Staff Information

Welcome to Savanna School District!

We have much to celebrate as we look forward to the coming school year, demonstrating that The Best Really is Yet to Come!  Holder School’s selection as a California Distinguished School as well as their designation as a 2013 Honor Roll Star School by the California Business for Education Excellence, Hansen School’s Legacy Award by the Orange County Human Relations Council, and the District’s Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association for our partnership with the Tiger Woods Learning Center are a few examples of recognitions our schools recently received.  Thanks to our community which wholeheartedly supported and passed two general obligation bonds, Measures N & G, we’ve celebrated the grand re-opening of each of our schools after comprehensive modernization projects over the past few years. The modernization project at Holder School has been completed with enhanced classrooms and office spaces including new plumbing, roofing, electrical, fire alarm systems, energy efficient dual-paned windows, energy efficient heating and air conditioning units, and furniture; in addition, some older portables were removed and replaced with more updated ones in a new location for preschool and kindergarten classes as well as for before- and after-school child care programs. Holder School also has a fabulous Outdoor Learning Center that will provide seating space for the entire school for assemblies but can also be utilized by grade levels, buddy classes, and individual classes.  In addition, new playgrounds have been installed with rubber surfacing; what a great environment Holder students and staff will come home to! Over the summer, we’ve been able to complete additional projects at Hansen and Reid Schools, with rubber surfacing installed on playgrounds as well as a new upper grade playground at Hansen similar to those at Holder and Reid while Reid School’s kindergarten area received a shade structure with outdoor tables similar to those at Holder and Cerritos Schools.  In addition, two portable classrooms were moved from Holder to Hansen to address the growing need for kindergarten classroom space at Hansen. We are extremely grateful that we’ve been able to complete all of our projects in a timely manner and provide much-needed enhancements that will provide students and staff with facilities to meet the demands of 21st Century learning.  These projects and more will impact our children's education and our community for generations to come, demonstrating “The Best Is Yet To Come!”

“Great Expectations…The Best Is Yet To Come!” can be seen in the infusion of technology throughout the instructional program and into all areas of operation.  Because of the commitment of our Board of Trustees, we will begin the school year with classroom sets of updated Macintosh computers in all classrooms; students will learn computer literacy skills through daily, small group instruction on classroom sets of computers to enhance and support the instructional program and core curriculum. DLP projectors, voice-enhancement systems complete with microphones for teacher and student use, the use of the web-based Accelerated Reader program for students, a web-based library catalog accessible to all students as well as tablets and iPads and student response systems in several classrooms are a few of the tools which will continue to have a significant impact on the instructional program. As we continue moving forward with technology, “The Best Is Yet To Come!” as we ensure students have digital literacy skills that will propel them into college and career readiness.

We’re very excited about the implementation of PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) in the coming school year as we clearly define our Great Expectations for students. Following a year of planning by teams of teachers and support staff from each school, PBIS will provide school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.  The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm; we’ve taken this one step further to help ensure that staff throughout the District will reinforce positive student behaviors throughout the day.  Through the implementation of PBIS, The Best Is Yet To Come for our students!

Because of the support of Cal Poly University, Pomona, we're providing a Summer Academy with a focus on Common Core State Standards and the use of technology across the curriculum. With over 500 students attending, we continue to provide academic support and enhancement opportunities for students to ensure their continued success.

Our great expectations for student learning can be evidenced in the District’s commitment to offering a transitional kindergarten program at each school.  We are very excited that our youngest students will have the opportunity to participate in a full-day Transitional Kindergarten program with increased instructional time; this program will follow the kindergarten curriculum while adding a developmental focus taught at a pace designed to meet the children's individual social and emotional needs. It is an option for those students who turn age five between July 1, 2014 and December 2, 2014, and whose parents believe their child is not ready socially or academically for an academic kindergarten program.

Another indication of “Great Expectations…The Best Is Yet To Come!” is our continued focus on reading fluency, comprehension, writing, and student engagement. Our teachers will expand on their use of Thinking Maps as well as our writing program, Write From the Beginning, throughout the coming year.  The combined use of Thinking Maps and Write From the Beginning will provide teachers the opportunity to enhance students’ writing abilities.  The ability to read, organize thoughts, and write cohesively will be essential for students as we move toward implementation of the Common Core State Standards.  In addition, we will implement a new math program that integrates the use of technology and Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards are designed to be relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our students will need for success in college and future careers. Engaging all students in lessons is essential to ensure student achievement.  This commitment to leaving a legacy of student success will indeed leave an indelible mark on our community!

With the redesign of our Nutrition Services web site, parents are being asked to complete free and reduced meal applications online prior to our Back-to-School registration on August 7; in addition, parents will be able to 'go green' and have lunch menus e-mailed monthly, and use the interactive menu, providing the ability to view nutritional values of foods served for each meal.  At our Back-to-School registration, parents will be provided with information on the Savanna app, available for smart phone and iPad users, which will provide parents access to essential information at their fingertips!  Through the app, parents will be able to review attendance for each of their children, view overdue school library books, view school lunch balances and deposit funds electronically into their child’s lunch account, view an interactive breakfast and lunch menu with nutritional values of foods to be served, submit tips in a variety of areas, contact teachers via e-mail, and more, right in the palm of their hand!  For iPhone users, the app may be downloaded free from the Apple Store by typing “Savanna School District” into the search bar. With the new Savanna app, “The Best Is Yet To Come!” as we prepare to leave a legacy for tomorrow’s generation.

It is the goal of the Savanna School District to provide the most exemplary educational opportunities for children both now and into the future, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come. The difference between a good school district and a GREAT school district is “people”; people like the Savanna School District staff who are committed to do everything they can daily to demonstrate that ‘The Best Is Yet To Come!’; people like our parents who provide the home support for our students so that they can meet our Great Expectations; and people like all those in our community who contribute to our successes in so many ways.  Our successes are YOUR successes.  The entire Savanna School District staff and Board of Trustees welcomes you to the 2014-15 school year and look forward to fulfilling Great Expectations….. The Best Is Still Yet To Come! 

About the District

What a special place Savanna School District is!  Encompassing parts of the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress and Stanton, Savanna School District is an elementary school district with approximately 2400 students. These students attend one of our four schools: Cerritos, Hansen, Holder and Twila Reid Schools. We also serve about 250 preschoolers in state and privately-run preschools on our campuses.

Our size is one reason that Savanna has a family-like atmosphere among the faculty, support staff, students, parents and the community we serve. While our small size enables us to maintain this small town feel, our location provides students and staff access to a wide variety of resources within the community.