Cerro Villa Vikings News

September 10th - September 16th: Weekly Publication

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Cerro Villa Highlights - Great things Happening at CV!

Back to School Night - Thank you for attending!

Counselor presentation, Leadership, and Clubs all added to the successful night!

Leadership Lunch Time Activity - Musical Chairs
Ms. Dao Recognized at the September 7th OUSD Board Meeting!

Link: Employee of the Month Recognition - English / Spanish

"Win the Day" at Cerro Villa

The Viking Culture this year is to "Win the Day". We challenge all students and staff to pick 1 goal each day to accomplish. When you have succeeded with that 1 goal, you have "Won the Day!"

Link to "Win the Day" - Mark Batterson

Here are a few ways to "Win the Day"

  • "Flip the Script" on struggles/challenges and make them successes!
  • Follow "Kaizen" - strive for continuous improvement each day!
  • "Be Kind" - smile, say hello, look out for your fellow vikings! Remember - everyone is going through a battle we may not know.. Be Kind Always!

Cerro Villa Announcements

Monday, September 11th - Patriot Day!

On Monday, Cerro Villa will acknowledge Patriot Day. Students are allowed to wear Patriotic tops; Red, White, or Blue shirts. Students are expected to follow the pants Uniform policy.

From The American Presidency Project, Proclamation 10445—Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2022:

“On September 11, 2001, ordinary Americans performed extraordinary acts of heroism. Firefighters and police officers rushed into crumbling buildings and raging fires to save others. EMTs, construction workers, colleagues, and strangers tended to the wounded. Passengers and crewmembers gave their lives to thwart another attack. And a generation of women and men answered the call of duty by joining our Armed Forces to defend our freedom and our democracy.

“These patriots—people of undaunted courage, uncommon resolve, and unwavering perseverance—are forever ingrained in our national character. They are reminders that we are a great country because we are a good people. On this Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, we pay tribute to the heroes and victims who lost their lives on September 11, and we recommit ourselves to the spirit of unity, patriotism, and service that carried our Nation through in the days that followed.”

Thank You First Responders, and Active / Retired Military Personnel

Cerro Villa would like to recognize our community members who are First Responders and Active/Retired Military Personnel. We thank you for your dedication and service!

A Padlet has been created for families to recognize and thank their family members. Please add any gratitude comments/pictures for our community to enjoy!


The following provided recognition to family members prior to the creation of the padlet:

  • Mrs. Glickman - Nephew; Green Beret, Army
  • Mrs. Baird - Father, OCSD 34 years, Retired
  • ..................- Husband, USMC 20 years, Retired
  • Mr. Ramus - Brother, Army 20 years, Retired; Two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during Gulf War
  • Zorola Family - Father (Jayson, CV alumni), Army National Guard 17+years; Three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve

Washington D.C. Student Trip - Informational meeting

Mr. Ramus is hosting an informational meeting for 8th grade families who are interested in participating in the Washington D.C. tour trip during summer of 2024.

Meeting Details: Tuesday @ 6 p.m. via Zoom

Link to Zoom in the QR code

Cerro Villa Google Classroom

All Cerro Villa students have been invited to the new Cerro Villa Vikings Google Classroom. Students received the google classroom code through their homeroom class.

In the CV google classroom, students will find general school announcements from Mr. Jones and Ms. Fernandez. In the "Classwork" tab, additional resources are available:
1) Weekly Activities - So students know what's happening around campus and where.
2) The Daily Announcements (in case students need to refer back or did not hear them)
3) The Weekly CV Newsletter that is posted every Sunday evening. Check out highlights from last week and great things to happen in the weeks ahead!

Also published will be "Win the Day" goals for our Vikings!

OUSD Counselor SOS Presentation - September 25 - 29

Counselor Presentation of SOS to students will take place: September 25 - 29 during Science Class.

Dear Parent / Guardian,

Cerro Villa is committed to teaching students about positive mental health and how to seek

help if they are worried about themselves or a friend hurting themselves. We are using the

Signs of Suicide (SOS) to teach students about this difficult topic and encourages them to

seek help.

SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. This will be the third

year that CV will implement this program for all students. Currently all middle schools in OUSD

implement this program. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about

depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide


Through the program, students learn:

● that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help

● how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend

● to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or

a friend

● who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it

To read the entire Parent Letter - please click on the below link

Parent Letter - SOS Letter

Counselors will present SOS presentation during the PFSO meeting on September 18th @ 8:30 am

After learning about the SOS program and presentation, if you would like to OPT - OUT your child from participating, please complete the below form:

SOS OPT-OUT Google Form

Meet your School Psychologist

School Psychologist have expertise in mental health, behavior, and education. School psychologists help children succeed academically, emotionally, and socially.

Cerro Villa is proud to have Mrs. Ashley Ausseresses as our School Psychologist.

Meet your School Counselors

School Counselors establish educational opportunities of equity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student's academic success and well-being. They recognize, respect, and utilize each student's strengths, experiences, and background as assets for teaching and learning.

Cerro Villa is so proud of our School Counselors:

  • Mrs. Glickman: A - H
  • Mrs. Sampat: I - M
  • Ms. Emter: N - Z

CV Viking Shelf Life - Weekly LIbrary Newsletter

Viking Shelf Life - September Library Newsletter

Check out the latest news and happenings of our CV Library!! The newsletter can also be found on CV's website: https://www.cerrovilla.org/academics/library

September is Attendance Awareness Month - "We Champion Attendance"

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Orange Unified School District continues to strive for high overall student attendance rates. Student attendance has a profound impact on student success, funding, and resources. As such, our attendance campaign for the 2023-24 school year will seek to promote positive student attendance through monthly recognition of schools that a) demonstrate the highest attendance rate for the respective month or b) demonstrate the most improvement from the previous month.

