August 1, 2023 | Issue 23
"FJUHSD is the Place to Be!"
Dear FJUHSD Staff, Students, and Community,

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. I hope you have enjoyed your summer and have had time to spend with family and friends. We are excited to begin the 2023/24 school year next week on Monday, August 14 with our theme “FJUHSD is the Place to Be.”  

Our staff members have been busy during the summer getting ready for the return of students. The Board of Trustees, FJUHSD staff members, and I are committed to working with all parents/guardians, students, teachers, staff members, and the entire school community to continue to provide excellent educational programs in a safe, supported, engaged and successful environment. The safety of our students is our utmost priority and we have many plans in place to ensure every student is safe when they are at school.

Please check out the calendar on your school website for information regarding our upcoming Back to School Nights. Have a wonderful school year and see you next week! 

Steve McLaughlin, Ed.D.
Message from Board of Trustee President Joanne Fawley
Welcome to the 2023/2024 school year. FJUHSD is the place to be! The new school year is always an exciting time. As you embark on your journey, school is the place to reconnect with friends and make new friendships. Find new places to be by exploring clubs, performing arts, fine arts, or athletics. FJUHSD is the place to be involved in many academic opportunities like AVID, AP, and IB classes. Career pathways are places to discover new interests and enhance skills. The district is also the place to assist you in finding balance in your life.

Teachers, staff members, and administrators have been preparing for the arrival of students on campus to ensure that our schools are the place to be welcome, safe, supported, and successful.

Have a wonderful 2023/2024 school year.

Joanne Fawley
Board President
Be Sure to Open the Message to Read the Entire Newsletter
Board Meeting Highlights
At the August 8, 2023 Board Meeting, Esmeralda Lozano was sworn in to become the 2023/24 FJUHSD Student Board Member by Board President Joanne Fawley. Student SAC Vice Chair Kathleen Sweeney was introduced along with new FUHS Assistant Principal Dan Ma and newly appointed SOHS Principal Steven Cazares.
2023/24 Student Board Member
Esmeralda Lozano

We would like to welcome our new Student Board Member for the 2023/24 school year. Esmeralda Lozano attends Sonora High School. In addition to being the Student Board Member, Esmeralda is the Chair for the Student Advisory Council for all district schools.

Esmeralda is the Class Director of the SOHS Key Club and her course of study at SOHS includes many AP and IB classes. She is a member of SOHS's National Honors Society, and she is the Link Crew leader at SOHS. Please join us in congratulating Esmeralda with her new role as Student Board Member!
The Advisory Student Council (ASB) visit Disneyland for thier Annual Leadership Camp
Shout Outs
Golden Apple Award
Congratulations to SOHS Agriculture instructor Jeremey Johnson who received the Golden Apple Award! Jeremy was born and raised in La Habra. He went to LHHS and was in the Agriculture program all 4 years. He began teaching at LHHS but has spent most of his time teaching at SOHS since 2012. Jeremy has been the Agriculture Department Chair for the past 5 years and the Co-Chair for Career Technical Education at Sonora High School for the last 2 years. The Agriculture program at SOHS continues to grow and has approximately 300 students.
Congratulations to TRHS Instructor David Kim
who was featured in THE CYBERSENTINEL newsletter as "Coach of the Year."
Did You Know?
Philadelphia Phillies Baseball player Michael Lorenzen is a FUHS Alumni! 
Michael Lorenzen makes a no-hitter grand slam for Fullerton Union High School. Lorenzen is the fourth former Fullerton player to reach the majors, and all four of them have pitched a no-hitter in the majors. Click the image below to read more.
No School on September 4
As a reminder, September 4 is a
Non Student Day. All FJUHSD schools will be closed. To see a complete listing of all of our non school days visit the
Pupil Attendance Calendar located on our District website.

School Begins
Monday, August 14

Be sure to visit your schools'
website for important dates/times
and information about the start
of the 2023/24 school year.

Click on your school below for
more info.
Technology Services
The FJUHSD Technology Department is here to help!
The FJUHSD Technology Services Department supports technology for students, teachers, and staff to promote and monitor educational growth at a high standard of excellence. We are committed to providing
up-to-date technology while providing a high level of customer service.
Visit our Technology Page for helpful information and technology support.
Reminder to Parents!

A quick reminder to confirm your parent Aeries account! Aeries allows you to check on your students progress, assignments, and grades.

FJUHSD is the Place to be Supported!
The FJUHSD Mental Wellness Team is excited to welcome back all of our amazing students and staff. We are kicking off the year with a social media campaign to inform our students of the impact of technology and social media on wellness as well as strategies and habits that support wellness. Also, look for your school's Mental Health Specialist at Back to School Night for tips on supporting teens during times of stress. From schoolwide campaigns to crisis intervention and campus wellness support, the FJUHSD Wellness Team is here for you! Let's make it a great year!
Donations Given to the District in Support of Our Students
At the Board meeting on July 25, Mr. Scott Edwards-Silva donated the following instruments in support of the students at Fullerton High School.

