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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:38 AM

Vista View Middle School Wins Distinguished School Award ๐Ÿฅ‡


Fountain Valley, CA-Vista View Middle School Wins Distinguished School Award. OVSD students and staff, you just keep impressing us so much. Amazing news, our Vista View Falcons of Fountain Valley, California are in the news, as recipients of CA’s highest school honor, the Distinguished Schools Award. Thank you State Superintendent Tony Thurmond for this award!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 7:49 PM

Recap, Board of Trustees Meeting 3/27/21

Huntington Beach, CA-Tonight the Board of Trustees convened for its bi-monthly meeting. We had the honor of watching student AJ Lopez from Spring View Middle School, as he received an award from ACSA. He’s a wonderful example of what a middle school student should be. We also voted to promote, reassign, or accept several resignations of our employees. Regretfully, we accepted the resignation of assistant superintendent Felix Avila due to his impending retirement. I am very sad to see Mr. Avila go, he has been an integral part of the Ocean View community and a fixture in our district providing stability in the most difficult of times. He even served as interim superintendent in 2015, when we were without a superintendent and after the asbestos issue. We are excited to welcome all of our new principals in their roles, you will be getting an email with all of the announcements on these promotions and other district level assignments. Lastly, thank you to our middle school teachers and their union, OVTA for successfully negotiating with us to bring back our 6-8 graders for in-person instruction for 5 days per week starting on May 3, 2021. We are the first in west OC to make tanks happen. Excellent work, team OVSD!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 8:14 AM

Board of Trustees Meeting Tonight, Tuesday 4/27/21

Huntington Beach, CA-Tonight’s Board Meeting will be available by going to The link will go live at 6:00 p.m. for Open Session. Please note, if you have any public comments, send them by 3:00pm to and they will be read into the record by President Singer and me. OR you may come to the OVSD Board Room at 5:45pm and wait until you are invited in to make a comment. Masks are required and social distancing must be followed.

Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:13 AM

Happy Earth ๐ŸŒŽ Day, 2021!

Happy Earth ๐ŸŒŽ Day, let’s love and protect our planet. Note: Photos without masks taken pre-pandemic. President Patricia Singer and I are fully COVID-19 vaccinated.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 7:00 PM

Recap from OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting, 4/13/21

Huntington Beach, CA-The Board of Trustees honored our OVSD Teachers of the Year, Noel Clancy of Vista View and Anne Braise of Circle View, as well as our 2 ACSA award recipients, Dr. Carol Hansen and Chileen Spaulding. We had a special student guest as well, 8th grader Dezi from Spring View who won the Surf City Optimist Club Essay Contest Award. All of our Pre-K to 3rd graders are back in school now 5 days per week, and 4-5th will be back on Monday, 4/19/21. Thanks to KCAL9 news and Michele Gile for highlighting our first in OC program. We thank our hard working teachers and staff for making this a reality in partnership with us. Next, we intend to bring back our middle schoolers. We look forward to making this happen very soon. Great work all around, Team OVSD, you are the best of the best!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:15 PM

Congratulations, Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen!

Huntington Beach, CA-Our very own superintendent, Dr. Carol Hansen is the recipient of the ACSA Tracy Gaffey award and the OCCSBA Marilyn DeMarco award as well. She’s accomplished so much this year under very tough circumstances and we very proud of her achievements. Congratulations!

Thursday, April 1, 2021 4:33 PM

Moderna ๐Ÿ’‰ #2

Westminster, CA- COVID Vaccine, Moderna ๐Ÿ’‰ #2 in the arm, immunity is on its way. Thanks again to Governor Gavin Newsom for making it possible for teachers like me to receive the shots. We feel like we are a priority in CA.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:21 PM

LA Times-Ocean View School District plans full return to in-person instruction for elementary school students

Huntington Beach, CA-Thanks to LA Times Daily Pilot reporter Matt Szabo and photographer Kevin Chang for visiting Village View today to see what our 5 day per week in-person elementary program will look like districtwide starting on March 29, 2020. We are very proud of our students and staff in all of our OVSD schools. See link above for full article. 

Friday, March 19, 2021 11:12 AM

KCAL9 reports on OVSD 5-days per week starting 3/29

Huntington Beach, CA-Today reporter Michele Gile visited us in OVSD to highlight our new 5 day per week program beginning on March 29, 2021, as the hybrid will be discontinued. We are so excited to get our elementary kids back to school full time, from the previous 2 days they have been attending since September 2020. Thanks to our teachers and staff for making this happen. Special thanks to 3rd grade teacher Julie Gill for allowing us to visit her class. Yeah Hope View Hawks!

Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:15 PM

COVID-19 Shot ๐Ÿ’‰#1 Complete!


Westminster, CA-As a teacher, it was “myturn” to be vaccinated today, and received Moderna. Thank you to the stellar staff of Garden Grove Unified School District. The district employees run the whole show for the County of Orange at La Quinta High School in Westminster. Teachers run the check-in and intake stations and gather medical information and obtain electronic consent. I was surprised to see an old friend, OVSD resident and GGUSD administrator Carol Haas, she is the vaccine POD director and was kind enough to take these photos of me. The teacher that checked me in was a fellow 6th Grade GATE teacher. There were nurses and psych staff from the Orange County Department of Education working hard to vaccinate and oversee recovery. It was very smooth, from check-in, intake, medical questionnaire station, vaccine, and observation. I ended up having to stay an hour instead of 15 mins due to my history of severe anaphylactic shock in the past, 2 separate times from antibiotics that caused my face to swell and distort, hives the circumference of basketballs, and inability to breath. Both shocks required me to have hospital stays, the last was 5 days of sedation to bring down the swelling of my face and airway. Luckily, I did not suffer any reaction today, just got flushed. For me, this was a great response and experience. For anyone having vaccine hesitation, please rest assured, if someone like me tolerated it, this is truly a great product. I can’t wait to get back into my classroom in-person for extended days in LA County. Looking forward to OVSD teachers and staff being fully vaccinated too, great things are to come. We are working on getting kids back full time in OVSD, and can thank not only Governor Newsom for making this possible for educators, but also for our stellar Ocean View teachers and staff for always working above and beyond. They are the true heroes for our children!

Friday, February 26, 2021 1:45 PM

Star View School, Best In Midway City โญ๏ธ

Midway City, CA-Thank you to Star View Principal Paul Kraft and Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen for taking President Singer and I on a tour of our wonderful school in Midway City. We saw all grade levels in action, GATE classes and all while celebrating the 100th day of school. Wow, so much to see, hear, and learn. Star View students and staff are phenomenal! *Click hyperlink above to visit Facebook to view all of the photos from Star View.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:45 AM

A Visit With Oak View Owls ๐Ÿฆ‰

Huntington Beach, CA-Today OVSD Board President Patricia Singer, Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen, Principal Jenna Landero and I had the honor of taking ABCUSD Board President Sophia Tse on a tour of Oak View elementary school in the heart of Surf City. ABCUSD, where I work as a classroom teacher, is reopening in-person soon and President Tse wanted to see what and how we have done this in OVSD. Our OV teachers and students got to show off and we are so proud of them. Oak View Owls, we love you! *Please click hyperlink above to visit Facebook post to see all of the photos from the Oak View visit. 

Friday, February 12, 2021 10:51 AM

Visit to Mesa View Middle School ๐Ÿฆ…

Huntington Beach, CA-We visited all subject area classes, Geometry ๐Ÿ“ included and GATE as well. What a joy it was to see our newest guide dog ๐Ÿฆฎ in training right in a classroom with kids and all. Our stundents interact with the pup, helping to teach interaction with people while at work. President Singer and I were given a tour by Dr. Conroy and Principal Grunbaum. The Mesa garden looks amazing and we thank all of the volunteers including the HB Shipley family that put in work weekly to keep everything alive and well. Click hyperlink above to see more photos from our Mesa View visit.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 1:48 PM

Chรบc Mแปซng Nฤƒm Mแป›i, Happy New Year 2021, Year of the Buffalo (Ox) ๐Ÿ‚!

