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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 6:09 PM

Oak View Preschool 20th Anniversary

Huntington Beach, CA-The award-winning Oak View Preschool celebrated 20 years of service to the community yesterday. We were honored to have former students and staff including former directors Donna Stapleton and Joyce Horowitz join current director Sue Broderson and our current students, parents, staff, administrators, and Superintendent in a special celebration and Open House. Our amazing preschool students even performed. A wonderful time was had by all. We love Oak View!


Saturday, May 14, 2022 12:30 PM

Niki Hoang, Senate District 34 API Leadership Awardee

Westminster, CA-Congratulations to Niki Hoang, teacher at Vista View Middle School for being named as one of Senate District 34’s Community Leaders ๐ŸŽ‰. It was my honor to nominate Niki, and a pleasure to be with her today, along with principal Dr. Gates and our very own Senator Tom Umberg for the 2022 Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Awards. Niki has been one of OVSD’S best, even being named as one of our Teachers of the Year several years ago as well. She puts her all into teaching our students Algebra, Geometry, and other Mathematics courses. She is an 18-year veteran and I’m proud of her. See more photos by clicking the hyperlink above. Keep up the stellar work, Niki, the Board of Trustees thanks you for all you do!


Tuesday, May 10, 2022 7:32 PM

Board Censures Trustee for the 3rd Time

Huntington Beach, CA-It is imperative to maintain proper decorum when conducting business on behalf of the people. Transparency is paramount and one must never misuse their elected office for personal gain or political folly. With that, and for the 3rd time in 3 years, board Member Norm Westwell has been censured by his colleagues with a 4-1 vote (Westwell in decent) for violating board policies and bylaws, harassing community members, inappropriate behavior, and dishonorable conduct.


Monday, May 9, 2022 7:03 PM

Congratulations to OVSD's Very Own Barb Davis!


Huntington Beach, CA-We were so proud to celebrate and honor OVSD’s Barb Davis last night, as the Student Services Administrator of the Year for ACSA, Region 17. Barb is a wonderful district administrator that supports our students and schools. More photos can be seen by clicking the link above. Thank you Barb for all you do for OVSD’s kids!


Monday, May 9, 2022 4:05 PM

Thank You OVSD Employees 2022

Huntington Beach, CA-The OVSD Board of Trustees wants to wish our exceptional teachers, staff, and administrators a happy Week of the Employee. Employees are the strength of an organization and our employees are not just our strength, but also our greatest asset. Please see the special video below from our Board. Thank you ๐Ÿ†!


Saturday, May 7, 2022 11:46 AM

HB Awarded CalTrans Clean CA Grant

Huntington Beach, CA-Good News for HB! The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) developed the Clean California Local Grant Program through which approximately $296M. Huntington Beach has received $5M to beautify and improve local streets and roads, tribal lands, parks, pathways, and transit centers to clean and enhance public spaces. Through the combination of adding beautification measures and art in public spaces along with the removal of litter and debris, this effort will enhance communities and improve spaces for walking and recreation. I was proud to write a letter of supper on behalf of OVSD to CalTrans to obtain this funding. We did are proud to partner with the City of HB to achieve the goals of the Clean CA Local Grant Program. The goals are: 1. Reduce the amount of waste and debris within public rights-of-way, pathways, parks, transit centers, and other public spaces. 2. Enhance, rehabilitate, restore, or install measures to beautify and improve public spaces and mitigate the urban heat island effect. 3. Enhance public health, cultural connection, and community placemaking by improving public spaces for walking and recreation.4. Advance equity for underserved communities. Click Hyperlink for more images from the press conference.


Friday, May 6, 2022 11:02 AM

Marine View Unveils New Student WellSpace

Huntington Beach, CA-This morning at Marine View, students unveiled one of OVSD’s new middle school Student WellSpaces. In cooperation with the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), a specially designed room has been created. The WellSpace affectionately named “The Fish Bowl” will provide students an opportunity to un-plug, relax and recenter while affording them a quiet place to process emotions and practice mindfulness and relaxation activities under the supervision of school staff. Thank you to Marine View Principal Schaible and the Marine View ASB students who provided a tour for reporter Matt Szabo and photographer Kevin Chang from The Daily Pilot today. Click link for more images of the Fishbowl!


Friday, April 29, 2022 1:58 PM

Friday Night Lights (FNL)

Huntington Beach, CA-Friday Night Lights (FNL) ๐Ÿˆ is for kids of all different skill levels who are in grades K-8. The OVSD Board is proud to support FNL and allow practices to occur on our district fields throughout the year. The format for FNL is a 6v6 passing league with very little contact. Kids have a blast, love the quick play, and working as a team. Games are played at the HBUHSD fields and this year’s playoffs occurred at the HB City Sports Complex. My son Max and his teammates, the Longhorns, a 3/4 Grade team, went undefeated in the regular season. I’m proud to not only support FNL as the president of OVSD, but as a team sponsor and parent. Thanks to Christy and Dave Brodt for all they do to make FNL a success in HB!


Tuesday, April 26, 2022 7:37 PM

OVSD Board Meeting Recap

Huntington Beach, CA-Tonight we had a board meeting, and got to hear from amazing students led by music teacher Marcello Martinez from the Spring View Middle School. Vocal Ensemble performers impressively performed the Star Spangled Banner ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ and Dear Theodosia. Earlier this month, these talented students received a “Superior” designation at the Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA) Festival. Also, scroll through to hear about CA State (CAASPP) testing coming up. Lastly, happy birthday to my friend and colleague, Vice President Patricia Singer. She spent her special day with us at the board meeting!


Sunday, April 24, 2022 5:19 PM

Congresswoman Katie Porter Endorses GCT for HBCC 2022

Huntington Beach, CA-Congressional districts have been reconfigured, and new opportunities to vote in amazing representatives are here. I’m proud to endorse Katie Porter for the new district 47, and honored to receive her endorsement for my run for HB City Council 2022. Let’s get this done on June 7, 2022 to get Congresswoman Porter over the finish line. Get out the vote in the CA Primary Election, with ballots coming in the mail soon ๐Ÿ—ณ!


Tuesday, April 19, 2022 7:06 PM

Endorsed By UNITE HERE! Local 11

Anaheim, CA-UNITE HERE Local 11 represents over 32,000 workers employed in hotels, restaurants, airports, sports arenas, and convention centers throughout Southern California and Arizona. Members of UNITE HERE Local 11 join together to fight for improved living standards and working conditions.Local 11 is an affiliate of UNITE HERE, an international labor union that represents 270,000 working people across North America. Our members in the U.S. and Canada work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries.UNITE HERE Local 11 has been a leader in the fight for immigrant rights, and to elect leaders who will represent working families’ interests. I am honored to be endorsed by the workers of UNITE HERE, Local 11!


Saturday, April 9, 2022 3:46 PM

CA's Secretary of State, Dr. Shirley Weber

Villa Park, CA-It was an honor to meet our new California Secretary of State, Dr. Shirley Weber today at the home of Karen and Andy Thorburn. Dr. Weber is a former teacher, college professor, school board president, and state legislator. Dr. Weber is California’s first African American Secretary of State, the fourth woman to serve in the role, and only the fifth African American person to serve as a state constitutional officer in California’s 170-year history. Born to share croppers, Dr. Weber has made it her life’s work to make sure voting access is a given and not something searched for. Like me, Dr. Weber grew up in San Diego County, and we are so proud of all she has achieved. Please take Dr. Weber into consider for your vote this June during the primary election and beyond. She’s standing up for every Californian!


Wednesday, April 6, 2022 3:27 PM

OCEAN VIEW NAMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT

Huntington Beach, CA-Last night the Ocean View School District’s Board of Trustees selected Dr. Michael Conroy as the District’s new Superintendent. He replaces Dr. Carol Hansen, who is retiring in July after seven years at the helm of the District of over 7,000 students. A contributing factor in Dr. Conroy’s appointment was his own service to the District as Deputy Superintendent from 2015 to 2021. We want Dr. Conroy to bring his own perspective to the superintendency while continuing many of the initiatives he helped develop, including a unique program called the Partnership with Administration and Labor. The partnership has received statewide acclaim for its success in cultivating positive work relationships and conditions for employees and stakeholders. In addition to his expertise in business and operations, Dr. Conroy brings significant experience in leadership and teaching. He was a high school math and business teacher for ten years before serving as a high school principal, director of business services, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent. “I am honored by this appointment and look forward to returning to work in Ocean View,” Dr. Conroy said. “It is an exemplary school district that is focused on students and values teachers, staff, families, and the community as key contributors to its successes.” Dr. Conroy signed a three-year contract and will begin his new role in July.


