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Raquel Stephens

Dr. Racquel Stephens was selected as principal of Cloud Campus, Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s 100% (K-12) virtual school. Dr. Stephens is an experienced educator, starting her career as a third grade teacher, serving as a mathematics teacher and most recently as district K-12 Coordinator of Online Learning for Irvine Unified School District’s (IUSD).

As a coordinator, Dr. Stephens was the curriculum leader for secondary content areas for IUSD Virtual Academy that served more than 13,000 elementary and secondary students and 500 teachers. Her responsibilities included collaborative online course development; staff hiring, mentorship and evaluations; contributing to master schedule planning and enrollment; parent, student, staff, and community communication. She also worked closely with the educational technology team to provide staff development, implement innovative digital curriculum design, and establish best practices in educational technology.

Dr. Stephens possesses a vast range of experience in education, serving in a variety of roles from elementary, high school and higher education settings. She has served as lead math teacher, department chair and instructional coach, lead teacher of online course development, virtual teacher, and was the owner and operator of a summer academic enrichment program serving multiple communities in Southern California.

“Her wealth of knowledge, varied experience and leadership in virtual instruction make Dr. Stephens’ a perfect fit to lead our virtual school, Cloud Campus,” said Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Ms. Kerrie Torres. 

Dr. Stephens is known as an enthusiastic leader, collaboratively supporting new and veteran teachers to create an optimal online environment for students. She also is known for analyzing complex issues within an organization, both from a structural and a cultural perspective, to provide vision and programs for continuously improving student learning and teacher support. 

Dr. Stephens obtained her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fullerton; her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic, Pomona; and has obtained multiple credentials.

Dr. Stephens will begin her new role on August 9, 2021.

Posted 7/29/21

Mesa Community, 


Please see the attached flyers for details regarding **Free** Food Distribution courtesy of The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living. 

Posted 7/28/21

Mesa Community, 


Please see the attached flyer regarding free diaper/pull-up distribution courtesy of The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living. 

Posted 7/28/21

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently issued updated guidance for all California K-12 schools. While we continue to review and seek clarification on the new guidance, below are highlights of the COVID-19 safety protocols and operations required for all California schools.


  • Students and staff will not be required to wear masks or physically distance while outdoors  

  • In-person instruction can occur without physical distancing when universal masking is in place

  • Students are required to wear masks while indoors, regardless of vaccination status

  • When in the presence of students, staff is required to wear masks while indoors at schools, regardless of vaccination status 

  • School bus: masks required for students and staff, regardless of vaccination status

  • Allowable face mask exemptions in place last school year will continue

While California school districts must follow the state guidance, CDPH states it will reassess conditions and determine whether to change mask guidelines by November 1. For questions or concerns related to the mandated CDPH health directives, contact the CDPH directly.


COVID-19 vaccines are available for anyone age 12 and older. This vaccine is not required for participation in our schools, although public health authorities encourage the vaccine as an additional layer of safety. Parental consent is required for minors and people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to receive the vaccine. 

Vaccines are available through medical providers, clinics, and local pharmacies. Find details at COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Channels. For additional information, visit the Orange County Healthcare Agency Vaccine Resources Webpage or call the COVID-19 hotline at (714) 834-2000 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

Please encourage your child to continue to follow all of the good hygiene practices and stay home when sick. 


As always, we appreciate your partnership and look forward to your student returning to full time, in-person instruction on August 23 (or August 11 for Early College High School). We will continue to monitor any updates and revisions from the California Department of Public Health and to keep you informed.

Posted 7/23/21

Dear Mesa Nation 9th Graders and New Students, 


Please details below regarding New Student Orientation on Friday, August 20th @ 11:00 a.m.



Posted 7/21/21


Board Meeting Brief – Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Beginning July 13, 2021, members of the public can attend meetings in person or watch via live stream on the NMUSD YouTube channel. In-person Spanish interpretation will be available. You may follow the link below to view the agenda for the 7-13-21 board meeting.

Board Meeting Agenda - July 13, 2021

Members of the public wishing to comment during the in-person meeting are required to complete a speaker card/form prior to addressing the Board of Education. The speaker card/form (located on the table at the rear entrance of the board room) must be completed with the speaker's name, the specific agenda item number to be commented upon, or the non-agenda topic, and the card given to the Executive Assistant to the Board of Education.  Persons addressing the Board are asked to do so from the podium and microphone provided for that purpose so that comments will be on the video record which is posted in an accessible format online on the NMUSD YouTube Channel.

Below are some items that may be of specific interest:


  • 13.a. Receive Update from Leadership Associates on Superintendent Search

  • 13.b. Report on District's Site Security Projects

Consent Calendar

  • 14.b.2. Approve the 2021-22 Joint Powers Agreement Between Coastline Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and Newport-Mesa Unified School District

  • 14.b.5. Approve the Renewal Agreement Between the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Newport-Mesa Unified School District for Training for Secondary Schools for the 2021- 2022 School Year

  • 14.d.1. Approve Agreements with the Cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach to Provide School Resource Officers to District Schools for the 2021-22 School Year

  • 14.e.1. Ratify Ecamm Live License for Live Streaming of Board Meetings 2021-22

Discussion/Action Calendar

  • 15.a. First Reading and Adoption of Modifications to Board Policy on Calendar

Board Meeting Overview

Board meetings are where elected officials conduct the business of the school district. Agendas for regular meetings of the NMUSD typically consist of a closed session and an open session. 

  • Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session. 

  • Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections:  

  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold.  

  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.

  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.

  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law.  

  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.

Posted 7/12/21

Dear Mesa Community, 


Please see the information below about a 4-day building camp for students in grades K-8. 

Posted 7/9/21

Bus Driver Recruitment

Posted 7/8/21

Dear Mesa Community, 


The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living will be offering a diaper and Pull-Ups distribution on Wednesday, July 14th.


Please see the attached flyer for additional details. 

Posted 6/25/21

Mesa Community, 

The CMMS/HS Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) teams representing the state of California for both middle and high school levels both placed 2nd Overall at National Championships this year!!! 

The competition titled the National Engineering Design Challenge: Designing for Equity was held over the past 2 days (June 21 and 22) and was hosted by Arizona MESA.  Our high school team consisted of Juniors Sophia Catania, Lucero Islas, and Lena Nguyen.  Our middle school team consisted of 8th graders Aubrey Spallone, Audrey Nguyenhuu, and Kayla Stanley.   

What an amazing journey it has been for these tremendous students representing Costa Mesa Middle/High School, our MESA center UCI, and our state of California. We are so proud of them for being such standout students and participants of the MESA program; a program serving over 49,000 students K-14, over 350 school districts, and providing STEM pathways for over 50 years.  


Posted 6/23/21

Interim Superintendent Henry Bangser

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education approved a contract with Dr. Henry Bangser as interim superintendent. Dr. Bangser will officially start on August 3, 2021, but will immediately begin work with outgoing superintendent, Russell Lee-Sung, for a seamless transition.

Dr. Bangser has 31 years of experience as a superintendent and is committed to learning as quickly as possible about key district initiatives, facilitating focused discussions, and professionally and quickly making decisions and communicating them clearly. He served as superintendent of schools for Ojai Unified School District, Pelham Union Free School District in New York, and multiple school districts in Illinois. 

Prior to his experience as superintendent, Dr. Bangser served as a high school principal, assistant principal, and teacher.  

“We are pleased to have Dr. Bangser lead our district as we continue the search for the next superintendent,” said Board of Education President Karen Yelsey. “The Board has confidence that
Dr. Bangser’s experience will provide a high-quality bridge to our next district leader,” she said. 

Dr. Bangser obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Williams College; his Master of Arts in Teaching and his Doctorate in Educational Administration from Northwestern University. 


The District continues its search for a permanent superintendent and an anonymous survey to provide input on the characteristics, qualities, and qualifications desired for the next superintendent is open until June 30, 2021, English Survey | Encuesta en español

Posted 6/23/21

Free summer meals are available to children 18 and younger at various schools! Visit the Nutrition Services Webpage for information!

Posted 6/21/21

NMSF award winner

Newport-Mesa Unified School District is pleased to announce that the 2021 Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation (NMSF) Grants to Teachers program (although all staff is eligible to apply) awarded nearly 80 grants. In total, the grants awarded this year were more than $80,000 districtwide. 

