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Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night 

This will take place on Wednesday, February 20th at 6:00pm in the AVMS Multipurpose Room.  This night is for Parents Only. Incoming 6th grade parents will receive information on classes and how to sign up for electives.  Parents will also get a sneak peek at AVMS’s new intervention program that will be rolled out in 2019-2020.  If you are a currently parent at AVMS and have an incoming 6th grader we hope you will join us.  If you know someone that has an incoming 6th graders please encourage them to attend.


Thank you for taking extra care in the parking lot during this past week of rain! Students and staff utilized the rainy day expectations several times and it was very effective. Thank you for your support.

As a review these were the expectations that students were given and expected to follow:

1. If a student is buying snack/lunch they will be released 5 minutes early to buy snack/lunch and then report to the MPR or Choir room for the remainder of the lunch period.

2. Students who have brought their snack/ lunch will stay in their classroom if it is open. Otherwise they will report to the closest open classroom. Open classes will be read over the intercom system or by teachers. Campus supervisors will also have the list of rooms so they can direct students.

3. If a student needs to use the restroom they are released one at a time and must go to the designated open restroom. 600 for the East side of campus and 200 for West side of campus.

4. Students who do not follow the expectations on a rainy day will be given a lunch detention.



Friday, February 22nd ANHS will be doing a period by period presentations to students regarding high school and signing up for sports and electives.  Parent/Student night will be on Monday, February 25th beginning at 5:00 p.m. 

Department Representatives Share Curriculum - 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. (tour campus)

Administration/Guidance 8th Grade Parent Info Session - 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. (main gym)

Athletic/Extracurricular Program Information Session - 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. (gym & food cart)



Spring Picture Day is Monday, February 25th during student’s P.E. classes.  Dress your best and see attached flyer for more information.



On February 27, 2019, Trustees will hold a public hearing at 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675 regarding approval of Middle School Sexual Health Lessons. The hearing will convene at 7:00 PM. The lessons were developed to ensure that District middle school students were provided current, medically accurate, and age appropriate instruction related to comprehensive sexual health education as required by law. The lessons can be reviewed at the Instructional Materials Center located at 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM until February 26, 2019. Additional information about comprehensive sexual health education can be accessed at the following link: Comprehensive Sexual Health Education. If the lessons are approved, they will become available at each middle school for review and parent information meetings will be held at each middle school where parents can further review the lessons, ask questions and receive answers about the law, and learn about when the lessons will be taught and the opt out process. Information about these parent information nights will be communicated in March if the lessons are approved.



During the month of February, CUSD high schools host 8th Grade Expositions advertising and informing students and parents about the various programs offered at the site. These expositions are intentionally held prior to the opening of the School of Choice window to provide parents with the information necessary to make decisions regarding placement for the upcoming school year.


Please refer to the attached News Release for the dates that have been identified for these Expos.

Attachments: CUSD Hosts Eighth Grade Expositions.pdf



School of Choice Parents and Students can visit Dana Hills High School for a Campus Tour on several dates in February.  Click here to see the dates and times.






Get a head start on High School!  ANHS is offering Middle School Weightlifting to all Middle School Students on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. from February 5th - May 9th.

Speed development, weight lifting, and conditioning will be emphasized to prepare middle school athletes for high school athletics.  For more information, please refer to this flyer.



AVMS will host another Dinner Fundraiser at Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant on La Paz Road in Laguna Niguel, on Wednesday, February 27th from 4:00 - 9:30 p.m.  20% of all proceeds will go to AVMS for dine in and take out. Click here for the flyer.  We hope to see you there!



As you're making plans for next year, please remember to check CUSD 2018-19 calendar.  We also have the major dates incorporated in our calendar list far below.


Additional Minimum Days for AVMS only-

March 4 , and May 20 .

These days are used for staff development and training for our teachers, so all of our classes can continue to give the best instruction possible, focusing on the needs of each student.


AlertOC and Nixle are the City of Aliso Viejo’s official alert and warning systems in an emergency. Registering for these systems means you will receive timely, accurate, and potentially life saving information from local authorities in a disaster. AlertOC sends targeted alerts when there is an imminent threat to your life safety via emails, texts, and phone calls based on the address you register in the system. Nixle will send text alerts to everyone registered regardless of your location in relation to the disaster. It’s important that you register for BOTH systems! If you have any questions or want more information, please email the City of Aliso Viejo’s Emergency Manager at or click here for flyer.     


