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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, CA-Culturas.us 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 www.ovsd.org


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 🇺🇸

 

Huntington Beach, CA-We can do this Orange County 🇺🇸. 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-‘It Really Doesn’t Affect Us’: OC School Districts Discuss Reopening Plans Following Board Of Education’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 clee@ovsd.org and they will be read into the record by Trustee Jack Souders, Board Clerk.



Saturday, July 4, 2020 8:42 AM

Happy Birthday America 🇺🇸!


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 💥. 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 👩‍🏫 👨‍🏫 !


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 ca.p-ebt.org.(Note: 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: https://forms.gle/FfpJFQBWquAjFj8H9 

 


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.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020 9:17 PM

Congratulations OVSD Retirees and Employees!

Huntington Beach, CA-Last night at our OVSD Board Meeting, our HR Department honored our amazing employees that are on their way to retirement. The District also honored other employees for their years of service milestones. On behalf of the OVSD Board of Trustees, I send thanks and gratitude to our teachers and staff for dedicated service to our students and families. We love you!

 


Monday, June 8, 2020 4:08 PM

LA Times-Let’s Raise Our Voices Against Racism in America

Huntington Beach, CA-I spoke at the HB Civic Center rally this past Sunday along with activists and elected officials including Congressman Harley Rouda, as well as others like UFC Legend Chuck Liddell, on ending racism in our nation. We are not always going to agree on politics, they may not always intersect, but fighting bigotry in this nation is a non partisan issue, and on that we can agree. Extend your hand to others with opposing views, have the tough conversations, bridge the divides to bring change. We showed this weekend at a peaceful gathering that we must once again demand civil rights for all. It’s going to take all of us to get this done. I spoke to the LA Times about it. “The lives of my African-American students matter to me,” said Clayton-Tarvin, who teaches in Cerritos. “I know that there are people in the community that might offend, and I’m not sure why …..Everybody deserves a right to breathe; I can’t believe this conversation is having to happen again. But it does have to happen because people are not being treated fairly.”

 



Monday, June 1, 2020 9:31 PM

Support OVHS 2020 Senior Class


Huntington Beach, CA-This year has been so tough for all, but especially for students. Although my child is not yet a senior this year at Ocean View High School, I wanted to support and adopt graduating seniors. I did so, and you can too by donating to the Ocean View High School PTSO. Brighten the end of the year and graduation 🎓for kids in HB. When you do, you’ll get a sign like this to display on your lawn. Love my sign, and remember, you can’t spell LOVE ❤️ without, “OV”. Your donation may be made at: www.OVHSPTSO.com; Venmo address: @OceanViewHighSchool-PTSO; PayPal address: info@OVHSPTSO.com



Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:07 PM

My Statement on the Killing of George Floyd


Huntington Beach, CA-As an 24-year educator, a teacher of African American children, and a human being who is disturbed by the unjust killing of a man, George Floyd, begging to breathe, I won’t stay silent. The safety of my students, your children, will always be my number one priority. I believe we must engage teachers, students, and community members to foster dialogue around issues of racial justice in education. 


Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:42 PM

Thank you OVSD Teachers and Staff!

Huntington Beach, CA- Today I had the honor of addressing over 400 OVSD teachers and staff 👩‍🏫 to thank them for their dedicated work through these challenging times. The Board of Trustees is grateful to all of you for preparing our children for the future.

 
 
 


Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:00 AM

Classroom Flag Salute

Huntington Beach, CA-Back in “school” this morning for distance learning with my students after Memorial Day weekend. Now for the daily flag 🇺🇸 salute, ready.....begin!

 
 
 


Monday, May 25, 2020 10:14 AM

Memorial Day 2020, Remember and Honor

Huntington Beach, CA-This Memorial Day is especially profound at this time of loss in our great nation. Take a moment to stop and think about those that have lost their lives while serving in our Armed Forces. Think about their families, their sacrifice, and your freedom. Remember that freedom isn’t free, it costs. In remembrance of those lost while battling for our freedoms, all OVSD schools and offices are closed and online classes are not in session. Distance learning resumes tomorrow.

 


Sunday, May 24, 2020 4:03 PM

Pandemic-EBT Card Available Now


Huntington Beach, CA-

If your child is currently receiving free or reduced meals, they are eligible for a P-EBT card worth $365. If your child’s card has not already been received you can apply at ca.p-ebt.org. You must do this by June 30, 2020. If your family has been financially affected, you can apply for free or reduced-priced meal status as well. Children may continue to receive "grab n go" meals or emergency food at COVID-19 emergency feeding sites offered by schools and community locations, even if they are receiving P-EBT benefits. Apply here: ca.p-ebt.org

 
 
 
 


Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:05 PM

Update on OVSD Offices and Grounds

 

Huntington Beach, CA-Please see this video update with news about our schools and District offices opening several days a week. We will be seeing the public for new enrollments or transfer. Great news on school fields reopening for recreational use during weekdays and all weekend.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:00 AM

Thank you Assistance League of HB!



