 760-966-7826 or by email at:

Posted 11/29/18