Midway City, CA-Chúc Mแปซng Nฤƒm Mแป›i, Happy New Year 2021, Year of the Buffalo (Ox) ๐Ÿ‚ to our Vietnamese Community of OVSD. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we were unable to visit classrooms like usual, see the amazing Westminster HS dragon dancers, or participate in the beautiful Tet Parade. We hope to all be together again next year. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 8:22 PM

Thank You Voters of CA Assembly District 72 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Huntington Beach, CA-I’m deeply honored to announce that I’ve been elected to the CA State Central Committee in the statewide ADEM election. In the past, I’ve served as an elected member for AD72, and last term, as Congressman Harley Rouda’s appointed delegate. It’s great to be back for my 3rd term. I look forward to serving the voters of our district at the state level. What’s even better? That so many wonderful people right along side me for AD72 and beyond. Lastly, I want to thank the CA Federation of Teachers for endorsing me. Their confidence in me speaks volumes. My number one job is to fiercely protect our children, and I pledge to continue to do that. Thank you AD72!

Thursday, January 21, 2021 3:14 PM

Congratulations OVSDโ€™s Hope View Hawks, recipients of the CSBA Golden Bell Award ๐Ÿ””

Huntington Beach, CA-The Board of Trustees is so proud to have such exceptional staff members like Hope View teacher Holly Sjogren. She has done what few can, run a successful guide dog program right in her own classroom. She trains dogs while teaching students, truly an integrated and innovative endeavor. Thanks to all who worked on the application. The CA School Boards Association awarded OVSD and just released this video to commemorate the hard work of our staff. Please watch to hear a message from CSBA. It was my honor to serve as the board’s president for 2020 and to be a part of this amazing experience. Great work Team OVSD!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:19 PM

Thank you OVSD, I am honored to serve ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Huntington Beach, CA-Thank you to Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen, Executive Assistant Cindi Lee, and OVSD staff for honoring me last night with this plaque and my very own gavel, in commemoration of my 2020 term as president of the board of trustees. I’m grateful to continue to serve our students and families. Today is not only a time for me to be thankful, but for our entire nation. Congratulations to Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Kamala D. Harris on their inaugurations. America is upon a new and positive day in hopes of unity once more ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:07 PM

OVSD Special Board Meeting, Distance Learning Extended to 1/29/21

Huntington Beach, CA-Board Extends Distance Learning.Here is recap of some of my comments from Tuesday night. The Board of Trustees voted to extend to Temporary Distance Learning for all general education TK through 8th grade classes through 1/29/21 to allow additional time for the COVID-19 surge to subside. ICU bed capacity remains at 0% in our area, and we are in a Regional Stay at Home Order. Our employees report that over 60% are uncomfortable coming back to work on 1/19/21 and we are seeing increased infections, and absenteeism of those currently on campuses. In some circumstances, special education Special Day Classes (SDC) may need to transition to Temporary Distance Learning. These decisions will be made on a class by class basis due to staffing limitations or COVID-19 infections per class. If a class must transition, families will be notified by the Special Education Department. To the extent possible, Kids’ Club and Preschool programs will remain open in order to support frontline and essential workers. If programs must be closed or consolidated, families will be notified. OVSD is looking forward to the next phase in the COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution for employees in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, we all must wear masks, avoid gathering with others, and stay home as much as possible. Avoid becoming infected, protect yourself and your children. We are counting on you.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 9:24 PM

Recap of OVSD Regular Board of Trustees Meeting, 1/5/21

Huntington Beach, CA-Follow the Regional Stay at Home Order. OVSD Recap of some of my comments from tonight’s Regular Board of Trustees’ meeting can be seen here. OVSD Community, if you want your children to be able to attend in-person school, start following the Stay at Home Order. Stop going out to restaurants and bars, wear a mask, stop gathering with family and spreading this deadly disease. The COVID numbers are rising at an alarming rate and we are seeing a marked increase in infection rates in students and staff from the Winter Break period. These infections happened outside of school, but they can be brought into our schools. Many other staff members are under mandatory quarantine. ICU bed capacity is at 0%. If it is important for kids to be in school, then do the right thing. The behavior of some of the adults in our community is alarming.

Monday, January 4, 2021 2:55 PM

OVSD is returning to Temporary Distance Learning

Huntington Beach, CA-Tuesday, 1/5/21, all OVSD students that have been attending in-person hybrid model, will be online until 1/19/21, due to a decision of the Board of Trustees in response to 0% ICU bed capacity in Orange County and neighboring Southern California counties. No school today, 1/4/21 for students, as teachers are preparing for the change. School resumes tomorrow morning, on Tuesday, so please see your school schedule for details and start times.

Friday, January 1, 2021 1:50 PM

Announcement: For all Registered Democrats in CA Assembly District 72 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Huntington Beach, CA-Democrats throughout the state of California will be running to add their voices to the state party's platform and agenda. We also decide and vote upon who the State Party will endorse for major offices, like Governor, Attorney General, U.S. Congress and more. I am pleased to once again be running as a candidate for the CA State Democratic Central Committee in District 72. I’ve been honored to serve you since 2017, and would like to serve for another term. I’m pleased to announce that I have earned the endorsement of the California Federation of Teachers, an organization that I myself am a member of as a rank and file 6th grade teacher in LA County. Thank you California teachers for believing in me. To my Democrat constituents, I hope to earn your support and vote for Assembly District delegate. There will be NO in-person voting this year and any registered Democrat that resides in AD72 is eligible to vote. Just follow the link below to do so. Any questions, please ask me via message here on my site, and note that this delegacy is not connected to my trusteeship in OVSD. Register to vote by Jan. 11 at:

Monday, December 28, 2020 12:41 PM

Clerk Clayton-Tarvin's Official Statement on Oak View Incident with HB Mayor Pro Tem Ortiz

Huntington Beach, CA-Clerk Clayton-Tarvin’s Official Response to Oak View Incident with HB Mayor Pro-Tem Tito Ortiz. It’s the holidays, and what we need to do is be kind to one another. Being kind means being respectful of the rules of the institution that educates over 8K children here in HB, Fountain Valley, Midway City, and Westminster, our Ocean View School District. On December 23rd, I was summoned to the Oak View school due to an altercation occurring on site. I was Christmas shopping at Westminster Mall, and abruptly left to go intervene and ask for cooler heads to prevail. When I arrived at the school, the police were on site. They explained that I had to enforce the OVSD policy as they are not allowed and in fact were “directed” to only “educate” the public about masks. All the while, all officers were masked themselves. HBPD are being put between a rock and a hard place. They are not being allowed to enforce local health rules even on OVSD property. So I complied with the police and enforced our rules myself. I asked all present to put on masks or move onto the City’s property. The HB Kiwanis Club had already directed all participants to be masked and Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz, his Planning Commissioner Gracey Van Der Mark, and some of their campaign team refused. In total, Ortiz led a group of about 10 people that did not comply. Prior to the event, the City assured us that all participants would be masked. All of the Kiwanis members, HBPD, and the Oak View community members themselves were masked. On OVSD property, Ortiz and his team openly defied our local health mandates. The Board of Trustees has set forth these mandates via local control, as outlined in the CA State Constitution. We have authority to make our own rules even above what Governor Newson had previously ordered. We oversee ourselves. Why does Mayor Pro Tem Ortiz feel he gets to be above the rules we have set forth? As those of you in the OVSD school community know, we have mandated that our employees, students, and parents must comply with our mask mandate. No one is exempt. Ask yourselves, does celebrity exclude anyone from societal and legal responsibilities? We mustn’t, in our community, coddle violators. We have law and order on all of our OVSD campuses for a reason. We are protecting the health and safety of the community. The Oak View community is the most vulnerable in all of HB, and has been hard hit by COVID-19. Our Oak View teachers are scared to come back to work, and now this super spreader event overseen by Ortiz has put our community at risk.Our teachers and staff in OSVD are the real heroes here, coming to work during a PANDEMIC, in-person educating our children. OVSD teachers and staff are dedicated, tough, and ready to do their essential jobs. Real heroes don’t stroll onto campus once a year. They serve all year. While we appreciate those who followed our rules (Kiwanis/HBPD), are 20 hams and turkeys worth jeopardizing the 600 kids from going to school? We need our employees to return after winter break. Many of the kids are out on mandatory quarantine as it is. Follow OVSD rules, it’s just that simple. No one is above the rules. After finding out that morning that this event would occur, OVSD President Patricia Singer and Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen sent this reminder communication to the City to explain our positions, as we’ve already made them known, and they violated them anyway.
Being a leader is not easy, but if you really care about the community, show it via actions. Nonetheless, we welcome Mayor Pro Tem Ortiz, who also happens to be an OVSD parent, to come to our schools to help those in need, with a mask on of course. Please OVSD Community, WEAR A MASK