Tuesday, April 5, 2022 6:18 PM

OVSD's New Superintendent Appointed

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD’s New Superintendent. Tonight, the Board of Trustees took formal action to appoint Dr. Michael Conroy as the Ocean View School District’s new Superintendent. Please join the Board of Trustees in welcoming Dr. Conroy back to the District, with the knowledge that he is committed to continuing the excellent work that we have accomplished together during the past seven years. As you may know, Dr. Conroy served as Deputy Superintendent of the District from 2015 to 2021. We have asked Dr. Conroy to bring his own perspective to the superintendency, while continuing many of the initiatives he helped develop, including our unique Partnership with Administration and Labor. In addition to his expertise in business and operations, Dr. Conroy brings significant experience in leadership and teaching. He was a high school math and business teacher for ten years before serving as a high school principal, director of business services, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent. Vice President Patricia Singer and I led the Board in the superintendent search process with assistance from Dr. Joseph M. Farley, a superintendent search consultant and former Orange County superintendent. Dr. Conroy was selected as Superintendent after a lengthy interview with all Trustees. Dr. Farley convened a focus group of District parents, teachers, administrators, and classified staff to determine what stakeholders desire in a new superintendent, and the issues the new superintendent will encounter. The findings indicated an interest in someone who would continue the outstanding leadership set forth by Dr. Hansen for the past seven years, while preparing the District for upcoming challenges. Dr. Conroy signed a three-year contract and will begin his new position in July. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Conroy back to our District!


Saturday, March 26, 2022 10:19 AM

OVSD Employees of the Year

Huntington Beach, CA=Thank you to School News Roll Call for including my article in this quarter’s edition. The Board of Trustees is proud to announce the Certificated and Classified employees of the year, we are so proud of you all. OVSD Stars โญ๏ธ!


Friday, March 25, 2022 6:16 PM

Park View Demolition Ceremony Today!

Huntington Beach, CA-Ocean View School District hosted a demolition ceremony for Park View School yesterday, Friday, March 25 at 5 p.m. at 16666 Tunstall Lane in Huntington Beach. The K-8 school educated thousands of students between 1969-1989. After the school closed in 1989, it was leased to the Huntington Beach Union High School District as an Adult Education and Independent Study School, but has been vacant since 2009. The district will tear down the school to provide the community with expanded green space adjacent to existing sports fields. The event featured local dignitaries, the presentation of items from a Park View School time capsule from 1969, former students and staff of Park View School, members of the Ocean View Little League and the OVSD Board of Trustees kicking off the demolition. We are delighted that this demolition will revitalize this neighborhood for our community. We are not selling the property to make way for more housing, instead we are going to provide additional open, green space for our residents to enjoy. As president of the OVSD Board of Trustees, I know this green space will be enjoyed for generations to come. The initial phase of the demolition involving the safe removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials has already taken place and the rest of the demolition will take place in the coming weeks!


Tuesday, March 22, 2022 7:44 PM

OVSD News-Board Meeting Update

Huntington Beach, CA-From tonight’s March 22, 2022 Board of Trustees, a recap. Congratulations to Luis Camarena, Orange County’s Classified Employee of the Year in the Skilled Maintenance Worker category. Amazing work by Lake View students Makayla Mix and Maci Ford for being recognized by the Anaheim Ducks at their hockey game over the weekend for their designs. Wow, these girls are stars. The Districtwide Music Festival is going to be Thursday night at Marine View, and the City of HB’s student art show is coming up soon, featuring OVSD and HBUHSD student work. VP Patricia Singer and I will be attending the HB Assistance League’s event, they are having their annual fundraiser this Saturday at the HB Waterfront Hilton. VP Singer, Trustee Briscoe and I will be attending. Dr. Hansen and I were pleased to be expert panelists for the Robert Mayer Leadership Institute at the Goldenwest College last Wednesday. Lastly, we attended the City of HB/School Districts Quarterly Meeting to collaborate at City Hall. It’s been a busy week and we look forward to work upcoming fun!


Tuesday, March 15, 2022 7:58 PM

OVSD News-Special Board Meeting

Huntington Beach, CA-I called a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees in regards to hiring a new superintendent. We are currently interviewing candidates for the position to replace our retiring superintendent, Dr. Carol Hansen. More news to come soon on the progress of this process. Lastly, reminder that as of yesterday, masks are now optional in all OVSD schools, buildings, and at public meetings. We respect your choice, and welcome you to our meetings to participate. Masks are encouraged by the State of CA, but not required. Next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you then!


Tuesday, March 8, 2022 8:38 PM

Board Meeting Recap, March 8, 2022

Huntington Beach, CA-From last night’s board meeting, my trustee comments were a recap of all the activities, appearances, and issues that I dealt with as president. Issues mentioned: sub committee meeting on the superintendent search, Wintersburg fire, death of HB’s Officer Vella, community engagement meeting at Oak View for the City of HB, the end of the CA school mask mandate, and a potential vaccine mandate. Listen in, to hear all about our positions and work in OVSD.


Saturday, March 5, 2022 11:35 AM

 

Huntington Beach, CA-This morning Vice President Singer and I held a Board subcommittee meeting with community members to discuss the hiring of a new superintendent. Dr. Carol Hansen is set to retire in July 2022 and we want to make sure that we hire the best superintendent possible to meet the unique needs of the Ocean View School District. Listen in to hear my comments in regards to the search, parent and employee concerns, and of course a nod to our stellar superintendent Dr. Hansen. More news to come on next steps. Look to your email, texts, parent square app, and on our social media channels for a message from me on how we intend to move froward. We are OVSD Strong!


Friday, March 4, 2022 7:28 AM

Superintendent Subcommittee Meeting, March 5, 2022


Superintendent Search Subcommittee Meeting March 5
 

Dear OVSD Community:

A Board Subcommittee Meeting on the Superintendent search will be held tomorrow, March 5 at 10:00 AM at the OVSD District Office. The in-person meeting will be open to the public and will also be available for live viewing via Zoom webinar atwww.ovsd.org/subcommittee.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here. Public comments may be made in-person at the meeting and written comments may be submitted at www.ovsd.org/subcommittee/comments. Written comments must be submitted by 6:00 AM on March 5. They will not be read aloud at the meeting, but will be received and reviewed by the subcommittee Board Members.

The OVSD Board Room is located at 17200 Pinehurst Lane, Building A, Huntington Beach.

Sincerely,

Gina Clayton-Tarvin, President, Board of Trustees


Tuesday, March 1, 2022 8:24 PM

Special Board Meeting-Mask Mandate Update

Huntington Beach, CA-As president of the Board of Trustees, I called a Special Meeting tonight to discuss how the District is moving forward with California’s new mask guidance for schools and to provide an opportunity for the Trustees and community to express their thoughts on the matter. We decided not to extend the mask mandate beyond the Governor’s expiry date. 

After hearing from the community and each other, the Board made the following determinations:

โœ”๏ธMasking will continue to be mandated indoors for all OVSD students and staff until 11:59 pm on Friday, March 11.

โœ”๏ธBeginning March 12, masks will be strongly recommended, but not required, indoors for students and staff in OVSD schools and facilities.

โœ”๏ธThis guidance is for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

โœ”๏ธOVSD schools will continue to provide optional masks for students and staff.

โœ”๏ธExisting mask requirements remain for those returning after COVID isolation or quarantine.


Tuesday, March 1, 2022 1:22 PM

Special Board Meeting Tonight

Huntington Beach, CA-Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced that with declining case rates and hospitalizations across the west, California, Oregon, and Washington are moving together to update their masking guidance. After 11:59 p.m. on March 11, California will adopt new indoor mask policies and move from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools. We acknowledge that the state lifting the mask requirement may cause anxiety for some people, especially those who are at higher risk for COVID or live with someone who is at higher risk. We also recognize that others who do not support masking in schools, will continue to share their opinion that masking should end immediately. OVSD will hold a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 1st, at 6 PM, to discuss how the District will move forward with the new guidance and to provide an opportunity for our Board and community to express their thoughts on the matter. Local jurisdictions may continue their masking requirements based on conditions impacting their communities, and students and staff may still choose to wear masks. You may attend and speak at the Special Board Meeting in-person (masks required) at:

OVSD District Office
17200 Pinehurst Lane, Building A
Huntington Beach

Or you may view the meeting via Zoom. The link will be active by 5:30 pm. www.ovsd.org/boardmeeting

CDPH will be updating K-12 Schools Guidance to reflect that after 11:59 p.m. on March 11, 2022, students and staff members in K-12 settings will be strongly recommended, not required, to mask while indoors. Thank you for your continued partnership and your resilience. OVSD will continue to take every step necessary to preserve the health and safety of our students, staff, and our community and will provide timely and necessary updates. 


