News & Announcements

Chancellor's Message December 14, 2020

Dear OPA Families,
I invite you to the Chancellor’s Food Drive Challenge! This Thursday, December 17th is the last
day we will collect Food Drive donations. I challenge all families to send ONE can of food with
your Champion on Monday (Hybrid students). We have almost 400 students who attend our
hybrid program. If each student brings a can of food, we can make a huge difference for families
who benefit from the South County Outreach food pantry.

Friday Update 12/11/2020

Although this week has seen difficult times with the increases in COVID-19 cases in Orange County and across California, we have had many great things happening at our school sites. On Monday, Mrs. Merlette and Mr. Bridges rewarded students for an amazing Read-a-thon fundraiser of over $23,000, by getting publicly slimed! It was an incredibly fun, although messy, event. SOC rewarded their students for a great Read-a-thon fundraiser a few weeks ago with a dip in the dunk tank for Ms. Alvarado, Ms. Velez, and Ms. Sessions. Thank you to all of our students and families who participated in the fundraisers and to our Honor Societies at each site for putting this all together.

Saddleback Valley Gets First 7-Year Renewal in the State!

It is with great excitement that we announce the 7-Year Charter Renewal for OPA-Saddleback Valley!! This is an amazing accomplishment, and it appears OPA-SV is the first in the state to receive this incredible honor!

Only schools designated by the California Department of Education as High Performing are eligible to receive a 7-year renewal. December 2nd, at the Orange County Board of Education meeting, the OCBE voted to renew the OPA-SV charter through 2028.

Chancellor's Message December 6, 2020

Dear OPA Families,
I hope you and your families are having a wonderful and safe weekend!
Aeries grades were scheduled to be available on Aeries on Friday, December 4th. Due to a
system issue in Aeries, report cards will be available later this week. As soon as the issue is
corrected and report cards are available, a message will be sent to our families. We apologize for
any inconvenience.

Friday Message December 4, 2020

Happy Friday OPA Hybrid families,
First, I would like to thank all of you for your cooperation and patience during our Champions’
drop-off and pick-up. Over the past month, we have monitored the traffic, and the staff has
worked diligently to refine this process and improve our morning drop-off times. Currently, we
can cycle through all of the morning traffic in 20 minutes or less.

Friday Message 12/4/2020

It has been a very exciting week for OPA. On Wednesday, December 3rd, OPA-Saddleback Valley was awarded the first 7-year charter renewal in California! Under the newly adopted AB1505, schools designated by the California Department of Education as High Performing are eligible to receive a 7-year renewal. Therefore, OPA-Saddleback Valley is approved to operate through 2028. OPA-South Orange County is due for renewal in 2024 and will hopefully also be eligible for a 7-year renewal at that time.

Chancellor's Message November 29, 2020

Dear OPA Families,
I hope you had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving with your loved ones. I am sure this
Thanksgiving was different than others, but will always be thankful for our families, friends and
our health. We thank you in advance for helping us keep everyone safe and
healthy. Please remember to keep your Champion at home if they have any COVID-19
symptoms. If you traveled out of the state/country during the break, we strongly encourage you
to quarantine for 14 days after your return.

Friday Message 11/20/2020

Thank you all for your patience, dedication, and support of our OPA champions throughout these difficult times. As I reflect about what I am truly thankful for this season, it is definitely our OPA community. Although there have been many challenges to overcome in 2020, our students have remained focused, engaged, and on track for academic, social, and emotional success. You have all played a tremendous role in ensuring that our champions have the support they need to overcome these incredible obstacles. Thank you for all you do. I can’t express my gratitude enough!

Sunday Message November 15, 2020

I hope you have had a safe and relaxing weekend with your family. On behalf of our SOC staff, I
want to personally thank everyone for their continued support and flexibility during these
unprecedented times. We are one
week away from fall break and I sincerely hope all families will use this time to relax and

Friday Message 11/13/2020

It has been a great week at OPA! Students are getting into the swing of thigs with the virtual and hybrid classes and it has been fun to see all of the great learning happening at each campus.

We had a wonderful English Language Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday evening. Ms. Didion shared information regarding our English Learner program and the different supports available to help our English learners excel academically. Next week at our Board meeting, we are excited to honor our students who have recently been reclassified as English Language Proficient.
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