Latest updates from the campaign:
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
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
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!
Saturday, December 28, 2019 7:18 PM
Happy Chanukah 🕎
Irvine, CA-Thanks go out to Lauren Johnson-Norris for hosting such a beautiful Chanukah celebration last night in her home in Irvine. Lauren opens up her home yearly to welcome so many to learn about the miracle of the holiday and to spend time with friends and family and welcome Irvine constituents. I support and endorse Lauren for Irvine City Council, because her spirit and generosity transcend all barriers and differences in the community. She knows how to bring people together. Her work in the community is truly a mitzvah!
Thursday, December 26, 2019 5:09 PM
When holidays collide!
Huntington Beach, CA-Celebrating the 1st night of Kwanzaa, the 5th night of Chanukah, both one day after Christmas was celebrated in our home. No matter what your faith, happy holidays to all!
Monday, December 23, 2019 2:52 PM
Happy Holidays OVSD!
Huntington Beach, CA-On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees and our dedicated staff, I wish you the happiest holiday season.
Thursday, December 19, 2019 4:59 PM
LA Times- Legal fight continues over H.B. blogger’s motion against Ocean View School District trustee
Santa Ana, CA-During Monday’s hearing, Associate Justice Richard Aronson said he was “at a loss to understand how the lower court denied the harassment petition.” “‘Be quiet or be killed,’” Aronson said, reading aloud from court documents. “I’m kind of curious why [Johnson] wasn’t arrested.” His honor continued on in rebuttal to Johnson’s attorney’s claims of threats being politics as usual, “Do you think threatening to kill someone is political debate?” Aronson said. “Is that what we’ve come to in this country?” (click link to read full article)
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:10 PM
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:00 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-We held the Grand Opening of our new Central Kitchen this morning complete with tours and taste testing. Our new HB mayor Lyn Semeta was present along with reps from the offices of Congressman Harley Rouda, Senator Tom Umberg and Assemblyman Tyler Diep to present commendations. Our new kitchen has amazing capabilities and high tech equipment that will be used to serve our students fresh and tasty food 🍅🥦🍊🌽🍓🧀!
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 8:08 AM
Shop with a Cop 👮 🚓!
Huntington Beach, CA-What an amazing morning we had at Target on Adams in HB for Shop with a Cop sponsored by generous community donors. HBPD including SWAT came out to shop with students in need from local areas schools including OVSD. Thank you HBPD and the generous philanthropists who made it happen, you’re angels in our community!
Friday, December 13, 2019 7:12 PM
72nd ADA Alliance Holiday Dinner and Meeting
Huntington Beach, CA- Tonight I had the pleasure of addressing the membership of the 72nd ADA Alliance in Huntington Beach for the annual holiday dinner and meeting. Thank you always supporting me and the OVSD.
Friday, December 13, 2019 2:53 PM
Notice of Reorganization and Meeting Dates, OVSD Board of Trustees, 2020
Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:51 PM
Goldenwest College Tour
Huntington Beach, CA-Thank you to GW College President Tim McGrath and Director Bruce Berman for taking OVSD Superintendent Dr. Hansen on a tour of the beautiful GW campus today. We toured on foot and in their famous golf cart. We saw many newly built structures funded by Measure M and heard about future plans to improve the campus as well. As president of the board of trustees, the thing that made me most excited about the improvements made is that GW leadership wants our K-8 students to experience them, and are looking to partner with OVSD!
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 6:45 PM
OVSD Board of Trustees Reorganization
Huntington Beach, CA-I’m humbled and proud to have been voted as President of the Board of Trustees for the year 2020. What a happy occasion to be given the responsibility to serve once more in this role. This will be my 4th time serving as president, and I’m honored to work the constituents of OVSD. Tonight the board also voted for Patricia Singer to serve as Vice President, and Jack Souders to serve as Clerk. I give thanks to John Briscoe for all the hard work he did in his year as president for 2019.
Monday, December 9, 2019 9:48 AM
Happiness is Being a Teacher!
Big Bear, CA-On the bus this morning to the mountains in Big Bear for 6th grade outdoor science camp. It’s me, our amazing bus driver Ms. Rosemary, and 40 kids. Wish me luck!
Sunday, December 8, 2019 7:51 PM
Endorsement of Diedre TuHa Nguyen for Assembly District 72
Fountain Valley, CA-Pleased to be here tonight in support of fellow biologist and current Garden Grove City Councilwoman Diedre TuHa Nguyen for Assembly District 72. Get out to vote this March 3, 2020!