Thursday, December 24, 2020 7:42 PM

Merry Christmas from Huntington Beach ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ

Huntington Beach, CA-Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale, and Sretan Boลพiฤ‡ to our family, friends, and community members from here in HB, across the nation, and around the world from our immediate family to yours.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 6:43 PM

CBS2 News-Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz Caught On Camera In Maskless Confrontation

HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) — Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz was caught on cell phone camera Wednesday getting in the face of a resident.The confrontation happened during a food distribution event after people were alerted to the fact that the former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter was handing out food without a face covering. The event was being held on Ocean View School District property, which has strict pandemic safety guidelines. “Having close contact with little children, like he did today, and leaning into strollers and into car windows with no mask on is unacceptable to us,” Gina Clayton-Tarvin, a school board member, said. “This is a public health emergency.” “A leader of our city, a representative of our city, to be in complete denial and not take safety measures, it’s not a joke,” Victor Valladares, a Huntington Beach resident, said. “People are dying, people are in hospitals, there are zero ICU beds available.”

Following the confrontation, Ortiz left and went into a city building.

Police were eventually called to the scene, though it was not immediately clear if any citations were issued.

Monday, December 21, 2020 5:19 PM

COVID Case Reporting, Winter Recess

Huntington Beach, CA-Please adhere to these instructions for reporting positive cases during Winter Recess. It’s imperative that we all continue to report any COVID positivity even while on vacation, so that the District has accurate numbers to make appropriate decisions for the health and safety of our school community. Please see the graphic below with instructions on how to report. These instructions mirror the notice sent by our superintendent and president on Friday. Thank you for your cooperation.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 7:00 PM

Election of New OVSD Board Officers, 2021

Huntington Beach, CA-Last night, we said thank you to 2020’s board officers and elected 2021’s. It has been my honor to serve as president in the year 2020, the year of a global pandemic. Now, it’s time for my good friend and colleague Patricia Singer to serve as our new president. The board elected her last night and I am very proud of her, and all she has done to prepare herself for this new position. This will be her first time serving as our board leader. She’s ready and I believe in her ability to take us into 2021 and beyond. Also, we elected our colleague Jack Souders to be Vice-President. Trustee Souders is a veteran boardsman and will serve us with dignity in the coming year. I was elected Clerk for 2021 and look forward to serving in this position once more. We are ready for 2021!
*Please take the time to visit President Singer’s official Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter to “like” and “follow” her so that you can stay abreast of all of the latest news she has to share.

Monday, December 14, 2020 8:23 AM

Happy Holidays from the Ocean View School Disrict

Saturday, December 12, 2020 1:50 PM

Swearing-In of Gina Clayton-Tarvin, 2020

Huntington Beach, CA-Please join the OVSD Board of Trustees for my 2020 swearing-in on December 15th at 6:00pm administered by U.S. Representative Harley Rouda, live from Washington DC. Also, we are pleased to welcome new Interim Huntington Beach Police Chief Julian Harvey to be introduced to the OVSD Board and community. He will make a brief report. Should you wish to make a public comment, you may do so in-person at 16700 Pinehurst Lane, Huntington Beach, Building A, while wearing a mask. Also, public comments can be submitted here: and will be read into the record by the Clerk of the Board. To watch the swearing-in and meeting, please attend via zoom at (link in event) or by watching via YouTube at

Thursday, December 3, 2020 6:00 PM

Video from Special Board Meeting, Hybrid Update


Huntington Beach, CA-Special Board Meeting/Update on the OVSD Hybrid Schedule

Governor’s Stay At Home Order

Yesterday, in response to an increase in coronavirus cases throughout the state, Governor Newsom announced a new stay at home order for regions of California where hospitals are in danger of exceeding capacity. Although this order imposes restrictions on businesses and various activities, it does not affect in-person instruction for school districts that have already opened. The Governor stated that schools should remain open with the necessary precautions in place. In alignment with the Governor’s order, OVSD schools will remain open for in-person hybrid instruction.

State and local health officials have cited a large body of evidence that schools’ health and safety measures, which include physical distancing, masks, smaller cohorts, timely contact tracing and notifications, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols, have been effective in combating COVID-19. Dr. Ghaly, secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency, has said schools are not the source of the recent COVID-19 surges and continue to have low case and transmission rates. OVSD’s COVID-19 Dashboarddata provides further evidence that schools are not creating or contributing to the recent increase in confirmed cases. Thus far, OVSD has not had any person-to-person transmission in schools or other facilities.  This is largely due to your diligent efforts in helping to keep our schools safe. Together, our staff and students continue to follow guidelines and protocols on our campuses and parents continue to support these important efforts, which is making a difference. 

Since discussions began on November 5 about enhancing and modifying the current hybrid schedule, the COVID-19 case rates in Orange County have nearly quadrupled. Adding more students to our classrooms at this time would prohibit OVSD from adhering to the California Department of Public Health’s guidelines for social distancing and small cohorting, which could lead to increased exposure to COVID-19 for students, staff, and families.  The District’s overarching goal is to keep students in school while balancing the wellness and safety of our entire community.

OVSD will maintain the current Hybrid schedule until further notice. However, when COVID-19 cases become more manageable, the District will augment the current split week schedule with more time in school and more direct instruction via Zoom when students are at home.  A longer school day will allow for more socialization and instruction.  The plan also allows children to keep attending school on the same days to minimize disruption to family schedules.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 rates in our community, and any changes in the hybrid schedule are dependent upon a decrease in the current COVID-19 surge.  A tentative timeline for implementation of the enhanced Hybrid schedule is:

Elementary Schools - January 25th

Middle Schools - February 8 

We appreciate your continued partnership, flexibility, and patience as we navigate this challenging and unprecedented chapter in OVSD’s history together.



Thursday, December 3, 2020 5:01 PM

LA Times-Orange County school districts pivot as Bond fire rages in Silverado Canyon with 0% containment

Silverado Canyon, CA-Bond Fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ Continues, OVSD Remains Open. Yesterday I spoke to reporter Lilly Nugyen of the LA Times about OVSD response to the Bond Fire and poor air quality. We will not shut schools as neighboring districts have, we use AQMD data on a daily basis to determine local conditions. Although air quality was at the hazardous conditions in OVSD, we made the decision to remain open as Cohort B was already at school when conditions worsened. Each school made decisions to keep students inside. Each day the District will reevaluate conditions and make appropriate decisions based on expert data.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 2:20 PM

College View Ribbon Cutting and School Tour

Huntington Beach, CA-President Clayton-Tarvin, Superintendent Hansen, Deputy Superintendent Conroy, and Principal Burney narrate this video about the College View Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting. Brand new interior designs, HVAC systems and playgrounds are highlighted. Measure R funds were used to complete this $18M project.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 5:00 AM

LA Times-Column: How Huntington Beach became Angrytown, USA

Huntington Beach, CA-Thank you to LA Times' columnist Gustavo Arellano for always taking a closer look at HB, and writing about the sometimes spirited take on matters Californian. Surf City is my town since 1993. Thanks for highlighting my voice, and for always telling the stories of HB for better or for worse. We love our neighbors all the same. Please visit the link above for the column.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 2:18 PM

LA Times-College View Elementary in Huntington Beach holds reopening ceremony

Huntington Beach, CA-We celebrated the reopening of College View Elementary, following an $18 million modernization. While we couldn’t have a traditional Grand Reopening, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we commemorated the special occasion with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with our Board Members Vice President Patricia Singer and Clerk Jack Souders, Superintendent Dr. Hansen, HB City Council Mayor Pro Tem Kim Carr and staff. We’ll be sharing more of this beautifully transformed school in a video coming soon. Thank you LA Times reporter Matt Szabo for reporting. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:01 PM

News: Vista View Modernization Update

Fountain Valley, CA-Please click hyperlink above to view presentation for Vista View's modernization plans. Designs are being formalized now for the eventual start of projects to begin sometime in summer 2021. We are excited to utilized Measure R funds in such an innovative way. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:55 PM

Regular Board of Trustees Meeting, Golden Bell Award

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Wins CSBA Golden Bell Award ๐Ÿ””. The Ocean View School District Board of Trustees are members of the California School Board’s Association (CSBA). Each year CSBA provides recognition to a select school districts for outstanding school programs. For the 2020-21 school year, OVSD earned the Golden Bell in the School Culture and Safety Category for Hope View Elementary School’s "A Community of Caring." Hope View coordinates a strong and purposeful Social Emotional Learning Program, which integrates the guide dog of America Program. Our teacher of the year, Holly Sjogren leads the program, regularly raising guide pups in her classroom. Now, other schools are beginning to adopt the program, for example we now have a guided puppy in training at Mesa View. Great work Team OVSD!

