Santiago Charter Newsletter

Friday, March 24, 2023

Hello Santana Families!

Happy Spring Break! Enjoy the time off with your students, we hope you have a relaxing and restful week off. For our families that have students in Expanded Learning, please don't forget that we will not have Expanded Learning today, Friday, 3/24. Thanks so much for helping us make sure your students are picked up in time!

Friday, April 7, 2023 will be a MINIMUM DAY for Santiago. We also will be hosting an assembly this day for all students. Please read the information below regarding the assembly, and complete the Google Form if needed. Thank you!

Throughout the school year, Santiago's expectations have been posted on our school website, but it's an important time of the year to remind students about them now. Please spend some time reviewing our EXPECTATIONS with your Santana(s) so that there are no questions about uniforms, free dress guidelines, cell phone policies, etc!

After we return from Spring Break, our campus will be in full "Do Your Best On The Test" mode! SBAC testing will be here before we know it, and we want to make sure that everyone is well prepared to do just that. Stay tuned for more information about how to best support your students with state testing!

Parents, if you would like to get involved around campus, please consider reading about opportunities through PTSA down below. We need help, and would love any support you can give us! (Details about PTSA opportunities below.)

If you need help finding our calendar, here it is, and here is our bell schedule!

:) Team Santiago

Building Resilience in Youth Assembly (Friday, April 7, 2023)

Please read the information below, and complete the Google Form ONLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO OPT YOUR STUDENT(S) OUT OF THE ASSEMBLY!

Description of Assembly:

Early intervention drug education teaches our students on the dangers of substance use, equips them with effective refusal skills to implement when confronted with negative peer pressures, and provides them with a foundation of knowledge. We are fortunate to have the Elks Lodge of Orange sponsor Mr. Ray Lozano who is a national drug and substance prevention specialist and youth speaker.

Your child will have the opportunity to participate in an educational assembly on April 7, 2023 at 9:00 AM in the amphitheater. Mr. Lozano will present “Building Resilience in Youth”, which focuses on the known and unknown talents of every young person. In this assembly, Mr. Lozano explains how young people may not know what their talents are but with time and care can grow into something amazing just like a redwood tree. Students will understand why it is so important to protect that talent, what steps they can harness to take that talent from an unknown idea to a reality, and how sometimes drugs and alcohol may attempt to take that talent away.

Visit to learn more about Mr. Lozano and his work before allowing your child to participate. All students will participate in the presentation unless the opt-out form is submitted to the office. You can find that form by clicking the link below. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.


4/15 Dad's Club Event

Calling all dads and anyone interested in helping around our campus! We are hosting a Dad's Club event & we'd love your assistance...

WHAT: Campus Beautification

WHEN: 4/15 from 8 AM- 12 PM

DETAILS: We need help with the following projects--

  • painting
  • brickwork
  • trash cleanup
  • weed abatement
  • and much more..

Please fill out this GOOGLE FORM if you are able to offer your time, and we thank you in advance for your generosity!

We would like send out a great big THANK YOU to everyone who has been helping in our parking lot before and after school. We have a very busy campus, and with all the rain we have had lately, it has been an even busier! We also want to thank all of the parents for their patience and understanding as we try to keep our students safe and dry!

Interested in Cheering at El Modena?

Check out the flyer and links below to get the information you need to tryout for El Modena Cheer or Pom.
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WE NEED YOUR HELP!! 8th Grade Promotion Party!

The Promotion Party this year is SATURDAY, June 3, from 5-8 PM.

We are beginning to plan the Promotion Party for our 8th graders and would greatly appreciate your support! Whether it’s donating raffle prizes and drinks or volunteering your time before or during the promotion party, we have a role for you!

In order to provide an inclusive and free event for all our 8th graders, PTSA is collecting donations to help fund this year's promotion party. Donations will go directly towards food, dee jay, photo booth, and student swag. Therefore, please consider donating $25 (or any amount!). Your child can drop off the cash or check at the office between Feb. 27th and March 14th.

You can also Venmo Santiago your donation @SantiagoCharterMS. Please write “8th grade promotion party” in the check or Venmo text.