Thursday, December 5, 2019 1:03 PM
OVSD at CSBA in San Diego
San Diego, CA-We are here in San Diego for the CA School Boards Association annual conference and trade show. We have learned about the latest laws affecting our students and schools, got to sit behind the wheel of an electric school bus, and met with friends, old and new. I’m thankful to the voters of the Ocean View School District for allowing me to represent our children 🍎 👩🏫 📚!
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:09 PM
Vista View Students Shine!
Huntington Beach, CA- Great work by our Vista View Middle School students. STEAM projects were presented and demonstrations occurred focusing on physical science concepts right in our very own boardroom, at our OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting.
Friday, November 8, 2019 9:00 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-Harbour View Veterans Day and First Responders Fair! Harbour View Elementary students, staff, parents and community members were met by Military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Huntington Beach Police Department K-9 and Mounted Police Units as well as Hawthorne Police Department SWAT unit and Gabby the Talking Police Car entertained. Our amazing federal agencies FBI, DEA, ATF and Homeland Security taught about their functions and more. The morning began with a Veterans Day Patriotic Assembly honoring our community heroes. The helicopter from the Huntington Beach Police Department made a grand entrance by landing on the school field to end the assembly and to kick-off the First Responders Fair. Students rotated through seven stations where the first responders explained what their jobs entail and how they help to keep our communities safe. I even got to play news reporter, when the Channel 7 cameraman allowed me “interview” our amazing students and staff for a segment. Active duty and veteran members of the military were honored and the experience was truly amazing for our OVSD students! (Click link to visit Facebook photo gallery)
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:00 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-Golden View Farm Grand Reopening and Ribbon Cutting this morning! The GV Farm provides students with multiple, unique, hands-on learning opportunities. Caring for living animals help children understand life cycles, the reciprocity between animals and humans, and the importance of making responsible choices. Tending the garden allows students to plant, harvest and cook nutritious food using natural ingredients. Through the recycle, reuse and repurpose program, students learn how to be stewards of the environment. Key upgrades made to the farm include: new animal enclosures for sheep and goats, an outdoor exercise area for animals, hardscaping, and new interior and exterior fencing. Congrats GV! (click link to visit facebook gallery for photos)
Friday, November 1, 2019 12:00 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-From the OCR, coverage of amazing generosity in OVSD! The OVSD Board of Trustees sends our deepest gratitude to the anonymous donor who took it upon himself to help hundreds of children whose parents were struggling to pay for their lunches. Not something we see too often in this day and age, an act of selfless giving and pure kindness. He donated $8K to cover unpaid lunch accounts. From all of us at the school district, thank you sir, your good deed will never be forgotten.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 9:31 AM
Cerritos Elementary School Pancake Breakfast
Cerritos, CA-Happening now, the 15th annual pancake breakfast sponsored by the Cerritos Elementary Educational Foundation. So great to see almost 1,000 community members present to celebrate our 50th anniversary of the schools opening. What better way to spend a Saturday morning than raising money for students and schools. I’ve been busy serving as cashier this morning but got a chance to say hello to students, families, and friends. Thanks to ABCUSD Board Members Maynard Law and Board President Ernie Nishii for supporting our school. They stopped by with Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu. Always great to see the deputies from the LASD Cerritos Substation who brought out LASD Explorers today too. Great program for our youth, check it out!
Sunday, October 20, 2019 6:00 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-Golden View Trunk or Treat....a total success! Thanks to HBPD and HBFD for coming to the event, and making our students smile. They loved seeing the vehicles with the flashing lights. So many great families, teachers, and community members decorated their vehicles for trunk or treating and it was a great success! (Click link to visit Facebook gallery)
Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:45 PM
Boys & Girls Club of Huntington Valley Benefit Dinner & Auction
Huntington Beach, CA-Great to help raise funds for kids in need to support before and after school programs and full day programs for school age kids in OVSD and beyond right now at the Hyatt Resort. Serving more than 11,000 youth in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley. Amazing programs for amazing kids....Support Boys and Girls Clubs!
Friday, October 18, 2019 8:35 AM
In Solidarity with CTU, AFT Local 1
Cerritos, CA-Today, my colleagues and I in Cerritos, who are members of ABCFT, AFT Local 2317 wear red to support our brothers and sisters of Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), AFT Local 1. They are striking for reductions in class sizes, better wages, and most importantly to make sure more special education paraprofessionals and case mangers are hired. We support you Chicago Teachers Union all the way from LA County!
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:00 PM
OVSD Board Meeting Tonight!
