Hello Santanas,

I hope you are all well and had a nice weekend. 

I have a few important things to go over with you for the week, but first, I want to address the Governor’s news conference today as Orange County has moved back into the PURPLE TIER of the Governor’s Tiered COVID system. 

I want to be very clear with our parents and students that we are still holding on-campus learning. Of course, if you do not feel safe with on-campus learning, you can convert your child to virtual learning to avoid your child having to be on campus. 

Keeping schools open in Orange USD was addressed by OUSD Superintendent, Dr. Hansen last week when it became apparent that Orange County may move into the more restrictive PURPLE TIER.  This protocol also applies to Santiago Charter. Here is the COVID-19 portion of Dr. Hansen’s email in case you missed it. 


With increased numbers of COVID-19 appearing in Orange County, it’s important for us to remain diligent about distancing, wearing masks, and frequently washing our hands. With Thanksgiving approaching, it is also important to remember to follow CDPH Guidance and not gather people from more than three households together.

As a reminder, OUSD schools (Santiago follows this exact same protocol) will remain open regardless of the Tier Orange County is at on the Dashboard. Individual school closure would be based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following consultation with the Local Health Officer. Individual school closure may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or when at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff are cases within a 14-day period, depending on the size and physical layout of the school. The Local Health Officer may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data.

CDPH guidance also indicates that a superintendent should close a school district if 25% or more of schools in a district have closed due to COVID-19 within 14 days, and in consultation with the local public health department. Districts may typically reopen after 14 days, in consultation with the local public health department.

As of now, we have had only 1 confirmed case of COVID-19 that involved an on-campus person and that person immediately self-quarantined and was not on campus during a time that they were infectious, according to the OCDH. Please take a few moments to review the link above to the CDHP Guidelines, as we get ready to celebrate the holidays. It is more important than ever to make sure we are doing everything in our power to keep one another safe at school, at home, and during the holiday break. So please read the guidance and go over these guidelines with your children. 

Also, it is VERY, VERY important that if your child has had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID, or has any symptoms of COVID, that you keep your child home to self-quarantine AND notify the school. This is critical in helping us control the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.


  1. We had to cancel tomorrow night’s PTSA meeting because we do not have enough members who have joined this year. We have only had 60 parents join our Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting so far this year. The cost to join PTSA is a one-time $15 fee which makes you a member for the entire year. If you join, it does not mean that you have to attend all the meetings, although you will be invited too. The PTSA uses these funds for student events and activities such as providing T-Shirts for our STRIVE assembly, putting together the 8th grade promotion party, and many other student events that benefit all Santanas.  I respectfully ask that you consider supporting the kids by joining PTSA this year. We normally have 500-600 members, but because we had to do registration online this year and we had to start the school year virtually, we are way down with membership and we owe it to the students to give them the same fun opportunities that other Santiago students have had, so I respectfully ask you to please consider joining by filling out the form on this link: 


  1. As you know, all students are getting free breakfast and lunch at Santiago for the entire school year. In order to be in compliance with state reporting, I need to ask those parents who would normally fill out the Free + Reduced Lunch application to complete the following (confidential) app. Everyone will continue to get Free + Reduced Breakfast and Lunch for the entire year regardless, but by completing this, we will be in compliance with the state guidelines (which is especially important for charter schools). So please take a moment to complete this if you would normally apply for F +R Lunch. 

AltApp English - https://freeandreducedmeals.com/lfserver/Orange_CA_HH_Survey_ENG 

AltApp Spanish - https://freeandreducedmeals.com/lfserver/Orange_CA_HH_Survey_SPA

  1. Please note that Santiago (on-campus, virtual, and offices) and (all OUSD school) will be closed the entire week of Thanksgiving from Saturday, November 21st through Sunday, November 29th.

On behalf of our entire school staff, we want to wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday and week. 


Jim D’Agostino and the entire Santiago Team







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Dear Santiago Community,

It is with great sadness that I share with you that one of our students unexpectedly lost her father earlier this week. Our student is an 8th grader and she and her family are devastated by the loss of her father. The family would appreciate your positive thoughts and prayers as they process this loss. One of the family members has set up a gofundme page to assist the family with the funeral expenses and related costs. If you are in a position to offer support, I know that they would be very, very appreciative. I would like to take the stress of figuring out how to pay for the funeral expenses off of the families plate so they can focus on healing without the added stress of worrying about funeral expenses. Here is the link to the gofundme page for those of you who are in a position to help. 


On behalf of the Santiago Charter School Community, I want to thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers as well as your support for our students and her family in their time of need. 


Jim D'Agostino and the entire Santiago team

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Good afternoon Santiago Families,

The Santiago PTSA would like to welcome back our families and students to the new school year. I am sure you did not imagine starting the school year this way. I thought by now the virus would be contained and our lives would be back to normal. We realize that this will be a challenging year for all of us, moving forward into an uncharted territory in education. However, Santiago PTSA wants you to know that we are here to support you in any way possible during this unpredictable year. We are, primarily, an organization that represents the students here at Santiago. To that end, we need the Santiago community, parents, teachers, and staff, to join the PTSA so that we can continue to provide financial support for various needs here at Santiago. PTSA membership dues is the primary fundraising method for us. Over the years, we have been able to meet various needs for teachers, and students. We would love to continue to provide the extra help and funds throughout this year. This pandemic is making it difficult to continue with our usual efforts, but we are reaching out in any way we can. 

If you have not joined yet it is $15.00 for the parent and $10.00 for students or you can join through our link  https://jointotem.com/ca/orange/santiago-charter-middle-school-ptsa any questions or concerns please email me at hills92868@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Tricia Hill

Santiago Esports Team

Santiago Charter Middle School is now piloting the Esports Pathway Program. Having partnered with NASEF (North American Scholastic Esports Federation) each Team member will strive to master the four domains of Esports and become an Organizer, Strategist, Entrepreneur, and Content Creator.  Santiago’s Esports Instructors uphold the goal of promoting a safe space to competitively play video games as well as allow the students to discover their gifts among the various important roles that exist in the Esports industry.

Santiago Esports

Team Mission Statement: 

Our mission is to provide team building between students that have a common passion for video games. To provide a safe place for students to learn and fail. And to increase their understanding of Esports and the future career paths in this field.


Game. Grow. Learn. Lead.

Advisor:  Mr. Van Smaalen

Email: svansmaalen@orangeusd.org

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