FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Hello Spartan Families,

Last Friday was the end of the 6 week grading period. The school year is passing by quickly. If your son or daughter is struggling and needs some support, please check out the website under Resources to find supports available. There is also a tab titled Mental Health if your student is struggling for non-academic reasons. Mr. Ostini works closely with our staff to keep our website updated with information to help our students and their families to easily access any and all information to help our students.

Some good news as our County COVID numbers continue to drop. We are starting to see some things opening up. Some of our elementary students have a scheduled date to return to school. We are hoping that this is an opportunity in the near future for our older students to also return to school and other activities. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is not allowing grades 7-12 to offer in-person instruction until our county is in the “red” tier for 5 days. We will continue to monitor our case rates and will keep you updated as we get closer to meeting that threshold.

We hope that you all continue to stay safe and healthy and that we will see you in person soon!

Have a great weekend!

Rhett Carter

FEBRUARY 19, 2021

Hello Orcutt Academy Spartan families,

The Orcutt Academy Freshmen Connect Crew (FCC) exists to help our youngest Spartans feel connected to other school-mates, and to help ensure their social and academic success during the first year of high school. The FCC leaders and mentors have worked hard this year trying to maintain a positive connection with their Freshmen, even though the traditional face-to-face meetings have not been possible.

The FCC Team hosted our first-ever Virtual Freshmen Orientation at the start of the school year, and have held several Mentor Meetups last semester. The bugs have eventually been worked out, and the Meetup two weeks ago was the most successful one yet! And, in the spirit of keeping this valuable organization making a positive impact on our school culture, another 40 exceptional Sophomores and Juniors have applied to be on next year’s FCC Mentor Team. Interviews are happening Monday, with the new team being locked in next week. Our youngest Spartans appreciate having the guidance of a few upperclassmen, and we thank FCC for continuing to have a positive impact on Orcutt Academy’s school culture.

For additional resources available for all our students and families, please visit the RESOURCES tab on our website to get connected with all the information you need!

Have a great weekend!

Rhett Carter