Huntington Beach, CA-Proud to be an OVSD Trustee! I am pleased to stand next to the iconic Ocean View School bell at our district office in Huntington Beach. Back in 1874, the bell, which was sent from England originally, called students to school from all over OC from as far south as Newport Beach all the way to Garden Grove and everywhere in between. They were picked up by a driver with a horse and wagon on their way to the original one room schoolhouse which stood at Beach Blvd and Smelzter Ave (now Edinger Ave). We ❤️ OVSD!
Monday, October 14, 2019 12:34 PM
California ❤️ Discovered!
San Francisco, CA-This weekend created an opportunity to visit some amazing places. Started out at our very own John Wayne Airport for a flight to Oakland, and then a drive over the new Bay Bridge to San Francisco. To my great surprise, the CTA was having their regional convention right in the hotel. So great to see these wonderful teachers who have supported me in all my election bids. Proud to say, our special interest is our students.
We then traveled south to Carmel by the Sea, Pebble Beach, Santa Cruz and beyond. We saw the Lone Cypress, the Felton Covered Bridge, and the glorious Henry Cowell Redwood State Park. California truly is the Golden State!
Monday, October 7, 2019 9:00 PM
Santa Ana, CA-Second guest appearance on ITZ HAPPENIN with hosts Joese Gloria and Dylan Thompson can be heard here. Hear our discussion on local, state, and national politics with a twist and some laughs, click link above to be redirected to broadcast.
Monday, October 7, 2019 1:37 PM
Welcome Reagan Headrick to OVSD
Huntington Beach, CA-Reagan Headrick welcomed to OVSD as our new Executive Director of Special Education.
Monday, October 7, 2019 7:00 AM
Tonight on ITZ HAPPENIN!
Santa Ana, CA- I am honored to be asked back for a second installment of the ITZ HAPPPENIN video podcast on Facebook with hosts Joese Gloria and Dylan Thompson. I last appeared on their show in February 2019. See you all tonight!
Saturday, October 5, 2019 12:52 PM
Garden Grove Councilwoman Thu-Ha Nguyen endorsed in AD72
Garden Grove, CA-I’m pleased to be able to announce my support and endorsement of Garden Grove City Councilwoman and fellow biologist Thu-Ha Nguyen for Assembly District 72 in 2020. Like me, Thu has chosen a career in biological science. I’m a public school Biology teacher and impressively she is a Clinical Genetic Molecular Biological Scientist. She is absolutely equipped to understand the complex needs of our students and schools in CA and will be ready day one to govern in Sacramento!
Friday, October 4, 2019 8:00 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-Dr. Hansen has received a salary increase and contract extension for excellent evaluation by the Board of Trustees. She is the longest serving CEO in OVSD since 2005, and created stability district wide. Click link above to be redirected to article.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 3:00 PM
Be a Bestie, Not a Bully
Cerritos, CA-Be a Bestie, Not a Bully, October is National Bully Prevention Month. Teachers, parents, and care givers work to create safe and supportive learning environments for our young children. We will take a stand against bully behaviors. As a classroom teacher, I’ll be focusing on teaching my students how to navigate these situations as well. As a school board member I’ll be working to encourage positive behaviors in all of our OVSD schools!
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 6:00 PM
Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorsed by OVSD Trustee Jack Souders
Huntington Beach, CA-I’m so pleased to be able to have the support of my fellow trustees going into 2020, and thank Trustee Jack Souders for his endorsement. We hope to continue our strong board governance team for the Ocean View School District.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 4:04 PM
Teach. Advocate. Care.
Huntington Beach, CA- As a classroom teacher myself, I’m proud to have the support of the largest group of educators in California, the CTA. It’s the highest honor to be endorsed by your own, to know that you are trusted, and to fight for the rights of students. As a trustee, I’ll continue to protect the children of the Ocean View School District moving forward. Thank you to CTA and OVTA for always backing me and our students!
Friday, September 27, 2019 8:08 AM
National Blue Ribbon School, Circle View
Huntington Beach, CA-Circle View School named National Blue Ribbon School! Congratulations to our amazing students, teachers, and community from Circle View. Our Circle View Elementary School has been awarded the most prestigious honor in our nation by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Blue Ribbon. Only 30 schools in CA were named and OVSD is the only school in Huntington Beach, as well as all of West Orange County to be named. Such fun celebrating with our school community at Circle View this morning along with Principal Jessica Haag, the teaching and classified staff, students, and parents. Board President John Briscoe, Trustee Patricia Singer, and I thank you for all your hard work and for making us so proud!
Monday, September 23, 2019 4:11 PM
Thank you Assisstance League of HB!
