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San Marcos girl, 11, competes on ‘Chopped Junior’ |


Tween takes cooking skills to TVSan Elijo Hills’ Talia Thessen, 11, competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped Junior’

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San Elijo Hills Resident on First Episode of Chopped Jr, November 10th


Eleven year old San Elijo Hills resident Talia Thessen could only dream about being on the Food Network when her family left San Elijo Hills and moved to a small village outside Moscow, Russia in 2012. Her engineer father was transferred to to a small Russian village called Potavo where very few people spoke English and the family followed. Being a self-proclaimed “foodie”, Talia would stream Food Network’s Chopped show to study her craft and feel closer to home. She couldn’t have dreamed in just a few short years, she would be in the Chopped Kitchen competing on the very first edition of Chopped Junior!

Check out fellow San Elijo Hills resident and SEMS sixth grader, Talia Thessen on the very first episode of Chopped Jr, November 10th at 8 pm on the Food Network!

Update sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families

This email was sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families Today


Hello SEES Families,

Thank you for your quick response to our incident on Monday morning on the trails.  With the help of several parents, we have been able to identify the person who was offering our students candy.  Our school resource officer visited his home and spoke to him and his family about stopping this action immediately.  The man does live in our community so you may encounter him on the trails. We have no further information to believe that there is any further concern.

Please continue ongoing conversations with students about stranger danger as well as keeping the school office informed of any situations.

Thank you for your support!

Carolyn Kalicki and Jimmy Miringoff

SEES Administration

Keeping Families Informed about School Safety

This message was sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families this afternoon. 

Hello SEES Families,

Today just before school started one of our students was approached by a stranger and offered candy multiple times on the trails near our back gate. The man did not touch the student but did interact with the student. The student’s parent was with the student the entire time. Both parent and student safely walked to our office to notify the office and call the sheriff.  At that time the school also called the sheriff and the entire campus went on a soft lockdown.  All doors were secure and instruction continued as the sheriff walked the trails.

Unfortunately, the man was not located.  He was identified wearing a light blue/gray t-shirt with plaid shorts. The man was medium height and built with graying hair.

All staff members were informed and put on alert today.  All classes had an age appropriate conversation about stranger danger and walking home with a buddy. This is also a great time as parents to have that conversation about stranger danger at home.  You can even have your students role play the actions that they would take.  Research indicates that students need to practice a scream so they can recognize how loud the scream should be.

The trails were walked multiple times by many staff members prior and during dismissal today to ensure students safety.

We are fortunate to live in a community with many adults walking to and from school to keep an eye on all of our children.

Thank you for your support!

Carolyn Kalicki and Jimmy Miringoff
SEES Administration
Here is a link to 911 Dispatch posted by SEH 911 (Reposted here)
INITIAL DISPATCH AUDIO–Note: Click “DISPATCH AUDIO” below to hear. Audio is time compressed to remove dead air).

Community Electronic Recycling and Paper Shredding Event at San Elijo Hills Albertsons

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Green Hat Electronics will be holding a community electronics recycling and paper shredding event located in the San Elijo Hills Albertsons parking lot on September 12th & 13th from 10 am – 4 pm. Electronics recycling is free with the exception of large appliances.

Paper shredding is $5.00 per file box and 100% of the paper is shred ON SITE at the end of the event starting at 4:00 pm both days. Paper and Electronics will be collected through out the event hours. Paper will be stored in 64 gallon bins until the shred truck arrives at 4:00 pm to shred all the paper on-site.

Call Jennifer Zouvas at (760) 803-0097 for more information. Visit our website at This event supports the San Elijo Hills Elementary and Middle Schools!

Items we cannot accept: alkaline batteries, light bulbs and smoke detectors

San Marcos Unified has delayed the opening of Double Peak School due to a legal dispute. |


The opening of Double Peak School, the first K-8 grade school in the San Marcos Unified School District, has been delayed because of a legal dispute over the purchase of a small piece of land necessary to complete road improvements.

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Water Well being drilled on San Elijo Middle School Field

San Elijo Elementary also has a well on site that was drilled in the summer of 2014. The Wells are used for landscaping irrigation.

Opening of Double Peak School Delayed Until August of 2016

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A letter was sent to all DPS families on Tuesday, JULY 21 from Superintendent Holt informing of the delayed opening.

Community Letter

July 21, 2015

Dear Double Peak School Families,

As a community, we have observed, with great excitement as the walls of Double Peak have started to come together and resemble what will be an extraordinary K-8 school in San Marcos Unified School District.