  • Full Drum Set; snare drum (with stand), bass drum (with two pedals), floor tom, and two medium toms
  • Hi-hat, crash cymbal (with hardware stand) and a drum throne (seat)

Thank you to Mr. Scott Edwards-Silva for your generous donation.
Facilities & Construction Updates
Sonora High School - Pool
The summer weather has been perfect for work at the Sonora High School Pool. After such a wet winter we have finally gained a lot of momentum. This week the electricians are doing the last part of the under-deck work installing conduit for the lights and scoreboards. We will be working on the rebar and concrete for the deck through the end of August. The chemical building and mechanical room are also progressing nicely. We are still on schedule to have water in the pool in the month of September!
Troy High School Portable Classroom Replacement Project
We have started the construction project that will remove the six portable classrooms and replace them with a new eight classroom building. We installed six portables over the summer to serve as interim housing while we build the new building. We will be completing this project in early May.
Fullerton Union High School Pool Modernization
In September we will say farewell to the last L-shaped pool in our District. Construction was completed on some of the ADA sidewalks over the summer to cut down on areas under construction that students will have to navigate once school starts. Construction fencing will be installed prior to the start of school so the contractor can begin work right away.
Together... We Prepare for 2023-2024
As we prepare to begin the 2023-2024 school year, Human Resources would like to introduce three of our newest Administrators, Steve Cazares, Maggie Crail, and Dan Ma. Steve and Maggie will be serving at Sonora High School and Dan joins the team at Fullerton Union High School.

Newly appointed Sonora High School (SOHS) Principal, Steve Cazares, previously served as Assistant Principal, Instruction and Operations (APIO) at SOHS from 2020 to 2023. As APIO, Steve oversaw the site budget, facilities, master schedule, professional development, and technology implementation, to name but a few of his responsibilities. Prior to joining the District, Steve served as a Program Specialist in Special Education with the Chino Valley Unified School District, an administrator in the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District, including Principal of Valley Alternative Schools, and a Special Education Teacher at Los Altos. Steve also took some time away from education to serve as Executive Pastor at Whittier Area Community Church.

Maggie Crail joins the Sonora Raider family as the newly appointed Assistant Principal, Student Activities (APSA). Maggie has taught in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District (District) since 2000, teaching English, ELD, Drawing, and Painting and Photography at Fullerton Union High School (FUHS). For the past two years, she has also very successfully served as TOSA for the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), creating and implementing professional development opportunities for the District’s VAPA teachers. Maggie also served as a mentor teacher, Yearbook Advisor (2004-2013), and WASC Coordinator at FUHS.

And new to FUHS is APSA Dan Ma. Prior to joining the Tribe, Dan successfully served as Principal of Newton Middle School, in the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District, from 2015-2023. Additionally, Dan served as an Assistant Principal at Woodbridge High School and Sierra Vista Middle School, in the Irvine Unified School District, and Pacifica High School in the Garden Grove Unified School District. Before becoming an administrator, Dan was a Math teacher at Loara High School and a Director of Activities at Dana Hills High School.

Please join HR in congratulating Steve, Maggie and Dan on their new administrative appointments and in wishing them, and all of our District staff members, a wonderful 2023-2024 school year.
Assistant Principal Maggie Crail
Principal Steve Cazares
Assistant Principal Dan Ma
and Family
FJUHSD Job Spotlight
This month’s FJUHSD Job Spotlight is on School Bus Drivers.
The transportation department is home to a team of fantastic bus drivers. We caught up with two bus drivers to get their insight. Virgie and Ray have a combined total of over 50 years of experience as School Bus Drivers. Over those years, they have learned that the key to success is to remain focused, reliable, flexible and to use defensive driving skills to keep their precious cargo safe at all times. They feel that there are many rewards to being an FJUHSD School bus driver, such as the teamwork and sense of community they feel with staff and students. They get to make a difference in the lives of students and make sure they are safe while traveling on their buses. They also enjoy the schedule, benefits, and retirement that come with being a classified FJUHSD employee. FJUHSD would like to thank our team of wonderful
bus drivers for the outstanding work that they do!
It's that time of the year again when we eagerly prepare to welcome you back! Whether you're returning or joining us for the first time, we're thrilled to have you as part of our close-knit team at Fullerton Joint Union High School District.

This year's theme, "FJUHSD is the place to be!" speaks volumes about the incredible dedication and passion each one of you brings to our district. Together, we create an exceptional environment for our students to thrive, learn, and become tomorrow's leaders.

The Human Resources Department is here to support and assist you in every way possible. From benefits to professional development, your success is our priority.

Let's embrace the new school year together, united in our mission to provide the best education for our students.
Welcome back team, and let's make this year extraordinary!
Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States.

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.