Saturday, February 26, 2022 9:05 AM

Images from Eastern Europe and Abroad

(Pictured with my son Antonio and ex-husband Ivan Branica on boat to the Island of Zlarin, Croatia)

London, UK-These past two weeks have been filled with the death, funeral, and internment of my father-in-law, Ivo Branica, but also family, happiness, and joy. We were brought together by the loss of Dida (grandfather) in Croatia. We left quickly from LA to just make it in time for the funeral on the remote Croatian island of Zlarin in the Adriatic Sea. Since the pandemic began, it’s not been easy to move around the globe, but we wanted to be with Dida as he was laid to eternal rest. He was not only a wonderful family man, but a well known, scholar, teacher, sculptor, painter, an artist trained in multiple European cities, several in the former Yugoslavia. He was Dalmatian by birth, but worldly by Balkan standards. During WWII, as a young child, he was sent with his mother and brother to a refugee camp in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt with other inhabitants of Zlarin that resisted the Fascist occupation. During the war, Zlarin was bombed several times. After returning to Zlarin, he went to school, and then attended undergrad university in Split, Croatia. He then attended post graduate studies in Zagreb, Croatia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Belgrade, Serbia. He became a well known professor in the City of Šibenik, educating over 4 decades of students, and was a notable pedagogue versed in art history. During this journey, we felt a lot, saw a lot, and visited his favorite places in honor of his life. We were happy to finally make it out of Eastern Europe today with all the upset, unrest, and cancelled flights due to the invasion of nearby Ukraine. We will be happy to be home in the USA after our departure from London. Rest easy grandfather, you are and will always be our Dalmatian anchor in the Adriatic Sea.

*Click Hyperlink above to see more images from abroad



Tuesday, February 22, 2022 7:56 PM

Board Meeting Highlight, 2/22/22

Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina-From across the globe, I spoke out against attacks on children suffering poverty. Last night, as I attended the meeting from abroad in Bosnia and Hercegovina, I heard one of my colleagues (not shown here) disparage, sully, and look down upon students who are the most in need in Orange County, those who are food insecure, whose parents work 2-3 jobs to just have enough money not to be evicted onto the streets. He said they don’t deserve food from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, and the board should deny this charitable non-profit from coming onto our campus to give out food to families that are starving. He claimed that OVSD teachers should call CPS on Oak View parents to report their parents as abusers. What kind of monster speaks this way? What kind of person denies the hungry and poorest amongst us? What have we become as a nation when someone elected to oversee children speaks down to the children he is charged with protecting? He’s despicable and should resign. He embarrassed us all with his petty tyranny and claimed that giving away free food was somehow “socialist.” As I sit here in a former socialist nation that was once Yugoslavia, I shudder at the nauseating words he spewed to garner himself political attention from those who hate our students in Oak View, the children of immigrants. Our Oak View students and residents were attacked simply for existing. Shame on him, and on anyone who supports him. He is an un-American as it gets. I won’t allow such attacks on students, and families. Enough is enough!
*See 2/22/22 board meeting in its entirety on the Ocean View School District YouTube channel to hear this travesty. He also voted against our un-housed community, the homeless, from registering for school, and said they should barred from attending, and shouldn’t be allowed because they could be “diseased.” He discriminates, and his words are nauseating. Please speak out against his attacks on our students at our next board meeting on 3/8/22. I’ll be back in the USA this Saturday, and will preside at the next board meeting.


Monday, February 7, 2022 5:22 PM

From CBS2 News: ABCUSD Teachers In Job Action, Slowdown

 

Cerritos, CA-From CBS2 News: Reporter Michele Gile interviewed me as an ABC Unified School District teacher and our labor slowdown in response to working without a new master contract, and no salary increase since 2019. Working conditions have devolved during the COVID Pandemic and the ABC board of education is 100% wrong and out of touch with reality. They have squandered COVID relief funds, ignored, and treated teachers and staff with tots disrespect. One thing I strive to do as president of OVSD, is to always compensate employees properly. ABCUSD Board, get back to the table to make things right. The kids are counting on us.


Monday, February 7, 2022 4:17 PM

From NBCLA: ABCUSD Teacher Work Slowdown

Cerritos, CA-From NBCLA: Reporter Vikki Varagas interviewed me as an ABCUSD teacher and our union’s work slowdown in response to working without a new master contract, and no salary increase since 2019. Working conditions have devolved and the board of education is in complete denial about what’s reality, right and wrong. They have squandered COVID relief funds, ignored, and treated teachers with absolute disrespect. One thing I learned years ago as president of OVSD, always care for those who care for our children. ABCUSD Board, get it together, our community is counting as you.


Sunday, February 6, 2022 12:09 PM

From VietFaceTV: Happy Lunar New Year ๐Ÿงง๐Ÿฏfrom us at the Ocean View School District!

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA-Chúc mแปซng nฤƒm mแป›i. Happy Lunar New Year ๐Ÿงง from us at the Ocean View School District!


Friday, January 28, 2022 8:23 AM

CA Senator Dave Min (SD-37) Endorses Clayton-Tarvin for HBCC

Huntington Beach, CA-Thanks go out to Senator Dave Min for his endorsement, and support of my HB City Council candidacy. Senator Min is a longtime respected professor of law at UCI, a teacher, and lawmaker. He represents most of HB and part of OVSD. We have been pleased to work together to bring tax dollar resources back to our community from Sacramento. As a fellow educator, I’m thrilled to have his support and endorsement.


Wednesday, January 26, 2022 5:46 PM

LA Times-OVSD superintendent announces retirement

Huntington Beach, CA-After seven years of leading Ocean View School District Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen has announced she will retire in July. We credit her with bringing stability and excellence back to the District after years of superintendent turn over. I’ve known Dr. Hansen for almost 2 decades. She was once my boss in ABCUSD and once we hired her to be our superintendent in OVSD, I became one of hers. I am deeply saddened to see her retire, but wish her all the best in her new phase of life. I’ve appointed a board subcommittee consisting of myself and Vice President Patricia Singer, and we will lead the search for a new superintendent. As I did 7 years ago, when heading up the search for our then superintendent, I will take the same path to find an excellent replacement for Dr. Hansen with thoughtful care. All will be well, you can on us to keep OVSD a stable place moving forward. More news to come, check back here for details.

* click hyperlink above to read the LA Times article


Tuesday, January 25, 2022 6:24 PM

OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting Comments

Huntington Beach, CA-From last night’s board of trustees’ meeting, my comments on future plans for OVSD can be heard. I am pleased to announce two board sub committees: the school consolidation committee which will be headed up by Clerk Jack Souders and Vice President Patricia Singer. Also, the Republic/ Wintersburg committee headed up by Trustee John Briscoe and myself. Also discussed the newly proposed bill by Senator Pan to make COVID vaccines mandated for all K-12 public school children per law, which would negate Governor Newsom’s personal exemption rights for students. We oppose taking away the personal exemption right.


Monday, January 24, 2022 10:57 AM

OVSD Classified Employees of the Year 2022

Orange County, CA-Congratulations to our 2022 Ocean View Classified Employees of the Year ๐ŸŽ‰. Today, I was joined by Vice President Singer, Cabinet members, Personnel Commissioners, staff, and community members to surprise our OVSD employees of the year at their work sites. Awards were presented to the following individuals in these categories: 

Santos Salas, Westmont Head Custodian- Custodial & Maintenance Services
Sarah Bruce, College View School Office Clerk- Clerical and Administrative Services 
Nancy Davis, Mesa View Lead Food Service worker-Food & Nutrition Services
Judy Johnston, OVSD District Data Analyst-Technical Services. 

OVSD employees are amazing,  and the Board is especially proud to honor them as leaders in their respective departments. Thank you to each of them for their excellent work and commitment to serving our OVSD students, staff, and community. We love you all! 

*Thanks to VP Singer for inspiring this post, and allowing me to share. Scroll through to see photos and video of the winners. Masks are mandated inside all OVSD buildings, and not required outside per CA Governor Newsom. 


Monday, January 17, 2022 8:08 AM

Remembering MLK

Huntington Beach, CA-Every Americans must honor the labor, life, and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. today. We can pay homage to him by making his “Dream” become a reality. Reach out to a stranger, to someone you don’t know, someone different from you. Do you see someone struggling? Extend your hand and make a connection, and bridge a gap. Our actions today can work to lessen the unnecessary inequity in our nation created centuries ago. We still have a lot of work to do. Be of service today and everyday. In remembrance of MLK, all OVSD schools and offices are closed and will reopen Tuesday, January 18, 2022.


Thursday, January 13, 2022 8:08 AM

Voice of OC: Classroom or Online Learning?

Orange County, CA-Gina Clayton-Tarvin, president of the Ocean View School District as well as a teacher in Los Angeles county, said in a phone interview Wednesday schools should stay in-person and many kids are returning to campus from quarantining. Clayton-Tarvin said kids should be required to wear medical-grade masks and not the cloth ones. She also said kids should also wear masks outside when they’re bunched together. She added the state has made it “almost impossible to go to fully online school”. “The funding isn’t really there,” Clayton-Tarvin said. “If we wanted to shut schools, we could potentially lose funding and that’s just something that school districts can’t take a gamble on.”

*Click link above to read entire article. 


