AHES Panther News

2021 Connection: September 3, 2021

Panther Families,

Here are the updates for the week. I hope you have a fantastic three day weekend!


Mrs. Van Wilgen Moore

Mark Your Calendars

  • September 6th - Labor Day - No School
  • September 9th - School Earthquake Drill
  • September 16th - PTA @ TBD
  • September 27th - School Make-up Pictures
  • September 28th - PTA Reflections Submissions Due
  • 2021-2022 District Student Calendar

Join Our School Site Council! - 2nd Request

In my message at Back-to-School Night, I shared with you that there are currently three parent positions available on our School Site Council.

Anaheim Hills Elementary School is in the process of electing members to the School Site Council (SCC) for the 2021-2022 school year. The SSC is required for schools receiving categorical funds. These funds are used to supplement the regular school program. The purpose of the SSC is to develop and approve the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA); which is a comprehensive plan designed to improve the effectiveness of the school program. In order to accomplish this task, the SSC meets a minimum of four times a year to assess student needs, develop and approve the SPSA including categorical budgets, and monitor its implementation.

Members of the SSC include the principal, classroom teachers, other staff members, and parents. Members of the SSC are elected by their peers. Therefore, parents are elected by parents. Three parents are needed this year. One parent must be a parent of an English Language Learner. A member serves for two years.

If you are interested in being a member of the SSC, please fill out this nomination form no later than Wednesday, September 7, 2021. After all nominations are in, an electronic ballot will be sent via email for all parents to be able to vote. The three parents with the highest number of votes will serve on the SSC.


Are you looking for a high quality, affordable, fee for service, full day preschool program for your 3-4 year old?

Look no further! Our OUSD Child Development Center (located on Chapman and Yorba, in Orange) currently has space available.

Call or email Kendy Gioia today to request more information or to schedule a tour (714) 628-5828) or kgioia@orangeusd.org). We can’t wait to see you in preschool!


We had a great first day with our Sports for Learning coaches this week! Ask your child what they thought of their experience.

We saw lots of smiles from our PANTHERs outside.

Just a reminder: Each week, on your child's Sports for Learning day (either Monday or Thursday) please send your child in athletic shoes and comfortable clothes. Please also send them with their refillable water bottle.


The District is pleased to begin offering all students COVID-19 testing 2 times a week to all interested. All students are strongly encouraged to participate in the District COVID-19 testing program. This type of surveillance testing program is recommended by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to mitigate spread of COVID-19 in the school community. The OUSD COVID-19 Testing Program is intended to continue maximizing the good health and safety of our school community.

Testing is typically Monday and Thursday, but due to the Labor Day Holiday, testing will be Tuesday and Thursday next week.

Locations for the testing events:

· Villa Park High School from 2:30-5:30 (some HS students are in session until 2:50). Location: between 400 and R buildings

· El Modena High School from 2:30-5:30 (some HS students are in session until 2:47). Location: amphitheater

· Canyon High School from 2:30-5:30 (some HS students are in session until 2:47). Location: by staff parking lot (outside custodial office)

· Orange High School from 2:30-5:30 (some HS students are in session until 3:32). Location: outside the little theater on Schaffer Street

· District Office from 2:30-5:00 for students. Location: in the back parking lot

Register your student HERE


Launched in July 2017, CHOC’s Mental Health Education Program (MHEP) and our team of pediatric mental health specialists have provided hundreds of educational sessions to thousands of community members, including youth, parents, educators, and providers.

Through our presentations and trainings, we strive to partner with and equip our community stakeholders with the needed knowledge, tools, and resources to support the wellness of our County’s children, adolescents, and young adults. If you have any questions about our educational offerings, please contact our MHEP team at MHEP@choc.org.

I have included the flyer to download below.

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Technology Fines

We know our AHES Panthers are responsible and can take care of their district-issued devices! Please note that our students will now be charged a fine for lost/damaged technology. Below are OUSD's replacement costs also showcased in the technology handbook provided to you in the last newsletter.

Part Description/Cost

iPad replacement


iPad Screen


iPad Charger


Laptop replacement


LCD Screen


Keyboard / Trackpad


Laptop charger


2021-2022 School Year GATE Screening Dates

The purpose of GATE screening is to identify students who may need additional depth and complexity in their instructional program. Students who qualify for "GATE" status will be offered opportunities to work with other GATE-identified students either within the general education classrooms or through our GATE magnet school programs. Assessment is one important step in the GATE qualification process.

OUSD 3rd grade students:
12/6/21 - 12/10/21
No Referral needed

  • Universal Screening
  • Utilizes the CogAT assessment
  • All 3rd-grade students tested in their classrooms unless parents "opt-out "of testing.
  • EDGE and Home School students will be invited to in-person testing.
  • Students who qualified for GATE in 2nd grade do not need to test again but may re-test by parent request.

OUSD 2nd and 4th-6th grade:
1/12/22 - 2/25/22
By request, referral deadline 12/17/21

  • Small group testing at the school sites, by referral only-GATE Screening Referral Link (English and Spanish)
  • Utilizes the OLSAT assessment
  • Parents, teachers, and/or school administrators may refer students.
  • EDGE and Home School Students will be invited to in-person testing.
  • Please note:
    • GATE qualification is not a requirement for participation in honors courses at the secondary level.
    • When considering GATE magnet 4th-grade placement at Nohl Canyon and La Veta, all qualified students are considered equally. Students who qualified in grade 2 do not receive priority over students who qualified in grade 3.
  • More information is available on the Orange Unified Gifted and Talented webpage.

AHES PTA Information

You can find the latest PTA newsletter here. Please consider joining our PTA to support our school.

OUSD Superintendent Communication

In case you missed it, you can find Dr. Hansen's latest communication here.

Reminders - Please Review

How do I know when my child can return to school?

OUSD 1:1 Handbook

As OUSD starts the 1:1 device initiative throughout our district, all students on our campus will have access to a device throughout the school year. Please connect with your child's teacher regarding certain classroom-based practices, including devices going home for many of our upper-grade students.

You can find the OUSD 1:1 Handbook Here. This includes information on procedures and fines.

Orange Unified School District (OrangeUSD) does not offer a district insurance plan and is not affiliated with an insurance company. If families are interested in getting their student's device covered, they can work with the companies listed below that provide discount rates for the OrangeUSD community.

Insurance Companies usually do not cover the following (California Education Code 48904):

  • Theft or loss of the device outside of the school campus.

  • Malicious damage under any circumstances.

Participating Companies

  • You can find insurance options on our 1:1 website.


COVID-19 Protocols

Guidance continues to change over time...please see the protocols currently in place for the 2021-22 school year.
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