Monday, November 16, 2020 1:40 PM

OVSD Schools Will Remain Open (OC in Purple Tier)

Huntington Beach, CA- OVSD Schools to remain open in Purple Tier. Also, see the updated COVID Dashboard. Please review OVSD’s COVID Dashboard, with current cases and those recovered as well. Orange County has moved back into the Purple Tier, however, school districts, including OVSD, that have reopened for in-person instruction, are not required to close. Keep up the work of social distancing, not gathering in large groups, and wearing face coverings to keep infections down. 

Thursday, November 5, 2020 5:00 PM

Special Board of Trustees Meeting-In Person School Review

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting, Live Now. We anticipate the Board giving direction to our staff. You can watch it here now.

Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 AM

Vote ๐Ÿ—ณ Center at OVSD, starting Friday, 10/30!

Huntington Beach, CA-Starting on today, Friday, October 30, 2020, and until Election Day, you can vote in person at our district office. Also, if you haven't received your envelope to vote, lost it, or not registered and qualify, you can do so at any polling station. Starting tomorrow, October 30 at 8 a.m., you can vote in person at any OC Vote Center, but we have one right here at OVSD 17200 Pinehurst Lane, HB 92647, Building E. *Note: Photo of V.P. Patricia Singer and me taken pre-pandemic/mask mandate during primary election 2020. Voting Center is back at OVSD!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 5:00 AM

LA Times-A Latino enclave in Huntington Beach fights to preserve its heritage and raise its clout

Huntington Beach, CA-Thanks to LA Times reporter Priscilla Vega for a great story on our Oak View Community, especially local hero Oscar Rodriguez. He’s done so much for HB already, it seems, he’s just begun. Please read this to understand his commitment to our HB residents, especially our kids. I appreciate being able to have given input for this piece. Lastly, please know that Congressman Harley Rouda and I agree, a vote for Oscar Rodriguez is a vote for our children’s health and safety. Our children will always be his first priority.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 5:25 PM

LA Times-Ocean View School District board censures trustee for second time

Huntington Beach, CA-Last night at the board of trustees’ meeting, in a 4-1 vote, we decided to censure Trustee Norm Westwell for the 2nd time. Unfortunately, Westwell continues to disrupt, malign, and harass staff members, district parents and students. His continued disrespect of community members and colleagues cannot stand. This behavior is unacceptable and must cease. As seen in the photo by the LA Times, Westwell also refused to follow our district policy and CA health order and wear a proper mask, donning a scarf on his face instead. I asked him to do as I do and wear a medical grade mask and a face covering, he refused, turning his camera off, turned his back, and attempted to hide face. We all must be in compliance, just as we require our students and staff to do. He must set a proper example or he won’t be allowed to enter the boardroom for our next meeting in November. Please read this very thorough and accurately written article by reporter Matt Szabo for more details.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:33 PM

LA Times-Steel is tone deaf and dangerous

Huntington Beach, CA-Michelle Steel is not the right fit to represent us in Congress. The LA Times has published this bipartisan opinion piece that OVSD Trustee Jack Souders and I have written. Health and safety of our children is at stake. We must work to re-elect Congressman Harley Rouda to ensure that our children won’t be poisoned by gross polluters, the same that Steel took thousands of dollars in special interest campaign contributions. She fought OVSD and we can’t allow another trash dump to poison our students and teachers in Oak View or anywhere else ever again. Trustee Souders and I urge you to vote wisely in Congressional District 48. Vote Sierra Club endorsed Rep. Harley Rouda. Our children’s lives depend on it. Read full OpEd by clicking hyperlink above.
*These are the opinions of Trustee Souders and myself and not the entire board of trustees. This is first amendment protected speech, and titles are used for identification purposes only.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:17 PM

Board Meeting, Trustee Westwell Censured

Huntington Beach, CA-The Board of Trustees approved a resolution censuring Trustee Norm Westwell. Resolution No. 10:2021, initiated by Board Clerk Jack Souders, cites OVSD Board Bylaws, Board Policy, Robert’s Rules of Order, and lists detailed findings regarding Trustee Westwell’s conduct. The Resolution proclaims that the Board “disapproves of the aforementioned conduct and finds it to be a violation of the Board Bylaws, and that unacceptable behavior shall not be tolerated.” It states that Trustee Westwell is ordered to “treat fellow Board Members and the Public with dignity and respect at all times.” 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:12 PM

Westmont VAPA School, the Best of the Best!

Westminster, CA-Westmont School staff is working it with their safety protocols from sanitizing classrooms and playground equipment to individually bagged student supplies. Principal Broderson also highlighted their emergency program for trauma mitigation. Wow Westmont, you’re doing it all. We are so proud of you.

Friday, October 9, 2020 5:00 PM

OVSD Trustee and surfer ๐Ÿ„ Jack Souders endorses Oscar Rodriguez for HB City Council!


Huntington Beach, CA-Political Party is irrelevant when the preservation and defense of our environment is at stake. Lifelong surfer, HB resident, teacher, and school board trustee Jack Souders has made the call, he’s on Team Oscar. When we needed a champion for the people of HB to fight for our students and staff to breath clean air, Oscar was there. As an avid lover of our beaches and ocean, Trustee Souders knows the only candidate to support is Oscar, as he’s been a leading voice in fighting the Poseidon project in SEHB. Oscar will work to provide protections for our coastline and surrounding communities. What do you want this election, to stick to the same old partisan ways, or to think outside the box and get behind a grassroots native of HB? Trustee Souders and I may not be in the same political party, but we agree, Oscar Rodriguez is the right person to represent all of us in Huntington Beach. Let’s do this HB, vote ๐Ÿ—ณ now!

*Disclaimer: this post is my free speech and made on behalf of Trustee Jack Souders and myself, not the entire OVSD Board, not in coordination with any candidate, or a candidate controlled committee. Titles used for identification purposes only. Image is public domain, and taken pre-pandemic.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:21 PM

General Election ๐Ÿ—ณ 2020!

Santa Ana, CA-There’s nothing like sharing the experience of voting with our own children. My son Max and I visited the OC Registrar of Voters just now, got to see our old friends who keep this excellent agency running like a fine oiled machine, and to vote for our preferred candidates. No matter who you vote for, please get to the polls and make your voice heard.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00 PM

Regular Board of Trustees Meeting Video

Huntington Beach, CA-Video from Regular Board of Trustees video of Dr. Carol Hansen, Superintendent, providing the Board with an update on the reopening of our school campuses. On September 28, schools opened for in-person instruction with our hybrid model. Staff reported that health screenings and touch-less temperature checks went smoothly, and that classroom safety enhancements were in place and being used effectively. In the event of a positive COVID-19 case, she said the District would take swift action, collaborate with the OCHCA, follow specific protocols established, and provide transparent communication. In addition, as recommended by the Governor, OVSD has started surveillance testing for all staff.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 1:40 PM

Voting Has Begun, HB USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Huntington Beach, CA-Let’s make the move to a more balanced Huntington Beach City Council with a vote for an actual community servant that cares about ALL of HB’s residents. Whether it be fighting the corporate polluter across the street from our Oak View Schools in Ocean View School District, to feeding kids in need and working to save Perry School in Huntington Beach City School District, to providing the largest weekly food distributions in HB for those in need during the COVID19 Pandemic, Oscar does it all. He’s a local hero.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:07 PM

Honorable Trustee Keri Kropke for North Orange County Community College District, Area 7