Wednesday, January 12, 2022 7:14 PM

LA Times: Ocean View School District to demolish vacant Park View School

Huntington Beach, CA-From reporter Matt Szabo at the The Daily Pilot of the LA Times. OVSD Board votes to demolish Park View School to make way for more green space and baseball fields in Surf City, USA, while adding value to the Westminster/HB community with a ground lease to ActivCare to build a memory care facility at the corner of Beach and Heil at Westmont School. Also, news on next school to be modernized, Mesa View Middle School. Read all the latest and my quotes on the matter by clicking the hyperlink above. 


Tuesday, January 11, 2022 10:15 PM

OVSD News: Park View To Be Demolished, and More

Huntington Beach, CA-Great News for the Huntington Beach, and Westminster communities from the Tuesday, 1/11/22 OVSD Board of Trustees meeting. The Board voted on two items O.2 and O.3, to move forward on demolition of the shuttered Park View school (the home of the Ocean View Little League) and opening a path to creating many acres of open park space, and more potential playing fields. Park View School sits just behind Murdy Park off Goldenwest St. and Warner Ave. At OVSD, we don’t sell land, we create fields of dreams for future generations. This is what making HB livable and fun for our children is all about. This demo will be funded in large part by the owners of a memory care facility company, that we have entered into an agreement with. They have pledged to finance $2.5M to demo the old school building, which was closed in 1989, in exchange for a long term ground lease of a small 1.91-acre piece of vacant land at the Westmont School property in the City of Westminster on the corner of Beach Blvd and Heil Ave. Great things happen when we work together as a team. Let’s do this, let’s play ball โšพ๏ธ!


Friday, January 7, 2022 8:15 PM

KCAL9 News Visits College View

Huntington Beach, CA-KCAL9 News came to see our COVID test distribution in OVSD today at College View. Overall, District employees handed out over 2,500 test kits districtwide. Success! Anyone who didn’t get a kit, please inquire at your school on Monday and you’ll be given a kit. Keep up the good work OVSD


Thursday, January 6, 2022 2:45 PM

COVID-19 Test Distribution At OVSD

Huntington Beach, CA-We’d like to provide you with an update on the free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is allocating for K-12 students. Unfortunately, the Orange County Department of Education received a very limited supply of rapid tests from CDPH and school districts in Orange County will not receive quantities to cover their entire student populations in this first distribution. While this is disappointing news, we will distribute the tests that we have received thus far. Ocean View is committed to providing tests to all families. We are working to acquire additional tests from a variety of sources and hope to receive additional rapid test kits from the CDPH in the near future. 

COVID-19 Test Distribution:

Friday, January 7th
All School Sites 3:00 - 4:00 pm
While supplies last!

All tests must be picked up by an adult and will not be distributed directly to students. 

COVID-19 Rapid Test (Results within 30 minutes)
The recommended use of a rapid antigen test is for the following: 
A student is completing an at home quarantine and needs a negative test on or after day 5 to return to school, in lieu of a 10 day quarantine.
A student who has tested positive, is isolating at home and needs a negative test on or after day 5 to return to school, in lieu of a 10 day isolation.
Each student will only receive one kit, with two tests.  We urge families to use the tests in the circumstances described above to allow students to remain in school. 

COVID-19 PCR Test (Results within 48 hours)
If you are not in need of a rapid test, we can provide a PCR test for your student. The recommended use of the PCR test is for the following:
Initial identification of COVID-19 for a student with symptoms. 
Students needing to test while completing an in school quarantine. 

As a reminder, we follow the Orange County Health Care Agency’s COVID-19 Orders and Recommendations, which can be found here. Please continue to monitor your child for any COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home if they are exhibiting any symptoms.  We appreciate your support in helping us provide a safe environment in our schools.


Tuesday, January 4, 2022 4:00 PM

CBS2/KCAL9 News Report, COVID Tests For Students

Orange County, CA-CBS2/KCAL9 News reported today on delayed COVID tests from the State of CA. I spoke to reporter Michele Gile about the lack of tests in OC for students. Thanks to our wonderful OVSD parents who are keeping their kids home from school if they are feeling unwell. This is the right thing to do. Although we had many students out yesterday, we had over 6,500 present, which is great. If you’re concerned about your student’s return to school, contact your principal for guidance. We will support all students who remain at home as well as those in-person. Expect tests to be distributed at your school site on Thursday or Friday of this week. Great work OVSD, we will get through this surge.


Sunday, January 2, 2022 1:24 PM

HB Coastal Living Magazine Feature

Huntington Harbour, CA-With a new year, comes new successes to be thankful for. We deeply appreciate Best Version Media's Marla Harchut and Carol Larsen Photography for inviting us to be the January 2022 HB Coastal Living Magazine’s “Featured Family.” We are honored by this opportunity which was facilitated by our friend Doria Merical at Huntington Harbour Junior Etiquette Program. For those who would like to read the entire text of the article, see link in my profile bio. Follow the link to the post which can be translated into any language for ease of reading. These images are scans of the actual magazine which is out in hard copy now. Happy New Year from the Clayton-Tarvin Family!


Friday, December 31, 2021 9:38 AM

IMPORTANT Info For Return To School

Huntington Beach, CA-The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced that it will offer free rapid antigen COVID-19 tests to families across the state as students return from winter break. While Ocean View School District plans to participate in the program, the timeline for distribution in Orange County remains uncertain. In an effort to reduce COVID-19 transmission on campuses as the Omicron variant surges, the CDPH said it will make millions of rapid antigen testing kits available to students through their parents and guardians as soon as this week. State health officials have stressed that there is no statewide testing mandate, but families are strongly encouraged to use the rapid tests as an added precaution. Once the shipments arrive at the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) — weather challenges have so far contributed to uncertain timeframes —we will pick up the kits and offer them to families at no cost. The CDPH is guaranteeing at least one test for every public school student, but most students in California will get a box with two tests. That will allow each student to be tested twice. The state has developed flyers in English and Spanish that explain when to test your child and what steps to take if you get a positive test result. More information can be found on the CDPH website. Pending the arrival of testing kits for Orange County schools, we tentatively plan to distribute and administer rapid tests in Ocean View, on Sunday, January 2nd in the afternoon. More details to follow.
 


Saturday, December 25, 2021 5:18 PM

Greetings from Huntington Beach ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!


Thursday, December 23, 2021 11:41 AM

Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

Huntington Beach, CA-To all in the Ocean View School District who celebrate, I wish you a very merry Christmas and great things to come. 


Wednesday, December 22, 2021 11:28 AM

Happy Holidays from OVSD ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…!



Huntington Beach, CA-Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…. Here’s a behind the scenes look at our Human Resources and Administrative Services Departments at the Ocean View School District in Building B. Vice President Singer and I took a little tour around the building to see the Christmas decorations, after our Closed Session and before the Open Session meeting began, last week. Scroll through to see and hear Madame VP curate the thoughtful holiday cards each school site made for the season. It’s a tradition, each school site staff/department poses for a photo to commemorate the year that passed. See comments below for video. Thanks to all of our OVSD employees for making the district such a nice place to be. The Board of Trustees loves our employees. Click link above to see more images from our tour around HR at Facebook. 


Friday, December 17, 2021 10:27 AM

The OC Tribune: Clayton-Tarvin leads OV Board



Tuesday, December 14, 2021 7:51 PM

GCT Honored To Serve As OVSD Board President For 5th Time

Huntington Beach, CA-Since 1874, Ocean View has been educating children in Orange County. I’m proud to be part of this legacy. Thank you to my colleagues for voting for me to be the OVSD 2022 Board of Trustees President. It’s my honor to serve for a 5th time as president, and to work for our children and schools. As a team, we can do anything. Thank you to Trustee Briscoe for nominating me, via telephone all the way from Antarctica. Congratulations to Vice President Patricia Singer and Clerk Jack Souders on their wins tonight too. I look forward to working with you all this year to lead Ocean View. Big things are to come for our students and schools!


Monday, December 13, 2021 4:40 PM

Teacher GCT Speaks to CBS/KCAL News

Cerritos, CA-Thanks to CBS2 and KCAL9 news for featuring my student Chloe Nauli and me on the Mental Health Monday segment in regards to students being in school in-person, and the social regression teachers are observing. We as educators, recognize challenges kids are having at school. We always want to work with parents to provide supports like counseling. We must do all we can to make sure that childhood mental health struggles do not turn into mental illness later in life.


Sunday, December 12, 2021 2:00 PM

Happy Holidays From the 2021 Board of Trustees

Huntington Beach, CA-The Ocean View School District Board of Trustees wishes you Happy Holidays and all the best for the year 2022!


Saturday, December 11, 2021 7:59 PM

Oak View ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ right in the โค๏ธ of HB

 

Huntington Beach, CA-We love Oak View, it’s a little piece of Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ right in the โค๏ธ of HB. After a year of hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Las Mañanitas de La Virgin de Guadalupe returned to Oak View in Huntington Beach. The joy of celebrating this occasion is amazing from visiting each home’s alter expertly crafted with flowers, lights, images, music, and more to highlight the respect of the Virgin Mary. When you visit Oak View for the festival, you’re greeted with open arms, fed amazingly delicious food including Mexican holiday favorites of mole, pozole, tamales, pan dulce, and my favorite, champurado. It’s a once a year treat! *Click link to see more images from the beautiful event. 


