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What do you want to see in a Superintendent?

OUSD Board of Education is seeking community input on the appointment of a superintendent for the district. Click here for more information and to complete a short online survey on what characteristics make up an effective superintendent.

¿Qué desea ver en un Superintendente?

La Junta de Educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Oceanside solicita las opiniones y sugerencias de la comunidad sobre el nombramiento de un nuevo superintendente del distrito. Haga click aquí para obtener más información y para completar una breve encuesta en línea sobre las características halladas en un superintendente eficiente.

Book Fair-Thank You!

Thank you for your continued support for our book fair! We met our goal and at our monthly assembly, Mr. Hamby, will be sprayed with silly string by our Students of the Month!

Smart Balanced Assessment

Dear Parent/Guardian,


From March 26 - June 1, 2018, your child will be participating in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, which are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System for Grades 3-8.


Why is this test important?

This test was created with teacher input to…

  • Measure how well your child has mastered the skills and content in mathematics and English language arts at his or her grade level

  • Align with the instruction that takes place in the classroom everyday

  • Match the learning goals of each grade level

  • Assess critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving skills, which are needed for success in college and a 21st century career.


The test has different kinds of questions, including traditional multiple-choice questions as well as ones that require students to explain their answers, show their work, and compose essays.


What should I expect after my student takes the test?

As you may remember from last year’s score report, each subject will be broken down into areas. The report shows how students are doing in each area and where they need help. Depending on the student’s needs, teachers can use this information to provide targeted help to students to address their needs. But remember, the results from this test aren’t meant to tell the whole story. Your child’s scores are meant to be one of several ways for you and your child’s teacher to see how your student is progressing in school. Test scores, along with student report cards and teacher’s observations of your child’s performance in the classroom, are used together to form a complete picture of your child’s achievement. If you do not want your child to participate in any part of this test you must submit in writing which tests you do not want your child to participate to the front office.


Where can I learn more?

I encourage you to take a look at a practice test for your child’s grade level. The practice tests are posted on the California Department of Education’s Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Web page at To find out more details about the Smarter Balanced test, visit the California Department of Education’s website:


At Santa Margarita School, our goal is for all students to achieve their full potential. The Smarter Balanced tests are just one way that we are able to better understand if we are meeting that goal. Thank you for all you do to partner with us in your child’s education.


Thank you,

Brad Hamby

Principal, Santa Margarita K-8

OUSD's Sexual Health Education Curriculum-RRR

Friday March 2, 2018, your child brought home information on OUSD’s sexual health education curriculum. New laws have required changes to our district’s existing materials. To ensure you are informed of the new content, please carefully review the provided materials.  


The information includes an overview of the topics that are being introduced in your child’s grade level. If you would like more detailed information, please visit the OUSD website at




Oceanside Unified School District is seeking input from parents, guardians, community members, students, teachers and staff about what we are doing well and what we can do to better ensure the success of all students. The information gathered will be used to improve your child’s school and all schools in the Oceanside Unified School District.


We hope you will complete the survey, as your input and feedback is critical to the success of our schools and in helping all our students become college and career ready.


The feedback you give will be used to improve your school as well as to help us revised our Local Control and Accountability Plan, otherwise known as LCAP.  


2018 LCAP Surveys:


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Order your yearbook online!

Yearbooks are $25. Click on the image above and enter the code 13230918

5th Grade Splash Lab

Thank You Gaylord-Hansen Foundation! We Love Our Shoes!

Superintendent’s Vision Statement

“The time we have with our kids will be effective and efficient, not wasting one minute, one second while we have them in our hands."

Positive Change of Schools: The School Liaison Program

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OUSD Instructional Focus




Flu Recommendations from San Diego County HHSA

Keep your children home from school when they are sick. Click here for other recommendations from San Diego County HHSA to fight the flu.

Recomendaciones de la gripe del condado de San Diego HHSA
Mantenga a sus hijos en casa de la escuela cuando estén enfermos. Haga clic aquí para obtener otras recomendaciones del HHSA del condado de San Diego para combatir la gripe.

Mr. Hamby Rewards Students for Book Fair Fundraising

Mustang Pledge






Read Across America


The third session of our FREE Operation Hero after-school program will begin on March 19th for 2nd-3rd grade and March 20th for 4th-5th grade. If you are interested in registering your child for this free program, please fill out a registration packet from the front office. For more information please email Hayley Myers at

Click on the image to learn more.

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Volunteers Needed

Parents if you are thinking about volunteering at school, your help would be greatly appreciated.  We have two opportunities for you to help our school.

1) Students crossing the street before and after school as well as pick up and drop off are always hectic. If you are willing to assist in this area, please let us know. 

2) Adult volunteers are needs to help with the green team.  Please contact Ms. Orbaugh if you are interested in helping.

Superintendent's Labor and Budget Update

Click here or above for a budget and negotiations update from the Oceanside Unified School District Superintendent.

Actualización laboral y presupuestaria del superintendente

Haga clic aquí para obtener un informe actualizado del Superintendente del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Oceanside sobre el presupuesto y las negociaciones laborales.

Welcome to Santa Margarita School

1 Carnes Road
Oceanside, CA  92058

(760) 901-7900 Office
(760) 430-1415 Fax


Principal: Brad Hamby

Santa Margarita's 8th Graders Work with Microsoft

Local grade schoolers from elementary schools located on Camp Pendleton got a hands-on experience this week when they attended Microsoft Corporation's YouthSpark Live seminar, hosted on March Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 20th & 22nd, 2018. The event marks the first time that Microsoft has brought its program to a military base. YouthSpark was created to afford children opportunities to learn the many aspects of computing, with a priority focus on computer science education, and inspiring young people to pursue a career enabled by technology. The seminar offers small group mentoring, “Hour of code” tutorials utilizing the popular video game Minecraft, and Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) practice. (U. S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Megan Roses)

Pre School 2018-2019

Hours are changing for Preschool for next year.

AM: 8:15-11:15

PM: 11:50-2:50

Daily Schedule



AM Preschool 8:15-11:15

PM Preschool 12:15-3:15

AM Special Ed Preschool 8:15-11:15

PM Special Ed Preschool 11:50-2:50



Am Kinder 8:15-11:35

PM Kinder: 11:35-2:55

Wed: 8:15-11:55  


Grades 1-5

M, T, Th, F: 8:15-2:55

Wed: 8:15-12:25


Middle School:

M, T, Th, F: 8:10-2:56

Wed: 8:15-12:25

Upcoming Events

April 26th-8th Grade Science Test

April 27th-5th Grade Birch Aquarium Visit

                 8th Grade Science Test

                 Fire Drill

April 30th-Ms. Cap SBAC

                SBAC 7/8

May 1st-Ms. Cap SBAC

              SBAC 7/8

              SBAC 5th

May 2nd-Ms. Cap SBAC

               SBAC 7/8

May 3rd-Ms. Cap SBAC

               SBAC 7/8

               SBAC 5th

              7th Grade Medieval Times

May 4th-Ms. Cap SBAC

              SBAC 7/8

              May the 4th Be with You (Spirit Day)

May 10th-5th Grade Science Test

May 11th-5th Grade Science Test

May 15th-5th Grade SBAC

May 17th-5th Grade SBAC

May 21st-RRR

May 22nd-5th Grade District Music Practice


May 23rd-5th Grade District Music Practice

                 Evening Music Concert


May 24th-RRR

May 25th-RRR

May 28th-No School- Memorial Day

May 30th-STEAM Day

June 1st-5th Grade Field Trip

June 5th-Field Day

June 7th-Last Day of School

               Minimum Day (out at 12:25)

               Report Cards Home