We appreciate your assistance to provide our graduating class with a super memorable promotion party this year!

Thank you!

-The Promotion Party Committee

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What's Happening Around Campus?

Next Week:

  • 3/27 - 3/31 Spring Break, NO SCHOOL

Looking Ahead:

  • 4/7: Minimum Day, dismissal at 12:35 pm
  • 4/15: Campus Cleanup Day, 8-12 pm
  • 4/18: PTSA virtual meeting, 6:30 pm

AVID At El Modena

8th Graders-- are you interested in applying for AVID at El Modena High School? If yes, HERE is the application! Stay tuned for the deadline for this form!

Enrollment For 2023-2024

Open Enrollment for new students is now open. If you know of families interested in learning more about Santiago, please share THIS information with them about the enrollment process so they can feel informed about how the process works.

We are always so excited to get a chance to show off all the awesome opportunities at Santiago, so we thank you for helping to spread the word!

Our RAD Santanas: Students of the Week!

Special congratulations and recognition to the following students for exemplifying what it means to be Respectful, Accountable or Determined in class over the past few weeks! These students have been nominated by a staff member on campus, and deserve a great shout out...

  • Artemio G.
  • Juan D.

Stay RAD, Santanas!


Santanas! Make sure to buy a yearbook so that you can look back and remember all the great times you had at Santiago! Here is the link to purchase a yearbook: You can also purchase a yearbook in the office. See Mrs. Maracine for help!

If you are not sure if you have already purchased a yearbook, we will have a list posted next week. Look for your student ID # on the list; if you see your student ID #, then you have purchased one! The list will be posted near the student door to the main office. If you have any questions, please talk with someone in the office.


We are still working on the planning of our upcoming assessment season and the different way we are doing state testing this year. Our testing will occur the week of May 15th and will include a modified schedule. Each student (through their parents) will need to select a testing shift that they will attend from Monday, May 15th to Thursday, May 18th .

Please follow the steps below to select a testing shift for your student.

  1. Watch the video to help you better understand the testing week at Santiago.

  1. Fill out the survey selecting a testing shift for your student. Please remember each student needs a separate survey submission so if you have multiple students with us, please submit that quantity of times. The survey is DUE by Friday, January 27 so we can start the next phase in planning.

Thank you for always being great!

PTSA Corner

We have many opportunities for parents to volunteer through PTSA sponsored events. Please consider helping wherever you can! We appreciate any time you can spare.

8th Grade Promotion Party has begun!

Save the date for the 8th Grade Promotion Party on Saturday June 3rd 2023 from 5 pm - 8 pm.

Thinking about being a PTSA member for the 2023-2024 school year? Send an email to to inquire on the upcoming opening positions.

Our next PTSA meeting is on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be virtual, HERE is the link to join the meeting. Everyone is welcome to join.

Ice Cream sales are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We are looking for any parent willing to come to sell ice cream also and help raise funds for the promotion party. Send an email to if interested.

Santiago Helping Hands

Looking for ways to help out at Santiago? There are many opportunities to help with your time, talents or gifts. This is going to be the place we share all the wish lists from the different groups on campus. We appreciate every family's help in supporting the Santiago Community.
  • Sign up for our Campus Cleanup Day on 4/15/23. See information above.
  • Donate used uniforms: Do you have any uniform shirts or pants that you no longer can use? We would love to take them off your hands! We will launder them and use as loaners.
  • The Wellness Center: Amazon Gift cards are needed to help with supplies and resources to support the Wellness Center. Please contact Ms. Patel or Mrs. Vicencia with any questions.
  • Donate to the 8th grade promotion party, see information above.
Santiago 2022-2023 Calendar

Please check this link frequently to keep up with weekly events on campus!


Everyday, Santanas are expected to follow the guidelines for our campus. For clarification of these expectations, please click here.

Health and Safety Guidelines & Resources

Please refer to the Orange Unified School District COVID Health and Safety Guidelines & Resources for the most up to date information about COVID protocols. This is the the place where you can find the MOST recent information regarding vaccinations, quarantine, and other resources. Thanks for your support.

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Santiago Charter Middle School

Orange County's 1st Charter School.

A public school, with a private school approach