Grants are awarded on a yearly basis and are valued at $1,000 for individual entries or $3,000 for group entries. Grant applications include an overview of how the purchase or production of materials will benefit programs and projects that are creative, innovative, and meet student needs. The selection process is managed by the foundation board of directors and community volunteers. Grant applications are reviewed and judged on the quality of the plan, implementation of objectives, benefits to students, number of students the proposed plan will serve, and an accurate budget for the requested plan.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 40 years of continued support of our wonderful teachers and students!” said Cathy Bybee, NMSF board president. “We’d also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those all who make this initiative possible,” She said.

The foundation's continued efforts have contributed more than $7 million dollars to Newport-Mesa schools.

Previously, grant recipients were honored at an awards banquet hosted by the foundation. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the recipients were each personally presented with their grant awards by foundation board members, school board members, and donors in their respective school zone sites.

The Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation was established in 1981 with a focus on raising funds to distribute grants in support of student programs and special curriculum needs. The Grants to Teachers program is funded through various fundraising efforts, membership donations, and support from local communities, families, and businesses.

Please visit the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation website to learn more about how you can support teachers and students.


Posted 6/18/21

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce that three outstanding health services employees received excellence awards from the  Orange County School Nurses Organization (OCSNO). Ms. Susan Curtin was awarded the School Readiness Nurse of the Year for Excellence in School Readiness Nursing, Ms. Christy Craig was awarded the School Nurse of the Year for Excellence in School Nursing, and Ms. Merry Grasska was awarded the School Nurse Administrator of the Year Award.

Health services professionals are nominated for the countywide award program by their peers and/or school community members. Consideration for OCSNO Nurse Awards is based on accomplishments and contributions to the practice of school nursing, student health, and health services programs at schools. The selection process is managed by the OCSNO governing board and nominations are judged based on:

  • Service in schools and the community

  • Level of skill and academic accomplishment

  • Advancement of student and family health

  • Establishment and improvement of standards of care practice 

  • Protocol and program development

  • Collaboration with community partners, volunteer work, and leadership, and more 

“We are grateful to all of our hard-working health services employees,” said Assistant Superintendent, Student Support Services Dr. Sara Jocham. “We are exceptionally proud and congratulate this year's winners for positively impacting the lives of students, families, and colleagues each and every day!” she said.


Nurse Award Winners:

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Ms. Susan Curtin, School Readiness Nurse of the Year for Excellence in School Readiness Nursing 

Ms. Curtin has served in school readiness and early childhood education for more than ten years and is recognized as a leader, always prepared for what is needed to serve students. She is collaborative and often mentors fellow nurses and student nurses. As a credentialed school nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner, she trains staff in CPR, first aid instruction, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Stop the Bleed. She exemplifies a nurturing, caring, and compassionate approach to all she does. 

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Ms. Christy Craig, School Nurse of the Year for Excellence in School Nursing

Ms. Craig joined NMUSD nearly three years ago and has quickly become a valuable nurse at Costa Mesa Middle and High School. She prioritizes building relationships and connections with students and their families. She goes above and beyond to address students’ needs, including both their physical and mental health. Additionally, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Craig was instrumental in contract tracing for the athletic department to foster a healthy environment for staff and students. She is recognized for her extensive knowledge in health services and is a great resource to her school community. 

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Ms. Merry Grasska, School Nurse Administrator of the Year

Ms. Grasska has been with NMUSD for more than 30 years and is a nationally certified family nurse practitioner. Throughout her tenure, she has actively served on boards of professional nursing organizations, public health organizations, and school-based health center associations. As the administrative director of health services, she is responsible for the oversight of all school health services employees and programs districtwide. She is responsive to the needs of students and employees, always providing support and encouragement as staff continually develop in their professional roles to support students' needs. Through this past year, she was instrumental in working with school nurse leaders countywide to develop common standards and guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In previous years, Ms, Grasska also has been recognized as a National School Nurse of the Year.

NMUSD's award-winning student support services and mental health programs focus on the holistic development of all students.  As a strong supporter of the well-being of our students, the District offers parent education wellness programs, flu clinics, and more.

The winners will be submitted for consideration in the California School Nurse Organization Awards Program.


Posted 6/15/21

We will have several camps available this summer for high school and middle school students.


Contact the following coaches for more information:


Football Camp: June 14—July 30th, FREE, contact Coach Van at:


Cross Country Camp: Start July 5th, FREE, contact Coach Moreno at:


Girls’ Volleyball Camp: July 19-23, contact Coach Rifkin at:


Boys’ Basketball Camp: June 14—July 15, contact Coach Mercado at:


Girls’ Soccer Camp: contact Coach Jason Boyce at:


Wrestling Camp: June 21—July 31, FREE, contact Coach Adam at:


Baseball Camp: July 5– Aug. 2, M-Th, 1:00-3:00, contact

Posted 6/9/21

Newport-Mesa School Heroes 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is grateful to all of our employees who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support a safe and productive learning environment. 

This short video highlights one of our MANY amazing employees that are positively impacting the lives of students, families, and colleagues every day.

School Hero Rory Kinsella, Instructional Assistant - Behavior Intervention, is one of our many dedicated classified employees! Thank you to all our instructional assistant employees!


Posted 6/9/21

Virtual Wellness resources

Please visit our Parent Education website to select from a series of recordings to enhance your and your family's wellness.

Topics include Natural Approaches to Treating Anxiety, Nutrition and Cooking for Families, Physical Health Activities, and more!

You can also find our recorded webinars and materials from previous Parent Education Series sessions this school year

Questions: 714-424-8963 | 

For more information on upcoming sessions, please visit our Parent Education Series Website.

Virtual Wellness Resources Flyer (En/Sp)



Posted 6/9/21

Estancia Engineering flyer

Interested in Joining the Engineering Pathway?

Ask your counselor how to add this course to your class schedule.


Engineering Teacher:  Gerald Rizza

Principal Michael Halt:

Assistant Principal Jennifer Chamberlin:


Posted 6/8/21

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We would like to remind our school community that COVID-19 vaccines are available for anyone age 12 and older. This vaccine is not required for school participation in Newport-Mesa, although public health authorities encourage the vaccine as an additional layer of safety for children and schools. Parental consent is required, and people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to receive the vaccine. 

Vaccines are available through medical providers, clinics, and local pharmacies. Find details at COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Channels. For additional information, please visit the Orange County Healthcare Agency Vaccine Resources Webpage or call the COVID-19 hotline at (714) 834-2000 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Posted 6/8/21

Mesa Community, 


We are so proud of the many students who were honored at CMMS Maverick Awards Night!

Posted 6/7/21

Mesa Community, 

Please help us congratulate the 92 CMHS recipients of the

California State Seal of Biliteracy!

We are #mesaproud!

CMHS California Seal of Biliteracy 2021 Recipients

Posted 6/7/21

Mike Sciacca

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Michael Sciacca as director of teaching and learning, secondary.

Dr. Sciacca has been with NMUSD for more than 15 years, serving as a teacher, Career Technical Education teacher on special assignment, assistant principal, principal, and for the past year as the principal for Cloud Campus

As principal of Cloud Campus, Dr. Sciacca spearheaded the development of the newly created kindergarten through 12th-grade virtual school. He was instrumental in building systems and structures to support the virtual learning of more than 1,700 students.

Known for supporting students beyond the educational program, Dr. Sciacca cultivates positive school culture and implements sustainable programs, such as Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and restorative practices. He also spearheaded programs for English learners to have access to and succeed in high-quality, rigorous instruction. He prioritizes staff development for teachers to collaborate, build curriculum, and share instructional strategies.

While principal of Ensign Intermediate, Dr. Sciacca was known for tirelessly promoting the success of all students. His leadership and consistent collaboration with staff, parents, and school community groups allowed for many student successes. One example of this is the school's consistent increase in English Language Arts and Mathematics Smarter Balanced Assessment scores through his tenure. 

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Sciacca in this role,” said Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung. “He is a proven leader that values collaboration and systems that lead to a high quality instructional program for all students,” he said.

Dr. Mike Sciacca has had many successes during his tenure with NMUSD, including being named the 2020 Orange County Association of School Administrators (ACSA) Site Administrator of the Year in recognition of his commitment to educational equality and student achievement, exceptional leadership, and contributions to the profession. 

Dr. Sciacca received his Bachelors of Arts in Media Arts from the University of Arizona; Master of Fine Arts from Chapman University; and his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from John Hopkins University.


Posted 6/7/21

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The Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education is seeking your input in the selection of the District’s next superintendent. 

