Santiago Charter Newsletter

Friday, May 13, 2022

We are down to the last four weeks of school and they are going to be very busy! This is the place to get all the information you need to be ready for all the wonderful things happening on our campus!

We have completed our first week of SBAC Math testing, next week will be Science testing for 8th grade only. Please see below for more details, but please remember to bring your charger for your device, as well as headphones that can plug-in to your computer! Make sure to eat breakfast and get a good night's sleep!

  • Friday, May 20th is a minimum day, with dismissal at 12:05 PM.
  • 8th grade families--Digital Student Led Conferences are next Friday, May 20th! Please pay special attention to the information on these conferences below. Sign-ups are currently happening, please make sure to sign up today!
  • In conjunction with the DSLC Conferences on 5/20, all students (both 7th & 8th) will participate in Career Day! This is a great opportunity for our students to hear from a variety of people from our community, and learn more about what it takes to be eligible for those jobs. We can't wait!
  • 8th Grade Parents: Hard copies of important information about PROMOTION should have come home this week. Please watch for it so that you don't miss out! If you would like this information in digital form, here is the Promotion Letter and the Promotion Party Permission Slip.
  • 5/18 is Decathlon Day! See below for details about Decathlon!
  • As we get closer to the last day of school, please remind your students about making good choices and being respectful of each other! We want to end the year on a positive! Thanks for your help!
  • Please note that students are expected to follow the dress codes and keep phones at home. Wearing an ID card is part of the uniform! Violations of these expectations will result in consequences. Please see guidelines here if you are still unsure.

:) Team Santiago


Upcoming Events:

5/16 - 5/20 - State testing for 8th graders in Science classes

5/17 - Decathalon assembly

5/17 - PTSA meeting 6:30 pm in the library

5/18 - Decathalon

5/18 - Charter Board meeting 6:30 in the library

5/19 - Decathalon Ceremony

5/20 -Minimum Day / DSLC / Career Day

6/1 - Faculty Awards Night 6:30 pm

6/3 - 8th grade Promotion Party 5-8 pm

6/10- 8th grade Promotion 9am

Santiago Art Night!

Please join us on June 1st for Santiago's Art Night!

We are excited for the opportunity for our art students to be able to share their work with the community! Anyone is invited to join us...

In conjunction with our awards ceremony on June 1st, the doors for Art Night will be open in the cafeteria beginning at 5:00 PM, and will remain open until about 30 minutes following the conclusion of the awards program.

We hope you will join us in honoring the hard work our our blossoming artists!

Santiago's 29th Annual Decathlon! (5/18)

Santiago's PE Department is thrilled to bring back Decathlon this year! What is Decathlon? Decathlon is the highly anticipated annual PE competition that is held for both 7th and 8th grade students. Athletes work hard all year to earn qualifying scores in a variety of physical fitness activities. In May, if their scores qualify, they are invited to compete in the Decathlon where they will participate in all of the events in one day!

Athlete participants will be announced at a short assembly at the end of the day on 5/17, will compete all day on 5/18, and the winners will be announced at a short assembly at the end of the day on 5/19.

Congratulations to our Decathlon students!


On Monday, May 2, 2022, ALL Santanas began taking the SBAC exams. Due to COVID, students have not had to take these assessments for a couple of years, so it will be an adjustment for us all. Students will be testing within their academic classes, so there will be no schedule modifications to the school day. Please review the details below, and let us know if you have any questions!

  • Week of May 16-20: Science Test for 8th grade students ONLY taken in Science classes.
  • Week of May 23-27: Make-Up Testing

All students should remember how important it is to eat a healthy breakfast each day! This gives you the proper energy you need to stay focused and feel successful.

Please remember to bring your charger for your school device so that your battery does not die during the day.

Please remember to bring headphones that PLUG-IN to your device. Wireless headphones won't properly work during SBAC testing.

We thank you for your efforts with supporting your student and our campus by helping to reinforce this information with your Santana.

Thank you!


SANTANAFEST 2022 is coming soon!

The 8th grade Promotion Party will be held on

Friday, June 3, 2022 from 5-8 at Santiago.

Permission slips have gone home and need to be returned by

Friday, May 20th.

Make sure to get your permission slip turned in, it's going to be an AWESOME party! Below is a link to a copy of the permission slip if you need another copy.

8th grade Promotion Party Permission Slip


The newly formed Charter School Basketball League held their first championship games last week and both the Santiago girls team and the Santiago boys team were victorious! It was such a big event, ABC 7 News was there! Click on the link below to watch the news segment. Congratulations to all of our athletes and coaches!

Here is the web link for the ABC 7 News Segment

Attn: 8th Grade Students Attending EL MODENA HIGH SCHOOL

Summer School Health Sessions for Incoming Freshman will be 2 weeks in duration.

The dates for the sessions are:

  • June 13-June 23
  • June 27-July 8
  • July 11-July 21

Class is held Monday-Thursday from 8 am-12 pm. Students will be assigned a date to report to the class.

Students will be required to attend at least twice, once a week depending on progress made. There is the option to attend daily.

Please send the following forms to families to complete by May 13, 2022.

English Form:

Spanish Form:

With questions, please contact Ms. Jimenez at El Modena High School at 714-997-6331.


Yearbooks are no longer available online, but you can still purchase one in the office for $45. Hurry in if you want a yearbook... quantities are limited!

8th Grade Families-- Digital Student Led Conferences (DSLC) Are Coming Up!

8th Grade Parents:

Please mark your calendar for the morning of May 20th! You and your 8th grade student will be participating in a student-led conference here at Santiago. We are so looking forward to this opportunity to encourage this unique conversation between parent and student, as well as get parents back on campus!

On Monday, 4/11, your student received a hard copy letter explaining DSLC, but you can also access that letter here. Please read the letter thoroughly, and sign up ASAP using the QR code or link attached on the letter. Times are first come-first serve.

Once you have signed up for times, you will receive a follow up email confirming your appointment time from your 8th grade student's first period teacher.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the office.

Introducing Santiago's After School EXPANDED LEARNING PROGRAM!

Are you interested in a FREE opportunity for your student after school next year? Then check out our EXPANDED LEARNING PROGRAM that is at NO-COST to your family! Click the link for more information, AND to sign up!

Summer at Santiago!

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Santiago has some great programs available, click on the link below to see what programs are being offered. Remember, it's first come, first served, so check it out soon!

Summer Programs at Santiago

Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

Join Santiago Charter Middle School on June 7th as the Angels take on the Boston Red Sox! Tickets that are normally $20-$30 are discounted down to just $15 each, and $6 from each ticket goes directly back to the school!

Click on the link below to order your tickets today! GO ANGELS!

Angels Ticket Order

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Watch our Conservatory of the Arts promo video!

Interested in learning more? Read here!

Space will fill up fast. Applications are due 4/30.

Email Mrs. Gonzales ( with questions!

Open Enrollment for Santiago

If you have a current 7th grade student that attends Santiago under open enrollment, you will need to re-enroll them again for the 22-23 school year. Please click here to find the information about open enrollment.Also, please feel free to share this information with any prospective families that may also have questions.

The link below is a flyer with all of our Enrollment Information. Please take a look to see what events you might want to attend.

Santiago School Tours

Do you know a family member or friend that might be interested in taking a tour of Santiago with their student? We are scheduling a few school tours for those that are still undecided about enrolling at our wonderful school! If you are interested in scheduling a school tour, please email Mrs. Adray @ and she will help you.


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