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! In our continuing commitment to ensure the best facilities for students, we've been able to add stucco to six portables at Hansen, restructure some teaching areas at Cerritos and Reid Schools to accommodate smaller class sizes, and enhance our security measures district-wide. Because of our commitment to student and staff safety, and in an effort to ensure parity among schools, cameras are now located in school offices, kitchens, staff lounges and technology learning centers, as well as throughout each school’s walkways, student lunch areas, playgrounds and parking lots. In addition, cameras are located on each of our school buses. These cameras have been crucial in helping to protect our community's investment in our schools. We are extremely grateful that we’ve been able to complete much-needed enhancements that will provide students and staff with safe, secure 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!”
Because of the commitment of our Board of Trustees, we will begin the school year with Technology Learning Centers on each campus, in addition to the classroom sets of updated Macintosh computers in all classrooms throughout the district. These resources will help to ensure that students will learn computer literacy skills through both large group instruction as well as daily, small group instruction to enhance and support the instructional program and core curriculum. We will continue to increase our pilot of iPads in the classroom for small group instruction and reinforcement of skills. 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.
Our school registration process is now online! To learn more about this process, visit 2015-16 Student Registration. In addition, parents will be able to 'go green' by completing free and reduced meal applications online, have lunch menus e-mailed monthly, and use the interactive menu, providing the ability to view nutritional values of foods served for each meal. We are very excited about our updated Savanna app, available for smart phone and iPad users, which will provide parents access to essential information at parents' 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.
We’re very excited about the ongoing implementation of PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) in the coming school year as we clearly define our Great Expectations for students. Following a first year of implementation at each school, PBIS will continue to 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 were able to provide a Summer Academy with a focus on Common Core State Standards and the use of technology across the curriculum. With over 400 students attending, we were able to provide academic support and enhancement opportunities for students to ensure continued success. Through the Summer Academy, we’ve been able to provide academic support and enrichment programs not otherwise possible; the staff and student teachers have done an outstanding job of ensuring The Best Is Yet To Come for our students. In addition, we’ve provided before and after school opportunities for Summer Academy students including day care, Achieves, and Camp Stanton. In addition to safe, nurturing environments, these programs have helped to provide ongoing learning experiences for our students throughout the summer.
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 September 1, 2015 and December 2, 2015, 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!
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 2015-16 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.