Huntington Beach, CA-What do you get when retired teachers come together to raise money for kids? Over $47K in Links to Learning grant money for current teachers and their classrooms to support students and programs. President Briscoe and I welcomed the Assistance League of HB to our district office today where they presented checks to make dreams become reality for our kids!
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:00 PM
OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting Tonight
Huntington Beach, CA-September 17, 2019, we’ve met to discuss district business to be able to improve education in the Ocean View. We approved contracts, passed policies, and heard public comments in regards to preschool programs, student heath, and safety. Pleased to be able to serve with president John Briscoe and our fellow colleagues, as well as employ both Dr. Carol Hansen, Superintendent and Dr. Julianne Hoeffer, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Great meeting tonight!
Saturday, September 14, 2019 8:31 PM
Surf City Optimist Club Fundraiser Tonight!
Huntington Beach, CA-With the amazing Shayna Lathus, fellow Surf City Optimist Club member in the HB Harbour tonight for the annual dinner and big band show to benefit children with cancer as well Ocean View School District students. Programs funded include pinewood derby cars/races at Miller Children’s Hospital and for Special Education students at Village View and many others in OVSD, including dozens of K-8 graders. Programs include league sports, fishing derby, oratorical contest and more. Proud to be an Optimist today and everyday!
Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:27 PM
Ocean View High School Back to School Night
Huntington Beach, CA-Trustee Patricia Singer and I made our first visit to Ocean View High School in HBUHSD last night as parents of students for Back to School Night. We both have 9th graders attending this wonderful school. What a nice campus, motivated staff, and great programs. As they say, you can’t spell LOVE without “OV”. Great work OVHS teachers and staff!
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:25 AM
Patriot Day Observed in OVSD
Huntington Beach, CA-In remembrance of those lost on September 11, 2001, schools in the Ocean View School District will observe a moment of silence in commemoration. Never Forget
Thursday, September 5, 2019 7:00 PM
Back to School Night in Cerritos
Cerritos, CA- Tonight I had the pleasure of meeting all of the parents of my students at Back to School Night in my own classroom in Cerritos, in the ABC Unified School District in Los Angeles County. For me this 23 years and counting of teaching in CA public schools.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 8:00 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-My Welcome Back to School Video Message for OVSD. We are so happy to see all of our students, parents and dedicated employees today, Wednesday, September 4, 2019, the first day of school in the OVSD. We are excited to start the 2019-2020 school year with all of you.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 7:36 PM
Back to School Board Meeting
Huntington Beach, CA- As an elected trustee, one of my favorite board meetings of the year is the one that happens the night before the first day of school. For OVSD, tomorrow is the first day back for our students. Welcome back to school, 2019-2020!
Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:30 AM
Harley Rouda campaign kickoff at our Oak View Gym!
Huntington Beach, CA-I was proud to host Harley Rouda for his campaign kickoff in our brand new Oak View School gymnasium. Note that per the CA Civic Center Act, the gym can be rented for public use. This beautiful facility was funded by a litigation settlement with Republic Services, the trash hauler that was polluting our students, teachers, and community for far too long. Hundreds of community members were present to hear about what’s next for election 2020. So pleased to see strong community leaders Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley and Santa Ana Councilman Vincente Sarmiento there actively supporting Harley. I’m endorsing Harley for re-election for CA48 in 2020 because he believes in environmental justice for ALL his constituents. My mom, a lifelong Republican, has decided once again to cross party lines to support Harley who is a former Republican himself, not only with her vote, but with financial support too. We believe in his message and his actions in Congress thus far. He has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is dedicated and steadfast in his resolve. In his first 6 months, he is the most legislatively productive freshman member in Congress!
Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:00 PM
LA Times-Ocean View celebrates reopening of rebranded Westmont Elementary Visual and Performing Arts Academy
Westminster, CA-We commenced the grand reopening and ribbon cutting for newly reloaded and gorgeous school at our VAPA program here at Westmont School in Westminster in OVSD. It looks amazing, come on down to see our new OVSD school funded by Measure R, the first in the series to be remodelled. Students performed, tours were given and a ribbon cut all in the name of 21st learning in a high tech educational environment at Visual and Performing Arts magnet school, one of a kind in OC. Click link to read more from the LA Time's Lilly Nguyen.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:08 PM
Special Board Meeting in OVSD Today
Huntington Beach, CA-Discussed superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen’s Performance Evaluation. We met as a five member board to discuss the superintendent’s priorities and goals, proposed board presentation calendar and proposed board governance calendar. We aim to be transparent and service orientated toward our constituents and the community. I feel very positive about the direction of the District under the direction of Dr. Hansen and our board of trustees. Recall this Thursday we will be reopening Westmont School as a newly remodelled VAPA school in Westminster. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 2:29 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-New OVSD Administrators approved by the Board of Trustees. News from the LA Times about new hires for Hope View and Mesa View, and transfers for Spring View and Star View principalships for the 2019-2020 school year. See article by reporter Lilly Nuygen for the full details.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:00 AM
LA Times-Sycamore Creek Community Charter School to open at Oak View Elementary campus in H.B. this year
Huntington Beach, CA-As some of you may be aware, the Ocean View School District denied the charter school’s petition (two times) to operate their school as a school of OVSD. They appealed to the Orange County Dept of Ed Board of Education and narrowly got an appeal passed 3 to 2 so that now the County has chartered them. However, they used the Oak View residents to fraudulently obtain signatures to trigger a Prop 39 request to use our district facilities in a separate action. They lied to residents to obtain signatures and offered what was described as “bribes” in some cases. They claimed they had collected 80 signatures of actual OVSD parents. This created the trigger. As it turns out, they deceived everyone, just as I predicted they would. They said they would have 160 students lined up with a minimum of 80 as OVSD’s, when in reality they only have 90-100 total students enrolled and very few are actually from OVSD, as prescribed by law that they be. Deceptive, devious, and downright immoral. This is not how educators are supposed to conduct themselves.
See article by Lilly Nuygen for my statements and quotes on the matter. The charter school should be on notice that this sort of tactic is not acceptable to our OVSD taxpayers. We will re-evaluate in one year’s time, and I will be monitoring their actions to fulfil my fiduciary responsibility to the actual OVSD residents and taxpayers that I was voted in to represent.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 7:29 AM
August 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting
Back on the dais last night, after a month of summertime hiatus, we commenced our August board meeting at the Ocean View School District. This past month of July was filled with adventure and exploration, spending a month abroad in Europe with my family and friends. For July's meeting I participated by calling in from Rome, Italy, and last night I attended our monthly meeting for August in person and the board got so much accomplished. We hired several new principals and transferred others. Hope View, Mesa View, and Spring View will all be getting new principals at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. We learned about the OC Dept of Ed program CHEP, received multiple staff reports: construction, science textbook adoption, and Measure R. We discussed contracts, and voted to increase salaries to regain parity amongst employee groups. It was a productive meeting and we look forward to our next meeting on 8/20, a special board meeting to evaluate the performance of our superintendent, Dr. Carol Hansen. Hope to see you at Westmont on the 22nd for our grand reopening after modernization of the VAPA school site. Glad to be back!
(Pictured with OVSD Board President John Briscoe)
Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:04 AM
Happy Independence Day USA 🇺🇸!
Huntington Beach, CA-We are here at the annual HB 4th of July Parade, the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. I’m proud to be participating once again, this year with the Democratic Party of OC. We are here with so many great people on our “Coming to America” float. I happen to be a dual citizen with Italy so I’m here representing both of my countries today. Float participants are from all over the world, and here to celebrate. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Happy birthday to the greatest nation on earth......
Saturday, June 29, 2019 5:22 PM
Campaign Pop-Up for Cottie Petrie-Norris 2020!
Huntington Beach, CA-So great to be able to support Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris in her bid for re-election in 2020 for AD74 today at The Corner in HB. She’s working to support our public schools, protect our coastline, and more. With great supporters like the Huntington Beach Police Officers Association, Cottie can and will prevail. Public safety is of paramount importance to Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris, and this just one of the reasons that I support her.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:19 PM
Board of Trustees Meeting
Huntington Beach, CA-Board of Trustees Meeting tonight. Trustee Singer joined us remotely via telephone for the entire meeting. The Board heard presentations on the yearly budget, modernization and voted on over 15 new business items including the labor contract for the Ocean View Teachers Association. Next meeting is July 9th at 6pm.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 3:22 PM
Promotion 2019 Mesa View!
Huntington Beach, CA-Promotion at Mesa View 2019 today. It was an honor to participate in promotion at Mesa View, not just as the VP of the Board, but as a mom. My oldest son Tony graduated and he’s off to Ocean View HS. I certified the class too. Thanks to Trustee Patricia Singer, Laura Oatman, District Director for Congressman Harley Rouda, and HB Mayor Erik Peterson for being there too. We appreciate your support for OVSD students and schools.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:19 PM
Promotion 2019 Vista View!
Fountain Valley, CA-What an amazing day, an end to a year and career for our 8th grade students in OVSD, who are ready to move onto high school. Happy to have Mayor Pro Tem Cheryl Brothers from Fountain Valley there and Shannon Limbach representing Congressman Harley Rouda as well.
