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Orcutt Schools Update
Upbeat News from around the District
Dr. Holly Edds, Superintendent, OUSD

          We always are happy to report positive happenings from all over the Orcutt Union School District:

            Congratulations to Joe Nightingale School’s fifth-grade teaching team of Julie Grennan, Nancy Ramirez, and Lisa Savaso and Ralph Dunlap School fourth-grade teachers Sheri Morris and Erica Phillips on receiving the district’s latest #WeAreOrcutt Awards! The Joe Nightingale trio was selected for the award for its skillful collaboration as a Professional Learning Community team. Morris and Phillips were selected for their initiative in landing community support for their school garden and then engaging their students in growing, harvesting, and eating an array of vegetables. Well done, teachers! 

            Our district is proud to have added an electric-powered school bus to its fleet.  Purchased with grants, the new coach was integrated into the district’s transportation schedule in January. Students and bus drivers are liking the electric bus – “It offers a very comfortable, quiet ride,” says district Transportation Coordinator Jana Graham. 

Big thanks to everyone who attended or supported the March 2 Orcutt Children’s Arts Foundation (OCAF) Gala! Students played a key role in the event, which annually is OCAF’s biggest fundraiser in support of district arts programming. The Gala included performances by the Orcutt Academy High School (OAHS) Band and the cast of the OCAF spring play. Additionally, several paintings by OAHS students were auctioned off, with proceeds going to OCAF. …

OCAF’s spring play for elementary and junior high school students is a one-act comedy, “Bedtime Stories (as Told by My Dad) (Who Messed Them Up).” Directed by Eimile Pay, the play will be performed April 19 and 20 at Lakeview Junior High School. Tickets will be on sale soon. 

Congratulations to Leslie Wagonseller, our district’s executive director of technology! The local region of the Association California School Administrators (ACSA) recently announced that she has been selected as Technology Administrator of the Year. She will be feted at an ACSA event later this spring. …

            Wagonseller played a major part in organizing a professional development day on March 4 that offered an amazing 48 training sessions for the district’s teachers, administrators, and classified employees. Topics included technology use for workflow and teaching, artificial intelligence in the classroom, behavior basics, math instruction, science instruction, and much more. Staff appreciated having such a range of choices. 

            March 26 brings the North County Math Super Bowl, an interscholastic competition for young mathematicians in grades 4, 5, and 6. Orcutt elementary schools and other schools from northern Santa Barbara County will participate in the event, which will be hosted by our district in the Lakeview Junior High School Gym.

            Our two junior high schools start their soccer season this month, as they are in a league along with several other local junior highs. Lakeview piloted soccer in 2023, and students enjoyed the opportunity so much (the Lakeview girls’ team won the end-of-season tournament) that OJHS opted to join this year. Good luck to the Trojan and Mustang soccer squads! 

         Our district has begun enrolling students for the 2024-2025 school year. Most new students are being registered for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten, but we are signing up students for grades 1-8 as well. Please note that the age eligibility window for TK is expanding to include students who turn five anytime between September 2, 2024, and June 2, 2025. The enrollment process begins with online forms; to start the process, go to the district website,, and click on “Enroll Today!” For more information, phone our Enrollment Office at 805-938-8946. …

                             Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful spring!! 

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