About Our School

Principal's Message

Welcome back to school! It has been a joy watching all our students and teachers begin the school year together in anticipation and excitement. We are off to a great start to what is going to be an amazing year of learning for everyone.

Thank you for my warm welcome to Red Hill. Please join me in giving a warm welcome to our new staff members as well. I am honored to introduce several new staff members to the Red Hill family. Mrs. Katie Cross joins our 5th grade team with years of experience and a passion for the arts. Mrs. Jeanette Lopez joins our 4th grade team with a wealth of experience and a passion for curriculum design. Coach Stephen Kelly joins us on Tuesdays to support a well-rounded physical fitness program to support health and wellness, and Sarah Haase is excited to be part of our wellness focus as a Counselor, with a desire to support social skills and mindfulness. Welcome one and all-it is an impressive team.

TUSD Connect is the district wide focus that coincides with our two school areas of emphasis this year: strong mathematics instruction and innovation. Teachers are developing and implementing relevant lessons for your children focusing on engaging instructional strategies. We are excited to have new devices thanks to the Measure S Technology Bond, and technology integration will take place across the Red Hill campus. TUSD Connect expands the boundaries of the classroom in both time and space with computer connectivity; provides students access to primary sources and experts through the Internet focuses on real world application and problem solving; engages students in collaboration with each other, teachers, and the outside world; challenges students to search, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information from a variety of sources; compels students to organize, create, and communicate ideas to a variety of audiences, encouraging innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship; and prepares students to thrive in the global workplace. Truly we have exciting work to do.

I encourage you to partner with your child’s teacher, our PTA, and our school staff as we embark on this year’s learning journey. Go Rockets!

Sincerely,

Principal Tracy Barquer

Calendar

August

13--Kindergarten Orientation 10:00

13—PTA Ice Cream Social 4:00

14—First Day of School

16-Back-to-School Night

17-PTA Meeting 8:00

22-Family Recess

31-Minimum Day

September

3--Labor Day NO SCHOOL

7—PTA Meeting 8:00

14—Recycle/Box Tops Day

14--Student Picture Day

17—Site Council Meeting 3:00

24-28—Book Fair

24-28—Parent/Teacher Conferences Minimum Days

October

4—Mother/Son Game Night

5—Staff Day NO SCHOOL

10—Walk-to-School Day

12—PTA Meeting 8:00

12—Recycle/Box Tops Day

15-SEL Parent Night 6:00 pm

15—Site Council Meeting 3:00

22-26—Red Ribbon Week

26-Student Pictures Make-up Day

31—Halloween Costume Parade

November

4—TPSF Dinosaur Dash

9—PTA Meeting 8:00

9—Recycle/Box Tops Day

12—Veterans Day NO SCHOOL

16—Trimester Awards Assemblies

19-23—Thanksgiving Holiday NO SCHOOL

December

3—Barnes & Noble Book Fair

14—Recycle/Box Tops Day

20—Holiday Sing Along 8:45 & 10:45

12/21 - 1/4—Winter Recess NO SCHOOL

January

7—School Resumes

11—PTA Meeting 8:00

14—Site Council Meeting 3:00

17-School Tours for 2019-20

18—Recycle/Box Tops Day

21—ML King Day NO SCHOOL

24—Family Skate Night

February

1—PTA Meeting 8:00

7-9-Performing Arts Musical

8—Recycle/Box Tops Day

11-14—5th grade Outdoor Science School

15—Lincoln Day NO SCHOOL

18—Washington Day NO SCHOOL

22—PTA Family Bingo Night

27-Lunch with a Loved One

March

1—Read Across America/Dr Seuss Day

1—PTA Meeting 8:00

8—Recycle/Box Tops Day

8—Trimester Awards Assemblies

8—PTA Adult Fundraiser

11-15—Parent/Teacher Conferences Minimum Days

18-22—Spring Break NO SCHOOL

April

4/1-5/24—CAASPP State Testing window grades 3-5

5—PTA Meeting 8:00

5—Father/Daughter Dance

12—Recycle/Box Tops Day

16—Imagination Machine Assemblies

19—5th grade Panorama Picture 8:30

25—Open House 6:30-7:30pm

26—Minimum Day

29—Site Council Meeting 3:00

May

3—PTA Meeting 8:00

8—California Teacher Appreciation Day

10—PTA Variety Show 4:00

17—Jog-a-thon

24—Morning Treats with a Loved One 7:30

24—Trimester Awards Assemblies

27—Memorial Day NO SCHOOL

29—Field Day

30—5th grade Promotion

30—Students’ Last Day Minimum Day

Revised Oct 2018

Parking Lot Safety

Parking Lot Procedures

Pick Up/Drop Off: Parents can use the yellow loading/unloading zone located both in front of the school and multipurpose room only. If you would prefer to walk or meet your child at his/her classroom or in the quad area, please park your car in the parking lot. Please do not park in the Pick Up/Drop Off areas. Cars may circle around if you do not see your child right away.