As part of this inclusive and collaborative process, the Board is providing an anonymous online survey and encourages students, staff, parents, and the community to provide thoughts on the desired qualities and characteristics for the next superintendent. This survey also will guide the recruitment and reference check process, as well as development of interview questions. The survey also seeks perspectives on the District’s strengths, challenges and community. 

English Survey: Survey Monkey 6RPTZD9 

Spanish Survey: Survey Monkey 6THLJVQ

This survey will be open from: June 4, 2021 to June 30, 2021, at 4:00 PM.

Leadership Associates, the consultants who are assisting the Board with the superintendent search process, will compile a report summarizing the results of the survey. 

For more information please visit the Superintendent Search Webpage

Posted 6/4/21

Raymond CMHS Art Winner

Raymond Tran-Nguyen First Place Painting, “Unity” (L to R: Congresswoman Michelle Steel (CA-48), CMHS Student Raymond Tran-Nguyen)

Costa Mesa Middle and High School (CMHS) senior Raymond Tran-Nguyen placed first in the People’s Choice Award for the Congressional Art Competition. Raymond’s award-winning oil painting, which illustrates symbolism of current social movements, will be on display in the United States Capitol and featured on's Congressional Art Competition page for one year.

The nationwide high school visual art competition is sponsored by the Congressional Institute to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the country. This year's theme for the 48th congressional district was “Coastal Heroes”, featuring the heroes that work in our communities. Representative Michelle Steel’s office received nearly 40 submissions from her congressional district. 

The original design artwork required specific criteria to be met, such as dimensions and specified art mediums. The top three finalists were chosen by a panel of judges that included professional artists, persons in the art industry, and advocates of the arts - the winner was selected by the public through online voting. Raymond won 1st place from the judges and tied for 1st place in the People's choice award.

While Raymond’s award was for painting, he also is a skilled artist in drawing, printmaking, and photography. His work has gained a high-quality reputation as a sports photographer in southern California sports and even earned him a press pass for major sporting events, such as CIF track and field and cross country competitions.

“We are proud of Raymond and overjoyed that his talents and hard work have gained him this deserving recognition!” said CMHS Visual Arts Teacher Kirby Piazza. “His painting is beautiful, timely, and a symbolic art piece,” he said.

Raymond plans to attend the University of California, Irvine, and major in the Arts. Visit Raymond’s website to view his art and photography portfolio.

Posted 6/3/21

Orange Coast College has an amazing summer dual enrollment opportunity for ALL high school students! 

Please click on the links below for more information, including:

Students who are interested in these courses will not pay the per-unit enrollment fee!

Please share this amazing opportunity with ALL of your students!  High school students can register NOW and seats are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

OCC will be providing a report to each high school in OC showing which students completed a course….. This can be used for the high school “college career indicator” for points!


You and parents/guardians can contact OCC with any questions at:

Take advantage of this great summer opportunity

Posted 6/2/21

Thanks to the Seniors in ASB for putting this together.



Posted 6/2/21

Dear Mesa Community, 


Please join our AP Environmental students as they share their research findings from the Ecological Field Studies Program on June 2nd, 2021 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Posted 6/1/21

Hello Costa Mesa Community, 


The school year went by so quickly and summer is going to start soon. This Summer SOY is hosting different workshops, field trips, and academic workshops. Our SOY Summer Schedule is below. 


SOY Summer Schedule

Posted 6/1/21

Visual Art Showcase

Be Moved.
Be Fulfilled.
Be Inspired.

You are invited to view award-winning art created by talented students across Newport-Mesa High Schools in our Annual Visual Arts Showcase-this year in an online format!

Attend the 2021 NMUSD Visual Art Showcase

The Visual Art Showcase is a free online event available to access from June 1 to June 10, 2021

Posted 6/1/21

Wristbands will be distributed to the Grad Wed 6/9 at practice.

Posted 6/1/21

Posted 5/30/21

It's that time again for our Senior Art students to have their own "Show"... Please select the link below and enjoy their art and what they have to say..We Will Miss Them!






Keli Marchbank ~ Kirby Piazza ~ Jackie Ames

Posted 5/28/21

Good Morning Mesa Community, 


Last night CMHS seniors were honored at the Save Our Youth (SOY) Awards Night. Daisy Avila will be attending Golden West College, Yaritza Gonzalez - St. John's University, Teresa Gudino- UC Riverside, and Arlethe Palma- Cal State Fullerton. Please join us in congratulating our #MesaNation scholars for all of their hard work, perseverance, and dedication. We wish them the best of luck in their university endeavors and beyond!

Posted 5/28/21


Special Projects | English Learners

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

When: Wednesday Jun 2, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Online Zoom meeting

Zoom Meeting Link 97059707577


6:30 PM:  Welcome and Approval of May 19, 2021 minutes

Update on DELAC Board Report

Karla Hernandez, DELAC President

6:40 PM: Consolidated Applications 

Vanessa Galey, Director of Special Projects

7:00 PM:  Parent Presentations

Carolina Martinez - Sonora Elementary

Rachel Silva - Killybrooke Elementary

7:15 PM:  Awards and Recognition

Laura Dale-Pash - Coordination English Learner Program

7:55 PM:  Announcements: 

Jackeline Gaitan, School Community Facilitator

8:00 PM:  Adjournment

DELAC Agenda - English and Spanish

Posted 5/28/21

Posted 5/27/21

Newport-Mesa Stand Out Students

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is proud of all students who have gone above and beyond to embody the District’s mission and values, especially throughout the pandemic. 

This short video highlights one of our MANY amazing students, Alejandro Berumen, a Stand Out Student from Newport Harbor High School. He is one of many dedicated students who show honor in being part of the Newport-Mesa community!

Posted 5/26/21

School News Roll Call


Posted 5/26/21

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Kerrie Torres as the assistant superintendent of secondary education and Ms. Juliana Sauvao as director of special education.

Kerrie Torres


Kerrie Torres has more than 20 years of experience in education, most recently serving as assistant superintendent of education services for Brea Olinda Unified School District. Prior to this role, she served in the Orange Unified School District as executive director of secondary education as well as a  principal. She also has experience as a secondary school assistant principal and teacher.

As assistant superintendent of education services, Torres was responsible for the administration, coordination, and supervision of P-12 educational programs and services. This role included curriculum adoption, development of career and technical education pathways, dual enrollment, College Board assessments, implementation of Multi-tiered Systems of Support, as well as the development of the District’s Local Control and Accountability Plan.  

“Ms. Torres is an experienced district administrator and former site principal whose skill sets and collaborative style will be invaluable to leading a highly effective secondary instructional program,” said Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung. 

Torres has led efforts to improve and implement curriculum and instructional programs, including English Language Development framework shifts, expanding access to advanced placement, increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) opportunities, dual immersion and language programs, arts and technology integration, and school climate and social-emotional supports. She also steered the design and management of the district’s distance learning and hybrid plans for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Known as a collaborative leader, Torres approaches complex tasks and initiatives with thoughtful and systematic solutions to support learning models for students. She is known as a problem solver who provides purposeful and strategic support and training to school administrators and staff to foster streamlined processes in supporting student needs. 

Torres received her Bachelor of Arts in biological science from California State University, Los Angeles and her Master of Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne.

Juliana Sauvao


Juliana Sauvao has more than 15 years of experience in education and joins us from Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), where she most recently served as executive director of special education. Prior to that role, she served as a director of special education, district program administrator, and curriculum program specialist. 

As executive director of special education for SAUSD, Suavao specialized in alternate dispute resolution, mediation, due process hearing, special education compliance, served as the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) liaison, and developed a district-wide cohesive approach to the special education records request and complaint process. 

Sauvao has well-rounded experience in education code regulations and federal law, including disability rights law upholding the best outcomes for students. She has a great understanding of special education programs, has led mental health initiatives to support all students, and has designed and implemented professional development.

Sauvao is recognized for her excellent collaboration with colleagues and communication with students and parents. Her ability to actively listen puts her colleagues and staff at ease as valued contributing members of a team.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Sauvao to our special education team,” said Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services, Dr. Sara Jocham. “The knowledge and dedication she brings to our District make her a clear leader in the field of Special Education,” she said. 

Sauvao received her Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from California State University, Fullerton; Master of Arts in Education and California Multiple Subject Credential from the University of Phoenix, Long Beach; California Education Specialist Credential from the University of California, Los Angeles; and her California Administrative Services Credential from National University. 

