Keep Calm, Read On

Anaheim Public Library is open to serve all ages, with a reading program entitled “Keep Calm, Read On.” 

The program encourages reading, as every book logged in “Log Reading” enters you in the weekly raffle for a gift card and unlocks games and read-alongs. Readers may accrue points to earn badges. 

Anaheim Public Library patrons can place holds on books and DVDs through the Library Catalog or over the phone for curbside pick-up. Books are available for pick-up Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Library staff will call when your books are available.

Patrons may access many digital services for free, such as eBooks, audiobooks, and online courses and tutoring.

Watch Storytime continues, Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Discover STEAM Adventures are held on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., featuring Bugs, Chemistry and Bubbles. Or, learn how to make churros with Chef Tony on Tuesday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m.

Chapman offers temporary housing for first responders

Assistance League of Orange has, since 1948,  awarded scholarships to deserving high school seniors. This year, the scholarship committee announced that 13 recipients will receive a total of $30,000 in scholarship awards. The students, all academically accomplished and involved in their community, represent each of the five high schools in OUSD. In addition, two students attended Orange County School of the Arts, but live within OUSD boundaries.  

Three Alfreda Niewig Nursing Scholarships were awarded to Jamie Cuayahuitl and Lucy Lundell, both graduating from Orange High, and Sydney Clark from Villa Park High. All three will continue in the health sciences field. Cuayahuitl will study pre-nursing at Cal State Los Angles; Lundell will major in nursing at University of San Francisco; Clark will pursue a nursing career at Grand Canyon University.

Gavin Smith, graduating from Canyon High, was the recipient of the ALO Memorial Scholarship. He plans to study psychology at Cal State Fullerton in order to work with ADHD students, teaching them strategies that will lead to school success.

Richland High graduates Ashley Rendon and Brian Muñoz were awarded scholarships to further their education at Santiago Canyon College. Ashley plans to become an educator, while Brian is interested in water science.  

The Eugenia Love Arts Scholarship, for students pursuing a career in the arts, was awarded to Sheridan Lalicker, an Orange County School of the Arts graduate. Her portfolio included many outstanding watercolors and drawings; she plans to pursue a career in illustration at Cal State Fullerton.  

Six students received Assistance League of Orange General Scholarships. Jacob Rodriguez, El Modena High, will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study rocketry and quantum physics, aiming for a NASA career. Arly Acosta,  Orange High, plans to major in computer science at UC Berkeley. Aaron Anderson,  Orange County School of the Arts, will pursue mechanical engineering at Boston University, with a future military career as a goal.  El Modena’s Samuel Quiñones will follow a pre-mathematics emphasis within a STEM program of study at UC Berkeley. Esmeralda Elizalde, a Villa Park High graduate, will study sociology at California Baptist University. Joshua Manning, Canyon High, submitted some amazing examples of his work in animation and plans to attend the Laguna College of Art and Design.

Michele Markel and Charlene Ruble, co chairs of the Assistance League of Orange Scholarship Committee, extend their congratulations to this amazing, talented and diverse class of 2020 scholarship recipients.

 Assistance League of Orange awards senior scholarships

Segerstrom hosts online performances

Orange Unified School District Superintendent Gunn Marie Hansen has announced that students and parents may look forward to returning to classrooms on Wednesday, Aug. 19. 

The date, originally scheduled as the start of the 2020-21 school year, was not changed in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s recommendation that the start date be moved up to avoid students’ “learning loss.” Dr. Hansen assured parents that the school district is working in compliance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines, and planning of school site safety protocols.

Approximately 28,000 district students, in grades kindergarten through 12th grade,  have been engaged in remote learning since Monday, March 16.

Hudson Lehnertz, a senior from Foothill High School, was named to the Division 1 All-Senior Southern Section Baseball Team. Lehnertz anchored third base for the Knights, and carried a 4.3 GPA.

Health clerk honored by TUSD

While theaters and performance spaces remain dark, Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the expansion of its website,, to include the all new Center at Home, a portal to free online activities, educational programs and video highlights of Center performances. 

Center at Home is an ever-evolving platform that will have regular weekly updates for fresh, engaging, new content. Divided into three categories - Learn at Home, Performance Highlights, and The Center - each offer unique content, free for all website visitors. 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also pleased to share daily and weekly virtual classes for children of all ages from The American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. The Center’s Education Department is providing a variety of engaging content, including music, storytelling, visual arts and mindfulness lessons guided by Arts Teach teaching artists, performances featuring community students participating in the Summer at the Center program, a virtual artist showcase resource for community schools and parent-teacher associations, and Family Series artists leading young people and their families through interactive performances.

​Tustin Unified schedules graduation for Class of 2020​

Community News

Michael-Ann Pevehouse, health clerk at Arroyo Elementary School, has been selected as the 2020 Classified Employee of the Year by the Tustin Unified School District.