Huntington Beach, CA-Along with the ALHB, we at OVSF want to make tomorrow special for our students. Assistance League of Huntington Beach is partnering with OVSD to provide children with a FREE book when they pick-up their FREE Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch meals on Thursday, May 21st from 9:00-11:00 am at the schools listed. Thanks to the Assistance League’s generous donation, we will be giving away 2,200 books. Hope to see you there!

 
 
 
 


Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:00 PM

Board of Trustees Meeting Video

 

Huntington Beach, CA-This week's OVSD Board of Trustees meeting highlights routine business plus a Pandemic Budget Update after the Governor's May Revise, Construction Update on upcoming projects Marine View and Vista View.  


Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:59 PM

ANNOUNCEMENT ON FIELDS FROM OVSD



Huntington Beach, CA-In alignment with statewide reopening of open spaces, OVSD has now reopened school fields for active recreation. No gathering or meeting in groups please. We encourage active recreation only. Wear face coverings when on school grounds if you can’t otherwise maintain 6 feet distance from others. We appreciate the hard work all have done to contain the spread of COVID19. Thanks for your patience and understanding during these trying times, and welcome back.

 
 
 
 


Thursday, May 14, 2020 4:56 PM

Message for OVSD Week of the Employee

Huntington Beach, CA-On behalf of the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees, I wish all of our valued OVSD employees the best. During these uncertain times, the community can count on OVSD teachers and staff to provide stability for our school community and for that, the Board is forever thankful. We are honored to work with such wonderful employees. You are the best!

 


Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:57 AM

Dual Immersion Program coming to Harbour View

 

Huntington Beach, CA-Exciting News From OVSD Ed Services. We are pleased to announce that the District will be offering a Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program this fall at Harbour View. Please join us for a Zoom meeting to learn how your child can become bilingual and bi-literate. Please join one of the Parent Meetings via Zoom on May 14th or 27th. For Zoom links and more information on this exciting program, please visit www.ovsd.org



Sunday, May 10, 2020 4:30 PM

Video Message for Mother's Day



Huntington Beach Happy Mother’s Day to our school community, we appreciate all of you OVSD moms. We know that you are not just extraordinary caregivers, but have also become teachers at home during the COVID19 Pandemic, assisting with distance learning for your students. We know it’s challenging, and we appreciate your patience as we all navigate these uncharted waters on our voyage to reopening schools in the fall in a reimagined way. Good news, be on the lookout for an announcement this week from the District about Early Stage 2 in regards to reopening hours for OVSD fields and grounds for active recreation.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:43 PM

Singer, Kropke and Clayton-Tarvin: Orange County, the COVID Wild West?


Santa Ana, CA-Orange County, the COVID Wild West? Another Op Ed, co-written this time by fellow school trustees, OVSD’s Vice President Patricia Singer, Brea Olinda USD’s Clerk Keri Kropkeand myself. We wonder why the Orange County Supervisors have not included anyone from the educational community as part of the County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy planning team. Parents can’t work if kids aren’t in quality childcare. Supervisor Don Wagner and Supervisor Michelle Steel have not only told county business owners they can ignore health and safety code and violate State and health directives, but that Sherif Don Barnes to not turn a blind eye to enforcement. Why the lawlessness? Is this how a civilized society operates? Read our bipartisan article about a path to reopening OC safely in Phase 2, to be guided by science and not political folly.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:57 AM

Distance Learning Continues

Huntington Beach, CA-Thank you students, I love being your teacher, even from home. 


Monday, May 4, 2020 9:14 AM

Voice of OC-CA Gov. Newsom Forced Beach Closures in Orange County Stirs Local Partisanship

Santa Ana, CA-Briceño took aim at county supervisors, highlighting that “Orange County has consistently lagged behind Los Angeles County and San Diego County in COVID-19 testing, homelessness services, and protections for essential workers. Until April 21, Orange County was the sole county jurisdiction in Southern California not to issue a mandatory countywide face mask order, until pressure by the Democratic Party of Orange County and a bipartisan petition and public pressure campaign led by Ocean View School District President Gina Clayton-Tarvin spurred the Board to approve face masks in a more limited use than surrounding counties,” Briceño wrote.