Brea, CA-It is with great pleasure that I endorse longtime teacher, special education provider, mother, and Brea Olinda school board trustee Keri Kropke for NOCCCD, Area 7. Her dedication to students is second to none, and her advocacy on behalf of those struggling to afford college is exemplar. Her commitment to giving voice to students and their professors is proof positive of her lifetime dedication to public education. Of course Trustee Kropke is the right person for NOCCCD, and not one who will denigrate students and staff, but instead empower and uplift. Please watch this video to learn more, and share this post to inform the residents of NOCCCD.
Keri Kropke’s Plan for NOCCCD:
•College Affordability
•Increased Mental Heath Services
•Support College Educators and Staff
•Maintain District Fiscal Stability
Keri is proud to be endorsed by the United Faculty Association; Adjunct Faculty United, Local 6106; and CSEA, Chapter 167.
*This endorsement is my free speech, made on my own behalf, and not on behalf of the OVSD Board of Trustees.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:42 AM

Spring View First Day of School, Cohort B

Huntington Beach, CA-Spring View First Day of School, Cohort B. Wow, you’re amazing Spring View All is going well at our Spring View Middle School and we were so happy to see all of our students and teachers there, all ready to learn, with masks on and engaged. Our OVSD students are the best behaved kids I know. Visited all the classrooms with Mr. Lempert, principal and Mr. Avila, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources. Thanks to Ms. Trace and Mr. DeLaChica for letting us peek in to listen and learn. Onward and upward, Spartans!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:34 PM

HB Deserves a True Community Leader, Oscar Rodriguez for City Council ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Huntington Beach, CA-When someone this extraordinary makes a commitment to serve the public, we should all stand up and take notice. No matter who you are, what party you belong to, which neighborhood you live in, Oscar Rodriguez will represent you. He is not just a local champion for environmental justice, he is a hero to the children he fought to protect in Ocean View, HB. He advocated for students and teachers that were being polluted by the Rainbow Trash Dump in the heart of Surf City in Oak View beginning in 2015. He’s been a driving force to save Perry School in HBCSD this year. Oscar Rodriguez has been a leading voice on stopping HDD and gentrification in HB since 2014. He’s been providing food to the community during the COVID Pandemic and does it all on his own time and dime. Oscar is the only candidate to take on Poseidon for SEHB, fighting this project since 2016. He works on a daily basis providing housing for our U.S. Military Veterans, and runs to honor the victims of 9/11. He serves without being asked, gives to all, and turns no one away. I wholeheartedly endorse patriot Oscar Rodriguez for HB City Council. Join our bipartisan group, and consider him for your vote starting this October 5th, with Election Day on November 3rd. 

Disclaimer: This endorsement is protected free speech and made on my own behalf, not for the School District itself, and not in coordination with the candidate, or a candidate controlled committee. Titles used for identification purposes only. All images are public domain.

Monday, September 28, 2020 11:46 AM

KNBC4 News Report, All Schools Open ๐ŸŽ in OVSD!

Huntington Beach, CA-Schools Open ๐ŸŽ in OVSD. Such exciting news. We at OVSD were just featured on KNBC4 and for our in-person school reopening for all General Education students, as well as our September 9, 2020 opening for Special Education students. OVSD always first in everything, vanguards in education because we have excellent relationships with our labor groups including our hardworking teachers and staff. Doesn’t cost us a thing but mutual respect and care for employees. This is what having a positive working relationship with unions equals. Click link to view KNBC4 news report.

Friday, September 25, 2020 11:50 AM

Natalie Moser has been endorsed by Huntington Beach Firefighters' Association!

Huntington Beach, CA-Amazing work, Natalie Moser has been endorsed by the Huntington Beach Firefighters' Association. She was also named the OVSD Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding volunteer work at Circle View School. I believe that we as HB residents have another reason to support and vote for Natalie for HB City Council. I’m proud to stand with our firefighters and endorse Natalie Moser. Voting begins 10/5 and Election Day is 11/3. Please consider Natalie for your vote this General Election 2020. Let’s do this HB, Vote ๐Ÿ—ณ!

Disclaimer: This endorsement is my free speech and made on my own behalf, not for the entire OVSD Board of Trustees, and not in coordination with the candidate, or a candidate controlled committee, or the HBFA. Titles used for identification purposes only.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:30 PM

Special Board of Trustees' Meeting

Huntington Beach, CA-Special Board of Trustees' Meeting to consider for approval several items including the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) and the collective bargaining agreement between CSEA, Chapter 375 and OVSD for 2019-2022. See YouTube for video. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:38 AM

Vote For Oscar Rodriguez for HB City Council

Huntington Beach, CA-What can I say? Oscar Rodriguez is a local hero. He is the example for so many in our community, to our students, to our youth. You are one of the finest “products” the Ocean View School District has helped to create. To know that one of our alumni is doing so much to give back to the community is phenomenal. Here’s the thing, it is easy for people to say they care, but it’s hard to actually do the work to show it. I support and endorse Oscar because he not only says it, he does it. He puts your money where your mouth is, a true leader that is not afraid of hard work. He does the hard work and never complains while doing it. I thank him for having our students’ backs during the struggle for environmental justice in HB, getting this Rainbow Trash Dump under control. Without him, it would have never happened. We at OVSD are forever indebted. Starting this October 5th when absentee ballots begin to arrive and until Election Day, November 3, 2020, get out to vote. We can't afford any more inaction on our City Council. Anyone reading this, please do me a personal favor and donate to Oscar's campaign. Any dollar amount will help. I know how hard it is to win an election and it takes funds to get the message out. Even $5 will help, or if possible the maximum contribution of $600.  Thank you for your consideration. Link to donate here,

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 8:30 AM

Las Fiestas Patrias, Mexican Independence Day Observed ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ

Mexico City, D.F. (photo from 1996)-The USA is not the only North American nation that gained independence from a colonial overlord. Mexico, our neighbor to the south was once controlled by the European power of Spain. This day September, 16, 1810, the Cry of Dolores rang out in freedom with the battle lasting until 1821. My first time celebrating Mexican Independence Day came in 1996 when I visited the capital of Mexico City, DF to experience the joyous occasion and witnessed the massive parade in the Zocolo and accompanying festivities for which I was photographed. Thank you to longtime friend and educator Gustavo Patiño for helping me to experience Mexico this way and to understand how our two nations are linked in so many ways, not only as neighbors, but in the struggle for freedom in our respective nations.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:00 PM

OVSD Regular Board of Trustees Meeting

Huntington Beach, CA-Please watch our board meeting from last night to learn more about our 9/28 in-person reopening date, a construction update on our next Measure R project at Vista View, and much more including the LCP for this school year. The Open Session meeting begins at approximately the one hour mark (6pm). Toggle right to begin at that point. Any questions, please let me know below in the comments.

Monday, September 14, 2020 8:35 AM

New and Improved OVSD Lunch Schedule

Huntington Beach, CA-In order to better meet the needs of our parents and students, the District has changed the pick-up times of our Grab-N-Go meals starting today, Monday 9/14. Please remember that masks and social distancing are enforced and meals must be consumed off-site. Thank you for your cooperation.

Friday, September 11, 2020 10:26 AM

Patriot Day Observed, 9/11 Memorial

Huntington Beach, CA-On September 11, 2001, our country changed forever. Thousands of Americans lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. For many service members September 11 defined their military service or was the reason they chose to enlist. That’s why Team RWB OC hosted a moving tribute to preserve the memory and support the veterans who served as a result of 9/11. In communities across the nation, veterans and supporters have moved their American flags a cumulative 8,426 miles, a tribute to the 2,977 lives lost on September 11, 2001 and the 5,449 service members killed in action in the wars following, and share stories along the way. Thank you to local RWB OC leads Jodie and Chris Merkle for making this a reality, and for inviting me to the HB memorial for the ceremony today. It was great to see community leader and activist Oscar Rodriguez there, and proudly carrying our nation’s flag for the run today. Great work Team OC! Note: Masks down on some as they literally just ran into Civic Center Plaza to begin. Social distancing as mandated by CA Executive Order.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:23 AM

Welcome Back to School 2020-2021 ๐Ÿซ ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ

Huntington Beach, CA- From Vice President Singer and me, welcome back to our students, staff, and families. Today begins our first day (virtually). Let’s keep up this good work in OC, keep COVID numbers down, and get off the list on 9/22. Come on OVSD, let’s do this. Welcome Back!

