Santa Margarita

Back to Schoo Edition 2022-23

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Let Me Introduce Myself

August 5, 2022

Dear Santa Margarita Families,

It is a pleasure to introduce myself as the Interim Principal of Santa Margarita. Interim is a fancy word for “temporary”. The good news is that while away for personal reasons, Mrs. Richmond will be back. In the meantime, you will get someone with extensive experience, someone who knows the school and district at all levels, and most importantly, someone who loves kids.

Yes, I was principal of Santa Margarita many years ago. During a 40 year career in the Oceanside School District, I served as a teacher, and a principal at Palmquist, North Terrace, McAuliffe, King Middle, and El Camino High School. When I retired a few years ago, I knew that I had made a difference in the lives of thousands of students, and the community as a whole. I truly loved each school, each experience, and each child. .

I’m excited about being back to work with the students, military families and staff at Santa Margarita. I am not coming back due to boredom, or a lack of things to keep me occupied. This is a temporary need, and I am happy to help.

I am encouraged by a recent article in the U.S. News and World that states the Santa Margarita Mustangs are the top school in Oceanside, and one of the best in California. This says a lot about the staff, our families and the children. Congratulations!

I ask that we sincerely try to work together, to support each other, and to make every day on campus as smooth as possible. Please try to introduce yourselves to me when possible. I will make it a point to be visible, and to be out and about. And, you are always welcome to make an appointment to see me.

Please be patient, talk with me directly if issues arise, and I look forward to being part of the Mustang Family once again.


Bob Rowe

Interim Principal

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Registration Help

Santa Margarita office staff will be on-site the evening of Thursday, August 11 from 4:00-7:00 PM to assist you with registration.

Please bring the following items to expedite the registration process:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Residency

For more information about registration and online registration options visit our district website here!

School Supplies

For your convenience we've included links to the classroom supply lists by grade level!



1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th-8th Grade

New Spirit Wear

You can now order spirit wear and have it delivered directly to your home. Access their Website here for details and links to their Back to School Sale!

Who Will Be My Teacher This Year?

We are pleased to inform you that student registration for the new school year is going well. We plan to have all students registered by Friday, August 12. This means you will be able to see your child’s teacher in the afternoon Monday, Aug 15 via the digital Parent Portal.

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