Thursday, April 23, 2020 6:45 PM

Video-Recap of Week's events with Irvine Commissioner Lauren Johnson-Norris




Irvine, CA-Watch Instagram "live" interview with Commissioner Lauren Johnson-Norris. Thank you to attorney and Irvine Commissioner Lauren Johnson-Norris for inviting me into her interview "studio" aka your backyard to recap this week's events and advocacy outcomes. OVSD Trustee John Briscoe and I were honored to lead a bipartisan movement including a petition and Op Ed in the Voice of OC to inspire change in Orange County to require essential workers to wear face coverings. These coverings will help to protect the workers themselves and residents. These heroic essential workers interface on a daily basis while working in restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, pharmacies and other essential retain stores. Get involved, take action, and compel change in the community.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020 9:32 AM

OC Board of Supervisors Order on Face Coverings

Santa Ana, CA-CRITICAL UPDATE: Supervisors vote to issue order for face coverings, effective 4/24/20 at 12am. Thank you to OVSD Trustee John Briscoe in assisting with the co-authoring of the petition and Op Ed for the Voice of OC to compel change. Along with the advocacy of so many OC residents, the people prevailed. The OC Supervisors voted to order facial coverings for essential workers including grocery, pharmacy, food preparation, restaurant, convenience store, gas station and retail stores.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 6:00 PM

Video-Board of Trustees' Meeting - April 21, 2020



Huntington Beach, CA-Click link above to access video of the Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Ocean View School District Board of Trustees' Meeting held via Zoom. Issues discussed, 2020-2021 budget, Measure R construction projects, school closure grading policy, and more. Next meeting will be held on May 5, 2020 at 6pm via Zoom. Check back here for links to future meetings.


Monday, April 20, 2020 8:30 PM

Voice of OC-Clayton-Tarvin and Briscoe: Feckless OC Supervisors Expose Essential Workers to COVID19


Huntington Beach, CA-OC Board of Supervisors, take action now. OVSD Trustee John Briscoe and I can see past differences in political ideology when it comes to the health and safety of children. In a bipartisan fashion, we demand that the OC Board of Supervisors take a vote to require all frontline essential workers in food service, grocery stores, and other essential workers be required to wear facial coverings. Many teens work in essential positions and must be protected. Please read our Op Ed to help advocate for Orange County to come into alignment with every other county in Southern CA. We must get back to our lives, but can only do so with mitigations like face coverings in place. Click link to article to learn more, and please see imbedded petition link to sign today.



Monday, April 13, 2020 11:38 AM

EMERGENCY ACTION NEEDED TODAY

Santa Ana, CA-Today the Orange County Board of Supervisors is meeting. We must compel them to move to vote on requiring food service, grocery store, pharmacy and other essential workers to wear face coverings to protect themselves and us, the public. Viruses have no borders, so please sign my petition today to send this message to OC Supervisors. Please click link above to sign the petition, act today. 

*All surrounding counties: LA, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino have already issued orders.


Friday, April 10, 2020 9:05 AM

ORANGE COUNTY CORONAVIRUS: Will OC Grocery Store Workers be Required to Wear Masks?


Santa Ana, CA-Here we go again, having to suffer the reckless misdirection and lack of leadership by OC Supervisor Michelle Steel. At an official meeting of the Board of Supervisors, she has refused to even allow discussion on an agenda item by a fellow supervisor to enact an order to require all food service and grocery store workers in the County to wear face coverings while at work during the COVID19 outbreak. All surrounding counties have enacted such measures, yet she fiddles while OC becomes riddled with new Coronavirus infections. This shouldn’t surprise anyone though, just days ago, she tweeted that county residents (in opposition to the CA Stay at Home Order) can gather in groups of 10, and only the old and sick should stay home. She is OUT OF CONTROL and a danger to our health and safety. Her actions are a dereliction of duty and could result in loss of life. Please take action NOW by emailing the Board of Supervisors for which Steel is Chairperson at: response@ocgov.com. Demand that the Board of Supervisors take action to get an order in place immediately. Also, see link to a form in comments below if you choose to contact the Board of Supervisors that way. Please note, you must demand in your email that you want your correspondence forwarded directly to the Board. It is their job to protect your health and safety!


Friday, April 10, 2020 8:25 AM

Dolores Huerta is 90 years strong today!


Santa Ana, CA-Happy 90th Birthday to you....Civil Rights Activist and Union Leader Dolores Huerta. Your decades long work in our society has been unmatched. I wish you many more years to come as a heroine to us all. *Photo taken in January 2019


Tuesday, April 7, 2020 2:05 PM

OFFICIAL OVSD BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Huntington Beach, CA- Tonight's Board meeting will be available for viewing by clicking on the hyperlink above and following the instructions. The link will go 'live' at 6:00 p.m., and a video reply is available. 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. As president, I will serve as chairperson presiding officer of the meeting with all board members in attendance as well as the superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen and her staff. If you wish to submit a public comment, please do so by 6:05pm to clee@ovsd.org. All public comments will be read aloud during the board meeting. Click link to visit video of meeting on YouTube.

 



Monday, April 6, 2020 9:50 AM

Virtual Class is in Session!

Huntington Beach, CA-Online School is in Session. We begin each virtual school day with the Flag Salute 🇺🇸 right here from Surf City, USA, Huntington Beach. Teachers and students will STAY AT HOME to stop the spread of COVID-19. Children need routines, so let’s go...ready, begin!


Sunday, April 5, 2020 11:38 AM

Important Reminder from the State of California


Sacramento, CA-Official Reminder from the State of California. During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we must all do our part in following the Governor’s STAY AT HOME Order. Please refer to this graphic for the Dos and Don’ts. STAY HOME. SAVE LIVES.


Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00 AM

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT AND REMINDER


OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT AND REMINDER: Help limit the spread of COVID-19 by abiding by Stay at Home orders and staying off closed school campuses. Like many city owned facilities, the Ocean View School District campuses are closed for recreational use. For the health and safety of our community, the public no longer has access to school grounds, playgrounds or play equipment. All campuses are closed and those with gates and fences, are locked. Vandalism and trespassing are misdemeanors. If violators are found on school property, the police will be called and individuals may be subject to arrest.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:35 PM

OVSD Announcement-School Closed for 2019-2020

Huntington Beach, CA-Official Announcement from OVSD. We will continue Distance Learning through the end of the school year to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Campuses will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. For more info: ovsd.org/coronavirus

 


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:00 PM

OVSD-Letter from Dr. Hansen on School Closures

April 1, 2020

Parent Update #13 - Distance Learning To Continue Through The End Of The School Year

Dear OVSD Parents,

I’d like to provide you with an important update. Although we just announced an extension of our school closures yesterday, there have been new developments in this very fluid situation.  Today, Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced an expectation that Distance Learning continue through the end of the school year. This is part of the statewide effort to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19 as the number of hospital cases is expected to surge in May. 

In consultation with Board of Trustees’ President Gina Clayton-Tarvin, we have made the determination to close OVSD school campuses through the end of the school year.  To be clear, the 2019-20 school year is not over, we are just transitioning from classroom instruction to Distance Learning. We will now focus all of our efforts on delivering the most robust and effective Distance Learning possible for our students. The good news is that we are already on our way! We had a great launch to our Distance Learning today, and we have created a solid foundation for this exciting, new method of teaching and learning to flourish.

We remain committed to ensuring students and families are supported during this challenging time, including continuing to provide free Grab-N-Go meals for children in need.

Please stay tuned, as we expect to receive additional guidance this week from the California Department of Education, as more details become available. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Carol Hansen

Superintendent

 


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 2:44 PM

OVSD- Extended School Closures

Huntington Beach, CA-To protect the health and safety of our school community and to maintain alignment with the most current national, state, and local guidelines pertaining to health and safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the School District will be extending school closures through May 1, 2020.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:58 AM

OVSD-Virtual-Back-To-School


Huntington Beach, CA-As school closures have been extended until May 1, 2020, I was honored to represent our Board of Trustees on a Zoom meeting call with over 500 District teachers, administrators, and classified staff. My message, OVSD is strong, prepared, and stands ready to serve our community. With the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are in uncharted waters, but we have weathered big storms before and come out stronger. This is just a moment in time, one that too shall pass, and we will meet this moment. We are OVSD strong!


Monday, March 30, 2020 8:15 AM

OVSD-Updated Food Distribution Sites

 

 

Huntington Beach, CA-IMPORTANT REMINDER, The 7 school sites shown below in orange on the map will be distributing Grab-N-Go (breakfast and lunch) meals for all children from 9:00-11:00am, Monday to Friday. Please adhere to the most strict social distancing of 6ft and then go home.

 
 
 
 


Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:00 PM

OVSD-DO NOT ENTER SCHOOL GROUNDS

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: All school grounds are to remain locked, no one shall enter or congregate in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. This extends the already existing dusk until dawn order to 24hr closures. Do NOT enter grounds for recreational purposes. You may still enter parking lots for food and materials distribution as directed by our Superintendent. Stay off playground equipment as the virus can exist on metal and plastic. Stay off all school properties. DO NOT ENTER.

Follow CA Governor’s “Shelter in Place” Order

STAY HOME


Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:49 AM

Thank You OVSD Classified Maintenance Staff!



Huntington Beach, CA-Our Maintenance Crew is working hard sanitizing our student Chromebooks for distribution next week. Students will have access to critical electronic technology to distance learn while at home. If your child does not have access to a tech device at home, you may check-out a Chromebook at your child’s school on the following days: 

Monday, March 30, 1:00-4:00
Tuesday, March 31, 12:00-3:00

While on school campus, you MUST adhere to the most strict social distancing of 6ft. Follow the Governor’s STAY AT HOME order. When done picking up Chromebook, no gathering, GO HOME.

 
 
 
 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:46 PM

OVSD- New Schedule for Meal Distribution

Huntington Beach, CA-We have been pleased to provide free Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch meals for all children ages 1 - 18 at our school sites since the COVID-19 school closures. In an effort to support the Governor’s STAY-AT-HOME order and reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure in our community, we will be decreasing the number of sites offering the Grab-N-Go meals beginning Monday, March 30. However, you may pick-up meals at any of the participating sites. Breakfast and lunch will still be available for pick-up Monday through Friday from 9:00-11:00 am at the following schools beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. When at schools sites, conform to the most strict social distancing measures, stay a minimum of 6ft apart to avoid potentially spreading the virus. No gathering or congregating, get your meals and GO HOME.


Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:44 AM

OVSD Week 3 Packets are Online Now


Huntington Beach, CA-Week 3 Grade-Level Instructional Enrichment Packets are available tomorrow. Printed packets will be available at all school sites on March 26 and 27 from 9:00am-11:00 am. While outside of your home, you must adhere to the Governor’s STAY AT HOME order. No gathering or congregating, stay 6ft away from each other at all times, social distancing is mandatory. The packets may also be accessed on-line tomorrow in our Parent Resources Guide at: 

bit.ly/OVSDhomelearning

Please note that accessing the link works best from a computer.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020 4:40 PM

Coming Soon- OVSD Distance Learning

Huntington Beach, CA-Our District staff and teachers association have met and decided that interactive online Distance Learning will officially commence on April 1, 2020 for all students. This will supplement our current online curriculum access and packets already being used. We understand that some students may need a device to work from at home. However, we need to limit the loaning of Chromebooks to only our neediest families. ANY DEVICE will do to engage in on-line learning. A computer, laptop, or tablet will work when students are engaging in the on-line learning. It doesn’t have to be ONLY a Chromebook. In addition, if you need internet access, information about how to get free Spectrum internet access for 60 days is included here. 

Chromebook Checkout at all school sites:

March 30th from 1-4pm at all schools
March 31st from 12-3pm at all schools

We ask that everyone adheres to the strictest social distancing of 6 feet minimum during the checkout to protect the health and safety of our community, and we ask that you come back at a later time if you see a large line.

If you do not have internet access at home, local cable provider Spectrum is offering 60 days of free internet service. To obtain the service, please call 844-488-8395 and, at the prompt, choose “New Service” to get details and arrange installation.


Monday, March 23, 2020 3:00 PM

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY


Huntington Beach, CA-EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: All OVSD school sites, grounds, and fields will close from dusk till dawn daily. Follow Governor’s Stay at Home order. Adhere to strict social distancing of a minimum of 6ft if you must go out.  STAY AT HOME!


Monday, March 23, 2020 1:30 PM

Official Curriculum Announcement from OVSD


Huntington Beach, CA- Updated information for online curriculum, click link above or cut and paste link in your browser. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wltH5zEBxn6PDn141buTUjCL9fnU23vhPOI86lp2mjc/preview


Monday, March 23, 2020 12:48 PM

Official Announcement from OVSD


Some critical reminders:

1. Meals (breakfast and lunch) are provided to ALL children ages 1-18 at all OVSD school sites from 9-11am daily. NO gathering at school sites. NO child will be turned away.

2. Follow the Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order. If you MUST go out, adhere to strict social distancing of a minimum of 6ft. 

3. If you need assistance call the Orange County Health Care Agency for Public Information and Referrals.



Monday, March 23, 2020 12:31 PM

Community Service Announcement

Huntington Beach, CA-As we all attempt to follow the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, we must adhere to the most strict personal restraint each of us has ever had to face. These are serious times and call for serious measures. Stay at home means just that, STAY AT HOME as much as possible to stop the potential spread of COVID19. Follow the executive order, take a walk when needed, and then go home. Walk your dog and then go home. Jog on one of our school site’s grounds, see the green space, and then go home. Check on your elderly parents and neighbors, and then go home. We are all in this together, and have a responsibility to respect each other. Please do not congregate at the schools, parks, or beaches in groups. Please go home. Stay 6 feet apart, practice SOCIAL DISTANCING. It can save lives. We know this time is hard, but we can make it through this. If you need help, reach out to me and I will direct you to the proper governmental agency to get you assistance. At OVSD we will continue to provide free food to ALL children 1-18, Monday through Friday, 9-11am. No child will be turned away, no one will go hungry. We are providing breakfast and lunch for each child daily. We are One HB!


Monday, March 23, 2020 9:41 AM

COVID19- In Italy (Europe)

Death toll (updated daily) in Italy: 

Past 4 Days:

Friday-627
Saturday- 793
Sunday -651
Monday=602
Tuesday=743

Total Dead in Italy:
6,820 (as of today)

Here in USA: 

Please follow orders of your state, county, and local governments about how to proceed in your community. In California, all 40 million of us are on “STAY AT HOME” order. We are at home. Stay home, and practice social distancing if you go out. This is serious.

*Note- I am a dual Italian Citizen. For American numbers, please Google for latest updates


Thursday, March 19, 2020 12:26 PM

OVSD Schol Closures Extended


Huntington Beach, CA-Official Announcement from OVSD. To contain the spread of the Coronavirus, the public is hereby informed that we will extend the current school closures to April 17, 2020. If you have any questions about this necessary measure, please ask me here or visit our website at www.ovsd.org to stay informed.