AVMS PTSA will be selling popsicles every Friday after school.  The cost is $1.00. All proceeds raised will go towards school supplies, technology and classrooms. Thank you for your support! Volunteers needed to sell popsicles (Adult and Student). Please sign-up.  Students will receive volunteer hours.POPSICLE SALE EVERY FRIDAY AFTER SCHOOL!



Thank you so much for joining our PTSA or donating to our Falcon Fundraiser! For every PTSA Membership the California PTA offers incentives.  Please see attached letter.  This year’s incentives are from Dave & Busters, Baskin Robbins and Aquarium of the Pacific.  These coupons can be picked up in the front office. Here is the list of all PTSA Members.  Please come by and get your incentives.




We are excited and proud to announce that our School Counselor, Mr. Fredriksz, is being recognized as the Middle School Counselor Award Recipient for the 2019 Orange County K-12 School Counselor Recognition Award.


OCDE (Orange County Department of Education) shared, “Our primary goal with this recognition is to spotlight and celebrate amazing K-12 school counselors in Orange County who are working tirelessly to support the needs of our students in all three areas: Academic, Social/Emotional, and College and Career development. We congratulate you on the work you are doing using a comprehensive school counseling program with data driven interventions as part of the Multi-Tiered System of Support framework. Furthermore, your commitment and advocacy for the profession is appreciated and essential to the growth of the school counseling field as a whole. School counselors are essential members of the site and district leadership team and thus play an enormous part in the growth of the educational community. Thank you for committing to be an agent of change in the lives of your students and your schools.”


Mr. Fredriksz will be honored at OCDE in mid-February and again in November for this recognition. If you see Mr. Fredriksz please express your congratulations!



We are fortunate to have Deputy McCormick as our School Resource Officer (SRO).  Deputy McCormick is always so supportive of our Aliso Viejo schools and provides help to us whenever we need it.  You will see him on our campus periodically just checking up on things, so feel free to say “Hi” if you see him!



Homework Club will be held in the Library.  The schedule will be from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday before school.  After school hours will be from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Math Support Classes will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. in Room 106 with Mrs. Lavell.  They will also be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday after school from 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Room 708 with Mrs. Wiley.  All classes are drop-in classes.  Students must sign in when they arrive.



To view the AVMS Dress Code Policy, please click here.



Please do not drop off or pick up in the cul-de-sac. This is a red zone.

No left turn from the parking lot. Right turn only.

If you pick up in the park please exit through the school parking lot using the pass through lane. Trying to pull out of the park from the opposite exit only stops the flow of traffic to the school.

If you are picking up along the front of the school curb please use the line that enters from the street.

Slow Down. We understand not everyone follows the rules, but please be patient and drive appropriately.

Staff is present to assist and move things along whenever possible.

Thank you to all that follow the rules and support the flow of traffic.



Aliso Middle School does not open for students until 8:15 am Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and 9:15 am Thursdays.  Students are not to arrive on campus earlier than this. Please do not drop off students before these times, there is no supervision available.  Zero period students are the only students allowed on campus early (7:30am).



We have seen a huge increase in students vaping at AVMS and the Surgeon General has stated that it is a nationwide epidemic. More than 2 million middle school and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2017.  Here is a link for a Tip Sheet for Parents – How to talk to your teen about E-Cigarettes to help facilitate the conversation.



Come join us in a day of collaboration to support youth mental wellness.  It will be held on Saturday, March 9th, from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Oak Knoll Clubhouse in Ladera Ranch, CA.  Click here for flyer and here to register.  It is free and open to teens and adults ages 12 - 21 who want to do more to support teen well-being.TEEN LEADERSHIP DAY: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS



Mission Hospital  will once again be hosting the popular parent and teen “Date Night” series in San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano for children ages 12-17 and their parents. This 3-part dinner series will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at the San Clemente Community Center on January 22, January 29 and February 5.  It will also be held on Wednesday evenings at the San Juan Capistrano Boys & Girls Club on February 13, February 20 and February 27. In the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mission Hospital is committed to improving the health of our community and this series will empower families with factual information that will help prepare young people for the many choices that lie ahead.  Maintaining open and honest communication about tough subjects such as drugs and alcohol can be challenging for families. But, prevention specialist Ray Lozano is able to provide valuable prevention information in an engaging manner that both parents and teens enjoy making it easier for families to discuss these topics together in the future.