Monday, June 17, 2019 5:30 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-Thanks for always covering news in the Ocean View School District. This time, the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Oak View gym financed by Republic Services and OVSD via legal settlement on the previous Rainbow Trash Dump. We can always count on Channel 52 to get the story of out in a truthful and meaningful way. We appreciate you!
Monday, June 17, 2019 5:26 PM
Oak View Gym Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Today!
Huntington Beach, CA-Today serves as the culmination of a struggle for environmental justice in a community that began 6 years ago. The School District was so proud to work with the AQMD, our pro bono attorneys: Connor, Fletcher, and Hedenkamp, the media, the Ocean View Teachers Association, local activists Oak View ComUNIDAD, and most importantly the school’s neighbors and the Oak View community, who had been been suffering in silence for decades due to governmental apathy and lack of action. Trustee Briscoe and I were proud to lead this action and today will oversee the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new gymnasium financed by the legal settlement worth $26M with Republic Trash Services. Thank you to the OVSD Board of Trustees who supported me to handle this matter, litigate, negotiate, and settle on behalf of the them, the district, and the children.
Friday, June 14, 2019 12:00 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-On Tuesday night, our Board of Trustees unanimously voted to hire Dr. Rasheeda Gates as the new principal of Vista View and Cheri Daniels as assistant principal of Spring View to begin in the 2019-2020 school year. We are looking forward to the great work they will do to serve our students, staff, parents, and community. Welcome to Ocean View!
Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:28 PM
We Honored Our Own-OVSD Service Awards
Huntington Beach, CA-This afternoon at the Ocean View district office, we honored our employees for years of service and retirement. Employees that have served 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years plus retirees were given commemorative certificates and gifts, followed by a delicious spread of food made by our very own OVSD Food Service Staff. Amazing work all around and thank you to our wonderful, loyal, and outstanding employees. The Board of Trustees thanks you for your service to our children!
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 11:31 AM
Cerritos-Sixth Grade Promotion 2019!
Cerritos, CA-and....it’s a wrap! Our students have completed their last year of elementary school and are off to middle school and beyond. So excited to see where their paths will take them. Thanks to the LA County Sheriff, Cerritos Substation for always keeping an eye on our school too. It’s always so nice to see my former students return to visit too, case in point, former student Cherelle, she just graduated from Howard University and is off to begin her PhD. Wow, time flies when you’re having fun. Teaching, it’s not just a job, it’s a passion!
Monday, June 10, 2019 11:30 AM
OVSD 2019 Robotics Competition Today!
Huntington Beach, CA-Ocean View School District elementary and middle school students met to compete in the annual Robotics Competition at Mesa View. Amazing work, awesome robots, and stellar effort. STEM curriculum is central to OVSD’s programs. We are proud of you, young engineers!
Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00 AM
San Francisco, CA-At the CA Democratic Party Convention in San Francisco, I spoke with KRON4 reporter Catherine Heenan for the Inside Bay Area Politics Today show. We discussed Orange County and the Congressional gains made in 2018 and how to sustain them in 2020, while representing all constituents to ensure everyone has an opportunity to attain the American Dream.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:13 AM
2018-2019 CALIFORNIA HONOR ROLL NAMES SIX OVSD SCHOOLS
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–The Ocean View School District (OVSD) proudly announces that six OVSD schools have been named to the 2018-2019 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll for their high achievement in student success. Circle View, College, Golden View, Spring View Middle, Star View, and Vista View Middle Schools just received the good news. The Educational Results Partnership (ERP) Honor Roll Program, sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools that are improving student outcomes. These schools are among 1,834 public schools in California to be recognized.
Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:21 PM
Recap of the of CA Democratic Party Convention
San Francisco, CA-It’s been a great first 24 hours here at the first of two CA Democratic Party Conventions for 2019. I’ve seen so many great friends, colleagues, leaders and 2020 hopefuls. Brea trustee Keri Kropke and I traveled together and we ran into Irvine Councilwoman Melissa Fox at John Wayne. I did a TV interview with Channel KRON4's Catherine Heenan about the gains we made in 2018 and how to sustain them in 2020. We attended the Chicano Latino Caucus hosted by Norma and Carlos Alcala, they put together an amazing program filled with big names including several presidential candidates including Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke and Amy Klobuchar. Candidates for the party Chair spoke as well and Rusty Hicks won the caucus endorsement, as well as the Chair's race, congratulations to him, a fellow teacher and CFT member. Saturday morning I had the pleasure of attending a breakfast hosted by my own union California Federation of Teachers, and heard from our new President Jeff Freitas as a well as CA Treasurer Fiona Ma. CA Controller Betty T. Yee along with her husband who’s a rabbi, conducted an impromptu wedding ceremony for two UTLA teachers too....mazel tov!
