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Tesoro Stands With Capo

A class act by the Tesoro High School community:

Over the weekend, 6 local students were in a devastating car accident. 5 passed away, and 1 is still fighting for his life in the hospital. In memory of these students and in support of our fellow high schools, wear BLACK & GOLD to honor the [...]

Ladera Times Publishes Article About the Local “Bullying” Incident

We’ve been critical of the Ladera Times in the past, so when they publish a solid piece of journalism it is only fair that we point that out, too. In the July issue of the Ladera Times reporter Amy Spurgeon-Hoffman has written a detailed, objective and interesting article about Robert Ayala, one of the two [...]

A Topographical View of Planning Area 2

Google Maps has a cool new feature where you can tilt the map and get a topographical view of an area. We decided to have some fun and lay the boundaries for Planning Area 2 over a topographical map of the region. Below is the result — note the boundaries aren’t perfect. We were just [...]

Final Names Selected for Rancho Mission Viejo School; Don Juan Ortega Casts His Vote

According to this article in the Capistrano Dispatch, the Capistrano Unified School District has narrowed down the list of names for the new K-8 school that will be built in Planning Area 2, the Village of Esencia, in Rancho Mission Viejo. Among the finalists are:

Barbara L. Banda, a local woman who helped bring Native [...]

Congratulations to Capo Unified’s 2014 Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to the 2014 Capistrano Unified School District Teachers of the Year! From CUSD:

Karen Gauthier, the National Board Certified Teacher from Chaparral Elementary School; Yeon Choi, the award-winning orchestra teacher at Niguel Hills Middle School; and Anthony Tubbs, the science teacher and sports coach at Tesoro High School, received notification of the honor during [...]

Shrek the Musical Coming to Tesoro High School in Support of LREF

Are you looking for a way to support local Ladera Ranch schools? Are you interested in supporting local performing arts programs? Do you like big green trolls who sing show tunes? Well, if you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you might consider buying tickets to see “Shrek the Musical” at Tesoro High School. [...]

CUSD Planning for New K-8 School in Planning Area 2

The SJC Patch is reporting that Capistrano Unified is discussing initial plans to build the first school on Rancho Mission Viejo property, and that the school will likely be a K-8 facility able to hold up to 1200 students (and an additional 400 using portable classrooms). The article is here. We noticed that the Patch [...]

Supervisor Bates Congratulates CUSD on Having Five High Schools Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Country

We previously mentioned the US News and World Report rankings for Capistrano Unified’s High Schools in this article. Now, Supervisor Patricia Bates has congratulated the schools as well, highlighting the fact that all five of CUSD’s comprehensive high schools evaluated by US News (Tesoro, Dana Hills, San Clemente, Aliso Niguel and Capistrano Valley) were ranked [...]

US News Rankings for Capistrano Unified High Schools

U.S News and World Report has published its annual rankings of the top public high schools in the country. We don’t attach a lot of significance to these rankings because there is so much more to a school than a couple of general statistics, but they are useful data points nonetheless. Below are the state [...]

Congratulations to Capistrano Unified’s Top Teachers

According to a Capistrano Unified press release, fifty-six teachers out of more than two thousand have been selected by their colleagues as the top educator at their schools. District winners will be announced in March and recognized at the annual Teacher of the Year celebration, and three winners – one each at the elementary, middle [...]