Saturday, December 11, 2021 1:12 PM

Trustee Clayton-Tarvin Supports Teamsters 396

Once again, we are back at Republic Trash Dump to protest the improper actions of this corporation and their treatment of people. When we sued them in 2016, we knew that their unclean operations were polluting our students and teachers at the Oak View School, 50ft away. Now, they are mistreating the parents of our students, their own workers, essential workers. The trash truck drivers have always been here for us residents even during the pandemic, day in and out, rain or shine. We prevailed against Republic Services and forced a $26M settlement to make critical improvements at the dump to protect students, teachers, and Oak View residents, and now we support essential trash workers. Trash is piling up in the streets of HB, please settle this dispute now with your workers, Republic!


Thursday, December 9, 2021 3:25 PM

CBS2 Interview for Mental Health Monday Segment airing 12/13/21

Cerritos, CA-Thanks to CBS2 and KCAL9 for reaching out to me, to speak on the importance of mental health in the United States and the ramifications this global pandemic has had on students. Since the release of the Surgeon General’s report, we educators are assuring our communities that efforts to support our youngest residents are a top priority. It takes a team, from the local level, to the State, to our nation’s capital to recognize and destigmatize mental health challenges. Watch Mental Health Monday coming up next week at 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm on channels 2 and 9 for more details. Best part, my own student Chloe Nauli makes a special guest appearance and really hits home with her feelings and observations about being back in school full time in-person and how kids like her are doing. She’s really something, you don’t want to miss this!


Friday, December 3, 2021 7:23 PM

OVSD at 2021 CSBA Conference and Trade Show, San Diego

San Diego, CA-President Singer and I are pleased to be back in-person in San Diego for the annual CA School Boards Association (CSBA) Education Conference and Trade Show. After a one year pause due to the COVID Pandemic, the conference is back and better than ever. We are attending at the Convention Center to learn new strategies to govern OVSD in the most thoughtful way, to save tax dollars, and effectively serve our community. Thanks to our construction team at Ledesma Meyers, architects from WLC as well as DLR for showcasing our newly designed and modernized schools and Oak View Gym. We got a chance to tour all electric buses by BYD USA, and they are state of the art, zero emissions, and the way of the future. What a special couple days learning about new and innovative ways to educate and care for students. It’s always nice to be back home in San Diego!
 
*Per City of San Diego, fully vaccinated participants could attend without wearing masks, although in sessions indoors we did for extra safety. Click hyperlink above to view more photos.


Tuesday, November 30, 2021 3:18 PM

Endorsement by Rabbi Stephen Einstein

Fountain Valley, CA-I’m honored to announce an important endorsement from former Fountain Valley School District Board Trustee and Rabbi Emeritus, Stephen Einstein. Rabbi Stephen Einstein is Founding Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley, CA. Rabbi Einstein also served as the chair of the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council for many years, bringing HB residents of all religious backgrounds together to live in harmony and respect each other’s differences while celebrating what we all have in common as human beings. Thank you Rabbi for always supporting me, and for this endorsement for HBCC. I vow to work on bringing people together, while never giving up the fight against bigotry in all its forms.


Sunday, November 28, 2021 5:10 PM

Happy Chanukah!

Huntington Beach, CA-We wish all who celebrate, a happy Chanukah with light and joy!


Tuesday, November 16, 2021 7:45 PM

Trustee Comments, Happy Thanksgiving

Huntington Beach, CA-Tonight we met for our one and only meeting of the OVSD Board of Trustees for the month of November. Thanks to Trustee Briscoe for always actively advocating for reducing our carbon footprint on this planet. His green tree canopy initiative is one which should be implemented to reduce global warming. Thanks to our students at Westmont for showing their patriotic colors and performing songs and speeches. I’m pleased to say that OVSD and CSEA have reached a tentative agreement for compensation. Classified staff are the backbone of our district. Lastly, happy Thanksgiving, we wish you all a joyful holiday break!


Thursday, November 4, 2021 5:13 PM

HB Coastal Living Magazine ๐Ÿงก

Huntington Harbour, CA-Thanks to HB Coastal Living magazine, and Marla Harchut for making us their “feature family” for January’s cover. My mom Dee, Tony, Max, and I are honored to be featured. It was a pleasure to work with Carol Larsen Photography, and we can’t wait to see the cover, photos, and the feature article. Carol has been photographing HB’s families, businesses, and lifestyle for decades. Her kids attended OVSD schools and she worked with Hope View and other school PTO’s to offer beautiful photographic opportunities to our school community. If you’re looking for a photographer for your holiday photos and cards, she’s the one. We ๐Ÿงก HB!
 
*Click link to see more images from today, all photos we took of Carol actually working. Her amazing photos are soon to come.


Wednesday, October 27, 2021 1:35 PM

Thank you Councilman Al Austin!

Long Beach, CA-As we head into the 2022 election year, I am deeply honored to announce an endorsement for my campaign for the Huntington Beach City Council from Long Beach City Councilman Al Austin. Councilman Austin is a longtime friend spanning back over 2 decades. He is a colleague, ally, and avid supporter of quality public education and city services. He’s one the main reasons Long Beach has made such tremendous progress in so many ways. He’s a longtime labor leader, friend to the environment, and levelheaded voice in the greater LA/OC area. Thank you Councilman, and I look forward to continuing our work together!


Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:35 PM

Trustee Clayton-Tarvin Rebuts Defamatory Remarks

Huntington Beach, CA-Trustee Clayton-Tarvin rebutted slanderous and defamatory rumors spread by an errant OVSD Board member, Norm Westwell about community member Mark Bixby. Mr. Bixby serves as the Chairman of the OVSD's Measure R Bond Oversight Committee. Westwell made incorrect assertions about Chairman Bixby citing what he read on the “internet.” All statements made by Westwell are false.


Friday, October 22, 2021 11:29 AM

Trustee Clayton-Tarvin Visits Star View โญ๏ธ

Midway City, CA-Woah, Star View โญ๏ธ….you’re amazing! Thanks for showing Dr. Hoeffer and I around your school, Principal Kraft. We got to see so many classrooms and speak with students and their teachers like Ms. Mullin, Ms. Rodriguez, Ms. Olquin, Mr. Dybas, Ms. Milton, and others. Staff life Ms. Hilburne made me feel at home too. Visiting 2-5 grade classrooms offered me a glimpse into a variety of subjects and curriculum. Math, Science, Social Studies, and more were on display. We even got to pose for a photo with the district skeleton ๐Ÿ’€ fondly named “Chuck”. He was just in time for Halloween ๐ŸŽƒ. Click hyperlink to visit post with more photos.


Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:21 PM

ABCUSD President Sophia Tse Endorses GCT

Cerritos, CA-There is no greater honor than to have the endorsement of one’s own boss. The top boss of ABC Unified School District, where I teach 6th Grade GATE program, Board President Sophia Tse has graciously continued to endorse my campaigns for public office. Now, she’s supporting my candidacy for HB City Council too. As a longtime public schoolteacher in the ABCUSD, I’ve been supported in every possible way to do my job, and educate the youth of tomorrow. I benefit from having a living wage, health insurance, and a stable workplace. This has allowed me to pursue my other life’s work of public service in Huntington Beach. I want to mirror this and provide for the employees of the City, while maintaining a balance of fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers of HB. It’s all about hearing from constituents, and this has been ongoing work in OVSD as well. I’m proud to currently be one of HB’s largest employers with over 1,000 employees. President Tse is not only a board member, but also a public health nurse and a college professor. She manages a nearly $300M yearly budget overseeing 30,000 pupils and knows what it takes to safeguard public funds. I’m proud to have her guidance and support! 


Saturday, October 16, 2021 6:13 PM

Boys and Girls Club Dinner and Benefit

 

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Board Members and Staff were pleased to attend the 43rd Annual Dinner and Benefit for the Huntington Valley Boys & Girls Club last evening at the Hyatt Regency. We even ran into HB legend Dr. Ralph Bauer, former OVSD board member, HBUHSD board member and Mayor. He is always supportive of kids like those that attend Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley. Thousands of students from HB and surrounding areas are served daily by the club, and we are pleased to partner in working for the community. Great event with a silent auction, amazing performances by students, dinner and more, all to raise funds for a worthwhile cause, the children. Attendees pledged over $200,000 towards scholarships for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley. Thanks you to all who attended and gave so graciously. Click hyperlink above to view more.


Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:21 AM

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Endorses GCT for HB City Council

Long Beach, CA-It’s an honor to have received the endorsement of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. Being the two largest beach cities in the area, Long Beach and Huntington Beach are intrinsically tied. Our cities share common interests including port safety and security, coastal preservation, and providing recreational and touristic opportunities for residents and visitors from all over the world. It’s time for our two cities to work together to better the lives of our residents. Mayor Garcia and I are confident that should I prevail and gain a seat on the HB City Council, we can work in extraordinary ways together for our residents.


Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:28 PM

Trustee Clayton-Tarvin on WBUR Boston's NPR Station

Huntington Beach, CA-Yesterday, I was pleased to contribute to WBUR Boston’s NPR news on-air radio station On Point show. The discussion centered on “Why school boards are a nexus of America's culture wars.” For years, OVSD board meetings have been magnets for alt right fringe groups bent on disrupting public business for political gains. I’m happy to report that HBPD intervened this past Tuesday night to disperse the disrupters, who refused to wear masks inside the boardroom, a requirement in CA by CDPH and our local board of trustees. There were many K-2 students present in the boardroom and the disruption was unacceptable. Free speech is always welcome by the OVSD board, but lawful behavior is required. Listen in to hear my comments on WBUR’s show.


Tuesday, October 12, 2021 7:22 PM

Harbour View Dual Spanish Immersion Language Students Perform

Huntington Beach, CA-Tonight we welcomed Harbour View Spanish Dual Language Immersion program students. They visited our board meeting, and performed a Spanish language song. They did such a great job, and we were so impressed. Amazing work, Pelicans!


Tuesday, October 12, 2021 7:08 PM

Trustees Comments from 10/12/21

Huntington Beach, CA-Last night we had an exciting meeting full of presentations, performance, information, and deliberations. The Board of Trustees presented a certificate of appreciation to outgoing Kiwanis Club president Shawn Woods for his years of outstanding work for the children of OVSD and beyond. We thank him for making our students a number one priority in HB. Also, we enjoyed a performance by our Harbour View K-2 Spanish Language Immersion students. Thanks to this program, students will have a head start on mastering Spanish even before entering high school where there is a 2-year foreign language graduation requirement. We are proud to be providing a starting place for future success. Thanks to the entire OVSD Team for making this a reality!


Monday, October 11, 2021 12:28 PM

Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento Endorses GCT for HBCC 2022

Santa Ana, CA-It’s with deep gratitude that I announce the endorsement of Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento for my Huntington Beach City Council campaign. Santa Ana is the second most populous city and the county seat of Orange County, CA. It is also the 57th-most populous city in the USA, and led by the first ever Bolivian American to hold a mayorship. I’m so proud to have the support of Mayor Sarmiento, and look forward to forging a new relationship for our two cities. We must work together to propel the prosperity of our OC region for generations to come. Partnerships with key leaders like Mayor Sarmiento only further cement HB’s place as a regional leader in CA. Thanks to the mayor for his kind words of support and assuredness in my candidacy. Let’s get working ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ


Thursday, October 7, 2021 6:05 PM

OVSD Welcomes the City of HB to Oak View School

Huntington Beach, CA-The Ocean View School District was pleased to host the City of HB tonight in our fabulous Oak View gym for a community meeting. OVSD President Singer, Superintendent Hansen, the community and I heard from multiple City departments about improvements that are soon too come to the Oak View neighborhood. Special guests, Mayor Carr, Council member Moser, City Manager Chi, HBPD Chief Harvey, and so many other talented department leaders presented their plans. We were very impressed with what we heard and look forward to working together to make these projects a reality. Joint use projects have been part of the history between our two agencies and we want to continue this tradition. Let’s get to work!


Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:31 PM

Fighting for HB's Public Health and Safety

 

Huntington Beach, CA-Now, more than ever in Huntington Beach, after the disastrous oil spill, we must demand corporate accountability. Gross polluters can’t be allowed to damage our environment, poison our land, and pollute our children. Trustee Clayton-Tarvin will continue to take on the big fights for our community, no questions asked. For Trustee Clayton-Tarvin, it has been an honor to be an environmental justice advocate, and her commitment is steadfast. She means business. Join us in sending a message that health and safety must be number one in HB. Let’s do this ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ


Tuesday, October 5, 2021 12:46 PM

Oil Spill off the OC Coast Declared State of Emergency

Huntington Beach, CA-Approximately 126,000 gallons of oil has leaked from a broken pipeline entering HB beaches and wetlands. Beta Offshore, a division of the Amplify Energy Corp is responsible for the spill and is working with the Incident Management Team on repairs and cleanup efforts. According to the City, they will work to ensure the responsible parties do everything possible to rectify this heinous environmental disaster. HB's ocean and shorelines are closed indefinitely, from Seapoint to the Santa Monica River Jetty. Do not enter the shoreline or water. City officials report that protecting the wetlands is one of their highest priorities. The City has deployed over 2,000 feet of protective booms at 7 locations. However, oiled wildlife are washing ashore. The oil spill has not affected any of our operations at the Ocean View School District. Click link above to read my thoughts shared and included in the Voice of OC article.

TO ASSIST WITH ANIMAL RESCUE, contact the HB Wetlands at at (714) 374-5587.

TO ASSIST WITH FUTURE CLEANUP EFFORTS, visit cleanups.surfrider.org.

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SPILL, call the City's hotline at 714-374-1702.

*A claims number has been established for any individuals or businesses who feel they may have been affected by the incident, CALL: (866) 985-8366 and reference Pipeline P00547.


Sunday, October 3, 2021 7:00 AM

OC Register-Where did all the school buses go? Some parents want them back

Huntington Beach, CA-The OVSD Board of Trustees decided on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 to resume home to school bus service for Marine View students coming from the Harbour View area. The services will be subsidized by general funds for this school year and revisited yearly. Due to a shortage of bus drivers nationwide, the service will not begin until a driver can be hired for the route. Read more here by clicking the hyperlink above to the OC Register news article. 


Wednesday, September 29, 2021 8:06 PM

OVSD Board Continues to Save Open Space

Huntington Beach, CA-Last night during the Trustees Roundtable, I praised members of the board for being the number one providers of open space and youth sports fields in Huntington Beach and beyond. We at OVSD never sell any school sites or fields. We have preserved 314 acres of open public land since the 1950’s. As a current board member, I will not allow any open space to be sold. OVSD has 25 sites and operates 16 as current school sites. The others are leased which brings in revenue to the district. We are the landlords of Walmart, Lowes, and multiple other businesses, like perochial schools, preschools, day cares, dance studios and more. These businesses bring in over $2.2M in revenue to pay back COPs debt, and for capital improvements as prescribed by CA law. Once open space is gone, there’s no way to get it back. Also, little know fact, bedsides the 25 sites, the OVSD also owns, yet leases 7 pocket parks to the City of HB for just a $1 per year. We do this so that everyone can enjoy fresh air, green grass, and a place to relax. We have given our commitment to save our community’s parks, provide playing fields to the majority of HB’s kids, and to preserve precious green open spaces for generations to come. This is a legacy to be proud of. Thank you OVSD residents for untrusting us to manage this land!


Monday, September 13, 2021 8:22 PM

OVSD President Patricia Endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin for HBCC

Huntington Beach, CA-I am proud and honored to present my first endorsement for Huntington Beach City Council, 2022. Thank you to my colleague, OVSD President Patricia Singer, for her support. We aim to prove that bipartisanship is possible and works in local government when the ultimate goal is protecting students. We ensure that learning and academic achievement are number one. We guarantee that with my possible election to HBCC, the relationship between the City and the 5 school districts serving HB will be positive and focused on making the lives of residents better! 


Friday, September 10, 2021 8:13 AM

Never forget ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Harbour View Remembers 9/11


Huntington Beach, CA-Today at Harbour View, we attended a special Patriots Day Remembrance ceremony, as tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on our nation on September 11, 2001. A moment of silence was held for those lost in 9/11 and for those American service members lost in Afghanistan recently. These 13 lives were honored by placing 13 flags in the ground by HV students. All will remembered, and never be forgotten. Thanks to HBPD and HBFD for being present to honor our nation’s citizens and patriots that lost their lives. Never forget ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ!


Wednesday, September 8, 2021 8:08 AM

Welcome Back to School, OVSD!

Huntington Beach, CA-Today I had the pleasure of being on campus at Spring View and Hope View for the first day of the 2021-2022 school year. So much activity was occurring, and excitement was in the air. Elementary and middle school students alike were happy to be back together, for regular classes and programs. Scroll through to see some of the great things going on in our OVSD schools, including the training of Guide Dogs of America, and the new Hope View puppy ๐Ÿถ , Gus!


Tuesday, September 7, 2021 7:19 PM

Trustee Clayton-Tarvin for HB City Council 2022 ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Huntington Beach, CA-Coming Soon, Campaign 2022!


Friday, September 3, 2021 9:06 AM

OVSD Kicks off 2021-2022 School Year in HB

Huntington Beach, CA-We’re Back, OVSD is Better Than Ever. We held an amazing Kick Off event with all of our OVSD staff, all 800, outdoors and masked for the new school year this morning. Marine View student Jordyn Prewitt wowed the crowd with a rousing version of the Star Spangled Banner, while Board President Patricia Singer, Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen and HB Mayor Kim Carr gave special messages to all. Each school competed in a school competition, and it was a blast. We’re Back, Better Than Ever!


