1/16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)
1/18 OHS visit to Middle School
1/18 Kona Ice
1/20 Fire Drill
1/25 Character Assembly
1/27 Bingo Night
2/10 Lockdown/Fire Drill
2/14 Valentine's Day
2/17 Lunch on the Lawn
2/20-2/24 President's Week (No School)
December 7, 2022
Dear Santa Margarita Families,
Unfortunately, my tour at Santa Margarita is coming to an end today, Wednesday, December 7th. The State Teachers Retirement System, STRS, puts a cap on how much a retired employee can work after retirement.
I want you to know that it has been a joy to be back at Santa Margarita. If I could, I would continue my work here as principal because I care about the staff, the community, and most importantly, your children. I leave knowing I have made a difference here, I have helped dozens if not hundreds of students at all grade levels. I know I have developed positive relationships with all the kids and with many of you. I know I have opened the campus to families and added lots of fun to go along with our work to make sure everyone is learning.
I am pleased to let you know that Mr. Dan Jarvis will be taking over as principal starting on Monday, January 8, 2023. Please read the letter of introduction from Mr. Jarvis. Mr. Jarvis and I have a long history of working together. I think his military background, time in the district as a student, teacher and administrator, and as a father with multiple children in the school district gives him a unique skill set to take over. I will continue to support and work with the staff and Mr. Jarvis to assure a smooth transition.
Thank you for being supportive, and for making this a very special time in my life.
December 7, 2023
Dear Santa Margarita Families,
I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Interim Principal of Santa Margarita beginning at the start of the second semester through the remainder of the school year. As Principal Rowe has shared, today will be his last day and Assistant Principal Cooper will cover until I begin on January 9th, 2023. I will be working with the team at Santa Margarita to ensure a smooth transition and continue all of the great work that has been put in place.
I just wanted to share a bit about myself so that you know my background and experience before I come aboard. Over the past 25 years, I have served the Oceanside Unified School District as teacher and administrator, currently as the Assistant Principal of Ivey Ranch Elementary School. I’ve also been the Assistant Principal at South Oceanside and Libby Elementary Schools, and El Camino High School. Prior to that, as a School Based Resource Teacher and a Teacher on Special Assignment, I supported Reynolds, Nichols, San Luis Rey, and McAuliffe Elementary Schools, and the Surfside Educational Academy. And as a classroom teacher at Palmquist Elementary, I was a teacher in grades 1-5 for 16 years.
As an Oceanside educator, I’m excited to continue my journey at Santa Margarita. However, as a United States Marine Corps Veteran and having grown up in a military family, Camp Pendleton and Wire Mountain is a place that I have many fond memories of and is a special place to me. After living on Camp Lejeune and in Subic Bay Philippines, my father, a retired Marine of 23 years, was then stationed aboard Camp Pendleton in 1980. We moved to Wire Mountain 3 and I attended San Rafael Elementary School, which is where the child development center is now. Even after moving out of base housing, I still remained very connected to Camp Pendleton and have remained in Oceanside ever since. I feel very fortunate to return to Wire Mountain and support the families here as the wonderful teachers I had along the way did for me and my family.
My hope for all students has been for them to grow academically, feel safe physically and emotionally, and for them to have a great school experience. I’ve had a wonderful experience in Oceanside schools as have my children, I will work to ensure that your children have a great experience as well. I look forward to meeting all of you and your children when I arrive in the new year.
Re: Student Injuries and Insurance
2022-2023 School Year
Dear Parent/Legal Guardian:
The safety of our students is of critical importance to all of us and we want to protect them from injury. Even so, accidents do happen (at school and elsewhere) and required medical care can be expensive. Please know that your school does not assume responsibility for such costs but does offer you access to several student accident insurance plans for voluntary purchase. Details can be found in the attached brochure/enrollment form.
Options are available to cover your child 24/7, anywhere in the world or you can limit coverage to school-related injuries only. The plans do not restrict your choice of doctors or hospitals. However, you’ll also have access to an extensive network of providers with discounted fees. Seeking care through contracted providers may further reduce your out-of-pocket costs, particularly if your child needs surgery or hospitalization.
Also offered is the pay-as-you-go Student Accident & Sickness Plan which covers sickness as well as injury, in and out of school. The Dental Accident plan can be of particular value with younger students as final treatment to injured teeth often needs to be deferred until after they mature.
Common emergency benefits – Regardless of the benefit level selected, all of the accident medical plans and the Student Accident & Sickness Plan will cover eligible charges for Ambulance, Emergency Room and Emergency Room Physician at 100% of Usual, Customary and Reasonable charges (UCR) up to plan limits.
Enhanced benefits for qualified concussions – If an insured student suffers a concussion while participating in any covered activity and is consequently removed from play from his/her interscholastic sport per the school’s formal concussion protocols, then any deductible or inside limit features of the plan are waived and eligible charges for the evaluation and treatment of the concussion are paid at 100% of UCR subject to remaining policy terms and conditions.
Interscholastic Sports – Please know that all plans offered (other than the Dental Accident Plan) may be used to comply with applicable state and local insurance requirements for participation in interscholastic sports (coverage for high school tackle football is offered on a stand-alone basis).
COVID-19 – Although Covid-related restrictions are lifting, we will continue the adjustments made at the beginning of the pandemic for as long as the Covid State of Emergency continues. In brief, they include: 1) qualified extension of coverage to distance learning at home; 2) qualified coverage for COVID-19 testing costs; 3) the addition of Telemedicine as a covered service. As matters concerning COVID continue to evolve, updates will be posted on the MST website.
You are strongly encouraged to carefully review the information provided. If your child already has health coverage, the student insurance plans offered can also be used to expand your choice of providers and help cover the high deductibles and 30% to 40% cost sharing obligations imposed by many health plans today.
To enroll, please visit www.myers-stevens.com; instructions for enrollment are available on the website. While your child is eligible to enroll at any time, one-time-pay rates for the accident medical plans and Dental Accident Plan are the same regardless of enrollment date. As such, you are encouraged to consider enrollment now in order to include coverage for this summer and the full 2022-2023 School Year. Once processing is completed, an ID card verifying coverage will be mailed home to you.
If you have any questions concerning the coverages available, COVID 19 adjustments or need help with enrollment, please call Myers-Stevens & Toohey at (800) 827-4695. Bilingual representatives are available for parents who need assistance in Spanish.
7th & 8th grade music students from Santa Margarita, Stuart Mesa and North Terrace perform at California Adventure.
The 7th and 8th grade (and a few 6th grade) band students from North Terrace, Santa Margarita, and Stuart Mesa participated in the SCSBOA band competition at El Camino High School. Students had to perform three pieces for professional music judges and received a score based on their performance. The students earned Unanimous Superior, which is the highest possible rating a group can earn. This is the first time these schools have ever received a superior in any music competition.
Santa Margarita Spirit Wear
Please check out this website for our school Spirit Wear!
Thank you to everyone who placed an order. We had so much success that the company is having a slight delay. We appreciate your understanding! We look forward to seeing everyone displaying their school spirit.
We have exciting news!