Orcutt Academy Spartan Newsletter November 17, 2023


As we head into Thanksgiving Break, it is important to remember how close we are to the end of Fall Semester (December 15 is the final day). Semester grades are permanent and determine credits and grade point average. It is imperative for students who have fallen behind to put all their effort into catching up right now. A failing grade is very difficult to overcome. For some of our Seniors, failing a class could directly impact their graduation. Please reinforce good study and homework habits at home and remember that we have free tutoring available here at Orcutt Academy to any student that needs help (please see fliers in the RESOURCES section below).

We are excited to share the hiring at Orcutt Academy of April Meehan our new Media Specialist! Mrs. Meehan has been with the Orcutt Union School District for most of her career and we are lucky enough to have her working here at the High School! She is bringing a lot of new and exciting plans for the library and for our students not only as a great place to spend time during lunch, breaks, and SPIN but also as our Career Tech she will be helping students with scholarships, support for writing applications, as well as sharing success stories of many of our talented students who have secured amazing scholarships. We are sharing the link to the scholarships page and library's instagram being organized by Mrs. Meehan below. Check it out, give her a follow, and make sure to let your student know to stop by!
Follow the OAHS Library @oahslibrary_ on Instagram! Also, defnitely bookmark the OAHS Scholarships webpage and share with your student!
Click HERE to view the slides and video overview of the Evacuate/Shelter that was shared during Spartan Homeroom this week.


This week’s senior spotlight is Mya Balbona! Mya has been part of the Varsity Cheer squad all four years and is the ultimate Scholar-Athlete maintaining a 4.4 GPA over her four years at Orcutt Academy! When she's not taking care of school work or participating in cheer competitions, she is an active member of the National Honor Society, the Vice President of CSF, and an Freshman Connect Crew (FCC) Mentor. Additionally, she gives back to the community by volunteering at Marian Hospital weekly. She is looking forward to college and will be studying to be a Physician's Assistant in her future. We are very proud of Mya and all her accomplishments during her time at OAHS!


This week’s college tour is from Maleelah Acker. Maleelah graduated from Orcutt Academy in 2023. While here, she ran for the varsity track team and served as ASB vice president. She is currently attendsing the University of California, Davis.


Open enrollment for the 2024-2025 school officially opened on November 6. It is important for any new student interested in attending the Academy next school year the intent to enroll application which will be available on the Orcutt Union School District and Orcutt Academy websites. If you have a student currently attending the Academy who has an 8th grade brother or sister, then it is imperative that they also fill out the application. The open enrollment period runs from November 6, 2023 until January 31, 2024. Siblings receive a preference and are typically in the school but they must fill out an application during the open enrollment period in order to be eligible. There are also several informational nights for potential families (see dates/times/location on that below). Those nights include information on school programs and on the enrollment lottery process. You can find that information in the Newsletter below. Please share with any family and friends that may be interested.




School officials and emergency responders are gearing up for the arrival of a forecasted wet winter and spring. The National Weather Service (NWS) recently issued an El Niño Advisory, noting that El Niño conditions should be expected in January 2024 and may arrive as early as December. School leaders work closely with emergency response teams to anticipate and respond to weather conditions that have the potential to impact day-to-day school operations. Be prepared: - Register for ReadySBC Alerts at www.ReadySBC.org and bookmark the County’s emergency information page to help keep you safe and informed during a crisis. - Ensure your school site has your accurate contact information so you receive timely school-specific updates during an emergency.
There are no classes next week in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope that you all have a great Thanksgiving break surrounded by family and friends!

Rhett Carter