Thursday, August 26, 2021 7:55 PM

Special Board Meeting-COVID19 Safety Plan

Huntington Beach, CA-Tonight the OVSD Board of Trustees convened a Special Meeting to learn about the District’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan. This new plan is required by CDPH to begin the 2021-2022 school year. Topics discussed were testing protocols for those who have been exposed on campus, quarantining guidelines, the independent study process, issues of vaccination and more. Pay no attention to the conspiracies circulating in our community, you can count on us to follow the expert health guidance, safeguard your students, and protect their rights to be secure while in our care. School board members, like myself, have a legal obligation to enforce mask mandates, and face possible criminal penalties if we refuse to do so per the CA Penal Code. At OVSD, we will follow the law. Masks will remain mandatory for all students and staff while inside school buildings, and voluntary while outside. COVID testing will not be mandatory for students, but offered on campus as part of a set of protocols for returning to class if exposed. Vaccinations will not be offered at our school sites to children, and there is NO mandate for kids to be vaccinated in California at all, despite what some unscrupulous players are spreading as unfounded rumor. Ignore the noise, and rest assured that, our number one priority is our students.


Monday, August 23, 2021 9:43 AM

First Day of School in Cerritos

Cerritos, CA-First Day of School ๐ŸŽ for my new 6th grade tigers ๐Ÿฏ in Cerritos. This year looks a little different, but we are all back together again in-person. Masks are worn at all times while indoors, and voluntary while outdoors. Most students kept them on while outside, out of an abundance of caution. The Delta Variant is prevalent in LA County, so we are vigilant. We have plexiglass corals for each student, a divider for me, and Heppa filtration machine as well. Per CDPH/LA County mandates, all students must keep 6ft from adults and 3ft from each other. It’s different, but we’re making the best of it. What really matters is that the kids are together again, where they belong. Welcome Back to School!


Sunday, August 22, 2021 6:28 PM

Surf City, USA ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ


Huntington Beach, CA-Surf City, ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ…we’re back! We are happy to be back in Huntington Beach, and went down to the pier and to dinner at Duke’s last night. We love eating there, and enjoyed coconut shrimp, panko encrusted calamari, Asian sticky ribs, arugula salad, and the famous Hula Pie with ice cream, fudge, and topped with macadamia nuts. Happy to enjoy our local businesses with their excellent food and services.


Saturday, August 21, 2021 11:21 AM

COVID Vaccine Clinic at Oak View, HB


Huntington Beach, CA-VACCINATION CLINIC HAPPENING NOW… in Huntington Beach at our Oak View School. Adults can come out and get vaccinated today at Oak View in the gym until 2pm. OVSD is proud to host this event in cooperation with ABRAZAR Community Services & Education Center, Asian-American Senior Citizens Service Center, Oak View ComUNIDAD, and with the Office of District 2, OC Supervisor Katrina Foley. Vaccines available: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson
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CLINICA DE VACUNAS AHORITA! Venga y vacunese hoy en el gymnasio de la escuela de Oak View ahorita hasta a las 2pm. Vacunas disponibles son: #Pfizer, #Moderna #JohnsonJohnson


Saturday, August 14, 2021 6:41 PM

Board of Trustee's Meeting, Zoom from Croatia

Šibenik-Knin, Croatia-Tonight, from over 6,000 miles away here in my home in Šibenik, Croatia via remote connection, I attended our Board of Trustees meeting via Zoom and spoke in opposition to a motion made by my colleague to discontinue the ability of our constituents to submit public comments in writing. I wholeheartedly disagreed with him and his desire to disenfranchise citizens of their First Amendment rights to free speech. In my opinion, it’s un-American to do so, and I can especially see this from my current location in Europe. As officers of the State of California, we have a legal obligation per our oath of office to uphold and defend our State and Federal Constitutions. Shame on my colleague for wanting to strip residents of their rights. As Clerk of the Board, when in-person, I typically read these comments into the record. With the COVID-19 Pandemic still raging in California, we must allow for public participation in multiple ways, not just via in-person comments, as this may lead to unnecessary exposure to the virus, including the highly contagious Delta Variant. I look forward to returning to the USA this upcoming Tuesday, and attending our next meeting in September. In the meantime, let’s do our best to wear masks where required and get vaccinated if possible. We are in this together and must work collectively to protect ourselves, especially the most vulnerable among us, our children.


Wednesday, August 11, 2021 7:31 PM

OC Register-In Orange County, reactions run the gamut to new vaccine mandate for teach


Orange County, CA-Thanks to the OC Register for interviewing me about the new vaccination/testing mandate for public school employees. I do believe this is a great compromise, as it allows for vaccination choice while testing in lieu. Vaccines are not mandatory in CA for school employees, but encouraged. Testing will be done if COVID-19 vaccination status isn’t obtained. For those teachers and staff that are unable to be vaccinated due to medical sensitivities or that choose not to be vaccinated, there is an alternative. Schools must remain open and in-person for the upcoming school year. Kids need to be in class and engaged, and infection must be kept under control. We can safeguard and protect children in this way. It’s our responsibility to do so, and we will.


Saturday, August 7, 2021 12:00 PM

Venice, Veneto, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Venice, Italy-We made it๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น! We are in Venezia, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region. Venice is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals, waterways including the Grand Canal, which is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The main square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs. We have eaten some truly delicious food including at Bistrot di Venesia, a Michelin rated restaurant with traditional Venetian cuisine, some recipes from the 16th century. You’ve never had food like this before, it’s foreign even to other Italians. Enjoy the sites and sounds of Venice, the City of Love โค๏ธ!


Thursday, August 5, 2021 2:59 PM

Jastrebarsko, Zagreb, Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท


Jastrebarsko, Croatia-Thank you to esteemed Professor Lidija Fištrek, my longest time girlfriend here in Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท for inviting me to her countryside home here above the village of Jastrebarsko. Her property is lovely, sits in the rolling hills nestled in between two vineyards that literally abut her land. Even though this place is remote, it’s only 20 miles from the nation’s capital of Zagreb with 1 million inhabitants. We visited some lovely places, have eaten amazing food, including that which was prepared by Lidija herself. She is an amazing cook of “continental” Croatian cuisine. Scroll through to see all that this “wine” growing and farming region has to offer. Next stop, the Istrian Coast and then onto Venice, Italy. More to come!


Thursday, July 29, 2021 5:54 PM

Island of Zlarin, Dalmatia, Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท


Zlarin, Croatia-This week Keri Kropke and I visited the Island of Zlarin (Otok Zlarin). It is special for a couple reasons, but the main one is because my son Tony’s grandpa (Dida) Ivo Branica was born and raised there in the 1930’s. He was subsequently relocated with his mom and siblings to northern Egypt to a refugee camp during WWII, as Zlarin was a target of multiple bombings by both the Axis Powers (Nazis/Fascists) and the Allied Forces (USA/UK). The island inhabitants fought against the Nazis, and many of its men worked with opposition forces of the Partisans. Dida is still alive, he’s 87 and he lives in Šibenik, photos of him are forthcoming. Zlarin is a small island off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia near the mainland city of Šibenik. In the winter time, the island has a population of 284, but in the summer, the population increases with mainland families that have summer homes, and visitors from all over the world. Zlarin has many fig, olive, and cypress trees, and other plants like rosemary, lavender and even capers which grow out of cracks in walls. Inner parts of the island are wild, uninhabited, and covered with thick forest. Zlarin is one of the only islands in the Adriatic Sea that does not allow access to cars. It is famous for red corral which is not found anywhere else. It’s absolutely amazing and I’ve been coming here since 2004. It never gets old, click link above to scroll through the photos and welcome to Zlarin, the golden island!


Thursday, July 22, 2021 5:48 PM

Island of Hvar, Dalmatia, Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท

Hvar, Croatia-Keri Kropke and I visited the Island Hvar, Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท in the Adriatic Sea this weekend, sailed over via catamaran from Split. I’ve not been here in decades, and first visited with my cousin Colleen Clayton, when we sailed across from Ancona, Italy just after the Balkan War in 1999. Even then Hvar was an “exclusive” spot of the jet set. It’s still beautiful today, but time has changed it, more people, bigger parties, and a lot more to do. It is best known as a summer resort. Highlights of the former Venetian shipping port of Town Hvar include its 13th-century walls, a hilltop Spanish fortress and a main square with the prominent Renaissance era Hvar Cathedral. The island also features secluded beaches and lavender fields. Scroll through to experience the sites and sounds of the Dalmatian island of Hvar!
Note: Masks are required on all public transportation, and in all public indoor spaces. Outdoors, masks are not required. All restaurants and bars are permitted to operate outdoors and all close at 12am. No exceptions. The National police patrol and enforce, all comply. COVID numbers are some of the lowest in Europe. Bravo Croatia!