To register for the San Clemente series call (949) 361-8264 or go to  For more information or to register for the San Juan Capistrano series call (949) 499-7292 or contact    (Wendy Pospichal)

San Clemente Flyer

San Juan Capistrano Flyer



Thank you for sharing the NGSS Parent Information Night flyer with your community. There is now a NGSS Parent Information Night flyer in Spanish. Parent information nights will be held on the following dates:


5:00-7:00 PM

3/12/19 Las Flores MS MPR



CUSD is currently looking for Substitute Instructional Assistants and Independence Facilitators in our Student Support Services department. Shifts vary from 3.5-8 hours per day. As a substitute Instructional Assistant/Independence Facilitator you would have the opportunity to choose the schools and shift hours in which you would like to work. If interested, apply at this website. Please note that this link only works in Google Chrome. If you have any questions, please call Human Resource Services at (949) 234-9380.



CUSD is having a “I Love My School Lunch Hero” video contest which students or classrooms can enter stating why they love their School Lunch Hero.  Deadline for entries is April 19, 2019 and winners will be announced May 3rd. Click here for information on how to enter!


Online Family Resource Center is Now Available:

To provide your family with valuable resources and services, we are proud to announce that the

ONLINE CUSD Family Resource Center is now available on our website and also on the “front page” of every school’s website. To access the Family Resource Center, click here

or find the “FRC Resource Tree” symbol on your school’s

website and on the front page of the District’s website.


“FRC Resource Tree” symbol on your school’s

website and on the front page of the District’s website.

For more articles, resources, and videos regarding our Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS),

Follow us on Twitter @capostudentsupp and search #CapoMTSS

Contact: Greg Merwin.



The Family Resource Center at the district office is providing workshops that are available each month for families.  Each workshop is directed connected to a Social-emotional Tier 1 support. Please see attached available workshops and additional supports can be found in the Online Family Resource Center in the MTSS section of the district website.

Digital Access for Students and Families

Too many of our students and families lack affordable internet access.  There are affordable reduced- costs internet services available from various internet service providers.  Please see the attached letter below:

Back to School Letter 2018


CAC Parent Representatives for 18/19 School Year

CAC parent representatives are needed for every school! CAC reps meet once per month at the District Office for important updates and presentations regarding special education programs and services. Your rep in turn meets regularly with site administration and shares information with your PTA. Below is a "job description" for the special education parent community.  We encourage parents to apply!



A recent study conducted by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA has been published which highlights some statewide data related to suspensions and the Center’s conclusions tied to it. Please review it at your convenience. It is important to reflect on site approaches to suspension and to weigh potential consequences of suspension every time a decision is made to keep a student out of class or school. As we work to support you in supporting your students, please share ideas or insights you have as well as any requests for assistance that we might provide.

Suspension Impact California Link


February 15 & 18       Lincoln and Washington Legal Holidays - No SchoolFEBRUARY

February 20               Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - MPR

February 21               Orchestra and Band Area Concert - 6:00 p.m. Aliso Niguel H.S.

February 22               Aliso Niguel High School at AVMS for 8th Graders

February 25               Spring Picture Day

February 25               8th Grade Parent Night at Aliso Niguel High School - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.



March 1                      Choir Spring Concert - 7:30 p.m. - Geneva Presbyterian Church

March 4                      Minimum Day - Periods 0-6 - Students out at 12:52 p.m.

March 4-15                 Pennies for Pasta Drive

March 8                       CUSD Honor Choir Concert - Segerstrom Concert Hall

March 11-15                 PI Week - Math Department

March 15                     End of 3rd Quarter

March 19 & 20             6th & 7th Grade Elective Assembly - MPR

March 21                     PTSA General Meeting - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Library



April 1-5                      Spring Recess

April 8                         School Resumes

April 18                       Open House - 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

April 19                       PTSA Meeting - 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

April 22-26                  Earth Week

April 24, 25                 Drama Performances - MPR - 6:00 p.m.

April 26                       Aliso Niguel H.S. Color Guards Here at Lunch

April 29                       SBA Testing Starts

April 30                       Aliso Niguel H.S. Color Guards Tryouts at AVMS - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities.  The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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