Posted 5/25/21

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New student enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year will begin on Monday, May 24, 2021. Please visit the New student enrollment webpage and follow the steps to begin the process.

Currently enrolled Newport-Mesa Unified School District students do not need to complete the enrollment process. The yearly registration process for currently enrolled students will open in the summer.

For current students whose address has changed, please follow the steps under the verification of residency portion of the student enrollment webpage.

Visit the student enrollment webpage for additional information, including contact information.  

Posted 5/24/21

If you're interested in joining Mesa's award-winning Color Guard, come check out the workshops this Wednesday and Thursday, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the CMHS Band Room.


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For those who couldn't see our live performance, here is the streamable version of Mesa HS Drama's Shakespeare in the Spring, including some scenes that can only be seen virtually!


CMHS Drama presents Shakespeare In The Spring 2021

Shakespeare in the SpringCosta Mesa High School Drama, 2021DirectorsSarah Anderson & Aurora CulverVideographer & EditingErik PrzytulskiTechnical CoordinatorC...

Posted 5/24/21

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Costa Mesa MS team (left to right) Kayla, Aubrey, Audrey, and Thi.

Costa Mesa HS team (left to right) Lucero, Sophia, and Lena.


Costa Mesa Middle and High School (Costa Mesa MS/HS) students placed first in the California competition of the Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) National Engineering Design Competition. Costa Mesa MS/HS will represent California as the top teams at the MESA National Engineering Design Competition at the national level in June.

Middle and high school students across the state participated in the virtual 2021 MESA design competition themed, Designing for Equity. Students were tasked to work in teams to code, build, and use their creativity and problem-solving skills to program a prototype of something to address inequality in our society.
“Huge congratulations to both teams for their determination and hard work!” said Quang Nguyen, Costa Mesa MS teacher and MESA advisor. “Their innovation will undoubtedly propel them to be the next generation of engineers," he said. 

The middle school team built the Active Tracking Air Knowledge (A.T.A.K.) prototype, an air quality sensor that helps alert underserved populations of poor air quality. 

The high school team built a health monitoring system called MonitorMe, a device that monitors important vital signs, such as heart rate and temperature, for low-income communities lacking access to doctors. MonitorMe helps bridge gaps in healthcare, wealth, and racial inequities.

The competition required a project overview that includes highlights of their design, poster design, prototype pitch, technical presentation, and interview. Each device was judged on the design process, prototype functionality, and the ability to address the inequality.

CMMS Prototype

Costa Mesa MS Team: 1st Place | Active Tracking Air Knowledge (A.T.A.K.)

CMHS Protoype

Costa Mesa HS Team: 1st Place | MonitorMe


Posted 5/21/21


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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) recognizes seven high school seniors for their exceptional character leadership traits. Since 2012, the Superintendent Character Trait Awards Program recognizes one graduating senior from each high school who exemplifies a pillar of character: caring, citizenship, courage, fairness, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness.  

Each high school is asked to submit the name of the senior they believe exemplifies the designated pillar. In April, each student received a surprise visit at their school (or virtually) from Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung and was presented a letter of recognition and an invitation to be recognized by the Board of Education at the May 18, 2021 meeting. 

As part of the awards program, each student also has a banner with their name, photo, school, and character trait displayed in the District office the following school year, as a reminder to all who enter to have good character. 

“There are many remarkable students throughout our schools and I love this program for recognizing students for exemplifying good character, especially during this unique school year,” said Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung. 

Below are the 2021 Character Trait Award Winners:

Maddeline Mcamer

Caring: Maddiline McNamer, Back Bay/Monte Vista High School

Maddiline McNamer’s caring and passionate demeanor for others is evident in all that she does; she is a role model to other students. She fosters care and attentiveness in everything she sets out to do and is the first to volunteer to help her classmates, taking the time to guide them on web-based programs and academic tutoring. She is intentional about her inclusive efforts in welcoming new students and supporting her peers' well-being. 

Maddiline also serves on the Superintendent Student Advisory Committee and is the Associated Student Body (ASB) president. Her attention to detail is evident in her school work, presentations, and school-wide event planning. 

“Maddy has a daily positive attitude that is seen in her interactions with teachers and her classmates,” said Back Bay/Monte Vista High School Principal Mike Wagner. “Her caring nature serves as a model to others on our campus,” he said. 

Maddiline intends to pursue a career in criminal justice.


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Citizenship: Hanna Mofid, Corona del Mar High School

Hanna Mofid represents citizenship in all aspects of her life. Hanna was the founder of CodeHERS at Corona del Mar High School. As founder and leader of CodeHERS, she coordinates activities on campus that promote computer science and engineering. She has a genuine passion for inspiring others and realizing that careers and education in science are for everyone. She also organized a Women in Engineering Panel that was available to all students by taking the initiative to network with the Stanford Graduate Society of Women Engineers.

With a dedication to supporting all students and helping find solutions, Hanna joined the Social and Technological Action research group at the University of California, Irvine that is focused on researching ways to utilize human-computer interactions to build accessible technologies for those with disabilities. She also is a volunteer tutor on campus and has received the “SeaKing Pride Award” which recognizes excellence in academics and high standards of honesty, integrity, community service, and citizenship. 

“Hanna approaches challenging situations with confidence and trust, and her tenacity and determination will help her overcome any obstacle,” said Corona del Mar High School Principal Josh Hill.  

Hanna plans to pursue a career in Engineering, she has not yet determined which university she will attend in the fall.


Chris Lopez

Courage: Chris Lopez De Los Angeles, Costa Mesa High School

Chris Lopez’s courage and spirit are evident in whatever challenges are presented to him. This is truly evident when it comes to his education, playing soccer, and his relationships with friends and family. 

Chris endured unimaginable hardships throughout the pandemic, including the loss of both his parents. He has been courageous through these painful circumstances and has continued to show up every day and work hard to succeed in all aspects of his life. Chris works full-time to support himself, has nearly perfect attendance, and plays on the varsity soccer team. 

“Chris’s journey is truly inspiring of how you can be positive, responsible and achieve your goals, regardless of what life presents you with,” said Costa Mesa High School Principal Dr. Jake Haley.

Chris has a disposition that demonstrates the ability to express care for other’s well-being by expressing gratitude for school staff and classmates for their efforts in making high school a supportive and positive experience. Chris intends to continue his education at Orange Coast College in the fall.

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Fairness: Valeria Zecua, Estancia High School

Valeria Zecua has committed herself to ensure Estancia High School is a fair and welcoming environment for everyone. As the co-president of the Acts of Random Kindness Club, she works tirelessly to make sure all voices are represented. Valeria invites students to participate and leads activities that promote kindness and inclusion on campus, such as Kindness Week, Be Likeable on Social Media Day - aimed at ensuring social media is a more positive environment by spreading positivity, I Love Myself Challenge, Unity Day, and more. 

As a Link Crew Leader, a campus club that welcomes freshmen students by supporting and guiding their transition into high school, Valeria fosters acceptance, respect, and unbiasedness. She is open-minded and willing to listen to other's perspectives and ideas to guarantee an equitable outcome for everyone. 

Valeria is known for her benevolence and kind nature and she prioritizes time to help her peers who need extra support as well as speak up and champion for what she believes in.

“Valeria goes above and beyond to ensure everyone on campus feels welcomed,” said Estancia High School Principal Mike Halt. “Her commitment to promoting kindness and inclusivity is to be celebrated.”

Valeria plans on attending a four-year university to study linguistics.

Ruby Hammond

Respect: Ruby Hammond, Newport Harbor High School

Ruby Hammond is integral to the positive school climate at Newport Harbor High School and has made great strides in shifting the student government program to be more representative of the student body. As an executive board member of the Associated Student Body (ASB), she has focused her efforts on improving equity and inclusivity on campus. Her kind and respectful response when presented with difficult situations, allows for genuine and powerful conversations to take place. 

Her strong command of ethics empowers her to be a strong active voice for ensuring that students be respectful on and off-campus. She is an excellent example for her younger peers and mentors freshmen throughout their transition to high school.

“Ruby is an incredibly gracious leader,” said Newport-Harbor High School Principal Dr. Sean Boulton. “She is an active voice for her student body and strives to ensure that all students respect one another and their community,” he said.

Ruby also exemplifies respect for her education as a dedicated student, athlete, and International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate. She promotes sportsmanship as a varsity tennis player and is committed to motivating those around her to also respect their education and extracurricular activities. 