Monday, September 7, 2020 11:20 AM

Labor Day, Education is Union Work ๐ŸŽ!

Huntington Beach, Ca-Happy Labor Day from this longtime rank and file public schoolteacher. I’m a proud union member of AFT Local 2317, AFL-CIO, the ABC Federation of Teachers. As well as being an educator myself, as president of OVSD, I’m the employer of over 1,000 school employees including CTA teachers and CSEA classified staff. Times are tough right now, during this pandemic, but I promise things will get better. At this time, I’m grateful to be employed and commit to work protecting jobs here in OVSD. Providing safe working conditions is my number one priority. We look forward to better times to come. This Labor Day, we thank those who have come before us to blaze the trail for workers’ rights.

Sunday, September 6, 2020 3:57 PM

Republicans and Democrats Agree in OC

Huntington Harbour, CA-My mom, Dolores Clayton, a lifelong GOP member and voter is putting her money where it matters. She’s pretty proud to show off her thank you cards from candidates Sergio Contreras and Oscar Rodriguez for elections in OC this year. She said, “it’s time to bring balance to the Board of Supervisors and to the HB City Council.” She donated. Join my mom and me in supporting and donating to Oscar and Sergio in their races. This is truly what country over party looks like. We need your support to make this happen OC!

Oscar Rodriguez for Huntington Beach City Council:
Sergio Contreras for Orange County Supervisor, District 1:

Saturday, September 5, 2020 4:17 PM

Call to Action, Be Vigilant-Labor Day Weekend

Huntington Beach, CA-We are only 2 weeks away from school reopening in Orange County if YOU do your part. Please don’t get lax and head to the beach, crowd in backyards, or ruin the progress we have made. OC’s children cannot go to school if we slip off the list from now until 9/22. Do your part: stay home, social distance, and wear a mask. This is on all of us. If we regress we only have ourselves to blame. Don’t mess this up for our kids. Come on, let’s do this OVSD!

Friday, September 4, 2020 4:00 PM

Marine View Bussing Decision Made By Board

Huntington Beach, CA-Bussing will be funded by Measure R money and voted upon by the Board of Trustees. We have found a solution to the issues surrounding the funding of transportation from Marine View to the Sun View (Interim Site) for 2020-2021 school year during modernization. Unfortunately, Trustee Westwell disrupted our board meeting. His behavior was dishonorable, his lack of decorum is terrible, and his suggestion of dereliction of care for children’s health and safety is upsetting to me. I apologize for his offensive behavior and comments. Please watch entire meeting (less than an hour) to hear the details of our program to bus students from Marine View to Sun View. Thank you for your patience during these trying times.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:05 AM

Critical Recap from Last Night's Board Meeting, Watch Now

Huntington Beach, CA-Last night the Board of Trustees met in open session at a regular meeting to discuss critical issues. Please see list for highlights and watch the entire meeting to understand in full. Very important, take the time to view meeting.
1. School begins online for general education students on 9/9.
2. In-person schooling for general education students can commence on 9/22 if numbers stay low. DO YOUR PART, OC. Follow Governor’s orders. Wear a mask, bring numbers down.
3. In-person schooling for moderate/severe SDC special needs students on 9/9. District staff will contact parents with info.
4. In-person schooling for other SDC students on 9/14. District staff will contact parents with info.
5. We will not apply for a CA waiver for SDC, in fact, it would hurt OVSD 6-8th graders, locking them out from services, as waiver is only for K-5 per order.
(*Waivers for all K-5 special education have been denied by OC/CA thus far.)
6. OVSD Board has hired legal counsel to assist us on issues of special education and we have fought to make this happen.
7. The Board has reduced Kids Club fees, by agreeing to SUBSIDIZE families. Call OVSD for info on new rates, and to sign up if you have not done so already and need child care.
8. Bussing from Marine View to Interim Site at Sun View, I’m willing to bring issue back for the entire board to discuss the matter. More news to come.

Monday, August 31, 2020 8:26 AM

โ€‹ News from OC Health Care Agency

Santa Ana, CA-County Health Care Officer Dr. Chau has issued this statement via Twitter. Schools in OC will not be able to reopen for in-person schooling until September 22, 2020. This will only occur if the county residents can keep numbers low and we can be moved from purple to red. This news is a correction from Dr. Chau’s previous statement on Sunday claiming September 8, 2020 would be the reopen date. At OVSD we will continue to follow CA Department of Public Health orders and work toward a move to reopen schools as soon as safe and allowed. My personal opinion is that the OCHCA’s mishandling of this issue is very unfortunate. Let’s hope moving forward, the OCHCA will be more careful in their information dissemination. In regards to Special Education programs in OVSD, this will not affect our desires to move forward to bring back special needs students in-person earlier. We will continue to work toward this goal. Please tune into our Zoom meeting tomorrow night at 6pm for a Special Report to the Board of Trustees on this process.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:24 PM

Special School Board Meeting Recap

Huntington Beach, CA-Special board meeting recap discussion including school reopening and transportation update. Please watch YouTube video recap with the entire meeting.

Monday, August 24, 2020 5:20 PM

Back to School ๐Ÿ“š for this teacher!

Cerritos, CA-Today was my first day back for the 2020-2021 school year. My Cerritos 6th grade students were piped into my home office here in Huntington Beach via Google Meetings for their first day of school. Distance learning is not ideal, but it’s the mandate in LA County for now and we will make the best of it. I taught live from 8:30am to 1:40pm online. We can do this Cerritos!

Thursday, August 20, 2020 2:10 PM

Back to school for teachers in Cerritos!

Cerritos, CA- Back to school for teachers in ABC Unified School District where I have been a teacher for 24 years. We are making piles of books and supplies for each student as they will come back to school next week virtually, but will pick up their books physically. We are starting out our school year virtually here in LA County and may not return until January. It is going to be long haul, but we have to what we have to do. We hope LA County can get its COVID numbers down soon. In the meantime, in all counties statewide that are on the COVID Watch List, let's all do our best to get this under control so that all can back to school, in-person when safe. 

Monday, August 17, 2020 12:10 PM

Vote ๐Ÿ—ณ YES on Prop 15

Huntington Beach, CA-Schools & Communities First will reclaim over $12 billion every year for schools and local communities. Most of us want similar things like good schools for our kids, a healthy family, and safe neighborhoods. But for four decades, big corporations have not been paying their fair share, leaving California with the most overcrowded classrooms in the U.S. and with some of the worst ratios of counselors, librarians, and nurses per student. Schools & Communities First ensures that our schools and communities come first with the resources to educate all of our kids and the services to support all of our families. It closes commercial property tax loopholes benefiting a fraction of corporations and wealthy investors, without affecting homeowners or renters, and reclaims $12 billion every year to fund world-class schools and strengthen local economies to lift up all Californians. It’s time to invest in California’s future. Please consider voting YES on Prop 15. Click the hyperlink above to learn more.


Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:00 AM

boredpanda-32 Photos Of In-Person Learning And Not Only Teachers Should See It

Huntington Beach, CA-Coverage on OVSD’s Response to COVID-19. Thanks to the Bored Panda news agency for highlighting our District’s response to eventual school reopening. I appreciate the extensive coverage on the matter, and the opportunity to be interviewed, see my responses at number 4 in the article. Article Excerpt: “Clayton-Tarvin's main source of inspiration that helps her to get through this difficult period is the children. “I want other parents to see that there are elected school board members out there that care and frankly, have the ability to get off their rear ends and buy safety equipment." She urged everyone to stop saying the money doesn't exist and go find it. "Demand accountability from your state and national leaders. No safety equals no school. Redress is critical, demand your child's safety." Click hyperlink for more of my thoughts on the matter, my tweet is number 4. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 8:36 PM

OC Education Forum on COVID Safety

Irvine, CA-As one of Orange County’s school board members, I’m pleased to be able to share information with other decisions makers on OVSD’s plans for a safe school reopening when permitted. I invite our Ocean View community to join CA Assembly District 68 and Irvine Councilwoman Melissa Fox, and Trustees Keri Kropke (Brea Olinda USD), Kris Erickson (Orange USD), and Jamison Power (Westminster SD) and me for a spirited discussion on the realities of bringing our children back to schools this fall. Click hyperlink to watch forum via YouTube.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 8:00 AM

BuzzFeed-22 Pictures Of In-Person Learning Every Teacher Wishes The World Could See

Huntington Beach, CA-Buzz Feed News Coverage of OVSD. Apparently we’ve made it, BuzzFeed has featured our OVSD school reopening plans. In my opinion the County of Orange has been upside down with its COVID-19 response, so local school board members and their district staff are now taking the lead on school reopening when safe to do so. OVSD is the leader in OC. My tweet is featured at #4. Click hyperlink to go to BuzzFeed article to read more.


Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:39 PM

CBS2-Some Orange County Schools Prepare To Reopen For In-Person Instruction

Huntington Beach, CA-OC School Reopening, Ocean View Highlighted. Please review this news segment by CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Michele Gile on OVSD reopening plans. Deputy Superintendent Dr. Conroy and I are interviewed about our district reopening plans. We will only reopen in-person when legally allowed per the Governor’s orders, after numbers in OC decline. Until then virtual learning will commence in OVSD on September 9, 2020.


Friday, August 7, 2020 7:57 PM

Important Election 2020 Announcement

Huntington Beach, CA-Today was the last day to file to run for elected office in Orange County. I had anticipated facing multiple challengers as I have in past elections (2012 and 2016). However, no one filed to challenge me for the board of trustees seat this election season, therefore, I will retain my seat for 4 more years. We have prevailed. I look forward to continuing to serve the children and you, the residents of OVSD. Thank you all for your support. We will get through these tough times together, get our kids and teachers back to school safely, and our lives back on track. You can count on me to be stable and thoughtful in all I do to navigate our school district back to calm waters. Recall, that as a parent, teacher, and leader in our community, you can count on me. I’m here for our school community for another term.

Monday, August 3, 2020 7:42 PM

Voting is Foundational to Democracy

Huntington Beach, CA-I’ve been voting ๐Ÿ—ณ by absentee ballot in California since the 90’s. I started in San Diego County where I turned 18 years old, then in LA County while attending college, and finally Orange County where I reside. I have been appreciative to have this ability and now pleased to know all Californians will receive a ballot in the mail this year. No matter which method you use to vote, whether it will be by mail or at the polls, just get our there and make your voice heard.

Sunday, August 2, 2020 1:10 PM

Culturas Corner: Meet Gina Clayton-Tarvin


(Gina Clayton-Tarvin with activist Mirvette Judah and Oak View Baile Folklorico students)

Huntington Beach, spotlights OVSD’s environmental justice work in Oak View, HB. It’s an honor to be the subject of your first Culturas Corner. Click hyperlink above for the complete article. 


Monday, July 27, 2020 6:08 PM

Coming this fall, Virtual Academy (Parent Choice)

Huntington Beach, CA-This fall for those families who choose online learning for the entire 2020-2021 school year, they are invited to join one of the Parent Meetings via Zoom on August 5 or 11 to learn how your child may benefit from this model of instruction. Zoom links will be posted 24 hrs before the meeting at

Sunday, July 26, 2020 6:02 PM

Bolsa Chica Fire, Previous OVSD Property

Bolsa Chica Wetlands, HB-Very sad to see the fire in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. This part of the wetlands was previously owned by OVSD and then sold by the Board of Trustees to the State of California in a deal in 2004. The District sold this crucial piece of property to the state for inclusion in the environmentally sensitive Bolsa Chica Mesa. The District declared 15 acres of the mesa it owned as surplus property. The school district, which had owned the land since the 1966, was supposed to build a school there to accommodate a large development. Plans changed and the land was sold. The seemingly under-serviced the area and allowed brush to overgrow. We are sad to see our former property fall into the condition it has and this fire occur endangering our district families in the Brightwater area. We are pleased to know that no one was hurt or property damaged thanks to the tremendous work of the Huntington Beach Fire Department and supporting agencies such as the OC Fire Authority.

Friday, July 24, 2020 2:57 PM

Serving the Community, the Greatest Honor

Huntington Beach, CA-Serving our OVSD community here in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Midway City, and Westminster has been not only deeply rewarding but an honor for the past 8 years. If given the opportunity by voters of our district this November 3rd, I would be pleased to fight for our students and schools once more. Voters of OVSD, I humbly ask for your support and votes on 11/3/20!

Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:45 PM

OVSD Public Service Announcement

Huntington Beach, CA-Please HB, Fountain Valley, Westminster and Midway City, we need your help to bring kids back to school this fall in a safe manner. Our Governor, Gavin Newsom has given us a roadmap to reopening schools. The 5 metrics have to be met to get OC under control. Please do what we’re asking: social distance, wear face coverings, stop mixing and wash your hands. Let’s do this OVSD!


Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:40 AM

We love our local Scouts!

Huntington Beach, CA-Thank you for inviting Vice President Patricia Singer and me to speak with the Scouts this morning after interviewing us. They were able to earn their badges for Citizenship and the Community. The Scouts asked such thoughtful and intellectually advanced questions, and I was very impressed with them. What polite young ladies and gentlemen. All with masks on and socially distanced. Good work Scouts.


Monday, July 20, 2020 7:42 PM

HB City Council Meeting Public Comments

Huntington Beach, CA-This past Monday night I spoke on two very important issues facing HB: school reopening and homelessness. OC residents, do you want your children to return to school this fall? We can do this together by wearing faces coverings, social distancing, avoiding mixing, and working hard to stop the spread. If we meet the CA metrics, we can reopen, but only in a safe manner with aggressive infection mitigation measures in place. Lastly, let’s finally get a REAL Navigation Center (homeless shelter) with wrap around services up and running for folks who need help especially during the pandemic. I will advocate aggressively for a site that is supported by the surrounding community and will satisfy Judge Carter’s ruling. We don’t need further division amongst community members. Come on, let’s do this!


Sunday, July 19, 2020 11:40 AM

Team Ocean View School District

Huntington Beach, CA-Team OVSD, (from left to right) Trustee John Briscoe, Vice President Patricia Singer, Clerk Jack Souders and me President Gina Clayton-Tarvin met last year at the grand opening of the amazing Oak View Gym in HB. Celebrating a hard fought victory to secure environmental justice for 1,000 students and 100 staff members who had been polluted by the formerly out of control open air trash Rainbow Transfer Station and Trash Dump, we cherished this day. The gym financed by a legal settlement of over $26M from our dispute with owners Republic Services. No longer does anyone have suffer the stench of inequality in Surf City. We were proud to show corporate America that they would not abuse our predominantly Latino Oak View community anymore. We all need to step out of our comfort zone, have the courage, and fight for those who have been marginalized in our society. Stand up for your neighbors!


Saturday, July 18, 2020 12:45 PM

School Reopening, we can do this Orange County ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ


Huntington Beach, CA-We can do this Orange County ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ. As a 24-year classroom teacher, and as your school board president here in Huntington Beach, I’m asking for your help. Do you want kids back in school this fall? To make this a reality, we need your help. Let’s pull up our bootstraps, and work to get these coronavirus numbers down by social distancing, avoiding crowds, wearing masks, and being responsible. Help us get students back to school safely. Representing you for the past 8 years in OVSD has been an honor, and I want to continue to serve you, so I humbly ask for your vote this November 3rd to advocate for our children. Let’s do this! 

*Photo of me taken while presiding over an OVSD board meeting on 7/7, double masked

Thursday, July 16, 2020 3:27 PM

KCBS2/KCAL9 News Interview on CA School Reopenings

Huntington Beach, CA-KCBS2/KCAL9 News Interview on CA School Reopenings. Residents of OC and LA Counties, do we want to reopen schools this fall? Then let’s get to work bringing these numbers down please. We can get this done together. See my latest interview with details about our plan in OVSD.


