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2016-2017 Highlights from Superintendent Matsuda





Date: May 24, 2017

To: Members of AUHSD Community

From: Mike Matsuda, Superintendent

Subject: Highlights for 2016-2017


As we get set to graduate nearly 5,000 members of the Class of 2017, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon our District’s collective accomplishments during the 2016-2017 school year.

Last month, five AUHSD campuses joined the eight campuses already honored as California Gold Ribbon Schools. Honorees are Anaheim, Cypress, Kennedy, Savanna, Loara, and Western high schools, Oxford Academy (7-12), and Brookhurst, Dale, Lexington, South, Sycamore, and Walker junior high schools. With 13 of 18 schools earning the state Gold Ribbon, AUHSD now leads the county in total junior and senior high awards.

Additionally, 14 AUHSD campuses earned statewide accolades for their Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programs, which aim to improve student behavior and make school safer. PBIS honors went to Brookhurst, Dale, Lexington, and Walker junior highs schools, Oxford Academy, plus Anaheim, Cypress, ​Katella, Kennedy, Loara, Magnolia, Savanna, Western, and Gilbert high schools. Gilbert also earned “Model Continuation High School” status from the state of California.

AUHSD led the way again with the first two campuses in the county—Loara and Savanna high schools—to be designated as California Democracy Schools. Continuing that theme, Lexington, Dale, and South junior high schools were 2017 Civic Learning Award of Merit winners. Thanks to our amazing civic education teachers, the District is developing thousands of engaged students who will shortly become active and aware citizens who know how to be civically engaged.

While the rigorous International Baccalaureate Program continues to be a marquee program and draw students to Kennedy High School, we are in the process of establishing a marquee program at Magnolia High School. Beginning in the fall, following intensive summer training for 40 teachers from five schools, Magnolia will become the home of Southern California’s first, high school Cybersecurity Pathway, in partnership with Cypress College and UCI.

Additionally, although only in its second year, our AIME program (Anaheim’s Innovative Mentoring Experience) has provided approximately 2,000 students with the most comprehensive corporate mentoring and summer internship opportunities in Orange County.

AIME is poised for growth next year with the establishment of the Anaheim Union Educational Pledge, a collaborative, comprehensive partnership with higher education institutions and the city of Anaheim designed to ensure that AUHSD students have the support they need for college, career, and life readiness and success.

Pledge partners include Fullerton and Cypress colleges, California State University, Fullerton, the University of California at Irvine, and the city of Anaheim. The community colleges will provide academic and counseling support for students while still in the AUHSD, and after they enroll in either college. The community colleges will also be offering increased dual enrollment courses that allow for more college credit upon high school graduation.

And, once students graduate from either Fullerton or Cypress colleges and are minimally UC qualified, the Pledge guarantees them admission to UCI.

Cal State Fullerton agrees to offer additional academic counseling support to students while enrolled in AUHSD, plus mentoring for first-year, undeclared CSUF majors from AUHSD.

The city of Anaheim is promising to offer mentorships, as well as resources for summer internship scholarships, for high school juniors through AIME.

After studying other “pledges,” or “promises,” in Southern California, I believe the Anaheim Union Educational Pledge ​​surpasses their efforts and takes student support to a higher level. No other district can match the Pledge. Look for an official “signing” ceremony with the UCI chancellor, the president of CSUF, the chancellor of NOCCCD, the presidents of Fullerton and Cypress Colleges, the mayor of Anaheim and myself this coming September.

Finally, as the needs of our students continue to rise, we are developing a comprehensive mental health program to support our students, staff, and families. In these difficult times, we know that life is increasingly complex. But I assure you ​that we are in this together as a family.

You can see why AUHSD is such a fantastic place to be a student, staff, or community member.

I hope you will take time to enjoy your summer and make some lasting memories with family and friends. You can stay connected to us by visiting

​​On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you again for your commitment to supporting the AUHSD.

It is my honor to serve as your superintendent.