Ruby plans to pursue a career in biology with a focus on pre-med at a four-year university.

Elisabeth Leiby
Responsibility: Elisabeth Leiby, Cloud Campus

Elisabeth Leiby is a key leader in developing Cloud Campus’s High School Associated Student Body (ASB). As ASB vice president she is responsible for ensuring student announcements are delivered in a timely and effective manner and managing community-building schoolwide events. One example of the activities she spearheads is the school-wide Mental Health Awareness Week where she organizes virtual yoga, cooking classes, mindfulness training, movie night, and painting classes.

“Elisabeth’s resilience and positivity have been instrumental in building a school community and an inclusive environment at our school,” said Cloud Campus Principal Dr. Mike Sciacca. “Her work ethic and responsibility are truly motivating,” he said.

Elisabeth is also a student board member representative, responsible for examining district-wide issues from multiple perspectives and listening to all viewpoints before making important decisions. 

She prioritizes the needs of others and works hard to ensure others are taken care of. She is known for being attentive to the needs of her peers and offers encouragement and support to those who need it.

Elisabeth plans to attend a junior college to complete her general education before transferring to a four-year university.

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Trustworthiness: Bridget Pineda, Early College High School

Bridget Pineda is exceptionally trustworthy and reliable. Bridget is a mentor to her fellow students assisting them with assignments and tutoring. Students appreciate her caring and honest nature and know that Bridget is someone they can always depend on for support.

“Briget’s trustworthiness and empathetic nature have allowed for her to connect with her peers on a deeper level to support them,” said Early College High School Principal Dr. Dave Martinez. “Even throughout the pandemic she has continued to advocate for herself and the student body to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved,” he said.

Her communication and listening skills are instrumental in her leadership roles and are continuously selected to represent the student body for community and school events.

Bridget plans to attend California State University, Chico, and major in nursing. 

Congratulations to the 2021 Character Trait Award winners!

Posted 5/20/21

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After 36 years of service in public education, and six years at Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD), Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung will retire, effective August 3, 2021.    

 “I appreciate Mr. Lee Sung’s commitment to the NMUSD community the past six years, especially this past year as superintendent when he was charged with navigating our district through the Covid pandemic,” said Board President Karen Yelsey. 

Mr. Lee-Sung has been with NMUSD since 2015, and has served as assistant superintendent, chief human resources officer; assistant superintendent, chief academic officer; deputy superintendent; and since August 2020, superintendent.   

“I am proud to be associated with this district and thankful to serve in public education overall,” he said. 

As Superintendent, Mr. Lee-Sung navigated the district through the COVID-19 pandemic, starting the school year in distance learning,safely reopening schools in hybrid, and since April 2021, opening schools to full-time in-person learning.  

“I am grateful for his leadership and all he has accomplished in support of students and staff,” said Board President Karen Yelsey. “On behalf of the entire Board of Education, we wish him all the best in his retirement,” she said.

As deputy superintendent, Mr. Lee-Sung has spearheaded the District’s safety plans, response to crises and helped navigate the District through the COVID-19 pandemic.  He also built a climate of collaboration and cooperation between departments, divisions and schools within a systematic process.

Under his leadership in the Education Division, NMUSD improved instructional programs and student support by building comprehensive instructional programs and intervention systems districtwide, resulting in continuous increase in student achievement in English Language Arts and Mathematics, particularly at Title I schools. He also was instrumental in the expansion of summer programs in engineering and music over the past several years and support of the district’s core instructional program with systematic academic support. 

As the assistant superintendent of human resources for NMUSD, he built a high-quality workforce to implement, support and lead the instructional program. He also advocated for building leadership from within the district by supporting a leadership program for both certificated and classified employees for aspiring administrators, management and leaders. 

Prior to his District level positions, Mr. Lee-Sung served as principal of two large comprehensive high schools, successfully closing the achievement gap and creating access and opportunities for all students. He also served as assistant principal, dean of students, department chair and teacher.  

“I am grateful for his leadership and all he has accomplished in support of students and staff,” said Board President Karen Yelsey. “On behalf of the entire Board of Education, we wish him all the best in his retirement,” she said.  

It is anticipated that an interim superintendent will be named this summer. The NMUSD Board of Education will begin a superintendent search to permanently fill the position. This process will include opportunities for community and staff to provide their thoughts on the characteristics, qualities and qualifications desired for the next superintendent. Additional information about next steps will be shared with the community and staff in the next several weeks. 

Posted 5/20/21

Dear Mesa Community, 


Congratulations to CMHS Senior Raymond Tran for winning 1st place in the 2021 Congressional Art Competition this year! Raymond's work of art "Unity" will be on display in the Cannon House Office Building's Capitol Tunnel for one year. We are so #mesaproud!

Raymond Tran with Congressional Representative Michelle Steel (CA-48) at an awards reception on May 17, 2021.

Posted 5/20/21

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Newport Mesa Students, Parents and Community,

I have been extremely honored and grateful to serve the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and our school community. These past six and half years I have had the privilege to observe amazing accomplishments by our students and dedicated staff, with the support of parents and a community that truly cares about education and our future generation. I am proud to be associated with this district and thankful overall to have the opportunity to serve in public education. With this in mind, I made an important decision in my life to retire after 36 years in public education, effective August 3, 2021. 

In reflection and without regrets, serving as an educator was the right decision for me. Choosing one of the most noble professions and working each day to make a difference in the lives of children is something I am very proud of. I cherish my years in the classroom teaching kids a subject I love, as well as supporting students, staff and parents as a principal and district administrator. 

I am also grateful for the support of our Board of Education in my role as superintendent, especially during this time of COVID. While these challenges have been extremely difficult for us all, it is through these shared experiences that I will always have a deep connection to the Newport-Mesa community, knowing we got through this together. 

As I enter into this next phase of my life I plan to spend more time with family and friends and to pursue other interests that have always taken a backseat to my professional life. But until then, staff is working to finish the current year strong and prepare for 2021-22. I will continue to support the district until my last work day. Therefore, you will hear from me for a little while longer. 

There is no doubt this district will continue to thrive, knowing there are dedicated leaders, staff and trustees who will carry on the mission and keep the district moving forward on behalf of our students. 

As I have said so many times, thank you for your support of our district, staff and students. 


Russell Lee-Sung

Posted 5/19/21

Newport-Mesa School Heroes 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is grateful to all of our employees who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support a safe and productive learning environment. 

This short video highlights one of our MANY amazing employees that are positively impacting the lives of students, families, and colleagues every day.

School Hero Iris Gonzalez-Rojas, a school community facilitator, is one of our many dedicated classified employees! Thank you to all our classified employees!


Posted 5/19/21

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District

hereby gives notice of a Public Hearing as follows:

TOPIC: 2021-22 Local Control and Accountability Plan
DATE:  Tuesday, June 15, 2021
TIME:  6:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Zoom Webinar link will be posted on the Board of Education Meeting Webpage on June 11.

Copies of the Local Control and Accountability Plan are available for inspection at the District Office, 2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Contact us at the number below to schedule an appointment.

Vanessa Galey
Director of Special Projects
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Posted 5/19/21

Dear Mesa Community, 


Please see the attached flyer regarding Free Diaper and Pullup Distribution on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 courtesy of the Melinda Hoag Center for Healthy Living. 


Posted 5/19/21

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Cloud Campus, Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s 100% virtual school, will continue to be a learning option for students throughout the 2021-22 school year. Cloud Campus offers a 100% virtual learning education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Cloud Elementary:

We are cognizant of the amount of screen time in a fully virtual learning environment and with that in mind, we plan schedules with an appropriate balance of virtual and independent learning. Generally, we begin our day with a whole group class meeting. Throughout the rest of the day, students participate in small group learning and independent work. Our curriculum is a standards-based program that consists of a balance of synchronous (live instruction) and asynchronous (independent) learning. This helps balance academic and social-emotional learning opportunities for students.

Cloud middle school/high school:

Cloud Campus middle/high school offers a variety of classes to meet the needs of all students. Some classes have multiple weekly synchronous meetings while others will be mostly self-paced independent study. Cloud Campus promotes academic achievement through general education classes, honors courses, and Advanced Placement opportunities. In addition, the Cloud offers individualized support through teacher office hours, specialized intervention supports, and credit recovery. Math, English, science, and history classes are generally offered in the mornings while physical education and elective courses are offered in the afternoon. Visit the list of current course offerings to learn more. 