Also known as the “Aunt Bee of Arroyo,” Pevehouse is recognized for going “above and beyond” for the students and staff at the school, and her work on the Tustin Public School Foundation’s Dinosaur Dash and Summer Academy.  

TUSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin made the announcement at Pevehouse’s home. He was joined by TUSD Board of Education member Jonathan Abelove, Arroyo Principal Katy Sheyka, district office administrators, representatives from the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, and Arroyo teachers and staff, celebrating the honor with a parade of cars.


McPherson students science competition advance thwarted

May 2020

OUSD back to school date announced

TUSD boardmember makes over 2,000 face masks 


Business may be slow for Tustin Unified School District Board of Education member Tammie Bullard’s Invitation Design Studio due to the coronavirus, but she hasn’t slowed down. Bullard has made over 2,000 face masks for first responders, healthcare workers, those in “essential” jobs and medically fragile people. 

Bullard and her mother Merry have produced and donated cotton protective masks to community members, including the Tustin Police Department; local hospitals; a hospice program; nurses and their co-workers; therapy facilities; Tustin High School; and even Benjie's Restaurant in Santa Ana. 

“We have a waiting list for about 500 masks, and we're sewing around the clock to get out as many as we can,” Bullard said. “We can make nearly 300 masks a week.”

“People have been very generous with donations of fabric, wire, elastic and monetary contributions,” Bullard added. “It is allowing us to continue making face masks to help our community.”

"We understand this is a difficult time, especially for our high school seniors who have been looking forward to important school milestones, such as graduation,” TUSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin said. “However, we have some good news to share – high school graduations will take place after all.” 

Tentatively, graduations will be held on Aug. 4, 5 and 6, with two schools per day. 

Tues., August 4 – Tustin Adult School and Tustin Connect – times to be determined; 
Wed., August 5 – Foothill at 10 a.m. and Beckman at 6 p.m.; 
Thurs., August 6 – Hillview at 10 a.m. and Tustin at 6 p.m. 

Beckman, Foothill, Hillview and Tustin graduation ceremonies will be held at Tustin High School’s Northrup Stadium, 1171 El Camino Real. Tustin Adult School and Tustin Connect graduation ceremonies will be held in the Beckman High School Performing Arts Center, 3588 Bryan Ave. 

The District’s graduation ceremonies will be conducted under the social distancing guidelines in place at that time. 

Tustin Unified School District will welcome students back to school on Thursday, August 13. Teachers and staff will report earlier in the week, August 10, for staff development and preparation for the new school year.

Schools remain closed, and all enrollment is to be done on-line; see for information about the needed documentation, health examination and vaccinations required.

Two McPherson Magnet School science fair competitors were slated to advance to the California Science & Engineering Fair, after prevailing in the 64th annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair (OCSEF) competition. For the first time, the March 26-28 (ICSEF) event was conducted virtually, without face-to-face presentations. 

McPherson sixth-grader Matthew Pagaduan took first place in the category of fluids/aerodynamics, and eighth grader Darina Dang took second place in the chemistry category. Pagaduan and Dang were to advance to compete at the state level in April. 

They were unable to compete, as the 69th annual California Science & Engineering Fair was, unfortunately for young scientists throughout the state, canceled.  

Additional McPherson Magnet students received awards at the county level. Honorable mention awards were bestowed on Isaac Rivera, sixth grade, for botany; and Angela Wang and Sage Samuel, seventh grade students, for zoology. Eighth-grader Jolette Hernandez was given a special monetary award for her project by the Energy Coalition.

The McPherson science fair efforts are led by teachers Kayee Conrad and Shannon Duncan. The projects that advanced to OCSEF were initially judged at the school’s science fair in February. That competition focused on students’ ability to convey project ideas, research, scientific method and discoveries. Projects were judged by community members actively engaged in the sciences.

McPherson Magnet School hosted a quarantine drive-by April 17, giving teachers and students the chance to see each other, if only from a distance.  Teachers stood in the school parking lot (six feet apart) to wave at students as they drove by.  About 200 cars, with students inside, participated in the drive-by.

In an agreement struck between the City of Orange and Chapman University, first responders can self-isolate in Chapman apartments that offer private rooms with kitchens.

Twenty units in Panther Village apartments – located off the 5 Freeway at West Chapman Ave. – are standing ready, available to prevent further exposure to family and friends living with first responders. 

Chapman is taking safety precautions to ensure Panther Village remains safe and sanitary. First responders can self-isolate for up to 14 days, or until a positive test is established. If occupants develop symptoms during their stay, they will work with their agencies to be tested. The rooms will be decontaminated before and after occupancy, regardless of testing status. 

There are currently no Chapman students living in Panther Village. Beginning March 12, Chapman moved to remote instruction, asking all students living in university housing, who were able, to move home. Currently, there are less than 200 students living in Chapman housing. Students who remained were relocated to apartments with kitchens to allow for compliance with the California stay-at-home order.