Monday, May 27, 2019 11:00 AM
Moving remembrance for Memorial Day 2019
Huntington Beach, CA-Pier Plaza ceremony by American Legion Post 133, and the City, a memorial held to honor those that served and lost their lives. Good to see our U.S. Congressman Harley Rouda present along with many community members, and most importantly the families of those lost, as well as veterans. HB Mayor Erik Peterson who is a U.S. Marine Corp vet himself did a great job in mc’ing the ceremony to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty while serving our nation. Lest we forget the sacrifices many have made to protect and defend our great nation.
Sunday, May 26, 2019 3:41 PM
Oak View Gym Ribbon Cutting!
Huntington Beach, CA-It’s finally here, the day we have been waiting for over 5 years, the culmination of a struggle to bring clean air, healthy learning conditions, and environmental justice to the children of Oak View. This gym project was made possible by the work of the community, teachers, Ocean View School District Board of Trustees, the AQMD, and our pro bono legal counsel at Connor, Fletcher and Hendenkamp. We were a team and got this done. Republic Services ultimately settled with the school district and we negotiated this beautiful gym to shelter the children for lunchtime and playtime. Please join us for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Oak View gymnasium on June 17th at 5:30!
Saturday, May 25, 2019 1:38 PM
Remembering the fallen, Memorial Day 2019
Huntington Beach, CA-With members of the American Legion, Post 133 in HB at Trader Joe’s selling poppies in remembrance of those lost in the line of duty. As a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, I invite you to come purchase a flower, the proceeds benefit veterans’ programs. Please join us at Pier Plaza this Monday at 11am for the annual memorial service with a 21-gun salute and ceremony.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:30 PM
Open House at College View tonight!
Huntington Beach, CA-Great work displayed in Huntington Beach, California with students, parents, and teachers on hand to enjoy the community gathering. An auction occurred, Duck Donuts was on hand to serve up delicious treats, and I got to visit all the classrooms. Great evening College View Elementary.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:35 PM
OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting
Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Board meets to honor volunteers and more. At our OVSD Board meeting at Spring View Middle School last night, we began with an amazing performance by our youngest OV students from OVPP/Pleasant View to delight us all. We also had an awards ceremony and gathering of our school volunteers who are an integral part of our schools, our positive learning environments and student success. Thank you for all that you do. We also honored Mesa View for becoming a CA Distinguished School. Good work OVSD!
Monday, May 20, 2019 11:33 AM
Circle View-Patriotic Musical Performance
Huntington Beach, CA-Circle View Elementary shines. Wow! What an amazing performance by our 4th and 5th grade students at Circle View School today. They performed all American tunes inspired by CA State curriculum for Social Studies. Their music teacher Mrs. Greer did a phenomenal job preparing them for this day and boy did it show. OVSD is the making arts come to life and Circle View made the light shine the brightest today!
Monday, May 20, 2019 7:25 AM
Senator Tom Umberg, Legislative Update (SD34)
Santa Ana, CA-Senate District 34, Legislative Update.This morning, Santa Ana at OCEA, retired US Army Colonel, Senator Tom Umberg gave an update on bills he’s working on for our District 34 and CA as a whole. Great to see friend Michael Sean Wright from Human Rights Campaign there too. Proud to have our senator representing us in Sacramento.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 11:39 AM
Ocean View Little League at Angels Stadium
Anaheim, CA-At the Big A for MLB Little League Day with Ocean View Little League (OVLL) and my son’s team, the River Dogs. Angels took on the Kansas City Royals. Also, thank you to the amazing couple who were in the car in front of us as we entered the stadium parking lot, they paid it forward and gave us premium parking, great folks exist in OC. We even got to walk the field with the entire team!
Monday, May 13, 2019 7:36 PM
ACSA 2019 Dinner Awards honor OVSD Employees
Irvine, CA-At the the Association of CA School Administrators (ACSA) Awards Ceremony 2019 for Region 17. It’s the 29th Annual Celebration of of Excellence. Our very own Assistant Superintendent Felix Avila and Mesa View Principal Randy Lempert have won in their categories!