 
 
 
 


Wednesday, March 18, 2020 12:20 PM

Official Announcement from OVSD-Curriculum



Official Announcement from OVSD

Grade-Level Instructional Enrichment Packets available now. Printed packets will be available at all school sites on March 19 & 20 from 9:00-11:00 am. The packets may also be accessed on-line in our Parent Resources Guide at:

bit.ly/OVSDhomelearning.

OVSD is committed to providing parents and students with instructional support at home during the COVID-19 school closures.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:11 AM

Free Breakfast & Lunch at OVSD Schools

Huntington Beach, CA-Ocean View School District, which serves not only Huntington Beach, parts of Fountain Valley, Midway City, and Westminster operating 14 school sites and overseeing 11 more non-school sites and offices. I am an elected official of a special district of the State of CA, and not an elected leader of our City of HB, but have the ability to disseminate emergency information and have been doing so as it relates to children, and schools. At OVSD we have already held an emergency meeting last Friday to shut schools. Last night we held our first fully telephonic and remote board of trustees meeting as well, the first in OC to do this. Important information: people have been making a run on grocery stores and food. Please avoid doing this out of a panic, there is no current food shortage in HB, County or State. However, if your children, ages 1-18 are hungry and you need food, you may come to any OVSD site to eat. ALL children are welcome, even if they are not OVSD students. Come between 9-11am, grab and go only for breakfast and lunch, no gathering, per the OC Health Officers Orders (from 3/17/20). Stay home, do not congregate in public, stay with your families. If we all do our part, we will stop the spread of the virus. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me and I will provide what I can in answers based on what information I currently have from the District, County, State, and Federal Governments. Use the contact form to reach out to me.

 

 


Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:00 PM

OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting (Telephonic)


Huntington Beach, CA-IMPORTANT OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM OVSD

(Open Session Meeting Tonight at 6pm) 

The manner in which we are proceeding with our Board of Trustees meeting tonight compiles with the Governor Newsom’s order related to suspending some provisions of the Brown Act. We will proceed telephonically. The audio of our meeting will be available through this link which will be on the OVSD homepage - https://youtu.be/WDOSgZTrjfA. In addition, on our homepage we have informed any member of the public may submit a public comment to email clee@ovsd.org by 6:05 PM. 

*As president of OVSD, I will chair the meeting in accordance with all applicable laws.



Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:41 AM

Public Service Announcement from OVSD: Online Curriculum for Students

Huntington Beach, CA-Public Service Announcement from OVSD: Online Curriculum for OVSD Students: There are online learning and instructional activities immediately available. Click below to reach this resource or cut and past this link into your browser: bit.ly/OVSDhomelearning. Click on the various links to navigate the curriculum. These are programs that your OVSD students are familiar with. Also, weekly packets are coming soon, stay tuned. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate these uncharted waters. Any questions, ask below in the comments please. Also, note, all children ages 1-18 can get both breakfast and lunch at their school, grab and go between 9-11am.




Friday, March 13, 2020 6:36 PM

LA Times-Coronavirus threat prompts Newport-Mesa, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and Fountain Valley schools to shut down classrooms

Huntington Beach, CA-“We had to do what was right for students, staff and the community at large, which basically in an abundance of caution is to ensure that each student and staff member is protected and don’t have a situation where the virus is spread throughout the community,” Clayton-Tarvin said. The OVSD board voted 4-1, with trustee Norm Westwell dissenting and potentially jeopardizing students and staff, to designate authority to Supt. Carol Hansen to take any steps necessary in connection with COVID-19.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020 8:06 AM

OVSD Teacher of the Year 2020, Holly Sjogren!


Huntington Beach, CA-This morning I had the honor of surprising the Hope View School community and announcing that Holly Sjogren is the OVSD Teacher of the Year 2020. She’s amazing, not just a teacher, but also a trainer of Guide Dogs 🦮 of America. We love Holly!



Monday, March 2, 2020 9:00 AM

Vote NOW at OVSD Headquarters!




Huntington Beach, CA-Vote NOW at OVSD Headquarters. Vice President Patricia Singer and I are pleased to be able to host a Vote Center right here at our very own district headquarters in Building E. Come on down to vote 🗳 today and tomorrow, Primary 2020!


Sunday, March 1, 2020 1:45 PM

Vote Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley for Senate District 37!

 

Huntington Beach, CA-I’m proud to be out walking precincts and talking to voters in OVSD in Senate District 37. Katrina Foley is a longtime educational advocate and former school board member. We can count on her in tough times to do the right thing for students and schools. We know know how concerned she is with the health and welfare of our residents, as we just worked together to stop the Coronavirus quarantine at Fairview Developmental Center. Vote Katrina Foley for Senate!

 
 
 
 
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Friday, February 28, 2020 5:13 PM

UPDATE from OVSD on Coronavirus Quarentine


Santa Ana, CA-We have prevailed, and the Federal government has given up its plans to house Coronavirus patients at Fairview in Costa Mesa. Thank you Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, County of Orange, cities Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and others for all joining forces to stop this irresponsible plan. As president of the OVSD Board of Trustees, I can say that together with other government agencies, we made a difference. See filing from Federal Government from minutes ago.