Extracurricular opportunities at Cloud:

In the  2020-21 school year, Cloud Campus offered 13 clubs, in addition to Associated Student Body (ASB); the school newspaper, The Cloud Cover; and intramural sports. We partner with a variety of organizations, including professional athletic teams, local businesses, and other non-profits to offer further extracurricular experience for our students. Based on student interest, it is anticipated that these opportunities will continue in the 2021-22 school year.

Social and emotional support at Cloud:

In collaboration with district wide priorities, Cloud Campus is committed to providing comprehensive social-emotional support for students and families. Cloud Campus has school counselors, psychologists, social workers, and a dedicated wellness support team to ensure an environment that promotes academic achievement and the wellbeing of every student. In addition, we have partnered with the Orange County Department of Education and California’s Mental Health Movement to provide our students with mental health resources, through class presentations, school wide activities and events, and a dedicated wellness week. Our team is committed to proactively reaching out and finding creative new ways to connect with and support students. 

Cloud Campus continues to evolve in order to maximize the student experience. 

Please visit the Cloud campus website for more information. You may also email with questions.  

If you would like to enroll in Cloud Campus for the 2021-22 school year, please fill out the 2021-22 Cloud Campus Enrollment Form

Posted 5/17/21

--Sent of behalf of the CMMS/HS PTSA--


Mesa Families,


Reminder to please join us via Zoom this coming Monday, May 17th at 6 pm for our final PTSA General Meeting for this school year. We will have updates and important info from our Principal(s), ASB, School Board Trustee, and PTSA Board.

We hope to see you there.

Zoom link/ info below.


Thank you,



Topic: CMHS May PTSA General Meeting

Time: May 17, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 732 863 6543

Passcode: mesa


Posted 5/13/21

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) high schools ranked by U.S. News and World Report as top-performing in America. 

Corona del Mar High School ranked in the top five percent of all schools nationwide, placing #138 out of the more than 3,000 public high schools in California, and #956 nationally out of approximately 24,000 public high schools in the nation. Only a dozen Orange County high schools placed within the top 1,000 nationwide. Costa Mesa High School, Early College High School, Estancia High School, and Newport Harbor High School also ranked in the top 25 percent of schools nationwide. 

“We are thrilled that our schools get recognized for the great work they do in preparing students for success,” said Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung. 

The annual list published by U.S. News and World Report looks at public high schools throughout the United States to select the best schools based on student participation in college-level exams, achievement on math and reading assessments, the performance rates of underserved populations, and graduation rates.

NMUSD schools serve approximately 18,000 students and offer a wide range of academic and extracurricular programs, such as innovative and specialized programs, visual and performing arts programs, and competitive athletic programs. 

To learn more about the high school rankings visit the U.S. News and World Report website.

Posted 5/13/21

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is grateful to all of our employees who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support a safe and productive learning environment. 

This short video highlights one of our MANY amazing employees that are positively impacting the lives of students, families, and colleagues every day.
School Hero Leslie Ann Gallegos, nurse at Corona del Mar Middle/High School, is one of our many dedicated health services employees! Thank you to all our health services employees!

Posted 5/12/21

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Each year, at 8th Grade Promotion, we have two student speakers. The first speech is by our ASB President, and the second is a student who has been selected by a group of teachers and administrators.


If you would like to apply to be the selected speaker, please turn in a copy of your proposed speech. Requirements:

  • No Name - ID# only
  • Typed, double-spaced
  • May be printed or emailed
  • Due to Ms. Hayes by noon on Friday, May 21.
Posted 5/11/21

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In 2019, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) established a Human Relations Task Force (HRTF), which is charged with making recommendations to the regarding issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to further the district’s ongoing commitment to create safe, respectful, and inclusive schools.

In alignment with the mission of the HRTF, an implementation plan was developed, which includes action items addressing bias-related incidents, anti-bias education, recommendations for staff professional development; and parent and student education, as well as other diversity-related issues.

NMUSD immediately began to implement the plan in the fall of 2019. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of the programs that did not have remote options were postponed. The District remains committed to continuing with the action items on the implementation plan, which are expected to resume in fall 2021. Moving forward, the work of the HRTF will focus on evaluation of programs on the implementation plan, as well as considering recommendations of new programs and initiatives.

HRTF Implementation Plan (Updated 5-11-2021)

Posted 5/11/21

Dear Mesa Community,


Below is the schedule for Monday, May 10th.  CAASP testing will take place on campus.

Posted 5/7/21



Orange Coast College is working with NMUSD to provide Dual Enrollment opportunities for High School Students.  


Below you will see the 2 suggested courses for this summer.


We hope you will sign up for them!


There is an OCC contact listed below.




  • COUN A104 – Career/Life Planng: Holistic


Course Description: In depth career and life planning: Designed primarily for students uncertain about educational-occupational plans. Standardized tests of interests, personality characteristics, and values are utilized to develop a systemic approach to career and life development. This course emphasizes the importance of taking personal responsibility for one’s educational, career and personal decisions to achieve satisfaction through work and life balance. This course may also be offered online. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.


  • Tuesday & Thursday
  • 10:00 AM – 12:10 PM

Start Date: June 28th week for six weeks

Class Format: Hybrid (synchronous and rest online)

  • Patricia Ortega- Teacher


  • COUN A105 – Strategies for College Success


Course Description: This is a course designed to integrate personal growth, critical and creative thinking, problem solving and academic and career success. Topics include study techniques, orientation to higher education and resources, life skills, academic planning, and personal development. For all students wishing to improve their success in college. This course may also be offered online. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.


Day(s): Monday & Wednesday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:10 PM

Start Date: June 28th for six weeks

Class Format: Hybrid (synchronous and rest online)

  • : Rebecca Ogaz - Teacher


Please contact me if you have any questions.


All the best,


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Caitlyn Carralejo

Project Coordinator, Dual Enrollment

Office: 714.699.4954 ext.26647


Posted 5/6/21

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As you know, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) plans to provide full-day instruction for all TK-12 grade students in fall 2021. With the exception of COVID-19 guidance prohibiting full reopening, All NMUSD schools will return to their pre-pandemic, full-day schedules for the 2021-22 school year. There will not be a virtual, learn at home option connected to your home school; all students attending their home school will be required to attend classes, in-person, everyday. 

Families who prefer a virtual learning at home option can transfer to the Cloud Campus for the 2021-22 school year. Additional information about registration and enrollment for the 2021-22 school year will be available soon. 

NMUSD schools will continue to adhere to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines, which currently include:

  • Face coverings 

  • Space between seating and desks in classrooms maximized and aligned to current CDPH guidance.

  • Optimized ventilation

  • HEPA air cleaners

Throughout the pandemic our District has been committed to safety as our top priority as we continued to increase in-person instruction, as guidance has allowed. With COVID-19 numbers continuing to decline and vaccine availability increasing, we are pleased in our ability to provide full day instruction for the upcoming school year. Having our students back in classrooms full time provides many benefits and we are looking forward to returning to some form of normalcy. 

Thank you for your support and continued patience as we continue to navigate challenging circumstances to provide quality instruction to all students.

Posted 5/5/21

Dear Mesa Community, 


Please see the information below regarding the SOS Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic on May 8, 2021. 


Posted 5/5/21

Dear Mesa Students and Families, 


Please see the attached Save Our Youth Calendar and Events for May/June 2021. 

Posted 5/4/21


Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is proud of all students who have gone above and beyond to embody the District’s mission and values, especially throughout the pandemic. 

This short video highlights one of our MANY amazing students, Bridget Pineda, a Stand Out Student from Early College High School. She is one of many dedicated students who show honor in being part of the Newport-Mesa community!

Posted 4/29/21

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As you may know, each year in the Spring, we are responsible for administering the Smarter Balanced California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) to students in grades 3–8 and 11. On March 16, 2021, the California State Board of Education (SBE) took action to move forward with the administration of the CAASPP for the 2020-21 year, but with great sensitivity to the additional stress that annual assessments can place on teachers and students. Based on this action, the current Spring administration of the CAASPP has been adjusted to provide additional flexibility to school districts, including the testing window being extended to the end of the school year.

Below is an overview of the standardized assessments that will be given to NMUSD students for the 2020-2021 school year. Schools will provide assessment details specific to their schools, including dates and schedules.  


  • Smarter Balanced Assessment - Math

    • This assessment will continue to be administered this school year. 

