About Our School

Principal's Message

Blasting Off for the 2017-18 School Year

Welcome to all new and returning Red Hill Families!

The 2017-18 school year is going to be filled with innovation. Red Hill teachers over the summer read “The Innovator's Mindset”. The message shared throughout the book is to unleash learning through creativity. We are going to work to bring innovation into current practices as well as see what new opportunities can be created to deepen learning for all! Innovation comes with change and there are a few that have happened over the summer. We have had two new teachers join our staff, Mrs. Bryan and Mrs. Mann. Both come from other Tustin Unified School District schools. We have also had teachers who have moved classrooms. So be sure to look at room numbers assigned to teachers when looking at class lists. Red Hill’s instructional focus will continue with Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) in math and Balanced Literacy for English/Language Arts. Students will also be challenged with different STEAM tasks throughout the year in our LAB. Be on the lookout for what our students have created.

Here is some important information as school starts!

Our first day of school is Tuesday, August 22. Safety of our students is a priority for the Red Hill Staff, especially with over 560 students coming onto campus each day. I would like to review some of the safety procedures for our students when arriving and departing:

  • All students may not be on campus in the morning before 7:45 a.m. We do not have supervision until that time.
  • The parking lot procedures have changed. You can see more by visiting http://www.tustin.k12.ca.us/uploaded/Schools/Red_Hill/Documents/Parking_Lot_Map_17-18.pdf. Please note there will be only one entrance into the parking lot. There is no parking in the yellow loading zone or in the red zone. If you would like to walk your child in or meet him/her at the end of the day, please park in the parking lot or the public streets near Red Hill. Parents please remember that Mardick Road and Windhill Way on either side of Red Hill Elementary School are private roads and should not be used for parking. Vehicles parked on private roads run the risk of being ticketed or towed.
  • Students many not wait in the quad area after school unless they are supervised by their parent. Parents please have your child wait with you at the lunch tables and not near the kindergarten classes or playground, as classes are still in session. If your child must wait for a sibling or an adult, please have them do so in front of the office where there is staff on duty supervising.
  • Our parking lot and driveway are “No cell phone zones” unless you are using a hands-free device as determined by state law. With several hundred students standing near the curb, we need your full attention on your driving! Please follow the direction of the staff member on duty.

Our Bell Schedule has changed for the 2017-18 school year! Please see the schedule below.


AM and Early Bird Classes

8:00 am to 11:23 am

Late Bird Class

9:42 am to 1:05 pm

PM Class

11:30 am to 2:53 pm (M,T,Th,F) / 10:15 am to 1:38 pm (Weds)

First through Fifth Grade*

*Miss Cushing’s Kindergarten/1 Class will follow the First through Fifth Grade Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

8:00 am to 2:28 pm


8:00 am to 1:14 pm

Please plan on having your child to school 5 minutes before the time noted on the schedule to ensure they are on time for school. The Red Hill staff is committed to starting instruction promptly; please work to have students on time. Red Hill will continue to join all Tustin USD Elementary Schools in the Banking Minutes program-every Wednesday will be a minimum day for students in grades 1-5 (the kindergarten schedule will remain the same all five days except for the PM class). Our students in grades 1-5 will go to lunch from 12:05 to 12:50 every day of the week and on minimum days.

Red Hill will continue to place an importance on all students following our school uniform policy. The use of uniforms on campuses around the nation has shown positive effects on student behavior and school unity. Students who attend class dressed in our school uniform show school pride and a readiness to learn. Spirit wear will be accepted as part of the uniform on a daily basis. To order spirit wear please visit the Red Hill PTA website. I appreciate families setting this as a priority in supporting our school wide expectations.

Family and community involvement play a significant role in a school’s success for students. I want to encourage parents and family members to volunteer whether it is directly on campus with students or working on special projects at home for the classroom. Research shows a positive correlation between student achievement and parent involvement. You will hear more about ways to volunteer at Back to School Night on Thursday, August 31st. Our PTA is invested in providing various student enrichment programs that need support as well. Each of these programs continues to build on what makes Red Hill a great place to learn and we need your support! We will continue to communicate events and news electronically to cut down on our use of paper and support the environment; be sure to stay informed by using our website as well as the PTA website (www.redhillpta.org).

A key point made in “The Innovator’s Mindset” is the importance of continually building relationships. Be on the look out for all the ways the Red Hill community will build those relationships! This is going to be an amazing school year, as our Red Hill community invests in developing innovative learners who Collaborate, Communicate, Think Critically and Create. I am excited to be a part of it!

Will Neddersen-Principal, Red Hill Elementary School-wneddersen@tustin.k12.ca.us


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Sun, May 27
Tue, May 29
Wed, May 30
Districtwide Internet Safety Meeting for Parents (no teens or children, please)
Red Hill Elem Multipurpose Room, 11911 Red Hill Ave., Santa Ana
Thu, May 31
Sat, Jun 2
Sun, Jun 3
Mon, Jun 4
Tue, Jun 5
Wed, Jun 6
Thu, Jun 7
Fri, Jun 8
All School Clap Out to 5th graders
5th grade Promotion
Sat, Jun 9
Sun, Jun 10
Mon, Jun 11
Tue, Jun 12
Wed, Jun 13
Thu, Jun 14
Fri, Jun 15
Sat, Jun 16
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Fri, Jun 22
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Fri, Jun 29
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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

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