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TUSD Superintendent Gregory Franklin Highlights Successes at annual State of the Schools Breakfast

Friday, October 06, 2017

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The Tustin Public Schools Foundation and Tustin Unified School District held their sixth annual State of the Schools Breakfast on Sept. 25 at Tustin High School.  Over 300 community members, business owners and school district staff gathered at the Tustin High Sports Pavilion to learn more about Tustin Unified and its achievements and goals.

The event featured a presentation from TUSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin, who provided an overview of the District’s “contagious culture of success.” He also shared TUSD’s new video, “Transforming Students’ Lives,” which can be found in the Resources/TUSD Video Links section on the District’s web site at

            Franklin expressed the importance of, and TUSD’s commitment to, adapting teaching practices to align with changing technology and its impact on the way students learn.  He shared examples of the “hard fun” that students experience.  At Beckman High School, students have met after school to design and build a cube satellite that is now waiting for a launch into space. Students at all grade levels have participated in the TUSD Robotics League, with seven Tustin Unified teams competing at the world championships earlier this year.  Foothill and Tustin high school students have successfully competed at UCI to build a car that can go the farthest on one dollar’s worth of energy. 

            TPSF Board Member Gerry Aust, who passed away in August, was recognized by Franklin with a “Standing O” award for Aust and his wife, Diane, for their many contributions to Tustin Unified schools. “This award is an example of the partnership between the Tustin Unified School District and Tustin Public Schools Foundation,” said TPSF Board President Armen Karamardian. “We appreciate this touching tribute to a beloved member of our TPSF family.”

            Franklin finished his presentation by encouraging more community involvement with the schools in preparing TUSD students as future leaders. “Tustin Unified continues to succeed due to the wonderful support and commitment of the staff, parents and the community,” he said. 

            The Tustin High ASB, led by advisor David Peay, provided entertainment with a short performance from the film La La Land in addition to greeting guests and providing table service. The event closed with a surprise performance by the Tustin Tillers marching band and flag, dance and cheer teams.  


TUSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin provided an overview of the District’s “contagious culture of success” at the annual State of the Schools Breakfast.

The Tustin High School ASB entertained State of the Schools Breakfast attendees with a dance routine from the film La La Land.

Photos courtesy of John Garrett

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