Open House 2018

School News


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NMUSD parents should be receiving or have already received the California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) student score reports via US Postal Service delivery system. 

If you would like additional information and resources related to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Testing please visit the Resources for Parents and Students webpage or contact your child’s school. 

School and districtwide SBAC results are not yet available. We anticipate that the State will make this data available in September 2018. Once available, the information will be available on the State Testing information and Results webpage.


Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) attracted more than 700 students to its Summer Engineering Academy, Music Academy, and Costa Mesa SMART CAMP Program. Students needing additional support also had opportunities to participate in English and math summer programs to better prepare them before advancing to the next grade level.  

Students at Summer Engineering Camp

Summer Engineering Academy

More than 450 first through seventh grade students participated in the three-week Summer Engineering Academy. The academy provided students with the opportunity to use the Engineering is Elementary Curriculum. Students also learned from the California Environment Education Curriculum, which taught them the importance of our environment.

Summer engineering allows students to explore new technologies and get excited about creating their own ideas. Students take pride in solving problems and testing possible solutions.

“I love seeing students get excited about things they originally thought were "too hard" or challenging,” said Lindsey Goff, teacher.

Students had the opportunity to:

  • Design and build cars and boats out of index cards, popsicle sticks, and other materials
  • Design, build, and test water filters, knee braces, and windmills
  • Learn basic coding skills using Ozobots, which are pocket-sized robots, coded/programmed via colored markers and/or iPads
  • Build simple machines in the Lego Robotics room
  • Practice controlling VEX Robots and paper rockets

“We get to do experiments and sometimes we have to figure it out by ourselves,” said second grade student Jazmin Haro. “Sometimes you have the best ideas and you get to build them. Sometimes you need help and your friend can help you solve the problem,” she said.

The Summer Engineering Academy Fair, on July 26, is the culminating event where families have the opportunity to view their students’ engineering projects in action.

Summer Engineering Academy Fair

July 26, 2018, 9 am
Rea Elementary School
661 Hamilton Street
Costa Mesa, CA 62627

Summer Engineering Academy Photos

Students in Summer Music Program

Summer Music Academy and City of Costa Mesa SMART Camp Music Program

More than 250 students in grades fourth through eighth participated in the NMUSD Summer Music Academy and the City of Costa Mesa’s SMART CAMP Music Program. Students participated in the three week music program in beginning and intermediate strings, beginning and intermediate band, and jazz band. The Summer Music Academy was offered in the mornings and the City of Costa Mesa's SMART Camp Music Program was offered in the afternoon, giving students a full day of music!

“The music teachers and I are thrilled that we had elementary students working well together and high school volunteers who were great mentors to younger players,” said Mr. Scott Fitzpatrick, music teacher on special assignment.

The highlight of the summer program is typically the culminating summer music concert, where students’ hard work, dedication and talents are showcased through their performances in strings orchestra, concert band, and jazz band.

Join us in celebrating students’ accomplishments:

Summer Music Concert

July 26, 2018
9 am to 12 pm
Rea Elementary
661 Hamilton Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

9 am - Beginning and Intermediate Strings
10:30 am - Beginning and Intermediate Band

City of Costa Mesa SMART Camp Music Program

1 pm - Intermediate Strings
1:45 pm - Beginning Band
2:15 pm - Jazz Band

Visit the Summer Programs webpage to learn more.

Summer Music Academy Photos

Teacher Assisting Student

Language Explorers English Language Development Program

Nearly 35 English learners, from grades 8-11, had the opportunity to strengthen their skills in speaking, writing, listening, and reading in English through the Summer English Language Development Program. Students explored poetry, short stories, their communities and their cultures. They also used art as a vehicle of self-expression while building language. 
Family members were invited to attend an open house where they learned more about the program, toured classrooms, asked questions, and were able to see firsthand the progress their students have made through their displayed work.
One of the highlights from the program was the opportunity for students to visit the California State University, Fullerton campus on July 25th. This exclusive field trip teaches students fundamental skills for preparing for a life after high school. This experience exposes them to a range of possibilities to help them stay focused and engaged in school.