The theme of our campaign is "We Champion Attendance". In line with our theme, sites that are monthly winners will be presented with Traveling Championship Cups to display with pride in the main office. Elementary and Middle School Sites will have a school-wide BBQ (highest) and Pizza lunch (most improved) as an additional incentive for the students.

District STATS: 23-24 school year

  • Attendance Rate: 95.14% (+2.16% from 22-23)
  • Chronic Absentee Rate: 18.21% (down 25.21% from 22-23)

LET'S GOOO, VIKINGS!! "Win the Day" by attending school!!

Homework Help Available

Homework Help is now available.. check out the flyer!

Homework Help Flyer


Serrano Ave - Dismissal
  • The City of Villa Park recently refurbished Serrano Ave. In doing so, the crosswalk at Dodson Way was removed. To keep the flow of traffic moving, this crosswalk will not be replaced.
  • Students MUST cross at the Serrano Ave curve crosswalk OR Serrano/Featherhill Dr. crosswalk
  • We understand this will cause an inconvenience in picking-up your child, BUT safety to all students and families is TOP PRIORITY.
  • PLEASE DO NOT have your child cross Serrano in the middle of the flow of traffic

Leadership / Activities Announcements

CV Athletic News / Events


2023-2024 CV Sports Schedule

GAMES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 11TH - Good Luck Boys and Girls Soccer!

  • McPherson Girls @ Cerro Villa Girls
  • Cerro Villa Boys @ McPherson Boys

About PFSO

https://www.cvpfso.org/ - visit the PFSO website to learn about all the opportunities to get involved.

What is the PFSO?

The Cerro Villa Parent Faculty Student Organization (PFSO) is a non-profit organization that assists the faculty and staff in enhancing the education experiences of our children.

​The PFSO assists with many programs around the school, including dances, Student of the Month, Honor Society, and the 8th Grade Promotion Party. Without your support, these events would not be possible. Most importantly, the PFSO also supports the faculty and staff at Cerro Villa in acquiring items they need for their classrooms in order to enhance our children’s educational experiences.

PFSO Board Members

Executive Board

  • President - Jason Forgash
  • President Elect - Joy Nguyen
  • 1st VP Membership - Erin Flynn & Megan Artherton
  • 2nd VP Ways & Means - Michelle Tao & Kathleen Lim-Valle
  • 3rd VP Programs - Jim Aichelman
  • Secretary - Beth Brunett
  • Treasurer - Michelle Tao
  • Parliamentarian - Michele Norman
  • Auditor - Wendy McGrane

General Board

  • Health & Safety - Shelly Johnson (8th) & VOLUNTEER TODAY!
  • Honors Society Dance - VOLUNTEER TODAY!
  • Fireworks - VOLUNTEER TODAY!
  • Legislative Coalition Rep - Beth Brunett
  • Staff Appreciation - Megan Artherton (7th) &
  • Student of the Month - Kelli Takach
  • Webmaster & Social Media - Beth Brunett (8th) & VOLUNTEER TODAY!
  • 8th Grade Promotion - VOLUNTEER TODAY

Next PFSO meeting..

Tuesday, September 19th

8:30am in the CVMS Library

​Our PFSO meetings are held on the THIRD TUESDAY of every month at 8:30 a.m. in the CVMS Library.

We hope to see you there!

Meeting Minutes are posted promptly for those who are unable to attend.

Important Dates

September 18th: Make-up Picture Day

September 19th: PFSO meeting and Coffee with Counselor, 830 am

September 21st: ELAC meeting, 8:15 am

September 22nd: 7th Grade Dance

September 25 - 29: SOS week, Counselor Presentation via Science Class

Parent / Orange Unified Information

Connect with OUSD


We invite you to take a moment to follow Orange Unified on social media to receive the district’s latest news and announcements. Social media may also be a critical line of communication during emergencies and will be an excellent place for you to get up-to-date information: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

You can also check out videos featuring programs throughout the District, Board Meetings, school highlights, Measure S progress, graduation ceremonies, and more on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/OrangeUnifiedCA

New for this school year is the OUSD App, which is available for download in the Apple App and Google Play stores. Free for our families, the app allows users to see District-level news and events as well as customize their experience by selecting their school(s) of choice to follow to receive news and calendar information directly to their phones.

Orange Elks Lodge and The Community Foundation of Orange - 9.11 Event

Join the Orange Elks Lodge in a Memorial Ceremony on Monday, Sept 11th at 6:30 pm at City of Orange City Hall.

Speakers include Fire, Police and City Officials, signing of the National Anthem, Color Guard presentation and more.


Nutritional Services Letter

Students are able to receive TWO meals per day for free. Breakfast, snack, and lunch are available to all students. Students can choose breakfast OR snack as one choice, then lunch is available to all.

2023 Nutrition Letter

Cerro Villa 2023-2024 Bell Schedule

Please view the Bell Schedule page on our Cerro Villa webpage for all published bell schedules.

2023-2024 Bell Schedules

*Every Wednesday is an Early Release Day

Cerro Villa Webpage

2023-2024 Student Calendar / Attendance

2023-2024 Student Calendar - OUSD

Cerro Villa Calendar & Events - Cerro Villa

*Every Wednesday is an Early Release Day

Positive Information on Student Attendance:

10 facts about Student Attendance!