Orcutt Academy Spartan Newsletter February 16, 2024


Today will be the end of the 6 week grading period. The school year is passing by quickly. If your son or daughter is struggling and needs some support, please check out the website under “On Campus Support” to find supports available. There is also a tab titled “Mental Health & Wellness Resources” if your student is struggling for non-academic reasons. Mr. Ostini works closely with our staff to keep our website updated with information to help our students and their families to easily access any and all information to help our students.

CIF Winter Sports is still rolling as all four of our teams (Boys/Girls Soccer and Boys/Girls Basketball) all qualified for the CIF Central Section Playoffs. This past week both Girls and Boys soccer won their first round playoff games and Girls Soccer last night pulled off an overtime thriller winning again in a 4-3 penalty shootout vs Fowler High School. Boys Basketball also won their first round game but lost in overtime in round 2 while Girls Basketball was also eliminated on Tuesday.

What a season and much to be proud of for all of our Winter sports teams!

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health and other fields and for further education. Our very own teacher, Heather Penk, is in her second year of leading the students at Orcutt Academy that are interested in being a part of this program. In their latest competition, all four of our students qualified and will be headed to the State Competition in April. Here is how they did in Regionals:

  • Hailey Salas -- 2nd Place -- Architectural Drafting
  • Valeria Morales Estrada -- 1st Place -- Early Childhood Education
  • Brooke Brenneman -- 2nd Place -- Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Madeline Dungan -- 1st Place -- Job Skills Demo Open
A big congratulations to each of them and Ms. Penk for their outstanding accomplishment!



A small group of our interested Spartans got to visit Allan Hancock's Public Safety Training complex in Lompoc this past week!

The field trip to Allan Hancock's Public Safety Training Complex (PSTC) at the Lompoc Valley Center was an eye-opening experience for all who were able to attend.

Our students witnessed firsthand the training grounds for various disciplines such as Administration of Justice, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Technology, Law Enforcement, and Wildland Fire Technology.

Interacting with professionals, seeing the equipment and facilities provided valuable insights into the demands and challenges of these critical fields.

Overall, the field trip strengthened our student's appreciation for the comprehensive training programs offered at PSTC and the dedication of those preparing for careers in public safety!

If you or your student are interested in learning more, please visit the PSTC website or even consider taking a Virtual Tour of the facility!




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Have a great 3-day weekend in honor of President’s Day!

Rhett Carter