Friday, May 10, 2019 7:31 PM
OCLCV Annual Dinner and Awards 2019
Costa Mesa, CA-Attended the 20th Annual Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner hosted by the Orange County League of Conservation Voters to see great activists from the HB Huddle, Aaron McCall, and the Surfrider Foundation receive awards for working to safeguard our environment. Shown with Lauren Johnson-Norris, Irvine Commissioner and Shayna Lathus.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:40 PM
LA Times- Ocean View School District rejects proposed cuts to preschool work hours and classified staff
Huntington Beach, CA-I feel that at this time, because it doesn’t look to me like on paper [the savings are] all that much – $181,155? That’s not enough savings to hurt human beings. People are more important to me than dollars and cents. I do feel that this is not the year for this, but it will come. See article for more details and quotes.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7:22 AM
OC Register-With outcries all around, Huntington Beach councilwoman removes board appointee who attended a rally
Huntington Beach, CA-Although I disagreed with Councilman Patrick Brenden’s decision last year to leave Van Der Mark as his appointee on the commission, at least investigated for a number of weeks, not two days.
Monday, May 6, 2019 6:30 PM
Huntington Beach, CA- At tonight, at the @HBCityBeach Council meeting, I spoke about the unjust partisan attack on beloved teacher and community member, Shaya Lathus who was stripped of her CPAB position by Councilwoman Kim Carr who gave no due process. Click link above to hear my comments to the HB City Council.
Sunday, May 5, 2019 3:27 PM
OVLL Hit-a-thon today!
Huntington Beach, CA-OVLL Hit-a-thon today! Our World Series winning little league in HB, the Ocean View Little League has its annual hit-a-thon today and garnered lots of community support. The OVSD Board of Trustees is proud to house OVLL at our Park View School!
Saturday, May 4, 2019 2:21 PM
Latinx Young Democrats Celebrate!
Orange, CA-Today in Orange at the lovely home of Beatriz Valencia (Betty) and Laura ValVilla, we celebrated the achievements of the Latinx Young Democrats with a special fundraiser to get young folks to the CA State Party Convention in San Francisco in May. Thanks to Luis Aleman and Giovanni Chavez for all their hard work to set this up. Saw so many great friends including Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, Walnut City Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Rodriguez, Buena Park City Council members Sunny Youngsun Park and Connor Traut, Irvine City Councilwoman Melissa Fox, and Commissioner Lauren Johnson-Norris. Also in attendance were Congressman Gil Cisneros, Santa Ana Councilman Jose Solorio, Anaheim Trustee Al Jabbar, and Fullerton Councilman Jose Silva and of course his lovely wife and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. Thank you to Betty and Laura for inviting us into their home and hearts to all of us, it truly was a great day.
Friday, May 3, 2019 6:11 PM
Taste of Cerritos!
Cerritos, CA-Taste of Cerritos happening now. So happy to see all of my students, their parents, and the community at our Cerritos Elementary School’s Annual Taste of Cerritos event. CES parents and families have come out to represent their cultures and countries and sell a taste of the Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Mexico, El Salvador, Portugal, Vietnam, India, Italy, and more. Amazing food shared by amazing people. Thanks to LA County Sheriffs deputies for stopping by and having some fun with us too, we appreciate you. From 5-8pm, hope to see you here!
Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:55 PM
Open House at Mesa View
Huntington Beach, CA-At last night’s Open House, many groups were present to share their experiences serving the HB community. Scout Group 568, led by OVSD parent Jodie Merkle was there to talk about their successes. They are the group with the most female participants in HB, good work scouts!
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 7:30 PM
CSBA Annual Dinner and Awards 2019
Huntington Beach, CA-Dinner and awards in the City of Irvine last night, OC School Boards Association celebrated. So pleased to represent OVSD with Dr. Hansen, President John Briscoe, and Trustee Singer. Happy to see OC Board of Education Member Jack Bidell and Brea Olinda Unified School District Trustee Keri Kropke!
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 1:26 PM
Oak View Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Huntington Beach, CA-from Oak View School for Cinco de Mayo celebration. So great to see Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen, Executive Assistant Cindi Lee, and Trustee Patricia Singer at the event along with all of our students, their parents, teachers, and staff. Homemade flautas de papas (rolled tacos filled with potato), aguas frescas, gellatinas, and more were made by the Oak View parents and so delicious. Thanks to HBFD and HBPD for being there to show students your vehicles and equipment too!
Saturday, April 27, 2019 1:24 PM
Kowabunga Huntington Beach!
Huntington Beach, CA-Great community event in HB today on the pier to showcase 131 amazing VW buses that lined the entire length of our famed pier all the way to Ruby’s. Saw so many friends including organizer Don Ramsey, Ken Ramsey, and city leaders councilmen Michael Posey and Patrick Brenden.