Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Orange Unified School District for the 2015-16 school year. Whether you are a new or returning student, I wish you and your family the very best for a successful school year.
As many of you may have heard me state, OUSD is a District of Excellence. We are a District of Excellence because of the families whose children attend our schools, the employees entrusted with educating them, and our communities. We strive to provide individualized educational experiences for your students to help each achieve their best.
The coming school year will provide more individualized educational opportunities than at any other time in the history of the District. While the shop experiences (wood, metal and home economics) of my youth no longer exist, there are now classes offered in aviation, computer aided design (CAD), finance and business, robotics, marketing, fire science, crime scene investigation, marketing, and film making to name just a few. For a complete list of over 130 course offerings in 15 Career Technical Education (CTE) Sectors go to: www.orangeusd.org/cte.
In addition to these secondary course offerings, the District is facilitating an expanded elementary music/arts program next year. Upper elementary students and their parents will be able to choose either a yearlong twice-a-week instrumental music course or select to participate in the 21st Century Integrated Arts Wheel that encompasses unique offerings such as visual arts, general music, dance, theatre or a Science Technology Engineering Arts Math (STEAM) integration course. For more information on this new visual and performing arts program go to: www.orangeusd.org/vapa.
Parental support and participation are essential for maximizing the learning experience of students. I encourage each of you to work in partnership with teachers and principals to provide students with positive educational experiences. Additionally, I urge you to provide input to our annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) development process by visiting the District website or providing input at your school.
Michael L. Christensen
Superintendent of Schools