Santiago Spotlight

Please help us in celebrating the following Santanas for their contributions to our school and community!



Parent Volunteer of the Month

Erika Traver June Parent of the Month

June Volunteer of the Month

Thank you to our parent volunteer of the month, Erika Traver. 

Our June Parent Volunteer of the Month is Erika Traver, Drake Taver’s mom. Mrs. Traver has been wonderful helping in the library. She has alphabetized, covered and helped catalog books since the beginning of the school year. We are very appreciative the time she has spent helping at Santiago!

Nolan Saunders Awarded Youth Presidential Service Award

Nolan Saunder Awarded

Congratulations to Nolan Saunders for receiving the Youth Presidential Service Award.

"The award encourages you to take a look around, be inspired and take positive action that changes the world."-Bill Neesan, Public Relations Chairman, Orange Elks Lodge #1475

Nolan has volunteered over 100 service hours for the Elks Club, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award signed by the President of the United States. 


Mrs. Snider

Mrs. Snider

Mrs. Snider began her teaching career in Ohio and has also taught in Indiana. During the summer, her family rehabbed a house and moved to Mississippi. Within three weeks of moving, Hurricane Katrina struck, and totally destroyed their home. Her family was homeless for months, living in motels and with family members. A job led them to New Orleans, and eventually to Ohio in the Appalachian Mountain foothills.

Mrs. Snider has taught elementary, middle and high school, at the university level and adult education. She was the Reading First Coordinator under the No Child Left Behind Law, and the district representative for the state Autism Awareness Council.

Her career also includes sports: golf, track and cross country, where she saw many of her student athletes win awards at league, regional and state competitions, including state championships.

This is Mrs. Snider's second year at Santiago teaching 7th and 8th graders, and her second year teaching English to Spanish-speaking parents of students at Santiago.


Julianna Huffman, Joana Thomas and Marissa Villanueva

Santiago is proud to spotlight Santiago students Julianna Huffman, Joana Thomas and Marissa Villanueva for being recognized at Chapman University for the 20th Annual Holocaust Writing and Art Contest - and extra congratulations to Joana who scored second in poetry!

Thank you Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Mallory who offered an information session to go over the content rules and requirements, and all who coordinated this opportunity. 


County Girls Math Competition

Girls Math Team

Santiago ladies competed in the County Girls Math Competition in South County and are bringing home a first and second place in 8th Grade and First Place Team Overall! Another pretty incredible accomplishment for Santanas! Thank you Ms. Abouabdo and Mrs. Le Bautista for leading the ladies.