2019 Orange County Department of Education Teacher of the Year Ceremony




North Orange County ROP instructor Ron Ponce was honored as a nominee at the Orange County Department of Education Teachers of the Year Ceremony on November 2. Ron teaches the Engineering Design Pathway at Anaheim High School and the Welding and Materials Joining Pathway as a regional course at Esperanza High School. He has been preparing students for college and careers for 18 years through North Orange County ROP. Congratulations, Ron!

Tigers Leading Tigers



The Education Pathway is the latest addition to career technical education at Valencia High School. North Orange County ROP and Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District staff came together on October 17 to celebrate the grand opening of the program titled "Tigers Leading Cubs." Students enrolled in the pathway at Valencia High School work with Kraemer Middle School and Ruby Drive Elementary School students to receive hands-on training in classroom management, lesson planning, and much more.

Heroes Around Me - Pioneer Dance Company Showcase




Performing Arts Pathway students at Western High School presented "Heroes Around Me" on October 26. Students participating in the show took the lead in choreographing the pieces, choosing the songs, and designing the set. These students have completed at least 2 years of the Performing Arts Pathway and recently founded the Pioneer Dance Company, a group that focuses on experimenting with styles of dance and choreographing their own pieces. Many pieces were inspired by family and current events.

Advanced/Honors Graphic Design

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The Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway at North Orange County ROP now includes an Advanced/Honors Graphic Design course. Students enrolled in the class at El Dorado High School are currently working on community service projects. Companies involved include Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, National Brain Tumor Society, and Alzheimer's Association. To be eligible to take the class, students must complete the first two years of the pathway. The Advanced/Honors course allows students to gain experience working with clients and see their work published on a widespread platform.

College & Career Fair at Anaheim Convention Center

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Anaheim Union High School District held its annual College & Career Fair on Oct. 23. Over 5,000 students and parents gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center to learn more about post-secondary options. Students and instructors from the following pathways demonstrated class activities and showcased student work: Child Development; Design, Visual, and Media Arts; Engineering Design, Financial Services, Patient Care (Dental and Nursing Assistant), Production and Managerial Arts, Public Safety, and Residential and Commercial Construction. Thank you AUHSD for organizing an amazing event!

Career Technical Student Organization Leadership Meeting

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A component to a high-quality CTE program are Career Technical Student Organizations. Each school year, NOCROP hosts a student leadership officer training for the CTSO chapters within NOCROP. Student officers from 22 chapters gathered at our Conference Center to undergo training on October 17. The purpose of the workshop is to train officers. Student officers from our the chapters of Educators Rising, HOSA: Future Health Professionals, and Skills USA were present. In addition to officers in our local chapters, NOCROP is proud to have four amazing student leaders as State officers. These students represent their CTSO in California. Congratulations to: Omni Patel (Kennedy High School) - State President, Educators Rising Emily Macedo (Esperanza High School) - State Secretary, Educators Rising Amanda Gao (Oxford Academy) - State President, HOSA: Future Health Professionals Lisa Tang (Oxford Academy) - State Secretary, HOSA: Future Health Professionals

Internship at Anaheim White House Restaurant



Christopher Rojas, a Food Service and Hospitality Pathway student at Anaheim High School, is currently working as an intern at the Anaheim White House Restaurant. The restaurant is providing paid internships to 11 students through Caterina's Club, a non-profit organization founded by White House Restaurant owner Bruno Serato. Congratulations, Christopher!

2018 SEMA Show

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Systems Diagnostics, Service, and Repair Pathway students at Katella and Loara High Schools traveled to Las Vegas, NV to compete in the annual Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge at The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show. Each team of students was given an engine to disassemble and reassemble as quickly as possible without help from their instructors. Loara High School placed 16th with a time of 32 minutes, 57 seconds and Katella High School placed 19th with a time of 37 minutes, 23 seconds. A total of 50 teams participated in the competition.

Discovery Cube Pumpkin Launch



Engineering Design Pathway students at Sunny Hills High School participated in the annual Discovery Cube Pumpkin Launch Competition at California State University, Fullerton. Groups of all ages ranging from middle school to senior adults designed and created machines that launch pumpkins towards various targets placed on a field. Teams earn points for hitting targets, and more points are earned for targets farther away and/or if the pumpkin hits a particular point on the target.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

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North Orange County ROP staff and students spent the month of October fundraising for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to donations from staff who participated in the walk on October 21, staff generously donated to “wear jeans and pink on Friday” during the month of October. The money was donated to the American Cancer Society through the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. A total of $3,929 was raised, with over $1,000 raised by Patient Care Pathway students at Esperanza High School alone. Thank you to all who participated! And a special thank you to Michele Schirmers, Instructional Programs Administrative Assistant, for organizing the campaign- we appreciate you!

Women In Industry Conference



Superintendent Giamarino spoke on a panel at the annual Women In Industry Conference on October 16. The event was moderated by a group of female students representing high schools across Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. The questions, written and asked by the student moderators, opened discussions on how to excel in the workforce, overcome obstacles, and complete goals on personal and professional levels. The panelists represented diverse positions in various industries. Thank you PYLUSD for hosting an incredible event! Watch a recording of the conference below:

Board of Trustees

Anna Piercy, President
Anaheim Union High School District

Meg Cutuli, Vice President/Clerk
Los Alamitos Unified School District

Marilyn Buchi, Member
Fullerton Joint Union High School District

Karin Freeman, Member
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

Bill R. Hall, Member
Brea Olinda Unified School District

Robert Hathaway, Member
Fullerton Joint Union High School District

Annemarie Randle-Trejo, Member
Anaheim Union High School District