  • Renaissance Learning STAR Reading Assessment

    • This assessment will replace the Smarter Balanced Assessment for English Language Arts.

    • This assessment is used often in our District and is a good predictor of the Smarter Balanced Assessment for English Language Arts.

    • It is a local assessment being used throughout the district that meets the Federal and State requirements, while also reducing the amount of lost instructional time due to testing.


  • Smarter Balanced Assessment - Math & English Language Arts

    • These assessments will be administered this school year as usual. 

GRADES 5, 8, 11, 12

  • California Science Test (CAST)

    • This assessment will not be administered this school year. 

As always, student results on each assessment administered will be sent to families in the summer.  

For more information about NMUSD testing and assessments, please visit the Assessment and Testing Website. Please also be on the lookout for more detailed information from your child’s school.

Posted 4/28/21

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Dear Mesa Nation Students, 


Show us what you have got!  Open to all students on campus.

Record & submit your performance, details in flyer.  


See Ms. Anderson if you have any questions. 

Posted 4/26/21

Posted 4/23/21

Dear Mesa AP Students and Families, 


Below is the 2021 CMHS AP Exam Schedule for your reference and planning. Specific testing locations and details will be shared with students by their AP teacher. 


Posted 4/22/21

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is grateful to all of our employees who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support a safe and productive learning environment. 

This short video highlights one of our MANY amazing employees that are positively impacting the lives of students, families, and colleagues every day.

School Hero Estancia High School Cafeteria Manager, Debby Pridemore is one of our many dedicated nutrition services employees!

Posted 4/22/21

Please watch this video update from Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung regarding elementary full day Instruction beginning today and secondary full day instruction starting next week.

Video Link:  (approx. 2.5 minutes)

Posted 4/21/21

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We hope you are enjoying a restful spring break. If you would like to provide feedback before students return to school, Newport-Mesa Unified School District has opened its annual Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) Survey now.

We would like you to take a short online survey.  Parent/Guardian feedback is very important for our school and district planning process. Your voice matters!

  • The survey will be available from Wednesday, April 14 through Friday, April 23.    
  • It should take no longer than 15 minutes.

The survey is available at the following link:

Why are we asking you to take this survey?

Each school district in California must develop an annual plan, called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  The plan describes the school district’s overall vision for students, annual goals, and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals.  As part of the process, each school district must engage students, parents, educators, other employees and the community.  During the 2019-2020 school year, the LCAP process was suspended and districts created a 2020-21 Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP). With school districts returning and reopening for the end of this school year and for the foreseeable future, the LCAP process has been reinstated.

You may review all of the NMUSD LCAP and LCP documents on NMUSD LCAP Website.

If you have questions or would like to provide additional input, please send an email to

Posted 4/21/21

Dear Mesa Students and Families, 


All 7-12 students in need of additional in-person academic support in all subjects can attend Mesa Learning Lab every Tuesday-Friday in the Library from 3-4 p.m. Please see a Mesa staff member to sign-up!


Posted 4/20/21

Ready for summer or fall classes at OCC?

Join a zoom meeting with the Dual Enrollment Office

Orange Coast College invites high school students, parents/guardians & supporters to attend one of the zoom informational sessions below to learn about dual enrollment and upcoming dual enrollment opportunities for summer 2021! The information session will include an overview of dual enrollment, onboarding steps, and a presentation by an OCC Counselor. We will be hosting four virtual information sessions on April 14, April 28, May 12, and May 26 from 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM on zoom. Please see the attached flyer and event details below: Event Details: 

Caitlyn CarralejoProject Coordinator, Dual EnrollmentOffice: 714.699.4954 ext.26647Email:

Posted 4/19/21

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As we enter the “home stretch” of the school year, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) facility and maintenance teams continue to progress on construction and maintenance projects throughout our schools. See below for the status of current projects and recently completed projects. 



Sports Fields

The project consisted of two lighted artificial turf sports fields, one with a synthetic track. It also includes bleachers and scoreboards as well as fencing, gates, and pathways. Please watch this two-minute video in commemoration of the completion of this project.


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Security Fence

Enhancements included:

  • Installation of permanent fencing along the perimeter of the school. 

    • The front entrance to the high school, student parking lot (adjacent to the pool and Learning Resource Center (LRC)), and parts of the fencing near the baseball field/middle school entrance have ornamental fencing, while other sections remain chain-link including replacement of the existing six-foot chain-link fence along Mar Vista Drive and Vista Del Oro with a new, permanent eight-foot chain-link fence. 

  • Reconfiguration of the school bus pick-up/drop-off along Mar Vista Drive to allow construction of additional sidewalks.

  • Reconfiguration of the student parking lot near the pool and LRC for accessibility enhancements.

  • Construction of a new entry structure at the athletic entrance adjacent to the pool and LRC.

The upgrades to the campus were designed to improve safety and traffic flow to/from school, and eliminate the need for off-campus parking while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing and welcoming environment.



CMHS Tennis Courts

Tennis Courts

Replacement of tennis court chain link fencing, including posts, footings, and chain link mesh. New gates and concrete walkways, where necessary, for access. Resurfacing and restriping improvements as well as relocation of electrical to underground distribution.



Ensign School

Security Fence and Parking 

The project included a variety of upgrades, including:

  • Replacement of temporary fencing with permanent fencing

  • Reconfiguration of the existing parking lot

  • Construction of an additional parking lot along Irvine Avenue to accommodate approximately 45 parking spaces

  • Construction of a new drop off zone at the front of the school. The drop off zone, known as the “banana lot”, includes a one-way drop-off/pick-up lane which minimizes traffic congestion on City streets, and approximately 20 parking spaces

  • Remodel of the front office to improve visibility and access control

  • Additional landscaping and shrubbery 



Theater project


This project is currently completing the design phase and includes a new 350 seat theater, black box, lobby, and support spaces. The design phase was completed in late 2020. The project was submitted to the Division of State Architect for approval.

Ideally, a successful construction bidder will be identified by Fall 2021, and construction would continue through 2023. 

For more information please view the virtual Estancia High School community meeting presentation from December 3, 2020.


This project includes modernization of the existing courtyard in the Home Arts Building at Newport Harbor High School. This includes improvement in accessibility, drainage, landscaping as well as the kiln yard, equipment, and roof structure.

The project is currently in the design phase.

Visit the Facility Project Webpage for additional information and updates on facility projects.


Our Maintenance and Operations department also has continued to upgrade and maintain schools and District facilities throughout the school year.  Some enhancements and upgrades that will continue at various schools through spring and summer, include:

  • Asphalt maintenance 

  • Paint and pave parking lots

  • Paint exterior and interior buildings

  • Refinish gym floors

  • Replace flooring and roofing

  • Surface Playgrounds

  • Install digital marquees

Visit the Maintenance and Operations Webpage for additional information.

Posted 4/13/21

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is proud of all students who have gone above and beyond to embody the District’s mission and values, especially throughout the pandemic. 

This short video highlights one of our MANY amazing students, Lizbeth Jimenez, a Stand Out Student from TeWinkle Middle School. She is one of many dedicated students who show honor in being part of the Newport-Mesa community!

Posted 4/12/21

NMUSD logo

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education approved transitioning secondary schools (grades 7-12) to full day in-person instruction four days and maintain one day of distance learning per week, starting the week of April 26, 2021. 

This does not apply to Cloud Campus, which is a 100% virtual learning school, and Back Bay/Monte Vista High Schools, which are already serving students full days in their current model.


  • Schools will maintain their current schedule, including at-home learning 

  • Cohorts A and B will be combined and required to attend in-person 4-days a week, with distance learning 1-day a week

  • Continue to adhere to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines, which include:

    • Face coverings 

    • Optimized ventilation

    • HEPA air cleaners

    • Space between seating and desks in classrooms will be maximized and aligned to the current CDPH guidance. 

Please view the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information. 

With spring recess upon us, I want to remind everyone to please continue to do their part in following all COVID-19 precautions. We need everyone to continue to do all they can to mitigate the spread. 

Posted 4/9/21

NMUSD logo

Starting April 15, 2021, Orange County residents, age 16 and older, will be eligible to make appointments for the COVID-19 vaccination. The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only vaccine authorized for teens 16 to 18. The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandated for any resident, including students. Parental consent is required, and people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine. 

The OC Health Care Agency is scheduling vaccines through the platform.