There have been unforeseen circumstances in the negotiations to purchase a small parcel of the land necessary to complete the required road improvements, which forced the Governing Board to take official action to acquire the land by eminent domain. Our attempt at good faith bargaining with the property owner, in conjunction with the legal proceedings of condemning the property, has delayed the contractor’s ability to begin the road improvements, which are required by the City. It is estimated that these improvements will not be completed until the end of May 2016. I concur that these offsite road improvements are vital to ensuring the safety of our students and community and must be completed prior to the school opening. Therefore, Double Peak School will open in August of 2016. For the 2015-16 school year, students living within the Double Peak School boundaries will remain at Discovery and San Elijo Elementary and will become Double Peak School students in the 2016-17 school year.

All intra-district and inter-district transfers will remain approved and families will not have to complete transfer paperwork again for the 2016-17 school year. Families with either an intra or inter district transfer will have one of two options for the 2015-16 school year:

  1. Their student can attend Discovery Elementary, San Elijo Elementary, or San Elijo Middle School for the whole 2015-16 school year – or –
  2. They can return to their original home school and begin at Double Peak School in the 2016-17 school year

All families with an approved intra or inter district transfer must inform Laura Andrade in the Student Services Department, by Wednesday, August 5, 2015, if their student will remain at their current home school for the 2015-16 school year or transfer to either Discovery, San Elijo Elementary, or San Elijo Middle. Ms. Andrade can be contacted at 760-752-1220.

Throughout this past year, I have seen the wonderful and collaborative efforts of Double Peak School families and the administration form the core values that will guide the curriculum of this school. Principal Baum will continue to be the pillar for this community – strengthening connections by holding Double Peak School events and staying connected with students and families during the 2015-16 school year.


Kevin D Holt, Ed.D. Superintendent

San Elijo Hills Foundation Team at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Here is the video of San Elijo Hills Foundation Team performance at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in May, 2015:

The SEH Team were doing Problem 3, Division 1, “Pandora’s Box” (for more information, see )

The team placed 2nd in the Regional tournament in February (in Oceanside), 1st place in the State Tournament in March (at UC Riverside), and 8th place in the Worlds (at Michigan State University).

We’re so proud of them! They represented our San Elijo Hills community on an international stage, competing against teams from across the US, Singapore, China, Poland and others. To finish in the Top 10 was an amazing accomplishment. The kids were recognized for their achievements by the San Marcos City Council in June.

Congratulations to the kids for all their hard work throughout the year on this project! They had a blast doing it and are looking forward to getting their hands on next year’s problems!

The kids would like to thank everyone in San Elijo Hills, their friends and family for their well-wishes and support. Most of all, they would like to thank San Elijo Hills Foundation for sponsoring the team!

‘Odyssey of the Mind’ – San Elijo Elementary Students on KUSI

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Today seven San Elijo Elementary girls were on the KUSI Morning Show. The Team is raising funds for trip to Worlds.

Please support our San Elijo Hills Odyssey of the Mind team travel to the World Finals competition at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI on May 20-23!!

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative competition where teams of kids put together an 8 minute skit that must include certain elements outlined by the Odyssey organization. Through this process, the kids must brainstorm, research, write the script, build sets and props, create costumes, rehearse the play, and finally, compete against other teams! And they have to do all of it on their own!

The San Elijo Hills team is a group of seven SEES students who have been hard at work since the beginning of the school year on their skit. They were tasked to tell the classic myth of Pandora’s Box — set inside a video game!!! Their skit has singing, dancing and even a magic trick!

In the State Tournament held at UC Riverside on Mar 28, the team placed FIRST out of all of California. In addition, they were awarded first place in the “Style” category, which is a combined score of acting, team designed costume, sets and props! They put San Elijo Hills on the map as the proving grounds for bright, creative and talented kids! The team has an excellent shot at doing well in the World Finals.

Please help your neighbors, friends and fellow students participate in this unique once-in-a-lifetime experience! At the World Finals, they will meet and compete against kids from all over the world! They will stay in the campus dorms, attend special activities and host an international team. As you can imagine, there is a huge expense of shipping out sets and props from San Elijo to Michigan State University. In addition, there are housing and travel expenses.

Any donation you can make will go a long way to help these kids have an experience they will forever cherish! Thank you so much for your time, and even if it’s just wishing them “Good Luck” you’ll help make their dream a reality!

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