News & Announcements

National School Walkout Q & A

In response to the National School Walkout planned for March 14th, Ron Wenkart, general counsel for the Orange County Department of Education, recently offered answers (based on state and federal laws) to some common questions about the rights and responsibilities of schools, students and staff. Click headline for article.
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Superintendent Message on School Safety

Last week our nation experienced yet another senseless school shooting. As we reflect on this unfortunate tragedy, please know that the safety and security of our students and staff is our number one priority. Moments like this remind all of us to continue to be vigilant and prepare as best as possible for the unexpected. Click headline for the full message.
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Trustee Election Area Map & Sequencing

At the November 9th Board Meeting, the Trustees approved implementing the Green Trustee Area Map for elections beginning November 6, 2018. At the January 18th Board Meeting, they amended the sequencing of elections for the Green Map as follows: Areas 2, 3 & 5 in 2018 and Areas 1 & 4 in 2020. A petition will be sent to the Orange County Committee on School District Organization requesting approval of the District's adopted map and sequencing. Click the headline to see the Green Map.
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Kindergarten Information Night for Parents

On Wednesday, January 31st at 6:30 pm, a Kindergarten Information Night will be held at all elementary schools in the Westminster School District. Come learn about our two fantastic kindergarten programs and hear about our new online registration. Childcare is available at each site. For more information click on the headline or call Yen Ta at (714) 898-8389, ext. 3642.
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Proposed Trustee Election Area Maps

The Westminster School District is in the process of changing the method by which Governing Board Members are elected. Under the current “at-large” system, all registered voters in the District can vote for any of the candidates up for election. Under the new proposed system, candidates will be elected by “trustee areas.” This means only voters within a given trustee area can vote for candidates who reside within the same area. The intent of this proposed system is to offer greater opportunities for Board representation for candidates that might not otherwise be elected under an at-large system. Click on the headline for more information and to view the proposed area maps.
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Administrators of the Year

The Westminster Educational Leadership Association (WELA) announced that Reagan Lopez, Executive Director of Student Services, has been named WSD Central Office Administrator of the Year and Kim Breckenridge, Anderson Principal, was named WSD Site Administrator of the Year. Congratulations to both of these outstanding administrators!
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Classified School Employees of the Year

Congratulations to our outstanding 2018 Classified School Employees of the Year! These staff members go above and beyond the call of duty every day. The honorees in each category are eligible to participate in the Orange County competition in January.
Patricia Arnold (Johnson MS) - Para-Educator & Instructional Assistance
Sheree Newman (District Office) - Support Services & Security
Edgar Valladares (Anderson ES) - Maintenance, Operations & Transportation
Debi Watson (District Office) - Office & Technical Support
Maria Yaghoubi (Johnson MS) - Child Nutrition
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WSD Wins Another Golden Bell Award

The California School Board Association (CSBA) presented our District with a prestigious Golden Bell Award for our outstanding Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program at DeMille Elementary School. We were recognized at CSBA's annual conference for being the first district in California to implement a Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program and we were honored for promoting multilingualism while developing fluency in English and proficiency in academic subjects. There are 1,000 school districts in California and only 56 Golden Bell Awards were handed out. This is the 2nd year in a row that the Westminster School District has been honored with a Golden Bell Award!
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Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the WSD Spelling Bee! Winners in the 4th and 5th grade competition had to correctly spell obedient, especially, and exquisite. First Place went to Tri Nguyen at Meairs, Second Place went to Noah Elbettar at Schroeder and Third Place went to Jayden Pham at Fryberger. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade competition was a battle with contestants spelling crustaceans, pterodactyl, and quandary. First Place went to Jenny Pham at Johnson, Second Place went to Sophia Bickley at Stacey and Third Place went to Bao Pham at Warner. The winners in the 6-8th competition will go on to compete in the Orange County Scripps Spelling Bee in February.
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Interim Superintendents Appointed

The Board of Trustees has appointed Ms. Sheri Loewenstein and Dr. Gary Rutherford to act as consecutive interim superintendents for WSD, effective immediately. Ms. Loewenstein will serve as Interim Superintendent from approximately November through January and then Dr. Rutherford will take the helm from February until a new superintendent is hired. Ms. Loewenstein and Dr. Rutherford are both education consultants and retired superintendents, who together have experience in virtually every facet of K-12 public education. Ms. Loewenstein served as superintendent of Westminster School District and Cypress School District while Dr. Rutherford served as superintendent in Huntington Beach City School District, Upland Unified School District and Desert Sands Unified School District.
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