Summer Language Program Photos


Food Cart

Newport-Mesa Unified School District announces its yearly policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and/or Afterschool Snack program. Effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines.

Free and reduced meal eligibility scale.

Households do not need to turn in an application when the household receives a notification letter saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals when any household member receives benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, and children enrolled in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals. Contact school officials if any child in the household is not on the notification letter. The household must let school officials know if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals.

Applications will be sent to the household with a letter about the free and reduced-price meal program. Households that want to apply for meal benefits must fill out one application for all children in the household and give it to the nutrition office at 2985 Bear Street, Building B, Costa Mesa, CA  92626. For a simple and secure method to apply, use our online application at Contact the Nutrition Services Office at 714-424-5090 for help with the application. The school will let you know if your application is approved for free or reduced-price meals. 

Households may turn in an application at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an application at that time. Information given on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. The last four digits of the Social Security number from any adult household or checking that you do not have a Social Security number is required if you include income on the application.

Households that receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by filling out an application.

Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as a household member if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children on the same application. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. If the non-foster children are not eligible, this does not keep foster children from receiving free meals.

Your child’s eligibility status from last school year will continue only until September 30, 2018 or until the school processes your new application, or your child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. After September 30, 2018, your child will have to pay full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. School officials do not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices.

If you do not agree with the decision or results of verification, you may discuss it with school officials. You also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing the hearing official: Dale Ellis, Director of Nutrition Services, 2985 Bear Street, Building B, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, Phone: 714-424-5090.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Coffee Chats with the Principal for Prospective Parents

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You are cordially invited to join us for

"Coffee Chats with the Principal"

Being informed about your local school is vital for your child to get the most out of his/her school

community. Come learn more about Victoria Elementary by attending an informal coffee chat with

our Principal, Dr. Aaron Peralta. Our coffee chats offer you the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about our engaging curriculum
  • Interact with our leadership team
  • Meet and connect with other parents
  • our the campus and see key locations throughout the campus including classrooms, library, multipurpose room, playground, and lunch tables.
  • Gather information about the parent experience at Victoria
  • Ask questions in a small-group environment

We know that preparing your child for his/her school experience is an important decision – and our

goal is to help you before you begin the process. Group size is limited to 6-8 parents to allow for a

more interactive and personalized experience.


Please RSVP to Judi Chimits @ or call (949) 515-6985

Welcome to Victoria for the 2017-18 School Term!

Group of students on first day of school


Welcome to the 2017-18 school term! The start of a new year is an exciting time. It provides a unique opportunity to observe enthusiasm from students as they make new friends and focus on learning challenging curriculum, the excitement of our staff at delivering engaging materials and lessons, the parents’ joy at seeing their children off to an academic environment that will help to positively shape their future. This year, our team has undergone some changes, our student body has grown, and we’re working to implement new curriculum. Through all of this we have renewed our commitment to who we are with our theme, “We are Victoria!” We’re proud to be Voyagers – Soaring Above!


Enrollment for the 2018-19 term begins on April 24, 2018. For more information, please visit the Welcome Center page.


(949) 515-6842

(available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Please call and leave a voicemail when your child will be absent.

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The School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is updated yearly in February. This is a legal requirement by the State of California. The SARC provides a detailed report regarding each school about class size, demographics, test scores, climate, and more. The reports are published in the current year for the previous year.


School Accountability Report Card

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Home Connect

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Non-Discrimination Statement:

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, practices, and employment shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent.  Any school employee who witnesses an incident of unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, retaliation, or bullying, shall immediately intervene to stop the incident when it is safe to do so.  Compliance Officer Contact Information: Associate Superintendent, Chief Human Resources Officer, 2985 Bear St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-424-5041