Welcome to the Anaheim Union High School District From Superintendent Matsuda



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To:      Members of the AUHSD Community 
From:  Superintendent Michael B. Matsuda
Date:  September 7, 2016
Welcome to the AUHSD family of 30,000 students, 1,300 teachers, 60 counselors, 1,400 classified staff, and 90 administrators. 
At AUHSD, we are preparing our 30,000 students for college, careers, and a successful, as well as a fulfilling, life. Although test scores are important, they are not the drivers of everything we do.  
Time and again, I ask parents what they want for their child when they graduate. Parents tell me they want their child to have skills for success; skills like working in groups (collaboration), expressing themselves verbally and in writing (communication), thinking on their feet (creativity), knowing how to find solutions (critical thinking), and having integrity, kindness, and empathy for others (character).
These are what we call the 5Cs, the lifelong, transferable skills and dispositions needed to be good workers, good neighbors, good husbands and wives, good parents, and good citizens who will contribute to a greater America. We are attempting something very special and that is to embed the 5Cs into instructional practices. We call it “First, Best Instruction,” and believe that it is transforming what’s happening in the classroom.
We’re seeing the results with our students showcasing their talents in the Sustainability Showcase at Cal State Fullerton, STEAM-A-PALOOZA (at Magnolia High School), our Servathon, involving over 4,000 students, parents, and staff across the District; our Seal of Biliteracy (1,000 students graduated with the Seal), and, not to forget, our award-winning visual and performing arts, as well as the athletics, programs. 
The AIME (Anaheim Innovative Mentoring Experience) program is really taking off, with more than 700 high school students participating in some level of mentoring from dozens of corporate and nonprofit partners, including Kaiser Permanente, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Anaheim White House Restaurant, city of Anaheim, CSUF, GEAR UP, Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Satori Law Firm, Deb Construction, Mr. Cabinet Care, Y Marketing, and many more.  
This summer, through the generous support of Orange County United Way, AUHSD was able to provide work scholarships for 54 deserving juniors who interned over seven weeks at various AIME partner locations. We provided bus passes and uniforms, so students got to work on time and looked sharp in a professional environment. No other District is transforming education the way we are. Next year, we hope to grow the program to over 100 students!
We are continuing to train teachers to teach civic learning, which helps students and future citizens of democracy to develop skills to participate in American society. I am especially proud of Orange County’s first two California Democracy Schools, Loara and Savanna high schools. Students study local issues from multiple perspectives and some chose to take action on issues important to them, like e-cigarettes and vaping, or addressing solar power. Students made presentations at school board and city council meetings expressing their freedom of speech in a professional and civil manner. They are well on their way to becoming informed and caring citizens. 
Additionally, through the AUHSD Student Service Foundation, students are writing and securing grants promoting service. We have junior high school students teaching elementary kids about coding and robotics. We have high school students promoting awareness about cruelty to animals, tutoring junior high students, and presenting on anti-bullying, to name just a few examples. 
Finally, I would like to thank the voters once again for approving Measure H, our $249 million bond. We’ve made a lot of initial progress with Measure H, which you can see in the classrooms with our new “innovation furniture” and our first comprehensive project at Katella High School, which is being supported by a $2 million State Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools grant. When finished in March 2017, the project will make Katella High School the first school in the county to capture rainwater, addressing our serious drought problems, while beautifying the overall campus.
Next up are the campus-wide transformation of Dale Junior High School, construction of a new central kitchen on the Dale campus, and construction of a new aquatics center at Anaheim High School (although not with Measure H funding).
On behalf of our Board of Trustees and my assistant superintendents, I want to wish everyone a great 2016-17 year. 
Together, we are AUHSD. 

Superintendent's Message 2016

Message from Superintendent Matsuda

During each day that I have served as superintendent of the Anaheim Union High School District, I have learned something new and witnessed something inspirational.


As we continue this journey, I am sure that, like me, you cannot wait to see what great successes are on our horizon. As we look forward to building on those successes, my hope is that we allow ourselves the time to reflect and celebrate the robust and thriving state of our District.


One of our great successes was achieved with your help—the approval in

November 2014 of Measure H, our $249 million school bond. There are many people to credit for our victory. They worked tirelessly to meet stakeholders, make presentations, answer difficult questions, and build trust. It all paid off when 59.1 percent of voters said yes to the bond and yes to the good work we do every day. You’ll learn more about the progress we have made on Measure H in this Community Report.


While the community was supporting us at the polls, our students were bringing it full circle and supporting the community through service activities. I am proud of our students for displaying a commitment to service by advocating for causes that are important to them. We are able to capture all that energy and commitment during the annual AUHSD Servathon, which coincides with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday and National Day of Service. During the 2015 inaugural event, more than 4,000 AUHSD students, led by some 200 District staff members, performed an astonishing 16,000 hours of community service through more than 150 projects across our five communities. Our second AUHSD Servathon on January 18, 2016, was even bigger and better and further cemented our District’s commitment to service.


The Servathon helped us develop new partnerships with businesses and community organizations and highlighted our commitment to building an ethos of service, kindness, character, and civic pride. The P21 Corporate Mentoring Program that we established last year has also helped to advance our relationship with corporations and businesses, such as Disney, Bunzl manufacturing, and Kaiser Permanente. We want our students to have meaningful opportunities to reach out and connect with the real world. After all, that is the essence of instruction—making learning relevant to their daily lives. Our students are benefitting from AUHSD becoming an acknowledged leader in the national movement to infuse real world learning into the classroom.


One of the our most important outreach efforts in helping parent leaders understand the depth and complexity of the new state standards and 21st century learning is the Parent Learning Walks being conducted at all sites. Based on direct feedback from parents themselves, I am confident that the “word of mouth” about what’s happening in our classrooms is exceedingly positive.


I also wanted to touch on the fact that there is no doubt that we are growing stronger fiscally, although we are still at 2007-2008 funding levels and continue to climb out of a crisis that forced us to cut more than $100 million worth of services and 500 positions. Through our Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP, process, more than 1,000 parents and community members devoted many, many long hours to ensuring that we keep our spending priorities in line.


Finally, I wanted to thank our Board of Trustees for their vision. The main function of the superintendent is to carry out the policies and priorities of the Board. They have guided us and helped us prepare systems of accountability, built on a foundation of integrity and humility, with an eye toward continuous improvement and transparency.


All of the great people in the AUHSD community, most importantly our students and their families, remind me of why we must continue to move AUHSD from good to great.