Vaccines are also available through medical providers, clinics and local pharmacies. Find details at Covid Vaccine Distribution Channels

As a reminder, The OC Health Care Agency is currently vaccinating individuals ages 50 and above, as well as ages 16-64 with significant disabilities or high risk medical conditions, which include:

  • Cancer, current with debilitated or immunocompromised state

  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above

  • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent

  • Down syndrome

  • Weakened immune system from solid organ transplant

  • Pregnancy

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (excludes hypertension)

  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)

  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1C level greater than 7.5%

Information about COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness is available at the OC Health Care Agency Website. If you have questions, please visit the OC Health Care Agency website or call the COVID-19 hotline at (714) 834-2000 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

Youth Vaccine Flyer English and Spanish

Posted 4/9/21



Reminder: Elementary Schools Transition to Full Day Instruction On April 21

Friday, April 9, 2021, will be a remote learning day

All elementary schools are scheduled to transition to Level 1 - full day instruction beginning Wednesday, April 21, 2021. In order to allow our teachers and staff to prepare for this transition, Friday, April 9, 2021, will be a remote learning day for all elementary students, including Special Day Classes. School principals will communicate with parents the exact schedule for this day. 

  • Elementary schools will return to the 2019-2020 schedule 

    • Start and end times will be the same as the 2019-2020 schedule. 

    • All students will report to school at the designated start time and there will no longer be an AM/PM cohort or hybrid schedule. 

  • The District will continue to adhere to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines, which include:

    • Face coverings 

    • Optimized ventilation

    • HEPA air cleaners

    • Plexiglass between students

    • Space between students in classrooms will be maximized, with efforts to maintain six feet, but no less than 3 feet 

  • Playgrounds will be available for students

    • Each school is finalizing plans to rotate playground and outdoor activities to meet social distancing guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 4/2/2021)

Staff is finalizing plans for a smooth and safe transition to full day instruction and principals will share details of the transition as they finalize their plans. 

Board of Education to Consider Secondary School Transition to Full Day In-person Instruction

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education will consider transitioning secondary schools (grades 7-12) to full day in-person instruction at a special board meeting on Thursday, April 8, 2021. 

The consideration is for secondary schools to transition to full day in-person instruction four days and maintain one day of distance learning per week, starting the week of April 26, 2021. 

This action would not apply to Cloud Campus, which is a 100% virtual learning school, and Back Bay/Monte Vista High Schools, which are already serving students full days in their current model.

Additional details:

  • Schools will maintain their current schedule, including at home learning 

  • Cohorts A and B will be combined and required to attend in-person 4-days a week, with distance learning 1-day a week

  • The District will continue to adhere to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines, which include:

    • Face coverings 

    • Optimized ventilation

    • HEPA air cleaners

    • Space between seating and desks in classrooms will be maximized and aligned to the current CDPH guidance. 

We will update you later this week about the status of transitioning secondary schools to full day in-person instruction. 



With the exception of the state prohibiting districts from opening with a full day model, our District intends to provide full-day instruction for all TK-12 grade students in fall 2021. In addition, we will continue to offer the 100 percent virtual school, Cloud Campus, as an alternative.

Posted 4/6/21

Dear Mesa Families, 


Please see the attached flyers for details of two free food distribution events on April 10th and April 17th courtesy of Power of One Foundation.


Posted 4/5/21


Our schools have begun discussions and planning efforts for end of year graduations and promotions, which will be in-person now that Orange County is in the Orange Tier (see charts below for a few exceptions).

While graduations and promotions are planned to be in-person, with speeches and performances, there will be COVID-19 safety precautions in place. 

In-Person Graduation and Promotion Safety Requirements:

  • Two guests per graduate (or 4 guests if we move to yellow tier)

  • Masks required 

  • Social distancing

Since not everyone will want or be able to attend the in-person graduation and promotion, a live-streaming of each event will be available.


Back Bay/Monte Vista High Thursday, 6/10/21 10:00 AM In-Person:
Hyatt Regency Amphitheater
Cloud Campus High Wednesday, 6/9/21 6:00 PM Virtual Ceremony
Corona del Mar High Thursday, 6/10/21 1:30 PM In-Person:
Davidson Field
Costa Mesa High Thursday, 6/10/21 1:30 PM In-Person:
Mustangs Field
Early College High Thursday, 6/3/21 5:30PM In-Person:
Jim Scott Stadium

Estancia High

Thursday, 6/10/21

3:00 PM

Jim Scott Stadium

Newport Harbor High

Thursday, 6/10/21

6:00 PM In-Person:
Davidson Field
Seamless Transition Education Program (STEP) Thursday, 6/3/21 5:30 PM Virtual Ceremony



Corona del Mar Middle

Wednesday, 6/9/21 1:00 PM

In-Person: Davidson Field

Costa Mesa Middle

Wednesday, 6/9/21 2:30 PM

Mustangs Field

Cloud Campus Middle Wednesday, 6/9/21 6:00 PM

Virtual ceremony

Ensign Intermediate Wednesday, 6/9/21 4:30 PM

Davidson Field

TeWinkle Middle Wednesday, 6/9/21 6:00 PM

Jim Scott Stadium

Additional details about the graduations and promotions, including sixth grade promotions, will be shared by the school administration as it becomes available. Schools also will share information related to end of year activities and senior events, as guidance on these gatherings was recently updated. 

Posted 4/2/21

Congratulations to Mesa junior Jenna Paxson, who is on a winning streak in the Lions Club Student Speakers contest this spring. Jenna has won her first two speech competitions with her speech on this year's topic, "The Pros and Cons of Distance Learning." Having won first place--and scholarship money!-- at the District as well as the Zone speech contests, she will compete in the Regional contest on March 31.  Best of luck, Jenna!



Posted 3/31/21




Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce the 2021 summer offerings for currently enrolled students.


Summer Session: In-Person and by Invitation Only

June 21 - July 16, 2021; no class on July 5

Summer Session is a four-week instructional program (four hours per day) focusing on English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Mathematics, with instruction anchored in priority grade level content to build strong readiness skills for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Students will be invited for priority enrollment based on academic assessment scores in the 2020-2021 school year. Summer Session will be available at multiple locations throughout the district.

Enrichment Camp: In-Person

July 19 - July 30, 2021

Enrichment Camp is a two-week program to provide enrichment activities for students (2.5 hours per day). If interest exceeds capacity, students will be admitted to Enrichment Camp via a lottery process. Enrichment Camp will be available at multiple locations throughout the district.

Online Summer Learning Challenge: Online

June 21 - August 13, 2021

The Online Summer Learning Challenge will provide asynchronous learning activities with weekly grade level zoom sessions available. 

The Online Summer Learning Challenge is designed to accommodate all students interested in participating. 


Middle Schools will be offering two-week Summer Bridge programs to promote readiness for the 2021-2022 school year.  

High Schools will offer a variety of course offerings through Extended Learning Academies for credit recovery and other academic programs.  High School Extended Learning Academies and other district academic programs for high school students are scheduled for June 21-July 16.  


More information and instructions on how to apply or register for each program will be available in coming weeks. Information will be posted on the NMUSD Summer Programs page.

The Special Education department offers an Extended School Year Program for qualified students. For more information please visit the NMUSD Special Education page.

Posted 3/31/21

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is grateful to all of our teachers who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support a safe and productive learning environment. Please join us in recognizing Emily Matthews (Davis Magnet School) and Dennis Ashendorf (Back Bay/Monte Vista High School) who were selected as NMUSD teachers of the year. We wish them luck as they continue to the county Teacher of the Year program. 

This short video highlights two of our MANY amazing teachers that are positively impacting the lives of students, families, and colleagues every day.

Posted 3/31/21

HS ASB 2021 Info Meeting​​​​​​​

Posted 3/30/21

Hello Mavericks and Mustangs, 


Are you interested in video games and competitive video gaming? Then you should join the Esports club! More information is in the flyer below. 

ESports Club


Posted 3/29/21

Dear Mesa Nation Families, 


All middle school students are invited to join our free stage combat workshop on Wednesday, April 7th from 3-4 pm!  Sign up using this link:

Posted 3/26/21

Dear Mesa AP Families, 


The presentation linked below will give you important information regarding the **NEW** AP Test Payment System called My School Bucks. 


AP Test Registration and Payment


AP Ordering Deadline



Posted 3/24/21

Dear Mesa Families, 


Please click the link to enjoy the CMHS Visual/Media Arts presentation mARTch Madness Art Gallery featuring our very own Mesa artists!



Posted 3/23/21