Friday, February 28, 2020 4:00 PM

LA Times- Support for Costa Mesa’s legal action to block coronavirus quarantine site grows among local agencies

Santa Ana, CA-Local government and business officials are throwing their weight behind Costa Mesa’s legal action aimed at barring state and federal authorities from using the Fairview Developmental Center as a coronavirus quarantine site.The cities of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach as well as Orange County, the Ocean View School District and Orange County Business Council have filed or plan to file court documents supporting the city’s action.


Monday, February 24, 2020 1:03 PM

OVSD Amicus Curiae Brief in Response to COVID19


Santa Ana, CA-Today OVSD filed an Amicus Curiae brief in support of the City of Costa Mesa in their ongoing dispute with the Federal and State governments over housing Coronavirus patients at dilapidated Fairview Developmental Center. We were proud to assist Costa Mesa and Mayor Katrina Foley in their protection of Orange County’s residents. We prevailed in that Judge Staton of the Federal Court disallowed the premature placement of infected Individuals to Fairview and right in the middle of the 2nd most densely populated county in CA without first having an actual plan that has been worked on with local authorities. New hearing set for Monday, March 2, 2020.



Saturday, February 15, 2020 1:37 PM

Girl Scout cookies 🍪 are back!

 

Huntington Beach, CA-Girl Scout cookies 🍪 are back! This young entrepreneur named Makayla Mix is not only an esteemed Girl Scout but also one of our very own OVSD students at Lake View. Please come down to Party City on Beach Blvd to support her Troop 6234, cookies are on sale now!



Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:46 AM

Thank you United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America!

 

Buena Park, CA-Thank you United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America! Wow, what an amazing training facility we visited today. Vice President Patricia Singer and I were thoroughly impressed with the level of teaching expertise, advanced learning, and camaraderie shown by Local 714. UBC members build schools, bridges, offices, and power plants. And for more than a decade, they have been building books too, creating their own hands-on training materials and curriculum. Thanks again UBC, we look forward to our students learning with you!



Tuesday, February 11, 2020 6:28 PM

LA Times- Appeals court rules against H.B. blogger in free-speech claim against Ocean View School District trustee

 
 
Santa Ana, CA-The California 4th District Court of Appeal has agreed with the lower court, and ruled in my favor, denying a local agitator who persisted in threatening me (and my children) with violence. The 3 judge panel has restored my faith in our legal system, as they recognized the wrong perpetrated. What has this country come to when political critics stoop to threats of violence to attempt to silence an elected official they don’t agree with? Now, justice has been served.


Sunday, February 9, 2020 10:10 AM

March 3rd just is around the corner!



Huntington Beach, CA-The 2020 Primary Election is just around the corner and ballots have dropped, they are in the mail and ready to go. I’m voting for Harley Rouda, not just because he’s a champion for public education here in CA48 but because he’s a leader in the House of Reps itself. He’s the most legislatively productive freshman Congressman of all time. His record is unmatched and for once our district is seeing our federal tax dollars return. That means everything to me. We are taxed at some of the highest rates in the nation and after 30 years of inaction we finally have a representative who cares about us. Check your mailbox, get to a vote center either before or on March 3, 2020, mark that ballot for re-election of Harley Rouda, successful businessman and House Member. The future of our nation depends on it!d your news summary here.


Friday, February 7, 2020 1:57 PM

OVSD School Site Security Badges


 

Huntington Beach, CA-One of the most critical systems we have installed in Ocean View School District is the Raptor System. Each school site scans and monitors all visitors to our campuses. Our goal is to keep those who don’t belong on our campuses off of them. Criminals do not belong near our kids!


Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:00 PM

LSTV Coverage of Tet Parade

Little Saigon, Westminster, CA-TV coverage from LSTV of the OVSD's entry in the Tet Parade for 2020, the Year of the Rat. Click hyperlink above for video footage. 


Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:31 AM

Tet Parade in Little Saigon now....Chúc mừng năm mới!

Westminster, CA-Along with Congressman Harley Rouda (CA48), and OVSD Vice President Patricia Singer, I feel proud to represent one of the largest Vietnamese communities in the nation. My youngest son Max even got to be in the parade too, what an honor and a great time. Happy New Year, year of the Rat! 



Friday, January 24, 2020 8:39 PM

Happy Lunar New Year🧧!


Temecula, CA-As a longtime teacher of students in Los Angeles County who hail from all over the world and especially China and Taiwan, I am proud to serve our diverse community. On this Lunar New Year, the year of the Rat, I wish everyone happiness and prosperity for the upcoming year 2020....

Xīn nián kuài lè!
Gong hei fat choy!






Friday, January 24, 2020 12:15 PM

Thank you Councilman Al Austin!