Wednesday, July 15, 2020 7:04 PM

KCBS2 KCAL9-โ€˜It Really Doesnโ€™t Affect Usโ€™: OC School Districts Discuss Reopening Plans Following Board Of Educationโ€™s Decision

Costa Mesa, CA-Thanks to KCBS2/KCAL9 news for asking me to speak out about the truth on the OC Board of Education’s outrageously dangerous “recommendations” on reopening schools in the fall with no safety precautions or infection mitigation protocols in place. At OVSD, we won’t allow students and teachers to be unduly exposed. We have a two option plan for return, in person with aggressive mitigation protocols in place like mandatory masks for all, plexiglass study corrals, daily temp checks, and health screening along with high tech electrostatic sanitation, and more. Plus we are offering a brand new Board approved school, the OSVD Online Academic for all remote learning with synchronous instruction from our expert teaching staff. Parents will have a choice. If Governor Newsom mandates hybrid or online only, we have the ability to pivot to that, and will adhere to all State mandates.
(click hyperlink to see full news report)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:00 AM

LA Times-Back to school in Orange County without masks and social distancing? Many call that reckless

Huntington Beach, CA-Back to School Safety Plans, Local Control. The OC Board of Education wants our kids to be sitting ducks in the fall, but don’t despair OVSD families, they have zero say in how our district as well as any school district will reopen. Local elected officials like me won’t allow students and faculty to be in unsafe classrooms. OVSD in HB is requiring face coverings, social distancing, enhanced sanitizing, plexiglass barriers, daily temp checks, and health screenings. For parents who choose to keep their students at home, the District has an established a brand new Board approved online school, the OVSD Virtual Academy. Parents will have choices. Should our Governor move toward all hybrid or online only, we will be able to pivot with ease to provide excellent educational programming. School reopens in OVSD on September 9, 2020.

Monday, July 13, 2020 11:59 PM

LA Times-Could Orange County schools reopen in fall with no masks? Board of Education says they should

Huntington Beach, CA-Disregard OC Board of Education, Safety First for OC Students and Schools. OC Schools Reopening Plans are overseen ONLY by local school boards like our duly elected OVSD Board of Trustees. Per the CA Education Code, the OCBE has no legal authority or jurisdiction over our local schools, none. OVSD has a plan to offer two options, 5-days per week traditional schedule with infection mitigation strategies in place or online virtual academy, and we will continue to move down our path until any new mandates from our Governor are released. 

From the LA Times: Huntington Beach’s Ocean View School District plans to reopen an online academy as a separate school under the district for families who wish to commit to a year of distance learning.

Others will be brought into smaller classes, with guidelines in place, where they will learn in distanced plexiglass safety corrals, according to Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin. She said the district was not interested in adopting the recommendations of the County Board of Education, which she said has “zero authority” over local districts.

“It is, frankly, politically driven,” Clayton-Tarvin said of the board’s recent action. “It’s reckless and it’s causing undue fear among teachers, students and parents alike, for no other reason than to wind people up.”


Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:00 PM

Regular Board of Trustees Meeting

Huntington Beach, CA-The link will go live at 6:00 p.m. If you choose to join the meeting before 6:00 p.m., you will be directed to the virtual waiting room until the meeting begins. Topics for discussion: school reopening plans, old and new business, trustee comments and more. Please note, if you have any public comments, send them by 5:30 PM to and they will be read into the record by Trustee Jack Souders, Board Clerk.

Saturday, July 4, 2020 8:42 AM

Happy Birthday America ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ!

Friday, July 3, 2020 9:37 AM

OVSD fields open all holiday weekend, with exception of Golden View

Huntington Beach, CA-Please be advised that the grounds at Golden View Elementary will be closed from 7:00 pm on July 4th to 7:00 am on July 5th, for the safety and security of the animals on the school farm. They could frightened by fireworks ๐Ÿ’ฅ. Thank you for your cooperation and helping us protect the animals. Remember to social distance while on campuses and wear face coverings if 6ft distance can’t be maintained. Have a Happy Independence Day, 4th of July!


Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:40 PM

LA Times-Orange County beach cities make plans for Fourth of July amid pandemic

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Fields and Parks, HB Beaches. Pleased to speak with LA Times reporter from the Daily Pilot Matt Szabo about potential beach closures, we need to look to the State of CA for opportunities of alignment on policy and enforcement. OVSD open spaces will remain available for the public to use, they are not being closed, but physical distancing is mandatory from those who are not in your immediate household, and so are face coverings while on site when socially distancing can’t be maintained. Beaches of HB are closed on the 4th and 5th. See article for full quotes.

"Independence Day is something to be celebrated in our nation, but we have to celebrate responsibly. Being an American means that you’re free, but freedom comes with great responsibility.”

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:35 PM

LA Times-Orange County beach cities make plans for Fourth of July amid pandemic

Huntington Beach, CA-(direct from LA Times article) "Huntington Beach resident Gina Clayton-Tarvin, who is president of the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees, said it is important for the city to follow the state’s directives on the beaches. That can include free access."

Orange County has seen fewer cases in relation to L.A. County or San Diego County in the past, but I we know if that’s a function of fewer cases or if it’s a function of lack of testing. I believe our County needs to do a better job of testing and reporting cases accurately. For this weekend, I think we should look to the California Department of Health. State beaches are to remain open. The City of HB is responsible for enforcing social distancing and wearing of face coverings in their areas of jurisdictions. I have not see them willing to do this. No large groups are allowed to congregate. Independence Day is something to be celebrated in our nation, but we have to celebrate responsibly. Being an American means that you’re free, but freedom comes with great responsibility. I have always been fairly conservative in my opinions on how to deal with the outbreak, the COVID-19 spread statewide is alarming. Earlier in the pandemic, I can tell you from the Ocean View School District’s point of view, at that time we had actually shut all of our school grounds down. We are the biggest provider of open space in the city of Huntington Beach. We operate 312 acres of space and the majority of it is in Huntington Beach. We have reopened our fields, and we are saying that the public should come and recreate again. However, we ask that residents recreate responsibly, wear a mask, social distance, stay within your own household groups in close settings, and wash your hands often. Follow the Governor's Executive Orders to slow the spread of COVID19.

Monday, June 29, 2020 5:58 PM

Teachers Support Teachers, 2020

Huntington Beach, CA-I’m a proud 24-year classroom teacher in nearby LA County. I know how important our teachers and classified staff are to the success of our students and schools. I’m proud to say that my two sons attend public schools here in HB, and credit OVSD teachers with their successes. We love our teachers ๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿซ ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿซ !

Sunday, June 28, 2020 8:55 AM

COVID19 Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Cards Available

Huntington Beach, CA-Meal Assistance via two programs here: COVID19 Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are available for California families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Deadline to apply has been extended by the State of CA. Learn more or apply at OVSD still offers 2 free meals a day per child, ages 1-18, at Oak View and Westmont, 9-11am M-F)


Thursday, June 25, 2020 3:03 PM

Join Team OVSD!

Huntington Beach, CA-We Need Your Input Today! My primary goal is to provide the best and safest education for all students in our schools, but if I am to continue to do so, I need your help this November. Will you support our kids and join Team OVSD? Join us at this link: 


Monday, June 22, 2020 8:48 AM

OVSD Summer Meal Program Begins Today

Huntington Beach, CA-Our wonderful Ocean View Food Services Staff is ready to start our summer food program. We are so excited to see the kids. Recall, any child, 1-18 years old can come to get a meal at one of our two OVSD sites, Oak View in HB and Westmont in Westminster. Available all summer long. Please note this is a U.S.D.A. Food and Nutrition Services program, and all children are welcome.

Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:13 AM

New York Post-California teacher shot with pellet gun during preschool graduation ceremony

Huntington Beach, CA-Sad news to report from Oak View in HB, where a wonderful community event turned dark. Click link to New York Post article for news. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 4:37 PM

ABC7 News-Teacher shot with pellet at OC preschool celebration

Huntington Beach, CA-Incident at Oak View Preschool, Teacher Shot. As the president of the school district board of trustees, as a parent in this school district, as a human being, it's disturbing to me. We have people coming together in celebration for the end of the year. It's been a really hard year because of the pandemic and the kids not being in school with us and all of that trauma for the children. And this on top of it? I mean, why? This is disturbing. It's completely disturbing. From ABC7 News, official comments on this deeply upsetting incident.


Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:40 PM

Congratulations 8th Grade Students!

Huntington Beach, CA-On behalf of the OVSD Board of Trustees, I’d like to congratulate all of our 8th grade students from Marine View, Mesa View, Spring View and Vista View on their achievements. You have successfully promoted to 9th grade. You are on your way to high school and beyond. We wish you all the best in your future, and thank you for being such amazing students while with us in Ocean View for all these years.

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