Loading and Unloading: Please respect the pick up/drop off area for quick loading/unloading. This area is marked by a yellow cur. Please do not park and leave your vehicle.

Woodlawn Ave Gate: This Pick Up/Drop Off area is located at the back of the school through a pathway that leads across the field to Woodlawn Ave.

Please click here for The Red Hill Parking Lot Map

Paperless Communication

Red Hill is committed to making a difference for the environment by sending most of our regular communication to families through an online email service. To sign up, please visit the Red Hill PTA website or click HERE
If you prefer to receive paper communication, or for times when we must send papers home, only one copy per family will be sent in the Thursday folder, and will arrive with the oldest or only child. We appreciate your help in allowing us to better conserve our resources!
We will also continue with our regular use of Blackboard Connect, an online home-to-school communication service, to notify our families of upcoming events, or any imminent emergency. This may be through a phone call to your primary contact number and/or an email using the address you have provided. If you would like to add secondary contact information for these notifications, please click here to submit your request in writing.

School Accountability Report Card

State law requires that all public schools receiving state funding prepare and distribute a School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about the school. The profile summarizes the school's mission, goals, and accomplishments. California Department of Education requires that the SARC contain the following:

  • Demographic data
  • School safety and climate for learning information
  • Academic data
  • Class sizes
  • Teacher and staff information
  • Curriculum and instruction descriptions
  • Fiscal and expenditure data

Click here for the most current Red Hill SARC.

School Safety Plan

Red Hill Elementary maintains and annually updates a School Safety Plan. It includes site disciplinary policies and procedures to best prepare our staff to appropriately handle any situation that might arise. A copy is available in the school office and a duplicate is maintained at the District offices, as well. All of our emergency equipment is stored in a locked shed at the edge of our campus. Water, food, temporary shelter, and first aid supplies are maintained and replenished as needed. Monthly fire drills are practiced to familiarize our students with emergency exits and procedures. Each trimester we rehearse a "duck and cover" drill so students know what to do in the event of an earthquake. In addition, several times each year we perform an intruder alert or lock-down drill. All of our drills are designed to teach children what to do in an emergency but they also serve as a self-check for our own security systems. We believe it is important to continually practice and evaluate our procedures in order to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff and parents at Red Hill.

Red Hill Safety Practices

This information was presented to parents on March 2, 2018

Red Hill's priority is to provide a school environment where students are safe and learning -

  • Plans are created annually - Single Plan for Student Achievement, School Safety Plan
  • Annually Red Hill is required to submit an emergency plan to Tustin Unified School District, to be reviewed by Student Services and law enforcement. The plan addresses Fire, Earthquake, Active Shooter and other situations. Our geographical area works with OC Sheriff.
  • Staff is trained annually on emergency responses and assigned emergency team positions. Follow-up occurs at staff meetings where student safety situations are discussed.
  • Students experience safety drills a minimum of once each month. Drills range from Fire to Lockdown. Teachers and Principal discuss the reasons for drills in developmentally appropriate terms.

Regular Safety Practices -

  • Campus is secured during the school day. All doors are locked using the push bar system; this allows rooms to be secured from the inside. Gates are locked after drop-off in the morning and opened in the afternoon for pick-up.
  • Visitors are required to sign in/obtain Visitor badge with office
  • Radios are used by staff to communicate campus-wide
  • Campus is walked by staff
  • Blackboard-Connect Mass Notification System is used to communicate with school community regarding an emergency situation (aka PACE Message)

What Can Parents Do? -

  • Discuss with children at home about your family's plan in responding to emergency situations. Remember to use age appropriate conversation.
  • Be aware of what you may be seeing in media sources and ask if this is appropriate for your child
  • Communicate what you observe/experience to school and/or local authorities
  • Ensure your contact information is correct in the Aeries Parent Portal so that school can reach you in an emergency

Ideas from:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-pre...