Long Beach, CA-As the 2020 election season is just heating up, I am proud to announce an endorsement of my re-election campaign for OVSD Board of Trustees from Long Beach City Councilman Al Austin. Councilman Austin is a longtime friend and colleague and an avid supporter of quality public education. He’s up for re-election as well and I encourage all of my own colleagues in ABCUSD and my valued employees in OVSD to vote for him to continue on with the tremendous progress Long Beach has made.



Monday, January 20, 2020 8:27 AM

Observing the life of Martin Luther King Jr.





Washington DC-One of the most inspired days of my life was to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington DC. MLK is by far the most important figure in the Civil Rights Movement in our nation and one of most inspirational humans to ever live. As a teacher himself, King believed deeply in the power of education.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”-MLK




Friday, January 17, 2020 4:38 PM

Kinder Information Night 2020!

Huntington Beach, CA-It’s that time of year again, kindergarten information night is upon us in OVSD and we are so excited to have all our new (and returning) families join us at Spring View Middle School on January 23, 2020. Our staff will conduct an amazing presentation, and discussion on kindergarten offerings around the district like Transitional Kindergarten, Early Kindergarten, and Traditional Kindergarten. Everyone is welcome, whether from within OVSD or out of district, come on by!


Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:33 AM

OVSD Weekly Leadership Meeting

Huntington Beach, CA-As president of the school district one of my responsibilities is to have a weekly meeting with superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen. I’ve decided to include Vice President Patricia Singer in our meetings with purposeful intention to train and mentor a new generation of leadership. These are stable, yet exciting times in Ocean View, and we look forward to continued success for our students and schools!




Tuesday, January 14, 2020 5:35 PM

State of the City Address by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia

Long Beach, CA-Thanks go out to our neighbors in Long Beach and especially to Mayor Dr. Robert Garcia for inviting us tonight, having Vice Mayor Dee Andrews introduce us to the crowd in the packed Terrace Theater, to participate in the annual State of the City address and for helping us to learn so much. I was pleased to be present with our OVSD VP Patricia Singer and Brea Olinda Board Clerk Keri Kropke. We learned a great deal about the City, the School District, City College, and CSULB. Long Beach has a great regional history that ties it to OVSD and to HB in general. Dr. Garcia highlighted many great accomplishments of the City and especially the new CSULB campus satellite and housing planned for downtown. As a multi time alumnus of Long Beach State, I was especially excited to hear about the progress. Always a pleasure to see my longtime friend LB Councilman Al Austin too. Great work folks, and GO BEACH!


Monday, January 13, 2020 6:30 PM

Endorsement of Ashleigh Aitken for OC Supervisor, District 3

Tustin, CA-Very proud and pleased to announce my endorsement of OC Fair Board Member and attorney Ashleigh Aitken for OC Supervisor, District 3. Now is the time to bring the needed change to the OC Board of Supervisors. As the president of the OVSD Board of Trustees I’ve had to represent children who’ve suffered the consequences of a dysfunctional County Board of Supervisor’s who turned a blind eye to innocent kids being polluted on their watch. With Ashleigh representing the people of OC, we can be confident that our students and the environment will be protected. Vote this March 3rd to move OC forward!


Friday, January 10, 2020 9:17 AM

My 1st President’s Message for 2020

Huntington Beach, CA-News for OVSD is out in the School News Roll Call newspaper, featuring Harbour View, always in print as well as online at www.schoolnewsrollcall.com, check it out today!


Tuesday, January 7, 2020 7:08 PM

Guide Dogs of America visit OVSD Board Meeting




Huntington Beach, CA-Tonight we convened for the first meeting of the board of trustees for the year 2020. I’m so proud to be able to serve as board president again, and happy to have my friend and colleague Trustee Patricia Singer our new Vice President. We were thrilled to welcome the Guide Dogs of America hosted by our very own Hope View teacher, Holly Sjogren. She has been working for years at the school itself while training these working dogs. What an amazing program and experience for our kids too. Thank you to all who came and shared their experiences with the Board.


Monday, January 6, 2020 8:10 AM

Welcome Back from Winter Break!

Cerritos, CA-We teachers are so happy to see our students back at school 🏫 from Winter Break. Let’s get learning!


Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:13 PM

Sophia Tse for Cerritos City Council

 

Cerritos, CA-As a longtime teacher in Cerritos, I know the impact of having a champion for students and schools on a board of education. Sophia Tse is that champion, she’s a nurse and a person we have counted on to serve students, teachers, and community members. It’s time to see her work for the Cerritos community as a city council member, to make health and safety a priority. She’s got the experience and the know how to bring our diverse community together. Vote Sophia!


Monday, December 30, 2019 4:30 PM

Visit Lake Huntington Beach



Huntington Beach, CA-Did you know there’s a beautiful lake right in the heart of Surf City? That’s right, Lake Huntington Beach, in the Central Park is a great place to visit and while you’re here, have lunch at Kathy May's Lakeview Cafe, a wonderful local business that generates tax revenue for OVSD students and schools!


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