Monday, July 19, 2021 5:26 PM

Rovinj, Istria, Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท

Rovinj, Croatia-Former Brea Trustee Keri Kropke and were invited to the magical City of Rovinj in the Istria Region of northwest Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท. It borders Slovenia (land) and Italy (maritime), and is exceptionally known for its gastronomic delicacies such as truffles. The food is outstanding and the scenery is stupendous. Rovinj was once a town under control of the Republic of Venice, and before that, Ancient Rome. It was later part of Italy, then Yugoslavia, and eventually Croatia. The town is officially bilingual, Italian and Croatian, hence both town names, Rovinj and Rovigno are official and equal. Professor Lidija Fištrek, my longest time girlfriend in Croatia, has a vacation home here, and I’ve been visiting her here in Rovinj for years, as we are almost at 20 years. We also visited the Ancient Roman City of Pula, which sits just 20 miles south of Rovinj, and on the Adriatic Sea, boasting the most beautiful and well preserved Roman Colloseum in the world, with bright white limestone blocks. It’s not just an archeological site, but a place used daily for concerts and more. Modern people get to enjoy the space just as their ancient predecessors did. Click link above to enjoy the images of magical Istria!
 
Note: Masks are mandatory inside only, and not while outside. Restaurants only operate outdoor dining and must close at midnight per executive orders of the national government of the Republic of Croatia. All comply and COVID numbers are low.


Thursday, July 15, 2021 5:22 PM

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท



Split, Croatia- We’ve been having a great time here in Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท this past week and learning about Ancient Rome and our world history. Here are some images from the Dalmatia region, from the City of Split. Please scroll through to read each caption to learn more about the history of the magical region of Dalmatia which has been continuously inhabited for tens of thousands of years and “civilized” since the Roman times. See Emperor Diocletian’s Palace in Split. The regional “capital” of Split, Dalmatia largest city, at Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, with a Roman Catholic St. Dominus Cathedral standing above the archeological ruins. After accidentally driving down a pedestrian only street at the entrance to Diocletian’s Palace, we were “pulled over” by these two Split police officers. Luckily, they took pity on us, gave a warning and then subsequently invited us to have a coffee with them to discuss local, regional, and world politics. We listened to radio chatter in Croatian language curated by them, absolutely fascinating. First responders international edition!


Friday, July 9, 2021 7:15 PM

Headed "home" to Europe


Los Angeles, CA-We’re off, yesterday was my birthday and my son Tony and I headed to Europe via LAX. Travel traffic is very light right now, hardly anyone moving, a great time to travel, with COVID infections at an all time low in many nations and vaccines picking up, it’s time to go. In London now and off to Croatia, Italy and beyond. Looking forward to seeing our family and friends that we have not been able to see due to the pandemic. More photos from abroad to come!


Sunday, July 4, 2021 10:00 AM

Come On Down To The OVHS Fireworks Stand ๐Ÿงจ๐Ÿ’ฅ


Huntington Beach, CA-Guess who just bought a lot of TNT fireworks ๐Ÿงจ๐Ÿ’ฅ? My son Max just dropped big bucks and all for a good cause, Ocean View High School (OVHS) where my older son Tony attends school. Come on down to the OV stand at Goldenwest and Warner in the Big Lots parking lot. Happy Independence Day fellow Americans, let freedom ring ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ!


Sunday, July 4, 2021 7:57 AM

Happy Independence Day ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ


Huntington Beach CA, From our family to yours, Happy Independence Day ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ. From 1776 to 2021 we celebrate our great nation and freedom from the British. From sea to shining sea. Let freedom ring, USA๐Ÿ’ฅ. Note: all OVSD schools and offices are closed tomorrow, July 5th in observation of the federal holiday.


Monday, June 28, 2021 8:15 AM

OVSD Summer Meal Program Is Back ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿฅช ๐Ÿฅ›!


Huntington Beach, CA-The Board or Trustees has once again authorized the District to offer FREE breakfast and lunch meals to ALL children 18 years and younger, Monday to Friday from 10:00am - 12:00pm at College View, Oak View, and Westmont Elementary Schools. Thanks to our partners at federal government for authorizing and financing this important nutrition services program. 

(No meal service July 5 in observance of Independence Day.)


Wednesday, June 23, 2021 5:31 PM

Spring View 8th Grade Promotions at OVHS

Huntington Beach, CA-The 5pm 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony was phenomenal, as our Spring View Spartans were featured. We heard from student speakers, and saw Golden Apple awards given to deserving recipients too. Most importantly, we witnessed each and every student walk onto the stage to accept their promotion certificates, well earned and deserved. We are so proud and honored to have been there with Spartan families at OVHS. Congratulations to all. Click link to see more photos. 


Wednesday, June 23, 2021 2:00 PM

Vista View 8th Grade Promotion at OVHS

Huntington Beach, CA-Congratulations Vista View students, you did it. You made it through your elementary and middle school careers and are now on your way to high school. Great work by all. We are so proud of all of you. Thanks to the OVHS for allowing OVSD to utilize the stadium to have our 8th grade promotions on your campus. Special thanks to our friends at the City of HB including Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Delgleize, and Councilmen Mike Posey and Dan Kalmick for joining us today to see our Falcons off to the 9th grade and beyond. From the OVSD Board of Trustees, we wish you all well. Click link to see more photos.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:12 PM

New OVSD Administrative Positions Awarded

Huntington Beach, CA-Welcome to OVSD, to our new and promoted employees, to your new leadership positions. Last night, the Board of Trustees decided by unanimous vote in Closed Session, and then reported out:
โ— Promotion of Mr. Keith Farrow from Director, Fiscal Services to Assistant Superintendent, Administrative
Services. Mr. Farrow will be replacing Dr. Conroy who is retiring.
โ— Hiring of Ms. Tami Benane as the Principal of Village View Elementary. Ms. Benane previously served as an elementary and high school assistant principal, as well as an elementary and middle school teacher.
โ— Promotion of Ms. Katherine Stapleton Crawford from administrative designee/teacher to Assistant Principal, Vista View.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:25 PM

Trustee Comments on City of HB's "Oak View Rising", 6/22/21

Huntington Beach, CA-In all my elected years, I never thought I’d see the day that a Huntington Beach City Manager would come before the OVSD board of trustees to ask for the board’s help and permission to work on community development projects. That day came yesterday when City Manager Oliver Chi accompanied by Chris Slama, the Director of Community & Library Services who presented a phenomenal list of improvements for the community called Oak View. Oak View Rising, the project’s name will include a new Family Resource Center, library, tree scape, a new mini soccer pitch, and much more. New City Council leadership means positive change in the historically underserved neighborhood of OV. Thanks to Council members Mayor Kim Carr, Natalie Tomich Moser and Dan Kalmick, for taking HB in new direction, having forward thinking, vision, and giving direction to staff to make improvements citywide. The OVSD board is willing to work together with the City to grant access to our facilities and open space for joint use projects.


Friday, June 18, 2021 11:10 AM

Hope View-5th Grade Promotions


Huntington Beach, CA-The OVSD Board of Trustees and Executive Cabinet were proud to attend Hope View 5th Grade Promotions today at 10am and 1pm. Thanks to the Hope View PTO for setting up the decorations and making the event special for the kids and families. We got to hear from the principal and teachers and see the kids get their certificates. We look forward to next week’s 5th and 8th grade promotions ceremonies to come. Congratulations OVSD students, you made it!

*Click link to see all of the photos from today


Wednesday, June 16, 2021 11:05 AM

Guide Dogs of America at Hope View


Hope View students got to visit with 12 Guide Dogs ๐Ÿฆฎ in training along with their handlers today. They came to school for some obedience training. Hope View teacher Holly Sjogren has hosted Guide Dog puppies in training in her classroom since 2017, and I was proud as president of the board in that year to support this amazing program. Our entire board agreed to allow this important program to be housed on the Hope View campus. It is an integral part of Hope View’s award winning “Community of Caring.” In addition, Hope View students and staff collected “Pennies for Puppies” and presented Guide Dogs of America with a check for $2,000. We even got a visit from the LA Times Daily Pilot reporter Matt Szabo who spoke with community members, including one of our youngest, a TK student who was interviewed, he’s only 5, wow. Thanks to all our Hope View Hawks for sharing the time with the puppies ๐Ÿถtoday!

*Click link to see all of the photos of the puppies and the event


Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:54 AM

Vista View named CA Distinguished School


Fountain Valley, CA-We were so happy to be able to be with the Vista View staff this morning for the 2021 Distinguished School Award recognition in Fountain Valley, in-person. Vista View received special commendations from Senator Tom Umberg, and the City of Fountain Valley. In addition, President Singer, Superintendent Dr. Hansen and I, along with district administrators were present to honor the school for their exciting achievement. Congratulations team, we are so proud of you!

*Click link to see all of the photos from the celebration


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