Santiago Charter Newsletter

Friday, January 7, 2022

Happy New Year! We hope that you had a lovely Winter Break, and that you are energized and ready to return for the next part of the school year! Everything you need to know about what is going on around campus is all right here!

  • As we return to school, please don't forget that masks are required for all students while on campus. Please make sure you remind your student that masks need to cover the nose and mouth at all times throughout the school day.
  • Also, please feel confident that our staff will be working vigilantly to adhere to the guidelines for keeping students safe throughout the school day. We are doing our best to sanitize and protect everyone,
  • If your students is not feeling well, or if your student has come in contact with anyone that has recently tested positive for Covid-19, please keep them home. Teachers are prepared for absences; they have been asked to post student work online so that students will not fall behind in class if they miss school. We know this is a huge inconvenience for families, so thank you in advance for helping our campus stay healthy!
  • Students that are required to quarantine for longer than 5 days at home will be put onto a short-term independent study program. If your student is required to stay home, you will receive communication from the school about how this will look.
  • Please take a look at the calendar items at the bottom of this newsletter for updates about school wide events over the next 2 weeks. There are many exciting things happening!
  • We have so many clubs meeting each day during lunch! Please remind students to check the Atrium Showcase Board outside the library to see when they should attend the meetings for the clubs they have joined!
  • Please note that students are expected to follow the dress codes and keep phones at home. Violations of these expectations will result in consequences. Please see guidelines here if you are still unsure.
  • When picking up students during the school day, please remember to bring your ID with you. Office staff must check ID with our records before students will be released.

:) Team Santiago

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.

Our first open enrollment Q&A VIRTUAL session will be on January 12th from 5:30-6:30 PM. Please join us using this link if you have questions about enrolling for next year! Also, please feel free to share this information with any prospective families that may also have questions.

Open House

More details to come about this, but Santiago is hoping to hold our Open House from 6-8:00 PM on Tuesday, January 18th. This will be an outdoor event, and will provide an opportunity for families to learn more about our campus and our academic offerings.

If you are planning to join us, please dress warmly!


YEARBOOKS MAKE A GREAT GIFT! Purchase a Santiago 2022 Yearbook and receive a gift presentation card to let your student know that they will receive a yearbook later this school year.If you have already purchased a yearbook and would like a presentation card, please visit the school office.

Below you can find ordering information, a sample of the presentation card and a sample ad page. Buy your yearbook now!

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.


We are excited to recognize students and staff for being awesome!

R.A.D. is and essential component to our PBIS (Positive Behavior In Schools) initiative, and is an acronym for Responsible, Accountable and Determined. Many of our students and staff demonstrate how they are R.A.D. all the time!

To nominate staff, please click on this Nomination Form.

To have your student nominate a peer, please click here. (All nominations will be screened for content and appropriateness.)

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Please help us launder PE loaner clothes, pick up on Friday after school and return the next Monday morning. If you are able to add one more load to your laundry day, we would appreciate it. Click on link below to see dates we need help. Thank you!

PE Loaner Laundry Sign Up


Upcoming Events:

1/11, 1/13, & 1/14: 6th Grade Visits! (6th graders will be on campus for a short preview of Santiago. They will be outdoors and will remain separated by school.)

1/12: College Shirt Day!

1/13: RAD Store at Lunch!


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

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Santiago Charter Middle School

Orange County's 1st Charter School.

A public school, with a private school approach